|By Ed German (Admin) on Monday, May 21, 2012 - 10:44 pm: Edit|
From online obituary on 21 May 2012:
John Edward Puchalsky, 89, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family Friday afternoon, Feb. 3, 2012, at The Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Dallas, where he had recently been a guest.
His loving wife is Lena Ann Orlandini Puchalsky. Together, John and Lena celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary April 24, 2011.
Born July 25, 1922, in Swoyersville, John was the son of the late Edward and Anna Shalata Puchalsky. Raised in Swoyersville, John was a graduate of the former Swoyersville High School, Class of 1940.
A U.S. Army Air Force veteran, John honorably served his country during World War II. Throughout the war, John was a gunner with a B-17 Bomber Crew in the 8th Army Air Force, serving in the European Theater. During his time of service, John was decorated with the American Theater Ribbon, the European-African-Middle Eastern Ribbon with one Bronze Star, the World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Upon his discharge from active service in World War II, John had attained the rank of sergeant.
After being discharged from the service, John went on to further his education at Wilkes College, Wilkes-Barre, where he studied business.
John began his career with the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Plains Township, where he worked for four years. Later, he became employed as an administrative technician by the Department of Army, at their facility in Ashley. John retired from the Department of the Army in 1980, after 30 years of dedicated service.
Throughout his employment with the Department of the Army, John continued to serve his country as an Army Reservist with the 322nd Military Police Detachment (CID), located in Ashley. Within the detachment, he served as a special agent/criminal investigator and was assigned as the operations officer. During the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, he was called back to active duty with the Army, serving for 10 months. In 1979, John retired from the 322nd Criminal Investigation Command, having attained the rank of chief warrant officer 4.
John was a faithful member of St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Church, Carverton. Also, he was a member of American Legion, Andrew Lawrence Post 644, Swoyersville.
As a young man, John excelled in baseball and was a well-respected infielder, playing in various community leagues. In his later years, one of his pastimes was golfing, which he greatly enjoyed. He was also an avid football fan who always enjoyed watching his beloved Penn State Nittany Lions play.
Most of all, John was a family man who always treasured the times he had with his loved ones. He will forever be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. His spirit will forever live on in the hearts of his family and friends.
In addition to his parents, Edward and Anna Puchalsky, John was preceded in death by his brother, William Puchalsky; his sisters, Anna Yonkondy, Marcella Gowisnock and Elizabeth Vanyo.
In addition to his loving wife, Lena Ann Puchalsky, John is survived by his children, Christine Mathers and her husband, Gary, Trucksville; John Puchalsky and his wife, Beth Ann, Trucksville; David Puchalsky and his wife, Jane Ashton, Harveys Lake; his grandchildren, Michael Mathers; Nina Van Mater and her husband, Steve; Henry Jack Puchalsky; and Tara Coughlin and her husband, Kris; his great-granddaughters, Mia and Claire Van Mater; his brothers, Thomas Puchalsky, Mechanicsburg; Lawrence Puchalsky, Kingston; his sisters, Barbara Ripa, Swoyersville; Thelma Evanko, Allentown, N.J.; and Lorraine Bebey, Levittown; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to Elaine Blessing, Lori Chunely and Belinda Hartman, who took such special care of John while he was at home. Also, the family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at The Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Dallas, for giving John respectful and dignified care while he was a guest there.