Dolores Theresa Chabala Obituary – Death, Dolores Theresa Chabala Funeral
Dolores Theresa Chabala, 80, a longtime resident of Swoyersville, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
Born in Wyoming, Aug. 29, 1941, Dolores was one of three children born to the late Charles and Pauline Szura Cuba. She was a graduate of Wyoming High School, Class of 1959. Shortly after high school, she married the love of her life, Francis (Bip) Chabala, with whom she celebrated 59 wonderful years of marriage.
Dolores loved to work and spent numerous years working for Carl J. Schmitt and Associates, attorney Joseph Reisinger, Pugliese Family Eye Care and prior to her retirement, Dr. Frank Bucci Laser Vision. Throughout her years, she developed wonderful friendships that lasted her a lifetime and which she was so grateful for.
Dolores was a lover of academia and learning about anything she could. She always wanted to go to college, but didn’t have the opportunity, so it was one of her greatest and proudest achievements to see her children and grandchildren graduate from high school and college.
King’s College was a proud part of her existence and she dedicated many years as an active member of the Regina Mothers. Many will remember her at the annual Penny Auction calling out winners, or at the end, counting rolls of pennies and coins, making everyone laugh.
Dolores was a devout Catholic and an active member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Swoyersville. Her love and devotion to both of these areas in her life reflects that Dolores was a giver, through-and-through. Her life mantra was, “If you always give, you will always have,” and she knew she was very blessed and loved.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Michael J. Barasha; sister, Maryann Barasha; and brother, Charles (Kaz) Cuba.
She is survived by her loving husband, Francis; son, Stephen Chabala and wife, Kara, Shavertown; son, Paul Chabala and wife, Beth, Shavertown; daughter, Linda Gramlich, Shavertown; four grandchildren, Zachary Chabala and wife, Maura, Albrightsville; Matthew Chabala, Scranton; Anya and Mia Gramlich, Shavertown; sister-in-law, Karen Cuba; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Thank you to the wonderful doctors and nurses in the CVICU at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and Fresenius Kidney Care. Colleen and Walter at FKC were not only kind and compassionate to Dolores, but also made Bip’s trip there enjoyable. We truly cannot thank you enough.
Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday from Bednarski Funeral Home, 168 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 116 Hughes St., Swoyersville. Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, West Wyoming. Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.