First Posted: 4/4/2010
Mary Ursula (McGuire) Yankalunas, 72, died March 28, 2010 at VNA Hospice at Heritage House after complications of a long-term lung ailment.
She was born at home, in Inkerman, on November 25, 1937, a daughter of the late Ursula (Ruditis) and William McGuire. She graduated from Pittston Central Catholic High School in 1955, Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, and then College Misericordia, with a B.S., in 1960. She enjoyed a long career as a registered nurse in the Wyoming Valley, much of it dedicated to the challenging field of psychiatric nursing. Mary resided for many years in West Wyoming, where she raised four beautiful and successful children. Her final years were spent at Heritage House in Wilkes-Barre, where she leaves behind many friends among both residents and staff. She was a long-time parishioner of Holy Trinity Church in Swoyersville.
She is survived by children, Joan Yankalunas and her husband, Joseph Stuchkunas, Wilkes-Barre; Mary and her husband, Michael Daley, Harveys Lake; Susan and her husband, Chris Schuster, Asburn, VA; and William and his wife, Caryn Yankalunas, Hampstead, NC; grandchildren, Casey and Alex Yankalunas and Carter Schuster; and a sister, Ursula McGuire, San Francisco, CA.
A Vigil was conducted March 31 at the Gubbiotti Funeral Home, Exeter by the Rev. Michael Piccola, pastor of Immaculate Conception Church, West Pittston. A memorial Mass will be scheduled at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen.