Marie Kalaha

Obituary of Marie L. Kalaha

Marie Louise Kalaha (Mimi), 88, passed peacefully on Friday, March 4, at Marywood Heights (formerly Holy Family Residence), where she resided for the past six years. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward Kalaha for 59 years. Born in Archbald on April 5, 1933, she was the devoted daughter of Anita Tomarelli and Paolo Lucci, where she worked at the family owned business, Lucci’s Bakery, in Archbald. She was a graduate of Archbald High School and was employed by Fairchild Systems in Archbald as the cafeteria manager until retirement. Her house had a revolving door where family and friends would visit her on a daily basis to sample one of her delicious “Italian” dishes. She was a devoted Catholic and member of Christ the King for more than 45 years. She was a Girl Scout Leader for many years accompanying her girls to Girl Scout camp yearly. Her greatest passion was becoming a grandmother. Throughout the years, she enjoyed the many excursions and places she visited with her grandchildren. Including Disney, Nashville, Alaska and other various destinations. She is survived by three children, Catherine Jenkins and husband, Jeff, of Archbald; Edward Kalaha Jr. and wife, Charise, Chalfont, Pa.; Karen Nicola, Philadelphia; and her grandchildren, Danielle, Matthew, and Emily Jenkins, and Dinah and Nina Kalaha. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; infant son, Joseph; brother, Alfred “Freddie” Lucci; sister, Caroline Ciotti; and nephews, infant, Ricky Ciotti, and nephew, Fred Ciotti; and several cousins. During COVID-19, her family and Marie were faced with many obstacles. The family would like to extend “special thanks” to her nieces, Ann Marie Ciotti Fulmer and Francine Lucci; her closest friends, Barbara Pettigrew, Mary Ann Surdick and Rose Ann Murray; and also her social companions, Linda Stoko, Nicole Melesky and Lynn Mayer (her godchild) for their loving support and companionship. The family would also like to thank Dr. Randall Brundage, Dr. Julio Ramos and Dr. Darlene Dunay (Marywood Heights physician) for their overwhelming support and excellent care. Lastly, the family would like to extend a special thanks to Sister Kieran Williams, the pastoral counselor at Marywood Heights, the nurses, nurse’s aides and staff at Marywood Heights. A special thank you to the Hospice of the Sacred Heart nurses and doctors for their compassionate care, love and support in her final moments. A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, March 10, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Christ the King Parish (formerly St. Thomas Aquinas) in Archbald. Family and friends may call an hour before the Mass at the church. Masks are strongly recommended. Entombment will be held at St. Mary’s Visitation Church Mausoleum in Dickson City, and will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to her favorite charity, “Michele’s Ladies in Pink,” in memory of her good friend, the late Michele Zini. The organization raises funds for local women battling breast cancer. Marie was a participant at all events up to her illness. Send donations to: Michele’s Ladies in Pink, Wendy Mitchko, 131 Basalyga St., Jessup, PA 18434. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Louis M. Margotta Funeral Home, Jessup. For online condolences, visit margottafuneralhomes.com.
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9:00 am - 10:00 am
Thursday, March 10, 2022
Christ the King Parish
Church St.
Archbald, Pennsylvania, United States
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10
March

Mass

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Thursday, March 10, 2022
Christ the King Parish
Church St.
Archbald, Pennsylvania, United States
Church Service