Remembering Pauline Cherra

Pauline Cherra
November 26, 2020

Pauline Cherra, 91, of the Tripps Park section of Scranton, passed away Thursday and was united with her deceased daughter, Mary and great granddaughter, Bellamy.  Pauline was the loving wife of Sam Cherra.  They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on August 26, 2020.

Born in Scranton, daughter of the late Joseph and Amelia DiBiasi Rescigno, she was a dedicated member of St. Lucy’s Parish, always volunteering at the spaghetti dinners.  Pauline was fun loving and always gravitated to the elderly.  She loved bringing laughter, and enjoyed cooking, and baking her favorite pies.  A lover of nature, she and her husband would always take long car rides and enjoyed watching the sunset.  

Surviving are daughters, Teresa Cherra and Dorothy Marceau, and husband, Edmond; son, Sam, Cherra Jr. and wife, Tammi; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; sisters, Angeline Cerniglia and husband, Frank and Josephine Crane.

She was preceded in death by 11 brothers and 2 sisters.  

Due to the current pandemic, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held privately in St. Lucy’s Church, Scranton.  Interment will be in Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.   

Arrangements entrusted to the Savino Traditional Funerals & Cremation Care 157 S. Main Avenue in West Scranton, Carl J. Savino, Jr., Supervisor.

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Remembering Elvira R. Kriger

Elvira R. Kriger
November 25, 2020

Elvira R. Kriger, 85, Throop, died Wednesday in Regional Hospital of Scranton.  Her beloved husband of 60 years, Howard Kriger, Sr., died in 2017.

Born in Scranton, daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Grochowski Pron, she was a graduate of Dunmore High School and was a member at the Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament in Olyphant.  Prior to retirement, she had been employed at Sears.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and a very good neighbor and friend who will be missed.  

Surviving is a daughter, Donna M. Crocco and husband Ray, MS; son, Howard Jr. and wife Sandy, UT; grandchildren Frank Colachino, Jr., Dana Mace, Michelle Kemp, and Joei Velten; siblings, Don Liotta Sr., Scranton; Joan Crouch, TX; Marie Jones, Throop; Christine Bruce, FL; and Carol Ann Kotek, Blooming Grove; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by siblings Joey Pron and Roseanne Burak.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to all caregivers Pauline and Elaine, and friends who helped and supported Mom.

Services and interment are private.

Arrangements provided by Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc.

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Remembering Irene Kwiatek, RN

Irene “Chickey” Kwiatek, RN
November 10, 2020

lrene Kwiatek, 92, a lifelong resident of Dunmore, passed away peacefully at the Green Ridge care center in Scranton on Tue Nov 10th. She was the widow of the late Daniel Kwiatek who died in 1978. 

Born February 12, 1928 in Scranton she was the daughter of the late Steve and Eva Halenda Chekansky. A graduate from Olyphant High School and Scranton School of Nursing Class of l948. lrene was a woman of strong will and faith. Lifelong member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Dunmore where she was married. Prior to retirement she worked over 50 years in a dedicated career of nursing as a Registered Nurse and caring for others in hospitals, private care, nursing homes and for family and friends. With great compassion for others, she achieved great enjoyment in caring for those in need and always brought a smile to everyone she met. Her greatest joys were long family gatherings at the table, holiday decorating, birthdays and most of all cooking for her family to enjoy. Always young at heart, “Loving Life” to its fullest she skied well into her 70’s and her zest for life was contagious to those around her. She organized and truly loved frequent Atlantic City bus trips as the bus ride, friendships and laughter was enjoyed with great passion. Her companionship and loyalty for 30 years with Joseph Travato is one we can all model after. Joe visited her every day at the nursing home for seven years and never missed a day. Her daughter Linda provided daily home cooked meals as Irene always did for her and the family.

She is survived by daughter, Linda Kwiatek Repko, Dunmore; Son, Daniel Kwiatek, Dunmore; son, Michael Kwiatek and his wife Susan, Lake Ariel; 5 grandchildren, Cara, Michael, Jason, Scott, Sarah and 5 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter Karen Kwiatek Black in 2007 and also her five siblings; two brothers, Michael “Mishy” and Andrew Chekansky and sisters, Helen Bonetsky, Mary Repchak and Anna Bruggerman.

A Mass of Christian Burial and service in celebration of her life will be held Friday at 10AM in St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Chestnut Street in Dunmore. All those attending the funeral are kindly asked to practice social distancing and to wear a mask immediately upon entering the church in following with Covid-19 protocol Interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery in Dunmore.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Incorporated in Dunmore.

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