Edward Dennis Marman

July 10, 1940August 2, 2018

Edward D. Marman, 78, of Wayne, Michigan, passed away on Thu, Aug 2, 2018.

He was born July 10, 1940 in Dayton, Ohio to Richard M. Marman and Marie C. Repp. He graduated in 1958 from Roosevelt High School in Dayton, and received a BA in English and a teaching certificate from Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio in 1964. He later earned an MA in Education from Eastern Michigan U. and a Master of Library Science degree from Wayne State University.

Ed taught English and Humanities at Graham High School in St. Paris, Ohio from 1965-1970, then in the fall moved to Wayne, Michigan where he taught English and served as a Media Librarian at various junior high schools in the Wayne-Westland School System. He retired from teaching in 1995.

Ed’s interests were wide and varied. Among them were reading, photography, ceramic tile-making, education, classical and sacred music, pipe organs, cooking, making chocolate, travel and all things Irish. He founded the Detroit Metro Chapter of the Irish-American Cultural Institute in 1981. He served on the Wayne-Westland (later Wayne) Library Board from the mid-1980s, leading that board as president from the early 1990s through the building of the present library in 1996 to the present date. Also during his retirement, Ed served as editor of the Comprehensive Index for Eire-Ireland, An Interdisciplinary Journal of Irish Studies, published in 1999. As a result of that effort, he was invited to speak on the topic at Oxford University in England.

Ed is predeceased by his mother, Marie C. (Repp) Pickering, and his father, Richard M. Marman. He is survived by a brother, Gary Pickering, and a sister, Nancy (Pickering) Teegarden; one niece and two nephews; five close cousins and a number of close friends. Ed will be greatly missed.

A Memorial Service celebrating Ed Marman’s life will be held on Thu., Aug. 16 at 11 am at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 30650 Six Mile Rd, Livonia, MI 48152. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wayne Public Library or Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

Harry J. Will Funeral Home, Wayne, MI, arrangements.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, August 16, 2018

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Ron Dagwell

February 20, 2019

Mr. Marman was new to Marshall Jr. High when I took his Mass Media course for the 1971-72 school year. Things I remember about him (besides his long hair, which was novel at the time) include his love of photography, and some R. Crumb Mr. Natural comic strips hanging in his office.

Tom Gibson

August 30, 2018

I am very sorry for your loss. Mr. Marman was my 8th grade English teacher in 1978-79 school year at Marshall Junior High School. I learned how to diagram sentences in his class. It was a very rowdy class, and Mr. Marman held his own. After a parent-teacher conference, I understood where he was coming from and his expectations of the class. The remainder of the year was tough, but fair and it gave me a strong base for high school and college English. He showed me that despite the gruff exterior of some of our teachers, they are all there because they love to teach. He loved to teach. I still to this day talk about the lessons he taught me.

Pat and Mary Downey

August 13, 2018

Hey Ed,
Mary and I will miss you on your annual jaunts down here to Naples. Not sure who to turn to now for the correct placing of commas in a sentence, and you know the Chicago Manual of Style is just too darn confusing to be useful. Of course it will only matter if I resume writing, and how can I do that without your always-correct edits and corrections?
Say hello to Heaven.
Pat Downey

Maureen McDonald-Michalski

August 11, 2018

He has been my neighbor for a long time, I live on Washington. I last spoke to him at the library support table at the US 12 dream cruise. I am so sorry for his sudden passing. He was a great guy and librarian. Very nice person. So sorry for his loss. Our condolences and prayers from the Michalski family on Washinton st.

Ed Snyder

August 10, 2018

Ed and I go back a long time. We both were confirmed at Westwood Lutheran Church in 1954. We graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1958. Even though we attended different universities, we kept in touch. Ed was the best man at my wedding. We got together at least once annually over the years and always had a good time. We had many interests in common, especially music. We had too many interesting experiences to list here, but they will always be remembered. Ed thoroughly enjoyed our Roosevelt High School class reunions, the 60th of which is coming up next month. I'm sorry he won't be able to attend. He was a good, loyal friend and even though we may not have agreed on everything, we would frequently discuss local and national issues and not let our different opinions adversely affect our friendship . My wife, Verity, and I will miss him deeply.

Marlene Farago

August 9, 2018

I fondly remember Ed from Franklin Middle School, where he was the school librarian. Worked with him for many years. He was always so willing to lend a helping hand whenever you needed him. A quiet man but friendly and kind. He will certainly be missed. Rest In Peace Ed!

Dora Ellis

August 9, 2018

I enjoyed working with Ed. He was s wonderful person.
His intelligence was astounding and he always recommended the best books!
May he rest in peace always.

Carol Painter

August 9, 2018

Loved working with Ed at Marshall great educator

Angela Hill

August 8, 2018

Mr. Marman thank you for being my teacher in the library in 1983 at Benjamin Franklin Jr. High. You help cultivate a love of books and using the card catalogue. I would see you at times over the years at the Wayne Library. Thank you for your kindness it was never forgotten. Blessings to your family. ❤

Dee Ryan

August 8, 2018

If there's a Patron Saint of Libraries. Ed Marman is God's Chosen One. He loved
Wayne's Library and labored long and with love to make it the special place it is.
Thank you for all that you taught me.