PLAINS TWP. — Martin John Westawski, 75, of Plains Township, entered into eternal life on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township, after being a patient for two weeks.
Marty was born Sept. 21, 1938, in Wilkes-Barre, and lived in Plains Township since his retirement. He was a son of the late William W. Westawski and Stella Mahalick Westawski. He attended Plains Township schools and graduated from the former Plains Memorial High School.
Marty served in the U.S. Army for five years and was a paratrooper with the 82th Airborne Division. After serving his country he relocated to New Jersey and worked until his retirement as a chemical operator for Beecham Pharmaceutical Company. He spent several years of his career preparing new antibiotics such as amoxicillin.
In addition to his parents, Marty was preceded in death by his sister, Martha Dushok; his brothers, John, Frank and Walter.
Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Elizabeth; his son, Matthew, Mountain Top; his grandson, Matthew Tyler, at home; his sisters, Florence Gomez, Hyattsville, Maryland, Eleanor (Jeff) Gauvin, Elkridge, Maryland, Patricia (Michael) Gryziec, Wilkes-Barre; his brothers, Anthony (Ruth), Dallas, Lawrence (Donna), Plains Township; his stepchildren, Victoria, Alexsandra and Martin Jr.; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
A memorial celebration of Marty's life will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Stanislaus Kostka Church of St. Andre Bessette Parish, with the Rev. Kenneth M. Seeger, pastor, as celebrant. Family and friends are invited to attend.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Patient Fund, c/o The Frank M. and Dorthea Henry Cancer Center, 1000 E. Mountain Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Simon S. Russin Funeral Home, Plains Township.