Marion J. Church

August 24, 2017

WATERTOWN, NY.    Marion Julianna Church, 78, passed away Tuesday morning, Aug. 22, 2017, at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown..  

She was born on November 26, 1938 at Waterbury Hospital, Waterbury, CT. She lived in Watertown the past 20 years at 142 Mechanic St. in Watertown.

She was born to Marion Smigelski and Charlotte (Kulak) Smigelski. She was predeceased by both parents and one infant son.

She married Lyle Church in 1958. The marriage ended in divorce. The couple had two children, a daughter Julianna (Willeford) and her husband Timothy, and a son Christopher and his wife Donna. She became a grandma to five wonderful grandchildren. Bethany Willeford, Christopher Church II, Natalie Colthorpe and her husband Charles, Troy Willeford, and Travis Willeford. She is also survived by her brother Leopold Smigelski and sister-in-law Cherryl.

She attended Parkland Community College in Decatur, IL.

Marion was an extremely creative woman instilling the joy of art and creativity in her children and grandchildren. This has served us all well over the years in good times and times that were more difficult. She had a great sense of humor and enjoyed sharing it with others. Reading was a big part of her life and she was rarely seen without a book in her hand.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cleveland Funeral Home, Watertown.

Online condolences may be made at

Information provided by North Country Cremation Service and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y. 

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