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Marsha Zylka Noel, nurse in Vietnam War Nov. 11, 1948 -- March 14, 2006

Services for Marsha Zylka Noel of the City of Tonawanda, who served as an Army nurse in a field hospital in Vietnam, will be at 8 p.m. Friday in John O. Roth Funeral Home, 25 William St., City of Tonawanda.

Mrs. Noel, who was born in Buffalo, died unexpectedly Tuesday in her home. She was 57.

She was a graduate of Sweet Home High School and became a registered nurse after attending El Camino Community College in California.

Mrs. Noel served two tours of duty in Vietnam and was discharged as a first lieutenant in 1970 at Fort Gordon, Ga.

She no longer worked as a nurse after her service in Vietnam and worked on the production line at Protective Closures on Elmwood Avenue from 1977 until an injury forced her to retire in 1988.

Among the products in which she was involved in manufacturing were cap plugs used in the fuel system of the space shuttle, relatives said. She was injured when a forklift ran over her foot.

Mrs. Noel was a volunteer for many organizations, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Survivors include two daughters, Joy Short and Justine Smith, both of the City of Tonawanda; a brother, Michael Zylka of Amherst; and three grandchildren.


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