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Raymond W. Birk

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Raymond W. Birk, 84, of Bear Creek Township, died Friday afternoon, May 3, 2013, at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital with his loving family at his bedside.

Raymond was born in Wilkes-Barre, Oct. 1, 1928, a son of the late George and Agnes Behm Birk. He was a graduate of GAR High School and had been employed for many years by the Wilkes-Barre Area School District at Dodson Elementary School, retiring as head custodian.

He was a member of St. Andrew's Parish in Wilkes-Barre and a longtime member of St. Boniface Church in Wilkes-Barre. He also was a member of the Bear Creek/Buck Township Lions Club.

He has been preceded in death by his first wife, Rosemary E. Birk, and by a son, Raymond (R.J.) Birk , along with seven brothers and sisters.

Surviving are his wife of 14 years, Carolyn, at home; stepdaughters, Carol Burke and Joan McDonald, Wilkes-Barre; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 9 a.m. from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Andrew's Parish, 316 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Friends may call today from 3 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Andrew's Parish, 316 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 or the Northeast Pennsylvania Lions Eye Bank, 2346 Jacksonville Road, Bethlehem, PA 18107.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting Raymond's obituary at
Published in Times Leader on May 5, 2013
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Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home
89 Park Ave Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
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