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July 14, 2023
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Jesse Savitz passed away peacefully on Friday, July 14th surrounded by his loving family.
Jesse was a giant of a man, giant in his physical stature, in his capacity to love, in his devotion to his family, in his zest for life, in his strength and courage in the face of adversity, and in his sense of humor. Despite the medical challenges of his last few years, Jesse kept playing bridge, traveling, driving, and making sure he attended all family functions both far and wide. His courage and stamina were incredible. As a husband he was stellar, as a father he was exceptional, and as a grandfather he was superb. His family and his friends were his life. He was humble, selfless, and generous in every way.
Jesse was born on May 21, 1936, to Joseph and Esther Savitz. He graduated from Myers High School 1954, attended the PMC - Pennsylvania Military College and Wilkes College. These formative years instilled in him a strong work ethic, discipline, and a sense of duty. Beginning in 1958 he honorably served in the Army Reserves.
After his military service, he was co-owner of the family business, People’s Furniture. However, his career path eventually led him to become an over-the-road salesperson for Century baby products, where he thrived for 20 years until his well-deserved retirement. But retirement did not mean sitting still for Jesse. He pursued his passion for people and embarked on a new adventure as a bus driver for Martz Trailways, a role he considered his dream job. Even after retiring from Martz, he couldn’t stay idle. He started his own private car service, as he had an insatiable love for people.
Jesse was married over six decades to his loving wife cooky and was a devoted and involved father to his three children: Warren, Fern (Mark), and Steven (Jana). He was a hands-on grandfather to his many beautiful grandchildren and had the joy of welcoming a beautiful great granddaughter into the world. His family came first and if they needed him, he would drop everything and be there for them in a heartbeat. When his parents and sister were alive, he was a tremendous help to all of them in every way.
In addition, friends were considered family to Jesse. He was always there to lend a hand and to offer rides to those who were unable to drive. Jesse was a loyal and devoted friend as well as the quintessential loving and caring family man. Jesse was an incredibly generous, energetic, loving individual with a zest for life. He will be sorely missed, and his memories will have a lasting impact forever.
The Funeral will be held at Rosenberg Chapel, 348 S. River Street, Wilkes-Barre, on Sunday, July 16, 2023 at 12:00 noon.
Shiva on Sunday will at the Woodlands from 5-8 pm and Shiva on Monday will be at Gateway Apartments Community Center from 5-8 pm.