WILKES-BARRE — Paul R. Makuch (Marko), 93, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away peacefully with his son and daughter at his side Wednesday morning, Feb. 5, 2014, at Little Flower Manor.
He was born in Plains Township on April 25, 1920, a son of the late Paul and Stephania Pryga Makuch.
Paul was a graduate of Coughlin High School and he was an U.S. Army veteran serving during World War II.
Prior to his retirement in 1985, he was employed as a machine mechanic at the Consolidated Cigar Co. in Wilkes-Barre and Berwick.
Paul was a devoted Catholic and member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish at St. Mary's Church of the Immaculate Conception, Wilkes-Barre, and a longtime member of St. Joseph's Slovak Church, Wilkes-Barre, where he was past president of its Holy Name Society. He also served as head usher and worked in the church kitchen for parish festivals. Paul and his late wife, Catherine, were chosen to lock the doors for the final time when the church was closed on March 21, 2010. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 302, the Bishop Hafey Assembly Fourth Degree, the North End Slovak Club and the Wyoming Valley Catholic Laymen's Retreat, where he was named Man of the Year in 2003.
He was also a member of the Brookside American Legion, Post 837, for more than 50 years, where he served as past president and held other offices. He was also active with the Department of Veterans Affairs, volunteering for veterans programs.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Catherine Swatkoski Makuch, on Aug. 18, 2013. He was also preceded in death by his brothers Peter, John, Bernard and Leonard Makuch; sisters Genevieve Kopec, Anna Koval, Rose Shubert and Eleanor Gido.
Paul is survived by his daughter, Sister Mary Beth Makuch, SSCM, Wilkes-Barre; son, Paul S. Makuch, Wilkes-Barre; brother Stanley E. Makuch Sr., Wilkes-Barre; sister Dolores Ungvarsky, Lansdale; numerous nieces and nephews; and his dear cat, Rusty.
Funeral services will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 1 p.m. in Our Lady of Fatima Parish at St. Mary's Church of the Immaculate Conception, 134 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Private interment will be in St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, Dallas. Friends may call 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Paul's memory to the Sisters of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Retirement Fund, Villa Sacred Heart, 580 Railroad St., Danville, PA 17821.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting Paul's obituary at www.natandgawlasfuneralhome.com.