Leo A. Koval

Leo A. Koval, 88, of the Greenwood section of Moosic, died Thursday shortly after being admitted to Geisinger Community Medical Center, then VNA Hospice. His beloved wife, Anna, died January 15, 2011.

Born an identical twin in Hazleton on July 12, 1924, he was the son of the late Jozsef and Barbara Viazanko Kovaly. He was a member of Divine Mercy Parish and American Legion Post 948. He attended Hazleton schools and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theater and was awarded five bronze stars. A happy man throughout his life, Leo was always there for anyone needing a helping hand. He was the last surviving child of several close brothers and sisters, whom he loved dearly, Barbara, Mary, Martin, "Bricky," "Browny," "Blacky," Susan, George, Anna, Paul, his twin, and Thomas, along with several nieces and nephews. He was employed for 40 years with American Telephone and Telegraph working for 30 years on the road as a lineman and splicer, traveling extensively through many states. Leo also worked at the AT&T satellite station, Hawley, for 10 years. He enjoyed many things in life, including gardening, cooking and spending time with his family.

The family would like to thank Dr. Wayne Weston, the entire staff of Geisinger Community Medical Center and the VNA Hospice for the care they gave their father.

Surviving are four children, Connie Foster, Dunmore; Dorothy Smith and husband, William, Scranton; Barbara Donovan and husband, Paul, Moosic; William, and wife, Carol, Taylor; eight grandchildren, Alicia Foster, Columbia, Md.; John Foster, Dunmore; William Smith and Shanon Smith, both of Scranton; Mark Smith, Tucson, Ariz.; Leah Donovan Daniels and husband, Ryan, Glen Bernie, Md.; Paul Donovan Jr., Moosic; Dana Koval Pezzuti and husband, Robert, Old Forge; William Koval and wife, Angela, Moosic; five great-grandchildren, Gavin and Logan Smith, Robert and Maddison Pezzuti, Sophia Koval and Abrianna Harte.

He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, William Foster.

The family would like to thank Dr. Wayne Weston and the entire staff of Geisinger Community Medical Center.

The funeral will be Monday at 9:45 a.m. from the Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union St., Taylor, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in Divine Mercy Parish, 312 Davis St., Scranton, by the Rev. Francis Pauselli. Interment with military honors will take place in St. Mary Czestchowa Cemetery, Greenwood section of Moosic.

Friends may call Sunday, 3 to 6 p.m. Visit www.semian cares.com to share memories or extend condolences.

Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 14, 2012