Priscilla Kurlancheek

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EDWARDSVILLE — Priscilla Kurlancheek died Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at Tiffany Court in Edwardsville at the age of 99.

Born Oct. 6, 1914, in Scranton, she was a daughter of the late Herman and Rose Solomon Judd. Benjamin Kurlancheek, her husband of almost 50 years, preceded her in death in 1983. After attending Beaver College, she married Ben in 1937 and became an active participant with him at Kurlancheek Furniture in Duryea for more than 40 years.

In addition to being a loving and devoted mother to their four children, Priscilla was a successful businesswoman. Ahead of her time, she embodied personal customer service that created long-term relationships with Kurlancheek Furniture. Originating in 1898 by Jacob Kurlancheek, Ben's father, it continues today in Wilkes-Barre under the leadership of her daughter, Ronne.

As a grandmother and great-grandmother, she created wonderful memories of weekly family dinners, game playing and joyful babysitting. After retiring from the furniture business, Priscilla directed her energy and enthusiasm to learning and mastering duplicate bridge, ballroom dancing, bowling and always loving and playing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Priscilla is survived by her children, Barbara Shaffer and her husband, Attorney Charles Shaffer, Kingston; Lynn Gonchar and her husband, Leonard Gonchar, Kingston; Paul Kurlancheek and his wife, Yhing Jaer, Akron, Ohio, and Thailand; Ronne Kurlancheek and her husband, Joel Zitofsky, Wilkes-Barre; and daughter-in-law, Mary Lou Spina, Idetown. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jonathan Shaffer and his wife, Robin, and their son, Daniel, Tysons Corner, Virginia; Ilizabeth Gonchar Hempstead and her children, Augustus and Isaac, Maplewood, New Jersey; Susan Shaffer, Burlington, Vermont; Michael Gonchar and his wife, Allison Kwait, and their son, Benjamin, Brooklyn, New York; Jesse Kurlancheek, Boston, and Kris Kurlancheek, Akron.

Funeral service will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Rosenberg Funeral Chapel Inc., 348 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. Shiva will be observed 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the home of Lynn and Leonard Gonchar, 643 Ford Ave., Kingston.

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Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
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Published in Times Leader from May 1 to May 2, 2014