Marilyn R. "Miss Marilyn" Caltagirone

April 15, 1935 - May 1, 2020
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Klee Funeral Home
Darlene (Palmer) Kepley
Joan Kulp and family
Kim Feltenberger
Patricia Bright
Jessica Kostival
Joe Roland
Tina & Bill Angstadt
Kelly Bennett
Millie Mohn
Thomas & Kathleen Roche'
Lois Eagle


Marilyn R. (Ifland) Caltagirone, 85, of Cumru Township, entered into eternal rest on May 1, 2020, of natural causes, in her residence. “Miss Marilyn” as she was affectionately known, was the wife of Franklin D. Caltagirone, who passed on January 14th. They celebrated 65 years of marriage. Born in Reading, she was the daughter of the late William M. and Erma (Schwander) Ifland. She was a Reading High School graduate and was a member of St. John Baptist de la Salle R. C. Church, Shillington. Miss Marilyn was the owner and teacher at Marilyn’s School of Dance, specializing in children’s dance instruction. She touched the lives of thousands of students over the course of her career. She was the choreographer of 49 Governor Mifflin High School musicals, and choreographed at Wyomissing HS, Penn Manor HS, Reading Civic Opera and the PA State Junior Miss program. She performed and taught dance throughout the Mid Atlantic states. Marilyn was a past president of the National Association of Dance and Affiliated Arts, Philadelphia Chapter. She taught Fine Arts courses at Governor Mifflin and in 2013, she was the first recipient of Friends of Governor Mifflin award. On January 29, 2013, she was featured in the Reading Eagle entitled Rare Miss Steps: Mifflin choreographer leaves large footprint. In addition to her teaching, she enjoyed time with family and friends, reading and casino bus trips. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her son – Craig M. husband of Joyce Caltagirone of Cumru Twp., her grandson – Steven R. husband of Theresa Caltagirone of Reading, her great grandson – Gustav, Joyce’s children – Laura Rudy, partner of Zak Bowman, Megan wife of Nick Habecker – and 4 grandchildren – Liliana, Ian, Liam and Silas. Funeral services will be webcast on Friday, May 8, 2020 at 10:00 AM with Rev. Richard Clement officiating. Entombment will follow in Forest Hills Memorial Park. To view webcast log on to and click on Marilyn Caltagirone’s obituary and locate icon for webcasting. Please honor Miss Marilyn by making contributions to the Marilyn Caltagirone Scholarship, c/o Joanne Lombardo, Gov. Mifflin High School, 10 South Waverly St., Shillington, PA 19607. The Klee Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., Shillington is assisting the Caltagirone family.

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Service Schedule

Service Information

Date: Friday, May 8, 2020

Time: 10:00 am

Reverend Richard Clement will officiate.

Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, May 8, 2020

Forest Hills Memorial Park


390 West Neversink Road, Reading, PA, 19606

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Marilyn Caltagirone Scholarship

c/o Joanne Lombardo, Governor Mifflin High School
10 South Waverly Street
Shillington, PA 19607


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Born: April 15, 1935
Died: May 1, 2020

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Jackie Feltenberger posted on 5/8/20

Rest in Peace Marilyn. We had so many great memories to cherish. Love, Jackie


Ferdinand Gross posted on 5/8/20

I am very sorry to see that Marilyn has passed. Also sorry to see that Frank had passed. When I was in junior high school at Governor Mifflin she and Frank treated me wonderfully and I appreciate what they did for me as a friend of Craig. They also thought enough to help me make connections with people when I moved to Reading after 9th grade. They were both wonderful people who had an impact in my life.,


Jeffrey Caltagirone posted on 5/8/20

Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. May the memories of your mother give you peace and comfort. Jeff, Colleen and family


Darlene (Palmer) Kepley posted on 5/8/20

Miss Marilyn always in my heart. Condolences to your family.


Deanne Fosnocht posted on 5/8/20

Craig, What a beautiful service. I am so sorry for your loss. Know that you are in my prayers, and your family. How blessed you were to have such amazing parents. I feel blessed to have known them.


Joan Kulp and family posted on 5/8/20

With love to Craig and family. I loved tap dancing with her. A beautiful lady and friend. What wonderful times we had as kids.


Kim Feltenberger posted on 5/8/20

Rest in Peace Miss Marilyn, until we meet and can dance together again.


JeanAnn Talarico Nyman posted on 5/8/20

Craig & family. I am so sorry for your loss. Marilyn will be greatly missed. The service was very nice. God Bless you all.


Marcy Byrne posted on 5/8/20

This was a beautiful service; so fitting for a beautiful lady. Condolences to the family. Heaven just got a whole lot nicer! Prayers for all......


Lisa Graeff Smith posted on 5/8/20

Craig and Family, Your mom was a huge influence in my life and she alone gave me the love of dance. If it hadn't been for her I would have stopped dancing. She will be so missed by so many. Please accept my condolences and know that I am thinking of you today.


Patricia Bright posted on 5/8/20

Where do I children took dancing lessons with Miss Marilyn and so did my first grand daughter. I helped Marilyn with Spring Swing. Through all this we became great friends. In the past many years, phone calls , lunch, always deciding at the last minute where to go, taking me for treatment and surgery and always there to laugh, cry, or just talk. I will miss Marilyn may she Rest In Peace. Love Pat


Heather Henderson posted on 5/8/20

So sorry for your loss!! We are thinking of you. Love, Uncle Nino, Aunt Marge Joe and Heather Henderson


Kevin Fosnocht posted on 5/8/20

Craig and Family --- Our deepest condolences to you for the loss of your Mother. She will always be "Aunt Marilyn" to us and the only solace is that now she is with Uncle Frank. She touched so many lives in so many ways, especially the lives of those in our family. Kevin and Family


Jessica Kostival posted on 5/8/20

Peace and love to you Craig and family for the loss of your mom. Miss Marilyn was there for me during so many milestones in my life - cheering me on, giving me advice, and just being a special person with whom I could sit and talk about everyday life and with whom I could share memories and dreams. I never would have met my goals without her teaching me those first tap steps and the technique that I needed to have success in musical theatre. Her belief in me and her love for my family opened so many doors, and I will be forever grateful for all of the wonderful times we spent together and the impact she has had on my life.


Joe Roland posted on 5/8/20

We lost a great lady who touched so many lives in our community. May God grant her eternal rest in heaven.


Tina & Bill Angstadt posted on 5/8/20

Rest in peace dear friend with your sweetheart. We will miss you both. Treasuring our years of friendship, we will hold onto the memories of your kind and open heart and your example of a life well lived. Love you, Tina & Bill


Kelly Bennett posted on 5/7/20

Sincere condolences to Craig and family. Love, the Bennetts


Terry Diamond posted on 5/7/20

Sorry for your loss. Marilyn and Frank were wonderful friends to the patients at Shriners Hospitals for Children.


Pat Mahan posted on 5/7/20

I remember when "Miss Marilyn" started helping with the Spring Swings at Mifflin back in the 60s. She was always fun and so talented. My condolences to Craig and her family.


Bridget Heinl posted on 5/6/20

I am so sorry at the loss of your Grandmother Megan, Bridget Heinl


Millie Mohn posted on 5/6/20

In memory of Marilyn R. "Miss Marilyn" Caltagirone, Millie Mohn lit a candle


Thomas & Kathleen Roche' posted on 5/6/20

"Miss" Marilyn: Thank you, once again, for the years you worked with our children in the musicals at Governor Mifflin. You will be missed. We just love you, dear. Peace be with you. OX Love, Thomas & Kathleen Roche' Christopher Roche' Jonathan Roche' Timothy Roche' Alexander Roche' Bethany Roche'


Lois Eagle posted on 5/5/20

Such a wonderful woman. The lives she touched are so much better because of her. She gave so much of herself to all the people around her. I hope my mom grabbed a pair of tap shoes on the way to heaven so she can be a part of your kickline. Rest In Peace “Miss” Marilyn. You will be greatly missed.