Maurice Umbriac Jr.


May 13, 2018

Maurice “Marcy” Umbriac, Jr., 81, of Hazleton passed away suddenly Sunday afternoon at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest after a brief illness.  

Born in Hazleton, he was the son of the late Maurice and Mae (Milora) Umbriac Sr., and was a member of Most Precious Blood Church.  After graduating from Hazleton High School in 1954, he joined the Army, serving for 2 years.  Following his discharge, he relocated to Manville, NJ and worked for Johns-Manville for 15 years.  

He moved back to Hazleton in 1971 and opened Umbriac’s Bar with his twin brother, the late Joseph Umbriac.  “You think it’s easy?”...He genuinely did and had many fond memories throughout his 47 years of operating the bar with Carmella by his side from daily opening to time to “Saddle Up!”.  He highly enjoyed meeting new people, sharing stories, and socializing with his loyal customers…”you know, your cousin”..., many of whom became close and life-long friends that he treasured. He had a quick wit and was known for his one-liners, humorous stories, and many jokes.    

Throughout his life, Marcy was an avid fisherman and always had a story about the one that got away.  But above all, family was most important to “Dad”, “Uncle Jr., and “Junie”.  He cherished the time spent with his family.  His greatest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren throughout the years and he took great pride in sharing their accomplishments.    

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were brother Frank Umbriac and his wife, Martha; sister Annamae (Umbriac) Kapes and her husband Frank; twin brother Joseph Umbriac and his wife Rosemary; and sister-in-law Carmela Umbriac.

Surviving are his beloved family, wife, Carmella (Matteo) Umbriac, with whom he would have celebrated 50 years of marriage in November; son Michael, his wife Wendy and their children Kristen and John, Ann Arbor, MI;  son David and his wife Natalie, North Ridgeville, OH; son Paul Daniel, his wife Melissa, and their children Layla and Gage, Aston; and daughter, Maria, Hazleton.  Also surviving are brother Sam Umbriac, Manville, NJ; sister Irene (Umbriac) Mekolichick and her husband Joe, Lititz; sister-in-law Ange (Davis) Umbriac, Reston, VA; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He will be greatly missed.    

Family and friends are invited to visit Thursday, May 17th, from 9am to 11am at Most Precious Blood Church, 131 East 4th St, Hazleton where his Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11am.  Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Drums.

The Joseph A. Moran Funeral Home, 229 W. 12th St., Hazleton, is in charge of the arrangements.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.   

“Good Night, God Bless You and I Love You.”

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