John J. (Jack) Lavelle Sr.

John (Jack) J. Lavelle Sr., 82, of Avoca, passed away peacefully on Thursday evening, March 7, 2013, at Wesley Village, Jenkins Township, where he had been a guest for a short time.

Born May 30, 1930, in Avoca, he was a son of the late John A. and Mary Murray Lavelle.

Jack graduated from Avoca High School and joined the U.S. Navy, proudly serving six years, during the Korean War.

He was a member of the former St. Mary's Church, Avoca, and currently a member of Queen of the Apostles, Avoca.

He worked for the Trane Co., Dunmore, for more than 38 years.

Jack was a longtime member of the Avoca Jolly Boys.

Jack was also a member of American Legion Post 607, Avoca, and Veterans of Foreign War Post 8335, Avoca.

In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by a son, John J. Lavelle Jr.; a sister, Marie Wasnowic; and two brothers, William and Joseph Lavelle.

Jack is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Ruth McGraw Lavelle; a daughter, Mary Claire (Missy) Long and her husband, Gary, Drums; a son, Martin Lavelle and his companion, Janet Zborovian, Avoca; two grandchildren, Melissa Szumski and her husband, Brian, and Leah Lavelle; great-grandson, Max Szumski; several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Dr. Martin Moran and his staff, and the staff at Wesley Village for the excellent care provided to Jack.

Family and friends are invited to call from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Monday from Kniffen O'Malley Funeral Home Inc., 728 Main St., Avoca, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Apostles Church, 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca. The Rev. Phillip J. Sladicka will officiate. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Avoca.

Online condolences are available at

Funeral Home

Kniffen O'Malley Leffler Funeral and Cremation Services, INC.
728 Main Street Avoca, PA 18641
(570) 457-2801

Published in Citizens' Voice from Mar. 8 to Mar. 9, 2013