Theresa E. Abate

Theresa E. Abate, 85, of Wilkes-Barre passed into eternal life gently in her sleep Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013.

Born July 11, 1928, in Plymouth, she was a daughter to the late Leo and Helen Veshinski Abate.

She was a graduate of the former Larksville High School, and continued her education by receiving her bachelor's degree in nursing education from Wilkes University. She completed her master's degree in public administration in 1986 from Marywood University. While attaining her degrees, Theresa consistently maintained a 4.0 grade-point average, and was a mentor to many individuals.

She was a member of St. Andre Bessette Parish of Northeast Wilkes-Barre.

She spent more than 43 years of her life in service to others by holding several roles at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. In the course of her career, she was a registered nurse and retired in nursing administration. She was the head nurse on surgical units 4 and 5. She went on to become the day supervisor, advanced to division director and ultimately served as the director of nursing.

Theresa will always be remembered for being an extraordinarily thoughtful and caring person. She lavished great attention to her nieces and nephews and continued that admiration with the next generation of children.

She is survived by her sisters, Dorothy Krawetz, North Wilkes-Barre; and Lorraine Yeninas, Hanover Township; and brother, Leon Abate, Coplay. She will be greatly missed by her six nieces and nephews and 14 great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services for Miss Abate will be conducted at 9 a.m. Wednesday from the North Wilkes-Barre location of John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes Inc., 625 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, followed by a Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the St. Stanislaus Kostka worship site of St. Andre Bessette Parish Community, 668 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. The Rev. Kenneth M. Seegar, pastor, will be the celebrant.

Interment will follow in St. Mary's Nativity Roman Catholic Cemetery, Plymouth.

Relatives and friends are invited to join her family for visitation and remembrances from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of floral tribues, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or to the Wounded Warrior Program, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256, each cause being very near and dear to Theresa's heart.

To send online words of comfort, support and friendship to Theresa's family at this time, please visit our family's website at www.JohnVMorrisFuneralHomes.com.

Published in Citizens' Voice on Sept. 24, 2013