In Memory of Marlene Trenbeath(1942 - 2017)

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Name
Marlene Trenbeath
Spouse
Larry Trenbeath
Children
Erica, Andrea, Michael, Jean, Brian
Birth Date
November 21, 1942
Blessing Date
February 8, 1975
Ascension Date
April 25, 2017  

Marlene (Dudik) Trenbeath ascended to the Spiritual World two years after receiving the diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Marlene was born on November 21, 1942, and the only child of Stephen and Rose Dudik. She ascended to the Spiritual World on April 25, 2017.

Marlene graduated from McKeesport High School in 1960 and trained as a nurse under the nuns’ supervision at Braddock General Hospital in Braddock, PA in 1963. After working for approximately one year at McKeesport Hospital as a registered nurse, she joined the Peace Corps in 1964 and served two years on the Altiplano in Bolivia.

Marlene joined the Unification Church in March of 1968. More than once she spoke of the time when True Father came and spoke of his plans for America. True Father sat on the floor with a handful of members in a circle and Marlene said she knew “This was the start of something big.”

Marlene participated in witnessing and selling tickets for the first seven-city Day of Hope Tour in the United States. She set up the infirmary at Barrytown, NY and gave Reverend David S.C. Kim his allergy shots. Reverend Kim referred to Marlene as the “heavenly nurse.”

Marlene also participated and witnessed for the Yankee Stadium rally and the Washington Monument Rally in 1976. In addition, she served in the Freedom Leadership Foundation (FLF).

Marlene was a loving mother and mother bear to her five children, and even her husband.

She is survived by her husband, Larry; children: Erica (Tomitaka) Sodeyama, Grand Forks, ND; Andrea (Aliso) Lowen, Tacoma, WA; Michael Trenbeath, Grand Forks, ND; Jean Trenbeath (Jonathan Fu), San Mateo, CA; Brian Trenbeath, Grand Forks, ND; grandchildren: Umiko and Jago Sodeyama; David and Zachary Lowen.

The Seonghwa Ceremony will be held at the Askew Funeral Home in Cavalier, ND on Saturday, April 29 at 2:00 PM. The Ghi Hwan Ceremony will take place at 11:00 AM and the Won Jeon Ceremony will take place immediately after the 2:00 PM Seonghwa. Refreshments will be served afterward.

Donations are welcome in the name of Larry Trenbeath in lieu of flowers for the purpose of medical and Seonghwa expenses.

Mr. Larry Trenbeath

14287 County 55

Neche, ND 58265

Seonghwa Ceremony

Time
2:00 PM
Date
Saturday, April 29
Location
Askew Funeral Home: 209 Elizabeth St W, Cavalier, ND 58220

Comments (25)

  • Marius Jean Henry

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    At first glance , the picture show a very young person , after reading I have the confidence she is like that again and wish and pray the best for Marlene liberation and release into New Heaven under the ultimate Glory of the oneness white throne of God , God is twice the speed of sound since 1/13/2001 beautiful name is Elizabeth “Homewayhome and Now Original HOME , she can be Cavalier for the New Divine Providence Original settlement

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  • Gerrie Porcella Linek

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    My sincere condolences to Marlene’s family and friends. She was a beautiful, sensitive soul. Marlene and I briefly shared a small garret in the Varnum St. house in Washington, DC, in the 1970s, when Young Oon Kim lived there. May God bless and comfort you all during this difficult time.

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  • Leslie Cook

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    Such a special soul. I was with her for Belvedere training in the early 70s and will always remember her warmth and humor. I’m sure shell be soo missed on earth, soo welcomed in the next world.

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  • John Hitchler

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    Marlene, I pray that your ascended travels will be smooth and in peace. God Bless You Marlene and God Bless your Family. I’m sorry I did not have the opportunity to know you. ITN’s

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  • Laura Taylor

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    Thank you so much, Marlene. Prayers for a beautiful transition for you and your whole family. I know Father is happy to meet you again. All our love

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  • Galen Brooks

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    Larry, Sorry to hear the passing of Marlene. Sorry I am not able to attend the Songwha because of work here. My heart goes to all your family.

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  • Sydelle Enyeart

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    Marlene and I were also living together in Washington, D.C. either Upshur House or Varnum. We also attended the workshop at Barrytown together. Prayers for her and her family. IMON, Sydelle V. Enyeart

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  • Hugh & Nora Spurgin

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    We send our prayers, love and condolences to the Trenbeath family. It was Marlene who introduced Hugh to the Divine Principle, our True Parents and our church in September 1968. We have many fond memories of working and living together with Marlene, Dr. Young Oon Kim and others in the center in Washington, D.C. Marlene is a person of integrity and of internal strength and beauty.
    Marlene, may our Heavenly Parent continue to bless you on your transition and journey to the highest realms of the spiritual world. May the love of God and of our True Parents be with you always.

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    • Erica Sodeyama

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      Thank you for giving your testimony; it is deeply appreciated.

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  • Ruth Cleaver

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    I met the Trenbeath family when I was city leader in Pittsburgh in the mid-80’s. Marlene was such a warm and wonderful woman. I am sending love and prayers from New Zealand.

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  • Pierre Beauregard

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    I didn’t know Marlene but I am sure she is already in the most beautiful heavenly realm of heaven.

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  • Betsy Orman

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    Dear Trenbeth Family:
    I am saddened to hear of the death of Marlene, your lovely mother and wife. However, I know she will be awaiting her beautiful family in the future as she makes a home in heaven for them. We are praying for her ascension to the highest level, where our beloved members and her ancestors will welcome her with great anticipation. God bless and keep you all, as its hardest for us to live without the daily presence of the mother or wife we loved so dearly on the earth. She will soon make her presence known to you from spiritual world and continue to watch over all of you. Of this, I am certain. May God be with you during this challenging time of transition. A big hug to you all. The Orman Family.

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  • Gunnard Johnston

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    I have no personal recollection of Marlene, unfortunately, but from what I can see here Marlene lived as a pioneering spirit of the highest character for which she has earned the highest realm with True Parents. May our Heavenly Parent always embrace and hold Marlene eternally in loving arms.

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  • Hillie Edwards

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    Dear Marlene, I remember you with affection and respect, including your sensitivity, beauty, honesty, intelligence, and creativity. I can still hear you singing, at Dr. Young Oon Kim’s 10th anniversary, a beautiful song you had written. You were spiritually​ perceptive and loving. I know you will continue to watch over your beloved family. Bless you on your way.

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  • Dr. Ernst Gerhard Bessell

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    Dear Treanbeth family:

    under the benevolent love and care we are all brothers and sisters in this world and the next. Dear Larry, you were one of the two first Americans that I could encounter and come to appreciate. I haven’t met your wife, but I feel very close to her through my wife, who passed in 2003. She continuously works to open doors for my family and me. I would love to be able to support you were I can. Wishing you all the very best Sincerely Gerhard.

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  • Jean Gomis

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    My deepest sympathy to the Trenbeath Family. May Marlene R.I.P.

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  • Marie Ang

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    I was saddened to hear of Marlene’s passing, and memories of those early years in Upshur House were brought to mind. Although I can’t remember many personal ancedotes, that was a rich time we shared with an intensity to gain members, living together as brothers and sisters, witnessing, worshipping, singing and praying and eating together. Marlene was one of the many sisters who were responsible for making the Holy Robes for the thirteen couples who received the Blessing in 1969.
    Our love and prayers are with you Marlene as you transition to your new life, and with you, Larry and your precious family during this challenging time.

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  • Steve Mudgett

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    Dear Larry:
    Condolences on the passing of Marlene. Prayers for her and her ascension and for you and your family here.
    Best regards,
    Steve Mudgett

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  • Helen Alexander

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    Dear Marlene,
    Sincerely sending prayers and hearts of thanks and support for your victorious ascension and new life. Thank you for the opportunity in 1972 to share together with True Parents and re-pioneering the Northwest foundation. Sincerest condolences to your family, whom you can be closer to than ever.

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  • Jerry and Emiko and the ParksGamily

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    We did not you or the Family but knowing the dates of your Family’s involvement in the movement with our beloved True Parents I know your treasures are in the Kingdom of Heaven. May Heavenly Parents welcome you and may you continue your attendance to the world restoration. Comfort to the remaining Family here on Earth until you meet again in the spirit world. Thank you so much for your life on earth to the attendance of the True Parents. GOD Bless you and your Family
    IPN The Park’s Family

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  • John Alexander

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    My wife, Yuko and I are deeply moved by her dedication to our Heavenly Father and the True Parents. Our wishes and love will be with you and your family.

    ITPN, John and Yuko Alexander

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  • Lisa Take

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    I came from Los Angeles to participate in the Day of Hope tour and briefly lived at Upshur House where I knew Marlene and other early members. Along with perfectly coiffed hair (I don’t think I ever saw a hair out of place), meticulous makeup and jewelry, I was impressed with how sure Marlene was of herself. I’ve forgotten much over the years, but on one momentous occasion that I will ALWAYS remember was while the DOH bus was parked outside in front of Upshur House and we members inside were patiently waiting to leave. To our surprise, True Father suddenly boarded the bus and proceeded to walk up the aisle checking out everything. As he walked down the aisle towards the entrance, Marlene suddenly leapt from her seat and unabashedly planted a kiss on True Father’s cheek. I was horrified! In my naivete I expected a reprimand of some sort. Instead, with that enigmatic smile of his, Father simply continued walking down the aisle and exited the bus. Years later and in my old age, I’m now envious!

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    • Erica Sodeyama

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      Thank you for taking the time to share this great memory. We deeply appreciate it!

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  • Erica Sodeyama

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    My family and I are grateful to each of you for sharing your kind thoughts and memories. Thank you.

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  • Lisa Take

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    You’re Most Welcome, Erica and Family! God Bless you!

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