John M. Padavan

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COURTDALE — John M. Padavan, 87, of Courtdale, passed away on Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Special Care Hospital in Nanticoke, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Swoyersville, he was a son of the late Mateo and Otillia Broder Padavan. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and also a U.S. Army Veteran. He was a coal miner and worked in several different area mines.

He was a member of Holy Family Parish, Luzerne, and the VFW Post 283, Kingston.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Slutter on Aug. 31, 1992. Also preceding him in death were infant children, Matthew and Josephine; brothers, Frank and Joseph Padavan; sisters, Josephine Shoppel, Margaret Amos, Ann Napierkowski, Pauline Roper, Mary Harchar.

Surviving are sons, John (Debra) Padavan, Moscow, Joseph M. (Maureen) Padavan, Bear Creek, Michael (Judy) Padavan, Swoyersville, Frank (Linda) Padavan, Courtdale; daughter, Annmarie (Joseph) Maffei, Pringle. He is also survived and affectionately called "Pappy" by 11 grandchildren, David, Frank Jr., Michael, John Jr., Matthew, Lindsay, Jenelle Padavan, Jill Gambino, Joseph and Nicole Maffei and Kristina Bolton; and nine great-grandchildren, David Jr., Alexis, Peyton and Landon Padavan, Andrew and Gianna Gambino, Brock and Nash Bolton and Brooklynn Maffei. Also surviving are brothers, Louis Padavan, New York, William Padavan, Wilkes-Barre; and a sister, Dolores Spencer, Lehman.

The family gives a special thanks to Dr. Mark Schiowitz, Dr. James Galasso, Dr. David Kasper and to all of the intensive care unit nurses at General & Special Care hospitals, thank you.

Funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday from the Betz-Jastremski Funeral Home Inc., 568 Bennett St., Luzerne, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Family Parish, Luzerne, with the Rev. Michael Zipay officiating. Interment will be in St. Ignatius Cemetery, Pringle. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

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Published in Times Leader from Aug. 1 to Aug. 2, 2014
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