In Remembrance of John R. Anderson, Jr.
John R. Anderson, Jr.Scranton, PA May 2, 1937 ~ February 13, 2012 Date of Service: February 17, 2012
John R. Anderson, Jr., 74, Scranton, died peacefully Monday evening while surrounded by his loving wife and children in the VNA Hospice Unit at Geisinger-Community Medical Center in Scranton. He and his wife, the former Mary Frances Arndt would have celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary on February 26th.
Born in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late John R. and Eleanor Wolff Anderson, Sr. He was a graduate of South Catholic High School in South Scranton, had served in the U.S. Air Force, and was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Scranton. Prior to retirement John had been employed for 40years by the Federal Aviation Administration. After retirement he had worked for several local trucking and delivery companies.
John was an avid sports enthusiast, which included being a member of the Bistocchi’s House League Bowling League for many years, but his greatest enjoyment came when coaching his children and grandchildren in various local youth sports. This was especially evident in the amount of time he dedicated to coaching and the Board of Directors for the East Scranton Little League. He had served as District 17/32 Little League Representative and had coached the 1979 East Scranton Little League All Star Team to the league’s only District 17 Championship. John’s dedication was honored in 2008 by naming the East Scranton Little League Field after him. He also served as the long time treasurer of the Central High School Football Parent’s Club.
John was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle who lived for his children and grandchildren. He was always available to help with anything asked of him. He enjoyed his annual trip to Las Vegas and his occasional trips to Mohegan Sun Casino where he enjoyed watching the horse races. His family will miss his attendance at family gatherings and his grandchildren’s activities and events, more than words can express.
His family would like to thank Dr. Shripathi Holla, Dr. Kurt Moran, Dr. Lisa Thomas, Dr. Christopher Peters, and ICU nurses and staff at Geisinger-Community Medical Center, for the care and compassion shown to John.
Also surviving are a daughter, Cathy Carpenter and her husband Scott, Scranton, five sons, John R. Anderson III and his wife Jamie, Scranton, Ted Anderson and his wife Erin, Scranton, Michael Anderson and his wife Mary Lynn, Gibsonia, PA, Christopher Anderson and his wife Mary, Ithaca, NY and Matthew Anderson and his wife Nadine, Bay Village, OH, a sister, Patricia Sheerin and her husband Daniel, Scranton, three brothers, Earl Anderson and his wife Nancy, Minnesota, Gerard Anderson and his wife Jolene, California, and David Anderson, Scranton, twenty two grandchildren, Christian, Abby, and Noah Anderson, Corey, Ben, Zachary, and Ally Anderson, Trevor, Jason, and Allyson Carpenter, all of Scranton, Jack, Logan, and Ava Anderson, Gibsonia, PA, Mary Elizabeth, Hannah Rose, Luke, and Grace Anderson, Ithaca, NY, Nicholas, Elizabeth, Aria, Maisey, and Joshua Anderson, Bay Village, Ohio, two aunts, Ruth Pagnozzi, Dunmore, and Lorraine Thomas, Chestnut Hill, PA, as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by an infant son Matthew.
The funeral will be Friday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc. 318 East Drinker Street in Dunmore with mass of Christian Burial at 10am in the Immaculate Conception Church, Taylor Avenue and East Gibson Street, in Scranton. Interment will follow in the Cathedral Cemetery.
Friends may call Thursday from 3-8pm.
Those friends attending the funeral mass on Friday are asked to go directly to the church.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the John R. Anderson Jr. Memorial Fund c/o Penn Security Bank.