A memorial service for Marlene Diane Koehler Johle, 57, of Conroe will be held on Monday, February 12, 2007 at 12:30 p.m. in Cashner Colonial Chapel with Rev. Phillip Bender officiating.
Mrs. Johle was born October 17, 1949 in Houston, Texas and passed away on February 8, 2007 in Conroe, Texas. Though she be but small, she is mighty, that sums up Marlene Johle in eight words. She was mighty of heart, mighty of strength, mighty of good actions. If you were around Marlene even a few minutes, you knew her smile and her positive outlook. She was the backbone, the glue that held her family and extended family together. She was an extraordinary artist, very creative though she would have been the last person to tell you of her talent.
Marlene and Kirby started dating when Marlene was but 14, they married in 1967. Marlene tells the story that when she first saw Kirby, she knew he was the one for her. In 1968, Kim was born, then Kami in 1972. Marlene worked for Cimms Corporation in Conroe for 20 plus years where they still wanted her to come back even after her retirement. She loved 4 wheeling, motorcycle rides and all sorts of outdoor activities with Kirby, always by Kirby’s side.
If you asked Marlene what her greatest accomplishments were, you would hear: “I have a wonderful family, I love my husband, I love my girls, I especially love my grandsons, David and Chandler.” With much pride in her voice you would hear, “David is going to go to college, he’s going to be my college man, Chandler can go too but I think Chandler is going to be doing something with his hands, he’s already so good at things like that and Chandler knows no fear.”
That was Marlene, she was all about love. It was a tradition that the family and extended family meet at Kirby and Marlene’s house for Thanksgiving lunch. Marlene would prepare and cook for hours to make sure everything was just right for the kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews. Then after everyone ate, it was time to go to the front porch to laugh and talk. Marlene was in her element then and nothing gave her greater pleasure. A gathering of the family to watch fireworks on the 4th of July became a tradition that brought great pleasure to Marlene as family and friends gathered for hotdogs and fireworks.
Marlene had the fortitude to overcome many of life’s frailties. It was her love of family that brought her through those difficulties life throws at you. You would be hard-pressed to find a better wife, mother, grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, daughter or friend.
She is survived by her husband, Kirby Lynn Johle of Conroe; daughters, Kimberly Lynn Johle and husband Kevin Parks of Conroe and Kami Lane Johle of Breckenridge, Colorado; mother, Mrs. Lillie Mae Jenger Koehler of Houston; brother, John Martin Koehler and sister-in-law Marjorie Koehler of Kingwood; sister, Karen Ann Chance of Willis; grandsons, David Devore and Chandler Parks; brother-in-law, Kris Layne Johle and sister-in-law Judy Johle of The Woodlands. Numerous other relatives and friends also survive.