Stanley A. Kalejta Jr.

COAL TOWNSHIP — Stanley A. Kalejta Jr., 93, of 1013 W. Willow St., passed away Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, at his residence.

He was born April 14, 1921, in Shamokin, a son of the late Stanley and Joanna (Kovaleski) Kalejta. He was a lifelong resident of the Shamokin area.

He was a 1939 graduate of Coal Township High School.

He was inducted into the U.S. Army Nov. 18, 1942, in Harrisburg. During his enlistment, he served with the Headquarters Detachment Section One (DEML) Station Complement. He received an honorable discharge Sept. 25, 1943, from Fort Bragg, N.C.

On Feb. 2, 1946, in St. Stephen Rectory, he married Helen Gillichbauer, a daughter of the late Robert D. and Susan (Walburn) Gillichbauer.

Throughout his life, Stanley was employed in a coal breaker, worked in a woolen mill, was employed for 10 years in a dye and print shop, and then worked for Jones Hardware as an appliance delivery man until his retirement.

He was a member of Our Lady of Hope Church, Coal Township, where he was a eucharistic minister.

He was an avid pinochle player, enjoyed bowling, playing golf, was a life member of the American Legion, a life member of the Fairview Gun Club and was a member of the Shamokin/Coal Township Senior Action Center, Sunflower Club and the Patsies.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Joanne (Kalejta) Pitfido and her husband, John, of Yamhill, Ore., currently residing in Coal Township; four grandchildren, Jonna and Julie Pitfido, Nicole Mensch and Tiffany Kalejta; two great-grandsons, Brayden Mensch and Jayden John Pitfido; two stepgrandchildren, Christopher Orner and Annie Kininitz; a stepgreat-grandson, Noah Orner; a stepgreat-granddaughter, Gabrielle Orner, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Gregory M. Kalejta, on June 27, 1998; four brothers, John, Edward, Frank and Thomas Kalejta, and five sisters, twins Stella Whary and Joanna Kalejta, Eleanor Dressler, Josephine Wingate and Ann Varzally.

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KALEJTA — Stanley A. Kalejta, 93, of 1013 W. Willow St., Coal Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Hope Church, Coal Township. Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Bear Gap. Viewing will be from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Leonard J. Lucas Funeral Home Ltd., Leonard J. Lucas Jr., supervisor, 120 S. Market St., Shamokin. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his memory to the Shamokin-Coal Township Public Library.

Funeral Home

Leonard J. Lucas Funeral Home
120 S. Market St. Shamokin, PA 17872
(570) 644-0417

Published in The News Item from Aug. 12 to Aug. 13, 2014