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Lucy J. Murtha

Lucy J. Murtha, 97, formerly of Pittston, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 30, 2022, in Wyoming Manor Personal Care Center.

Born in Pittston on September 13, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Giuseppe and Melchiora Provenzano Mantione.


She was a graduate of Pittston High School, class of 1942. After graduation, she went to Buffalo where she worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” assembling fuel tanks for airplanes during World War II. When she returned to Pittston, she was a self-employed beautician and later worked as a teacher’s aide for LIU and the director of the Better Business Bureau, Scranton.


She was a former member of St. Rocco’s Church, Pittston, now St. Joseph Marello Parish.


In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Murtha; daughter, Lucie Jo Murtha; brothers, Antonio Richard, Vincent, Anthony, Salvatore, and Charles Mantione; sisters, Onofria (Nellie) Mantione, Christina Mantione, Mary Ferrara and Josephine (Josie) Ondish


Surviving are her daughter, Virginia Cowley and her husband, Noel, West Pittston; grandchildren, Joseph Cowley and his wife Amanda, Bensalem; Glynnis Cowley, Ireland; Chris West, and great-grandchildren, Liam and Emmett West, Kentucky; numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.


A Memorial Mass will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Adonizio Funeral Home, LLC, 251 William Street, Pittston.


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