Colonel Marian Frances Getzelman

getzelman 2-2015Colonel Marian Frances Getzelman passed from this world on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at the age of 64 in Webster, Texas.  Marian was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Andrew and Marian Stockmaster. She was a lifelong Catholic who attended Regina Catholic School and went on to earn her Undergraduate Degree from Cleveland State and Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California.  Just as she served the Lord, she proudly served her country for 21 years.  Marian entered the Air Force in 1979, when she was commissioned through Officer Training School.  During her career she served as an Air Weapons Controller, Logistics Planner and Programs Officer.  Her proudest accomplishments were her family and becoming a Colonel in the United States Air Force.  Throughout her life she was a volunteer, and touched many lives while working at St John’s Hospital and in her local parish.

Marian was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Marian Stockmaster, and sister Kathy Steidel (Richard). She is survived by her beloved husband Lieutenant Colonel Hal Getzelman, her daughter Captain Ellen Canup (Ross), and son Grant. She is also survived by her siblings Joyce Bowser (Phillip), Paul (Lauretta), Ann Stockmaster (Richard Zbin), Captain Joan Stockmaster, Susan Kemp (Paul) and her father’s second wife Audrey Stockmaster.

Services include visitation on February 15th from 6-8pm with a rosary at 7:30, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial on February 16th at 10:30am at St Clare of Assisi Catholic Church.  Marian will finally be laid to rest on the 18th of February at the United States Air Force Academy Cemetery in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  In lieu of flowers Marian asked that donations be made to St Clare Catholic Church’s Memorial Fund.


  1. Marian exemplified humanity, as she had a strong faith in God and lived everyday of her life rejoicing in his love. She had the voice of an angel and immersed herself in the church choir. Marian sacrificed her health and her life to serve her country. There was never a time that she turned her back on a problem, and she was always there for family and friends. I’m going to miss you, my dear friend. My sincere condolences to her loving and devoted husband, Hal, beautiful children, Ellen and Grant, and to the rest of her family. This world has lost a wonderful lady, and heaven has gained a beautiful soul. Rest In Peace, Marian! Until we meet again. I love you, Theresa

    Theresa Howdeshell
  2. Hal, so sorry to hear about your loss. My sincere condolences. Only reading the email did I realize the difficult situation you’ve had for the past few years. My prayers are for you and the eternal rest of Marian’s soul. Take care, Ray

    Raymond Tyc
  3. Hal, Baney here from high school – SO SORRY to learn of Marian’s passing. I am living here in Cleveland now and also understand the impact this must have had on her family and community. If you are ever in Cleveland and want to catch up, just give me a shout at or at

    BTW, I am also a PROUD Air Force veteran. Me, you and Tinker all went military – the whole Elgin High gymnastics team of 1972!

    Semper Fly,

    – Baney

    Gary Baney

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