In Loving Memory of Anita Diskin
Anita DiskinScranton, PA March 18, 1945 ~ October 8, 2015 Date of Service: October 14, 2015
Anita Lourdes Diskin, 70, of Scranton, died Thursday morning in the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, after an illness. Her loving husband of 43 years is Edmund Francis Diskin.
Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Adeline and Michael Krupinski. A 1963 graduate of St. Ann’s Monastery High School, she earned a degree in Elementary Education,cum laude, from Marywood University in 1967. She also earned a Master of Science in Reading Education from Marywood University.
Known to her students as Mrs. Diskin, she was a much beloved teacher in the Scranton School District for 35 years, most of which was spent teaching first grade. She was always known for her patience, kindness and generosity of spirit with her students, and educated several generations of young minds fortunate to find themselves seated in the classroom of such a natural-born teacher. Not only was she a compassionate, caring and experienced educator, but she also made teaching a family business, with her fierce commitment to and love for her profession inspiring all of her own children to become teachers, too.
Her love for her family, especially her children, was equally as strong as her love for teaching, and the most important lesson she taught her own children was how to love. A wonderful cook and devoted mother, she took great joy in hosting holiday dinners, infusing them with warmth, a sense of humor, colorful decorations and, of course, delicious mashed potatoes. Whether it was with a grilled cheese sandwich made-to-order, a taste of the scrumptious tomatoes from the garden she so enjoyed tending to, or with a simple lunch ‘love’ note at school, she always found a way to express her love for, and pride in, her children through the little things she did for them each day.
Each summer, she transformed family vacations into educational adventures, with visits to national historic sites in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore and New York City, just to name a few. Also during the summers, her intense devotion to her Catholic faith, but especially to the Novena to St. Ann, took her into the hot, summer sun every July, and she passed on that tradition of religious devotion to her children. She also thoroughly enjoyed bargain hunting at Saturday church flea markets with her mother and daughter, Tara.
Fiercely proud of her Polish heritage, each Sunday night, Anita relished eating traditional Polish food, like pigs in a blanket, prepared by her mother, with whom she was very close. Along with listening to the music of the Beatles and James Taylor, she also enjoyed attending broadway shows in New York City, and walking the lovely shores of Cape May, NJ, with her husband, Ed. She often fondly remembered her cross-country trip with friends to Hawai‘i and San Francisco after graduating from college.
A tough, wonderfully resilient lady who will always be remembered for bluntly speaking her mind and freely opening her heart, she fought fearlessly back against cancer for over a year. Anita never let her illness touch her sharp mind, tender heart or sweet soul, and she still sought to take care of those she loved even as she did so. She greatly cherished her husband, Ed, especially his gentle care-taking throughout her recent illness, and the hot cup of tea he always had ready for her each day on her school lunch break.
Also surviving are two daughters, Tara Fox, Scranton, and Megan Monahan, and her husband, John Monahan, Souderton, and a son, Brian, of Scranton; two sisters, Daria Benedict, of Scranton, and Jacintha Burke, of Blakely, and a brother, Joey Krupinski, Scottsdale, Arizona; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Jennifer, in 2011.
The family would like to thank the faculty and staff of the Perlmutter Cancer Center, NYU Langone Medical Center, especially Dr. Lawrence Leichman, and Dr. Brian Diskin, Anita’s nephew, for their exceptional care, kindness and facilitation of her treatments over the last year and a half.
A celebration of Anita's life will be held on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Ann, with the Rev. James Paisley officiating. Those in attendance should make every effort to sport a splash of pink in their attire that day, which was Anita’s favorite color.
Friends may call Tuesday, from 2 to 4, and 7 to 9 p.m at Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 East Drinker St. in Dunmore. Memorial contributions may be made to Marywood University or the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Ann, Scranton.
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