Nancy Joan Swithers Katany, Wilkes-Barre, died Jan. 19, 2018. Born July 25, 1931, in Wilkes-Barre,
Nancy graduated from St. Nicholas High School.
In her late teens, Nancy worked at Lazarus Department Store where she met Joseph Katany. Married for 63 years, Nancy and Joseph hand-built their home in Mountain Top and had three children. Early in her career, Nancy worked for Bell of Pennsylvania, starting as a directory assistance operator and working her way up to management.
Later, Nancy and Joseph became entrepreneurs and purchased Barre Engraving Company. As a cohesive team, Joseph worked during the day at the business and Nancy continued to work nights at the phone company plus did all the accounting for the business while raising their children. Their successful company provided print, copy and photo engraving plates to local newspapers and national printing companies until they retired in 1996.
In her younger years, Nancy was involved with sports as a basketball player and loved to dance and sing. As a mother, she was always active as a chaperone and volunteer at her children’s schools. Nancy was an avid reader, loved to travel, play golf, cook and made amazing homemade pizza. She even turned a bout with breast cancer into a positive experience by volunteering with Reach to Recovery to help other women.
Nancy is predeceased by her husband, Joseph Michael Katany; mother, Agnes Balz Swithers; her father, Francis “Yank” Swithers; sister, Mary Swithers; and brother, Edward Swithers.
Surviving family members include daughter, Judy Katany and her husband, Daniel Taft, of Big Sky, Mont..; daughter, Jeriann Sokach and her husband, Stephen Sokach, of West Pittston; son, Joseph Katany and his wife, Dr. Anastasia Katany of Forest, Va.; and granddaughters, Carly, Stephanie and Alexis Sokach and Sarah Brynn Katany.
Memorial gifts can be made in Nancy’s name to the St. Jude’s Building Fund, 420 S. Mountain Blvd, Mt. Top.
The family would like to express their deep gratitude to the private and agency caregivers who so loving took care of Nancy for the last several years with a special thanks to Annie Lowman, Erin Stepanski, Megan McMenamin, Heather Grimm, Tracy Donovan, Dorothea Aytch, Jane Jenceleski and the caregivers at Highland Park Senior Living Center and Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Arrangements were by McCune Funeral Home, 80 S. Mountain Blvd, Mountaintop. Funeral services were held at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Mountaintop.