Marlene Marie Calsbeek August 13, 1935 - April 15, 2022

The angels took Marlene Marie Calsbeek home to be with her Lord on April 15, 2022.  At 86, Marlene lived a full life with family as her most valued treasure. Knowing Jesus was her greatest comfort. She was born in Tacoma, Washington on August 13, 1935 to Donald and Helen Drake.

She graduated from Aquinas Girls School in 1954 and married Robert T. Sonneman in 1954 (divorced in 1970). They raised four children, Robert L. (Melanie), Bradley D., Brian M. (Lisa) and Brenda L. (Dan Sizemore).  She worked as a manager in a medical office in Fircrest, Washington; a bookkeeper for a Leavenworth, Washington fruit company and owned a restaurant, 'Mom's  First, Frank's Last stand', on Blewett Pass until the death of her husband Franklin J. Calsbeek, in 1990.  From there, she was a nanny to her grandchildren, had an adult family home in Spokane, Washington and worked as a caregiver most of her later years.

Marlene's greatest joy was being involved in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren's  lives; from childcare to cooking and following their sports activities, she was a busy lady. Her hobbies included watching the Zags, Seahawks and Mariners on TV; baking pies, cooking, and playing pinochle. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Frank, her parents and her son, Brian.  She will be missed by all who knew her generous heart.

Marlene leaves behind three children, Bob (Melanie), Brad, Brenda (Dan) Sizemore, daughter-in-law, Lisa, three step-children, Frank (Ellen) Calsbeek, Cindy (Gary) Ladd, Laurie (John) Bourgeois, 27 grandchildren and 51 great-grandchildren, one cousin Ginger Kennedy and many nieces, nephews and friends.

A celebration of her life will be April 30, 2022, 2 p.m. at the Community Log Church in Brewster, Washington. 





User menu

NCW Media Newspapers