This past weekend the world gained a beautiful angel. Constance Marie Talarico (more lovingly referred to as “Connie” or “Nana T” by all) passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Saturday April 10th after her courageous battle with esophageal cancer. Her loving husband of 50 years, Thomas L. Talarico, held her hand until the end.
Born on May 21, 1948, in Scranton, Connie was the daughter of the late Belle Walker and Theodore Rice. Connie was a graduate of Central High School. She worked as a supervisor at Price Chopper in Dunmore, but anyone who knew her knew that this wasn’t merely a job-it was a home away from home where she spent time with her Price Chopper family. As she was fighting, she would often be heard saying “I just need to get back to work and see my customers.”
Connie will be remembered for her contagious laughter, her never-ending strength and work ethic, and most importantly for the love she always shared with others. Anyone who ever met her instantly felt like they had been her family for their entire life. She loved conversing with customers, spending time with her family, singing the wrong words to her favorite country songs, and boasting about her beautiful granddaughters. Connie made sure that whether you knew her for a minute or a lifetime, you held a special place in her heart. Each and every person who had the pleasure of knowing her will always carry her love with them in their hearts.
She is survived by two sons-Thomas Talarico and wife Claire and his daughters Meghan Meckwood and Isabel Rose; and Jeffrey Talarico and his daughter Jessica. She was the sister of Bette Jean Roney, Ann Decker, Valerie Perry, Tracy and wife Barbara, David and Frank and was preceded by Joseph and Marvin Rice (survived by wife Carol).
The family would like to extend love and gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Geisinger Community Medical Center, especially Dr. Charles Proctor who made certain that Connie’s loved ones were able to be by her side during her departure.
A Mass will be held at Saint Patrick’s Church in Scranton at 10am on Thursday, April 15 for her loved ones to find peace with this great loss.
There will not be a viewing or a funeral held, in accordance with Connie’s wishes.
The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, etc. the family requests that anyone feeling called to do so make a donation to any foundation closest to their hearts, as Connie always preferred to give than to receive.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vanston and James Funeral Home and under the care and direction of Robert C. Jones, funeral director.
To share a memory or to express your condolences to the family please visit vanstonandjames.com.