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Marion Fila, 87, tireless fundraiser, served on election board

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LENOX, Mass.—Marion L. Fila, 87, a 55-year resident of Chatham, passed away September 7 at Providence Care Center, where she was recovering from a recent illness.

Prior to her illness, she was a resident at EPOCH at Melbourne assisted living facility in Pittsfield since 2008.

She was born in Newburyport, Mass., and was the second of 10 children born to Charles and Georgianna Campbell.

She was a graduate of Newburyport High School, and was married for 56 years to John Fila of Chatham, who predeceased her in 1996. During her many decades in Chatham, she served on the election board for more than 40 years, was a member and past president of the Alter Rosary Society of St. James Catholic Church, a past grand regent of the Catholic Daughters of America and campaigned tirelessly for the annual fundraisers for the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association.

She is survived by four children, seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and five siblings. Her children are John Fila, of Santa Monica, CA; Frank Fila of Chester, NJ; Nancy Fila of New York City, and Sandra Fila of Canaan.

Her daughter, Susan Fila, predeceased her in 2008. Her seven grandchildren are Amy Bryant of Old Chatham; Geoffrey Fila of Stamford CT; Adam Hanlon of Schenectady; Nicole and Gregory Daddazio of New York City; Sarah Hanlon of Canaan and Katherine Fila of Chester, NJ. Surviving siblings are her brother Robert Campbell of Hampton Beach, NH, and her sisters: Betty Sarbanis of Plastow, NH; Lorraine Merrill, Arlene April Barbara Merrill of Salisbury Beach, MA.

Mrs. Fila will be remembered by her family and friends for her fiery spirit, her wit and her love of travel and new adventures.

Friends may call Saturday, September 11 at French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl Funeral Home in Chatham from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. James Catholic church in Chatham at 11 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association. For directions or to send an online condolence visit, www.frenchblasl.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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