In Remembrance of Thomas L. "Tom" Piontko

Thomas L.

Thomas L. "Tom" Piontko

Scranton, PA January 15, 1950 ~ June 3, 2014 Date of Service: June 7, 2014

Thomas L. "Tom" Piontko passed peacefully on June 3, 2014, with his loving wife, Lynn, by his side.

Born in Peckville, son of the late Thomas and Mary Palys Piontko, he was a graduate of St. Patrick's High School in Olyphant, and attended Penn State University.

A dedicated soldier, he served in the Army, E-5, tour of duty in Vietnam. So young, proud, strong and brave, he was discharged in 1971. The influence of the United States Armed Forces stayed with Tom all his life-Protect and Serve. The other love of his life besides his wife and family was "Old Glory"-Red, White and Blue. Those were his colors.

He was a member of the V.F.W., the American Legion and the D.A.V.

He was previously employed by the Trane Company, Anemostat and Tobyhanna Army Depot.

He also loved football, movies, all kinds of tools to build things with, cooking, grilling and watching beautiful sunsets with his wife in our garden.

Tom's family was the world to him. He was a loving husband, brother, uncle and friend. In addition to his wife, Lynn, he is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Ann Marie and George Marcinko, Throop; nieces and nephews, Shawn, Linda, David, Trisha and Bob; and sisters-in-law, Nancy and Betsy. He was a member of the Human Society, and had dogs named Murphy, Boo and finally Bob.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his nephew, Christopher.

The funeral will be Saturday with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in the Holy Cross Parish at St. Patrick's Church, 200 Delaware Ave., Olyphant, followed by military honors outside the church. All those attending the mass are asked to go directly to the church.

Friends may call Friday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore.

Memorial contributions may be made in Tom's name and honor to the Disabled American Veterans, 516 Storrs St., Dickson City, PA 18519.

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Ivan and Linda Frable
Posts: 3
Re: In Remembrance of Thomas L. Piontko
Reply #3 on : Sun June 08, 2014, 16:50:00
So sorry for your loss Tom was a good neighbor and will be missed
John Wettstein
Posts: 3
My Friend & Colleague
Reply #2 on : Thu June 05, 2014, 13:24:48
To the family of my friend & colleague Tom. I extend my deepest sympathy and condolences in
your time of sorrow. Tom was not only a collegue of mine from work but he was also a Friend and a Brother in Arms. Tom was my trainer when I first started working in the Tool Crib here at the Depot. A finer teacher would be haard to find. He was a dedicated worker, a man you could always go to if you had a question about something you didn't know or understand concerning the workings of the Tool Crib. He was a taskmaster when training but he also made the job fun. He has been missed since he left the Tool Crib. Whenever we would get a new employee and they did something wrong we would jokingly tell them they were lucky Tom wasn't here because he would definetely let you know if you did it the wrong way and then he would just laugh and tell you not to do it again. We would jokingly argue with each other about who cooked the best on the grill. We also shared something in common and that was our Love for our country and what the colors on the U.S. flag stood for. We never discussed each other's experienes in Nam. We didn't have to. So long my friend. My thought will be with you on Memorial Day and Veterans Day and my prayers will be with you. So long my friend and keep "OLD GLORY" flying so that when the rest us of Old Warhorses get to those Pearly Gates we'll be able to Salute Her.
Christine Konopka Yazurlo
Posts: 3
Re: In Remembrance of Thomas L. Piontko
Reply #1 on : Thu June 05, 2014, 10:02:55
Lynn and family,
I was very sorry to read about Tommy's passing. I know he was very close to dad for many years and was a good guy. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Chris and family