Elizabeth Brezak (Betty) Maleski

Elizabeth (Betty) Brezak Maleski, 99, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at Our Lady of Peace Residence, Scranton.

A life resident of Avoca, Betty was a daughter of the late Frank and Mary Pierkarski Brezak.

She was a member of Scared Heart of Jesus Church, Dupont.

Her husband, John Maleski, passed away in 1987, the year of their golden wedding anniversary. She was also preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Stella Rafalko, Charlotte Mruk, Antoinette Hudzinski, Anthony Brezak, Matthew Brezak and Mary, who died as a child.

Betty is survived by her daughters, Sister Anita Maleski, IHM, Marywood, Scranton; and Mary Maleski, who is married to John Fruehwith, Syracuse, N.Y.; as well as several nieces and nephews.

A loving, gifted, generous and devoted daughter, wife, mother, aunt and friend, Betty greatly treasured both her family and her friends. She often expressed a profound gratitude for their presence in her life.

Through the years, she was a member of her church's altar and rosary society, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, the Marion Convent Guild and the Avoca Senior Citizens Club. She loved to sew and crochet, both of which she did superbly well.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Queen of the Apostles Parish (formerly St. Mary's), 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca. The Rev. Joseph D. Verespy, of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Dupont, will officiate. Interment will be in St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may attend a viewing at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scranton, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509, who ministered to Betty at Our Lady of Peace Residence during her final years.

Kniffen O'Malley Funeral Home, 728 Main St., Avoca, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Funeral Home

Kniffen O'Malley Leffler Funeral and Cremation Services, INC.
728 Main Street Avoca, PA 18641
(570) 457-2801

Published in Citizens' Voice from Nov. 7 to Nov. 8, 2013