Maureen McHugh Aritz of West Pittston passed away Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, peacefully at home, surrounded by her family, after a courageous two-year battle with cancer.
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Born Dec. 29, 1950, in Pittston, daughter of the late Thomas McHugh and Dolores Humphrey McHugh, she graduated from Wyoming Area High School in 1967 and went on to attend Lock Haven University.
She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Corpus Christi Parish.
In 1981, Maureen joined Lia Sophia, formerly known as Act II, as an independent contractor, marketing fashion jewelry, from a small, home-based business. She went on to amass a multi-million-dollar sales team of 6,000 representatives throughout the country. While mentoring this outstanding team of representatives and leaders, Maureen won every personal and group award offered by Lia Sophia and was awarded countless travel incentives. By 2002, Maureen was promoted to zone manager, the top field position available with Lia Sophia, and in 2006, 2007 and 2010 won the coveted Victor Kiam Eagle Award for her dedication. Throughout her professional journey, from the very beginning, all the way to the top, Maureen was admired for her business sense, kindness and energy, forming many lifelong friendships along the way.
Maureen was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.
She was beloved, with a caring heart, warm spirit and inspiring courage and will be sadly missed, and fondly remembered, always.
Maureen was invested in community outreach, participating in Dress for Success and working as a board member for the Greater Pittston YMCA and the Women's Network through the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce. Maureen was also very active with the SPCA where her two companions, Bandit and Biscuit, were adopted.
Maureen is survived by her son, Dominick Aritz Jr. and wife, Jessica, Prince George, Va.; son, Patrick Aritz and wife, Tiffany, Cave Creek, Ariz.; grandchildren, Landen and Ella Aritz, Prince George, Va.; and Layton and Ellie Aritz, Cave Creek, Ariz.; brother, Tommy McHugh and wife, Sandy, Hughestown; brother, Jeff McHugh, Pittston; and nieces, Elizabeth McHugh, Pittston; and Alexa McHugh, Hughestown.
Our family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to two of her caregivers and longtime friends, Lisa Langan and Michele Costello. Their kindness and devotion goes unmatched and never will be forgotten. Our family would also like to thank Dr. Bruce Saidman, Dr. Lynn Coslett and Dr. Charles Manganiello.
The funeral will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday from Howell-Lussi Funeral Home, 509 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, Luzerne Avenue, West Pittston. The Rev. Paul McDonnell will officiate.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday.
Interment will be in Mountain View Burial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Maureen McHugh Aritz Woman's Business Scholarship Fund in care of Rosella Fedor, Wyoming Area High School, Memorial Avenue, Exeter, PA 18643.
Howell-Lussi Funeral Home
509 Wyoming Avenue
West Pittston, PA 18643
Published in Citizens' Voice from Dec. 7 to Dec. 8, 2012