Marlene Zaetsch, 72, of Imlay City, MI died unexpectedly, Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at McLaren Macomb Hospital of Mt. Clemens, MI. Marlene Kay Fletcher was born April 5, 1950 in Flint, MI. She was the daughter of the late Clark and Ona (Denton) Fletcher. Marlene grew up in Lowell, MI. She was a graduate of Lowell High School, Class of 1968. Marlene continued her education at Grand Valley State University and earned her bachelor’s degree in education. She married Glenn Zaetsch on April 3, 1982 in Capac, MI.

She was employed as a history and social Studies teacher by Dryden Community Schools for 37 years, from 1973-2010. She was well loved by many of her students and faculty staff. She was well known for her Government Debates and Quiz Bowl teams.

Marlene is survived by her husband, Glenn Zaetsch of Imlay City; and her son, Kenneth (David Kyle) Zaetsch-Childers of Imlay City, MI. She was preceded in death by; her parents, Clark and Ona Fletcher.

The family will be available for visitation from 12 noon until 4 p.m., Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at the Roth-Gerst Funeral Home, 305 N. Hudson Street, Lowell, MI 49331.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Muir Brothers Funeral Home of Imlay City.

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