LEESBURG, Virginia — Marie Cecelia Riepenhoff-Talty, 81, a native of Putnam County, died Feb. 24, 2017 at Meadow Glen of Leesburg in Virginia.

She was born Aug. 7, 1935 at St. Rita's Hospital, Lima, to Harry and Phyllis (Meyer) Riepenhoff of Miller City, and is a 1953 graduate of Miller City High School.

Marie graduated from St. Rita's School of Nursing in Lima, and received bachelor's and master's degrees at St. Mary's College of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. She later earned a Ph.D. in microbiology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Dr. Riepenhoff-Talty spent much of her professional career as the Director of Virology Laboratories, Children's Hospital of Buffalo, and associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Microbiology at SUNY Buffalo.

As a young woman she also trained at London's St. Bartholomew's Hospital to become a Red Cross nurse. In 1959 she served with the Red Cross in the northern African country of Morocco to assist survivors of a widespread outbreak of paralysis caused by an ortho-cresly phosphate poisoning incident.

Dr. Riepenhoff-Talty traveled to many countries throughout her life. In the early 1960s she and her first husband lived for several years in Tanzania, Africa. In recent years she lived in Florida and in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Surviving are her four children, Phyllis Gallagher of Davis, California; Joe (Maria) Gallagher of Leesburg; Julius Gallagher of West Seneca, New York; and Anna Gallagher of Buffalo. She has two grandsons, Zachary and Sean, both of Leesburg. Marie is also survived by a sister, Dorothy (Bob) Nadler of Leipsic, and brother, Robert Riepenhoff of Miller City; as well as 14 nieces and nephews.

Her husband, Joseph T. Gallagher II, and sister, Rosemary Riepenhoff Cooke, preceded her in death, as did her second husband, Tom Talty. Rosemary's husband, Frank Cooke, survives.

A public memorial service will be held in her honor on April 1 at 2 p.m. at St. Nicholas Church Parish Hall in Miller City.

Friends are also invited to post condolences on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mariececelia64?fref=hovercard.

Memorial contributions may be made to the fight against breast cancer, or to the Longboat Key (Florida) Turtle Watch (http://www.lbkturtlewatch.com/) There, it is suggested that donors have a turtle nest dedicated in her name for a small donation.