Joseph F.R. "Blackie" Ungvarsky Sr., 78, of the North End section of the city, passed into Eternal Life unexpectedly Friday night, Feb. 14, 2014, at his residence.
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Born Aug. 28, 1935, in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son to the late Michael and Veronica (Swartz) Ungvarsky. Educated in the city schools, he was a member of the 1953 graduating class of the James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre.
Until his retirement in 2007, Mr. Ungvarsky worked in the custodial department with the Wilkes-Barre Area School District, having served at the Daniel J. Flood elementary school, the Plains Solomon Educational Complex, and most recently at his alma mater, Coughlin High School.
He was a member of St. Andre Bessette Parish, northeast Wilkes-Barre, having previously attended the former Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church. He also held membership in the North End Slovak Citizens' Club. In his youth, he also played softball with the Leisure Tavern Softball League.
He and his wife, the former Elizabeth L. "Betty" Cole, would have celebrated 50 years of married life together Nov. 21st of this year.
He was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, and by his daughter, Bette Jo Ungvarsky, on March 7, 2001.
Surviving, in addition to his beloved wife, Betty, at home; are sons, Joseph M. and Scott A., both of Hanover Township; grandchildren, Joseph M., Emily, Scott, Matthew J., Bryce, Cole and Ethan Ungvarsky.
Funeral services for Mr. Ungvarsky will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday from the north Wilkes-Barre location of the John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes Inc., 625 N. Main St., with a Funeral Mass following at 11 a.m. in the St. Stanislaus Kostka worship site of St. Andre Bessette Parish, 668 North Main Street. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the Ungvarsky family.
Relatives and friends may join Mrs. Ungvarsky and her family for visitation and remembrances Tuesday from 5 until 8 p.m. at Morris'.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Ungvarsky's memory to a trust fund established by the family with donations accepted at the funeral home.
To send his wife, sons and family online words of comfort, support and friendship at this time, please visit our family's website at www.JohnVMorrisFuneralHomes.com.
Published in Citizens' Voice from Feb. 16 to Feb. 17, 2014