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Jennie Long

June 19, 1919 - February 12, 2017

Burial Date February 12, 2017

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Jennie Long, age 97, a lifelong resident of Old Forge, died at home Sunday morning, after an illness. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 57 years, William J. Long, on January 28, 1999.
Born on June 19, 1919, daughter of the late Anthony and Mary Graziano Dattilo, Jennie was a proud graduate of Old Forge High School, Class of 1937, where she continued to organize her class reunions for 65 years after graduation. She worked for Butler Silk Mill before retiring from Brooks Manufacturing in 1981.
Of Roman Catholic faith, Jennie was a lifelong and deeply devoted member of St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Prince of Peace Parish, in Old Forge, where she was also a member of both the church’s Altar and Rosary Society and Choir. She was also a member of the Old Forge Senior Citizens.
A charter member of the former Ladies Auxiliary of V.F.W. Post 4954 of Old Forge where she served as past president and secretary, she earned her Life Member status as a member of Post 3474 of Dunmore. She was also a member of the American Legion Post 513, prior to its closure. For many years, Jennie worked on election day as Majority Inspector of the 6th Ward as Democratic Deputy Chief.
She led an amazing life while with us, touching the lives of all of those who knew her, living and predeceased. Passing away peacefully surrounded by family, she will be forever missed.
She is survived by her adoring family, her daughter Joanne Natalie Lia and husband Frank and her granddaughter Stephanie Jo, all of Old Forge; and many nieces and nephews, including Sally Guarino who selflessly assisted as one of Jennie’s caregiver.
An infant brother, Anthony, and sisters, Marie Salerno, Adeline Nemetz and Madeline Leoniak, also preceded her in death.
Her daughter would like to acknowledge and thank Compasionate Health Care’s entire staff as they deeply cared for Jennie for six years. Also, she would like tothank the staff of Traditional Home Health and Hospice for the amazing care given to Jennie during her final weeks.
Funeral services are scheduled to begin on Wednesday at 9:15AM from the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home, Inc., 517 North Main Street, Old Forge, with a 10:00AM Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Prince of Peace Parish, Old Forge, to be celebrated by Rev. August A. Ricciardi, Pastor. Interment will follow at Old Forge Cemetery.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Tuesday between 5-7:00PM at the funeral home.