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William E. "Bill" Jakubowski

William E. "Bill" Jakubowski, 80, of Grove Street, Mountain Top, passed into eternal rest early Friday morning, July 5, 2013, at the Smith Health Care Center, Ltd., Mountain Top, where he had recently been residing.

Born Aug. 2, 1932, in Edwardsville, he was a son of the late John and Margaret (Colwell) Jakubowski. As a young child, the family relocated to Mountain Top, where he would live the rest of his life.

Attending Crestwood schools, Mr. Jakubowski was a graduate of the former Fairview High School, Mountain Top. Until his retirement, Bill worked more than 20 years at Crestwood High School, where he was affectionately known as "Jake" as one of the best custodians the Crestwood School District ever employed. He was an avid follower of the Crestwood High School girls field hockey team.

He was a faithful member of St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Wilkes-Barre.

He and his wife, the former Betty Ann Machina, recently celebrated 54 years of married life together on June 27.

Bill is remembered by those who knew and loved him as being a very devoted family man who had a special place in his heart for all children.

He was preceded in death by brothers John, Robert and Miles Jakubowski; and by a sister June Coleman; and an infant sister, Patricia.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, Betty, at home, are their children, William Jakubowski and his wife Gina; Paul D. Jakubowski and his wife, Susan, all of Mountain Top; Elizabeth Hockenbury, Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren, Paul John and Sarah, Noah and Joshua Jakubowski; brother, James Jakubowski and his wife, Ruth, Mountain Top; a sister, Anna E. Hartmann-Zukowski, Florida; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday in the North Wilkes-Barre location of the John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes Inc., 625 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, with the Rev. Gary John Scharrer, pastor of St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, as celebrant.

Interment will be private and at the convenience of the Jakubowski Family in Albert Cemetery, Wright Township.

Relatives and friends may join Mrs. Jakubowski and her children for visitation and remembrances from 10 a.m. until the time of services Monday at the funeral home.

Bill's family would like to gratefully acknowledge the staff of Fritzingertown Senior Living Community Evergreen Unit, Drums; the Smith Health Care Center, Mountain Top; and Heartland Hospice of Pittston for their care and professionalism.

In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made in Bill's memory to St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church operating fund, 663 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705, the of Wyoming Valley at Kirby Health Center, 57 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701, or to Heartland Hospice, 38 N. Main St., Pittston, PA 18640.

To send online words of comfort, support and friendship, please visit our family's website at www.JohnVMorrisFuneralHomes.com.

Published in Citizens' Voice from July 6 to July 7, 2013
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