Marlene M. Braxton

Marlene M. (Dec) Braxton, age 78, of Lansing, MI, passed away January 6, 2019. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She was a graduate of Bowen High School and received her Registered Nurse training at Illinois Masonic. Marlene worked at Sparrow Hospital, Mary Avenue Care Center and The Pines Nursing Home, all in Lansing, where she was regarded for her teaching and kindness to both residents and coworkers alike. She was a member of the Lake Lansing Sailing club, an amateur meteorologist, an avid reader and an accomplished chef – she enjoyed trying new recipes and the latest cooking technology. Most importantly, Marlene was a dedicated wife and mother, tirelessly working to provide for her family.

Marlene was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Stella Dec, her brothers Joseph (Butchie) and Michael (Terry) Dec, and her husband Thomas Braxton. Marlene is survived by her daughters Kimberly Redzimski and her husband Paul, Becky Feldpausch and her husband Pat, and Mary Keating and her husband Reidar. She is also survived by many whom she cherished: sister-in-law Madeleine Dec, nephews Alex and Michael, nieces Gloria and Nicole, and grandchildren P.J., Abbey, Jacob, Joseph, Eleanor and Lilly.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 14, 2019, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. Interment will follow in Deepdale Memorial Gardens. Her family will receive friends from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday and beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children or the Capital Area Humane Society, as Marlene had true compassion for her dogs and was well known for spoiling them.

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Marylu boettger
January 7, 2019 at 9:16 pm

Dear Becky and family … We are very sorry to hear of sweet Marlene’s passing. The loss of a Mother can be a tremendous hallow feeling. Mom’s are always supposed to be there.
Marlene was the most comfortable gal to work with. A confident teacher to all and compassionate nurse to resident’s and co-workers. Always standing for what is REALLY right.
Marlene didn’t always have to say Hello … Her smile said it for her .,.
May knowing her love for you be of comfort in the days and weeks ahead. Marylu Boettger

Petra Waters
January 8, 2019 at 4:29 pm

I worked with Marlene for many years at the Pines Healthcare Center. We were both from Chicago, so we always had something to talk about. I will miss seeing her Facebook postings. I pray she had peace. My deepest condolences to her family.

Sharon Suska
January 8, 2019 at 7:54 pm

Kim, Mary and Becky,

I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I have fond memories of times at her house when we were young. Thinking and praying for you all in the days ahead.

Love ya

January 9, 2019 at 6:02 pm

I first met Marlene at Mary ave. Then worked with her at the pines for years. She was a wonderful mentor and friend. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Stephanie Williams
January 9, 2019 at 9:29 pm

So sorry to hear of Marlene’s passing. I worked with her at The Pines for many years. She was a great nurse, very knowledgeable. Prayin for you to experience peace in this time.

Bless you,

Moushumi Mukherjee
January 9, 2019 at 9:34 pm

Marlene was a wonderful person and a very special friend. I worked with her at the Pines and we kept in touch afterwards also, texting, messaging. My deepest condolences and prayers for the whole family.

Sue Clingerman
January 9, 2019 at 9:47 pm

I am so sorry. Marlene was an incredible nurse, but most importantly a loving person. She was proud of her children and grandchildren, always speaking of them. Even though I hadn’t seen her in a while, we were able to keep in touch. I will miss you, Grandma Marlene.

Chris Burt
January 10, 2019 at 7:41 am

I happened to be lucky enough to be Marlenes hairdresser. But even better to become good friends. We talked about every thing under the sun and laughed a lot!! My last visit to her home ended up being about 3 hours and will always put a smile on my face . She was one special lady , Mother and Grandma … My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family….She will be missed but never Forgotten …. Love you my friend.

Sonia Claudio
January 10, 2019 at 12:19 pm

She will be missed, loved working with her at The Pines Nursing home. R.I.H.

Craig Nadborne
January 11, 2019 at 11:02 am

Kim. Our condolences go out to you and your family
So sorry for your loss
Craig Nadborne

Laura J. Young
January 11, 2019 at 1:08 pm

I met Marlene first in the mid 1990’s as we both worked at Mary Avenue. We then met again at the Pines Healthcare Center and I had the privilege of working by her side once again. Her sense of humor was as striking as her stature. She always had a kind word and if you were unsure of the way to go Marlene would light the way. I loved her as so many did and she will truly be missed in this world. Her love for her husband and children(grands too) was talked about each day, she treasured each one of you and I felt I knew you all though we never met. I hope the love felt for Marlene by her community will bring some comfort to you in these times. She was a great woman, loved by all who knew her.

Raydene and Wes Harris
January 11, 2019 at 7:42 pm

Wes and I are heart broken at the news of her passing! Our deepest condolences to the family knowing that there aren’t words that can easy your pain or help to fill the void her passing has left. Memories will help to keep her alive in your hearts and in ours!
God bless! Raydene and Wes Harris

Lisa Jones
February 5, 2019 at 8:28 am

Kim, Becky, and Mary,

I am so sorry to hear about your mom. Marlene was a wonderful neighbor and I have many memories of her. We had tons of laughs over garage sales and just visiting between our houses and our kids. I will always remember her running across the yard to my rescue when my son was little and hit his head – she was in the middle of your dinner but that didn’t stop her from helping! You will always miss her – the loss of your mother is especially a huge void. Please know I will always remember her and that I’m thinking of you.

Lisa Jones


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