H. Jane Waskiewicz

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H. Jane Waskiewicz of Bear Creek Township passed away Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Hospice Community Care Inpatient Unit in Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre surrounded by family.

Born Aug. 21, 1916 in Wilkes-Barre Township, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Mamie Glasson Searfoss and the second oldest of 11 children.

Jane attended Laurel Run School. She was employed by the area silk mills and McCrory's Department Store in Wilkes-Barre. She was a member of Laurel Run Primitive Methodist Church for more than 65 years, 40 of which she taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. She enjoyed a variety of hand crafts and sewing and was an avid reader.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Waskiewicz, in 1974; brothers, Jim, William, Richard, and Gerald Searfoss; sisters Mamie Dominick Chopak, Elizabeth Kolis, and Bessie Zendzion.

She is survived by her daughter, Nancy J. Waskiewicz, Bear Creek; son, Peter P. Waskiewicz and his wife, Rhonda, Bear Creek; grandchildren, Jennifer Elliott and her husband, Derek, Bear Creek, Peter P. Waskiewicz Jr., Portland, Ore.; and Sara Alsaleh, Bear Creek, and her fiance, Samuel Closic, Wilmington, Del.; great-grandchildren, Derek (DJ) P. Elliott Jr., Kieran M. Elliott, and Tate M. Elliott; sister, Joan A. Searfoss, Bear Creek; and brothers, Andrew J. Searfoss and Arthur Searfoss both of Buck Township.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Laurel Run Primitive Methodist Church, 3835 Laurel Run Road, Wilkes-Barre, with the Revs. Wayne Yarnall and George Kropp officiating. Internment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre. Family and friends may call at the church from noon until the time of services Tuesday.

Memorial donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the Laurel Run Church in memory of Jane.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Jendrzejewski Funeral Home, Wilkes-Barre.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Apr. 29, 2013