Marilyn Newa, 82, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 10, 2018. Marilyn was born in Cleveland, Ohio on November 21, 1935 to Joseph and Iola Cabot (Biagi), the oldest of four siblings. After graduating high school, Marilyn attended Bowling Green State University, where she met the love of her life, Don Newa. Marilyn and Don married on August 22, 1959 in a double wedding with her sister Carole and her husband Paul. Marilyn and Don moved to Grosse Pointe in 1963 and it was there that they raised their four children together. Once her children got older, Marilyn started working as a secretary at the Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church. She retired as the business manager of the church after more than twenty years.
Marilyn had many passions, including tennis, going to the movies and reading. She and Don loved to travel and they took many amazing trips together. They also loved to golf, and spent many days out on the golf course with friends who also loved the sport. In recent years, Marilyn played mah jong and bridge on a weekly basis with friends. Marilyn adopted a cat after Don’s death in 2015, and Bella instantly became a beloved companion. But Marilyn was always happiest when spending time with her family. She loved to host family gatherings both at her home and at the Farms Park and enjoyed watching her grandkids participate in a variety of activities when they were growing up, including baseball, football, cheerleading, gymnastics, dance recitals, plays and concerts.
Marilyn is survived by her children Shari, Glenn (Christine), Ken (Kristin) and Missy (Jim), and grandchildren Erica, Jack, Ryan, Kelsey, Alyssa, Nathaniel, Claire and Paul. She is also survived by her brother Mickey Cabot, sister Carole Forkapa, brother-in-law Paul Forkapa, her nieces and nephews, her cat Bella, and many, many dear friends.
A memorial gathering will be held on Monday, May 14th, from 4-8pm with prayers 7pm at Chas. Verheyden, Inc., 16300 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park. Funeral Tuesday gathering 9:30am until the time of Mass 10:00am at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 467 Fairford, Grosse Pointe Woods. Memorial contributions may be made to Services for Older Citizens, 158 Ridge Rd., Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236. Share a memory at: www.verheyden.org