Elaine Swoboda Lyons of Hanover Township passed away at home on Oct. 6, 2012, after a courageous two-year struggle with ovarian cancer.
Born April 30, 1946 in Wilkes-Barre, Elaine was the daughter of Edward A. Swoboda, St. Luke's Villa, Wilkes-Barre; and the late Doris Melan Swoboda, who predeceased her in 2011.
Elaine graduated from Meyers High School, Class of 1964. She recieved a bachelor of science degree in education from College Misericordia and a master's degree from Marywood University. Elaine was an associate professor and coordinator of human services at Luzerne County Community College. She was employed there for 27 years. She previously worked at King's College.
Elaine loved to travel and spend time with friends and family. Ocean City, Md., and Perkins Grove, Maine, were among her favorite places to visit. She loved her cats and the fine arts.
In addition to her father, Edward, she is survived by her aunt, Mary Picciano, Denville, N.J.; aunt, Joan Lerch, Wilkes-Barre; aunt, Jane Summerfold, Long Island, N.Y.; aunt, Helen Swoboda, Wilkes-Barre; aunt, Victoria Swoboda, Wilkes-Barre; aunt, Catherine Melan, Wilkes-Barre; as well as many cousins and cherished friends.
The funeral will be held 9 a.m. Wednesday at Mamary-Durkin Funeral Service, 59 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. in St. Andrew's Church. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Those who desire may give memorial contributions to the SPCA, Fox Hill Road, Plains Township, or a