Mary "Louise" Sullenberger, Clarks Green, was surrounded by her loving family as she peacefully entered the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on May 26, 2013. She was the widow of William Sullenberger, who died in 1981.
Born in Edgewood, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Frank and Mary Julian Ciocca and attended West Scranton High School. A loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, her home always displayed the love of Christ to all who entered. She took great pleasure and pride in her Italian recipes and would affectionately prepare meals for family and friends. A longtime member of Clarks Green Assembly of God, her enduring gift and legacy to us is her unwavering faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. While she will be missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing her, "We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord" (2 Cor. 5:8).
Surviving are five children, Maureen Sullenberger, Clarks Summit; William Sullenberger and Marie DeAngelo, Mahanoy City; Kenneth Sullenberger and his wife, Nancy, Chapman Lake; Sharon Chernavsky, Scranton; and Frank Sullenberger, Dickson City; twelve grandchildren, Bill Sullenberger; Erin Sullenberger McNamara and her husband. Shane; Tom Chernasky and his wife, Amanda; Joy Sullenberger Newton and her husband, David; Shawn, Jimmy and Frank Sullenberger; Clair Sullenberger Barrett and her husband, Jamie; Janette, Jamie, Keith and Rose Sullenberger; one great-granddaughter, Giuliana Hope Newton; seven great-grandsons, Jordan Checho, Frankie Sullenberger, Thomas Chernasky, Jamie Barrett, Jake Barrett, Caleb Declan Newton and Adrian Lockner.
She is also survived by two sisters, Esther Gallo and her husband, John, Moosic; and Ruth Race and her husband, Willis, Clarks Green; and a sister-in-law, Rosemarie Ciocca, Scranton.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Michael and David Ciocca; and a beloved daughter-in-law, Vicki Mozeleski.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday at Clarks Green Assembly of God at 10:00 a.m., with services by Rev. Glenn White. Interment to follow at Abington Hills Cemetery.
Friends may call today from 5-8 p.m. at the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit.