Kathleen Ann "Kathy" Lanza

Kathleen (Kathy) Ann Lanza, 69, of Plains Township, passed away Sunday, February 4, 2018, after a brief illness.


She was born in Wilkes-Barre and was the daughter of Theresa Brunetti Tempalski and the late Alec Tempalski.


She was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School, Plains Township. She was a member of Saints Peter and Paul’s Church, Plains Township. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by JCPenny’s Department Store, Wilkes-Barre. She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Kathy will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.


Kathy is survived by her mother Theresa;  her husband of fifty years Thomas Lanza Jr. ; children Carolyn Pizzella and her husband Frank , Plains Township; Thomas A. Lanza and his wife Holly, Exeter; granddaughters Alexis and Alison Lanza; brother Michael Tempalski and his wife Sheila, Hudson; sister in law Beverly Lanza, CT; brother in law Anthony Micacci, CT;step-grandchildren ; nieces; nephews; cousins; and her companions Patches and Kit-Kat (Momma).


A special thank you to Doctor Michalene Torbik and  Geisinger Plains I.C.U. Staff for making Kathleen’s last days peaceful.



In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Candy's Place  190 Welles St #120, Forty Fort, PA 18704 and the SPCA of Luzerne County 524 E Main St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 in Kathleen’s name.


              Kathleen’s funeral will be held on Friday, February 9, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. from the Yanaitis Funeral Home Inc.,55 Stark Street, Plains. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am from Saints Peter and Paul Church, Hudson Road, Plains. Interment will be private.

              Friends and family may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


              For directions to services or for online condolences to the family, please visit www.yanaitisfuneralhome.com.