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March 24, 1936 – November 26, 2023

Marlene J. Zachman, age 87, of Albertville passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2023 at Guardian Angels Engel Haus Assisted Living in Albertville.

She was born on March 24, 1936 in Otsego the daughter of George & Ruth (Campbell) Fournier.

Marlene as a youth belonged to the Elk River Saddle Club. She also graduated from Elk River High School in 1954 and began nurses training at St Cloud Catholic hospital. She continued her education receiving her BSN from St Joseph’s College in Maine 1980. 

On October 3, 1957 Marlene J. Fournier and Edward D. Zachman were joined in holy marriage at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Elk River.    God blessed their marriage with six children.

One of Marlene’s passions was in the health field. She was a lifelong registered nurse. She was formerly employed at The Buffalo Hospital and she helped design the new Buffalo Hospital.   She was a past Prudential Case Manager.   She also had been employed as a nurse at The Annandale Care Center and at St. Therese in New Hope.   Retiring when she was 78. 

Marlene was a faithful and dedicated member of St. Albert’s Catholic Church in Albertville.   She was a past president of its C.C.W.   She taught CCD for twenty-five years and was a member of The St. Albert’s Building Committee for both the church and the parish center.

Marlene journaled a lot and always kept up with current events.  She loved to discuss solutions to the happenings of the day. She was a pro-life advocate and all that supported family and community. She was an historian writing the history of St Albert’s Catholic Church and taking thousands of pictures over the years of the changes in the community helping with the Albertville Centennial Celebration in 2019. Her life was a life of service wherever needed. She had a listening ear and was generous in her time, talent and encouragement to all who came to her for help.

Marlene loved harvesting. Through the years she had a large garden and raised chickens. In recent years she encouraged the annual collecting of sap from the hundreds of maple trees in her yard culminating in the production of many jars of yummy maple syrup.

Survived by children: Jeannine (Gregg) Backstrom, Charles Zachman, Jon Zachman, Ronald (Lisa) Zachman, Suzanne (Doug) McConnell and Maria (Richard) Vetsch; 18 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren; many other relatives and friends.   Preceded in death by husband Edward D. Zachman, her parents George & Ruth Fournier and by nine siblings Emery, Adlore, Camille and Lawrence Fournier, Lorraine Clark, Albert Fournier, Leona Freed, Douglas and Richard Fournier.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Marlene Zachman will be held on Friday, December 1st at 10:00 A.M. at St. Albert Catholic Church in Albertville.   CCW will pray a rosary at 9:30. Father Joseph Zabinski will be the Celebrant.

A Visitation will be held AT THE CHURCH Thursday, November 30th 4-8 P.M.   A Prayer Service will be held 7:00 P.M.  Further visitation one hour prior to Mass on Friday morning.  

Casket Bearers will be grandchildren, Cole Backstrom, Jason McConnell, Nathan McConnell, Brooke Plossel, Andrew Vetsch, Anthony Zachman and Molly Zachman.

Honorary Casket Bearers: Darren Backstrom, Victoria Backstrom, Christine Gronvall, Austin and Crystal Vetsch





5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Lori Valerius

    Such a WONDERFUL, FAITHFUL woman of God! Always enjoyed being on committees with her and the Parish Council!
    Hugs to all the family!

  2. Ann Elfmann

    So sorry for your loss,Marlene and my Mom Mary Ann Elfmann worked together for years at the Buffalo Hospital and their friendship turn into a group called Ladies Aide ir also had 2 more members but now there is only one left,may Marlene rest in peace

  3. John otten

    I worked with Marlene at Buffalo Hospital for many years, she was always a joy to talk to, always have a smile on her face, my last visit with her,i surprised her as i came in to town unannounced, she was so excited to see me. We both had a wonderful visit. She will be missed by all that she touched. May she rest in peace. God bless to all who knew her.

  4. Marcia Dahleen

    So sorry for your loss. I traveled with her to many nursing conventions and have so many happy memories. She was a very knowledgeable nurse and learned so much from her. She will be missed!

  5. Wanda Scherber

    So sorry for your lose. She will be missed by many in our community. She was always there to help with whatever was needed to be done. And did it graciously.
    Thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Joe and Wanda


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