KINGSTON — Edmund "Chick" Witkoski, 92, was peacefully and lovingly welcomed into the arms of God on Sunday, March 23, 2014.
Formerly of East Hartford Street, Ashley, and Zerby Avenue, Kingston, he was born in Plymouth on Sept. 18, 1921, and was the son of the late Benjamin and Amelia Witkoski.
Chick was a graduate of Plymouth High School and was an All Scholastic quarterback for the football team. He still holds the record for the longest run/return from punt formation. In 2012, he was honored by being inducted into Luzerne County's Sports Hall of Fame for this accomplishment.
He was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of World War II, serving from July 1942 to January 1946, attaining the rank of corporal. He was quarterback for the Jacksonville, Miss., Air Force football team.
Chick was the owner and operator of Witkoski Grocery Store, Plymouth, famous for its homemade kielbaski.
Chick was a member of All Saints Parish, Plymouth, and its Holy Name Society, where he served as past president. He was a member of the Friendship Club and the Holy Trinity Seniors Club and was well known as their favorite bingo caller. He was also a member of St. Leo's/Holy Rosary Church, Ashley, and a member of its Altar and Rosary Society.
He was a Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus member of the Assumpta Council 3987 and the Czestochowa Knights of Columbus Council 1928. He was also a member of the Men's Retreat League for more than 50 years.
He enjoyed bowling and polka dancing with his wife. The two were regulars on Channel 44's "Polka Party."
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth Mallis Witkoski; sisters, Florence and Anga; brothers, Robert and Benjamin.
Surviving are his loving wife of 27 years, the former Susan Krupa Kopiczak Witkoski; daughters, Suzanne Smith and her husband, William; Margaret Gushka and her husband, Bob; Theresa Flood and her husband, George; grandchildren, Jennifer and Stephen Smith, Adrianne Paley, Matthew Gushka, Elizabeth and Brian Flood; great-grandchildren, Ellie and James Paley, and Alexis and William Smith; sisters, Rita Chervenski and Lucille Teno; numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday from the George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 105 N. Main St., Ashley. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. in All Saints Parish, Willow Street, Plymouth. Interment with military honors will follow in St. Stephen's Cemetery, Lehman Township. Family and friends may call 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 9:30 a.m. until the time of services Friday at the funeral home. The Altar and Rosary Society will recite the rosary at 4 p.m. Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Chick's name to a