Michael J. Tracy

Michael J. Tracy, 88, of Pittston, passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at home, surrounded by his family.

Born in Pittston on Feb. 14, 1925, he was a son of the late Michael A. and Jenny McQuillen Tracy.

He was a graduate of West Pittston High School and, as an 18-year old, went off to serve with the U.S. Army in World War II. He fought in France, Belgium and Germany.

He was a letter carrier for 35 years. He was beloved by his customers. For a number of years, a dog named Sheba would greet him at the start of his route and accompany him the whole day.

After retiring from the U.S. Postal Service, he gave generously of his time, volunteering at Hazleton Area's early-intervention centers for preschoolers with developmental delays over the span of 16 years.

He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Ned Tracy, in 1986; a daughter-in-law, Lorraine Button Tracy, in 1992; and a grandson, Max Tracy, in 1993. As the last surviving member of his family, he was also preceded by his brothers, John, Robert, Joseph and James Tracy; and sisters, Ellen Kile, Jane McCanna and Ann Higgins.

Surviving are his wife, Anne Keating Tracy. They would have celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary next month. Also surviving are daughter, Molly Tracy, Forty Fort; sons Michael Tracy and his wife, Dawn Timmeney, Chestnut Hill; Thomas Tracy and his wife, Karen, Jenkins Township; grandchildren, Eamon Tracy, Quinn Tracy, Ian Tracy, Colin Tracy and Oona Timmeney Tracy; numerous nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. John the Evangelist Church, William Street, Pittston. Those attending the funeral Mass are asked to go directly to the church Saturday morning. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittston.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Max and Lorraine Foundation, P.O. Box 8, Mountain Top, PA 18707; or to the Care and Concern Ministries, 35 William St., Pittston, PA 18640.

Online condolences may be made at www.peterjadoniziofuneralhome.com.

Published in Times Leader from June 12 to June 13, 2013