Pauline Yaremchak Foley


First Posted: 4/4/2012

Pauline Yaremchak Foley, 91, of Waverly, died Monday evening, March 26, at the Lackawanna County Health Care Center in Olyphant. She was the beautiful wife of Walter T. Foley. The couple had been married for 73 wonderful years.

Born in Homer City, she was the daughter of the late Basil William and Dora Langazo Yaremchak, who had emigrated from Europe. In her early years Pauline was employed as a hat maker. In the 1930s she was the lead vocalist with the “Sunny Side Ramblers,” a popular club band. She and Walter raised six children, all of whom achieved college degrees. She spent many years as a volunteer at the Attic Shop at the Waverly Community House. She was a member of the Waverly United Methodist Church and a past president of the Waverly Women’s Club. Pauline was an avid volunteer, offering her services as a 4-H leader, as a well known pie maker for the Fleetville Volunteer Fire Co., and as President of the Benton High School PTA, among others.

She had many hobbies including sewing, needlework, crocheting, gardening, reading, pysanky, crafting, and along with her husband, created many miniatures of the Waverly and Fleetville historic buildings. She summered with her family at the cottage they built at Baylors Lake in Fleetville.

Also surviving are three daughters, Carolee McBee, Sewickley; Phyllis Silldorff and husband Pete, Lebanon; Barbara Beswick and husband James, Sebring, Fla.; two sons Chip and wife Kate, Gaithersburg, Md.; and Joe and wife Maria, Woodsboro, Md.; grandchildren; Cyja, Erik, Kurt, Thom, Clare, Brett, Jill, London, Tristan, Chase, Julie, Jennifer, and Erich; six great- grandchildren, one great- great -grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son Tom, and three sisters; Mary, Ann, and Stephanie; and two brothers, John and George.

A memorial service will be held June 23 at 10:30 a.m. at the Waverly Methodist Church. Interment will be in Chase Cemetery, Fleetville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Waverly United Methodist Church, 103 Church St., P.O. Box 9, Waverly, PA 18471; the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, the Dementia Association, or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home. To sign the online guest book, go to www.lawrenceeyoungfuneralhome.com.

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