Marianne Polesnak



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Suddenly, Sunday, April 15, 2007 at age 56. Predeceased by her parents, Donald & Ruth Leaper. Marianne was born in Buffalo and is survived by her loving husband, John T. Polesnak; brothers, Paul Leaper, Thomas(Deborah)Leaper & John(Yvette)Leaper; sister, Joanne(David)Breier; brothers-in-law, Michael (Susan)Polesnak & William (Merry)Polesnak; sister-in-law, Patricia(David)Chura; nieces and nephews, Christopher, Mary, Jonathon, Geoffrey, Eric, Karen, Ann Marie, Michelle & Kate; many friends. Marianne retired after 34 years with the Internal Revenue Service and was a long-time parishioner of St. Lawrence Church. Friends may call Wednesday & Thursday, 4-7PM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Road. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, 10AM in St. Lawrence Church, 1000 North Greece Road. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions may be made to a charity of your choice in her memory.


  1. Ralph Meleo on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear John, I was indeed shocked to hear that Marianne died so unexpectedly. I know how difficult these past couple of years have been for both of you. Know that I too walked these steps when I lost Rosemarie in 1989. Your deep faith and trust in God will sustain you during this difficult time and expecially in the days ahead as you move forward. God indeed has a plan for all of us. If I can be of any assistance and you would like to talk, please do not hesitate to contact me. We have been coworkers and friends for so many years. My last three years with the IRS were the most enjoyable of my career, and working with Marianne helped to make my transition from Collections to Appeals progress more smoothly. She was always upbeat, knowlegable and a true professional. Both Barbara and I extend our deepest condolences.

  2. Sharon Relation on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear John, You are in our thoughts and prayers. there are no words to express the sadness that comes with Marianne’s passing. Mariannne as I look at your pictures when we were young I celebrate your life and the joy you gave to others. Your laugh, your smile and your kindness. You will be missed.

  3. Pat Pascarella on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear John, So saddened by the sudden passing of Marianne. May God bless you with the strength to look back on the wonderful times you two had together. She was just a wonderful friend and always smiling and made going to work a pleasant experience.

  4. Tim & Karen Honnick on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear John, We were so shocked to her of Marianne’s passing. It’s been several years since I’ve seen you but have kept up through Pat. Please know that you’re in our thoughts & prayers. If you find comfort in anything know that she’ll always be looking over you. Take care & God Bless. Tim & Karen (Winters)Honnick

  5. Sister Anne Horrigan on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear John, I extend my love and prayers as you grieve the loss of your loving wife Marianne. Know that you will remain in my thoughts in the days, weeks, and months ahead. Aunt Flo has shared with me the beautiful tribute to Marianne. Peace and comfort Sister Anne/Johnson City, NY

  6. Eileen M Jones on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear John, we have you in our hearts and prayers as you go down this Journey path. I still remember the first time I talked to Marianne at St Lawrence. I told her Jim and I where getting married the next week. I said I hoped our marriage would be as strong and loving as her was. You guys had been married just 1 yr at that time…10 yrs later we have become good friends. Sunday mass’ will never be the same. God Bless you John, we are here for you if you need anything. Eileen & Jim Jones

  7. Kathy Locker on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear John: I remember how happy you & Marianne looked, both before and after your marriage, when we were all together at Pat & Dave’s. Our hearts go out to you at this difficult time. Bob & Kathy Locker

  8. Karen and Bob Nowak on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Farewell my friend, Marianne. Thank you for your unwavering friendship these past 18 years, a cherished gift from you to me. We have shared a million laughs along the way and cried a few tears together, too. Now, I will cry a million tears alone. I will hold our memories close and hope that in time they will fill the hole that is in my heart. With my eternal devotion…Karen I am by Karen’s side and together we will carry a small piece of John’s burden and somehow we will find a way to see him through his grief. This is our promise to you, Marianne. May you be at peace forever…Bob

  9. Joseph P. Runfola, Jr. on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I was shocked and saddened by news of the death of Marianne. However, I am comforted by my faith that she is in heaven where illness and sadness don’t exist and eternal peace is available for earth’s angels like Marianne. I had the pleasure of working with Marianne in Appeals. She was always very competent and kind. I will forever remember her ever-present smile.

  10. Richard Shimko on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    John It is nearly impossible to find the words to understand your grief. It is clear that Marianne loved you deeply, and you her. That mutual love will unite you for all eternity. Be at peace.

  11. Amy Albee on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    John, I was shocked and saddened to hear of Marianne’s sudden passing. Marrianne was such a great person, always friendly and smiling. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  12. Cindy Zambito on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    John, so very sorry to hear about the loss of your wife. She must have been a very special woman to you & those who came in contact with her. May your family, friends & faith comfort you in this very difficult time.

  13. Rick Denesha on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    John, I was shocked to hear about your loss. I am sorry I did not make the visitation or service. I was in DC when I heard about Marianne. Please accept my condolences. It seems like such a short time ago that my family and I ran into you and Marianne at the Allentown Art Festival in Buffalo. You wern’t married yet, my son was barely one and now its 15 years latter. (He makes his confirmation tonight.) Take care; my family’s prayers are with you. Rick Denesha

  14. Renee Bowers on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    John, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Last I knew Marianne was doing well, I was very shocked and extremely saddened to hear of her sudden downturn. She was such a pleasure to work with and was always committed to her work. John, you are in my thoughts and prayers and I wish you the strength to get though this very difficult time. I have learned from experience to focus on the good times you shared and remember how your life has been blessed by being able to spend the time you had with Marianne. Take Care, Renee

  15. Stan Locke on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    John, My heart goes out to you and your Family. I’m sure with friends and family around you it will make it a little easier to get through these difficult times. My prayers are with you.

  16. Maryanne Yasuda on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Mar, From the time our families moved into a new subdivision in 1957-across the street from each other-you have been there for every milestone of my life. We made our First Communion together, were Confirmed together. You were my Maid of Honor at my wedding. When my boys were born, again you were there. I hope I was there for you in every way, too. For 50 years we kept in touch and always knew the other was just a phone call away. I miss you. I know you are with your family and my mom. You earned your wings early, so God called you home to rest. I love you, Mare Sar

  17. Bonnie Hitt on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Marianne, this is not will be with me wherever I am, in my heart. We have shared alot over the years and You were my rock during my cancer, always there to take me to appts., listen to me, cry with me and celebrate with me. I hope I did the same for you. I will be here for John for as long as he needs me. I will miss you, my dear friend,but be comforted in the thought that you are at peace and never far away. Love, Bonnie

  18. Helen & Rick Sackett on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Marianne…… You will be missed by so many. You have been my best friend for so many years. I know you know how much you meant to me and how much we both loved you. God Bless you as you enter Heaven. God Bless your family and other friends as we all try and understand why this happened to you. With all our love, Helen & Rick

  19. Diane on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Missing you……with love

  20. John Polesnak on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    To my beautiful wife Marianne, When I meet Marianne she shined her beautiful light into my life and melted the loneliness that I was feeling. It was clear that she was a unique and special person and this became more obvious as our relationship grew in love and we were married. Other people noticed this about Marianne because she could even make strangers feel comfortable. I think it was because of her warm smile, ability to listen and kind, wise words. We enjoyed our lives together in many ways, including traveling, dining out, watching TV and the many hours that we talked about everything. Marianne was a very wise woman and because of our conversations I’ve become a much wiser and better man. Marianne had a very definite idea of marriage and that was that each spouse should give their best to the other and most time should be spent together. While she did make time for her friends she was always thinking of what she could do for me and how to make our marriage better. This included simple things like making sure I had shampoo or cooking a favorite meal. She was the example of unconditional love. Now she is gone and while there are things that we never got to do I thank God for the wonderful times that we had together. I will miss her greatly but I will never forget the love we’ve shared and our life together. Good bye honey, I love you. John

  21. Diane Newkirk on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    To your husband John, your sister Joanne and your brothers Paul, Tom and John – how diminished our lives will be without you, but how blessed our lives were for having you while we did. Goodbye, my dearest friend…how I will miss you. With love…

  22. Greg and Judy Graham on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    We have had so many years of dinner and laughter. Marianne’s humor and quick wit have given us all so much delight. Her spirit will always be with us.

  23. Ken Heidle on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    working in Appeals, being small it is a family. Marianne was as friendly as one could be when I came out to Rochester for hearings. She was always asking me if there was anything I needed. She is truly a caring, understanding and thinks of others before herself person. John, I did not know you but you were a blessed man with Marianne’s presence. We will all join together in life’s end and all will have happiness and joy with each other’s company/

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