Ronald C. (Abe) Rygielski, 62, of the Hudson section of Plains Township, passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014 in the Celtic Inpatient Unit of Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.
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Born in Wilkes-Barre, on July 2, 1951, he was a son to the late Chester and Josephine Stachowski Rygielski. He attended St. Joseph's Elementary School and Plains Memorial High School.
After school, he worked as a laborer in Sterling Products, Wilkes-Barre; Hammer's Garage, Hudson; and Addy Asphalt, Keystone. He then became employed by McGovern Brothers Inc., Wilkes-Barre, as a fence foreman.
Abe was a past basketball coach for the St. Joseph Black Knights, Hudson. He was a member of the Lani Club, Wilkes-Barre, and the Italian Club, Plains Township. When at the clubs, he was an active member in the shuffle board and dart leagues.
Throughout Abe's life he was an avid racing fan. This love of racing led him to work alongside his family in racing cars for Humanik, Maloney and Rygielski Racing teams. Over the years he enjoyed spending his time at the Pocono Raceway.
Abe loved to cook and barbecue with his family and friends. He enjoyed fishing on Frances Slocum Lake, Carverton. In the last few years, his grandchildren were the love of his life, especially giving them an endless supply of M&Ms.
Abe is survived by his companion, Nancy Hrab, Hudson; daughter, Yvette Nichols and her husband, Joseph, Plains Township; sons, Brad and his wife, Kelly, Keystone; and Brian and his wife, Robin, Wilkes-Barre Township; his children's mother, Peggy Rygielski, Keystone; and grandchildren, Gabrielle, Mia, Ava, Giada and Nina Nichols; Evan and Ella Rygielski, Brian Rygielski and Brandon Fenner.
Abe's funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. Monday from Yanaitis Funeral Home Inc., 55 Stark St., Plains Township.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. in Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 13 Hudson Road, Plains Township.
Interment will be held in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hudson.
Friends and family may pay their respects at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Medical Oncology Associates' Prescription Fund, 382 Pierce St., Kingston, PA 18704.
A special thank you to nurse Katie Arensmeyer and the rest of the attending staff at the Medical Oncology Associates of Wyoming Valley. Thank you for your kindness and gentle care of Abe when he needed it the most.
Online condolences and directions to the service may be posted and accessed at www.yanaitisfuneralhome.com.
Yanaitis Funeral Home
55 Stark St
Plains, PA 18705
Published in Citizens' Voice from Mar. 7 to Mar. 8, 2014