William, Sr. and Janet Wyda
Bill was born Jan. 8, 1930 in Miners Mills, PA, the son of Joseph and Mary Kubitsa Wyda. Janet was born Sept. 19, 1933 in Wilkes-Barre, PA, the daughter of Floyd and Jennie Stoddard Oliver. Bill and Janet were married on March 21, 1952 in Trucksville, PA and celebrated 60 years of marriage last year.
Bill enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in January of 1948. He made the Inchon Landing with the 1st Marine Division and served in combat in the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War.
He was later employed by Ingersoll-Rand for many years until his retirement. He was a life member of the Penn York Detachment Marine Corps League, “The Chosen Few” Survivors of the Chosin Reservoir, the 1st Marine Division Association, Dushore American Legion Post No. 996 and Beirne-Webster VFW Post No. 1568, Towanda, and was a member of Towanda American Legion Post No. 42.
Janet was employed by Ames Department Store in Towanda until her retirement in 1995.
The Wydas enjoyed traveling and trips to Bill’s military reunions.
Surviving are their children, Kathy and Rob Blackstone of Livingston, TX, David and Tammy Wyda of Nescopeck, Bill Wyda of Hazleton and Patty Burk of Harrisburg; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Bill is survived by three brothers and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister and brother and a beloved grandson, Daniel.
Janet is survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister and brother and a beloved grandson, Daniel.
The family will receive friends Friday, Jan. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda.
A celebration of the lives of Bill and Janet will be held Saturday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Lynn Carr officiating. Interment will follow in the Colley Cemetery, Colley Twp., with full military honors accorded by the Penn York Detachment Marine Corps League and Dushore American Legion Post No. 996.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256 in William Bernard Wyda, Sr.’s memory and to St. Joseph’s Indian School, 1301 N. Main St., Chamberlain, SD, 57325 in Janet Lee Wyda’s memory.
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