Marlene A. Jakes
December 21, 2017
|Marlene A. Jakes, 76, of South Abington Twp., died Thursday evening. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 55 years, Joseph Jakes Sr., who died May 9.
Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late John and Stella Budjinski Chopak Sr. She was a 1959 graduate of Scranton Technical High School and began working for Capital Records after graduation. After marriage, she and her husband moved to Clarks Summit where they raised their two children. Marlene worked many years in the garment industry before retiring to work alongside her husband in their business, Jakes Garage, where she performed office duties.
Marlene looked forward to the many road trips she and Joe would take to the casinos, dining out and generally just spending time together. Among her many talents, Marlene was known for her baking; she was the best around and made the most amazing pies. She took great pride in making the holidays “extra special” by carrying on family traditions. She enjoyed shopping, reading, spending time with her Bishon, Molly, visits with family, especially grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and “game night” with her friends. She will be greatly missed by her family and her beloved Molly.
While she tried, Marlene had great difficulty living after the death of her beloved husband, who died in May. Although she will be missed immensely, it’s comforting to know she is forever reunited with her true love, Joe.
She is survived by a son, Joseph J. Jakes Jr. and wife, Diane, Clarks Summit; daughter, Susan E. Menichiello and husband, Joseph, South Abington Twp.; five grandchildren; Lisa Marie Graves, Joseph Brian Jakes, John Leonard LaBarr, Laura Ann Jakes and Mary Catherine Jakes; six great-grandchildren; nieces, Marilu O’Dell, New Holland, N.Y.; and Roberta Kaszuba, Hamilton, N.J.; nephew, Michael Chopak Jr.; a brother-in-law, Robert Jakes, Ewing, N.J.; sisters-in-law, Katherine Smith, Clarks Summit; and Alice Avery, Honesdale; and a cousin, Carol Beavers, Pittsburgh.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers, John Chopak Jr. and Michael Chopak.
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Interment, Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton, will follow.
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