Marlene Resick Dawkins, 66, of Vandergrift died peacefully on Friday, March 23rd surrounded by her beloved son and husband, after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
Marlene is survived by her husband of almost 43 years, Thomas; her son Thomas Jr. (Alexa) of Cleveland; her brother Lawrence; her sister Kathleen. She is preceded in death by her parents John and Sarah Resick and her brother John Resick.
Marlene and her family grew up in Johnstown, spent several happy years in West Virginia, and moved to Vandergrift in the late 1960’s. She attended Kiski Area High School. She worked for many years in the office of Dr. Frank Davie. She met her husband Tom in 1974 and they married in less than a year. Marlene and Tom were thrilled to have recently won a “who has been married the longest” contest at the wedding of Travis Charlton, whom she babysat for many years and loved as her own.
Marlene felt her greatest accomplishment was raising her son, and she loved her only granddaughter, Sophia, with all her heart. She looked forward to almost daily video chats to keep up with her busy toddler schedule. Ocean City, Maryland was her oasis, and traveled every year to enjoy the beach. She especially loved the crab houses, and Marlene became quite the adventurous cook in recent years. She loved making her mom’s recipes, and their favorites included her lasagna and pasta e fagioli. She also loved Thai food and sushi, and even began making her own sushi and tempura. Marlene loved nothing more than to make a big meal for her family, with some of her favorite music playing in the background. She was an Elvis superfan and loved going to oldies dances with her husband and sister, and she also loved reading Jane Austen novels and historical fiction.
Family and friends will be received Tuesday from 2-4 & 6-8 pm in the Dunmire-Kerr &Rowe Funeral Home, Inc. 244 Franklin Avenue, Vandergrift. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at Noon in the St. Gertrude Roman Catholic Church. Interment will be in the St.Gertrude Catholic Cemetery, Vandergrift. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society. To leave an online condolence visit us at www.dunmirekerr.com