Matushka Joanna Pianovich of Archbald peacefully fell asleep in the Lord on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at the Community Hospice in Dunmore, surrounded by her family. She was 86. She was the beloved wife of the Very Rev. Eugene Pianovich, to whom she had been married for 60 years.
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Born Joanna Sweda in Olyphant, she was the daughter of John and Martha Russin Sweda. She graduated from the former Olyphant High School and Lackawanna Business College. She worked for International Correspondence School, Scranton, as well as for several charity groups.
She was very active at her parish, St. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, Springfield, Mass., where her husband served as pastor for 45 years before retiring in 2002.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Myra.
She was a member of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Olyphant.
She is survived by her children, Myra (the Very Rev. Daniel) Kovalak, Williamsport; Eugenia (the Very Rev. John) Perich, Boothwyn; Joanna (the Rev. John) Bohush, Endicott, N.Y.; and Mark (Valerie), Port St. Lucie, Fla.; sisters, Barbara Puhalla, Olyphant; Martha Ermakov, McKeesport; and Vera Wasacz, San Francisco, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, East Lackawanna Avenue, Olyphant, with a Panihida at 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church, with the Rev. Vladimir Fetcho, pastor and family clergy, officiating, followed by burial in St. Tikhon's Monastery Cemetery, South Canaan.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Simon S. Russin Funeral Home, 136 Maffett St., Plains Township.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joanna's memory to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Olyphant; St. Tikhon Monastery or St. Tikhon's Seminary.
Published in Citizens' Voice from Jan. 15 to Jan. 16, 2012