On Sunday, May 12, the Good Lord took our dad's hand from ours and re-united it with his loving wife of 62 years, the former Dorothy Friedman, our mom … a woman of whom he was forever faithful to and anxious to be with once again.
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Andrew was an honest, hard-working, generous and sincere man. He frequently went out of his way to lend a helping hand to so many people who entered his life. He was very well known and respected by many. Andrew was known to entertain often with his accordion and his harmonica in many social settings. He will be missed immensely by his family and those who knew and loved him.
Born Oct. 30, 1923 in North Braddock, Pa., he was a son of the late Michael S. and Elizabeth (Chovancek) Chuba. He was educated in the local schools, graduating from the James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre. Until his retirement, he was employed as a postal clerk for the U.S. Post Office, in Wilkes-Barre.
He proudly served our country during the Second World War with the U.S. Navy as a Motor Machinist's Mate Third Class and was honorably discharged in February of 1946 from active service.
He held membership in several fraternal organizations including the Brookside American Legion Post 837 of Wilkes-Barre and the Slovak Heritage Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania, to name a few. He previously attended the former Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, North Wilkes-Barre. Recently, he held membership in Holy Assumption of St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre.
In addition to his beloved wife, Dorothy, he was preceded in death by brothers, Emil and John Chuba.
Surviving are his children, Thomas and his wife, Laura, of Dauphin, Pa.; Mary Ann Krapsho and her husband, Tom; Andrea Kealey and her husband, Jay, all of Harrisburg, and Michele Banaszek of Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren, Laura Krapsho, Kelly (Krapsho) Griffin, Michael Chuba, Cheryl Chuba, Elizabeth Kealey, Zachary Banaszek and Jason Banaszek; great-granddaughter, Natalie Griffin; sisters, Cecelia Koneski of Ashley and Helen Troiani of New Jersey; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services with Panachida will be conducted on Thursday at 9 a.m. from the North Wilkes-Barre location of the John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes, Inc., 625 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, followed by Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Assumption of St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, 695 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. The Very Rev. James G. Hayer, his pastor, will serve as celebrant. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Cemetery, Dorchester Drive, Dallas, where full military honors will be accorded.
Relatives and friends may call on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be a Parastas service conducted Wednesday at 4 p.m. with Father Hayer officiating.
To send Andrew's children and family online words of comfort, support and friendship, please visit our family's website at www.JohnVMorrisFuneralHomes.com.
Published in Times Leader on May 14, 2013