Eugenia DeRose, 95, of Dallas passed away Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, two days after her 95th birthday.
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Born in Wilkes-Barre on Jan. 9, 1918, Eugenia was the daughter of the late Anthony P. and Agatha M. Grybus Shukis. Educated in Wilkes-Barre schools, Eugenia was a graduate of Coughlin High School, Class of 1936. In 1942 she married William J. DeRose who was, at that time, a pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II.
Having worked in the retail world, Eugenia's last place of employment was at Town and Country Furniture Store, Wilkes-Barre. She volunteered as a "Pink Lady" at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for many years and in recent years loved her volunteer work at the Back Mountain Library's Slightly Read Bookstore.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, William J. DeRose; sister, Hypatia McCreary; brother-in-law, Frank McCreary; and son-in-law, Zack Riehl.
Surviving are her daughters, Bonnie Flynn and husband, Jim, The Woodlands, Texas; Gail Riehl, Dallas; grandsons, Keith Flynn, Houston, Texas; Derek Flynn and wife, Kristen, Chino Hills, Calif.; great-grandchildren, Kaegan and Eamon Flynn, Chino Hills, Calif.; nephew, Jay DeRose.
Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday from the Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 140 N. Main St., Shavertown. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 a.m. in St. Therese's Church, Pioneer Avenue and Davis Street, Shavertown. The Rev. James J. Paisley will officiate. Interment will be made in Mountainview Cemetery, Harding. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Eugenia's family wish to thank longtime caregiver and companion, Alice Knepp, for her dedication and friendship as well as Eugenia's many wonderful and generous neighbors. The family also would like to thank all those who helped with Eugenia's care in the past year, specifically Bonnie Kerin, the caregivers of Helpmates Inc., and especially Celtic Healthcare for the outstanding and compassionate care they provided.
Memorial donations may be made to Back Mountain Memorial Library, 96 Huntsville Road, Dallas, PA 18612, or to St. Therese's Church, 64 Davis St., Shavertown, PA 18708.
Published in Citizens' Voice from Jan. 12 to Jan. 13, 2013