Robert S. Hreha, a life resident of Exeter, passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.
Robert, born Jan. 24, 1957, is the son of Paul Hreha, Exeter, and the late Ann Pagliocca Hreha.
Robert, beloved son, brother, uncle and friend, fought a courageous eight-year battle against the ravages of cancer. He is now at peace and has regained his health.
Robert was a graduate of Wyoming Seminary, Class of 1974. He received an associate's degree in phlebotomy from Luzerne Community College.
Robert worked at many jobs during his short life: Andrew Hreha & Sons General Contractors, Great Additions, Eddie Leon Candies, and with Deb Pavlico was co-owner of Center Street Coffee House, Scranton. Robert found his true vocation as a health care aide for Bayada Health Care. Robert was a compassionate and caring aide who took great joy in helping others who could not help themselves.
Robert had many talents. He was an accomplished baker, a skill he learned from his much-loved mother, Ann Hreha. His many friends looked forward to his Italian cookies during the holidays. His flower gardens were admired by everyone who passed his home. He inherited his "green thumb" from his Hreha ancestors.
Robert was predeceased by his mother, Ann Pagliocca Hreha, in 2003; and his sister, Margaret Ann Hreha, in 2012.
Robert is survived by his father, Paul Hreha, Exeter; brother, Ralph DeLucia, Exeter; sister, Connie Cleveland (John), Granbury, Texas; and brother, Andrew Hreha, Federal Way, Wash. He is also survived by his much-loved niece, Annarella Hreha, Federal, Way, Wash.; an aunt, Eleanor Pagliocca, Pittston; numerous cousins; and his constant companion, Daisy.
A special thank you to his lifelong friends, Mark Marcin, Dave and Bonnie Brakefield, Deb Pavlico, Janine Oliveri, Adrienne Gonda and Paul Nardone, for their support during this journey. The family would like to thank the staff at the Henry Cancer Center for their care while Robert was undergoing chemotherapy. A special thank you to the staff at Hospice Community Care for the compassion shown and care given to Robert during his final journey.
Family and friends are requested to go directly to Immaculate Conception Church, Luzerne Avenue, West Pittston, for a celebratory Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Monday, with Monsignor John Sempa as celebrant. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family at Glenwood Mausoleum. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Anthony Recupero Funeral Home, 406 Susquehanna Ave., West Pittston.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Hospice Community Care, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, 25 Church St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18765, or the Exeter Ambulance Association.