Marilyn S. Shawger

Marilyn Simes Shawger, 82, of Fenwick Island, Del., formerly of Clarks Summit, died May 17 after an illness. She was the wife of the late Rev. George W. Shawger, a United Methodist minister.

Born Dec. 29, 1930, in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Richard V. and Mary Jane Johns Simes.

Marilyn was educated in Dunmore schools and was an honors graduate of Penn State University. She lived in Clarks Summit for more than 20 years and wintered in Dunedin, Fla., where she then took up residence for 20 years. She moved to Fenwick Island in 2007 to be with her daughter and her family. She had been employed by Capitol Records and International Correspondence Schools, Scranton, as a director.

Marilyn was an avid reader, talented knitter and fantastic cook. She enjoyed walking on the beach and spending time with her friends. She was a devoted wife and mother who enjoyed traveling with her family and the happy times spent at their retreat location in Montrose with their many friends. She idolized her granddaughters and was so very proud of their involvement and activities in dance performance and sporting events.

Surviving are her daughter and caregiver, Kimberly Ratzel and husband, Billy, with whom she resided; her cherished granddaughters, Kathryn Ratzel and companion, Jason Powell, Delmar, Md.; and Sarah Lyn Ratzel, Dewey Beach, Del.; sister, Gwendolyn Bowles, Shreveport, La.; and devoted friend, Audrey Thomas, South Abington Twp.

There will be a celebration of her life on Saturday from the Chinchilla United Methodist Church, 411 Layton Road, Clarks Summit, with services at 10 a.m. by the Rev. James Wert. Interment, Abington Hills Cemetery, South Abington Twp.

Memorial contributions may be made to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411, or the Williams Family Fire Fund, P.O. Box 472, Clarks Summit, PA 18411.

Arrangements by the Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Services Inc., 111 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit. For more information, directions or to send an online condolences, visit

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Jennings Calvey Funeral Home
111 Coburn Avenue Clarks Summit, PA 18411
(570) 586-0811

Published in Scranton Times on June 9, 2013