Alexander J. Purta, 75, formerly of Mountain Top, died Friday afternoon, Dec. 20, 2013, at Fellowship Community Manor, Whitehall.
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He was born in Wilkes-Barre, on Sept. 8, 1938, a son of the late Alexander J. and Alice Jamiolowski Purta. He was a graduate of Marymount High School and received his associate degree in electrical engineering from Penn State University. He was employed as a lead project engineer by Intersil Semi Conductor Corp., Mountain Top, for many years. Alexander was an Army veteran, having served as a radar repair instructor with the U.S. Army Signal Corps.
Alexander was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was an active member of St. Jude's Church, Mountain Top, where he served a lector for 35 years and as chairman of the annual bazaar for 25 years. He was also a member of the financial projects committee.
He was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 6440 of Mountain Top, where he was a Faithful Navigator. He also was a member of Council 302 of Wilkes-Barre, where he was the chairman of Northeast Board of District Deputies, having been active with the organization since 1974.
Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Barbara Trudnak Purta; and his daughter, Melissa Faura and her husband, Xavier, Macungie; grandchildren, Juan Alexander and Anna Faura; brother, Bernard Purta, The Villages, Fla.; sister, Frances Kraus, Chula Vista, Calif.; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10:15 a.m. Monday from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Jude's Church, 420 S. Mountain Blvd., (state Route 309), Mountain Top. A private interment will be held at the convenience of the family in St. Mary of the Maternity Cemetery, West Wyoming.
Friends may call Monday from 9 to 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Capital Campaign at St. Jude's Church, 420 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, PA 18707.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting Alexander's obituary at www.natandgawlasfuneralhome.com.
Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home
89 Park Ave Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
Published in Citizens' Voice from Dec. 21 to Dec. 22, 2013