Anthony "Tony" Karuzie

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Anthony "Tony" Karuzie, 76, of Avoca, passed away Saturday March 23rd, at the VA Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre. He was born in Avoca April 8th, 1936 and was the son of the late Anthony and Sophie (Kalander) Karuzie.

Anthony was a member of Queen Of the Apostles Parish, Avoca. He was a 1954 graduate of Avoca High School. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was part of the 82nd Airborne Division, and also U.S. Army Special Forces. After his time of service, Anthony enrolled and graduated from Wilkes University. Tony worked many years as an operations manager for the Ingersoll Rand Co.

Many refer to Tony as "Mr. Walleye," since fishing was his greatest passion. Over the years he had accumulated many top awards in the sport of freshwater fishing. He was a member of the VFW Post 8335, Avoca, and the American Legion Post 607, Avoca.

Tony is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, the former Shirley Lovenduski Karuzie; his sister, Midge Melucci, of Avoca, and brothers, Leonard, of Old Forge, and Robert, of Avoca, and his niece Jeanine Wanalista, who along with his wife, Shirley, helped care for Tony during his ill health, and also several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 27, at 9 a.m. from Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at Queen of The Apostles Parish, Avoca, with Fr. Phillip Sladicka officiating. Friends may call Tuesday, March 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. Interment will be held at Ss. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Avoca. The AMVETS Honor Guard of Dupont will provide military honors.

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Published in Times Leader on Mar. 25, 2013
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