Obituaries  Jan 2012 – Jun 2012


William A. “Bill” Garrison  

William A. “Bill” Garrison

06/12/2012

 

 

William A. “Bill” Garrison, 84, a resident of Spring Brook township, died Tuesday evening at the VNA Hospice inpatient Unit at Geisinger-Community Medical Center, Scranton. His wife of 36 years is the former Emma M. Scott. Born in Springville, he was the son of the late Bela and Louise Mack Garrison.

Educated in Springville schools, he served in the US Army during World War II. Bill did construction and drove truck in his earlier days. He then was employed with Thomas A. Gerrity Moving and Storage, where he and Tom were known as “Wag” and “Tag”. He then went on to work for the American Red Cross until his retirement in 1988. The day after his retirement, he began working for the Spring Brook Township road crew. Until recently, he ran the storage facility for the Gerrity family on SR 502. Bill was a very active member of Spring Brook Congregational Church for 36 years. He was in charge of maintenance, was very instrumental in the success of its dinners, where he was famous for the creamy mashed potatoes and helped make the cookies, and he and his wife, Emma, received a plaque on May 30, 2004 in Appreciation and Recognition for Faithful Ministry in Preparing the Mothers’ Day Breakfast for 28 years. He was a member of the Moosic American Legion, Post #0604, and a 60-year member of AAA. Bill was a loving husband, dad, and poppy who had a big heart and was always willing to help anyone, anytime, anywhere. He always said, “If I don’t help them, who will?” He loved to meet his buddies for coffee and conversation at Bill’s Café in Daleville. He was a very loving and caring man who was very well loved and respected in the community who will be deeply missed by all who knew, loved, and were blessed to have called him friend. Bill’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the wonderful doctors, nurses, aides, and staff of the VNA Hospice of Lackawanna County. The care and concern you gave Bill was superb, and the warmth and compassion you gave us will never be forgotten.

Surviving are: Four children, Tim Scott, and wife, Laurie, Spring Brook Township Wendy Scott-Ford, and husband, Jack, Pittsboro, NC Debbie Ross, Nicholson William Scott, Scranton Two sisters, Doris Ward, Nicholson, and Beatrice Cox, Florida A brother, Douglas Garrison, Beavertown, PA Grandchildren, Corisa Ford, Jackie Ford, and wife, Tina, Taylor Scott, Greg Rhodes, Matthew Ross, Sarah Brander, and husband, John, Morgan Scott, Nicole Lampman, and husband, Tucker Great Grandchildren, Thomas and William Ford, Lincoln, Chase, and Sawyer Brander, Alenna, Ryana, and Dylan Lampman Several nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by sisters, Bonnie Tewksbury and Ruby Johnson, and brothers, Lawrence, Donald, Benton, Bruce, Lewis, and Lee Garrison.

The funeral service, with Military Honors, will be held on Saturday at 2:00 PM in the Spring Brook Congregational Church, 209 Beech Road, Spring Brook Township with Rev. Doug Littleton, pastor, officiating.

Friends may call on Saturday from 11 AM until the time of service in the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Spring Brook Congregational Church Scholarship Fund, 209 Beech Road, Spring Brook Township, PA 18444. Arrangements by Duffy and Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church Street, Moscow.


Lois Caroline Snyder  

Lois Caroline Snyder

06/02/2012

 

 

Lois Caroline Snyder , 84, a lifelong resident of Madison Twp., died Saturday evening at VNA Hospice at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton. She and her husband, Edward C. Snyder Sr., would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in November. Born in Madison Twp., she was the daughter of the late Fred and Ida Firestine Smith.

She was a graduate of Moscow High School, class of 1946. Before her retirement in 1987, she was employed by the North Pocono School District as a librarian assistant and later as the head of audio-visual. A life member of Moscow United Methodist Church, she previously taught Sunday school, the released-time classes and vacation Bible school. She was a past district deputy of the Daughters of America, past president of North Pocono High School PTSA, she served as the Lackawanna area PTA president and was a former member of the North Pocono School Board Association. In her earlier years, she was a Cub Scout den mother, a Brownie leader, a Girl Scout leader and president of the first organized Miss-E softball league in North Pocono.

She was a gentle lady with a heart of gold. Her life revolved around her husband and children. She cherished her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were an endless source of joy in her life. She loved her entire family unconditionally and had a significant influence on each one of their lives. She will always be remembered for her compassionate and caring ways. Her smile lit up a room, and everyone she met was touched by her warm and loving personality. She will be greatly missed by her family and will live forever in their hearts.

Also surviving are two daughters, Beverly Snyder, Olyphant; and Teri Ann Snyder, Madison Twp.; two grandsons, Gary Snyder II (Christine); and Greg Snyder (Raychel)?; four reat-grandchildren, Isabella, Gary III “Max,” Samantha and Timmy; two daughters-in-law, Judith and Diane Snyder; and three nieces.

She was also preceded in death by two sons, Edward Jr.,and Gary Snyder Sr.; and four brothers, Lewis, Frederick, Ralph and Robert Smith.

The funeral will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. from the Duffy and Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow, with services at 11 in Moscow United Methodist Church, 126 Church St., Moscow, by the Rev. Jeffrey Levy, pastor. Interment, St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow.

Friends may call Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30.


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Mary Cummings

05/19/2012

 

 

Mary Cummings, 81 of Scranton died Saturday evening in Hospice Community Care in Dunmore following an illness. Her husband is Michael Cummings, the couple celebrated 55 years of marriage on May 18th. Born April 2, 1931 in Scranton, PA, she was the daughter of the late Leo and Mary Finnerty.

She was educated in the Scranton schools and had been employed as a Residential Advisor with Keystone Community Resources. Mary had previously resided at the Genova House in Scranton. She was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Moscow, PA. Mary was an avid reader and will be dearly missed by her friends and family.

Surviving are (3) daughters: Kathleen Lewis and husband John of Lake Ariel, PA, Patricia A. Cummings of Moscow, PA, and Eileen Blizzard and husband T. J. of Marlboro, MA; (1) son: Seamus Cummings and wife Shannon of New Orleans, LA; (6) grandchildren: Jennifer, Karen, Meghan, Melissa, Olivia and Robbie; and nieces and nephews.

A Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11:00 am in St. Catherine of Siena Church, Church Street, Moscow, PA

Friends may call: Wednesday 9:00 am till 10:45 am in Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church Street, Moscow, PA

Interment: St. Catherines Cemetery – Covington Township, PA

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph’s Center, 2010 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509 or to the donor’s choice


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Helen S. Hagen

05/15/2012

 

 

Helen S. Hagen, 86, a resident at St. Mary’s Villa Nursing Center in Elmhurst died Tuesday evening following an illness. She is the widow of Harold “Bud” Hagen who died April 4, 2004. Born May 1, 1926 in Westfield, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Johanna Buschmann.

Helen was a graduate of East Stroudsburg State Teachers College, and was employed as a school teacher in Scotch Plains, NJ, and Elkridge, MD. Prior to returning to our area, she and her husband resided in Greenbackville, Virginia. She was a member of St. Paul’s Church in Scranton, PA, and was a member of the Three C’s Women’s Christian Organization while living in Virginia.

Surviving are her son: Harold “Kip” Hagen and wife Donna of Tafton, PA; her daughter: Nancy Sapack and husband Keith of Center Harbor, NH; (1) sister: Jean Rosenburg of Maine; and (7) grandchildren: James, Sarah, Ashley, Kaitlin, Emily, Nick, and Mary; (1) great-grandson: Peter. She was preceded in death by her daughter Kathleen Robinson, and her brother: Karl Buschmann .

A Private Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday in St. Paul’s Church Scranton, PA

Interment: St. Catherines Cemetery – Covington Twp. PA

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to St. Mary’s Villa Nursing Home 516 St. Mary’s Villa Road Elmhurst Twp., PA 18444

Arrangements by the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home of Scranton, PA


Lily B. Petch  

Lily B. Petch

05/14/2012

 

 

Lily B. Petch, 90 of Scott Township died Monday in Hospice Community Care in Dunmore following an illness. She is the widow of Walter Petch who died July 20,1995. Born January 1, 1922 in Scranton, PA, she is the daughter of the late Edgar M. and Lily (Knott) Brink and Florence (Reseigh) Brink.

She was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School. She was employed as a floral designer throughout her life, including her father’s floral business, E.M. Brink Florist, Patio Flower Shop and Buchner’s Flower & Gift – all of Scranton. She was an active and life long member of the Green Ridge Primitive Methodist Church of Scranton, PA

Lily’s family wishes to thank the staff at Hospice Community Care for their exceptional kindness, care and compassion.

Surviving are (2) daughters: Bonnie Kvaka and husband David, Greenfield Township and Lori Cavanaugh and husband Kevin of Olyphant, PA; (3) grandchildren: Courtney Kvaka, and Ryan and Cody Cavanaugh, (1) great grandson: Aiden Hunt; and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her sister: Elizabeth Petch and cousin, Mildred Conniff. She was preceded in death by her sister: Erma Petch.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 9:45 am in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home 1810 Sanderson Avenue Scranton, PA with Rev. Charles Beth as officiating clergy.

Interment: Dunmore Cemetery – Dunmore, PA

Friends may call: Friday 5-8 pm at the funeral home

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Green Ridge Primitive Methodist Church Memorial Fund 410 E. Market Street Scranton, PA 18509


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Eileen R. Agens

05/13/2012

 

 

Eileen R. Agens of Scranton died Sunday afternoon in Regional Hospital of Scranton following an illness. Born October 28, 1942 in Montclair, NJ, she is the daughter of the late John and Theora (Lytle) Mooney. She was a member of Full Gospel Tabernacle Church of Scranton.

Surviving are (4) daughters: Andrea Caruso and husband Michael of Rahway, NJ, Christine M. San Juan of Scranton, PA, Deborah J. Agens of Williamsport, PA, and Jennifer A. Green of Scranton,PA; (1) son: Hugh Agens of San Diego, CA; (3) sisters: Carolyn Smith, Virginia Brill and Betty Mooney; (1) brother: Edward Mooney; (13) grandchildren; and (3) great-grandchildren . She was preceded in by her daughter Bonnie Agens and her sister Barbara Mooney.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 2:00 pm in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home 1810 Sanderson Avenue Scranton, PA with Rev. Chris Moore as officiating clergy

Friends may call: Thursday 12:00 noon till 2:00 pm

Interment: private at the family’s convenience


John R.  

John R.”Reggie” Shaw Sr.

05/09/2012

 

 

John R.”Reggie” Shaw Sr. 78 of Scranton died Wednesday after a fall at his home. His wife is the former Shirley Fletcher. The couple would have celebrated 57 years of marriage on July 8th, 2012. Born in Scranton, PA, he was the son of the late Reginald and Mary Jane (Willcock) Shaw.

John was educated in the Scranton School District and was a US Navy veteran serving on the USS Midway. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a Pipe-fitter with local 524. He was a member of Union Lodge 291 and a member of the Green Ridge Sportsman Club. He attended the Green Ridge Primitive Methodist Church in Scranton. He was also a member of VFW post 7069 of Clarks Summit, PA.

He was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan . He enjoyed traveling with Stanky and the Coal Miners on several cruises and International trips. John’s family would like to send gratitude and appreciation to the nursing staff in the ICU at CMC – Geisinger for their compassion and care . John was an organ donor.

Surviving in addition to his wife are. a daughter Cathi Redding and husband John; son: John R. Shaw Jr. And wife Ann; a brother William Shaw and wife Charlene; 5 grandchildren; (1) great grandson; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter Leann and brother Robert.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 10:00 am in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home. 1810 Sanderson Avenue. Scranton, PA with Rev. Arthur W. Davis as officiating clergy.

Interment: Forest Hill Cemetery – Dunmore,PA

Friends may call: Sunday 3 to 7 pm

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph’s Center 2300 Adams Avenue Scranton, PA 18509 or donors choice.


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Robert L. Hemphill

04-22-2012

 

 

Robert L. Hemphill, 69, of Covington Township, died Sunday, April 22, 2012 at his home. His wife of 32 years is the former Carol Ann Martini. Born January 26,1943 in Montezuma, GA, he is the son of the late Robert and Elizabeth Mae (Greer) Hemphill.

Bob grew up in Decatur, Georgia and was a 1961 graduate of Decatur High School. He was a 1964 graduate of the University of Georgia receiving a degree in Political Science and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Regular Army as a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Program (ROTC.) He was a 1973 graduate of John Hopkins University receiving a Master’s Degree in International Relations.

His Army career spanned 25 years as an Infantry Officer and Foreign Area Specialist. He served two tours in combat, the first being as a company commander Bravo Company, 2-22 Infantry and the second as an Advisor to an RVN (Republic of Vietnam) battalion during the Vietnam War. Bob retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. His decorations included the Silver Star for gallantry, five bronze stars with Valor, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Purple Heart and the Legion of Merit. During his career, he served over six years in Europe (Including four years on a NATO staff) as well as numerous posts across the country. He also served five years on the Army general staff in the Pentagon in Washington, DC.

Bob wrote a book, PLATOON: BRAVO COMPANY — a non-fictional account of his time as a company commander during the Tet Offensive. He served as Oliver Stone’s company commander, and was portrayed in the movie “Platoon” by Dale Dye.

Bob was a wondrous husband, father, brother, brother – in law, uncle, great uncle, and friend. His passing has left a sadness in the hearts of all who knew him. He was brilliant, caring, talented, brave and funny. He was a great storyteller and trivia master. He enjoyed many hobbies: writing, history, leatherwork, stamp collecting and mostly riding his motorcycle. Bob also was an accomplished equestrian and earned the silver spur with the French military in Berlin, a qualification which required him to walk, trot, canter and jump one meter. Everything he did, he did well – “cream always rises to the top”. He loved to travel and study other cultures. His soothing Southern accent belied the way he settled in as a native here in Northeastern PA.

He was a member of the Moscow Lodge 504, The Rotary Club of North Pocono, and served in many leadership roles with Rotary District 7410, and was slated to serve a district governor in the 2013/2014 year. Bob served as the District Group Study Exchange Chairman to India and Nepal. Bob was a Paul Harris Fellow and member of the Rotary Paul Harris Society. Bob was a member of the John J. Michaels Memorial Post VFW – 5207 in Daleville where he served as post commander and VFW District 10 (PA) encompassing Lackawanna and Wayne Counties. He was also a member of the Wall-Sebring American Legion Post 274 of Gouldsboro, PA.

Bob also was very active with the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), Tobyhanna Army Depot Chapter. He was a member of The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and The Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his son: Robert Hemphill and wife Amy of Alpharetta, GA; a grandson, Matthew; and a sister Betty Jo Tomlin of Colorado; many nieces and nephews.

A Mass will be celebrated Friday May 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm in St. Eulalia’s Church, 214 Blue Shutters Road, Roaring Brook, PA

Visitation: 9-12 and 1-5 Friday 5/11/2012 at St. Eulalia’s Church

Military Honors: Immediately following the Mass

Memorial contributuions can be made to The Carol Hemphill Benefit Fund, Penn Star Bank, Elmhurst Office, 409 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503

Services entrusted to Duffy and Snowdon Funeral Homes, 401 Church St., Moscow, PA


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Edwin Nashotka

05/08/2012

 

 

Edwin Nashotka, 74 of Madison Township died Tuesday afternoon in Geisinger – CMC following an illness. Born July 10, 1937 in Scranton, PA, he was the son of the late Edwin and Lillian B. (Szulecki) Nashotka. He was educated in the Scranton schools and prior to his retirement in 2008 was employed by Red Line Towing Inc. of Dickson City, PA He was of the Catholic faith. Edwin was an avid outdoorsman and will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Surviving are nieces and nephews; and his dear friends Michael and Stacey Koch of Madison Twp. PA. He was preceded in death by two brothers.

A blessing service will be conducted Saturday at 10:00 am in the Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home 401 Church Street Moscow, PA with Deacon John Franceschelli as officiating clergy.

Interment: St. Catherines Cemetery – Covington Twp. PA

Friends may call: Friday 7-9 pm at the Funeral Home

Memorial contributions can be made to the donor’s choice


Dr. Anthony J.Gentile  

Dr. Anthony J.Gentile

05/06/2012

 

 

Dr. Anthony J.Gentile, 89 of Dunmore, PA died Sunday afternoon in Commonwealth Hospice at Regional Hospital in Scranton after an illness. His wife is the former Gwendolyn Mullins. The couple would celebrated 63 years of marriage on June 22nd. Born June 6, 1922 in Throop, PA, he was the son of the late Nicholas and Catherine Gentile.

He served in the US Navy during World War II and was a graduate of the University of Scranton. He attended the University of Mississippi and received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Tennesee. He was Board Certified to practice in both Pennsylvania and Tennesee. He started his private practice in the Medical Arts Building in Scranton and later moved to the Physician’s Building at Moses Taylor Hospital. He specialized in Cardiology and Internal Medicine.

Dr. Gentile was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Dunmore and served many years as a Eucharistic Minister. He was a member of the American Medical Association and the Lackawanna County Medical Association where he was honored for over 50 years of service. He was a long time member of the Scranton Country Club and served on the Parent Board of the ARC of Northeastern Pennsylvania. He was also a member of Serra International.

He was a devoted husband and father with an unquestionable faith. He was a kind hearted and generous man who was beloved by family and patients. He had a charming personality combined with a strong moral fiiber.

Surviving in addition to his wife are (4) daughters: Pamela Gentile of San Francisco, CA, Mary C. Gentile – Bull and husband Stirling of Waldorf, MD, Angela Gentile of Dunmore, and Lisa M. Beckage and husband Thomas of Dunmore, PA; (1) son: Joseph Gentile and wife Cindy of Dunmore, PA; (1) sister: Frances Gentile of Throop, PA; (1) brother: Fred Gentile and wife Simone of Mt. Cobb; (7) grandchildren: Thomas, Tara, Nicole and Jessica Beckage, Matthew and Robert Gentile and Lilly Jean Bull; and (2) great-grandchildren: Gia and Gabriella Goff. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter Toni Ann Beckage in 2005.

A Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 11:00 am in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish 322 Chestnut Street Dunmore, PA. Friends are asked to go directly to the church

Interment: St. Catherines Cemetery – Covington Twp. PA

Friends may call: Wednesday 5-8 pm in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home 1810 Sanderson Avenue Scranton, PA

Memorial contributions can be made to the ARC of Northeastern Pennsylvania 115 Meadow Avenue Scranton, PA 18505


Cynthia E. McGuire  

Cynthia E. McGuire

05/02/2012

 

 

Cynthia E. McGuire, 60 of Clarks Summit died Wednesday afternoon in Commonwealth Hospice in Scranton following a lengthy illness. Her husband is Edward J. McGuire Jr. Born January 9, 1952 in Scranton, PA, she was the daughter of the late Robert J. and Olwyn (Beddoe) Evans.

She was a 1969 graduate of Abington Heights High School. She was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Scranton and prior to her illness was employed as a receptionist at Sanderson Place Salon in Scranton for over 25 years.

Surviving in addition to her husband are (1) son: Edward J. McGuire III of Philadelphia, PA; (1) sister: Christine Wagner and husband Richard of Factoryville, PA; (1) brother: Robert J. Evans Jr. of York, PA; and nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be conducted Saturday May 12, 2012 at 11:00 am in Covenant Presbyterian Church 550 Madison Avenue Scranton, PA.

Interment: Private, at the convenience of the family

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society 712 S. Keyser Avenue Taylor, PA 18517 or donor’s choice

Arrangements by the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home of Scranton, PA


Elizabeth O. Miles  

Elizabeth O. Miles

05/02/2012

 

 

Elizabeth O. Miles, 96, a resident of the Green Ridge Nursing Center in Scranton died Tuesday afternoon at the facility. She is the widow of Harold W. Miles who died July 18, 2000. Born August 19, 1915 in Scranton, PA, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Jeanne (Simpson) Oliver.

She was educated in the Scranton schools and prior to her retirement was employed as a Lithographer with Scranton Lithograph Company. She attended the Clarks Summit Assembly of God Church.

Surviving are (2) nephews: Dr. Richard Cook of Belair, MD, and Donald Cook of Scranton, PA; her niece: Gladys A. Cook of Scranton, PA; her step-grandson: Mark Marzolino of Dalton, PA; and great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 10:00 am in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home 1810 Sanderson Avenue Scranton, PA with Rev. Arthur W. Davis as officiating clergy

Interment: Clarks Green Cemetery – Clarks Green, PA

Memorial contributions can be made to the donor’s choice.


Jane Owens  

Jane Owens

04/28/2012

 

 

Jane Owens, 100, a resident at St. Mary’s Villa Nursing Center and formerly of Moscow died Saturday morning. She is the widow of Edward J. Owens who died February 12, 1992. Born January 6, 1912, in Eldorado, IL, she was the daughter of the late John R. and Elizabeth (Cunningham) White.

She was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and had worked at the Scranton Lace Company, Scranton and the Popular Science Book Club, Old Forge. She was a member of the Providence Presbyterian Church in Scranton.

Surviving are (1) daughter: Jane E. Ludka and husband Ted of Moscow, PA; (1) granddaughter: Elizabeth McCloskey of Kingston, PA; and (1) grandson: Andrew Ludka of Philadelphia, PA; (1) great-grandson: Francis Edward McCloskey.

She was preceded in death by (1) sister: Isabel Petrosky; and (3) brothers: John, Alex and Robert White.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 11:00 am in the Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church Street, Moscow, PA with Deacon John Franceschelli as officiating clergy.

Interment: Fairview Memorial Park – Elmhurst Twp. PA

Friends may call: Tuesday 4-8 pm at the funeral home

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary’s Villa Nursing Center, 675 St. Mary’s Villa Road , Elmhurst Twp. PA 18444 or the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter , 967 Griffin Pond Road, S. Abington Twp. PA 18411


Dorothy A. Davis O'Hara  

Dorothy A. Davis O’Hara

04/26/2012

 

 

Dorothy A. Davis O’Hara, 91, died Thursday evening in Hospice Community Care in Dunmore after being stricken ill at her home on Sunday. Her husband of 61 years, Harry G. O’Hara died April 15, 2007. A life long resident of Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Hubert and Rhoda Davis.

She was a graduate of the Scranton School District. She was employed by the A&P Bakery of Scranton, and the Scranton Lace Works before devoting her life to raising her family. Dorothy was a devout Catholic who was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish, and a faithful follower of St. Ann. She attended weekly Novena, and without fail attended the annual Nine day Novena to St. Ann with her family. She took great comfort in her faith which gave her strength to endure the many hardships and loses throughout her life. Dorothy took great pride in her family, and was devoted to raising her daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was truly the Matriarch of her family, and was the one her family counted on. She never judged her children and was always ready to listen and offer them the best advice she could, as well as unconditional love. She will be missed by her family, and all who knew her. She was a vibrant 91 year old who continued to live independently and until recently she prepared the most wonderful homemade meals for her family. During her final days after being stricken ill, s he was always surrounded by her family, until the last moment when she left to be with her Savior and Lord.

Surviving are (2) daughters: Donna Setzer of Scranton; and Rhodine Davis and husband Paul Hollister of Moscow, PA (5) grandchildren: Bobby Barrett, Tammy Marcinkevich and husband George, Dottie Wheatley, Joe DeCrescenza, and John Davis; (6) great-grandchildren: George, Ryan, Haley, Mariah, Madyson, and Jordon; and several nieces and nephews.

In additional to her husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter Dottie Ann O’Hara Barrett in 1970; her (5) sisters: Lorraine Sarge, Florence Stark, Mary Barrett, Helen McHugh, Alice Davis; and (2) brothers: Francis and Archie Davis; and her son-In-laws: Paul Setzerin 2000 and Robert M. Barrett who died Monday – April 23rd.

A Mass will be celebrated Today (Saturday) at 10:00 am in St. Ann’s Basilica St. Ann Street Scranton, PA with Rev. Joseph Jones as celebrant. Friends are asked to go directly to the Basilica

As per Dorothy’s request, there will be no public viewing

Interment: Cathedral Cemetery – Scranton, PA

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice Community Care 1112 Clay Avenue Scranton, PA 18510

Arrangements by the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home – Scranton, PA


Ralph C. Miller  

Ralph C. Miller

04/25/2012

 

 

Ralph C. Miller, 80, of Scranton died Wednesday evening at home surrounded by his loving family after a long and courageous battle with cancer. His wife is the former Peggy A. Burkholder. The couple would have celebrated 58 years of marriage on June 26th. Born March 8, 1932 in Etters, PA, he was the son of the late John and Ethel (Snyder) Miller.

He was employed at Safety Sales and Cyphers Truck Parts for many years. Upon retiring, Ralph founded Miller Truck Parts, Inc., which he owned and operated for the last 17 years, and is now run by his grandson.

Ralph was a member of Green Ridge Primitive Methodist Church in Scranton, and was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of Union Lodge # 291 of Scranton. He was an avid NASCAR fan, and loved antique autos. His love for antique autos led him to restore his original 1941 Ford Super Deluxe Convertible. He enjoyed taking his grandchildren in that “One Window Car” for ice cream.

Ralph’s family would like to thank Dr. David Sugarbaker of Boston for his wonderful care, and also to Dr. Martin Hyzinski, Dr. Tracey Galardi, Dr. Madhava Baikadi and Dr. Singh and their staffs for all their wonderful support and care given. The family would also like to thank the nurses and staff of Hospice of the Sacred Heart for their loving care.

Surviving in addition to his wife are (3) daughters: Kim R. Zayac and husband Ted of Dunmore, PA, Kris R. Miller and Barb Sorber of Mountaintop, PA, and Kerri R. Sampson and husband Gary of Odessa, FL; (6) grandchildren: Cara Zayac McCormick and husband Shamus, Stephen Zayac and wife Jessica, Gregory Zayac and wife Theodocia, Bryan Zayac, Silas Sampson and Saige Sampson;a great-grandson Gregory Zayac, Jr.; (3) sisters: Frances Writer of York Haven, Martha White of Camp Hill, PA and Florence Miller of Hampton, VA; (2) brothers: Benjamin Miller of Mechanicsburg, PA, and Larry Miller of Yocumtown, PA.

He was preceded in death by (2) sisters: Eva Fry and Helen Hank; and (1) brother: Howard Miller

Funeral services will be conducted on Monday at 10:00 am in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Avenue, Scranton, PA with Rev. Charles Beth as officiating clergy.

Interment: Dunmore Cemetery – Dunmore, PA

Friends may call: Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 pm

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart 600 Baltimore Drive # 7 Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 .


Elaine R. Mahoney  

Elaine R. Mahoney

04-25-2012

 

 

Elaine R. Mahoney, of Clarks Summit died Wednesday at home morning after an illness. Born in Danville, PA, daughter of the late Robert and Marion (Rogers) Mahoney, she resided in Elmhurst until 1973 when she moved to the Clarks Summit area.

She was a 1948 graduate of Scranton Technical High School and was class valedictory. She was previously employed by Pennsylvania Power and Light for 14 years and Tobyhanna Army Depot for 10 years, and with the Social Security Administration for three years. Prior to her retirement, she was employed with the US Marshalls Service, where she held the position of Fiscal Assistant for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Mahoney studied voice with the late Helen Newitt Evans, and was well known in the community as a soloist of sacred music. Her music ministry began in her teens when she and Joanne Major began singing duets at many church programs. In 1958 Lucy Santarsiero joined her in the sacred music ministry, and they participated throughout their lives in many special and various church programs, conferences, choirs, weddings, funerals and several choral groups including the former Singer’s Guild and the Tobytones of the Tobyhanna Army Depot, a group Elaine named at its inception in 1963. This duet ministry continued for over 50 years whereever she and Lucy could share the Word of God through the vehicle of music. A member of the former Faith Community Church , Glenburn, she possessed a strong spiritual strength. Her religious convictions and love for her Saviour were evident in her daily walk through life, and to all those whose lives she touched with her music and friendship. Her greatest joy was singing for her Lord. She was only satisfied when her every effort in all things was an exercise in excellence.

As a deltiologist, she was a member of the Anthracite Post Card Club, and enjoyed very much her association with her friends and collectors there. Elaine appreciated poetry and had a number of her original poems published in various publications in various publications. She was a dog lover and an advocate of humane treatment for animals. She maintained membership in several animal welfare organizations.

Surviving are her dear friend and caregiver, Lucy “Lu” Santarsiero and friend Henrietta Sprandel.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 12:00 noon in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Avenue, Scranton, PA with Rev. Arthur W. Davis and Rev. Edgar L. Manns officiating.

Interment: Fairview Memorial Park – Elmhurst, PA

Friends may call: Sunday 5-8 pm at the funeral home

Memorial contributions can be made to America’s Keswick, 601 Rt 530 Whiting, NJ 08759;

Montrose Broadcasting Corp. Radio Station WPEL 9 Locust Street Montrose, PA 18801; or Griffin Pond Animal Shelter 967 Griffin Pond Road Clarks Summit, PA 18411


Robert M. Barrett  

Robert M. Barrett

04/23/2012

 

 

Robert M. Barrett, 65 of Dunmore died Monday in Hospice Community Care in Dunmore following an illness. His wife, the former Dottie (O’Hara) Barrett died in 1970. Born in Baltimore, MD, he was the son of the late Anthony and Katherine (Fahey) Barrett.

He was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and was a US Navy veteran. He was a member of St. Clare’s Church in Scranton. Prior to his retirement, he was manager of Dean Phillips Store in Scranton. He owned and operated a Mobil Service Station in Scranton and was previously employed by the Trane Corp. of Dunmore. He was a member of the Scranton Pool League, and was an avid Dallas Cowboy’s fan.

He was a loving and caring husband, father, brother and grandfather. He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him.

Surviving are (1) son: Bobby Barrett of Scranton; (1) daughter: Michelle Barrett and husband Bill of Scranton; (2) grandchildren: Michael and Matt; (1) brother: Anthony Barrett; and (1) nephew Thomas Barrett of Stroudsburg.

He was preceded in death by his brother Thomas Barrett in 1994.

A Mass will be celebrated Thursday at 9:30 pm in St. Clare’s Church, 2301 N. Washington Avenue, Scranton, PA

Friends are asked to go directly to the church.

Interment: private in Cathedral Cemetery – Scranton, PA

Memorial contributuions can be made to the donor’s choice


Name  

Robert L. Hemphill

04-22-2012

 

 

Robert L. Hemphill, 69, of Covington Township, died Sunday, April 22, 2012 at his home. His wife of 32 years is the former Carol Ann Martini. Born January 26,1943 in Montezuma, GA, he is the son of the late Robert and Elizabeth Mae (Greer) Hemphill.

Bob grew up in Decatur, Georgia and was a 1961 graduate of Decatur High School. He was a 1964 graduate of the University of Georgia receiving a degree in Political Science and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Regular Army as a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Program (ROTC.) He was a 1973 graduate of John Hopkins University receiving a Master’s Degree in International Relations.

His Army career spanned 25 years as an Infantry Officer and Foreign Area Specialist. He served two tours in combat, the first being as a company commander Bravo Company, 2-22 Infantry and the second as an Advisor to an RVN (Republic of Vietnam) battalion during the Vietnam War. Bob retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. His decorations included the Silver Star for gallantry, five bronze stars with Valor, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Purple Heart and the Legion of Merit. During his career, he served over six years in Europe (Including four years on a NATO staff) as well as numerous posts across the country. He also served five years on the Army general staff in the Pentagon in Washington, DC.

Bob wrote a book, PLATOON: BRAVO COMPANY — a non-fictional account of his time as a company commander during the Tet Offensive. He served as Oliver Stone’s company commander, and was portrayed in the movie “Platoon” by Dale Dye.

Bob was a wondrous husband, father, brother, brother – in law, uncle, great uncle, and friend. His passing has left a sadness in the hearts of all who knew him. He was brilliant, caring, talented, brave and funny. He was a great storyteller and trivia master. He enjoyed many hobbies: writing, history, leatherwork, stamp collecting and mostly riding his motorcycle. Bob also was an accomplished equestrian and earned the silver spur with the French military in Berlin, a qualification which required him to walk, trot, canter and jump one meter. Everything he did, he did well – “cream always rises to the top”. He loved to travel and study other cultures. His soothing Southern accent belied the way he settled in as a native here in Northeastern PA.

He was a member of the Moscow Lodge 504, The Rotary Club of North Pocono, and served in many leadership roles with Rotary District 7410, and was slated to serve a district governor in the 2013/2014 year. Bob served as the District Group Study Exchange Chairman to India and Nepal. Bob was a Paul Harris Fellow and member of the Rotary Paul Harris Society. Bob was a member of the John J. Michaels Memorial Post VFW – 5207 in Daleville where he served as post commander and VFW District 10 (PA) encompassing Lackawanna and Wayne Counties. He was also a member of the Wall-Sebring American Legion Post 274 of Gouldsboro, PA.

Bob also was very active with the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), Tobyhanna Army Depot Chapter. He was a member of The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and The Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his son: Robert Hemphill and wife Amy of Alpharetta, GA; a grandson, Matthew; and a sister Betty Jo Tomlin of Colorado; many nieces and nephews.

A Mass will be celebrated Friday May 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm in St. Eulalia’s Church, 214 Blue Shutters Road, Roaring Brook, PA

Visitation: 9-12 and 1-5 Friday 5/11/2012 at St. Eulalia’s Church

Military Honors: Immediately following the Mass

Memorial contributuions can be made to The Carol Hemphill Benefit Fund, Penn Star Bank, Elmhurst Office, 409 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503

Services entrusted to Duffy and Snowdon Funeral Homes, 401 Church St., Moscow, PA


Lillian B. Ross  

Lillian B. Ross

04/22/2012

 

 

Lillian B. Ross, 88, a lifelong resident of Scranton, and a recent resident of the Jewish Home, died Sunday morning in Hospice Community Care, Dunmore. She was the widow of the late Verney C. Ross, who died February 1979. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Susan Batari.

A graduate of Scranton Technical High School, she was employed by the former Rodin Industries, Scranton for over 20 years. She then worked for Meals on Wheels until she retired at the age of 80. She was a member of Providence United Presbyterian Church, Scranton.

Surviving are: a son, Wayne Ross, and his wife, Nancy, Elmhurst Twp Two grandchildren, Jennifer Ross, and Melinda Trivellin, and her husband, Roy Two step great grandchildren, Sarah and Edward nieces and nephews

She was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Sgobba; her twin sister, Margaret Szuch; a brother, Michael Batari; and a great grandson, Skylar Ross-Kellogg.

A Celebration of Lillian’s Life will be held on Wednesday at 1:00 PM in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Avenue, Scranton, with Rev. Kathleen E. Jamhoury, Interim Pastor of Providence United Presbyterian Church, officiating.

Internment, Hickory Grove Cemetery, Waverly.

Friends may call on Wednesday from Noon until the time of the service in the funeral home.


Renee M. Golden  

Renee M. Golden

04/21/2012

 

 

Renee M. Golden, 61, of Moosic Heights died Saturday morning in Commonwealth Hospice in Scranton following an illness. Her husband is Gerard W. Golden. Born December 28, 1950 in Silver Spring, MD, she is the daughter of the late Wilson E. and Dorothy (Sloat) DeHaven. She was a 1967 graduate of Scranton Technical High School and was previously employed at Oakwood Terrace in Scranton.

Renee was a member of Devine Mercy Parish in Scranton, and was a Girl Scout Leader for many years.

Surviving in addition to her husband are (2) daughters: Jonelle Golden of Naples, FL, and Tiffany M. Golden of Moosic, PA; (1) brother: Douglas DeHaven and wife Janice of Scranton, PA; and (1) sister: Yvonne Kareha and husband Louis of Maryland. She was preceded in death by (1) sister: Diane Duffy and (1) brother: Eugene W. DeHaven

A Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 10:30 am in Devine Mercy Parish, 312 Davis Street, Scranton, PA with Father Francis L. Pauselli as celebrant.

Interment: Cathedral Cemetery – Scranton, PA

Friends may call: Tuesday 6-8 pm in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave., Scranton, PA

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, 712 South Keyser Avenue, Taylor, PA 18517


Lucille T. Miller  

Lucille T. Miller

04/19/2012

 

 

Lucille T. Miller, 93 of Scranton died early Thursday morning following an illness. She is the widow of Charles Miller who died in 1979. Born December 8, 1918 in Scranton, PA, she was the daughter of the late Douglas and Myrtle (Rosencrans) Jenkins.

Lucille was educated in the Scranton schools and was a longtime member of Puritan Congregational Church in Scranton. She was a member of the Woman’s guild of the church for many years. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by the Scranton Lace Company. Lucille was proud to be matriarch of her family, which was her pride and joy. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her family, and making Welsh Cookies at church and helping with church dinners.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of the Sacred Heart for their wonderful and loving care, especially Charlene, Jean, Lois, and Melissa.

Surviving are (3) sons: Ronald C.Miller and wife Mary Karen of Scranton, PA, Charles Miller and wife Leanne of Scranton, and Scott Miller and wife Susan of Peckville; (10) grandchildren: Kevin J. Miller, Amy M. Kearney, Jacqueline O’Hearn, Bruce Jones, Christopher Miller, Ryan Miller, Cody Miller, Beth Buza, Michelle Johnson and Eric Miller; (19) great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her daughter Marilyn R. Jones, her grandson: Charles “Chip” Miller, and her sisters: Grace Jones, Betty Ruddy, and Leona Crofton.

Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 10:00 am in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Avenue, Scranton, PA with Rev. Judith Schmitt as officiating clergy.

Interment: Fairview Memorial Park – Elmhurst, PA

Friends may call: Sunday 4 – 8 pm at the funeral home

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702


Louise R. Schommer  

Louise R. Schommer

04/18/2012

 

 

Louise R. Schommer, of Elmhurst Twp. went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday morning at Regional Hospital in Scranton shortly after admission. Her husband of 69 years is Harold F. Schommer. Born October 15, 1924 in Scranton, PA, she is the daughter of the late Frank and Dorothea (Biel) Rehner. She was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School. She was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church of Elmhurst and had served as a trustee of the church. Louise was past president of the North Pocono PTA and was a member of the Elmhurst Welfare Club.

Known for her warm and friendly spirit, Louise always had kind words for everyone she met. Her family was the light of her life.

Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter: Janet S. Butler and husband George of Orlando, FL; sons: Jay H. Schommer and wife Susan of Clermont, FL, and Gary R. Schommer and wife Marilynn of Jefferson Twp. PA. She was preceded in death by her daughter Linda R. Foster, wife of Roger Foster of Jefferson Township, PA. She had (10) grandchildren: Ret. Commander David Foster, Karen Bowen, Robin Molner, Kristin Lindsay, Dr. Matthew Butler, Jason Schommer, Erica Schommer, Gregory Schommer, Cadet Kurt Schommer, and Erik Schommer; (14) great-grandchildren; and (1) great-great-grandchild.

Her brother Frank Rehner also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 1:00 pm in the Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church Street Moscow, PA

Interment: Fairview Memorial Park – Elmhurst Twp. PA

Friends may call: Saturday 10:00 am till 1:00 pm at the funeral home

Memorial contributions can be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Elmhurst, Maple Street, Elmhurst Twp, PA 18444 or to donatelife.net


Stephen Boruta  

Stephen Boruta

04/16/2012

 

 

Stephen Boruta, 83, a lifelong resident of Gouldsboro, died Monday evening at his home following a lengthy illness. His wife is the former Marjorie L. Scott. Born March 10, 1929 in Berwick, PA, he is the son of the late Michael and Anna (Lemech) Boruta. He was educated in the North Pocono schools and was a US Army veteran serving with the 30th Ordnance Tank Company.

Prior to his retirement he was employed by Asplundh as a tree trimmer. After retirement he was employed by Wyckoff Construction and Lehigh Township in the maintenance department.

Surviving in addition to his wife are (1) daughter: Penny Kasulaitis and husband Joseph of Thornhurst, (1) sister: Margaret Dubler of Lake Ariel, and (1) brother: Michael Boruta of Gouldsboro, (2) grandsons: Joseph Kasulaitis of Thornhurst, and Daniel Kasulaitis and companion Holly of Thornhurst, sister-In-laws: Antoinette Boruta of Gouldsboro, Lucille Wombacker of Scranton, Rachel Gress of Moscow; (2) brother-In-laws: Earl Scott and companion Judy of Madison Twp. and Thomas Scott and wife Kay of Gouldsboro; his mother In law: Mabel Scott of Gouldsboro andnieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister Helen Cheek and brother John Boruta.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 10:30 am in the Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church Street, Moscow, PA with Rev. Ron Onder as officiating clergy.

Interment: Fairview Memorial Park – Elmhurst Twp. PA

Friends may call: Thursday 5-8 pm at the funeral home

Memorial contributions can be made to the donor’s choice


Dolores T. Doucette  

Dolores T. Doucette

04/13/2012

 

 

Dolores T. Doucette, 52 of Dunmore, PA died at Regional Hospital in Scranton following an illness. Born August 26, 1959 in Darby, PA, she is the daughter of the late Richard J. and Bernice (Malarkey) Doucette. She was a graduate of Darby – Colwyn High School in Darby, PA and attended Drexel University. She was employed in the Lackawanna Office of Area on Aging.

Dolores was an avid gardener, and enjoyed her family very much.

Surviving are (3) sons: Michael L. Mears of Dunmore, PA, Lawrence L. Mears of Dunmore, PA, and Nicholas Mears of Dunmore, PA; (3) sisters: Denise Doucette of Darby, PA, Diane Tweston and husband Charles of Morton, PA, and Marie Tobin and husband John of Jefferson Twp. PA; (6) grandchildren: Gabriel Mears, Summer Mears, Aidan Mears, Avery Mears and Jemma Mears and Zoe Mears; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister and brother In law: Lorraine and Jerry Boris.

A Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 10:00 am in St. Clare’s Church 2301 N. Washington Avenue Scranton, PA with Father Eric Bergman as celebrant.

Friends are asked to go directly to the church

Interment: Calvary Cemetery – Mayfield, PA

Friends may call: Tuesday 6-9 pm in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home 1810 Sanderson Avenue Scranton, PA

Memorial contributions can be made directly to the church


Donald Pukita  

Donald Pukita

04/09/2012

 

 

Donald Pukita, 76 of Scranton died Monday in Regional Hospital in Scranton after a brief illness. His wife Pauline (Russin) Pukita died July 1, 2007. Born July 14, 1935 in Scranton, PA, he was the son of the late Gabriel and Ethel (Sprovkin) Pukita. He was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and was a US Air Force veteran serving with 307th Arament and Electronics Squadron.

Prior to his retirement 2009, he was employed in the Electronics Engineering Lab at Tobyhanna Army Depot. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and hunting very much.

Donald’s family would like to thank the Special Care Unit at Regional Hospital for their excellent care.

Surviving are (3) daughters: Laura A. Golosky and husband Mark of Scranton, Cheryl L. Mecca and husband Mark of Hop Bottom, PA and Jennifer S. Fata and husband Lenny of Scranton; (11) grandchildren: Blythe Golosky, Nicholas Golosky, Audrey Golosky, Paige Golosky, Justin Golosky, Noah Golosky; Matthew Mecca, Abagail Mecca; Melissa Pukita, Angel and Tiffany Ross; (2) brothers: Harold Pukita of OH, and Kenneth Pukita of Scranton and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by (2) brothers: John and Leonard Pukita, and (2) sisters: Eleanor Stavisky and Janet Petroski.

A blessing service will be conducted Friday at 7:30 pm in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home 1810 Sanderson Avenue Scranton, PA with Rev. Michael Bryant as officiating clergy.

Friends may call: Friday 5-8 pm at the funeral home

Private Interment services and military honors will be conducted Tuesday April 17th , 2012 in SS. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church Cemetery – Scranton, PA

Memorial contributions can be made to the donor’s choice


Cindylee Rose Williams  

Cindylee Rose Williams

04/07/2012

 

 

Cindylee Rose Williams, Infant daughter of George A. Williams and Jennifer R. Richards died Saturday at her home . Born December 5, 2011 in Scranton, PA.

Surviving in addition to her parents are: (1) sister: Jenalee Williams; (2) brothers: George Williams and Anthony Williams; maternal grandparents: John S. Richards and Barbara A. Richards of Moscow, PA; paternal grandmother: Joanna Turcotte of Mayfield, PA; great-grandmother: Maryann Roberts of Scranton, PA and step-great-grandfather: Richard Beppler of Scranton, PA; several aunts, uncles and (11) cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandfather: George Williams.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 10:00 am in Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church Street Moscow, PA

Interment: Fairview Memorial Park – Elmhurst, PA

Friends may call: Thursday 6-9 pm at the funeral home

Memorial contributions can be made to the family c/o of 221 Hillside Park Moscow, PA 18444

Arrangements by Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home of Moscow, PA


Bienvenido Nunez  

Bienvenido Nunez

04/08/2012

 

 

Bienvenido Nunez, 75 of Scranton died Sunday at CMC- Geisinger in Scranton following a brief illness. He resided with his son and daughter-In-law: Junior and Rhina A. Nunez of Scranton.

A blessing service will be conducted Wendesday at 6:00 pm in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home 1810 Sanderson Avenue Scranton, PA

Friends and family may call: Wednesday 4-6 pm at the funeral home

Entombment: Cementorio Municipal de Esperanza – Esperanza- Dominican Republic later this week.


Gertrude A. Armbruster  

Gertrude A. Armbruster

4/2/2012

 

 

Gertrude A. Armbruster, 95 a resident of the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania died Monday afternoon following an illness. She is the widow of Kermit L. Armbruster who died in 1989. Born June 16, 1916 in Scranton, PA, she is the daughter of the late Wenzel and Jane (Foy) Hoffman. She attended the Dunmore schools and was a member of St. John Neumann Parish in Scranton, and a longtime member of Nativity church.

Surviving are her daughter: Janice A. Douglas of Scranton, PA; and her son: Kermit Armbruster Jr. of Ft. Worth, TX; (3) grandchildren: Bryan C. Douglas of New Jersey, Kelly Lowe and husband Terry of Duryea, PA and Dr. Steven Armbruster of Ft. Worth, TX; and (3) great-grandchildren She was preceded in death by her sister Mildred Killian

A blessing service will be conducted Thursday at 1:00 pm in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home 1810 Sanderson Avenue Scranton, PAwith Rev. Michael Bryant as officiating clergy.

Interment: Hickory Grove Cemetery – Waverly, PA

Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Northeast PA 57 N. Franklin Street Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

Arrangements by the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home of Scranton, PA


Jacqueline Sanner  

Jacqueline C. Sanner

4/2/2012

 

 

Jacqueline C. Sanner, 65 a resident of Selinsgrove Center in Selinsgrove, PA died Monday morning in Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA following a brief illness. Born January 28, 1947 in Scranton, PA, she was the daughter of the late Dr. John C. and Alice (Skelton) Sanner.

Jacqueline was a resident of Selinsgrove Center in Selensgrove for much of her life. Her family extends thanks to the staff and caregivers at Selinsgrove Center. They kept her safe and loved each and every day. The people at Selinsgrove Center were her family. Her warmth and smile will be remembered by all who knew her.

Surviving are her step-mother: Doris A. Sanner of Clarks Summit,PA; her aunt and uncle Thomas and Diane Cogliser of Scranton, PA; (1)cousin: Christine Herne of Scranton, PA; and her very dear friend of many years, Dorothy Price of Scranton, PA

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 11:30 am in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home 1810 Sanderson Avenue Scranton, PA

Interment: Abington Hills Cemetery – S. Abington Twp.

Friends may call: Thursday – 10:30 am till 11:30 am at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to Selinsgrove Center, CM5 1000 Route 522, Selinsgrove, PA 17870.


Richard Hames  

Richard Hames

4/1/2012

 

 

Richard Arthur Hames, a lifelong resident of East Scranton, and most recently of Lutherwood Senior Housing died Sunday morning in Regional Hospital in Scranton following an illness. Born July 12, 1933 in Scranton, son of the late Thomas L. and Harriett (Westbrook) Hames. He was a 1951 graduate of Scranton Technical High School. Prior to his retirement, he was a member of the senior administrative staff of Lutheran Services Northeast. He served as administrator of Lutherwood Senior Housing in Scranton from 1983 till 1995. He was a member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Scranton. He was named “Outstanding Northeastern PA Lutheran Layperson of the Year in 1986, and was presented the William T. Schmidt Memorial Award.

Dick was instrumental in orchestrating the ongoing restoration project for the historic Ransom Valley Lutheran Church in Ransom. In 2004 he was honored by the city of Scranton for his contributions to the life of the city, and was presented with the “Restoring the Pride” award by Mayor Christopher A. Doherty. He was a member of Association of Lutheran Friends, and Northeast Representative for the Lutheran Layman’s Movement for Stewartship.

He was also a member of the Lackawanna Historical Society, Union Lodge # 291 of Scranton, National Center for Housing Management; Institute of Real Estate Management, and the Everhart Museum.

Surviving are nieces: Marjorie A. McGowan and husband Ronald of Scranton, PA, and Gloria Stephens of Atlanta, GA; and nephews: Richard P. Locker and wife Renee of Waldorf, MD, Phillip M. Locker of Scranton, PA and Gary L. Hames and wife Deborah of Overland Park, KA, his sister In law: Gloria Hames of Lutz, FL; and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother: Lambert Lewis Hames and his sister: Marjorie Harriet Locker.

A memorial service will be conducted Tuesday April 10th 2012 at 11:00 am in St. Peter’s Lutheran Church 1000 Taylor Avenue Scranton, PA with Rev. David A. Searing, pastor as officiating clergy.

Interment: Dunmore Cemetery – Dunmore, PA

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church 1000 Taylor Avenue Scranton, PA 18510; the Lackawanna Historical Society or Everhart Museum of Scranton.

Arrangements by the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home of Scranton, PA


Marie Mansuy  

Marie J. Mansuy

4/2/2012

 

 

Marie J. Mansuy, 96 of Dunmore died Monday morning in Regional Hospital in Scranton folllowing an illness. She is the widow of Professor Frank P. Mansuy. Born July 4, 1915 in Dunmore, PA, she was the daughter of the late Henry L. and Josephine (Lees) VanBergen. She was a 1933 graduate of Dunmore High School and spent most of her working career in the Credit Office of Paramount Shoe Store in Scranton.

Marie was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Dunmore and the Dunmore Historical Society.

Surviving are her son: Atty. Christopher H. Mansuy and wife Merrily of Doylestown, PA; (1) grandson: Christopher R. Mansuy and wife Vicki of Annandale, VA; (1) great-grandson: Kevin C. Mansuy; and great-granddaughter: Alexa Marie Mansuy; (3) nieces: Mary Jo Wynne, Charlotte Summa and Cynthia Kelly and husband Jerome; (1) nephew: Atty. Bucky Mansuy and wife Jane.

She was preceded in death by (4) sisters: Gretchen VanBergen, EmmyLou Mansuy and husband Paul, Charlotte M. VanBergen and Frances S. Wynne and husband Paul F. Wynne; and (1) nephew: Jeffrey Mansuy.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church 322 Chestnut Street Dunmore, PA at a date to be announced.

Interment: Forest Hill Cemetery – Dunmore, PA

Memorial contributions can be made to the Dunmore Historical Society 120 Barton Street Dunmore, PA 18512

Arrangements by the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home of Scranton, PA


Joan M. Tate  

Joan M. Tate

03/19/2012

 

 

Joan M. Tate, of the Green Ridge section of Scranton passed away Monday evening at Regional Hospital of Scranton after a brief illness.

Born October 8, 1931 in Wilkes-Barre, PA, she was daughter of the late Alexander and Helen (Ford) Tate, she graduated from Marywood Seminary and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Marywood College, class of 1953. She began her thirty year teaching career in Elizabeth, NJ and concluded it at # 23 Elementary school in North Scranton.

Joan was an avid Community volunteer, serving as publicity coordinator for many non-profit organizations, including: Ronald McDonald House, Sant’ Andrea Society, Philharmonic League of Northeastern PA, where she also served as past president, Lackawanna County Commission for Women, Allied Services Auxiliary’s past president, St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, Lourdesmont, St. Joseph Center, Marywood Seminary Alumni, Marywood University Alumni and the Jewish Film Festival, to name a few. She was also very active with the Young Astronauts of America Organization. She received many awards for her outstanding volunteerism in the community includingthe receiptient of the first Mark T. McGrath Award for dedicated service to the Sant’ Andrea organization and Northeast Woman recogition from the Scranton Times Tribune.

Friends of Joan admired her warmth, kindness, and affection toward everyone. She loved her family dearly, and both family and friends knew they could count on her help if needed. She celebrated the success of others with gusto and exuberance as if they were her own. Her energy and enthusiasm for life was remarkable. Our area has lost one of its treasures.

Surviving are (2) brothers: Robert Tate of Scranton, PA, with whom she resided; Thomas N. Tate and wife Arlene of Falls Church, VA; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her close friend of many years, John Murphy.

A Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 9:00 am in St. Clare’s Church, 2301 Washington Avenue, Scranton, PA with Msgr. Michael J. Delaney as celebrant.

Friends are asked to go directly to the church

Interment: St. Patrick’s Cemetery – Olyphant, PA

Friends may call: Friday 4-8 pm in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Avenue, Scranton, PA

In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions can be made to the Ronald McDonald House of Scranton, 332 Wheeler Avenue, Scranton,PA 18510


Stanley H. Wood, Sr.  

Stanley H. Wood, Sr.

03/18/12

 

 

Stanley H. Wood Sr. of Jefferson Township died Sunday evening in Commonwealth Hospice of Scranton following a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family. His wife of 57 years, Alice J. Wood died November 14, 2011. Born December 12, 1930 in Scranton, PA, he is the son of the late Stanley E. and Marjorie (Bartleson) Wood. He was a graduate of Jefferson Township High School.

He served in US Naval Reserve prior to his enlistment in the US Army, serving from 1950 until 1953 receiving a Good Conduct Medal. Prior to his retirement in 1989, he was employed as a Quality Control Supervisor at Tobyhanna Army Depot.

He was a longtime member of Hollisterville United Methodist Church. Stanley and his wife were active members of the church and he served as a Lay Leader of the church for many years.

Surviving are (2) daughters: Donna L. Schmidt and husband Gregory of Surf City, NC, and Alice J. Wood and companion John Miller of Moscow, PA; (3) sons: Stanley H. Wood Jr. and wife Ruth of Mt Cobb, PA, William E. Wood and wife Mary of Hamlin, PA, and Kenneth M. Wood and wife Donna of Madison Twp. PA; (1) brother: Edward Wood of Mt. Cobb, PA; and (1) sister: Emily Frisbie of Lake Ariel, PA (9) grandchildren: Matthew, Amy, Eric, Jason, Ashley, Nicole, Heather, Adam, and Evan; and (2) great-grandchildren: Michael and Ethan; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters: Elnora Lohrey and Marjorie Frisbie.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 11:00 am in the Hollisterville United Methodist Church Pond Road Hollisterville, PA with Rev. Patricia Lee-Frey, pastor as officiating clergy.

Interment with military honors: Fairview Memorial Park – Elmhurst Twp.

Friends may call: Wednesday 5-8 pm in the Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home 401 Church Street Moscow, PA

Memorial contributions can be made to the Hollisterville United Methodist Church Pond Road Moscow, PA 18444 or Commonwealth Hospice of NE PA 746 Jefferson Avenue Scranton, PA 18510


Michael A. Sevensky  

Michael A. Sevensky

03/13/2012

 

 

Michael A. “Iron Mike” Sevensky, 76 of Clarks Summit, PA died Tuesday at Community Medical Center – Geisinger in Scranton following a long illness. His wife is the former Donna Benjamin. Born September 29, 1935 in New York, NY, he is the son of the late Michael and Amelia (Paroby) Casucci.

He was a United States Marine Corps veteran serving during the Korean War. Prior to his retirement in 2000, he was Owner/Operator of Mike’s Towing and Repair. After his retirement he was employed by Joseph Chermak, Inc. of Clarks Summit, PA.

Mike was a member of the Clarks Summit and Nicholson Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, the Glenburn Sportsman Club and the Pocono Valley Bass Masters. He was a member of the Polish National Catholic Church.

Mike will be dearly missed by his family and friends. He had a great fondness for his Jack Russell Terrier, “Colt”.

Surviving in addition to his wife are (2) sons: Martin Sevensky and wife Tammy of Factoryville, PA, Randy Sevensky of Nicholson, PA; (2) daughters: Connie Sevensky of Olyphant, PA and Stella Jearuld of Nicholson, PA; (1) step-grandson: John Thomas II; and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son: Michael in 2003 , his brother Vincent Casucci and his step-father Martin Sevensky who raised him.

Funeral services will be conducted Staurday at 3:00 pm in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home 1810 Sanderson Avenue Scranton, PA

Friends may call: Saturday 12:00 noon till 3:00 pm at the funeral home

Interment: private at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter 967 Griffin Pond Road Clarks Summit, PA 18411.


Leona Oaks  

Leona Oakes

03/10/2012

 

 

Leona Oakes, of Scranton died Saturday morning at the Green Ridge Health Care Center in Scranton surrounded by her family. She is the widow of Kenneth R. Oakes.

Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Jonathan and Frances (Kellerman) Broadbent. She was educated in the Scranton schools and prior to her retirement was employed by Peerless Petroleum Company of Scranton, PA. She was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish – Holy Rosary Church in Scranton,

She was a loving mother and grandmother. She had a great fondness for “Dutch” and “Shelby” – the family pets. Leona’s family would like to thank Dr. Gilardi and the staffs at Scranton Manor, Green Ridge Health Care Center and Hospice of the Sacred of the Sacred Heart.

Surviving are (2) daughters: Sharon Krieger and husband Clarence of Scranton, PA, and Donna Oakes of Scranton, PA; (2) grandsons: Dave Krieger and wife Kristen of Scranton, and Steve Krieger and wife Regina of Peckville, PA

Funeral services will be conducted 9:00 am Wednesday from the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home 1810 Sanderson Avenue Scranton, PA with a Mass to follow at 10:00 am in St. Ann’s Basilica 1250 St. Ann Street Scranton, PA

Interment: Forest Hill Cemetery – Dunmore, PA

Friends may call: Tuesday 4-8 pm at the funeral home

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph’s Center 2010 Adams Avenue Scranton, PA 18509


Rebecca Mae Rhodes  

Rebecca Mae Rhodes

03/08/2012

 

 

Rebecca Mae Rhodes, 36, a resident of Scranton, died Thursday afternoon in Hospice Community Care, Dunmore. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Wood, who died May 28, 2010.

Born in Stroudsburg, she was the daughter of Gloria Jane Shiffler McFarland, Carbondale, and Barry Robert McFarland, Sr, and his wife, Beth Ann, Scranton. Educated in Wayne Highland Schools, she was a member of NewLife Baptist Church, Scranton. Becky was the life of the party and loved to laugh. She enjoyed music, singing, fishing, cooking, and making everyone around her laugh. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Surviving are: A daughter, Faith Naomi Wood, Scranton; Sons, Stuart Creighton Rhodes, Carbondale, Robert William Rhodes, Scranton, William John Wood, Carbondale; Sisters, Edna Jane Bird, and husband, Joe, Carbondale, Naomi Emma Strasburger, and husband, Mike, Scranton; Brothers, Clinton Lester Matthias, and wife, Carol, Scranton, John Robert Matthias, and wife, Lynn, Gouldsboro, Barry Robert McFarland, Jr, and wife, Bonnie, Scranton, Eric Tuttle, Scranton, Greg Towne, Scranton; A grandchild, Landon Rhodes and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial service will be held on Monday at 6 PM in the Grove Church, corner of Oak Street and North Main Avenue, Scranton, with Rev. Andy Giessman, pastor of NewLife Baptist Church, officiating.

Friends may call on Monday from 4 until the time of the service in the church.


Thomas J. Ohara  

Thomas J. O’Hara

03/08/2012

 

 

Thomas J. O’Hara, 62 of Lake Spangenberg/Lake Loretta died Thursday afternoon at his home following a courageous battle with cancer with his loving, spiritual family around him. His wife of 22 years is the former Donna Kay Spangenberg. Born August 22, 1949 in Scranton, PA, he is the son of the late Thomas G. and Betty Lou (Thomas) O’Hara. He was a 1968 graduate of North Pocono High School. He was a graduate of Lackawanna College receiving a degree in Law Enforcement.

He was a US Army Veteran serving during the Vietnam War. Tom served with the 36th Artillary Unit of the 4th Army. He was a specialist with the North High Core and was awarded the Bronze Star.

Prior to his retirement in 2002, he was employed by the Tobyhanna Army Depot as an Intelligent Officer Security Specialist. Since 2002, Tom was a part time Miami, FL policeman and was employed seasonally by Northeast Auto as a Car Carrier and as a Repo man. He worked for the Lake Spangenberg Water Company and was also employed by the Jefferson Township Police Department for many years.

He was a member of the Hamlin Assembly of God Church, the Christian Motorcycle Association, and Cops for Christ of Dickson City and VFW post # 6520 of Jefferson Township. Tom was an avid Hunter and Fisherman, and enjoyed traveling with his wife throughout the country.

Tom was an exordinary and well liked man. In his later years Tom learned to put God first in his life! He was a loving, protective and romantic husband and wonderful Pop Pop.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his daughter: Leslie Ann Gilgallon and husband Daniel of Jefferson Twp.; (2) sons: Thomas S. O’Hara of Jefferson Twp and Scott P. O’Hara of California; (2) brothers: Patrick O’Hara and wife Carol of Jefferson Twp. and David O’Hara and wife Terry of Jefferson Twp.; (4) grandchildren: Daniel John, Matthew Ryan, Joshua Thomas and Moriah Grace and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 11:00 am in the Hamiln Assembly of God Church Route 191 Hamlin, PA

Interment with military honors: Fairview Memorial Park – Elmhurst Twp. PA

Friends may call: Monday 5-8 pm in the Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home 401 Church Street Moscow, PA, and Tuesday 10:00 am till time of service at the church

Memorial contributions can be made to the Christian Motorcycle Association – PO Box 9 Hatfield, AR 71945 and the American Cancer Society – local chapter


Name  

Frances S. Thompson

03/02/2012

 

 

Frances S. Thompson, 95 of Scranton died Friday evening at her home folllowing an illness. She is the widow of James G. Thompson Sr. who died March 27, 1990. Born April 5, 1916 in Lebanon, PA, she is the daughter of the late Edward and Lillian (Kimmel) Moore. She was a graduate of Marywood College and Kutztown State University obtaining a degree in Elementary Education. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a teacher in the Scranton School District. She last taught at Neil Armstrong Elementary School in Scranton.

Surviving are her daughter: Lillian Pearce of Scranton, PA, her son: James G. Thompson Jr. and wife Rita of Cape Coral, FL; (2) granddaughters: Deborah A. Borst of Tobyhanna, PA, Deanna L. Peck and husband Walter of Scranton, PA; (4) great-grandchildren: Kevin Borst, Mark Borst, Samantha Peck and Brandon Peck; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by (3) sisters: Gladys Gammel, Dorothy Felty and Phyllis Martin; and (1) brother: Chester Moore. She was also preceded in death by her son-In-law: Eugene T. Pearce in 2007.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 11:00 am in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home 1810 Sanderson Avenue Scranton, PA

Interment: Fairview Memorial Park – Elmhurst Twp. PA

Friends may call: 10:00 am till time of service

Memorial contributions can be made to Telespond Senior Services 1200 Saginaw Street Scranton, PA 18505


Name  

Baby Alexander S. O’Brien

02/28/2012

 

 

Baby Alexander S. O’Brien, died Tuesday evening at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia following an illness. Born August 26, 2011 in Scranton, PA, he is the son of Stanley P. and Laura (Mastro) O’Brien of Madison Township.

Surviving in addition to his parents are (1) brother: David M. O’Brien; and (1) sister: Victoria A. O’Brien; his maternal grandmother: Dawn Mastro of Forest City, PA; maternal grandfather: Paul Leavitt of Sussex, NJ; paternal grandmother: Glenna E. (Lewis) O’Brien of Madison Township, PA; aunts, uncles and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfather: Stanley S. O’Brien Jr. in December, 2011

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 2:00 pm in Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home 401 Church Street Moscow, PA

Interment: Madison Union Cemetery – Madison Township PA

Friends may call: Friday 12:00 noon till 2:00 pm

Memorial contributions can be made to the Ronald McDonald House of Philadelphia 3925 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104


Name  

Elma Elizabeth Oglethorpe

02/21/2012

 

 

Elma Elizabeth Oglethorpe, 86 of Hunters Creek, TX died Tuesday February 21, 2012 after a brief illness. She is the widow of the late Thomas Oglethorpe who died in 2005. Born June 1, 1925 in Scranton, PA, she was the daughter of the late Jacob and Reba (Jenkins) Eckersley.

She was a graduate of Scranton Central High School and Cornell University receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1947. Prior to her retirement in 1985, she taught elementary grades in the Newark, Delaware schools.

Surviving are her son: Stephen Oglethorpe and wife Katie O. Flynn of San Mateo, CA; and her daughter: Janet Oglethorpe of San Antonio,TX; (1) granddaughter: Chloe Sanchez of Austin, TX; (2) brothers: Floyd R. Eckersley of Ojai, CA and Robert N. Eckersley, CPA of Greentown, PA; and nieces and nephews and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother: Atty. Vance L. Eckersley

Funeral services and cremation will be conducted private in San Antonio, TX


Gary M. Keisling  

Gary M. Keisling

02/20/2012

 

 

Gary M. Keisling, 61, died at home of pancreatic cancer on February 20, 2012. His wife, best friend and caregiver is Alicemarie (Rhee) Stevens of North Scranton. Gary was born to Lois Wolfram Keisling and the late Rollin Keisling. Surviving are his daughter, Shannon Keisling of Boston, Massachusetts; and two sons, Ryan and Garrett, California. Gary was always very proud of his children’s accomplishments and creativity. Ryan. a chef/organic farmer, Garrett, a successful glass blower recognized in his field, and Shannon’s clinical work at Children’s Hospital of Boston were frequent topics of their father’s praise. Shortly before his death, he was proud to learn that Shannon was accepted to Drexel Medical School.

Gary served in an executive capacity for more than 25 years having successfully led two distinguished distance education institutions and is highly regarded as a visionary and influential advocate for the benefits of distance education. In his most recent capacity, Gary served as CEO and Chairman of the Board of KF Capital and Ashworth College. He previously served on the Distance Education and Training Council’s (DETC) Board of Trustees from 1989 until 1998 and held the positions of First Vice President, President and Vice Chairman. He was presented with DETC’s Distinguished Service and Distinguished Recognition Award for his dedication to distance education. Gary was most recently honored by Ashworth College by the introduction of the Gary, Keisling ACCESS Scholarship program in recognition of his dedication and contributions to both Ashworth College and the field of distance education. Ashworth plans to annually award up to $25,000 in tuition scholarships in his name beginning in 2012. ACCESS is an acronym for Ashworth College Continuing Education for Student Success which reflects Gary’s personal and professional mission to offer underserved populations having limited access to educational opportunities that are both affordable and accessible. Previously, Gary was President and CEO of ICS/National Education Corporation, and he was graduate of Temple University./

Gary was lured back from retirement or the thought of retirement over the years by his drive, determination and eagerness to work with his partners at Sterling Capital, Rick Elfman and Jason Rosenberg. His real joy came from working with his “Dream Team” members: Bob Smith, Melissa Maddox, Joe Piazza, Milt Miller, Mike Rutsky and Ron Gregory.

Gary was a kind and generous person with community being of great importance in his life. He chaired and served on numerous boards including the United Way and Family Services of Lackawanna County, the Red Cross, the Board of Community Medical Center, and the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.

Also surviving are two brothers, Rolly and wife Lynda, Mt. Cobb; Paul and wife Dorothy, Chalfont, PA; two sisters, Sharon Hoffman and her partner, Stephen Brancati, Mt. Cobb; and Lois Hughes and husband, Joe, Jessup; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Gary enjoyed the Sunday routine, where he and Rhee hosted dinner each week for the Stevens’ family. He opened his home and his heart and looked forward to a day of family, friendships, and spending time with the kids. He respectfully took the seat of second chef to his cooking wife, Carol. He shared these Sundays with Maryann, Billy, Janie, Bo, Jackie, Alison, Victoria, Will, Casey, Kelly, John, Maggie, Jack, Joan, June, Bub, Jerry, Kerri, Madison, Liam, Carol, Joe, Jenn, Joey, Jon, Johnny, Karen, Lindsey, Myla, Molly, Linda, Ron, Ronnie, Katie, Jamie, Frank, Dorian, Meggie, Danny, Paul, Jake, Wendy, Shamus, Chari, James, Liz, Mercedes, and Lola. We will be forever grateful to have known him and he touched us in ways that words cannot express. We will miss his energy and his passion for life that drove him to live each day to the fullest.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his mother and father-in-law, Alice and William Stevens, his loyal and constant companion, Barley Stevens Keisling; and his nephew, David Hoffman, Jr.

The family is grateful for the kind and compassionate care given by: Dr. Michael Kondash and staff of PrimeMed; Dr. Jay Vanston, Mary Triano and staff, Dr. Carl Barsigian and his entire staff at Hematology-Oncology and Associates, Dunmore especially Sue and Renee, and Dr. Oliver Morgan.

Alice could have never cared for Gary at home without the enormous support and expertise provided by the nurses of Hospice of the Sacred Heart. Among the angels were: Jeanne, Rebecca, Theresa, Diane, Shelly, Ann, Cindy, Lois, Carm, Lori and the entire staff. From the time Gary was diagnosed, the entire pharmacy staff at CVS in Clarks Summit were incredibly accommodating and supportive. A special thank you to Ryan, Mary and Diane.

Friends may call Thursday, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave, Scranton, PA. The funeral service will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. in St Paul’s Church, 1510 Penn Avenue, Scranton. Everyone, including family and close friends, must go directly to the Church on Friday morning. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 340 Montage Mountain Road, Moosic, PA 18507; Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Township, PA 18411; the United Way of Lackawanna County, 615 Jefferson Avenue #304, Scranton, PA 18510; or a charity of choice.


Heiges  

Heiges “Hike” Leader

02/20/2012

 

 

Heiges “Hike” Leader, 65 a resident of Lehigh Twp. Gouldsboro, PA died Tuesday morning in Northeast PA Hospice in Scranton following an illness. His wife is the former Carol Bullock. The couple celebrated 39 years of marriage on June 23, 2011. Born May 13, 1946 in York, PA, he was the son of the late Heiges and Grace (Blymire) Leader.He was a graduate of York High School.

Hike was a former member of the York Volunteer Fire Company and the Royal Drum and Bugle Corps of York, PA

Surviving in addition to his wife are (1) son: Michael Leader of Gouldsboro, PA; (2) daughters: Cheryl and Mandy Leader – both of Gouldsboro, PA; (2) sisters: Linda Abel, Fran Leader; and (3) brothers: Johnnie Leader, Joe Leader and David Meyers; a brother In law: Raymond Bullock of Gouldsboro, PA; (5) sister-In-laws: Patricia Ruiz of Gouldsboro, PA, Kathy Oney and husband Joby of Gouldsboro, PA, MaryAnn Eldred and husband Steve of Honesdale, PA, Diana Thomas and husband Jeff of Henryville, PA and Sandra Handl and husband Mark of Gouldsboro, PA; many nieces and nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 10:00 am in Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home 401 Church Street Moscow, PA with Rev. Ginger Daubenhauser as officiating clergy.

Interment: Fairview Memorial Park – Elmhurst, PA

Friends may call: Friday 7-9 pm at the funeral home


Ray Hall Freethy  

Ray Hall Freethy

02/04/2011

 

 

Ray Hall Freethy, 89 of Clarks Summit, PA died Saturday at Hospice Community Care in Dunmore following an illness. His wife is the former Betty Evans. The couple celebrated 61 years of marriage on August 5, 2011.

Born December 24, 1922 in Scranton, PA, he was the son of the late Harry and Rachel (Service) Freethy.

He was a January 1941 graduate of Scranton Technical High School. He was a US Army Aircorps veteran serving during World War II in China, Burma, and India. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as an Installation Supervisor with Western Electric.

Ray was a long time member of Trinity Congregational Church in Scranton, where he was awarded in 2010 as Trustee Emeritus for 50 years of service. He served as a church chairman and secretary of the trustees, and as a board member on the nominating and audit committee. He served also as chairman of the finance committee and and stewardship campaign and as church treasurer. Ray was deeply dedicated to the congregation and worked deligently for the church. He was a member of St. David’s Welsh Society and a former member of the Abington Lions Club. He was also a former member of Summit Hills Senior Golf League.

Surviving in addition to his wife are (3) sons: Thomas Freethy of Tennessee, James Freethy of Scranton, and Robert Freethy and wife Barbara of Dalton; and (3) grandchildren: Jill Marie Lopez and husband Andrew of Colorado, Michael Freethy of Dalton, and Jason Freethy and wife Melissa of Montrose; and (2) great-granddaughters: Simone and Elyssa of Colorado; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter in law: Donna Freethy; and (3) brothers: Alex, Harry and William Freethy; and (2) sisters: Elizabeth Gurney and Jean Stone who died in 2011.

Ray’s family would like to thank the staff at Hospice Community Care for their exceptional and compassionate care. Thank you also to Dr. Richard Martin for his many years of dedication and care to Ray.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 10:00 am in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Avenue, Scranton, PA with Rev. Jeremy Mullen as officiating clergy.

Interment with military honors: Fairview Memorial Park – Elmhurst, PA

Friends may call: Tuesday: 4-8 pm at the funeral home

Memorial contributions can be made to Trinity Congregational Church – General Fund 229 S. Main Avenue Scranton, PA 18504 or to Hospice Community Care 601 Wyoming Avenue Kingston, PA 18704


Name  

Howard F. Murphey

02/02/2012

 

 

Howard F. Murphey, a guest at Abington Manor Nursing Home following years of residency at The Willowbrook Senior Living Community and at his home on Beverly Drive, Clarks Summit, and formerly a resident of Scranton, died Thursday evening at the age of 104 after a brief illness. His wife, the former Edna May Soulsby Warne died in 2005.

Born August 20, 1907 in Wilkes-Barre, PA, he was the son of Frederick T. and Viola Hoats Murphey. He attended Scranton Central High School and the Scranton Campus of Pennsylvania State University. Prior to his retirement in 1972, he was employed as a Mine Foreman with the Moffat Coal Company of Taylor, PA and as a Conservation Inspector with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Howard was the oldest member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Scranton, and in the past served as head of the church school, a member of the Vestry, an Usher & Greeter; and he and Edna spent many years in the parish kitchen helping the women of the parish to make Welsh Cookies and in the preparation and serving of parish dinners to the public. His family will cherish many fond memories of Howard and Edna’s gracious hospitality at their summer residence at Lake Winola. During his long life Howard especially enjoyed a special interest in automobiles and airplanes. He was a member of the Masonic Order, 32nd degree, the King Solomon Lodge, and a member of Consistory and the Shrine Club of Scranton.

Howard’s family extends their most sincere thanks and appreciation to all the people at The Willowbrook Senior Living Community and Abington Manor for their compassion and loving care both recently and over the past four years, and they are grateful for the services of his long time physician, Dr. Richard Martin and the staff of Hospice Community Care.

Surviving are six children: The Rev. Canon William T. Murphey of Harrisburg, PA; The Rev. Canon William T. Warne, II and wife Frances of Lake Winola, PA; Elizabeth M. Alani of Bloomington, IN; Sandra W. Johns and husband Willard of Ft. Washington, PA; Donna E. Saunders and husband William of Glenside, PA; and Diane E. Cole and husband Edward of Clarks Summit, PA; a sister, Eleanor Naeher of Chesapeake, VA. He is also survived by seventeen grandchildren, forty-three great grandchildren,three great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife Frances Warne Murphey, a brother, Kenneth Wright Murphey, a sister Marjorie Gabel and a great-grandson.

A Memorial Eucharist in celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 12:00 Noon in The Church of the Good Shepherd, N. Washington Avenue & Electric Streets, Scranton, PA. Following the service, a luncheon will be held in the church’s Parish Hall during which time family and/or friends may pay their respects and offer personal tributes.

The interment of his cremains will be held privately at the convenience of the immediate family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to The Church of the Good Shepherd, 1780 N. Washington Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509.

Arrangements by the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home of Scranton, PA


Name  

Esdras Ellsworth Weidow

02/02/2012

 

 

Esdras Ellsworth Weidow, 96 of Covington Twp. died Thursday evening at St. Mary’s Villa Nursing Home following a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his wife Catherine (Kalafut) Weidow.

Born December 14, 1915 in Scranton, PA, he was the son of the late Harrison and Daisy Ellen (Ellsworth) Weidow.

He served in the Army 28th Infantry Division during World War II in Normandy, France, Ardennes and the battle of the Bulge, where the 28th Division liberated Wiltz in 1944. His many awards included the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Medal, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with five bronze service stars. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, and photos of Esdras while in Luxembourg appeared in the Ken Burns documentary, “The War”. After returning from France, Esdras attended the University of Scranton. He worked in the mines for a brief time and ran his own heating and plumbing company for over 30 years.

During his retirement, he enjoyed woodworking and tending to his fruit trees. He was especially proud of his blueberry bushes and apple trees and loved to share his harvest with his neighbors and friends. He was a faithful follower of the Penn State Nittany Lions. He enjoyed music and played the organ, guitar and accordion. He will be dearly missed by his family and will alwaysbe remembered for his caring ways.

His family would like to thank the VA medical Center of Wilkes Barre for the health care provided over the years and to St. Mary’s Villa Nursing Home for the extraordinary care they offered during his stay there.

Surviving are (2) daughters: June Ellen Silfee of Madison Twp. and Louise Catherine Havens of Albany, NY; (5) grandchildren: Lynette Silfee (Kundla, Jeffery Silfee, Christopher Silfee, Nathan Havens and Andrew Havens; (5) great grandchildren and a niece Louise Griffiths of Scranton.

Funeral services and Interment with full military honors will be conducted private at the chapel at St. Catherines Cemetery – Covington Twp. PA

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph’s Center 2010 Adams Avenue Scranton, PA 18509

Arrangements by Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home of Moscow, PA


Wanda Vashlishan  

Wanda Vashlishan

02/01/2012

 

 

Wanda Vashlishan, 86, of Tobyhanna died Wednesday morning in Moravian Hall Square in Nazareth, PA following a long illness. She was the widow of John Vashlishan. Born September 9, 1925 in Philadelphia, PA, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Victoria (Zysk) Kolodzey.

Prior to her retirement, she was employed at several restaurants in the Poconos. She was a former member of St. Ann’s Church in Tobyhanna, PA.

Surviving are her daughter: Doreen Vashlishan of Tobyhanna, PA; her son: Daniel Vashlishan and wife Linda of Henryville, PA; her grandson: Matthew J. Vashlishan of Henryville, PA; (3) sisters: Helen Comstock of Tobyhanna, PA, Jean Roberson of Houston, TX, and Florence Jones of Lynchville, VA; and (1) brother: Stanley (Lefty) Kolodziejski of Tobyhanna, PA. She was preceded in death by her brothers and sister: Edward Kolodze, Julia Beehler, George Kolodzey and Joseph Kolodzey.

A blessing service will be conducted Saturday February 4, 2012 at 11:30 am in Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church Street Moscow, PA with Rev. Robert Simon as officiating clergy.

Interment: St. Catherines Cemetery: Covington Twp. PA

Friends may call: Friday 6-8 pm and Saturday 10:30 am until time of service.

Memorial contributions can be made to the ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION 57 N. Franklin Street Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701


Name  

Elizabeth Thomas

01/17/2012

 

 

Elizabeth “Tassie” Thomas, 85 a resident at the Lackawanna Health Care Center died Tuesday evening in Community Medical Center in Scranton. Born November 28, 1926, she is the daughter of the late Charles and Edna (Shaw) Price. She was educated in the Scranton schools. She was a member of the Dickson City Assembly of God and a former member of Bradley Memorial United Methodist Church.She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She had a talent with arts and crafts, and loved attending church. Her family nicknamed her Zsa Zsa for really dressing up for any event. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Surviving are (8) children: Frances Clark and husband Robert of Nicholson, PA, Sharon Jones and husband Joseph of Scranton, PA, Ralph DeSarro and companion Connie of Olyphant, PA, William Walters and wife Barbara of Taylor, PA, Sandra Shager and husband John of Forest City, PA, Cathy Jones and husband Keith of Throop, PA, Elizabeth Shaller and husband Stan of Archbald, PA and Robert E. Tassie Jr. and wife Margaret of Scranton, PA; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son David Walters in 1969; and her husbands Robert E. Tassie and Edward Thomas; (2) sisters: Kathryn Jones and Eleanor Cruccini; and (1) brother: William C. Price.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 11:45 am in the Dickson City Assembly of God Church 1015 Commerce Blvd. Dickson City, PA with Rev. James Dinger, pastor as officiating clergy.

Interment: Fairview Memorial Park – Elmhurst, PA Friends are asked to go directly to church Friends may call: Thursday 4-8 pm in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home 1810 Sanderson Avenue Scranton, PA, and Friday: 11:00 am till service time at the church

Memorial contributions can be made to the family c/o 529 Susquehanna Street Forest City, PA 18421

Arrangements by the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home of Scranton, PA


Ronald Davis  

Ronald Davis

1/17/2012

 

 

Ronald A. Davis, 80 of Scranton died early Tueday morning in Riverside Rehabitation Center in Taylor following an illness. His wife of 52 years is the former Joan A. Eley. Born July 25, 1931 in Sctanton, PA, he was the son of the late David J. and Iola (Lindsey) Davis. He was an Air Force veteran serving from 1950 to 1954. Prior to his retirement he was a lieutenant the Scranton Fire Department for 23 years.Ronald was a member of the International Association of Firefighter’s # 669.

Surviving in addition to his wife are several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by (2) sisters: Phyllis Hari and Marion Davis; and (2) brothers: Thomas Davis and David J. Davis Jr.

Interment services with military honors will be conducted Friday at 11:00 am in the chapel at St. Catherines Cemetery – Covington Twps. PA

Interment: St. Catherines Cemetery

Memorial contributions can be made to Northeast Regional Cancer Institute of Scranton

Arrangements by the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home of Scranton, PA


Diana Cuneo

Diana Cuneo

01/11/2012

 

Diana Berryman Cuneo, 63 of Scranton died Wednesday afternoon in Hospice Community Care in Dunmore after a courageous battle with cancer.Born in Scranton, the daughter of Marjorie Jones Berryman of Scranton and the late Jack Berryman Sr. Diana taught in the Scranton School District for 28 years. During her tenure with the school district, she created the English as a second language (ESL) program on the Intermediate level. She taught at North Scranton Intermediate School and later taught both (ESL) and 6th grade Social studies at South Scranton Intermediate school.

Diana was a graduate of Mansfield State College where she majored in German. She taught German at Wyoming Valley West. She entered the Army in 1974 where she trained at the Presidio in California as a Russian Interrogator. After leaving the Army, she received a Master’s degree in Education at the University of Scranton. She was a member of the Scranton Women Teacher’s Club and was a loyal member of the Scranton Federation of Teachers. She traveled frequently throughout her teaching career and enjoyed visits to the casino.

Diana died peacefully surrounded by her loving family. She was a wonderful listener and loyal friend. Diana’s joyful spirit and quick wit will be remembered. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at N.R.O.C. and Hospice Community care in Dunmore for their kind, compassionate care.

Surviving are her mother Marjorie Berryman of Scranton, PA; (1) sister: Linda Berryman of Indiana, PA; (3) brothers: Jack Berryman of Wilkes-Barre, PA, Philip Berryman and wife Mary of Oley, PA, Chris Berryman of St. Petersburg, FL; (1) nephew ; (2) neices and (2) great-nephews.

A memorial service will be conducted Saturday at 10:00 am for family and close friends in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home 1810 Sanderson Avenue Scranton, PA

In lieu of flowers, the family would like contributions to be made to Hospice Community Care or charity of donor’s choice.

Arrangements by the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home of Scranton, PA


Adelaid Martin

Adelaide Martin

01/09/2012

 

Adelaide Martin, 89 a resident at Golden Living Center in Scranton and formerly of 612 Dean Street in Scranton died Monday evening following an illness. Her husband of 61 years, the late Frank J. Martin, passed away in 2009. Born October 30, 1922 in Scranton, PA, she was the daughter of the late James Morgan and Elizabeth (Batten) Morgan. She was educated in the Scranton schools and was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by F. W. Woolworth in Scranton. She also worked for Tupperware and was one of the first Tupperware consultants in the Scranton area. She was a long-time member of the North Main Avenue Baptist Church.Adelaide loved to sew, knit, crochet and was an avid reader. She was also a great cook and was known for her delicious pies. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who always put her family first and enjoyed spending time with her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Adelaide is survived by her four children: Kevin F. Martin and wife Sharon of Springbrook Township, Donna Nebesky and husband Paul of Dushore, PA, Kenneth A. Martin and wife Holly of Allentown, PA, Sharon Bonar of Scranton, PA; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Lorraine Newton and brother, Reynold Morgan, both of Scranton. She was predeceased by her sister Margaret Brace.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 12 pm from the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home 1810 Sanderson Avenue Scranton, PA.

Interment: Fairview Memorial Park – Elmhurst, PA

Friends may call: 11-1 pm at the funeral home

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home of Scranton, PA


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Gerald J. Mattern

01/09/2012

 

Gerald J. Mattern, 77 of Dunmore died Monday at his home. His wife is the former Jayne Sullivan, the couple celebrated 33 years of marriage on January 5th. Born January 2, 1935 in Scranton, PA, he is the son of the late Theodore and Mildred (Weidow) Mattern. He was educated in the Scranton schools and a US Army veteran. He was employed by Simpson Motors of Scranton prior to his retirement.He was a member of of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Clarks Summit, PA, and was a member of the American Legion of Dunmore, PA.

Jerry was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, and will be deeply missed by his family.

Surviving in addition to his wife are (2) daughters: Karen Davis of Scranton, PA, and Sandra Foley of Scranton, PA; (1) step-daughter: Marcia Gaughan and husband Ken of Jefferson Twp. PA; (2) step-sons: Patrick O’Connor and wife Nida of Japan, and Michael O’Connor of Clarks Summit, PA; (1) sister: Louise Griffith of Scranton, PA; (11) grandchildren; and (2) great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by (2) brothers: Theodore and Lawrence Mattern.

A private memorial service will be conducted Wednesday in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home 1810 Sanderson Avenue Scranton, PA.

Interment: Fairview Memorial Park – Elmhurst, PA

Arrangements by the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home of Scranton, PA


Marion Conlon

Marion Conlon

01/01/2012
Marion L. Conlon, 87, passed away at home in Covington Township after a courageous battle with cancer. Born August 14, 1924 in New York City, Marion, was the daughter of Charles and Charlotte Denny.

She was educated at Boonton High School in New Jersey and was employed by Bell New York Telephone Company. She married the late, Peter C. Conlon, on May 29, 1948. They lived in Parsippany, New Jersey retiring to Covington Township in 1979. Marion was a strong willed lady who loved a good debate. She was an avid reader and loved to knit blankets for the people she loved. She was devoted to her family and doted on her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. She treasured her animals. She adored walking on the beach in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and sitting by the ocean.

Surviving are her daughter, Holly Edwards, her son-in -law, Donald Edwards, grandchildren Shane and Delaney Edwards, nieces and nephews and a loving extended family. She was proceeded in death by her brother , Arthur Denny and her daughter, Patricia Conlon. The family would like to give special thanks to the amazing staff at Sacred Heart Hospice.

A private blessing service will be conducted Sunday in Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home 401 Church Street Moscow, PA

Interment: private in Gate of Heaven Cemetery – Parsippany, NJ

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Hospice of the Sacred Heart or Griffin Pond Animal Shelter 967 Griffin Pond Road Clarks Summit, PA 18411


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George Adamitis

01/01/2012

 

George X. Adamitis, 60 of Moscow died New Year’s Day in Northeast Regional Hospice in Scranton following an illness. His wife is the former Denise Nagurney. The couple celebrated 25 years of marriage on New Year’s Eve. Born November 26, 1951 in Scranton, PA, hewas the son of the late George and Helen (Stuckas) Adamitis. He was a 1969 graduate of Cathedral High School, and attended the University of Scranton and Marywood College. He was employed in the roofing Industry for many years prior to his illness. He was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Moscow.George was a kind and gentle man who lived his life with grace and strength of character. His sense of humor was unparalleled. He cherished his life with his wife Denise, his children, his home and his pet cat Joey. He will be deeply missed.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his three children: Molly Adamitis of Scranton, Erik Adamitis of West Pittston, and Max Adamitis of Moscow, PA; (1) sister: Gail Adamitis of Tucson, AZ; and an aunt: Margaret Clegg of Dickson City, PA and many cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 9:15 am in Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home 401 Church Street Moscow, PA with a Mass at 10:00 am to follow in St. Catherine of Siena Church 220 Church Street Moscow, PA.

Interment: Fairview Memorial Park – Elmhurst, PA

Friends may call: Tuesday 4-8 pm at the funeral home

Arrangements by Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home of Moscow, PA


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