Marlene Joy Berres

Marlene Joy Berres, a good and caring wife and mother, died Dec. 18, 2013 of complications from renal failure at Central Montana Skilled Nursing Center on Wednesday, December 18, 2013.Berres, Marlene b and w

Published December 27, 2013

The Herald

Marlene was born June 9, 1937 to Odin I. and Olga A. (Paulson) Rustan in New England, N. D. She lived on the family farm, graduating from New England High School in 1955. After high school Marlene attended Dickinson State University for one year, taught at a country school for one year and returned to college and received her teaching certification in 1958. She then moved to Glendive, Mont. where she taught second grade for a few years.

In Glendive, Marlene met Francis J. Berres, and they were married Nov. 19, 1960 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. After marriage, Marlene moved to Lewistown, Mont. where her husband was working as an accountant. She gave up teaching and became a stay-at-home mother. She raised three children, Jim, Bob and Debbie.

Marlene was active in the Jayceens, was a Girl Scout Troop leader, and belonged to Zion Lutheran Christian Women (Hannah and Ruth Circles) and the Home Extension Club. She enjoyed her bridge groups, serving as an election judge, and enjoyed going to the Civic Center exercise groups. She loved sewing, especially for her children and grandchildren. She liked to travel and enjoyed going to Arizona after her husband’s retirement. She went to many basketball games and football games at Fergus High School and Montana State University. She really liked going to basketball tournaments, mainly the girls, when the games were played in the fall.

Marlene is survived by her husband of 53 years, Francis Berres of Lewistown, Mont.; sons, James (Linda) Berres of Sammamish, Wash., and Robert Berres of Seattle, Wash.; daughter, Debra (William) Fry of Seattle, Wash.; grandchildren, Amanda Fry, Jeffrey Fry, Ryan Fry, of Seattle, Wash. and Christian Berres and Natalie Berres of Sammamish, Wash.; and brother Galen (Carma) Rustan of Owasso, Okla.

Marlene was preceded in death by her parents and brother Lyle Rustan.

Memorials may be made in Marlene’s memory to Zion Lutheran Church or to the Vasculitis Foundation, P.O. Box 28660, Kansas City, MO 64188.

Funeral services were held Dec. 23, at Zion Lutheran Church in Lewistown. Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Marlene’s family and friends can express condolences in a guest book at


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