Elizabeth Rodack

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Elizabeth Rodack, 87, a life resident of West Chestnut Street in the North End section of Wilkes-Barre, fell asleep in the Lord on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.

Born July 16, 1931, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Baran Rodack. She was the 11th of 12 children. She attended St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Elementary School under the tutelage of the Sisters of St. Basic the Great. She graduated from James M. Coughlin High School, Class of 1949. Elizabeth obtained her Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in chemistry, from College Misericordia, now Misericordia University, in 1953 on a full scholarship. Miss Rodack was employed as a laboratory supervisor by the Duplan Corporation, Kingston. She was last employed by Commonwealth Health System, Wilkes-Barre General Hospital campus.

Elizabeth was a faithful member of St. Mary of the Assumption Byzantine Catholic Church, Wilkes-Barre. She served her church in many capacities. She served on the Eparchial Catechetical Board and also taught religion classes. She was a member of St. Mary Elementary School Board and chaired the committee for the 75th anniversary of the school. She served for many years on the Pastors Advisory Board.

Elizabeth served on the 100th and 125th Anniversary committees of the founding of St. Mary parish. She also acted as a church historian. She was instrumental in organizing reunions for Coughlin High School, Class of 1949. Betsy, as she was known, was active in her community, was a regular blood donor and served as judge of elections for many years.

Her interests were varied and many. She kept a daily journal, was an avid reader, a history buff, a Scrabble player and a cryptogram solver. She wanted to see as many of the great cities of the world as she could and saw many. She enjoyed attending the theatre, listening to grand opera, classical music and political talk shows. She never missed an opportunity to engage in a lively debate on most any subject. Never one to remain idle, she also pursued her interests in domestic arts such as gardening and interior decorating. Never content with the status quo, she never let well enough alone. She always strove to do better. There was always a better way to do things.

Elizabeth was proud of her Carpatho-Ruthenian roots. Through her stories and her daily journal, she tried to instill this pride in younger members of her family.

In addition to her parents, Elizabeth was preceded in death by her sisters, Mary, Anne (Donald J. Carr), Helen; brothers, John, Michael, Peter, Joseph, Nicholas, Basil (Marie), Andrew (Barbara). Seven of her brothers served in World War II. Nicholas was a casualty of the war.

Left to cherish her memory are her beloved brother George and sister-in-law, Ladonna Rodock; and beloved nieces and nephews, Dorothy Anne Knight (Edmund), James M. Carr, Mary C. Kulas (Frederick), John N. Rodock, Stephen J. Rodock (Shannon), Teresa Seay, Lisa McGauley (Thomas), Kimberly Sylla, Thomas Rodack (Donna), Richard Rodack (Beth Ann), Regina Rodack Chornoboy (Jeffrey). Also surviving are her many dear great nieces and nephews, Peter (Christa), Edmund, Matthew, Andrew, John, Sarah, Sabrina, Kelly, Shaun, Frances, Kathleen, Thomas, Alexis, Malik, Ellen, Kevin, Tara, Alexander, Haley, Tabitha, Abraham, Dominic, Rachel and Chloe. In addition, she is survived by dear friends, neighbors and colleagues.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Simon S. Russin Funeral Home, 136 Maffet St., Plains Twp.

Relatives and friends are cordially invited to join Miss Rodack's Family for visitation and remembrances from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Parastas will be held at 3 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday with a Panachida Requiem followed by Office of Christian Burial with Divine Liturgy at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment with Right of Committal will follow in St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, Lake Street, Dallas.

In keeping with Elizabeth's wishes, donations, if desired, may be made to St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, 695 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705, or Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.

The following observation of William Gladden served as a guide for Elizabeth's life: "One thing I am resolved upon: I will not be a sponge or a parasite. I will give an honest equivalent to what I get. I want no man's money for which I have not rendered a full return. I want no wages that I have not earned. If I work for any man or any company or any institution, I will render a full, ample, generous service. If I work for the city, or state or the nation, I will give my best thought, my best effort, my most conscientious and efficient endeavor. No man, no body of men, shall ever be made poor by their dealing with me. If I can give a little more than I get every time, in that shall be my happiness. The great commonwealth of human society shall not be the loser through me. I shall take good care to put into the common fund more than I take out."

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith" 2 Timothy, 4.
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Published in Citizens' Voice from Sept. 16 to Sept. 17, 2018