Elias (Eli) Cross of Slope Street, Plains Township, passed away Saturday, April 13, 2013, at the Hospice Community Care Unit of Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.
Born Aug. 1, 1918, in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of late Anthony and Catherine Kattouf-Cross. He graduated from GAR High School, and was a veteran of World War II
, serving in the Army
Air Force in China with the Flying Tigers. He was formerly employed by Okonite, Kannarr, CertainTeed and Owens-Illinois and he retired from Metropolitan Wire. Eli also owned and operated Plains Vending and Cross Hoagies.
He was a former member of Sacred Heart Church, Plains Township, and a member of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, Plains Township. He was a charter member of the Metro-Wire Federal Credit Union and proudly held account No. 1 and continued working as the treasurer and an officer until 2011. He was an avid bowler in many leagues throughout Wyoming Valley, most recently the Monday night men's league at Stanton Lanes, Wilkes-Barre.
He and his wife, the former Clementine Barbacci, would have celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on June 22, 2013.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by children, Anthony Cross, Germany; Gerald and wife, Rita Cross, Plains Township; and Michelle and husband, Jeff Sayers, Austin, Texas; grandchildren, Elias, Matthew, Alexander, Micah, Geralyn and Anthony Cross and Jay and Jeffery Sayers; sister, Rita Caffrey; sisters-in-law, Louise Yanoshak, Mary, Patricia and Alda Barbacci, Joan Cross; brothers-in-law, John and Orlando Barbacci; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by sisters, Adla Leons, Hannah Mamary, Helen Wright, Emily Sod and Louise Borzone; and brothers, Theodore (Pat) and James Cross.
The family wants to acknowledge the caregivers at Riverview Ridge, Riverside Manor, Hospice Community Care, Drs. Sawyer, Mariner, Yanoshak and Pensieri.
The funeral will be held at 8:45 a.m. Thursday from Mamary-Durkin Funeral Service, 59 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Plains Township. Interment will be in Italian Independent Cemetery, Wyoming. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Those who desire may give memorial contributions to the Central Pennsylvania chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 2040 Linglestown Road, Suite 104, Harrisburg, PA 17110.