MOUNT CARMEL — Paul J. Saukaitis, of 16 S. Willow St., passed away suddenly Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
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Born in Mount Carmel, he was a son of the late John and Mary (Hudock) Saukaitis. He was a lifelong resident of Mount Carmel.
Paul was a graduate of Mount Carmel High School.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict aboard the USS Oriskany.
On July 6, 1957, in Our Mother of Consolation Church, Mount Carmel, he married the former Catherine Mirarchi, who survives.
He and his wife were the proprietors of Barker Bakery, one of the most beloved family-owned small businesses in Mount Carmel, where they lovingly created and served the community baked goods and one-of-a-kind confections for almost 50 years before retiring in 2009.
Paul was a member of Divine Redeemer Church and was formerly a member of Holy Cross Church. He was a member of the Mount Carmel American Legion, VFW, Fountain Springs Country Club and the Lithuanian Knights. He also served as past president of the Mount Carmel Rotary Club.
He was an avid Red Sox and Indianapolis Colts fan. Sometimes called "Chuck" by those around him, you could always count on Paul for a friendly wave and entertaining story, or a lively debate. But most of all, you knew that you could always count on him for a helping hand.
Paul will be remembered for his tireless work ethic, his love and devotion to his family, and his enduring friendship.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Deborah Beierschmitt, and her husband, Richard, of Mount Carmel, and a granddaughter, Jodi Frantz, and her husband, Carter, of Lemoyne.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and two brothers.
SAUKAITIS — Paul J. Saukaitis, of 16 S. Willow St., Mount Carmel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday at Divine Redeemer Church, 300 W. Avenue, Mount Carmel, with the Rev. John A. Szada Jr. as celebrant. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Mount Carmel Township. Visitation with the family will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Friday in the C.J. Lucas Funeral Home Inc., 27 N. Vine St., Mount Carmel, C.J. Lucas IV, supervisor. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Divine Redeemer Church, 438 W. Avenue, Mount Carmel 17851. To send contributions to the family, go to www.cjlucasfuneralhome.com.
C. J. Lucas Funeral Home, Inc.
27 North Vine Street Mount Carmel, PA 17851
Published in The News Item from Dec. 12 to Dec. 13, 2012