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Stephen C. Paroby

October 18, 1936 - February 3, 2024

U.S. Veteran

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Stephen (Steve) “Sonny” C. Paroby, a lifelong resident of Taylor, passed away Saturday morning at Oak Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Taylor after an illness. He was 87 years young. On Sept. 24, 2012, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 54 years, June M. (Rosser) Paroby.

Born on Oct. 18, 1936 and raised in South Scranton, and son of the late Stephen C. Sr. and Josephine (Conte) Paroby, Steve was a graduate of the former Saint Mary of the Assumption High School, South Scranton, class of 1954. He proudly served in the United States Army before working for RCA / Thomson Consumer Electronics before his 2003 retirement.

Steve was known for his vibrant social personality and diverse interests. An avid bowler, he could often be found at Southside Lanes, enjoying friendly competition with fellow enthusiasts. His devout Catholic faith was an integral part of his life and he was a faithful member of Divine Mercy Parish in Scranton. Steve had a green thumb and took great pride in his yard, spending countless hours tending to his home and garden. He had a deep love and compassion for animals and was a consistent blood donor.

To know Steve was to love him and he’ll certainly never be forgotten.

He is survived by his adored family, including his three children, Stephen W. Paroby and wife Christine of Old Forge, Margo A. Rachko and husband Stephen of Taylor, and Lisa M. Kegel and husband Dr. Jeffrey of Guilford, Conn.; a brother, Daniel Paroby and wife Peggy of Scranton; eight grandchildren, Stephen W. Rachko, Samantha L. Stanchak, Jacqueline S. Kegel, David S. Kegel, Michael S. Kegel, Stephen S. Kegel, Erica S. Kegel and Jacob S. Paroby; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Dominick Paroby.

Funeral services are scheduled to begin on Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 517 N. Main St., Old Forge, with a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Divine Mercy Parish, 312 Davis St., Scranton. Burial will follow at St. Nicholas of Myra Cemetery in Old Forge. Family and friends may pay their respects on Monday between 4 and 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made in Steve’s name to either the American Red Cross c/o 2801 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter c/o 967 Griffin Pond Rd, South Abington Township, PA 18411.