Andrew J. Jarbola, Jr., Scranton, died Wednesday afternoon in the Hospice of the Sacred Heart Inpatient Unit, after an illness. Born September 10, 1935 he was the son of the late Andrew, Sr. and Mary Yardchick Jarbola. Andy was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School. Subsequently, he married his high school sweetheart Catherine “Kay” Jurkonie. In September 2016 they celebrated 61 years of marriage. Catherine passed away in January 2017.
Andy was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law and uncle. He was a long-standing member of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Scranton. Andy was a lifelong Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Eagles fan. He recently joked about being able to witness them win world championships. Andy loved fishing, especially with his sons and father-in-law Jack. He also enjoyed his many trips to Atlantic City to play “craps” with his dear friends Nick, Mike, Frank, and Snopek. “Yo Eleven”!
Surviving are his two sons, The Honorable Andrew Jarbola, III and wife Mary Ann, Moscow; Steven Jarbola and wife MaryEllen, Scranton; grandsons Deputy Attorney General, Andrew, IV and wife Whitney, Hummelstown; Justin and his wife Kelsey, Philadelphia; Steven, Jr., and Jeffrey, Scranton; his sister Carolyn Gallo and husband Frank, Moosic; brother-in-law William Jurkonie and wife Sharon, Tennessee; sister-in-law Audrey Jurkonie, Clark’s Summit; nieces Melanie, Diane, Julie, Annette and nephew Glen.
He was also preceded in death by his sister-in-law Margaret Jurkonie, brother-in-law Jack Jurkonie and nephew Frankie Gallo.
The family would like to thank his caregivers on 4 South at Allied Skilled Nursing and the staff at Hospice of the Sacred Heart.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Mary, Mother of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church 316 William Street, Scranton.
There will be no calling hours.
Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers the family strongly encourages memorial contributions be made in Andy’s memory to the Child Advocacy Center of Scranton.