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Evelyn M. Stank Adams


1929 - 2020
Evelyn M. Stank Adams Obituary

Evelyn M. Stank Adams, formerly of Hazle Twp., passed away peacefully on Saturday at Mountain Top Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Hazleton on Dec. 30, 1929, Evelyn was the daughter of the late John and Mary Kuchar Stank. She was married to Joseph Adams for 14 years before his death in 2013.

In addition to her parents, Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, her brothers, Raymond and John; and her nephew, Michael Stank.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Nicoleen Stank, and the following nephews and niece, Joseph (Nancy) Stank (Evelyn's Godson), Mary Ellen (Larry) Susevich, David (Donna) Stank and Anthony (Maria) Stank. Other survivors include Sue Ann Maranuk, Janice Pavloski, Louise Fino, George Jarick and Edward Jarick, all children of her late cousin, George Jarick Jr. She is also survived by her caregivers, John M. Nonnemacher, CPA, Marge Stahura, her friend of 39 years, and Dr. Gregory Fino.

Evelyn attended Hazleton public schools and graduated from Hazleton High School in 1947. Before the end of her senior year, on the recommendation of a commercial teacher, she was hired to fill a clerical position at the former Hazleton State Hospital. Upon graduation, she remained an employee of the hospital until she retired as payroll supervisor at Hazleton General Hospital in 1983.

For many years Evelyn was a Mary Kay independent beauty consultant. She had a steady clientele who sought her products and services and made the business successful. After retiring, she was employed for a period of time as receptionist in the office of Dr. John Degenhart.

Evelyn was a life member of St. Joseph Parish, recently renamed Ss. Cyril and Methodius Parish, where she regularly worshipped. She was a faithful member of St. Joseph adult choir from its inception in the mid-1970s until health reasons prevented her from continuing in the parish music ministry. She found joy in participating in liturgical celebrations at her church and delighted in the company of her choir friends. She enjoyed the regular post-rehearsal gatherings at Perkins or Pizza Hut and the seasonal choir parties at restaurants, the homes of various choir members or in the backyard of the parish rectory, hosted by the late Monsignor Francis Beeda. She also became an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and considered it an honor to serve her church in that role.

Having lost her father at the age of 7, she resided in the family home on Ninth Street for most of her adult life with her mother and her brother, "Jackie." After her mother's death, she was steadfast in the loving care she provided for Jackie until several years before his death.

Evelyn was a woman of culture who appreciated the visual and performing arts. She was an active member of the Hazleton Art League and served on the Community Concert Board for many years. She enjoyed art shows, concerts and theatrical productions and was especially fond of the opera. She loved to travel with friends, taking occasional road trips or bus excursions to places of interest. With her husband, Joe, she joined a diocesan group on a pilgrimage to Rome shortly after their marriage in 1999. For several years, they escaped the winter weather of Pennsylvania and enjoyed the warmth and amenities that their residence in Florida provided.

Evelyn's fashion sense was obvious in the ways she carefully chose her attire and jewelry. She had an assortment of stylish hats that became her signature accessory. She was always impeccably dressed whether in her "Sunday best" or in favorite items ordered from the LL Bean catalog.

Evelyn's family and caregivers are grateful to her current Visiting Angels and prior Comfort Keeper companions and the staff and administration of Mountain Top Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center who provided her with years of dedicated and compassionate care. They also want to thank attorneys Dan Miscavige and Joseph Ferdinand for the many years of sound legal advice that they provided to Evelyn and her family. A special thank you is extended to Luzerne County Judge Richard M. Hughes, III, for his meticulous and empathetic oversight of the guardians appointed for Evelyn's care.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Parish at the Church of St. Joseph, 604 N. Laurel St., Hazleton.

Family and friends may pay their respects at from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Fierro Funeral Home, 26 W. Second St., Hazleton. COVID-19 regulations will be followed at the funeral home and in church.

Entombment will follow in Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Ss. Cyril and Methodius Parish, 604 N. Laurel St., Hazleton, PA 18201; or to the Sisters of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Villa Sacred Heart, 1002 Railroad St., Danville, PA 17821.


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