Rita Boyko Gilroy, 81, of Taylor died Monday, September 2, 2019. She was the wife of Robert T. Gilroy, with whom she celebrated 59 years of marriage, and the daughter of the late Peter and Mildred Zombek Boyko.
After graduating from West Scranton High School in 1955, she was employed at the Bell Telephone Co. Directory Office and later worked part-time in the garment industry.
She was active in the church and was chairperson of Pastoral Outreach Elderly and Aging at St. Ann’s Basilica for well over 10 years. Rita was also a member of Renew Prayer Group and St. Ann’s Rosary Group. She loved to bake, cook, read, sew, and most of all she loved spending time with her son Tom who died at the age of 35. Rita also absolutely adored her dog, Tootsie.
In addition to her husband, Rita is survived by a brother, Peter Boyko of Dickson City; a sister Dorothy Saicic and husband John, of Glendora, NJ; a sister-in-law, Arline Rafalko, of Malvern; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son, Thomas J. Gilroy who at the time of his death on December 6, 1996 lived in New Jersey and was Vice President of Financial Management at MTV Networks on Broadway in New York City. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Robert J. Boyko and his wife, Bernice; and a sister-in-law Ann Marie Boyko.
Friends and family are invited to attend Rita’s funeral which will begin on Saturday at 9:15 from the Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union St., followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in St. Ann’s Basilica, 1233 St. Ann St. Scranton, PA 18504. Interment will follow in Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Friday, September 6 from 3:00 PM until 6:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Ann’s Basilica, 1233 St. Ann St. Scranton, PA 18504.
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