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A. J. Kowalski

July 15, 1942 — April 8, 2020

A. J. Kowalski, 77, a lifelong resident of Olyphant passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday surrounded by his loving family after bravely battling cancer. He is survived by his wife and caregiver of fifty years Geraldine Vrabel Kowalski.

Born on July 15, 1942, he was the son of the late Augustine & Sophia Kucab Kowalski. He was educated in St. Michael the Archangel Catholic School & a graduate of Scranton Central High School. He was a career heavy equipment operator for: No. 1 Contracting, Mele Construction, Linde International, PG & E Energy, Dinkelacker Drilling and an active member of the United Steelworkers of America Union Local 15253. He was a previous member of the Olyphant Democratic Committee and a volunteer firefighter with the Excelsior Hose Co. No. 1.

A selfless, generous, humble man, A. J. volunteered his time in roles that aligned with his limitless love & commitment to his family and community. He served as an Olyphant Lions Football Organization member, Olyphant Girls Softball coach, Mid Valley High School Booster Club member and served as past President of Mid Valley High School Board of Education. He was active in a program of recovery. “Papa” was a proud, passionate supporter of his cherished grandchildren. He was motivated by following and attending their educational, sporting and extra curricular activities, they are among the brightest highlights of his life. He was ever-present for his family throughout the course of his life and his challenging treatment.

He is survived by his 3 daughters: Tracey Sebastianelli and husband, Robert of Jessup, Robyn Kowalski (Wenzler) of Peckville and Michele Kowalski (Kellock) of Olyphant; five grandchildren: Michael, Anna and Robert Sebastianelli and Sophia and Austin Kellock; a brother Paul Kowalski of Moscow; a brother-in-law Michael Vrabel of Peckville; a sister-in-law Elaine Dutka of Olyphant; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by a sister-in-law Sylvia Kowalski and a brother-in-law Frank Dutka.

The family would like to thank the many physicians, nursing staff and providers that have helped him with his healthcare needs throughout the recent years. A kind note of gratitude to Allied Hospice for their service that supported the family, allowing him to spend his last weeks in the comfort of his home.

Graveside services will be private for the immediate family at Holy Ghost Cemetery, Blakely. A memorial mass will be held at a later date for family and friends.

Due to the current health circumstances family and friends are asked to visit to leave a condolence.

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