Mrs. Lorraine E. Ivan Lucas, 85, a life resident of the North End neighborhood of Wilkes-Barre, passed into Eternal Life Monday morning, Oct. 19, 2020, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
Born Feb. 23, 1935, in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Anna Toloczko Ivan. Educated in the city schools, Mrs. Lucas was a member of the 1952 graduating class of the James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre.
Following her formal education, she was employed as a secretary by the United States Department of Agriculture, Wilkes-Barre regional office. She was later employed by the former Pomeroy's Department Store on Public Square as an associate and gift wrapper. Afterward, she was employed as an assembler by the Roth American Novelty Company, until returning to secretarial employment. She would finally retire as a secretary with the former Pennsylvania Gas and Water Company after several years of service.
A devout Catholic, Mrs. Lucas was a member of the Parish of Saint Andre Bessette, North Wilkes-Barre, having been a member of the former Sacred Heart of Jesus Slovak Roman Catholic Church until its closure.
Socially, when her children were young, Lorraine was quite active with the Parent Teacher Association at Sacred Heart Parochial School, and was a life member of the North End Slovak Citizens Club ladies auxiliary, where she served as an officer for many years.
Of all the responsibilities she held in this life, none seemed quite as important to her than her role as matriarch of her family. Her family meant everything to her, and she relished watching her children's families grow into their own families over the years. She loved caring for and babysitting her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. This love of family also extended to the many family in-laws she would welcome over the years. Mrs. Lucas is remembered as being a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who was an impeccable dresser, never missing a hair appointment. She loved the Sunday dinners at her children's homes where she adored spending additional time with her great-grandchildren. Her presence will be greatly missed by all those she touched in this life.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Mr. Eugene T. Lucas Sr., on Nov. 7, 2012. At the time of Mr. Lucas' passing, the couple shared almost 60 years of married life together. Also preceding her were a son, Keith Lucas, in 2007; and her brother, Mr. Francis Ivan.
Left to cherish the wonderful memories they have of their mother are her children, Dr. Eugene "Gene" T. Lucas Jr. and his wife, Karen, Hunlock Creek; Karen Scavone and her husband, Ron, Ross Twp.; daughter-in-law, Betty Ann Lucas, Plymouth; grandchildren and their spouses, including Dr. Nicole Middleton and her husband, Don; Gina Harrison and her husband, Bill; Alexandria Shaffer and her husband, Andrew; Ronald D. Scavone and his wife, Nicole; Jared Scavone and his wife, Dr. Jaquelyn Scavone; Lora Lucas and her brother, Keith Lucas Jr.; great-grandchildren, Verdana, Wolfgang, Olivia, Atticus, Acadia, Lilyana, Violet, Coltrane, Lucas, Madison, Jayden, Lettie and Kylie; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, fellow parishioners and dear friends, including Mrs. Bertha Delzeit; and her hairdresser, Edie Sulkoski, both of North Wilkes-Barre.
Funeral services for Mrs. Lucas will be conducted privately and at the convenience of her family from Parish of Saint Andre Bessette, 668 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. The Rev. Kenneth M. Seegar, pastor, will serve as celebrant and homilist.
Interment will be next to her husband Eugene in the family lot at Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Cemetery of St. Andre Bessette Parish, Dorchester Drive, Dallas.
There will be no formal public visitation.
The North Wilkes-Barre location of John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes Inc. is honored to care for our friend Mrs. Lucas and her family at this time.
To share online words of comfort or a fond remembrance of Mrs. Lucas, please visit her memorial page on our family's website or Facebook page at www.JohnVMorrisFuneralHomes.com.