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Marlene Sulzener

November 13, 1933 — June 9, 2024

New Philadelphia, Ohio

Marlene Sulzener

Marlene Sulzener, 90 , of New Philadelphia, went home to be with her Lord and Savior and also reunited with her husband, Jim, on Sunday, June 9, 2024, at the Inn at Northwood Village at Dover, following a period of declining health.


Born at Cadiz, Marlene was the daughter of the late Mary (Dunlap) Widdoes and was a 1952 graduate of New Philadelphia High School. Following her graduation, Marlene married the love of her life, James R. “Jim” Sulzener on October 5, 1952, becoming the last couple married in the “Old” Jerusalem Church building before the new church was constructed and thus embarking on her lifelong dream of becoming a dedicated and loving homemaker to her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Along with her husband, Marlene was a lifetime member of the Jerusalem Church at New Philadelphia and dedicated much of her spare time to serving the church in a variety of capacities that included Superintendent of the Sunday School and on many other church committees. In her spare time, Marlene found great joy in tending to her flower gardens, sewing, crafting and baking for her family and friends.


Marlene is survived by her two sons, Steve (Paula) Sulzener of New Philadelphia and Dudley (Melissa) Sulzener of Goodyear, Arizona; her daughter, Tracy (Daniel) Moore of New Philadelphia; six grandchildren, Stefane (Christian) Sexton, Scott (Bri) Sulzener; Jake Sulzener, Josh Sulzener, Victoria Moore and Marissa (Jacob) Zemis; six great grandchildren, Aleah, Jayli, Kiera and Elise Sexton, Eloise Sulzener and Nora Zemis; her sister-in-law, Lovonne Haines; her brother-in-law, Tom Meyers and numerous nieces and nephews.


In addition to her mother and her husband, Marlene was also preceded in death by her step-father, Herb Widdoes, two sisters, Carol Pfister and Sandy Meyers and an infant son, Robert Sulzener.


A private graveside service  will be held in Jerusalem Church Cemetery at New Philadelphia with Rev. Dr. Thomas Hendershot officiating. The Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home at New Philadelphia has been entrusted with Marlene’s service arrangements.


To honor Marlene’s unwavering faith and dedication to her church, the family requests that memorial contributions be directed to Jerusalem Church, 1417 Stone Creek Road SW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.

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