Sharon Bieryla, R.N., 65, of Old Forge, died Saturday evening under the care of the VNA Hospice Unit at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton after a courageous 3½-year battle with cancer. Her loving husband of 41 years is Robert Bieryla.
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Born Nov. 18, 1948, in Scranton, daughter of the late Richard and Grace Conti Durkin, Sharon was a graduate of West Scranton High School and Scranton State General Hospital School of Nursing. She also attended the University of Scranton and had a certification in gerentology. A registered nurse, Sharon retired from Clarks Summit State Hospital, where she cared for patients with respect and compassion.
Sharon lovingly welcomed holiday events at her home, as she showcased her culinary talents. She also enjoyed taking swim classes with her swim pals at the Jewish Community Center. In the past year, she became an avid domino player, thanks to her friends in Florida. She was a great wife, mother, grandmother and mother-in-law, and her grandchildren were the light of her life.
Also surviving are four daughters, Amy Bieryla and husband, Brad Ceulers, Coatesville; Christine Bieryla, Old Forge; Elizabeth Bonini and husband, Michael, Mechanicsburg; and Kate Tedesco and husband, Matthew, Huntingtown, Md.; granddaughters, Ava and Sophia Ceulers; and grandsons, Dominic and Dante Bonini.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Dennis Durkin.
A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Prince of Peace Parish, 123 W. Grace St., Old Forge, to be celebrated by the Rev. August A. Ricciardi, pastor. Those wishing to attend the funeral are asked to go directly to the church. Interment will follow at St. Mary's of Czestochowa Cemetery, Greenwood section of Moosic.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home, 517 N. Main St., Old Forge.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Prescription Assistance Fund, c/o Medical Oncology Associates, 382 Pierce St., Kingston, PA 18704.
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517 North Main Street Old Forge, PA 18518-1811
Published in Scranton Times on July 15, 2014