The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 30, 2014

Francis L. Gurski, 75, Coal Township


The Daily Item

— COAL TOWNSHIP — Francis Lamar “Moto” Gurski, 75, of 1389 Trevorton Road, passed away peacefully, at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 28,2014, at Mount Carmel Senior Living Community, Mount Carmel.

Francis was born in Coal

Township on Aug. 23, 1938, a son of the late Kathryn (Pianis) and John Gurski.

Moto was a 1956 graduate of Coal Township High School where he excelled in football and was a member of the 1955 Eastern Conference Championship Team. He attended and played football at Dayton University and Tulane University, and also attended Bloomsburg State Teacher’s College.

He was married to Anita (Vottero) Gurski, who preceded him in death.

Mr. Gurski worked as a business agent for the Laborers Union Local 1180, Harrisburg. He had worked as a laborer before becoming business agent. He retired after working as the head of housekeeping at Northumberland County Mountain View Manor.

He was a parishioner of Mother Cabrini Church and the former St. Stanislaus Church, Shamokin.

He was a life member of the East End Fire company where he was a prominent member of the softball and basketball teams and served as a director of the East End Softball Tournament. Moto was a longtime member and officer of the Bernie Romanoski Chapter of the Hall of Fame where he was inducted in 1987 and served as president for 12 years. The Hall recognized his commitment to the area by naming the Community Service Award in his honor. He was also the senior vice president of the North East Region of the Pennsylvania State Hall of Fame.

He was a member of the Shamokin Council #458 of the Knights of Columbus and 4th Degree member. He served as a Grand Knight of the Shamokin Council, president of the Casey Club, Faithful Navigator of the Cardinal Mindzenty Council of the 4th Degree Knights, District Deputy representing the Area Knights of Columbus and was also a charter member of the Elysburg Council #14161 of the Knights of Columbus.

A longtime Democratic committeeman of Coal Township Ward 4-2, Mr. Gurski served as president of the Coal Township Democratic Committee.

He was a charter member and only president of the local Nore Dame Football Subway Alumni Fan Club.

He assisted his longtime friend Bernie Rumberger in the collection of toys for the Santa Bernie Fund and was involved in charity breakfasts and fundraising events for numerous other charity organizations.

Moto had an outstanding affiliation with the Shamokin-Coal Township Pulic Library Christmas Tree project.

He was the found and head coach of the St. Stanislaus Condors; founder of the Little Red Raiders Football program; was an officer and active booster of the St. Stanislaus Booster Organization; and served as the athletic trainer at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional High School, Coal Township.

He was a staunch advocate for Catholic eduction.

Moto was passionate about his community and his family and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, 9 year-old Sage Elizabeth and 6 year-old Hunter Michael.

Francis is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Michael F. and Jennifer Gurski, of Danville; one granddaughter, Sage Elizabeth; one grandson, Hunter Michael; and two sisters and one brother-in-law, Kathryn Krankoski, of New Jersey and Louise and Ed Schetroma, of Mount Carmel.

In addition to his parents, the love of his life, his wife Anita, Francis was preceded in death by three brothers, Gerome Gurski, Bernard Gurski and John Gurski; and one sister, Mildred Gurski.

Family and friends are invited to call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at James Kelley Funeral Home, 1001 W. Arch St. at Maple Street, Coal Township, with a Christian Wake Service at 6 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at Mother Cabrini Church, 200 N. Shamokin St. at Webster St., Shamokin.

Interment of his cremains will follow Mass in Saint Michael Cemetery, Coal Township.

As an expression of sympathy, the Gurski family requests memorial contributions be made to St. Joseph Catholic School, Gurski Family Literacy Scholarship, 511 Ferry St,. Danville, PA 17821.