Joseph Gerek of Pittston, formerly of West Scranton, died Monday afternoon, Aug. 26, 2013, in Hospice Community Care Center, Dunmore. He and his wife, the former Peggy Edwards, observed their 58th wedding anniversary on June 7.
Born in Peckville, son of the late Steven and Anna Haway Gerek, he was a graduate of Blakely High School and was a veteran of the Korean War
, serving as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force
. Throughout his military career he was stationed in Goose Bay, Labrador, and Saudi Arabia.
He was employed as a plant supervisor by Chesapeake Box Co. for 35 years
He was a member of the Jackson Street Baptist Church, West Scranton; Shopa Davey Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post 6082; and served as officer of the Home Association; Tall Cedars 137; Consistory of Scranton, Acacia Lodge 579; Gas Hollow Hunting Club; and Irem Shrine of Scranton, serving two years as president, chairman of the Shrine paper drive, and chairman of the Scranton Shrine Club Irem Circus for seven years where he chaperoned two buses of children from the region representing the Boys and Girls club and the Friendship House.
He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle whose family was the center of his life. He was an avid fisherman and loved to take his family camping for many, many years. He was a huge supporter of high school football. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
Also surviving are one son, Joseph and wife, Jodi, Lake Winola; one daughter, Debbie Lombardo and husband, Joseph, Pittston, with whom he resided; one granddaughter, Alex Gerek; one sister, Mary Gasper and husband, Joseph, Jessup; one brother, Albert and wife, Helene, California; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by nine brothers, George, John, Pete, Thomas, Ted, Edward, Andy, Gene and Stephen; and two sisters, Anna Dearson and Josephine Nagurney.
The funeral will be Friday from Carl J. Savino Funeral Home, 157 S. Main Ave., West Scranton, with services in the funeral home at 10 a.m. by Pastor Sue Hartman Zimmerman of Pittston United Methodist Church. A Masonic funeral service will be conducted at 6 p.m. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday.
Interment will be in Abington Hills Cemetery, South Abington Township.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the West Scranton Football Fund, 1201 Luzerne St., West Scranton, PA 18504, or to Celtic Hospice Community Care, 100 William St., Dunmore, PA 18510.