Michael A. Minora, M.D., passed gently into the arms of our Lord on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013.
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Born in South Philadelphia on Nov. 20, 1926, to the late Amilcare and Asunta Auferi Minora, he attended Philadelphia public schools. He moved to the Scranton area with his family in 1939 and graduated from Scranton Central High School. He attended the University of Scranton until he was drafted in 1944. He served in the United States Army, studied at Penn State University, and after discharge, received his medical degree at Temple University School of Medicine. He was a charter member of the Alpha Omega Society.
Dr. Minora interned at the Scranton State General Hospital and set up private practice in South Scranton for the next 45 years. He was honored for the 50 years of community service by the Lackawanna County Medical Society. He also served as the city bacteriologist during the 1950s and was city health officer during the administration of Mayor James Barrett McNulty. In addition, he also served as county medical director during the Luger-Pettinato years.
Dr. Minora's family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the staff at Mountain View Care Center and Traditional Hospice for their excellent care.
Mike is survived by his six children, Dr. Barry Minora and wife, Patti, Scranton; Susan Taplin and husband, Nigel, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Lisa Corning and husband, Michael, Brookfield, Conn.; Patrice Sinkevich and husband, Michael, Glenburn Twp.; Lauren Green, Scranton; and Michele Orsulak and husband, Robert, Northampton; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Rose Howard, Dunmore; several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Louis; sisters, Angelina Inzillo and Rosaria Stefonetti; his former wife, Joan Barry Minora; and his faithful and beloved fiancée, Florence Slawitsky.
The funeral will be conducted on Monday from the Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home Inc., 1030 N. Main Ave., with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave. All attending are asked to proceed directly to church. Interment, Italian-American Cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, 500 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA 18503.
Please visit www.solfanel lifiorillofuneralhome.com for information, directions, or to leave an online condolence.
Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home
1030 N Main Ave Scranton, PA 18508
Published in Scranton Times on Nov. 9, 2013