Lillian V. Answini

Lillian V. Answini, 83, of Plains Township passed away surrounded by her loving family on Sunday afternoon, May 5, 2013, at Timber Ridge Health Care Center in Wilkes-Barre.

Lillian was born in the Keystone section of Plains Township on Sept. 6, 1929, to Henry (Mack) Answini and Josephine Borocci Answini.

She was a graduate of Plains High School and Bradford Beauty Academy, Wilkes-Barre.

For several decades, Lillian owned and operated her own business, the Lillian Answini Beauty and Wig Salon, in Keystone. She also worked at the Fox Hill Country Club in her youth and at Valley Crest Nursing Home as an activities aide prior to retirement. She also enjoyed selling goods at various weekend flea markets throughout her life.

In her retirement, Lillian organized bus trips with her friends, volunteered in the Young at Heart Club and prayer groups formed by St. Maria Goretti Church, and attended and volunteered with the Charles T. Adams Senior Citizen Center in Wilkes-Barre. She lived enthusiastically, ate heartily, laughed loudly and easily, and enjoyed hard work.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Florence O'Ravitz.

She is survived by her son, Tom Major and wife, Joanne, Plains Township; daughter, Alison Masick and husband, Tim, New York City; granddaughter, Hollie Major, Plains Township; grandsons, Thomas (TJ) Major, Plains Township; and Toby Masick, New York City; sister, Elizabeth (Betty) Stella, Wilkes-Barre; brother, Dominick Answini, Wyoming; her final companion, Stanley Pierkowski; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Charles T. Adams Senior Citizens Center, Provincial Towers, Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Oakwood Terrace, Timber Ridge Health Care Center, and Luzerne Bank-Public Square branch, and all of the kind and helpful neighbors, friends and community members who helped her in her final years.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Maria Goretti Church, 42 Redwood Drive, Laflin. The family will receive friends and relatives in the church from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass. The St. Maria Goretti Rosary Group will recite the rosary in the church one half-hour before the Mass. Interment will follow in Italian Independent Cemetery, West Wyoming.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Maria Goretti Church of Laflin, Tree of Life, in memory of Lillian Answini.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittston.

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Published in Citizens' Voice from May 6 to May 7, 2013