In Loving Memory of Marjorie Jane "Meg" Shumaker

Marjorie Jane

Marjorie Jane "Meg" Shumaker

Scranton and formerly of Mountainhome, PA December 30, 1926 ~ January 15, 2016 Date of Service: January 20, 2016

Marjorie Jane Shumaker, 89, of Scranton and formerly of Mountainhome, passed away Friday evening in the Hospice of the Sacred Heart Inpatient Unit, Dunmore.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Shumaker in 2014.  The couple had been married for 63 years. 


Born in Norwalk, CT on December 30, 1926, daughter of the late Jane Belle Harris and Frederick Charnock, Meg lived her early years in Connecticut and then moved with her mother to New York City.  An only child with health problems, she spent many of her early years living between hospitals and extended family, but with an iron will and the help of countless kind-hearted souls along the way, she made her way through life, graduated from high school and eventually made her way to the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania to work in the resort industry.  It was here that she met her future husband, the late Jack Shumaker of Mountainhome, Pennsylvania, and after a whirlwind romance, they were married and settled in to raise a family.  As a result of her early years of isolation and austerity, Meg dreamed of a large family with a permanent place to call home.  A dreamer with the rare power to make her dreams a reality, she and her husband, Jack, set about building a house, a home, and a family.  Meg had the ability to create something good out of thin air.  When the reality of life didn’t provide her with the big extended family she craved, she went out and cultivated friendships that were family—the bonds that lasted a lifetime.  She was always the first person to reach out and lend a hand and to quietly do what needed to be done without looking for recognition.


Meg and Jack were blessed with the birth of four boys.  Meg raised her boys through all the cuts and scrapes and broken bones, Boy Scout meetings, Sunday school, senior proms and broken hearts.  With her boys old enough and when life required that she enter the work force, she landed a job for the local magistrate that changed the trajectory of her life.  She learned the basics of the profession from the ground up and eventually she campaigned and won election, becoming magistrate for Barrett, Price, and Paradise Townships in the Poconos.  She went on to win two more uncontested six-year terms and spent a total of eighteen years as District Justice.  An avid flower gardener and self-taught artist, she found time in retirement to study with various teachers, and went on to show her artwork throughout Monroe County.


Moving to Scranton in 2005, Meg again found a way to create friends and be part of her community.  Always a competitor, she found the game of Bridge, and went on to play in foursomes all over Lackawanna County.  Meg continued to paint and went on to teach art classes until her death. 


She is survived by her sons, Paul and wife Elizabeth of Bangor; Bob and wife Sue of Scranton; Andrew and wife Deborah of Princeton, NJ; and the light of her life, her grandchildren, Katelyn Howell and husband Tim of Mount Cobb; Emily Shumaker of Scranton; Chloe Shumaker of Minneapolis, MN; and Margot Shumaker of Princeton, NJ; and two great-grandchildren, Max and Peyton Howell of Mount Cobb. 


In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her oldest son, Todd Shumaker.


The family would like to thank her Physician, Dr. Jim Sheerer, Dr. Heim and the staff of Hematology and Oncology Center, Dr. Ralph DeMario and the wonderful staff at Hospice of the Sacred Heart, as well as her kind friends at Green Ridge Senior Apartments. 


A memorial service for Meg will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore.  Friends and family may call on Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. Interment will be privately held at a later time. 


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Lackawanna County Library System; the Women’s Resource Center, P.O. Box 975, Scranton, PA 18501; or to the charity of the donor’s choice.


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