Mrs. Irene G. (Wassil) Latsko, 97, a resident of the North End section of the city, passed into Eternal Life early Monday morning, following a recent illness.
Born September 16, 1921 in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Funkett) Wassil.
Educated in the city schools, she attended the former Sacred Heart Slovak Parochial School, and then the James M. Coughlin High School of Wilkes-Barre.
Until her formal retirement, Mrs. Latsko was employed as a dietary aid for the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Plains Township. Previously in her youth, she was employed by the former Central Slipper Company, Courtright Avenue, Wilkes-Barre.
She was a member of the Parish of Saint Andre Bessette, North Wilkes-Barre, having been a lifetime member of the former Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church until its closure.
Mrs. Latsko is remembered by those who knew and loved her as being a loving devoted mother to the four generations of her family that will miss her greatly.
Some of her favorite past times include traveling to the seashore, crocheting, reading, tending to her many floral gardens, making apple pies and fresh grape juice from her vines.
Mrs. Latsko was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Mr. John Michael Latsko in 1959; Granddaughter, Mary Ruth Latsko in 1985; Infant grandsons, Christopher and Cole Szczecinski; Sisters, Theresa Hatalski and Marie Davis.
Left to celebrate her memory are her children, Maryann J. (Clement) Szczecinski of Plains and Gregory (Sharon) Latsko of Bethlehem; Grandchildren, Curtis (Kristina) Szczecinski, Christine (Mark) Westra, Bruce (Antoinette) Szczecinski, Debroah Lynn (Bernard) Chandler, Irene (Michael) Laton and Gregory John Latsko; Ten great-grandchildren; Seven Great-Great-Grandchildren; Brothers, John Wassil of North Wilkes-Barre and Frank Wassil of Mountain Top; Several nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
Irene’s family would like to gratefully acknowledge and bless ALL the wonderful people who have been so kind and helpful to her along her way.
Funeral services for Mrs. Latsko will be conducted on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. from the North Wilkes-Barre location of the John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes Inc., 625 North Main Street, followed by her funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. in the Parish of Saint Andre Bessette, 668 North Main Street. The Reverend Kenneth M. Seegar, pastor, will serve as celebrant and homilist.
Interment with the Rite of Committal will follow in Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Cemetery of Saint Andre Bessette Parish, Dorchester Drive, Dallas.
Relatives and friends are invited to join Mrs. Latsko's family for visitation and shared remembrances Wednesday morning at the funeral home from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services.
In lieu of floral tributes, memorial donations in Mrs. Latsko's memory are kindly requested to the charity of the donor's choosing.
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