Adele (Mam-Mam) Ososkie

MOUNT CARMEL — Adele (Duchon) Ososkie, 87, passed peacefully in her sleep May 20, 2013, under the gentle care of the staff of Maria Hall. She joins her beloved husband, Edwin (Flash) Ososkie, in the heavens to dance in eternity.

Born in Shamokin Feb. 21, 1926, Adele was a daughter of Andrew and Mary (Balent) Duchon.

She met her future husband, Edwin, at numerous dances in the Mount Carmel and Shamokin area where a close friendship led to a romance and resulted in a very simple wedding on Dec. 30, 1950. It was a marriage based on love since Flash was not yet employed, having just completed a four-year tour in the Navy. Thankfully, Frank Bierschmitt recruited him to work with the Knights' Life American General Insurance Company. The employment would be quite beneficial as the new Catholic couple would proceed to have seven adorable kids in 11 years. Incredibly, they still found time to go out dancing, especially if the Shoreliners were in town.

As the kids grew a little older, Adele was able to get back into the workforce. She was employed at the dress factory in Mount Carmel for 11 years.

After the passing of her beloved Flash in 1983, Mam Mam (as Adele was also called) continued to host the holiday family gatherings. All her kids and grandkids returned from near and far for these events each year. Attending Christmas Eve Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church followed by dinner at the Ososkie house featuring Mam Mam's famous ham was the tradition.

Adele also did some traveling and especially enjoyed trips to New York City during the holidays to take in a Broadway play and enjoy the bright lights of the city. Her later years included dinner at Mattucci's or Pete's with "the girls."

Mam Mam always referred to her grandkids and great-grandchildren as little angels. We all know she is now in the company of "real" angels.

She is survived by a five sons, Richard and wife, Sue, of Bellefonte, Edwin and wife, Nancy, of Mount Carmel, Ron and wife, Christine, of Kulpmont, Barry and wife, Joanne, of Escondido, Calif., Kevin and wife, Connie, of Yorktown, Va.; two daughters, Donna Mowery and husband, Butch, of Catawissa, and Denise Gricoski and husband, Albert, of Frackville; 15 grandchildren, Crystal Ford and husband, Marc, Edwin and wife, Jill, Brian, Jake, Jessica Porter and husband, Matt, Phillip and wife, Jessie, Eric, Stacy, Charlie, Courtney, Skyler, Tim, Samantha Mowery, Adele Gricoski and Andrew; three great-grandkids, Colin, RJ and William; a sister, Suzanne Guretskie, of Philadelphia; and a sister-in-law, Blanche Duchon, of Danville.

Adele was preceded in death by six brothers, John, Andrew, Michael, George, Tom and Paul; and three sisters, Helen, Mary (Showalter) and Dorothy (Troyan).

Many thanks to the caring staff at Geisinger, especially Dr. Fesniak and Dr. Romanic who always made mom feel at ease about any and all required medical procedures. The whole family is forever grateful.

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OSOSKIE — Adele (Duchon) Ososkie, 87, of Mount Carmel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday in the Church of Our Lady in Mount Carmel, with the Rev. Francis Karwacki as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Mount Carmel Township. A viewing will be held from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Friday in the Joseph J. Stutz Inc. Funeral Home, 40 S. Market St., Mount Carmel, wi Joseph J. Stutz III, supervisor. The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School, 2001 Clinton Ave., Coal Township; or Columbia-Montour Home Hospice at Maria Hall, 1 Maria Hall, Danville.

Funeral Home

Joseph J Stutz Inc Funeral Home
40 S Market St Mount Carmel, PA 17851
(570) 339-4300

Published in The News Item on May 21, 2013