Joan Marie Etzel

Joan Marie Etzel, 81, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2013, at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

She was born in Scranton on May 24, 1932, a daughter of the late John and Martha Welenz Malakin. Joan was formerly employed as a payroll clerk at the American Cigar Co. in Mountain Top. She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wilkes-Barre and was formerly active with the Cub Scouts, serving as a den mother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick W. Etzel Jr., in 1975.

Surviving are her son, Frederick W. Etzel III, Wilkes-Barre; brothers, John Malakin, Harrisburg, Robert Malakin, Wilkes-Barre, Paul Malakin, Owego, N.Y.; niece, Karen Mullen; and nephews, David, Sean and Scott Malakin.

Funeral services 11 a.m. Friday from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre. The Rev. Peter Kuritz, pastor of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, will officiate. Interment will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call 10 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.

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Funeral Home

Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home
89 Park Ave Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
(570) 825-3138

Published in Times Leader on July 3, 2013