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Wednesday March 11th, 2020
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Donald Wydeen

Donald Andrew Wydeen 66, of Lake Sheridan, died Saturday in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Born Dec. 12, 1953, in Scranton, he was the son of the late Donald A. and Margaret (Ryder) Wydeen.
Donny was the beloved husband of Tina for 42 years. Cherished father to Dustin; Gretchen and her husband, Roy Jr.; “Pop Pop” to Alena Christine and Roy Allen III; brother to Nancy Cerretani, Ginny Brunori and Maryann Taylor; “Uncle Donny” to his many nieces and nephews, and all the children from his loved “Dead End” section of the Lake and nightly trips to the pavilion.
Donny enjoyed life to the fullest whether it was snowmobiling with his son, dancing whenever the music played and making his grandkids giggle.
A 1971 graduate of Lackawanna Trail, he was retired from the Canadian Pacific Rail Road, where he started as a “track dog” and ended as a roadmaster. The next chapter of Donny’s life channeled his passion and lifelong commitment to helping others achieve their individual path of recovery. Having walked his path as a friend of Bill W. for more than 31 years, one of his proudest accomplishments were his certifications as both a peer and recovery specialist. The “team” that supported him at Scranton Counseling Center in addition to his network of friends, allowed him to constantly advocate and support those living with addiction. He truly was the “face of recovery.”
The service will be will be Thursday at 11 a.m. by the Rev. Donald Williams, at Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Services Inc., 111 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit, Pa. Interment, private at convenience of the family. The family will receive relatives and friends Wednesday, 4 to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Scranton Counseling Center to benefit certified recovery specialists, 326 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18503.

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Nancy, i just heard of the loss of your Brother, Donald. A friend sent me the notice in the Times and wondered if I knew the Wydeen name. As you know, that name brings up my wonderful memory of Chuck Wydeen, back in the day who, when we were kids, rode his bicycle in La Plume, w/ his blonde hair flying and reminding me of my idea of Huckleberry Finn at his most colorful.  I am so very sorry for your loss.  Please know I think of you and send to you my most sincere and heartfelt condolences.

shirley lewis Mar 24 2020 12:00 AM

Hello Tina, I saw this while looking for something posted about Scranton.  When I saw the name, and then the photo, I knew it was Donny. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Mary Maikranz Marks Mar 21 2020 12:00 AM

Hey Tina. My thoughts are with you at this sad time. I remember meeting Donald at a meeting with you in Scranton. He was memorable and I am honored to have known him.

Pat Deegan Mar 13 2020 12:00 AM

What a wonderful caring person. Family and his recovery family nothing was more important. A special person who will be missed beyond explanation. I feel blessed to have known him, shared heartbreak and many lighthearted funny moments. A true gentleman - gentle man. Heart felt sympathy to Tina and all of Don’s family. The best!

Kevin McLaughlin Mar 11 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Tina, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your precious family during this difficult time. Donny offered hope and modeled recovery to many in our community. He will be missed. May all the memories the two of you created together sustain you in the days ahead. Tracy Carney

carneyta@ccbh.com Mar 11 2020 12:00 AM

Tina and family,Please accept my thoughts and prayers for you at this most difficult time.

Diana Hoffman Mar 11 2020 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of such a great man and cousin. I loved visiting at the lake and wish I had more opportunities to do so.  I’ll always remember tubing at the lake and trying to water ski. My dad would be so upset if he knew of his passing. He really loved Donny. Love and strength being sent to all of the family. May sweet memories help heal the pain.Denise Rider

Denise Rider Mar 10 2020 12:00 AM

Tina and family we are so sorry for your loss of such a great person and friend. Susan and I are away and wish we could be ther to offer our condolences in person but hope you know you are in our thoughts and prayers. The obituary and tribute says it all about Donnie and we know these memories will see you through these hard times. If ever you need us call. Edgar and Susan Kneiss

Edgar &Susan Kneiss Mar 10 2020 12:00 AM

Although I never had the privilege of meeting this great man I will always be grateful to him pinky browning

Pinky browning Mar 10 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of the passing of Don. We always enjoyed, and looked forward to his company. A great loss.                                                                                    Ann,Rick,David Getts

jerry Mar 10 2020 12:00 AM

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