First Posted: 1/27/2013
Victoria Pann Bau, 94, of Kingston and formerly of Avoca, passed away Friday evening, Jan. 18, 2013.
She was the widow of Louis E. Bau, who died in 1995.
Born in Old Forge, Oct. 26, 1918, she was a daughter of the late Anthony R. and Rose Meranti Pann. Vicki was a graduate of Old Forge High School and Lackawanna Business College. She also attended Luzerne Community College, where she studied languages.
She was employed as an accountant and payroll master for Morgan Coal Co., a credit manager for the W.C. Carter Co., and an income tax preparer and notary public in Old Forge. In 1949, she established her own business, the Mademoiselle Shoppe in Avoca, which she successfully operated for 32 years until her retirement.
She was a former member and officer of the Business and Professional Women's Club of Pittston, a former officer of the Catholic Women's Club of Scranton and the Catholic Daughter's Club Court of St. Paul of Scranton. Having studied American and international ballroom dancing for 30 years, Vicki was a member of the U.S. Ballroom Dancing Association. As one of the original organizers of the Big Band Society, she was an avid dancer and proud of the many trophies she won in competitive dancing. Vicki also was a member of the Pittston Senior Center and its bridge club. She was a parishioner of Queen of the Apostles Parish (St. Mary's Church) of Avoca.
In addition to her sisters, Ellen Cesare of Old Forge and Kathryn Kitty Schaefer of Swarthmore, she is locally survived by numerous nieces and nephews, including Karen Wills, Kingston; Sharon Horbinski, Pittston; Francine Pietrowski, Old Forge; Georgette Pann, Old Forge; Marcia and Donnie Flannelly, Exeter; and Stacy and Mario Cella, Dallas.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Ralph, John, Anthony and George Pann.
The funeral was Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, with Mass of Christian Burial in Queen of the Apostles Parish (St. Mary's Church), 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca, celebrated by the Rev. Phillip J. Sladicka, pastor. Entombment was at the Cathedral Cemetery Mausoleum in Scranton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to a graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School, class of 2013, who plans on pursuing a career in business. Donations may be made out to Wyoming Valley West Activity Fund, c/o Karen Wills, 81 S. Welles Ave., Kingston, PA 18704. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Victor M. Ferri Funeral Home, 522 Fallon St., Old Forge. Condolences may be posted at www.ferrifuneralhome.com.