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February 19, 1927 - January 1, 2020
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Vera Rusinko Pepsin, age 92, a longtime resident of West Scranton, passed away New Year’s Day at Regional Hospital in Scranton, after an illness. She was preceded in death on September 4, 2004, by her beloved husband of 53 years, John J. Pepsin.
Born in Scranton on February 19, 1927, and raised in Newton, Vera was the daughter of the late Michael, Sr. and Barbara Seiss Rusinsko. A graduate of the former Newton-Ransom High School where she excelled in basketball and enjoyed rollerskating. She was a longtime seamstress at both C&C Fashions and later at Sony Styles, Inc., both of Scranton, prior to her retirement.
Vera loved her travels with family. Whether it be via bus, plane or car, she did much traveling throughout her lifetime, especially to destinations rich in history like Gettysburg or of a strong musical fabric like Nashville. She enjoyed watching her game shows and listening to music, especially anything Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. Also a cat lover, she adored her “bunny” and “cookie.” Never to be forgotten, Vera will forever be loved and missed.
Of Roman Catholic faith, she was a longtime member of St. Patrick’s Parish upon the closure of St. John the Baptist Church in West Scranton.
She is survived by her children, Christine Lawrence and husband Larry of Scranton, and Michael Pepsin and wife Janet of New Jersey; her grandchildren, Michael Timothy Pepsin of N.J., Anika Grace Pepsin of N.J., and Lisa Jennings and Lou of Pittston; her great granddaughter, Lindlea Madison Jennings of Pittston; and nieces and nephews.
The last of nine siblings, Vera was preceded in death by William, Edward and Michael Rusinko, Jr., Mary Kashuba, Helen Lozinger, Anna Shuluga, Julia Staples and Catherine Kofira.
Her family would like to thank the staffs of both Allied Services and Regional Hospital, especially Dr. Murnin, for the tremendous care given to Vera throughout her illness.
Funeral services are scheduled to begin on Saturday at 9:15AM from the Kevin K. Kearney Funeral Home, Inc., 125 North Main Avenue, Scranton, with a 10:00AM Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s Church, 1403 Jackson St., Scranton, to be celebrated by Rev. Richard Fox, Pastor. Burial will follow at Abington Hills Cemetery.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Friday 4-7:00 PM at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made in Vera’s name to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter c/o 967 Griffin Pond Rd, South Abington Township, PA 18411.