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Peter J. Thiel

January 6, 2022

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Peter J. Thiel

January 6, 2022


Peter J. Thiel, 87, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away on Thursday, January 6, 2022, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Plains Township.


He was born in Wilkes-Barre, a son of the late Alfred C. and Anna Kratz Thiel. Peter attended E.L. Meyers High School, Wilkes-Barre. He was a proud veteran of the United State Navy, having served during the Korean War.  Peter was formerly employed by the National Hose Company in New Jersey and he was later employed at St. Nicholas and St. Boniface Parishes in Wilkes-Barre.  Prior to his retirement, he was employed at Thomas C. Thomas in Wilkes-Barre.


Prior to its closing, Peter had been a member of St. Boniface Church in Wilkes-Barre. He was a current member of St. Andrew Parish in Wilkes-Barre.


He was preceded in death by his brothers Alfred and Louis Thiel and by his sisters Katherine Kwarcinski, Elizabeth Gallagher and Martina Augustine.


Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Phyllis Walton Thiel, daughter Stefanie Rybitski and her husband, William W., Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren Sarah Kotula and her husband Scott, Wilkes-Barre Township, and Nicholas Rybitski and his wife Rachael, Emmaus; great-granddaughter Willow Kotula; and sister Clee Skolnick, Islin, NJ.; nieces and nephews.


Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 9:30 A.M. from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10 A.M. in St. Andrew Parish, 316 Parrish Street, Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township.


Friends may call on Tuesday from 2-4 P.M. at the funeral home.


Condolences can be sent by visiting Peter’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.