Jerome (Jerry) Kutney, 74, of Mountain Top, formerly of Wilkes-Barre and Forty Fort, passed away Saturday morning at Little Flower Manor after a lengthy illness.
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The youngest son of Stephen and Mary Sorokas Kutney, he was a member of the 1957 graduating class of GAR Memorial High School. He furthered his education at West Side Area Vocational School. In 2000, he retired from Ashley Machine and Tool Co. in West Wyoming, where he worked most of his life.
Jerry was always interested in sports. In high school he lettered in football, baseball and wrestling. After high school he coached Heights Little League and Heights Teener League teams. He went on to become a PIAA football and basketball official. An avid Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Notre Dame and Pittsburg Steelers fan, Jerry always looked forward to watching his favorite teams play with his grandson, Jared.
Jerry was a member of St. Jude's Roman Catholic Church in Mountain Top as well as a Forth Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus Assembly 1928 in Luzerne.
In addition to his parents, Stephen and Mary Sorokas Kutney, he was preceded in death by his brother Steven, a paratrooper who was killed in Italy in World War II, and Richard, who died in 1999. He was also preceded in death by his wifes's parents, Joseph and Peggy Zelinske, with whom he was very close.
Jerry is survived by his best friend and wife of 52 years, the former Peggy Jean Zelinske. Together they had two wonderful children, Karen Sabol of Forty Fort, and Steven Kutney and his partner, Tom Shaffer, of Dennison Township in Mountain Top. He whole-heartedly loved his children and grandchildren, Megan Sabol, Pharm.D., and her fiancé, David Graver, Pharm.D., of Laurys Station, Pa., and Jared Sabol and his girlfriend, Raina Connor, of Fayetteville, Ariz. He is also survived by his brother Albert and his wife, Dolores, of Wellington, Fla., along with several nieces and nephews.
Family was the center of the Jerry's life and he cherished every moment he spent with them. He will forever be remembered as a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
Funeral services will be held at 8:3 a.m. Tuesday at the Jendrzejewski Funeral Home, 21 N. Meade St., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. in Little Flower Manor, 200 S. Meade St., Wilkes-Barre. The Rev. Richard Ghezzi will be celebrant. Entombment will be in St. Mary's Mausoleum, Hanover Township. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mountain Top Community Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 63, Mountain Top, PA 18707-0063 or Medical Oncology Prescription Fund, 382 Pierce St., Kingston, PA 18704.
Published in Times Leader from June 23 to June 25, 2013