The Rev. James H. Slapinski, 82,
The Rev. James H. Slapinski, 82, of Mountain Top, PA was called home by his Lord on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at the Mountaintop Senior Care and Rehabilitation Center.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Joseph and Myrtle (Stucker) Slapinski.
A graduate of the former Fairview High School, he married Josephine Blick in 1948.
He was the father of a two-year-old son when he felt a call to the ministry. He then furthered his education at Lycoming College and Lancaster Theological Seminary.
Rev. Slapinski served his first charge as student pastor in Clearfield County. Returning to this area, he then served the Skinners Eddy United Methodist Charge. Moving to the Lancaster area, he served the Glen Moore parish. Successive pastorates were in Huntingdon and Mifflin Counties.
He then accepted a position with the Boy Scouts of America as a district executive in Gettysburg, where he instituted the Gettysburg Heritage Trail Award in conjunction with the National Park Service. As a scouting professional, he also served the National Capital Area Council in Northern Virginia, the Shenandoah Area Council in Winchester, VA and the former Forest Lakes Council, Scranton.
Returning to the ministry, he served the Forest City, PA, United Methodist Charge. He then went to New York State where he served the Plymouth United Methodist Charge. After retirement, he served the Luzerne United Methodist Church until ill health forced him to again retire.
An avid fisherman, he spent many days in Pennsylvania’s trout streams and the Susquehanna River, as well as Canada’s lakes. As a hunter, his prowess as an archer netted him success in his younger years.
He followed the Phillies baseball team’s successes, even on the day of his death, when they lost.
A humorist all his life, he masqueraded as George W. Bush to medical personnel when asked his name.
In addition to his parents, Rev. Slapinski was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Kramer, and an infant granddaughter, Keisha.
Surviving, in addition to his wife “Jo,” are his son, Alan J. Saltsburg; daughters, Holly of Luthersville, MD, twins, Amy Ulrich and husband, Richard of Clearwater, FL and Jamie Collins and husband, James of Nokesville, VA, as well as five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
A celebration of his life was held at the Christ United Methodist Church on Wednesday, May 18 with the Rev. James A. Baker officiating. Interment followed in the Albert Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Christ United Methodist Church, 175 S. Main Rd., Mountaintop, PA 18707.