Leonard J. Lucas Sr.

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COAL TOWNSHIP — Leonard J. Lucas Sr., 84, of 833 W. Chestnut St., passed away at 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011, at Mountain View: A Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility, Coal Township.

Born April 7, 1926, in Shamokin, he was a son of the late Paul J. Sr. and Alice F. (Baluta) Lucas. He was a lifelong resident of Shamokin.

He attended St. Stanislaus Elementary School and Shamokin High School.

Leonard served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, having served overseas in the Marshall Islands as an electrician in the SeaBees. The Marshall Islands was part of a supply line for the Navy. In his "spare time" he would brew "jugaroo" for himself and his colleagues in the middle of the bomb dump.

After graduating from high school and being discharged from the U.S. Navy, he attended Eckels School of Mortuary Science, where he received his funeral directors license June 24, 1950.

On Oct. 27, 1956, in St. Stanislaus Church, Shamokin, the Rev. Felix Comeau married Leonard and Theresa Stellmach, who survives.

He was a third-generation funeral director who built his own funeral home in 1967, which is currently operating as the Leonard J. Lucas Funeral Home, Ltd.

He was a member of Our Lady of Hope Church, Coal Township, a former Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, he ran the Minstrels at Our Lady of Lourdes High School and was a member of the Independence Fire Company, Friendship Fire Company, Brady Fire Company, Milheim Fire Company, St. Francis Home Association and the Lithuanian Club. He enjoyed driving tour bus for Catawese Coach Lines, taking many day trips both in and out of state.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, Mary Alice Lucas, of Elysburg, and Leonard J. (Lee) Lucas Jr., of East Cameron; three grandchildren, Douglas, Amanda and Cordell Lucas; two step-grandchildren, Paul Letterman and Michael Tentromono; two brothers, Paul Lucas, of Aurora. Colo, and Henry and his wife, Rita Lucas, of Brooklyn N.Y., and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Ingram and Mildred Zalinowski.

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LUCAS — Leonard J. Lucas Sr., 84, of 833 W. Chestnut St., Coal Township. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Hope Church. Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Coal Township. Viewing will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday with a Christian Vigil Service at 7 p.m. and from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Friday at the Leonard J. Lucas Funeral Home, 120 S. Market St., Shamokin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Lady of Hope Church, the or the Shamokin-Coal Township Public Library.
Published in The News Item on Jan. 12, 2011
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