Gervase Castner, 86, of Pittston, passed away Sunday, Dec. 30, at Heritage House Commonwealth Hospice, Wilkes-Barre.
He was born in Dupont, on March 28, 1926 and was the son of the late Gervase and Ann McCrone Castner.
Gervase was a member of Sacred Heart Of Jesus Church, Dupont. He was a graduate of Dupont High School, and upon graduating from high school he joined the U.S. Navy and served during World War II. After the war, Gervase graduated from East Stroudsburg University with a degree in education. He retired from the Paramus New Jersey School District. Gervase enjoyed weightlifting and all types of exercise; he also enjoyed photography and the outdoors. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, and he will be deeply missed.
In addition to parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Veronica (Orzech) Castner, who passed away Dec. 3, 2012; his brother, Raymond, and his sister Loretta Graham.
He is survived by his daughter, Patricia Barrett, and her husband, Thomas, of Oak Ridge, N.J.; her sons, James Castner of Pittston and Kenneth Castner of Lake Stockholm, N.J. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Dana Russell, Kathleen Barrett and Timothy Barrett; great-grandchildren, Tiana Russell and Davis Russell; his sister Catherine Lil Hahn and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 10:30 a.m. from Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Of Jesus Church, Dupont, with Fr. Joseph Verespy officiating. Friends may call Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service. The AMVETS Honor Guard will provide military honors. Interment will be held at the parish cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Commonwealth Hospice, 80 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.
Online condolences may be made to www.kiesingerfuneralservices.com.