Andrew J. Jurista of Tunkhannock died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, in the Hospice Unit of Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.
Andy was born in Eaton Township on Aug. 8, 1930, son of the late Edward and Mary Gajdica Jurista.
At the age of 17, Andy enlisted with the Army
and served during the Korean conflict
Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a mechanic by the Turrell Motor Co. and the Wyco Supply Co. in Tunkhannock.
Andy was married to Betty Lou Myers. She was a longtime friend and was an angel at his time of need. Andrew was also married to Shirley Kibler for a period in his life.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Joseph, Edward and Michael Jurista, and a sister, Antoinette Kristunas.
Surviving are sons and their wives, Mark and Pamela, Springville; and Danny and Karen, Mountain Top; brothers, George and John, Tunkhannock; and Thomas, Silver Lake; sisters, Mary Kuffa, Tunkhannock; and Helen Sharp, Florida; grandchildren, Mark Jurista Jr. and wife, Mariana; and Rikki and husband, Steve Hyjurick; and great-grandchildren, Molly and Lukas.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are by Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home Inc., 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.sheldonkukuchkafuneralhome.com