Marlene J. Menuey, 82, passed away August 3, 2019, in Lincoln.
She was born July 10, 1937, to Adam and Anna Fink in Parkston, South Dakota. She married Rex Menuey in August of 1959.
Marlene received a BA from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. She went on to earn a Masters Degree in Special Education and a second Masters in School Administration from the University of Nebraska in Kearney. Marlene's early career included teaching positions at several Nebraska schools.
Marlene's long career in public education culminated in her appointment as the Special Education Director for ESU 8 in Neligh, NE. During her tenure there Marlene was responsible for developing programs and interventions for children with disabilities in a seven county area in Northeast Nebraska. Of particular note was her contribution to the statewide implementation of Services Coordination for preschool children with disabilities. A grant project developed by Marlene established community based services for hearing impaired students which continues to be a model program. Services for students with autism were expanded as a result of Marlene's vision. The ESU 8 Learning Centers for children were enhanced by her support. But of all Marlene's assets, her ability to develop relationships with the school administrators, ESU 8 employees, and families of children with disabilities was her greatest strength. Marlene had a huge heart and a creative mind. She was a tireless problem solver and served as an example of determination and flexibility. Her quick wit lightened the pressure of difficult situations. Her hard work made a profound difference in the lives of the families she served. Marlene Menuey's legacy of passionate advocacy for children with disabilities and their families lives on. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her daughter Michelle, grandchildren Toni, Kingsley (Michele), and Jose, and 3 great grandchildren, and by her brother Milton (Maxine) Fink, nieces, nephews and good friends.
Marlene was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Rex, and sisters Margaret (Don) Beehler, Martha (Oscar) Will, and Helen (Robert) Herrboldt. Celebration of Marlene’s Life will be Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 10:30am at Sheridan Lutheran Church, 70th & Old Cheney Road. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Sheridan Lutheran Church or Cedars Home for Children. Butherus, Maser & Love Funeral Home will be handling the arrangements. Online Condolences can be left at www.bmlfh.com
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