Gloria Marianne Dow, 60, a former resident of Kingston, passed away Tuesday morning, Nov. 6, 2012, at the home of her daughter in Fort Washington, with her two children by her side, following a courageous battle with cancer.
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Born Aug. 12, 1952, in Yonkers, N.Y., Marianne was the daughter of the late John and Ethel (Mihalik) Habina.
Marianne was a graduate of St. Cyril Academy, Danville, Class of 1970. Following high school, Marianne went on to further her education at the College of Mount St. Vincent, Riverdale, N.Y., where she earned her bachelor's degree in sociology in 1974. She then obtained her master's degree in 1975 from the College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, N.Y.
Prior to her retirement in 2008, Marianne was an educator at the Diocese of Scranton for 33 years. Throughout her career, she taught at the former St. John Nepomucene Grade School, Luzerne, and the former St. Mary's Grade School, Old Forge.
Marianne was a member of the National Catholic Educators Association.
A faithful Catholic, Marianne was a member of St. Ignatius Loyola Church, Kingston, where for many years she served as an extraordinary minister of the eucharist.
Family always came first to Marianne throughout her life and she treasured every moment she had with her loved ones. "Mamar," as she was affectionately known by her children and grandchildren, will forever be remembered as a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and friend.
Marianne is survived by her children, Timothy M. Dow and his wife, Kristin, Kingston; and Nicole Marie Dow-Macosky and her husband, Ed, Fort Washington; her grandchildren, Haley Dow, Timothy Dow Jr. and Laine Macosky.
The family would like to thank Dr. Bruce Saidman and the entire staff at Medical Oncology Associates for the compassionate care they bestowed upon Marianne during her time of illness. Also, the family wishes to thank Marianne's dear friends, Missy, Wanda, Ronnie, Gloria, Cathy, Jill and Toni for always being there for her.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, which will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday from the Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Ignatius Loyola Church, 339 N. Maple Ave., Kingston.
Interment will be held privately for the immediate family in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton.
Family and friends are invited to call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
For additional information or to send the family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home website www.wroblewskifuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Marianne's memory to the Medical Oncology Prescription Assistance Fund, 382 Pierce St., Kingston, PA 18704, or to the
of Eastern Montgomery County – PINK WARRIORS, 480 Norristown Road, Suite 150, Blue Bell, PA 19422.
Published in Citizens' Voice from Nov. 10 to Nov. 11, 2012