Gertrude (Gert) Kresefsky, 84, of Old Forge died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Joseph.
Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Helen Kanetski Cofka. Gert was a graduate of West Scranton High School. She and her husband were proprietors of Gert's Market in Old Forge for nearly 30 years, where she was known and loved by many Old Forge residents.
Gert had several joys in life: the casino, her cat, Hobo, and bingo. She was an avid horse racing fan and the owner of several winning harness horses at Pocono Downs. But nothing could compare to the joy she found in spending time with her grandchildren. She stated several times that becoming a grandmother was one of the best things that ever happened to her.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the nurses and doctors at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center for the kindness and extraordinary effort they showed in caring for our mother and grandmother.
Surviving are her son, Joseph and wife, Nancy, Edwardsville; a son-in-law, Thomas Friedman, Schnectady, N.Y.; grandchildren, David, Nadine, Samantha and Erin Ava; great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Gert was preceded in death by a daughter, Denise Friedman, and a brother, Charles.
The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Prince of Peace Parish-St. Mary's Church, 123 W. Grace St., Old Forge. Interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Old Forge. Relatives and friends may call at Prince of Peace Parish-St. Mary's Church from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday.
The funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Louis V. Ciuccio Funeral Home, 145 Moosic Road, Old Forge.
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