Justine Chernikovich, 82, affectionately known as Tina, passed away Monday, August 16, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving husband and daughters.
She was born December 15, 1938, a daughter of the late Joseph and Annetta (Yarmel) Laburda. She resided in the Hanover section of Nanticoke most of her life and was married to Paul Chernikovich, with whom she would have celebrated 60 years of marriage on October 14th.
Tina was employed by RCA in Mountaintop for many years and later became a housekeeper to many families who called her their own. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved her husband, children and grandchildren dearly as they were her greatest joy. A long-time member of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, Tina served as the first female parish president. She was an integral part of all the fund raising, bazaars and church activities for many years. Her faith was unshakable, as she read her bible daily.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Dolores Sheldon and brothers, Joseph and Bill Laburda.
Surviving is her husband, Paul; daughters, Kimberly Bonham and husband, Kevin of Bear Creek Village and Karen Tomalis and husband, Gary of Dallas; grandchildren, Kaia Bonham and Braden and Adelyn Tomalis; a sister, Irene Miller of Bear Creek Township, brother-in-law Joseph Chernikovich and his wife, Jamilia, Delaware, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Tina was known for her wonderful cooking and baking skills-particularly her paska bread-which she enjoyed sharing with family and friends. Tina delighted in the simple pleasures of life. These included watching the Mets on TV with her husband and family, sharing meals she had prepared for them, and laughing often, as she had a gentle sense of humor. She was sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face. Tina was selfless, hardworking, and put other’s needs before her own, particularly her family’s. She will be missed dearly by all those whose lives she touched.
The family wishes to thank the following- Dr. Janusz Wolanin, Krzystof Wolanin, and their incredible staff for over 30 years of committed, compassionate care; Mary, Joyce, Macy, and Sue of Erwine Home Health and Hospice Services for their kind guidance and loving care; Sherri Baran, who visited daily and was always available in times of need, and Chrissy Verga, who has gone above and beyond to help make it possible for Tina to remain in her home.
Private services will be held from St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, Nanticoke, with the Rev. Traian Stafiuc, officiating.
Entombment will follow at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Township.
There will be no public viewing or calling hours at the request of the deceased.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. John’s the Baptist Orthodox Church, 106 Welles St., Nanticoke.
Private Funeral Service will be held at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church. Entombment will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery