Edward P. Grabarek, 87, of Hanover Township, died Friday after a commendable battle with leukemia.
Edward was a 1944 graduate of Luzerne High School and Wilkes-Barre Business College. He served in the U.S. Army from 1950-1952. He was employed at Eberhard Faber as advertising production manager until his retirement. He was an active member of the Resurrection of the Lord Polish National Catholic Church in Edwardsville, where he served as financial secretary, and was a member of the Board of Directors for many years.He was also a coordinator of the lector and usher programs.
Edward’s interests included gardening, skiing and golf, where he accomplished six holes in one during his amateur career, and also, along with his brothers, won the Spojnia Polish Golf Tournament several times.
He was a devoted grandfather to his two grandchildren, who he considered the love of his life.
Edward was preceded in death by his parents, the late Albert and Elizabeth (nee Wasnieska) Grabarek; brother Chester, and sisters Elizabeth Grabarek and Jennie Tilley.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Helen (nee Laychak); daughter, Donna Callinan, and her husband, John, of Oradell, N.J.; beloved grandchildren, Kelly and Jack; brothers Wensell Grabarek of Durham, N.C., and Alexander Grabarek of Robbinsville, N.J.; sisters Mary Grabarek of Wilkes-Barre, Wanda Ogurkis of Courtdale and Clara Kownacki of Chandler, Ariz., and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Edward will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Andrew Strish Funeral Home, 11 Wilson St., Larksville. A funeral Mass will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Resurrection of the Lord Polish National Catholic Church, 35 Zerby Ave., Edwardsville. Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Lehman Township. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Monday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Edward’s name to the Resurrection of the Lord Polish National Catholic Church.