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The light in our world is now dimmer with the passing of our beloved Mom and Nana, Mary Ellen (Boback) Oko, 88. She passed Monday, the morning of August 21, 2023 at her residence. Born on Thursday, January 3, 1935, in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of the late William and Annette (Maksimik) Boback.
Educated in the city schools, Mary was a 1952 graduate of James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre. She continued her education by graduating from the Hoyt School of Practical Nursing.
Mary was a homemaker for many years. Later in life she worked for Injection Molding Corporation, retiring in 1996 to take on her role as Nana; caring for her grandchildren, whom she loved beyond words.
Devoted to her Catholic faith, she was a member of Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Parish, Plains Township.
Mary was truly one of a kind and exemplified the most genuine, kind-hearted personality. Her patience throughout life, generosity, and love for her family was undeniable.
In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years Stanley G. Oko in 2005, and grandsons James Oko, Jr. and Alexander Oko.
Left to cherish the memories they keep of her are her children, Judith Oko-Weidner and her husband, David, White Haven; James Oko Sr. and fiancé Fran Rosencrans, Mountain Top; George Oko, Bear Creek; Lorraine Zbierski and her husband Michael, Laflin; Jennifer Zbierski, Plains Township; Former son-in-law, Robert Zbierski Jr. and former daughter-in-law, Michelle Oko. Grandchildren, including Steven Oko, Dominique Oko, Sarah Zbierski, Robert Zbierski III, George Oko, and Michael Zbierski, Jr.; Brothers, Michael Boback and his wife Mary of Cincinnati, Ohio; James Boback of Hagerstown, MD; several nieces, nephews, and dear family friend and caretaker Judy Wender.
A Celebration of Mary’s Life begins with visitation from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 24th in the Church of Saints Peter and Paul; 13 Hudson Road, Plains Township. It continues there with visitation from 9:00 a.m. Friday morning until the time of her funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. The Reverend John C. Lambert, pastor, will serve as celebrant and homilist.
Interment with the Rite of Committal will follow in Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Cemetery, Dorchester Drive, Dallas.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mary’s memory can be made to Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge, 974 Lockville Rd, Dallas, PA 18612.
The family wishes to thank the entire staff at Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore for their compassion and care they provided Mary in the comfort of her home.
Those wishing to share online words of comfort or a fond remembrance with the family are encouraged to do so by visiting Mary’s memorial page at www.JohnVMorrisFuneralHome.com.
Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge
974 Lockville Road, Dallas PA 18612