Joan P. (Yanisko) McHale, a proud lifelong resident of Scranton’s Pinebrook section, passed away Friday morning at The Gardens at Scranton, after an illness. She was 85 years old.
Born on November 12, 1934, and daughter of the late George, Sr. and Anna (Mizenko) Yanisko, Joan was a graduate of the former Scranton Technical High School, Class of 1952. A loving mother, sister, grandmother and aunt, her life’s greatest joy was spending time with her family.
She was a longtime faithful member of Holy Family Slovak Catholic Church in Throop, prior to its closure.
She is survived by her family, her sons, George McHale and wife Lisa and Christopher McHale and wife Christine, all of Scranton; her daughters, Kathleen Petkovyat of TX. and Bonnie of NJ.; step-daughter, Colleen McHale-Prislupsky and husband David of Throop; her brothers, Thomas Yanisko of West Lawn and Robert Yanisko and wife Cathy and Paul Yanisko and wife Ann, all of Dunmore; her sisters, Anne Notz and Martha Dougher, both of Scranton; five grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Siblings, George Yanisko, Mary Lenns and Theresa Thompson, also preceded jer in death.
Funeral services with interment in the Holy Family Parish Cemetery, Throop, will be announced.
With great appreciate for their tremendous care, the family asks that memorial contributions may be made in Joan’s name to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, c/o 600 Baltimore Dr # 7, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702. Arrangements are under the care of the Kevin K. Kearney Funeral Home, Inc., 125 North Main Avenue, Scranton.