Regina A. (Jean) Langan, 92, died March 19 at Wesley Village, Pittston, where she was a resident.
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Born in Duryea on March 21, 1921, daughter of the late Peter and Margaret Hogan Langan, Regina received a Bachelor of Science in business education from Bloomsburg State College and a Master of Science in counselor education from Marywood College. She also completed additional graduate studies at Temple University, the State University of New York and Marywood.
Regina enjoyed a long and rewarding career, beginning with a government post in Washington, D.C., during World War II. Following the war, she accepted a teaching position at East Hampton High School, Long Island, N.Y. She later served as administrative assistant to the president of King's College, Wilkes-Barre.
In 1958, Regina joined the faculty of Marywood College (now Marywood University) in the business department, where she was a distinguished teacher and esteemed mentor for 27 years, until her retirement in 1986. During her tenure, she also served as dean of students, the first lay person in the history of the college to serve in that capacity. In 1978, she was awarded the school's prestigious gold medal and inducted into the Order Cor Mariae — Pro Fide et Cultura for distinguished vicennial service to the college.
A lifelong Catholic and a woman of deep and unwavering faith, Regina was a member of the former Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, now Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Duryea, and its Women's Society.
Jean is remembered by family and friends for her generosity, insight, keen wit and fantastic sense of humor. She made true friends wherever she went.
Surviving are a sister, Louise Langan Gike, Glen Mills; nieces and nephews, Mark Sullivan, Lora Sullivan and son, Dan; Walter Sullivan, Teri Sullivan and her husband, Jerry Goebel; and Margi Gike Watters and husband, Bob, and son, Bobby.
She was also preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Langan Sullivan; brothers-in-law, Stephen A. "Steve" Gike and Walter Sullivan; nephew, Brian Sullivan; and dear friend, Henry "Hank" Bertram.
The family would like to thank the staff of Wesley Village for helping Regina in countless ways during her final years, and Dr. Martin Moran, her kind physician who provided her with excellent care. Regina was most appreciative of their support and friendship.
A Mass of Christian Burial with be celebrated Saturday at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 529 Stephenson St., Duryea, by the Rev. Andrew Sinnott. Interment, St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Twp. Arrangements are by the Bernard J. Piontek Funeral Home Inc., 204 Main St., Duryea.
A viewing will be held Saturday from 10 until the time of services at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wesley Village, 209 Roberts Road, Pittston, PA 18640, or Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 127 Stephenson St., Duryea, PA 18642.
To leave an online condolence, visit www.piontekfu neralhome.com.
Bernard J. Piontek Funeral Home Inc.
204 Main Street
Duryea, PA 18642
Published in Scranton Times on Mar. 26, 2014