Marietta Cefalo Wisnewski

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EXETER — Marietta Cefalo Wisnewski, of Exeter, passed away on Aug. 6, 2018, at her home. She was born in Pittston on March 7, 1944. She was the daughter of the late Angelo and Josephine Parrella Cefalo. She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony Wisnewski, in 1981.

She is survived by her brother, Attorney Michael Cefalo, and his wife, Bette; a sister, Rosella Fedor; and extended family, including an uncle and aunt, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, several nieces, nephews and cousins. She is also survived by her extraordinary caregiver, Daria, who has been by Marietta's side for the past 10 years. She always appreciated the love and friendship she received from her wide circle of friends, especially Charlotte, who was always there for her.

Marietta was a graduate of West Pittston High School and earned a BA degree from Wilkes College. She also attended Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California, to pursue post-graduate work in humanities and psychology. She was close to achieving her goal of a Ph.D. degree when she became ill. She was always concerned about the welfare of others. She was a dedicated social worker for the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare for many years.

Marietta was an avid reader and student of philosophy and psychology. With keen intelligence, she was a deep thinker and articulate conversationalist who enjoyed lively debates about literature, movies, politics and life. She loved to travel and visited many countries to observe other cultures. Her greatest joy was sharing holidays with family and friends.

She had an abiding faith in the power of prayer and regularly met with her dear friends to pray and to contemplate.

A special thank you to Dr. David Greenwald, who, along with his entire staff at the Oncology Associates, was extremely caring and compassionate during the years Marietta was in treatment. Also a special thank you to Hospice of the Sacred Heart who provided excellent care.

Marietta demonstrated the spirit of charity by volunteering for Valley Santa for many years.

You are invited to attend a celebration of Marietta's life and a blessing service to be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, from the Howell-Lussi Funeral Home, 509 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m. The Reverend Joseph Adonizio and the Rev. Ann Marie Acacio, Unity Minister, will officiate.

Interment will be held at the convenience of the family at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Marietta loved flowers but surely would smile down on anyone who would graciously donate to Valley Santa, P.O. Box 5276, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18710, or a .

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Howell-Lussi Funeral Home
509 Wyoming Avenue
West Pittston, PA 18643
(570) 654-3741
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Published in Times Leader from Aug. 8 to Aug. 9, 2018