James G. Dorko, of Southampton, Pa., died peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Abington Hospice at Warminster, with his family by his side. He was 79. He was the beloved husband of the late Marie Fetzer Dorko.
Born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Frank A. and Marion S. Papson Dorko.
Mr. Dorko was a resident of Southampton since 1966. He attended GAR Memorial High School in Wilkes-Barre, graduating in 1952. He continued his education at Kutztown State College where he received his bachelor's degree in elementary education, class of 1963, and went on to obtain his master's degree in administration from Temple University, class of 1969.
He was a proud U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean War. His professional career spanned from 1960 to 1997 as a teacher and curriculum specialist in the Abington School District.
In his leisure time, he enjoyed woodcarving, playing billiards on Wednesday nights with his "pool group," getting together with his high school friends and looking for bargains at garage sales. He loved using the gifts, talents and things he had to make other people happy. Jim was always accepting, generous and kind. He will be sadly missed as a devoted father, grandfather, brother, uncle, brother-in-law and friend.
He is survived by his two children, Denise Mahoney and her husband, William E. Jr., Abington, and James G. Dorko and his wife, Diane, Perkasie; and his sister, Dolores Woychik, Wilkes-Barre. He is also survived by his two beloved grandsons, William and Patrick Mahoney.
Relatives and friends are invited to call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Joseph A. Fluehr III Funeral Home, 800 Newtown-Richboro Road (at Holland Road), Richboro, and to attend his funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday in Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Church, 1325 Upper State Road, North Wales. Interment will take place at St. John Neumann Cemetery, Chalfont.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Abington Hospice at Warminster, 225 Newtown Road, Warminster, PA 18974.
For more information, visit www.fluehr.com.