Marlene Schmitt Powers passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family, friends, and beloved pets on January 1, 2024.
Marlene was born in upstate New York on a 205-acre farm to the late Martin Schmitt and Doris Bishop Schmitt.
Her lifelong love of animals was born on that farm, among the pigs, goats, chickens, and her favorite horse “Twinkle.”
Marlene managed an animal hospital for 27 years in Long Island, New York, and made many long-lasting friendships with people and animals. She always had an abundance of pets, earning her the appropriate moniker of “Mrs. Dr. Doolittle.” Marlene was always a caregiver of animals and people.
She loved entertaining and feeding people. She made sauce every week and the best meatballs ever. She was also known for her apple cake and magic carrots. She received great pleasure sitting in the sun, gardening and being at the pool.
Country legends and country music were a big part of her life. She loved visiting Nashville, and on her most recent visit, meeting Johnny Rodriquez was very touching.
She is survived by her brother Martin Schmitt; her daughter Mary Jane Fields (Charlie-her best friend & partner in crime); Grandchildren Angela Marlene Roszkowski; Charlie Fields Jr. (Kennedy) and Megan Fields (Derick); and seven great-grandchildren and her very loyal longtime companion also known as her “chauffer” Larry Larm.
Visitation will be held at 1 pm followed by the service at 2 pm at Ocean Lakes Church of God, 1200 Dam Neck Road, Virginia Beach. A graveside service will be conducted at 3:30 pm at Colonial Grove Cemetery 3445 Princess Anne Rd Virginia Beach.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite animal rescue.