A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, June 22, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Claire Catholic Church in Roseville, California, followed by a reception at La Provence Restaurant from Noon until 3:00 p.m.. Please visit the Services page for details.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Placer Breast Cancer Foundation: https://placerbreastcancerfoundation.org/donate-now/.
A private burial will be held at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery at a later date.
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Marlene Nadzam, was born in Pennsylvania. She and Dad were married for 61 years. They were extremely dedicated to one another and there wasn't a dry eye in the house when they recently renewed their wedding vows.
Mom was an incredibly loving and caring person. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and she knew how to make each of us feel special. When thinking back to memories of her, there are so many that include her gentleness and compassion for all of us. One memory that comes to mind is when we were in elementary school. We would come home for lunch and she would have homemade milkshakes and bologna sandwiches waiting for us and Password on the TV.
She made paper crowns for our birthdays. Each holiday Mom would have each of us say something we were thankful for. She was a talented seamstress and made cheerleader uniforms for the local high school back in the day and even made clothes for us. She was also an Image Consultant and loved teaching people to dress for success. She was notorious for accidentally saying naughty things without realizing it, she was such a lady so it was extra cute when she did this.
Mom had nicknames for all of us, wrote fun skits, and we will always cherish the poems she wrote for our birthdays. When COVID hit, we had weekly family Zoom meetings. She loved seeing the family and talking about the latest weekly theme and catching up with us. She crocheted Christmas stockings for each of us and these will forever be displayed during the holidays.
Slovak traditions were very important to her. Kolachies, halusky, pierogies, and hren, were prepared often along with the teachings of Slovak ceremonies during the Christmas season. She always remembered people's birthdays and was a stickler for making sure the cards were mailed on time. Mom made pretty pies and cookies and loved to have flowers in the house and in the backyard. She enjoyed a good cup of coffee and when she'd take that first sip, she'd say, "Ahh, nectar of the Gods!"
It will be sad not seeing her as we walk in the front door of our parent's house, not seeing her sitting on the couch with Dad, working on a crossword puzzle or reading one of her books. Family was so important to her. Her sweet and gentle love for Dad, and her kind and tender heart for her kids and grandchildren will be dearly missed.