Joseph C. Kitcho Sr., 88, of Roaring Brook Township, entered eternal rest on Sunday at Scranton Health Care. He is survived by his devoted wife of 67 years, the former Marian Rusinko Kitcho.
Born in Taylor, he was the son of the late Michael and Mary Kofira Kitcho and was a graduate of Taylor High School Class of 1947. After graduation he faithfully served our country with the US Air Force and the Naval Reserves. In 1955 he graduated from Benjamin Franklin University, Washington DC. Throughout his career, Joe was employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue as a field auditor and retired from Medico Industries, Pittston after 35 years as controller. He was a lifelong parishioner of St. George’s Orthodox Church, Taylor, where he served as treasurer and auditor and was a member of the choir. When his children were growing up, he was active in scouting serving as a Webelos Cub Scout Den Leader.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Joyce Kitcho and husband Douglas Bishop of Oak Hill, Virginia; a son, Joseph Kitcho and wife Debra, Avoca; grandchildren, April Kitcho-Lucero, San Diego, California; Kennan Kitcho-Lucero, Richmond, Virginia; Kathryn Kitcho, Scranton and Susan Kitcho, Avoca; sisters, Madeline Davis, Florida, and Georgette Host, California
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jill; a sister, Mary Evanish and three brothers, Robert, William and Michael Kitcho.
Family and friends are invited to attend Joe’s funeral, which will begin on Thursday at 9:45 am from the Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union St. Taylor, followed by services at 10:30 am in St. George’s Orthodox Church, 743 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor, to be celebrated by the Very Rev. Mark Leasure, pastor. Interment with military honors will follow in the parish cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday 4 to 7 pm.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. George’s Church.