Obituary of Marianne G. Koon Friel
Marianne Gail Koon Friel age 62 of Westover went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday,
June 3, 2021, at Ruby Memorial Hospital. She was born July 10, 1958 in Rochester, PA, a
daughter of the late George David Koon, Jr. and Mary "Lottie" Newbraugh Koon.
Marianne is survived by two sons, Erick Friel and wife Michelle of Kansas, and Evan Friel of
Indiana; two sisters, Debbie and Becky and four brothers, David, Jim, Paul, and John;
grandchildren, Emily Friel, Erick “EJ” Friel and Evelyn Friel, along with many nieces, nephews,
and various extended family members.
Marianne was one of the original members of the Gospel Singing Koon Family. Starting out at
the young age of 8 singing with the family, Marianne has used her voice to serve the Lord where ever she was at that moment. She was blessed with the talent of playing several instruments and
wrote a couple of songs. Affectionately know as “Nanny” she loved spending time with her
family and teaching the young ones special things. When she obtained the title of “Granny
Nanny” she was overjoyed. Her heart was full whenever she spent special time with them.
Nanny continued spreading that love to so many nieces and nephews. Marianne was blessed
with many talents she loved to draw, paint, and do calligraphy to name a few. In her love of
cooking she passed down many of her “secrets” on how to make meatballs, summer stew, the
rice dish and so many more.
When Marianne had to enter Stonerise (Mapleshire), she accepted the challenge and continued to
share her talents with other patients and staff at the facility. She wrote encouraging notes, shared
a prayer and pushed forward with a happy attitude (even on the bad days). Nanny loved her
Spruce Street Church family. It was hard when she could not attend in person, but she used the
things she learned and heard to encourage others at the facility.
Flowers are welcome but those desiring, can make donations in Marianne’s memory to McCulla
Funeral Home, 770 Fairmont Rd., Westover WV 26501, to assist with funeral expenses.
Friends may call at Kingdom A Community Church, 540 Fairmont Road, Westover, from 4-8 pm
Monday, June 7, 2021 and on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 from 10:00 am until the 11:00 am funeral
service with Pastor Kevin Cain officiating. Burial will follow at Arnettsville Cemetery.
McCulla Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and online condolences may be sent to the
family at www.McCullla.com