MOUNT CARMEL — Henry R. Rakus, 94, of 209 N. Peach St., passed away Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, at Mountain View: A Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, in Coal Township.

He was born in Mount Carmel, Aug. 6, 1927, a son of the late Jan and Stefania (Lapinski) Rakus.

Henry was a 1945 graduate of Mount Carmel High School.

He proudly served his country as a sailor in the U.S. Navy, serving on the battleship USS Iowa for three years during the occupation of Japan.

On May 8, 1948 he married Rose Lostyn, at Our Mother of Consolation Church. Together they shared 67 years of marriage.

Henry lived in Philadelphia for 20 years, serving as president and general manager of the Quaker City Motor Parts Co. Subsequent to that, he opened and operated Schuylkill County Auto Parts, in Ashland, until retiring at the age of 75.

He was a member of the former Our Mother of Consolation Church, now Divine Redeemer Church, where he served as an usher for many years. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and American Legion, both in Mount Carmel.

Henry is survived by his son, Anthony and daughter-in-law, Donna Rakus, of San Antonio, Texas; two grandsons, Justin Rakus and Brian Rakus, both of San Antonio, Texas; a great-granddaughter, Savannah Rose Rakus; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Rose, Henry was preceded in death by four brothers, John, Matthew (Metz), Clement and Chester Rakus; three sisters, Mary Schlacta, Gail Santer and Edna “Hedwig” LaPenta; two stepbrothers, Michael “Mickey” Mitchell and Stanley Mitchell; three stepsisters, Helen Rakus, Ann Pascal and Jennie Mitchell; and his exceptionally talented grandson, Jeffrey Alan Rakus, who passed away in 2006, at the tender age of 19.

RAKUS — Henry R. Rakus, 94, of 209 N. Peach St., Mount Carmel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 at Divine Redeemer Church, 300 W. Avenue, Mount Carmel, with Father Ryan Fischer as celebrant. Burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery, Elysburg. Viewing will be held prior to the Mass from 9 to 10:45 a.m. with transferal prayers at 10 a.m. at the C. J. Lucas Funeral Home Inc., 27 N. Vine St., Mount Carmel, C.J. Lucas IV, supervisor. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Divine Redeemer Church, 438 W. Avenue, Mount Carmel 17851. To send condolences to the family, go to

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