Mrs. Diana P. (Kruszka) Trudnak, 81, a resident of North Wilkes-Barre, passed into Eternal Life in the comfort of her residence with her beloved family at her bedside, Sunday afternoon, July 19, 2020.
Born January 2, 1939 in Nanticoke, she was one of six children to the late Bruno and Frida (Kosloski) Kruszka. Educated in the Nanticoke schools, Mrs. Trudnak was a member of the 1956 graduating class of the former Nanticoke High School.
Following her formal high school education, Diana worked as a sales floor lady for a downtown Nanticoke furniture store. After meeting and marrying her husband Joe, she joined the family business, Trudy's Lunch in North Wilkes-Barre, where she became co-owner and operator. Her days were filled with taking care of the many folks from all over the valley who would come for breakfast and lunch, six days a week. At night, after tending to her children, she could be found in the family kitchen cooking for the next day's specials until the early morning hours. Diana was known far and wide for her pigs-in-the-blanket and her cream of potato soup. The couple retired from the restaurant business in 1978. After that, she was employed by the local garment industry until health issues caused her retirement in 1989.
A devout Catholic, she was a member of the Parish of Saint Andre Bessette, North Wilkes-Barre, having worshipped at the former Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church and Saint John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church prior to their closures and subsequent merger. At Saint John's she helped run the Catholic Daughters and was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society. She and Joe also helped run the parish 300 Club.
In her spare time, Diana enjoyed playing cards, online games and puzzles while enjoying her television shows on the Game Show and Food Networks. She was a huge fan of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
She and her husband Joseph, who shared sixty-two years of married life together on June 9th, could be seen each week at the Saturday vigil Mass religiously. Diana is remembered as being a loving, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to her adoring family. Her presence will be greatly missed by all those she touched in this life.
Diana was preceded in death by two infant children, Donna Marie and Sharon Marie Trudnak; by an infant brother, Thomas Kruszka; Brother Bruce Kruszka and sister, Dorothy Brehm.
Left to cherish the wonderful memories they hold of her in addition to her husband Joe at home, are her children, Joseph R. Trudnak Jr., North Wilkes-Barre; Daughter, Pamela A. Dixon and her husband Daniel of Allport, PA; Grandchildren, Megan Furrow, her husband Tyler and their children Oliver, Mason and Beckett; David Amos and his wife Kristin along with their children, Haylie and Natalie; Sister, Patricia Boltz of Nanticoke and brother Jerry Kruszka along with his wife Peggy of Edwardsville; Numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws, dear friends and her favorite feline fur brothers, Chip and Linus.
Diana's family would like to gratefully acknowledge her doctor of thirty years, Dr. Frank C. Olshemski, her oncologist, Dr. Bruce Saidman along with the nurses and staff of Allied Services in-home Hospice Care for their wonderful loving care.
Memorial funeral services will be held privately and at the convenience of Mr. Trudnak and his family from the North Wilkes-Barre location of the John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes Inc., 625 North Main Street, with a funeral Mass in Saint Andre Bessette Parish, 668 North Main Street. The Reverend Kenneth M. Seegar, pastor, will serve as celebrant and leader of worship.
Inurnment with the Rite of Committal will immediately follow in the family lot of Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Cemetery of Saint Andre Bessette Parish, Dorchester Drive, Dallas.
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