Edward J. Pupa

Edward J. Pupa, 87, of Pittston passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, Jan. 8, 2013, in Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, Hospice Community Care.

Born in Pittston on Sept. 1, 1925, he was the son of the late Anthony A. and Lucy Gillis Pupa.

He was raised in Long Island, N.Y., and graduated from Lawrence High School, Long Island, N.Y. The family moved back to Pittston in 1946. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the destroyer USS Maddox in the Pacific during World War II.

Mr. Pupa graduated with a bachelor's degree from Ohio State University and a master's degree from Wilkes University; and was employed as a science teacher by the Pittston Area School District for 25 years.

He was an active member of St. Joseph Marello Parish, Pittston, where he served as a lector and choir member. He was also a member of the parish Holy Name Society. He was also a member of the Fox Hill County Club and a loyal member of the Ohio State University Booster Club.

Mr. Pupa was a kind, dedicated and loving husband, brother and uncle. He was a true gentleman and will be missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Walter Pupa.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Gloria DeGraba Pupa; brother, Arthur P. Pupa, Jenkins Township; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Friday from Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Marello Parish, William Street, Pittston. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made at www.peterjadoniziofuneralhome.com.

Published in Citizens' Voice on Jan. 9, 2013