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Bernadine Shoemaker Gensel

Bernadine Shoemaker Gensel, 74, passed away peacefully Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at home in Shickshinny Valley surrounded by her family.

Born Feb. 11, 1939, in Nanticoke, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine Romanowski.

She was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Lake Silkworth.

She worked for several restaurants in the Shickshinny area as a waitress. She also worked at the Bonham Nursing Home as a nurse's aide, where she retired.

Bernadine loved to spend time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an avid bingo player and liked to go to carnivals and fairs.

She was a member of the Shickshinny Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and Polish Falcons for many years.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Albert Shoemaker Sr., on Jan. 22, 1979, and second husband, Willard Gensel, on June 7, 2011; and by her brother-in-law, George Gromniak.

Bernadine is survived by her six children, Joseph Shoemaker and wife, Mary; Albert Shoemaker and wife, Carol; Michele Balliet and husband, Bobby; James Shoemaker and wife, Ruth; Deborah Evan and husband, Stephen; and Gregory Shoemaker; 10 grandchildren, Joseph, Christina, Brooke, Kim, Kelly, Kristine, Kandi, Erica, Stephen and Joseph; 14 great-grandchildren; one-great-great-grandchild; brother, Joseph Romanowski and wife, Frances; sisters, Dorothy Gromniak and Carol Gorgan and husband, Daniel; several nieces and nephews.

The family of Bernadine would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to her special nurse, Amy Gurzynski; to Dr. Butoi for his many years of care until his retirement; to her current physician, Dr. Osman; and to all of the staff from Berwick Hospital, Berwick Retirement Center and Berwick Home Health and Hospice.

Funeral services will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Clarke Piatt Funeral Home Inc., 6 Sunset Lake Road, Hunlock Creek, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Lake Silkworth. Interment will follow in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Cemetery, Hunlock Creek. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Published in Citizens' Voice from June 13 to June 14, 2013
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