Mary Lou Gaetano of the Tripp Park section of Scranton died Thursday at the Green Ridge Health Care Center following an illness.
Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Rose Yarros Gaetano. She was the valedictorian of Scranton Technical High School, class of 1958. She worked for over 39 years for the late Dr. John A. Quinn, DDS. She was then employed by the Lackawanna County Public Defender’s Office up until her retirement.
Mary Lou was a devout Catholic and her faith was a very important part of her life. She was a member of the Mary, Mother of God Parish and had previously been a lifelong member of St. Vincent’s Church before its closing. She loved spending time with family, visiting and having good conversations. She enjoyed countless holidays and family gatherings with her extended family. She also had a close-knit group of friends with whom she enjoyed dinners out once a month for many years. Mary Lou was an avid Yankees fan. She never missed a televised game and spent decades following her beloved team.
The family would like to extend their thanks to all family members and friends who have assisted in Mary Lou’s care, especially her neighbor, Annie Balmer, and her close friend, Susan Talarico. If it wasn’t for Susan’s devotion, Mary Lou would not have been able to remain living at home for as long as she did. Your years of dedicated friendship to Mary Lou meant the world to her.
Surviving is a sister, Romayne Kwiatkowski, Scranton; a brother, Edward Gaetano, and wife, Gayle, Endicott, N.Y.; several nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Gaetano, and his wife, Patricia; and a brother-in-law, Emil Kwiatkowski.
The funeral will be conducted Monday with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Mary, Mother of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church, 316 William St. All CDC guidelines, including the mandatory use of facial coverings and proper social distancing will be strictly enforced. Please refrain from any physical contact. Interment at Cathedral Cemetery will be private at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions in memory of Mary Lou, who loved all animals, can be made to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Twp., PA 18411, or to Diocese of Scranton Communications, 300 Wyoming Ave., Scranton, PA 18503.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home Inc., 1030 N. Main Ave.