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Mary Alice "Marnie" (Grabe) Kirkpatrick

1925 - 2021


Mary Alice “Marnie” (Grabe) Kirkpatrick passed away Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at Wesbury United Methodist Community, following a period of failing health.


Marnie was born in Harrisburg, PA, on June 4, 1925, the only child of G. Harold and Gertrude (Wilson) Grabe.


She graduated from Camp Hill High School in 1943, and from Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing at 8th and Spruce in Philadelphia in 1947.


While she was working in Philadelphia, she met a young resident physician, David D. Kirkpatrick, Jr. He brought her a couple of lovebirds as a gift and kept coming around to check on them. Turned out, neither of them liked the birds, but Marnie and David liked each other very much. They married on Dec. 29, 1949, and eventually had four children. The couple moved to Meadville in 1954, and that has been Home ever since.


Marnie loved to care for others. She showed her love through hospitality — creating delicious homemade bread, cookies and meals. There was always room at her table for one more. She loved having a full table of family and friends to feed. Her wit and quips were so famous among her family that they compiled a quilt full of her “Pearls of Wisdom.”


Marnie and David enjoyed numerous wonderful trips and loved creating memories with the family at Gould Lake in Southern Ontario.


Community involvement was an important part of Marnie’s life. She served on the Hillside Home Board, Meadville Hospital Auxiliary and the Crawford Heritage Foundation Board. She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, where she served as a Deacon, Elder, choir member and Sunday school teacher.


Marnie is survived by her four children: Mollie Geissler (Larry) of Marion, OH; Suzanne Malone (Martin) of Meadville; David Kirkpatrick (Judy) of Cincinnati, OH; and Dan Kirkpatrick (Allison) of Rocky Mount, NC; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, with two more arriving in April; and numerous nieces and nephews. 


She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her granddaughter, Meghan R. Kirkpatrick; and a son-in-law, John W. Brubaker, Jr.


She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend. She was fiercely independent, and relished being referred to as an SOB — Stubborn Old Broad. She will be sorely missed and never forgotten.


A private family memorial service will be Saturday, May 15th at 11:00 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 890 Liberty St., Meadville with the Rev. Dr. Brian Jensen, Pastor, officiating.


The family suggests memorials be made to the First Presbyterian Church 890 Liberty Street, Meadville, PA 16335 or a charity of the donor’s choice.


Arrangements are under the direction of the Robert W. Waid Funeral Home, Inc., 581 Chestnut Street, Meadville where memories and condolences may be shared at


First Presbyterian Church
890 Liberty St., Meadville PA 16335
Tel: 1-814-333-2161

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Shirley Costa Callan

March 30, 2021 7:27 PM

To the family
I offer my sincere condolences to all.  There is something so special about a mother because they are like the backbone of the family!! I know how it feels to have had a mother and also being a mother.   Cherish the memories because it seems like she has left you all with plenty. God Bless Love, Shirley Costa Callan 

Murray Braden

March 25, 2021 10:09 AM

Deepest sympathy to Suzie and the entire family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Your family will have a great time sharing your memories about the , Stubborn Old Broad with the smiling face.

Bonnie Murphy

March 24, 2021 2:46 PM

Marnie’s family has my deepest sympathy.   She was such a warm person that you will miss her greatly.  I hope you willl find comfort in remembering how much she meant to so many people.  Her love touched us all.  I know that there was great rejoicing when she entered Heaven’s gate.  Her smile will one day welcome us.   

Vera Russinovich

March 24, 2021 7:33 AM

I babysat for the Kirkpatrick children when the family lived on Ravine Street.  I was in grade school and lived on Woodland Place.  I have fond memories of Marnie.  Vera Reis Russinovich

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