Annamae P. McHale

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Annamae P. (Konopka) McHale, 81, died surrounded by love at her home on Hemlock Drive on Wednesday evening, Aug. 27, 2014.

Born Oct. 28, 1932, in Tobyhanna, Pa., she was the daughter of Alexander and Anna (Shimko) Konopka.

She graduated from Coolbaugh School in 1950, as valedictorian, and she never stopped learning or setting a good example. She often gave of her last dime so others did not have to go without, she listened to and encouraged everyone and she made time to polka dance. Spending time with family and friends was Annamae's foremost passion in life, but she had others, such as baking, preparing gourmet meals for her cat, Neo, and watching Notre Dame football (including praying the rosary for victory). She was seldom seen on a drive around town without her three dogs, Sophie, Dakota and Naki, who provided unconditional love, comfort and companionship.

She was employed by the Pocono Mountain School District for the 41 years before her passing, serving countless children of all ages during a career that began as a school bus driver and finishing it in the position of executive secretary at Clear Run Intermediate School.

She is survived by six children, Mary Ann McHale (Jeff Corson), Loganton, Pa.; Robert (Julie) McHale, Thornhurst, Pa.; Julia McHale, Tobyhanna, Pa.; John McHale (Anna Koepke), Ashley, Pa.; Eugene (Melissa) McHale, Hanover Twp., Pa.; and David (Cheri McCrossin), Canadensis, Pa. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, her brother, Alexander (Kris) Konopka Jr., Tannersville, Pa.; her uncle, Mike Shimko; her aunt, Helen Freach; a niece and nephew, as well as "adopted children," John Hay and June Bialczak.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Thomas A. McHale; and their oldest son, Thomas J. McHale.

Annamae requested a private service and burial. The family wishes to thank the countless individuals who touched her life with their presence, prayers, love and friendship: you meant so much to her.

Arrangements are by the Duffy and Snowdon Funeral Home, Moscow.

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Published in Scranton Times on Aug. 29, 2014