Joan B. Burns, R.N., 78, of East Union Street, Nanticoke, passed away peacefully, Thursday morning, May 2, 2013 at home surrounded by her family.
A lifelong resident of Nanticoke, she was born on July 19, 1934, a daughter of the late Stanley and Phyllis Kollar Czekaj. She graduated from Nanticoke High School, class of 1952, and received her nurses training at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1955.
Joan was a loving mother, sister and grandmother who found her joy in caring for others. She enjoyed a long and compassionate career in nursing with the former Nanticoke State Hospital, later becoming Mercy Special Care Hospital. She had been a Supervisor in the Emergency Room and Hospital Nursing Supervisor for many years and in later years worked in a part-time capacity until 2011.
Joan enjoyed spending her winters at St. Simons Island, Ga.
She was a member of St. Faustina Kowalska Parish, Nanticoke, and formerly Holy Trinity Church before the consolidation of the parishes. Her family is comforted to remember the words of St. Paul: to be absent from the body is to be present with Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Chester Burns, on Nov. 20, 1994 and her brother, Stanley Czekaj.
Surviving are a daughter, Bonnie Wysocki, Nanticoke; a son, Brian Burns, and his wife, Lisa, Thompson, Pa.; grandchildren, Lea Huffman and her husband, Robert, Nanticoke; Lee Wysocki, Nanticoke; SRA Ryan Wysocki, USAF stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.; a great-grandson, Robbie Huffman; a sister, Barbara Ondeck, and her husband, Gene, Nanticoke; nieces, nephews and her companion, Fred Pope, and his daughter, Jane Pope.
Visitation for family and friends will be Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Davis-Dinelli Funeral Home, 170 E. Broad St., Nanticoke.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Faustina Kowalska Parish / Holy Trinity Church, 520 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke, with the Rev. James R. Nash as celebrant. Those attending are asked to go directly to the church Tuesday morning.
The family extends their sincere thanks to the staff of Celtic Hospice Home Care for their compassionate care. If desired, in lieu of flowers, they would appreciate contributions in Joan's memory be made to the AstraZeneca
, 110 W. Laurel Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111.