Frances M. Stein

Frances M. Stein of Ashley Street, Ashley, passed away Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township.

Frances was born in Binghamton, N.Y., on Sept. 14, 1942, the daughter of Christine Torcasso Pisaneschi and the late Horatio Pisaneschi. She moved with her family to the Parsons section of Wilkes-Barre and was a member of the graduating Class of 1960 from Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre. After her marriage, she moved to Ashley, where she resided for the remainder of her life.

Frances was a partner in Lark Mountain Marketplace Antiques and Collectibles, located in Wilkes-Barre Township. She and her daughter, Sandy Kultys, and their partner, Barbara Conover, were proud to turn their hobby of antiquing into a business. Frances also worked for many years for the Luzerne County Human Resources Development Department as an intake specialist. Prior to her retirement, Frances served as president of Local 1398 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

Frances was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. She and her husband, Will, celebrated 50 years of marriage in May.

In addition to her husband, Willard, at home, she is survived by daughters, Deborah Manahan and her husband, Glenn, Sandra Kultys and her husband, Joseph, and Nancy Walmsley and her husband, Daniel, all of Ashley; and beloved grandchildren, Aimee and Katie Manahan, Johanna and Daniel Kultys and Daniel and Marlena Walmsley. Also surviving are her mother, Christine Pisaneschi; brother, Vincent Pisaneschi and his wife, Shirley; sisters, Nancy Neubauer and her companion, Phil Siana, and Janet Pekar and her husband, Richard Tomcavage; and sister-in-law, Jane Matulewski and her husband, Ed. Aunts and uncles survive, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday from George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 105 N. Main St., Ashley, with the Rev. Carol Coleman officiating. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Ashley Food Pantry, 33 Manhattan St., Ashley, or to Joe's Fund−Hillside SPCA, P.O. Box 233, Pottsville, PA 17901.

Published in Citizens' Voice on Nov. 14, 2012