Daniel F. Kovalchek

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It is with sadness and a loving heart that we share that our Dad passed away at the Hospice Unit of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre.

He went peacefully with his family by his side. He was always a loving son, husband, father, brother, uncle, pop pop, great-poppy and friend. Our Dad had a great love for his family, a caring heart, and lived life to the fullest.

He was born Dec. 24, 1924, in Wilkes-Barre, to the late Jacob S. and Stella Solack Kovalchek. He attended Meyers High School before entering the United States Navy on May 1, 1943, serving as a Bos'n Mate Coxswain on the USS Langley during World War II surviving many Japanese air attacks in Marshalls Island, Philippines, China Sea, Japan and many other islands crossing over the equator. He had received an honorable discharge in April 1946. He was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon for heroism, Pacific Theater Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal and Philippine Liberation Ribbon. He was a proud patriot who loved and served his country. He was an active member of the American Legion Post in Harvey's Lake.

Daniel worked for C. W. Schultz & Son Plumbing and Heating as a master plumber and then moved into sales for the company until retirement, when he began his own plumbing business. He was a member of Our Lady of Victory Church, Harvey's Lake.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Bramley; and brother, Jacob Kovalchek; along with many other extended family members.

He also lost his first wife and childhood sweetheart, the former Lillian Cislak Kovalchek in 1984, whom he had been married to for 37 years.

He is survived by his children, Nancy L. Pearson (Don), Hanover Twp.; Daniel Jr. (Leslie), Harvey's Lake; and David (Diana), Hanover Twp. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Tara Desiderio (Jonathan), Katie P. Desiderio (Andrew), Colin, David, and Michael Kovalchek. He is great-poppy to Isabella, Jaxon, Lilly, Emme, Keira, and Isis. Also surviving are his second wife, Mary Schuler and her seven children, Fred, David, Robert, MaryAnne, Kristen, Jeffrey and Michael and their families.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Monday from Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 9:30 a.m. in St. Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Twp. Friends and family may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank the third floor staff at Little Flower Manor for taking excellent care of our Dad. Also, the family is grateful for the special care and treatment he received in the Hospice Unit of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center during his final days. Memorial donations can be made to the Hospice Unit or to the .

Condolences may be sent by visiting Daniel's obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.
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Published in Citizens' Voice from Dec. 7 to Dec. 8, 2017
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