For Immediate Assistance

Marcella M. Fountain

Thursday, May 20, 1926Friday, August 30, 2019

Marcella M. (Ripa) Fountain, 93, formerly of Exeter, peacefully left us to rejoin her love of 68 years, Frank, in the morning hours of August 30, 2019, at Tiffany Court Assisted Living, Kingston.

Born into a large family on May 20, 1926, Marcella was the daughter of the late Charles and Margaret (Petro) Ripa.

After attending Exeter schools, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in 1948. She spent the following 55 years as a registered nurse in hospitals; her high school alma mater; doctor’s offices; and in the private duty sector. The last 15 years of her career she was a nurse for the American Red Cross, and she always said those years were the best of her professional life.

Marcella fondly remembered the trips she and Frank took to the operas with the Cosmopolitan Club of Exeter, as well as the road trips taken in the Red Cross Bloodmobile with her travel partners, Lillian and Shirley, who she maintained friendships with following her retirement. She was also an accomplished cook with an outgoing personality. She truly made a lasting impression on all who knew her, and she leaves behind endearing memories to all who loved her.

Throughout her life, Marcella was actively involved in her hometown community of Exeter, so much so that, in the 1980’s, she ran for mayor of Exeter and nearly won! She was a faithful Catholic and a lifetime member of Saint Anthony of Padua Church, Saint Barbara’s Parish, Exeter.

In addition to her parents, Charles and Margaret Ripa, Marcella was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Francis E. “Frank” Fountain, who passed away on November 05, 2015; as well as her sisters, Betty Gaj and Madeline Serafine; and her brothers, Charles, Daniel, Robert, and Raymond Ripa.

Marcella is survived by her two sons, Robert Fountain and his wife, Karen, Wilkes-Barre; and Richard Fountain and his wife, Donna, Exeter; her grandchildren, Scott Fountain, Drums; Cory Fountain and his wife, Michele, Camp Hill; Randy Fountain and his wife, Lora, Mountain Top; Jill Henry and her husband, Travis, Scottdale; Richelle Fountain and her fiancé, Mark Romanczuk, Kingston ; her great-grandchildren, Raina, Melina, Mila, Ashlyn, Camden, Taylor, and Carson; her step-grandchildren, Michael, Danielle, and Brittany McDevitt; her step-great-grandchildren, Haylee and Liam; her sisters-in-law, Cecelia Ripa and Barbara Ripa; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  

The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the staff at Tiffany Court and Hospice of the Sacred Heart for the care and compassion they bestowed upon Marcella during her time of need.

Relatives and Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral which will be conducted on Wednesday, September 04, 2019, at 9:00 AM from the Wroblewski Funeral Home, Inc., 1442 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 9:30 AM in Saint Barbara’s Parish at Saint Anthony of Padua Church, 28 Memorial Avenue, Exeter, with the Reverend Michael E. Finn, her Pastor, officiating.

Entombment with the Rite of Committal will follow in the Denison Cemetery, Swoyersville.

Family and Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, September 03, 2019, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, at the funeral home.

For additional information or to send the Fountain Family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral homes web-site,, or Facebook page.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Marcella’s memory to the American Red Cross, PO Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839 (


Service Date
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 9:30am

A viewing for Marcella will be held on Tuesday, September 03, 2019, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM, at the Wroblewski Funeral Home, Inc., 1442 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort.

The funeral service will begin on Wednesday, September 04, 2019, at 9:00 AM at the funeral home. Those relatives and friends who will be joining in the funeral procession are asked to assemble at the funeral home between 8:30 and 8:45 AM on Wednesday morning.

A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 9:30 AM at Saint Barbara’s Parish, Saint Anthony of Padua Church, 28 Memorial Avenue, Exeter. The Reverend Father Michael E. Finn, her Pastor, will serve as celebrant.

Entombment with the Rite of Committal will follow in the Denison Cemetery, Swoyersville.

Following the Service, the family would like all those in attendance to join them for a luncheon. Details will be announced at the cemetery.



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Rest in peace my dear, lifelong friend. I will miss you. Love, Lenore Maffei (Rochester, NY)
Aunt Marcella certainly lived a long and interesting life. She made me feel so special each time we saw each other. She always had a twinkle in her eyes when smiling, just like my Dad and their other siblings.I'm sure she'll have others smiling with her in Heaven. Charlene Ripa Arruda

It was really nice to be able to handle everything in one place.