Josephine Wasilchak

Obituary of Josephine Wasilchak

Irene F. Russin, 92, of Clarks Summit, formerly of Dunmore, passed away August 27th at Geisinger Mountain View Care Center. Her husband Leo Russin preceded her in death in October of 2015. The couple was married for 71 years.

Born in Olyphant, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Theresa Mecke Pirhalla. She was a graduate of Olyphant High School.

Irene was a homemaker, a member of St. Mary's of Mt. Carmel Church, Dunmore. She was also a member of the "No Name Bridge Club", and enjoyed the yearly trips they took to New York City on the train for dinner and a Broadway Show. The beach was a place she loved, and spending time with her family and friends.

The family would like to thank the staff from Clarks Summit Senior Living Center for giving Irene two wonderful years of friendship and care. We would also like to thank the staff of Geisinger Mountain View Care Center for the tender thoughtfulness shown to her over the last weeks. We are grateful for the kindness given to her while in her care.

She is survived by her daughters; Diane Puhalla and husband Peter, Dickson City and Sharon Homick, Scott Twp.; a son Kevin and wife Ann Marie, Moscow; grandchildren Peter and wife Karen, Peckville, Denise and husband Dave, Peckville, Jennifer and husband Ron, Canadensis, Steven and wife Christina, Stroudsburg, Philip and companion Alley, Moscow; great-grandchildren Natalie and Brayden Homick; Kahlil, Amir, and Eli Williams, Colton Russin; Taylor Boyle; Kayle Galchefski and great-granddaughter, Vienna Galchefski; a sister Carol Tunis and husband Frank, Scott Twp.; a sister in law Eleanor Pirhalla, Delaware; along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son in law, Nicholas Homick; a sister Elizabeth Pagnotti; brothers, Joseph and Robert Pirhalla, Sister in law Marie Safko; brother in law, Andrews Safko and nephews Andy and Bobby Safko.

The funeral will be on Thursday with mass at 9:30am at St. Mary's of Mt. Carmel Church, Chestnut St., Dunmore. Interment will follow at Dunmore Cemetery, Dunmore. Friends may call on Thursday from 4 to 7 pm at the James M. Margotta Funeral Home, 1019 Main St. Peckville. For directions or online condolences, visit

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