In Loving Memory of Marian Kathryn Chiarello

October 19, 1924 – January 22, 2022 (age 97)


Marian Kathryn (Spano) Chiarello, 97, of Colorado Springs, passed away Saturday morning, January 22, 2022, in hospice care in Colorado Springs.

Marian was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, a daughter of the late James Vincenzo Spano and Catherine (Gentile) Spano. She lost her mother at an early age. She and her siblings took care of the family after that. She grew up in Struthers and graduated from Struthers High School in 1943. She attended college as well. Colorado Springs was her home since her move there in 1977.

Marian grew up in Struthers, Ohio, with her late brothers, John and James, and her late sister, Pauline (Spano) DeSalvo. She married the late Paul Chiarello in 1948, at St. Nicholas Church in Struthers, Ohio. She leaves behind to cherish her memories her son, David Paul Chiarello, of Glenwood Springs; and daughter, Kathy Marie Chiarello, of Arlington, Virginia; and grandchildren, Paula Chiarello of Denver, and Joseph Chiarello of Honolulu.

In addition to being a homemaker, Marian worked part-time, and then spent twenty-five years working for the federal government, retiring as a claims representative from the Social Security Administration in Colorado Springs in 1986. When she retired, she joined a water aerobics class at the Pikes Peak YMCA in downtown Colorado Springs, and made new friends, who brought joy to her life for many years. She volunteered at Penrose Hospital, Pikes Peak Hospice, and other organizations.

Marian enjoyed being in nature, and one of her favorite things over the last thirty years was taking  an early morning walk in Monument Valley Park, no matter the weather. Taking care of her family brought her joy. She was an excellent cook and baker, and some of her specialties were her lemon meringue and apple pies.

Marian will always be remembered for being ahead of her time, a brave and hard- working person, and loving her family more than anything else.

We will always keep you in our heart Mom. It was a long journey…..until we meet again. We love you so much.