marlene marsh
Marlene Marsh, 83, of Weirton, passed away Thursday, October 20, 2016 in Trinity Medical Center West, Steubenville, OH. She was born August 4, 1933 in Weirton, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Clara (Kearns) Kokochak. She was also preceded in death by her husband David R. Marsh and brother Michael Kokochak. For 45 years, Marlene served as the Journalism and English teacher for Weir and Madonna High Schools. She was a member of St. Paul Roman Catholic Church where, for many years, she served as Eucharistic Minister and reader. She was also a member of the Tri-State Wine Makers Club, Steubenville Players and was a founding member of the Over the Hill Gang. She was a member of the Literary Department of the Weirton Women's Club, where she was instrumental in bringing author Pearl S. Buck to Weirton. Marlene had an unconventional sense of humor. Mimsi Bleckner, Chickie and Auntie Bob were some of the special aliases she was known by. She was an award-winning poet, talented artist and was the creator of "Ludmilla". Surviving are her daughters Catherine (Thomas) Gruda of Weirton and Amy (T.J.) Burchfield of Steubenville, OH; sons Michael Marsh (Miranda McCullough) of Falls Church, VA and David (Donna) Marsh, Jr. of Alexandria, VA; brother Jan (Amity) Kokochak of Plant City, FL; sister-in-law Dora Kokochak of Weirton; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held Sunday 1-3 and 5-7PM at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at10am Monday at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church with the Reverend Father Larry Dorsch officiating. Interment will follow in St. Paul Cemetery, Weirton, WV Please consider a memorial contribution to the Hancock County Animal Shelter, P. O. Box 508, New Manchester, WV 26056, where she rescued her beloved companion Sadie. Funeral Home: Greco Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV US 26062

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  1. So sorry for your loss. She was such a bright, witty, entertaining lady. May you all be comforted by many happy memories. Love and prayers to you all.

  2. Sorry for your loss! I made a donation so more Sadies can become beloved companions! I usually send food as that is what I want when I am sad but knowing Catherine there is probably plenty of baked goods and treats!

  3. Amy, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Ellen Rock Covestro

  4. Amy , I am extremely sad to hear of the passing of your mother. I guess God needed her more again my deepest sympathies and prayers for all of you while you start this new path without your mother on earth. But I can attest they have never really left you she is with you all your days until you meet in the land of the ever youthful ‘Tir na Nog’. All my love, Colleen Bowers

  5. Dear Marsh family, What a terrible loss. Our wonderful neughbor! Marlene was possibly the most interesting woman We have ever known. So many skills! She was a teacher but she never stopped learning. Fabulous cook, crafter, wine maker, gardener, family historian, seamstress, gifter, animal lover, world traveler, humorist, poet, story teller, photographer and mom! And i know that does not begin to cover what she meant to all of you. I hold you all in my heart and prayers after the loss of this great lady. I would say rest in peace, Marlene, but now that she’s in heaven, things are gonna’ get rowdy up there!! Love to all. Roberta, Tom and Lydia Taylor

  6. Dear Kathy and family. My heartfelt prayers and sympathy in your great loss. May God give you peace and strength during this difficult time.

  7. So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing Mike. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We really enjoyed spending time with her and she will be truly missed. She was a wonderful person. Love and prayers to you and your family.

  8. I remember Marlene very well from times when she substituted at Weir Junior High many years ago. It was at that time that I discovered that she was a childhood friend of my mother. Then in the days when I was at St. Paul’s it was always good to interact with her and enjoy her intelligent quips and sense of humor. I know she was a loving mother and you now grieve her loss. Please be assured of my deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers.

  9. She was my English teacher the year she got married,we had called her miss k and it was hard to get used to calling her mrs marsh. I also remember she loved west side story.

  10. I am so sorry about the loss of your Mom. I have so many happy memories of her. She always had such a great sense of humor. If it wasn’t for her my parents would have never met and she was such a great comfort when they both passed away. I am sorry we can’t make it back for the services but my prayers are with all of you.

  11. Tony and I extend our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your dear mother and grandmother Marlene. She was a delightful and very special lady. Her beautiful children are a lasting legacy of her values and the importance she placed on family values. She will be missed! With love and sincere sympathy, Gloria and Tony Delfico

  12. Very sorry to hear about you mom. I enjoyed listening to her old Auntie Bob radio show at WL and even getting to meet her. Sympathy to your family at this time.

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