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Catherine C. Chesniak, 69, of West Avoca, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 19, 2012, in Hospice of the VNA at Geisinger CMC, Scranton.

Born on March 5, 1943, in West Avoca, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Anna McGarry Durkin.

She was a graduate of St. John the Evangelist High School, Pittston, and was employed in the local garment industry. She was a member of Queen of the Apostles Parish at St. Mary's Church, Avoca.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and will be greatly missed.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Patrick and John Durkin; sisters Helen Durkin and Mary Keska. Surviving are her son, Richard Chesniak, and his wife, Christine, Pittston Township; daughter, Susan Kolankiewicz, and her husband, Edward, Pittston Township; grandchildren, Amber, Matthew and Richard Chesniak; Cristen, Casey and Eddie Kolankiewicz; great-granddaughter, Bella; sister Ann Ardoline, Pittston; sister-in-law and best buddy, Louise Durkin, West Avoca; numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff at Hospice of the VNA at Geisinger CMC, Scranton, and the Rev. Philip Sladika for their compassionate care and concern.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 21 in the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial in Queen of the Apostles Parish at St. Mary's Church, 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca.

Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

Online condolences may be made at www.peterjadoniziofuneralhome.com.

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