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Marlene Jane (Birnesser) Laughner

May 16, 1944 ~ April 14, 2021 (age 76)


Marlene Jane Laughner, 76, of South Beaver Township, passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at Shenango on the Green, New Wilmington, PA.  She passed peacefully with her family at her side after a brief illness.

She was born May 16, 1944 to the late John and Olga Birnesser. She lived her entire life in South Beaver Township.  She graduated from Providence Hospital School of Nursing.  She worked as a registered nurse for Dr. L.P. Atwell, and for Dr’s Cuddy, Pupi and Thompson.  She spent the majority of her career at Beaver Valley Nursing and Rehab, formerly known as Elmcrest.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Sandra Birnesser in 2013; and by her husband of 50 years, William G. Laughner on September 10, 2018.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters and their spouses, Laurie and Dan McCracken of Bloomsburg, PA, Jodie and Larry Aikins of Hermitage, PA, and Christine and Mike Sylvester of New Castle, PA.  She also leaves behind eight grandchildren who loved and adored her, Eric, Allison, and Emily McCracken, Austin Aikins and his fiancée Monika, Nate and Hannah Aikins, and Domenic and Maryn Sylvester. She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Ed and Pat Birnesser; and sisters and brothers-in-law, James Laughner, Barbara and Lou Magnotta, Robert and Linda Laughner, and Becky and Keith Dunbaugh.  She also leaves behind her animal friends Lucy, Roxy, Ava, Rosco, Flash and Mocha.

Friends will be received on Sunday from 2pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm in the GABAUER-LUTTON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC.- 117 Blackhawk Road, where a service will be held on Monday at 11am. The Rev. C.F. Hoffman will officiate.

Private interment will take place in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her name to the Little Beaver Helping Hands (formerly the Little Beaver Lioness Club)- PO Box 52, Darlington PA 16115 or the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 862- PO Box 26, Rochester, PA 15074. 

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff at Shenango on the Green and Kindred Hospice for the kind, compassionate care given to Marlene.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Marlene Jane (Birnesser) Laughner, please visit our floral store.


April 18, 2021

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Gabauer Family Funeral Homes
117 Blackhawk Road
Chippewa, PA 15010

April 18, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Blackhawk Road, Chippewa Township

Funeral Service
April 19, 2021

11:00 AM
Gabauer Family Funeral Homes
117 Blackhawk Road
Chippewa, PA 15010


Little Beaver Helping Hands
PO Box 52, Darlington PA 16115

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 862
P.O. Box 26, Rochester PA 15074

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