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September 2, 1954 - December 26, 2020
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Therese Irving, a lifelong West Scranton resident, passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family and friends after a quietly courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer. Daughter of the late Robert and Loretta (Marx) Irving, she was a graduate of both West Scranton Central Catholic High School and Temple University.
A truly gifted and compassionate professional, Therese was employed by Saint Joseph’s Center for 42 years and initiated both the Recreation Therapy and Aquatic Therapy programs for those in residence. Her creativity, patience and deep respect enhanced so very many lives. With the expansion of Center facilities, Therese was also able to offer her aquatic therapy skills, her sense of humor and her sincere concern to many grateful outpatients.
In addition to her career, Therese appreciated every minute of her life, the 6:30am Mass, the quiet times in her garden, traveling, golfing, skiing, cheering for the Eagles and the Temple Owls and most especially in the company of her devoted family and friends. A middle child in a loving and spirited family, she developed a quick wit and a talent for allowing others to shine. Generous and loyal beyond measure she was rewarded with both new and lifelong friendships. Surrounded by love every moment of her life, Therese believed she was one of the luckiest people in the world.
Therese is survived by brothers, Tom and wife, Carol, Scranton; Bob and wife, Diane, Dalton; Joe and wife, Joanne, Hughestown; Ed and wife, Peggy, Scranton and sister Mary and husband, Mike Yarem, Scranton; nephews and nieces and their families, cousin, Tom Evansew, and countless friends.
The family would like to thank Dr. Martin Hyzinski and his very caring staff for their kindness and tireless efforts on her behalf. Despite the trying circumstances she always felt peaceful during her visits.
A Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s Church, 1403 Jackson Street in Scranton, to be celebrated by Rev. Richard Fox, Pastor, is scheduled for Thursday at 10:00 AM. Private burial to follow at the Cathedral Cemetery in Scranton. Those wishing to pay their respects are asked to go directly to the church.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Saint Joseph’s Center, 2010 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509.
Arrangements are under the care of the Kevin K. Kearney Funeral Home, Inc., 125 North Main Avenue, Scranton. Please visit the funeral home’s website to leave a condolence.