Thaddeus J. Wadas

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Thaddeus J. Wadas, 70, of Nanticoke, passed away on March 17, 2019, in Residential Hospice, Wilkes-Barre.
He was born Sept. 7, 1948, in Nanticoke, a son of the late Stanley and Helen (Regulski) Wadas. He was married for 42 years to the former Theresa Stretansky who preceded him in death.

Thaddeus attended St. Mary's Elementary School and was a graduate of Nanticoke High School. He earned a bachelor's and master's degrees from King's College and the University of Scranton, respectively.

He was employed by the Greater Nanticoke Area School District for 36 years. He taught secondary education and later served as the Reading and Federal Programs Coordinator, respectively. He was a member of the National Education Association, Pennsylvania State Education Association and the Greater Nanticoke Education Association.

Thaddeus was a member of the Mill Memorial Library Board of Directors and a member of the Nanticoke Lion's Club.

In 1999, he was ordained a Deacon in the Dioceses of Scranton and served the St. Faustina Kowalska Parish in Nanticoke. While involved with many parish ministries he felt a special vocation to serve the lonely and infirm in hospitals and nursing facilities.

He is survived by his son, Dr. Thad Wadas Jr. of Winston-Salem, N.C.; one brother, Fr. Raymond Wadas of Hyattsville, Md.; one sister, Rose Marie (Wadas) Vincent of Nanticoke; brother-in-law, Cyril Stretansky and wife Leona of Selinsgrove; Brenda Kloss of Nanticoke; and nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Stanley Jr., Henry, and Eugene; and one sister, Ester.

All visitations and Mass of Christian Burial will be held in the main site of St. Faustina's Parish, 520 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke, at the following times:

A visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, with vigil services at 7, and from 8 to 9 a.m. Thursday, March 21, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10, in the main site of St. Faustina's Parish, 520 Hanover St., Nanticoke, with the Most Rev. Joseph Bambera, Bishop of the Diocese of Scranton, as celebrant.

Interment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Nanticoke.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Theresa of Calcutta Social Concerns Ministry, the Greater Nanticoke Area Food Pantry or Mary's Closet; all c/o St. Faustina Parish, Nanticoke; the Mill Memorial Library, Nanticoke, or the Sisters of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Danville.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Stanley S. Stegura Funeral Home Inc., 614 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke.
Published on March 18, 2019
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