Marlene Cutrona Tennier
1936 - 2021
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Marlene Cutrona Tennier

Centreville - Marlene Cutrona Tennier, 84, of Centreville, MD, passed into eternal life on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

Born on June 3rd, 1936 in Wilmington, DE, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Cutrona and the late Angeline Giannone Cutrona. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, A. Keith Tennier, her sister Concetta (Connie) A. Ciconte and her brother Anthony J. Cutrona.

Marlene earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Villanova University in 1969 and a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from Trinity College.

Marlene spent her life devoted to her faith and to education. During her 14 years with the sisters of the Benedictine order in Wilmington, DE, she taught at St. Elizabeth's High School. Afterwards, Marlene's work in Catholic education spanned five dioceses and many titles and duties. She was a Teacher/Administrator at La Reine Catholic High School in Suitland, MD for 10 years. She then served as principal of two Catholic elementary schools for a total of 10 years. She retired from her role as the beloved Principal of St. Ann School in Arlington, VA in 2002.

When Marlene reflected on her years as an Educator and Administrator, she said that what she most enjoyed about her job was the unity that existed between her religion and her work, citing the ability to share her faith while on the job.

After her retirement, Marlene served on the Evaluation Committee for the Archdiocese of Washington D.C.'s. National Blue Ribbon School Program and was a volunteer for St. Martin's Ministries in Ridgely, MD.

During her life, she was an active member of St. Edward's parish in Bowie, MD and Our Mother of Sorrow's parish in Centreville, MD.

Marlene loved to dance - she tap-danced throughout her life. She also loved cooking, gardening and spending time with her girlfriends, her daughters, her two adoring grandchildren and her extended family.

She is survived by her daughters Michelle (Cindy) Walker of Fairfax, VA and Sharon Tennier of Herndon, VA and her grandchildren, Ryan Walker of Fairfax, VA and Gabriella Tennier-Hogan of Herndon, VA.

A private burial service was held. A memorial service and celebration of Marlene's life will be scheduled for the Fall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at or St. Martins Ministries at

Arrangements entrusted to Adams-Green Funeral Home.

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Published in The News Journal from Feb. 23 to Feb. 24, 2021.
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March 2, 2021
Dear Michelle, Sharon, and families:
This has come as a sad surprise to us that Marlene has passed into eternal life, but at the same time, we are comforted by the knowledge that she is now and forever living with Our Savior, Our blessed Mother, the saints and angels, and all her beloved family members who have gone before her. Our deepest sympathy goes to you, her treasured family, as we know the pain that the loss of such a loving Mom and Grandmom can bring. May your days of sorrow be healed and your many memories of a loving life with Marlene bring tears of joy and warm feelings to your heart.
Please let us know when you have the memorial in honor of Marlene. We became close friends with her during her time as Principal at St. Ann's in Arlington, and felt as though she were family. Our email is
God's blessings on you all,
Denise Kfoury, Finley Horner, Nick and Tom Horner
Falls Church, VA
Denise Kfoury
February 28, 2021
My deepest sympathies to Mrs. Tennier's family. Mrs. Tennier was our disciplinarian at LaReine High School. She was a tough lady on the outside but a warm person on the inside. She helped myself and many of my classmates become ladies while being both an authority figure and offering a guiding hand to support us.
Jennifer Bulvin
February 27, 2021
Our sincerest condolences to you and your families on the loss of your mother. She was a marvelous person.
Guido and Catherine Garosi
February 23, 2021
My condolences to Marlene's family. I have never met you but your Mom was so proud and devoted to you all. I will always remember Marlene's sharp wit and faithful insights. She is at peace and may peace be with you.
Kathleen Wilson
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