Marlene Jean Koontz, 88, of Union Mills, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020.

Marlene was born on Nov. 4, 1932, in Sawyer, Michigan, to Frank and Martha (Schmidt) Janisch, growing up on their farm in Union Mills. On Oct. 27, 1951, she married her high school sweetheart, Eugene “Gene” Koontz. Marlene and Eugene were married 69 years, during which time they traveled to San Diego and Florida while Gene served in the Marines.