Genevieve “Jenny” Shestok

Genevieve “Jenny” Shestok

May 15, 2014


Genevieve “Jenny” Shestok, of Scranton, passed away Thursday evening in the Geisinger Community Medical Center after an illness.

Jenny was born December 21, 1945 in Scranton and was the daughter of the late Theodore E. and Florence O’Brien Malakin.   She was a graduate of the former Scranton Technical High School and was of the Catholic faith.   Prior to her retirement she had been employed by the Red Cross, Mercy Hospital Scranton’s Emergency Room Department and also for the Scranton Counseling Center as a medical records department clerk.  She was a member of the DAR and also had the distinction of being named Mother of the Year in the State of Pennsylvania in 1977. 

Jenny was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Remembered for her humor, wit and smile.  Wherever she went she was able to make everyone laugh.

Surviving are her children Michael Shestok and his wife Heather of Olyphant, Todd Shestok, Megan Moses and her husband Antony, Sarah Cortazar  and Mallory Shestok all of Scranton and Jacqui Tarnowski and her husband James of Rochester, New York;  a sister Margaret Scott and her husband Jerome of Clarks Summit; brothers Theodore Malakin and his wife Linda and Michael Malakin all of Lake Ariel;  eleven grandchildren; one great grandson;  nieces and nephews.

Anyone planning on attending the funeral is asked to go directly to the church.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10am in the Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave. Scranton.

Friends may call Monday from 4-7pm in the Vanston and James Funeral Home 1401 Ash St. Scranton.

Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.

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  1. Cindy Roberts

    Peggy, Tee, Mike and all the families:

    What a shock! Words are totally inept at this time. My thoughts and prayers go out to each of you and your families. I will always remember Jenny as such a fun loving gal….memories are so precious. So grateful we had the chance to get together a few years back. God Bless You All!!!

    Cindy Lombardi Roberts

  2. Robert Nolan

    Sincere condolences from my wife Ingrid and I to the entire Malakin and Shestok families. Growing up in Lake Ariel, it seems as though I’ve known the Malakin family for almost my entire life. I don’t know if there is anything I can say that will assuage your grief, but please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers as you endure this most difficult time for your families. God bless all of you and may Jenny rest in peace.

  3. Mark J. Shestok

    Mike, Megan, Todd, Sarah and families,

    We are so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Please know that you are being held in our thoughts and hearts as you grieve for Jenny. I know she loved you with a Mother’s love as deep as anyone I’ve ever known.

    In time, I hope your memories will provide comfort.

    Mark Shestok

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