Alice Puscavage

June 27th, 2015 1:23 am

First Posted: 2/3/2013

Alice Puscavage went in glory to be with God and her beloved husband, John J. Puscavage, on Saturday, Jan. 26.

She was born in Duryea and was a life resident. Alice was the daughter of the late Anna Rice and Joseph Nametka, a graduate of Duryea High School, a former parishioner of St. Joseph's Lithuanian Church, Duryea, and a most recent parishioner of Nativity of Our Lord, Duryea.

The most important role in her life was that of being a devoted wife and mother. Next to the love she felt for her family, Alice also had a passion for cooking and gardening. Many clergy, friends and neighbors enjoyed her good cooking. When she entered local and national contests she received many prizes. Top honors were given for her rhubarb cheesecake. Her tomato jelly recipe was a big hit during the beginnings of the Pittston Tomato Festival. She had many interests, including embroidery and sewing.

She was very proud of her Lithuanian heritage. Alice always kept traditions which were especially appreciated by her late son-in-law, Kenneth. Before retiring she was a publicity director for the Knights of Lithuania Council 143, where she also received her 3rd Degree. She and her husband, John, proudly attended the National Conventions of the Knights of Lithuania as delegates.

Alice was very active in her life, working when younger as a volunteer for the Duryea Ambulance Association, being associated with the Democratic organization and acting as an inspector at the polls and serving as treasurer in St. Joseph's Rosary Society. She was a member of the Holy Rosary Christian Mothers during her daughter's schooling.

Mrs. Puscavage was also an active supporter of the Wyoming Valley Girl Scout Council, acting in leadership positions with the Penn's Woods Girl Scout Council in Troops 173 and 199. Because of her efforts, Duryea Girl Scouts were able to be the first ones locally to achieve 1st Class Ranking.

She was a very kind and generous person and a loving and wonderful mother.

Alice was loved and admired by all who knew her. Her kindness and loving ways will be missed.

Her husband, John, preceded her in death in 1992.

Surviving is her daughter, Dr. Alyce M. Zura.

Interment was in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Duryea. A memorial Mass will be held at a later date.

Arrangements were by Kizis-Lokuta Funeral Home, 134 Church St., Pittston.