Kenneth Jacob Pantle

Kenneth Jacob Pantle, 64, of Scranton, left his home on Tuesday, January 22, to take his place in Christ's Kingdom after a twenty-month courageous battle with lung cancer. He was married over 40 years to his high school sweetheart, Reinelda (Rennie) Cwalinski, Pantle.

Born in Scranton, Pa., he was the son of the late Lester and the late Florence Ruth Koffman Pantle. He was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School. He served with the 109th Infantry National Guard and received awards for being an expert marksman. Before his retirement, he worked for L.T. Verrastro for over 30 years. He was a steward for the Teamsters Local 229 over 25 years.

He was a member of Saint Peter's Cathedral, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister and attended daily Mass at 6:30 a.m. Prior to its closing, he was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Church, where he was an usher over 20 years. He also volunteered every year for fundraisers including the annual parish fair. He was a donor for the American Red Cross, giving the gift of life.

Kenneth was an avid sportsman, who loved the outdoors and nature. He enjoyed hunting, taking his family and friends fishing on his boat and teaching his great-nieces and nephew the art of fishing. He also traveled several times in a year to New Jersey to deep sea fish. His favorite sports teams were the Yankees, Phillies and Eagles. He was a lifetime member of the North American Hunting Club. John Wayne was his favorite actor and Elvis was his favorite artist. He provided a loving home to several strays during his life and his current cats, Casper and Scout never left his side.

Kenneth battled his disease with utmost courage and never complained. His heart was as big as his smile and he was always there to lend his hands to someone in need. He will be sadly missed by everyone he touched during his life.

Surviving in addition to his wife is one son, his pride and joy, Attorney Ray and his wife, Kristen Pantle of Columbus, Ohio; two brothers, Theodore and his wife, Carol Pantle of Whitney Point, N.Y.; & Glen Pantle of Moosic; one brother-in-law, John Cwalinski Jr. and his wife, Debra of Scranton; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephew; and cousins.

Ken's family would like to give special thanks to all our friends who supported us during this difficult time, Reverend Philip Altavilla and Jill Snyder, helping with our spiritual needs, Shirley Palermo for the hours she spent with him during Chemo, Robert Semian for daily visits and massages, and the hundreds of cards and phone calls each day.

Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Nicholas Chiumento, the Moosic Geisinger staff, Dr. Uzma Malik, Radion Director of Oncology, and the hospital and infusion nurses at Geisinger for their ultimate compassion and care given to Kenneth.

The funeral will be Saturday at 9 a.m. from the Sznyter Funeral Home, 1101 Prospect Ave., with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Saint Peter's Cathedral, Scranton, celebrated by Rev. Philip Altavilla. Interment to follow in Cathedral Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Donations can be made to the Lung Cancer Research Foundation, 845 Third Ave., 6th Floor, New York, NY 10022.

Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 24, 2013