Heaven received an angel on Friday, April 1, when our beautiful dear sister, Ilona passed away at Geisinger Community Medical Center. She was a smart, unique, fashionable individual, loved by everyone. She was kind, thoughtful and generous, one of a kind. She lit up the room when she entered.
She was the daughter of the late Edward and Alice Potas Dolinish. Ilona was devoted to her parents, caring for them in their later years.
A 1977 graduate of Old Forge High School, she then received her RN degree from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in 1983 and her BS degree in biology from the University of Scranton in May of 1985, where she was also a cheerleader. Next on her academic journey, she completed her Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Program at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital in 1991.
Ilona was a caring, dedicated nurse with her career starting at Mercy Hospital where she worked in the ER and served as a mobile intensive care nurse. Her CRNA career started at Northeast Anesthesiology followed by working as a traveling nurse anesthetist with United Anesthesia Association of North Carolina.
She is survived by her siblings, Anne Marie Neary and her husband, Chuck, Burke, Va.; Alice "Gina" Keil and husband, Ed, Hanover Twp.; Edward Dolinish and wife, Tanya, Old Forge; John Dolinish and wife, Colleen, Olney, Md. She adored and treasured her nieces and nephews, Ed III and wife, Natalie; Julia, Nicole, Demetrius and Macrina Dolinish, and Ricky and Alison Neary. Also survived by her aunt, Mary Close and husband, Courtney, Dunmore; and many cousins and friends. She also leaves behind her lovable pet cat, Ebony.
The Dolinish family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Dominick Ruggerio and Dr. Elizabeth Horchos for their wonderful care throughout the years.
Ilona was an active member and former catechism teacher of St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church, Old Forge, publicity director for the GCU District Five and GCU Lodge 17. Ilona also volunteered at the Taylor Library and the Daffodil Days for the American Cancer Society. She was a competitive swimmer, former swimming instructor and Scuba Rescue Certified.
Ilona enjoyed traveling the world, loved the beach, gambling at the casino, crossword puzzles and watching General Hospital for more than 45 years but, most importantly, spending time with her family.
Family and friends are respectfully invited to attend Ilona's funeral on Thursday, April 7, starting at 10:15 a.m. from the Semian Funeral Home LLC, 704 Union St., Taylor, followed by Divine Liturgy at 11 a.m. at St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church, 140 Church St., Old Forge, to be celebrated by the Rev. Eduard Shestak pastor. Interment will be at St. Michael's Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, Pittston, Pa.
Friends may call Wednesday, April 6, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home. Parastas service will be Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
If so desired, memorial contributions may be made to St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, 140 Church St., Old Forge, PA 18518; or Ukrainian Relief, also though St. Nick's, just annotate on memo line. Contributions can also be made to the Scranton Animal Association, P.O. Box 3784, Scranton, PA 18505.
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