Anne D. Wasko, of Jenkins Township, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 31, 2021, in Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Pittston on September 21, 1950, she was a daughter of the late Atty. Ettore S. and Angela (Volpe) Agolino. Anne was a graduate of Wyoming Area High School and Wilkes University. She spent her career doing what she loved, teaching music and working with children of all abilities across multiple schools within the Wyoming Area School District. She retired in 2010. Anne also served as an adjunct instructor of music at Wilkes University.
Anne was blessed with a dedicated group of family, friends, and neighbors that she enjoyed spending time with. Whether she was traveling, baking, exercising, or socializing she was always surrounded by the ones she loved. Anne was a selfless mother and mother-in-law, devoted wife, and cherished friend. She was revered and loved by all who were lucky enough to make her acquaintance. Anne was the heart and soul of her family, the glue that held everything together. Her loss will be felt profoundly.
At home, Anne could often be caught with a novel in her hand (happy endings only!), an HGTV show on in the background, and a handful of pretzels at the ready. She was a gracious hostess, always welcoming her guests with a table full of delicious food, a warm hug, and a smile. She especially loved celebrating the holidays, her favorite of which was Christmas Eve, which she hosted for her extended family for 42 consecutive years. Apron on and spoon in hand, Anne was responsible both for keeping everyone laughing and for the addition of an extra pound or two which inevitably resulted from overindulging in her Italian Christmas cookies. Although gone too soon her memory will endure and her kindness, love, and friendship will live on in all who knew her.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph S. Agolino, Sr. Surviving are her husband of 42 years, Raymond Wasko Sr., sons, Raymond Jr. (Shannon), Gaithersburg, MD and Michael (Stephanie Ortiz), East Greenbush, NY; brother, Santo Agolino (Ann Rose) Wyoming; brothers-in-law, Edward Wasko, Wyoming and Eugene Wasko (Christine), Old Forge; sisters-in-law, Karen Umbra (Joseph), Wilkes-Barre and Mary Agolino, West Pittston; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Anne’s family would like to thank the dedicated members of the Jenkins Township Fire Department and Greater Pittston Ambulance Association along with the physicians, nurses, and staff of Geisinger Hospital and Hospice for their compassion and attentive care.
A walk-through visitation will be held on Friday, February 5, 2021, from 5pm to 7pm in Adonizio Funeral Home, LLC, 251 William Street, Pittston.A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, February 6, 2021, at 10am in Corpus Christi Parish, 605 Luzerne Avenue, West Pittston, with interment to follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Schooley Avenue, Exeter.CDC guidelines of wearing a face covering and maintaining social distance will be observed at Adonizio Funeral Home, Corpus Christi Parish and at the Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Anne’s name to the Society of the Little Flower (littleflower.org).