BINGHAM – Marian Drown Lazette, 88, of 5 Meadow St. in Bingham, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003, at a Bangor hospital, after a brief illness. She was born Marian Louise Kopper on Jan. 11, 1915, in Niskayuna, N.Y., the daughter of Gustave Ernst Robert and Mary Elizabeth (Benzing) (Rueger) Kopper. She was educated in Schenectady area public schools and attended Johnstown Business College, where she studied accounting. In April 1939, she was wed to Charles A. Drown Jr. of Orange, Mass., and thereupon made her home in the Gardner-Athol area of Massachusetts, where she resided until 1976, when she moved to Maine. She worked for the Minute Tapioca division of General Foods Corp. in Orange, Mass., during World War II, and was subsequently employed for many years at Gardner State Hospital as an attendant, as well as serving as an interim staff supervisor at the hospital during the latter days of the war. She later worked as a cook and aide at nursing homes in the Gardner area, and served for some time as school librarian at the former Emeline Jewell Whitney Elementary School in South Ashburnham, Mass. Marian’s first husband, Charles, died in 1963. In 1967, she married Ernest F. Lazette Sr. of Fitchburg. He passed away in 1972. In 1974, she moved from her longtime home in Ashburnham, Mass., to the nearby town of Royalston, where her son, Douglas was serving as pastor of the First Congregational Church, and later, the Second Congregational Church of South Royalston as well. At the end of 1976, she and Douglas made their new home in Bingham, where she remained until her passing. She was a member of the Ladies’ Benevolent Society of Royalston and former president of the Congregational Church Circle of the First Congregational Church of Bingham, where her son serves as pastor. She was a former member of the Ladies’ Aid Society of People’s Evangelical Congregational Church in South Ashburnham, the Good Will Club of Bingham, and the Century Club of Bingham. She also served for several years on the Missions Committee of the Congregational Christian Council of Maine, and was formerly financial secretary of the Bingham Church. In 1996, she was recognized with the Community Service Award of Bingham Grange for her many contributions to the civic life of the community, most notably her annual “penny drive” for the Community Christmas Cheer Fund, which enabled the purchase of toys for needy area children for Christmas. She was widely noted by many area people, friends and family for her superb cooking, which was her favorite pastime. She also enjoyed traveling, and went on trips all around New England and the Maritimes with her son and with friends. Marian leaves her son, the Rev. Douglas W. Drown of Bingham; a stepson, Ernest F. Lazette Jr. and his wife, Mary of Ashby, Mass.; a brother, Frank R. Kopper of Rotterdam, N.Y., four sisters-in-law, Eileen Kopper of Colonie, N.Y., Dorothy Kopper of Fort Wayne, Ind., Dorothy Pettie of Orlando, Fla., and Shirley (Mrs. Leo J.) Barrett of Westminster, Mass.; her husband Charles’ cousin, Laura Windle of Jay; many nieces, nephews, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren, as well as many good friends whom she loved and who loved her. She was predeceased by six brothers, George, Carl, Raymond, Herbert, Paul and Donald Kopper. A committal service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003, at South Cemetery, in Orange, Mass., with the Rev. Mark E. Rustin of North Deering Congregational Church, in Portland, officiating. A memorial service in celebration of Marian’s life will be held at the First Congregational Church of Bingham, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003. Those planning to attend are asked to bring rolled pennies for the Community Christmas Cheer Drive if they wish to do so. Memorial donations may be made to the Parsonage Fund of the First Congregational Church of Bingham, P.O. Box 114, Bingham, ME 04920.