Marilyn Daisy Verstreate Mashewske formerly of Palmyra, N.Y. , entered into rest peacefully with loved ones by her side on July 12th, 2019 after 75 glorious years. Marilyn had several battles with cancer within a 20 year period. She was victorious 3 times, but would unfortunately lose her final battle.
Marilyn was a resilient woman who would take it on the chin, but would punch back harder. She would, "say what she meant and meant what she said." Marilyn, in the first part of her life, had a creative spirit about her. She set the trend and standard for wearing tube tops, matching pants, and make-up. Marilyn worked at Volplex, then transitioned into home care of Veterans for 30+ years. Some of the things that brought her the most joy were talking with her brother Danny, her sister Pat, the kids and grandchildren. Marilyn had a green thumb and a passion for her household plants and gardening. She had compassion for her pets who also provided comfort and therapy to her. Holidays were always special times for her, Christmas being the most favorite. She had the best decorations and Christmas tree in town. Marilyn's foods were "festive," in the best sense of the word. Her tables and countertops were always full. She was proud of her cooking and that she could provide for everyone.
Marilyn was predeceased by her partner John F. DeFrain; mother Ruby Mae (Kennedy) Verstreate; and her father Daniel Martin Verstreate, Sr. She is survived by her beloved family, including her children Dale (Cathy Jo) Mashewske of Prattsburgh, N.Y., Jeff (Lisa) Mashewske of Newark, N.Y., and Charleen Doucet of Rochester, N.Y.; sister Pat (Lucky) Weichenthal of Penn Yan, N.Y.; brother Danny (Sherry) Verstreate of Maine; grandchildren Zachary, Nicholas, and Anthony Mashewske; Several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Too many to list, but none forgotten.