Leona A. Grunick

Leona Zambo Cuilis Grunick, 89, of Olyphant died Sunday evening at Geisinger CMC. She was preceded in death by her first husband Walter Cuilis who died in 1972 and her second husband, Ferdinand Grunick who died in 2003.

Born in Olyphant, she was the daughter of the late John and Stella Hanas Zambo. She was a member of St. Michael’s Parish, now Holy Cross Parish, Olyphant and a graduate of St. Michael’s Parochial School and Olyphant High School. After graduation, she was employed  in the cutting room of Barbizon Co. in Jessup until her marriage to “Fuzzy” Walter Cuilis when she moved to New Jersey. After his death in 1972, she returned to Olyphant. She worked as a travel Counselor at AAA World Wide travel in Scranton and enjoyed escorting trips to many islands and countries. A most memorable trip she had was to Oberammergaou, Germany to see the live Passion Play, which is presented every ten years. After retirement, she loved going to morning mass, gardening and keeping things in working order. In 1990, she married Ferdinand Grunick and were together until his death in 2003.

Surviving are a son, John Cuilis and wife Sandy, a daughter Rosemary Bilyo, a son in law, Joseph Bilyo; grandchildren Joseph Bilyo and wife Samantha, Samantha Biggs and husband Gary, Nicole Gregor and husband Jason; great grandchildren, Emily and J.J.

She was preceded in death by an infant son Christopher and a brother Thomas Zambo.

The funeral will be on Saturday with mass of Christian burial at 9:30 am at St. Patrick’s Church, Olyphant. Interment will take place at at later date at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Blakely. Viewing hours will take place on Friday from 5 to 8 pm at Michael Wargo Jr. Funeral Home 812 East Scott Street, Olyphant, PA.