Jack B. Stephens, 88, formerly of Tunkhannock, passed away Thursday, Feb. 6, 2-14, at Gino J. Merli Veterans Center, Scranton. Jack's wife is the former Edith Hontz. Last August they celebrated 56 years of marriage.
Born Jan. 26, 1927, in Nicholson, he was the son of the late John and Olive Beebe Stephens.
Jack was a graduate of Nicholson High School and the Lackawanna Business College. Jack proudly served in the U.S. Navy
from 1944 to 1946 on an LST in the South Pacific during World War II
After the war, he worked for 11 years as a budget supervisor for Mene Grande Oil Company in Maracaibo, Venezuela, South America. He was a business administrator for the Mountain View School District and retired from the Tunkhannock Area School District, after 20 years of service.
Jack was a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Triton Hose Company, American Legion, Nicholson Lodge # 438 F&AM, Caldwell Consistory-Bloomsburg, and Irem Temple Shrine and other masonic organizations, and the United States LST Association. Jack was also very involved in helping to bring an old LST ship from Greece to port in Mobile, Ala., in 2001.
In addition to his wife, Jack is survived by a daughter Schelly Kalmanowicz and her husband Paul of Clarks Summit; and daughter Polly Will and her husband Dave of Pittsburgh; five grandchildren: Zachary, Benjamin, and Samuel Kalmanowicz, and George and Abigail Will; as well as several nieces and nephews.
A gathering of friends will be held at the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home in Tunkhannock on Friday, Feb. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. A masonic service will be conducted by Nicholson Lodge # 438 at 7:30 pm. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, at The Church of the Epiphany, Glenburn, with Father Graham Cliff officiating. Interment will be in Nicholson at the convenience of the family.
Jack's family extends its deepest gratitude to the fabulous staff at the Gino J. Meli Veterans Center for everyone's loving care and kindness as well as the staff of Hospice of the Sacred Heart. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Residents' Welfare Fund at the Gino J. Merli Veterans' Center 401 Penn Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503-1213 or Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, or to the
, Greater Pennsylvania Chapter 57 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.