Charles J. Lucas III

Charles J. Lucas III

Charles J. Lucas III, 78, of 376 W. Center St., passed away Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 with his family at his side.

He was born at Geisinger Hospital, Danville, Jan. 23, 1941, the son of the late Charles J. Lucas Jr. and Virginia M. (Olshefski) Lucas.

Charles was born and raised in Kulpmont and later resided in Mount Carmel from 1961 – 2004. In 2004 he moved to his residence in Elysburg.

He attended St. Casimir’s Grade School in Kulpmont and was a 1958 graduate of Kulpmont High School. He furthered his education at Temple University and Eckles School of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia, graduating with the class of 1961.

Charles worked by his grandfather and parents’ side from an early age before becoming the owner, operator, supervisor and president of the C. J. Lucas Funeral Home Inc. of Mount Carmel and Kulpmont, where he worked until retirement in 2003.

On August 6, 1960, in St. Peter’s Church in Mount Carmel, he was married by Father Fredrick Farace to Sandra M. Strike.

Charles was a former member of the Mother of Consolation Church now known as Divine Redeemer Church, Mount Carmel Sons of Poland, Kulpmont Knights of Columbus; a life member of the Jan Sobieski Club, Elysburg Valley Rod and Gun Club and a life member of the Central PA Funeral Directors Association, the PA Funeral Directors Association, and the National Funeral Directors Association.

As a young man he enjoyed racing go carts throughout PA and on the East Coast. He achieved scouting’s highest award, the Order of the Arrow, while in the boy scouts.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing in PA as well as throughout North America. He cherished his time spent at his hunting camp in Clinton County. He was an avid Green Bay Packers football fan and enjoyed formula one racing.

He loved the outdoors and going on Sunday picnics, picking mushrooms, and canoeing with his wife, Sandy.

Charles is survived by his wife, Sandra M. (Strike) Lucas; a daughter, Christina A. Lucas-Staszak and her husband, Leonard, and their daughter, Olivia, of Newtown, Pa.; a son, Charles J. Lucas IV and his wife, Pam and their children, Nigel, Amara, Kiara, and Brandon of Kulpmont; a daughter, Shelley M. Lucas of Elysburg; a son, Dr. Bryce Christopher Lucas of Elysburg; his beloved Australian Shepard, Gabriel; a sister-in-law, Elaine (Strike) Kuzo and her husband, Jack of DenMar Gardens; brother-in-law, Barry Strike of Mount Carmel; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Albert and Marie Strike; nephew, Jeffrey Karpinsky; great nephew, Jeff Aaron Karpinsky; and three dog companions, Bronson, Luke, and Nicholas.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 in Divine Redeemer Church, 300 W. Ave., Mt Carmel, PA 17851, with Father Ryan Fischer officiating. Burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery, Elysburg.

Viewing will be held on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 from 6 – 9 pm with Vigil Prayers at 8 p.m. in the C. J. Lucas Funeral Home Inc, 27 N. Vine Street, Mount Carmel, PA 17851, C. J. Lucas IV, supervisor, and Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. with Transferal Prayers at 10 a.m. in the C. J. Lucas Funeral Home Inc., Mount Carmel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital at 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905 or to the ASPCA at 424 E. 92nd St., New York N.Y. 10128-6804.

To send condolences to the family please visit www.cjlucasfuneralhome.com