BEL AIR, MD Melanie Jane Marenna, 55, passed away on Monday, June 29, 2015, at her home. Born in Hanover, she was the daughter of Amelia Jane (Garrett) Garland of Hanover, and the late Hazen Elwood Garland. She attended Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing, where she was President of her class. Melanie was devoted to her family and had incredible passion for Jesus, flowers, and music. She was a talented singer who, along with her mother and sister, sang in different musical groups throughout her life. She attended Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, Va., where she was active in the missions and children's programs, and belonged to the Immanuel Singers. She was a current member of Mountain Christian Church for 18 years, where she was actively involved with several areas of ministry. The mother of six children, she was always known for her compassion and kindness. Melanie is survived by her husband, Gary J. Marenna, whom she married on April 20, 1995, in Clifton, Va.; sons, Matthew E.M. Marenna of Charlotte, N.C., and Adam "A.J." Marenna and Benjamin M. Marenna, both of Bel Air; daughters, Samantha R. Marenna, Victoria B. Marenna, and Amanda J. G. Marenna, all of Bel Air; sister, Valerie J. Gatz of Hanover; and stepfather, Douglas Garland of Hanover. Visitation was held at McComas Funeral Home, P.A. in Abingdon, Md., on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Thursday, July 2, at Mountain Christian Church in Joppa from 10 to 11 a.m. Services were at the church on Thursday at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., at a later date. Pallbearers will be Matthew Marenna, Adam J. Marenna, Karl Gatz, Kaleb Gatz, Scott Garrett, and Ryan Muzii. Those who desire may make a donation to Benjamin Marenna's Special Needs Trust, 724 Carsins Run Road, Aberdeen, MD 21001; or The Gateway School, 5900 Metro Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215. Memory tributes may be sent to the family at mccomasfuneralhome.com
Published by Evening Sun on Jul. 9, 2015.