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Marlene Delores Romanowicz (Ripley)

May 21, 1935 - December 30, 2020


In Loving Memory,

It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of our dear mother Marlene Delores (Ripley) (Black) Romanowicz, 85 on Wednesday 6:15 am, December 30, 2020 at Ridge Meadows Hospital, Maple Ridge, BC.  Joanne and Leon were able to be with her for the last 2 weeks while in the hospital.

Born in Sydney, Cape Breton, May 21, 1935, Marlene was the daughter of Edward and Hazel Ripley, both deceased. She is also predeceased by her brothers Earl (Jean) Ripley and Eddie Ripley.  Charles Black (first late husband) passed away on December 31,  2010, and her Sister-In Law Loreen Szewczok who passed  on May 17, 2020.

Marlene is survived by her Children: Leon (Marie) Black, Langley, BC. Cynthia (Cindy Black) Watanabe, Bonney Lake, WA,  Joanne Black Langley, BC.  Her Grandchildren: Amy (Mac Vicar) (Kevin Reichow) Fox, Auburn WA. Nicole Simard, Bonney Lake,  Jeffrey (Andreanne Turcotte) Simard, Chicoutimi, Quebec.

Her great GrandChildren: Logan Fox, Kayla Fox, Landan Simard-Pleskac, Emilie Simard, Jade Simard, Jacob Simard and Noam Simard.

Her Nieces: Cheryl (Ripley) Sherman, Son Mike Sherman. JoAnn (Ripley) (Perry) Curasco, Son Nicolas Cann.  Patricia (Mike Wondoloski) Ripley. Her Nephews: Stephen Ripley, Eddie (Jerilyn) Ripley, Sons jesse Ripley, Carter Wills.

Marlene moved to Langley, BC in the late 1990’s to be closer to her children with Peter (Bun) Romanowicz, her late husband (August 2007). She was a beloved mother and loved sharing her life with them. She was proud of all her children and always tried her best to support them. She was very kind to her family and friends always helping outwhen she could. Marlene was a warm-hearted, fun-loving lady with a great sense of humor and she always had a smile on her face. Marlene loved her red lipstick, she couldn’t go anywhere without it on. Being fashionable and charismatic, her hair and outfits also had to be perfect before leaving her place. Marlene loved to play the piano and sing along with friends and family. She will be missed by her friends Phyllis, Frances, Marsha, Janice and BC relatives; Howie (Sheila) Stephens, Brenda Mac Donald and Glenn (Annette) Tomblin. We want to give a special thank you to Dr. Borg and her office, Dr. Damien, nurses and the care aids where Marlene lived at Langley Gardens and Langley Seniors Village.

She also leaves behind many friends throughout Nova Scotia, Antigonish and Cape Breton Island. Colleen Snow, Warna Murrant, Nancy Manship, Kevin, Fred, Keith, Michele, Zion, John Stephens, Todd, Lynn Abbass, Janet Porter, Billy Sullivan, Eileen Mac Neil and too many to list. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.  There will be no service, but interment of ashes will take place at a later date.

Mom preferred flowers in the garden and not at funerals. In lieu of this, please consider a donation to your local Hospice Society.


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From: Wiebe and Jeske Funeral Home

Wiebe and Jeske Funeral Home Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Joanne Black
Relation: My mother

Mom, you’ll be in my heart & soul forever. I’ll miss everything about you, you were a fabulous mother & best friend. Fly with the angels until we meet again …..

From: Beverley Genge

Dear Leon and Marie, My deepest sympathies to you and your families. I can tell by her photo she was a lively lady. Her red lipstick is very bright and cheery, its a beautiful photo of her. Take care my friends Big Hugs

From: Janet & Brad Bezovie
Relation: Our brother-in-laws mom.

Our sincerest condolences to Leon (Marie) Cindy, Joanne and family. May your mother’s memory be eternal and may your happy memories comfort you during this sad time. Her bright smile and friendly welcome will always be remembered.

From: Nancy Manship
Relation: Family friend

I’ve been blessed in so many ways and Marlene was a huge presence in my life along with the whole family. She cared and shared time, stories, laughter and incredible food, especially her mashed potatoes and Rice Krispie squares that didn’t need to be square. I love you, Marlene and thank you for everything, especially your wonderful children! RIP beautiful friend….you will always be with the people you love! ❤️

From: Douglas Meikle
Relation: Grew up next door in Sydney N S .

My sympathy to the extended Family .

From: Heather Paruch
Relation: Family friend.

Sending our deepest sympathy. Pam and your mom had a very special friendship. Mylo and Heather Paruch

From: Stephen Ripley
Relation: Nephew

Marlene was a breath of fresh air … always friendly, open and positive. Deepest condolences to her family and friends. I know she’ll live forever in your hearts. I’ve uploaded a photo showing Marlene and her brother Earle (my dad) from 2018 (I think) and from their childhood in Nova Scotia.

From: Marie Black
Relation: Daughter-in-Law

Marlene was a wonderful mother-in-law and friend to me. She was a kind, caring and independent lady. When she and Bun moved to BC they stayed with us for a couple of months and introduced me to boiled dinner, a Cape Breton staple, and she would have dinner ready when I came home from work. The past five years Marlene overcame many medical challenges but could not beat Covid 19. Our many memories of you gives us comfort at this time.

From: Mary Borden Hurel
Relation: Friend of her daughter

Cindy & Family please accept my condolences on the passing of your Mother if anyone deserves the title Lady it was your Mother she was a wonderful , beautiful person I always had good memories of her. May she rest in peace.

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Mom preferred flowers in the garden and not at funerals. In lieu of this, please consider a donation to your local Hospice Society.

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