Leo J. Kaskel Jr.
Avid Outdoorsman

Leo J. Kaskel Jr. Mountain Top, died July 8, in Geisinger Medical Center, Plains Twp., surrounded by his loving family.

Leo was born in 1944 to the late Leon and Aldona Simpson Kaskel in Wilkes-Barre Twp. In 1971, he married the love of his life, Colleen Duszewski Kaskel and they celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary on June 12.

He graduated from Wilkes-Barre Twp. High School in 1962 and went on to pursue a bachelor’s degree in public security from Kings College in 1972. He served in the U. S. Army, being stationed for the most part in Korea. He is a member of the American Legion Post Unit 815 in Wilkes-Barre Twp. Upon his return, he pursued a career with the U. S. Postal Service, starting as a letter carrier in Wilkes-Barre and eventually becoming Postmaster of McAdoo and retiring in 1997 as Postmaster in Freeland.

Leo was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing at every opportunity. He started many nature conservancy initiatives. He was a consummate naturalist with a green thumb and his garden is an expression of that. He was always active assuring everyone was invited to all events and included in the activities. He was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan, constantly hoping for that Super Bowl win.

Besides his family, the other love of his life was the Wilkes-Barre Twp. Settlement Camp, where he spent many years as a camper and counselor in his youth. Later spending weekends every summer there camping and fishing with family and friends making a life time of memories. He always said “I’ve been there” and that was definitely the case; especially in all our hearts.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were his brother, David Kaskel; and numerous aunts and uncles.

Surviving are his wife, Colleen Duszewski Kaskel; daughters, Lee Ann Kaskel, Mountain Top; Christine Henke and husband, Jason, Kingsley; Kimberlee Mushinsky and husband, BJ, Wilkes-Barre Twp.; and son, Leo J. Kaskel III and wife, Erin, Wilkes-Barre; grandsons, Tyler and Ryan Henke, Kingsley; a brother, Christopher Kaskel and wife, Kathy, Mountain Top; nephews, Christopher, David, Jacob and Joseph Kaskel and their families; and his aunt, Elizabeth Simpson, Wilkes-Barre; along with numerous cousins.

The funeral will be held at 8:45 a. m. Wednesday, July 12 from McCune Funeral Home, 80 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a. m. in St. Mary’s Church, Dorrance.

Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Twp.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p. m. Tuesday from at the funeral home.