Dorothy L. Krochmaluk

Dorothy L. Krochmaluk, 89, of Swoyersville departed this world Sunday evening, Oct. 27, 2013, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital surrounded by loved ones.

Born in Larksville, she was the daughter of the late John and Helen Wargo Lechak.

She was a graduate of Larksville High School and a member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Church, Swoyersville.

Prior to her retirement, she worked hand in hand with her son's business at Wyoming Valley Landscaping and Masonry in Swoyersville and for 23 years as office manager.

Dorothy always had a kind word for everybody and every situation. She always saw the glass full, not even half-full. She always took things in stride and had the attitude that things could be worse elsewhere, even when her health started to fail. If you had ever had the opportunity to meet her, you couldn't help but love her. The family business attained jobs, just by her very kindness over the phone with customers, in whom she catered to 24/7 even through the middle of the night with snow removal services. She was a loving wife and loved her children and especially her grandchildren, never missing a birthday or holiday for anybody who was family or friend with her cards and phone calls. Irreplaceable is not strong enough to express our loss of our mom. This world has lost a jewel of a person, but heaven has gained a precious, precious angel. God owes us nothing, to have had us blessed for such a long time with such a wonderful mom and role model, but we just wish it could have been forever. We will count down the days until we can hold her in our arms again. Her love and goodness will be carried on through our heart forever.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John W. Krochmaluk; daughter, Joan M. Nelson; brothers, John Lechak and George Lechak; and sister Irene Celmer.

She is survived by her children, Dorothy Skibitski and husband, Joseph, Sweet Valley; Shirley Davey, Texas; and John J. Krochmaluk and wife, Samantha, Kingston; grandchildren, Wendy, Joseph, Richard, Bradley, Mia and Dalton; great-grandchild, Jenna; and brothers, Carl Lechak, Virginia; David Lechak, Kingston; and Dennis Lechak, California.

The funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday from Betz-Jastremski Funeral Home Inc., 568 Bennett St., Luzerne, with a Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. in St. Nicholas Byzantine Church, Swoyersville, with the Rev. Gary Mensinger officiating.

Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Wyoming.

Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. A Parastas service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

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568 BENNETT ST. LUZERNE  Luzerne, PA 18709
(570) 287-0293

Published in Citizens' Voice from Oct. 29 to Oct. 30, 2013