Daniel Gambal, 90, a lifelong resident of Old Forge, died Sunday evening at Regional Hospital of Scranton. He is survived by his beloved wife, Helen Lefchak Gambal. Married Nov. 23, 1953, the couple recently celebrated their 60th anniversary.
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Born on Dec. 18, 1923, son of the late William and Mary Dufala Gambal, Daniel was a graduate of Newton-Ransom High School, class of 1941. He proudly served in the Army. For more than 40 years, before retirement, he owned and operated Gambal Excavating Co. of Old Forge. A longtime member of St. Michael's Orthodox Church, he was more recently a member at St. Stephen's Russian Orthodox Church, both in Old Forge. He was also a member of Old Forge Lions Club. A music lover, Daniel had served as the drummer for several local bands.
A loving husband, father, grandfather, relative and friend, he will dearly be missed by all who knew him.
He is also survived by two sons, David Gambal and wife, Mandy, Pocono Lake; and Daniel Gambal and wife, Dorothy, West Dundee, Ill.; four grandchildren, Melissa, Daniel, Christine and Joshua Gambal; many nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by brothers, Walter and Stephen Gambal; and sisters, Anna Dorunda, Vera Blonsky, Olga Kostiak, Mary Gillow, Tatiana Lehmkuhl and Alice Pellock.
His family would like to extend its heartfelt gratitude to the staffs of the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center and Geisinger Mountain View Care Center, and also to Drs. Kenneth Sebastianelli and Daniel Kazmierski for the excellent care they collectively gave to Daniel.
The funeral will be Thursday at 9:15 p.m. from the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 517 N. Main St., Old Forge, with services at 10 at St. Stephen's Russian Orthodox Church, St. Stephen's Lane, Old Forge, by the Very Rev. German Ciuba, rector. Interment with military honors by the AMVETS Honor Guard will follow at St. Nicholas of Myra Cemetery in Old Forge.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. Parastas will be at 7.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gino J. Merli Veterans Center's Activities Fund, 401 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA 18503.
Visit www.KearneyFu neralHome.com for directions or to leave an online condolence.
Kearney Funeral Homes
517 North Main Street
Old Forge, PA 18518-1811
Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 28, 2014