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Obituaries

September 2021
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

December 2020
Marie K. Lunney
David Benjamin (Ben) Clark
Patricia A. Grippi
Tyler Michael O'Donnell
Claire M. Carvalho
Mabel R. Cigna
Maryann C. (Nancy) Gavern
Diane M. Briskey
Dolores Groncki

November 2020
Ruth M. Cummings
Joseph M. Musewicz

October 2020
Margaret A. Mullen
William F. Hoppel
Howard D. Best
Nancy E. Partyka
Judy A. Dombroski
Margaret E. (Peggy) Burke
Barbara A. Webb
Catherine L. (Kay) Harrity

September 2020
Joseph T. Coggins, Jr.
Louis J. Martini
Daniel Harrity

August 2020
Joseph J. McHale
Amber S. McHale
Eileen Moran Eiden

July 2020
Alexis "Lexi" Caviston-Ashmar


May 2020
Martin S. Zelsnack, Sr.
Paul N. Weber
Lillian Katherine Boos
Carl Helcoski
Dorothy A. Partyka
Paul Thomas Burke
John V. Cabets
James B. "Tugger" Togher
Geraldine M. (Geri) Peil
Isaac Jacob Morrison-Grzenda
William A. Lewis
Carmella Marcino Rinaldoni

April 2020
Leo Rinaldoni

March 2020
George Joseph Torda, Jr.
Antoinette "Toni" Notartomas
Josephine C. Williams

February 2020
Joan Greco Castelli, RN
David M. Gribbin
Assunta Tomassi Lispi
Adele Laboranti
Preziosa Pellgrini Briga

January 2020
Ann Marie McKeel

December 2019
Frank M. Brazill
Kathryn "Kathy" Levinson

October 2019
William V. Gamble
Erik Nester
Anna Mae McAndrew
Karrie Kilkus

September 2019
Frank A. Cimini
Doris M. Schroeter
Barbara McLaughlin

August 2019
Margaret Mesh
Janet T. Cabets

July 2019
Ann "Nancy" Sellano
Michael J. McKeel
John J. Barrett, Jr.

June 2019
Francis A. Valentino Ferraro
Frank J. Blasi
Frank Victor Scopelliti
Vita C. Vanvestraut

May 2019
Toni Marie Minicozzi
Claire M. Tonkin
Joseph W. Violini

April 2019
June A. Regni
George E. Wagner
Joan M. Reif

March 2019
Robert L. Schrank
John W. Wilson, III
William (Bill) Joseph Gilday

February 2019
Timothy J. Burke, Sr.
Arthur P. Zeszotarski
Ronald W. Graff
Robert F. Slangan

January 2019
Mary Sacco
Ernest F. Refice
William Murray Donovan III

 
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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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Marie Lunney

Barbara A. WebbDecember 26, 2020

Marie K. Lunney of South Scranton, passed away peacefully at Marywood Heights on Saturday, December 26. She was the wife of Michael J. Lunney who died on July 7, 2007 after 52 years of marriage and was the daughter of the late William E. And Jane Halpin Kelly.

Born and raised in the Nativity Section of Scranton, she was a life long member of St. John Neumann Parish (Nativity of Our Lord Church). A devout Catholic she attended mass daily and worked as a dedicated volunteer at the summer festivals. She was a graduate of the former Scranton Central High School and Lackawanna Business College. Marie worked at the Bell Telephone Company where she met her husband, spent years raising her family and prior to retirement was employed by the Community Medical Center School of Nursing.

Affectionately referred to as Mimi by her loving family, she was known for her kind heart, never ending smile and quick wit. She cherished her family, faith and Irish heritage. Her children and grandchildren were a constant source of strength and comfort throughout her long life. Friendships were also an essential part of her life and much of her time was spent attending church functions, going to the YMCA, having lunch at Cooper's and relaxing with her rosary in hand on the porch of 640.

Marie is survived by her son Michael W. Lunney, Dunmore, daughter Susan L. Webster and husband Dr. Andrew, and grand-daughters Bridgette and Ellyn Webster, Franklin, Tennessee; brother Paul Kelly and wife Nancy, Chicago, Illinois and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by sisters Marge Murray and Joannie Gribbin who all together were lovingly known as the "Dollies".

A special note of thanks to Jennifer Joseph for her care and comfort alongside Mike and to her dear friends Yvonne Rafferty and the Tomlinson family.

The family would also like to thank her longtime physician Dr. Mary Ann McDonald and staff for their outstanding care and more recently Dr. Daniel Shust and the compassionate caring staff at Marywood Heights (Holy Family).

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at a later date due to Covid restrictions. Pending arrangements are under the care of August J. Haas Funeral Home, 202 Pittston Avenue, Scranton. To leave an online condolence, visit www.augusthaasfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. John Neumann Parish, 633 Orchard Street, Scranton, PA 18505.

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David Benjamin (Ben) Clark

Barbara A. WebbDecember 27, 2020

David Benjamin (Ben) Clark of Scranton passed away on December 27th, 2020, after a 25 year battle with drug addiction. He was born December 7, 1977 in Scranton. He was the son of Mary (Okrasinski) Clark and David A. Clark, who passed away in 2018. He was a 1996 graduate of Bishop Hannon High School and attended Nativity of Our Lord Grade School. He made many lifelong friends who have always been caring and supportive. He was an avid traveler who lived in St. Thomas and Hawaii. He loved fishing in rivers and oceans. As a young child he developed a love and skill for drawing and painting. As an adolescent, Ben developed an interest in music and became a fine guitarist. Unfortunately, due to his disease, those talents were replaced by drugs. Although he struggled for years as a child and adult, during periods of sobriety, his quick wit, sarcasm, acts of kindness and sweet nature were all there to see; he truly was fun to be around during that time. His battle with addiction cut his life too short.

Along with his mother, Ben is survived by his sister Juliane Clark, his nephews Jack, William, Quinn Buffington, and his niece Isabelle Buffington all of Massachussetts. He is also survived by; his maternal grandmother, Regina Gabello, of Scranton; aunts Regina Mansour (Steve) of Scranton; Ellen (Clark) Walsh (Patrick), of Waverly; Uncles Jack Clark (Nancy) of Ohio; Gerry Clark(Theresa) and Gene Clark (Holly) all of Philadelphia; Brian Clark (Leah) of New Jersey. In addition, he is survived by his Mother-in-law Debra Gruneberg, brothers-in-law Scott and Joey, all of Lewisburg. He had many cousins and friends, especially Kyle Evans and Tom Boland, who were like brothers to Ben.

He was preceded in death by his Wife, Jayme (Buchanan) Clark, paternal grandparents, Alice and John Clark, his brother-in-law, Jason D. Buffington, and his maternal grandfather, Joseph Gabello. All services will be private due to Covid-19. A memorial Mass will be scheduled for family and friends at a later date.

Donations can be made in Ben's name to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosencrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA, 90266, or an addiction treatment center of your choice.

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Patricia A. Grippi

Barbara A. WebbDecember 21, 2020

Patricia A. Grippi, 71, a former South Scranton resident, died December 21, 2020, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. She was the widow of Leonard J. Grippi who died in 1993. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Ann Kendal Pipinski Sepaniak. She attended St. Francis Of Assisi Parish until its closure. She was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, Class of '69. Patsy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister who will be deeply missed. Surviving are a daughter. Lynn Ann Neal and husband James, Kearneysville, WV., and a son Lenny Grippi and wife Megan, Scranton, grandchildren; Alexandria, Matthew, and Sidney Grippi and Alexander and Christopher Neal, sister Nancy Sepaniak and a brother Joseph Sepaniak and wife RoseAnn, all of Throop, a nephew. The funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Of The Sacred Heart or to St. Francis Kitchen.


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Tyler Michael O'Donnell

Barbara A. WebbDecember 15, 2020

Tyler Michael O'Donnell, 28, a resident of South Scranton, died unexpectedly Dec. 15, 2020, at his home.

Born in Scranton, he was the son of Sandra Calvey Shafer and husband, Willard, Throop, and Michael J. O'Donnell, and grandmother, Linda O'Donnell. He was a graduate of West Scranton High School and was employed by McLane Company.

Tyler was the most amazing human being, he was everyone’s sunshine on a rainy day. He had the brightest and best smile that could light up any room and everyone will miss it so much. He was the life of every party and the light we all needed in our lives. He was the best friend to so many people and he was there for so many when they needed a helping hand or a listening ear. Tyler was the absolute best to his two little boys, Grayson (age 6) and Teagan (age 1). They looked up to him so much. He did everything with them and taught them so much about life.

He loved to go fishing, hiking, snowboarding, and anything adventurous. He was a diehard Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Phillies fan. Tyler was loved by many and had many great friends he is leaving behind.

Also surviving, in addition to his parents and children, are his sisters, Breanna, Mikaila, and Kyleigh Shafer; his nephews and niece, Landon, Carter and Ema Paciotti, Rylan Ephault, and Jaxson Stoffey; a stepbrother, Michael O'Donnell; maternal grandmother, Sandra Calvey; paternal grandmother, Mary Gloskey; great-grandmother, Veronica Strasburger; grandfather, Wilfred Calvey and wife, Kathy; an aunt and godmother, Shannon Volack and husband, Uncle Sean Volack; godfather, Mark Novack; and many other aunts, uncles and cousins. Nick Bruno was his ride or die.

In defining Tyler's generous spirit, he was an organ donor. Tyler was a huge advocate for "out of the darkness" after the passing of a very close friend Ricky Hamm.

The funeral will be Wednesday with a blessing service at 10 a.m. in the August J. Haas Funeral Home Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., Scranton, with the Rev. Scott Sterowski officiating. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Masks must be worn and social distancing practiced. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has directed that no more than 10 people may be inside at any time, so mourners are advised to pay their respects and leave immediately.

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Claire M. Carvalho

Barbara A. WebbDecember 8, 2020

Claire M. Carvalho, 90, a resident of the East Mountain section of Scranton, died Tuesday evening in Abington Manor. She was the widow of the late Raymond Carvalho who died in 2014, and the couple were married for 59 years. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late John and Isabelle Smallridge Boland. She was a member of Holy Name of Jesus Church, St. John Neumann Parish. She was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and she retired from the Auditor General's Office for the Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania. She enjoyed painting beautiful portraits of her family and movie stars. Claire loved animals and listening to Luciano Pavarotti, who she saw several times in concert. She also enjoyed going out to eat and having her cocktails and hosting the best family parties. She loved spending time with her granddaughter, Nicole, who helped care for her in her later years. Surviving is a daughter, Chris Tansits and husband Thomas, East Mountain, two granddaughters; Nicole Dubiac-Paramo and husband, Jose, and Kaylee Gibbs, nieces, nephews. She was also preceded in death by four sisters; Marion Boland, Dorothy Kresge, Nan Lewis, and Jean McNamara, and her beloved dog, Megan. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in the future. Memorial contributions may be made to Meals On Wheels Of NEPA, 541 Wyoming Ave., 18509, or to Healing Hearts Animal Rescue, 14493 Lee Highway, Amissville, VA., 20106.

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Mabel R. Cigna

Barbara A. WebbDecember 7, 2020

Mabel R. Cigna, 91, a South Scranton resident, died Monday morning in Scranton Healthcare Center. She was the widow of Sam F. Cigna who died in 1981. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Stephen and Josephine Bellen Abbott. She was a member of St. Francis Of Assisi Church and its Altar Rosary Society until its closure. Presently she was a member of St. Paul Of The Cross Parish. Mabel was happiest being around those she loved. She was a loving mom and homemaker, friends and family were always welcome at her house. She loved to dance, sing and especially to travel. The family wishes to sincerely thank the staff of Scranton Healthcare Center for the compassionate care given to Mabel. Surviving are three daughters; Josephine Cigna, with whom she formerly resided, Mary Ann Jolly, Richmond, VA., and Mae Keiper and husband Robert, Scranton, four grandchildren; Tina Profka, Maria McDonald, Stephanie Keiper and Robert Keiper and 9 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a daughter Sarah Steinbacher and three brothers; Lester, Stephen and Casper Abbott and four sisters; Grace Truncali, Adeline Galka, Gloria Cali and Sr. M. Concepta, Daughter Of Our Lady Of Mercy. A Mass Of Chrisitian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 9:30 AM in Sacred Hearts Of Jesus and Mary Church, St. Paul Of The Cross Parish, 1217 Prospect Ave., by Rev. Scott Sterowski, Pastor. Interment Italian-American Cemetery, Minooka Section. All are asked to go directly to church Friday morning. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen Foundation, 13770 Noel Rd., Suite 801889, Dallas, Tx., 75380.

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Maryann C. (Nancy) Gavern

Barbara A. WebbDecember 4, 2020

Maryann C. (Nancy) Gavern, 87, died Friday evening in Marywood Heights. She was the widow of James Gavern who died in 2008 and the couple were married for 55 years. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late William and Dorothea O'Connor McGinnis. She was a member of St. John Neumann Parish and she was a graduate of Central High School. She was employed by the Scranton Historical Society for many years. At Nativity Church, she was a member of the choir and she and her late husband operated the food stand at the church festival for many years. Nancy enjoyed writing poetry, was a Den Mother and was a devoted Catholic, volunteering at Birthright and Moses Taylor Hospital. Surviving are her children; son James Gavern lll and wife Cheryl, Scranton, Judi Clarkson and husband Lawrence, Dunmore, with whom she resided for many years, Nina Marie Mangan, Scranton, Marion Barrasse and husband Dave, Gilbertsville, Dorothy Dean, Scranton and Paula Charette, Scranton, 13 grandchildren, three great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by two brothers; Guy McGinnis and Richard Hower and three sisters; Louise, Erma and Elizabeth. The funeral will be Wednesday with Mass Of Christian Burial at 9:30 in Nativity Of Our Lord Church, St. John Neumann Parish, 633 Orchard St., to be celebrated by Rev. Michael Bryant, Pastor. Interment Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. All are asked to go directly to the church Wednesday morning. A celebration of Maryann's life will be held in July 2021. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave., 18509.

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Diane M. Briskey

Barbara A. WebbDecember 3, 2020

Diane M. Briskey, 63, a resident of the East Mountain section of Scranton, died Thursday morning in Allied Hospice. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of Donald Sr. and Shirley Graff Briskey. She was a member of St. Paul Of The Cross Parish and she was a graduate of Bishop Klonowski High School. She was employed for many years as the regional sales manager for J and J Snack Foods. She was a generous daughter, sister and aunt. She was our hero! Also surviving are three sisters; Mary Jo Jones and husband Scott, Spring Brook Twp., Linda Briskey, Clarks Summit, and Sharon Rooney and husband Jack, Scranton. She was a beloved aunt to Teresa Boland, Julie Boland, Andrew Mazzarella, Gabrielle Jones, Alex Jones, Jack Rooney, and Dominick Rooney and to grand nieces and grand nephews. Also surviving are aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her brother Donald Briskey, Jr. The funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family, Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Pennsylvania's Abramson Cancer Center at http://givingpages.upenn.edu/rememberingDiane or by mail to 3535 Market St., Suite 750, Philadelphia, Pa. 19104.

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Dolores Groncki

Barbara A. WebbNovember 30, 2020

Dolores C. Groncki, a loving wife, mother and grandmother died on Monday, November 30, 2020. She was the widow of Thomas A. Groncki and the couple was married for 57 years.

Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Dominick and Caroline Donato Crapelli. She was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Church until its closure and then was a member of St. Peter's Cathedral. After her husband's death she moved to Shannondell at Valley Forge, Audubon, PA and was a member of St. Teresa of Avila Parish, Audubon, PA.

Dolores was a graduate of Central High School. She worked at The Bell Telephone Company until 1958. Not long after that, Dolores and her husband established, owned, and operated Kiddieland, a children's clothing store. Years later they established, owned, and operated two other businesses - first, Pittston Tobacco and later, Montage Tobacco.

Dolores enjoyed cooking, volunteering her time, and travel. She was a devoted volunteer, of twenty years, for Meals on Wheels of NEPA. She was a member of The Century Club of Scranton. She had also been a member of the University of Scranton Friends of the Weinberg Memorial Library Advisory Board. Dolores especially enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Sharing time together with her grandson was one of her favorite joys.

Also surviving are a daughter, Dr. MaryAnn Groncki and son-in-law Nicholas Naro, Philadelphia area; a grandson, Kai Alexander Groncki Naro; a sister Eugenia O'Neill, Gladwyne, PA, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Philomena Campbell.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial Friday at 10:00am in St. Peter's Cathedral followed by interment at Cathedral Cemetery. All are invited to go directly to the Cathedral Friday morning. Given the pandemic, social distancing and mask policies will be followed and seating will be limited.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Edward T. Groncki Scholarship Fund, 800 Linden Street, Scranton, PA 18510 or to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 19509 or to Holisticare Hospice, CHA Foundation, C/o Holisticare Hospice, 685 Kromer Avenue, Berwyn, PA 19312.

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Ruth M. Cummings

November 28, 2020

I wish you to know, my wife, Ruthie, died November 28, 2020. Ruthie was mine for over 61 years… wonderful years. There will be no viewing, there will be no service. All her friends should remember Ruthie in their own way. As I will. I LOVED HER, Robert F. Cummings.

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Joseph M.Musewicz

Barbara A. WebbNovember 24, 2020

Joseph M.Musewicz, 67, of Scranton, PA, passed away on Tuesday, November 24, at the Hospice of the Sacred Heart in Dunmore, PA.

Joe, as most knew him, was born on June 8, 1953, to the late Vincent John and Ann (Murray) Musewicz. He was a graduate of South Catholic High School, Class of 1971, and he attended Penn State Worthington Campus where he earned his Associate's Degree.

Joe was a long-time employee at Mercy Hospital (now Regional Hospital) in Scranton, and he enjoyed the 25 years he spent working there. Everyone who knew Joe at "The Old Mercy" knew he loved to stop and chat and was always there to lend a hand or a smile to make someone's day. As a matter of fact, during his last days here on Earth, many of these same friends helped Joe feel extra comfortable as he was cared for at Regional Hospital.

Moreover, Joe lived his faith and enjoyed giving of himself in many other aspects of his life. He volunteered at St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, was a Eucharistic Minister at Immaculate Conception Parish (Scranton), and helped the less fortunate as often as he could.

For many years he loved having supper and playing card and board games with his group of close-knit friends (you know who you are). He especially enjoyed their birthday dinners and the trips they would take together.

Mostly, Joe loved his large family. Always bringing one of his famous chocolate cakes or his jello surprise, Joe made it to every family event. His family will forever remember the “Uncle Joe-isms” that he was very known for: From "WowWa" to "It's a B-E-A-YOU-tiful day!," Joe made his family laugh and smile whenever he was around. Additionally, they will forever remember his love of nicknames and his love of a good deal, his ability to break out into song, and his ability to give the best hugs possible.

What most will remember about Joe, however, is his giving spirit and his ability to make a new friend with anyone he met. He was always ready and willing to help others, always had respect for his elders, and was an unbelievably wonderful example to all.

Joe is survived by his brothers Thomas and wife Suellen; John and wife Gail; and Michael Musewicz; his sister Mary (Musewicz) Bradford and his close friend whom the siblings consider a sister, Sheila (Cotter) Kohut; many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews who lit up his life, and he was a godfather to three of them: his nieces Maria (Musewicz) Van Norman, Emily (Bradford) Yeager, Sarah (Musewicz) Baylor, and great-nephew Leo Vincent Musewicz. Also, he is survived by his cousins Judy Coleman, Mary Lou Emmel, Helen Byrne, and numerous second cousins. Joe was preceded in death by his brother Vincent J. Musewicz, Jr.

A special note of thanks to the staff at Allied Skilled Nursing, Regional Hospital, and the Hospice of the Sacred Heart for making Joe and his family feel comfort during the last couple of months, and especially during his last days.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Joe's family asks that a donation be made in his name to either the St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, 500 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA 18059 (or via their website), or the Wescoe Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis, 229 N. Main Street, Coopersburg, PA 18036.

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Margaret A. Mullen

Barbara A. WebbOctober 30, 2020

Margaret A. Mullen, 86, a South Scranton resident, died Friday evening in Geisinger CMC. Her husband is Joseph Mullen and the couple celebrated their 65th anniversary on July 2nd. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Josephine Grambo Newland. She was a member of St. Paul Of The Cross Parish and she was a graduate of St. Mary's High School. She was a member of St. Mary Of The Assumption Parish until its closure. After high school, she was employed by Bell Telephone until starting her family. She was a volunteer school lunch room mother when her children were in school because she missed them during the day. She loved and cared deeply for her children and grandchildren. Also surviving are her children; William Mullen, Scranton, Elizabeth Bergeski and husband David, Throop, Joseph Mullen and wife Peggy, Halstead, Margaret Hurst, Fort Myers, FL., Jean Lockner, Thomas Mullen and wife Theresa, Barbara Williams and husband Gary, Mary Mullen and Diane Mullen, all of Scranton, 12 grandchildren, numerous greatgrandchildren, two brothers; Jerry, Colo., Joseph and wife Rita, NY, a sister-in-law Katsuko Newland, CA., nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a daughter Linda, a sister Elizabeth, brothers James and Fran, a daughter-in-law Debra Mullen and a son-in-law David Turner. The funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society or to St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

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William F. Hoppel

Barbara A. WebbOctober 18, 2020

William F. Hoppel, 92, a South Scranton resident, died Sunday evening in St. Mary's Villa. His wife is the former Jean Cabrini. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Robert and Ella Casey Hoppel. He was a member of St. John Neumann Parish and attended Scranton public schools. He was a retired employee of Mercy Hospital and he was an Army veteran of World War ll. Also surviving are two sons; Chris Hoppel and wife Brittney, Florham Park, NJ, and William M. Hoppel, Wellsboro, and a daughter, Jean Marie Hoppel, Scott Twp., nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by four brothers; Charles, Robert, Fred, and Tom, and two sisters; Elizabeth Hoppel and Jane Sullivan. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Villa, 1 Pioneer Place, Elmhurst Twp.,Pa., 18444. Funeral Services will be held in the future.

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Howard D. Best

Barbara A. WebbOctober 26, 2020

Howard Best, 88, Korean War Veteran, of Scranton, PA died Monday morning at Hospice of the Sacred Heart with love ones at his side after a strong and courageous battle with cancer. He was a member of St. John Neumann parish.

He is survived by his loving wife, Catherine (Slavinskas) Best. From the first time they met, they became a loving team. They enjoyed a beautiful 27 year marriage together.

Born in Forty Fort PA, March 8, 1932, to Margaret (Peggy) Best, he was loved and raised by the late Anna (Coburn) and John C. Best.

Howard is survived by 5 step-children, Ann Gavin Joyce and her husband Bobby (Moosic Lake, PA), Marah Yatko (Scranton, PA), William Moran and his wife Sila (Redwood City, CA), Cassandra Moran (Durham, NC) and Tony Moran (Durham, NC). Howard was a grandfather to 9: Kimberly Royce, Kenneth Rohland, Marc Hirschler, Kristin Gilhool, Rob Joyce, Ryan Joyce, Victoria Yatko, Elizabeth Yatko, and Elijah Kai, great-grandfather to 14, and great-great-grandfather to 10. He also had several cousins that he cherished and loved.

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Theresa Gavin, her 2 daughters Theresa Rohland and Maureen (Reenie) Hirschler, and grandson John Hirschler, Jr.

Howard worked hard and developed many life-long friendships during his 30 year career at the Chamberlain Corps, Scranton PA. He was proud of his dedicated hours and contributions.
Howard loved his time with family and friends, restaurant outings, trips, and mornings out with the guys. He was also a devoted PSU fan for decades, never missing a game. Everyone who knew Howard knew he was the kind of man who could be counted on, someone to be there with the right words to say or wise words of wisdom, to give a hug, or for a shoulder to cry on. He was proud of his family; always supportive, loving, encouraging, and present. His funny, quick witted side lifted our spirits and will not be forgotten including the time he stole the show playing the role of Pope at a Catholic Charismatic roasting. Howard loved life and he held on as long as possible so that he could continue to cherish his remaining time, spend as much time with the people in his life, and importantly, live to see the first PSU game of the 2020 season. Words cannot express how much he will be missed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 11 a.m. in Nativity of Our Lord Church, St. John Neumann Parish, 633 Orchard St., by the Rev. Michael Bryant, pastor. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.

Friends may call Thursday morning at the church from 10 to 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John Neumann Parish.

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Nancy E. Partyka

Barbara A. WebbOctober 20, 2020

Nancy E. Partyka, 61, a South Scranton resident, died Tuesday in Geisinger Community Medical Center after an illness. Born in Germany, she was the daughter of the late Alvin George and Karen Burkhart DiSimoni. She was employed for many years by Supermarket Service and later was employed by several day care centers, most recently by Friends Forever. She enjoyed camping with her family, crocheting blankets for her loved ones, and playing the PA Lottery in hopes of fulfilling the dreams of everyone she loved. Nancy was very social and made many friends wherever she went. One of her greatest joys in life was spending time and making memories with her family, especially her grandsons Jack and Max Grotzinger. Surviving are three daughters; Nicole Partyka, Scranton, Andrea Grotzinger and husband Matthew, South Abington Twp., and Jaclyn Partyka, Scranton, her longtime companion Arthur Thomas, 5 grandchildren, a brother, sister, nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a sister Denise Bartolacci, a brother Michael DiSimoni, her stepfather Michael Berardinelli, and her beloved granddaughter Vienna Grotzinger. The funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Vienna Grotzinger Memorial Scholarship, 1129 Audubon Dr., South Abington Twp., 18411 or to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.

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Judy A. Dombroski

Barbara A. WebbOctober 17, 2020

Judy A. Dombroski, 65, a resident of the East Mountain Section of Scranton, died suddenly Sunday in Geisinger CMC after being stricken ill at home. Her husband of over 30 years is Gerard P. Dombroski. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Marion Michealy Nealon. She was a member of St. John Neumann Parish and she was a graduate of South Scranton Catholic High School. For many years, she was employed by UPS and later by Fangio Lighting. She enjoyed travelling with her husband to the Lancaster area and anywhere there were bodies of water and boats. Also surviving are a son Gerard Dombroski, Scranton, two brothers; Francis Nealon and wife Sharon, and John Nealon and wife Marian, all of Scranton, and a sister Patricia Leonard and husband Thomas, Taylor, nieces, nephews, and her two furry friends; Daisey and Maya. The funeral will be Wednesday 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., to be celebrated by Rev. Michael Bryant, Pastor. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, 18509. Masks must be worn and social distancing will be practiced.

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Margaret E. (Peggy) Burke

October 11, 2020

Margaret E. (Peggy) Burke, 89, a resident of Scranton, died Sunday evening in St. Mary's Villa. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Patrick and Jule Brown Burke. She was a member of St. John Neumann Parish and she was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School. She was employed by A&P Grocery Store and later by Harper Collins. Surviving are a niece Ann Marie Campbell and a nephew James Michael Campbell. She was also preceded in death by an infant sister Ann Marie and her sister Patricia Campbell. The family wishes to thank the staff of St. Mary's Villa for the wonderful and compassionate care they provided to our Aunt Peggy. We are forever grateful The funeral will be Saturday with Mass Of Christian Burial at 10 AM in Nativity Of Our Lord Church, St. John Neumann Parish, 633 Orchard St., to be celebrated by Rev. Patrick Albert. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call at the church Saturday morning from 9 to 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John Neumann Parish or St. Mary's Villa.

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Barbara A. Webb

Barbara A. WebbOctober 11, 2020

Barbara A. Webb, 86, a resident of Scranton, died Sunday in Hospice Of The Sacred Heart. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Joseph L. and Mabel Bennett Webb. She was a member of Elm Park United Methodist Church and she was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School. She was a retired employee of Mercy Hospital. She enjoyed knitting and reading and loved cats and arts and crafts. Surviving are nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a sister Doris J. Van Valen and a brother Joseph Webb. Barbara was a kind soul who enjoyed doing for others. A memorial service will be conducted Friday evening at 6 PM by Rev. Michael Bealla, Senior Pastor, in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. Friends may call Friday from 4 to 6PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Cats and Dogs, Inc., 700 Nay Aug Rd., Scranton, 18510.

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Catherine L. (Kay) Harrity

Catherine L. (Kay) HarrityOctober 7, 2020

Catherine L. (Kay) Harrity, 79, a resident of the Nativity Section of Scranton, died Wednesday evening in Lackawanna Health and Rehab Center, Peckville. She was the widow of the late Jerry Harrity who died in 2008. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Walsh and Mary Walsh Walsh Newton. She was a member of St. John Neumann Parish and she was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School. She was employed by Biff's and Smith's Restaurants. Kay loved working for the Vescovi and Smith families and she loved her coworkers. She enjoyed bingo, travelling with her sisters to Atlantic City and her favorite soap "As The World Turns". She was first and foremost a loving mother and grandmother. Kay loved hard, worked hard and played hard. Surviving are two sons; Michael Harrity and partner Cherie Demeck, Scranton, Martin Harrity, Dickson City, two daughters; Lynn Ann Harrity, Scranton, and Cyndie Harrity McGurrin, Coco Beach, FL., grandchildren; Ashley Harrity, Mason McGurrin, Matthew Harrity and Dylan Wisnefski, sister Jean Boam and husband, Gary, Elmhurst, a brother Billie Newton, Hughstown, nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her son Ronnie, her daughter-in-law Grace Cosgrove Harrity, two brothers; Gregory and Joseph Walsh and by three sisters; Joan Conlin, Ann Carmadella, and Harriet Vitale. The funeral will be Friday 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 Rev. Patrick Albert and concelebrated by Rev. Johnathan Kuhar, Asst. Pastor. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call at the church Friday morning from 9:30 to 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity.

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Joseph T. Coggins, Jr.

September 25, 2020

Joseph T. Coggins, Jr., died unexpectedly Friday at home. He was born and raised in the Hill Section of Scranton. Joe was the son of the late Joseph T., Sr. and Mary Pusateri Coggins. He was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, Class of 1973, where he lettered in football. He was the owner and operator of J. T. Coggins Roofing Co. for many years. Joe was known as one of the best roofers in the area. Joe's passion was football. He coached for many years the South Scranton Indians junior football, teaching the children the skills and love of the sport. Joe also was an avid fan of the Fighting Irish Of Notre Dame football for all his life. Surviving are three sisters; Kathleen Coggins and companion Ralph Aluni, Mary Ann Novajosky and husband George, and Joanne Coggins Williams, one brother Thomas Coggins, all of Scranton, nieces, nephews, cousins and uncles. He was also preceded in death by a brother-in-law Jack Williams. Due to Covid, the funeral will be private at the convenience of the family. Interment Cathedral Cemetery.

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Louis J. Martini

September 22, 2020

Louis J. Martini, a South Scranton resident, loving husband of 64 years to the former Angeline Curcio, died Tuesday morning at home after an illness. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late John and Assunta Berrettini Martini. He was a member of St. Paul Of the Cross Parish and was a member of St. Francis Parish until its closure. He was a devoted Catholic, attending daily Mass until his illness. He was a Eucharistic Minister at both Parishes. He was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, Class of 1950, and he was involved in many class reunions. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was a member of the former AL Post 948 and the VFW Post 3451. For over 27 years, Louis was employed as a firefighter for the City Of Scranton, retiring with the rank of chauffeur. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, and he had a true love of children and animals. Louis was kindhearted and helped anyone in need. He was a loving and devoted father to his daughter, Lisa Martini-Johnson and husband Morvin Johnson, White Hall, and to his late son Charles Martini. He also was a loving grandfather to his granddaughter Mervisa Johnson. Also surviving are two nephews; John and Angelo Murazzi and several great nieces and great nephews. He also was preceded in death by two brothers; Nello and Anthony Martini and two sisters Olga Murazzi and Irene Silvagni, and three nephews; Frank Martini, Nello Martini, Jr., and Hugo Murazzi, Sr. The funeral will be Friday 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., to be celebrated by Rev. Scott Sterowski, Pastor. Interment Italian-American Cemetery, Minooka Section. Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 7 PM. Masks must be worn and social distancing must be practiced with no physical contact. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the church at the above address or to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave. 18509.

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Daniel Harrity

September 8, 2020

Daniel Harrity, 41, a South Scranton resident, died unexpectedly Tuesday at Geisinger CMC. His wife is the former Jaimee Merrell. Born in Scranton, he was the son of Thomas Harrity and Joann Duzak Wright, both of Scranton. He attended Scranton public schools and was employed as a foreman for Savani and Co. Danny was an avid guitar player who enjoyed listening to his favorite band, Guns N' Roses, as well as attending other live music venues. He prided himself in his Irish culture while attending the St. Patrick's Day parade celebrations with his closest family and friends. Danny adored his dog Mason, taking his father out, visiting with his friends and family, working out and appreciated the talents of many tattoo artists. He is most remembered for loving his father, sons, wife, family, and his best friends with all his love, strength, and protection. Also surviving are his sons; Dylan and Declan Harrity, Scranton, stepdaughter Skyeler Kopper, brothers; William and Stephen Wright, sisters; Christine Everett, Susan Schneider, and Jennie Robacker, all of Scranton, nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his very special aunt, Catherine Poli, who helped raise him. A graveside Committal Service will be held Monday at 10 AM in Cathedral Cemetery, officiating is Rev. Michael Bryant. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Cats & Dogs, c/o 1900 E. Gibson St., Scranton, Pa. 18509.

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Joseph J. McHale

August 22, 2020

Joseph J. McHale, 64, a South Scranton resident, died Saturday morning at home following a hard fought battle with cancer. His wife is the former Sharon Butler. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late John and Catherine Judge McHale. He was a graduate of Scranton Central High School, class of 1974. He was employed by Arlington Industries. Joe was a dedicated husband and father. He was known for his quick wit, sociable demeanor, and unique sense of humor. He was a proud, hardworking man with a love of classic cars. Joe adored his grandchildren and always looked toward the future. Also surviving are his son, John J. McHale and wife Rebecca, Scranton, his daughter Caitlin and husband Clifford Bressette, Ackermanville, grandchildren; Sebastian B. McHale, Ford, Shawn and Gwendolyn Bressette, a sister Maureen Meredick, and a brother, Kevin McHale, both of Scranton, Niece, Sara Meredick and fiance, Daniel Bilach, and their children, Addison and James, and niece Megan Meredick and fiance, Kevin Walsh, and their daughter Emma. He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Amber S. McHale, on August 19th, a sister Katheryn E. Levinson, and a brother John Joseph McHale. The funeral will be private. Friends may call Tuesday from 5 to 7 PM in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family.

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Amber S. McHale

August 19, 2020

Amber S. McHale, 39, a resident of South Scranton, died unexpectedly at home Wednesday evening. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of Sharon Butler McHale, with whom she resided, and the late Joseph J. McHale. She was a graduate of Scranton High School, Class of '99, where she was an honors student. Amber was very proud and knowledgeable of her family heritage. She was very politically active and interested in current issues. She was always up for a friendly debate. She loved music and attending concerts. She also enjoyed classic movies, crime dramas, and true life stories. Her son, Sebastian, was her whole world. She was so proud of his intelligence and warmth. Amber was a devoted mother, daughter, sister and friend. She will be missed beyond words. Also surviving are her son, Sebastian B. McHale, a brother John and wife Rebecca, Scranton, a sister Caitlin and husband Clifford Bressette, and their children; Ford, Shawn and Gwendolyn, Ackermanville, Aunt Maureen Meredick, Scranton, cousins; Sara Meredick and fiance Daniel Bilach, and their children; Addison and James, cousin Megan Meredick and fiance, Kevin Walsh, and their daughter Emma, an Uncle, Kevin McHale, Scranton. She was also preceded in death by an aunt, Katherine Levinson, and her paternal grandparents John and Catherine Judge McHale. The funeral will be private. Friends may call Tuesday 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 the family.

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Eileen Moran Eiden

August 16, 2020

Eileen Moran Eiden, 65, a resident of South Scranton, died Sunday morning at home after an illness. She was the widow of Joseph "Chuck" Eiden who died in 2007. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Robert Sr., and Ann Cannon Moran. She was a member of St. John Neumann Parish and she was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, Class of 1974. She was employed as a CNA for several local nursing homes. She enjoyed watching movies but she truly loved being with her family. The family wishes to thank her caregivers; her daughter, Christine Maple and her sister, Mary Kay Murphy for all the loving care they gave to mom. Surviving are her children; Ryan McDonnell and wife Jessica, Avoca, Christopher Maple and fiancée Lyndsey Hannick, Dunmore, and Christine Maple, with whom she resided, a granddaughter Erin McDonnell, Brothers; Joseph Moran and wife Eileen, Moosic, Robert Jr. and wife Lori, Scranton, and Michael Moran, New Columbia, sisters; Mary Kay Murphy, Scranton, and Carol Naples and husband Robert, Jr., Wyoming, nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her brother-in-law Patrick Murphy. The funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Interment Cathedral Cemetery.

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Alexis "Lexi" Caviston-Ashmar

July 14, 2020

Alexis "Lexi" Caviston-Ashmar, 23, of Scranton made a fashionable entrance into the gates of Heaven, on July 14, surrounded by family and friends, after a helluva fight with Glioblastoma Multiforme. Those awaiting an invitation to her soiree in paradise include her husband, Joshua, whom she married on June 20, 2020, her parents, Paul & Carol Caviston, a brother and sister-in-law, Ryan & Morgan, her second family, the Ditchkuses, Chris and Sharon Surovy, her inlaws, Makala Ashmar, sister-in-law, her cats, Liberty and Belle, aunts, uncles, cousins, and countless friends. Her welcoming committee in heaven includes her grandparents, Ken & Jane O'Malley, Paul and Edie Caviston, "Grammy" Edna White, and her father-in-law, Samir Ashmar.

Lexi's passions, after shopping, were found in Joshua, Taylor Swift, burritos, her cats...and the all-too occasional "fuzzy nave". Her sense of humor made the most serious situations hysterically funny and an avenue for a joke at someone else's expense, usually her father's or brother's. She did not let her diagnosis define her; in fact, she defined her diagnosis, naming her tumors Oswald and Abe. Lexi took advantage of any available platform to promote brain tumor awareness, including the NEPA Society of Irish Women and as a guest on The View, where her message reached millions. Through all of this, Lexi still succeeded in graduating cum laude from Mansfield University with her Bachelor's Degree in nursing. She is an alumna of Scranton High School's Class of 2015, where she participated in swimming, soccer, and was president of the Scranton High School Knight Rhythms. Lexi was also employed by The Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania.

Lexi's family would like to express their utmost gratitude to the Nursing, Neuro-surgery, and Neuro-oncology teams at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as to the staff of Allied Services Hospice. Friends, fans, and other well-wishers may visit on Friday, July 17 from 5-8 pm at Nativity Church at St. John Neumann Parish, 633 Orchard Street, Scranton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, July 18th at 9:30am at St. John Neumann Parish. All in attendance are asked to follow state and local guidelines by wearing a facial mask and practicing social distancing. Known to all is Lexi's sense of fashion. Therefore, we ask you to refrain from wearing black; instead, attire should be as colorful as her personality. For those unable to attend, mass will be streamed live on the parish Facebook page - St. John Neumann Parish. Internment at Cathedral Cemetery. Friends are encouraged to leave a memory of Lexi at www.augusthaasfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Lexi Caviston Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o First Credit Union of Scranton, 605 Davis Street, Scranton, 18505.

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Martin S. Zelsnack, Sr.

May 29, 2020

Martin S. Zelsnack,Sr., 84, a South Scranton resident, died Friday in Mountain View Care Center. His wife is the former Mary Grace Janssen and the couple would have been married 57 years in July. Born in Binghamton, NY, he was the son of the late Michael and Madeline Martin Zelsnack. He was a member of St. John Neumann Parish and also attended St. Paul Of The Cross Parish. He was a graduate of St. Paul's High School in Binghamton. He was employed for 32 years by IBEW Local 81 as an electrician. He was a member of the Knights Of Columbus, Pro Life PA. for Human Life, Scranton Chapter, and he was very active in St. John Neumann Parish, serving as a Eucharistic minister, choir member, and was instrumental in constructing the electrical setup for the annual Festival for many years. He also sang in the choir in St. Paul Of The Cross Parish. He also worked for many years at Catholic Television and St. Ann's Media. Marty had a wry sense of humor and always had a joke to tell. He enjoyed CB radio, model trains, and was a railroad enthusiast. He also liked going to home improvement shows. Marty would stop in a heartbeat to help anyone. He instilled in his children his strong work ethic. The family wishes to thank Dr. Phillip Boccagno and Mountain View Care Center for all the care and comfort given to Marty. Also surviving are his children; a son Martin, Jr., and wife Beverly, Scranton, and three daughters; Mary Anne Quick and fiance Tom Abda, Scranton, Sergeant Major Maureen Farrar and husband James, Spring Lake, NC, and Margaret Zelsnack, Phila., grandchildren; Shaun, Amanda, Nicholas, Alyssa, Caroline and Lilly, and a great granddaughter Ella, a sister Elizabeth Nitche and husband Bob, Hendersonville, TN, nieces, nephews and many close friends. He was also preceded in death by a sister Thomasina Normile and a brother Michael. The funeral will be private with entombment in Cathedral Cemetery. A Mass will be celebrated later. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Neumann Parish or to Pro Life Pa.

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Paul N. Weber

May 24, 2020

Paul N. Weber, 93, a South Scranton resident, died Sunday at home with his family at his side. He was the husband of the late former Eleanor Boos who died October 2, 2010. Born in Scranton, Paul was the son of the late Henry and Anna Naegle Weber on August 3, 1926. He grew up in Scranton and attended Scranton Technical High School. He was married to Eleanor on October 18, 1952. He was a member of St. Paul Of The Cross Parish, Sacred Hearts Of Jesus and Mary Church. Paul was a Navy veteran of WWll and was honorably discharged April 8, 1953. Paul was a longstanding member of Teamsters Union Local 229, where he started as a truck driver and from there he held many positions in the union, working his way up to Secretary/Treasurer and Principal Officer until he retired on January 15, 1991. Paul was a jack of all trades, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, etc. He was the co-owner of Weber's Cafe with his two brothers and was co-owner of Weber's Trophy with his children. The family wishes to thank Dr. Paul Remick and his staff, especially Maureen O'Malley, and Allied Hospice, especially Dianna. Surviving are his children; a son Robert and wife Mary Beth, Scranton, and a daughter Judith, with whom he resided, grandchildren; Paul Weber and wife, Mary Ann, Doylestown, and their children; R.D., Bode and Oakley, Casey Davidson and husband Andy, Chalfont, and their children; Eleanor, Parker, Andrew and Cooper, Courtney Theroux and husband Connor, New London, NH, and their children; Taylor and Kellen, and Robert Weber, Scranton, many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by three brothers; Pete, Ed, and Carl, two sisters; Romaine Kafchinski and Ruth Reuther. The funeral will be private with interment in Cathedral Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave., 18509.

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Lillian Katherine Boos

May 22, 2020

Lillian Katherine Boos, 82, died Friday, May 22, 2020 at Scranton GCMC from Covid-19.

Lillian celebrated 60 years of marriage to her husband, John P. Boos on May 14. Along with her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Carolyn L. Chewey, wife of Michael Chewey of Harvey's Lake and her son, David J Boos of Scranton, and her sister, Nancy Ann Pryor of Scranton. She also leaves several nieces and nephews with whom she had a close relationship.

The family would like to make special mention of Mark Williamson who has been like a son to Lillian in recent years, along with her caring friends Elaine Calderone, Melissa Conway, Anne Marie Coyne, Patty Hart, and Mike Musewicz.

Lillian was the daughter of Benjamin F. Pryor who died in 1980 and Leah S. Pryor who died in 1999. She was also pre-deceased by brother Benjamin F. Pryor, Jr., in 1936.

Lillian graduated from Scranton Central High School in 1955 and went on to study nursing at Mansfield State Teachers College and Hahnemann Hospital of Scranton where she earned her RN in 1958. She began her nursing career as a public health nurse with the Visiting Nurses Association. She went on to work in the operating room at Moses Taylor Hospital, later choosing to become Charge Nurse at Mountain Rest Nursing Home. She retired from Allied Services in 1996. Lillian was a lifelong member of the Pennsylvania Nurses Association. She also sang with the Scrantonettes for many years. She is a member of the Court Street United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be private with a memorial service to be held at a later date when it is safe for friends and family to get together to celebrate her beautiful, generous life. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.

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Carl Helcoski

May 21, 2020

Carl Helcoski, 93, a resident of Linwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, died Thursday at Geisinger CMC due to complications of COVID 19. His late wife of 48 years was the former Nancy Schrank. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Walter and Josephine Helcoski. He was a graduate of Minooka High School and resided in Minooka until moving to East Mountain where he and his wife lived for many years. He was employed by Capital Records and he was an Army veteran. He and his wife enjoyed trips to Las Vegas, Florida, and Atlantic City with his brother and sisters. Carl enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Surviving is a cousin Claire Carvalho, Scranton, and nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a brother Theodore (Ted), and three sisters; Jean Lucas, Frances Rejent and Henrietta (Terri) Wahl. The funeral will be private with interment in St. Mary's Cemetery, Greenwood. Memorial contributions may be made to Meals On Wheels Of NEPA, 542 Wyoming Ave., 18509.

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Dorothy A. Partyka

May 18, 2020

Dorothy A. Partyka, 86, a resident of East Mountain, died Monday in Geisinger CMC due to complications of Covoid-19. She was the widow of Stanley Partyka who died in 1992, the couple were married for 40 years. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Mary Mrozewski (Mroz) Aten. She was a member of St. Stanislaus Cathedral and the St. Stanislaus Cathedral Chorale. She was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School where she was a Twirlette. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and the Munch Bunch. Dottie loved shopping with her sister and ice skating on Mountain Lake back in the day. She enjoyed the sun on her face and observing nature. She truly enjoyed life. She was so proud of her family and their accomplishments. She was truly compassionate and full of empathy for the forgotten people in this world. Mom was the anchor and rock of our family, although she will be deeply missed, she will live on forever in our hearts. Surviving are two children; Jack Partyka and wife Barbara, and Debbie Partyka Metzgar, all of Scranton, Grandchildren; Ryan Janesko, Nicole Partyka, Jennifer Collinsworth and husband Jason, Andrea Grotzinger and husband Matthew, Jaclyn Partyka, Neil Metzger and companion Kim Overpeck, Katie Youshock and husband Eric, and Victoria Lance and fiancee Chris Cadugan, 10 adoring great grandchildren, a sister Catherine Slangan, Scranton, a former daughter-in-law Nancy Partyka, numerous nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a great granddaughter Vienna Grotzinger and her brother-in-law Robert Slangan. The funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family. A Mass will be celebrated in the future. Memorial contributions may be made to St Stanislaus Cathedral, 529 E. Locust St., 18505, or to Alzheimer Association At Alz.org, or to the Vienna Memorial Scholarship Fund, checks made payable to Jack Of Heart/ Vienna Scholarship Fund, 1120 Audubon Dr., South Abington Twp., 18411.

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Paul Thomas Burke

May 18, 2020

Paul Thomas Burke, born and raised in the Nativity Section of Scranton, died Monday morning. He was the son of the late Harry and Edna Neureiter Burke. He was a member of Nativity Of Our Lord Church, St. John Neumann Parish. He received his Bachelor's Degree from The University Of Scranton, and his Juris Doctor Degree from Catholic University of America, Columbus School Of Law. He was a member of Pennsylvania and Lackawanna County Bar Associations. He retired from the US Post Office. He was a World War ll army veteran serving with the 3rd and 9th infantry divisions in the European Theatre Of Operations. He received the WWll Victory Medal and the WWll Occupation Medal. The family wishes to thank the staff of Elan Gardens and Linwood Nursing Home for all the care and comfort given to Paul. Surviving is a brother Gerard (Jerry) Burke and wife Jane Ann, Scranton, and nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He was also preceded in death by a brother Donald E. Burke. The funeral and interment in Cathedral Cemetery will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Neumann Parish, 633 Orchard St., 18505.

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John V. Cabets

May 16, 2020

John V. Cabets, 86, A South Scranton resident, died Saturday in Geisinger CMC. He was the husband of 64 years to the late former Janet Martin, who died in 2019. Born and raised in Throop, he was the son of the late James and Catherine Cerra Cabets. He was a graduate of Throop High School and was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish. He resided in Scranton since his marriage. He was formerly employed by RCA. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War. John enjoyed gardening and especially spending time with his grandchildren. Surviving are three children; John and wife Ellen, Spring Brook Twp., David and wife Bridget, Covington Twp., and Susan Bozym and husband David, Scranton, seven grandchildren; Dr. David Bozym, Christopher Bozym and wife Becca, Matthew Bozym and wife Leah, John Paul Cabets, Michael, Nicholas and Nathaniel Cabets, a great grandson Brady Bozym, a sister Estelle Grabowski, Olyphant, and nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by two brothers; Frank and Joseph, and a sister Mary Kovack. The funeral is private and held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave. 18510.

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James B. "Tugger" Togher

May 12, 2020

James B. Togher, 58, a resident of Scranton, died Tuesday morning in Moses Taylor Hospital after an illness. His wife is the former Dorrien Hill. Born in Scranton, he was the son of Mary Ann (Nancy) Ratchford Togher, Scranton, and the late James P. Togher. He was a member of St. John Neumann Parish, Nativity Of Our Lord Church, and he was a graduate of Scranton Preparatory School. He attended The University Of Scranton and was employed for 29 years by the Scranton Fire Department as a firefighter and retired with the rank of lieutenant. He was a member of IAFF Local 60. Jim was a brave, strong, funny and easygoing person who enjoyed life to the fullest. He was sweet, kind, loyal and loved his family and friends. Jim enjoyed live music, hiking and football. Also surviving are his sons; James D. Togher, Burbank, CA., and Drew Togher, Denver, CO., a brother Daniel Togher, Grafton, WV, and a sister Mari Jerauld and husband Terry, Lafayette, NJ, a sister-in-law Jude Vescovi and a brother-in-law David Hill and wife Gudrun, nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 1300 Old Plank Rd, Mayfield, Pa. 18433 or to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, 18509. A celebration of Jim's life will be held in the future. The funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

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Geraldine M. (Geri) Peil

May 11, 2020

Geraldine M. (Geri) Peil, a resident of Mountain View Care Center, died Monday morning due to complications of the COVOID-19 Virus. She was the widow of Robert J. Peil who died in 1990. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Frances Brummer Demuth. She was a member of St. Mary Of The Assumption Church until its closure and she was a graduate of St. Mary's High School. She presently attended St. Paul Of The Cross Parish. She was employed for 26 years by the Lackawanna County Tax Office. Geri was a devoted wife, beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Upon her retirement, she enjoyed vacations at the beach with her family, playing bingo and cards with friends, and weekly trips for pasta dinners. Geri was a wonderful person deeply religious in her Catholic faith. She always had a smile and good thoughts for everyone she met throughout her life. She never complained about any issues that affected her, always saying she'd be OK. The family wishes to thank the staff of Mountain View Care Center for all the care and comfort provided to Geri, and special thanks to her two friends; Judy Brier and Roberta Galuska, for all the time shared with Geri. Surviving are two sons; Richard Peil and wife Nancy, and Gerald Peil and wife Helen, all of Scranton, four grandchildren; Ryan Peil and wife Sarah, Emily Watral and husband Joseph, Rebecca DeLuca and husband Rob, and Caitlin Pajalich and husband Lee, six great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a son Robert Peil and two brothers; Leroy and Irvine Demuth. The funeral will be private with interment in St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Cats and Dogs, Inc., 700 Nay Aug Rd, 18510, or to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 3 International Dr., Suite 200, Rye Brook, NY 10573..

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Isaac Jacob Morrison-Grzenda

May 2, 2020

Isaac Jacob Morrison-Grzenda, age 2 months, died unexpectedly at home Saturday. Born in Scranton, he was the son of Joseph Grzenda and Melinda Morrison. Also surviving are his sister Haley Morrison, maternal grandfather Richard Klein, Exeter, paternal grandparents Jane Grzenda, Scranton, and Joseph Grzenda, Old Forge. A funeral service will be announced in the future.

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William A. Lewis

May 4, 2020

William A. Lewis, 88 a South Scranton resident, died Monday morning in Mountain View Care Center. He was the husband of the former Ann (Nancy) Rothenberger who died in 2008. The couple were married for 54 years. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late William A. and Agnes Wargo Lewis. He was a member of St. John Neumann Parish and he attended Scranton Technical High School. Bill was an Air Force Veteran Of the Korean War. He was employed as a truck driver and retired from APA Freight Co. He was a member of Teamsters Local 229. Surviving are a son William J. Lewis and wife Mary Beth, Moscow, daughters; Sandy Williams and Ann Lewis-Bonna and husband William, all of Scranton and Maureen Pulaski and husband Bob, Pineville, LA., 11 grandchildren, four great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his sister Marie McDonald. A private funeral will be held with interment in Cathedral Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, 18509.

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Carmella Marcino Rinaldoni

May 3, 2020

Formerly of Scranton and Moscow, PA and a resident of the Jewish Home of Eastern, PA passed away on May 3, 2020 after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. She is survived by her daughters Lynn Mendicino and Renee Puchalski.

Carmella and her late husband, Leo Rinaldoni, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on April 23, 2020. Leo preceded Carmella in death by less than two weeks, passing on April 21, 2020.

Carmella was born in Pittston, PA and was the daughter of the late Giuseppe and Biagina Marcino, who immigrated to the United States from Italy.

Carmella was a graduate of Pittston Area schools and was employed by the Scranton School District as a lunch lady for many years at Garfield #11 School in South Scranton. She also worked in daycare for several years for the Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency and at a privately owned gym. These jobs were fitting for her since she had so much love to give, which made her like a second mother to all of the children she worked with over the years.

Carmella never spoke a bad word, unless she was watching a Yankees game (during a Yankees game she would tell her grandchildren curse words were merely considered "slang"). She loved to cook for her loved ones, but never did it without making a mess all over the kitchen and herself (causing her loved ones to laugh and tease her, which she took in stride). Carmella was also a great bowler, known to bowl a perfect game. She was a talented artist, drawing her grandchildren's favorite cartoon characters for them upon request. Carmella loved to sing and share songs with anyone who cared to listen, which many did due to her beautiful singing voice.

To know Carmella was to love her. Her kindness was immeasurable and her character was unmatched. She was the type of person you would measure yourself against. To be as kind as her, as loving as her, and giving as her was the yard stick to measure any good person against. Her capacity for love allowed anyone who had the pleasure of knowing her to feel that love, because she gave a piece of her heart to anyone she met. Carmella always had a smile on her face, an infectious laugh, and she loved her family and friends unconditionally. However, her true calling in life was being a mother and especially a grandmother. Her daughters and grandchildren were the loves of her life.

Carmella is survived by her daughter Lynn Mendicino, wife of the late Gasper
Mendicino of Moscow, and daughter Renee Puchalski and her husband Vincent of Taylor.

She is also survived by her six grandchildren, Sara Mendicino Friedman and husband Dave, Albany, NY, Christina Mendicino Lehr and husband John, Cresco, PA, Antonio Mendicino, Ashley Puchalski, Pittsburgh, PA, Mallory Puchalski and Kyle Puchalski. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Carmella was preceded in death by her husband Leo Rinaldoni, her son-in-law Gasper Mendicino, sister Mary Soska and brother-in-law Frank Soska, Brother Liborio Marcino and sister-in-law Jane Marcino and her brother Angelo Marcino.

The family would like to sincerely thank the staff who cared for Carmella the last few years at the Jewish Home of Scranton. The family immeasurably appreciates their compassionate actions over the years and especially during her last days when her family could not be with her during these difficult times.

Due to the current health crisis, the family will have a mass and memorial at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, which helped Carmella and her family during her struggle with Alzheimer's Disease. They can use the support during these unprecedented times. Please send donations in Carmella's name to: 600 Baltimore Drive, Suite 7, Wilkes-Barre, PA, 18702.

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Leo Rinaldoni

April 21, 2020

Leo Rinaldoni, Formerly of Scranton and Moscow and a resident of the Jewish Home of Eastern PA, Scranton, PA, died at Geisinger Community Medical Center from COVID-19. He is survived by his wife Carmella Marcino Rinaldoni to whom he would have been married for 60 years on April 23, 2020.

Leo was born in Scranton, the son of the late Angelo and Sarah Perugini Rinaldoni, who came to Scranton from Italy.

Leo was a graduate of SCranton Technical High School and served in the United States Army. He was a Korean War Veteran. During the war he was a cook and had many stories of his time abroad serving our country.

He was employed by the United States Post Office as a letter carrier for over 40 years. His time on the job made him the best person to ask for directions and instilled a joy of driving everywhere that lasted for years to come.

Leo could never sit still - he aways wanted to help and keep busy. After retiring from the post office, he regularly helped at his daughter and son-in-law's restaurant, Mendicino's Pizza, in Moscow, PA, by assisting with prep cooking and catering. He also drove for August J. Haas Funeral Home, Scranton, PA. Leo was an avid hunter. More than the hunting though, he loved to spend that time in the woods, mainly in Bradford County with his hunting buddies and his beloved hunting dogs.

For years Leo's daily routine included a visit with his friends at the Dante Literary Society in South Scranton. He also loved taking a walk among the "collectibles" of the Salvation Army, sometimes bringing home a few of them to his family's dismay.

More than anything, Leo will be remembered as a big personality. He was a person who cold make you laugh until your sides hurt without even trying. He always had sage advice (even when you didn't ask for it, but he knew you needed it) and never minced words. You would always know when he was nearby due to his constant whistling of a tune. He also loved a nap, regardless of the time or place. His presence was the essence of contentment and peacefulness.

Leo is survived by his wife Carmella, his daughter Lynn Mendicino, wife of the late Gasper Mendicino of Moscow, and daughter Renee Puchalski and her husband Vincent Puchalski of Taylor. Leo is also survived by his six grandchildren, Sara Mendicino Friedman and Husband David, Albany, NY, Christina Mendicino Lehr and husband John, Cresco, PA, Antonio Mendicino, Moscow, PA, Ashley Puchalski, Pittsburgh, PA, Mallory Puchalski and Kyle Puchalski, Taylor, PA.

Leo was preceded in death by his father and mother, Angelo and Sarah, his sister Norma Trama and brother-in-law Joseph Trama, his brother Joseph Rinaldoni, and sister-in-law Wanda Rinaldoni, and his son-in-law Gasper Mendicino.

The family would sincerely like to thank the staff who cared for Leo the last few years at the Jewish Home of Scranton. They would also like to thank the staff at Geisinger Community Medical Center who cared for Leo in his final days and who were with him in his final moments to provide him company and comfort when his family could not. Your heroic and compassionate actions during these difficult times are immeasureably appreciated.

Due to the current health crisis, the family will have a mass amd memorial at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the North Pocono Food Pantry, Moscow, PA to help others in need during these unprecedented times. Send donations in Leo's Name to P.O. Box 250, Moscow, PA 18444.

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George Joseph Torda, Jr.

March 20, 2020

George Joseph Torda, Jr., 56, a resident of South Scranton, died Friday morning in Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late George J., Sr., and Mary Alice Crolly Torda. He was member of St. John Neumann Parish and was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School. He was employed as a custodial worker at Johnson College until his illness. He was also employed for many years as a bartender for several local bars. He loved his Harley and was a member of ABATE, he enjoyed their charity motorcycle rides. He loved the Steelers and collected their memorabilia. Taught by his father, he enjoyed his woodworking projects. He loved sitting in his room watching TV with his furbaby, Lila, on his lap.

Surviving are two sisters; Rosemary Torda, with whom he resided, and Susan Davidson and husband Thomas, Dalton, and his furbaby Lila, an aunt, Carmela Torda, Moscow, two Godchildren; Morgan Duffy and Winter Rose Marie Keiper, and many cousins.

The funeral will be conducted in the future with interment in Cathedral Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Rd., South Abington Twp., Pa. 18411.

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Antoinette "Toni" Notartomas

March 17, 2020

Antoinette "Toni" Notartomas, Scranton, formerly of Clarks Summit, daughter of the late Carmela Fava and Pasquale Cascio died Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

Surviving are two daughters; Patricia, State College, Susan, East Stroudsburg, two sons; Gerard, West Wyoming, Robert, Perkiomenville, nine grandchildren; Lucia, Antonio, Isabella, Ariana, Levi, Judahlee, Arieluna, Akasha, and Khail, four great grandchildren; Nova, Zion, Atreyu, and Emery, one sister, Mary Marino, Scranton, one brother, George and wife Virginia, Alabama, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by three brothers; Charles and wife Mary, Scranton, Carmel and wife Mary, California, Joseph and wife Josephine, Scranton, and brother-in-law John Marino, Scranton.

Her greatest enjoyment came from volunteering, traveling and reading. She was formerly a member of the Abington Women's Club, Century Club, Lackawanna Historical Society, Moses Taylor Hospital Auxiliary, AARP Scranton Chapter, Friends Of The Scranton Public Library.

Private Mass at St. Peter's Cathedral. Interment Italian-American Cemetery, Minooka, at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Josephine C. Williams

March 8, 2020

Josephine C. Williams, 94, a resident of Scranton, died Sunday at the Jewish Home Of Eastern Pa. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Hugh Williams in 1988. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Adam and Suzanne Wojtkelewiczowa Gawronski. She was a member of Saint Paul Of The Cross Parish and she was a graduate of Scranton Central High School. She was formerly employed in the office of the Scranton Sewer Authority. Josephine enjoyed traveling, quilting, bingo and other games of chance. She had a zest for life and a fun loving nature. Josephine was a kind soul with a generous spirit who positively touched the lives of everyone she met. Her influence will forever remain in the lives of all who knew her. A special thank you to the Jewish Home for the care and kindness they provided during Josephine's stay.

Surviving are four daughters; Jean Monahan and husband John Kevin, Scranton, Maria Conley and husband Robert, Middletown, DE., Susan Jennings and husband Paul, Greentown, and Ann Katorkas and husband William, Newark, DE., 9 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, one great great grandchild and a sister Delores Turner, Tucson, AZ., and nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a son John J. Williams, several siblings and her devoted companion Paul Deininger.

The funeral will be Saturday with Mass Of Christian Burial at 10 AM in St Paul Of The Cross Parish, Sacred Hearts Of Jesus and Mary Church, 1217 Prospect Ave., to be celebrated by Rev. Scott Sterowski, Pastor. Interment St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Morgan Highway. Friends may call at the church Saturday morning from 9 to 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Of The Cross Parish at the above address.

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Joan Greco Castelli, RN

February 29, 2020

Joan Greco Castelli, RN passed away Saturday February 29, at Moses Taylor Hospital, with her loving husband Richard Castelli, and nephew, Dr. Joseph Greco MD at her side.

She was Director of Nursing at Pittston State Hospital School of Nursing.

Joan was close with her entire family, especially Dr., Joseph, and Dr. John Greco, and his wife Maureen, and their family, also her husband's family, her late brother-in law, Al Castelli, and his family.

Joan also leaves behind, her sister in law, Rosemary Greco; several nieces and nephews that she loved very much, and they loved her dearly in return, she will be missed by all.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph, and Frank Greco; two sisters, Mary, and Beatrice Greco.

The funeral will be conducted Wednesday with Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in St. Paul of The Cross Parish at Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary Church, 1217 Prospect Ave., Scranton. Interment will follow at the Italian-American Cemetery.

Family and friends may pay their respects at the church starting at 9:00 am, and continuing until the time of the Mass.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity.

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David M. Gribbin

February 27, 2020

David M. Gribbin, 67, of South Scranton passed peacefully into eternal life surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, February 27.

Born in Scranton, he was the son of Mary Joanne Kelly Gribbin and the late Frank Gribbin. Dave earned a degree from Keystone College and early on enjoyed a career in advertising. Prior to retirement he was employed by LabCorp.

Dave was a devoted father and grandfather, affectionately known as "Bummpa". He cherished every moment he was able to spend with his loving daughter and his grandson Caden, the light of his life.

Known throughout his life as Davey, he was a devout sports fan. His passion for the New York Giants, Philadelphia Phillies and Penn State was evident to all who knew him. He was an avid movie-goer and was considered our family movie critic.

Above all, Dave was blessed with a beautifully kind heart and wonderful smile that greeted everyone he met. His kindness and love of others extended past his death as he was able participate in the Gift of Life program. Dave's loyalty, quick wit, and light-hearted humor will always be remembered by those who love him.

Surviving are daughter Tara Gribbin, South Abington Twp.; grandson Caden Michael; mother Mary Joanne Kelly Gribbin, Scranton; siblings Kathy Chase and husband Gordon, Scranton, Frank Gribbin and wife Kara, Keller Texas, Liz Cohen and husband Ned, Hudson Florida, Mary Ellen Simonetti and husband Richard, Wilmington, North Carolina; several aunts and uncles; many nieces, nephews, cousins and his loyal friend Paul Scartelli.

The family would like to thank the staff at Geisinger Community Medical Center for their outstanding care and compassion.

A visitation will be held on Monday, March 2, from 4-7 p.m. at August J. Haas Funeral Home Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. Scranton. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am in St. John Neuman Parish at Nativity of our Lord Church, 633 Orchard St.

All wishing to attend the funeral are kindly asked to proceed directly to church. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association and Gift of Life Donor Program.

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Assunta Tomassi Lispi

February 10, 2020

Assunta Tomassi Lispi was born September 21, 1925 in the province of Frosinone, Italy. She immigrated to the US in December of 1930. A lively, intelligent girl, she assimilated quickly and won the spelling bee in the second grade. She graduated from Scranton Central High, and enjoyed writing and the arts. She worked as a record tester at Capitol records, and met many famous singers on the Capitol Records label, which only enhanced her love of music.

Monday evening she died peacefully in the arms of her husband, Aleandro Lispi. They had been married for 69 years. They met when she was working at a St. Francis of Assisi block party. He told her then and there that he was going to marry her. She eventually gave in, after the initial shock. They formed a family, living for many years in a duplex above her parents, Vincenzo and Antonia Tomassi. They had seven children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, all of whom were the pride and joy of her long and happy life. The bereft children are Eugene Lispi and his wife Linda, and their three children, Barbara Moses, Ketura Tone and Gino Lispi, Jr. Followed quickly by the twins, Lisa Bartoletti and Lenora DelVecchio, and husbands Paul Bartoletti, and the recently deceased John DelVecchio, with grandchildren Mia Haney, David Bartoletti and Milena DelVecchio. Daniel Lispi and daughter Nina Lispi, his companion Lovey and her daughter Frances, Lina Santomauro and husband Jim, Vincent Lispi and wife Elizabeth, and daughter Emelia Lispi, and finally Alan Lispi. Alice and Everett Moses, Talia and Leo Tone and Matthew Haney are her five beloved great grandchildren.

Sue, as she was known to her friends, was not content to be mother of seven, but added the much loved children of her deceased brother Ralph, niece Margaret Kang and husband Clyde with son Christian, and nephew Ralph and wife Betty Jo into her loving heart. She adopted many a parentally challenged friend and they were always welcomed to the table. There was boundless love, boundless joy and energy throughout her stay here on earth. Her laugh pealed like bells, and she had a wonderful sense of humor. Their second forever home, which had belonged to her wonderful in-laws, Eugenio and Emilia Lispi, was always overflowing with cherished friends, who made life even more fun. I must also mention that she adored her nieces and nephews from her husband's side, and kept them and their children especially close. There is an Italian saying, 'a tavola non s' invecchia mai' which roughly translates to, invite friends and family to your table and you will never grow old. Sue lived by this, and was forever young at heart. She will be sorely missed.

In lieu of flowers, friends can donate to The St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave. Scranton, PA 18509. Viewing will be Thursday February 13 from 4 to 7 pm at August Haas Funeral Home, 202 Pittston Avenue Scranton, PA and Mass of Christian Burial on Friday Feb 14, 10 am, at St Gregory's Church, 33 N. Abington Rd., Clarks Green, PA. Please go directly to the church. Interment, Italian-American Cemetery.

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Adele Laboranti

February 3, 2020

Adele Laboranti, 92, a Scranton resident, on Monday evening left her full and interesting life to join her husband and beloved sons in her next life.

Adele was born in Scranton, October 4, 1927, to the late Stanley and Martha Mellon Walker. She was the widow of Frank Laboranti, Sr. who died in 2014. She had a fascinating life where her brilliance could be shown to the world. She loved bragging about her intelligence, arguing about anything she could, and, of course, winning the argument. Her professional career started as a teacher, followed by attaining the rank of Lieutenant, US Navy. She was stationed at the Pentagon in administrative duties. Up until the time of her passing, she would not reveal any confidential information that she obtained in Naval Intelligence. Because of her love of reading books, especially fictional murder mysteries, she became a librarian in New York City where she had a slew of people to argue with. Next, she met her late husband, who provided her with a good life. God then called her to nurse her late son, Mark, who suffered with Cystic Fibrosis. She nursed him until his far too early demise. A second son, Frank, Jr. also passed away from the same disease in 2016.

Adele's entire family is grateful to have had her as a mother and are optimistic about her soul meeting up with the loves of her life, her husband, her two sons, and her parents. Through all her heartbreak, Adele remained faithful that Our Lord, Jesus, is taking care of her family.

Surviving are her son Paul Laboranti and longtime companion, Linda Marta, and a daughter Anne Laboranti, a sister, Louise Brown, a daughter-in-law Patricia Laboranti, nieces, nephews and a wide variety of friends she met during her fascinating life. Adele's family would like to thank her nurses and nurses aids in the Green Ridge Nursing Home, the doctors and nurses at the Geisinger CMC Intensive Care Unit, especially Adam, who she was blessed with to take care of her when she was so sick. We would also like to thank Allied Services Hospice. Adele fought a good fight with Alzheimer's but she allowed God to do as He thought what was best for her at the end. She could not argue this fate as God usually wins. God will hear of her anger about her children's illness. He will listen and unite her with her loved ones. She was also preceded in death by a sister Janet McNulty.

All are invited to Adele's Mass Of Christian Burial on Saturday at 9 AM in St. John Neumann Parish, Nativity Of Our Lord Church, 633 Orchard St. to be celebrated by Rev. Ryan Glenn. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Arrangements by the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc. Thank you all for listening to our mother's love of talking.

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Preziosa Pellegrini Briga

February 3, 2020

Preziosa Pellegrini Briga passed away on Monday evening, February 3, 2020, at Scranton Healthcare Center after an illness. Born in Scranton on September 25, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Giuseppe and Josephine Tabarini Pellegrini, and wife of the late Nino Briga. She is survived by her loving children, David Briga and wife Annette, and Anita O'Brien and husband Patrick. Preziosa (Pretzi) is also survived by two beloved grandsons, P.J. O'Brien and wife Ashley, Bethlehem, and John O'Brien and wife Shannon, Haddonfield, NJ, as well as nieces and nephews. Preziosa was also preceded in death by her beloved son, Richard, who died in 2010. Pretzi was a devoted mother who cared for Richard for 13 years during his debilitating illness. She was also preceded in death by her sisters; Angelina Pellegrini, Lucille Regni, and JoAnn Burne with whom she shared a special, lifelong bond.

Preziosa was employed as a very dedicated caseworker for the American Red Cross, Scranton Chapter, from 1942 until her retirement in 1989, where she provided invaluable assistance and compassion to all her clients, including servicemen in World War ll. She took exceptional pride in her work and her family. Well into her late 80s, Preziosa prepared her delicious Sunday Italian dinners for her family. In addition to her culinary talents, she was an avid reader and dog lover. She leaves behind a legacy of family devotion and an incomparable work ethic.

In accordance with Preziosa's wishes, there will be no viewing and private services will be conducted at the convenience of the family.

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Ann Marie McKeel

January 20, 2020

Ann Marie McKeel, 74, a South Scranton resident, died Monday in Moses Taylor Hospital after an illness. She was the widow of Michael McKeel who died July 11, 2019. The couple were married for 54 years. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Martin Moyles and Elizabeth Liermann Moyles. She was a member of St. John Neumann Parish and was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School. She was employed as a Certified Nursed Aid at the former Holy Family Residence and as a restorative aid at MountainView Care Center. She was formerly president of the Mountainview Care center Auxiliary. Surviving are her children, Chuck and wife Kathy McKeel, Taylor, Mike and wife Maria McKeel, Scranton, and Marty and wife Natalie, Taylor, grandchildren; Karla, Kyle, Erica, Frank, Robbie, Emily and Michael Francis, great grandchildren; Madyson, Billie, Natalie, Carter, Hannah, Cooper, Donnie and Nathan, and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her daughter Melissa McKeel. The funeral will be Thursday 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 Nativity Of Our Lord Church, St. John Neumann Parish to be celebrated by Rev. Michael Bryant, Pastor. Internment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 5 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mountainview Care Center, 2309 Stafford Ave., 18505.

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Frank M. Brazill, Jr.

December 16, 2019

Frank M. Brazill, Jr., 54, a resident of South Scranton, died Monday evening in Hospice Of The Sacred Heart, Dunmore, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Scranton, he was the son of Ann Marie Lafferty Brazill, Clarks Green, and the late Francis M. Brazill, Sr.

He was a member of Saint John Neumann Parish and he was a graduate of Scranton Central High School and Luzerne County Community College. While at Scranton Central High School, Frank was Captain of the football team and Captain of the 1984 Dream Game. Until his illness, Frank was employed as a gaming supervisor at Mohegan Sun Casino. He was a member of AOH Division 6 where he formerly was the chaplain. He ran the time clock at Valor Field at Memorial Stadium for the Scranton School District's High School Football games. He was a devotee of Padre Pio.

The family would like to thank Frank's family caregivers, you know who you are, Dr. Brenda Goodrich of Geisinger, Hospice Of The Sacred Heart, and anyone who helped Frank during his courageous fight.

Also surviving are his two brothers: Patrick J. and Michael E. Brazill, both of Scranton, his sister Ann E. Hartshorn and husband Scott, Clarks Summit, nephews Michael and Jack Hartshorn, aunts, uncles, cousins, and his beloved rescue dog, Maggie. He was also preceded in death by an infant brother John, and a brother John F. (Buddy) Brazill.

Frank's funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of The Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 18702.

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Kathryn "Kathy" Levinson

December 12, 2019

Kathryn "Kathy" Levinson, 67, wife of the late Edward Levinson, both of Throop, died Thursday in Regional Hospital of Scranton after a long, hard fought illness. Kathy grew up in South Scranton, daughter of the late John and Catherine Judge McHale. She was a 1971 graduate of South Scranton Catholic High School and was employed by Gold Star for many years.

Kathy is survived by her two dogs; Scruffy and Bandit, a brother Joseph McHale and wife Sharon, their children; Amber, John and Caitlin McHale, Scranton, a sister Maureen Meredick and her children; Sara and Megan Meredick, Caretaker, Scranton, and a brother Kevin McHale, Caretaker, Scranton, and three great nieces and three great nephews, and cousins. Also surviving are Kathy's brothers-in-law ; Dr. Sander Levinson and wife Kimberly and their family and Dr. Nate Levinson and wife Nancy, and their family, all of South Abington Township. She was also preceded in death by her brother-in-law James Meredick.

Kathy was a dedicated Aunt, playing an active role in her nieces and nephews lives prior to her illness. Even in "Kitty's" later days she enjoyed playing Bingo and Uno with her great niece, Emma Walsh. Kathy will be missed greatly by all and her fighting spirit will live on.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Liz Mattioli, DaVita Dialysis, Dunmore, The Gardens At Scranton and Commonwealth Health Regional Hospital of Scranton.

A Blessing Service will be conducted Tuesday evening at 7 PM by Rev. Michael Bryant in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. Interment private at the convenience of the family. Friends may call Tuesday from 5 to 7 PM.

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William V. Gamble

October 28, 2019

William V. Gamble, 67, a South Scranton resident, formerly of Kingsley, died Monday morning in Geisinger Community Medical Center after an illness. Born in Kingsley, he was a son of the late Michael and Margaret Grenell Gamble. He was employed locally until his illness. He was a passionate restorer of antique cars, especially Camaros and Corvettes. The funeral was private and held at the convenience of the family.

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Erik Nester

October 21, 2019

Erik Nester, a resident of Scranton, died unexpectedly Monday evening in Moses Taylor Hospital. The funeral is private and held at the convenience of the family.

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Anna Mae McAndrew

October 21, 2019

Anna Mae McAndrew, 89, a resident of Clarks Summit Senior Living, a former South Scranton resident, died Monday evening in Allied Hospice Inpatient Unit. She was the widow of Eugene McAndrew who died in 1992. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late William and Mary Scholl Pantle. She was a member of St. Mary Of The Assumption Parish until its closure and presently she was a member of St. John Neumann Parish. She was a graduate of St. Mary's High School. Always on the go, Anna Mae was very active enjoying day bus trips with South Scranton Senior Center. With two of her grandchildren graduating from Penn State, Anna Mae became a huge Penn State fan, attending games there. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be deeply missed. Surviving are her children; Paul, Sr. and wife Caroline McAndrew, Glen Mills, Joe and wife Deborah McAndrew, and Maureen and husband Rick Van Gorder, all of Clarks Summit, three grandchildren; Paul McAndrew, Jr., Tyler Van Gorder, and Molly McAndrew. Also surviving is a sister Shirley Pantle, Philadelphia, and nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by four brothers; Phillip, Edward, William and Robert Pantle. The funeral will be Saturday at 8:30 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. with Mass Of Christian Burial at 9 AM in Nativity Of Our Lord Church, St. John Neumann Parish, 633 Orchard St. to be celebrated by Rev. Michael Bryant, Pastor. Interment, private, in St. Mary Of The Assumption Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 4 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, 18509.

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Karrie Klikus

October 1, 2019

Karrie Cummings Klikus and her husband John entered into eternal rest, together forever. Karrie is the beautiful daughter of Nancy Lambert Cummings and the late Joe Cummings. They leave behind their brokenhearted children; Kyle Pieczynski and fiancee Armandria, brave Jack and sweet Ireland; devastated brother and sister, Todd (fiancee Nicole), and Courtney (late husband John) Drozdis. They will also be forever missed by numerous Aunts, Uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Even in the middle of this gut wrenching sadness, let us remember this stunning young woman whose face was made more lovely by her million dollar smile, who greeted everyone with arms outstretched and big hugs that made you feel so special, so loved. It would be impossible to forget how her children were the heart of her life and home; that her husband was her best friend; that she adored her mother, brother and sister and all her extended family, and that she was broken by the loss of her dad. She graced this world, taught us about kindness and selflessness, loved and laughed deeply and now, with John, can rest peacefully nestled in the loving arms of all those who went before. A Mass Of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 12:30 PM in Nativity Of Our Lord Church, St. John Neumann Parish, 633 Orchard St. Friends may call at the church from 11:30 to 12:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to an online fund raising effort established to financially support the children in this time of need at https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=632806477244939&id=100015467761394&sfnsn=mo.

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Frank A. Cimini

September 11, 2019

Frank A. Cimini, a full-time and emeritus member of the faculty of The University of Scranton for over 77 years, died Wednesday morning at his home in Dunmore.

Born in Scranton on Oct. 20, 1914, he was the son of Giuseppe and Maria Ferraioli Cimini. Frank was married to the former Dorothy Musso, who died in 1979.

His education in the local public schools was delayed by childhood illness, so that his graduation from Scranton Central High School was not until 1934. A year later he entered what was then St. Thomas College and graduated in 1939 after it had become known as the University of Scranton.

Frank was a proud member of his high school class and in his retirement he enjoyed planning and organizing reunions with his classmate and friend, Herbert Barton, most notably their 65th Reunion in 1999. He likewise had been an active alumnus of the University of Scranton. Although he was not able to be present at Reunion 2019 this past June, it did signify his 80th college class reunion. A number of his classmates became his lifelong friends, including his brother-in-law, Anthony Musso; his faculty colleague, Dr. Martin Appleton; and his pals, Victor Bilotta and attorney Tony Lawrence. In 1989 he received the Alumni Society's "Frank J. O'Hara Award" in recognition of distinguished achievement in University of Scranton service. Between 1989 and 1992 he was a member of the Alumni Board of Governors.

From 1939 to 1942 Frank was a substitute teacher in the Scranton School District and was associated with his parents in the operation of their successful restaurant and bar in West Scranton. He would continue his affiliation with Cimini's Cafe until the business was sold in 1972, assisting his brother, Albert, in its management. His innovation was a charcoal grill in the front window. It was a popular venue for college parties and family receptions. It became a gathering place for supporters of Mayors Jim Walsh and Gene Hickey.

While waiting to be named to a permanent teaching position in the city schools, he was encouraged by Frank O'Hara to join instead the faculty at the University of Scranton. He was appointed on Feb. 1, 1942, during the tenure of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. He was there when the first Jesuits arrived on campus. Teaching Spanish grammar was his specialty. Frank eventually would chair the Department of Modern Languages, known now as the Department of World Languages and Cultures.

In 1953 he received a Master of Arts degree from Fordham University. He pursued post-graduate work at St. John's University and studied summers in Mexico. He traveled by train to Saltillo in 1958 and went to Mexico City in 1968, where he attended the Ibero-Americana University with his colleague and good friend, Dr. Juan Zela-Koort. In the summer of 1969 he researched language arts in Spain, staying in Madrid and Barcelona and making excursions to Avila, Granada, Segovia and Toledo. He used that travel opportunity to pay a short visit to Italy, stopping in Rome and Florence and returning to Spain via Milan and Monte Carlo.

Frank enjoyed working with his students, who referred to him as "Senor Cimini." He was moderator of the Spanish Club (the Loyolans) which was known for its annual Spanish Fiesta, held off campus at either the Hotel Casey or Hotel Jermyn. He brought his students to New York City and led a number of intersession trips to Mexico City and Acapulco. In 1971 he and his wife led a group to Portugal.

Frank was a recipient in 1962 of the "Pro Deo et Universitate" medal for 20 years of faculty service. At the time of his death he had been a member of Pro Deo for over 57 years. He was named "Educator of the Year" by the University of Scranton Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa in 1977. Upon his retirement from full-time teaching in 1985, he assumed Professor Emeritus status. Frank continued to teach Spanish and Italian on a part-time basis for another decade. In 1992 he was awarded the Ignatian Medal for being a distinguished colleague in Ignatian Education from 1942. Additional recognition came in 2001, when Father Joseph M. McShane, S.J., as president, and Mr. Louis DeNaples, as chair of the Board of Trustees, oversaw the University's conferral upon him of the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa.

Perhaps the greatest honor given Frank Cimini with regard to his academic career occurred in 1997, when his years of service to the University of Scranton were recognized by former Governor of Pennsylvania and United Nations Ambassador William W. Scranton and his wife, Mary, who as part of their One Million Dollar pledge to the University's "Campaign for Scranton" designated that $100,000 be for an endowment in Frank]s name supporting the foreign languages collection of the Weinberg Memorial Library This bequest became a reality in 2017 and their gift is the basis of the Frank A. Cimini World Languages Collection.

Upon hearing of his failing health, a recent faculty retiree was prompted to write that Frank Cimini represented so much of the best of the Scranton spirit and that he was an inspiration for living the good life of a devoted teacher and colleague. Indeed, Frank made close connections with those at The University and many, now deceased, remained his fast friends well into retirement, - Lou Aebischer, Pete Carlesimo, John McLean, Tim Scully, Joe Zandarski and, especially, Richard Bourcier, just to name a few.

From the time of his marriage in 1941, Frank Cimini was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church until its closing and later St. Paul of the Cross Parish in South Scranton.

Frank was a life member of the Victor Alfieri Society, with its club rooms just north of the site of his former family restaurant. He belonged to the Dante Club until the time of its dissolution, where he enjoyed his retirement Friday nights playing cards. He looked forward to his visits to Mount Airy Casino.

He was a New York Yankees baseball fan for 95 years, following the team's great players from Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig to Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge. He often recalled being 9 years old and listening to a baseball game on the crystal radio set built by his older brother, Chester.

Frank Cimini was president of the Scranton Prep Fathers Club in 1965-1966, enjoying the company of his friends who were fellow Prep dads like Bob Keating and Joe Rydzewski. Frank had been a longtime member of the Purple Club. He served as the organization's president in 1966-1967. Along with Jerry Gilroy he worked to bring in a record number of memberships. In 1992 he received the "Outstanding Service Award" for his support and dedication to the Purple Club. Frank also belonged to UNICO National and, in 1995, he was named "Man of the Year" by the Scranton Chapter. He subsequently became a charter member of the new Keystone Chapter and, on the occasion of his 100th birthday in 2014, it bestowed upon him an Extraordinary Member Recognition certificate.

In addition to his parents and wife, Frank was preceded in death by his sister, Josephine Evans (Herschel); and brothers, Chester (Letitia), Albert (Florence) and Raymond; his nephews, Chester Cimini Jr. and Anthony F. Musso Jr.; and his dear close friend of many years, Mrs. Gloria Sottile.

Surviving are his daughter, Mary Frances; and his son, Joseph F.; his sister-in-law, Irma Cimini; nieces, nephews and cousins; and his dear and close friend, Rosalind P. Joyce.

The family would like to thank his old friend and former University colleague, Dr. Harry Strickland, for his steadfast concern for Frank on a daily basis. Gratitude also is extended to Dr. Cynthia Oleski and to Dr. Giovanni Ramos for their excellent care through the years and, especially, during Frank's last days. The family thanks as well the many nurses and aides whose skill and compassion provided so much comfort to him. You know who you are and you were very much appreciated by Frank.

There will be no public viewing or calling hours. All of Frank Cimini's family and friends are invited and will be welcomed to participate in a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 16, at St. Paul of the Cross Parish, in Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, 1217 Prospect Ave., Scranton, Pa., celebrated by the Rev. Scott P. Sterowski. Interment will be in Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The University of Scranton, Scranton, PA 18510, designating the Frank A. Cimini World Languages Collection, or to the Purple Club, 1 Frank Way, Scranton, PA 18504, or to the donor's favorite charity.

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Doris M. Schroeter

September 6,2019

Doris M. Schroeter, 81, of Scranton, passed away Friday evening at Geisinger CMC surrounded by family. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Schroeter, in 1982. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Llewellyn and Helen Miller Waterman and was a graduate of Hillside High School in New Jersey. Before retiring, Doris had a long career at PNC Bank. While working, and raising her family she obtained an associate's degree in Business Banking from Lackawanna College. Doris loved her German heritage and was a proud member of the German-American Society. She traveled, solo, to Germany a few years ago and loved that experience. She was artistic and her days were spent doing needlework, painting, and crafts. She loved events with her large family including parties, attending school and sports activities, and many vacations to the Jersey shore, Las Vegas and Florida. Doris was an avid New York Yankees, Green Bay Packers and New York Giants fan. Surviving are her children; son, Kenneth Schroeter and wife Catherine, Lindenhurst, NY, daughters, Cynthia Stremski and husband Michael, Dunmore, Donna Dudley, Scranton, Debra Maconeghy and husband Kenneth, Madisonville, son, James Schroeter and wife Donna, Peckville, daughter, Peggy Malia and husband Josh, Mayfield, and daughter, Christine LaRusso and husband John, Scranton, 14 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; Suzanne Foley (Jessica), Kerry Klock(Jack), Kenneth Schroeter (Kenny and Kayla), Michele Getz and husband Robert (Tabitha), Frank Henry (Frankie), Dustin Schroeter(Gage), Cory Maconeghy (Kaylanah, Adalyn, and Toni Lynn), Brittany Luciano and husband John (Ava and Max), Devin Maconeghy (Devin Jr.), Michael Stremski, Patrick Manuel, John Schroeter, Luke Malia, and Leo LaRusso, several cousins including Donald Smith, Newton, NJ. Doris was also preceded in death by a daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and John Foley and a son-in-law, Russell Dudley, Jr. A Blessing Service will be conducted on Wednesday, September 11, at 11 AM 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 from 4 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

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Barbara McLaughlin

September 2, 1948 - September 2, 2019

Barbara McLaughlin, Moscow, died Monday evening, her 71st birthday, at Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore. Barbara's husband of forty-three years was Michael McLaughlin. The couple also worked for fifty years together at Topps, Scranton.

Born in Forest City, Barbara was raised by her mother the late Helen Marzec and step-father Frank Marzec. Her father was the late David Zedar. Her sister was the late Deborah Grabosky.

Barbara was a wonderful wife and mother along with being a woman of great faith. Her passion was caring for her family. Barbara enjoyed spending time with her husband Mike, son Jude, and daughter-in-law Jessie. In addition, she was a long-time member of St. Catherine's Church, Moscow, who was fond of socializing at church functions. Barbara also greatly enjoyed her retirement this past year.

Surviving are husband, Michael McLaughlin (Moscow, Pa.), son Jude McLaughlin and daughter-in-law Jessica McLaughlin (Roaring Brook Township, Pa.), sister Bernadette Wynn (Hanover, Pa.), and brother Francis Marzec (Lake Ariel, Pa.).

The family would like to thank the staff of Regional Hospital, especially their team of ICU nurses. They also extend thanks to the staff of Hospice of the Sacred Heart.

Friends may call Saturday, September 7th from 9 to 10 a.m. at St. Catherine's Church, 220 Church Street, Moscow, Pa, 18444. Funeral Mass will immediately follow the calling hour.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Barbara's name to St. Jude's Children's Hospital at www.stjude.org/.

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Margaret Mesh

August 29, 2019

Margaret Mesh, 93 of Scranton, formerly of Nanticoke passed away Thursday Morning at the Jewish Home of NEPA. Born in the Hanover Section of Nanticoke, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Laza) Sedlak. She retired from the I.L.G.W.U. in 1982 and enjoyed Polka Dances, Church Picnics, Bingo and spending Thursday afternoons at the Farmer's Market in Wilkes Barre. She was a member of St. George's Orthodox Church in Taylor, PA. Margaret is survived by her daughter Valerie Nidoh, and husband Nicholas, Scranton, grandchildren; Mistie Czahor Williams, and husband Austin, Joseph John Czahor III of Carthage, MO, Neil Semcheski of Columbia, SC. Great grandchildren; Ethan and Allie Williams, Joey and Oliver Czahor Carthage, MO. Step-grandchildren, Cory Nidoh Ridley Park, PA, Janel and Kendra Nidoh Scranton, PA. along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Casimer, daughter Candice Mesh, sisters Mary Senar, Helen Oleszczuk, Julia Sedlak and Anna Gaydosh. Brothers; Frank, Joseph, John and Michael Sedlak. The family would like to thank the Jewish Home of NEPA and Compassionate Care Hospice for their excellent care and support. Friends may call Sunday 4-7, Panikhida Services at 6pm by Father Mark Leasure August J. Haas Funeral Home Inc. 202 Pittston Avenue in Scranton, PA 18505 Internment at the convenience of the family.

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Janet T. Cabets

August 14, 2019

Janet T. Cabets, 84, a South Scranton resident, died Wednesday morning in Dunmore Health Care Center. Her husband of 64 years is John Cabets. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Jennie Layo Martin. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish and was a graduate of St. Mary Of The Assumption High School. Janet was dedicated to her family and enjoyed cooking for family and friends. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and sister who will be deeply missed. Also surviving are a daughter Susan Boyzm and husband David, Scranton, two sons; John Cabets and wife Ellen, Spring Brook Twp., and David Cabets and wife Bridget, Covington Twp., seven grandsons; Dr. David Bozym, Christopher Bozym and wife Becca, Matthew Bozym and wife Leah, John Paul Cabets, Michael, Nicholas and Nathaniel Cabets, a great grandson Brady Bozym, two sisters; Rose Marie Willer, Pen Yan, NY, and Joyce Rader and husband, Jack, Medford, NJ, and a brother Joseph Martin and wife Barbara, Bowie, MD., and 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. 18510, to be celebrated by Rev. Patrick McLaughlin, Pastor. Interment, Private. Friends may call Friday from 4 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Dr., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

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Ann "Nancy" Sellano

Ann "Nancy" Sellano, 89, a resident of Phoenixville, PA, died on July 20, 2019, her loving son holding her hand. She was the widow of Angelo Sellano who formerly of South Scranton, died 2014. The couple was married for 61 years. Nancy was born in West Scranton, the daughter of Alfred and Clorinda (Roletta) Fiorini and received a private Catholic school education. Angelo was the son of Dominic and Anna Cardoni Sellano and a graduate of the University of Scranton. Angelo was a surveyor and civil engineer with the PA Department of Transportation, and with Nancy moved to Clarks Summit after marrying. There they raised their only child, a son, Richard Sellano. While living in the Abingtons, Angelo and Nancy hosted many relatives, neighbors, and friends for pool parties, barbecues, and holiday events. Nancy loved to entertain and was also a dedicated gardener. They were devout members of St. Gregory's Church in Clarks Green. Shortly after Angelo's death, Nancy moved to the Philadelphia suburb of Phoenixville, PA to live with her son Richard and Mark Woelflin. Nancy appreciated the many attractions of Philadelphia's suburbs and enjoyed regular outings with Richard and Mark. Among her favorites were Longwood Gardens, Valley Forge Park, Chanticleer, The Mercer Museum, and Jenkins Arboretum. She is survived by her son Richard, Mark Woelflin, and several nieces and nephews. Per her request, funeral services were private and held at the convenience of the family. Donations may be made in Nancy's memory to St. Ann's Monastery and Shrine Basilica, 1233 St. Ann Street, Scranton, PA 18504.

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Michael J. McKeel

July 11, 2019

Michael J. McKeel, 74, a South Scranton resident, died Thursday in Mountain View Care Center. His wife of 54 years is the former Ann Marie Moyles. Born in Scranton, He was the son of the late Charles and Beatrice Lydon McKeel. He was a member of St. John Neumann Parish and was a graduate of South Catholic High School and Johnson School. He was employed locally and retired from Direnzo Carpet Warehouse. He coached St. Mary's Biddy Basketball and coached South Scranton Little League for over 40 years. He loved camping. He enjoyed all the activities of his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and his nieces and nephews. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, greatgrandfather and uncle who will be deeply missed. Also surviving are his children; Chuck McKeel and wife Cathy, Taylor, Michael McKeel and wife Maria, Scranton, and Marty McKeel and wife Natalie, Taylor, Grandchildren; Karla, Kyle, Erica, Frank, Robbie, Emily, and Michael Francis McKeel, great grandchildren; Madyson, Billie, Natalie, Carter, Hannah, Cooper, Donnie and Nathan McKeel. Also surviving are two sisters ; Mary Ellen Williams and husband David, Dunmore, and Theresa Granahan and husband Michael, Scranton, aunts, many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his daughter Melissa McKeel. 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. to be celebrated by Rev. Ryan Glenn. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 5 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Of The Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Dr., Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 18702, or to Mountain View Care Center Auxiliary, 2309 Stafford Ave., Scranton, 18505, or to St. John Neumann Parish Memorial Fund.

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John J. Barrett, Jr.

July 9, 2019

John J. Barrett, Jr., 70, a resident of Scranton, passed away Tuesday, July 9, at home. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late John Sr., and Dolores Fawcett Barrett. He was a graduate of St. Patrick's High School and The University Of Scranton. He was a member of St. Michael The Archangel RC Church, West Scranton. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by the Department Of Veteran's Affairs Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre. John was a devoted Catholic who attended daily Mass. He was a good friend to his family and neighbors and was always willing to lend a hand. Surviving are his siblings; Joseph Barrett and wife Theresa, Michael Barret and wife Lisa, Mary Kay Krupskas and husband John, Carol Ann Stezar and husband Thomas, and Sharon Barrett-Kirby, nieces, nephews and grand nieces and grand nephews. He was also preceded in death by his brother Kevin Barrett. A Requiem Mass will be celebrated Friday at 9:30 AM by Rev. Simon Harkins, Pastor, in St. Michael The Archangel RC Church, 1703 Jackson St. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. All are asked to go directly to the Church Friday morning. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Francis A. Valentino Ferraro

June 29, 2019

Francis A. Valentino Ferraro, 82, a Scranton resident, unexpectedly entered into the hands of the Lord Saturday, with his loving daughters by his side. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Fortunato and Rosetta Forsetti Ferraro. He was of the Catholic faith and attended Scranton Public Schools. Francis entered the US Marine Corps as a Corporal and advanced to Staff Sergeant. He took great pride in serving as an Honor Guard member, the Military Police, and being a sharpshooter. During his military career, he served on board the USS Monrovia in the Mediterranean Sea. He was a member of the NE Detachment Marine Corps League. He was employed as a Project Engineer by Mele Construction and retired from the former Pasonick Co., now North East Penn Construction. How do you put into words the life of a great man…The love and kindness of a father which is unmeasureable, The friend who wanted to give you joy by making you laugh or just being there to listen, the man who didn't have an unkind word about anyone because he tried to understand what most would discard, the man who would give you his last five dollars and look to find you five more, the Marine who knew what respect was and the value of the words Sir and Thank You! The man who had endless pride and strength from being a Marine- right up until his last days. SEMPER FI, Daddy, the man who knew the meaning of hard work and devotion for his family which was true throughout his life. The man whose kind heart extended out to the world of furry friends and furry grandchildren whom he loved deeply, especially his Zhu Zhu, and a special girl, a Chihuahua named Little Shirley, the man who would help and give comfort to animals even if it was just a gentle word or song as he cradled them to sleep giving them new things to dream about, the man who placed within this world the music of joy, love and laughter- filling and lifting the spirits of all who knew him. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Jewish Home Of Eastern Pa., and deep gratitude to Dr. Kenneth Sebastianelli for always treating our father with respect. Surviving are two daughters; Francine Ferraro, Moosic, and Rochelle Coxe and husband Charles, Scranton, his furry grandchildren, sisters; Mary, Rosemary and Angie, all of Scranton, nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his brothers; John, who died at 6 and 1/2 years, Frank, Joseph, Tony, and Russell Ferraro. A Blessing Service will be conducted by Rev. Patrick Albert on Friday evening at 7 PM in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. Interment private at the convenience of the family. Friends may call Friday from 4 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, in memory of our father, please honor him by supporting St. Cats and Dogs, 1900 east Gibson St., 18510, their need would mean the most to his legacy.

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Frank J. Blasi

June 12, 2019

Frank J. Blasi, 87, a resident of Peckville, died Wednesday evening in Moses Taylor Hospital. His wife is the former Rose M. Gatti. They were married for 61 years. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Frank P. and Antonette Salamida Blasi. He was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Peckville, and he was a graduate of West Scranton High School where he was vice president of his graduating class. He received his Associate Degree in Business from the Wharton School of Business. He was formerly employed as a controller for A&P, and then for many years he was the general manager of Tom Hesser Chevrolet and BMW. He was a member of UNICO Scranton Chapter and in 2014 he received the UNICO Presidential Award. He was also a member of the Victor Alfieri Club and he was a Korean War Army veteran. He was a longtime subscriber to Broadway Theatre League of NEPA and he was a 30 year season ticket holder for the Scranton Railriders and prior to his illness, he and his wife rarely missed a game. Frank was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, his grandson was the light of his life. Frank will be deeply missed. The family is grateful to his caregivers, especially Debbie and Bernice and the nurses on 2W of Moses Taylor Hospital. Also surviving are his daughter Annette Blasi-Strubeck, Dickson City, and his son Frank Blasi, Esq., Peckville, his grandson Alexander Strubeck, Dickson City, and nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his siblings; Ann Buckley, Victoria Blasi, Sally Buckley, Anthony Blasi, Rose Sillner, Caroline DeRiggi, and Dominick Blasi. The funeral will be Wednesday at 9:15 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass Of Christian Burial at 10 AM in Sacred Heart Of Jesus Church, Peckville, to be celebrated by Rev. Andrew Kurovsky, Pastor All are asked to go directly to the church Wednesday morning. Interment, private, at the convenience of the family, Italian-American Cemetery, Minooka Section. Friends may call Tuesday 4 to 8 PM, UNICO Memorial Service will take place at 7 PM. As Frank deeply felt that no one should go hungry, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Kitchen, 500 Penn Ave., 18503, or to the donor's favorite charity.

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Frank Victor Scopelliti

June 13, 2019

Frank Victor Scopelliti, 67, a resident of Scranton, died unexpectedly Thursday after being stricken ill at home. His wife of 42 years is the former Theresa D'Angelo. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Frank and Betty Lalus Scopelliti. He was a member of St. Paul's Church and was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, Class of 1970. During the Vietnam War, he proudly served in the Army in the military police. He was employed as a district lottery representative for the Commonwealth Of Pa. Frank was a standout athlete in high school in football and track and field. He gave of his time to coach young athletes. As a part of local sports history, Frank's submission was chosen as the name for the Red Baron's franchise. Frank loved his family, was kind and generous and possessed a great sense of humor. He looked forward every year to trips to Disney with his grandchildren. Also surviving are his daughter Dallas Shaw and husband Harold, Wilmington, De., and son Bryan Scopelliti and wife Emily, Media, two grandsons Jamison and Benjamin Scopelliti, two brothers; Robert Scopelliti and wife Lori, Scranton, and John Scopelliti, Tampa, FL., nieces and nephews. The funeral will be Monday from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM in St. Paul's Church, 1510 Penn Ave., to be celebrated by Msgr. Neil Van Loon, Pastor. Entombment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 4 PM. All are asked to go directly to church Monday morning.

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VIita C. Vanvestraut

June 5, 2019

Vita C. Vanvestraut, 92, a resident of Scranton, died Wednesday at the Jewish Home Of Eastern Pennsylvania. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Donato and Elizabeth Longo Vanvestraut. She attended Scranton Technical High School and she was a member of St. Francis Of Assisi Church and Its Altar and Rosary Society and choir until its closure. She was formerly employed by Manhattan Shirt, The Lamp Factory and The Pajama factory. She loved her family's Sunday dinners and babysitting for her great nieces and nephews. She was a devoted aunt who was always reliable for a ride anywhere. She truly enjoyed dancing weekly at the Dupont VFW. She was a loving sister, aunt and great aunt who will be deeply missed. The family wishes to thank the Jewish Home for all the care given to Vita. Surviving are a sister Lucille (Dolly) Krzywicki, Swoyersville, and nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. She was also preceded in death by her brother Horace Vanvestraut. The Funeral will be Saturday with Mass Of Christian Burial at 10 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. Friends may call at the church Saturday morning from 9 to 10 AM. Interment Italian-American Cemetery, Moosic Section. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jewish Home Of Eastern Pa., 1101 Vine St., 18510 or to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wikes-Barre, Pa. 18702.

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Toni Marie Minicozzi

May 27, 2019

Toni Marie Minicozzi, 34, a resident of Scranton, died unexpectedly Monday morning. Born in Carbondale, she was the daughter of Nancy Monopoli Minicozzi, Scranton, and the late Rocco Minicozzi. She was a graduate of Bishop Hannon High School and she attended Penn State University. She was employed locally until her disability. Toni enjoyed music, cooking and decorating. She enjoyed spending time with both her son, the light of her life, and her late grandfather, Tony Monopoli. Also surviving are her son Evan Thomas Minicozzi, Scranton, and her brother Cody Minicozzi, Dalton, and aunts uncles and cousins. She was also preceded in death by her maternal grandparents Anthony and Patricia Monopoli, and her paternal grandparents Rocco and Geraldine Minicozzi. A Blessing Service will be conducted by Rev. Scott Sterowski on Monday, June 3, at 6 PM in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. Friends may call Monday from 4 to 6 PM.

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Claire M. Tonkin

May 26, 2019

Claire M. Tonkin, 82, a South Scranton resident, died Sunday in PAM Specialty Hospital Of Wilkes-Barre. Her husband of 54 years is Kenneth Tonkin. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late James and Helen Gibbons Merrick. She was a member of Nativity Of Our Lord Church and she was employed as the church secretary there for many years. She was a graduate of South Catholic High School and she was formerly employed by Pennsylvania Gas Co., Monroe. Claire was a very active woman who enjoyed shopping, the casinos, and dining out. She loved her family, especially her grandson. Also surviving are two sons; David Tonkin and spouse Nuno Almeida, Cliffside Park, NJ., and Robert Tonkin and companion Josephine Leo, Scranton, her grandson Nicholas Tonkin, Scranton, three sisters; Helen Gilgallon and Marilyn Knight and husband Tony, all of Scranton, and Joan Lavelle, Columbus, Ohio, nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her sister Carol Weiss and her brother-in-law Thomas Gilgallon. The funeral will be Friday 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., to be celebrated by Rev. Michael Bryant, Pastor and concelebrated by Rev. Robert Simon. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 7 PM.

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Joseph W. Violini

May 24, 2019

Joseph William Violini, 92, of Scranton, PA, died on Friday, May 24, at the Gino Merli Veterans Center where he had been a resident for nearly 3 years. His wife of over 67 years is the former Marie Barbini. Born in Gubbio, Italy on July 4th 1926, he came to the United States with his family when he was 4 years old, the son of the late Francesco and Esterina Cardoni Violini.

A lifelong resident of Scranton, Joseph graduated from Technical High School in 1944 before joining the U.S. Army, during World War II. He was honorably discharged after the war with the rank of Staff Sergeant. He went onto graduate with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1950 from Pennsylvania State University. He was Executive Vice President with SG Mastriani Construction in Dunmore, PA, and was also employed by GSGS&B in Clarks Summit, PA. During his lifetime he enjoyed traveling the world with his beloved wife. Joseph was a golfing member of the Elmhurst Country Club and part of the Dante Bowling League, and enjoyed both activities into his eighties.

Also surviving are three children; Linda Shafer and husband William, Laflin, PA, Lisa Brojack and husband Paul, Lawton, PA, Frank Violini and wife Eileen, Downingtown, PA. He was the loving grandfather of six grandchildren; Joseph Shafer and Jared Shafer and wife Hope, Paul and Sarah Brojack, John and Gia Violini and a great grandchild, Dillan Shafer. He is also survived by his brother in law, John Barbini and several nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Aldina Bartoli, and his brother Oliver Violini.

The family would like to thank the dedicated staff of Clarks Summit Senior Living, Gino Merli Veterans Center and Asera Care Hospice for Joseph's care. The funeral will be Wednesday with a Mass Of Christian Burial at 10 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. Entombment, private, in Italian-American Cemetery Mausoleum. Friends may call at the church Wednesday morning from 9 to 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gino Merli Veterns Center, 401 Penn Ave., 18503.

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June A. Regni

April 29, 2019

June A. Regni, 84, a resident of Clarks Green, formerly of South Scranton, died April 29, 2019 in Vitas Hospice, Philadelphia. She was the widow of Jerry Regni, Sr., who died in 2009. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine Curcio Benci. She was a member of The Church of St. Gregory and she was a graduate of Marywood Seminary and received her Masters of Education from Marywood College. She was a retired employee of the Scranton School District. June had a wonderful childhood and travelled with her parents. She was a dynamic woman who enjoyed life, loved fashion and gardening. She had a tremendous work ethic. June was a great wife and mom and cared deeply for her grandchildren. Surviving are her son, Dr. Gerald Regni, Jr., and his wife Nancy, Philadelphia, grandchildren; Gabriella, Giancarlo and Maximillian, a sister Janice Cooney and husband, Dennis, Fl., nieces Jessica and Tracy Cooney and Eileen and Renee D'Angelo. She was also preceded in death by her daughter Denise Regni. Family and friends are invited to a celebration of June's life on Sunday, May 19, 2019, with a brunch at the Radisson At Lackawanna Station Hotel from 12 to 2 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to Church Of St. Gregory, 330 N. Abington Rd., Clarks Summit, Pa., 18411.

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George E. Wagner

April 20, 2019

George E. Wagner, 88, a resident of South Scranton, died Saturday evening in Mountain View Care Center. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Marie Dombroski in 1987. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Joseph and Frances Radziewski Wagner. He was a member of Saint Paul Of The Cross Parish and was a graduate of St. Mary's High School. He was a retired mail carrier and he was a member of the National Association Of Letter Carriers. He was also a member of the 20th Ward Social And Athletic Club. He enjoyed golfing, the family yearly trip to Wildwood, NJ, and trips to the casino with his brothers. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother who will be deeply missed. The family wishes to thank the staff of Mountain View Care Center for all the care and compassion given to George. Surviving is a son Ron Wagner and companion Luanne Brundage, East Stroudsburg; two daughters; Cindy Murphy and husband James; Wendy Carlin and husband Edward, all of Scranton; grandchildren; James Anthony Murphy, Jr., Casey Marie Carlin and Erin Carlin, two sisters; Bettylou Saville and husband John, Scranton, Carol Rothenburger and husband Robert, Delaware, two brothers; Joseph Wagner, Dunmore and Paul Wagner and wife Vicky, Wharton, NJ, and nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a sister Rosemary Wagner. The funeral will be Thursday at 9:30 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass Of Christian Burial at 10 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. Friends may call Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM. Interment private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 712 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor, Pa. 18517.

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Joan M. Reif

April 3, 2019

Joan M. Reif, 88, died Wednesday morning in Holy Family Residence where she resided. She was the widow of Edmund Reif and the couple were married for over 49 years. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Robert W. Sr., and Loretta Lonsdorf Geiger. She was a member of St. Mary Of The Assumption Parish until its closure and was a graduate of St. Mary's High School. She was employed as a data processer at Acme Fast Freight and retired from Moses Taylor Hospital. She enjoyed listening to music with her husband and she appreciated her friends and caregivers at Holy Family Residence. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother who adored her grandchildren. Surviving are two daughters; Mary Lynn Lucas and husband Robert and Paulanne Kraus and husband Charles, all of Scranton, three grandchildren: Maegen Taylor, Mackenzie Lucas, and Robert J. Lucas, USAF., two great grandsons Evan Brink and Robert James Lucas, and a

great granddaughter Lennox Rose Lucas, a sister Mary Grace Carpenter, CA., and nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by two brothers; Robert W. Geiger, Jr., and Jack Geiger. A Blessing Service will be conducted Friday at 12:30 PM by Rev. E. Francis Kelly in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. Interment private in St. Mary Of The Assumption Cemetery. Friends may call at the Funeral Home Friday from 11 AM to 12:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Little Sisters Of The Poor, 2500 Adams Ave., 18509.

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Robert L. Schrank

March 22, 2019

Robert L. Schrank, 82, a resident of Moosic, died Friday evening in Abington Manor. His wife of 54 years is the former Barbara Edmunds. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Wallace and Mabel Smallridge Schrank. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Wilkes-Barre, and he was a graduate of West Scranton High School, class of 1954. He was a retired employee of Gerber Technology and he was a US Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Greenwood Hose Company #1, where he was a past president and former Fireman Of The Year. He was formerly a part time Moosic policeman. He was a member of the American Legion Moosic Post #0604. Bob was a pilot and enjoyed flying Cessna planes, he was a lifetime member of the NRA and he enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, and in his younger years he played softball in the Sloan League. Bob loved Christmas, decorating the house and setting up his trains. He and his wife enjoyed spending their winters in Florida. Bob was a loving husband and was the love of Barbara's life, he will be deeply missed. The family wishes to thank Dr. Michael Kondash and Abington Manor staff for all the compassion and care given to Bob, and thank Traditional Home health and Hospice for comforting Bob in his last hours. Also surviving are a brother-in-law Carl Helcoski, Scranton, a sister-in-law Beverly Kuprionas and two nephews; Michael Stavish and wife Victoria, and Mark Stavish and wife Andrea, grand nephews and great grand nephews. He was also preceded in death by his sister Nancy Helcoski. A Blessing Service will be conducted Thursday evening at 6 PM in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave, Scranton, with Martin Everhart, officiating. Friends may call Thursday from 3 to 6 PM at the funeral home. Interment private in Forest Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Greenwood Hose Company #1, 3727-41 Birney Ave., Moosic, Pa. 18507.

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John W. Wilson lll

March 17, 2019

John W. Wilson lll, 74, a South Scranton resident died Sunday evening at home after being stricken ill. His wife of 50 years is the former Carol Geiger. Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late John W., Jr., and Mary Lennox Wilson. He was a member of St. Peter's Cathedral and was a graduate of Power Memorial Academy, NYC, and attended Bronx Community College. He was employed locally for 30 years as a car salesman, retiring from Kelly Masda. He was a Vietnam Veteran of the US Airforce. John was a loving husband, father and grandfather. His grandchildren were his life, every Friday was "Grampa’s Day". Also surviving are his son, John R. Wilson, Sr. and wife Jennifer, Olyphant, his grandchildren; Katey, John, Jr., and Kelly Wilson, his sisters-in-law; Barbara Clewell and husband Tom, and Mari Garvey and husband Michael, nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews, and close cousins. A Mass Of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 9:30 AM in St. Peter's Cathedral by Msgr. Dale Rupert, Pastor. Interment, private at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours.

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William (Bill) Joseph Gilday

March 12, 2019

William (Bill) Joseph Gilday, 51, of Buckeye, AZ, died after a sudden illness on March 12, 2019. Born in Scranton, Bill was the son of William F. and Susan Buzzinsky Gilday. He was a devoted husband to the love of his life, Teri (Novobilski) for 15 years, and was a proud father and grandfather. Bill was a 1985 graduate of Bishop Hannan High School and attended Penn State University. He was a member of Nativity Church in Scranton, prior to moving to Arizona. Bill was a former Eagle Scout with Hickory Street Troop 16. He worked for Progressive Insurance Company and more recently USAA, as an insurance claims adjuster. Bill was famous for his sharp wit and sense of humor - always the funniest guy in the room. He was an avid sports fan and loved rooting for Penn State and the New York Giants. He was also an accomplished coach who received many accolades, including induction into the Minor League Football Hall of Fame in 2014. Bill was an unparalleled master in the kitchen and at the grill. Anyone who has ever been to Teri and Bill's home left well-fed and laughing. He is survived by his wife Teri, daughter Kelli and son Liam, stepdaughters Amanda and Emily, three step grandchildren, Jeremiah, Amiyah Jae, and Bryson, all of Buckeye, AZ, his parents, Susan and William Gilday, sister and brother-law Jill and Michael Schulte, all of Scranton, mother and father-in-law Joseph and Joan Novobilski of Simpson, several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, sisters and brothers-in-law, and a multitude of friends, including his 'brother from another mother', Michael Speranzo. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Joseph and Susan Buzzinsky, Helen and Howard Gilday, and his godmother Barbara Getts. Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, March 20th, at the August J. Haas Funeral Home (202-204 Pittston Avenue, Scranton) from 4:00-7:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial, offered by Rev. Michael Bryant, will be held on Thursday, March 21st at the St. John Newman Parish, at Nativity of Our Lord Church, beginning at 10:00 am, to be celebrated by Rev. Michael Bryant, Pastor. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John Neumann Parish, 633 Orchard St., Scranton, 18505.

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Timothy J. Burke, Sr.

February 17, 2019.

Timothy J. Burke, Sr., 57, a resident of Wilkes-Barre, died unexpectedly Sunday. He was preceded in death by his wife Jaye Burke. Born in Scranton, he was the son of Jerry and JaneAnn Philips Burke, Scranton. He was a graduate of Bishop Klonowski High School where he was an All Scholastic Baseball player. He was a retired employee of the US Post Office, working as a mail carrier in the Bethlehem office. He was an avid dart player. Tim was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather and brother who will be deeply missed. Also surviving are a daughter Caila Landis and husband Adam, Catasauqua, a son Timothy J. Burke, Jr., Bethlehem, a stepdaughter Sigourney Schappell and fiancee David Gerardi, Exeter, four grandchildren; Payton and Reagan Landis and Macie and Audryna Gerardi, his brother Jerry Burke and wife Sue, Clarks Summit, and his sister Eileen Notariani and husband Jim, Scranton, and nieces and nephews. The funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John Neumann Parish, Nativity Of Our Lord Church, 633 Orchard St., Scranton, 18505.

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Arthur P. Zeszotarski

February 17, 2019

Arthur P. Zeszotarski, 84, a resident of Scranton, died Sunday in the Washington DC VA Medical Center after a brief illness. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Theodore and Celia Filkowski Zeszotarski. He was formerly a resident of Holy Family Apartments, Scranton, and presently resided in Little Sisters Of The Poor Retirement Jeanne Jugan Residence, Washington DC. He was a graduate of St. Bonaventure High School, Sturtevant, WI., and the University of Wisconsin, LaCross. WI. He was a Veteran of the US Army and then he enlisted in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. He was formerly employed as an Elementary School teacher. Art enjoyed being a free spirit and traveling the country. Surviving is a sister Joan McGuigan and husband Joseph, Homosassa, FL. and nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by three brothers; Edmund, Robert and Joseph, and two sisters; Rita Laska and Dorothy Carroll. The funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Little Sister Of The Poor, 4200 Harewood Rd. NE, Washington, DC 20017.

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Ronald W. Graff

February 17, 2019

Ronald W. Graff, 80, a resident of South Abington Twp., died Sunday evening at home after being stricken ill. His wife of 56 years is the former Bernice Kostzeski. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Peter and Jeanette Brazill Graff. He was a member of the Church Of St. Gregory. He was a graduate of St. Mary Of The Assumption High School and he attended Lackawanna College, The University Of Richmond, and graduated from Bethel College with a BS in Business Administration and Marketing. He was the owner and operator of Ron Graff Appraisal Service. Ron was a Marine Corps Veteran, was a member of the American Legion and the NRA and he was a regular donor to the Special Olympics. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who will be deeply missed. Also surviving is a daughter Aleta Habeeb and husband Chris, Youngsville, NC., his daughter-in-law Colleen Graff and husband Rob Webb, S. Abington Twp., granddaughter Mary Graff and grandson Ronald Graff, a sister Mary Lou Sweeney, Scranton and nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his son Peter C. Graff ll, and a brother William Graff and his sister Marjorie Geiger. The funeral will be Saturday at 9:15 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass Of Christian Burial at 10 AM in the Church Of St. Gregory, to be celebrated by Rev. John Lapera, Pastor. Entombment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 4 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Arc of NEPA, 115 Meadow Ave., Scranton, 18505, or to the Special Olympics at give.specialolympics.org/Pennsylvania.

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Robert F. Slangan

February 2, 2019

Robert F. (Bob) Slangan, a lifelong resident of South Scranton, passed away peacefully and surrounded by his family on Saturday evening at Moses Taylor Hospital after a brief but hard-fought battle with leukemia. He is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart, Catherine Aten Slangan. The couple would have celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on April 18th.

Born on July 24, 1939, Robert is the son of the late Frank and Margaret Kellerman Slangan. He was educated in Scranton schools and graduated in 1957 from Scranton Technical High School where he earned boys' practical arts course honors. Prior to retirement he was employed for 37 years as an ironworker with McGregor Industries, Inc. (McGregor Architectural Iron). He was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Eagles. A consummate handyman with a pristine workshop, he liked to "tinker" and "rig" things, had a fondness for lattice, and was a perfectionist. He was a homebody and always took much pride in the care and maintenance of his home.

He is also survived by two daughters, Michelle Slangan Burge, wife of Glenn Allan, Taylor, and Rebecca Slangan and boyfriend, Edward Lahart, both of Exeter; a grandson, Glenn Robert and girlfriend, Brittany Horvath, both of Taylor; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Aten Partyka; a nephew, Jack Partyka, and a niece, Debra Partyka Metzgar, and their families; and several cousins, including Walter "Babe" Gantz and the late Francis "Coogie" Gantz, both of whom he thought the world. He was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley, in 2017.

The family would like to extend its gratitude to Dr. Jeffrey Gryn, Dr. Stephen Opsasnick, Dr. Dominic Ruggiero and the nurses of 4 West at Moses Taylor Hospital, especially Barb, for the wonderful care and concern extended to Robert during his illness.

According to Robert's wishes, cremation took place. A Blessing Service will be conducted by Rev. Michael Bryant, Pastor, St. John Neumann Parish, at 12 PM, Saturday , February 9, at the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. Friends may call on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Robert's name to the donor's favorite charity.

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Mary Sacco

January 28, 2019

Mary Sacco, 88, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 28, in Sturgil Hill Hospice, Spring Hill FL. She was the widow of Nicholas T. Sacco who died in 2001. Born in Old Forge, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Lena Fundianuzi Colianni. After her marriage to Nicholas in 1946, in Scranton, the couple moved to New Jersey for over 30 years. Mary worked at St. Vincent De Paul Society of St. Francis Cabrini Parish for 18 years. Her nickname was "Miss Mary." Mary lived life through simple pleasures such as knitting, collecting angels, baking, playing Bingo and going to the casinos. She also loved shopping and meeting new people, along with spending time with her family. Surviving are two sons; Nicholas T. Sacco, Waymouth, MA., Jeffery Sacco, Vineland, NJ., two daughters; Yvonne Coronna and husband Dennis, Butler, NJ, and Mary Reilly and husband Steve, West New York, NJ., Seven grandchildren; Dawn Kimbal and husband Paul, Cheryl Palko, Steven Reilly, Jr. and wife Heidi, Christopher Reilly, Dianna Reilly, Christina Sacco and Anthony Sacco, a sister Carmella Schwaner, Garfield, NJ., and nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by two sisters; Josephine Labelli and Angeline Pomar, and four brothers; John, Paul, Joseph and Vincent Colianni. The funeral will be Monday 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., to be celebrated by Rev. Michael Bryant, Pastor. Interment Italian-American Cemetery, Minooka Section. Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 5 PM.

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Ernest F. Refice

January 30, 2019

Ernest Frank Refice died on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at the age of 96 at Allied Services Skilled Nursing Center. Ernie, as everyone called him, was a lonely man. His beloved wife, Yolanda Morreale, passed away four years ago and left a void in his heart that grew bigger with each passing day. He earnestly and impatiently waited until they could be reunited once again.

Ernie was born in Scranton on April 8, 1922, son of the late Joseph and Linda Bufalini Refice. He grew up in a loving, hardworking family, one of 8 children. His father was an atheist but his mother insisted he go to church every Sunday. He was a dependable, hardworking child and at age 12 began working as a sacristan at St. Francis Of Assisi Church and was put in charge of ringing the church bell every morning before school. This was his first paying job. He attended Garfield Grade School and graduated from Scranton Technical High School in 1940. Jobs were hard to find then so when he was offered a job in May at Haddon Craftsman while he was still a senior, he accepted. He took a day off from school to take his final exams so he could graduate with his class. He held this job, interrupted only by military service, until he retired in 1984.

He joined the army in 1942, and served in three branches, Air Force, Infantry and Engineering. Because of poor vision, he saw no combat but was a good cook and was made the head cook of KP. He cooked until very late in his life. He was re-known for baking homemade breads.

He was the longest living and oldest member of Elm Park United Methodist Church and was past president of the Junior and Senior Holy Name Society and was also a past member of its Finance Committee. He volunteered at the Lackawanna County bread Basket for 25 years. He was a handyman who loved to tinker and fix things, play cards, especially poker with his friends at Geneva House, cook, bake breads and make pizza. He was a pleasant, non-confrontational man and was unable to say no. His family was his life. His most enjoyable moments were spent with them.

He is survived by his son, Marc, Scranton, grandchildren, Devin, Doylestown, Megan, Chase, Maggie and Sarah Refice, and Emily Okon, all of Scranton, five great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. He was preceded in death by his wife Yolanda, daughter Marissa Okon, great granddaughter Charity Refice, brothers Edward, Louis, Robert and Aldo Refice, and sisters; Jessie Costanzi, Mildred Oliver and Helen Prejean, and sisters-in-law Iris Refice, Dorothy Refice and Mary Refice.

The funeral will be Saturday, February 2, with a Service Of Death and Resurrection at 2:30 PM in Elm Park United Methodist Church, 712 Linden St., with Pastor Michael A. Bealla officiating, assisted by Rev. Eric Luczak. Interment private at the convenience of the family in Italian-American Cemetery, Minooka Section. Friends may call at the church Saturday from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Elm Park United Methodist Church at the above address.

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William Murray Donovan lll

January 16, 2019

William Murray Donovan lll, 64, passed away on January 16, 2019, in Geisinger CMC. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late William M. Jr. and Miriam McCarthy Donovan. Bill graduated from Scranton Preparatory School in 1973 and earned a Bachelor Of Science degree in Forensic Science at the University Of Mississippi. He soon relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana, pursuing his passion of being a death scene investigator as well as becoming married and having two children. During his time in the field, he spoke on forensics as a guest speaker throughout many universities in the Southeastern United States and helped to set up a Forensic Seminar At Sea with prominent guest speakers in the field such as Henry Lee and Mike Boden. He was later promoted to deputy coroner of Jefferson Parish and had a very accomplished career performing several thousand autopsies to determine causes of death. Bill moved back to Scranton for the last ten years of his life where he would work at MFT Biologics as a circulator. He also raised his two sons; Sean and Neil, during this time. Bill was a devout advocate and contributor to both his fraternity DKE and his alma matter Scranton Prep. He was a very intelligent and independent man who was greatly appreciated by all friends and family throughout his life. Bill's ultimate cause of death could not be determined. Bill is survived by his son Sean Donovan, Philadelphia, his cousin Neil Donovan and wife Dawn, Devon, his sister-in-law, Nancy Donovan, Clarks Summit, and his former wife, Suzie Donovan. He was also preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by his son Neil Donovan, his sister Patricia Fox, his brother Robert Donovan, and his niece Wemberly Fox. Mass Of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, at 9:30 AM in Nativity Of Our Lord Church, St. John Neumann Parish, 633 Orchard St. with Rev. Michael Bryant, Pastor, Celebrant. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, 18509.

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Paul L. Caviston

December 31, 2018

Paul L. Caviston, a South Scranton resident, died Monday, after a brief illness, at Mountain View Care Center, surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Edith Hinkle in 2007. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Maurice and Beatrice Sheridan Caviston. He was a member of St. John Neumann Parish and was a graduate of South Scranton Catholic High School and he attended The University Of Scranton. He was employed as a Lackawanna County Tax Asseser and for over 50 years he was a Pennsylvania State Constable. He was a former president of Lackawanna County Constable's Association and he was a board member of the Pa. State Constable's Assn. He was a member of the Dutch Hollow Neighborhood Assn., the German American Society, and he was very active in the Democratic Party. Paul was a very social man who truly enjoyed being with and helping people. He was the official Mayor Of Mountain View Care Center. Paul was a great dad, loving husband, father and grandfather who will be deeply missed. Surviving are a daughter Mary Ellen Walsh and husband Myles, and a son Paul M. Caviston and wife Carol, all of Scranton, two grandchildren; Ryan Caviston and wife Morgan, and Alexis Caviston and boyfriend Josh Ashmar, all of Scranton, a sister Marilyn Nooney, Scranton, Nieces Cheryl Mehringer, Bowie, MD., Mary Beth Lennox, Olyphant, nephew Brian J. Nooney, and companion Renee Martin, Harrisburg, great nieces Meghan Gagorik and husband Greg, and their children, Clarks Summit, Melissa Lennox, Olyphant, great nephews John Lennox, Bowie, MD. and Collin Nooney, VA. He was also preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law Rose and Louis Lanzo, a brother-in-law, Francis K. Nooney , a nephew Francis J. Nooney and a nephew-in-law, Clete Mehringer. The funeral will be Friday at 10:30 AM from the August J. Has Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass Of Christian Burial at 11 AM in St. John Neumann Parish, Nativity Of Our Lord Church, 633 Orchard St., to be celebrated by Rev. Michael Bryant, Pastor. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mountain View Auxiliary, 2309 Stafford Ave. 18505.

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Anne B. Logan

December 31, 2018

Anne B. (Blackledge) Logan, 85 of Westerly. RI, formerly of Scranton, passed away December 31, surrounded by her loving family at the Apple Rehab Watch Hill, Westerly, RI. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph P. Logan. Born in Carbondale and raised in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late George and Bertha Flannery Blackledge. She was a graduate from Holy Rosary High School and was a telephone operator for Bell Telephone retiring after 41 years of service. She was proud of her Irish Heritage and always had an Irish sparkle in her blue eyes. She was a member of Bell Telephone Pioneers, Ladies Ancient Order Of Hibernians, and an active member of Fr. Sica's 800 Book Club. She is survived by her daughter Theresa Anne Breslin and husband Michael of Westerly, RI, with whom she resided. She was the loving grandmother of Ryan and Erin Breslin. She is also survived by her cousin Mary Clare Burnett of Carbondale, who was like a sister to her. Also surviving are many cousins and her many good friends. The family would like to thank the entire staff at Apple Rehab Watch Hill and Beacon Hospice for their loving care of Anne. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10 AM in Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave., by Rev. Joseph Sica. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call at the church Thursday morning from 9 to 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave. Scranton, 18509.

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Elizabeth Hayes

November 28, 2018

Elizabeth Hayes, 94, a South Scranton resident, died Wednesday evening in Scranton Health Care Center. She was the widow of Raymond Hayes, Sr. who died in 1983. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Theresa Zbor Willy. She was a member of St. Mary Of The Assumption Church until its closure. She was a graduate of Marywood Seminary and Mercy Hospital School Of Nursing. She was formerly employed as a Registered Nurse. Betty was a loving wife, and devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother who will be deeply missed. The family would like to thank the wonderful and loving staff of Scranton Health Care Center for 11 years of care. Surviving are four children; Raymond Hayes, Jr. and wife Jamie, Mariagnes Ritterbeck and husband Gerard, Marty Hayes and wife Eileen, all of Scranton, and Elaine Bussoletti and husband Albert, Harrisburg, eight grandchildren; Eileen Hayes, Kevin Hayes, Sr. and wife Mariclare, Brett Ritterbeck and wife Allison, Stephen Hayes, Shawn Hayes and wife Lindsay, Sara, Matthew and Molly Hayes, five great grandchildren; Kevin Hayes, Jr., Nora, Jack, Julia, and Harrison Hayes, and many nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a son Thomas Hayes and two sisters; Rose Gould and Frances Dranchak. A Mass Of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 AM in Divine Mercy Parish, St. Joseph's Church, 312 Davis St., by Rev. Francis Pauselli, Pastor. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call 8:30 AM to 10 AM at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Scranton Health Care Center Activities Fund, 2933 McCarthy St., Scranton, 18505.

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Lindsey Smurl

November 26, 2018

Lindsey Smurl, 31, a resident of South Scranton, died unexpectedly Monday morning at home. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of Gerald and Carol Jimcosky Smurl, Scranton. She was a member of St. John Neumann Parish and was a graduate of Bishop Hannon High School and attended Marywood University. Also surviving are her brother Matthew Smurl, Scranton, maternal grandmother Fumi M. Jimcosky, Scranton, her companion John Ryan Moskwa, with whom she resided, aunts, uncles and cousins. She was also preceded in death by her maternal grandfather Stanley Jimcosky, and her paternal grandparents James and Helen Jones Smurl. A Mass Of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 11 AM in Nativity Of Our Lord Church, St. John Neumann Parish, 633 Orchard St. by the Rev. Michael Bryant, Pastor. Friends may call at the church Friday from 9 to 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John Neumann Parish.

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John S. Biagioli

November 15, 2018

John S. Biagioli, 69, a resident of South Scranton, died Thursday at home after an illness. His wife of 45 years is Janice Kolata Biagioli. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late John and Frances Berry Biagioli. He was a member of St. Mary Of The Assumption Church until its closure. He was educated in Scranton public schools and he was employed by RCA and retired from Lazy Boy. John was a Vietnam Army veteran. John was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who will be deeply missed. Also surviving are a son Nick Biagioli and wife Maggie, Las Vegas, three grandchildren; Shauna White, Craig Gill, and Geno Biagioli, and two great grandchildren, the pride of his life, Damion and Devon, two sisters; Helen Rodney, Scranton, and Ann Marie Schwenk and husband Paul, Daleville, and nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews. He was also preceded in death by a daughter Dawn Miller. A Blessing Service will be held Monday at 7 PM, by Rev. Michael Bryant, in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. Friends may call Monday from 4 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL. 32256.

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Debbie Connors Klens

November 10, 2018

Debbie Connors Klens, 65, a resident of Scranton, died Saturday morning in Allied Skilled Nursing Center after an illness. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Edward J. and Mary T. Reimer Connors. She was a member of St. John Neumann Parish and she was a graduate of South Catholic High School and Empire Beauty School. She was self employed in the Beauty Industry. Debbie had a love of life, loved her family and she had a heart of gold. Surviving are two brothers; Edward Connors and wife Nancy, S. Abington Twp., and Robert Connors and wife Linda, Scranton, and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, and her former husband Rick Klens, Scranton. She was also preceded in death by a brother Patrick Connors and a niece Michelle Connors. A Mass Of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10:30 AM in Nativity Of Our Lord Church, St. John Neumann Parish, 633 Orchard St. Interment private at the convenience of the family. Friends may call Wednesday morning at the church from 9 to 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, 18509.

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Ann M. Strasburger

October 30, 2018

Ann M. Strasburger, 96, a South Scranton resident, died Tuesday afternoon in Mountain View Care Center. Her husband of 57 years, George Strasburger, died in 1998. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late John and Rose Cardone Falciglia. 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. She was also a member of the After 50 Club. While raising six children, Ann was a bookkeeper and payroll clerk for her husband's contracting business and she helped him in volunteering for Meals On Wheels for 20 years. Ann was noted to be a wonderful cook and baker and an excellent seamstress making draperies and outfits for her daughter and mother. Ann had many friends and family members who visited her often, especially her Philadelphia friend of 30 years, Judy. She and her husband, George, had many parties at home and at the lake every summer for family and friends. Ann was a very mild woman treating everyone with respect and she will be missed by all who loved her. Special thanks to Dr. Turock for all his kindness and attention to Ann over the years. Ann is survived by one daughter, Fran Ross and husband Patrick, Scranton, sons; John Strasburger and wife Elizabeth, Roaring Brook Twp., George Strasburger and husband Wayne, Tucson, AZ., and Michael Strasburger and wife Naomi, Scranton, four grandchildren; Sierra, Stephani, John and Michaela, three great grandchildren; Samara Lynn, Daniel and Ezra, and nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a son James, an infant daughter Marie, and three brothers; Frank, Joseph and Anthony Falciglia. 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 Nativity Of Our Lord Church, St. John Neumann Parish, 633 Orchard St., to be celebrated by Rev. Ryan Glenn. Interment St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call Friday from 4 to 7 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Kitchen, 500 Penn Ave., Scranton, 18503.

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Anna M. Barbini

October 26, 2018

Anna M. Barbini, 86, a South Scranton resident, died Friday at the Jewish Home Of Eastern Pennsylvania. She was the widow of Henry J. Barbini who died in 2004 and the couple were married for 53 years. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Sara Cane Kane. She was a member of St. John Neumann Parish, was educated in Scranton public schools and she was a licensed LPN. Anna was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be deeply missed. Surviving is her devoted son Robert Barbini, with whom she resided, two granddaughters; Danielle Gowarty and fiancee Mark Brennan, Mayfield, and Angela Barbini, Scranton, five great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her son James Barbini and granddaughter Ashley Barbini and several brothers and sisters.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 9:30 AM in St. John Neumann Parish, Nativity Of Our Lord Church, 633 Orchard St., with Rev. Michael Bryant, Pastor, officiating. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. Everyone is asked to go directly to church Friday morning.

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Eleanor 'Ellen' Langan

October 26, 2018

Eleanor "Ellen" Langan, a longtime resident of the Hill Section, passed away peacefully after a brief illness, on Friday morning, hours after her 92nd birthday, at The Hospice Of The Sacred Heart, Dunmore. She was the widow of James M. Langan, Sr, who passed in 1994. The couple were married for 42 years.

Born in Tulsa, OK., she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Read Jordan. Raised in Carthage, Tn., she graduated from the former Nazareth College, Kentucky, with graduate studies at Catholic University and Northwestern University. She met her husband, Jim, at Catholic University in Washington, DC. They were married in 1952, and raised their three children in Scranton, Pa. Ellen taught English and Speech at Central High School, Scranton, for 30 years and coached award-winning Speech and Debate teams for 50 years. She mentored countless students who have gone onto success in various fields, and refer to "Mrs. L" as one of the defining influences in their lives. Her Scranton High Team held the state record for most overall speech an debate wins in Pennsylvania, and Ellen is known and respected around the nation. Along with her late husband, Jim, she directed and acted in many local theatre productions. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and she was a proud member of the Scranton Federation Of Teachers. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Ellen's physician Dr. Anees Fogley and Karen Fogley, the staff of Regional Hospital Of Scranton's 9th floor, and the staff and volunteers of Hospice Of The Sacred Heart, Dunmore. Surviving are her loving children: daughters Read Langan, Hopewell, NJ., Betsy Esgro and husband Carmen, Scranton, and her son James, Jr., Scranton, and his girlfriend, Jennifer Terrell, New York City. Also surviving are beloved grandchildren: Cara Esgro, La Jolla, CA., Colin Esgro, Esq., and his wife Mary, and a great grandchild James Christopher Esgro, Pittsburgh, PA. Surviving also is a niece, Cathy Robarge and her husband Scott, Fairfield, CA., a cousin Joseph Langan, Albany, NY, and cousin Alice Dalton of Atlanta. GA. She was also preceded in death by her brother John Jordan and beloved grandson Christopher Esgro.

The funeral will be Wednesday 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. Joseph Sica. Interment private at the convenience of the family. Friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Of The Sacred Heart, 100 Williams St. Dunmore, PA. 18510.

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Leo P. Del Prete

October 12, 2018

Leo P. Del Prete, 86, Clarks Summit, formerly of South Scranton, died Friday evening in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital. He was the husband of the former Jean Marrazzo who died in 1999. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Louis and Catherine Sylvester Del Prete. He attended Scranton public schools and was a member of St. Francis Of Assisi Church until its closure, presently he was a member of St. Paul Of The Cross Parish. He was a retired employee of Haddon Craftsmen. Leo was very active in his church, being a Eucharistic minister, usher, served funeral masses and cooked and served at the annual macaroni dinner. He was a member of the Graphic Artist Union and the former Dante Club. He enjoyed the casino and planting his vegetable garden. His life truly revolved around his family, especially his grandchildren, and his church. The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of the ICU department of Geisinger Wyoming Valley for their care and compassion. Surviving are three children; Michael Del Prete and wife Donna, Clarks Summit, Paul Del Prete and wife Andrene, Scranton, and his daughter with whom he resided, Lee Ann Lenceski and husband Ben, Clarks Summit, seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, a brother Robert Del Prete and wife Joann, Lady Lakes, FL. , and nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a sister Angela Martin and four brothers; Ralph, Francis, Carl and Louis. The funeral will be Wednesday at 9:30 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass Of Christian Burial at 10 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 Tuesday from 4 to 8 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Koman Foundation at Komen.org.

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F. Robert "Bob" Brady

October 9, 2018

F. Robert Brady, a South Scranton resident, died Tuesday, October 9, 2018, in Hospice Of The Sacred Heart, Dunmore. He was the husband of Joanne M. Atcachunas Brady who predeceased him in 2010. They were married for nearly 56 years. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Frank and Clara Bauman Brady and stepson of the late Irene Bauman Brady. He received his bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University Of Scranton in 1965. He had a lifelong career in accounting, was a member of the Kawanis club for many years and a member of St. John Neumann Parish where he served as a Eucharistic Minister. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was very generous to friends, family and neighbors, assisting with tax preparation. His interests included woodworking and travel.

Surviving are a daughter Sharon Ratchford and husband Atty. David, Clarks Green, a son Paul Brady and wife Sandra, Scranton, grandchildren Kassandra Karvan, Norristown, Paul Brady and Malaney Brady, Scranton, and nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by two brothers; John and Donald Brady. The funeral will be Monday 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., to be celebrated by Rev. Michael Bryant, Pastor. Interment St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 5 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Of The Sacred Heart, 100 Williams St., Dunmore, 18512. For information on memorial donations, please email wecare@hospicesacredheart.org, or call (570) 706-2400.

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Carol Owens Oleski

October 9, 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of Carol Owens Oleski announces her passing after a courageous battle with lung cancer on October 9, 2018, at the age of 55 years. She passed at Hospice Of The Sacred Heart, Dunmore, surrounded by her family. Carol was married to her devoted husband, Tom, for 30 years. Tom was Carol's rock for the duration of her battle, tirelessly caring for her.

Carol was a resident of Scranton. Born in Brooklyn, NY, on November 20, 1962, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Catherine Gillen Owens. Carol is a 1980 graduate of West Scranton High School. Carol was employed as a crisis intervention specialist by the NEIU-19 and was currently serving as a Scranton School Board Director.

Carol was a selfless, compassionate, and determined individual who always put the needs of others before her own. Carol was dedicated to improving the lives of others, especially children, through her roles as a foster parent for over 25 years, former PTA president, and current school board director. Her experience in these roles have touched the lives of over 10,000 children. Carol built a warm and loving home, having an open-door policy where everyone was treated like family. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Carol's physicians, Drs. Montella, Fateh, Peters, and their staff.

Also surviving are four children; Jennifer, Thomas and his wife Kylie, Katrina, and Brandon; adopted daughters Felicia Rocco, Jessica Rosario, Ally Legora, and Briana Eder; grandchildren; Felix, Angelina, Marcos, Jelissa, Angela, Sofia, Jaylani, and Angel; and over 100 foster children throughout her 25 years as a foster parent. Carol is also survived by her sister, Kathleen Layton and husband Paul; and many nieces and nephews. Carol was also preceded in death by adoptive daughter, Donna.

A Blessing Service will be conducted Saturday at 6 PM by Rev. Duane Gavitt in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. Friends may call Saturday at the funeral home from 2 to 6 PM.

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Frank J. Pierangeli

October 4, 2018

Frank J. Pierangeli, 67, a resident Of Scranton, died Thursday morning in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, after an extended illness. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Migliorino Pierangeli. He attended Scranton public schools and was employed as a printer and later was co-owner of Reeser Brothers Printing. He later became a courier for a local bank and retired as an over the road truck driver for a freight company. Frank enjoyed planting flowers and gardening, loved caring for animals, and lastly just hanging out at Frank's News in downtown Scranton. Surviving are a brother Joseph Pierangeli and wife Lori, Gouldsboro, a sister Nancy Soule, Hazlet, NJ., and nieces and nephews; Adrienne Pierangeli, Esq., Jefferey and Gregory Soule and Tanya Jaquet, and several great nieces and great nephews. The funeral will be Tuesday at 9:15 from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass Of Christian Burial at 10 AM in St. Catherine Of Sienna Church, 220 Church St., Moscow, to be celebrated by Rev. Robert Simon, Pastor. Interment Italian-American Cemetery, Minooka Section. Friends may call Monday from 5 to 8 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Geisinger Foundation, 100 N. Academy Ave., Danville, Pa. 17822, please indicate transplant.

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Joseph F. Barbuti, Sr.

October 3, 2018

Joseph F. Barbuti, Sr., 83, a resident of Scranton, passed away Wednesday due to complications following a stroke. His wife of 49 years is the former Marie Sacco. Born April 25, 1935, in Scranton, he was the son of the late Joseph and Theresa Piserchio Barbuti. Joe was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, Class of 1953, where he was an athlete, president of his senior class, and voted "Most Likely To Succeed". He proudly served his military duty in Germany from 1957 through 1959, with an honorable discharge. He was a member of Holy Name Of Jesus Church, St. John Neumann Parish, serving many years as a Eucharistic Minister and happily helped in the kitchen for many past roast beef dinners. Joseph was also an avid Bridge player having achieved his life Master in Bridge when he was 42 years old. He and his bridge partner, and close friend, Atty. Edwin Utan, won many bridge tournaments. For many years, Joe was an outstanding Bocce player. He belonged to the Victor Alfieri Club, where he loved being among his many friends playing bocce and winning many games. For years he was the owner of C&S Wood products, Olyphant. Family gatherings were very important to Joe, together with his children, 11 grandchildren, a few friends and good food. People enjoyed his caustic wit and ribbing. Being a music lover, Joe and his wife Marie were among the founders of Mostly Opera Co., also serving on the board for 18 years. Also surviving are his daughter Danielle Ashman and her son Jordan, at home, son, Joseph Barbuti and wife Melissa, Old Forge, and their five children; Faith, Gracie, Lily, Nina and Joseph Christian; a daughter Leandra Barbuti-Ayala and husband Laurentino, Scranton, and their five children; Laurelee, Vikki, Joey, Rocco and Diego, nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by two brothers Michael and Frank. The funeral will be Monday at 10:30 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass Of Christian Burial at 11 AM in Holy Name Of Jesus Church, 1414 E. Elm St., to be celebrated by Rev. Ryan Glenn. Entombment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 5 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Rd., S. Abington TWP., 18411 or to Tribute Program, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, PO Box 1000 Dept 142, Memphis, TN. 38101-9908.

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Edward J. Matyjevich, Sr.

September 16, 2018

Edward J. Matyjevich, Sr., 69, a resident of Taylor, died Sunday in the VA Medical Center, Plains Twp. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Eugene and Elizabeth Slavinski Matyjevich. He was a member of St. Stanislaus Cathedral, was a graduate of Scranton public schools and he was employed in the local construction industry. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He enjoyed camping and the outdoors. Surviving are two daughters Melissa Wetter, Pittston Twp., and Wendy Sellers, Florida, and two sons Edward J. Matyjevich, Jr., Pittston, and Brian Matyjevich and wife Jillian, Pittston, 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his companion Theresa Mole, and two sisters Frances and Eleanor, and two brothers Joseph Matyjevich and Thomas Daniels. A Blessing Service will be conducted Friday at 6 PM by Rev. Michael Bryant in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. Inurnment private at the convenience of the family. Friends may call Friday from 4 to 6 PM.

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Mary Frances Holodnak

September 15, 2018

Mary Frances Holodnak, 71, a resident of Scranton, died Saturday morning in Geisinger CMC. Born in Scranton on November 4, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Anthony Edward and Pauline Victoria Novak Holodnak. Mary Frances was a very happy woman and accepting to everyone she encountered. She loved playing cards, bingo, polkas, and especially candy. She touched many lives and will forever be remembered. Surviving are her life partner Wally Zieminski, son Edward Holodnak and his children; Paulina and Madison Holodnak, all of Scranton, and a daughter Lisa Dortch Mathison and her children Domonique and Vershawn Mathison and Dante Thompson, all of Colorado Springs, CO. and nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a brother Edward Holodnak and four sisters; Alvina Rybnik, Antoinette Shimley, Marlene Holodnak, and an infant Delores Holodnak. A Blessing Service will be conducted Thursday at 6 PM by Rev. Ryan Glenn in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. Friends may call on Thursday from 3 to 6 PM. Cremation will follow and the interment will be private in Cathedral Cemetery.

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Anthony J. (T D) Denero

September 14, 2018

Anthony J. (T D) DeNero, 74, a South Scranton resident, died unexpectedly Friday at home after being stricken ill. His wife of 42 years, the former Marcia Akoury, died in 2012. Born in Baltimore, MD., he was the son of the late Carmen and Marie Pohoda DeNero. He was a member of St. Paul Of The Cross Parish and was a graduate of West Scranton High School and Johnson Technical Institute. He was a retired employee of Acker Drill Co. Tony loved fishing and hunting and after retirement, his Friday Golf League at Pine Hills. He was a beloved and devoted husband, father and grandfather who would do anything for anyone. Surviving are a daughter Lisa Karuzie and husband Ritchie, Avoca, and a son Alan DeNero, Old Forge, grandchildren; Anthony R. DeNero and Rebecca Denero and Madison Karuzie, a brother Joseph DeNero and wife Joanne, Old Forge, a sister-in-law Debra Akoury, Scranton, nieces; Nicole Traeger and husband Ron, and Kristy, Amanda and Jamie Akoury, many cousins, close neighbors and his furry friend Caesar. He was also preceded in death by a brother-in-law Ronald Akoury. The funeral will be Wednesday at 9:30 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass Of Christian Burial at 10 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 Italian-American Cemetery, Minooka Section. Friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity.

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Mary Margaret Kryeski

August 21, 2018

Mary Margaret Kryeski, 80, a resident of Scranton, died Tuesday at Moses Taylor Hospital. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late James and Winifred Noone Durkin. She was a graduate of Scranton Central High School and she was a retired employee of the Scranton Sewer Authority. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother and sister who will be deeply missed. Surviving are three sons; Raymond Kryeski and wife Kimberly, Clarks Summit, Ronald Kryeski and wife Sharon, Forest City, and Richard Kryeski and wife Lisa, Mount Cobb, six grandchildren; Chelsie, Katie, Conor, Christopher and Richard Kryeski and Joseph Rogers, three great grandchildren; Brady, Brennan and Ramona, a sister Donna Boyd and husband Eugene, Scranton, and a brother James Durkin and wife Judy, Moscow, nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a brother Bernard Durkin and a sister Winifred Klee. A Blessing Service and Rite Of Committal will be conducted by Rev. Joseph Sica in the Chapel of Cathedral Cemetery on Monday, August 27, at 10 AM. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to assemble at the Chapel directly on Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite animal rescue facility.

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Elizabeth E. Kubelis

July 3, 2018

Elizabeth E. Kubelis, 75, a resident of Scranton, died Tuesday in Allied Hospice. She was the wife of Thomas Kubelis and the couple were married for 54 years. Born in Easton, she was the daughter of the late Elmer Ackerman and Lorraine Roberts Ackermann Bozelli. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul church until its closure. She was formerly employed by Gerrity's Market in the deli department. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who will be deeply missed. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren kept her going! Also surviving are her children; Tina Kubelis, Moosic, Lorraine Bradely, Pittston Twp., Thomas Kubelis and wife Margaret, Spring Brook Twp., Nicole Kubelis, Scranton, 9 grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and a step sister Lorene Buchner, Venice, FL. She was also preceded in death by two sons; Dean and Ronald. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Allied Hospice for all the care given to Elizabeth. The funeral will be Friday at 9 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., with Mass Of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM in Nativity Of Our Lord Church, St. John Neumann Parish, 630 Orchard St., to be celebrated by Rev. Michael Bryant, Pastor. Interment Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Friends may call today from 4 to 7 PM.

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Donald J. Strasburger

July 2, 2018

Donald J. Strasburger, 86, a life-long resident of Scranton, went to be with our Lord Sunday morning at home, surrounded by family. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Nancy Mallas Strasburger.

Born in Scranton to the late Hugo and Sophie Shamberger Strasburger, he graduated from St. Mary's School of Scranton and worked as a house painter until he retired. He served in the Army as a medic for 2 tours in the Korean War and was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal with the "V" device for heroism in action helping to save several wounded servicemen.

He is survived by his children Cheryl Green, Donna Strasburger, Susan Banks-Hawk and her husband Dale; Nancy Talapa and her husband, Charles; Donald Strasburger, Jr. and his wife, Donna Florimonte; Mary Beth Strasburger and her fiance, Franklin Pietsch; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and a sister-in-law, Ann Strasburger. He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, R. Bradley Green; five brothers August, George, Robert, Theodore and Willard and four sisters Loretta Dougherty, Louise Falciglia, Marie Strasburger and Verlis Noll.

He was a longtime member of St. Mary's of the Assumption Church in South Scranton and a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans. Presently, he was a member of St. John Neumann Parish. He was passionate about fishing and hunting including trips to the 1000 Islands, along with many hours at a lakefront cottage at Lake Spangenberg, Lake Wallenpaupack and other local fisheries. He enjoyed fixing things around the house, playing frisbee and horseshoes, walking around Lake Scranton with his brother George and friend Art Luciane. He also enjoyed frequent coffee dates with his wife, Nancy and children.

The family would like to offer a special thank you to the VA Medical Center for over 65 years of service, their dedicated staff: Michelle Walters, Beth Morio, Ivona Kocon, Dr. Benek and many others, were essential for helping him live a long life. Recently, the tender care received from Donna and Joann through Compassionate Care Hospice and daytime caregivers, Oto Rivera and Lucy Rodriguez, were a blessing for Donald and his family.

Donald's strong family bonds, sense of humor and his passion for a well-kept home including several rose bushes and gardens will be truly missed. 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 Nativity Of Our Lord Church, St. John Neumann Parish, 630 Orchard St., to be celebrated by Rev. Ryan Glenn. Interment Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Friends may call Friday from 4 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, 1111 East End Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711. Attn: Voluntary Services.

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Bernard J. Roedel, Jr.

June 10, 2018

Bernard J. Roedel, Jr., 46, a resident of Hawley, died Sunday evening in Hospice Of The Sacred Heart, Dunmore. Born in Scranton, he was the son of Bernard, Sr. and Helen Holland Roedel, Scranton. He was a member of St. Paul Of The Cross Parish and was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School where he excelled in athletics. He was employed by the US Postal Service where he was a dedicated employee who worked until his illness forced him to stop. He enjoyed the Father Son Bowling League at South Side Lanes, and the Post 948 Legion Hardball. Birney was an amazing father, one of a kind brother and an awesome son. He put everyone before himself and he will be deeply missed. Also surviving are his children; Bernard J. Roedel lll, and Katherine Roedel, a brother Joseph Roedel and wife Joann, two nieces; Georgina and Hannah and a nephew Parker Roedel, and the mother of his children, Sharon Kestler, all of Lake Ariel. He was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Angel, and three uncles; Eugene, Frances, and Anthony Roedel. The funeral will be Thursday at 9:30 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass Of Christian Burial at 10 AM in Sacred Hearts Of Jesus And Mary Church, St. Paul Of The Cross Parish, 1217 Prospect Ave. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family to be used for the further education of his children.

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William J. Haggerty

June 10, 2018

William J. Haggerty, 81, a South Scranton resident, died Sunday morning at home after an illness. His wife of 52 years is the former Nancy Neureuter. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late William J. and Esther Riedy Haggerty. He was a graduate of West Scranton High School, Class of 1954. He was a member of St. Peter's Cathedral Parish and was a member of St. Mary Of The Assumption Church until its closure. He was an Air Force Veteran, serving in Korea and Japan among other assignments. He was employed by Industrial Electronics for 50 years. Bill was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather who will be deeply missed. Also surviving are a son William B. Haggerty and wife Dana, and a grandson Ethan W. Haggerty, all of Milford, and nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by two brothers; Robert and Gerald Haggerty. The funeral will be Wednesday 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. Patrick's Church, 1403 Jackson St., to be celebrated by Rev. Richard E. Fox, Pastor. Entombment Cathedral Cemetery Mausoleum. Friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 7 PM.

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Dorothy P. Warrick

May 31, 2018

Dorothy P. Warrick, 93, a resident of South Scranton, died Thursday evening in The Gardens At Scranton. Born in Dupont, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Nora Fritz Lucas. She was a member of St. John Neumann Parish and was a graduate of Pittston High School. She was a loving mother, grandmother and sister who will be deeply missed. Surviving are two sons; William Warrick and Robert Warrick and wife Roberta, all of Pittston, a sister Rita D'Angelo and husband Leo, Sr., Scranton, seven grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a daughter Sharon Warrick and a son Paul Warrick and a brother Joseph Lucas. A Mass Of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 AM in Nativity Of Our Lord Church, St. John Neumann Parish, by Rev. Michael Bryant, Pastor. Entombment Cathedral Cemetery Mausoleum. Friends may call Tuesday morning at the church from 9 to 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, 18509.

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Richard W. Capwell

May 22, 2018

Richard W. Capwell, 56, a resident of Scranton, died Tuesday evening in Hospice Of The Sacred Heart Inpatient Unit, Dunmore. Born in Scranton, he is the son of Grace Lucke Capwell Duffy, Madison Twp., and the late Wesley Capwell. He was of the Catholic faith and was a graduate of North Pocono High School. Prior to his illness, he was employed by Tobyhanna Army Depot. He was a member of Mountain Lake Sportsmen's Association. The family wishes to thank the staff of Hospice Of The Sacred Heart for all the comfort and compassion given to Richard. He was a loving son and brother who will be deeply missed. Also surviving are two sisters; Maureen Myrthel and husband Wade, Sterling, and Patricia Stout and husband Darren, Madison Twp., a stepbrother Edward Duffy and wife Janine, Scranton, and nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was also preceded in death by his stepfather Edward F. Duffy, Jr. A Blessing Service will be held Tuesday evening, May 29, at 7 PM in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. Interment private at the convenience of the family.

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David G. Waibel

May 20, 2018

David G. Waibel, 67, a resident of South Scranton, died Sunday morning in Allied Hospice Inpatient Unit. His loving wife of five and one half years is the former Theresa Baas. Born in Carbondale, he was the son of the late Herman and Mildred Jacobs Waibel. He was a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School where he excelled as an athlete, especially in football. He was employed for 17 years by Sugarman's, working his way up to assistant manager when the store closed. He then was employed by Gerrity's in several positions, retiring as assistant produce manager. He currently drove students for North East Transit. In Dave's younger years, he was a guitar player for several local bands including Revolver and Whitebridge. He possessed an incredible knowledge of music and musicians. Music was his passion, he was also an avid Penn State and Steelers fan. David and his wife Terry, who he affectionately called his "Queen", enjoyed cooking, music, attending local concerts, watching and attending Penn State football games, and taking trips to visit their children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed attending football games with his son and brother. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and stepdad who will be deeply missed. Also surviving are a son Jason Waibel and wife Amy, Haymarket, VA., three grandchildren; Ava, Emma and Nikolaus Waibel, a stepdaughter Kimberly Wojewodski, Charlotte, NC., a brother Richard Waible, Stroudsburg, and nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank the staff of both Geisinger CMC sixth and eighth floor and Allied hospice for the care and compassion give them to David. 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 Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave., to be celebrated by Rev. Joseph Sica. Friends may call Friday from 5 to 8 PM. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society at donate3.cancer.org/.

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Joseph J. Cali, Sr.

May 18, 2018

Joseph J. Cali, Sr., 62, a resident of Scranton, died Friday at home. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Joseph A. and Jean Bucciarelli Cali. He was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School. Surviving are his children; Joseph J. Cali, Jr. and wife Tanti, Carey Cali and Jason Cali and wife Susi, all of Avoca, four grandchildren, a sister Ann Renee Gillis and husband Mark, Naugatuck, CT., and a brother Michael Cali, Scranton, and nieces and nephews and his companion Janet Tobin. A Mass Of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 AM by Rev. Martin Gaiardo, Assisting Priest at Mary Mother Of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church, 316 William St., Scranton. Interment private at the convenience of the family.

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Alice Ann Geiger

May 17, 2018

Alice Ann Geiger, 88, a lifelong South Scranton resident, passed away peacefully Thursday evening, surrounded by her loving family, at Hospice Of The Sacred Heart Inpatient Unit, Dunmore. Her husband of 58 years is Joseph F. Geiger, Sr. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Anna Curran Zeller. She was a member of St. Paul Of The Cross Parish and was a lifelong member of St. Mary Of The Assumption Church until its closure. She was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and Comptometer School. She was formerly employed as the executive secretary to the president of Clarol Lighting. Alice was a devoted wife and mother who cherished her grandchildren. She was a faithful Catholic who instilled in her children a strong work ethic and traditional values and morals. Alice was a humble, kind and giving person. The family wishes to thank the staff of both Hospice Of The Sacred Heart and Clarks Summit Senior Living for the compassionate care given to Alice. Also surviving are a son Atty. Joseph F. Geiger, Jr., Malvern, and three daughters; Amy A. Regan and husband Paul, Downingtown, Dr. Anne A. Geiger and husband Patrick Hartman, Scranton, and Alicen Devers and husband Robert, Macungie, grandchildren; Joseph lll, Jacob and Caroline Geiger, Paxton, Megan and Matthew Hartman, Maura, Paul and Kate Regan, and Joshua and Emma Devers, nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by five brothers; infant Charles, Robert, Harold, Thomas and Donald Zeller, and her daughter-in-law Kelly M. Geiger who died April 9, 2018. The funeral will be Monday at 9:30 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass Of Christian Burial at 10 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. Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 5 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Of The Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Dr., #7, Wilkes-Barre, Pa, 18702 or to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, Pa. 18509.

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Beverly A. Shotto

May 13, 2018

Beverly A. Shotto, 76, a resident of Scranton, died Sunday morning in Allied Services Skilled Nursing Center. She and her husband, Charles J. Shotto, celebrated their 42 anniversary on Valentine's Day. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Ralph G., Sr. and Edna A. Beadle Hahn. She was a graduate of South Scranton Central Catholic High School and she was formerly employed as a secretary. She loved to travel with her husband and she was a world class shopper. Beverly was a true lady and will be deeply missed by her family and all who knew her. Also surviving are three stepdaughters; Robin Gnall and husband Dave, Taylor, Lori A. Wolk and fiancee Randy Ettinger, Dickson City, and Jodi White and husband Toby, Clarks Summit, five grandchildren; David and Kevin Gnall, Joshua Wolk, and Justin and Hanna White, a brother Bruce Hahn, Scranton, and nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a sister Judith Hahn and a brother Ralph G. Hahn, Jr. The funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

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David A. Clark

May 3, 2018

David A. Clark, 69, passed away after a determined battle with cancer on May 3, 2018 at the Hospice of the Sacred Heart. He was married to his wife, Mary (Okrasinski) Clark, for 45 years. He was the proud father of his two children, Juliane and Ben. He was born in Scranton on Jan. 11, 1949 to the late John T. and Alice McDonald Clark. He was a lifelong resident of South Scranton. He was a lifetime member of Nativity of Our Lord Church, now St. John Neumann Parish. David served his country in the Pennsylvania National Guard. He was a journeyman plumber and retired after a successful career with UGI Penn Natural Gas.

David was proud of his Irish heritage having spent many hours researching his family's Irish roots. He was a member of several Irish American organizations. His pride and joy was the St. Patrick's Parade Association of Lackawanna County in which he served as president, parade director and executive director. He also belonged to the Irish-American Men's Association and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. He was a member of many other community committees and events including the United Way of Lackawanna County Day of Caring.

David loved his family, his friends, many of whom he had since childhood, reading historic novels, gardening, a round of golf, the Boston Red Sox, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and linguini in clam sauce, especially his wife's.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; his daughter, Juliane Clark and her husband, Jason Buffington, of Taunton, Mass.; and his son, Ben, of Scranton. He was the proud Papi to Jack, William, Quinn and Isabelle Buffington. He is also survived by his sister, Ellen Clark Walsh and husband, Pat; brothers, Jack and wife, Nancy; Gerry and wife, Teresa; Gene and wife, Holly; Brian and wife, Leah; mother-in-law, Regina Gabello; and sister-in-law, Gina Mansour and husband, Steve; many wonderful nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, cousins and friends.

The family would like to thank the many family, friends and organizations that supported David during his difficult time. Special thanks to Dr. Linda Thomas and Kari from the Wright Center, the doctors, nurses and staff at Geisinger Community Medical Center Hematology/Oncology, VNA Hospice and the Hospice of the Sacred Heart.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Nativity of Our Lord Church located at 633 Orchard St., Scranton. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. Friends and family may call on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at August J. Haas Funeral Home, 202-204 Pittston Ave., Scranton. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to VNA Hospice, Hospice of the Sacred Heart or Nativity of Our Lord Church.

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Arlene F. Kohl

May 4, 2018

Arlene F. Kohl, 88, a South Scranton resident, died Friday at home after being stricken ill. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Fred C. and Freda L. Dauberthauser Kohl. She was a graduate of St. Mary's High School and Marywood College. She was employed as a Technical Librarian at Weston Controls for 25 years. She was a member of St. Mary Of Mount Carmel Church, Dunmore and she was a member of St. Mary Of The Assumption Church until its closure. She volunteered at the Scranton Public Library and she drove many friends to doctor appointments and grocery stores. Surviving are numerous cousins. She was also preceded in death by her beloved brother Robert R. Kohl in 2009. The funeral will be Wednesday 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. Mary Of Mount Carmel Church, Dunmore. Interment St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call Tuesday from 3 to 6 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sisters Of Christian Charity, Mallinckrodt Convent, 350 Bernardsville Rd., Mendham, NJ 07945.

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Leona Syslo Doria

April 20, 2018

Leona Syslo Doria a resident of Scranton, died at Linwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, on Friday evening, April 20, due to a long battle with cancer. She was 85. She was the widow of Joseph Doria who died in 1994.

Mrs. Doria was born on April 11, 1933, in Scranton, PA to her parents Peter and Josephine Zielinski Syslo. She graduated from Scranton Technical School in 1951 and Northeast Institute of Education in 1984. She retired from the University of Scranton in 2010 when she dedicated her remaining time to her friends and family. She was immersed in the Catholic faith as an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Church until its closure and presently was a member of St. Paul Of The Cross Parish.

Leona was blessed with six children, Joseph Houlihan, Jr., Daniel Houlihan, Russell Houlihan, Anne Reiner, Thomas Houlihan and Kevin Houlihan. She also had four stepchildren, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Mrs. Doria was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, Walter Syslo, Eugene Syslo, Edna Mae Galka, Marion Syslo, and Robert Syslo.

The funeral will be Wednesday at 9:30 AM from The August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass Of Christian Burial at 10 AM in Sacred Hearts Of Jesus And Mary Church, St. Paul Of The Cross Parish, to be celebrated by Rev. Scott Sterowski, Pastor. Interment Italian-American Cemetery, Minooka Section. Friends may call Tuesday from 5 to 7 PM.

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Donato D. Doria

March 23, 2018

Donato D. Doria, 71, a resident of Houston, TX, formerly of Scranton, died Friday, March 23, in Houston Hospice. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Santo and Lillian Pamelia Doria. He was a graduate of Fairfield Prep and Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT. He also studied at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, New London, CT., where he received his certification as a respiratory therapist. He was employed for many years by M.D. Anderson as a respiratory therapist in Houston. Surviving are a sister, Pauline Bellantoni and husband James, Norwalk, CT., and three nieces; Linda Bellantoni, Barbara Sumner, and Debra Lynch, and a nephew James Bellantoni, Jr.(Patricio) and two great nieces; Jenna Bellantoni an Stephanie Lynch, and five great nephews; Ethan, Adam, and Owen Sumner and Matthew and Jason Lynch, and many cousins. A Blessing Service and Committal will be conducted Saturday at 9:30 AM by Rev. Scott Sterowski in the Chapel in Italian-American Cemetery, Minooka Section. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Houston Hospice, 1905 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX. 77030.

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Albert W. Sakovich

March 21, 2018

Albert W. Sakovich, 93, of Willowbrook Assisted Living, formerly of South Scranton, died Wednesday evening in Geisinger CMC after being stricken ill at home. His wife of over 64 years is the former Florence Lenherr. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Bronislaw and Antoinette Lukasevich Sakovich. He was a member of St. John Neumann Parish and was a member of St. Mary Of The Assumption Church until its closure. He was a graduate of Scranton Central High School where he was a member of an undefeated football team. He was a graduate of East Stroudsburg College and received his master's degree with many extra credits. He was employed for 30 years by the Scranton School district as a teacher and coach. He coached Scranton Technical High School's football team, class of 1965, in an undefeated season. He was inducted in 2006 into PIAA Northeast Chapter Sports Hall Of Fame for a lifetime of service. He was a Navy veteran of WWll, serving aboard the USS Wasp, CV-18. He was very active in the ship's reunions and he kept in touch with his shipmates. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW. Al was an avid fisherman and golfer and he and his wife enjoyed traveling, visiting 49 of the 50 states. He was a very generous man, very active in the lives of his grandchildren. He lived The Golden Rule. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who will be deeply missed. The family wishes to thank the staff of Willowbrook for the care and compassion given to Al. Also surviving are two daughters; Joanne McCobb and husband Kieren, Palmer Twp., and Linda Eggleston, S. Abington Twp., three grandchildren; Richard Joseph McCobb, and John Albert Eggleston and Julie Ann Eggleston, nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by two brothers; Joseph and Stanley Kisal. The funeral will be Tuesday at 9 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 AM in Holy Name Of Jesus Church, 1414 E. Elm St., to be celebrated by Rev. Michael Bryant, Pastor. Interment St. Mary Of The Assumption Cemetery, South Scranton. Friends may call Monday from 4 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity. Full Military Honors will be provided by AMVETS.

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Anthony (Tony) Monopoli

March 17, 2018

Anthony (Tony) Monopoli, 87, a resident of the Gino Merli Veteran's Center, formerly of South Scranton, died Saturday night in Hospice Of The Sacred Heart, Dunmore. He was the husband of the late Patricia Hughes Monopoli and the couple were married for 55 years at the time of her death in 2010. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Antonio and Anna Filamino Monopoli. He was formerly employed by Sikorsky-Lockheed Martin. He was a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of St. Francis Of Assisi Church until its closure. Tony lived a rich and full life, sacrificed for his family and was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who will be deeply missed. The family wishes to thank Hospice Of The Sacred Heart for all the care and compassion given to Tony. Surviving are three sons; John Monopoli and wife Felice Elefant, Voorhees, NJ., Mark Monopoli, Scranton, and Anthony Monopoli and wife Deborah Odell, Hazelton, a daughter Nancy Minicozzi, Scranton, four grandchildren; Toni Marie Minicozzi, Max, Julian and Madeline Monopoli, and a great grandson Evan Thomas Minicozzi, two brothers; Frank Monopoli, West VA., and Emanuel Monopoli and wife Mary, FL., and nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a son Joseph Monopoli and three sisters; Anna Booth, Mary Merkel and Margaret Longo, and four brothers; Vito, Salvatore, Santi and Daniel. The funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Memorial Contributions may be made to Gino Merli Veteran's Center, 401 Penn Ave., Scranton, 18503.

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Gerald "Jerry" J. Tschopp

March 1, 2018

Gerald "Jerry" J. Tschopp, 48, passed away March 1, 2018, in Lady Lake, Fl., after an illness. Born in Scranton, he was the son of James and Joanne Bauman Tschopp of Lady Lake, FL. He resided for 30 years in Clay, NY before relocating to Manhattan, NY. He was a graduate of Cicero-North Syracuse High School, Cicero, NY. Prior to his illness, he was employed as a computer hardware/software sales manager for a New York corporation. In New York he spent his free time assisting patients at a local hospital. He enjoyed traveling the world, and sharing the tales with friends and family. He was a loving son, brother and uncle who will be deeply missed. In addition to his parents, Jerry is survived by a brother, Joseph Tschopp and wife Marcia, a niece and two nephews, Liverpool, NY. The funeral will be Saturday at 10:30 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. with Mass Of Christian Burial at 11 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. Inurnment Parish Cemetery. Friends may call Friday , March 23, from 4 to 7 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, Pa. 18509.

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Ryan Daniel Clarkson

March 10, 2018

Ryan Daniel Clarkson, 20, a South Scranton Resident, died Saturday tragically and unexpectedly in Peckville. Born in Scranton, he was the son of Kimberly Smith and companion Don Brennan, Scranton, and Daniel Clarkson and fiancee Sandra Stepkovitch, Peckville. He was a graduate of West Scranton High School, Class of 2015, where he was a member of the National Honor Society. He was an Eagle Scout, Troop 42, and was a camp counselor at Goose Pond. In 2017, he was employed as a Public Safety Aid for the Ocean City Police Dept., MD, and currently he attended The University Of Scranton where he also was employed by campus security. He was a member of the Criminal Justice Club at the University. He had hopes of joining the Pa. State Police one day. He and his dad shared a love for cars, especially Volkswagons. Ryan was a loving son, brother, and grandson who will be deeply missed by his loving but devastated family. He was our shining star. Surviving are three brothers; Ian, Cole and Dominick, at home, maternal grandparents Cheryl and Steven Petroski, Scranton, and paternal grandparents Judy and Larry Clarkson, Dunmore, and aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends may call Thursday from 3 to 7 PM in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. Scranton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts Of America, at Scouting.org.

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Peter W. Esgro

March 5, 2018

Peter W. Esgro, 57, a resident of Hampton, VA., formerly of South Scranton, died Monday, March 5, 2018, of cancer and pulmonary complications. He was the husband of Kathy L. Esgro. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Joseph and Helen Lanning Esgro. He attended Scranton Technical High School. He was employed for many years in the Pool and Spa Industry and also as a Charter Captain. He had a love for Fishing, hunting, cooking and restoring classic cars. He was preceded in death by his sister Donna Huges and a brother Joseph Esgro. Also surviving are a sister Chrissy Esgro, a son Peter Joseph Esgro and his wife Stephanie, a stepson Anthony Durso and his wife Shelia, granddaughters Mariah and Melodie Esgro, Step grandchildren Cody, Calob, Conner Durso, Brycen Teller and Daelyn Statler, several cousins, nieces, nephews, and a loving godson Justin Koscianski. A Blessing service will be conducted Monday at 11 AM in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. by Rev Scott Sterowski. Internment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Monday morning at the funeral home from 9 to 11 AM. Tight lines Captain Pete.


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Sandra Lubrani Ferrario

March 3, 2018

Sandra Lubrani Ferrario, a resident of Tyler Hill, formerly of South Scranton, died March 3 in Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, after being stricken ill at home. She was the widow of Charles Ferrario who died in 1998. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Assunta Stefani Lubrani. She was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and during her career she was employed as an Administrative Assistant for various local flooring companies. Surviving is her daughter Cristina Bollinger and husband Bill, Tyler Hill, and a sister Gloria Perugini, Swoyersville. She was also preceded in death by her brothers; Joseph Lubrani and John Sabatini. A Blessing Service will be conducted Friday at 11 AM in the Chapel in Italian-American Cemetery, Minooka Section, with Rev. Scott Sterowski officiating. Due to the deep snow in the cemetery, please wear appropriate footwear. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions made be made to Muscular Dystrophy Association, 2132 South 12th Street, Suite 101, Allentown, Pa. 18103, or to Dessin Animal Shelter, 138 Miller Dr., Honesdale, Pa. 18431.

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Paris Anthony Baldacci

March 2, 2018

Paris Anthony Baldacci, of South Scranton, passed away peacefully in his home on March 2, 2018, at the age of 97, with his family by his side.

Paris is survived by his beloved daughter and caretaker, Donna Baldacci, Scranton; sons, Anthony Baldacci and wife, Lisa, Scranton; Paris Baldacci and life partner, Andrew Dolkart, New York; and Thomas Baldacci and family, Peckville; granddaughters, Alyssa Lydon and husband, Gerry, Throop; Carina Baldacci and husband, Gage Hermanson, Moosic; and Jillian Baldacci, Philadelphia; and great-grandchildren, Luca and Kai Hermanson and Mackenzie and Madison Lydon. Paris is preceded in death by his parents, Stella and Joseph Baldacci; brothers, Albert and Fred Baldacci; and his beloved wife and soul mate, Rose Mineo Baldacci.

Paris was born on April 20, 1920 in Scranton, PA, to parents, Joseph and Stella Baldacci. Paris married the love of his life, Rose Mineo Baldacci on June 21, 1941, who sorrowfully passed away from breast cancer on May 15, 1975, at the young age of 53. Paris served in the Navy from January 20, 1944-January 8, 1946 during WWII. He spent his career driving coal trucks and working as a pants presser for Nino Sportswear and Brooks Brothers Suit Co. in the Scranton area as well as raising his four children and caring for his mother, Stella, who lived a full life, passing away on July 21, 1999, at the age of 101.

Paris was a loving husband, fulfilling father, dedicated grandfather, and heart-warming great-grandfather who devoted his life to putting others before himself. Paris could be found at all of his granddaughters' athletic and dance events that took place around Scranton as well as the local Honda Dealership where he would go for his free weekly car washes. Paris was always involved in his family's life. Whether it was running errands, picking his granddaughters up from the bus stop; frequently beeping his horn with the intent to embarrass them, or visiting his daughter, Donna, at the floral shop just to check in on her at work, Paris never missed a beat. He benevolently established the role of "Poppy" with all that he had and never took a moment of life for granted. He often referred to the amazing memories that he shared with his adored wife and frequently took his family to visit her grave to maintain the flowers he would regularly plant there for her.

Paris' family would like to send their utmost appreciation to all of those who knew and were a part of Paris' life. They especially extend their sincerest gratitude to Paris' home health aide, Trisha Irving, who has played a tremendous role in assisting Paris' daughter in caring for him so that he could remain living comfortably in his home. He will forever be missed by those that are still here on Earth, but can now dance with his beloved wife in the halls of heaven; a long-overdue event that he has been patiently awaiting to attend.

The family of Paris Baldacci has requested a private family service at August J. Haas Funeral Home Inc. to celebrate his life and to peacefully say their "see you laters". Paris will be laid to rest next to his wife, Rose, at the Italian-American Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in lieu of flowers at www.bcrf.org

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Bernice Murray

February 23, 2018

Bernice Murray, 93, a resident of Scranton, died Friday afternoon, after being stricken ill, in Hospice Of The Sacred Heart, surrounded by her loving family. She was the widow of Michael T. Murray, Sr., who died in 2008. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late John R. and Loretta Walsh Williams. She was a member of Nativity Of Our Lord Church, St. John Neumann Parish, and she was a graduate of Dunmore High School. Prior to her marriage, she was a resident of Dunmore. She was a member of The Theresians and St. Joseph's Auxiliary. The family wishes to thank the staff of Geisinger CMC 4th floor and Hospice Of The Sacred Heart for the care and compassion given to Bernice. Surviving are two sons; Michael T. Murray, Jr. and wife Nancy, Spring Brook Twp., and James J. Murray and wife Patricia, Springfield. VA., and four daughters; Maureen Biglin and husband Paul, and Mary Lou Lyons and husband Leo, all of Scranton, Barbara Windish and husband Robert, Myrtle Beach, SC, and Eileen Barber and husband Robert, Lake Winola, 14 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Also surviving is a sister in law Kieran Williams. She was also preceded in death by three sisters; Ann Biglin, Sr. DeSales Williams and Ruth Lorett Breznikar and two brothers; John R. Williams and Donald Williams. 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 her Godson, Rev. Donald Williams as principal celebrant and Rev. Michael Bryant, Pastor, as concelebrant. Interment St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call Monday from 4 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sister Servants IHM Retirement Fund, 2300 Adams Ave. Scranton, 18509 or to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, Pa. 18509.

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Donna J. Moffitt Carpenter

February 18, 2018

Donna Jeanne Carpenter, 56, a South Scranton resident, died Sunday morning in Hospice Of The Sacred Heart, Dunmore, after an illness. She was the wife of Christopher Carpenter. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of Robert Moffitt, Sr, Scranton, and the late Mary Novrorsky Moffitt. She was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and she was formerly employed by Herff Jones. Donna was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and daughter who will be deeply missed. She loved her animals. Also surviving are a son Matthew Gilbride, a daughter Samantha Senecal and a granddaughter Autumn Kula, all of Scranton, and an aunt, Dolores Rowinski, Scranton. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Robert Moffitt, Jr. The funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Cats and Dogs, 500 Arthur Ave., Scranton, 18510, or to St. Francis Commons, 504 Penn Ave., Scranton, 18509.

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Lois J. Lyons

February 2, 2018

Lois J. Lyons, 88, a South Scranton resident, died Friday afternoon in Allied Skilled Nursing Center. She was the widow of the late William J. Lyons who died in 1987. Born in Carbondale, she was the daughter of the late John and Matilda Herman Congdon. She was a member of St. John Neumann Parish and was a graduate of Scranton Central High School and attended Lackawanna College. During her career as a secretary, she was employed at local businesses and retired from a Prep School. She was formerly a member of the Nativity Quilting Club. Lois enjoyed helping others through her many church activities. Surviving are a son Michael Lyons, Scranton, a granddaughter Kaylee Lyons, Scranton, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was also preceded in death by several brothers and sisters including Donald Schaeffer. A Mass Of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, February 10, at 10 AM in St. John Neumann Parish, Nativity Of Our Lord Church, 633 Orchard St., by Rev. Michael Bryant, Pastor. Inurnment private in Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call at the church Saturday morning from 9 to 10 AM.

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Verna M. Trapper

February 1, 2018

Verna M. Trapper, 90, a South Scranton resident, died unexpectedly Thursday, February 1, at home. She was the widow of Robert J. Trapper who died in 1993, and at the time of his death, the couple were married for 43 years. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Mayernick Lesniak. She was a member of St. Paul Of The Cross Parish and was a graduate of Scranton Central High School. Before her retirement at age 80, she worked for Weis Markets/ IGA. For many years she was a volunteer for Meals On Wheels, well into her 80's, and drove her friends to places they needed to be. Giving up her license this year was a difficult adventure. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother and friend. Verna valued family time and enjoyed cooking for all; especially the family's Christmas cookies. She was involved in many clubs; Sacred Heart, ICC, bingos and loved polka dancing. Verna could never pass up a bargain or helping a friend. She always put everyone else first and herself last. Surviving are three daughters; Marilyn Orlando and husband Patrick, Robbie Bonavoglia and husband Jim, all of Scranton, Ann Tasselmeyer and husband Alex, Cresco and a son Bob Trapper and wife Pattie, Scranton, seven grandchildren, many great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a sister Anna Mae Sinkevich and a brother John Lesniak. 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 Sacred Hearts Of Jesus And Mary Church, St. Paul Of The Cross Parish, 1217 Prospect Ave., to be celebrated by Rev. Richard Rojas. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Today from 4 to 8 PM.

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Violet A. Ceccacci

January 16, 2018

Violet A. Ceccacci, 95, a South Scranton resident, died Tuesday at Geisinger Mountain View Care Center. She was the widow of the late Ernest J. Ceccacci and the couple were married for 62 years. Born in Davis, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Mario and Louise Cremense Buscarini. She was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and was a member of St. Paul Of The Cross Parish. She formerly was a member of St. Francis Of Assisi Parish until its closure. Violet was a wonderful homemaker. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister who will be deeply missed. The family would like to thank the staff of Life Geisinger and the drivers, especially Rob and Jack, and the wonderful staff of Geisinger Mountain View Care Center, Camelot Section, for the care and comfort given to Violet. Surviving are a son, Vincent Ceccacci and wife Theresa, Las Vegas, a daughter, Louise Ceccacci with whom she resided, two grandchildren; Nicole Crawford and husband Roy, Las Vegas, and Atty. Vincent Ceccacci and partner Brian Hawkins, Dallas, TX, nieces, nephews and her furry grandchildren Chester, Emma, Baker, Piper, and Seamus. She was also preceded in death by two brothers Ozzie and Fred Buscarini, and four sisters; Yolanda Bucari, Madeline Golden, Lena Arnoni and Norma Pendell. 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 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 Italian-American Cemetery, Minooka Section. Friends may call Friday from 4 to 7 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Violet's name may be made to the donor's favorite charity.

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Donny Brier

January 10, 2018

Donny Brier, 67, a Dunmore resident, died Wednesday morning at home after being stricken ill. His wife of 27 years is the former Theresa Seachock. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Edward J. and Theresa Lucchi Brier. He was a graduate of Scranton Central High School and attended the University Of Scranton. He was employed by ADC, Inc. Donny was an avid drag racing fan. He deeply loved his grandchildren. Donny will be deeply missed by his family and many friends. Also surviving are a daughter, Leanne Supinski and husband Paul, Laflin, four grandchildren; Rachael, Jake, Sarah and John, his "favorite" sister, Judie Brier, Scranton, and nieces and nephews. A Mass Of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 AM in Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave. Friends may call at the church Monday morning from 9 to 10 AM. Interment, private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to NE Pet Fund and Rescue, PO Box 3953, Scranton, Pa. 18505.

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Rose A. Bauer

January 1, 2018

Rose A. Bauer, 58, a resident of the Minooka Section of Scranton, died Monday, January 1, 2018, at home after being stricken ill. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Mary Fahey Bauer. She was a member of St. Joseph's Parish and was a graduate of Bishop Klonowski High School. She was employed by Home Depot. Rose loved her Irish Heritage, dogs, especially pitbulls, and lighthouses. She will be greatly missed by her friends and family. The family would like to thank Home Depot for helping with the arrangements. Surviving are a brother Charles Bauer and wife Denise, Douglas, AZ., nieces and nephews, a great niece, a great nephew, and her faithful dog, Shamrock. She was also preceded in death by two sisters; Mary Ann Purnell and Debbie Greeley, and her longtime companion, Lori Wojewodski. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, January 13, at 11 AM in St. Joseph's Church. Interment, Parish Cemetery, Minooka. Friends may call Saturday morning from 10 AM to Mass Time at the Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, S. Abington Twp., Pa. 18411.

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Paul G. Poplawski

January 2, 2018

Paul G. Poplawski, 64, a resident of Moosic, died Tuesday at Riverside Rehabilitation and Nursing Center after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Taylor, he was the son of the late Stanley and Stella Zaremba Poplawski. He was a graduate of South Scranton Catholic High School. He formerly was the owner of Interiors, Inc. He was formerly employed by Matthews Paint Store, Kurlancheek's, and Penn Furniture. Paul moved to Philadelphia for two years then returned to work for Penn Furniture as an Interior Decorator. Surviving are a sister Carol Kosciuk, Moosic, a sister-in-law, Barbara Poplawski, Moosic, nieces and nephews including Sandra Poplawski, Ronald G. Poplawski, Matthew Poplawski and Raymond Joseph Kosciuk, two aunts; Dolores Barcoski and Gertrude Malaway and cousins, and seven great nieces and great nephews. He was also preceded in death by a brother Ronald Poplawski. Per Paul's request interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

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