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Wednesday October 27th, 2021
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Margaret Shimkus

Margaret Mary (Ludlow) Shimkus, 87, of Dalton died Sunday morning at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Vito Shimkus. The couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Oct. 21.

Born Oct. 11, 1934, in Syracuse, N.Y., she was the daughter of James and Beatrice (Ryan) Ludlow. A graduate of Sauquoit Valley High School, Sauquoit, N.Y., she received her bachelor's degree in history from Le Moyne College, Syracuse, N.Y., and earned her master's in elementary education from SUNY at Oneonta. Moving to Scranton area, she was an elementary school teacher for the Scranton School District and shortly after moved to Dalton in 1962, where she was a devoted mom raising her eight children. An only child herself she would share with cousins her dream of having eight children.

After her oldest son's tragic suicide in 1981, she joined Compassionate Friends where for many years she comforted other bereaved parents. Margaret was a member of Al-Anon for more than 30 years where, as a sponsor, she helped many families struggling with substance abuse and addiction. Margaret was a dedicated volunteer, offering her time every week for more than 20 years to the staff at VNA Hospice.

She was the longest current member of the Waverly Community House Women's Club and for years collected old clothing to donate to the Sleeping Bag Project of My Brother's Keeper to make patchwork quilts for the homeless. For many years, she had a great devotion to the rosary. Margaret was a very intelligent kind woman who was never impressed with money or stature. She had friends from all strata of life.

Margaret was a woman of few words who was well-known for her matter-of-fact attitude. She will be missed by her children who have many fond memories, such as taking a different child every Friday for their special night out grocery shopping with a treat afterward.

Margaret, was a sensitive woman known for her great compassion for others' suffering, whether it be from drug addiction, bereavement or illness. Her family extends their gratitude to the staff of VNA Home Hospice, Commonwealth Home Health and Geisinger at Home.

She is survived by her seven children and their spouses, Vito Jr., Dalton; Ann and Dana Coutts, Denver, Colo.; Joseph and Amy, Peterborough, N.H.; Mary Keinz and Randy, Murray, Utah; Thomas and Beth, Scranton; Francis and Beth, Cincinnati, Ohio; and Michael, Fort Worth, Texas; and grandchildren, Therese, Anna Mary, Veronica, Theodora, Kelly, Julie and Derek Shimkus. She was preceded in death by son, Jimmy.

The funeral will be Thursday at 10 a.m. from Our Lady of the Abingtons, 700 W. Main St., Dalton, to be celebrated by the Rev. Arbogaste Satoun. Interment, St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow. The family will receive relatives and friends Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Service Inc., 111 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit, 18411.

Memorial contributions may be made to Compassionate Friends, 48660 Pontiac Trail, #930808, Wixom, MI 48393, www.compassionatefriends.org ; My Brother's Keeper Sleeping Bag Project, 260 Laurel Lane, Hop Bottom, PA 18824, www.thesleepingbagproject.org ; or VNA Hospice and Home Health of Lackawanna County, 301 Delaware Ave., Olyphant, PA, 18447, www.vnahospice.org .

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Dear Vito and family, our sincere sympathy for your loss of Marge-she was such a nice woman and will be missed. So sorry we didn't get to see you in person. God bless all of you- may she rest in peace. Love, Carol & Pete Van Fleet

Pete & Carol Van Fleet Oct 28 2021 12:00 AM

My most heavenly Father, I sing praises to Glorify and Exalt your Name. I come to you Lord God and thank you for the privilege and honor to know my dearest friend Margaret Mary Shimkus for these past 57 wonderful years. Marge has helped me so much with her love, friendship, and her wonderful smile. Marge and Vito raised 8 wonderful and loving children. I again thank you Father for the joy my family has shared with Marge and her family.Father, I thank You for how much you have loved Marge. You've loved her with an everlasting love Her entire life reflects how she has lived, how she has raised her family, and how much she knows Your love for her. In John 3:16-17 KJV, it says, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. Margaret has come home to live her everlasting life with You and Jimmy.So, Father, I just thank you right now for your love over the entire Shimkus family, and being with them during this difficult time of pain, grief, and sorrows. Father, lift them up to know how much you love them, and Marge is in a most wonderful place.Lord, I just thank You for this. I bless your name. I give you the glory and honor, in Jesus name. Amen

david clark Oct 27 2021 12:00 AM

It was the summer of 1973. I started to paint my parents' home to "Federal Blue," the color my mom Jeanne wanted. I also did a lot of baking for friends and family. One late afternoon I was using an extension ladder to reach the higher places. I of course had to go up and down the ladder often. I had this rather stupid idea that I could move the ladder and leave the paint bucket affixed to the ladder. As expected I moved the ladder and the paint bucket fell. I of course ended up with most of the blue paint on my head and my clothes.Jeanne, my Mom overheard the noise and came to see me. She of course went into this very loud, hilarious, and raucous laugh. I ignored her and got cleaned up. A few minutes later in comes Marge. She's laughing as well, appreciating my blunder. Then, she said in her typical sharp wit, "So how's the Pillsbury Blue Boy doing?" I had to agree with her and share the humor of my actions. To this day I often tell this delightful story. Thanks for your love and knowing I had the greatest friend in the world. David

david clark Oct 27 2021 12:00 AM

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