Marlene R. Chichester

June 11, 1936January 14, 2021

Marlene Rands Chichester, passed away at United Helpers Maplewood Senior Care and Rehabilitation Center in Canton, NY on Thursday, January 14, 2021 from Alzheimer’s disease and COVID-19. Marlene was born in Rome, NY on June 11, 1936 to the late Leon and Gladys (Fish) Rands. She graduated from Ilion High School in 1954 and Central City Business Institute of Syracuse in 1955. Marlene married her high school sweetheart, Seth E. Chichester, on December 15, 1956 and went on to have a lifetime of love and devotion with him. She touched many lives locally during her 18 years as a secretary at A. A. Kingston Middle School in Potsdam, NY. Pre-Alzheimer’s, Marlene was happiest being with her husband, her children and her grandchildren. She was a wonderful wife, parent, friends, and employee. Marlene enjoyed reading, sewing, knitting, antiquing, shopping, and she was well known as a talented bargain hunter.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years Seth Chichester of Hannawa Falls, her children Nanette (Martin) Mc Clary of Hemlock, Stephen (Sally Leaderer) Chichester of Minneapolis, and Andrew (Bonnie) Chichester of Potsdam. In addition, Marlene is also survived by her granddaughter Allison (Chris) Mc Clary-Corbin, grandsons Noah and Daniel Chichester, and great-granddaughter Claire Corbin. She was predeceased by her parents, her eldest daughter Janette Chichester, and her brother Robert Rands.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the employees at United Helpers Maplewood Senior Care and Rehabilitation Center who provided the loving care she received during her 8 years in the Alzheimer’s unit with a special thank you to the dedicated CNAs nurses.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic there will be no calling hours or service at this time. A memorial service will be held in the spring and burial will follow at Bayside Cemetery in Potsdam. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider making a donation in Marlene’s name to the following organizations: The Alzheimer’s Association –, Alzheimer’s Association of Central New York Chapter, 441 W Kirkpatrick Street; Syracuse, NY 13204

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Kathy Londraville

January 22, 2021

My heartfelt condolences to Seth and family. Marlene brightened our world every day at AAK. Everyone who worked with her loved her. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Robert Austin

January 19, 2021

I was extremely fortunate when the Chichesters returned to Potsdam in 1979, just in time for me to reunite with Steve for our senior year in high school! I always felt most welcomed at the Chichester’s home. I met Mr. & Mrs. Chichester at United Helpers in January 2020 when my mom became a resident there. Mrs. Chichester sat across from my mom in the dining room. I was fortunate to see Mrs. Chichester then, before the pandemic limited travel & visitation. She was a terrific lady & I was the lucky to know her. With much love & pleasant memories - Rob Austin

Bob & Ann Demarais

January 19, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are going out to you, Seth, and your familty. Marlene was a very special person and I am honored to have been able know her.

Mandy North

January 18, 2021

Andy and family,
So sorry to hear of your mother's passing, I enjoyed talking with her when I was in school . One of the sweetest ladies I knew.. Deepest condolences to you all..

Ted and Mary Cromack

January 18, 2021

We were so sorry to hear of Marlene's passing. It is a shame that we don't keep in touch with friends. You are in our prayers, Seth. The past eight years must have weighed heavily on you. I have had to only survive a year, so far.

Tom Ortmeyer

January 18, 2021

Ann and I were sorry to hear of Marlene's passing. We value knowing Marlene and Seth throughout our time in Potsdam.

Susan & Mark Hewitson

January 18, 2021

We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Bonnie and Tom Trippany

January 17, 2021

Dear Seth and family, We were so sorry to hear about Marlene. She was a special friend to me and I loved her dearly. I loved working with her at AAK and our walks every day after school. I even loved visiting her at Maplewood and trying to keep up with her as we walked all over. I will miss her smile, her laughter and her friendship. Please know that we are mourning the loss of your most precious Marlene. Our prayers are with you.

Trish Lewis

January 17, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Marlene's smile and laugh were always uplifting to me whenever I saw her at church or the Middle School. May her spirit, released from the restraints of the recent years, be filled with joy, May fond memories of happy times with Marlene comfort you.

Sylvia and Jerry Milherin

January 16, 2021

Marlene was a dear person and friend. Our sympathy to her family at this time. We will always have wonderful memories of our time with her and her family. May she have peace now. Until we all meet again.