Laurence Czibik, 61, of South Scranton, entered eternal rest on Thursday evening at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, from sudden cardiac complications. His beloved Denise Sovitch, who was the light of his life, passed away, April 23, 2016.
Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late John and Veronica Popovec Czibik. In 1978, he graduated from Scranton Central High School, where he excelled as a baseball pitcher. Laurence received his bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Scranton in 1982. Deep rooted in his faith, Laurence was a lifelong parishioner of St. Nicholas Orthodox Greek Catholic Church, Scranton, where he was an altar server and dedicated many years to beautifying the landscaping of the church. For many years, he worked at the deli counter at Rocky Glen Market, Moosic, and since 1990 was a rural route mail carrier for the United States Postal Service. Attending the weekly Moleben services at St. George's Orthodox Church, Taylor, on Wednesday brought him much comfort. Laurence had many enjoyments in life, especially helping the elderly, attending all the University of Scranton basketball games and watching the L.A. Lakers. Above all, his greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family. Easy going and gentle, Laurence always had a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone he encountered. He will forever be remembered as a loving and devoted brother, uncle and friend, who even in death thought of others by his gift to the donor program. Although his presence will be deeply missed, there is much joy in knowing he is reunited in Heaven with his beloved Denise, and all his loved ones who have gone before him.
Surviving are two sisters, Sandra J. Czibik and husband, Arthur Cunningham, Bow, N.H.; and Susan Olevnik and husband, Mark, Waverly Twp.; his beloved nieces and nephews, John (Emily) Cunningham and their daughter, Rose; Nadine Cunningham; his goddaughter, Carolyn Cunningham and her husband, Christopher Hague; Nathan Cunningham, John Marc Olevnik, Lauren Olevnik; Nicholas Czibik and wife, Jenna; his goddaughter, Kelsey Czibik; and Michael Czibik; two sisters-in-law, Sam Henderson and Diane Czibik; and a dear friend of 50 years, Douglas Pinnell.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, David and Richard.
Family and friends are invited to attend Laurence's funeral, which will begin on Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. from the Semian Funeral Home LLC, 704 Union St., Taylor, followed by services at 10 a.m. in St. Nicholas Orthodox Greek Catholic Church, Vine Street and Jefferson Avenue, Scranton, by the Very Rev. Mark Leasure. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.
Friends may call Tuesday, 5 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home. Parastas service will be at 4:30 p.m.
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