Linda Sukaloski, 58, of Clinton Drive, Hanover Township, died Friday, May 23, 2014, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.
She was born in South Ruislip, England, on July 1, 1955, the daughter of Melvin and Rose Mills Szish. She was a graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School, Class of 1973. She was also was a graduate of Luzerne County Community College, where she received a degree in respiratory therapy.
She was presently employed by the Special Care Hospital, Nanticoke, and prior to that by the former Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, for more than 20 years as a respiratory therapist.
Lindy, as she was affectionately known, will be long remembered for her big heart and for all the love and care she gave to her family. Linda loved and lived for special family gatherings. She possessed a profound adoration and special love and bond with each of her five grandchildren. Her dear friends and co-workers were always kept close in her heart. To all of those who knew her, each person was touched by her kind-hearted manner. Her many artistic talents were expressed throughout her home, garden and beautiful photography.
Surviving are her husband, John V. Sukaloski, at home, with whom she recently celebrated 40 years of marriage on April 27, 2014; daughters, April L. Rawheiser and husband, Steve, Wilmington, Delaware; and Dawn M. Van Fossen and husband, Wayne C. Jr., Slocum Township; parents, Melvin and Rose Szish, Luzerne; five grandchildren, Natalie, Paige and Eva Ranheiser and Emily and John Van Fossen; brother, Michael Szish, Mountain Top; and sister, Joanne Smith, Greenfield Township. Also surviving are an aunt, brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and numerous cousins.
Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 105 N. Main St., Ashley. A prayer service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Carol Coleman, pastor of Luzerne United Methodist Church officiating. Private interment will be held in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.
The family wishes to extend their deep gratitude to the staff of 2 West at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for all the extraordinary care and compassion given to Linda and her family in their time of need.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004.