Annetta "Dolly" Slusser, 84, of West Hazleton, passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital following a brief illness.
Born in West Hazleton, January 21, 1936, she was the daughter of the late John and Catherine (Magagna) Mollick.
Annetta was lovingly known to her many friends and family as "Dolly". She formed a special bond with several of her caretakers at Providence Place Assisted Living where she had been a resident for the past year and a half.
Dolly enjoyed being a homemaker and working alongside her late husband in family businesses for many years. Many friends would gather with them at Eli's Place in West Hazleton, which they co-owned with Bruce's brother Earl and her friend and sister-in-law Roseann when it opened in the late '80s until they sold their share of the establishment.
Dolly, along with her late husband, loved their trips to the casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She enjoyed playing the slot machines and the card game, Let It Ride. Eating at Cracker Barrel and enjoying Jimmie's hot dogs were things she always looked forward to. An avid Penn State football fan, Dolly could always be found cheering the Nittany Lions on from her favorite chair. She also had a love and special place in her heart for baseball and sports in general. Especially if her grandchildren were playing. She loved to cook and entertain for her family and friends. The times she cherished the most were those times spent gathering with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, especially at Christmas time. Her family meant the world to her. You just had to ask her about any of them and then be prepared for her to tell you just how proud of them she was.
Dolly was preceded in death by her loving husband Bruce Slusser, Sr. who passed away July 30, 2006; a daughter Deborah Slusser Bianco who passed away November 19, 1995; sisters Loretta Behler, Adeline Stashefski, and Margaret "Sis" Menghini and a brother John Mollick.
Surviving are her three loving children Bruce Slusser, Jr. and his wife Karen, Sugarloaf; Mary Landis and her husband Scott, Sugarloaf and Christopher Slusser and his wife Cara, Bethlehem, PA; 13 grandchildren Wendy Bianco, Leann Butcher, Richard Bianco, Bruce Slusser III, Kyle Landis, Sean Landis, Kelcey Prushinski, Dylan, Bailey, and Logan Slusser, Calvin, Ansleigh, and Beckett, 9 great-grandchildren and one on the way.
She also loved her children's and grandchildren's spouses as if they were her own.
Dolly, Mom, MamMam was a beautiful, sensitive, direct, intelligent woman of conviction who had a gift to see into a person's heart. She used this gift as the matriarch of the family to create strong family bonds and a depth of love that will carry through the family for generations.
Giving to many charities throughout the years, Dolly held a special place in her heart for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. That is why the family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at www.stjude.org.
Dolly will be laid to rest next to her late husband and loving daughter in the mausoleum at Calvary Cemetery, Drums, PA.
A private Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at the convenience of the family once restrictions have been lifted.
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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
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