Irene Rose Wellicka, 78, of Jessup, formerly of Forest City, died Friday at the Dunmore Healthcare Center. She was the widow of Bernard D. Wellicka Sr., who died in November 1993. The couple was married for 38 years.
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Born on the family farm in Union Dale, daughter of the late Walter and Monica Mikulewicz Kowalewski, she attended Burdick School one-room schoolhouse in Union Dale and graduated from Forest City Regional High School. She had been employed for 49 years in the apparel industry as a seamstress. She and her husband also owned the Beacon Restaurant, Union Dale, at one time.
Irene in the past was an active member of Sacred Heart Church, Forest City, and was involved in such church activities as pierogi preparation, parish picnics, quilting, dinners, Confraternity of Christian Mothers and served as treasurer of the Altar & Rosary Society. In more recent years, she was a member of Holy Cross Parish, Olyphant, and served as a Eucharistic minister in both Forest City and Olyphant. She was a member of the Forest City Palettes-Art Club.
She was active in volleyball and bowling in younger years. Her interests included quilting and painting. Irene received her greatest enjoyment from her five precious grandchildren and involvement in their school, sports and theater activities.
She is survived by two children and their spouses, Bernard D. Jr. and Jacalyn Wellicka, Spring Brook Twp.; and Rena' L. Wellicka and David B. Houseknecht, Muncy; a sister, Kathryn Miller, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; two brothers, John Kowalewski Sr., Forest City; and Edward Kowalewski Sr., Clifford Twp.; five grandchildren, Gretchen L. and Gabrielle F. Wellicka, Christopher D., Jarrod D. and Marissa L. Wellicka Houseknecht; nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Leo, Stanley and Joseph; and four sisters, Marion Williams, Helen Stefanick, and Josephine and Martha Kowalewski.
The funeral will be Monday with Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Cross Parish, St. Patrick's Church, 200 Delaware St., Olyphant, to be celebrated by Monsignor Michael J. Delaney. Interment, Sacred Heart Cemetery, Forest City. Those attending the Mass are to proceed directly to church.
Friends may call Sunday, 4 to 6 p.m., at the Joseph W. Scotchlas Funeral Home Inc., 621 Main St., Simpson. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Gatehouse Tree of Remembrance, Susquehanna Health Foundations, 1001 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701-9961. For condolences, visit www.scotchlasfu neralhome.com .
Joseph W. Scotchlas Funeral Home Inc.
621 North Main Street
Simpson, PA 18407
Published in Scranton Times on Sept. 7, 2013