Obituaries » Elaine E. Lewis
August 2, 2018
Elaine E. Lewis
August 2, 2018
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Elaine Edith Lewis, 65, who left much too soon with the arms of the Lord holding her gently and with her loving family by her side. She was called to heaven on August 2, 2018 from her home in Mountain Top, PA. Elaine died of an aggressive form of lung cancer.
Elaine is survived by her beloved husband Fred of 48 years. He was always there for her and throughout their lives. They were a great team that worked side by side and hand in hand. Elaine showed such strength and courage during this difficult time. The pride she must have felt for her family as day after day they continued to set a great example of the true meaning of love and compassion.
She and Fred had two beautiful children, Fred Jr., married to Diane (Dunmore) and Marcey, married to Walt Roberts (Wilkes-Barre). Elaine has two grandchildren: Rachel and Ryan Wielgopolski. Elaine was very proud of her children and grandchildren. She often said she was very blessed.
Elaine is also survived by her two sisters, Carol O’Hara and husband Tom, Wilkes-Barre; and Mary Ann Costello, late husband Owen (Jim) Costello, Mountain Top. Elaine, Carol, and Mary Ann have always been best friends, and so very thankful that God made them sisters and allowed them to have this time on Earth together.
In addition, Elaine has nephews: Brian Costello and wife Mandy, Mountain Top; James Costello and wife Amanda, Mountain Top; Thomas O’Hara Jr., Wilkes-Barre; Patrick O’Hara and wife Jen, Albrightsville. Also, Elaine has great nieces and nephews: Brian Anthony and Mia Costello, Chloe Elizabeth and Maddie Costello, and Kyleigh O’Hara. Elaine was a very kind and loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend.
Elaine was the youngest of three daughters to the late John and Theresa (Define) Potichko. Her father passed away when she was only seven, and the family moved from Solvay, NY, back home to Wilkes-Barre. She lived there most of her life until she and Fred moved to Mountain Top three years ago. They loved and took pride and pleasure in their new home and became friends with many of their neighbors.
Elaine attended St. Theresa’s Elementary School in South Wilkes-Barre and finished her high school years at E.L. Meyers High School, where she met her future husband. In her very young years, Elaine worked at Mister Donuts (now Curry Donuts) in Wilkes-Barre. She spoke often of the wonderful memories and friends she made working there. Elaine then worked as a microfilm technician in the office of the Clerk of Courts, Luzerne County Courthouse for 23 years before her retirement in 2010.
After Elaine’s retirement she and her husband Fred enjoyed spending time together at their cottage. The loved the beauty and the peace of that property, even the deer, noisy turkeys, and an occasional bear. They took pleasure just sitting and looking at the lake with their beloved dogs, Sassy, Lacey, Sadie, and Maisy. Family and friends often joined them for many occasions at the cottage because they were always so welcomed.
Elaine loved gardening, photography, dancing, listening to music and making memories at the ocean. She absolutely adored the holidays, especially Christmas, where she kept the traditions of her childhood alive by having a Holy Dinner on Christmas Eve. Elaine knew what was important in life and we will deeply miss her with all our hearts. We will keep her memories close as we thank God for our time with her.
Her family would like to thank her friends and neighbors for all the joy and laughter they brought to her over the years and for the support and compassion given to her during her time of need.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday at 9 am from Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 9:30 am in Our Lady of Hope Parish, 40 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township.
Family and friends are invited to attend a viewing on Tuesday August 7 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting Elaine’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.
She asks that, if you’re reading this and don’t smoke, please don’t start. If you do smoke – no lecture, but look at all those you love and, if possible, find courage and strength to quit. If you try and don’t succeed, it’s okay – but keep trying and maybe your outcome will be better.