Tammy Mistishin Franks, 42, of Danville, died on Thursday at her home. She is survived by her husband of 21 years, Daniel Franks.
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She was born on Dec. 24, 1970, in Paterson, N.J., the loving daughter of John and Janice Mistishin of Waymart. She enjoyed a happy childhood with her siblings, John, Mike and Sue. Tammy graduated from Western Wayne High School with honors in 1989. She continued her education at Bloomsburg University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in medical imaging. She trained at Geisinger's School of Cardiovascular Medicine and became a cardiovascular invasive specialist. She worked at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and Williamsport Hospital before joining Healthworks Medical Staffing Agency. With Healthworks, she worked as a cardiovascular specialist in hospitals throughout southeastern and central Pennsylvania. She spent the last part of her career working in Geisinger Medical Center's Cardiology Department.
Tammy enjoyed a full, active life with her family and friends. She loved dancing and worked as a Zumba instructor for the Danville Area Community Center. Tammy was committed to the fight against cancer and supported fundraisers for breast cancer awareness and research. She was also very active in the Danville community and enjoyed dedicating her time to organizations such as Geisinger's House of Care. Everyone who had the pleasure of being a part of Tammy's world knows that she had a true passion for life. Her family was always her top priority and she was a loving wife to her husband, Dan, and proud mother of three wonderful boys, Keegan, Logan and Dagen. She loved few things more than cheering for her sons at a sports game or spending time outdoors with family and friends. She passed away surrounded by family and friends and is now standing hand in hand with God.
She is also survived by three sons, Corpsman Keegan Franks, Navy, Bethesda, Md.; Logan and Dagen Franks, at home; two brothers, John Mistishin and wife, Amy, of Waymart; and Mike Mistishin and wife, Michelle, of Lake Ariel; a sister, Sue Martin and husband, Robert, of Florida; parents-in-law, Robert and Katherine Franks of Danville; brothers-in-law, Scott and Brian Franks, both of Milton; as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Tammy was also preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Gladys and Frank DeFazio; as well as paternal grandparents, John and Anna Mistishin.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary of the Central United Methodist Church, 205 11th St., Honesdale, with the Rev. Robert Kazinski, officiating. Interment will be Wednesday in the Canaan Corners Cemetery, Waymart.
Friends may visit on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Wesley Room of the Central United Methodist Church, Honesdale.
A celebration of life will be held on June 30 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Pine Barn Inn, 1 Pine Barn Place, Danville.
Arrangements are attended by the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home, 1228 N. Main St., Honesdale.
As Tammy shared so much of her life generously with others, the family hopes our community will follow her example, donating time and energy to acts of kindness and charity as a fitting tribute to her spirit.
Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home
1228 Main Street
Honesdale, PA 18431
Published in Scranton Times on May 19, 2013