Jane P. Guzek

Jane P. Guzek

May 14, 2012

Jane P. Guzek, Scranton, died early Monday morning in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after an illness.

Raised in Taylor, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Obal Praschak.  She was a graduate of the former Taylor High School and attended Northeast Institute.  She enjoyed her work at the Diocese of Scranton in the Office for Parish Life for over 20 years.  She was a member of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Scranton.   Active in the community, Jane was a former Board Member of the Hill Neighborhood Association, United Neighborhood Housing, and a volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club of Scranton. 

Surviving are her children: Jason Guzek (Philadelphia, PA), Mary Guzek, DMD and her husband, Jonathan Chin (Charlestown, MA), Annie Guzek (Scranton, PA), and Matthew Guzek and his fiancée, Tracy Dortone (Philadelphia, PA); her siblings John Praschak (Cincinnati, OH), Walter Praschak (Linden, NJ), Sonia Fedor, and Theodore Praschak (Taylor, PA), nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by siblings Marie Bergamino, Alyce Kristunas, Carol Secor, and Joseph Praschak.

Friends may call Thursday evening from 5-8pm at the Vanston and James Funeral Home 1401 Ash Street, Scranton.

The family wishes to invite anyone attending the funeral to go directly to the church.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 10am in St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 505 Jefferson Avenue, Scranton with services by Fr. Nicholas Ferencz, Ph.D.

Interment, St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made in Jane Guzek’s name to The Abramson Cancer Center, with donations made to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, 3535 Market St. Ste 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (www.penncancer.org); or to Catholic Social Services 516 Fig Street Scranton, PA 18505.

For directions or to send the family an online condolence please visit www.vanstonandjames.com


  1. Nancy, Geert, Anke and Imke Remue

    God looked around His garden and
    found an empty space
    He then looked down up on the earth
    and saw her tired face
    He put His arms around her and
    lifted her to rest
    God’s garden must be beautiful
    He only takes the best

    We wish you all a lot of strenght in this difficult moment. Nancy, Geert Anke and Imke

  2. Leonard Knobbs

    Dear Guzek Family,

    The sorrow of the faithful is not that of permanent loss,
    but the tender sense of sadness that comes in saying good-bye for now
    to someone we love. May today’s sorrow give way to the peace and
    comfort of God’s love.

    Leonard Knobbs and Family

  3. Tom Lebo

    So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Although this is a sad time I hope and pray that you’ll be comforted by the recollection of good memories that will last forever. You and your familiy are in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Pat Schuster

    Hey Matt….Very sorry to hear the news of your mother’s passing. Know that you and your whole family are in our prayers during this time.

  5. Ruane Family

    Dear Mary, Annie, Matt, and Jason,

    My family and I were very sad to hear about your mother. She was a very kind and caring person. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.


    Jeanne Ruane

  6. Lori Barrett

    Annie and Mary, It is very difficult to lose a parent so I was sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. I only had the pleasure of meeting her one time, but knowing the two of you, she was obviously an accomplished mother and must have been very proud of her daughters’ many successes. Having four daughters of my own, I know that I find their achievements to be my greatest source of pride, and validation that I must be doing an OK job. That’s probably a universal mom thing…..so no doubt your mom felt it too.

    Again, so sorry for the sadness you must be feeling.

    Hope to run into you in the Hill sometime. (Hopefully, I won’t knock you down…)

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