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Beatrice Mae Pangonis

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MESHOPPEN — Beatrice Mae Pangonis, of Meshoppen, passed away on July 7, 2014, at the home of her daughter.

She was born May 20, 1930, in Dushore, a daughter of the late Mary Pelot Steafather Dempsey and LaRue Steafather, Dushore.

Beatrice was a very loving and giving person. She was a fantastic cook and had the most beautiful handwriting. She worked for more than 40 years, retiring in 1993 from Bendix Allied Signal and the Honeywell Co. in South Montrose, where she did any job that needed to be done, such as an assembler, inspector, expeditor and shipper.

She was a great mom, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be missed by all.

Beatrice was a member of the Church of the Nativity BVM, Tunkhannock, and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Mildred American Legion.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Joseph J. Pangonis, whom she lovingly referred to as "My Joe." She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Crossman, who died in June of this year.

Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Jerry Stroka, Tunkhannock; son-in-law, Bob Crossman, Hayden Lake, Idaho; sister, Joyce Hale and her husband, Gary, Beaumont, California; granddaughters, Jennifer Stroka Cobb and her husband, Jason, Stow, Massachusetts; Christine Stroka Butler and her husband, Arthur, Roaring Brook Township; grandsons, Thomas Stroka and his wife, Kimberly, Crofton, Maryland, and Michael Stroka, Philadelphia; great-granddaughter, Gabriella Stroka; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday from the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in the Church of the Nativity BVM, Tunkhannock. Interment will be in Pieta Cemetery, Tunkhannock. Friends and family may call 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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Published in Times Leader from July 8 to July 9, 2014