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Marlene F. Chestnut
June 12, 1941 ~ January 16, 2024 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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SALEM - Marlene F. Chestnut, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at the age of 82 in St. Elizabeth Mercy Health in Youngstown. She was born on June 12, 1941, in Salem, the daughter to the late Earl and Alverta Blythe.
Marlene was a graduate of Salem High School, after which she devoted herself to a lifetime of caring for others as a Registered Nurse within the healthcare system. and later served as a Chiropractic Assistant. Marlene's work ethic and dedication to helping others were paralleled only by her commitment to her family and friends.
Marlene was predeceased by her beloved husband, Thomas Stanley Chestnut, whom she married in 1964 and shared 36 loving years of marriage until his passing on June 9, 1999. She was also predeceased by her daughter, Wanda Spencer; her sisters, Nancy Walter and June Carlisle, as well as her brother, Ed Blythe, and her parents. Her legacy of love and nurturing lives on through her sons, Tim (Monica) Chestnut and Steven Chestnut, both of Salem, and her brother, Thomas Blythe of Warren. Marlene's joy was multiplied through her seven grandchildren, 10n great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, all of whom she adored and cherished deeply.
Marlene had a profound love for horses, a passion that was highlighted by her attendance at the fair to watch the horses and ponies, an activity that brought her immense happiness. An avid bowler, Marlene enjoyed the thrill of the lanes and the camaraderie of her teammates. Her competitive spirit was also displayed in her love for playing bingo, where she shared laughter and joy with friends.
A proud member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the jana-ettes (a drum core), Marlene’s community spirit shone brightly. She was a friend to many and a stranger to none, always ready to lend a helping hand or a listening ear. Her selfless nature was recognized by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.
Those who knew Marlene will fondly remember her as the embodiment of love and kindness. She had an innate ability to make everyone around her feel valued and cared for, a trait that made her a beloved figure to many. Her selflessness was not just a quality but a way of life, as she continuously put the needs of others before her own.
Marlene's family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to all those who shared in her life and provided joy and companionship throughout her years. Her memory will be honored and kept alive in the stories told, the laughter shared, and the love that she so freely gave to all.
Friends and family will be received from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, January 22, and again from 11 a.m to Noon on Tuesday, January 23, at Stark Memorial Funeral Home.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday, January 23, 2024, at Noon at Stark Memorial Funeral Home, with Pastor Mark Chestnut officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Park in Beloit, OH.
If unable to attend, you may show your support by joining our complimentary "Hugs from Home" program at www.starkmemorial.com/hugs-from-home.
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