Kathy Martin, 58, a lifelong resident of West Scranton, died Thursday evening under the care of the VNA Hospice Unit at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton. She is survived by her beloved husband, Ken Martin.
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Born Sept. 14, 1955, daughter of Mary Gerrity Loscombe of Scranton and the late John "Jack" Loscombe Sr., Kathy was a graduate of West Scranton High School, class of 1973. Upon graduation from the Mercidian School of Practical Nursing in Scranton, she began her career as an LPN with Community Medical Center, which spanned 37 years. She loved her work, and if not for illness, she would have continued nursing for many more years. With her husband serving as president, Kathy volunteered with the West Scranton Falcons football program for 25 years, helping raise money by running the concession stands, organizing dances and doing anything that needed to be done to support her husband, the program at large, but most importantly, to provide for the children of the West Side Falcons and give them the best experience possible. Having an enormous heart, Kathy never had anything negative to say about anyone, always finding the best in people. She was greatly admired by everyone and her legacy of love, care and a selfless nature lives on with her family. Most admired by her children, Kathy was the most beautiful and amazing mother and grammy who will forever be remembered for her strength and guidance. Loved by so many, she will never be forgotten. She was a member of St. Patrick's Church in Scranton.
Also surviving are her children, daughter, Dana Willson and partner, Kyle Lentes; son, Eric Mills and wife, Amy; and stepdaughter, Megan Martin; siblings, John "Jack" Loscombe Jr. and wife, Susan; Richard Loscombe and wife, Melissa; Mary Ellen Flannery and husband, Robert; and David Loscombe; three grandchildren whom she adored greatly, Zackary, Mia Bella and Lucas, all of Scranton; and many nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by an infant brother, James Loscombe.
Her family would like to collectively thank Dr. Kenneth Gentilezza, the nurses of Geisinger CMC and the staff of the VNA Hospice Unit for the care they gave Kathy during her most difficult time, and also the Scranton community for their continued love and support for Kathy and her family throughout her illness. Join them to celebrate Kathy's life for a memorial fundraiser, "Kare for Kathy," to be held at the Villa Maria II, 1610 Washburn St., Scranton, today from 4 to 9 p.m.
The funeral will be Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. from the Kevin K. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 125 N. Main Ave., Scranton, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Patrick's Church, 1403 Jackson St., Scranton, to be celebrated by the Rev. Martin Boylan, pastor. Interment will follow at Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton
Relatives and friends may pay their respects Monday, 4 to 7 p.m. Visit www.Kearney FuneralHome.com for directions or to leave an online condolence.
Kearney Funeral Homes
125 North Main Avenue Scranton, PA 18504
Published in Scranton Times on Mar. 9, 2014