June 18, 2000
William J. Sharkness, of Penn Street, Kingston, died Sunday at Manor Care Health Services, Kingston.
Born in Kingston, he was a son of the late John and Mary (Chernauskas) Sharkness.
He was a graduate of Kingston High School.
He worked for Owens-Illinois, Pittston Township.
He was a member of St. Mary's Annunciation Church, Kingston.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Anna (Buza) Richie and Nellie (Buza) Rickard; and brothers, Julian, Joseph and Francis Buza, and John Sharkness.
Surviving are his wife, the former Genevieve C. Agurkis; sons, Joseph, Dallas; Edward, Bettendorf, Iowa; William W., King of Prussia; James, Ithaca, N.Y.; and John, Kingston; daughter, Catherine Sharkness, Kingston; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Mae Brannigan, Kingston; and Sister Mary Martha, Brockton, Mass.
Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday from the Kopicki Funeral Home, 263 Zerbey Ave., Kingston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Annunciation Church.
Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Pringle.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Skamanich Sr., Michael
June 17, 2000
Michael Skamanich Sr., 83, of West Scranton, died Saturday at his home.
Born Sept. 5, 1916, in Scranton, he was a son of the late John and Mary (Bilo) Skamanich.
He was a U.S. Army and Air Force veteran of World War II, serving with the 594th Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion. He received the Good Conduct Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, and four Bronze Stars.
He was a forklift operator for Haddon Craftsman.
He was a member of the Independent Bible Church, Duryea.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, William and John; and sister, Helen Flynn.
Surviving are his wife of 53 years, the former Florence Yanko; son, Michael Jr., Old Forge; one granddaughter; sisters, Mary "Jessie" Mlaker, Scranton; brother, George, Portland, Ore.; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday from the Independent Bible Church, Duryea, with the Rev. Albert Cremard officiating.
Interment will be in Abington Hills Cemetery, South Abington Township.
There will be no calling hours.
Memorial donations may be made to the Independent Bible Church Building Fund, Main and Stephenson Streets, Duryea, Pa. 18642.
Arrangements are by the Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union St., Taylor.
June 17, 2000
John Wozniak, 76, of Taylor, died Saturday at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township.
Born Sept. 15, 1923, in Old Forge, he was a son of the late Maxim and Rose (Russin) Wozniak.
He attended Old Forge schools.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving with Company B 761st Military Police Battalion. He received the Good Conduct Medal, the Victory Medal and the Asia-Pacific Service Medal.
He worked for the former Superior Door and Sash Co.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 306, Taylor, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4954, Old Forge, and the Irem Temple, Wilkes-Barre, a Master Mason of Acacia Lodge 579 Free and Accepted Masons, Taylor, and a 32nd degree Mason of the Valley of Scranton, Keystone Consistory.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, William and Peter; and sister, Anna.
Surviving are his wife of 41 years, the former Regina "Jean" Karp; sons, Mark, Taylor; and Robert, Blairstown, N.J.; daughters, Paula, Nancy and Jean; sisters, Mary Wozniak, Fort Lee, N.J.; Helen Ruby, Woodbury, N.J.; Paula Murano, Hillsdale, N.J.; and Mildred Wozniak, Duryea; one grandchild; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union St., Taylor, with a blessing service by the Rev. David Mahaffey of St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Church, Old Forge.
Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Old Forge.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today. Parastas services will be at 3:30 p.m. American Legion Post 306 and VFW Post 4954 will hold military services at 7:15 p.m.
June 19, 2000
Blanche Biago, of Highland Manor, Exeter, formerly of West Wyoming, died Monday at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are pending from the Frank A. Gubbiotti Funeral Home, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter.
June 15, 2000
Carl E. Grey III, of Lake Ariel, died Thursday in Miami.Born in Denville, N.J., he was a son of Carl and Carol (Smith) Grey, Lake Ariel. He was a welder on cruise ships in Florida.
June 18, 2000
Andrew J. Holoman Jr., 76, of Bridgewater, N.J., died Sunday at the Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy, N.J.
He was born in Askam, Hanover Township. He was a chief operator for Union Carbide, Bound Brook, N.J. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving as a private first class. He received the Purple Heart, European-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one Bronze Arrowhead, three Bronze Stars and the World War II Victory Medal.
Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Nellie (Sidonis) Holoman; son, Joseph Andrew, Allentown; daughters, Patty Yawger, Hampton, N.J.; and Dolores DeLorenzo, Bridgewater, N.J.; seven grandchildren; brothers, Thomas, Nanticoke; and George, Huntington Mills; and sister, Rachael Cragle, Muncy.
Funeral services will be at 8 a.m. Thursday from the Bridgewater Funeral Home, Inc., 707 E. Main St., Bridgewater, N.J., with a funeral Mass at 9 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, Bridgewater, N.J. Interment will be in Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery, Arneytown, N.J. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
June 18, 2000
Mary P. Holton, 85, formerly of the B'Nai B'rith Apartments, Wilkes-Barre, died Sunday at the Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Nanticoke.
Born April 2, 1915, in Bayonne, N.J., she was a daughter of the late James and Rose (Carlo) Panico. She was a graduate of the Bayonne High School and a member of Sacred Heart Church, Plains Township.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James T.; brothers, Daniel and Dominick; and sister, Mildred Pizzella.
Surviving are her daughter, Margaret Holton Wilk, Plains Township; sons, James T. and Thomas J., both of Wilkes-Barre; one granddaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, Park Avenue and South Street, Wilkes-Barre, with a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church. The Rev. Joseph C. Streit will officiate. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Plains Township. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Plains Township.
June 17, 2000
Matthew L. McConlogue, 77, of Hillside, N.J., died Saturday at Union Hospital, Union, N.J.He was born in Ashley. He was a food processor for Kraft Foods and worked in production for the Bristol Meyers Co., both of Hillside, N.J. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving on the USS Harrison in the South Pacific.
June 5, 2000
Joseph J. Pavlik, 65, of Whippany, N.J., formerly of Nutley, N.J., and Belleville, N.J., died Monday at the Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, N.J.
He was born in Wilkes-Barre. He was a regional sales manager for the Grande Cheese Co., Wisconsin, and served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959.
Surviving are his wife, the former Linda Pinadella; son, John A., Lake Hopatcong, N.J.; daughters, Sharon Hennig, Randolph, N.J.; and Susan McGrath, Great Meadows, N.J.; four grandchildren; and sister, Teresa Pavlik-Evans, Maryland.
The funeral was held from the Par-Troy Funeral Home, Parsippany, N.J. Interment was in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover, N.J. Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 669 Littleton Road, Parsippany, N.J., 07054-4836.
June 19, 2000
Helen C. Peck, 82, of Walnut Street, Luzerne, died Monday at the Hospice Inpatient Unit of Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.
Born in Luzerne, she was a daughter of the late John and Marcella (Sebastinas) Urbanovich. She attended Luzerne schools, worked at Leader East Nursing Home and at Consolidated Cigar, Wilkes-Barre. She was a member of Holy Family Parish, Luzerne, its Altar and Rosary Society and the church's Eucharistic minister.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; sisters, Anna B. Tribendis, Florence Racik and Julia Domant.
She is survived by nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday from the Betz-Jastremski Funeral Home, Inc., 568 Bennett St., Luzerne, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. at Holy Family Parish, in St. Ann's Church, Luzerne. The Rev. Robert Arnold will officiate. Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Lehman Township. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Holy Family Altar and Rosary Society will recite the Rosary at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice Community Care, Kingston.
Son, Rose M.
June 18, 2000
Rose M. Son, of Hollywood, Fla., formerly of Pittston, died Sunday at home.
Funeral arrangements are pending from the Graziano Funeral Home, Pittston Township.
June 22, 2000
Velma E. Bowman, of Schuyler Avenue, Kingston, died Thursday at Balanced Care, Kingston.
Born in Hughestown, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Caroline (Shuman) Booth. She was a graduate of Hughestown High School, was a sales clerk for the Marion Shop, Kingston, and an Avon representative. She was a member of Holy Trinity Church, Kingston.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George A.; son, Howard; and brother, Forrest Booth.
Surviving are her brother, Donald Booth, Duryea; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Metcalfe & Shaver Funeral Home, Inc., 504 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, with the Rev. Patrick W. Poole officiating. Interment will be in Wyoming Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
June 22, 2000
Paul P. Chopak, of Main Road, Lee section of Newport Township, formerly of Ashley, died Thursday at his home.
Born May 30, 1928, in Ashley, he was a son of the late Charles and Susan (Cimbak) Chopak. He attended the Ashley schools. He was a coal miner for the Glen Alden and Susquehanna Coal companies, truck driver for the Biscontini Distribution Center, Kingston, and he and his wife owned and operated the Glen Lee Bar & Grill. He attended the St. Nicholas Ukrainian Church, Glen Lyon, Newport Township.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, John, Stephen, Edward, Michael, Andrew, George "Butch," Peter and Adam; and sister, Mary Sarnoski.
Surviving are his wife of 48 years, the former Hannah Hudak; daughter, Jill Ann Mueller, Annandale, Va.; one granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.
Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Funeral arrangements will be by the George A. Strish, Inc. Funeral Home, Glen Lyon.
June 22, 2000
Amelia "Maggie" Dwyer, 57, of Sugarloaf Township, died Thursday at the Hazleton General Hospital.
Born in Kingston, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Giannone and Helen (Armusik) Kapatinski. She was a graduate of Edwardsville High School and a member of St. John Bosco Church, Conyngham Township.
Surviving are her husband, Neil T., Jr.; and son, Neil T., III, at home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday at St. Vincent's Church, Plymouth. A Memorial Mass will be at St. John Bosco Church at a date and time to be announced later. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Vital House, c/o Maggie Dwyer, 67 Brookhill Road, Sugarloaf, 18249.
Galli, Leo J.
June 22, 2000
Leo J. Galli, 80, of Schooley Avenue, Exeter, succumbed Thursday at home, surrounded by his loved ones.
Born in Exeter, he was the son of the late Emilio and Bianca (Begliomini) Galli. He was a graduate of Exeter High School, class of 1939, and the Dale Carnegie Institute. He studied mechanical and civil engineering at the Norfolk State University. Mr. Galli retired after 47 years as the district manager of the 7-Up Co. in Exeter. He was a World War II Army veteran and served as staff sergeant in the 1906th Engineer Aviation for three years in the South Pacific. He was a 50-year member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and was a charter member of the Exeter Lions Club. He was a member of St. Anthony's Church, Exeter. In 1968, he won the Pennsylvania State Championship in Billiards and was invited to participate in the World Championship of Billiards. Creating custom made cue sticks was his favorite hobby.
Preceding him in death was a brother, Evo Galli.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, the former Josephine Ferraro; the treasured father of Bruce Galli, Lebanon; Mrs. Brian (Gail) Abromavage, Wyoming; and Mrs. Thomas (Leah) Amico, Kingston Township; and daughter-in-law, Kathryn Galli. He was the guiding light of his grandchildren, Alyna, Lewis and Alex Galli, Brian, Heather and Lesley Abromavage, T.J., Stacia and Leigh Ann Amico, and great-granddaughter, Hope Olivia Williams.
The funeral will be held Monday morning at 9 a.m. from the Frank A. Gubbiotti Funeral Home, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Anthony's Church. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Friends may call Sunday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the FMC Wilkes-Barre Dialysis Unit, 56-58 W. Linden St., Wilkes-Barre; or to the Gate of Heaven School Library, 40 Machell Ave., Dallas, 18612.
June 22, 2000
Harry F. Goeringer, 77, of Port Street, Lucie, Fla., and Newberry Estates, Dallas, formerly of Trucksville, died Thursday at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
Born in Wilkes Barre, he was the son of the late Harry F. and Mary (Malkemes) Goeringer. He was a graduate of Coughlin High School, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and attended Franklin and Marshall University. He was a partner with his late brother, Carl F., in the H.F. Goeringer & Sons Real Estate Agency, Wilkes Barre. He was an U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He attended the Dallas United Methodist Church, was a member of Landmark Lodge 442 F & AM, Wilkes-Barre, Caldwell Consistory, Bloomsburg, Irem Temple, Wilkes Barre, and Dallas Rotary, and president of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Board of Realtors.
Surviving are his wife of 22 years, the former Mary Jane Hislop; son Harry F., Hutchinson Island, Fla,; stepdaughters, Susan Gauntlett and Megan Moore, both of Dallas; eight grandchildren; sisters, Christine Binford, Hagerstown, Md., Eleanor Taylor, Monterey, Calif.; Lois Sweinberg, Wyoming; and Caroline Basler, Boca Raton, Fla.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday from the Dallas United Methodist Church, 4 Parsonage St., Dallas, with the Rev. Dr. William D. Lewis officiating. Interment will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Richard H. Disque Funeral Home Inc., 672 Memorial Highway, Dallas. Masonic services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Dallas United Methodist Church.
June 22, 2000
Stacia A. Gregg, 89, of West Main Street, Plymouth, died Thursday at her home.
Born Oct. 30, 1910, in Larksville, she was a daughter of the late Casimer and Eva (Zawatski) Sitkowski. She attended local schools and worked in the local garment industry. She was a member of the St. Mary's-St. Stephen's Church Community, Plymouth, its Altar and Rosary Society, International Ladies Garment Workers Union, St. Mary's Senior Citizens Friendship Club, Wilkes-Barre Senior Citizens Club, Shawnee Senior Citizens Club, FOSCCO, Wilkes-Barre, Patriotic Brotherhood of America-Back Mountain Chapter and the Susquehanna Trail Hikers.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; brothers, Walter, Charles, Vincent, Stanley, Anthony, Peter and Joseph; and sisters, Mary Musial and Rose Mack.
Surviving are her son, Charles, Plymouth; daughters, Carol Miller and Maureen West, both of Bowie, Md.; one grandson, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be at 8:30 a.m. Monday from the S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. at St. Mary's Nativity Church, Plymouth. Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Plymouth Township. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to MOA Prescription Fund, 382 Pierce St., Kingston, 18704, Attn: Judy Sullivan.
June 23, 2000
Konstanty B. Hallet, 78, of Robarts Drive, Phoenixville, died Friday at his home.
Born Feb. 14, 1922, in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of the late Adam and Eva (Maciag) Hallet. He was a 1941 graduate of the James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre, and completed a course in mechanical drafting at Wilkes-Barre City School Veterans Training Class. He worked in the cord unit at the former B.F. Goodrich Co., Oaks, served in the Civilian Conservation Corps and was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church, Phoenixville.
Surviving are his wife, Margaret (Miskewicz) Hallet; daughters, Marion Bashista, Santa Cruz, Calif.; Constance, Pittsburgh; and Christine, Phoenixville; and sister, Stella Kroll, Wilkes-Barre.
Friends and relatives may attend the funeral at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday from the Devlin-Rosmos-Kepp Funeral Home, Inc., Main Street at Fourth Avenue, Phoenixville, with a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church, Main Street at Third Avenue, Phoenixville. Burial will be in St. Ann Cemetery, Phoenixville. Friends may call from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.