William J. Chango

William (Bill) J. Chango, 58, of Philadelphia died unexpectedly Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital after suffering a sudden illness. He was surrounded by his loving family at the time of his passing.

Bill was born in Philadelphia. He was the son of the late Edward and Eleanor Costa Chango. He grew up in the Philadelphia area and had family ties to the Atlas and Kulpmont area.

He attended local schools in Philadelphia and was a graduate of the North Catholic High School for Boys, Class of 1971. During this time he fell in love with his high school sweetheart, Geraldine (Gerry) Honoway. They were married Jan. 7, 1978. Together they celebrated 35 wonderful years of marriage.

During these years, Bill was employed as a delivery driver by the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. in the Philadelphia area for 37 years. He was an active member of the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co., Teamsters Union, Local 830.

He was a member of Holy Innocence Parish, Philadelphia.

Mr. Chango is survived by his loving wife, Gerry, at home; daughter, Rachel Yenkowski and her husband, Robert, Dallas; brothers, Ronald and his wife, Lorraine, Indiana; Edward and his wife, Terri, Abington; Jeffry and his wife, Annette, Philadelphia; and Mark, Philadelphia; sister Patricia Devlin and her husband, John Sr., Exton; sister-in-law, Leanne Smithkors and husband, Duane, Dushore; along with several nieces and nephews.

Bill's funeral will be held Thursday from the Chapel of Christ the King, King's College, West Jackson Street, Wilkes-Barre. A Mass of Christian Burial will be concelebrated by the Rev. Richard Hockman, CSC, and the Rev. Thomas Looney, CSC, at 10:45 a.m. in the Chapel of Christ the King. Interment will be held in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover. Friends may call at the chapel from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Cantores Christi Regis Choir of King's College.

For directions, letters of condolences and additional information, please access www.yanaitisfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Yanaitis Funeral Home, Plains Township.

Published in Citizens' Voice from Dec. 3 to Dec. 4, 2012