In the early hours of Sunday morning November 8, 2020 Marlene Violet Molisee passed away while sleeping in her Whitewater home

In the early hours of Sunday morning November 8th, 2020 Marlene Violet Molisee passed away while sleeping in her Whitewater home due to complications of the cancer she had suffered with for more than the last few years.  She was born in Duluth, Minnesota on June 12th, 1947 to Peter and Violet Trader.

  In spite of her illness she had a natural strength and desire to survive that kept her fighting until the very last breath so that she could spend every single second available to her in the presence of those that she had loved so much in life.  She would often be brutally honest when you asked for her opinion but was always kind enough to listen to yours.  When she told you that she believed in you, you’d actually believe it.  Everyone she met would often remark on how amazing she truly was.

  She took great pride in once having been the manager of a string of Sheraton Hotels that would provide her with an endless supply of interesting stories from her travels across the world.  Later in life she would dedicate herself to raising her children and found passion in her hobbies.  Her love of crafts was shown through great talent and patience to create them.  Her love of animals displayed through her devotion to her horses, dogs and cats and even those in the wild that others might consider a nuisance, she would feed and love unconditionally.  Her faith was shown by the way she believed in others and supported their hopes and dreams.  She would later pursue her own as she wrote her first book “The Haunting of a Widow” and took great joy in her book signing events and storytelling sessions.  Her willingness to appreciate the absolute beauty of nature was like no others. 

  She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Donald  W. Molisee Sr.  Her parents, Violet and Peter Trader.  Her brothers and sisters Gerry, Ronnie, Barbara and Kathy.  She is survived by her children Donald Molisee Jr and Raven (Molisee) Berg, by her brother Peter Trader as well as the great many nieces and nephews whom she loved so very dearly.  She also survives in the thoughts and hearts of the friends who filled her life with fantastic memories. 

  There is also special thanks deserved to James Hoeffert and Diana Schroedl who were in her company in those final moments.  They have helped in so many ways to increase the quality of her life that she would without question wish for them to be acknowledged.

A Graveside Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 13, 2020 at the Hillside Cemetery, Whitewater, WI.

The Nitardy Funeral Home, Whitewater, WI, is assisting the family, online condolences may be given to the family at

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