Catherine Lance Wega, 73, passed away on September 30, 2020 in Commonwealth Health Wilkes Barre General Hospital. She was born on November 23, 1946 in Susquehanna, PA, the daughter of the late William Robert Lance and Catherine Elizabeth Sweeney. Kathy, as she was known, graduated from Forty Fort High School and was a 1968 graduate of College Misericordia, majoring in English and Speech. Kathy spent over thirty seven years teaching American Literature, Speech and Writing to several generations of Dallas High School students.
In her early years of teaching she also formed the Dallas High School Pep Club and was Assistant Women's Basketball Coach. She went on to manage the Student Newspaper Club and developed the Speakers Bureau curriculum to encourage students from all walks of life to grow and develop in communication skills and public speaking. Kathy went on to advise countless students as they navigated their future upon graduating from Dallas.
After her retirement she was proudly elected to serve on the Dallas School District School Board, serving three consecutive terms, totaling twelve years of additional service to the district. During her tenure on the board, she was President of both the Dallas Board and the West Side Career and Technology Center Joint Operating Board during the same year. She also served on the Pennsylvania Association of School Board as a Legislative Liaison for eight years. She was also a current member of the board of director’s at The Back Mountain Memorial Library as well as a Friend of the Library.
Kathy is survived by her husband John (Jack), her daughter Dr. Meagan W.
Vermeulen, granddaughter Madeline Kylie Vermeulen, son-in-law Eric Vermeulen, son Lance R. Wega, granddaughter Ella Elizabeth Wega, and daughter-in-law Ashlee R. Wega. Her youngest son Kyle preceded her in death in February, 2006. There will be no calling hours. Funeral services will be private with cremation in the family plot at Fern Knoll Burial Park in Dallas.
A celebration of life gathering will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Kathy Wega Memorial Scholarship Fund care of the Luzerne Foundation. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a Dallas Senior pursuing a degree in Journalism/Writing at the college of their choice.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Richard H. Disque Funeral Home, 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas, pa. 18612.
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