Leonard Kuchinskas, 87, a resident of West Wyoming, passed away Sunday morning, Jan. 6, 2013, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
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His beloved wife was the late Victoria (Cieslowski) Kuchinskas, who passed away Nov. 23, 2005.
Born June 22, 1925, in Kingston, Leonard was the son of the late John and Helen Lukasavage Kuchinskas.
Raised in Kingston, Leonard was a graduate of the former Kingston High School, Class of 1943. Following high school, he went on to further his education at Bucknell Junior College, presently Wilkes University, and Williamsport Technical Institute.
A U.S. Army veteran, Leonard honorably served his country during World War II with the Battery D, 601st Antiaircraft Artillery Gun Battalion, with which he participated in the invasion of Normandy. During his time of service, Leonard was decorated with the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal with four bronze service stars, the World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Upon his honorable discharge, he attained the rank of technician fifth grade.
Prior to his retirement in 1987, Leonard was employed as a master electrician by the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Plains Township. Prior to his employment with the V.A. Medical Center, he was employed as a master electrician by Tobyhanna Army Depot. In his earlier years, Leonard operated his own electrical business, called Kuch Electric, and was also employed by the former Martin Electric.
A faithful Catholic, Leonard was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Swoyersville. Additionally, he was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Anthracite Post 283, Kingston, and a former member of the chess club at the Osterhout Library, Wilkes-Barre.
Leonard had a love for poetry. He composed many poems throughout his lifetime and greatly enjoyed reciting them at the Kingston Senior Center, where he was a member. One of his greatest accomplishments was being recognized by Who's Who in Poetry.
An avid golfer, Leonard enjoyed every opportunity he had to go golfing.
Leonard will always be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, uncle and friend. His presence will be greatly missed but his spirit will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.
In addition to his parents, John and Helen Kuchinskas, and his wife, Victoria, Leonard was preceded in death by his brothers, John, Albert, Benjamin, Edward, Ernest and Vincent Kuchinskas, and his sisters, Helen Covaleski, Jean Karg, Mary Kuchinskas and Sally Troy.
Leonard is survived by his son, Leonard Kuchinskas, Stroudsburg; his daughter, JoAnn Rasper, Northumberland; his four grandchildren; his numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, which will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Thursday from Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 116 Hughes St., Swoyersville, with the Rev. Joseph J. Pisaneschi, his pastor, officiating.
Interment will privately follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Swoyersville.
Family and friends are invited to call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
For additional information, or to send the family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home website, www.wroblewskifuneralhome.com.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Jan. 8, 2013