Robert F. Siekierka, 89, of East Mountain, died July 1st at home. His wife was the late Dorothy Olechna Siekierka who died in 2013. They would have celebrated their 63rd year of marriage this past June 22.
Born December 21, 1930 in Scranton, he was the son of the late Frank and Ruth Hedrick Siekierka. Bob was a life long resident of Scranton's East Mountain Section. He was an Army veteran, Sargent, serving in the Korean War as a combat medic and received the following: Korean Service Medal with 1 Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, Combat Medic Badge, National Defense Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal.
Prior to retirement, Bob was employed by the Herff Jones Co., the former Print Kraft Card Co., for 46 years where he worked his way up from running printing presses to running the dark room operations, photographing and developing film. After retirement, he enjoyed helping out at the family business, Siekierka Landscape, where he created flower arrangements, cared for the nursery stock and did the daily mail and bank runs.
Bob loved the outdoors and nature. Throughout his life he would walk Lake Scranton every Sunday morning. He was an avid fisherman and found many favorite places over the years. He was an avid photographer who left behind thousands of photos and slides filled with family memories and the journey he took throughout his life. These photos wrote a story of an ordinary man who never wanted the spotlight and just did what he thought was right to help others around him.
Surviving are two children, JoAnn Catalanotte and husband Randy, Plains and Mark Siekierka and wife Stephanie, Scranton; a brother Donald Siekierka, Northampton; and many nieces and nephews.
Also preceded in death by a sister Shirley Wetzel.
The family would like to thank the personal aides that cared so lovingly to Bob throughout the past few months, Cindy, Jen, Margaret B., Kathleen, Margaret Y., Ruth, and Sandra. Gratitude also goes out to Geisinger at Home nurses Ruth and Anne and a special thanks to Dr David Fryzel for your guidance, support and being such a great friend.
Calling hours will be Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Neil W. Regan Funeral Home Inc., 1900 Pittston Ave., Scranton. Please be advised that due to COVID-19, social distancing and masks are required. Visitors will be asked to wait outside until they are called in and will be strongly encouraged to limit time with the family. Private services will take place Tuesday.
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