James Thomas Naughton Sr.

James Thomas Naughton Sr., 88, of Luzerne passed away Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township.

Born in Luzerne, he was the son of the late Dominic and Catherine McAndrew Naughton. He was a graduate of Luzerne High School and a member of the Luzerne High School championship basketball team.

He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army, and a veteran of World War II serving in New Guinea, southern Philippines.

Prior to his retirement, he was a delivery driver for Carmen Bolin Floristry and before that was a route salesman for Mary MacIntosh, Wilkes-Barre.

He was a member of St. Ignatius Church, Kingston, and American Legion Post 644, Swoyersville.

He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Bernadine Matalonis; brothers, Joseph and Robert Naughton; and sister, Mary Naughton.

He is survived by his son, James Jr. and wife, Christine Naughton, Allentown; daughter, Colleen Naughton, at home; and granddaughters, Stacey Naughton, Milwaukee, Wis.; and Shelby Naughton, Burlington, Vt.

The funeral will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday from Betz-Jastremski Funeral Home Inc., 568 Bennett St., Luzerne, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Ignatius Church, Kingston. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

To light a virtual candle, or leave a message of condolence for her family, please visit www.betzjastremski.com.

Funeral Home

568 BENNETT ST. LUZERNE  Luzerne, PA 18709
(570) 287-0293

Published in Citizens' Voice on Sept. 24, 2013