Jean T. Gavula, age 79, of Mahanoy City, died Thursday morning at Schuylkill Center in Pottsville. Born in Mahanoy City she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Wanda (Dembrowski) Poremba. She attended the former Immaculate Heart School in Fountain Springs. She had been employed as a nurses aid and activities director at Broad Mountain Nursing and Rehabilitation in Frackville. She was a member of St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church in Mahanoy City and was a member of the church choir. Preceding her in death were her husband Stephen, a daughter Lori Ann, an infant son Stephen and a brother Raymond Poremba. Survivors include two sons Stephen and his companion Brenda of Winter Haven Florida, Mark of Louisville KY, a daughter Jean Marie Holman and her husband Dieter of Barnesville, a brother Zigmond Poremba of New York, five grandchildren Dieter Holman Jr., Derich and Ericha Holman and Stefan and Mark Gavula, niece and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Divine Liturgy with Office of Christian Burial to be celebrated by the Rev. James Carroll on Tuesday morning at 11 AM from St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church in Mahanoy City. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery in Mahanoy Township. Friends may call a the church on Tuesday morning beginning at 10 AM. Contributions in Jean's name to St. Mary's Church would be appreciated by the family and will be accepted at the visitation. David D. Jarrett Funeral Home of Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements. Please visit www.jarrettfuneralhome. com for more information.
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