George Hyduchak of Throop died Friday at Commonwealth Hospice. He is survived by his devoted wife and best friend, Barbara A. Greene Hyduchak. They celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary Jan. 10.
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Born in Taylor on May 6, 1941, the feast day of St. George, he was the son of the late George and Marie Gnall Hyduchak. George was a 1959 graduate of Taylor High School, where he excelled in football and baseball. He then enlisted to serve his country during the Vietnam War with the Air Force, and was stationed in Guam. He received his master's degree from the University of Scranton. For many years, George worked at Lackawanna County Vocational Technical School, and retired from Lackawanna Trail Junior/Senior High School as a guidance councilor. George was a lifelong parishioner of St. George's Orthodox Church, Taylor.
Throughout the years, he enjoyed the casinos, spending time with his grandchildren, traveling, especially to Fenway Park, bowling and going for an ice cream cone in his convertible to Montdale Dairy. Everyone who knew George will remember him as an avid Boston Red Sox fan.
Also surviving are two daughters, Denise Arnold and husband, Robert, Tucson, Ariz.; and Dee Ann Vida and husband, Chris, Clarks Summit; two sons, George and wife, Ann, Phoenix; and William, Olyphant; six grandchildren; a brother, William, Taylor; uncles, James Gnall, who was his partner in crime, and wife, Joan, Taylor; and Robert and Pat Gnall, Indianapolis; an aunt, Betty Gnall, Vestal, N.Y.; three special little friends, Nicholas, Logan and Christopher Tierney; and cousins.
The funeral will be Monday at 9:15 a.m. from the Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union St., Taylor, followed by services at 10 in St. George's Orthodox Church, 743 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor, by the Protopresbyter Mark Leasure. Interment, parish cemetery.
Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. George's Orthodox Church, icon project, 743 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor, PA 18517, or to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411.
Visit www.semiancares.com to share memories or extend condolences.
Semian Funeral Home
704 Union St Taylor, PA 18517
Published in Scranton Times on Mar. 22, 2014