Dominick A. Mancuso Jr., 66, Scranton, Pa., died Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at Celtic Hospice Community Care, Dunmore after a courageous, yearlong battle with cancer.
Educated in the Carbondale Area School District, Dominick entered the U.S Marine Corps to serve his country, earning the rank of Sergeant. He went on to serve two tours of duty in the Vietnam War
as a gunner. After the Marines, he went to work for the U.S. railroad system, building and repairing railroads throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and as far north as the Canadian border until his retirement several years ago. He was also retired from the local laborers union, and held many other jobs in the past that allowed him to work outdoors. Dominick had a passion for the great outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was especially skilled at ice fishing and was eager to teach anyone who was willing to learn how to fish. He had a love for great food and drink and could create delicious meals. He was an avid gardener. Dominick was also a great neighbor and friend and never hesitated to help those in need. He was also a great storyteller and was willing to share his life experiences with all that would listen. When he wasn't cooking, hunting or fishing he could be found traveling around listening to local musicians as well as popular professional artists and loved dancing to his favorite music. Many knew him as "the Beak." All who knew Dominick knew he had a passion for life and loved to tell jokes and help others appreciate life as well.
He was a life member of VFW
Post 8488, American Legion Post 0513, the German-American Club and Immaculate Conception Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Gertrude "Trudy" Meade; his parents, Dominick Anthony and Adeline Turano Mancuso; his brothers, James and Michael.
Surviving are his daughters, Christina Dubranski and her husband, John, Spring Brook Twp., Pa.; and Wendy Youman and her husband, Chris, and his granddaughter, Zoe Marie Youman, Fairfield, Pa; his fiancée, Joyce Petrovsky, Scranton; sisters, Rosemary Johns, Scranton; Lucille Mathewson, Clarks Summit; Dorina Mangan, Palm City, Fla.; Linda Celuck, Scranton; and Debbie Murphy, Scranton; many nieces and nephews; and his best friend and military partner, Tom Smith, Fla.
The family would like to thank everyone at Northeast Radiation and Oncology including Dr. Kiahori and her nurse, Nadine, as well as Dr. Lenahan, Dr. Casey and Celtic Hospice center for all their care and compassion.
The funeral will be Friday from the Patrick F. Guido Funeral Home, 120 S. Main Ave., Scranton, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave., Scranton. Everyone attending the funeral is asked to go directly to church. Military honors will be conducted at the church after Mass. Interment at Fairview Memorial Park will be at the convenience of the family.
Friends and family will pay their respects Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Disabled Veterans of America, 516 Storrs St., Dickson City, PA 18519.
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