Martha Novak Piazza

Martha Novak Piazza, formerly of Pringle, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at Riverstreet Manor, Wilkes-Barre, holding the hand of her daughter. Martha would have turned 100 on July 31, 2013.

Born in Kingston, she was the daughter of the late John and Anna Micklos Novak.

Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a seamstress by Duplin Silk Mills, Kingston.

She was a member of Holy Family Parish, Luzerne.

Martha's hobbies included sewing, crocheting, gardening, cooking and baking.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Piazza, whom she was married to for 60-plus years; brothers, George Novak, John Novak, Peter Novak and Michael Novak; sisters, Mary Novak Perash, Anna Novak Jacolik and Helen Novak Mollusky; and son-in-law, Francis Mulhern.

She is survived by her devoted daughter, Marcella Mulhern, Lansdale; a brother, Joseph Novak, Luzerne; niece, Fran Mollusky; nephew, Jim Novak, who regularly visited her at Riverstreet Manor Nursing Home; close family members, Americo and Beth Mulhern, and their son, Kevin, Atlanta, Ga.; many other nieces, nephews and godchildren.

Friends and family may call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Monday at Betz-Jastremski Funeral Home Inc., 568 Bennett St., Luzerne, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in Holy Family Parish, Luzerne, with the Rev. Michael Zipay officiating. Interment will be in Forty Fort Cemetery.

A special thanks to Bobbie Boney, dear friend and caregiver, and to Dr. Elizabeth Gernhardt for the wonderful care and kindness shown to both Martha and her daughter.

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In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Activities Department of Riverstreet Manor, 440 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

Funeral Home

568 BENNETT ST. LUZERNE  Luzerne, PA 18709
(570) 287-0293

Published in Citizens' Voice from July 4 to July 6, 2013