Thomas J. Rooney

Thomas J. Rooney, 89, of Washington Square Apartments in Wilkes-Barre, died Tuesday at the Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center.

Born Nov. 25, 1923 in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late William J. and Mary Ellen Loughney Rooney. Tom was a graduate of St. Mary's High School. A proud U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II, Tom served in the Pacific Theater from 1942 to 1945.

Tom, his father and brother were partners in the operation of Rooney's Restaurant on West Market Street in Wilkes-Barre during the 1940s and 1950s. He later became a procurement officer for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point before retiring.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Mary Elizabeth; brother, William J. Rooney Jr.; and sisters Sr. M. Marie Rooney, I.H.M., and Sr. M. Wilma Rooney, I.H.M.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 67 years, the former Margaret Anne Whalen; sons, Bill Rooney, Bel Air, Md.; Thomas J. Jr. and his wife, Carol Rooney, Walden, N.Y.; Michael Rooney, Middletown, N.Y.; John Rooney, Green Valley, Calif.; Frank and his wife, Tracey Rooney, Fort Lauderdale; daughters, Nancy Ferris, Goshen, N.Y.; Patricia and her husband, Rick Galippo, Corona, Calif.; Jane and her husband, Patrick Barkley, Oakland Park, Fla.; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandson who adored their Pop-Pop; sister Peg Ronky, Reading; nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

Celebration of Tom's life will be held March 22 with a Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the Church of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, 130 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Hanover Township.

Memorial donations are preferred and may be made to the , 57 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.

Arrangements provided by McLaughlin's – The Family Funeral Service.

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Published in Times Leader on Mar. 15, 2013