Jack B. Stephens, 88, formerly of Tunkhannock, died Thursday at Gino J. Merli Veterans Center, Scranton. Jack is survived by his wife, the former Edith Hontz. They celebrated 56 years of marriage in August.
Born in Nicholson on Jan. 26, 1927, son of the late John and Olive Beebe Stephens, Jack was a graduate of Nicholson High School and Lackawanna Business College. Jack proudly served in the Navy from 1944-46 on an LST in the South Pacific during World War II
. After the war, he worked for 11 years as a budget supervisor for Mene Grande Oil Co. in Maracaibo, Venezuela. He was a business administrator for the Mountain View School District, and retired from the Tunkhannock Area School District, after 20 years of service.
Jack was a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Triton Hose Company, American Legion, Nicholson Lodge 438 F&AM, Caldwell Consistory-Bloomsburg, Irem Temple Shrine and other masonic organizations and the United States LST Association. Jack was also very involved in helping to bring an old LST ship from Greece to port in Mobile, Ala., in 2001.
Jack is also survived by two daughters, Schelly Kalmanowicz and husband, Paul, Clarks Summit; and Polly Will and husband, Dave, Pittsburgh; five grandchildren, Zachary, Benjamin and Samuel Kalmanowicz and George and Abigail Will; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Jack's family extends its deepest gratitude to the fabulous staff at the Gino J. Meli Veterans Center for their loving care and kindness, as well as the staff of Hospice of the Sacred Heart.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Epiphany, Glenburn, by Father Graham Cliff. Interment will be in Nicholson at the convenience of the family.
A gathering of friends will be held on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, Tunkhannock. A masonic service will be held by Nicholson Lodge 438 at 7:30.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Residents Welfare Fund at the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center, 401 Penn Ave., Scranton 18503-1213; Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702; or to the
, Greater Pennsylvania Chapter, 57 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.