In Loving Memory of Joan M. Waznak

Joan M. Waznak

Joan M. Waznak

Tripp Park Section of Scranton, PA October 21, 1931 ~ June 28, 2017 Date of Service: June 30, 2017

Joan M. Waznak, 85, Tripp Park Section of Scranton, died unexpectedly early Wednesday morning. She was the wife of the late Frank T. Waznak, Jr. who died September 29, 2004. They had been married 51 years at the time of his death.

Born and raised in South Scranton, she was the daughter of the late John and Victoria Kapuscinski Staniszewski. She was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School. She was a devout catholic, attending or watching mass daily as well as praying the rosary. She was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish in North Scranton and faithfully attended St. Ann’s Novena year after year.

Joanie, Gram, or G.G. as she was known to her family, dedicated her life to caring for her husband and raising her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. To her family and friends she was known as an excellent cook and baker, always making her famous dishes for family parties and holiday gatherings. She enjoyed and was always present at her grandchildren’s sporting events, dance recitals, school functions and graduations, as she was so very proud of all of her family’s accomplishments and wasn’t afraid to let you know!

Her family would like to thank Dr. Barry Minora and his staff and the staffs of the Green Ridge Care Center and Geisinger – Community Medical Center for the care and compassion provided to Joan over the years.

Surviving are her daughter and caregiver, Deborah Waznak, with whom she resided, three sons, Frank III and his wife Patricia, John and his fiancé Donna Walsh, and Robert and his companion Barbara Snedeker, all of Scranton, three granddaughters, Rebecca Thomas and her husband Joe, Dalton, Jeanne DeSantis and her husband Anthony, Roaring Brook Twp., and Kristen Waznak, Scranton, a grandson, John Waznak Jr., Scranton, six great grandchildren, Nico, Noah, and Nora DeSantis and Emma, Joey, and Sophie Thomas, two sisters, Ruth Hill, Scranton, and Eileen Forister and her husband Mike, Cheyenne, Wyoming, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by brothers, Walter Miller, Albert Miller, John “Jack” Staniszewski and Richard Staniszewski.

The funeral will be held Friday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc. 318 East Drinker Street in Dunmore with Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30AM in Holy Rosary Church 316 William Street in Scranton. Interment will follow on the family lot in Cathedral Cemetery.

Friends may call today from 4-7 PM and Friday morning from 9:30-11AM at the funeral home

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Carol Lubas
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Waznak Family
Reply #7 on : Sun July 02, 2017, 12:14:03
So sorry to hear about Joanie. She has been remembered at Mass on Wednesday and Thursday. You are in my prayers.
Trish Davis
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Re: In Loving Memory of Joan M. Waznak
Reply #6 on : Fri June 30, 2017, 16:04:27
John and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for you
all. Trish Davis
Millie Palmasani
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Re: In Loving Memory of Joan M. Waznak
Reply #5 on : Fri June 30, 2017, 15:51:32
I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to all members of the Waznak, DeSantis and Thomas families. Your mother/grandmother was a wonderful person. I always remember her with her big smile and always had a kind word or greeting. I remember how she adored her spouse, Frank, and was so appreciative of all the care we extended while he was on dialysis. May your memories bring you peace. You are a wonderful family.
Dennis and Claire Russo
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Joan Waznak
Reply #4 on : Fri June 30, 2017, 13:14:41
To John, John Jr. ("Waz") and all the Waznak family,
We are deeply sorry for the sudden loss of your beloved mother/grandmother. We remember her from all the various events at Bishop Hannan High School. She was always so sweet and friendly and always had a smile for everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We send deepest sympathy on behalf of our son, Steve, as well.
Sincerely,
Dennis and Claire Russo
Gary "the mailman" Zellers
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The passing of a sweet lady
Reply #3 on : Fri June 30, 2017, 09:35:08
To the entire Waznak extended family,
It seems like just yesterday I was rescuing Joan's loving spouse Frank from a recliner that refused to allow him out of it's reclining grasp. I climbed underneath, released the mechanism, and up he popped! For that I've been rewarded with years of friendship and gallons of ice cold water. I always reminded Joan of one thing. Something I told her back when Frank was failing.......always make sure it's a round trip ticket before you get in the ambulance. I guess the Lord has connections. I will truly miss her majestic presence on the porch at 1524 Hawthorne St. yelling across the street at me, "ya need a water"? I'll be thirsty.
Rest In Peace Joannie,
Gary
Bev
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Joanie
Reply #2 on : Thu June 29, 2017, 17:02:18
Debbie, John, Bobby and Frankie,
I'm sorry to hear about your Mom. I have many good memories and am thankful I had the chance to spend time with her over the last few years. Her laugh is forever in my head. Peace be with you all
Andrea Lavelle
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Joan
Reply #1 on : Wed June 28, 2017, 20:37:35
Frank, Pat & Kristen, Sorry to hear about the passing of Joan. You are in my prayers. The Lavelles