Darlene M. Kalinowski Hvozdovic, 54, Mountain Top, died June 22, 2016, in the care of the Celtic Healthcare Hospice inpatient unit, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, following a prolonged illness.
Born Oct. 28, 1961, in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter to Mrs. Irene Balut Kalinowski of Plains Township and the late Mr. Stanley Kalinowski. Educated in the city schools, she was a member of the 1979 graduating class of James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre.
Mrs. Hvozdovic began her career with the Tobyhanna Army Depot in October 1982, working in the clerical department. She then participated in an apprentice program for electronics mechanic, advancing to production controller and electronics inspector. She ended her career as a quality assurance specialist, retiring from duties in September 2014. Darlene was recognized in 2012 for 30 years of service with the Army Depot.
She was a member of the Parish of St. Jude, Mountain Top, and held membership in the North End Slovak Citizens’ Club, Wilkes-Barre, was vice president and treasurer for the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association branches 38 and 211, and was a member of the Slovak Catholic Sokols, Rev. Joseph Murgas Assembly 59.
She and her husband, Joseph A. Hvozdovic Jr., would have celebrated 28 years of married life together this Aug. 6.
Darlene is remembered by family and friends as being a loving devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend to all those who knew and loved her. Family was a focal point in her life.
She was preceded in death by her paternal and maternal grandparents; her mother-in-law, Joanne Hvozdovic; and more recently by her father, Stanley Kalinowski, in February 2013.
Surviving, in addition to her beloved husband, Joe, at home, are the couple’s daughter, Nicole Hvozdovic, a senior at Scranton University; mother, Irene Kalinowski, Plains Township; sister, Debbie Henry, and brother, David Kalinowski and his wife, Rose, all of Mountain Top; father-in-law, Joseph A. Hvozdovic Sr.; in-laws, Joleen and Joe Matchko and Jerry and Lori Hvozdovic; nieces and nephews, including Lindsey and Michael Henry, Lauren Kalinowski and Matthew and Jonathan Hvozdovic; several cousins and friends.
Her family would like to gratefully acknowledge the caring assistance they received from Dr. Ron Jon and the staff at Geisinger, Dr. David Greenwald and the staff of Medical Oncology Associates in Kingston and the comfort received from Celtic Hospice in her final days.
Funeral services for Darlene were conducted from John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes Inc., Wilkes-Barre, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Jude Church, Mountain Top.
Darlene’s family would be honored if prospective donors consider a contribution in her memory to Candy’s Place, 190 Welles St., Suite 120, Forty Fort, PA 18704, or to the SPCA of Luzerne County, 524 E. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
To send Darlene’s family words of comfort, support and friendship, visit our family’s website at www.JohnVMorrisFuneralHomes.com.