David J. Antall Jr., 67, of Swoyersville, passed away Friday afternoon, Sept. 6, 2013, surrounded by his loving family at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia.
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Born May 29, 1946, in Nesbitt Hospital, Kingston, he was the son of the late David J. and Mary (Nanny) Yosh Antall.
David was a graduate of Larksville High School, Class of 1964.
He joined the Army in January 1966 and served in Vietnam, achieving the rank of SP5 until his honorable discharge in October 1968. He was honored with the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and Vietnam Service Medal.
He began his career as an electronics technician shortly after his discharge at Owens-Illinois/Techneglas, Jenkins Township, retiring in 2004. David continued his career at Tobyhanna Army Depot until his final retirement in 2010.
He enjoyed his childhood growing up in Larksville with his only brother, Stephen. He married his grade-school sweetheart, the former Anna Bromuko, on May 24, 1969. They built a happy life together, adding two sons, David J. Antall III and Christopher S. Antall, to complete their family. Their family began to grow when their son, David, married his wife, Jennifer, and they blessed them with their first two grandchildren, Patrick and Carolyn, who reside in Kingston. Chris continued to expand their growing family when he married his wife, Jill, and they added to the next generation with James, Julia and Sarah, who reside in Dallas Township. He cherished all of his grandchildren, never missing a chance to be their biggest fan at their various activities and sports. More than 44 years of marriage and his growing family left David with an infectious smile from ear to ear. The joy Anna and his family gave him was evident every day. He is also survived by a large extended family and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
As an avid Penn State fan, you would find him glued to the television during every game. He spent his boys' childhood coaching their Swoyersville Little League teams. David and Anna enjoyed many visits to the casinos, first in Atlantic City and later closer to home. He loved a good meal out especially when he could share it with his many family members. David always had a comforting smile and kept up lively conversation to make those around him feel at ease.
He was also a faithful member of St. John the Baptist Church, Larksville, where he loved the annual bazaar.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Yeosock Funeral Home, 40 S. Main St., Plains Township, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Church, Larksville. Interment with military honors will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Pringle. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Published in Citizens' Voice from Sept. 8 to Sept. 12, 2013