Vernadine K. Vetack, 86, of Jenkins Twp., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. She was the widow of Joseph J. Vetack, Jr., who passed away on June 1, 2013.
Born in Port Griffith, she was a daughter of the late Stephen and Veronica Parulis Sekula. Vernadine was a graduate of Jenkins Township High School. Prior to retirement, she was employed by Leslie Fay in Wilkes-Barre. As a devout catholic, Vernadine was a lifelong member of St. John the Baptist Church, Pittston, until its closure and a member of its Confraternity of Christian Mothers. She then became a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston.
She was a beloved mother, grammy, great grammy, sister and aunt. Vernadine had a zest for life. She enjoyed sharing her memories of her younger days, which included water skiing on Lake Wallenpaupack, with her husband Joseph, being the captain of the boat. They also enjoyed many nights of listening to country music and dancing the night away. Her other pastimes included cooking and family gatherings; bus trips with her friends, Maryann and Peggy; and "going all out" when decorating the house for Christmas. Vernadine was also a great Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey fan and loved attending the games. The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Charles Manganiello for his many years of exceptional care and to the staff at Post Acute Medical Specialty Hospital of Wilkes-Barre, for their compassionate care.
She is survived by her daughters, Patrice Bantell and her husband, Mike, Jenkins Twp.; Janice Kridlo and her husband, Kevin, Pittston; sons, Joseph Vetack and his wife, Ann, Pittston; David Vetack and his wife, Theresa, Wilkes-Barre; and Jeffrey Vetack, Port Griffith; grandsons, Michael Bantell and Jeffrey Bantell and his wife, Samantha; great grandsons, Noah and Benjamin Bantell; brother, Stephen Sekula, Carbondale; brother-in-law, James Vetack and his wife, Barbara, California; sister-in-laws, Jean Talipan and her husband, Michael, Port Griffith and Margie Vetack, Port Griffith; Charlotte Vetack, California; many nieces and nephews, and her Chihuahua, Poncho.
In addition to her parents and husband, Vernadine was preceded in death by her sister, Regina Sekula Bevilaqua and husband John; sister-in-law, Carrie Sekula and brother-in-law, Gerald Vetack.
The funeral will be held on Monday, May 13, 2019 at 12:15 PM from Baloga Funeral Home, Inc. 1201 Main Street, Pittston (Port Griffith), with a Mass of Christian Burial at 1:00 PM in St John the Evangelist Church, William St., Pittston. Interment will be private in St. Casimir's Cemetery, Pittston.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects Sunday, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM., at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Care and Concern Ministries of Saint John the Evangelist Parish Community, 35 William Street, Pittston, PA 18640