Arthur J. Rega, Sr., 73, a resident of Gouldsboro went to our Lord Friday in the VNA Hospice Unit of the Community Medical Center, Scranton, after a long and hard fought battle with lung disease. His loving wife of 40 years is the former Anita Holmsen.
Born in New York City the son of the late Arthur A. and Elizabeth Brennan Rega, he attended NYC schools, served proudly in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and was a Golden Gloves contender. He was a past president and life member of the Gouldsboro Volunteer Fire Company. Having worked in sales and marketing for most of his life, Art√≠s last position before opening his own business was Vice-President of Marketing at Markdata, Inc. A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, Arthur loved spending time with his family, especially his seven grandchildren. Among his many interests, he enjoyed time spent on his computer, raising his macaw Red, singing with the St. Rita's choir and tinkering around his house. Art was fiercely patriotic and held firmly to his conservative beliefs. As a self-professed political news junkie, Art reveled in political discourse and was always ready for a rousing debate.
Art was a warm, kind and loving man who will be deeply missed by his friends and family. His warm embrace and beautiful smile will remain with us forever.
A beloved father and grandfather, he leaves behind four loving children, Valerie Rhodes, Oklahoma City, Liz Riebesell, Secaucus, NJ, Francis M. Rega, Gouldsboro and Douglas E. Rega, Clinton, NJ. He is mourned by seven grandchildren who were the light of his life; Nathan and Rachel Rhodes, Cassidy Rega, Kelly Riebesell, Katlyn and Laurel Rega and Cameron Rega. The eldest of seven children, he is survived by one sister Arlene Marchione and five brothers, Jerry, Rick, Albert, Eugene and Robert Rega.
He was preceded in death by a son Arthur J. Rega, Jr.
The Memorial Mass will be held Saturday at 11:00 am in St. Rita√≠s Church, Main Street, Gouldsboro, to be celebrated by Rev. Robert Arnold, pastor. Friends and family are asked to go directly to church on Saturday. Interment will be private in St. Catherine√≠s Cemetery, Moscow.
Friends may call Friday from 6-9 PM in the Brian A. Strauch Funeral Home, Rt. 690 and First Street, Spring Brook Twp.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rita√≠s Church, Main Street Gouldsboro, PA 18424 or to VNA Hospice Unit at C.M.C., Mulberry Street, Scranton, PA 18510. For more information directions or to leave an online condolence please visit www.strauchfuneralhome.com.