Thomas Paul Misiura Sr., 86, of Olyphant, died on Sunday night at home surrounded by his family. His wife is the former Shirley May Thompson. They were married on Oct. 6, 1951.
Born in Olyphant, he was a lifelong resident. Son of the late Anthony and Mary Zarnowski Misiura, he was a graduate of Olyphant High School, class of 1948 and a member of the former St. Michael the Archangel Church, now Holy Cross Parish at St. Patrick’s Church. Tom was a retired machinist with over 40 years of service at Acker Drill, South Abington Twp.
A Navy veteran of the Korean War, Tom was a member of American Legion Raymond Henry Post 327, Olyphant, Shopa Davey VFW Post No. 6082, Peckville and DAV Chapter 11, Dickson City.
Tom enjoyed hunting, fishing woodworking, gardening and lending a hand to help out his neighbors. He was the catalyst for neighborhood functions and will be remembered fondly by the local children for the “Olyphant Ice Rink” located in his backyard every winter. At 72 years of age, Tom built a two-story, two-car garage on his property by himself; he wouldn’t hear of anyone helping him. He was a creative man who could have been an inventor by trade, with all of the gadgets that he made over the years. He was a simple man who loved his family dearly. The last week of his life he spent with them, at home, thanking God for his salvation by grace.
The family would like to extend a thank you for the Hospice of the Sacred Heart for their support.
He is also survived by five daughters, Carol Lee Fanucci, husband, Richard N., of Moosic; Rosemarie Huesonica, husband, Robert, of Virginia; Shirley Ann Pisanchyn, husband, Wayne, of Dalton; Virginia Yost, husband, Craig, of South Montrose; and Roberta Isaac, husband, Mark, of Pottstown; five sons, Thomas Paul Jr., wife, Melissa, of Scranton; David G., wife, Karen, of Lake Ariel; Ronald P., wife, Audrey, of Minnesota; James, wife, Patricia, of Carbondale; and Lawrence, wife, Rebecca, of Boyertown; two sisters, Rose Misiura, of Massachusetts; and Hedy Faenza, of New Jersey; 37 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by five brothers, Casimir, Peter, Frank, Anthony and Paul; five sisters, Catherine Falatz, Anna Plas, Margaret Karpa, Sophie Hynak and Victoria.
Mass will be held on Friday at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Parish at St. Patrick’s Church, 200 Delaware Ave., Olyphant. Monsignor Michael J. Delaney, pastor, will officiate.
Burial will follow at St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery, Blakely. Military services will be held.
Friends may call on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Hudak-O’Shea Funeral Home, 115 Garfield Ave., Olyphant.
Friends are asked to go directly to the church on Friday morning.
Memorial donations may be made to National Right to Life, 512 10th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004; or Pa. Pro-Life Federation, 4800 Jonestown Road #102, Harrisburg, PA 17109.