Leonard S. Stigora, 92, of 75 Pine Valley Drive, Hunlock Creek and formerly of Nanticoke, passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon at home with his son and daughter-in-law at his side.
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Born on Sept. 26, 1920, in Nanticoke, he was a son of the late Stanley and Frances Nalepka Stigora. He resided in Nanticoke most of his life and was a graduate of Nanticoke High School, where he excelled in football. After high school he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps and worked briefly at American Car and Foundry in Berwick, before enlisting in the U.S. Coast Guard. During his service, he completed the Columbia University Pharmacy Service School and received the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal, Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal, American Area Campaign Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal and World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged on March 5, 1946, attaining the rank of Pharmacist's Mate 3rd Class. Although he was offered a scholarship to Villanova University following his military service, he opted instead to marry the love of his life, Mary Salkiewicz.
Early in life, Mr. Stigora was employed in the mines and in construction. For a brief time, he also resided in Jersey City, N.J., working in construction. He was last employed by Procter & Gamble, Mehoopany, for 12 years, retiring in 1985.
He was a member of St. Faustina Kowalska Parish, Nanticoke, and Holy Trinity Church prior to the consolidation of the parishes and a 63-year member of American Legion Post 350, Nanticoke. He also loved going to the Rose Tucker Senior Center, Nanticoke.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62 years, Mary Salkiewicz Stigora, on March 12, 2007; a son, Dr. Leonard J. Stigora, DDS, on May 25, 1991, and sisters, Josephine Bobbin, Stasia Salkiewicz, Frances Staviski and Marcella Stigora.
Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, David and Karen Stigora, with whom he last resided, and numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Davis-Dinelli Funeral Home, 170 E. Broad St., Nanticoke, with a Mass of Christian Burial at noon in St. Faustina Kowalska Parish/ Holy Trinity Church, 520 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke. The family suggests that those attending dress casual, if desired.
Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township, with the U.S. Coast Guard according military honors.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
The family extends their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Commonwealth VNA Home Health and Hospice and especially nurses Heather and Denise for making sure Leonard was comfortable and to the inpatient unit nurses who were helpful by telephone. Also, thanks to Lori Jordan, CRNP at Geisinger Heart Hospital, for her care and compassion.
Published in Times Leader on June 18, 2013