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Marlene Mary Zaffino, 67, of Lansing, Michigan, went home to be with our Lord on Jan. 12, 2018, at her residence in Michigan. She was born Jan. 17, 1950, in Fairmont, daughter of the late John and Anna Fillipone.
Marlene graduated from St. Elizabeth High School in Detroit, Michigan where she was a cheerleader for four years for the boy's basketball team. She played on the girl's basketball and girl's softball team. She taught CCD for four years and tutored reading classes for grade school children for four years. She attended Fairmont State University for four years and was a member of the secretary club. She was in the second group of CASA Volunteers and volunteered for HOPE, Inc. She was also a graduate of Pittsburgh Business School where she received a degree in paralegal and private investigation.
Her life work was helping others as a caregiver. She loved life and lived it to the fullest. Marlene is survived by her step-son, John Zaffino and wife JoAnn of Whitmore Lake, Michigan; nephew and godson, Ryan Akers and wife Katie their children that she loved and adored with all her heart; brother-in-law, Jim Zaffino, Connie Zaffino, Jimmy and Melinda Zaffino; two goddaughters, Brittany and Jordan Rogers; many great nieces and nephews; beloved cousins and friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Zaffino; their daughter, Mary Ann; her sister Marianne Akers-Ravary; two nieces, Maria and Lisa Zaffino; her mother-in-law, Rose Zaffino Price; her father-in-law, Vinchenizo Zaffino (Jim Sr.) and their daughter Mary Catherine.
Per Marlene's request, there will be no visitation. A mass of Christian burial will be held at a later date at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fairmont. Interment will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Fairmont. The arrangements are under the care of Domico Funeral Home in Fairmont. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.domicofh.com.
Published on January 15, 2018
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