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Stanley W. Owca

September 21, 2018

U.S. Veteran


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Stanley W. Owca

September 21, 2018


Stanley W. Owca, 98 years 10 month and 20 days passed away peacefully on Friday, September 21, 2018.


He was born in Wilkes-Barre, a son of the late Walter and Sophie Gola Owca.  He was a life time resident of the Brookside Section of Wilkes-Barre.


Stanley was a graduate of Coughlin High School, class of 1938 and he attended East Stroudsburg State Teachers College and Wilkes College.


He was a veteran of World War II, serving from March 25, 1941 to April 2, 1946 in the U.S. Naval Coast Guard and was assigned to the USS Mintaka and the USS Hurst in the South Pacific Theater attaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer.  Stanley was also a veteran of the Korean War, serving from October 4, 1950 to June 28, 1952 in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the U.S. Naval Base in Yokosuka, Japan as a Radio Technician.


Prior to his retirement, Stanley was employed by the Tobyhanna Army Depot and then the Luzerne County Assistance Office, whereas he rode his bicycle back and forth to work.  After Stanley retired he enjoyed going to yard sales and talking to people he met along the way.


He was a member of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church/ St. Andre Bessette Parish, North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre.


Stanley was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 59 years, the former Helen Zamulinsky in 2007, son Daniel Owca in 2003 and granddaughter, Amy Lynn Owca in 2006.  He was also preceded in death by his sister, Mary Malcolm and his brother, Joseph Owca.


Surviving are his children: Donna Owca, Dennis Owca and his wife, Cynthia, David and his wife, Constance; daughter-in-law, Ann Owca and three grandchildren: David, Michael & Lauren.


He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.


The family would like to thank the 4th floor staff of Little Flower Manor and Celtic Hospice for their compassionate care and kindness.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday at 10 am in St. Andre Bessette Parish, 668 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre.  Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township.  Friends attending the Mass are asked to go directly to the Church on Tuesday morning.


Family and friends may call on Monday from 4 – 6 pm at the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre.


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