Marilyne B. Marino

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Marilyne B. Marino, 90, peacefully passed away Dec. 20, 2012, at the Birch Bay Village residential facility in Bar Harbor, while in the company of family and dear friends. She was born Dec. 19, 1922, in Boston, daughter of Harold E. and Elizabeth G. (Smith) Barnes.

During her younger years she was taught by her father to be an avid hunter and fisherman, and accompanied him on many hunting and fishing trips. She attended kindergarten through 12th grade in Bar Harbor, and attended Worcester Normal School and graduated with a degree in business administration. Shortly after graduation she met her husband, Hank, while out for a night on the town in Boston with her girlfriends. Marilyne and Hank married Sept. 26, 1944, and began a family in Bar Harbor with the birth of their first child, Marilyne, in October 1946. Two daughters followed, Joyce, in 1951, and Ellen, in 1955. While not attending to her husband and daughters, and grandchildren later on, she worked at Mount Desert Island Hospital. After years of service at the hospital and wanting to spend more time with her husband, she moved on and went to work for Hank as a bookkeeper at H&H Red & White until their retirement in 1984. Marilyne loved to travel, especially to Hawaii, where she and Hank would escape from the mid-winter doldrums of Bar Harbor to revive and relax on the beaches of Waikiki. Locally, Marilyne took great pleasure with her drives around the Ocean Drive and up Cadillac Mountain in her beloved Acadia National Park. Socializing with friends at West End Drug store was a daily ritual along with spending time with her many canine pets. She was an exceptional knitter and cook, and willingly passed her skills on through the years to family and friends wanting to learn. Thanks to her immaculate recipe Rolodex, many top-secret mixes still reside in the family. When she took time off from cooking, knitting and crossword puzzles, she was visiting and passing on her life's wisdom to her children and grandchildren. Marilyne was a one-of-a-kind grandmother, mother, sister, aunt and friend, and lovingly touched the lives of all who knew her.

Marilyne is survived by two daughters; Joyce M. Fortier-King of Ellsworth and Ellen H. Marino of Orwigsburg, Pa.; son-in-law, Kendall "Duffy" Akerley; stepbrother, Jay Barnes of Marlboro; sister-in-law, Dolores Barnes of Lady Lake, Fla.; four grandchildren, William Nickels Jr. and wife, Julaine, of Corvallis, Ore., Keith Nickels and wife, Christa, of Wesley Chapel, Fla., Jessica Sprague of Bar Harbor and G. Joseph Fortier II of Ellsworth; two great-grandchildren, Natalia Nickels and Anthony Nickels; four nieces and two nephews. Marilyne was predeceased by her husband, Herman "Hank" Marino; brother, Keith B. Barnes; and daughter, Marilyne E. Akerley.

Viewing is 1 p.m. Dec. 31 with funeral services beginning 2 p.m. at Bar Harbor Congregational Church, where she and Hank were lifelong members. The Rev. Dr. Sandra Reed and the Rev. Margaret "Pat" Stiles are officiating. Spring interment will be at Ledgelawn Cemetery, Bar Harbor. Contributions in Marilyne's memory may be made to Hounds of Prison Education Program, CPAA, 1802 Silver Pine Circle, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050; Hancock County Hospice Program, 14 McKenzie Ave., Ellsworth, ME 04605; or Friends of Acadia, P.O. Box 725, Bar Harbor, ME 04609. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at
Published in BDN Maine on Dec. 27, 2012
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