Irene A. Gatusky, 94, formerly of Ashley, died Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at the Mountain Top Senior Care and Rehabilitation Center, Wright Township, where she had been a guest since 2012.
Mrs. Gatusky was born in Wilkes-Barre, daughter of the late Clem and Julie Jablonski Welnoski, and was a graduate of Ashley High School, Class of 1938, where she was class salutatorian. She was also a graduate of the Wilkes-Barre Business College, Class of 1940, and had been employed as a lead loan clerk at the former Ashley Bank and its successors for many years.
Irene was a former member of Holy Family Church, Sugar Notch, and of its ladies societies. She was a current member of Our Lady of Hope Parish, Wilkes-Barre.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John J. Gatusky Sr., and by a son, John J. Gatusky Jr.
Surviving are her son Mark M. Gatusky; grandsons, Mark Gatusky and his wife, Melissa, and Matthew Gatusky; great-granddaughter, Jaclyn Alexandra Gatusky; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 9 a.m. from the H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home Inc., a Golden Rule Funeral Home, 451 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, with Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Hope Church (St. Mary's Maternity Worship Center), Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Mary's Maternity Cemetery, West Wyoming. Friends may call today from 6 to 8 p.m.
Irene was an avid reader and it is because of this that the family requests that flowers be omitted and memorial donations instead be made in her name to the Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.