Patricia Ann Duffy Gushka, 67, of 259 Marbaker Road, Laceyville, passed away on Sunday afternoon, October 2, 2011, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
Pat was born on October 19, 1943, in Wilkes-Barre. She was a daughter of the late Irvin E. Duffy, who passed away in 1986, and Virginia A. Rumpilla Duffy, who passed away in 2007.
She was a graduate of E.L. Myers High School in Wilkes-Barre, class of 1961. She would later graduate from the Empire Beauty School on May 31, 1963.
Pat married Anthony Paul Gushka on August 1, 1964, in Wilkes-Barre.
After moving to the Laceyville area, Pat opened her own beauty shop, Pat Gushka Beauty Shop, in her home on May 18, 1984, and would operate the shop for 23 years before retiring on December 31, 2007.
Pat was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, which would include her church St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church in Wyalusing.
She was involved in many Laceyville community associations and activities, including the Laceyville Oldest House, and was a past board member of the Laceyville Library.
Besides her parents, Pat was preceded in death by two brothers, George Duffy, who passed away in 1978, and Irvin Duffy Jr., who passed away in 2008.
Surviving her are her husband of 47 years, Anthony Paul Gushka, Laceyville; son and daughter-in-law, Anthony Patrick and Tammy Lee Gushka; grandson, Von Anthony Gushka, all of White Haven; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the Sheldon Funeral Homes, Main St., Laceyville, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in the St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church in Wyalusing, with Father Joseph Manarchuck officiating. Interment will be in the Albert Cemetery in Mountain Top. Family and friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers those wishing to make memorial donations may do so to the Laceyville Library, PO Box 68, Laceyville, PA 18623, the Laceyville Oldest House, Main Street, Laceyville, PA 18623, or the charity of the donor’s choice.