Alice Vanston

Obituary of Alice L. Vanston

Alice Louise Vanston of Jessup died Saturday morning at Regional Hospital of Scranton from complications of COVID-19. She leaves behind her loving and devoted husband of 65 years, John (Skuts) Vanston. Born in Jessup, she was the daughter of the late Mariano and Margaret (Gabriel) Simoncelli. Alice was a member of Sacred Heart Church Peckville, prior to that, she was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Church in Jessup where she was a 40-year member of the choir and a member of the Altar and Rosary Society. Alice was a graduate of Jessup High School and Lackawanna Business College. After working for many years with her husband in home contracting, Alice earned her real estate license which started a 40-year career doing what she loved, helping people find their dream homes. She never truly retired and was still active, most recently with Realty Network. She was active in the Greater Scranton Board of Realtors®, served on board of directors, was board president, chairman of education, co-chairman of community service and served on various committees over the years. She’s also received the Realtor® of the Year Award and Lifetime Achievement Award. Alice has served on committees for Pennsylvania Association of Realtors® (PAR) and was chairman of the Equal Opportunity committee for one year. She was also a founding partner in Amici Restaurant. Alice was passionate in helping her community, especially her beloved home town of Jessup where she served as vice president of Jessup’s 21st Century organization for 20 years and helped organize such events as the Fourth of July celebration, yearly wine tastings and the Santa Train. She was presently serving on the board of Ronald McDonald House and previously served on the board at Lourdesmont. She was an active member of Scranton UNICO and it’s Ladies Auxiliary. In addition she volunteered her time with the Catherine McCauley Center, St. Joseph’s Center, St. Francis Soup Kitchen, Women’s Resource Center and the Ronald McDonald House. She was the recipient of the Chapel of Four Chaplains Legion of Honor award in 2004 and also received a distinguished award from Lourdesmont for service to that school. Alice embraced life and lived every day to its fullest. With John by her side they traveled the world. Whether it was one of their many trips to Italy culminating with a 50th (never to be forgotten) anniversary trip to Gubbio with the whole family, a pilgrimage to Poland, their yearly winters in Puerto Rico or just a weekend trip to the casino always with a group of great friends and having a blast. Alice was an excellent cook and enjoyed having her family for dinner, especially during the holidays. If she wasn’t cooking she was enjoying going out, especially every Saturday night with “the Gang” and her frequent four hour lunches at Coopers with “the Ladies in their Eighties.” I’m pretty sure you’ve all run into them at one point. She was an excellent host and loved a good party. We all enjoyed a good time at “Alice’s Palace“once or twice and she often enjoyed making unannounced visits to “Club 145” for one of Vinny’s fabulous Cosmopolitans. Above all, Alice was the loving, proud and supportive mother of her family: children, Jack and wife, Teri, Charlotte, N.C.; Mark and wife, Pauline; Mary Lynn O’Bell and husband, Vinny; and Jeffrey and wife, Jaculin, all from Jessup; grandchildren, Marc and wife, Stefani; Colin and wife, Kelly; Tyler and Graham; and her angel, great-granddaughter, Grace. She is also survived by her sister, Rose Marie Kelly and her husband, Robert; her sister-in-law, Mary Vanston; several nieces and nephews; cousins and wonderful friends. She was preceded in death by her sister, Anita Lesho and her husband, George; and her brother-in-law, Eugene Vanston. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 1101 Willow Ave., Peckville, celebrated by the Rev. Andrew Kurovsky. Friends may call from 8 a.m. until time of service at Holy Family Hall at the church. Friends are asked to pay their respects and go directly to church. Everyone attending is kindly asked to follow COVID-19 protocols and wear a mask. Entombment will follow at St. Mary’s Assumption Cemetery, Montdale. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Louis M. Margotta Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509; or Ronald McDonald House, 332 Wheeler Ave., Scranton, PA 18510.
Wednesday
15
December

Viewing

8:00 am - 9:45 am
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Sacred Heart of Jesus Church
1101 Willow Ave.
Peckville , Pennsylvania, United States
Wake
Wednesday
15
December

Church Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Sacred Heart of Jesus Church
1101 Willow Ave.
Peckville , Pennsylvania, United States
Mass
Wednesday
15
December

Cemetery Service

11:15 am - 11:45 am
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
St. Mary's Assumption Cemetery
Rte. 247, <no data>
Montdale , Pennsylvania, United States
(570) 489-2252
Committal Service