Leonard Pribula, 86, of West Pittston passed away Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital surrounded by his loving family.
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Born Jan. 14, 1927, he was the son of the late Susan and Andrew Pribula of Exeter. He was a member of Corpus Christi Parish/Immaculate Conception Church, West Pittston. He graduated from St. Cecilia's High School, Exeter, in 1945, and joined the U.S. Navy.
He was a 4th degree Knights of Columbus, Pittston Council 372, was a life member and served as steward for the knights for 40 years. He was on the board of the Emanon Country Club as a charter member, and when he was healthy, enjoyed golfing with his many friends.
Len was past governor and life member of West Pittston Moose Lodge 1207 with a fellowship degree. Len worked in the garment industry at Drury Clothing, West Pittston, and later at Wyoming Valley Pants. He then worked at Wyoming Area School District in maintenance, where he retired at the age of 65.
He was on the original bowling team for the Knights of Columbus and their dart league. He was a devout Catholic and participated in all their events.
The family would like to thank Dr. James Bruns, Dr. Mark Bernardi, Lori Jordan and Joy and Penny in the Critical Care unit of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for his excellent care.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were his brothers, Andrew, John, Tom and Joseph Pribula; sisters, Anna, Helen, Verna and Margaret Pribula; Mary Seman, Sue Dziak, Betty Zukowski and Mary Yonki.
Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Joan Keim Pribula; daughter, Nancy Stewart and her husband, David, Texas; sons, Joseph Gillespie and his wife, Lisa, Pittston; Paul Gillespie, Pittston; John Pribula and his wife, Lori, Maryland; and Leonard Pribula Jr. and his wife, Nit, West Pittston; eight grandchildren, Heather, Jason, Erica, Quinn, Colin, Andrew, Gerald and Petra; and his three great-grandchildren, Nathan, Lily and Conner.
Family and friends are requested to go directly to Immaculate Conception Church, Luzerne Avenue, West Pittston, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Tuesday, with Monsignor John Sempa as celebrant. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Anthony Recupero Funeral Home, 406 Susquehanna Ave., West Pittston.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Leonard Pribula Fund in care of the Moose Lodge 1207, 425 Exeter Ave., West Pittston PA 18643, or the Pittston Knights of Columbus Home Association, 55 S. Main St., Pittston, PA 18640.
Published in Citizens' Voice from Mar. 2 to Mar. 4, 2013