Stanley J. Daniels Jr., beloved and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Bear Creek Boulevard, Plains Township, passed into eternal life Tuesday evening, March 5, 2013, at his residence in the company of his loving family.
Born Oct. 8, 1925 in Edwardsville, he was a son of the late Stanley J. and Susan (Strutko) Daniels Sr. He was educated in the Edwardsville schools. Following his education, Mr. Daniels proudly served our country with the U.S. Navy during World War II as a carpenter's mate, second class, later earning the rank of captain upon his honorable discharge from military service on March 22, 1946.
Until his retirement, he was employed as a building inspector for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of General Services. Previously, he was employed as a general contractor, serving many areas of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Mr. Daniels was a member of St. Andre Bessette Parish in northeast Wilkes-Barre. He was also a founding member and past commander of the Catholic War Vets, Post 752, Captain of the Edwardsville Auxiliary Police, Captain of the Civil Defense on the West Side of the Wyoming Valley, assisting during the devastation of the Agnes Flood of 1972, and is remembered by family and friends for his gardening skills and his civic-mindedness to his hometown of Edwardsville.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, the former Alice M. Sulzinski, on April 28, 2009.
Surviving are his children, Stanley J. Daniels III, at home, and his fiancee, Karen Fetterolf, Wilkes-Barre; daughters, Alice Stofko and her husband, Albert, Clarks Summit, and Mary Jean Mentyka and her husband, Robert, State College; 11 grandchildren; sisters, Margaret Mickey and Eleanor Baron, both of New Cumberland; Dorothy Kusminski, Maryland; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mr. Daniels will be conducted on Saturday at 9 a.m. from the North Wilkes-Barre location of the John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes Inc., 625 N. Main St., followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the St. Stanislaus Kostka worship site of St. Andre Bessette Parish, 663 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, with the Rev. Father Kenneth M. Seegar, pastor, officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery, 1594 S. Main St., Hanover Township. Relatives and friends may join his family for visitation and remembrances Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of floral tributes, it is requested that memorial contributions be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, or to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 6062, Albert Lea, MN 56007-6662.
To send the family online words of comfort, friendship and support during this time, please visit the funeral home's website at www.johnvmorrisfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Times Leader on Mar. 7, 2013