Thomas Stephen Luchansky, 79, of Peckville, died Monday evening at Regional Hospital of Scranton. His wife of 57 years was the former Madeline Mazur.
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Born in Olyphant, son of the late Andrew and Helen Messick Luchansky, he attended Olyphant schools and learned carpentry, having worked in Carpenter's Local 645 for many years. He was a member of Holy Cross Parish, Holy Ghost Church, Olyphant, a member of the Holy Name Society and a lector at the church. He was a Boy Scout troop leader for many years.
He was a devoted loving husband, father and friend who loved spending time with his children and family. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and trap shooting with his son and friends. He also loved small game hunting with his son and special friend, Scooter. He was an avid football and baseball fan who loved Penn State football, the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox. Tom enjoyed working on small engines and had a small-engine repair shop in his garage. He knew how to fix and build everything. Tom was always there to help anyone in need. He loved his pets and enjoyed spending time with his little dog, Magoo. He will be truly missed and always in our hearts.
The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of the Special Care Unit at Regional Hospital and Geisinger Community Medical Center.
Also surviving are a daughter, Linda Horan and husband, Richard, Clarks Summit; a son, Mark, Peckville; a sister, Rosemary Luchansky, Olyphant; a brother, George Luchansky and wife, Julia, Olyphant; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was also preceded in death by a son, Thomas, in 2001; and two brothers, John and Elmer Luchansky.
The funeral will be Friday from the James M. Margotta Funeral Home, 1019 Main St., Peckville, with Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Cross Parish, Olyphant. Interment will take place at Holy Ghost Cemetery, Blakely.
Friends may call Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411; or the
, 71 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701. For directions or online condolences, visit www.margottafuneral homes.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 9, 2013