Steve Safko, 96, of Jessup, died Thursday morning at home following an illness. He was married for 64 years to the former Mary Homentosky, who died in 2010.
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Born in Jessup, he was the son of the late John and Anna Filakovsky Safko. He attended Jessup schools and was a veteran of the Army Air Corps; he served during World War II. Before his retirement, he was employed by Keystone Pavement Co. as a truck driver. He was a lifelong resident of Jessup and a member of Holy Ghost Byzantine Church, Jessup.
He was the ultimate handyman and could fix anything. He was always willing and able to help his neighbors and recycled things many years before it became popular.
The family would like to express its gratitude to the staff of Heartland Hospice and to his niece, Cheri, for the compassionate care given to Steve during his illness.
Surviving are a son, Michael and wife, Karen, Moosic Lakes; a grandson, Michael and wife, April, Little Falls, N.J.; a granddaughter, Katrina Heckman and husband, Dave, Moosic Lakes; a great-grandson, Rhys; a brother, Andrew Safko, Peckville; two sisters, Josephine Safko and Ethel Bocan, both of Jessup; nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by brothers George, John, Joseph and Nicholas; and sisters Ann Safko, Mary Thomas, Margaret Sepinsky and Betty Kulick.
The funeral will be Saturday from the Louis M. Margotta Funeral Home, 511 Church St., Jessup, with Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Ghost Church, Jessup. Interment will take place at the parish cemetery. Friends may call from 8 to 9 on Saturday.
For directions or online condolences, visit www.mar gottafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 21, 2012