Freda M. Doyle, 85, passed away on Aug. 25, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz., where she had been visiting her daughter.
Freda was born on Nov. 19, 1927, in Shawnee, Okla., the daughter and granddaughter of immigrants from Lebanon. After the death of her father when she was 13, Freda moved with her mother and two sisters from Oklahoma to Wilkes-Barre. She went on to graduate from GAR High School, Wilkes-Barre.
Freda became a kind and significant presence in the Northeastern Pennsylvania antiques market and she, for many years, owned and operated Collector's Corner, an antiques shop in Luzerne. She was known throughout the Wyoming Valley for her capability to effectively run estate sales and for her love of flea markets and the discovery of antique treasures.
Her other passions were her family and the wonderful Lebanese food that could be found in the Wilkes-Barre area.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Elizabeth Joseph; her beloved daughter, Jennifer DiGiosa; and her faithful companion of many years, her dog, Sammy.
Freda is survived by her daughters Charlotte Smith (Robert), Mehoopany, and Diane Nelson (Daniel), Scottsdale; sisters, Loretta Punko and Marion Dalkiewicz, both of Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren, Marie DiGiosa, Tara Smith, Leigh Ann Mastrini and Louis Mastrini; and numerous nieces and nephews. Her marriage to the late John Donald Doyle ended in divorce.
Freda's family thanks the wonderful staff at the non-profit
in Phoenix, Ariz., who lovingly and attentively cared for Freda during her final days. The support, kindness and compassionate care they provided to Freda and her family were deeply appreciated.
Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Andrew Parish, St. Patrick's Church, 316 Parish St., Wilkes-Barre. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. with the Rev. James McGahagan officiating. Inurnment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.
Donations in Freda's memory may be made to the
, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014, or via the
donations webpage, https://www.hov.org/donation?type_of_donation=0.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Gubbiotti Funeral Home, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter.
To send the family an expression of sympathy or an online condolence, please visit www.gubbiottifh.com.
Gubbiotti Funeral Home
1030 Wyoming Ave.
Exeter, PA 18643
Published in Times Leader on Sept. 4, 2013