In Remembrance of Madelyn M. Semanko
Madelyn M. SemankoDunmore, PA February 2, 1928 ~ April 6, 2013 Date of Service: April 20, 2013
Madelyn Semanko, 85, of Dunmore, Pa., a woman of grand style, informed opinions and an irrepressible zest for life, passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Fairfax Hospital in Virginia.
Madelyn was born Feb. 2, 1928, in the home that her parents built and that she so dearly loved and cherished all her life. Her parents were Anna Palovick Semanko, Andrew Semanko and step-father, John Rebi.
She was a graduate of Dunmore High School, class of 1946, and St. Mary's Memorial School of Nursing, class of 1950. She received her BS in Nursing Education on May 28, 1970, from Misericordia University in Dallas, Pa. She taught med surg nursing from 1963 to 1987 and wrote one of the first programs for physical rehab and geriatrics approved by the Penn State Board of Examiners. She was very active with the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary from 1970 to 1995, where she served as president from 1970-1971 and again from 1981-1982. Madelyn and her best friend, Sylvia Glassman, along with auxiliary members held many successful fundraising events including the annual Mardi Gras Ball started in 1970.
Before her illness, Madelyn loved to work on her home and garden, nursing, teaching, shopping, quilting and sewing. She was very creative and was blessed with a remarkable eye for design and display. Madelyn was an avid reader, especially the Washington Post. She prayed the rosary every day and was a faithful viewer of EWTN (the catholic channel). Most of all, she treasured spending time with her beloved daughter and grandchildren in Virginia whose tender care filled her final years with such happiness.
It is impossible to summarize the 85 years of Madelyn's extraordinary life, but no one would be hard pressed to state that her passion was nursing. She touched countless souls with her expert care and heartfelt comfort. She never stopped nursing from the day she received her nurse's cap to her final days in the hospital. She continued to teach, direct, observe, encourage and support all the many nurses who cared for her.
Madelyn is survived by her daughter, Andrea and her husband, Glenn; two grandchildren, Erin and Connor; and five nephews. Madelyn was predeceased by her parents and brother, Edward.
Family and friends are invited to the Divine Liturgy, which will be celebrated at St. Michael's Byzantine Catholic Church in Dunmore at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, followed by burial at St. Michael's Cemetery. All those attending the Divine Liturgy are asked to go directly to the church.
The family would like to thank the following individuals who gave exceptional care throughout Madelyn's illness, Dr. Sebastianelli, Dr. Fogley, Scranton, Pa.; Dr. Har old Palevsky and his nurse practioner, Christine Archer-Chicko, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pa.; Dr. Shahzad Ahmad, INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax, Va. And a special thank you to Nancy Pochas, who cared for Madelyn in Dunmore allowing her to stay in her beloved home for as long as possible.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; or a memorial gift in Madelyn Semanko's name can be made online at www.phassociation.org (The Pulmonary Hypertension Association); or the Caring Voice at www.caringvoice.org.