Robert S. Hreha, a lifelong resident of Exeter, passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.
Robert, born Jan. 24, 1957, was the son of Paul Hreha, Exeter, and the late Ann Pagliocca Hreha. Robert, beloved son, brother, uncle and friend, fought a courageous eight-year battle against the ravages of cancer. He is now at peace and has regained his health.
Robert was a graduate of Wyoming Seminary, Class of 1974. He received an associate's degree in phlebotomy from Luzerne County Community College. Robert worked at many jobs during his short life, including Andrew Hreha & Sons General Contractors, Great Additions, Eddie Leon Candies, and was co-owner of Center Street Coffee House, Scranton, with Deb Pavlico.
Robert found his true vocation as a health care aide for Bayada Health Care. He was a compassionate and caring aide who took great joy in helping others who could not help themselves.
Robert had many talents. He was an accomplished baker, a skill he learned from his much-loved mother, Ann Hreha. His many friends looked forward to his Italian cookies during the holidays. His flower gardens were admired by everyone who passed his home. He inherited his green thumb from his Hreha ancestors.
Robert was preceded in death by his mother, Ann Pagliocca Hreha, in 2003; and his sister Margaret Ann Hreha, in 2012.
Robert is survived by his father, Paul Hreha, Exeter; brother, Ralph DeLucia, Exeter; sister Connie Cleveland (John), Granbury, Texas; brother, Andrew Hreha, Federal Way, Wash.; his much-loved niece, Annarella Hreha, Federal Way; aunt, Eleanor Pagliocca, Pittston; numerous cousins; his constant companion, Daisy.
A special thanks is given to his lifelong friends, Mark Marcin, Dave and Bonnie Brakefield, Deb Pavlico, Janine Oliveri, Adrienne Gonda and Paul Nardone, for their support during this journey. The family also thanks the staff at the Henry Cancer Center for their care while Robert was undergoing chemotherapy. A special thanks goes to the staff of Hospice Community Care for the compassion shown and care given to Robert during his final journey.
Family and friends are requested to go directly to Immaculate Conception Church, Luzerne Avenue, West Pittston, for a celebratory Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, with Msgr. John Sempa as celebrant. Interment will be at the convenience of the family at Glenwood Mausoleum. Friends may call Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Anthony Recupero Funeral Home, 406 Susquehanna Ave., West Pittston.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Hospice Community Care, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, 25 Church St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18765; or to the Exeter Ambulance Association.
Recupero Funeral Home
406 Susquehanna Ave West Pittston, PA 18643
Published in Times Leader on May 4, 2013