Edward Charles Holko, 89, of Dupont, formerly of Plymouth, died Saturday at the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center, where he had been a resident for 11 months. His wife, the former Loretta G. Lutinski, died in 1998.
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Born on March 20, 1924, in West Virginia and raised in Larksville, he was the son of the late Stanley and Julia Jetchick Holko. He was a graduate of Larksville High School and a member of All Saints Parish, Plymouth.
Edward was a Navy veteran, serving during World War II as a gunner's mate 3rd class. During his time of service, he was stationed aboard the USS Amesbury and was involved in the Normandy Invasion. He was a member of VFW Post 1425 of Plymouth.
Before retirement, he was employed by Misericordia University as a security guard. Earlier, he was employed as a corrections officer at Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, which is now a historic site of Pennsylvania.
Edward's family would like to extend a sincere thanks to the staff at the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center and the Hospice of the Sacred Heart for their care and compassion.
Surviving are his daughters, Judith Rogers and husband, Jerome, Shavertown; and Sylvia Magda and husband, Leonard, with whom he resided in Dupont; grandson, Dr. Christopher Rogers and wife, Kathy, Fleetwood; great-grandchildren, Jamie and Jillian Rogers; a sister, Helen Kukish and husband, Frank, West Wyoming; numerous nieces and nephews.
Edward was also preceded in death by a grandson, Kevin Rogers; and four brothers, John, Stanley, Felix and Joseph Holko.
The funeral will be Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. from the S.J.Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in All Saints Parish, 66 Willow St., Plymouth. Military service and interment will be at St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Dallas.
Family and friends may call Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m.
Visit www.sjgrontkowski funeralhome.com for directions or to submit online condolences to Edward's family.
S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home
530 W Main St
Plymouth, PA 18651
Published in Scranton Times on July 1, 2013