MARLENE A. BOOK

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BOOK MARLENE ANGOTTI BOOK Marlene Angotti Book of Fairfax, Virginia, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend to many, died on June 9, 2014, at the age of 80. A true coal miner's daughter and granddaughter of Italian immigrants, Marlene was born on January 1, 1934, in Lumberport, WV, to Salvatore and Annette Angotti. Marlene graduated from Lumberport High School in 1951 and was the first in her family to attend college. At West Virginia University, Marlene was a member of the University's dance and synchronized swimming teams. She graduated WVU in 1955 with a degree in pharmacy at a time when few women entered that profession. Upon graduation, she worked at a small pharmacy in Shinnston, WV. During that time, she caught the attention of Stanley Book, also of Shinnston, WV, who asked her out. After several refusals, she finally relented and they married in 1957. Marlene and Stanley moved to Arlington, VA, where she worked at Peoples Drug Store and Dart Drug for a number of years while he taught at Washington-Lee High School. They enjoyed ballroom dancing and socializing with friends. In 1966, they moved to Fairfax, VA. Marlene was a pioneer in women-owned business, opening Seven Corners Pharmacy in the early 1980's. Eventually, she would open a second pharmacy, Annandale Doctors Building Pharmacy in Annandale, VA. After she sold the Seven Corners store, she would spend the rest of her career at the Annandale location, where her employees and customers universally loved her. Marlene was a tough cookie. Before breast cancer received any kind of national attention, she battled the disease-twice-in the late 1970's and early 1980's, undergoing a double mastectomy. Throughout the hospital stays and aggressive chemotherapy, she never complained. She remained cancer-free for almost 40 years. As a pharmacist, she was robbed at gunpoint two times and helped convict one of the criminals at trial in Fairfax. Marlene loved her family and friends, often spending hours on the phone keeping in touch. When she wasn't talking with her many friends, she was watching Jeopardy!, or rooting for the Washington Capitals and Washington Redskins. She is survived by her sister, Bonnie Maphis, of Bridgeport, WV; her son, Aaron S. Book and his wife, Heather, of Washington, DC; her grandchildren, Gianna and Josefina Book; and numerous nieces and nephews. Her husband, her parents, and a brother, Felix, who died at birth, predeceased her. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 15, 2014, at the Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Rd., Fairfax, VA. A Memorial Mass celebrating Marlene's life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 16, 2014, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 5121 Woodland Way, Annandale, VA. Burial will be at Fairfax Memorial Park, 9902 Braddock Rd., Fairfax, VA, immediately following the Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the or The Washington Humane Society. www.fmfh.comIn lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the or The Washington Humane Society. www.fmfh.com

Funeral Home
Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, L.L.C.
9902 Braddock Road Fairfax, VA 22032
(703) 425-9702
Funeral Home Details
Published in The Washington Post from June 12 to June 14, 2014
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