Mrs. Margaret (Ihnat) Reisinger, 76, a resident of Wilkes-Barre's North End neighborhood, passed peacefully into eternal life in the comfort of her residence Wednesday, April 29, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Born on July 28, 1943 in Wilkes-Barre, she was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Elizabeth (Olsakovsky) Ihnat. Educated in the city schools, she was a member of the 1961 graduating class of the James M. Coughlin High School, downtown Wilkes-Barre.
Following her formal education, she was employed for several years by the former Carter Footwear Company of the Brookside section of the city. Later she was employed by Wegmans Markets and joined their team at the store's outset in 1994. Her love of flowers served her well as she was the floral manager for Wegman's, but her favorite position was undoubtedly her role as a barista. She always had fond memories to share about her coworkers and customers.
Marge was an avid reader and loved her trips to Barnes and Noble. She enjoyed completing jigsaw puzzles and maintaining her flower gardens in the summer months. She also reveled in watching TLC and the Animal Planet on her big screen TV, the bigger the screen the better. As a lover of animals, she cherished her Yorkshire Terrier dogs, but she was always happiest with a glass of white wine in her hand surrounded by her large family.
Marge's greatest accomplishment was her role as matriarch of the combined Iskra and Reisinger families. After her marriage to Carl Reisinger in 1976 she rose to the challenge of blending her family of three sons and Carl's five children. As the late Monsignor Beeda said at the closing of their marriage ceremony, "Go forth and become the Brady Bunch". Marge was the cornerstone of this merged family, this will remain her greatest legacy.
She is remembered by her family as being a loving, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to her beloved family. Marge will be greatly missed by all those she knew and touched in this life.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Mr. Cyril Iskra in 1974 and by her second husband, Mr. Carl J. Reisinger in 2004 and siblings George, Michael, Joseph, John, Andrew, Francis, Carl, Dorothy, Anna Marie, Mary Theresa and Veronica.
Left to cherish the wonderful memories they hold of her are her children, Matthew Iskra; David Iskra; Gregg (Dana) Iskra; Carl (Aleene) Reisinger; David (Milly) Reisinger; Renee (Robert) Kelley ; Sandra Reisinger and Beth (Richard) Rodack ; Thirteen grandchildren; Four great-grandchildren Sister, Mrs. Betty Gripp; many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
A memorial celebration for Marge will be announced at a future date once it is deemed safe to have social gatherings.
The family would be honored if those wishing to memorialize their mother with a monetary contribution, kindly give consideration to the American Cancer Society, 712 North Keyser Avenue, Taylor, PA 18517 https://donate3.cancer.org/ orthe SPCA of Luzerne County, 524 East Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702. https://www.spcaluzernecounty.org
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