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Mrs. Patricia A. (Elias) Wiernusz, 74, a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, was called home by Our Lord early the morning of Sunday, October 1st while in the care of the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, following a recent illness with her family at her bedside.
Born on Sunday, August 28, 1949 in Wilkes-Barre, she was one of five children to the late Joseph and Catherine (Franek) Elias.
Educated in the city schools, Mrs. Wiernusz was a 1968 graduate of the former Elmer L. Meyers Memorial High School of Wilkes-Barre.
Pat had worked earlier in her life at Heights Elementary school in the cafeteria, where she would befriend many students; always making sure they had more than enough snacks. Later, she took employment at Boscov’s department store for over twenty years, where she was the manager of the mark and stock team.
Patricia was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Louis A. “Cookie” Wiernusz on April 11, 2019. Also preceding her were a sister, Rosalie; brother, John and her dear in-laws, Louis A. Sr. (Pop) and Helen Wiernusz.
Left to cherish the wonderful memories they keep of her are her children, Stephanie Wiernuz-Newell and her husband Lyle of Hunlock Creek, with whom, she resided for many years; and Brian M. Wiernusz along with his wife Jean of Mountain Top. The apples of her eyes, her grandchildren; Jagger and Hannah Newell and Zachary Wiernusz; Sisters, Mrs. Ethel Drasnin and her husband David of Dallas; Mrs. Joanne Wynn and her son Donny of Wilkes-Barre; Several nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Pat was known for her love of many things. Topping that list was her grandchildren. She lived and breathed for them. You could often find her on the sidelines, cheering them on at their various sporting events. She was their biggest fan. If you knew her well, then you knew not to call during General Hospital or any Penn State game. Pat also enjoyed several camping excursions with her family and friends. Her most recent trip to the beach filled her heart with immense joy. You could also find her sitting around outside with her neighbors or going on various excursions with her sister Joanne and nephew Donny who she loved like a son. Not to be forgotten were her grandcats. She was the best cat sitter money couldn’t buy. Pat was happiest helping others. You needn’t ask her twice for help with anything.
Funeral services for Mrs. Wiernusz will be conducted on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. from the John V. Morris Family Funeral Home Inc., 625 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre. The Reverend Carol Folk, pastor of the Loyalville United Methodist Church of Harvey’s Lake, will serve as celebrant and leader of worship.
Interment with the rite of committal will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, 68 East Saint Mary's Road, Hanover Township.
Relatives and friends are cordially invited to join the Wiernusz family for visitation and shared remembrances Tuesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of floral tributes, memorial donations in Patricia's memory would be greatly appreciated toward the S.P.C.A. of Luzerne County, 524 East Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18702; or online at www.spcaluzernecounty.org.
Those wishing to share online words of comfort or a fond remembrance of Patricia with her family are encouraged to do so by visiting her memorial page at www.JohnVMorrisFuneralHome.com or our family’s Facebook page.
S.P.C.A. of Luzerne County
524 East Main Street, Wilkes-Barre PA 18702