1201 Main Street - Pittston (Port Griffith), PA 18640

Mary Jaken - Monday, 8/7/2017

Mary Bonchonsky Jaken, of Pittston, passed away on Tuesday afternoon, August 1, 2017, at her home, the very home where she was born 97 years ago. She was married for 55 years to John Jaken, who preceded her in death in 1996.

Born in Pittston, she was a daughter of the late John and Julia Coliskey Bonchonsky. She was a graduate of Pittston High School. Prior to retirement, she was employed by Pittston Apparel and other various dress factories in the area. She was a member of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.

Mary was a devoted member of Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish, Pittston. She was one of the original members who started the St. Jude's Novena 60 years ago. She continued her devotion with her participation in the operation of the novena every year. She was also very active with many of the fund raising activities at the church.

Mary, known as "Aunt Mary" to many, will be remembered for her impeccable fashion sense, her warm smile and her genuine love of her family and faith. She will be missed by all who were blessed to have known and loved her.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Charles Manganiello, the staff at Home Bound Healthcare, Dallas; especially Rose Zielinski and special caretaker, Holly France. Their faithful dedication, compassion and friendship will never be forgotten.

Surviving is her nephew, John Bonchonsky, Kingston; nieces, Helen Bonchonsky Evans, Newington, CT; Mary Kay Bonchonsky Wayne, White Plains, NY; Beti Egli Francis and Cathy Egli Guerry, both of Wellington, Fla.; godson, Dr. Joseph Cadden, Los Angeles, CA; great and great great nieces and nephews and lifelong friend and neighbor, Rita Morgan, Pittston.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph, infant twins, Peter and Paul; sisters, Helen Bachkosky, Margaret Waiksnis and A. Catherine Egli; nephews, Joseph Bonchonsky and John Bachkosky.

The funeral will be held on Monday, August 7, 2017, at 8:45 A.M. from Baloga Funeral Home, Inc. 1201 Main Street Pittston (Port Griffith), with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 A.M. in Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish 535 North Main Street, Pittston. Interment will be in St. Michael's Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, Pittston.

Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Sunday from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M., at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be to Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish 535 North Main Street Pittston, PA 18640.

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From: Chris Guerry

Location: Wellington, FL    Date: 2017-08-04

Aunt Mary will always be remembered for the witty, loving, and religious person that she was. She was also sarcastic and humorous. My mother and father always said she was sharp as a tack. She enjoyed family, getting her hair done on the weekends, pizza night, pitch, socializing, church,and casinos. I enjoyed our phone conversations and am blessed that she was able to facetime my 3 month old daughter, Piper. Aunt Mary always cared for other people and would ALWAYS ask about my wife Jill. Aunt Mary would often complain about Pittston winters and I would reply that it was 80 degrees in FL. She will always be in our hearts. My condolences go out to everyone that she has touched in her lifetime.

From: Debbie Bonchonsky

Location: Jefferson City, MO    Date: 2017-08-03

So sorry to hear about Aunt Mary. She was a very special lady and will be missed greatly. May His peace and comfort and strength surround you all.

From: Mary Leffler

Location: Eldred, PA    Date: 2017-08-03

Mary was such a wondeful person.. and always such a lady! I was blessed to have known her. Rest in peace, dear one. You will never be forgotten.

From: Janet & Don Jaken

Location: Drums, PA    Date: 2017-08-03

Aunt Mary, It is a blessing to share our family kinship with you. You are a sweet, sweet woman who will be deeply missed. Rest in Peace

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