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Madelyn (Zakeravich) Haskins

June 1, 1947 ~ May 10, 2021 (age 73)


Madelyn Haskins, 73, passed away peacefully on May 10, 2021, at Highland Park Senior Living in Wilkes-Barre Township.

She was the loving wife of the late Kenneth F. Haskins, who passed away on May 2, 2018, and the daughter of the late Anna Ornoski and Joseph Zakeravich of Plains, PA. Her brother and sister, the late Joseph Zakeravich and the late Maryann Dunsavage, of Plains, both preceded her in death.

Madelyn was a graduate of Plains High School, class of 1966, and a resident of Exeter for 45 years.

Prior to her retirement, she worked at Pride Mobility for 10 years, as well as other manufacturing facilities in Wyoming Valley. Her dedication and strong work ethic were apparent in everything she undertook, whether professional or personal, and she handled challenges with a twinkle in her eye and a ready smile. Her indomitable spirit, courage, and humor were ever present, an inspiration to all of us.

Madelyn was a master quilt maker, making the world a more beautiful place with her lovely creations. For decades she pieced and hand quilted dozens of intricate quilts, some of traditional patterns, and some that she designed herself. She gave many of the quilts in her collection as gifts, and she donated several others to help wrap cancer patients in a warm embrace during their treatment.

Madelyn took great pride in making a beautiful home, enjoyed traveling with her husband, especially to Lancaster, and had a special fondness for animals, whether her own pets, or the little wild creatures that wandered into the yard. Their gentleness mirrored hers.

Madelyn and her husband enjoyed creating together most evenings – she at her quilting and he at his woodworking. They complemented each other nicely, creating a home filled with beautiful artwork and traditional crafts that they happily shared with the rest of us.

Madelyn is survived by a niece, Nancy Cline, and her husband, John Cline, of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, a great niece, Anna Cline, of Boston, MA, and two nephews, Mark Dunsavage and David Dunsavage, of Plains, PA.

She will be lovingly remembered as an extraordinary daughter, sister, wife, aunt, and great aunt who made the world a brighter and more beautiful place.

Funeral arrangements are in the care of Gubbiotti Funeral Home,LLC, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, PA.

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In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request that donations be made to an animal shelter of the donor’s choice, honoring Madelyn’s love of animals.


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