Austin C. Sicher Jr.

Austin C. Sicher Jr., 78, of Newton Twp., died Friday morning at the VNA Hospice Unit at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton. His wife is the former Edith "Edie" Cooper. The couple celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary in April.

Born in Kingston, he was the son of the late Rev. A. Clay and Estella Williams Sicher. He served in the Navy during the Korean War and, before retirement, was a service technician for Sears. He was a member of Abington Memorial VFW Post 7069 and the Countryside Community Church in Newton.

Austin was a very talented artist and loved to oil paint. He enjoyed the outdoors, including fishing, but his main passion in life was his family, especially his grandson, Joshua.

The family would like to thank Dr. Lisa Robertson, Dr. Richard Emanuelson, Dr. Donald Preate and the VNA Hospice Unit at Geisinger Community Medical Center for the wonderful care and compassion given to Austin and his family during his illness.

Also surviving are a daughter, Donna Marks, Tunkhannock; a son, Jeffrey, Wrightsville; a grandson, Joshua; a sister, Diane Kolebar, Peckville; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Roger and Helen Doty, Ransom Twp.; and Robert and Veronica "Penny" Thompson, Newton Twp.; nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, David; and sister, Evangelyn Giddings.

A funeral service and interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

Friends may call today from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Minooka Lions Autism Awareness Fund, 2635 Colliery Ave., Scranton, PA 18505.

For directions or to sign the online guestbook, go to www.lawrenceeyoungfuneral home.com.

Published in Scranton Times from Oct. 13 to Oct. 14, 2012