Pauline Martina Dunay Vitek, 90, of Duryea, died Thursday at her home. Her husband, Jacob. J. Vitek, died on Nov. 20, 2004, after 54 years of marriage
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Born in Czechoslovakia on March 4, 1924, daughter of the late Martin and Anna Pavlisko Dunay, Pauline came to the United States when she was a child. She and her mom returned to Czechoslovakia 47 years later to visit the family they left behind. When she returned to the U.S., she kissed the ground at the airport, and was so thankful to be back home in the country she loved.
She was educated at St. John the Baptist and Duryea schools. She worked as a nanny in New York, was employed by the Consolidated Cigar Co. in West Pittston and retired from Schott Optical in Duryea. A member of the former St. John the Baptist R.C. Church in Pittston, she was currently a member of Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Duryea, and the Pittston Senior Center. She worked hard, and enjoyed life to the fullest when her health allowed.
She was a devoted wife, daughter, mom, sister, aunt and friend. She was as comfortable with a hammer and nail and mixing concrete as she was with making a dinner or doing the laundry.
She wanted to live every moment that she had. She was a bargain shopper and beach lover.
She was just as happy at work as she was at a social event. She died at home with her daughter, Jacqueline, sister, Helen Champi, and niece, Denise Woytach, at her side.
Surviving are a daughter, Jacqueline A. Vitek, Duryea; sisters, Veronica Reese, Duryea; Helen and husband, Richard Champi, Duryea; Ruth and husband, Bernard Pernot, Duryea; Ann and husband, Ed Breig, Old Forge; and Irene and husband, Michael Kosik, Dupont; brothers, Martin (Franky) and wife, Irene Dunay, Duryea; Paul and wife, Anna Mae Dunay, Shelton, Conn.; and Joseph and wife, Bernadine Dunay, Enola; nieces, nephews, including godson, Edwin Breig; great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends.
Preceding her in death besides her parents and husband were her sister-in-law, Theresa M. Vitek; sister, Theresa Macuga; brothers, Michael and Albert Dunay; godchild and niece, Ann Marie Kosik; niece, Debby Nesgoda; nephew, Robert Vetack; sisters-in-law, Irene and Anna Dunay, Agnes Perlock and Hattie Vetack; and brothers-in-law, William Reese, Edwin Macuga and Michael Vetack.
Her daughter would like to extend her thanks to the dedicated staff of Traditional Home Health.
The nurses, aide and therapists did wonderful work in helping Pauline for several months.
Also, thanks must be given to Caregivers of America and their devoted hospice staff, who helped Pauline and her daughter in many ways. Pauline was and her daughter is most grateful to Dr. Darlene Ann Dunay and her loyal staff for their support and care over decades. With the doctor's help, Pauline bounced back from many serious illnesses and complications.
The funeral will be held Monday, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Holy Rosary Church, Duryea, with the Rev. Andrew Sinnott officiating.
Family and friends are asked to go directly to the church the morning of the funeral. Interment will be at St. John's Cemetery, Duryea.
Friends may call Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Bernard J. Piontek Funeral Home, 204 Main St., Duryea.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Caregivers America Hospice Services, 718 State St., Clark Summit, PA 18411.
To leave the family an online condolence, visit www.piontekfuneralhome.com.
Published in Scranton Times on June 7, 2014
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