John F. Novelli Jr.

Novem­ber 11, 2017

The Citizens' Voice - - Obituaries -

John F. Novelli Jr., 83, for­merly of Mo­canaqua, passed into the hands of the Lord on Satur­day, Nov. 11, 2017, sur­rounded by his lov­ing fam­ily. Born and raised in Mo­canaqua, he was the son of the late John Sr. and So­phie Kita Novelli.

John was a grad­u­ate of the for­mer Shick­shinny High School. He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957.

He was an ac­tive and ded­i­cated mem­ber of Holy Spirit Par­ish/St. Mary’s Church, Mo­canaqua, not only as a parish­ioner but as the first vol­un­teer at many of the church func­tions such as St. Mary’s picnic, mak­ing pier­o­gis and open­ing and clos­ing the church. Of­ten known as “the can­dle man,” he dis­trib­uted and took care of the can­dles in the ceme­tery.

He was a mem­ber of the Pol­ish Fal­cons of Mo­canaqua, where he was chief coun­selor, ad­vi­sor and co­me­dian as the club’s bar­tender.

John was em­ployed for many years by Wise Foods, even­tu­ally re­tir­ing and tak­ing on the school guard po­si­tion for Nanticoke Area schools.

He was pre­ceded in death, in ad­di­tion to his par­ents, by his wife, Marie.

Sur­viv­ing are three chil­dren, Linda Reilly and her husband, Bud, Forty Fort; Lisa Um­bra and her husband, Wil­liam, Plains Twp.; and Lori Pond; a sis­ter, Theresa Novelli, Mo­canaqua; seven grand­chil­dren; five great-grand­chil­dren; and many cousins and friends.

John en­joyed church bazaars, church func­tions, driv­ing mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to ap­point­ments, and polka danc­ing, where he can still be seen on WVIA TV. He and his wife, Marie, won many awards for their danc­ing.

Funeral ser­vices will be held at 9:30 a.m. Fri­day from Mayo Funeral Home Inc., 77 N. Main St., Shick­shinny, fol­lowed by a Mass of Chris­tian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Spirit Par­ish/St. Mary’s Church, Mo­canaqua.

Fam­ily and friends are asked to call at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. Thurs­day.

The fam­ily wishes to thank Hos­pice of the Sa­cred Heart and Sin­clair nurs­ing ser­vices for their ex­cep­tional care.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made to the Wilkes-Barre YMCA’s LIVESTRONG pro­gram for can­cer sur­vivors.

For in­for­ma­tion, or to send con­do­lences, please visit www.may­

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