Emil P. Howanitz M.D.

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Emil P. Howanitz, M.D., 93, of Kingston, passed away peacefully on April 29, 2013, at Wesley Village, Jenkins Township.

He was born the son of a coal miner in Glen Lyon on March 19, 1920, the youngest of nine children born to Valentine and Angela Keblish Howanitz. A graduate of Newport Township High School, he received a bachelor of science from the University of Scranton and a medical degree from Jefferson Medical College. He received his surgical training at Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia, and New York Medical College.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and practiced in the Wyoming Valley for 40 years. He was a surgeon's surgeon, practicing at Nesbitt Hospital, Mercy Hospital, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center and Wyoming Valley Hospital. Dr. Howanitz was a member of the Luzerne County Medical Society and Pennsylvania Medical Society.

All of his siblings preceded him in death: Anna Gorney, Mary Dill, Amelia Skordinski, Tillie Howanitz, Olga Sergott, Stella Howanitz, John Howanitz and Peter Howanitz.

Surviving are his wife of 69 years, Florence Schmick Howanitz; son, Dr. Paul Howanitz, and his wife, Patricia, Centerville, Ind.; daughters, Beth Chambliss and her husband, Kevin, Avondale, and Ann Pini and her husband, Guiseppe, Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren, Paul Howanitz, Lauren Howanitz, Shannon Janak, Andrew Chambliss, Michela Hannigan, Monique Aiello and Giancarlo Pini; three great-grandchildren.

The family expresses their sincere gratitude to the staff of Wesley Village, especially the nurses, aides and others of the South Wing for their kindness, compassion and exceptional care during the last few months of Dr. Howanitz's life.

Private funeral services were held with interment in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Donations in memory of Dr. Emil P. Howanitz may be made in support of Jefferson Medical College. Please make checks payable to Jefferson and mail to Jefferson Foundation, 925 Chestnut St., Suite 110, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Donations can also be made online at

Condolences can be sent to the family at
Published in Times Leader on May 3, 2013
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