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Mary Burson Marsalka, 91, passed away peacefully at Kobacker House on January 20, 2021. She was born on March 30, 1929 in Ashland, KY to the late Ralph T. Burson and Elizabeth R. Burson.
She is survived by her brother Ralph (Anne) Burson of Palm Harbor, FL; daughter-in-law Kathy (Rob) Felty of Dublin, son-in-law Paul (Kim) Raines of Orlando, FL. She leaves loving grandchildren Kristin Marsalka, Matthew (Maggie) Marsalka, Joseph (Beth) Raines, Benjamin (Kelly) Raines, and Sarah Felty.
She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph P. Marsalka and their two children; David S. Marsalka MD. and Elizabeth Raines.
Mary lived a long and full life. She met her husband at Ohio University and they were blessed with 66 years of marriage. Mary was a teacher and Joe was an attorney and business owner. After moving to Upper Arlington their lives were happily focused on family, friends and community. Mary’s main job was being a cheerleader for her children.
As she and Joe became “empty nesters” Mary boldly started a Tea room in Dublin, Biddie’s Coach House. It was a labor of love for Mary with her personal touch in every aspect of the business. For over 25 years she served customers who became friends and employed staﬀ who became like family. They were some of the most fulfilling years of her life and Biddie’s was a strong support for her after the death of her children.
Her strong spirit and determination to enjoy life propelled her to survive personal loss and live with joy. She had a lively personality and was often described as passionate, feisty and fun, sharp to the end. She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.
Mary’s family would like to thank Kobacker House for their care and compassion, and the Avondale Senior Village staﬀ and residents for creating a supportive community. The family is grateful to Mary’s caregiver and friend, Danita for her faithful care, always delivered with kindness and humor.
A private ceremony will be held at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, KY. In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution to Upper Arlington Lutheran Church.
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