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It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Conrad Peter Rudalavage, 89, of Carbondale, Pennsylvania on April 18, 2023.
Born October 9, 1933, in Eynon, he was the son of the late Peter and Veronica Urbanovicz Rudalavage and the eldest of five children.
Conrad’s legacy began at an early age with the need to take care of his younger siblings. His God given gift to care for others preempted his decision to graduate from high school to assist his parents with various family and business responsibilities.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1956 and joined B Battery, 1st Field Artillery Battalion, 31st Artillery. He was assigned to the motor pool as a vehicle mechanic and served in Korea in 1957. He subsequently transferred to the 109th Infantry, Pennsylvania Army National Guard in Scranton, PA until his honorable discharge.
In 1959, Conrad married his first love and former wife, Irene Stash Rudalavage, and together welcomed six children; Attorney Mark Rudalavage and wife, Susan, Olyphant; Jeff Rudalavage and wife, Mary Pat, Olyphant; Alan Rudalavage and wife, Lori, Greenfield Township; Conrad Rudalavage Jr., State College; Mary Carol Hanis and husband, Robert, Peckville; and Thomas Rudalavage and wife, Michelle, Eynon.
With a work ethic stronger than steel and his will to provide, Conrad’s entrepreneurial spirit inspired a vision that became his lifelong passion for greater than half a century. In the 1970’s, he co-owned Romar Auto Sales; a business that combined his passion for vehicles and ability to service customers for over 20 plus years. During this time period, Conrad also applied his passion for heavy equipment and the opportunity to develop land. His success as a real estate developer spurred the growth and existence of Business Route 6 in Eynon for a span of decades providing the community with many business conveniences; bank, pharmacy, doctor’s office, family owned and franchise restaurants and a handful of local mom and pop shops.
In the mid 1980’s Conrad purchased a 500-acre mountain that became the headquarters for Pine Line Auto Sales, Pine Line Equipment, and Pine Line Development, where he worked side-by-side with his sons for the past 40 years.
During this time, Conrad met and subsequently married his forever love and surviving spouse, Patricia Scoblick Rudalavage, Carbondale, where they have built a beautiful life and home over the past 40 years together. We’d be remiss, if we didn’t mention Conrad’s furry & faithful companion, Nico, that never left his side, especially during the last few months.
As the patriarch, Conrad was a humble but generous man that outpaced many and leaves a legacy bigger than life. He will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved him. He was the happiest working on his mountain, where he could be found on his bulldozer, backhoe, or dump truck, seven days a week religiously for countless years and right up until his death. His sheer determination and vision to make something from nothing was his God given talent that was a force of its own. However, Conrad’s proudest moments were celebrating his family and their countless accomplishments. He enjoyed travelling, supporting his sons’ race car passions, boating on Lake Wallenpaupack, spending time with family and helping a friend in need.
Conrad was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Mary’s Czestochowa Church, Eynon; The Eynon/ Sturges Hose Company #3; Veterans of Foreign War Post #7963, Wozniak-Pavloski, Eynon; American Legion, Post #624, John Neidzinski, Eynon; and most recently inducted into the Penn Cann Racing Hall of Fame.
Along with his wife, Patricia and children, Conrad is survived by his grandchildren: Corey Rudalavage and fiancé, Laurel; Mara Loch and husband, Jared; Ryan Rudalavage and fiancé, Juliet; AJ Rudalavage and wife, Alexis; Dylan Rudalavage and wife, Bridget; Tyler Cicco and companion, Amber; Alyssa Bartoli and husband, Anthony; Katie Rudalavage; Carly Rudalavage; and Paige Rudalavage; great-grandchildren; brother, Joseph and wife, Judy, and sister-in-law, Mary Ann Rudalavage, all of Eynon.; sister-in-law, Elaine Wall, Carbondale, along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Conrad was proceeded in death by brothers; Kenneth, David, and John Rudalavage; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Anthony & Antionette Scoblick and sister- in-law, Madolyn Dempsey.
The family would like to thank those that have cared unconditionally for Conrad over the last few years; Elaine Wall, Erman & Mary Jo Santanna, Michelle Santanna, Debbie & Bob Brady, Monique & Mark Bednash, as well as, Dr. Frank Moro, and Dr. Matt Haley and nursing team at Carbondale Rehabilitation Center.
Family and friends may call Friday, 4pm to 7pm in Louis Rapoch Funeral Home, 420 Church St., Archbald. Eynon Sturges Hose Company #3 will be providing “Last Call” @ 6:30pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10am @ Christ the King Parish, St. Mary’s Czestochowa Church, Main Street, Eynon. Anyone wishing to attend the funeral mass should go directly to the church. Shopa-Davey Post #6082 will have a military service at the church and cemetery. Entombment in Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Greenfield Township. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the following organizations that were near and dear to Conrad; The Eynon Sturges Hose Company #3, Thomas Street, Eynon, PA; Christ the King Food Pantry, Church Street, Archbald, PA, and the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Twp., PA.
Funeral Arrangement entrusted in the care of Louis J. Rapoch Funeral Home. To leave a condolence or message for the family, visit the funeral home website.
Eynon/Sturges Hose Company #3
Thomas St, Eynon PA 18403
Christ the King Parish Food Pantry
429 Church St. Archbald, Pa. 18403,
Tel: 570 876-1701
Griffin Pond Animal Shelter
937 Griffin Pond Road Clarks Summit, Pa. 18411-9299,
Tel: (570) 586-3700