Kathleen “Kathy” B. Granahan Belak, 76, a resident of the Greenwood section of Moosic for the past 52 years, entered eternal rest on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, at Marywood Heights after a brief and courageous battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease. She is survived by her devoted husband, Frank Belak, with whom she shared 54 years of marriage.
Born in Pittston, Pa., daughter of the late Frank and Ann Granahan, she graduated in 1961 from Duryea High School and enjoyed keeping in touch with her classmates throughout the years. She attended and helped organize many class reunions. After attending Wilkes-Barre Business School, Kathy was employed as a secretary for Trane Co. until her first child was born. Just a few years ago she arranged a gathering of former Trane employees enjoyed by all in attendance.
Previously, Kathy served as a Democratic committeewoman in Moosic and on the election committee for former Moosic Mayor John Segilia. She was a former member of the Junior Century Club, Riverside PTA and, before her illness, volunteered for the Voluntary Action Center and the Women’s Guild at Divine Mercy Parish, Scranton, where she was a longtime member. She was always willing to lend a helping hand at Divine Mercy, especially with the annual picnic, calendar party, St. Joseph’s table and summer Bible school.
She was employed for 26 years at the University of Scranton where she established countless, enduring friendships with many whom she considered more like family than co-workers and students. She actively supported Scranton’s theatre productions, musical performances and athletic events. After retirement, she was employed part-time at Voluntary Action Center, Coldwater Creek and the Pilarz Recreation Center at the University of Scranton.
Most important to “Hiya,” as she was affectionately called by those who loved her, were her husband, children and grandchildren. She provided them all with unlimited prayers, guidance, support and love. Her husband was her constant companion as they traveled, attended shows and sporting events, and dined together at their favorite restaurants. She was the biggest supporter of her children and grandchildren and never missed any of their events.
Kathy would want her memory to inspire others to show kindness and generosity to others, provide love to family and friends, display courage during life’s most difficult times, and keep their faith in God just as she had done throughout her entire life.
The family is especially grateful to the staff at Marywood Heights for the compassionate care and loving attention they provided to Kathy during her illness. Additional thanks to all who recently sent flowers, cards and messages. She truly appreciated hearing from each and every one of you.
In addition to her beloved husband, she is survived by a daughter, Debbie Belak; grandchildren, Jacob Bertha and Callie Bertha, all of Moscow; a sister, Ann Barlik and husband, Len, Atlanta, Ga.; a brother, Paul Granahan and wife, Phyllis, Clarks Summit; brother-in-law, Ray Belak and wife, Barbara, Las Vegas, Nev.; nieces, nephews, cousins and many wonderful friends whom she counted among her life’s greatest blessings.
She was preceded in death by a son, Jeff Belak; a sister, Mary Alice Scott; and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Sophie and Frank Belak.
Family and friends may pay their respects on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union St., Taylor. Kathy’s Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Divine Mercy Parish, 312 Davis St., Scranton, by the Rev. Francis Pauselli. Please proceed directly to the church on Thursday.
Please visit www.semiancares.com to share memories, view her video tribute or express condolences.
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Memorial contributions may be in Kathy’s memory to assist in research for the treatment and cure of ALS to the ALS Foundation at https://donate.als.org/give/287064/#!/donation/checkout, P.O. Box 37022, Boone, IA 50037-0022, or 1-888-949-2577.
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