Marlene LaGasse

Marlene LaGasse

Thursday, January 12th, 1933 - Wednesday, November 13th, 2019
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Marlene (Wobser) LaGasse, 86, happy resident of Freeland WA, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, November 13th.

She was born in 1933 to Marie and Otto Wobser in Rochester NY where she enjoyed growing up eating white hots, smelling lilacs, and having fun at Charlotte beach with her close friends who knew her as Mickey. Marlene attended West High and then secretarial school before settling down to raise her family in rural Chili, NY. Later on she moved to Fairport NY, where she developed more amazing friendships she would keep all her life.

Her sons want to thank her for being a source of stability and strength, for reading to them at bedtime, lovingly creating all those delicious meals, encouraging their scholastic achievement, mailing tasty CARE packages when we were away, accepting them for being who they are, and being so much fun that our friends wanted to spend time with her. She had great love for her family, friends, neighbors, and community, as well as her pets and the myriad animals that visited her beautiful home.

Marlene was proud of her career at Abrasive-Tool Corporation as an office manager/bookkeeper/secretary where she helped to grow the company from a start-up to a multimillion-dollar corporation with satellite offices throughout Upstate NY. She was also very proud of her sons Jeffrey, an Emergency Medicine/Trauma Physician, and Jim, a Biopharmaceutical Research Scientist.

She had a passion for reading, puzzles, travel, exploration, cooking, mysteries, history, and British TV. Marlene loved music and dancing, oceans and beaches, sunsets and laughter. Her smile and twinkling blue eyes could light up the room. We will miss her whimsical sense of humor and her beautiful laugh.

Upon retiring to her beloved home on Whidbey Island, Marlene discovered the joy of pottery and produced many wonderful and expressive pieces of art. Her colorful gardens were a delight to the eye.

Marlene was predeceased by her parents Otto and Marie Wobser, her sister Ruth Kovarik (Waynesboro, VA), and her nephew Daniel Wobser. She is survived by her brother Donald Wobser (Houston TX), loving sons Jeffrey (Clinton WA) and James (Edmonds WA), cousin Ty (Judy) Renouf of Tonawanda NY, and 8 cherished nieces, nephews and their wonderful families; Susan (Neil) Gilmour of Wynnewood PA, Christine (Brent) Folsom-Kovarik of S. Somerville NJ, Teresa (Chris Pennell) Kovarik of Mendota Heights MN, Mary Beth (Jay) Scheevel of Grand Junction CO, Sara (Jeff) Haas of Charlottesville VA, Kathie (Gen) Goss of Fayetteville GA, Peggy Armour of Indianapolis IN, and Michael (Arlene) Wobser of Rosharon TX.

A Celebration of Life and the spreading of her ashes on the Salish Sea will be at a time yet to be determined.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society or your favorite animal welfare charity.

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A Celebration of Life will take place on the Salish Sea at a later date. Look for it to be announced on this web site. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Humane Society or your favorite animal welfare charity.


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Elfriede R.

Posted at 05:18pm
Dear Jeffrey and Jim,
we are deeply sorry to hear abaot the death of your mother Marlene.
I lost my mother tree years ago and I know this feeling.
God bless you.

Your German relatives
Elfriede with her family

Cheryl Ray Angelidis

Posted at 07:49am
I met Marlene in 1977 as the accountant assigned to Abrasive Tool. Over those quarterly visits we bonded over reading and love of England and Scotland. We remained friends all these years. She was a lovely person and loved her sons and animals so much. She will be sadly missed. Cheryl Ray

Kathie Goss

Posted at 02:18pm
Marlene was my spunky aunt and Godmother. I didn’t get to visit her a lot while growing up because we didn’t live close in miles. However, throughout my adult years we remained close through phone calls and occasional visits. We shared a very special bond and regularly shared much laughter and many confidences. We cooked together (She wanted to learn how to cook southern!) and I remember washing and styling her hair for her in her home in Chili, NY and her cherishing every minute of the pampering! For many years she and I played “Words With Friends” daily (We had 10 games going at once!) She kept me on my toes because we were fairly evenly matched at word games. Marlene called me a couple of weeks ago for my birthday. This has also become a cherished memory. Everyone that she knew loved her. Her home was an open door to neighbors and friends always. She was a strong and loving person. I will truly miss her.

Emily Sparling

Posted at 06:44pm
Great Aunt Marlene will always hold a special place in my heart. I am so glad Connor and I were able to visit this past August. Our favorite memory was when she insisted he ride her scooter...and Connor rode up and down her driveway and street in front of her house! She knew just what my little boy would enjoy.

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