John E. Lavelle Jr., age 72 of Morea, passed away Monday at Lehigh Valley Hospital Schuylkill, East Norwegian St. In Pottsville. He was the son of the late Honorable Judge John E. and Anne (Cooke) Lavelle Sr.. He served with the United States Navy and was a proud member and retired from Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local 524 of Scranton.
He was an active volunteer with the Barnesville Boy Scout Troop 725 for many years. A fan of NASCAR, he enjoyed yearly trips with his niece Caitlin to the Pocono Raceway. He is survived by his wife of 43 years the former Janice Stetts, sons Andrew Lavelle of Morea and John E. Lavelle III and his wife Rachel of Williamsport, sisters Anne Prior and her husband David, Maureen West and her husband Lloyd, brothers Edward, Philip and his wife Anna Marie, Joseph, and James and his wife Michele and a brother in law Edward Stetts and his wife Kathryn as well as many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was the adoring pop-pop of twin granddaughters Alaina and Nora Lavelle. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral on Saturday morning at 9:30 AM from the David D. Jarrett Funeral Home of Mahanoy City. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Kevin P. Gallagher at 10 AM from St. Teresa of Calcutta Church in Mahanoy City. Interment with military honors will follow at Sky View Memorial Park in Hometown. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6 to 8 PM and again on Saturday morning beginning at 8:30 AM. Contributions in his name to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of the church would be appreciated and will be collected at the visitation. For more information please visit www.jarrettfuneralhome.com.
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