Remembering Marilla Gibbons Caterino

Caterino, Marilla Obit PhotoMarilla Gibbons Caterino
March 28, 2020

Marilla Gibbons Caterino, 96, of West Scranton, passed away peacefully Saturday evening, March 28, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Michael J. Caterino, on July 28, 1999. Born in Scranton, Marilla was the daughter of the late Michael and Bertha Bowden Gibbons. Following her graduation from Scranton Central High School, Marilla worked 17 years in the Better Handbags department of the Globe Store, followed by 30 years at Caterino and Sons Orthopedic Shoe Specialists prior to her retirement. She was an active member of the Sloan Seniors and a long time member of St. Ann’s Basilica. 

Marilla was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Beautiful, energetic, affectionate and fiercely independent, she cherished her time with her family. Her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were the loves of her life. She spoiled family and friends with delicious Italian meals and wonderful baked goods. We will miss her great stories that always put smiles on our faces. 

Surviving are two daughters, Addie Smith and husband Tom, Scranton, Patricia Zangardi, Dunmore and son Guy Caterino and wife Joanne, Westerville, Ohio.

Ten grandchildren, Sherri Jones, husband Mike, Alexandria, Virginia, Dr. Jeffrey Caterino, wife Stephanie, Lewis Center, Ohio,  A.J. Zangardi, wife Stephanie, Jefferson Twp., Scott Villani, wife Corina, Shaker Heights, Ohio, and Gina Lewis, husband Atty. Robert, Lewis Center, Ohio.

Twelve great grandchildren, Colette Jones,  Pia, Mira Belle and Pauly Zangardi, William, Nicholas and Corinne Caterino, Scotty, Veronica and Giada Villani, and Luca and Rocco Lewis.

Sister Shirley Thomas, Lancaster, and brother-in-law, Sal Caterino, wife Ruth, Scranton and sister-in-law Ruth Gibbons, Florida.

She was preceded in death by grandson Michael Zangardi, son-in-law Armand Zangardi, sisters Emily, Jean and Eileen, and brothers Donald and Kenneth Gibbons.

Marilla was blessed with many dear friends especially Alberta Pantle, Carl Cotterick, Carole Lameo and Joan Simpson and her family would like to thank them for their long friendships and support. 

Her family offers special thanks to Dr. Mark Lyons, Dr. Kenneth Sebastianelli and the nursing staff of 3 South at Allied Skilled Nursing and Rehab for the care and compassion provided to Marilla.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Ann’s Basilica or the donor’s favorite charity.

Arrangements provided by the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc. To offer the family an online condolence visit

Due to the current state of emergency, funeral services will be private and a Celebration of Marilla’s life will be held at a date to be announced. Family and friends are invited to watch a live streaming of the private funeral on the funeral home’s Facebook page on Wednesday at 12PM.

Toomey, Murray, Talutto Lead Lady Bucks to Third Straight District Title

Lady Bucks, Rich Banick Photo

By Steve Svetovich

Three times is a charm.

Freshman Ciera Toomey, sophomore Moriah Murray and junior Anna Talutto combined for 38 points as the Dunmore Lady Bucks beat Holy Redeemer, 52-24, for its third consecutive District 2 Class 3A girls basketball title.

All three have come over Holy Redeemer who captured the district title the previous two years.

The district title win was Dunmore’s 12th in the past 15 seasons as the team continues a dominant run under veteran coach Ben O’Brien.

The 6-2 Toomey led the Lady Bucks (24-1) with 17 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks. She also had four assists. 

Murray added 13 points, five steals and four assists.

But it was junior reserve Talutto who initially sparked the Lady Bucks by coming off the bench and scoring eight of her team’s first 13 points. She hit on a pair of 3-pointers which triggered a 14-0 Dunmore run into the second quarter stunning Holy Redeemer.

Simply put, the scrappy Talutto changed the momentum of the game in Dunmore’s favor.

Her drive down the paint put the Lady Bucks up, 5-2. Murray then fired a pass to her along the baseline and Talutto nailed a 3-pointer for an 8-2 Dunmore lead.

Talutto’s second 3-pointer to open the second quarter sent the Lady Bucks on a surge and Dunmore never looked back.

Holy Redeemer only hit on 3-of-30 shots in the first half. 

Dunmore held a convincing 24-7 lead at the half.

Standout freshman Toomey, who played a tremendous all-around game and keeps getting better, hit a 3-pointer at the third quarter buzzer to give Dunmore an even more commanding 41-13 lead. 

Her power moves and sharp, aggressive cuts towards the basket throughout the contest were too much for Holy Redeemer to handle.

Toomey scored nine of her points in the third quarter and hit sophomore stalwart Murray, who played a nifty all-around game, for a back door layup to start a 12-2 spurt.

The Dunmore defense held Holy Redeemer leading scorer Sam Yencha to only three points on 1-for-13 shooting in the district title win. Yencha came into the contest averaging 18.5 points per game and with over 1,500 career points. 

Dunmore will now open the PIAA state playoffs against Constitution, the fourth place team from District 12 Friday, March 6.

Dunmore defeated Mid Valley, 51-15, in the quarterfinals, and Wyoming Seminary, 60-27, in the semifinals. Both were dominant wins. 

Murray is Dunmore’s leading scorer at 15.7 points per game. Toomey is close behind at 15.5 points per game. Mia Blume averages 7.3 points. Talutto averages close to seven points per game off the bench.

Dunmore and Holy Redeemer have now met four years in a row in the district title game. Dunmore won, 33-27, and 48-44, the previous two years. 

The two teams met two days before this past Christmas when Murray scored 29 points in a Dunmore 59-41 road win.

This district title win was Dunmore’s 18th straight victory this season. The team’s lone loss came December 29 at the hands of Scranton Prep.


Production of “On Golden Pond” Set for This Month; Area Students Design Poster

Actors Circle Holy Cross

Holy Cross students who designed the poster for an upcoming production of “On Golden Pond” are, seated from left: Keelin Schimilfenig and Jillian Brennan. Standing, same order: Kristina Toolan, art teacher; Benjamin Tolerico, principal; Jane Foy, Actors Circle president, and Katie Von Bergen, director of play.

Actors Circle will present Ernest Thompson’s On Golden Pond at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Rd., Scranton, on March 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27 and  28. Performances on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays are at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. 

Tickets are $12, general; $10 seniors, $8 students. On Thursday, March 19, tickets are $8 general and seniors, $6 students. For reservations Call 570-342-9707.  All reservations are held 10 minutes until show time.

Directed by Katie VonBergen, this well known play tells the story of Norman Thayer and his energetic wife, Ethel, who have been spending the summers at their lakeside home on Golden Pond for 48 years, fishing and watching for loons. Then, their divorced daughter, Chelsea, her new fiancé, and his teenage son make an unexpected visit.

Cast members are: Bob Taylor as Norman Thayer; Carol Davis as Ethel Thayer; Marcie Herman Riebe as Chelsea Thayer; Eric Lutz as Billy Ray Wayne; Michael Semus Fenton-Kapacs as Billy Ray Wayne Jr., and Jeff Ginsberg as Charlie Martin.

Mariely Colin is stage manager; Jeff Ginsberg and Lou Bisignani, producers; John VonBergen, set designer and master builder; Margo Azzarelli, set decorator; Cathy Rist Strauch, artistic painter and publicist. 

Keelin Schimelfenig and Jillian Brennan, students of Holy Cross High School. designed the artwork for the poster. Benjamin Tolerico is the high school principal, and Kristina Toolan is their art teacher.

Jane Foy is Actors Circle’s president.