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James J. Dunn DDS

April 13, 1925 — August 26, 2013

James J. Dunn, D.D.S., 88, a resident of Jupiter, Florida and formerly of Riverside Drive in Wilkes-Barre passed away Monday, August 26th at Jupiter Medical Center.

Born April 13, 1925 in Larksville he was a son of the late Thomas F. and Lillian Dougherty Dunn of Larksville and Pittsburgh.

A graduate of Larksville High School, James earned his Pre-Dental Degree from the University of Scranton. He advanced his education by earning a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the Temple University School of Dentistry.

Upon graduation, James was commissioned as an officer of the United States Navy and proudly served in the Dental Corps during the Korean War. Subsequent to his service in the Armed Forces, Dr. Dunn earned his certificate in the specialty of Orthodontics from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Medicine.

Dr. Dunn prominently practiced the specialty of Orthodontics in Wilkes-Barre for many years. He served as past-president of the Luzerne County Dental Society and Third District Dental Society.

James was affiliated with many professional organizations, to include being a lifetime member of the American Dental Association, the American Association of Orthodontists, the Pennsylvania Association of Orthodontist and the Pennsylvania American Dental Association to which he also served as a delegate for many years.

A consummate civic leader, Dr. Dunn was a member of Our Lady of Victory Parish, the Westmoreland Club, former member of Wilkes-Barre Rotary, and President Emeritus of the Susquehannock Club of Potter County. He was also a member of the Harvey’s Lake American Legion Post 967 where he was honored for fifty years of continuous membership.

His wife, Helen Claire Roan Dunn, granddaughters, Megan Brice and Kaitlin Claire Marie Brice, and a brother, Thomas F. Dunn preceded him in death.

He will be greatly missed by his children, James D. and his wife Diane Duffy Dunn of Riverview, Florida, William J. and his wife Linda Kearn Dunn of Shavertown, Mary Ellen and her husband Michael L. Brice of Summerville, South Carolina, Thomas W. and his wife Claudia Cardenes Dunn of Brownsville, Texas, Lee Ann and her husband Timothy J. Connolly, Jr. of Edwardsville; grandchildren, James D. Dunn, Erin Claire Dunn and her husband James Liston, Patrick J. Dunn, Michael L. Brice, CPT William J. Dunn, Jr., Esq., Jennifer Claudia Bridgid Dunn, Matthew S. Dunn, Timothy J. Connolly, III, Esq., Meaghan Claire Connolly and her husband Steven Ubaldini, Jr., Thomas W. Dunn, Jr., Sara Marie Claire Dunn and Liam S. Dunn; seven great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Celebration of James’ Life will be held Saturday with a Funeral Mass at 9:30 AM in the Church of Our Lady of Victory on Lakeside Drive at Harvey’s Lake. Entombment will be in the Mary, Mother of God Mausoleum at Saint Mary’s Cemetery in Hanover Township.

Visitation will be held Friday from 5 to 8 PM at McLaughlin’s – The Family Funeral Service, 142 South Washington Street in Wilkes-Barre.

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Friday, September 13, 2013

5:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Funeral Mass

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Starts at 9:30 am (Eastern time)

Church of Our Lady of Victory

2nd Street, Harveys Lake, PA

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Graveside Service with Military Honors

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Starts at 11:30 am (Eastern time)

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