Martha Hazus Obituary (2022) – Nanticoke, PA

Martha Kratz Hazus, 72, of Nanticoke, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, February 10, 2022, surrounded by her devoted husband, Richard, and loving family.

Martha was born August 15, 1949 in Wilkes-Barre, the daughter of the late Francis and Nancy Iorio Kratz.

Martha graduated from St. Nick’s/St. Mary’s, Wilkes-Barre, and later completed her education at Kings County Hospital School of Nursing, Brooklyn, NY, where she became a registered nurse in 1970. After graduating from nursing, Martha worked as a registered nurse at the Kings County Emergency Department. Coney Island Hospital and Hospital, Brooklyn. Martha then returned to Wilkes-Barre, where she worked at Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, and Nanticoke State Hospital. She then worked at Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for 29 years, where she retired as Director of Nursing in 2019. On her retirement, she helped her daughter, Hilary’s gift shop at Just Breathe Wellness Studio, in Kingston. The career path she chose in life only seemed appropriate due to her selfless, caring and kind nature. She had helped countless families, friends and strangers during her years as a nurse. Whether it’s direct patient care, a listening ear, offering advice, organizing fundraising events for those in need, or embracing sores away from his grandchildren- children.

Martha met and married the love of her life, Richard Hazus, in 1974, and they would have celebrated their 48th birthday on May 25. Together they had an incredible bond and witnessing the love they had for each other was truly one of the greatest joys. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Everyone who had the opportunity to know her was blessed in life. She enjoyed family vacations in Sea Isle City, NJ, traveling to Niagara Falls, Nashville, Tennessee, or visiting family in Virginia. Martha was the queen of Scrabble, which usually allowed her to take every triple and double word square on the board. She was an avid reader and there was not a single book sale she wouldn’t pass up. She liked to venture into flea markets, thrift stores, or consignment stores to see if she could make the next greatest find. Her love of cooking carried over into any family event or a normal Sunday dinner, that everyone who knew her knew she cooked enough for the whole neighborhood.

She was predeceased by her twin sister, Mary Galazin; sister, Sharon Austin; and his brother, Richard Kratz.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughters, Hilary, Alycia and her significant other, Thomas Paratore and Emily Hazus; son, Ian and his wife, Jill; and the absolute light of her life, her granddaughters, Norah and Meredith Hazus; grandniece and nephew, Amelia and Lakota Williams, who were more like grandchildren to her; sister, Sandra and Dennis Cherry; brothers, Andrew and Marlene Kratz, Frank Kratz Jr., Ronald and Judith Kratz, Thomas Kratz; many nieces and nephews whom she loved very much; plus, his faithful dog, Murphy, who had been by his side for five years.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Leonard Kuchemba, Dr. Lisa Thomas and all staff at Hematology Oncology Associates of Dunmore, Dr. Gazi Abdulhay of Allentown, and the nurses at Hospice of Sacred Heart.

Friends and family may visit from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at George A. Strish Funeral Home, 105 N Main St., Ashley. The funeral will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Faustina Parish, 520 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke.

Published by Citizens Voice on February 17, 2022.

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