John Stafiniak, 85, of 142 E. High St., Coaldale, died Sunday in the Hometown Nursing Home, Tamaqua R.2. after a lengthly illness.
He was last employed as a checker on the docks in North Bergen, N.J.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late Herasim and Eva (Chocholak) Stafiniak.
He was a member of St. Mary Russian Orthodox Church in Coaldale.
He was also a member of the Russian Club and the Veterans of Foreign Wars both of Coaldale.
The deceased was a World War 11 Air Force Veteran and served with the 9th Airborne in the European Theater of Operations.
He was a 1935 graduate of Coaldale High School.
Surviving are two sisters, Anna Salanta and Helen, wife of Paul Sheers both of Coaldale; two brothers, Simon of Hometown and Michael of Bethlehem; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Stephen.
The August M. Gulla Funeral HOme, 130 E. Ridge St., Coaldale, is in charge of arrangements.