The Rev. Louis Falcone

Obituary

On Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, the Rev. Louis Falcone, 84, of Luzerne, went to the Lord, following a lengthy illness. He will be missed by his loving family and the many souls he guided during his tenure here on Earth.

The Rev. Louis Falcone was a very special person who was known throughout the Christian community for his pastoral work. He was equally well known for his labor of love with the young people throughout the valley community through youth sports.

Louis was born in Luzerne to his parents, the late Joseph Falcone and Rose Contino-Falcone, June 14, 1933, on Flag Day. He was educated in the Luzerne school system and graduated from Luzerne High School in 1951. He continued his educational path by graduating from East Stroudsburg Teacher's College.

Louis began his religious education at Pine Crest Bible Institute, Utica, N.Y., and finished his religious education at Reform Episcopal Seminary, Philadelphia. He was ordained by the International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, and served as a chaplain's Air Force Base assistant at Sampson Air Force Base, N.Y., and Bolling Field Air Force Base, Washington, D.C. Additionally he spent time in Japan attending spiritually to military personnel at several military bases.

The Rev. Falcone served several church congregations throughout his life. Churches included Bethel Congregational Church, Nanticoke; Dr. Edwards Memorial Congregational Church, Edwardsville, 37 years; Wyoming Avenue Christian Church, Kingston; and Christian Assembly Church, Wilkes-Barre.

Lou, as he was known to his closest friends, spent more than 45 years coaching, officiating and administrating youth sports around the Wyoming Valley. He served as president of the Luzerne-Courtdale-Pringle Little League and started the Luzerne Lion Mini-Football League and the St. John's Elementary School, Luzerne, basketball program. Louis also coached Teener League baseball in the Fort Swoyer Teener League, as well as being the head football coach at West Side Technical School. His youth sports endeavors led to his 17-year career as the first director of the Municipality of Kingston Recreation Center. He also spent several years as a Wyoming Valley West School Board director, capping his tenure with initiating soccer as a participation sport at Wyoming Valley West schools.

Preceding him in death were his parents and his brother, Joseph C. Falcone.

The Rev. Falcone is survived by: his sisters, Rose Anna, Luzerne; Angeline Falcone-Black and her husband, William, Forty Fort; and sister-in-law, Joan Falcone, Exeter.

The family would also like to thank one of Lou's former basketball players, Dr. Michael Kovalick, for his compassion and medical treatment during Lou's illness. Additionally, special thanks are to be given to Rose Yanushka, Lou's longtime daily caregiver, who provided exceptional loving care. The family would also like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center for allowing the Rev. Falcone to pass with dignity.

There will be a private family service held at the discretion of the family, due to family illness and wintry weather conditions. A public memorial service will be held in the spring.

The family requests that friends and family not send any flowers or food. Donations may be forwarded to either: Dr. Edwards Memorial Congregational Church, 668 Main St., Edwardsville, PA 18704; Christian Assembly Church, 195 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702; or The Rev. Louis Falcone Scholarship Fund, Penn State Wilkes-Barre, Old Route 115, P.O. Box PSU, Lehman, PA 18627.

Arrangements are entrusted to Anthony Recupero Funeral Home, West Pittston.

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Published in Citizens' Voice on Jan. 10, 2018
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