Charlie Lawrisky, 88, of Mayfield, passed away Sunday, May 9, at Allied Hospice, Scranton. He was the husband of Theresa Wladyka Lawrisky. They were married for 43 years.
Charles was born in West Scranton on Feb. 9, 1933, son of the late John and Helen Lawrisky. He attended West Scranton High School, served as a corporal in the United States Army Medical Corps stationed in Germany during the Korean War. He was a former member of St. Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Church Scranton and Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Mayfield.
Charlie had his own painting business for 45 years. He played violin in many polka bands on the east coast and was known as "Charlie the Fiddler." He appeared on Channel 44 with the Pennsylvania Merrymakers, Stanky and the Coal Miners and his own group the Musical Allstars. He has been playing for 75 years. He loved making people happy with his music.
He is survived by a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Rosalie and Frank Larkin; nieces, Eleanor Sliwosky and Nancy Kimble; great-nieces and great-nephew, Debbie Kitcho, David Kimble and Linda Ardo, Susie and Katie Kitcho and Alysia Verrill; nieces, Teresa Beckish, Jennifer LeKites and Kelly Wichner; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Nick and Kyra Beckish, Luke and Ellie LeKites, Jack, Elizabeth and Henry Wichner.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, John and Michael Lawrisky and Michael Shwiruk; four sisters, Mary Malic, Ann Preslock, Ann Pushiniatis and Mary Shimkus; and niece, June Drake.
The funeral will be Friday with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Archbald. Friends attending the mass are asked to go directly to church. Entombment will be in Fairview Memorial Park.
Friends may Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Ryczak-Harrison Funeral Home Inc., 901 Lackawanna Ave., Mayfield.