PAXINOS — Leonard P. "Sonny" Machesic, 86, of Route 890, passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014, in his home.
He was born Aug. 16, 1927, in Shamokin and was raised in Trevorton by his father, Paul P. "Whitey" Machesic, and stepmother, Mildred Graybill.
He attended Yordy School in Irish Valley and Trevorton High School.
"Sonny" served in Saipan as a technician fifth grade in the 452nd Engineer Depot Company of the U.S. Army from Jan. 12, 1946, to June 23, 1947.
On Aug. 29, 1953, he married Mary L. Reinhardt, his wife of 60 years, at St. Anthony's Church in Ranshaw with the Rev. Walter Sempko officiating.
In his younger days, Sonny worked as a coal miner and as a heavy machine operator on construction projects. Later, he worked for Reading Coal Company until his retirement in 1989. He and his wife, Mary, along with his father, Whitey, were the proprietors of Whitey's Bar in Paxinos from 1953 to 1983. There, he made many lifelong friends.
"Sonny" loved trout fishing, deer and small game hunting, raising his beagles and cheering on his favorite teams: the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Philadelphia Eagles.
He was a proud lifetime member of the Moose Lodge 1149, Shamokin, the Zerbe Township Rod and Gun Club, Trevorton American Legion Post 92, Fraternal Order of Eagles 503, Trevorton VFW
Post 7813, Knights of Columbus 458 and the Lithuanian Club of Shamokin. He was also a member of St. Patrick Church, Trevorton.
His greatest joy came from the family who loved him, including his son and daughter-in-law, Leonard F. and Judith Machesic; his sister and brother-in-law, Loretta and Anthony (who preceded him in death) Novrocki; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Mildred and Michael Strike; the cousins whom he raised as his own children and their spouses, Sandra and Michael Schneider, Richard (who preceded him in death) and Jody Reinhardt, and Harry and Linda Reinhardt; eight grandchildren, Leonard P., Michael (and wife TyAnn), Brian (and Melanie), Jon, Meghan, Christine, Shawn and Angela; a niece, Diane; a nephew, Gary, and three great-grandchildren, Kurtis, Quentin and Sydney.
MACHESIC — Leonard P. "Sonny" Machesic, 86, of Route 890, Paxinos. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick Church, 331 W. Shamokin St., Trevorton. Burial will be in St. Patrick Parish Cemetery. Friends and family will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church. The Robert G. Foust Funeral Home, Trevorton, is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, contributions to honor Sonny's memory may be made to St. Patrick Church, Trevorton.