Francis Gregory Lastowka
1968 - 2015
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1968-2015 Francis Gregory Lastowka, Esq. Francis Gregory Lastowka, age 46, passed into the afterlife on April 27 at his home in Swarthmore, Pa. In his own words... I was born in Chester, Pennsylvania in 1968, and my early years were spent in Aston and Gradyville. My passion as a teenager was art, so much so that I would often vandalize my math and science books with doodles. However, despite my poor grades, I was accepted into Penn State, which turned out to be the best thing in the world for me. This is because at Penn State I found my soulmate, Carol, to whom I have been married for nearly 22 years. We met during a freshman honors course, and endured a long-distance relationship when I transferred to Yale University. We were reunited soon enough, and both entered into graduate studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson in 1992. We married in 1993 and the next year we enlisted in the United States Peace Corps, serving as English teachers in Turkmenistan. While there, I co-wrote the first Turkmen-English dictionary and helped organize a national English immersion camp. I also learned to play over 15 varieties of solitaire, and to speak Russian and Turkmen. We returned home from Turkmenistan in 1996 and, because I realized the prospects of raising a family on my artistic and writing skills were not very good, I applied to law schools and was accepted at the University of Virginia, receiving a full scholarship. I did well in law school, although this required spending much less time with Carol than I would have liked. During my final year of law school, our first son, Adam, was born. Two years later, during my federal clerkship, our second son, Daniel, was born. I love my two sons, and they have been my constant companions. I loved to spend time with them, whether it be making jokes, playing games, or just hanging out. From high school to the present, I held over twenty jobs, but none were as rewarding or as much fun as my last job, teaching law to students at Rutgers University School of Law in Camden. My specialty was intellectual property and internet law. I was happy during the last two years that I could involve Adam and Daniel in my research. I want to thank my family and my parents, Frances McGeehan Lastowka and Joseph Edward Lastowka, Jr, my brother Joe, and especially my loving wife, for all their love and support over the years. One thing I have realized is that life is short. My advice: Don’t get bogged down in the serious stuff, and always remember to laugh. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass on Friday at 11:00 A.M. St. John Chrysostom Church, 617 S. Providence Rd., Wallingford where friends may call from 9 to 10:45 A.M. Relatives and friends may also call Thursday from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Carr Funeral Home 935 S. Providence Rd. (Rt. 320) Wallingford. Contributions to the charity of the donor’s choice or to the Delaware County Community Foundation, 102 Chesley Dr., Media, PA 19063 ( for donations to be distributed to charities of Greg’s family’s choice. Condolences may be sent to

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Published in The Daily Times from Apr. 28 to Apr. 30, 2015.
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April 22, 2019
Frankie and Joe sending thoughts and prayers to you both today. Think of you so often.
Geri Daly
May 16, 2016
Greg was a high-school friend of mine, and he was one of the good guys. I didn't see him much after he headed off to Yale, but managed to catch up with him a couple of times later on. Got to meet Carol and heard about their time in Turkmenistan. What an experience!

My heart goes out to Carol and the boys.
Kevin C
May 22, 2015
May Greg rest in peace. I miss your warm heart forever.
Unggi Yoon
May 2, 2015
Joe and Frankie, just heard about your son. So sorry, cannot imagine loosing a child no matter how old. You are in my prayers.
Roseanne ( tootsie) Toth wright
May 2, 2015
My deepest sympathy & prayers to Joe & family
Carol J Reardon
May 2, 2015
My condolences to all of Greg ' s family, friends and colleagues. The impact of his life clearly reached global proportions and he accomplished much in his earthly 46 years. I am Lillian Weekes's granddaughter and she always kept me proudly updated of my cousin Greg ' s accomplishments throughout the years. My thoughts, prayers and condolences are with all of you at this difficult time. His presence will surely be missed. Love to you, Joan Braunstein
Joan Braunstein
May 1, 2015
Dear Carol- How I envy the memories you must have! Greg was such a genuine, funny and talented guy at Penncrest. From reading his last writing it would seem he only improved with age! I regret very much falling out of touch with him. I am ecstatic, however, to know the adventure, fun and true love that the two of you experienced! Mr.& Mrs. Lastowka- Much Love. In Greg's memory, I will take his sage advice to heart.
Gillian Crawley
April 30, 2015
Dear Frankie & Joe,
My sincerest condolences. No one should ever lose a child -- such a big loss. And, an equally difficult loss for Carol and the boys, and for Joey. Reading Greg's obituary made me remember a few things about him -- he took it all in. He lived every minute as if it counted -- and it did. He had a remarkable life; he fit more into 46 years than many do in double that time. How proud all of you must be, and what a legacy he has left for the boys. You are in my prayers and thoughts -- all of you will stay there in hopes that they help you deal with the days ahead. Greg was a GREAT guy - I know he will be missed GREATLY!
Mary O Kennedy
April 30, 2015
My prayers are with your entire family. From reading his obituary I see why his dad spoke so proudly of him.

Mary Wesolowski Piper
April 30, 2015
We are sorry to learn of the passing of Francis, but grateful for his service to our nation with the Peace Corps in Turkmenistan.

Our Condolences,
The National Peace Corps Association
April 30, 2015
What a beautiful obituary....My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this sad time.
April 30, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Lastowka family during this time of great sorrow for the loss of their beloved Greg. May he rest in peace.

Paula and Rodger Mutzel
April 29, 2015
May Greg rest in peace. My prayers are with all of you. God Bless.
Sr.Irene Platt
April 29, 2015
Sorry for your loss, My thoughts and prayers are with the family
Jack Elko
April 29, 2015
What a wonderful son. You must have great memories to cherish. I am profoundly sorry for this early loss. Best wishes, Alexander D. DiSanti
April 29, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Sally Lynch Slack
April 29, 2015
What an amazing life. He did so much, for so many. Words fail me to express my sympathy. Maybe it is good to remember his advice.

My most sincere condolences.
Janet Lis
April 29, 2015
Joe and family,
Mere words do not suffice at a time like this. Only your faith will comfort you and carry you through this very difficult time. All prayers being sent your way will help you in the future, not to understand but to accept.HE wanted your son to be with HIM having given you a very short time with Francis on this earth.
Our prayers are sent to you.
Mitch and Joyce
April 29, 2015
Joe and Frankie

This is another unthinkable loss. please accept our very sincere condolences. Jack and Rita Nilon
April 29, 2015
Condolences and deepest sympathy to Joe and family. We're so sorry for your loss.
Jeffry Cadorette
April 28, 2015
Dear Frankie and Joe, so sorry to hear about Greg. Since our conversation Frankie many months ago I had a prayer group praying for Greg. He is at peace now but his spirit will live on with his boys. We pray for Carol, the Boys, Frankie and Joe for the strength during this difficult time.
Geri and Burr Daly
April 28, 2015
What a lovely life fulled with love and some adventure. Rest in a peace Sir.
April 28, 2015
Sorry for your loss, Francis' obit was very nice.He sounded like a great husband, father, son and brother.
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