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.
Permanent messages and memories can be shared with Tom's family at www.celebratehislife.com.