Marlene A. Burke, 74 of Peckville, died Thursday at Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore, after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Her husband is Joseph M. Burke. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on September 14, 2018.
Born in Peckville, and raised in Jessup, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Hanuscik Tasonyi. She was educated at St. Michael’s School in Jessup and graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in Olyphant. Before retirement, she worked at Gertrude Hawk Chocolates in Dunmore. She was a member of Queen of Angels Parish in Jessup.
Marlene was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She had a strong faith in God and a sense of humor that stayed with her throughout her treatments until the end.
Heavy on tradition, Marlene loved decorating her house for the change of seasons and cooking for the holidays. She loved listening to music and taking care of plants. She also loved animals especially her beloved cat, Mindi.
Her family would like to thank the staff of Hospice of the Sacred Heart for their compassion and support.
Also surviving are her daughters, Cathy Burke, Peckville; Joann Pezak and husband Paul, Jessup; Francine Yurkanin and husband Jason, Scott Twp.; a sister Joan Villella and husband Larry, Dunmore; a grandson, Sean Pezak; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by a brother, John Tasonyi, Jr.
The funeral will be on Tuesday with mass of Christian burial at 10 am at Queen of Angels Parish, 322 First Ave., Jessup. Interment will follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow. Viewing hours will be held on Monday from 5 to 8 pm at the James M. Margotta Funeral Home, 1019 Main St. Peckville.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. For directions or online condolences, visit the funeral home website.