Jacob "Jake" Elko
FUNERAL HOME
Edwards & Russin Funeral and Cremation Services Inc.
717 Main Street
Edwardsville, PA

Jacob "Jake" Elko, 96, of Miners Mills passed away peacefully on Sept. 23, 2021. He was born Oct. 8, 1924.

Jake was the son of the late Jacob Elko and Justine Ostapiw. He attended Wilkes-Barre City elementary schools and graduated from Coughlin High School in 1943. Jake attended Wilkes-Barre Business College and Penn State Extension School. He was formerly employed by United Furniture Manufacturers, The U.S. Postal Service for 32 years, and Hillside Farms.

A veteran of World War II, Jake served with the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Lovelace DE198 from 1943 to 1946. He was awarded the Pacific Theater Ribbon (3 stars), American Theater Ribbon, Victory Metal, and Philippine Liberation Ribbon (1 star).

Jake was a member of the Plains American Legion Joseph Conlon Post #558 and Saint Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, Wilkes-Barre.

He spent 52 wonderful years with his loving and devoted wife, the late Helen Marhelko, who were married on October 18, 1952. Jake was a proud and dedicated father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He loved his flowers and working in his incredible garden. Jake was truly blessed for his endeavors, and he leaves behind countless wonderful and treasured memories with his family who will miss him immensely.

Surviving are his loving children, Marie Blessing and husband Brian, Las Vegas, Nev., Nancy Boback married to the late Richard Boback, Wilkes-Barre, Jacob Elko and wife Joann, Courtdale. Grandchildren Brian Blessing and wife Cosette, Las Vegas, Nev., Nicole Boback, Wilkes-Barre, Richard Boback and wife Channing, Larksville, Jacob and Nicholas Elko, Courtdale, and great grandchildren Grace Blessing, Las Vegas, Nev., and Richard Boback III, Larksville.

Preceding him in death was his sister, Mary Lawson; and brothers, John, Peter, and Michael.

Funeral service will be held Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, at Noon in Saint Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church, 635 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre.

Friends may call Monday morning from 11 a.m. till time of service at the church.

Interment will be in Saint Peter and Paul Ukrainian Cemetery, Plains.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Edwards & Russin Funeral and Cremation Services www.russincares.com

Online condolences can be made by visiting Jake's obituary on the funeral home website.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to Saint Peter & Paul Ukrainian Church, Wilkes-Barre.


Published by The Abington Journal from Sep. 24 to Sep. 26, 2021.
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God bless your Uncle Jake - a true hero of the Greatest Generation!
Mary Hill...
Friend
September 27, 2021
John J & Mona Elko, Uncle Jake, a respected, Loving and dedicated Family Man. We are going to miss you so much but your Memory will be kept alive in our thoughts, in our HEARTS and through the many pictures we have of you. RIP my Best Uncle ever and Say Hello to all of our departed family members in Heaven. Love, John J & Mona
John J Elko
September 26, 2021
John J Elko & Mona L Elk0
September 26, 2021
John J Elko & Mona L Elk0
September 26, 2021
Our Dearest, Wonderful, Loving Uncle Jake. We are so sorry about your passing. We would come up to say our final good bye but due to medical issues it is not possible. Know that you will now be united with your wonderful Wife, Baba, my Dad and Mom and your sister Mary and brothers Pete and Mike, We are going to miss you so much. We have the memories and photos to keep you alive in our hears. RIP SHIPMATE!!!! John J & Mona
John J Elko & Mona L Elk0
September 26, 2021
Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate. You stand relieved .... We have the Watch RIP Uncle Jake Tommy and John J
Tom Elko
September 26, 2021
John and Tom ..... So very sorry to learn of the passing of your Uncle Jake .... May he Rejoice In Paradise. Fair Winds and Following Seas, shipmate. You stand relieved ... We have the watch.
Richard Zawatsky
Other
September 25, 2021
John J and Mona Elko
September 25, 2021
John J and Mona Elko
September 25, 2021
Marie! Very sorry to see you lost your father! My sympathies and prayers are with you and your family! Keep your head up!
George Shields
School
September 25, 2021
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