Michael F. Thomas, 75, of Exeter passed into eternal life Thursday evening, Jan. 17, 2013, at the inpatient unit of Hospice of the Sacred Heart in Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre Hospital, following a long illness.
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Born July 8, 1937, in Pittston, he was the son of the late Michael A. Thomas, who was killed in action during World War II, and the late Lena Mesaris Thomas.
Educated in the Pittston schools, he was a graduate of the former St. John's High School, Pittston.
Prior to his retirement, he owned and operated Thomas Office Machines for many years. He also owned and operated Thomas' Tavern, Exeter, for over a decade.
Michael proudly served our country with the U.S. Marine Corps.
He and his wife, the former Patricia M. Jordan, celebrated 54 years of married life on Nov. 22, 2012.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, Patricia, at home, are their son, Michael Thomas and his wife, Theresa, Exeter; daughter, Michele Winderl and her husband, Fritz, Philadelphia; and granddaughters, Katie and Anna Thomas.
The Thomas family would like to extend thanks to the staff of Hospice of the Sacred Heart, nurse Maryann, Dr. Radzwilka and Dr. DeAndrea for their ongoing support and care. A special thank you to Maryann Kaminski for all her kindness and support throughout the years. We are grateful for his lifelong friend, Joe Ruane, who was always there for him.
Funeral services for Mr. Thomas will be private and at the convenience of Mr. Thomas' family. There will be no formal public visitation hours.
John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes Inc. North Wilkes-Barre Chapel is honored to care for Mr. Thomas and his family at this time.
In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Thomas' name to the Salvation Army, Luzerne Avenue, West Pittston, PA 18640.
To send Mrs. Thomas and her family online words of comfort, support and friendship, please visit our family's website at www.JohnVMorrisFuneralHomes.com.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Jan. 19, 2013