The Rev. Nicholas Albanese, 88, of Wind Gap, Pa., passed to a better life on Saturday evening. He died peacefully in his home with his loved ones by his side.
He was born in Bethlehem on May 9, 1924, to parents James (Vincenzo) and Clara (Carmela) Compitello Albanese. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Angie (De Nardo); children, Joanne Pados and husband, John, of Pen Argyl; and Nicholas of Worcester, Mass.; grandchildren, Joshua, Madison and Mason Pados; brothers, Archie, Eugene, and LeRoy, all of Wind Gap; sisters, Jeanette Andrew of Wind Gap; and Norma Manento of Pen Argyl; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Father Nick was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ernest and Roger; and sister, Theresa Purvis.
Father Nick is a beloved member of the community. He served in the Navy during World War II and was a member of the American Legion in Wind Gap. He graduated from Pen Argyl High School, class of 1941, the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., with a BA in History, class of 1960; and a Master of Divinity degree from the Sewanee School of Theology class of 1963. His ministry lasted 48 years, including three years of missionary work in Central America. His service includes parishes in the Scranton, Pa., area, and Laurel, Del., and for 12 years, he was the priest of St. Joseph's Episcopal Church in West Bangor and St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Wind Gap, his home parish. He worked tirelessly to create and promote local outreach programs, including a food bank for the poor which operated out of St. Joseph's Church. He was a member of Forest City Lodge 439 F&AM, a member of the Society of St. Francis, and has been honored by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 22 years of distinguished service as Chaplain for the Episcopal Apartments of the Slate Belt, of which he also served on the board of directors.
Throughout his life and ministry, Father Nick has touched the lives of hundreds of people through his compassion, kindness, guidance, and service to God and humanity.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 340 N. Lehigh Ave., Wind Gap, Pa. There will be viewing hours Thursday, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Guerro & Ruggiero Funeral Home, ruggierofuneralhome.com, 126 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Pen Argyl. Interment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, West Bangor.
Memorial donations may be offered to St. Mary's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 365, Wind Gap, PA 18091 or to St. Joseph's Episcopal Church, 1440 Verona Drive, Pen Argyl, PA 18072.
Published in Scranton Times on Nov. 13, 2012