Maureen T. Gushanas, 49, of Wilkes-Barre, lost her courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on Friday, Sept. 20, in Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.
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Maureen was born in Wilkes-Barre on July 27, 1964, a daughter to Marie Rose Gallagher Gushanas and the late George Gushanas Sr. She graduated from Bishop Hoban High School and Luzerne County Community College, where she obtained a degree in applied science. She was a member of St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, Wilkes-Barre.
Marueen had been employed by the Transplant Team of Pennsylvania Regional Tissue Bank in Scranton as a certified transplant coordinator. At that time, she was the first and only woman so employed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She trained at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, to enucleate eyes for corneal transplant and did volunteer work for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Lions Eye Bank. She was then employed as a surgical technologist by Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Maureen then served as an executive judicial secretary for former Luzerne County Judge Anne H. Lokuta. Most recently, she was employed by Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton.
She loved skeet shooting and won numerous awards for her talent and will be best remembered by her uncanny ability in the culinary arts. She loved life to the fullest, always bringing joy and laughter to everyone she met.
Maureen always shall be remembered as a loving and devoted mother to her son, Daniel and a true friend to all. Though Maureen will be deeply missed, her beautiful spirit will live on in the hearts of all who knew her.
Her son Daniel would like to thank the teachers and staff at Holy Redeemer High School for their encouragement and accommodations given to him during his mother's illness.
She was preceded in death by her father, George Gushanas Sr., in 2005.
Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her loving son, Daniel J. Gushanas, at home. Maureen is also survived by her sisters, Donna Novak, Forty Fort; Georgine Fink, Cincinnati, Ohio; Carol Gushanas, Pringle; Rose Slavinski and her husband, George, Mountain Top; brother, George Gushanas and his wife, Pat, Sweet Valley; her best and dearest friend, Annie Lokuta; many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Private interment will be at the convenience of the family. Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. until time of Mass on Wednesday at the church.
Arrangements are by Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, Wilkes-Barre.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting Maureen's obituary at www.natandgawlasfuneralhome.com.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Sept. 23, 2013