Thomas M. Rasimas

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Thomas M. Rasimas, 75, of Old Forge, a former resident of Duryea, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, at Mountain View Care Facility, Scranton.

Tom was born April 22, 1943, and was the son of late Anthony and Helen Belavitz Rasimas, of Moscow.

Tom attended Moscow Public Schools until the eighth grade and transferred to South Scranton Central Catholic High School, where he excelled in sports, especially basketball, football and baseball. Tom was especially proud to be a member of the basketball team in his senior year helping them win the 1961 Class 2 state championship. He was voted onto the Scrantonian 37th annual All Scholastic Football team in 1961.

Thomas was a member of the former Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Avoca, where he served as a lector and a member of the choir. Tom was presently a member of Nativity of Our Lord Parish Church, Duryea, and it's choir.

Tom enlisted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Stuttgart, Germany, where he was recruited to write news articles on servicemen and submitted back to the states for publication to hometown newspapers.

Tom was a former employee of The Times-Tribune for 30 years; he started his career working in the composing room and later transferred to the advertising department. Tom retired from the Clarks Summit State Hospital as an aide. He was a member of the Dupont Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 4909, and a member of the Avoca American Legion.

Tom retired to enjoy his life as a grandpa. He loved to spend time with his grandchildren, teaching them all they needed to know about fishing and enjoying the sports he loved, he also enjoyed the many vacations he had with his family, traveling throughout the States and Europe, they were all memories that he cherished. He and his wife would travel miles to watch a sporting event that their grandchild was participating in, from elementary school to college.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Judith B. Ryczak Rasimas, the father of two children his daughter, Michelle Kaneski and her husband, Stephen, Springbrook Twp.; his son, Mark and his wife, Vivian, New York, N.Y.; grandchildren, Matthew and Sarah Kaneski, and Lucas and Sophia Rasimas; sisters, Lillian Browne, Cape May, N.J.; Dorothy Ezak, Georgia; brother, Arthur, Newington, Conn.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday from Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Nativity of Our Lord Parish Church, Stephenson Street, Duryea, with the Rev. John V. Polednak officiating.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Friends are asked to make donations of their choice in lieu of flowers.

Condolences may be made to www.kiesingerfuneralservices.com.

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Published in Citizens' Voice on Sept. 13, 2018
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