Obituaries 7/2015- 12/2015

 

 

 

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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Obituaries July, 2015 – December, 2015


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Viola Rodney

December 25, 2015

Viola Rodney, 61, of Scranton died December 25, 2015 at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton.

Born August 9, 1954 in Phillipsburg, NJ , she is the daughter of the late Lewis and Eleanor Matlock. Viola was employed by Maidrite Steak Company of Dunmore.

Surviving are her sons: Paul Hughes of Kingsley, PA; John R. Hughes of Scranton; her daughter Christina Hughes-Butler of Clifford, PA; her brothers Lewis, Robert, Joseph, and Russell; and sisters Betty, Lois, Carol, and Grace; (7) grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

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


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Goff Nutter, Jr.

December 30, 2015

Goff (Honey) Nutter, a resident of Clarks Summit Senior Living and formerly of Madison Township, died Wednesday evening surrounded by his family and longtime companion, Katy Frank, in the VNA Hospice Unit at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton, Pa., following a brief illness. His wife, Louise M. Zimmerman Nutter, preceded him in death in 2003.

Born August 28, 1923 in Salem, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Goff Nutter and Orpha (Burr) Nutter. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving with the 710th Tank Battalion during World War II. Because of his service, he was granted lifetime membership in the Sperry-Davis VFW Post 9151 in Salem, W.Va. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a technician in the glass manufacturing industry in Clarksburg and Salem, W.Va.

During the last 12 years living in Pennsylvania, Honey enjoyed spending more time with family and friends, especially those from the North Pocono Senior Community Center in Daleville. His family will always treasure the memories of their annual trips to Ocean City, Md. that included four generations. Honey’s contagious smile and easygoing attitude was enjoyed by all he encountered, including Lou the Duck. His outgoing, friendly nature made a lasting impression on all who knew him.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the kind and compassionate staff at Clarks Summit Senior Living. Their gentle and loving approach to their jobs made Honey’s time there more comfortable and home-like for all. Additionally, the family extends a heartfelt thank you to all physicians and staff of GCMC and the Geisinger Health System for the care they provided Honey.

Surviving are his daughter, Sandra Sue Zaffino and husband, Sam of Madison Township, Pa.; his son, John L. Nutter and wife, Barbara of Bridgeport, W.Va.; four grandchildren, Elizabeth Mitchell, Emily Zaffino, David Zaffino and Rebecca Lane; and Mitchell, Emily Zaffino, David Zaffino and Rebecca Lane and five great-grandchildren, Ryan Zaffino, Justin Zaffino, Colin Zaffino, Emily Mitchell and Gabe Gomez.

Goff was preceded in death by his brother, Blaine; and sister, Janet Davis.

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

Interment will be conducted at Floral Hills Memorial Garden in Mount Clare, W.Va.

Arrangements entrusted to Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home of Moscow, Pa.

Because of Honey’s love of animals, memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s local Humane Society.



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Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Masters

December 24, 2015

Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Masters, 74, of Sugar Run, Bradford County, died Thursday at her home.

Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late George and Lela (George) Hoffman. She was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, and was employed for several years at Golo Shoe of Dunmore. When she moved to Wyalusing, she operated a child day care for many years. Betty loved caring for children, and cherished her work. She also worked in a factory, nursing home, Dandy Lion and did home health nursing.

People were the most important to Betty, and they enjoyed her friendship. She was an active member of the Wyalusing American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed dancing at the Black Walnut Legion, and was a terrific dancer. She was also a member of the Sugar Run Presbyterian Church. Betty enjoyed daily walks, growing plants and caring for her cat, Elvis, and attending family reunions.

Surviving are her son, Ronnie Masters and wife, Cathy; daughters, Michele Tague and husband, Kenny; and Cherl Chamberlin and husband, Ben; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; her brother, Bobby Hoffman and wife, Ann, who were very supportive; and her loving sister, Barbara Lutz and husband, George.

She was also preceded in death by her brother, Richard Hoffman.

A memorial service will be conducted at a later date at the Sugar Run Presbyterian Church.

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


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Ellen Parfrey Cardona

December 23, 2015

Ellen Parfrey Cardona, “Gram,” 81, died Wednesday after a brief illness. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert T. Parfrey Sr.; her grandson, Bobby Parfrey; and a brother, James Larose.

Surviving are her children, Robert T. Parfrey Jr. and wife, Donna, Scranton; and Donna Kopicki, Factoryville; four grandchildren, Jennie Barrese, Brooklyn Twp; Amye Archer, Scott Twp.; Dawn Parfrey, Scranton; and John Robert Parfrey, Scranton; and four great-grandchildren, Sydney, Samantha, Penelope and Abby Mae.

A gifted seamstress, Gram spent her life as a proud member of the I.L.G.W.U. After retirement, she spent the last 20 years with Aramark, serving students in the cafeteria at the University of Scranton.

A life-long resident of Scranton, Gram was no fan of “gallivanting” and rarely ventured outside of her hometown. She was also not a fan of “carousing,” except for that one time when she went to the Big A, had a Tom Collins and hijinks ensued. Gram did approve of shopping trips to Gerrity’s (Keyser Oak only), ironing her sheets and towels, and cleaning with bleach.

A child of the depression, Gram was a pioneer of recycling, often washing and drying shopping bags, Ziploc bags and deli containers. Also a pioneer of the new age movement, Gram had been an amateur astrologer since the 50s, and dozens of people would visit her to seek her unique brand of wisdom. A Gemini, with a Virgo rising, Gram was fiercely independent, smart and resourceful. She could re-wire a lamp, fix any small motor and even laid her own sidewalks.

When Gram wasn’t starting social movements, she enjoyed spending time with her friends, family and especially her twin great-granddaughters, Samantha Ellen and Penelope Pearl, who were the “apple of her eye.” Gram was a mentor, a friend and the best mother, grandmother and great-grandmother you’d ever find. She left an indelible mark on the lives of everyone she knew, and she will be missed every single day.

A public memorial service will be held:
Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave., Scranton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Gram’s name to:
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 10000 Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.


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Bertha H. Boris

December 21, 2015

Bertha H. Boris, 96, of Scranton died Monday morning at the Linwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Scranton, where she was a guest.

Born April 9, 1919 in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Alice (Sczykowski) Boris. She was educated in the Scranton schools, and prior to her retirement, was employed by the former Scranton Lace Company. Bertha was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish, and was a member of St. Stanislaus Church in Scranton, prior to the church’s closing.

Surviving are her sister Lucille J. Rieder of Scranton; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her brothers Walter Boris, Dominick Boris, and Joseph Boris.

Graveside services and Interment will be conducted:
Wednesday at 11:30 am in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Scranton, PA


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Brian T. Langan

December 14, 2015

Brian T. Langan, 56, of Covington Twp., died Monday at his home following a brief illness. His wife of 31 years is the former Tammy S. Miller.  Born Oct. 10, 1959 in Sayre, he is the son of Jack and Renee (Gibney) Langan of Sayre.

Brian was a graduate of Sayre High School and Kings College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in computers and marketing. He was employed by Met Life as director of applications. He was a member of the Moscow Sportsmen’s Club and attended St. Catherine’s Church in Moscow. Brian was truly dedicated to helping others in quiet, but meaningful ways. He was generous with his time, talent and treasure, or to lend a helping hand. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Surviving in addition to his wife and parents are his son, John A. Langan and wife, Courtney, San Diego, Calif.; his daughter, Molly A. Langan, and fiancé, Patrick Threadgill, Philadelphia; his brothers, Jack Langan, Spencer, N.Y.; and Michael Langan, Sayre; and his sister, Mary Hurley and husband, Larry, Athens; and his granddaughter, Quinn A. Threadgill.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Maureen Langan; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated:
Saturday at 11 a.m. in St. Catherines Church, 220 Church St., Moscow.

Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m.

Memorial contributions can be made to:
Shes The First at wwwshesthefirst.org or
Friends of the Poor, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509.


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Christopher F. Graff Jr.

December 13, 2015

Christopher F. Graff Jr., 30, of Dunmore, died Sunday.

Born Aug. 24, 1985 in Scranton, son of Christopher and Diane Wall Graff of Dunmore, Chris was a graduate of Dunmore High School and was a 2007 graduate of Mansfield University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in history. While at Mansfield University, Chris received the “Man of the Year” award from the history department. He was the news director at the campus radio station. Chris was employed by Techicolor of Olyphant. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Scranton.

Chris was the best and loving son, brother and friend anyone could ask for. He loved to make people laugh and was known for his “old soul.” Chris was an avid antique collector, and had great knowledge regarding the RMS Titantic. He is now enjoying a cup of tea with his grandmother.

He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Also surviving are his brothers, John Graff, Northampton; Phillip Graff, Dunmore; and Daniel Graff, Dunmore; his sister, Jenna Graff, Dunmore; his paternal grandmother, Connie Graff, Dunmore; aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Dorothy Wall and John Waligunda; and his aunt, Janice Wall.

A blessing service will be conducted:
Saturday at 9 a.m. in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave., Scranton.

Friends may call:
Friday, 4 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home

Interment will be conducted at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Scranton.


 

 

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Christopher Walton

December 13, 2015

Christopher Walton, 44, of Scranton, died Sunday morning from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. His wife is the former Georganna Volinsky.Born Sept. 26, 1971 in Scranton, son of the late Robert Walton and the late Janet Conlon, Chris was educated in the Scranton schools and attended Scranton Technical High School. He was a member of the Scranton Pool League and coached the West Side Falcons football team and the Tripp Park Miss-E League for many years.

He will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Also surviving are his son, Dylan C. Walton; and daughter, Emily E. Walton; his sister, Laura Marx and husband, Matthew, Scranton; his stepson, David LaVerne, Scranton; niece, Madalyn Marx; his aunt, Judy Arthur and husband, Chet, Jacksonville, Fla.; and his best friend, James “Ski” Kelminsky.

Funeral services will be conducted:
Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave., Scranton.

Friends may call:
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst Twp.


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Paul E. Molter

December 13, 2015

Paul E. Molter, 81, of Scranton, died Sunday at his home following an illness.

Born Dec. 18, 1933 in Elmhurst Twp., he was the son of the late Peter and Hazel (Vittleman) Molter.

Paul was an Army veteran, serving in the infantry during the Korean War. Before his retirement, he was employed as a manager for Sears Auto Parts. Paul was a gentle warrior who walked a beautiful Christian path. He was square and generous to others, and had a great love of children. He enjoyed the outdoors, boxing and football. He was self educated about all the important aspects of life. He was the last survivor of his brothers and sisters. He will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his son, Paul F. Molter, Scranton; his grandchildren, John Paul Godino, David Godino, Patrick Molter, Daniel Molter and Peter Molter; and his former wife, Frances Molter.

He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Nancy Molter; and his granddaughter, Melinda Godino; and his brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be conducted:
Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave., Scranton, with his son, Paul, as officiating clergy.

Friends may call:
Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Interment with military honors, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst Twp.


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Kern M. Newbold

December 9, 2015

Kern M. Newbold, 73, of Madison Twp, PA and formerly of Wading River, NY, died Wednesday morning at St. Mary’s Villa Nursing Home in Elmhurst Twp. PA following an illness. His adoring wife of 51 years is the former Carol Bercier.

Born May 23, 1942 in Shreveport, LA, he is the son of the late Charles and Louise (Hegeman) Newbold. Prior to his retirement, Kern was employed as a Mason, and resided in Sea Cliff, NY with his family.

Surviving in addition to his wife are (3) daughters: Jeanne Kopyta and husband Frank of Gouldsboro PA, Karen Lanzirotti and husband Tony of Naperville, IL, and Kim Tyson and husband Rob of Landing, NJ; (2) brothers: John Robin Newbold, and Charles Newbold; his sister Ione Battles; (6) grandchildren Frank, Kern, Sarah, Duncan, Elizabeth, and Kyle.

He was preceded in death by his son Kern M. Newbold Jr. and his sister Jeanne.

Private services were conducted at Duffy and Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church Street, Moscow, Pennsylvania, at the convenience of the family.


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Chester Frank Kulesa

December 4, 2015

Chester Frank Kulesa, 90, a resident of Scranton, died Friday, December 4, at the VNA Hospice at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton.

Born in Mayfield on December 19, 1924, he was the son of the late John and Josephine Rutkowski Kulesa. Chester was a veteran of the U.S. Army, inducted on August 11, 1943 and honorably discharged September 12, 1951. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and was the recipient of the Good Conduct, American Theater Service, World War II Victory and Korean Service medals. Prior to his retirement, he was a journeyman machine operator at Haddon Craftsmen in the bindery department. Chester was a member of St. Clare’s and St. Paul’s Churches, Scranton. He was a quiet man who was gifted with many skills and interests including fishing, gardening and music, which he shared with his family.

Surviving are his loving wife of sixty-one years, Arlene Caffrey Kulesa; five children, Chester and his wife, Deilsie Heath Kulesa, Greenfield Township; David, Scranton; Elaine Perry, Nicholson; Karen Benko and her husband, Bruce, East Benton; and Stephen, Scranton; four grandchildren, Joshua and his wife, Kathleen; Samuel Perry; Bruce and his fiancée, Courtney; and Bridget Benko; one great-grandchild, Bennett Benko; three sisters, Helen Cerra, Mary Ann Gurz; and Eleanor Conrad and her husband, Frank; sisters-in-law, Leona Kulesa, Scranton; and Rita Kulesa, Florida; cousins, nieces and nephews.

Three brothers, Joseph, John, Frank; two brothers-in-law, Anthony Cerra and Joseph Gurz; sister-in-law, Estelle; and nephew, Joseph, preceded him in death.

The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to Dr. Wayne Weston, HHCP and VNA Hospice.

The funeral will be:
Monday, December 14, at St. Paul’s Church, on the corner of Penn Avenue and Marion Street, Scranton. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. with the funeral Mass following at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:
The Anthracite Heritage Museum Associates, McDade Park, 22 Bald Mountain Road, Scranton, PA 18504.


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David J. Reeves

December 2, 2015

David J. Reeves, 67, of Spring Brook Twp., died Wednesday at his home. His wife is the former Mary Biondo.

Born Aug. 27, 1948 in Fitchburg, Mass., he was the son of the late Ralph J. and Natalie (Gilley) Reeves. David was a Navy veteran, serving during the Vietnam War.

He was a graduate of the New York Institute of Technology, and for the past 25 years was owner and president of B.R. Linwell Inc., of Spring Brook Twp.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his step-sons, Matthew Deiter, Wilkes-Barre; and Steven Deiter, Lake Ariel; dear friends, Anita and Ralph Haering, Tannersville.

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


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Terry L. Fritz

December 5, 2015

Terry L. Fritz, 71, of Scranton, died Saturday at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital after an illness. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara McCarthy.

Born Oct. 1, 1944, in Stroudsburg, son of the late Edgar and Margaret Cramer Fritz, he was an Air Force veteran serving from 1965 until 1968. Before his retirement, Terry was employed as a materials specialist at the Tobyhanna Army Depot. Terry was a member of the VFW and the American Legion.

Surviving are his daughter, Kelly Ann McCarthy and fiancé, Chris, Scranton; son, Michael McCarthy, Scranton; brother, Neil Fritz and wife, Ginger, Pocono Summit; and nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his sister, Gloria Gilbert; and brother, Donald B. Fritz.

Visitation and military honors will be conducted:
Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave., Scranton.

Interment will follow in Swiftwater Cemetery, Pocono Twp.


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Lona E. Codick

November 30, 2015

Lona E. Codick, 76, of Clarks Summit, died Friday at her home. She was the widow of Stanley Codick.

Born Dec. 17, 1938, in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Lona Lisowski. Before her retirement, she was employed at St. Joseph’s Center in Scranton and had previously worked in the local garment industry. She was a former member of Peace Lutheran Church, Scranton.

Surviving are her sons, Joseph Codick, Dale Codick; and William E. Codick and wife, Tracy, all of Scranton; a granddaughter, Samantha Leigh Codick; two brothers, Leon Lisowski, Scranton; and Ernest Kent, Florida; sister, Alma Altier, Binghamton, N.Y.; and nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Michael; sister, Ruth; and brother, Joseph.

Funeral services will be Friday at 11:30 a.m. in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave., Scranton, with the Rev. Kristian Bjornstad as officiating clergy. Interment, Evergreen Cemetery, Dickson City.

Friends may call Friday from 9:30 to 11:30.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family, c/o 410 Charles St., Scranton, PA 18508.


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Donald E. Welsch

November 22, 2015

Donald E. Welsch, formerly of Scranton, died on November 22, 2015 at the age of 92 at St. Mary’s Villa Residence, Elmhurst. He was the son of the late John C. and Edith Welsch and husband of the late Marion Howells Welsch formerly of scranton, to whom he was happily married for 66 years.

A graduate of Scranton Central High School, he served in the 102th infantry during World War II and received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for combat in Germany. He joined Wesel Manufacturing Company as a machinist in 1947 and, amazingly, retired from the same company as its president.

He was a longtime member of Concord United Church of Christ, formerly Dr. Jones Memorial UCC and later of the Providence Presbyterian Church. He was a member of Hyde Park Lodge #339 F&AM, Keystone Consistory, Irem Temple, the choral group Young at Heart and North Scranton Rotary. He was a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International.

He developed a love of sailing as a young boy at Wrighter Lake, Susquehanna County, where he continued to spend his summers until shortly before his death. His greatest sailing experiences, however, were the long cruises on the Chesapeake Bay that he shared every spring and fall with his beloved wife on their sailboat, the Mary Anne.

An accomplished jazz trumpet player, he played for many decades throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania and was a founding member of the Irem Temple Jazz Band.

He is survived by a brother, Welland; a son, John (Jack) and his wife, Linda, Roaring Brook Twp.; son, Tom and his wife, Rhonda, Fairport, N.Y.; and son, David and his wife, Dianne, Oswego, N.Y. Also surviving are grandchildren, Don; Stephen and wife, Krista; Peter and wife, Elizabeth; Eric; Matthew and husband, Joel; Ashley and Tory; and great-grandchildren, Julian, Madison, Noah, Althea, Katherine and Gillian; and his very special friend, Nancy Miller.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Eleanor Smith; and a daughter-in-law, Jean Welsch.

The family would like to give special thanks to the administration and staffs of St. Mary’s Villa Residence, Hospice of the Sacred Heart and Caregivers America for offering outstanding care and compassion.

Friends may call from:
4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24th at the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Avenue, Scranton

All are welcome to funeral service to be held in the chapel of St. Mary’s Villa Residence, 1 Pioneer Place, Elmhurst, Pa. at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:
St. Mary’s Villa Residence, 1 Pioneer Place, Elmhurst, PA 18444; or to
Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.


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Angelina Castagna

November 19, 2015

Angelina, also known as Dolly or Dottie, entered into her peace filled existence on Nov. 19, 2015. She was predeceased in 1987 by her dedicated husband, Peter.

Dottie cared for her father-in-law, her parents and four of her seven siblings, as well as her two children, Vicky of Madison Twp.; and Sal of Sterling Twp.

After years of struggling to exist and survive in Brooklyn, N.Y., Dottie relocated to Freehold, N.J., where she lived a more deserving life with her friends, including her childhood friend, Ruby. After three serious bouts with illnesses, Dottie moved in with her daughter, Vicky, and Ruth Connolly, who tended to her every need. She became an avid reader and came to enjoy the beauty of her surroundings. A member of St. Catherine of Sienna RC Church, she watched Mass on television. Dottie struggled to maintain her independence, but after months of breathing treatments, she peacefully surrendered to her illness.

Dottie received excellent care from Dr. Julie Speicher, Midge and the staff of the Hospice of the Sacred Heart. Dottie will truly be missed by her friends, the Connolly’s, who became her family, and her children.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated:
Monday at 11 a.m. in St. Catherine of Siena Church, 220 Church St., Moscow.

Friends may call:
Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Interment will be conducted privately at Moravian Cemetery, Staten Island, N.Y.

Memorial contributions can be made to:
Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 340 Montage Mountain Road, Moosic, PA 18507.


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Magdalene Prendergast

November 17, 2015

Magdalene Prendergast, 74, of Scranton, died Tuesday at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton after an illness. She was the widow of Patrick Prendergast.

Born July 23, 1941 in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late John and Nellie Slavinskas Gataveskas. Before her retirement, she had been employed as a machine operator with Eureka Printing and Specialty Printing of Scranton. She was a former member of St. Joseph’s Church in North Scranton, and had attended St. Patrick’s Church in West Scranton. She was a member of the ladies auxiliary of VFW Post 25, the Tauras Club and a life member of the Polish Club, all of Scranton.

Surviving are her son, Patrick Prendergast, Scranton; brother, Robert Gataveskas, Throop; sister-in-law, Leona Gataveskas, Scranton; and nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her son, John; daughter, Brenda; sister, Eleanor Lisko; and brother, Anthony Gataveskas.

A blessing service will be conducted:
Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave., Scranton.

Interment will be private in St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow.

Friends may call:
Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:
St. Joseph’s Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509.


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Arthur S. Palladino

November 16, 2015

Arthur S. Palladino, 95, died Monday, November 16, 2015. His wife of over 60 years, the former Helen Mruz died in 2006.

Born in New York City, he lived in Brooklyn most of his life, before retiring to Florida in 1980. Since 2006 he resided in New Jersey to be near his niece and nephew.

Arthur was a US Army World War II veteran, serving in the Pacific Theatre of War.He was a member of the Teamsters Union, and was of the Roman Catholic faith.

Surviving are nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.

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

Military honors will follow the services.

Interment will be conducted privately at Gethsemane Cemetery – Congers, NY


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Judith Gowell Harrington

November 12, 2015

Judith Gowell Harrington, 99, of Dunmore died Thursday morning at the Green Ridge Health Care Center following an illness.

She was the widow of Thomas Harrington who died in March 24, 2003 and Nicholas L. Gowell who died March 21, 1986.

Born August 23, 1916 in Austin, PA, she was the daughter of Michael C. and Anna Kostick Sedonic. She was educated in the Scranton schools,
and was a member of St. Paul’s Parish in Scranton.

Judith was very family orientated, and a wonderful and elegant hostess, and was always impeccably dressed. She loved to read and enjoyed homemaking.  Judy, called Aunt Jule by her family, was very proud of her daughter and family. She had the distinction of receiving an honorary alumni status with the Marywood college class of 1957. She was a former president of the Elmhurst Country Club Ladies Auxiliary.

Surviving are her daughter Cynthia Gowell of Dunmore; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her sisters Mary Ann Clifford. Helen Watson and Alice Carleton; and her brother Michael J. Sedonic.

Funeral services will be conducted on:
Monday at 9:00 am from the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Avenue, Scranton, PA with a Mass to follow at 10:00 am in St. Paul’s Church 1510 Penn Avenue Scranton, PA

Interment: Cathedral Cemetery – Scranton, PA

Friends may call: Sunday 3-8 pm at the funeral home

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to:
Marywood University
St. Paul’s Parish
St. Joseph’s Center
The Northeast Philharmonic.


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Willard Evans

November 6, 2015

Willard Evans of Scranton died Friday evening at Regional Hospital of Scranton after a brief illness.

Born July 5, 1920 in Scranton, son of the late Sidney O. and Gwendolyn Jenkins Evans, he was educated in Scranton schools and was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II serving with the 328th Service Squadron. Before retirement, Willard was employed with Penn Foundry for more than 40 years.

Surviving are his granddaughter, Jennifer Wagner and husband, Michael, West Chester; two great-grandchildren, Mikayla and Dominic; nieces, Debra Belfanti, Jean Wilson and Dale Moe; nephews, Hayden and Richard; great-nieces and cousins; and his former daughter-in-law, Patricia Yacko.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Boeth Evans; sons, Warren and Willard Evans; sister, Elizabeth Apostolico; brothers, Hayden, Alvin and John Evans; and a great-granddaughter, Sloane.

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

Interment with military honors will be conducted at Washburn Street Cemetery, Scranton.

Friends may call:
Friday, 6 to 8 p.m.

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


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Edna M. Strausser Lasota

November 1, 2015

 

Edna M. Strausser Lasota, 84, Clifton Twp., died Sunday at Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton following an illness. She was the widow of Edward Lasota, who died in 1992.

Born March 5, 1931 in Clifton Twp., she was the daughter of the late Warren and Helen (Simpson) Stausser. Before her retirement, Edna was employed as a counselor with Keystone Community Resources. Edna was an active member and a past president of the North Pocono Senior Center. She loved baking bread, and family sing alongs. She will be dearly missed by her family.

Surviving are her daughters, Sharon R. Gerhard and companion, John Hatfield, Scranton; Kathleen M. Crown, Nazareth; grandchildren, Talbot M. Gerhard, Clarks Summit; Eric Havenstrite, Scranton; Sara Havenstrite, Texas; Claire Crown, Nazareth; and Travis Crown, Nazareth; two great-grandchildren, Georgia and Aimee Havenstrite; and three brothers, Fred Strausser, Gouldsboro; Robert Strausser, Clifton Twp.; and James Strausser, Madison Twp.

Edna was also preceded in death by two sisters, Pearl Stark and Ruth Surplus; two brothers, Walter and Louis Strausser; and two grandsons, Edward and Douglas Fanning.

Funeral services will be conducted:
Thursday at 11 a.m. in Duffy and Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow, by the Rev., Nick Patterson, pastor, as officiating clergy.

Interment:
Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst Twp.

Friends may call:
Wednesday from 2 to 4 and from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home

Memorial contributions can be made to:
The North Pocono Senior Center, 12 John J. Michaels Drive, Covington Twp. PA 18444.


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Marion Knott Stuebing

October 26, 2015

Marion Knott Stuebing, 98, died Monday, in the company of her loved ones at the Lackawanna County Health Care Center. She was the wife of Herman “Pete” Stuebing, who died in 1975.

Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of Percy and Margaret Neville Knott. Marion will be dearly missed by her family, and all those who knew her.

Surviving are two daughters, Lynette “Lynn” Schovitz and Marion Warren; granddaughter, Holly Schovitz; grandson, Cody; son-in-laws, Ron Schovitz and Tom Warren; niece, Ginger Belz; additional grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and sisters, Frances and Dorothy.

Funeral services will be conducted privately by her family.


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Shirley E. Lozenski Reese

October 27, 2015

Shirley E. Lozenski Reese, 55, of Madison Twp., died Tuesday at her home. Her husband of 23 years is Thomas Reese.

Born Dec. 1, 1959 in Scranton, she is the daughter of Gertrude Scott Lozenski, of Covington Twp., and the late Charles Lozenski. Shirley was employed by Pocono Transportation Company as a bus driver for 37 years.

Surviving in addition to her husband and mother are her sons, Jerrid Lozenski, Shippensburg; Justin Lozenski, Covington Twp.; Jimmy Lozenski, Florida; Jentry Reese, Madison Twp.; her daughter, Justina, Carbondale; one sister, Ruth Ann Boruta, Covington Twp.; nine grandchildren; and her mother-in-law, Gertrude Reese, Elmhurst Twp.

She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Justin Lozenski Jr.; and a nephew, Michael Boruta.

A visitation with funeral services to follow will be conducted:
Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. in Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow, with the Rev. Keith Eason, officiating.

Interment will be conducted privately by her family


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Salvatore Lubrano

October 28, 2015

Salvatore Lubrano, age 92, formerly of Stratford, entered into rest on Wednesday October 28, 2015 in Pennsylvania.  He was the devoted husband of 45 years to the late Evelyn (Duscio) Lubrano.

Salvatore was born in New York, NY on April 13, 1923, son of the late Salvatore and Catherine Lubrano and was a resident of Stratford for many years before moving to Lake Ariel, PA a few years ago.Salvatore was a decorated Army Veteran serving during W.W. II,receiving the Purple Heart along with many other medals. He was a lector and parishioner at St. Marks Church, Stratford.

He is survived by beloved children Stephen, Anthony, Lisa and Evelyn, loving grandchildren, Amy, Stephanie, Christine, Jason, Marco and Peter, great grandchildren, Jacob, Sarah, Greyson, and Donovan, and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his siblings Vincent, George, Henry, Mary and Katie.

Friends may call on:
Friday from 5 to 8 pm at the Riverivew Funeral Home, 390 River Rd. Shelton.
His funeral with military honors will be private.


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Robert K. Fellows

October 24, 2015

Robert K. Fellows, 96, of Clarks Summit, died Saturday evening at the Green Ridge Health Care Center in Scranton after a brief illness.

Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Raymond A. Fellows and Mabel Kellow Fellows. Robert’s grandfather was a former mayor of Scranton, John Fellows, who oversaw the construction of City Hall and accepted the keys to the completed building in 1893.

Robert graduated from Scranton Central High School and Lafayette College, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.

Robert began his career with General Electric, working with the defense department during World War II in Schenectady, N.Y. and Erie, Pa. He served as plant electrical engineer for the Consolidated Molded Products Corp. and was plant electrical engineer for RCA Tube plant in Dunmore. He finished his career with Royer Foundry and Machine of Kingston as a design engineer.

Robert was a member of Union Lodge of Scranton, and the Lake Carey Cottagers Association, the Lackawanna Audubon Club and the Abington Senior Center.

Robert liked to spend summers at Lake Carey, where he hiked, fished and studied nature. He was a lover of classical music and opera.

Surviving is his son, Robert K. Fellows II, Lake Carey.

Private graveside services will be conducted at Dunmore Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to:
The Macular Degeneration Society at macular.org or P.O. Box 515, Northampton, MA 01061-0515; or
The Abington Senior Center, 1151 Winola Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411.


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Richard A. Milewski Sr.

October 24, 2015

Richard A. Milewski Sr., 71, of Jefferson Twp., died Saturday at Hospice of the Sacred Heart Inpatient Unit in Dunmore after an illness. His wife is the former Mary Ann Niemiec.

Born Dec. 6, 1943 in Dupont, son of Margaret Ziobro Milewski of Dupont and the late Anthony Milewski, Richard attended Sacred Heart School in Dupont and was a graduate of Dupont High School. He was a Marine Corps Vietnam veteran earning the expert rifle badge and the National Defense Service Medal.

Before his retirement, Richard was employed as a supervisor with the Postal Service in Scranton. He served as a Duryea councilman and was active with the Duryea Little League.

He was a New York Yankees, Penn State and Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and an avid hunter and fisherman. After retirement, Richard was employed as a bus driver with the North Pocono and Western Wayne school districts.

Also surviving are his sons, Richard A. Milewski Jr. and wife, Carrie, Madison Twp.; Kevin Milewski and wife, Rachel, Sebastian, Fla.; and Jason Milewski and wife, Dawn, Victoria, Texas; stepchildren, John Guntkowski, Miami, Fla.; and Renee’ Guntkowski, Honolulu, Hawaii; two brothers, Leonard Milewski, Spring Brook Twp.; and Eugene Milewski, Dupont; three sisters, Dorothy, Dolores and Diane, all of Dupont; 11 grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be conducted:
Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow, with Pastor Michael Sunseri officiating.

Military honors will follow the service.

Friends may call:
Wednesday, 4 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home.


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Dorothy Lewis

October 23, 2015

Dorothy Lewis, 95, of Benton Twp., died Friday at Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton after an illness. She was the widow of Arthur Lewis Sr., who died Aug. 22, 1993.

Born July 21, 1920 in Elmhurst, daughter of the late John and Margaret Wich Green, Dorothy was a very loving person with a kind heart and always put others before herself. She was the most precious mother and grandmother anyone could ever have.

She will be dearly missed by her family.

Surviving are her daughters, Cathy Frederici and husband, Edward; Donna Oakley, Diane Lewis and Julie Lewis, all of Dalton; a son, Robert Lewis and wife, Nancy, Pleasant Mount; brother, George Green, Tobyhanna; sister, Evelyn Heater, Jersey City, N.J.; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Sally Eastwood; and sons, David Lewis, Russell Lewis, Harry Lewis and Arthur Lewis Jr.

Funeral services will be conducted:
Tuesday at 1 p.m. in Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow, with the Rev. Arthur W. Davis as officiating clergy.

Interment:
Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst Twp.

Friends may call:
Tuesday, 11 a.m. to service time, at the funeral home


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Alverna Martin Goralski

October 21, 2015

Alverna Martin Goralski, 66 of Lake Ariel – Salem Twp. died Wednesday at Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton following an illness. She was the widow of Robert Goralski who died in 1997.

Born November 10, 1948, in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Caleb and Alverna Martin. Prior to her retirement, she was employed in the textile Industry.

Surviving are her daughters Lisa Pavlovitz and Kelly Goralski, with whom she resided; and her son Robert Goralski of Throop, PA; her grandchildren: Cheri, Dan, Jason, George, Marie, Kayla, Cory, Ryan, Jessica, Raeann, and Nevaeh; great-grandchildren: Kaylee, Caleb, Nathan, Isabella, Jemma, Brendon, Lucus, and Aiden; (2) brothers: Thomas and James Martin; and (2) sisters: Audrey Wierzinski, and Ruth Brzenski. Also surviving is her special granddaughter Danielle Van Luvanee.

Alverna was preceded in death by (4) brothers and (3) sisters.

Visitation will be conducted:
Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Avenue, Scranton, PA.

A service will be conducted at:
8:00 pm with Rev. Kenneth Hinkley as officiating clergy.

Interment will be conducted at:
St. Adalbert Cemetery – Dickson City, PA


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October 12, 2015

Erotides de Senne Amancio of Scranton passed away peacefully Monday at the VNA Hospice Inpatient Unit at Geisinger/CMC in Scranton. She is the widow of Manoel Azevedo.

Born June 16, 1941 in Angrados Reis, Brazil, she is the daughter of the late Valerio and Olivia de Senne Amancio.

Prior to her retirement, Erotides was employed by Allied Foods of Scranton.

Surviving are her daughter Ana Cabral and husband Armando of Scranton,with whom she resided; her sons: Edmo Azevedo of Scranton and Claudio Azevedo of Lake Ariel, and (5) grandchildren: Pricilla Cabral, Pamela Zarnoff and husband Kyle, Ann Marie and Donovan Azevedo, and LaMar Azevedo.

She was preceded in death by brothers and sisters.

Funeral services and visitation will be conducted:
Thursday,  October 15, 2015 from 4-7 pm in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Avenue, Scranton, PA


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Robert H. McNiff

 

October 10, 2015

 

 

 

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Robert H. McNiff, 61, of Richmond, Va., died Saturday evening at St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond after a lengthy illness. His wife, the former Susan J. Williams, died in 2007.

Born Oct. 24, 1953, in Scranton, son of the late Robert and Florence Crofton McNiff,  he was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and Johnson College. He was a former member of Holy Rosary Church in Scranton. Bob was an Army veteran.

Surviving are his children, Robert H. McNiff, Michael McNiff, Stephen McNiff and Katie Landers, all of Virginia; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara Garofoli, Olyphant; and Trish Yacko, Moscow; aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted:
Friday at 8:30 a.m. in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave., Scranton, with Mass at 9:30 in Mary, Mother of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church, William Street, Scranton.

Interment:
Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.

Friends may call:
Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to:
The American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org/donate; or
The Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org.


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Mary Ann Detrick

October 9, 2015

Mary Ann Detrick, 82, of Moscow died Friday at the VNA Hospice at Geisinger / CMC following a brief illness. She is the widow of George Detrick.

Born August 3, 1933, in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Susan Clarke. Mary Ann was a Licensed Practical Nurse, and prior to her retirement was employed at Moses Taylor Hospital. Mary Ann collected angels and pictures of her children and grandchildren. She was former member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Scranton and was a girl scout leader at the church.

Mary Ann’s family would like to thank the staff of VNA Hospice at Geisinger/ CMC, and Green Ridge Health Care Center. Special thanks to Rev. Arthur Davis, and Rev. Ginger Daubenhauser for their visits and ministry. The family would like to acknowledge her friend Ed at the Green Ridge Health Care Center who gave her love and happiness the last few months.

Surviving are her five children Robert Morgan, Kathy Webb and husband Gene, Mary Ellen Pidich and husband Bob, Susan Morgan and fiancee Richard Ash, and Laura Truskolowski and husband Tom; her grandchildren: Christine Budderow, Colleen Morgan, Jennifer Delfino, Sarah Gomez, Briana Gingerlowski, Casey, Alyson and Dylan Pidich; (2) great-grandchildren Olivia and Owen Gingerlowski.

She was preceded in death by her brother Charles “Buddy’ Clarke.

Friends and relatives can celebrate Mary Ann’s life on Tuesday at 6:00 pm at the home of her daughter Mary Ellen Pidich, 915 Apple Tree Road, Moscow, PA.

A buffet will follow the service.


Millicent M. Weed

October 4, 2015

Millicent M. Weed, 94, of Moscow, died Sunday at her home following an illness. She is the widow of Charles R. “Chuck” Weed, who died in 2000.

Born March 10, 1921 in Sterling, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Frances (Chedester) Fueglein, and was the youngest of five children.

Millie was a past member of Rebekah Lodge in Sterling, and a charter member of the Mineralogy Society of Northeast Pennsylvania and the Che-Hanna Rock and Mineral Club. She and her husband founded the Florescent Mineral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania. She was a long time member of the Moscow United Methodist Church, in Moscow.

Throughout her life she enjoyed traveling to Alaska and Hawaii, and traversing the United States, rock hounding with her husband and visiting relatives. Millie will be profoundly missed by her family and all who knew her.

Surviving are her daughters, Joyce Garis and husband, Harry “Bud” Garis, Reigelsville; Caroyl Weisel and husband, Harry “Buzz” Weisel, Moscow; her son, Robert E. Weed and wife, MaryAnn, Elmhurst Twp.; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Millie was also preceded in death by her sisters, Ida, Margaret and Nettie; and her brother, Robert.

Funeral services will be conducted:
Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Moscow United Methodist Church, 126 Church St., Moscow, by the Rev. Jeff Levy, pastor as officiating clergy.

Friends may call:
Saturday 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the church. Interment at Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst Twp.

Memorial contributions can be made to:
The Moscow United Methodist Church, 126 Church St., Moscow, PA 18444 or
The North Pocono Senior Center, 12 John J. Michaels Drive, Covington Twp., PA 18444


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Ronald L. Tully

October 2, 2015

Ronald L. Tully, 79, of Scranton died Friday at Geisinger Community Medical Center, in Scranton. His wife is the former Marilyn M. Costa.

Born Nov. 20, 1935 in Scranton, he was the son of the late Jack and Edith (Edwards) Tully. Before his retirement, Ronald was employed in the printing Industry by Eureka Security Printing Company of Jessup.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his daughters, Cyndy Schoenberg, Clarks Summit; and Pam Phillips and husband, Al, Nicholson; four grandchildren, Summer Frisco, Alexa Schoenberg, Becca Schoenberg and Logan Phillips; a great-grandson, Carmine B. Frisco; and nieces and nephews.

Ronald was also preceded in death by his brother, Jack Tully Jr.; and his son-In-law, Bruce Schoenberg.

Graveside services will be conducted privately at Dunmore Cemetery. There will be no public viewing.


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Marion D. Shershenovich

September 28, 2015

Marion D. Shershenovich, 82, a resident of Arden Courts, Kensington, MD and formerly of Moscow and Honesdale died Monday following a lengthy illness. She was the widow of Richard Shershenovich who died July 16, 2003.

Born December 24, 1932 in Scranton, PA, she was the daughter of the late Joseph G. and Beatrice R. (Clune) Durkin.

Marion was a former member of St. John the Evangelist Church in Honesdale, and was a PTA mother at the Parish school. She was a member of the Honesdale Golf Course and the Elmhurst Country Club. She was an active supporter of the Northeast Philharmonic, and a former member of the Honesdale Women’s Club. She was a member of St. Catherines Church in Moscow.

Surviving are her children: Marianne McHugh and husband Thomas of Clarks Summit, Susan Shershenovich of Newport Beach, CA, Constance Shershenovich of New York, NY, Richard Shershenovich and wife Diane of Agoura Hills, CA, Joseph Shershenovich and wife Carol of Scottsdale, AZ, and Jane Shershenovich and fiancee Jim Wright of Chevy Chase, MD; her brother: Joseph Durkin and wife Rosemarie of Hingham, MA; (10)
grandchildren; and (2) great-granchildren and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her brother Frank Durkin, and her sister Grace Durkin Polley.

A Mass will be celebrated:
Saturday at 9:30 am in St. Catherines Church, 220 Church Street, Moscow with Rev. Robert Simon, pastor as celebrant.

Interment:
St. Catherines Cemetery, Covington Twp. PA

Friends may call:
Saturday 8:30 am until 9:30 am at the church.

Memorial contributions can be made to:
Alzheimer’s Association of Greater PA, 2595 Interstate Drive, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110


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Doris V. Serfass

September 26, 2015

Doris V. Serfass, 94 of Paradise Twp. died Friday morning at her home following a lengthy illness. She is the widow of Raymond “Jack” Serfass Sr.

Born in Pocono Lake, PA, she is the daughter of the late George and Celia (Kieper) Halstead. She was raised and lived in Northampton County in her earlier years.

Doris’s family like give special thanks her caregiver Beverly, who provided superb care, and also Sandra and Stephanie who were so caring
and compassionate. Special thanks to her hairdresser and friend Karen Brock.

Surviving are her children: Raymond “Pee Wee” Serfass Jr. and wife Donna, Sandra Weiss and husband Bob and Colleen Upholt and
husband Bob; (4) grandchildren: Shelly Ayers and husband Kevin,Penny Ayers and husband Michael, Jennifer Weiss, and Shawn Upholt
and wife Heather; (4) great-grandchildren: K.C. Ayers, Raeanne Ayers, Alan Ayers
and Nevena Upholt; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her brother Claire Halstead; and sisters Catherine Frable and Shirley Toth.

Funeral services will be conducted privately, at the convenience of the family.


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Norman E. Mapps

September 15, 2015

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Norman E. Mapps, 68, of Thornhurst Twp. PA died Tuesday September 15th at Geisinger – Wyoming Valley after a brief illness. His wife, the former Kathleen Meehan died March 15th, 2015.

Born August 8, 1947 in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late Norman C. and Anna (Knight) Mapps. He was a Vietnam Army veteran serving from 1966 until 1969.

Norman was a member of St. Mark’s Church in Thornhurst, and was a life member of VFW – post 714 Canton, PA; and Fraternal Order of the Police Lodge #5 -Philadelphia, PA- 26 year member of the American Legion Richard White post 925 – Philadelphia, PA, Loyal Order of the Moose, Lodge # 429 – Canton, PA, and a member of the PA Fire Police Association of Dover, PA. He was also a member of the Military Retirees Association, and is a current member of the Thornhurst Fire Police.

Surviving are his daughters: Patricia Mapps of Philadelphia, PA, Susan Pohle ,and husband Christopher of Cape May Courthouse, NJ; his son: Michael S. Mapps of Fort Lauderdale, FL; (3) grandchildren: Marissa Pohle, Riley Mulligan and Bridget Mulligan; his sister: Janet Crossgrove of Skippack, PA; (2) sister-In-laws;and (1) brother-In-law; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded by his sister Donna Wilent.

A Mass will be celebrated with military honors to follow on:
Wednesday at 11:30 am in St. Mark’s Church Bear Lake Road Thornhurst Twp. PA.

Friends may call:
Wednesday 10:00 am until 11:30 am at the church.

Interment will be conducted privately in St. Catherines Cemetery, Covington Twp. PA


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Hazel E. Stout Bomba

September 14, 2015

Hazel E. Stout Bomba, 91, of Clifton Twp. died Monday morning at Blough Health Care Center, Bethlehem after a brief illness. She was the widow of Charles T. Stout and Maurice Bomba.

Born in Pond Hill, daughter of the late Finlay and Bertha Long Lutz, Hazel was a longtime member of the Thornhurst United Methodist Church, and had served as president of the Thornhurst United Methodist Women’s Auxiliary for 12 years. She was a member of the North Pocono Seniors Center, serving as president and secretary. She was also a volunteer with the North Pocono Food Pantry, and served as Judge of Elections with Thornhurst Twp. for many years.

Surviving are her son, Charles T. Stout Jr. and wife, Jane; five daughters, Shirley A. Stocker and husband, Dale; Caroline M. Seibert and husband, Gary; Joyce A. Cordell and husband, Robert; Denise L.. Hunter; and Cindy Lou Lytle and fiancé, Tom Sestak; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

She was also preceded in death by her sister and brothers; and her companion, Robert H. Stengline.

Funeral services will be conducted:
Friday at 11 a.m. from Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow, with the Rev. Tim Gibson and the Rev. Arthur Davis as officiating clergy.

Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst Twp.

Friends may call:
Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday, 10 to 11, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to:
The North Pocono Senior Center, 12 John J. Michaels Drive, Covington Twp., PA 18444; or
St. Luke’s Hospice, 2455 Black River Road, Bethlehem, PA 18015-5207


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Lois W. Schroeder

September 11, 2015

Lois W. Schroeder, 87, of Casa Grande, Ariz., formerly of Scranton, died Friday at Chandler Regional Medical Center, Chandler, Ariz., after an illness. She was the widow of Daniel J. Schroeder.

Born Jan. 1, 1928 in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Josephine Davis Ross. In her younger years, Lois was employed by the American Tobacco Co. in Scranton. She was a homemaker during most of her adult life, and also worked for the Bon Ton stores during the holiday season. She was a member of the Asbury Methodist Church in Scranton, and a former member of the Providence United Methodist Church for many years. She was known as a caring person, often taking care of others and putting others needs before herself.

Surviving are her son, Ross Schroeder and wife, Maria, Casa Grande, Ariz.; sister, Josephine Ross, Scranton; brother, Donald Ross, the Villages, Fla.; six grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and friends.

She was also preceded in death by her brother, Robert Ross; and her sister, Janet Borowski.

Funeral services will be:
Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in Asbury United Methodist Church, Monsey Avenue and Delaware Street, Scranton, with the Rev. Arthur W. Davis, pastor, as officiating clergy.

Friends are asked to go directly to the church.

Interment, Shady Lane Cemetery, South Abington Twp.

Friends may call:
Friday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave., Scranton.

Memorial contributions may be made to:
The Asbury United Methodist Church, Monsey Avenue and Delaware Street, Scranton, PA 18509.


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Darryl J. Heater Jr.

September 9, 2015

Darryl J. Heater Jr., 31, of Mayfield, died Wednesday morning at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton, following a sudden illness. His fiancee is Joanna Roman.

Born April 10, 1984 in Scranton, he is the son of Darryl and Debra (Orloski) Heater Sr. of Scranton. Darryl attended Lakeland High School, and was employed as a manager at the Route 6 Mini-Mart in Eynon. Darryl loved fishing and spending time with family and friends.
He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

Surviving in addition to his parents and fiancee are his son, Darryl J. Heater III and his daughter, Nevaeh Heater, both at home; his brother, Derek M. Heater and wife, Maryah, Dunmore; his sister, Danielle Heater, Olyphant; step-son, Jordan Campbell; his nieces, Riley and Savanah Heater; nephew, Steven Hunsinger III; aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Marion Orloski Grochowski and paternal grandparents, James and Charlette Heater.

Funeral services will be conducted:
Sunday at 5 p.m. in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave., Scranton.

Friends will be received from 2 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home.


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Damien Kane Vinson

September 6, 2015

Damien Kane Vinson, infant son of Danielle Vinson of Scranton died Sunday at Moses Taylor Hospital. Born March 8, 2015 in Scranton.

Surviving in addition to his mother, are his uncle Kane Vinson and wife Kathleen of Brooklyn, NY, Ryan Luke, James Luke of Clover, SC; grandfather Robert Luke, also of Clover, SC. and Aunt Alyssa Briggs of Forest City, PA; and cousins Taylynn Luke and Lilly, Gabe and Sophia.

Damien touched many lives with his beautiful smile and joyous and contagious laughter and giggles. His life and times with his mother Danielle changed her life and truly became the most precious gift that God could have given her.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother Susan Burger-Luke.

A memorial service will be conducted on:
Saturday at 7:00 pm in the Light of Christ Church at the Hen’s Nest, 241 Lake Spangenberg Road, Jefferson Twp. PA.

Friends will be received:
Saturday from 5-7 pm at the church.

Memorial contributions can be made to: The Light of Christ Church, 241 Lake Spangenberg Road, Jefferson Twp. PA 18436


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Margaret M. Sweet

September 3, 2015

Margaret M. Sweet, 60, of Wilkes-Barre, PA died Thursday at her home following an illness. She was the widow of Leo Sweet.

Born June 3, 1955 in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Lillian (Jackson) McDonald. She was of the Roman Catholic faith.

Surviving are her daughters: Tammy A. Swinerski and company Jeff with whom she resided; Betty Ann Knight and husband Timothy of Erie, PA; her son Thomas W. McGraw of Wilkes-Barre, PA; (2) brothers: Edward McDonald of Miss. , and Robert “Butch” McDonald of Taylor, PA; (13) grandchildren and (6) great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her son Raymond and daughter Mary Margaret; and her brothers Jack, Thomas and James McDonald and her first husband Thomas McGraw.

A blessing service will be conducted:
Wednesday at 7:00 pm in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Avenue, Scranton, PA

Friends may call:
5:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the funeral home

Interment will be conducted at a later date at Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst Twp. PA

Contributions can be made to the family c/o 28 S. Welles St. Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702


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Barbara A. Brink

09/05/2015

Barbara A. Brink, 73, of Covington Twp. died Saturday at her home following an illness.  Her husband is Arthur L. Smith.

Born January 31, 1942 in Philadelphia, PA, she was the daughter of the late Pete and Mary Sykes.  Prior to her retirement, Barbara was employed at Tobyhanna Army Depot where she was a transportation specialist. After retirement, she worked for the Sharon Grivner All State Insurance Agency.

Surviving in addition to her husband are her son Vincent Brink of Pittsburgh, PA; and her granddaughter Jacquelyn Bink; her sister in-law: Anna May Marsh of East Stroudsburg, PA.

She is also survived by her dear friend Carol Adcock of Covington Twp. PA.

Funeral services will be conducted:
Wednesday at 12:00 noon in Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church Street, Moscow, PA with Pastor Eric Luczak as officiating clergy.

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

Friends may call:
Wednesday 10:00 am until 12:00 noon at the funeral home.


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Frank E. Haden, Jr.

September 1, 2015

Frank E. Haden, Jr. of Scranton, and formerly of Oyster Bay, NY, died Tuesday September 1, 2015, at his home following an illness. His wife of 13 years is the former Lori Engel.

Born April 27, 1940 in Oyster Bay, NY, he was the son of the late Frank and Sara (Tilley) Haden. Prior to his retirement, Frank was employed as a Sanitation Engineer in the city of Oyster Bay, NY.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his children Lori Whitney Abenante of Kutztown, PA, Frank E. Haden III and wife Leslie of Hudson Falls, NY, Dawn Grey of Ringtown, PA, and Mishelle A. Haden of Babylon, NY;and (6) grandchildren; and (4) great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his companion terrier “Cocoa”

Private services will be conducted in New York at a later date.


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Clare I. Cooney

September 3, 2015

Clare I. Cooney, 91, of Scranton died Thursday evening at the Jewish Home of Eastern PA in Scranton following an illness. She is the widow of Kenneth Cooney who died December 15, 2002.

Born August 14, 1924 in Scranton, PA, she was the daughter of the late Dennis and Matilda (Fresch) Donovan. She was a 1941 graduate of St. John’s High School in Scranton. She had been employed by Williams Bakery in Scranton. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Church of Divine Mercy Parish in Scranton.

Surviving are her daughter Rita Ann Ryland and husband David of Illinois; her sons: Dennis Cooney and wife Janis of Florida, Kenneth Cooney and wife Jenny of Spring Brook Twp. PA, and Kevin Cooney of Scranton; and (4) grandchildren:Jennifer Cooney and Sean Cooney; Tracy Cooney and Jessica Cooney.

She was preceded in death by her sisters Marie Dillon and Rita Montgomery;and her brothers Joseph, Francis, Jerome, Paul, John and Robert Donovan.

A Mass will be celebrated:
Monday at 11:00 am in St. Catherine of Siena Church, 220 Church Street, Moscow, PA with Rev. Robert Simon as celebrant.

There will be no public calling.

Private Interment will be conducted at St. Joseph’s Cemetery – Scranton, PA


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Joseph W. Shyna

September 2, 2015

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Joseph W. Shyna, 80, of Clifton Twp. died Wednesday at Geisinger Community Medical Center following a lengthy illness.

Born November 17, 1934 in Peckville, he was the son of the late Michael C. and Emily (Strausser) Shyna. He was a graduate of Central High School and Keystone College and received his bachelor’s degree from Penn State University; he was also an Army veteran. Prior to his retirement, Joseph was employed as a supervisor with the Department of Welfare of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. While working with the Department of Welfare, Joe initiated a job training program that was used as a model throughout the State of Pennsylvania. He was a member of the Thornhurst United Methodist Church, and a former member of the Elm Park United Methodist Church. Surviving are a brother Michael C. Shyna Jr., Clifton Twp.; his nephew and caretaker David M. Shyna and wife, Tammy, Clifton Twp.; and other nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his brother, David Shyna, his sister, Lyda Shyna; and step-sister, Alice Larson; and nephew, Alfred J. Shyna.

A visitation will be conducted:
Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. in Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow.

Private services and entombment will be conducted:
Wednesday at Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst Twp.

A memorial service will be conducted at:
The Thornhurst United Methodist Church at a time to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to:
The Thornhurst United Methodist Church, 342 Old River Rd., Thornhurst, PA 18424.


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Marion C. Cornell

August 20, 2015

Marion C. Cornell, 91, of Scranton died Thursday at the Dunmore Health Care Center following an illness. She was the widow of Floyd M. Cornell Jr. who died in 1979.

Born April 4, 1924 in Scranton, PA, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Elizabeth (Hamilton) Mattern. Marion was a proud “Rosie the Riviter” in New Jersey during World War II, and was employed by Jordan Marsh Department Stores in Boston in her younger years. She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Scranton.

Surviving are her children Kenneth Cornell and wife Mary of Salisbury, NC, Janice Niedzielski and husband Vincent of San Diego, CA, Mark Cornell and fiancee Theresa Howdeshell of Fairfax, VA and Kimberly Cornell of Scranton; her brother Robert Mattern and wife Alyce of Scranton; and her brother-In-law Frank Weegar of Timonium, MD; (5) grandchildren: Amy, Mark Jr., Brittney, Kristen, and Jacob, and (1) great-granddaughter Daisy Kathryn.

She was preceded in death by her sister Arlene Weegar and daughter in law Kathryn “Katie” Cali – Cornell.

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:
Abington Hills Cemetery,S. Abington Twp. PA

Friends may call:
Sunday 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the funeral home

Memorial contributions can be made to:
The American Cancer Sociey or to
Keystone Community Resources, 100 Abington Executive Park, Suite B, Clarks Summit, PA 18411


 

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Janet M. Gearing

August 19, 2015

Janet M. Gearing, 84, of Moscow, PA died Wednesday morning peacefully at home surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her husband John F. Gearing who died February 14, 2015.

Born December 14, 1930, she was the daughter of the late August and Pauline DeYoung. She lived in Paramus, NJ and graduated from Hackensack High School. After graduation she worked for New Jersey Bell, and the Borough of Maywood, NJ as a secretary, and a clerk for the board of Assessors. Upon retirement, she moved to Waretown, NJ, and later to the Hideout in Lake Ariel, where she resided for 25 years.

Surviving are her (3) children: Barry Gearing and Willy Gearing; her daughter Sharyn Gilmartin and husband Richard; (3) grandchildren:
Robert Gilmartin, and wife Barbara, Katherine Palazzo, and husband Robert, and Kelley McConnell and husband A. J.; her sister Betty Atanas; and (3) great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her grandson Jonathan Gilmartin, and her first husband Marinus Jagt in 1955.

Funeral services will be conducted:
Saturday at 11:00am in Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church Street, Moscow, PA with Rev. Arthur W. Davis as officiating clergy.

Friends may call:
Saturday 10:00 am until 11:00 am.

Interment:
St. Catherines Cemetery – Covington Twp. PA

Memorial contributions can be made to:
The Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60601


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Joan M. Slivkanch

August 17, 2015

Joan M. Slivkanch, 82, a resident of the Gino Merli Veterans Center, died Monday morning at Hospice of the Sacred Heart Inpatient Unit in Dunmore surrounded by her family. She was the widow of Peter Slivkanch, who died in 1989.

Born Oct. 1, 1932, in Laurel Run, she was the daughter of the late Jerome and Ina (Clingerman) Walsh. Before her retirement, Joan was a business owner in Scranton for many years. She was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church and a former member of the Court Street United Methodist Church in Scranton.

Joan’s family would to thank Hospice of the Sacred Heart and the Gino Merli Veterans Center for their loving and compassionate care.

Surviving are her daughter, Freda Thompson and husband, Charles, Scranton; three sons, Peter Slivkanch and wife, Beth, Fort Morgan, Colo.; John Slivkanch, Dupont; and Richard D. Slivkanch and wife, Joann, Scranton; two sisters, Lois Wasley and husband, William, Whitehall Twp.; and Pauline Foley and husband, Frank, Moscow; two brothers, Edward Walsh and wife, Barbara, Binghamton, N.Y.; and Leo Walsh and wife, Linda, Dalton; a sister-in-law, Eileen Walsh, Moosic; 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her sister, Fannie Fernandes; and her brothers, John and Jerome Walsh.

Funeral services will be conducted:
Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave., Scranton, with the Rev. Arthur W. Davis as officiating clergy.

Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst Twp.

Friends may call:
Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home


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Virginia B. Kane

August 13, 2015

Virginia B. Kane peacefully passed on August 13, 2015. Her 99th birthday!

Born August 13, 1916 in Gouldsboro, PA, she was the daughter of the late Horace and Laura (Daggers) Bender. She was the widow of George J. Kane who died December 7, 1989.

She is survived by her loving daughter Carol Payne; grandchildren Kimberly (Tom) Horan and Brian Payne; and great-granddaughters Meredith and Elizabeth Horan and numerous extended family.

She was also predeceased by her son, Robert B. Kane and her two brothers, Bruce and Roger Bender and her sister, Louise Sebring.

Services and Interment will be conducted:
Friday, August 21 at 11:00 am in the chapel at Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst Twp. PA with the Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring, her niece, as officiating clergy.


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Dorothy Luthner

August 11,2015

Dorothy Luthner, 88, of Clarks Summit, PA, and formerly of New Jersey died Tuesday morning at Abington Manor Nursing Home following an illness. She was the widow of Joseph F. Luthner who died May 3, 2014.

Born in Bloomfield, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Julius and Martha Goursky.

Surviving are her daughter Patricia L. Clark of Clarks Summit, with whom she resided; two sons: Douglas Hehner of Howell, NJ, and Daniel Hehner of Ventnor, NJ; (4)grandchildren: Kyle Clark, Doug, Lindsay, and Matthew Hehner; and (3) great-grandchildren: Kayla, Kaitlynn, and Kayci.

Memorial services will be conducted in Lakewood, NJ, at a later date.


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Dolores I. Lobb

August 10,2015

Dolores I. Lobb of Thornhurst died Monday at the Smith Health Care Center in Mountaintop following an extended illness. She was the widow of Samuel J. Lobb who died March 4, 2006.

Born May 15, 1937 in Thornhurst, PA, she was the daughter of the late Arlie and Carolyn (Kieper) Bachman. Dolores was a lifelong member of the Thornhurst United Methodist Church, and a member of the Thornhurst Fire & Rescue Ladies Auxiliary. Dolores was a dedicated wife and homemaker for many years.

Dolores is survived by two brothers, Ronald P. Bachman and wife Josephine (Jo)of Wilkes- Barre Twp. and Donald L. Bachman and wife Helen of Ashley, PA; and several nieces and nephews; and cousins.

She was preceded in death by two brothers Arlie Bachman and Delbert Bachman.

Services and Interment will be conducted
Saturday at 10:00 am in the chapel at Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst Twp. PA with Pastor Peg Knapich as officiating clergy.

Memorial contributions can be made to:
The Thornhurst United Methodist Church, 342 Old RiverRoad, Thornhurst, PA 18424


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Pantelis Drougas

August 11, 2015

Pantelis Drougas, 57, of Throop, PA and Port Richey,  Florida died Tuesday morning at his home following an illness. He is survived by his wife the former Geraldine Schreiner.

Born July 30, 1958 in Kalamata, Greece, he was the son of Stacy Drougas of Greece and the late Dimitrios Drougas. Pantelis was self employed as a building contractor.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons: Dimitrios Drougas and wife Sara of Throop, Michael Drougas of Tampa, FL; two daughters: Stacy Harwig and husband Landon of Port Richey, FL, and Elizabeth Drougas of Dade City, FL; (3) grandchildren: Mila, Pantelis and P.J.; and (2) brothers John Drougas, Ponos Drougas; and his sister Maria Drougas, all of Greece.

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

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org


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Howard G. Sheerer Jr.

August 8, 2015

Howard G. Sheerer Jr. of Madison Twp. died Saturday evening at his home following an illness.Born Jan. 8, 1963, in Scranton, son of the late Howard G. and Darlene (Silfee) Sheerer, Howard was educated in the North Pocono schools, and was self employed as a plumber.Surviving are his sisters, Arlene J. Howell, Madison Twp.; and Esther Sheerer, Madison Twp.; nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was also preceded in death by his brother, Joseph Sheerer, in 2011; and his sister, Louann Donnini, in 2013.

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

Interment:
Madison Union Cemetery, Madison Twp.

Friends may call:
Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

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


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Marion I. Nicholas

July 30, 2015

Marion I. Nicholas, 87, of Scranton died July 30 at the Dunmore Health Care Center following a lengthy illness. Her husband of 67 years is Robert Nicholas.

Born Dec. 20, 1927, in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late George and Irene (Sanders) Peters. Before her retirement, Marion was employed by the Scranton Public Library. Marion was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church and a longtime member of the former Providence United Methodist Church in Scranton.

Surviving in addition to her husband are her sons, Gary Nicholas, Scranton and Factoryville; and Stephen Nicholas and wife, Suzanne, Jacksonville, Fla.; her brother, Donald Peters, West Virginia; four grandchildren, Dr. Courtney Nicholas, Houston, Texas; Sarah Nicholas Bibbee, Kelly Nicholas and Jeffrey Nicholas, all of Jacksonville; five great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Private services were conducted at the convenience of the family.

Interment:
Abington Hills Cemetery, South Abington Twp.


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Lynne I. Eytel

August 5, 2015

Lynne I. Eytel, 74, of Clarks Summit died Wednesday morning at the VNA Hospice Unit at Geisinger Community Medical in Scranton after an extended illness.

Born Sept. 1, 1940 in Plainfield, N.J., daughter of the late Paul J. and Inez Marjamaki Eytel, she was a graduate of Plainfield High School.
Lynne was a member of the South Scranton congregation of the Jehovah’s Witness in Clarks Summit. She was an ardent witness to many in her ministry and pioneering.

Surviving are her sister, Elisabeth S. Eytel, Southampton, N.J.; stepsister, Diane M. Kahler, Dunnellon, Fla.; three nephews; two nieces and a great-nephew.

Services will be conducted:
Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave., Scranton, with Rick May providing scripture and eulogy.

Friends may gather from 1:15 p.m. until time of service.

Memorial contributions can be made to:
Jehovah’s Witness, Kingdom Hall, 617 Morgan Hwy., South Abington, PA 18411.


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June S. Morgan

07/31/2015

June S. Morgan, 87, of Scranton died Friday at Regional Hospital of Scranton after an illness.

Born June 25, 1928 in Scranton, daughter of the late William B. and Mae Davies Morgan, she had a lengthy career with the federal government before retirement. June was a member of Grace Bible Church in Dunmore.

June’s family would like to extend thanks to Scranton Manor and the Green Ridge Health Care Center for the love and compassion she received while in their care. June has graciously given her remains to medical science.

Surviving are her nephew, John Morgan, Hackensack, N.J.; and three nieces, Sally Weiss, Parsippany, N.J.; Sandra Norman, Butler, N.J.; and Joyce Morgan, Honesdale.

She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Harold and Vincent Morgan; sister, Rachel Morgan; and nephews, William Morgan and Vincent Morgan Jr.

A memorial service will be conducted:
Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in Grace Bible Church, 130 University Drive, Dunmore.

Friends may call:
Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30

A luncheon will follow the services in the church fellowship hall.

Memorial contributions may be made to:
Child Evangelism Fellowship of Lackawanna County, P.O. Box 402, Chinchilla, PA 18410; or Grace Bible Church, 130 University Drive, Dunmore, PA 18512.


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Josephine R. Atsus

July 29, 2015

Josephine R. Atsus of Scranton died peacefully Wednesday morning at her home in the loving arms of her daughter and son.

Born in Scranton, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Witold and Felicia Karwoski. She was a graduate of Scranton Central High School, and was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as director of purchasing for the Clarks Summit State Hospital.

In the mid-1950’s, she became the first Democratic chairwoman for Covington Township. Josephine was an egg and poultry farmer, a tax preparer for H&R Block, and a member of the Friends of the Lackawanna River. She was an avid quilter with the Holy Rosary Quilting Group, and made numerous ceramic figures for family and friends.She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend, always willing to extend herself in helping others.

Surviving are her daughter, Linda Atsus of Fairfax, Va.; and her son, Joseph Atsus of San Francisco, Calif.; grandsons, Michael and Matthew Bregman; great-granddaughter, Josephine Miller-Bregman; her nephew, William Crambo; niece: Susan Geiss; and great-nieces.
She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Karen Battaglini; and her sister, Victoria Crambo.

A Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 9 a.m. in Mary, Mother of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church, William Street, Scranton, Pa. Interment, St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Covington Twp., Pa.

Friends may call:
Friday from 7-9 p.m. in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Avenue, Scranton, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to:
Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411;
or to Mary, Mother of God Parish, 316 William St, Scranton, PA 18508


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Venice Ceccacci Kinsler

July 27, 2015

Venice Ceccacci Kinsler, 79, of Gouldsboro died Monday morning at her home following a lengthy illness. Born April 28, 1936 in Farrell, PA, she was the daughter of the late Orlando and Cella (Laura) Ceccacci.

Venice was a 1954 graduate of Farrell High School, and graduated from Penn State University. She then received a Masters degree in English from Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont. Venice taught English at St. Mary’s High School, and at the St. Paul’s Christian Home in Greenville, PA.
Venice was most proud of her work in Community Theater as producer and director of the Rope Dancers and the Elk County Footlighters for 15 years.
Venice was a devoted wife for 32 years to George Emerson “Bud” Kinsler.

She is survived by her sister Florence DeAngeleos of Salem , Oregon; cousins and many wonderful friends.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated:
Thursday at 10:00 am in St. Rita’s Church, Main Street, Gouldsboro, PA

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


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Paul Youshock

July 26, 2015

Paul Youshock, 81, of Elmhurst, PA died peacefully Sunday surrounded by his wife, children, and grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Judith Zabatta.

Born in Jessup, son of the late John Youshock and Susan Lapay, he attended Jessup High School, and he would humorously state that he was a graduate of the “Throop College of Beer Knowledge.” He proudly served in the United States Navy aboard the U.S.S. Rochester during the Korean War was a member of St. Eulalia’s Church in Elmhurst. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a security guard at Farview State Hospital in Waymart, PA. He was also employed at Pilgrim State Hospital in New York, which is where he met and immediately fell in love with his honey, Judy.

Paul, a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather was very family-oriented and never missed an opportunity to spend time with his family and to show his love and devotion to them. He enjoyed telling stories of his childhood spent in Jessup and the mines, as well as his experiences playing baseball in New York, where he received many accolades and was invited to play in the minor leagues. He enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, hunting, and yearly visits to Edisto Beach, South Carolina. He often used humor and charm when talking with others, which was truly endearing to those who met him. He loved partaking in frequent donut drops for his local buddies and handing out ice-cream following the Elmhurst Parade, which he was sorry to miss this year because of his illness. A true family patriarch, he was a natural father-figure to many throughout the years, and he will be deeply missed by generations of family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his son, the late Paul Youshock, Jr. Of his seven siblings, he is survived by Susan Noverini and Joseph Youshock. Also surviving are a son, John Youshock and wife, Kathy, Elmhurst; a daughter, Judith A. Youshock, Jessup; a daughter-in-law, Bonnie Youshock, Springbrook; Susan Pruyn and husband, Dave, McLean, Virginia; and a son Matthew and husband Manolo Castro, Wilton Manors, Florida. He was also very proud of his grandchildren: Ronald Augelli and wife Grace; Amber Chisarick and husband CJ; Elizabeth, Hailey, and Luke Youshock; Emily, Sammy, and Tommy Pruyn; Madison and Paul Youshock and great-grandchildren Katrina and Gianni.

Family and friends may visit from:
8:30-10:00AM on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at St. Eulalia’s Parish, 214 Blue Shutters Road, Roaring Brook Twp.

A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at: 10:00 AM at St. Eulalia’s Parish, 214 Blue Shutters Road, Roaring Brook Twp.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Paul’s honor to the St. Joseph’s Center Foundation, 2010 Adam’s Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509-1599.


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Nathan E. Middleton

July 25, 2015

Nathan E. Middleton, 56, of Scranton died Saturday morning at his home following an illness.

Born October 6, 1958 in Atlantic City, NJ, he is the son of the late Nathan and Adrian (Mayo) Middleton. Nathan has resided in Scranton for the last 20 years, and was self employed in food catering. Nathan was dearly loved by his family and friends.

Surviving are his companion Sarah “Sally” Boyle of Scranton and his children Michael, Robert, Nathan, JoAnne, Sirvon, Nicole, Wayne and Tina – all of Atlantic City, NJ; his brother: Robert Middleton and wife Sharmain of Columbia, PA; his sister Lynn Middleton of Atlantic City, NJ; and his step-mother: Glenda Middleton of New York, NY; and grandchildren.

He is also survived by his good friend Michele Carey.

Cremation and memorial services will be conducted privately, at the convenience of his family.


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Beverly A. Grab

07/24/2015

Beverly A. Grab, 83, of Thornhurst Twp. died Friday evening at the VNA Hospice Unit at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton following a brief illness. Her husband is Joseph M. Grab Sr. The couple celebrated 58 years of marriage on April 27.

Born Dec. 7, 1931, in New London, Conn., daughter of the late George A. and Mabel E. (Beebe) Rogers, she was a 1954 graduate of St. Lawrence Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in New London. In addition to raising her children, she was employed by the VNA Hospice of Lackawanna County as a registered nurse. She was a member of St. Rita’s Church in Gouldsboro, and in 1968 she was a founding member of the Thornhurst Fire and Rescue Ladies Auxiliary.

Surviving in addition to her husband are her children, Linda M. Scott and husband, Keith, Thornhurst Twp.; Joseph M. Grab Jr., Thornhurst Twp.; Anne K. Parker and husband, David, Stevens; John A. Grab and wife, Mary, Wellsboro; Susan E. Roberto-Saidi and husband, Emmanuel Saidi, Towson, Md.; Barbara J. de la Vega and husband, Marvin, Chula Vista, Calif.; and Laurie E. Traglia and husband, Frank, Richfield Springs, N.Y.; 14 grandchildren, Amanda, Bryan and Benjamin Scott; Sarah and Lauren, Luke, Joshua and Katherine Parker; Jessica and Joseph Grab; Alinafe Saidi; Gabriel and Raphael de la Vega; and Bernadette Traglia; a brother, Ellery Rogers, Montana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her son, David Grab, in 1980; her infant son, Stephen Grab; and her brother, Richard Rogers.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated:
Tuesday at 11 a.m. in St. Mark’s Church, Bear Brook Road, Thornhurst, with Bishop John M. Dougherty as celebrant.

Friends may call:
Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. in Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow, and Tuesday from 10 until 11 a.m. at the church.

Interment:
St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Covington Twp.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to
The Thornhurst Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, 125 River Road, Thornhurst, PA 18424; the VNA Hospice of Lackawanna County, 301 Delaware Ave., Olyphant, PA 18447; or Mass intentions.


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Helen Elizabeth Shurter Kernen

July 21, 2015

Helen Elizabeth Shurter Kernen of Scranton, died Tuesday, July 21, 2015 in Abington Manor, South Abington Township, PA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur R. Kernen, Jr. in 2005.

Elizabeth (Betty) was graduated from Wilmington High School in January 1940. She attended the University of Delaware, Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. Elizabeth was employed at Lever House, NYC and Bellevue, NYU Medical Center and was a laboratory technician at Du Pont Jackson Laboratory, Chamber Works, Deepwater, N.J. There, she met her husband, Arthur, of Frankfort, KY who was a chemist in the Petroleum Laboratory.

Shortly after Art’s transfer to Chicago, Elizabeth, formerly an Episcopalian, became a Roman Catholic at St. Athanasius Church in Evanston, IL. Thereafter, (1954), having become aware of being born to learn to live to learn to die, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass became the most meaningful part of her life. She believed that the understanding and appreciation of it, and the striving to live it is the answer to all things – personal problems, local problems, world problems. Accordingly, one’s journey to Eternity can be, and was for her, incredible.

Elizabeth is survived by her sister, Jeanne Carpenter, of Clarks Summit, PA, five nieces, and three nephews and their families and Elizabeth’s sister in law, Anne Marie Rush of Dayton, CA, her six children and their families.

A Funeral Mass for Elizabeth will be celebrated at St. Peter’s Cathedral, 220 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton, PA on Thursday at 9 a.m.

Interment will follow the Funeral Mass at Dunmore Cemetery, Dunmore, PA.


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Soraya Julia Lopez

July 12, 2015

Soraya Julia Lopez, two week old infant daughter of Shalynn R. Gibbs and Jose A. Lopez of Scranton died Sunday July 12, 2015 at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA.

Surviving in addition to her parents are grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Private services were conducted Saturday July 18th, 2015 in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, Scranton, PA


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Bruce R. Williams

July 14, 2015

 

Bruce R. Williams, 56 of Bath, NY and formerly of Scranton, PA died July 14, 2015 at his home.

Born May 20, 1959 in Scranton, PA, he was the son of the late Robert and Carolyn (Kayler) Williams. Bruce was educated in Scranton and was a proud Army veteran. He was self employed as an automobile maintenance and detailer. He was of the Roman Catholic faith, and dedicated to the Blessed Mary.

Surviving are his son Skyler D. Williams of Scranton, PA; (2) grandchildren:Isaiah Williams and Laila Star Williams; (3) sisters: Donna B. Spegar of Olyphant, PA, Sharon “Sherry” Williams of Scranton, Laurie Ann Williams; ,(3) brothers: Glenn C. Williams of Columbia, SC, Robert P. Williams Jr. of GA, and Mark J. Williams of Scranton; and several beloved nieces and nephews, especially his niece Morgan “Scruffy” Williams.

Funeral services will be conducted:
Monday at 1:00 pm in the chapel at Cathedral Cemetery Oram Street Scranton, PA with Rev. William Pickard as officiating clergy.

Interment with military honors will be conducted following the service.

Memorial contibutions can be made to:
Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300 Jacksonville, FL 32256


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Kelly A. Lehr

July 9, 2015

Kelly A. Lehr, 49 of Greentown, PA died Thursday after a brief illness. Born

June 7, 1966 in Allentown, PA, she is the daughter of Norman Dieter and the late
Joan Dieter. She was a graduate of William Allen High School, and was a member of the Rifle
twirling team.

Kelly was employed for many years at Traub’s market in South Allentown, a job she truly loved. She
possessed a great love of animals, and found her calling as a veterinary technician for 16 years
at the Canadensis Veterinary Clinic. While working there Kelly made many lifelong friends. She
loved cooking and gardening, and always looked forward to tending her baskets, flowers and herbs.

Kelly was quick to smile and loved to laugh. She loved life and lived it each day with great passion.
Kelly’s friends are countless and far ranging. She was a rare gift, taken from us far too soon.

In addition to her father, Kelly is survived by two daughters Alyssa Gallegos and husband Jesse,
and Sarah Lehr of Newfoundland, and her companion Robert Hilton of Greentown; a sister, Kathy Collier,
London, England

A memorial service will be conducted at a time to be announced.
Memorial contributions can be made to any animal shelter of choice.


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Fern E. Jones

July 8, 2015

Fern E. Jones, 85, a resident of Mount Cobb since 1952, passed away Wednesday at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton. One of three children, Fern was born May 10, 1930 in Scranton, Pa., to the late Jacob and Eleanor (Kizer) Polcha.

In 1947, Fern graduated from Scranton Technical High School. She married George W. Jones Sr., September 26, 1953. Fern worked in the food service area for North Pocono School District and Scranton Day Nursery Association, and owned & operated Mount Cobb Ceramics. Since retirement, she devoted her time to her family, friends and a variety of community service organizations to include but, not limited to District 14 H Jefferson Township Lions Club.

Fern is survived by a sister, Lois Smith, Elmhurst, Pennsylvania; two children, Jacob (Deborah) Jones, North Carolina; Lisa M. Jones, Virginia; daughter-in-law, Karen Jones, Madisonville, Pennsylvania; goddaughter, Gayle Padfield; buddy, Richard Padfield; four grandchildren, Adam (Connie) Jones, Jacob A. Jones, Jason (Linda) Travis, James Travis; six great-grandchildren, Kassie, Morgan, Kayte, Gavin, Payton, Owen; nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Fern was preceded in death by her husband, George Sr.; son, George Jr.; and a brother, Addison Polcha.

The funeral services will be held on:
Monday, July 13, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Eulalia’s Catholic Church, Blue Shutters Road, Elmhurst, Pa.

Following the services, interment will be at Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst.

Friends may call:
Sunday, 4 to 8 p.m., at Duffy and Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow, Pa.

Memorial contributions may be made to:
The Jefferson Township Lions Club, c/o Gayle Padfield, 432 Cortez Road, Jefferson Township, PA 18436.

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John A. Cancelleri

07/05/2015

John A. Cancelleri, 88, of Covington Twp. and formerly of North Bergen, NJ, died Sunday at St. Mary’s Villa Nursing home where he was a rehabilitation guest. His wife is the former Rosetta Kwolek. The couple would have celebrated 60 years of marriage on November 12th.

Born June 15, 1927 in Dunmore, PA, he was the son of the late Callogera and Marie (Amoriebello) Cancelleri. He was a US Army veteran serving during World War II. In 1946 he began his career with Western Electric in New Jersey. He worked with AT&T Technologies, Bell Labs, retiring with Lucent Technologies of Murray Hill, NJ in 1984. John was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Church, and a member of Knights of Columbus council # 6050 of Moscow, PA.

John’s family would like to thank “Caregivers of America” especially Pat and family member Jeannie for their amazing care and compassion to John during his health challenges.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his daughters: Diane Kaminski and husband Richard of Moscow, PA, and Susan Black and husband Robert of Little Falls, NJ; and his son John Paul Cancelleri and wife Heidi of Doswell, VA; his brother Santo “Sandy” Cancelleri of Dunmore, PA; (5) grandchildren: Ryan Kaminski and wife Brittany, David Kaminski, Andrew Kaminski, Andrea Black, and Julia Black; cousins, several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by (5) brothers, and (4) sisters.

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

Entombment with military honors:
St. Catherines Cemetery – Covington Twp. PA

Friends may call:
Friday 2-4 and 6-8 pm in Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church Street, Moscow, PA

Memorial contributions can be made to:
The Gino Merli Veterans Center, 401 Penn Avenue, Scranton, PA
18503


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Ralph W. Simpson

July 4, 2015

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Ralph W. Simpson, 86, of Dalton, died Saturday at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton following an illness. His wife is the former Loretta M. Clark.

Born Jan. 28, 1929, in Jessup, son of the late Benjamin and Gladys (Krotzer) Simpson, Ralph was an Army veteran, serving during the Korean War. Before retirement, Ralph was employed as a supervisor with Lackawanna County Comm Center. He was also employed in the trucking industry with several local carriers. He was a member of the Dunmore VFW Post.

Also surviving are a daughter, Cheryl L. Simpson, Dunmore; two sisters, Carol Perry, Clarks Summit; and Elaine Morris, Wilmington, Del.; a brother, Benjamin Simpson, Scranton; four grandchildren, Ralph Simpson, Michael Simpson, Jason Desai and Nicole Simpson; and four great-grandsons.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Ralph Simpson, on Nov. 9, 2009; a sister, Regina Williams; and two brothers, Ronald Simpson and James Simpson.

Funeral services will be:
Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave., Scranton, with the Rev. Arthur W. Davis as officiating clergy.

Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst Twp.

Friends may call:
Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.


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Richard H. Lopatto

July 1, 2015

Richard H. Lopatto of the Green Ridge section of Scranton died Wednesday at the VNA Hospice Unit at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Martha B. Lopatto, in 2004.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., he was the son of the late Atty. John S. and Mary (Skritulsky) Lopatto. He was a graduate of Wyoming Seminary and served with the Navy as a Seabee serving on Guam and Manus Islands. After the war, he graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Richard spent his career as an insurance adjuster for General Motors. After his retirement, he was employed with his brother, John Lopatto, at Stenach Ford in Plymouth, Pa.

Richard was a member of St. Paul’s/St. Clare’s Parish in Scranton. His greatest joy was his family, especially following his grandchildren’s accomplishments.

He will be deeply missed by his children: daughter, Marylyn L. True and husband, George, Nags Head, N.C.; son, Richard H. Lopatto and wife, Janice, Los Angeles; son, Robert J. Lopatto, Dickson City, Pa.; and daughter, Jane L. Yeow and husband, David, Los Angeles; his six grandchildren who loved their Pop and visited often, Laura T. Garbarsky, Meridan, Conn.; Adam True, E. Hampton, Conn.; Richard Lopatto, Oakland, Calif.; John Lopatto, Los Angeles; Jessica Lopatto, Minneapolis, Minn.; and Emily Yeow , Los Angeles. Richard was also blessed to have come to love three great-grandchildren, Ella, Caleb and Theodore (Theo). Also surviving are two sisters-in-law, Josehine Lopatto, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; and Rosemary Volinsky of Dallas, Pa.; 17 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Edward W. Lopatto and John S. Lopatto; sister, Mary M. Lopatto; and daughter-in-law, Joanne G. Lopatto.

Richard’s family would like to express heartfelt thanks to the kind, respectful and compassionate staff of Geisinger Mountain View Care Center who allowed Richard a sense of dignity during his stay. Thank you also to the VNA Hospice Inpatient unit at Geisinger/CMC for their wonderful care. Their care and empathy will never be forgotten and is greatly appreciated by Richard’s family. They touched not only Richard’s life, but his family’s as well.

A Mass will be celebrated privately on Wednesday at St. Clare’s Church with Monsignor John Sempa as celebrant.

Interment, Holy Trinity Cemetery, Bear Creek Twp.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:

MVCC Auxiliary, 2309 Stafford Ave., Scranton, PA 18505;
or the VNA Hospice of Lackawanna County, 301 Delaware Ave., Olyphant, PA 18447.



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