Barbara Ann Stachowiak, 73, of Wilkes-Barre passed on to Heaven on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 11, 1940, a daughter of the late Helen Lear Gross.
She was a graduate of E.L. Meyers High School, Class of 1958, and worked in retail for more than 30 years at Learner's and Kids R Us.
Barbara was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was an active member of First Assembly of God Church, Wilkes-Barre, and enjoyed volunteering her time.
Barbara was truly a selfless person. Along with her husband, John, her life was one of helping others wherever she saw the opportunity, whether it was a family member, friend, a brother or sister from church or a complete stranger. She was always that person behind the scenes providing assistance to others without calling attention to herself.
Preceding her in death, in addition to her mother, were her husband, John Stachowiak, and brothers, Charles and James Gross.
Left to cherish Barbara's memory are her daughters, Linda Getter, Wilkes-Barre; and Colleen Azimi, Mount Laurel, N.J.; son, Michael McVeigh and his wife, Jean, Swoyersville; grandaughters, Heather and her husband, Lemar Robinson, and Rheanon Azimi; great-grandson, Jayden Robinson; and sister, Beth Williams. She is also survived by her stepchildren, Marie and her husband, Phillip Joyce, New Orleans; and John and his wife, Michele, New Cumberland; grandchildren, Matthew, Sarah and Rachel; and her beloved dog, Zack.
The family would like to thank Connie, Pam, Ruth and Renee from Celtic Home Health for all their care and support.
The funeral service will be held at Kniffen O'Malley Funeral Home, 465 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Jason Gornicz, pastor, officiating.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to Ruth's Place. P.O. Box 254, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703.
Online condolences at TributeOfLife.com.
Kniffen O'Malley Funeral Home, Inc.
465 Main Street Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
Published in Citizens' Voice from Feb. 4 to Feb. 5, 2014