Marlene Catherine Rodman

November 27, 1932November 7, 2018
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Marlene C. Rodman of Olathe, Kansas passed away on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. Marlene was born on November 27,1932 in Huron, South Dakota to Peter Louis and Mary Rose (Reyleck) Pollock. She married Duane Rodman on May 12, 1951 and moved to Olathe, Kansas in 1960.

She loved spending time with her family, tending to her beautiful flowers, and devoted many years volunteering at Olathe Medical Center, Central Elementary, and Saint Paul’s Catholic Church. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

Marlene is preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Mary Pollock, husband Duane Rodman, and brother, James Pollock. Survivors include: her brother, Ron Pollock and his wife Arlene of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, sister, Dorothy Lundgren of Huron, South Dakota, son, Pete Rodman and his wife Jane of Booneville, Missouri, son, Mike Rodman and his wife Sylvia of Olathe, Kansas, daughters, Susan West of Overland Park, Kansas, Jeanne Freeman and her husband Monty of Kansas City, Missouri, Carol George and her husband David of Springhill, Kansas and son, Mark Rodman and his wife Vicki of Overland Park, Kansas. She also leaves behind 14 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 10th at St Paul Catholic Church 900 South Honeysuckle Drive Olathe, Kansas. Entombment in Resurrection Catholic Cemetery 83rd and Quivira Road in Lenexa Kansas. Visitation 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Saturday one hour prior to the Funeral Mass at the church. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to: Olathe Medical Center Olathe, Kansas or Central Elementary School in Olathe, Kansas.

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  • Peter Louis Pollock, Father
  • Mary Rose Pollock, Mother
  • Duane Rodman, Husband
  • James Pollock, Brother
  • Ron Pollock, Brother
  • Arlene Pollock, Sister-in-law
  • Dorothy Lundgren, Sister
  • Pete Rodman, Son
  • Jane Rodman, Daughter-in-law
  • Mike Rodman, Son
  • Sylvia Rodman, Daughter-in-law
  • Susan West, Daughter
  • Jeanne Freeman, Daughter
  • Monty Freeman, Son-in-law
  • Carol George, Daughter
  • David George, Son-in-law
  • Mark Rodman, Son
  • Vicki Rodman, Daughter-in-law
  • Marlene also leaves behind 14 grandchildren 11 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

  • Daniel Joseph Rodman, Pallbearer
  • William Jacob Freeman, Pallbearer
  • Jesse Duane Freeman, Pallbearer
  • John Foster Rodman, Pallbearer
  • Wesley Taylor Mentzel, Pallbearer
  • Maxwell Michael Watson, Pallbearer

  • Olathe Medical Center
  • Central Elementry School


  • Visitation Saturday, November 10, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, November 10, 2018
  • Committal Service Saturday, November 10, 2018

Marlene Catherine Rodman

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Michelle Watson

December 15, 2018

Thank you, my beautiful grandmother, for providing our family with such a strong matriarch. You gave us guidance, unconditional love, patience, and understanding, not to mention countless delicious meals. I can only aspire to be half the grandmother you were to my own grandchildren.

Alexandra Catherine George

November 27, 2018

Happy birthday, Grandma!

I miss you and I love you forever

Nancy Correll

November 23, 2018

Marlene is an amazing , accomplished woman who could do almost anything! Her life was lived according to her priorities of family, church and community.
I always enjoyed her sharp sense of humor and her calmness during any family crisis. She remembered me and sent many thoughtful cards and notes to cheer me during my battle with cancer. We shared many family events and holidays together and I have wonderful memories of those times. She is deeply missed.

Alexandra Catherine George

November 22, 2018

You can shed tears that she is gone
Or you can smile because she has lived

You can close your eyes and pray that
She'll come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all
She's left

Your heart can be empty because you
Can't see her
Or you can be full of the love you shared

You can turn your back on tomorrow and
Live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow
Because of yesterday

You can remember her and only that she's
Or you can cherish her memory and let it
Live on

You can cry and close your mind, be
Empty and turn your back
Or you can do what she'd want, smile
Open your eyes, love and go on

-She is Gone
David Harkins

Leo&Beth Pollock

November 20, 2018

A life well lived, always full of laughter, loved by all who knew her. A quick wit .A wonderful.mother. She will be missed she will be in good company, I,m sure praying for the rest of us still on our journey home.

Alexandra George

November 11, 2018

I have so many memories with Grandma Marlene, it is impossible to only pick one to remember. From sharing birthdays to running errands. Simply her stopping by the house countless times just to say hello, will always be thought of with a smile. My mother, Carol George, used to make fun of me for the amount of pictures I took, especially of my grandmother and her house. Today those pictures are cherished by her and the rest of my family. Her love will shine on because of the memories and pictures collected.

When I was a child, I would count down the days from my sister, Stephanie's birthday (25 days before mine) because sharing that day with Grandma Marlene was the best! She always reminded me I was her all time favorite birthday gift. She was mine. I remember on my ninth birthday, I was gifted a tiny lock, a lock that wouldn't actually protect anything but I loved it. Being young, I played with it too much and ended up breaking it the same day I got it. Seeing how upset I was, Grandma drove all the way back to her house to replace the lock with one she had and brought it to me that very same day. That lock is in my sight as I write this.

Grandma Marlene made my sisters and me feel welcome any time we needed anything. It could have been working on a school assignment or we just needed a hug, it did not matter. She was always willing to oblige. We were never an inconvenience.

As I grew older, she began teaching me about growing a garden. I became fascinated with watching plants grow. According to my mother, the love of plants comes from Grandma Mary, Marlene's mother. That love will live on for many years to come.

I could write every memory I ever had with that beautiful woman but nobody has that kind of time. Instead I will say, Thank you, Grandma, for every little thing. I love you forever.

Nicole Dujakovich

November 9, 2018

Jen Mentzel

November 8, 2018

Jen Mentzel

November 8, 2018

Jeanne Freeman

November 8, 2018

You are a strong lady, with kind eyes. You have prayed and given love to many people. Much of my strength comes from the knowledge and respect you have poured into my life. You have built a bridge of faith between your life and mine. You have taught me to face a real world remembering to be strong and yet gentle. Your service to life is a great example and I am proud you are my Mother .
(By Pat McKay)

Heaven is a prepared place for prepared people.

Dear Mom,

Thankyou for letting me guide you these last few years. It was an experience that I will never forget and it was a privilege. I wish I could have done more. We had a few adventures together. Just remember I love you and if you need anything you just holler.

Your loving daughter,



Marlene Rodman
December 2014


Marlene February 2017


Mother's Day 2017 - Marlene, Susie, Jennifer and Nicole


Mother's Day 2017 - Marlene, John


Mother's Day May 2017 - Marlene, Wesley, Devon, Izac, and Mariah


Marlene loved flowers!


Nicole Dujakovich, Jennifer Mentzel, Susan West, Marlene Rodman and Mariah Dujakovich



Our Mother, Marlene Rodman, was a beautiful soul.

Marlene was born in the small town of Huron, South Dakota. The daughter of Peter and Mary Pollock. She had two big brothers, Jim and Ron and one baby sister, Dorothy. Marlene was unhappy when she found out she wasn't going to be an only girl, however, she fell in love with her baby sister and they became the best of friends. Her sister, Dorothy, and her wrote many letters back and forth over the years.

Marlene spent her childhood ice skating, playing the piano and was in the marching band as a drum major. She enjoyed riding motorcycles with her big brothers. She loved to go fishing with her dad. She was a member of the Girl Scouts of America and a member of the National Honor Society.

Marlene married the love of her life on May 12, 1951. Duane and her were young and in love. She moved with him to Colorado and then to Georgia while Duane was in the service. They eventually moved to Kansas.

She bore six children. Three boys: Pete who married Jane; Mike who married Sylvia; and Mark who married Vicki. Three girls: Susie, Jeanne who married Monty and Carol who married David.

She loved her children passionately. All of her children grew up to lead fulfulling lives due to her loving guidance. She encouraged each of her children to find their strength.

Marlene had her perfect house built for her in 1965. She took her passion and spent hours decorating it her way.

Her children gave her grandbabies, which she adored. Tina, Elizabeth and Kathryn from Pete; Michelle and Michael from Mike; Jennifer and Nicole from Susie; Jacob and Jesse from Jeanne; Stephanie, Alex and Kristine from Carol; Dan and John from Mark. She shared a birthday with her granddaughter, Alex.

She was also blessed with several great grandbabies. India and Seven from Tina; Madison and Max from Michelle; Elliott and Sawyer from Michael; Wesley from Jennifer; Devon, Izac and Mariah from Nicole. Madison is expecting a new addition to the family next year. Christmas was her favorite holiday as she knew everyone would gather together and celebrate at her home.

Marlene lost the love of her life in 1983. Although it was devastating for her, she continued on by herself to raise children, babysit grandchildren and run her household.

She took great pride in her volunteer work, first at St. Paul's as a room mother and several years at Olathe Medical Center. Marlene also volunteered through the senior serving school's program at Central Elementary School teaching the children to read. She loved being around the children.

Her gardens were her biggest hobby and she enjoyed "playing in the dirt." She also fed her birds and watched them for hours. Marlene was an accomplished seamstress and her kids enjoyed wearing her creations.

Marlene had many wonderful XXXX with the over 50 Travel Club. She made many new friends and also shared these trips with longtime friends. She also enjoyed Chestnut Fine Arts Center attending many shows.

Her home is quiet now and no longer as vibrant.

Our mother was a beautiful soul. She was simple. She didn't need extravagance,, but she deserved it.