Mr. George J. Gaydosh, age 84, of Morea, died Tuesday night at Lehigh Valley Hospital Schuylkill East Norwegian St., in Pottsville. Born in Mahanoy City, he was the son of the late John and Helen (Roman) Gaydosh. He was a 1954 graduate of Mahanoy City High School. He served with the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. George was a graduate of McCann School of Business, and held a BS degree in Business from Northwestern University.
His working career included being a purchasing agent and assistant manager at Speed Space Corporation in Tamaqua, an employment interviewer with the Office of Employment Security in Pottsville, and foreman with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resource Management in Pottsville working to extinguish the Keely Run mine fire, and the Forestville bank fire. He was also a foreman for Fleetwood Modular Homes, as well as a manager for McKinley Carpets. George also worked for the Public Welfare Department in Tamaqua, and briefly for the Federal Government. He was also a supervisor devoted to the polls every election day for very many years.
In 1972, George received a citation from The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania House of Representatives for his exemplary citizenship and generous service to others during the aftermath of the Hurricane Agnes Flood, which devastated the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area. He worked under the jurisdiction of Governor Milton J. Shapp and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. During that time, he worked in Pittston helping countless people.
He was a life long member of St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church in Mahanoy City, where he was a member of the church choir, and then served as Cantor for many years. George was also a member of BPOE 695 of Mahanoy City, American Legion Post 74 also of Mahanoy City, and the Greek Catholic Union. He was a 4th Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus, as well as a serving in the officer roles of Deputy Grand Night and Grand Knight.
Preceding him in death were his brothers and sisters Stephen, Nicholas, Michael, Harold and Andrew Kohan, and sisters Mary Litchko and Leona Peel. Surviving are his wife of 60 years, the former Christine Scislaw, a son Gary Gydush and his wife Becky of Pequea, PA, and a daughter Karen Czarniecki and her husband Jim of Orlando, FL.
He is also survived by his grandchildren Tina and Joel Czarniecki, Sandy Cline and her husband Brandon, Justin Czarniecki and his fiancé Raelynn, Kim Long and her husband Andrew, Greg Gydush, Emily Urbanski and her husband Frank, great grandchildren Titus Cline, Andi Long, and Penny Urbanski, as well as nieces and nephews. A private Divine Liturgy with Office of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. James Carroll, with interment in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville. David D. Jarrett Funeral Home of Mahanoy City is in charge of arrangements Please sign the guestbook online at www.jarrettfuneralhome.com.
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