Obituary

John J. Birmer

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August 5, 2011

John "Jack" J. Birmer, 69, of Wilkes-Barre, died Friday evening, August 5, 2011, at the Hospice Community Care at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre following a lengthy illness. Born September 15, 1941, in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late John G. Birmer and Josephine (Hester) Birmer. He graduated from St. Nicholas High School, Class of 1959. He enlisted into the U.S. Navy following graduation for four years active duty serving on the USS Roy O. Hale and USS Abbot as a radioman during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Following his discharge from active duty, he re-enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserves and served 26 additional years, retiring in 1989. Jack married his wonderful wife, Ann Marie (Morio), and this past June celebrated 48 years of marriage. He was a longtime employee and retiree of Procter & Gamble, Mehoopany. He was a member of St. Nicholas Church, Wilkes-Barre; life member of St. Conrad's Young Men's Society, where he served as an officer; member of the Knights of Columbus; American Legion Post 815, Wilkes-Barre Township; and also served on the board for the St. Nicholas Credit Union. Jack enjoyed bowling with St. Conrad's and St. Theresa's leagues and also shot darts at McCarthy's Tavern on the Hill. He coached Wilkes-Barre Girls Softball League, Heights Boys Little League Baseball, and was past president of the G.A.R. Football Booster Club. He was also a past member of the Heights Packers Organization. He was preceded in death by his father, mother and brother, James. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Jean Ann and husband, James May; Janet and husband, Dan VonDohlen; John G. and wife, Erin Birmer, and Jennifer and husband, Sean Flannery; grandchildren, Brendon Stone, Isabelle Birmer, Kassidy Birmer and Maggie VonDohlen; sister, Judith and husband, Richard Wasyluk; sister-in-law Mildred Morio; paternal aunt Margaret Price; paternal uncle Paul Birmer; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral service will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Shavertown, Kingston Township. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of John to the St. Nicholas Building Fund, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702; or to the G.A.R. Football Booster Club, c/o 270 E. South St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702. John's family would like to thank the staff at Geisinger Wyoming Valley, River Street Manor, Hospice Community Care at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, the nurses and therapists from Amedisys Home Health Care, and Dr. Maloney. Online condolences may be sent to www.natandgawlasfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Times Leader on Aug. 7, 2011
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