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Paul A. Wendolowski

February 7, 2021

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Arrangements will be provided by the Frank T. Mazur Funeral Home in Dickson City. The immediate service will be private and interment will be at the discretion of the family. If considering a memorial contribution, of the Children’s Advocacy Center NEPA, 1710 Mulberry St., Scranton, PA would be greatly appreciated.

A Celebration of Life will be announced and held when the weather is warmer and restrictions allow for a larger gathering. Until then, the family asks that you raise a glass of your preferred beverage, whether a cup of coffee or Paul’s favorite, a Highball and join them in a toast to Paul, “Life well Lived, Job well Done, Safe Journey”.

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Paul Alfons Wendolowski, 70, of Clarks Summit, unexpectedly died of natural causes on Sunday afternoon, February 7th, at Geisinger CMC, surrounded by his family. Paul is survived by his loving wife, the former Catherine Antosh of Tunkhannock, who recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on January 25, 2021.

Born in Scranton on September 28, 1950, he was the son of the late Alfons “Al” John Wendolowski and Helen (Gill) Wendolowski. Paul was a graduate of Dunmore Central Catholic High School where he excelled as a member of the basketball team. Paul attended Keystone Jr. College where he met Cathy. After graduating from Keystone, he attended Pennsylvania State University where he graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Business Degree.

Following graduation, Paul joined United Parcel Service in Harrisburg, PA where he enjoyed a successful career. Taken from Paul’s words, “As a senior at Penn State I took a job, along with five other students, unloading trucks at a local UPS facility for $3.00 an hour. Six weeks later I was the only one left; the others quit because the work was too hard. Thirty years later I was responsible for millions of dollars of equipment, service guarantees, and daily payroll. I had achieved the rank of Region Air Manager, one of only seven in the country, with responsibilities for the East and Northeast region for the Airlines Division. In addition, I was involved in a few historic service expansions; part of the team opening service to Mexico, Central & South America, and the Caribbean Islands, and heading the team that coordinated the initial continuous nonstop, overnight cargo flight service from New York City to Beijing, China.”

At age 50, Paul was now ready to leave the corporate world. Paul and Cathy relocated back home, after having lived in numerous locations in the Mid-Atlantic, settling in Clarks Summit to be near family, friends, and aging parents. Paul soon found that he was not quite ready to leave the business world.

Paul spent the next 20 years dedicating his time to civic, cultural, and charitable causes. He was fortunate enough to serve on over twenty Boards, Committees, and Councils, including:

Muscular Dystrophy Annual Black & Blue Ball, Committee

Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, Committee

Children’s Advocacy Center, Board of Directors

Broadway Theater League of NEPA, Board of Directors

Lackawanna County Council of Economic Development

Steering Committee of the Lackawanna/Luzerne Bi-County Comprehensive Plan Long-Range Transportation and Hazard Mitigation Plan Committee

Technical & Community Advisory Committee for the AVP International Airport Plan, Lackawanna County Industrial Development Authority

Lackawanna County Planning Commission

Keystone College – President’s Advisory Council

Newton Township Zoning Appeals Board, Vice-Chair

Spojnia Credit Union, Board of Directors, Vice President, and Treasurer

Scranton Cultural Center, 13 years Board of Directors, two years as President

Paul was also a member of the Country Club of Scranton, the Victor Alfieri Society, the Scranton Club, the Polish Club of NEPA and the Scranton Canoe Club where he served on the Board for several years and served as the 2011 Commodore.

Paul and Cathy raised a loving family, happy to attend various sporting and school events as the children grew. As empty-nesters they discovered cruising to distant destinations, such as Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Turkey, and Greece, enjoying every moment highlighted by a luncheon in the Kremlin, Moscow, Russia. During retirement, they enjoyed rediscovering old friends and making new ones. Paul deeply loved Cathy, often surprising her with flowers or special gifts out of the blue.

Paul very much enjoyed being back home in NE Pennsylvania. He cherished the many days at Wrighter Lake with family, and enjoyed golf, spending time with many friends, and singing Karaoke with “the group”. He was an avid follower of PA sports teams, rooting for the Nittany Lions and the Eagles, as well as following local high school basketball along with his brother, Gene. He also enjoyed music, highlighted by his visit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with Cathy, Gene, his sister, Janice, and her husband, Mike. He looked forward to his regular visits to the “round table” discussions at Catalano’s. He was a huge automobile fanatic, attending a couple of Barrett-Jackson auctions and regularly attending local auto shows with his buddy, Fran. He loved his house, which he and Cathy had designed, and maintaining the property with the help of his dear friend, Joe.

Paul is also survived by his son, Paul Wendolowski, and wife, Darcie, Guttenberg, N.J.; daughter, Carolyn Wendolowski and finance Allen Mamet, Philadelphia; Granddaughter, Lucie Cusack, Philadelphia, his only grandchild, of whom he was so very proud of her acceptance into the University of New Haven. Lucie and “Pop” spent so many hours together, swimming at the Club pool, teaching her to drive, singing Karaoke in the “man-cave” and just “hanging out”; brother, Gene Wendolowski, Peckville; sister, Janice and husband, Michael Clifford, Honesdale; nephew Alex Wendolowski and wife, Nicole, Peckville; nephew Chris Wendolowski and wife, Amber, Eynon; nephew, Michael Clifford and wife, Amanda, Hawley; Peter Clifford and wife, Brianna, Waymart; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, technicians, and staff who have cared for Paul during the past number of years. The family is sincerely thankful to the ICU unit and the staff of “Gift of Life” at Geisinger CMC not only for the tremendous effort to care for Paul but also for their unwavering kindness and generosity of spirit in supporting his family.

Arrangements will be provided by the Frank T. Mazur Funeral Home in Dickson City. The immediate service will be private and interment will be at the discretion of the family. If considering a memorial contribution, of the Children’s Advocacy Center NEPA, 1710 Mulberry St., Scranton, PA would be greatly appreciated.

A Celebration of Life will be announced and held when the weather is warmer and restrictions allow for a larger gathering. Until then, the family asks that you raise a glass of your preferred beverage, whether a cup of coffee or Paul’s favorite, a Highball and join them in a toast to Paul, “Life well Lived, Job well Done, Safe Journey”.