Eugene Marselles of Hanover Green died peacefully on Thursday Feb. 7, 2013, at home.
Born in Nanticoke on Sept. 7, 1924, he was the only son of the late Mathias (Marty) and Celia Yaronski Marselles.
He attended Nanticoke High School and received his high school diploma in 2002 at a special ceremony honoring those who, due to service to their country in World War II
, were unable to complete their senior year. Gene served in the United States Navy
, during World War II, on the USS Baltimore. One of the highlights of his time on the Baltimore was when President Franklin D. Roosevelt came aboard with his Scottie dog, Fala.
He married the love of his life, the former Lillian Scholl, on Oct. 22, 1949 and just celebrated 63 years of marriage. Gene was employed by Air Products and Foster Wheeler Corp., Mountain Top, where he retired as a shift superintendent. He also spent time at Three Mile Island, helping clean up contamination after the disaster. He loved the outdoors, was an avid fisherman and loved spending time in his garden.
He was a member of the First English Baptist Church, Nanticoke, where he served as deacon for many years.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant son, Daniel; aunts, uncles and cousins.
Surviving are his wife, Lillian; sons, Richard and his wife, Rose Marie, Laflin; Eugene and his wife, Jeannie, Jenkins Township; David and his wife, Susan, Whitehall; grandchildren, Maryann, Laflin; Victoria Rolinc and her husband, John, Bloomsburg; April Bunje and her husband, Brian, Pocono Summit; David and Jessica, Whitehall; great-grandchildren, Liam, Abigale and Connor Bunje; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Eleanor and Leo Sawicki, Hunlock Creek; nieces and nephews, cousin, Bernard Yaronski, Nanticoke.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday from Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 173 E. Green St., Nanticoke, with the Rev. Ken Turley officiating. Entombment will be at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday.
The family wishes to thank the staff of Hospice of the Sacred Heart for the compassionate care they provided, as well as current caregivers Daly, Kathy and Roxanne, and past caregivers Al, Ann, Francie and Kevin.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, or Care and Concern Ministries, St. John the Evangelist Parish Community, 35 William St., Pittston, PA 18640.