Marlene Jane Durkin

December 10, 1937 ‒ February 26, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

Marlene Jane Durkin peacefully passed away Sunday evening, February 26, 2017 in her Mansfield home. She was 79.

Marlene was born December 10, 1937 to parents James & Dorothy (Fuhrer) Durkin in Mansfield. She was graduated from Union High School with the class of 1955 and went on to attend Ohio University.

Marlene worked 20 years in the Tappan office and finished her career with Wright Audiology.

In spare time, she took pleasure in playing guitar and singing. Marlene enjoyed roses and loved dogs very much—especially Pomeranians. She formerly visited nursing homes to bring cheer to others. Marlene was a member of Ontario Christian Fellowship since 1967.

She is survived by a brother and sister-in-law Richard & Evie Durkin of Huron; sister Judy Custer of St. Louis, MO; brother-in-law Dr. Robert Fidler of Huron; nine nieces and nephews; along with cousins and a large extended family.

In addition to her loving parents, Marlene was preceded in death by a sister Gloria Fidler and a brother-in-law Ted Custer.

A funeral service celebrating her life will be held 11 a.m. Friday, March 3, 2017 at Ontario Christian Fellowship (636 Lexington-Springmill Rd in Mansfield) and friends are invited to call 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church. Jim Haring will officiate and burial will follow at Lantz Cemetery in Mansfield.

Contributions in her memory to Ontario Christian Fellowship may be made at her services.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Marlene’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at

  • Dick and family: I am so sorry to learn of Marlene’s passing. Please take care. Ruthanne (Stimpert) Thornsberry

  • We are thinking of you in your time of loss, may the Lord give you strength at this time. Bob and Chick Milum

  • I vividly remember hearing Marlene sing in the OCF church; I very much enjoyed listening to her strum the guitar and sing old ballads too, On occasion she would come to visit my aunt, Lydia Huebner, at her home, bring along her guitar and sing for us.
    Her kindness brought us listeners much pleasure. My sincere heartfelt condolences to her siblings and family. Marian Blahnik, Elaine Pavkov’s sister.

  • Dick and Evie, my thoughts are with you at this time of loss. God bless and
    take care. Sara Clark

  • Vividly I remember her singing to Adam , my husband and me and later on took care of my Pomeranian when was away for a while. Thanks again Marlene.