In Memory of

Marlene Lucille Cave

February 26, 1933 - October 7, 2020
From: Cherokee, IA

Marlene Lucille Cave, the daughter of Henry and Erma (Griese) Schoeneman was born February 26, 1933, in Rock Rapids, IA her childhood years were spent in Rock Rapids. Her family moved to Milford, IA, and she graduated from Milford High School.

 On June 12, 1955, Marlene was united in marriage to Wayne Cave in Spencer. Following their marriage, they moved to rural Cherokee, where they farmed. She also worked for Bell Insurance, Cherokee School District, Sears, Penney’s, and Montgomery Ward.

 Marlene was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church Woman’s Group, had served as Superintendent of Sunday School and Director of Vocational Bible School, and was a member of the Every Other Tuesday Pinochle Club and The Town and Country Social Club.

 She loved gardening, music, playing cards, had ridden in RAGBRAI several times, and enjoyed traveling. They had split their residence between their home in Cherokee where they lived for 65 years and after retirement spent winters at their home in Arizona.

 On Wednesday, October 7, 2020, Marlene passed away at Cherokee Regional Medical Center at the age of 87. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Erma (Griese) Schoeneman; her in-laws, Purl and Bernice (Stoner) Cave; and two brothers, Ronald (Marsha) Schoeneman and Gene (Anna) Schoeneman; brothers and sisters-in-law, Lorence (Jeanette) Cave and Paul (Maxine) Jenness Cave; and one niece, Lorraine Cave Skow.

 She will lovingly be remembered by her husband, Wayne Cave of Cherokee, IA; son, Alan (William) Shields-Cave of Danvers, MA; nieces, Paula Burch of Cherokee, IA and Peggy (Dan) Rebhuhn of Storm Lake, IA; nephews, Gene Schoeneman, Jr. of Meridian, MS and Loren Cave of Berkley, CA; and other relatives and friends.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 12, 2021, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee, Iowa.
Pastor Jean Morse
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
Organist- Sherry Held and Koreen Anderson
Vocalists- Holly Ohlson and Becky Lickiss
Aftorn Township Cemetery
Rural Cherokee, Iowa


Monday, October 12, 2020 at 12:27 PM
“So many memories growing up next door to Marlene. She was a kind woman who had an open door policy for the Raveling twins! My prayers are with you. ”
- Diane Raveling Barnes
Monday, October 12, 2020 at 12:27 PM
“Our deepest condolences to all of you.”
- Ted & Mary Cline
Monday, October 12, 2020 at 12:27 PM
“We are thinking of you and send our deepest sympathy. This is a particularly difficult time to have to say good-bye to a loved one.
Sincerely, Linda and Duane Christensen”
- Linda and Duane Christensen
Monday, October 12, 2020 at 12:27 PM
“Wayne, Could NOT believe what I read when I got the email that Marline had passed away from a stroke. Our prayers are with you and your family. Would love to hear from you. ”
- Dan and Mary Dias
Monday, October 12, 2020 at 12:27 PM
“Wayne: Our sympathy to you and your family. We lived across the street from you on Eagle Street. You kept us well supplied in oranges. I often talked to Marlene in the computer room. I'm sure she will be greatly missed.”
- Carol & John Callahan
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