May 9, 2012
George J. Miller, 87, Kingston, passed into eternal life Wednesday, May 9, 2012, in the Veterans Administration Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Allentown, on October 23, 1924, he was a son of the late Jacob and Anna Miller. After graduating from Allentown Central Catholic High School, George proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he was stationed in Italy and Southern France. While in Italy, he earned five Bronze stars. He was later employed by Bell Telephone Co. for 30 years, retiring as an engineer in State College. George also worked previously for Bell Telephone in Wilkes-Barre, and was active in the Telephone Pioneers. He was also a member of the Kingston Rotary Club, where he was instrumental in the student exchange program. He and his family hosted students in their home while exchanging culture and hospitality. After his retirement, George relocated to Tequesta, Fla., where he enjoyed the warmer temperatures and life in the Riverbend golf community. He eventually decided to return north, residing for 12 years at Lake Wallenpaupak and then moving to Kingston to be close to his grandchildren and attend their many sporting activities and events. George was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph; brother-in-law, Donald Williamson; sisters-in-law, Mary Miller and Joy Miller. He is survived by his daughter, Nita Williams and husband Lew, Forty Fort; sisters, Maryann Williamson and Rose Scrizzi; brothers, Richard, Jacob, William and David; his grandchildren, who were the light of his life, Holly, New York City; Kelly, Philadelphia, and Ryan, Kingston. The funeral service will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. from the Kopicki Funeral Home, 263 Zerbey Ave., Kingston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Ann's Chapel, Hoyt Street, Kingston. Family and friends may call on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. George's family expresses their thanks and appreciation to the staff at the VA Medical Center's Hospice Unit for the care and concern they displayed during his stay. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Hospice Unit at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, 1111 E. End Blvd. Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711.
Published in Times Leader on May 10, 2012