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April 12, 2013
Elizabeth M. Lurwick, 83, of Port Carbon, passed away Friday at Schuylkill Center in Pottsville with her loving family by her side.
Born in Pottsville, Feb. 23, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Cornelius and Anna Mae O'Connor Foley.
She graduated from Pottsville Catholic High School in 1949. She was a retired district justice.
She was a member of the St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church in Port Carbon, a lifelong member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and a former member and past president of the Port Carbon Rotary.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 28 years, John E. "Jack" Lurwick on Sept. 10, 1978; two sisters, Patricia Foley and Connie Herman; and two brothers, Michael and Neil Foley.
Elizabeth is survived by three daughters, Patricia McGuire and her husband, Tom, Dunkirk, Md., Jacqueline Toomey and her husband ,John, Pottsville, Judy Green and her husband, Bob, Orwigsburg, and Colleen Jackson and her husband Jay, Chevy Chase, Md.; two sons, Jake Lurwick and his wife, Michelle, Pottsville, and John Lurwick and his wife, Mary, Port Carbon; eight grandchildren, Melanie McGuire, Michael, Lauren and John Toomey, Jordan and Kyrsten Green, and Eric and Elizabeth Lurwick; two great-grandchildren, Devon and Deaglan McGuire; and many nieces and nephews.
"Betty" enjoyed quality time with her family and friends. Her inspiration to all of her children encouraged them to be the best at whatever they do and always be honest and respectful to others.
Summers were not complete until Betty spent her weeks in Avalon with her family. She took great pleasure in taking all of her grandchildren for an early morning walk on the boardwalk to the playground and breakfast. As the life of most parties with her singing and dancing, she often traveled with her friends to Notre Dame to cheer on the Fighting Irish.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church in Port Carbon with the Rev. Robert Reilly celebrating. Relatives and friends are invited to a viewing on from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Robert A. Evans Jr. Funeral Home, 208 Pike St., Port Carbon. Interment will be held in St. Stephen Cemetery in Port Carbon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Make-a-Wish Foundation or Hospice of Central Pennsylvania, 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg PA 17110.
Published in Republican & Herald on Apr. 14, 2013