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Mary Ruskey - Tuesday, 8/17/2021

Mary Ruskey, 76, of Jenkins Township, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 12, 2021 in Residential Hospice Inpatient Unit at Geisinger South, Wilkes-Barre. She and her loving and devoted husband, Thomas Ruskey, Sr. celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on September 4, 2020.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of the late Felix and Regina Wisniewski Muroski. Mary was a graduate of Hanover High School, Class of 1962. While working for RCA in the mid-sixties, she met her husband Tom. Later, Mary worked for 16 years in the Jenkins Twp. tax office while her husband served as tax collector. Prior to retirement Mary worked for Northeast Penn Salvage Co., Jenkins Twp.. She had been a longtime volunteer for both the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and the Association of the Blind. Mary was a former member of St Mark's Church, Inkerman, where she sang in the choir and was a current member of St. Maria Goretti Church, Laflin.

She was a 21 year survivor of ovarian cancer and 7 year survivor of pancreatic cancer. Throughout her medical difficulties, she maintained a positive attitude and glowing personality. If you met Mary and spent 5 minutes talking to her, you became her friend and she would remember your name forever.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the medical staff at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, who provided her excellent care. During her many visits and hospital stays she befriended many doctors, nurses and medical staff. She viewed the Geisinger team as her extended family and friends. She loved all of you. Her visits were many times accompanied by home baked cake and cookies. To her, a medical visit was a social event. She loved people and lit up every room she entered. Also, Dr. Michael Miller, her general practitioner, for his medical support and guidance. A special thank you to her many friends who provided support during times of difficulty.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sons, Thomas, Jr. and wife, Amy; David and wife, Anita; two granddaughters, Kiaura and Sydney; sister-in-law, Rosalie Muroski; niece, Terri Muroski Roberson.

She was preceded in death by brother, Michael Muroski and uncle, Benny Muroski.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday, in St. Maria Goretti Church, 42 Redwood Drive., Laflin, to be celebrated by Fr. Seth Wasnock, Pastor. Everyone attending the mass is asked to go directly to the church on Tuesday morning.

Interment will be in St. Mary's Nativity Cemetery, Plymouth Twp..

Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Monday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Baloga Funeral Home, Inc. 1201 Main Street, Pittston (Port Griffith).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either the Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Cancer Center or Candy's Place, cancer support organization for cancer patients.

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From: James A Yostrum

Location: Saratoga Springs, UT    Date: 2021-08-23

I just found out of Mary's passing. My late mother often mentioned her as a sweet lady. Tom you and Mary were great neighbors to my Mom & Dad throughout the years! My sincere condolences on her passing...


Location: Hanover Twp., PA    Date: 2021-08-17

Tom, Donna and I were saddened to reading about Mary's passing.Hope otherwise you are well. MAY MARY'S MEMORY BE ETERNAL !

From: Susan Lauer at Midway Garden Center

Location: PITTSTON, PA    Date: 2021-08-15

Tom and family, I was so sorry to hear of Mary's passing. It is never an easy time but take heart in the great memories you have Tom and family, I was so sorry to hear about Mary. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most trying of times.

From: Barbara Weiksner/Foley

Location: Spring Valley, CA    Date: 2021-08-15

Tommy. i am so sorry for your loss. I know you have the strength to go through this.I did not know your wife but i know you . you are always polite and well mannered.mary had the best husband.

From: Penny Cunningham

Location: Pittsburgh, PA    Date: 2021-08-15

My Dear Family,I was so sad to hear about Mary's passing. Dr. Chu and I loved taking care of her and she was such a fighter. She was such a joy to have at Candys Place. I will neer forget her chocolate chip cookies she made especially when she felt down and I tried to motivate her. she was truly one of my favorite patients.

From: Jack Gowran

Location: Wyoming, PA    Date: 2021-08-15

Tom & Family, sorry for your loss.

From: Donna Siroki Dietsch

Location: Jenkins Twp, PA    Date: 2021-08-14

So very sorry for your loss. May the Lord comfort you through this difficult time. Sending prayers!

From: Jen Bowman (Colarusso)

Location: Carme, IN    Date: 2021-08-14

Dear Ruskey Family, Sending much love and prayers to you during this difficult time. Mary was one of the sweetest people I had known during my time in PA. She will be greatly missed by so many but she has left a lot of wonderful memories for all to cherish. Sincerely, Jen

From: Marilyn Querci

Location: Jenkins Township, PA    Date: 2021-08-14

Tom and family, I wish to express my deepest condolences for your loss, sincerely yours, Marilyn.

From: Terry Kulakowski

Location: Bear Creek Twp, PA    Date: 2021-08-14

Tom and family. I am so sorry for your loss. Knowing your mom was a blessing. I loved talking to her when she visited you at work. Always pleasant. Please accept my thoughts and prayers. Heaven has another angel.

From: Kelly Gowran

Location: Tempe, AZ    Date: 2021-08-14

My sincerest condolences to Tom and Sons and Mary's entire family.

From: Frank Massara

Location: Jensen Beach, FL    Date: 2021-08-13

Tom & family: I'm so sorry for your loss

From: Ruth & Jim Musto

Location: Port Griffith, PA    Date: 2021-08-13


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