1201 Main Street - Pittston (Port Griffith), PA 18640

Senator Raphael J. Musto - April 28, 2014

Senator Raphael J. Musto, 85, a life-long resident of Pittston Township, passed away Thursday morning, April 24, 2014, at home. He and his wife, the love of his life, Frances Panzetta Musto, celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on April 6, 2014.

Ray was a son of the late Representative James Musto and Rose Frushon Musto. He was a graduate of Pittston Township High School, Class of 1946 and King’s College, Class of 1971. He later received Doctorate of Letters and degrees from both King’s College and Wilkes University. He was an Army veteran, having served during the Korean War.

Musto began his legislative career in 1971, elected to serve the remainder of his late father’s term. He served in the United States Congress in 1980 and in 1982 began a 28-year career in the Pennsylvania Senate until his retirement in 2010.

He was a renowned legislative strategist and worked across party lines as the sponsor or co-sponsor of legislation focusing on the environment, crafting one of the first clean air bills in the country. Other legislative priorities included education and the rights of the disabled. He was the catalyst behind Luzerne County’s Grandparents raising Grandchildren program.

Constituent service was the cornerstone of his public career and Musto was as a fierce advocate for the citizens of his district. Above all, he will be remembered as a family man.

He was a member of St. Joseph Marello Parish, Pittston. He was also a proud member of the Pittston Twp. Fire Dept. and many other civic organizations.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to Carly Musto, PA-C, Dr. Mauer Biscotti and Dr. David Greenwald, for their exceptional care and compassion. They would also like to thank the Pittston Twp. Volunteer Fire Dept., the Paramedics/Ambulance and Police Departments, for their assistance and support.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his loving children, James and wife, Mary, Jenkins Twp.; Ray, Jr. and wife, Karen, Hughestown; Michael and wife, Laurine, Arlington, VA, and Fran and husband, Dave Drozda, Plains; grandchildren, Carly; Christopher and Alexandra; Raphael, III; Lisa; Nicholas Musto; Kimberly and Krysten Drozda; great grandchild, Kai Drozda; siblings: James and wife, Gertrude; Antoinette Deeb; Biagio and wife, Carol; Joseph and wife, Fortunata; John and wife, Philomae; In Laws, Domenica Musto; James Francioso; James and Sue Panzetta; Anita Panzetta, Mary Panzetta, numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by sister, Louise Francioso and brother, Gerard Musto.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, April 28, 2014, at 9:30 AM in St. Joseph Marello Parish, 237 William St., Pittston. Everyone attending the mass is asked to go directly to the church on Monday morning.

Relatives and friends may pay their respects Sunday, from 3:00 to 8:00PM at Baloga Funeral Home, Inc. 1201 Main Street, Pittston (Port Griffith).

The family requests that flowers be omitted. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society 712 S Keyser Ave, Taylor, PA 18517, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish Center 237 William Street, Pittston, PA 18640 or charity of choice.

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From: Louise Goodwin

Location: FORTY FORT, PA    Date: 2014-04-29

My daughter Colleen Goodwin and I extend our sincere condolences to Ray Musto Jr. and his family, and to the entire Musto family on your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Louise Goodwin

From: Sheila & James Gendimenico

Location: West Hazleton, PA    Date: 2014-04-28

He was a good man and we will remember him for all his good works here in our communities..memories of him with Fran Bonner, my father and others in our Democratic party! We were proud and blessed to know him ! God bless all in his family! Truly very sorry for your loss!

From: Rava family

Location: duryea, PA    Date: 2014-04-28

sorry for your loss to the whole musto family. god bless you.

From: Teresa Anusiewicz

Location: Wyoming, PA    Date: 2014-04-28

To Ray Musto Jr. and family so sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you.

From: Carmel Insalaco and family

Location: Pittston, PA    Date: 2014-04-28

We have lost a good man, a good neighbor, and a good friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Musto family.

From: georgiann eckrote

Location: Freeland, PA    Date: 2014-04-28

Ray, we worked together for a short period of time at WHC many years ago. Your dad was very good to state employees and personally helped me on one occasion. He was a good man. My condolences to you and your family, dad and family are in my prayers.

From: Tina Palochko

Location: Scranton , PA    Date: 2014-04-27

I am sincerely sorry for your loss. Please except my deepest sympathy

From: Edith Hokien

Location: Moosic, PA    Date: 2014-04-27

Franie and family, please accept our condolences , we feel that he was a part of our family. We couldn't get to the viewing because Bilis fighting another cancer. He really wanted to come but he has to use oxygen and a wheel chair, and is very weak, please know that we have him and you and the family in our prayers,Sincerely Edie

From: Ray and Mary Levanavage and Family

Location: Pittston, PA    Date: 2014-04-27

Ray and Family, we are so very sorry to hear about your father. Are deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. Are prayers go out to you all. May you find peace and grace at this time. God Bless all of you.

From: Dan Walutes Family and Widdick family

Location: Pittston Twp, PA    Date: 2014-04-27

Very sorry for the loss of your husband brother and father He will surely be missed. We will keep him in our prayers always. Sorry I couldn't attend the wake


Location: AVOCA, PA    Date: 2014-04-27


From: maryann tigue

Location: 931 main street avoca, PA    Date: 2014-04-27

Sorry of your loss. Unable to come.

From: Allison Dorosky

Location: Hughestown, PA    Date: 2014-04-27

Ray I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. God bless

From: Bill Scott, Jr.

Location: Forty Fort, PA    Date: 2014-04-27

Dear Jim and Ray, Please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your dad. My parents were very fond of your father and have always spoken well of him. Please extend my sympathies to Mary and Karen as well as the rest of your family. Bill Scott, Jr.

From: Bill Ames

Location: Myrtle Beach, SC    Date: 2014-04-27

My dearest condolences to the Musto family on Ray's passing. My prayers are with him. God Bless...

From: Lee and Francine Clark

Location: Forty Fort, PA    Date: 2014-04-27

Jim, Our Blessings go out to you and your family

From: Boggetti Family

Location: Avoca, PA    Date: 2014-04-27

Ray and family, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. He was a great man and will always be remembered that way. Praying for you all.

From: Sam & Shirley Chairge

Location: Exeter, PA    Date: 2014-04-26

Dear Fran, Our sincere sympathy to your whole family on the death of Ray. What a great advocate for our State, and family man. Our prayers are for you that you will all have the strength to carry on without him. He has gone Home and we will all be together again one day.

From: Jillian martin

Location: dallas, PA    Date: 2014-04-26

My thoughts and prayers are with the whole Musto family. Rest easy with Jesus Mr Musto.

From: PJ McHale

Location: Ringoes, NJ    Date: 2014-04-26

My prayers are with all of you. My brother, John, and I have great memories of visiting the family store as children with our father for the weekly order. Ray, Netta and Jimmy were always so friendly and kind. Over the years, Ray always found time to attend the wakes of our family members. We will always remember his kindness and smile.

From: Eileen Flanagan Duggan

Location: Lake Harmony, PA    Date: 2014-04-26

My heartfelt sympathy to the entire family. I have such fond memories of Ray. Due to poor health, I am unable to attend but please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

From: Diane Perrin

Location: Wilkes Barre;, PA    Date: 2014-04-26

My condolences to the Musto family. Raphael Musto was a very fine man and he will b missed.

From: Terri Zezza

Location: Exeter, PA    Date: 2014-04-26

Ray are so sorry to hear about your dad. You are all in our prayers. Your dad was a kind and gentle man and we will never forget what he has done for us.

From: The Wincek Family

Location: Plains, PA    Date: 2014-04-26

We will always be grateful to Senator Musto for helping us out; when no one else could help. He will be missed by our family; we will always keep him in our thoughts and prayers. To the Musto family; we send our deepest sympathies. Sincerely, the Wincek family.

From: Mark Race Sr.

Location: Hughestown, PA    Date: 2014-04-26

My condolences to the Musto family, may Ray rest in peace and GOD bless his family

From: Alison Pendleton (née Mustapich)

Location: Elkridge, MD    Date: 2014-04-26

Fran we are sorry to learn of the passing of your father. We know you will miss him greatly; he was a great dad and a champion for the state of Pennsylvania. Our condolences to the entire Musto family. Alison and Ed Pendleton

From: Bernadette and Paul Ackourey

Location: Dunmore, PA    Date: 2014-04-26

Our deepest condolences to the entire Musto family. He helped my Grandmother many years ago and she always told us what a great mas he was.

From: Elaine LaGreca

Location: Middle Island,, NY    Date: 2014-04-26

My sincere condolences on the passing of Ray. The entire Musto family will be in my thoughts and prayers. I shall always cherish the memories of my time spent with Ray and the family. May happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time.

From: Linda weiskerger Memory

Location: Broomall, PA    Date: 2014-04-25

My deepest sympathy to everyone Ray was there for my family when we needed him My love and prayers to all Love Linda

From: Joan Mc Fadden

Location: Pittston, PA    Date: 2014-04-25

My late husband Mickey had the honor of knowing Ray when he was on City Council. The good he did for the city will never be known. He was a gentleman and a scholar and loved by many. On behalf of my family I express our sympathy and may God Bless you as you go through this difficult time. RIP Ray

From: C.J. Hafner

Location: Carlisle, PA    Date: 2014-04-25

Mrs. Musto and family, I had the privilege to know and work with Sen. Musto for many years as a Senate staff person in Harrisburg. He was a good man and a dedicated public servant who repesented the citizens of Luzerne County very effectively. I know he will be sorely missed. My deepest sympathy for your loss.

From: Dan Iser

Location: New Cumberland, PA    Date: 2014-04-25

Biagio and family: My sincere condolence on the passing of Raphael. Although I didn't know him personally, I am aware of the many things he did to improve the lives of all Pennsylvanians, especially our seniors.Regards, Dan Iser

From: Karen Szwast

Location: Exeter, PA    Date: 2014-04-25

Dear Mrs. Musto and Family, I am sorry for your loss. I was so sad to hear of Senator Musto's passing. He was such a good man and did so many good things for this area. We were luck to have him.

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