Stefanie S. Kenowski, BSN, RN, resident of Dunmore, passed away peacefully on Oct. 26 at Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Scranton. Her beloved husband, Attorney Romwald Kenowski, died in January 2010.
Born and raised in Olyphant, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Bruger Borick. Stefanie graduated from Olyphant High School and the Scranton State Hospital School of Nursing. She entered in the Army as Charge Nurse in WWII, as a First Lieutenant and served in Germany and France. She received the American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal.
After returning home from the war, Stefanie was Operating Room Supervisor at hospitals in Princeton and Syracuse and in later years, returned to the Scranton State Hospital working in the same supervisory position. She received her BSN from Misericordia College in 1968 and became a Nursing Instructor for the Scranton State Hospital School of Nursing. She eventually became Administrator of the Scranton State Hospital, holding that position for many years before retirement in 1979. The nursing profession was not only her career, but her life, being a dedicated and diligent worker. She made countless friendships throughout the years, whether it was with the student nurses or the hospital professionals.
Stefanie enjoyed traveling with her husband and family to Austria, Poland, France, Germany and Mexico. Her trips to New York City with her husband, attending art exhibits and Broadway shows, gave her great pleasure. She was an active member of the Lackawanna Lawyers’ Wives Association holding the office of Parlimentarian for many years. She was proud to have faithfully participated in the Harvard Nurse’s Studies for over 30 years. She was a member of the Polish National Catholic Church in Scranton. Stefanie was devoted to her husband and family, especially her brothers and sisters, and doted over her many nephews and nieces and great nephews and great nieces.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Clarks Summit Senior Living, where Stefanie had been a resident for the past several years, Hospice of the Sacred Heart and Dr. Yvonne Galella.
Surviving are her sisters, Virginia Paoloni and husband, Edmund; Matilda White and husband, Richard; and brother, Dr. Paul Borick and wife, Joan. She is also survived by her adoring and loving nieces and nephews, Lora Lynn, Virginia A. Paoloni, Dr. Sheila Borick, Paul Borick, Attorney Kenneth Borick, James Borick, Attorney Thecla Okamoto, Carl Borick, Patricia Van Zandt, Paulette Reaney, Robert Curran, Richard White Jr., Sheri Fynes, Patricia Rolland, Beverly Hardy, Daniel Borick, Dr. Christopher Borick, Nancy Connelly, Estelle Kenowski and Ken Kenowski; and many great-nieces and nephews, including Emily Topalanchik, Michael Lynn, Thomas Lynn, Alisa Fisco Pearson, Arianna Powell, Garrett Powell, Ethan Powell, Brandon Powell, Michael Van Zandt and Matthew Van Zandt.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Michael, John, Joseph and Patrick; and sisters, Annie Zawicki, Marie Jerzyk, Mildred Dabrowski, Olga Morton and Lillian Filmon. Also preceded in death were several nieces and nephews including, Paula J. Fisco, Corporal Eugene Curran, Joseph Borick Jr., Doreen Jerzyk, Walter Zawicki, William Zawicki, Thomas Borick and Patrick Borick.
Divine Liturgy will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at SS. Cyril and Methodius Greek Catholic Church, River Street, Olyphant with the Rev. Nestor Iwasiw, officiating. Burial will follow at the parish cemetery.
Relatives and friends may call on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hudak-O’Shea Funeral Home, 115 Garfield Ave., Olyphant. Parastas will be at 5.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Stefanie Borick Kenowski, BSN, RN, may be made to Misericordia University, Development Office, 301 Lake St., Dallas, PA 18612. The donations will be directed to the Nursing Program.
Relatives and friends are asked to go directly to the church on Saturday morning.
For directions or on-line condolences, visit www.hudak-osheafuneralhome.com.