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Edith E. Marsala

July 2, 2019

Edith E. MarsalaEdith E. Marsala, 91, of Watertown passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at Samaritan Keep Home with her family by her side.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, July 27, at Holy Family Church from 9:30 - 11:30 AM followed by the funeral mass celebrated at Noon with Rev. Mickey Demo, pastor, presiding. Burial in Glenwood Cemetery will be at the family's convenience. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown.

Edie was born in Watertown on April 10, 1928, daughter of Sheldon and Marguerite Bogart Ouderkirk. She was a 1946 graduate of Watertown High School. On September 3, 1946 she married Charles J. "Chuck" Marsala in Watertown and he passed on July 3, 2010.

With her husband, Chuck, and Rev. Ray Wertman she was a co-founder of Credo Community Center. She served as the Administrator for several years and then became the budget director until she retired in 1990. She was one of three board members that was given Emeritus status, serving both on the Operating Board and Foundation Board for Credo. She was a first recipient of the Marsala/Wertman award for outstanding service in the field of substance abuse and rehabilitation. This award is given annually to someone in the community that makes a difference in this field.

In her early years, she worked in the cafeteria at Holy Family School. Edie was a communicant of Holy Family Church, a member of its Altar Rosary Society, and was active in Bingo and religious education at the church. She was also very active in her community, volunteering for numerous organizations and worked on several campaigns for the Republican Party. She enjoyed playing tennis, golfing, bowling, boating, dancing, skiing, and traveling. Along with her husband and family she greatly enjoyed their summer home in Westminster Park on Wellesley Island.

Edie is survived by her son and his wife, David G. and Debra R. Marsala, Watertown; her daughter and her husband, Diane L. and David P. Brennan, Williamsville, her brother-in-law, Frank Beck; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Along with her husband, she was predeceased by daughter-in-law, Cynthia A. Marsala, December 8, 2001, 2 sons, Greg A., June 30, 2012, and Kris D., November 8, 2018, brother, Clifford Ouderkirk, and sister-in-law, Geraldine Marsala Beck June 22, 2014.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to Credo Community Center, 595 W. Main St., Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to her family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#11 Norm Sharkey 2020-07-06 23:29
I worked at the Spera Foundation when Edie and Chuck started Credo. I also remember Father Ray Wertman. They were all very dedicated people and I feel blest to have known them. Sleep well, Edie
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#10 Cathy Fink 2019-07-10 00:27
The first time I met Edie I was a lost and troubled teenager who had no role models to speak of...she took me under her wing and loved me unconditionally and taught me what love was and how to accept myself for who I was...there just isn't enough room here to express how she changed my life and that of so many others...I love you Edie and I always will and I am so grateful our paths crossed when they did...you changed my life forever...thank you from the bottom of my heart!
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#9 Steve Pierce 2019-07-09 14:04
David and Debra and families, I am so sorry to hear of Edie's passing. I so enjoyed working with Chuck in the car business, and with Edie at Credo for a number of years. She was one of those rare individuals with her wit and charm and wisdom and willingness to share. She will be remembered and missed.
Steve Pierce
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#8 Richard Mekeel 2019-07-09 13:49
I went through the Credo program beginning in 1978 and I have to say that I will never forget such a loving couple as Chuck and Edith Marsala that truly did so much for me and other young people in dire need of help. RIP such dear, dear people. (I'm not forgetting you Father Ray, I often think of you and wonder how you're doing. You were obviously another big influence in many lives, including mine. Remember those volley ball games? God Bless you as well). One of the greatest nights of my life was when Chuck and Edith as well as as Jerry McGraw and his wife, Kathy went to see Frank Sinatra in Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. I tell the story often. Such beautiful memories from wonderful, loving people. I'm so sorry to hear of Edith's passing. She'll be living in anyone's memory who knew her. My most heartfelt condolences to the Marsala family. RIP dear Edith.
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#7 Darryl Watts 2019-07-08 22:53
I will not mourn the passing of this beautiful lady.. i will celebrate the compassion the love the the strength the determination.. of this beautiful lady who touched so
many people. my condolences. To family and friends of Edie
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#6 Bridget Morgia 2019-07-05 16:12
Sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. I remember her from way back when my mom used to go over to your house and I would tag along. She was a very nice woman.
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#5 Kim Downey 2019-07-05 11:12
Thank you Edie! I feel blessed to have had you in my life and will miss you but never forget you.
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#4 Ray Wertman 2019-07-04 10:08
Good Night, Gracie,
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#3 Roland Van Deusen 2019-07-04 07:04
May God have mercy on her soul and comfort her fam-
ily. Without Edie, no Credo: Thousands of people saved from drugs and alcohol over the decades. Rewarding employment helping others for hundreds, including me. I ran the Credo jail program from 2004 to my retirement in 2007. Her leaving us is a sad moment. But ripples from a life that turned tragedy to triumph, will be reaching our shores for as long as we live.
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#2 Nancy Ouderkirk 2019-07-03 19:27
I’m very sorry for your loss, Edie was a fabulous and strong willed woman who was loved by many. She and Mr. Marsala have changed the lives of hundreds and thousands of people and even beyond that when you consider the ripple effects. Even with them gone now their drive to help those in need will continue for decades to come. I’m extremely thankful for having had the privilege of knowing and being known by Edie. May she Rest In Peace and may we all strive to be like her in our own lives each day.
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