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1934 - 2017 Notice Condolences

Age 83, a resident of Berwyn, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017. Marie was a long time resident of Berwyn and Malvern, PA and Darien, CT.
Marie was born in Phila. in 1934 to Catherine and Thomas Fallon. She graduated from West Catholic Girls High School in Phila. She attended Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing, now Mercy Hospital. She earned her B.A. from West Chester University. She attended Yale School of Medicine to earn a Master's in Public Health Administration from Yale University. Marie worked ICU at Misericordia Hospital. She then worked at the Visiting Nurse Services of New Canaan, CT. Marie then took a position as Supervisor with the Public Health Department for the city of Stamford, CT. Later teaching Public Health Nursing at Neumann University, Aston, PA.
Marie began a second career with her husband, Joe Gavula. They moved from Darien, CT to their native Phila. area, settling in Malvern, PA. There they opened a chain of Hallmark Card stores extending from Delaware County to Western Pennsylvania. Marie was an owner and full partner in the corporation.
Marie was very active at her Yale Alma mater as an alumni interviewer for twenty years meeting student applicants in the Philadelphia area. Marie and her husband Joe traveled the world visiting six continents. She loved spending the summer in Avalon, NJ where Joe and Marie enjoyed being members of the Avalon Yacht Club and spending time with family.
She is survived by her husband Joe Gavula of Berwyn, son Tom Gavula (Lee) from Villanova, daughter Jeanne Leatherwood (Donald, II,M.D.) of Fort Washington and daughter Barbara Alvarez of Truckee, CA and sister Kay Chermol (Edward, DDS) of Berwyn. Marie is survived by seven grandchildren, Taylor and Sam Gavula; Donald, Brett and Douglas Leatherwood, Alexandra and Pilar Alvarez.
Marie's elegance and intel-ligence and her signature red hair will be dearly missed by all who loved her.
Relatives and friends are invited to her Visitation 6:00-8:00 P.M. Sunday, October 8, 2017 at THE DONOHUE FUNERAL HOME, 366 W. Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA 19087, 610-989-9600 and 10:00-11:00 A.M. Monday, October 9, 2017 at St. Norbert's Church, 50 Leopard Road, Paoli PA 19301 followed by her Funeral Mass at 11:00 A.M. Interment private.

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Published on Philly.com on Oct. 5, 2017
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