She was born in Jamestown, ND to Gladys (Meidam) and the late Paul Lorenz. Shortly after her birth, her family moved to Weyauwega, where she graduated from high school in 1965. On February 24, 1968 she married Gaylord Pingel in Royalton, WI. Marlene worked for many years at Zwicker Knitting Mill in Waupaca before moving to Neenah. She then worked several jobs before health problems forced her to retire in 1993. On May 5 of that year, she received a kidney transplant from her twin sister, allowing her to enjoy a full and good life until five or six weeks ago. Marlene lived a very simple life, enjoying time at her family’s cabin, collecting candles, and spending time in her flower garden. She also enjoyed her annual trips to Country USA with her twin sister, Darlene.
Marlene is survived by her husband of almost 50 years, Gaylord Pingel; her sons, Kevin, Neenah; and Jeff (Rachel), Fremont; her grandchildren: Ella, Ben and Will; and by her mother, Gladys Lorenz, Weyauwega. She is further survived by her brother, Charles (Geri) Munro; twin Darlene (Robert) Bork, Beverly (Gary) Smith, Carol (Gordon) Javorski, Barbara (John) Recker, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins; her brother-in-law, George; and sister-in-law, Elaine. She was preceded in death by her father, Paul; mother-in-law, Ella Quaide; sister-in-law, Pat Jensen; and brother-in-law, Earl Jensen.
A memorial service for Marlene will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Friday, July 7, 2017 at Peace Lutheran Church, 1228 S. Park Ave, Neenah, Rev. Rickey Schroeder officiating. The visitation will be held at church from 10:30 A.M. until the hour of service. The Westgor Funeral Home in Neenah is assisting the family. www.westgorfuneralhomes.com
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff and nurses of the ICU at AMC for taking good care of Marlene. Also, thank you to her special friends, Janet Carlson; Pat and Dough Wiatrowski; Betty Eaton; and Kay Hobart.