Service measured not by GOLD,
                           but by the GOLDEN RULE

Service measured not by GOLD,
          but by the GOLDEN RULE


Marian C. Martin (Alexander), 94 passes away peacefully to her eternal rest on Saturday, June 22, 2024, at Brookdale Wooster after a period of declining health.

She was born in River Corners, Medina to Francis N. and Dora Ellen Markel Spice on July 19, 1929.

Marian was raised by the foster family John and Gertie Garra.  She attended grades 1-8 at Poe School and then Medina High School where she graduated in 1948.

On, September 26, 1948, she married Chester A. Martin at Medina Baptist Church.

They lived in a Veteran Park in Wellington, Ohio.  She worked for Sponseller Insurance and Savings and Loan until they started a family.  Two children were born at Lodi Hospital, Diane Lee (Craig) Forcell and Dean Arthur (Sylvia) Martin; grandchildren Jennifer (Brian) McNamara, Heather (Joe) Cerra, Erik (Mary) Forcell, and Mark (Paige) Martin; eight great grandchildren; stepchildren Bob Alexander Lea (Mark) Ewing, Sue (Leo) Miller, Colleen (Wayne) Green; five step great grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her parents, twin brother, two older brothers and two sisters.

Marian was very active in the women’s circle at Wellington Methodist Church, member of the Wooster Quota Service Cub for 13 years, enjoyed sewing, pinochle, camping as a family, baking especially at Christmas time.  She made 12 kinds of cookies for friends and neighbors

In, 1965 the family purchased Ritiz Jewelry store in Wooster.

In 1983 they sold the Jewelry store to Craig and Diane Forcell retiring and spending winters in Florida.

Marian had two loving marriages Chester Martin for 52 years and Loran Alexander for seven years.

Funerial services will be held on Friday, June 28, 2024, at 2:00 PM at McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster, with Tim Barrage officiating.

Friends will be received on Friday, one hour prior to service.

Memorial contributions can be made to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, Ohio 44691 or Salem Lutheran Church, 4873 Cleveland Rd., Wooster Ohio 44691

Online condolences may be left at


  1. We are so sorry for your loss.

  2. Diane so sorry about your Mom

  3. To the families of Marian, Sam and I are so sorry to hear of her passing. She had such a nice family. Please accept our condolences Mary and Erik, along with the boys. She will always with you, Loved forever in your hearts and memories.

    With Sympathy,

    Sam and Joyce Vura

  4. Diane, Sorry to hear about your Mom. You have my sincere condolences.

  5. Diane and Craig & family,
    I remember your mom and dad from the time that I was very small. They were our neighbors on Hila Way . Your mom was always so sweet. I’m so very sorry for your loss. May you find comfort during this most difficult time.

  6. I remember the family when they lived in Wellington and Chester worked with my mother Jeanne Hardy at Wight Jewelers.
    My condolences.

  7. Chester and Marian were great “across the street (North Main, Wellington) neighbors” back when I was a kid growing up. That was a time when life was simple and people helped each other. I remember the precious times I interacted with them, attending grade school with Diane and Dean.
    Their little white house still stands.
    May Marian rest in loving peace. My condolences to Diane and Dean, and family.

  8. Diane and Craig family Dean family,
    Sorry for your loss of your mother. I remember your mom and dad well growing up. My parents were Harry and Gladys Rowland. The last time we were in Wooster we looked for your Jewelry Store out by Dodge dealership. I was going stop in say Hello.May she rest in peace.

  9. We are so sorry for your loss. We knew Marian after she married Loran. It was an instant friendship that we have treasured. She was such a sweet lady. She will be missed by many. Our condolences to all of her family.

  10. Dear Dianne and Craig and all family members. I am sending my condolences to you on the loss of a beautiful person in your lives. A group of us used to have lunch together on a pretty regular basis and I always enjoyed her company.
    This might identify me more to you Dianne and Craig… I was the one who hit the little puppy down on Rt. 83 near Holmesville many years ago and you came along and helped me with the situation, bless your hearts.
    My love and condolences to the Alexander “kids”also. Your step mother was a wonderful lady.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Jeanette (Weiser)


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