Marie Lathbury, age 78, died peacefully at Brooke Grove Retirement Village after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Marie was born October 18, 1942, in Reading, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Peter and Marie Karish. She is survived by her brothers, Peter (June) Karish and John (Lynne) Karish; children, Greg (Justine) Lathbury and Donna (Phil) Ardizzone; her cherished grandchildren: Tristan, Jillian and Carson as well as her nephew and niece, Jeffrey (Julie) Karish and Allison (Sean) Sealund. Marie attended Kutztown University where she earned her Bachelor’s in Education. She was a teacher at Our Lady Star of the Sea and Wildwood Crest Elementary School. Marie lived in North Cape May, New Jersey for almost 45 years. Upon the onset of her disease, she moved to Maryland to be closer to her children. She missed her friends, the beach and teaching every day since she moved. Marie loved being with her grandchildren, volunteering at church, gardening and being at the beach. Grandmom was the name she loved best. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at 10am at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, 740 Cherry Street, West Reading, PA with a graveside burial at Gethsemane Cemetery following the mass. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be expressed at


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