Phil. 1:21 "For to me, 'life' means Christ, hence dying is so much gain."
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Louise V. Hudak, 82, of Nanticoke went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at her residence.
She was the daughter of the late Michael Switch and Louise Switch Young.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend who touched many lives during her time on earth. A devout Catholic, her faith, family and friends were always her first priorities.
Louise graduated from Coughlin High School and College Misericordia, and then furthered her education at Penn State, Wilkes College and King's College.
After working briefly at United Furniture, she spent 25 years teaching, including at Bald Eagle Area School District in Show Shoe and Hanover Area School District. Prior to her retirement, she spent most of her career at Nanticoke Area School District, teaching elementary school and high school home economics and family relations.
After retiring, she spent much of her time serving through volunteer work. She was involved in pastoral care at Mercy and Geisinger hospitals for 15 years, as well as being an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist for the homebound and in the parish. She was co-founder and co-director of the Holy Family Spiritual Renewal Center in Sheatown. She was a former leader of the Christ the King Charismatic Prayer Group and also volunteered for many years at the annual charismatic conference in Scranton.
She was a member of St. Faustina Parish, the Ladies of Charity, the St. Francis Altar and Rosary Society, Geisinger Auxiliary, the Coughlin High School Alumni Association '49ers, the People of God Charismatic Community and the international Catholic Fraternity.
Louise's love of travel took her to Rome, France, Russia, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Portugal, Italy, Mexico, Spain, the Netherlands, Canada and the Caribbean. She also went on pilgrimages to both Medjugorje and the Holy Land. Many summers were spent camping with her family, visiting 48 states and many national parks.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four miscarried children; her stepbrother, Roy Young; and stepsister, Ruth Young.
Surviving are her husband, Martin ("honey bunch #1"), who lovingly cared for her until the end; children, Mary Houde (Keith), Michael Hudak (Joyce), Jeanne Little and Mia McCaffrey; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and brother, Michael Switch (Romayne).
A viewing will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Stanley S. Stegura Funeral Home Inc., 614 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday in the main site of St. Faustina's Parish, 520 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke. The family requests that those attending the Funeral Mass go directly to the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Holy Family Spiritual Renewal Center, 151 Old Newport St., Nanticoke, PA 18634.
Stegura Funeral Home
614 S Hanover St
Nanticoke, PA 18634
Published in Citizens' Voice on Aug. 12, 2014