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Marjorie F. Wicklein

GLEN MILLS, Pa. – Marjorie Wicklein, departed this life in the comfort of her retirement home in Maris Grove, Glen Mills, Pa., on Wednesday, March 30, 2011. She was 88. 

Mrs. Wicklein retired from her job at the White House in 1977 after serving as the chief of staff of the White House Gift Unit under six United States Presidents, Eisenhower through Carter. She began her career when appointed to the position of correspondence clerk in the Executive Office of the President in August of 1957.  

Marjorie served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1944-1946 in Philadelphia, Seattle, and Orlando. In addition to her primary duty as a Yeoman Striker she served as a model in a variety of publicity shots representing the female members of the military serving stateside throughout World War II.

During her life, Mrs. Wicklein was well known throughout social circles in Washington D.C. and was a member of the Sulgrave Club. She enjoyed museums, arts and travel. She often spoke at local women’s groups about her career and experiences in the White House Gift Unit.

Mrs. Wicklein (nee Cibos) was born on Dec. 1, 1922 in Philadelphia, the daughter of Bernard and Margaret Cibos (nee McCormick) and attended Roosevelt High School, Class of 1937.

She was the beloved wife of 48 years to Blaine Wicklein, and is survived by his children Michael and Barbara Wicklein, various cousins and many wonderful friends in Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania.

A viewing and mass of Christian burial was held on April 6 at Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, Darby, Pa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of Marjorie Wicklein, to the Poor Clares, Monastery of Saint Clare, 1271 Langhorne-Newtown Road, Langhorne, PA  19047-1297, 215-968-5775.