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Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Obituary Collection
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Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Obituary Collection

Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Obituary Collection - 42

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Date: Thursday, 7 October 2010, at 4:59 p.m.

Hall, Kathryn
Oct. 15, 2000
Kathryn (Bell) Hall, 87, of New Port Richey, Fla., formerly of Exton and the Shavertown section of Kingston Township, died Oct. 15.

She was a graduate of West Chester State College. She was a special education teacher in the West Wyoming School District and Downingtown Area School District, president of the Downingtown Area Teachers Association and worked for the former Wyoming Valley Council of Girl Scouts, Wilkes-Barre. She was the first female vestry member of St. James Episcopal Church, Downingtown. She was a lay Eucharistic minister and a member of The Daughters of the King at All Saints' Episcopal Church, Tarpon Springs, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin M.

Surviving are her sons, William, Mount Airy, Md.; and Roy, Newark, Del.; daughters, Alta Hinkle, Spring Hill, Fla.; and Margaret Kandle~, Elverson; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service with interment will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 1700 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs, Fla. A Memorial Service will also be at 4 p.m. Nov. 11 at St. James Episcopal Church, Downingtown. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to All Saints' Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 578, Tarpon Springs, Fla., 34689; or St. James' Episcopal Church, 409 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, 19335.

Hanko II, Joseph
Oct. 21, 2000
Joseph R. Hanko II, 52, of Somers Point, N.J., died Saturday of a heart attack at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Virginia.

He was born in Kingston, a son of Pauline Hanko, Ocean City, formerly of Kingston, and the late Joseph R. Hanko Sr. He was a teacher in the Margate City School District and school principal at Union Avenue School and Granville Avenue School, both of Margate City, N.J. He was a member of St. Joseph's Church, Somers Point.

Surviving are his wife, Marie C.; daughter, Nicole M., Somers Point; and brother, Mark, Galloway Township, N.J.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Church, Shore Road, Somers Point. Interment will be private. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. this evening at the Middleton-Stroble & Zale Funeral Home, 304 Shore Road, Somers Point. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Joseph's School Building Fund, 606 Shore Road, Somers Point.

Lisman, Robert
Oct. 23, 2000
Robert J. Lisman, 76, of West Liberty Street, Ashley, died Monday at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.Born Dec. 7, 1923, in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of Jacob J. and Cordelea (Walter) Lisman. He was a graduate of St. Nicholas High School. He worked in the dietary department of Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, and for the Central Railroad, New Jersey. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theater and was awarded the Silver Star. He was a member of St. Leo's Church, Ashley, American Legion Post 673, Ashley, and Newtown Volunteer Fire Department.

Mesko, Leonard
Oct. 24, 2000
Leonard R. Mesko, 53, of Sussex Street, Old Forge, formerly of Taylor, died Tuesday at Mercy Hospital, Scranton.Born in Hughestown, he was the son of the late John and Carmella (Nardone) Mesko. He worked for Mesko Glass, Scranton. He was a drummer and vocalist for the band, "The Cadillacs." He was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Old Forge.

Nagy, Jennie
Oct. 23, 2000
Jennie G. Nagy, 76, of Rear First Avenue, Berwick, died Monday at the Mercy Hospice Care Unit, Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.

Born Nov. 1, 1923, in Milton, she was a daughter of the late Peter and Sophia Gelety. She worked at the former General Cigar Plant, Berwick. She was a member of SS. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church and the Garibaldi Society, both of Berwick.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William; and brothers, John and Peter Gelety.

Surviving are her son, William, Chesapeake, Va.; daughters, Rosemary Zwolinski, Nanticoke; and Janet Mannino, Louisville, Ky.; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; brother, Steve Gelety, Youngstown, Ohio; and sisters, Mary Janasik, Philadelphia; and Rose Henger, Berwick.

A short Prayer Service will be at 9 a.m. Thursday from the Heller Funeral Home, Nescopeck, with a Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. at SS. Cyril and Methodius Church. Monsingor Stephen Chomko will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery, RR 2, Berwick. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. this evening. Parastas services will be at 7:30 p.m. this evening. Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice Community Care, Kingston.

Postupak, Martha
Oct. 24, 2000
Martha Postupak, 87, of North Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre, died Tuesday at Mercy Center, Dallas, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Born in Larksville, she was the daughter of the late Luke and Ann (Galinus) Karolchyk. She lived in Larksville for 50 years before moving to Wilkes-Barre. She attended Larksville schools and was a homemaker for her husband and family all her life. She was a helpful friend to many and was renowned for her baking and cooking skills. She was a member of Sacred Heart-St. John's Parish, Wilkes-Barre, and the Wilkes-Barre Ladies of the Lions.

Her husband of 59 years, Sylvester, died in 1996. She was preceded in death by sister, Anne "Blanch," and brothers, William, Victor, George and Stanley.

Surviving are sons, Carl, Shavertown; Bruce, Harveys Lake; daughter, Joan Wells, Putney, Vt.; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; her sister, Mrs. John (Helen) Hendricks, Valley Stream, N.Y.; and brother, Luke, Lincoln Park, Mich.

Funeral services will be Friday at 9 a.m. from the Andrew Strish Funeral Home, 11 Wilson St., Larksville, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Sacred Heart-St. John's Church, North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Hedwig's Cemetery, Larksville. Friends ~may call Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mercy Center, Box 370, Dallas, Pa.; or Hospice Community Care~, 385 Wyoming Ave., Kingston.

Rossi, Rena
Oct. 23, 2000
Rena J. Rossi, 78, of the Borough of Hughestown, died Monday at her home.

She was the daughter of the late John and Nellie (Lee) Shannon. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church, Hughestown.

Surviving are her husband of 56 years, Felix J.; son, John F., Mendham, N.J.; daughter, Mary Ann Lewis; and three grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 9 a.m. Thursday from the Adonizio Funeral Home, Inc., 251 William St., Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton section of Kingston Township. The viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today. Memorial donations may be made to Blessed Sacrament Church.

Rotondaro, Josephine
Oct. 24, 2000
Josephine M. Rotondaro, of North Main Street, Pittston, died Tuesday at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of the late Carmen and Philomena (Bucci) Nardone. She was a 1943 graduate of GAR High School. She worked in the garment industry. She was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Pittston.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred James; brother, Vincent; and infant sister, Ann.

Surviving are her daughters, Mary Frances Grabowski and Ann Marie Golden, both of West Pittston; and Judith White, Forty Fort; nine grandchildren; brothers, Lucas and Thomas Nardone, both of Wilkes-Barre; sisters, Theresa Pizzella and Eugenia Costantino, both of Wilkes-Barre; and Delores De'Lia, Pittston; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be at 9 a.m. Friday from the Adonizio Funeral Home, Inc., 251 William St., Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Burial will be in St. Rocco's Cemetery, Pittston Township. The viewing will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Simon, Dorothy
Oct. 24, 2000
Dorothy Simon, 87, of Eddinger Road, Dallas, died Tuesday at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Born in Allentown, she was the daughter of the late George and Anna (Bevan) Krist. She attended the Allentown schools. She worked at the former Natona Mills, Dallas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Abraham J.; and son, John.

Surviving are her sons, James, Kingston; and Abraham, Dallas; daughters, Anna and Lois Watkins, both of Larksville; Rebecca Sparlow, Wilkes-Barre; and Dorothy Phillips, Dallas; 24 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday from the Richard H. Disque Funeral Home, Inc., 672 Memorial Highway, Dallas, with the Rev. Charles H. Grube officiating. Interment will be in Chapel Lawn Memorial Park, Dallas. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Salerno, Mary
Oct. 24, 2000
Mary C. Salerno, of Old Forge, died Tuesday at home.

Born in Old Forge, she was the daughter of the late Peter and Nora (Lally) Connors. She was a 1940 graduate of Old Forge High School and received a degree in business from Lackawanna Junior College. She was a secretary for the district magistrate and was a district manager for Stanley Home Products. She was a member of St. Lawrence O'Toole Roman Catholic Church, active in the church's societies, and member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Old Forge Senior Citizens and American Legion Old Forge Post Auxiliary. She was a member of Who's Who in American Politics in 1981, delegate for the Democratic National Convention in 1972 and Democratic committeewoman and member of the Democratic Executive Committee in 1976. She was involved with drives in the community, including the American Cancer and Heart Association and the March of Dimes. She was a secretary to St. Mary's Auxiliary, Elmhurst, chairman of the Old Forge Bicentennial Committee in 1972 and member of the Centennial Committee.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Honorable Edward "Jerry;" brothers, Patrick, Thomas, James and John.

Surviving are her daughters, Nora Katz and Mary Kay Greco, both of Old Forge; son, Edward, Old Forge; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be at 8:30 a.m. Saturday from the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home, 517 N. Main St., Old Forge, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. at St. Lawrence O'Toole Roman Catholic Church, Main Street, Old Forge. The Rev. Dr. Michael J. Kirwin will officiate. Interment will be in Old Forge Cemetery. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Brogna, Thomas
Oct. 24, 2000
Thomas "Brownie" Brogna, died Tuesday at Wesley Village, Jenkins Township.

Born July 30, 1917, in Pittston, he was the son of the late John and Nancy Viola Brogna. He operated and owned a restaurant in Newark, N.J.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth; and brothers, Michael, Joseph and Anthony.

Surviving are his sons, Dr. Michael, Danville; Ronald, East Stroudsburg; and Thomas, Jr., Pittston; brothers, Victor and John, both of Pittston; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Friday, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. at St. Rocco's Church, Pittston. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittston. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Neare, Arbida
Oct. 24, 2000
Arbida E. Neare, of Broad Street, Pittston Township, died Tuesday at Valley Crest, Plains Township, where she was a resident for the last two months.

Born in Pittston Township, she was a daughter of the late Ralph and Concetta Chaump. She worked for Consolidated Cigar, Pittston. She was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond; daughter, Ann Osticco; brother, Joseph Chaump; and sisters, Theresa Fiume and Rose Spero.

Surviving are her son, Ray Joecq, Pittston; two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; sister, Helen Rizzo, New Jersey; and brother, Albert Chaump, New Jersey.

The funeral will be held at the convenience of the family from the Adonizio Funeral Home, Inc., 251 William St., Pittston. There will be no calling hours.

Adanosky Jr., Alois
Oct. 25, 2000
Alois J. Adanosky Jr., 43, of John Street, Pittston, died Wednesday at Community Medical Center, Scranton.

Born, Sept. 21, 1957, in Pittston, he was a son of Elinore (Moss) Yentz and the late Alois J. Adonosky Sr. He was a 1975 graduate of Pittston Area High School and attended King's College. He was a machinist for Warp Processing, Exeter. He attended St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his brothers, Mark, Pittston; sisters, Lois Palumbo, Dupont; Bonnie Blaskiewicz, Avoca; and Donna Yentz, Pittston; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday from the Kniffen O'Malley Funeral Home, Inc., 728 Main St., Avoca, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church. Monsignor John J. Bendik will officiate. Interment will be in the Pittston Cemetery. Friends may call ~from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Carter, Leroy
Oct. 24, 2000
Leroy J. Carter, 40, of White Haven, died Tuesday at his home.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of Leroy and Mary (Avilla) Carter, White Haven. He worked for Garland Industries, Freeland. He was a member of St. Patrick's Church, White Haven, a volunteer with the White Haven Fire Co., member of the White Haven Fire Co. Social Club and the Kidder Township Fire Co. Social Club.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his wife, the former Michelle Swerdon; daughters, Erica and Alecia, both at home; brothers, Jeff and Kevin, both of White Haven; sister, Valerie Medwetz, White Haven; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday from the Joseph E. Lehman Funeral Home, Inc., 403 Berwick St., White Haven, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church. The Rev. Stephen Stavoy will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery, White Haven. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to St. Patrick's Church Capital Fund, 580 Elmira St., White Haven; or to the White Haven Fire Co., White Haven, 18661.

Chiappi, Lester
Oct. 24, 2000
Lester P. Chiappi, of Lincoln Street, Yatesville, died Tuesday at the Northeastern Pennsylvania Veterans Center, Scranton.

Born in Dunmore, he was a son of the late Joseph and Maria Chiappi. He was a 1937 graduate of St. John's High School. He was self-employed in the auto wrecking business in New Jersey. He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Pittston.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Dori and Louis; and sister, Ann.

Surviving are his sister, Lena Sagramola, Yatesville; two nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.

The funeral will be at 9 a.m. Saturday from the Adonizio Funeral Home, Inc., 251 William St., Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Burial will be in Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton. The viewing will be from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday.

Connors, James
Oct. 24, 2000
James A. Connors, Pittston, beloved husband, son, son-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle and friend, lost his valiant battle with cancer on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000.

He was born in Kingston, Sept. 2, 1962, son of William and Theresa (Alexander) Connors. He graduated from Wyoming Area High School in 1980 and The E.M.T. Paramedic Program at Luzerne County Community College. He was a member of St. Mary's Help of Christians Church, Pittston, where he served as an Eucharistic minister. He was a former captain of the Exeter Ambulance and a member of the Greater Pittston Ambulance. He was captain of the Eagle Hose Company, Pittston, and was president of the Pittston City Volunteer Fireman's Relief Association. He was a member of the Pittston City Redevelopment Authority and a member of the Association of Public Safety (APCO) and 911 NEAA of Luzerne County. He was a Fourth Degree Member of The Knights of Columbus Assembly 948 and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.

He was formerly employed by Pittston City as a police dispatcher from 1989 to 1996; currently he was employed by the Luzerne County Emergency Services as quality assurance coordinator.

He is survived by his wife, the former Donna McFadden, with whom he celebrated 10 years of marriage, Sept. 15, 2000; and his beloved dog, Misty Moo; brother, William, Lititz, Pa.; sister, Sandy Coyle, Wilkes-Barre; father and mother-in-law, Mickey and Joan McFadden, Pittston; brothers-in-law, Thomas McFadden, Pittston; and Dave Skrzysowski, Avoca; sisters-in-law, Denise Skrzysowski (his champion), Avoca; and Lucille Connors, Lititz, Pa.; nephew, Frank, Wilkes-Barre; and niece, Alyssa Skrzysowski, Avoca.

He will be sadly missed by his family, his numerous friends from all walks of life and his co-workers at 911. They will keep his spirit and strength forever. We thank God he is finally at peace.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. from the Howell-Lussi Funeral Home, 509 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Help of Christians Church, Pittston. The Rev. Richard J. Polmounter will officiate. Friends may call Thursday evening, 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Interment will be in St. Michael's Cemetery, Pittston. Memorial donations, if desired, may be sent to St. Mary's Help of Christians Church, Pittston; or Pittston City Memorial Library, Broad Street, Pittston, Pa., 18640. The Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Assembly 948 will hold an Honor Guard between 7 and 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Domarasky, Elizabeth
Oct. 24, 2000
Elizabeth Domarasky, of Richard Street, Kingston, died Tuesday at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Born in Sagamore, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Elizabeth (Bordash) Domarasky. She was a 1934 graduate of Kingston High School and attended Wyoming Seminary, Kingston, and Wilkes-Barre Business College. She was a vice president of the Forty Fort State Bank and Miners Bank and worked for the Auditor General's Office in Harrisburg. She was a member of St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, Kingston, and its Rosary Society.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Mary Thorick and Anna Edmunds; and brother, Michael.

Surviving are her sisters, Margaret Cienciva, Ashley; and Dorothy Chisarick, Swoyersville; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday from the Kopicki Funeral Home, 263 Zerbey Ave., Kingston, with Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church. Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Edwardsville. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. this evening. The Rosary Society will recite the Rosary at 6:30 p.m. this evening. Parastas Services will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. this evening, with the Rev. Ted Krepp officiating.

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