Dolores Mae Sembrat, 86, of Olyphant, died Saturday at Mountain View Care Center in Scranton.
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Born 1926 in Scranton to Stephen and Julia Kopacz Husvar, Dolores married George Sembrat of Olyphant in 1946, when he returned from the Pacific theatre after WWII.
Loved by all who knew her, Dolores was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, and her sister, Kathleen Husvar Gaughan. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Joan Galay and Michael (Jerry) Galaydick of Bridgewater, N.J.; her son, George Thomas and daughter-in-law, Stephanie of Johnson City, N.Y.; her daughter and son-in-law, Ann Marie and Frank Caporale of Floral Park, N.Y.; and her beloved son, Robert Francis of Olyphant; by three grandchildren in New York, David and Allison Sembrat, Amy Sembrat Crimmins and great-grandson, Samuel; and by numerous nieces and nephews across the continent.
Her life centered around her family, her faith, traveling, reading, gardening and her pets.
A member of Holy Cross Parish, Olyphant, Dolores was valedictorian of Olyphant High School Class of '43 and a wartime graduate of Lackawanna Business School in Scranton. A former president of the Olyphant High School PTA, Dolores in the 1960s sought to keep teens safe by convincing Olyphant merchants to donate the use of vacant downtown buildings for the Olyphant Youth Club, an organization she founded, for after-school classes, crafts and supervised activities, that she tirelessly enlisted from local instructors, experts and business people. Dolores was also a former member of SS. Cyril & Methodius PTA.
Dolores had been office manager at the Clauss Agency in Olyphant until retirement, whereupon she enlisted as a volunteer with the Visiting Nurses Association. Dolores left retirement to become secretary for Atty. Dan Lucas in Dunmore, retired again, and joined John Bryer's volunteer staff at the Genealogical Society of Northeastern Pa.
Dolores was a member of the Raymond Henry American Legion Post 327 Auxiliary, a former member the Shopa-Davey VFW Post Auxiliary, and a former member of Olyphant Hose Company 8 Auxiliary in Olyphant.
Her family is very grateful for the care extended to Dolores by Dr. Sean McCall, by the neurologists and Alzheimer's specialists at Geisinger, by the emergency department staff at Geisinger CMC, and for the gentle, loving care of the extraordinary staffs of both Mountain View Care Center and Hospice of the Sacred Heart.
Viewing will be held at the Michael Wargo Jr. Funeral Home, 812 East Scott Street, Olyphant, today from 5 to 8 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Patrick's Church, Delaware Avenue in Olyphant. Burial will be in the SS. Cyril & Methodius parish cemetery, Peckville.
Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 11, 2013