Edmund Gabriel Serhan passed into the arms of our Lord on Thursday morning, Feb. 21, 2013, at St. Luke's Villa, Wilkes-Barre, where he resided for the past 16 months.
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Formerly of Wilkes-Barre and Mountain Top, he retired from a successful career as the owner of Ed Serhan Plumbing from the 1960s to the late '90s. He was born in Wilkes-Barre on Nov. 3, 1924 to Rita and Moses Serhan, formerly of Batroun, Lebanon, who immigrated through Ellis Island in 1920.
Following graduation from GAR High School, he entered the United State Marine Corps and honorably served his country in World War II.
He was married to Violet Ward until her passing in 1993. They loved traveling, dining at the Carriage Stop Inn and visiting nieces and nephews. In his golden years, he enjoyed crossword puzzles, watching Animal Planet and playing cards. He contributed to many charities and the SPCA. He enjoyed angel hair pasta every Thursday night at St. Mary's Orthodox Church, and loved driving around Harveys Lake to visit family and have raw kibbeh and tabouli, his favorite Lebanese dishes.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Ike, Bill and Emil.
He will be deeply missed by nieces and nephews, particularly his brother, Ike Serhan's children, Gary, Marvin, Sandra and David. He has a great-great-nephew, Beckman Serhan, son of Anthony Serhan, Washington state.
He leaves many dear friends at the Lakeside Nursing Center, Park Avenue Towers, and St. Luke's Villa.
To be announced, all will be invited to a liturgy in the spring at St. Mary's Orthodox Church, 905 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, where donations may be made in his memory. Interment will be in the National Military Cemetery at Annville.
Arrangements are by Mamary-Durkin Funeral Service, 59 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Feb. 24, 2013