Frances M. Voveris

Frances M. Voveris, 93, of Exeter, passed away Tuesday morning, March 19, 2013 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Born Aug. 14, 1919, in Paterson, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Frank and Alice Boyd Baltuska.

Frances graduated from Eastside High School in Paterson, N.J., and attended a culinary art school given by the Works Progress Administration. Upon graduation, she was employed by Garfinkle Ritter-Equitable Life Assurance Society in New York City as a clerk typist. She was a former employee of Fowler, Dick and Walker, Wilkes-Barre. She also served as an administrative assistant for Columbia-Montour Home Health Services.

She enjoyed singing, and this is where she met her husband, Bronis, who was a choral director and organist of St. Casimir's in Paterson, N.J. Later they moved to Pittston, where she spent most of her life devoting her time to her seven children. She spent her spare time singing in church choirs, St. Casimir's, St. Nicholas and St. Cecilia. In addition, she was a member of the former Berwick Area Community Chorus and the "Golden Voices" of the Cosmopolitan Club.

While the children were in school, she served as president of the PTA of Pittston High School and president of the Band Association.

She was a member of the former St. Casimir's Church, now St. John the Evangelist, Pittston. She was a member of St. John's Altar and Rosary Society, Kingston Senior Center and the Cosmopolitan Seniors. She volunteered her time to church activities. She enjoyed creating and designing the palm bouquets that were carried in processional for Palm Sunday in St. Casimir's Church. She also enjoyed the art classes in the Kingston Senior Center and participated in several art exhibitions.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bronis, on April 29, 1989, after 49 years of marriage. Also preceding her in death were brothers, Joseph and John, and sister Elsie.

Surviving are her sister Anne Adams, Nipomo, Calif; sons, Ronald and wife Mary Claire, Yatesville; Francis and wife Anita, Maumee, Ohio; Lt. Col. Bronis and wife Col. Susan, Albuquerque, N.M.; daughters, Joan Voveris, Berwick; Paulyna Nutaits and husband Raymond, Lake Mary, Fla.; Angela Walsh and husband Richard, Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.; Roberta Hughes, Plains; grandchildren, Richard, Bradley and Martin Walsh; David Nutaitis; Christopher Voveris; Sarah and Ryan Pontsler; Anthony Voveris; Jessica and Michael Voveris, and Emily Hughes; great-grandchildren, Michael, Isabelle and Jack Walsh; Richard, Molly and William Walsh; Rebekah Nutaitis; and one step great-grandchild, Gavin Nutaitis.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Evangelist Church, 35 William St., Pittston. A viewing will be held in the church at 9 a.m. before the service. Interment will be in St. Casimir's Cemetery, Pittston.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John the Evangelist Parish Community or to . Arrangements are by Kizis-Lokuta Funeral Home, 134 Church St., Pittston.

Published in Times Leader on Mar. 21, 2013