Emily "Pat" Tierney, 89, of Clarks Green, died Thursday December 27, 2012 in Hospice Community Care, Dunmore. She was the widow of the late William R. Tierney who died August 7, 1990.
Born April 18, 1923 in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Joseph A and Emily Dempsey Lingg. She was a graduate of Gwynedd Mercy Academy.
A resident of Waverly and Clarks Green for more than 50 years, she was active in many community organizations including the Waverly Women's Club, the Waverly Community House and the Abington Players where she played a lead role in Kiss Me Kate. She was also a dedicated volunteer at Mercy Hospital (Scranton Regional) where she provided support to patients and families in the Intensive Care Unit. She was a long time member of the Greater Scranton YMCA where she loved to swim and also served on the Board of Directors. She was a member of the Church of St. Gregory, where she sang in the choir and later often attended Our Lady of Snows Church, Clarks Summit. She was a previous member of the Waverly Country Club.
Being the mother of six children, she was a dedicated homemaker who loved caring for her family and friends. She enjoyed her daily walks in her neighborhood,
swimming in her pool and working in her garden. Pat had boundless energy and youthful vitality throughout her life. She took up skiing at 49 as she introduced her children to the sport and began golfing in her 70's. Pat was quick to flash a smile and always ready for a conversation with anyone in the community.
The family extends a special thank you for the compassionate care she received from the Hospice Community Care nurses, Hospice of the Sacred Heart, the loving staff at Elmcroft, and the caregivers
at Clarks Summit Senior Living where she spent the last 11 years.
Surviving are three sons, William R. Tierney, Jr. and his wife, Cheryl, Clarks Summit; Peter and his wife, Michele, Glenburn; Joseph R. and his wife, Renee, North Abington Township; two daughters, Emilie Tierney and husband, Murray Sperling, Camp Hill; Patricia Walker and her husband, William, Lenoxville; 11 grandchildren,
Jennifer Tierney Connelly; Ryan Tierney; Kyle Tierney; Amee Smith; Victoria and Liam Tierney; Katherine, Adam, Sarah, Megan and Melissa Walker; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathleen "Katie" Tierney; two brothers, Joseph and Lawrence; two sisters, Josephine "Bonnie" O'Neill; and infant Frances.
The funeral will be Thursday with Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM at the Church of St. Gregory, 330 N. Abington Road, Clarks Green, to be celebrated by Rev. John M. Lapera and concelebrated by Msgr. John H. Louis. Interment, Hickory Grove Cemetery, Waverly. Friends and family may call Wednesday from 5-8 pm at the Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc.111 Colburn Avenue, Clarks Summit.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Greater Scranton YMCA,706 N. Blakely, Dunmore, PA 18512 or the Waverly Community House, Waverly, PA. For more information, directions or to send an online condolence, please visit www.jenningscalvey.com.