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Lawrence Duane Rome

Lawrence Duane Rome, 78, of Plains, passed away Monday, September 21, 2020, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center with his devoted wife, Judy, by his side.

Born in the family homestead in Exeter on July 3, 1942, he was the son of the late Angelo and Stella Karwaski Rome.

Larry was a 1960 graduate of Exeter High School. He owned and operated San Ron Sportswear, Pittston, along with his two brothers, Robert and Ronald. He was a lifelong member of St. Anthony of Padua Church, now the Parish of St. Barbara, Exeter.

Larry will always be remembered as an honest, hardworking man who valued family above everything else. He ws a loving husband and father, and his daughters, Lori and Ashley, were the absolute light of his life – his pride and joy. Both his daughters inherited his dry sense of humor. Larry was quick with one-liners and his wit will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert

Rome and Ronald Rome; and infant sister Alice Rome.

Surviving are his loving wife of 41 years, Judy Rome, Plains and their daughter, Ashley Rome and her significant other Sean Moore, Columbus, Ohio as well as his former wife Joan Duca, Lancaster and their daughter, Lori Rome and her significant other Sam Ferrante, Lancaster. Also surviving are his twin sister, Lorraine Kowalewski and her husband John, Plains; sister Lynda Gilroy and her husband Ray, West Pittston; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, numerous nieces and nephews and his cat, Shadow.

The family would like to thank the late Dr. James Bruno for the outstanding care he provided Larry over many, many years. His exceptional medical expertise and caring was then continued by Dr. Charles Manganiello, who worked tirelessly for Larry. Also, thank you to Dr. Joseph Stella and Dr. Kishore Harjai. Without these talented and caring doctors, Larry would never have lived to reach the many milestones in his life that he did. Lastly, a huge thanks to the 5th floor nurses and staff at Geisinger Wyoming Valley – you’re the best.

The family will receive friends and relatives Monday, September 28, 2020, from 9am to 10am in the former St. Anthony of Padua Church, now Parish of St. Barbara, 28 Memorial Street, Exeter, following CDC guidelines of wearing a face covering and maintaining social distance. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am and interment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Memorial donations may be made to the SPCA of Luzerne County or any animal shelter of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are entrusted to Adonizio Funeral Home, LLC, Pittston.


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