Michaelene Diane Hawley, 69, of Treasure Lake PA passed away Saturday, May 26th in her home, surrounded by her loving family. Michaelene had just received a diagnosis of ALS two months prior.
Michaelene was born in Sioux City, Iowa on January 16th, 1949, and raised in Storm Lake, Iowa. Her namesake was a nun who cured Michaelene’s father of polio based on a then unheard of "Kenny" method. After attending St Mary’s college in Leavenworth, Kansas, she followed her calling and joined the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary, an Irish group with a Convent house in Villanova, PA. After completing her noviceship, her mission took her to Zambia where she spent three years educating young women and teaching agriculture to the farmers. She returned stateside and completed her education with a Masters in Social Work from the University of PA in Philadelphia. She spent 21 years serving as a missionary sister. While in Philadelphia, she worked at Hahnemann Hospital in the Bone Marrow Transplant center, Oncology, and Heart Failure/Transplant. From Hahnemann she went to Lankenau Hospital which is Mainline Health systems. She continued her work in heart failure/heart transplant.
After residing in Philadelphia for 23 years, she came to Treasure Lake to purchase a dog, Morgan, and fell in love with the area. She then worked at Penn Highlands as a social worker, hospice/home health, bereavement and volunteer coordinator.
Michaelene retired from the DuBois Veterans Center where she worked as a readjustment counselor with veterans with PTSD. Before and after retirement, she was active as a board member of Haven House Shelter. She enjoyed life, helping others, traveling and working in her yard.
She is survived by her loving spouse Candace and 4 fur babies. Michaelene has two brothers James [Jill] Hawley, the Honorable Robert (Pam) Hawley, sister Denise (Don) Wassmer, and nine nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her dear sister Kathleen Romani.
A memorial service will be held Friday, June 1st, 1 pm, at the Treasure Lake Church, 226 Treasure Lake Rd, DuBois, PA.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Furlong Funeral Home, 50 Broad Street, Summerville, PA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the ALS Association.
Friends and family may leave online condolences, light a memorial candle, order flowers, and obtain additional information at www.furlongfuneralhome.com.