HAMBURG â€" Thomas A. Yunkunis, 67, of Hamburg, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. Born in Pittston, Pa., he was the son of the late Anthony and Anna (Poliwater) Yunkunis. Thomas grew up in West Pittston, Pa., before moving to Ogdensburg in 1993. He graduated from Franklin High School in 1964 and was a veteran of the United States Army, serving his country (1966 to 1968) during the Vietnam War. Mr. Yunkunis was employed for 42 years as a scientist for the Schering-Plough Corporation in Lafayette, retiring from that position in September 2011. In his spare time he enjoyed being in the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He took great pride with being an accomplished golfer. From 1977 to 1983, he served the residents of Hamburg Borough as a special police officer with the Hamburg Police Department. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Bonnie (Hessler) Yunkunis, of Hamburg; sons, Dean Yunkunis, and his wife, Lisa, of Hampton, and Derek Yunkunis, and his girlfriend, Eva, of Milford, Pa.; a grandson, Warren Yunkunis; and step-grandchildren, Josh, Ashlee and Vinnie Gallipoli. Also surviving are his brothers, Charles Yunkunis, and his wife, June, and Raymond Yunkunis, and his wife, Patricia, all of Pittston, Pa., and Doctor William Yunkunis, and his wife, Suzanne, of Tunkhannock, Pa.; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at F. John Ramsey Funeral Home, One Main St., Franklin, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at the Church of St. Jude the Apostle, 4-24 Beaver Run Road, Hamburg. Interment to follow at North Hardyston Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday, Feb. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. (only), at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory would be preferred and may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research, 120 Wall St., 19th Floor, New York, NY 10005. To offer online condolences and for driving directions, go to www.fjohnramseyfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on Feb. 7, 2013