Dorothy E. Lear

Dorothy E. Lear, the former Dorothy Jarmusik, 83, a resident of Wilkes-Barre, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at the Celtic Hospice Inpatient Unit, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Nanticoke on Nov. 20, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Leo and Anna Skinner Jarmusik. She was a graduate of Nanticoke High School.

Dorothy was member of Firwood United Methodist Church, Wilkes-Barre, for more than 40 years.

She was employed as a seamstress for many years before retiring.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Robert Rae Lear Sr.; a son, Robert Rae Lear Jr.; granddaughter, Heather Lear Knott; and brothers, Martin and Leo Jarmusik Jr.

Surviving are her daughters, Debra Lear Lawrence and her fiance, David Sparks, Mountain Top; and Lynn Lear Bell, Wilkes-Barre; son, Mark Lear and his wife, Colleen, Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren, Amy Dewey and husband, Ken; April Lear Krawchak and husband, Pat; Michelle Lawrence Schmude and husband, Jeff; Justin and Stacy Bell; Mark Lear II and wife, Jill, and Marissa (Czerwony) Lear; great-grandchildren, Alexandra, Kenny, Myles and Isabelle Dewey; Joshua and Angeleigha Lear; Jeffrey and Lauren Schmude; Jaslynn Peterson; sister-in-law, Betty Lear Miller; daughter-in-law, Patty Shuey and her husband, John, and Anissa Lochwich, all of Wilkes-Barre; several nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was her happiest tending to her garden of vegetables and flowers and most importantly spending time with her family. You couldn't have asked for a more loving, devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be sadly missed by all who loved her.

Dorothy's family would like to give a special thank you to the emergency room staff at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and the staff of Celtic Hospice, especially Marcella and Gail, for all of your support at this most difficult time.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Kniffen O'Malley Funeral Home Inc., 465 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, with the Rev. Barbara Pease officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the , 95 W. Market St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701, or Celtic HealthCare, 601 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, PA 18704.

Funeral Home

Kniffen O'Malley Leffler Funeral and Cremation Services, INC.
465 Main Street Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
(570) 823-7157

Published in Citizens' Voice from Apr. 1 to Apr. 2, 2013