Marlene J. Marino 1942-2019

NILES — Marlene J. Marino, age 76, of Niles, passed peacefully and surrounded by family Monday, April 22, 2019, at Shepherd of the Valley, Howland, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born Oct. 1, 1942, in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Michael and Ann “Congemi” Kopkas.

Marlene was a member of the Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Youngstown. She was a graduate of Campbell Memorial High School and moved from Boardman to Niles 10 years ago.

She took great pride in her faith in God and her Italian and Slovak heritage. She loved music, dancing, shopping, baking and was an avid sports fan, especially of the Cleveland Indians. She was known for her gentle loving ways and beautiful smile and love of her family, especially her pride and joy, her grandson, Joseph Anthony Walters.

Memories of Marlene will be carried on by her daughter, Jodi (Mark) Walters of Howland; son, Thomas Marino III of Masury; and her three grandchildren, Joseph Anthony Walters of Howland, Liane Walters of San Diego and Amanda Walters of Seattle; her aunt, Roslyn Monaco of Poland, Ohio; along with many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Marlene was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Marino Jr., whom she married May 13, 1967, and who passed Sept. 22, 2017; and a brother, Gerald Kopkas.

Family will receive friends 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home, 457 Robbins Ave., Niles. Prayers will be 9 a.m. Friday at the funeral home and a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday at the Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 343 Via Mt. Carmel Ave., Youngstown. Burial will conclude in Niles City Cemetery following the services.

The Marino family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to the staff and volunteers of Shepherd of the Valley, Howland, and Hospice of the Valley for their care and support.

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