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Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Obituary Collection

Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Obituary Collection - 101

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Date: Tuesday, 12 October 2010, at 2:26 p.m.

Cossack Sr., Bernard
Jan. 29, 2001
Bernard G. Cossack Sr., 74, of Old Forge, formerly of Duryea, died Monday at Mercy Hospital, Scranton.

Born in Duryea, he was the son of the late George and Della (Ambrulaitis) Cossack. He was a graduate of Duryea High School and received his associate's degree from Penn State University. He worked for Lewis and Reif, Scranton, before retiring. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater. He was a member of St. Stanislaus Church, Old Forge, and American Legion Post 607, Avoca.

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, the former Loretta Kidaloski; sons, Bernard, Jr., Old Forge; and Jerry, Annandale, Va.; daughters, Kathy Rubis, Vienna, Va.; and Susan Guse, Moscow, Pa.; and seven grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 9 a.m. Thursday from the Bernard J. Piontek Funeral Home Inc., 204 Main St., Duryea, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Church, Old Forge. Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Old Forge. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Coolbaugh, Lillian
Jan. 28, 2001
Lillian S. Coolbaugh, of Lake Carey, Tunkhannock, died Sunday at Tyler Memorial Hospital, Tunkhannock.

Born May 18, 1908, in Loyalville, she was a daughter of the late Samuel and Mary (Hoppes) Scovell. She operated the Coolbaugh Green House at Lake Carey.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Z.

Surviving are her sons, Roger and Bradley, both of Eustis, Fla.; three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; brothers, John Scovell, Coventry, Conn.; Warren Scovell, Haines City, Fla.; and sisters, Florence, Carrie and Ruth Scovell, all of Jersey City, N.J.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday from the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home Inc., 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, with the Rev. Kenneth Bitler officiating. Interment will be in Sunnyside Cemetery, Tunkhannock. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. this evening at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Chosich, Dragolyub
Jan. 29, 2001
Dragolyub "Steve" Chosich, 68, of Allis Hollow, Orwell Township, Bradford County, died Monday at the Memorial Hospital, Towanda.

Born July 13, 1932, in Goshen, N.Y., he was a son of the late Steven and Lina (Chosich)cq Chosich. He was a graduate of Kane College, New Jersey. He taught vocational arts at the East Orange High School, East Orange, N.J., for 14 years. He did consulting work as a draftsman. He attended Wyalusing Presbyterian Church.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, the former Lorraine Snincak.

Surviving are his second wife, Clemence; son, Michael, Pueblo, Colo.; daughter, Lynda Myers, Allis Hollow; and five grandchildren.

Funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to HOPS Ambulance Association, c/o James W. Seipler, RR 1, Box 280, Rome, 18837. Funeral arrangements are by the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing.

Doody, Alfred
Jan. 29, 2001
Alfred E. Doody, 72, of Taylor, died Monday at the VNA Hospice Unit of Community Medical Center, Scranton.

Born Nov. 6, 1928, in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late Joseph and Margaret (Sheahan) Doody. He attended Philadelphia schools. He was an electrician for Acme Markets for 44 years. He was a member of St. Lawrence's Roman Catholic Church, Old Forge, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union 1927.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Jack; and sisters, Eleanor Baker and Margaret Ehert.

Surviving are his wife of eight years, Antoinette (Vender) Doody; sons, Alfred, Radner; and Gary, Philadelphia; daughter, Marianne Lauterwasser, Langhorne; stepsons, Francis, Dennis and Neil DeAngelo, all of Taylor; 10 grandchildren, one great-grandchild; brothers, Francis and Joseph, both of Philadelphia; sister, Catherine Weist, Philadelphia; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday from the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home, 517 N. Main St., Old Forge, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Lawrence's Roman Catholic Church, Main Street, Old Forge. Interment will be in Old Forge Cemetery, Old Forge. Friends may call from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the building fund of St. Lawrence's Church, c/o 620 S. Main St., Old Forge, 18518, or to the Deborah Area Hospital Foundation, c/o the Scranton Area Chapter, Box 1591, Scranton, 18501-1591.

Hoyt, Jean
Jan. 29, 2001
Jean H. Hoyt, of Dallas, died Monday at her home.Funeral arrangements are pending from the Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home Inc., Pikes Creek.

Karlavage, Dr. John
Jan. 28, 2001
Dr. John Karlavage, 53, of Scranton, died Sunday at the Moses-Taylor Hospital.Born in Shenandoah, he was the son of the late John S. Karlavage and Pauline Glaudel. He was a 1965 graduate of J.W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah, 1969 graduate of the University of Scranton and a 1974 graduate of the Thomas Jefferson College of Medicine, Philadelphia. He ran a family practice in Mahanoy City from 1976 to 1991.

Kiwak, Anna
Jan. 28, 2001
Anna Kiwak, of Wyoming Avenue, Dupont, died Sunday at home.

Born in Dupont, she was a daughter of the late Louis and Sophie (Kozak) Kiwak. She was a member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church and its Altar and Rosary Society, Dupont.

She was preceded in death by her son, Richard Alewynse; brothers, Frank, Joseph and John; and sister, Helen Kusmiss.

Surviving are her sisters, Mary Biss, Wallington, N.J.; and Cassie Gall, Dupont; brothers, Stanley, Dupont; and Edward "Jimmy," Seneca, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.

A Funeral service will be 9 a.m. Thursday from the Stephen. M. Lokuta Funeral Home, 200 Wyoming Ave., Dupont, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church. Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Dupont. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. The Altar and Rosary Society will recite the Rosary at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Komiski, Albert
Jan. 23, 2001
Albert A. Komiski, 75, of Reynolds Street, Plymouth, died Jan. 23 at the family home.

Born Feb. 8, 1925, in Plymouth, he was a son of the late Michael and Margaret (Raefski) Komiski. He attended Plymouth Borough schools. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II and the Korean War, serving for more than 20 years. He received the Purple Heart. He was a member of St. Casimir's Church, Lyndwood, Hanover Township, and the Plymouth American Legion.

Surviving are his sister, Jean Kuchta, Plymouth; brother, Paul, Woodland, Ga.; nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in St. Casimir's Cemetery, Muhlenburg. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are by the S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth.

Lutz, Curtis
Jan. 29, 2001
Curtis D. Lutz, 92, of John Street, Kingston, died Monday at Hospice Care of the VNA at the Heritage House, Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of the late George and Margaret (Firstenfeldt) Lutz. He worked at Fowler Dick and Walker, the Boston Store, Wilkes-Barre. He owned and operated a service station on Market Street, Kingston, and was self-employed as a tile contractor before retiring in 1983. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in Germany.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha (Campell) Lutz; and brothers, George, Jr. and Raymond.

Surviving are his nephews and foster sons, George D. Smith, Kingston; and Charles Smith, Germantown, Md.; and other nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, with the Rev. James Harring officiating. Entombment will be in the Denison Cemetery Mausoleum, Swoyersville. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

May, Mary
Jan. 28, 2001
Mary K. May, 66, of Harveys Lake, died Sunday at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.

Born May 28, 1934, in Harveys Lake, she was a daughter of the late Hiram and Alice (Kraft) Newell.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald R.

Surviving are her son, John E., Harveys Lake; daughters, Patricia Hoover, Dallas; Susan Patton, Noxen; and Nancy Lou Wilkes, Harveys Lake; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Theodore Newell, Loyalville; Richard Newell, Vernon; Edward and James Newell, both of Harveys Lake; and Thomas Newell, Noxen; and sisters, Eleanor Eastwood, Mehoopany; and Joan Ely, Noxen.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday from the Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home, corner of Routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek, with the Rev. Richard Womer officiating. Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery, Trucksville, Kingston Township. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Manthei, Frank
Jan. 27, 2001
Frank J. Manthei, of Luzerne Street, Hanover Township, died Saturday at his home.

Funeral arrangements are pending from from the FrederČick and Snowdon Funeral Home, 617 Carey Ave., Wilkes-Barre.

Markle, Carol
Jan. 27, 2001
Carol (Garver) Markle, 78, of Pass Christian, Miss., formerly of Conyngham, died Saturday at her home.

Born in Springfield, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Jacob Christian and Eunice (Crellin) Garver. She attended the Briarcliff Junior College, Briarcliff, N.Y. She and her husband, Gordon O., owned and operated Gulf Coast Airlines. She was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church and the board of the St. Monica Guild, both of Pass Christian, and was an active volunteer for numerous organizations in Mississippi and Pennsylvania.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Frederic Stark Markle; and second husband, Gordon O. Markle.

Surviving are her children, Frederic Stark, Albuquerque, N.M.; Gordon David, Monroe, La.; Edward Donald, New Orleans; Eunice Markle Frederick, Sugarloaf; and Carol Markle Frederick, Conyngham; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be at 4 p.m. today at Trinity Episcopal Church, Pass Christian, Miss. Friends may call from 3 to 4 p.m. today. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery, Hazleton. Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, Pass Christian, Miss., 39571; or to Hospice, PO Box 1810, Gulfport, Miss., 39502. Arrangements are by the Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Homes, Inc., Mississippi.

Ostroskie, Thomas
Jan. 29, 2001
Thomas W. Ostroskie, 70, of Brady Street, West Wyoming, died Monday at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Born Dec. 21, 1930, in West Wyoming, he was a son of the late Stanley and Josephine (Karkutski) Ostroskie. He worked for the Pisano Fence Co., Exeter, before retiring. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Church, West Wyoming, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Wilkes-Barre, and American Legion Post 644, Swoyersville.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Agnes; and brothers, William and Leonard.

Surviving are his wife, the former Mary Ann Matey, formerly of Wilkes-Barre; son, William, at home; sister, Madaline Psculkowski, Conshohocken; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be at 9 a.m. Thursday from the Bednarski Funeral Home, 168 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton, Kingston Township. The viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Our Lady of Sorrows Church.

Owen, Burton
Jan. 29, 2001
Burton J. Owen, 78, of Cliffside Avenue, Trucksville section of Kingston Township, formerly of Binghamton, N.Y., and Charlotte, N.C., died Monday at the Meadows Nursing Center, Dallas.Born in Vandling, he was a son of the late George and Evelyn (Craik) Owen. He was a graduate of Carbondale High School. He worked on the maintenance staff for IBM, Charlotte, N.C. He was a member of the Trucksville United Methodist Church.

Rosengrant, Richard
Jan. 29, 2001
Richard C. Rosengrant, 79, of West Street, Tunkhannock, died Monday at Mercy Hospital, Scranton.Born Nov. 10, 1921, in Tunkhannock, he was the son of the late Dewitt C. and Daisy (Oakley) Rosengrant. He worked for the state Department of Transportation for 23 years and retired from Proctor & Gamble, Mehoopany, after 17 years. He was a U.S. Army engineer veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Tunkhannock Presbyterian Church, Tunkhannock.

Sergi, Joan Ann
Jan. 28, 2001
Joan Ann Sergi, of West Academy Street, Wilkes-Barre, died Sunday at Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.

She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Dorothy McGlynn, Wilkes-Barre. She was a graduate of Coughlin High School and the Wilkes-Barre Business School. She worked at RCA, Mountaintop. She did volunteer work throughout her life, including the Red Cross and the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary.

Surviving are her husband, Augustine W.; son, William A., Wilkes-Barre; daughter, Diane M., Wilkes-Barre; one grandson, and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Therese Church, Old River Road, Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Family and friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. this evening at the Matthew T. Jacobs Funeral Home, 47 Old River Road, Wilkes-Barre. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, or to the Diabetes Foundation.

Smith, Catherine
Nov. 29, 2001
Catherine H. Smith, 66, of South Main Street, Hanover Township, died Monday at Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.

Born June 21, 1934, in the Brookside section of Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of the late Alexander and Catherine (Shimshy) Stepchuk. She was a 1952 graduate of Coughlin High School. She worked for Pioneer Manufacturing Co., Wilkes-Barre, before retiring. She was a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union and St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Wilkes-Barre.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Steven Stepchuk; and sister, Anna Smith.

Surviving are her husband of 34 years, Andrew J.; son, Andrew "Drew," Jr., Gardners; daughter, Susan Smith, at home; brothers, John Stepchuk, Palm Harbor, Fla.; and Michael Stepchuk, San Francisco; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 9:15 a.m. Thursday from the Simon S. Russin Funeral Home Inc., 136 Maffett St., Plains Township, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Nicholas Church, Wilkes-Barre. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Lee Park, Hanover Township. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. There will be a Christian wake service Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 250 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, 18702.

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