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1003 Church Street
Jessup, PA 18434
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Lavinia Walsh

Lavinia M. Walsh

Tuesday, November 11th, 1919 - Monday, April 20th, 2020
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Lavinia Murphy Walsh, 100, died April 20, surrounded by family, at the home of her daughter, Ann Marie Regan.
Lavinia was born Nov. 11, 1919, to Thomas and Agnes McNamara Murphy of Olyphant. She was orphaned at an early age, and lived with various relatives, until her wedding on Dec. 13, 1943, to James E. Walsh of Jessup. They were married for 37 years. She spent most of her adult life in Jessup and in Clarks Summit. A devout Catholic, she was a member of St. James, Jessup, and Our Lady of the Snows, Clarks Summit. Lavinia was a remarkably strong woman who spent her life in service to others — her family, her faith and to her friends. (And, lest we forget, to the Democratic Party. She especially admired presidents FDR and JFK, and campaigned for President Barack Obama while in her 90’s.) A staunch believer in the value of hard work she was employed at various times by the Bell Telephone Company, by the State of Pennsylvania and St. Joseph’s Center. She was the borough secretary, in Jessup, and an Avon representative when she was in her 80’s. Lavinia loved music, reading and dancing. A wonderful cook, she opened her door to anyone who needed a meal or a sympathetic ear. The matriarch of both the Murphy and Walsh families, she acted as a moral compass for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; if mom or grandma or Aunt Lavinia said that something was ok, then it was.
She was a member of Living a New Life, a founding member of the Bedford Towers book club and of the Irish Cultural Society. She was very proud of her Irish heritage and both trips there provided her with some of her treasured memories. Lavinia was articulate and loved to debate politics (you might call it arguing). She was independent to a fault, very brave and forgiving, and was willing to sacrifice herself to provide for fine educations for her children. Lavinia was extremely intelligent, she had the McNamara gift with words, both spoken and written. Lavinia was known for her kindness and generosity and her love of the underdog in any situation and she was willing to see the best in anyone. Despite her difficult early years, she created a precious and beautiful life for all of us.
She is survived by daughters Karen Walsh, Scott Twp.; Ann Marie Regan (fiancée of John Chrusciel), Clarks Summit; by son, James J. Walsh (Karen), Jessup; by grandchildren, Matthew Regan (Nicole), Philadelphia; Molly Regan, Houston, Texas; Gabrielle Palmieri (David Pigga), Greenfield Twp.; John Palmieri (Eileen), Archbald; Anne Palmieri, Scott Twp.; James R. and Lauren Walsh, Jessup; and Elizabeth and Zachry Pigga, Dunmore; by great-grandchildren, James Lewis, Ryan and Daniel Regan, and Noreen Palmieri.
She was predeceased by her husband, James E. Walsh; son-in-law, Joseph G. Regan II; and grandson, Joseph G. Regan III, by sisters, Margaret Tuthill, Agnes Donath; brothers, John and Mart Murphy; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Those who wish to honor her life can make a donation to St. Joseph’s Center, Scranton. A memorial Mass will be held at a later date to be determined. Burial services will be private.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Arthur A. Albini Funeral Home, Jessup.
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Miss her so very much, Colleen & David Draper &

Posted at 04:06am
Thinking of you all on your mothers 101 Birthday. You are in our hearts and prayers. Love, David & Colleen Draper and Paul Hoban
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Patricia Burke

Posted at 03:50pm
Dear Karen, Ann Marie & Jim,
Our hearts are sad with the passing of our beloved Aunt Lavinia. What an inspiration she was to all of us. How about that remarkable memory where she could ask not only about how we were doing but also our husbands/wives and then asked about each of our children and named each one of them. How did she ever remember all those names? I remember our Christmas visits to her house when we were young with my Mom and Dad (Mart & Nan Murphy) and she would let us play on her piano and eat all of the goodies she would put out. It was such a treat!!!! We loved her stories - she had so much to share. She was held in a place of honor at the Murphy home and we will never, ever forget her. Our condolences to all of you as well as your extended family! Love always, Patty & Mike Burke and the entire Murphy family (Ann Shields, Mary & Howard Coolbaugh, Jim & Eileen Murphy, Peggy & Art Kasson
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Mike Walsh

Posted at 01:53pm
Dear Karen, Ann Marie and Jim;
Please accept our sincerest condolences on the passing of your mom, Lavinia. It was a pleasure to have known her. May Her Soul Rest in Peace. Amen.
Mary and Mike Walsh
Peckville, Pa.
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Nicole Regan

Posted at 10:13am
It is so hard to capsulate the life of a woman who has lived for 100 years. But this obituary really gives us all a sense of who Grandma was and her journey through life. I am blessed to have had her in my life and my family for over 20 years. I will cherish all of our wonderful conversations. We will miss her dearly.
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nicholas pezak

Posted at 09:10am
Sorry to hear about Lavinia. She was a great person and what a long life to enjoy! God Bless... Nick and Rene Pezak and family
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