Edward P. ‘Doc’ Kalaha, 92, died peacefully at Lackawanna Health and Rehabilitation Center, Sturges, where he resided for the past 5 years. He was the beloved husband of Marie Lucci Kalaha for 59 years.
Born in Dickson City, he was the devoted son of the late Michael Kalaha and Catherine Borycka Kalaha. He was a longtime resident of Dickson City before moving to Archbald, where he resided for 20 years. He attended St. Mary’s Assumption School and graduated from Dickson City High School. He was employed at Hadden Craftsmen, Dunmore for 43 years and received a special honorary award for his dedicated service.
During his twenties, he played third base for the Dickson City Black Hawks for 8 years. He was recruited by the Detroit Tigers but, was unable to pursue his baseball career, due to a family illness.
Everyone that crossed his path, knew he had a passion and love for the game of golf. His best golf moment came when he scored a ‘hole in one’ at Homestead Golf Course. He was the president of the Lackawanna Senior Golf League, and played in the Hadden Craftsmen Golf League, where he enjoyed golfing with his fellow co-workers.
He was a loving and compassionate husband, father, grandfather, and uncle. He mentored his children in their softball and baseball careers. He took great pleasure attending his grandchildren’s many sporting events and activities. A devout catholic, he was a member of Christ the King Parish, St Thomas Aquinas Church, Archbald.
He is survived by his three children, Catherine Jenkins and husband, Jeff, Archbald; Eddie and wife Charise Kalaha, Chalfont; and Karen Nicola, Cherry Hill, New Jersey; grandchildren Danielle, Matthew, Emily, Dinah, and Nina; and several loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his infant son Joseph Kalaha; brother Charles Kalaha, sisters Mary Onesky, Julia Valonis, and brothers Leo and Stanley Wanuk.
Edward’s family would like to thank Dr Randall G Brundage, his physician of over forty years, and his staff for their excellent support and care. In addition, they would like to thank the nurses and staff on the ‘B1’ nursing unit at the Lackawanna Health and Rehabilitation Center, especially his ‘buddy’ Henry.
Memorial contributions can be made to Lackawanna Health and Center Activity Fund.
Family will receive friends Tuesday afternoon, 4 to 7:00pm at the Louis J Rapoch Funeral Home, 420 Church Street, Archbald. Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at Christ the King Parish, St Thomas Aquinas Church. 429 Church Street, Archbald. Entombment will be private, at the convenience of the family.