George P. Sailus, a Wyoming resident, fell asleep in the Lord on Sunday morning March 7, 2021 at the Allied Services Hospice Center, Meade Street, Wilkes-Barre. He had recently celebrated the 53rd anniversary of his 39th birthday.
George was born on February 10, 1929 in Ashley to the late Charles and Della Alansky Sailus. In 1953 he married Evelyn Nowak, with whom he celebrated her 50th anniversary before her death on August 25, 2003. Together they adopted two children from St. Joseph’s, then known as the Maternity Home, Scranton, which became the center of their lives.
A veteran of the Korean War, George served in the US Navy in the Mediterranean. Upon his release, he earned an Associate Degree in Business from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. George has spent his entire professional life in business as President of Susquehanna Savings and Loan, President of Century Financial Service Corporation, and later as a broker with Tom Hart Realty Company and Trademark Realty Group.
George was not one to “light a lamp and put it under a bushel basket,” but rather shared his business acumen in the Northeast Pennsylvania community. The groups he volunteered included the Hurricane Agnes Task Force; the Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce; the United Way; the Boy Scouts of Northeast Pennsylvania; the Wilkes Barre Kiwanis; and the finance committees of St. John the Baptist Church, Pittston, later St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston. He was also a fourth degree member of the Knight of Columbus, Council 302, Wilkes-Barre.
In addition to his love for God and his family, George’s greatest passion began when he was asked to serve as the first president of the board of directors of the newly formed Ecumenical Enterprises Inc’s earthly journey, making him the last living member of the group that pioneered EEI. The greatest gift in his final days was the news that the future of EEI is bright with great things to come and he and the board began.
In addition to his parents George and Della Sailus and his beloved wife Evelyn, George preceded his brother Charles Sailus in death.
George is survived at home by his daughter Marianne Sailus; his son Chris Sailus and his wife Jan (Umbra) Sailus, Seattle, Washington; his granddaughters Rachel and Leah Sailus, both from Seattle, Washington; and Renée Sailus, Tempe, Ariz.
A Christian funeral mass is celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Church in Pittston, officiated by Rev. Joseph P. Elston, his pastor. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the service is limited to family and close friends. If you want to have a memorial liturgy offered, you can do so in the parish of your choice, as this would mean a lot to George.
The burial with the Rite of Committal will follow in the Roman Catholic Cemetery of Mount Olivet, Carverton section of Kingston Twp.
Funeral provision was entrusted to the Wroblewski Funeral Home, 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort.
To send a message of condolences to the Sailus family, visit the funeral home’s website at www.wroblewskifuneralhome.com, or Facebook page.
George’s vision was for Ecumenical Enterprises Incorporated to continue their mission of elderly care. His dream was to expand the campus to accommodate older people. Commemorative donations can be made to The Meadows Nursing and Rehab Center, 4 E. Center Hill Road, Dallas, PA 18612. Another popular charity that George supported is Care and Concern Ministry, 35 William St., Pittston, PA 18640.
The family would like to thank all of George’s medical carers over the years, too many to list, particularly the Fresenius Dialysis Center, Pittston; and Allied Services Hospice Center, Meade Street, Wilkes-Barre.