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Marlene Ann Thomas


August 17, 2021

BESSEMER, Mich. — Marlene Ann (nee Wanhaaho) Thomas, 67, of Bessemer, passed away Saturday, Aug. 14, 2021.

She was born on July 12, 1954, in L’Anse, a daughter of Martin Arnold and Sylvia Mary (Kiviranta) Wanhaaho.

On Aug. 4, 1984, Marlene was united in marriage to David Lyle Thomas in Evanston, Wyoming.

She was a certified nursing assistant.

When Marlene and David lived in Exton, Pennsylvania, she worked at Frank’s Nursery & Crafts and was a supervisor at Michaels Arts & Crafts.

She was a member of the Apostolic Lutheran Church in Ironwood.

Marlene is survived by her husband, David; a brother, Keith (Shirley) Wanhaaho, Elo; two sisters, Jeanne (Daryl) Lampela, Allouez, and Diane Piispanen, Ironwood; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Marla Jean Wanhaaho, in 1958.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Jerald Rocco, owner and manager of Lakeside Memorial Chapel Inc., in Wakefield. Condolences may be expressed online at


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