Victoria N. Tolensky, 88, of Inkerman, formerly of Port Griffith, passed away Sunday afternoon, October 12, 2014, at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. She was the widow of Charles Tolensky, who passed away June 13, 1999.
Born in Port Griffith, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Antoinette Dziga Howanietz. She was a graduate of Jenkins Township High School. Prior to retirement, she worked in housekeeping at the Luzerne County courthouse and prior to that worked in the garment industry. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston.
Victoria was a beloved mother, gram, babci, sister and aunt. She loved her family with every sense of her being and they did the same in return. Her grandchildren were the apple of her eye and she treasured her great grandchildren. She will be dearly missed and the memories cherished forever. She was an avid fan of the Phillies, Steelers, Penn State and Notre Dame. She also enjoyed her trips to Mohegan Sun.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Mauer Biscotti for the professional care and friendship over the years. And to the 6th floor staff of Wilkes Barre General Hospital, especially, Dan and Jen, for their compassionate care given to Victoria.
Surviving are her daughters, Barbara Maxwell and husband, Thomas, with whom she resided; Monica Orenich and husband, Gary, Duryea; and Michele Manganello and husband, Louis, Exeter; grandchildren, Dr. Kristine Maxwell McNulty, Nicole Klaproth, Tom Maxwell, Jason, Christopher, and Kimberly Orenich, Jennifer and Lauren Manganello; 10 great grandchildren; sister, Emily Grigalonis, Port Griffith; several nieces and nephews; great nieces and great nephews.
She was preceded in death by brothers, Joseph, Stanley and Peter Howanietz and infant brother, Frank Howanietz; sisters, Helen Protasiewicz and Rose Flis.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, October 16, 2014, at 9:30 A.M. in St. John the Evangelist Church, William St., Pittston. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Carverton.