Allan S. Karaffa, 55, of Scranton, died Saturday morning at Regional Hospital of Scranton following a two-year courageous battle against colon cancer. He is survived by his wife, the former Susan Evans.
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Born and raised in Jenkins Twp., he was the son of Andrew and Mildred Karaffa, Wilkes-Barre. He was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish, Holy Rosary Church, Scranton. He was a graduate of Pittston Area High School, class of 1976. He was employed as a business systems analyst for the U.S. Postal Service.
Also surviving are a son, Allan Karaffa and fiancée, Danielle Haas; a daughter, Tina Karaffa; Shoaib Tajak and Stephon Burgette, both of whom he considered as his sons; a sister, Carol Healey and husband, Thomas, Hamburg; a brother, Andrew and Sue Moyer, Reading; a brother, Ronald and wife, Mary Rose, Wilkes-Barre; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends.
Allan was a die-hard Washington Redskins and Pittsburgh Pirates fan. He recently developed a fondness for the Philadelphia Eagles. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, son and friend to all who knew him. He coached his children's Little League teams, softball teams and basketball teams. The greatest years of Allan's life were spent coaching the North Scranton Vikings and Scranton Knights' football teams and attending all athletic events for his children during their high school and college athletic careers. One of his greatest joys was being instrumental in leading the Scranton Knights to an undefeated 2003 season.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Dr. Manahan, Dr. Liptock, and Dr. J. Bannon and the nursing staff at Regional Hospital of Scranton for their outstanding care and support shown to Allan and his family during a very difficult time.
The funeral will be Wednesday from the Edward Knight O'Donnell Funeral Home, 323 William St., Scranton, with funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Rosary Church, 320 William St., Scranton.
Friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Those attending the funeral are asked to proceed directly to the church on Wednesday. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mary, Mother of God Parish.
Edward Knight O'Donnell Funeral Home
323 William St Scranton, PA 18508
Published in Scranton Times on Sept. 2, 2013