John ""Jack"" J. Lavelle Sr., 82, of Avoca, passed away peacefully on Thursday evening at Wesley Village, Jenkins Township, where he had been a guest for a short time.
Born in Avoca on May 30, 1930, he was a son of the late John A. and Mary (Murray) Lavelle.
Jack graduated from the Avoca High School and joined the U.S. Navy, proudly serving six years during the Korean War. He was a member of the former St. Mary's Church, Avoca, and a current member of Queen of the Apostles, Avoca.
He worked for the Trane Co., Dunmore, for more than 38 years. Jack was a longtime member of the Avoca Jolly Boys. He also was a member of the American Legion Post No. 607 and the VFW Post No. 8335, both of Avoca.
In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by a son, John J. Lavelle Jr.; sister, Marie Wasnowic; and two brothers, William and Jospeh Lavelle.
Jack is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Ruth (McGraw) Lavelle; daughter, Mary Claire ""Missy"" Long and her husband, Gary, Drums; son, Martin Lavelle and his companion, Janet Zborovian, Avoca; two grandchildren, Melissa Szumski and her husband, Brian, and Leah Lavelle; great-grandson, Max Szumski; and several nieces and nephews.
The family thanks Dr. Martin Moran, his staff and the staff at Wesley Village for the excellent care provided to Jack.
Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Kniffen O'Malley Funeral Home Inc., 728 Main St., Avoca. Funeral services will be held on Monday at 9 a.m. at the funeral home, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Apostles Church, 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca. Father Phillip J. Sladicka will officiate. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Avoca.
Online condolences are available at www.bestlifetributes.com.
Kniffen O'Malley Leffler Funeral and Cremation Services, INC.
728 Main Street
Avoca, PA 18641
Published in Times Leader on Mar. 8, 2013