Alfred W. Kotula Sr., 82, of Dupont passed away on Wednesday, August 30th at the Regional Hospital of Scranton. He was born in Dupont, February 12, 1935 and was the son of the late Edward W. and Bertha Kaspriskie Kotula.
Fred was a member of Holy Mother of Sorrows Polish National Church, Dupont. He was a graduate of Dupont High School. Alfred worked as a mixologist for the Cinema Club, Duryea and the Lincoln Inn, Dupont for many years. He also worked for many years as a bus driver for the Pittston Area School District and as a bus driver training instructor. Alfred retired as a secretary for the Consistory Scottish Rite.
Fred was very active with the Masons. He started as a member of the Blue Lodge, the Rose Croix, a member of the Knights Of Pythias, and he was a 32nd mason and then became a 33rd Mason. He was also a Shriner, past District Deputy Grand Master and was currently Aid to the Grand Master. Alfred was a member of the Elm St. Sportsman Club, Dupont. He loved the outdoors and loved being with his family especially his grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Alfred will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Jaroszewicz Kotula, who passed away October 3, 2002; his brothers, Joseph, Frank, Edward and Theodore Kotula; and his sister, Matilda Markowski.
Fred is survived by his sons, Alfred W. Kotula Jr. and his wife, Carole of Dupont and Frank Edward Kotula Sr. and his wife, Mary Catherine of Wilkes-Barre. Also surviving is his sister, Bertha Melvin of Fords, NJ; his grandchildren, Frank and Scott Kotula and Nicole Kotula and Michele Gisewhite; great-grandchildren, John and Vincent Padilla and Ava Gisewhite; his companion of many years, Judy Cooper; step-grandchildren, Rebecca Gray, Rachael Dunn, and Kyle Meixell; step-great-grandchildren, James, Matthew, Daniel Gray, and Audrey and Nathan Dunn, and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner's Hospitals For Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607.
A blessing service will be held on Saturday, September 2nd at 12:00pm at Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea with Fr. Zbigniew Dawid of Holy Mother of Sorrows Polish National Church officiating. Friends may call on Saturday morning from 10:00am until time of service. St. John’s Masonic Lodge 233, Yatesville will conduct Masonic services at 11:30am.