Anne Missett Callahan, 78, formerly of Laflin passed away Saturday evening, May 23, 2020, at home in West Pittston.
Born in Pittston on March 21, 1942, she was the daughter of the late George and Jane Gallagher Missett. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Mary.
She was a graduate of St. John the Evangelist High School Pittston and Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Scranton.
Anne had worked as a Registered Nurse at Allied Services for twenty years.
She was an active member of St. Maria Goretti Parish where she also served as Eucharistic Minister and Social Director of the Parish Center.
She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend and will be truly missed.
Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Anne knew first hand her dedication to the care of others. Whether it be to her children and grandchildren, her siblings, parents, Aunts Kitty and Mary Kane, her patients as a nurse, her colleagues, friends and community---Anne was a caregiver. She selflessly, perhaps at times to a fault, put the needs and wants of others ahead of her own---always. And she did so with love and compassion and joy.
Additionally, Anne thrived on making people happy. She was the consummate hostess—opening her home to all-- providing not simply scrumptious treats but a coziness that hugged you and a comfort of security that grounded you the moment you entered her home. Overflowing with laughter and love and light for every and all occasion--her home was ‘the home’ where everyone wanted to be.
Anne’s ‘Pearls of wisdom’ were frequently shared—‘Get up and walk around, you’ll feel much better’, ‘Everyone will take their cue from you’, ‘Get a good night’s sleep, you’ll feel better in the morning’, “Life is about being prepared for Plan B’, ‘(how do you do it?) You just do.’
Anne’s life, like many of us, was also filled with challenges. But what made Anne different from most is that she tackled each and every challenge with strength, dignity and grace like no other.
Surviving are her children, John Francis Callahan Jr. and his wife Angela, Pittston Township; Catherine Callahan and her husband Adam Ruderman, West Pittston; Elizabeth Vanesko and her husband Kris, Pittston Township; Michael Callahan and his wife Tia, Jenkins Township and Eileen Rosen, West Pittston; 18 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; siblings, Richard Missett and his wife Grace, Wyoming; Clare Missett, Wyoming; Mary Schwartz and her husband, Bob, Pittston; George Missett Jr. and his wife Joy, Exeter; Jane Martin and her husband, Don, Pittston; and Margy Nobile and her husband Mark, Jenkins Township, numerous nieces, nephews.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to those who cared for Anne: Kim Aruscavage, The Hospice of the Sacred Heart, and Dr. Chittalia, for the love and care they provided.
Due to the current restrictions, private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with interment in St. John the Evangelist Cemetery, Pittston.Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart in Dunmore. Arrangements are entrusted to Adonizio Funeral Home, LLC, 251 William Street, Pittston.