Dennis Eugene Mitsakos, 68, of Holiday, Fla., died Jan. 25 after a long battle with kidney disease.
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Born in Binghamton, N.Y., son of the late William Mitsakos and Bette Mercia, he was raised in Vestal, N.Y., before joining the Navy. Dennis lived in the Scranton area for 30 years and was married to Jean Ann Mitsakos, Scranton, for 20 years. He worked as a boiler room operator for Scranton Steam Heat and Tobyhanna Army Depot.
He was appreciative of continued support from Jean Ann and her family, including his mother-in-law, Jennie Okrasinski, Owego, N.Y., and Frank, who died in 2007. He told frequent stories about his times and travels with Leo, better known as Piper, who died in 1990.
He considered many others to be family, including countless individuals in Florida, Pennsylvania and New York.
Dennis traveled every highway of life. He gained wisdom with every mile and passed on his observations to his friends and family. Dennis loved baseball and rooted for the Philadelphia Phillies. He was overjoyed upon learning he was going to become a great-grandfather.
His family would like to thank the medical professionals in Scranton and Florida, who cared for his condition.
He is survived by a son, Daniel and wife, Bridget Brady, Spring Brook Twp.; a daughter, Pamela Denniston and husband, Duane, Hudson, Fla.; a sister, Roxanne Mercia, Owego; a grandson, Michael Brennan, St. Simons Island, Ga.; a granddaughter, Kayla Brennan, Seminole, Fla.; nieces, Jeanette and Noreen; beloved nephews, Eric, Steve, Doug and Trent; companion, Patricia Kinney; and best friends, Dan and Johnny Roe, Holiday, who were devoted to him in his final years.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Nicholas Mitsakos and Stephen Mercia; and sisters, Sally Douris and Mary Lynch.
Services will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the
Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 2, 2014