Marianne E. Genetti, 75, formerly of Hazleton, passed away at her residence in Orlando on Thursday, March 28, 2013.
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Born and raised in Hazleton, she was a daughter of the late August "Gus" Genetti and Della (Fox) Genetti. From Hazleton, Marianne relocated to Wilkes-Barre, where she lived for some time before moving to Florida in 1971.
After graduating from Wyoming Seminary, she earned a bachelor's degree from the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State University. In 1971, she moved to Orlando to take a contract administration position with the Martin-Marietta Co. Later, she opened Penn Properties Inc., a real estate brokerage firm, which she owned and operated since 1983.
A true believer in education, Marianne continued her lifelong learning experiences by returning to school in 2000, when she enrolled in the nursing program at Valencia Community College. In 2006, she founded the Orlando-based nonprofit In Need of Diagnosis Inc. (INOD), where she successfully helped direct thousands with undiagnosed ailments to where they might find the answers and/or get effective medical treatment. She also encouraged the development of a board-certified medical specialty in diagnosis. As a true pioneer in the health-care industry, Marianne continued to expand her knowledge of health matters daily, becoming an expert in numerous health-related matters.
Marianne and INOD were referenced in the July 2011 AARP magazine, "What to do when your doctor doesn't know" and was the recipient of numerous awards including, but not limited to, the Patient Advocacy Award at the Dorland Health People Awards held in Washington, D.C.; health innovator from the Genetic Alliance, an international nonprofit; Who's Who in American Women; and Who's Who in the South. She and INOD were recently spotlighted in an Orlando Sentinel article, which appeared the Sunday before her passing.
She served on the board of Birth Defect Research For Children (BDRC). BDRC maintains the only national database of children with birth defects.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Rosemary Genetti Moyer.
Surviving are her brothers, William Genetti and his wife, Pat, Conyngham, and Gus Genetti Jr. and his wife, Val, Wilkes-Barre; and several nieces and nephews.
Her funeral procession will leave the Butler Chapel of Krapf & Hughes Funeral Home, 530 W. Butler Drive, Drums, on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. The service will continue at the St. John Bosco Roman Catholic Church in Conyngham, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Following the Mass, she will be buried with her parents in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the Butler Chapel on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Memorial contributions to INOD, P.O. Box 536456, Orlando, FL 32853-6456, or at www.inod.org, are suggested by her family.
Condolence messages may be entered in the family's online memorial guestbook on the funeral home's website at www.khfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Times Leader on Apr. 3, 2013