Marlene Zenowski 1933 — 2017

Marlene Zenowski

We are saddened to announce that on June 5, 2017,  Marlene Eleanor Zenowski decided that it was time to rejoin her husband Bill,  after missing him for 10 long years.   Bill Zenowski was the love of her life, and she the love of his, so we find comfort with the knowledge that they’re together again.

Marlene was born in Kamloops (as the middle child to a British/Irish father and Swedish mother) but was not raised here, moving many times in her childhood years to follow her father’s work and army career.  She loved Vancouver in particular, but eventually came back to Kamloops, met Bill, and stayed here for the rest of her life.  The first moment Bill saw Marlene, he turned to his friend and told him that he was “going to marry that girl”… and they were together and inseparable for over 55 years.  He called her “Marz “.

Marlene was primarily a homemaker and mother (although she did work as a cook for a while after they bought the local A&W restaurants).  Marlene and Bill sold the restaurants  and retired in 1974, (at the ages of 41 and 44) and then spent their winters golfing in California and Arizona —  their summers relaxing and socializing and golfing  while living in their lakefront house at Lac Le Jeune.    They shared a great life.

Marlene loved to read books, and was a skilled seamstress and dressmaker – but her real gift to the world was her beautiful quilts.  All of her family and friends have been lucky enough to have received   many of her exquisite creations over the years, so she leaves these as part of her legacy to all of us.

Marlene was predeceased by her adoring husband and best friend, Bill, in 2007, and life has never been the same.  She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease two years later, but has been holding her own quite well until just this past week.

Marlene is survived by one sister, Joan (Bill) Ardren, and two children:  Michael (Angela) Zenowski, and Lisa (Stevan) Puharich.  She also leaves six grandchildren: Krystyna (Derrick Benard) Spanell, Jason (Lisa) Zenowski, Laura (Aaron) Zenowski, Erik (Janice) Puharich, Nick Zenowski and Samantha Zenowski.  Marlene has five great grandchildren as well:  Ainsley and Gillian Zenowski, Isabel Blue, Khoen Spanell, and Kane Puharich .   Her second great- grandson Eli will be born in early July.  She was also loved, and will be missed,  by  her brother-in-law and his wife, Edward and Helene Zenowski.

The family is forever grateful for the loving care that Marlene received during her past two-plus years at Pinegrove.   We cannot express enough how much we appreciate the level of genuine caring you bring to all of the residents in that facility….. even when, like Marlene, their middle name is “sarcasm”!!

As per Marlene’s wishes, there will be no formal service.  If friends/family want to celebrate Marlene’s life, we  suggest that you could do that by enjoying a  piece of strawberry-rhubarb pie (her favourite –she always said: “Smith Family Motto: Save Room for Pie!!) … or a shortbread cookie. (she made the very best – never to be replicated

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6 Tributes

  1. Ed & Helene Zenowski
    Posted June 7, 2017 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    We were saddened to hear of Marlene’s passing. Unfortunately we will be unable to be with you during your time of mourning due to Ed’s ill health.
    We have many, many years of happy family memories in Kamloops, Palm Dessert and Arizona, as well our trips. Marlene will be missed but our memories and pictures will be with us forever. Love all of you and thinking of you at this difficult time.

  2. Doug and Angela
    Posted June 7, 2017 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    When she hugged you, she meant it. If you were lucky enough to have one of her quilts, (ours was a 1991 wedding gift) – you still have it; still use it; and still love it. She was special. We will miss her.

  3. Cogi and Don Smith
    Posted June 7, 2017 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    Our most heartfelt condolences to you and your family, Lisa after the death of your momma. You were a devoted daughter and she was surrounded by loving family. We wanted you to know you are in our thoughts and hearts. Our most profound sympathy for losses of your parents. It is a new reality to live these days forward as the oldest generation…. Much love to you and Stevan and your kids…. Cogi and Don

  4. Bruce and Jean
    Posted June 9, 2017 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    So sorry to hear of Marlene’s passing. We will always remember the happy times we all had together. Bill and Mars were great friends and for many years we enjoyed camping, wining and dining and playing cards together. Our thoughts are with the Zenowski family at this time. Our deepest sympathy to you all.

  5. Robyn & Dan Hines
    Posted June 9, 2017 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Lisa & Stevan, Eric & Krystyna, Khoen,

    I’ve expressed my heartfelt thoughts to you Lisa already and wanted to publish them here so the rest of your family with whom I’m lucky to know could read as well. I am so grateful she was able to surrender peacefully surrounded by family. As I read the beautifully crafted tribute I understood more of her. Sounds like your parents had an amazing ❤️ for each other & she was looking forward to seeing your father again. We hold you all in our hearts & offer our wishes for strength & resilience as you grief her loss and share stories and smiles. Sounds like she could be quite the character.

  6. Marilyn Schlievert
    Posted June 10, 2017 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    I am saddened by Marlene’s passing and so glad to have visited with her two years ago. I envied Marlene and Bill’s close relationship and wished I could have had the same back then. Keep smiling Marlene.

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