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Elizabeth A. Toms

February 15, 1950 ~ April 11, 2020 (age 70)

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Elizabeth A. Toms

April 11, 2020



Elizabeth A. Toms, 70,  of Clarks Green, passed away Saturday, April 11 at home. She was the wife of William L. Toms. They celebrated 40 years of marriage in November.

Born February 15, 1950, in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late George and Margaret Lesso Barkasy. Liz attended Dunmore elementary and graduated Cathedral High School, Scranton.  She continued her education and graduated from Radford University, Virginia, specializing in Hearing Impaired Studies.  She also took additional courses at Bloomsburg, Keystone and several other local colleges towards her master’s degree.  For most of her career, Liz was employed by NEIU and later at Harrisburg School District as a Hearing-Impaired Educator prior to retirement.

She was a member of the Church of the Epiphany, Glenburn and in her earlier years St. Mary’s Byzantine Church, Scranton.  

Liz was associated with the Eastern Star, Dunmore, proud member of the Altar Guild of the Epiphany Church and the local book club. She was an avid reader, loved to travel and browse antique shops. She took great pride decorating for each holiday and her home was an admired showplace.   

Beside her husband Bill, surviving are brothers, George and wife Patricia Barkasy, Moosic, Eugene Barkasy, Dunmore, Nieces Nicole Hanni and husband Joseph, Dunmore, Danielle Gowarty and husband Edward, South Abington, Nephew Jason Toms, Massachusetts and great Nieces and Nephews. She will be truly be missed by her friend and care giver, Joanie Grillo, Clarks Summit.

Preceding her in death were her brothers, Richard, William and sister Sandra.

Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic, the funeral will be private, at the convenience of the family.  A memorial celebration of Liz’s life will be announced at a later date.  Donations may be made to the  Griffin Pond Animal Shelter or the United Cerebral Palsy Association of NEPA..

Arrangements entrusted in the Louis J. Rapoch  Funeral Home. 420 Church St. Archbald. 

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Griffin Pond Animal Shelter
937 Griffin Pond Road Clarks Summit, Pa. 18411-9299,
Tel: (570) 586-3700

United Cerebral Palsy
425 Wyoming Ave. Scranton, Pa. 18503,

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