Anna L. Besack

Anna L. Besack, Clarks Summit, formerly of Petersburg Section of Scranton, died early Friday morning in the Regional Hospital of Scranton after a long, brave battle with Alzheimer’s.  She passed surrounded by the love of her children.  She was the widow of Walter W. Besack who died June 30, 1997.

Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of Joseph and Mary Shema Lipka and was a graduate of the Scranton Technical High School.  Anna began working at Bell Telephone, where she was an operator, and upon her marriage and the beginning of her family she dedicated herself to being a stay at home mother to her children.  She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church Parish.

She took great pride in the family that she raised alongside her husband Walter.  Anna’s happiest moments came from spending time with her family and celebrating in their successes.  She carried an extra special place in her heart for all of her grandchildren and never missed the chance to brag about their accomplishments.  She had an uncanny ability to warmly talk with anyone, at any time.

Surviving are her daughters Jennifer Besack of Scranton; Judith Bednarz and her husband Lucian of Clarks Summit with whom Anna resided and helped raise their three sons, who were her pride and joy; Joanne Farrell and her husband Terry of Deland, FL; a son Atty. Steven W. Besack and his wife Kelly of Glenmoore, PA; a brother Joseph Lipka of Hazleton; six grandchildren Jessica and Norah Besack, Allison Farrell and husband Ben Green, and Matthew, Samson and Gavin Bednarz.

Anna was also preceded in death by her beloved grandson Corey W. Besack and her twin brother.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10am in the Immaculate Conception Church 801 Taylor Ave. Scranton by Rev. Patrick McLaughlin, pastor.

Friends may call Wednesday morning at the church from 9am until the time of the Mass.

Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Alive Inside Foundation 237 Eldridge St., New York City 10002 or by visiting

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Arrangements have been entrusted to and are under the care and direction of the Vanston and James Funeral Home, Scranton.


  1. Kerin Lipka Ciotola Brown

    I am so very sorry to hear of Aunt Anna’s passing. Know that my sincerest thoughts and prayers are with you all. It is so very hard to imagine all that you are going through, but I hope the moments shared and memories made will be able to help at this time.

    The angels are always near to those who are grieving, to whisper to them that their loved ones are safe in the hand of God. ~Quoted in The Angels’ Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

    With deepest sympathy – Your cousin – Kerin

  2. Jennifer Kosmahl Leveille

    Dear Besack family,
    I am so saddened to hear of Mrs. B’s passing. She was such a great lady. She and Mr B were such a big part of my teenage years, and 20’s. I cannot imagine the sadness you all have in your hearts. Her laugh always made me smile, as well as her driving with both feet when she would drive Jenn and me around. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love Little Jenn

  3. Staci Klem

    My heart goes out to Ann’s children. They meant the world to her. I had the pleasure of getting to know Ann and her children. What a kind, caring family. You are all in my thoughts. May she rest in peace.

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