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Catherine M. Decker

September 17, 2016


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Catherine M. Decker

September 17, 2016


Catherine M. Decker, 88, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away on Saturday, September 17, 2016 in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.


She was born in Wilkes-Barre on June 28, 1928, a daughter of the late John and Mary Pikul Mengak.  Catherine was a graduate of Marymount High School, class of 1946. She was also a 1948 graduate of the Wilkes-Barre Business College.


Catherine was married to the love of her life, Dr. Raymond G. Decker on October 22, 1956.  Widowed at a young age, she took great pride in the accomplishments of her children.  Her greatest enjoyment in life was spending time with her children and grandchildren.


She was formerly employed by the Guild Studios for the Diocese of Scranton and she worked in the office for her late husband in Wilkes-Barre.


Catherine was a member of St. Anthony-St. George’s Maronite Catholic Parish in Wilkes-Barre and she was a member of its Altar & Rosary Society.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Raymond G. Decker in 1976 and by her daughter, Susan in 1987.  Catherine was also preceded in death by her brothers, Paul and John Mengak.


Surviving are her children, Dr. Raymond G. Decker Jr., Millstone, NJ, Dr. Catherine F. Decker, Washington D.C., Dr. Gary R. Decker, and his wife, Jenifer, Kingston, Dr. Mary Lou Decker, and her husband, Dr. Brad D. Fenster, Shavertown; grandchildren, Dr. Ashley Lauren Decker- Kowal, Raymond George Decker III, Beau Alexander Decker, Gary R. Decker Jr., Matthew S. Decker, Elena Susan Fenster and Benjamin Raymond Fenster; nieces and nephews.


Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday at 9 am from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 9:30 am in St. Anthony’s Maronite Catholic Church, Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre.  Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Ann, 1233 Saint Ann Street, Scranton, PA  18504, www.stannsmonasterybasilica.org. or to the St. Vincent DePaul Kitchen, 39 E. Jackson Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.


Friends may call on Monday from 4 – 7 pm at the funeral home.


Online condolences may be sent by visiting Catherine’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.