In Memory

Marilyn Gladysiewicz (McLoughlin)

photoMarilyn McLoughlin

Marilyn was born to Joseph & Stella Gladysiewicz on December 7, 1945 in Oneida, New York. She graduated with honors from Oneida High School and went on to study at New York's Geneseo State College. Graduating "cum laude" in Education, she began her teaching career in Schenectady, New York. During her senior year, she met Arthur McLoughlin, a Field Representative for the New York State Teacher's Association. Eight months after her college graduation, Marilyn & Arthur were married and recently celebrated their fifty-first anniversary. After living in Schenectady, Syracuse, Frankfurt, Germany, and Rockville, Maryland, Arthur, Marilyn, and their two daughters, Samantha and Vanessa moved to Salinas, California in October of 1975. Marilyn continued her teaching career at the nearby Castroville Elementary School. After 37 years of service in the Castroville Community, Marilyn retired in December of 2015. She then served on the Monterey County Civil Grand Jury. Beginning in the mid-1980's, Marilyn became a Docent at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuary in Moss Landing. She truly enjoyed leading groups, especially children on discovery-filled trips through the preserve's wilderness trails. A strong advocate for Women's Rights and the plight of poor communities, Marilyn was generous in her support of organizations that were dedicated to these issues. Marilyn leaves behind her husband, Arthur, daughters Samantha VanRens (Robert) and Vanessa Kennedy (Michael), grandchildren Jordan Ryan, Aaron VanRens, Ethan and Jacob Kennedy, and siblings, Barbara Soohoo and John Gladysiewicz. Marilyn's remains will be scattered at some of her favorite places and with her mother in the Moss Landing Cemetery.
Facebook posting written by her daughters:
Friends, this is written by my daughters, Vanessa and Samantha.This is extremely hard to say, but our mother passed from cancer this evening.  She was given a late diagnosis and advanced quickly.  Both of us and our father were here with her as she passed.We know our mom touched the hearts of so many in the community and we have been grateful for the outpouring of support from fellow teachers, docents, students, friends, and family.Thank you all for the loving words, we shared all with her.  Our father will be hosting a memorial for mom as soon as he can host more people in a non-social distancing situation.Please do not send flowers, if you would like to contribute to her legacy, please donate to the Monterey County Foodbank or the Elkhorn Slough Foundation. The respective links are below:

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06/09/20 06:06 AM #5    

Gail Sforza (Krebs)

Marilyn, Advocate of Adventures

Friends for 60 years, I always enjoyed her birthday messages to all of us, encouraging us to keep having adventures.  She did that herself... a whirlwind of activity, yet somehow always time for everything. Apart from school, we shared another connection: our mothers both worked at Oneida City Hospital and focused on homemade kitchen delights EVERY DAY.  Our last emails grew out of my frustration trying to track down an old-school, tried-and-true recipe for Polish pierogi to include in my next book.  When I contacted Marilyn about this she sent a handwritten one of her mother's, the very best source!  My publisher for the new books is in L.A. so I was hoping to see her on my next trip there.  Will see you again, maybe not now,  but eventually. Warm memories.

06/09/20 07:12 AM #6    

Janet Preston (Heffron)

Such nice tributes to Marilyn from family and friends.   That is a wonderful legacy!   Howard and Janet

06/09/20 08:00 AM #7    

Robert La Raia

What a shock to hear about Marilyn!  She was so full of vitality that it almost burst out of the computer when ever she put comments on our class page.  We were in St Patricks together probably from K to 4th grade and then again in 6th grade.  I'm sure she's bustling about heaven now keeping everyone there energized.  We'll miss her.

06/09/20 12:14 PM #8    

Roslyn Carnevale (McConnell)

This is such sad news. Marilyn had such a great spirit. She will be missed. She always had such wonderful and heartfelt comments to all our classmates. God bless all of you. She was a treasure. Heaven has a new angel.

06/09/20 02:56 PM #9    

Pat Burdick (Belcer)

I was so sad to learn of Marilyn’s passing.  I have many memories of her from way back in our St. Pat’s days-a very genuine, kind, caring person.  Obviously that’s how she lived life.

My deepest condolences to her family.


06/09/20 04:35 PM #10    

Myron Peebles

'tho I havent seen Marilyn since school, I well remember her as a friendly and very nice person. It was with much sadness that I learned of her passing. I see her as she was and am glad that she had the love of her family, while here -and now to hold her memory.   Myron

06/09/20 06:54 PM #11    

Sharon Swetmon (Havener)

I only knew Marilyn in school and reading the beautiful legacy her daughter wrote only tells me how much she was loved and how very much she will be nissed by so many....RIP my dear schoolmate ❤️❤️

06/09/20 08:14 PM #12    

Barbara Schrenk (Cumings)

So sad to hear of Marilyn's passing.  So many memories of time spent with her. Got to be great friends senior year. Had my first pierogi, made by her Mom. She was my maid of honor when I got married, and I was a bridesmaid when she married Art. I can still hear her laugh. My deepest condolences to her family. RIP my friend.


Barb (Schrenk) Cumings


06/09/20 09:06 PM #13    

Diane Meacham (Preas)

I am so shocked and saddened to hear this news. Deepest sympathy  to Marilyns family

at this challenging time.  Since I didn't go to St  Pats School, I didn't know her very well but

Iiving in California, we would check in during stormy weather now and then.  Many prayers

to her family and friends.


Diane Meacham Preas

06/10/20 07:58 AM #14    

Sandra Corl (Butler (Hollenbeck))

I believe it was the last reunion that I was able to connect with Marilyn again...first since graduatiom.  It was a joy to be able to 'catch up' with each other. So sorry for your loss...keep your memories, they are precious.

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