Genna M. Koval Kundratic, 45, of Wilkes–Barre, daughter of Marge R. and Michael G. Koval, Wilkes-Barre, died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, at home surrounded by the people she loved most.
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Genna was a graduate of Bishop Hoban High School, Class of 1985, and of Luzerne County Community College, where she earned her associate degree in nursing in 1991.
As a registered nurse, Genna worked for many years in the emergency room at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and later in the emergency departments of both Geisinger Wyoming Valley, Plains Township, and Community Medical Center, Scranton.
Genna is survived by her parents, as well as the love of her life, Kevin Kundratic, and their daughter and her pride and joy, Julia Kundratic. She is also survived by her siblings, Maureen Oremus, Franklin Township, and her husband, Chris; Michael J. Koval, Orange, Calif.; Leah Kendra, Wilkes-Barre, and her husband, Michael; and Claire Koval Wert, Wilkes-Barre. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews whom she loved very much. In addition, she is survived by her "other sisters," Kerri Burns Walsh, Scituate, Mass., and Kimberly Stepanski, Wilkes-Barre, who were her best friends, her rocks, and her partners in crime.
Genna's lifelong work as an emergency room nurse was her truest, most unyielding passion. Her caring bedside manner, her commitment to patient advocacy, and her infectious smile touched the heart of everyone around her. Those with whom she worked became her second family, were her best friends for life, and were at her side until her very last breath.
Outside of the hospital, Genna strove to be an advocate for breast cancer awareness and a mentor for those afflicted with the disease. She did so through her work with the Wyoming Valley Relay for Life, her advocacy for effective and collaborative cancer research, such as The Lucy Fund, and her frequent appearances and interviews on WBRE's Buddy Check segments. Most importantly, she was a living example that a malignant diagnosis should never dampen one's spirit. Her love of life and her constant willingness to help are those things for which she will be best remembered.
Arrangements are by Kopicki Funeral Home.
Friends may call at St. Nicholas Church, South Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre, from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. The funeral will take place Wednesday, with Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Nicholas Church and interment in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to all of Genna's friends and colleagues for their tireless and unwavering devotion throughout her life. In addition, a special thanks to the many medical professionals who have helped Genna so fervently endure her disease and later come to peace so comfortably.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Lucy Fund, www.nfcr.org/support-lucy-fund.
Published in Citizens' Voice from Nov. 18 to Nov. 19, 2013