Frances Catherine Kaczmarek Maciejczyk
Frances Catherine Maciejczyk, originally from Shickshinny, left this world surrounded by her family, to be with her "Matka" on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017.

Born Oct. 22, 1930, in Pittston, she was the daughter of Jan and Katerina Podmenik Kaczmarek Kapler.

Along with her parents and an infant son, she is preceded in death by her sister, Margaret Chapman; husbands, Donald McGlynn Sr. and Bartolom Maciejczyk; and a special cousin, Larry Grochowski.

She is survived and her memory is honored by her children, Donald McGlynn Jr. and wife, Donna Hunter, Kennewick, Wash.; Mary and husband, Alan Angeli, Hunlock Creek; Johanna and husband, Jeffrey Leck, Hunlock Creek; Bart Maciejczyk, Hunlock Creek; Valerie and husband, Ian Cox, London, UK; and her beloved grandchildren, Darren McGlynn, Diana and Sean Michel, James and Alicia Angeli, Ian Angeli, Kelsey Leck, Tessa Leck, Ethan Cox and Elliot Cox. She had many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Many were her "honorary" kids.

She was raised by the nuns at St. Stanislaus Orphanage in Sheatown. There she led a difficult life but remained genuinely grateful for the "roof over her head." She loved "being sent" to the nursery to help. She simply adored babies and always would. She was a gifted and skilled crafter excelling in crochet and tatting. Countless babies and adults have been swaddled in her beautifully made afghans.

After graduating from Newport High School, she married Donald McGlynn and resided in Wilkes-Barre. After Donald died, she went on to marry Bartolom Maciejczyk. They bought a 96-acre farm in rural Shickshinny where she looked after their five kids, scores of sheep and everything else that her kids brought home while Bart was away as a Merchant Marine much of the year. When asked how she managed it, she would always reply that she wasn't alone; she had God's help.

"Kaczy," "Tootsie," "Frances with an 'e'," "Frannie," "Aunt Francie," "Baba," "Mom," "Mama," was a devout Catholic and felt a particular kinship with the blessed Mother Mary. Her parenting and friendly advice always encouraged prayer and kindness. She also never hesitated to speak her mind, a trait both feared and respected. She was a woman who lived an exemplary life against all odds, having had many deaths of loved ones early, and her own illnesses along the way. She was our Timex watch - "she took a licking but kept on ticking," always.

She was employed by the former Ronnie Dress factory, and later by Huntington Mills Elementary School, from where she retired. She was also actively involved in Northwest High School Booster Club when her kids were in school. She was a longtime member of Holy Spirit Parish/St. Mary's Catholic Church in Mocanaqua.

The family would like to thank the staff and friends at Guardian for being so good to her, regardless of "the attitude of the day." With her disease it wasn't always easy. We thank you all for your patience and kindness. She loved her Polkas!

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday from Mayo Funeral Home Inc., 77 N. Main St., Shickshinny, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Spirit Parish/St. Mary's Church, Mocanaqua, with her pastor, the Rev. Louis Kaminski, as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Church Cemetery, Mocanaqua. Friends and family may call at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.

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Published by Citizens Voice on Dec. 29, 2017.
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Sorry to learn about the death of your mum. Thinking of you and all your siblings at this sad time. Xx
Shaun & Alison Cox
January 1, 2018
So sorry we never met her.Thinking of you all at this sad time.
All our love and hugs.
Penny &
December 30, 2017
So sorry for the loss of your mom! God has blessed you all with a wonderful mom and me with a great aunt! Donnie, Mary, Johanna, Bart and Valerie, Aunt Francie was the best, as I hung out at the farm a lot with you all growing up and have a lot of great memory's. Love Rodney & Kim ❤
Rodney & Kim McGlynn
December 29, 2017
Val, Mums are such important people in our lives and we're so sorry for the loss of such a special person in your life. Sending you and your family our deepest sympathies and all our love. Nina, Horacio, Lily and James xxxx
Nina Clarke
December 29, 2017
Our deepest condolences to Donnie, Bart, Mary, Johanna, Val and their families. I have many happy childhood memories of Maciejczyk family reunions and other visits to the farm in Shickshinny.

Aunt Francie always had a smile on her face and a kind word to say. If you were feeling a little down, she always knew what to say to brighten your day.

Although she will be missed by those she leaves behind, she now rests in peace with her beloved Bart.

Jim and Darcy Killigrew
Jim Killigrew
December 29, 2017
Frances sounds like she was an amazing woman. Thinking of you all Val. We'll be here for you when you get back. With much love, Erica, Martin, Ben, Joseph & Edward xxxxx
Erica Corbett
December 29, 2017
my memories of the farm over in Town Line were my best memories. Jo with the Buckle Berry, your mom would get for you and the luggies Jo would spit in the garbage can. She loved and lived for you all. She mothered in such a way i only hope some of it wore off on me.
Michelle Evanitus
December 29, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss of this wonderful lady. Wish I could have been there with all her family to say farewell. God bless you everyone.
Gerry Gross
December 29, 2017
Dear Val and family, we are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts, sending you all our love. Jenny and Priya Smith.
Jenny Smith
December 29, 2017
Deepest condolences. Thank you Frances Catherine for Valerie and her lovely family. With love from Carol, Pete, Isabella, Mia and Luca in Highams Park, London Xx
Carol Resteghini
December 29, 2017
So very sorry for your loss and happy I got to see her at Guardian with you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. She was truly a wonderful lady.
Al & Marlene Janusziewicz
December 29, 2017
So sorry for your loss. She was a great lady!!
Michelle Jenkins Marshallsay
December 29, 2017
Francie was a wonderful person. So glad I was able to see her again at Uncle Frank's 90th. birthday party. She is in heaven now.
Leon and Jane Strone
December 29, 2017
I really remember being at the farm as some of my happiest childhood memories . I remember her smiling eyes and how she lit the room just by being there Stan Maciejczyk Jr.
December 29, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. It is always so very hard to lose a loved one in death. Our loving Heavenly Father is very aware and understand your painful loss. He will listen to your pleas for help, because he is near to all those calling on him. He will hear your cry for help and give you comfort. Your family have my deepest condolences. PSALMS 86:6-7
December 28, 2017
We send our sincere sympathy to Donnie, Bart, Mary, Johanna, Val and all the members of the Maciejczyk family on the death of our Aunt Francie. She was always full of life and loved her family. May she Rest In Peace.

John & Carol Maciejczyk
Mechanicsburg, Pa
Jihn Maciejczyk
December 28, 2017