Virgil J. Colavitti

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TUNKHANNOCK - Virgil J. Colavitti, 84, of Tunkhannock, died Sunday, June 29, 2014, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.

He was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on April 9, 1930, a son of the late Oswald and Mary Krines Colavitti.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Virgil retired from the Procter and Gamble Co. in 1995 after 43 years of service. He currently was working with South Central Engineering at the Mehoopany plant.

He taught basic electrical training at Luzerne County Community College and Penn College in Williamsport and was a faithful member of the church of the Nativity BVM in Tunkhannock.

All who knew Virgil spoke of his intelligence, kindness, willingness to serve and dedication to his family. His humble beginnings in farming and working with his hands eventually brought him to Charmin and P&G, where he was instrumental in the successful operation and installation of many projects. He was a beloved mentor to many people at the Mehoopany plant, even up to the weeks before his death.

At home, he loved gardening, tinkering in his shop and traveling and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis A. Colavitti.

Surviving are sons and daughters-in-law, David and his wife, Erika, Tunkhannock; Christopher and his wife, Lisa, Tunkhannock, and Dana and his wife, Jo, Portland, Oregon; daughter and son-in-law, Laurie Mace and her husband, Bill, Tunkhannock; daughters, Lisa and Amy, both of Tunkhannock; grandchildren, Jennifer Mace, Lindsay Swick, Javier and Eric Perez, and Matthew and Joseph Colavitti; great-grandchildren, Kayla and James Gavek, and David Braydon Perez. His surviving siblings are his brother, Eugene Colavitti, Appleton, Wisconsin; and sisters, Rose Ault, Joan Schmidt and Kathy Colavitti, all of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Thursday from the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home Inc., 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in the Church of the Nativity BVM. Interment will be in Sunnyside Cemetery, Tunkhannock. Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Wedneseday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Nativity BVM, 99 E. Tioga St., Tunhannock, PA 18657.

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Sheldon - Kukuchka Funeral Home - Tunkhannock
73 West Tioga Street
Tunkhannock, PA 18657
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Published in Times Leader from June 30 to July 2, 2014
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