Edward Dolecki

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Edward R. Dolecki, 90, of Forty Fort, passed away peacefully on Sunday afternoon, March 17, 2013, at his home.

His beloved wife was the late Josephine (Stesney) Dolecki, who passed away on March 20, 1996. Together, Edward and Josephine shared 49 years of marriage.

Born on March 8, 1923, in Edwardsville, Edward was a son of the late Andrew and Mary (Dubiel) Dolecki.

Raised in Edwardsville, Edward was a graduate of the former Edwardsville High School. Following high school, he went on to further his education at the former Wilkes-Barre Business College.

A U.S. Army veteran, Edward honorably served his country for more than three years during World War II. He was commissioned to serve as a first lieutenant on the staff of Gen. MacArthur in the Pacific Theater of Operations. Edward was decorated with the Asiatic Pacific Ribbon with three Bronze Stars, the Distinguished Unit Citation, the Philippine Liberation Medal, the American Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged from active service on Feb. 24, 1946.

During his time in the military, Edward continued to further his education at Louisiana State University.

For many years, Edward was employed by Sordoni Construction Co., Swoyersville, where he installed and operated data processing equipment. Later, he was transferred to Commonwealth Telephone Co., where he installed and developed its first computer operation, eventually retiring from there.

Edward was a faithful Catholic and longtime member of the former St. Mary of Czestochowa Church, Swoyersville, where he served as a lector and extraordinary minister of the Eucharist. Upon the closing of his church, he became a member of St. Barbara's Parish, Exeter.

An avid golfer, Edward was a member of the Wyoming Valley Country Club, Hanover Township.

In addition to his parents, Andrew and Mary Dolecki, and his wife, Josephine, Edward was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph Dolecki, and his sister Florence Dolecki.

Edward is survived by his son, Edward P. Dolecki, and his wife, Ann, Cinnaminson, N.J.; his daughter, Denise Elder, and her husband, Andy, of Norwich, N.Y.; his grandchildren, Edward P. Dolecki Jr., Annie Manfra, Jennifer Elder and Stephanie Elder; his sister Helen Krosofski, of Swoyersville; his dear friend, June Quinnan.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, which will be conducted Thursday at 9:30 a.m. from the Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Barbara's Parish, St. Cecelia's Church, 1700 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, with the Very Reverend Phillip Massetti, O.S.J., his pastor, officiating. Interment with the Rite of Committal will follow in Mount Olivet Roman Catholic Cemetery, Carverton. Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

For additional information or to send the family of Mr. Edward R. Dolecki an online message of condolence, visit the funeral home website, In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made in Edward's memory to a .
Published in Times Leader on Mar. 20, 2013
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