December 2011  
Mr. Junius B. Todd MR. CLARENCE VAN ROSE II
MR. JOHN J. SMALTZ MRS. JULIA A. BUCZKO
MR. JOSEPH S. JURIS MR. THOMAS D. CHIRCO JR.
   
November 2011  
MR. DAVID M. FRONCZEK Mrs. Lorie Ann (Gaynor) Lamback
MR. LEONARD J. SULZINSKI MRS. LILLIAN M. JUTKIEWICZ
Miss Mary P. Kalafut MR. ARTHUR R. “ARTIE” FISK JR.
MR. THOMAS J. BUTASH Mrs. Dorothy C. (Martin)
   
October 2011  
MRS. IRENE T. SAUKULYAK MR. ANDREW MISHKIN
MRS. CAROL ANN (NIED) WOZINSKI MISS EMILY KOVALIK
   
   
August 2011  
MR. WILLIAM NEWTON LEONARD JR.  
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July 2011  
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MRS. MARY I. (BENISH) GREYTOCK MS. MARIE JEAN ONZIK
MRS. STEFFIE (GOWALKO) MESHKO MR. JOHN J. “PATSY” PACIGA
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June 2011  
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January 2011  
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MR. CLARENCE VAN ROSE II

DECEMBER 20, 2011

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Mr. Clarence Van Rose, 68, a well-known and well-respected sports columnist for the Times Leader of Plains Township, passed away Wednesday evening in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital following a brief illness.

Born August 26, 1943 in Lexington, Kentucky, he was the son of the late Clarence and Mary Aleen (Jesse) Rose. A native of Lexington, he was a graduate of the University of Kentucky. Following his education, Van proudly served our country during the Vietnam War with the United States Army from 1968-1969.

Van was a reporter with the Times Leader newspaper since 1982, where his abilities and credentials as a columnist became well respected in the local sporting communities. He retired from his journalism duties earlier this year, but continued as an enthusiastic correspondent, reporting and writing about girls high school volleyball and basketball games in the region.

He previously worked for an Ohio newspaper before relocating to the Wyoming Valley and joining the Times Leader. Initially, Van was a general assignment news reporter but he subsequently covered sports and become known for handicapping horse races, especially at the former Pocono Downs. Van later worked in the features department before returning to sports. He was an avid follower of horse racing, basketball and country music. He is remembered as being a loyal fan of the University of Kentucky sports teams.

He is survived by his companion, Jan Ritinski at home. He also leaves behind
a favored cat, which has had many names, most recently, “Herman”, as well as
many friends and colleagues in the journalism and sporting communities.

Funeral services for Van will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 3, from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, North Wilkes-Barre.

Private interment will follow in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.

Friends and colleagues may join his family for visitation and remembrances Monday from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Morris’ North Wilkes-Barre location and on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services.

Mr. Junius B. Todd

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Mr. Junius B. Todd, 91 of Grove Street Wilkes-Barre, passed away Tuesday, December 20 in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital following an illness.

He was born March 21, 1920 in Talahassee, Florida to the late Fred and Agnes (Copeland) Todd, the last of all his siblings.

He was educated in the Talahassee schools.

Until his retirement, he worked as a crane operator for the former Vulcan Iron Works, previously in the local construction industry and prior to that was a miner with the former Huber Collery, Ashley.

In addition to his siblings, he was preceded by a daughter, Juanita in 1972 and by a son Naymon in 2000.

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, the former Mimi Lee Bates, at home, five children, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funreral services will be private and at the convenience of the Todd family with interment in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hanover Township.

The John V. Morris Family is honored to care for Mr. Todd and his family at this time.

 

MRS. JULIA A. BUCZKO

DECEMBER 13, 2011


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Mrs. Julia A. (Amrich) Buczko, 81, of West Chestnut Street, in the North End/Brookside section of the city, passed into Eternal Life unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon at her residence.

Born May 2, 1930 in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter to the late Stephen and Bridget (Bednar) Amrich. Educated in the city schools, she attended the James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre.

Mrs. Buczko was a member of the Parish Community of Saint Andre Bessette, Northeast Wilkes-Barre having previously attended Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church.

She had been employed by the former
Fowler, Dick & Walker, the Boston Store of Wilkes-Barre, previously by
Wayne's Department Store of Edwardsville and prior to that, she worked with the
local cigar manufacturing industry in the valley. She is remembered by her family for her most important position in life, that being a devoted mother and grandmother to her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Buczko in 1992 and by a brother, Mr. Stephen Amrich in 2007.

Surviving are her children and their spouses, Joseph J. Buczko Jr. and his wife, Marcia of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Janice Kivlen and her husband Charles of Wilkes-Barre, Judith Belcastro and her husband, James, of Plains and Joyce Hudak and Jacqueline Grant and her husband Brad of Pringle. Grandchildren, including Charles Kivlen, Joseph J. Buczko III and Gerald Hudak III; Sisters Nancy Magdalinski and Miss Jean Amrich, both of North Wilkes-Barre; Sister-in-Law, Mrs. Franciszka Amrich, Mountaintop. Numerous nieces and nephews.

As per Julia’s wishes, funeral services will be private and at the convenience of her family from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, North Wilkes-Barre. Private family interment with Rite of Committal will be in Mount Olivet Diocesan Roman Catholic Cemetery, Carverton section of Kingston Township. There will
be no public visitation.

In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made in Julia’s name to the charity of the donor’s choice.

 

MR. JOHN J. SMALTZ

DECEMBER 2, 2011


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Mr. John J. Smaltz, 52 of Lee Park
Avenue, Hanover Township, passed away unexpectedly Friday, December 2nd
at his residence.

Born September 2, 1959 in Holmes, PA, he was the son of John E. and Margaret (Sullivan) Smaltz, of Englewood, Florida.

He was employed as a mason in the local construction industry.

John was preceded in death by a brother, Michael.

In addition to his parents John and Margaret, he is survived by a daughter Jenna Patrice of New York City, Three sisters, Kathleen Marquart of Boise, Idaho, Margaret D’Antonio of Plymouth Meeting, PA and Theresa Bingham of Stephenville, Texas; Eight nieces and nephews.

Per John’s request, his remains have been cremated and returned to his parents to be scattered or inurned with his brother’s cremated remains in Florida.

A memorial service for family and friends will be held at a date to be determined in the future.

The John V. Morris Family is honored to care for John and his family at this time.

 

MR. THOMAS D. CHIRCO JR.

DECEMBER 7, 2011

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Mr. Thomas D. Chirco Jr. of Hudson Road, Plains Township, passed away peacefully early Wednesday at his residence.

He was born in New York City to the late Thomas and Alice (Goetz) Chirco. He was
educated in the New York schools, and until his retirement, worked as an auto
mechanic for Sears in Paramus, NJ.

He was preceded by an infant son, Christopher and a sister, Christine.

Surviving are his wife, the former Ann Marie Jutkiewicz, at home, son Thomas D. Chirco III, at home and will be missed by many extended relatives and friends.

The family would like to thank Dr. David W. Greenwald & staff at Medical Oncology Associates for the care shown to the family.

Memorial funeral services will be announced in the near future following the holidays from the John V. Morris Funeral Directors of Wilkes-Barre.

 

MR. JOSEPH S. JURIS

DECEMBER 2, 2011


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Mr. Joseph S. Juris, 73 of East Chestnut
Street in the North End section of the city, passed into Eternal Life Friday afternoon
in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township, following a
prolonged illness.

Born September 30, 1938 in Wilkes-Barre,
he was the son of the late Joseph and Barbara (Sekel) Juris. Educated in the city schools, he was a
graduate of the James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre, and furthered his
education by attaining a bachelor’s degree in accounting from King's College.

Mr. Juris was a member of the Parish
Community of Saint Andre Bessette, having previously attended Sacred Heart of
Jesus Roman Catholic Church.

Until his retirement, he had been employed
as a laborer in the local manufacturing industry. Previously, he worked for the former B.F.
Goodrich Company of Exeter, and prior to that, worked as an accountant in the
railroad industry in the greater Berwick area following his education.

He was preceded in death by a brother,
George and by sisters, Mary Toni, Anne Wroblewski and more recently, Elizabeth
Juris Stock.

Surviving are his sister, Mrs. Eleanor B.
Howe, North Wilkes-Barre, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services for Mr. Juris will be
conducted on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625
North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. in
the Saint Stanislaus Kostka Worship Site of Saint Andre Bessette Parish
Community, 668 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre.

Interment will be in Sacred Heart of Jesus
Roman Catholic Cemetery, Dorchester Drive, Dallas.

Relatives and friends may join his family
for visitaion and remembrances Tuesday morning from 9:30 a.m. until the time of
services.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr.
Juris' name to Saint Andre Bessette Parish Community, 666 North Main Street,
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705.

Mrs. Lorie Ann (Gaynor) Lamback

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Mrs. Lorie Ann (Gaynor) Lamback 51, of Long Island City, New York, entered Eternal Life Tuesday in the Bellevue
Hospice Unit, New York City following a prolonged illness.

Born December 6, 1959 in New York City, she was a daughter of Joseph and Marion (Sadloski) Gaynor of Wilkes-Barre.

She was educated in the New York school system, and until illness caused her early retirement, had been employed in the hospitality industry as a waitress in several restaurants in the greater New York City area.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Sophie and Charles Sadloski and her paternal grandparents Kathleen and Joseph Gaynor Sr.

Surviving, in addition to her parents are her loving husband of nineteen years, Mr. George A. Lamback, at home; Sisters, Valerie Gaynor, Suzanne Gaynor, Jo Anne Hamilton and one niece



Memorial funeral services for Lorie Ann will be held on Saturday at 5PM at the James Romanelli and Stephen Funeral Home, 8901 Rockaway Blvd. Ozone Park, NY.
Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 4to 7 PM.

MR. DAVID M. FRONCZEK
NOVEMBER 26, 2011        

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Mr. David M. Fronczek, 58 of Harding, Exeter Township, passed into Eternal Life Saturday evening in the Inpatient Unit of Hospice Community Care at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre following an illness.      

Born March 3, 1953 in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Joseph and Helen (Poostay) Fronczek.  He was a graduate of the West Side Vocational Technical Institute, class of 1972.      

Mr. Fronczek had been employed as a warehouse supervisor for the Warp Processing Company of Exeter, where he worked for over twenty-seven years.  Previously, he was employed by the former B.F. Goodrich Company, formerly of Exeter for over ten years.      

Enjoying the outdoors, David is remembered by family and friends as being an avid hunter and fisherman.      

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Ann Fronczek; brother, Andrew Fronczek and a niece, Helen Wallace.      

Surviving, are a brother Joseph, with whom he resided, Harding; a Sister, Mrs. Dolores J. Sperrazza and her husband Joseph J. of the Pittsburgh area; several nieces, nephews and cousins.      

Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday with a Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. in the Church of the Holy Redeemer worship site of Corpus Christi Parish, Harding with the Reverend Monsignor John J. Sempa, pastor, officiating.  Those wishing to attend David's funeral are asked to go directly to church.      

Relatives and friends may join David's family for visitation and remembrances Tuesday evening from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, North Wilkes-Barre and on Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services at church.      

Interment with Rites of Committal will be in Holy Assumption of Saint Mary Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, Lake Street, Dallas.      

In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made in David's memory to the American Cancer Society, 190 Welles Street, Suite #118, Forty-Fort, PA 18704.

Mrs. Dorothy C. (Martin)

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     Mrs. Dorothy C. (Martin) Wint, 89, formerly of the Heights section of the city, more recently, a resident of the Hampton House, Hanover Township, passed into Eternal Life early Monday morning in the Inpatient Unit of Hospice Community Care at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre following an illness.      

Born August 7, 1926 in Plains Township, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Stella (Miscavage) Martin.  Educated in the city schools, she was a graduate of the James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre.      

Mrs. Wint was a member of Our Lady of Hope Parish Community, having previously attended Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, Heights section of the city.  She also held membership in the Ladies Auxillary of the Fraternal Order of Police, Wyoming Valley Lodge #36, Hanover Township.      

She was preceded in death by her husband, retired Wilkes-Barre City Police Detective, Walter E. Wint Sr. in 1985, by a son, U.S. Marine Corps Captain Walter E. Wint Jr., killed in the 1983 bombing of U.S. Marine barracks in Beruit, a son-in-law, Mr. Anthony Valania in 2008 and a brother, Retired Wilkes-Barre City Police Officer, Mr. Leonard Martin in 2009.      

Surviving are her children Kenneth Wint and his wife Heather of Pittsburgh, Robert M. Wint and his wife Susan of Charlotte, N.C., Sheila Featherstone and her husband John of Ocean Pines, MD and Linda Valania, Thornhurst, with whom she recently resided;  Eight grandchildren; Six Great-Grandchildren; Several nieces and nephews.      

Funeral services for Mrs. Wint will be conducted on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. from the John V. Morris - Charles J. Leagus Funeral Home, 281 East Northampton Street, Wilkes-Barre Heights followed by a Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Hope Parish, 40 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre with the Reverend John S. Terry, pastor, officiating.      

Interment will be private and at the convenience of the Wint family.      

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to join Dorothy's family for visitation and remembrances Friday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.      

In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Wint’s name to the Alzheimer’s Associaiton, 57 North Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 or to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705.

MRS. LILLIAN M. JUTKIEWICZ
NOVEMBER 18, 2011

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     Mrs. Lillian M. (Krukowski) Jutkiewicz, 87, of Hudson Road, Plains Township, passed into Eternal Life Friday night in the Inpatient Unit of Hospice Community Care at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.

      Born April 1, 1924 in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of the late John and Anna (Okrasinski) Krukowski.  She was educated in the city schools, and was a member of the 1942 graduating class of the James M. Coughlin High School.

     Until her retirement, Mrs. Jutkiewicz worked as a shop steward in the local garment industry.  Prior to that, she worked for the Carter Footwear Company and the local cigar indistry.

     Mrs. Jutkiewicz was a member of Saint Andre Bessette Parish Community.  She is remembered by family and friends as being a loving, devoted mother and grandmother to her family. 

     She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Joann and by a sister, Mrs. Helen Petro.

     Surviving are sons, Mr. John A. (Jack) Jutkiewicz of Fairlawn, NJ and Mr. Daniel J. Jutukiewicz, and his wife Susan, of Kearney, NJ;  Daughter Mrs. Ann Marie Chirco and her husband Thomas at home;   Grandchildren, including Thomas Chirco III and Jessica Jutkiewicz; Brothers and Sisters, Raymond Krukowski of Nanticoke, Joseph Krukowski of Kendall Park, NJ, Lucy Sciandra of Pittston and Theresa Petruska of North Wilkes-Barre.   Numerous nieces and nephews.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Jutkiewicz will be conducted on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, North Wilkes-Barre, followed by a Funeral Mass at 1:00 p.m. in Saint Stanislaus Kostka worship site of Saint Andre Bessette Parish, with Mrs. Jutkiewicz's great-nephew, the Reverend Thomas J. Petro, pastor of Saint's Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, Towanda, officiating.

     Interment will be in Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Cemetery, Cemetery Street, Plains Township.

     Relatives and friends may call Monday evening from 6:00 until 9:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

MR. LEONARD J. SULZINSKI NOVEMBER 19, 2011

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     Mr. Leonard J. Sulzinski, 91 of the North End section of Wilkes-Barre, passed into Eternal Life early Saturday morning in the Green Ridge Health Care Center, Boulevard Avenue, Scranton, following a lingering illness.

     Born November 7, 1920 in Exeter, he was the son of the late Michael and Frances (Pietruszewski) Sulzinski.  Educated in the city schools, he was a graduate of the James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre.

     He was a lifelong member of Saint Andre Bessette Parish Community of North Wilkes-Barre having previously attended the former Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church.

     He was previously employed for many years as a mine foreman at the former Dorrance Colliery, and by the former B.F. Goodrich Company of Exeter.  Until his retirement, he served the City of Wilkes-Barre as a Health Inspector for several years.

     He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, the former Marie A. (Gdovin) Sulzinski, who passed on February 24, 2008, and by daughters Marie Hergert and Regina Bria, as well as a sister, Alice Daniels.

     Surviving, are his daughter, Mrs. Barbara Lowe and her husband Gary of Wilkes-Barre; son Dr. Michael A. Sulzinski and his wife Kim of Scranton; Seven grandchildren; One great-grandchild; His sister, Mrs. Helen George of Shavertown, several nieces and nephews.

     Funeral services for Mr. Sulzinski will be conducted at 11:00 a.m.  Wednesday from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, North Wilkes-Barre, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. in the Saint Stanislaus Kostka worship site of Saint Andre Bessette Parish with the Reverend Kenneth M. Seegar, pastor, officiating.

     Interment will be in Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Cemetery, Dorchester Drive, Dallas.

     Relatives and friends may join the Sulzinski family for visitation and remembrances Tuesday evening from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services.

     In leiu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Sulzinski's name to the Wyoming Valley Children's Association, 1133 Wyoming Avenue, Forty-Fort, PA 18704.

 

 

MR. THOMAS J. BUTASH
NOVEMBER 11, 2011 OBITUARY 

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Mr. Thomas J. Butash, 87, a retired N.A.S.A. engineer designer, passed into Eternal Life Friday, November 11th at the Inova Fairfaix Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia as a result of complications from a fall.      

Born September 16, 1924 in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of the late Geroge J. and Helen (Vitcher) Butash.  He attended the former Sacred Heart Slovak Roman Catholic School and the James M. Coughlin High School both of Wilkes-Barre.  He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.  He later furthered his education by attending Geneva College, where he served as Air Corps Cadet and later served as an Army Air Corps flight school instructor, pilot, and flight engineer in Nashville.      

After the war, Mr. Butash worked for a series of aviation firms in southern California, settling at the Aeronautical Engineering Research Company (AERCO), eventually a division of ACF Industries) in Riverdale, Maryland.  Mr. Butash later worked with Washington Technology (WTA) of Rockville, MD and Airtronics, Inc. of Bethesda, MD.  Mr. Butash joined N.A.S.A.'s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in 1964, where he worked as an engineer designer until the time of his retirement in 1986.  His duties included work with several satellites and space shuttle projects.      In retirement, he attended Prince George's Community College, studying his lifelong passion, art and worked in GSFC's Visitor Center as a volunteer for 14 years. Mr. Butash was a devoted member of Saint Matthias the Apostle Roman Catholic Church for 45 years, serving as greeter, usher and held membership in the Knights of Columbus, Council 5381 of Lanham, MD.  He would also selflessly assist with the John Lamb Society clothing drive for the poor.      

He was preceded in death by a sister, Mrs. Dorothy A. Taro in 1970.      

Mr. Bushash is survived by two sons, Thomas C. (Chris) Butash of Centreville, Virginia and Michael J. Butash of Washington, D.C.; five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.      

Funeral services for Mr. Butash will be conducted on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, North Wilkes-Barre, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. in the Saint Stanislaus Kostka worship site of Saint Andre Bessette Parish Community.      

Interment will be in Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Cemetery, Dorchester Drive, Dallas.      

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to join his family for visitation and remembrances Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services.      

In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Butash's name to the Sacred Heart Wilkes-Barre Foundation, Incorporated, c/o Mrs. Noreen Foti, 770 Lantern Hill Road, Shavertown, PA 18708.

 

MR. ARTHUR R. “ARTIE” FISK JR.
NOVEMBER 16, 2011

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Mr. Arthur R. "Artie" Fisk Jr., 49, of Madison Street in the North End section of Wilkes-Barre, passed away early Wednesday morning in the Hospice of the Visiting Nurses Association Inpatient Unit at Saint Luke's Villa, following a prolonged illness. Born July 10, 1962 in Columbus, Ohio, he was a son of Mr. Arthur R. and Mrs. Carol (Gibbons) Fisk Sr. of North Wilkes-Barre. Educated in the city schools, he was a graduate of the James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre, Class of 1980.

During his years at Coughlin, he was known as the infamous "One and Only CHS Banana Man", the school's unofficial mascot who would lead fans and classmates in cheers at pep rallies and football games, with his famed "Go Bananas" cheer.

Until illness caused his early retirement, Artie was employed as a supervisor for over five years at the Cardinal Glass Company in the Crestwood Industrial Park, Mountaintop. Previously, he had been employed by Schiel's Family Market, George Avenue in the Parsons section of the city in the store's stock room. He was a proud member of the North End Slovak Citizens Club, Wilkes-Barre where he remained active in club affairs for many years. Artie served as a former vice president, was a member of the board of governors, and would often tend bar for the membership. He held an endearing place in his heart and will miss the many friends he made there over the years in his special seat in "the shoe". Those who knew him were often entertained by his rendition of Mick Jagger, and the Dancing Santa Travolta at various club functions and weddings he attended. He and his wife, the former Mary Jo Parsnik celebrated twenty-eight years of married life together on April 23rd of this year.

In addition to his parents Arthur and Carol, his beloved wife, Mary Jo all of North Wilkes-Barre, Artie is survived by his two beautiful daughters, Amber Lynn Fisk of Wilkes-Barre and Shari Fisk, at home.

Also surviving, are his brothers David Fisk and his wife, Desiree of Wilkes-Barre and Christopher Fisk and his wife Kim of Dupont; Sisters, Jennifer Cicierski and her husband Marc of Plains, Jessica Fisk, Wilkes-Barre and Katrina Collum and her husband Edward of Wilkes-Barre; Several Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Nieces and Nephews. Artie's family would like to gratefully acknowledge the outpouring of love and concern they received at a recent "Friends of Artie Fisk Spaghetti Benefit" in his honor, including the many friends at the North End Slovak Citizens Club for hosting the event, the Cardinal Glass Company of Mountaintop, the Outback Steakhouse for items donated, the Schiel's Family Market for their extended efforts in providing all the necessary provisions, as well as the many wonderful friends and neighbors who went out of their way, donating numerous raffle baskets and monetary gifts at the event.

Thank you one and all! Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to join his family for visitation and remembrances Saturday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, North Wilkes-Barre, followed by continued stories of Artie and a toast in his memory at the North End Slovak Citizens Club. Interment will be private and at the convenience of Artie's family.

 

Miss Mary P. Kalafut

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Miss Mary P. Kalafut, 97, a lifelong resident of Vine Street, Plymouth, passed into Eternal Life Saturday night in the Laurels at Kingston where she recently resided.      

Born December 8, 1913 in Plymouth, she was a daughter of the late Stephen and Elizabeth (Spisak) Kalafut.  She was educated in Saint Stephen’s School, Plymouth.      

Miss Kalafut was a devout Catholic who served her parish for many years as sacristan at the former Saint Stephen's Roman Catholic Church, Wadham Street, Plymouth.   

A daily Communicant, she would prepare the altar linens, clean and decorate the sanctuary and help prepare the church for weekly and holyday devotions.  She also held membership in the former Parish Choir, Altar and Rosary Society and the Ladies Club.  She served under several pastors over the years, and would walk each day across town both to and from her duties and activities at church.  Her daily walks garnered her as being a well known Plymouth figure, meeting and greeting many on her route.  Later in life, and as the eldest parishioner, she recently was given the distinct honor of symbolically "locking" the parish doors one final time by former pastor, the Very Reverend Donald J. Williams, V.F. as the church was consolidated into the present All Saints Parish Community of Plymouth.      

She is also remembered by family and friends as being an accomplished seamstress who shared her talents with those she knew.      

She was preceded in death by brothers; Stephen Kalafut, Michael Kalafut, Infant brother Edward Kalafut, and most recently, John P. Kalafut, and by sisters, Elizabeth Harry, Helen Batory, Margaret Janosik and Ann Marie Kalafut.      

Surviving are her sister, Mrs. Cecilia I. Morris, North Wilkes-Barre, and numerous nieces and nephews spanning several generations, including Robert D. Janosik of Pringle who often resided with Mary and served as caregiver in her later years, tending to her personal, medical and social needs.      

Mary’s family would also like to gratefully acknowledge the staff of the Laurels at Kingston for the caring, professional compassion they gave to her in her final days.      

Funeral services for Miss Kalafut will be conducted on Wednesday at (9:00 a.m.) from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, North Wilkes-Barre, followed by a Funeral Mass at (10:00 a.m.) in All Saints Parish Community, 66 Willow Street, Plymouth, with the Reverend Robert Kelleher, pastor, officiating.      

Interment will be in Saint Stephen's Roman Catholic Cemetery, Jackson Road, Lehman Township.      

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to join her family for visitation and remembrances Tuesday evening from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m.      

Memorial contributions may be made in Mary's memory to All Saints Parish Community, 66 Willow Street, Plymouth, PA 18651.

 

MR. ANDREW MISHKIN
OCTOBER 27, 2011            

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Mr. Andrew Mishkin, 88, a resident of the East End section of Wilkes-Barre, passed away peacefully Thursday evening at his residence in the presence of his loved ones following a brief illness.      

His two month illness took him to the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center and the Timber Ridge Health Care Center, all of Plains Township, prior to his passing.      

He was born in Wilkes-Barre January 25, 1923 to the late Nicholas and Anna (Handza) Mishkin.      

He was educated in the city schools, and was a member of Saint Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Wilkes-Barre.       

A veteran of the Second World War, Mr. Mishkin proudly served our country in the Army Air Corps as an airborne paratrooper.       

Until his retirement, he was employed in the local manufacturing and construction industries, working with the former Shelborne Electronics Corporation, Sordoni Construction Company, Kanaar Corporation of Kingston and the Chamberlain Corporation in Scranton, where he manufactured shells for the United States Army.      

He is remembered by family and friends as being an avid hunter, reader and prolific speaker, and was an expert marksman.  His talents accumulated him many trophies and awards as a Marksman First Class, and previously taught the Wilkes-Barre City Police Department the art of sharpshooting.  He also produced and distributed bullets to several police officers and local departments. In addition he helped build and operate several local shooting ranges.  He was a proud member of the National Rifle Association.      

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters Mrs. Betty Hargraves and Ms. Ruth Mishkin Handza.      

Surviving are his niece, Pastor Deborah Ann Hargraves of Bear Creek Township; Brother-in-law, Mr. Franklin C. Hargraves Jr., also of Bear Creek Township; his caregiver for the past ten years, Mrs. Linda Carr of West Wyoming, several cousins.      

Funeral services for Mr. Mishkin will be conducted on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, followed by services at 2:30 p.m. in Saint Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church parlors with the Reverend Gary John Scharrer, his pastor, officiating.      

Interment will be private and at the convenience of his family in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hanover Township.    

 Relatives and friends may join his family for visitation and remembrances Tuesday from 12 noon until the time of services.      

In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Mishkin's name to Saint Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, 663 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705 or to Hospice Community Care, 601 Wyoming Avenue, Kingston, PA 18704.

 

MRS. IRENE T. SAUKULYAK
OCTOBER 22, 2011

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Mrs. Irene T. (Popovich) Saukulyak, 86, of New Street, Wilkes-Barre Township, fell asleep in the Lord Saturday afternoon in the Keystone Garden Estates, Larksville, following a brief illness.              

Born August 31, 1925 in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter to the late John and Barbara (Pastirchak) Popovich.  Educated in the city schools, she was a graduate of the James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre.              

Until her retirement, she worked alongside her husband in the daily operations of the family's business, the former F.&W. Watch Repair Company of Wilkes-Barre.  Prior to that, she worked for the former B.F. Goodrich Company of Wilkes-Barre.              

She and her husband, Mr. Joseph B. Saukulyak celebrated sixty-one years of married life together on September 9th.              

Mrs. Saukulyak was a lifelong devoted member of Holy Assumption of Saint Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, where she and her husband were active in parish affairs.  She also held membership in the Saint Nicholas Apostolate at church.              

She was preceded in death by an infant sister Barbara and by sisters Mary Popovich and Helen Bogusky as well as a brother, George Popovich.              

Suviving, in addition to her beloved husband Joseph at home are her sons, Joseph J. Saukulyak and his wife Elizabeth of Kingston, Richard G. Saukulyak at home; Grandchildren, including Joseph, Janet and Karen Saukulyak; Sister-in-Law, Mary Popovich of Wilkes-Barre, Sister Ann Popovich, Brother-in-Law, Stephen Bogusky and several nieces and nephews.              

Funeral services with Panachida will be conducted 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, followed by the Office of Christian Burial with Divine Liturgy in Holy Assumption of Saint Mary Byzantine Catholic Church with the Very Reverend James G. Hayer, pastor officiating.              

Interment will follow in the parish cemetery, Lake Street, Dallas.              

Relatives and friends may join her family for visitation and remembrances Tuesday evening from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m.  A Parastas service will be conducted Tuesday evening at 4:00 p.m. with Father Hayer officiating.              

In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Saukulyak's name to Saint Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, 695 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705 or to the Alzheimer's Association, Kirby Health Center, Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.

 

MISS EMILY KOVALIK
OCTOBER 21, 2011  

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Miss Emily Kovalik, 87, formerly of East Chestnut Street in the North End section of the city, passed into Eternal Life Friday morning in the Riverstreet Manor, where she had resided for several years.      

Born August 4, 1924 in Wilkes-Barre, she was daughter of the late John and Mary (Ungvarsky) Kovalik.  She was educated in the city schools and worked for the former Central Slipper Company as a sewing machine operator.      

A lifelong resident of North Wilkes-Barre, she was a member of Holy Assumption of Saint Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, where she remained very active until her health began to fail.  She especially enjoyed preparing food for the annual bazaar as well as for many of the church dinners.      

Emily was preceded in death by sisters Leona Quarteroni, Mary Gonska, Anna Ulihanick and Irene Kovalik, and by brothers Michael, George, John and Andrew Kovalik.  She is survived by her brother Joseph Kovalik, Wilkes-Barre Township and several nieces and nephews.      

The family wishes to express their gratitude to Hospice of the Sacred Heart and the staff at Riverstreet Manor for the care they provided for Emily.      

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with the Office of Christian Burial at Saint Mary's Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, Lake Street, Dallas with her pastor, the Very Reverend James G. Hayer, officiating. There will be no public calling hours.      Memorial contributions may be made in Emily's name to the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

 

MRS. CAROL ANN (NIED) WOZINSKI
OCTOBER 14, 2011                

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Mrs. Carol Ann (Nied) Wozinski, 71 of Shickshinny Lake, passed into Eternal Life Friday evening in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital following a brief illness.      

Born September 22, 1940 in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of the late Henry F. and Ann Cecilia (Roddick) Nied.  Educated in the area schools, she was a graduate of the former Central Catholic High School, Class of 1958.    

 Associated with her family business most of her life, she and her husband, Mr. Albin F. Wozinski owned and operated Nied Auto Supply on the Sans Souci Parkway, retiring in 1999.      

The couple recently celebrated forty-five years of married life on September 17th.      

She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish/Saint Martha's Roman Catholic Church, Stillwater.  Active in parish affairs, Mrs. Wozinski was a member of the Lady's Club and also formerly taught religious education classes at Saint Martha's.      

She is remembered by family and friends as being a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all who knew and loved her. She was also an avid “Bunco” player.    

 In addition to her parents, Mrs. Wozinski was preceded in death by an infant sister, Judith and a brother Henry (Hank) Nied.      

Surviving, besides her husband Albin at home, are sons Mark D. and his wife Francine, Mountaintop; Tony M., at home; Vincent R. and his wife Christine, Shickshinny Lake; Daniel M. and his wife Suzanne Klein, New Providence, NJ and Patrick A. of Bellefonte, PA.  Beloved grandchildren, including Amanda, Carissa, Maxwell and Christopher as well as several nieces and nephews.      

Funeral services for Mrs. Wozinski will be conducted on Tuesday at 9:45 a.m. from the Clarke Piatt Funeral Home, 6 Sunset Lake Road, Hunlock Creek, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. in the Saint Martha worship site of Holy Spirit Parish with the Reverend Maria Savari Thumma, parochial vicar, officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Stillwater.      

Relatives and friends may join her family for visitation and remembrances Monday evening from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.      

In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made in Carol Ann's memory to Holy Spirit Parish, 150 Main Street, Mocanaqua, PA 18655-1599.      

The John V. Morris Family is honored to care for Mrs. Wozinski, her husband and family at this time.

MR. WILLIAM NEWTON LEONARD JR.
SEPTEMBER 24, 2011              

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Mr. William Newton Leonard Jr., a resident of Sullivan Place Retirement Community, HanoverTownship, passed away unexpectedly Saturday morning at his residence.      He was born March 30, 1945 in Harrisburg and attended the Philadelphia School for the Deaf.       

Locally, Mr. Leonard worked in restaurant maintenance for the former Saber Room, the S&W restaurants and the King Court Diner, of Wilkes-Barre.      

Surviving are children Jeffrey, Jesse, Lisa, Barbara, Sherry and Rose along with thirteen grandchildren all of the Wyoming Valley.      

Memorial funeral services will be Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre.  Relatives and friends may call from 6:00 until the time of services.  Memorial donations will be accepted at the funeral home. 

 

INFANT GERARD THOMAS GILROY JR.
AUGUST 28, 2011

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Infant Gerard Thomas Gilroy Jr. passed into the arms of Our Lord Sunday evening prior to his birth in the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township.

Gerard is the son of Debra Walker and Gerard Thomas Gilroy of Plains Township. He is survived by his maternal grandparents, Eugene and Philomena Walker of Wyoming and Paternal grandmother, Randi Evans of Florida, along with several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Infant Kylie Savannah Walker on July 21, 2010.

Relatives and friends may join his parents and family for visitation and comforting support Thursday evening 7:00 p.m. at the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, North Wilkes-Barre.

MRS. JOHANNA A. ZAPOTOCZNY

AUGUST 22, 2011

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     Mrs. Johanna "Joan" A. (Stawicki) Zapotoczny, 87 of Madison Street, North Wilkes-Barre, passed into Eternal Life early Monday morning surrounded by her loving family at her residence following a recent illness.

     Born June 4, 1924 in Nanticoke, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Ratajczak) Stawicki.  Educated in the Nanticoke schools, she was a graduate of the Nanticoke High School.

     Following her education, Mrs. Zapotoczny worked as a "Rosie the Riveter" in both the New York City and Niagara Falls areas during the war in military aircraft production.  Locally, she later worked for the former Cohen Fine Manufacturing Company as a seamstress.

     She was a member of Saint Andre Bessette Parish Community, having previously attended Saint Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church, where she was formerly involved in the Altar and Rosary Society and parish social club of Saint Stanislaus Kostka.  She also held membership in the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club, having enjoyed the outdoors, and was a previous member of the International Ladies Garment Worker's Union and the Serve Your City Club.

     In her leisure time, Mrs. Zapotoczny loved to travel extensively with her family and had volunteered many hours with the Meals on Wheels program and the American Red Cross.

     She was preceded in death by her step-father, Stanley Kadluboski; brothers Henry and Eugene Stawicki, by nieces Carole McCoy, Bett and Peggy Stawicki and most recently, by her son, Tony Zapotoczny on July 20, 2010.

     Surviving are her husband of sixty-two years, Mr. Stanley A. Zapotoczny, at home; Daughters, Regina T. Zapotoczny, L.P.N. and her companion, John Hannagan and Mrs. Ann M. Bozinski and her husband Dennis, all of North Wilkes-Barre; Dr. Mary Howson, M.D. and her husband, David Pohl of Ithaca, NY.  Grandchildren, Jeffrey Zapotoczny, Audrey Urban and her husband Rob, Joanna Mansfield and her husband Nick, Rachel and Charlotte Howson, Patrick and Bradley Bozinski; Great-Granddaughters, Xena Urban and Nina Mansfield.  Several nieces and nephews.

     She is remembered by family and friends as being a loving, devoted wife and mother.   She was an excellent cook who made sure meals were prepared daily for her family.  She will be greatly missed.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Zapotoczny will be conducted on Thursday at 9:00 a.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, North Wilkes-Barre, followed by a  concelebrated funeral mass at 9:30 a.m. in the Saint Stanislaus Kostka worship site of Saint Andre Bessette Parish Community with the Reverend Michael J. Kloton, parochial vicar, and the Reverend Joseph M. Horanzy, pastor emeritus, officiating.

     Interment with Rites of Committal will follow in Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery, Field Street, Nanticoke.

     Relatives and friends may join her family for visitation and remembrances Wednesday evening from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

 

MR. RICHARD G. OWENS

AUGUST 15, 2011

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     Mr. Richard G. Owens, 80, formerly of Elizabeth Street, Wilkes-Barre, more recently, a resident of Forrest Road, Mountaintop, passed into Eternal Life early Monday morning in the Smith Health Care Center, Ltd., Mountaintop following an illness.

     Born December 30, 1930 in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Morgan and Martha (Gerback) Owens.  Educated in the city schools, he was a graduate of the G.A.R. Memorial High School, Wilkes-Barre.  During his education, he was a member of the Boys Scouts of America, having attained the rank of Life Scout.

     Following his education, he enlisted with the United States Navy, and proudly served our country during the Korean War.

     Until his retirement, he had been employed as an electrician with Local #1319 Electrician’s Union for several years.  Previously, he was employed by the Ballister Optical Labs of Wilkes-Barre.

     He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joan Kehoe Owens as well as his second wife, Barbara Elsesser Gricol Owens.  Also, by sisters, Dorothy Ridinger and Miriam Rowlands and a brother Robert Owens.

     Surviving are his children, Richard R. Owens, at home, Ken Owens and Jennifer Filbert of Mountaintop; a daughter, Karen and Peter VanPatten of McMinnville, Oregon.  Grandchildren, including Selby Owens, Caitlin Van Patten, Erin VanPatten, Kelly VanPatten and Christa Filbert;  Brothers, Morgan Owens of Levittown and Ralph Owens of Rahway, NJ;  One sister, Mrs. Thelma Murtagh, Wilkes-Barre;  Several nieces and nephews.

     Funeral services for Mr. Owens will be conducted on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. from the John V. Morris - Charles J. Leagus Funeral Home, 281 East Northampton Street, Wilkes-Barre Heights with the Reverend Anne E. Emery, pastor of Christ United Presbyterian Church, Lee Park, Hanover Township.

     Interment with committal services will follow in Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery, 1594 South Main Street, Hanover Township.

     Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to join his family Monday evening for visitation and remembrances from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.

     In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 1327 Pittston Avenue, Scranton, PA 18505-1536 or to the Alzheimer's Association, 57 North Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-1309.

 

 

MR. MICHAEL S. POTSKO

AUGUST 19, 2011

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     Mr. Michael S. Potsko, lovingly known as "Mr. Mike", 55 of Ashley, passed into Eternal Life unexpectedly Friday August 19th at his residence.

     Born in Ashley on March 5, 1956, he was a son of the late Andrew and Edna (Sosnowski) Potsko.  Educated in the Hanover schools, he was a graduate of the former Hanover High School.  He was a member of Saint Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Wilkes-Barre.

     Prior to his disability in September of 2005, Michael was employed by King Fifth Wheel of Mountaintop for over twenty-six years.

     He is remembered by family and friends as being a devoted husband and father.   Enjoying the outdoors, he was an avid gardener, and could often be found in his yard tending to his plants.  "The Mayor" as he was also known to some, always had time to stop and talk.  Michael loved his "other kids" , the family's cats.

     In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Judith Janowski in 1989.

     Surviving are his wife of 31 years, the former Elaine M. Gaughan at home, his precious daughter, Erica of Forty-Fort, brother Andrew T. Potsko and his wife Debra of Wilkes-Barre, several nieces nephews, and his "kids" including Itsy, Bitsy, Spider, Peanut and Phil.

     Funeral services for Michael will be conducted on Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, North Wilkes-Barre, followed by services at 10:00 a.m. in Saint Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Reverend Gary John Scharrer, his pastor, officiating.  Interment will follow with committal services in the chapel of Maple Hill Cemetery, East Saint Mary's Road, Hanover Township.

     Relatives and friends may join his family for visitation and remembrances Sunday evening from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

     In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made in Michael's memory to the Luzerne County S.P.C.A., Fox Hill Road, Plains Township, PA 18705.

 

MRS. VIOLA (BOHLANDER) STEVENS

AUGUST 13, 2011

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     Mrs. Viola (Bohlander) Stevens, 88, a former resident of McLean Street in the Rolling Mill Hill section of the city, passed into Eternal Life unexpectedly Saturday evening at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, with whom she recently resided.

     Born November 15, 1922 in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of the late William and Lottie (Solt) Bohlander.  She was educated in the city schools.

     While living in Wilkes-Barre, Mrs. Stevens was a member of the Albright United Methodist Church where she was active in church affairs, being a former member of the senior citizens and women's clubs.  More recently, she attended Saint Paul's Lutheran Church, Mountaintop.

     Mrs. Stevens is remembered by family and friends as being a devoted and loving mother and grandmother, whose family was the center of her life.

     She was preceded in death by her husband John William Stevens in 1987, more recently by a daughter, Carole Whetstone in 2001; Also by sons-in-law, Bruce Whetstone and John O'Byrne; a brother, Roy Bohlander and a sister, Verna Edwards.

     Surviving are her children Richard Stevens and his wife Joanne of Wilkes-Barre and Beth Ann Eckert and her husband Raymond, with whom she recently resided.  Grandchildren including Bruce Whetstone, Megan Whetsone McNulty, Ricky and Mark Stevens and John O'Byrne; Several nieces and nephews.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Stevens will be conducted on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. from the John V. Morris - Charles J. Leagus Funeral Home, 281 East Northampton Street, Wilkes-Barre Heights with the Reverend Michelle Kaufman, pastor of Saint Paul's Lutheran Church, Mountaintop, officiating.

     Interment with Committal services will follow in Hanover Green Cemetery, Hanover Township.

     Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to join Mrs. Steven's family for visitation and remembrances Monday from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

     In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Steven's memory to the Albright United Methodist Church, Dana & Grove Streets, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702; Saint Paul's Lutheran Church, 316 South Mountain Boulevard, Mountaintop, PA 18707 or to the Luzerne County S.P.C.A., Fox Hill Road, Plains Township, PA 18705.

 

MR. NORMAN H. (BUTCH) DAVIS JR.

JULY 27, 2011

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          Wilkes-Barre City Assistant Fire Chief Retired, Mr. Norman H. (Butch) Davis Jr., 63 of Kirkendall Avenue Wilkes-Barre, passed into Eternal Life unexpectedly Wednesday morning at his residence.

     Born September 16, 1947 in Ashley, he was a son of Mrs. Mildred (Lutes) Davis of West Virginia and the late Norman Davis Sr.

     Educated in the city schools, he was a graduate of the G.A.R. Memorial High School, Wilkes-Barre.  He later furthered his education by attaining courses in paralegal assistance.

     A veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, Butch proudly served our country with the United States Marine Corps, earning the rank of Corporal upon his honorable discharge.  He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Rifle Marksman Badge for his duties to country.

     Until his recent retirement in January of this year, Butch served the citizens of Wilkes-Barre City as a member of the Bureau of Fire, earning the rank of Assistant Chief at the time of his departure.  He was well known and respected by his colleagues both in the city fire department as well as surrounding municipalities.  In his professional career, he was a member of the International Association of Firefighters Local #104 of Wilkes-Barre, where he served as vice president and on the state level with the N.E.P.P.F.F.O. where he served in the offices of vice president and recording secretary for many years until his passing.  He was also a member of the Pro Board on the state level of firefighters associaitons.  He also attended the Central United Methodist Church in Wilkes-Barre and held membership in the Blue Lodge #61 of the Free and Accepted Masons.

     He and his wife, the former Barbara Fritzges, celebrated 35 years of married life together.  He is remembered by family and friends as being a loving husband and father who adored his grandchildren.  He was always there in a time of need for anyone he knew and cared for.  He was a wonderful brother and a devoted servant to the citizens of this city and their protection for over thirty years.

     Norm was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Davis and by a brother, Glenn Davis.

     Surviving, in addition to his wife Barbara at home, are sons Jason Davis and his wife Sandra of Kingston and Edmund Smith and his wife Tracy of Wilkes-Barre;  Grandchildren, Alyssa Kilbourn, Austin (A.J.) Smith, Jaxson Davis and Sydney Smith;  Brothers and sisters including Greg, Stephen, Scott, Todd, Darcy, Susan, Chreryl, Rawlyn and Lynette.  Numerous nieces, nephews, colleagues and friends.

     Funeral services for Chief Davis will be conducted on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. from the John V. Morris - Charles J. Leagus Funeral Home, 281 East Northampton Street, 281 East Northampton Street, Wilkes-Barre Heights with the Reverend Dr. Paul C. Amara, pastor of the Central United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment with committal services will follow in the chapel of Maple Hill Cemetery, Saint Mary's Street, Hanover Township.

     Relatives and friends may join his family Friday evening from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. for visitation and remembrances at the funeral home and on Saturday morning from 11:00 a.m. until the time of services.

 

 

MS. MARIE JEAN ONZIK

JULY 23, 2011

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     Ms. Marie Jean Onzik, 69, formerly of North Wilkes-Barre, more recently a resident of B'nai B'rith Apartments Wilkes-Barre, passed into Eternal Life Saturday morning in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital following an illness.

     Born May 10, 1942 in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter to the late Sigmund Kozielski and Mary (Goman) Onzik.  She was educated in the city schools and attended the James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre.

     Until her retirement, Marie was employed as a sock liner for Carter Footwear Company in the Parsons section of the city.

     She was a member of the Parish Community of Saint Andre Bessette, having previously attended Saint Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church, where she held membership in the womens' club.

     She was preceded in death by a brother Robert Onzik and a sister Marguerite Chorba.

     Surviving are her daughter Lisa Krommes and the lights of her life, her granddaughters, Kieran and Kendall Krommes, of whom she loved “A Bushel and a Peck”  all of Greensboro, N.C.  Also surviving are her nieces, Barbara and Laraine Chorba, both of Florida and a nephew, David Chorba of California.

     Memorial Funeral Services will be announced at a later date by the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre.

 

 

MRS. MARY I. (BENISH) GREYTOCK

JULY 20, 2011

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     Mrs. Mary I.  (Benish) Greytock of North Pennsylvania Avenue in the Brookside section of the city, passed into Eternal Life unexpectedly Wednesday morning at her residence.

     Born May 3, 1921 in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of the late John and Julia (Holecz) Benish.  She was educated in the city schools.

     She was a member of Saint Andre Bessette Parish Community, and had previously attended Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church of North Wilkes-Barre.

     Mrs. Greytock previously worked as a seamstress in various dress factories with our local garment industry.

     She is remembered by family and friends as being a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to her familywho would often share her sewing talents with those she loved.

     She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Mr. Edward A. Greytock Sr. on December 27, 2003, and by a brother, Mr. Peter Benish.

     Surviving, are her children, Mary Ann Strelecki and her husband Bryant of Ferndale, PA; Edward A. Greytock Jr. and his wife Arlene of Levittown and John Greytock of Langhorne.  Nine grandchildren;  Ten great-grandchildren;  Brother, Joseph Benish of Penndel, Helen Cavanaugh of Mountaintop and Anne Palmentero of Swoyersville;  Several nieces and nephews.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Greytock will be conducted on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. in the Saint Stanislaus Kostka worship site of Saint Andre Bessette Parish, 668 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre with the Reverend Father Kenneth M. Seegar, pastor, officiating.

     Interment will be in Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Cemetery, Dorchester Drive, Dallas.

     Relatives and friends may join her family for visitation and remembrances Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home.

     In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions are requested in Mrs. Greytock's memory for Saint Andre Bessette Parish, 666 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705.

 

MR. JOHN J. “PATSY” PACIGA

JULY 12, 2011

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         Mr. John  J. "Patsy" Paciga, age 86 , of North Wilkes-Barre, passed into Eternal Life Tuesday morning  unexpectedly.

     Mr. Paciga was born in Wilkes-Barre, May 29, 1925, son of the late Thomas and Helen (Sirocki)  Paciga.  He was educated in the city schools, and attended the James M. Coughlin High Schoool, Wilkes-Barre.  Following his education, Mr. Paciga proudly served our country during the Second World War with the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater.

     He was a member of Saint Andre Bessette Parish, previously attending Saint Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church, North Wilkes-Barre.

     Until his retirement he had been employed the The Lion Inc., Wilkes-Barre over thirty-five years.  He previously worked with the Justin-Morris Casket Company and assisted at the John V. Morris Funeral Homes, all of Wilkes-Barre.   He was a member of the Brewery and Soft Drink Workers, Local # 163; a life member of the North End Slovak Citizens Club; a member of the Plains Senior Citizens and the Brookside American Legion Post #837.

     He and his wife, the former Florence Kowalski celebrated their fifty-first wedding anniversary on April 30th. 

   Besides his parents, Mr. Paciga was preceded in death by brothers, Thomas, Andrew, Urban, Bernard, more recently William and by a sister, Rita Paciga.

     Surviving besides his wife, Florence at home is a son, John J. and his wife Laurie of Shavetown; two granddaughters, Emily and Maggie Paciga, a sister, Elizabeth Jones, Colonia, New Jersey, and several nieces and nephews.

     Funeral services for Mr. Paciga will be conducted on Friday at 9:00 a.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, followed by a funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church, 668 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, celebrated by the Reverend Kenneth M. Seegar, pastor.

          Interment will be at Mount Olivet Roman Catholic Cemetery Carverton section of Kingston Township.

     Relatives and friends may join his family for visitation and remembrances at Morris Funeral Home Thursday evening from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m.

Norman H. "Butch" Davis Jr.

July 11, 2011

Wilkes-Barre City Assistant Fire Chief Retired, Mr. Norman H. "Butch" Davis Jr., 63, of Kirkendall Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, passed into Eternal Life unexpectedly Wednesday morning, July 27, 2011, at his residence. Born September 16, 1947, in Ashley, he was a son of Mrs. Mildred (Lutes) Davis of West Virginia and the late Norman Davis Sr. Educated in the city schools, he was a graduate of the GAR Memorial High School, Wilkes-Barre. He later furthered his education by attaining courses in paralegal assistance. A veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, Butch proudly served our country with the U.S. Marine Corps, earning the rank of Corporal upon his honorable discharge. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Rifle Marksman Badge for his duties to country. Until his recent retirement in January of this year, Butch served the citizens of Wilkes-Barre City as a member of the Bureau of Fire, earning the rank of Assistant Chief at the time of his departure. He was well known and respected by his colleagues, both in the city fire department as well as surrounding municipalities. In his professional career, he was a member of the International Association of Firefighters Local No. 104 of Wilkes-Barre, where he served as vice president and on the state level with the NEPPFFO. where he served in the offices of vice president and recording secretary for many years until his passing. He was also a member of the Pro Board on the state level of firefighters' associations. He also attended the Central United Methodist Church in Wilkes-Barre and held membership in the Blue Lodge No. 61 of the Free and Accepted Masons. He and his wife, the former Barbara Fritzges, celebrated 35 years of married life together. He is remembered by family and friends as being a loving husband and father who adored his grandchildren. He was always there in a time of need for anyone he knew and cared for. He was a wonderful brother and a devoted servant to the citizens of this city and their protection for over 30 years. Norm was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Davis; and by a brother, Glenn Davis. Surviving, in addition to his wife, Barbara, at home, are sons Jason Davis and his wife, Sandra, of Kingston, and Edmund Smith and his wife, Tracy, of Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren, Alyssa Kilbourn, Austin (A.J.) Smith, Jaxson Davis and Sydney Smith; brothers and sisters including, Greg, Stephen, Scott, Todd, Darcy, Susan, Cheryl, Rawlyn and Lynette; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, colleagues and friends. Funeral services for Chief Davis will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday from the John V. Morris-Charles J. Leagus Funeral Home, 281 E. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre Heights, with the Rev. Dr. Paul C. Amara, pastor of the Central United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment with committal services will follow in the chapel of Maple Hill Cemetery, Saint Mary's Street, Hanover Township. Relatives and friends may join his family from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday visitation and remembrances at the funeral home and from 11 a.m. until the time of services Saturday. 

 

MRS. STEFFIE (GOWALKO) MESHKO

JULY 5, 2011

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     Mrs. Steffie (Gowalko) Meshko, 84 , formerly of Nicholson Street, Wilkes-Barre Township, passed into Eternal Life Tuesday afternoon in the Thornwald Nursing Home, Carlisle.

    She was born December 26, 1926 in Wilkes-Barre and was educated in the city schools.

     Mrs. Meshko previously attended Holy Assumption of Saint Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, North Wilkes-Barre.

     Until her retirement, she had been employed in the local garment industry for the former Central Slipper Company of Wilkes-Barre.

     She was preceded in death by her husband George, and more recently by her daughter Georgianna Sincavage on April 27, 2007, as well as a brother John and a sister Sophie.

     Surviving are her son-in-law, Mr. John G. Sincavage, of Mechanicsburg; Granddaughter, Stephanie Waddingham and her husband Jason of Orlando, Florida.  Great-Grandsons Jack and Joey Waddingham, Orlando.  Several nieces and nephews.

     Funeral services with Panachida will be conducted on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. from the John V. Morris - Charles J. Leagus Funeral Homes, 281 East Northampton Street, followed by the Office of Chirstian Burial with Divine Ligurgy at 10:30 a.m. in Holy Assumption of Saint Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, 695 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre with the Very Reverend James G. Hayer, pastor, officiating.  Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Lake Street, Dallas.

     Relatives and friends may join her family for visitation and remembrances from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services Saturday morning.

 

 

MRS. DEBORAH SAMKO PEARLMAN

JULY 6, 2011

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   Deborah Samko Pearlman, 56, beloved wife, teacher and friend, of Kingston, passed away Wednesday morning at her residence after a courageous battle with cancer.

     Born on April 6, 1955 in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of John and Olga (Kirsh) Samko, both of blessed memory.

     Debbie, as she was known to all who knew and loved her, graduated from the James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre.   After many years working for the Kiddie Shoppe downtown as a sales person, display manager and buyer, she furthered her education by earning a bachelors degree in elementary and special education from the former College Misericordia and her masters degreee in early childhood education from King's College.

     Upon completing her education, Debbie worked as a teacher for several years at United Hebrew Institute and most recently as a devoted special education teacher at Wyoming Valley West High School for the last eight years.

     Debbie is survived by her husband, Stanley Pearlman, with whom she recently celebrated their fifteenth wedding anniversary, by her aunt Helen Thomas, and numerous cousins.

     Her husband Stan would like to thank the following individuals for their kind and compassionate care shown; Dr. David Greenwald and the staff of Medical Oncology Associates, Dr. William Hottenstein, Dr. Mark Schiowitz, Erwine's Home Health Care and Hospice, including aide, Donna Fergerson and nurses Mac, Renee, Patti, Amber and Donna.

     Funeral services for Debbie will be conducted on Friday at 9:30 a.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, followed by Services at 10:00 a.m. in Saint Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Reverend Allen Vomhof, Pastor of Saint Stephen’s Lutheran Church, Dickson City, officiating.  Interment will follow in Temple B'nai B'rith Cemetery, South Main Street, Hanover Township.

     Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to join her family for visitation and remembrances Thursday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

     In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made to the Deborah Samko Pearlman Educational Scholarship Award Fund, c/o The Luzerne Foundation, 140 Main Street, Luzerne, PA 18709.

     Shiva will be observed at the family residence, 554 Gibson Avenue, Kingston Sunday, Monday and Tuesday from 2:00 until 4:00 and from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m.

 

 

MR. MILAN ANTON MANIK

JULY 2, 2011

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     Mr. Milan Anton Manik, 65 of Pittston Township, passed into Eternal Life Saturday at his residence.  Born in Slovakia, he immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 21, working in New York City in building services.  He relocated to the Wyoming Valley and assimilated to his new homeland.  He is remembered as being a family oriented, gentle and caring man who loved golf, horses and playing hockey at the Ice-A-Rama.

    He was preceded by a son Rubin in 2007.

     Surviving are his wife of 34 years, Olga at home three children and one grandson.

     Relatives and friends may join his family for visitation and remembrances Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. until the time of services 11:00 a.m. at the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre.  Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Dallas.  Online words of comfort may be sent to www.JohnVMorrisFuneralHomes.com.

 

 

MR. JOHN J. “ROCKY” SEPELA

JUNE 30, 2011

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     Mr. John J. “Rocky” Sepela, 81 of Wilkes-Barre, passed into eternal life Thursday afternoon after a brief stay in the inpatient unit of Hospice of the Visiting Nurses Association at Heritage House, Wilkes-Barre, following an illness.

     Born November 28, 1929 in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late John and Mary (Sokola) Sepela.  He was a graudate of the former Saint Nicholas High School, Wilkes-Barre.  He furthered his education by attending the Wilkes-Barre Business College.

     Mr. Sepela was a member of Parish Community of Saint Andre Bessette of Wilkes-Barre, previously attending Saint Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church.  Active in his parish, he was a former member of the Holy Name Society and held membership in the Men of the Sacred Heart.

     Until his retirement, he was employed byt Carter Footwear of Wilkes-Barre.  Following his retirment, he kept active, and worked part time in the bakery department at Wegman's Supermarket in Wilkes-Barre Township.  He also worked in the business office of CSI International, Inc. at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. 

     He also held membership in several fraternal groups including the Brookside Sportsmans' Club at Lake Wallenpaupack and the North End Slovak Citizens Club, with whom he held several offices over the years.

     He and his wife, the former Stephanie Zapotoczny celebrated their fifty-seventh wedding anniversary on November 28, 2010. 

     He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Joseph, infant sister, Anna and more recently, a brother Robert J. "Bobby" Sepela in 2005.

     Surviving, in addition to his wife Stephanie at home, are their children, John J. Sepela and his wife Lindsay of Mountaintop, Marie G. Sepela, at home, Susan Yozwiak and her husband, Jerry of Plains Township and Thomas J. Sepela and his wife Kelly of Mountaintop.

     Grandchildren to whom he was affectionately known as "Poppy" include Jonathan Sepela, Alex Sechrist, Cooper Sechrist, Victoria, Adam and Benjamin Yozwiak, Emily, Nicholas, Joshua and Grace Sepela. 

     Brothers, Raymond Sepela and his wife Lynn, Edmund A. Sepela, all of North Wilkes-Barre, a sister, Mary Sepela, also of Wilkes-Barre, several nieces and nephews.  

     His family would like to publicly thank Dr. Yanoshak and his staff in the P.C.U. at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township for their care and dedication to their father in his illness.

     Funeral services for John will be conducted on Tuesday, July 5th at 9:00 a.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, North Wilkes-Barre, followed by a Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m., in the Saint Stanislaus Kotstka worship site of Saint Andre Bessette Parish, 666 North Main Street, North Wilkes-Barre with the Reverend Michael J. Kloton, Parochial Vicar, as celebrant.

     Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Blanchard and Cemetery Streets, Plains Township.

     Relatives and friends may join his family for visitation and remembrances Monday at 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

 

MRS. RITA E. (SUFRINKO) BUCHOWSKI

JUNE 22, 2011

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     Mrs. Rita E. (Sufrinko) Buchowski, 84 formerly a lifelong resident of the Korn Krest section of Hanover Township, passed into Eternal Life Wednesday evening in the Guardian Elder Care Center, Sheatown, Newport Township following an illness.

     Born in the Korn Krest section of Hanover Township on March 3, 1927, she was a daughter to the late George and Anna (Buksar) Sufrinko Sr.  She was educated in the Hanover Area schools.

     Until her retirment, Mrs. Buchowski worked in our area's garment industry as a presser in several garment factories throughout the Wyoming Valley.  She held membership in the International Ladies Garment Worker's Union.

     Mrs. Buchowski was a member of Saint Mary, Protection of the Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Church, Chestnut Avenue, Kingston.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Joseph Buchowski in 1978, a sister, Elsie Sufrinko and brothers Eugene and more recently George Sufrinko.

     Surviving are her children and their spouses including Joseph Buchowski and his wifre Naomi of Wilkes-Barre, Marcella Krokowski and her husband Joseph of Plymouth, Barbara Cool and her husband Arthur of Wilkes-Barre and Robert Buchowski and his wife Sandra of Canton, Texas;  Thirteen grandchildren, Michele Allunis, Paul Allunis, Joseph Buchowski Jr., Tiffany Buchowski, Michelle Hogan, Joseph Krokowski Jr., John Krokowski, James Krokowski, Yvonne Latsha, Gregory Gancarcik, Andrew Straub, Jr.  Angela Kemp, Jarred Kemp, as well as several Great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter.  A sister, Mrs. Olga Prushinski of Hanover Township, Several nieces and nephews.

     Funeral services with Panachida will be conducted on Monday at 9:15 a.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, North Wilkes-Barre, follolwed by the Office of Christian Burial with Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m. in Saint Mary's Protection Byzantine Catholic Church with the Reverend Mykhaylo Prodanets, pastor, officiating.

     Interment with Rites of Committal will follow in Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery, 1594 South Main Street, Hanover Township.

     Relatives and friends may join her family for visitation and remembrances on Sunday from 2:00 until 5:00 p.m.  There will be a Panachida service conducted Sunday at 4:45 p.m. with Father Prodanets, officiating.

     In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made to Guardian Elder Care Center147 Old Newport Street, Nanticoke, PA 18634-1327.

 

 

MR. ROBERT CARTER HAYES JR.

JUNE 15, 2011

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     Mr. Robert Carter Hayes Jr., 80 of Wilkes-Barre, passed into Eternal Life Wednesday evening in the Inpatient Unit of Hospice Community Care at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.

     Born December 1, 1930 in Amityville, Long Island, New York, he was the son of the late Robert Carter Hayes Sr. and Vivian (Mitchell) Hayes.  He was a graduate of the Franklin K. Lane High School in Woodhaven, New York.

     Mr. Hayes proudly served our country for three years during the Korean War with the First Division of the United States Marine Corps.

     Until his retirement, he had been employed as an aircraft mechanic at John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York City for over thirty-five years with the former Pan-American Airways, specializing in avionics.

     He attended the Messiah Primative Methodist Church, Bear Creek, and held membership in the transit workers union.

     He and his wife, the former Kathryn B. Hemmerich, celebrated their fifty-sixth wedding anniversary this past year.

     He was preceded in death by an infant son, Robert Carter Hayes III and by twin sisters Alice Struss and Florence Petokas.

     Surviving, in addition to his wife Kathryn at home, are their son Hadley R. and his wife Dorothy A. Hayes of Pocono Lake.  His granddaughter, Heather Rae Hayes; Great-grandson, Robert Carter Hayes IV; Twin sister, Sylvia Jean Armstrong of Wildwood, New Jersey, Several nieces and nephews.

     Funeral services for Mr. Hayes will be conducted on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, North Wilkes -Barre with the Reverend Reginald Thomas, pastor of Messiah Primitive Methodist Church, officiating.

     Interment will follow in Chapel Lawn Memorial Park, PA Route #415, Dallas.

     Relatives and friends are invited to join his family for visitation and remembrances Friday evening from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

     In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Hayes' memory to Hospice Community Care, 601 Wyoming Avenue, Kingston, Pennsylvania 18704.

 

MRS. MARY (ORLASKI) STEFANOSKI

JUNE 10, 2011

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          Mrs. Mary (Orloski) Stefanoski, 86, formerly of the Brookside section of Wilkes-Barre, passed into Eternal Life Friday afternoon in the Partridge-Tippet Nursing Center at Wesley Village, Jenkins Township following an illness.

     Born July 25, 1924 in Dupont, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Malyszko) Orlaski.  She was educated in the Wilkes-Barre schools.

     Until her retirement, Mrs. Stefanoski worked in the area's garment industry as a seamstress with the former Val Sportswear of Wilkes-Barre and held membership of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.

     She was a member of the Catholic Community of North East Wilkes-Barre. At Saint Stanislaus Kostka church, she was active with the Rosary Society and the Social Club.

     She and her husband, Mr. Nicholas C. Stefanoski celebrated 63 years of married life together.

     She was preceded in death by brothers Joseph and Walter Orlowski and a sister, Cecilia Orlowski.

     Surviving in addition to her husband Nicholas at home are their daughters, Mrs. Celia Norian and her husband Sandy of Palm Springs, California and Miss Susan Stefanoski of Valley Village, California.  Several nieces and nephews.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Stefanoski will be conducted Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, North Wilkes-Barre, followed by a funeral mass at 9:30 a.m. in Saint Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church with the Reverend Father Kenneth M. Seegar, pastor as celebrant.

     Interment with Rites of Committal will follow in Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Cemetery, West Wyoming.

     Relatives and friends may join Mary's family for visitation and remembrances Tuesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.

     Mary’ family would like to acknowledge the caregivers and professional staff of Wesley Village Campus and Hospice of the Sacred Heart for the care and support they showed her during her stay.

     In lieu of floral tributes memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Stefanoski’s memory to Wesley Village Campus, 209 Roberts Road, Pittston, PA 18640.

 

 

MR. JOHN T. YURGAITIS

JUNE 8, 2011

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     Mr. John T. Yurgaitis, 97, formerly of East Jackson Street, Wilkes-Barre, passed into Eternal Life Wednesday morning, June 8th  in the Inpatient Unit of Hospice of the Visiting Nurses Association following an illnes.

     Born May 26, 1914 in New Kennsington, PA, he was a son of the the late John and Sophie Yurgaitis.  He was educated in the city schools, and previously attended Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church prior to the consolidation of Our Lady of Hope Parish Community of Wilkes-Barre.

     Until his retirement, he worked as a truck driver for Matheson Transfer Company of Forty-Fort, and previously for Pat Clune Transfer of Wilkes-Barre's East End.

     He was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie (Kolotica) Yurgaitis on November 28, 2000 and by a brother Joseph and sisters Julie Eleanor and Dorothy.

     Funeral services for Mr. Yurgaitis will be conducted on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Cemetery, PA Route #115, Bear Creek Township.  The Reverend John L. Terry, pastor of Our Lady of Hope Parish will offer the Rites of Committal.  Relatives and friends are invited to go directly to the cemetery chapel for services.  There will be no public calling hours.

     Funeral services and care of Mr. Yurgaitis' family at this time are by the John V. Morris - Charles J. Leagus Funeral Home, 281 East Northampton Street, Wilkes-Barre Heights.

 

 

MR. BERNARD N. KACZMAREK

JUNE 1, 2011

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     Mr. Bernard N. Kaczmarek, 75 of  Wilkes-Barre Township, passed into Eternal Life Wednesday evening in the Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Plains Township, following an lengthy illness.

     Born January 12, 1936 in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son to the late Raymond J. and Anna V. (Mihalick) Kaczmarek.  Educated in the city schools, he was a graduate of the former Marymount High School, Wilkes-Barre.  Following his education, he served with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict.

     Until his retirement, he had been employed by the Mid East Aluminum Company of Mountaintop.  Previously, he worked as a chef for the former Percy A. Brown Company of Wilkes-Barre in the store's cafeteria restaurant.

     He is remembered by family as having a love of the outdoors, spending many hours fishing on the Susquehanna River, and was an avid Philadelphia Phillies fan.

     In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Kaczmarek and by a brother, Raymond Kaczmarek Jr.

     Surviving are brothers and their wives, Mr. Edmund and Mrs. Evelyn Kaczmarek of Mountaintop, Mr. Ronald and Mrs. Mary A. Kaczmarek of Bethel, PA; Sister, Mrs. Sara Zavada of Reading; Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

     Funeral services for Mr. Kaczmarek will be conducted on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, with the Reverend Kenneth M. Seegar, Pastor  of the Catholic Community of North East Wilkes-Barre, officiating.

     Interment will follow in Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery, South Main Street, Hanover Township.

     Relatives and friends may call on Tuesday from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. until the time of Services.

     In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made to the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center Voluntary Services, 1111 East End Boulevard, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711.

 

MRS. IRENE M. HANDO

MAY 23, 2011

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     Mrs. Irene M. (Halicki) Hando, 87, formerly of North Grant Street, Wilkes-Barre, passed into Eternal Life Monday afternoon in the Timber Ridge Nursing Center, Plains Township.

     Born April 16, 1924 in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of the late John P. and Amelia (Ryitalski) Halicki.  She was educated in the city schools.

     Until her retirement, Mrs. Hando was employed by the former Shelborne Electronics of Wilkes-Barre, previously for the Stegmaier Brewing Company.  She also previously worked as a housekeeper in her parish rectory at Holy Assumption of Saint Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, North Wilkes-Barre.

     She is remembered by family as having a love of fishing and camping, and would often enjoy crabbing down the shore.  She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who always shared her warm smile with all those she knew and loved.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. James Anthony Hando on March 16, 1987; by children Justine, Arlene, Antoinette, Charles, Donald, Patricia and Lenore by an infant brother Zigmund, brothers and sister, John & Eddie Halicki and Josephine Stefanski.

     Surviving, are sons, Anthony James Hando, at home; David and Millie Hando of Kingston; Dennis and Linda Hando of Harding; Theresa and John Stackonis, Paulette and Bruce Reilly, all of Wilkes-Barre; Donna and Bruce Davis of Plains; Several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a brother, Alfonso Halicki of Boston.

     Funeral services with Panachida will be celebrated Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, North Wilkes-Barre, followed by the Office of Christian Burial with Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Assumption of Saint Mary Byzantine Catholic Church with the Very Reverend James G. Hayer, Pastor, officiating.

     Interment will be next to her husband in the parish cemetery, Lake Street, Dallas.

     Relatives and friends may join her family for visitation and remembrances Thursday evening from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. where a Parastas service will be offered with Father Hayer officiating.

     In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Hando's memory to the S.P.C.A. Fox Hill Road, Plains Township, PA 18705.

 

 

MRS. HELEN L. ECKHART

MAY 20, 2011

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     Mrs. Helen L. Eckhart, 95, went with her Lord after a beautiful life here on earth.

    She was born on July 7, 1915 to Johanna (Lewis) Edwards and Arthur Edwards.  She was a life resident of Forty-Fort and graduated from the former Forty-Fort High School, class of 1933.

     She was a previous member of the Forty-Fort United Methodist Church, and the Irem Auxiliary.

     Her husband Clarence (Pete) Eckhart, preceded her in death in 1997.

     She loved Harvey's Lake as a child and talked about the steamship rides from Sunset to Hansons.  She and her family camped there often.  After marriage, she and her husband build their own family cottage.  In later life they spent many winters in Florida at various camp grounds. 

     In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, William Edwards, Grandson, Paul, several cousins and in-laws.

     Surviving are her sons, Les, Bill and Art; Six grandchildren and several great-grandchildren and by a sister, Ann Thomas.

     Special thanks are given to Highland Manor for the care they had shown Helen especially in her later years; to Tina for the many hours over the years she spent with mother; to Mr. and Mrs. Dominick Mattei for the many years of help shown the family.

     Private graveside committal services were held at Chapel Lawn Memorial Park, Dallas.  The Reverend William Lewis officiated.

     The John V. Morris Family is honored to care for Mrs. Eckhart and her family in their time of sorrow.

 

 

MR. JOHN P. KALAFUT

MAY 21, 2011

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     Mr. John P. Kalafut, 85, of Washington Avenue, Plymouth, passed into Eternal Life unexpectedly Saturday evening in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. 

     He was born October 27, 1925, a son to the late Stephen and Elizabeth (Spisak) Kalafut.  He was educated in the Plymouth schools.  Following his education, he proudly served our country during the Second World War in both the European and Pacific Theatres in the U.S. Army as a truck driver for petroleum distribution.  Upon his Honorable Discharge in 1946, he earned several citations including the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal; EAME Campaign Medal; the American Camaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal; and Good Conduct Medal.

     Until his retirement, he was employed as a glazier by the Anthracite Glass Company of Scranton, and previously the Mesko Glass Company and Riddon Glass Company, both of Wilkes-Barre for over fourty-five years.

     Mr. Kalafut was a member of All Saints Parish Community, Plymouth and had previously attended Mass at Saint Stephen's R.C. Church.  He also held membership in the International Painters and Allied Trades Union (IPAT) for many years.

     He is remembered by family as being a wonderful grandfather to his three grandsons, taking them fishing and attending various school activies over the years.  Enjoying his craft, he would often help  neighbors and family members with various construction projects, and was known as being an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan.

     He was most recently preceded in death by his beloved wife of fifty-three years, the former Dolores A. Stepanik on January 22nd, and by brothers Edward, Stephen & Michael Kalafut; Sisters, Ann Marie Kalafut, Elizabeth Harry, Margaret Janosik and Helen Batory.

     Surviving are his son, John P. and his wife Sharon M. Kalafut of Allentown, along with their three sons, David R., Joseph P. and John R. Kalafut, all of Allentown.  sisters, Mary P. Kalafut, Plymouth and Cecilia I. Morris of North Wilkes-Barre; Numerous nieces and nephews. 

     Funeral services for Mr. Kalafut will be conducted on Thursday at 9:15 a.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. in All Saints Parish Community, Willow Street, Plymouth.

     Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Lehman Township.

     Relatives and friends may join his family for visitation and remembrances Wednesday evening from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m.

     In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Kalafut's memory to All Saints Parish Community, 66 Willow Street, Plymouth, PA 18651.

 

MR. RONALD S. STEFANKO

MAY 17, 2011

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     Mr. Ronald S. Stefanko, 64, of South Sherman Street, Wilkes-Barre, passed away Tuesday afternoon in HCS Hampton House, Hanover Township, following a courageous battle with cancer.

     Born July 5, 1946 in Wilkes-Barre, he was son of the late Stephan J. and Mary (Kollar) Stefanko.  Educated in the city schools, he was a graduate of the G.A.R. Memorial High School, Wilkes-Barre.

     He was a member and lead singer with the local musical band, "The Tones" since 1962.

     He was preceded in death by sisters Eleanor Sachs and Marcella Birge.

     Surviving, are a sister, Carolyn Savelli of Wilmington, DE; Several nieces, nephews and companion, Barbara Strittmatter of Hanover Township.

     Funeral services for Ron will be private and at the convenience of his family from the John V. Morris Funeral Homes of Wilkes-Barre.

 

 

MR. JOSEPH M. HALCISAK

MAY 13, 2011

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      Mr. Joseph M. Halcisak, a resident of Refuge Drive East, Drums, passed into the arms of Almighty God Friday afternoon in the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Plains Township, following an illness.

     Born May 18, 1935 in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Michael and Anna (Dinis) Halcisak.  Educated in the city schools, he was a graduate of the James M. Coughlin High School and the former Wilkes College, earning a degree in Business Administration.

     Until his retirement, he was employed for the Omron Electronics Corporation of Chicago, Ill, as the West Coast Regional Sales Manager for over twenty-five years.  Previously, he was employed by the McDonnell-Douglas Corporation in the Aerospace industry.

     He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.  An avid golfer, he attained a hole-in-one for his golf talents at Sand Springs Golf Community in Drums.

     He and his wife, the former Mary Ann Wilhelm celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary on June 15, 2010.

     He was preceded in death by a brother, Stephen J. Halcisak and by a sister, Miss Cecilia Halcisak.

     Surviving, in addition to his wife Mary Ann at home, are a brother William Halcisak of Ocean Ctiy, MD, Mrs. Mary Maleski of Lawrenceville, NJ; Mrs. Theresa McMaster and her husband Jack of New Castle, DE; Mrs. Ann Kollesar and her husband Albert of North Wilkes-Barre; Brothers-in-Law, William B. Wilhelm and his wife Rosemary and Stephan Wilhelm;  Cousins, John and Pauline Dinis, both of North Wilkes-Barre, Mary Flussi, Wilkes-Barre; Jan & Curits Howard, Eldorado Hills, CA. Numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces & great-nephews;

     Funeral services for Mr. Halcisak will be conducted on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. with a Memorial Funeral Mass in Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church. The Reverend  Michael J. Kloton, Parochial Vicar, will be celebrant.

     Interment will follow in the parish cemetery, Dorchester Drive, Dallas.

     Relatives and friends are invited to join Joseph's family at the church for visitation and remembrances from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services.

     The John V. Morris Family is honored to care for Mr. Halcisak, his wife and family in their time of sorrow.

     Memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s  local chapter, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Geisinger Medical Group 1010 East Mountain Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

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Nor toss my ashes to the sea.

Remember now those years gone by...

When loving gifts I gave to thee.

Remember now the happy times...

The family ties we shared.

Don't leave my resting place unmarked

As though you never cared.

Deny me not one final gift

For all who come to see...

A single lasting proof that says

I loved...and you loved me."

 

MRS. JOHANNA (PAKOSH) DOVIDAS

MAY 13, 2011

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       Mrs. Johanna  Dovidas, age 87 , of Kingston Commons entered into eternal life  Friday, May 13, 2011 at the facility following an illness.

     Born June 22, 1923 in Nanticoke, she was the last surviving daughter of six children to the late Stephen and Katherine (Shemanski) Pakosh.

     She was educated in the Nanticoke schools.  She and her late husband, Mr. Edmund J. Dovidas married in 1944, and moved to New Jersey in the early 1950s.  Mrs. Dovidas relocated to the Wyoming Valley following Edmund's death. 

     Locally, she worked with the Luzerne County Head Start and Foster Grandparent programs, caring for area youth by preparing meals for over twenty-five years.

     She was a member of the Parish Community of Saint Andre Bessette, and is remembered by family as having an affinity for Ukrainian music and dancing.  She also enjoyed traveling with her family in the continental United States and abroad.

     In addition to her husband Edmund, she was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.

     Surviving are sons, Thomas S. Dovidas and his wife Julie of Nutley, NJ and Edmund J. Dovidas and his wife Harriet of Orlando, FL.  Three grandchildren; One great-grandchild; Several nieces and nephews.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Dovidas will be conducted on Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, followed by a funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. in Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church with the Reverend Michael J. Kloton, Parochial Vicar, officiating.

     Interment will be in Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Cemetery, PA Route #115; Bear Creek Township.

     Relatives and friends may join her family for visitation and remembrances Tuesday morning from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services

 

MRS. MARJORIE J. (WARNER) CONNIFF

MAY 8, 2011

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 Mrs. Marjorie J. (Warner) Conniff, a resident of Dallas, formerly of Plymouth, passed into Eternal Life Sunday evening in the Hospice of the Visiting Nurses Association inpatient unit at Heritage House Wilkes-Barre.

     She was born August 27, 1919 in Larksville, a daughter to the late John and Mary (Liptak) Mihoch.  She was a graduate of the former Plymouth High School.

     Mrs. Conniff was employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry at the employment office in Wilkes-Barre, serving as a claims adjuster until her retirement.

     She was a member of Saint Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Wilkes-Barre, and formerly held membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxillary of Plymouth.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Joseph R. Conniff, by sisters Anne McClure, Helene White and Dorothy Stalevicz and by brothers Lt. Col. John P. Mihoch and Stephen T. Mihoch.

     Surviving are her son, Michael S. Warner, Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren, Michael I. Warner of Dallas and Lisa Sacco of Hazleton;  Great-granddaughters; Kelly, Cathryn, Brooke and Caroline.  Stepdaughter Ellen (Jean) Conniff Roman of Blandon, PA; Step-grandson, Atty. Thomas Roman, Gary, N.C.; Step-granddaughter, Elena Roman Marasco, Blandon, PA; Her sister, Olga Keefe of Plymouth, Several nieces and nephews.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Conniff  will be conducted Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, North Wilkes-Barre with services to follow in Saint Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church.  The Reverend Gary John Scharrer, her pastor, will officiate.  Interment with committal services will follow in Fern Knoll Burial Park, Midland Avenue, Dallas.  There will be no public calling hours.

 

 

MR. PETER KOHAN JR.

MAY 4, 2011

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     Mr. Peter Kohan Jr., 88 of Chestnut Street, in the Georgetown section of Wilkes-Barre Township, passed into Eternal Life peacefully early Wednesday morning in the Little Flower Manor, Wilkes-Barre.

     Born July 11, 1922 in Wilkes-Barre Township, he was a son of the late Peter and Mary (Grohol) Kohan Sr.

     He was a graduate of the former Wilkes-Barre Township High School.  Following his education, he joined the military and served with the United States Army during the Second World War in the European Theater.  He earned the rank of Sergeant, serving with Company D, 1308th Engineering General Service.  Later, his tours of duty would include service in the Pacific Theater prior to his Honorable Discharge in 1946.

     Until his retirement, he was employed by Johnson Engineering of Wilkes-Barre as a machinist for several years.  He was a founder and member of the Wilkes-Barre Township American Legion Post #815.

     Mr. Kohan was preceded in death by a brother John and by a sister Anna Kohan.

     Surviving are his brother, Mr. Joseph Kohan and his wife Anna of Wilkes-Barre Township; A niece, Joanne Wood and her husband, Peter of Kingston, and three great nephews.

     Mr. Kohan’s family would like to acknowledge Dr. John M. Kish, D.O., his staff and the staff of Little Flower Manor for the professional care and compassion he received from them over the years.

     Funeral services with Panachida will be conducted on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. from the John V. Morris - Charles J. Leagus Funeral Home, 281 East Northampton Street, Wilkes-Barre Heights, followed by the Office of Christian Burial with Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m. in Saint John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, 526 Church Street, Wilkes-Barre Township.  The Reverend Mykhaylo Prodanets, pastor will serve as celebrant, and Mr. George Daru, cantor.

     Interment with Rites of Committal will be in Saint Mary's Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, Lake Street, Dallas.

     Relatives and friends may join Mr. Kohan's family for visitation and remembrances Friday evening from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m.  A Parastas service will be conducted 6:00 p.m. with Father Prodanets officiating.  The Wilkes-Barre Township American Legion, Post #815 will conduct military honors 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

     Memorial donations, if desired, may be made in Peter's memory to Saint John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, 526 Church Street, Wilkes-Barre Township, PA 18702.

 

 

MR. PETER KOHAN JR.

MAY 4, 2011

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     Mr. Peter Kohan Jr., 88 of Chestnut Street, in the Georgetown section of Wilkes-Barre Township, passed into Eternal Life peacefully early Wednesday morning in the Little Flower Manor, Wilkes-Barre.

     Born July 11, 1922 in Wilkes-Barre Township, he was a son of the late Peter and Mary (Grohol) Kohan Sr.

     He was a graduate of the former Wilkes-Barre Township High School.  Following his education, he joined the military and served with the United States Army during the Second World War in the European Theater.  He earned the rank of Sergeant, serving with Company D, 1308th Engineering General Service.  Later, his tours of duty would include service in the Pacific Theater prior to his Honorable Discharge in 1946.

     Until his retirement, he was employed by Johnson Engineering of Wilkes-Barre as a machinist for several years.  He was a founder and member of the Wilkes-Barre Township American Legion Post #815.

     Mr. Kohan was preceded in death by a brother John and by a sister Anna Kohan.

     Surviving are his brother, Mr. Joseph Kohan and his wife Anna of Wilkes-Barre Township; A niece, Joanne Wood and her husband, Peter of Kingston, and three great nephews.

     Funeral services with Panachida will be conducted on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. from the John V. Morris - Charles J. Leagus Funeral Home, 281 East Northampton Street, Wilkes-Barre Heights, followed by the Office of Christian Burial with Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m. in Saint John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, 526 Church Street, Wilkes-Barre Township.  The Reverend Mykhaylo Prodanets, pastor will serve as celebrant, and Mr. George Daru, cantor.

     Interment with Rites of Committal will be in Saint Mary's Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, Lake Street, Dallas.

     Relatives and friends may join Mr. Kohan's family for visitation and remembrances Friday evening from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m.  A Parastas service will be conducted 6:00 p.m. with Father Prodanets officiating.  The Wilkes-Barre Township American Legion, Post #815 will conduct military honors 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

     Memorial donations, if desired, may be made in Peter's memory to Saint John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, 526 Church Street, Wilkes-Barre Township, PA 18702.

 

MRS. NANCY S. (SOLOGOVITCH) CARMON

APRIL 25, 2011

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     Mrs. Nancy S. (Sologovitch) Carmon, 59, of Charter Drive, Mountaintop, passed into Eternal Life unexpectedly Monday evening at her residence following a brief illness.

     Born July 27, 1951 in Dahlgren, Virginia, she was the only child of Helen (Sochko) Sologovitch, and the late John J. Sologovitch, who passed on February 14, 2009.

     Educated in the city schools, she was a graduate of the James M. Coughlin High School.  She furthered her education by attaining a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in Secondary Education from the former Wilkes College.

     Until her retirement, she was employed by the call center in Wilkes-Barre.  Previously, she was employed by the American Red Cross Blood Services as the Director of Communications  for the Northeast Pennsylvania region.  She also worked in advertising at the former Boston Store in downtown Wilkes-Barre.

     She was a member of Holy Assumption of Saint Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, North Wilkes-Barre.   An avid golfer, she enjoyed playing golf at Wyoming Valley Country Club, Wilkes-Barre Municipal Golf Club, and the Hollenback Golf Course.

     She is remembered by family and friends for her straight forward personality, who always displayed a loving and caring nature with those she knew and loved.

     In addition to her father's recent passing, she is also preceded in death by an aunt, Jane Gillespie and her cousin, Carol Hergert.

     Surviving are her husband, Mark T. Nilon, at home with whom, celebrated their twentieth anniversary this past September.  Also surviving are her mother Helen of Mountaintop; Several aunts, uncles and cousins.

     Funeral services with Panachida will be conducted on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, followed by Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m.  in Holy Assumption of Saint Mary Byzantine Catholic Church with the Very Reverend James G. Hayer, pastor, officiating.

     Interment will follow in the parish cemetery, Lake Street, Dallas.

     Relatives and friends may call on Friday evening from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m.  There will be a Parastas service conducted 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Father Hayer officiating.

     In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions are requested in Nancy's memory to The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program, 17 South Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

 

MR. WILLIAM GIRVAN JR.

APRIL 20, 2011

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     Mr. William Girvan Jr., 93 of Bear Creek Boulevard, Plains Township, passed into Eternal Life unexpectedly Wednesday afternoon at his residence.  Born March 9, 1918 in Plainsville, he was the son of the late William and Mary (Ryan) Girvan.  He was educated in the local schools.

     Mr. Girvan was a veteran of the Second World War and served in the South Pacific as a Staff Sergeant with the United States Army 3427th Ordnance Company.  Upon his honorable discharge in 1946, he was awareded the Good Conduct Medal, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal.

     He later served as a merchant marine aboard several vessels in the Great Lakes Region.  Locally, he worked for the C.F. Goeringer Construction Company for a number of years, and most recenly, was self-employed in the hospitality industry until his retirement.

     He is remembered by family and friends as having a love of boating and enjoyed roller skating locally.

     He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Leona E. Kadluboskie in 1996 and by sistersMary Drey and Lydia Smith.

     Surviving, are his daughters, Diane Girvan, North Wilkes-0Barre; Christine Busch and her husband Don of Dallas; Grandsons, Derek Natoli, Las Vegas, NV and Michael Toma, of Wilkes-Barre; Several nieces and nephews.

     Funeral services and interment will be private and at the convenience of Mr. Girvan's family from the John V. Morris Funeral Homes of Wilkes-Barre. There will be no public calling hours.

     Relatvies and friends are welcome to send his daughters and family online words of comfort and friendship by visiting our website at www.JohnVMorrisFuneralHomes.com.

     Memorial contributions are requested in Mr. Girvan’s memory to the Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN  38105-3678.

 

MRS. SUSAN (KOMNATH) WILDES

APRIL 18, 2011

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     Mrs. Susan (Komnath) Wildes, 50 of North Walnut Street, in the Georgetown section of Wilkes-Barre Township, passed into Eternal Life Monday morning in the Golden Living Center Summit Campus, Wilkes-Barre, following an exhausting battle with cancer.

     Born May 21, 1960 in Wilkes-Barre, she was the youngest of three daughters to the late George and Ann (Haslinsky) Komnath, Jr.  She was educated in the Wilkes-Barre Township schools, later graduating from the James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre, class of 1978.

     For years prior to her illness, Susan's smile and friendly personality could be seen at the counter or drive up window of Citizens Bank at Market Street Square, where she worked as a bank teller.  In her spare time, she devoted much of her efforts to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life as a volunteer.

     She was a member of Saint John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, Wilkes-Barre Township.

     In addition to her parents, Sue's husband Dennis J. Wildes preceded her in death on October 19, 2004 after his valiant battle with cancer.

     She is survived by her loving son, Dennis J. Wildes II, by her two caring sisters, Carol A. Marino and her husband Anthony and Geraldine Madden and her husband Thomas, all of Wilkes-Barre Township, as well as two nieces including Carla Mueller and her husband Mark of Florida, Mandy Fox and her husband Edward of Wilkes-Barre, her nephew,Thomas Madden and his companion Brandy Stetz of Wilkes-Barre Township; Great nieces, Izabella Fox, Madelyn Fox and Grace Anne Madden-Stetz;  Several aunts, uncles and Numerous cousins.

     Funeral services for Sue will be conducted on Holy Thursday at 10:00 a.m. from the John V. Morris - Charles J. Leagus Funeral Home, 281 East Northampton Street, Wilkes-Barre, followed by the Office of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in Saint John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, 526 Church Street, Wilkes-Barre Township with the Reverend Mykhaylo Prodanets, pastor, officiating.

     Interment with Rites of Committal will follow in Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery, South Main Street, Hanover Township.

     Relatives and friends may join her family for visitation and remembrances Wednesday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  Panachida will be conducted 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home with Father Prodanets, officiating.

     In lieu of floral tributes, contributions in Sue's memory will be accepted at the funeral home for various charities selected by her family.

 

MRS. ANASTASIA MONKO ROSKOS

APRIL 12, 2011

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     Anastasia Monko Roskos, Forty Fort, passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 of natural causes. She was in her 100th year.

Stasia, as she preferred to be called, was born at home on December 21, 1911 to the late Joseph Lish and Mary Monko. She was a 1928 graduate of Forty Fort High School.

Stasia was proud of telling stories about her early and high school years; taking the trolley to Wilkes Barre for her job as an usherette at the Poli Theatre and meeting many of the actors of the time; then as a secretary for the Prudential Insurance Company of America, as she fondly called the company. After her marriage, she then held various secretarial positions for companies in both Philadelphia and Washington, DC, following her husband in his career. Always first and foremost, Stasia was a loving wife and mother.

She was a member of the Forty Fort Presbyterian Church and enjoyed being involved with various church women's groups over the years. She volunteered as a Candy Striper for the Nesbit Memorial Hospital, Kingston, as well as for various church and charitable activities.

Her husband of 49 years, Michael, preceded Stasia in death in 1989. Her daughter Elaine and her husband Richard Raymond, Miami, Florida and son Lawrence, Forty Fort, and numerous nieces and nephews survive her.

Stasia's humor, ready smile and fondness of saying "too-da-loo" instead of good bye will be deeply missed by her family, neighbors and friends. Her family would especially like to thank family, neighbors, friends and care givers for the love and support they gave Stasia not only during her failing years but throughout her life. Stasia especially enjoyed receiving cards and letters from out-of-town family and former Forty Fort neighbors, and the Forty Fort Presbyterian Church Women's Group. Thank you all.

The Roskos family would also like to thank the staff of caregivers of Riverstreet Manor, Wilkes Barre for the dedication to their craft and love and support that they showed Stasia during her stay.

Memorial funeral services for Mrs. Roskos will be conducted on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Forty-Fort Presbyterian Church, 1244 Wyoming Avenue, Forty-Fort, with the Reverend William Lukesh, pastor, officiating.

Relatives and friends may join her family for a memorial visitation and remembrances Friday evening from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at church.

Interment will be in Fern Knoll Burial Park, Midland Avenue, Dallas.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Forty Fort Presbyterian Church, 1244 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, PA 18704 or the charity of the donor's choice.

 

 

Miss Isabelle L. Gush
April 9, 2011

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    Miss Isabelle L. Gush, 85 of Carver Street, Plymouth, passed into Eternal Life Saturday afternoon in the inpatient unit of Hospice Community Care at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, following an illness.

     Born September 4, 1925 in Pittston, she was a daughter of the late George and Isabelle (Trusa) Gush.  Educated in the Plymouth schools, she was a member of the 1943 graduating class of the former Plymouth High School.  She furthered her education by attending nursing school at New York City Hospital, where she worked for thirty-eight years prior to her retirement as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

     Miss Gush was a member of All Saints Parish Community, and had previously attended Mass at Saint Stephen's Roman Catholic Church, Plymouth, where she formerly served with the parish Christian Women's club.  She also held membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary 1425 and the American Legion Auxiliary 463, both of Plymouth.

     In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother George Gush, a nephew, Leonard Bish and a great-niece, Christine Bish.

     Surviving are her sister, Mrs. Dorothy Bish, Plymouth; Niece Dorothyann Lapresi, Rochester, NY; Nephews, George Bish, Chicago, Ill, Elmer Bish, Van Nuys, CA and Richard Bish of Kingston; Great nieces & nephews; Godchild, Maria and several cousins.

     Her family would like to thank the doctors and staff of Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center and Hospice Community Care, as well as Manor Care of Kingston where she recently resided, for making her final days as comfortable as possible.

     Funeral services for Miss Gush will be conducted on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. from the Andrew Strish Funeral Home, 11 Wilson Street, Larksville, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. in All Saints Parish Community, 33 Willow Street Plymouth with the Reverend Joseph J. Adonizio officiating.

     Interment will follow in Saint Stephen's Roman Catholic Cemetery, Lehman Township.

     Relatives and friends may join her family for visitation and remembrances Tuesday evening from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m.

     In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made in Isabelle's memory to the Wyoming Valley Children's Association, 71 North Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 or to American Cancer Society, 190 Welles Street, Suite #118, Forty-Fort, PA 18704.

 

MISS VERONICA MILLS

APRIL 2, 2011

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     Miss Veronica A. Mills, 95, a resident of West Chestnut Street in the Brookside section of the city, passed into Eternal Life Saturday afternoon in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital following an illness.

     Born January 10, 1916 in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of the late John and Adela (Kuczma) Miskiewicz.  Educated in the city schools, she was a graduate of the James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre.  She furthered her education by attaining a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from East Stroudsburg University.

     Until her retirement some thirty-five years ago, Miss Mills was employed as an elementary school teacher for the Wilkes-Barre Area School District, with her final assignment in the Daniel J. Flood Elementary School, North Wilkes-Barre.

     She was a member of the Parish Community of Saint Andre Bessette, Wilkes-Barre. 

     In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers and sisters including Stanley, Dorothy, Helen, Mrs. Florence Rzemien and by a brother, Leo.

     Surviving, are her brother, Mr. Carl J. Miskowicz, at home; Several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

     Funeral services for Miss Mills will be conducted on Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, North Wilkes-Barre, followed by a Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Saint Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church with the Reverend Kenneth M. Seegar, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Diocesan Roman Catholic Cemetery, Carverton section of Kingston Township. Relatives and friends may join her family for visitation and remembrances Tuesday from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m.

 

 

Miss Catherine Valenta

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  Miss Catherine Valenta, 89, a resident of Stanton Street, Wilkes-Barre, passed into Eternal Life Sunday morning in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital following an illness.

     Born November 25, 1921 in Wilkes-Barre she was a daughter of the late Peter and Eva (Ushinski) Valenta.  Educated in the city schools, she was a graduate of G.A.R. Memorial High School, Wilkes-Barre.

     Miss Valenta was a member of Our Lady of Hope Parish Community, and was previously a faithful member of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, both of the Heights section of Wilkes-Barre.

     She was preceded in death by sisters, Mrs. Frances Geleski, Mrs. Ruth Shanker, Mrs. Florence LaPish and Miss Eleanore Valenta.

     Surviving are several nieces as well as dear friends, Alan, Carolyn and Ana Ruz, of New Jersey.

     Funeral services for Miss Valenta will be conducted on Monday at 9:30 a.m. with a Funeral Mass in Our Lady of Hope Parish, 40 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre with the Reverend John S. Terry, pastor, officiating.  Interment will follow in Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Cemetery, PA Route #115, Bear Creek Township.  There will be no public calling hours.

     Relatives and friends are invited to go directly to the church for services.

     The John V. Morris - Charles J. Leagus Funeral Home is honored to care for Miss Valenta and her friends during this time of transition.

 

MRS. HELEN (PAZAHANICH) GLOMB

March 27, 2011

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     Mrs. Helen (Pazahanich) Glomb, 87, a resident of Washington Square Apartments, previously of Thompson Street, North Wilkes-Barre, passed into Eternal Life Sunday afternoon in Hospice of the Visiting Nurses Association at Heritage House, Wilkes-Barre, following an illness.

     Born March 23, 1924 in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of the late George and Helen (Kuzma) Pazahanich.  Educated in the city schools, she was a member of the 1942 graduating class of the James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre.

     Mrs. Glomb was a member of Holy Assumption of Saint Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, North Wilkes-Barre, and held membership in the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.

     In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Joseph Glomb in 1983, and by a daughter Karen in 1999, a granddaughter, Paula Eckert, Brothers, Michael Pazuhanich, George Pazuhanich, Nicholas Pazuhanich and John Stalnik and Peter Pazahanich.

     Surviving are her daughters, Elaine Pekar of North Wilkes-Barre, Tina Glomb of Plains, Five grandchildren, including Pamela Reichart, Patricia Gribble, Marla Biniek, Richard and Amy Applegate;  Nine great-grandchildren; Four great-great grandchildren; Brother, Andrew Stalnik of Lincoln Park, Michigan, and sister, Mrs. Paul (Mary) Krupa of Ashley;  Several nieces and nephews.

     Funeral services with Panachida will be conducted on Thursday at 9:00 a.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, followed by the Office of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Assumption of Saint Mary Byzantine Catholic Church with the Very Reverend James G. Hayer, pastor, officiating.

     Interment will be next to her husband in the parish cemetery, Lake Street, Dallas.

     Relatives and friends may call on Wednesday from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

     In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Glomb's memory to the charity of the donor's choice

 

 

MR. WILLIAM V. UNVARSKY

March 22, 2011

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    Mr. William V. Unvarsky, 89, of North Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, passed into Eternal Life Tuesday afternoon in the Golden Living Center, Summit Campus, Wilkes-Barre, following an illness.

     Born August 3, 1921 in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Stephen and Anna (Sebolka) UNGVARSKY.  Educated in the city schools, he was a graduate of the James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre.  In his youth, he previously worked on Sebolka's Farm as a milkman. Following his education, he entered the military and proudly served our country with the United States Marine Corps during the Second World War, stationed in the Pacific Theater. 

     After World War II, he and his late brother started the John UNGVARSKY Construction Company of North Wilkes-Barre, building various homes for over forty years.  In the 1980s, he worked for the Bechtel Company in the construction of the PPL nuclear power plant in Salem Township.

     Mr. Unvarsky was a member of the Catholic Community of North East Wilkes-Barre, and held membership in the North End Slovak Citizens Club and the Carpenters Union.

     He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Dorothy J. Cole in 1984; Sisters, Veronica Johns, Agnes Roman, Anna Dering, Mary Minarik and Elizabeth Chulick.  By brothers, Joseph UNGVARSKY, Steven UNGVARSKY, John UNGVARSKY and Andrew L. Unvarsky.

     Surviving, are his beloved caretakers, including daughter, Donna Wysocki of Wilkes-Barre, granddaughter Tiffany Shiloh of Wilkes-Barre Township and grandson, Jason Kopko of Salem, New Hampshire, His special angels and great-grandchildren, Sincere, Maaliyah and Amani Shiloh of Wilkes-Barre Township; Step-children, John Taylor of Wilkes-Barre, Robert Taylor of Ohio and Paul Taylor of Wilkes-Barre Township and Patricia Kopko of Hollywood, Florida.    Daughters, Mary Frances, Roberta, Billie Jo, all of Maryland and Patricia K. of Nanticoke, numerous additional grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Other family members including brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and his special friend, Rocco.

     His family would like to acknowledge the professional care and attention given to their dad by the staff of Golden Liven Center-Summit during his stay.

     Funeral services for Mr. Unvarsky will be conducted on Saturday at10:00 a.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, followed by a funeral mass at 10:30 a.m. in Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church with the Reverend Kenneth M. Seegar, pastor, officiating.

     Interment will be private and at the convenience of his family.

     Relatives and friends may join Bill’s family for visitation and remembrances Friday from 3:00 until 8:00 p.m.

     In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions will be accepted at the funeral home in loving memory of Mr. Unvarsky on behalf of his family.

 

 

MRS. DOROTHY D. (WILLIAMS) OLENIAK

March 21, 2011

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     Mrs. Dorothy D. (Williams) Oleniak, 67 of North Walnut Street, Georgetown section of Wilkes-Barre Township, passed into Eternal Life in the inpatient unit of Hospice Community Care, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, following a courageous battle with cancer.

     Born December 7, 1943 in New York City, she was a daughter of Dorothy M. (Denman) Williams of Kingston and the late Boyd M. Williams.  Educated in the Edwardsville schools, she was a member of one of the last graduating classes of the former Edwardsville High School, Class of 1962.  She furthered her education by attending the Famous Artist School in Westport, Connecticut.

     Until her retirement, Mrs. Oleniak worked as a clerk in the claims department of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania for fifteen years.  Previously, she was employed as a nursery school teacher for the former Ash Street School in Georgetown for ten years.

     Dorothy is remembered by family and friends as having a love of the outdoors.  She especially enjoyed gardening, creating plastic crafts and was a collector of ceramic humming bird figurines.

     In addition to her father Boyd, she was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Leonard S. Oleniak on March 10, 1990 and by an infant daughter, Jill in 1978.

     Surviving, in addition to her mother Dorothy, are her daughters, Jean Wiernusz and her husband Brian of Mountaintop, with whom she recently resided and Julie Conroy of the Miners Mills section of the city; Grandchildren, including Zachary Wiernusz, Jimmy and Dakota Conroy.  Brother, Boyd M. Williams and his wife Susan of Exeter; Sister Pauline Thomas of Kingston; Several nieces and nephews.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Oleniak will be conducted on Friday at 9:00 a.m. from the John V. Morris - Charles J. Leagus Funeral Home, 281 East Northampton Street, Heights section of Wilkes-Barre, followed by a Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Hope Parish Community, 40 Park Avenue, with the Reverend John S. Terry, pastor, officiating.

     Interment will be along side her husband in Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery, South Main Street, Hanover Township.

     Relatives and friends may join Dorothy's family for visitation and remembrances Thursday evening from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, 333 North Summit Street, P.O. Box 10086 Toledo, Ohio 43699-0086 or to Hospice Community Care, 601 Wyoming Avenue, Kingston, PA 18704.

 

MR. GEORGE METROKA (MITROKA)

March 16, 2011

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     Mr. George Metroka, 93, of Noble Lane, Wilkes-Barre, passed into Eternal Life unexpectedly Wednesday evening shortly after his arrival in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

     Born March 4, 1918 in Wilkes-Barre Township, he was the youngest of twelve children to the late Michael and Julia (Mikita) Mitroka.  He was educated in the former Wilkes-Barre Township schools.

     Following his education, Mr. Metroka entered military service and served as a Technician Fifth Grade with the United States Army during the Second World War.  He was stationed in the European Theatre, and was honored to serve in General George S. Patton Jr.’s Third Army.  Upon his honorable discharge from duties in September of 1945, he was awarded several awards and citations including the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with Five Bronze Stars.

     Upon his return to civilian life, he previously worked in our area's coal mining industry.  He later worked as a lineman with the Lehigh Valley Railroad.  Most recently, he was employed for over fifty years, working with the Sabol Family at the former Wilkes-Barre Wholesale Company, retiring at age 81 when the business closed.

     Mr. Metroka was an active member of Saint John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, Wilkes-Barre Township, where he served with the parish Holy Name Society and sang in the church choir.  He also held membership with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Anthracite Post #283 of Kingston.  Previously, he and his son would participate in the Stanton Lanes Barber League of Wilkes-Barre.

     He is remembered by family and friends as being a devoted family man to his wife, children and their families.  He enjoyed dancing with this wife Catherine with whom, he recently celebrtated sixty-eight years of married life on March 9th.  He also enjoyed his trips and visits to area casinos.  Those of whom he admired most in this life were the late General Patton and His Holiness, the late Pope John Paul II.

     He was preceded in death by an infant son, Joseph and by eleven brothers and sisters.

     Surviving in addition to his wife, the former Catherine T. Rossi at home are their children, George M. Metroka of White Haven, Robert J. Metroka and his wife Susan of Hunlock Creek and Judith C. Clark and her husband James of Plymouth Township.  Grandchildren, James Clark Jr. and his wife Victoria, Camille Clark, Bret and Nicole Clark, Joseph Clark and fiance, Amber Bugjo, Loriann and Alfred Yu and Renee and Paul Massie.  Great-grandchildren including Alex and Ben Clark, Mackenzie and Kelsey Clark and Brayden Clark, Two nieces and two nephews.

     Funeral services with Panachida will be conducted on Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. from the John V. Morris - Charles J. Leagus Funeral Home, 281 East Northampton Street, Wilkes-Barre Heights, followed by the Office of Christian Burial in Saint John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church with the Reverend Mykhaylo Prodanets, pastor, officiating.

     Interment will be in Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery, South Main Street, Hanover Township where military honors will be accorded.

     Relatvies and friends are invited to join his family for visitation and remembrances Sunday afternoon from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Parastas will be conducted 7:00 p.m. Sunday with Father Prodanets officiating.

     In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Metorka's memory to Saint John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, 526 Church Street, Wilkes-Barre Township, PA 18702 or to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 4383, Bethlehem, PA 18018.

 

 

MR. JOSEPH A. “HOZAY” MAMOLA
March 10, 2011

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         Mr. Joseph A. "Hozay" Mamola, 53 of Mill Street in the Parsons section of Wilkes-Barre, passed into Eternal Life unexpectedly Thursday afternoon in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital following complications from recent surgery.

     Born May 18, 1957 in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of Joseph C. and Josephine (Coley) Mamola, Parsons.

     He was educated in the former Sacred Heart Parish school, North Wilkes-Barre, and later graduated from the James M. Coughlin High School.

     Joe was employed as an assembler with Inter Metro Corporation, Parsons section of the city.  Previously, he was employed with the former Muskin Pools Company of Wilkes-Barre.

     He was a member of the Catholic Community of North East Wilkes-Barre, and held membership in the North End Slovak Citizens Club, where he presently served as an officer, the Triangle Club of Miners Mills and the Italian Club (I.A.C.C.) of Plains.

     Hozay is remembered by family and friends for his love of harness racing, and visited various tracks throughout the United States.

     Surviving, in addition to his parents at home are his brother, Mark M. Mamola and his wife Kathleen of Wilkes-Barre, his sister Joanne M. Koval and her husband Donald, North Wilkes-Barre, Nieces and nephews including Christopher Koval, Jennifer Panzino, Melissa Miele, Sarah Comparetta, Elizabeth Koval and Mark Mamola.  Also surviving are several great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many wonderful friends.

     Funeral services for Hozay will be conducted on Monday at 10:30 a.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, North Wilkes-Barre, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. in Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, with the Reverend Michael J. Kloton, Parochial Vicar, officiating.

     Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Dorchester Drive, Dallas.

     Relatives and friends may call on Sunday afternoon from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home where vigil services will be accorded.

     In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made in his memory ot the American Red Cross Blood Services, 29 New Commerce Boulevard, Hanover Township, PA 18706.

 

MR. JOHN J. “SMOKEY” SMOLKO
March 8, 2011
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     Mr. John J. “Smokey” Smolko, 82, of the Heights section of Wilkes-Barre, passed into Eternal Life in Williamsburg, Virginia to rejoin his beloved wife Rita in heaven.

     Born October 24, 1928 in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late John and Philomena (Tkacik) Smolko.  Educated in the city schools, he was a graduate of the James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre.

     Following his educattion, Mr. Smolko proudly served our country with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theatre during the Second World War.                                

      Until his retirement, he was employed as the head groundskeeper for King's College, Wilkes-Barre for over twenty-five years.  Previously, he was employed as a furrier with the former Balut's Furs in the Hotel Sterling, Wilkes-Barre for many years.  He was a member of Saint Nicholas Roman Catholic Parish, Wilkes-Barre.

     He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Rita M. Brown on May 4, 2005 and by a brother Frank and sisters Frances and Mary Smolko.

     Surviving are his children, Jack  Smolko and his wife Tracy of Trinity, FL, Bob Smolko and his wife Peggie of Williamsburg, VA and Deborah Smolko Mostashari and her husband Shapoor of Phoenix, AZ.  Grandchildren, including Robbie, Chirstopher and Jordan-Anne Smolko, a sister, Emily Polacheck and her husband Cyril of Endicott, NY, a sister-in-law, Ann Smolko of New Cumberland, PA, Several nieces and nephews.

     Funeral services for Mr. Smolko will be conducted on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. from the John V. Morris - Charles J. Leagus Funeral Home, 281 East Northampton Street, Wilkes-Barre, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. in Saint Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, 226 South Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre, with the Reverend Thomas Carten, C.S.C. of King's College, officiating.

     Interment will be next to his wife in Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Cemetery, Dorchester Drive, Dallas.

     Relatives and friends may join his family for visitation and remembrances Friday evening from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

     In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made to the Saint Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105.

 

MR. LAWRENCE P. “LARRY” CHABAN
March 6, 2011
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      Mr. Lawrence P. "Larry" Chaban, 65, of Rutter Avenue, Kingston, passed into eternal life unexpectedly Sunday morning at his residence.

     Born August 7, 1945 in Tucson, Arizona, he was the son of Mr. Bernard E. Young, Tucson and the late Alexandria Chaban.

     He was educated in the Tucson area schools. 

     Mr. Chaban proudly served our country in the United States Navy, and was stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii with the Pacific fleet.

     He relocated with his wife and family to the greater Wyoming Valley area in 1970, and settled in Kingston.  Until his retirement, he had been employed for over thirty-five years with Offset Paperback Manufacturers of Dallas as a book binder. 

     He is remembered by family and friends as being an avid reader and movie goer.  With his love of motion pictures, he previously wrote movie reviews for the former West Side Weekly newspaper.

     On January 4th, he and his wife, the former Carol Rackley celebrated fourty-three years of married life together.

     In addition to his wife Carol at home, he is survived by children, Matt, Kingston, Jimmy, Larksville, Missy, Kingston and Sara of Ashley.  Their grandchildren, including Kaitlyn, Alexandria, Corwyn, Kaylee and Bobbieann Chapan and L.J. Ralston.

     Funeral services for Mr. Chaban will be private and at the convenience of his family from the John V. Morris Funeral Homes of Wilkes-Barre.  At his previous request, there will be no public calling hours.

     In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Chaban's memory to the Plains Animal Hospital, 242 South River Street, Plains, PA 18705.

 

MISS MARY P. GIBBONS
February 24, 2011
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     Miss Mary P. Gibbons, 101, a former resident of North Franklin Street, North End Section of Wilkes-Barre and currently a resident of Heritage House, Wilkes-Barre, entered Eternal Life Saturday morning, March 5 at the facility.

     Miss Gibbons was born in Wilkes-Barre, October 23, 1909, daughter of the late John and Anna (Connor) Gibbons.

     She was a member of the Catholic Community of North East Wilkes-Barre and was the eldest member of the former Saint John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, of North Wilkes-Barre.  She was educated in the Wilkes-Barre City Schools.

     Miss Gibbons was employed by the former Wilkes-Barre Lace Company for twenty-six years.  She later trained at Saint Mary's Hospital, Scranton to become an X-Ray technician.  Until her retirement, she had been employed by Dr. Charles N. Burns and previously Dr. Hugh G. Boyle as an X-Ray technician.

     She was a member, past Secretary and also served as District Secretary of Quota Club International. 

     Miss Gibbons was a former member of Saint John's Dramatic Club, under direction of former Congressman, Daniel J. Flood.

     She was predeceased by brothers, Robert, Joseph and William Gibbons and a sister, Catherine Gibbons.

     Surviving are sisters; Sr. M. Luke, R.S.M., Mercy Center, Dallas and Mrs. Gertrude Alles, of Wilkes-Barre, several nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

      Funeral services for Miss Gibbons will be conducted on Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. in Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church with the Reverend Kenneth M. Seegar, pastor, officiating.

     Interment will be in the family lot of Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery, South Main Street, Hanover Township.  Relatives and friends are invited to join her family for visitation Tuesday morning at 8:30a.m. until the time of services.

     In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made in Mary's memory to the Catholic Community of North East Wilkes-Barre, 666 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705.

 

MRS. NELLIE (JANISZEWSKI) STEFANOWSKI

February 24, 2011
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Mrs. Nellie (Janiszewski) Stefanowski, 92 of Peachtree City, Georgia, formerly of East Chestnut Street in the Brookside section of Wilkes-Barre ,passed into the open arms of Almighty God Thursday morning just after midnight in the Southland Hospital, Peachtree City, following an illness.

Born January 31, 1919 in Wilkes-Barre, she was daughter of the late Ludwig and Mary (Boris) Janiszewski. She was educated in the city schools.

Previously, Mrs. Stefanowski was a member of the Catholic Community of North East Wilkes-Barre, having attended Mass at Saint Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church. She moved to Georgia in 1997.

She was preceded in death by her husband Humphrey on November 3,1992.

Surviving are her children, Florence Williams and her husband Keith of Peachtree City, GA, and Nicholas Stefanowski and his wife Janice of Langhorne, PA. Grandchildren including Mark Williams of Hoover, AL, Scott Williams of Peachtree Ctiy, GA, Greg Stefanowski of Richboro, PA and Sharon Camarero of Ivyland, PA. Ten great-grandchildren including Brittaney, Derek, Rachael, and Sarah Willaims of Peachtree City, GA; Amy and Shane Willaims of Hoover AL; Nicholas and Ava Camarero of Ivyland, PA and Sophia and Amelia Stefanowski of Richboro, PA several nieces and nephews, Brother-in law and his spouse, Nicholas and Mary Stefanoski, Jenkins Township.

Funeral services for Mrs. Stefanowski will be conducted on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, North Wilkes-Barre, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. in Saint Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church 668 North Main Street with the Reverend Kenneth M. Seegar, Pastor, officiating.

Interment will be in Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery, South Main Street, Hanover Township.

Relatives and friends are invited to join Nellies' family for visitation and remembrances Tuesday morning from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home.

 

MRS. IRENE T. (KORENY) CRAIG
February 21, 2011
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     Mrs. Irene  T. (Koreny) Craig, 88 of North Wilkes-Barre, passed into eternal life early Monday morning in the Hospice Community Care Inpatient Unit following an illness.

     A lifelong resident of Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of the late George and Mary (Monko) Koreny.  Educated in the city schools, she was a graduate of Coughlin High School, and attended the former Wilkes-Barre Business College.

     Until her retirement, she was a supervisor for the PA Department of Public Assistance.

     She was preceded in death by her husband Edward J. Craig on November 22, 2006 and by a sister, Mrs. Marie M. Gomelko.

     Surviving are her daughter, Virginia (Ginny) Craig at home; her sister Florence Kappers and her husband Herman of Exeter.

     She is remembered as being a kind wonderful mother with a good sense of humor and a good heart to all she knew.

     Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of her family with no public calling hours from the John V. Morris Funeral Homes of Wilkes-Barre.

 

MR. CHARLES OLSHEMSKI
February 9, 2011  
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     Mr. Charles Olshemski, 86, a resident of North Washington Street in the Brookside section of the city, passed into the open arms of Almighty God Wednesday evening at the residence of his daughter and son-in-law with whom he recently resided.

     Born March 4, 1924 in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Alex and Stella (Stecula) Olshemski.  Educated in the city schools, he attended the James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre. 

     Following his education, he was employed as a miner in our region's coal industry for several years.   Later, Mr. Olshemski proudly served his country during the Second World War with the United States Coast Guard.

      Following the war, he served the City of Wilkes-Barre as a police officer for over twenty-five years.  Most recently, he retired from his duties as a security officer for the K-Mart Store in Hanover Township.

     He and his late wife Helen owned and operated Bilski's Cafe in the Brookside section of the city for several years.

     Charles was a former parishioner at Saint Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church, North Wilkes-Barre, more recently, Corpus Christi Parish in West Pittston and held membership in Wyoming Valley Lodge #36 of the Fraternal Order of Police in Hanover Township. 

     Mr. Olshemski is remembered by family and friends as having a love of fishing and enjoyed his many trips to area casinos.  He had a deep sense of pride and admiration for the accomplishments of his five beloved grandchildren in both sports and academics.   An avid sports fan, he loved Notre Dame football, and was the recipient of an autographed football from Coach Brian Kelly this past year, presented by the Honorable Judge Joseph Cosgrove and fellow retirees of the Wilkes-Barre City Police Department in attendance.  He also loved rooting for his Philadelphia Eagles and Flyers.

     In addition to his wife, the former Helen F. Bilski, who passed on June 17, 2006, he was preceded in death by brothers and sisters Joseph Olshemski, John Drozd, Mary Wischak, Eva Monchak and Ann Drugash.

     Surviving are his children, JoAnn Miller and her husband Tom of Wyoming, Dr. Frank C. Olshemski and his wife Cindy of Shavertown.  Grandchildren, including Sarah & Rachel Miller, Stephen, Gaby and Maddie Olshemski, along with several nieces and nephews.

     Mr. Olshemski's family would like to acknowledge family friend, the Reverend Monsignor John J. Sempa along with the staff of Complete Home Care of Kingston for the personal, professional care and attention they've shown to our father in his last days.

     Funeral services for Mr. Olshemski will be conducted on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, North Wilkes-Barre, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. in Corpus Christi Parish, Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, 605 Luzerne Avenue, West Pittston with Monsignor Sempa, pastor, officiating.

     Interment wil follow in Mount Olivet Roman Catholic Cemetery, Mount Olivet Road, Carverton section of Kingston Township.

     Relatives and friends are invited to join Mr. Olshemski's family for visitation and remembrances Friday evening from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. 

 

 

MRS. ELIZABETH (SABOL) BALLA
February 9, 2011
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      Mrs. Elizabeth (Sabol) Balla, 85 of Pringle, past into eternal life Wednesday morning in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital following an illness.  Born December 7, 1925 in Edwardsville, she was a daughter of the late John and Mary (Balogh) Sabol.  She was educated in the Kingston schools, and graduated from the former Kingston High School.

     She was a member of Saint Matthew Evangelical Luther Church, North Wilkes-Barre.  She previously worked for the former General Cigar Company of Kingston.  Later, she devoted her life caring for her family.  She and her husband John celebrated 59 years of married life November 3, 2010.

     She was preceded in death by sisters Mary Starosta, Helen, Margaret, Mildred and Anna Sabol and by a brother John Sabol.

     Surviving in addition to her husband John are their son Wayne, both at home.  Her sister Mrs. Olga Balla, niece Sandra Balla and great-nephew Brian Balla, all of Manville, NJ.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Balla will be Friday at 10:00 a.m. in Saint Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Reverend Gary John Scharrer, pastor, officiating.

 There will be no public calling hours.  Relatives and friends are invited to go directly to the church for services.  Interment will be in Fern Knoll Burial Park, Midland Avenue, Dallas.

The John V. Morris Family is honored to care for Mrs. Balla and her family at this time.  Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Balla's memory to Saint Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church Operating Fund, 663 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705.

 

 

MR. JOSEPH FESZCHAK
January 27, 2011
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 Mr. Joseph Feszchak, 86, of East Chestnut Street in the North End section of Wilkes-Barre, passed into Eternal Life late Thursday evening in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital following an illness.      

Born April 28, 1924 in Plains Township, he was a son of the late Simon and Eva (Piech) Feszchak.  Educated in the Plains schools, he was a graduate of the former Plains High School, Class of 1942.      

The year following his schooling, he proudly served his nation by entering the Army Air Corp and was assigned to the European Theatre during the Second World War.  He served as a ball turret gunner on a B-17 bomber with the 390th bomb group where he flew thirty-three missions over Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland and air offensive in Europe.  For his distinguished service to our country, he was awarded the American Theatre/European- African - Middle Eastern Medal, four bronze battle stars, the Air Medal with four bronze oak leaf clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross.   He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant upon his Honorable Discharge from the Army Air Corp in 1945.      

After his distinguished military career, Joseph returned to the Wyoming Valley where he was employed by City Chevrolet, Kingston.  His duties began as a car painter, and later retired from the current Valley Chevrolet as the body shop manager.      

He was a member of the Catholic Community of North East Wilkes-Barre, and held membership in the Joseph E. Conlon Post #558 of the American Legion in Plains.      He and his wife, the former Dolores (Lois) Gerasim, celebrated fifty-six years of married life together.      

He was preceded in death by brothers John, Mike and Walter Feszchak.      Surviving, in addition to his wife Lois at home are their daughter, Joanne Buczynski and her husband Joseph of Mountaintop, two grandchildren, his brother Myron Feszchak of Plains Township, Sisters, Emily Zwarycz of New Jersey, Olga (Alice) Choley of Wilkes-Barre and Joan Swanson of Ohio, Numerous Nieces and Nephews.      

Mr. Feszchak's family would like to express their deepest appreciation to the staff of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, 6 South, who made his last days very comfortable.  Also heartfelt thanks to the several physicians assigned to dad's care, particularly,  Dr. John M. Prater, M.D. and his staff, for their dedicated, personal services to our family over the years.      

Funeral services for Mr. Feszchak will be conducted on Saturday with a memorial funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. in Saint Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church, 668 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre with the Reverend Kenneth M. Seegar, pastor, officiating.      

Private entombment will be in Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery, South Main Street, Hanover Township.      

The John V. Morris Family is honored to care for Mr. Feszchak and his family at this time.

MISS FLORENCE T. POPADICK
January 18, 2011
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Miss Florence T. Popadick, of Bloomfield, New Jersey, formerly of Ashley, passed into Eternal Life January 18 in the Mountainside Hospital, Glen Ridge, NJ following an illness.

Born in Ashley, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Felicko) Popadick. She was a graduate of the former Ashley High School, and previously worked for the former Pomeroy's Department Store Credit Office in Wilkes-Barre. Miss Popadick later reloctated to Pompton Lakes, NJ prior to moving to Bloomfield, NJ 13 years ago. She was last employed as Supervising Clerk at American Copy in Pompton Lakes. In 1996, she retired from her position due to injuries she sustained as a pedestrian in a motor vehicle accident in Bloomfield.

She was preceded in death by brothers Leonard, Carl, Joseph, Michael, Edward and sisters Betty Pavlik, Katherine Quinn and Leona Baranoski.

Surviving are her sister, Margaret M. Popadick, with whom she resided, many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. from the John V. Morris – Charles J. Leagus Funeral Home, 281 East Northampton Street, Wilkes-Barre followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. in Saint Leo /Holy Rosary Parish, 33Manhattan Street, Ashley with the Reverend Thomas J. O'Malley, pastor, officiating.

Interment will follow in Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery, South Main Street, Hanover Township.

Relatives and friends may join her family for visitation and remembrances from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services.

In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions to a charity of one’s choice would be greatly appreciated by her family.

 

MRS. DOLORES A. (STEPANIK) KALAFUT
January 22, 2011
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Mrs. Dolores A. (Stepanik) Kalafut, 81, a resident of Plymouth, passed into the open arms of Almighty God Saturday evening in New Seasons at Tiffany Court, Kingston where she and her husband recently resided.

Born February 9, 1929 in Larksville, she was a daughter of the late George A. and Josephine T. (Narsavage) Stepanik. Educated in the Larksville schools, she was a graduate of the former Larksville High School, Class of 1947.

On May 4, 1957 she married Mr. John P. Kalafut, with whom she shared fifty-three years of life together.

Mrs. Kalafut was a member of All Saints Parish Community, Plymouth where she was previously active in the affairs of the former Saint Stephen's Roman Catholic Church for many years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers-in-law, Gene, Gerald and Harold.

Surviving in addition to her husband John at home are their son, John P. and his wife, Sharon M. Kalafut along with their sons, David R., Joseph P. and John R. Kalafut all of Allentown, sisters Theresa Wasilewski of Rohnert Park, CA, Irene Matinas of Kingston and Dorothy Stepanik of Edwardsville, several generations of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Kalafut will be conducted on Friday at 8:45 a.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, followed by a Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in All Saints Parish, 66 Willow Street, Plymouth, with the Reverend Robert Kelleher, pastor, officiating.

Interment will follow in Saint Stephen's Roman Catholic Cemetery, Jackson Road, Lehman Township.

Relatives and friends are invited to join her family for visitation and remembrances Thursday evening from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of floral tributes, memorial donations are requested in Dolores' memory to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705.

Mr. John J. (Jake) Michaels
January 13, 2011
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Mr. John J. (Jake) Michaels, a former resident of West Chestnut Street in the North End section of Wilkes-Barre, entered eternal life Thursday morning in Mercy Hospital, Scranton, following an illness.

Born April 29, 1925 in Swoyersville, he was a son of the late Walter and Mary (Maholic) Michaels. He was educated in the Swoyersville schools, and furthered his education by attending the University of Delaware.

A veteran of the Second World War, Mr. Michaels served with the U.S. Army in both the European and Pacific Theatres where he worked as an ambulance driver, earning several decorations and citations upon his discharge from active duty in 1946.

Upon his return from military service to our country, Jake worked with the U.S. Navy Reserves as a Corpsman, worked as an aid for the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre for fifteen years, worked with Standard Pressed Steel of Willow Grove, PA where he lost two fingers on his right hand in an industrial accident, in his spare time worked with the John V. Morris Funeral Homes and the Justin & Morris Casket Company of Wilkes-Barre, and most recently, worked with the Local #215 Laborers' Union, working on various jobs including the nuclear power plant in Berwick, where he was a foreman.

Locally, Mr. Michaels served as the Republican Party Committeeman for North Wilkes-Barre for many years, devoting countless hours at various polling places in the city.

Jake was an avid sports enthusiast excelling in football, and served locally as a baseball umpire for various leagues. He served as a referee for local basketball teams, played softball with several senior leagues, enjoyed playing darts at various local taverns and previously enjoyed bowling with the former Sacred Heart Parish leagues.

He was a member of the Catholic Community of North East Wilkes-Barre, held membership in the Triangle Club of Miners Mills, the P.O.V. of Hudson, the Joseph E. Conlon Post #558 Plains American Legion, and was a former member of the North End Slovak Citizens Club, the Swoyersville American Legion and the Anthracite Post of the V.F.W., Post #283 of Kingston.

He was pre-deceased by his wife, the former Mary A. “Mamie” (Medvic) Michaels in 1995; a son Stephen A. in 2005; Daughter, Mary Elizabeth; Brothers Thomas (Tim), Joseph, Edward and Stanley, and by a sister, Frances.

Surviving are his children; Joseph P. and his wife BZ of Laceyville; John, Thomas and his wife Barbara of Duryea; Mary Edwards of Wilkes-Barre; Suzanne Conrader and her husband Steven of Florida; Kenneth and his wife Paula of Hudson and Judy Mullaney of Forty-Fort; Thirteen grandchildren; Eight Great-Grandchildren; Brothers Lou of Swoyersville and Walter of Hunlock Creek. Numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services for Jake will be conducted Monday morning at 10:30 a.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, North Wilkes-Barre, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. in Saint Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church with the Reverend Michael J. Kloton, Parochial Vicar, officiating.

Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Friends and relatives may join the Michael’s family Sunday for visitation and remembrances from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Morris Funeral Home.

In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made in Jake's memory to the D.A.V. Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, 1111 East End Boulevard, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711.

 

MR. EDWARD POOSTAY
December 30, 2010
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Mr. Edward Poostay, 86, a former resident of Poplar Street, Plains Township, passed into Eternal Life Thursday evening in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, following an illness.

Born Mary 26, 1924 in Plains Township, he was a son of the late Michael and Anna (Hlasick) Poostay. He was educated in the Plains schools. Mr. Poostay proudly served our country with the United States Army during the Korean War.

Until his retirement, he was employed for over thirty years by the United States Steel Company as a foreman. He was a member of Holy Assumption of Saint Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, North Wilkes-Barre, and held membership in the Plains American Legion, Joseph F. Conlon Post #558. He is remembered by family as having a love of bingo while residing at Heritage House. He also received much joy in watching his great niece and nephew, Mike & Jenn participating in their various sporting events. He was preceded in death by sisters Mrs. Margaret Witek and Mrs. Helen Fronczek as well as brothers John, Michael, Emery and Andrew Poostay.

Surviving are his nephew and neice Stanley & Cindy Witek, Plains, their children Michael & Jennifer Witek, who with their parents, served as Edward's primary care givers. Additional nieces and nephews including Dolores and Joseph Sperazza of Pittsburgh, David & Joe Fronczek of Harding, Pat Derrick of Lakehurst, NJ, Pat & Al Fondo of Shavertown and Charlotte Gerchak of Swoyersville, and a host of great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services with Panachida will be conducted on Friday at 9:00 a.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, 625 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, followed by Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Assumption of Saint Mary Byzantine Catholic Church with the Very Reverend James G. Hayer, pastor, officiating. Relatives and friends are invited to share remembrances of Edward at his visitation Thursday evening from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Morris Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the family lot of the parish cemetery, Lake Street, Dallas. The family would like to thank the entire staff at Heritage House, especially Dr. Patrick J. Kerrigan, D.O. for their untiring love and support to our uncle during his stay.

MR. NORMAN J. GEORGICK
January 3, 2011
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Mr. Norman J. Georgick, 59, passed into Eternal Life early Monday morning in the Lakeside Nursing Center following an illness. He was born May 25, 1951 in Wilkes-Barre to the late Narcyz J. and Norma J. (Kilgasky) Georgick. In 1969 he graduated from the former Plains High School and furthered his educations by attending King's College. Until his retirement, he worked in the local hospitality industry as an assistant cook for the Fox Hill Country Club of Exeter. He is survived by his sister Pamela of Pittston and lifelong friend Mr. John H. Graham of Shavertown.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. from the John V. Morris Funeral Home, followed by a Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, Plains Township. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery, Cemetery Street, Plains. Friends may call Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. until the time of services.