Remembering John T. Pupalitis

John T. Pupalitis
January 3, 2022

John T. Pupalitis, 87, of the Bunker Hill section of Dunmore and for the past 3 years a resident of Greenridge Care Center in Scranton died peacefully Monday evening surrounded by his loving son and daughter in law. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Rose Mary Riccardo Pupalitis. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this past June.

Born in Scranton, son of the late Martin and Mary Pupalitis, he was educated in the Scranton Schools and was a member of SS. Anthony and Rocco Parish in Dunmore. He was a loving and caring husband, father, godfather, brother-in-law and uncle who was dedicated to his family. 

He was drafted in 1957 to the United States Marines Corps and served 2 years. He was stationed as a Marine on the Navy’s USS Intrepid aircraft carrier.

He worked for Scranton Wiping Cloth for some 43 years. After retiring he worked in maintenance. John enjoyed puttering around his house, buying tools and gadgets. He loved to fix things especially with duct tape and his new favorite, gorilla tape. Most of all he loved to be with family and friends at any event or gathering to celebrate, while enjoying a cocktail

John was devoted to SS. Anthony and Rocco Parish and especially loved to help at St. Rocco’s feast day every summer. He particularly enjoyed to be with the guys up St. Rocco’s Church in preparing for an event or just getting together for the afternoon.

Surviving are a son, John Pupalitis Jr. and his wife, Christine, Dunmore, as well as numerous godchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was also preceded in death by his sisters Helen Lenio and Marion Skiba, and three brothers, Alfred Popalitis, Francis Pupalitis, Martin Pupalitis.

His family would like to thank Dr. Salvatore Lawrence for his lifelong care of John before retirement and Dr. Nicholas Dodge for his recent care at Greenridge Health Care Center.

His family would also like to thank the nurses, aides, therapists, food staff, reception staff and activities staff at Greenridge Health Care Center for their compassion, dignity and respectful care.

The funeral will be Saturday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc. 318 East Drinker Street in Dunmore with Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30AM in St. Rocco’s Church, Kurtz Street, Dunmore. Interment to follow in the Dunmore Cemetery. 

Friends may call on Friday evening from 5PM to 8PM.

Due to our current pandemic, all those attending are kindly and respectfully asked to wear a mask and social distance.  

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that contributions be made to SS. Anthony & Rocco Parish, 303 Smith St., Dunmore 18512.

To offer an online condolence visit www.TheDunmoreFuneralHome.com

Dunmorean of the Month: Suzy Polizzi Moraski

By Steve Svetovich

Polizzi Kelly Insurance, 203 East Drinker St., Dunmore, is a family business and constant in the borough for 70 years now.

And Suzy Polizzi Moraski, current owner and still only 51, has been a part of it for the past 35 years.

“I started working there every day after school when I was 16,” she said. “And I haven’t stopped since. I have no plans in the near future to stop.”

The business began at the Dunmore home of her late grandfather Michael Polizzi in 1952.

In 1956, it shifted to its current location at Dunmore Corners.

In 1968, said Moraski, her grandfather partnered with Paul Kelly. The partnership lasted until 1984 when the Polizzi family bought it outright, she added.

Her grandfather died in 2006 which resulted in her dad, also Michael Polizzi, taking over that year.

When her dad died in 2018, Polizzi Moraski took over a business she had already spent over three decades working in with her late dad and late grandfather.

As the new owner, she knew all the ropes.

The 1988 Dunmore graduate has been married 23 years to Steve Moraski. The couple has a daughter Marissa, 22, a West Chester University graduate with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. She is a substitute teacher at Dunmore High School.

Polizzi Moraski received an associate’s degree in business administration from Penn State Worthington in 1990. She worked in her family’s insurance business all through high school and college. She went right into it full force in 1990. “I worked there every day after school, so it was an easy transition.”

Polizzi Kelly Insurance is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m, to 4 p.m, The business sells homeowners, automobile, property, commercial and small business insurance. The business also deals with tag and title, payroll services and notary services.

Daughter of Grace Polizzi and the late Michael Polizzi, the lifetime Dunmore resident said the business recently had remodeling work completed to make it a more modern office.

“We kept a lot of the old signs though,” she said. “We wanted to keep some of the old history of the building intact.”

Polizzi Moraski’s late dad also taught science for over 30 years at Dunmore Middle School.

Her husband is a supervisor at Canon Business Process Services at Dunmore Industrial Park.

Her cousin is Donna Loughney, wife of former Dunmore Mayor Patrick “Nibs” Loughney.

She talked about the business challenge during the past two years of COVID-19. “There have been a few challenges,” she said. “We don’t see as many customers in the building as in the past. A lot of the business is done over the phone or online. People love to save money, so they shop around. But we try to always accommodate our loyal customers.

“There are a lot of insurance companies in Dunmore, so there is a lot of competition. We don’t have a lot of control over rates, but we do our best to accommodate and provide a better service. We try to keep our same values intact.”

The hard-working Dunmore native said her favorite part of the job is her customers. “We see many of the same customers for many years. We see customers who grew up in this town. We watched them grow up. We know a lot of people in Dunmore. We’ve had generations of customers. Talking to them and helping them is the best part of the job. We love the people and the community.”

All of Polizzi Moraski’s siblings worked in the business too. Her siblings are Michael and Matthew Polizzi and Michelle Rinaldi.

Her brother Michael is affiliated with a mortgage company located on the second floor of the building.

“I want to do this as long as possible,” the long-time business owner said. “I enjoy serving the people in this community.”