Marjean Ruth (Halverson) Zubke

February 5, 1933 ~ December 17, 2018 (age 85)

Marjean Ruth Zubke, 85, passed away peacefully Monday, December 17, 2018 with her children by her side.  She is once again with her husband, Harvey, who 6 months ago went ahead to prepare their new home.  Marjean was born on February 5, 1933 to Morris and Ruth Halverson, in the Town of Holway.  After graduation, she worked as a secretary in Medford, until meeting a tall, gentle man, who would be by her side for the next 63 years.   They were married August 6, 1955, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Holway.  After moving to Athens, they raised three wonderful children, worked hard and simply enjoyed life.  Marjean was a loving wife and mother, who enjoyed gardening, baking, cross stitch, watching the Packers and playing cards or fishing with family and friends.  She was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the Ladies Aide and the Town of Johnson Homemakers and was known for making kugen at Christmas and Lemon Meringue pies for the fair.  For the past 18 months, she resided at Athenian Living, where she always had plenty of cookies, candy, and hugs for her great grandchildren, who adored her.  The biggest smiles were when she held them or as they helped her to lunch and back.  Marjean was a kind, warm and funny person, who displayed undeniable strength and grace in her final years.  She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by her children Kevin (Karen) Zubke and Cheryl (Kenny) Zettler, both of Athens and Beth (Jim) Franson, Pittesville, 10 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, one sister Carol (Dave) Bovee of Florida, two brothers, Harvey and the late Gerry Halverson and Richard Halverson, both of Medford, and her brother and sister in law, Lester and Bonnie Zubke of Wausau.

Visitation will be Saturday, December 22, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Athens beginning at 9:00 am with services at 11:00, Rev. Mark Schwalenberg officiating.  Burial will be in the Athens Lutheran Cemetery.

Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Athens, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be given to Trinity Lutheran Church or Athenian Living. 

The family would like to thank all those who stopped in to spend time with her and wish to express their deep gratitude to the staff of Athenian Living for their excellent care and support.
"We loved you every day and we'll miss you ever more."  

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