Henrietta "Ena" Washeleski Belden, 90, died Thursday at Maryfield Nursing Home, High Point, N.C. She was preceded in death by her husband, William T. Sr., in 2003.
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Ena was born in Simpson on Sept. 26, 1922, to the late Alexander and Tekla Washeleski. She was a graduate of Fell Township High School, St. Joseph's School of Nursing and the Catholic University of America. She was a veteran of World War II and served overseas as a first lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corp. Before retiring, she was employed as a registered nurse at Maryland School for the Deaf in Columbia, Md.
Ena loved people and always opened her heart and home to family, friends and strangers. She was a devout Catholic who was most recently a member of IHM Church, High Point. She was also a voracious reader and crossword puzzle aficionado.
She is survived by seven children, William T. Jr. and wife, Cathy; Mark A. and wife, Kate; Norman J. and wife, Phyllis; Posie and Ando; Thomas M., Dana R. Beeson and husband, Mike; and Christopher P. and wife, Charlotte; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Martha L. Kramer; granddaughter, Lauren Thornburg; five brothers: Edward, Barney, Charles, Irwin and Eugene; and three sisters, Alice, Stella and Cecelia.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Michael's Church, 46 Midland St., Simpson. Interment with military honors in St. Michael's Cemetery
Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Joseph W. Scotchlas Funeral Home Inc., 621 Main St., Simpson.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Poor Servants of the Mother of God, attn. Sister Gabriela at Maryfield, 1315 Greensboro Road, High Point, NC 27260
For directions or condolences, visit www.scotchlas funeralhome.com.
Published in Scranton Times on November 30, 2012