Obituary of Marie Iaria
Marie Elizabeth Lukina Iaria, 90, of Harrisburg, PA, a retired Registered Nurse (R.N.), Nurse Instructor, musician, writer, and artist, died peacefully Sunday, May 26, 2019, surrounded by family and friends at the home of her daughter Jane.
Marie had a nursing career in varied settings: neo-natal, operating room, obstetrics and gynecological office, home health services, and allied health education. She worked as a hospital- based nursing school Program Instructor at UPMC/Pinnacle Health’s Harrisburg Hospital School of Nursing at Brady Hall. She was a Mentor to many students who currently kept in touch.
An advocate of nurses, nursing, and continuing education in the field, Marie was the long-time Editor/Artist of the “Echoes” newsletter for the Harrisburg Hospital School of Nurses’ Alumni Association , starting in the mid-1970s until a few years ago when she handed over the reins to a younger generation.
Marie loved to play piano, tend to flowers and plants, read books, and after her retirement, traveled to Alaska, Florida, Louisiana, Ireland, Croatia, Italy, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand. She enjoyed more local overnight and day trips with groups from her hometown and churches. Marie appreciated learning and knew many of the “Questions” on the game show ‘Jeopardy,’ which she liked to watch daily.
She was a graduate of Steelton High School, Class of 1946; the Harrisburg Hospital School of Nursing Class of 1949; and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Millersville University, Class of 1975.
Marie was a longtime member of St. Patrick’s Cathedral Church in Harrisburg, and sang in its choir; and previously was a member at Prince of Peace Church in Steelton where she had been baptized.
A believer in community service, she also served as a precinct voting official for 35 years in both primary and general elections in Harrisburg’s 1st Ward. She participated in many local organizations and clubs, as an Officer or a Member - Shipoke Neighborhood Association; Harrisburg Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association, and its Annual Banquet Planning Committee; Prince of Peace 50 Plus Club; Bishop McDevitt Board Advisory Committee; Shipoke Ladies’ Book Club - to name a few.
Marie was considered her neighborhood’s “go to” nurse for medical help, with adult and child neighbors knocking on her door wanting help with scrapes, burns, or cuts; insulin injections; and even delivering a baby.
Last year, Marie had a significant cardiac setback, and was released from 2 weeks in a cardiac care unit to home hospice care. Marie surprised everyone by living another 13 months. It gave her time to reconnect with classmates, students, colleagues, neighbors, and old and new friends. She appreciated the thoughtful sentiments she received and proudly reminisced about the past and how kind everyone was to her.
Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen Hager Iaria; her parents Petar and Theresa Lukina; brother-in-law, James Iaria; and cousin Zdenka Stupnisek from Zagreb, Croatia.
Surviving are Marie’s daughters, Jeanie Rogers, Enola, PA; Jane Iaria, New Cumberland, PA; Julie Iaria, Harrisburg, PA; a sister, Eleanor Lukina Theador; grandsons, Keith Rogers (and Samantha Mansberger) of Enola, PA, and Neil Rogers (and Nikki Killinger) of Colorado Springs, CO; brother-in-law, Leonard Iaria; sister-in-law Barbara Blotner; nieces Dolores, MaryBeth, Terri, Carol, and Lara; great-nieces and great-nephews; and her extended family, Kathleen Nee (New Cumberland, PA), Andrea Bell Weir (Millersville, MD); and Corey Williams (Baltimore, MD).
A viewing will be held on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 from 6:00pm - 8:00 pm and on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 8:30 am - 9:30 am in Wiedeman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 357 South Second Street, Steelton. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 10:00 am in Prince of Peace - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, 815 South Second Street, Steelton, with Rev. Joshua R. Brommer, Pastor, Cathedral Parish of St. Patrick, as Celebrant. Private Burial will be held at the convenience of the family in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery next to her husband Stephen. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Marie's life at the Parish Hall, next door to the church immediately following Mass.
The family sincerely thanks Compassionate Care/Amedisys Hospice, Camp Hill, PA, Staff and Volunteers for their commitment, in caring and practice, to quality home care. Special thanks to daily aide, Lori Edenhart Tichy.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Harrisburg Hospital School of Nurses’ Alumni Association, PMB 201, 4075 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, PA 17111; or Cathedral Parish of St. Patrick, 212 State St, Harrisburg, PA 17101; or Prince of Peace Church, 815 S. 2nd St., Steelton, PA 17113.