Marlene Jade Panish, formerly of Fort Myers, Florida and Mystic, Connecticut, passed away peacefully at her home on September 17, 2020 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. She was 70 years young.
Marlene’s life was a life well lived. Known to many during her adolescence as “Stormy,” she was born in Harvey, Illinois on December 20, 1949 to Clifford F. Patterson and Edna Edwards Patterson. Marlene was married to her husband of 35 years, Peter M. Panish on May 17, 1985. Marlene was an avid reader who loved the sun and the ocean. She was a lover of animals and rescued or fostered many pets throughout her life. She loved to sing, and her home was always filled with music and laughter. Throughout her career she worked as an in-home healthcare provider, serving countless families though the most difficult time of their lives and she forged many lasting friendships along the way.
In her later years and throughout retirement, Marlene was gregarious, feisty, and – at times – opinionated. She loved to laugh with friends and family over lunch with a
“good” cup of tea… with “extra ice.” Always with a wild spirit and a great sense of humor, Marlene was a flame that burned bright to all those who had the privilege to know her.
Marlene cared deeply for her family. She was kind and loving. Marlene poured her whole heart and soul into her children and grandchildren. Marlene routinely pushed aside obligations – personal and professional – whenever or to go wherever she was needed.
She is survived by her loving husband, Peter, son, Jeffrey C. Jones, daughters, Marla J. Posey and Candace C. Solis, granddaughters, Jordan Naso and Samantha Jones, and grandsons, Reyer Jones, Alexander Solis, and Zachary Solis. This family, and her role as mother and grandmother, was what made her the proudest of all the achievements in her life. It is where she drew her strength and left a lasting legacy. She loved deeply and was deeply loved, and her absence will be forever felt.
Upon Marlene’s request, no formal services will be held. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, which was Marlene’s charity of choice.
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