Donald F. Strubeck, 57, of Dickson City and formerly of Pittston, died Monday evening, Dec. 23, 2013, in the Regional Hospital of Scranton after an illness. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, the former Annette Blasi.
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Born in Pittston, son of the late William and Ruth Mizer Strubeck, he was a member of St. Mary's Visitation Church, Dickson City.
He was a graduate of St. John the Evangelist High School, Pittston, and the University of Scranton, where he earned his bachelor's degree in biology. He pursued graduate studies in health care administration at Marywood University.
Donald had been employed by Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton, for 33 years and was senior analyst in organizational improvement and director of emergency management and emergency preparedness. During his time with Moses Taylor Hospital, he was involved with the Northeast Pennsylvania Regional Task Force, served as a consultant with Cocciardi & Associates and received accolades and honors from the Pennsylvania Preparedness Leadership Institute of the state Department of Health. He also served as Health and Medical and Hospital and Healthcare Committee chairman for the Northeast Pennsylvania Regional Counter Terrorism Task Force. Before his illness, he was employed by Geisinger Health System, Danville, as senior consultant in performance innovation and loved his job.
Outside of work, Donald was a compassionate, loving and supportive husband and father. He loved music. As a young man, he loved to sing and play the guitar, which he continued to do for his family, often to the music of his favorite musician, Jimmy Buffett. He loved vacationing to warmer weather and especially enjoyed spending time in Key West, Fla., and Avalon, N.J.
In his spare time, he loved to cook and avidly watched the Food Network and the Travel Channel to find new ideas. Donald also loved to read. One would be hard-pressed to find him without a book nearby. His passion for life and learning were exemplified in how he lived his life. Some of his best lessons were shared on Saturday afternoons every fall, watching Notre Dame football. He was a true family man and a wonderful mentor to his children.
Surviving are three children, Joseph Strubeck, Avoca; Laura Strubeck, Philadelphia; and Alex Strubeck, Dickson City; a brother, Thomas Strubeck and wife, Eva, Philadelphia; father- and mother-in-law, Frank and Rose Blasi, Peckville; brother-in-law, Frank Blasi, Peckville; and aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family wishes to extend its sincere thanks to Drs. Louis Adamo, Joseph Delserra, Martin Hyzinski, Henry Yeager and Roger Fagerburg; the nurses at Dr. Hyzinski's office, Judy and Sally; and the compassionate team of nurses who work on 8-East at Regional Hospital of Scranton, especially Lindsay.
The funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday from Frank T. Mazur Funeral Home Inc., 601 Dundaff St., Dickson City, with Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Dickson City.
Interment will be in St. Casmir's Cemetery, Pittston.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a trust fund for Alex Strubeck, care of FNCB, 102 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, PA 18512; the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411, or a
For directions or to leave an online condolence, visit www.mazurfuneralhome.com.
Frank T Mazur Funeral Home Inc
601 Dundaff St
Dickson City, PA 18519
Published in Citizens' Voice from Dec. 25 to Dec. 27, 2013