Albert T. “Al” Fecko, 97, formerly of 101 E. Washington St., Apt. B, Shenandoah, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning at the Highlands at Wyomissing.
Born Feb. 20, 1918, in Shamokin, he was a son of the late George and Anna Parana Fecko. Both of his parents were immigrants from the (Czechoslovakia) Czech Republic.
Al was a 1936 graduate of Shamokin High School. He worked at his parent’s cafe until 1942, at which time he enlisted in the Navy. Al served his country during World War II as a cryptographer while stationed in North Africa, Italy and Guam. During those years he reached the rank of Chief Yeoman and was honorably discharged from active duty in 1946. He received the following decorations: the European Theater Ribbon with one star, the Pacific Theater Ribbon, the Good Conduct Ribbon, the American Theater Ribbon and the Victory Medal.
Al moved on to become a rural mail carrier for the United States Postal Service in Shamokin until his retirement in 1979. He served as a president of the Rural Letter Carriers Association for Snyder, Union and Northumberland counties from 1954 to 1976.
In 1980, Al married his longtime girlfriend, Marie Zalewski, and moved to Shenandoah. They had a loving marriage until Marie passed away in 2000.
He spent much of his time playing golf and traveling with his wife. Together they visited Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia and traveled throughout Europe. They both enjoyed spending their winter months in Florida where they developed a loving and longtime friendship with Mary Jones and many others.
Al was a generous man. He made donations to various churches, schools, hospitals, fire companies and other organizations.
He was 62 when he moved to Shenandoah and since that time, he acquired an amazing amount of historical knowledge about the town. He loved hanging out at the Hookies Fire Company where he made many friends. Al will be missed by his family and many acquaintances.
In Shenandoah, he was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, formerly St. Stephen’s Church, the A.P. Damato Medal of Honor Post 792, the Disabled American Veterans , and the Shenandoah Rescue Hook and Ladder Fire Company (“The Hookies”). Al was also a lifetime member of the Shamokin West End Fire Company since 1937.
In addition to his parents and his wife, Marie, Al was preceded in death by two brothers, George and Thomas Fecko; five sisters, Mildred and Catherine Fecko, Veronica Kelty, Pauline Alexandro and Anna Olson.
Surviving are his nephews, George Olson, Henry “Hank” Zale, Ray Zale and Chris Zale, and his nieces, Anna Marie (Poplowski) Reidinger and Christine Poplowski.
A funeral service will be held at 8:30 a.m. Friday from Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. in St. Casimir Church, the sacred worship site of Divine Mercy Parish, 229 N. Jardin St., Shenandoah. The Rev. Msgr. Ronald C. Bocian, pastor, will officiate. Interment with military honors will follow in St. Casimir Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. Relatives and friends may call from 7:30 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made to Shenandoah Area Free Public Library, 15 W. Washington St., Shenandoah, PA 17976.
Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements.