William E. Kirwan Sr.

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William E. Kirwan Sr., 86, of Pottsville, passed away Monday morning in Providence Place, Pottsville.

Born in Bangor, Pa., May 25, 1931, he was a son of the late William F. and Freda Yuhl Kirwan.

He was a graduate of Pottsville Catholic High School and Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science - now known as University of the Sciences, Philadelphia - where he received a Bachelor of Science degree.

Bill proudly served in the Army during the Korean War.

He was the owner and pharmacist at Cable's Pharmacy until 1973 when the business was sold to Rite Aid.

He continued working there until retiring in 2010.

Bill was a past president of the former Pottsville Club and a longtime member of the Pottsville Rotary.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Rosemary "Kirkie" (Kurtz), in February 1989; second wife, Angela (Gentile) Pellegrino, in February 2015; and brother, John Kirwan.

William is survived by three daughters, Michele, wife of Richard McClain, Pittsburgh, Kathy, wife of Rick Smolskis, Cerritos, Calif., and Karen Ryan, Orwigsburg; two sons, William E. Jr., husband of Beth, Orwigsburg, and David, husband of Lisa Pellegrino, Pensacola, Fla.; sister, Betty, widow of Vincent Callery, Pottsville; brother, Robert, husband of Mary Frances Kirwan, Freehold, N.J.; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville, with Monsignor Edward J. O'Connor as celebrant. A viewing will be held from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass on Friday in the church. Entombment with military honors will follow in Our Lady of Calvary Cemetery, Pottsville. The family requests contributions in Bill's memory be sent to St. Joseph Center for Special Learning, 2075 W. Norwegian St., Pottsville, PA 17901. Lord-Bixler Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.lordbixler.com.

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Published in Republican & Herald on Nov. 14, 2017
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