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Miscellaneous Wayne, Moscow, and Pocono Obituaries
From the former Weekly Journal of Moscow, PA
Covering Schuylkill, Monroe, and Lackawanna Counties
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EDNA R. WILLIAMS
Edna R. Williams, Hamlin, died November 17 at home. She was the widow of Robert G. Fenstermacher, who died Dec. 26, 1944. Born in Scranton, daughter of the late Russell and Mabel Davis Williams, she was a member of the Hollisterville Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Scranton Central High School and prior to retirement, she was employed as a receptionist at the U.S. Textile Corp. She was a loving and giving person, who will be greatly missed. Surviving is a son, Russell Murphy, Hamlin. She was preceded in death by a sister, Elaine Murphy. The funeral and interment were private with services by the Rev. Dr. Kenneth Lindow. Interment, Washburn Street Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hollisterville Baptist Church, RR 5, Box 528A, Moscow. Arrangements by the James Wilson Funeral Home, Route 296, Lake Ariel.

MARIE B. CULL CLIFFORD
Marie B. Cull Clifford, 90, Flushing, N.Y., died November 18 at the home of her daughter in Laurel Estates, Lake Ariel, after an illness. She was the widow of Michael J. Clifford, who died in 1988. They were married for 51 years. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., daughter of the late Daniel and Dorothy Martin Cull, she was a housewife and was a member of Queen of Peace Church, Flushing. She vacationed in the Hawley area for the past 70 years, the past 35 years at Woodloch Pines. She was an avid knitter and crocheter who made baby sweaters, afghans and Christmas ornaments for dozens of her friends and family members. Surviving are a daughter, Jeanne Gieckel, Lake Ariel; a son, Michael J., Bethpage, N.Y.; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews. The funeral was at Queen of Peace Church, N.Y. Interment, Mount St. Mary’s Cemetery, Queens, N.Y. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Wayne Unit, 627 Main St., Honesdale, 18431; and the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, Md., 20852. Arrangements by Teeters’ Funeral Chapel, 505 Church St., Hawley.

EARL L. SCHNEIDER
Earl L. Schneider, 63, RD 6 Moscow, Covington Township, died November 18 at Community Medical Center after a brief illness. His widow is the former Ruth O’Reilly. They celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary Oct. 12. Born in June 25, 1937 in New Brunswick, N.J., son of the late Raymond and Hazel Allen Schneider, he was educated in New Brunswick schools and attended Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a mechanical engineer at Supradur Manufacturing, Wind Gap. He was a member of the Daleville United Methodist Church. Also surviving are two daughters, Cynthia and Suzanne Schneider, both of Scranton; three sons, James, White Haven; Daniel, Covington Township, and Stephen, Scranton; a brother, Leonard, Newfoundland; a sister, Elvira Schneider, Mommoth Junction, N.J.; nine grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Hazel, Margaret and Marie; and a brother, Raymond. The funeral was from the Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 401 Church St., Moscow, with services by the Rev. Douglas Posegate, pastor of the Daleville and Maple Lake United Methodist Churches. Interment was private.

STANLEY J. LIPSKI
Stanley J. Lipski, Lake Ariel, died November 18 at Moses Taylor Hospital after an illness. His wife is the former Helen M. Darmofal, who died in 1995. The couple had been married for 51 years. Born in Scranton, son of the late Julius and Bridget Niedzwiecki Lipski, he retired from the U.S. Department of Defense in 1977 as a weapons systems program analyst for the secretary of the Navy at the Pentagon. He was a graduate of the former St. Thomas College, and he also attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University, American University and the Institute of Defense Analysis. He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Surviving are three daughters, Aleksandra Kline and Susanne Lipski, both of Lake Ariel, and Stephanie Hubbs, Eagen, Minn.; a brother, Walter, Erie; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers, the Rev. John, Leo and Joseph; and a sister, Josephine Evans. The funeral was from the Catherine Y. Zabielski Funeral Home, 941 S. Main St., with Mass in St Michael’s Church, Jackson Street. Interment, SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Taylor.

EUGENE J. VITALI SR.
Eugene J. Vitali Sr., Dunmore, died November 19 at home. He and his wife, the former Marian R. Wallace, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Sept. 14. Born in Dunmore, son of the late John and Gilda Vincenti Vitali, he was a 1936 graduate of Dunmore High School and a member of St. Casimir’s Church, Dunmore. Prior to retirement, he was co-owner and operator of the Turnpike Coal Co., Dunmore. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend who enjoyed spending time with his family. He was an avid New York Yankees fan. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Also surviving are two sons, Eugene J. Jr., Lake Ariel, and John, Daleville; three daughters, Mary Louise Scioscia, Clarks Summit; Ann Chapman, Marshall, Mich.; and Elizabeth, at home; a brother, John, Dunmore; two stepbrothers, Peter Loretti, Florida, and Angelo Loretti, Dunmore; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Angelo; two sisters, Stella Burke and Helen Mangan; and a stepbrother, Amerigo Loretti. The funeral was from the Thomas J. Golden Funeral Home, 2004 Delaware St., Dunmore, with Mass in St. Casimir’s Church, Prospect Street, Dunmore. Entombment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

MARY ANN GORZKOWSKI
Mary Ann "Honey" Gorzkowski, 68, of the Glendale section of Avoca, died November 19 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. She was the wife of Edward P. Gorzkowski Sr. The couple had been married 50 years. Born Aug. 16, 1932, in Dunmore, daughter of the late Joseph and Pauline Depich Bednar, she was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Avoca. Also surviving are four sons, Edward Jr., Joseph and Richard, all of Glendale; and John (Jay), Springbrook Township; a daughter, Linda Herman, Glendale; and eight grandchildren. The funeral was from St. Mary’s Church, Avoca, celebrated by the Rev. Joseph Elston. Interment was at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca, 18641. Arrangements by the Kniffen O’Malley Funeral Home Inc., 728 Main St., Avoca.

ELLEN L. LUONGO
Ellen L. Luongo, 73, of East Scranton, died November 20 at Community Medical Center. She was the wife of Salvatore J. Luongo. The couple had celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary in February. Born in South Gibson, daughter of the late Howard and Leona Pickering Barlow, she was a graduate of Harford High School and Lackawanna Junior College. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. She enjoyed her family and her casino trips to Atlantic City. Also surviving are two daughters, Lisa Miller, Scranton; and Cheryl Borden, Spring Brook; two sons, Guy, Mountaintop; and Thomas, Carey, N.C.; a sister, Maryjane Prebish, Dunmore; a brother, Dimock Barlow, South Gibson; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Elmer. The funeral was from the Vanston Funeral Home, Ash Street and North Irving Avenue, with Mass in Immaculate Conception Church. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 63 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, 18701.

BERENIECE E. PICKENHEIM
Bereniece E. Pickenheim, 87, of 222 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, died November 20. Her husband was the late Arthur W. Pickenheim. Born in Freeland, daughter of the late Foster and Dora Eroh Drasher, she was employed as a clerk by the former Sheids Department Store, Tamaqua. She was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, and the Eastern Star Hester Rebecca Lodge, Tamaqua. She was a 1931 graduate of Hazleton High School. Surviving are two sons, Ronald A., Moscow, and Paul J., Danville; a daughter, Cheryl Thomas, Honesdale; a sister, Gladys Reed, Watsontown; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Memorial services were conducted in Trinity United Church of Christ, Tamaqua, by the Rev. David Grant, pastor. Interment, private in St. John’s Cemetery, Cunningham. Arrangements by the E. Franklin Griffiths and Robert C. Reeser Funeral Home, Tamaqua.

MARY L. KANE
Mary L. Kane, Dunmore, died November 20 at home after an illness. She was the widow of James A. Kane, M.D., who died Jan. 15, 1997. Born in Carbondale, daughter of the late Patrick and Nellie Mullaly, she was a member of St. Clare’s Church. She was educated in Carbondale schools and graduated in 1942 from Marywood University with a bachelor’s degree in library science. Before marriage, she worked as a librarian at St. Thomas College, now the University of Scranton. She is survived by a daughter, Mary E. Kane, with whom she resided; a son, James Kane, Moosic Lakes; a granddaughter, nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Daniel and John Mullaly, and two sisters, Kathryn and Eileen Mullaly. The funeral Mass was from St. Clare’s Church. Interment, St. Mary of Mount Carmel Cemetery, Dunmore. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton 18509. Arrangements by the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore.

FRANCES V. BIAGIOLI
Frances V. "Frannie" Biagioli, 82, a South Scranton resident, died November 20 at the Hospice Preferred Choice Inpatient Unit at Mid-Valley Hospital, Peckville, after a lengthy illness. She was the widow of John Biagioli, who died in 1987. Born Nov. 12, 1918, in Johnson City, Tenn., daughter of the late Samuel and Mary Emily Berry Berry, she was employed by McDonald’s Restaurant, South Scranton, for 25 years before retirement. She was loved very much by her family and will be missed by all. Surviving are a son, John, with whom she resided; two daughters, Annmarie Schwenk, Daleville, and Helen Rodney, North Scranton; a brother, Samuel, Baltimore; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by numerous brothers and sisters. The funeral was from the August J. Haas Funeral Home Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with services by the Rev. Rebecca Tanner. Interment, Italian-American Cemetery, Minooka. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Preferred Choice, c/o Mid-Valley Hospital, Peckville, 18452.

LUCILLE E. ATEN
Lucille E. Aten, 77, a lifelong resident of the Moscow area, died November 21 in Moses Taylor Hospital after an illness. Her husband is John H. “Jack” Aten. They had been married for 54 years. Born in Moscow, daughter of the late Edwin and Alma Jones Griffith, she was a graduate of Moscow High School, and was employed in the secretarial department of International Salt Co. Prior to that, she was the receptionist for Dr. Brundage in Moscow. She was a member of the Moscow United Methodist Church and of the Harriet Green Chapter 198 Order of the Eastern Star. She was a caring, compassionate person, who was a loving mother and grandmother, and enjoyed being with her granddaughter. She was an avid reader, and enjoyed needlepoint and cross-stitching. Surviving are two sons, Robert and David, both of Elmhurst; a stepson, John, Nashua, N.H.; a sister, Janice Carlson, Sweden; a granddaughter; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a stepmother, Laurissa Griffith; a brother, Lincoln Sayer; and a sister, Marybelle Griffith. A memorial service was held in the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Home, Route 690, Spring Brook Township, with services by the Rev. Dr. Judith Johnson Siebold. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

CASSIE COLLINS
Cassie Collins, 83, a guest of St. Mary’s Villa, Elmhurst, formerly of Avoca, died November 21 at the Community Medical Center. Born in Dupont, daughter of the late Frank and Mary Novak Trzcinski, she was employed in the local garment industry prior to retirement. She was a member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Dupont. Surviving are a son, Richard, Moscow; a daughter, Mary Ann Pisano, Hughestown; a sister, Ceil Rusin, Exeter; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Sofchak, and a brother, Joseph Schinsky. The funeral was from the Stephen M. Lokuta Funeral Home, 200 Wyoming Ave., Dupont, with Mass in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Dupont. Interment, parish cemetery, Dupont.

JOHN GALLAGHER
John Gallagher, 50, Pocono Springs, Gouldsboro, died November 21 in a work-related accident. His wife is the former Ann Marie Joyce. Born in Scranton, son of John Francis Gallagher, Cherry Hill, N.J., and Annmarie Ross Hahn, Scranton, he was a graduate of Cathedral High School, and the University of Scranton, where he majored in mathematics and minored in physics. He was a self-employed contractor and owner of J.P.G. Inc. He was a member of St. Eulalia’s Church, Elmhurst. He was a hardworking and devoted husband and loving father, who participated in his children’s lives. He will be remembered and missed by all who knew him. Surviving are a daughter, Colleen, at home; two sons, Jesse, Lake Tahoe, Nev., and Jonathan, at home; a brother, Kerri Hahn, Lititz; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by a stepfather, Frederick Hahn; and maternal grandparents, Patrick and Ceil Ross. The funeral was from the Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 401 Church St., Moscow, with Mass in St. Eulalia’s Church, Blue Shutters Road, Elmhurst. Interment, St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Center, 2010 Adams Ave., or Make-a-Wish Foundations, Northeast Chapter, 480 Scott St., Wilkes-Barre.

MARTIN F. KRAUSE
Martin F. Krause, 63, a longtime resident of Madison Township, died November 5 in Mercy Hospice. His wife is the former Marquita Hahn. They had been married for 42 years. Born in Moscow, son of the late Herbert and Ruth Wheeler Krause, he was a 1955 graduate of Scranton Central High School, and attended Temple University extension in Scranton. Until 1958, he was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, and was currently a member of the Moscow United Methodist Church. He joined the Navy in 1955, and was trained as an electrical technician, serving in Bainbridge, Md., Norfolk, Va., and aboard the USS Gainard. After his discharge from the Navy, he worked as a draftsman for Bellante and Clauss Architects and Engineers, and later for ADT Security as a service technician followed by a promotion to regional supervisor in Alexandria, Va., fro Washington, D.C., and seven surrounding states. He retired from ADT in 1989. Surviving are two daughters, Kathleen Farr and Kelley Tayoun, both of Spring Brook Township; two sons, Kenneth and Kyle, both of Madisonville; a brother, Herbert, Moosic; a granddaughter; nieces and nephews. The funeral was from the Brain Arthur Strauch Funeral Home, Route 690, Spring Brook Township, with services by the Rev. Dr. Judith Johnson Siebold. Interment, private at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Hospice or the Moscow United Methodist Church.

DOROTHY J. MATHIAS
Dorothy J. Mathias, 238 Old Post Road, Edison, N.J., formerly of Gouldsboro, died November 7 in John F. Kennedy Hospital, Edison, after an illness. She was the wife of John H. Mathias. Born in Clifton Township, daughter of the late Andrew C. Sr. and Ruth Major, she was a graduate of Moscow High School. She lived in New Jersey for 35 years and was employed by First Union Bank, North Brunswick, N.J., before retirement. Also surviving are a brother, Andrew C. Major Jr., Gouldsboro; nieces and nephews. The funeral was from the Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow, with services by the Rev. Lori J. Steffenson, Gouldsboro United Methodist Church. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gouldsboro United Methodist Church, Box 245, Gouldsboro 18424.

MICHAEL A. KRUL
Michael A. Krul, 59, West Scranton, died November 6 at Mercy Hospital. His widow is the former Mary Genovese. They celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary July 30. Born May 27, 1941 in Scranton, son of the late Michael J. and Eleanor Dargatis Krul, he was educated in St. Mary of the Assumption High School. He served with the Army 1st Engineer Batallion at Fort Riley, Kan. He was a member of St. Lucy's Church and formerly had been employed as a foreman in the cutting room of CD Sportswear, and as a cutter at Vermont Sportswear, Taylor, until his disability. He was a loving and caring husband, father, brother, uncle and nephew, who enjoyed the love and company of family and friends. He was an avid New York Yankees fan and memorabilia collector. He also enjoyed Penn State football and Phillies baseball. He was known as a gentle and quiet man who never spoke out of turn or with anger, and who held no animosities. He will be forever cherished in the hearts of his family. Also surviving are a daughter, Eleanor, at home; two sisters, Angela Bouselli, Moscow; and Elaine Borys, Scranton; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. The funeral was from the Edward J. Chomko Funeral Home, 254-268 Railroad Ave., with Mass in St. Lucy's Church. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.

MARY BANICK DELOREY
Mary Banick Delorey, 79, Myrtle Beach, S.C., formerly of Moscow, died November 4 after a yearlong struggle with pancreatic cancer. She was the wife of William J. Delorey. Born March 22, 1921, in Scranton, daughter of the late Simon and Frances Kruper Banick, she was a graduate of Dunmore High School and Scranton-Lackawanna Business College. She was an active member of St. Andrew's Church, Myrtle Beach, for the past 13 years, and was a member of St. Catherine's Church, Moscow, from 1945 to 1987. In recent years, she was an active volunteer at the Grand Strand Senior Center of Myrtle Beach. Surviving are a daughter, Jan Delorey-Lytle, King George, Va.; four brothers, William, John, George and Cy Bancik; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Marilyn Ann Henderson; a brother, Stephen Banick; and a sister, Frances B. Eden. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 950 48th Ave. North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577; or the Mercy Hospice, P.O. Box 1409, Myrtle Beach, SC 29578.

EDWARD J. WILTSHIRE
Edward J. Wiltshire, 63, a resident of Elmhurst Township for 34 years, died November 6 at Community Medical Center after being stricken at home. His widow is the former Shirley Price. The couple had been married for 40 years. Born in Scranton, son of the late Edward J. and Helen Grywinski Wiltshire, he was a 1955 graduate of Scranton Technical High School. He was a machine operator at Fitchburg Coated Products, Scranton, for 23 years until his retirement. Years ago he worked for the Boston Cleaners in the Green Ridge section of Scranton. As a member of the Bidwell Hill United Methodist Church, he was chairman of the board and also sang in the choir. He also put in many hours on the construction of the church's new addition. He was former chief of the Elmhurst Roaring Brook Volunteer Fire Company and had also served as its president and secretary. Also surviving are three daughters, Diane Wiltshire, Dunmore; Lori Lewis, Union Dale; and Sherri Coviello, Dunmore; a son Ed Jr., Madisonville; four sisters, Jean Cwynar, Moscow; Dorothy Monopoli, Prospect, Conn.; Shirley Blanchard, Montdale; and Marlene Kakareka, Tennessee; a brother, Robert, Dickson City; two grandsons, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Audrey Webb. The funeral was from the Bidwell United Methodist Church with services by the Rev. John Craig. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bidwell United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 424, Hamlin 18427. Arrangements by the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Home, Spring Brook Township.

PETER KOVAL
Peter Koval, 81, Toms River, N.J., died November 7 at the Community Medical Center, Toms River. His wife, Claryse Koval, died in 1990. Born and raised in Dunmore, he lived in Seneca, S.C., for 23 years before moving to Toms River about a year ago. He was employed as a tool and die maker with Fedders Air Conditioning, Newark, N.J., for many years. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a Purple Heart recipient. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. While living in South Carolina, he participated in many church and community activities as well as being a member of the barbership quartet. He also volunteered for many years with various animal shelters. Surviving are a son, Daniel Richard Koval, Oceanport, N.J.; two daughters, Carol Koval, St. Louis, Mo.; and Louise DeLoy, Toms River; a brother, Andrew, Moscow; two sisters, Mary Walsh, Broomsall; and Marge Sadowski, Throop; 13 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Anderson and Campbell Funeral Homes, Toms River.

ESTHER PAULINE NOVAJOSKY
Esther Pauline Novajosky, Nicholson RD 1, died November 1 at Community Medical Center after an illness. Born in Lackawanna, N.Y., daughter of the late Herman Err and Mary T. Lydon Backus, she had resided in the Nicholson area for more than 30 years. Prior to retiring this year, she was employed as a seamstress by Gold Star Manufacturing and Triple A Trouser for 40 years. She was a member of St. Patrick's Church, Nicholson, and the Unite Union. Surviving are two daughterm Esther A. Graham, Nicholson; and Patricia Novajosky, Buffalo, N.Y.; five brothers, Herman E. Backus and Gene Backus, both of Buffalo, N.Y.; David Lydon and William Backus, both of Scranton; and Michael Backus, Moscow; three sisters, Mary Ellen Ferguson, Clarks Summit; Kay Thoman, Moscow; and Evelyn Sutor, Waymart; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Joseph; two sisters, Margaret Backus and Ethel Ozark; and a brother, Robert Backus. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1101 Hill St., Jessup, 18434. Arrangements by the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit.

JOSEPH KOFLANOVICH
Joseph Koflanovich, 72, of Mount Cobb, died October 28 at home after a long battle with cancer. His wife of 48 years is the former Irene Helmheckel. Born Dec. 24, 1927, in Glen Lyon, son of the late John and Mary Lengle Koflanovich, he graduated from Newport Township High School and Wilkes-Barre School of Business and served his country in the Army. Before retirement from Prudential Insurance Co., he worked for the CIA in Washington, D.C. He was a member of St. Eulalia’s Church, Elmhurst, where he was active in the monthly breakfast kitchen crew. He helped form the Jefferson Township Little League and was a former member of the Jefferson Township Lions Club. He was a man of strong faith and honesty and a devoted husband and father whose joy was his family. Also surviving are three daughters, Teresa Ei, Moscow; Dr. Susan Underwood, Harleysville; and Karen Brownell, Clinton, N.J.; four sons, Thomas, Tucson, Ariz.; David, Olympia, Wash.; Daniel, Farmington, N.Y.; and Stephen, Lacey, Wash.; two sisters, Mary Prushinski, Nanticoke; and Ann Piestrak, Glen Lyons; 14 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by five brothers, John, George, Michael, Charles and Paul. The funeral was from the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Home, Route 690 and First Street, Moscow, with Mass in St. Eulalia’s Church. Interment, St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Mercy Hospice Foundation.

NORA McGOFF
Nora McGoff, North Scranton, died November 4 at Mercy Hospital after an illness. Her husband, Thomas J. McGoff, died Dec. 23, 1979. Born in Archbald, daughter of the late Terrance and Rose Munley Connors, she was a graduate of Archbald High School and a member of Holy Rosary Church. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. Surviving are a daughter, Peggy Rose, Lake Ariel; two sons, Thomas J. and James F., both of Scranton; a brother, Paul, Delaware; 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Rose Dougherty; four brothers, Vincent, Terrance, Robert and Gerald; and a grandson.

DOROTHY WALSH MARR, RN
Dorothy Walsh Marr, RN, formerly of 99 William St., Pittston, died October 27 at Mercy Hospital. Born and raised in Pittston, daughter of the late Patrick and Mary Newcomb Walsh, she was a graduate of St. John the Evangelist High School, Pittston, and of Mount Sinai Hospital School of Nursing, New York. She worked as a registered nurse for over 30 years in both New York and Pittston. Surviving are three daughters, Patricia Marr Mader, Mount Pocono; Marilyn Marr Watson, Lake Ariel, and Helen Marie Marr Kearney, with whom she resided; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and nephews. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Mildred Keller and Helen Reynolds; and two brothers, Joseph and Aloysius Walsh. The funeral was from Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittston, with Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston. Interment, Mount Olivet Cemetery.

SIDNEY KATZ
Sidney Katz, 86, Stroudsburg, died October 29 in Newfoundland. His wife, the former Ethel Caplan, died in 1974. Born April 3, 1914 in Brooklyn, N.Y., son of the late Jacob and Rebecca Katz, he had lived in the area since 1960. He retired as manager of D. Katz and Sons, Stroudsburg, having been associated with his cousin in the business from 1960 until 1990. He was a member of the Temple Israel in Stroudsburg and the Knights of Pythias, Brooklyn. Surviving are a daughter, Judith Helbig, Newfoundland; a brother, Marshall, Boynton Beach, Fla.; two grandsons and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Arnold, who died in 1996. The funeral was from the William H. Clark Funeral Home, 1003 Main St., Stroudsburg, with Rabbi Dov Chechik officiating. Interment, Temple Israel Cemetery, Middle Smithfield Township.

JOHN LIPTAK
John Liptak, 88, of 714 Lackawanna Ave., Mayfield, died October 29 at Marian Community Hospital, Carbondale. Born March 24, 1912 in Mayfield, son of the late Alex and Antonia Kozakowski Liptak, he was employed as an electrician by the state Department of Transportation prior to retirement. He was a member of St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church, Jermyn. He was a graduate of Mayfield High School, where he excelled in football, and attended the University of Alabama. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of American Legion Post 610, Mayfield. Surviving are a sister, Ann Filippone, Lake Ariel; a brother, Edward Liptak, West Hartford, Conn.; nieces and nephews. His caregiver was Leona Rossi, Mayfield. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary and Julia Liptak, and Libby Armentano, and a brother, Michael. The funeral was from St. Tikon’s Russian Orthodox Church, South Canaan, with Requiem services by the very Rev. John Kowalczyk, pastor of St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church. Interment, St. Tikon’s Cemetery, South Canaan. Arrangements by the Rycak-Harrison Funeral Home Inc., 901 Lackawanna Ave., Mayfield.

MARY J. KURA
Mary J. Kura, Topton, formerly of Peckville, died October 30 at the Lutheran Home, Topton. She was the widow of Joseph Kura. Born in Sturges, daughter of the late Stephen and Mary Simchak Novajosky, she attended Blakely schools, and prior to retirement, was employed by the former Billig Shoe Co., Peckville. She was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Peckville. Surviving are two daughters, Joan Balog, Peckville, and Rosemary Dikeman, Macungie; a son, Joseph, Dalton; two sisters, Margaret Mack, Maple Glen, and Elizabeth Tarletsky, Lake Ariel; two brothers, James and Frank Novajosky, both of Peckville; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by five brothers, Stephen, Richard, Joseph, Paul and Cyril Novajosky. The funeral was from the James M. Margotta Funeral Home, 1019 Main St., Peckville, with Mass in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Willow Street, Peckville. Interment, Holy Ghost Cemetery, Blakely.

STEPHEN R. YEAGER
Stephen R. Yeager, 23, of Moscow, died October 28 at his college residence in Middletown, Dauphin County. He was attending Penn State University, Harrisburg campus, majoring in software engineering. Born in Scranton, son of Robert A. Yeager Jr. and Debra Waltz Yeager, Moscow, he was a 1995 graduate of North Pocono High School and had attended Penn State University-Worthington Scranton campus. He was formerly employed by Warren Diamond Co., Scranton. An avid fan of professional football and basketball, he enjoyed water sports and snow skiing. He was a member of the Myrtle Street United Methodist Church. He was loving son, grandson, brother and friend who was always lending a helping hand. He was loved by everyone who knew him and will be sorely missed. Also surviving are a brother, Keith, New York City; maternal grandmother, Audrey Schuster, Scranton; paternal grandparents, Robert A. and Norma Roche Yeager, Scranton; aunts, uncles and cousins. The funeral was from the Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow, with services in the Myrtle Street United Methodist Church, by the Rev. Lynn Snyder, pastor. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Memorial contributions may be made to the Myrtle Street United Methodist Church, 640 Harrison Ave., 18510.

JULIE CHISMAR
Julie Chismar, 2712 N. Main Ave., Scranton, died November 2 at Mercy Hospital after a brief illness. Her husband, Raymond Chismar, died in 1984. Born in Jermyn, daughter of the late Samuel and Anna Frenchko Slenska, she was employed by the former Hotel Scranton, and was also a personal home caregiver prior to retirement. Surviving are three brothers, Steven and Michael Slenska, both of Jermyn, and John Slenska, Moscow; a sister, Mary Lepo, Scranton; nieces and nephews. A blessing service was conducted at the Cathedral Cemetery Chapel. Arrangements by the Joseph C. Noreika Funeral Home, 1740 N. Main Ave.

GEORGE RUSHIN
George Rushin, 76, Scranton, died November 2 in the Moses Taylor Hospital. His wife is the former Valedia Skelding. The couple married in 1960. Born in the Nay Aug section of Scranton, son of the late Harry and Mary Esaski Rushin, he was a member of Elm Park United Methodist Church. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a superintendent for Conrail, formerly the Erie Lackawanna Railroad, for over 50 years. A loving father and grandfather, he enjoyed his family and grandchildren. Also surviving are two sons, Russell Williams, Gouldsboro, and Guy Kenneth Williams, Austin, Texas; two sisters, Ann Novorosky, Dunmore, and Mary Bonaddio, Moscow; a brother, Paul, Dunmore; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, John, Michael and Harry Jr. The funeral was from the Brain Arthur Strauch Funeral Home, Route 690, Spring Brook Township, with services by the Rev. Rees Warring. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Memorial contributions may be made to Elm Park United Methodist Church, 712 Linden St.

LOUIS PERRELLA
Louis Anthony Perrella, 82, Dunmore, died November 4 at Mercy Hospital Hospice after an illness. His widow is the former Florence Miller. Born in Dunmore, son of the late Charles and Bertha Malia Perrella, he was a member of St. Mary’s of Mount Carmel Church, Dunmore. He was educated in the Dunmore School District and was employed at Haddon Craftsman Book Co. 38 years. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was an avid fan of horse racing and enjoyed the races with his friends. He was a great friend to all and will be sadly missed by many. Surviving are a son, Charles, Elmhurst; a daughter, Roseann Roache, Dunmore; seven grandchildren, a great-granddaughter, nieces, nephews, cousins and a grandniece. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Marie Perrella Dougherty, in March 1995; two brothers, Dominick and Frank; and two sisters, Columba Preszkop and Teresa Chickillo. The funeral was from the Morrell-LaBelle Funeral Home, Dunmore, with Mass in St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church. Interment, St. Mary of Mount Carmel Cemetery.

QUENTIN L. MEAD
Quentin L. Mead, 60, a lifelong resident of Madison Township, died November 3 in the Mercy Hospice after a battle with cancer. His widow is the former Jane Marie Arnold. They celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary Oct. 14. Born at the family homestead in Madison Township, son of the late Harold Gordon and Margaret Davies Mead, he attended the Henry Drinker School in Madisonville and graduated from Greene Dreher High School in the agricultural class. He founded the Quentin Mead Maple Products some 20 years ago and through the years his maple-product stands were well known throughout the Northeast, especially during his 20 years at the GDS fair. He was a director of the Northeast Division of the Pennsylvania Maple Producers Association and did custom farming for various local farmers and fieldwork with the Pennsylvania Department of Forestry. He was a member of North Pocono Bible Baptist Church and a former deacon. He was a loving and caring father of two children and grandfather of seven. Also surviving are a son, Arnold Gordon Mead, Madisonville; a daughter, April Rose Butler, Chester County; two sisters, Joyce Eason and Grace Ann Kellogg, both of Madisonville; three brothers, the Rev. Lee, West Lennox; and William and Tim, both of Madisonville; seven grandchildren, nieces and nephews. The funeral was from North Pocono Bible Baptist Church, Route 690, Moscow, with the Rev. Llewellyn Jones officiating. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Memorial contributions may be made to North Pocono Bible Baptist Church, Box 659, Moscow, 18444; Missionary Retreat Fellowship, RR 4 Box 303, Lake Ariel, 18436; or Montrose Broadcasting Corp., Box 248, Montrose, 18801 Arrangements, by Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Home, Route 690, Spring Brook Township.

WILLIAM H. FENDEIS
William “Jersey Bill” Fendeis, 70, Gouldsboro, died October 20 in Mercy Hospital Hospice. Born in Linden, N.J., son of the late Frank and Marie Leionhart Fendeis, he attended Woodbridge Vocational Technical School in New Jersey and until retirement was employed as a bus mechanic. He was a Catholic. Surviving are four sisters, June Britton, Brooksville, Fla.; Evelyn O’Hara, Northampton; Jean Gravish, Henderson, Nev., and Susan Spanko, Coplay; two brothers, Clarence, Gouldsboro; and Ernest, Clark, N.J.; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Rose Groiss; and a brother, Frank. A blessing service was held in the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Home, Route 690, Spring Brook Township, by the Rev. Joseph Adonizio, chaplain at Mercy Hospice. Interment, private at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

PETER ROZDILSKI
Peter Rozdilski, 76, a lifelong resident of the North Pocono area, died October 20 in the Abington Manor. His wife, the former Annette Shrader, died in 1991. Born in Wilkes-Barre, son of the late Michael and Mary Wensel Rozdilski, he was a graduate of Plains High School. He also attended the Lancaster Theological Seminary where he completed the lay minister program for the United Church of Christ. Before his retirement, he was a self-employed carpet installer, having worked throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. As a member of Moscow United Methodist Church, he taught the adult Sunday school and was a lay minister to several churches. He volunteered at the North Pocono Food Pantry. An active Mason, he was a member of Moscow Lodge 504, Free and Accepted Masons, where he was a past master and member of the degree team. He also was a member of the Keystone Consistory. He was an Army Veteran of World War II, having fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Surviving are two daughters, Lorie J. Reigal, Spring Brook Township; and Joyce A. Larioni, Herndon, Va.; a son, Peter W., Madison Township; a sister, Anne Pelak, Little Falls, N.J.; seven grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Faith Gilroy and Rosalie Rozdilski; and a brother, the Rev. Ralph Rozdilski. The funeral was from the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Home, Route 690, Spring Brook Township, with services by the Rev. Judith Johnson-Siebold, pastor, Moscow United Methodist Church. Interment, Spring Brook Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Moscow United Methodist Church, or the Moscow Lodge 504, Free and Accepted Masons.

JOSEPH F. CZAPNIK
Joseph F. Czapnik, P.O. Box 37, Lakewood, died October 22 at home after an illness. His widow is the former Rose M. Suchocki. The couple was married for 58 years. Born in Nanticoke, son of the late John and Mary Studniasz Czapnik, he was a self-employed farmer prior to retirement. He was a member of St. Juliana’s Church, Rock Lake. He was a member of the Northern Wayne Fire Company. Also surviving are a son, David, Lake Ariel; a brother, Edward, Lakewood; three sisters, Stella Seinko, Hancock, N.Y.; Bertha Cribbs, Pleasant Mount; and Helen Holbert, Dalton; a grandson; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Josephine Macowski. The funeral Mass was in St. Juliana’s Church, Rock Lake, by the Rev. Richard Beck. Interment, St. James Cemetery, Pleasant Mount. Arrangements by the Robert W. Jones Funeral Home Inc., 430 Main St., Forest City.

ROBERT N. SARTOR
Robert N. Sartor, 75, Hamlin (Mount Cobb), died October 19 at Adams Manor after a lengthy illness. Born in Wilkes-Barre, son of the late Ben and Marie Schnaltz Sartor, he attended Scranton schools. He resided in the Mount Cobb area several years. He served in the Army during World War II. Prior to retirement, he was a superintendent for Texstar Construction Corp., San Antonio, Texas. Surviving are a sister, Betty Enkulenko, Dunmore; a brother, Ben, Throop; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald. Private graveside services were held by the Rev. August A. Riccardi, pastor, St. John the Baptist Church, Throop, at Cathedral Cemetery. Arrangements by the John. F. Glinsky Funeral Home, 445 Sanderson St., Throop.

LELAND L. PATTERSON
Leland L. Patterson, 101, Lake Ariel, died October 19 at the IHS at Julia Ribaudo Nursing Home, Lake Ariel. His wife was the late Mildred Bryant Patterson. Born in Lake Ariel, son of the late Ardean and Hattie Walker Patterson, he was a Methodist. He had been a farmer most of his live and retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. He had been a Lake Township supervisor many years. Surviving are nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters. The funeral was from the James Wilson Funeral Home Inc., Route 296, Lake Ariel, with services by the Rev. William Henwood. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Memorial contributions may be made to Lake Ariel Fire Company, P.O. Box 31, Lake Ariel 18436.

GERALD HAVARD
Gerald Havard, a lifelong resident of Scranton, died October 20 at Moses Taylor Hospital. His widow is the former Josephine Wysocki Wodarek. Born in Scranton, son of the late Joseph and Katherine Havard, he was a bus driver for Lackawanna County prior to retirement. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of St. Patrick’s Church and the Fraternal Order of Police. Also surviving are two stepdaughters, Clare Driscole, Moscow, and Ruth Brewer, Indiana; a stepson, Michael Wodarek, St. Louis; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. The funeral was from the Joseph W. Sznyter Funeral Home, 1101 Prospect Ave., with Mass at St. Patrick’s Church, Jackson Street. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.

BEVERLY CONWAY
Beverly Conway, Moscow, died October 22 at the Balanced Care at Mid Valley, Sturges Rd., Peckville. Her husband is John R. Conway Jr. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Sept. 21. Born in Lexington, Ky., daughter of the late Armstrong and Louise Oder Bishop, she had recently moved to the Moscow area after residing in Cincinnati for most of her life, and then Florida. She was a homemaker. Also surviving are two sons, John R. III, Moscow, and Robert, Rising Sun, Ind.; and a grandson. She was preceded in death by a brother, Russell Bishop. The funeral was private, Interment, Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Anville. Arrangements by John F. Glinsky Funeral Home, 445 Sanderson St., Throop.

GEORGE KATHALYNAS
George Kathalynas, Lake Ariel, died October 22 in the Lackawanna Health Care Center, Sturges. His wife, the late Julia Krinick, died in 1994. Born in Scranton, son of the late Anthony and Victoria Dobkevreius Kathalynas, he attended St. Thomas More Church, Lake Ariel. Prior to retirement, he had been employed by the Lieberman Co. He was a lightweight boxing champion in the 1920s, fighting under the name of George Boyd. Surviving are two sons, William, Scranton, and Jared, Hollisterville; two daughters, Edna Drosinski, Lake Ariel, and Jean Fryer, Scranton; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, George. A blessing service was held at the James Wilson Funeral Home, Route 296, Lake Ariel, by the Rev. August A. Ricciardi. Interment, private at the convenience of the family in St. Vladimir’s Cemetery.

JOHN G. BALDAUFF SR.
John "Jack" G. Baldauff Sr., Dunmore, died October 23 at Mercy Hospital. He was preceded in death by his first wife, the former Anne DeFilips, in April 1974. His second wife is the former Sara Mead. Born in Scranton, son of the late Harold and Irene Harry Baldauff, he attended Scranton Technical High School. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He was employed by the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad. He was a member of the VFW in Dunmore, Waldorf Park Club, East Scranton Social Club, Southside Ukavitch Club and a past member of the Tauras Club. He enjoyed auto mechanics. He was a loving father and grandfather who will be dearly missed. Also surviving are three sons, John Jr., Dunmore; Richard, Moscow; and Ronald, at home; his stepmother, the former Melva Willliams, Scranton; three brothers, Harold, Shelbyville, Tenn.; Bill, Moosic; and the Rev. Ken, New Albany, Ind.; a stepbrother, Robert V. Williams, Berlin, Mass.; a sister, Marion Jester, Kenosha, Wis.; eight grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. The funeral was from the Morell-LaBelle Funeral Home, 301 Chestnut St., Dunmore, with services by the Rev. Ken Baldauff, his brother. Interment Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst.

RACHEL BEREZNEY
Rachel Berezney, Moscow, and a longtime resident of Dunmore, died October 24 at Community Medical Center. She was the widow of Michael Berezney, who died on Jan. 17, 1997. Born in Scranton, daughter of the late Anthony and Rose Monturo Chicco, she was a graduate of Scranton schools. She was a member of St. Eulalia’s Church, Elmhurst, and its Legion of Mary. A hardworking woman, she had a love of animals and was very compassionate. She was also very active in church activities. Surviving are two sons, Michael, Moscow; and David, Chicago; a daughter, Rose Anne Serianni, Jamison; a brother, Anthony Chicco, Dunmore; three sisters, Carmella King, Frances Lanieski and Antoinette Rusik, all of Dunmore; three granddaughters and a grandson; nieces , nephew and cousins. The funeral was from the Morell-LaBelle Funeral Home, 301 Chestnut St., Dunmore, with Mass in St. Eulalia’s Church, Elmhurst. Interment, St. Michael’s Cemetery, Dunmore. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Soup Kitchen, 500 Penn Ave.; or St. Eulalia’s Church, Box 143, Elmhurst, 18416-0143.

HELEN B. FALKOWSKI
Helen B. Falkowski, a former West Side resident, died October 13 at the home of her daughter, Charlotte Yevich of Harding, with whom she resided. She was the widow of Stanley Falkowski, who died in 1988.
Born in Scranton, daughter of the late Stanley and Jadwiga Stieg Bushak, she was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Church and was a graduate of the Scranton State General Hospital School of Nursing, where she received her nursing degree. She was employed by the Trane Co. for over 22 years. She was a loving and kind mother who will be missed by her many friends.
Also surviving are a son, Anthony, Simsbury, Conn..; another daughter, Barbara Hague, Nazareth; two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Martha Konat, Dickson City, and Edna Romanowski, Gouldsboro; and a brother, Edward Bushak, Utah.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Ann Johnson and Olga Picker; and a brother, Chester Bushak.
The funeral was from the Catherine Y. Zabielski Funeral Home, 941 S. Main Ave., with Mass in SS. Peter and Paul Church. Interment, parish cemetery, Taylor.

WALTER BUBERNAK
Walter Bubernak, Old Forge, died October 13 at the VNA Hospice unit at Community Medical Center after an illness. His widow is the former Roberta Reed. They had been married for 39 years.
Born in Old Forge, son of the late John and Anastasia Bidnik Bubernak, he was a 1942 graduate of Old Forge High School and attended the University of Alabama. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in squadron A2 of the 42nd Army Air Force Base unit.
He had been a contractor, developer and cabinet maker most of his life. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother. He fought a very courageous and brave fight against Parkinson’s disease. He will be dearly missed.
Also surviving are two daughters, Lori Figler and Kelly Trygar, both of Old Forge; a son, Robert, Charleston, W.Va.; a granddaughter, a sister, Dorothy Jadick, Old Forge; seven brothers, Bill, North Carolina; Sam, Connecticut; Steve, South Carolina; Harry, Eynon; Joe, New Mexico; Paul, Virginia, and Peter, Thornhurst; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Michael and Paul.
The funeral was from the Jacob Davis Funeral Home, 422 S. Main St., Taylor, with services by the Rev. David Mahaffey, pastor, St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church, Old Forge. Interment, Milwaukee Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the VNA Hospice of Lackawanna County, 301 Delaware Ave., Olyphant, 18477.

REGINA R. KRASKO
Regina R. Krasko, Moscow, died October 15 at the VNA Hospice Unit at Community Medical Center after an illness. She was the widow of Theodore Krasko, who died in May, 1986.
Born in Dickson City, daughter of Martha Wrobel Neyman, Scranton, and the late Julian Neyman, she was employed as a secretary for many years before retirement. She was a graduate of Dickson City High School and was a member of St. Adalbert’s Polish National Catholic Church, Dickson City.
She was a kind, generous and loving mother who could never do enough for her family. She desperately missed her husband who was taken so suddenly, leaving her saddened and lonely, a loss from which she never recovered. All who knew this elegant and gracious woman will miss her and her extraordinary style.
Surviving are a daughter, Judith Snyder, Moscow; a brother, Harold Neyman, Dickson City; nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. The funeral was from the Leon S. Gorgol Funeral Home, 1131 Pittston Ave., with Mass in St. Adalbert’s Polish National Catholic Church, Dickson City. Interment, parish cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Adalbert’s Polish National Catholic Church, 515 Mary St., Dickson City, 18519; or the VNA Hospice of Lackawanna County, 301 Delaware Ave., Olyphant, 18477.

LUCILLE SCHMALZLE
Lucille Schmalzle, 78, Greentown, died October 16, at the Mountain Rest Nursing Home after an illness. Her husband, George, preceded her in death.
Born in Northampton, daughter of the late Oscar and Idella Bachman Walters, she was a member of the Moravian Church of Newfoundland. She and her husband owned and operated the Geo-Lou Farm Market of Newfoundland. She was a member of the Ladies of Paupack Rebekah Lodge 559, Order of the Eastern Star, the Lion’s Club of the Woman’s Club of Newfoundland.
The family wished to thank the staff of Mountain Rest Nursing Home and Dr. Gomar for all the love and care she received over the past several years. Surviving are a son, Robert Rabenold, Gouldsboro; a sister, Jean Russel, Texas; a brother, Frederick Walters, Allentown; two grandsons and a great-granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Grace Siegfried, and a brother, Kenneth Walters.
The funeral was from the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Home, Route 690 and First Street, Spring Brook Township, with services by the Rev. David Henkellmann, retired Moravian pastor. Interment, Newfoundland Moravian Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 63 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, 18703.

CHARLES G. CRUSE Sr.
Charles G. Cruse Sr., 57, Sterling Township, died October 14 in the Mercy Hospital hospice unit. His wife is the former Rosemarie Scalsky. They would have been married for 39 years on Nov. 10.
Born in Peckville, son of the late G. Charles and Carolyn Cook Cruse, he received an associate’s degree in business from Lackawanna Junior College and completed courses with the Commercial Trade Institute, where he received his certification in auto mechanics. He was the service manager for the Sun Auto Group, formerly Abington Auto, in Clarks Summit, from its inception 18 years ago. He was a member of the Hollisterville Baptist Church. He belonged to the Service Managers Club and the Moscow Lodge 504, Free and Accepted Masons. He was also an Air Force veteran.
Also surviving are a daughter, Corinne Mosher, Magnolia, Del.; a son, Charles G. Jr., Carbondale; a brother, Kenneth Cruse, Kenneth Square; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, James, and a stepsister, Jean O’Connor.
The funeral was from the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Home, Route 690, Spring Brook Township, with services by the Rev. William Henwood. Interment, Sterling Cemetery.

GEORGE R. HINELINE
George R. Hineline, 61, Hamlin, died October 16 at Mercy Hospice after an illness. His wife is the former Joan Marie Wenkosky. They would have celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary Dec. 21.
Born July 6, 1939 in Hamlin, son of the late Willard and Emma Ketchledge Hineline, he attended Lake Consolidated High School. He served in the Strategic Air Command Division of the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He had been employed by Tobyhanna Army Depot, and then was self-employed as a truck driver. He later worked for Consolidated Freightways for 20 years, retiring in 1999. He also belonged to the Teamsters Local 429. He raced stock cars at local tracks with his brothers, and later his sons.
Also surviving are four sons, Kenneth, Elmhurst; Daniel, David and Michael, all of Lake Ariel; a brother, Julian, Hamlin; two sisters, Shirley Barringer, New York; and Elaine Goreham, Missouri; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Harold, Kenneth and Philip Hineline, and Sam Margellina; and a sister, Helen Bennett.
The funeral was from the Centenary United Methodist Church, Route 590, Hamlin, with services by the Revs. Ron Onder, William Locker and Nelson Waters. Interment, Hamlin Cemetery.

JEAN MARIE WINN
Jean Marie Winn, 62, Portsmouth, R.I., died October 14 at Newport Hospital. She was the widow of Master Chief Lawrence J. Winn, USN,Ret.
Born in Scranton on April 9, 1938, daughter of the late George E. and Anna Hagen Sink, she was valedictorian of the class of 1955 at St. Mary’s High School, Scranton. From 1955 to 1962 she worked as an administrative assistant for Shelborne Electronics in Wilkes-Barre. After a long career as a homemaker, she returned to the University of Rhode Island to receive her bachelor’s degree in business, graduating magna com laude in 1987. She then worked at the Navy Exchange in Newport for several years.
Surviving are two daughters, Denise Winn Larsen, Portsmouth; and Michelle Winn Elliott, Shrewsbury, Mass.; a brother, George Sink, Lake Ariel; a sister, MaryAnn Kalinich, Scranton; two grandchildren; a niece and two nephews.
The funeral was from the Connors Funeral Home. Interment was private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 400 Main St. Pawtucket, RI 02860; or the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation N.Y. 10010.

BLANCHE E. STEFANCO
Blanche E. Stefanco, 87, of Moscow, died October 17 at the Moses Taylor Skilled Nursing Center. She was the widow of Michael Stefanco, who died March 6, 1993.
Born in Taylor, daughter of the late John and Anna Rachael Kandefer, she attended Taylor schools. She was a member of St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church, Pittston. She had resided in Moscow for the past 50 years.
She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who could never do enough for her family. All who knew this strong, kind and gracious woman will miss her deeply.
Surviving are two sons, Michael Stefanco Jr., Syracuse, N.Y.; and John Stefanco, Gouldsboro; a daughter, Madelyn Rinaldi, Moscow; five grandchildren; a sister, Mary Wombacker, Moscow; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Edward and Joseph Kandefer, and three sisters, Stella Morris, Ethel Keslosky and Sophie Brezinski.
The funeral was from the Bernard J. Piontek Funeral Home Inc., 204 Main St., Duryea, with Divine Liturgy in St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church, Pittston. Interment, parish cemetery, Pittston.

MILDRED R. SCIOSCIA
Mildred R. Scioscia, 87, Moscow, died October 18 at home. She was the widow of Gabriel Scioscia, who died Oct. 25, 1972.
Born Oct. 12, 1913, in Old Forge, daughter of the late Teofial and Dorothea Affalt Gromelsky, she settled in Moscow 31 years ago. Educated in Old Forge schools, she was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Old Forge.
She was a loving mother.
Surviving are three sons, Paul, at home; Stanley, Danville, Calif.; and Frank, Old Forge; a sister, Frances Peperno, Old Forge; six grandchildren; a great-grandchild; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son, Karl, in 1996; three brothers, John, Charles and Joseph; and three sisters, Theresa and Helen Gromelsky, and Martha Dopko.
The funeral was from the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home, 517 N. Main St., Old Forge, with Mass in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Grace Street, Old Forge. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.

ALEXANDER J. FINELLA
Alexander J. “Raber” Finella, of Dunmore, died October 17 at Mercy Hospital after an illness. He and his wife, the former Catherine Gonkavich, celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary on July 13.
Born in Scranton, son of the late Alexander and Nicolina Patamino Finella, he was educated in Dunmore public schools. He was an Army veteran of World War II, having served in the D-Day invasion of Normandy, where he was wounded and received the Purple Heart.
Prior to retirement in 1988, he was employed for more than 40 years by the H.B. Sproul Construction Co., Scranton, and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 229.
He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and brother who enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He will be sadly missed by his loving family.
Also surviving are a daughter, Maryann Cimino, Dunmore; a son, Alexander J., Moscow; two sisters, Mary Tunis, Scranton, and Celia Malia, Dunmore; five grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Frank, Joseph, Edward and Nicholas.
The funeral was from the Thomas J. Golden Funeral Home, 2004 Delaware St., Dunmore, with Mass in St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Chestnut St., Dunmore. Interment, Dunmore Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1101 Hill St., Jessup 18434.

ROBERT D. ELIAS
Robert D. Elias, 86, a resident of Spring Brook Township for the past 45 years, died October 17 at Mercy Hospital. His wife, the former Margaret Welsh Elias, died Sept. 13.
Born in Spring Brook Township, son of the late David and Salome Davis Elias, he attended Moscow schools, and was a member of Spring Brook United Church of Christ. He worked for the family farm for many years. He also worked for the state Department of Transportation for 10 years prior to retirement.
He was a joy to all who knew him, and he will be deeply missed. He always had a smile and kind word.
Surviving are two daughters, Roberta Elias, Spring Brook, and Kathleen Wilbur, Factoryville; a sister, La Vern Malone, Orange City, Fla.; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Marion Carey Scharf, in 1994.
The funeral was from the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Home, Rt. 690 Spring Brook Township. Interment, private at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to Spring Brook United Church of Christ.

ARTHUR H. FRABLE
Arthur H. Frable, 80, a lifelong resident of Moscow, died October 18 in Mercy Hospital. He and his wife, the former Margaret Davis, were married March 25, 1943.
Born in Scranton, son of the late Louis and Elizabeth Sachse Frable, he was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, and a member of the First Baptist Church, Hollisterville. An Army veteran of World War II, he was employed by the Tobyhanna Army Depot until retirement.
He was a loving and giving husband and father who loved the great outdoors, and was an avid sportsman and hunter.
Also surviving are two daughters. Linda L. Loch, Covington Township, and Robin Leschinsky, Moscow; four sons, Arthur H. Jr., Cambridge, Neb.; Kenneth A., Fort Myers, Fla.; David L., Moosic; and Rodalyn, Hollisterville; two sisters, Mildred Simonson, Scranton, and Elizabeth Fritz, Allentown; a brother, Walford, Elmhurst; 20 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Shirley McLain and Eleanor Kellerman; three brothers, Bobby, Ralph and Louis; and two grandchildren.

MARTHA M. KEATING
Martha M. Keating, Dunmore, died October 18 in the VNA Hospice Unit of Community Medical Center after an illness. She was the widow of John Keating, who died July 18, 1978.
Born in Dunmore, daughter of the late James and Mary Carona Cortese, she was a member of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Dunmore, and its women’s guild. She attended Dunmore public schools and prior to retirement in 1980, was employed by Topps Chewing Gum, Duryea. She had previously been employed by Lackawanna Pants Co., Scranton.
She was a loving mother, grandmother and sister, who was always there to lend a helping hand, give a friendly smile and assuring words to everyone with whom she came into contact. She had a great spirit, boundless energy and a giving heart. She will be sadly missed by her loving family.
Surviving are a son, John L., Dunmore; three brothers, Salvatore Cortese, Southfield, N.Y.; John Cortese, Scranton; and Peter Cortese, Lake Spangenberg; two sisters, Kathryn Lannak, Scranton; and Mary Budzak, Throop; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son, Donald; three brothers, Lawrence, Michael and Anthony Cortese; and three sisters, Frances Talerico, Josephine Nemeth and Carmela Nole.
The funeral was from St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Chestnut St, Dunmore. Interment, St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow.
Arrangements by Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore.

QUENTIN A. SWARTZ
Quentin A. Swartz, North Royalton, Ohio, died October 13. His wife is the former Jean Sayre. They had been married for 55 years.
Born in Spring Brook Township, son of the late George and Frances Wilson Swartz, he served in the United States Air Force, and was a veteran of World War II. He was a retired real estate agent and a plumber.
As an avid gardener, he enjoyed growing roses.
Also surviving are three daughters, Janet Marietta, Donna Thompson and Sharon Meyer; a sister, Winola Maroon, Spring Brook; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by two sisters.
Interment in Brecksville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bethel Lutheran Church, 3852 Everett Road, Bath, OH 44313. Local arrangements by the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Home, Route 690, Spring Brook Township.

THEODORE FRANC
Theodore Franc, Lake Ariel, died October 9 in Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale. His wife is the former Helen Frisbie. They celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary Sept. 27.
Born in Lake Ariel, son of the late George and Bertha Polley Franc, he was a graduate of Lake Ariel High School and a member of Lake Ariel United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Northeast Pennsylvania Maple Syrup Association. Before retirement, he was self-employed in the sawmill industry.
He will be greatly missed by his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchild.
Surviving are a daughter, Elaine Cook, Lake Ariel; a son, Bennie, Lake Ariel; a sister, Kathryn Enslin, Lake Ariel; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, James; a daughter, Ann Louise Curtis; six brothers, Harry, Sherwood, Charles, Stanley, Earl and Chester; two sisters, Mildred Patterson and Ruth Reed; and a great-grandson.
The funeral was from the James Wilson Funeral Home Inc., Route 296, Lake Ariel, with services by the Rev. Ron Onder of the Lake Ariel United Methodist Church. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lake Ariel United Methodist Church, 110 Maple Ave., Lake Ariel, 18436, or the the Lake Ariel Fire Company, P.O. Box 31, Lake Ariel.

MARY L. PALMIERE
Mary L. Palmiere, Old Forge, died October 7 in the Mercy Hospice Unit after a lengthy battle with a brain tumor. She was the widow of Joseph Palmiere, who died June 24, 1987.
Born in Old Forge, daughter of the late Salvatore and Frances Scavo LeRose, she was educated in Old Forge schools. Prior to retirement, she was employed by the Taylor Dress Co. She was a member of St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church, Old Forge, and its altar and rosary society. She was a member of the Old Forge Retired Citizens.
She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her strong faith and belief in God gave her the courage to battle her illness.
Surviving are two daughters, Pat Taylor, her caregiver, of Old Forge, with whom she resided, and Cynthia Kosher, Weatogue, Conn; three brothers, Joseph, Bridgewater, N.J.; Samuel, Daleville; and James, Old Forge; two sisters, Phyllis Alfis and Anita Emilianovitz, both of New Milford, N.J.; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by three sisters, Carol Sosslau, Jenny Jones and Helen Pehanich; and a granddaughter.
The funeral was from the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home, 517 N. Main St., Old Forge, with Mass in St. John the Baptist Church, Main Street, Taylor, by the Rev. Philip A. Altavilla, pastor of St. John the Baptist Church and Immaculate Conception churches, Taylor. Interment, Old Forge Cemetery.

JOSEPH A. BARILLO
Joseph A. Barillo, 87, of Lake Ariel, died October 10 at home. His widow is the former Helen Malecki. They celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary in March.
Born in Italy, son of the late Joseph and Louisa Barillo, he was a member of St. Thomas More Church, Lake Ariel, where he was a minister of hospitality, and the Knights of Columbus, Lake Ariel. Before retirement, he had been employed as a tractor trailer driver for Arrow Transportation. He was a devoted dad and loving grandfather. His grandchildren were his world.
Also surviving are two daughters, Lorna Gilpin, with whom he resided; and Sondra Varoli, Ridgewood, N.J.; three sons, Ronald, Milford; Dennis, Lancaster; and Gary, Daytona, Fla.; a brother, Rocco, Daytona, Fla.; 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Bruce; and a daughter, Carol.
The funeral was from James Wilson Funeral Home Inc., Lake Ariel, with Mass in St. Thomas More Church, Lake Ariel, celebrated by the Rev. Edward R. Scott, pastor. Interment, East Canaan Cemetery.

HELEN L. SLUKO
Helen L. Sluko, Dunmore, died October 8 in St. Mary’s Villa Elmhurst, following an illness. She was the widow of Charles Sluko, who died Feb. 2, 1975.
Born in Dunmore, daughter of the late John and Mary Grega Kontura, she was a member of All Saints Church, Dunmore, and its altar and rosary society. She was a graduate of Dunmore High School, East Stroudsburg Teaching College and Marywood College, and prior to her retirement in 1995, she was a teacher for over 50 years in the Dunmore School District. She was a member of the American Federation of Teachers, the Dunmore Teachers Association and the Greek Catholic Union.
She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother and sister, who took great pride in her family and the accomplishments of her former students. As a teacher, she had a positive effect on the lives of children entrusted to her care, and she loved her profession. She will be sadly missed by her loving family and all who knew her.
Surviving are a son, Richard C., Dunmore; two sisters, Mary Kontura, Elmhurst, and Ludmilla Randelunas, Throop; three granddaughters; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by five brothers, John, Joseph, Albert, Andrew and Steven Kontura; and a sister, Ann Kontura.
The funeral was from the Thomas J. Golden Funeral Home, 2004 Delaware St., Dunmore, with Mass in All Saints Church, Ward Street, Dunmore. Interment, St. Michael’s Cemetery, Dunmore.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Kirby Health Center, Wilkes-Barre, or to St. Mary’s Villa, Elmhurst.

MARGARET MARY McCARTHY AYRES
Margaret Mary McCarthy Ayres, 55, Tafton, died October 11 at the hospice unit of Mercy Hospital after an illness. She was the wife of William Gregory Ayres.
Born in Philadelphia, daughter of the late William J. and Mary Ruth Thompson McCarthy, she was a housewife and a member of Queen of Peace Church, Hawley. She had formerly resided in Philadelphia before moving to Tafton 11 years ago.
Also surviving are three sons, the Rev. William G. Ayres Jr., Philadelphia; Michael A., Scranton; and Joseph C., Tafton; a daughter, Margaret Ayres, Tafton; a sister, Ruthanne Ayres, Stratford, N.J.; six brothers, William J., Moscow; Robert A., Drums; J. Michael, Philadelphia; Thomas, Ladson, S.C.; Philip, Upper Darby; and James, Bala Cynwyd; a grandson; nieces and nephews.
The funeral was from Teeters’ East Chapel, 505 Church St., Hawley, with Mass in Queen of Peace Church, Hawley, celebrated by Mrs. Ayres’s son. the Rev. William Ayres Jr. Concelebrant was the Rev. William B. Healey, pastor. Interment, parish cemetery, Hawley.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis DeSales School, 917 S. 47th St., Philadelphia 19143.

NANCY A. EDWARDS
Nancy A. Edwards, 62, Morristown, N.J., died October 11 at home. Her husband is James Edwards.
Born in Moscow, she was employed as a teacher of special education in the Morris School District, N.J. Prior to that, she taught in the Plainfield School District. She attended Marywood University. She was a member of the Morristown United Methodist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher for many years. She was also a member of the New Jersey Education Association and the Morris County Retired Teachers Association.
Surviving are two daughters, Kathryn Sens, Denville, N.J., and Annette Dobleske, Kinnelon, N.J.; a brother, Paul Johnson, Moscow; and two grandchildren.
The funeral was in the Morristown United Methodist Church. Interment was private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, c/o Morristown Memorial Hospital, 100 Madison Ave., Morristown, N.J. 07960, or to the Morristown United Methodist Church, 50 Park Place, Morristown, 07960.

RALPH J. GRUDZINSKI
Ralph J. Grudzinski, a South Scranon resident, died October 11 at Community Medical Center. His wife of 48 years is the former Marie J. Haynos.
Born in Scranton, son of the late Stanley and Josephine Reybitz Grudzinski, he was educated in Scranton schools, and prior to retirement, was employed by the Gibbons Brewery for over 42 years. He was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II. As a corporal, he was a navigator serving in many missions throughout Europe. He was a member of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church.
He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Through the years, he enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren play sports, and participate in cheerleading. He also greatly enjoyed attending many of his grandchildren’s violin and dance recitals. He was an avid gardener, bird lover and lifeguard at the family pool. He was also a dedicated member of the church. He is deeply loved and missed by all.
Also surviving are four sons, Ralph K., Scranton, Robert, Gouldsboro, David, Scranton, and Gary, Scranton; a daughter, Jean Marie Zagorsky, Stroudsburg; a brother, John, Scranton; nine grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Jean Grudzinski.
The funeral was from the Nicholas Chomko Funeral Home, 1132 Prospect Ave., with Mass in Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church celebrated by Monsignor Leonard Novak, pastor. Interment, parish cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Hearts Church Fund, 1217 Prospect Ave., 18505.

ANDREW GEORGE WITKO SR.
Andrew George Witko Sr., Gouldsboro, died October 12 at Community Medical Center after an illness. His widow is the former Edie Anagnostou of Piraeus, Greece. The couple married in March of 1962.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, son of the late Andrew George and Anna Biekish Witko, he was a member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. He was a graduate of Breidlin Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre. At the onset of World War II, he joined the Army, and achieved the rank of sergeant. He was a member of the 309th Squadron, 31st Fighter Group, and flew missions over Rome(Arno), northern and southern France (Northern Apennines), the Po Valley, the Balkans and Germany. He was also part of the O.S.S. (Office of Strategic Services). He earned seven bronze stars, the Good Conduct Medal, the Distinguished Unit Badge with one Oak Leaf Cluster and The American Defense Service Medal for European/African/Middle Eastern service. After the war, he entered the State Police Academy, Hershey. He served as a state trooper from 1945 to 1969, when he retired. Mr. Witko was employed for several years in the security department of the Lackawanna County Courthouse, and as a corrections officer for the Lackawanna County Correctional Facility.
He was an avid golfer, loved baseball and football, and spent many an hour in front of the television rooting for his Yankees and Steelers. He loved crossword puzzles, playing the harmonica and the piano. He especially loved to make people smile and constantly reminded friends and family over the years that he "flew over General Rommel." He will always be remembered as a wonderful father and grandfather, as well as a husband who was extremely devoted to his adored wife. He will also be remembered as a man of integrity who believed in righteousness, and who held a great compassion for his fellow man.
Also surviving are two daughters, Amy Froese, Tobyhanna Road, Gouldsboro; and Andrea Anna Witko, Gouldsboro; a son, Andrew George Jr., Gouldsboro; five sisters, Josephine and Dorothy, both of Wilkes-Barre; Alice, Conyngham; Margaret, New York City, N.Y., and Rose, California; two grandchildren; nieces, a nephew and family members in Greece. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen and Elizabeth; and two brothers, Alex and John.
The funeral was from the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Home, Route 690, Spring Brook Township, with services in the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, North Washington Avenue.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 505 N. Washington Ave., 18509.

ROBERT F. OSBORNE
Robert F. "Oz" Osborne, 46, a resident of Spring Brook Township since 1963, died October 13 in the Mercy Hospital Hospice.
Born in Scranton, son of Shirley York Mroz, Moosic, and the late Harold Osborne, who died in March of 1989, he was a 1971 graduate of North Pocono High School, and a member of the Spring Brook United Methodist Church of Christ. He was an over-the-road truck driver for over 25 years and was employed by C and M Distributors, Falls. Previously, he worked for the Apple House, Moosic, and was also employed by his father.
He was a kind-hearted and loving person, and to know his was to love him. He was a great son, father, brother, uncle and friend who had a great sense of humor. He loved the great outdoors, and enjoyed hunting, fishing and concerts.
Surviving are a daughter, Natalie Chapman, Moscow; two sons, Frank Haddix and Robert Osborne, both of Scranton; a sister, Sheryl Popeck, Dunmore; two brothers, William, Scranton, and Jeffrey, Spring Brook; aunts, uncles and cousins.
The funeral was from the Spring Brook United Methodist Church of Christ, with services by the Rev. Grace Dearin and the Rev. Stephen Westfall. Interment, Spring Brook Cemetery.
Arrangements by the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Home, Route 690, Spring Brook Township.

WILLIAM P. SICA
William P. Sica Sr., 74, of Dunmore, died September 28 at home of an apparent heart attack. His wife, the former Elizabeth Ziden, died June 24, 1986.
Born in Dunmore, son of the late Sabato and Carmella Nardozzi Sica, he was a member of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Dunmore. He attended Dunmore public schools and was an Army veteran of World War II. Before retirement, in 1988, he was employed at Super Market Service Corp., Dunmore.
He was a loving and caring father and grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his sons and daughters and their families. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed shopping with his grandchildren and cooking for everyone. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
Surviving are three daughters, Joann Spalnick, Jermyn; Mary Fischer, Mount Cobb; and Shirley Chuta, Olyphant; two sons, William P. Jr., Endicott, N.Y.; and Michael E., Tafton; a brother, Samuel, Dunmore; a sister, Florence Gyomory, Schenectedy, N.Y.; eight grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by four brothers, John, Joseph, Mario and Angelo, and four sisters, Jennie Montana, Mary Susnosky, Helen Lamani and Anna Yazinskas.
The funeral was from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with Mass in St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Chestnut Street, Dunmore. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 730 Pittston Ave., Scranton.

PATRICIA R. PARISETTE
Patricia R. Parisette, 66, Lake Ariel, formerly of Merrick, Long Island, died October 2 at the VNA Hospice at Community Medical Center after an illness. Her husband is Richard R. Parisette. The couple would have celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary Oct. 24.
Born in Queens, N.Y., daughter of the late William C. and Julia Torma McKeogh, she was a graduate of Franklin K. Lane High School in New York. Prior to retirement in 1988, she was employed as a clerical worker for Smith Barney.
The funeral was from the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Home, Route 690 and First Street, Spring Brook Township, with services by Deacon John Franceschelli. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst.

RITA M. VAIL
Rita M. Vail, McDade Apartments, died September 30 at Mercy Hospice. Her husband is William L. Vail. They were married 52 years on Nov. 29, 1999.
Born in Dunmore, daughter of the late Thomas A. and Margaret Racht Ruane, she was a graduate of Dunmore High School and prior to retirement was a nurse’s aide at Adams Manor.
She was a wonderful loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt.
Surviving are two daughters, Lee Ann Duddek, Clarks Summit; and Linda Fuller, Mount Cobb; a son, William L. Jr., Tunkhannock; a brother, Thomas Ruane, Roaring Brook Township; a sister, Joan Durdach, Dunmore; 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Marjorie Decker and Madlyn Shields.
The funeral was from the Edward Knight-O’Donnell Funeral Home, 323 Williams St., with Mass in Our Lady of the Snows Church, Clarks Summit. Entombment, Cathedral Cemetery Mausoleum.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Hospice, 746 Jefferson Ave., 18510

VIOLET RUTKAUSKAS
Violet Rutkauskas, Scranton, died October 1 in Abington Manor Nursing Home, Clarks Summit, where she was a guest. She was the widow of Anthony Rutkauskas, who died in 1982.
Born in Scranton, daughter of the late Michael and Barbara Yukas Gedman, she was a member of Holy Family Church, Scranton.
She was a good mother and a loving grandmother.
Surviving are two daughters, Annette Gabriel, Factoryville, Roberta Decker, Ellenville, N.Y.; two sons, Anthony Jr., Scranton, and John, Lake Ariel; a sister, Marion Biagoli, Scranton; two brothers, Charles and Don Gedman, both of Scranton; five grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a grandson.
The funeral was in the Cathedral Cemetery Chapel with services by Monsignor Constantine Siconolfi, pastor of Holy Family Church. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.
Arrangements by Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave.

JOAN A. O’BRIEN
Joan A. O’Brien, The Hideout, Lake Ariel, died October 1 in the VNA Hospice Unit of the Community Medical Center. Her husband is Robert G. O’Brien.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine Toner Colwell, she was employed as a bookkeeper for the First City National Bank of Brooklyn.
Also surviving are five sons, and 13 grandchildren.
The funeral was from St. Joseph’s Church, Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y. Interment, Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, N.Y.
Local arrangements by James Wilson Funeral Home, Route 296, Lake Ariel.

MARY L. ( MAE) LOFTUS
Mary L. (Mae) Loftus, North Scranton, died October 3 at St. Mary’s Villa Nursing Home, Elmhurst. She was the widow of William J. Loftus, who died October 26, 1977.
Born in Scranton, daughter of the late James A. and Florence M. Gerrity Cullington, she was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, and prior to her marriage, she worked for American Airlines in New York City. She was a member of Holy Rosary Church, and a former member of the Catholic Women’s Club.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.
Surviving are three sons, William P., North Wales; James M., Turnersville, N.J., and Thomas R., Alexandria, Va.; a daughter, Karen Gabello, Moscow; a sister, Virginia Cullington, Brooklyn, N.Y.; two brothers, Robert F. Cullington, Spring Hills, Fla., and John R. Cullington, Augusta, Ga.; 10 grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Joseph P., Thomas F., William P. and James F.
The funeral was from the Edward Knight O’Donnell Funeral Home, 323 William St., with Mass in Holy Rosary Church, Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Villa Nursing Home, St. Mary’s Villa Road, Elmhurst, 18416.

LEONARD J. MALINOSKI
Leonard J. Malinoski, 71, Lakeville, died October 3 after suffering a heart attack while bowling and was pronounced dead at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale. His widow is the former Leona Pappas. They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 23.
Born March 27, 1929 in Dickson City, son of the late Joseph and Lillian Plauskus Malinoski, he was a graduae of Dickson City High School. He later attended the University of Scranton for two years. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II, serving at the Kessler Air Force Base in Mississippi. He was self-employed in the refrigeration business and was the owner of Reliable Service until retirement. He was a member of St. Thomas More Parish, Lake Ariel, attended St. Mary’s Church, Ledgedale, and was a Eucharistic minister and lector for the parish. Last Sunday, he was elected to the pastoral council of St. Thomas More Church. He was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Bishop Hoban Assembly, and was a member and former grand knight of the Lake Ariel council of the Knights of Columbus. He was a charter member of the Ledgedale Fire Company.
Also surviving are a son, Gary, Hawaii; a brother, Richard, State College; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
The funeral with Mass was in St. Mary’s Church. Interment was private.

ALFRED SLIMAK
Alfred Slimak, Blakely, died October 5 at home.
Born in Olyphant, son of Amelia Malski Slimak, Blakely, and the late John Slimak, he was employed as a lineman for Bell Telephone Co. He attended elementary school at St. Michael’s School, Olyphant, and graduated from Blakely High School. He served with the Navy for four years and was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Shopa-Davey Post 6082, Peckville.
Also surviving are a daughter, Lynn Ann, Lake Ariel; and two sons, Brian, Florida; and Stephen, Lake Ariel.
He was preceded in death by a son, Scott.
Private funeral services were held from John J. Turko and Sons Funeral Home, 404 Susquehanna Ave., Olyphant, with Mass in St. Michael the Archangel Church, Olyphant, celebrated by the Rev. Martin J. Gaiardo. Interment, parish cemetery.

BEATRICE KIZER MARSICO
Beatrice "Bea" Kizer Marsico, Scranton, died October 5 at Community Medical Center after an illness. She was the widow of Joseph F. Marsico Sr., who died July 24, 1992.
Born and educated at Lake Ariel, daughter of the late George and Temperence Hoover Kizer, she was formerly employed as a waitress by the Erie Hotel, Elmhurst. She later made her residence in Scranton, where she and her husband were very active in the West Side Miss-E League and West Side Little League. She was a member of St. Maria Goretti Church, Laflin.
She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and touched many lives with her tenderness and kindness. She loved to play bingo and do arts and crafts. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.
Surviving are four daughters, Angie Haffner, with whom she resided; Mary Petroziello, Theresa Mullen and Robin Morales, all of Scranton; five sons, Angelo, Joseph, Jeffrey, Lawrence and James, all of Scranton; a brother, Bill Kizer, Taylor; two sisters, Joan Shea, Scranton, and Genevieve Hauman, Carbondale; 24 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Debra; a son, Robert; four brothers, Harry, Edward, George and Kenneth; two sisters, Florence Kizer and Betty Morgan; and a granddaughter.
The funeral was from Carl J. Savino Funeral Home with Mass in St. Maria Goretti Church. Interment, Marcy Cemetery, Duryea.

EDWARD WANALISTA
Edward (Grit) Wanalista, 88, died October 7 at home after an illness. He was married 58 years to the former Anna Czerw.
Born in Avoca, son of the late Paul and Anna Yabconka Wanalista, he was educated in Avoca schools. He was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Church, Avoca. He worked in coal mines and was last employed at Cee-Kay Auto, Moosic, prior to retirement.
Also surviving are four sons, Edward Jr., Melbourne, Fla.; Donald, Mount Laurel, N.J.; Richard, Louisville, Ky.; and Charles, Avoca; two daughters, Rose Ann Murphy, Moscow; and Mary Lou Adams, Skippack; a brother, Walter, Avoca; a sister, Mary Betsko, Wyoming; 12 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandchild, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, John and Rudolph; two sisters, Anna McAndrew and Amelia Quinn; and a grandson.
The funeral was from the Ruane and Regan Funeral Home, 1308 Grove St., Avoca with Mass in SS. Peter and Paul Church, Avoca. Interment, parish cemetery, Moosic.

RAYMOND J. FILIPKOSKI
Raymond J. Filipkoski, North Scranton, died October 6 at home after an illness. His widow is the former Dolores Carey. They celebrated their 50th wedding annviersary May 6.
Born in Scranton, son of the late Joseph and Michaelina Filipkoski, he was a graduate of Scranton Central High School. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving as a radio man second-class. He received the European and the American theater ribbon and the World War II Victory Medal. Prior to retirement, he was a superintendent at A.& P. Supermarkets. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church.
He was an avid bowler and had played minor league baseball. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Also surviving are two sons, Raymond, Blakely; and Ronald, Scranton; a sister, Florence Youshock, Moscow; four grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
The funeral was from the Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home, Inc., 1030 N. Main Ave., with Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, Main Avenue. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.

MARY PROKARYM
Mary Prokarym, 92, Throop, died September 21 at the Julia Ribaudo Nursing Center, Lake Ariel. She was the widow of Frank Prokarym, who died on May 5, 1986.
Born in Throop, daughter of the late Thomas and Sophie Kromko Yurgovsky, she was a lifelong Throop resident. She was a retired employee of the garment industry. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, Throop.
Surviving are three sons, Adrian, at home; Francis, Arizona; and Thomas Sherwood, Moscow; a sister, Catherine Rosol, Olyphant; several grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Rosalie Gerber; two sisters, Elizabeth Prokarym and Verna E. Wdovichik; and two brothers, Joseph and James Yurgovsky.
The funeral was from the John F. Glinsky Funeral Home, 445 Sanderson St., Throop, with Mass at St. John the Baptist Church, Throop, celebrated by the Rev. August A. Ricciardi. Interment, parish cemetery.

ESTHER BURNSIDE
Esther Burnside, 84, a resident of Wesley Village, Pittston, formerly of 106 Cemetery St., Avoca, died September 23 in the Hospice Preferred Choice Unit in Mid-Valley Hospital, Peckville. She was the widow of Robert Burnside, who died March 15, 1976.
Born Nov. 16, 1915, in Spring Brook, daughter of the late James and Carrie Dyson Thomas, she settled in Wesley Village a month ago. She was educated in Spring Brook schools and attended the Full Gospel Chapel, Avoca. She was a homemaker.
Surviving are two sons, Robert and James, both of Pittston; a daughter, Dolores Ozark, Avoca; three sisters, Emily VanLouvender and Florence Bentler, both of Spring Brook; and Mildred Decker, Old Forge; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Martha Raub.
The funeral was from the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home, 517 Main St., Old Forge, with services by the Rev. A. Wayne Spurrell, pastor, Full Gospel Chapel, Avoca. Interment Spring Brook Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Preferred Choice Inc., 1400 Main St., Peckville, 18452.

FRANK R. MISIURA
Frank R. Misiura, Olyphant, died September 20 at Community Medical Center after an illness. His wife is the former Florence Shuta.
Born in Olyphant, son of the late Anthony and Mary Zarnowski Misiura, he was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific theater of operations. He was a graduate of Olyphant High School. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a quality control inspector by the Chamberlain Corporation, Scranton. He was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Church, Olyphant.
Also surviving are a son, Frank Jr., with the U.S. Navy; a daughter, Laurie Ann, Germantown, Md.; three brothers, Thomas, Olyphant, Peter, Medway, Maine; and Anthony, Moscow; four sisters, Sophie Hynak, Olyphant, Sister Jeanette, Lawrence, Mass., Marge Karpa, Dickson City, and Hedy Faenza, Milburn, N.J.; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul and Charles; three sisters, Victoria Misiura, Catherine Falat and Nan Plas.
The funeral was from the Michael Wargo Jr. Funeral Home, 812 East Scott St., Olyphant, with Mass in St. Michael the Archangel Church. Interment, parish cemetery, Blakely.

JOHN M. HILL
John M. “Jack” Hill, South Scranton, died September 23 at home after a brief illness. He and his wife, the former Josephine Nocella, celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary April 29.
Born in Scranton, son of the late George and Hazel Reese Hill, he attended Scranton Technical High School. Before retirement, he was employed by Scranton Sheet Metal Co., and was a member of Sheet Workers Union 44. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Taylor Avenue.
A loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, he was known for his great sense of humor and showed kindness to all.
Also surviving are a son, John “Jack” Jr., Scranton; two granddaughters, two sisters, Lillian Hawkins and Grace Richione, both of Scranton; five brothers, Willard, Donald, Robert and George all of Scranton; and Thomas, Moscow; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by four sisters, Marion Evans, Ruth Walsh, Eleanor Waltz and Margaret Muchler; and two brothers, Edward and William.
The funeral was from the Leon S. Gorgol Funeral Home, 1131 Pittston Ave., with Mass in Immaculate Conception Church, Taylor Ave. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.

JOHN H. DELL’AMICO
John H. Dell’Amico, Dunmore, died September 22 in Moses Taylor Hospital after an illness. He and his wife, the former Stella Stivala, would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Oct. 26.
Born in Scranton, son of the late Alessandro and Serafina Lorenzini Dell’Amico, he was a member of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Dunmore. He was also a member and past president of its Holy Name Society. He was a graduate of Dunmore High School, and of St. Thomas College, class of 1932. Prior to retirement in 1984, he was the executive director of the American Red Cross, Scranton chapter, a post he had held since 1963. Prior to his American Red Cross affiliation, which spanned 41 years, he was employed by the Department of Public Assistance, Scranton office. He was the past president of the Columbus Association, and was a volunteer for many church and civic functions.
Also surviving are a daughter, Joan Cianci, Dunmore; two sons, Jack, Mount Cobb, and Richard, Boynton Beach, Fla.; a sister, Laura Trudnowski, Scranton; five grandchildren; a great-grandchild; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Henry and Leo; and a sister, Florence Kurnas.
The funeral was from the Thomas J. Golden Funeral Home, 2004 Delaware St., Dunmore, with Mass in St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Chestnut Street, Dunmore, Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, 545 Jefferson Ave., or to the St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church Renovation Fund, 322 Chestnut St., Dunmore.

ALICE E. PICKRELL
Alice E. Pickrell, Chestertown, Md., formerly of Moscow, died September 25 at home. She was the widow of Samuel G. Pickrell, who died in 1992. Born in Spring Brook Township, daughter of the late Ernest and Nettie Ransom Benjamin, she had resided in Maryland for the past 10 years.
Surviving are two daughters, Charlotte A. Shrom, Chestertown, and Bette Jean Patton, Clearfield; a son, Samuel A., Tolchester, Md.; a sister, Elizabeth Parker, Waynesboro; a brother, Carl Benjamin; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
The funeral was in the Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow, with services by the Rev. Douglas Posegate, pastor, Daleville and Maple Lake United Methodist Churches. Interment, Springbrook Cemetery.

JAMES D. YOCUM
James D. Yocum, a resident of Elmhurst Township, died September 25 in the Hospice Unit of Mercy Hospital after an illness. His wife is the former Jacqueline Nicholes. The couple just celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary August 22.
Born in Rahway, N.J., son of Reba Yeager Yocum, Scranton, and the late Donald Yocum, he attended Trinity United Church of Christ, Scranton. He was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, and he worked as a journeyman bookbinder for the former Haddon and Craftsmen for over 33 years.
A kind and caring person, he was a loving husband, father and son, who will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Two of his favorite friends were his pets, Shadow and Spike. He was an avid sports fan, who especially enjoyed watching Nascar, the Phillies, the Steelers, and most of all, Penn State. He had a sense of humor about all things, and kept that sense about him through his courageous battle with cancer over the past seven years.
Also surviving are two daughters, Linda Yocum, at home; Christine Brennan, State College; a son, Donald, at home; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas.
The funeral was from the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Home, corner of 690 and First Street, with Mass in St. Ann’s Basilica Church. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Hospice, 746 Jefferson Ave., 18510.

DANIEL R. DIRIENZO SR.
Daniel R. Dirienzo Sr., Carbondale, formerly of Scranton, died September 25 in the VNA Hospice Inpatient Unit at Community Medical Center. His wife is the former Grace M. Contessa Dirienzo.
Born in Scranton, son of the late Stephen and Dorothy Salvati Dirienzo, he was a member of St. Ann’s Basilica and was a graduate of St. Ann’s Monastery School in 1947. He was an active volunteer at the Marian Community Hospital. He was a professional dance instructor for the Arthur Murray Dance Studio and Fred Astaire. He owned and operated the Daniel Dirienzo Florist Shop, Carbondale, and taught floral design.
Also surviving are a son, Daniel R. Jr., Waterford, Mich.; a daughter, Suzanne M. Schreckengaust, Moscow; two brothers, Felix and Frank, both of Scranton; three sisters, Rose Perna, Endwell, N.Y.; Margaret DeSanto, Scranton; and Dorothy Sherman, Binghamton, N.Y.; four grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Harold; and two sisters, Ann Colianni and Connie Wesnak.
The funeral was from the Thomas J. Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 1240 St. Ann’s St., with Mass in St. Ann’s Basilica. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Marian Community Hospital, 100 Lincoln Ave., Carbondale; St. Ann’s Basilica, 1250 St. Ann’s St., Scranton; or the VNA Hospice Unit, 301 Delaware St., Olyphant.

ROBERT J. O’HARA
Robert J. O’Hara, The Hideout, died September 26 at Mercy Hospital. His widow is Patricia Cocciolone O’Hara. His first wife, Lorraine Smith O’Hara, died in 1995.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., son of the late Robert and Mary Simpson O’Hara, he was a retired New York City fireman, serving the Bedford-Stuyvesant area on hook and ladder 111. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving as a naval gunner on merchant ships and the USS Lake Champlain. He moved to the Hideout in 1987. He had been active in St. Thomas More Church, and the Knights of Columbus for over 30 years.
He was an avid golfer and bowler, and loved all sports. He touched the hearts of many people, and was a kind, loving, warm person.
Also surviving are two brothers, James, Richardson, Texas, and William, Merrick, N.Y.; nieces and nephews.
The funeral was from the James Wilson Funeral Home, Inc., Route 296 Lake Ariel, with Mass in St. Thomas More Church, Lake Ariel, by the Rev. Edward R. Scott. Interment, St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow. Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Hospice, Jefferson Ave., 18501.

AGNES M. SHANDER
Agnes M. Shander, funeral director, 83, Peckville, died September 23 at Preferred Choice Hospice at Mid-Valley Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was the widow of Frank J. Shander, who died in 1985.
Born in Peckville, daughter of the late Stanley F. and Victoria H. Matyjewicz Shander, she was a funeral director in Peckville for the past 62 years. She attended Blakely schools, and graduated in 1935. She continued on to Eckles College to become a licensed funeral director, and graduated in 1938. She assisted her father until his death, then took over the family business.
She took great pride in her profession, and did all she could to help the families she assisted in their time of need. She was a member of the Pennsylvania and Lackawanna Funeral Directors’ Association, and a member of St. Michael the Archangel Church, Olyphant.
She was a very special woman with a heart of gold. She was always willing to give what she had to those who needed it. She was a woman of many words who spoke her piece. She was loved dearly by her daughter and daughter’s family who resided with her and cared for her. She had a great love of animals.
Surviving are four daughters, Sandy Nelson, Osceola Mills, Sherri Ross, Denver, Colo., Pam Kosydar, Dickson City, and Michelle Yuhas at home, her primary caregiver; a brother, Dr. Ernest G. Shander, Lake Ariel; two sisters, Madelyn Ksiazek, Olyphant; and Charlotte Yushinsky, Eynon; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; an aunt, nieces and nephews.
The funeral was from the Agnes M. Shander Funeral Home, 134 Main St., Peckville, with Mass in St. Michael the Archangel Church, Olyphant. Interment, Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Finch Hill.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society or any animal shelter.

LORRAINE VALENCHES O’MALLEY
Lorraine O’Malley, Scranton, formerly of Minooka, died September 22 in the VNA Hospice Inpatient Unit at Community Medical Center after a long illness. She leaves her husband and best friend, Joseph J. O’Malley, after 42 years of marriage.
Born in Shenandoah, daughter of the late Carl and Constance Sovinsky Valenches, she was a member of the Church of St. Joseph and a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, Class of 1953.
Before retirement, she was employed at the Steamtown National Historic Site.
She was known as “Rainie” to her many friends.
She will be deeply missed by all who knew her and those who received her love, friendship and devotion she gave throughout her lifetime.
Also surviving are two daughters, Meriann O’Malley, Thornhurst; and Helen Skibinski, Scranton; two sons, Joseph Jr., Scranton; and Thomas, Jacksonville, Fla.; two sisters, Carol Plante, New Jersey; and Constance Gance, Scranton; six grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her stepmother, Elsie Palmer Valenches; and a brother, Carl Valenches Jr.
The funeral was from the Eagen-Hughes Funeral Home, 2908 Birney Ave., with Mass in the Church of St. Joseph. Interment, Italian American Cemetery.

JOSEPH H. EVERETT JR.
Joseph H. Everett Jr., 58, Gouldsboro, died September 28 in the Mercy Hospice after a courageous battle with cancer. His widow is the former Joanne Kovich. The couple would have celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary in November.
Born in Scranton, son of the late Joseph H. and Alice Hay Everett, he was a graduate of Greene-Dreher High School, Newfoundland. He was employed, before retirement in 1996, as an electronics technician at the Tobyhanna Army Depot. He was an Army veteran, having served in the Old Guard, based out of Fort Myer, Arlington, Va. He was a member of the American Legion Post 247, Gouldsboro, and the Boy Scout Troop 130, Gouldsboro.
Also surviving are a daughter, Lynn, at home; a son, Paul, at home; an aunt, cousins, nieces and nephews.
The funeral was from the Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow, with services by the Rev. Lori Steffensen, pastor, Gouldsboro United Methodist Church. Interment with military honors was in Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Hospice Unit, 746 Jefferson Ave., Scranton.

THOMAS MICHAEL FERGUSON
Thomas Michael Ferguson, 71, Clarks Summit, died September 28 at home after an illness. He was the husband of Lois Hughes Ferguson. They have been married over 48 years.
Born June 9, 1929, in Scranton, son of the late John and Eleanor Dougher Ferguson, he had lived in Clarks Summit since 1990, moving from the Petersburg section of Scranton. He was a graduate of St. Paul’s High School. Before retirement, he was employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the Scranton office of the Workman’s Compensation Fund. He was formerly a sales representative for years, employed by area businesses.
He was a warm-hearted person who always put others ahead of himself. He always had a kind word to say, and was always there for anyone in need. He was very dedicated to his family, who loved and respected him greatly. He will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
Also surviving are three sons, Thomas Jr., Scranton; Joseph, Elizabeth City, N.C.; and Frank, Mount Cobb; two daughters, Linda Shorten, Lords Valley; and Kathleen Hadsell, Simpson; four brothers, John, Walter, William all of Scranton; and George, Newark, Del.; three sisters, Ann Reed and Mary Cocker, both of Scranton; and Alice Luciano, Dunmore; and 13 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph and Edward; and two sisters. Eleanor Gehling and Virginia Wilmartt.
The funeral was from the Jennings-Calvey Funeral Home Inc., 111 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit, with Mass in the Church of St. Benedict’s, Newton Ransom Boulevard, Newton Township. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Preferred Choice Inpatient Unit, 1400 Main St., Peckville, 18452.

ALICE MORGAN HOWELLS
Alice Morgan Howells, 86, formerly of North Main Avenue and Park Gardens Apartments, Scranton, died September 27 in the VNA Hospice Inpatient Unit at Community Medical Center. She was the widow of William J. Howells Jr., who died in November 1989.
Born Feb. 26, 1914, in Scranton, daughter of the late Thomas and Louise Harris Morgan, she was a member of Concord United Church of Christ. She was a former volunteer for the Red Cross blood program and a former Sunday school teacher at Bethania Presbyterian Church. She was a 1932 graduate of Scranton Technical High School and a former member of the Eastern Star.
She was a loving mother, grandmother and sister who will be dearly missed.
Surviving are a daughter, Pearl Taylor, Scranton; two sons, William J. III, Corning N.Y.; and Robert J., Daleville; a sister, Louise Lynch, Scranton; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Pearl Morgan and Janet Adsit; and four brothers, Ivor, Thomas, David and Paul Morgan.
The funeral was from the Bomberger-Lesko Funeral Home, 1660 N. Main Ave., with services by the Rev. Thomas Nalesnik, pastor, Concord United Church of Christ. Interment, Arlington Hills Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation, 804 W. Diamnod Ave., Suite 210, Gaithersburg, MD. 20878; or the VNA Hospice Unit, 301 Delaware St., Olyphant, 18447.

WENDY H. REYNOLDS
Wendy H. Reynolds, 43, Gouldsboro, died September 12 in Long Pond. Her husband is James Reynolds. Born in Pompton Plains, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Theodore and Dorothy Hill Warchol. Also surviving are two sons, Joseph and Nicholas; a sister, Kathy Szwed, Hancock, N.Y.; and a brother, William, Florida. A blessing service was held in the Brian Strauch Funeral Home, Route 690, Spring Brook Township, by the Rev. Deacon John Franschelli, St. Catherine’s Church. Interment, Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

DOROTHY KOCHIS
Dorothy Kochis, 177 Phillip St., Throop, died September 14 at the Mountain Rest Nursing Home, Linwood Avenue, after an illness. She was the wife of Anthony Kochis Sr. Born in Throop, daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine Shenko Goreschak, she was a graduate of Throop High School, class of 1951, and was a resident of Throop all her life. She was retired from the former Grove Silk Mill, Dunmore, and was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, Throop. Also surviving are two daughters, Patricia Fitzsimmons, Mount Cobb; and Theresa Prokarym, Killeen, Texas; a son, Anthony Jr., Duryea; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Jean Marshalek, Mount Cobb; a brother, Joseph Goreschak, Throop; nieces and nephews. The funeral was from the John F. Glinsky Funeral Home, 445 Sanderson St., Throop, with Mass in St. John the Baptist Church, celebrated by the Rev. August A. Ricciardi, pastor. Interment, parish cemetery.

MAE A. BRYSON
Mae A Bryson, formerly of Second Street, Gouldsboro, died September 14 at East Mountain Manor, Plains Township. She was the widow of Luther G. Bryson, who died in 1972. Born in Gouldsboro, daughter of the late Franklin and Nellie Stewart Marsh, she was a member of the Gouldboro United Methodist Church. Surviving are nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Carrie Johnson, Ellen Hayes and Mabel Lewis. The funeral was from the Gouldsboro United Methodist Church, with services by the Rev. Lori Steffensen, pastor. Interment, Lehigh Cemetery, Gouldsboro. Memorial contributions may be made to Gouldsboro United Methodist Church, Main Street, Gouldsboro 18424; and the Gouldsboro Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Corps, Gouldsboro 18424. Arrangements by the Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow.

THOMAS R. WHITE
Thomas R. "Tucker" White, Big Bass Lake, Gouldsboro, died September 16 in the Mercy Hospital. His widow is the former Josephine "Tootsie" Ostroski. Born in Scranton, son of Eleanor Beaver White, Madison Township, and the late Thomas J. White, who died in 1996, he was a graduate of North Pocono High School. He was employed as a plant supervisor for R.G.A., Reproductions, Saddle Brook, N.J. He was a member of Maple Lake United Methodist Church. Prior to moving to Big Bass Lake, he was a resident of Madisonville for 13 years. Surviving are two daugthers, Keri White, Archbald, and Jessica at home; a sister, Beverly McLain; nieces and nephews. The funeral was in the Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St. Moscow, with services by the Rev. Lori Steffensen, pastor of the Gouldsboro United Methodist Church. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst.

JEROME R. MURPHY
Jerome R. Murphy, North Scranton, died September 14 after a lengthy illness. He and his wife, the former Anne Marie Moran, celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary on Aug. 5. Born in Scranton, son of the late Michael C. and Ellen Corcoran Murphy, he was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, class of 1949. Prior to retirement, he was employed by Conrail and the New Jersey Transit System for 34 years. He was a member of Holy Rosary Church, North Scranton, and its Men’s Society, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5209 and the Tauras Club. Also surviving are three daughters, Barbara McLean and Joan Schott, both of Scranton; and Patricia Rosengrant, Lake Ariel; a son, Daniel, Scranton; a stepdaughter, JoAnne Fallon, Scranton, Scranton; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; a brother, James, Scranton; four sisters, Margaret Price, Riverside, Calif.; and Rita Boyd, Theresa Henehan and Mary Ellen O’Neill, all of Scranton; nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by two daughters, Geraldine Zackoski, and Sharon Murphy; and a brother, Francis. The funeral was from the Edward Knight O’Donnell Funeral Home, 323 William St., with Mass in Holy Rosary Church, William Street. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Rosary Church, 316 William St., 18508.

MOLLIE MURTHA FLANAGAN
Mollie Murtha Flanagan, 68, Scranton, died September 16 at Mercy Hospital. Her husband is retired Army Lt. Col. John Flanagan. Born and raised in Pittston, Port Griffith area, daughter of the late Michael and Nora Kane Murtha, she was a graduate of St. John’s High School, class of 1950, and of St. John’s Business College in 1951. During her life, she traveled with her husband and children throughout the world while her husband was on active military duty. She was an active member of St. Ignatius Parish, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., for five years, and the Fort Leavenworth community. She served as secretary of the Officers’ Wives Club at several military stations, and was an active member of the Iran-American Society, Teheran, Iran, from 1963 to 1965, and of the Thailand-American Society, Bankok, 1972. She received numerous community service awards for her volunteer work at various military posts in the United States and overseas. Mrs. Flanagan chose the role of a traditional wife and mother, raising four children. She attended many professional seminars and conferences, and authored two articles on family life in the military, and cooking recipes. She was active in the University of Scranton’s 1888 Club, the Legion of Mary, and the Immaculate Conception of Mary Church. She also belonged to the Seton ( St. John’s) High School Alumni Association, Pittston. In her life, she exemplified the virtues of a true heroine dedicated to God, her family and her country. She was a truly gentle woman, living every day with trust in God and the Blessed Mother. Also surviving are a son, Col. John S. II, Joint Force Command, Norfolk, Va.; three daughters, Lt. Col. Nora Fisher, National Defense University, Fort McNair, Va.; Kathleen Host, Montrose, and Mollie Ruffenach, Gouldsboro; two brothers, Thomas and James Murtha, both of Pittston; seven grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Michael and Joseph Murtha. The funeral was from the Vanston Funeral Home, Ash Street and North Irving Avenue, with Mass in Immaculate Conception Church, 800 Taylor Ave. Interment, veteran’s section in Cathedral Cemetery.

KEVIN FINNEGAN
Kevin Finnegan, 43, Long Pond, died September 12 at home. Born in Yonkers, N.Y., son of the late Desmond and Jean Harley Finnegan, he was employed as a commercial truck driver. He was helpful to all around him, and within his limited means, he donated to various charities. He was preceded in death by a brother, Brian. A blessing service was held in the Brain Arthur Strauch Funeral Home, Route 690, Moscow. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

RUTH ELLEN JONES
Ruth Ellen Jones, a resident of East Mountain Manor Nursing Home, Wilkes-Barre, and HC1 Box 173, Thornhurst, died September 13 in the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre. She was the widow of Gwillum Dale Jones, who died in 1971. Born in Scranton, in 1914, daughter of the late Arthur and Bertha Boose Dietz, she was a member of the Thornhurst United Methodist Church. Prior to retirement, she was a seamstress with Rita’s Sportswear, Moscow. Surviving are a sister, Josephine Osmond, N.J.; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Joseph and Charles. The funeral was in the Snowdon Funeral Home, Inc., 401 Church St., Moscow, with services by the Rev. Lori Steffensen, pastor of the Thornhurst United Methodist Church. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst.

ROSELLA LAVICK
Rosella Lavick, 67, Crystal Lake, died September 17 at the in-patient hospice unit of Mercy Hospital after a valiant battle with cancer. She was the widow of William Lavick, who died in 1993. Born in New York City, daughter of Catherine Hennessey, New York City, and the late Thomas Hennessey, she moved to Northeastern Pennsylvania in 1970 and operated Hennessey’s Restaurant, Scranton, with her husband for 20 years. Her greatest gift was her sense of humor and devotion to her family and pets. Her greatest joy was spending time with her two grandchildren. Surviving are a daughter, Antoinette Hamidian, Moscow; a brother, Thomas, New York City; and two grandchildren. The funeral with blessing service was from the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Home, Route 690, Moscow. Interment, St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1101 Hill St., Jessup, 18434.

LEROY W. BARTLESON
Leroy W. Bartleson, 85, South Sterling, died September 17 at home. His widow is the former Doris Cross. Born in South Sterling, son of the late W. Scott and Emma Louise Krumm Bartleson, he was a graduate of the Green Dreher Vocational High School, Newfoundland, class of 1933. He worked at Savage Arms Co., Utica, N.Y., during World War II and was also a lumberman and carpenter. He retired in February of 1977 from the Department of Property and Supplies, Harrisburg. He was a member of the Hemlock Grove United Methodist Church, and a 50-year member of the Salem Lodge 330, Free and Accepted Masons, Hamlin. He pitched horseshoes all his life and was a member of the Newfoundland Horseshoe League. He was an honorary member of the Pennsylvania Trappers Association and the National Trappers Association and a member of the National Rifle Association. He was an avid hunter, trapper and fisherman. Also surviving are two daughters, Joyce A. Manhart, Greentown; and Donna B. Lee, Newfoundland; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. The funeral was from the Hemlock Grove United Methodist Church, Greentown, with services by the Rev. Robert Allen, pastor. Interment Pine Grove Cemetery, South Sterling. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hemlock Grove United Methodist Church, Box 237, Greentown, 18526, or Hospice, St. John, 1007 Oak St., Pittston, 18640. Arrangements by the Arthur J. Frey Funeral Home, Route 191, LaAnna.

ARLENE BURTON
Arlene Burton, 68, a guest of the Taylor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, formerly of 419 Olive St., died September 17 at the center. She was the widow of Arnold Burton, who died in 1971. Born April 17, 1932, in Duryea, daughter of the late Raymond and Emma Hollenback Palmiter, she settled at the center in February of this year. She was educated in Moosic schools and was employed as a waitress by Saul’s Restaurant, Scranton, before retirement. She was a member of the Women’s Club of Washington Plaza and was a former Democratic delegate. She was a member of the Moosic Alliance Church, Moosic. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother whose true love was her family. She will be missed by all who knew her. Surviving are three sons, Kenneth, Scranton; Gary, Lake Ariel, and Arnold, Taylor; four daughters, Barbara Bennett and Elizabeth Genitsky, Both of Scranton; Debra Gealy, Old Forge; and Lisa Jones, Taylor; three brothers, Richard, Thomas and Charles, all of Scranton; five sisters, Martha Bloom, Flora Shilkosky, Ellen Bloom and Andrea Jackson, all of Scranton; and Ruth Ann Lewis, Moosic; 17 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Robert; and a brother, Ronald. The funeral was from the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home, 517 N. Main St., Old Forge, with services by the Rev. Nathan D. King, pastor, Moosic Alliance Church. Interment, Memorial Shrine Cemetery, Carverton.

CATHERINE McCORMICK McCRONE
Catherine McCormick McCrone, Dunmore, died September 18 in the VNA Hospice Center at Community Medical Center after a brief illness. She was the wife of John. J. McCrone. Her first husband, John McCormick, died Feb. 28, 1965. Born in Dunmore, daughter of the late Michael F. and Sarah L. Burke Conway, she was a member of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Dunmore, and its Women’s Guild. She was a graduate of Dunmore High School and before retirement, she was employed by the ARA Co. in the Dunmore School District. Also surviving are four sons, John, Dunmore; Gerald, Dunmore; James, Scranton; and Michael, Scranton; a stepson, Patrick McCrone, Bloomsburg; a daughter, Regina Rinaldi, Dunmore; stepdaughter, Sharon McCrone, Fleetville; two brothers, M. Gerald Conway, Gouldsboro; and Richard Conway, Dunmore; a sister, Mary O’Malley, Scranton; 13 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews, including William, Michael and Elizabeth Hahn, whom she raided since 1983. She was also preceded in death by five brothers, William, John, Albert, Patrick and Paul Conway; and two sisters, Elizabeth Hahn, who died in 1983 and Ann Tholen. The funeral was from the Thomas J. Golden Funeral Home, 2004 Delaware St., Dunmore, with Mass in St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Chestnut Street, Dunmore. Memorial contributions may be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor at Holy Family Residence, 2500 Adams Ave., Scranton, 18509; or VNA Hospice at Community Medical Center, 1800 Mulberry St., Scranton, 18510

JEANNE C. GALLAGHER
Jeanne C. Gallagher, Clarks Summit, formerly of Lake Ariel, died September 18 in Mercy Hospice. Born in Scranton, daughter of the late John F. and Kathryn Ruddy Carroll, she was a member of St. Gregory’s Church, Clarks Summit, a graduate of Holy Rosary School, and attended Marywood College. Before retirement she was employed by Harper and Collins. She was a caring mother, grandmother and sister. Her greatest joy in life was being with her grandchildren. Surviving are a son, Peter J., Dunmore; two daughters, Kathryn Maure, Clarks Summit, and Susan C. Nemetz, Lake Ariel; a sister, Anne Murphy, Charlotte, Va.; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a sister, Kathryn Carroll. The funeral and interment was at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Hospice, 746 Jefferson Ave.

FREDRICK MATERN
Fredrick Matern, 42, Newfoundland, died September 19 in Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale. Born in Colorado Springs, Colo., son of William and Mickey DeFeis Matern, Newfoundland, he had resided in Newfoundland since 1992 and formerly lived in Somerset, N.J. He owned and operated Pink Panther Landscape Service, Newfoundland. Surviving are a daughter, Samantha Matern, Blue Springs, Tenn.; three brothers, Scott, Carbondale; Edward, Lake Ariel; and Daniel, Cresco; four sisters, Susan Matern, Ottsville; Carol Ann Wiseman, Lake Ariel; Jean Krull, Michigan; and Lorraine Matern, South Canaan; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, William III and Daniel. The funeral was from the Arthur J. Frey Funeral Home, Route 191, LaAnna, with the Rev. Robert Allen officiating. Interment, Pine Grove Cemetery, South Sterling. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

BERNARD E. VENTURA
Bernard E. "Bernie" Ventura, West Scranton, died September 8 at home after a lengthy illness. His wife is the former Grace Savino. The couple celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary Jan. 31. Born in Peckville, son of the late Bernard and Rose Long Ventura, he eventually moved to Scranton, where he was educated. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving with the infantry in the Philippines. He was employed as a foreman by Ferranti Brothers Beer Distributors until his retirement. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Church. He was a hardworking man who was his wife’s best friend, and loved his family and friends. Also surviving are a son, the Rev. Bernard L. Ventura, Hamlin; two sisters, Mary Ventura, Scranton, and Sylvia Pollard, Webster, N.Y.; three brothers, Julie and Albert, both of Scranton, and Peter, Sharon, Vt.; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by two brothers, James and John. The funeral was from the Carl J. Savino Funeral Home, 157 S. Main Ave., with Mass in St. Patrick’s Church. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.

SYLVESTER URSO
Sylvester Urso, 39, of 136 Harriet St., Throop, died September 10. Born in Scranton, son of Bernetta Pagnozzi Urso, Throop, and the late Louis A. Urso, who died in 1994, he was a graduate of Mid-Valley High School and attended Lackawanna Junior College. He was a good athlete, having played all sports in high school and college. He was a coach in the Midget Football League Olyphant Lions Program and Little League Baseball, Dickson City. He was employed by Bahco Tools Inc. and was a former member of St. Bridget’s Church, Throop. Also surviving are his twin children, Erica and Patrick, both of Dickson City; two sisters, Alfonsia Lambert, Kingsley; and Theresa Kellogg, Moscow; two brothers, Cataldo, Olyphant; and Louis Jr., Dickson City; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. The funeral was from the John F. Glinsky Funeral Home, 445 Sanderson St., Throop, with Mass in St. Bridget’s Church, Throop. Interment, Mount Carmel Cemetery.

GENEVIEVE T. KRUKOWSKI
Genevieve T. Krukowski, Scranton, died September 8 at the Hospice Unit of Mercy Hospital after an illness. Her husband is John J. Krukowski. The couple was married 50 years. Born in Scranton, daughter of the late Walter and Helen Krukowski Zimorowicz, she was a graduate of West Scranton High School. Since her retirement in 1947, she was a seamstress at the Sauquoit Silk Mills. She was a member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Greenwood. She was loving wife, mother and grandmother, who will be missed by her many friends. Also surviving are two sons, John, Mount Cobb, and Edward, Scranton; a daughter, Barbara Marx, Bradford; two sisters, Mary Raumovitz, Florida, and Helen Kovatch, Taylor; two brothers, Zygmont, Scranton, and Stanley, Carbondale; eight grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Frank, and two sisters Lottie Vitalianers, and Tessie Decarlo. The funeral was from the Catherine Y. Zabielski Funeral Home, 941 S. Main St., with Mass in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Greenwood. Interment, parish cemetery.

DOROTHY M. HUBBS
Dorothy M. Hubbs, 80, Lake Ariel, died September 9 at St. Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick, N.J. She was the wife of Frederick J. Hubbs. They were married 54 years. Born in Belleville, N.J., daughter of the late James and Mary Baldwin, she lived in Sayreville, N.J., for 30 years before moving to the Hideout in Lake Ariel in 1991. Also surviving are a son, Tom, Barnegat, N.J.; a daughter, Nancy Sowder, Sayreville; four grandsons, a great-granddaughter; two brothers, Rich Baldwin, Sparta, N.J.; a sister, Lillian DiNicola, Moorehaven, Fla.; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Jack and Eugene Baldwin. The funeral was from the Whiteley Funeral Home, 241 Bordentown Ave., South Amboy, Creamation was private. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

JENNIE A. TELLIE
Jennie A. Tellie, a guest of St. Mary’s Villa, Elmhurst, formerly of Dunmore, died September 8 at the villa after an illness. She was the widow of Michael J.Tellie, who died Aug. 29, 1992. Born in Dunmore, daughter of the late Nicholas and Raphael Scartelli, she was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church. She was educated in Dunmore public schools, and was employed in the local garment industry prior to retirement. She was a member of the Senior Citizens’ Group at the Immaculate Conception Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who was devoted to her family. She will be sadly missed by her loved ones and family. Surviving are two sons, Anthony M. and attorney Nicholas D., both of Scranton; two daughters, Doris Klobusicky, Dunmore, and Geraldine Naro, Moscow; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Daniel and Ralph, and three sisters, Mary DeStefano, Lucille Lullo and Gilda Guzzi. The funeral was from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore. Interment, Dunmore Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 63 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, or the St. Joseph’s Center, 2010 Adams Ave.

ARLENE F. PACE
Arlene F. Pace, R.N., a resident of the Moscow area, died September 8. She was the widow of Mario J. Pace Sr., who died in 1982. Born in Elizabeth, N.J., daughter of the late Frank B. and Sadie Smith, she graduated from Battin High School and the Elizabeth General Medical Center School of Nursing. She worked in several areas of nursing for 40 years. Her last employment was for the IHS Julia Ribaudo Nursing Care Center, Lake Ariel. She was of the Protestant faith. Surviving are a daughter, Jolene Sledzinski, Moscow; a son, Mario J. Jr., Green Bay Wis.; a sister, Dorothy McGrath, Austin, Texas; five grandchildren. Cremation was at Maple Hill Salem Crematory, Archbald. Memorial contribution may be made to the Salvation Army or the Little Sisters of the Poor, 2500 Adams Ave., Scranton. Arrangements by the James Wilson Funeral Home Inc., Route 296, Lake Ariel.

LEWIS R. GARRISON SR.
Lewis R. "Big Lou" Garrison Sr., 64, of Box 2594 RR 2, Nicholson, Springville Township, died September 9 at home as a result of a tractor accident. His widow is the former Katherine Green. They would have celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary on Oct. 13. Born in Springville, son of the late Bela and Louise Mack Garrison, he was employed as a heavy equipment operator for 42 years for the Dalling Construction Co., Bridgeport, Conn., before retirement. He attended the west Nicholson United Methodist Church, and was a member of the Lake Carey Sportsman’s Club, the International Operating Engineers Union Local 478. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved his work and was willing to help anyone who needed it. Also surviving are five sons, Bela and Michael, both of Bridgeport, Conn.; Lewis Jr., Monroe, Conn.; William, Oxford, Conn.; and Dave, Springville; three daughters, Ruby Ganser, Factoryville; Pamela Sebjan, Nicholson; and Diana Garrison, Springville; two brothers, Douglas, Beaver Springs; and William, Moscow; three sisters, Ruby Johnson, Springville; Doris Ward, West Nicholson; and Beatrice Cox., Florida; 16 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Lee. The funeral was in the Charles H. Litwin Funeral Home, 91 State St., Nicholson. Cremation, HG Smith Crematory, Stroudsburg. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lake Carey Sprortsman’s Club.

JOSEPHINE S. INCAVIDO
Josephine S. Incavido, Scranton, died September 9 in the Mercy Hospice after an illness. She was the widow of Salvatore Incavido, who died in 1960. Born in Throop, daughter of the late Joseph and Stella Sholcosky, she was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Church, Smith Street, Dunmore. Her life was a true inspiration to all who knew her and admired her strength. She was a wonderful and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed her trips to town and sitting on her porch with a good book. She will be missed by all who loved her. Surviving are a son, Frank P. "Chick", Moscow; a daughter, Theresa Kortawy, Scranton; seven grandchildren; a sister, Victoria Galiney, Rochester, N.Y.; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Chester, Joseph and Frank; and three sisters, Mary, Helen and Katherine. The funeral was from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Smith Street, Dunmore. Interment, Mount Carmel Cemetery, Dunmore.

WARREN C. DAVIS
Warren C. Davis, West Scranton, died September 11 at home after a lengthy illness. His widow is the former Gladys Kessler. They had been married 55 years. Born in Scranton, son of the late Wendell and Mildred Beldin Davis, he was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and attended the Penn State Extension School and Lackawanna Junior College. He owned and managed the former W. C. Davis Sons grocery store, West Scranton, for 22 years. From 1968 to 1971, he was the regional representative for the Pennsylvania Department of Commerce. From 1971 to 1982, he served in various capacities in the City of Scranton CETA program including director of management and operations and director of planning and programs. He retired as manager of fleet maintenance for Clinical Lab. He was a former member, deacon and trustee of the former First Baptist Church of Scranton, where he was also financial secretary and Sunday School superintendent. He was a member of the St. David’s Society of Lackawanna County and the Welsh American Society. He had been a member of the former Hyde Park Church Bowling League. He was an Army veteran of World War II serving in Sicily, Italy and France. He loved gardening and tending to his flowers. Also surviving are a son, William, Moscow; two daughters, Susan Clark, Lake Sheridan, and Elizabeth Clark, Southhold, N.Y.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter. The funeral was from the Davies and Jones Funeral Chapel Inc., 135 S. Main Ave., with services by the Rev. Earl O. Cassel, pastor, United Baptist Church of Scranton. Interment, Washburn Street Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the current fund of United Baptist Church, 213 S. Main Ave., 18504; and Mercy Hospice, 746 Jefferson Ave., 18510.

FRANK J. BABARSKY
Frank J. Babarsky, Scranton, died September 11 at Allied Services Skilled Nursing Facility after an illness. His widow is the former Irene Pifcho. They would have celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary Nov. 23. Born in Scranton, son of the late Fred and Mary Woziniak Babarsky, he resided in the Scranton area most of his life. He was a graduate of Fairview High School, Mountaintop. He retired as a foreman of Laminations Inc. in 1979, and then retired in 1986 as a foreman of Gress Farms. He was an Army veteran of World War II, where he was involved in the War Dog Training Program at Camp Pendelton, where he worked with noted animal trainer Rudd Weatherwax. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Lithuanian Roman Catholic Church. Also surviving are a son, Frank J. Jr., Scranton; a daughter, Susanne, Scranton; four sisters, Isabelle Balliet, Monatuk, N.J.; Mary Guzior, Scranton; Helen Golembski, Elmhurst; and Annabelle Malcolm, Levittown; six grandchildren; a great-grandson; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, George and Fred, and a sister, Josephine Prosniak. The funeral was private at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Alzheimers Foundation. Arrangements by the Bomberger-Lesko Funeral Home, 1660 N. Main Ave.

MARGARET M. ELIAS
Margaret M. Elias, a resident of Spring Brook Township for the past 45 years, died Wednesday at Mercy Hospital after an illness. Her husband is Robert Elias. They had been married for 45 years. Born in Ashland, daughter of the late Otto and Millie Klase Welsh, she was a 1937 graduate of Newton High School. She was a homemaker, and also worked at St. Mary’s Villa. Prior to retirement, she was a school bus driver for the North Pocono School District. She was a member of Spring Brook United Church of Christ. She enjoyed flower gardening, sewing and baking, and was a loving mother and wife. Also surviving are two daughters, Roberta Elias, Spring Brook, and Kathy Wilbur, Factoryville; a brother, Edward Welsh, Newton Ransom; several nieces and nephews. The funeral was in the Spring Brook United Church of Christ Interment, Spring Brook Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Spring Brook United Church of Christ. Arrangements by the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Home, Route 690, Spring Brook Township.

JOHN W. SMITH JR.
John W. Smith Jr., 48, a lifelong resident of Scranton, died September 13 in the Veterans Administration Hospital, Plains Township. Born in Scranton, son of the late James William and Mabel Green Smith, he attended Scranton Technical High School, later received his G.E.D., and then received a business degree from Lackawanna Junior College. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, having served with the 173rd Airborne Division, and received the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in combat. Prior to becoming disabled, he owned and operated Quality Cleaning, Scranton, and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. He was a very giving and loving father, brother and grandfather, and one of the ways he showed it was by handing out candy as he traveled in his wheelchair. Surviving are two sons, John Jr., Scranton, and Jason, Jessup; two stepsons, William Price, Scranton, and Peter Howey, Jessup; three daughters, Tonya Martin and Kimberly Smith, both of Scranton, and Nikita Smith, Jessup; two sisters, Bertha Milewski, Mount Cobb, and Barbara Jezorwski, Scranton; four brothers, Robert Purdy, Wilkes-Barre; James and Joseph Smith, both of Scranton; and Jeffery Smith, Wilkes-Barre; 13 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. The funeral was from the Miller Bean Funeral Home Inc., 436 Cedar Ave., with services by the Rev. Tom H. Collins, pastor of the Hickory Street Presbyterian Church. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst.

OLGA FOX
Olga Fox, Clarks Summit, died September 1 at Community Center after an illness. She was the wife of Joseph H. Fox. The couple would have celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary on Nov. 27. Born in Dunmore, daughter of the late Elias and Mary Galician Hryshko, she was a member of Our Lady of the Snows Church, Clarks Summit, and its Altar and Rosary Society. She was a Janurary 1944 graduate of Dunmore High School and was a loving homemaker. Also surviving are two sons, Joseph R., Dublin, Ohio, and John R., Colchester, Conn.; a daughter, Kristin Salmon, Clarks Summit; six sisters, Mary Worsnick, Ann Poveromo, Genet Boland, Irene Palmer and Marge Reilly, all of Dunmore; and Evelyn Hinz, Roaring Brook Township; 10 grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Bobby, on July 12, 1964; a brother, Andrew; and a sister, Nanci Dommes. The funeral was from the Thomas J. Golden Funeral Home, 2004 Delaware St., Dunmore, with Mass in Our Lady of the Snows Church, 301 S. State St., Clarks Summit, Interment, St. Michael’s Cemetery, Dunmore. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Snows Church, 301 S. State St., Clarks Summit, 18411, or St. Gabriel’s Monastery, 631 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit, 18411.

GERTRUDE A. GALE
Gertrude A. "Trudy" Gale, 88, 3115 James Buchannan Drive, Elizabethtown, died September 2 at the Masonic Health Center, Elizabethtown. Her husband of 67 years is Robert C. Gale, Elizabethtown. Born in Scranton, daughter of the late Andrew and Minnie E. Kerchner Wagner, she was a member of Hamlin Centenary Methodist Church, Hamlin, where she was a member of the Sunday School, and the women’s society. She also sang in the church choir. Prior to retiring in 1975, she was employed for 10 years as a secretary at the Hamlin Elementary School. She was a member and past worthy matron of the Order of Eastern Star, Harriet Green chapter 198, Hamlin. Also surviving are two sons, Paul B., Burke, Va., and John C., Celebration, Fla.; a sister, Lauriena Lowrie, Baldwinsville, N.Y.; Five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. The funeral was from the John S. Sell Memorial Chapel, Masonic Homes, Elizabethtown, with services by Pastor Gary S. George. Interment Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimers Disease Association, Lancaster chapter, P.O. Box 4034, Lancaster, 17604

JOHN JOSEPH SAMSOCK JR.
John Joseph Samsock Jr., 80, Taylor, died September 3 in the Hospice Unit of the Community Medical Center. His wife, the former Mary Stewart, died in 1957. Born in Taylor, son of the late John Joseph and Victoria Soflarska Samsock, he was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II, and a member of the American Legion post 306, Taylor. While in the service, he received the Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal the World War II Victory Medal. He was a former member of the Taylor Boy Scouts. Prior to retirement, he was a forklift operator at Tobyhanna Army Depot. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Taylor, where he was an usher and a member of its Family Society. He was a former amateur boxer, and loved flowers, gardening and building rock walls. Surviving are two sons, John, Olney, Md., and Charles, Ransom; a daughter, Mary Murman, Moscow; three brothers, Louie, Lewisburg, W. Va., Carl and Frank, both of Olney, Md.; four sisters, Helen Godlewski, Adele Molinaro, Nellie Holland, all of Taylor, and Victoria Laskiewicz, Moscow; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph and Stanley, and two sisters, Anna Muha and Adele Samsock. The funeral was from the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home, 517 N. Main St., Old Forge, with Mass in the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Church Street, Taylor. Cremation, Maple Hill Crematory, Wilkes-Barre. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery, Old Forge. Memorial contributions may be made to the Moses Taylor Oncology Unit, 700 Quincy Ave., 18510,or to the VNA Hospice of Lackawanna County, 301 Delaware St. Olyphant, 18447.

LILLIAN POHL MATTHEWS
Lillian Pohl Matthews, 87, Gouldsboro, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, died September 3 at the VNA Hospice Unit of Community Medical Center. She was the widow of W. Edwin Matthews, who died in 1967. Born in Wilkes-Barre, daughter of the late Frank and Amelia Fetzer Pohl, she had resided in Gouldsboro for more than 40 years. She was a graduate of Wilkes-Barre Business College. She was a member of the Harriet Greene Chapter 198 Order of the Eastern Star, and a member of the Gouldsboro United Methodist Church. She was active in many of the church’s organizations. Lillian was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister who will be missed by all who loved her. She was blessed with a loving family and many friends. Surviving are a daughter, Beverly Matthews, East Hampton, N.Y.; a son, Wayne Matthews, Alexandria Bay, N.Y.; a sister, Gertrude Martin, Lake Forest, Calif.; three grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and a niece. She was preceded in death by a sister, Marion Hunsinger. The funeral was from the Gouldsboro United Methodist Church with services by the Rev. Lori Steffensen, pastor. Interment, Oaklawn Cemetery, Hanover Township. Memorial contributions may be made to VNA Hospice of Lackawanna County, 301 Delaware Ave., Olyphant, 18447, or the Gouldsboro Ambulance Association, Main Street, Gouldsboro, 18424. Arrangements by the Snowdon Funeral Home, Inc., 401 Church St., Moscow.

GEORGE J. CERANDO
George J. Cerando, the Hideout, died August 31 in Gainesville, Fla. His wife , the former Theresa Manzi Cerando, died in 1998. Born in New York City, N.Y., son of the late Dominic and Vincentina Capolano Cerando, he was a member of St. Thomas More Church, Lake Ariel. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a garment designer and cutter. He was a member of UNICO, the Hideout Adult Social Group and the Garment Union. Surviving are three daughters, Doris Muro Kelly, Crystal River, Fla., and Georgia Ackermann, Lake Ariel; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. The funeral was in the James Wilson Funeral Home, Route 296, Lake Ariel, with services by the Rev. Edward R. Scott. Interment, St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow.

FRANK J. KRUSHINSKY
Frank J. Krushinsky, Moscow, died September 3 in Mercy Hospital. His wife of 33 years is the former Theresa Thornton. Born in 1944, Peckville, son of the late Frank S. and Henritta Tracewski Krushinsky, he was a graduate of St. Patrick’s High School, Olyphant, and of the University of Scranton, where he earned a bachelor of science in management and a master’s degree in business administration. After serving in the Air Force in Washington, D.C. from 1966 to 1969, he returned to the Scranton area, where he became the director of manpower for the City of Scranton. After a 20 year career in the private sector as a marketing consultant with I.B.M., and as an investment consultant with Dean Witter, Mr. Krushinsky returned to public service to head up the Scranton Sewer Authority as executive director. He was a member of the Elmhurst Country Club, the Knights of Columbus, and St. Eulalia’s Roman Catholic Church. Also surviving are two daughters, Kara Duquette, Springfield, Mass., and Franny Krushinsky, Charleston, S.C.; a granddaughter and grandson. He was preceded in death by a sister, Karen Krushinsky. The funeral was from the Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 401 Church St., Moscow, with Mass in St. Eulalia’s Church by Monsignor John Moore and Monsignor F. Alan Conlan. Interment, St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hemocrhomotosis Foundation.

COLE WILLIAM PARKINS
Cole William Parkins, infant son of Robert W. and Penny M. Reilly Parkins, Elmhurst, died September 6 in the Community Medical Center. Though he lived only briefly, he was loved by all his family. Also surviving are two brothers, Curt and Kyle, at home; paternal grandmother, Ruth Herman Parkins, Elmhurst; maternal grandmother, the Rev. Betty Gillette Reilly, Binghamton, N.Y.; maternal grandfather, Edward Reilly, Hamlin; aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, William Parkins. Private graveside services were held in Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst, by the Rev. John Craig. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, 545 Jefferson Ave., 18510. Arrangements by the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Home, Route 690, Spring Brook Township.

CARL J. DEL PRETE
Carl J. Del Prete, 70, a South Scranton resident, died August 26 at the VNA Hospice Inpatient Unit at Community Medical Center after an illness. His widow is the former Ann Grant. The couple would have observed their 38th wedding anniversary in November.
Born in Scranton, son of the late Louis and Catherine Sylvester Del Prete, he was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church. Prior to his retirement, he was a warehouse manager for Artcraft Studios, Old Forge. He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.
The light of his life was the recent addition of his first grandchild. He was proud of the fact that he still resided in the home in which he was born.
Also surviving are two daughters, Catherine at home, and Mary Thomas, Spring Brook; a son, William L., Madisonville; three brothers, Leo, Newton Ransom; Louis, Lady Lakes, Fla., and Robert, Raritan, N.J.; one grandchild; nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Angela Martin; and two brothers, Ralph and Francis.
The funeral was from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass in St. Francis of Assisi Church, Genet Street. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to VNA Hospice, 301 Delaware St., Olyphant, or the American Diabetes Association, 63 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre.

CONSTANTINO “JUNI” J. CALZOLA JR.
Constantino “Juni” J. Calzola Jr., 73, 63 Cottage St., Carbondale, died August 27 in Marian Community Hospital after an illness. His wife, Ethel Phillips, died in 1981.
Born in Carbondale, son of the late Constantino Sr. and Mary Panfili Calzola, he was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Armed Training Command, Fort Hood, Texas. Prior to retirement, he was self-employed as a truck driver, and later employed with Carlo Trucking and Tuzze Trucking, both of Carbondale. He was also a diesel mechanic.
He was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother. He loved NASCAR and was an avid hunter. He will be sadly missed by all who loved him.
Surviving are four sons, Albert L., Greenfield Township; Douglas A., Carbondale; Robert J., Madisonville, and John J., Cherryville; a brother, Albert (Abe); a sister, Eleanor Swingle, Mahwah, N.J.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and great-nephews.
The funeral was from the Lawrence A. Gabriel Funeral Home, 74 N. Main St., Carbondale, with Mass in St. Rose of Lima Church, Carbondale. Interment, Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Finch Hill.

J. CALVIN ARMSTRONG
J. Calvin Armstrong, Clarks Summit, died August 29 in the VNA inpatient Hospice unit at Community Medical Center. His widow is the former Irene Klein. They celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary in February.
Born in Vandling, son of the late Albert and Loretta Armstrong, he was a graduate of Vandling High School, where he served as president of his class, and had attended Lackawanna Junior College, Scranton. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving as a medical technician. Before retirement, he was a dispatcher for the Yellow Freight System. He had formerly been employed by Norwalk Shirks Freight Co. and had been employed in the freight business for more than 39 years. He was an active member of Immanual Lutheran Church, Scranton, where he served as a trustee and Braille worker. He was a member of the South Abington Lions Club and the Abington Post 7069, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Also surviving are two daughters, Karen Muir, Mount Cobb, and Debra Altier, Greenfield Township; a son, Alan, Chinchilla; eight grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Kresock; and two brothers, Albert and Ronald.
The funeral was from the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave., with services in the Immanual Lutheran Church, by the Rev. Robert H. Marshall Jr. Interment, Evergreen Cemetery, Bell Mountain, Dickson City.
Memorial contributions may be made to Immanual Lutheran Church and the Evergreen Cemetery Chapel Fund, both at 238 Reese St., 18508.

BERNARD P. TRINOVITCH SR.
Bernard P. Trinovitch, 70, Archbald, died August 29 at Mercy Hospital. His wife of 44 years is Catherine Trinovitch.
Born July 1, 1930 in Jessup, son of the late George and Mary Trinovitch, he was a member of Holy Ghost Church, Jessup. He was a veteran of the Korean War, having earned the Sharp Shooter medal. He was a member of the Jessup VFW Post, and the Disabled American Veterans.
He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman, and was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Also surviving are a daughter, Judy Slocum, Dalton; three sons, Bernard LaPlume; Keith, Falls, and Andrew, Mount Cobb; a brother, John, Levittown; five grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers; George and Andrew, and three sisters, Mary Trino, Ann Lakatta and Margaret Bernacki.
The funeral Mass was from the Holy Ghost Church, Jessup. Interment, Holy Ghost Cemetery, Jessup.
Arrangements by the Harrison Funeral Home, 374 Main St., Archbald.

ODESSA C. MURRAY
Odessa C. Murray, 81, Harrisburg, formerly of Scranton, died August 25 at home after an illness. She was the wife of James Murray.
Born in Scranton, daughter of the late Roger and Grace Edmondson Tyler, she was a member of Bethel AME Church, Scranton, its choir and usher board.
Her hobbies included ceramics, cooking, painting and sewing. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister.
Also surviving are two daughters, Shelley Colbert and Melanie Murray, both of Harrisburg; three sons, Robert Tyler, Moscow; James Murray, Harrisburg, and Michael Murray, Ottawa, Canada; a sister, Edna Williams, New Britain, Conn; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
The funeral was in the Church of the Living God, 1301 Rolleston St., Harrisburg. Interment, Forest Hill Cemetery, Dunmore.
Arrangements by the Thomas J. Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 1240 St. Ann’s St.

MARY C. FLOYD
Mary C. Floyd, Scranton, died August 29 at Moses Taylor Skilled Nursing Facility. She was the widow of John Floyd, who died in March 1968.
Born in Scranton, daughter of the late George and Elizabeth Sabad Leitner, she was a lifelong resident of the city. Prior to retirement, she worked at the Scranton Dry Goods store. She was a member of Concord United Church of Christ, the Concord Quilters and the Concord Womens’s Fellowship. She was active in the Girl Scouts and in Birthright of Scranton. She was a member of the North Scranton Food Pantry, and active in Tri-Chem and Friendly Home Parties.
She was a wonderful person, loved by all, especially children. She surrounded everyone she touched with love. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Surviving are five sons, George and Douglass Judge, both of Scranton; Jerry Judge, Baton Rouge, La.; Paul Conlon, LaHambra, Calif.; and Joseph Conlon, Topock, Ariz.; three daughters, Ann Tempesta, Peckville; Mary Jane Gallagher, Scranton; and Caroline Denginia, Moscow; a brother, George Leitner, Lake Wallenpaupack; three sisters, Romaine Fitch and Kathleen Monahan, both of Scranton; and Lucille Kelly, Dover, N.J.; 20 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son, Bernard Judge, and a sister, Christine Heinz.
The funeral was from the Bomberger-Lesko Funeral Home, 1660 N. Main Ave., with services in Concord United Church of Christ, by the Rev. Tom Nalesnik, pastor. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Concord United Church of Christ, William and Wayne Ave.

ANNA GERZONICH
Anna Gerzonich, a former resident of Dunmore, and Micco, Fla., died August 31 at the home of her niece, Mary Ann Gilarde, Roaring Brook Township, after an illness. She was the widow of Joseph Gerzonich, who died in 1998.
Born in Scranton, daughter of the late John and Frances Banick Foltha, she was educated in Scranton public schools, and was a member of St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church, Barefoot Bay, Fla.
Also surviving are other nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Hoylick.
Interment, St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow.
Arrangements by the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore.

JOSEPH REDDING
Joseph “Jerry” Redding , 62, Wilkes-Barre, died August 30, in the VA Hospital, Plains Township. His former wife is Barbara Redding.
Born Feb. 11, 1938, in Pittston, son of Jean Gibbons Redding and the late Joseph “Cork” Redding of Pittston, he graduated from Pittston Central Catholic High School and served in the Army. He formerly worked as an international export manager at Berol Corp. in Danbury, Conn., and Venezualia, Columbia. He was a member of the American Legion and St. Conrad’s Young Men’s Social Club.
He was a loving father, son, grandfather, brother and uncle. He was an avid reader of books and newspapers. He loved doing crossword puzzles, being on the Internet, and channel surfing.
Surviving are a son, Gary, Wilkes-Barre; two sisters, Shiela Flaherty, Moscow, and Ann Connell, New Freedom; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
The funeral was from the Donnelly-Callahan Funeral Home, 802 Susquehanna Ave., West Pittston, with Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, William Street, Pittston.

JAMES W. WILLIAMS
James W. Williams, 71, Lake Ariel, died August 24 in the VNA Hospice Unit at Community Medical Center after a brief illness. His widow is the former Frances Czubowicz.
Born March 12, 1929, in Arlington, son of the late James W. and Helena Hanlon Williams, he was a graduate of Hawley High School and was a member of St. Mary's Church, Ledgedale. Before retirement, he had been employed by Ford Motor Co., Mahway, N.J.
Also surviving are a brother, Donald F., Lake Ariel, nieces and nephews.
The funeral was from the James Wilson Funeral Home Inc., 296, Lake Ariel, with Mass in St. Mary's Church, Ledgedale, celebrated by the Rev. Edward Scott. Interment, St. Mary's Cemetery, Ledgedale.
Memorial contributions may be made to the VNA Hospice of Lackawanna County, 301 Delaware Ave., Olyphant 18447.

MARY V. CORCORAN
Mary V. Corcoran, 87, a lifelong South Scranton resident, died August 26 after a lengthy illness at the Hospice Preferred Choice Inpatient Unit at Mid-Valley Hospital, Peckville. She was the widow of James Corcoran, who died in October 1974.
Born in Scranton, daughter of the late John and Kathryn Kennedy Sheerin, she was a member of Nativity of Our Lord Church, and its combined society. She was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, class of 1931.
She was a wonderful mother and grandmother, and was respected by her family and friends.
Surviving are two daughters, Marie Hopkins and Kathryn Duffy, both of Scranton; three sons, James, Woodbridge, N.J., Joseph, Moscow, and Gerard, Justice; a sister, Kathryn Forrester, Scranton; 20 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by a son, John, and a brother, John.
The funeral was from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass in Nativity of Our Lord Church. Interment, St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Nativity Memorial Fund, 633 Orchard St., 18505.

RICHARD J. NASH
Richard J. Nash, Lake Ariel, died August 25 in the Hospice Unit of Mercy Hospital after an illness. His widow is the former Phyllis P. Chumard.
Born in Scranton, son of the late Harry Levi and Elizabeth Mae Phillips Nash, he attended Lake Vocational School, East Stroudsburg University, Pennsylvania State University, Ursinus College and the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to retirement, he had been employed for 37 years as a production engineer by Superior Tube Company, Norristown. He was a member of the Lake Ariel Fire Company, the Wayne County Fire Police, and the Pennsylvania Fire Police Associations.
He was a member of the American Society of Non-Destructive Testing, a charter member of the American Society of Quality Control, Salem Lodge 330 Free and Accepted Masons, Keystone Consistory, and Tall Cedars of Lebanon. He also served for 18 years on the Wayne County Planning Commission, and he was a former Lake Township auditor for many years.
Surviving are a son, Richard, Norristown; two daughters, Barbara Griffin, Westminster, Md., and Mary Lou Gross, Norristown; a sister, Francis Roberts, Santa Rosa, Calif.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Harry and a sister, Anna Meome.
The funeral was from the James Wilson Funeral Home., Inc., Route 296 Lake Ariel, with services by the Rev. William Henwood, Jericho Independant Church. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lake Ariel Fire Company, P.O. Box 31, Lake Ariel, 18436.

MARY ANN ARCURIE MALLOY
Mary Ann Arcurie Malloy, West Scranton, died August 17 at Mercy Hospital after being stricken ill at home. She was the wife of Joseph Malloy.
Born in Scranton, daughter of Eugene and Helen Castellano Arcurie, she was a graduate of West Scranton High School and Empire Beauty School. She was employed as a hairdresser by the 222 Salon, Scranton, and owned her own dance studio in Pittston. She was also a cheerleading coach at St. Patrick's School, West Scranton, and a member of St. Patrick's Church.
Also surviving are a daughter, Delaney, at home; two brothers, Eugene and William, both of Lake Ariel; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son, Brendan.
The funeral was from the Patrick F. Guido Funeral Home, 120 S. Main Ave., with Mass in St. Patrick's Church. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.

ANGELINE CANCELLERI MASSENZ
Angeline Cancelleri Massenz, 87, of Dunmore, died August 17 at Mercy Hospital after an illness. She was the widow of Ricardo Massenz.
Born in Dunmore, daughter of the late Calogero and Maria Amorebello Cancelleri, she attended Dunmore schools and was employed in the garment industry, working at the Grove Silk Mill, Dunmore for several years. She was a former resident of Union City, N.J., and Walnut, Calif., before returning to Dunmore in 1995. She was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Church, Dunmore.
She was a loving sister and a wonderful aunt who will be missed by all who knew her. Surviving are two brothers, Santo, Dunmore; and John, Gouldsboro RD 1; a sister, Josephine Mancuso, Walnut Calif.; nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by four brothers, Michael, James, Charles and Salvador; and two sisters, Louise Garguilo and Nancy Guidice.
The funeral was from the John J. Chipak Funeral Home, 623 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Dunmore. Interment, Mount Carmel Cemetery, Dunmore.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony of Padua School Endowment Fund, 208 Smith St., Dunmore, 18512.

NICHOLAS PAWLICK
Nicholas Pawlick, 85, Little Falls, N.J., died August 20. His wife, the former Anna Mae Dutko, preceded him in death. Born in Detroit, Mich., he lived in Little Falls most of his life. Before retirement, he worked in the maintenance department at Mack Molding Inc., Wayne, N.J., for 26 years. He was a member of the Thunderview Rod and Gun Club, Grahamsville, N.Y. He was a member of St. John's Russian Orthodox Church, Little Falls. Surviving are two daughters, Gail Leonard, Easton; and Theodora Czarnecki, Lake Ariel; four grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren. Arrangements by the Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls.
 

MARGURITE OAKLEY WASHINE
Margurite Oakley Washine, 89, a resident of Dunmore, died unexpectedly August 19 in Mercy Hospital. She was the wife of Blair Washine. They celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary on Aug.11.
Born in Dunmore, daughter of the late Ray and Martha Oakley, she graduated from Dunmore High School. She was a buyer for the former Globe Store, Scranton, and Santarian's, Hatboro.
Also surviving are a stepson, William, Lake Ariel; two step-grandsons and a step-granddaughter.
The funeral was from the DeGraw Roever Strauch Funeral Home, 2031 Green Ridge St., Dunmore, with services by the Rev. Cathy Mansfield, pastor, Tripp Avenue Christian Church. Interment, Salem Cemetery, Hamlin.

JOHN J. RUSIN
John J. Rusin, 68, Binghamton, N.Y., died August 20 in Barnes Kasson Hospital, Susquehanna.
Born May 15, 1931, in Carbondale, son of the late Jacob and Joanna Harenza Rusin, he attended grade school at Carbondale Township, graduated from Fell Township High School and was a graduate of Mount St. Mary's College, Emmitsburg, Md., with religious post graduate work.
Surviving are three brothers, the Rev. Joseph, St. Mary's Church, Dickson City; Edmund, Rochester, N.Y.; and Frank, Carbondale; two sisters, Antoinette Milesko, Waxhaw, N.C.; and Amy Libby, Gouldsboro.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, James and Ben; and two sisters, Ann Rusin and Mary Unis.
The funeral Mass was in St. Michael's Church, Simpson, celebrated by Rev. Joseph Rusin, Interment, St. Michael's Cemetery, Simpson. Arrangements by the McGranaghan-Lesjack Funeral Home, 513 Main St., Forest City.

JAMES G. KANE
James G. Kane, 72, Jessup, died August 22 at home after an illness. His wife is the former Mable Johnson. The couple celebrated 42 years of marriage in June.
Born in Jessup, son of the late James G. Sr. and Alice Loftus Kane, he attended Jessup schools and was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Archbald. He served in the Navy during World War II, and the Marine Corps during the Korean War, in which he was awarded a Purple Heart. He was a security guard at Marywood University. Prior to retirement, he worked at the Trane Co., Dunmore.
Surviving are three daughters, Dianne Andrews and Alice Houlihan, both of Archbald, and Susan Andrews, Jessup; two sisters, Anna Rotell and Marie Murphy, both of Archbald; five brothers, Jack, Lake Ariel; Joseph and Robert, both of Jessup; Gerard, Clarks Summit; and Marty, Archbald; five grandsons; two granddaughters; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Frank in June.
The funeral was from the Robert E. Decker Funeral Home, 702 River St., Peckville, with Mass in St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Archbald. Interment, parish cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Hospice, 746 Jefferson Ave.

JOHN A. PETRONE
John A. Petrone Jr., 56, Childs, died August 23 at home after an illness. His wife is the former Cecile Cianflone.
Born in Archbald, son of the late John Sr. and Julia Fielh Petrone, he resided in Childs for the past 28 years. A member of Sacred Heart of Mary Church, Jermyn. Before his illness, he was employed by the Hillier Engineering and Technologies in Montage. He held memberships in the Meredith Hose Company and the Carbondale Township Planning Commission.
He was and avid bowler, hunter, motorcyclist, musician and handyman. He enjoyed life to the fullest with his family and friends, was loved by all, and will be sadly missed by those who shared his wonderful life.
Surviving are two daughters, Lisa Bandru, Carbondale, and Lori Childs, Ambler; two brothers, Anthony, Woodstock, N.Y., and James, Hyde Park, N.Y.; four sisters, Anna Mae Marchelitis, Archbald; Delores Casper, South Canaan; Shirley Monie, Winton; and Marie Lapkoski, Bridgewater, N.J.; two grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Elizabeth Sansenbach and Joan Oprendik.
The funeral was from the Lawrence A. Gabriel Funeral Home, 2 Hospital St., Carbondale, with Mass in Sacred Heart of Mary Church, Jermyn, by the Rev. William J. Flynn, pastor of Corpus Christi Church, Montdale. Interment, St. Thomas Cemetery, Archbald.

ROBERT C. FUEGLEIN
Robert C. Fueglein, 80, Cayuga Village, N.Y., died August 21 at home after a three year illness. His wife, the former Eva Moon, died in 1976.
Born Aug. 26, 1919 in Hollisterville, son of the late Charles and Frances Chedster Fueglein, he was a graduate of Moscow High School, where he received many oratory awards.
Before moving to Niagara Falls in 1955, he owned and operated a farm in Pennsylvania. Prior to retirement, he had been employed as a band roll operator for the Continental Can Co., Tonawanda, N.Y. He also had been employed by the International Paper Co.
He was a deputy grand master of the Odd Fellows Southern District of Wayne County in 1953. During the 1970s, he served as Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 884, St. James United Methodist Church.
He loved to sing, especially Eddie Arnold songs. He also loved yodeling, square dance calling, and growing plants. His specialty in the latter was African violets, for which he won a number of awards.
He was an avid trout fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, for whom he was a storyteller.
Surviving are two daughters, Sandra Rutkowski and Nona D'Agostino, both of Niagara Falls, N.Y.; three sisters, Nettie Ridgeway, Hollisterville; Margaret Brooks, Conklin, N.Y.; and Millecent Weed, Moscow; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Hake, and a sister, Ida Savitz. The funeral was in the James Wilson Funeral Home Inc., Route 296, Lake Ariel, with services by the Rev. Patricia Lee, Sterling United Methodist Church. Interment, Hornbaker Cemetery, Madisonville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, N.Y. 14094, or St. James United Methodist Church, 4661 Porter Road, Niagara Falls, N.Y. 14305.

DIANE M. D’ALESSANDRO
Diane M. D’Alessandro, 56, Scranton, died August 14 in the Hospice Unit of the Mid-Valley Hospital, Peckville.
Born Aug. 15, 1943, daughter of the late Charles D. and Ethel J. Wigley Gaylets, she was raised in Old Forge before settling in Scranton 23 years ago. She was educated in Old Forge schools and received nursing certification at the Vo-Tech. She was a private duty practical nurse. She was a member of the Lackawanna County Kennel Club and a breeder of Sheltie dogs.
She was a beloved mother and grandmother and a lover of animals. She was devoted to her patients and will be missed by her family and friends.
Surviving are a son, Jeff, Scranton; a daughter, Beth Ann, Mount Cobb; a sister, Sandra Jensen, Scranton; seven grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Lee; and a grandson.
Cremation took place at Maple Hill Cematory, Wilkes-Barre. Graveside services were held in Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst, by the Rev. Kerry A. Bingaman, pastor, Moosic Assembly of God Church.
Arrangements, Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home, 517 N. Main St., Old Forge.

FLORENCE YEDNASTY GUDIATUS
Florence Yednasty Gudiatus, formerly of Dickson City, died August 15 at the hospice unit of Mercy Hospital. She was the widow of William Gudiatus Sr., who died in 1996.
Born in Dickson City, daughter of the late Stanley and Rose Zelazinski Yednasty, she was a 1941 graduate of Dickson City High School. She was employed in the area garment industry and by Hills Department Store before retirement. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, North Scranton.
Surviving are a son, William Jr., Scranton; a daughter, Mariann Norvilas, Mount Cobb; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by four brothers, John, Edward, William and Stanley Jr.; three sisters, Sophie, Helen and Frances and a great-grandson.
Private funeral services and interment were conducted. Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Hospice, 746 Jefferson Ave., 18510.
Arrangements by the Joseph C. Noreika Funeral Home, 1740 N. Main Ave.

ANTHONY W. WIKTOR
Anthony W. Wiktor, Carbondale, died August 14 at the Marian Community Hospital, Carbondale. His wife is the former Adellaide Zaccagino. The couple celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary April 19.
Born in Dickson City, son of the late Anthony and Catherine Stepkovitch Wiktor, he was a member of St. Rose Church, Carbondale. He was a graduate of Dickson City High School, and he served with the United States Army in World War II. Prior to retirement, he was employed by the Irvington School District, N.J.
He was a good husband, father and grandfather.
Surviving are a son, Anthony, Lake Ariel, a daughter, Lisa Walsh, East Windsor, N.J., a brother, John, Dickson City, a grandson; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by brothers and sisters.
The funeral Mass was at St. Rose Church, Carbondale. Interment, Mount Carmel Cemetery, Dunmore.
Arrangements by the Frank T. Mazur Funeral Home, 519 Dundaff St., Dickson City.

HELEN MAKSIMOWICZ DALLAO
Helen Maksimowicz Dallao, formerly of Throop, died August 15 at the Allied Long Term Care Center. She was the widow of Anthony B. Dallao, who; died Jan. 14, 1987.
Born in Scranton, daughter of the late Frank and Bertha Szymanski Maksimowicz, she resided in Throop most of her life. Before retirement she was employed at Marywood College. She was a graduate of Throop High School and a member of St. Anthony’s Church, Throop, and its Altar and Rosary Society. She was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister who will be missed by all who loved her.
Surviving are a daughter, Andrea Swenski, Moscow; two sisters, Sophie Pociask, Rochester, N.Y., and Eleanor Kaminsky, Rockport, Mass.; two brothers, Edward, South Fork, Colo., and John, Stanford, Conn.; two grandchildren; a great-grandchild; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph and Stanley.
The funeral was from the John J. Turko and Sons Funeral Home, 402 Boulevard Ave., Dickson City, with Mass in St. Anthony’s Church, celebrated by the Rev. August Ricciardi, pastor. Interment, parish cemetery.

SALVATORE J. SABATELLE
Salvatore J. Sabatelle, Moscow, died August 14 at Mercy Hospital after being stricken ill at home. His widow is the former Virginia Notz. They celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary on July 12.
Born in Dunmore, son of the late Angelo and Giovanina Pace Sabatelle, he was a graduate of Dunmore High School and was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Church, Moscow. He was a certified executive chef of the American Culinary Association and attended the Culinary Institute of America, New Haven, Conn. He served as an apprentice at the Hotel Casey and had retired from the Keystone City Residence in 1995. He also owned Sabatelle Catering and was a part-owner of Billy’s Seafood and Steakhouse, Dunmore. He founded the Professional Chefs Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania in 1973 and was honored as Chef of the Year in 1974. He also served as the ethics chairman of the American Culinary Federation for 15 years.
Also surviving are a brother, Michael, Dunmore; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Daniel; and three sisters, Angeline Sabatelle, Catherine Sabatelle and Lena Possanza.
The funeral was from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Dunmore. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dialysis Patient Fund, c/o Moses Taylor Hospital, 700 Quincy Ave., 18510; and Mercy Home Health and Hospice, 746 Jefferson Ave., 18510.

LOUIS H. CAPERELLI
Louis H. Caperelli, 90, Jessup, died August 15 at Mid-Valley Hospital. His wife is the former Anne Yatchisin, formerly of Hyde Park. The couple celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary Aug. 5.
Born in Arezzo, Italy, son of the late Lorenzo and Ida Chianucci Caparelli, he moved to the United States with his family and settled in Jessup when he was 3 years old. He was a graduate of Jessup High School, class of 1927, a graduate of Penn State University, where he was a member of the Alpha Delta fraternity, and he was a graduate of New York University. He also earned credits at Bucknell University.
An army veteran of World War II, he served on the staff of the Army Air Force Air Intelligence School, where he obtained the rank of technical sergeant. He began his educational career as a high school teacher and supervising principal of Jessup High School, where he also served as athletic director. He was a prominent PIAA football official, who served on the committee that formulated the annual Lions Club Football Dream Game.
When the Valley View School District was formed, he was appointed the first superintendent of the jointure. He was a member of the American Association of School administrators, the PSEA, as well as other educational associations. For two years, he held the positions of president of Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees. He was a member of St. Mary’s Assumption Church, Jessup, American Legion Michael Steiner Post 411 of Jessup, AARP, and the Country Club of Scranton.
Surviving are three daughters, Carol Caperelli, Ph.D., Cincinnati, Ohio; Nancy Spackman, Clarks Summit, and Louise White, Byfield, Mass.; three sisters, Frieda Pacini, Fairfield, Conn., Erma Blascak, Moscow, and Lillian Cherry, Jessup; two grandsons; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Esther Scagliotti.
The funeral was from the Arthur A. Albini Funeral Home, 1003 Church St., Route 247, Jessup, with Mass in St. Mary’s Assumption Church, Third Avenue, Jessup. Interment, St. John’s Cemetery, Jessup.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Home Health and Hospice, 746 Jefferson Ave., 18501, or to the donor’s favorite charity.

MARY JANE WHARTON
Mary Jane Wharton, 68, Moscow and Hardyton, N.J., died August 16 in the VNA Hospice Impatient Unit at Community Medical Center.
Born in Dover, De., daughter of the late Nowell and Grace Hall Wharton, she was a 1950 graduate of Dover High School.
She worked many years as a registered nurse after graduating from Keuka College in 1956. She then turned toward medical education, and earned a master’s degree in human development from Farleigh Dickinson University. When her family opened a restaurant in Cedar Grove, N.J., in 1989, she retired from nursing and became pastry chef bringing recognition from the New York Times for some of the best pastries in Northern New Jersey, especially her apple crumb pies.
Her warm, caring and motherly personality led many to call her mom. She was an extremely devoted mother and grandmother who loved the outdoors, backpacking, writing and her freedom. She will be deeply missed by her family.
Surviving are a sister, Patricia Preisen; a brother, Jack; three daughters, Jane Eileen Shu, Susan Murdock and Ellen Gentle; a son, Jon Steven Shu; and four grandchildren.
The funeral was private at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the VNA Hospice Unit of Lackawanna County, Olyphant, or Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 120 Wall St., 19th Floor, New York, NY 10005-4001. Arrangements by the Thomas J. Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 1240 St. Ann St.

JOSEPH W. BABCOCK
Joseph W. Babcock, 42, Scranton, died August 17 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
Born in Newton, N.J., son of the late Joseph and Janet Rose Babcock, he attended Franklin High School, Franklin, N.J. Prior to his illness , he was employed by Sanitation Inc., New Jersey.
He was a loving brother.
Surviving are four brothers, Jerry, Arizona; Kenneth, Gouldsboro; Raymond and Charles, both of Scranton; two sisters, Dorothy, Gouldsboro; and Ruth Ann Grace, Pittston; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral and blessing service was from the McGoff-Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 1401 Capouse Ave., by Monsignor Paul J. Purcell, pastor, St. Paul’s Church.

VIRGINIA VELICKA
Virginia Velicka, 58, Gouldsboro, Clifton Township, died August 18 in Mercy Hospital. She was the widow of John Velicka, who died Dec., 28, 1999.
Born Dec. 6, 1941, in Elizabeth, N.J., daughter of Alice Papalis, Chicago., Ill., and the late Vincent Gaudiesius, she was employed as a sergeant security guard for the Big Bass Lake Association, Gouldsboro. As a beloved wife, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. She will be remembered for her kindness, generosity and understanding which she instilled in her family and everyone she knew.
Surviving are two daughters, Charlene Byrne and Linda Esposito, both of Elizabeth; two sisters, Dorothy Marshall, Chicago; and Vivianne Troiano, Lyons, N.J.; five grandchildren.
A blessing service was held in the Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 401 Church St., Moscow, by the Rev. Michael Finn, pastor, St. Catherine’s of Siena Church. Interment, private in St. Gertrude’s Cemetery, Rahway N.J.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society of the Gouldsboro Volunteer Fire Co.

ANNE MURPHY BALDONI
Anne Murphy Baldoni, 55, Scranton, died August 18 in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
Born in Dunmore, daughter of the late James T. and Lillian Conway Murphy, she was a former member of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Dunmore. She attended Dunmore public schools and was a homemaker.
She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend, who loved to read and spend time with her family. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
Surviving are a son, Joseph, Scranton; four daughters, Donna Baldoni, Madisonville; Diana Schmidt, Scranton; Krystine Baldoni, Dickson City; and Angeline Orlowski, Madisonville; a brother, James A. Murphy, Dunmore; two sisters, Catherine Perry, Dunmore; and Mary Martin, Rockville, Md.; 11 grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
The funeral was from the Thomas J. Golden Funeral Home, 2004 Delaware St., Dunmore, with Mass in St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Chestnut St., Dunmore. Interment, parish cemetery.

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