Alice M. Diskin, 95, a lifelong resident of the Minooka section of Scranton, died late Wednesday in the Northeast Pa. Hospice Unit at the Regional Hospital of Scranton after an illness. She was the widow of Joseph T. Diskin Sr., who died in 1997.
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Born in Avoca, daughter of the late Richard and Ann Moore O'Donnell, she was a graduate of the Minooka High School and was a faithful parishioner of the Divine Mercy Parish at St. Joseph's Church for over 90 years. Prior to retirement she had been employed by the Mercy Hospital in the housekeeping department.
The family wants to give special thanks to her caregivers Kathy and Colleen.
Surviving are her eight children, Richard Diskin and his wife Elizabeth Ann, Ft. Myers, Fla.; Diane Haggerty, Dunmore; Joseph T. Diskin Jr. and his wife Carol Ann, Minooka; James Diskin and his wife Renee, St. Simons Island, Ga,; Susanne Jacobs and her husband Jeremia, Raleigh, N.C.; Maureen Lyons and her husband Patrick, Clarks Summit; Thomas Diskin and his companion Nina, Medford, Or,; and Patrick Diskin and his wife Cathy, Alexandria, Va.; 22 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Joseph O. Haggerty; nine siblings, Dorothy O'Donnell, Mae Mahon, Helen Judge, Anna Regan, Edward, William, Richard, Bud and James O'Donnell.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10:30 a.m. in the Divine Mercy Parish at St. Joseph's Church, 321 Davis St., Scranton. Anyone attending the Mass is asked to go directly to the church.
Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Vanston and James Funeral Home, 1401 Ash St., Scranton. Interment, parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Divine Mercy Parish at St. Joseph's Church, 312 Davis St., Scranton, PA 18505. For directions or to send the family and online condolence, visit www.vanstonandjames.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 13, 2012