Martin Mokis, 88, a lifelong resident of Scranton, died Tuesday morning at the Scranton Health Care Center after a brief illness. His wife, the former Doris E. Hahn, died Oct. 19, 2001.
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He was born in Scranton, the son of the late Harry Sr. and Eva Rosivitick Mokis. He was a member of the Hickory Street Presbyterian Church. He proudly served his country during World War II with the U.S. Navy and earned the Pacific Theater Ribbon (six stars), American Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon (two stars). He was a member of the America Legion Edward J Poch Post 948 and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign War Post 1601. Prior to retirement, he was employed by HarperCollins Publishers.
The family would like to thank Advanced Home Health Care, Gene and the girls for all the special care they gave to Martin.
Surviving are two daughters, Sharon Turner-Schirg and her husband, Joseph, Scranton; and Diane Howarth and her husband, Joseph, Middletown; five grandchildren, Richard Turner and his fiancée, Jennifer Matthews, Old Forge; Angel Scully and her husband, Dan, Middletown; Beth Hart and her husband, Brian, Madison Township; Sheila Wynn and her husband, Matt, Elizabethtown, Pa.; five great-grandchildren, Christopher Wynn, Rebecca Wynn, Cameron Scully, Brian Hart and Aiden Turner; three sisters, Mary Bayachek, N.J.; Julia Jaworski, Scranton; and Dorothy Torsky, N.J.; a sister-in-law, Helen Mokis, Scranton; nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Helen Mokis, Ann Bednar and Catherine Runco; and two brothers, Michael Mokis and Harry Mokis Jr.
The funeral will be held on Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the Miller Bean Funeral Home Inc., 436 Cedar Ave., with services by Ed Peterson, D.C.E., Hickory Street Presbyterian Church. Interment will follow in the Pittston Avenue Cemetery, Scranton.
Friends may call today from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made in his memory to the donor's favorite charity. Go to www.millerbeanfh.com for additional funeral information or directions.
Published in Scranton Times from May 8 to May 9, 2013