John S. “Husa” Paruch, 100 of Shenandoah currently a resident of the Shenandoah Senior Living Community passed away on Monday, January 27, 2020 at Lehigh Valley Hospital-East Norwegian Street, Pottsville.
Born in Shenandoah on September 21, 1919 he was a son of the late Joseph Paruch, Sr. and Mary Ann (Malecki) Paruch.
Mr. Paruch was a decorated World War II Army veteran having served as Military Policeman with the US Military Academy Military Police Detachment and later at West Point, New York. He received the Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the American Campaign Medal.
He was a retired coal miner having worked in the local anthracite industry.
John was an active and devout member of the former St. Stanislaus Church, Shenandoah where he served for many decades as an usher; he was also a member of the Holy Name Society of the parish. Currently, he was a member of Divine Mercy Parish, Shenandoah. Husa was also a former member of the Sheppton American Legion Post 616.
In September, John celebrated his 100th birthday with his family and friends at the Shenandoah Senior Living Community.
Surviving are his nephew, Matthew Yanushefski of Plains; niece and cargiver, Diane Paruch of Shenandoah; niece, Denise Dubis of Lakewood, Ohio; great-niece, Victoria Dubis and sister-in-law, Theresa Paruch of Shenandoah.
John was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Preceding him in death in addition to his parents were two brothers, Walter Paruch and Joseph S. “George” Paruch and two sisters, Dorothy Paruch and Clara Yanushefski.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, January 31, 2020 at 1:00 pm in St. Casimir’s Church, 229 N. Jardin St., Shenandoah, the sacred worship site of Divine Mercy Parish with Monsignor Ronald C. Bocian, Pastor as the celebrant. Interment with military honors will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights. A viewing will be held on Friday from 12:00 noon until 1:00 pm in St. Casimir’s Church.
Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements.