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Marilyn E. Faulkner, 86

SWAMPSCOTT — Mrs. Marilyn E. (Winkpaw) Faulkner, 86 years, of Swampscott, died surrounded by her children on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 in the Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua after a brief illness.

Marilyn was born in Swampscott and was the only daughter of the late Albert V. and Alice (Coveney) Winkpaw. She attended parochial school at St. John’s of Swampscott and graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Lynn. In 1951 she met the love of her life, Alan Faulkner. They were married upon his return from serving in the Korean conflict and together they raised a family of five children. They were happily married for 29 years.

After devoting her life to raising her children, Marilyn returned to the workforce and was employed as an executive assistant for the John Hancock Insurance Company. After 12 years she retired to spend time with her grandchildren and to travel with family and friends. Winky, as she was known to her friends, will always be remembered as a wonderful mother, devoted grandmother and loyal friend. She loved spending time at her island home in Enfield, N.H., summering on the beach in Newport, R.I., and traveling in the states and abroad. She was a fiercely competitive scrabble player and was a member of both the Red Hat Society and the Swampscott Historical Society. She left an indelible mark on all those she met.

She is survived by her children, Sandra Vara and her husband Leonard of Amherst, N.H., David K. Faulkner and his wife Stacy of Grand Rapids Mich., A. Scott Faulkner, his late wife Lisa of Swampscott,  Richard V. Faulkner and his wife Diane of Swampscott, Robert F. Faulkner and his wife Julie of Swampscott; her grandchildren, Kimberly Vara, Justin Vara and his wife Mary, Allison Howard and her husband Shane, Thomas Faulkner and his wife McKenzie, Jack Faulkner, McCoy Faulkner, Tyler Faulkner and his partner Meagan, Ben Faulkner, Emma Faulkner, Sydney Faulkner, MacKenzie Faulkner and Liam Faulkner; as well as a great grand-daughter, Adelaide Howard.

Service information: Her funeral will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 at 8 a.m. from the SOLIMINE Funeral Home, 67 Ocean St. (Route 1A), Lynn, followed by a funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, Swampscott, at 9 a.m. Burial in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours are on Friday from 4-8 p.m. The family prefers donations be made to the Lisa M. Faulkner Scholarship Fund, c/o Scott Faulkner, 41 Salem St., Swampscott, MA 01907. Directions and guestbook at


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