Margaret Elko, a resident of Elizabeth Street, Wilkes-Barre, died Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at Timber Ridge Health Care Center, Plains Township.
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Born May 25, 1918, in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of the late Jacob and Mary Obester Mekelyta.
Margaret was a graduate of Coughlin High School and also the Wyoming Seminary Dean School of Business.
She had been employed by the U.S. War Department in Washington, D.C., during World War II. After her husband, George, completed his military service, they returned to make their home in Wilkes-Barre where they raised their daughter, Patricia.
Margaret had been employed by Martz Bus Co. and later by the Bon-Ton Department Store until her retirement. Most recently she had been a volunteer employee at the Mercy Hospital Gift Shop, where she had been a recipient of an award honoring her dedicated service.
She had been a member of St. Therese Church, Wilkes-Barre, until its recent closing.
Margaret was predeceased by her husband, George, in 1998; and also her sisters, Anne Locke, Irene Waller and Mildred Postupack
Surviving are a daughter, Patricia Gazenski and her husband, Rick, Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren, Lori Brittingham and her husband, Larry, Willow Grove; Jay Bottger and his wife, Chris, Wilkes-Barre; and Lynn Blazaskie and her husband, Mike, Hanover Township; great-grandchildren, Larry and Brandon Brittingham, Sarah, Luke, Josh and James Bottger and Michael and Lauren Blazaskie; along with several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Margaret's life will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday from McLaughlin's ? The Family Funeral Service, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. in Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church, Hanover Township.
Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Permanent messages and memories may be shared with Margaret's family at www.celebrateherlife.com.
McLaughlin's - The Family Funeral Service
142 South Washington Street Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Published in Citizens' Voice on May 23, 2014