Florence Taylor Lesnefsky of Peckville passed away peacefully early Saturday morning with her loving family by her side. She left behind her husband of 67 years, Frank J. Lesnefsky Jr. The couple celebrated their anniversary Feb. 19.
She joins her cherished son, the late Frank J. Lesnefsky III, in heaven.
Born March 5, 1933, Florence was the daughter of the late Floyd and Cecilia (neé Mostowski) Taylor. She graduated in 1951 from Blakely High School, where she was a member of the drill team. Florence initially worked in the garment industry at Barbizon in Jessup before becoming a nurse’s aid at Mid-Valley Long Term Care Center — a position she held for 27 years until her retirement. A kind-hearted and compassionate woman, Florence’s patients often requested her care. She was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Peckville.
A protective mother to her three boys, a doting grandmother and a proud great-grandmother, Florence adored her family. She lovingly prepared Sunday dinners for her children and grandchildren each week, from her perfectly seasoned signature “pasta fazool” to her delicious stuffed cabbage. Just as she cherished her family, Florence adored her dogs. She loved to spoil her schipperke, Bear, and she still fondly reminisced about her late German Shepherd, Ripper. Florence’s love for animals spilled over to her family’s dogs, who were always elated to see her.
Florence had a quick wit, feisty personality and fantastic sense of humor. She never shied from speaking her mind, and her vibrant laughter was contagious. Her sons, Frank, Jerry and David, meant the world to her. She took great pride in the accomplishments of her grandchildren, whom she cared about deeply. She often babysat her grandkids when they were young, lovingly caring for them while they were sick or picking them up from school.
She often enjoyed going out to eat and spending time with her close friends Annie and Irma.
Florence was a gifted artist who was always quick to downplay her talent. For more than a decade, she took art lessons at Colleen Munley's Baby Face Arts Studio in Peckville and Eynon. She enthusiastically showed off her artwork at several exhibits. She especially enjoyed using oil pastel and colored pencils to capture everything from vibrant scenery to adorable photos of animals. She often painted and gave away pictures of friends’ and family’s pets. Her sons proudly use her artwork to decorate their garage in Eynon, where her compositions frequently receive praise from customers. Her loved ones will forever cherish her beautiful artwork as it hangs on their walls.
Florence is also survived by her sons, Jerry Lesnefsky and wife, Beverly, of Eynon; and David Lesnefsky and wife, Donna, of Peckville; her daughter-in-law, Susan Lesnefsky of Peckville; her grandchildren, Tiffany Lesnefsky of Peckville, Christopher Lesnefsky and wife, Michele, of Jefferson Twp.; Frank Lesnefsky of Peckville and David Lesnefsky and fiancée, Rebecca Rawson, of Durham, North Carolina; her great-granddaughter, Abigail Lesnefsky; her dog, Bear; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
In addition to her parents and son, Florence was also preceded in death by her sister, Genevieve Bosak.
The family would especially like to thank her granddaughter, Tiffany, and daughter-in-law, Donna, for the fantastic care they took of Florence in her final days. The family also wants to extend a very special thank you to Florence’s niece, Patti Dennis, who gave her Communion every day, and friends Annie Frisbie and Marjorie Davies for the time they spent with Florence. The family is especially grateful for the care Florence received from Visiting Angels caregivers Holly and Rosemarie and the staff at Allied Services.
The funeral Mass will be Friday at 9:30 a.m. in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 1101 Willow St., Peckville, with the Rev. Andy Kurovsky officiating. Entombment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Scott Twp.
Friends and family may call Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Arthur A. Albini Funeral Home, 1003 Church St., Jessup.
Donations in Florence’s memory may be made to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Twp., PA 18411, or griffinpondanimalshelter.com.
To leave an online condolence, visit www.albinifh.com.