Marlene was born in Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating from Shaker Heights High School and Ohio State University, she obtained a master in education from Georgia State University.
She had volunteered at various hospitals, taking care of the elderly, taught children with special needs and attended music, dance and drama classes. She had a spirit that was contagious and would light up a room.
Marlene’s passion later in life was her career in fitness, which included aqua aerobics and Zumba, teaching classes and touching so many people in doing so. She was a fan of many genres of music and would be the first one to hit the dance floor.
Being a caring, generous individual and helping others is what drove her each day to achieve what she wanted out of life. Marlene never met a stranger and always saw the best in everyone. She had a heart of gold. Primarily, her family was the most important thing in her life.
She is predeceased by her parents Max and Anne Mesnik and her brothers Lawrence and Ronnie. She is survived by her sons Loren (Marieli) Colon of Decatur and Jonathan (Tasha) Colon of Sandy Springs; her brother Dennis Mesnick of San Diego, Calif.; grandchildren Matthew and Julianne; and numerous Mesnick cousins. Also feeling her loss are all her longtime friends and coworkers.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the MJCCA Aquatic Department. The funeral was held April 11 with Rabbis Peter Berg and Scott Colbert officiating. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999. Sign the online guestbook at www.dresslerjewishfunerals.com.