John J. (Jack) Purvin

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Jan. 5, 2013

John J. (Jack) Purvin, 78, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather of Old Newport Street, Sheatown section of Newport Township, passed away peacefully Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 following a lengthy illness.

Born on July 21, 1934 in Nanticoke he was the son of the late John and Helen Kaczorek Purvin. He graduated from the former Harter High School, West Nanticoke. He resided in the Nanticoke area his entire life and in Sheatown for the past 51 years.

He was the owner of Apex Used Autos and Parts, West Nanticoke, his family's business which was established in the 1930s, retiring in 1996.

Jack had been a member of the Rotary Club of Nanticoke, serving as President in 1970-1971 and a member of the White Eagle Fishing Club at Lee. He mainly enjoyed time spent at home and will be remembered as an avid gardener and liked watching football.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, John, and a sister, Joan Schlack.

Surviving are his wife, the former Loretta Davis, with whom he celebrated 59 years of marriage on Dec. 18; a daughter, Debra Purvin, and companion Mark Thomas, Drums; sons John Purvin, Nanticoke, and Michael Purvin, Hanover Township; three grandchildren, one great-grandson; a sister, Arlene Krukowski, and her husband, Raymond, Nanticoke, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. from Davis-Dinelli Funeral Home, 170 E. Broad St., Nanticoke, with the Rev. James Nash, pastor of St. Faustina Kowalska Parish, Nanticoke, officiating.

Interment will follow in Nanticoke Cemetery.

Visitation will be today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank everyone at Guardian Elder Care for their love and care given to Jack.

Published in Times Leader on Jan. 7, 2013
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