Marina Y. Fenstermaker

May 14, 1958 ‒ November 24, 2015

Sunbury, Ohio

Marina Y. Fenstermaker, age 57, of Sunbury died Tuesday evening, November 24, 2015 at Country View of Sunbury after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.

She was born on May 14, 1958 in Berlin, Germany the daughter of Elfriede (Wolke) Smith.

Marina spent much of her childhood moving between military bases all over the world.  After leaving Germany, the family spent time in Italy, Alabama, Texas, and finally settled in West Virginia.  It was in there in West Virginia, in Cabell County, where she graduated from Barboursville High school.  After high school she briefly attended Marshall University in Huntington where she took photography classes.

Marina and Jeff were married on September 24, 1988.  Their relationship was described as a “true love story” and it was said that they were “meant to be together”.

She worked as a cook in several Westerville restaurants.

Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband Jeff of 27 years; mother and step-father Elfriede and Harold Smith of Huntington, West Virginia; brother Robert Reach and his wife Shannon of Charlotte, North Carolina; sister Connie Tweel of Kenova, West Virginia, niece Courtney Reach; and her great nephew Landry Reach-Sweeny.

Friends may call on the family on Sunday, November 29, 2015 from 2-5 PM at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 North State Route 61, Sunbury, Ohio 43074.  Funeral services will be held there on Monday at 11:00 AM with Celebrant Don Lockwood officiating.  Burial will follow in Sunbury Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation at Donation Processing, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.  To aid in their fight against Parkinson’s disease.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve the family of Marina.  Special memories and condolences can be shared with them at

  • Jeff you are in my thoughts, I’m very saddened to hear the news about Marina. I’m so sorry. I have so many good childhood memories of you and Marina , it’s so surreal to me that she is gone.. We love you dearly and hope that you can surround yourself with your friends and family to help you cope with this difficult time.

    Love, Tara

  • Dear Elfriede,

    It is with a saddened heart that I offer my sympathy for the loss of your daughter. I know that she must hold a special place in your heart filled with love and memories. You and your family have been in my prayers for the grace to see you through a difficult point in your lives.

    With my love,

  • Jeff – you’re in our prayers. We are all so sorry for your loss. My children remember meeting Marina at our wonderful Columbus Reunion. Hugs, Karen

  • Jeff,
    I’m so sorry for your loss of Marina you both have watched me grow up and we have had some great times. We are here for you friend and we will miss Marina greatly.

  • My condolences to the family, may god comfort you during this difficult time and may you find comfort in his promise of a resurrection. -John 5:28,29

  • I am so sorry to read about Marina’s passing; my heartfelt condolences go to the whole family. Marina was a sweet soul that was fun to be around when I was growing up next door on South View Lane; she has like another sister to me. Not only was Marina a little crazy at times, I now know that she was a very brave person to have gone through what she did with her illness. Thank you Marina for all the fun times and memories, you will be missed.

    Your brother from another Mother,

  • Jeff,
    Randy and I are both very sorry for your loss of Marina. Anyone could tell that you both were truly in love with one another and devoted companions. You have been very much in my thoughts and I hope the wonderful memories of your life together will sustain you in your grief. I wish we could be there for you; if there is ever anything I can do to help you, please let me know.

    Love, Randy and Becky