Marlene “Mike” Cotten

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Tuesday, January 22, 1935
Date of Death:
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Age:
84 years old

Visitation

Date: Saturday October 12, 2019
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Funeral Service

Date: Saturday October 12, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Burial

Location: Grandview Memorial Gardens [ view map ]

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Tuesday, January 22, 1935
Date of Death:
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Age:
84 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Tuesday, January 22, 1935
Date of Death:
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Age:
84 years old

Marlene “Mike” Cotten

Marlene Mavis “Mike” (Weatherly) Cotten, age 84, of Rochester passed away  Saturday, October 5, 2019 surrounded by her family at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, MN after a three week battle with pneumonia.

Marlene was born in Dodge Center, MN on January 22, 1935 to Delbert and Vera (Hutton) Weatherly. She was united in marriage to Richard “Dick” Cotten of Mantorville, MN on December 15, 1951. They were married for 57 years until his death in 2009. The couple moved to Rochester to work and raise their family. Marlene worked as a waitress at Michaels Restaurant in Rochester for over 30 years.

She loved to travel, especially her trips to Arizona in the winter with her sister, Sandy, and brother-in-law, Larry. Marlene had a passion for reading. She also loved gardening, her weekly Redhat lady luncheons, and spending time with her family, friends, and pets. She was proud of earning her GED in 1975 after dropping out of high school to raise her four younger siblings.

Marlene is survived by her children, Debra (Terry) Lukes of Humansville, MO, Durk (Tary) Cotten of Byron, MN, Roger (Lorie) Cotten of Rochester, MN, and Kristi (Dennie) Himle of Claremont, MN; 9 grandsons; 14 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandsons; siblings, Marcy Guillen of Richmond, VA, Sandra (Larry) Brooks of Byron, MN, and Lavern (Nancy) Weatherly of Byron, MN; her Cotten brothers and sisters-in-law; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and great friend, John Schmidt of Rochester, MN.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard; and sister, Eileen (Keith) Anderson.

Marlene’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Mary Brigh 6B nurses, doctors, and staff for the excellent care she received.

The funeral service for Marlene “Mike” will be held Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Interment will be at Grandview Memorial Gardens in Rochester.

Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com

Sign Guestbook

Send your condolences to the family of Marlene “Mike” Cotten.

At the family's request, Macken Funeral Home will publish your message on this website.

To help us prevent automated scripts from completing this form, please answer the following question.

Condolences

The family of Marlene “Mike” Cotten has received the following condolences.

Our sympathy to the Cotten Family. Memories of years ago


God Bless,


Pork and Lil Bartholomew

Kristi and Deb, I was saddened to hear of your Mom's passing and wanted you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers through this most difficult time!  Hang onto your memories and celebrate her life with your family.  Love, Jill Anderson

My mother Virginia Kranz worked with Marlene for over 30 years, I worked with, so did my brother Jeff and sister Lisa. She was a good friend to my mom and the family. She was always great to know and work with. She made the world a better place. Scott Kranz 

Aunt Mike you will be dearly missed but I know Uncle Dick was waiting the minute you crossed the gates into Heaven! I am sure he has many new stories to share with you.


You always had such a beautiful smile and I loved seeing you when you came for the Cotten-Unger get togethers!!! You will be truly missed! Thoughts and prayers to Deb, Roger, Durk and Kristi and their families!

Marlene & I worked together at Michael's back in the late 60's. We've been friends ever since even tho we were miles apart.  We have visited in Rochester & in Arizona where we learned late in life we shared a birthday. She was a special friend & won't be forgotten,

So sorry for your loss . Lossing a parent is never easy no mater your age. Loss of a sibling is never easy either. If anyone could figure out a recipe to make to make the pain go away for loss of a loved one I sure wish I could send it to my friends and family members  cause I think this family has certainly had enough loss to last us all for quite some time.  Love , Brenda  and John

I have known Marlene almost all my life! My mother, Mona ,and her have been friends  for over 50 years. They started their friendship while working together at Michael's Restaurant many years ago. Even though they ended up residing  in different states they always stayed in contact. They took turns visiting each other between Wisconsin and Minnesota over the years and I always enjoyed seeing her and Dick when they came to Wisconsin. Marlene had a wonderful smile, a beautiful laugh and an outstanding sense of humor! I am thankful that we have so many memories to cherish.


Robyn

Mrs. Cotton walked by my house on 3rd Avenue with her dogs.  One day she had a cocker spaniel with her and she was looking for a home for it.  We took this dog and it was the best dog we had in a long time.   She always stopped to see her and talk.  Very nice neighbor.  We thanked her many times for this wonderful dog.

Im sorry to I never got to meet your mom,Deb.  But Through the stories you told and the great daughter she raise, I came to see what a wonderful person she was and how much she will be missed by family and friends. 

My Grandmother was a sweet kind caring person. She was a friend to many people and will be missed so much. My heart goes out to my Mom and her brothers and sister in this painful time. I pray we meet again and that we can hug each other. I will hold you in my heart Grandma everyday.

Marlene was such a wonderful, very special friend to our family.  We will miss spending time with Marlene.  Our heartfelt condolences goes out to her family.  

I am truly sorry for the loss of Marlene, and will miss her dearly.  Her and my dad, John Schmidt, were wonderful friends for years, living just a few houses away from each other.  They would enjoy each other's company and have dinner almost every night at John's House, and Marlene would bring her dogs over. Dad’s cat Leo would wait at the end of the driveway for their arrival.  Dave and I enjoyed having Marlene and dad over too, for her favorite lamb chops.  I thought of Marlene as my second mom, as she showed such kindness and caring towards me, I could see it in her eyes.  Rest in peace beautiful lady.  Look down upon us.  I am thinking of Marlene’s family at this difficult time, and offering my heart-felt condolences.