Joseph R. Kelechawa, a life resident of Courtdale, passed away suddenly on Sunday, March 10, 2013 in the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township.
His wife of 55 years is Barbara Kuless Kelechawa.
He was born in Courtdale, the son of Stephen Kelechawa and Theresa Konnick Kelechawa. He was the last of the generation of nine children. Joseph was a graduate of Luzerne High School, the class of 1946. He was employed as a machinist for Eberhard-Faber Co. Mountain Top, and was a truck driver for Dolly Madison Ice Cream, Wilkes-Barre, and retired from ManorCare, Kingston. He was a faithful member of St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Catholic Church, Edwardsville. He loved being outdoors doing yard work and gardening.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, Barbara, are his daughter, Linda Kale, and husband Kenneth, Harveys Lake; and his granddaughter, Susan Thomas, Dallas.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. from the Edwards and Russin Funeral Home, 717 Main St., Edwardsville, and at 10:30 a.m. in St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Catholic Church, Zerbey Avenue, Edwardsville, with the Rev. Paul Wolensky, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, Dallas.
Family and friends may call Wednesday from 9 to 10 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Catholic Church, 70 Zerby Ave. Edwardsville, PA 18704.
His family gives special thanks to the staff of the ICU Unit at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.