Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame Makes Donation

Hospice donation

Shown in ront row, from left: Dr. Patrick Kilduff, Medical Director, Hospice of the Sacred Heart, and Jim Martin, Chapter President, Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame. Back row, same order: Karel Zubris, Chapter Historian, Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame, and and Diane Baldi, CEO, Hospice of the Sacred Heart.

The Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame recently donated equipment to Hospice of the Sacred Heart to assist with telemedicine and remote visits with patients. The generous donation included two Apple iPads and 10 smart phones. 

“We are grateful to our friends at the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame for their donation of equipment that will aid in remote care for our patients and provide a human connection between patients and their family members,” said Diane Baldi, CEO, Hospice of the Sacred Heart. 

The Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame endeavors to perpetuate the memory of local athletes, male and female, who have brought lasting fame and recognition to the state of Pennsylvania through their athletic achievements and community involvement. Eligible for such distinction are those individuals who have brought similar recognition to the state through their contributions to sports through general managerial, promotional, and other influential capacities. 

“In the advent of the current crisis that we are presently facing together, we must push forward to create an environment of inclusion. We must reestablish and strengthen this communication factor, at a time when people are battling depression, loneliness and isolation. In our service to the community, we hope to parallel the mission of Hospice of the Sacred Heart by providing Comfort, Care, Hope and Choice to patients and their families,” said Jim Martin, Chapter President, Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame. 

The chapter holds an annual Induction Banquet, presents a Scholar-Athlete Award to male and female high school seniors chosen from school districts in chapter counties and proudly support worthwhile causes in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The chapter also maintains a museum-like exhibit at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport.  

“The COVID-19 world crisis is unprecedented and this donation will go a long way to assist with clinical services that can now be provided remotely via secure video and audio connections. It also enables family members to visit remotely with their loved ones under our care. Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic has made face to face visits with some patients difficult or impossible,” said Dr. Patrick C. Kilduff, Medical Director, Hospice of the Sacred Heart. 

Remembering Frances G. LaRussa

LaRussa Frances G obit photoFrances G. LaRussa
June 8, 2020

Frances G. LaRussa, 95, Dunmore, died Monday morning at Hospice of the Sacred Heart Inpatient Unit, Dunmore.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony Frank LaRussa in 1991.

Born in Old Forge, daughter of the late Saverio and Ann Marie Gillot Amantea, she was a graduate of Old Forge High School in 1942, and had been employed in sales at the Globe Store in Scranton. A woman of deep faith, she was a member of St. Lucy’s Church and its Altar and Rosary Society, and had attended numerous retreats throughout the region.  She was involved with the Scranton Catholic Charismatic Conference held annually at the University of Scranton, where she attended their prayer breakfasts and healing masses, and met countless friends while there.  Frances always had a positive attitude, and was selfless and nurturing, putting the needs of others before her own, most notably when caring for her late son, Anthony, as he fell ill.  She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and aunt, who served as a second mother to her nieces and nephews.  Family was of the utmost importance, whether it be as a member of the PTA at St. Francis Cabrini School, never missing a game of grandchildren’s sports, or watching her son as the Assistant Coach for boys’ basketball at Holy Cross.  She had many best friends, and was part of a Sunday breakfast group that would meet after mass to go to different restaurants.  She had also made strong friendships as a member of the West Side Senior Center.  Even at the age of 93, she participated in the Young at Heart choir, which would go around to visit and sing at different nursing homes, always striving to make people feel happy and loved.  

Surviving is her son Richard C. and wife Kathleen Zayac LaRussa, who was her main caretaker; grandchildren Allison, Richard M., Rebecca, and Victoria LaRussa; her sister-in-law, Anita LaRussa; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her 10 sisters and brothers, and her son Anthony J. who died in 2017.

The family would like to thank the staff of Hospice of the Sacred Heart for all of the kindnesses shown to Frances during her times of need, especially Shelly who attended to her at home.  

The funeral will be Thursday with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Lucy’s Church, West Scranton.  Family and friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church.  Due to our current pandemic, all those attending are kindly and respectfully asked to socially distance without direct contact while giving condolences, and are required to wear a mask immediately upon entering the church.  

For those not able to attend, the mass will be live streamed on the St. Lucy’s Parish Facebook page.  

Arrangements and care provided by Savino Traditional Funerals and Cremation Care, West Scranton.  Carl J. Savino, Jr., Supervisor.

Contributions in Frances’ memory may be made to St. Lucy’s Church, 949 Scranton Street, Scranton, 18504.  

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Remembering Jean S. Murrin

Murrin Jean S obit photoJean S. Murrin
May 14, 2020

Jean S. Murrin, formerly of Dunmore, died Thursday night in Hospice of the Sacred Heart Inpatient Unit.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Murrin, in 1997.

Born in Scranton, daughter of the late Thomas C. and Mary Schuller Seymour, she was a graduate of Dunmore High School, Class of 1942, and had been a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Dunmore.  Prior to her retirement, she had worked for Post Trucking Company for 41 years.  

Surviving are her nieces and nephews, Regina Wisneski and husband Stan, William Murrin and wife Joanne, Frank Murrin, Thomas Murrin, Jr., Michael Murrin and wife Diane, Joseph Murrin and wife Lisa, James Murrin, Patricia Mock and husband Tom, Mary Rooney, Elaine Rooney, william Rooney and wife Charlyne, and Kathleen Cacares and husband Mauricio; her goddaughter, Ellizabeth Jackson; great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins.

She was also preceded in death by her twin sister, June, who died in infancy.

Jean’s family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at the Gardens of Green Ridge, Dr. Martin Hyzinski and his staff, as well as those with Hospice of the Sacred Heart, for all of the kindness and compassion shown to their aunt.

A funeral service will be privately held with interment in Dunmore Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, 500 Penn Ave., Scranton, 18503; or to St. Joseph’s Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, 18509.

Arrangements and care provided by the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., Dunmore.

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