Dolores Cusatis

June 18, 2019

Dolores Cusatis, 91, passed peacefully from this earth on Tuesday surrounded by her loving daughters.  Born in Hazleton, Pa, she was a daughter of the late Margaret Antonelli Avillion, and Frank Avillion. 

She worked for PPL as a meter tester and later for Dorothy Throne Embroidery and Mountain City Garments.  Dolores lived in Hazleton until 2014 before moving to Keystone Villa Retirement Community in Ephrata, to be closer to her daughters.  Always active, she enjoyed gardening, walking and swimming.  She was a 500 mile certificate holder in the Red Cross “Swim and Stay Fit” program having completed more than 850 miles.  She taught swimming for the Police Athletic League for over 30 years and was a Girl Scout leader at Diamond Methodist Church in the mid 1960’s.

She was the wife of the late Dominic J. “Chubby” Cusatis, who died in 1999, shortly after they celebrated their 50th anniversary. 

She is survived by her daughters, Nancy Warble Maguire, wife of Leo, of Elizabethtown, and Elaine Lupco, wife of Jack, of Sinking Spring, and her devoted niece, Karen Klapac and husband Jack of Hazleton.  She is also survived by her grandson, Alex Lupco, of Sinking Spring; sister, Agatha Mooney, of Pottsville; and nephews Charles Zaremba of Hazleton and Thomas Mooney, of Pottsville. 

She was predeceased by sisters Mary Delmonico and Rose Zaremba, and nephew Anthony “Tony” Delmonico, all of Hazleton. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, June 22nd, at 10 A.M. in Queen of Heaven Parish at Our Lady of Grace Church, 750 N. Vine St., Hazleton.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Drums.  The family will receive friends on Saturday morning in the church from 9 A.M. until the time of mass.   

The Joseph A. Moran Funeral Home, 229 W. 12th St., Hazleton, is in charge of the arrangements. 

The family would like to thank the devoted staff at Keystone Villa and at Hospice & Community Care for their loving care during Dolores’ final days.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Dolores’ name to Hospice & Community Care, 685 Good Drive, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA  17604-4125 or to Hazleton Animal Shelter, 101 N. Poplar Street, P.O. Box 481, Hazleton, PA  18201.

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