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Edward P. Harkins III

Thursday, March 14, 1957Friday, December 8, 2017

Edward P. Harkins III, 60, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away on Friday, December 08, 2017, at Celtic Healthcare Hospice, Inpatient Unit, at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.

Born on March 14, 1957, in Scranton, Edward was the son of the late Edward P. Harkins Jr. and Catherine (Clarke) Harkins.

Edward was a graduate of the former Bishop O’Reilly High School, Kingston, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology.

Throughout his life Ed had a passion for rugby, playing in various rugby leagues over the years. He also had a great interest in woodworking

Ed was blessed to share a close bond with his step-children and step-grandchildren, and their presence in his life brought him great joy.

In addition to his parents, Edward was preceded in death by his brother, SP4 Brian T. Harkins, U.S. Army.

Surviving are his sister, Monica (William) Salis, Forty Fort; his brothers, William (Donna) Harkins, Rockport, Texas; and Shawn (Elaine) Harkins, Larksville; his nieces and a nephew; his step-children, Katie (George) Wolfe, Justin Brewster Sr., and James Brewster, and their mother, Mary Lee (Thomas) Harkins; his step-grandchildren, Justin Jr., Kaine, and Lukas Brewster; as well as several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The family wishes to extend their thanks for the wonderful care provided by the staff of the 3rd Floor Med/Surg Unit at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, most especially Ed’s special nurses, Sharon, Shannon, Flo, Crystal and Candice. The family wishes to also thank the nurses from Celtic Healthcare Hospice for providing comfort to Ed during his final hours.

Relatives and Friends are respectfully invited to attend Edward’s visitation on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 116 Hughes Street, Swoyersville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM. Edward’s cousin, the Reverend Brian J.T. Clarke, will be the celebrant.

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

Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to the Wroblewski Funeral Home, Inc., 1442 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort.

To send Edward’s family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home web-site visit www.wroblewskifuneralhome.com.

The family has kindly asked that flowers be omitted. Memorial contributions may be made in Ed’s memory to either Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish’s Social Concerns Committee, 116 Hughes Street, Swoyersville, PA 18704, or to Celtic Hospice and Home Health, 601 Wyoming Avenue, Kingston, PA 18704.

Service Date
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 10:00am
Services

A closed casket visitation for Ed will be held on Wednesday morning, December 13, 2017, from 9:00 to 10:00 AM, at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 116 Hughes Street, Swoyersville.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM, in Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish. Ed’s Cousin, the Reverend Brian J.T. Clarke, will be the 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 time of fellowship and refreshments. Details will be announced at the cemetery. 

Cemetery

Saint Mary's R.C. Cemetery, Swoyersville | View Map

Church

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Parish | View Map

Condolences

To the family of Ed. I went to IUP with Ed. Was sitting in my den and I thought of Ed. So I decided to look him up. I am so sorry, I thought of him as a brother. I informed our college friends. We are all shocked and saddened by Ed's passing. Again my condolences to his family. Dave Rusinak
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Dear Tom,

How can I ever thank you enough for leading us through our recent experience!

I have received so many compliments on the obituary for Mike; the Funeral Mass; and the Military Ceremony at the Cemetery. Your input made all of this possible!

Rose Kayrish and Family