Andrew “Andy” Hornick, Jr., 46, of Jenkins Twp., passed away unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, August 28th.
Andy was the son of Andrew Sr. and Kathryn Aritz Hornick. Andy was a graduate of Wyoming Area High School and King’s College, and the owner and operator of Andy’s Diner on River Road in Plains.
Andy valiantly battled Multiple Sclerosis for the last 18 years. Despite the odds and obstacles, he persevered and made the most of every single day. Even though his physical ability and strength may have been compromised, his mental strength, attitude, and resilience were not. He was able to adapt to his physical limitations and overcame despair with ingenuity to find a different way to live his everyday life. He cooked, baked, cleaned, gardened, and ran the family business of Andy’s Diner in Plains. Cooking and creating culinary deliciousness was his passion. Andy maintained his wicked sense humor throughout his illness, which again solidifies how a diagnosis cannot rob someone of “everything”. He would refer to himself as “Andy-Capped”, and had an “Andy-Capable Wish List” of items to improve his life. Laughter has a way of alleviating stress and anxiety that is healing in of itself, which was integral to his resiliency and fight for his future. He researched, advocated for himself, and allowed his doctors to utilize any new treatments that were available that could possibly help. He was an inspiration for all, especially for those who are fighting debilitating illnesses.
The family would like to express their appreciation to neurologist Dr. Douglas Nathanson, who provided kindhearted care and advocacy for Andy and all his patients with MS. They also want to extend their deepest appreciation to their family physician, Dr. Charles Manganiello for not only the lifetime of medical care, but his unwavering loving care and compassion for Andy and their family.
Andy was preceded in death by his father Andrew Hornick, Sr.
In addition to his beloved mother Kathryn, Andy is survived by his sister Cindy Moluski, niece Samantha Moluski and fiancée Mike Capone, nephew Bobby Moluski, Aunt Annette Bozinko, cousins Brenda Bozinko and fiancée Bruce Christian, Susan Bozinko Hahne, Anne Karlotski, Tom Barrett, his best friend Joe Tarreto, wife Melanie, and son Leo, and many dear friends too numerous to mention.
A celebration of Andy’s life will be held on Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 2-4pm at the Mamary-Durkin Funeral Home, 59 Parrish St. Wilkes-Barre, PA
I am so sorry for your loss. He had the best outlook on life's challenges. My thoughts are with the family.Mary Theresa Schwartzer (7 months ago)
Offering this wonderful family my heartfelt sympathy. We are all inspired by this very special person "Andy". who leaves an inspiring example to us all. With sympathy and Prayers & Love - Father Joseph LongJoseph J. Long,CSC (7 months ago)
Kathy and family, we were so sorry to here about your son Andy. We know he fought so valiantly with his MS and you were right there to help him with anything he needed. We are keeping you close to our hearts and deep in our prayers. God Bless you and your family. May God give you strength thru this difficult time. Love Joyce and Tom Kubiak and family.Joyce and Tom Kubiak (7 months ago)
Kathy: So sorry to hear about Andy. My sincerest condolences. Will keep everyone in my prayers. If you need anything don't hesitate to call.Mike Kostelansky (7 months ago)
Kathy, Dave & I are in such shock hearing about Andy. Our hearts are aching for you. We just got home & didn’t know. We are so sorry to hear this please let us know if we can do anything for you. We love you & we will keep you in our prayers.Dave & Donna Schreffler (7 months ago)
So very sorry for your loss. Your son was a fine gentleman and a wonderful son. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. If we can help you ,we are just around the corner. RIP Andy. Peace to his family.Patricia@Edward Zabroski (7 months ago)
So sad to learn of the passing of Andy Jr. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.Ninarose & Ed Lewko (7 months ago)
A great parishioner and friend of my daughter. His smile will be missed. God Bless!Jim Dennis, West Wyoming (7 months ago)
I am so deeply sorry for the loss of such a wonderful man. I know how much his family loved him and how much joy he brought to those whose lives he touched. God bless and be with you all during these sad times.Jodi Ambrose (7 months ago)
Andy was a great person always smiling and laughing I knew Andy from King's and the Diner my deepest condolences to the family and especially his Mother. My heart goes out to you and your family. May you R.I.P. Andy God bless youMichael Brown (7 months ago)
We are deeply sadden by your loss. We met Andy at a Geisinger treatment. He was hopeful on a mission. We knew his dad from days when he delivered ay grocery stores, Accept our condolences. He is ar peaceAndrew Hornick (7 months ago)