Kathleen S. de Ben of Hazleton passed away Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at St. Luke Pavilion, Hazleton, from complications relating to Parkinson's disease.
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She was born Sept. 12, 1936, and was raised by her Irish immigrant parents, the late Owen and Nora Sweeney.
Kathleen grew up in Bayonne, N.J., and attended St. John's, Cornell, Rider University and the College of New Jersey, where she received a bachelor's degree and four master's degrees.
She spent her career as an educator and school counselor.
Kathleen met Hillery, the love of her life and husband of 43 years, at Cornell University. They adopted a daughter, Kate Frances, in 1972.
Kathleen was a strong, independent woman with a kind heart. She loved reading, socializing and being a leader in supporting causes. She especially enjoyed visits from her grandchildren, Hillary and Owen, and her great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hillery S. de Ben.
Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Kate and Michael Blazick, Mountain Top; her grandchildren, Hillary and Owen Blazick; sisters, Margaret Hansen and Elizabeth Luz; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
A Funeral Mass will be held in St. James Parish, Pennington, N.J., at 10 a.m. Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Kathleen's honor to the National Parkinson's Foundation at npf.myw2m.com/donate or call 1-800-4PDINFO (1-800-473-4636).
Local arrangements are by Mamary-Durkin Funeral Service, 59 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Aug. 9, 2013