Of North Braddock, age 75, affectionately known as "Midge", died Monday, August 18, 2014. A graduate and lead drum majorette at Scott High School, Midge went on to work at Westinghouse/Bettis division. She loved befriending and laughing with any and all people as "Miss Personality PLUS", was a grizzled world traveler, an enthusiastic gardener and lover of nature, a casino and PA lottery aficionado, a highly-skilled crossword puzzler, and huge Celine Dion fan. Preceded in death by husband Carl A. Marra; beloved mother of Eric A. Marra of Los Angeles and Jason A. Marra (wife, Sophan) of Oregon; sister to Mildred "Dolly" Simko; as well as deceased siblings, Delores "Dory" Nixdorf, John "Jack" Zoretich, and Lorraine "Lainy" Egnatz. She was aunt to many loving nieces and nephews, and will be missed by all of them, including Mary Anne Belback, Audrey, Chip, Luke and Chad Nixdorf, and Joe Simko. She cherished her dear friends, Lois, Helen, Donna, Rose, and Fran; and finally, her beloved pet, "Pancho", the talking aerial-acrobatic parakeet. She will be deeply missed, but her incandescent soul will shimmer and shine forever. Friends welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, 700 Linden Ave. at Cable, East Pittsburgh, 412-824-8800, where a Funeral Service will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. Memorial donations made be made to The Bridges Care Network, 1200 Gulf Lab Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15238 or
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Aug. 20 to Aug. 21, 2014