Marlene Wolford obit photo

Mrs. Wolford

SHARON — Marlene E. Wolford of 4455 Maritime Drive, Santa Maria, Calif., formerly of Sharon, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday (6-29-06) while visiting family in Sharon, after a long battle with heart disease. She was 73.

Marlene was born on Tuesday, April 18, 1933, in Baltimore to Michael and Florence Schiller.

She was a member of Farrell High School Class of 1951.

Mrs. Wolford worked for 30 years for Medal Distributing Co. in Sharon.

She was a member of the Saxon Home, Royal Neighbors of America, and Santa Maria Senior Citizens Club, and was an Associate of the Sisters of St. Francis.

She loved traveling and playing bingo, but she most enjoyed spending time with her family and many friends.

In 1989, she moved to Santa Maria and, in her later years, worked at Marian Residence in Santa Maria where she had the honor of being selected as their “2005 Employee of the Year.” One of her greatest joys was working with the Sisters of St. Francis. She loved each one of them dearly and considered them to be part of her family.

Marlene is survived by: a daughter, Deborah J. Toy and her husband Kelly Brian Toy, Santa Maria; a sister, Alice Brodish and her husband Cleon, Hermitage; and two brothers, Michael Martin Schiller; and Paul J. Schiller and his wife Beverly, all Sharon.

She was blessed with four grandchildren that she adored, Jennifer, Jerry, Jay and Joshua; and a wonderful great-grandson, Jayson.

She also has a large extended family in Munich, Germany.

Her parents and a brother, Thomas Schiller, preceded Marlene in death.

She will be sadly missed by her family; the many, many people who called her friend; her dear sister and pal Alice; her beloved Sisters of St. Francis; and especially by her daughter and very best friend, Debbie.


Marlene E., 73, of 4455 Maritime Drive, Santa Maria, Calif., formerly of Sharon.

Calling hours: 1 p.m. to time of service Sunday (7-2-06) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Friends may e-mail condolences to

Service: Funeral service at 2 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel followed by cremation.