Reverend Edward M. Masakowski died on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
Father Masakowski, son of the late John T. and Stasia Gorney Masakowski, was born in Nanticoke on August 10, 1932. He received his early education at Most Holy Trinity School, Nanticoke, and graduated from Marymount High School, Wilkes-Barre. Father graduated from Saint Mary's College, Orchard Lake, Michigan, with an A.B. on June 7, 1953. He completed his studies for the priesthood at SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary, Orchard Lake, Michigan. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 15, 1957, in Saint Peter's Cathedral, Scranton, by the Most Reverend Jerome D. Hannan, D.D., late Bishop of Scranton.
Father Masakowski was assigned to his summer assignment at Saint Julianna's, Rock Lake, and then as an assistant pastor of Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Wilkes-Barre, on October 11, 1957. He also served as assistant pastor of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Dickson City; Sacred Heart, Dupont; Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Jermyn; and SS. Peter and Paul in Plains. Father was named administrator of Saint Pius X, Harding, on January 21, 1975, and received his first pastorate at Saint Rita's, Gouldsboro, on September 2, 1975. Father Masakowski was also pastor of Saint Adalbert's, Glen Lyon, Saint Denis, Glen Lyon, and Saint Michael's Glen Lyon. On September 3, 1997, he was named pastor of Saint Mark's, Inkerman, where he remained until his retirement and appointment as Pastor Emeritus on September 1, 2008, after fifty-one years of service to the Diocese of Scranton.
He is survived by brothers, Michael and Daniel; and sisters, Ladisla Kowalski, Sabina Pietrasko and Joan Jackson; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Monsignor John, Albin, Frank and Joseph Masakowski.
Viewing will take place at Saint Maria Goretti Church, 42 Redwood Drive, Laflin, Sunday, September 22, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Solemn Vespers will be celebrated at Saint Maria Goretti, Laflin, at 7:00 p.m., with Reverend Thomas M. Muldowney, Vicar General of the Diocese, presiding.
A Pontifical Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, on Monday, September 23, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Maria Goretti Church, Laflin. Viewing will also take place Monday morning, prior to the 10:00 a.m. Funeral Mass. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton.