Michael J. Fasciana

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Dec. 25, 2012

Michael J. Fasciana, 85, of Pittston, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township.

Born in Pittston on March 20, 1927, he was a son of the late Gaetano and Maria DeFrancesco Fasciana.

Mike was a graduate of Pittston High School and served in the United States Army as a sergeant in World War II.

Mike graduated from the University of Scranton with a bachelor of science in Biology. He also graduated from Catholic University and Thomas Jefferson University with master's degrees in microbiology and anatomy and physiology.

Mike worked for 30 years for the government in the laboratory as a Medical Technologist at the VA Hospital in Wilkes-Barre. He was also employed for 15 years at Mercy Hospital and Nanticoke State Hospital. Mike also worked at Duryea Clinical Labs with his son, Dr. Guy Michael Fasciana, and the Intermountain Medical Group until his official retirement in 2009.

Mike was a 4th Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus, JFK Council, of Pittston, and a member of the Sera Difalco Society of Pittston. He was also a member of Saint Rocco's Parish in Pittston, now St. Joseph Marello Parish.

Mike was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He loved gardening and golfing, as he was a member of the Fox Hill Country Club in Exeter. Mike enjoyed family vacations in Myrtle Beach and he enjoyed spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

Mike was preceded in death by sisters, Lena, Josephine, infant sister Lena; brothers, Dr. Joseph, Leo, Sam, James, and Anthony. He was also preceded in death by his son-in-law, David Semon.

Surviving is his wife of 59 years, Helen Occhiato-Fasciana. Also surviving are his children, Mary Ellen Semon, Jessup; Dr. Guy Michael Fasciana and wife Patti, Pittston Township; Francis Fasciana and wife Joanne, West Pittston; Michele Amato and husband Michael, West Wyoming; Lisa Zuba and husband Albert, Dupont; grandchildren, David, Gregory and Matthew Semon; Michael, Elizabeth (Daley) and Melissa Fasciana; Amanda, Joseph and Taryn Fasciana; Christina, Michael and Maria Amato; Albert and Dana Zuba; sister Mary Morgan, Pittston; brother Louis Fasciana, Pittston; sisters-in-law, Josephine Fasciana, Exeter; Katherine Mecadon, Pittston; Rosemary Mendola and husband Sam, Pittston; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to extend sincere appreciation to the staff of Wesley Village and Myers Manor Apartments.

Funeral services will be Friday at 9 a.m. from the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Marello Parish, Pittston. Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Friends may call Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Published in Times Leader on Dec. 27, 2012
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