Constance E. Pienkowsky

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March 7, 2010

Constance "Connie" E. Pienkowsky, 83, formerly of Glen Street, Wilkes-Barre, passed away Sunday afternoon, March 7, 2010, at Little Flower Manor, Wilkes-Barre, where she had been a resident for the past five years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Teofil Pienkowsky, who passed away in 1955. Born on August 18, 1926, in Larksville, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Lottie Kotinsley Leketsky. Connie was a graduate of the former Larksville High School, Class of 1944. Prior to her retirement, Connie worked for the Kiddie Shoppe, in both Wilkes-Barre and Kingston, for more than 20 years. While a resident at Little Flower Manor, Connie was a member of the Residents Council. She enjoyed socializing with friends she made and even discovered bingo was a fair way to pass some time. Connie had a great love for life and her family. She enjoyed cooking, tending to her home and garden, and getting dressed up and going out to dinner. She also enjoyed watching sporting events, especially the Cleveland Cavaliers. Connie had a great love for animals. Her yellow lab, Mandy, was her very faithful companion. Connie's family was her greatest joy in life. After the passing of her husband, Teofil, Connie acted as both mother and father to her children, raising them with great pride and dignity. She will forever be remembered as a loving and caring mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. In addition to her parents and her husband, Teofil, she was preceded in death by her brother, Raymond Leketsky; and her grandson, Greg Menzel. Connie is survived by her loving children, Joseph and his wife, Barbara Menzel Pienkowsky, Kingston; Justine Weiss and her husband, Dr. Michael Weiss, Mountain Top; grandchildren, Jennifer Shafer Ilgauskas and her husband, Zydrunas; Joseph J. Pienkowsky; Jared Shafer and his wife, Hope; Anna Weiss; Paul Menzel and his wife, Lori; great grandchildren, Megan and Paul Menzel, Povilas and Deividas Ilgauskas, Dillan Shafer; cousin Audrey Yackimowicz. Connie is also survived by her close friend and companion, Debbie Shutlock, who provided her with great love and care during her stay at Little Flower Manor. The family would like to extend their gratitude to everyone at Little Flower Manor for all the comfort and security they provided for Connie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in Little Flower Manor Chapel, 200 Meade St., Wilkes-Barre, with the Rev. Richard Ghezzi officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary of the Nativity Cemetery, Plymouth. Family and friends may call on Wednesday, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Mamary-Durkin Funeral Service Corp., 59 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre, and also on Thursday, from noon until the time the Mass, at Little Flower Manor Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Connie's memory to the Resident's Council at Little Flower Manor, 200 Meade Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

Published in Times Leader on Mar. 9, 2010