Michael J. Leshanski, 65, a resident of Wilkes-Barre, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, Dec. 18, 2012, at Hospice Community Care, Inpatient Unit, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, following a courageous battle with cancer.
His loving wife is Jody (Kuzma) Leshanski. Together, Michael and Jody shared 43 years of marriage.
Born on February 11, 1947, in Taylor, Michael was a son of the late George and Elizabeth (Malosh) Leshanski.
Michael was raised in Taylor and was a graduate of Riverside High School.
A United States Marine Corps veteran, Michael honorably served his country during the Vietnam War. During his time of service, he was decorated with the National Service Defense Medal, the Vietnamese Service Medal with one star and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. Upon his honorable discharge on April 19, 1968, Michael had attained the rank of Corporal.
Prior to his retirement, Michael was employed for 32 years by The Citizens Voice, Wilkes-Barre. Following retirement, Michael became employed by Securitas Security, where he was currently working.
A proud veteran, Michael was a lifetime member of the American Legion, Post 815, Georgetown, and was also a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Anthracite Post 283, Kingston. Additionally, he was a member of the North End Slovak Club.
In addition to his wife, Jody, Michael is also survived by his daughters, Linda Howell and her husband, Jason, Trucksville; Susan Lewis and her husband, Wayne, Falls; Marcie Leshanski; his grandchildren, Ryan, Jacob and Emily; his brother, George Leshanski, and his wife, Kris, Saylorsburg; his sisters, Elizabeth Chase and her husband, Ellsworth, Mechanicsburg; Mary Ann Sucheski and her late husband, Leonard, Penfield, N.Y.; several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral which will be conducted on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at 8:15 a.m. from the Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, followed by an Office of Christian Burial with Divine Liturgy to be celebrated at 9 a.m. in St. Mary of the Assumption Byzantine Catholic Church, 695 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, with the Very Rev. James G. Hayer, Pastor, officiating.
Cremation will follow at the Sunlight Crematory of Wilkes-Barre, Hanover Township. Family and friends are invited to call on Friday from 4 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Parastas will be held on Friday at 4 p.m., with the Very Rev. James G. Hayer officiating. Interment of Michael's cremated remains will be held on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at 1 p.m. in Chapel Lawn Memorial Park, Dallas, where Military Honors will be accorded.
For additional information, or to send the Leshanski Family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home website, www.wroblewskifuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Michael's memory to Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 Saint Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.