First Posted: 7/25/2013
Donald H. Heness Sr., 84, of Hanover Township, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 25, 2013, at the Kindred Wyoming Valley Hospital, Wilkes Barre.
Born in Larksville, he was a son of the late Theodore and Viola Hayward Heness.
He was a graduate of Larksville High School, class of 1947, and was a member of St. Casimir’s Church, Lyndwood, Hanover Township, and St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, Wilkes Barre.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War, and was a member of the American Legion, Post 609, Hanover Township.
Prior to retirement, he was employed by Warner & Swasey, Cleveland, Ohio. He became the owner and operator of Last Chance Produce Center, later known as Don’s Deli, Hanover Township.
Donald was involved with the Boy Scouts of America and was a leader for many years. He was a former member and past president of the Jim Beam Club, Wyoming Valley; a member of the Firwood Senior’s Club, South Wilkes Barre; and recently of the Kingston Senior Center.
Throughout his life, he enjoyed traveling with his wife, Anna, and his family. He was an avid football and basketball fan, and particularly enjoyed watching Penn State football.
He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Anna Marie Hudacek, who passed away on Oct. 10, 2012; brothers, Ralph and George; and sister, Mabel Cooper.
Surviving are his loving children, Debora Siebert and her husband, Thomas, Shaker Heights, Ohio; Diane Woychick and her husband, John Jr., Stroudsburg; Donald Heness Jr., Larksville; Doreen Brown and her husband, David, Gilbertsville; Daniel Heness, West Wyoming; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and many friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday in St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, formerly St. Aloysius Church, 143 W. Division St., Wilkes-Barre. Military service was in St. Stephen’s Cemetery, Lehman, for interment.
Arrangements provided by the S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Donald’s memory may be made to the Boy Scouts of America.
To submit online condolences to Donald’s family, please visit www.sjgrontkowskifuneralhome.com.