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Stephen Kowalsky

January 16, 1923 - January 1, 2019

Service Date: January 5, 2019

Funeral Home Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc.


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Stephen Kowalsky  95, of Pleasant Mount fell asleep in the Lord Tuesday at home.


Born in beautiful Pleasant Mount, one of 10 children he was the son Joachim and Glafira Kowalsky, both immigrants from Austria to America through Ellis Island. He was a graduate of Pleasant Mount High School class of 1941.


He had a delightful sense of humor and was always quick a smile and wit to brighten anyone’s day. He was highly creative and always inventing new ways of doing things right up to the age of 95.  .

As a lover of music and dance, he was a saxophone player in a band and also received the Arthur Murray Bronze Medal Award in Modern Ballroom Dance in 1954.

He sang alto in his church choir and in the Ekumen Choral under the direction of Pat Marcinko.

He loved aeronautics and enjoyed learning to fly as well as riding his BMW motorcycle with other motorcycle enthusiasts to New York City.


Throughout his life he maintained a strong faith in God.  He was a generous, gentle, and soft spoken person who was very humble, caring, and compassionate.  He always put other’s needs before his own, and his home was always welcoming to everyone.


Aside from managing his family’s dairy farm he was also employed as a plumbing, electrical, and heating contractor. He was on call 24/7 to help his fellow farmers, and many friends and family whenever in need.

Always respecting new technology, he designed and installed an in-floor radiant heating system for his church, St. Basil’s O.C. A. in Simpson, PA.


He is survived by nieces and nephews  Michael and Diane Urda, Herrick Center; Lois and Stephen Dreater, Scranton; Maria and Robert Lozada,  Scranton; Paulette and Bob Andzulis,  Athens, PA; Marie Gavazzi, Troy, NY; Doris and Michael Graybar, Wilmington, NC; Stephen and Lee Lazorchak Pittstown, NJ; John and Lillian Lazorchak, White House Station, NJ; grand nieces and nephews.


He was also preceeded in death by three brothers, Jack, Michael and Theodore; and six sisters, Ann Urda, Olga Gavazzi, Marion Lazorchak, Betty Dreater, Patricia and Esther Kowalsky.


The funeral will be Saturday with a Requiem Service at 1:00 P.M. in St. Basil’s Orthodox Church of America, 9 Lord Avenue, Simpson by the Rev. Jason Franchak.  Interment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Pleasant Mount.


Friends and family may call on Friday from 4 to 7 P.M. at the Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc. 621 Main Street, Simpson.  Parastas will be at 6:30 P.M.


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