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Mildred A. (Wasko) Nissen

Mildred A. Wasko Nissen, 81, of Avoca, passed away Tuesday, Aug.13, 2013, at Kindred Hospital Wyoming Valley, Wilkes-Barre.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Edward Wasko, who passed away in 1982, and her second husband, Frank Nissen, who passed away in 2003.

Born in Pittston, she was a daughter of the late John and Anna Kazimer Kavka. She was a graduate of Pittston High School, where she was an honor student. Mildred was employed as a seamstress in the garment industry for several businesses within the Pittston area. Prior to retirement, she was employed as a waitress at Nardone's Restaurant, West Pittston. She was a member of St. Michael's Byzantine Catholic Church, Pittston. She was also a member of the ILGWU.

Mildred was a talented singer and was the lead singer of the Paul Burke Combo. She also performed with Willie Nelson and sang for former President Bill Clinton. She was a former member of the Blessed Sacrament church choir.

Mildred was a beloved mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, who was a very caring and loving woman. She will be missed by all who loved her.

Surviving are her son, Thomas Wasko and his wife, Cathy of Port Griffith; her daughter, Sharon Gorzkowski and her husband, Edward of Glendale.; grandchildren, Tracy Shupp, Edward Gorzkowski, Lynne Luckasavage, with whom she resided, Corey Wasko, Michael Gorzkowski and Sarah Milewski; eight great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by brothers, Daniel and Jack Kavka, and a sister, Eleanor Sim.

The funeral was held on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 from Baloga Funeral Home, Inc. 1201 Main St., Pittston (Port Griffith), Divine Liturgy with the Office of Christian Burial in St. Michael's Byzantine Catholic Church, 205 N. Main St., Pittston, The Rev. Gary Mensinger, administrator, officiated. Interment was in the parish cemetery.

To send an online condolence, please visit www.BalogaFuneralHome.com.

Published in Times Leader on Aug. 18, 2013
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