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Thomas E Zanowicz

August 3, 1941 ~ December 6, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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Thomas Zanowicz Obituary

Thomas Zanowicz, of Wilkes-Barre Township, passed away Wednesday, December 6, 2023 at Riverview Nursing and Rehabilitation, Wilkes-Barre Township.

Born in Nanticoke, Tom was a son of the late Edward and Helen (Victor) Zanowicz. He was a graduate of Nanticoke High School, Wilkes-Barre Business College and King’s College.  He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and had attained the rank of E-5.  He was awarded the National Defense Medal, Good Conduct medal, Overseas ribbon, Korean Service Medal and expert rifleman badge.  He was awarded a Letter of Commendation from the commanding officer of the Edgewood, MD Chemical Center for serving as a chemical research volunteer.  He was a member of VFW Post 4909, Dupont Honor Guard and Nanticoke American Legion.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Union Carbide, NJ.  He then went on to be the menswear buyer for Pomeroy’s Department store.  He was last employed by Techniglass as a state licensed millwright mechanic. He was a member of Queen of the Apostles Parish, Avoca.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Joan (Kulikowski) Zanowicz; a daughter, Danielle Janiszewski;  and brother, Leonard Zanowicz.

Surviving are his loving companion, Shirley Darsky; his daughter Laura DiGiampaolo and husband, Joe;  grandchildren  Rachael Picton, Zachery Zaborney,  Brian Janiszewski, Jr and Janelle Janiszewski; great grandchildren Kassandra, Trevor, Brynly and Lukas; sister-in-law Bertha Zanowicz and close friends Christine and Nick Gianuzzi.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, December 14, 2023 at Queen of the Apostles Parish, 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca with the Reverend Phillip J. Sladicka officiating.  Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township next to his wife, Joan and daughter, Danielle at the convenience of the family.   Friends may call Thursday from 10:00AM-11:00 AM at the church.  Kniffen O’Malley Leffler Funeral & Cremation Services, Avoca have been entrusted with arrangements.

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December 14, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Hawthorne St, Avoca

Mass of Christian Burial
December 14, 2023

11:00 AM
Hawthorne St, Avoca


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