Marlene “Chris” Daskam, 88, of Kiel died peacefully on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at Hospice Home of Hope of Fond du Lac.
Chris was born July 2, 1932 in Oshkosh, daughter of the late Florian and Violet (Luther) Christensen. She graduated with the class of 1950 from Oshkosh High School. On May 9, 1953 she married the love of her life William “Bill” Daskam at Immanuel Evangelical & Reform Church in Oshkosh. Bill preceded her in death on Sept. 8, 2020. Before she was married Chris worked for American Optical; after marriage and relocating to Kiel Chris began working at the Kiel Public School District. She was known as the librarian at both elementary schools. Together with their son they owned The Egg & I restaurant in Madison.
Chris and Bill traveled extensively before and after retirement. She was a member of St. Peter Evangelical Church. They were members of the “Dirty Dogs” social group with which they enjoyed their time on Cedar Lake and many events. She was also a member of the Kiel Study Group. Chris was an aspiring author. She loved to write about the true-life stories of her sons. She fancied to have them published—her family will continue to work on fulfilling her dreams.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Ana Daskam; step-grandchildren Aprilia and Nimas; as well as nieces and nephews.
Chris was preceded in death by her husband Bill; son Paul; brother Don (Marilyn) Christensen; and sisters-in-law Joy (Richard) Schmirler and Frances (Stanley) Esslinger.
A memorial service will be held starting at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 24 at Meiselwitz-Vollstedt Funeral Home, 815 6th St., Kiel. The Rev. Ted McCurdy will officiate with burial at Kiel Belitz Cemetery. The family will greet relatives and friends at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m.
The family would like to thank Agnesian Hospital as well as Hospice Home of Hope for the care and compassion shown to Chris and her family during her short illness.
Meiselwitz-Vollstedt Funeral Home of Kiel is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.