Marlene M. Niebuhr was born on March 3, 1935 in South Fork, Pa to Lorna and LeRoy Brummert. She passed away peacefully in her home on April, 7 2022 after celebrating 87 amazing years of life.
Being the eldest of the family she wore many hats and took great pride in helping raise her younger siblings. She often called herself a worry wart, and I think we can blame her brothers for that. As a depression baby, she loved to go thrift shopping and will always be remembered for saving coupons and finding a bargain.
Marlene started her career as a secretary where she met the man of her life, Bill. They traveled the world, spending time in Australia and in many big cities across the states. They had two children, Kenny and Pam, where she found her greatest achievement of all was being a stay at home mom.
One of her greatest memories was taking vacations in the Volkswagen camper. She also loved to cook and will be remembered for her chocolate chip cookies, breakfast strata, pot roast, and mashed potatoes. She said the key to cooking was starting with great ingredients and adding plenty of the “good stuff”. That meant double chocolate chips, always.
She cherished decorating and watched every episode of Fixer Upper. The game show network was a staple in her routine and her night wasn’t complete without Family Feud. Her laugh and wit were infectious. She enjoyed bingo, word searches, and most importantly, her granddogs. There were treats by the door, forevermore.
Marlene simply loved to love. She became a mom, grandma, and best friend to everyone. She made sure to have the candy dish consistently full and would never forget to send a birthday card. She was a great listener, devoted to giving hugs, and genuinely awesome. A true definition of a giver.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Lorna; father, LeRoy; brother, Leroy; but most sadly of all, her daughter, Pamela, and her true love, Bill.
She is survived by her son, Kenneth Niebuhr, wife, Lana, and their children Andrew and Gina; her granddaughter, Melanie Brunty and husband Jeff; brother, Ken Brummert; brother, Jack and wife, Jeanne Brummert; along with many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
A special thank you to Cleveland Clinic Hospice staff; Mo, and Terri “Tink” for their support, love, and compassion.
Calling hours will be held from 5:00-7:00pm on Monday, April 11, 2022 at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton. Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday at Greenlawn Cemetery, Ivy Chapel, 2580 Romig Road, Akron.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Marlene's favorite mission; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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