Louis A. "Louie" Haydu, 85, of the Weston Field section of Scranton, died at home on Thursday, Dec. 27, after a brief illness. His wife of 56 years, the former Mary A. Franey, died on Aug. 1, 2006.
Born Oct. 6, 1927, in Scranton, he was the son of the late Louis and Mary Fetsko Haydu. He was a 1946 graduate of Scranton Technical High School. While at Tech, Louie was voted "Mister Tech" for his outstanding athletic ability in basketball, baseball and football. In July 1946, he joined the Army
and served overseas during the Allied Occupation of Japan at the end of World War II
. He was in attendance at the trial of Hideki Tojo, minister of war of the Japanese Imperial Army, who ordered the attack on Pearl Harbor and was tried for war crimes and executed. He was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish and, until its closure, St. Vincent de Paul Church. He was a locomotive engineer for the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad and also worked for North American Music Industries and Standard Iron Works. He retired from the Best Western-University Inn, Scranton.
Surviving are three daughters who cared for him at home during his final days, Mary Lou Farley and husband, Matthew; Joan Sparrow and husband, James; and Gail Grimm and husband, Barry, all of Scranton; son, Thomas, West Wyoming; six grandchildren, Caitlin, Erin and Matthew Farley; Jamie Sparrow, Mauri Dutcher and Mollie Grimm; three great-grandchildren, Sienna, Lea and Frankie; sister, Eleanor Potash, Scranton; and two nephews.
A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in Mary, Mother of God Parish, William Street, Scranton. Interment of cremains will be private at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements by John F. Glinsky Jr. Funeral Home, Throop.
Memorial contributions may be made in Louie's name to St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, 500 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA 18503 or International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, PO Box 96105, Washington, DC 20090-6105.
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