Gloria Marianne Dow

Gloria Marianne Dow, 60, a former resident of Kingston, died Tuesday morning at the home of her daughter in Fort Washington, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born on 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. Before retirement in 2008, Marianne was an educator in 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. She passed away with her two children by her side.

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.

Surviving are her children, Timothy M. Dow and wife, Kristin, Kingston; and Nicole Marie Dow-Macosky and husband, Ed, Fort Washington; and grandchildren, Haley Dow, Timothy Dow Jr. and Laine Macosky.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. from the Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10 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 on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Medical Oncology Prescription Assistance Fund, 382 Pierce St., Kingston, PA 18704; or to the , Attn: of Eastern Montgomery County, Pink Warriors, 480 Norristown Road, Suite 150, Blue Bell, PA 19422.

For additional information or to send an online condolence, visit www.wroblewski

Published in Scranton Times on Nov. 11, 2012