Mary Homza Gunshannon, 97, of Duplan Manor, Kingston, passed away on Monday at the Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Dallas. She had been a guest of the Village at Greenbriar Assisted Living Center for the past six years.
Born in Larksville, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Anna Evans Homza. She was a graduate of Kingston High School and attended College Misericordia.
She served in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) from 1945 to 1947. The WAC was the women's branch of the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1978.
She worked as a file clerk at the Pentagon and as a general clerk and finance clerk in Frankfurt, Germany. It was during her service in Germany that she met and married Thomas F. Gunshannon of Philadelphia, who was also serving in the military in Germany. They married March 15, 1947, returned to the United States in May 1947 and settled in Kingston.
Mary was a member of St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church in Kingston.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Thomas F. Gunshannon Sr., in June 2003; and brothers, Michael and Eli.
Surviving are her sons, Thomas F. Jr., Larksville; William (Judith), Luzerne; Michael (Charlotte), Kingston; daughter, Mary Ellen (Walter) Belchick, Dallas; six grandchildren; three great grandchildren. Also surviving are her sister, Anna Ferree, Saranac Lake, N.Y.; and sister-in-law, Marie Homza, McKeesport.
A requiem liturgy will be at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church. Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Pringle. There will be no calling hours.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Betz-Jastremski Funeral Home Inc., 568 Bennett St., Luzerne.
To light a virtual candle or leave a message of condolence for Mary's family, please visit www.betzjastremski.com.
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Published in Times Leader from Sept. 18 to Sept. 19, 2013