Obituaries 7/1/2016-12/31/2016

 

 

 

Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home

401 Church Street Moscow, PA 18444 Phone: (570) 842-8501



Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home

401 Church Street Moscow, PA 18444 Phone: (570) 842-8501



Howard J Snowdon Funeral Home

1810 Sanderson Avenue Scranton, PA 18509 Phone: (570) 343-0712



Moscow 570-842-8501 and Scranton 570-343-0712
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Eleanor T. Miller

December 26, 2016
Eleanor T. Miller, 91, of Dickson City, passed away Monday, December 26, 2016, at the Dunmore Health Care Center.

Born June 1, 1925, in Dickson City, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Carvel) Trotz. Eleanor was employed for many years as an operator with Western Union. She was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Scranton.

Eleanor loved serving others during coffee and fellowship hour for years. She enjoyed gardening, baking and knitting. She generously shared with family and friends.

Eleanor is survived by her sister, Marlene and brother-in-law, William White, of Kennett Square; her sister-in-law, Phyllis R. Trotz, of Olyphant; her godchild, Joann Swift, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; and nephews and cousins.

She was also preceded in death by her brothers, William Trotz and Walter Trotz; her sister, Ruth Ruggles; and her niece, Carol L. Trotz.

A memorial service will be held on:
Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 238 Reese St., Scranton. The Rev. John Zimmerman will officiate.

Interment will be held at Evergreen Cemetery, Dickson City.


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Catherine W. “Kitty” Ferke

December 25, 2016
Catherine W. “Kitty” Ferke, 89, of Covington Twp. died at home Christmas night surrounded by her loving family under the compassionate care of Traditional Hospice. She is the widow of Stephen Ferke who died October 21st, 2011.

Born April 24, 1927 in Dunmore, PA, she was the 6th of 11 children born to the late Joseph F. and Helen V. (Tigue) Moran. A Depression Era Kid, Catherine displayed stoic strength and courage in living and dying. Catherine’s resilient nature was tempered by the love of her large Irish family in times of both great sadness and joy.

Catherine graduated from Suffern High School, NY. Upon graduation Kitty worked for the Erie Lackawanna Railroad, Avon, and NY Bell as a telephone operator and later in life at The Fatima Center in Elmhurst.

Returning to the Scranton area, Kitty met and soon married the love of her life, Stephen Ferke. Together they celebrated 60 years of marriage and affectionately raised 5 children.

Emboldened by the challenges of life, Catherine was a formative role model. She taught her family how to endure, prosper, respect, love, and be there for one another. Throughout her life, Kitty could always be depended on to do the right thing. She embraced life and led her family with grace, modesty, and fortitude. Kit lovingly and unselfishly gave much of herself. She is loved, missed, and respected by her family and all who came to know Catherine as Kitty.

Kitty was a talented chef, baker, and gardener. She was an athlete, playing multiple sports, excelling in bowling, and was a dead ringer in horseshoes. Forever welcoming and hospitable, her house was filled with the love of family and friends alike. She always gave people the benefit of the doubt, was non-judgmental, and a true champion of the underdog.

Surviving are her daughters: Karen F. Gatens of Moscow, Carol Derrig (Patrick) of Madison Twp. and Joyce Fedak (Robert) of Washington, NJ; her son Allan Ferke (Karen) of Elmhurst Twp.; and daughter-in-law Susan Ferke of Olyphant; sisters: Alice Kakareka of Madison Twp. and Grace Ward (Eugene) of Manlius, NY; grandchildren: Keegan Gatens (Lauren), Caitlin Gilhooley (Jamie), Killian Gatens (Jennifer), Kevin Gatens, Kelly Derrig, Stephen and Patrick Ferke; and great-granchildren; Irelyn, Reagan, Jameson, Quinn, Karina, Rhyan, Minnie, Ava, and Emma; many cousins, nieces, nephews.

In addition to her husband Catherine was preceded in death by her son Michael S. Ferke in 2005, and her son-in-law Kevin P. Gatens in 2011; her great-granddaughter Dylan M. Gatens on Wednesday, December 21, 2016; her brothers: Joseph, James, Eugene, Gerald, Paul, and Francis Moran; and her sisters: Mary Moran and Helen Zawaski.

The family would like to thank Fr. Robert Simon, Dr. Martin Penatar, and Traditional Home Health.

A Mass will be celebrated:
Saturday at 11:00 am at The Church of St. Catherine of Siena, 220 Church Street, Moscow, PA.

Friends will be received on:
Friday from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm; and
Saturday from 9:45 am until 10:45 am in Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home 401 Church Street Moscow, PA.

Interment will be conducted at Holy Ghost Cemetery, Moscow, PA


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Dylan M. Gatens

December 21, 2016

Dylan M. Gatens, three months old, Covington Twp., was taken to heaven Wednesday at the Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, following an illness.

Born Sept. 19, 2016, in Scranton, she is the beloved daughter of Keegan and Lauren (Tomeo) Gatens.

Surviving in addition to her parents are her big sisters, Reagan A. Gatens, Quinn M. Gatens and Rhyan C. Gatens; her paternal grandmother, Karen F. (Ferke) Gatens; her maternal grandparents, Patrick A. and Mary E. Tomeo; and Janet A. (Sienkiewicz) Tomeo; cousins, aunts and uncles.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Kevin P. Gatens.

Our beautiful baby girl brought abundant amounts of joy into our lives in the short time that she spent with us.

A Mass will be celebrated:
Thursday at noon in St. Catherine of Siena Church, 220 Church St., Moscow.

Friends will be received:
Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon at the church.

Interment will be held at Holy Ghost Cemetery in Moscow.

Memorial contributions may be made to:
Dylan Gatens Memorial Fund, c/o Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank, Blakely and Drinker streets, Dunmore, PA 18512..


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John J. O’Donnell Jr.

December 17, 2016
flag John J. O’Donnell Jr., 85, of Roaring Brook Twp., died Saturday evening at his home after an illness. His wife of 62 years is the former Elizabeth Ann Ludwikowski.

Born Oct. 10, 1931 in Scranton, son of the late John J. and Mollie Radle O’Donnell, John was a 1949 graduate of Scranton Central High School and served in the Navy Reserves, obtaining the rank of electricians mate third class.

John was owner of O’Donnell Construction for many years and was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Church, Moscow. He was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 6050 in Moscow, and was a past grand knight and a fourth degree member.

Also surviving are his children, Patricia E. Daniels and husband, Rick, Exton; John J. O’Donnell III and wife, Gemma, Flagstaff, Ariz.; Kathleen A. Cunningham and husband, Michael, of Lansdale; and Paul V. O’Donnell, Scranton; four grandchildren, Christopher Daniels, Matthew Daniels, Colleen O’Donnell and Kara Breazeale; three great-grandchildren, Ella and Alexandria Daniels, and Brooklyn Gemma Breazeale; and nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Arlene Murray and Jacqueline Marker.

Mass will be celebrated:
Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Catherine of Siena Church, 220 Church St., Moscow.

Interment will be conducted at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Covington Twp.

Friends may call:
Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow.

Memorial contributions may be made to:
St. Catherine of Siena Church, P.O. Box 250, Moscow, PA 18444;


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Charlotte Krushinski

December 10, 2016
Charlotte Krushinski, 87, of Carbondale, died Saturday at Linwood Nursing Home in Scranton, following an illness. Born in Dickson City, on July 23, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Jacob and Helen (Domanish) Brodoski.

The family of Charlotte would like to extend thanks to Hospice of the Sacred Heart and Linwood Nursing Center for their care and consideration.

Surviving are her sister, Diana Oliver-Hiller and husband, William, of Jefferson Twp.; her sister-in-law, Beverly Brodoski, of Nineveh, N.Y.; two sons; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Charlotte was preceded in death by her brother, Norman J. Brodoski, in 2013.

Funeral services will be held:
Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave., Scranton.

Friends may call:
Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will be held at Union Cemetery, Peckville.


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Alec M. Elmquist

December 3, 2016
Alec M. Elmquist, 19, of Roaring Brook Twp., died Saturday.

Born May 5, 1997 in Kingston, son of Rudy Elmquist, Gouldsboro, and Michelle Frayne Elmquist, Roaring Brook Twp., Alec was a 2015 graduate of North Pocono High School and presently was enrolled at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. Alec was affiliated with the Moscow United Methodist Church.

Also surviving are his sisters, Amy M. Elmquist, Roaring Brook Twp.; and Ashley M. Sabella and husband, Michael, Hubert, North Carolina; brother, Austin M. Elmquist, Gouldsboro; niece, Shay Sabella; paternal grandparents, Rudy Elmquist Sr. and Patricia Graham Elmquist, Red Bank, N.J.; aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Michael and Dianne Frayne.

Funeral services will be:
Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. from the Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow
Church Service is being offered following interment at Moscow United Methodist Church, 126 Church St., Moscow

Interment:
Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst Twp.

Visitation will be:
Tuesday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday morning from 9 to 10:30 at the funeral home.


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Pamela A. Mecca

December 2, 2016
Pamela A. Mecca, 48, of Scranton, and formerly of Gouldsboro, died Friday evening at Moses Taylor Hospital after an illness.

Born Feb. 11, 1968 in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Joseph J. and Jean Henderson Mecca.

Pamela’s family would like to extend gratitude to Keystone Community Living for their care and support to Pam for the many years she was involved with their programs.

Surviving are her brother, Mark T. Mecca and wife, Kimberly, Moscow; and nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her brother, Joseph J. Mecca Jr.; and aunts and uncles.

Private graveside services will be conducted at the convenience of the family.


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Paul A. O’Hop, Sr.

November 27, 2016
flag Paul A. O’Hop, Sr. of Moscow passed away on Nov. 27, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Florentine (Floren) Wroblewski.

Born in Avoca, to the late William and Estelle O’Hop, Paul was the youngest of 12 children. He was raised in the Houston City section of Avoca and attended Pittston Twp. elementary schools in addition to Avoca High School. A gifted athlete, Paul played football, basketball and baseball while in school, and he continued his athletic pursuits (including golf, tennis, handball, skiing and flag-football) thereafter.

Paul often spoke of his life in four segments. First, he attributed his core values to growing up in the small town of Avoca. He was proud of his Polish heritage. Family was everything, and the friendships he made were forever. And while he recognized the differences in people, he nonetheless respected all with whom he came in contact.

The second segment was his stellar military career. Paul enlisted in the Air Force at a very young age and spent 22 years in the service. He was initially stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska, where he was involved in military air rescue operations. Later, while stationed at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida, he witnessed the launch of Explorer 1, the first U.S. satellite in space. He was assigned to the headquarters of the Air Research and Development Command (ARDC) at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, D.C. He was then recommended for Officers Candidate School (OCS) where he was a distinguished graduate. As an officer, he was initially commander of a Strategic Air Command (SAC) medical squadron at Beale Air Force Base in California, following which he had other command assignments, including in the Aerospace Medical Division at Brooks Air Force Base in Texas, and in the combat zone in Vietnam. He was a highly decorated officer and his many military medals included the Bronze Star Medal with earned Valor Clusters. In addition to normal postings, he was an exchange student with the Navy (again a distinguished graduate) and spent two years in a tri-service activity with the Army. Such experiences prepared him for his ultimate assignment to the Pentagon, where he served as an executive assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, working at times with icons such as Secretaries of Defense Dr. James Schlesinger and Donald Rumsfeld.

Upon retirement from the Air Force, Paul became vice president, operations and co-founder of Libra Technology, a company that pioneered computer applications in military health care. The company was the first to develop the basis for the longitudinal record of care. In addition, the company aided in the development of TRICARE and its related components.

Paul, Floren and family then retired to Pennsylvania, where, for a short period, Paul was the staff assistant to the director at Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center. Thereafter, he held a professor position at Marywood College (now Marywood University) where he taught a wide array of courses in the graduate and undergraduate management science programs. In addition, he maintained a consultative relationship with the VA, and used it as an opportunity for his Marywood students to gain experience in computer sciences via paid internships. Many years later, Paul was recruited by Wilkes College (now Wilkes University) to teach in its School of Business and Economics. Within a year, he was elevated to the position of vice president, Business Affairs and Auxiliary Enterprises, a position from which he retired in 2001 after serving 16 years. According to then-Wilkes University President Dr. Christopher N. Breiseth, he and Paul constituted a “dynamic duo” that moved Wilkes into the 21st century as they spearheaded the creation of new academic programs, as well as major campus construction projects that transformed the university. Upon retiring, the university’s board of trustees honored Paul by naming a campus building “O’Hop Hall,” the first and only time that a Wilkes University vice president has been so honored.

During this segment of his life, Paul was also very active in Pennsylvania state politics. He was a member of the charter class of Leadership Pennsylvania. He served six years as member/commissioner of the Pennsylvania Milk Marketing Board and two years as the chairman of the appeals board on the Governor’s Energy Council. He was also an active member of many local community and charitable organizations. In addition to being vice president emeritus of Wilkes University, Paul was member/treasurer emeritus of North Pocono Public Library and emeritus member of board of managers at the Allan P. Kirby Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise.

Paul was quite philosophical about people and life. He believed that the real legacy of parents is the goodness of their children, and that he and Floren had a superb legacy in that respect.

In addition to Floren, he is survived by their three children, his daughter, Lynne O. Feeney, M.S. and her husband, David Feeney; his son, attorney Paul A. O’Hop Jr. and his wife, Rossana; and his daughter, Suzanne E. O’Hop, Ph.D., and husband, Kenneth Beckham. He also has six grandchildren, James, Christine, Francesca, Pablo, Wesley and Anna; and great-grandson, Rory. In addition, he is survived by his brother, Henry; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Vincent, Stanley, Eugene, Lewis, Albert, William and Joseph; and by sisters, Johanna, Frances and Antoinette.

A viewing will be held:
Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow, Pa.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated:
Thursday, Dec. 1, at 11 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 220 Church St., Moscow.

Arrangements are being made for his burial in Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the O’Hop Lecture Series or the O’Hop Family Scholarship at Wilkes University, the North Pocono Public Library (O’Hop Fund Account) or St. Catherine’s Church, Moscow, Pa.


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Florence Naumann

November 28, 2016
Florence Naumann, 88, of Scranton, died Monday morning in Mountain View Care Center in Scranton, following a brief illness. She is the widow of Henry W. Naumann, who died May 1, 2002. The couple were married 51 years.

Born Dec. 17, 1927, in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Lillian (Ross) McLaughlin. She was educated in Scranton schools and was a member of the United Baptist Church of Taylor. She was a former member of Trinity Baptist Church in Scranton.

Surviving are her son, William Naumann and wife, Virginia, of Gilbert, Ariz.; her daughters, Gayle Merritt and husband, Thomas, of Mt. Bethel; and Susan Menichiello, of Scranton, and her fiancé, Thomas Mancuso, of Blairstown, N.J.; four grandchildren, Jill Nixon, Kimberly Kelley, Ashley Sessions and Tyler Menichiello; and five great-grandchildren, Merritt and Everly Kelley and Amelia, Sofia and Eadlin Nixon; and nieces and nephews.

Florence was also preceded in death by two brothers; and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held:
Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave., Scranton, with the Rev. Ginger Daubenhauser as officiating clergy.

Interment will be held at Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst Twp.

Friends may call:
Today from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to United Baptist Church of Taylor.


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David J. Kolb

October 26, 2016
David J. Kolb, 68, of Moscow, died Saturday morning following an illness.

Born Dec. 28, 1947, in Moscow, he was the son of the late David F. and Mary (McDermott) Kolb. David was a 1965 graduate of North Pocono High School, and a 1969 graduate of the University of Scranton obtaining a bachelor’s degree in biology. Before his retirement, he was employed by Schering-Plough Corp. of Kenilworth, New Jersey. David was an Air Force veteran.

Surviving are his sisters, Donna Brown and husband, Bill, of Pequannock, N.J.; and Pamela J. Edwards and husband, Dan, of Moscow; his nieces, Karen Brown-Wheeler, Allyson Brown, Paula Bechaver; and his nephew, Andrew Edwards; two great-nephews, Hudson Wheeler and Eamon Edwards; and his great-niece, Kelly Aronowitz. He is also survived by his adopted son, Robert Kolb, of New Jersey.

Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family.


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Cynthia Scott

November 17, 2016
Cynthia Scott, Edwardsville, formerly of Daleville, died Thursday. She was the widow of Dwight Scott.

Born in Germany, she met her late husband while he was serving in the U.S. military. She was formerly employed at Rita’s Sportswear of Moscow.

Surviving are her daughters, Dorothea Rinkus, Janet Scott and Donna Scott-Fauzio; grandson, Michael Rinkus and wife, Lea; and great-granddaughter, AvaGrace Rinkus.

The family would like to thank Celtic Hospice and River Run Nursing & Rehab for their excellent care.

Funeral services and Interment will be conducted privately by the family.


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George B. Dickey

November 17, 2016
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George B. Dickey, 85, of Covington Twp., died Thursday morning at Gino J. Merli Veterans Center, Scranton, after a brief illness. His wife is the former Nancy Garland. The couple celebrated 58 years of marriage.

Born Aug. 16, 1931 in Dunmore, son of the late Peter and Mary Bednar Dickey, George was self-employed as a masonry contractor for many years and was a member of the local Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers International Union.

George was a veteran of the Naval Reserves and an Army veteran serving during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Church, Moscow. George was an avid sportsman and fisherman.

Also surviving are his daughter, Elizabeth Ann Dickey McGuire, Covington Twp.; two grandchildren, Samantha Gafford, Boston; and Aaron “AJ” Sanko, Scranton; sisters, Dolores Janowitz, Elmhurst Twp.; and Helen Sheppard, Madison Twp.; brothers Peter Dickey Jr., Roaring Brook Twp.; and Joseph Dickey, Madison Twp.; nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, John and Andrew Dickey; and a sister, Mary Waslyk.

Mass will be celebrated:
Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Catherine of Siena Church, 220 Church St., Moscow.

Military honors will be conducted following the funeral Mass.

Interment will be conducted privately in Shoemaker Cemetery, Dalton.

Friends may call:
Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice.


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Helen J. Pellegrino

November 15, 2016
Helen J. Pellegrino, 93, of Scranton, died Tuesday surrounded by her family at Regional Hospital of Scranton following a brief illness. She was the widow of Ralph R. Pellegrino, who died in 2001. The couple were married for 50 years.

Born Dec. 12, 1922, in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late William and Mary (Turofski) Oldenski. Helen was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. She was a member of the Ladies Aid Society of the church. She was a member of the Roundwood Senior Citizens Center and the West Side Senior Center. Before retirement, she was employed at Williams Bakery, where she met her husband, and Casuel Sportswear and Sugarman’s Inc. of Eynon.

Helen was a loving grandmother and great-grandmother who cherished time spent with them.

Surviving are her daughter, Marie Roberts and husband, David, of Peckville, with whom she has resided since February; and daughter-in-law, Terese Pellegrino, of Scranton; two grandchildren, Anthony and wife, Colleen; and Joshua Roberts; three great-grandchildren, Gianna J. Pellegrino, Grace E. Roberts and Nicholas A. Roberts; nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and nephews. Helen is also survived by her brother-in-law, Christopher Pellegrino and his wife, Rose, of Scranton.

Helen was preceded in death by her son, Ralph R. Pellegrino Jr. in 2012; her grandson, Ralph J. Pellegrino in 2005; her sister, Bertha Zolman; and her brothers, Julius and Gustave Muranko.

Funeral services will be held:
Friday at noon in Immanuel Lutheran Church, 238 Reese St., Scranton, with the Rev. John Zimmerman, pastor, as officiating clergy.

Friends may call at the church:
Friday from 11 a.m. until noon.

Interment, Evergreen Cemetery, Dickson City.

Memorial contributions may be made to:
Immanuel Lutheran Church, 238 Reese St., Scranton, or the Evergreen Cemetery, same address.


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Barbara Schmidt

November 14, 2016
Barbara Schmidt, 73, of Scranton passed away peacefully Monday at Mountain View Care Center in Scranton following an illness. She was the widow of Robert Schmidt.

Born June 3, 1943 in Niagara Falls, NY, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Edna Bray. Barbara was a graduate of Scranton Central High School; and prior to her retirement was employed by Bank of America. She was previously employed at the Guild Studio in Scranton for many years. Barbara was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Scranton.

Surviving are her children Christopher A. Schmidt of Scranton; and Laura D. Gonzalez of Clarks Summit, PA; five grandchildren: Jonathan, Abby, and Joshua Schmidt; and Amelia and Evan Gonzalez; also surviving are cousins and very close friends.

Funeral services will be conducted:
Friday at 10:00 am in the Howard J.Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Avenue Scranton, PA.

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

Interment:
Jermyn Cemetery, Jermyn, PA

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


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Julia Sherman

November 10, 2016
Julia Sherman, 67, of Scranton, passed away Thursday evening, where she earned her wings after her courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by her beloved husband and soulmate of 33 years, Harry Sherman.

Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Rawland and Mary (Herman) Lucke. Before her retirement, Julia worked at Moses Taylor Hospital for 16 years. Julia was also very involved with the family business, Guttermen Inc.

She loved spending half the year at her second home, “Secluded Acres.” Julia enjoyed arts and crafts with her best friend, Cathy Pitoniak, cooking, baking, bowling and horseshoes. She was an avid NASCAR and football fan. She was former treasurer of the Scranton Pool League and sponsor of the Waldos/Guttermen Inc. Golf Tournament.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are her children, James Mecca Jr., Anthony Mecca and wife, Joy; Kim Matthews, Tiffany Matthews, John Matthews, Joseph Matthews and wife, Michelle; Keri Ann Matthews, Kimberly Herrera, Allyson Sahm and husband, Robert; Keith Sherman; 34 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren; her sisters, Kathryn Blepp, May Ann Diehl, Janis Lucke, Linda Pienkowski and Sandra Paone; her brothers, Rawland Lucke Jr. and Richard Lucke; nieces and nephews; many friends who were like family.

She was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Donna Marie; her brother, Robert Lucke; and her sister, Barbara Lucke.

Funeral services will be held:
Monday at 10:30 a.m. in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave., Scranton.

Friends may call on:
Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will be held in Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst Twp.


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Joseph J. Calabrese, Jr.

October 31, 2016
flag Joseph J. Calabrese, Jr., 79, of Moscow, PA peacefully passed away on Monday, October 31st. He was the son of the late Joseph John Calabrese, Sr. and Rose (Antonnucci) Calabrese.

Joseph was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 18, 1937. In his early adult life, he was a professional body builder and under the guide of Abe Goldberg’s Gym in Manhattan, NY, Joe won the title of Mr. Vulcan in 1954. While residing in Middle Village, Queens, Joe and his friends opened a body building club, Club Barracuda, where he promoted healthy eating along with body building. He joined the Navy in 1955 and was an Airman on the USS Saratoga CVA 60. He was a General Foreman at Brooklyn Union Gas Company for 25 years and owned and operated Gem Automotive in Ronkonkoma, NY. After retirement Joe relocated to Pennsylvania to be near his grandchildren whom he adored.

Joe’s passion for body building continued throughout his life and Joe became a personal trainer at 60 years old. He had a love for the cinema, photography and was our local cinematographer. He collected antique cars and Jeeps. Joe was quick with a joke, a movie quote or a military fact. He was a traditional man who loved his family. His greatest gift was his humor which was endearing to us all.

The family would like to express our sincere thank you to everyone at Mountain View Care Center for their truly compassionate care.

Pappa Joe is survived by his daughters, who were the light of his life; Tina Louise Calabrese, Southampton, NY, Lisa Marie Duffy and husband, Kevin, Moscow, Pa , Jean Calabrese, Manhattan, NY, Rosemarie Lister and husband Andrew, Kutztown, Pa.; twelve grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Michael, Gennaro and Louis, his sister, Marie and his infant granddaughter, Mary.

Visitation will be held on:
Sunday, November 6, 2016 from 2-5 pm at Duffy and Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church Street, Moscow, Pa.

Mass will be celebrated at:
St. Catherine’s Church, 220 Church Street, Moscow PA at 9 am Monday, November 7th.

Interment will be at Long Island National Cemetery, Calverton, NY.


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Grace Cooper Corby Schmidt

October 30, 2016

 

Grace Cooper Corby Schmidt, 80, of Scranton, died Sunday in the Hospice of the Sacred Heart in Dunmore. She was the widow of Walter Schmidt, who died in 1996.

Born Sept. 7, 1936, in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Russell and Myrtle (Russell) Cooper. She was educated in the Scranton schools.

Grace’s family would like to thank the Geisinger Community Medical Center’s 8th floor for their support and kindness given to our mother. Special thanks to Jeremy Parker and Chad Paulin, you both have been angels in our mom’s eyes, thank you for everything, especially making her smile. Thank you also to Hospice of the Sacred Heart for the remarkable care and compassion, and for treating us like family the moment we walked through the door. Also, thank you to Janey Sherman and her son, Matt, and Laurie Chomicz for loving our mother the way you did.

Surviving are her children, William J. Corby and wife, Karin, of Scott Twp.; Burt R. Corby and wife, Chris, of Throop; Betty E. Corby and companion, Wade Yount, of Bloomsburg; Brenda L. Price and husband, William, of Pittston; Ronald Schmidt and wife, Wilma, of Eagle Point, Ore.; Barbara J. Cooper and husband, James, of Phoenix, N.Y.; Becky Morabito and husband, Vince, of Scranton; Brian R. Schmidt and wife, Heather, of Tunkhannock; and Ralph Slugg Corby and wife, Gina, of Scranton; 30 grandchildren; and 41 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Grace was also preceded in death by her sisters, Sadie and Shirley; and her brothers, Russell, George and Ralph.

Funeral services will be held:
Thursday at 11 a.m. in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave., Scranton.

Friends may call on:
Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Interment, Deckertown Cemetery, Nicholson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:
Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 100 William St., Dunmore, PA 18512.


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Eugene Rabiega

October 30, 2016

 

Eugene Rabiega, 62, of Scranton, died Sunday in Regional Hospital of Scranton following an illness. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Debra Hazelton.

Born July 28, 1954, in Scranton, he attended Scranton Technical High School, and was employed in the construction field for many years.

Surviving are his son, Eugene Rabiega and wife, Leslie, of Clifton Twp.; and his grandchildren, Courtney, Amber, Ashley, Ariel, Gene and Logan; stepgrandchildren, Jamie, Lindsey, Bryan and Lacey; his sisters, Joan Passiniti and Shirley Cowell and husband, Michael; and his brothers, Robert Rabiega and wife, Pat; Jerry Rabiega and wife, Kathy; and Richard Rabiega and wife, Linda; 14 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Tiffany Rabiega.

Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements by Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home of Moscow.


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Thelma A. McAndrew Taylor

October 30, 2016

 

Thelma A. McAndrew Taylor, 95, of West Scranton, died Sunday at Mountain View Care Center following a brief illness. She was the widow of Robert E. Taylor, who died in 1985.

Born July 1, 1921, in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late James and Beatrice (Lynch) McAndrew. She attended the Scranton schools, and was a member of St. Patrick’s Church.

Surviving Thelma are several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Robert Taylor, in 1999; three sisters, Mary Carmel Ceccoli, Lucille Wells, Helen McAndrew; and her brother, Joseph McAndrew.

A Mass will be celebrated on:
Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, 1605 Oram St., Scranton.

Interment will be held at Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.


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John Thomas Williams

October 30, 2016

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John Thomas Williams of Elmhurst Twp. died Sunday morning at his home. He was the husband of Eileen McAllister Williams. The couple celebrated 47 years of marriage on Sept. 27.

Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Willard and Esther (Parfrey) Williams. He was a 1960 graduate of Dunmore High School and attended Keystone College, obtaining an associate’s degree in engineering. He served in the 109th Infantry National Guard. John was a well known tool and die maker for DS&W Tool Co., and then co-owner and operator of Saco Tool & Die until his retirement.

John loved camping, motorcycles, radio controlled airplanes, sailing, boating, windmills, fishing and fun times with friends. He was extremely gifted and creative in everything he did.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his daughter, Stephanie, whom he loved more than life itself; his aunt, Ann Mann; cousins and several nieces and nephews; extended family and very close friends.

Funeral services will be held:
Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow, with the Rev. Betty Reilly as officiating clergy.

Interment will be held at Dunmore Cemetery, Dunmore.

Friends may call:
Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:
The Arc of NEPA, 115 Meadow Ave., Scranton, PA 18505.


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Alfredo T. Santiago

October 24, 2016

 

Alfredo T. Santiago, 43, of Scranton, died Monday at Regional Hospital of Scranton following an illness.

Born July 19, 1973, in Liberty, N.Y., he is the son of Ida L. (Hughes) Bell, of Dunmore, and Juan Santiago. Before his illness, he was employed by Arlington Industries Inc.

Surviving in addition to his mother are his children, Cody T. Santiago and Kera Santiago; his sisters, Tracey Locker and husband, Stephen, of Scranton; and Tina Yeneic and husband, Wayne, of Livingston Manor, N.Y.; and his brother, Johnny Santiago and wife, Gina, of Las Vegas, Nev.; one aunt; and cousins; and his children’s mother, Jennifer Fenton.

Private services will be held by his family.


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Linda Ann Surplus

October 20, 2016

 

Linda Ann Surplus, 49, of Scranton, died Thursday at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital following an illness. Born Feb. 27, 1967, in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Irene M. (Yap) Surplus.

Linda was a loving mother, sister and grandmother. She had a great affinity towards nature, especially birds and animals.

Surviving are her children, Kevin Surplus and wife, Cindy, of Scranton; Keith Havenstrite, of Madison Twp.; and Desiree Surplus, of Madison Twp.; her brother, Ronald G. “Ralph” Surplus, of Scranton; and her sister, Diane M. Surplus, of Scranton; her grandchildren, Michael, Hailie, Paige and Hayden; and her grandmother, Betty Davis, of Scranton.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Nicholas Surplus.

A celebration of life service will be held:
Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave., Scranton.

Friends may call:
Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m.


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Robert J. Ulkoski

October 20, 2016

 

Robert J. Ulkoski of Newfoundland passed away Thursday morning at Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Virginia “Jean” Gibbons Ulkoski; and his aunt, Ann Watson. Robert attended North Pocono schools, culinary arts school and was an ordained priest in the Greek Orthodox Church, known as Father Vladimir.

Robert was a very outgoing gentleman who wore many hats, and had many passions. His passions included cooking, helping others and spending time with his family who he loved dearly.

Robert lived with his brother, Paul Goodfellow, of Newfoundland. He is also survived by his brothers, David Ulkoski and wife, Kathy, of Roaring Brook Twp.; Edmund Ulkoski II and wife, Judy, of Hamlin; sisters, Denise Setzer and Jerry Trapper, of Scranton; and Donna Maul, of Factoryville; many nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; cousins and beloved friends.

Robert’s family would like to thank Dr. Adonizio and staff at the Henry Cancer Center, Geisinger CMC and Hospice of the Sacred Heart for their compassion and care.

A private memorial service will be conducted at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.


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Joseph Harvey Sproul, Jr.

October 15, 2016

flagJoseph Harvey Sproul Jr. died Saturday afternoon, Oct. 15, surrounded by his loving family. His loving wife of 56 years is Linda Blair Connell Sproul.

Born Aug. 18, 1934, in Scranton, Pa., he was the son of the late Joseph H. and Madelyn Sproul. Harvey is survived by his sister, Christina Sproul Jennings and husband, Charles, Marriottsville, Md.

He was a graduate of the Hill School in Pottstown, Pa., and Brown University in Providence, R.I. He was proud to serve in the Navy, obtaining the rank of lieutenant.

Surviving in addition to his wife and sister are his children, Joseph Harvey Sproul III and wife, Karen; Christina Sproul Cutri and her husband, Keith; and Stephen Connell Sproul; five grandchildren, Joseph Harvey Sproul IV and fiancée, Jessica Murphy; Sara Sproul deBlasi and husband, Gerard; Rebecca Thieroff Sproul, Dean James Cutri, Kyle Joseph Cutri; and his great-grandson, Gerald George deBlasi.

Harvey was predeceased by his sister, Linda Sproul Ward.

Harvey was president of H.B. Sproul Construction Co. and Sproul Reality. He was a member of the Church of Epiphany, Glenburn. He was very active in his community, having served on many Boards, including Geisinger Health System, Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, Northeastern Bank of PA, Hickory Grove Cemetery, Northeastern Contractors of PA Association, Blooming Grove Hunting & Fishing Club, Glenmaura National Golf Club and Penn Millers Insurance Co., to which he served as chairman of the Board. He also served as president of the Board of Directors of Country Club of Scranton, Waverly Community House, Clemo Hunting & Fishing Club, Waverly Country Club and vice president of Moses Taylor Hospital and Johnson College.

Friends may call:
Wednesday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave., Scranton, Pa.

A private memorial service will be celebrated by the family at their convenience.

Memorial contributions may be made to:
Johnson College and the Waverly Community House.


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Linda L. (Smith) Hapersberger

October 15, 2016

 

Linda L. (Smith) Hapersberger, 67, of Moscow, died Saturday at Regional Hospital of Scranton following an illness. Her husband is Paul Hapersberger.

Born April 29, 1949, in Stroudsburg, she was the daughter of the late Willis and Ada (Ruth) Smith. Linda was a member of the Ladies Garment Workers Union. She worked at many places, but most of her life was a devoted homemaker. Linda loved dancing, country music, but above all gatherings with her family for any occasion.

Surviving in addition to her husband are her daughter, Tina Louise Strausser and husband, Thomas McKinney III, of Gouldsboro; her grandchildren, Valerie Filer, Marissa Crawford, Andrea Knowles, Tiffany Strausser, Samantha Strausser, Chelsea Verity and Julie Verity; her sisters, Barbara Kassner and husband, Robert; Rosemarie Cramer, Bonnie Klinger and husband, Robert; her brother, Harold Smith and wife, Hope; many great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and sister and brothers-in-law that were truly her family.

She was also preceded in death by her daughter, April Sue Verity in 2010; and her grandson, Jamie George Verity in 1996.

Funeral services will be held:
Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow, with the Rev. Arthur W. Davis as officiating clergy

Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m.


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Bonnie Jean Paff

October 10, 2016

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Bonnie Jean Paff, 48, of Swoyersville, PA died Monday at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center in Plains Twp. following an illness. Her husband is Edward J. Paff.

Born May 11, 1968 in Barre, NH, she was the daughter of the late Oliver and Barbara (Most) Kezer. Bonnie was an Air Force veteran, and prior to her illness was employed by Target as a stock clerk. Bonnie was a very talented and dedicated quilter, having won numerous awards for her quilts.

Surviving in addition to her husband are her children Jason Keenan of Connecticut, Lauryn Paff of Mesa, AZ, Edward Most of Hazleton, PA, Jessica Most of Swoyersville, PA and Curtis Paff of Holloman AFB in New Mexico; (1) brother: John Kezer of Chicopee, MA; and grandchildren: Evelyn, Christopher and Naomi.

A celebration of Bonnie’s life will be conducted:
Saturday from 12:00 noon until 4:00 pm at the Best Western Genetti Hotel & Conference Center 77 East Market Street Wilkes-Barre, PA.


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Joseph M. Grab

October 9, 2016

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Joseph M. Grab, 87, of Thornhurst, died Sunday, Oct. 9 at Geisinger – Wyoming Valley Hospital following a series of illnesses. He was born Nov. 10, 1928 in Thornhurst, Pa. His wife of 58 years, Beverly Rogers Grab, died July 24, 2015. A son, David, died in 1980; and infant son, Stephen Grab, died in 1969.

Joseph was the son of the late Joseph and Anastatia (Czernik) Grab. Also preceding him in death were brothers, John, Frank, Andrew and Stanley; and sisters, Marian, Katherine, Anne, Angela, Rosalie, Jeanne, Bernice and Barbara.

Joseph was owner and operator of the Joseph M. Grab Trucking and Excavating of Thornhurst. He was a founding member of the Thornhurst Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, C.A.R.E. of Thornhurst, Pa.; and a member of the North Pocono Tax Payers Association. He was a member of St. Mark’s Church in Thornhurst, and Men of Malvern. He was a former member of St. Rita’s Church in Gouldsboro.

Surviving are his children, Linda M. Scott and husband, Keith, of Thornhurst; Joseph M. Grab Jr., of Thornhurst; Anne K. Parker and husband, David, of Stevens, Pa.; John A. Grab and wife, Mary, of Wellsboro, Pa.; Susan E. Roberto-Saidi and husband, Emmanuel Saidi, of Towson, Md.; Barbara J. de la Vega and husband, Marvin of Chula Vista, Calif.; and Laurie E. Traglia and husband, Frank, of Richfield Springs, N.Y.; 14 grandchildren, Amanda, Bryan and Benjamin Scott, Sarah, Lauren, Luke, Joshua and Katherine Parker, Jessica and Joseph Grab, Alinafe Saidi, Gabrielle and Raphael de la Vega, and Bernadette Traglia; his sister, Eleanor Fakoury; and many nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.

A Mass will be celebrated:
Saturday at 11 a.m. in St. Mark’s Church, Bear Lake Road, Thornhurst, Pa.

Friends may call:
Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church Street, Moscow, Pa.; and
Saturday, 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m., at the church.

Interment with fireman honors will be conducted at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Covington Twp., Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:
The Thornhurst Ambulance, 358 Old River Road, Thornhurst, PA 18424.


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Patricia Ann Cummings

October 7, 2016

 

Patricia Ann “Patty” Cummings, 56, of Moscow, died Friday at her home.

Born Jan. 9, 1960 in Panama, daughter of the late Michael and Mary Finnerty Cummings, Patty was a graduate of Misericordia University and Marywood University, obtaining a master’s degree in education. Before her retirement, Patty was employed as an elementary teacher in the North Pocono School District.

She was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Moscow.

Surviving are her sisters, Kathleen Lewis and husband, John, of Lake Ariel; and Eileen Blizzard and husband, T.J., of Marlboro, Mass.; her brother, James Cummings and wife, Shannon, of New Orleans, La.; and nieces and nephews.

A Mass will be celebrated:
Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Catherine of Siena Church, 220 Church St., Moscow, with the Rev. Robert Simon as celebrant.

Interment will be conducted at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Covington Twp.

Friends may call:
Wednesday, 9 until 10:15 in Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow.

Memorial contributions may be made to:
The Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411.


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Charles Lester Bond

October 7, 2016

 

Charles Lester Bond, 63, of Scranton, passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 at his home in the Plot Section of Green Ridge.

Born Sept. 12, 1953 in Rondo, Ark. to Lessie Mae (Armstrong) Ellis, Charles lived most of his early life in upstate New York and died as a 30-year resident of Scranton, Pa.  Charles was married to his high school sweetheart and cherished wife of 42 years, Debra (Wade) Bond, on Oct. 12, 1974 in Brockport, N.Y.

Along with his wife and mother, he is survived by his son, Kaleigh W. Bond and wife, Terri, of Scranton; his daughter, Kanisha D. Bond and husband, Michael Kayode, of Washington, D.C.; two grandsons, Taylor Bond and Jordin Bond; one brother, Thomas Ellis, of Rochester, N.Y.; and five sisters, Delores Bryant, of Charlotte, N.C.; Linda Bryant, Dorothy Calloway, Doris Counsil and Lisa Bell, all of Rochester, N.Y.; nieces and nephews.

Charles was a graduate of Albion Central High School in Albion, N.Y. and of Niagara University in Niagara Falls, N.Y. with a B.S. in economics.

He worked in inside sales throughout the industrial paper and plastics industry, most notably with Hammermill Papers in Erie, Pa.; Fox River Paper in Appleton, Wis.; Panel Prints in Old Forge, Pa.; and Poly Hi Solidur in Scranton.

Charles was a devoted community member, and loved coaching youth sports, fishing, debate and fresh air. He was a cigar aficionado with a huge heart and an infectious laugh. He will be forever loved and missed.

A visitation and viewing will be conducted:
Tuesday, 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Avenue, Scranton, Pa.


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Robert McWade

October 2, 2016

 

Robert McWade, 60, of Scranton, and formerly of Moscow, died Sunday evening at the Harrison House following a brief illness.

Born Jan. 11, 1956 in Scranton, he was the son of the late John and Margaret (Jones) McWade. He was educated in the North Pocono School District.  He was a member of the Moscow United Methodist Church.

Robert was a kind and compassionate person, who loved music and movies.

Robert is survived by cousins.

Funeral services will be held:
Thursday at 11 a.m. in Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow, with Pastor Eric Luczak as officiating clergy.

Friends and family may call:
Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will be held at Moscow Cemetery, Moscow.


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Mildred P. Guzek

September 29, 2016

 

Mildred P. Guzek, 99, of Scranton, died Thursday morning at Moses Taylor Hospital following a brief illness. Mildred is the widow of George F. Guzek, who died in 1986.

Born Nov. 8, 1916 in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Ignatz and Sophie (Traczak) Lesinski. She was educated in the Scranton schools, and was employed as a seamstress and sales clerk at Scranton Dry Goods Inc. in her early life. Mildred was a member of St. Paul’s Parish in Scranton.

Surviving are her son, George S. Guzek and wife, Sonja of Dunmore; two grandchildren, Thomas J. Guzek Jr. and wife, Lynn; and Carolyn Becker and husband, Gary; three great-grandchildren, Julia Becker, Andrew Becker and Thomas J. Guzek III; her daughter-in-law, Barbara Guzek; and several nieces and nephews.

Mildred was also preceded in death by her son, Thomas J. Guzek in 1984; two brothers; and seven sisters.

A Mass will be celebrated:
Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Paul’s Church, 1510 Penn Ave., Scranton.

Friends may call:
Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave., Scranton.

Interment will be held privately in Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.

Memorial contributions may be made to:
The Moses Taylor Foundation, 150 N. Washington Ave., Scranton, PA 18503.


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David Sean Tobin

October 1, 2016

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David Sean Tobin, 24, of Jefferson Twp., died Saturday evening as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

Born Oct. 15, 1991, in Scranton, he is the son of John and Marie (Doucette) Tobin of Jefferson Twp. David was a graduate of North Pocono High School, and was a proud member of the Jefferson Twp. Volunteer Fire Department, Station 29. He was a member of St. Eulalia’s Church in Roaring Brook Twp.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his brothers, Brian Tobin of Chichester; John Tobin of Chester; and Robert Tobin of Chichester; two sisters, Theresa Tobin of Jefferson Twp.; and Arin Shoemaker of Lansdale; his paternal grandparents, William and Mary Tobin; and nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Mass will be celebrated:
Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Eulalia’s Church, 214 Blue Shutters Road, Roaring Brook Twp.

Interment will be held at:
St. Catherines Cemetery, Covington Twp.

Friends may call:
Tuesday from 5 to 9 p.m. in Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow.

Memorial contributions may be made to:
The Jefferson Twp. Volunteer Fire Company, 405 Cortez Road, Jefferson Twp., PA 18436.


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Lucille Ann Kenny

September 25, 2016
Lucille Ann Kenny, passed peacefully into the arms of the Lord Jesus on September 25, 2016, at the Westchester Medical Hospital Transplant Center, Valhalla, NY. She was surrounded by her loving daughters, Elizabeth and Kathryn and her sister Norine. Her entire family was by her side the day before and at her passing in their thoughts and prayers. We were not ready to let her go, but God had other plans.

Lucy was born in Huntington, Long Island, N.Y. on July 5, 1959 to Eleanor (deceased) and Donald P. Kenny. Her mother called Lucy her “firecracker baby” as she was waiting to give birth to her since July 4th. She was certainly a “firecracker” with a keen sense of humor. She graduated from Walt Whitman High School in Huntington Station, N.Y. in 1977 and from Katherine Gibbs Executive Secretarial School in 1978. She worked for AMICA Insurance Company on Long Island, New Jersey, and finally at the corporate headquarters in Providence, Rhode Island for twenty-three years, retiring in 2002.

Lucy loved to play the guitar and loved to have sing-a-longs with her family. Her favorite movie was the “Sound of Music” and the family would always watch the movie at Thanksgiving and we would all sing along. Her nieces, Jenny and Jackie, have fond memories of her singing “Puff the Magic Dragon” to all of the kids when they were little. She was an ardent fan of the New York Yankees as well as the New York Islanders and the New York Giants. She enjoyed visiting holy shrines with her sister Deborah. Her most profound experience was three years ago at Saint Margaret’s of Scotland Church in Waterbury, Connecticut when she was present as our Lady appeared to Ivan (one of six visionaries that the blessed Mother began appearing to in Medjugorje since June 1981 on a daily basis). She also enjoyed making stationery of photographs she would take of wildlife. Lucy also loved attending Mass and watching EWTN (Catholic Eternal Worldwide Television Network), especially Mother Angelica.

Lucy’s greatest gifts to her family and friends were her love for her daughters and her love for her family, her spitfire sense of humor and her catholic religion.

Lucy leaves to remember her always: her father, Donald, her two loving daughters, Elizabeth and Kathryn. Her four siblings: her brother, Donald; her sisters, Norine Kenny, Deborah (Dave) Costill, and Patricia (John) Mahoney. Her three beloved nieces: Jennifer (Rob) Thompson, Jacqueline (Costill), and Melissa (Edward) Longpre’. Her beloved nephews, John Mahoney and Max Kenny and her beloved grandnieces: Anna Leigh and Katherine Longpre’. Her cousins Gary and Diane Goldschmidt and Francie Goldschmidt-Jamison as well as Marilyn and John Schauder and her beloved childhood friend Rosemarie Hand Ballance.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to all of the healthcare professionals who cared for her: Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, N.Y. and Westchester Medical Hospital Transplant Center, especially the wonderful nurses (guardian angels), Audra, Stephanie and Mary in the MICU and the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Ambulance Service. Special thanks to Pastor Nick Patterson and his wife Pat of Big Bass Lake, Gouldsboro, PA, for their support at this time.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on:
Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 1:30 pm at St. Rita’s Church, Rt. 507(512 Main Street) in Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania with Monsignor David L. Tessler, Diocese of Scranton, PA, officiating.

Interment will take place at a later date at St. Catherine’s Catholic Cemetery in Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania, where she will be buried alongside her mother.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to:
EWTN, 5817 Old Leeds Rd. Irondale, AL 35210-9768.


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Dominick A. Siconolfi

September 21, 2016

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Dominick A. Siconolfi, 84, of Madison Twp., died Wednesday in Hospice of the Sacred Heart Inpatient Unit in Dunmore, following an illness. His wife is the former Mary Ann Fallat. The couple celebrated 60 years of marriage on Aug. 11, 2016.

Born July 16, 1932 in Scranton, he was the son of the late Peter and Christine (DeMatteo) Siconolfi. He was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, where he was a member of the football team. He was the first “Athlete of the Week,” featured in the Scranton Times.

Dominick was an Army veteran, and a member of Company F of the 35th Infantry Combat Regiment serving in Korea during the Korean War. Before his retirement, he was employed for many years at the Globe Store in Scranton, and also at Community Medical Center in the maintenance department. He was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Church in Moscow.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his daughter, Christine A. Shuleski and husband, Rick of Duryea; two sons, Dominick A. Siconolfi and wife, Bonnie of Hammonton, N.J.; and Michael P. Siconolfi and wife, Rose of Dunmore; his brother, Monsignor Constantine V. Siconolfi; and five grandchildren, Erica Siconolfi, Lauren Shuleski, Justin Shuleski, Dominick A. Siconolfi III and Gina Siconolfi; great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Ralph Siconolfi and Michael Siconolfi.

A Mass will be celebrated:
Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Catherine of Siena Church, 220 Church St., Moscow, with Monsignor Contantine Siconolfi, brother of Dominick, as celebrant.

Interment with military honors will be conducted at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Cemetery, Dunmore.

Friends may call:
Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to:
Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 100 William St., Dunmore, PA 18512.


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Theodore E. Frable

September 7, 2016

Theodore E. “Ted” Frable, 86, of Scranton and Florida, and formerly of Moscow, died Wednesday evening. His wife is the former Betty R. Knickerbocker. The couple would have celebrated 67 years of marriage on October 1.

Born Sept. 28, 1929 in the Nay Aug section of Scranton, he was the son of the late William and Bertha (Knowles) Frable. Before his retirement, Ted was employed as an owner/operator truck driver, and had previously been employed by Wayne Crushed Stone of Scranton. He was a member of the Moscow United Methodist Church and Moscow Lodge 504.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Ted enjoyed television westerns, camping, fishing and was known to some as the “bulk hauler.” He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his daughters, Linda J. Guse and husband, Paul of Moscow; and Carole J. Burnett of Covington Twp.; his son, Thomas H. Frable and wife, Marie of Archbald; eight grandchildren, P.J. Guse, Karen “Kiki” Guse, Kelly Bell and husband, Jim; Katie Burnett, Raymond Burnett and wife, Amy; Richard Frable, Leah Hurst and husband, Michael; and Thomas Frable; his brother, Stanley Frable of Old Forge; 13 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers.

A memorial service will be conducted:
Sunday at 5 p.m. in the Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow, with the Rev. Betty Reilly as officiating clergy.

Friends may call:
Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to:
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


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Albert D. Merritt

September 7, 2016

 

Albert D. Merritt, 72, died Wednesday morning at home after an illness. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie J. Merritt.

Born in Towanda, Bradford County, son of the late Frederick Merritt Sr. and Helen Ford. In his younger days, Albert enjoyed employment as an auto mechanic. He had a great love for classic cars.
Albert once stated his greatest accomplishment in life was his family.

Surviving are his three daughters, Sheila Merritt and her fiancé, Frank; Shari Menichello and husband, Paul; Bobbie-Jo Merritt and fiancé, Victor; his two sons, Michael Merritt and wife, Venus; and Norman Merritt and wife, Ashley; his oldest brother, Floyd Merritt; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on:
Sunday from 4 to 6:30 p.m., at the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson St., Scranton.

A memorial service will follow at 6:30.


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Ronald E. Heisler

September 5, 2016

 

Ronald E. Heisler, 59, of Blakeslee passed away peacefully Monday September 5th at his home with his wife and sons at his side. He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years Susan A. (Spitale) Heisler. Born in Cincinnati, OH, he is the son of Catherine Heisler and the late Eugene Heisler.

Ron graduated from LaSalle High School and the University of Louisville. Ron was an employee for Nortel Telecommunications for twenty three years as an electrical engineer, when on January 15, 2004 he was seriously injured suffering from head trauma in an auto accident. He was a member of Christ the King Church in Blakeslee and on their closure St. Maximillian Kolbe Church in Pocono Pines.

Ron’s family wishes to thank everyone who has shown respect, kindness and compassion and treated Ron with dignity throughout these difficult times.

In addition to his wife he is survived by two sons James of Blakeslee, and Joseph of Pittsburgh; (2) sisters: Christine Wheeler and husband Richard of Cincinnati, OH and Nancy Ernst and husband Robert of West Harrison, IN.

A Mass will be celebrated:
Friday at 11:00 am in St. Maximillian Kolbe Parish, Pocono Pines, PA with Rev. Sean G. Carpenter as celebrant.

Interment:
St.Catherines Cemetery, Covington Twp. PA

Friends may call:
Thursday from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm in Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church Street, Moscow, PA


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Anne B. Pencek

September 3, 2016

 

Anne B. Pencek, 94, of Scranton, died Saturday morning at Moses Taylor Hospital. She was the widow of Adolph Pencek, who died in 1965.

Born April 30, 1922 in Scranton, daughter of the late Adolph and Kamilla Tessarek Eberhardt, she was educated in the Lutheran and Scranton schools, and was a lifetime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, where she served for many years volunteering with the Lutheran Braille workers providing Bibles to the blind. Before her retirement, Anne was employed by Scranton National Bank, Manhattan Shirt Co. and Williams Bakery.

A woman of quietly unfailing faith, Anne devoted her life to her church and her family. She derived tremendous pride and untold joy from spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are her daughter and devoted caretaker, Beverly A. Pencek, Scranton; son, Arthur Pencek and wife, Marion, Moscow; three grandchildren, Jennifer Kamla and husband, Gregory, Moscow; Jason Pencek and wife, Erin, Roaring Brook Twp.; and Kimberly McHale and husband, Michael, Dunmore; eight great-grandchildren, Ashley and Samantha Kamla, Anna, Nora and Lila Pencek, and Gavin, Evan and Riley McHale; brother, Arthur Eberhardt and wife, Caroline, Clarks Summit; sister-in-law, Helen Eberhardt, Scranton; and nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Edward Kopicky; and her brothers, Adolph and Victor Eberhardt.

The Pencek family would like to express their most heartfelt gratitude to the staff of the Green Ridge Health Care Center for their most kind and compassionate care.

Funeral services will be:
Friday at 10 a.m. from Immanuel Lutheran Church, 238 Reese St., Scranton, with the Rev. John Zimmerman, pastor, officiating. Interment, Evergreen Cemetery, Dickson City.

Friends may call:
Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave., Scranton.

Memorial contributions may be made to:
Immanuel Lutheran Church, 238 Reese St., Scranton, PA
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Jean Louise Angeli

August 28, 2016

 

Jean Louise Angeli, 87, a resident of Linwood Nursing Center, Scranton, died Aug. 28 after a brief illness. She was the widow of Joseph A. Angeli, who died in 1976.

Born May 15, 1929 in Taylor, daughter of the late William V. and Rachel Sharbaugh Williams, Jean was employed by Sears Inc. as a supervisor before retirement. She was a former member of St. Patrick’s Church in Scranton.

She is survived by her grandsons, Joseph Angeli and husband, Glen Ellis, New York City; and Todd R. Angeli and wife, Rebecca, Dunmore; four great-grandchildren; sister, Marilyn Williams; brother, Peter Williams; and nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Joseph A. Angeli Jr., in 1995; a sister, Anne Bush Weber; and brother, Peter Williams.

Graveside services will be:
Friday at 2 p.m. in Cathedral Cemetery.


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Ruth A. Portas

September 2, 2016

 

Ruth A. Portas, 85, a resident of Madison Twp. since 1964, died peacefully Friday evening at her home. She is the wife of Harold Portas. The couple celebrated 60 years of marriage in August.

Born June 11, 1931 in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Augusta Wolf.
While proudly raising her five children, Ruth was affectionately called “Mrs. P.” by many others who came through the door. Her loving smile, kind heart, encouragement, generosity and quick wit endeared them as their other “Mom.”

Ruth was known for her green thumb in the garden, and was an avid bird watcher. She enjoyed crocheting, watching her favorite TV shows and reading. She was a devoted Eagles, Phillies and Penn State fan. Her family and friends knew not to disturb her while the games were on. Throughout the many trials and challenges of her life, Ruth was never known to complain. She will be dearly missed.

Surviving in addition to her husband are her daughter, Carol Reavely and husband, Dale of New Jersey; and her son, Edward and wife, Cheryl of Madison Twp.; her grandchildren, Paul Reavely and wife, Katelyn; Kendra, Kirk, Zachary and Josey Portas.

Ruth was preceded in death by her sons, David, Frederick and Philip.

A private memorial for family will be conducted. Ruth had a deep respect for the medical profession, and chose to donate her body to medical science.

Memorial contributions may be made to:
Commonwealth Medical College, 525 Pine St., Scranton, PA 18509


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Judith C. Gay

August 29, 2016

 

Judith C. Gay of Tunkhannock, and formerly of Scranton, died Monday at her home following an illness. Her husband is Joseph J. Gay Sr. The couple celebrated 62 years of marriage on Jan. 11, 2016.

Born June 23, 1938 in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Mary (Evanski) Sands. Judith was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She will be dearly missed by her family.

Surviving in addition to her husband are her daughters, Deborah Lee and husband, James of Tunkhannock; and Judith Lewonczyk of Mill City; her sons, Joseph J. Gay Jr. of Jefferson Twp.; and Jodie A. Gay of Scranton; her sister, Mary Ellen Occhipinti of Moosic; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her sons, John Gay, Jeffrey Gay and James Gay.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated:
Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Paul’s Church, 1510 Penn Ave., Scranton.


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James A. Loughman Jr.

August 28, 2016

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James A. Loughman Jr. of Scranton, and formerly of Elmhurst Twp., died Sunday at Geisinger Community Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Loney Loughman, on Nov.11, 2010.

Born Nov. 6, 1959 in Scranton, he was the son of Ann (Calhoun) Loughman of Salem Twp., and the late James A. Loughman Sr. James was a graduate of North Pocono High School, and was an Army veteran. He was employed in maintenance at Idle Hour Lanes in Dickson City.

Surviving in addition to his mother is his daughter, Kelly A. Loughman of Scranton; his sister, Laurie A. Hight of Onancock, Va.; his brother, Gary Loughman and wife, Pamela of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and six nieces, nephews; six great-nieces and nephews; and many cousins.

Graveside services will be:
Thursday at 2 p.m. in Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst Twp.


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Daniel F. Coviello

August 25, 2016

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Daniel F. Coviello, 99, of Moscow, Pa., passed away on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 after a brief illness.

Born on Dec. 2, 1916 in Dunmore, he was the son of the late Vito Antonio and Anna Maria LoRusso Coviello. He was educated in the Dunmore Public School System. He graduated from the Scranton Beauty Academy and studied in Paris, France. He owned and operated Mr. Dan’s Beauty Studio. He became one of Scranton’s most prominent hair stylists.

Daniel was a WWII Army veteran having served from 1942 to 1945 in Africa and the European theater. He was assigned to the 776 Tank Destroyer Battalion and awarded the Bronze Star Medal.

Surviving are a son, Anthony J. Coviello and wife, Marlene. He is also survived by two daughters, Donna M. Newman and husband, John; Vita A. Kamora and husband, Joseph F. Also surviving are grandchildren, Jason J. Kamora; Janeine D. Michalowski and husband, Marc; Mario D. Coviello and wife, Suzanne; Clinton J. and Brooke M. Newman; and seven great-grandchildren, Marina Irene and Luciano Kamora, Salvatore, Isabella and Dominic Coviello, Marisa and Michael Michalowski; two sisters-in-law, MaryAnn Nole Benfante and Shirley Roth Nole; and also cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his beloved wife, Carmella Marie Nole Coviello; four brothers, Leonard, Conio, Andrew and Paul Coviello; five sisters, Margaret Coviello, Lucy Giannetta, Florence Mancino, Marie Albini and infant sister Florence; and great-grandson, Vincenzo M. Coviello.

The funeral will be:
Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 at 11 a.m. with Pastor James Sheridan as officiating clergy in the Duffy and Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church Street, Moscow, Pa.

Friends may call:
Wednesday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home.

Interment with military honors will be conducted at the Moscow Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or donors@stjude.org.


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Carol J. Kitchell

August 23, 2016

 

Carol J. Kitchell of Gouldsboro passed away at home surrounded by loved ones Tuesday evening, the 23rd of August 2016 after a long battle.

Carol retired in 1996 and moved to Florida in 1997. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Kitchell, in 2002, then moved back to Pennsylvania in 2003 to be with her, daughter Elladee.

She enjoyed crocheting, reading books, collecting Cherished Teddies, and watching all her grand and great-grand children grow up.

She is survived by three daughters, Lisa Tucker and husband, Phil, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Tracey Crawford and husband, Mike, Rochester, N.Y.; and Elladee Kuchak and husband, Todd, Gouldsboro; one son, JR Kitchell and wife, Danielle, Akron, N.Y.; seven grandchildren, Kat, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Amanda and Alison, Rochester, N.Y.; Hannah and Ryann, Akron, N.Y.; grandsons, Michael and Matthew, Gouldsboro; and great granddaughter, Zoey, Rochester, N.Y.

Her wishes were to be cremated with no viewings, and her ashes to be spread in the bay in Sarasota, Fla.


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William D. Thomas

August 24, 2016

 

William D. Thomas, 93, of Scranton, died Wednesday at Hospice of the Sacred Inpatient unit in Dunmore, following an illness. His wife is the former Mary E. Richmond. The couple would have celebrated 69 years of marriage on Sept. 27.

Born April 13, 1923 in Scranton, he was the son of the late David and Anna (Thiede) Thomas. Bill was a Navy veteran, serving during World War II in the Philippines and Australia. He was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business. Before his retirement, Bill was employed as a manager with the Department of Welfare for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

As a youth, Bill was very active in scouting, and received the rank of Eagle Scout. He was a three time National Roller Skating Champion, and was past president of the United States Roller Skating Association. His roller skating took him to every continent and 49 of the 50 states. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman, and was a long time member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Scranton.

Surviving in addition to his wife are seven nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted:
Monday at 10 a.m. in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave., Scranton. Entombment and military honors will be conducted at Fairview Memorial Park.

Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:
The Boy Scouts of America, 72 Montage Mountain Road, Moosic, PA 18507


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Sharon B. Gifford

August 21, 2016
 

Sharon B. Gifford, 66, of Greentown, died Sunday at her home.

Born May 31, 1950 in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late James H. and Florence (Pierrepont) Gifford. Earlier in her life, she was a switchboard operator at Wyckoff Heights Hospital in Brooklyn, and Brunswick Hospital in Amityville, N.Y. She later became a full-time homemaker and devoted her time in raising her two daughters. She was known by her family and friends for her generous nature. She helped many people including strangers out of the kindness of her heart.

Surviving are her companion of 30 years, Louis Tucci, Greentown; daughters, Amy L. Naeem and husband, Mohammad, Copiague, N.Y.; and Carolyn Kunkel, Amityville, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Sarah, Farooq, Farrah and Humaira; sisters, Mary Ann Swingle, Eileen Gifford, Jamie Lukeski, Carolyn Gjoka and Kathleen Rhodes; brothers, Norman Gifford, Kenneth Gifford, Daniel Gifford and James Gifford; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her brothers, George Gifford and Robert Gifford.

Funeral services will be:
Saturday at 12:30 p.m. from Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow.

Interment:
Pine Grove Cemetery, South Sterling Twp.

Friends may call:
Saturday, 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m


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John M. Glaser

August 10, 2016

 

John M. Glaser, 59, of Dunmore, died Wednesday at his home. His wife is Dr. Mary Ann DeSando. The couple celebrated eight years of marriage on July 4.

Born June 18, 1957 in Pittsburgh, son of Geraldine Klink Glaser, Dunmore, and the late John B. Glaser, John a 1975 graduate of North Pocono High School, was employed by Price Chopper of Dunmore and was formerly employed in management by Blockbuster Video.

John was an active member of Rotary District 7410 for many years, serving as assistant governor. He was a former member of the Rotary Club of North Scranton and the Rotary Club of North Pocono.

John was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Dunmore, and formerly a member of St. Catherine’s Church in Moscow. He was a converted and devoted Dunmore Bucks football fan, and a proud member of “Friends of the Bucks.” He was also a loyal New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

John was a wonderful person who truly loved people. His smile and wit were infectious, and had a relaxed and gracious attitude towards everyone he ever met. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Also surviving are his sister, Karen M. Booth and husband, Michael, Enfield, Conn., and their sons, Justin and Ryan Booth; brothers, Thomas C. Glaser and wife, Suzanne, of Florida, N.Y., and their twin sons, Jared and Jonathon Glaser; and Matthew A. Glaser and wife, Donna, of Demorest, Ga., and their daughters, Emily Glaser Young and Jessica Glaser; his brothers-in-law, David DeSando and wife, Denise, of Fredericksburg, Va., and their children, Jeremy and AnnMarie DeSando; and Michael DeSando and wife, Lori, of Dunmore, and their children, Colby, Jillian and Emma DeSando – “the apples of his eye.” He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated:
Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 322 Chestnut St., Dunmore.

Friends will be received:
Tuesday 8:30 from 9:30 at the church.

Inurnment will be conducted at the Mausoleum at St. Catherine’s Cemetery.

In death as in life John gave to others and was an organ donor prior to cremation. His life will continue to help others.

In honor of John’s spirit of love, laughter, smiles and rays of sunshine, if at all possible we ask that all those attending the service avoid black attire. John has found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow of life. May we all fill the church for the celebration of his life with those colors.

Memorial contributions can be made to: The Rotary Foundation Polio Plus Program, www.polioplus.us; or
The Friends of the Bucks, 210 S. Apple St., Dunmore, PA 18512


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Harry L. Schiefer

August 6, 2016

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Harry L. Schiefer, 77, of Lehigh Township, Gouldsboro, PA and formerly of Bucks County died peacefully Saturday in the comfort of his home with the family he loved. His wife is the former Bonnie Clark, the couple celebrated 45 years of marriage on May 27th.

Born September 28, 1938 in Trevose, PA, he was the son of the late Ira and Evelyn Schiefer. He was a Navy veteran and worked hard for his family at Shutte & Koerting for 35 years. He cherished time spent with his beloved wife Bonnie, daughter Theresa son in-law Roger and Grandson Chase. He always had a smile to share and was of the Lutheran Faith.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his daughter Theresa E. Bancroft and husband Roger of Yardley, PA; two step-children; grandchildren: Chase Bancroft, Justin, Danielle, and Nicole; and his sister Blanche Kerber of Bristol, PA; and nieces and nephews.

Services and military honors will be conducted:
Friday at 10:00 am in Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Road, Newtown, PA


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Janice Hawk Liddic

August 8, 2016

 

Janice Hawk Liddic of Clarks Summit made her transition on Aug. 8, 2016.

Born in Scranton, in 1954, she was the daughter of Louise Horger Hawk and the late Elmer Hawk. She graduated in 1972 from North Pocono High School, and in 1976 from Lock Haven University. She married her college sweetheart, Steve, in the summer of 1976, and they shared a 40 year marriage. They are the proud parents of three children, who are the cornerstone of their lives.

Janice enjoyed 29 years working in the Marketing/Retail branch of the family business, Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, along with her siblings and extended family. After leaving Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, she worked at the Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania for five years as the event coordinator. Her keen organizational abilities made her a skilled event planner. She arranged innumerable events and parties for work, family and friends.

Janice had a lifelong interest in philanthropy and helping others. Nowhere was this more evident than in her continuous work on behalf of animals and animal rescue. She volunteered at local shelters, fostered kittens and was involved with the Trap/Neuter/Return movement for community “feral” cats. She founded the family foundation, Gathering Place Animal Rescue, in 2008, which provides assistance for spay/neuter and which, to date, has provided these services for more than 2,000 local cats.

Janice felt lucky to have such a strong circle of friends in her life, including her college chums, “The Creamettes,” with whom she enjoyed yearly trips and adventures, the Clarks Summit Playgroup, Book Club Girls and countless others. All of her friends knew that, on visiting Janice, they should be ready for her to don her red glasses and dive into the latest goings-on in their lives. The reward for them was the wisdom and love she would impart.

An uncommonly lucky card player, Janice was both loved and feared at the card table, and was the winner of many family card tournaments. She was also an avid fan of the Philadelphia Phillies, supporting them during their good times and bad.

Janice spent the winter months enjoying the sun, family and friends at her Cape Coral, Fla., home. In the summer, she held court poolside at her home in Clarks Summit, and at the family’s Pine Creek cottage, the Lucky Duck. Janice enjoyed working on jigsaw puzzles, walking her dog and reading.

Surviving are her husband, Steve, Clarks Summit; children, Adrienne, Connor and wife, Caroline, Philadelphia; and Spencer and girlfriend, Ashley Abda, New York, N.Y.; also, mother, Louise Horger Hawk; siblings, David Hawk and wife, Anne, Dunmore; Nancy Hawk; and Robert Hawk, Elmhurst; brother-in-law, David Liddic and wife, Kathy, Williamsport; sister-in-law, Kathy McKibben and husband, Craig; and many nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by her faithful canine companion, Parker; and cats, Tucker, Truman, Tibbs and Quinn.

A celebration of life service will be held on:
Saturday, Aug. 13 at 1 p.m. at the Countryside Community Church, 14011 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit.

Friends may call from:
10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to:
Janice’s foundation, Gathering Place Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 201, Chinchilla, PA 18411.


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Barbara “Bunny” Ahrens

July 24, 2016

 

Barbara “Bunny” Ahrens, age 80, of Honesdale, formerly of Westbury, NY, passed peacefully at home surrounded by her family on July 24, 2016 following a life of benevolence and kindness.

Born in Bronx, NY to the late John and Mae Murphy. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Robert, brother Donald and grandson Matthew.

Cherished mom of Jeanne Calabrese(Ed) Milford, PA; Bob Ahrens(Jessica)Norwich, CT; Bill Ahrens Centereach, NY; Kathy Conigliaro(Mike) Levittown, NY; and her devoted dog, Molly.

Beloved Mom-Mom/Grandma Bunny to fourteen grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many grand-pets.

She was a secretary for Aetna Life & Casualty for many years. Her love of volunteering included The Columbiettes Holy Innocents Council, Levittown, NY and working as a respite provider for Wayne Memorial Hospice. She loved to travel and decorate her home for the Holidays. Friends from The Betty Boop Red Hats of Hawley, Grace Episcopal Church and Trackside Grill held a special place in her heart.

A special thank you to the Wayne Memorial Hospice team for the unforgettable love and care given to Barbara during the past year.

Visitation will be held:
Noon on Saturday July 30th at Grace Episcopal Church, Honesdale.

Mass will be conducted:
1:00 pm on Saturday July 30th at Grace Episcopal Church, Honesdale.

Interment will be private.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers memorials be made in Barbara’s name to:
Grace Episcopal Church Outreach, 827 Church St, Honesdale, Pa 18431 or
Dessin Animal Shelter, 138 Miller Dr. Honesdale, Pa 18431


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Sandra K. Howe

July 23, 2016

 

Sandra K. Howe, 69, a lifelong resident of Scranton, passed away Saturday after a courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, William Howe.

Born Dec. 24, 1946 in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Calvin and Maryann (Parry) Comstock.

Surviving in addition to her husband are her six children, Robert Harvey of Scranton; Barbara DiMauro and husband, John of Scranton; Maryann Harvey of Scranton; Brandy Tanana and husband, Tim of Throop; Stacy Howe of McBee, S.C.; and Mindy Connor and husband, Philip of Eagleville, Pa.; her sister-in-law, Diana Comstock of Scranton; 17 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and aunts. She is also survived by her very spoiled dog, Harley.

Sandra was preceded in death by her sister, Mary “Cookie” Comstock; and her brother, Robert Comstock, on May 31, 2016.

Friends will be received on:
Wednesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave., Scranton.

Interment will be conducted privately at Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst Twp.


 

Thomas E. Bojnoski

July 23, 2016

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Thomas E. Bojnoski, 68, of Gouldsboro, passed away Saturday at Allied Skilled Care following a lengthy illness. His wife of 42 years is the former Judith A. Freach.

Born March 6, 1948 in Scranton, he was the son of the late Stanley T. and Mary H. (Patchcoski) Bojnoski. Thomas graduated from North Pocono High School, and served in the Army Reserves. Before his retirement, he was employed at the Tobyhanna Army Depot for 38 years. He was a member of St. Rita’s Church in Gouldsboro.

Thomas was a loving husband, father and grandfather, brother and friend. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his wife are his sons, Jonathan Paul Bojnoski and fiancée, Brittany Edwards; and Jeffrey Thomas Bojnoski; his brother, Edward Bauer and wife, Brenda; and sister, Susan Knorr and husband, Terry; and his granddaughter, Aubrey Marie Bojnoski, who he cherished. He is also survived by additional grandchildren, aunts, uncles; nephews and cousins.

A blessing service will be conducted:
Tuesday at 8 p.m. in Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow, Pa.

Friends may call:
Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.


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Frank Kamarauskas Sr.

July 15, 2016

 

Frank Kamarauskas Sr., 75, of Scranton, died Friday evening at Allied Skilled Nursing Center in Scranton, following an illness. His wife of 53 years is the former Sandra Johnson.

Born Nov. 1, 1940 in Scranton, he was the son of the late Joseph F. and Elizabeth Ann (Vilikas) Kamarauskas. He was educated in the Scranton schools, and before his retirement, he was employed as a machine operator with Chesapeake Corporation of Scranton. Frank was a member of St. Paul’s Parish in Scranton, and the Tauras Club.

He enjoyed bowling, belonging to many bowling leagues throughout the years. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, who especially enjoyed time with his family. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and loved gardening. He was known to compete with his neighbors for growing the largest and best vegetables.

Frank’s family would like to extend thanks to Dr. Paul Remick, Allied Skilled Care and Ascera Care Hospice for their wonderful care and compassion.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his sons, Frank Kamarauskas Jr. of Scranton, and companion, Robin Perkoski; and grandson, Dustin of Jefferson Twp.; Jeffrey Kamarauskas and wife, Debbie of Scranton; and Daniel Kamarauskas and fiancée, Amanda Toye; and granddaughter, Reagan Kamarauskas of Jefferson Twp.

He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Nancy Ragalla and Carole Lipchus.

A Mass will be celebrated:
Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Paul’s Church, 1510 Penn Ave., Scranton.

Visitation will be conducted privately by the family.

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