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Donald George Drobnak

April 7, 1939 ~ June 16, 2020 (age 81)


Donald George Drobnak, 81, of Southampton, NJ and formerly of West Scranton, died Tuesday June 16, in New Jersey.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Janice Williams Drobnak in 2019. 

Born in Scranton, son of the late George and Anne Talalai Drobnak, he was a graduate of West Scranton High School.  Having a strong work ethic, Donald was employed by UPS and spent many years behind the wheel of the brown truck.  He enjoyed striking up conversations with the neighbors as he dropped off packages.  Later in life, Donald embarked on a second career as a realtor with One Source Realty and was proud to earn multiple certifications.

Spending many hours watching his favorite sports teams, Penn State, Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia 76ers and always looking forward to March Madness, the recent lack of live sports did not deter him from enjoying his favorite past time.  One of the last sports shows he watched with his daughter, Sharon, who shared his love of sports, was “The Last Dance.”

Donald loved to tease, spend time with his grandkids and their dogs and cats, camping with his family on the weekends at Keen Lake, and hitching up the camper to drive to Ocean View Camp Ground in NJ for summer vacation. 

Donald was a varsity letterman in multiple sports for West Scranton High School which caught the eye of his high school sweetheart who was determined to wear his letterman sweater.   That determination paid off as they were married May 18, 1963.  They were married for 56 years and together for 60 years.  They are now together forever.

Donald was heartbroken when his wife preceded him in death in October, 2019. Donald and Janice's love story was like a fairytale.  Anyone who spent any time with them saw their one of a kind of love for each other.  Together forever is what they would say. They simply could not be apart, and so back together they are again, together for all eternity.

Surviving are daughters Cathy Markel and husband, William of Sicklerville, NJ and daughter Sharon Maffei and husband Ronald of Marlton, NJ; grandchildren Sarah Markel and Luca Maffei, sisters-in-law, Diane Parks and husband John of San Diego, CA and Barbara Kimmich and husband Jack of Kennesaw, GA; brothers-in-law, David Williams and wife Mary of Naples, FL and Gerald Williams and wife Michelle of Naples, FL; a special niece, Debbie Greenfield Wilson, and husband, Buzzy, Dickson City, as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Ann Basilica Parish, 1233 St. Ann St., Scranton.  Interment to follow in Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.  All those who are attending are asked to go directly to the church and to please observe public gathering guidelines. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6 Waltham, MA 02451. 

Arrangements and care entrusted to Savino Traditional Funerals and Cremation Care, 157 S. Main Ave. Scranton, Carl J. Savino, Jr., Supervisor.

Due to the current pandemic, family and friends are invited to watch a live streaming of the funeral on the funeral home’s Facebook page on Friday beginning at 11:00 a.m.

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Mass of Christian Burial
June 26, 2020

11:00 AM
St. Ann's Basilica
1233 St Ann Street
Scranton, PA 18504

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June 26, 2020

11:00 AM
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Interment following funeral service
June 26, 2020

Cathedral Cemetery, West Scranton


American Heart Association
300 5th Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham MA 02451

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