John "Jay" W. Fortuna Sr., 93, a lifelong resident of Taylor, entered into eternal rest on Sunday at Moses Taylor Hospital. His beloved wife of 64 years is the former Margaret Drusbosky.
Born in Taylor, he was the son of the late John Fortuna and William and Anna Nykaza Fortuna Deininger. In 1946, he graduated from Taylor High School, where he was the valedictorian. He proudly served our country with the United States Air Force, where he was stationed in Germany during the Berlin Airlift and attained the rank of staff sergeant.
Prior to his retirement, he worked as a professional land surveyor for 38 years working for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. He also did private property surveys within the tri-boro area. A devout Catholic, John was a parishioner of St. John the Baptist Church, Taylor and following the consolidation of his church, he became a member of Divine Mercy Parish. He was a member of the Taylor R&L Civic Club, a founding member of the Hemlock Run, Rod and Gun Club, where he was a longtime secretary, the AFSCME Union and a 25-year member of PennDOT Club. Throughout the years, Jay enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling. One of his hobbies was to improve his vast back yard, taking in many loads of fill which extended his property. He loved to watch Penn State athletics, Duke basketball and cheer for the Riverside Vikings. As time went on, Jay would help his wife do her daily chores around the house, folding towels and sorting the silverware.
Above all, Jay was a devoted family man, and the love he had for his family was boundless. His grandchildren were the apple of his eye, and he took pride in teaching them many things. The backyard sandpile and making blue water are cherished memories for all his grandkids. Although his presence will be deeply missed, there is much joy in knowing he is reunited in heaven with his loving son John and all his loved ones who have gone before him.
The Fortuna family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Kenneth Sebastianelli and his staff for all their care and support over the years, Comprehensive Home Health for their knowledge and love and to their nephew, Greg Krenitsky, who was there in a moment's notice. His wife and children were also his caregivers and were constantly by his side.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Edward, Taylor; and Mike and Lisa, Tobyhanna; a daughter, Marygrace Wilce and husband, Dave, Taylor; four grandchildren, Anthony and Benjamin Fortuna, David Paul and Abigail Wilce; three sisters, Rose Krenitsky, Helen Lukasiewicz and Catherine Korgeski, all of Taylor; nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a son, John W. Jr., on March 18, 2021, who was his primary caregiver for more than nine years; three brothers, Louis Fortuna and wife, Ann; William Deininger and wife, Esther; and David Deininger and wife, Gloria.
Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity.
Family and friends are invited to attend Jay's funeral which will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. in Divine Mercy Parish, 312 Davis St., Scranton, by the Rev. Francis L. Pauselli, Pastor., Interment with military honors will be private in Holy Cross Cemetery, Old Forge.
Friends may call Wednesday, 5 to 7 p.m., at the Semian Funeral Home LLC, 704 Union St., Taylor. The Fortuna family is asking that all attending the funeral go directly to the church on Thursday morning.
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