The Rev. Edward M. Masakowski died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
The Rev. Masakowski, son of the late John T. and Stasia Gorney Masakowski, was born in Nanticoke on Aug. 10, 1932. He received his early education at Most Holy Trinity School, Nanticoke, and graduated from Marymount High School, Wilkes-Barre.
The Rev. graduated from St. Mary's College, Orchard Lake, Mich., with an A.B. on June 7, 1953. He completed his studies for the priesthood at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Seminary, Orchard Lake, Mich. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 15, 1957, in St. Peter's Cathedral, Scranton, by the Most Rev. Jerome D. Hannan, D.D., late bishop of Scranton.
The Rev. Masakowski was assigned to his summer assignment at St. Julianna's, Rock Lake, and then as an assistant pastor of Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Wilkes-Barre, on Oct. 11, 1957. He also served as assistant pastor of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Dickson City; Sacred Heart, Dupont; Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary, Jermyn; and Ss. Peter and Paul, Plains Township. The Rev. was named administrator of St. Pius X, Harding, on Jan. 21, 1975, and received his first pastorate at St. Rita's, Gouldsboro, on Sept. 2, 1975. The Rev. Masakowski was also pastor of St. Adalbert's, Glen Lyon; St. Denis, Glen Lyon; and St. Michael's, Glen Lyon. On Sept. 3, 1997, he was named pastor of St. Mark's, Inkerman, where he remained until his retirement and appointment as pastor emeritus on Sept. 1, 2008, after 51 years of service to the Diocese of Scranton.
He is survived by his brothers, Michael and Daniel; sisters, Ladisla Kowalski, Sabina Pietrasko and Joan Jackson; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Monsignor John, Albin, Frank and Joseph Masakowski.
Viewing will take place at St. Maria Goretti Church, 42 Redwood Drive, Laflin, from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Solemn Vespers will be celebrated at St. Maria Goretti, Laflin, at 7 p.m., with the Rev. Thomas M. Muldowney, vicar general of the Diocese, presiding.
A Pontifical Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., bishop of Scranton, at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Maria Goretti Church, Laflin. Viewing will also take place Monday, prior to the 10 a.m. Funeral Mass. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton.
Arrangements are by George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 105 N. Main St., Ashley.