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Harry Anthony Orzello, Jr.

Harry Anthony Orzello, Jr., 79, of Pittston, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre after a courageous battle with cancer.

Harry was a native of Hughestown and lived an interesting and colorful life. He had a passion for the theatre and a great love of classical music. After serving four years in the US Air Force, he moved to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. He was a co-founder of the Workshop of the Players Art, the WPA, an Off -Broadway theatre company where he earned an OBie award for his Off-Broadway work.

After leaving New York City, he traveled to Los Angeles where he had recurring roles in several daytime television programs. After his acting career came to an end, Harry devoted many years to public relations and fund raising for the Los Angeles Opera.

Upon his return to Northeastern Pennsylvania,

Harry continued to support the arts working for our NEPA Philharmonic.

He was preceded in death by his parents Harry Americo Orzello and Grace (Hoban) Orzello; brother Thomas Orzello, brother-in-law Dan Tetlak, and life partner, Dan Detrich.

Surviving are his siblings, Richard Orzello and his wife Karen, Pittston; Mary Lever and her husband William, Exeter; Matilda Burton and her husband Tom, Lake Wallenpaupack; Candice Tetlak, Dupont; John Orzello and his wife Kim, Hughestown; and Eugene Orzello, Hughestown; uncle Rev. Joseph Adonizio, Hughestown; numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends and relatives Tuesday, March 10, 2020, from 8:00am to 9:30am in St. Joseph Marello Parish, 237 William Street Pittston with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30am. Interment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to NE Philharmonic, 195 Hanover Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711. Arrangements are entrusted to Adonizio Funeral Home, LLC, 251 William Street, Pittston.

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Mar 16, 2020

Mary and Bill Lever; Please accept my deepest sympathy on Harry's passing. May his Soul rest in Peace. Amen.

Mike Walsh

Peckville, Pa.


Mar 10, 2020

To Harry's brothers and sisters, sorry I couldn't make it today. I am so sorry for you loss. I will keep you in my thoughts during this difficult time. Kathy Hoban Bodek


Mar 10, 2020

Graduated from Hughestown High School with Harry; he was a good friend; I lived on Center

Street and we regularly walked to the old Hughestown Schools together; I'm sorry I could not

attend services but he will always have a special place in my heart; my sincere condolences to

his family and to all those who knew and loved him


Mar 10, 2020

I wish I could be there for the services for Harry and send all my sympathy and condolences to his family and loved ones. Harry's light was so bright, and he used it to help others shine as well. He will be so missed, but what a life worth celebrating, too. Rest in Peace, Harry. xoxox - Andrea Talarico


Mar 09, 2020

PLEASE NOTE: Visitation at St Joseph Marello is from 8:00 to 9:30 AM on Tuesday, 3/10/20.

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