Marie Trottini Montante passed away Saturday evening, May 24, 2014, surrounded throughout the day by her family and friends who loved her very much.
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Marie was born July 5, 1933, to the late Lorenzo and Stella Menta Trottini.
She attended Wyoming High School and then worked for the Household Finance Co.
Marie had been married to Dr. Charles J. Montante and is also survived by her sons, Joseph and his wife, Annette, Abington; and Larry and his fiancée, Ann, Swoyersville; along with three granddaughters, Julia, Livia and Genevieve; and a brother, Robert and his wife, Vivian Trottini, Exeter.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Irene Zarnoch, and a brother, Lawrence Trottini.
After years of dedicated volunteer work with The Arthritis Foundation, she attended both Wilkes and King's Colleges, ultimately receiving a degree in theology from King's College. After earning her degree, she became an Amway representative and then felt the desire to become a real estate professional. Upon getting her license, she honed her skills at Joseph P. Gilroy Real Estate and then with Lewith and Freeman Real Estate Inc., where she became and remained a top agent throughout her career, receiving the 2013 Excellence Award in recognition for 20 years of outstanding service, dedication and being a continual top producer.
Marie was also active in her spirituality and was a founding member of The Beginning Experience and was committed to assisting those who suffered the loss of a marital spouse or partner, or anyone in the need of counseling. A proud accomplishment was completing her life work of becoming a certified spiritual director and guiding retreatants through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
She enjoyed family, friends and the outdoors, especially when near an ocean. Her spirit is in a better place now and she will be missed by all her family and friends.
A memorial church service will be held in St. Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, at 11 a.m. Monday, June 2.
In lieu of flowers, and in keeping with Marie's desire to feed us both spiritually and physically, donations may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen. To make a donation, please go to www.cssdioceseofscranton.org and click "Contribute" or send a check to St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen, 39 E. Jackson St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Gubbiotti Funeral Home, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter.
To send the family an expression of sympathy or an online condolence, please visit www.gubbiottifh.com.
Gubbiotti Funeral Home
1030 Wyoming Ave.
Exeter, PA 18643
Published in Citizens' Voice on May 27, 2014