Charlene Marie Yurko, 60, of Loyalville, passed away after a lengthy illness on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, at Timber Ridge, Plains Township, with many family members at her side.
Ms. Yurko was born in Wilkes-Barre on March 19, 1953, and was a daughter of Shirley Marie Patton Ayers of Harveys Lake and the late William Raymond Ayers.
Charlene graduated from Lake-Lehman High School in 1971 and received her master's degree in organizational management from College Misercordia, Dallas. She was employed by Area Agency on Aging of Luzerne County for the last 12 years.
Charlene loved her family, especially her daughters and grandchildren. She was an avid reader of murder mysteries. Her hobbies included crocheting, sewing and computer games. Growing up, she loved to work on the farm.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her sister, Rae Ayers.
She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Wallace, and her husband, Scott, and their children, Stasia, Jonathan and Autumn, all of Loyalville; sisters, Cindy DeGraff, Springville; Holly Malinowski, Pikes Creek; and Kelly Johnson, Red Rock; brothers, William Ayers, Falls; Jack Ayers, Beaumont; Daniel Ayers, Harveys Lake; Joseph Ayers, Harveys Lake; and Todd Ayers, Sweet Valley; along with many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday from the Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home Inc., corner of routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek, with the Rev. Carol Folk of the Loyalville United Methodist Church officiating. Friends may call 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, prior to the service.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be sent to the
, 613 Baltimore Drive, Suite 3, East Mountain Commons, Wilkes Barre, PA 18702.
Online condolences can be made at www.clswansonfuneralhome.com.
Published in Times Leader on Oct. 3, 2013