Rosemary Butash Smith, 80, of South Abington Twp., passed away on Saturday evening surrounded by her family at Allied Services Hospice Center in Scranton. She is survived by her husband, Thomas J. "Smitty" Smith. The couple was married for 57 years.
Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Nellie Kervalavich Butash. She was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School's class of 1959, received her RN from the former Hahnemann School of Nursing, her BS in nursing from Bloomsburg and her master's degree in counseling from the University of Scranton. Prior to retirement, she was a counselor at the Career Technology Center in Scranton.
Rosemary enjoyed life to the fullest and cherished her time spent with her family and friends. She never missed an opportunity to support her grandchildren. She had a group of lifelong friends that called themselves the "mermaids," who were always there for each other. She always put the needs of others before her own and was a very selfless person. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Also surviving are daughter, Shelley Fayocavitz and husband, James, Clarks Summit; son, Thomas J. and wife, Susan Dudek, Pipersville, Pa.; grandchildren, Michael Smith, Nicholas and Cailyn Dudek, Pipersville, Pa.; Morgan and James Fayocavitz, Florida; and Luke Fayocavitz, Clarks Summit; brothers, Gerald Butash and wife, Marie, Throop; and Michael Butash, North Scranton; nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of life will be held Thursday morning at 11 a.m. at the Church of St. Gregory, 330 N. Abington Road, Clarks Summit. At Rosemary's request, all those attending are asked to wear bright colored casual dress attire.
Inurnment is private at the convenience of the family.
Friends may call at the church on Thursday morning from 9 a.m. until the time of mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Epilepsy Foundation (https://donate.epilepsy.com).
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