Obituaries – 09-05-2018

Gerald R. ‘Jerry’ Kovaleski

Gerald R. “Jerry” Kovaleski, 78, of Harvey’s Lake, Pennsylvania, and Anna Maria Island, died July 26 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.

He was born in Kingston, Pennsylvania, March 21, 1940, to John and Elsie Dombroski Kovaleski.

He was a graduate of Kingston High School and King’s College, where he was a member of the century club and worked several years on the college telethon.

Upon graduation, he was employed by Uarco business Forms before starting his own company in the area, Basic Business Forms. He also was associated with his wife’s business, Thrifty Beverage in Hanover Township, Pennsylvania, before her retirement.

He served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

He always was supportive, with a smile and a joke to tell. He was an avid fisherman and boater and enjoyed traveling. He often was affectionately called “The Captain” and often was seen with his faithful dog, Buddy.

A private funeral Mass was held Aug. 22 in Harvey’s Lake. Arrangements were by Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home in Shavertown.

Mr. Kovaleski is survived by his wife of 52 years, Rosemarie Smulowitz; sister JoAnne Demyun Royersford; brother-in-law Jack Smulowitz; nephew and nieces John and Stacy Smulowitz, Marc and Judy Smulowitz, Steve Smulowitz, Janci Demyun and Paul Demyun; and great-nieces and nephews Victoria and Alex Smulowitz and Lindsey and Eric Demyun.

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