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Marlene A. McDonough  

Marlene A. McDonough

September 3, 1946 – December 20, 2016

Marlene A. McDonough, age 70, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 20, 2016.

Marlene was born in Wilkes Barre, PA on September 3, 1946 and was the daughter of Robert and Helen (Ermak) Magalski. She was a graduate of the Nesbitt School of Nursing in Wilkes Barre and made her career as an ICU nurse at Christiana Hospital, retiring after 40 years of dedicated service to her patients.

A woman of strong faith, Marlene was a longtime parishioner of St. Peter’s Church in New Castle. She loved spending summer days at the Penn Acres Swim Club where she was a member. A devoted daughter, mother, sister and grandmother, she was happiest in the company of her family, especially her grandchildren, whom she adored.

Marlene was preceded in death by her father, Robert; and brother, Michael Magalski. She is survived by her mother, Helen Magalski of Larksville, PA; children, Jim McDonough (Donna) of St. Georges, Megan Burg (Tommy) of New Castle and Leigh Ann Frost (Matt) of Smyrna; brother, Robert Magalski of Folsom, CA; and grandchildren, Luke, Kyle, Erin, Erik, Zack, Sean, Kevin, Samantha and Daniel.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am to 11 am on Thursday morning, December 29, 2016 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will be held at 11 am. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, c/o Christiana Care, P.O. Box 1668, Wilmington, DE 19899.

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  1. Erin Parks, December 21, 2016

    Praying for your family for peace and comfort during this time.

  2. Leonard Ermak, December 22, 2016

    Rest in peace Marlene.
    From your cousin in PA

  3. Mary ermak, December 23, 2016

    Prayers to the mcdonagh ermak and magalski family. May marlene rest in peace

  4. Sandy Hewes, December 23, 2016

    I met Marleen in the snack shop at little league A great friendship and sisterhood blossomed she was a wonderful and a understanding woman. I remember standing in the rain with her at baseball football games. I will miss my friend but know she is watching all of us.

  5. Matt Smith, December 23, 2016

    Jim & Megan;

    I’m very sorry for your loss and hope that you can come to a quick peace. Please know you are in my families thoughts.

    Matt Smith & family

  6. Irene and Mark Farmer, December 23, 2016

    We are very sorry to hear of your loss. God bless you and your family.

  7. Deidre Mercer, December 23, 2016

    Megan, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother.
    I remember the stories you would share about her. She was a strong, delightful woman who loved her family.
    God bless you and your family. Your are in my prayers.
    Deidre Mercer

  8. Kimberly Feliciano, December 23, 2016

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

  9. Beth Vega, December 24, 2016

    Megan, so sorry for your loss. Love and prayers to your family in this difficult time.

  10. Uncle Cliff, December 24, 2016

    So sorry.

  11. Jennifer Ingram, December 25, 2016

    Leigh Ann, I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. May your memories and your love for your mom give you comfort.

  12. Richard Farmer, December 26, 2016

    To the McDonough family, we were so saddened to learn of Marlene’s passing. To Jim, Megan, and Leigh Ann, we will always remember your Mom for being there for each of you during your years at William Penn. She was such an ardent supporter of you all and for the school. We hardly remember a time when she was not present at any kind of school event. We are so very sorry for your loss, and we will be there in spirit for you all through these difficult days. Please be sure to celebrate her life!!! She was such a great person and a great Mom. Our thoughts, prayers, and love are with you.

    Richard and Dottie Farmer

  13. Doris McCullough, December 26, 2016

    Marlene and I worked together for 20 years. I carry many memories of her from those years.
    My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

  14. Sheryl moore, December 28, 2016

    I’m sorry for your loss and I know that God is with you doing his time. I will always have wonderful memories of you and your family living across the street from us and your mom she was one of a kind I think God for knowing her.

  15. JoAnn Miller Augustaitus, January 11, 2017

    I am so sorry to hear of Marlene’s passing. She was one of my first friends we were both pre-kindergarden. My Grandparents lived in the other side of the duplex your Grandparents and
    Marlene lived in. I lived in New York but visited a lot, and ended up going to kindergarten in Larksville so your Mom and I were best buddies and in the same class. There were all kinds of adventures like May day Processions, church picnics etc. to keep us busy. The last time I saw Marlene was probably around graduation and she was headed to nursing school. I would see your Grandmother Helen when I was visiting from time to time and she kept me up on where Marlene was and what was happening in her life, mostly you guys. I have lived in Colorado for 35yrs but still kept tabs thru my Dad and Uncle. My Aunt sent me the sad news. I watched the video and the 5yr old I knew and loved is still there. Have great memories of her I sure do.
    JoAnn Miller Augustaitus


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