The last time I saw her, she was in charge of the forensic reunion planned as part of the 75th anniversary celebration at UW-eau Claire. Her skill as an organizer was well illustrated that night. Her speech made the biggest hit that evening. What a magnificent sense of humor! She told about being on the college team at the university, and how her male colleagues got into a card game on the train and gambled away their food money. She had to get into the game, at their insistence, because they were sure she could get their money back. She did.
She was a commanding general. She would bark out the orders and the troops did not question her authority. She had enthusiasm unbounded. She always planned a dinner when our judging work was done. Julia Child had nothing on her as a cook. I know, because I was given many opportunities to dine under her kind and talented hospitality.
Marvelene was a wonderful teacher. Ask Dr. Ron Allen at UW-Madison, or Dr. Wil Denson, head of the Theatre at US-Eau Claire, who can also attest to what an inspiring teacher she was.
I could go on and on eulogizing this great gal, but a poem by an unknown author expresses her philosophy and embraces her lifestyle:
I want to teach my students how
To live this life on earth
To face its struggles and its strife
And to improve their worth
Not just the lesson in a book
Or how the rivers flow
But how to choose the proper path
Wherever they may go.
To understand eternal truth And
Know the right from wrong
And gather all the Beauty of
A flower and a song. For if
I help the world to grow In wisdom
And in grace
Then I shall feel that I have won
And I have filled my place
And so I ask your guidance, God
That I may do my part
For character and confidence
And happiness of Heart.
Few teachers are the inspiration she has been. She gave her life to the students she loved. Up there in Heaven, with blue borders around each motto, in her Palmer Method hand, she is posting inspirational thoughts for her students.
Grace Walsh, Professor Emeritus
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
I was so happy to read the tribute and see the photo of Marveline
Butterbrodt--my English teacher at Loyal High School in the early
1960's and to whom I owe the fact - that I have, and continue to
have, a career in writing and journalism.
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