Andrew Joseph Ulitchney, 79, of Sweet Valley, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, in the presence of his beloved family at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township.
Born in the Parsons Section of Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Andrew and Helen Ulitchney. Andrew retired from the Boilermakers Union Local 13, after 37 years of devoted service.
He was a dedicated family man who believed in the concepts of honesty, integrity and hard work. These are values he passed on to everyone who knew him.
Andrew was a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Army Signal Corps from 1947 to 1950. He was a member of the Dallas American Legion Post.
His passion was the outdoors. He loved hunting, fishing and raising beagles, especially the beagle he would never forget, Maggie Jiggs.
Andrew was preceded in death by his first wife, Kathleen Walsh Ulitchney, and by his sister, Marie Ulitchney Kogoy.
Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Mary Jane Davis Ulitchney; children Andrew and his wife, Colleen, Hunlock Creek; Charles and his wife, Lynn, Harveys Lake; Kathleen English and her husband, Joseph, Hanover Township; Craig and his wife, Niki, Wilkes-Barre; Shelly, Wilkes-Barre; Jane Van Allen and her husband, John, Harrisburg; grandchildren Amy, Charla, Benjamin, Adam, Andrew, Tara, Brandon, Brittany, Joey, Jacob, Aaron and John; 10 great-grandchildren; sister Helen Ulitchney Getz, New Jersey; as well as nieces and nephews.
The family would like to give their thanks to the staff of the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center for the compassion and care they provided to Andrew during the last few days of our father’s life.
Funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. on Monday from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church of the Immaculate Conception, 134 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre.
Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call on Sunday, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations, may be made in Andrew’s Memory to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.