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.

ln lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity. To send the family an online condolence, visit