Mary Slesinski, of Laflin, passed away peacefully Sunday morning at the Little Flower Manor surrounded by her family.
Born in Poland, she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Agnes Butasek Timek. She moved to Laflin at an early age. She was a graduate of West Pittston High School. Mary was a lifelong resident of Laflin and was known as the First Lady of Laflin. She was the first woman to serve as mayor of Laflin, the first woman justice of the peace and served as Laflin borough secretary, council woman and also served on the Board of Elections. Mary started the Laflin Playground, which is named after her, and started the Boy Scouts in Laflin. She was a patron and was instrumental in the building of the Laflin Library, Laflin Borough Building and St. Maria Goretti Church. She received the St. Ann's Award. Mary had been writing the history of Laflin. She was a co-founder of SVS Associates, Wilkes-Barre. She was a member of St. Maria Goretti Church.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Stanley, who passed away on Jan. 18, 2007.
She is also preceded in death by her granddaughter Lorianne, son-in-law Terry Schatzel, daughter-in-law Suzanne Slesinski, sisters Anna Simerson and Agnes Kolesar, and brother Andrew Timek Jr.
She is survived by daughter Mary Lucy Vosburg and her husband, Robert, of Wapwallopen; son Stanley Jr. and his wife, Judy, of Syracuse, N.Y.; son Michael, of Pittston, and daughter Ann Therese Schatzel of Bear Creek Township; grandchildren Carolyn Slesinski, Rebecca Slesinski, Matthew Slesinski, Marianne Montagna and T.J. Schatzel; great-grandchildren, Cory, Caitlyn, Ava, Christopher, Max and Poviel; sisters Angela Yozwiak of Avoca and Irene Zigmund of Inkerman; brother, Edward Timek, and his wife, Arlene, of Inkerman; sister-in-law, Rose Timek, Dallas; numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at from the Michael J. Mikelski Funeral Home, 293 S. River St., Plains. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in St. Maria Goretti Church, 42 Redwood Drive, Laflin, with Monsignor Neil Van Loon officiating. Interment will be in St. John's Cemetery, Exeter. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today. The Bereavement Group will recite the Rosary at 9 a.m. at the church.
Memorial donations may be made in Mary's name to the Laflin Library, 42 Laflin Road, Laflin, PA 18702.
Michael J Mikelski Funeral Home
293 S River St Plains, PA 18705
Published in Times Leader on June 18, 2013