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Marlene J. (Baier) Sabelko

Marlene J. (Baier) Sabelko

Marlene Joyce (Baier) Sabelko, 89 of Elmwood, passed away on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at Comforts of Home in Menomonie surrounded by her loved ones. 

Marlene was born on December 6, 1933 in Plum City.  She was the daughter of Sherman and Beulah (Severson) Biles.  Marlene graduated from Arkansaw High School in 1951. 

Marlene married Donald Baier on September 7, 1954, in Eau Galle.  After marriage they farmed in the town of Eau Galle. In 1957, they moved to a farm in Rock Elm Township. Together they farmed for nearly 36 years and raised seven children.  They worked hard but also had fun with friends and family.  Marlene drove school bus for Elmwood School District for nearly 20 years.  In 1979 they moved into the Village of Elmwood.   Don passed away in 1990.  Marlene later married Ed Sabelko on July 16, 1994. They resided in rural Durand enjoying their retirement years. They moved to Menomonie in 2010.  Ed passed away in December 2013.  Marlene later moved to Welcome Home Assisted Living in Elmwood where she resided until July 2022. 

Marlene enjoyed playing cards, dancing, fishing at the family cabin on Mudhen Lake in Siren and spending time with family and friends. 

Marlene is survived by her seven children, Jeff Baier of Elmwood, Julie (Bill) Richardson of Spring Valley, Judy (Jim) Stoikes and Jill (Tom) Bennwitz, both of Verona, Bev (Bill) Cook of Panama City Beach, FL, Jim Baier of Elmwood, John (Dianne) Baier of Arcadia; 13 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; six Sabelko step-children; Don (LuAnn), Steve (Cindy), both of Prescott, Jim (Teresa), Ed Jr. (Sally), both of Durand, Roger (LaVey) of Pepin and Nancy (Dennis) Wolf of Stockholm; 15 step-grandchildren, 41 step-great grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Sharon Smith, Chris Baier and Marcella Biles.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, step-mother, Violet Biles, her husbands, Don and Ed, two brothers, Everett and Tom Biles and an infant sister; a step-great grandson, Jeremy Sabelko. 

Funeral services will be 12:00PM Friday, December 16, 2022, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Elmwood with Rev. Anbalagn Shanmugam officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until the time of the services at the church on Friday.

Funeral service will be livestreamed on the Rhiel Funeral Home Facebook Page


  1. Tom Bates

    So sorry for your loss.

  2. Sandy Drier

    Much Sympathy to Marlene's family. Such a sweet lady. I will always remember her as "Mama Baier".

  3. Lori & Arnie Nelson

    Bev - We are so sorry to hear about your Mom. May all the “happy”memories over the years bring comfort over the Holidays. Marlene was a great person, always smiling and talkative. We enjoyed our chats with her at Welcome Home while visiting parents. Our thoughts are with you…

  4. Colette Ducklow

    Heartfelt sympathy to the entire family.

  5. Chris and Arnie Bauer Jr

    Prayers to the Baier family

  6. Joanne’McRoberts’ Hovey

    Sincere sympathy to family ????

  7. John & Jodell Marson

    Our deepest sympathy to the entire Baier family.

  8. Steven Schultz

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  9. marge binkowski

    To all the Baier family; Such a wonderful lady . Sincere sympathy to you all.

  10. Bev and Tanya Maves

    Jill, Jim, John and family ~
    Sending our caring thoughts while hoping you will gradually find comfort in remembering all of the happy memories that family and friends shared with your mom. May Marlene be at peace knowing she raised a great family. Holiday blessings to you all during this difficult time. Tan and Bev ~

  11. Lisa Raeder Hamilton

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a kind & wonderful person. I will remember her fondly.

  12. Jayne & Jerry Holt

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  13. Jean Rehbein

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother Jill-may she live in your memories forever. She was a great longtime, cherished friend of my mother’s also.

  14. Dan Poeschel

    Aunt Marlene always made me laugh with her quick wit, and always positive attitude. She was adorable. Lived a good life....All we can ask for.

  15. Suzi Crownhart

    My sympathy to Marlene’s family.

  16. Gary & Judi Bauer

    Our sympathy to Marlene’s family and extended family. I grew up near the Baier farm and even babysat back in the day for her children. She was a great friend to my Mom RIP Marlene

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