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Claire Regina Jurchak

Claire Regina Jurchak, 100, of Harding, passed away Friday, July 7, 2023, in Wesley Village, Jenkins Township.


Born in Wilkes-Barre on January 19, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Martin and Christine Draina Hudak.

Claire was a graduate of St. Nicholas High School, Wilkes-Barre. She devoted her entire life to family and friends and she will be truly missed. Claire was the first female supervisor in Exeter Township. She helped establish the Exeter Township Medical Center and served as secretary to the Board for 18 years.


In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Philip Jurchak, son-in-law, Frank (Chip) Smith; grandson, John Paul Jurchak; great-granddaughter, Rylie Ruttinger; foster son, Ted Sakowicki; siblings, infant William Hudak; Martyna McLean; Msgr. Francis Hudak and Martin Hudak, Jr.


Surviving are her children, Philip Jurchak (Susan), Meshoppen; James Jurchak (Janet), Harding; John Jurchak (Penny) Belmont, NC; Mary Angelella (Fran), Harding; Mark Jurchak (Kekette), Chadds Ford; David Jurchak (Julie), Harding; and Tina Smith, Harding; 23 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; brother, Thomas Hudak, Wilkes-Barre; numerous nieces and nephews.


Special thank you to the staff at Wesley Village for their compassionate and loving care.


The family will receive friends and relatives Sunday, July 9, 2023, from 5pm-7pm in Adonizio Funeral Home, LLC, 251 William Street, Pittston. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, July 10, 2023, at 11am by her grandson, Fr. Benedict Jurchak, in Corpus Christi Parish, Church of the Holy Redeemer, RT. 92, Harding. Those attending are asked to go directly to the church Monday morning. Interment will follow in Mountain View Burial Park, Harding. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Wesley Village.


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ebart61
Jul 12, 2023

I’m so sorry to hear about Claire. I have fond memories of our families together when I was very young! She was so much fun, that I remember. Your memories will always be there as I have if my mom, Maude Armstrong Schultheis. May she rest in peace!! Elaine Bartholme

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Deborah Volpe
Deborah Volpe
Jul 09, 2023

Dear Tina and Family:

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. She was a wonderful woman. I have such fond memories of her, your Dad, and all of you at the family home. Mrs. J will be missed. Please accept my most sincere condolences. Much love, Deb Volpe

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annirv715
annirv715
Jul 09, 2023

Dear Mary and family, so sorry about your dear Mother’s passing. You certainly are a dedicated daughter, visiting daily. I’m sure you brightened up her day! You will miss her, my friend. May she rest in peace. Sincerely, Ann Mullins Irvin

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