Paul Nalesnik, 85, of 135 E. Railroad St., Nesquehoning, entered into eternal rest on Thursday evening at St. Luke's Hospice in Bethlehem. He was the husband of Laila (Nyhus-Hansen) Nalesnik.
Born in Nesquehoning, he was a son of the late Peter and Julia (Fuchilla) Nalesnik.
Paul was retired from the Civil Service, working for the Department of Defense in Washington D.C.
He was also a WWII veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in the Pacific Theatre. After the war, he then joined the U.S. Air Force and continued his military career for over 20 years.
He was a member of St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church in Nesquehoning.
He was also a member of the Nesquehoning VFW and the Sokol Citizens Club of Nesquehoning.
Surviving in addition to his wife are sons Thomas and wife Jackie of Eldersburg, Md., Bart of Gaithersburg, Md., and David and companion Agnes Hare of New Freedom, Pa.; daughters Monica, wife of Kevin Gildersleeve of Browns Mills, N.J., and Kristine, wife of Warren Perillo of New Providence, N.J.; a brother Joseph and wife Ethel of Jim Thorpe; a sister Mary Pitlanish of Livonia, Md., grand daughters Lynn and husband Kevin Saum, Nicky Nalesnik, Laila Mai and husband Bryan O'Leary, and Elizabeth-Ann and husband Keith Skulimoski; great grandchildren Jessica Saum, Alyssa Saum, Samantha Saum, Rylie Mai O'Leary, Megan O'Leary, Bryan O'Leary, Elora Skulimoski, Cole Skulimoski.
He is also survived by close friend Ann Reed.
He was preceded in death by son Stanley and brothers John, William, Peter, Michael, and Steve.
Services: Services will be held on Monday at 9:30 a.m. from the Bruce A. Nalesnik Funeral Home, 57 W. Center St., Nesquehoning, followed by Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Byzantine Church, Nesquehoning, conducted by Rev. Ronald J. Hatton. Interment at St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, Nesquehoning. Calling hours will be held on Sunday evening at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. A Parastas service will be held during the calling hours Sunday evening. A Veterans service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Military graveside services will be conducted on Monday at the cemetery by a U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and the United United Veteran's Organization. Contributions may be made to the Nesquehoning VFW, c/o the Funeral Home. Services and arrangements are being directed by the Bruce A. Nalesnik Funeral Home, 57 W. Center St., Nesquehoning, PA 18240.