Rev. Edward M. Masakowski died on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
Father Masakowski, a son of the late John T. and Stasia Gorney Masakowski, was born in Nanticoke on Aug. 10, 1932. He received his early education at Most Holy Trinity School, Nanticoke, and graduated from Marymount High School, Wilkes-Barre.
Father graduated from St. Mary's College, Orchard Lake, Mich., with an A.B. on June 7, 1953. He completed his studies for the priesthood at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Seminary, Orchard Lake.
He was ordained to the priesthood on June 15, 1957, in St. Peter's Cathedral, Scranton, by the Most Rev. Jerome D. Hannan, D.D., the late Bishop of Scranton.
Father Masakowski was assigned to his summer assignment at St. Julianna's, Rock Lake, Pa., and then as an assistant pastor of Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Wilkes-Barre, on Oct. 11, 1957. He also served as assistant pastor of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Dickson City; Sacred Heart, Dupont; Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary, Jermyn; and Ss. Peter and Paul, Plains Township.
Father was named administrator of St. Pius X, Harding, on Jan. 21, 1975, and received his first pastorate at St. Rita's, Gouldsboro, on Sept. 2, 1975. Father Masakowski was also pastor of St. Adalbert's, Glen Lyon; St. Denis, Glen Lyon; and St. Michael's Glen Lyon.
On Sept. 3, 1997, he was named pastor of St. Mark's, Inkerman, where he remained until his retirement and appointment as Pastor Emeritus on Sept. 1, 2008, after 51 years of service to the Diocese of Scranton.
He was preceded in death by brothers Monsignor John, Albin, Frank and Joseph Masakowski.
He is survived by brothers Michael and Daniel; sisters, Ladisla Kowalski, Sabina Pietrasko and Joan Jackson; and several nieces and nephews.
Viewing will take place at St. Maria Goretti Church, 42 Redwood Drive, Laflin, from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Solemn vespers will be celebrated at St. Maria Goretti, Laflin, at 7 p.m., with the Rev. Thomas M. Muldowney, Vicar General of the Diocese, presiding. A Pontifical Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday by the Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, at St. Maria Goretti Church, Laflin. Viewing will take place prior to the Mass. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton.
Arrangements provided by the George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 105 N. Main St., Ashley.
George A Strish Inc Funeral Home
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Published in Times Leader on Sept. 20, 2013