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Thomas J Pedro

d. October 2, 2014

P. DEAN HOMER FUNERAL HOME 206 WATER STREET PO BOX 1 DUSHORE, PA 18614 TEL 570 928-8163 FAX 570 928-8116 Email pdean@homerfuneralhome.com OBITUARY October 2, 2014 Thomas J. “T.J.” Pedro, age 76, of Dushore, PA, passed away on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at home doing what he loved to do, working outside cutting firewood. Tom was born March 30, 1938, third of thirteen children to Gilbert and Cora Hunsinger Pedro. He grew up in Mildred hauling coal with his father and doing masonry jobs around Sullivan County after school. He graduated from the Cherry Township High School a member of the class of 1956 He worked for a short time at the Endicott Johnson Shoe Mfg. Plant in Mildred. He then went to work beside his father in the coal mines in Old Bernice, working underground in the mines. He was proud to have obtained his mining certificate which to this day hangs on his office wall. He worked for GTE Sylvania in Towanda, from which he retired from the night shift after thirty years of service. He married the former Beverly Steinruck of Laporte on May 20, 1960 and they built his dream home, the stone house that was his home to the day of his passing. Tom loved to share the story of that house and the many tons of Loyalsock stone and cement it took he and his brothers years to complete. Tom started a roofing and siding contracting business in the late 1960’s which he worked at during the day and at GTE at night. Over the years, he and his crews roofed and sided most of the homes in the area. Hard work was a way of life with Tom right up to his last day. He loved horses and owned many over the years on his farm, along with cows and pigs. He enjoyed going to the Middleburg Horse Auction each month and had many friends there. Tom was a big supporter for his grandchildren, who playing sports: soccer, softball and baseball and attending their games was a big joy to him. Tom was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Mildred, PA and the White Ash Land Association. Surviving: Spouse: Beverly at home Son: Rick (DeeAnn) Pedro Dushore, PA Daughter: Angela (Jody) Thomas Forksville, PA Six brothers: Angelo (Shirley) Pedro Dushore, PA Jerome (Rebecca) Pedro Mildred, PA Richard Pedro Dushore, PA Wayne (Sharon) Pedro New Albany, PA Edward Pedro Dushore, PA Michael (Debra) Pedro Mildred, PA Four sisters: Eleanor (John) Fowler Mildred, PA Alberta Pastusic Mildred, PA Dawn “Toots” Masteller Dushore, PA Deborah (Dennis) Hill Mildred, PA Four grandchildren: Mitchell, Kara, Chandra and T. Jalen “T.J.” which he was so proud of and loved more than life itself. He was predeceased by a son, Thomas Pedro Jr in 1966, and an infant brother, John and his sister Margaret Sysock Pastusic. Tom loved people and was always giving hugs. So on behalf of Tom, give someone you love a hug today, tell them you love them, and don’t take it for granted that they will be there tomorrow. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, October 7th at 11:00 A.M. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA with the Rev. Edward L. Michelini, presiding. Interment will be in Mountain Ash Cemetery, Laporte, PA Friends may call on Monday, October 6th 2014 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. The family will provide the flowers and ask that memorial contribution be sent to the Dushore Fire and Ambulance Association, PO Box 1, Dushore, PA 18614 To send condolences or sign the e-guestbook, please go to www.homerfuneralhome.com To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Thomas J Pedro, please visit our flower store.

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