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August 2022
John Hopkins

July 2022
LaVern DelPrete
Dr. Thomas J. Simrell, Jr.
Senior Master Sgt. John A. Kellett
Robert F. Cummings

June 2022
Marion C. White
Marilyn C. Nooney
Mariann Nancy Rosar
Janice Douglas
Nicholas J. Hanis
Margaret (Peggy) Symuleski
Eugene J. Patrick, Jr.
Sharon L. Barbuti
Mary R. Fisk
Robert Noll

May 2022
Jerome (Jerry) D. Lucke
Joseph J. Symuleski

April 2022
Grace Marie Bisignani
Elizabeth "Betty" Brier Phillips
John (Jack) Kerrigan
Carolyn Hoppel (Nemetz)

March 2022
Diana Ogden Diana
Claire Ann Gaughan Bunnell

February 2022
Joan E. Neville
Dorothy S. Marinangeli Tooley
Erylene McDonough
Jerome W. (Jerry) Lyman

January 2022
Betty Lou Saville
Yolanda R. Rotondaro
William (Bill) J. Moran, Sr.

December 2021
Carl E. Calianno
Dr. John E. Walsh
Gerald (Jerry) F. Buckley
Patrick Kearney
Thomas F. Butler, Sr.

November 2021
Ira A. Biesecker
Elaine Pilotti Miller
Rosemary DeMichele

October 2021
Toby M. Lovinger
William R. Stahl
Ann T. Pusateri Radgowski
Michael J. McLaughlin
Susan A. Price Zotynia

September 2021
Carol M. Gill
Mary M. Buttner
Dennis Charles Amato
Bruce W. Ladd
Jerome Willam Lynott
Cynthia S. Murphy
Thomas F. Noto III
Paul Walsh

August 2021
Sarah (Sally) Phillips Scholz
Gerard (Jerry) Burke

July 2021
Cristina Bollinger
Joseph C. Grzenda, Sr.
Paul J. Gilroy
James (Tony) Dougherty
Nicholas R. (Bobby) Beadle

June 2021
Kathy Vanvestraut
Rev. Joseph O. Weber
Cheryl A. Gavern
Marie K. Lunney
Joseph Musewicz

May 2021
Bruce A. Harvey
Laurie A. Schuler
Ann Marie Riggi-Hopkins
Daniel J. Hopkins
Lawrence P. Fisk

April 2021
John P. (Jack) Boos
James M. Kerrigan
Eugene F. Killiany
Pauline A. Long
Arlington (Sonny) J. Phillips, Jr.

March 2021
Elizabeth (Betty) J. Kull
Cheryl M. Petroski
Ann M. Lipperini
Joseph J. Quinlan
Martin C. Dorio, Sr.
Joan I. Ewaskiw

Febreuary 2021
Peter White
Ethel Gatelli
Olympia Ferarra
Tony (Anthony) Blasi
Louise M. Gill
Ann L. Simerson
Anne T. Schaffer

January 2021
Kenneth J. Scheller
Marilyn G. Brock
Mary Rader Otherski


 
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John Hopkins

LaVern DelPreteAugust 13, 2022

John Hopkins (PJ), 84, a lifelong resident of Scranton, passed away peacefully Saturday at home surrounded by family. His wife of 62 years is the former Marie Corcoran Hopkins.

Born in Scranton,son of the late John and Claire Higgins Hopkins, he was a member of Nativity of Our Lord Church, St. John Neumann Parish. He was a graduate of South Scranton Catholic High School class of 1956. While in high school he was a member of the French club, basketball and football teams. He was employed by Consolidated Molded Products for 25 years, later retiring from Harper Collins in 2004, where he was a member of the Central Pennsylvania Teamsters Union.

John was a gifted local musician, specializing in piano, saxophone, and vocals; he played with many local bands including The Front Row and The Late Show.

Post retirement John and Marie traveled extensively. His most memorable trips were to Alaska, Hawaii, and Ireland. John enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He especially cherished all the summers they vacationed together in Kure Beach, NC; as well as many memorable summers spent at Newton Lake with his family,his siblings, and their families. John never missed an opportunity to support his grandchildren. He proudly attended every play, concert, dance recital, and athletic event.

Surviving are two sons, John Hopkins and wife Carmel, Dunmore; James Hopkins and wife Deborah, Raleigh, NC; two daughters, Jeannine Kalinoski, Largo, Florida; Kelly Schultz and husband Steven, Scranton; Eleven grandchildren, Dane, Brandon, and Nicole Kalinoski, Chelsea, Jake, and Cara Schultz, Sarah Amabile, Mia Raymond, Jamie Hopkins, Jamilyn Medina, and Joseph Hopkins: One great granddaughter Rosa Mae Medina; Siblings Mary Ann Reidmiller, Scranton, Sally Ware, Clarks Summit, Francis Hopkins and wife Judy, West Pittston, and Joseph Barry Hopkins and husband Franklin Schaffer, Philadelphia; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son Daniel Hopkins and a brother Patrick Hopkins.

John's family would like to express their gratitude to the nursing staff of Hospice of the Sacred Heart, and John's personal care takers, Willow Williams and Shakira Montague.

The funeral will be Wednesday at 11:30 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass of Christian Burial at 12 Noon in Nativity of Our Lord Church, St. John Neumann Parish. 633 Orchard St., to be celebrated by Rev. Jonathan Kuhar, Assistant Pastor.  Entombment St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call Tuesday from 5 to 8 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 100 Williams St., Dunmore, 18510.

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LaVern DelPrete

LaVern DelPreteJuly 25, 2022

LaVern DelPrete, 95, a resident of Scranton, died Monday at Regional Hospital with her daughter by her side. She was the widow of Ralph DelPrete who died July 4, 1995. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Celso and Kathleen Norton Pilotti. She was educated in the Scranton Public Schools and was a member of St. John Neumann Parish. LaVern was a singer in New York City, as one of the Pilotti Sisters. She was a guest on the Major Bowes Show and she was chosen to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show. She played the organ, piano and the xylophone. She was a published poet and her poems were in the Scranton Times for many years. She did needlework and was an excellent cook and baker. LaVern was  a kind and loving person to everyone she knew. She will be sadly missed by all. She was a wonderful mother and will be sadly missed by her daughter, Denise DelPrete. She was a strong willed person throughout all of her many illnesses in her life. She loved life to the fullest. Surviving is her daughter, Denise DelPrete, Scranton. She was also preceded in death by two brothers; Joseph and Charles Pilotti, and eight sisters; Elizabeth Kochis, Kathryn McArdle, Delores Colangelo, Mabel Pilotti, Marlene Pilotti, Eleanor Reina, Lillian Schnessel, and Elaine Miller. The funeral will be private for the family. Interment Cathedral Cemetery.

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Dr. Thomas J. Simrell, Jr.

Dr. Thomas  J. Simrell, Jr.July 24, 2022

Dr. Thomas J. Simrell, Jr., a resident of Greenfield Twp., died unexpectedly at home Sunday. His fiance is Tania Mangiola. Born in Scranton, he was the son of Helen Cavanaugh Simrell, Scranton, and the late Thomas J. Simrell, Sr. He was a graduate of Scranton Central High School. He was of the Catholic faith. In 1980 he received his Bachelors Degree-Science from The University of Scranton, and in 1984 he received his Doctorate-Medical Dentistry from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1992 to 1994 he obtained a Fellowship and a Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry. Tom was proud of his service in the US Navy where from 1984 to 1986 he was a Dental Officer Mag 13 FA18 Fighter Pilots at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro. CA. and from 1986 to 1988 he was Chief Dental Officer at Sigonella Naval Air Station 1 and 2 in Sigonella, Sicily. He obtained the rank of Officer 3rd Class and was discharged Honorably. From 1988 until recently, he operated the Dr. Simrell General Dentistry Office in Dunmore, Pa. Also surviving is his son Domenick Simrell, at home, sisters; Kathleen Simrell, Scranton, Colleen Payami and husband Madjid, Waverly, Julie Ratchford and husband Thomas, Kingston, Ellen Volpe and husband Charles, Waverly, Amy Mifka and husband Ralph, Scranton, Erin Pinto, Dunmore, Melissa Stevenson, Clarks Summit and his brother James Simrell and wife Kathleen, Clarks Summit, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. The funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family.  Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity.

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Senior Master Sgt. John A. Kellett

Marion C. WhiteJuly 12, 2022

Senior Master Sgt. John A. Kellett, United States Air Force, retired, of the Catholic faith, died July 12, 2022, at 90 years of age.

Born Nov. 9, 1931, in Scranton, son of the late Edward Kellett and Alice Pantle Kellett. He served in both the United States Navy and the United States Air Force from which he retired after 23 years of service. In the Navy, he served aboard the U.S.S. Mindoro and the U.S.S. Antietam, both aircraft carriers. In the Air Force, he served in headquarters command, strategic air command, tactical air command, air training command, material airlift command and Pacific Air Force. With duty assignments in Europe, Azores, Philippines, Vietnam and other overseas countries. He also served in the continental U.S. in Washington, D.C., New York, California, New Jersey, Texas, North Dakota and Georgia.

Awards include the Bronze Star, Air Force Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and European Occupation Medal among others.

After his Air Force career, he also did electronic and air conditioning work with the federal government in multiple locations, including Pennsylvania, Texas, Germany and Korea.
Surviving are one sister, Patricia Dee of Archbald; one daughter, Darla and husband, James Mangan; three grandsons, Sean, Scott and Matthew; along with eight great-grandchildren, all of Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was preceded in death by one sister, Grace Hribal; and two brothers, Robert and Girard.

There will be a small family funeral July 19 followed by interment in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Robert F. Cummings

July 4, 2022

Robert F. Cummings, born May 17, 1930. Died July 4, 2022. Married October 12, 1959. I spent 61 wonderful years with my loving wife, Ruth M. Cummings who died November 28, 2020. There will be no service. There will be no viewing. In lieu of flowers, take a friend to lunch.

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Marion C. White

Marion C. WhiteJune 28, 2022

Marion C. White, Scranton, beloved mother, Nana and friend passed away Tuesday, June 28 at St. Mary's Villa, where she was a resident, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Carbondale, daughter of Matthew and Mary Degnan Cooke.

She attended Benjamin Franklin High School and Broome County Community College, employed as an administrative assistant for many years at Penn State University, Dunmore.

She was a former member of Immaculate Conception Church, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister for many years.

Her life exemplified her great faith, attending daily Mass, a deep devotion to St. Theresa, and sharing loving kindness and support to anyone in need.

She took great pride in sharing her beautiful home, decorated in detail for special occasions and holidays, big and small, and shared those talents with her family and friends.

Marion was predeceased by her husband, William A.J. (WDAU TV Weatherman) on July 2, 1995.

She is survived by her three children Mary Lourdes Woody, CRNA, Havertown, PA, Atty. Nancy Dolan (Atty. Donald), and William J. (Mary Jude).

Loving and proud Nana to eight grandchildren: Daniel J. Woody (Milton, PA) Rev. William C. Woody, SJ (Washington, DC), Mary Anne Woody (NY), Patrick Woody (NY), Kaitlin Dolan (Cherry Hill, NJ), Christopher Dolan (Olyphant), William and Molly White (Scranton).

She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Bill, she was predeceased by a son-in-law, Dr. Daniel Woody, two sisters and one brother.

The family extends sincerest thanks to the kind and dedicated nurses, aides and staff at St Mary's Villa and in particular Unit 33.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, July 1 at 11:00 am in Madonna Della Strada Chapel, 415 Monroe Ave, Scranton, by Rev William Woody, SJ (grandson).

Visitation one hour prior to Mass beginning at 10 AM.

Interment to follow at Cathedral Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Marion's memory to Saint Mary's Villa, 516 St. Mary's Villa Rd. Elmhurst Township, Pa 18444 and the UAE East Province of the Society of Jesus, 39 East 83rd Street, New York, NY 10028.

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Marilyn C. Nooney

Marilyn C. NooneyJune 27, 2022

Marilyn C. Nooney, a lifelong resident of the Nativity Section of Scranton, died Monday in Allied Hospice. She was the widow of the late Francis J. Nooney who died in 2013 and the couple was married for 60 years. Born in  Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Maurice and Beatrice Sheridan Caviston. She was a member of St. John Neumann Parish and was a graduate of Scranton Central High School. She was employed for over 40 years in the Lackawanna County Recorder of Deeds Office. She also served as shop steward for SEIU. In her younger years she was active in the Nativity School PTA, Bishop Klonowski Mother's Club and Quilter's Club, and she served as an officer of Scranton Firefighters Women's Auxiliary. Marilyn enjoyed traveling to Ireland and Disney World with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also loved shopping, dining out, trips to the casino and sporting events. She also enjoyed keeping up with politics and news and earned the nickname "Gossip Gumi". Marilyn was a devout Catholic and her unwavering faith guided her throughout her life. Her greatest joy was her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren who all affectionately called her "Gummi" and who all knew that "Gummi" makes the rules. Surviving are her children: two daughters; Cheryl Mehringer, Bouie, MD., Maribeth Lennox, Olyphant, a son Brian Nooney and wife Renee, Harrisburg, daughter-in-law Donna Nooney, Hummelstown, grandchildren; Meghan Lennox Gagorik and husband Greg, Clarks Summit, John Francis Lennox, Annapolis, Md., Melissa Lennox and fiance David Morrison, Long Pond, Collin P. Nooney and fiance Emily Dudley, Waldorf, MD., Shane Francis Nooney, Hummelstown, two step grandchildren; Sadie Carns and husband Joel and Dominic Martin, Harrisburg, Great grandchildren; Michaela Rose and Nate, Clarks Summit, and Summer, Waldorf, Md, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was also preceded in death by a son Francis K. Nooney, a son-in-law Clete Mehringer, a sister Rose Lanzo and husband Louis, and a brother Paul Caviston and wife Edie. The funeral will be Saturday at 9:30 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in St. John Neuman Parish, Nativity Of Our Lord Church, 633 Orchard St., to be celebrated by Msge. Joseph Quinn, Pastor. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 4 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Ass., Four Gateway Center, Suite 1300, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222, www.Heart.org/donate, or to Allied Hospice, 100 Abington Executive Park, Clarks Summit, 18444.

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Mariann Nancy Rosar

Mariann Nancy RosarJune 24, 2022

Mariann Nancy Rosar, age 61, passed away in her home town of Binghamton, New York, following a struggle with cancer on June 24, 2022. She is survived by her partner of many years, Robert Grosek, as well as several cousins and other family members in the greater Scranton and Philadelphia area. She is preceded in death by her parents, Martin Judge and Mary Campbell.

Nancy attended Scranton High School. Afterwards, Nancy attended Marywood University and earned a Bachelor's degree and Master of Science degree in Foods and Nutrition. After working in facilities in Pennsylvania and New York, Nancy served as a unit dietician and as a Nutrition Service Administrator for Broome Developmental Services for 35 years.

Nancy was a warm and gentle person with a sweet disposition. Always patient, tolerant, supportive, and giving, Nancy was well-liked and respected by those who knew her. She regularly contributed to humanitarian causes. Nancy enjoyed going to concerts and stage productions. From a young age, Nancy liked to travel. She visited many areas of the United States and Europe. In addition, Nancy was an active member of the Johnson City Senior Center. She went on several group bus trips with the various senior centers and travel agencies in the area. She enjoyed being with family and friends. At home, she also enjoyed romantic movies. She was a member of St. Cyril's Church in Binghamton.

The funeral will be Thursday at 9 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM in St. Peter's Cathedral. Interment St. Catherine's Cemetery. Moscow. Friends may call Thursday morning from 8 to 9AM.

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Janice Douglas

June 22, 2022

Janice Douglas, a resident of Scranton, died June 22, 2022, in Scranton. The funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

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Nicholas J. Hanis

June 13, 2022

Nicholas J. Hanis, 92, a resident of Spring Brook Twp., died Monday in Regional Hospital. He was the husband of the late Josephine DeStefano for 53 years until her death in 2008. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Michael and Helen Poldnhak Hanis. He was of the Roman Catholic faith and graduated from Dunmore High School. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was formerly employed by the Grove Silk Mill for 25 years and retired after another 25 years from Thompson Consumer Electronics. Nick was an avid hunter and fisherman, he enjoyed gardening. He was a hard working man who was loved by his family and friends and he will be deeply missed. Surviving is a sister, Irene Smith, Dickson City, nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews, and great grand nieces and great grand nephews. He was also preceded in death by his brothers; Joseph, Charles, Michael, John, George, and Peter Hanis, and his sisters; Sue Papa, Ann Nole, Mary Thomas, and Helen Turonis.

The funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

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Margaret (Peggy) Symuleski

June 14, 2022

Margaret (Peggy) Symuleski, 82, a resident of the Greenwood Section of Moosic, died Tuesday at Regional Hospital after a brief illness. She was the widow of Joseph Symuleski who died May 15, 2022 and the couple were married for 61 years. Born in Dunmore, she was the daughter of the late William and Rose Mecca Bonavoglia. She was a member of St. Paul of the Cross Parish and she was a retired employee of Moses Taylor Hospital. Peggy loved to shop and she enjoyed decorating her home. Surviving is her son Joseph Symuleski, with whom she resided, a daughter Maria Donahue, Clarks Summit, two grandsons; Joseph and Jerry Donahue, a very caring former son-in-law, Jerry Donahue, her closest and dear friend  Donna Lameo, her sisters; Ann Bechetti and Marie Donini, both of Dunmore, a sister-in-law Irene Paradise, Greenwood, and nieces and nephews.  She was also preceded in death by two brothers; James and Anthony Bonavoglia, three sisters; Angela Cipriano, Dolores (DeeDee) Bonavoglia and Lucille (LuLu), Tucker. A Blessing Service will be conducted Saturday at 12 PM in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., by Msgr. Joseph Quinn, Pastor, St Paul of the Cross Parish. Interment Parish Cemetery. Friends may call Saturday from 11 AM to 12 Noon.

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Eugene J. Patrick, Jr.

Sharon L. BarbutiJune 8, 2022

Eugene J. Patrick, Jr., 53, a resident of Scranton, died unexpectedly Wednesday. Born in Scranton, he was the son of Eugene J. Patrick, Sr, Scranton, and the late Martha Eiden Patrick. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish and was a graduate of Scranton Central High School. He attended Penn State University. He held various jobs throughout his life. Gene was loved and will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Also surviving are his daughter, Angelica Patrick, Scranton, his brother Keith Patrick and wife Connie, Gainsville, VA., his sister, Susan Patrick, Scranton, a niece, Colleen Savage and husband George, Bristow, VA., a nephew, Timothy Patrick and fiancee, Kaitlyn Wakeman, great niece Claire Savage and a great nephew, John Savage, and cousins. He was also preceded in death by his grandparents, aunts and uncles. The funeral and Mass will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity.

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Sharon L. Barbuti

Sharon L. BarbutiJune 6, 2022

Sharon L. Barbuti, 76, a resident of North Scranton, died Monday morning at home after an illness. She was the widow of Robert Barbuti, Jr. who died in 1994. Born in Peckville, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Irene Whitney White. She was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, class of 1966. Prior to returning to Scranton, she was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Greensboro, NC. She was employed locally. The family wishes to thank the staff of Allied Hospice for the care given to Sharon. Surviving are her children; Dawn Yourkowski and husband Henry, with whom she resided, and Keith Barbuti and wife Cassandra, Avoca, nieces and nephews including Shirley Yacone and Amy Goodfield, and special family friends, Joseph and Holly Williams and Joseph Yourkowski, and her furry family. Sharon was also preceded in death by three brothers; Gerald, Harry and Carl White and five sisters; Thelma, Doris, Alice, Sandy and Shirley. Friends may call Thursday from 5 to 7 PM at the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to True Friends Animal Welfare Center, 16332 Pa-706, Montrose, Pa. 18801, truefriendsanimalwelfare@gmail.com.

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Mary R. Fisk

Mary R. FiskJune 5, 2022

Mary R. Fisk, 97, a resident of South Scranton, died Sunday morning in The Jewish Home Of Eastern Pa. She was the widow of Isaac "Ike" Fisk who died in 1994. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Marino and Lucia Ceschia Teot. She was a graduate of St. Patrick's High School. Mary was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Church until its closure. Presently, she was a member of St. John Neumann Parish. She was a member of the parish Altar and Rosary Society, South Catholic Mother's Club, and various quilting and Pinochle clubs, and she was a volunteer for St. Mary's, St. Joseph's Center, and Mountainview Care Center where she was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award in 2012. Mary was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her greatest pride was her family. She possessed a deep faith and was devoted to the Blessed Mother and the rosary.

Surviving are her children; Rosanne McAndrew, Dallas, Barbara Sinkaus, Scranton, Stephen Fisk and wife Luanne, Dunmore, Susan Archer, Scranton, Grandchildren; Megan McAndrew, Sean McAndrew and wife Jeana, Ryan McAndrew and fiance Nikki Broody, Sarah Worsnick and husband Peter, Bradley Sinkaus, Jonathan Archer and fiance Attorney Holli Bott, Caroline Archer Howe and husband Christopher, Stephanie Collins and husband Justin, Matthew Fisk, great grandchildren; Madelyn and Benjamin Collins and Oliver Worsnick, a sister-in-law Marie Teot, Bensalem, nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her son Lawrence Fisk, a brother Roger Teot, three sons-in-law; Dr. James McAndrew, Joseph Sinkaus and Jack Archer, and a granddaughter Maura McAndrew. The family wishes to thank the staff of 2nd and 4th floors of The Jewish Home for all the care given to Mary. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10 AM in Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, 1217 Prospect Ave. by Rev. Jonathan Kuhar, Assistant Pastor. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, 18509.

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Robert Noll

Robert NollJune 3, 2022

Robert Noll, 89, a resident of the East Mountain Section, died Friday evening in Regional Hospital after a brief illness. His wife of 62 years is the former Elaine Zapotochny. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late George and Louise Roedel Noll. He was a member of St. Peter's Cathedral and was a graduate of St. Mary's High School. He held numerous positions in sales eventually becoming self-employed and retiring at age 87. He sang in the choir for both Holy Name of Jesus Church and St. Peter's Cathedral. He was an avid Boston Red Sox fan and enjoyed auto racing, bowling and vacations with his family in the Outer Banks. Bob was a US Army veteran of the Korean War. Also surviving are his children; Robert Noll, Jr. ( Maureen), Scranton, Martin Noll ( Paula), Scranton, and Linda Watson (Randy), Virginia Beach, VA., a granddaughter Sophie Watson, Virginia Beach, VA., a brother Nick Noll (Kathy), Newfoundland, and nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his brother Donald Noll. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 9:30 AM in St. Peter's Cathedral by Msgr. Dale Rupert, Pastor. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. There will be no calling hours.

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Jerome (Jerry) D. Lucke

Jerome (Jerry) D. Lucke
May 31, 2022

Jerome (Jerry) D. Lucke, 79, of the East Mountain area of Scranton, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family. He and his wife, the former Andrea R. Kettel were married for 54 years. Jerry was a life-long devout member of Holy Name of Jesus Church.

Son of the late Carl and Elizabeth Bauman Lucke, he grew up on "the Mountain," learning the importance of appreciating all the simple pleasures of God's creation. He instilled this appreciation and enjoyment of the fruits of the Earth in his daughters and grandchildren, whether it involved savoring a fresh-picked apple or tomato from the garden, skipping rocks on Mountain Lake, or whistling along with the melodic songs of the birds. Jerry would be considered a quiet observer, a man of few words, but his words were wise.

Upon graduating from St. Mary's High School, Jerry served in the Navy. He then worked for PPL as a lineman leader for 37 years. Jerry was a lifelong member of the South Scranton Bachelors Club and avid Penn State football fan. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, and golfing, most especially with his family.

Jerry's love and pride for his 3 girls were beyond measure, and when they each married, he gained the best sons he could ever ask for. From their unions, he was blessed with 8 grandchildren whom he adored. His ultimate joy came from watching and sharing in his family's joy.

Jerry's family wishes to thank Hospice of the Sacred Heart for their wonderful care and compassion and Dr. Michele Hazzouri for the care she provided for many years.

In addition to his wife, Andrea, Jerry is survived by his children, Tricia Fehnel and her husband, Bradford, of Mendham, NJ; Jennifer Dragonetti and her husband, Matthew, of Bermuda; Elizabeth Rinaldi and her husband, Jerome, of Bethlehem; his 8 grandchildren, William, Luke, and Jacob Fehnel, Caroline, John, and Hope Dragonetti, and Grace and Celia Rinaldi; a sister, Sylvia Gustin of Scranton; his brothers-in-law, Andrew Kettel and his wife, Judy, of Clarks Summit and Thomas Kettel of Scranton; his sisters-in-law, Lisa Sutter and her husband, Daniel, of Clarks Summit and Jaqueline Lucke of Peckville; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was also preceded in death by his brother, James Lucke of Scranton.

The funeral will be Saturday at 9:30 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with a Mass Of Christian Burial at 10 AM in Holy Name of Jesus Church, St. John Neumann Parish, 1414 E. Elm St. to be celebrated by Rev. Jonathan Kuhar, Assistant Pastor. Interment St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call Friday from 5 to 7 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Coaches Verses Cancer, PO Box 862, Carnegie, Pa. 15106.

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Joseph J. Symuleski

Joseph J. SymuleskiMay 15, 2022

Joseph J. Symuleski, 85, a resident of Moosic, died Sunday evening in Abington Manor. His wife of 61 years is the former Margaret Bonavoglia. Born in Moosic, he was the son of the late Joseph and Helen Koda Symuleski. He was a member of St. Paul Of The Cross Parish and was a graduate of Moosic High School. He was formerly employed by Casual Sportswear and retired from Sacred Hearts Church where he was employed for 22 years in the maintenance department. He was the founder and played guitar for the Polka Tones for many years. Also surviving is a son Joseph Symuleski, at home, and a daughter Maria Donahue, Waverly, two grandsons; Joseph and Jerry Donahue, his sister Irene Paradise, Greenwood, a former son-in-law, Jerry Donahue, and nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his sister Evelyn Furdin. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10 AM in St. Paul of the Cross Parish, Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, 1217 Prospect Ave., by Msgr. Joseph Quinn, Pastor. Interment Parish Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday morning at the church from 9 to 10 AM.

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Grace Marie Bisignani

Grace Marie BisignaniApril 21, 2022

Grace Marie Bisignani passed in peace Thursday, April 21st, 2022 at the age of 83 in Winter Haven, Florida. She was a lifetime resident of South Scranton.

Grace was born on August 16th, 1938, to Joseph and Carmella (Cali) DePrimo. She graduated from Dunmore High School and went on to work as a seamstress for many years. At age 18, she met the love of her life, Robert Bisignani, whom she shared 63 beautiful years. Inseparable for all their lives, there was never one without the other. Together they raised three children and later welcomed several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She often said being a grandmother was her greatest joy in life.

Better known as "Mrs. Biz", Grace spent several years volunteering at Connell Park baseball field alongside her husband and children. She was a proud resident of South Side and was loved by many in her neighborhood. For fifteen years, Grace was always found at the family printing business. She loved shopping, sweets, and reading to her grandchildren. Grace enjoyed the Florida sunshine for the past three years with her husband and loving son who also served as her caretaker.

Surviving are her loving husband, Robert, Winter Haven Fl; daughter, Robin Sweetman, Taylor; son, Robert Bisignani, Winter Haven, Fl; son, Roger Bisignani, Florida; nine grandchildren: Dawn Paff, Danielle Paff, Ashley Sweetman, David Sweetman, Amber Wahlers, Brielle Bisignani, Bethany Bisignani, Roger Bisignani Jr., and Aiden Bisignani; twelve great-grandchildren: Jake, Alex, Zachary, Gunnar, Parker, Owen, Noah, Bryce, Logan, Hunter, Owen, and Charlotte; two sisters, Rosalie Molnar, Scranton; and Josephine DePrimo, Dunmore; a brother Joseph DePrimo and wife, Roberta, Taylor; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Raymond DePrimo.

A Catholic blessing service officated by Msgr. Joseph Quinn will take place at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 14 at the August J. Haas Funeral Home, 202 Pittston Ave, Scranton. Family and friends may call Friday, May 13, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dementia Society of America, P.O. Box 600 Doylestown, PA 18901.

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Elizabeth "Betty" Brier Phillips

Elizabeth "Betty" Brier PhillipsApril 14, 2022

Remember me with smiles, not tears. I was blessed with a full life of 95 years. My life on earth has ended, and I am resting in the arms of Jesus, surrounded by loved ones who have gone before me.

My journey began when I was born on January 16, 1927, to John and Magdalena Landolt Kettel Brier in Scranton, PA. Our blended Brier/Kettel family included one brother, Andrew "Butchie" Kettel, and five sisters: Alma, Rose, and Romaine (Sister Jannette, S.C.C.) Brier, Marie Kettel Olenchak, and Magdalena Brier Sviatko, who all preceded me in death. I was also predeceased by my husband, Leroy, with whom I was blessed to share 65 beautiful years of marriage. I missed him dearly, but we were reunited when I took my last breath on Holy Thursday morning, April 14th.

Surviving are my children, Mari (David) King, Lee (Susan) Phillips, and Nancy (Gary) Cicerini; my grandchildren, Reagan (Matthew) Hill, Evan (Gillian) Phillips, and Elizabeth (Jason) Wilkens; and my three precious great-grandsons, Cael Brier Hill, Levi Shawn Phillips, and Finley James Wilkens. My brother-in-law, Donald Sviatko; sister-in-law, Evelyn Phillips Rodgers; and dearly loved nieces and nephews also survive me.

I cherished life with our family, many friends, and church family at St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Scranton's South Side, where I volunteered my time in numerous parish-related functions until its closing. I was a graduate of St. Mary's Grade School and High School (Class of 1944) where I was active in musical productions and a cheerleader for the Moyas basketball team. A faithful mom, I raised my children and then began my career working at Acme Fast Freight. After retiring from Emery Air Freight, I continued living life to the fullest with my husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandsons, extended Brier/Kettel family and friends.

I treasured the countless family vacations, reunions, backyard picnics, and Sunday dinners. I enjoyed playing cards with the "club girls", Saturday dinners with the "gang", and dancing with Lee to the sounds of the Big Bands.

I want to thank my in-home care givers, St. Mary's Villa Residence staff, and GCMC hospitalists and EMU nurses for your extraordinary care and compassion (you know who you are). A special thank you to Father Scott Sterowski for his friendship, support, and prayers since we met when Lee and I became parishioners at St. Paul of the Cross Parish.

Please join my family at August J. Haas Funeral Home, 202 Pittston Ave., Scranton, on Tuesday, April 26th, between 4 and 7 p.m. to celebrate my life. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Wednesday, April 27th, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul of the Cross Parish (Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church), 1217 Prospect Avenue, Scranton. Interment will be at St. Catherine's Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Dravet Syndrome Foundation, Inc., PO Box 3026, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034; Sisters of Christian Charity, Mallinckrodt Convent, 350 Bernardsville Road, Mendham, NJ 07945; or Assumption College for Sisters, 200 A Morris Ave., Denville, NJ 07834.

I will be waiting for all of you.


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John (Jack) Kerrigan

John (Jack) KerriganApril 12, 2022

John (Jack) Kerrigan, 87, a resident of Scranton, died Tuesday in Allied Hospice. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late James A. and Marjorie C. Kearney Kerrigan. He was a member of St. John Neumann Parish and was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School. He was a US Navy veteran of the Korean War. Jack was employed for 20 years by the Washington DC Police Department first as a police officer and then as a detective. Jack enjoyed being in nature, walking Lake Scranton, doing his exercises, and loving dogs. Surviving are two brothers; Robert Kerrigan, Scranton, and Thomas Kerrigan, Clarks Green, a sister Marjorie Mazaleski and husband Edward, Taylor, nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a sister Mary Jean Kerrigan and a brother James Kerrigan and a nephew, James Kerrigan, Jr. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 AM in St. John Neumann Parish, Nativity Of Our Lord Church, 633 Orchard St. by Msgr. Joseph Quinn, Pastor. Inurnment Cathedral Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Rd., South Abington Twp., 18411.

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Carolyn Hoppel (Nemetz)

Carolyn Hoppel (Nemetz)April 8, 2022

Carolyn Hoppel (Nemetz), 85, of Scranton, died peacefully Friday, April 8, 2022, at Allied Health Rehabilitation Hospital in Scranton.

Born and raised in Scranton, but lived most of her life in Metuchen, N.J., with husband, Thomas, where they raised a family. Carolyn moved back to Scranton four years ago. For the past year, she has been lovingly cared for by the staff of Glenmaura Assisted Living in Moosic, and more recently at Allied Health Hospice.

She was a longtime parishioner of St. Francis Cathedral in Metuchen, N.J. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, and was close to her nieces and nephews. She was known for her wry sense of humor and great taste.

Carolyn was the wife of Thomas Henry Hoppel (died 2008), who was born and raised on Pittston Avenue in South Scranton. Mother of Joan Ellen (Edison, N.J.), Thomas James and spouse, Arpad Csegezi (Aurora, N.Y.), and Brian Charles (died 2016). Grandmother of Sophia Kaluzshner and husband Adam (Phildelphia), Brian Christopher (Colorado), David (Colorado), and Briana (died 2014); and her dear companion dog, Maxie (died 2021).

Born to parents John and Caroline Nemetz in 1936. Her parents are buried in Cathedral Cemetery in Scranton. She leaves behind her beloved sister, Rita Slowey (Hutchinson Island, Fla.). She was predeceased by her brothers, Paul (1998), John (2022), Frank (2018) and brother-in-law, James Slowey (2009). Also surviving is her dear sister-in-law, Janet Nemetz (Frank’s wife) of Riverside, Calif.

Carolyn was a 1975 graduate of Rutgers University with a dual degree in English and psychology, and a graduate of Technical High in Scranton where she was voted best dressed and was head majorette. She received her teaching certification in New Jersey and was a substitute teacher for many years. She and husband Thomas were members of the Metuchen Golf & Country Club, the Metuchen Exchange Club and the Metuchen YMCA. They had been members of Willoughby Golf & Country Club in Stuart, Fla.

Memorial contributions to: World Central Kitchen - feeding Ukrainian refugees: donate.wck.org.

A service will be held in the future at Resurrection Cemetery in Piscataway, N.J., where she will be laid to rest beside Thomas to whom she was married for 54 years.

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Diana Ogden Diana

Diana Ogden DianaMarch 11, 2022

Diana Ogden Diana, 67, a resident of Clarks Summit, died unexpectedly Friday at home. She was the widow of Calogero "Leo" Diana who died in 2015. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Thomas J. and Derna Ratamess Ogden. She was a member of St. Lucy's Church and she attended Scranton public schools. She was kind and loving to her family and many dear friends. Surviving are two brothers; Leonard Ogden, Scranton, and Robert Ogden and wife Sally, Wilkes-Barre, and nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by two brothers; Nicholas and Jerry Lynn. The funeral will be Wednesday at 9 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM in St. Lucy's Church to be celebrated by Rev. Sam Ferretti, Pastor. Interment, private, at the convenience of the family in Clarks Green Cemetery. All are invited to go directly to church Wednesday morning. Friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 7 PM.

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Claire Ann Gaughan Bunnell

March 4, 2022

Claire Ann Gaughan Bunnell, 88, a life long resident of Scranton, passed away peacefully on March 4, 2022, at Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore.

She was the daughter of the late Paul V. and Mary Miller Gaughan. Ann was a graduate of Scranton Central High School and the Felt and Tarrant Comptometer School. She worked in the general office of the A &P Co., and at Herff Jones Co. After retirement, she enjoyed working part-time at the Bon-Ton Dept. store.

Ann's home parish was St. Paul's in Green Ridge and she raised her family in the Nativity of Our Lord Parish in Southside. Most recently, she was a member of St. Paul of the Cross Parish, Scranton.

She was the proud mother of David (Louise) and Stephen (Clare) Bunnell, both of Texas and Janet and Kieran (Dr. Marilyn Ruane) of Scranton and Mary Grace Howells, Harrisburg.

Ann was a faithful Catholic, passionately devoted to the Blessed Mother. She enjoyed traveling with family and friends, reading and playing games while sipping on a southern comfort old fashion. Her greatest enjoyment however was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her brother, Dr. Girard P. Gaughan (Barb), Palmyra and sister- in-law, Annie Gaughan, Pottstown, six granddaughters, Lauryn, K.C., Shanyn, Abby, Jessie, and Meg, 11 great- grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Ann was preceded in death by her brother, Paul V. Gaughan.

The funeral will be Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 9 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM in Sacred Hearts Of Jesus and Mary Church, St. Paul of the Cross Parish, 1217 Prospect Ave. to be celebrated by Msgr. Joseph Quinn, Pastor. Interment St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call Monday from 5 to 8 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Scared Heart, 100 Williams St., Dunmore, Pa.,18510 or Foster Village 15400 Fitzhugh Road, Dripping Springs, Tx., 78620.

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Joan E. Neville

Joan E. NevilleFebruary 19, 2022

Joan E. Neville, 68, a South Scranton resident, died unexpectedly Saturday evening at home after being stricken ill. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Edgar and Agatha Bour Neville. She was a member of St Peter's Cathedral and was a 1972 graduate of South Scranton Central Catholic High School where her yearbook posting read "To have a dream in your heart is like a smile on your face." She truly lived that. She was employed by Lackawanna County where she briefly worked in the Public Defender's Office and then in Office Services until her retirement. Joan loved crossword puzzles, her home, family and friends. She enjoyed all her fabulous collection of houseplants and planting flowers in her yard. Surviving are her siblings; James Neville, with whom she resided, Audrey Rabecs, Edgar Neville and wife Ellen, all of Scranton, niece Ellen Formica and husband Joseph, Stroudsburg, nephew John Neville and wife Holly, Sweet Valley, great niece Braelyn Neville, Sweet Valley, great nephews; A.J. Formica, Stroudsburg, and Bryce Neville, Sweet Valley and many loving cousins. The funeral will be Tuesday at 9 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., with a Mass Of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM in St. Peter's Cathedral to be celebrated by Msgr. Dale Rupert, Pastor. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends May call Monday from 5 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial Contributions may be made to Fraternite Notre Dame at St. Mary of the Assumption Shrine, 422 River St., Scranton, 18505 or call 570-507-9397 for more information.

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Dorothy S. Marinangeli Tooley

Dorothy S. Marinangeli TooleyFebruary 21, 2022

Dorothy S. Marinangeli Tooley, of Covington Township, died Monday in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. She was the wife of the late Oliver R. Tooley and the couple were married for 60 years. Born in Taylor, Pa. on October 20, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Angelo and Elsie Pickering Marinangeli. She was a 1947 graduate of Scranton Technical High School and St. Cecelia's Academy. She was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Church, Moscow. She was a member of the Moscow Women's Club and a member of the Covington Twp. Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary and was a social member of VFW Post 5207. Mrs. Tooley was a natural artist and the recipient of the National Scholastic Arts Award Gold Medal, the highest nationwide award given to high school students and several first place art awards during Art shows and exhibits throughout Pennsylvania. Her paintings are in several private collections. She was also preceded in death by her son Craig Richard Tooley, a brother Edward Marinangeli, Jr., who was also an artist, a nephew Edward Marinangeli. Surviving is a nephew Robert Marinangeli. A Blessing Service will be conducted Thursday at 12 Noon by Rev. Thomas Muldowney, Pastor, St Catherine's Parish. Entombment Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Friends may call Thursday from 10 to 12 at the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation Of America, 8301 Professional Place, Landover, MD. 20785.

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Erylene McDonough

Erylene McDonoughFebruary 12, 2022

Erylene McDonough, 96, a resident of the Minooka Section, passed away peacefully Saturday in Allied Services Hospice, Wilkes-Barre. She was the widow of John P. McDonough, 1st and at the time of his death the couple were married for 57 years. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Mary McGavin Greene. She was a member of Divine Mercy Parish and graduated from Scranton Central High School. She was a retired employee of Western Electric. Erylene was very active in organizations as Co-Chairman of Junior Catholic Daughters of St. Joseph's Parish, former president of Friendly Seniors, 2nd Vice President and chairman of tours for Providence Senior Citizens, President of the PTA for Woodrow Wilson Elementary, President and Secretary of South Scranton Junior High School PTA, President and Secretary of Scranton Railroad Club, and she was a member of Irish Cultural Society, Women's Guild of Divine Mercy Parish, Ancient Order Of Hibernians, and she held life membership of PTA in Washington, DC. Erylene enjoyed cruises, traveling, and making ceramics. Erylene was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who will be deeply missed. She had a deep sense of family and kept in touch with many family members. Surviving are grandson John P. McDonough lll, granddaughter Erylene Cooke, both of Scranton, grandson Andrew Farrow and wife Amy, Easton, a daughter-in-law, Patrice McDonough, Scranton, a son-in-law, Ed Cooke, Nicholson, 8 grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins. She was also preceded in death by her son, John P. McDonough ll, her daughter, Mary Grace Cooke, a sister Grace Ponicsan and an infant brother Paul Greene. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 AM in Divine Mercy Parish at St. Joseph's Church, 312 Davis St., to be celebrated by Rev. Francis Pauselli, Pastor. Interment St. Joseph's Cemetery, Minooka Section. Friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the parish at the above address.

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Jerome W. (Jerry) Lyman

February 7, 2022

Jerome W. (Jerry) Lyman, 84, a resident of Scranton, died Monday in Moses Taylor Hospital.

Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late William and Dorothy Gilmartin Lyman. He was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and he attended Penn State. He was employed by the former Lyman's Service Station in South Scranton.

He enjoyed lifting weights and in the 1950s, he was awarded the title of Mr. Scranton in body building contests. He enjoyed opera and he possessed a wonderful singing voice. Jerry was a very quiet man who liked spending the days at the family cabin at Lake Winola.

Surviving are a sister, Ann Carter, Venice, Fla.; two brothers, Bill Lyman and wife, Flo, Cartersville, Ga., and Timothy Lyman, Moscow; nieces, Kathleen Stansfield and husband, Robert, Venice, Fla., and Michelle Coburn and husband Ian, Naples, Fla., and Jennifer Lynn Lyman; nephews, William T. Lyman and wife, Debbie, Jerome Adam Lyman and wife, Karen, and D. David Lyman and wife, Janice. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Ellen Knoll.

The funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Entombment Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst.

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Betty Lou Saville

January 22, 2022

Betty Lou Saville, 84, a resident of South Scranton, passed away Saturday in the Jewish Home of Eastern Pa. after an illness. She was the wife of John M. Saville and the couple was married for 63 years.

Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Frances Radziewski Wagner. She was a member of St. Paul of the Cross Parish and she was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish until its closure. She was a graduate of St Mary's High School. She was an avid bowler with the South Scranton Bachelorette's Bowling League and she was a member of the South Scranton Bachelor Club Auxiliary.

Betty Lou was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be deeply missed. Also surviving are her son, Michael Saville and wife, Suzanne, Auburndale, Fla.; her daughter, Mari Ross and husband, Joseph, Scranton; grandchildren, Tyler, Jordan, Samantha, Amanda and Alison; great-granddaughter, Madalena; a sister, Carol Rothenberger and husband, Robert, Selbyville, Del;, two brothers, Joseph Wagner, Dunmore and Paul Wagner and wife, Vicky, Wharton, N.J.; nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a sister, Rosemary Wagner; and a brother, George Wagner.

The funeral will be Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. from the August J. Haas Funeral Home Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Paul of the Cross Parish, Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, 1217 Prospect Ave., to be celebrated by the Rev. Jonathan Kuhar, assistant pastor. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Monday from 5 to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jewish Home of Eastern Pa., 1101 Vine St., 18510.

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Yolanda R. Rotondaro

Yolanda R. RotondaroJanuary 7, 2022

It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Yolanda Rotondaro of south Scranton. She died on January 7, 2022 at Hospice of the Sacred Heart in Dunmore. A beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother, we can't imagine our lives without her. Had she lived another 12 days, she would have reached the amazing milestone of turning 92 years old.

A native of Italy, she came to this country with her parents and sister at the age of only 6 months, and went through Ellis Island. She was the daughter of the late Peter and Olympia Bucciarelli. She was raised and educated in Scranton and graduated from Technical High School in 1947. After graduation, she worked in the insurance industry for 7 years. During that time she met and married the love of her life, her soulmate James. Together they enjoyed 56 years of a wonderful marriage, until his passing in 2012.

After she married and had her children, she chose to be a stay at home mom because taking care of her family was the greatest joy of her life. A meticulous homemaker, people would say "you could eat off of her floor". The only thing that topped the care she took of her home were her skills as an Italian cook. We all looked so forward to anything she prepared and devoured it quickly.

She never failed to amaze us with her energy level. People were shocked to learn that she was exercising on her treadmill nearly every day. That lasted until she was almost 90. She was an avid reader and very proud of the fact that, at the age of 82, she was able to learn how to use her new iPad. She endured many hardships during her long life as part of the "greatest generation", but ultimately overcame it all to live a very happy life. Her greatest joy was spending time with family and friends.

Her Catholic faith was the centerpiece of her entire life and she successfully passed on a strong faith to her children and grandchildren. She never failed to begin and end each day with prayer, thanksgiving and devotion to God. She was a lifelong member of St. Francis of Assisi Church, until its closing, and then a member of St. Paul of the Cross Church in Scranton.

Surviving are her daughters, Nancy Donovan of Clarks Summit, Joan Rotondaro, Janet Williams and husband Mike, grandchildren Samantha, Sarah and Jason Williams, and great granddaughter Saige Williams, all of Scranton. Also surviving are two sisters-in-law, Toni Shinal and Mary Tabone, a brother-in-law Leonard Tabone, nieces and a nephew.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Jean Cali, son-in-law Robert Donovan, two brothers-in-law, Joseph Cali and John Shinal and a nephew Joseph Cali.

She adored and treasured her entire family and was so grateful to be blessed with the many years we all spent together. She was truly the anchor of our family and will be forever missed by all who knew and loved her. The family would like to thank Dr. Linda Frantz, Regional Hospital and Hospice of the Sacred Heart for the outstanding care she received throughout the years. Private funeral arrangements were made by August Haas Funeral Home and held at the convenience of the family.

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William (Bill) J. Moran, Sr.

January 2, 2022

William (Bill) J. Moran, Sr., 82, of Roaring Brook Township, died unexpectedly Sunday morning at Geisinger CMC in Scranton. Arrangements are under the care of August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., Scranton, PA.

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Carl E. Calianno

Carl E. CaliannoDecember 13, 2021

On Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, Carl E. Calianno, passed peacefully in hospice care after a brief illness. He lost his struggle with life just short of his 96 birthday.

Born in Scranton on Dec. 16, 1925, to the late Alfonso and Antonietta Pica Calianno. Just before graduation from Scranton Tech in 1943, he entered employment with Consolidated Molded Products. Then joined the United States Navy at the age of 18 on Feb. 17, 1944. Involved in WWII, receiving European theater Ribbon (one star), American Theater Ribbon victory Medal, completing his service and was honorably discharged on May 9, 1946. He married the former Claire Marie Serio in 1948. They were married 73 years.

His legacy is in his family, Carl Jr. (Carol), of North Wales, Pa.; Thomas (Cheryl), Alburtis, Pa.; Jane Lupia (Gino), Oldsmar, Fla.; Cathy Voyack (Mark), Old Forge; Joseph (Susan) Severn, Md.; and Grace Williams (Wayne), Throop, Pa. He enjoyed and was loved by his 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Quick with a smile, he was known as a wonderful Italian patriarch that could fix anything. His house is a testimony of that. His kids enjoyed many of those skills/gifts. He worked at Consolidated until it closed in the mid 1970s but continued employment at Atlas Industries until retirement in 1988. After that, as a couple, Carl and Claire remained active in line dancing, with the senior center in their shows and hoagie sales. Most of all, they were there for their children/grandchildren as they were the hub for holidays gatherings of great Italian specialties.

He was brother to Mary Cadden, Concetta Wolfe, Angie Spindler and Antonietta Newbould, Texas. He was preceded in death by all his brothers. John, Dominic, Vito and Joseph, and also preceded in death by grandchildren, Frankie and Diana Voyack.

The family would like to extend special thank you to Pamela, Devin, Desiree, Heather and Ashley for all the loving personal care this past year. Also, Geisinger CMC ER and eighth floor nursing staff. In addition, Hospice of the Sacred Heart as they were amazing in caring for dad in his last days.

Friends may call at the August J. Haas Funeral Home Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., Scranton, Wednesday, Dec. 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial at St. John Neumann Parish at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 633 Orchard St. on Thursday, Dec. 16, at 10:30 a.m., to be celebrated by the Rev. Jonathan Kuhar, assistant pastor. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.

The family asks, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carl's name to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 100 William St., Dunmore 18510.

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Dr. John E. Walsh

Dr. John E. WalshDecember 10, 2021

Dr. John E. Walsh, 95, a native of Scranton, died Friday after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's Disease in Guthrie Towanda Hospital Skilled Nursing & Rehab. His beloved wife of 65 years is the former Mae E. Farrell. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late John and Elizabeth Wren Walsh. He formerly resided in Clarks Green. He was educated in Scranton public schools and graduated magna cum laude from The University of Scranton. He received his MA degree in history from Lehigh University and his PHD from Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition, he was awarded an honorary L L. D. from The University of Scranton.

John was a veteran of World War ll serving in the Asiatic/Pacific Theatre. An army medic, he served in the first MASH Unit and received a battle star for Okinawa. Also, he was a member of the Army of Occupation in Japan. He was a former member of American Legion Post 966.

Dr. Walsh retired as President and General Manager of WVIA TV/FM, the public broadcasting station of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Prior to that, he was President of ICS and taught in the public schools of Scranton and White Plains, NY. He also taught at The University of Scranton and Marywood University where he was Director of Adult and Continuing Education (PACE).

Dr. Walsh was very active in community affairs serving as the first educator to be President of the Scranton Chamber of Commerce. He was a long-time chairman of the Economic Development Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Private Industry Council of Lackawanna County. John served as chairman of the first Parish Council at the Church of St. Gregory, Clarks Green, where he also was a lector and Eucharistic Minister. He was a member of the first Lackawanna County Library Board and served as Secretary of the Scranton Redevelopment Authority. Dr. Walsh was also President of the Alumni Society of The University of Scranton where he also served as Chairman of the Board of Regents. Board memberships included The United Way of Catholic Social Services, Pro Bono, Inc., and St. Francis Kitchen.

While at ICS, Dr. Walsh pioneered many innovations in Independent Studies. He was the author of many studies in non-traditional education and instructional technology.

In addition to his beloved wife, Mae, Dr. Walsh is survived by two daughters; Karyn Paulish and husband Dr. John, Towanda, and Kristen Morahan and husband Kelly, Meshoppen, a sister Judy Duke and husband Paul, Charleston, SC., and four grandchildren; Sean Morahan and partner Katie Weaver, Caitlin Ferrence and husband Elliott, Marissa Fox and husband Joseph, and Megan Paulish, three great grandchildren; Jaxson, Karson and Hudson, of whom he was so proud and was an active and enthusiastic participant in their many sports and activities. His grandchildren reciprocated his loyalty and loved and adored their beloved grandfather.

Due to COVID, the funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family. A celebration of life will be held in the future. Memorial contributions may be made to WVIA TV, Channel 44 at wvia.org.

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Gerald (Jerry) F. Buckley

Gerald (Jerry) F. BuckleyDecember 9, 2021

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Jerry Buckley after an extended illness. He is survived by his devoted wife the former June MCGraw.

Born in Scranton to the late John J. and Sally Blasi Buckley, he was a member of St. Lucy's Church, Scranton. He attended Cathedral Grade School, graduated from Cathedral High School, class of 1964, where he excelled in sports, especially basketball. He was extremely proud of his participation in the successful State Basketball Championship for Cathedral that year. He also attended Lackawanna Junior College where he also was a standout on the basketball team. He was employed by the A&P warehouse before its closure and retired from MAC-TAC Company in South Scranton.

He was an avid sports fan, especially for basketball, but enjoyed watching all sports on tv. While he was a private and humble man, he seemed to make friends and strike up a conversation wherever he went. Always accompanied by the love of his life, June, his happiest times were relaxing at home or being at family gatherings, especially during the holidays.

Beside June, he is survived by his daughter Michele Buckley, Scranton, and his sister Sally Buckley, Scranton, both of whom he loved very much. He is also survived by an aunt, Rose Blasi, several cousins, and other assorted family members.

While he was larger in life in stature, he will be remembered as a deeply religious, gentle, caring, and loving individual to his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.

The family, especially June, wishes to thank the entire staff of doctors, nurses and other members of Regional Hospital, for the kindness and care given to him during his lengthy stay at the hospital.

The funeral will be Wednesday from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. Scranton, with Mass of Christian Burial at St. Lucy's Church, 949 Scranton St., at 10 AM celebrated by Rev. Sam Ferretti. All covid protocols are to be followed.  Interment is in Cathedral Cemetery.

Those attending the funeral should proceed directly to St. Lucy's. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4 to 7 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the contributor's favorite charity.

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Patrick Kearney

Patrick KearneyDecember 6, 2021

Patrick Kearney, 70, a resident of South Scranton, died unexpectedly Monday evening at home. His wife of 47 years is the former Patricia Shields. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Frank and Mae G. Daley Kearney. He was a member of Saint John Neumann Parish, was a graduate of both South Scranton Central Catholic High School and Johnson School of Technology. He was employed as an underwriter for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and after his retirement he was employed by Community Bank as a courier. Pat coached South Scranton Little League, was a member of South Scranton Merchants Bowling League for 54 years, and was a member of South Scranton Merchants Golf League. He was the proud owner of the Green Bay Packers, and was an avid fan of the Yankees, NC Tarheels and Riverside Athletics. He also enjoyed his trips to Atlantic City. Pat's greatest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren. Also surviving are three daughters; Kimberly Ann Higgins and husband Timothy, Moosic, Kelly Saar, Scranton, Erin Heun and husband Ryan, Norristown, his son, Sean Patrick Kearney and wife Jill, Taylor, four grandchildren; Jeffrey, Patrick and Brady Higgins, and Noah Saar, his sister Marita Kearney, Scranton, and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, his best friends; Randy Palko and wife Ann, and Mike Granahan and wife Therese, many nieces and nephews. The funeral will be Friday at 9:30 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass Of Christian Burial at 10 AM in St. John Neuman Parish, Nativity of Our Lord Church, 633 Orchard St., to be celebrated by Msg. Joseph Quinn, Pastor. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Riverside Baseball, 300 Davis St., Taylor, 18507, or to CTC Culinary Arts, 3201 Rockwell Ave., 18508.

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Thomas F. Butler, Sr.

Thomas F. Butler, Sr.December 5, 2021

Thomas F. Butler, Sr., 86, a resident of Scranton, died Sunday morning at home after an illness. His wife of 66 years is the former Ann Powell. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Michael and Rose Rorke Butler. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church where he was deeply involved including being a Eucharistic Minister. He was a member of the last graduating class of Minooka High School. He was also a graduate of Rutgers University. He was a US Navy veteran of the Korean War where he served aboard the USS Sirago in the submarine service. He was a Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Council 3801, Pompton Lakes, NJ., and he was the Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge 1895 in 1989, and he was a board member of the Passaic County Elks Cerebral Palsy Center. He was also a member of the American Legion, Post 171, Fairlawn, NJ. In Scranton, he was the treasurer of AARP Chapter 3731. Tom was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Also surviving are a son Thomas Butler and wife Patricia, Jacksonville, FL., a daughter Patricia Stevens and husband Glen, Frankford, DE., grandchildren; Thomas, Laura and husband Brian, Glen And wife Casey, Eric, and Kelly and husband Phil Lee, great grandchildren; Patrick, Penny, Piper, Calliope, and Giselle, a sister Shirley Adams, a brother Michael Butler and wife Mary, sisters-in-law Charlotte McIntyre and Patricia Harmer, Brothers-in-law Harold Powell and wife Joan, Robert Powell and wife Donna, and John Powell and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Saturday at 9:30 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass Of Christian Burial at 10 AM in Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave., to be celebrated by Rev. Patrick McLaughlin, Pastor. Interment Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Friends may call Friday evening from 6 to 8 PM. All are invited Saturday morning to go directly to the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital at St. Jude.org, or to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 100 William St., Dunmore, Pa. 18510.

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Ira A. Biesecker

Ira A. BieseckerNovember 27, 2021

Ira A. Biesecker, 99, a resident of the Gino Merli Center, died Saturday in Regional Hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, the former Eloise Keesler, who died in 2004. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Ira A. Sr. and Jane Loomis Biesecker. He attended Scranton public schools and he was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Gouldsboro. In his earlier years he drove the trolly and then buses for the Scranton Transit Co. Later, for 30 years, he was employed by Metropolitan Insurance Co. He was an Army Air Force veteran of World War ll. In addition to his love of driving, he was an avid hunter and fisherman. The family wishes to thank the staff and nurses of The Gino Merli Center for the compassion given to their dad. Surviving are his children; a daughter Tina Szczech and husband, Charles, Old Forge, and his son Gregory Biesecker and wife Dorothy, Port Orange, FL., three granddaughters; Amber Singletary and husband Ryan, Heather Woloszyn and husband David, and Kacie Szczech, five great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a brother Thomas and two sisters; Evelyn and Jean. A Funeral Service will be conducted Wednesday at 11 AM by Pastor Richard Mowery, in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. Interment Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Friends may call Wednesday morning from 10 to 11 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace Lutheran Church, 515 Main St., Gouldsboro, Pa. 18424.

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Elaine Pilotti Miller

Elaine Pilotti MillerNovember 16, 2021

Elaine Pilotti Miller, 88, a resident of South Scranton, passed away Tuesday at Moses Taylor Hospital after a brief illness. For 41 years she was married to the love of her life, the late John "Sonny" Miller who died on October 19, 1993. Born in Scranton on April 5, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Celso and Kathleen Norton Pilotti. She was of the Catholic faith and attended Scranton public schools. In 1952, she moved briefly to Syracuse, NY, to work at Remington Arms while her husband served in the Korean War and then moved back to Scranton permanently when he returned from military service. Throughout her marriage and while raising her four children, Elaine was employed by various positions over the years. Elaine was a hard worker and proud of her abilities to take on new challenges and she took on the many new roles with a fervor. Her family and friends would describe Elaine as a "tough cookie" who was strong-willed and very determined. But those who knew her best, saw through her tough exterior and loved her for the kind, loving, and caring person she was. She encountered many struggles and roadblocks in her life, but they only served to make her stronger. Elaine was a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother who adored her two grandsons. She loved cooking for family get togethers during the holidays. She loved music, singing and dancing. In her younger years, Elaine and her two sisters, Delores and Laverne, were known as the Pilotti Sisters and were popular in the local area. The sisters won first prize on the Major Bowles Amateur Hour in New York City. She loved her two dogs, Niko and Coco, who gave her great comfort in her senior years. She loved puzzles, word find and watching her favorite TV show, Judge Judy.

Surviving are her son, John Miller, Scranton, and two daughters; Debra Miller, New York City, and Sandra Cerra, Scranton, grandsons Garrett Cerra, Scranton, and Brandon Miller, Allentown, a sister, LaVerne Del Prete, Scranton, and nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her son, David Miller, in 2013, and two brothers; Charles and Joseph Pilotti, and 8 sisters; Eleanor Reina, Mabel Pilotti, Lillian Schnessel, Elizabeth Kochis, Kathryn McArdle, Delores Colangelo and Marlene Pilotti.

The funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Interment Cathedral Cemetery.

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Rosemary DeMichele

Rosemary DeMicheleNovember 5, 2021

Rosemary DeMichele, 80, of Mechanicsburg, was a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend with a generous spirit. She died November 5, 2021, surrounded in love by her family at the Hershey Medical Center. Rosemary was married to her loving husband of 58 years, Michael DeMichele, PhD. She was the daughter of the late Ralph and Dora Collini Yantorn of Scranton, PA. She was a lifelong resident of Scranton and a graduate of St. Mary's High School.

Rosemary was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish and the Scranton Century Club. She enjoyed attending mass, cooking for guests, and playing Mahjong and Bridge with friends. Most of all, she loved sharing time with her family. She was a devoted and doting grandmother, and truly embodied the sentiment It's better to give than to receive. There's nothing she enjoyed more than giving her time, energy, and attention to her family and friends, and quite genuinely, to everyone she encountered.

Surviving are her three children: Michael DeMichele, MD, and his wife, Karen Kormis, MD, of Mechanicsburg; Christine Consiglio, Esq, and her husband Michael Consiglio, Esq, of Camp Hill, PA; Jacqueline Kloss, PhD, and her husband, Brian Kloss, Esq, of Radnor, PA; six grandchildren: Sara DeMichele; Michael, Matthew and Julia Consiglio; and Ella and Abby Kloss; her two sisters: Alexandra Yantorn of Clarks Summit and Linda Trently, and her husband Bill Trently of Scranton; brother-in-law, Joseph DeMichele and his wife Carole DeMichele; and nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave, Scranton, on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. by Rev. Ronald McKinney, SJ. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. Friends may call at the church from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Michael D. DeMichele, PhD '63 Scholarship Fund: University of Scranton, Office of Annual Giving, 800 Linden St, Scranton, PA 18510 or online at scranton.edu/makeagift (designate Michael D. DeMichele Scholarship).

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Toby M. Lovinger

Toby M. LovingerOctober 27, 2021

Toby M. Lovinger, 75, a resident of Scranton and West Palm Beach, died unexpectedly Wednesday morning in Geisinger CMC. His wife of 47 years is the former Lynne Killiany. Born in Bronx, NY, he was the son of Sadie Roth Lovinger, NJ, and the late Milton Lovinger. He was a graduate of Courtland College and he coached high school sports in New York state. He was self employed as an insurance agent for Nationwide Insurance. Toby was a member of the Ransom Lions Club and he was active with the Blind Association through the Lions Club. Toby was a quiet and unassuming man who enjoyed collecting baseball cards and playing cards with his buddies in Florida. He was an avid New York Yankees fan and enjoyed golf, basketball and swimming in Florida. He was a devoted husband and father. The family wishes to thank first responders and the doctors and nurses at Geisinger CMC and the staff of Fresenius Medical Care. Also surviving are a daughter Terri Coulson and husband Bret, Lake Ariel, a son Jamie Lovinger and partner Crimsin Kern, Scranton, a daughter Alana Lovinger and partner Jim Malinchak, Greenfield Twp., a granddaughter Gabrielle Harper Malinchak, a brother Marty Lovinger and wife Pamela, Olympia, WA. He was also preceded in death by his brother Jay Lovinger. Memorial contributions may be made to PKD for kidney disease at 1001 E. 101st Terrace, Suite 220, Kansas City, MO. 64131. The funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

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William R. Stahl

William R. StahlOctober 27, 2021

William R. Stahl, 73, of Factoryville and Taylor, died unexpectedly Wednesday in Regional Hospital. His wife of 28 years is the former Pamela Griswold. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Gerard and Ruth Lonsdorf Stahl. He was a member of St. Mary Of The Assumption Church until its closure and then he was a member of St. Mary's Of The Lake and Our Lady Of The Snows parishes. He was a graduate of South Scranton Central High School, and received his bachelor's degree from The University Of Scranton and was studying for his masters at Marywood University. Along with his brothers he co-owned Stall's by Stahl for 47 years and he was employed as a coordinator by St. Michael's School for 47 years. Bill was a fan of race car driving, was an avid world traveler and he enjoyed scuba diving in the islands. He was giving of himself to help the students at St. Michaels. Also surviving are two children; Nicholas Gerard Stahl, Richmond, VA., and Angela Ruth Stahl, Baton Rouge, LA., siblings; Michael Stahl and wife Barbara, Knoxville, TN., Dr. Mary Levick and husband Dr. Donald, Allentown, and Gregory Stahl and wife Rochelle, Roaring Brook Twp., sisters-in-law Elaine Stahl, Scranton, and Natalie Stahl, FL.,13 nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by two brothers; Thomas and James Stahl.

The funeral will be Saturday at 9:30 from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass Of Christian Burial at 10 AM in St. John Neumann Parish, Nativity Of Our Lord Church, 633 Orchard St., to be celebrated by Msgr. Joseph Quinn, Pastor. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 4 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Assoc., PO Box 7023, Merrifield, VA. 22116-7023.

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Ann T. Pusateri Radgowski

October 20, 2021

Ann T. Pusateri Radgowski, 95, a resident of South Scranton, died Wednesday morning in Allied Hospice. She was the widow of Stanley Radgowski who died February 4, 1986 and the couple was married for 33 years. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Rose Rini Pusateri. She was a member of St. Lucy's Church and formerly was a member of St. Francis Of Assisi Church and Altar Rosary Society until its closure. She was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and she was a member of Friendly Senior Citizens. Surviving is a daughter Lee Radgowski with whom she resided, a sister Rose Menichetti and husband Joseph, Wallingford, CT., nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a sister Mary Stevens and two brothers; Tony and Peter Pusateri and her stepmother Clementine Romiti Pusateri. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 9:30 AM in St. Lucy's Church by Rev. Sam Ferretti, Pastor. Entombment Cathedral Cemetery. There will be no calling hours.

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Michael J. McLaughlin

Michael J. McLaughlinOctober 15, 2021

Michael J. McLaughlin, 75, a resident of Covington Twp., died unexpectedly Friday evening at home. His wife of 43 years was the late former Barbara Ann Zedar Marzec, who died in 2019.

Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late William and Erna Phillips McLaughlin. He was a long time member of St Catherine of Siena Church, Moscow. He and his wife worked together for 50 years at Topps, Scranton. Mike was a wonderful husband and father along with being a man of great faith. His passion was caring for his family. He enjoyed spending time with his son and daughter-in-law. Surviving are his son Jude McLaughlin and wife Jessica, Roaring Brook Twp., and a brother William McLaughlin and wife Cheryl, Mountaintop, nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by siblings Marjorie Brock Castanzo, Joseph, Robert and Paul Brock and Patricia Brock Gibson.

A graveside Blessing and Committal Service will be conducted Wednesday at 10 AM in St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in the near future.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Parkinson's Disease Association at https://www.apdaparkinson.org.

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Carol M. Gill

Carol M. GillSeptember 30, 2021

Carol M. Gill, 57, a South Scranton resident, died unexpectedly Thursday at home. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Louise DeStefano Gill. She was a member of St. John Neumann Parish and she was a graduate of Central High School. Carol studied medical technology and received her degree from Misericordia University. She was formerly employed as a laboratory technologist by Mercy Health Partners. Surviving are aunts, uncles and cousins. A Blessing Service will be conducted Tuesday at 10 AM by Deacon Al Giacometti in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. Friends may call Tuesday morning from 9 to 10 AM. Interment private in Cathedral Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation at www.epilepsy.org.

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Susan A. Price Zotynia

Susan A. Price ZotyniaOctober 1, 2021

Susan A. Price Zotynia, 59, a resident of Scranton, died Friday in Geisinger CMC after an illness. Her husband is John Zotynia. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of William Price and the late Angela Teat Price. Her stepmother is Rose Price. Sue was of the Catholic faith and she attended Scranton public schools. She was employed locally as a nurse's aid for many years. She liked the Pittsburgh Steelers and she enjoyed camping. Sue was a caring and loving woman. Also surviving is a daughter Nicole Heil, WV, 6 grandchildren, her sister, Debbie Price, Scranton, two brothers; David Price, Scranton, and William Price and wife Brenda, Pittston, nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her son Stephen Heil and her grandson Noah Heil. A Funeral Service will be conducted Wednesday at 11 AM in the Salvation Army, 500 S. Washington Ave., 18505. Friends may call from 10 to 11 AM at the facility. Inurnment private at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army at the above address or to Our Lady of Peace Convent, 1510 University Ave., Dunmore, 18509.

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Mary M. Buttner

Mary M. ButtnerSeptember 29, 2021

Mary M. Buttner, 89, a resident of the East Mountain section of Scranton, died Wednesday morning in Geisinger CMC. She was the widow of Frederick H. Buttner who died September 19, 2018, and the couple were married for 58 years. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Christopher and Madeline Keuhner Kearney. She was a member of Holy Name Of Jesus Church, St. John Neumann Parish. She attended Scranton public schools. Mary will always be remembered for her love of goodies, especially candy, cookies, and cakes. She always shared theses treats with everyone who stopped by her home for a visit. She especially loved children, and many of the children in her neighborhood referred to her as Aunt Mary. She also loved playing her word find games. Mary always treated everyone with love and respect and saw the good in people. Mary and her husband Fred worked very hard to instill these values in their two sons. Mary had a deep belief in God's guiding hand throughout her life. The family would like to thank the following: Dr. Richard Martin, Dr. Jeffery Powell, nurses and staff at Geisinger CMC and Geisinger 65 Forward for their excellent care and compassion extended to Mary throughout her life. Also, thanks to GCMC nurses; Candace, Amy, Abby, and others on fourth floor in the Progressive Care Unit, and to the many doctors who provided care. Also, thanks to Mary's caregivers; Susann Waltke and Florence Birtell. Surviving are her two sons; Frederick G. Buttner and wife Linda, and Paul C. Buttner, with whom she resided, all of Scranton, nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her brothers; Christopher, William, Edward, Richard, Robert, Paul, Lawrence and Joseph Kearney and her sister Madeline DeLayo. According to Mary's wishes, her funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity.

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Dennis Charles Amato

Dennis Charles AmatoSeptember 23, 2021

Dennis Charles Amato, a resident of Moscow, recently turned 74, passed away September 23, 2021, at home after a long illness. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Joseph and Helen Mazur Amato. He was raised in the South Side of Scranton. He attended Scranton public schools and he was of the Catholic faith. His final moments were spent in his home with his son and daughter by his side. He will be sadly missed by so many friends and family. He resided in Moscow for 46 years where the doors to his beautiful home were always open. His nickname "D" was derived from a restaurant that he owned called Mr. D's. D was mostly known for his generosity, silly little jokes, down to earth spirit and a love for his family. His most notable achievements include real estate investments and his family association with A&A Auto and Keystone Automotive.

Dennis is survived by his children; Scot Amato, with whom he resided and Michelle Amato, Scranton, as well as his former wife, Ada Amato. His siblings include Barbara Kimmick, Clarks Summit, Joseph Amato and wife Andrea, Moosic, and Peter Amato, Waverly, many nieces and nephews.

A private Blessing Service will be conducted by Msg. Joseph Quinn at the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., where D will be surrounded by his family and friends. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to his favorite charity, Keystone Mission, 8 West Olive St., Scranton, 18508.

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Bruce W. Ladd

Bruce W. LaddSeptember 22, 2021

Bruce W. Ladd, 74, a resident of Scranton, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, due to complications of Covid-19. He was married June 17, 2006 to the former Linda Sandruwicz. The couple were married for 15 wonderful years. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Carl U. and Dorothy Cassidy Ladd. He was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, class of '66. Upon graduation, Bruce enlisted in the army with the rank of E-4, Army cook in a military brig during the Vietnam Era. After his discharge, he became a truck driver for many automotive supply companies including Central Warehouse, Sunshine Auto, Monroe Muffler, and he retired in 2009 from A&A Auto Parts. He was of the Catholic faith and was a member of the former St. John the Evangelist Church in South Scranton. Throughout his life, Bruce grew a great love of working on cars. He was known as the "Chevy Man" and he spent many hours getting ready for car shows in his 1955 Chevy Belaire. He won many, many trophies. In addition to his wife, Linda, he is survived by a stepdaughter, Nicole (Chris) Hemingway, Scranton, five grandchildren; Ashur Joseph, Soleria Grace, Maxis Alexander, Faclyn Bruce and Rowan Jayce, all of Scranton. He leaves behind many friends. The funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to ARC of Scranton, 115 Meadow Ave, 18505.

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Jerome William Lynott

Jerome William LynottSeptember 20, 2021

Jerome William Lynott died peacefully at the age of 91 (or 91 1/2 as he said) on Sept. 20 in hospice care.

A lifelong resident of Scranton, he lived a full life as a loving and devoted husband, patient and supportive father and a proud grandfather.

He was baptized in the Cathedral of St. Peter, Scranton on Jan. 12, 1930 and will be buried from the same church on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, attaining the rank of sergeant during the Korean War and worked in the construction industry as an estimator, retiring from Sordoni Construction. He was a graduate of Scranton Central High School, attended the University of Scranton and Villanova University. He was preceded in death by his parents Leo and Hortense Scanlan Lynott, a son Atty. Daniel Lynott of Tampa, FL and brothers John and Joseph Lynott and sister Hortense Mundy.

He and his wife, Romaine Spindler Lynott, celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on Feb. 16. In addition to his wife, he is survived by children: Atty. Michael Lynott and wife Laura, Miami, FL; Jerome Lynott and wife Jean, Nicholson Township; Mary Gan and husband Dr. Robert, Honesdale; Kathryn Brubaker and husband, David, Sinking Springs; Atty. Karl Lynott and wife Sarellen, Scranton; and Atty. Kurt Lynott and wife Casie, Olyphant; grandchildren Dr. Stephen, Alicia and Anastasia Gan; Tara and Kathleen Lynott; Allison and husband Matthew Baker and Isabelle Lynott; Harris and Hunter Lynott; Sarah Lynott; U.S. Army Lt. Michael, Julie, James, Daniel and Mary Grace Brubaker; and Maddy Lynott.

Funeral arrangements are by August J. Haas Funeral Home Inc., 202-204 Pittston Ave., Scranton, PA, 18505. Friends may call Thursday, Sept. 23 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday, Sept. 24 at 9:30 a.m. from the Cathedral of St. Peter, 315 Wyoming Ave., Scranton, PA, 18503.

Internment will be at Sacred Heart of Jesus & Mary Cemetery, Scranton.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Daniel J. Lynott Scholarship Endowment Fund, Scranton Preparatory School, St. Mary of Mt. Carmel School, Dunmore and Summit Christian Academy, South Abington Township.

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Cynthia S. Murphy

Cynthia S. MurphySeptember 13, 2021

Cynthia S. Murphy, 62, a resident of Scranton, died Monday afternoon at Regional Hospital after an illness. Her husband of 38 years is James A. Murphy, Sr. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late George E. and Marie Dombroski Wagner. Cindy was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and she was formerly employed as a nurse's aid for Allied and Interim Health. She enjoyed her family trips to Wildwood Crest and to the houseboat in the Thousand Islands. Also surviving is her son, James A. Murphy, Jr., Scranton, her sister Wendy Carlin and husband Ed, Scranton, and her brother Ronald Wagner and companion LuAnn Brundage, East Stroudsburg, nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10 AM in Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, St. Paul of the Cross Parish, 1217 Prospect Ave., by Msgr. Joseph Quinn, Pastor. Interment Abington Hills Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday morning at the church from 9 to 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.

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Thomas F. Noto III

Thomas F. Noto IIISeptember 10, 2021

Thomas F. Noto lll, 68, a resident of Ransom Twp., died Friday morning in Hospice of The Sacred Heart, Dunmore, after a brief illness. His wife of 41 years is the former Paula Polentz. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Thomas F. Jr. and Gloria Soloski Noto. He was a graduate of South Scranton Central Catholic High School, class of 1971, and Johnson School of Technology, class of 1974, receiving his degree in welding. He was employed by Floserve Corporation until his retirement on August 31, 2018. In his younger years he enjoyed traveling to Alaska and Colorado where he bagged his trophy mounts of caribou and elk, respectively. Recently, he and his wife purchased electric bikes and a pontoon boat for boating on Lake Wallenpaupack. Most of all, he enjoyed scuba diving, and after 20 years, he fulfilled his dream of a shark dive and he made it happen at Stuart's Cove Shark Diving in the Bahamas, where he actually found a reef shark tooth and mounted it into a pendant. Tom's personality and jokes were always the life of the party, these will always be with us to cherish. He was always the first to help anyone, even a stranger. The family gives a special shout out and "Thank You" to Sara Valvonis and the wonderful staff of Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore, for the wonderful care beyond and above in Tom's last days. Also surviving are his two sisters; Chrissie Yarem and husband John, Moosic, Karen Liptock and husband Larry, Dalton, a sister-in-law, Susan Burke and companion Bill Sincavage, Scranton, nephews; Larry Liptock, Jr., J.T. Yarem, Pat and Daniel Burke, nieces; Casandra Mazzie, Dr. Kristen Liptock, and Elizabeth Straub, numerous grand nieces and grand nephews, and special friends "who knew who they were". He was also preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law, Paul and Arlene Polentz, nephew David Paul Burke, and his beloved fur baby girl, Sage. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 AM in Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, St. Paul of the Cross Parish, 1217 Prospect Ave. by Msgr. Michael Delaney. Interment private, there will be no calling hours. Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Dr., Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 18702.

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Paul Walsh

Paul WalshSeptember 3, 2021

Paul Walsh, 61, of Scranton, died peacefully Friday, September 3 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital after an illness. He was the son of the late Paul and Loretta Coco Walsh. He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Marie, his two daughters, Talia and Breena, and brother John.

Paul was a 1978 graduate of Scranton Technical High School and later pursued a career in criminal justice, graduating from Lackawanna College Police Academy. He served as a patrol officer for the city of Scranton for 12 years and remained an active member of the FOP (Fraternal Order of Police) E.B. Jermyn Lodge 002. During his retirement he enjoyed reading, writing and listening to Frank Andrews on WILK. He loved the Philadelphia Phillies and the Eagles. The funeral will be private for the immediate family and there will be no calling hours, as were Paul's wishes.

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Sarah (Sally) Phillips Scholz

Sarah (Sally) Phillips ScholzAugust 25, 2021

Sarah (Sally) Phillips Scholz, 88, a resident of South Scranton, died Wednesday morning in Dunmore Health Care Center. She was the widow of Fred Scholz who died in 2014. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Sarah Lance Quinn. She was a graduate of St. Mary's High School, class of 1951. She presently was a member of St. Peter's Cathedral and she was a member of St. Mary Of The Assumption Church until its closure. She graduated from beauty school and for 68 years she owned and operated Sally's Beauty Shoppe in South Scranton. Her customers wound up being her best friends. Sally was a member of Scranton Singers Guild and in 1939, she conducted the only all girl orchestra in Scranton. Sally loved and was loved. The family wishes to thank the staff of Dunmore Health Care Center for their compassion and care of Sally. Surviving are her children; Nancy Zumchak and husband Gregory, Dallas, Karen Lally and husband Paul, Cary, NC, Mari Cummings and husband Tom, and Jane Grzenda, all of Scranton, Jacqueline Samsell and husband Joseph, Moscow, and John Phillips Jr. and wife Michele, Scranton, 13 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by an infant twin brother Francis, her sister Mary Jane Canavan, and her former husband John Phillips. Sr. and two grandchildren; Paul Samsell and Kayle Phillips. A Mass Of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 9 AM in St. Peter's Cathedral by Rev. Lee Havey, CP. Friends may call Friday from 4 to 6 PM at the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. All are invited to go directly to the Cathedral Saturday morning. Interment private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer Association at act.alz.org/donate or to the American Heart Association at donatenow.heart.org/.

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Gerard (Jerry) Burke

Gerard (Jerry) BurkeAugust 14, 2021

Gerard (Jerry) Burke, a resident of Scranton, died Saturday morning in Hospice Of The Sacred Heart, Dunmore. His wife of 65 years is the former Jane Ann Phillips. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Harry and Edna Neureiter Burke. He was a member of St. John Neumann Parish where he was a senior acolyte for many years, and was a graduate of Scranton Central High School. Until his retirement, he was employed for 35 years as a mail carrier for the Post Office. He was a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers. He was a US Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict. Jerry played professional baseball with the Milwaukee Braves and he also played with the House of David. He coached baseball and basketball at St. Patrick's and then coached both sports at Cathedral and he led Bishop Hannon to a state championship in basketball in 1973. He then coached basketball at Abington Heights where he ended his coaching career. He was a PIAA football official for 40 years and a baseball and basketball official for many years. He was the clubhouse manager for the Red Barons. He loved watching all sports on TV. Jerry attended as many sporting events as he possibly could for his children and grandchildren and he was their biggest fan and supporter. He was a member of the PA Sports Hall of Fame. He achieved many awards throughout his lifetime. Jerry was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. Also surviving are a son Jerry Burke and wife Sue, Clarks Summit, a daughter Eileen Notarianni and husband Jimmy, Scranton, 7 grandchildren, one stepgrandchild, six great grandchildren, two step great grandchildren, sister-in-law Angela Burke, and nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his son Timothy, and two brothers Donald and Paul Burke. The family wishes to thank the Hospice of the Sacred Heart for all the care and compassion given to Jerry. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 9:30 AM in Nativity Of Our Lord Church, St. John Neumann Parish, 633 Orchard St. by Msgr. Joseph Quinn, Pastor. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. All are invited to go directly to church Tuesday morning. Friends may call Monday from 4 to 6 PM at the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave.

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Cristina Bollinger

Crystina BollingerJuly 30, 2021

Cristina Bollinger, 54, a resident of Tyler Hill, passed away Friday in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital after an illness. Her husband of 17 years is William Bollinger. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Sandra Lubrani Ferrario. She was formerly a member of St. Francis Of Assisi Parish until its closure. She was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and she attended Lackawanna College. Prior to her illness, she was employed by Lackawanna County Better Business Bureau. Cristina was passionate about music and she formerly played guitar with a local band. She also assisted her husband in his video production company. She also enjoyed traveling with her husband. Also surviving are numerous cousins. A Blessing and Committal Service will be conducted Monday at 11 AM by Rev. Jonathan Kuhar in the chapel at Italian-American Cemetery, Cemetery Ave., Minooka Section. All are invited to go directly to the chapel Monday morning. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Damascus Ambulance, 1290 Cochecton Turnpike, Tyler Hill, Pa. 18469, or to Muscular Dystrophy at www.mda.org.

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Joseph C. Grzenda Sr.

Joseph C. Grzenda Sr.July 23, 2021

Joseph C. Grzenda, Sr., 60, a resident of Old Forge, died unexpectedly Thursday evening in Geisinger CMC., after being stricken ill. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Chester and Margaret Connery Grzenda. He was a member of St. John Neumann Parish and was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School. He was employed by Sprint Print and he was a member of the Waldorf Club where he was a member of the Thursday Night Volleyball Team. Joe was an avid Raider's fan. Surviving are four sons; Joseph Grzenda, Jr., Scranton, John Grzenda and companion Natasha Salter, Old Forge, Chris Grzenda, Moscow and Jordan Grzenda, Scranton, a grandson Donovan Grzenda. A Blessing Service will be conducted Tuesday evening at 6 PM in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. with Rev Jonathan Kuhar officiating. Inurnment private. Friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 6 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org.

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PauL J. Gilroy

Kathy VanvestrautJuly 28, 2021

Paul J. Gilroy, 89, a resident of South Scranton, died Wednesday afternoon in Allied Hospice. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Elizabeth Durkin Gilroy. He was a member of St. John Neumann Parish and he was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School. While in high school, Paul also attended The University Of Scranton for three years. His lifetime career was as a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 229, where he began his career in 1949 and retired as Executive Administrator in 1985. The family expresses special appreciation to the doctors and staff of Allied Services Hospice for the loving and compassionate care given to Paul. Surviving is a sister, Mary Parry, nieces and nephews, and loving special friends. He was also preceded in death by a brother and his wife, John and Loretta Gilroy, and a brother-in-law, Al Parry. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 9:30 AM in St. John Neumann Parish, Nativity Of Our Lord Church, 633 Orchard St. by the Rev. Jonathan Kuhar, assistant Pastor. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John Neumann Parish.

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James (Tony) Dougherty

James DoughertyJuly 12, 2021

James ( Tony ) Dougherty, 61, a resident of Scranton, died Monday morning in Regional Hospital after an illness. His wife of 41 years is the former Phyllis Lefchak. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late James and Ann Marie Gentile Dougherty. He was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and prior to his retirement, he was employed as a supervisor for Specialty Records/WEA and Men's Wearhouse Distribution Center. He was the ultimate Pittsburgh Steelers fan and he collected sportscards. Tony enjoyed 70s music, family dinners and vacations at the shore. His children and grandchildren were the light of his life. He will forever be their loving "Peepa". Also surviving are his daughters; Jamie Pugliese and husband Robert lll, Scranton, Jessica Dougherty, Philadelphia, and his son Daniel Dougherty, Scranton, grandchildren Henley and Robert  lV Pugliese, and a future grandchild due in November. Also surviving is his brother, Frank Dougherty, Scranton, an aunt, Joan Gentile, his mother-in-law, Frances Lefchak, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Ann Marie Dougherty, his father-in-law Steve Lefchak, a nephew Robert Parfrey, brothers-in-law; Dave Durkin and Paul Myers, an uncle Pete Gentile, cousins Ronald Dougherty and Tony Gentile, and his sister at heart, Lynne Vergnetti. The funeral will be Friday with a Blessing Service at 10 AM in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave, with Deacon Al Giacometti celebrant. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 7 PM.

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Nicholas R. (Bobby) Beadle

Nicholas R. (Bobby) BeadleJuly 9, 2021

Nicholas R. (Bobby) Beadle, 81, a resident of Jefferson Twp., formerly of South Scranton, died Friday afternoon in Regional Hospital. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Nicholas F. and Mary Bakaysa Beadle. His wife of 28 years, the former Mary A. Mackreth preceded him in death. He was a member of St. Mary Of The Assumption Church until its closure and was employed there as a custodian for over 20 years. He was a graduate of St. Mary's High School. He was self employed as a contractor and also worked for RCA Thompson. He was a Vietnam veteran serving both in the US Army and as Petty Officer 2nd Class in the US Navy. Bobby was a loving husband, father and grandfather. His grandchildren were his life. He was proud of both his military service and his St. Mary's close parish family. Bobby was the go to guy, he possessed a natural ability to solve any problem. The family wishes to thank the VA Medical Center and the staff of Regional Hospital for all the care and compassion given to Bobby. Surviving are his children; Robert Beadle and wife Paula, Pittsburgh, Sheila Beadle, CA., Gene Beadle and companion Kami Aukscunas, Jefferson Twp., Derrick Beadle, Jefferson Twp., and Jennifer Mackreth and companion Thomas Bryant, Scranton, 8 grandchildren; Bobby and Brian, Noah, Rihanna, Dillon, Abby, Ashley and Airanna, a great grandson Brayden Beadle. Also surviving are his brother Jerry Beadle, Moosic, sisters; Gloria Burke and husband Patrick, Scranton, and Carol Gifford and husband Larry, Elk Mtn., nieces and nephews. Among other surviving relatives is his aunt Sister Mara Beadle SCC. He was also preceded in death by his granddaughter Savannah Bryant, sisters Madeline Salvatori and Lorraine Elias and Joan Houlihan and a brother Manuel Salvatori. The funeral will be Tuesday at 9:30 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in Nativity of Our Lord Church, St. John Neumann Parish, 633 Orchard St. with Rev. Johnathan Kuhar celebrant. Interment St. Mary's Cemetery. Friends may call Monday from 5 to 8 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Sisters Of Christian Charity, Mallinckrodt Convent, 350 Bernardsville Rd.  Mendham, NJ, 07945.

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Kathy Vanvestraut

Kathy VanvestrautJune 29, 2021

Kathy Vanvestraut, 63, a Scranton resident, died Tuesday evening in AristaCare At Meadow Springs, Plymouth Meeting. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Horace Vincent and Mary Jacqueline Thomas Vanvestraut. She was a member of Our Lady Of The Snows Church, Clarks Summit, and she was a graduate of Riverside High School, Class of 1976. Prior to her illness, she was employed for 25 years as a nurse's aid and therapy aid at the Jewish Home Of Eastern Pa. She loved working with the elderly in the therapy department. Kathy had many joys in life; music, playing guitar, writing stories, poems and music. She also loved painting and playing games with her family. She was a lifelong Yankees fan. God granted her the gift of strength and laughter she shared with many. Kathy cherished time spent with her niece and nephews. Surviving are two sisters; Beth Rielly and husband James, Scott Twp., Thelma Connor and husband William, Dunmore, and two brothers; Daniel Vanvestraut and wife Kristen, Blakely, and Barry Hopkins and wife Patricia, Florida, a niece and several nephews. The funeral will be Saturday at 9 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM in Sacred Hearts Of Jesus and Mary Church, St. Paul Of The Cross Parish, 1217 Prospect Ave. with Rev. Scott Sterowski, Pastor, celebrant. Interment Italian-American Cemetery, Minooka Section. Friends may call Friday from 6 to 8 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to Marley's Mission, 2150 Port Royal Rd., Clarks Summit, 18411.

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Reverend Joseph O. Weber

Reverend Joseph O. WeberJune 22, 2021

Reverend Joseph O. Weber, Pastor Emeritus of St. Frances Cabrini, Carverton, died on the 22nd day of June 2021 at Marywood Heights, Scranton (formerly Holy Family Residence), after having faithfully served the Diocese of Scranton for sixty-four years.

Father Weber, son of the late Joseph A. and Anna M. (Hogan) Weber, was born in Scranton on November 24, 1931. He received his early education at St. Mary of the Assumption, Scranton. Father entered The Pontifical College Josephinum where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in philosophy and completed his studies for the priesthood. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 25, 1957 by the Most Reverend Amleto G. Cicognani. For the first eighteen years of his priesthood, Father Weber taught college-level courses at the Josephinum. Father served as an assistant pastor at St. Luke's, Jersey Shore; Christ the King, Dunmore; Immaculate Conception, Scranton; and St. Mary's Assumption, Scranton. He was assigned to his first pastorate at Sacred Heart of Jesus, Weston in 1974. In 1977 he was appointed pastor at St. Patrick, Milford and in 1981, was appointed pastor at Good Shepherd, Drums, where he served for 10 years. In 1991 Father was appointed pastor at St. Catherine, Moscow. In 1994, he was appointed pastor at St. Frances X. Cabrini, Carverton where he served for 13 years until his retirement and appointment as Pastor Emeritus in 2007. In addition to his parochial duties, Father served as Program Director at Camp St. Andrew in 1957; Chaplain at Marywood Novitiate from 1968 to 1971; as a member of the Diocesan Advisory Board of the Office for Continuing Education of Priests from 1990 to 1993 and again from 2001 to 2004; and on the Diocesan Liturgical Commission from 2005 to 2006.

Father celebrated the 60th Anniversary of his Ordination with a Pontifical Mass Celebrated by Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L. in 2016.

Father is survived by nieces, Donna and Michelle, a nephew, Anthony, cousins and dear friend, Sister Rose Marie Mozzachio.

Father was preceded in death by his sister, Shirley Cognetti and infant sister, Ann.
Viewing will take place Thursday, July 1, 2021 at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Scranton at 9:00 a.m. preceding the funeral.

A Pontifical Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, on Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Scranton. Interment will be in St. Catherine Cemetery, Moscow.

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Cheryl A. Gavern

Cheryl A. GavernJune 9, 2021

Cheryl A. Gavern, 55, a resident of Scranton, died Wednesday morning in Geisinger Wyoming Valley. Her husband of 35 years is James Gavern III.

Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Mary D. Walsh Tucker. She was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School. She was a local antique dealer for many years. Cheryl was huge animal lover, a great cook and baker, enjoyed the jewelry channel, and deeply loved her husband and son.

Also surviving are her son, James Gavern IV and partner, William Lewis, Wilkes-Barre; her sister, Patricia Reveillo, Scranton; three brothers, William Tucker, Scranton, Patrick Tucker, Tobyhanna, and Joseph Tucker and wife, Cheryl, Arkansas; and nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Daniel Tucker.

A blessing service will be conducted Wednesday at 11 a.m. by the Rev. Michael Bryant in the August J. Haas Funeral Home Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Friends may call Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday morning from 9 to 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Twp., 18411.

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Marie K. Lunney

Marie K. LunneyJune 26, 2021 Services

Funeral arrangements are announced for Marie K. Lunney who died December 26, 2020. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on June 26, 2021, at 10:30 AM in Nativity of Our Lord Church, St. John Neumann Parish, 633 Orchard St., by Rev. Michael Bryant, Pastor. Inurnment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 4 to 7Pm at the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. and at the church Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 AM.

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Joseph M. Musewicz

Louise M. GillJune 8, 2021 Services

November 24, 2020. Funeral arrangements are announced for Joseph M. Musewicz who died November 24, 2020. All are invited to the Mass of Christian Burial on June 8, 2021, at 10 Am in St. Paul's Church, 1510 Penn Ave. Friends may call at the church from 9 to 10. Inurnment Cathedral Cemetery.

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Bruce A. Harvey

Louise M. GillMay 29, 2021

Bruce A. Harvey, 59, a resident of Dickson City, died Saturday evening in Allied Hospice. His wife of 20 years is the former Christina Padula. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Leonard and Irene Boklack Harvey. He attended Mid Valley Schools and was a member of SS. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Olyphant. He was an avid bowler, enjoyed riding his motorcycle and loved playing pool with his children. Bruce was a loving husband, father, brother and uncle who loved his family with all his heart. Also surviving are his children; Corina, Alayna and Brandy, all at home, his three sisters; Karen Bushta, Dalton, Patricia Strugala and husband Ted, Scott Twp., Linda Evans and husband Dave, Sturges, and his brother Leonard Harvey, and nieces and nephews. The funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be sent to the family at 706 Carmalt St., Dickson City, Pa. 18519.

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Laurie A. Schuler

May 27, 2021

Laurie A. Schuler, 58, a resident of Scranton, died unexpectedly Thursday at home.

Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Theresa Magolski Schuler. She was a graduate of Central High School and was employed by Price Rite.

Surviving are a sister, Cheryl Williams and husband, Joseph, Moosic; two nieces and one nephew, Melissa Derenick and husband, Jeff, Matthew Williams and wife, Melissa, Mari Castelli and husband, Angelo; three great-nieces and cousins. Also surviving is her friend and caregiver Bernadette Badner.

The funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

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Ann Marie Riggi-Hopkins

Louise M. GillMay 21, 2021

Ann Marie Riggi-Hopkins, Scranton left the world to be with her lord on May 21, 2021. Born Dec. 17, 1969, she was the daughter of the late Joseph John Riggi and Delores Kerekes Riggi, Dunmore.

Ann Marie was married to Kelly Hopkins of Scranton. She was a 1988 graduate of Dunmore High School and worked as a clerk for the Dunmore Borough before working for the City of Scranton.

Ann Marie's love of dance blossomed and she became a certified ball room dance instructor for the Author Murray Dance Studio. She played a dual role as a mother and grandmother to her son Thomas Harrison Jr., Baylee Ferguson and Thomas Harrison III. Because of her love, they flourished in her care.

Ann Marie was proceeded in death by her daughter Miranda Lee Ferguson, brother Stephen Riggi and her parents. Surviving are her husband Kelly Hopkins, son Thomas Harrison Jr., granddaughter Baylee Ferguson, grandson Thomas Harrison III, brothers; Joseph, Nicholas, William and Mark, sisters; Mary Ann Capone, Kathryn Coolican, and Delores Sedock.

Friends are welcome to join the family for a Mass of Christian burial on Friday, May 28, 2021 at 9:30 at Our Lady of Snows Church, 301 So. State St., Clarks Summit, PA.

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Daniel J. Hopkins

Louise M. GillMay 13, 2021

Daniel J. Hopkins, 51, a South Scranton resident, passed away unexpectedly Thursday at home due to natural causes. Born in Scranton, he was the son of John and Marie Corcoran Hopkins, Scranton. He was a member of St. John Neumann Parish and attended Scranton public schools. He was employed locally as a painter. Danny enjoyed listening to The Grateful Dead, concerts, festivals and camping. He was an avid poetry writer and he was a deep thinker. Danny loved being a grandfather and especially bowling with his son. Also surviving are his son Joseph Hopkins, Scranton, and two daughters; Jamilyn Medina and Veronika Nemetz, both of Olyphant, siblings, John Hopkins and wife Carmel, Dunmore, their children; Sarah Amiable and Mia Raymond, Jeannine Kalinoski, Largo, FL., and her children; Brandon, Dane and Nicole, James Hopkins and wife Deborah, Wilmington, NC, and their daughter Jamie, Kelly Schultz and husband Steven, Scranton and their children; Chelsea, Jacob, and Cara, a granddaughter Rosa Medina, and his companion Lynn Kashuba, Archbald, aunts, uncles and cousins. The funeral will be Monday at 9 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM in Nativity of Our Lord Church, St. John Neumann Parish, 633 Orchard St. celebrated by Rev. Michael Bryant, Pastor. Inurnment St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 5 PM. Masks must be worn and social distancing practiced.

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Lawrence P. Fisk

Louise M. GillMay 9, 2021

Lawrence P. Fisk, 67, a resident of South Scranton, passed away Sunday night in Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore, after a three year battle with cancer. Born in Scranton, he was the son of Mary Teot Fisk, Scranton, and the late Isaac (Ike) Fisk. Larry was his Mom's primary caregiver for many years and saw to it that her every need was met. He was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Church until its closure and was presently a member of St. John Neumann Parish. Larry was strongly devoted to his Catholic faith. Larry was a 1971 graduate of South Catholic High School and received his degree in drafting from Johnson School of Technology. Until his retirement in 2020, he spent 45 years in the food industry, including 35 years with Sysco Foods where he received numerous sales awards. He was loyal to his customers,often going above and beyond to meet their needs. Larry was a dedicated member of the YMCA Men's Fitness Center where he enjoyed the camaraderie of friends as well as fitness training for many years. He also was a member of the 415 Running Club where he developed many long lasting friendships. Larry enjoyed oldies music and he was a loyal fan of the New York Yankees, LA Lakers and LA Rams, and enjoyed watching college football every fall season. Larry was an animal lover and supported many animal rights causes throughout the years. The family wishes to thank Hospice of the Sacred Heart for their outstanding care of Larry. Also surviving are his siblings; Rosanne McAndrew, Dallas, Barbara Sinkaus, Scranton, Stephen Fisk and wife Luanne, Dunmore, and Susan Archer, Scranton. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews; Megan and Ryan McAndrew and Sean McAndrew and wife Jeana, Sarah Sinkaus Worsnick and husband Peter, Bradley Sinkaus, Jonathan Archer, Caroline Archer Howe and husband Chris, Stephanie Fisk Collins and husband Justin, and Matthew Fisk. He was preceded in death by three brothers-in-law; Dr. James McAndrew, Joseph Sinkaus and Jack Archer and a niece Maura McAndrew. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 AM in Nativity of Our Lord Church, St. John Neumann Parish, 633 Orchard St. by Rev. Michael Bryant, Pastor. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call at the church Saturday morning from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Masks must be worn and social distancing practiced. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Dr., Wilkes-Barre, 18702 or to Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge, 974 Lockville Rd., Dallas, 18612.

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John P. (Jack) Boos

Louise M. GillApril 30, 2021

John P. (Jack) Boos, 89, a resident of Scranton, died Friday afternoon in Linwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. His wife, the former Lillian Pryor, died in 2020. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Albert and Genevieve Foy Boos. He was a member of St. Patrick's Church and was a graduate of St. Mary's High School. He was formerly employed by Capitol Records and Topps Chewing Gum, and St. Mary's Elementary School and after his retirement, he was employed in the maintenance department of The University Of Scranton. He was an army veteran of the Korean Conflict. Jack was a loving husband and father and he enjoyed being with his children and family. Surviving are his daughter; Carolyn Lee Chewey and husband Michael, Harvey's Lake, and his son David John Boos, Scranton, a brother Robert Boos and wife Maggie, Carbondale, and his sister-in-law Ann C. Pryor, Scranton, nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his sisters; Mary Hart, Grace Boos, and Eleanor Weber. A Blessing Service will be conducted Wednesday at 10 AM by Rev. Richard Fox, Pastor of St. Patrick's Church, in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. Interment Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 7 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Rd., South Abington Twp., 18411.

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James M. Kerrigan

Louise M. GillApril 23, 2021

James M. Kerrigan, 88, a South Scranton resident, passed away peacefully Friday at the home of his daughter, surrounded by his loving family. His late wife was the former Elizabeth Dougherty, who passed away in 2011. The couple was married for 54 years.

Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late James and Marjorie Kearney Kerrigan. He was a member of St. John Neumann Parish where he was a Eucharistic Minister, Boy Scoutmaster and potato pancake chef for 28 years for the annual parish festival. He was a member of the Parish Life organization and was treasurer for Pennsylvanians for Human Life. He was a graduate of Scranton Central High School. He was employed by the Post Office for 41 years, played softball for their team, and was a member of the NALCarriers union.

Jim was an avid Dodgers and Notre Dame fan. Pop was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather. He always sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" to all his grandchildren as he pushed them on the swing.

Surviving are four daughters, Mary Singleton and husband, Dave, Scranton; Julie Durand and husband, Reed, Owego, N.Y.; Betty McGlynn and husband, Don, Maine, N.Y.; and Michele Sekol and husband, Matt, Hanover Twp.; a son, Joseph Kerrigan, Old Forge; grandchildren, Courtney Keenan and husband, Edd; Kathryn Hughes and husband, Shawn; Sarah and Jessica Singleton; Iain, Evan and Caelan Kerrigan; Andrew Durand and wife, Gretchen; Johnathan, Cathy, Susan, Caroline, Thomas, Laura, Samuel and Abigail Durand; Pat McGlynn; Amber Smith and husband, Dan; and Faith and Logan Sekol; a sister, Margie Mazaleski and husband, Edward, Taylor; three brothers, Jack, Moosic; Robert, Scranton, and Thomas, Clarks Green; nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by an infant son, Patrick, and a son, James M. Kerrigan Jr.; and a sister, Mary Jean Kerrigan.

The funeral will be Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. from the August J. Haas Funeral Home Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Nativity of Our Lord Church, St. John Neumann Parish, 633 Orchard St., to be celebrated by the Rev. Jonathan Kuhar, assistant pastor. Interment Cathedral Cemetery.

Friends may call Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pennsylvanians for Human Life or to St. John Neumann Parish.

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Eugene F. Killiany

Louise M. GillApril 14, 2021

Eugene F. Killiany, 73, a resident of Scranton, passed away Wednesday at Regional Hospital after a courageous battle with dementia and Parkinson's Complex. His wife of 47 years is the former Nancy Curcio. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Michael Killiany and Elizabeth Mayorchalk Moran. He was a member of St. Paul of the Cross Parish. Until its closure, he was a member of St. Francis Of Assisi Church where he was a Eucharistic Minister and CCD teacher. He was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, Class of 1965, Keystone Junior College, Class of 1971, The University Of Scranton, Bachelor's degree, Class of 1973, and also his Master's degree in 1978. A United States Navy veteran, he was a hospital corpsman during the Vietnam War from 1965 to 1968. He was employed as a math teacher at Lackawanna Trail High School and for 35 years he was employed by the Scranton School District. He was also an adjunct professor at Penn State and Marywood College. He was a member of PSEA, PSERS, SFT, American Legion Post 920, the Tauras Club and the 20th Ward Social and Athletic Club. Gene was patient, tolerant, and generous with a great sense of humor and a quick wit. He was an animal lover who rescued senior dogs for over 45 years. He was a loving husband, son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend. Gene possessed a strong work ethic, loved to travel, was proud of his Hungarian roots and he was thrilled to visit Hungary. The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses of Regional Hospital for their kind and compassionate care of Gene. A special thank you to Crimsin Kern who was like a niece to him. Also surviving are his sister Lynne Lovinger and husband Toby, Scranton, a sister-in-law Marianne Curtin, San Antonio, TX., nieces and nephews; Terri Coulson and husband Bret, Jamie and Alana Lovinger, Mark Curtin and wife Darcy, Scott Curtin and wife Cynthia, Geoffrey Curtin, Great nieces and nephews; Geoffrey, Isabella and Patrick Curtin, Gabrielle Malinchak and several cousins. He was also preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Jule Curcio, and his brother-in-law Joseph Curtin. The funeral will be Tuesday at 9AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM in Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, St. Paul Of the Cross Parish, 1217 Prospect Ave. Interment Italian-American Cemetery, Minooka Section. Friends may call Monday from 4 to 7 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Rd., South Abington Twp, Pa., 18411, or to the donor’s favorite charity.

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Pauline A. Long

Louise M. GillApril 13, 2021

Pauline A. Long, 93, a South Scranton resident, passed away peacefully Tuesday at home. She was the widow of Robert Long who died on June 1, 2003. The couple were married for 54 years. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Grace Salamida Dorio. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish until its closure, later she became a member of St. Paul of the Cross Parish. She was educated in Scranton public schools and was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School. She was employed for over 50 years by Sauquoit Industries until her retirement in 1993. She enjoyed traveling with her friends, cooking traditional Italian foods and enjoying a variety of homemade desserts. She was continuously learning, enjoying playing bingo, eating out at various restaurants and church picnics, and appreciating nature while spending time with her family. The family would like to thank the medical and administrative staffs at Prime Medical Group, Geisinger CMC, Commonwealth Home Health, and Hospice of the Sacred Heart for their compassionate care. Surviving are two sons; Robert Long, Jr., with whom she resided, and William Long and wife Mary, Wayne, grandchildren Matthew, Katherine and Brian Long, her sister, Theresa Haefele and husband Ed, Scranton, nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by sisters; Margaret Marsico, Marianne Ceresko, Josephine Dorio, Mary Moran, Rose Sarcinelli and Christine Dudzinski and her brother Martin Dorio. The funeral will be Saturday at 9:15 from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in St. Ann's Basilica to be celebrated by Rev. Siby John. Interment Italian-American Cemetery, Minooka Section. Friends may call Friday from 5 to 7 PM. Masks must be worn and social distancing practiced.

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Arlington (Sonny) J. Phillips, Jr.

Louise M. GillApril 2, 2021

Arlington (Sonny) J. Phillips, Jr., a South Scranton resident, passed away Friday at the Gino J. Merli Veterans' Center. He was the husband of the former Constance Korpan who died in 2012. Born in Scranton, September 25, 1930, he was the son of the late Arlington J. and Theresa Puhl Phillips. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish and was a graduate of St. Mary of the Assumption High School. He enlisted in the army in September 1948. He completed basic training at Fort Sill, OK, where he received radio operation training. After Basic Training, he was assigned to the 69th Chemical Smoke Generator Company at Army Chemical Center in Maryland, then reassigned to the 2nd Chemical Mortar Battalion which was in the process of being formed.

In September 1950, the battalion was sent to Korea where he was assigned as a forward observer radio operator for "A" company. He was wounded on November 1st when overrun by North Koreans and Red China forces in the Battle of Unsan. After returning to the states, he was assigned to Fort Knox, KY as a radio installer in tanks. After being reassigned to the 53rd AAA Brigade at Swarthmore College, PA, he was honorably discharged with the rank of corporal on June 13, 1952. He received the Purple Heart medal, the Korean Combat medal, the Korean Campaign medal with silver battle star and the Good Conduct medal.

Arlington and Connie married in 1954 after meeting at PP&L where they both worked and were married for 58 years before Connie's death in 2012. Arlington worked for Scranton Electric Company and PP&L Electric for 40 years as a linesman 1st class and crew leader until his retirement in October 1992.

Arlington was active in volunteerism and received the PP&L Community Betterment Award. He helped organize the Keyser Valley Boy Scout Troop #34 where he served as Scout Master. Later he transferred to Troop #42 at St. Mary's Church where he served 30 years as Assistant Scout Master. He has two sons, James and Michael, who became Eagle Scouts. He was a member and president of the Bishop Klonowski High School Father's Club. In addition, for many years he was an usher and adult altar server at St. Mary's. He was also a fourth degree member of the Knights Of Columbus.

Arlington received the Scranton School District Teacher's "Friends of Education" award, the American Legion Department Volunteer of the Year, and a Red Cross plaque for donating 10 gallons of blood. He was the Purple Heart Department and VAVS Chairman for the Gino J. Merli Veterans' Center where he was also a member of the Advisory Council and a volunteer for numerous years since the day the center opened. He was a member of the American Legion and served as Commander of Post 948 from 1976 to 1979 and District 11 from 1983 to 1985. He was also Vice Commander of the Legion Department of PA from 1990 to 1991 as well as a member of the VFW and DAV. Arlington was an avid hunter and Boston Red Sox fan.

Surviving are his children: daughter Ann Harrington and husband Ed, Scranton; son James Phillips and wife Christine, Pittsburgh; son Michael Phillips and partner Patricia Jackloski, Nanticoke; and daughter Beth Orr, Scranton. He was also the proud grandfather of Jamie Snyder and husband Ryan, Nathaniel Phillips and wife Marjorie, Nicholas and Nicole Phillips, Eamonn Orr, and Riley Orr and fiance Kris Lepka. He was also preceded in death by his son-in-law Michael Orr.

The funeral will be Wednesday at 9:30 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in Immaculate Conception Church to be celebrated by Rev. Patrick McLaughlin, Pastor. Interment private in St. Mary of the Assumption Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 7 PM. Masks must be worn and social distancing practiced. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gino J. Merli Veterans' Center, 401 Penn Ave., 18503.

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Elizabeth (Betty) J. Kull

Louise M. GillMarch 31, 2021

Elizabeth (Betty) J. Kull, 94, an East Mountain resident, died Wednesday in The Gardens Of Tunkhannock. She was born October 21, 1927 to the late Edward and Helen Spitzer Rosen. She married Henry J. Kull on September 23, 1950, 63 wonderful years together until his death on November 11, 2013. Hank and Betty traveled many countries and many cruises, the highlight being the renewal of their 50th anniversary vows at Cana in the Holy Land. She graduated from St. Mary of the Assumption High School and attended Lackawanna Business College. She worked for the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co. for 30 years as a secretary, retired as a stock auditor. She enjoyed swimming and exercising at the "Y". Betty loved golf, playing in several leagues, AARP Women's League and the Golden Girls. She won three championships in her younger years. She was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish for over 80 years until its closure. Currently she was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish. She is survived by a brother, Joseph Gerard Rosen and wife Geraldine Roche Rosen, Egg Harbor Twp., NJ, and nieces and nephews. The funeral will be Tuesday at 9:30 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in Immaculate Conception Church to be celebrated by Rev. Patrick J. McLaughlin, Pastor. Interment St. Mary Magdalene Cemetery, Honesdale. Friends may call Monday from 5 to 7 PM. Masks must be worn and social distancing practiced. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity.

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Cheryl M. Petroski

Louise M. GillMarch 22, 2021

Cheryl M. Petroski, a Scranton resident, passed away unexpectedly Monday at home. Her husband of 23 years is Steven Petroski. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Louise Miller Palmiter. She was a graduate of Stanton High School, Maine. She was employed locally until her disability. Cheryl was a spiritual woman, a dedicated wife, and a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was very trustworthy and always spoke the truth. She enjoyed the outdoors and camping, especially sitting around the campfire with her grandchildren. Also surviving are two daughters; Kimberly Smith and companion Don Brennan and Tonya Smith, all of Scranton, a son John Smith and wife Tina, Falls, two sisters; Carol Sitez and husband Charles, AL., Linda Meade, Taylor, and three brothers; Jerry Palmiter and William Palmiter, OK., and David Palmiter and wife Rose, Peckville, grandchildren; Ann, Cole, Logan, Ron and wife Brie, Dean, William, Khrystia, CiGi, Justin, Jessica, Tiffany and John lll, great grandchildren; Gabriella, Olivia and Aaron, nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her son William Price lV, and her grandson Ryan Clarkson, two sisters, Nancy Palmiter and Ginger Palmiter and five brothers; Doug, Craig, Ronald and Arthur Palmiter and William Russell. A Funeral Service will be conducted Monday at 7 PM by the Rev. Jack Munley in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. Friends may call Monday from 5 to 7 PM.

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Ann M. Lipperini

Louise M. GillMarch 23, 2021

Ann M. Lipperini, South Scranton, passed away Tuesday, March 23rd. She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph, in 1994. They shared 46 years of marriage, and in the final year of his life, Ann took care of Joe full time at home during his illness. Born in Scranton, daughter of Joseph Bunevicius and Anna Balynas, Ann was one of eleven children, eight of whom predeceased her.

Surviving are a daughter, Barbara Ploskonka (Joseph), Churchville, MD; three sons, Richard (Irene), Toms River, NJ; Michael (Ann) Moosic; Neil (Patricia) Collingswood, NJ; a sister, Gertrude Sarokas, Scranton; a brother, Peter R. Bunevitch (Evelyn); 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Ann devoted her life to family, faith and service to others. In addition to raising her four children with Joe, and cherishing every moment with grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Ann was a longtime member of St. Paul of the Cross Parish, and before that, St Francis of Assisi in South Scranton, where she was involved in numerous church activities and committees. For many years, she also volunteered her time for charity work in the local area.

The viewing will be held Saturday, March 27th, 8:00-9:30 a.m., at the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave, Scranton, to be followed by 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, St. Paul of the cross Parish, 1217 Prospect Ave., 1217 Prospect Ave., Scranton, PA 18505. Interment will be at the Italian-American Cemetery in Minooka.

The family wishes to thank the staff at the Oakwood Terrace, Moosic, for the loving care they provided Ann, and accommodations made to her family, especially this past year. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to St. Paul of the Cross Parish, or St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, 500 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA 18503.

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Joseph J. Quinlan

Louise M. GillMarch 16, 2021

Joseph J. Quinlan, 84, a resident of South Scranton, died Tuesday evening in Hospice Of The Sacred Heart, Dunmore. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Joseph J. Sr., and Christine Schmidt Quinlan. He attended St. Mary's High School and received his Associate's Degree in Business Administration from Penn State University. Joe had a varied career in many fields including plumbing, mechanics, bus driver and employee of ARC. He was a friend of Bill W. and was proud of his 40 year affiliation. Surviving are his children; daughter Kim Lovell, Scranton, Joseph Quinlan and wife Ruth, Cheswick, Patrick Quinlan and wife Marie, Silver Springs, MD, James Quinlan and fiancee Donna Karwaski, Scranton, and Ann Marie Locker and husband Ken, Scranton, 11 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by two sisters; Elizabeth Mikolayczak and Marion Nunn, and an infant brother John J. Quinlan. A Blessing Service and Committal will be held Saturday at 11 AM in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Deacon Al Giacometti presiding. Interment private in St. Mary Of The Assumption Cemetery. Friends may call Saturday morning from 9 to 11 AM. Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice Of The Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Dr., #7, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 18702, or to St. Cats & Dogs, Inc., 700 Nay Aug Rd., 18510.

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Martin C. Dorio, Sr.

Louise M. GillMarch 4, 2021

Marty Dorio, Sr., a life-long resident of South Scranton, passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness while courageously battling cancer. He is survived by Marianne Walsh Dorio, his beloved wife of 41 glorious years.

Born in Scranton on December 24, 1949, Marty was the son of Irene Gulf Dorio, Scranton, and the late Martin A. Dorio. As a devoted Catholic and member of St. Paul of the Cross Parish, his faith carried him throughout life. He was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, Class of 1967, and earned his associates degree in Drafting and Design from Johnson School of Technology. Marty was a member of the Army National Guard, 109th Infantry, 2nd Battalion. He was employed for 36 years by Allstate Insurance Company as an auto insurance adjuster, where he cultivated many personal and professional relationships throughout the area. Seeking to bring more joy to others, he also founded Ballooney Toons, a family-owned balloon business with his wife. Upon his retirement from Allstate, he eagerly pursued his most coveted role as co-babysitter to his beloved granddaughters.

Marty was a man of many talents. His keen attention to detail lead him to excellence in all of his endeavors. Whether restoring vehicles for family and friends, or remodeling homes of those he cared about, going the extra mile was customary. Marty was humble in regards to his craft, but his projects were nothing short of spectacular. He demonstrated the utmost patience with tedious tasks and commonly referred to them as therapy. Marty was committed to lightening the load of others while generously sharing his skillset for his family's benefit.

Marty's easy going personality combined with his quick wit and humor brought balance to any situation. He held steadfast to a "don't worry be happy" philosophy and inspired positive sentiments. Anyone who entered his home never knew if they were going to be on the receiving end of a side-splitting one liner, signature cocktail, or kitchen dance party.

Marty's love for his family was immeasurable. He was a dedicated husband, adoring father, and playful grandfather. Marianne was the love of his life whom he supported and helped with anything life threw their way. Together they created a nurturing home where they celebrated all of life’s milestones. He cherished little footsteps, dried tears, reveled in laughter, and taught endless lessons. His words of wisdom will forever echo in the hearts of his family.

Marty was one of the most genuine people you could have ever met. He deferred talking about himself, and loved to hear what you had to say. A fabulous listener, he remembered everyone's story and valued every conversation. Marty was often soft-spoken, but always insightful. The positivity of his character resonated with each word. Your day, your life, and your family mattered to him. His warmth and his charisma were magnetic; he truly was everyone's "Bud".

Marty is also survived by his children; son Martin C. Dorio, Jr., and wife Marina, Dunmore, daughter Amanda Cooney and husband Brian, Media, and son Michael Dorio, Sterling Heights, MI, granddaughters; Emelina, Lucy, and Francine Dorio, a brother Joseph Dorio, Scranton, and numerous family and friends.

The funeral will be Thursday at 10:30 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM in St. Ann's Basilica, 1250 St. Ann's St., to be celebrated by Rev. Richard Burke, CP. Interment St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call Wednesday from 5 to 8 PM. Due to Covid 19, masks must be worn and social distancing will be practiced.

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Joan I. Ewaskiw

Louise M. GillMarch 4, 2021

Joan I. Ewaskiw, 78, a resident of Scranton, died Thursday evening in Timber Ridge Health Care Center after battling a long, brave fight with cancer. She was the wife of Robert Ewaskiw. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Dominick and Elizabeth Lockner Taddonio. She was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and she was a member of St. Mary Of The Assumption Church until its closure. Presently, she was a member of St. John Neumann Parish. Prior to becoming a stay at home mom, she was employed at Owens Illinois-Kimbell Division. Joan loved spending time with her granddaughter and she enjoyed nature and being outdoors every chance she could. Also surviving is her daughter Lynn Ewaskiw-Gordon and husband Robert, and granddaughter Emily Gordon, all of Spring Brook Twp., a brother Thomas Taddonio and wife Marilyn, Scranton, a Niece, Laurie Taddonio, and a nephew, Ken Taddonio and son Chase Taddonio. The family would like to thank the kind and caring staff at Timber Ridge Health Care Center as well as the staff of Hospice Of The Sacred Heart. The funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Interment Cathedral Cemetery.

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Peter White

Louise M. GillFebruary 24, 2021

Peter White, a South Scranton resident, passed away February 24 at Regional Hospital.

Born in Scranton, Pa, on March 27, 1956, he was the son of the late Jack and Libby (Elizabeth Egan) White. He was a graduate of Bishop Klonowski High School and The University Of Scranton. Until his retirement, he was employed as a social worker at the Lackawanna County Prison.

Pete was an avid reader and movie buff. He was especially close to his great nieces and nephews who looked forward to his daily visits to play their favorite board games. Sunday morning breaksfast was not complete until "Uncle Pete" arrived with the doughnuts. Peter was a gift to his family. His quiet presence and dry sense of humor will be forever missed.

He is survived by his sister, Susan Kochis and husband Stephen, brother-in-law David Hatfield and a sister-in-law Marilyn White, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and numerous cousins. Along with his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sisters Trudy Hatfield and Betsey Rieder and his brother Damian White.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave., on Tuesday, March 2, at 10 AM to be celebrated by Rev. Patrick J. McLaughlin, Pastor. Masks and social distancing will be required. Interment private at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made in Peter's name to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave., 18509.

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Ethel Gatelli

Louise M. GillFebruary 17, 2021

Ethel Gatelli, a South Scranton resident, passed away peacefully on February 17, 2021. She was the widow of the late Joseph M. Gatelli. Born in Scranton, Pa., on April 9, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Liborio and Clara Pipczymski Tornambe. A graduate of Scranton Technical High School, in her youth she loved to dance, especially Tap, and was the "life of the party". She was a member of St. Francis Of Assisi Church and its Altar and Rosary Society until its closure where she served as a Eucharistic Minister and volunteered at many annual homemade macaroni dinners.

Affectionally known as Bebe, her love for her family was unconditional. She was very compassionate, an excellent listener and wise counselor to family and friends, providing strong support when it was most needed. Ethel had an abiding faith in God and a strong belief in the afterlife. She daily prayed the rosary including with a group of friends at Allied Terrace where she lived happily for over five years.

Ethel cared deeply for her siblings, especially her sister, Frances, sharing a home for 17 years. She revered her parents, lovingly caring for them through their golden years. She was a humble person who did not forget "where she came from", living by the Golden Rule, treating others as she wanted to be treated. Ethel "turned the other cheek" and did not hold grudges.

Surviving are her sons: Joseph (Judy), Scranton, and Robert (Ginnie), Toms River, NJ, a sister Frances Paranich, grandson Matthew, granddaughters Dawn Maria and Jeana, great grandchildren; Joseph, Amelia and Jacob, several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her beloved brothers Paul Tornambe and Matthew Tornambe.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Thomas Minora and Mountainview Care Center for their patient, kind, and compassionate care provided to our Mother, especially during this pandemic when their touch had to replace ours.

There is no public viewing. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM on Monday, March 1, at St. Paul Of The Cross Parish, Sacred Hearts Of Jesus and Mary Church, 1217 Prospect Ave. All are invited to go directly to church Monday morning. Social distancing and mask policy will be followed. Interment Italian-American Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church at the above address, or to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave, Scranton, 18509.

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Olympia Ferarra

Louise M. GillFebruary 16, 2021

Olympia Ferrara, 84 a South Scranton resident, died Tuesday at home after an illness. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Reina Spinuzza. She was of the Catholic faith and she was a graduate of Dunmore High School. Olympia was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Mom's loving kindness extended beyond her family and friends to everyone she met. She loved to cook, and as her good friend Msgr. John Esseff said "she loved to serve." My sister Marguerite and I knew without a doubt that we were loved unconditionally. A tremendous love she gave us her entire life. Growing up, she extended that to all our friends with open arms and an open house. I spent my life watching mom give to others and help people in need, sometimes literally strangers on the street. I often heard her share her devotion for Jesus, Mother Mary and Padre Pio.

Mom lived in Sicily for a few years. She volunteered at a shelter for troubled women run by Mother Theresa's sisters, helping and serving for over a year. She often told stories of her time there and described it as one of the best years of her life.

In mom's later years her passion was for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. They had the blessing to experience a love like no other.

I don't think mom ever realized just how many lives she touched with her kindness. We do know, and she will be forever in our hearts.

Surviving are two daughters; Maria Flynn and husband Sean, with whom she resided, and Marguerite Capri, Largo Florida, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. A celebration of Olympia's life will be held at a future date in the Fireside Martini Grill, 411 Chestnut St. Dunmore. The funeral is private and held at the convenience of the family.

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Tony (Anthony) Blasi

Louise M. GillFebruary 14, 2021

Tony (Anthony) Blasi, 72, a resident of Scranton, died Sunday in Regional Hospital due to complications of Covid 19. His wife of 46 years is Ann Marie (Gattens) Blasi. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Tony and Doreen Giles Blasi. He was a graduate of West Scranton High School and he received his Associates Degree from Keystone College and his Bachelor Degree from The University of Scranton. He was formerly employed by the Liquor Control Board. He did all he could for his sons. He always put his loving wife and family first. Tony's four boys were his pride and his grandchildren were his joy. The family wishes to thank Regional Hospital's 7th floor and the ICU's doctors and nurses for all the care and compassion given to Tony. The family also wishes to thank their Allied Terrace family. Also surviving are four sons; Tony Blasi and wife Tracy, Moosic, Kevin Blasi and companion Amie Burns, Lake Winola, Chris Blasi and wife Kathleen, Finleyville, and Stephen Blasi and wife Megan, Bethlehem, grandchildren; Josh, Gabi, Aaron, Collin, Mirabella, Emerson and Cassian Blasi, a brother Frank Blasi and wife Kathy, Clarks Summit, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. He was also preceded in death by two brothers; Frederick and Mark Blasi. The funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

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Louise M. Gill

Louise M. GillFebruary 6, 2021

Louise M. Gill, 96, a resident of South Scranton, died Saturday evening in Allied Services Skilled Care Center. She was the widow of Thomas Gill who died in 1980. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Ubaldo and Vincenza Fiori DeStefano. She was a member of St. John Neumann Parish and she was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School. She was employed locally by several manufacturing companies. Louise enjoyed solving crossword puzzles and watching the Gameshow Network. Surviving is her daughter and caregiver, Carol Gill, with whom she resided, a sister Edyth Mussaro, Scranton, and nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by two brothers; James J. DeStefano and Leonard G. DeStefano, an infant brother Andrew DeStefano, and two sisters; Josephine Hanis and Adeline Vullo, and a nephew Francis Mussaro. The funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity.

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Ann L. Simerson

Ann L. SimersonFebruary 4, 2021

Ann L. Simerson, 91, a resident of Scranton, died Thursday at the Jewish Home Of Eastern Pa. She was the widow of the late William Simerson and the couple were married for 62 years. Born in Exeter, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Gertrude Kelly Campbell. She was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and she was a member of St. Peter's Cathedral. She was formerly employed as a bookkeeper for Felton's Hardware. She also worked as a seamstress creating beautiful wedding gowns and other clothing. Ann and Bill were a model couple living their lives expressing their deep love for one another. Surviving are a nephew; Michael Lahey and wife Deborah, and a niece; Nancy Rosar, and a cousin. She was also preceded in death by two sisters; Rose Lahey and Mary Judge. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Jewish Home for all the care and comfort given to Ann. All are invited to a Mass Of Christian Burial on Tuesday at 9:30 AM in St. Peter's Cathedral to be celebrated by Msgr. Dale Rupert, Pastor. Interment St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow. There will be no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity.

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Anne T. Schaffer

Anne T. SchafferFebruary 3, 2021

Anne T. Schaffer, 96, a resident of Moosic, formerly of South Scranton, died Wednesday at Moses Taylor Hospital after being stricken ill at home. She was the widow of Robert H. Schaffer, who died in 2012. The couple was married for 64 years.

Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Ferdinand (Fred) and Theresa Cianchetti Padeletti. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church until its closure. She was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and she was formerly employed by Lackawanna County. She was a member of the South Scranton After 50 Club. Anne devoted her life to her daughter, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved to cook her favorite Italian dishes.

Surviving are her daughter, Sharon Volack, Moosic, with whom she resided; three grandsons, Richard Volack and wife, Chryssa, Jason Volack, and Sean Volack and wife, Shannon; twin great-granddaughters, Shyane and Madison Volack and Chloe Volack; nieces, nephews and cousins. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Italo Padeletti.

The funeral will be private for family members. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Kitchen, 500 Penn Ave., Scranton PA 18503.

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Kenneth J. Scheller

Barbara A. WebbJanuary 31, 2021

Kenneth J. Scheller, 68, a resident of South Scranton, died Sunday evening in Geisinger CMC after a brief illness. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Raymond and Mary Monahan Scheller. He was a member of St. John Neumann Parish and he was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, Class of 1971. He was formerly employed by the AZEK company. He was a member of the 606 Club and he enjoyed participating in the children's Christmas parties. He was also a member of St. Mary's Club. Ken was a quiet man with a heart of gold. Surviving are a brother Raymond Scheller and wife Eleanor, Scranton, two nieces; Lauri Robinson and husband Kirk, and Lisa Visnofsky and husband Gary, great niece Emilee Robinson and great nephews Aaden Robinson and Austin Visnofsky. He was also preceded in death by his brother Donald Scheller. The funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

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Marilyn G. Brock

Barbara A. WebbJanuary 21, 2021

Marilyn G. Brock, 85, a South Scranton resident, died Thursday morning in Linwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. She was the widow of Paul M. Brock, Sr., who died in 1997. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Romaine Reif Miller. She was a member of St. Paul Of The Cross Parish and was a graduate of St. Mary's High School. She was employed for 32 years by the East Mountain branch of Wacovia Bank. During her years there, she developed close friendships with fellow employees and they formed a Bank Card Club. She also enjoyed lasting friendships with her classmates and participated for 63 years in their Card Club. She was a wonderful homemaker, loved her Sunday dinners and her grandchildren and great grandchildren lit up her life. The family wishes to thank Dr. Julie Speicher and Dr. Henry Jaeger and the staff of Linwood. Surviving are her two sons; Paul Brock, Jr., Germantown, MD., and William Brock and wife Liz, Ellicott City, MD., her four daughters; Susan Brier and husband Joseph, S. Abington Twp., Debbie Adamski and husband Joel, Scranton, Judy Dombrowski and husband Joseph, Mt. Cobb, and Marjorie Morris and husband Ralph, Dickson City, 13 grandchildren; Laura Vonderhey and husband Rob, Mark Brier and wife Jessica, Nicole Filandro and husband Mark, Gabriella Legos and husband Lance, Mickey Brock, Julia Brock, Josie and Kevin Brock, JJ Dombrowski, and Maria Dombrowski, Ralphie, Matthew and Krista Morris, four great grandchildren; Emily, Ella, Jack Vonderhey and Dylan Brier, nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter Emily Brier and a sister Romayne Miller. The funeral will be Monday with Mass Of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM in Sacred Hearts Of Jesus and Mary Church, St. Paul Of The Cross Parish, 1217 Prospect Ave., to be celebrated by Rev. Scott Sterowski, Pastor. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Linwood Activities Department, 100 Linwood Ave., 18505. All are invited to go directly to Church Monday morning.

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Mary Rader Otherski

Barbara A. WebbJanuary 4, 2021

Mary Rader Otherski, just four days shy of her 96th birthday, went to join her beloved Frankie on January 4, 2021, at Mountain View Care Center where she'd been a resident since March 2019.

Born in Scranton on January 8, 1925, daughter of Philip and Bertha Thennes Rader, she was a lifelong resident of the city. She was a student at St. Mary Of The Assumption through high school graduation and a member of that parish until its closing, after which she joined St. John Neumann Parish. During WW ll, while employed at Williams Baking Company, she and a friend decided to do their part for the war effort and enlist, hoping for assignments in the nursing field. However, on the day she was to report...the war ended! She was always teased that the Germans and Japanese got word that she was coming and they raised the white flag! She returned to her job at Williams and through friends there met the love of her life, Frank Otherski, who had returned to his job at Williams after discharge from the army. They were married on February 15, 1947, and celebrated their 52nd anniversary before Frank's passing in May 1999.

Mary was everyone's friend and trusted confidante. No doubt, she has taken many a friend's secret to the grave with her long after the need for secrecy. She had a beautiful singing voice and spent many an hour in perfect harmony on the piano bench next to her son-in-law, "Greggie". She loved all music, especially the old classics, and the Lawrence Welk Show and Sing Along With Mitch were staples in the early years in her home. She loved to dance but Frank had two left feet, so it was usually limited to a "ladies" polka or jitterbug. She was a great, but basic cook, because Frank was a meat-and-potatoes man and no fan of casseroles. She was a lover of animals, big and small. Even a spider required rescue and release in Mary's house...no squishing ever! There was a parade of family cats and dogs through the years, and each and every one spent time on her lap in the rocking chair or recliner.

Surviving to celebrate her life and to mourn her deeply are her three daughters; Barbara (Greg) Laskow, Jamestown, NC, Nancy Otherski, Scranton, Marianne (Ed) Koons, Hanover Twp., grandson Jason (Michelle) and cherished great granddaughter Addison, Haymarket, VA, several nieces and nephews, and her adored and adorable ( when he's not biting) rescue cat Toby.

She was also preceded in death by her older brothers Joseph and William and older sister Ellen Rader Peters.

We, her daughters, would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the nurses and staff of Mountain View Care & Rehabilitation Center, especially those in the Camelot/Magical Court unit, for their limitless patience and devotion to Mom's care and comfort, especially during the pandemic when their hands and faces and smiles and kind words had to take the place of ours. Words are simply inadequate to express how very much that meant to us.

A Mass Of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 AM in Nativity Of Our Lord Church, St. John Neumann Parish, 633 Orchard St., by Rev. Michael Bryant, Pastor. Interment St. Mary's Cemetery, Greenwood section. There will be no calling hours. Donations in her memory can be made to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Twp, Pa. 18411.

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