Andrew Kerestes

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Andrew Kerestes, of Hanover Township and Meadow Run Lake, Bear Creek, passed away Thursday, July 3, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.

On Dec. 16, 1920, Andrew was born in Ashley, to the late Andrew and Louise Zoeller Kerestes. He graduated from Hanover High School and then married the former Ellen Fleig.

He served in the Army during World War II and was a member of the 92nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, from 1942 to 1946, during which time he served in the European Theatre in the Rhineland. Following the war, he became a member of the American Legion, and he was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Back in the United States, after the war, Andrew worked for the Central Railroad of New Jersey as a locomotive fireman and engineer. Following his years working on the railroad, Andrew worked as assessor for Luzerne County. He retired after having served as an assistant superintendent of highways for Luzerne County.

Andrew served his community as a Hanover Township Democratic committeeman, as president of the Hanover Township Democratic Party, and as a member of the Luzerne County Democratic Council.

He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre.

Surviving Andrew are his daughter, Mary Ellen Blazejewski; sister, Jean Pisaneschi; brothers, Jim Kerestes, Joe Kerestes and his wife, Audrey, and Bob Kerestes and his wife, Bernardine, Hanover Township: sisters-in-law, Audrey Kerestes, Hanover Township; and Anna Norkaitis, Nanticoke; nieces and nephews.

Andrew was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen Fleig Kerestes, in 2005; and by his son-in-law, Dr. Edward Blazejewski, who passed away on this same day, July 3; sister, Dorothy Hughes; and brothers, John and Francis Kerestes.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday from Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a service to follow at 11 a.m. in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 190 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. The Rev. Peter Kuritz will officiate.

Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 190 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701, or to the Hanover Township Ambulance Association.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting Andrew's obituary at


Funeral Home
Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home
89 Park Ave Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
(570) 825-3138
Funeral Home Details
Published in Citizens' Voice on July 5, 2014
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