Mae Lucille Gower Breza, 82, Ransom Twp., died Tuesday September 4, 2012, at the Jewish Home in Scranton after a lengthy illness with cancer. She was the widow of the late Paul John Breza, who died Oct. 27, 1987. The couple had been married more than 37 years.
Born Aug. 30, 1930, in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Eldora Mae Brink Gower. A lifelong resident of the Newton-Ransom area, she was a 1949 graduate of Newton High School and attended Hahnemann School of Nursing, Scranton. She was a member of Our Lady of the Snows Parish, Clarks Summit, and formerly a member of Immaculate Conception Church.
She was an avid bowler and was a member of area ladies bowling leagues. A loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she enjoyed happy times with her family and friends. A compassionate gentle woman, she was a faithful and dedicated volunteer at Community Medical Center for more than 20 years. A person to give of herself and to share with others, she was always willing to lend a helping hand. Mae had a great fondness for animals and especially her cats. Her caring gentleness will be sadly missed by all who loved her.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation for the care given to their mother by the staff of the Jewish Home and Compassionate Care Hospice.
Surviving are three sons, Paul and wife, Laurie, Old Forge; Raymond, Clarks Summit; and Thomas and wife, Linda, Moosic; four daughters, Juanita Stanton and husband, James, Clarks Summit; Lisa Wahl and husband, Joseph, Scott Twp.; Lora Gulla, Old Forge; and Patricia Bryk and husband, William, Succasunna, N.J.; a sister-in-law, Mary Cresta, Perryhall, Md.; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by daughter, Susan Breza, on July 6, 2010; an infant grandson, Christian Gulla; three brothers, Henry and Charles Llewellyn; and William Gower; a sister, Edna Race; and a brother-in-law, Fred Cresta.
The funeral will be Saturday with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Church of St. Benedict, Newton Ransom Blvd., Newton Twp. Interment, Milwaukee Cemetery.
The family will receive relatives and friends Friday, 5 to 8 p.m., at the Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Services Inc., 111 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit and on Saturday at Church of St. Benedict from 9:30 a.m till Mass.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society-Lackawanna Unit, 712 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor, PA 18517, or Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411.