Catherine M. "Kate" Kukucka

TUNKHANNOCK — Catherine M. "Kate" Kukucka, of Tunkhannock, died Saturday, June 28, 2014, in Community Medical Center in Scranton.

She was born on March 28, 1920, in Lake Winola, a daughter of the late John and Anna Thomas Mikulski.

Prior to retirement, she was employed as a chef for Governor William Scranton and as head chef at Keystone Junior College. Kate was the owner of the White House Inn in Tunkhannock until the 1972 flood.

She was a member of the Church of the Nativity BVM in Tunkhannock and started the potato pancake stand for the Triton Hose Co. carnival, providing her family recipe.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Kukucka Sr.; son-in-law, Clifford Kingston; great-granddaughter, Meggie Lee Rougth; brothers, Charles, George R. and infant brother, John Mikulski; sisters, Anna Kamoski, Margaret Kuback, Mildred Whitlonis, Connie Skrynski and infant sister, Mary Mikulski.

Surviving are a son, John (Ruth) Kukucka, Tunkhannock; daughters, Jean (Ron) Steele, Tunkhannock, Darlene (Danny) Miller, Forkston Township; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday from the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home Inc., 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Nativity BVM in Tunkhannock. Interment will be in Sunnyside Cemetery, Tunkhannock. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Funeral Home

Sheldon - Kukuchka Funeral Home - Tunkhannock
73 West Tioga Street  Tunkhannock, PA 18657

Published in Times Leader from June 29 to June 30, 2014