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Gertrude M. Kambies

December 17, 2020


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Gertrude “Gertie” Kambies

December 17, 2020


Gertrude M. Kambies, 88, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at Mercy Center, Dallas.


She was born in Wilkes-Barre Township, a daughter of the late Andrew and Sarah Kharkov Zengion, and attended Wilkes-Barre Township High School.  Gertrude was formerly employed in the local garment industry, having worked for many years at Pioneer Manufacturing in Wilkes-Barre.


“Grammie Gert” lived in loving devotion to her family. She gave selflessly of her time and humor as a loving mother, wife, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother, and sister, who will be missed by all who knew her.


She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Herbert H. Kambies, in 2015, and by her daughter, Michaeline, in 1984.  She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Andrew (Buddy) and Anthony Zengion and her sisters, Sally Decker and Sister Rose Borromeo, RSM.


Surviving are her children, David Kambies, with whom she resided with, Wilkes-Barre, Keith Kambies and his companion, Angie Mahoric, La Honda, CA, and Gail May, Laflin, and her companion, Joseph Reynolds, Clinton, NJ; grandchildren, Jerry May, his wife, Linnea, and their daughter, Aurora Grace, Pittsburgh, and Brian May and his companion, Kelli Crossin, Philadelphia; sister-in-law Jeanette Zengion, Exeter; family friend Sister Annette Diebold RSM, Dallas; nieces and nephews.


Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday at 10 am in St. Andrew Parish, 316 Parrish Street, Wilkes-Barre.  Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township.


There will be no public calling hours.


Those attending the funeral service are required to wear a mask and abide by social distancing practices.


Condolences may be sent by visiting Gertrude’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.


Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre.