Harriet Veronica Haynos, 86, a lifelong resident of Scranton, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness into God's loving arms on May 13, 2013, at Mountain View Care Center. Her husband, Joseph A. Haynos Jr., preceded her in death in January 2005, after 56 loving years of marriage.
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Formerly Harriet Bielavitz, she was the daughter of the late John and Catherine Mish Bielavitz. She was educated in Scranton public schools and was later employed by Sauquoit Silk Mills and South Catholic High School. She was a member of St. Paul of the Cross Parish (formerly Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church) and the Altar and Rosary Society, as well as Christian Mothers. Also, Harriet was active in preparing picnics, known for their ethnic foods.
An amazing cook and baker, she loved to entertain family and friends or anyone who stopped by. Both Harriet and her husband loved to travel both domestically and internationally. They enjoyed cruising and attending many, many Polka weekends in the Catskills. Most of all, she loved her grandchildren and watching them spend their summers at her pool. Shopping was always an adventure as well as pulling the slots at the casino.
Harriet is survived by two daughters, Ann Marie Gifford and husband, Chuck; and Debbie Allegrucci and husband, Gary, both of Roaring Brook Twp.; three sons, Leonard Haynos and wife, Donna, Scott Twp.; Gerard Haynos and wife, Linda; and Edward Haynos and wife Gina, both of Archbald; 12 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; five great-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; a sister, Stella Guzior, Scranton; a brother, Walter Bielavitz, Scranton; nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by two sons, Richard Paul Haynos and infant, Joseph; sisters, Frances Zulpa, Stephanie Lipinski and Mildred Popish; and brothers, John, Joe, infant Stanley Bielavitz and Chester Bielovitz.
Harriet had the best of care at home for the last six years. The family would like to acknowledge her at-home caregivers for their true dedication and love. They have gone above and beyond their duties: Maggie Mayweather, Madeline Vendrella, Darlene Boock and Melinda Woody.
We would like to send a special thank you to the staff at Mountain View Care Center for their compassion, professionalism and attention to detail during her many frequent-flier visits. They are second-to-none. In her final moments she was dubbed the one-in-a-million woman.
The funeral will be Thursday at 9:15 a.m. from the Nicholas Chomko Funeral Home, 1132 Prospect Ave., South Scranton, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, to be celebrated by the Rev. Scott P. Sterowski, pastor of St. Paul of the Cross Parish. Interment, Sacred Hearts Cemetery, Davis Street, Scranton.
Friends may call today 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m.
Published in Scranton Times from May 14 to May 15, 2013