James A. Moran

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James A. Moran, 83, a resident of Mercy Center, Dallas, and formerly of Coal Street, Wilkes-Barre, died Tuesday in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
He was born in Wilkes-Barre on July 29, 1921, son of the late James A. and Beatrice (Manley) Moran. He was a graduate of Coughlin High School and attended Fordham University, where he was on the football team and played in the Sugar Bowl.
He then served as a sergeant with the Army Air Corps in World War II. Following the war, he graduated from West Virginia University, where he was on the football team and played in the Sun Bowl. He also received his master’s degree of Industrial Arts from Penn State University. He was employed for many years as a teacher at Hanover High School, where he also served as football coach. He also taught at Wilkes-Barre Area Vocational Technical School and coached football at King’s College and was the first football coach at Bishop Hoban High School. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church of the Immaculate Conception, South Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre.
He had been preceded in death by his wife, the former Ann D. Drugan, in 2003. He was also preceded in death by sisters, Beatrice Tanski and Marie Moran, and by a brother, Joseph Moran.
Surviving are son, James A. Moran and his wife, Mary Lou, Dallas; daughter, Mary VandeStouwe and her husband, Dr. Robert, of Columbia, SC; grandchildren, James C. Moran and his wife, Adrienne; Jennifer Moran and her fiancée, Mark Kerper; Lynn Ann VandeStouwe and Paul Andrew VandeStouwe; brothers, John Moran and Joseph Moran of Miners Mills; sister, Marie of Philadelphia; nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held Friday morning at 9 from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, Park Avenue and South Street, Wilkes-Barre, with a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church of the Immaculate Conception.
Entombment will be in St. Mary’s Mausoleum, Hanover Township.
Friends may call Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mercy Center, PO Box 369, Lake Street, Dallas, PA 18612.
Published in Times Leader on Feb. 1, 2005