Monica J. Girod, 72, of Dunmore, died Thursday evening at Commonwealth Hospice Impatient Unit at Regional Hospital of Scranton following a 42-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis.
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Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Anthony W. and Monica Abbey Maffullo and was educated in Dunmore Public Schools, from which she graduated in 1958. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the former Columbia Union College in 1962. She taught in schools in Harrisburg, Pa., Prince George's County, Maryland, and Masontown, Pa. Upon returning to the Dunmore area, she worked locally as a substitute teacher. She also worked at B.J. Smith Furniture and Sears. She was a receptionist and switchboard operator at the former Haddon Craftsmen Book Manufacturing Company until her retirement in 1995.
In spite of her 42 years that Multiple Sclerosis slowly robbed her of her physical capabilities, she had a fantastic sense of humor, a very quick wit and a great enthusiasm for life and the people she met on her journey through her life.
She is survived by her beloved daughter, M. Joy Korea and her husband, David and their children, Justin, Aiden and Evan, Hamlin; a sister and caregiver, MaryAnn Maffullo, Dunmore; close cousins and their families, including Michael Zelenski, who provided her daytime care with love and good humor; and her many good friends.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Anthony Maffullo, also her caregiver until his death in 2008.
The funeral will be Monday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with a service at 11:00 a.m. conducted by Pastor Thomas Cusack in the funeral home. Interment, Maplewood Evangelical Cemetery, Maplewood.
Friends may call Sunday, 3 to 6 p.m., at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the M.S. Society Central PA Chapter, 2040 Linglestown Road., Harrisburg, PA 17110.
To leave an online condolence, please visit www.Dun moreFuneralHome.com
Carlucci Golden DeSantis Funeral Home
318 East Drinker Street
Dunmore, PA 18512
Published in Scranton Times on June 22, 2013