WYOMING — Leonard J. Zavada, 87, of Wyoming, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, in the Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Dallas.
Born in Wyoming, he was a son of the late John and Helen (Warganin) Zavada. He was a graduate of the Wyoming Memorial High School, class of 1944, and a 1950 graduate of King's College, being part of the first graduating class. He also received his master's degree in secondary education and guidance counseling from the University of Scranton.
Leonard's passion was the U.S. Navy and on March 17, 1944, while a senior in high school, he enlisted to serve during World War II. He was later recalled to active duty during the Korean Conflict. He retired in 1986 as a U.S. Navy captain with more than 42 years of service to his country.
Leonard was employed for many years as an office supervisor by John Hancock Life Insurance in both the Wilkes-Barre and Dupont offices. He retired in 1985.
Leonard was very civic-minded and was involved with numerous organizations. He was a regular at the monthly meetings of the Wyoming Borough Council. For many years Mr. Zavada served on the Wyoming High School Board, where he was elected chairman. In addition, he was former treasurer of Wyoming Borough.
Leonard was immersed in Slovak culture. He was a member of the former St. John The Baptist Roman Catholic Slovak Church of Pittston and a past president of the Holy Name Society. He was also president of the Slovak League of America, Branch 474, was elected "Slovak Man of the Year," was active in the first Catholic Slovak Union and was past branch president of branches 005 and 105.
He was a member of Kingston VFW Post 283, Wyoming VFW Post 396 and the DAV. He was a life member of the Wyoming Hose Co. No. 2 and past vice president of Sampson WWII Navy Veterans. He was active in the King's College annual phonathon and was a past chairman.
Preceding him in death was an infant brother, Bernard Zavada; brother, William Zavada; and a sister, Theresa Wassil.
Surviving are his wife of 63 years, the former Norma E. Pellegrini; and children, Raymond Zavada and his wife, Corinne, Forty Fort; Colleen Mattey and her husband, Jerome, Swoyersville; Lynne Mylet, Forty Fort; grandchildren, Danielle Grella, Erika Zavada, Jeffrey Mylet, Amanda Zavada, Audrey Zavada; brother, Paul Zavada, Ashley; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Monday from the Metcalfe-Shaver-Kopcza Funeral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston. Interment will be in St John the Baptist Slovak Cemetery, Exeter. Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lewy Body Association Inc., 912 Killian Hill Road SW, Lilburn, GA 30047; or Care & Concern Ministries of St. John the Evangelist Parish, 35 William St., Pittston, PA 18640.