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Marjorie Wicklein, White House employee

By — Adam Bernstein,

Marjorie Wicklein, 88, who spent about 20 years working at the White House office that documents gifts presented to the first family, died March 30 at a retirement community in Glen Mills, Pa. She had congestive heart failure.

Mrs. Wicklein headed the White House Gift Unit from 1973 until her retirement in 1977. She then spent several years working for the gift registry section of the department store Neiman Marcus in Washington.

Marjorie Cibos was a Philadelphia native. She served in the Coast Guard during World War II, part of the time as a model in military publicity shots.

She moved to Pennsylvania from Washington in 2005. She was a past member of the Sulgrave Club.

Her husband of 48 years, Blaine Wicklein, died in 2005. Survivors include two stepchildren, Michael Wicklein of Ocean City, Md., and Barbara Wicklein of Germantown; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein

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