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Edward D. Tokarz, Lackawanna resident, Council president


Aug. 13, 1934 - Jan. 5, 2017

Edward D. Tokarz, of Lackawanna, a former officeholder in the city, died Jan. 5 in Mercy Hospital following a short illness. He was 82.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Tokarz graduated from Lackawanna High School. He continued his education at Erie Community College.

Edward D. Tokarz

Mr. Tokarz repaired motors at Bethlehem Steel for 30 years.

He also served as the City of Lackawanna Council president for 12 years, including in the early 1980s.

An avid golfer, he was a co-chairman of the Steel City Open Golf Tournament and was South Park Golf Champion in a number of years.

Mr. Tokarz is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Mary Ellen Joseph; two daughters, Linda and Dawn Stalka; and two grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 9 in Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna.

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