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Obituaries

June 2024
George E. Schneider, Sr.
Marie T. Redding

May 2024
William E. "Billy" Saar
William "Buddy" Kays
Juli O'Donnell
Charles P. Miller

April 2024
Thomas A. Kettel
John A. Buntz

March 2024
Carl Evans
Norma Vail Reese
Eugene "Gene" C. Michinski
Joan A. Winters

February 2024
David Eugene Allegrucci
Thomas B. Kubelis
Robert J. Scheller, Sr.

January 2024
Ann Acierno Belardi
Michael A. Summa, Jr.
Rose Mazzarella
Jean C. Hoppel

December 2023
Jay Lewis
Lois Tilberry
Paul M. Monberger
Charles Bauer
Mary Lou Sweeney
Perry J. Brunori, Jr.
John F. McLaughlin
Frances Ann Evans (Daczka)
Judith Piazza

November 2023
Frederick J. Leibold, Sr.
Sally Ann Buckley
Mary E. Scovazzo
Edward J. (TED) Robson
Robert J. Scheller, Jr.
Michael C. Mitchell

October 2023
Peter F. Russin
Joseph P. Foley
James "Jimmy" M. Piccotti
Romayne B. Monahan
Thomas F. Finnegan
Mary Ronchi Petrucci
Fumi Miyagi Jimcosky
John F. Melliand
Keneth R. Tonkin
Joann M. Langan

September 2023
Carol A. Parry
Mariann Murphy Moran

August 2023
Barbara Patronick Morrow Mackie
Thomas R. Harrity
Rosanne M. Yaniga
Brian Christopher Kuklo
Marie Eileen Lydon Masters
Jude A. Predenkoski
Thomas V. Musewicz
Pamela A. Stahl

July 2023
Donald (Donny) Burke
Patrick J. Beggane
Thomas M. Foley
John A. Sabatini, Jr.
Alyce K. Farrell

June 2023
Robert J. Kerrigan
George E. Weller
Rose Marie Calianno
Wayne S. Kakereka
Carole Dunn
Robert E. Nitch

May 2023
Richard J. Winn, Jr.
Gary F. Bisignani
Freda (Betsy) Youngblood
Mary E. Parry, RN

April 2023
Rosemary A. Farischon
Michael J. Musewicz
John "Fritz" Robertson
Joseph E. DeMichele, Jr.
Edmund J. Piasecki, Jr.

March 2023
John Robert Olenchak, Jr.

February 2023
Peter F. Delfino, Sr.
Janet O. Neu

January 2023
Jeffrey Ganz
Lois M. Conway
Lucia Maria Granito
Maureen Ann VanGorder
Mae Farrell Walsh

December 2022
Edward W. Haefele
Irene M. Dorio

November 2022
Catherine M. (Kitty) Fisch
Edmund J. Pugh, Jr.
Milton L. Smith
Joseph J. Mulrooney
James (Jay) Wolfe

October 2022
Reginald F. Grayek, Jr.
Clare K. Hudak
Margaret L. Carroll
Margaret Mary Michinski
Michael Patrick O'Malley
Michael Walsh
Anne McCloskey

September 2022
Mary M. Zippetelli
Carl F. Russin, Sr.
Rachel O'Neill
Lucille Sabad Tovcimak

August 2022
Robert E. Bisignani
John J. Becchetti
Adele M. (Cookie) Fargione
Delores A. Cardoni
Alvin A. Charles, Jr.
Mary Ann Blasi
John Hopkins

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

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

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

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

March 2022
Diana Ogden Diana
Claire Ann Gaughan Bunnell

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

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


 
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George E. Schneider, Sr.

George E. Schneider, Sr.June 4, 2024

George E. Schneider, Sr. passed away on Tuesday June 4, 2024 at Allied Services Skilled Nursing Center. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years the former Miriam Heffron who passed away on June 5, 2010.

He was the son of the late Charles and Carrie Schumacher Schneider. He was a lifelong resident of South Scranton. A lifelong member of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish until its closing in 2010, he is currently a member of St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish at Nativity Church. He was a Eucharistic Minister for years; he was also a senior acolyte for funerals. He was a graduate of the former St. Mary's High School Class of 1947.

He was employed by Acme Markets for over 44 years holding many positions retiring as Head Grocery Clerk. His commitment to the youth of South Scranton was evident in the fact he was a former PIAA Basketball Referee and a founding member of the St. Mary's Basketball Association at St. Mary's Hall. He was also a Baseball Umpire at South Scranton's Harmon Field. He also served as Vice President of the South Scranton Little League for 25 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus North Pocono Council 6050 and the 4th Degree Father Joseph G. Barrett Assembly 1859 where he held many Officer positions in both groups. He was also a Marshall of the Knights of Colombus 4th Degree Calvert Province. An avid bowler he bowled in the South Side Businessmen League for over 68 years. He was also a longtime season ticket holder to the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Red Barons and the SWB RailRiders.

He was proceeded in death by sisters Marie and John Lahey, Margaret and Joe Rorick, and Ruthie and William Schmieg, brothers Carl and Lee Schneider, Joseph and Jane Schneider. A niece Carol Ann Pelchar and grandson Patrick Schneider, Jr.
His family was everything to him. He adored his children and their spouses, grandchildren and great grandchildren who affectionately called him Poppy immensely.

He is survived by sons George Jr. and JoAnn Schneider, Old Forge, Patrick and Cheryl Schneider, Charles and Kathleen Fanning Schneider, daughter Mary Ellen and Michael Richards all of Scranton. Goddaughter Janie Schneider. Grandchildren Elizabeth and Jeremy Caranza, Brittney and Ralph Woodyatt, Courtney and Bryan Lyons. Grandson Michael Richards, Jr. Great Grandchildren Gianna and Ivy Carranza, Siena and Camden Woodyatt. Numerous nephews, nieces, great nephews, and great nieces.

The family would like to thank the staff (Nurses and Aids on 2nd Floor South, office staff, and front door greeters) for their kindness and compassion for the last 2 years. It was greatly appreciated.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the North Pocono K of C Seminarian Vocations Fund care of NP Council 6050, PO Box 98 Moscow, Pa 18444.

The funeral will be Monday at 9:30 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in Nativity Of Our Lord Church, St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, 633 Orchard St., to be celebrated by Rev. Jonathan Kuhar, Pastor. Interment St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call Sunday from 4 to 7 PM.

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Marie T. Redding

June 2, 2024

Marie T. Redding, 102, a South Scranton resident died peacefully Sunday in Hospice of The Sacred Heart, Dunmore. She was the widow of Thomas P. Redding, Sr., who died January 14, 2017. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Adolph and Anna Steinmetz Lenherr.

She was a graduate of St. Mary's High School and was a member of St. Mary of The Assumption Church until its closure. Presently, she was a member of St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish. Prior to her marriage, during World War ll, she was employed in Washington, DC, as a secretary in the War Department of the US Army. After returning home, she was employed by the Veterans Administration.

Marie was a woman of deep Catholic faith and was a member of St. Mary's Altar and Rosary Society and the Mallinckrodt Auxiliary. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. The family wishes to thank Dr. Phillip Boccagno and Mary Ann Boccagno, RN , for the excellent care given to Marie. Also, they thank Linwood Rehab and Hospice of The Sacred Heart for their care and concern.

Surviving are two daughters; Ellen Redding, Scranton, and Kathleen Redding Bellitto and husband Paul, East Amherst, NY., a son, Thomas P. Redding, Jr., Washington, DC., two granddaughters; Erin Bellitto, Charlotte, NC, and Leah Bellitto, E. Amherst, NY., two sisters; Romaine Biedlingmaier, Easton, and Florence Sakovich, Scranton, nieces, nephews and grand nieces and grand nephews. She was also preceded in death by a sister in law and brother in law Ann and Joseph Gilleran, and two brothers in law Al Sakovich and Paul Biedlingmaier.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Jonathan Kuhar, Pastor, on Monday, June 10, at 10 AM in Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, 1217 Prospect Ave. Interment St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call at the church Monday morning from 9 to 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity.

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William E. "Billy" Saar

William E. "Billy" SaarMay 23, 2024

William E. "Billy" Saar, 73, a South Scranton resident, died Thursday at Geisinger CMC after an illness. His wife is the former Elena Bartczak and the couple were together for 24 years. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late William R. and Dorothy Louise Gebing Saar.

He was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, Class of 1969. He was self-employed as a painter and his customers often became his life long friends. The children of his customers affectionately called him Uncle Billy. He was the bass player for 49 years with Old Friends. Billy had an incredible love for music. He started off in a jazz band and it stayed with him all his life. He enjoyed listening to jazz on the way home from dinner on Saturday nights after spending time with friends and family. Billy listened to all genres of music and even chose the song he wanted to be remembered by, "Keep Me in Your Heart" by Warren Zevon. It spoke of the beauty and simplicity of life. Billy was an amazing musician and a loving friend, brother, uncle and husband. He believed in the power of laughter, always telling a joke to make people laugh and smile. He wanted, more than anything, for his laughter and jokes to live on. The family wishes to thank the staff of Geisinger CMC ICU and the Henry Cancer Center.

Also surviving are his siblings; John Saar and wife Teresa, Covington Twp., Barbara Lynott and husband Michael, Mt. Cobb, Jeffery Saar and wife Deborah, Lake Ariel, Susan Saar, Scranton, Stephen Saar and wife Jacqueline, Scranton, Christine Kohanski and husband Louis, Moscow, Deborah Saar, Clarks Summit, June Godlewski and husband Jarod, Taylor, and a sister-in-law Janet Saar, nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by two brothers; Lawrence and Kenneth Saar.

A Funeral Service will be conducted Friday, June 7, at 11 AM in St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 232 Wyoming Ave, Scranton, by Rev. Rebecca A. Barnes, Rector. Inurnment private at the convenience of the family. A Celebration of Life will be held later for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Research at https://donate.cancer.org/pancreatic, or to True Friends Animal Rescue.

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William "Buddy" Kays

William "Buddy" KaysMay 14, 2024

William "Buddy" Kays, 81, a resident of Scranton, died Tuesday in Dunmore Health Care Center after an illness. His wife of 60 years is the former Linda Wilfong. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late William L. and Dorothy Dolan Kays. He was a graduate of South Scranton Central Catholic High School, Class of 1960, and was a Deacon in the former Providence Presbyterian Church. He was a graduate of the McCann School of Mechanical Dentistry and was employed by Dr. Niranjan Desai and until his retirement three months ago, by Dr. Joseph Kelly. Buddy was a well known musician and Rock and Roll band leader of several groups including the BBK'S Expedition.

Also surviving are two sons; Chris Kays, Scranton, and Brian Kays and wife Cynthia, Virginia, a brother Kevin Kays, Scranton, eight grandchildren, and niece Annette Wilfong. He was also preceded in death by his daughter Laura Hamilton.

Funeral Arrangements will be announced at a later date.

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Juli O'Donnell

Juli O'DonnellMay 9, 2024

Juli O'Donnell, 60, a resident of Scranton, died unexpectedly Thursday at home. Her lifelong best friend is Patricia Dominick. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late William and Darlene Dittfield Townend. Juli had many friends, loved sports, and was a great mom and grandmother who deeply loved her family.

Also surviving are her children; Jamie Townend, Scranton, Alfred O'Donnell and wife Jessica, Pittston, Jessica Green and husband Michael, Scranton, Jennifer O'Donnell, Waymart, Samantha  O'Donnell and husband Amaker Green, Jessup, and Brandon Ward, Scranton, 24 grandchildren including four she raised; Haley, Freddie, Christian and Lily Santiago, two great grandchildren, her twin sister, Judy O'Neill and husband Arthur, South Carolina, and her brother Frank Townend and wife Sharon, Archbald, nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by four brothers, two sisters, and two granddaughters; Madison Green and Kylie Rose.

Friends may call Wednesday from 5 to 7 at the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. Inurnment private at the conveneince of the family.

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Charles P. Miller

Charles P. MillerMay 5, 2024

Charles P. Miller, 94, died Sunday evening in Dunmore Health Care Center. On May 16, he and his wife, the former Millicent Kelly, would have been married for 71 years. He formerly resided on the East Mountain section of Scranton before moving to Clarks Summit. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Charles J. and Louise Puhl Miller. He was a member of St. Peter's Cathedral and was a graduate of St. Mary's High School. He was employed for almost 40 years as a Firefighter for the City of Scranton. He was a member of the Firefighters Union Local 60. Prior to becoming a fireman, he was employed by Schumacher's and was a co-owner of Crown Market. He was a US Navy veteran of the Korean War. Charlie and his wife spent many years as Snowbirds in Venice, Florida. Charlie was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother who will be deeply missed.

Also surviving are his son David Miller and wife Erin, Mount Pocono, his daughter Janet Langan and husband Patrick, Scranton, 10 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son Ken, and sisters; Mary Ann Pantano, Louise Baltrusaitis, Romaine Larkin, and Florence (Dolly) Basalyga.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 11 AM in Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave., by Rev. Jeffrey Tudgay. Pastor. Interment with Military Honors will be in Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Friday at the Church from 10 to 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave., 18509.

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Thomas A. Kettel

Thomas A. KettelApril 16, 2024

Thomas John Kettel, age 67, passed away surrounded by his loved ones at Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore, PA on April 16, 2024. Tom grew up in a loving home and attended Scranton Technical High School. Son of the late Andrew and Ruth Schreiber Kettel, in his youth, he enjoyed "hanging out behind the High" with his good friend, Kavy, and his other "Southside pals." Tom spent many years working alongside his father and brother, Drew, at Brier's Market in South Scranton. Tom was a kind soul and a loving son and brother.

Tom was a parishioner of St. Mary's of the Assumption Church, Scranton. He was a long-time member of the Southside Bachelor's Club where he spent many hours playing darts and drinking a cold beer with his other Southside buddies. He was an avid Eagles and Penn State football fan. He enjoyed spending time in Atlantic City with his loving partner, Sharon McIntyre, who passed in 2012. In recent years, as a resident of Linwood nursing home, he enjoyed "the little things" like going for an ice cream cone, playing cards with his sisters and his cousin, Mary Jane Schreiber, and coloring beautiful pictures. Tom was a quiet man with a subtle, quick wit who made friends easily and will be missed by many. Despite Tom's challenges, he would always greet you with a sincere "how you doing".

Tom is survived by his sister Andrea Lucke, who took amazing care of him during the past few years, his brother, Drew (Judy) Kettel and his sister Lisa (Dan) Sutter, 10 nieces and nephews and 18 great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Jerry Lucke, Scranton.

The family thanks Linwood Nursing Home and the staff of Hospice of Sacred Heart for their wonderful care of Tom over the past 18 months.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 AM in Divine Mercy Parish, 312 Davis Street, Scranton, by Rev. Paul A. McDonnell, O.S.J., Pastor. Interment private at the convenience of the family. Friends may call at the church Friday morning from 9 to 10. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Epilepsy Foundation at give.epilepsy.com or to the Dravet Syndrome Foundation at dravetfoundation.org.

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John A. Buntz

John A. BuntzApril 3, 2024

John A. Buntz, 86, a long time resident of East Mountain was called home to be with God on Wednesday evening at Regional Hospital surrounded by the love of his family. He was born in Scranton to the late John Sr and Mildred Lang Buntz. He was a forner member and usher at Saint Mary of The Assumption Church for 72 years until its closing, then became a member of Immaculate Conception Church. He was also involved with the Knights of Columbus. He was a graduate of Scranton Central High School class of 1955 and the University of Scranton where he received a four year basketball scholarship. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserves from 1955 to 1963 when he was honorably discharged. He was very involved in his community as he was a former committee man of Boy Scout Troop 16. He was a former coach of South Side Little League, Connells Park Teener League, East Scranton Teener League, South Side Steelers Football and St. Mary's Biddy Basketball. He was a member of the Scranton Police Department for 27 years before retiring in 1989. He was chaplain of EB Jermyn Lodge No. 2, Fraternal Order of Police for 47 years and a former member of the Police Honor Guard. He was chaplain and secretary for the Lackawanna County Retired Police Officers Association for over 21 years. For his basketball ability he was inducted in the Greater Scranton Area, Chic Feldman Hall of Fame in 1994 and in 2000 he was also inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

He will be remembered as a quiet, kind-hearted, gentle, humorous, loving, humble person who was always ready to help others. He deeply loved his family and community. He was proceeded in death by his wife of 56 years, the former Ellen Mcguire and his son Robert F. Buntz. Surviving are a son Brian J. Buntz and fiance, Michelle Nealon, Scranton, one grandson John B. Buntz and his wife Casey Buntz and one great grandson John B. Buntz Jr of Scranton.

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. Jeffrey Tudgay, Pastor. Interment St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call Tuesday at the funeral home from 4 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.

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Carl Evans

Carl EvansMarch 19, 2024

Carl Evans, 92, the legend also known by many as Cactus Carl Evans, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 19th surrounded by family at the Allied Hospice Center in Scranton.

Carl was born, raised and lived most of his life in Scranton, residing primarily in the South Side and East Mountain Sections of Scranton. He was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School. He was a proud veteran of the US Army having served during the Korean War where he achieved the rank of Sergeant before his honorable discharge. Carl was the co-owner of Montclaire Motors in Scranton and Montclaire Summit Motors in Clarks Summit. He was also the owner of Carl Evans Auto Sales in Scranton and was proud to be a Car Salesman for over 50 years. He sold thousands of cars during his time in the business and continued to pass out his Cactus Carl business card to new and old friend he met along the way. He was also the cofounder of the Corvette Club of Northeastern Pennsylvania and continued to own a 1995 Corvette Pace Car to this day.

He is survived by his children; his daughter Carlene Flynn (Jake), Scranton, his sons; Wayne Evans (Nancy), Scranton, Keith Evans (Sue), Forestville, California, and Brian Evans, Scranton, also his 9 grandchildren; Kyle Evans (Donna), Jonathan Flynn, Jade Flynn, Morgan Evans (Liz), Christian Evans (Kristin), Rory Flynn, Corey Evans (Lacey),  Jeremy Evans and Cody Evans. He is also survived by his sister Carol Marucci, Allentown. Carl also had 14 great grandchildren; Keira, Aela and Keller Evans, Jackson and Evan Flynn, Flynn, Adelaide & Valen Volchoff, Holden, Juliet, Cillian and Nolan Evans, Layla and Kaia Evans.

He was preceded in death by his former wife Isabel Evans, his mother Madelyn Ludwig Evans, his father George Evans, and his sisters Jean Schuster and Gail Tatasciore.

The family would like to acknowledge the compassion, caring and Kindness of the staffs at Lehigh Valley Hospital ER and the Allied Hospice Center. We will always remember you. A Mass of Christian Burial and a Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, March 23rd at Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Avenue, Scranton to be celebrated by Rev. Patrick Albert. Interment will follow at Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.

Relatives and friends may pay their respects at the Church from 9 AM to Mass time. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc. Memorial donations can be made in Carl's name to Howard Gardner Multiple Intelligence Charter School or to the Veteran's Organization of your choice.

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Norma Vail Reese

Norma Vail ReeseMarch 10, 2024

Norma Vail Reese was born in Carbondale, PA, on Jan. 3, 1939, to Rev. Norton Vail and Alta Mae Pierce. After finishing high school in Carbondale, Norma worked in the office of the Scranton Lace Factory. In 1990, Norma became caretaker and archivist of Forest Hill Cemetery in Dunmore. She resided at the cemetery's entrance for 34 years, befriending many visitors. With her passion for and vast knowledge of regional history, she researched the lives of a substantial number of "her 18,000 residents" in the cemetery and "loved every minute of it." She painstakingly documented much of the cemetery's history from 1870 on and took great pleasure in assisting people in discovering their own genealogy. Featured in local newspapers for her work, she lectured on her extensive research at Scranton's Albright Memorial Library, which has posted her lectures on its website.

Norma passed away at Elan Skilled Nursing, Scranton, on March 10, 2024 and is survived by her husband, Dennes Reese, and predeceased by her son James Russell Callanan. A summer memorial service is planned. Please visit "Forest Hills Friends" - Facebook. Memorial contributions can be made to Forest Hill Cemetery Association c/o Fidelity Bank, Dunmore.

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Eugene "Gene" C. Michinski

Eugene "Gene" C. MichinskiMarch 10, 2024

Eugene C. Michinski, "Gene", 94, of the Nativity section of Scranton, passed away peacefully on March 10, 2024 in the presence of family. Gene was born at St. Mary's Hospital in Scranton in 1929 to Edward and Mildred Michinski, and grew up on Prospect Ave, attending Daniel Webster Elementary, and graduating from Scranton Tech in 1947. He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 69 years, Mary; his sister, Lucille Zilla, of Landing, New Jersey; and his grandson Michael Michinski.

Gene loved his family more than anything, and was so very proud of his wife, kids and grandkids. Anyone who knew Gene could tell you about Gene's family, he was that proud.

It started early, at age 8, when he began selling newspapers on the corner outside of the Yankee Lunch, hawking for passersby the headlines of the day. Like many kids during the Great Depression, helping out the family was something everyone did, they had to. He also raised chickens, collected bottles, and pulled a wagon along the train tracks (with his little sister inside) to collect coal chunks fallen from passing trains.

His passion for newspapers would come to be a central part of his life. Because of the GI Bill, he attended printing school in New York City. That would begin his career of more than 43 years as a newspaper printer, working on presses in Philadelphia, New York City, Toledo, Scranton, and, finally Wilkes-Barre, with more than 37 years at the Sunday Independent, retiring in 1993. Along the way, he became active in the printers union, eventually becoming vice president and leading contract negotiations.

He met the love of his life, Mary Murray, at the Old Windmill and asked her to dance to "Goodnight Irene". They married and had three children, Gene Jr., Eddie and Chrissy. In part to help with the bills, Gene took a part time position at Scranton Preparatory School in 1965. That decision would bring Gene to also celebrate more than 50 years at Scranton Prep, serving where he was needed, whether selling tickets at events, managing the equipment for the boys and girls sports teams, or being the man at the door when you walked into Prep. As much as printing meant to Gene at the onset of his career, Prep meant just as much at the sunset. He loved his time at Prep, and was always present on the field or the court of most of the athletic events.

He also gave back to the community, serving as a volunteer or leader in boy scouts, softball, and baseball.

Gene loved his annual vacations to the beach, which always included his kids and grandkids. "Pa", as he came to be called, was the grandpa that could give his approval or disapproval with just a nod or a look. Trying to be a tough guy, he almost always came across as a sweetheart, and that's just the way he was.

Surviving are sons Eugene Jr. and wife Debbie, Springville, Eddie and fiancee Kenenne Alderman, Alaska; and daughter Chris Conner and husband Walter, Delaware; six grandchildren Andrea Michinski, Caitlin Michinski, Brittany Conner, Deanna Michinski, McKenzie Conner, and Quinn Michinski; and additional daughter-in-law Kelly Michinski, Forty Fort.

The family would like to thank the staff of Marywood Heights for the kindness and care given to Gene. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cody Barrasse Foundation.

The funeral will be Friday at 9:30 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Nativity of Our Lord Church, 633 Orchard St. to be celebrated by Rev. Jonathan P. Kuhar, Pastor. Entombment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 3 to 7 PM.

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Joan A. Winters

Joan A. WintersMarch 4, 2024

Joan A. Winters, 90, died Monday at her home in The Pines Senior Living, Clarks Summit. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Frank Winters, in 2006. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Anna Weinschenk Sporer. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and was a graduate of St. Mary's High School. Joan loved being a caretaker to her grandchildren, family and friends. She enjoyed baking, reading and crossword puzzles.

Surviving are her children; Kathy Terry and husband James, Scranton, Frank Winters and wife Christine, Carmel, IN., Jackie Munley and husband Michael, Scranton, and Robert Winters, Scranton, 6 grandchildren, one great grandson and nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by two brothers Al and Paul Sporer, and three sisters; Ruth McAndrew, Marie Skibinski, and Helen Deininger.

The funeral will be Friday at 9:30 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave. to be celebrated by Rev Paul McDonnell. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 5 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Allied Hospice.

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David Eugene Allegrucci

David Eugene AllegrucciFebruary 26, 2024

David Eugene Allegrucci, 61, of Buckeye, AZ, passed away on February 26, 2024, after a brief battle with Pancreatic Cancer. He was born on July 6, 1962, in Scranton, PA, to Jean Gallagher-Aronson and the late Eugene Allegrucci.

David was the proud owner of the Allegrucci Law Firm. He graduated from Bishop Hannan High School and went on to attend the University of Scranton and the University of Dayton Law School.

A nature enthusiast, David traveled on numerous African safaris and loved spending time outdoors, especially hiking in the desert to track wildlife. He had a deep appreciation for sunsets, his cats, and the beauty of the desert after a rainfall. An avid Arizona Cardinals fan, David held season tickets for over 30 years. He enjoyed hunting, hiking, writing, reading and fly fishing in his leisure time. He was especially proud of his Italian heritage and spoke of it often.

David will be dearly missed by his siblings, Gary Allegrucci (Debbie Allegrucci) and Terri Allegrucci, his nieces and nephews, Jeanmarie Biemer (Jack Biemer), Olivia Hart (Jim Hart), James Winger and Emily Allegrucci, as well as many friends in Pennsylvania and Arizona.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10:30 AM in St. Paul's Church, 1510 Penn Ave., Scranton by Msgr. Neil Van Loon, Pastor. Friends may call Tuesday morning at the church from 9:30 to Mass time. Interment Italian-American Cemetery, Minooka Section.


David's faith was an essential part of his life and he worshipped at Saint Henry's Catholic Church in Buckeye, AZ. We believe his strong faith has guided him to his eternal home with God. May David rest in peace, surrounded by the love and memories of those who cherished him.

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Thomas B. Kubelis

Thomas B. KubelisFebruary 15, 2024

Thomas B. Kubelis, 81, a resident of Scranton, died Thursday at Geisinger CMC after an illness. His wife of 54 years, the former Elizabeth Ackerman, died in 2018. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Bernard T. and Jean Walsh Kubelis. He was a member of St. Vincent De Paul Church until its closure. He was a US Marine Corps Veteran and was a member of American Legion Post 920, Scranton. He was self employed as a carpenter. Tom was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who will be deeply missed.

Surviving are his children; Tina Cibik and husband Theodore, Moosic, Lorraine Hoover and husband George, Moscow, Thomas Kubelis and wife Margaret, Olyphant, and Nicole Kubelis, Covington Twp., 9 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, a step sister Sharon Shank, MI., and nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a son Ronald, and three brothers; John, Ronald and James.

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. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, 633 Orchard St., to be celebrated by Rev, Mark DeCelles, Assistant Pastor. Interment Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Friends may call Monday from 5 to 7 PM.

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Robert J. Scheller, Sr.

Robert J. Scheller, Sr.February 1, 2024.

Robert J. Scheller, Sr., 75, a resident of South Scranton, passed away Thursday in Regional Hospital after a brief illness. His wife of 52 years is the former Claire Uhl. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Edmund and Margaret Doyle Scheller.

He was a member of St. Ann's Basilica and was a graduate of South Scranton Central Catholic High School, and Lackawanna Junior College and Bethel College, McKenzie, TN., where he was a member of TKE Fraternity. He served in the Pa. National Guard as a medic for 6 years. Bob was employed for over 40 years at Schott Glass Technology. He was a charter member of the original Bud Club, was a coach for St. Mary's Basketball and Harmon Field Little League, and he was a merit badge counselor for Boy Scouts Troop at Hickory St. Presbyterian Church. Bob was a member of the 606 Club, the Waldorf Club, American Legion Post 0920, was a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus, the Rev. Joseph Barrett Assembly, he was a former member of Scranton Mechanic Bowling League, and Bob was an avid Penn State, Giants, and Mets fan. Bob was a loving husband and father who will be deeply missed.

Also surviving is his daughter Amy Scheller Tutino, sons Christopher and Jeff Scheller, a daughter-in-law Jennifer Mahalidge, two brothers; E. John Scheller and wife Evelyn, and Gerard Scheller and wife Gail, all of Scranton, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was also preceded in death by his son Robert J. Scheller, Jr., and his sister Sharon Scheller.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, February 16, at 10 AM in St. Ann's Basilica, 1233 St. Ann's St. Inurnment, Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday, February 15, from 5 to 7 PM at the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. All are invited to go directly to the Basilica Friday morning. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to www. stjude.org.

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Ann Acierno Belardi

Ann Acierno BelardiJanuary 30

Ann Acierno Belardi, 2504 Winfield Avenue, Scranton, formerly of Yatesville, died peacefully on Tuesday, January 30, at the age of 95. She was the daughter of the late Pasquale Acierno and Lena Capone Acierno. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 44 years Albert A. Belardi, Sr.

She was a graduate of West Pittston High School and was the office manager for Siamak Hamzavi, MD. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church until its closing and later Divine Mercy Parish. She was the treasurer of the Young at Hearts Club and St. Francis Alter & Rosary Society.

Surviving are three sons and their wives, Albert A. Belardi, Jr. MD and Margaret, Chris A. Belardi, MD and Joyce Capuano and Patrick E. Belardi and Deborah, 8 grandchildren: Michael, Philip, Christian, Jess, Justin, Patrick, Daniel and Maria, 11 nieces and nephews, and a sister-in-law Angela Acierno.

She was preceded in death by her brothers Gaetano and Archangelo and his wife Helen, and her brother-in-law Piero Belardi and wife Evelyn.

Ann was a loving, compassionate, forthright person. She instilled confidence and courage in her children and grandchildren and provided guidance and support. Her greatest passion was attending their sporting events and lending a hand babysitting while tuning into the Phillies on her transistor radio.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 100 Williams Street, Dunmore or Divine Mercy Parish, 312 Davis Street, Scranton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Divine Mercy Parish of Saint Joseph's Church on Monday, February 5th at 10:00 a.m. Friends may call at the Church from 9:00 a.m. until the service. Arrangements are entrusted to August J. Haas Funeral Home.

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Michael A. Summa, Jr.

Michael A. Summa, Jr.January 22, 2024

Michael A. Summa, Jr., 55, a resident of the East Mountain section, died unexpectedly at home Monday evening. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Michael A., Sr., and Carol B. Jones Summa. He was a member of St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish and was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School. He was employed by Abington Heights School District. Mike was a loving son, father and brother who will be deeply missed.

Surviving is a son Shaw Summa, Big Rapids, Michigan, a sister Debra Daugherty and husband Michael, South Berwick, Maine, their child Levy Bettley and partner Will, North Brunswick, Maine.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated February 5 at 10 AM in Nativity of Our Lord Church, St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, 633 Orchard St. by Rev. Jonathan Kuhar, Pastor. Inurnment Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church at the above address.

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Rose Mazzarella

Rose MazzarellaJanuary 10, 2024

Rose Mazzarella, age 91, passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2024.

Rose was the loving wife of Nicholas Mazzarella, with whom she shared 43 years of marriage until his passing in 1997.

A lifelong resident of South Scranton, she was the daughter of Emilio and Mary (Barnaba) Viselli, and the sister of Benjamin and Albert Viselli.

Rose was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School. In addition to raising her family, she worked in retail, and as a teacher's aide for the Scranton School District. She was a devout member of the former St. Francis of Assisi Church.

She is survived by her children, Lisa Mazzarella, Scranton; Susan Mazzarella and husband Scott Reese, Rhode Island; Nicholas Mazzarella and wife Ann Marie, NYC.

Rose is now reunited with her beloved oldest son Michael Mazzarella, who predeceased her in 1979.

Rose's greatest love was her family. She imbued the values of faith, compassion, generosity, and service to others. People were drawn into her warmth and kindness, and she left an indelible impact on everyone who was fortunate enough to meet her.

A voracious reader throughout her life, her mind reached to learn new things. She possessed a love of history, nature, and culture, and was an accomplished gardener, and singer. She nurtured everyone through her exemplary culinary skills. Her gift for storytelling and uncanny ability to remember details remained with her until the day she left us.

Throughout her life, she accepted every hardship with grace, responsibility, and dignity. Her favorite expression of comfort and advice was "be hearty".

Rose's youthful spirit, radiant smile, wit, humor, and charismatic personality will be remembered and missed by all.

The family would like to thank the staff at Elan Gardens Rehab and DaVita Dialysis, South Scranton, for their loving and compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Theater Breaking Through Barriers, at TBTB.org.

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 Divine Mercy Parish, to be celebrated by Rev. Paul McDonnell, Pastor. Interment Italian-American Cemetery, Minooka Section. Friends may call Wednesday from 5 to 7 PM. 

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Jean C. Hoppel

Jean C. HoppelJanuary 1, 2024

Jean C. Hoppel, 86, a longtime resident of Scranton, died Monday morning in Hospice of The Sacred Heart, Dunmore. She was the widow of William Hoppel who died in 2020. Born in Carbondale, she was the daughter of the late Thomas J. and Helen Carden Neary. She was a member of St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish and was a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School. She was a retired employee of The University of Scranton. Joan was a loving wife, mother and sister who will be deeply missed.

Surviving are three children; William Hoppel, Wellsboro, Chris Hoppel and wife Brittney, Florham Park, NJ., and Jean M. Hoppel, Kingston, two sisters; her twin, Joan Scavo, Carbondale, and Rose Marie Pauken, Ohio, and nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a brother Fred Neary, and five sisters; Margaret Klikus, Isabel Yanchek, Helen Munley, Edith May Lomeo, and Ann Didato.

A Blessing Service will be conducted Friday, January 12, at 11 AM by Patrick Albert, Pastor, in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, 202 Pittston Ave. Friends may call Friday morning from 9:30 to 11. Inurnment to follow in St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association at https://act.alz.org.

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In Loving Memory of Jay Lewis

Jay LewisDecember 30, 2023

It is with heavy hearts that we bid farewell to Jay D. Lewis, who passed away at home last week. He was a remarkable soul whose kindness, humor and care touched the lives of everyone fortunate enough to know him. Jay, a beloved figure in the hospitality industry for many years, effortlessly forged connections and earned the genuine love of friends he considered family.

Known for his fabulous sense of humor and quick wit, Jay was a beacon of joy in the lives of those around him. His friendly nature and caring spirit created a warmth that made every encounter memorable. Colleagues, friends and acquaintances alike found joy in Jay's company and always, a laugh.

Jay was a gifted artist and a prolific traveler. His passion for travel and photography allowed him to capture the beauty of the world, reflecting his adventurous spirit and love for life.

Jay's heart extended beyond his art and career; it embraced the unconditional love he had for his sweet little cat, Torch, who brought him endless joy and comfort.

As we say our goodbyes, let us celebrate Jay's life - a life well-lived, filled with laughter, love, and the enduring imprint of a soul who brightened our world. May his memory continue to inspire us to be kind, embrace joy, and cherish the connections we forge with those we hold dear.

Jay was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Nan Lewis, and is survived by his brother John, sister-in-law Betsy, nephew Sean, cousins, and many, many dear friends.

Rest in peace, dear Jay, knowing that your light will forever live on in the hearts of those you touched.

A Blessing Service and Rite of Committal will be conducted on Wednesday, January 10, at 11 AM by Rev. Jonathan Kuhar, in the Chapel at Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Inurnment will follow. Memorial contributions may be made to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.

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Lois Tilberry

December 30, 2023.

Lois Tilberry, 75, a resident of Scranton, passed away at home Saturday evening. Her husband of 43 years is Ray Tilberry. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Mildred Jordan Schieber. She was a member of Queen Of The Apostles Parish, Avoca, and was a graduate of South Scranton Central Catholic High School. She was formerly employed by Preferred Meals. Her grandchildren were the love of her life. Lois was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be deeply missed.

Also surviving is her daughter, Jennifer Bitsko and husband Dillon, Nanticoke, three grandchildren; Damien Fox, and Grayson and Ava Bitsko, a sister Ann Hennigan and husband James, Carlisle, nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a sister Mary Kinney.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, January 8, at 10 AM in Queen of the Apostles Church, 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca, by Rev. Phillip Sladicka, Pastor. Inurnment Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Friends may call at the church Monday from 9 to 10 AM.

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Paul M. Monberger

Paul M. MonbergerDecember 22, 2023

Paul M. Monberger, 73, a resident of Scranton, died Friday at home. His widow is the former Ann Marie Luciane. Born in Allentown, he was the son of Joann Connolly, Allentown, and the late Paul L. Monberger. Paul was a retired electrician, was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, serving with the 101st Airborne.

Also surviving is a daughter, Denise Monberger, a sister Kathy Waschinski and husband John, Quakertown, 5 grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by two brothers; Frank and Robert Monberger.

The funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Veterans Promise, 737 Main St., Dickson City, Pa. 18519.

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Charles Bauer

Charles BauerDecember 14, 2023

Charles Bauer of Douglas, AZ, (formerly of Scranton, PA) age 73, passed away Thursday, December 14 after an illness. He was born on November, 11, 1950, son of the late Charles and Mary (Fahey) Bauer.

Charles is survived by his loving wife Denise Douglas AZ; daughters, Brighid (wife Kristi Kelly) Ardmore PA, Casey (husband Greg Schreiner) Phoenixville PA, and son Kevin Philadelphia PA; grandchildren Avery and Ruby Schreiner and Anthony Meyers. Charles was preceded in death by his parents and his three sisters Maryanne Purnell, Debbie Greeley and Rose Bauer.

Charles was a huge fan of Notre Dame football and old country western movies. He was also a history enthusiast who could tell you countless facts about the Civil War. In his retirement, Charles was an avid rancher, raising cattle, donkeys, mules, chickens and goats. He was a member of AOH.

A memorial service will be held at August J. Haas Funeral Home in Scranton on  Saturday, December 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. Interment will be held privately at a later date.

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Mary Lou Sweeney

Mary Lou SweeneyDecember 19, 2023

Mary Lou Sweeney, 90, a resident of South Scranton, died Tuesday morning in Allied Skilled Nursing Center. She was the widow of William Sweeney who died in 1992. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Peter C. and Jeanette Brazill Graff. She was a member of St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish and was a graduate of St. Mary of the Assumption High School where she was Salutatorian of her Class of 1953. Mary Lou was employed for 30 years as a Certified Nursed Aid at Holiday Manor. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be deeply missed. Surviving are her children; William Sweeney and wife Jill, Covington Twp., Nancy Ecklund and husband Robert, Scranton, Lisa Simoncelli and husband James, Jessup, and David Sweeney and companion Danielle Chamberlain, Friendsville, 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a sister Marjorie Geiger, two brothers; William and Ronald Graff, and an infant brother Bobby.

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 Nativity of Our Lord Church, St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, 633 Orchard St., to be celebrated by Rev. Jonathan Kuhar, Pastor. Interment St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call Wednesday from 5 to 7 PM.

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Perry J. Brunori, Jr.

Perry J. Brunori, Jr.December 13, 2023

Perry J. Brunori, Jr., 80, a South Scranton resident, died Wednesday evening in Aventura Terrace View, Peckville. His wife of 55 years is the former Carol Petrucci. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Perry, Sr. and Rose Rinaldi Brunori. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church until its closure and he attended West Scranton High School. He was a retired employee of the Scranton Times where he was a member of the 50 Year Club. He was a member of Teamsters Local 229. Perry was a devoted and loving husband and father. He loved going to the beach, traveling on cruises, visiting casinos, and hunting and fishing. Perry helped anyone in need, he was very generous.

Also surviving are his children; Perry J. Brunori lll, and Gina Howard, both of Scranton, his sister-in-law Marlene Games, Virginia Beach, VA., and nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by two sisters; Lucille Gera and Catherine Arcarese and husband Joseph and his son-in-law, Howard Miller.

A Blessing Service will be conducted Tuesday at 12 Noon by Rev. Mark DeCelles in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. with interment to follow in Italian-American Cemetery, Minooka Section. Friends may call Tuesday morning from 10 to Service time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity.

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John F. McLaughlin

John F. McLaughlinDecember 14, 2023

John F. McLaughlin, 71, an East Mountain resident, passed away unexpectedly Thursday morning in Regional Hospital. His wife of 48 years is the former Maureen Zwick. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late John H. and Marie Killian McLaughlin. He was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Church until its closure and was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School. Before His retirement he was a member of Ironworkers Local 489 and was employed as a welder. John was an avid Harley Davidson motorcycle rider and enjoyed riding his Harley all over the country. He travelled to all the states with the exception of Hawaii. John enjoyed his time spent with his family and grandchildren and coffee with good friends.

Also surviving are his daughters; Erin McLaughlin and fiance Kevin Kowalski,  Scranton, and Kelly Morris and husband Tom, Laflin, grandchildren Tommy and Emily Morris and Ryder Kowalski, a sister Ann Marie McHugh, Old Forge, nieces and nephews and his much loved furry buddy Jake, and many close friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 AM in Nativity of Our Lord Church, St. Teresa of Calcutta Parish, 633 Orchard St. by Rev. Jonathan Kuhar, Pastor. Friends may call at the church Monday morning from 9 to 10 AM. Interment private at the convenience  of the family.

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Frances Ann Evans (Daczka)

Frances Ann Evans (Daczka)December 3, 2023

Frances Ann Daczka Evans, 94, of Scranton, passed away Sunday, December 3, 2023, at Linwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Her husband of 55 years, Robert J. Evans, preceded her in death on June 11, 2014. She was born in Avoca on July 25, 1929, and was the daughter of the late Andrew and Aniela Winnicki Daczka.

Frances was educated in the Avoca schools and graduated from Avoca High School. At the end of her working career she retired from the University of Scranton.

Frances was a former member of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in South Scranton until its closure and then a member of St. Peter's Cathedral. She was a loving wife, mother grandmother and great grandmother, sister and friend and will be deeply missed by all who loved her.

Her greatest joy was her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed the time spent with them and also enjoyed a game of Bingo, crossword puzzles, a good book, and knitting and crocheting. One of her greatest assets was her generosity to others-willing to give to anyone in need- no questions asked.

Surviving are her daughters; Rosemarie Yaeger and husband Leo and Sandra Seymour and husband Theodore, all of Scranton, and Ann Taylor of Dunmore, grandsons; Brian Seymour and daughters Kathryn and Sylvie, Jason Seymour and wife Gillyan and daughter Paisley, and Matthew Taylor. Also surviving is a sister Sally Grossi of Scranton, a brother Charles Daczka of Avoca and a sister-in-law Dorothy Evans of Scranton, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by sisters; Antoinette Niedzwiecki, and Sandra (Alice) Wassel, brothers; Theodore Daczka and Edwin A. Daczka and son-in-law John P. Taylor.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 9:30 AM in St. Peter's Cathedral by Msgr. Dale Rupert. Interment Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Friends may call at the Cathedral on Thursday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 AM. In lieu of flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 30 E.D. Preate Drive, Moosic, Pa., 18507.

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Judith Piazza

Judith PiazzaDecember 3, 2023

Judith Piazza, 80, a resident of Scranton, died Sunday at home after an illness. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Rita Timoney Barber. She was a member of Divine Mercy Parish and was a graduate of Scranton Public Schools. She was employed for 51 years by Aramark Clean Room Services, working until her illness. She was a union member and enjoyed crocheting, making wreaths and flower arrangements. She loved assembling puzzles and solving sudoku puzzles. Judith was a loving mother and grandmother who was always there for others. She will be deeply missed. The family wishes to thank her caregivers including her sister Cathy, Marie, and Traditional Hospice and Dr. Daniel Shust and Staff for their care and compassion.

Surviving is her son and caregiver James Piazza and wife Anita, grandsons Jimmy and Nico, all of Scranton, her sister Cathy Pizzutti and husband Ange, Scranton, her brother Mark Travato and wife Josie, Kentucky, nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10:30 AM in Divine Mercy Parish, 312 Davis St., by Rev. Paul McDonnell, Pastor. Interment Italian-American Cemetery, Minooka Section. Friends may call at the church Wednesday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society at cancer.org/donate.

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Frederick J. Leibold, Sr.

Frederick J. Leibold, Sr.November 25, 2023

Frederick J. Leibold, Sr., 80, a South Scranton resident, died unexpectedly Saturday at home. His wife of 56 years is the former Patricia Brazill. Born in Bridgeport, CT., he was the son of the late Frederick and Regina Jencholowski Leibold. He was a member of St. John Neumann Parish and was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School. He was an Air Force veteran. He was a retired employee of RCA. Fred was a coach for South Scranton Little League and was team manager for American Legion Post 948 and played for the Dante Club Softball. He was very active in youth sports. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, gardening and golf where he had 7 witnessed hole in ones. He also enjoyed working on home remodeling projects. In his youth he loved the Brooklyn Dodgers and later was a life-long fan of the NY Giants. Fred was a loyal, faithful and devoted husband to Patricia, and was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He was an enthusiastic leader of family games and events. He will be deeply missed by many.

Also surviving are his children; Frederick Leibold, Jr. and wife Gloria, Seattle, WA., and their children, Joshua and Nathaniel, daughter Linda Leibold, Wyoming, son Kevin Leibold and wife Lynn, Summerdale, a sister Patricia Marciniak, GA., two brothers; Arthur Leibold and wife Josephine, Myrtle Beach, SC., and Richard Leibold and wife Ellen, South Canaan, nieces and nephews including Karen Cavanaugh. He was also preceded in death by a brother-in-law Francis Brazill, Sr., a sister-in-law Marion Cavanaugh, and a niece Kathleen Cavanaugh, and two nephews; Francis Brazill, Jr. and John Brazill.

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 Nativity Of Our Lord Church, St. John Neumann Parish, 633 Orchard St. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Friday 5 to 7 PM and Saturday morning from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.

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Sally Ann Buckley

November 22, 2023

Sally Ann Buckley, 72, a resident of Scranton, died unexpectedly Wednesday at home. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late John J. and Sally Blasi Buckley. She was a graduate of Bishop Hannon High School and was a member of St. Lucy's Parish. She was formerly employed by RCA and retired from Cinram. She loved cooking and enjoyed crafting and shopping. In spite of her tough exterior, she was a very caring and loving woman. The family would like to thank the ladies of Webster Towers for their kindness to Sally Ann as a second family, especially Pat.

Surviving is her niece and Godchild, Michele Buckley, devoted cousins including William Buckley, her caregiver, a sister-in-law June Buckley, and an aunt, Rose Blasi. She was also preceded in death by her brother Jerry Buckley.

A Blessing Service will be conducted Tuesday at 7 PM in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. Friends may call Tuesday from 5 to 7 PM. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Kitchen, 500 Penn Ave., 18503.

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Mary E. Scovazzo

November 18, 2023

Mary E. Scovazzo, 100, a resident of Scranton, died Saturday morning in Green Ridge Care Center. She was the widow of Anthony Scovazzo who died in 1962.

Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Ubaldo and Veronica Rosenstein Eutizi. She was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish and was a graduate of St. Mary's High School. She was proud of being the first woman employee of the Weather Bureau. She was a member of the South Scranton After 50 Club. Mary was a talented seamstress, sewing everything from clothing to wedding veils to draperies. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be deeply missed.

Surviving are her children; Anita Perry, Scranton, Vincent Scovazzo and wife Lynn, Richland, WA., Marie Veon and Patrick Pelletier, Oil City, Anthony Scovazzo and wife Lilian, Richmond, VA., and Paul Scovazzo and longtime companion Rita Loza, Alexandria, VA., five grandchildren and five great grandchildren, a sister Rita Newland, Angola, NY, and brother Robert Eutizi and wife Laura, Ft. Pierce, FL., and nieces and nephews and cousins. She was also preceded in death by a sister Anna Sheehan and a brothers Walter Eutizi and James Eutizi and a son-in-law David Perry.

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 Holy Rosary Church, Mary, Mother of God Parish, 316 William St., to be celebrated by Rev. Martin Gaiardo. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 5 to 7 PM. In  lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the church at the above address.

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Edward J. (TED) Robson

Edward J. (TED) RobsonNovember 11, 2023

Edward J. (Ted) Robson, 80 years, of Clarks Summit and formerly of Scranton, died on November 11, 2023, at Allied Services Hospice Center.

His wife of 56 years is the former Marie Carrocci.

Born on September 22, 1943, Ted was the son of the late Clarence (C.J.) and Mary Forkin Robson. He was a 1961 graduate of Central High School. He received a Bachelor's degree in 1965, a Master's degree in 1968, and an Administrator's Certification from the University of Scranton. He studied at the University of Dayton, Ohio (Institute for Advanced Studies in Spanish), at the University of Guatemala, and at the University of Pittsburg.

Ted dedicated his career to teaching, mentoring, and coaching. He taught Spanish and social studies at Central High School where he served as Vice Principal. Subsequent administrative roles included Assistant Principal at West Scranton Intermediate School and Principal at Adams and Bancroft Schools. In addition, he coached eight grade boys' basketball at East Scranton Intermediate School, was golf coach at Central High School, and served as a PIAA track official.

He valued education and was very proud of the careers chosen by his children. He respected and admired teachers, coaches, and the entire support staff who helped foster lifelong learning for their students.

Following his parents' example and influenced by his Chapel School education, Ted was an altar server at the Cathedral of Saint Peter and the Immaculate Conception Chapel. He was a lector and served on the Parish Council of St. Francis of Assisi Church. He is a member of the Church of Saint Gregory, Clarks Green.

Ted loved playing golf. His father introduced him to the sport. He played at many golf courses, participated in the Industrial League at the Scranton Municipal Golf Course, and was a 20 year member at Emanon Country Club where he scored a hole -in- one in the year 2000 and again in 2006. He enjoyed playing golf with his father C.J., his son Phil, and his brother-in-law John Ryan, and his many dear friends.

Ted was a devoted son, brother, husband, father, uncle, and friend. He dearly loved his three granddaughters, Maya, Eva, and Sadie, and he cherished the time he spent with them. His love for Marie was profound.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Kristen Robson, MD and her husband Louis Benet and their daughters, Maya and Eva, Lexington, Massachusetts; Philip Robson and his daughter, Sadie; and Karen Robson PhD, South Abington Township. Survivors also include sisters Marilou Ryan and husband John, and Terri Robson and dear friend, Cheryl Lewis; Marie's brother, Vincent Carocci and his wife, Toni; and nieces and nephews: Colleen and Jeff Ryan, Judi and Terry Phillips, Lynn and Jay Ryan, Patty Carocci, Alison and Atty. Tom Carocci, Coutrney and David Carocci, and Missy and godson, Steve Carocci, Col. USAF Ret and their children.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, John, and Marie's parents Sophie and Roy Carocci. Marie wishes to thank the healthcare teams who compassionately cared for TR including Anthony, Katie, and Natalie (Traditional Home Health) and Matt and Maureen (Northeast Rehab).

Special thanks to Father Michael Boris for spiritual guidance.

A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am. on Saturday, November 18, 2023, at the Church of St. Gregory, 330 North Abington Road, Clarks Green, by Father John Lapera, Pastor. Friends may call at the church Saturday morning from 8 AM to 10:45 AM. Entombment will follow at the Italian-American Cemetery, Minooka Section. The family requests that memorial donations be made to Friends of the Poor, 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, Pa. 18509 (friendsofthepoorscranton.com) or to the charity of the donor's choice.

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Robert J. Scheller, Jr.

Robert J. Scheller, Jr.November 11, 2023

Robert J. Scheller, Jr., 51, a South Scranton resident, died Saturday morning in Regional Hospital after an illness. Born in Scranton, he was the son of Robert, Sr. and Claire Uhl Scheller, Scranton. He was a graduate of Scranton Preparatory High School, received his Bachelor Degree from The University of Scranton, and his Masters Degree in Molecular Biology and Gene Therapy from the University of Rochester. He performed many researches at universities around the country. Bob was last employed by Penn State University Library.

Also surviving is his sister Amy Scheller Tutino, two brothers; Christopher and Jeff Scheller, his fiance Jennifer Mahalidge, all of Scranton, aunts, uncles, cousins. He was also preceded in death by his maternal grandparents John and Claire Lantolf Uhl and his paternal grandparents Edmund and Margaret Doyle Scheller.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10 AM in St. Ann's Basilica, 1233 St. Ann's St. Inurnment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM at the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. All are asked to go directly to church Thursday morning. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, stjude,org.

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Michael C. Mitchell

Michael C. MitchellNovember 1, 2023

Michael C. Mitchell, 38, a resident of Scranton, died unexpectedly due to heart disease Wednesday at home. Born in Scranton, he was the son of Kevin, Sr. and Patti McIntyre Mitchell, Scranton. He was a member of Nativity Church and was a graduate of Bishop Hannon High School, class of 2003. He received his Associate's Degree from Lackawanna College. He was employed by Lackawanna County Prison as a Corrections Officer. Mike was the life of the party; family gatherings will never be the same. He was a lifelong Philadelphia Eagles fan and enjoyed spending his Sundays watching them play. He was a loving son, brother, "UNC", cousin and friend who will be deeply missed. Also surviving are his sister-bear Amy Mitchell and her daughter Madison, Scranton, and three brothers; Kevin Mitchell, Jr. and wife Tracey, Exton; David Mitchell and wife Sarah, and their son James, Scranton; Patrick Mitchell and wife Ashley, Roaring Brook Twp.; paternal grandmother Shirley Mitchell, Scranton; aunts, uncles and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather James Mitchell, maternal grandparents Thomas and Marie McIntyre and godmother Lisa Frable. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 11:00 a.m. in Nativity of Our Lord Church, St. John Neumann Parish, 633 Orchard St. Friends may call Monday at the church from 8 to 11 a.m. Interment private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association and/or the donor's favorite charity. If you knew Mike, he would want you to have a beer and a tray of pizza for him. The family would like to extend their thanks to everyone who has reached out during this difficult time. His parents ask that you hug your loved ones a little tighter tonight.

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Peter F. Russin

Peter F. RussinOctober 17, 2023

Peter F. Russin, 67, Manhattan, NY formerly of Scranton, was called home to his Lord and Savior on Oct. 17, 2023, at Lenox Hill Hospital, NY, NY after a short Illness. Born in Scranton he was the son of the late Carl and Antoinette (DeSanto) Russin. Peter was a 1975 graduate of Scranton Technical High School. Peter was a standout football player in high school. Peter was a Professional Bodybuilder and Certified Personal Trainer/Nutritionist. He competed in numerous Bodybuilding contest over the years winning or aways finishing in the top 5, one of his proudest was in 1993 at the Trump Taj Mahal in A.C. finishing in 4th place in the AAU Mr. Universe contest. Peter lived in Manhattan, NY for 35 years with a client list of who's who in NY. The majority of his clients became lifetime friends. Peter was one of NYC's best and most accomplished Personal Trainers. He was an amazing son, brother, uncle, partner to his beloved Debra. He was loved by his friends, clients and anyone that knew him. Our hearts are broken, he will be loved and missed forever. Surviving are his Partner of 30 years, Debra Brannon, brother Carl, sisters Marlene DePew and Linda Boczar and husband Bob, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. Services will be private at the convenience of his family. Arrangements handled by Crestwood Funeral home, New York, and August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., Scranton. Donations may be made to your favorite charity in Peter's name.

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Joseph P. Foley

JJoseph P. FoleyOctober 22, 2023

Joseph P. Foley, 86, a resident of Scranton, died Sunday at home. His wife of 64 years is the former Mary Jean Sevitski. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late William F. and Helen Sheridan Foley. He was a member of St. Paul of the Cross Parish and he was a graduate of South Scranton Catholic High School.Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Proctor and Gamble for 34 years. He was a 4th degree member of the Knights Of Columbus, Fr. Barrett Assembly 1859 for 58 years. Joe enjoyed repairing his own autos and fixing everything around the house. He and his wife enjoyed traveling, cruises and spending winters in Florida.

Also surviving are sons Joseph W. Foley and wife Mary Ann, Dickson City, and John J. Foley and wife Wendy, Olyphant, grandchildren; Krista Cox and husband Ryan, Archibald, John J. Foley, Jr., Scranton, Michael Foley, Olyphant, and Travis Foley and wife Norma, Travis AF Base, CA., great grandchildren; Michael Foley and Conner Cox, nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a son Thomas M. Foley, his sister Helen Walters and husband Donald, and a granddaughter Amanda Foley.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10:30 AM by Rev. Jonathan Kuhar, Pastor, in Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, St. Paul of the Cross Parish, 1217 Prospect Ave. Interment Parish Cemetery. Friends may call at the church Thursday morning from 9 to 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital at stjude.org or to Shriner's Children at donate.lovetotherescue.org.

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James "Jimmy" M. Piccotti

James “Jimmy” M. PiccottiOctober 19th

James "Jimmy" M. Piccotti, 77, of Scranton, passed away on October 19th after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Born on July 13, 1946 to the late James and Florence  Arduino Piccotti, James lived his rambunctious and curious young life on Genet Street in Scranton surrounded by friends and family, including his beloved sister, Celia Piccotti Laurynas. His home was across the street from St. Francis Church where he served as an altar boy for most of his young life.

As a kid, he was active in the Boy Scouts of America, eventually achieving the esteemed rank of Eagle Scout. He was also a dedicated member of the Brotherhood of the Order of the Arrow, which is the honor society for the Boy Scouts. As he grew older, James continued to contribute to the scouting community by serving as an instructor at Goose Pond and Camp Edward Boy Scout Camps.

After he graduated from Scranton Technical High School in 1965, he began working alongside his father as a union cement finisher for Local 100. It was during this time that he heard the call of duty and joined the Navy Seabees.

James completed two tours of duty in Vietnam, serving in Da Nang and Dong Ha. His military service was a source of immense pride. His deep appreciation for the sacrifices of all veterans prompted him to join the VFW in Jessup.

In 1974, he married his wife Joe Ann DeSandis. In 1983, he had a hand in creating his "greatest accomplishment:" his daughter Lindsay.

James was an extrovert who would chat up everyone he met. His warm and friendly demeanor attracted people to him, enabling him to make many friends over the course of his life. Whether he met them as a child, during his military service, working in various careers or later in life in his walking group, he treasured every single one.

James had a soft spot for people with physical and intellectual disabilities and volunteered every year at Tobyhanna Army Depot's Operation Santa while he was still employed there.

His hobbies included gardening, computers, and tinkering around the house. He prided himself in being able to fix anything with nothing more than a tin can and some duct tape.

Jimmy was a strong fighter who gallantly battled cancer for 12 years. Even after his right arm had to be amputated because of sarcoma, he carried himself with dignity and strength. While he is terribly missed, his family takes comfort in knowing he is now free from pain and living in peace with those who have gone before him. He's likely enjoying homemade Italian meals topped off with desserts of vanilla ice cream. He was preceded in death by his sister Celia Laurynas, and nice Ceil Ann Stevens. He is survived by his wife Joe Ann, daughter Lindsay LaRoque, son-in-law Timothy, beloved granddaughter Bailey, grand-pup Penny, niece Marie Elena Neyman, sister-in-law Karen DeSandis, one grand-niece, two grand-nephews and many cousins.

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. Peter's Cathedral to be celebrated by Rev. Jeffrey Tudgay, Pastor. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 5 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you perform an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for someone in need in Jimmy's name.

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Romayne B. Monahan

Romayne B. MonahanOctober 16, 2023

Romayne B. Monahan, 97, died October 16, 2023, in the Gino Merli Veterans Center where she resided the past two months. She was the widow of the late Jack Monahan and the couple were married for 50 years. She was the daughter of the late Anthony and Giacianta Nasoni Bazzucchi. Born and raised in South Scranton, she resided there until moving to Park Gardens where she spent over 12 happy years. She then resided with her daughter and her husband for the next four years.

Romayne was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church until its closure. She attended Scranton public schools. She formerly was employed by Andrew Brown's Drug Store and retired from Scranton Lackawanna Human Development as a secretary for Head Start. The family wishes to thank Dr. Frank Milani, her physician and friend for over 30 years, her most recent physician, Dr. Anthony Wylie, nurse Ruth Collins from Geisinger At Home, special thanks to the staff of Gino Merli Veterans Center for the compassionate care given, and thanks to the recreational staff. Romayne loved sitting in the sun on the patio talking with Randy and his wife, Joan. Special thanks to Beverly Wallace and Mary Kay Bazil who were more like family than friends.

Surviving are her daughter Patricia Pallien and husband John, Roaring Brook Twp., granddaughter Kerry Pallien, granddaughter Rhiannon Yanochko and husband Eric, great grandson Carson Yanochko, a son Kevin Monahan, Sr. and wife Jean, Scranton, grandson Kevin Monahan, Jr. and wife Loan, a great granddaughter Autumn Monahan, all of Ca., a niece, a nephew, and numerous cousins in Italy. She was also preceded in death by an infant brother Arnold.

A Blessing Service and Committal Rite will be conducted Friday, October 27, 2023, at 10:30 AM in the chapel of Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Inurnment to follow the services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or to the Gino Merli Veterans Center Recreation Fund, 401 Penn Ave., 18503.

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Thomas F. Finnegan

Thomas F. FinneganOctober 14, 2023

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Thomas F. Finnegan of Scranton and Philadelphia. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Francis J. and Elizabeth Whalen Finnegan. He was a member of St John Neumann Parish. He was a graduate of Scranton Prep and received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Scranton. Thomas was employed by the US Post office and then by FEMA as their Administration Services Branch Chief. He enjoyed going to many concerts and music was his life. He will be deeply missed by everyone.

Thomas is survived by his loving family, life long friend Carole Cupple Fisher, beloved daughters Jodie Heather Fisher Porter (Derek), Jessica Fisher Greene (Patrick), his grandchildren who he adored, Quinn, Keegan, and Kenzie.

Thomas is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.

Friends may call Saturday from 1 to 2pm at the August J. Haas Funeral Home, 202 Pittston Ave., Scranton. There will be a service at 2pm by Rev. Richard Ruff. Inurnment private at the convenience of the family.

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Mary Ronchi Petrucci

Mary Ronchi PetrucciOctober 12, 2013

Mary Ronchi Petrucci, 105, died Thursday at Mountain View Care Center after a brief illness. Mary was the widow of the late Fred Petrucci and she died on the 43 anniversary of his death. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Ubaldo and Caroline Menichetti Ronchi. She was  educated in Scranton public schools and was employed locally in the garment industry until her retirement. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church and the Altar and Rosary Society until its closure, then joined St. Paul of the Cross Parish. She also was a member of the Dante Club.

Mary moved to Florida a few years later and enjoyed gardening, ballroom dancing, going to the beach and shopping. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother great grandmother, sister and aunt who always enjoyed time spent with family and friends. She shared her last years living with both her daughters and their families. Surviving are her daughters; Marlene Games, Virginia Beach, VA., granddaughter Lisa Calascibetta and husband Todd, great granddaughters Kara and Kinley, grandson Michael Games, great granddaughters Izabella and Illana, daughter Carol Brunori and husband Perry, Sr., with whom Mary resided upon her return to Scranton, grandson Perry, Jr., and granddaughter Gina Miller, nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a sister Susan Ronchi Balducci, brothers; Victor and Louis Ronchi and a grandson-in-law, Howard Miller.

The family would like to thank the staff of Mountain View for their help and thoughtfulness throughout Mary's stay.

The funeral will be Friday 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. Interment Italian-American Cemetery, Minooka Section. Friends may call at the church Friday from 10 to 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lackawanna Blind Association, 228 Adams Ave, Scranton, 18503.

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Fumi Miyagi Jimcosky

Fumi Miyagi JimcoskyOctober 13, 2023

Fumi Miyagi Jimcosky, 84, a resident of South Scranton, died Friday morning at Geisinger Community Medical Center unexpectedly. She was the widow of Stanley Jimcosky Sr., who died in 1993. The couple was married 30 years at that time.

Born in Giowan City, Okinawa, she was the daughter of the late Kna Miyagi and was raised by Oba Miyagi. She was a member of Nativity of Our Lord Church. She was a dedicated mother and wife who adored her grandchildren. Her first priority was taking care of her family and home. In her younger years, she enjoyed gardening.

Surviving are her children: a son, Steven and companion, Suzette Jones, Taylor; a daughter, Carol Smurl and husband, Jerry, Scranton; a son, Stanley Jimcosky Jr., Scranton; and a son, Gene Jimcosky and wife, Michele, Scranton; grandchildren, Matthew Smurl, Scranton; and Colby and Shelby Jimcosky, Scranton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her granddaughter, Lindsay Smurl; and her sister, Kao Sakihama.

A blessing service will be conducted Tuesday at 10 a.m. by the Rev. Patrick Albert in the August J. Haas Funeral Home Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. Interment, Abington Hills Cemetery.

Friends may call Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.

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John F. Melliand

October 10, 2023

John F. Melliand, 63, 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 Fred A. (Fritz) and Jean Curry Melliand. He was a member of St. John Neumann Parish and was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, Class of 1978. He also was a graduate of Lackawanna County VoTech receiving his degree as a Machine Shop Specialist. He was employed for 30 years as a preservation specialist at Steamtown National Historic Site. John enjoyed trains from his childhood and Steamtown was his passion. He was a member of the Faith Hill Fan Club and truly enjoyed her music. Naturally, John's home hobby was model railroading. He was a loving son and cousin, a very generous man, a true gentleman, kind to everyone. The family wishes to thank Hospice of the Sacred Heart for their compassion, and also they thank the kind, compassionate neighbors who helped John.

Surviving are cousins and caring neighbors.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 AM in Nativity of Our Lord Church, St. John Neumann Parish, 633 Orchard St. Interment Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Friends may call Monday at the church from 9 to 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society at donate.cancer.org.

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Keneth R. Tonkin

Keneth R. TonkinOctober 7, 2023

Kenneth R. Tonkin, 92, a resident of South Scranton, died Saturday afternoon in Marywood Heights. His wife of 54 years, the former Claire Merrick, died in 2019. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Russell and Pearl Speer Tonkin. He was a member of St. John Neumann Parish, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society and worked at the bingo, and was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School. He was a US Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was employed by City Iron Works and then by McGregor Iron Co. He was a member of Steelworkers Local 521. Ken loved gardening and was known for his tomatoes, he was a fan of the Eagles, Penn State, and Boston Red Sox. The family wishes to thank the nurses and aids of Marywood Heights and the staff of Hospice of the Sacred Heart.

Surviving are Ken's sons; David Tonkin and spouse Nuno Almeida, Cliff Side Park, NJ, and Robert Tonkin and partner Josephine Leo, Scranton, a grandson Nicholas Tonkin, and many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Adrianna Tonkin, his brother Gerald Tonkin and two sisters; Adelaide Urna and Kathryn Coggins.

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 Nativity of Our Lord Church, St. John Neumann Parish, 633 Orchard St., to be celebrated by Rev. Robert Simon. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital at stjude.org.

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Joann M. Langan

Joann M. LanganOctober 2, 2023

Joann M. Langan, 62, a Scranton resident, died Monday in Geisinger CMC after an illness. Her husband of 10 years is Daniel Langan, Sr. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late John and Loretta Benke Gilroy. She was a member of St. John Neumann Parish. Joann graduated from Scranton Central High School and received her Master's Degree from the University Of Scranton. She also graduated from Williamsport Para Medical School and was employed as a paramedic for several years. She later was employed by several insurance companies before being employed by Geisinger CMC for over 20 years as a Senior Claims Adjuster. Joann loved the ocean and lighthouses and traveling with her husband to his 5K races. She especially enjoyed family and her Sister's Weekends. She was an avid football fan, especially liking the Minnesota Vikings.

Also surviving is her son, Daniel Hoban, Scranton, stepchildren; Dan Langan Jr., East Stroudsburg, Doug Langan and wife Stevie, FL., Denise Brkovic and husband Haris, NJ., and several step grandchildren, a brother Patrick Gilroy and wife Mary, Montana, two sisters; Colleen Waddell and husband Dana, Linden, and Mary Beth Lingle, Taylor, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 2 PM in Nativity Of Our Lord Church, St. John Neumann Parish, 633 Orchard St. Friends may call at the church Friday from 1 to 2 PM. Inurnment private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Assn., https://donors.diabetes.org.

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Carol A. Parry

Carol A. ParrySeptember 28, 2023

Carol A. Parry, 81, a South Scranton resident, died Thursday morning at Geisinger CMC after an illness. Her husband of 62 years is Frederick Parry. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Helen Birtell Gaus. She was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church and she attended Scranton public schools. Carol possessed a very big heart and she generously donated to many children's organizations. Her dog, Pepper, was a huge part of her life. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister who will be deeply missed. Also surviving are her daughter, Shelley Wassel and husband Bill, Dickson City, and her son, Frederick Parry, Jr. and wife Joan, Spring Brook Twp., grandchildren; Billie, Mathew, Valerie, Cami, and Freddy, and great grandchildren; Elise, Grayson and Xavier, siblings; Ethel Parry, Fl., Frank Gaus and wife Charlotte, Tunkhannock, Helen Gaus, Elmhurst, Edwin Gaus and wife Anastasia, Clarks Summit, Sharon Bittenbender and husband Fred, Dickson City, Earl Gaus, Scranton, and many nieces and nephews. Carol was also preceded in death by four daughters; Cheryl Dimond, Deanna Parry, Lee Ann Parry and Carla Parry, and a grandson William, and siblings Frederick, Howard, Paul, Harold, and Carl Gaus, and Evelyn Reitz and Ruth Bosack. A Funeral Service will be conducted Tuesday at 11 AM by Mother Rebecca Barnes, Rector, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. Friends may call Tuesday morning from 9 to 11 AM. Interment Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity.

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Mariann Murphy Moran

Mariann Murphy MoranAugust 23, 1952 - September 22, 2023

Mariann Murphy Moran, 71, loving wife of Gerard (Jerry) A. Moran, entered into eternal life on September 22, 2023.

Mariann and Jerry would have celebrated 31 wonderful years of marriage in October of this year.

Mariann was the daughter of the late James J. and Dorothy Huber Murphy of West Scranton. Her family, friends, and the charities and organizations to which she donated her time and skills were the center of her life.

She was a graduate of West Scranton High School, class of 1970, and the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. She was employed as a registered nurse and nursing supervisor at Moses Taylor Hospital for over 20 years.

Mariann served as past president of St. Joseph's Center Auxiliary and volunteered at the Center's annual summer festival for over 30 years, Her specialty was creating the colorful menu posters seen at the festival. She also used her artistic talents to decorate Christmas ornaments and paint custom stepstools, piggy banks, and other children's playthings.
She was a member of the Society of Irish Women and she gracefully undertook the demanding task of managing reservations and seating for the society's annual dinner for several years.

Mariann was a committee member of the Shamrock Heart Foundation and aided in the preparation of the shamrocks that were delivered to area hospital patients and nursing home residents on St. Patrick's Day.

In addition to her husband she is survived by her son James, Philadelphia, PA, twin sister Maureen and husband Thomas Mancuso, Jessup, PA, brother James and wife Eleanor, Clarks Summit, PA and sister Michele and husband Stephen Moffat, Jacobstown, New Jersey and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be on Wednesday, September 27th at 9:15 a.m. from the Haas Funeral Home, 204 Pittston Avenue, Scranton followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in Nativity of Our Lord Church (St. John Neumann Parish) 633 Orchard Street, Scranton. All are invited to go directly to the church Wednesday morning. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery in Scranton. Friends may call on Tuesday, September 26th at the Haas Funeral Home from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA.

The family would like to thank everyone who helped to care for Mariann during her illness especially Dr. Julie Speicher, cousins Carolee Vieira and Carol Thomas, the staff of Geisinger CMC's Surgical Unit and Geisinger Wyoming Valley's ICU, and Sacred Heart Hospice in Dunmore where Mariann spent her final days in peace and comfort.

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Barbara Patronick Morrow Mackie

Barbara Patronick Morrow MackieAugust 26, 2023

Barbara Patronick Morrow Mackie, 79, a resident of Scranton, died Saturday at Geisinger CMC. She was the widow of Robert Mackie, Sr. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Michael, Sr. and Nancy Lameo Patronick.

Barbara was of the Catholic faith and graduated from Scranton public schools. She was employed as a nurses aid by Lackawanna County, working at Mid Valley Long Term and Allied Services. Barb was a great storyteller, entertaining her family until laughter ensued. She loved cats and was responsible for spaying and neutering many over the years. Her personal cats were her life, especially Lucy and Randy.

The family wishes to thank the staff of the Green Ridge Nursing Home.

Surviving are her cousin, John Lance, Clarks Summit, many nieces and nephews and cousins, including Edward Patronick, Jr., Peckville, a daughter-in-law Lynda Mackie and husband Kevin, Scranton, a stepson Jeffrey Mackie, Scranton, a sister-in-law, Dolly Patronick, Olyphant. She was also preceded in death by her son, Scott Morrow, and three brothers; Edward Patronick, Sr., Michael Patronick lll, and John Paul Patronick.

A graveside Committal Service will be conducted Tuesday at 10 AM in Abington Hills Cemetery with Deacon Al Giacometti presiding. According to Barbara's wishes, there are no calling hours.

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Thomas R. Harrity

Thomas R. HarrityAugust 21, 2023

Thomas R. "Haps" Harrity, 76, died Monday at Regional Hospital after a sudden illness.

Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late John and Alice McGeever Harrity. He was raised in the Nativity section of Scranton, attended Scranton schools and was still working at 76 as a favorite delivery driver for Sheeley's Drug Store for several years. Prior to that he was employed by Mercy Hospital in Scranton in the housekeeping department, Consolidated Molded Products in Moosic, and Harper and Row, Dunmore. In Tom's early years, he enjoyed a good time, then became more relaxed in his "Golden Years." Known to the family as the perfect "Couch" potato, he enjoyed watching football, walking "always on the sunny side of the street" to buy a coffee at Northern Lights and sitting in the downtown. Tom loved oldies music, lying in the sun in his chaise lounge, anything peanut butter, and making homemade coleslaw, salads, and soups for family. He was a bingo caller, and later enjoyed playing bingo at Eagle McClure in Old Forge.

Tom was a family man and kept them close to his heart, always offering help in any way. His smile being infectious made it tough not to have a fondness for him. Tom loved having good times with family and many friends. All will miss him.

Surviving are his grandson Dylan and partner Adrianna, Scranton, grandson Declan, Scranton, and a great granddaughter Nia Grace, a very special companion and bingo partner, Ann Dempsey, Scranton, and her family, cousins, nieces and nephews, especially Ryan Kupiec and Linda Poli, and several childhood friends. He was preceded in death by a son Danny in 2020, brothers; Jackie, Jerry, and Joe, and sisters; Catherine Poli and Mary Alice Kupiec.

A graveside committal service will be held Wednesday at 10 AM in Cathedral Cemetery by Rev. Jonathan Kuhar. In lieu of flowers, offer an act of kindness to a friend or even a stranger in Tom’s memory.

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Rosanne M. Yaniga

Marie Eileen Lydon MastersAugust 17, 2023

Rosanne M. Yaniga, a Dunmore, Pa. resident, daughter of the late Andrew B. and Mary Surace Yaniga, passed peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2023.

A native of Hazleton, Pa., Rosanne, granddaughter of the late Joseph and Mary Sabol Yaniga Sr., and Bruno and Rosina Falcone Surace, attended Peace Street Elementary School and studied various musical instruments under the auspice of the late Fr. Joseph Ferrara.

Several of Rosanne's cousins and relatives continue to reside in the Hazleton area.

A graduate of St. Mary of Mount Carmel School, Marywood Seminary, Marywood College, University of Scranton, Rosanne practiced as a reading specialist within the Western Wayne School District, Lake Ariel, Pa.

Rosanne was a sweet, caring gentle soul who deeply treasured family connections and gatherings. A health food, exercise enthusiast, Rosanne appreciated travel, photography, music, dance and reading.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew B. and Mary Surace Yaniga; a sister, Candida J. Kalwaytis; a niece, Elisa Ann Kalwaytis; and an infant brother, Andrew Joseph Yaniga Jr.

Rosanne is survived by sisters, Barbara M. Antognoli and husband, John; Bernadette Yaniga Coco; a brother, Andrew James Yaniga and wife, Cecilia; a niece, Sara Antognoli Locher and husband, Ben; nephews, Colin A. Yaniga and wife, Gabrielle; Colton J. Yaniga; great-nephews, Chase, William Locher; and a great-niece, Vienna C. Yaniga.

A special thanks and sincere expression of gratitude to nurses, aides, administrators, the staff of Gardens of Scranton, Dr. Linda Lee, and Hospice of the Sacred Heart for their dedication, care and support of Rosanne.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, Clarks Summit, PA.; or to St. Ann's Basilica Annual Novena Fund, Scranton, PA.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Dunmore, Pa., on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023, at 10:00 a.m.

Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

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Brian Christopher Kuklo

Brian Christopher KukloAugust 15, 2023

We are sad to announce that on August 15, 2023, Brian Christopher Kuklo, 51, of Naples, Florida, passed away.

Brian was a former student at Bridgewater Raritan High School, Bridgewater, New Jersey. He was a member of the Teamsters Union. His last place of employment was Nitta Casings, Inc., Bridgewater, New Jersey.

He is survived by his children Alyssa and Christopher, his parents Anthony and Sandra, his brother Timothy (Catherine Milne), his niece Laura, and his nephews Colin and Bryan.

A viewing will be held at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church (Saint Paul of the Cross Parish), 1217 Prospect Avenue, Scranton, Pennsylvania, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday October 4, 2023, followed by a funeral mass at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Abington Hills Cemetery, 800 Morgan Highway, South Abington Township, Pennsylvania.

On Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 10:00 a.m., a memorial mass will be celebrated for Brian at The Church of the Holy Trinity, 60 Maple Street, Bridgewater, New Jersey.

"YOU WERE ONE OF A KIND IN THE UNIVERSE AND LIKE A SHOOTING STAR YOU CAME AND LEFT TOO SOON."

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Marie Eileen Lydon Masters

Marie Eileen Lydon MastersAugust 13, 2023

Marie Eileen Lydon Masters, 97, died peacefully at home on August 13, 2023. She was the widow of Earl Bresser Masters, who died on November 7, 1997 after 47 years of marriage.

Born in Scranton on February 14, 1926, Marie was the daughter of the late Martin and Regina Mattal Lydon. A 1943 graduate of Scranton Central High School, Marie received a Century Club scholarship to continue her education, first earning a nursing diploma in 1947 from St. Mary Mater Misericordiae Hospital, then finishing her education by obtaining a certification degree in public health from the University of Pennsylvania. She served as an army nurse cadet at Allentown State Hospital, was then employed as a registered nurse by the Visiting Nurses Association and was later employed at the Green Ridge Nursing Home, retiring in 1984.

Marie is survived by six children; Earl, Martin and wife Elaine, Marie and husband Charles Litwin, Michele and husband Richard Tornambe, Rosemary Blanken, Patrick and wife Eileen. She is also survived by sister-in-law Marie Litterio Masters, the only surviving member of her generation. Marie and Earl were additionally blessed with 16 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by sisters Regina Lewis, Marguerite Smith, Evelyn Borys, brother, Martin Lydon, and son-in-law John Blanken.

A funeral Mass was held at the Parish of St. John Neumann, Scranton, Pa. followed by a private Mass and burial at the Cathedral Cemetery from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, 202 Pittston Ave., Scranton, at the convenience of the family. Pallbearers were Richard and Michael Tornambe, John Blanken, Christopher, Justin and Robert Masters.

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Jude A. Predenkoski

Jude A. PredenkoskiAugust 6, 2023

Jude A. Predenkoski, 84, a resident of Moosic, passed away Sunday evening in Regional Hospital. His wife of 59 years is the former Mary Ellen Horvat. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Stanley and Margaret Altmann Predenkoski. Jude was a member of St. Peterls Cathedral and he graduated from St. Mary of the Assumption High School and he received his Masterls degree from Drexel University, Philadelphia. Until his retirement, he was employed by PENNDOT as a Civil Engineer. He was a member of the Knights Of Columbus, North Pocono Council and the Pocono Riderls Club of Tannersville. Jude was a loving husband, father and grandfather who will be deeply missed. Also surviving are sons; Stephen Predenkoski and wife Mary, Hanover, MD., and David Predenkoski and wife Lisa, Andover, NJ., three grandchildren; Meghan, Alex and Ryan Predenkoski. He was also preceded in death by his sister Mary Ann Villano. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 9:30 AM in St. Peter's Cathedral by Msgr. Dale Rupert. Inurnment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call at the Cathedral Monday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Josephls Center or to the donor's favorite charity.

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Thomas V. Musewicz

Thomas V. MusewiczAugust 6. 2023

Thomas V. Musewicz, 72, of Scranton, PA, passed away on Sunday, August 6, at Geisinger CMC, Scranton. Tom was born on March 25, 1951, to the late Vincent John and Ann (Murray) Musewicz. After graduating from South Catholic High School in 1969, he enrolled at The University of Scranton and earned his Bachelor's Degree in English in 1975. In pursuance of his political dreams, Tom then enrolled in and graduated from Marywood University with a Master's in Public Administration in 1981. These interests framed Tom for the rest of his days.

In addition to various government pursuits, Tom worked for his entire career at Lackawanna College, beginning as an adjunct faculty member. In 1987, he was appointed to a full-time faculty position in the Humanities Department and eventually rose to the rank of Assistant Professor, which he held proudly until retirement.

Tom's love for literature, history, religion, and politics shaped his life. He was always ready to have a serious conversation with anyone on any topic and was not afraid to disagree in order to make his point. Placing a high value on the life-long pursuit of knowledge, he often told his students, colleagues, and anyone who would listen that education was not about getting a job, but rather about "smoothing out the rough edges." Developing the intellect was of greatest importance.

Tom's infectious smile and quick wit brought immeasurable joy to all who knew him, and it was the love of friends and family that also defined Tom's life. Everyone knew and liked him, seeking him out for conversation about anything from politics to the New York Yankees, and he was a loyal Democrat to the end. A true embodiment of intellect, charisma, kindness, and generosity, he had the ability to capture an ear and teach something new each time he spoke to someone.

Tom often said that his greatest gift was his wife Suellen, and their love for each other was unwavering. They both started working at Lackawanna College around the same time, but it took a few years for him to discover that she was the love of his life. When that happened, his friends, family, and even their colleagues at the College rejoiced. Suellen and Tom grew their life together at Lackawanna, from falling in love and marrying, to having their daughter and seeing her graduate. Their love story was truly legendary.

His love for his wife and daughter was bigger than him, and he often told Maggie that he would love her until there were no mountains or sky. That was Tom.

Although always very full of life, in his later years Tom faced some significant health challenges. However, he kept coming back from them and bravely fought on with the ever-present support and love of family and friends. Finally, though, he had no fight left.

For all of us, life will never be the same without Tom's large, loving presence, but we are all so enriched by having had the privilege of knowing him.

Tom is survived by his wife, Suellen (Lewis) Musewicz; his daughter Maggie and her wife, Dalis; his brother John and wife, Gail; his sister Mary (Musewicz) Bradford, and his close friend whom the siblings consider a sister, Sheila (Cotter) Kohut; his sister-in law Diane Musewicz (wife of brother Vince); he is also survived by his many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews; his cousins Judy Coleman, Mary Lou Emmel, Helen Byrne, and numerous second cousins. Tom was preceded in death by his brothers Vincent J. Musewicz, Jr., Joseph M. Musewicz, and Michael J. Musewicz.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 AM on Friday, August 11, 2023, at Saint John Neumann Church (formerly Nativity of Our Lord Parish), South Side, Scranton. Friends and family may pay their respects from 9-11 AM.


Interment: The Cathedral Cemetery, 1708 Oram St, Scranton, Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made in his name to the American Lung Association or the charity of your choice.

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Pamela A. Stahl

Pamela A. StahlAugust 2, 2023

Pamela A. Stahl, 65, formerly of Factoryville and Taylor, died Wednesday at home in Henrico, VA. She was the widow of the late William Stahl who died in 2021, the couple were married for 28 years. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Ruth Bethel Jones Griswold. She was a member of St. Ann's Basilica and was a graduate of West Scranton High School. She received her masters in social work from Penn State and her masters in teaching from Marywood University. She was employed as a teacher in St. Michael's School in Tunkhannock and retired from being a counselor at Scranton Counseling Center. Pam loved gardening, enjoyed swimming, liked being outdoors and she also loved baking. Surviving is her son Nicholas Gerard Stahl, Richmond, VA., and her daughter Angela Ruth Stahl, Baton Rouge, LA., a brother Stephen Griswold and wife Liz, Murrell's Inlet, SC, and a nephew Stephen Griswold, two nieces; Lauren Griswold and Jennie Tober. The funeral will be Saturday at 9:30 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in St. Ann's Basilica. Interment will be private in Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 4 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to DaVita Montage, 3409 Birney Ave., Moosic, 18507.

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Donald (Donny) Burke

Donald (Donny) BurkeJuly 31, 2023

Donald (Donny) Burke passed away peacefully at St. Mary's Villa Nursing Home on July 31st, 2023 at the age of 74. Donny was born in South Scranton in 1948 and lived there until moving to the Assisted Living facility at St. Mary''s Villa 7 years ago.

He was preceded in death by his parents William H.& Teneta Nish Burke. Donny was a classic example of someone who never let his developmental disability interfere with his many and varied accomplishments. Donny was prepared by his parents and siblings, Bill and Paul for all that life would bring. He was a successful graduate in 1967 of Scranton Technical High School. He was a proud "Tech" alumnus having been voted "Everybody's Best Buddy" by his classmates. Immediately upon graduation he actually walked up the street to the Mercy Hospital where he worked in Dietary for 46 very happy and enjoyable years before retirement. He prided himself on his many friends and co-workers and his outstanding attendance record. He was a regular member of the Mercy Bowling Team.

He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church in South Scranton until its closing where he served as an usher at the Saturday Liturgy. He worked every year at the Church's annual Spaghetti Dinner.

You would not have much luck in a game of Chess with Donald. He defeated many competitors through the years and had been affectionately known as the Chess Champion of St. Mary's Villa. He loved crossword puzzles and the challenge of large jigsaw puzzles but most of all he loved people. Not long after moving to the Assisted Living he called everyone by name - staff and residents alike. He took part in every activity. He loved Mass, coffee hour, afternoon programs and trips. The only thing he skipped was the exercise program. He felt that was just for others.

Donny was a regular attendee at the Arc of NEPA Thursday night Recreation activities when he lived at home.

He had an amazing ability from an early age on to endear himself to all he met. It can truly be said that he never met anyone that he didn't like.

He is survived by his brothers, William and (Carol) of Moscow, Pa. and Paul and (Jane) of Bethlehem, Pa., his niece Paula (Peter) Benard and great niece and nephew, Katherine and Alex Benard. Also, many cousins that he remained in close contact with over the years.

The family wishes to express our deep and heartfelt appreciation to the entire staff at St. Mary's Villa for the excellent care provided to Donny for the past 7+ years.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday August 5th in St. Eulalia's Church 214 Blue Shutters Road Roaring Brook Twp, Pa at 10:30AM preceded by a viewing for family and friends at 9:15AM.

Interment will be at St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow, Pa.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Villa 516 St. Mary's Villa Rd. Elmhurst Twp., Pa 18444 or the Arc of NEPA 115 Meadow Ave. Scranton, Pa. 18505

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Patrick J. Beggane

Patrick J. BegganeJuly 12, 2023

Patrick J. Beggane, 63, a resident of Carbondale, died Wednesday at Geisinger CMC after a long illness. His wife of 33 years is the former Lori Hulbert. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Vincent and Ann Ruggiero Beggane. He was of the Catholic faith and was a graduate of Stroudsburg High School. He also attended Northampton County Community College. He was employed for 37 years at Tobyhanna Army Depot. Pat was a collector of Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars since his younger days. Also surviving is his sister Roseann Gordner and husband Frank, Benton, and nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews. A Blessing Service will be conducted Monday at 11 AM in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Monday from 9 to 11 at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Center.

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Thomas M. Foley

Thomas M. FoleyJuly 9, 2023

Thomas M. Foley, 61, a resident of South Scranton, died unexpectedly Sunday evening in Geisinger CMC. Born in Scranton, he was the son of Joseph P. and Mary Jean Sevitski Foley, Scranton. He was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and he was a member of Saint Paul of The Cross Parish. He was employed by Alliance MRI of Pearland Texas. He was a NASCAR fan and enjoyed muscle cars and motorcycles. Tom was a great son and brother and would do anything for you. He will be deeply missed. Also surviving are two brothers; Joseph W. Foley and wife Mary Ann, Dickson City, and John J. Foley and wife Wendy, Olyphant, and nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10 AM by Rev. Richard Burke, C.P., in Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, St. Paul of The Cross Parish, 1217 Prospect Ave. Interment Sacred Hearts Cemetery. Friends may call at the church from 9 to 10 Thursday morning. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital or to the donor's favorite charity.

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John A. Sabatini, Jr.

John A. Sabatini, Jr.July 1, 2023

John A. Sabatini, Jr., 65, a resident of South Scranton, died at home unexpectedly Saturday. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late John A., Sr, and Ann Manetti Sabatini. He was a member of St. Paul of The Cross Parish, and was a 1975 graduate of Scranton Central High School. He was formerly employed by Guytronics and later he retired from McKinney Corp. John was an avid jogger, loved college football, and he enjoyed cooking and feeding the wildlife around his home. He liked being out in Nature. Surviving is his brother Bruce Sabatini and wife Leah, Mountain Top, and his nephew Tristen Sabatini, and cousins. A Blessing Service will be conducted by Rev. Jonathan Kuhar, Pastor, in the chapel of Italian-American Cemetery, Wednesday at 10 AM. Inurnment there afterwards. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Association at heart.org.

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Alyce K. Farrell

Alyce K. FarrellJuly 4, 2023

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Alyce Kelly Farrell. On Tuesday, July 4th, Alyce passed peacefully at Marywood Heights surrounded by her loving family. She was the widow of Jack Farrell, who preceded her in death in 2013. Born in Scranton, Alyce was the daughter of the late James A. and Maudie Gilmore Kelly. Alyce was a graduate of Marywood Seminary and Our Lady of Victory School of Nursing.She worked in the nursery at Mercy Hospital in Scranton before leaving to raise her children. A loyal South-Sider, Alyce moved from 642 Fig St. to 642 River St. after marrying her loving husband Jack. Alyce was a woman of great faith. She was a member of St. John Neumann Parish, Nativity of Our Lord Church. Dedicated to the Blessed Mother and St. Ann, she was a weekly attendee of the Novena. She put service above self by giving her time and prayers to others. Alyce will be greatly missed and will be remembered as a remarkable mother, Nana, sister, wife, aunt and friend. Alyce is survived by her five children: John Farrell, Jr. and wife Carla, Fort Mill, SC, Ann Seechock and husband James, Scranton, Ellen Farrell, Scranton, James Farrell and wife Brigid, Cary, NC, Eileen Lyons and husband Dr. Mark, Moosic. Alyce was most proud to be Nana to her nine grandchildren whom she loved so dearly: Caitlin and Finnegan Farrell, Mary Alyce and Grace Seechock, Benjamin and Henry Farrell, and Sarah and Matthew Lyons. She was also Nana to her great grandchildren, Declan and Kellan Tuttle. She was preceded in death by three brothers; Attorney James A., Paul and Donald Kelly, a sister, Eileen Maloney, and a grandson Jack Farrell. Alyce's family would like to thank the staff at Marywood Heights for their years of kindness and compassionate care, especially Debbie, Marion, Ashley and Kristin. The family would also like to thank Hospice of The Sacred Heart for the care given to Alyce in her final weeks. The funeral will be Monday, July 10, 2023 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 and concelebrated by Rev. Jonathan Kuhar, Pastor. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday, July 9, 2023 from 4 to 6 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave, 18509 or to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 53 Glenmaura National Bvld., Moosic, 18507.

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Robert J. Kerrigan

Robert J. KerriganJune 30, 2023

Robert J. Kerrigan, 81, a resident of South Scranton, died Friday evening in Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Diana Secondino. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late James and Marjorie Kearney Kerrigan. He was a member of St. John Neumann Parish and was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School. He retired from Sandvick Steel and he was a member of the 109th Reserves. Bob's favorite pastime was walking his beloved husky, Patches. The two met many people and made many friendships. The family wishes to thank the staff of Linwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the care given to Bob. Surviving is a brother Thomas Kerrigan, Clarks Green and his sister Marjorie Mazaleski and husband Ed, Taylor, and nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his sister Mary Jean Kerrigan and two brothers Jack Kerrigan and James Kerrigan Sr. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 AM by Rev. Jonathan Kuhar, Pastor, in St. John Neumann Parish, Nativity of Our Lord Church, 633 Orchard St. Inurnment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call at the church Friday from 9:30 to Mass time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.

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George E. Weller

June 29, 2023

George E. Weller, 85, a resident of Madison Twp., died Thursday morning in Hospice of The Sacred Heart, Dunmore. His wife of 29 years is the former Beverly Novak Keller. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Herman and Cecelia Kline Weller. He was of the Catholic faith and was a US Navy veteran. He owned and operated Weller Woodworking for 50 years and Aberdeen Stables for 25 years. Also surviving are three children; Mark, Susan, and Chris. The funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc.

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Rose Marie Calianno

Rose Marie CaliannoJune 16, 2023

Rose Marie Calianno, 87, a resident of South Scranton, died Friday morning in Mountain View Care Center after an illness. She was the widow of Joseph Calianno, who died in 2017, and the couple was married for 60 years. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late William and Maude Roland Steindel. She attended Scranton public schools and after her children were grown, she was employed in the local garment industry. The family wishes to thank Dr. Barry Minora and the staff of Mountain View Care Center for the care and compassion given to Rose Marie. Surviving are her children; Sharon Mullen and husband Robert, Jamison, and Joseph M. Calianno and wife Jan, Annapolis, Md., a grandson Sean Mullen, Jamison, and nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by three brothers; William, Edward and Fred Steindel, and two sisters; Dorothy Gildea and husband Francis, and Florence Gildea and husband Robert. A Blessing Service will be conducted Tuesday at 7 PM by Deacon Albert Giacometti in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. Friends may call Tuesday from 5 to 7 PM.  Family and friends will gather Wednesday morning at 11 AM in the Haas Funeral Home for the procession to Cathedral Cemetery where entombment will take place. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society at https://donate.cancer.org.

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Wayne S. Kakereka

Wayne S. KakerekaJune 14, 2023

Wayne S. Kakareka, 63, a resident of Madison Township, died Wednesday morning in Hospice of The Sacred Heart, Dunmore. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Alexander Stanley and Alice J. Moran Kakareka. He was a graduate of North Pocono High School and was employed as a carpenter with the Greater Pennsylvania Regional Council of the Carpenters Union, Local 645. Wayne was an avid outdoorsman throughout his life, hunting, fishing, and in his youth, trapping. In his younger years he traveled to Colorado and Texas before returning home. Surviving are two daughters; Melanie Kakareka, Feasterville, and Abigail Stofko and husband John, Duck Key, FL., three sisters; Judy McLane, Scranton, Marilyn Kunka and husband Thomas Niederberger and Joanne Fagan and husband John, all of Pittsburgh, and a brother Kevin Kakareka, Scranton, and his former wife Gail Kakareka, nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be announced and held in the future.

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Carole Dunn

Carole DunnJune 7, 2023

Carole Dunn (Ma Dunn), 80, of Scranton, PA passed away serenely at home June 7, 2023 with family by her side and listening to her favorite piano music by Giovanni. Carole was born on September 17, 1942 in Long Branch, NJ to the late Lawrence and Lillian Kramos. She was a graduate of Scranton Central High School Class of 1960. She married her love, Edward P. Dunn, in October of 1964 who preceded her in death in 2014.

Carole worked as a secretary up until her first child was born. She then worked as a stay at home mom raising her 3 children. She enjoyed working outdoors in her yard and playing games on her laptop. She was a woman of great faith who never hesitated to share the Word of God with others. Not a day went by without her praying for family and friends. She was the go-to person when anyone wanted or needed extra prayers for anything. She lived her life the way she wanted and was never afraid to speak her mind. You always knew where you stood with Carole, she wore her heart on her sleeve. She would say, "Don't cry for me when I'm gone, I know where I'll be and it will be glorious!"

Carole is survived by 2 sons, Edward J. and David (wife Ella), and a daughter, Carole. She was also blessed with 6 grandchildren: Briana and fiance Alex, Tyler, Taylor and fiancé Ethan, Ashley, Zachary, and Aubrielle. She had 1 great-grandson, Roman.

The family would like to thank the staff from Hospice of the Sacred Heart for their kind and compassionate care given to Carole for the last several weeks. Also, August Haas Funeral Home for their help and professionalism during this difficult time.

A private burial for the family was held in Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton, PA

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Robert E. Nitch

June 2, 2023

Robert E. Nitch, 77, a resident of Scranton, died Friday in Hospice of The Sacred Heart, Dunmore. His wife of 52 years is the former Diane J. Wilcom. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Adam and Mary Tyburski Nitch. He was a member of St. Ann's Basilica and was a graduate of West Scranton High School and Johnson Technical Institute. He served in the Pa. National Guard from 1968 to 1970. He was employed by Albert E. Peters Associates. Bob devoted over 30 years to Boy Scout Troop 50 at St. Ann's, serving as assistant scoutmaster and committee chairman of the NEPA Boy Scout Council, Dan Beard Council. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Bob was a loving husband, father and grandfather who will be deeply missed. Also surviving is a son Rob Nitch ll and partner Donna Sporer and grandchildren; Adam, Evan and Ava Nitch, all of Scranton, nieces and nephews. A Blessing Service will be conducted Friday at 10 AM in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. Inurnment private. Friends may call Thursday from 5 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Troop 50 Boy Scouts, 1250 St. Ann's St., 18504.

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Richard J. Winn, Jr.

Richard J. Winn, Jr.May 27, 2023

Richard J. Winn, Jr., 62, a resident of South Scranton, died Saturday at home after a brief illness. His wife of 30 years is the former Debra Kolodzieski. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Richard Winn, Sr. and Erna Dombrowski Winn. He was of the Catholic faith and was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School. Rich was employed by Kelly Mazda for 20 years. He was a member of the Crack of Noon Hunting Club. Also surviving is a daughter Amber and a son Richard lll, grandchildren; Madison, Kaley, Gianna and Nathan and a great granddaughter Olivia, a stepdaughter Michele Hildebrand, all of Scranton, nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his brother David Winn. A Blessing Service will be conducted Monday at 11 AM by Deacon Ed Shoener in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. Inurnment Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Friends may call Monday morning from 9 to 11. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Assn. at www.heart.org.

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Gary F. Bisignani

Gary F. BisignaniMay 30, 2023

Gary F. Bisignani, 62, died Tuesday morning in Milford Senior Care and Rehabilitation Center due to complications of a motorcycle accident and cancer. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Rudolf and Veronica Contardi Bisignani. He was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School where he played football and baseball. He was formerly employed by Chamberlain Corp. and later by CINRAM. He also worked in Worcester, Mass. for several years. Surviving are his brother, James Bisignani, Scranton, a son Gary F. Bisignani, ll , two grandchildren; Gwenevere and Quentin Bisignani, all of Scranton, and many cousins. A Blessing Service will be conducted Saturday at 10 AM by Deacon Albert Giacometti in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. Interment Italian-American Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 5 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Progressive Rehab of Pa. at www.prbraininjury.org.

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Freda (Betsy) Youngblood

Freda (Betsy) YoungbloodBetsy was born in Scranton, PA on February 3, 1941. She was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Freda Jeske Hollenback and was named in honor of her mother but given the name Betsy by her cousin. The name stuck, and she has always been known as Betsy.

She graduated from Technical High School, Marywood University (1962), and attended the University of Scranton Graduate School. She married her husband Jack on February 16, 1963. They were married for 56 years upon his death in March, 2019. The two were long time residents of the East Mountain area in Scranton. She was an elementary teacher in the Scranton School District for more than 30 years, mainly teaching at the John F. Kennedy School. She also taught in Binghamton, NY and worked in New York City prior to her marriage. She was a brilliant storyteller, and she had fond stories and memories of teaching that she often shared with her family and friends.

Betsy was a member of many volunteer and social organizations over the years, including the Marywood Alumnae Association and St. Joseph's Auxiliary. She was also a very active board member of the Arc of NEPA.

She was very proud of her two sons and their wives, and she loved spending time with her five grandchildren. Seeing everyone together made her extremely joyful, and she made it to every event and occasion. She babysat her five grandchildren throughout the years and loved watching them grow. She is survived by her two sons, Mark and wife Lori, Clarks Summit, and their son, Vaughn, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Sean and wife Jean Marie and children Alexis, Sydney, Aaron, and Shane, all of Elmhurst; and a special nephew, Doug Albig, Dunmore. She also had many lifelong friends whom she loved dearly.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to the Arc of NEPA or a charity of the donor's choice. As a last request from Betsy, please do something nice for someone today- big or small- just to make someone's day a bit brighter.

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Mary E. Parry, RN

May 23, 2023

Mary E. Parry, 88, a resident of Blakely, died Tuesday evening in St. Mary's Villa, Elmhurst, after a brief stay. She was the widow of the late Albert  "Sonny" Parry who died in 2014. Born in Scranton ,she was raised in South Scranton and also lived in Dunmore and Blakely. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Elizabeth Durkin Gilroy. She was a member of St. John Neumann Parish and was a graduate of South Catholic High School. She received her  RN degree from Scranton State Hospital School of Nursing. She was employed for many years as the head nurse of Scranton State Hospital Emergency Room. Mary later was employed as an RN for the Scranton School District. Mary truly loved her nursing career, she enjoyed going to work every day. She also loved travelling with Al to Europe and spoke fondly of their trips. The family wishes to thank the staff of St. Mary's Villa for the wonderful care given to Mary. Surviving are nieces Joann, Colleen and Mary Beth and a nephew Patrick and their spouses and great nephews and great nieces, and several special friends. She was also preceded in death by her brother Paul Gilroy and her brother John Gilroy and his wife Loretta Gilroy. 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. Jonathan Kuhar, Pastor. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John Neumann Parish at the above address.

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Rosemary A. Farischon

Rosemary A. FarischonApril 28, 2023

Rosemary A. Farischon, 71, a resident of Spring Brook Twp., died Friday in Allied Skilled Nursing Facility. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Lester and Caroline Stefon Farischon. She was a member of St. John Neumann Parish and was a graduate of North Pocono High School. She received her Bachelors degrees in Education and Mathematics from Marywood College in 1973. She was employed by Scranton-Lackawanna Human Development Agency as Administrator of Community Programs. Rosemary was the Director of Liheap State Program for 34 years. She also was co-chairman of Crisis Committee of Lackawanna County, was a member of the local FEMA Board and the local Food and Shelter Board. Rosemary was very kindhearted and helped countless people over her career. She was the lifelong caregiver to her two aunts who preceded her in death, Pauline and Rosalie Stefon. Rosemary was grateful to her caregivers, Patrick and Mariann Cadden and to friends Jeff and Beth Jones and Robert Gohsler and to her special friend Charlotte Kalinowski for the many years of conversations. 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. Jonathan Kuhar, Pastor. Inurnment private in St. Mary of The Assumption Parish Cemetery.

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Michael J. Musewicz

Michael J. MusewiczApril 11, 2023

Michael J. Musewicz, 64, of Throop, PA, passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2023, at the Regional Hospital of Scranton, PA.

Mike was born on November 1, 1958, to the late Vincent John and Ann (Murray) Musewicz. After graduating from Scranton Technical High School in 1976, he attended Marywood University and earned his bachelor's degree in 1982.

For almost 40 years, Mike worked at Allied Services, where he held many roles. He started as a resident assistant, became a social services coordinator, and was promoted to qualified intellectual disability professional (QIDP). The respect and kindness he provided to the individuals he served earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues.

Mike was a kind and generous soul who cared deeply for others. His love of good conversation often led him to sit for hours talking with loved ones, especially about movies, television shows, and history. He was also a trivia buff and enjoyed traveling.

Mike is survived by his brothers Thomas and his wife Suellen; John and his wife Gail; 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. Also, he is survived by his cousins Judy Coleman, Mary Lou Emmel, Helen Byrne, and numerous second cousins. Mike was preceded in death by his brothers Vincent J. Musewicz, Jr. and Joseph M. Musewicz.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, June 10 at 10 AM in Nativity of Our Lord Church, St John Neumann Parish, 633 Orchard St, by Rev. Jonathan Kuhar, Pastor. Inurnment private at the convenience of the family. Friends and family may pay their respects Saturday from 9-10 AM in the church. In lieu of flowers, Mike's family asks that a donation be made in his name to Allied Services Foundation, Developmental Office, 100 Abington Executive Park, Clarks Summit, PA 18411, or online via https://www.allied-services.org/giving/.

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John "Fritz" Robertson

April 17, 2023

John "Fritz" Robertson, 88, a resident of the East Mountain section of Scranton, died Monday evening in Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore. His wife of 61 years, the former Sally Petry, died in 2019. Born in the Petersburg section of Dunmore, he was the son of the late Archibald and Ann Voytek Robertson. He was a member of St. John Neumann Parish and attended Dunmore public schools. He was employed by the Petersburg Silk Mill until its closure and retired from Herf Jones. Fritz was an avid hunter and fly fisherman who could be found fishing in the Roaring Brook or Lackawanna River. Surviving are two sons; John Robertson, Jr., Harrisburg, and Jeff Robertson, Scranton, his granddaughter Jenna Robertson, the love of his life, Scranton, nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his brother Paul
"Doc" Robertson. 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. Jonathan Kuhar, Pastor. Interment Dunmore Cemetery. Friends may call at the church Friday morning from 9 to 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the donors favorite charity.

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Joseph E. DeMichele, Jr.

Joseph E. DeMichele, Jr.April 11, 2023

Joseph E. DeMichele, Jr. 78, a resident of Scranton, died Tuesday morning in Allied Hospice. His wife is the former Carole Giacomini. Born in Astoria, New York, he was the son of the late Joseph, Sr. And Mary Kakareka DeMichele. He was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish until its closure. He was a graduate of St. Mary's High School and Penn State University. He was the former head of the Scranton Redevelopment Authority and was involved in the Model Cities Program. He and his wife owned and operated Best Buy Home and Garden Exchange in Blakely for 41 years. He was a member of the Planning Commission. Joe was a loving husband who will be dearly missed and will never be forgotten. Also surviving is a daughter, Lisa McCarthy, Pittston, a brother, Dr. Michael DeMichele, Mechanicsburg, and nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10 AM in Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave., by Rev. Patrick McLaughlin, Pastor. Interment Sacred Hearts Cemetery, Minooka Section of Scranton. Friends may call at the church Thursday from 9 to 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital at stjude.org.

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Edmund J. Piasecki, Jr.

Edmund J. Piasecki, Jr.April 5, 2023

Edmund J. Piasecki, Jr., 75, a resident of South Scranton, died unexpectedly at home Wednesday. He was the husband of the former Jacquelyn Zlotucha. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Edmund, Sr. and Mary Sylvester Piasecki. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish until its closure. He was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and he was an Army veteran of the Viet Nam War. Ed was formerly employed as a part time member of the Scranton Police Department and he retired from the Tobyhanna Army Depot. Ed was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who always looked out for his neighbors. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Also surviving are three sons; Edmund J. Piasecki lll, and wife Kim, Jessup, Michael Piasecki and wife Suzanne, Old Forge, and Cory Lettieri and wife Kelly, Olyphant, a sister Mary Piasecki and companion Joseph Cerminaro, Scranton, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends may call Wednesday from 4 to 6 PM at the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. A Mass of Christian Burial and inurnment in Italian-American Cemetery will be announced in the future. Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, 18509.

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John Robert Olenchak, Jr.

John Robert Olenchak, Jr.March 22, 2023

John Robert Olenchak, Jr. (54) AKA Sunny, Hippie, and Hoppa, passed away peacefully on March 22. He was the son of John (Jack) and Gayle Olenchak, Delray Beach, FL and brother of Steven (Mary) Olenchak, Henderson, NV. John is survived by his three children, Anisha (Zach) Chaplin of Alexandria, VA; Joshua Olenchak of Ft Myers FL; and Julianna (Austin) Jones of Scranton, PA. Also, eight grandchildren, Julien, Trace and Silas Olenchak; Amelia and Adily Chaplin; and Elliot, Novalee, and Eliza Jones. He is also survived by nephews Jakob and Matthew Olenchak and niece, Ava Olenchak. He is also survived by many Aunts, Uncles, cousins, and a multitude of friends he considered family.

John was a musician with the band Qualia and an artist, producing many beautiful paintings to be enjoyed by his family for lifetimes to come. John also loved traveling, camping and being with friends and family.

We would like to thank the Geisinger Community Medical Center's doctors, nurses, and staff for the excellent care and professionalism during his three-week stay.

The viewing will be held at August Haas Funeral Home on Saturday, March 25th from 4-6pm with a small ceremony to follow.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Liver Foundation and consider becoming an organ donor.

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Peter F. Delfino, Sr.

Peter F. Delfino, Sr.February 25, 2023

Peter F. Delfino, Sr., 90, a longtime resident of South Scranton, died Saturday, February 25, 2023, at Elan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation where he had resided since September of 2022. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Frank and Florence Gentile Delfino. In his younger years, Peter worked at Hoffman Plant (Chamberlain), Ace Window, sold life insurance for various companies, and was affiliated with Donald Edwards Used Cars, Daleville. He was appointed to the Scranton Fire Department in 1966 and retired in 1992 attaining the rank of Chauffer. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church prior to its closing and was currently a member of Divine Mercy Parish. He served in the Korean Conflict, having been stationed in Germany. He was a master storyteller of events throughout his life with an uncanny knack for remembering events, dates, addresses, streets, numbers, etc. He took great pride in his real-estate holdings, often spending countless hours in their basements.

He is survived by his son Peter, Jr., and wife Marlene, Scranton, and his grandchildren; Mary Lynn, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Theresa Ann Brozzetti and husband Frank, Jr. Scranton, and Dominique, Scranton, a sister Sarah Kolojeski, Elan Skilled Nursing, Scranton, and his longtime companion Maude Heim- Klara, Elan Gardens, Clarks Summit, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his former wife Natalie Clemente Delfino, and a brother Paschal (Pat) Delfino, Utica, NY.

The family wishes to thank all staff and facilities too numerous to mention for the excellent care ( that you are sometimes not given credit for) you have given him. The funeral will be Friday at 9:30 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in Divine Mercy Parish, 312 Davis St., to be celebrated by Rev. Francis Pauselli, Pastor. Entombment Italian-American Cemetery, Minooka Section. Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Divine Mercy Parish or to Elan Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation.

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Janet O. Neu

Janet O. NeuFebruary 12, 2023

Janet O. Neu, 92 a resident of Scranton died Sunday at Regional Hospital. She was the widow of Lowell Neu who died in 2012 and the couple was married for 57 years. Born in Scranton she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Olive Hawk Carey. She was a member of Holy Name of Jesus Church until its closure and presently a member of St. John Neumann Parish. She was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School. The family wishes to thank the staff of Green Ridge Care Center for all the compassion give to Janet.

Surviving is a daughter, Laurie Shimo, Jermyn, grandchildren Brian Neu and wife Melissa, Patrick Neu, Brandon Shimo and wife Morgan, Christian Shimo and Jillian Shemo and fiance James Timlin. Three great grandchildren Caleb, Micah, Asher, a daughter-in-law Maureen Neu of Scranton and nieces. She was also preceded in death by her son Gary Neu.

The funeral will be Saturday at 8:30am from the August J Haas Funeral Home Inc., 202 Pittston Avenue with mass of Christian burial at 9:00am in Nativity of Our Lord Church, St. John Neumann Parish 633 Orchard Street to be celebrated by Rev. Michael Bryant. Interment St Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call Friday 5-7pm. In leiu of flowers memorial contribution may be made to St. John Neuman Parish or stjude.org.

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Jeffrey Ganz

Jeffrey GanzJanuary 16, 2023

Jeffrey Ganz, 65, a resident of South Scranton, died Monday evening in Dunmore Health Care Center. His wife of 43 years is the former Diane Pregnar. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Herbert and Elizabeth Mincher Ganz. While residing in New York state, he attended the Hornell School District. He was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Church until its closure. He was a retired truck driver for Old Dominion Trucking. Jeffrey enjoyed fishing and riding his Harley. He was a devoted husband and a great father and grandfather. Also surviving are his two sons; Jacob Ganz, Sr., and fiancee Milissa Mitchell, Albrightsville, and Lucas Ganz and wife Tracey, Moscow, and a daughter Kolina Ganz and fiancee Ryan Waters, Duryea, six grandchildren; Jacob, Jr., Gabriel, Elizabeth, Dylan, and Julia Ganz and Jackson Waters, nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a brother Joseph Ganz and a sister Linda Stilson. A Blessing Service will be conducted Saturday at 1 PM in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Rev. Jonathan Kuhar Officiating. Interment private at the convenience of the family. Friends may call Friday from 5 to 7 and Saturday from 11 to 1 PM.

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Lois M. Conway

Lois M. ConwayJanuary 14, 2023

Lois M. Conway, 89, a resident of Scranton, died unexpectedly Saturday at Geisinger CMC. She was the widow of Gerard Conway who died in 2010 and the couple were married for 58 years. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine Scheller Devine. She was a loyal member of the former St. John The Evangelist Church and now is a member of St. Paul of the Cross Parish. She was a graduate of South Scranton Central Catholic High School and she was formerly employed by Acme Fast Freight, Nolan and Rogers, and Scranton Department of Public Works. Lois was the best loving mother, grandmother, wife, sister and aunt. She was famous for holiday baking, especially her pies and cookies. She loved Christmas, getting together with her family, and traveling. Lois was a regular visitor to the South Side Senior Center until its closure. Surviving are her children; Diane (Carmen) Scrimalli, Dalton, Gerard Conway (Karen Nape) Scranton, Susan (Byron) Singer, Tunkhannock, Deborah Ponas (Tim O'Toole), Scranton, Maureen (Louis) Refice, Minooka, Mary (John) Turner, Lake Winola, David (Kathy) Conway, Scranton, and Michael and Gregory Conway with whom she resided, grandchildren; Benjamin(Kristin) Scrimalli and Christopher Scrimalli, Chris (Colleen) Davis, Kelly (Kenny) Conway, Angie and Byron Singer, Scott (Anna) Ponas, Bryan (Jodi) Refice, Michael (Lindsey) Refice, Jeremy Turner, Hollie (Derrick) Welch, Julie (James) Roberts, David (Alisha) Conway, Colin Conway, great grandchildren; Saxton and Riley Scrimalli, Alisha and Quinn Davis, Leah Norton, Brooke Singer, Kaitlyn Tapia, Noah and Allana Ponas, Carsyn Refice, Maisie and Rowan Refice, Anabell and Hadley Welch, Oliver Turner and Griffin Roberts, and three great great grandchildren; Laythan, Romelo and Demarius, a sister Gena Moore, Delaware and a sister-in-law Nora Devine, Yatesville, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was also preceded in death by brothers; Joseph, Jackie, Robert and Paul, and sisters; Dorothy, Catherine, Elaine, Claire, Betty, and Margy, and a daughter-in-law Donna Conway. The funeral will be Friday at 9:30 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, St. Paul of the Cross Parish, 1217 Prospect Ave. to be celebrated by Rev. Jonathan Kuhar, Pastor. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 7 PM. All are invited to go directly to church Friday morning. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Center or to the Catherine McAuley Center.

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Lucia Maria Granito

Lucia Maria GranitoJanuary 9, 2023

Lucia Maria Granito, 68, a resident of South Scranton, died Monday at Green Ridge Health Care Center. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Sr., and Mabel C. Diskin Granito. She was a member of St. John Neumann Parish. She was a graduate of Scranton Central High School and achieved her Masters Degree at The University Of Scranton. She was employed for thirty years by The University of Scranton as the Assistant Treasurer. Lucia loved decorating for Christmas and hosting holiday dinners. She was the best gift giver. She enjoyed cooking, loved animals especially her dogs. To her brothers amazement, she solved calculus problems for fun. The family would like to thank the staff of Green Ridge Health Care Center for the compassionate care given to Lucia. Surviving are her siblings; Maureen Granito Neu, Scranton, Arthur Granito ll, and wife Jean, Harrisburg, and TJ Granito and wife Janet, Fairfax, VA., and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her brother-in-law Gary Neu. The funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

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Maureen Ann VanGorder

January 8, 2023

Maureen Ann VanGorder, 65, a resident of Clarks Summit, died unexpectedly Sunday in Geisinger CMC. She and her husband Rick VanGorder were married in 1996. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Eugene and Anna Mae Pantle McAndrew. She lived in the Scranton/Clarks Summit area her entire life. After graduating high school in 1975, she became a RN under the Moses Taylor Nursing Program. She worked her entire nursing career at Moses Taylor Hospital before recently retiring. Everyone who knew Maureen thought of her as the most kind and thoughtful person. She loved traveling and vacations and especially any time spent with her son, Tyler. She was so proud of him and his accomplishments. He was the one thing in life that always made her smile. Also surviving are her son Tyler VanGorder, Yorktown, VA., and two brothers; Paul McAndrew, Sr., and wife Caroline, Glen Mills, and Joseph McAndrew and wife Debbie, Clarks Summit, a niece Mollie McAndrew and a nephew Paul McAndrew, Jr. The funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Cemetery Fund, 633 Orchard St., Scranton, 18505.

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Mae Farrell Walsh

Mae Farrell WalshJanuary 6, 2023

Mae Farrell Walsh, 93, a native of Scranton, died Friday after a long illness in the Bradford County Manor. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 65 years Dr. John E. Walsh.

Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Esther McCrone Farrell. Mae was educated in the Scranton public schools and received her Bachelors of Music from Marywood University and taught music appreciation at West Scranton High School. After getting married, Mae and John moved to White Plains, NY where she taught kindergarten. She completed her elementary teaching certification from the University of New York at New Paltz. After John completed his doctoral degree from Columbia University, the couple returned to the area and settled in Clark's Green to raise their family.

After completing a Masters Degree and reading specialist certification from Marywood University, Mae returned to teaching. She taught in a number of Scranton elementary schools. She taught "Turning Point" an innovative federal program at Armstrong School. Mae also headed the first transitional kindergarten program at Armstrong School, from which she retired.

Throughout the years Mae was actively engaged in many volunteer activities. She volunteered at Our Lady of Peace School for ten years. For many years she served as membership chairwoman for St. Joseph's Center. She and her husband were the co-chairs of the Scranton Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lackawanna Program. Mae was also a devoted volunteer at the former Holy Family Residence. Mae and John were involved with the inception of the Senior Institute at Marywood University. Before moving to Bradford County, she was very active in The Century Club where she served as long range planning chairwoman, business manager, and chief fundraiser for many years.

Mae is survived by two daughters; Karyn Paulish and husband Dr. John, Towanda; and Kristen Morahan and husband Kelly, Meshoppen; four grandchildren, Sean Morahan and partner Katie Weaver, Caitlin Ferrence and husband, Elliott; Marissa Fox and husband, Joseph; and Megan Paulish; three great-grandchildren Jaxson, Karson, and Hudson, all of whom she adored and played an active roll in their lives; her sisters in law Christine Conway Farrell, Maryann Moody Farrell, The Villages, FL, and Judy Walsh Duke, Charleston, SC; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is preceded in death by her brothers Thomas P. Farrell and Joseph J. Farrell; and nieces Mari Farrell O'Neil and Katie Farrell Stogner.

The funeral will be held Friday, January 13, at 9:30 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM at Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave, Scranton, to be celebrated by Rev. Patrick McLaughlin, Pastor. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 5 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made to St. Joseph's Center and St. Ann's Basilica.

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Edward W. Haefele

Edward W. HaefeleDecember 30, 2022

Edward W. Haefele, 83, a resident of South Scranton, died Friday afternoon in Regional Hospital. His wife of 60 years is the former Theresa Dorio. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Edward F. and Margaret Murray Haefele. He was a member of St. Paul of the Cross Parish and attended Scranton public schools. He was formerly a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church until its closure. He was a member of the US Air Force, serving as an engine mechanic. Ed was formerly an active member of Troop 20, US Boy Scouts. He was employed by Giant Markets Warehouse, Kane Truck Lines, and retired from Overnite Transportation. After Ed's retirement, he worked for Hertz Car rental, and was a van driver for Lackawanna Ambulance/ Commonwealth Health EMS. He was a true family man. Ed was very active with his children and grandchildren, never missing their activities. He was involved with Special Olympics events. Ed enjoyed cooking, gardening, his train collection and just fixing things. The family wishes to thank Drs. Henry Yeager and Kenneth Sebastianelli, the nursing staff and aids of Regional Hospital on 9 East, especially Leah, Rhiannon and Judy, Jack from dietary, and the ICU nurses for their compassionate care at end of life, especially Becky, Grace and Lynn. Also surviving are two sons; Edward W. Haefele, Jr. and wife Pamela, Scranton, and Brian Haefele and wife Lee Ann, Dickson City, three daughters; Michele Beck and husband Greg, Olyphant, Cheryl Haefele, Chambersburg, and Kristen Haefele, Scranton, grandchildren; Brandon, Stephanie, Julia, Erica, Morgan and Jenna Haefele, and Lauren and Emily Beck, and his grand dogs. Also surviving are brothers; James Haefele and wife Ida, GA., Jack Haefele and wide Deborah, TN, two sisters; Joan Naus, Scranton, and Linda Whiteford and companion Robert, NY, nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by two brothers; Frederick and William Haefele, and three sisters; Margaret Neuman, Eileen Clifford and Shirley Hazen. The funeral will be Friday at 9:30 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church, St. Paul of the Cross Parish, 1217 Prospect Ave., to be celebrated by Rev. Jonathan Kuhar, Pastor. Entombment Italian-American Cemetery, Minooka Section. Friends May call Thursday from 5 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to ARC Fun and Friendship League, or to St. Paul of the Cross Parish.

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Irene M. Dorio

Irene M. DorioDecember 22, 2022

Irene M. Dorio, 94, a South Scranton resident, died Thursday in Allied Hospice. She was the widow of the late Martin Dorio who died in 2009. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Adam and Josephine ( Gulf) Glogawski. She was a member of St. Paul of the Cross Parish, attended Scranton Public Schools and was a graduate of Mercy School of Nursing. She was a retired employee of Mercy Hospital where she worked as an LPN. She was a loving wife and mother who will be deeply missed. Surviving is a son Joseph Dorio, (Joey D), with whom she resided, three sisters; Rose Kaufman, NJ, Ruth Lasavage, Scranton, and Marion Sledeski, Elmwood Park, NJ., several grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a son Martin Dorio. 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. Jonathan P. Kuhar, Pastor. Interment Italian-American Cemetery, Moosic Section. Friends may call Tuesday from 5 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Italian-American Cemetery Association, C/O Rev. David Cappelloni, 303 Smith St., Dunmore, Pa. 18512.

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Catherine M. (Kitty) Fisch

Catherine M. (Kitty) FischNovember 26, 2022

Catherine M. (Kitty) Fisch, 90, a South Scranton resident, died Saturday in St. Mary's Villa, Elmhurst. She was the wife of Donald L. Fisch, Scranton, and the couple were married for 69 years. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine Jordan Kaub. She was a member of St. Paul of the Cross Parish and she attended St. Mary's High School. She was employed by the University of Scranton Dining Services for many years and the University Class of 2002 dedicated their yearbook, The Windhover, to Kitty for her dedication and care of the students and staff. Over the years, as her children grew, Kitty was involved in all their activities. From t-ball to college, she enjoyed attending every sporting event. The family wishes to thank the staff of St. Mary's Villa for all the care given to Kitty. Also surviving are her children; Donald J. Fisch and wife Cindy, Scranton, Ronald J. Fisch and wife Marie, Scranton, Robert Fisch and wife Dina, Clarks Summit, Daniel Fisch and wife Laura, Scranton, Joseph Fisch and wife Lisa, Spring Brook Twp., and Catherine Scanlon and husband Patrick, Clarks Summit, 18 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren, a sister, Terry Ehler and husband Cal, CA., and many nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter Ashley Fisch and two brothers; Daniel and Joseph Kaub, and two sisters; Marjorie Nawrocki and Concetta Walton. The funeral will be Friday at 9:15 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, 330 N. Abington Rd., Clarks Summit, to be celebrated by Rev. John Lapera, Pastor. Entombment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst.  Friends are invited to go directly to the church Friday morning. Friends may call Thursday from 5 to 7 at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Villa, 516 St. Mary's Villa Rd., Elmhurst Twp, 18444.

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Edmund J. Pugh, Jr.

Edmund J. Pugh, Jr.November 24, 2022

Edmund J. Pugh, Jr., 75, a resident of Scranton, died Thursday in Regional Hospital after an illness. His wife of 41 years is the former Janet Murphy. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Edmund, Sr., and Mary Henning Pugh. He was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish and was educated in Scranton Schools. He was formerly employed by Superior Door, CINRAM, and retired from Penn State, Scranton.  Edmund was a devout Catholic, a man of great faith. He enjoyed summer days on the front porch with his grandson Jacob. He was an avid Eagles fan. The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of Regional Hospital for all the care given to Edmund. Also surviving is a daughter, Jean Marie Enkulenko and husband Geoffrey, Scranton, a grandson Jacob Enkulenko, a sister Marialyce Grenevicki, Olyphant, nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his sister Jean Padden. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 AM in Holy Rosary Church, Mary, Mother of God Parish, 316 William St., by Rev. Cyril Edwards, Pastor. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday at the church from 9 to 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital or to Friends of the Poor.

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Milton L. Smith

Milton L. SmithNovember 23, 2022

Milton L. Smith, 85, a resident of Scranton, died Wednesday morning in Allied Skilled Nursing Facility. Surviving is his wife of 62 years, the former Ruth Benke. Born in Honesdale, he was the son of the late Russell and Lillian Harrie Smith. He was a US Marine veteran of the Korean War. He attended Clarks Green Assembly of God and served as a Royal Ranger leader for 25 years. He was employed at McKinney Corporation until his retirement in 1988, after his retirement, he moved to Salisbury, MD., to be next to his daughter and grandchildren. He was a devoted husband, father and  his most cherished joy, being a Pop Pop. He was best known for his loving and joking personality. All that had the pleasure of knowing him. I am sure, have a great memory. He loved to cook and catch up on new recipes. The family wishes to thank the staff of Allied SNF for the care given to Milton. Also surviving are his daughter, Amy Smith, grandchildren; Colin Costello and Avery Garrison, a brother Marvin Smith and wife Marlene, a sister, Alta Otten, sister-in-law, Lorraine Smith, brother-in-law Ralph Benke and wife Joan, nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his son Mark Smith, and two brothers; Harold and Robert Smith. A Funeral Service will be conducted Sunday at 4 PM in Servant Church of the Abingtons, 204 S. Abington Rd., with Pastor Dan Miller and Pastor Glenn White officiating. Interment Fairview Memorial Park at the convenience of the family. Friends may call at the church Sunday from 2 to 4 PM. In lieu of flowers, please donate to one of his favorite charities; Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Alzheimer's Association or the American Diabetes Association.

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Joseph J. Mulrooney

Joseph J. MulrooneyNovember 19, 2022

Joseph J. Mulrooney, 79, a resident of Roaring Brook Twp., died Saturday morning in Geisinger Wyoming Valley. His wife of 58 years is the former Linda Moore. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Joseph A. and Ruth E. Sporer Mulrooney McAndrew. He was a member of St. Eulalia's Parish and was a graduate of St. Mary of the Assumption High School. Since 1966, he was a member of Local 81 IBEW. In 1980, he cofounded Mulrooney and Sporer. He was honorably discharged from the Pa. National Guard. He was also a member of Bradenton Elks Lodge 1511. Also surviving are a son Eric Mulrooney and wife Patricia, Old Forge, three daughters; Michelle Drake and husband Alan, Stuart, FL., Denise Maleski and husband Paul, Brackney, and Deborah Mulrooney, Clarks Summit, a sister Sally Ann Prechinsky and husband Andrew, Jermyn, and a stepsister Jean Marie Carroll and husband Michael, Avoca, 7 grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Francis Mulrooney, a stepfather Bart McAndrew, and a stepbrother Bart (Rusty) McAndrew, Jr. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, November 28, at 11 AM in Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave., by Rev. Patrick McLaughlin, Pastor. Entombment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call at the church Monday morning from 10 to 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hope Center for Autism, 2580 SE Willoughby Blvd., Stuart, FL 34994, or to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave., 18509.

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James (Jay) Wolfe

James (Jay) WolfeNovember 14, 2022

James (Jay) Wolfe, 89, entered eternal life on Monday, November 14, 2022, in the family home on East Mountain, surrounded by members of his family. Jay and his late wife, Shirley Kanavy Wolfe, celebrated 53 years of marriage before she went to the Lord in 2014. Jay was born and raised in Scranton, son of the late Louis and Bella Cavanaugh Wolfe. He was a member of St. John Neumann Parish. He was educated in Scranton public schools and graduated from Scranton Technical High School. He worked for Superior Door, later moving over to RCA in the Dunmore Industrial Park. Jay loved the outdoors, enjoyed growing a vegetable garden, planting his flowers, and fishing. He loved being with his daughter, Tricia, and his granddaughter, Nina, who lit up his world. He enjoyed Eagles games with his son, Tim. His gentle spirit and kind heart have been a blessing to all who knew him. Surviving are a daughter Tricia Totino, Clarks Summit, a son Tim, Scranton, a granddaughter, Nina Totino, sisters in law, Kathy Kanavy, Omaha, NE., and Ellen Kanavy , Scranton, and numerous nieces and nephews. The much loved family dog, Koda, often came by to keep Jay company. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 AM in St. John Neumann Parish, Nativity of Our Lord Church, 633 Orchard St. by Rev. Jonathan Kuhar, Pastor. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Friends are encouraged to go directly to the church Friday morning. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to please consider a gift to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

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Reginald F. Grayek, Jr.

Reginald F. Grayek, Jr.October 30, 2022

Reginald F. Grayek, Jr., 79, a South Scranton resident, died peacefully Sunday at home. Born in Savannah, GA., he was the son of the late Reginald F. Sr., and Lucille Dowdy Grayek. He was a graduate of Scranton Central High School and prior to his retirement, he was employed for many years by the Pennsylvania State Liquor Control Board. He was a Vietnam War veteran of the US Navy serving aboard the USS Compass Island. Reggie enjoyed his family, friends and his pets. He was a Dallas Cowboy fan and enjoyed golfing. He was also a member of the South Side Bachelor's Club. Surviving are his daughter, Tiffany Grayek Bohn and husband Tom, Scranton, and his son Damian Grayek and wife Laura, Lake Wallenpaupack, grandchildren; Alec, Aiden and Addisson Bohn and Reginald F. Grayek lV, Shavertown, his sister Gretchen Cornish, Harrisburg, and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was also preceded in death by his son Reginald F. Grayek lll, and a brother Ronald J. Grayek and a sister Sheriann Luple. Per Reggie's request, a celebration of life will be held later at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society.

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Clare K. Hudak

October 25, 2022

Clare K. Hudak, 79, a resident of Scranton, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning at home. Her husband of 55 years is John A. Hudak. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Elizabeth Lewis Kahler. She was a graduate of West Scranton High School and was employed for many years by Mercy Hospital. She was a member of Hickory Street United Presbyterian Church where she served as an Elder. Clare participated in aerobics and yoga, loved to shop, and she was a fantastic cook and baker. Clare and John enjoyed flea markets, cruises, and bus trips. She was a Penn State and Yankees fan. The family wishes to thank the staff of Allied Home Hospice, especially Nicole and Ann. Also surviving are two sons; David Hudak and wife Alisha, Old Forge, John and wife Char, Dickson City, and a daughter Kristin Levandoski and husband Arthur, Scranton, grandchildren who called her Nana; AJ and Sarah Levandoski and Rosalie Hudak, a sister Betty Wheaton, Bradford, nieces and nephews, and her furry dog friends Primo, Emmet and Opal. She was also preceded in death by her sister Ethel Searing. A funeral service will be conducted Tuesday at 11 AM in the Hickory Street United Presbyterian Church, 435 Hickory St. by Transitional Pastor David Brague. Inurnment private at the convenience of the family. Friends may call at the church Tuesday morning from 10 to 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to One Life to Live Pet Rescue and Adoption, 1721 Olive St., 18510.

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Margaret L. Carroll

Margaret L. CarrollOctober 12, 2022

Margaret L. Carroll, 81, a resident of West Scranton, died unexpectedly Wednesday evening at home. She was the widow of Vincent Carroll. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Elizabeth Allen Schulte. She was a member of Trinity Congregational Church and was a graduate of West Scranton High School. Peggy was a retired employee of the University of Scranton. She enjoyed skiing, tennis, crocheting and traveling with her late husband. She was an animal lover and loved her two furry friends Pepper and Miko. Surviving are three sons; Matthew Caroll, Scranton, Gary Carroll and wife Tara, Clarks Summit, and Vincent Carroll and wife Donna, Jessup, three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Friends may call Thursday from 5 to 7 PM at the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave.

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Margaret Mary Michinski

Margaret Mary MichinskiOctober 22, 2022

Margaret Mary Michinski, 94, of the Nativity section of Scranton, went to her final resting place on October 22, 2022, after a long battle with polycystic kidney disease. Married for 69 years, she leaves behind her loving husband Eugene.

Mary was born in Scranton, and lived almost all of her years within three blocks of the home in which she was born. She is the daughter of the late James and Catherine Gorsline Murray, also of Nativity. She attended Nativity Grade School. She was preceded in death by her brother William, her sister Joan, and grandson Michael.

For most of her life, she spent her time with children. Whether as a homemaker and taking care of her kids Gene, Eddie, and Chrissy, or 'minding', as she liked to say, dozens of children over more than 80 years. Often, this was done in her home, but she also babysat for children in their own homes. She loved watching little ones, and also brought this love for children to Whittier Elementary, working as a lunch mom for more than 15 years. She was a lifelong member of Nativity of our Lord Church in South Side.

More than anything else, Mary loved family. To those who did not call her 'mom', she was called Mimi or Mamie. She was so very proud of her husband. She took incredible delight in her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Many of the highlights of her life included her beloved summer vacations to the shore for play time and chardonnay, Christmas at the family home, and traveling to see her grandchildren across the US. Petite in size, she dominated a room, and often was the charmer of any social event.

In addition to kids, she loved animals, and often spoke of Buddy, her beloved mutt from her childhood. She loved music, and her favorite performer was Nat King Cole. She was always "Unforgettable", and that's how her family and friends will always remember her.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are sons Eugene and wife Debbie, Springville; Eddie and fiancee Kenenne Alderman, Alaska; and daughter Chris Conner, and husband Walter, Delaware; six grandchildren Andrea Michinski, Caitlin Michinski, Brittany Conner, Deanna Michinski, McKenzie Conner and Quinn Michinski; and additional daughter-in-law Kelly Michinski, Forty Fort.

The family would like to express gratitude to the staff of Allied Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing, Fresenius Kidney Care, as well as Colts drivers Dave and John, for the exceptional kindness shown to Mary. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

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. to be celebrated by Rev. Jonathon Kuhar, Pastor. Entombment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Monday from 5 to 7 PM.

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Michael Patrick O'Malley

Michael Patrick O’MalleyOctober 18, 2022

Michael Patrick O'Malley from the East Mountain, formerly of North Scranton, passed away on Tuesday, October 18, in Regional Hospital after a brief illness. Born October 7, 1950, he was the son of the late John and Marie Kanavey O'Malley. He is survived by his beloved wife, the former Patricia Casey, with whom he celebrated 49 years of marriage on August 25, 2022. He was a 1969 graduate of Scranton Tech and attended Lackawanna Junior College and the University of Scranton where he received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a Purchasing Agent for Ingersol Rand and Flowserve, Moosic. He was a kind, loving soul who often tended to the graves of his extended family and enjoyed the outdoors, painting, his pets, and spending time with his granddaughters, who were the light of his life. He was a member of Saint John Neumann Parish in South Scranton. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Amy Guziewicz, and husband Gregory, Scranton, son, Timothy O'Malley, Dunmore, granddaughters Amanda, Megan and Mary Guziewicz, Scranton, brothers, Dr. Jack O'Malley and wife Helene, Scranton, Gene O'Malley and wife Katherine, Dunmore, sister-in-law, Yong O'Malley, Colorado Springs, CO., brother-in-law Dr. Jerome Casey, Eynon, several nieces, nephews and cousins, and his loving dog, Gracie O'Malley. He was preceded in death by siblings Mary Kaye, Joseph and Timothy O'Malley, brother-in-law Paul Casey, sisters-in-law Lavergne Casey and Kathy Casey, and nephew Ryan O'Malley. The funeral will be Monday 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. Jonathon Kuhar, Pastor. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Monday morning at the church from 9 to 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ryan T. O'Malley '99 Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Scranton.

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Michael Walsh

Michael WalshOctober 16, 2022

Michael Walsh, 43, a resident of South Scranton, died unexpectedly Sunday at home. Born in Scranton, he was the son of John Walsh, Medford, NJ, and Ann Marie Luciane Monberger and husband Paul, Scranton. He was of the Catholic faith and graduated from West Scranton High School. He was an Air Force veteran and was employed as a corrections officer by SCI Waymart. Mike enjoyed listening to music and loved his son, family and friends. The family wishes to thank all his friends who have reached out to them with friendship and support. Also surviving are his son, Roman Michael Walsh, Dunmore, his sister Eve Walsh-Bisignani and husband Bob, Scranton, a nephew Patrick Malloy, his girlfriend, Mary Cirba, Dunmore, many aunts, uncles and cousins, and his furry friend Stripe, who he deeply loved. He was preceded in death by his brother James Patrick Walsh and his paternal grandparents; John and Elizabeth Wojnicki Walsh, and his maternal grandparents; Joseph and Rose Scoda Luciane. A Blessing Service will be conducted Friday at 7 PM in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. by Rev. Jonathon Kuhar. Friends may call Friday from 5 to 7 PM. Due to an allergy, the family requests no flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Rd., S. Abington Twp, 18411.

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Anne McCloskey

Anne McCloskeyOctober 13, 2022

Anne McCloskey, 80, of the East Mountain section of Scranton passed away peacefully Thursday morning. Her partner of 46 years, James D. McClymer, passed away in 2014. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late John Harold and Violet Bonin Kerrigan. She was a member of St. John Neumann Parish.

She was a graduate of South Scranton Central Catholic High School.

Anne earned her Masters degree in Social Work from Marywood and had a career in social work with United Cerebral Palsy of Lackawanna County. She became the Program Director of Residential Services for the agency and had a lifetime commitment as an advocate of accessibility standards for the handicapped.

She enjoyed reading, gardening and spoiling her grandchildren. She made sure to attend any event that involved her grandkids despite the distance traveled. She was always encouraging and honest with anyone who needed her. Anne loved being with her life partner, James McClymer, who helped raise Anne's strong willed daughters. She traveled extensively throughout North America with Jim, traveling from The Caribbean to the Arctic Circle. She enjoyed hosting her family for holidays. Anne was always prepared to have a conversation about any matter; history, politics, film, travel and current events. She had an uncanny memory and was delighted to talk about people and places from yesteryear. She loved Halloween and hosting the neighborhood trick-or-treaters in her signature witches hat. Anne was a proud member of Mensa, and enjoyed her luncheons with other members. She was a member of The Irish Cultural Society, Dunmore senior chorus group and always enjoyed singing a traditional Irish ballad. She was a wise, determined and sincere woman and her insightfulness will be greatly missed.

Anne is survived by her daughters, Anne Stewart and husband, Tommy, Fort Worth TX; Renee Oleski and husband, Charles Sr., Scranton; Martina Straub and husband, Kevin, Scranton. Siblings, sister Marie Bennett and husband, Bob, Harrisburg; and Denise Kerrigan, Moosic; brothers, Jude Kerrigan and wife, Carol, Dunmore; and Vincent Kerrigan and wife, Mary, Scranton. Grandchildren, Charles Oleski Jr.; Ryan Oleski; Tyler Oleski; Nathaniel Peirce and wife Carrie; Spencer Peirce; Connor Peirce; Rory McCloskey; Shane McCloskey and wife Colleen; Morghan Straub. Great granddaughters, Mia Oleski and Amelia McCloskey. Numerous nieces and nephews.

Anne was preceded in death by her partner, James McClymer; daughter Jacqueline and son Arthur; her siblings, Jerry, Joan, Marjie, John and Dennis Kerrigan; great granddaughter Katherine McCloskey.

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. John Neumann Parish, Nativity of our Lord Church, 633 Orchard St., to be celebrated by Rev. Jonathan Kuhar, Pastor. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Kitchen, 500 Penn Ave., 18503.

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Mary M. Zippetelli

Mary M. ZippetelliSeptember 30, 2022

Mary M. Zippetelli, 95, formerly of South Scranton, died September 30, 2022, at The Covington Assisted Living, Raleigh, NC. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Theresa Julian Martucci. She was the widow of Patrick, (Patsy) Zippetelli who died January 2, 1991. She was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, was Past President of Friendly Senior Citizens of South Scranton, and she was a lifetime member of St. Francis Of Assisi Parish until its closure and then she became a member of St. Paul of the Cross Parish. She was formerly employed as a seamstress for Circle Sporstwear Co. and later she worked part time for the Scranton School District. Mary was a lifetime resident of South Scranton before moving to reside with her son in North Carolina in 2012. Most recently, she resided in The Covington, Raleigh, NC, where she made many friends and enjoyed the activities and chatting with the ladies. Surviving is her son Patrick Zippetelli and wife Celeste, grandson Ryan Zippetelli, all of Raleigh, NC., and nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by two brothers; Anthony and William Martucci. 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. Jonathan Kuhar, Pastor. Interment Italian-American Cemetery, Minooka Section. Friends may call Friday 5 to 7 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's choice or to Covington Assisted Living, 4510 Duraleigh Rd., Raleigh, NC 27612.

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Carl F. Russin Sr.

Carl F. Russin Sr.September 30, 2022

Carl F. Russin Sr., 92, of Scranton, died Friday in the Regional Hospital of Scranton surrounded by his loved ones. He was preceded in death by his wife Antonette DeSanto Russin who died April 24th, 2012. At the time of her passing, they were married for 56 years. Born in Dunmore, son of the late Peter and Mary Boyce Russin, he was educated in the Dunmore School District. Prior to retirement he was a beloved employee at RCA Corporation as a master landscaper, groundskeeper, and maintenance worker. Carl was extremely proud of the work he did and it reflected on the campus. Additionally, he also did landscaping for several local businesses.

Carl loved church and was an usher at St. Peter's Cathedral for many years. He was a lifetime Oakland A's fan cheering for them as a team based in Philadelphia, then Kansas City, and then finally Oakland. He loved his family outings at state parks and trips to Atlantic City with his wife and friends. A resident of Greenridge for the majority of his adult life, Carl was widely loved and recognized by the people of his city as he walked several miles through it each day. Into his late age, he would continue his love of walking even when he needed the assistance of a walker and credited it for keeping him healthy for so long.

A second family and favorite hangout, the owners and patrons of Mickey Gannon's Bar would see Carl visit from across the street for dinner and drinks several times a week. He would talk sports and politics with everyone and would come home in high spirits after seeing all of his friends.

Carl was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and uncle who will be forever missed. A selfless and caring individual, he always put everyone before himself.

Carl is survived by his sons, Peter Russin and companion Debra, New York City; Carl Russin Jr., Scranton; daughters Marlene Russin Depew, Jermyn; Linda Russin Boczar and husband Robert, Scranton; a sister Betty Griscavage and husband Bart, Trenton N.J.; grandchildren, Robert Boczar Jr., Stephanie Caterino, Nicholas Boczar, Eric, Randy Jr. and Jared Depew, Tyler and Dayton Russin, Kyle Wesley; great-grandchildren, Adrian and Avery Depew; Maddison Boczar; as well as cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers Stanley, Paul, Nicholas, John, and Peter Russin; and sister Mary Mahoney; and grandchildren Catherine, Ian, Haley, and Carl Russin.

A memorial service will be held at August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc. on October 6th, 2022 at 7:00PM. The funeral home is located at 202 Pittston Ave, Scranton, PA 18505. Friends may call from 5:00 PM until the time of the service. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

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Rachel O'Neill

Lucille Sabad TovcimakSeptember 9, 2022

Rachel O'Neill's (nee Sharpe) age 31, spirit left this world September 9, 2022, leaving behind family and friends grieving and wondering why. Rachel died at Lancaster General Hospital, 21 days after giving birth to her beautiful daughter Liliana Rose, after suffering numerous complications following childbirth. Before she died, Rachel wanted more than anything to come home to her family and newborn daughter who she knew and loved for only a short time.

Rachel was born October 8,1990 in Scranton alongside her twin sister Elizabeth to Ann Flynn Sharpe. Rachel graduated from Scranton High School in 2009. She then received her Bachelors of Science from Marywood University where she also earned her R.D. (Registered Dietitian) certification.

Throughout college and several years afterwards Rachel worked at Target in Dickson City and Wilkes Barre. During her professional career worked as clinical dietician for Highland Manor Exeter and most recently Senior Life York.

In 2015 Rachel married her highschool sweetheart and love of her life, Casey O'Neill. Rachel and Casey's love for each other grew more and more each day throughout their 14 year partnership. They bought a beautiful home in Mount Joy, PA and looked forward to starting a family and a new chapter of their life when Rachel's life was tragically cut short.

Rachel is survived by her beloved husband Casey, mother Ann Flynn Sharpe, sister Beth Sharpe, mother in law Nancy LaRoza and her Uncle Sean and Aunt Maria Flynn who loved Rachel like their own child. She is also survived by sisters-in-law Marina O'Neill, Noelle LaRoza, brother-in-law Phalen O'Neill, cousins Conor, Meghann, Brendan and Christian Flynn, nieces Caitlin, Lindsey, and Victoria, nephew Hadrian and friend Paul Tomazic.

A memorial gathering will be held at August J Haas Funeral Home, 202 Pittston Avenue, Scranton, PA on Saturday October 1, 2022 from 2-5 pm.

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Lucille Sabad Tovcimak

Lucille Sabad TovcimakSeptember 9, 2022

Lucille Frances Sabad Tovcimak, 78, a resident of Moscow, died Friday, September 9, at Julia Ribaudo Skilled Nursing Facility in Lake Ariel. She was the widow of John Tovcimak Jr. who passed away March 26, 2016. The couple were married for 51 years.

Born in Scranton on February 6, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Lucille (Hyden) Sabad. She was a member of St. Catherine of Siena Church, Moscow, and received her RN degree from Marywood University's Hahnemann Hospital School of Nursing. Lucille worked as a nurse in Philadelphia before beginning her family.

Her caring and compassionate nature made her a beloved wife, mother, friend, and nurse. While her children were young, she opened and owned North Pocono Studio in Moscow where she taught students how to create and paint ceramics and porcelain. Lucille was a nationally recognized porcelain doll artist chronicled for her sculpting and artistic porcelain talents. She was affectionately known as "The Porcelain Doll Lady" in the NEPA community where she displayed and sold her artistic creations at various fine arts and doll shows. She was also a member of many civic and social organizations, such as the Moscow Women's Club, PTA (Past President), North Pocono Library (former Director), and the Queen of The Red Hat Ladies of NEPA Chapter of the Red Hat Society. In life, Lucille appreciated fashion and jewelry and was known for her creativity and sense of style.

Lucille was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who was not only kind, caring, and generous, but she also was an inspiration to many. She will be deeply missed and will live on in the memories of all who were fortunate enough to have known and loved her.

Lucille is survived by her children, Lucille A. Przywara and her husband Bernard J., Madison Twp.; John F. Tovcimak and his wife Elizabeth West, Marysville; her two grandchildren, Nathanael Sabad Przywara and John Michael Tovcimak; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her family, she is survived by her dear friend Ann Mellert, whom she considered her sister.

The family is grateful and truly thankful for the care Lucille received from her loving and compassionate caregivers at Julia Ribaudo.

The funeral will be Friday at 9:45 AM from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM in St. Catherine of Siena Church, Moscow, to be celebrated by Rev. Thomas Muldowney, Pastor. Interment St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow.

Friends may call Thursday from 5 to 7 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Catherine of Siena Church, 220 Church St. Moscow, 18444.

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Robert E. Bisignani

Robert E. BisignaniJuly 14th, 2022

Robert E. Bisignani passed in peace July 14th, 2022 at the age of 87 in Winter Haven, Florida. He was a lifetime resident of South Scranton.

Robert was born on January 23rd, 1935 to Amadeo Bisignani and Anna (Cimino) Bisignani. He graduated from Scranton Tech High School and soon went on to work at American Auto. At age 22, he joined the Marine Corps as an aircraft jet mechanic and was honorably discharged as Corporal (E-3) after six years of service. More than a year of his service was spent working on aircraft carriers while stationed in Japan. Upon discharge from the military, Robert worked at the Lackawanna County train station. He then went on to work at RCA where he retired from after twenty-six years. After retirement, Robert spent most of his days working at his sons' print shop, B&B Printing.

Before joining the Marine Corps, Robert met the love of his life, Grace Deprimo Bisignani, who he shared 63 beautiful years with. Inseparable for all their lives, there was never one without the other. Together they raised three children and later welcomed several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Robert was a proud resident of South Side. Better known as "Mr. Biz", Robert spent several years volunteering at Connell Park baseball field where during his time as President he founded the girls' softball league. Robert was always found at the park either coaching, umpiring, maintaining the field, or encouraging the love of baseball. He was an avid bowler and a member of several bowling leagues. He enjoyed golfing, reading, and spending time with his grandchildren. Robert enjoyed the Florida sunshine for the past three years with his wife and loving son who also served as his caretaker.

Surviving are daughter, Robin Sweetman, Taylor; son, Robert Bisignani, Winter Haven, Fl; son, Roger Bisignani, Florida; nine grandchildren: Dawn Paff, Danielle Paff, Ashley Sweetman, David Sweetman, Amber Wahlers, Brielle Bisignani, Bethany Bisignani, Roger Bisignani Jr., and Aiden Bisignani; twelve great-grandchildren: Jake, Alex, Zachary, Gunnar, Parker, Owen, Noah, Bryce, Logan, Hunter, Owen, and Charlotte; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his wife, Grace; and his brothers William, Rudolph, Joseph, and Thomas.

The Bisignani Family would like to thank the Brandywine Nursing Facility in Winter Haven, Florida for their care and compassion during the last of his days.

The funeral will be Saturday at 10 AM in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Pastor Richard Bradshaw officiating. Inurnment with full military honors will take place in the Italian-American Cemetery, Minooka Section. Family and friends may call Friday, September 9th, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

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

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John J. Becchetti

August 28, 2022

John J. Becchetti, 68, a resident of Scranton, died Sunday night in Geisinger CMC. Born in Easton, he was the son of the late Raymond and Maude Lancaster Becchetti. He was a member of St. Peter's Cathedral. John attended Scranton public schools and received his degree in cooking from the Culinary Institute of America. He was employed locally in the restaurant industry. The funeral will be private with interment in Cathedral Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity.

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Adele M. (Cookie) Fargione

Adele M. (Cookie) FargioneAugust 27, 2022

Adele M. (Cookie) Fargione, 87, formerly of Scranton and Taylor, died Saturday evening in the home of her daughter. She was the widow of Frank Fargione who died in 1988. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Abramo and Elizabeth Allegrucci Constantini. She was of the Catholic faith. Cookie was an exceptional person. For most of her childhood she resided at the Scranton State School for the Deaf and because of her extraordinary talent for passing as a hearing person she was able to set a goal to attend and graduate from a hearing high school which she accomplished, graduating from South Scranton Central Catholic High School. She didn't stop there she also went on to attend Penn State. But her life's goal was to be a wife and mother and that was to be her most important accomplishment. She loved and devoted her life to her family. Especially her children and grandchildren who will miss her immensely. It was a privilege for Francine and Tina to care for her in their home for the past three months. Surviving are her daughter, Francine Fargione Smith and Katrinia Smith, Falls, and her son Christopher Fargione, Taylor, four grandchildren; Andrew, Joshua, Ethan and Rhiana, and six great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her brother Sam Constantini. The funeral will be Saturday with a Blessing Service at 10 AM with Rev. Jonathan Kuhar officiating in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. Entombment Italian-American Cemetery, Minooka Section. Friends may call Friday from 5 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Cookie's name to the donors favorite charity.

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Dolores A. Cardoni

Dolores A. CardoniAugust 28, 2022

Dolores "Dolly" Cardoni, 93, a resident of South Scranton, died Sunday, August 28, 2022. Dolly was born in Peckville, PA, the daughter of the late John and Alisandrina "Liz" (Andreoli) Parroccini and attended public schools, graduating from Blakely High School in 1946. She worked for several years at the International Correspondence School, until marrying Edwin Cardoni in 1949. At the time of Edwin's death in 2010, they had been married 61 years. Dolly devoted her life to raising and caring for her family. She and Edwin had three sons, Richard and wife, Carol, Mountaintop, John, who passed away in 1982 and Mark, Scranton. Dolly was an excellent baker and cook and enjoyed the many trips and cruises that she and Edwin took, to Alaska, California, Las Vegas, Florida and Italy, with their friends and family. Above all, she was devoted to her Catholic faith. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi parish, and then St. Paul of the Cross parish where she, until her illness, attended daily mass.

For the past 10 years, Dolly lived at the Mountainview Care Center. Here she was treated with kindness and attentive and comforting care. Her family wants to express their gratitude to the aides and nurses of the Bella Bay wing of Mountainview for their dedication to Dolly's well-being.

In addition to her parents and Edwin and their son, John, Dolly was preceded in death by her brother, Francis Parroccini, and brother-in-law, Emil Mellow and sister-in-law, Inez Cardoni Mellow. She is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law, her sister-in-law, Geraldine Parroccini, nieces and nephews and many friends. 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 Msgr. Joseph Quinn, Pastor, and the Rev. David Cappelloni, con celebrant. Interment Italian-American Cemetery, Minooka Section. Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 7 PM.

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In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Paul of the Cross Parish at the above address.

Alvin A. Charles, Jr.

Alvin A. Charles, Jr.August 20, 2022

Alvin A. Charles, Jr., 68, a resident of Scranton, died Saturday in Dunmore Health Care Center. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Alvin, Sr. and Ruth Dorothy Tomlinson Charles. He was a graduate of Scranton Central High School, Class of 1973. He was formerly employed by LaSalle Oil Co., several local textile companies and Haddon Craftsmen. He was an avid New York Yankees fan and loved bowling. Alvin was a loving brother and uncle who will be deeply missed. Surviving are two brothers; William Charles and wife Sharon, Hamilton, Ohio, and Richard Charles, Aberdeen, Md., nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a brother Robert Charles and an infant sister Cathy Ann Charles. The funeral will be Wednesday at 10 AM in the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave. Interment Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Friends may call tonight from 6 to 8 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VREC, Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center, 318 Northern Blvd., S. Abington Twp., Pa. 18411.

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Mary Ann Blasi

Mary Ann BlasiAugust 16, 2022

Mary Ann Blasi, 70, a resident of South Scranton, passed away Tuesday in Allied Skilled Nursing Facility after a courageous battle with Cancer, surrounded by her beloved family. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Dominick M. Sr., and Anna Mae Durkin Blasi. She was a member of St. John Neumann Parish and was a graduate of West Scranton High School, Class of 1969. Her career with the City of Scranton spanned more than three decades of working in various departments highlighted in the OECD Department as Building Inspector, a role filled years ago by her beloved father. Mary Ann enjoyed spending time with friends and family, especially her loving granddaughter, Jaylynn, who was the absolute light of her life for the past 15 years. Mary Ann was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt who will be deeply missed. Surviving are a son Jason Evans, her granddaughter, Jaylynn Loomis, two brothers; Dominick Blasi, Jr. and wife Marilyn, and Joseph Blasi, and a sister Barbara Partyka and husband Jack, all of Scranton, and two aunts; Barbara D. Noto, also her God Mother, Spring Brook Twp., and Rose Blasi, Peckville, and cousins, nieces and nephews. The funeral will be private and held at the convenience of the family with a Mass of Christian Burial in Nativity of our Lord Church, St. John Neumann Parish, to be celebrated by Msgr. Joseph Quinn, Pastor.

Memorial contributions may be made to Vienna Grotzinger Memorial Scholarship, 1129 Audubon Drive, South Abington Twp., 18411, or to UCP of NEPA, 425 Wyoming Ave., Scranton, 18503.

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John Hopkins

LaVern DelPreteAugust 13, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LaVern DelPrete

LaVern DelPreteJuly 25, 2022

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

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Dr. Thomas J. Simrell, Jr.

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

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

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Senior Master Sgt. John A. Kellett

Marion C. WhiteJuly 12, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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Robert F. Cummings

July 4, 2022

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

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Marion C. White

Marion C. WhiteJune 28, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

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

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

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

Visitation one hour prior to Mass beginning at 10 AM.

Interment to follow at Cathedral Cemetery.

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

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Marilyn C. Nooney

Marilyn C. NooneyJune 27, 2022

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

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Mariann Nancy Rosar

Mariann Nancy RosarJune 24, 2022

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

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

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

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

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Janice Douglas

June 22, 2022

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

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Nicholas J. Hanis

June 13, 2022

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

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

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Margaret (Peggy) Symuleski

June 14, 2022

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

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Eugene J. Patrick, Jr.

Sharon L. BarbutiJune 8, 2022

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

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Sharon L. Barbuti

Sharon L. BarbutiJune 6, 2022

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

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Mary R. Fisk

Mary R. FiskJune 5, 2022

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

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

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Robert Noll

Robert NollJune 3, 2022

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

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Jerome (Jerry) D. Lucke

Jerome (Jerry) D. Lucke
May 31, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Joseph J. Symuleski

Joseph J. SymuleskiMay 15, 2022

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

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Grace Marie Bisignani

Grace Marie BisignaniApril 21, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Elizabeth "Betty" Brier Phillips

Elizabeth "Betty" Brier PhillipsApril 14, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I will be waiting for all of you.


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John (Jack) Kerrigan

John (Jack) KerriganApril 12, 2022

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

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Carolyn Hoppel (Nemetz)

Carolyn Hoppel (Nemetz)April 8, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Diana Ogden Diana

Diana Ogden DianaMarch 11, 2022

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

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Claire Ann Gaughan Bunnell

March 4, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Joan E. Neville

Joan E. NevilleFebruary 19, 2022

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

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Dorothy S. Marinangeli Tooley

Dorothy S. Marinangeli TooleyFebruary 21, 2022

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

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Erylene McDonough

Erylene McDonoughFebruary 12, 2022

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

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Jerome W. (Jerry) Lyman

February 7, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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Betty Lou Saville

January 22, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Yolanda R. Rotondaro

Yolanda R. RotondaroJanuary 7, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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William (Bill) J. Moran, Sr.

January 2, 2022

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

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