JENKINS TWP. — Alvin H. Sands, former long-time resident of College Street, Nanticoke, passed away Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Wesley Village, Jenkins Township.
Born on Oct. 19, 1920, he was raised and lived in Nanticoke most of his life. He more recently lived in Edwardsville before entering Wesley Village.
He was a graduate of Hanover Memorial High School and served during World War II with the U.S. Army's 374th general hospital as a surgical technician. During his service he served in the Western Pacific and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater service award, the Asiatic-Pacific service award and World War II victory medal. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 11, 1945, and attained the rank of tech sergeant.
In 1942 Alvin married Amelia Phillips in Lincoln, Nebraska. She passed away on Nov. 13, 1987, after 44 loving years of marriage.
Mr. Sands had been employed in the local garment industry for many years and managed Lazar Manufacturing, Hanover Township. At the time of his retirement he was employed at United Pants, Swoyersville.
Alvin was an active member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nanticoke, where he had served on church council and as secretary, as well as Sunday school superintendent for many years. While residing in Edwardsville he attended Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Kingston.
He was a member of Nanticoke Lodge No. 332, Free and Accepted Masons, American Legion Post No. 350, Nanticoke, and Nanticoke Senior Citizens.
In his spare time Alvin enjoyed creating leaded stained glass items and repairing clocks and watches.
In addition to his parents, Edward and Alice, and his wife, he was preceded in death by sisters, Mary Lazar and Irene Rediker.
Surviving are his sons, Robert Sands and his wife, Donna, Dallas, and Allen Sands and his wife, Carol, Shavertown; grandchildren, Kim Sands Tesone and her husband, Mark, Corey Sands and his wife, Jessica, Jeff Sands and his wife, Suzanne, and Jill Sands Martin and her husband, Travis; great-grandchildren, Emma, Sophia, Lila and Lucas Sands and Elijah Martin; sisters, Dolores Maruca, Hamilton, New Jersey, and Gloria Yash, Plymouth Township; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Monday from Davis-Dinelli Funeral Home, 170 E. Broad St., Nanticoke, with services at 10:30 a.m. in St. John's Lutheran Church, 231 State St., Nanticoke. The Rev. Debra North will officiate. Interment will follow in Hanover Green Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. A masonic memorial service will be conducted at 7:45 p.m.
If desired, contributions in Mr. Sands' memory are suggested to St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 231 State St., Nanticoke, PA 18634.