Mary T. Akulonis

Mary T. "Molly" Akulonis of Pittston died Saturday at home. She was the widow of John Akulonis.

Born Sept. 24, 1929, in Pittston, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Mary Hogan Engleman. Molly was a graduate of Pittston High School and was employed by Topps Chewing Gum, where she was a longtime, devoted member of the Teamsters Union; she was the first female vice president of Teamsters Local 229.

She was devoted to St. Ann's Novena in Scranton for 60 years. Molly participated in Mass and services at St. Mary, Help of Christians Church in Pittston Junction, where she was a longtime member of the choir.

Molly was a loving and caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who always put family first. She died peacefully surrounded by family.

Surviving are three daughters, Barbara Spencer; Cathy Yablonski and husband, Ed; and Suzie Grey and husband, Paul; a son, John Akulonis; a brother, John Engleman and wife, Dorothy; nine grandchildren, Joseph, James and Judson Spencer; Amy Manley; Jenny Davitt; Betsy Yablonski; John Paul Grey; Jeffrey Zapko and Mikayla Akulonis; six great-grandchildren, James Jr., Nathan, Matthew and Trisjin Spencer; Kyle Manley and Sam Davitt; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She also was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Claire; a brother, Earl Engleman Jr.; and two sisters, Peggy Adrian and Eileen Milazzo.

The funeral will be Wednesday at 9 a.m. from the Paul F. Leonard Funeral Home, 575 N. Main St., Pittston, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish, Pittston. Interment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Duryea.

Friends may call Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 3, 2013