Josephine Bahara

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Josephine "Jay" Bahara, 94, of West Scranton, died Monday morning in the VNA Hospice Unit at Geisinger Community Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Adam Bahara, who passed in 1983.

She was born in Scranton on March 19, 1918, and was the daughter of the late Anthony and Helen Zielinski Kujawski. She was educated in Scranton and, before her retirement, she had been employed at the former Cedar Silk Mill. She was a devoted and faithful member of SS. Peter and Paul Church, West Scranton, where she was very active in several organizations.

The family would like to thank Dr. Michele Hazzouri for the many years of excellent medical care she provided to Josephine, as well as the staff at the VNA Hospice Inpatient Unit at Geisinger Community Medical Center for their care and compassion over the past few days.

Josephine personified the word "matriarch" — her love for her family, both immediate and extended, knew no bounds. She found joy in the gatherings of her daughters and their families and reveled in the small wonders that her four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren brought to their "Bobcie."

Surviving are daughters, Sandra Peranick and her husband, Andrew; and Carol Bonsick, all of Scranton; grandchildren, Joseph Bonsick and his wife, Susan; David Bonsick and his wife, Michelle; Jessica Kerrigan and her husband, Robert; and Andrew Peranick and his wife, Nicole; great-grandchildren, Emily and Anna Bonsick; Olivia and Grayson Bonsick; and Elaina, Brady and Lauren Kerrigan; a brother, Edward Zielinski of Scranton; several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by brothers, John, Theodore and Walter Kujawski; and Robert Zielinski; as well as sisters, Lydia Jayson and Eleanor Watral.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at noon at SS. Peter and Paul Church, 1309 W. Locust St., Scranton, Pa.

Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Carl J. Savino Funeral Home at 157 S. Main Ave., in Scranton. Internment will take place at the parish cemetery. All attending the funeral are asked to go directly to the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the SS. Peter and Paul Church Angel Restoration Fund, 1309 W. Locust St., Scranton, PA 18504.
Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 5, 2013