Ann Corbett, R.N., of the Minooka section of Scranton, died on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, at Geisinger Community Medical Center shortly after suffering fatal injuries when she was struck by a motor vehicle.
Ann was born in Scranton on April 15, 1948, to the late Martin and Dorothy Grogan Corbett.
Ann was a graduate of Scranton Central High School and the Scranton State Hospital School of Nursing. After becoming a registered nurse in 1969, she embarked on a 45-year career in nursing where she was a committed and compassionate advocate for her patients.
She began her nursing career at the Scranton State Hospital. After watching members of her generation sacrifice life and limb on behalf of their country in the Vietnam War, Ann enlisted in the United States Air Force Nurse Corps on Nov. 15, 1969. Upon completion of basic training in Montgomery, Alabama, she courageously volunteered to be assigned to the Air Force Hospital at Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam where she cared for wounded American soldiers and civilians. She was honorably discharged from the United States Air Force as a first lieutenant on May 15, 1971.
Upon her return from military service in Vietnam, Ann moved to Philadelphia where she worked as a nurse in several Philadelphia-area hospitals, including Methodist Hospital, Presbyterian Medical Center and Lankenau Medical Center. In May 1990, Ann returned to Lackawanna County to be closer to her family and continue her nursing career at Pocono Medical Center and Moses Taylor Hospital. She completed her nursing career as the Director of Nursing at the White Haven State Center. At White Haven, she dedicated herself to ensuring that the medical and emotional needs of the residents with intellectual disabilities were served with dignity and respect.
Upon retirement, Ann returned to Minooka and the block where she grew up.
Although she was taken from us tragically and unexpectedly, her family takes great comfort in knowing that she had achieved complete happiness at the end of her life, as she was surrounded by those who loved her most - her siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.
Ann had a deep and sincere love for animals and adopted dogs and cats throughout her life. With both people and animals, she was a true friend to the lonely and downtrodden. Ann was a devoted defender and promoter of equal rights for women, the disabled and children. She had strong and unapologetic opinions regarding politics, and willingly shared them to anyone who would listen.
Ann is survived by her uncle, Martin Judge Sr.; as well as her younger siblings and their spouses, Jamie Hayes and husband, Ray; Ellie Hannum and husband, Buzz; Lackawanna County Judge Trish Corbett and husband, Mike Brier; Marty and wife, Cathy Cordaro Corbett. She was the proud aunt to four nieces, Eileen Hayes, Colleen Catanese, Kelly Corbett and Sara Corbett Gassenmeyer; and four nephews, Kevin Hayes, Buzz Hannum Jr., Corbett Hannum and Mackin Brier. In addition, Ann is survived by several grandnieces and grandnephews, who she took great joy in spoiling.
She was blessed with a large extended family and is survived by over 30 first cousins from the Corbett and Grogan families and their spouses, children and grandchildren. Lastly, but certainly not least, Ann is survived by her dogs, Ozzie and Bailey.
Due to restrictions relating to COVID-19, no visitation hours are planned. The family will attend a private Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by the Rev. Francis L. Pauselli at St. Joseph's Church, Divine Mercy Parish, Minooka, on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. Friends and extended family may view the livestream celebration of Ann's life by visiting www.nwrfh.com. Arrangements are by Neil W. Regan Funeral Home, 1900 Pittston Ave., Scranton, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ann's honor to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Twp., PA 18411.
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