February 20, 2020

A. Marilyn Dusseau

Died Jan. 24, 2020

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She was born Arlene Marilyn Gusler July 26, 1929, her friends all knew her as Marilyn. The family lived in Comins and owned Gusler's Grocery where her parents, Merle and Helen, older sister, Joyce and younger brother, Bob lived in the back of the store. She said she liked to go to the Comins square dances where her father did the calling. In later years, she could often be heard singing "...Chickadee, and Beulahland..." a poem and song that her father sang to her.

Marilyn graduated from Fairview Agricultural School in 1947. That summer she worked at the Log Cabin restaurant where she met Chester Dusseau, having just finished his stint in the Navy. She liked telling the story of meeting Chet for the first time and going home that very night and telling her mom "...I just met the man I'm going to marry...." and she did in December of 1947.

Beginning their married life in Toledo, they then settled in Mio and had four children, Debby, Marcy, Chip and little adorable, Deanna. Chet (Duke) and Marilyn owned Mio Auto Sales during the 50's, 60's, and 70's. Marilyn was a wonderful homemaker. She and her family attended the Mio Church of God. She loved going to the Mio/Fairview men's softball games every summer to watch Chet play third base while competing with his friends from both towns.

In 1968, she opened "The Dining Room" restaurant at the corner of M72 and M33 in Mio. Marilyn’s daughters, Marcy and Debby, and her mother-in-law, Viola, worked together at the Dining Room. In 1977, she and Chet moved the business north of Mio and opened the Town and Country restaurant. Chet passed away ten days after opening and Marilyn continued operating the Town and Country until 1984. Some notable staff over the years, Dru Cordell, Cindy Gusler, Jodi Larrison, Darlene Becker, Nancy Miller, Cindee Boyer, Lauren Allen, Gayle Ellis, LuAnn Pfaff and Cammie Marshall to name just a few. People would come from far and wide for Marilyn's fish fry, dinner rolls, and those tasty homemade pies!

After retiring, she enjoyed traveling with friends like Esther Bills, Julie Hershberger, Bill Miller and Sondie Houlton. They climbed the pyramids and rode camels in Egypt, stood at the Wailing Wall and watched sheep being sheared in New Zealand. One special travel visit included London and Paris with Marcy's family while staying in their ancient home near Windsor. Some of her other passions were square dancing in Luzerne and golfing numerous times at Fairview Hills with Marcy and her husband, Roger, playing her last round at age 88.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Chet; sister, Joyce Spoor, and great-granddaughter, Lauren O'Conner. She is survived by her brother, Bob (Kathy) Gusler; children, Debby (Hank) Cordell, Marcy (Roger) Owens, Chip (Diane) Dusseau, Deanna (Randy) Pierce, 15 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. To her delight, her many nieces and nephews also stayed in contact over the years.

Marilyn lived at the Fairview Senior Apartments for eighteen years before relocating to Frankfort late 2019 to be close to Debby and Hank. She passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 24, 2020.

Arrangements are being made for a celebration of life this summer. In lieu of flowers, please hug or call your parents, siblings or kids and tell them you love them....she'd like that best.

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