Ann Baskera

KULPMONT — Ann Baskera, of 1041 Pine St., passed away Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at ManorCare, Sunbury.

Born in Kulpmont, she was a daughter of the late Theodore and Anna (Beck) Strahotsky.

She attended Kulpmont Elementary School and was a graduate of Kulpmont High School.

Ann was married to John J. Baskera, who preceded her in death.

During her life, she was employed at the Shamokin City Pharmacy, was a sales representative for Weller Brothers Wholesale, Shamokin, helped at Craze Flower Shop in Shamokin during the holiday seasons, worked at the Mine Museum and other gift shops at Knoebels Amusement Resort, and for 27 years was a retail merchandiser for Hallmark Greeting Card Company.

Ann was a member of Transfiguration Ukrainian Catholic Church, Shamokin, where she enjoyed volunteering at the theme basket stand at the annual parish festival. She was also a member of the Kulpmont Lady Lions.

She was an outstanding cook and baker. She also loved being outdoors and working in her garden at "The Cottage."

She was extremely creative and talented at designing, decorating and flower arranging. For many years, she would visit her daughter's classroom at the Mount Carmel Area Elementary School to help with Easter holiday projects, which she truly enjoyed.

Most importantly was the time she spent with her family.

Ann is survived by a daughter, Carolann Bator, and her husband, Thomas, of Den Mar Gardens; a brother, John Strahotsky, of Mount Carmel; a brother-in-law, Paul Baskera, and his wife, Ellie, of Webster, N.Y., and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Johnny Baskera; two sisters, Helen Paskevich and Mary Kuziak; five brothers, Andrew, Joseph, Michael, Steve and Ted Strahotsky, and several nieces and nephews.

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BASKERA — Ann Baskera, of 1041 Pine St., Kulpmont. A Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in Transfiguration Ukrainian Catholic Church, Shamokin, with the Rev. Ruslan Romanyuk as celebrant. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery, Coal Township. A viewing will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday in the Stephen A. Chowka Funeral Home, 114 N. Shamokin St., Shamokin. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Transfiguration Ukrainian Catholic Church, 303 N. Shamokin St., Shamokin 17872.

Published in The News Item on Dec. 30, 2012