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1930 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Age 83, of Gibsonia, went home to her Lord on Monday December 16, 2013. Born July 17, 1930 in Pittsburgh to the late Edward G. and Vitoline (Berg) McCabe. Preceded in death by her ex-husband, Ransom P. Honeywill. Survived by her dear sister, Gretchen Coyne (James); and loving brother, Jerry McCabe (Cecilia), both of Pittsburgh; her three daughters, Lynn Norris (Dave), of Middlesex, Gretchen Dill (Dan), of Seattle, WA, Susan Liebenberg (Brainerd), of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; her three sons, Noel Honeywill, (Linda) of Hopewell Twp., William Honeywill, (Linda) of Gibsonia and Edward Honeywill of Wexford; Honeyma's cherished seven grandchildren, Alex Honeywill, Kerri Lutz (Ron), Michael Fugh, Chris Honeywill (Jen), Sean Honeywill (Sara), Elizabeth Kuula (Benjamin) and David Dill (Caitlin); and six great-grandchildren, Eric and Maria Lutz, Kyra and Allison Honeywill, Emerson Honeywill, and Ethan Kuula. Marilyn received her education at the Ursuline Academy Catholic Convent School, Pittsburgh Music Institute, and also attended the PA College for Women (Chatham College). Early in life, Marilyn excelled musically as a singer. In the late 1940s she sang on KDKA Radio's "Welcome Aboard" emceed by Ed Schaughency and Bernie Armstrong and later in the 1950s on KDKA TV's early morning programming, all the while raising six children on a farm in Mars, PA. She represented Pittsburgh area Chevrolet dealers as the "Chevrolet Sweetheart" singing their famous "See the USA in Your Chevrolet" song. In the 1970s Marilyn sang at Heinz Hall in the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera summer shows of "Camelot", "Minnie's Boys", "Bye Bye Birdie" for which the Post Gazette's Joe Browne said of her in his "OUR TOWN" column, "I'll tell you, she's still got the face and figure to play Kathy in The Student Prince". When her wonderful soprano voice began to fade, Marilyn put her great creative talents to work in a new direction when in 1988, with her daughter Lynn assisting, she became the founder, owner and publisher of what would become the national award winning Pittsburgh Parent magazine. Her monthly "Bee In My Bonnet" column provided great insights and inspiration to mothers everywhere. Our mother was an extraordinary woman of great talent, compassion, love, energy, and resiliency (having twice survived breast cancer). She set a very high bar to which each of us should aspire. We love you HoneyMa! Friends received at McCABE BROS., INC. FUNERAL HOME, 6214 Walnut Street, Shadyside on Friday, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Bakerstown with a luncheon to follow at the church. EVERYONE PLEASE GATHER AT THE CHURCH. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marilyn's memory to the First Presbyterian Church Bakerstown Memorial Fund, Bakerstown , PA 15007.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Dec. 18 to Dec. 20, 2013
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