Marjorie J. LaBella

Born: Thu., Dec. 4, 1952
Died: Thu., Oct. 15, 2020

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Marjorie J. LaBella-Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother

Marjorie J. (Gage) LaBella, a dedicated and loving wife, mother of three and grandma to seven, passed away on Oct. 15 at the age of 67, after a short illness. Her family was at her side, as it was throughout her life.

Marjorie was born Dec. 4, 1952 in Bradford, Pa. to Carl and Marilyn (Lane) Gage. She graduated from Otto-Eldred High School in 1970 and earned her bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from East Stroudsburg State College in December of 1973. She was a health and physical education teacher in the Bradford Area School District for nearly 35 years before retiring in 2009.

On July 6, 1974, at St. Bonaventure University, she married her high school sweetheart, Philip LaBella, who had determined in their junior year of high school that she was the one. They raised two sons, Philip and Nicholas, and a daughter, Jennifer.

Sports played a large role in her life, first as a cheerleader in high school and college (before girls’ youth sports opportunities were available) and later as a mother helping out with her children’s sports, keeping score and filming games. Her love for sports did not wane in retirement, as she regularly attended high school volleyball and basketball games and was a St. Bonaventure basketball season ticketholder for 45 years. She was a tennis partner, a cross-country skier, a walker, a bike rider, and even a kayaker as recently as July 2020.

Marjorie was skilled at sewing, spending decades making bags, baptismal gowns, holiday decorations and other clothing for family and friends. She was handy, too – just as comfortable with a circular saw or a hammer as she was with a sewing machine.

Marjorie loved to bake (her prodigious annual Christmas cookie production has been a family event for 40 years), hated to cook, and claimed she liked doing laundry. She was musical, playing the flute in her high school marching band and later singing in the St. Raphael Church choir for more than 25 years.

She was most happy at home spending time with her children and grandchildren, all of whom live in Pennsylvania. Even a pandemic could not postpone annual family beach vacations. Marjorie was known to regale her family with the same stories over and over, despite her husband and children chiding her about the repetition.

She owned more sneakers than professional athletes, most featuring a shade of her favorite color, blue. In her retirement years, she spent time traveling, working on puzzles, shopping, and playing solitaire late into the night. Marjorie was fearless – willing to take on any project or travel anywhere. She was caring, showing her children it was okay to cry. She could be pretty clumsy, known to break bones in the least dangerous circumstances, yet still finding a way to laugh at herself.

Marjorie is survived by her husband, Philip, of Eldred, Pa., her three children, Philip (Julie) LaBella of Stockertown, Nicholas (Nichole) LaBella of Bradford, and Jennifer (Scott) Wolf of

York Haven; seven grandchildren: Maggie, Philip, Ezekiel, Ava, Elijah, Gehrig and Lila, and her brother, Steve (Sue) Gage of Beauregard, Ala., and nieces and nephews. Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Marilyn, and her sister, Jeanne.

Due to COVID-19, a private funeral mass will be held for family members only at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Eldred, Pa. with the Rev. Thomas Brown officiating. Burial will follow at St. Raphael Cemetery. A celebration of life will be planned once the pandemic subsides.

To honor Marjorie’s life, the family suggests a donation in her name to St. Raphael Parish or St. Raphael Cemetery at P.O. Box 252 Eldred, Pa. 16731, the St. Raphael Chapter of the Knights of Columbus, c/o Dick Crowley, 24 Eaton Hollow, Eldred, Pa. 16731 or to the Otto-Eldred Sports Boosters at 143 Switzer Dr., Duke Center, Pa. 16729.

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janice johnson
   Posted Fri October 16, 2020
I am so very sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers

Chuck & Kathy Frame
   Posted Sat October 17, 2020
Dear Phil and family,

Our love and thoughts are with you now and always. I just spoke with Fr. Tom about Marjie two weeks ago. He asked for prayers. They will continue for all of you.

God bless you,
Chuck & Kathy

Peter W. Taylor
   Posted Sat October 17, 2020
Phil and family,
Margie had a great smile that warmed the space she was in. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Go Bonas!

Cheryl and Paul VanScoter
   Posted Sat October 17, 2020
My heart dank when I saw this . Wow! I pray peace over your family!

Patricia Kacyon
   Posted Sat October 17, 2020
Your mother sounds like someone I could have been great friends with. So sorry for you loss. Jen I'll be in touch. I hope you are hanging in there. Pat Kacyon

Paul and Gail Raymond
   Posted Sat October 17, 2020
Phil and Family,
Gail and I wish to express our sincerest sympathy in your loss. We will keep your family in our prayers.
Gail and Paul Raymond

Karl Shuey
   Posted Sat October 17, 2020
Very sorry to hear of Marge’s death. Heartfelt condolences to Phil and the family.

Pat Bishop
   Posted Sat October 17, 2020
Philip and family,
My deepest sympathy to all of you. This a great loss to you, the community, and all the lives she touched. I have such fond memories of high school, the reunions she helped plan, travels to Italy, and out time together in Florida. I will miss her sense of adventure, quick smile and laughter the most. My wish is for peace for all of you.
Pat Bishop
Miami, FL

   Posted Sat October 17, 2020
Prayers and Condolences to the family

Ginny and Gary Smith
   Posted Sat October 17, 2020
So sorry or your loss prayers to all your family

Tina Jay, Dunkle
   Posted Sun October 18, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers go out to you and your family.

Melissa Singh
   Posted Sun October 18, 2020
Mrs. Labella was such a fun teacher. She’s always tried to relate to us as students. I remember I was having a hard time and she took me aside and talked to me to assure me that everything would be ok. I always loved her laughing at her own jokes. Her encouragement made me feel like I could do anything and her deadpan in now amongst the snarky legends of BAHS. She will be missed.

Richard and Wendy Farris
   Posted Sun October 18, 2020
Phil, You are in out thoughts. We hope you feel His comforting arms around you and your family during this time.

Dan, Mary, and Stavisky family
   Posted Sun October 18, 2020
Dear Phil and family,
May the care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to you through the days ahead. Sending our deepest sympathy and healing prayers to you and your family.
She touched countless lives in such positive ways.
Dan and Mary

Bettie and Ed Tkacik
   Posted Sun October 18, 2020
Dear LaBella Family,
Ed and I send our sincere sympathy in the passing of your dear loved one. Please know we will continue to pray for all of you during this difficult time.
Marge was such a fun person to be around, and will surely be missed by all who knew her.
God bless you with His peace and comfort
Bettie and Ed

joe scanio
   Posted Mon October 19, 2020
Philip, There are no words at times like this . Thoughts and prayers are with you .

Brad Smith
   Posted Mon October 19, 2020
So sad to hear this news. All my thoughts and prayers are with the family.

jason Palumbo
   Posted Mon October 19, 2020

Our condolences from everyone at Sports Locker. We ll always remember Marge at your side on your store visits. God Bless to you and the family.