My love, our angel Marianne has gone

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My Angel Marianne has left this earth. 

Marianne passed away today quietly, with family members, and friends crying by her side.  But I can't say that about her life.   She lived her life as an ordinary person, but she made a huge impact on so many lives and touched so many people deeply.  God has taken her and her golden heart to make an angel to watch over us.  No more pain, no more struggle, just peace.

 Marianne Akers-Ravary

She was a friend to all that knew her.  Words such as sincerity, kindness, special, happy, best person I know were the words people used to describe her.   Her smile, caring attitude, and listening skills made her more than an acquaintance. When she touched your life you were better for it.  I know I'm a better man because of her.  Without her I would have been half the man I am today.  And that's how we need to remember her. 

Sure cancer took her physical body, but her spirit, her smile, her caring, lives on in all of us.  She would feel bad as we shed our tears over her, she would want us to smile and laugh with her.  She would tear up with us right now.

                    Marianne Ravary 

So as she passes on to a better place, a place without pain think on how she impacted your life.  Take those qualities and share them. 

  • Marianne was a listener.  A friend that took the time to hear what you had to say no matter how many times you told her the same problem or situation over and over.
  • Marianne was an excellent cook and baker.  A person that delighted in making and serving others the excellent things she made.  Whether it was Thanksgiving dinner, or a simple party she made sure you left full of food, drink, and good times.
  • Marianne was a giver.  She gave more than she every received.  She gave love and material things.  She would rather give a present than get one.  I can't say that there was one gift I gave her that she had to have.  She would buy Ryan and I stuff just to give stuff.  That was her way.
  • Marianne was a crafty person.  She could take ordinary some ordinary items and make something beautiful and extraordinary out of it.  Marianne was in the craft business for only 8 years but people have her crafts 19 years later.  Her unique touches still make people remember her. 
  • Marianne was a supporter.  She was there when you needed her.  When you reached out to her she was there for you.
  • Marianne is a mom.  A lady full of unconditional love that spoiled Ryan, but made him a fine young man.

Marianne Ciccoretti 


So if you take her traits and share them with others, if you have become a little better person........ then Marianne hasn't just passed through this earth quietly.  Marianne will live on through us.  In the little things we do in life for others.  She will be touching us, touching your friends and family, and even the people we meet on the street by being each of us being a better person.  She would want that.

 Marianne Akers

Cancer would not be the winner.  Marianne would be the winner if we take her characteristics and share them.  If we share her love with others then we have helped her overcome the destruction cancer did to her.

So hug and spoil your kids today for Marianne,

               Love and treat your spouse as if it was your anniversary or their birthday,

                       And pick up the phone and call a friend just to talk

                               That will Make Marianne smile from above.

                                                    Marianne Ciccoretti

So with a kiss I give my earthly angel, my wife, my love to God to watch over all her friends and family.  She was always an angel, now she is God's angel. 

Goodbye my friend,

                                  Love you always      


Marianne, Russ, Ryan        

                                       Marianne Akers

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Stephanie Reynolds
Integrity First Financial Group, Inc. - Santee, CA
East County San Diego Homes 619-838-4408

Russ, nothing can be said to ease the ache in your heart. When I was 29 I lost my husband who was 31 to this terrible disease. I know the relief to know they are no longer in pain, the anger they are taken too soon, the fear of living without them, the physical pain of the loss, the need to remain strong for the is all so overwhelming.

Your beautiful wife is honored to have a husband who loves her so dearly. She smiles down from the heavens and sends her love. It will come at unexpected moments, just when you need them most. It may be in a song or a flower. A cloud in the sky or a bird in a tree. A word from a friend. 

My thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. You have done a beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman.  

Jul 15, 2010 07:21 AM #127
Sharon M. Filips

Dear Russ and Ryan,

We are deeply saddened by the news of Marianne's passing away. We had no idea that she was suffering once again. Our sincere sympathies go out to you and yours. The first word that comes to mind when we think of her is "sweetheart". She was one of the kindest, sweetest, most generous saints on this earth. We will always remember her infectious smile and warm hugs. The memories created in the four years we had the honor of knowing her at Catholic Central will always be treasured. You are so right..... she left such an everlasting impression on everyone who had the pleasure of meeting her. We will try our best to carry on her work on this earth. Thank you for honoring her in this beautiful way. You two were always such a sweet, loving couple. Know that she will always be in our thoughts and prayers. God comfort you and Ryan during these difficult times. We thank God for sharing his angel, Marianne, with us. We ARE better persons because of knowing her.


Sharon and Ken Filips

Jul 15, 2010 07:51 AM #128
Kathy White
Louisiana Lagniappe Realty, LLC - Alexandria, LA

I'm soooo sorry to hear this. Your love for your wife has touched my soul. She is with the angels now and may GOD bless and be with you and your family.

Jul 15, 2010 09:20 AM #129
Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker (503) 810-7192 | Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time - Portland, OR
Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results

This could not have been easy to write.  I admire you so much for sharing your love with us, and helping us all realize that we are mortal . . . and our time here is a moment in eternity.  I admire you for being a strong support and comfort to your wife and giving her so many years of love.  I admire you for your dedication to your family.  Many thoughts sent your way at this time. 

Jul 15, 2010 10:33 AM #130
Rita Fong
RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 - Marion, AR
Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale

Russ, I am so sad to hear your loss of Marianne, I remember the story I read last time and I know how much Marianne meant to you.  Please take care of yourself, and I know you are much respected here on Active Rain.  May God bless you, Mariannie and your family.

Jul 15, 2010 12:56 PM #131
Shelley Rowton
Move To Realty - Austin, TX
ABR, RSPS - (512) 507-5779 MoveToRealty of Austin

Russ, I am so saddened to read this news, but know that Marianne was blessed to have had a husband like you while she was here.  Take the time you need in the coming days, weeks, months to take care of yourself.  You have my prayers going up from Texas...

Jul 15, 2010 01:05 PM #132
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia

I don't know you Russ, but I know love when I see it displayed. May all those past blessings and memories fill your mind when you need them most.

Jul 16, 2010 01:15 AM #133
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker


So sorry for your loss.  What a beautiful tribute to a great friend and wife.

Jul 16, 2010 01:56 AM #134
Ann Hayden
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri - Chesterfield, MO


So sorry for your loss.....  Words are not enough to express my feelings.

Hugs to you,

Ann Hayden

Jul 16, 2010 03:48 AM #135
Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR
BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253 - Davie, FL
Top Listing Broker

Hello Russ,


I am so so sorry to hear about your loss. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

Jul 16, 2010 04:03 AM #136
Diane Casale
Coldwell Banker First, Huntsville, AL - Huntsville, AL
REALTOR®, ABR®, CNAS®, SNP, Selling North Alabama

Russ, your family has been in my prayers since I read the post that she was in the hospital. Reading this just broke my heart. You wife was a beautiful person inside and out and so lucky to have you for a husband. I can tell how much you love her. I am so sorry about your loss. May God wrap his arms around you during this difficult time.


Jul 16, 2010 03:41 PM #137
Loan Survivor Real Estate Financing Expert
Purchases, First Time Buyers, Pre-Approvals, Refinance - Birmingham, MI

Russ, I cannot believe you took the time to post this in your time of loss, but I hope by sharing it her and reading all the supporting comments it somehow comforts you.  As I'm local, please let me know if there's anything I can do for you.

Cherish your memories:)

Jul 17, 2010 10:08 AM #138
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Russ - Our sincere condolences on your loss.  You obviously loved your wife as a soul mate and we're sure she knows that.  Take Care.

Jul 17, 2010 07:30 PM #139
Gail Robinson
William Raveis Real Estate - Southport, CT
CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT

Russ - I keep checking to see if you've come back on AR.  I know you'll be back on when you can.  It may be too much for you to post right now, but I hope you are reading the words of comfort here and knowing your AR friends are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Jul 18, 2010 09:04 AM #140
Matt Grohe
RE/MAX Concepts - Des Moines, IA
Serving the metro since 2003

Russ: I'm saddened to hear of the loss of your beloved Marianne. This must be a very difficult time. It sounds like she was an amazing personality with many great qualities. I appreciate your taking the time to share your expereinces with her and suggest how we may benefit from emulating her many virtues. My best to you and your family.

Jul 19, 2010 05:20 PM #142
Royal LePage Connect Realty - Toronto, ON

Dear Russ,

Thank you for sharing your memories of Marianne, this is a very sad and difficult time for you and your family. But after reading your posts and looking at the pictures, it brought a smile to my face too as I got to know her a bit. She is beautiful! And so obviously loved by you.  Treasure your memories. My deepest condolence to you.

Jul 20, 2010 04:59 AM #143
Nellie Lytvinenko
Homes by Nellie-Working with Buyers & Sellers - Raleigh, NC
919-210-9992, Raleigh - Cary NC Real Estate


Thank you so very much for sharing your lives.  10 years ago I also was diagnosed with breast cancer. Wasn't supposed to be here now. And I get totally scared...a lot. Your sharing of your lives has helped me so much (and so many more who you'lll never hear from).  Thank you so very much.

And may you have peace and calm and love in your life.

Jul 23, 2010 05:53 PM #144
1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK


I pray for peace.  I know that you will keep the love that Marianne shared with you and family to live deep in your heart.  Thank you for sharing Marianne with us.


Jul 25, 2010 06:10 AM #145
Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239
Real Estate One - Commerce, MI
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I am walking in the Tampa 3 day cancer walk in October.  Support cancer research by going to and donate as much as you can.  My wife got to live 20 years after finding out she had breast cancer due to advances in cancer treatment.  Be part of the team and help me.  I would like to be able to give some other "special lady" (like my wife Marianne) more days on this earth.  If we can give another lady another night to enjoy with friends, an extra week to laugh & hug her kids, an extra month to love her spouse, or an extra year then our money will be going to a good cause.  Help me give more time to somebody else please donate to the 3day walk.  Thanks 

Jul 29, 2010 03:36 PM #146
Laura Oliveto

Russ, your love is one of the things that kept Marianne going. Thank you for being there for her.

Aug 17, 2010 06:50 AM #147
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