Patricia Regina Dzwonchyk, 72, a former long-time resident of Forest City and Browndale, PA until 2017, went to be with her Lord on November 16, 2018 at Levine and Dickson Hospice House in Charlotte, NC.
She was born June 14, 1946, in Carbondale, PA, a daughter of the late Donald and Sophie (Baidas) Zalesky of Forest City.
Patricia graduated from Forest City High School in 1964 and went on to graduate from the former Scranton State School of Nursing in 1967.
A registered nurse for more than 40 years, she was employed at the former Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Carbondale, working the weekend night shift while raising her young family. She then spent the majority of her career at the Forest City Nursing & Rehab Center until her retirement there in 2011. Working there was her job, but it could also be seen as her calling. She loved the residents and providing their care. She knew many of them and their families since they were from the Forest City area. She also loved those that she worked with, hoping that they enjoyed her sense of humor to brighten tough days. Whether at her job or not, she lived everyday willing to help family, friends and others in any way she could.
Patricia was a devout Catholic. She was a long-time member of the former Saint Agnes Catholic Church and Ascension Parish in Forest City, and then later Saint Peter’s Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and a treasured friend to many. She will also be greatly missed by Gracie and Lily the two yellow labs who gave her great companionship and provided the best therapy during her illness.
Since she and her husband, Basil, moved to Charlotte in June 2017, they were lovingly cared for by her daughter Sara and son-in-law Eric. Thanks to their in-home care, and despite her failing health due to leukemia and lymphoma, she loved every day in Charlotte. She especially loved Sundays when Sara and Eric would bring Basil over for dinners from his memory-care community.
According to God’s plan, Patricia and Basil also observed their 50th wedding anniversary during the early morning hours before she passed. In addition to her husband, she is also survived by her three children, who are Joseph, along with his wife Ann and their children Tylor, Connor and Paige of Northumberland, Pennsylvania, Col. James Dzwonchyk along with his wife Helen and their children Casey and Logan of Bel Air, Maryland, and Sara (Dzwonchyk) Zaverl along with her husband Eric of Charlotte, North Carolina, and one brother, Donald Zalesky, along with with his wife Mary (Angelo) Zalesky and their children David Zalesky, wife Julie and Lynn (Zalesky) Abass, husband Keith all of Georgia.
The family sends a heartfelt thank you to the excellent doctors and staff at the Levine Cancer Institute, Charlotte NC as well as the Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Aldersgate whose care and compassion during Patricia's final days will not be forgotten.