Bernadine M. Stack, 87, formerly of Lee Park Towers, Hanover Township, died peacefully Saturday evening at Little Flower Manor with her loving family at her bedside.
Bernadine was born in Hobbie, a daughter of the late John and Mary Clair Zipay Wayda on Aug. 26, 1925. She attended the Swoyersville High School and had been employed by Leslie Fay Manufacturers and the John Heinz Rehabilitation Hospital. She was a longtime member of St. Francis Church, Miners Mills.
She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and great-grandmother who cared not only for her family but also served as a foster grandparent for more than 15 years.
She has been preceded in death by her husband, Walter Stachniewicz, in 1955, and by brothers Joseph, John, Michael, Frank and Anthony Wayda, and sisters Suzanne Stine, Marie Zajac, Rita Wensel and Teresa Kolesar.
Surviving are her children, son, Robert J. Stack, and his wife, Felicity, Sarasot, Fla.; and daughters, Nancy Paddock and her husband, Joseph, Hanover Township, and Jean Marie Stack, also of Hanover Township; grandchildren, Joseph, Karen and Mark Paddock; Carolyn, Walter and Amadeus Stack; great-grandchildren, Genevieve Paddock, Oscar Paddock Avila and Joseph Paddock.
God saw you getting tired
And a cure was not to be
So he put his arms around you
"Come to Me"
With tearful eyes we watched you
And saw you pass away
and although we love you dearly
we could not make you stay.
A Golden heart stopped beating
Hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best.
Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in the Chapel of Little Flower Manor, 200 S. Meade St., Wilkes-Barre.
Friends are invited to call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, and from 12:30 p.m.. until the Mass Tuesday in the Little Flower Manor Chapel.
Bernadine's family would like to thank the staff at Little Flower Manor and St. Therese Residence for the compassionate care given to her during the time she was under their care.
Memorial donations may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105-3678.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting Bernadine's obituary at www.natandgawlasfuneralhome.com.
Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home
89 Park Ave
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
Published in Times Leader on July 29, 2013