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In Memory

Marlene Sturman (Gelsone)

Marlene Sturman (Gelsone)





Marlene B. Gelsone

1943 - 2018

Marlene B. Gelsone, 75, of Kenosha, passed away peacefully Monday, July 16, 2018, surrounded by family at her residence.

She was born on June 19, 1943, to the late Victor J. and Lorraine (Jacob) Sturman. A lifelong Kenosha resident; graduating from Bradford, and Racine Cosmetology.

In June of 1977, she married the late Frank Joseph Gelsone.

Marlene owned and operated Marlene's Key to Hair Fashion in downtown Kenosha for over 30 years, as well as a second location inside of Lakeside Towers. She was employed by American Motors for 27 years; and owned and operated VJ's Lounge for 20 years. She was President of the Wednesday Night Pool League. 

Marlene will be remembered for her strong work ethic, her sternness and willingness to help both family and friends alike. She thrived in the kitchen, making delicious Italian food.

She was an avid Chicago sports fan. She loved the Bears, Bulls, and Cubs. Marlene enjoyed decorating for every holiday, especially Christmas. One of her greatest joys was vacationing in Fla. and Northern Wis. 

Survivors include her son, Todd (Kay Cornell) Gotta; brother, Victor (Gloria) Sturman; sister-in-law, Rosemary Heather of Racine; uncle, William (Kay) Jacob; nieces, Jaclyn and Jennifer; cousins, Gayle Weber, Bruce Jacob, Jayne Phillips and Robert Sturman.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. 

Visitation will take place on Saturday, July 21, at Proko Funeral Home, from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Interment will follow at Green Ridge Cemetery.


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07/19/18 01:23 PM #1    

Bernard Covelli

So sorry to hear of Marlene 's passing. I remember her as a fun person in high school. Reading her obit happy she lived a good full life. RIP friend

07/19/18 01:46 PM #2    

Cherie Krohn (Ketchum)

I remember Marlene from Bradford - and then we became re-acquainted when her and Frank married.  Frank was an old friend of my husbands.  My sympathies to her family.  Always sad to hear of another classmate's passing.  Glad it wasn't Melody also!!




07/19/18 02:43 PM #3    

Carole Swanningson (Stank)

So sorry to read of Marlene’s passing.  Her and I went to Girl Scout Camp and to McKinley together.  She was always fun.  Rest In Peace.

07/20/18 11:02 AM #4    

John Sturino

Marlene and Frank were good friends of mine.  Stayed at their home for a few months, in Todds room, when I was having some problems.  Treated me like family.  So sorry to hear of her passing.

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