Frances M. Voveris, 93, of Exeter, passed away Tuesday morning, March 19, 2013, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
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Born Aug. 14, 1919, in Paterson, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Frank and Alice Boyd Baltuska.
Frances graduated from Eastside High School, Paterson, and attended a culinary art school held by the Works Progress Administration.
Upon graduation, she was employed by Garfinkle Ritter — Equitable Life Assurance Society, New York City, as a clerk typist. She was also a former employee of Fowler, Dick and Walker, Wilkes-Barre. She also served as an administrative assistant for Columbia-Montour Home Health Services.
She enjoyed singing, and this is how she met her husband, Bronis. He was a choral director and organist for St. Casimir's Church, Paterson, N.J.
Later, they moved to Pittston, where she spent most of her life devoting her time to her seven children.
She spent her spare time singing in church choirs, including St. Casimir's, St. Nicholas', and St. Cecilia's churches. IN addition, she was a member of the former Berwick Area Community Chorus and the Golden Voices of the Cosmopolitan Club.
When the children were in school, she served as president of the Pittston High School Parent Teacher Association and the band association.
She was a member of the former St. Casimir's Church, now St. John the Evangelist, Pittston. She was a member of St. John's Altar and Rosary Society, Kingston Senior Center, and the Cosmopolitan Seniors.
She volunteered her time to church activities. She enjoyed creating and designing the palm bouquets that were carried in processional for Palm Sunday in St. Casimir's Church. She also enjoyed the art class in the Kingston Senior Center and participated in several art exhibitions.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bronis, on April 29, 1989, after 49 years of marriage.
Also preceding her in death were her brothers, Joseph and John; her sister, Elsie.
Surviving are her sister, Anne Adams, Nipomo, Calif.; sons, Ronald and his wife, Mary Claire, Yatesville; Francis and his wife, Anita, Maumee, Ohio; Lt. Col. Bronis and his wife, Col. Susan, Albuquerque, N.M.; daughters, Joan Voveris, Berwick; Paulyna Nutaitis and her husband, Raymond, Lake Mary, Fla.; Angela Walsh and her husband, Richard, Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.; Roberta Hughes, Plains Township; grandchildren, Richard, Bradley and Martin Walsh, David Nutaitis, Christopher Voveris, Sarah and Ryan Pontsler, Anthony Voveris, Jessica and Michael Voveris, and Emily Hughes; great-grandchildren, Michael, Isabelle and Jack Walsh, Richard, Molly and William Walsh, and Rebekah Nutaitis; one step-great-grandchild, Gavin Nutaitis.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Evangelist Church, 35 William St., Pittston. Interment will be in St. Casimir's Cemetery, Pittston. Visitation will be held 9 a.m. to service time.
Arrangements are by Kizis-Lokuta Funeral Home, 134 Church St., Pittston.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Mar. 21, 2013