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March 25, 2023
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Thomas J. Niezgoda, 80, a lifetime resident of Edwardsville, died on Saturday, March 25, 2023 in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital after complications from a recent stroke.
Born in Kingston on November 23, 1942, he was the son of the late Leo and Sophie (Adamczyk) Niezgoda and was a graduate of Edwardsville High School, Class of 1960. Tom was employed by Blue Cross of NEPA and was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, Knights of Columbus, and a former member of St. Hedwig's Church.
Tom was a wonderfully caring and loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He loved spending his time traveling back and forth to Yonkers, NY to help care for his grandsons where his extended network of friends grew over the years. He became a fixture in the Armour Villa Neighborhood and the DiChiaro School communities. An avid history buff, movie lover, and lifetime Phillies fan, he could discuss and debate these subjects for hours. His interest in history most recently lead him to explore his own family origins where he discovered an ancestral connection to the Knights Templar. Tom loved a good card game, watching westerns and crime dramas, and following any new activity his grandsons decided to pursue. His jovial personality, unapologetic attitude, and ability to make friends no matter where he went made him an amazing person to be around.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Anna (Maday) Niezgoda; daughter, Leanne Pantoliano and her husband, Matthew; two grandchildren, Carter and Dylan; brothers-in-law, Michael and John Maday; cousins, Anthony and Christine Petroski, Mary Jane Thompson, and Janet Niezgoda; Godchildren, Sarah Potsko and Ryan Thompson; and many friends and relatives.
Visitation will be held at Andrew Strish Funeral Home, 11 Wilson Street, Larksville on Thursday, March 30, 2023 from 4-7pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 11:00am in St. John the Baptist Church, Nesbitt St. Larksville. Reverend Gerald Gurka will officiate. Interment will follow in Hanover Green Cemetery, Hanover Township. Whoever is attending the Mass should proceed directly to the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John the Baptist Church.