Hilary A. Clatch, 98, formerly of West Hazleton, passed away Saturday at Holy Family Senior Living, Bethlehem, where he resided.
Even though he was diagnosed with COVID-19, he fully recovered from the virus and passed away peacefully in his sleep from natural causes.
He was born in Weatherly, son of the late Michael and Violet Swick Clatch, and lived in West Hazleton for most of his life.
Hilary was a graduate of Hazleton High School.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving his country in the U.S. Army Medical Corps with the rank of private first class in the European Theater of Operations.
He had worked for 28 years, employed at Prestolite Wire Division, Hazleton, as an assembler, and retired from the Hazleton Area School District, working nine years in maintenance.
Hilary was a member of Holy Name of Jesus Parish at Transfiguration Church, West Hazleton.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, was his wife, the former Margaret Lukasevich, on Sept. 22, 2014; brothers and a sister, Charles and James Clatch and Elizabeth Sister Ignatia, Order of the Daughters of Mercy.
Surviving are his beloved children, Hilary Clatch Jr. and his wife, Maria, Mifflinville; and Theresa Mariano and her husband, Albert, Emmaus; his beloved grandchildren, Gina Mariano and her husband, Fred Figliano, Montgomery, Ala.; Jason Mariano and his wife, Christine, Morgantown; Alex Clatch, Berwick; and Lisa Hill and her husband, Anthony, Milford, Del.; great-grandchildren, J.J., Valentina, Rosalie and Michelle Mariano; and Giavanna and Mia Hill. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family, followed by interment in the parish cemetery.
Hilary J. Bonin Funeral Home, 99 W. Green St., West Hazleton, is assisting the family.