In Remembrance of Madelyn M. Semanko

Madelyn M. Semanko

Madelyn M. Semanko

Dunmore, PA February 2, 1928 ~ April 6, 2013 Date of Service: April 20, 2013

Madelyn Semanko, 85, of Dunmore, Pa., a woman of grand style, informed opinions and an irrepressible zest for life, passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Fairfax Hospital in Virginia.

Madelyn was born Feb. 2, 1928, in the home that her parents built and that she so dearly loved and cherished all her life. Her parents were Anna Palovick Semanko, Andrew Semanko and step-father, John Rebi.

She was a graduate of Dunmore High School, class of 1946, and St. Mary's Memorial School of Nursing, class of 1950. She received her BS in Nursing Education on May 28, 1970, from Misericordia University in Dallas, Pa. She taught med surg nursing from 1963 to 1987 and wrote one of the first programs for physical rehab and geriatrics approved by the Penn State Board of Examiners. She was very active with the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary from 1970 to 1995, where she served as president from 1970-1971 and again from 1981-1982. Madelyn and her best friend, Sylvia Glassman, along with auxiliary members held many successful fundraising events including the annual Mardi Gras Ball started in 1970.

Before her illness, Madelyn loved to work on her home and garden, nursing, teaching, shopping, quilting and sewing. She was very creative and was blessed with a remarkable eye for design and display. Madelyn was an avid reader, especially the Washington Post. She prayed the rosary every day and was a faithful viewer of EWTN (the catholic channel). Most of all, she treasured spending time with her beloved daughter and grandchildren in Virginia whose tender care filled her final years with such happiness.

It is impossible to summarize the 85 years of Madelyn's extraordinary life, but no one would be hard pressed to state that her passion was nursing. She touched countless souls with her expert care and heartfelt comfort. She never stopped nursing from the day she received her nurse's cap to her final days in the hospital. She continued to teach, direct, observe, encourage and support all the many nurses who cared for her.

Madelyn is survived by her daughter, Andrea and her husband, Glenn; two grandchildren, Erin and Connor; and five nephews. Madelyn was predeceased by her parents and brother, Edward.

Family and friends are invited to the Divine Liturgy, which will be celebrated at St. Michael's Byzantine Catholic Church in Dunmore at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, followed by burial at St. Michael's Cemetery. All those attending the Divine Liturgy are asked to go directly to the church.

The family would like to thank the following individuals who gave exceptional care throughout Madelyn's illness, Dr. Sebastianelli, Dr. Fogley, Scranton, Pa.; Dr. Har old Palevsky and his nurse practioner, Christine Archer-Chicko, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pa.; Dr. Shahzad Ahmad, INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax, Va. And a special thank you to Nancy Pochas, who cared for Madelyn in Dunmore allowing her to stay in her beloved home for as long as possible.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; or a memorial gift in Madelyn Semanko's name can be made online at (The Pulmonary Hypertension Association); or the Caring Voice at



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Ed Zadjura
Posts: 13
Remembering a lovely lady
Reply #5 on : Fri April 26, 2013, 14:49:38
I remember a lovely lady and the mother of my dear DCCHS friend Andrea. God bless her and her family!
Debbie Pronitis-Ruotolo
Posts: 13
Celebrating Madelyn Semanko's Life
Reply #4 on : Thu April 25, 2013, 18:14:11
Ms Semanko was my Rehabilitation Nursing Instructor at Mercy Hospital School of Nursing (I'm a graduate of the class of 1978). She was the perfect example of grace and compassion, and inspired me to higher learning so I could teach as she did. I no longer live in Dunmore, but my Mom keeps me updated on happenings in my home town. Madelyn's photo in her obituary was beautiful! Brought back many memories. I was so sad to hear of her passing, but she has left a lasting nursing legacy.
Anthony Cali
Posts: 13
Very Sorry for your loss
Reply #3 on : Sat April 20, 2013, 12:39:24
So sorry for your loss. Frank and I sure miss Madelyn not coming in to see us at the store. She was a great girl.
Anna McNamara
Posts: 13
Nursing School
Reply #2 on : Thu April 18, 2013, 21:35:44
Msdelyn Semanko was my teacher at Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, class of 1968. She was elegant, kind, ever patient, and someone whom I have thought of fondly over the years. She made a difference in my life, helped me to be a better person and a better nurse. I am grateful to have known her.
Anna McNamara (Petrachonis)
Donna James
Posts: 13
With Deepest Sympathy
Reply #1 on : Thu April 18, 2013, 08:04:11
My deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the family of Ms. Semanko. I was fortunate to have her as my instructor during my training at Mercy Hospital, class of 1976. I have always remembered her through these years for her kindness, patience and beauty. Nursing is a far from glamerous occupation, but she always looked elegant, fresh and carried a smile that would light up any room.
She has impacted the lives of many, many nurses and will never be forgotten. Our loss is Heaven's gain!
Donna James (Carter)