Valentine F. (Bill) Pytko,
76, died at home of cancer on Sunday, February 29, 2004. He was a
cardiologist and a gentleman who practiced the art, as well as the science
of medicine at The Geisinger Medical Center.
During WW II and its
aftermath, he served as a special agent in the Army Counter Intelligence
Corps in Japan. Subsequently, he attended Yale University, Temple
University Medical School and The Cleveland Clinic where he earned his
degrees in Science and Medicine.
A believer in the Marxian
philosophy (Groucho, that is) that one should be wary of joining any
organization that would have him, he gave, however, without fanfare, and was
a generous benefactor to Thomas Beaver Library and Geisinger Medical
Center. When he performed with the Danville Community Players, he was
lauded for his acting in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber.
He was a licensed airplane
pilot, who loved to fly over our Pennsylvania hills with his granddaughters
and look down at the “broccoli-like” trees. With “ragman” skill he, his
family and friends sailed the Chesapeake Bay in a variety of sailboats.
During his retirement, he could be seen building up the steam and driving
Old Smokey, the steam locomotive at Knoebels Grove Amusement Park.
His interests were
eclectic. He played the piano passionately… sometimes a raffish Tom Lehrer
tune, sometimes a melancholy Chopin etude. Books, classical music, travel,
and The New York Times made his days interesting and satisfying.
dreadfully are Dolores Deegan Pytko, his wife of 45 years, formerly of
LeMars, Iowa, his two children: Mary Pytko Marten, William F. Pytko and
wife Kim, three granddaughters: Kristin and Jamie Pytko, and Haley Marten,
and his brother-in-law James Deegan.
There will be no viewing. A
CELEBRATION OF LIFE memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, March 6,
2004 at 11:00 AM at the Foss Home at Geisinger Medical Center. Should
friends desire; any memorial remembrance may be directed to the Oncology
Unit of Geisinger Medical Center, in honor of Dr. Suresh Nair, or the very
helpful and caring Columbia Montour Home Hospice, 599 East Seventh Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815.
under the direction of the Miller-Visneski
Funeral Home 10 West Mahoning Street Danville, PA.