Harriet Ann Jones Strelecki

Harriet A. Jones Strelecki, Scranton, died Sunday morning at the Riverside Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Taylor after an illness.

Born January 13, 1949 in Blackstone, VA Camp Lee she was the daughter of the late Joseph (Chick) and Harriet Burns Jones.   She attended West Scranton High School and went on to graduate from the Scranton Christian Academy.  She was a member and former Deaconess at the Scranton Christian Academy.  She was also a Treasurer of the former West Scranton Lions Club and was involved with the Lions Club District 14. Volunteering is what Harriet’s passion was.  Harriet spent most of her life raising her children, grandchildren, family members and countless others.

Harriet was known and loved by all as “Aunt Hat”.  She was an avid traveler and co-pilot.  Her passions were reading, camping at How Kola, fishing, swimming and spending time at her grand children’s outings as well as sharing stories of all their accomplishments. She expressed her unconditional love for her family by always being there for them. 

Surviving are daughters Harriet R. Dixon and her husband Vince, Laura A. Matyjevich and her husband Joseph Jr. and Kathleen P. “Kattie” Strelecki and her companion Brian Kulaga, Sr. with whom she resided;  sons James T. Rillstone, Jr. and his wife Shawna and Lester Tuttle all of Scranton;  brothers Joseph, Robert and wife Debra, Dennis, Timothy and Aaron and wife Judy Jones;  seven grandchildren Susan and Ashley Dixon, Morgan A. Matyjevich, Kayla, Shawna and Jayme Rillstone and Kaylyn M. Kulaga; a great granddaughter Serenity Harriet Dixon and four step grandchildren; brother in law Walter York;  several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her sister Nancy York.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, October 13th at 10:30 am in the United Baptist Church 213 S. Main Ave., West Scranton by Rev. Paul Fields.

Family and Friends may call Thursday morning from 9:30 am until time of service at the church.

Interment will be private in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Waverly at a later date.

The Family would like to thank DaVita Commonwealth Dialysis; Riverside Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and Compassionate Care Hospice, Taylor; Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Center 2010 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA  18509.

To share a memory or to leave the family a condolence please visit: www.vanstonandjames.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vanston and James Funeral Home and are under the care and direction of Robert C. Jones, Funeral Director. 


  1. Noelle M. Snyder

    My heart is saddened by the loss of sweet Harriet. She was always smiling, always had a kind word. She saw the good in everyone. I loved hearing her stories & being in her presence. I will never forget the fun times we got to share with her Traveling, concerts, parties, camping & more.. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother & friend. My family and boys will forever treasure the time we had with her. I am sending my love & condolences to Hattie’s family especially her loving children who I love, especially Laura Ann.

    Prayers & love!!

  2. Carolyn Jerowski

    My condolences go out to the whole family. Hattie was an amazing lady. Growing up with family I had the honor of knowing her for years. She will be missed dearly.

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