In Remembrance of Lenore R. Zenyuh

Lenore R. Zenyuh

Lenore R. Zenyuh

Scranton and Mount Carmel, PA June 14, 1918 ~ December 18, 2012 Date of Service: December 22, 2012


 Lenore R. Zenyuh, 94, affectionately known to her family and close friends as “Mam-Mam”, went peacefully early Tuesday morning after a brief illness, to be with the love of her life Michael who passed November 10, 2004. They celebrated 58 wonderful years of marriage together. Together they were members of the Greatest Generation.

Born Flag Day June 14, 1918, at her childhood home in Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania to Lithuania Immigrants, the late George and Francisca Leskauskiute Sosnoski, she resided in the town for most of her life until 2005 when she moved to Scranton to be closer to her daughter and family. She was baptized, married, and held membership in various churches in the town of Mount Carmel and lived next door to St. Peter’s Church on West Avenue for most of her adult life. Lenore was very active in several social clubs and organizations which included Knights of Columbus Women’s Auxillary, The Elks Lodge Ladies Auxillary, and Meals on Wheels, all in Mount Carmel.

Lenore began working at an early age in order to help provide for her family and her younger siblings. She began by cleaning, doing laundry and babysitting for the wealthy families in town. As a teenager she was forced to leave high school to care for her parents. This is where the work ethic was installed in her that she would display the rest of her life. When World War II began she felt the responsibility along with her sister to help the war effort and thus moved to Delaware to work in a munitions factory with other Rosie the Riveters, while waiting for her future husband to return from the war. After marriage on February 16, 1946 in Mount Carmel, Lenore would work in the garment industry among other jobs in this coal town. During the coal boom that helped power this country, she was very active and well known in the community. In an era where it was unusual for women to be in business ownership, she owned Lee Fashions, a successful women’s dress shop in the heart of the town on Oak Street. This led her to travel to large cities on buying trips which she always spoke of in her stories. She would close the store the day after her first grandchild was born, because in her world family was always most important. 

She enjoyed traveling with her husband and friends and spending Saturday nights in town at dinners and dancing. Those who knew her best know what her enjoyments and hobbies included. She had an energetic way about her and as previously mentioned she was devoted to her family. She taught them much but especially how to love and be loved. She was an extremely generous and compassionate person. Always giving to anyone she came into contact that was in need, because she knew what it was like not to have while growing up during the depression. It goes without saying that her family will always have her with them in their hearts and minds. They are at peace that she is reunited with the one’s she loved that went before her.

Surviving are her daughter and caregiver, Michelle L. DeSantis and her husband Sid, Old Forge, two grandsons, Anthony M. DeSantis and his wife Jeanne, Scranton, and Nicholas R. DeSantis and his wife Laura, Olyphant, two great grandsons, Nico and Noah DeSantis and a great granddaughter Maya DeSantis, several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sister Virginia Lawski, and a brother George Susnoski.

A funeral mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday at 11am in the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish 47 S. Market St Mount Carmel, PA. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Mount Carmel Township. Friends may call in the church Saturday morning 10am until the time of mass.

Visitation will be held on Friday from 6-8pm in the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc. 318 East Drinker Street in Dunmore, PA. A blessing service will conclude the visitation at 8pm.

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In lieu of memorial contributions and in the spirit of Lenore and the holiday season the family asks that you be generous to someone you see that can use it. Buy a stranger a coffee or lunch, give a child you see a few dollars, be kind to someone you don’t know and by doing so you will be honoring “Mam-Mam”. 

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Ginny and Mark Williams
Posts: 9
Re: In Remembrance of Lenore R. Zenyuh
Reply #3 on : Fri December 21, 2012, 17:55:15
Shellie, Sid and family,
Sorry we can't be there with you tonight, we'll be in Mt Carmel in the morning. Just want you to know you're in our thoughts and prayers.
Lisa Werley
Posts: 9
Aunt Lenore
Reply #2 on : Thu December 20, 2012, 13:00:32
From the side porch swing to the twinkling eyes of our children...this obituary testifies that the Zenyuh family lives on in the lives of those who remain! Love live the Zenuyh line!!!
Live your legacy every moment of every day!
Chrissy (Hirkala) Witters
Posts: 9
Great Aunt Lenore
Reply #1 on : Thu December 20, 2012, 09:08:02
I will always remember your laugh and wonderful spirit. Memories of Christmas dinner with you and Uncle Mitch will always be in my heart. Love to the DeSantis family at this difficult time.