Mrs. LaRue E. Protivnak|
Mrs. LaRue E. Protivnak, wife, mother and grandmother, 78, of Mary-D, died Friday, Aug. 16, in the Good Samaritan Medical Center, Pottsville. She was the wife of Joseph "Reds" Protivnak. They were married for 56 years.
She retired from the former J.E. Morgan Knitting Mills, Tamaqua.
Born in Six Mile Run, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Custer and Olive (Swoke) Ford, and was raised by the late Herman and Martha Wunz.
She was a 1952 graduate of Tamaqua High School and a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, New Philadelphia.
She enjoyed camping at the Pa. Dutch Campground, doing puzzles, and was an avid reader.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter Diane, and her finace, Ed Pollack of Mary-D; a son, Joseph S., and his wife, Beth Ann, of Cumbola; a sister Ruth, wife of Glenn Moffat of St. Thomas Pa.; six brothers, Pete "Harvey" of Mozadon, Ohio, Glenn, and his wife, Pat, of Hopewell Pa., LeRoy of Saxton, Pa., Gary, and his wife, Dolores, of Lewisberry, Pa., Paul, and his wife, Linda, of Duncannon, Pa., and Jack, and his wife, Peggy, of East Berlin, Pa.; two grandchildren, Amanda, and Cory; a great-grandchild, whom she adored, Ava LaRue; a sister-in-law, Theresa Fabrizio; a brother-in-law, Michael "Butch" Protivnak, and his wife, Nancy, of Hegins; and nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by a sister, Dorthera Kauffman; and a brother Danny.
Service: Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, Holy Cross Catholic Church, 37 Clay St., New Philadelphia, with the Rev. Ronald Minner officiating. Interment, Sky-View Memorial Park, Hometown. Call 6-8 o'clock tonight and 8:30-9:45 a.m. Tuesday, E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 655 E. Broad St., Tamaqua. Contributions in her name may be made to the
, Tamaqua Unit, 101 W. Frock St., Frackville, Pa. 17931, or the
, 65 E. Elizabeth Ave., Suite 502, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 18018. Online registry and condolences may be signed at www.griffithsfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Times News from Aug. 17 to Aug. 19, 2013