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In Memory

Maralyn Rowlands (Stec)

Maralyn Rowlands (Stec)

1943 - 2018

Maralyn L. Stec, 75, of Kenosha, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at Casa del Maré at St. Catherine Commons. 

Born on April 17, 1943, the daughter of the late Caradoc and Benigda "Peg" Rowlands. She attended local schools and graduated from Mary D. Bradford High School.

Maralyn married Leonard A. Stec on April 18, 1964, at St. James Catholic Church. 

She worked in the registrar's office at Carthage College and then at Abbott Laboratories, retiring after 20 years in the Benefits Department. 

Maralyn was a loving wife; the best mother and doting grandmother who adored her grandchildren. She had a special love for her dog, Fonzie and her grand dogs, Maggie and Brian. As a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Maralyn was instrumental in heading up the festival raffle for many years. She volunteered at the public library; an incredible giving person who touched many lives. She loved being part of her friends group known as the "Animals". 

Maralyn is survived by her husband of 54 years, Lenny; her daughters, Susan (Michael) Wade and Cindi (John) Walther; her grandchildren, Zachary and Kyle Wade; Ashley, Abby and Amy Walther and her sister, Pam Mattioda.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Charlene Deginan. 

Funeral services honoring Maralyn's life will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 7307 40th Avenue. Entombment will follow in All Saints Mausoleum. A visitation will be held at the church from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Casa del Maré, 3508 7th Avenue, Kenosha, WI, 53140 or Safe Harbor Humane Society, 7811 60th Street, Kenosha, WI, 53142 would be appreciated by the family. 


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11/18/18 04:30 PM #1    

Marla Foth (Moody)

Rest in peace Maralyn.

11/18/18 07:32 PM #2    

Cherie Krohn (Ketchum)

I'm so sad to lose another "Animal" friend.  Sympathies to Lenny and their children.  They were a great couple!


11/19/18 06:11 PM #3    

Janet Leet (Hanson)

Marilyn was one of my best friends in high school.   She was such a bright light.   I always wished to see her at reunions, but I lost touch with her.  Another classmate has moved on ahead of us. May she Rest In Peace.  Janet Leet Hanson

11/19/18 07:22 PM #4    

Rita Martino (Ginocchio)

On the heels of a classmate passing merely 2 weeks ago, comes the news of Maralyn Rowlands. I really didn't know her all that well in high school but actually made friends thru a group fondly known as The Animals in recent years. She was always so friendly, welcoming and easy to talk to. Her husband too, Lenny Stec, was just as full as fun as she was. They were a great couple and very loving to each other. I know her really close friends will dearly miss her and I'm glad I got to share time with her, if only for a little while. Rest in peace, Maralyn. You are Home now .

12/05/18 04:43 PM #5    

Suzette Arnoldini (Englund)

I was so sorry to hear of Marilyns passing.  I remember her so well from high school.  She was so pretty and perky and friendly and had all that lovely blond hair and lots of energy.  I did not see her much after high school, but sure enjoyed the times we did have back at old MDBHS.  Rest in Peace Marilyn.  When you hit those pearly gates, greet all our classmates and save a spot for the rest of us. 

12/29/18 02:36 PM #6    

Mary Irving (Jurgaitis)

I met Marilyn on the first day of 9th grade at Lincoln Jr. High. We were both new to the public schools of Kenosha after attending the parochial schools of Kenosha. We were great friends all the way through 9th grade and sophomore year at Mary D. I remember the many days we walked together from the annex to the main building. People called us Mutt & Jeff because I was so tall and she was so short. 

Somehow we drifted away from each other, but I never forgot how she made me feel that first day in 9th grade and the friendship we shared. As Janet Leet said, I was always hoping that she would somehow show up on our Bradford High School page. And when she did, it made me feel so sad - even as it does now as I am writing this. I am grateful to the person who added her to "In Memory" - thank you, whoever you are.

12/29/18 03:49 PM #7    

Nancy Walton (Julien)

Mary, I remember You Two being such Good Friends - You Two were always together.  I am sorry for your loss. 

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