Ernest J. Castagna Sr.

Ernest J. "Fishy" Castagna Sr., 81, of 220 Third St., Coaldale, died Monday, Nov. 8. He was the husband of Marie E. (Pavlick) Castagna. They celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on Sept. 12.

He worked for the L.C.& N. Mine No. 8, and the Silberline Manufacturing Co., Lansford, and also had owned the Panther Valley Bus Lines for many years.

Born in Coaldale, he was a son of the late Carmine and Mary (Laskos) Castagna.

He was a member of St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, Lansford.

Surviving in addition to his widow are two sons, Carmen, and his wife, Carmel, of New Ringgold, and Ernest Jr. of Coaldale, and daughter-in-law, Melba, in California; a daughter, Karen Burk of Bethlehem; a brother Bart of Tamaqua; three sisters, Mary Lou Carli of Vineland, N.J., Rose Marie Hitchens of Ridley Park, Pa., and Dorothy Fojtik of Racine, Wis.; and seven grandchildren.

Service: Funeral service 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, Skrabak-Parambo Funeral Home, 210 E. Bertsch St., Lansford; Mass of Christian Burial 1 p.m., St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, Lansford. Interment, Sky-View Memorial Park, Hometown. Call 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday. Contributions in his name may be made to the American Cancer Soc. Online condolences can be offered at

.Published in Times News on November 9, 2010 .Follow this Obituary