Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Semko|
Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Semko, 92, of Gay Street, Tamaqua, died peacefully on Friday, May 9, in her home, while in the care of her family.
She had worked at the former J.J. Newberry's Department Store, Tamaqua, at a time when penny candy was the norm, and was a switchboard operator for the former Coaldale State General Hospital.Born in Tamaqua, she was a daughter of the late Frederick and Elizabeth (Wenzel) Haldeman, and Lucinda (Fulton) Haldeman, her stepmother, who raised her from an early age.
- She was the widow of Andrew F. Sem-ko, who died in 1981.
She was a 1940 graduate of Tamaqua High School.
The deceased was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, Tamaqua, where she taught Sunday school for many years.
She had been active in Girl Scouts.
Jane was an avid baker and was very engaged with her family. She loved to follow politics and current affairs, while welcoming all conversations about any subject. She had a very active life as the matriarch of her family and was loved by many.
Surviving are a son, William A., and his wife Linda, of Reading; a sister, Georgianna Barni of Lake Harmony; four grandchildren, Cindy J. Miller, and her companion, Karen Deininger, of Brussels, Belgium, Howard Miller, and his wife, Corinne, of Tamaqua, Michael Semko, and his wife, Jennifer, of Great Falls, Va., and Matthew, and his wife, Amanda, of Lake Wood, Co.; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her beloved daughter, Donna Lee Miller, and her husband, Howard F.; a sister, Mary Southam; and a brother, William Haldeman.
Service: Funeral service 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 655 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, with the Rev. Susan Daniels officiating. Interment, Odd Fellows Cemetery, Tamaqua. Call 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and 10-11 a.m. Wednesday. Contributions in her name may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 124 W. Broad St., Tamaqua, Pa. 18252. www.griffithsfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Times News on May 12, 2014