Martin J. Hudak

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Martin J. Hudak, 86, of Nanticoke went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross, at his residence.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on Jan. 20, 1932, Martin was the son of the late Martin and Christine Hudak.

He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, teacher and friend who touched and inspired many lives with his joy, caring and servant's heart. A devout Catholic, his life revolved around his faith and family.

Martin graduated from Coughlin High School and University of Scranton, and furthered his education at Lehigh University, studying mathematics.

After working for two years in Connecticut, he taught mathematics at King's College in Wilkes-Barre for almost 40 years, creating a lasting impact on many students. During a portion of that time, he chaired the mathematics department and served on the college's board of directors.

Martin was deeply devoted to Jesus, who was the center of his life. After discerning his vocation at seminary for a year, he decided to marry the love of his life, Louise, to the great delight of his four future children. After entering the vocation of marriage, he became involved and influential in the church and evangelization in a variety of ways. He was a leader in the Catholic Family Movement, family Bible studies, a neighborhood CCD program, and family retreats. He was especially involved in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, where he functioned as leader of the Christ the King Charismatic Prayer Group and the People of God Charismatic Community and was a member of the International Catholic Fraternity. With his wife, Louise, he was co-founder and co-director of the Holy Family Spiritual Renewal Center in Nanticoke. In his parish he served as a lector and extraordinary minister of Holy Communion.

The primary way his love for the Lord was demonstrated was his devotion to his family. He was married to his wife Louise for 58 years before she passed away in 2014, and they had four children: Mary, Michael, Jeanne and Mia. He was a dedicated father, organizing pick-up sports games in the neighborhood, and spending many summers camping with his family, visiting 48 states and a number of national parks.

In addition to his parents, Martin was preceded in death by his wife, Louise; his brother, the Rev. Francis J. Hudak; and his sister, Martyna McLean.

Surviving are his children, Mary Houde (husband Keith); Michael Hudak (wife Joyce); Jeanne Little, and Mia McCaffrey; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; his sister, Claire Jurchak; and his brother, Thomas Hudak (wife Joan).

A viewing will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Stanley S. Stegura Funeral Home Inc., 614 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the main site of St. Faustina's Parish, 520 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke. The family requests that those attending the funeral Mass go directly to the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Holy Family Spiritual Renewal Center, 151 Old Newport St., Nanticoke, PA 18634.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Sept. 16, 2018