Leonard J. Zavada

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Leonard J. Zavada, 87, of Wyoming passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, in the Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Dallas.

Born in Wyoming, he was the son of the late John and Helen Warganin Zavada.

He was a graduate of Wyoming Memorial High School, Class of 1944, and a 1950 graduate of King's College, being part of the first graduating class. He also received his master's degree in secondary education and guidance counseling from the University of Scranton.

Leonard's passion was the U.S. Navy and on March 17, 1944, while a senior in high school, he enlisted to serve during World War II. He was later recalled to active duty during the Korean conflict. He retired in 1986 as a Navy captain with more than 42 years of service to his country.

Leonard was employed for many years as an office supervisor by John Hancock Life Insurance in the Wilkes-Barre and Dupont offices. He retired in 1985.

Leonard was very civic-minded and involved with numerous organizations. He was a regular at the monthly meetings of the Wyoming Borough Council. For many years Mr. Zavada served on the Wyoming High School Board, where he was elected chairman. In addition, he was the former treasurer of Wyoming Borough.

Leonard was immersed in the Slovak culture. He was a member of the former St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Slovak Church, Pittston, and a past president of the Holy Name Society. He was also president of the Slovak League of America, Branch 474, and elected "Slovak Man of the Year," active in the first Catholic Slovak Union and was past branch president of branches 005 and 105.

He was a member of Kingston Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 283, Wyoming Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 396, and the DAV. He was a life member of Wyoming Hose Company No. 2 and past vice president of Sampson World War II Navy Veterans. He was active in the King's College annual phonathon and was a past chairman.

Preceding him in death were an infant brother, Bernard Zavada; brother, William Zavada; and a sister, Theresa Wassil.

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, the former Norma E. Pellegrini; children, Raymond Zavada and his wife, Corinne, Forty Fort; Colleen Mattey and her husband, Jerome, Swoyersville; and Lynne Mylet, Forty Fort; grandchildren, Danielle Grella, Erika Zavada, Jeffrey Mylet, Amanda Zavada and Audrey Zavada; brother, Paul Zavada, Ashley; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Monday from Metcalfe-Shaver-Kopcza Funeral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston.

Interment will be in St. John the Baptist Slovak Cemetery, Exeter.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewy Body Association Inc., 912 Killian Hill Road S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047, or Care and Concern Ministries of St. John the Evangelist Parish, 35 William St., Pittston, PA 18640.
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Published in Citizens' Voice from Dec. 11 to Dec. 13, 2013
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