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Marvin Broeske

Marvin “Marv” L. Broeske, age 85, of Abbotsford, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024, at Mayo Health Clinic Systems in Eau Claire.

Marvin was born on June 24, 1938, the son of Elroy and Emma (Behring) Broeske in Dorchester. He graduated from Abbotsford High School in 1956 and attended UW Eau Claire where he played basketball for the Blugolds. Marvin was a member of the Army National Guard for 11 years and was called to service during the Berlin Crisis. On January 26, 1961, Marv was united in marriage to Kay Bobbe in Medford. They raised their family in Abbotsford. Marv worked at gas stations in Colby before working 25 years as office manager at Kraft Foods in Milan. He then managed the Cenex Convenience Store in Dorchester for many years.

Marv was a huge sports fan and officiated basketball and volleyball at all levels for over 60 years. He truly cherished all his officiating partners but had special memories officiating with Kenny Christensen, Chad Austin and Al Braun. Marv was also highly active playing and organizing adult basketball teams and leagues in and around Abbotsford for many years. He also played on several adult softball teams that played in leagues throughout the area. Marv traveled to tournaments across the state playing in tournaments well into his 50s. He told wonderful stories of all the special plays and games from all the sports he enjoyed playing. He loved the life-long friendships that he made during all those years of playing sports. He was always in the mood for stopping somewhere on his way home from playing or officiating for a cold one or two and was even known to have won quite a few beer drinking trophies with all his softball buddies! He also liked to keep everything in his life highly organized and tidy, from his lawn to his dining room hutch, to his car, and even his garage was neat and tidy. He was a meticulous bookkeeper and took immense pride in doing things right the first time. Marv enjoyed going up to the cottage on Sacketts Lake to relax with his family. Marv was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Colby and is a past member of the Abbotsford Jaycees. Marv is survived by his wife, Kay, of 62 years; four children: Jill (Steve) Weiler of Marshfield, Patrick (Nellie) Broeske of Brownsville, Robyn (Paul) Schueller of StratfordandAllysonBroeskeofAbbotsford; nine grandchildren: Jena (Ryan) Moertel, Hailey Weiler (fiancé Nick Bolen), Trent Weiler, Bennett Broeske, Alivia Broeske, Jacob Broeske, Kamryn Schueller, Braeden Schueller and Kalyn Schueller, and one great-granddaughter, Charlotte Moertel. He is further survived by brothers-in-law and sisters-inlaw: Lester (Marlene) Bobbe, Linda Boxrucker and Larry Bobbe; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elroy, and Emma; two brothers: Donald (Ruth) Broeske and Clyde (Carmen) Broeske; a sister, Dorothy (Armin) Gruenke; brother-in-law, Jack Boxrucker; and other family members.

A memorial service will be held for Marv at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2024, at Zion Lutheran Church in Colby. Reverend James Groleau will preside. Visitation will be at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Military honors will be provided by the Colby VFW Post #2227. Following the service the family will be hosting a gathering to celebrate Marv’s life, tell a few stories, have a few drinks, and enjoy a nice dinner. Please join the family at Jack’s Cantina Bar & Grill, 503 E. Spruce St., Abbotsford.

The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford is entrusted with arrangements. Family and friends may express condolences online at

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