Marilyn S. Chaikin

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Feb. 22, 2013

Marilyn S. Chaikin, 61, of West Pittston, passed away peacefully on Feb. 22, 2013, at St. Luke's Hospice, Wilkes-Barre, surrounded by her loving family.

Marilyn was born in Pittston, graduated from Pittston Area High School, class of 1969, and later attended Luzerne County Community College. She was the broker and owner of MSC Preferred Properties, West Pittston.

Marilyn's passions in life were her family and helping others. She made many friends on her walks with her "kids," Mercedes and Benz. She was well-known for her beautiful smile, exquisite taste in clothing and hosting many family functions. She was loved and admired deeply for her generous nature and giving spirit. She was an inspiration to many, but especially to her family. She showed courage and strength beyond human nature during her time of illness and will always be remembered.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Marguerite (Preston) Hite, and her brother, Gerald Hite.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Robert Chaikin; daughter, Nikki (Reggie) and her husband, James Callahan; granddaughters, Nina and Elise Callahan; step-children, Shari, Kyle and M. Reed Chaikin; brothers, Thomas and his wife, Patricia Hite, and Robert Hite and his significant other, Melody Cecare; sister, Margaret and her husband, John Nemic; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family thanks her wonderful caregiver, Lenora Tokar, for her exceptional care over the years.

Funeral services have been entrusted to Graziano Funeral Home Inc., Pittston Township. Viewing hours will be held at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Funeral services will begin at the funeral home at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held from St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, William Street, Pittston, on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. Private interment services will be held in St. Mary's Cemetery, Avoca.

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Published in Times Leader on Feb. 23, 2013