In Loving Memory of Edward James Klovensky
Edward James KlovenskyWaverly, PA March 27, 1930 ~ February 2, 2017 Date of Service: February 8, 2017
Edward James Klovensky, 86, of Waverly, died Thursday night at Geisinger-Community Medical Center in Scranton. His wife is the former Marlene Polizzi, to whom he was married for 62 years.
Born March 27, 1930 in Dunmore, son of the late Stanley and Susan Rusinko-Labishak Klovensky, he was a graduate of Dunmore High School Class of 1948 where he was president of his class and known for his athletic abilities, having been named football captain and school record holder for the fastest mile. His accomplishments garnered him full scholarships to many universities, and he eventually earned his bachelor’s degree in electronics from the University of Scranton where his was president of the Evening Student Council, and was presented with the Lay Faculty Award for Outstanding Leadership. For many years, he worked as a baker at Dressler’s in Dunmore, and even as he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1950 during the Korean War, he acted as the primary baker for colonels and top fighter pilots. After the war, he was a baker at the Overbrook in Scranton, and served as treasurer to the Hotel and Restaurant Employees #558, while simultaneously taking night classes under the GI Bill. He then took a job with the Martin Marietta Corporation as structural engineer for their Gemini space program. He continued to further his education by attending night classes at Loyola College, receiving his degree in management, which would assist him at his employment with IBM in Hyde Park, NY. From there, Edward returned to the area, and started working at RCA as an engineering manager, which allowed him to travel the world as he helped establish many international plants. He also had Eddie K’s, a family owned restaurant located on Wheeler Avenue for over 14 years.
Edward was also very active with numerous organizations such as the Boys Scouts of America where he served as Chairman. It was with the Lions Club where he served as board member, past president, leadership chairman, zone chairman, and District Governor of Abington Branch 14H, and where he was presented with the 100% District Governor Award and the Melvin Jones Fellow Humanitarian Award. He was also a board member for the Lackawanna County Association for the Blind and the NEPA Lions Eye Bank. For many years he dressed as Santa for both RCA and the Lions Club.
It was in 1970 that Edward returned to his love of running, and he ran his first marathon soon after. At 58, he ran the Philadelphia Independence Marathon, and finished with a 3:18. He also encouraged his friends and family to run, namely his longtime running buddy and family friend, Benny Ventimiglia, and even had a running group at RCA.
He was an avid sports fan, and loved participating and watching. He was part of the RCA softball team and was a ringer at golf. He loved football, especially the New England Patriots. For decades, he enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas, especially to play slots at the Borgata, where he and his family went faithfully beginning from its opening day. Where ever he went, he always liked finding great restaurants, especially those that served Italian cuisine.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to his brilliant cardiologist, Dr. Samir Pancholy, Dr. Dipti Pancholy of the Wright Center, and his internist Dr. Mladen Jecmenica at Geisinger-CMC, for their outstanding and exceptional care of Edward during his times of need.
Also surviving are his sons, James E. Klovensky of Dunmore, and Jeffrey A. Klovensky of Waverly; daughter-in-law Eunyoung Park of Tysons Corner, VA; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers Donald Klovensky, Stanley “Duke” Klovensky, Robert Klovensky, John Labishak, Andy Labishak, and Joe Labishak; and his sister Olga Fenyak.
The funeral will be Wednesday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in the Church of St. Gregory on N. Abington Rd., Clarks Green. Entombment will follow in Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 3-6 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lackawanna County Association for the Blind, 228 Adams Ave., Scranton, 18503.