Eugene J. Gustitis, 92, of Pottsville, died Tuesday at Lehigh Valley Medical Center- East Norwegian Campus.
Born on July 24, 1927 in New Philadelphia he was the son of the late John and Helen (Kisalosky) Gustitis.
Eugene was a member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville and a former member of Sacred Heart Church, New Philadelphia. He was a graduate of Blythe Township High School.
True to his Lithuanian Roots, but dedicated to his adopted parish St. John the Baptist Church, he was also a member of The Fathers Club, Minister of Hospitality, and Latin Rites Men Choir. During Oktoberfest he would wear his original lederhosen which he got from his deployment in Germany.
In his youth he could be found helping out at his Grandmother Gustitis/Supernavage's farm near Summit Station.
After graduating he proudly served his country, serving in the United States Army Airforce.
Eugene worked for Alcoa and was in the Alcoa 25 year club. After retirement he shared his knowledge with other Aluminum production companies located in Clearwater Fl., Parkersburg WV, and the Harrisburg area. More recently he was a student transporter for Pottsville Area School District. He also worked as a barber, after being trained by his grandfather, for Robert Jones-Pottsville every Saturday and when needed. He loved tending to his garden and remodeling his house.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth L. “Betty” Gustitis (2017), daughter, Joanne Kressel (2005); daughter-in-law, Abigail Gustitis (1995); brothers, Bernard (2019) and John Francis Gustitis (1990).
Eugene is survived by son, Eugene Gustitis husband of Nancy, Chester Springs PA; daughters, Elizabeth wife of Patrick Elko, Little River, SC; Annette wife of John Lisowski , Pottsville; son-in-law Terrence Kressel, Flagstaff, AZ.
He is also survived by grandchildren, Patrick Elko husband of Allison; Dr. Lucinda Elko-Simms wife of Charles Simms; Anna wife of John Burns; Theresa Kressel; John Lisowski husband of Hannah; Krista wife of Seth Stump; Gregory Gustitis (Marcy); and Kyle Lisowski (Tara); great grandchildren, Jacob and Luke Elko; Gloria and Belle Lisowski; and Liam, Norah and Delaney Burns; baby Stump, due in June, Sara Simms Ingram wife of Drew, David Simms, Gavin and Jamison Smith, great-great-grandchild Evie, brother, Joseph Gustitis husband of Joan, Leesburg, Fl.; sister-in-law, Gloria Gustitis, Dundalk, MD. and several nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held privately at St. John the Baptist Church. Interment will be held in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Pottsville. Schlitzer Allen Pugh Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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