April 10, 2012
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Joan Machey Thomas, 68, of Ashley, passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. She was born in Wilkes-Barre Township on August 5, 1943, a daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Straigis Machey. Joan was a graduate of Wilkes-Barre Township High School, class of 1960. She was formerly employed by the RCA Corp., in Mountain Top. She was self employed as a seamstress and caterer. Joan was a member of St. Leo's/Holy Rosary Church in Ashley, where she fried potato pancakes at the annual church bazaar for many years and served as the treasurer and candy chairperson of the St. Leo's P.T.A. Joan was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She was known as the "Piggie Lady." You could always find her at her kitchen table making thousands of piggies. She loved to cook and bake for her family and friends, especially at Christmas and Easter. Joan and her loving husband, Louis, would have celebrated their 48th Wedding Anniversary on May 2, 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her brother-in-law, John Koviack Sr., and her nephew John Koviack Jr. Surviving in addition to her husband are children, Cindy McGrady and her husband, Gene, Hanover Township; Jeffery Thomas and his wife, Jennifer, Hockessin, Del.; Tami Thomas, at home; grandchildren, Alexandra and Nathan Thomas; sister, Marybeth Koviack, Ashley; best companion, Wrigley; nieces and nephews; grand-nieces and nephews; great-grand-nieces and nephews; many friends and family. Funeral services will be held on Friday morning at 9 a.m. from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 9:30 a.m. in St. Leo's/Holy Rosary Church, 33 Manhattan Street, Ashley. Her Pastor, Rev. Thomas J. O'Malley, and Rev. John J. Chmil will officiate. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent by visiting Joan's obituary at www.natandgawlasfuneralhome.com .
Published in Times Leader on Apr. 11, 2012