John L. Konopczyk

John L. Konopczyk, 79, of Mountain Top died on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, in Celtic Hospice, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.

He was born in Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 26, 1936, son of the late Joseph and Bridget Mazur Konopczyk. John was a 1954 graduate of Marymount High School, Wilkes-Barre. He was an Army veteran, serving during the Korean War.

In 1959, he married Leona Plesnar and together they raised five children. For many years, he owned and operated Valley Service Station. Prior to his retirement, he was an insurance adjuster for Farmers Insurance.

Musically inclined, John played saxophone and clarinet for many happy occasions in the polka band, The Merrymakers.

John was an avid hunter and ice fisherman, and was happiest when holding court in his garage with his sons and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Leona; his children, Dr. Janet Halsey (Bill), Mount Airy, Md.; Tom Konopczyk (Debbie), Harleysville; Jack Konopczyk (Jill), Mountain Top; Andrea Gerko, Forty Forty; Dave Konopczyk (Kelli), Cedar Park, Texas; and five grandchildren, Andrew, Gabrielle, and 1st Class Airman Ryan Konopczyk and Mia and Brennan Konopczyk; sister, Veronica Hohol, Kingston; brother, Joseph Konopczyk (Janet), Bear Creek; sister-in-law, Ann Marie Peters, McLean, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass from St. Jude Parish, 420 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top. Friends may call 4 to 8 p. m. Monday at Nat and Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Parish Building Fund, 420 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, PA 18707.

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