Peter A. Onukiewech

Peter A. Onukiewech, 63, of Wilkes-Barre entered into eternal life on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, unexpectedly at his residence.

He was born in Scranton on Dec. 14, 1949, son of the late Andrew and Josephine Szczepaniak Onukiewech. Educated in the city schools, Peter was a graduate of GAR Memorial High School, Wilkes-Barre, and furthered his education by attaining a degree from King's College.

He was a retired member of the U.S. Army Reserves and also held membership in the Knights of Columbus, Wilkes-Barre Council 302 as a third degree, the Harvey's Lake Rod and Gun Club and the National Corvette Restorers Society, where he was a master judge.

Peter was employed by Wilkes-Barre City Hall for 20 years as a planning and zoning officer and most recently by Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for the past 25 years as a facilities planner.

He is survived by his loving wife and soulmate, the former Margaret Sypniewski. They would have been married 40 years this October. Also surviving are his sister, Mrs. JoAnn Krull and her husband, Raymond; nieces, Krista (Michael) Goss and Alissa (Christopher) Mancini; nephews, John P. Jones and his wife, Kelly, Robert Jones and Jeffrey Jones; great-nieces, Olivia Goss and Abigail Mancini; great-nephews, Kyle Goss, Nico and Tyler Sciandra; and sister-in-law, Elizabeth Jones and John J. Casey III. He is also survived by numerous cousins.

Funeral services for Peter will be conducted at 9 a.m. Thursday from the Wilkes-Barre Heights location of John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes Inc., 281 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre, followed by a Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, with the Rev. Monsignor Joseph G. Rauscher, pastor, officiating.

Interment with Rites of Committal will follow in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery, 1594 S. Main St., Hanover Township.

Relatives and friends may join Peter's wife and family for visitation and remembrances from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions are requested in Peter's memory to the , P.O. Box 15120, Chicago, IL 60693, or to the St. Nicholas Parish Food Pantry, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.

To send his wife Marge and family words of comfort, support and friendship at this time, please visit our family's website at

Funeral Home

Morris-Leagus Funeral Home
281 E Northampton St Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
(570) 823-2754

Published in Citizens' Voice from Sept. 24 to Sept. 25, 2013