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Robert L. Thornton

September 28, 1931 - November 1, 2021

Service Date: November 4, 2021

Funeral Home Corcoran Funeral Home Inc

Cemetery Mount Olivet Cemetery

Church Corpus Christi Parish

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Robert L. Thornton, Sr., 90 of West Pittston, met our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ on the morning of All Saints Day, November 1, 2021 at his home.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of the late John and Eleanor (Stortz) Thornton.

Bob was a graduate of St. Nicholas High School, Wilkes-Barre, and was employed as a Lineman/Splicer at Bell Telephone, later Verizon, for nearly 5 decades until his retirement.

A man of great faith, Bob was a member of Corpus Christi Parish/Immaculate Conception Church, West Pittston, where he served as a cantor, was a member of the Big Band Society of North Eastern PA, Pioneers Bell Telephone, and the Moose Lodge, West Pittston.  Above all, Bob was a father and mentor to his 9 children and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren

He was preceded in death by his best friend and loving wife of 62 years, the former Catherine “Kay” Gallagher on April 23, 2017, daughter Catherine (Thornton) Kline, granddaughter Orlena Kline, sisters Helen McGinley, Margaret O’Donnell, and Catherine O’Brien, brother John “Jack” Thornton.

Surviving are his children Robert and wife Brenda, Bethany Beach, DE, William and companion Carol, West Pittston, Patrick and wife Hua Suk, Bowie, MD, Brian and wife Leza, West Pittston, daughters Erin Thornton, West Pittston, Mary Pat Appel and husband John, West Wyoming, Holly Hennebaul and husband Charles, Harvey’s Lake, Kelly Mayes and husband Chris, Beaumont, TX, 22 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, brother William Thornton and his wife Mary Ellen, sister, SR. Mary Eleanor Thornton, RSM, all of Wilkes-Barre, many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am Thursday, November 4, 2021 at Corpus Christi Parish/Immaculate Conception Church, 605 Luzerne Ave, West Pittston, PA  18643 with Monsignor John Sempa, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be held in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton section of Wyoming.  Friends and family may call Thursday morning from 8:30 am until the time of mass at Church.  Arrangements entrusted to the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street, Plains, PA  18705.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations may be made to the Care and Concern Ministry, 35 William Street, Pittston, PA  18640 or by visiting or to Immaculate Conception Church.



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