Marilyn (Peck) Valasek, 68, of Ford City, died Saturday, March 25, 2023, with her husband at her side, in the comfort of their home.
Born February 27, 1955, in Kittanning, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Margaret (Ortman) Peck.
Marilyn was an ambitious and entrepreneurial woman who, despite a lifelong battle with depression, was able to own and operate two local businesses: Nellie’s Boutique and Body Balance Gym, both in Ford City. She also managed the 10th Street Station Banquet Hall.
A familiar face in Ford City, she could often be seen out walking, and, in the winter, cross-country skiing on the Armstrong Trail. Marilyn loved her dogs, birds, and “Miss Kitty”.
Marilyn leaves behind her husband of 36 years, David “Beav” Valasek; her siblings: Jeanne Tokarek, Robert Peck, John Peck (Kathy), Nancy Valasek (Mike), Jerry Rizzardo (Don), Sally Liperote, and Susan Nickleach; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, JoAnne Lerro.
Marilyn’s family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the staff of Transitions Hospice, especially Alesha McConville. The comfort and care she provided to both her and them will never be forgotten.
The family will celebrate Marilyn’s life with a private service. Marilyn’s care has been entrusted to Welch Funeral Service, LLC, 1032 Fourth Ave., Ford City. To share memories or condolences, please visit www.welchfh.com.
Contributions may be made in her memory to either the Ford City Food Bank, or Ford Memorial United Methodist Church.
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