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Marilynn McCracken

December 13, 1920 — December 9, 2021

Van Wert

Marilynn J. (Foust) McCracken, 100, of Van Wert, passed away at 1:05 PM on December 9, 2021, at Vancrest of Delphos, four days prior to her 101st birthday.

She was born on December 13, 1920, in Convoy, Ohio, the daughter of the late James Elmer and Helen (Welch) Foust. On January 20, 1939, she married William David McCracken, who passed away on April 13, 2010. Together, they shared 71 years of marriage.

Marilynn worked as a homemaker and bookkeeper for the family-owned business, WD McCracken and Sons Plumbing and Electrical, where she helped to diagnose many problems over the phone to assist her husband.

Marilynn was a member of the Sugar and Spice Club, Sunrise Club, and Animal Protective League. She was a former Peony Festival "Flower in Full Bloom" representative and had been previously named "Homemaker of the Year".

Marilynn enjoyed euchre, bingo, and travelling in her early years with Bill to Wisconsin and Arizona enjoying friends and family.

Having children later in life, Marilynn loved mentoring other young mothers in her community. Her love for the Lord reflected on her willingness to always make sure her family, friends and acquaintances were always taken care of. She was a very loving and giving mother, grandmother and friend to all walks of life.

Surviving are her children, Pamela (Mike) Whetstone, Kent (Kim) McCracken, James (Suzi) McCracken, Marylou (Tony) Smith, Sherri (Mike) Arn and Eric (Melody) McCracken; a daughter in law, Myrna McCracken; 29 grandchildren; 52 great grandchildren- with one on the way; 6 great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her step-mother, Mabel (Shutt) Etzler Foust; a son, David McCracken in 2006 and daughter, RoseAnne Spieles in 2020 and her husband, Ted, in 2019; a brother, Carl Marion Foust; sisters, Helen Ruth (Foust) Kimberlin, Sara Eloise (Foust) Rolsten and Olive Lorene (Foust) Oberlitner; and two grandchildren.

Services will be held at 12:00PM on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home and Crematory with Pastor Clark Williman, officiating. Interment will be held at a later date in Mohr Cemetery, Van Wert.

Family and friends will be received from 10:00AM to 12:00PM on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of the following organizations: the Van Wert County Humane Society, EverHeart Hospice or to the First United Methodist Church-Agape Fund.

To share in Marilynn's online memorial, please visit www.alspachgearhart.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891.

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Service Schedule

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Visitation

Saturday, December 18, 2021

10:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home

722 S Washington St, Van Wert, OH 45891

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Memorial Service

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Starts at 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home

722 S Washington St, Van Wert, OH 45891

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