(Betty Ann) Austin Devoted To Faith, Family
Elizabeth Ann (Betty Ann) Austin died peacefully on April 12, 2015.
Born July 2, 1934, to Joseph and Verna Lawlor, Betty Ann grew up in Wilkes-Barre. On June 18, 1955, she married her high school sweetheart, James (Jimmy) Austin, and began her vocation of motherhood which she performed with amazing grace, raising eight children with limited resources but infinite love.
In addition to being a wonderful wife and mother, Betty Ann was devoted to her faith and her parish of St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Mountain Top, volunteering for many years preparing the alter for masses and being vigil to Our Lord through Perpetual Adoration.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James, and her two sons, Thomas and John.
She is survived by her six children, James Austin Jr., Kathleen Dewey, Mark Austin, Mary Elizabeth Austin, Patricia Hueber and Lori Ann Austin, as well as her children by marriage, Lorraine Biondi Austin, Ronald Dewey, Georjean Austin, Claire Austin, Sandra Austin, Scott Rose and Francis Hueber. She is also survived by her 21 grandchildren, John Patrick Austin, Brian Dewey, Chris Austin, Zachary Austin, Sarah Dewey, Matthew Dewey, Amanda Austin, Michael Austin, Isabella Austin, Lily Austin, Aubrey Rose, Elizabeth Hueber, Frances Hueber, Grace Austin, Austin Rose, Olivia Austin, James Hueber, Emma Austin, Bridget Austin, Ruth Hueber and Carolyn Austin, as well as her grandchildren by marriage, Victoria Austin and Kayla Dewey.
Her two great-grandchildren, Owen Austin and Kelsey Dewey, will hear stories of her inspiring love for decades to come.
She welcomed anyone who came to her for help. And she rejoiced in the births of each one of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and made each one of them feel special.
Arrangements were by McCune Funeral Home, Mountain Top.
The family requests memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association , 57 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.
World War II Veteran
William E. Gouse, 91, Mountain Top died April 15, 2015, at Smith Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Born in Ashley, he was the son of the late John and Ann Nortowicz Gouse.
William was a World War II U. S. Army veteran, serving in Italy and Germany, receiving two Purple Hearts.
He worked as a rural letter carrier for the U. S. Postal Service in the Mountain Top area until retiring in 1984.
William was a member of St. Jude Church and enjoyed bowling and fishing.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were his wife, Shirley Keiner Gouse; his son, John; brother, John; and sister, Margaret.
Surviving are his children, Diane Swartwood, Larksville; William Jr. and wife, Adele, Cape May Courthouse, N. J.; Shirley (Ann) Schappell and husband, Rick, North Myrtle Beach, S. C.; and daughter-in-law, Sharon Gouse, Dallas; ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The funeral was held from McCune Funeral Home, 80 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Jude Church.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Smith Nursing and Rehabilitation for their support and care.
Served In National Guard
Walter V. Anusiewicz, 73, Slocum Township, died April 16, 2015, at the Mountain Top Senior Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center where he had been a recent guest.
Born in Plains Township, he was a son of the late Walter C. and Blanche (Wojnar) Anusiewicz. He graduated high school and worked at Walter’s Garage until 1964 as an auto mechanic. Walter then attended school to become an HVAC tech. He worked for local companies and finally at Luzerne County Community College until he retired.
Walter also served in the U. S. National Guard.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, was his brother, Joseph Anusiewicz.
Surviving are his wife, the former Virginia (Wenner) Steinbrenner; children, Walter Anusiewicz and Amy Anusiewicz; step-children, Greg and Kevin Steinbrenner and Jennifer Sink; sisters, Rae Anusiewicz and Diane Morris; four grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren.
Private services are under the direction of McCune Funeral Service Inc., Mountain Top.