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.