George M. Roskos, Scranton, died Monday in VNA Hospice at Geisinger Community Medical Center. His wife is the former Joan M. Marbach. The couple would have celebrated 42 years of marriage on July 10.
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Born in Kingston, son of the late George and Margaret Rokitko Roskos, he was a member of St. John's Byzantine Catholic Church and its Auxiliary for years. He was a former member of St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, Kingston. He graduated cum laude from the University of Scranton, class of 1970, receiving a master's degree and certificates in elementary and secondary administration. George served as principal at Prescott Elementary School for 20 years. Before that, he was an English teacher at West Scranton High School. While at West Scranton High School, he served as head wrestling coach for 12 seasons, with his teams winning Lackawanna League championship in 1976, 1978 and 1986. George was awarded coach of the year in 1976 and 1986. He served as president of Lackawanna Scholastic Wrestling League, of which he was co-founder. He was also co-founder of the Scranton Elementary Intramural Wrestling Tournament in 1974. He was also an assistant varsity baseball coach at West Scranton for several years. He was a former PIAA wrestling and baseball official. He was a manger and coach of the East Scranton Little League; a former member of the Scranton School District Elementary Principals' Association, where he served as president; the Scranton Association of School Administrators; the Scranton School District Blue Ribbon Panel for long range planning; Scranton School District teacher selection panel and testing committee; National Association of School Principals; and a member of GCU Lodge 31.
The family would like to thank Dr. Eugene Turchetti, Dr. Roger Getts, Dr. Michael Tracy and the staff of VNA Hospice for the kind and compassionate care given to George and his family during his illness.
Also surviving are two sons, George Roskos, Scranton; and Greg Roskos, and wife, Rebecca, Cortland, N.Y.; two granddaughters, Gwen and Elle; one brother, Ron Roskos and wife, Pat, Kingston; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; two aunts; nieces, nephews and several cousins.
The funeral will be Monday at 10 a.m. with Divine Liturgy in St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, 321 Chestnut Ave., Kingston. Interment, Fern Knoll Park, Dallas.
Anyone attending the funeral is asked to proceed directly to St. Mary's Byzantine Church, Kingston.
Friends may call Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m., at the Thomas J. Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 1240 St. Ann's St., Scranton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, 500 Penn Ave., Scranton PA 18510; Friends of the Poor, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509; or St. Joseph Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509.
Published in Scranton Times from Nov. 15 to Nov. 16, 2012