Marien E. (Dieteman) Durst

Born: Sat., Jan. 14, 1922
Died: Thu., Apr. 6, 2017


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Mon., Apr. 10, 2017
Location: Glenwood United Methodist Church

Celebration of Life

11:00 AM Mon., Apr. 10, 2017
Location: Glenwood United Methodist Church

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     Marien Dieteman Durst, 95, of Erie, died Thursday, April 6, 2017, at Forestview Health Care Center.  She was born January 14, 1922, the only daughter of the late John E. and Mary Alma Reck Dieteman, in St. Marys, Pa.

     In December, 1934, the family moved to Erie where Mr. Dieteman was Treasurer of Erie Resistor Corporation.  Marien enrolled at Academy High School as a freshman.  She graduated in June, 1938, being a Commencement speaker - her topic was Music in Erie.  She was a charter member of The National Honor Society at Academy.

     She joined the freshman class at Lake Erie College, Painesville, Ohio where she was a member of the College Choir and Kappa Alpha Sigma honorary society, and later served as trustee.  She received a B.A. Degree in French in 1942.  During her fifth year at Lake Erie College, she taught freshman music courses and received a Bachelor of Music Degree in piano and organ.  Also during her fifth year, having taken a course in journalism, she would go down to The Painesville Telegraph every day and write the Sports Page.  She was an enthusiastic Detroit Tigers fan.

     After graduation, she worked on the Society Page at The Erie Dispatch Herald, and was later promoted to the Women's Page Editor. 

     She was organist at Luther Memorial Church until her marriage to G. Chester Durst in 1947 at The Little Church Around the Corner in New York City.  Since then she served as substitute organist at various churches around Erie.

     She was a 60+ year member of The Woman's Club of Erie and a 50-year member of the Erie Branch of A.A.U.W.  She was a longtime member of The Tuesday Morning Music Club and was recently awarded an Honorary Membership for "her outstanding contribution to the club and to the field of music".  Mrs. Durst also enjoyed reading, counted cross stitch, knitting, crocheting, cooking and baking.  She was often seen at her children's sporting, musical and school events.

     Her husband of 59 years, George Chester Durst preceded her in death in 2006.  She is survived by three children: a daughter, Mary Jo Markley of Tampa, Fla., and two sons, John E. Durst and his wife Nancy of Erie, and George S. Durst and his wife Kathy, also of Erie.  She is further survived by six grandchildren: Jenifer Boswell and husband Jim of Palm Harbor, Fla., Jill Chalkley of Tampa, Fla., Timothy Durst and wife Leslye of Erie, Scott Durst and wife Emese of Chicago, Ill., and Brad and Brandon Durst, both of Erie; and seven great-grandchildren, Jocelyn and Jilian Boswell, Jacob, Rachel and Trevor Chalkley, and Nolan and Brennen Durst.

     She was a member of Glenwood United Methodist Church where she was organist at various times and played in the Hand Bell Choir.

     The family will receive friends at Glenwood United Methodist Church, 2931 Myrtle Street, Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of a Celebration of Life Service at 11 a.m.  The Rev. Matthew R. Judd will officiate.  Private interment will be in Erie Cemetery. 

     Marien’s family would like to extend a sincere Thank You to the staff of Forestview for their love and care throughout Marien’s stay.

Charitable donations may be made in Marien's memory to the following organizations:

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Glenwood United Methodist Church
2931 Myrtle St., Erie, PA 16508
Tel: 814/456-6268

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Gus & Shirley Sadler
   Posted Sat April 08, 2017
John, George and family:

So sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. She was a wonderful lady.

Jared Scott
   Posted Mon April 10, 2017
Durst family,

My deepest sympathy on your recent loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time.

-Jared Scott

Matt Hines
   Posted Mon April 10, 2017
John, Tim and Family,
Sorry for your loss, we send our deepest sympathy.
Dave Hines and Matt Hines.

Tom and Cindy Ritchey
   Posted Sun August 20, 2017
Dear Family of Mimi ...

I'm sorry learning of Mimi's passing, hoping her golden years were golden for her and all of her loved ones and friends. She was my granmother's (Helen McClain Irving) only cousin. And beloved she was, always remembered with great affection, friendship, and love in our house. She was a wonderrful, delightful, thoughtful person, and I am thankful for having known her and Chester.

Know that you're all being remembered and Mimi's life and memory regaled in our house this day, and as long as our memories might allow. May the love and peace of Christ that Mimi knows so well be with us all until a joyful reunion day.

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