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Class of 1965 - Lorraine M. Dembowski, April 28, 2013

Lorraine M. Dembowski, 66, of East Broad Street, Nanticoke, passed away Sunday evening, April 28, 2013, her birthday, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. Born in Nanticoke, she was the daughter of the late John and Catherine Ferrell Richards. She graduated from St. Vincent's High School, Plymouth, and Wilkes-Barre Business College. Prior to retiring, she was last employed as a secretary-bookkeeper by Luzerne County Recreation Department, Forty Fort.

She was a member of St. Faustina Kowalska Parish, Nanticoke, and previously was a long-time active member of St. Francis of Assisi Church prior to its closing. At St. Francis parish she was a member of Council of Catholic Women and the Altar and Rosary Society of the church, having served as president.

Surviving is her husband of 32 years, Bruce Dembowski; several cousins; sister-in-law, Cheryl and John Lapinski; brother-in-law, Theodore and Bonnie Dembowski; and brother-in-law, Jeffrey Dembowski; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will begin Thursday at 9:30 a.m. from Davis-Dinelli Funeral Home, 170 E. Broad St., Nanticoke, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Faustina Kowalska Parish/Holy Trinity Church, 520 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. If desired, in lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions in Lorraine's memory be made to your favorite charity.

Class of 1950 - John (Jack) Mihalick, April 17, 2013

John (Jack) Mihalick, 80, of Dallas passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Born in Scranton, he was a graduate of St. Vincent's High School, Plymouth, and received a bachelor's degree from King's College. Jack was a snack food distributor with his own business, Mihalick Distributing Co.

He was a member of St. Theresa's Church, Shavertown, and the choir at the church. He was also a member of the Barber Shoppers.

Surviving are his sons, John Mihalick, Muncy; Joseph Mihalick, Randolph, N.J.; James and his wife, Joanne Mihalick, El Paso, Texas; Gerard and his wife, Catherine Mihalick, Shavertown; 11 grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Theresa's Church, Shavertown, with the Rev. James J. Paisley officiating. Friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service Friday. Interment will be in St. Stephen's Cemetery, Lehman Township.

Arrangements are entrusted to Richard H. Disque Funeral Home Inc., 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas.

Class of 1954 - Robert Peters - March, 27, 2013 

Robert Peters of Pringle passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Plymouth, he was a son of the late Edward and Lillian Allen Peters.
Bob was a graduate of St. Vincent's High School, Class of 1954, and was also on the basketball team. He was a Air Force veteran.

Prior to retirement, he was employed by Reilly Plating.He was preceded in death by sisters, Hazle Brock, June Gracey, Ruth Treef and Sharon Rayeski; and brothers, Ronald and George Peters.

Surviving are his loving wife of 48 years, the former Margaret Zuba; daughters, Lisa Check and her husband, Daniel, Forty Fort; and Lori Monka and her husband, David, Swoyersville; grandchildren, Kayleigh Peters and Logan Monka; sisters, Lois Karp, New
York; Greta Doria and her husband, Thomas, Scranton; Barbara Ritsick and her husband, Ted, Wilkes-Barre; Janice Lane and her husband, Roger, Mount Pocono; Phyllis Zalewski, Ashley; brother, Samuel Peters and his wife, Imgard, Jenkins Township; Richard and his wife, Gayle, Bloomsburg; and Clyde Peters, Plymouth; numerous nieces and nephews.

Bob's family would like to give a heartfelt thanks to the nurses and technicians at Fresenius Medical Care Heather, Nick, Maura,Joanne, Elaine, Wendy Mike, Kris, Stephanie and Carrie; also Lisa and Stephanie from Angle's Touch.

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Lehman-Gregory Funeral Home Inc., 281 Chapel St., Swoyersville. A private funeral will be held at the convience of the family.

Class of 1941 - Margaret T. Bowden Skvarla - February 27, 2013 

Margaret T. Bowden Skvarla of Plymouth, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully with her children by her side on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013.

She was 88, a life resident of Plymouth and a life member of St. Stephen's Church, now All Saints Parish, Plymouth. She graduated from St. Vincent's High School in 1941, worked for a short time at the A&P Food Store in Plymouth, married Joseph B. Skvarla, her husband of 57 years, and enjoyed a long and happy life, raising five children while employed for 27 years by RCA in Mountain Top.

Margaret was a faithful participant at her children's and grandchildren's activities, watching numerous sporting and school events, and attending picnics and parties to celebrate family milestones. After retirement, she was a volunteer at the Mercy Hospital. She enjoyed bingo with her friends, bus trips, dinner theater, Little League baseball, Wilkes football games and her beloved Yankees. Margaret participated actively in many church functions, and was one of the founding members of the Confraternity of Christian Mothers of St. Stephen's Church.

She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph B. Skvarla; parents, John and Theresa Kreller Bowden; sister, Mary Muscavage; and brothers, John, George and Harry Bowden. She is survived by her brother, William Bowden, Plymouth; sisters-in-law, Helen Karavis, Plymouth; and Lucille Bowden, Erie;
children, Joseph Skvarla Jr. and Donna Kulik, Larksville; Michael and JoAnne Wargo Skvarla, Lansing, N.Y.; Mark and Patricia Skvarla, Plymouth; Maggie Skvarla Dale and husband, Robert, Harveys Lake; and Mary Beth Skvarla Dudick and husband, Robert, Plymouth; grandchildren, Eric Skvarla, Jennifer Daisy, Allison Wetherell, Amy and Brian Skvarla, Natalie, Michael,Nicholas and Peter Skvarla, Koren Sutliff, Keri Skvarla, Emily and Casey Dale, Daniel and Andrew Drury and Lucas Dudick; as well as eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and relatives by marriage.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Meadows rehabilitation center and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital Critical Care Unit for their excellent care during Margaret's recent stays.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday from Kielty-Moran Funeral Home Inc., 87 Washington Ave., Plymouth. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. in All Saints Parish, Willow Street, Plymouth. Interment will follow in St. Stephen's Cemetery, Lehman. Family and friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Class of 1952 - Roberta N. Hess - February 13, 2013

Roberta N. Hess of Pringle passed away Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, with her loving family by her side. She was born July 13, 1931, in Plymouth, and was the daughter of the late Raymond and Theresa Costick Busch. Due to the untimely passing of her mother, she left school, at the age of 16, to help raise her brothers and sisters. In 1952, Roberta returned to school and graduated from St. Vincent's High School of Plymouth. After graduation, she began a career in the business field at Plymouth National Bank, Mercy Hospital of Wilkes-Barre, and later retired from Social Security.

She was an avid reader. She also loved traveling, square dancing, crocheting, crossword puzzles and flower gardening. Roberta married her husband, Robert Alan, in June 1958, and had 49 wonderful years of marriage, before his passing on Dec. 5,2007.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her infant son, Robert Mark; sister, Shirley (Hess) Johnson and her husband, Wilbur; and brothers-in-law, Gordon Hess, Fred Fehlinger Sr., Pete Lewis and Joseph Hrobak.

Roberta will be deeply missed by her sons, Craig Hess and his wife, Renee, Hanover Township; and Jeff Hess, at home; and the joy of her life, her granddaughter, Samantha (Sammie). She is also survived by her siblings, Gerald L. Busch and his wife, Diane, Luzerne; Sue Hrobak, Sheatown; Pat Emery and her husband, Rick, Ashley; and Raymond Busch, Plymouth; sister and brother-in-law, Eileen and Albert Crawley, Pond Hill; sisters-inlaw, Marie Lewis, Pond Hill; and Jean Hess, Indiana; numerous nieces and nephews.

Roberta's family wished to express their gratitude to Commonwealth Hospice nurses, Denise and Maggie, for the care and compassion extended to Roberta and her family.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial in 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 2011 state Route 29, Hunlock Creek. Interment will follow in St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery, Larksville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Medical Oncology Associates Prescription Fund, 382 Pierce St., Kingston PA 18704, or to the

Visit charity of the donor's choice.sjgrontkowskifuneralhome.com to submit condolences to Roberta's family.

Class of 1958 - Leonard J. Thresten - February 4, 2013

Leonard J. Thresten, 72, of Plymouth, passed into eternal rest Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at Hershey Medical Center. Born June 28, 1940, in Plymouth, he was the son of the late Leonard and Mary Thresten.He was a member of All Saints Parish of Plymouth.

Leonard was a graduate of St. Vincent's High School, Class of 1958, and graduated from King's College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and teaching. While he attended St. Vincent's High School, he played on the school basketball team, winning the Pennsylvania state championship in 1957.

He was employed as a teacher by Lake-Lehman High School and Crestwood High School for 30 years. He was also the men's basketball coach for many years at Crestwood and was selected as Coach of the Year.

Leonard greatly enjoyed fishing in the summer and ice fishing in the winter. He was an avid Notre Dame fan, and attended numerous games at South Bend.

Surviving are his wife, the former Barbara Bamrick; children, Paul S. Thresten, Greentown; and Tara Ritts and her husband, Paul, Harveys Lake; and sister, Mariclaire Thresten, Dallas.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Saturday at All Saints Parish, 66 Willow St., Plymouth. Private interment will be held in St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery, Larksville. Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth.

Leonard's family would like to express a special thank you to the staff at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and Hershey Medical Center for their care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Leonard's favorite charity, the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Please visit www.sjgrontkowskifuneralhome.com for directions or to submit online condolences to Leonard's family.

Class of 1964 - John (Jackie) Skura- January 17, 2013

John Joseph Skura Jr.John Joseph Skura Jr., 66, of Rockford, Ill., died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 at University of Wisconsin — Madison after a brief illness.
Born Sept. 6, 1946, in Kingston, he was the son of the late John J. and Louise A. Rychlewski Skura Sr. Jack worked for 25 years for National Life and American General Insurance companies and 12 years for Monumental Life Insurance as a district manager.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Jack lived in California for many years until he moved to Rockford, Ill., in 2001. He found St. Rita Catholic Church and was instantly accepted and loved. Jack was a third-degree member of Knights of Columbus Muldoon Council 470, and a fourth-degree member of the General Assembly 190. Other memberships included the Diocesan Men's Bible Fellowship and National Association of Life Underwriters.

He was an avid sports enthusiast who enjoyed all sports, especially baseball and football, golfing with family and friends, and never missed the Kentucky Derby. He was a wonderful father, grandfather and friend who will be missed dearly by all. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the parishioners and staff at St. Rita Catholic Church for welcoming him and enriching his life.

Survivors include his children, Louise M. Oliver, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; John M. Skura, Las Vegas, Nev.; and Marci M. Boyd, Pearland, Texas; and grandchildren, John, Laurie, Joshua, Lana, Harper, Tyler and Brody. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Kopicki Funeral Home, 263 Zerby Ave., Kingston. Interment will be in St. John's Cemetery, Dallas.

Class of 1964 - Ronald Joseph Albert Perlis - October 29, 2012

Ronald Joseph Albert Perlis, age 65, of Lake Silkworth passed away with his family by his side on Monday, October 29, 2012, in hospice at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital after a long illness.

Mr. Perlis was born in Wilkes-Barre on January 6, 1947, to the late Joseph and Helen (Wentko) Perlis. He graduated from St. Vincent's High School, Plymouth, and became a licensed barber, later serving in the U.S. Navy. Soon after returning from the Navy, he pursued a career in the restaurant field as a business owner, along with his brother, Mark, and brother-in-law, Joseph Costello, establishing III Guys Pizzeria & Restaurant Inc. in Dallas, Mountaintop and Wilkes-Barre, which is in its 38th year of operation. He was also co-owner of Rocket Enterprises Trucking, which allowed him to travel all over the country.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, the former Maria Borkowski, son, Jarrett and fiance, Jolene Frawley; daughter, Janelle Jacob and husband, Barry; grandchildren Jared, Adyson, Avary, and Emeryson; sister, Debra Costello and husband Joseph; brother, Mark and wife Tassie along with nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, all of Lake Silkworth. Ronald was loved by many and will be sadly missed and never forgotten by his family.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday at 10:00 AM from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, route 29, Lake Silkworth, with Rev. Richard Fox officiating. Friends may call Friday from 6 PM - 8 PM at the Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home, Inc., corner of routes 29 & 118, Pikes Creek. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made in his name to Lake Silkworth Ambulance Association, 1933 State Route 29, Hunlock Creek, PA 18621 or the SPCA of Luzerne County, 524 E. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

Class of 1963 - John J. Yeskoweak - October 6, 2012

John Joseph (Poppy) Yaskoweak Jr.John Joseph (Poppy) Yaskoweak Jr. passed into the arms of the Lord on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley
Medical Center, Plains Township.Born in Plymouth on Oct. 22, 1945, John was the son of the late John Yaskoweak of Linden, N.J. Preceding him in death were his loving grandmother, Margaret Swentner; sister, Margaret Malinowski; and loving sister-in-law, Mary Jane Yatsko Cefaratti.

John was a devout Catholic, serving as an altar boy while attending St. Stephen's Parochial School. He graduated from St. Vincent's High School, Class of 1963, and King's College, Class of 1968. He was a cum laude graduate of the University ofScranton, where he earned his master's degree. John was employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 36 years. He began his accounting career at Retreat State Hospital followed by White Haven Center, where he was voted Employee of the Year. He retired from Clarks Summit State Hospital.

John was the proud grandfather (Poppy) of Steffen and Adriana Yaskoweak, who were the joy of his life. John was a Little League coach for Varsity Sodding for six years and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He also enjoyed
spending time with his family, going for his daily walks and watching the television show "Seinfeld."

He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Cheryl; sons, John and Mark-Aaron; grandchildren, Steffen and Adriana; mother, Margaret Yaskoweak; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Theresa (Terri) and Joseph Burgess, Joseph and Carol Yatsko, Christopher and June Yatsko, Timothy and Cheryll Yatsko, Gerard and Cathy Yatsko; sisters, Judy Delancy and Carol Muehlar and husband, Michael; godchild, Donna Solazzo and husband, Charles; brother-in-law, Bob Malinowski; special aunt, CatherineBrazinski; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and lifelong friend, Paul Kelly.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the main site of St. Faustina's Parish, 520 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke, with the Rev. James Nash officiating.Private funeral services will be held for the immediate family from Stanley S. Stegura Funeral Home Inc., Nanticoke. There will beno calling hours. John will be entombed on John and Cheryl's 42nd wedding anniversary, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in St. Mary's
Mausoleum, Hanover Township.John was a kind, generous and amazing soul who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Class of 1933 - Mary T. Fisher Quinn - October 10, 2012

MARY T. Fisher Quinn passed away on Oct. 10, 2012, of St. Mary Manor, Lansdale and formerly of Ardsley and Mt. Airy. Mary was born in 1914. Wife of the late Paul T.; Mother of Ann Marie Quinn (Joseph), Paul W. (Karen), Regina McElroy (Thomas) and William M. (Mary). Also survived by 10 grandchildren, 17 great grand-children, 4 sisters and one brother. Funeral Mass Saturday, 10:30 A.M., Queen of Peace Church, 820 North Hills Ave. (at Fitzwatertown Road), Ardsley. Relatives and friends are invited to her Viewing at the Church Saturday, after 9:30 A.M. Ent. St. Matthew Mausoleum, Conshohocken. In lieu of flowers, donations to Holy Redeemer Hospice, 12265 Townsend Rd., Phila. PA 19154 or St. Mary Manor, 701 Lansdale Ave., Lansdale PA 19446, would be appreciated

Class of 1961 - John S. Rakshys - September 14, 2012

John S. Rakshys, 69 of Centreville, VA, passed away on September 14, 2012. Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Christine; two sons, John and wife Eileen, Stephen and wife Karen; a daughter, Kristin and husband Peter; five grandchildren, Caitlin, Jenny, Bryce, Evan and Luke.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at Pierce Funeral Home, 9609 Center St. Manassas, VA 20110. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. the following day at All Saint's Catholic Church, 9300 Stonewall Rd., Manassas, VA 20110. Interment will be private.Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.piercefh.com.

Class of 1948 - An Marie Kearney Gabriel - August 28, 2012

Ann Marie Gabriel, 82,of Wilkes-Barre, died Tuesday evening, August 28, 2012, at St. Luke's Villa Hospice Facility. Born July 12, 1930, in Plymouth Township, she was a daughter of the late Benedict and Catherine Yedinak Kearney.She was a graduate of St. Vincent's High School, Plymouth. She was employed by Bertels Can Company, R.C.A. and later retired from Nearly New Clothing, Wilkes-Barre. Ann was a member of Our Lady of Hope Parish, Wilkes-Barre, a member of their Christian Women Group and a former member of the Mayflower Little League Mother's Club.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold B. Gabriel Jr. in 2006, her daughter, Linda Boroski in 1958 and her brother, William Kearney, in 2002.She is survived by her son, Hal, Wilkes-Barre; daughter, Diane Vodzak, Wilkes-Barre; sister, Josephine Rizzo and her husband, Jasper, Fort Meyers, Fla.; grandchildren, Amanda and Jarrett Gabriel, Wilkes-Barre Township; many loving nieces and nephews.

The family would like to take this opportunity to thank the nurses and staff at St. Luke's Personal Care Facility for the past year. Their loving and caring will always be remembered by our family. To the hospice nurses and staff, you truly are remarkable people. Your love, affection and care were truly compassionate. Thank You!

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. from the Jendrzejewski Funeral Home, 21 N. Meade St., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Hope Parish, Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre. The Rev. John S. Terry, Pastor, will be Celebrant. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call Friday evening from 4 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the S.P.C.A., 524 E. Main St., Fox Hill Road, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

Class of 1959 - Mary Helen Lambert Pirillo - August 21, 2012

Mary Helen (Lambert) Pirillo, of Plymouth, passed away Tuesday, August 21, 2012, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township, surrounded by her family to whom she devoted her life. Born in Wilkes-Barre, December 28, 1941, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Sperhoc Lambert. Mary Helen was a graduate of St. Vincent's High School, Plymouth, Class of 1959. She was employed by Wyoming Valley West School District for 35 years until her retirement in 2009.

Our Mother's greatest comfort in life was caring for her family, whether it be her Sunday dinners or having sleep-overs with her grandchildren. Mary's generous and compassionate nature affected all who knew her. Even through her illness she never complained or burdened her family or the medical staff who cared for her. She always greeted everyone with a smile and a kind word. What we will all miss the most is the thing she told us a million times, the words "I Love You."

Her brother, William Lambert, preceded her in death in 1963. The family she loved included her husband of 47 years, Joseph; daughters, Mary Owens and her husband, Jody, Larksville; Kathy Kachinko and her husband, Robbie, Larksville; son, Joseph, and his wife, Kimberly (Yuhas), Plymouth; the loves of her life, grandchildren, Rebecca, Evan, Madison, Robbie and Samantha, who will forever miss their "RO-RO"; sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Joseph Kratz, Del., numerous nephews and nieces.

The funeral will be held 9 a.m. Monday, from Kielty-Moran Funeral Home Inc., 87 Washington Ave., Plymouth, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in All Saints Parish, Willow St., Plymouth, the Rev. Robert J. Kelleher officiating. Interment will be in St Vincent's Cemetery, Larksville. Friends may call Sunday at the funeral home from 5 until 8 p.m.

Class of 1942 - Helen Dougherty - August 29, 2012

Helen Dougherty, R.N., 87, of Penn Street, Wilkes-Barre, passed away on Monday, July 23, 2012, at her home. She was born in Larksville on August 29, 1924, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Anderson Cunningham. Helen was a graduate of St. Vincent's High School in Plymouth and the Pittston Hospital School of Nursing. Prior to her retirement, she had been employed for many years as a registered nurse at the Mercy Hospital in Wilkes-Barre.

Helen was a member of St. Andre Bessette Parish at Holy Saviour Church in Wilkes-Barre, where she was a member of its Altar & Rosary Society. She was also a member of the Donegal Society. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Dougherty, in 1986; daughter-in-law, Linda Dougherty; great-grandson, Thomas Joseph Medici; brother, Joseph Cunningham; sisters, Mary Curran, Kay Perlis and Anna Naples.

Surviving are children, Thomas Dougherty, Laurel Run; Helen Perluke and her husband, Clem; Joseph Dougherty and his wife, Kathy; Molly Mangan and her husband, John; Maggie Corbett and her husband, Ray; Ann Risko and her husband, Jay, all of Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren, Megan Dougherty; Kevin Perluke and his wife, Samantha; Eric Perluke, Joseph Dougherty, Kelly Medici and her husband, Tony; Brian Dougherty; John, Jillian and Caitlin Mangan; Kara and Lisa George; Amy, John and Thomas Risko; great-grandchildren, Taylor Isaacs, Mackenzie and Kyle Perluke, and Skylar Munoz-Dougherty; nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday at 9 a.m. from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 9:30 a.m. in St. Andre Bessette Parish at Holy Saviour Church, 54 Hillard St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be held at St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 57 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 or to the American Diabetes Association, 63 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701. Online condolences may be sent by visiting Helen's obituary at www.natandgawlasfuneralhome.com.

Class of 1962 - Rev. Charles Rokosz - July 11, 2012

P The Reverend Charles W. Rokosz, Pastor of Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Duryea, died on Wednesday, July 11, 2012. Father Rokosz, a son of the late Charles Walter and Helen Ann Slowik Rokosz, was born in Plymouth on October 10, 1944. He received his early education at Saint Mary's, Plymouth and graduated from Saint Vincent's High School, Plymouth. Father began his priestly formation at Saint Charles Seminary, Catonsville, Md., completed his studies for the priesthood at Saint Pius X Seminary, Dalton.
He was ordained to the priesthood on May 9, 1970, in Saint Peter's Cathedral, Scranton, by the Most Rev. J. Carroll McCormick, D.D., late Bishop of Scranton.

Father Rokosz served as assistant pastor at Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace Parish, Hawley; Saint Aloysius, Wilkes-Barre and Most Precious Blood, Hazleton. Father received his first pastorate at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hughestown on January 13, 1984. He was appointed pastor of Holy Rosary, Duryea on June 20, 1991 and along with this assignment, he was also appointed as pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus, Duryea and Saint Joseph's, Duryea on July 3, 2003. These three parishes became Nativity of Our Lord Parish on November 20, 2010.

In addition to his parochial duties, Father Rokosz served several terms on the Presbyteral Council. He was appointed to the College of Consultors and served as President of the Seminary Advisory Board. Father served as the liaison to the Catholic League for Religious Assistance to Poland and was in charge of the annual collection. Father Rokosz was deeply committed to fostering Catholic Education for the children who attend Holy Rosary School in Duryea.

Father was preceded in death by his nephew, Jeremy P. Rokosz. He is survived by brothers, John G. Rokosz and his wife, Janet, Plymouth, Walter J. Rokosz and his wife, Deborahann I., Wyoming; nieces and nephews, Carrie A. Dicton and husband, Leonard, Edwardsville, Tracey A. Cox and husband James, Plymouth, John G. Rokosz II and wife, Diane C. (Charneski), Plymouth, Sarah A. Rokosz, Wyoming; great-nieces and great-nephews, Nicholas A. Dicton, Wilkes-Barre, Adam L. Dicton, Kingston, Annsley E. Dicton, Edwardsville, Kyle A. and Tyler J. Cox, Plymouth, Johnathan C., Jacob A.; and great-nephew and godson, Noah J. Rokosz, Plymouth.

Viewing will take place at Holy Rosary Parish, 127 Stephenson St., Duryea on Sunday from 3 to 6:30 p.m. A Vigil Mass will be celebrated at Holy Rosary Church, Duryea, at 7 p.m., with the Monsignor John J. Bendik, Dean, presiding.
A Pontifical Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, on Monday at 11 a.m. in Holy Rosary Church, Duryea. Viewing will also take place Monday morning, prior to the 11 a.m. funeral Mass. Interment will be in Saint Mary's Cemetery, Plymouth.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Holy Rosary School, Duryea, Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Duryea, Little Flowers Manor/St. Therese Residence, Wilkes-Barre, the Henry Cancer Center at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township, or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Funeral arrangements are by the Bernard J. Piontek Funeral Home Inc., 204 Main St., Duryea. Published in Times Leader on July 13, 2012

Class of 1951 - Gertrude A. Washcalus - July 2, 2012

Gertrude A. Washcalus, 79, of Plymouth passed away peacefully early Monday morning, July 2, 2012, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. She was the wife of Gerald P. Washcalus of Plymouth, who passed away in 2007. Born March 17, 1933, in Plymouth Township, she was the daughter of the late John M. Brozena and Rose Sudeyko Brozena. She was a life resident of Plymouth and Plymouth Township.

Gertrude was a graduate of St. Vincent's High School, Class of 1951, where she met her husband, Gerald. She was a member of the former St. Mary's Nativity Church and St. Vincent de Paul Church, both of Plymouth, and a member of All Saints Parish, Plymouth. Throughout her life, she was a loving homemaker. She was also employed as a sewing machine operator, for 28 years, by Silco Specialties, Wilkes-Barre Township.
She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Post 463, Plymouth, and a volunteer for her church, throughout the years.

In addition to her parents and husband, Gertrude was preceded in death by her brothers, John, Paul and Leo Brozena. She is survived by her loving sons, Michael J. Washcalus and his wife, Mary, Hanover Township; and Gerald P. Washcalus Jr. and his wife, Nicolette, Quakertown; grandsons, Michael Washcalus Jr. and Miles Washcalus; sister, Rose Brozena Derwin and her husband, Joseph, Plymouth; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral will be held at 9 a.m. Friday from S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in All Saints Parish, 66 Willow St., Plymouth. Interment will be in St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery, Larksville. Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Visit www.sjgrontkowskifuneralhome.com for directions or to submit online condolences to Gertrude's family. Published in Citizens' Voice on July 3, 2012


Class of 1957 - John Eugene Armstrong - April 2, 2012

John Eugene Armstrong of Hulmeville passed away Monday, April 2, 2012, at St. Mary Hospital. He was 72. Born in Pittston, Pa., he was a resident of Plymouth, Pa. for many years before moving to this area in 1961. He was a 1957 graduate of St. Vincent High School in Plymouth. 

John was a retired employee of P.S.E. & G. in New Jersey, where he was employed for 34 years. John was a U.S. Air Force veteran who served from 1957 to 1961. He was a member of the VFW Post 6084 and enjoyed NASCAR racing, gardening, and spending time with his many wonderful friends and now deceased dog, Murphy.

He will be greatly missed by his devoted wife of 50 years, Diane (Moss); his daughter, Tracey Bratton of Philadelphia; and his granddaughter, Katie Ann Chekay. He is also survived by several cousins and many wonderful friends. Funeral arrangements and burial in Washington Crossing Veterans Cemetery will be held at a later date under the direction of the Galzerano Funeral Home. Donations may be made in John's name to Women's Humane Society, 3839 Richlieu Rd., Bensalem, PA 19020. Galzerano Funeral Home,Bristol

Class of 1949 - Sister Ann Miriam Gallagher - April 10, 2012

Sister Ann Miriam Gallagher, RSM, a member of the Mid-Atlantic Community of the Sisters of Mercy, died in Mercy Center on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. Sister Ann Miriam was born Nov. 22, 1931, in Plymouth, and was the daughter of Joseph and Margaret Hanlon Gallagher. Sister graduated from St. Vincent High School, Plymouth, and received a degree in elementary education from Misericordia University. In addition, she was awarded a master's degree and Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Sister also did post doctoral work in Spain and Mexico and received a diploma from the Harvard University School of Business in educational management. Sister Ann Miriam entered the Sisters of Mercy on Sept. 8, 1954, in Dallas, and professed her vows on Aug. 16, 1957.

Her teaching experience included Montgomery County public schools in Maryland, Scranton, Diocesan elementary and secondary schools, Misericordia University, the University of Scranton, Catholic University of America, and Mount St. Mary's University and Seminary, Emmitsburg, Md. Following her tenure as faculty member and then president of College Misericordia, Sister Ann Miriam joined the seminary faculty of Mount St. Mary's, Emmitsburg, Md. For more than 25 years, Sister Ann Miriam served Mount St. Mary's as professor of church history and the director of seminary research and planning. An accomplished scholar and teacher, Sister Ann Miriam published extensively on the role of women religious in Latin America. In recent years her scholarship and writing focused on Catherine Seton, the daughter of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first native-born citizen of the United States to be canonized as a saint. Her daughter, Catherine, became the first New York born Sister of Mercy in 1846.

In addition to her parents, Sister Ann Miriam was preceded in death by her sister, Rosaire. She is survived by her brothers, Dr. Edward P. Gallagher and his wife, Joanne, Frederick, Md.; Joseph Gallagher and wife, Julie, Lancaster; her nieces and nephews; her beloved Sisters of Mercy.

The celebration of her life will begin at Mercy Center with a prayer service and visiting hours from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday and interment will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Memorial contributions in the name of Sister Ann Miriam Gallagher may be made to Mercy Center P.O. Box 370, Dallas, PA 18612.
Published in Citizens' Voice on April 11, 2012  

Class of 1946 - CHESTER V. PICZAK - April 8 2012

On Easter Sundav. April 8. 2012 of Rockville. MD. Beloved husband or the late Barbara M. Piczak. Father of Mark D. Piczak (Susan). Barbara J.Piczak, Janet P. Brown (John) and the late David G. Piczak. Grandfather of Erika. Monica and Kirk Brown. Mr. Piczak is also survived by his brother, Dr. Theodore Piczak. Friends will be received at PUMPHREY'S COLONIAL FUNERAL HOME, 300 West Montgomery Avenue (Rte. 28, exit 6-A just off I- be offered at St. Mary's Historic Church. 520 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville, MD on Thursday. April 12 at 10 a. m. Interment Gate oft Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Montgomery Hospice Society, 1355 Piccard Drive, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850. Please view and sign family guestbook at www.pumphreyfuneralhome.com

Published in The Washinaton Post on April 10, 2012

Class of 1971 - John P. Finley - April 1, 2012 

John P. Finley, 58, of West Danby, N.Y., passed away Sunday, April 1, 2012, after a lengthy illness. John is the son of the late Paul and Doris Finley, Plymouth. He graduated from St. Vincent's High School, Plymouth. John attended Luzerne Community College where he was awarded an associate degree.
John was a Vietnam veteran, serving in the U.S. Army.

John worked in the Computer Science Department of Cornell University for 23 years. He retired in 2009 after holding the position of network operations manager. John was preceded in death by his brother, Frank Finley. John is survived by his wife, of 35 years, Anna M. Finley; son, John Finley Jr.; brothers, Paul Finley and Tom Finley; sisters, Patricia Maculloch, Theresa Sipsky and Maryellen Cusma.

At John's request, services will be private at the convenience of the family.
Published in Citizens' Voice on April 7, 2012

Class of 1950 - Rev. Joseph M. Brozena - March 10, 2012 

The Rev. Joseph M. Brozena, pastor emeritus of St. Michael the Archangel Church, Old Forge, and resident of Old Forge, 79, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2012.

Born Feb. 8, 1933, in Plymouth, he was the son of the late Joseph M. and Phoebe Matelski Brozena. He received his early education at St. Mary's Nativity grade school. He graduated from St. Vincent's High School, Plymouth, and pursued preparatory studies for the priesthood at St. Bonaventure University in Olean, N.Y., and graduated from Christ the King Seminary, Olean, N.Y.He was ordained to the priesthood May 31, 1958, in St. Peter's Cathedral, Scranton, by the Most Rev. Jerome D. Hannan, D.D., late Bishop of Scranton. He celebrated his first Mass in his home parish, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Plymouth, on June 1, 1958.

Father Brozena served as assistant pastor at St. Patrick's Church, Milford; Immaculate Conception Church, West Pittston; Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Scranton; St. Mary's Church, Mocanaqua; Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Wilkes-Barre; Holy Trinity Church, Nanticoke; and St. Michael the Archangel Church, Old Forge.

While serving as assistant pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Church, he received his first and only pastorate position on Sept. 3, 1974, where he faithfully served his people for 35 years. On July 9, 2008, he was appointed pastor emeritus of St. Michael the Archangel Church.

His first task as the new pastor was instating a perpetual care program and paving the roads at the parish cemetery. Along with the Diocese of Scranton, he was an instrumental part of establishing Holy Cross Cemetery. He also oversaw the St. Michael the Archangel Shrine erected at the cemetery, as a tribute to the parishioners of his parish.

During his tenure many improvements were made to the parish. In 1978, a new rectory was built. He renovated the parish twice, installed new pews, a new organ, a modern electronic bell system and an air conditioning system, that was donated by the Holy Name Society, was installed. Also, a Candle Chapel was built adjoining the church with the grotto along the grounds of the church. A new sacristy was built, the side entrance of the church was renovated and a handicapped accessible ramp was added. Also, the front entrance to the church was enhanced with the installation of a canopy enclosure over the stairs.

The Rev. Brozena also established a war memorial honoring the veterans from the parish. Hea will always be remembered for his devotion to the beautiful Polish customs, traditions and especially Polish hymns.

In addition to his parents, Father was preceded in death by his brother, in 1995, the Rev. Clement Brozena, a priest of the Diocese of Scranton, who also served as an assistant pastor at St. Michael the Archangel of Old Forge. Father is survived by cousins, Albert Romanick and his wife, Helen; Joseph Romanick and his wife, Mary; Nancy Heffers and her husband, Jim; and Robert McDonough and his wife, Holly; and caregivers, Stanley and Marion Viercinski, with whom he resided for four years after his retirement.

Viewing will take place at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, 1309 W. Locust St., Scranton, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. A Vigil Mass will be celebrated at Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Scranton, at 7 p.m., with the Rev. Samuel J. Ferretti, Dean, presiding. A Pontifical Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, at 11 a.m. Thursday in Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Scranton. Viewing will also take place Thursday morning, prior to the 11 a.m. Funeral Mass. Interment will be in St. Mary's Nativity Cemetery, Plymouth Township. Funeral arrangements are by S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth.

Visit www.sjgrontkowskifuneralhome.com to submit online condolences to the Rev. Brozena's family.

Class of 1962 - Marie R. Bogdon Stubblebine - February 24, 2012 

Marie R. Stubblebine, age 67, of Plymouth, passed away on Friday, February 24, 2012. Born December 6, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mildred Bogdon. Marie was a graduate of St. Vincent's High School, Plymouth, and had been employed by the Wyoming Valley Garment and Food Service Industry.

Her family enjoyed her sense of humor. The love that Marie has shown to her family, over the years, can never be measured. Surviving are her daughter and caregiver, Marie (Amy) Ratowski and her husband, Alex, of Hunlock Creek; son, Howard (Dee) Stubblebine and his wife, Melissa, of Larksville; grandchildren, Justin and Jacob Ratowski and Katie Stubblebine; great-grandson, Branden; brother, Joseph Bogdon of Plymouth; sister, Julianne Henninger and her husband, Dana, of Hunlock Creek; several nieces and nephews.'

Private funeral will be held at the convenience of the family from the S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 West Main Street, Plymouth. Interment will be in the Lithuanian Independent Cemetery, Wyoming. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, contributions, if desired, may be made to the Luzerne County S.P.C.A., or the charity of the donor's choice . Marie's family would like to thank her doctors and nurses who participated in her care and the staff of the Hospice Community Care for all of their care and compassion given to her. Please visit www.sjgrontkowskifuneralhome.com to submit online condolences to Marie's family.

Class of 1939 - John J. (Jack) Hogan Jr. - February 6, 2012

John (Jack) J. Hogan Jr., 90, of Vine Street, Plymouth, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at Birchwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Nanticoke. Born in Plymouth, the son of the late John J. and Loretta Butcher Hogan, he was a graduate of St. Vincent's High School, Plymouth, Class of 1939.

He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving from 1942 to 1946 in the waters of Europe, North Africa and the Pacific. He received the Purple Heart for wounds he suffered in the invasion of Sicily. When he returned home, he played semi-pro basketball in Williamsport and in 1947 he was appointed head basketball coach at St. Vincent's High School, Pymouth.

He was employed by UGI Electric Division as an instrument engineer, acting as the union president from the late 1970s until his retirement in 1984. He was an avid bowler and was a member of the Shawnee Bowling League. He was a member of All Saints Parish, Plymouth.

Preceding him in death were brothers, Joseph Hogan, James Hogan and Eugene Hogan, and sister, Marie McCue, all of Plymouth. Surviving are his sons, Thomas J. Hogan, Plymouth; and Stephen J. Hogan, York; grandchildren, Jennifer Lutsey, Sean and Jeffrey Hogan; great-grandchild, Landon Lutsey; sister, Loretta Jola, Hunlock Creek; numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be at 9 a.m. Friday from Kielty-Moran Funeral Home Inc., 87 Washington Ave., Plymouth. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. at All Saints Parish, Willow Street, Plymouth, the Rev. Robert Kelleher officiating. Interment will be in St. Vincent's Cemetery, Larksville, where full military honors will be accorded by the U.S. Navy. Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Published in Citizens' Voice on February 8, 2012

Class of 1961 - Rita Ann Shimkoski Brannigan - October 21, 2011 

Rita Ann Brannigan, 67, of East Luzerne Avenue, Larksville, passed away
Friday, October 21, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Rita was born in Wilkes-Barre on Feb. 20, 1944. She was the daughter of the late Frank and Olga Pekar Shimkoski.

Rita resided in Larskville for most of her life. She was a member of All Saints
Parish in Plymouth. Rita was employed as a clerical assistant by several local
businesses. Rita was a kind-hearted person and had a gentle and caring personality.
She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed spending time
with all of her grandkids and loved them dearly. She also enjoyed the company of her dog, Jerry. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. 

Surviving are her husband of 47 years of marriage, Thomas Brannigan Sr., at
home; son, Thomas Brannigan Jr. and his wife, Holly, Hanover Township;
daughters, Cheryl Casey and her husband, Charlie, Plymouth Township;
Christine Hoffman and her husband, Rick, Weatherly; grandchildren, Matthew,
Lauren, Justin, Mackenzie and Charlie; brother, Frank Shimkoski Jr.,
Larksville. 

Funeral services for Rita will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday from Andrew Strish
Funeral Home, 11 Wilson St., Larksville, with a Mass of Christian Burial at
9:30 a.m. in All Saints Parish, Willow Street, Plymouth. Entombment will be held in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday

Class of 1940 (?) - Marie Dougherty Andrews, September 2, 2011

Marie Dougherty Andrews, 80, a guest of Riverstreet Manor and former resident of Washington Square Apartments in Wilkes-Barre, passed away Friday morning, Sept. 2, 2011, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Born Jan. 6, 1931, in Plymouth, she was a daughter of the late Hugh Edmund and Agnes O'Donnell Dougherty.

Marie was a graduate of St. Vincent's High School in Plymouth and St. Mary's Hospital School of Nursing in Scranton. Marie was a kind and caring person. She was fortunate to see quite a bit of the world while working for Pan Am Airways as a stewardess on international flights. She was one of the first Pan Am stewardesses to fly overseas, and also worked as a nurse in Princeton, N.J., and at Mercy Hospital in Wilkes-Barre.

Marie was a member of the Parish of Our Lady of Fatima.

Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Anthony and Attorney Donna Andrews of Manlius, N.Y.; a grandson, Nicholas; and several cousins. A celebration of Marie's life will be held at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday from McLaughlin's, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, with a Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the Church of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception. Interment will be in St. Vincent's Cemetery in Plymouth.
Visitation will be held from 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. Tuesday at McLaughlin's. Permanent messages and memories can be shared with Marie's family at www.celebrateherlife.com.
Published in Citizens' Voice from September 3 to September 4, 2011

Class of 1935 - Kathleen M. Shovlin, June 18, 2011

Kathleen M. Shovlin, formerly of Rutter Avenue, Kingston, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2011, at Little Flower Manor, South Meade Street, Wilkes-Barre.

Born Oct. 3, 1917, in Plymouth, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Anna Gallagher Shovlin. She attended the former St. Vincent's grade school and was a graduate of its high school. She became a licensed registered nurse after graduating from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Wilkes-Barre in 1938. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from College Misericordia in 1960 (now Misericordia University).

Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a nurse by ophthalmologists, Drs. Joseph Morrison Sr. and Joseph Morrison Jr. of Wilkes-Barre. Miss Shovlin moved to Kingston in 1970. She was a member of St. Ignatius Parish and belonged to Mary's Ministry of the parish. She was also a member of the Donegal Society of the Wyoming Valley and the Misericordia University Alumni Association. Kathleen participated in many community activities and events.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Charles E. Shovlin; and a sister, Mary D. Cushner. Surviving are a brother, Daniel J. Shovlin and his wife, Agnes, Gulf Port, Fla.; sister-in-law, Ann Shovlin, Basking Ridge, N.J.; nieces, Kathleen Grosch, Nancy Varin and Joanne Saal; a nephew, Terry Shovlin; great-nieces, great-nephews and several cousins.

Funeral services for Kathleen will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday from Hugh P. Boyle and Son Funeral Home Inc., 416 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, followed by a Mass of Christin Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Ignatius Church, 339 N. Maple Ave., Kingston. Interment will be in St. Vincent's Cemetery, Larksville. Friends may call from 8:30 a.m. until the time of the service Tuesday. Donations may be made to Misericordia University, 301 Lake St., Dallas, PA 18612; or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Published in Citizens' Voice from June 19 to June 20, 2011

Class of 1951 - Beth Ann Shebloski , May 27, 2011

Beth Ann Shebloski, 77, of Larksville passed away Friday, May 27, 2011, at home.
She was born Oct. 21, 1933, in Larksville, and was the daughter of the late Alice Carey Bryan and Eugene Bryan. She was a graduate of St. Vincent's High School. She was formerly self-employed as a beautician. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and caregiver to many. She was preceded in death by her brothers, William Bryan and James Bryan.

She was a member of All Saints Parish and was active in the Altar and Rosary Society of St. Vincent's. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Frank, Larksville; daughters, Sue Ann Shebloski, Larksville; and Diane Loveland, Luzerne; grandson, Shane Loveland.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at All Saints Parish, Plymouth, with a 9 a.m. service from Willliams-Hagen Funeral Home Inc., 114 W. Main St., Plymouth. Interment will be in St. Vincent's Cemetery, Larksville. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Published in Citizens' Voice from May 29 to May 30, 2011

Class of 1927 - Sister Mary Domitilla Temprine, RSM, April 8, 2011

Sister Mary Domitilla Temprine, RSM, a member of the Mid-Atlantic Community of the Sisters of Mercy, died at Mercy Center, Dallas, on Friday, April 8, 2011. The former Helen Temprine was born March 30, 1909, in Larksville, the daughter of Anthony Mark and Theresa Yuran Temprine.

Sister Domitilla received her elementary and secondary education at St. Vincent School, Plymouth, graduating from St. Vincent High School in 1927. She entered the Sisters of Mercy in September 1927 and made her profession of vows on Aug. 16, 1930. Sister Domitilla earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Misericordia University, Dallas, then called College Misericordia, with majors in English and Latin, in 1936.

Sister Domitilla taught in the parochial grade schools for a total of 44 years in the dioceses of Scranton, Allentown, Harrisburg, Rockville Centre and Brooklyn. She taught in her home diocese of Scranton for 35 of those years. In 1979, Sister Domitilla began a second teaching career as a catechetical instructor, spending seven years at St. Philomena School (now Queen of Peace) in Hawley and Holy Saviour School, St. Joseph Parish, Wilkes-Barre, and Gate of Heaven School, Dallas.

Sister Domitilla moved to Mercy Center in 1990, culminating a teaching career of 61 years. At Mercy Center, she assisted as a receptionist for the Mercy Institute for Educational Development (MIED) until entering full time into the prayer ministry.

Sister Domitilla is survived by her sister, Margaret (Margie) Lenahan, Wilkes-Barre; nieces and nephews; and the Sisters of Mercy of the Mid-Atlantic Community.

She was preceded in death by her parents; by brothers, George and Luke; and sisters, Mary Temprine, Catherine Temprine, Mary Lewis, Theresa Driscoll and Anna Balint. Transferral to Mercy Center will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a viewing and wake service from 2 to 5 p.m.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at Mercy Center. Interment will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Memorial contributions in the name of Sister Mary Domitilla Temprine may be made to Mercy Center, P.O. Box 370, Dallas, PA 18612.
Published in Citizens' Voice on April 12, 2011

Class of 1953 - Margaret M. Kondrick Kearney, April 4, 2011 

Margaret M. Kearney, 75, of Newberry Estates, Dallas, passed away Monday morning, April 4, 2011, at her home and was welcomed into the loving arms of our Lord. Born in Plymouth, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Mary Blanar Kondrak. Mrs. Kearney worked through her life as the controller of the family business, J&M Enterprises, and as an accountant for Hampton House Nursing Home and the former St. Francis Church, Nanticoke. She was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society at St. Francis.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Edward, and niece, Carol Pasternak Timko. Surviving are her husband of 55 years, John A. Kearney; sons, Robert and Edward, both of Nanticoke; grandchildren, Nicole and Sean; sister, Mary Pasternak; and nephew, Joseph Pasternak.

The family would like to thank her caretaker, Hazel Ochenhouse, for her kindness and compassion.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Theresa's Church, Pioneer Avenue, Shavertown, with the Rev. James Paisley presiding. Friends and family may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 173 E. Green St., Nanticoke. Published in Citizens' Voice from April 5 to April 8, 2011 
 

 Class of 1962 - Gerald J. Gurka, February 10, 2011

Gerald J. Gurka , 67, Plymouth Township, passed away Thursday, February 10, 2011. He retired from the Berwick Power Plant.

He was preceded in death by parents, Peter and Mary Stasko Gurka; and wife, Barbara, in 1990. Surviving are daughters, Deanna Jesso and husband, John, Plymouth, and Angela Gurka, Plymouth; and grandsons, Stephen Jesso and Matthew Doyle.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday from the S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, Plymouth, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in All Saints Parish, Plymouth. Interment will be in St. Mary's Nativity Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.sjgrontkowskifuneralhome.com to submit condolences.



Class of 1960 - Howard B. Fedrick, February 9, 2011

Howard B. Fedrick, of Laflin, passed away Wednesday, February 9, 2011, at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Born in Plymouth, he was a son of the late Benjamin and Catherine Howard Fedrick. Howard was a graduate of St. Vincent's High School, Plymouth, a graduate of King's College, Wilkes-Barre, where he received his bachelor's degree, and a graduate of the University of Scranton, where he received his master's degree in American History. For the last 15 years, Howard was an assistant
professor of History at King's College, Wilkes-Barre, and was chosen as Professor of the Year by the students in 2005.

He taught at St. Vincent's High School, Plymouth, the University of Scranton and
Luzerne County Community College. He had been employed at Retreat State Hospital, Hunlock Creek, Clarks Summit State Hospital, Luzerne County Tourist Promotion Agency, and he was the executive director of Luzerne County Bicentennial Celebrations. He was the original owner and operator of Flowers and…, Plymouth.

Howard coached high school speech and debate at St. Vincent's High School and West Side Central Catholic High School. He was the Diocesan Director of the Scranton Catholic Forensic League for 10 years and served as secretary for the National Catholic Forensic League. He was on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania High School Speech League and was inducted into their Hall of Fame. Howard was a member of the Board of Directors of the Fine Arts Fiesta for 35 years and was president of the board for 11 years. In 2007, he received the "Service to Society Award" from the King's College
Alumni Association. In all that he did, Howard was always a teacher who loved the printed and spoken word. He loved his students and made a tremendous impact on them. He loved beauty and tried to make the world more beautiful for others.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Anne; the Merkel family and the Cosgrove family. Howard's friend and fellow teacher, Jennifer Fry, held a special place in his heart. A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the King's College Chapel, Wilkes-Barre. Family and friends may call at the King's College Chapel, Wilkes-Barre, from 1 p.m. until service time Sunday. Howard loved flowers. It is Howard's request that, if anyone wishes to send flowers, that they please send flowers to someone special that they love to remember Howard. Contributions, if desired, may be made to King's College, in care of the King's College Development Office, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, or to the Fine Arts Fiesta, P.O. Box 2053, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth. Please visit
condolences to Howard's family.www.sjgrontkowskifuneralhome.com to submit online

Class of 1961 - Joseph J. Hodle, December 22, 2010

Joseph J. Hodle, 67, of Webster Street, Pringle, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Born Nov. 10, 1943, in Larksville, he was a son of the late Joseph and Mary Bryan Hodle. Joe was a graduate of St. Vincent's High School, Plymouth. Joe was employed by New Jersey Transit for 13 years and later worked for the Luzerne County Transportation Authority until
retiring in 2007.

Mr. Hodle was a member of the Parish of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception and New Jersey Transit Union. Joe had a deep love for his family and was an enthusiastic fan of the New York Yankees. A brother, Thomas Hodle, preceded him in death. Surviving are his wife, the former Geraldine Gordon; sons, Brian Joseph Hodle, Swoyersville; and Joseph J. Hodle, Pringle; grandchildren, Geoffrey, Jessica, Aaron and Brianna Hodle; great-grandchildren, Taylor and Damien Eastman; a sister, Mary Catherine Mullery, Plymouth; a brother, Robert Hodle, Florida; and nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Joseph's life will be held at 9 a.m. Monday from McLaughlin's Family Funeral Service, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, with a Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Church of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception. Visitation will be held at McLaughlin's from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Memorial donations are preferred and may be made to the Memorial donations are preferred and may be made to the
American Heart Association , 613 Baltimore Drive, Suite 3, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702-7902; or the or the American Diabetes Association , 63 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.

To see Joe's life story, get directions, leave a message, share memories, photos and more, go to
www.celebratehislife.com.


Class of 1959 - Joseph M. Chabala Sr, December 15, 2010

Joseph M. Chabala Sr., 69, of Dallas passed away Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, when he lost his battle with cancer. Born in Plains Township, he was the son of the late Michael and Helen Chabala. After attending Larksville grade school, he was a graduate of St. Vincent's High School, Plymouth, Class of 1959.

Before retiring in 2001, he was a mechanic for Cascade Tissue, Suscon. He was a member of St. Therese's Church, Shavertown, and was a Fourth Degree Knight, Assumpta Council, Knights of Columbus, Luzerne. He served six years with the Pennsylvania National Guard in Kingston with the rank of Ammo Sgt.

He was preceded in death by infant daughter, Melissa; father, Michael Chabala; mother, Helen Chabala; brother, John Chabala.

The family would like to thank Drs. Nahar and Shulman, Mitchell and Disversity Nursing for their loving care and kindness extended to Joseph in his time of need.

Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Helene Sulitka Chabala; sons, Joseph Jr., Dallas; Stephen and wife, Robin, Lakewood, Colo.; he will be sadly missed by his family and friends along with faithful companions, Bailey and Muffin, which were always at his side. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to Medical Oncology Prescription Drug Fund, 382 Pierce St., Kingston, PA 18704. Arrangements are by Richard H. Disque Funeral Home Inc., Dallas. Published in Citizens' Voice on December 16, 2010

Class of 1951 - Joseph P. Zielinski, December 10, 2010 

Joseph P. Zielinski, 77, of Hanover Street, Nanticoke, passed away Friday evening, Dec. 10, 2010, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. He was born Sept. 3, 1933, in Nanticoke to the late Adam and Stephania Gruszkiewicz Zielinski and was a 1951 graduate of St. Vincent's High School, Plymouth.

Joseph was a member of the former St. Stanislaus Church now St. Faustina Parish, where he was a member of the church's Holy Name Society and was a volunteer basketball coach. He was employed as a store room manager by Nanticoke Hospital for 27 years.  He was an Army veteran serving in Germany during the German Reconstruction as a Military Police Officer.

Joseph was preceded in death by his wife, the former Marlene Zeske; brother, Leonard; sisters, Helen Krygier and Christine Mieczkowski. Presently surviving are sons, Joseph P. Jr., Nanticoke; Michael J., Harrisburg; daughter, Michelle Zielinski, at home; grandchildren, Amber, Kristine and Joseph J. Zielinski; great-grandchild, Ashlyn Zielinski.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday from Grontkowski Funeral Home P.C., 51-53 W. Green St., Nanticoke, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Faustina Parish 520 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke. The Rev. Raymond Deviney will officiate. Interment will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Nanticoke. Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday. (Published in Citizens' Voice on December 12, 2010)

Class of 1942 - John J. Murray, November 15, 2010 

Dr. John J. Murray Ph.D., 86, of Wilkes-Barre, died Monday, November 15, 2010. Born April 23, 1924, in Plymouth Township, he was a son of the late James and Winifred Barrett Murray. He was a graduate of St. Vincent's High School, received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Scranton, his master's degree from Catholic University of America and his doctorate from New York University. Dr. Murray was a sergeant in the U.S. Army serving during World War II. Dr. Murray was an English professor at many colleges and universities, including Duquesne University and Iona College. He then taught at his alma mater, The University of Scranton, for over 20 years. 

Dr. Murray was a member of the Modern Language Association and the American Association of University Professors. He was the author of articles which appeared in the Journal of General Education and PMLA, Modern Language Association of American Publication. He was inducted into the Order of Pro Deo et Universitale at the University of Scranton. Dr. Murray shared a love for music with his family and friends. He was an active volunteer at the Valley Crest Nursing Home. He was preceded in death by brothers Francis and James. Surviving are nieces Patricia Trimarchi, Kathleen Murray, Eileen Vardilla; and cousin Mary Finley. Funeral will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday morning from the S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Wilkes-Barre. Entombment will be in St. Mary's Mausoleum, Hanover Township. Family and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday evening.

Class of 1954 - Gerald T. Connolly, October 29, 2010

Gerald T. Connolly, a retired stationary engineer, died on Friday, Oct. 29, 2010 at Montgomery Hospital in Norristown.

He was 74 years old. He was the husband of Janet (stem) Connolly, and they resided for over 40 years in West Norriton Twp. He was born in Pringle on July 9, 1936, a son of the late Gerald James and Winifred (Finnegan) Connolly. He was a graduate of St. Vincent High School in Plymouth.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1954 to 1958 aboard the U.S.S. Hawkins and enjoyed attending reunions with his old shipmates. Gerald retired in 2001 after employment for 40 years as a stationary engineer with the Container Corporation in Manayunk. He was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Notre Dame Division, as well as the enjoyed playing golf with trips to Myrtle Beach and traveling in general, especially trips to Ireland.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter Vicki Lynn Hyde and her husband Chuck of Sanatoga; a son Randy T. Connolly and his wife Lisa of Royersford. Also survived by a brother Thomas T. Connolly of Trooper; and a sister Jean Leah Connolly of Plymouth, as well as eight grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his prayer service at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3 from The Bailey Funeral Chapel, Ltd., 815-17 W. Marshall St., Norristown.
Interment will take place at Valley Forge Memorial Gardens, King of Prussia. Friends may call at the funeral chapel on Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Notre Dame Div. 342 Jefferson St., Swedesburg, PA 19405. Funeral arrangements are by Bailey Funeral Chapel, Ltd., Norristown. 610-272-0414.


Class of 1941 - Father William Joseph Kearney, October 25, 2010

Father William Joseph Kearney, 86, of Evansville, Ind., passed away peacefully Monday, October 25, 2010, at Riverpointe Health Campus.

 Bill was born November 8, 1923, in Nanticoke. He was one of four children born to Norma (Andreas) and Wilbur J. Kearney. An outstanding student, Bill graduated from St. Vincent High School in 1941. After high school graduation, Bill began working for IBM. Bill left IBM to join the U.S. Army Air Corps at the age of 19 and served his country during World War II flying B24 Bombers.

Upon return from service, Bill pursued an extensive education and received his Bachelor of Administration degree from Western Reserve University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. He later attended graduate studies at Niagara University, John Carroll University, the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and he received his Master of Theology degree from the University of Notre Dame.

While pursuing his education he also was a partner in the Kearney Chemical Co., which he operated with his brother, Jack. He began his career with the Ohio Youth Commission as a Youth Counselor in the Cleveland Office in 1959. He was a social worker at Fairfield School for Boys and then became a caseworker supervisor in
the Akron Regional Office. He was promoted to the position of Regional Director in Columbus, Ohio.

Bill always had an aspiration to become a Catholic priest. As he was approaching retirement, he was searching for a deeper meaning in life. At the age of 60, Bill was ordained as a Catholic Priest on May 21, 1983, in the St. Petersburg, Fla., Diocese.

"Father Bill" spent his vocation as a priest at the following parishes: Christ the King Catholic Church, Tampa, Fla., St. Patrick Church, Largo, Fla., and Prince of Peace Church, Sun City Center, Fla.

Bill was an unassuming, compassionate man who touched many lives through his vocation as a priest. He will be remembered for his countless hours visiting the sick, his work with children, and uplifting the spiritual lives of members of his church parishes.

In 2006, he settled in Evansville, Indiana, to be near family. His memberships include a lifetime membership in the Knights of Columbus, the Academy of Certified Social Workers, National Association of Social Workers, Council for Exceptional Children, National Council on Crime and Delinquency, Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency, Suncoast Personnel and Guidance Association, and O.T.H.E.R.S. Association. He was the honorable recipient of the key to the city of New Orleans in 1974 for his exceptional work creating a better life for the youth in the city.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur J. and Norma (Andreas) Kearney; brothers, Jack Kearney and Paul Kearney; and a sister, Marlene (Radel) Knott.
Bill is survived by his nephews, Mark (Carol) Radel, Evansville, Ind.; David (Marsha) Radel, Coto de Caza, Calif.; Jon (Shelly) Radel, Cleveland, Ohio, and Robert Radel, Orlando, Fla.; and niece Mary Ann Kearney and her husband, Jimmy Griffin, Raleigh, N.C.

Services will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Kearnet Funeral Home, continueing at 9:30 a.m. with the Mass of the Christian Burial at St. Faustina Catholic Church, 520 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke, with The Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, Bishop of The Diocese of St. Petersburg, Fla., celebrating the Mass. Burial to follow at St. Francis Cemetery in Nanticoke. Friends may visit from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday at Kearney Funeral Home, 22 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity in memory of Father Bill. Condolences may be made online at www.browningfuneral.com.


Class of 1960 - Chester (Chet) Joseph Valance - Octover 24, 2010 

Born January 11, 1943 in New York City, NY he spent his childhood in Nanticoke, PA where he played football and was nick-named “Moose.” Upon graduation he enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corp. where he served in the Bay of Pigs and was the youngest person to serve with embassy security in Paris, France. He met his future wife Jackie in France, and soon after he was discharged and returned to the States. Jackie followed him and they were married in February of 1965. Chet and Jackie had three children, Jackie,
Shelly and Craig. He started his civilian career on Wall Street where he worked with computers but longed for the open spaces of the West. He and his family moved to Colorado in the early 70’s and settled in Longmont for several years. The mountains and rivers of Colorado were really Chet’s dream so in 1980 the Valances moved to Grand County and settled in Kremmling. Chet spent several years in Kremmling while
building his beautiful home on the Williams Fork, where he was able to spend his final days. He worked as a carpenter and was a building inspector until he started his own business.

Chet’s passions included spending time with his family and friends, attending his grandchildren’s many sporting events and activities, rafting, hunting and fishing. He
rafted the Grand Canyon three times and spent as much time as he could on as many rivers as he could. Chet trained a new generation of rafters through his willingness to let novices take over the oars and by instructing them on the ways of whitewater. Chet is survived by daughters Jackie Pesch (Leo) of Kremmling and Shelly Neibauer(Kurt) of
Winter Park, son Craig Valance of Palisade, girlfriend Roz Kamback, sister Gloria McCormack (Ed) of Firestone, brother Ron Valance (Kathy) of Douglas, WY. He is also survived by grandchildren David Valance (McKenzie); Taylor, Leo, and Rheann Pesch and many other nieces, nephews and friends and relatives. Chet is predeceased by his father Chester Sr., mother Martha and brother Thomas. In lieu of flowers please send
donations to Jack’s Place, P.O. Box 2559 Edwards, CO 81632 or bring donations to Chet’s celebration of life. Jack’s Place is a cancer caring house where Chet spent a lot of time while fighting his battle.

Class of 1948 - Marie Hogan McCue, September 14, 2010

Marie McCue of Vine Street, Plymouth, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Born in Plymouth, the daughter of the late John and Loretta Butcher Hogan, she was a graduate of St. Vincent's High School, Class of 1948.

She was employed by Plymouth Borough/Wyoming Valley West as a crossing guard at Vine and Main streets for 43 years. Marie was a member of All Saints Parish, Plymouth. She was also a member of the Plymouth Republican Organization and an
inspector for the Plymouth Board of Elections.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph, James and Gene Hogan.
Surviving are her husband, Gerald; daughter, Mrs. William (Karen) Evans, Plymouth; grandchildren, Steven, Kevin and Brianna Evans, Plymouth; brother, Jack Hogan, Plymouth; sister, Loretta Jola, Hunlock Creek; sisters-in-law, Alice and Peggy Hogan;
brother-in-law, John Jola; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Marie was devoted to her family. Her greatest joy in life was her grandchildren. The funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday from Kielty-Moran Funeral Home Inc., 87 Washington Ave., Plymouth. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. at All Saints Parish, Willow Street, Plymouth. Interment will be in St. Vincent de Paul
Cemetery, Larksville. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Class of 1969 - Anne Arzente, September 10, 2010

Anne Ellen Arzente, 59, of Bridgeton, N.J., died at SJ Hospital - Elmer, Elmer, N.J., on Friday evening, September 10, 2010, after a 2 ½-year illness.

Born in Plymouth, she was a daughter of the late Louis and Kay Mangan Arzente. She graduated from St. Vincent High School in Plymouth in 1969 and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from West Chester University in 1973.

She was a longtime resident of Bridgeton, N.J. For 35 years, Anne was a dedicated and extraordinary teacher at the Port Norris School in Commercial Township. She retired in August of 2008 and, prior to her retirement, had been the 8th-grade English teacher. She had a variety of interests and particularly loved outdoor activities. She enjoyed going to the beach, vacationing at Harveys Lake near Wilkes-Barre, hiking in the White Mountains and running. Anne competed in several marathons and was the first female to run a 36-miler from Vineland to Sea Isle City. Anne was truly a "shopper extraordinaire" who was the "first in fashion." She was also an avid reader, enjoyed dining out with friends and decorating her home. She was the consummate friend, who was always there to listen and buoy your spirits. She loved to laugh and also make you laugh. She will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known her.

Survivors include her loving and supportive husband, Anatoli; one son, who was
the source of her greatest joy, Louis Redka, whom she adored; and also her Wheaton Terrier dog, "Jetta," who was her constant companion. Services for Anne will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, ( www.pancan.org ), 2141 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 7000, El Segundo, CA 90245. Written condolences and tributes may be expressed to the family using the funeral home website www.freitagfuneralhome.com. Funeral
arrangements are under the direction of the Freitag Funeral Home, 137 W. Commerce St., Bridgeton, N.J.

Class of 1951 - Eugene Labenski, August 20, 2010

Eugene Labenski, 77, of Nanticoke, passed away Friday morning, August 20, 2010, at Guardian Elder Care, Newport Township. Born April 12, 1933, in Nanticoke, he was a son of the late August and Victoria Furmanski Labenski.

Eugene worked as a supervisor for many years at Alta Products. He then worked as a Security Officer for the PPL Nuclear Plant in Berwick, an employee at Weis Market, and a school crossing guard for the Greater Nanticoke School District. He was past president of the Nanticoke Little League and served in the capacity of umpire and coach. He was also a referee for the Knights of Columbus basketball league. Eugene was very active in youth activities and the Glen Lyon American Legion. Eugene was a member of St. Faustina Parish and was the past president of the Holy Name Society at St. Francis of Assisi and later St. Stanislaus. His sister Eleanor and brother, Al, preceded him in death.

Surviving are his wife, the former Mary Ann Dettmore; sons Michael and his wife, Kathy; David and wife Cheryl; and John and wife Paula; daughter Patricia Dennis and husband Ronald, all of Nanticoke; seven grandchildren; as well as sister Phyllis Brojakowski. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Earl W. Lohman Funeral Home Inc., 14 W. Green St., Nanticoke, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Nanticoke, with the Rev. James Nash officiating. Interment will be in St. Francis Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association , P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

Class of 1957 - William J. O'Neill, August 13, 2010

WILLIAM J. O''NEILL "Bill" (Age 70) 1940 - 2010 Died at his home on Lake Gaston in Henrico, North Carolina on Friday, August 13, 2010, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Bill was born on March 7, 1940 in Plymouth, PA to the late William John O''Neill and Margaret Gertrude O''Neill. Following graduation from St. Vincent''s High School in 1957 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He married Patricia Ann Hankey of Wilke-Barre, PA in 1960 before moving to Northern Virginia where he worked for the CIA for 34 years and raised three children. In addition to working for the CIA, Bill and his three bother''s owned and operated a construction company, Neillsons in Northern Virginia. After retiring from the CIA in 1994, Bill and his wife settled in Lake Gaston, NC. During retirement Bill was an accomplished journalist for The Lake Gaston Gazette-Observer with his weekly column "Wondering Around Lake Gaston".

Bill had a passion for photography, boating and sailing. Bill was an active member of The Lake Gaston Lions Club, Water Safety Council, AARP and Lakeland Theatre, where he performed in and directed numerous plays. He was an active volunteer in his community. He leaves his beloved wife Patricia of 50 years; his two sons William J. O''Neill, III and his wife Diane, Michael T. O''Neill and his wife Mavis, a daughter Theresa A. Morgan and her husband Otto all of Manassas, VA. He also leaves three brothers John and his wife Pat of Warrenton, VA, Thomas and his wife Anne of Henrico, NC and James. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, four great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. He also leaves several in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Friends and Family may visit Askew Funeral Home, 731 Roanoke Avenue, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. A service will be held on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 11 a.m, at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, located at 31 Ebony Road (Highway 903), south of Ebony, VA, next to the NC state line. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The American Cancer Society or Community Home Care and Hospice in Roanoke Rapids, NC.
Published in The Washington Post on August 15, 2010

Class of 1951 - Kathleen A. Dorris Van Auken, August 12, 2010

Kathleen A.Van Auken, 76, of Kingston, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday morning, August 12, 2010, at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Her husband is Charles H. Van Auken Sr. Together, Charles and Kathleen celebrated their 55th wedding
anniversary on March 17, 2010. Born on May 7, 1934, in Nanticoke, Kathleen was a daughter of the late James and Agnes (Lynch) Dorris. Kathleen was a graduate of the former Saint Vincent's High School, Plymouth. Prior to her retirement, Kathleen
was employed for more than 20 years as a nurse's aide for the former Valley Crest Nursing Home, Plains Township.

Following her  retirement, Kathleen was employed for the past seven years by Creating Unlimited Possibilities of Wilkes-Barre. In addition to her parents, James and Agnes Dorris, Kathleen was also preceded in death by her four brothers and her three sisters. In addition to her husband, Charles, Kathleen is also survived by her sons, James, of Kingston, and Charles Jr. and his wife, Cynthia, of Chesapeake, Va.; her daughters, Debra Crowell and her husband, Jeffrey, of Meridian, Idaho, and Rita Cuda and her husband,Joseph, of Buffalo, N.Y.; her grandchildren, Jordan and Cameron Van Auken, Joseph and James Crowell, and Patrick and Meghan Cuda; her brother, John Doris, of Chase; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The Van Auken Family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Kathleen's dear friends, Violet and Francis (Buzz) Barton, Frank and Renata Sott; and Joy and Tom
Orth. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a memorial Mass which will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Monday in Saint Ignatius of Loyola Church, 339 N. Maple Ave., Kingston. Interment will be private and held at a later time in Saint Francis Cemetery, Nanticoke. Family and friends are invited to call from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at Saint Ignatius Church. Funeral arrangements for the family of Mrs. Kathleen A. Van Auken have been entrusted to the care of the Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., Forty Fort. For additional information, or to send the Van Auken family an online message of condolence, visit the funeral home website at www.wroblewskifuneralhome.com.

The family requests that flowers be omitted. Memorial contributions may be made in Kathleen's memory to Creating Unlimited Opportunities, 159 Simpson St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

Class of 1942 - Thomas L. Burns (Tucker), April 11, 2010

Thomas L. "Tucker" Burns, 87, of Shavertown and Harrison, N.J., passed away on Sunday morning, April 11, 2010, at his daughter's home in Lewisburg, Pa. Tucker was born November 27, 1922, in Avondale, one of four sons of the late Thomas and Charlotte Burns. His brothers, Joseph, Charles and younger brother, Francis Burns all preceded him in death. For 26 exciting and happy years, he was married to the former Mary J. Virtue, who died 38 years earlier on April 11, 1972, after battling cancer.

Thomas was a loving husband and caring, fun-loving father and is survived by his four children and two daughters-in-law, Charlotte M. Burns, of Shavertown; Mary Ellen (Burns) Jansen, of Lewisburg, Thomas L. and Pamela Burns, of Wayne, N.J., and Charles V. and Kim Burns, of Salem, Va.; nine grandchildren, Christopher P. Jansen, of Redding, Calif.; Brian D. Jansen, of Lewisburg; Scott Burns Ikard, of Golden, Colo.; Lindsey M., Thomas J. and Dana L. Burns, of Wayne, N.J.; Evan Sanderfur, of Fort Lejune, N.C.; Cassidy R. and Patrick C. Burns, of Clifton Forge, Va.; and great-granddaughter, Alexa Rose Jansen, age 2.

He was a 1942 graduate of Saint Vincent High School in Plymouth and enjoyed attending several reunions with his classmates over the years. As a member of Saint Theresa's Catholic Church, he deeply appreciated the communion visits by Father Paisley and his parish friends during his illness. And he often expressed his gratitude for the special care provided by his Geisinger doctors and nurses, dialysis nurses and transporters, and his kind home caretakers and thoughtful neighbors.

Tucker retired after 42 years as a respected steelworker from Driver-Harris Company of Harrison, N.J., having helped his four children successfully through
college. He loved his summers at Harveys Lake, family holidays and celebrations, cookouts, traveling, football games, tinkering with cars, chess with his sons, family building projects, and friends that often just dropped by.

Tucker was a kind and gentle man and a success by any measure of the heart, as he was blessed with many valued friends throughout his life and a family that loved him dearly. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the Kielty-Moran Funeral Home Inc., 87 Washington Avenue, Plymouth. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Saint Therese's Church,
Shavertown. Interment will be in Saint Vincent's Cemetery, Larksville. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to theAmerican Cancer Society or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Class of 1943 - Thomas P. Saxton Sr., March 29, 2010

Thomas P. Saxton Sr., 84, a resident of Kingston, died Monday, March 29, 2010, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Larksville, he was the son of the late Thomas and Margaret Barrett Saxton.
He was a graduate of St. Vincent's High School, Plymouth, and a member of the first graduating class of King's College, Wilkes-Barre. He received a master's degree in hospital administration from Columbia University of New York City. In 1985, he was
awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from King's College. Following graduation from high school, Mr. Saxton served for two-and-a-half years in the Navy, primarily in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre of the war. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with two battle stars.

He began his hospital career at the Tyler Memorial Hospital in Meshoppen, and was the first administrator of the Tyler Memorial Hospital, now in Tunkhannock. In 1967, he was appointed as assistant administrator and subsequently chief executive officer of
the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and the Wyoming Valley Healthcare Systems.
During his more than 23 years of leadership, he saw the hospital develop from an excellent community hospital to a major referral center. During his tenure ,the first open heart surgery program, the first MRI Center, and the first comprehensive cancer treatment center were among the programs established in the area.

Mr. Saxton's interest in geriatric care led to the acquisition of Heritage House and its development of levels of care appropriate to patients' needs. His interest in education together with other hospitals in the area led to the establishment of Wyoming Valley
Family Practice Residency Program. He and the board of directors were involved with the acquisition of Maxie's Flea Market in Kingston as the site of the development of a major outpatient center and fitness center.

Upon his retirement in 1995, the board of directors named the Thomas P. Saxton Medical Pavilion in his honor. Mr. Saxton received the distinguished Service Award from the Visiting Nurse Association. Active in healthcare planning through his career, he
was named by Governor Shapp to the State Advisory Committee for Healthcare Planning.

He was a fellow in the American College of Hospital Administrators; served as chairman of the American Hospital Association Committee on Healthcare Planning; and was involved in the formation of the local Association for Comprehensive Health Planning.
Mr. Saxton served on many local boards of directors. He was the first layperson to be appointed to the board of directors at King's College, and served on the planning committee that led to the formation of the Wilkes University Hahnemann Medical School
affiliation.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Pierce, Rita Hopkins, and Margaret West. Mr. Saxton was cared for by the Hospice Program of the Visiting Nurses Association. The Saxton family wishes to express their sincere respect and gratitude to the Visiting Nurses Association and to all of the doctors and nurses who cared for him.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Loretta Keegan Saxton; his four children, David P. Saxton, Thomas P. Saxton Jr., Mary Saxton Boylan and Ann Saxton. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Jessica, David, Bridget, Molly, Sean, Emily and Thomas; and one great-grandchild, Matthew.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass which will be celebrated Monday at 10:30 a.m. in the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, Kingston. Friends may call Monday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., at the church.

Memorial gifts, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Thomas P. Saxton Scholarship Fund, King's College, 133 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701. Arrangements are by Maher-Collins Funeral Home, Kingston. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.maher-collins.com.

Class of 1966 - Janice Shilkoski, March 7, 2010

Janice Shilkoski, 61, of Breslau in Hanover Township entered into eternal rest Sunday, March 7, 2010, at Hospice Community Care.

Born May 26, 1948, in Breslau, she was the daughter of Helen Balavage Shilkoski and the late Walter Shilkoski. A graduate of St. Vincent's High School, Class of 1966, she was employed by Kraft Foods (formerly Standard Brands) for 41 years as imaging lead operator. Janice was a loving and giving person who generously gave of her time and talents to the churches of St. Joseph in Georgetown and Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Wilkes-Barre, as well as to her many friends and co-workers.

An infant brother, Walter Shilkoski Jr., preceded her in death. Surviving in addition to her mother are an aunt, Mary Shymanski, Hanover Township; cousins, Rose Feddock, Larksville; Lucille Wasilewski, Shavertown; Lucille Olack, Kingston; Lenore Pisarcik, New Jersey; Irene Sanders, Plymouth; Patricia Pape, Larksville; Frank Obitz, Bear Creek; Mildred Cleary, Wilkes-Barre; Pat Schell, Edwardsville; Jim and Douglas Obitz, both of Alden. Janice will be deeply missed by her devoted companion, John Lynch; friends, Angie Murray, Mary and Nancy Lynch; and by her beloved Bischon, Beaudette.

A celebration of Janice's life will be held Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. from McLaughlin's Family Funeral Service, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, with a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Church of the Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Rev. John Terry, pastor,
will officiate. Interment will be in St. Mary's Nativity Cemetery in Plymouth Township. Visitation will be held Tuesday, 8 to 9:30 a.m., at McLaughlin's.

Memorial contributions are preferred and may be made to SPCA of Luzerne County, 524 E. Main St., Fox Hill, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702; or V Foundation for Cancer Research, 106 Towerview Court, Cary, NC 27513.

Janice's family extends their appreciation to the nursing staff of Hospice Community Care for their heartfelt dedication and compassion.

To see Janice's life story, get directions, leave a message, share memories, photos and more go to www.celebrateherlife.com.

Class of 1958 - Thomas T. Hodle, January 17, 2010

Thomas T. Hodle, 69, of Lake Silkworth, passed away Sunday, January 17, 2010, at home, surrounded by his loving family, after a brief battle with cancer. Mr. Hodle was born in Kingston, on August 19, 1940, and was a son of the late Joseph and Mary Bryan Hodle. He graduated from St. Vincent's High School, Plymouth, in 1958 where he was on the state champion basketball team of 1957. Thomas resided in New Jersey for 46 years and after working for the New Jersey Transit Co. for 40 years, he retired to Lake Silkworth. He was a member of the S.A.L. No. 463, Plymouth. Tom was an avid
Yankees and Eagles fan. He was devoted to his family and loved spending time with them, especially his grandchildren. He loved and found much enjoyment in life.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Alice McDaniels; son Thomas and his fiancée, Sherri; daughters Lisa Hoffman and her husband, Bob; and Kristine Latawiec and her husband, Tom; grandchildren Michael, Lauren, Zachary, Tyler, Alivia, Valerie and Timothy; brothers Joseph and his wife, Geri; and Robert; sister Mary Catherine Mullery and her husband, Thomas; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends may call Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home Inc., corner of routes 29 & 118, Pikes Creek. Funeral will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. from the funeral home, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. from the Our Lady Of Mt. Carmel Church, Lake Silkworth, with the Rev. Joseph Pisaneschi officiating.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be sent to Lake Silkworth Volunteer Fire and EMS, 26 Thorny Apple Drive, Hunlock Creek, PA 18621 or Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

Class of 1941 - M. Bernice Simonds, December 5, 2009

M. Bernice Simonds, R.N., of Eno Street, Plymouth, died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, in Hospice Care at Laurel's Health and Rehabilitation Center, Kingston, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Kingston, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Helen Condon Chimczyk. She was a graduate of St. Vincent's High School, Plymouth and Nesbitt Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Kingston, Class of 1944, where she received her R.N. degree. After graduation she served as an Army nurse during World War II in the European and Asian-Pacific Theaters, where she attained the rank of second lieutenant. She was later employed as an R.N. by Nesbitt Memorial Hospital and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

She was a member of the former St. Vincent de Paul Church, currently All Saints Parish, Plymouth. She was a member of St.Vincent's Mother's Club, Altar and Rosary Society, Silver and Gold Club, and Senior Citizens Friendship Club of St. Mary's.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent (Tiny), in January of 2007.
Surviving are her children, Stanley, Plymouth; Mrs. Gene (Helene) Hogan; Mrs. George (Margey) Miklosi, Nanticoke; Mrs. Jay (Molly) Crossin, Kingston; Charles, Larksville; Michael, Plymouth; and Mrs. Jay (Bernice) Sando, Plymouth; grandchildren, Vincent, Jillian and Janelle Sando, Kate, Jim and Jack Crossin and Kassie Simonds; great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Kourtney and Kiley Fenner; sister, Lorraine Hosey, Marco Island, Fla.; numerous nieces and nephews; and special family friend, Betty Massey.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. from Kielty-Moran Funeral Home Inc., 87 Washington Ave., Plymouth. A Mass of Christian Burial will he held at 9:30 a.m. in All Saints Parish, Willow Street, Plymouth. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Plymouth Township. Friends may call Tuesday, 5 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to All Saints Parish, Plymouth.

Class of 1933 - Elizabeth O. HANLON, November 28, 2010

Elizabeth O'Rourke Hanlon, died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, with her family by her side.
Elizabeth graduated from St. Vincent High School in Plymouth, Pa. She was a member of the Ladies of St. Joseph Church, a volunteer at Holy Family Retreat House, a member of Holy Family Retreat League, a volunteer in the library at St. Mary Star of the Sea School, and a substitute teacher in Hampton elementary schools.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, William F. Hanlon; parents, Thomas and Rose Raub O'Rourke; sisters, Catherine Dvoroznak and Ellen Rubitski; brothers, John, George, Donald, William, Thomas and Leonard O'Rourke.

She is survived by her daughter, Maureen Lester and her husband, Harold of Hampton; son, William Hanlon and his wife, Judy of Smithfield; two sisters, Ruth Sherman of Plymouth, Pa., Margaret Melone and her husband, Al of Pittston, Pa., and Betty Hanlon of Smithfield; grandchildren, Erin Hanlon Montgomery and husband, Mark of Richmond, Neil Hanlon and wife, Haley of Newport News, and James Hanlon of Smithfield; step grandchildren, Rebecca and Andy Ryan of Yorktown; great-grandchildren, Lawson and Ainsleigh Montgomery, and Austin Hanlon; several nieces, nephews and their families.

The family thanks the Devonshire staff with special thanks to the entire staff of Assisted Living for their care and kindness; Dr. Jennifer McCord and Rose of the Hampton Family Practice and Personal Touch Hospice.

A Christian Wake Service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home. The family will receive friends until 4:30. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 514 Buckroe Ave.,
Hampton. Interment will follow in Parklawn Memorial Park. The family wishes memorial contributions to be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church or the Poor Clares in New Kent, Va. Arrangements are by R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home, 245 S. Armistead Avenue, in downtown Hampton, 757-723-3191.

Michael E. Noonan, November 10, 2009

Michael E. Noonan, RN, 74, a resident of Hanover Township, died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, at his home following an illness. He had been a registered nurse for all of his working life. Mr. Noonan was born in Plymouth, a son of the late Michael "Micky" and
Regina Bird Noonan. He was a graduate of St. Vincent's High School, Plymouth, and received his nurse's training at St. Joseph's Nursing School, Philadelphia. He was also a nurse/anesthetist and received his training at Temple University, Philadelphia. He had
been associated with the former Wyoming Valley Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, for many years, and, prior to his retirement, he had been a psychiatric nursing supervisor at Retreat State Hospital and at Clarks Summit State Hospital. He had also served as a second lieutenant in the Army Medical Corps for some time. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva Milles Noonan, RN.

Surviving are his children, Michaelene Tattersall, at home; Michael E. Noonan, Ashley; Paul Noonan, Wilkes-Barre; Joseph Noonan, Angela Noonan and Stephan Noonan, all of Stewart, Fla.; brother Charles J. Noonan, Shavertown; 11 grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Sunday at the H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 451 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Friends may call Sunday, from 6 p.m. until time of service. The Rev. Msgr. John J. Sempa, pastor, Catholic Community of North Wilkes-Barre, will officiate. Interment will be in St. Vincent's Cemetery, Larksville, at the convenience of the family. The family requests that flowers be omitted and that memorial donations be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Published in Times Leader on November 13, 2009

Bertha T. Brogan, September 27, 2009

Bertha T. Brogan, 77, of Larksville, passed away on Sunday morning at the Smith Health Care Center in Mountain Top. Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Emma Rasmovicz. Bertha was a member of the All Saints Parish
in Plymouth and was once a member of the Sunshine Polka Singers.

Prior to her retirement, she worked at Carney’s Restaurant and for The RCA Corporation. Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, were her husband, Clement P. Brogan Sr., brothers Adolph, Robert and Walter; and a sister, Alice.

Surviving are her sons, Patrick C. and wife Marianne, Factoryville; Clement P. Jr. and wife Marilyn, Mountain Top; Thomas D. and wife Jayne, Malabar, Fla.; and James C. and wife Andrea, Loveland, Ohio; brothers Joseph, Larksville; William, Plymouth; and
Edward, Plains; and a sister, Vicki Doman, Larksville; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews also survive.

The funeral will be held on Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. from the McCune Funeral Home, 80 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountain Top, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at the All Saints Parish in Plymouth. Interment will be at the convenience of the
family. Friends may call on Tuesday, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.       Published in Times Leader on September 28, 2009

Class of 1949, Mary Agnes Cassidy Emmett, July 5, 2009  

Mary Agnes Cassidy Emmett was a daughter of the late William T. Cassidy of Larksville, and Gertrude Browne Cassidy Conwell of Wilkes-Barre. Mary was the third of five children, born March 18, 1927, in Larksville at the family home, on the second floor back bedroom at 207 Howard St., and was delivered by her father’s sister (a nurse) Agnes Heffernan, and so received her middle name of Agnes. She lived at 357 Harris Street in Plymouth prior to staying at Highland Manor in Exeter.

She attended State Street School, Larksville; Sacred Heart School, Wilkes-Barre; St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception School; graduated High School at St. Vincent’s DePaul, Plymouth.

She was married to William T. Emmett on Feb. 11, 1950, by the Rev. William J. Burke at St. Vincent’s DePaul Rectory in Plymouth. Mary spent her life caring for her family. She canned stewed tomatoes, bread-and-butter pickles and froze numerous varieties of vegetables from her husband’s organic garden. She also made homemade grape and elderberry jellies from her backyard. Her neighbors envied the smell of fresh baked bread and cinnamon buns in her neighborhood.

Mary loved her Irish heritage. She was born the day after St. Patrick’s Day and loved the color green. A Roman Catholic, she loved her faith and could always be found praying daily from her rosaries. She was baptized on April 27, 1927, by the Rev. Vincent J. Mahon at St. Vincent De Paul Church, Plymouth, and was confirmed on October 19, 1938, at Holy Savior Church, Wilkes-Barre. She was a member of St. Vincent’s DePaul Church in Plymouth, now closed, and then became a member of All Saints Church.
In the flood of 1935 on the 10th of July, she witnessed the drowning of her brother, Thomas Cassidy, age 10, who, while attempting to skip a rock across the river, slipped and fell into the river located in Kingston at the narrows by the train trestle. Her father, William, who tried to save his son from the ravages of the raging Susquehanna River, both lost their lives that day. Even the family dog, Jack, a German Sheppard, jumped into the river knowing that nothing could be done to save them. Her father was found four days later at Wapwallopen; Thomas’ body was never recovered.

The Cassidys originated in Ireland and, due to the potato famine, had to relocate in Scotland due to the availability of work in the mines. Her grandparents Thomas Cassidy and Bridget Murphy immigrated from Lanarkshire, Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 27, 1874, seeking employment in the coal mines in Plymouth, Pa. This group of early Irish Catholic settlers helped to establish St. Vincent De Paul Church on Church Street in Plymouth. Therefore, Mary’s family’s history is rich in this church.

Our mother was a strong-minded woman due to the experiences of life; she loved life and fought nine days for her survival, before her passing. We know that she has a place in heaven with the Lord, our God, and that her husband, William, welcomed her with open arms and will care for her in heaven as he did on Earth.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William T. Emmett, Jan. 17, 2007; mother Gertrude Conwell, Dec. 25, 1979. Surviving are sons Richard Cassidy, of Wilkes-Barre; William Emmett II, Kingston; John Emmett, Nanticoke; Joseph Emmett, Kilian, Texas; Henry Emmett, Plymouth; daughters Mary Langdon, Shavertown; Patricia Novak, Plymouth; grandchildren William M. Emmett; Mark Novak; Victoria (Novak) Nichols; Julie (Novak) Case; Christopher Kasper; Jonathan Emmett; R. Neal, Amanda and E. Brandon Langdon; and Joey C. Emmett; great-grandchildren Brandy Adamchik; Madisen, McKenzie, Jude and Brody Nichols; S. Deel, Lela and Ona Novak; Daylen, Garrison, Cadden, Sadie and Christopher Kasper II.; sisters Dolores Cassidy, Philomena Conrad; and brother Joseph Cassidy still survive her.

The funeral will be Thursday at 9 a.m., from the Kielty Moran Funeral Home, 87 Washington Ave., Plymouth, Pa., with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in All Saints Parish, Willow Street, Plymouth. Interment will be at St. Vincent DePaul Cemetery, Mountain Road, Larksville. Family and friends will be received today, between 6 and 9 p.m.

Class of 1932, Anna M. Shollin, June 22, 2009 

Anna Marie Shovlin, age 96, of Plymouth, was called home on Monday, June 22, 2009. She was born in Plymouth, PA on December 23, 1912 and was the first child of Anna and Cornelius (Connell) Shovlin.

She spent her childhood in a loving home with her parents, sisters, Gramma and Uncle Bill. Anna was a life-long member of the former St. Vincent's Catholic Church, Plymouth and All Saints Parish, Plymouth. She graduated from St. Vincent’s High School, Plymouth in 1931. She won a scholarship to College Misercordia. Anna graduated in 1935 with a B.A.

"Miss Shovlin" as she was known to her students, taught 7th and 8th grade English for more than thirty years in Plymouth. Anna was the devoted matriarch of her family for over fifty years.

Wonderful sister to, Mary Rose Shovlin Foerster and Margaret Shovlin Ward and the late Josephine Shovlin. Sister-in-law to the late Robert F. Foerster, Sr. and the late Thomas F. Ward, Jr.

Beloved Aunt Anna to her nieces and nephews, Nancy and John Cosco, Mary Foerster and the late Henry Polin, Robert and Linda Foerster and Mark and Jean Foerster; grandnephews and grandnieces: Stephen and Tammy Cosco, the late Justin Cosco, Peter Friedman, Catharine and Bret Laverey, Carson Foerster, Matthew Foerster and Alexandra Foerster; great-grandnieces and great-grandnephew: Alex Mary Cosco, Nathan Cosco and Emma McMamee.

Funeral will be Saturday morning at 9:00 from the S.J.Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 West Main Street, Plymouth, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in All Saints Parish, Plymouth. Interment will be in St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery, Larksville. Family and friends may call Friday from 3:30 to 5:30.

Class of 1963 - Victor R. Judzikowski, April 28, 2009

Victor R. Judzikowski, 65, of Plymouth passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.

Born Dec. 9, 1943, in Western Germany, he moved to the United States at the age of 5 and settled in Plymouth. He was the son of Rita Rosen Judzikowski and the late Joseph Judzikowski.

Victor was a member of All Saints Parish, Plymouth, and a graduate of St. Vincent's High School, Class of 1962.

Prior to retirement, he was employed at Morgan Distribution in Dunmore.

Victor was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and enjoyed crossword puzzles. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He and his wife would have celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary in July.

Surviving are his loving wife, the former Judith Minuski; children, Robert Judzikowski, at home; Joe and Donna Hudock of West Nanticoke; and John and Peg Hudock of West Pittston; grandchildren, Robby (Binker), Crystal, Brittany, Mark, Mercedes, Cassidy, Calynn and Paige; brothers and sisters, Mary Larko of Plymouth; Stanley Judzikowski of Plymouth; Joseph Judzikowski of Plymouth; and Donna Williams of Plymouth; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Monday at 10 a.m. from the S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in All Saints Parish, Plymouth. Interment will be in Oakdale Cemetery, Hunlock Creek. Family and friends may call Sunday, 6 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made at the funeral home to Victor's Memorial Fund.

Visit www.sjgrontkowskifuneralhome.com for additional information, directions or to submit an online condolence to Victor's family.

Class of 1956 - Walter J. Zimski, April 28, 2009

Walter J. Zimski, 70, of Wapwallopen concluded his journey in this life at 11:50 a.m. Tuesday, April 28, 2009, in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, after a courageous battle with Parkinsons Disease and leukemia.

He was born in Plymouth on Oct. 29, 1938, son of the late Julius and Rose Zimski. Walter graduated from St. Vincent's High School, Plymouth, and later served in the Navy.

He was employed by Consolidated Cigar Co. for 20 years and later by the Shickshinny Post Office for 25 years, retiring due to failing health.

A president of two fishing clubs, Walter had been a member of the Huber Breaker Society. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed taking care of his yard.

Walter will be remembered by his wife, the former Sylvia Copciac, married 26 years this past April 23; four children, Barbara Gianinni and her husband, Luke, Harleysville; Cyntha Cashmer and her husband, Steve, Mount Laurel, N.J.; Diana DeSantis, Eaglesville; Daniel Zimski, at home; three grandchildren, David and Lucas Giannini and Jake Cashmer; and a sister, Elizabeth Zeller and her husband, Gene, Chaddsford. "Always in our hearts."

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. from Heller Funeral Home, Nescopeck. Calling hours will be held Friday, 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 3125, Williamsport, PA 17701-0125, or Parkinsons Disease Association, 1501 NW Ninth Ave., Bob Hope Road, Miami, FL 33136-1494

Class of 1932 - Marian P. McGeehan, February 18, 2009

 Marian P. McGeehan of 20 S. Loveland Ave., Kingston, died Wednesday at home following an illness. Born Dec. 30, 1914, in Larksville, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Rose McGill Patton.

She was a graduate of the former St. Vincent’s High School, Plymouth, and Misericordia University, Class of 1936. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a social worker by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Assistance, Wilkes-Barre.

Mrs. McGeehan was a member of St. Ignatius Church, Kingston, and belonged to the Altar and Rosary Society. She loved gardening and summer vacations at Long Beach Island, N.J.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Robert E., in 1949; and a brother, Robert Patton. Surviving are her daughters, Mary Joyce, Kingston; Nancy Erwetowski and her husband, Robert, Richboro; brothers, John Patton, Hilton Head, S.C.; Joseph Patton, Linden, N.J.; Donald Patton, Colonia, N.J.; sisters, Rose Pickett, Larksville; Joan Hoffman, Mountain Top; grandchildren, Kathryn Supulski, Duryea; Susan Joyce, Kingston; Patrick Joyce, Kingston; Michael Joyce, Wilkes-Barre Township; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

The funeral will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. from Hugh P. Boyle & Son Funeral Home Inc., 416 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Ignatius Church. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call Friday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Copyright © 2009 - The Citizens Voice

Class of 1937 - Betty A. Delaney, January 13, 2009

Betty A. Delaney, a guest at Heritage House, East Northampton Street, Wilkes-Barre, died Tuesday, January 13, 2009.

Born in Larksville, she was the daughter of the late Francis J. and Gertrude Maher Ayers. She attended local grade schools and was a graduate of the former St. Vincent’s High School, Plymouth. She resided for many years on Willow Street in Wilkes-Barre, later on Turner Street in Forty Fort and most recently at Daniel J. Flood Tower on Wyoming Avenue, Kingston. She was a member of St. Ignatius Church, North Maple Avenue, Kingston, and belonged to its Altar and Rosary Society.

Betty was a loving and caring wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and a friend to all who knew her. Her husband, John (Jack), died May 12, 2006. Also preceding her in death was a sister, Mrs. Paul T. (Marian) Brennan. Surviving are sons, John (Jack) Jr., Wilkes-Barre; Donald F., Alexandria, Va.; and Thomas P., El Paso, Texas; sister, Mrs. William T. (Gertrude) Kelly, Clinton, N.J.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Drew Durako and the staff and management of the Heritage House, especially the second-floor nurses and aides for all of their compassionate care they provided for Betty. The funeral will be held Monday at 10 a.m. from Hugh P. Boyle & Son Funeral Home Inc., 416 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Ignatius Church. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call Monday, 8:30 a.m. until time of service.

Class of 1948 - Mary C. Evans Feeney, October 1, 2008

Mary C. Feeney, 78, formerly of Plymouth, died Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at Riverstreet Manor, Wilkes-Barre.

She was born in Larksville, a daughter of the late William and Margaret Dugan Evans. She graduated in 1948 from St. Vincent’s High School, and attended Wilkes-Barre Business School.

Mrs. Feeney was a member of All Saints Parish, Plymouth, the Donegal Society of the Greater Wilkes-Barre area, and the Catholic Daughters of America. She had a beautiful voice and sang for many weddings and funerals throughout the Wyoming Valley. She also was an avid bowler and loved doing crafts.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, in 2007; and brother, Frank.
She is survived by nephews, John and his wife, Laurie Crossin, Acton, Mass.; Michael Crossin, Tega City, S.C.; nieces, Margaret Crossin, Chicago, Ill.; Brigid Dolan, New Jersey; cousins, Grace Fried, Easton; David Evans, Bath; and sister-in-law, Margaret Evans. Redbank, N.J.

A funeral service will be held Friday at 9 a.m. from William A. Reese Funeral Chapel, rear 56 Gaylord Ave., Plymouth. Interment will be in St. Vincent’s Cemetery, Larksville. Friends may call Friday, 8 a.m. until time of services. Memorial donations may be sent to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Class of 1968 - James E. (Ted) Bird, September 1, 2008

BIRD, James James E. (Ted) Bird lived how he wanted and never looked back. A local musician and tour guide, he lost a short but hard-fought battle with cancer Monday, September 1, 2008. He was 58. Born in a Pennsylvania coal-mining town, he jumped in a car he won in a poker game at age 22 and traveled the country with his wife, Jane, playing songs and meeting colorful characters at each stop. Ted worked the music circuits in New York, Nashville, New Orleans, New England and the Midwest, opening for the likes of Waylon Jennings and Bette Midler. He cut countless singles and two full-length albums, Made in America (1991) and Laughter and Love (2005). He settled in Rhode Island for 19 years, working for General Dynamics and then The Providence Journal, before abandoning corporate work forever. He came to Charleston on a weekend gig in 1993 and knew where he wanted to spend the rest of his life. He brought his 12-string blues, rock and originals to audiences across the area. An avid student of local history, he also ran a small downtown walking tour business, James' Leisurely Tours. Ted lived his final months at his home on Folly Beach with Jane, his companion of 42 years; his 24-year-old daughter, Allyson; and "the son he never had," a Great Dane named Blitz. He restored and drove old BMW motorcycles as a hobby and swam in the ocean every chance he had. After his diagnosis, Ted said his only regret was not having more time to spend the same way. Friends are invited to celebrate his life at 2PM on Saturday, September 6, 2008 at McAlister-Smith West Ashley Chapel, 2501 Bees Ferry Road, Charleston, SC 29414; 843-722-8371. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Stand Up To Cancer, File 1224, 1801 W. Olympic Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91199 (www.standuptocancer.org) or The Salvation Army, 2135 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC 29407 (www.salvationarmyusa.org). Condolences may be sent to the Bird family via www.mcalister-smith.com. Visit our guestbook at www.charleston.net/deaths.

Class of 1952 - John Lacey, August 8, 2008
  
 John Lacey, 73, formerly of Nanticoke, Pa., passed away Friday, August 8, 2008, at his home in Reno, Nev.
John was a graduate of St. Vincent High School in Plymouth, Pa. He served in the U.S. Marines as a sergeant during the Korean War.
He is survived by his wife, Concetta Falconieri; their three children, Brenda Scholze, Spokane, Wash.; John, Anaheim Hills, Calif.; and Jacqueline Fraser, Modesto, Calif.; as well as his sister, Patricia Januszeski; and brother, Donald Lacey, both of Nanticoke, Pa. John enjoyed his six grandchildren, Bailey, Patrick and Devon Scholze; Evan Lacey; and Lacey and Megan Fraser.
He was an active 4th degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus and enjoyed his final years volunteering at St Rose of Lima Catholic Church.
There will be a memorial Mass on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in Reno, Nev., and a burial is planned at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Hanover Township later this fall.

Class of 1955 - Leopold (Lee) Wysocki, August 7, 2008

Leopold (Lee) Wysocki, 74, of Hanlin Drive, Nanticoke, passed away Thursday morning, August 7, 2008,  in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Born May 17, 1934, he was the son of the late Leopold Peter and Helen Mermon Wysocki.

Lee was a graduate of St. Vincent's School in Plymouth. He was a member of All Saints Parish, Plymouth, the British Car Club of NEPA and the Antique Car Club of NEPA.

Lee owned and operated Jimmy the Jewelers in Nanticoke for more than 35 years. Later, he owned and operated Broadway Jewelers, Nanticoke.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosalie; and brother, Charles Wysocki.
Surviving are sons, Lee Jr., Glen Lyon; Anthony and his wife, Tracy, Nanticoke; daughter, Julanne Wysocki Hogan, Kingston; grandchildren, Lee, Ryan and Lea Wysocki; Nicholas and Ryan Hogan; great-grandson, Robby Huffman; and nieces.

The funeral will be held Monday at 8:45 a.m. from Earl W. Lohman Funeral Home, 14 W. Green St., Nanticoke, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in All Saints Parish, Plymouth. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Plymouth. Friends may call Sunday, 6 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Heart Association,  East Mountain Commons, 1st Floor Suite 3, 613 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

 Published in the Citizens' Voice from 8/8/2008 - 8/9/2008

Julia A. Brazitis, 84, of Plymouth passed away Thursday, May 22, 2008 - Students from the mid to late 1960's will remember "Mrs. B" for her involvement in school activities and for the sub shop she ran which was a favorite afterschool hangout.

She was born Aug. 4, 1923, in New York City and was raised in Plymouth Township.

Julia was a graduate of Harter High School, Class of 1941, and was a member of All Saints Parish, Plymouth. She was also a member of the Silver and Gold Club and a member of St. Mary’s Senior Citizens Friendship Club. Prior to retirement, she was employed by Valley Crest Nursing Home as a dietary supervisor.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony J., and sister, Stella.

Surviving are her loving children, Nancy Valunas, Shavertown; Neil, Rosemont; and Mark, Lititz; eight grandchildren and; great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be Monday at 9:30 a.m. from S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in All Saints Parish, Plymouth. Private interment will be in St. Casimir’s Cemetery, Muhlenburg. Friends may call Sunday, 6 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to All Saints Parish, Plymouth.

Class of 1949 - Helen Washcalus  Ziller, Secretary & Treasurer of the St. Vincent's School Alumni Association, May 6, 2008

Helen Inviolata Washcalus Ziller, 76, died Tuesday morning at home after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She now rests with the Lord and in the company of those loved ones who have gone on before her.

Helen was born March 20, 1932, in Plymouth to the late Joseph Washcalus and Julia Murray Washcalus.

She graduated from St. Vincent's High School, Class of 1949, and was an avid member of its Alumni Association.

She worked for Die-A-Matic Inc., Plymouth, then in Pittston, for 25 years, where she was branch operations manager until her retirement. After retiring, she worked part-time for Mark Daniels Construction, Plymouth, as a bookkeeper. She was also involved with her parents' business, the Apple Inn on Cherry Street, Plymouth, for most of her life.

Helen was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, American Legion, Post 463, Plymouth. She was a past judge of elections and continued to be an integral part of the elections process throughout the years for the Borough of Plymouth. She attended and was very involved in St. Vincent de Paul Church and later All Saints Parish of Plymouth.

Helen was grateful for her "semi" retirement years to spend her most precious time with her children and grandchildren. Helen taught her children how to dance by having them step on her toes; she taught her grandchildren how to dance by holding them while dancing to the Pennsylvania Polka on Saturday night and the Lawrence Welk Show. She loved to walk in the morning with her best friend, Dorothy Miller.

She touched everyone she knew with her inviting smile and compassion for all. Helen was by all accounts the strongest and most devoted person anyone could ask for. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph, in 1989; brothers, Joseph Washcalus, Thomas Walsh and Gerald Washcalus; sister, Mary Rondina; and brother-in-law, Alfred Ziller.

She is survived by her loving children, sons, Dr. Joseph Ziller and his wife, Pamelynn, Foothill Ranch, Calif.; James Ziller and his wife, Sally, Plymouth; daughters, Kayann Caselli and her husband, Arnold, Bristol, Tenn.; Karen Mikus and her husband, Vince, Duryea; 10 grandchildren, Andrew, Joseph and Laurynn, California; Jimmy and Megan, Plymouth; Austin and Aaron, Tennessee; Vincent and Melissa, Duryea; and Christa Mikus, Taylor; brother, John (Jackie) Walsh and his wife, Rose, Kingston; sisters-in-law, Gertrude Washcalus, Plymouth; Marjorie Washcalus, Norfolk, Va.; Patricia Walsh, Kingston; and Lois Ziller, Kingston; brother-in-law, Walter Ziller, Wilkes-Barre. She is also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and countless more loving friends and extended family.

She is most grateful to those to whom she entrusted her care for so many years, especially that of her loving nephew, Dr. James B. Rondina of Plymouth.

The funeral will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m. from S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth. Interment will be in St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery, Larksville.

Family and friends may call Sunday, 5 to 8 p.m. Published in the Citizens' Voice on 5/8/2008.

Class of 1954 - Marie F. Roberts Marcos, March 18, 2008

Marie F. Marcos of Amityville Harbor, N.Y., formerly of Plymouth, went to meet her God suddenly on Tuesday, March 18, 2008
 

She was the daughter of the late William and Josephine Roberts. She was a graduate of St. Vincent’s High School and College Misericordia. She had a master’s degree in business education and taught for 28 years at Lindenhurst High School.

She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Allen; daughter, Michelle and her husband, Hermann; grandchildren, Eric and Emily Herrlick; son, Drew and his wife, Toni; grandchildren, Andrew and Daniella Marcos; sister, Loretta and her husband, William Williams; brother, Robert and his wife, Catherine Roberts.

Funeral services were held from Johnstons’ Wellwood Funeral Home of Lindenhurst, N.Y. Interment was in Pinelawn Memorial Park.   ©The Citizens Voice 2008

Class of 1966 - James L. O’Rourke, January 21, 2008

James L. O’Rourke, 59, of Nanticoke died Monday, January 21, 2008. He was the son of Celia Maday O’Rourke, Nanticoke, and the late Leonard O’Rourke. He attended St. Vincent’s High School and Penn State University. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was employed by InterMetro Industries. 

Surviving are his mother, Celia; children, Susan O’Rourke, Wilkes-Barre; Brandy O’Rourke, Laceyville; Jamie O’Rourke and James O’Rourke, Wilkes-Barre; and three grandchildren.

 The funeral will be Friday at 9:30 a.m. from S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Nanticoke. Friends may call Thursday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.   ©The Citizens Voice 2008

Class of 1965 - Karen Keating, November 7, 2007 

Karen Keating, 59, of Plymouth passed away November 7, 2007 at home. She was born on Dec. 6, 1947, in Plymouth, daughter of the late Florence Puskar Keating and the late William Keating.

She was a graduate of St. Vincent’s High School and attended business school.

She was a warden’s secretary, prison guard and worked in the mapping department of the Luzerne County Courthouse, and retired from the Visitors’ Center at the Luzerne County Prison.

She was very active in the Democratic Party. She was a member of All Saints Parish, Plymouth.

She was preceded in death by her cousins, Frances Spezzano, Michael Keating, James Keating Jr. and Michela Oshirak. She is survived by her cousins, George Becker, Plymouth; John Becker, Philadelphia; Helen Ann and Ben Perkins, Florida; Joan Hoffman, Vermont; Joan Esposito, New York; Lawrence and Stella Carr, Dallas; John and Almut Carr, Dallas; Ronald and Rosemary Davis, New Jersey; Shawn Keating, Joseph Keating, Patrick Keating and Kevin Keating.

The funeral will be held Friday at 8:30 a.m. from Williams-Hagen Funeral Home Inc., 114 W. Main St., Plymouth. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9 a.m. in All Saints Parish. Friends may call Thursday, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. ©The Citizens Voice 2007

Class of 1939 - Edward J. Burns, September 26, 2007

Edward J. Burns, 86, of Eno Street, Plymouth, died Wednesday, September 26. 2007 in Hospice Community Care, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.

He was born in Plymouth, son of the late Daniel and Mary Reily Burns. He was a graduate of St. Vincent's High School, where he was class president of the Class of 1939.

He was employed by Standard Venetian Blind, Wilkes-Barre, until his retirement. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

He was a member of All Saints Church, Plymouth. He was also a past member of St. Vincent's Holy Name Society and the American Legion Post 655, Larksville.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Eugene.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, the former Lucille Yarzab; son, Robert E. Burns and his wife, Mary, Lyndwood, Hanover Township; daughters, Deborah M. Jordan, Plymouth; Joanne Burns-Trinian and her husband, Joseph, Plymouth; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be held Monday at 8:30 from Kielty-Moran Funeral Home Inc., 87 Washington Ave., Plymouth, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 in All Saints Church, Willow Street, Plymouth. Interment will follow in St. Vincent's Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday, 6 to 9 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to All Saints Church, Willow Street, Plymouth, or Little Flower Manor, 200 S. Meade St., Wilkes-Barre.

Class of 1963 - Jonh C. Clark, September 10, 2007

John J. Clark, 62, of Plymouth passed away Monday, September 10, 2007 in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. Born on March 8, 1945, he was the son of the late John Sr. and Mildred Augusta Clark.

Mr. Clark was a graduate of St. Vincent's High School, Class of 1963, and a member of St. Casimir's Church, Lyndwood, Hanover Township, where he helped with the annual parish bazaar and other functions.

Prior to retirement, he was employed by the Boilermakers Local 13, Newportville, Bucks County. Mr. Clark was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where he was a military policeman stationed in Taiwan.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding his quad with his son, John, brother-in-law, Michael Machutus, and friends. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, Lindsy and Ryan.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Rosemary.

Surviving are his loving family, wife of 39 years, the former Ann Marie Machutas; children, Melissa DeAnthony and her husband, Victor, Leesburg, Va.; John III and his wife, Jennifer, Hanover Township; Ann Marie E. Clark, Drums; grandchildren, Lindsy and Ryan DeAnthony; brother, James and his wife, Judy, Larksville; sister, Christine Goodman, Edwardsville; brother, Thomas, Harveys Lake; numerous nieces and nephews; aunt and godmother, Lillian Augusta, Edwardsville; mother-in-law, Helen Machutas; brother-in-law, Michael Machutas; sister-in-law, Helene Simko and her husband, John.

The funeral will be held Friday at 9:30 from S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Casimir's Church, Lyndwood, Hanover Township. Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Muhlenburg. Friends may call Thursday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. ©The Citizens Voice 2007


 Class of 1960 - Mark A. Wnek, August 16, 2007
 
Mark A. Wnek, 65, of Broad Street, Nanticoke, died Thursday, August 16, 2007, unexpectedly at home. He was born on June 3, 1942, in Plymouth, son of the late John and Josephine Ropietski Wnek. Mark was a graduate of St. Vincent High School, Plymouth.

He served his country in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division. Mark retired from UGI Electric Co. after 36 years in 2005. He was a member of St. Francis Church, Nanticoke.

He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend to all. He was always there for his family and will be deeply missed by all. Mark was a great NASCAR fan and New York Yankees fan.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years on Aug. 14, the former Bernice L. Carver; son, Mark J. and his wife, Joanne, Long Island, N.Y.; daughter, Sharon and her husband, Chuck Walters, Nanticoke; grandson, Mark Walters, Nanticoke; sister, Josephine Belenski, Colorado; nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Anthony and John.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 8:30 from Piszczek-Desiderio Funeral Home, 70 E. Main St., Plymouth, with services at 9 in All Saints Parish Church, Willow Street, Plymouth. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Plymouth Township. A visitation will be held Sunday, 5 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.  ©The Citizens Voice 2007

Class of 1964 - Bernadine B. Nemic Eckerdt, June 22, 2007

Bernadine B. Eckerdt, age 61, of Ocala, passed away on Friday, June 22, 2007 at Munroe Regional Hospital in Ocala. Born in Wyoming, PA., she moved to Florida in 1993 from Dover, DE. Bernadine was retired from K-Mart in Ocala, and Catholic by faith. Life member of veterans of foreign war post 4781, Ocala. Associate member of Marine Corp League, Ocala west detachment in Ocala. Industrial Engineering technology student club, Delaware Tech community college. Survived by husband, Donald G. Eckerdt of Ocala; son, Walter S. (Kriss) Mera Jr. of Clayton, DE; and 2 grandchildren, Rebecca and Daniel. Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 30, 2007 at 12 noon at VFW 4781, 9401 SW 110th St. Ocala.
Published in the Ocala Star-Banner from 6/28/2007 - 6/29/2007.

Class of 1952 - Ann J. (Nancy) McHugh, May 29, 2007 

 Ann J. (Nancy) McHugh of Wilkes-Barre died May 29, 2007 in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Born in Ashley, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Mary Cavanaugh McHugh. She was a graduate of St. Vincent’s High School, Plymouth, and was employed as a supervisor by Bell Telephone, Wilkes-Barre.

Nancy was an active member of St. Therese Church, Wilkes-Barre, and the Bell Telephone Pioneers.

She was preceded in death by brothers, William and Joseph; sister, Carol Blihar.

Surviving are brothers, Francis (Shadow) McHugh, Wilkes-Barre; James McHugh, Newtown section of Hanover Township; sister, Patricia McHugh, at home.

The funeral was held Friday. Interment was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township ©The Citizens Voice 2007

Would have graduated in 1946 or 1947 - Dorothy Spera Makaruk, May 20, 2007 (Attended St. Vincent's School from 1st through 10th grade and had to leave to help support the family and raise her two younger brothers when her Father became ill and died).

The was the daughter of the late Anthony and Anna Lewis Amroski. She was a member of All Saints Parish, Plymouth. She was employed by The Boston Store, Wilkes-Barre.

She was preceded in death by first husband, Edward Spera and brother, James.

Surviving are husband, Wasil; loving children, Nancy and Bernard Olszyk, Williamsburg, Va.; Dr. Diane Bonner, Somerset, N.J.; Edward R. Spera, Noxen; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Larry, Beaufort, S.C.

The funeral will be held Wednesday at 8:30 from S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 in All Saints Parish, Plymouth. Interment will be in St. Vincent’s Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday, 3 to 7 p.m. ©The Citizens Voice 2007

Class of 1934 - Josephine R. Buckley, April 30, 2007

Josephine R. Buckley, 90, of Hillsborough, N.J., passed away April 30, 2007 at Guardian Elder Care Center, Sheatown 

She was born on March 16, 1917, in Plymouth Township, daughter of the late John and Rose Carey Buckley. She was a resident of New Jersey for 51 years and previously resided in Wilkes-Barre.

She was a graduate of St. Vincent’s High School, Plymouth; Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Wilkes-Barre; received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from College Misericordia, Dallas; and her Master of Science in health administration from St. John’s University, New York.

During World War II, she served for over five years with the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, both in this country and in the European Theater. She was in the first group of nurses to land on Omaha Beach after the Allied invasion and was instrumental in setting up the first American hospital in Germany.

Following her discharge, she worked at the VA Hospital, Plains Township; VA Hospital, East Orange, N.J.; and in Lyons, N.J.

She was a member of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Somerville. N.J.; Mercy Hospital Alumni Association and the College Misericordia Alumni Association.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Anne Reed; brother, Edward Buckley.

Surviving are a sister, Ellen Wasilewski, Sheatown; niece, Mary Kiewlak and her husband, Michael, Nanticoke; numerous cousins.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 from Karl E. Blight Funeral Home, 392 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, with a Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Child Church, Sheatown, with the Rev. Wieslaw Ziebacz officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call Friday, 9 to time of service, at the funeral home. ©The Citizens Voice 2007

Class of 1960 - William A. Miller, April 17, 2007 

William A. Miller, 64, of Northampton, and formerly of Plymouth and Washington, N.J., passed away Tuesday at his home after a brief and sudden illness.

He was the husband of Barbara Ann Kotch Miller and the first son of the late William A. and Margaret Miller of Plymouth. He was a graduate of St. Vincent's High School, King's College and Temple University.

He is survived by his wife; children, William A. and his wife, Carole, Groton, Mass.; Joseph and his wife, Julie, Cornelius, N.C.; Douglas and his wife, Anita, San Jose, Calif.; Rebecca Provencal and her husband, Leo, Leesburg, Va.; Jeffrey and his wife, Jennifer, Phillipsburg, N.J.; mother-in-law, Sophie Kotch, Plymouth; brothers, Robert, Otisville, N.Y.; Ronald, Dalton; sister, Catherine Kandra, Harrisburg; grandchildren, Troy, Zachary, Tara, Shannon, Andrew, Alexis, Maya, Elena, Jacob, Evan and Jillian.

William was predeceased by his parents; father-in-law; and an infant granddaughter.

"To those who knew me, I wish all of you a sincere thank you for having participated in my wonderful and Camelot life. Words cannot truly explain the joy I had in life because of your friendships and camaraderie. It's only because of you that I could have enjoyed all the success that I ever had. It's not important to list accomplishments. We know what we did together, and as time goes by, simply remember them with a glass of cheer on high and smile. Pray for me, as I will pray for you, that in the end, all that really matters is that the whole meaning of life is to know, love and serve the Lord and to be happy with him in heaven. It's so simple, I pray I've found the way. I'm looking forward to those waiting, and will be waiting for you, for it is in dying that we are born to eternal life."

"Finally, out of respect for my family, my death is a very private affair and is limited to my family only. There are no calling hours or public services. Thank you, William A. Miller … And life goes on."

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bill Miller Scholarship Fund, in c/o of S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth, PA 18651.

Published in the Citizens' Voice on 4/19/2007


CLASS OF 1962 - Steven Vincent Wanyo, 62, of Pringle passed away suddenly Saturday, March 3, 2007, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township.

Born in Newark, N.J., he was the son of the late Stephen J. and Mary O'Rourke Wanyo. He was a 1962 graduate of St. Vincent's High School, Plymouth, and a member of its basketball team.

He owned Wanyo's Café, Plymouth, from 1974 to 1988. Mr. Wanyo was employed as a driver by Nicholas Trucking Co., Courtdale. He was formerly employed by Techneglas, Jenkins Township; Frye Boot Co., Hanover Township; and Faith Shoe Co., Wilkes-Barre.
Surviving are his partner of 20 years, Maureen O'Boyle; children, Stephen Wanyo Jr. and Kimberly Wanyo, both of Larksville; Jason O'Boyle, Swoyersville; Ryan O'Boyle, Pringle; grandchildren, Christine and Courtney Wanyo, Dallas; Jessy Bruzgulis, White Haven; Jelena Wanyo, Larksville; Corey and Alyssa O'Boyle, Swoyersville; siblings and their spouses, Marianne and her husband, Patrick Brogan, Factoryville; Thomas and his wife, Bernadette Wanyo, Plymouth; Edward and his wife, Diane Wanyo, Forty Fort; Richard and his wife, Darla Wanyo, Plymouth; Michelle and her husband, Robert Herbert, Wilkes-Barre; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts and uncles.

The funeral will be held Thursday at 10 from S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 in St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church, 24 Wadham St., Plymouth. Interment will be in St. Vincent's Cemetery, Larksville. Friends may call Wednesday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Mr. Wanyo was an avid NASCAR fan and the family requests that donations, in lieu of flowers, may sent to the Victory Junction Gang Camp, 4500 Adam's Way, Randleman, NC 27317, or www.victoryjunction.org. Victory Junction Gang Camp was started by NASCAR driver Kyle Petty for seriously ill children
Published in the Citizens' Voice on 3/5/2007.


Class Of 1951 - Gerald Washcalas, February 24, 2007

Gerald Washcalus, 73, of Plymouth passed away Saturday, February 24, 2007 in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, surrounded by his loving wife, family and attending physician and nephew, Dr. James Rondina.

He was born on Oct. 9, 1933, in Plymouth, son of the late Joseph and Julia Murray Washcalus. He was a life resident of Plymouth Township and Plymouth, and was a graduate of St. Vincent's High School, Class of 1951, and the Philadelphia Technical Institute.

Mr. Washcalus was a member of St. Vincent DePaul Church, later, All Saints Parish, Plymouth. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the U.S. Air Force for four years, stationed in the Aleutian Islands.

He was a past vice commander and member of the American Legion, Post 463, Plymouth, and was a Boy Scout leader for Troop 474/477, Plymouth.

Gerald was the Plymouth Township representative for the West Side Landfill Authority and a member of the Plymouth Township Planning Commission. He was employed by Central Air and Heat Co., Kingston, for over 40 years.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Joseph and Thomas; sister, Mary Rondina.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, the former Gertrude Brozena; sons, Michael and his wife, Mary, Hanover Township; Gerald and his wife, Nicolette, Quakertown; grandsons, Michael and Miles; brother, John Walsh and his wife, Rose, Kingston; sister, Helen Ziller, Plymouth; numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held Thursday at 10 from S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 in St. Stephen's Church, Plymouth.

Interment will be in St. Vincent's Cemetery, Larksville. Friends may call Wednesday, 5 to 8:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to All Saints Parish, Plymouth. 

Published in the Citizens' Voice on 2/26/2007.


CLASS OF 1936 - Sister Miriam Ruth Brennan, RSM,  January 14, 2007 

Sister Miriam Ruth Brennan, RSM, 87, a member of the Mid-Atlantic Community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, died January 14, 2007 at Mercy Center, Dallas. 

The former Ruth Mary Brennan was born on Feb. 7, 1919, in Larksville, daughter of the late Patrick and Margaret Kennedy Brennan.

She received her elementary and secondary education at St. Vincent, Plymouth, and was a 1936 graduate of St. Vincent High School.

She received a post-high school secretarial science certificate from Wyoming Seminary, Kingston, in 1938 and entered the Sisters of Mercy, Dallas, in 1944, making her profession of vows in 1947.

Sister Miriam Ruth earned a Bachelor of Science degree from College Misericordia and a Master of Arts in business education from Columbia University in 1962, with specialization as medical records librarian from St. Mary Hospital, Brooklyn, N.Y., and certification in hospital administration from St. Louis University, Missouri.

Her active years in ministry spanned 52 years. She spent 14 years in teaching secretarial/commercial subjects in area Catholic high schools, and the remaining 38 years were spent in health care as a medical records librarian and then later as hospital administrator.

Sister Miriam Ruth was administrator of Mercy Hospital, Scranton, from 1963 to 1969 and at Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, from 1969 to 1986. She fulfilled the requirements and was accepted as a Fellow in the American College of Hospital Administrators in 1975.

Sister Miriam Ruth subsequently served as an administrative assistant at Mercy Consultation Center and Core Ministries, both at Mercy Center, Dallas. She retired and entered the prayer ministry in 1999.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Thomas, Frank, Paul and Andrew Brennan; sisters, Mary O'Donnell and Margaret (Peggy) Donnelly.

Surviving are nieces, nephews and cousins; the Sisters of Mercy of the Mid-Atlantic Community; close friend, Connie May, Dallas.

Transferal to Mercy Center will be Tuesday at 2 p.m., followed by a wake service. The viewing will be held Tuesday, 2 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10:30 at Mercy Center. Interment will be in the Brennan plot at St. Vincent's Cemetery, Larksville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Retirement Fund, Sisters of Mercy, P.O. Box 369, Dallas, PA 18612.

Arrangements are by E. Blake Collins Funeral Home, Wilkes-Barre.

Published in the Citizens' Voice on 2/26/2007.


CLASS OF 1946 – ROSEMARY A. (Loughlin) REESE,  November 26, 2006

ROSEMARY A. (Loughlin) REESE, 77, native of Plymouth and formerly of Sinking Springs, FL., died on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006, in Pittsburgh. She was the daughter of the late Edward and Mary (Zielinski) Loughlin. 

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, the late Charles Reese, in 2004. She is sur­vived by a son, Charles E. Reese, Maryland, and his wife, Catherine, of Gibsonia, Pa.; sisters Geraldine Carpenter, Raritan, N.J.; Margaret Rudnicki, Berwick, Pa.; many niec­es and nephews. 

Funeral arrangements are by Schellhass Funeral Home, Baker­stown, FL, Internment was held in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, Pa., on Nov. 30,2006. Memorial donations may be made to St. Ignatius Loyola Church, 2810 Saint Atbans Drive, Sinking Springs, PA 19608.

Published in The Times Leader

Class of 1965 - Michaeline Borkowski, 59, of Plymouth passed away     September 12, 2006

 Born in Plymouth, she was the daughter of the late Leonard and Irene Wojick Sulicki. She was a graduate of St. Vincent’s High School and a member of St. Mary’s Nativity Church, Plymouth.

She enjoyed making arts and crafts and playing bingo.

Surviving are her loving husband of 37 years, Bernard; daughters, Michele Hulsizer, Muncy; Jennifer Borkowski, Forty Fort; grandchildren, Anthony and Nicole Dzubiak and Julia Hulsizer; brother, Lee, Shenandoah; sister, Sandra Phillips, Mountain Top.

The funeral will be held Friday at 8:30 from S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, Plymouth, with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary’s Church. Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Plymouth Township. Friends may call Thursday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Class of 1950 - Frank J. Coughlin, 75, of Plymouth Township passed into eternal rest Saturday, August 28, 2006, surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer.  

Born on April 15, 1931, in Plymouth Township, he was the son of the late John and Agnes Carrol Coughlin.

Frank was a graduate of St. Vincent’s High School, Plymouth, where he excelled in baseball and basketball. He was a life member of St. Vincent de Paul Church, Plymouth.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Storecast Corp., Philadelphia, local office in Forty Fort, for 38 years as a merchandising supervisor.

Frank was a co-founder of the Plymouth Township Recreation Association, where he had been involved with many activities, including all holiday affairs.

He had been a Little League and Teeners League baseball coach in Plymouth Township for many years and was involved with the St. Vincent’s Cub Scouts.

Frank was a former Plymouth Township supervisor, a committeeman and was very active with Democratic Party organizations. He was a member of the Notre Dame Club of Hanover Township and was an avid sports fan.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, the former Joan Long; sons, Plymouth Councilman Frank Jr. and his wife, Donna Wanyo Coughlin, Plymouth; Nanticoke Controller Kevin and his wife, Ann Marie Glazenski Coughlin, Nanticoke; John and his wife, Ruthann Goulstone Coughlin, Plymouth Township; three grandchildren, Shawn, Kevin and Amanda.

The funeral will be held Wednesday at 9:30 from S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Vincent de Paul Church, Plymouth.

Entombment will be in St. Mary’s Mausoleum, Hanover Township. Friends may call Tuesday, 5 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Church, Plymouth, or the American Cancer Society.

©The Citizens Voice 2006

Sister Gertrude Marie Bogdon, RSM, 70, a member of the Dallas Regional Community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, died Thursday, June 29, 2006 at Mercy Center, Dallas.  

She was born on Aug. 24, 1935, in Plymouth, daughter of the late John and Anna Yodauga Bogdon. She received her elementary and secondary education in Plymouth, graduating from St. Vincent High School in 1953.

She entered the Sisters of Mercy in Dallas in February 1954 and made her profession of vows on Aug. 16, 1956.

Sister Gertrude graduated from College Misericordia with a Bachelor of Science degree in business education in 1962 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1966. She earned a Master of Science degree in secondary school administration from the University of Scranton in 1970.

For a total of 24 years, Sister Gertrude taught business education, English and religion in the Scranton Diocese high schools at Honesdale Catholic High School; West Side Central Catholic High School/Bishop O’Reilly, Kingston; St. Mary’s High School/Bishop Hoban, Wilkes-Barre; and St. Agnes High School, Towanda. She also served in administrative positions at Bishop Hoban and Bishop O’Reilly high schools.

From 1966 to 1968, Sister Gertrude was the business manager and treasurer at Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, and was associate director of Project REMAIN in Wilkes-Barre from 1997 to 2002. In 2002, she moved to Mercy Center and joined the Ministry of Prayer.

She was preceded in death by sisters, Leona Zaykoski and Monica Petrosky; brother, John Bogdon.

Surviving are sisters, Anne Supczenski, Dallas; Eleanor Ostraszewski, Salmouth, Maine; nieces, nephews and the Sisters of Mercy of the Dallas Regional Community.

Transferal to Mercy Center will be Friday at 3 p.m., followed by a wake service. The viewing will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. in Blessed Sacrament Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10:30 in the chapel. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton.

Memorial contributions may made to the Retirement Fund, Sister of Mercy, P.O. Box 369, Dallas, PA 18612.

Arrangements are by E. Blake Collins Funeral Home, Wilkes-Barre.

©The Citizens Voice 2006


CLASS of 1946 - Francis Dwyer, July 29, 2006 

Francis P. Dwyer, 78, of Plymouth, passed away Saturday in Maumee, Ohio.

He was born May 6,1928,in Plymouth,a son of the late Margaret (Dougherty)Dwyer,and
the late William Dwyer. He was a graduate of St.Vincent's High School and King's College. He served in the U.S. Army and was a purchaser for the Naval office in PhiladelPhia. He was a member of St. Vincent's Church,Plymouth.He was preceded in death by his sister, Anne Dwyer.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years,Hedwig Frank Dwyer;Sons Daryl Dwyer, Maumee,
Ohio; Shawn Dwyer, Florida; two grandchildren. 

A funeral will be held on Thursday at 9 a.m.from St. Vincent's Church, 101, Church St., Plymouth, at 8:30 a.m.from the Wllliams-Hagen Funeral Home, 114 W. Main St., Plymouth. Friends may can Wednesday from 6-8 p.m.


CLASS OF 1967 - Barbara M. Piro Ryman, 57, of East Jackson Street, Wilkes-Barre, died Thursday, June 29, 2006 in the hospice of Community Medical Center, Scranton.  

She was born on June 3, 1949, in Manhattan, N.Y., daughter of the late Vincent and Mary Durda Piro. She was a graduate of Saint Vincent’s Parochial School, Plymouth. She was a member of Saint Mary’s Assumption Church, Wilkes-Barre. She had been employed by the Child Development Council, Wilkes-Barre.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Guy Piro.

Surviving are her husband of 27 years, Joseph P.; stepchildren, Joseph W., presently serving in Iraq; Robert, South Wilkes-Barre; five grandchildren; brother, John Durda, Cape Coral, Fla.; numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held Monday at 9 from S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth. Entombment will be in Saint Mary’s Mausoleum, Hanover Township. Friends may call Sunday, 7 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial donations be made to the following: American Heart Association, Diabetes Association, Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, National Kidney Foundation or the Luzerne County SPCA.

©The Citizens Voice 2006


 CLASS OF 1956 - John (Chick) Udzella, 67, of Barney Street, Larksville, died June 1, 2006 in Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre. 

A lifelong resident of Larksville, he was the son of the late John and Mary Trusa Udzella. Mr. Udzella was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and was co-founder of the Larksville Jr. Basketball League and coached the Larksville Teener League. He also coached softball for many years.

Surviving are his wife of 37 years, the former Yvonne Brodie; sons, Christopher and his wife, Holly, Ross Township; Jason and his wife, Charity, Larksville; Justin, Larksville; grandson, Jason; granddaughters, Jade and Natashja.

Funeral services will begin Monday at 9 from Andrew Strish Funeral Home, 11 Wilson St., Larksville, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in St. John the Baptist Church, Nesbitt Street, Larksville. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call Sunday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society.

©The Citizens Voice 2006 

CLASS OF 1957 - Robert A. Mullery, 67, of Edwardsville died May 30, 2006 in the Hospice Unit, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.  

He was born in Plymouth Township on April 23, 1939, son of the late Leo and Elizabeth Baul Mullery. He was a graduate of St. Vincent’s High School, Plymouth, Class of 1957.

Mr. Mullery was an exceptional athlete, excelling in basketball and baseball. He set the Pennsylvania state high school single game scoring record by scoring 92 points in a game, beating Wilt Chamberlain’s old mark of 90. He was chosen to the Pennsylvania All-State basketball team in 1957, after leading St. Vincent’s to the state title that same year.

He played basketball professionally for the Wilkes-Barre Barons. He was elected to the Luzerne County Hall of Fame, John Louis Popple Chapter, in 2002, and was most recently selected to the Top 100 Athletes of Wyoming Valley.

Mr. Mullery also was an avid golfer. He enjoyed golfing with his sons and the Shawnee Golf Club.

He was employed by Penn Central Railroad, United Parcel Service and just recently retired from John Lewis Trucking Co.

He was a lifelong member of St. Vincent’s Church; Ancient Order of Hibernians, St. John Neumann Division; Shawnee Gold Club; and the Shawnee Dart League.

Surviving are his wife of 45 years, the former Barbara Puskar; sons, Robert Jr. and his wife, Lynn, Plymouth; Gary and his wife, Karen, Edwardsville; Donald, Wilkes-Barre; Mark and his wife, Joselle, Lime Ridge; David and his wife, Amy, Shavertown; daughters, Jo Ann Coates and her husband, Scott, West Pittston; Renee Amershek and her husband, Tim, Hopkington, Mass.; brothers, Leo, Larksville; Thomas, Plymouth Township; seven grandchildren, Robert, Erin and Kaitlyn Mullery, Mark and Hope Mullery, Ashley Amershek and Nathan Coates; great-grandchild, Marley Mullery; nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held Friday at 9 from S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in St. Vincent de Paul Church, Plymouth.

Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Friends may call Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice Community Care, 385 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, PA 18704; PaCFI (Pennsylvania Cystic Fibrosis Inc.), P.O. Box 29, Mifflinburg, PA 17844; and St. Vincent de Paul Church, 66 Willow St., Plymouth, PA 18651.

©The Citizens Voice 2006

CLASS OF 1961 - Robert Stemposki, 63, died March 6, 2006 at Guardian Care Nursing Home, Sheatown.

He was born in Plymouth on Oct. 25, 1942, son of the late Stanley and Ann Kaminski Stemposki. He was educated in Plymouth schools and was a graduate of St. Vincent's High School, Plymouth.

Mr. Stemposki was employed for 30 years by United Rehabilitation Services, Wilkes-Barre, and was a member of St. Mary's Nativity Roman Catholic Church, Plymouth.

Surviving are uncles, Stanley Piontkowski, Nanticoke; Harry Anderson, California; numerous cousins.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 8:30 from Piszczek-Desiderio Funeral Home, Main Street, Plymouth, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 in St. Mary's Nativity Church, Plymouth, with the Rev. Donald Williams officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

©The Citizens Voice 2006

CLASS OF 1962 - William B. Goodman, 61, of Edwardsville died March 4, 2006  in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. 

He was born in New Jersey on Sept. 12, 1944, son of William Goodman, Larksville, and the late Mary T. Litwin Goodman. 

Mr. Goodman was a graduate of St. Vincent's High School, Plymouth, and had earned his pilot's license from Opa Locka Flight School, Opa Locka, Fla. 

He was the owner/operator of Goodman Brothers Excavating, Larksville. 

Surviving, in addition to his father, are his wife, the former Jane Decker, with whom he would have celebrated his 24th wedding anniversary on May 1; brothers, Jason and his wife, Teresa, Larksville; Guy and his wife, Debbie, Larksville; Mark, Larksville; several nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 9:30 from Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home, 420 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, with the Rev. Donald Williams officiating. Friends may call Tuesday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

©The Citizens Voice 2006 

CLASS OF 1926(?) - Mary Howard, 96, of Birch Street, Swoyersville, and formerly of Plymouth, died February 15, 2006 at Manorcare Health Services, Second Avenue, Kingston.  

She was born in Plymouth on Feb. 17, 1909, daughter of the late John and Mary Cronin Howard. She was a graduate of St. Vincent’s High School and College Misericordia.

Ms. Howard was employed as the chief of correspondence by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, until her retirement. She was also employed as a secretary by St. Vincent’s Rectory.

She was a member of the St. Mary, St. Stephen and St. Vincent Parish Family.

She was preceded in death by sisters, Rita Smith, Jean Howard and Claire Howard; brother, Thomas Howard.

Surviving are a sister, Bernadine Frantz, Plymouth; nephews, Edward Smith, Swoyersville, with whom she resided; John Frantz, Mercersburg; Thomas Frantz, South Plainfield, N.J.; niece, Mary Smith Alick, Allentown.

The funeral will be held Saturday at 9 from Kielty-Moran Funeral Home Inc., 87 Washington Ave., Plymouth, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in St. Vincent de Paul Church, Church Street, Plymouth, with the Rev. Donald Williams officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Larksville. Friends may call Friday, 7 to 9 p.m.

©The Citizens Voice 2006 
 

CLASS OF 1965 - Frank E. Mackiewicz, 58, of Pocono Lake died December 2, 2005 at his home. December 2, 2005

He was the son of the late Frank R. Mackiewicz, who died on Jan. 2, 1995, and Florence Sleva Mackiewicz, who died on Oct. 1. Surviving are his dear friend, Mary Farnschlader; many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Frank attended St. Mary's Elementary School and graduated from St. Vincent's High School, Plymouth, in 1965.

He graduated from General Motors Transmission School and attended several schools for mechanical repair. He served in the Army Reserves for six years. Frank worked at Eidam Cadillac, Kingston, before moving to Pocono Lake in 1972. He was co-owner of 940 Automotive Center, located one mile west of Blakeslee Corners, near Jack Frost Mountain, White Haven. He also was employed as supervisor for track services and emergency services by Pocono Raceway for 18 years, including all NASCAR events.

The funeral will be held Friday at 11 from James M. Desiderio Funeral Home, 679 Carey Ave., Hanover Township. Visitation will be held Friday, 10 to time of service, at the funeral home. Interment will be in St. Mary's Nativity Parish Cemetery, Plymouth Township. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

©The Citizens Voice 2006

CLASS OF 1942 - John A. Bedner, 79, of Fairview Township died October 29, 2005, in Hospice Community Care, Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.

He was born in Plymouth, son of the late John J. and Susan A. Lazur Bedner. He attended St. Vincent's School, Plymouth.


John was a graduate of the first graduating class of King's College, Wilkes-Barre, Class of 1950, attaining a bachelor of science in accounting. He was a certified public accountant, with accounting offices in Mountain Top and Bloomsburg, for over 30 years. He retired in 1995. A corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, he served in World War II as an air traffic controller.


John was a member of St. Jude's Roman Catholic Church, Mountain Top, and its Holy Name Society; honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus; and the American and Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs.


He was a devoted husband and loving father. Surviving, in addition to his wife of 55 years, Agnes, are daughters, Agnes Long, Bear Creek; Marla Slota, Vestal, N.Y.; Marilee Beshada, Woolwich, N.J.; Maureen Villanti, Sayre; 12 grandchildren; sister, Emily Bedner, Plymouth.


The funeral will be held Wednesday at 9:30 from Desiderio Funeral Home Inc., 436 S. Mountain Blvd., state Route 309, Mountain Top, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Jude's R.C. Church, Mountain Top. Entombment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call Tuesday, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Community Care, 385 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, PA 18704.

Class of 1939 - Teresa Elizabeth Dailey Britt died peacefully October 28, 2005 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born April 30, 1921, in Larksville, daughter of the late George F. and Elizabeth Monahan Dailey. She was a graduate of St. Vincent de Paul High School, Plymouth, where she was secretary of the Class of 1939.

Teresa was a member of Sacred Heart-St. John's Parish, where she was active in its choir, quilting guild and Social Concerns Committee. She was also a member of the board of directors of the Sunset Beach Association of Harveys Lake, where she was a long-time summer resident, and member of the Trinity Group, Plymouth.


She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, James P. Britt; brothers, Francis G. and George B. Dailey; sisters, Mary Dailey and Elizabeth Dailey McHugh.
Surviving are daughters, Mary Britt Warren and her husband, Anthony, Reisterstown, Md.; Elizabeth Ann, Wilkes-Barre; Sharon, Lake Norman, N.C., and Harveys Lake; sons, James and his wife, Jayne, Plains Township; Richard and his wife, Tish, Charlotte, N.C.; grandchildren, Mara Warren Hitchcock, Amy Warren, Melisa and Tom McGough, Jennifer, Jimmy, Stephanie and Jordan Britt; great-granddaughter, Kailey Rose Hitchcock.


The funeral will be held Monday at 9 from M.J. McLaughlin Co., 142 S. Wash-ington St., Wilkes-Barre, with a Funeral Mass at 9:30 in Sacred Heart-St. John's Church. Interment will be in St. Vincent's Cemetery, Plymouth. Friends may call Saturday, 7 to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Memories may be sent to tribute@mjmclaughlin.com.


CLASS OF 1925(?) - Helen A. Carey Igoe R.N., 97, of Wilkes-Barre died Monday, October 17, 2005 at home.

 She was born on June 2, 1908, in Larksville, daughter of John J. and Ellen Curran Carey. She was a graduate of St. Vincent's High School and the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing.

Mrs. Igoe worked several years as a nurse in Detroit, Mich., before attaining the position of nursing supervisor at Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre. She was a member of St. Therese's Church, 25 Old River Road, Wilkes-Barre.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis G. Igoe, in 1972; brothers, Martin, Thomas, James and John; twin brother, William Carey; sisters, Agnes and Margaret.

Surviving are daughters, Helen Igoe, Wilkes-Barre; daughter, Mary Beth Zelinsky and her husband, John Zelinsky, Kingston; granddaughter, Maureen Peterman, Kingston; grandson, Thomas Zelinsky, Kingston; great-grandchildren, Kristen and Kaitlin Peterman, Kingston; Lucas and Zachary Zelinsky, Kingston; nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held Thursday at 9 from Matthew T. Jacobs Funeral Home Inc., 47 Old River Road, Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in St. Therese's Church, with Monsignor Francis Callahan officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call Wednesday, 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Therese's Church, 25 Old River Road, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

CLASS OF 1943 - Paul V. "P.V." Brozena, 79, died in Ketchikan, Alaska, on September 11, 2005.

He was born on Feb. 26, 1926, in Plymouth. He graduated from St. Vincent’s High School, Plymouth, and from Seattle University, Seattle, Wash. He served in the U.S. Army from May 1944 to April 1946, running amphibious tanks, and was based at Camp Beale, Calif. He lived in Everett, Wash., from 1946 to 1954, and moved to Ketchikan in 1954. He was a shift superintendent at Ketchikan Pulp Co. until retirement. He married his wife of 58 years, Coralee, in Everett on Sept. 16, 1947. He was a member of Elks for 51 years and the Pioneers of Alaska Igloo 16. He was active in Girl Scouts for several years. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He was preceded in death by brothers John and Leo Brozena; and parents John and Rose Brozena. He is survived by his wife, Coralee Brozena; daughters Patricia (Nikko) Wolfsohn of Munich, Germany; Catherine "Butch" Simmons of Juneau; Jackie (Mike) Herter of Kodiak; grandchildren Derek and Traci Herter and Philip Wolfsohn; sisters Rose Derwin and Gertrude Washcalus, Plymouth; uncle Anthony Brozena, Baltimore, Md.


CLASS OF 1936 - Sister Mary Kathryn Burns, RSM, 86, a member of the Dallas Regional Community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, died Friday, August 19, 2005, at Mercy Center, Dallas.

She was born on Feb. 18, 1919, in Plymouth, daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Sullivan Burns. She attended St. Vincent's Grade School and High School in Plymouth, graduating in 1936.

Mary Kathryn entered the Sisters of Mercy, Dallas, in 1936 and received the religious name of Sister Mary Norbert at her reception in August 1940. She professed her religious vows on Aug. 16, 1942, and later returned to her baptismal name.
Sister Mary Kathryn earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from College Misericordia in 1951 and a certification in library science in 1968. She taught for 49 years in the dioceses of Scranton, Harrisburg, Rockville Centre and Brooklyn, N.Y.

She joined the Mercy Center staff in 1991, serving as resident visitor, eucharistic minister and switchboard operator. She entered the prayer ministry in 1994.
She was preceded in death by sisters, Rebecca, Julia and Elizabeth Burns and Catherine Vincent; brothers, John, Joseph, Michael, Francis, Henry, Patrick and George Burns. Surviving are nieces and nephews; the Sisters of Mercy of the Dallas Regional Community.

Transferal to Mercy Center will be held Monday at 4 p.m., followed by a wake service in Blessed Sacrament Chapel. The viewing will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 11 in the chapel. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton.

Arrangements are by E. Blake Collins Funeral Home, Wilkes-Barre.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Retirement Fund, Sisters of Mercy, PO Box 369, Dallas, PA 18612.


CLASS OF 1962 -
John (Jack) Kennedy Sr., 61, of Reynolds Street, Plymouth, died August 14, 2005, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

 He was born in Wilkes-Barre, son of the late Robert and Ruth Williams Kennedy. He graduated from St. Vincent's High School in 1962. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Kennedy had been employed as the supervisor of postal operations at the Plymouth Post Office and had also been employed as a part-time police officer for Plymouth Borough for 30 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Plymouth Council 11901, and was a Fourth Degree Knight of Our Lady of Czestochowa Assembly.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert; sister, Patsy. Surviving are his wife of 37 years, the former Kathleen McTague; son, John Jr., Plymouth; sisters, Ruthann Kennedy, Plymouth; Kathleen Keating, Plymouth; aunt, Dorothy Klimchak, Plymouth; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held Wednesday at 9 from William A. Reese Funeral Chapel, Rear 56 Gaylord Ave., Plymouth, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in St. Vincent's Church. Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Larksville. Friends may call Tuesday, 5 to 9 p.m. The Knights of Columbus Council 11901 will hold a rosary service at 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Medical Oncology Associate Patient Fund, 382 Pierce St., Kingston, PA 18704.

CLASS OF 1952 - Daniel P. Mesaros Sr., 79, of Bedford Street, Forty Fort, died Sunday, July 10, 2005, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, after being stricken ill at his home. 

He was born in Plymouth on Aug. 8, 1925, son of the late Andrew and Anna Soley Mesaros. He graduated from St. Vincent's High School.


Mr. Mesaros resided in Forty Fort for the past 44 years. Prior to his retirement in 1990, he was employed as a truck driver by Kay Wholesale Drug Co., Hanover Township. He was a member of Holy Name/St. Mary's Parish Community, Swoyersville. He was an avid gardener.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Emily Mesaros; brothers, Andrew, John, Timothy and Joseph Mesaros. Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Rita Hayer Mesaros; daughters, Peggy Hoos, Upper Gwynedd; Trish Hoskins, Kingston; Mary Ann Malarkey, Norristown; Karen Mesaros, Lansdale; sons, Daniel P. Mesaros, Royersford; John Mesaros, Cape Coral, Fla.; sisters, Betty Sendrick, Larksville; Helen Senghaas, Kingston; Mary McCoon, Trumbull, Conn.; brothers, William Mesaros, Luzerne; 14 grandchildren.

The funeral will be held Wednesday at 9:30 from Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Holy Name/St. Mary's Church, Swoyersville, with the Rev. Louis Grippe officiating. Interment will be in St. Stephen's Cemetery, Lehman Township. Friends may call Tuesday, 6 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Name/St. Mary's Parish Community or Bishop O'Reilly High School, Kingston.  ©The Citizens Voice 2005.

CLASS OF 1953 - Mary Mullery, loving wife, mother and grandmother, of Morgan Terrace, Larksville, died Friday, March 18, 2005 in Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.

She was born on Aug. 4, 1934, in Plymouth Township, daughter of the late Joseph and Helen Buckley Simko. She was a graduate of St. Vincent de Paul High School.

Mrs. Mullery was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Church, Plymouth. Prior to her retirement, she had been employed by Bell Telephone (Verizon) in the billing department.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Leo. Surviving are her husband of 49 years, Leo Jr.; daughter, Cindy and her husband, Carl Schimmel, Swoyersville; son, Michael and his wife Leslie, Moosic; grandson, Kyle Schimmel, Swoyersville; brother, Joseph, Wisconsin.

The funeral will be held Monday at 10:30 from S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 in St. Vincent de Paul Church, Plymouth. Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Larksville. Friends may call Sunday, 6 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Church, Plymouth  ©The Citizens Voice 2005.


CLASS OF 1953 - Ann (Carole) Klimchok, 68, of Plymouth died peacefully at her home on Monday (November 22, 2004).

 She was born in Plymouth, daughter of the late Michael and Catherine O'Rourke Dvoroznak. She was a graduate of Saint Vincent's High School, Class of 1953. Carole was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be sadly missed by all.
She was a member of Saint Mary's-Saint Stephen's-Saint Vincent's Catholic Community of Plymouth. She had been actively involved in various activities and groups with St. Vincent de Paul Church, such as the Alter and Rosary Society, The Trinity House Seniors, RENEW and the Silver and Gold Club. She had also served as a eucharistic minister.

She was employed early on by Bell Telephone. She then spent the next part of her life raising her six children. Once her children were all in school, she spent many years working with her husband, who was self-employed as a carpenter. She had been employed most recently by Raub's Restaurant in Plymouth as a waitress for over 15 years.

She was preceded in death by sister, Rosemary Dvoroznak Dillon.  Surviving are her husband of 47 years, Michael; children, Daniel, Ashley; Janet, West Nanticoke; Diane, Plymouth; Michael, Plymouth; Donald, Mountain Top; Karen, Evans Falls; 10 grandchildren, Joseph, Lisa, Matthew, Jason, Christopher, Keri, Kara, Michael, Nicholas and Adam; two brothers, Michael, Virginia; James, Canada.A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 7 p.m. in St. Vincent de Paul Church, Plymouth. Calling hours will be held in St. Vincent de Paul Church on Friday from 5 p.m. until the Funeral Mass. A private interment will be held at the convenience of the family.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Church, 66 Willow St., Plymouth, PA 18651. Arrangements are by the S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth.

Peter J. Savage M.D., 83, of Plymouth and Harveys Lake, died Saturday afternoon (September 4, 2004) at Mercy Center, Dallas.  Served as St. Vincent's School Doctor in the 1960's.

He was born in Edwardsville on Sept. 8, 1920, son of the late Peter and Nettie Rozanski Savage. He graduated from Hanover High School in 1938, the University of Scranton in 1942 and Thomas Jefferson School of Medicine, Philadelphia, in 1945. Dr. Savage had served as a Captain in the U.S. Medical Corps during World War II in Maryland.

Prior to his retirement, he practiced family medicine in Plymouth, and was recently honored by the Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, for 50 years of service. Dr. Savage was a member of the Church of St. Vincent de Paul, Plymouth; the American Legion,  Plymouth; the Luzerne County Medical Society, the American Medical Association and the Wyoming Valley Country Club.

He was an avid fisherman at Harveys Lake. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Leo J. Miles. Surviving are his wife of 60 years, the former Olga Sekerchak; sons, Attorney Peter J. Savage Jr., Eagles Mere; Kenneth L. Savage M.D., Inverness, Fla.; Robert C. Savage M.D., Wellesley, Maine; Donald J. Savage M.D., Shavertown; Michael P. Savage M.D., Philadelphia; their spouses; 14 grandchildren; sister, Irene Savage Davison, Wilkes-Barre; numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. from William A. Reese Funeral Chapel, 56 Gaylord Ave., Plymouth, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in St. Vincent's de Paul Church, Plymouth. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call Tuesday, 5 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mercy Center, 301 Lake St., Dallas, PA 18612.

©The Citizens Voice 2005

Would have graduated in the Class of 1971

Sharon A. (Butcher) McGill, 50, of Church Street, Plymouth, died Friday (July 30, 2004) evening in Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre. She was born on Feb. 8, 1954 in Plymouth, daughter of Mrs. Julia Lewis Butcher, Plymouth, and the late Joseph F. Butcher Sr.


Mrs. McGill attended St. Vincent's Parochial School, Plymouth, prior to its closing, and was a graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School, Class of 1971 and the Bradford Beauty Academy.

She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Church, Plymouth, and its Altar and Rosary Society. She was a licensed beautician and was employed by Leslie Fay Inc., Plains Township, in the cost department for 22 years.

Mrs. McGill was also a member of the Plymouth Womens Club, the Plymouth Softball League and the American Legion Auxiliary Post 463, Plymouth. She was active with many local bowling, volleyball and dart teams. Surviving in addition to her mother, are her husband of 18 years, Joseph; brothers, Joseph Butcher, Kingston; John Butcher, Larksville; nieces, nephews, a great-niece and great-nephew.

The funeral will be held Tuesday at 9 a.m. from the S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Vincent de Paul Church, Plymouth. Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Larksville. Friends may call Monday, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. A prayer service will be held Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Church, 101 Church St., Plymouth, PA 18651 or the Scleroderma Foundation, 12 Kent Way, Suite 101, Byfield, MA 01922.

©The Citizens Voice 2004


Class of 1953 - Class President

DR. BASIL SKELLY, AGE 69, EDISON, NJ

Dr. Basil "Bud" J. Skelly, 69, of Edison died yesterday, June 27, 2004, at JFK Haven Hospice, Edison.

Born on May 10, 1935, in The Bronx, he was raised in Plymouth, Pa. He was a resident of Edison for 40 years. He was the director of Infectious Diseases for Merck & Co., Rahway. He was employed by Merck & Co. for 30 years, retiring in 1994. He was a communicant of St. Helena's R.C. Church, Edison. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Cecelia's Council 3639, Iselin. He was a graduate of Kings College, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Class of 1957, with a bachelor of sciencedegree; a graduate of Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pa., Class of 1959, with a M.S. degree, and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind., Class of 1964, where he received his Ph.D.

He is survived by his wife, Janice (Brennan) Skelly, to whom he was married 43 years; two sons, Brian M. Skelly and his wife, Elizabeth, of Bel Air, Md., and Shawn T. Skelly of Trappe, Pa.; a grandson, Connor Skelly of Bel Air, Md.; a sister, Ellin Jean Uhl of Hackettstown; two brothers-in-law, Terrance Brennan of Baltimore, Md., and Paul Brennan of Barnegat, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, June 30, at Flynn & Son/Koyen Funeral Home, 319 Amboy Ave., Metuchen, followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Helena's R.C. Church, Edison. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Visitation will be 2 p.m.-4 p.m. and 7 p.m.-9 p.m. tomorrow at Flynn & Son/Koyen Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Haven Hospice, c/o Flynn Charities. For directions, to send condolence messages or to order flowers, visit www.flynnfuneral.com.

Published in the Home News Tribune 6/28/04

CLASS OF 1968 - Charlaine Winkelmann, 54, of Yellville, Ark., died May 21, 2004 in Arkansas.

Mrs. Winkelmann was employed by RCA, Mountain Top, and she was also employed by a local pharmaceutical company in Arkansas.

She was born in Wilkes-Barre, daughter of Rose Patton Pickett and the late Charles Pickett. She was a 1968 graduate of St. Vincent's High School, Plymouth.

Surviving in addition to her mother, are her husband; sons, Robert, Berwick; Brian, Michael and Kyle, at home; daughter, Mrs. Joseph (Kelly) King, Arkansas; two grandchildren; sisters, Rosemary Burge and Nancy Garris, Larksville; Patricia Stuchkunas, Plains Township; Aileen, Port Griffith; nieces and nephews.

Burial was held in Arkansas. Arrangements are by Kielty-Moran Funeral Home Inc., Plymouth.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Church, 101 Church St., Plymouth.

©The Citizens Voice 2004

Sister M. Valeria Frawley, R.S.M., a member of the Dallas Regional Community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, died March 23, 2004 at Mercy Center, Dallas.


The former Catherine Teresa Frawley was born May 8, 1912, in Overton, daughter of the late Thomas E. and Catherine Murray Frawley. She was a graduate of St. Agnes High School, Towanda, and received a bachelor of arts degree from College Misericordia. She entered the Sisters of Mercy in Dallas on Sept. 8, 1931 and made profession of vows on March 12, 1934.
For 40 years, Sister Valeria taught in the elementary schools and secondary schools of the dioceses of Allentown, Harrisburg, and Scranton. She also taught in Sacred Heart School, Bayside, N.Y., in the diocese of Brooklyn. In 1988, she took up residence at Mercy Hospital, Scranton, where she served as a pastoral care minister and on the staff of the medical records department. In 1996, she moved to Mercy Center, Dallas, where she joined the prayer ministry.

She was preceded in death by brothers, Joseph and Leonard; sisters, M. Esther; Sister Marie Jose, R.S.M.

Surviving are sister, Sister Mary Gratia, R.S.M., Dallas.
Transferal to Mercy Center will be Thursday at 2 with a wake service at 4:30. Friends may call Thursday, 2 to 5, at Blessed Sacrament Chapel. A Funeral Mass will be held Friday at 10 in the chapel.

Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.
Arrangements are by E. Blake Collins Funeral Home, Wilkes-Barre.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Retirement Fund, Sisters of Mercy, P.O. Box 369, Dallas, PA 18612.

©The Citizens Voice 2004

Alex Rebar, 88, of Lehman Township, died May 23, 2003 at home.  School Photographer during the 1960's


He was born August 13, 1914 in Edwardsville, son of Alex and Mary Rebar. He was raised in Edwardsville and graduated from Edwardsville High School. He was a member of the 1931 Edwardsville High School All-Scholastic football team.
 Mr. Rebar and his wife, the former Annette English, operated the Paramount Studio, Plymouth. He was a fourth degree Knight of Columbus, Wilkes-Barre, and a member of the Wyoming Valley Pony Club.

He was preceded in death by a brother, John.

Surviving are son, Alex, Los Angeles, Calif.; brother, Leo; sisters, Doris Plateski and Mary Miller.

The funeral will be held Tuesday at 10 from the Strish Funeral Home, 11 Wilson St., Larksville, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 in Gate of Heaven Church, Dallas. Interment and committal rites will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call Monday, 1 to 3.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wyoming Valley Catholic Youth Center, 36 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.

©The Citizens Voice 2006

Class of 1962 - Paula Joan Bird, 1970 at the young age of 24

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