Marlene Schmitt Powers

June 8, 1941 - January 1, 2024

06/08/1941 - 01/01/2024

Past Services

Monday January 08, 2024
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Additional Information:

Ocean Lakes Church of God

1200 Damn Neck Road Virginia Beach, VA

Funeral Service
Monday January 08, 2024
2:00 pm

Additional Information:

Ocean Lakes Church of God

1200 Damn Neck Road Virginia Beach, VA

Monday January 08, 2024
3:30 pm
Colonial Grove Memorial Park
3445 Princess Anne Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456
757-427-6950 | Directions

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.

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Yvonne Scorcia
1 month ago

Marlene will always be remembered as a dear and kind woman as well as a loving mommy to my animals. She took such good care of my Duke and Priscilla for years and for a short time before he left us, my pug Oliver. Marlene referred to him as her “Old Man”. Marlene was passionate about her love for horses and always shared her stories of when she was a young girl riding her Palomino. She often expressed how she so much wanted a horse to keep in her back yard. We cannot forget her love for Joey, which was so special. She would send me pictures and stories of how he will eat only if fed on the couch. Marlene touched so many hearts and will forever be missed.

Deborah Munyas
1 month ago

I always looked forward to seeing Marlene. When I came to visit everybody on the court. She was always sitting out in the sun tending to her flowers, and her dogs always came over to see my dogs when I hit town she was a beautiful woman great cook and great Horsemen, she will be greatly missed by all

Debbie Brown
1 month ago

Marlene was a godsend for my mom and I at a time we desperately needed her. She was referred to me by a mutual friend. From the first day I met her I knew and trusted that my mother who had Alzheimer’s would be in the best of hands. Marlene loved mom and showered her with homemade goodies on a daily basis as well as the attention mom demanded. She was beyond dependable and kept me aware of mom’s health and welfare through her devoted texts. She truly had the gift of caring for others. I will always remember her with gratitude and kindness. So very sorry for your loss.

Denise Cucurullo
1 month ago

Our friendship spanned over decades. From the day I met Marlene I knew she would be a constant in my life. Marlene had a heart of gold. Always helping others, her kindness was endless. We made a vow when she and Larry moved from Long Island to Virginia that our friendship would never end. It didn’t. She was my go to person for anything from cooking questions to animal care. She had a zest for life and so many interesting stories .to share. She loved her family dearly and maintained friendships far and near. I know there will never be another Marlene in my life. I’m grateful and blessed for the time we had together. She will forever remain in my heart ❤️ Prayers for strength to the family; Larry and her countless friends during this difficult time 💔

Kat Deloatch
1 month ago

Thank You ,for being the grand Pumba of our Tribe.We all needed and cherished the love you gave all of us.We are all going to miss you dearly.Praying for the family Larry and all who knew Ms Marlene.

Chris Valdez
1 month ago

Mama, Nana, Merna or Marlene, all were the same amazing woman!! My late husband Doc was the first to meet this wonderful woman when she knocked on our door to meet our Rottweilers 🐾❤️❤️🐾 when Mary Jane and Charlie first got married.

She has loved us, fed us, and shared good and bad times with us over the years and Marlene will ALWAYS remain the queen of the court. 👸 🌹.
I know that you and Doc are two-steppin to some old country right now!! I love and miss you both😢❤️❤️😘😘❤️

Linda Larm Malloy
1 month ago

My family is all so saddened by Marlene’s passing. She was such a special lady and part of our family for over 40 years. We spent so many holidays and family celebrations with her and Larry. She would always show up with her famous cheesecake. We loved it! I always considered her my sister in law and aunt to Erin, Cheryl and Kelly. May she rest in peace ❤️

Kathleen Baney
1 month ago

Marlene, the Mom of the court, will be remembered for her courage and kindness. Her memory was sharp as a tack. She loved telling stories and we enjoyed them. Your legacy will always remain in our hearts.