Marlene A. Tews, age 79, of Apache Junction, AZ, formerly of Weyauwega, WI passed away on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, after suffering a heart attack and stroke on January 8, 2020. She was born on April 17, 1940, in Dane County, Deforest WI to the late Nickolas J. Nellis and Verna (Newman) Nellis. She graduated from Weyauwega Fremont High School. She met the love of her life and our father James F. Tews who preceded her in death on September 2, 2019. They were married on December 27, 1958, and celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary together with their children, family, and friends in Arizona in 2018. My mom always reminded us that she and our father dated in High School so they were together for 64 years. She drove bus for many years for Weyauwega Fremont School District while also taking care of their children while Jim was an over the road truck driver. She eventually went back to school and was employed by Waupaca County for over 14 years doing what she loved. Helping others. She was the Transportation Coordinator for Waupaca County. She was the most loving mother and cared for Jim for many years while he struggled with his illnesses. She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She never missed a special date and always sent cards to all of them when it comes to birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas and other special occasions.
She is survived by three sons; Robert (Suzy) Tews, Richard Tews, Randy (Sue) Tews; two daughters, Tammy (Britt) Gaffaney and Terrie (Steve) Liebe; also her son-in-law Randy Lind. Grandchildren; Kyle (Emily) Tews, Samantha (Tom) Keller, Matthew (Christy) Brickey, Heather Lind, Danielle (Josh) Paradise, Casey (Marty) Hilger, Jessica (friend TO) Tews, Ryan (Melissa) Tews, Ethan Tews, Alaina Tews and Nicholas Liebe. Great-grandchildren; Jason Tews, Aspen, Kinley and Oakley Hilger, Cameron and Aurora Paradise, Tayler Keller, Korey Brickey and Clayton Tews. Her three brothers; Gary (Betty) Nellis, Raymond (Karen) Nellis and Terry (Barb) Nellis; one sister; Sue (Jim) Martin.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband James F. Tews, daughter Trudy A. Lind and granddaughter Kimberly Tews.
A private burial will be held at a later date in the Oakwood Cemetery in Weyauwega. She will be buried with our father and the love of her life James F. Tews. Our mother loved our father and died from a broken heart after losing our father in September 2019. They were a great example to all their children, grandchildren, family and friends what marriage and love is all about.