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Marlene Catherine Cesare, age 65, of Grand Rapids, passed away on Monday, January 22, 2018 at Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital.

The daughter of John & Martha (Bibik) Cesare, she was born on June 23, 1952 in Wayne Co., Michigan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Leonard; sister,  Ann Marie.  Marlene is survived by her twin-sister Marianne & Frank Lipcsei, sister Alishia & Guy Terrill, brother Mark Cesare, nephews Michael & Alyssa Dennie, Marc Dennie; Jason & Michelle Heath; niece Christina & Thomas Clise; great-nephews Harrison Dennie, Charlie Heath, Andrew Heath, Jason Clise and great-niece Alice Clise.She is also survived by many, many cousins spread over the country from Michigan, Colorado, Florida, California, Pennsylvania and Illinois. She was loved dearly by the Lipcsei family in Ontario, Canada. 

A memorial service is to be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 29, 2018 at Calvary Church Chapel, 707 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI with a luncheon to follow at noon in room 208.

Memorial contributions may be made in Marlene’s honor to either Casa de Esperanza Ministries or L.E.A.R.N organization.

Honoring her wishes cremation will take place. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Marlene’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids. 


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  1. Alishia M. Terrill on January 23, 2018 at 11:22 am

    What can I possibly say about my sweet sister, Marlene. She didn’t have a mean bone in her body & only wanted to be nice & friendly to everyone she met and dancing, holy cow did she love to dance! You know the phrase “dance like no one’s watching”, Marlene danced like EVERYONE was watching & she loved it. We should all be that way.

  2. Rachelle Windrow Ayers on January 23, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Marianne, Jason and I are keeping you and your family in our prayers. I’m sure Marlene is smiling down on you from Heaven with Miss Coffee Crisp by her side.

  3. Sandra Cesare Rintelmann on January 23, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Sandy and David

  4. Randy and Betty Jo Enell on January 25, 2018 at 11:03 am

    Though we are in AZ, our hearts and prayers are with the family. Marlene’s smile is now never ending.

  5. Marianne Lipcsei on January 26, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    You were the sweetest, most gentle person and I’ve missed you so much over the last few years as you slipped farther and farther away. I’m trying to get my subconscious mind to understand what I know, you are free now and your perfect, eternal life has begun. I’ll always keep your memory alive because we have so many wonderful, funny memories that we love to share.

  6. Peter & Kathy Liken on January 29, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Our loving Marlene has earned her wings…and freedom from her earthly burdens. We have lots of memories from Franklin St in Grand Haven and also Tennessee. Marlene was always smiling and happy go lucky. She loved Miss Coffee Crisp and would sternly correct us when we tried to call her Miss Coffee Cake! She made me laugh and she shared the same life attitude as her twin sister Marianne…..perseverance!!! Marlene touched many lives and will truly be missed!

  7. Maureen and John Lipcsei on February 6, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Marlene, it was a pleasure to know you – we have wonderful memories of you riding your bike, showing your jewelry off, colouring and enjoying your favourite shows. We all need to be a bit more like Marlene and enjoy all the simple pleasures in life. May all the family find peace knowing you are happy and loved with your heavenly kitties and family.

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