The Reverend and Mrs. Walter Placek celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 23, 2011. They were married on Thanksgiving Day in 1961, in St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church, Duryea, by the late Very Rev. Stanley Shuman, then pastor of St. Mary’s Parish. The Mass was celebrated by the Rev. Anthony Rysz, then pastor of Holy Mother of Sorrows Parish, Dupont, and currently Bishop Emeritus of the Central Diocese.
The Rev. Walter Placek is the son of the late Walter and Mary Placek, Dupont. Mrs. Placek is the former Barbara Swantkowski, daughter of the late Chester and Celestine Swantkowski, Duryea.
Barbara chose her cousin, Cynthia Swantkowski, as her maid of honor and Walter chose his brother, Paul, as his best man. Also serving as attendants were the bride’s sister, Celeste, and cousin, Christine Kaminski. Serving as ushers were Albert Micka and Richard Bushinski. Alicia Detweiler was the flower girl.
Mrs. Placek is a registered nurse, having graduated from the Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing, Sayre. In addition, Barbara earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Wilkes College and a master’s degree in health care administration from Marywood University, Scranton.
Dr. Placek earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Wilkes College; a master’s degree from Penn State; and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He has done postgraduate work at the University of Vermont, University of Maryland, Penn State and Colby College, Maine. After nearly 40 years of teaching physics at Wilkes University, he took an early retirement in order to enter the Savanarola Seminary to study for the priesthood and was ordained on May 25, 2002, in Holy Mother of Sorrows, Dupont, by the Most Rev. John Swantek. Presently the Rev. Walter is pastor of Providence of God Parish in North Scranton.
Walter and Barbara are the parents of three children, Allison, David and Adrienne. Allison Knick and her husband, Joseph, live in Harding. Allison is a registered nurse at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Their son, David, is a chemistry teacher in the Wyoming Valley West School District.Their daughter, Adrienne Royster, is director of human resources for Occidental Chemical, Houston, Texas, and resides with her husband, Doug, in Houston.
Dr. and Mrs. Placek have six grandchildren. Their oldest granddaughter, Katelynn Knick, is a graduate student in chemistry education at the University of Scranton. Her sister, Rebecca, is a student at Misericordia University. Adrienne’s daughters, Amanda and Erin, are attending college. David has two sons, Nikolas and Benjamin, who attend Nanticoke Area School District.