Thomas J. McGlynn Sr.

Thomas J. McGlynn Sr., 81, of Duryea, died Tuesday afternoon at Regional Hospital of Scranton. He and his wife, the former Anna Rita Ochall, celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary July 4.

Born in Avoca, son of the late Thomas and Mary Marley McGlynn, he was a graduate of Duryea High School and served in the Army during the Korean War. He was formerly employed by Pepsi-Cola, Wilkes-Barre, and, before retirement, he was employed by RCA, Dunmore. He was a member of Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Duryea; a member and post adjutant of VFW Post 1227, Duryea; and a life member of the West Side Social Club, Avoca.

He loved to read and watch sporting events, especially golf. He was a loving husband and father. Affectionately known as PaPa, he loved spending time with his grandchildren. Tom enjoyed all the meals that his son-in-law cooked for him.

Also surviving are a son, Thomas J. McGlynn Jr., London, England; a daughter, Mary Ann Kabacinski and husband, Andre, Duryea; grandchildren, Ashley, Kristen and Christopher Kabacinski, and Alexander, Jonathan, Andrew and Mary Kathryn McGlynn; two brothers, John "Hoppy" McGlynn, Duryea; and Leo "Buzz" McGlynn and wife, Patricia, Avoca; a sister, Mary Blanchard, Duryea; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Martin McGlynn; brothers-in-law, John "Doc" Blanchard and John Ochall; and sisters-in-law, Mercedes and Rosemarie McGlynn.

The family would like to thank the staff of Riverside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Taylor, and Regional Hospital of Scranton for the care and compassion that was shown to Thomas and his family during his illness.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Holy Rosary Church, Duryea, by the Rev. Andrew Sinnott. Interment will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery, Duryea.

There will be no public calling hours. Family and friends are asked to go directly to the church the morning of the funeral. VFW Post 1227 will conduct military services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Duryea.

Arrangements by the Bernard J. Piontek Funeral Home Inc., 204 Main St., Duryea. To leave an online condolence or for further information, visit www.piontekfuneralhome.com.

Published in Scranton Times from May 11 to May 12, 2013