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Marilyn Sue (Susie VanWert) Stokes

April 27, 1945 - December 24, 2022


Obituary For Marilyn Sue (Susie VanWert) Stokes

Age 77, on Saturday, December 24, 2022, of Whitehall, formerly of South Park.

Cherished wife of 55 years to Ellis A. Stokes, Jr.; loving mother of Ellis Stokes (Amy Chisholm), Susanne (Andrew) Lafferty and Elizabeth (John) Groetsch; most wonderful Grammy of Ellis John and Arden Stokes, Austin and Ashton Lafferty and Jack and Joseph Groetsch; daughter of the late Franklin and Mary Elizabeth VanWert; sister of the late John (survived by her dearest sister-in law Margie) VanWert and sister of Franklin (Edna) VanWert; sister-in-law of the late Joan (Bill) Faust and Richard (Beatrice) Stokes. Also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews and countless friends and neighbors. Marilyn was a 1963 graduate of Baldwin High School and after graduation, she worked as an x-ray technician for many years. She and Ellis have owned Covers-All Canvas Products, a family business since 1993. She has volunteered her whole life in many different ways. Most recently as a CCD teacher and Eucharistic Minister at Nativity Church, Our Lady of Hope Parish. She was an active member and past president of South Park Women's Club and on her high school reunion committee. She always enjoyed attending her grandkid's extra-curricular activities as well as shopping, traveling and making sure everyone had enough to eat. Friends will be received at the John F. Slater Funeral Home, Inc., 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227 on Wednesday and Thursday, December 28 and 29, 2022 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral prayer on Friday morning at 9:15. Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Hope Parish, St. Germaine Church at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15205 or the Humane Animal Rescue, 1101 Western Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15233.

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  • 01/03/2023

    I am sorry for this late acknowledgment of Marilyn. She worked tirelessly on our reunions and was so appreciated for that but also her friendly kindness. Sincere sympathy to the Stokes Family

  • 12/30/2022

    Thank you, Marilyn, for a selfless life of service to others. You embodied the very best characteristics of our remarkable high school class of 1963. We will miss your quiet leadership and great strength. You made life better for all whose lives you touched. God rest and bless your remarkable soul. Love forever. Dr. Jay and Nurse Saundra Zink

  • 12/29/2022

    Ellis and family, my condolences on the loss of Marilyn. Always smiling and encouraging others. She loved her classmates and worked hard on each of our Baldwin 63 reunions. May God continue to bless your family.

  • 12/28/2022

    Ellis and family-Marilyn worked hard for the class of 63. She will be missed. Dave Phillips 63

  • 12/28/2022

    Ellis, my condolences to you and your family on the passing of Marilyn, great person to have known. Jack (3 rivers)

  • 12/28/2022

    A neighbor who always had time to stop and talk on her way to or from work. The conversations were welcomed whether it be personal, the weather or my garden. A sweet, kind soul who will be missed. Godspeed dear lady.

  • 12/27/2022

    Family and Friends of Marilyn VanWert Stokes, May God comfort and support you in the time of your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Marilyn was a dear friend, classmate and inspiration to all who knew her. "Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." John 14: 1 -3 May God Bless and Keep You, Lou Slautterback Baldwin High School 1963

  • 12/26/2022

    My deepest prayers go to Ellis and his family. As I told one of the sons-in-law, I was praying for Marilyn, for a miracle. I guess it was not in the cards. We love you, kiddo, and Bill said to give Ms. Marilyn a kiss for him.

  • 12/26/2022

    Marilyn my best friend and confidant. I will miss you always and forever but have learned so much from you and your wonderful family. Love all! Rest in peace in heaven and watch over us giving us your strength Tom and Cindy Carfagno