Mrs. Anna M. Labzentis Bolles, 86, of 1109 Jayne Rd., Laceyville, PA passed away at her home, in Auburn Twp., Susquehanna Co., PA early Sunday morning, Feb. 26, 2012. She was born in Scranton, PA. on Oct. 19, 1925, the daughter of the late Peter C. and Anna M. Yucus Labzentis. Her early years were spent in the Scranton area.
In 1928 her family moved to their farm near Montrose, on Labzentis Rd., in Rush. It was there on the farm where she spent most of her early years. She was a graduate of the Rush High School class of 1944. On Aug 13, 1949 she was married to Robert E. Bolles, and was married for 49 years, until his death on Dec. 15, 1998. In May 1953, Bob and Anna moved to the Glenn Bennett Farm on Clapper Hill, just outside on Silvara, near Laceyville. It was on that farm where they raised their family, and worked together side by side. Anna lived on the farm until six years ago, when she moved near her daughter, Jeannie, near Jayne’s Orchard, in West Auburn.
Years ago she was an active member of the St. Joachim - St. Bonaventure Roman Catholic Churches, helping with the annual St. Patrick Day’s dinner, and the annual summer picnic. She was a Catechism teacher for several years, and a member of the church choir at St. Bonaventure’s, for many years. Anna was also a 4-H leader in Silvara, while her children were younger, working with the children, with their sewing and gardening projects.
Surviving are her children, MaryAnn (Chuck) Place of Laceyville, Frances (Marvin) Small of Birchardville, Kathryn (Bill) Boehmer of Tunkhannock, George (Dawn) Bolles of Laceyville and Jeannie (Roger) Jayne of Laceyville; her 12 grandchildren, Cristen Place (Jim) Charnley of East Stroudsburg, Rebecca Place (Ashley) McClain of Meshoppen, Nathan (Amanda) Small of Montrose, Darren Small of Montrose, Jonathan Small and his fiancé’ Monica Turner of Montrose, Stephanie Boehmer (Mike) Bauman of Mehoopany, Nikolos (Stephanie) Boehmer of Southport, NC, Tonya (Robert) Elliott of Rome, Georgia Bolles of Cincinnati, OH, Robert (Shannon) Bolles of Laceyville, Cheyenne (Mike) Whalen of Warren Center and Tracy Jayne of Laceyville, as well as 12 greatgrandchildren and six step great-grandchildren. Anna is also survived by a brother, Vincent Labzentis, of Scranton, PA. and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Charlotte Bendock, and Helen Yurgatis, and a step-grandson, Matt Bowen.
Transferal Prayers will be held on Thursday morning, March 1 at 10 a.m. from the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville, with a Mass of Christian Burial at the St. Joachim’s Roman Catholic Church in Meshoppen, at 11 a.m. with Fr. Joseph Manarchuck, of the church officiating. Interment will be in the St. Joachim’s Cemetery in Meshoppen.
Family and friends called at the funeral home, on Wednesday evening, Feb. 29, from 7 to 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial donations to the Seven Loaves Soup Kitchen, Tunkhannock, PA 18657; the Endless Mountains Health Care Systems Building Fund, Montrose, PA 18801; the Silvara Ladies Aide Society, c/o Mrs. Betty Spencer, RR# 1 Laceyville, PA. 18623; the Laceyville, Ambulance Assoc., PO Box 274, Laceyville, PA. 18623; or to the Goodwill Fire Co. PO Box 207, Laceyville, PA. 18623.