Former Mayor Stanley J. Glazenski passed away Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, surrounded by his family.
Born in Plains Township, on March 7, 1931, he was the son of the late Edward and Elizabeth Scone Glazenski. He was educated in Plains Township schools. Stanley was a sergeant in the United States Army
, and had been deployed to Korea.
He had been employed in the garment industry for many years until accepting a position as deputy clerk of courts of Luzerne County until his retirement. In 1971, Stanley was elected into Nanticoke City Council, where he served for six years. He then ran for mayor and led the city for an additional four years. He truly enjoyed the highs and lows of politics.
He was a life member of St. Joseph's Church in the Hanover section of Nanticoke, where he served as chairman of their bazaars for many years until its closing. He then joined St. Faustina's Parish in Nanticoke. Stanley was a man of great faith.
One of his enjoyments during his life was coaching and umpiring baseball. He coached the Hanover Yanks Little League, where he enjoyed coaching his son, Ed, and won several championships. He also umpired high school and college baseball and was an umpire in Shippensburg for high school state playoffs. Stanley also umpired slow pitch and modified softball for many years.
For his past time, he enjoyed watching the Phillies, the polkas on TV, cheering on the Nanticoke Area Trojan football team and enjoying all the game shows with his wife, Nellie. He and his wife would make pierogies, pasties and potato pancakes. During the nice weather, he could always be spotted sitting on the front porch and enjoying his garden and lawn.
Stanley was preceded in death by his sisters, Stella Piontek, Theresa Rinehimer, Pearl Woloski, Mary Mido; and brother, Edward Glazenski.
Stanley's greatest pleasures were his family. He leaves behind his wife, the former Nellie Christian. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Nov. 14, 2013. Stanley has two children, a son, Edward Glazenski, Nanticoke; and daughter, Ann Marie Coughlin and her husband, Councilman Kevin Coughlin, Nanticoke, who Stanley thought of as another son. He leaves behind the greatest gifts, his four wonderful grandchildren. He was known as pop-pop to his grandsons, Edward Glazenski, Danville; Eric Glazenski and his wife, Khushbu, Nanticoke. He was Poppy to his two other grandchildren, Dr. Kevin Coughlin, Nanticoke; and his princess, Amanda Bruza and her husband, Ron, Nanticoke.
Stanley was lovingly nicknamed "Pork Chop" by his daughter, Ann Marie. He earned the nickname while going to the gym as Stanley used his workout time to instead socialize and go for breakfast with his friends. It did not take long for the nickname to catch on by those who crossed his path. Stanley's nickname, Pork Chop, made him smile.
Stanley had adopted grand dogs who he loved, Oliver, Brodi, Chunkie and Claddagh. Until sickness recently took over, the babies would go to Poppy and Nanny Day Care.
Stanley is survived by brothers, Frank Glazenski and his wife, Camille, Hudson Gardens; Joseph Glazenski, Pittston; John Glazenski, Wilkes-Barre; Thomas Glazenski and his wife, Joanne, Edwardsville; and sister, Elizabeth Miskiewicz and her husband, Stanley, Hudson; along with many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his best friend of more than 50 years, George Zelenak, Nanticoke.
Stanley's family would like to thank the staff of Fresenius Dialysis Center in Nanticoke for their kindness, compassion and patience during the past year. Also thank you to all of the emergency services, doctors and nurses who have helped Stanley over the years. Lastly, a heartfelt thank you to the Rev. Nash of St. Faustina's Parish for visiting and praying with Stanley daily until he gained his wings.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday from the Earl W. Lohman Funeral Home Inc., 14 W. Green St., Nanticoke, with a Mass of Christian Burial at noon in Holy Trinity Church (St. Faustina primary site). Entombment with military honors will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.