My dear mother, Dolores Soltis, passed away quite unexpected the day after Christmas, capping an already difficult year. As the older of her two sons, I want to take this opportunity to briefly honor her life and let everyone know how special she was.
Born in Nanticoke in 1932 as the youngest of five children to John and Pearl (Magaleski) Gizinski, my mother is a 1951 graduate of Nanticoke High School. She worked locally for McGregor's and Woolworth's as a young adult before raising two sons as a single parent. Later in life as she neared retirement, she worked for the American Red Cross as one of their site coordinators.
My mother was genuinely kind, compassionate, and warm. She could make me laugh and drive me crazy (pretty sure I drove her just as crazy). Easy to smile, my mother truly enjoyed life. She was a ray of sunshine whose positive outlook shone brightly. When we talked on the phone, she would always start by giving me the local weather report. Always. Hallmark Christmas movies were a favorite but she also watched NFL games. When I visited, she enjoyed telling me stories about her life growing up in Nanticoke.
If my mom were writing this, she would no doubt give a shout out to the many friends she made during her trips to Gerrity's, Rite Aid, and Citizen's Bank. No errand was complete unless she had a chance to chat with the people that worked there. I am grateful for the friendships she shared with Bessie, Theresa, Janice, and Jeanie at Park Towers. She truly cherished all of you and thought of you as family. I am comforted knowing she was surrounded by such genuinely kind people. No doubt, I have missed many on this list. Finally, my cousin Karen has my enduring gratitude for helping my mother with so many things when I could not be there. She is truly special.
I'm proud to be your son, mom. I was blessed to have you as my mother. Brother Joe and I will miss you every day but we will be fine. You did a wonderful job raising us. Rest in peace, your son Michael.
Graveside funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 10 AM in St. Mary of Czestochowa Cemetery, Nanticoke. There will be no calling hours. Those attending are asked to go directly to the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, I kindly ask that donations be made in her memory to the American Red Cross. I think my mother would like that.
Cher let us know that Aunt Dolores died, and we are so sorry for your loss. My mom has some memory gaps, but after talking about it a bit she remembered Michael and Joe and remembered that Cher spent Christmas with Aunt Dolores in the past. I read her the obituary that Michael wrote. Mom says: “She was always so kind when I visited. Love to you all, Jini Deal” Praying for the whole family during this time of sadness. May comfort in God's love and in family and friends' love overflow and fill your hearts.Jennifer Deal Becker (10 months ago)
With a heart full of sadness I write this to Michael and Joe I am so sorry your mom was one of the nicest people I have ever met. Growing up your mom was like a second mother to me living right across the street. Our moms would sit out and talk til the street lights came on while we played and I know my mom is happy now to have her friend with her. Your mom could be proud of the men she raised. RIP DoloresMichael Hoover (10 months ago)
Mike and Joe, sincere sympathy, love,cousins Karl and Janice and familyJanice and Karl DiPippa (10 months ago)
Mrs. Soltis was my second mother. Growing up with Mike and Joe, I spent a lot of time at their house. She filled us with pierogis and iced tea and was always kind and nurturing. Above all she was very patient and tolerant with a home full of boys playing games or sports. She sacrificed to allow her boys to prosper. I am forever grateful for the love she gave me and for her personal care of my grandmother after suffering a stroke. I always will remember her smile and her funny laugh. Rest in Peace. Love, GreggGregg Sprow (10 months ago)
Michael, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. I knew your mother very well since I worked at the Blood Center in Ashley for 20 years. She was a lovely women, very friendly, always happy and enjoyed working the site a the Blood Center. May she forever rest in peace.William Palchanis (10 months ago)
Mike and Joe : I want to offer My Heartfelt Condolences to you on the passing of your Dear Mother. She was a Wonderful Person and a Loving and Nurturing Mother. She raised two Gentlemen of the highest order and I know how PROUD she was of you both. I taught high school for thirty-five years and had over 6,000 students. Your Mom would be a Captain of All - Star Parents over that span. I will never forget her. May She Rest In Peace !James P. Carey (10 months ago)
I don’t know your Mom or your family but I wanted to let you know your Mom’s obituary in today’s paper was such a beautiful tribute. May your wonderful memories of your Mom bring you comfort and may she rest in God’s loving embrace.Jim Bebla (10 months ago)
So sorry for your loss! She was an amazing person and mother! Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.David Marcinkowski (10 months ago)
I did not know your mother but read the obituary you wrote and cried. What a beautiful tribute. I only hope my sons would write such a beautiful obituary. God blessSherry (10 months ago)
This is a beautiful tribute to your mom . I’m so sorry for your loss Michael and Joey. I will always remember her kindness, words of wisdom and smile. She was a PSU football fan too by the way and had fun playing Bingo with her girlfriends there . She was always nice to my three boys when she saw them and could relate to me that raising boys wasn’t easy , lol . I will remember visiting her with my mom when I was young and ( playing on that Merry go round outside. Years later .... I remember her walking up the hill on a Sunday and sitting at the kitchen table talking with me and my Gram ! She will always be remember as a special soul to me . Love cousin , Melanie and family!Melanie (10 months ago)