Clara M. Kushmider

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May 3, 2020

Clara M. Kushmider, 100, passed away Sunday at her daughter’s home.

She was born on March 29, 1920 in West Hazleton, PA, daughter of the late Adam and Anna (Tarnovich) Lapinsky. She resided in Hazleton, PA on Grant Street most of her life, and in East Fallowfield with her daughter in later years.

She was employed until 1952 as a telephone switchboard operator for Bell Telephone in Hazleton. As a homemaker, her talents included sewing clothing, crocheting, and baking. Her favorite hobby was solving New York Times Sunday Crosswords.

She was a member of Holy Name of Jesus Parish in West Hazleton and formerly Ss. Peter’s and Paul’s RC Church where she was a member of the church’s Rosary Society.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents were husband Lawrence M. Kushmider and brothers Adam Jr., Joseph, and Andrew and sisters, Margaret Jankas, Anna Ankudovich, Elizabeth Sobotka, and Valeria Richardson, Sister Marie Assumpta of St. Clare’s Monastery, and Martha Stetz.

Surviving are her children, son Lawrence Kushmider and his wife Brenda (Howard) of Palmyra, PA, son Dr. Robert Kushmider and his wife Diane (Wolk) of Orwigsburg, PA, and daughter Dr. Nancy (Kushmider) Otto and her husband Dr. Randall Otto of East Fallowfield, PA. She is also survived by her grandchildren Christopher Kushmider of Brooklyn, NY, Sean Kushmider of Orwigsburg, PA, Keely Kushmider of Palmyra, PA, and Alyssa Otto of East Fallowfield, PA.

Due to the restrictions, private burial services will be held in Calvary Cemetery, Drums.  The Joseph A. Moran Funeral Home, 229 W. 12th St., Hazleton, is in charge of the arrangements.  

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