John A. Kulesa
John A. Kulesa, 82, of West Scranton, died Tuesday morning at Regional Hospital in Scranton. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Leona Pacholec Kulesa.
Born Feb. 10, 1929, in Scranton, son of the late John J. and Josephine Rutkowski Kulesa, he was a graduate of West Scranton High School, class of 1948. After graduation, he played baseball with the Taylor Tigers, pitching countless no-hitter games. He went on to play minor league baseball in Georgia. He served in the Army from 1950-52 in the Korean War. Before retirement, he was employed by PP&L for 23 years. He was a member of St. Ann's Basilica Parish.
He had an extreme passion for gardening that he learned from his father. He particularly loved roses, his favorite being the Amy Quenerd, which he always thought was the most fragrant. Among his other favorite flowers were the Rudbekiah and African Violet. He landscaped many gardens around the Scranton area gracing them with beauty. He also grew prize-winning tomatoes, which were the tallest cherry tomatoes in Scranton. He always took great pride in this. Known by everyone as a kind and gentle man, he will be greatly missed.
He is also survived by his three children, Paulette LaConte and husband, Kenneth, Lakeland, Fla.; Kevin Kulesa and wife, Theresa, Scranton; and Kathleen Fanucci and husband, Joseph, Scranton; three grandchildren, who were his greatest pride and joy, Sergio and Isabella Fanucci, and Sean Kulesa; his siblings, Chester Kulesa, Helen Cerra, Mary Ann Gurz and Eleanor Conrad; many nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Joseph and Frank Kulesa.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Ann's Basilica, St. Ann St., West Scranton.
and friends may pay their respects to the family from 9:30 a.m. until
time of service at the church. Arrangements are under the care of the
Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 125 N. Main Ave., Scranton. Visit www.Kear
neyFuneralHome.com for directions or to leave an online condolence.