Marianne Messmer Cicatko, 91, passed away Sunday, April 26, 2020, having lived a long, full life.
She was born to Bertha Schleub Messmer and Donald D. Messmer in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from St. Mary of the Springs High School and Ohio State University, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music. She was also a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority and the Delta Omicron Music Honorary.
She had a beautiful singing voice and was an accomplished pianist. During her college years, she sang with Jimmy Frank’s Philharmonic Band every Saturday. She also performed in the “Strollers” and the Symphonic Choir at OSU. She went on to earn to earn a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Case Western Reserve. She worked as an elementary school teacher before marrying Joseph Gerald Cicatko Oct. 20, 1956, and then became a full-time wife and mother.
After spending 9 years in Pittsburgh, she moved with her family to Virginia Beach in 1977. After her four children were off to college, she became involved at the Virginia Beach General Hospital, where she was a lifetime member of the Hospital Auxiliary and a gift shop volunteer. She was an active member of Star of the Sea Catholic Church, volunteering for the Art and Altar Service, Social Ministry and the Legion of Mary soup kitchen. She had also been a member of Seaweed’s Circle of the King’s Daughters. She spent the final years of her life at First Colonial Inn, where she made new friends and let her light shine on those who lived and worked there.
She was a glass-half-full person who had a smile and a kind word for anyone she met, whether she knew them or not. She was intelligent, curious, strong, cheerful and kind. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry; brothers, David and Jack.
She is survived by her brother, Donald (Anne); children, Joseph (Sarah), James (Shari), Judy (Scott) and Jeff (Lynne); and five grandchildren, Joseph III, Caroline, Jonah, Julinka and Julia.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to WHRO Public Media, Norfolk.
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