Nancy Messina Landis

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Nov. 22, 2012

Nancy Messina Landis, 86, of Pittston, formerly of Scranton, passed away peacefully at home on Thanksgiving Day surrounded by her loving family.

She and her husband, Charles Sampson Landis, celebrated 66 years of marriage on Oct. 12.

Born in Washington, D.C., Nancy was the daughter of the late Michele and Carmela Ragusa Messina, who emigrated from Sicily to New York.

Nancy had an inquisitive mind and engaging spirit, led by her strong faith in God. She was an active member of St. Theresa's Church in Wilkes-Barre before moving to St. Paul's Church in Scranton. She was a leading participant in the Cursillo movement, a lector, minister, teacher of ministries and helped in the CCD program at St. Paul's Church in Scranton. She worked for many years as a teller supervisor at the Third National Bank, Scranton, before retiring in 1990.

Nancy was an avid reader, a bridge-player and was most joyful wherever and whenever her family gathered. She is survived by her three daughters, Sister Sarah Landis, IHM, Wilkes-Barre; Catherine Durkin and husband Joseph, Orlando, Fla.; and Maria Landis, Scranton; two sons, Michael Landis and wife, Cathy, Cutchogue, N.Y, and Charles "Skip" Landis and wife Kelly, Gresham, Ore.; a sister, Grace Bollo, Southampton, N.Y.; grandchildren, Meghan Landis, Los Angeles, Calif.; Michael Colin Landis and wife Heidi, Jersey City, N.J.; Robert Durkin and wife Sarah, Orlando, Fla.; Rachel Durkin Stahl and husband John, New Milford, Pa.; Cathleen Durkin, Orlando, Fla.; Steven Veremeychik and wife Katie, Rochester, N.Y.; Amanda Pace, Scranton, and Anne Williams, Eynon; great-grandchildren, Michayla and Jack Stahl; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Ina Messina and Alba Arnez; sister-in-law, Mary Landis Lynch, and great-grandson, Matthew Waldron Stahl.

The funeral will be Wednesday with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Paul Church, 1510 Penn Ave., Scranton, to be celebrated by Msgr. John J. Bendik, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston. Those attending the funeral are asked to proceed directly to the church on Wednesday. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton.

Friends may call Tuesday 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the McGoff-Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 1401 Capouse Ave., Scranton.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702; or Care and Concern Ministries, 35 William St., Pittston, PA 18640.

Published in Times Leader on Nov. 26, 2012
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