Vita B. Margotta, 97, a resident at Green Ridge Health Care Center, died Monday at the center. She was the widow of Dr. Victor J. Margotta, a well-known orthopedic surgeon, who died in 1971.
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Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Maria Angelina Barba. She was a graduate of Keystone College and attended the University of Scranton as well as Penn State Worthington Scranton campus. Before her marriage in 1941, she was a librarian at the Scranton Public Library. Following her husband's death, she was a secretary at Scranton Preparatory School from 1972 to 1995. Mrs. Margotta was active for many years in various civic organizations, including the Lackawanna Federation of Women's Club, the Parliamentary Law Club and the board of Community Concerts Association. She was a charter member of the local chapter of Rotary Anns, president of the Women's Auxiliary of the Lackawanna County Medical Society, served as third-district counselor for the Pennsylvania Medical Society Auxiliary and an active member of the Mother's Club of Marywood Seminary and College. She was a former member of the Country Club of Scranton, Dunmore Women's Club and Century Club of Scranton and was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Dunmore.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Vita's special friends who cared for her in her residence, as well as the staff at Green Ridge Health Care Center and Celtic Home Health and Hospice Community Care. Their love and compassion were unmatched.
She is survived by three daughters, Mary Vita Drennan, Mechanicsburg; Cathie Ann O'Donnell, Springfield, Va.; and Christine White and husband, Mark, Dunmore; brother-in-law, Charles Hicks, Arlington, Va.; sister-in-law, Verna Margotta Fanning, Clarks Summit; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends.
She was also preceded in death by a sister, Thalia Hicks; a brother, Carl and wife, Florence; and three sons-in-law, Francis Durkin, John Drennan and James O'Donnell.
The funeral will be Friday from the James M. Margotta Funeral Home, 1019 Main St., Peckville, with Mass at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Interment, parish cemetery. Anyone attending the funeral is asked to go directly to the church.
Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Commonwealth Medical College, 525 Pine St., Scranton, PA 18509, or Scranton Preparatory School, 1000 Wyoming Ave., Scranton, PA 18509.
For online condolences, go to www.margottafuneral homes.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 13, 2013