COAL TOWNSHIP — Leonard F. "Dutch" Hojnacki, 83, of 17 Eagle Ave., passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at his residence.
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Born June 11, 1929, he was a son of the late Adam and Mary (Krushinski) Hojnacki.
Dutch attended St. Stanislaus School and later Shamokin High School, where he wrestled for the legendary Mal Paul and also played football for the Greyhounds.
In his younger years, he played softball for the F&S Brewery squad.
He served in the U.S. Army, mostly detailed in Germany in radio communications.
He married Jean Phillips, who preceded him in death.
After the military, Dutch was employed at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., where he was commended by General Westmoreland for his years of dedicated service. He also worked as an insurance agent for Prudential and then was employed for more than 30 years for AVCO Motors, of Williamsport, as a machinist.
Dutch was a third-degree member of the Shamokin Council of the Knights of Columbus, and a member of the Lithuanian Club, East End Fire Company and the Pine Grove Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He was an avid Penn State and Philadelphia Phillies sports fan and enjoyed watching NFL and college football games. Dutch always was a conveyor of informative and, sometimes amusing, wisdom. He made friends wherever he went.
Surviving are five children, three sons, David, of Coal Township, and his companion, Roxanne Bebenek; Ned and his wife, Peggy, of Herndon, Va., and Stephen, of Raleigh, N.C.; two daughters, Linda and Richard Schoch, of Elysburg, and Donna and Todd Fiorenza, of Syracuse, N.Y.; nine grandchildren, Andrea, Danny, Jared, Justin, Stephanie, Mallory, Michael, Kyle, Phillip and Katie; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Dorothy Laskoski, of Depew, N.Y.; a brother, Stanley Hojnacki, of Coal Township, and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Victoria, Ann and Jean, and four brothers, John, Walter, Edward and Joseph.
HOJNACKI — Leonard F. "Dutch" Hojnacki, 83, of 17 Eagle Ave., Coal Township. A Religious Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the James Kelley Funeral Home, 1001 W. Arch St., at Maple Street, Coal Township, with the Rev. Mr. Robert P. Mack, Deacon of Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, will preside. Interment will follow in the Northumberland Memorial Park, Garden of Rest, Sunbury. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the funeral home.
James Kelley Funeral Home
1001 W. Arch St. Coal Township, PA 17866
Published in The News Item on Apr. 5, 2013