Edward “Turk” Tanski, 69, of Moosic, passed away on Monday, December 21, 2020 at Allied Hospice Center, Scranton. He was born in Scranton, June 12, 1951 and was the son of the late Peter and Eleanor (Corcoran) Tanski.
Turk attended Scranton High School and then joined the US Army at the age of 17. He served in Germany during the Vietnam War. During his time enlisted in the Army, Turk received many awards relating to his sharp shooting skills. He was discharged from the Army in 1971, obtained his GED and went on to graduate Cum laude from Lackawanna Jr. College with an associate’s degree in science. He was the Vice President of the Lackawanna Jr. College student government evening division and was also involved in the drama club at LJC. Turk retired from Topps Chewing Gum with over 26 years of employment, where he was the team captain of CPR training and safety. Because of his training, he was very proud of putting his training skills into action by saving a man’s life at the Eynon Drug Store.
Turk was an avid outdoorsmen and received numerous awards in hunting and fishing. Turk also served as a past Master Mason of the Moosic Masonic Lodge, #664 F & A.M. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Linda J. (Collins) Tanski, who died November 27, 2019, his son Edward Tanski, Jr., brothers Wayne and Peter, Jr. and his sister Beverly Vohar.
Turk is survived by his son William and his wife Cindy Tanski, Moosic, daughter Lori Ann Berti and her husband Joseph, of Pittston; sisters; Eleanor Cosmark, of Taylor, Ann Thiel, of Scranton and Helen Svetlovics, of Scranton; his grandchildren, Edward Robert Tanski III, Michelle Irene Berti, Joseph Luciano Berti, and Jessica Lynn Berti; his great grandchild Alex S. MacRae; and many nieces, nephews, sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws.
Private services will be held at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Dupont with private interment services at the Langcliffe Cemetery, Avoca. The AMVETS Honor Guard of greater Pittston will provide military honors.
Arrangements are made by Kiesinger Funeral Services, Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea.