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Anthony J. Shurmanek

June 27, 1934 ~ January 4, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old

Anthony Shurmanek Obituary

     Mr. Anthony J. "Tony" Shurmanek, 89, a resident of Wilkes-Barre's North End neighborhood, passed into Eternal Life peacefully Thursday, the morning of January 4th as a patient of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Plains Township.

     Mr. Shurmanek was born on Wednesday, June 27, 1934, the last of seven children to the late Anthony and Anna (Kostelnick) Shurmanek.

     Educated in the local schools, he was a 1952 graduate of the former James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre.  Following graduation, Tony proudly served our country with the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Upon his return home, he furthered his education by taking courses in business from then Wilkes College.

     Mr. Shurmanek was a well known and respected employee of the City of Wilkes-Barre for some twenty years in several capacities.  He began his tenure with the city's Redevelopment Authority following the devastation of Hurricane Agnes.  He later served as an administrative assistant in the mayor's office under several administrations.  At the time of his formal retirement, he served as foreman for the Wilkes-Barre City Public Works Department.

     Professionally and fraternally, Mr. Shurmanek held membership in the Wilkes-Barre City Public Works Union; the Sampson (N.Y.) Air Force Base Veterans Organization; the Disabled American Veterans; the Brookside American Legion Post #837 and was a lifetime member and former financial officer of the North End Slovak Citizens Club, Wilkes-Barre.

     He was preceded in death by sisters; Mrs. Ann Furman and Mrs. Helen Sott; by Brothers, John, Richard J., Robert W. and Joseph Shurmanek and most recently by his beloved wife, the former Lorraine L. (Sullivan) Shurmanek on Tuesday, October 17, 2023.  At the time of Mrs. Shurmanek's passing, the couple shared sixty-eight years of married life together.

     Left to cherish his memory are his children; Nancy Kerstetter and her husband Bill of Kingston; David Shurmanek and his wife Kindra and Pamela A. Povilitus and her husband Mark, all of Wilkes-Barre; Grandchildren including Lauren Kerstetter, Eric Kerstetter and his wife Alice; Brent Shurmanek, Nicole Kivak and her husband Chris and Brandon Povilitus along with his wife Becca; Great-grandson, Dalton Kivak; Several nieces, nephews, former neighbors and dear friends.

     Per his previous request, funeral services for Mr. Shurmanek will be held privately and at the convenience of his family from Saint Barbara Parish, 224 Memorial Street, Exeter.  The Reverend Monsignor John J. Sempa, pastor, serving as celebrant and homilist.

     Entombment with the Rite of Committal will be in Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum, 1594 South Main Street, Hanover Township.

     There will be no formal calling hours.

     The John V. Morris Family Funeral Home Inc. of Wilkes-Barre is once again honored to be called to care for our friend and neighbor, Mr. Shurmanek and his family at this time.

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