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John W. Latsko Sr.

John W. Latsko Sr. Obituary

John W. Latsko Sr., 78, of Walnut Sreet, Ashland, passed away Oct. 16 at Geisinger Shamokin Community Hospital, Coal Township.

Born Oct. 24, 1941, in Big Mine Run, he was a son of the late John Joseph and Sophie Hendricks Latsko.

He was a graduate of the former Butler Township High School, Fountain Springs, Class of 1959. A veteran of the Navy, he served as a "Tin Can Sailor," on the Navy destroyers: USS Dealey DE-1006 and the USS DD 841. After his honorable discharge from military service, he worked for Strict Trailers as a shop foreman, and later as a self-employed carpenter until his retirement. He was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Parish, Ashland. John enjoyed listening to music from the 50s, classic country of the 60s, and had taught himself to play the harmonica and guitar. He especially loved family get-togethers, decorating for Christmas, solving Sudoku puzzles, as well as being able to provide a lap for his many cats to nap on. John was a lifelong Yankees fan and an avid fisherman. His happiest times were in his waders standing hip-deep in the river, or even better, gathering up his dad, brother and his cousins and taking the boat out for the day to sit back, fish and enjoy the outdoors.

Preceding him in death was a sister, Elaine Patricia Gownley.

Survivors are son, John William Latsko Jr. and Leighann, Ashland; son, William "Billy" Michael Latsko and Angie, Girardville; brother, Lawrence Latsko and his wife, Cheryl, Elysburg; niece, Patricia, wife of Michael Vanek, Knoxville, Tenn.; niece, Rachele, wife of Robert Neidig, Mount Carmel; nephew, Lawrence Latsko Jr., Elysburg; grandnephews, David, Nathan and Sean; grandniece, Christine; great-grandniece, Mackenzie; granddaughters, Gina and Julie; cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 23, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 11th and Walnut Streets, Ashland. Celebrant will be the Rev. Francis Iroot. Interment with military honors will follow in the New St. Mauritius Cemetery, Ashland. A viewing will be held from 9 a.m. until Mass at the church. Memorials may be made to St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 1115 Walnut St., Ashland, PA. 17921. Visit www.Fritzfuneralhome.com. Richard W. Fritz Funeral Home, Ashland, is in charge of arrangements.


Published in Republican & Herald from Oct. 17 to Oct. 19, 2020
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