Lavera M. (Smith) Yohey
Lavera M. (Smith) Yohey, 84, of Berwick, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003, at Berwick Hospital Center. Arrangements will be announced by the Kelchner-McMichael Funeral Home, 119-121 E. Third St., Berwick.
Anne Mary DiBenedette
Capt. Anne Mary DiBenedette, RN, retired, 87, of 1401 Holly Drive, Berwick, died early Tuesday morning, Dec. 9, 2003, at Berwick Hospital Center. She had been in failing health for several years.
Born on Oct. 4, 1916, in Berwick, she was a daughter of the late Remig and Theresa (Percopo) DiBenedette.
She was a U.S. Army registered nurse, attaining the rank of captain in the Army Nurses Corp.
Capt. DiBenedette was the first volunteer nurse from Pennsylvania to serve. She served as an Army nurse from 1941 to 1957. Highly decorated, she was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Medal and ribbon with four bronze stars, the American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Presidential Citation Unit Citation, the New Guinea Campaign Star with six overseas service bars and the Philippines Liberation Ribbon with a bronze star.
Capt. DiBenedette also worked at Fort George Meade in Maryland, Stockholm, New Guinea, and Port Melbourne, Australia.
She taught nursing education for many years in the Army and at Pottsville Hospital.
She had a long career in the nursing field, also working as a visiting nurse. She instituted a fitness program at Pottsville Hospital. She taught at Temple University, Philadelphia, and worked at both Elizabethtown Hospital and at Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, N.J. For many years, she was head of the in-service education department at the Pottsville Warne and Clinic Hospital, where she retired.
Capt. DiBenedette was a graduate of Technical High School of Scranton, Central High School of Scranton, Marywood College of Dunmore and College Misericordia of Dallas. She obtained her bachelor and master's degrees from Temple University of Philadelphia.
She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary (St. Mary's) of Berwick.
Capt. DiBenedette was a member of the Catholic War Veterans, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans. She was also past president of the Catholic Nurses Association, traveling all over the world for their meetings.
She enjoyed crocheting and knitting.
Since 1991, she had been a resident of Holly Drive, Berwick, previously living in Scranton.
Surviving are her sister, Phyllis J. Dellegrotto, Berwick; two nieces, Ann and Paula Dellegrotto; a nephew, Larry Dellegrotto Sr.; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Antoinette Lucas, in 1986, and Johanna DiBenedette, who died in childhood.
A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary (St. Mary's), 1730 Fowler Ave., Berwick, with the Rev. Francis J. Tamburro, her pastor, as celebrant. Entombment will be in Elan Memorial Park, Lime Ridge. At the request of the deceased, there will be no public viewing. Arrangements are under the direction of the Kelchner-McMichael Funeral Home Inc., 119-121 E. Third Street, Berwick.
Catherine V. Lee
Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday
Catherine V. Lee, 90, of Sweet Valley Road, Hunlock Creek, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, in the Bonham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Register. Born Oct. 2, 1913, in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Antonino and Maria (Piazza) D'Anna.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Lee.
Surviving are a son, Joseph Lee, of Hunlock Creek; four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Lake Silkworth, at 11 a.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. Joseph Pisaneschi as celebrant. Burial will take place at the Queen of Heaven Cemetery, North Lauderdale, Fla. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Organ Fund of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 2011 State Route 29, Hunlock Creek, Pa. 18621. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mayo Funeral Home Inc., 77 N. Main St., Shickshinny.
Hale Bronson, age 89, of Pikes Creek, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003, at home.
He was born in Lehman Township, Feb. 11, 1914, a son of the late Walter and Alice Sorber Bronson.
He graduated from Lehman High School, Class of 1932.
He served in the Army Air Force during WWII.
He owned and operated a dairy farm at Pikes Creek most of his life.
He was a member of the Maple Grove United Methodist Church, Pikes Creek.
His wife, the former Eleanor Maleski, died in 1991. He was also preceded in death by a brother, George Bronson, and by a sister, Maude Bronson.
He is survived by sons: Richard Bronson, Hale James Bronson and William Bronson, all of Pikes Creek; a daughter, Donna Tamagnini, Pikes Creek; a brother, Carl Aston, Chase; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Interment will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Pikes Creek.
The family requests that memorial contributions be sent to the Maple Grove United Methodist Church, 5876 Main Road, Hunlock Creek, Pa. 18621 or to Hospice Care of the VNA, 468 Northampton St., Edwardsville, Pa. 18704.
George F. Moharter
George F. Moharter, 80, of 1519 Fairview Ave., Berwick, died 9:10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2003, at Berwick Retirement Village II, where he had been a resident for two and a half years.
Born in Berwick on April 2, 1923, he was the son of the late H. Ray and Gertrude (Bankes) Moharter.
A 1941 graduate of Berwick High School, Mr. Moharter served on the firing lines as a radio operator during World War II with the 693rd Field Artillery Unit of the Army. He received the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal with five bronze stars, the American Theater Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
Until his retirement, Mr. Moharter was employed for 30 years by the Berwick Post Office. He was later employed at Kmart, Berwick, when he retired due to failing health. He also owned and operated the former George's Carpet and Tile Shop.
Mr. Moharter was a 66-year member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Berwick, where he served on the board of trustees, was a Sunday school teacher and was Sunday school superintendent for several years. He was worship leader for the United Methodist Men and lay speaker for PCAP.
Secretary for the Berwick Field and Stream Club, he was also a member of the West End Fire Co. and the Berwick American Legion Post.
Mr. Moharter coached both Little League and Teener League baseball. He was an avid bowler and served as secretary for the Industrial League at P-Nut Bowl and was a member of the Danville-Bloomsburg Bowling Association Hall of Fame.
An outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Preceding him in death were three sisters: Catherine McHenry, on Oct. 7, 1988; Elizabeth Hunter, in October 1992; and Phyllis Dawn Pifer, on March 19, 1999.
The last member of his immediate family, he is survived by his wife, the former Marion Hutchings, with whom he celebrated 57 years of marriage on June 21. He is also survived by two sons: David Moharter, Arlington, Texas; and Bradley Moharter, Northampton; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Calvary United Methodist Church, Berwick, with his pastor, the Rev. Fred J. Fields, officiating. Burial will be in Elan Memorial Park, Lime Ridge.
A. Emanuel Johnson
Funeral services for A. Emanuel Johnson, formerly of Catawissa R.R.1, will be 3 p.m. Wednesday from the Allen R. Horne Funeral Home, 193 McIntyre Road, Catawissa, with burial in Hillside Cemetery, Catawissa.
Mr. Johnson, 91, died early Sunday morning, Sept. 28, 2003, at the Bloomsburg Health Care Center, where he had been a resident for three and a half years.
Born in Cleveland Township, Oct. 25, 1911, he was a son of the late Bert and Christianne (Zimmerman) Johnson.
Mr. Johnson retired in 1965 from Erwine's where he had worked as a carpenter for 33 years. He also farmed and was self-employed for five years after retirement.
He was a member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Catawissa.
Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his wife, the former Ethel Raup, in 1992, and by a number of brothers and sisters.
Survivors include two sons: Larry E. Johnson and Dale E. Johnson, both of Catawissa; a daughter, Janet V. Johnson, Catawissa R.R.1; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Doyle Johnson, Missouri; and Marshall Johnson, Bloomsburg; and one sister, Verna Evans, Bloomsburg.
Consuelo F. 'Connie' Noz
Octogenarian, former Berwick grade school teacher
Consuelo F. "Connie" Noz, 98, formerly of Berwick, died Wednesday morning, Sept. 17, 2003, at the Masonic-Eastern Star Home in Warminster, where she had been a resident for nine years.
Born in Nescopeck, Dec. 5, 1904, she was a daughter of the late C. Dorrance and Cora (Kocker) Fenstermaker.
Mrs. Noz was a 1924 graduate of the former Bloomsburg State Normal School, now Bloomsburg University.
Following the death of her husband, she taught sixth grade from 1943 until her retirement in 1970 at the Orchard Street School, Berwick.
She was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church of Berwick, and was active in the Berwick Eastern Star.
Mrs. Noz enjoyed sewing, traveling, reading and working with ceramics.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Dr. Harry T. Noz, who died July 12, 1942; a daughter, Nancy Daniels; and a brother, R. Orval Fenstermaker.
Survivors include her daughter, Mrs. Don (Sonia) Spangler, Doylestown; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Kelchner-McMichael Funeral Home Inc., 119-121 E. Third St., Berwick, with her pastor, the Rev. Glenn C. Limbaugh Jr., officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Pine Grove Cemetery, Market Street, Berwick.
George Joseph Makuta Jr.
George Joseph Makuta Jr. of Lily Lake died at home at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2003.
Originally from Freeland, he graduated from Woodbridge Senior High School in Virginia.
A plumber by trade, Mr. Makuta enjoyed fishing.
His father, George Joseph Makuta Sr., died July 5, 2001.
He is survived by his mother, Delores Ann Makuta, at home; a son, George Joseph Makuta III, and a daughter, Jennifer Marie Makuta, both of Lexington, S.C.; a brother, Mark Matthew Makuta, and a sister, Barbara Ann Smith, both of Virginia.
Private memorial services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Joseph P. Gildea
Joseph P. Gildea, 59, of 31 Beech St., Woodland Acres, Pottsville, died Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003, at his home.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Kings County, Feb. 9, 1944, he was a son of Eileen Sullivan, Brooklyn, N.Y., and the late Robert J. Gildea.
Mr. Gildea was a lithographic off-set printer and was employed as a pressman for Press Enterprise, Bloomsburg, for four years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Deer Park, N.Y.
Surviving are his wife of 39 years, Maryann Walters; four children: Denise Sternbach, Smithtown, N.Y.; Sharon Gildea, Phoenix, Ariz.; Joseph P. Gildea Jr. and Annmarie Ward, both of Pottsville; eight grandchildren; and a brother, James Gildea, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Lord Funeral Home, 1818 Mahantongo St., Pottsville. Funeral services will be conducted in New York under the direction of the Claude R. Boyd-Caratozzolo Funeral Home, 1785 Deer Park Ave., Deer Park, N.Y. Burial will be in St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale, Suffolk County, N.Y.
Barbara J. (Hargraves) Eisenhauer
Barbara J. (Hargraves) Eisenhauer, age 73, of Main Street, Wapwallopen, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2003, at the home of her daughter Kandy Sudol and son-in-law Randy in Berwick.
She was born Feb. 18, 1930, in Shickshinny, and was the daughter of the late Charles Hargraves, and Lillian (Vivian) Hargraves Titus and her husband, William Titus.
She is survived by her five daughters: Karen Maslinski of Berwick, April Maslinski of Berwick, Lynne Embree of Wapwallopen, Mrs. Randy (Kandy) Sudol of Berwick, Mrs. Bruce (Robyn) Rospendowski of Hunlock Creek; three sons: Ricky H. Eisenhauer Sr. of Berwick, Craig M. Eisenhauer Sr. of Hunlock Creek, Scott C. Eisenhauer Sr. of Hunlock Creek; three sisters: Eileen Switzer of Berwick, Mrs. Jack (Marcia) Wall of Berwick, and Betty Applebey, Shickshinny; four brothers: Charles Hargraves of Shickshinny, Walter Hargraves of Shickshinny, Donald Hargraves of Shickshinny, Lynn Titus of Mocanaqua; 23 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ervin M. Eisenhauer, on June 7, 1998; two grandsons, Eric Eisenhauer, Craig Eisenhauer Jr.; five brothers: Thomas Titus, Herbert Hargraves Sr., Lamar Titus, Bernard Hargraves Sr., Roger Titus; two sisters: Ruth Ryder and Jean Shima.
In her early years she was employed by Consolidated Cigar, retiring from Wise Foods in 1989. Graveside services will be announced at a later date and there will be no visitation.
Arrangements are being handled by Mayo Funeral Home Inc., 110 Chestnut St., Berwick. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Columbia Montour Home Hospice, 599 E. 7th St., Bloomsburg, PA 17815.
Moser, Ann Marie
Ann Marie Moser
Mass of Christian Burial planned for Tuesday
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, from Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, Slabtown, with the Rev. Thomas Mannion as celebrant. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in All Saints Cemetery, Bear Gap, under the direction of the Allen R. Horne Funeral Home, 193 McIntyre Road, Catawissa. Friends will be received at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Animal Center, 301A Boone Road, Bloomsburg, 17815.
Mrs. Moser died at her home Sunday, Sept. 14, 2003, following a brief illness.
Edson J. Behnke
Edson J. Behnke, 79, 117 Leonard St., Bloomsburg, died at his home early Monday, Oct. 6, 2003. He was in failing health for several years.
He was born Aug. 16, 1924, in Bloomingburg, N.Y., a son of the late Joseph and Edna (Baker) Behnke. He was a 1942 graduate of Chester High School, Chester, N.Y.
He was employed by the former GLF, Chester, N.Y., before transferring to Bloomsburg, where he was employed by the former Bloomsburg Co-Operative Canners, a division of GLF. He later was employed by the former Magee Carpet Co. for several years before working for the former Shoemaker Auto Supply, until retiring in 1986.
He was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church, Orangeville. He also belonged to the Susquehanna Valley Retired Men's Club and was a life member of the Columbia Valley Moose Lodge 623, Bloomsburg.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, the former Helen M. Mullen, Oct. 11, 1970; by a sister, Phyllis Ferguson; and by two brothers: Calvin Behnke and Lee Behnke.
Surviving are his wife, the former Dawn (Ryan) Shollenberger Behnke, with whom he celebrated his 29th wedding anniversary on May 17; a stepson, Donald F. Shollenberger and his wife, Molly, Bloomsburg; and a stepgrandson, Mark J. Shollenberger, Bloomsburg. He was the last of his immediate family.
Funeral Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the Dean W. Kriner Inc. Funeral Home, 325 Market St., Bloomsburg. Interment in Elan Memorial Park. Friends may call, Thursday 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The family will provide flowers. Memorials may be sent to a charity of the donor's choice.
Anna C. Hasay
Anna C. Hasay, 81, of State Route 239, Huntington Twp., died Friday morning, October 3, 2003 at the Mercy Hospital in Wilkes-Barre.
Born January 21, 1922 in Mocanaqua, she was a daughter of the late Chester and Vincentine Snecienski Orzechowski. Mrs. Hasay was first employed at the former Kersteder Silk Mill in Mocanaqua, and was last employed by the former Duplan Silk Mill in Berwick. She was a member of St. Mary's Church, Mocanaqua, and also a former member of the Northwest Area Band Parents Association and the Shickshinny American Legion Post 495 Ladies Auxiliary.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Surviving is her husband, John A. Hasay, whom she married on Oct. 7, 1944; three sons, State Representative George C. Hasay of Shickshinny Lake, District Justice Johnny Hasay of Red Rock, and Andrew Hasay of Shickshinny; and three grandchildren, Rachel Hasay, John Jacob Hasay, and Molly Anne Hasay.
Funeral services will be Monday, October 6, 2003 at 9 a.m. from the Mayo Funeral Home Inc., 77 N. Main St., Shickshinny, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Mocanaqua, with her pastor, the Rev. Anthony Generose, as celebrant. Burial will be in the Parish cemetery.
Visitation Sunday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Parker, Ted L.
Ted L. Parker
Bloomsburg man, WWII vet was clerk for Merck
Ted L. Parker, age 76, of 670 Sawmill Road, Bloomsburg, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003, at his Scott Township home. He had lived at his Scott Township residence for 50 years and had been in failing health for 2 years.
Mr. Parker was born Sept. 30, 1927, in Bloomsburg, a son of Mildred (Crawford) Parker and the late C. LaRue Parker. He attended Bloomsburg High School. Following high school he served with the U.S. Marines during World War II in the Pacific Theater.
Mr. Parker was employed as a receiving clerk in the Shipping and Receiving Department of Merck Cherokee Plant, where he retired in 1987 after 35 years of service.
Mr. Parker was a member of Washington Lodge 265 F&AM, Caldwell Consistory, Bloomsburg Archery Club and Willow Run Country Club. He was an avid sportsman and outdoorsman, and he enjoyed golfing and woodworking.
Survivors include, in addition to his mother, his wife: Diora (Fenstermacher) Parker, with whom he would have celebrated 55 years of marriage on Oct. 16; one daughter: Mrs. Bernard (Linda) Bafile of Bloomsburg; two sons: Chris L. Parker, husband of Kay, and Carl B. Parker, husband of Lynn, of Bloomsburg; 5 grandchildren: Mrs. Wayne (Nikki) Poe of Danville, Michael Parker of Bloomsburg; Michele Bafile of Bloomsburg, Randy Parker of Bloomsburg, and Brian Parker of Berwick; three great-grandchildren: Lauren and Kayla Poe and Morgan Parker; and a sister: Mrs. James (Doris) Jacobsen of Pinehurst, N.C.
Friends will be received Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Allen Funeral Home, Market and Eighth Sts. Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. William T. Anderson, First United Methodist Church, Catawissa, officiating. Burial will be in Elan Memorial Park, Lime Ridge.
Bernadine H. Aimetti
Bernadine H. Aimetti, 83, of West Front Street, Berwick, died Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 1, 2003, in the Hospice Community Care Unit of Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, where she had been a patient for five weeks.
Born July 3, 1920 in Glen Lyon, she was a daughter of the late Ignatius and Anna Gajewski Stapinski. She lived briefly in Nanticoke before moving to Berwick in 1924. She graduated from Berwick High School, Class of 1937. She received her RN from the University of Pennsylvania in 1941 and her B.S. in nursing from College Misericordia in 1962.
She first worked for Metropolitan Home Health in the Berwick area. She then worked for the former Dr. Wear at AC&F Industries. During World War II, she taught home health classes for the American Red Cross. She worked for Retreat State Hospital from 1950 to 1972 and later for Danville State Hospital from 1973 to 1988 as a psychiatric nurse. In both hospitals, she rose to assistant director of nursing. She retired in 1988.
She was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Berwick. She was a member of National Council of Catholic Women and was a charter member and past president of the St. Mary's Chapter. She was a member of the Pennsylvania American Association, the RN Association of Berwick. She was a member of the Bloomsburg Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau honor society of nursing. She enjoyed reading and was very involved in the lives of her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence J. Aimetti, who died in 1982, and by a sister, Delores Stapinski, in 1988.
She is survived by two daughters: Mrs. Richard (Marie) Sabatura of Shavertown; and Mrs. Thomas (Anne) Thomas Jr. of Plains; six grandchildren: Joshua Graham of Kingston; Jennifer Smith of Coatesville; Brian and Nicole Sabatura of Shavertown; Margarita and Marina Thomas of Plains; and two great-grandchildren: Cole and Maya Graham, both of Kingston. She is the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1730 Fowler Ave., Berwick, with the Rev. Francis Tamburro, her pastor, as celebrant assisted by Father Joseph Fennessy, her former pastor, Msgr. Chester Gajewski, a cousin, and Msgr. David Tressler, principal of Bishop Hoban.
Burial will be in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick, under the direction of the James L. Hinckley Jr. Funeral Home, 1024 Market St., Berwick. Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Prayer services will be Sunday night at 8 p.m. Contributions in her memory may be made to St. Mary's R.C. Church, 1730 Fowler Ave., Berwick, PA 18603 or Hospice Community Care, 385 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, PA 18704.