Rachel W. Ruschak

Rachel W. Ruschak of Taylor died Monday, April 29, 2013, at VNA Hospice, Scranton.

Her husband is Elias (Doug) Ruschak. The couple celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary in March.

Born in Taylor, she was the daughter of the late James and Deborah Winters.

A graduate of Taylor High School, Class of 1952, Rachel had worked at Aldino's Restaurant in Taylor and also as a library clerk for the Taylor Public Library.

She was a member of United Baptist Church, Taylor.

Also surviving are two daughters, Diane Kowalcik and her partner, Pam DenHartog, Olathe, Kan.; and Bonnie Ruschak and her partner, Amy Griffith, Ashley; one son, Douglas, Ormond Beach, Fla.; a friend, Barbara Shane, Taylor; four grandchildren, James, Taylor; Carrie, Scranton; Erica, Myrtle Beach; and Thomas, Jessup; two great-grandchildren, Ryun Valenta, Scranton; and Khalan Ruschak, Myrtle Beach; one sister, Hannah Price, Taylor; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Barbara; four sisters, Gretchen Collins, Doris Griffiths, Edith Strein and Marion Burke; and four brothers, Richard, Carl, James and Louis Winters.

Rachel enjoyed traveling, especially to Florida, trips to the casino and spending time with her family and friends. She had a great sense of humor and had a smile for everyone.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday from Jacob Davis Funeral Home, 422 S. Main St., Taylor, with services by the Rev. David Erickson, pastor of United Baptist Church, Taylor. Interment will be at Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Memorial contributions may be made to United Baptist Church, Church and Pond streets, Taylor, PA 18517, or the Henry Cancer Center, Geisinger Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre.

Published in Citizens' Voice on May 1, 2013