Edward J. Qualters, formerly of the Newtown section of Hanover Township, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at Eagles' Nest Community Living Center, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Atlanta, Ga.
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Mr. Qualters was born in Ashley in 1918 and was a longtime resident of the area. He was the son of Edward Qualters and Catherine Sullivan Qualters.
Mr. Qualters graduated from St. Leo's High School, Ashley, in 1936. He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in North Africa, Europe and the Pacific during World War II and the U.S. Air Force in the Korean War and retired in 1962 with more than 20 years of service.
He was the recipient of a number of service medals and received the Soldier's Medal for heroism in 1944. Subsequently, he was employed by the Army Reserve Program, retiring in 1979. He completed his bachelor's degree in business administration from King's College in 1974.
Mr. Qualters was a member of All Saints Catholic Church, Dunwoody, Ga., where he moved in 2010. Prior to his move, he was an active member of St. Leo's Church, Ashley. Mr. Qualters was a member of the Luzerne/Wyoming Counties Bureau of the Aging Advisory Council until 2009. He was also active in the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Knights of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Lucille DeMuro; his brother, John; and sisters, Florence Reidy and Ella Kenny.
Surviving are his daughter, Judith R. Qualters; her husband, Robert Dilworth; his grandchildren, Ryan and Connor Dilworth, Dunwoody, Ga.; nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held 9:30 a.m. Saturday from Lehman Family Funeral Service Inc., 689 Hazle Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Funeral Mass held at 10 a.m. in St. Leo's Church, 33 Manhattan St., Ashley. Interment will follow with military honors in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call 4 to 7 p.m. Friday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Leo's Church, 33 Manhattan St., Ashley, PA 18706.
Condolences can be set to the family at 1430 Mockwell Court, Dunwoody, GA 30338.
For more information or to view a video tribute to Mr. Qualters, visit lehmanfuneralhome.com.
Published in Citizens' Voice from Mar. 20 to Mar. 21, 2013