Marilyn W. Honan of Buffalo, wife of retired Erie County Family Court Judge John J. Honan and an active member of her church, died Monday in Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo after a brief illness. She was 81.
Born Marilyn Wiest in Hamburg, she graduated from South Park High School.
Mrs. Honan worked for the Internal Revenue Service in Buffalo and later at the agency's Washington, D.C., office while her husband attended law school at Georgetown University.
She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church's Altar and Rosary Society and its Evergreens Club and St. John the Evangelist Travel Club.
She and her husband, who were avid travelers, celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary in 2004.
In addition to her husband, survivors include two daughters, Marianne of Buffalo and Carolyn Chaiko of Princeton, N.J.; three sons, David of Watertown, Dennis of Madison, Wis., and John of Buffalo; a sister, Carol DiMaria of Clearwater, Fla.; 18 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in Church of the Holy Family, 1885 South Park Ave. Prayers will be offered at 9:30 in Nightengale Funeral Home, 1884 South Park Ave. Entombment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery Mausoleum, Lackawanna.