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December 2009

Mary Ann Petrilak - 2009-12-02

Susan Bianchi Lazar - 2009-12-02

Alexis Scuba - 2009-12-07

Marian E. Ruland - 2009-12-15

Benjamin F. Smith - 2009-12-28

Louise A Aiello-Sutor - 2009-12-10

November 2009

Martha A. Vargo - 2009-11-04

Joseph E Frankovsky - 2009-11-20

Harold S. Humphrey - 2009-11-20

Millard F. Stackhouse - 2009-11-22

Stanley Czarnecki, Sr. - 2009-11-26

Marion M. Mark - 2009-11-30

Leon Kucharski - 2009-11-21

October 2009

Rev. Hilary Malinowski - 2009-10-01

Frank Venosh - 2009-10-02

Barbara A Rogowski - 2009-10-02

Rose Kutch - 2009-10-06

Antoinette A. Antrim - 2009-10-08

John Durmiaki - 2009-10-14

Martha Dorosh - 2009-10-17

John J. Leo - 2009-10-20

Carl D. Oakley - 2009-10-22

David W Sarber II - 2009-10-17

September 2009

Joseph L. Umholtz - 2009-09-06

Jacqueline Giannella - 2009-09-04

Phillip A. Mark - 2009-09-12

Neil S. Heath - 2009-09-18

Bertha Hopey - 2009-09-30

Malvis Duffy - 2009-09-18

August 2009

Anthony T. Marcavage - 2009-08-06

July 2009

James Bruno Puma - 2009-07-02

Ida C. Sliva - 2009-07-08

Edna Hoyle - 2009-07-12

Helen V Rydzik - 2009-07-15

John D. Burch - 2009-07-28

June 2009

Blanche Prawdzik - 2009-06-01

Lillian Trichilo - 2009-06-05

Joseph T. Ziemba - 2009-06-04

Donald Bruce Evans, Sr - 2009-06-27

Edna A. Lopatofsky - 2009-06-28

May 2009

Willard A. Bjork - 2009-05-01

Joseph P. Farley - 2009-05-12

Elizabeth M. Fedorko - 2009-05-20

Rev. Valentine R. Plevyak - 2009-05-30

April 2009

Chester M. Kluck - 2009-04-10

Kathryn W Shaffer - 2009-04-10

Christina (Prati) Pastuszek - 2009-04-23

John J Galinsky - 2009-04-28

March 2009

Eleanor J. dodgson - 2009-03-06

James Curyk - 2009-03-17

Jane A. Notchick - 2009-03-20

Dorothy Babich - 2009-03-03

Helen P. Umholtz - 2009-03-03

Dorothy E. Reid - 2009-03-27

February 2009

Gary M. Gardner - 2009-02-23

John A. Okorn - 2009-02-21

Oliver R. Shifler - 2009-02-06

January 2009

Ethel J. Parry - 2009-01-30

David E Hadden, Jr - 2009-01-22

Mildred J. Chubb - 2009-01-14

 

 

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Benjamin F. Smith
2009-12-28
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Benjamin F. Smith December 28, 2009 Benjamin F. “Tim” Smith, 81 of Olney, Md died Monday at home. His wife of 59 years is the former Regina Bazil. Born in Greenfield Township and raised and educated in Forest City. He was the son of the late Joseph & Helen Widzon Smith. He served with the Marines Ben is a retiree of I.B.M. engineer with 35 years of service. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Church, Rockville, MD and a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council # 6793, Olney, Md. He is also survived by a daughter Pamela and her husband Brian Korman, Ocean Pines, MD; a brother Paul Smith and wife Alice, Naples, FL.; A sister Mary Zrowka, Simpson, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother: Joseph. Friends may call Saturday at the Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc 621 Main St., Simpson from 10- 11 AM. Interment in Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Finch Hill. For directions visit: www.scotchlasfuneralhome.com

Marian E. Ruland
2009-12-15
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Marian E. Ruland December 15, 2009 Marian E. Ruland, 100, of Carbondale died Tuesday evening at the Carbondale Nursing Center. She was the widow of Emerson C. Ruland, who died in 1984. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Harry S. & Ella Healy Willard. She was a graduate of Carbondale High School and was a homemaker. She worked for a number of years at the J. C. Penney Co., Carbondale. She was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church, Carbondale and the Bishop Starret Auxiliary. She is survived by a son in law: Donald F. Faatz, Carbondale; 4 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, a great great granddaughter, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter: Dorothy Ann Faatz in 1991; three brothers: Robert A., Francis & Edward Willard; two sisters: Ruth L. Wilson and Harriett Willard. The funeral will be Tuesday with service at 10: 00 AM in the Trinity Episcopal Church, River St., Carbondale by the Rev. Donald Schiable, Rector. Interment in Tompkinsville Cemetery. Friends may call Monday 4 to 7 Pm at the Oliver R Shifler Funeral Home, Inc. 62 North Main Street, Carbondale. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church For directions visit: www.shiflerfuneralhome.com

Louise A Aiello-Sutor
2009-12-10
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Louise A. Aiello-Sutor December 12, 2009 Louise A. Aiello-Sutor, passed away at Calvert County Nursing Center, Prince Frederick, MD on December 12th after a few months in the nursing center. She was the widow of Joseph Sutor who died in 1985. Louise was born on October 25, 1935 in Carbondale and was the daughter of the late Frances and Franco Aiello. She was laid to rest on May 7th, at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Simpson, PA. Rest in peace our dearest Louise, you are finally with your loving husband Joe. She lived with her adored niece Frances Aiello in Huntingtown, MD for the past 12 years. She is also survived by her brother Frank Aiello, Philadelphia and her sister Mary Gazella, Carbondale; her nieces Kathy Hivish, New Jersey; Dr. Gina McCray, D.D.S., Maryland; Anna Millraney, Tennessee; Rita Plantamura, Georgia; great nieces Audrey & Kara McCray, Maryland; her goddaughter Lisa Kohut-Morris; nephew Frank Aiello, Maryland; great nephews Marcus Aiello, Maryland; Philip Plantamura, Georgia; and Jeffrey Millraney, Tennessee; all of whom adored her and miss her. She is also survived by her many friends and classmates, especially Anna Marie and Mary Ann Tomsokoski; Phyllis Coleman; Marie Mazzoni and Martha Muta; to name a few of many. She is also preceded in death by two brothers: Samuel and James Aiello, three sisters: Rosemarie, Anna and Teresa Aiello; her nephew John Aiello and niece Ann Marie Hivish and Margaret Kohut, her dearest friend. Local arrangements were made by the Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral home, Inc. Simpson.

Alexis Scuba
2009-12-07
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Alexis Scuba December 7, 2009 Alexis Scuba, 90, of Clarks Summit died Monday at the Osprey Ridge Health Care Center, Carbondale. He was the loving husband of the late Betty Jones Scuba, who died in 2001. Born in Simpson, he was the son of the late Metro & Irene Ksenich Scuba. He was a graduate of Fell High School, Simpson. He served as a Sergeant with the Army Air Corp in the European theater during WWII. He was a regional sales supervisor with Dean Phipps Stores and later was employed at Tobyhanna Army Depot where he retired in 1981. He was a member of St. Basil’s Russian Orthodox Church, Simpson; Russian Brotherhood Organization of America and the Disabled American Veterans. Alexis enjoyed music. The family would like to thank the staff of Osprey Ridge for their personal, kind, compassionate and caring service. He is survived by a step son Jim Willcutt and his wife Alice, Kingsley; A brother: Michael Scuba, Mayfield; a sister Olga Scuba, Carbondale; four grandchildren: Lisa, Allison, Shannon and Caitlyn, six great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a step son John Willcutt, a granddaughter: Ashleigh Willcutt, six sisters: Mary Wilson, Julia, Helene, Anna & Nancy Scuba and Delores Bock. The funeral will be Thursday from the Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc. 621 Main St., Simpson with a Requiem Service at 9:30 AM in St. Basil’s Russian Orthodox Church, 33 Midland St., Simpson by the Very Rev. Archpriest David Hritcko. Interment in St. Tikhon’s Monastery Cemetery, South Canaan. Friends may call Wednesday 2 to 5 Pm, Parastas at 3 Pm. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Basil’s R.O. church. For directions visit: www.scotchlasfuneralhome.com

Mary Ann Petrilak
2009-12-02
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Mary Ann Petrilak December 2, 2009 Mary Ann Petrilak, 71, of Browndale and formerly of Whites Crossing And Long Island, NY died Wednesday at home. She was the wife of Paul J. Petrilak. The couple had been married for 20 years. Born in Carbondale, she was the daughter of the late Basil & Mary Novobilski Dzwonchyk. She was a graduate of Mayfield High School and attended business School. She had been employed for 28 years in Human Resource Center, Carle Place, Long Island. She was a loving wife who will be deeply missed. She is also survived by a step son Eugene Petrilak, Carbondale; A step daughter: Judy and husband Richard Guarino, Carbondale; a brother Basil Dzwonchyk and wife Patricia, Browndale; two nephews and their wives: Joseph & Ann Dzwonchyk, Major James & Helen Dzwonchyk; a niece and husband Sara & Eric Zaverl, great nieces & nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a step daughter: Paula Petrilak and a brother: Joseph Dzwonchyk. The funeral will be Saturday from the Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral Home,Inc 621 Main St., Simpson with Mass at 9:30 Am in St. Michael’s Church, 46 Midland St., Simpson by the Rev. Joseph S. Sitko. Interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery. Friends may call Friday 4 to 8 pm. For directions visit: www.scotchlasfuneralhome.com

Susan Bianchi Lazar
2009-12-02
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Susan Bianchi Lazar December 2, 2009 Susan Bianchi Lazar of Simpson passed peacefully at home surrounded by her family. She was the wife of David M. Lazar for 37 years. Born in Jessup, she was the daughter of the late Angelo & Minnie Venarucci Bianchi. She attended Fell School, Simpson prior to caring for her mother. She had been employed over the years by Gentex Corp., Simpson and Endicott Johnson Shoe of Forest City. She resided for 25 years in New Jersey before returning to Simpson in 1971. She was a avid bowler and reader and enjoyed bingo weekends at Foxwoods Resort. Susan was a member of St. Michael’s Church, Simpson. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be deeply missed. She is also survived by two daughters: Deborah Marcavage and companion, Ivar Iversen, Simpson; Kathy and husband Ron Ross, Carbondale; a brother Thomas and wife Patricia Bianchi, Butler, NJ; and sister in law Delores and husband Robert Bailey, Lon Island, NY; three grandchildren: Anthony & Joseph Marcavage, Simpson and Leahann and husband Thomas Moslak, Newburg; nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a sister: Anita Yasnovitch and a brother: Peter Bianchi. The funeral will be Saturday from the Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc., 621 Main St., Simpson with Mass at 11:30 Am in St. Michael’s Church, 46 Midland St., Simpson to be celebrated by the Rev. Joseph S. Sitko. Entombment in Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Finch Hill. Friends may call today (Friday) 5 to 9 Pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Ascera Care Foundation, 749 Northern Blvd., Clarks Summit, Pa 18411. For directions visit: www.scotchlasfuneralhome.com

Marion M. Mark
2009-11-30
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Marion M. Mark November 30, 2009 Marion M. Mark, 87, of Simpson died Monday at the VNA Hospice Unit at Community Medical Center, Scranton. She was the widow of Phillip A. Mark, who died September 12th. Born in Simpson, she was the daughter of the late Justin & Margaret Kovaleski Malefsky. She attended Fell Township Schools, Simpson. She was a homemaker and prior to her marriage she was employed by General Textile, Simpson. She was a member of the Roman Catholic Community of Forest City. Marion enjoyed story telling, reading, gardening, canning, cooking, fishing, camping, playing bingo and rummy and especially spending time with her grandchildren. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother who will be missed. The family would like to thank the VNA Hospice for their kind and compassionate care. Surviving are eight daughters, Marian and husband Richard Dombroski, Tunkhannock; Betty Ann and husband Joseph Penzone, Peckville; Margaret and husband Richard Bonacci, Atlanta; Loretta and husband Russ Cowher, Theresa and husband Kevin Chubb, and Patty and husband Joseph Kandrot, all of Carbondale; Carol Histed, Honesdale; Debbie and husband Rod Brown, Clarks Summit a daughter in law: Linda Mark, Carbondale; 18 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son Joseph Mark, 3 brothers: Stanley, John ”Hank” and Tony and five sisters: Nellie Wenkus, Jessie Curyk, Ann Kovaleski, Eleanor O’Sullivan and Betty Wasko. The funeral will be Friday from the Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc 621 Main St., Simpson with Mass at 10 AM in St. Joseph’s Church, Delaware St., Forest City to be celebrated by the Rev. Patrick L. Albert. Interment in St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Forest City or the VNA Hospice and Palliative Care, 301 Delaware Ave., Olyphant. Friends may call Thursday from 6 to 9 Pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the Roman Catholic Community of Forest City, 612 Hudson St., Forest City, PA 18421. For directions visit: www.scotchlasfuneralhome.com

Stanley Czarnecki, Sr.
2009-11-26
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Stanley Czarnecki, Sr. November 26, 2009 Stanley Czarnecki, Sr., 82, of Southampton, NJ died Thursday at Care One at Evesham, Marlton, NJ. His wife of 55 years is the former Jennie Bilotta. Born in Simpson, PA; he was the son of the late Adam & Felicia Lesofsky Czarnicki. He was a graduate of Fell high School, Simpson. He was an Army veteran of WW II. Later, he moved to New Jersey and retired from the New Jersey Tool & Die Co., Kenilworth, NJ. He attended Holy Eucharist Church, Tabernacle, NJ. He is also survived by two sons and their wives: Dr. Stanley Czarnecki, Jr and Leonor, Medford, NJ; Joseph J. Czarnecki and Tracy, Raritan Township, NJ; a daughter Joan and her husband John Perretti, Edison, NJ; a sister: Irene Kosiarski, Clearwater, Fla; four grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers: Nicholas & Walter Petchulis. The funeral will be Tuesday from the Joseph W. Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc 621 Main St., Simpson, Pa with Mass at 10 AM in St. Michael’s Church, 46 Midland St., Simpson to be celebrated by the Rev. Joseph S. Sitko, Pastor. Interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery with military honors. Friends may call Monday 5 to 8 Pm. For directions visit: www.scotchlasfuneralhome.com

Millard F. Stackhouse
2009-11-22
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Millard F. Stackhouse November 22, 2009 Millard F. Stackhouse, 96, of Carbondale died Sunday at the Forest City Nursing Center. His wife is the former Annabelle E. Kilmer. The couple had been married for 68 years. Born in Wapwallopen (Luzerne Co.), he was the son of the late George W. & Emma Kieper Stackhouse. He was a graduate of the Benjamin Franklin High School, Carbondale. He served in the Military Police Battalion of the Army during WW II. He retired as a stereotypist for the Scranton Times. He was a member of the Carbondale American Legion Post #221, and was a member of the International Printing & Graphic Communications Union. Millard was an avid reader and enjoyed playing cards, crossword puzzles and cryptograms. He bowled for over 60 years and was recognized by the Bowling Congress. He was a member of the cycle club at the Carbondale Y.M.C.A. He is also survived by four sons and their wives: Guy M. Stackhouse and Barbara, Vandling; Robert F. Stackhouse and Nancy, Tunkhannock; Gregory A. Stackhouse and his companion Clara Scavo, Carbondale; David S. Stackhouse and Carla, Forest City; a daughter: Priscilla B. and husband Paul Bilski, Carbondale; eleven grandchildren: Terri Lynn, Scott, Robert, Jennifer, William, Melinda, Timothy, Mickey, Brianna, Jaime and David; 14 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter: Shelia Ann; two sisters: Irene Hetrick & Joyce Rooks. The funeral will be Wednesday in the Oliver R Shifler Funeral Home, Inc. 62 North Main St., Carbondale with services at 2:00Pm by Pastor Thomas Cusack, of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Scranton. Interment with military honors in Willow View Cemetery, Clifford. Friends may call today (Tuesday) from 4 to 8 Pm. For directions visit: www.shiflerfuneralhome

Leon Kucharski
2009-11-21
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Leon Kucharski November 21, 2009 Leon Kucharski, 80, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida died on Saturday, November 21, 2009 at Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale, following a brief illness. Born in Carbondale, the son of the late John and Blanche Lenska Kucharski, he lived in New York City for most of his life. He was a graduate of Fell Township High School and the Parson’s School of Design, New York City. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. For years he worked as a leading designer for fashion houses such as Gay Gibson, Bobbie Brooks, Jonathan Logan and Leslie Fay. Following his retirement from the fashion industry, he taught design in the New York City school system. Surviving are three sisters, Irene Bambera, Carbondale, Freda Rygiel, Belleville, N.J., and Wanda O’Neill, Elizabeth, N.J., one brother, Chester Kucharski, Carbondale, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Blanche Anzalone, and four brothers, Walter, John, Stanley and Ted. A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. in St. Mary of Czestochowa Church, Eynon, by his nephew Monsignor Joseph C. Bambera. Interment will be at Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Finch Hill. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

Joseph E Frankovsky
2009-11-20
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Joseph E. Frankovsky November 20, 2009 Joseph E. Frankovsky, 63, of Vandling died Friday at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. His wife is the former Patricia Marcinkevich-McLaughlin. Born in Montdale, he was the son of the late Steven & Edith Oakley Frankovsky. He attended school in Scott Township. He was a self employed truck driver for 38 years. He enjoyed traveling including trips to the ocean and could always be foung with his faithful dog Max. He served as a Lackawanna County Constable for two terms. Also surviving are a son: Joseph and wife Jennifer Phillips, Lake Ariel; two step daughters: Theresa Reedy, Carbondale and Judy Lowry, Cape May, NJ; two half brothers: Kenneth Kizer, Elmhurst; Jeff Kizer, Mayfield; three sisters: Darlene Harhut, Gibson; Edith Frankovsky, Hamlin, Mary Jane Smith, Utica, NY A half sister: Barbara Jean Kizer, Mayfield; 11 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sons: Joseph Frankovsky & Carl Phillips, A daughter: Annette Phillips; and three brothers: Steven, Paul & Ronald Frankovsky. The funeral will be Wednesday in the Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc 621 Main St., Simpson with a Blessing Service at 10:00 AM by the Rev. Joseph S. Sitko Entombment following cremation at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Montdale. Friends may call Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 Pm. For Directions visit: www.scotchlasfuneralhome.com

Harold S. Humphrey
2009-11-20
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Harold S. Humphrey November 20, 2009 Harold S. Humphrey, 86, of Carbondale died Friday at home. His wife is the former Ardis Emmett. Born in Carbondale, he was the son of the late William & Maude McMyne Humphrey. He was educated in the Carbondale Public Schools. He served during WW II in the Army as a Master Sergeant and retired with 30 years service in the Army Reserve. He was also a retiree from Tobyhanna Army Depot with 30 years service and later was employed by Penn Star Bank, Carbondale. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Carbondale. He was one of the oldest members of the Andrew Mitchell Hose Co., Carbondale. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing pinochle and spending time at his summer residence at Elk Lake. His dog Sassy was his faithful companion. He is also survived by a son William J. Humphrey and his wife Peggy, Dover, Ohio; A daughter Ann C. Humphrey, Carbondale; a brother: Leonard Humphrey, California; a sister: Gladys Alleger, Ellicott City, Maryland; four grandchildren: Matthew R Humphrey, Cache Fross, Sunny Fross & Bethany L. Humphrey. He was preceded in death by two brothers: Donald & Roy Humphrey. The funeral will be Monday at 11:00 AM in the Oliver R Shifler Funeral Home, Inc 62 North Main St., Carbondale with services by Pastor John Hardman-Zimmerman, Southern Care Hospice and Rev. Keith Benjamin. First united Methodist Church. Interment following cremation in Canaan Corners Cemetery, Waymart. Friends may call today (Sunday) 3 to 6 Pm and Monday from 10 Am until the time of Service. For directions visit: www. Shiflerfuneralhome.com

Martha A. Vargo
2009-11-04
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Martha A. Vargo November 4, 2009 Martha A. “Margie” Vargo, 89, of Simpson died Wednesday afternoon at Wayne Woodlands Manor, Waymart. Born in Simpson, she was the daughter of the late Joseph & Clara Dubill Vargo. She was a graduate of Fell High School, Simpson. She had been employed by Gentex Corp., Simpson; the Social Security Administration and Young’s Gap Hotel, Liberty, NY over the years. She enjoyed music and was an accomplished dancer winning many contests during the Big Band Era. She is survived by two nephews and a niece : Ronald Penska, Simpson; Chickie & Robert Boguski, Lake Como and Joseph Vargo, Simpson; a sister in law: Ruth Vargo, Simpson. She was preceded in death by two brothers: Bernard & Edward and a sister Rita Penska. The funeral will be Saturday with Mass at 9:30 AM in St. Michael’s Church, 46 Midland St., Simpson to be celebrated by the Rev. Joseph S. Sitko, Pastor. Interment in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Simpson. By her request, there will be no viewing. Arrangements by the Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc. 621 Main St., Simpson

Carl D. Oakley
2009-10-22
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Carl D. Oakley October 22, 2009 Carl D. Oakley, of Carbondale died Thursday at home, one day short of his 100th birthday. He was preceded in death by two wives , the former Florence White and Myrtle Treat. Born in Richmondale, on October 23, 1909; he was the son of the late Grant & Gennie Smith Oakley. He was employed for many years as a coal miner. He was a member of the Berean Baptist Church, Carbondale. He is survived by four daughters: Janice Goodwin, Honesdale; Joan DeNunzao & Karen Gareis both of Carbondale and Donna DeGroat, South Canaan; a step daughter: Carol Alvaro, Carbondale; fourteen grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by a daughter: Beverly Richner. The funeral will be Saturday at 12 Noon in the Berean Baptist Church, Lincoln Ave., Carbondale with services by the Rev. Dale E Pepper, Pastor. Interment in Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Friends may call Friday 6 to 9 PM at the Oliver R Shifler Funeral Home, Inc 62 North Main St., Carbondale and Saturday from 11 AM until the time of service at the church. For directions visit: www.shiflerfuneralhome

John J. Leo
2009-10-20
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John J. Leo October 20, 2009 John J. Leo, 88, of Forest City and formerly of Carbondale died Tuesday at Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton. His wife of 63 years is the former Phyllis Falbo. Born in Carbondale, he was the son of the late John T. & Marie Fortuner Leo. He was a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School, Carbondale and the University of Scranton. He served in the Air Force during WW II. He retired as an Elementary Principal for the Carbondale Area School District. He was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Carbondale. He was an avid bowler and golfer belonging to several Carbondale area leagues. He is also survived by three daughters: Phyllis and husband Jan W. Crocker, Bethlehem; Maryanne and husband Paul Debish, Forest City; Joan Stefanski, Slatington; a brother Andrew Leo, Forest City; four grandchildren: Paul Debish II, Erin Lynady, Rachel Jones and Kaitlin Stefanski; two great grandchildren: Paul Debish III & Hannah Debish, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son: John G. Leo and a sister: Ann Rogalski. The funeral will be Saturday from the Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc 621 Main St., Simpson with Mass at 9:30 AM in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 15 Fallbrook St., Carbondale by the Rev. Russell E. Motsay, Pastor. Interment with Military Honors in Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Finch Hill. Friends may call Friday 2-4 & 7-9 Pm. Memorials can be made to St. Francis Food Kitchen, Franklin Avenue, Scranton. For directions visit: www.scotchlasfuneralhome.com

Martha Dorosh
2009-10-17
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Martha Dorosh October 17, 2009 Martha Dorosh, 78, of Pleasant Mount died Saturday at the Forest City Nursing Center. She was the widow of John Dorosh. Born in Pleasant Mount Township, she was the daughter of the late Theodore & Eva Yourshouske Tellep. She attended school in Pleasant Mount and was a graduate of Keystone College, La Plume. She had retired as a laboratory technician /cytologist from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Binghamton. She was a member of S.S. Peter & Paul Russian Orthodox Church, Uniondale. She was a loving aunt who enjoyed visits from company, gardening and flowers, knitting & crocheting. Many times she could be found reading or at a bingo game. She is survived by a brother in law, niece, nephew and cousins. She was preceded in death by a sister Louise Gosh. The funeral will be Wednesday from the Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc 621 Main St., Simpson with a Requiem service at 10:00 AM in S.S. Peter & Paul Russian Orthodox Church by the Rev. Theophan Buck. Interment in S.S. Peter & Paul Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 7 to 9 Pm. Parastas at 7:30 PM For directions visit: www.scotchlasfuneralhome.com

David W Sarber II
2009-10-17
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David W. Sarber II October 17, 2009 David W. Sarber II, 18, of Cooperstown, PA died Saturday October 17 in Warren County, Pennsylvania after a boating accident. David resided with his parents for several years in West Clifford. He was the son of Rev. David and Laura Sarber, Cooperstown, the former pastor of the Lake Idlewild Evangelical Wesleyan Church, West Clifford. He was presently enrolled as a freshman at the Evangelical Wesleyan Bible College and was a member of the Summit Evangelical Wesleyan Church, Cooperstown. He was a committed Christian whose great desire was to be used by God. He had a vision for the work of God and went on a mission trip to Bloodvein, Manitoba during July/ August 2009. He is also survived by three sisters: Colleen, Hannah and Emily at home; his paternal grandparents: Rev. William and Louise Sarber, Cooperstown; Bishop of the Evangelical Wesleyan Church and his maternal grandparents: Rev. Loren and Carol Kempa, Bent Mountain, VA.; aunts, uncles, cousins and friends including the Lake Idlewild Church Family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Evangelical Wesleyan Bible College, C/O Rev. David Sarber, 6722 East Wayne Road, Cooperstown, Pa. 16317 Local obituary by Oliver R Shifler Funeral Home, Inc., Carbondale

John Durmiaki
2009-10-14
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John Durmiaki October 14, 2009 John Durmiaki, 44, of Scott Township, PA.; died Wednesday at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. Born in Poughkeepsie, NY; he was the son of the late Alexander & Proskovia Avchevrow Durmiaki. He had been employed by Construction Workers Union-Local #1000, Poughkeepsie prior to his disability. John was a man who was proud of his Russian heritage, more than anything he loved his family and friends. His passion of riding his Harley was equal to his passion for fishing. He is survived by his fiancée: Victoria Wengrin, with whom he resided; four brothers: Victor Durmiaki and his wife Patricia, Poughkeepsie; Michael Durmiaki, Scranton; Alexander Durmiaki, Jr, Pompano Beach,FL.; Simon Durmiaki, Hyde Park, NY; two sisters: Katherina Durmiaki and Daria and her husband Anthony Propeack, all of Carbondale; nieces, nephews and God children. He was preceded in death by two brothers: Russell & George Durmiaki and two sisters: Lidia Durmiaki and Alexandria “Lolly” Durmiaki-Ptach. The funeral will be Monday with a Requiem service at 11:00 AM in St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, 100 Livingston St., Poughkeepsie by the Rev. Alexander Donchenko. Interment in Union Cemetery, Hyde Park, NY. Friends may call at the church Monday 9 am until the time of service. Arrangements by the Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc 621 Main St., Simpson, Pa. www.scotchlasfuneralhome.com

Antoinette A. Antrim
2009-10-08
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Antoinette A. Antrim October 8, 2009 Antoinette A. Antrim, 84, of Cedar Springs, Michigan and formerly of Carbondale died Thursday evening at Metron, Cedar Springs. She was the widow of William J. Antrim, who died in 1991. Born in Simpson, she was the daughter of the late Anthony & Susanna Borek Roskoski. She attended Fell High School, Simpson. She had been employed by the Gentex Corp., of Simpson and for ten years prior to her retirement as a nurses aid at St. Joseph’s Hospital / Marian Community Hospital, Carbondale. She had been a member of St. Michael’s Church, Simpson. Antoinette loved spending time with her family and friends. She is survived by three sons: Stephen Brooks, Franklinville, NJ; Robert Antrim, Peckville; William Chobey and his wife Joan Marie, Clarks Summit; two daughters and their husbands: Martha and Raymond Mauro, Carbondale; Suzanne and Bruce Sczepaniak, Big Rapids, Mich.; eleven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter: Bernadette Mauro, three brothers: Stephen, Martin and Anthony Roskoski; 3 sisters: Clementine Lopatofsky, Sophie Roskoski and Martha Krucinski. The funeral will be Monday from the Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc. 621 Main St., Simpson with Mass at 11:00 AM in St. Michael’s Church, 46 Midland St., Simpson by the Rev. Joseph S Sitko, Pastor. Interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery. Friends may call Monday 9 – 10:30 Am at the funeral home. For directions visit: www.scotchlasfuneralhome.com

Rose Kutch
2009-10-06
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Rose Kutch October 6, 2009 Rose Kutch, 85, of Simpson died Tuesday at home. She was the widow of Basil Kutch, who died in 1986. Born in Richmondale, she was the daughter of the late John & Barbara Medve Titko. She attended school in Richmondale and had been a homemaker. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, Forest City. She was a loving mother who will be missed by her children and grandchildren. She was the family historian and by memory provided many details to her family. She is survived by two sons: Basil Kutch and wife Michele, Finch Hill; Joseph Kutch and wife Rose, El Paso, Texas; two daughters Jean and husband John Scepita, Forest City and Rose and husband Robert Gardner, Waymart; six grandchildren: Lisa, Carrie, B.J.; Michael, Krista and Patty. She was preceded in death by three brothers: Andrew, John and Stephen and tow sisters: Mary Ezbinsky and Helen Evanyka. The funeral will be Saturday at 9:30 AM from the Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc 621 Main St., Simpson with the Office of Christian Burial at 10AM in St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church,306 Susquehanna St., Forest City to be celebrated by Monsignor John T. Sekellick. Interment in St. John Cemetery, Richmondale. Friends may call Friday 5 to 8 Pm. For directions visit:www.shiflerfuneralhome.com

Frank Venosh
2009-10-02
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Frank J. Venosh October 2, 2009 Frank J. Venosh, 81, of Carbondale Township died Friday at Community Medical Center, Scranton. His wife of 54 years is the former, Olga Nestrick his best friend and care giver. Born in Carbondale Township, he was the son of the late Stanley & Bridget Dunback Venosh. He was a graduate of Mayfield high School class of 1946 and the Antone Barber School, Scranton. Prior to retirement he was a barber at Farview State Hospital, Waymart. He was a member of St. Rose of Lima Church, Carbondale. Frank enjoyed fishing and was known for his ability to fix and “tinker” things around his home. He passed away surrounded by his loving family. He is also survived by a brother: Stanley Venosh, Carbondale; four sisters: Stasia Rozanski & Nellie McMullen, Brooklyn , NY; Sophie Klem, Ft. Lauderdale, FL & Alberta Regal, Simpson, a brother in law Eugene Nestrick and his wife Paula, Archbald ,nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers: Chester, Edwin, Carl and six sisters: Veronica and Alice Saldonis, Martha Krok, Marian Sweder, Elizabeth Kohut and Helen Jablonski. The funeral will be Monday from the Oliver R Shifler Funeral Home, Inc 62 North Main St., Carbondale with Mass at 10:30 Am in St. Rose of Lima Church, 6 North Church St., Carbondale to be celebrated by Monsignor David L. Tressler. Entombment in Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Finch Hill. Per his request, Visitation Monday 9 to 10 AM at the funeral home, per his request. For directions visit: www.shiflerfuneralhome.com

Barbara A Rogowski
2009-10-02
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Barbara A. Rogowski October 2, 2009 Barbara A. Rogowski, 85, of Simpson died Friday at Marian Community Hospital, Carbondale. She was the widow of William Rogowski, who died in 1992. Born in Simpson, she was the daughter of the late Michael & Anna Fendrock Ruddy. She was a graduate of Fell High School, Simpson. She had been employed by the Parodi Cigar Co., Scranton and late retired from the Endicott Johnson Shoe Co., Forest City. She was a member of Holy Trinity Church, now St. Michael’s Parish and a member of the First Catholic Slovak Society. She enjoyed trips to Atlantic City to play the slots and spending time on her front porch. The center of her life and pride and joy was her granddaughter Janelle Roche. She is survived by a son in law David Roche, Waymart; a sister Mary Ann Ruddy Melnick, Simpson; nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a daughter: Bonnie Lee Roche in 2003; brothers: Joseph “Pat”, John “Doc”, Paul “Peanuts” Ruddy and a sister: Kathryn Ruddy. The funeral will be Monday from the Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral Home,Inc 621 Main St., Simpson with Mass at 9:30 AM in St. Michael’s Church, 46 Midland St., Simpson to be celebrated by the Rev. Joseph S. Sitko, Pastor. Interment in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Simpson. Friends may call Sunday 5 to 8 Pm. For directions visit: www.scotchlasfuneralhome.com

Rev. Hilary Malinowski
2009-10-01
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Rev. Hilary L. Malinowski, S.T.L. October 1, 2009 Reverend Hilary L. Malinowski, Pastor Emeritus of St. Michael’s Parish, Simpson And a resident of Eynon died Thursday at Mercy Hospital, Scranton. Born in Eynon, on January 24, 1931, the eldest son of the late Leonard & Josephine Urbanowicz Malinowski. He received his early education at Roosevelt Grammar School in Eynon and was a graduate of Archbald High School in 1948 and then attended the University of Scranton. In 1950 he entered St. Mary’s Seminary in Roland Park, Baltimore, Maryland, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1952 and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology in 1956. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 26, 1956 in St. Peter’s Cathedral by the Most Reverend Jerome D. Hannan late Bishop of Scranton and celebrated his first Mass in his home parish, St. Mary Czestochowa, Eynon on May 27th. He served three months in St. Matthew’s Parish, East Stroudsburg, he was assigned to St. Mary’s Nativity Parish in Plymouth, Pa. and remained there for ten years. In May of 1966, he was assigned to Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish, Scranton. In 1971, he was appointed interim administrator of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Dupont. In September of the same year was assigned to Queen of Peace Parish, Hawley, until March 31st, 1973 when he became the pastor of St. Michael’s Church, Simpson. In May 1987, he was named pastor of the territorial parish of St. Michael’s which included both Holy Trinity and St. Michael’s Churches in Simpson. In July 10, 2007, he was appointed pastor emeriti us. In addition to his parochial duties, Father Malinowski served as Dean of the Carbondale deanery from June 2005 to December 2006. Father Malinowski was fluent in both English and Polish. He also served the Dioceses as a priest director for the Pre-Cana Series in the Scranton and as a confessor to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters at Marywood, the Sisters at Saint John the Baptist Convent in Scranton and the Sisters at Sacred Heart Convent in Luzerne. He served the community of Simpson for 34 years. He twice remolded the church building, added a handicap accessible parking lot, built a new rectory and opened new sections in both parish cemeteries. He oversaw the 100 anniversary celebration in 2003 and his leadership could be seen in the yearly parish block party that was known throughout the valley. He will be remembered for his devotion to the priesthood, the Blessed Virgin Mary and for his eloquent and inspirational homilies. He was also an avid golfer and enjoyed many golfing trips to Florida. Father Malinowski was concerned with the education of the parish youth and strongly supported not only the C.C.D. programs but also the parish sponsored Boy Scout Troop and Cub Pack. He was a charter member of the former Simpson Lion’s Club. He is survived by a sister, Carol A. Malinowski, at home; a sister in law: Elizabeth Fuller Malinowski, Olney, MD; a niece Laura Malinowski and her husband Donald Wallace & a nephew Robert Malinowski, many cousins. He was preceded in death by a brother: Alfred. Viewing will take place at Saint Michael’s Rectory, 46 Midland St., Simpson on Sunday from 3 to 6 Pm and Monday 3:00 to 6:30 Pm. A Vigil Mass will be celebrated at St. Michael’s Church, Simpson on Monday at 7:00 Pm with Monsignor David L. Tressler, Dean, presiding. A Pontifical Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated by the Most Reverend, John M. Dougherty, D.D., Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Scranton, on Tuesday October 6, 2009 at 11:00 AM in St. Michael’s Church , Simpson. Viewing will also take place on Tuesday morning from 9:30 Am until the time of Mass. Interment in Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Finch Hill.

Bertha Hopey
2009-09-30
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Bertha Hopey September 30, 2009 Bertha Hopey, 98, of the Forest city Nursing Center and formerly of Simpson died Wednesday at Marian Community hospital, Carbondale. She was the widow of Peter Hopey, who died in 1999. Born in Forest City, she was the daughter of the late John & Barbara Galuski Shandor. She was a homemaker and a member of S.S. Peter & Paul Greek Catholic Church, Simpson. She enjoyed her flowers and crocheting and loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is survived by a daughter: Shirley Bilko, Richmondale; a son Lomont Hopey and his wife Delores, Beufort, S.C.; a brother Andrew Shandor, Long Island, NY; a sister: Lillian Midas, Forest City; 3 grandchildren: David & Kevin Bilko and Holly Urban; 2 great grandchildren: David & Matthew Bilko and two great great grandchildren: Sage & Jaden Bilko; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three brothers: Michael, John & Thomas Shandor and Five sisters: Anna Mindash, Margaret Parenti, Helen Wisbicki, Emma Shershen and Julia Varano. The funeral will be Saturday from the Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc 621 Main St., Simpson with Divine Liturgy at 10 AM in SS Peter & Paul Greek Catholic Church, Rittenhouse St., Simpson to be celebrated by the Rev. Edward Levandusky. Interment in the parish cemetery. Friends may call Friday 5 to 8 PM. For directions visit: www.scotchlasfuneral home.com

Neil S. Heath
2009-09-18
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Neil S. Heath September 18, 2009 Neil S. Heath, 81, of Carbondale died Friday at the Carbondale Nursing Home. He was the wife of the former Miriam Holden. The couple had celebrated their 61th wedding anniversary in February. Born in Carbondale, he was the son of the late George Heath & Eva Heath Teleck. He attended Carbondale Public Schools and was an electrician for the Delaware & Hudson Railroad. After retirement, he worked for the Pioneer American Bank, Carbondale. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Carbondale and the Triple M Club at the church where he was a past president. A former member of the Carbondale Lodge # 249, Free & Accepted Masons. He was an avid fisherman at his cottage at Cottrell Lake. He also enjoyed bowling and was a member of the Archbald Commercial League at Valley Lanes. Neil’s family reflected on his life in the following poem: :”Tribute to a Gentleman”: “He Is a man of silent strength, a gentleman of quite calm and harmony who touches life with his sensitivity and kindness. His compassion knows no bounds, his knowledge no limits. He is a wonderful human being who I am privileged to say I know and Love”, unknown author. The family would like to thank the staff of the Carbondale Nursing Home for their professional and compassionate care. He is survived by two sons and their wives: James N. Heath & Diana , Chesapeake, VA.; Donald J Heath Sr and Linda., Carbondale; three sisters: Mary Kilpatrick, Dorothy Kilpatrick & Shirley Healey, all of Rochester, NY; eight grandchildren: James Jr, Michael, Denise, Donald Jr, David, Dennis, Lauren & Devin, 8 great grandchild: Hayley, Dylan, Dakota, Karissa, Leah, David, John & Aaron, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by an infant son: Neil, a granddaughter: Barbara J. Chirles and a sister: Edna Morelli. The funeral will be Monday at 10:30 AM in the First United Methodist Church, 10 North Church St., Carbondale with services by the Rev. Keith Benjamin. Interment in Canaan Corners Cemetery, Waymart. Friends may call Sunday 3 to 7 pm at the Oliver R Shifler Funeral home, Inc. 62 North Main St., Carbondale and Monday from 9:30 Am until the time of service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church or the Carbondale YMCA, 88 North Main St., Carbondale, PA 18407. For directions visit: www.shiflerfuneralhome.com

Malvis Duffy
2009-09-18
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Malvis Duffy September 18, 2009 Malvis Duffy of Clifford died September 18th in Ellicott city, Maryland. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Joseph “Nook” Duffy. Born in Seven Sisters, Wales; she was the daughter of the late George & Eleanor Lewis Parke. She was a graduate of Forest City High School . She retired from the Hecht Co., Hyattsville, Md. Store. She was a member of the Clifford United Methodist Church and its women’s group. She was very proud of her Welsh heritage and loved her adopted country. Malvis was a great lover of all living creatures, gardening and enjoyed reading. She is survived by two sons and their wives: Joseph and Sandra Duffy, Bowie, MD; John and Sydney Duffy, Elkridge, MD; and a daughter Maeve and husband Richard Rupp, Greenfield Township; seven grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son: James. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 31st at 12 Noon in the Clifford United Methodist Church, Main St., Clifford by the Rev. Peg Knapich, Pastor. Interment has taken place in Rounds Cemetery, Uniondale. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her memory to the Humane Society, c/o 967 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit, PA 18411 Arrangements by the Joseph W. Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc 621 Main St., Simpson.

Phillip A. Mark
2009-09-12
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Phillip A. Mark September 12, 2009 Phillip A. Mark, 85, of Simpson died Saturday at Allied Service Long Term Care Center, Scranton. His wife is the former, Marion M. Malefsky. Born in Carbondale, he was the son of the late Joseph & Loretta Mark. He attended Benjamin Franklin High School. He served in the Army during WWII in Germany where he received the Bronze Star. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by the Hendrick Manufacturing Co., Carbondale for 38 years. He was a member of the former St. Anthony’s Church, Forest City; now the Roman Catholic Community of Forest City and the Walter Paciga VFW Post # 4712, Simpson. He enjoyed fishing, camping, playing bingo and trips to the Mohegan Sun. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, who will be missed. He is survived by eight daughters and their husbands: Marian & Richard Dombroski, Tunkhannock; Betty Ann & Joseph Penzone, Blakely; Margaret & Richard Bonacci; Atlanta, GA; Loretta & Rus Cowher ,Theresa & Kevin Chubb, and Patty & Joseph Kandrot, all of Carbondale; Carol Histed, Honesdale, Debbie & Rod Brown, Clarks Summit; a daughter in law: Linda Mark, Carbondale;18 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son: Joseph Mark, a brother: Dominick and two sisters: Theresa Galinsky and Mary Pepe. The funeral will be Tuesday from the Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc 621 Main St. Simpson with Mass at 10:00 AM in St. Joseph’s Church, Delaware St., Forest City. Interment with Military honors in St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Forest City. Friends may call Monday 6 to 9 Pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the roman Catholic Community of Forest City, 621 Hudson St., Forest City, Pa. 18421 For Directions visit: www.scotchlasfuneralhome.com

Joseph L. Umholtz
2009-09-06
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Joseph Lester Umholtz September 6, 2009 Joseph L. Umholtz, 94, of Carbondale died Sunday at home. He was the husband of Helen Pechota Umholtz, who died March 3rd. Joe and his wife Helen had been married for 62 years. Born on April 3, 1915, in Valley View, Schuylkill County, he was the son of the late Guerney Milton & Flora Estella Wolfgang Umholtz. He was a 1932 graduate of Valley View High School, Valley View. A veteran of WW II, he served in the 819th Engineer Aviation Battalion and took part in the D-Day Normandy Invasion. He was a part owner of Umholtz Manufacturing where he met his future wife. Working in the garment industry for 57 years, he was a skilled and accomplished sewing machine technician and was known for his abilities in fabricating machine attachments. He retired in 1997 from the Ames Manufacturing Co., Forest City. He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, Carbondale for more than 60 years. He served as a Church Elder. His greatest joy was as a member of the church choir where his bass voice could be heard almost every Sunday. He served as an assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 333 for many years and taught a number of Carbondale’s sons scouting skills. He was a loving and giving husband, father and grandfather. He took great pride and enjoyment in raising his children and spent many hours teaching them a love for the outdoors while camping, fishing and hunting. He looked forward to each and every visit from his children and grandchildren and hearing of their accomplishments. Well liked and respected in the community he left a legacy of family and friends that will miss his smile, laughter and sparkling blue eyes. His was a life of quality as well as quantity. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. The family would like to thank friends, family and the Home Health Care Professionals & Hospice for their gentle and compassionate care and devotion. He is survived by a daughter: Twila Umholtz-Colville, Carbondale; a son: Joseph R. And wife Linda Ashman-Umholtz; Harrisburg; four grandchildren: Karen Elizabeth Colville; Jaime Lynn Colville-Janes and husband Richard; all of Phoenix; Adam Segal, Grand Junction, Colo.; and Michael Segal, Harrisburg; a great grandson: Brady Anstee Janes; a niece and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers: Allen G., Daniel J. & Raymond L.; two sisters: Mary Flora Umholtz and Hannah M. Umholtz-Green. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 Pm in the First Presbyterian Church, Salem Ave. at Church St., Carbondale with services by Margo Tomlinson, Pastor. Interment will Military Services in Willow View Cemetery, Clifford. Friends may call Thursday 2-4 & 7-9 Pm at the Oliver R Shifler Funeral Home, Inc 62 North Main St., Carbondale and Friday from 12 noon until the time of service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Carbondale. For directions visit: www.shiflerfuneralhome.com

Jacqueline Giannella
2009-09-04
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Jacqueline Giannella September 4, 2009 Jacqueline Giannella, 64, of RD Waymart, died Friday at home after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was the wife of Robert A. Giannella. Born in Bayonne, NJ; she was the daughter of the late Joseph & Jennie Triacca DeSalvo. She was a graduate of Bayonne High School and the Berkeley Secretary School, New York City. She was a homemaker since moving to Pennsylvania. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be missed. She is also survived by a son: Robert Giannella, Jr and his wife Stacy, LaPlata, MD; twin grandchildren: Matthew Anthony & Adriana Lynn. A Memorial Mass will be held Friday, September 18th at 10:00 AM in St. John the Evangelist Church, Honesdale. Arrangements by the Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc 621 Main St., Simpson.

Anthony T. Marcavage
2009-08-06
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Anthony T. Marcavage August 6, 2009 Anthony T. Marcavage, 68, of Simpson died Thursday at Marian Community Hospital, Carbondale. He was the husband of the late Charlotte Swinarski Marcavage, who died in 1983. Born in Simpson, he was the son of the late Anthony & Cassie Stungis Marcavage. He was a graduate of Fell High School class of 1958. Prior to retirement, he had been employed by Tele-Wire, Co. of Simpson. He was a member of St. Michael’s R.C. Church, Simpson. Anthony was a loving and caring father. He is survived by two sons: Michael A Marcavage, Lansdowne, Pa; David T. Marcavage, Simpson; a brother: Joseph Marcavage, Simpson; five sisters: Evelyn DeGonge, Florham Park, NJ; Dolores DeFazio, Kearny, NJ; Christine Kresock, Simpson; Marion Boyd, Avoca and Joan Maile, Forest City, many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers: John & Edward and a sister: Arlene Gatto. The funeral will be Monday from the Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc 621 Main Street, Simpson with Mass at 9:30 Am in St. Michael’s Church, 46 Midland St., Simpson to be celebrated by the Rev. Joseph S. Stiko, Pastor. Interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday 2-4 & 7-9 Pm. For directions visit: www.scotchlasfuneralhome.com

John D. Burch
2009-07-28
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John D. Burch July 28, 2009 John D. Burch, 63, of Carbondale died Tuesday at Hospice Community Care, Dunmore. Born in Carbondale, he was the son of the late Maurice & Ethel Dunlap Burch. He was a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School, Carbondale and attended Dental Technician School in Philadelphia. He attended the First Presbyterian Church, Carbondale. He also enjoyed camping. John was a loving father, news and political enthusiast, and very patriotic American. John’s Patriotism was evident throughout his life starting with his dedicated service as a United States Marine, deployed to Vietnam, and continuing with 34 years of service supporting the nation’s defense industry as a machinist at General Dynamics Corporation. He is survived by a son: John (J.D.),Santa Monica, CA; two daughters: Bonnie Burch, Simpson and Candace Burch, Dickson City; a brother Donald Burch, Danbury, CT; a sister: Ann Kraft, Scott Township. He was preceded in death by a sister Beverly. The funeral will be Thursday at 10:00 in the First Presbyterian Church, Corner of Church St & Salem Ave Carbondale by Margo Tomlinson, Pastor. Interment with Military honors will be in Canaan Corners Cemetery, Waymart. Friends may call Wednesday from 5 to 8 Pm at the Oliver R Shifler Funeral Home, Inc 62 North Main Street, Carbondale. Memorial contributions may be made to the Carbondale YMCA, 89 North Main St., Carbondale. For directions visit: www.shiflerfuneralhome.com

Helen V Rydzik
2009-07-15
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Helen V. Rydzik July 15, 2009 Helen V. Rydzik, 75, of Simpson died Wednesday at home. She is the wife of Paul P. Rydzik, who was her caregiver during her illness. The couple had been married for 53 years. Born in Simpson, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence & Sophie Roskowski Wasnock. She was a graduate of Fell High School class of 1951. She had been employed by the Big Chief Market, Carbondale and retired from Zazzera’s Food Market, Carbondale. She was a member of St. Michael’s Church, Simpson; the Confraternity of Christian Mothers & Guild; Fell Township Golden Age Seniors and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post , Simpson. She is also survived by two sons: Paul J. Rydzik and his wife Deborah, Endwell, NY; Jason Rydzik and his wife Julie, Pleasant Mount; a daughter Pamela and her husband Dr. Martin Bifano, Simpson; a brother Leonard Wasnock, Port Charlotte, FL; seven grandchildren: Martin Jr; Shawn, Scott & Marina Bifano; Matthew , Milissa & Gabrielle Rydzik; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by four brothers: Valentine, Lawrence, Edmund & Joseph Wasnock. The funeral will be Saturday from the Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc 621 Main St., Simpson with Mass at 9:30 AM in St. Michael’s Church, 46 Midland St, Simpson by the Rev. Joseph S. Sitko. Interment in Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Finch Hill. Friends may call Friday 2-4 & 7-9 Pm Golden Age Club will meet at 2:30 PM For directions visit: www. Scotchlasfuneralhome.com

Edna Hoyle
2009-07-12
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Edna Hoyle July 12, 2009 Edna Hoyle, 73, of Carbondale died Sunday night at Marian Community Hospital, Carbondale. She was the wife of Ralph G. Hoyle. The couple had been married for 54 years. Born in Carbondale, she is the daughter of the Mildred Barnicott Wormuth, Childs and the late Arthur Wormuth. She was the Val Victorian of the 1953 class of Mayfield High School. She owned and operated with her husband the Roemmelmeyers Men & Women Store in Carbondale for 30 years. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Carbondale; where served as a Deacon. She was a member of the Women’s Association and Couple’s Club of the church. She enjoyed reading, puzzles and music. She cherished attending her grandchildren’s activities. She is also survived by a son David Hoyle and his wife Jennifer, Jermyn; three daughters and their husbands: Laura and Thomas Evans, Childs; Kimberly and Dominick Nati, Carbondale; Faith and Charles Terrery, Dunmore; three brothers: Bill and Jack Wormuth, Childs and Arthur Wormuth, Jermyn; nine grandchildren: Courtney & Thomas Evans; Erika & Bianca Nati; David, Ian & Mora Hoyle and Jason & Alex Terrey; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by an infant son Joseph. The funeral will be Thursday at 11:00 AM in the First Presbyterian Church, 76 Salem Avenue, Carbondale with service by Pastor Margo Tomlinson. Interment in Canaan Corners Cemetery, Waymart. Friends may call Wednesday 5 to 8 Pm at the Oliver R Shifler Funeral Home, Inc. 62 North Main Street, Carbondale. Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church or the Carbondale Public Library 3 North Main St, Carbondale. For directions visit: www.shiflerfuneralhome.com

Ida C. Sliva
2009-07-08
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Ida C. Sliva July 8, 2009 Ida C. Sliva, 65, of Simpson died Wednesday evening at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital. She was the wife of Joseph J. Sliva, the couple had been married for 27 years. Born in Baltimore, MD; she was the daughter of the late John & Ida McNamara Ludwig. She was a homemaker and had been employed in the garment industry for a short period. She was a member of St. Michael’s Church, Simpson. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who devoted much time to raise her family. She enjoyed fishing, which she passed on to her children. She is also survived by six sons: James White, Mechanicsburg; John White, Camp Hill; Francis & Robert DeFazio, Honesdale; Christopher DeFazio, Lake Ariel; Michael Sliva, Dickson City; five daughters: Carol Timus, Allentown; Gina Pritchard, Honesdale; Sharon Kopec, Kingston; Carri Sliva, Carbondale ; Kathryn Sliva, Simpson; two brothers: John & George Ludwig; Baltimore, MD; Doris Rowe & Betty Owens, Staton, VA; Helen Sapp, Shinnston, W. VA; 17 grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son Vernon White and a granddaughter: Grace Pritchard. A Blessing Service will be Saturday at 11:00 AM in the Joseph W. Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc 621 Main St., Simpson by the Rev. Joseph S. Sitko, Pastor of St. Michael’s Church. Interment in the parish cemetery. Friends may call Saturday from 9 AM until 11AM For directions visit: www.scotchlasfuneralhome.com

James Bruno Puma
2009-07-02
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James Bruno Puma July 2, 2009 James Bruno Puma, 81 of Simpson and formerly of Forest City died Thursday at Marian Community Hospital, Carbondale. Born in Carbondale, he was the son of the late Antonio & Dega Craparo Puma. He was retired from the Endicott-Johnson Shoe Co., Forest City. He is survived by two brothers: Joseph Puma, Manville, NJ & Charles Puma, Bound Brook, NJ; a brother in law: Fred L. Socha, with whom he resided; nieces and nephews. He was preceded by two sisters: Antoinette Puzavich and Josephine Socha. Arrangements by the Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc. 621 Main St., Simpson

Edna A. Lopatofsky
2009-06-28
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Edna A. Lopatofsky June 28, 2009 Edna A. Lopatofsky, 87, formerly of West Clifford, PA. died Sunday at Osprey Ridge Healthcare Center, Carbondale. She was preceded in death by two husbands: W. Delbert Conrad, 1987 and Thomas J. Lopatofsky in 1994. Born in Augusta, New Jersey; she was the daughter of the late Walter & Anne Belcher Sliker. While she resided in New Jersey she was employed by Darlington Mills, Newton; she was a hairdresser and a school bus driver. She had retired, after 15 years of service as an operating room aid at Community Medical Center, Scranton. She was a member of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, Royal, Altar & Rosary Society and the Lenoxville/ Mt. View Senior Citizens, where she was a past president. She enjoyed helping people and was an avid crocheter. She is survived by six step children: William, Jacob and Thomas Lopatofsky, Clifford; Joseph Lopatofsky, Forty Fort; John Lopatofsky, Messhoppen; Susan Salko, Whippany, NJ; a brother: Edward Sliker, Branchville, NJ; a sister: Jessie Moore, Newton, NJ; grandchildren, nieces and nephews whom she dearly loved. She was preceded in death by three brothers: Sylvester, Walter and Albert and three sisters: Emma Pougello , Henrietta Bernard, Inez Talafarro and a step son George Lopatofsky. The funeral will be Thursday from the Joseph W. Scotchlas Funeral Home,Inc 621 North Main Street, Simpson ,with Mass at 10:30 AM in St. Pius X R.C. Church, Route 106, Royal, by Monsignor Joseph G. Quinn. Interment in the South Gibson Cemetery. Friends may proceed directly to the church the morning of the funeral. Friends may call Wednesday from 3 to 6 Pm. Memorial contributions may be made to: American Cancer Society. For Directions visit: www.scotchlasfuneralhome.com

Donald Bruce Evans, Sr
2009-06-27
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Donald Bruce Evans, Sr. June 27, 2009 Donald B. Evans, Sr., 51, of Forest City died Saturday at the home of his son. His wife is the former Marie Owen. Born in Carbondale, he is the son of Melba Dietz Evans, Carbondale and the late David S. Evans. He was a 1977 graduate of Carbondale Area High School and the Lackawanna County Vocational Technical School for Auto Body repair. He had been employed by Koltis Blacktopping, Peckville and through the years had been employed by Gentex Corp. and Dales & Dave’s Auto Supply co., Carbondale. He was best known for his independent seal coating business. He had attended the First Presbyterian Church, Carbondale. Don enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, four wheeling, bingo and taking his grandchildren to the park. He is also survived by four sons: Jeremy Kilmer, Carbondale; Donald B. Evans Jr and his wife Tarah, Forest City; Christopher Evans, Bellefonte; Scott Evans and his wife Tamra, Carbondale; a daughter Candice and her husband T.J. Brown, Carbondale; a brother: Randy Evans and his wife Linda, Greenfield Twp.; two sisters: Diana and her husband Robert Slick, Clifford Twp.; Lynne and her husband Apolinar Hernandez, Forest City; ten grandchildren: Dominick, Steven, Alex, Chase, Ryan, Austin, Alyssa and Alyzza Evans; Faith and Dakota Brown; nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be Tuesday at 7:00 Pm in the Oliver R Shifler Funeral Home, Inc 62 North Main St., Carbondale by Pastor Margo Tomlinson of the First Presbyterian Church. Cremation will follow at Lake Region Crematory, Lake Ariel. Friends may call Tuesday 4 to 7 Pm. Please omit flowers, the family will provide their own. For directions visit: www.shiflerfuneralhome.com

Lillian Trichilo
2009-06-05
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Lillian Trichilo June 5, 2009 Lillian Trichilo, 82, of Simpson died Friday at Marian Community Hospital, Carbondale after a courageous battle with cancer. She and her husband Joseph L. Trichilo were married on March 5, 1946. Born on February 14, 1927, in Simpson she was the daughter of the late Stanley & Helen Juriewicz Stancavage. She was a 1945 graduate of Fell High School, Simpson. She had been employed as a bookkeeper for Trichilo Wholesale & Convenient Food Mart, both of Carbondale. She also made wedding cakes for many years. She was a member of St. Michael’s Church, Simpson. Lillian’s hobbies were many, including sewed crafts, an avid reader, puzzles and cards. She was a great cook and baker, and was a potato pancake fryer at St. Michael’s yearly picnic. She enjoyed bus trips to Atlantic City with her husband and family. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother, who was rich in faith, but most of all she was proud of her four sons. She loved with an amazing grace and had a kind and gentle heart. She had a smile for everyone and left a significant mark on many lives. She is also survived by four sons: Joseph & Arlene Trichilo, Simpson; Richard Trichilo, Simpson; Rosella Trichilo, Dunmore; David & Patricia Trichilo, Simpson and Alan & Colleen Trichilo, Uniondale; a sister Mary Shipskey, Groton, Ct.; a brother Winfield Stancavage, Milford, Ct.; nine grandchildren that she adored and three great grandchildren she treasured, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother Stanley Stancavage, her twin sister: Helen McMahon and sisters: Irene Dobasewski and Nancy Rusin. The funeral will be Monday from the Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc 621 Main St., Simpson with Mass at 9:30 Am in St. Michael’s Church, 46 Midland St., Simpson by the Rev. Joseph S. Sitko, Pastor. Entombment in Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Finch Hill. Friends may call Sunday 4 to 8 Pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society. For directions visit www.scotchlasfuneralhome.com

Joseph T. Ziemba
2009-06-04
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Joseph T. Ziemba June 4, 2009 Joseph T. Ziemba, 82, of Simpson died Thursday at home. His wife, the former Gloria Koehler died in 1983. Born in Simpson, he was the son of the late George & Mary Bird (Ptszek) Ziemba. He was a graduate of Fell High School, Simpson and Temple University, Philadelphia. He was a Navy veteran of WW II. Joseph had been employed by Honeywell Co., Philadelphia for 20 years and retired as a supervisor from Deltron, Inc., Landsdale. He was a member of the Albert Bochinski Post #629, American Legion, Simpson. Surviving is a sister Ann Marie Kuntz, Centralia, MO.; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by three brothers: Alvin, Michael and Leonard. Interment will be held Wednesday, June 10th at 11:30 Am at Hillside Cemetery Co., Roslyn, Pa. Arrangements by the Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc 621 Main St., Simpson.

Blanche Prawdzik
2009-06-01
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Blanche Prawdzik June 1, 2009 Blanche Prawdzik, 92, of Simpson died Monday at the home. She was the widow of Edward J. Prawdzik,Sr. who died in 1998. Born in Simpson; she was the daughter of the late Joseph & Mary Kloptosky Valinski. She attended Fell Township Schools .She was also employed by the Carbondale area garment industry, for over 25 years. She was a member of SS Peter & Paul Greek Catholic Church, Simpson; the St. Ann’s Altar & Rosary Society; Blessed Virgin Mary Sodality and the Fell Township Golden Age Club, where she was a charter member. Blanche was dedicated to her church and loved her Ukrainian Catholic heritage. She was devoted to the church and was active in all church events. She was a loving mother, grandmother and grandmother. She enjoyed gardening, quilting and the Polka’s. “Baba’s” love was unconditional. She is also survived by an additional daughter: Judy and her husband Melvin Borosky, Crystal Lake; Marianne Belcastro, Royal, with whom she resided; a sister: Lillian Bischak, Waymart; twelve grandchildren: E.J., Thomas, John Prawdzik; Brenda Sokoloski; Tracy Basil; Mark, David, Gregory & Matthew Borosky; Megan, Douglas & Stephen Belcastro, sixteen great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son: Eddie Joe Prawdzik, a granddaughter Monica Borosky and two brothers: Michael & John. The funeral will be Thursday from the Joseph W. Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc 621 Main St., Simpson with Divine Liturgy at 10: 00 AM in SS Peter & Paul Greek Catholic Church, Rittenhouse St., Simpson; Con –celebrated by the Rev. Edward Lavandusky and the Rev. Kenneth Sherman, her nephew. Interment in SS Peter & Paul Cemetery, Simpson. Friends may call Wednesday 2-4 and 2-7 Pm. Golden Age Club will meet at 2:30 Pm. Memorial contributions are requested to the Monica Borosky Memorial C/O 321 Dundaff St., Carbondale. For directions visit: www.scotchlasfuneralhome.com

Rev. Valentine R. Plevyak
2009-05-30
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OBITUARY - REVEREND VALENTINE R. PLEVYAK May 30, 2009 Reverend Valentine R. Plevyak, 92, Pastor Emeritus of Holy Family, Sugar Notch, and a resident at St. Mary’s Villa, Elmhurst, died on Saturday, May 30, 2009. Father Plevyak, son of the late Joseph and Catherine Stoklosa Plevyak, was born in White’s Crossing on September 15, 1916. He attended Carbondale and Fell Townships High Schools graduating from Fell Township in 1935. He then pursued his undergraduate studies at Saint Bonaventure University, Olean, New York, where he was awarded his B.A. degree in 1940. He completed his studies for the priesthood at Saint Bonaventure Seminary, Olean, New York and was ordained to the priesthood on June 3, 1944, in Saint Peter’s Cathedral, Scranton, by the Most Reverend William J. Hafey, D.D., late Bishop of Scranton. Following a summer assignment at Saint Ann’s Parish, Tobyhanna, Father Plevyak was appointed assistant pastor at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Plymouth on September 7, 1944. In 1956 he was named Vicar Adjutor at Saint Mary’s, Blossburg, and in November of that year he received his first pastoral assignment at the Church of Saint Stanislaus, Old Forge. Ten years later he became pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Mayfield where he was so beloved by his parishioners he was memorialized in a stained-glass window depicting him administering the Sacrament of the Sick. He was then assigned to Holy Family Church in Sugar Notch where he remained as pastor for 14 years before his retirement and appointment as Pastor Emeritus on June 22, 1992. A distinguished alumnus of Saint Bonaventure University, from which he received numerous honors, Father Plevyak served as vice president of the Alumni Association and as national president of the Christ the King Alumni Association. In recognition of his many services he was named “Alumnus of the Year” in 1973 by Saint Bonaventure University, and ten years later he was accorded a similar honor with the “1983 Outstanding Alumnus” award from Christ the King Seminary. In 1987, diocesan classmates and fellow Alumni of Christ the King Seminary established a scholarship in Father Plevyak’s name for students from the Scranton Diocese who are studying at the Franciscan-sponsored House of Studies at East Aurora, New York. In the Diocese of Scranton, his contributions to Polish religious and civic events in Northeastern, PA earned him the distinction of being named “Man of the Year” at the Friends of Poland dinner in May 1993. An outstanding athlete, Father Plevyak was named to the Hall of Fame by the Luzerne County Chapter, Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1991. He was an outstanding center fielder with high school and semi-pro teams and he was rated among the top prospects for a professional career by baseball insiders. While receiving numerous offers from Big League teams, he rejected them in favor of continuing his education at Saint Bonaventure University at Olean, NY and pursuing his studies for the priesthood. A natural athlete he was also an outstanding bowler and lists a 299 ABC-sanctioned game as one of his proudest moments. He was also an outstanding golfer with several trophies. During his years in the priesthood Father Plevyak also served on the Marian Commission and the Diocesan Senate of Priests. He served on the Board of Directors of Mercy Health Care Center in Nanticoke and as chaplain of the Boy Scouts and the Junior Catholic Daughters. He was very active in the Lions Club and offered benediction at a Lions International Convention in New Orleans. He also dedicated the Whites Crossing to Jermyn section of the Casey Highway. He is survived by three brothers: Bernard, Scott Township; Chester, Phillipsburg, NJ; Thaddeus, Scranton and a sister: Helen Mongelia, Carbondale; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by five brothers: John, Frank, Raymond, Joseph & Stanley and a sister: Anna Pilny. A viewing will take place at Villa Saint Joseph, 1600 Green Ridge Street on Tuesday from 2 to 5 PM. A Mass of Transferal will be celebrated at Saint Michael’s Church, 46 Midland St., Simpson on Tuesday, at 7:00 p.m., with Monsignor Joseph G. Quinn, Dean, presiding. A Pontifical Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Most Reverend John M. Dougherty, D.D., V.G., Auxiliary Bishop of Scranton, on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Michael’s Church, Simpson. Viewing will also take place in St. Michael’s Church, 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM the morning, prior to the 11:00 a.m. Funeral Mass. Interment will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Simpson. In lieu of flowers, Memorials are requested to Rev. Valentine R. Plevyak Scholarship, Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora, New York 1

Elizabeth M. Fedorko
2009-05-20
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Elizabeth M. Fedorko May 20, 2009 Elizabeth M. Fedorko, 65, of Forest City died Wednesday at Marian Community Hospital, Carbondale. She was the wife of James R. Fedorko. Born in Irwin, PA; she was the daughter of the late Wilbur & Susan Walla Sistek. She was educated in Irwin schools and was a homemaker. She and her husband resided in Clifton, New Jersey for 30 years before moving to Forest City five years ago. She was a loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother, who enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a member of SS Peter & Paul Russian Orthodox Church, Passaic, NJ. She is also survived by three sons and their wives: James and Michaela Fedorko, Vernon, NJ; Jeffrey Fedorko , Stillwater, NJ and David and Jennifer Fedorko, Clifton, NJ; a sister: Audrey Rillo, Coral Springs, FL; a brother: Tony Klappas, Grand Ridge, FL; six grandchildren: Michael, Daniel, Bradley, Kurt, Julia & Ryan. The funeral will be Tuesday at 9:15 AM from the Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc 621 Main St., Simpson with a Requiem Service at 10 AM in St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church, Dundaff, by the Rev. Dennis Swencki. Entombment in Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Finch Hill. Friends may call Monday 6 to 8 pm. For directions visit: www.scotchlasfuneralhome.com

Joseph P. Farley
2009-05-12
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Joseph P. Farley May 12, 2009 Joseph P. Farley, 76, of Richmondale, Elk Lake (Waymart) died unexpectedly Tuesday evening at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital. His wife, the former Mary Ann Lavendowski died in October 2008. Born in Carbondale, he was the son of the late Joseph C. & Alice Jordan Farley. He was a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School, Carbondale. He was retired from Farview State Hospital, Waymart. He was very proud of his children who are all college graduates and registered nurses. “Pa Pa” loved his grandchildren and bragged about their accomplishments. He was thrilled that Wyatt carried on the hunting tradition. He was a member of St. Rose of Lima Church, Carbondale and a founding member of the Minkler Mountain Hunting Club, Equinunk. He died peacefully with his children at his side. His was a life well lived and he will be truly missed. Surviving are four children and their spouces: Joseph & Bonnie Farley, Moosic Lakes; Colleen and Craig Fries, Wrighter Lake; Charles & Maria Farley, Fogelsville; Mary & Larry Mell, Mount Cobb; eight grandchildren: Joseph, Jordan, Ryan, Corey, and Jamie Farley and Michael & Thomas Farley-Golecki and Wyatt Mell; two sisters: Frannie Lewinski, Point Pleasant, NJ and Alice Gilhooley, Carbondale, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three sisters: Anna McDonald, Mary Parker, Julia Devitt and two brothers: Peter Cronin and Thomas Farley. The funeral will be Friday from the Oliver R Shifler Funeral Home, Inc. 62 North Main St., Carbondale with Mass at 9:00 AM in St. Rose of Lima Church, 6 North Church St., Carbondale. Entombment in Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Finch Hill. Friends may call Thursday 5 to 8 Pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the Carbondale Y.M.C.A. or the Carbondale Public Library. For Directions visit: www.shiflerfuneralhome.com

Willard A. Bjork
2009-05-01
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Willard A. Bjork May 1, 2009 Willard A. Bjork, 64, of Carbondale died Friday at Mercy Hospital, Scranton. Born in Carbondale, he was the son of the late Willard & Dorothy Schwarztrauber Bjork. He was a 1963 graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School, Carbondale. He served during Viet Nam in the Army and PA Army National Guard. He had been employed by Doyle & Roth Co., Simpson. He was of the Lutheran faith. Willard was noted for his carpentry talents and being an all around handy-man. Some of his enjoyments were bowling at Valley Lanes, playing billiards & cards and his trips to the casinos. He is survived by three children: Willard A. Bjork and his wife Kimberly, Scott Township; Brenda and her husband James Nolan, Honesdale; Tricia Bjork, Simpson; A sister: Marilyn Bidwell, Hamlin; his companion Lorraine Bjork, Carbondale; and five grandchildren: Stephanie & Jennifer Bjork; Jasmine Goudreau, De’Asia Thompson and Adrian Marine; nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Friday at 11:00 Am in the Oliver R Shifler Funeral Home, Inc. 62 North Main Street, Carbondale by the Rev. C. Albert Wagaman, pastor of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Archbald. Interment in Archbald Cemetery. Friends may call Friday 10 AM until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society of the Donors’ Favorite Charity. For directions visit: www.shiflerfuneralhome.com

John J Galinsky
2009-04-28
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John J. “Butch” Galinsky April 28, 2009 John J. “Butch” Galinsky, 60, of Simpson died Tuesday evening at Hospice Community Care, Dunmore. His wife is the former Frances Daniels. The couple would have celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary in June. Born in Carbondale, he was the son of the late John & Theresa Mark Galinsky. He was a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School, Carbondale and an Air Force veteran during Viet Nam. He was employed by Grumman- Northrop, Mayfield for 19 years and then Gentex Corporation. John loved all sports and over the years was active in Baseball, Bowling, Golf, fishing and hunting. He was a fan of the Yankee’s and the Giants. He enjoyed his trips to the casinos. He is also survived by a son: John J. Galinsky, Jr. and wife Melissa, Carbondale; two daughters and their husbands: Laurie & John Skumanich, Dickson City and Denise & Clay Wintermute, Scranton; a brother: Michael Galinsky, Carbondale Township; two sisters: Marie Emmett, Simpson and Lorraine Novobilski, Carbondale; six grandchildren: Justin, Haley, Jason, Mary Theresa, Donald Roy and Avery; an uncle, nieces and nephews. The funeral will be Saturday from the Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc. 621 Main St., Simpson with Mass at 11:00 AM in St. Michael’s Church, 46 Midland St Simpson by the Rev. Joseph S. Sitko, Pastor. Entombment at Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Finch Hill. Friends may call Friday 5 to 9 Pm. For directions visit: www.scotchlasfuneralhome.com

Christina (Prati) Pastuszek
2009-04-23
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Christina H. (Prati) Pastuszek April 23, 2009 Christina H. (Prati) Pastuszek, 88, of Northampton died Thursday at home. She was preceded in death by three husbands: George Chiesa, Luigi Prati & Harry Pastuszek. Born in Madison, Ct; she was the daughter of the late Steven Dominic & Christina Markes Spagone. She owned and operated a farm in South Canaan with her husband Luigi for many years and was employed in the Carbondale garment industry. Later, she was involved with her husband, Harry in a building supply business. Christina loved spending time with her family. She was a published author of short stories and poetry. She enjoyed outdoor gardening and animals and many times had one of her dogs by her side. She is survived by four children: Marion T. Chiesa, Banchburg, NJ; George S. Chiesa, Tuson, AZ; Carol P. Thomas, Andover, NJ; Louis P. Prati, Northampton; eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother: Al Baia. The funeral will be Monday from the Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc. 621 Main St., Simpson, Pa with Mass at 10:30 AM in St. Rose of Lima Church, 6 North Church St., Carbondale. The Rev. Joseph P. Kutch, Celebratant. Interment in East Canaan Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday 7 to 9 Pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society. For directions visit: www.scotchlasfuneralhome.com

Chester M. Kluck
2009-04-10
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Chester M. Kluck April 10, 2009 Chester M. Kluck, 68, of Simpson died Friday at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. His wife is the former, Charlotte Scotchlas. The couple would have celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary in May. Born in Simpson, he was the son of the late Chester & Adeline Shiner Kluck. He was a graduate of Fell High School, Simpson and served in the Air Force. He had been employed by Emery Worldwide, Throop for 37 years prior to his retirement. He was a member of St. Michael’s Church, Simpson and was a charter member of the former Simpson Lion’s Club. The family would like to thank the nursing staff of Marian Community Hospital and Geisinger Hospital for their professional and compassionate care. He is also survived by three daughters: Ann Marie Kluck; Carolyn Kluck-McAndrew and Michele Kluck, a sister Romayne and her husband William Kerl, all of Simpson; Four grandchildren: Michael Kluck, Jeffrey, Kate and Marissa McAndrew, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a grandson, Joseph. The funeral will be Tuesday from the Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc 621 Main Street, Simpson with Mass at 9:30 AM in St. Michael’s Church, 46 Midland St. Simpson to be celebrated by the Rev. Joseph S. Sitko, Pastor. Interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery. Friends may call Monday 2-4 and 7-9 Pm. For directions visit: www.scotchlasfuneralhome.com

Kathryn W Shaffer
2009-04-10
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Kathryn W. Shaffer April 10, 2009 Kathryn W. Shaffer, 93, of Clifton, NJ died Friday at the Atrium Center, Wayne, NJ. She was the widow of Donald E. Shaffer, who died in 1997. Born in Fell Township; she was the daughter of the late Wallace and Mary Wells Williams. She resided for many years in Clifton. She is survived by three sons: Douglas W. , Honeoye Falls, NY; Donald W., Montville, NJ and Davis E., West Milford, NJ; eleven grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by a son: Richard. A gravesite service will be held Tuesday at 2 Pm in Sandy Banks Cemetery, Greenfield Township by the Rev. Donald Henwood, Pastor of the Finch Hill Baptist Church. Arrangements by the Oliver R Shifler Funeral Home, Inc. 62 North Main St., Carbondale.

Dorothy E. Reid
2009-03-27
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Dorothy E. Reid March 27, 2009 Dorothy E. Reid, 78, of Jermyn died Friday at Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton. She was the widow of Marvin Reid. Born in White Plains, GA; she was the daughter of the late Roy & Eleanor Ruff Latimore. She had been employed the City of New York prior to retirement. She is survived by three daughters: Shirley Smith & Felicia Reid both of Scranton; Seretha Crawford-Wallace, Jermyn; two brothers: John “Chuck” Latimore, Far Rockaway, NY; Robert McGhee, Alanta, GA; two sisters: Beatrice Moorer, Far Rockaway and Ruth McGhee, Altanta; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in New York Arrangements by the Oliver R Shifler Funeral Home, Inc. Carbondale

Jane A. Notchick
2009-03-20
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Jane A. Notchick March 20, 2009 Jane A. Notchick, 83, of Simpson died Friday at Marian Community Hospital, Carbondale. She was the widow of John Notchick, who died in 1986. Born in Dobra, W.VA., she was the daughter of the late John & Marie Williams Kudrick. She was raised in Simpson and was a graduate of Fell High School, Simpson. She had been employed by Grossinger’s Hotel, Catskill Mountains, NY and later by the Fell Elementary School until her retirement in 1992. She was a member of St. Michael’s Parish, Golden Age Club and the former Ideal Ladies Club, all of Simpson. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, traveling and watching her grandchildren. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She is survived by a son: John, Simpson; three daughters: Cheryl Notchick, Jermyn; Caryl and her husband Robert Meehan, Alexandria, VA; Marilyn Hackman, Eynon; Two sisters: Julie Krok and Janice Brady, both of Carbondale; four grandchildren: Jessica, David, Rachael and Lauren; nieces and nephews. The family staff of the Forest City Nursing Center. She was preceded in death by two brothers: John and Joseph. The funeral will be Tuesday from the Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral Home,Inc 621 Main St., Simpson with Mass at 9:30 AM in St. Michael’s Church, 46 Midland St., Simpson to be celebrated by the Rev. Joseph S. Sitko, Pastor. Interment in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Simpson. Friends may call Monday 5 to 8 Pm. Golden Age Club will meet at 5:30 Pm. For Directions visit: www.scotchlasfuneralhome.com

James Curyk
2009-03-17
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James Curyk March 17, 2009 James Curyk, 94, a resident of the Forest City Nursing Home and formerly of Carbondale died Tuesday at Marian Community Hospital, Carbondale. His wife, the former Clara Skrajnar died in 1997. Born in Simpson, he was the son of the late Stephen & Kathryn Ruszel Curyk. He was a graduate of Fell High School, Simpson and was an Army veteran of WW II. He lived for many years in New Jersey and had been employed by Consolidated Edison of New York. He was a member of St. Michael’s Church, Simpson. He is survived by a step-son: Joseph Rodiguez, Tennessee; nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by a son: Eugene, five brothers: Stanley, Walter, Joseph, Stephen and Michael and a sister: Mary Rozmus. The funeral will be Saturday from the Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc. 621 Main St., Simpson with Mass at 11:00 AM in St. Michael’s Church, 46 Midland St., Simpson to be celebrated by the Rev. Joseph S. Sitko, Pastor. Interment with military services in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Forest City. Friends may call Friday 4 to 6 Pm. For directions visit: www.scotchlasfuneralhome.com

Eleanor J. dodgson
2009-03-06
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Eleanor J. Dodgson March 6, 2009 Eleanor J. Dodgson, 81, of Carbondale and formerly of Mayfield died Friday at Community Medical Center, Scranton. She was the widow of William Dodgson, who died in 1964. Born in Mayfield, she was the daughter of the late John & Anna Wielgos Tokarczyk. She attended Mayfield Schools and retired from Daystrom, Inc. –Archbald. She was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Mayfield and the Over 50 Club. Eleanor enjoyed traveling and casinos. Although she never had children of her own, she treated her nieces and nephews as they were her own. She is survived by three sisters: Julia Hoinsky, Mayfield; Viola Slachtish, Olyphant and Mary Ann and her husband Philip Wilkes, Endicott, NY; a brother in law Arnold Tornvall, Simpson; 19 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three brothers: John Jr, Joseph and Frank and two sisters: Rose Marie Tornvall and Irene Gellak. The funeral will be Tuesday from the Oliver R Shifler Funeral Home,Inc. 62 North Main St., Carbondale with Mass at 9:30 AM in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Mayfield by the Rev. John Kulavich, Pastor. Interment in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Blakely. Friends may call Monday 5 to 8 Pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. For directions visit: www.shiflerfuneralhome.com

Dorothy Babich
2009-03-03
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Dorothy Babich March 3, 2009 Dorothy Babich, 81, of Simpson died Tuesday at Geisinger Wyoming Valley hospital. She was the widow of George Babich, who died in 2005. Born in Forest City, she was the daughter of the late George & Mary Benarick Strus. She was a graduate of Forest City high School. She had been employed prioe to retirement in the garment industry. She was a member of St. Rose of Lima Church, Carbondale and the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. She enjoyed crocheting, cooking, baking and spending time with her dog “Champ”. She is survived by a son David Babich and his fiancée Diane Brechtel, Simpson and a daughter Shirley A. and her husband Rick Gamble, Pleasant Mount; two brothers: George Strus Jr, Forest City and Thomas Strus, Honeybrook, PA ; a sister: Joyce Spenard, Forest City, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by five brothers: Joseph, John, Paul, Leo and Andrew and four sisters: Catherine Calafut, Anne Shedlock, Helen Mehalco and Marion Kolcun. The funeral will be Saturday from the Joseph W. Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc 621 Main St., Simpson with Mass at 10:30 Am in St. Rose of Lima church, 6 North church St, Carbondale to be celebrated by Monsignor Joseph G. Quinn, Pastor. Entombment in Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Finch Hill. Friends may call Friday 5 to 8 Pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lackawanna county Humane Society, Clarks Summit. For directions visit: www.scotchlasfuneralhome.com

Helen P. Umholtz
2009-03-03
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Helen Pechota Umholtz March 3, 2009 Helen P. Umholtz, 85, of Carbondale died Tuesday at Marian Community Hospital, Carbondale. She and her husband of 62 years, Joseph L. Umholtz, were married on July 2, 1947. Born on March 1, 1924 in Binghamton, NY; she was the daughter of the late Nicholas & Caroline Parkola Pechota. She was a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School, Carbondale. She was employed by the Arcade Restaurant in high school and then became an employee of Umholtz Manufacturing where she met her husband. She was later employed for many years in the garment industry. After her children had grown she became a nurse’s aid at what was the St. Joseph’s Hospital, now Marian Community Hospital. She was a former member of St. John’s Russian Orthodox Church, Mayfield and an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, Carbondale for more than 60 years. She served as a member of the Presbyterian church Sessions and the Deacons and was President of the Women’s Association for a number of years. She enjoyed planning and preparing meals for the church and was known for her cooking skills. She was a loving and giving wife, mother and grandmother. Helen took great pride and enjoyment in raising her children and participating in their school activities. She served as both a Cub Scout Den Mother and girl Scout Troop Leader. She enjoyed many camping and fishing trips with her family and was known on occasion to out-fish both her husband and son. She was an avid gardener and had beautiful spring bulbs gardens. She frequently cut her flowers to make arrangements for various people and church activities. One of her joys was finding the first crocus blooming each year. She looked forward to each and every visit from her grandchildren and hearing of their accomplishments and cherished their moments together. Together they would spend many hours cooking and baking in her kitchen. The family would like to thank family friends and the nursing staffs of Marian Community Hospital and Home Health Care Professionals & Hospice for their gentle and compassionate care and devotion of both Helen and the family. She is also survived by a daughter, Twila Umholtz-Colville, State College; a son Joseph R. Umholtz and his wife Linda Ashman Umholtz, Harrisburg; four grandchildren: Karen Elizabeth Colville; Jaime Lynn Colville-Janes and her husband Richard all of Phoenix, Az.; Adam Segal, Grand Junction, CO and Michael Segal, Harrisburg; a great grandson: Brady Anstee Janes. The funeral will be Friday at 10:30 AM in the First Presbyterian Church, Church St. at Lincoln Ave., Carbondale by Margo Tomilson, Pastor and the Rev. Stephen Starzer. Spring interment in Willow View Cemetery, Clifford. Friends may call Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 at the Oliver R Shifler Funeral Home, Inc. 62 N. Main St., Carbondale and Friday from 9:30 AM until the time of service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to The Alzheimer’s Foundation or the First Presbyterian Church, Carbondale. For directions visit: www.shiflerfuneralhome.

Gary M. Gardner
2009-02-23
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Gary M. Gardner February 22, 2009 Gary M. Gardner, 51, died in his Greenfield Twp home late Sunday evening. He did not lose his battle with pancreatic cancer but rather won life’s final fight and went home. His loving wife for the past 32 years is the former Christine Carey. Born in Carbondale, he is the son of Thelma Pierce Gardner Keen and stepson of George Keen, Greenfield Township and so of the late Maurice Gardner. He was a 1975 graduate of Lakeland High School. He was employed by Greenfield Township for 29 years, where he had the privilege of working outdoors and meeting more friends than one could count along the way. He was a lifelong member of the Finch Hill Baptist Church. Gary had two passions in life, his family and hunting. Difficult to tell which he loved more, it is no surprise that his family’s best memories of him stem from his many hunts, from their backyard to Big Sky Country. Gary had a genuine respect for all of nature and taught his children the same adoration. Gary’s love will endure forever. Also surviving are his two children Maurice Raymond and Katlyn June, both of Greenfield Township. Maurice is a junior Structural Engineering major at Penn State Capital, and Katlyn attends the University of Scranton as a sophomore Health Administration major. His son was his lifelong hunting buddy and friend, his daughter was his princess from their start. They will carry him in all that they do and everywhere they may ever go. He was their greatest teacher. He has a older brother Bruce Gardner, Greenfield Twp.; five step brothers: George, Russell, James, John and Brian Keen all of Tompkinsville, and many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews. Gary was preceded in death by three grandparents, Raymond Pierce, Jesse Gardner and Antoinette Hurd Gardner. It gives his family nothing but joy in acknowledging their reunion in Paradise. The funeral will be Thursday at 10:00 AM in the Finch Hill Baptist Church, Routes 106 @ 247, Greenfield Township by the Rev. Daniel Henwood, Pastor. Interment in Sandy Banks Cemetery, Greenfield Township. Friends may call Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 Pm at the Oliver R Shifler Funeral Home, Inc 62 North Main Street, Carbondale. Also Thursday from 9:30 AM until the time of service at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Finch Hill Baptsit Church. For directions visit: www.shiflerfuneralhome. Com

John A. Okorn
2009-02-21
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John A. Okorn February 21, 2009 John A. Okorn, 85, of Simpson died Saturday at Community Medical Center, Scranton. His wife of 42 years is the former Mary Pavelchak. Born in Browndale, he is the son of the late John & Mildred Miklich O’Koren. He attended Forest City High School and had been a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps. He was a veteran of WWII, where he served as a Staff Sergeant and Paratrooper. He was in the invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. He received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with Cluster. He is retired from Farview State Hospital, Waymart. He was a member of St. Basil’s Orthodox Church of America, Simpson. A member of the Charles Martin American Legion Post, KSKJ Lodge, Slovenian Heritage Club, all of Forest City. John was a kind and generous person who often visited shut in’s and was known for his gardening, canning especially his flowers and tulips. He also enjoyed spending time with his dog Rusty. He is also survived by a brother: Anthony O’Koren, Forest City; two sisters and their husbands: Mary & Felix Prezelski, Forest City and Louise and Walter Konsur, Jackson, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers: Milan and his twin Joseph. The funeral will be Tuesday with a Requiem Service at 9:30 Am in St. Basil’s Orthodox Church of America, Lord Avenue, Simpson by the Rev. Donald Pavelchak & Rev. Gerald Sudick, nephews and Rev. Daniel Geeza. Interment in St. Basil’s Cemetery, Simpson with Military honors. Friends may call Monday 3 to 7 Pm at the Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc. 621 Main St., Simpson. Parastas at 7:00 Pm followed by transferal to St. Basil’s Church. For directions visit: www.scotchlasfuneralhome.com

Oliver R. Shifler
2009-02-06
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Oliver R. Shifler February 6, 2009 Oliver Reynolds Shifler, 74, of Ellenton,FL and formerly of Carbondale died Friday evening at Tidewell Hospice, Palmetto, FL. His wife is the former Kathryn Helen Wood. Born in Carbondale, he was the son of the late Oliver H. & Florence Reynolds Shifler. He was raised in Carbondale and Waymart and spent summers at the family home in Elkdale (Susquehanna County). He was a graduate of Waymart High School and American Academy of Mortuary Science & Research, New York City in 1953. In his earlier years, he was a rural mail carrier. He was the third generation funeral director of the Shifler family, who established their business in 1884 in Nicholson. The family moved to Carbondale in 1900. Ollie was very active in the family business and the ambulance service they had in addition to the livery service they provided to many area funeral homes. In 1970, Ollie purchased the Carbondale funeral home and business from his father. He also operated funeral homes in Waymart and Damascus. In 2005, Ollie was honored by the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association for 50 years of service to the public. He was a member of the Carbondale United Methodist Church where he was a choir member and was a past president of the Triple M Club. He was also a past president of the Waymart Lion’s Club; a past president of the Tri County Funeral Directors Association and a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, Waymart Lodge. He was a quiet and likable guy who was know for his dry sense of humor and wit. He is also survived by four sons: Charles C. Shifler and Dale R. Shifler both of Forest City; James Hilton, Waymart; Robert Hilton, Greentown; two daughters: Sandra R. Pasterchik, Delphos, Ohio; and Kim DeEsch, Canadensis; grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother: Robert and a grandson: Ryan Nolan. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 20th at 1:00 Pm in the First United Methodist Church, Carbondale. Interment in Canaan Corners Cemetery, Waymart. Arrangements by the Oliver R Shifler Funeral Home, Inc 62 North Main St., Carbondale. www.shiflerfuneralhome.com

Ethel J. Parry
2009-01-30
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Ethel J. Parry January 30, 2009 Ethel J. Parry, 94 formerly of Carbondale died Friday at the Forest City Nursing Home. She was preceded in death by three husbands: William Sheridan, Keith Robinson and Earl Parry. Born in Carbondale, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Lucretia Coles Crocker. She attended Carbondale Public Schools. She was the manager of Main Street location of Crocker’s Paint & Wallpaper Store. Later, she was the proprietor of the former House of Bargains’, Carbondale. She was an active member of the Berean Baptist Church, Carbondale where she served as A member of the Board of Directors; Berean Baptist Builders; Beacon Sunday School Class and the Melchiah Circle. She was also a former member of the Carbondale Historical Society and the Carbondale Nursing Home Auxiliary. She is survived by a son: Barry Robinson and his wife Cathy, Riverside, R.I.; A daughter: Bonnie and her husband Tony Thomas, Lake Wales, FL.; a step son: Edmund Parry and his wife Caroline, Frederick, MD; a step daughter: Sharon and her husband Paul Fife, Childs; four grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother: Roy Crocker and a sister: Gloria Matano. A funeral service will be held Monday at 7:00 Pm. in the Oliver R Shifler Funeral Home, Inc. 62 North Main St., Carbondale by the Rev. Dale E. Pepper, Pastor of the Carbondale Berean Baptist Church. Spring interment in Willow View Cemetery, Clifford. Friends may call Monday 4 to 7 PM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Berean Baptist Church Lincoln Avenue, Carbondale, PA 18407

David E Hadden, Jr
2009-01-22
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David Edward Hadden, Jr January 22, 2009 David Edward Hadden, Jr, 52 of Carbondale died Thursday at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown , after a courageous battle with a brain tumor. His wife is the former Barbara “Barbie” Obloshny. The couple had been married for nine years. Born in Honesdale, he was the son of Evelyn Eldrid Miller, Prompton and the late David Edward Hadden, Sr. He attended Honesdale High School and served with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. He had been employed by Stafursky Trucking & Paving, Archbald and was the log truck driver for Torch Lumber Mill, Carbondale. Dave will be sadly missed by everyone and will certainly never be forgotten. He was always up to a challenge and was always there to help rain or shine. If it had a steering wheel and tires, he could drive it. If it needed work, he got it running. He had a very special bond with everyone he crossed paths with one way or another. He was definitely one of a kind, you just had to love him. Many people either heard one of his stories or could tell one about him. His hobbies included, horse shoes, darts, pool, riding motorcycles, camping, hunting, quading, snowmobiling, drinking beer and smoking cigarettes. Most of all he loved spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and friends. He is also survived by four children: Susan Marie and her husband Robert Principal, Gouldsboro; June Marie Sanderson, Carbondale; Monica Marie Hadden and her fiancé Evan Styer, Jr-Simpson; Lawrence Edward Hadden; Carbondale; four grandchildren: Savannah, Austin, Patrick and Benjamin. He has 13 brothers and sisters: Pat Jennings, Billy Hadden, Anna Masker, Margie Hubbard, all of Honesdale; Eddie Hadden, Pleasant Mount; Julian Hadden, Prompton; Doris Brink, Plant City, FL; Judy Hadden, New York; Barbara DeGroat, Cherry Ridge; Richard & John Miller both of Waymart; Beverly Durrance, Ft. Meyers, FL and Tammy Stegner, Beach Lake; nieces and nephews. His pets Yukon”Dirt”, Yogi and Puss. He was preceded in death by a son David Bernard Hadden. The funeral service will be Saturday at 7:00 Pm in the Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc. 621 Main St., Simpson with Services by the Rev. Joseph Kutch. Friends may call Saturday from 4 to 7 Pm. For directions visit: www.scotchlasfuneralhome.com

Mildred J. Chubb
2009-01-14
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Mildred J. Chubb January 15, 2010 Mildred J. Chubb, 93, formerly of Carbondale died Friday at the Forest City Nursing Home. She was the widow of Ervin A. Chubb, who died in 1995. Born in Carbondale, she was the daughter of the late Lewis G. & Nettie Corey Robinson. She was a graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School, Carbondale, the Moses Taylor Hospital School of Nursing, Scranton. She received additional training in maternity & obstetrics at Cornell Medical Center, New York City and pediatric instruction at Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. She was a nurse in the office of Dr. John W. Keyes, Carbondale for 25 years. She was a life member of the Berean Baptist Church, Carbondale; where she was a former Sunday School Teacher. Mildred was also a past president of the Carbondale Business & Professional Women’s Club. The family would like to thank the staff of the Forest City Nursing Home for their compassionate and excellent care of Mildred. She is survived by a daughter Gail and husband Thomas Henry, Carbondale; a grandson Gary Henry, Carbondale and a great granddaughter: Elizabeth; two sisters: Janice M. Nooney Toms River, NJ; Bette Lou Burdick, Easton, PA. She was preceded in death by three brothers: Dean, Kenneth & Keith Robinson; a sister: Doris Collins. The funeral will be Monday at 10 AM in the Oliver R Shifler Funeral Home, Inc. 62 North Main St., Carbondale with services by the Rev. Dale E. Pepper, Pastor of the Berean Baptist Church. Interment in Glen Dybery Cemetery, Honesdale. Friends may call Sunday 4 to 8 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Berean Baptist Church, Lincoln Ave., Carbondale. For directions visit: www.shiflerfuneralhome.

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