SWOYERSVILLE — Richard F. Levenoskie, 82, a resident of Swoyersville, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, April 30, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. His devoted wife is Frances Marie (Gorrick) Levenoskie. Richard and Frances Marie fell in love at first sight and were looking forward to celebrating their 59th wedding anniversary on May 30.
Born on April 17, 1932, in Pittston, Richard was a son of the late Anthony and Julia (Petcavage) Levenoskie.
Richard was a graduate of the former Pittston High School, class of 1951. After high school, he went on to further his education at Williamsport Technical Institute, where he studied sign design.
For 60 years, Richard was the owner and operator of R. Levenoskie Signs in Swoyersville. Richard was a hard worker who truly loved his profession. Before computer technology, he was one of the first of very few sign makers who had the unique ability to free-hand the lettering on signs.
A man of faith, Richard was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Parish, Swoyersville.
Richard was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Assumpta Council 3987, Luzerne, where he served as past Grand Knight. He was a 4th Degree member of the Our Lady of Czestochowa, Assembly 1928, Luzerne.
Richard was a member of Fox Hill Country Club, Exeter, where he enjoyed golfing. He had the distinct honor of hitting a hole-in-one shot at Fox Hill.
An avid sports enthusiast, Richard was a great fan of the New York Yankees, the New York Giants and the Boston Celtics.
Richard possessed great love and commitment for his wife, children, grandchildren and extended family. Richard and Frances Marie always made sure that whenever they did something, they included their whole family. Though his presence will be deeply missed, his spirit will continue to live on in the hearts of his loved ones.
In addition to his parents, Anthony and Julia Levenoskie, Richard was preceded in death by his sister, Jane Scargle.
In addition to his wife, Frances Marie, Richard is survived by his children, Cheryl (Kevin) Erdman, South Bend, Indiana; Rick (Amy) Levenoskie, Point Pleasant, New Jersey; Lisa (Matt) Campbell, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia; David (Tammi) Levenoskie, Mountain Top; his grandchildren, Amy, Nicholas and Megan Erdman; Jayden Levenoskie; Jacob, Darby and Kerry Campbell, and Karissa Levenoskie; his step-grandchildren, Dalton and Darian Healy, and Frank Palermo; his cousin, confidant, employee and right-hand man, John Mercincavage; his nieces and nephews.
The family extends their sincere thanks to the nurses and staff of Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Wilkes-Barre, and Little Flower Manor, Wilkes-Barre, for the compassionate care they bestowed upon Richard during his time of need.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral which will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. Saturday from the Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 1 p.m. in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 116 Hughes St., Swoyersville, with the Rev. Joseph J. Pisaneschi, his pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Cemetery, Duryea. Family and friends are invited to call 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The Knights of Columbus, Assumpta Council 3987, will recite the Rosary at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
For additional information or to send the Levenoskie family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home's website at www.wroblewskifuneralhome.com.
Contributions may be made in Richard's memory to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 116 Hughes St., Swoyersville, PA 18704.