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Charles Anthony Macaluso

Charles Anthony Macaluso, 89, of Pittston, passed away Saturday, February 20, 2021, in Allied Services Hospice Center, Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Pittston on February 26, 1931, he was the son of the late Ignatius and Josephine Carletta Macaluso.

He was a graduate of Pittston High School. He worked for many years as a machine operator at Potlatch and Pope & Talbot, and retired from Cascades.

Charlie—known to his loving family as Poppy—enjoyed the simple pleasures, especially sitting on the porch with his best girl, Gloria; giving straight-up, “real” advice to his children; playing with and later watching his grandchildren grow, tooling around town running errands, chatting with dear neighbors and friends; tending to his garden, and reading any newspaper he could get his hands on.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Marion Macaluso and Michalena Korsko.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Gloria Mihalak Macaluso; children, Charles J. Macaluso, Pittston; Jo Ann Welsko and her husband Joe, Macungie and Kevin Macaluso and his wife Charlene, Inkerman; grandchildren, Joseph Charles and Jacob Welsko and Matthew, Alex, and Kayla Macaluso; a niece; and many, many friends.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. John the Evangelist Church and interment in St. Rocco’s Cemetery.Arrangements are entrusted to Adonizio Funeral Home, LLC, 251 William Street, Pittston. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Charlie’s name to the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.

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