Rev. A. Marlin Stene
Rev. A. Marlin Stene, Edina, Minn., passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017, surrounded by his family. A memorial service will be held Friday, June 23, at 2 p.m. at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Bloomington, Minn., with Rev. Katherine Nycklemoe officiating. Interment will beheld Saturday, June 24, in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Emmons, Minn., with Rev. Christopher Martin officiating at the graveside service.
Marlin was born one of twins on the family farm near Emmons, Minn. His parents were Alfred and Mabel (Godtland) Stene.
He graduated from Emmons High School, attended Luther and St. Olaf colleges, graduating from St. Olaf in 1950, majoring in history. He pursued his calling to the ministry, graduating from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn., after serving his internship at Chetek Lutheran Church, Chetek, Wisconsin.
While still in seminary, Marlin was introduced to his future wife of 61 years, Arlene Nelson, by his sister, Viola. They were married June 19, 1954, in Lodi, Wis., at First Lutheran Church.
Marlin’s first pastoral call was to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Manitowoc, Wis. In 1956, he moved to Beloit, Wis., to pastor a new home mission parish, Calvary Lutheran. In 1962, he undertook Clinical Pastor Education, training at Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Ill., and was selected to undergo additional training as a CPE instructor.
In 1964, he moved his family to Minneapolis, Minn., and served as chaplain and CPE instructor/supervisor at Lutheran Deaconess Hospital, until 1980. He then served as chaplain and CPE supervisor in St. Paul at Bethesda Hospital, which post-mergers ultimately became HealthEast. He ended his chaplaincy career as the vice-president of pastoral services and mission effectiveness, retiring in 1992.
Marlin is survived by his sister, Viola Ryberg; children: Rebecca (Renee Allbright) Stene, Erik (Lisa) Stene, John (Cindy) Stene, and Karen (Dan) Doenges; 12 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; sisters-in-law: Arlene Stene (Rusche), Ruth Krueger (Nelson), and Jan McChesney (Nelson); brothers-in-law: Bert Ryberg and Gordon McChesney; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Marlin was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene Stene, Jan. 9, 2016; parents, Alfred and Mabel Stene; sisters: Gladys Yates, Genevieve Stene, and Norma Stene; and twin brother, Milton Stene.