Emily Tierney

Emily "Pat" Tierney, 89, of Clarks Green, died Thursday in Hospice Community Care, Dunmore. She was the widow of the late William R. Tierney, who died Aug. 7, 1990.

Born April 18, 1923, in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Joseph A. and Emily Dempsey Lingg. She was a graduate of Gwynedd Mercy Academy. A resident of Waverly and Clarks Green for more than 50 years, she was active in many community organizations including the Waverly Women's Club, the Waverly Community House and the Abington Players, where she played a lead role in "Kiss Me, Kate." She was also a dedicated volunteer at Regional Hospital of Scranton, where she provided support to patients and families in the intensive care unit. She was a longtime member of the Greater Scranton YMCA, where she loved to swim and also served on the board of directors. She was a member of the Church of St. Gregory, where she sang in the choir, and later often attended Our Lady of the Snows Church, Clarks Summit. She was a previous member of the Waverly Country Club.

Being the mother of six children, she was a dedicated homemaker who loved caring for her family and friends. She enjoyed her daily walks in her neighborhood, swimming in her pool and working in her garden. Pat had boundless energy and youthful vitality throughout her life. She took up skiing at 49 as she introduced her children to the sport and began golfing in her 70s. Pat was quick to flash a smile and always ready for a conversation with anyone in the community.

The family extends a special thank you for the compassionate care she received from the Hospice Community Care nurses, Hospice of the Sacred Heart, the loving staff at Elmcroft and the caregivers at Clarks Summit Senior Living, where she spent the last 11 years.

Surviving are three sons, William R. Tierney Jr. and wife, Cheryl, Clarks Summit; Peter and wife, Michele, Glenburn; and Joseph R. and wife, Renee, North Abington Twp.; two daughters, Emilie Tierney and husband, Murray Sperling, Camp Hill; and Patricia Walker and husband, William, Lenoxville; 11 grandchildren, Jennifer Tierney Connelly, Ryan Tierney, Kyle Tierney, Amee Smith, Victoria and Liam Tierney, Katherine, Adam, Sarah, Megan and Melissa Walker; many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Kathleen "Katie" Tierney; two brothers, Joseph and Lawrence; and two sisters, Josephine "Bonnie" O'Neill and infant, Frances.

The funeral will be Thursday with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at the Church of St. Gregory, 330 N. Abington Road, Clarks Green, to be celebrated by the Rev. John M. Lapera and concelebrated by Monsignor John H. Louis. Interment, Hickory Grove Cemetery, Waverly.

Friends and family may call Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Services Inc., 111 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Greater Scranton YMCA, 706 N. Blakely St., Dunmore, PA 18512, or the Waverly Community House, Waverly.

For more information, directions or to send an online condolence, visit www.jenningscalvey.com.

Funeral Home

Jennings Calvey Funeral Home
111 Coburn Avenue Clarks Summit, PA 18411
(570) 586-0811

Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 30, 2012