William J. Cerynik

William J. Cerynik, 73, of Exeter Twp., formerly of Pompton Plains, N.J., died peacefully at his residence.

William was born in Scranton, Pa. on May 16, 1939, a son of the late Leila (Robinson) and Frank Cerynik. He was the husband of Nelda Cerynik who survives him.

He served in the U.S. Army as a Corporal during the Vietnam era and also served in the U.S. Navy and the New Jersey Army National Guard.

William worked as a Regional Supervisor with the New Jersey Department of Parks and Forestry. He briefly also worked for the National Park Service.

He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Parks and Forestry from Texas A&M University in 1970 and he received the title Certified Public Manager from Rutgers University in 1984. He was a graduate of Diakonia Program of the ELCA.

A former member of Our Savior Church, ELCA, Pompton Plains, he was currently a member of Parker Hill Community Church in Clarks Summit, Pa.

In addition to his wife, Nelda, he is survived by a son, William J. Cerynik Jr., husband of Hannah, of Bern Twp.; son, Douglas L. Cerynik, husband of Linda, of Downingtown, Pa.; sister, Barbara Cerynik of Kunkletown, Pa.; brother, Frank Cerynik, husband of Deborah, of West Lenox Twp., Pa.; half-sister, Mary Goodwin, Tampa, Florida; half-sister, Thelma Meglis of Clarks Green, Pa.: half-sister, Esther, wife of Emil Laurito of Gouldsboro, Pa.

He is also survived by seven grandchildren, William, Lance, Stefan, Logan, Lucas, Micah and Jonah.

A religious service will be held at Christ Presbyterian Church, 824 Washington St., Reading, Pa., at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 1. Friends are invited to call from 10:30 a.m. until time of services. The church parking lot is behind the church and is accessible from Court Street. His service will be web broadcast on our website starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Interment will be at Washington Crossing National Cemetery Newtown, Pa., with full military honors at the convenience of the family.

Family request donations to his charities, the Salvation Army, S. 5th Street, Reading, PA, 19602; Scranton Rescue Mission, 8 West Olive Street, Scranton, PA 18508; or Lutheran Disaster Relief (www.LDR.org), 8765 W. Higgins Road, Chicago, IL 60631.

Arrangements entrusted to the John P. Feeney Funeral Home in Reading's Centre Park Historic District, 625 N. 4th St. at Centre Ave., Reading, PA 19601.

Obituary, web broadcast and condolences at johnfee neyfuneralhome.com.

Published in Scranton Times on Nov. 28, 2012