Henry Donald "Donnie" Palutis, 74, of Carbondale, died Monday evening in the Commonwealth Hospice at Regional Hospital of Scranton, after a short but inspiring battle with cancer. He was the husband of the late Diana Carachilo Palutis, who died Dec. 24, 2007.
Born April 14, 1939, in Scranton, son of the late Bernard and Virginia (O'Hara) Palutis, Donnie graduated from Central High School in Scranton in 1957 and then served in the Army
. Thereafter, Donnie received his associate degree in accounting from Lackawanna Junior College. Donnie worked for several different companies during his career, including the Finance Co., Emory Air Freight,proprietor of Don's Deli & Diner and ShopRite. He most enjoyed the opportunities he had working with his brothers, Bernard and Richard, at the Deli in Chinchilla and the Keyser Valley Deli in Scranton. He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Carbondale.
More than anything, Donnie cherished his children, grandchildren and his beloved wife. Donnie was a talented musician, skilled equestrian and notable cook. He shared his love for all three with his children.
He is survived by a daughter, Melissa and husband, Brian Kelly, Carbondale; three sons, Joseph and wife, Karen Palutis, Blue Bell; Don Paul and wife, Kathleen Palutis, Blue Bell; and Michael and wife, Nancy Palutis, Ocean, N.J.; 10 grandchildren, Haleigh and Brandon Palutis, Blue Bell; Madeline, Julia and Jaqueline Kelly, Carbondale; Joel and Joshua Palutis, Blue Bell; and Olivia, Jake Henry and Autumn Palutis, Ocean; a brother, Richard Palutis, Scranton; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Paul John "PJ" and Bernard Palutis.
The funeral will be Friday at 9 a.m. from the Carmine J. & Louis C. Parise Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., Farview and 41st streets, Carbondale, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 at St. Rose of Lima Church, 6 N. Church St., Carbondale. Interment with military honors, Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Greenfield Twp.
Friends may call Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250 or www.DAV.org
For directions or to send online condolences to the family, visit www.parisefu neralhome.com