Raymond J. Monahan

Raymond J. Monahan, 75, of West Scranton, died Friday evening on his 45th wedding anniversary at Geisinger Community Medical Center. He is survived by his devoted wife, the former Sharon Lee Very.

Born in New High Park, Long Island, N.Y., son of the late Joseph W. and Kathleen Higgins Monahan, Ray worked for Johnson College before retirement. He was a parishioner of St. Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Church, where he dedicated many hours of service.

He enjoyed hunting, especially archery, watching television shows, including science fiction and classic black and white films. He was a master of martial arts and his family was the center of his life.

Also surviving are two children, Karen Lee Monahan Walsh; and Michael Jay Monahan and fiancée, Lisa Maleta; 13 grandchildren, Natalia, Brittney, Sequoia, Dallas, Dakota, Datyn, Hunter, Hailey, Matthew and Maxim Monahan, Michael, Josh and Jessie Maleta, all of Scranton; two sisters, Nancy Olah, New York City; and Kath­leen Pertgen, Swarts­wood, N.J.; nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by three grandchildren, Christiane, Leigh and Noel; three brothers, Joseph, Robert and James; and three sisters, Ruth Monahan, Mary Noble and Margaret Posser.

A blessing service will be held Wednesday at noon in the Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union St., Taylor, by the Very Rev. Nestor Kowal. Interment will follow in St. Michael's Russian Greek Catholic Cemetery, Nicholson.

Friends may call Tuesday, 5 to 8 p.m. Parastas services will be at 6:30. To share memories or to send online condolences, visit www.semian cares.com.

Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 17, 2012