Agnes Cuscela Rushton

Agnes Cuscela Rushton, 97, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014, at Mountain Top Senior Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Agnes was born May 25, 1916, in Wilkes-Barre, daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Molinari Cuscela. She was a 1934 graduate of GAR High School.

She lived in the East End section of Wilkes-Barre for 60 years, where she and her husband, Thomas, owned and operated Rushton's Cafe. She was also employed by Arlan's, Old Mill and Kmart throughout the years.

Agnes lived life to the fullest, always ready to share a laugh and speak her mind.

She was a member of Holy Saviour Church, Wilkes-Barre, and its Altar and Rosary Society, and was an advisor for the Junior Catholic Daughters organization. She was a Cub Scouts den mother and a longtime volunteer for the American Red Cross.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Thomas, in 1986; brothers, Daniel and Angelo; and sisters, Louise, Antoinette and Sophie.

Surviving are her sons, Tim and Joanne Rushton, Mountain Top; and Robert and Marianne Rushton, Mountain Top; grandchildren, Tim and Doreen Rushton, Mountain Top; Bonnie and Tom Gregory, Shavertown; Scott and Kristen Rushton, Media; Paul and Tesha Rushton, Mountain Top; Shannon and Glenn Zimmerman, Wilkes-Barre; and Beth Rushton, Philadelphia; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday from Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 9:30 a.m. in St. Andre Bessette Parish at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, 666 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre.

Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting Agnes' obituary at

Funeral Home

Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home
89 Park Ave Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
(570) 825-3138

Published in Citizens' Voice on May 2, 2014