Richard Cieslak

  • "Brian and Jeff, I am so sorry about your loss. Richie..."
    - Jeanie Granteed
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    - Kris Supey
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    - Susan Tarity

Richard Cieslak, 74, of Old Forge, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 7, at Regional Hospital of Scranton.

Born in Duryea, on Sept. 24, 1942, he was the son of the late John and Lottie (Dombrowski) Cieslak. Richard was a graduate of Duryea High School and upon graduation, he joined the Navy and served during the Cold War. He worked many years for the Brooks Pants Factory, Old Forge, and retired from Topps Chewing Gum, Scranton, with over 30 years of employment.

Richard was a heartfelt Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies fan. He was a member of the VFW, Duryea, the American Legion, Duryea, and the Polish Falcons, Duryea. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, and he will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Bernice Kelly.

Richard is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Joann Walter; his sons, Brian, of Exeter; and Jeff, of Dupont; and grandson, Nathan Cieslak. Also surviving are his "honorary" daughter, Randi Barcola, of Old Forge; nieces, Nancy Lankowski and husband, John, of Duryea; and Doreen Rizzo and husband, Pete, of Duryea; and his beloved border collie, Skipper.

A blessing service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea, with Deacon Ray Pieretti officiating.

Friends may call Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 5 until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the , 712 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor, PA 18517.

Online condolences may be made to


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Duryea, PA 18642
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Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 10, 2017
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