Cover photo for Marie Balbina Mullins (Zemski)'s Obituary
1924 Marie 2023

Marie Balbina Mullins (Zemski)

March 30, 1924 — February 7, 2023

Marie B. Mullins, 98, formerly from Stratford, passed away on February 7, 2023, at Azura Memory Care, Rib Mountain, under the care of Interim HealthCare & Hospice.

Marie was born March 30, 1924, in Marathon, to the late Stephen and Balbina (Wielock) Zemski. She met the love of her life, Charles Mullins, and they began their married life on Sept. 9, 1944, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Cassel. They had 68 wonderful years of marriage prior to his passing in 2012.

During her long life, Marie was the bookkeeper and assisted her husband in the cheese making operation in the various factories they owned. She had a great sense of fashion and was a talented seamstress, and quilter. She leaves her family lasting memories of her creativity. She won many awards from county and state levels for her quilting. She was the first woman elected to the City of Stratford Trustee Board and served for ten years. She served as president of Stratford Homemakers HCE, holding numerous positions on the county level, and was a member of the Stratford Auxiliary VFW.

Marie is survived by her children; Carol Jacoby Rashleger, Racine; Paulette Leinwander, Minong; Linda (Norman) Knauf, Weston; Perry (Carolyn Reynolds), Columbus, GA; grandchildren, Wanda (Ken) Gall, Amy (Matt) Cotton, Erin (Darin) Rippentrop, and Cory Leinwander (Rodella LaFreniere); 8 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandsons; and sister, Anna Dahlke. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, and other dear relatives and friends.

Besides her parents, Marie was preceded in death by her husband Charles; sister, Sally Sandhoff; brothers Joe, Henry, and David Zemski; sons-in-law George (Jack) Rashleger and Donald Leinwander; and grandson Will Mullins.

A private family service will be held with interment following at Restlawn Memorial Park.

Marie’s family wishes to extend their deepest thanks and appreciation to the staff of Azura Memory Care and Interim Healthcare for the compassionate care given to their mother.

Beste Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be directed to the family at
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