Mrs. Deilsie Heath Kulesa, 66, a resident of Greenfield Township, departed this life on Sunday, July 23, at Commonwealth Health Regional Hospital of Scranton, Pa., after a three-year battle with cancer.
Born in Accomack County on Jan. 1, 1957, she was the daughter of the late Ashby Heath and Gladys M. Vinnie. However, Deilsie was raised by her grandparents, the late Millie Ann Richardson Heath and the late Ashby “Bud” Heath, with her sister, Calvin Ann Heath.
She was the wife of Chester J. Kulesa since their wedding in January 1988.
Deilsie was a caring wife, sister, and aunt. Her family meant the world to her. Deilsie was a surrogate mother to Marquis and Robert Heath and grandmother to Ca’rie, Demetrius, Aidian, LaDarius, and Robert Heath. She enjoyed her relationships with a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Deilsie is survived by sisters, Calvin Ann Heath (James Silver); Sandra Michelle Purnell (Michael); Oleeta Dickens (Harry); Debbie Taylor; Olivia (George Tankard); Margaret Reid; Mary and Brenda Heath; and Linda Ames; brothers, Gregory O. Aydelotte (Heath) (Nina), Edward D. Heath (Sharnett), and Milton Heath (Yvette); and a dear cousin, Lillie Mapp.
Her in-laws are David Kulesa, Elaine Perry, Karen Benko (Bruce), Stephen Kulesa, and Doneld and Rudolph Silver. Her special friends are Diane Nestico (Sam) and Nicholas Forsette.
Deilsie was preceded in death by two sisters, Verline and Sandra, and one brother, Wayne Lee Heath.
Deilsie had an interesting and extensive career including Civil Service work with the U.S. Coast Guard, Lackawanna River Corridor Association, Marywood University, Fuller Overlook, LP, and Lackawanna College prior to her retirement in 2021. She was a trained paralegal-legal assistant and received a certificate from the American Institute of Paralegal Studies in June 1989.
The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to Dr. Martin Hyzinski and staff and all of the prayer warriors, including the Richardson family.
A celebration of life service will be at the Nicholas Chomko Funeral Home, 1132 Prospect Ave., Scranton, PA 18505 on Saturday, Aug. 19. Friends may call 570.347.6120 from 2 p.m. to the time of the service.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, at New Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 17450 Coal Kiln Road, Painter, VA 23420 from 2 to 4 p.m.