John Michael Padavan

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John M. Padavan, 87, of Courtdale passed away Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Special Care Hospital, Nanticoke, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Swoyersville, he was the son of the late Mateo and Otillia Broder Padavan.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and also a U.S. Army veteran.

He was a coal miner and worked in several different area mines.

He was a member of Holy Family Parish, Luzerne, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 283, located in Kingston.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Slutter, on Aug. 31, 1992. Also preceding him in death were infant children, Matthew and Josephine; brothers, Frank and Joseph Padavan; and sisters, Josephine Shoppel, Margaret Amos, Ann Napierkowski, Pauline Roper and Mary Harchar.

Surviving are his sons, John (Debra) Padavan, Moscow; Joseph M. (Maureen) Padavan, Bear Creek; Michael (Judy) Padavan, Swoyersville; and Frank (Linda) Padavan, Courtdale; and daughter, Annmarie (Joseph) Maffei, Pringle. He is also survived and affectionately called "Pappy" by 11 grandchildren, David, Frank Jr., Michael, John Jr., Matthew, Lindsay, Jenelle Padavan, Jill Gambino, Joseph and Nicole Maffei and Kristina Bolton; nine great grandchildren, David Jr., Alexis, Peyton and Landon Padavan, Andrew and Gianna Gambino, Brock and Nash Bolton and Brooklynn Maffei; brothers, Louis Padavan, New York; and William Padavan, Wilkes-Barre; and a sister, Dolores Spencer, Lehman.

The funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday from Betz-Jastremski Funeral Home Inc., 568 Bennett St., Luzerne, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Family Parish, Luzerne, with the Rev. Michael Zipay officiating. Interment will be in St. Ignatius Cemetery, Pringle. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

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The family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Mark Schiowitz, Dr. James Galasso, Dr. David Kasper and all of the ICU nurses at General and Special Care hospitals, thank you.


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Published in Citizens' Voice on Aug. 2, 2014
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