WEST PITTSTON — John J. Schultz, 79, of West Pittston, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at home after losing a long and courageous battle against a rare and incurable lung and heart disease.
Born in Exeter on Aug. 7, 1934, he was a son of the late Jonas and Anna Mikolaitis Salcius Schultz.
John graduated from Exeter High School, class of 1953, and from Wilkes College, class of 1957. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and was assigned to the Army Security Agency, where he honorably served our country during the long and tense Cold War years.
John was a career federal employee with more than 40 years of service. He worked mostly in Social Security offices in Scranton, Pottsville, Hazleton, Wilkes-Barre and Pittston, from where he retired when that office closed in September 1997. He was a helpful and compassionate man who assisted many claimants in the processing of their federal black lung and Social Security disability claims.
John enjoyed all of nature as witnessed by his spending much of his time in his small plot garden. It was in 2009 that he won first prize in the small-garden category in a contest sponsored by the West Pittston Library. His garden had something blooming from March to November and featured more than 70 different trees, shrubs, vines, plants, statues and a full water garden.
John was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston, and formerly of St. Casimir's Church until it closed.
His wife, the former Marion T. Lukasavage, to whom he had been married for 41 years, passed away in November 2007. Also preceding him in death were an infant brother, Andrew; sisters, Josephine Schultz Grudkowski and her husband, Alex, and Ruth Schultz Bernardoni and her husband, Ermete.
John is survived by his daughter, Brenda; son, Robert, and his wife, Valerie; and grandon, Evin.
The family is grateful and expresses a heartfelt thanks to the entire team at Erwine Health and Hospice for their help and compassion, especially Eli, who helped us through this difficult time.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday from the Kizis-Lokuta Funeral Home, 134 Church St., Pittston. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church, William Street, Pittston. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Friends and family may call 9:30 a.m. until the time of service Friday at the funeral home.