Catherine A. (Marko) Makuch, 92, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away peacefully with her son and daughter at her side on Sunday at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
She was born in Wilkes-Barre on March 3, 1921, a daughter of the late John and Mary Hudak Swatkoski. Catherine was a graduate of Coughlin High School, class of 1939. Prior to retirement, she was employed by the RCA Corp., Mountain Top.
Catherine was a devoted Catholic and attended daily Mass. She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish at St. Mary's Church of the Immaculate Conception, Wilkes-Barre, and a longtime member of St. Joseph's Slovak Church in Wilkes-Barre. She and her husband, Paul, were chosen to lock the doors for the final time when the church was closed on March 21, 2010.
Catherine was a faithful and loving wife, mother and friend. She especially enjoyed cooking for her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, George, John, Stephen and Joseph Swatkoski; and by her sisters, Mary Ihnat, Anna Hogan and Elizabeth Swatkoski.
Catherine is survived by her loving husband, Paul R. Makuch, with whom she celebrated 66 years of marriage on July 5, 2013. She is also survived by her daughter, Sister Mary Beth Makuch, SS.C.M., Wilkes-Barre; son, Paul S. Makuch, at home; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, including her dear friend, Mary Theresa Okal, Wilkes-Barre, and also by her dear cat, Rusty.
Catherine's family extends their heartfelt appreciation to the medical staff at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and to her doctors, Dr. Michael Grasso, Dr. David Greenwald, Dr. John Ellis, Dr. Juan DeRojas and Dr. Sandra Pensieri, for their compassionate and attentive care.
Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Fatima Parish at St. Mary's Church of the Immaculate Conception, 134 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, Dallas. Friends may call 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Catherine's memory to the Sisters of Saints Cyril & Methodius Retirement Fund, Villa Sacred Heart, 580 Railroad St., Danville, PA 17821.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting Catherine's obituary at www.natandgawlasfuneralhome.com.
Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home
89 Park Ave Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
Published in Times Leader from Aug. 20 to Aug. 21, 2013