DALTON — Marian Shell Beninato, 85, Dalton, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Geisinger Community Medical Center, after being stricken ill at home the previous day. She was the widow of the late Raymond Beninato, who died Aug. 27, 1998. The couple had been married 26 years.
She was born Oct. 14, 1928, in Glenburn and was a daughter of the late Harry and Nellie Marie Wilmarth Shell.
Marian was a graduate of Waverly High School. She had been the publisher and owner of the Abington Voice Weekly for years, along with her husband, Ray. She previously was employed by the Abington Journal, as an advertising representative. In later years, she was the assistant book store manager at Keystone College.
Marian was active in the community. She was an active and faithful member of the Church of the Epiphany, Glenburn; she was a dedicated volunteer, who helped in all church activities. Marion was active in several professional and community organizations, including the Pennsylvania State Police Retirees Auxiliary.
A gracious lady who shared smiles with others she met.
A happy, spirited and fun-loving person, who will be remembered for her many rules as Mrs. Santa Claus. A true lady, who was often seen with her gloves, will be sadly missed.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Joan Beninato; three brothers, Cecil, Frank and Ernest Shell; and a nephew, Steven Shell.
Surviving are a daughter, Jean Saladino and her husband, Victor, Norristown; son–in-law, Jerry Hoffner, King of Prussia; two sisters, Harriet Locker, Glenburn, and Edith Bitchko, Wallsville; sister-in-law, Betty Shell, Glenburn; two granddaughters, Raina Saladino and Gina Saladino; nieces and nephews, including a niece, Linda Gable and her husband, Leonard; a nephew, Eugene Bitchko and his wife, Juli; great-niece, Nicole Gable; great-nephew, James Kilonsky and his wife, Lena; great-great-nephew, Dakota Kilonsky.
The funeral with a celebration of life ceremony will be 11 a.m. Saturday in the Church of the Epiphany, Glenburn, by the Rev. F. Graham Cliff, interim rector. Interment at the Memorial Garden at the Church of the Epiphany. The family will receive relatives and friends 10 a.m. to ceremony Saturday at the church.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Church of the Epiphany, PO Box 189, Clarks Summit, PA 18411; or Dalton Community Library, 113 E. Main St, Dalton, PA 18414
Arrangements are being made by Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Service Inc., 111 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit, PA 18411.
For more information, directions or to send an online condolence, please visit www.jenningscalvey.com.