Alexander M. Kalinowski, 94, wonderful and loving husband and father, of Meade Street, Nanticoke, passed away Tuesday evening, July 9, 2013, with his family at his side at Commonwealth Hospice at St. Luke's Villa, Wilkes-Barre. He had been a patient there since July 3, 2013.
Born Sept. 26, 1918, in Shickshinny, he was a son of the late Alexander and Mary Roszkowski Kalinowski. He was raised in Mocanaqua and was a graduate of the former Shickshinny High School, class of 1938.
After high school he worked at Brickford's Restaurant in New York City before entering the U.S. Navy
during World War II. He served in the South Pacific and attained the rank of motor machinist's mate, second class.
Following his military service, he worked at American Car and Foundry in Berwick. He was last employed by Procter & Gamble, Mehoopany, for 15 years, retiring in 1984.
In April 1950, Al met the love of his life, Caterina Aloisantonio, at the Moose Club
in Nanticoke. They were married on Oct. 13, 1951, and celebrated 61 wonderful years together. For more than 25 years, Al and Caterina spent their winters in Cocoa Beach and Cocoa, Fla., until 2011.
Al was a member of St. Faustina Kowalska Parish, Nanticoke, and formerly St. Francis of Assisi Church, prior to its closing. He was an honorary member of Bishop William J. Hafey Assembly, 4th degree Knights of Columbus.
He enjoyed listening to music and was a member of the Big Band Society. He enjoyed working in his garden, watching the news, dancing, especially Polkas, was an avid Penn State football fan and enjoyed golfing.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Sophie Caporaletti; brothers Anthony Kalinoski, Ignatius Kalinowski and Joseph Kalinowski, who was killed in action off the coast of Italy during World War II; and a niece, Marie Kalinoski Morris.
Surviving are his wife, Caterina; daughter, Donna Kalinowski, Pittston; brother John Kropiewnicki and his wife, Irene, Bloomsburg; nieces, Carol Kalinoski Bennett and her husband, John, Virginia; Mary Kropiewnicki, Orangeville; and Cathleen Kropiewnicki, Bloomsburg; nephews, John Kropiewnicki and his wife, Gloria, New Jersey; Paul Kropiewnicki, Bloomsburg; and Joseph Kropiewnicki and his wife, Amanda, Florida; several great-nieces and great-nephews.
The family extends their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Hospice of the Sacred Heart and Commonwealth Hospice Inpatient Unit for their compassionate care and kindness.
Private viewing and services will be held with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Faustina Kowalska Parish, St. Mary of Czestochowa Church, Nanticoke. Entombment will follow in Mary Mother of God Mausoleum at St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.
If desired, in lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions in Al's memory be made to the
, 57 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.
Arrangements are by Davis-Dinelli Funeral Home, 170 E. Broad St., Nanticoke.