Bertha (Hile) Stankunas

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PHILADELPHIA — Bertha Stankunas (nee Hile), 90, was born in Shamokin Nov. 3, 1921. She passed away at home peacefully with her family by her side on July 13, 2012.

She married Michael Stankunas in 1948, and they had five children, all of whom were born in Shamokin and raised in Philadelphia. They were married for more than 50 years until his passing in 2004.

She was predeceased by two children and one grandson, Michael Stankunas Jr., Catherine Stankunas and John Kogut. She is survived by her three remaining daughters, Madeline Kogut, Christine McAlorum and Bert Murphy (Jack), as well as six grandchildren, Harold, Paul and Melanie Kogut, Angela South, Trisha and Frank McAlorum, and many great-grandchildren.

She lived her life simply and unadorned, believing in the adage of "treat people as you would like to be treated." She was an avid reader, sometimes reading a book a day. She enjoyed writing and sending cards for every occasion to her remaining family and childhood friends with whom she corresponded for decades. She also enjoyed playing pinochle with her daughter and son-in-law.

She passed through the world gracefully, sharing her love and wisdom with each step she took. Although her hearing got worse through the years, she never complained, always having a smile on her face and stating, "there are people worse off than I am."

She will be missed dearly by her daughter, Bert Murphy, with whom she lived for the last 17 years.

We had serious times and joyful times. I am so humbled and privileged to have had you as my mother. Having you with me was pure joy. I will remember your laugh, your smile, your beautiful eyes, your wisdom, your insight, your commitment to Jesus. You're an amazing woman of God, always reminding me to never question God's Will. Words cannot express the depth of grief your death has brought to me, May your gentle soul rest in peace, as I am certain you are resting in the arms of our Lord.

Our goodbye is only temporary. I love you, Momma.

STANKUNAS — Bertha Stankunas (nee Hile), 90, of Philadelphia. A funeral service will be held at noon Wednesday in the Leonard J. Lucas Funeral Home, 120 S. Market St., Shamokin. Burial will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Coal Township. A viewing will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of the service Wednesday.
Published in The News Item from July 17 to July 18, 2012