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Robert T. O'Konski

April 27, 2019


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Robert T. O’Konski

April 27, 2019


On Saturday, April 27, 2019, our beloved husband, father and brother, Robert T. O’Konski entered into eternal rest after a long, hard fought battle against Multiple Myeloma.  He was the husband of Mary Beth O’Konski of Dallas, and the father of Robert O’Konski, Patricia O’Konski and Thomas O’Konski.


He was the son of the late Peter and Josephine Russell O’Konski of Larksville, and the late Leo and Catherine Russell Barker of Wilkes-Barre.  Bob was a 1957 graduate of St. Nicholas High School, Wilkes-Barre and a 1961 graduate of King’s College.


He married the former Mary Beth Sheridan in 1962 and they resided in New Jersey, where he worked for American Cyanimid as a research chemist.  In 1967 they relocated to Pennsylvania, where he worked for Proctor & Gamble until his retirement in 1994.


Bob was a 25 year member of the Dallas Fire and Ambulance Association and after retiring from P & G he volunteered as a driver for the Dallas Ambulance for many years.  He was a member of Gate of Heaven Church in Dallas, and he was a 3rd Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus, Lake Carey, PA.


He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Katie, who died in 2013, and by his cherished brothers, John, Peter, James and Thomas O’Konski.


Bob is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Beth; children, Robert O’Konski and his wife, Missie, of Scranton, Patricia O’Konski, San Diego, CA and Thomas O’Konski and his wife, Michelle, Sugar Notch; grandchildren, Evan, Sarah, Adam and Ashley; great grandchildren, Bailey and Vincent; sisters, Marie Karmilowicz, Avalon, NJ, Sister Esther Ann O’Konski, R.S.M., Dallas, Catherine Melnyk and her husband, James, Walnut Creek, CA; brothers, Joseph O’Konski, San Diego, CA and Frank O’Konski and his wife, Liz, Pringle; nieces and nephews.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10:30 am in Gate of Heaven Church, 40 Machell Avenue, Dallas.  Family and friends are asked to go directly to the Church on Friday morning.  Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township.


Friends may call on Thursday from 5-7 pm at the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre and on Friday morning from 9:30 am – 10:30 am at Gate of Heaven Church.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Gate of Heaven Church, 40 Machell Avenue, Dallas, PA  18612 or to the Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge, 947 Lockville Road, Dallas, PA 18612.


Online condolences may be sent by visiting Bob’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.