Donald Higgins

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July 6, 2012

Donald Higgins, 85, of Lee Park, Wilkes-Barre, passed away Friday morning, July 6, 2012 at Hospice Community Care, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on September 1, 1926, he was a son of the late John J. and Esther (Osterhout) Higgins. He was a 1944 graduate of Meyers High School. He was a United States Army veteran of World War II.

Donald was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Wilkes-Barre, where he served on church council and was a Sunday school teacher. He was also a member of the Voter's Assembly and was a former chairman of the Stewardship Committee.

He was a member of the Big Band Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania. He was an avid swing dancer and was well known throughout the valley.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed by the former First Eastern Bank. He was previously employed by Triangle Shoe Warehouse for 24 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Margaret E. "Margie" Mappes, who passed away December 10, 2004, and a brother, William Higgins.

Surviving are his sons, Donald Higgins and wife, Lorraine, Hazleton; William Higgins, Nuangola; grandchildren, Kimberly Rose and husband, Jason; William Higgins; great-grandchildren, Joshua Kachurick and Jacinda Rose; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 1000 S. Main St., Hanover Township, with the Rev. Michael Erickson officiating. Interment will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Kniffen O'Malley Funeral Home Inc., 465 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Celtic Health Care, 601 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, PA 18704.

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Kniffen O'Malley Funeral Home, Inc.
465 Main Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
(570) 823-7157
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Published in Times Leader on July 7, 2012
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