Marilyn A. Hatch

May 01, 1940 ‒ December 28, 2019

Marion, Ohio

Marilyn A. Hatch, best known as “Mema”, age 79, of Marion, died on Saturday, December 28, 2019, at the Marion General Hospital with her loving family by her side following an extended illness.

On May 1, 1940, Marilyn was born in Marion, Ohio, one of seven children of the late Joe and Dorothy (Rowland) Cafagno.  She graduated from Marion Harding High School in the class of 1958.

During high school, Marilyn was set up on a blind date, disguised as a math tutor.  She met Phillip Hatch for the first time and from there the rest was history.  They were married on November 21, 1958, and shared fifty five loving years of marriage, raising three daughters: Cynthia, Martha, and Dorothy. He preceded her in death on November 8, 2013.

For Marilyn’s entire career she worked in the legal field in Marion, starting as a legal secretary for Prosecuting Attorney Ed Roberts.  She worked her way up, lastly she worked as a fiscal officer with Judge Jenkins at the Marion County Juvenile Court, retiring to travel with her husband and help take care of her grandchildren.

Marilyn was a member of the Victory Center Church of God in Marion, and the Marion County Historical Society.

With a love for traveling, Marilyn and Phillip would hit the open road any time they had an open three day weekend, often in search of warmer weather.  Most of their travels were to visit family, taking many trips out west and to Florida.

An avid reader, Marilyn often could be found with a book in hand, most often her Bible.  She especially loved helping her great-granddaughter with their coloring magazines.  She also enjoyed bowling in leagues for many years, and rooting on her beloved Ohio State Buckeye football teams.

Most important of all to Marilyn was her family, and she overflowed with love for her daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many cats.  She had a huge loving heart and welcomed all strays, either two legged or four legged.  She truly saw the good in everyone.

Full of life, Marilyn had a silly, fun loving personality that made “everyone love Mema.”

Left to cherish her memory are her three daughters: Cynthia Hatch of Marion, Martha (Roger) Jerew of Marion, and Dorothy (Gerald “Gerry”) Bowes of Mount Gilead; four grandchildren: Jessica (Timothy) Simmers, Allison (Drew) Schmidt, Phillip (Jillian) Hutchinson, Hannah (Nathan) Howell, Robert Hutchinson, Joseph (Danielle) Hutchinson, and Jeremy (Lindsey) Hutchinson; nine great-grandchildren: Mattic, Samuel, Millie, Jeremiah, Harper, Tyler, Taryn, Alexandra, and Odessa; two brothers: Thomas (Eileen) Clark of Galion, and Daniel (Linda) Cafagno of Holiday, FL; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including her husband and parents, Marilyn was preceded in death by four siblings: Viola McKee, Frank and Nick Cafagno, and Mary Holycross.

Her family will greet friends from 4 – 5 pm on Monday, December 30, 2019, at the Victory Center Church of God, 1190 E Fairground St, Marion.  Services honoring her life will follow there at 5 pm, with Pastor Patrick Demuth officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Homeless to Home Animal Rescue and Cat Sanctuary, 1745 Marion-Waldo Rd, Marion, OH 43302.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel, are honored to serve Marilyn’s family and your condolences may be shared with them via

  • She was a very sweet lady. Also my neighbor she could grow the most beautiful flowers and she loved her cats! My family sends our condolences.

  • She will always be missed. Until that day we meet again. Love her. My prayers and hugs is for her family, they are dear to my heart. Beautiful family. She loved people and was always willing to share her love.

  • Marilyn was the type of person who always greeted you with a kiss , hug and a big smile . She let you know that no matter what heppened in life there was there that loved and to talk with. She loved Phil more than life itself . Knowing where she is now and that Phil was waiting for her she is home but will be greatly missed here on earth. As always a kiss and hug Marilyn I will miss you greatly love you

  • Prayers Marti Jerew and Dottie Bowes, and Cynthia Hatch. Your mother was a big part of my life growing up. I bought my first car from your mom. She was a great woman and she will be missed. You are in my thoughts. PS I collect Flamingos too.

  • I remember Marilyn best when she, Cindy & and a few of her grandchildren visited us at a cottage on a lake in Indiana. She was a big part of my daughter’s life (Danielle Barriga) and I appreciate her for that. My prayers are with you all. Hugs to Cindy!

  • I had known Marilyn Hatch from the first day I started at the Marion County Juvenile Court and became good friends. She was the fiscal officer for the North Central Ohio Rehabilitation Center and I was the Diector/Program Manager. Marilyn had an unique grasp of figures, a great sense of humor, a supportive shoulder and an uncanny knowledge of fiscal procedures and stipulations. She always had a smile on her face even when she told me I could not do that! I will miss not seeing that smile. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Condolences, Marti and Dottie regarding the loss of your mother. Losing a parent is not an easy process. My thoughts are with you. I have fond memories of the days spent on the Quiver yearbook office with the two of you.
    Jennifer(Whaley) Sullivan

    • Thank you Jennifer ❤️ I have some good memories of the yearbook staff. Losing my Mom like we did was such a shock. It is comforting knowing she is no longer in pain.