For Immediate Assistance

John L. Matukonis

Saturday, October 14, 1922Tuesday, May 16, 2017

John Lawrence Matukonis, 94, a resident of Forty Fort, passed into eternal life early Tuesday morning, May 16, 2017, at ManorCare Health and Rehabilitation Center, Kingston, where he was a guest for the past few weeks.

His loving wife is Alice L. (Gavlick) Matukonis, with whom he celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary on May 14th.

Born on October 14, 1922, in Luzerne, John was one of seven children born to the late Peter and Anna (Bingeliute) Matukonis.

Raised in Luzerne, John attended the former Luzerne High School.

A United States Navy Veteran, John honorably served his country as a Seaman 1st Class during World War II.

Prior to his retirement, John was employed by General Roofing, Wilkes-Barre, as a sheet metal worker. He was a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union, Local 44, Wilkes-Barre.

John was a past member of the former Saint Mary of Czestochowa Church, Swoyersville. Following the consolidation of his church, he became a member of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Swoyersville.

In addition to his parents, Peter and Anna Matukonis, John was preceded in death by his brothers, Joseph, Frank, and Anthony Matukonis; and his sisters, Ann Matukonis, Mary Kachmar, and Josephine Makausky.

In addition to his wife, Alice, John is survived by his three sons, Edward Matukonis, Forty Fort; Michael Matukonis and his wife, Merry, Centre Hall; and Richard Matukonis, and his wife, Ann Rice, Williamsport; his grandchildren, Tess Fellows, Will Matukonis, and Natalie Gephart; his one great-grandson; as well as generations of nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral which will be conducted on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 8:30 AM from the Wroblewski Funeral Home, Inc., 1442 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 9:00 AM in Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 116 Hughes Street, Swoyersville, with the Reverend Joseph J. Pisaneschi, his Pastor, officiating.

Interment with the Rite of Committal will follow in Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Swoyersville.

Family and Friends are invited to call on Friday, May 19, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, at the funeral home.

For additional information or to send the Matukonis family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home website at

Memorial Contributions may be made in John’s memory to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839. 

Service Date
Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 9:00am

A viewing for John will be held on Friday, May 19, 2017, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, at the Wroblewski Funeral Home, Inc., 1442 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort.

The funeral service will begin on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 8:30 AM at the funeral home. Those relatives and friends who will be joining in the funeral procession are asked to assemble at the funeral home between 8:10 and 8:20 AM on Saturday morning.

A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 9:00 AM at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton R.C. Parish, 116 Hughes Street, Swoyersville. The Reverend Joseph J. Pisaneschi, Pastor, will serve as celebrant.  

Interment with the Rite of Committal will follow in Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Swoyersville.

Following the Service, the family would like all those in attendance to join them for a luncheon. Details will be announced at the cemetery.


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Dear Aunt Alice, Edward, Michael and Richard, I was so saddened to learn of the passing of Uncle Johnny and John and I offer you our deepest sympathy. You all are in our prayers. With love, Toni

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Just a heartfelt thank you for your sincere care and kindness in helping us journey our Wife, Mom, and Grandmother home to the Lord. You made a difficult time much easier.