Thomas C. LoRusso, 52, of Dunmore, died Wednesday evening at the VNA Hospice Center at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton, after a valiant battle with brain cancer. He was married to the former Stacey Kreidler. The truly inseparable couple had been married for 11 years.
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Born in Dunmore, son of Dorothy and the late Salvatore LoRusso, Tommy was a 1979 graduate of Scranton Central High School. He attended Penn State University, and graduated from Johnson Technical Institute with a degree in architectural drafting.
Tommy served in the Army, stationed in Germany and fought in Desert Storm. He was a member of Teamsters Local 229, VFW Post 7069, Clarks Summit, and Leggett's Creek Bass Masters.
He was an avid pool player and fisherman, and served as a volunteer judge for the South Abington Twp. Police Department children's fishing tournament for many years. He was a fan of the Oakland Raiders, New York Yankees and NASCAR, especially Jeff Gordon. Tommy was also known for his diving abilities and as an artist.
He is survived by two brothers, Sal and Ted LoRusso, both of Scranton; two sisters, Maribeth LoRusso, Scranton; and Dorothy Santarsiero, Dunmore; brother-in-law, Joe Santarsiero, Dunmore; nephews, Joey Santarsiero and Eddie; niece and goddaughter, Gabriella Santarsiero; niece, Jackie; a great-nephew, Joseph Santarsiero; several cousins; in-laws, Thompson and Mary Kreidler; as well as close family friends, Lou and Kris Pittack.
The LoRusso family wishes to offer its heartfelt appreciation and gratitude for the nurses and staff at the VNA Hospice at Geisinger for their unprecedented care and professionalism, and to Frank at Kuzzin's Bar in Dunmore, for graciously hosting Tommy's pool tournament benefit.
The funeral will be Monday with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave., Scranton. Those attending the funeral are asked to go directly to the church.
Friends may call Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Morell-LaBelle Funeral Home, 301 Chestnut St., Dunmore.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the VNA Hospice Ward at Geisinger Community Medical Center.
Morell-Labella Funeral Home
301 Chestnut St Dunmore, PA 18512
Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 14, 2014