Stanley (Zip) Harenza, 87, of Jenkins Township passed away peacefully Sunday evening, Aug. 31, 2014, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, with his wife by his side.
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He and his wife, Genevieve Krivak Harenza, celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary on Oct. 8, 2013.
Born in Jenkins Township, he was a son of the late Michael and Agnes Lukasczyk Harenza.He was a graduate of Jenkins Township High School, Class of 1945.
Stanley was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II and earned the rank of sergeant.
Stan had a contract to play with the minor league team of the Cincinnati Reds but never pursued those plans after his time in the service.
Prior to retirement, he was employed for 33 years by Celotex Corp., Harding.
Stanley was very devoted to his hometown of Jenkins Township. He was one of five men who started the Jenkins Township Little League and served as a team manager. He was a life member of the Jenkins Township Hose Co. He held the township offices of supervisor and zoning officer, planning commission secretary, sewer authority president and sat on the Zoning Hearing Board.
Stanley was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus, John F. Kennedy Assembly 948, Pittston. He was a 65-year member of American Legion Post 938, Jenkins Township.
Prior to the closing of St. Mark's Church in the Inkerman section of Jenkins Township, he held the office of president of the Holy Name Society. He was most recently a member of St. Maria Goretti Church, Laflin.
Stanley was a beloved husband, brother, uncle and friend, who will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He was an avid New York Yankees fan.
The family wishes to extend sincere gratitude and thanks to Dr. Mauer Biscotti, and to the nurses and nurses' aides at Riverstreet Manor (Willow section), for their kindness to Stan.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are brothers, Edward Harenza, Plymouth; Leonard Harenza, Port Griffith; sister, Josephine Radginski, Wilkes-Barre; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by sisters, Helen Palivoda, Stella Breck and Angela Kruchinsky; brothers, Andrew and Joseph Harenza.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Maria Goretti Church, 42 Redwood Drive, Laflin, to be celebrated by Monsignor Neil J. Van Loon, pastor. Everyone attending the Mass is asked to go directly to the church on Wednesday morning. The Parish Rosary Group will recite the rosary at 9:30 a.m. in the church. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Military services will be conducted by the AMVETS Honor Guard of Greater Pittston.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Baloga Funeral Home Inc., 1201 Main St., Port Griffith section of Jenkins Township.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Maria Goretti Church, 42 Redwood Drive, Laflin, PA 18702. For directions, or to send a condolence, visit www.balogafuneralhome.com.
Baloga Funeral Home, Inc.
1201 Main Street Pittston (Port Griffith), PA 18640
Published in Citizens' Voice on Sept. 2, 2014