April 2014  
Elizabeth “Betty” Gubitoso  
Louis P. Vos Helen E. (Paczkowski) Korman
   
March 2014  
Mary Lou McNulty Natalie “Nat” Giuli
Naz Presciutti Helen A. Wolczyk
Claude Emory Keller Patsy A. Evans
   
February 2014  
Francis E. Garra  
Walter A. Mattey, Sr. Ronald J. Weisgable
Diane C. Heddings Eileen A. Carmody
Thaddeus “Ted” Toloczko Michael J. Fedor
Patricia “Tish” Murphy Norma M. Lini
   
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John J. Krulack Kenneth  J. Harper
Theresa B. Misczyk        Pierrina Rose (Priscilla) Milz
David E. Thomas Kathleen A. Buckman
Bridget A. Kondratick Timothy E. Turnbaugh
   
   
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Elizabeth “Betty” Gubitoso
April 12, 2014

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Elizabeth “Betty” Gubitoso, 81 of Bound Brook, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Green Knoll Care Center, Bridgewater, New Jersey.

Born in the Hilldale section of Plains, she was the daughter of the late Spartico and Margaret (Haggerty) Leonardi. 

She was a graduate of Plains Memorial High School, class of 1950  and was a homemaker all of her life.  Betty lived more than 50 years in Bound Brook, New Jersey.

She was preceded in death by her husband Floyd Gubitoso on August 12, 1985, brother Gene Leonardi on October 26, 2002, and her sister Shirley Leonardi on December 1, 2006. 

Surviving are her sons Michael Gubitoso and his wife Tracey, Duluth, GA, Floyd Gubitoso and his wife Donna, Dacula, GA, daughter Tara Miller and her husband Jerry, Middlesex, NJ, grandchildren Nicholas, Christopher, Emily, Brendan, Justin, and Casey, brother Robert Leonardi, Kingston, sisters Sadie Mancini and her husband Gene “Pepa”, Plains, and Jacqueline Atcavage, Wilkes-Barre, Twp., several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Betty will be held Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm at the chapel of Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton section of Wyoming, followed by interment.  Friends may call Tuesday afternoon from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street  Plains, PA  18705.

 

Helen E. (Paczkowski) Korman
April 10, 2014

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Helen E. (Paczkowski) Korman, 73 of Jenkins Twp., and Nanticoke, passes away Thursday afternoon, April 10, 2014 at her summer home in Sun City Center, Florida.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of the late Stanley J. and Nellie (Niemiec) Paczkowski.

Elaine was a graduate of Jenkins Township High School and was employed as a Home Health Aide, and a Visiting Nurse until her retirement.

She was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Church, Plains.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her late husband William B. Novis.

Surviving are her son William J. Novis and his girlfriend/companion Gail Mackey, Nanticoke, sisters Connie Conord and her husband James, Bayville, NJ, and Mary Ann Lott, Little Egg Harbor, NJ, nephew Stanley Conord and his wife Kris, great niece Alexandra, and great-nephews Ian and Christian.                                

Funeral will be held Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 9:00 am from the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street  Plains, PA  18705 with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 am in SS. Peter & Paul Church, 13 Hudson Road,  Plains, PA  18705.  Entombment will be held in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton section of Wyoming.  Friends may call Monday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the SPCA of Luzerne County, 524 E. Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

 

Louis P. Vos
April 12, 2014

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Louis P. “Uncle Louie” Vos, 90 of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Saturday evening, April 12, 2014 at Timber Ridge Health Care Center, Wilkes-Barre.

Born in the Hudson section of Plains, he was the son of the late George and Angela (Revera) Vos.  He attended Plains Twp., schools and was an Army Veteran of World War II serving in the Pacific Theatre attaining the rank of corporal.  Louie was employed as a coal miner for the Lehigh Valley Coal Company for many years and was employed for Craft Associates/Comfort Design as a furniture sander until his retirement.  He was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Church, Plains.

Uncle Louie as he was known to all was a beloved uncle and friend.  He dedicated his life to taking care of his family.  Those who were blessed to have him in their lives, remember many fond memories and have great stories to share about his exploits when left alone to his own devices.

He will be remembered for his hard work, his enjoyment of sitting on his swing in the back yard with a warm Stegmaier, his love of the Yankees, Judge Judy, and his ingenious uses for Duct Tape which became banned from the family home.  He taught us that everyday could be a good day.  His famous saying was “Better days are coming.”  But most of all, his genuine politeness and constant thank you for the slightest things and that never ending smile on his face.

Thank you Uncle Lou, your better day is here, just keep smiling. We all love you!

He was preceded in death by his brothers Walter, Peter, and Joseph Vos, sisters Helen Deveraux, Louise Bohac, and Josephine Sorokin. 

Surviving are his brother John Vos, New York, nieces Mary Cordaro Fedor, at home, Ann Bohac, Minnesota, great nephew Frank Cordaro, at home, great niece Mari Stolten, Bangor, PA.

Graveside services for Lou will be held at the convenience of the family in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Plains.  Arrangements by the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street  Plains, PA  18705.

 

Natalie “Nat” Giuli   
Died March 22, 2014

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Natalie  “Nat” Giuli, 91, of Plains Township, died Saturday afternoon, March 22, 2014 at the Wilkes-General Hospital.

Born in the Hilldale section of Plains he was the son of the late Anthony & Carmella (Brozzi) Giuli.

Nat was employed for InterMetro of Wilkes-Barre until his retirement. He was a member of St. Andre Bessette Parish, Wilkes- Barre.

Nat played baseball for the Plains American Legion and was called up to the St. Louis Cardinals farm team. He was an avid fisherman and always caught the biggest ones.

He was preceded in death by his Son Thomas on December 27, 1966 and Son-In- law, John Radice on June 12, 2011 and Brother Primo Giuli.

Surviving are his Wife of 67 years the former Dorothy Wielkewicz and Daughter, Carol Radice, Binghamton, N.Y., Grandsons; John Radice and his Wife Amy and Jason Radice; nephews & nieces.

Funeral will be held Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 9:00 am from the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc. 20 South Main Street Plains, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 am in St. Andre Bessette Parish, St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in the Parish Cemetery, Plains.

Friends may call Wednesday evening from 5 to 8 pm at the funeral home.

Memorial donations if desired may be made to St. Jude Children´s Research Hospital, 332 North Lauderdale, Memphis, TN 38105

 

Mary Lou McNulty
March 19, 2014

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Mary Lou McNulty, 55, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Wednesday evening, March 19, 2014, at the M.S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA, after a courageous battle with the H1N1 Flu Virus.

Born in the East End section of Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of the late Dennis and Mary Lou (Loftus) McNulty.

Mary Lou was a graduate of Bishop Hoban High School and King’s College, Wilkes-Barre receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She was a Veteran of the United States Air Force and was employed for Cinemark of Moosic for several years.

Mary Lou was a woman of great faith and was a member of St. Maria Goretti Church, Laflin and was a member of the choir.

Surviving are her brothers Dennis McNulty and his Wife Carol, Laflin and Brian McNulty and his Wife Mary, and her nephews who were the Love’s of her life; Brandon, Brian Jr., Kevin and Corey McNulty.

Funeral will be held Monday, March 24, 2014 at 9:00 am from the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street Plains, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 am in St. Maria Goretti Church, 42 Redwood Drive Laflin, PA  18702, with Monsignor Neil Van Loon, Pastor, officiating. The Parish Rosary Group will recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Rosary in the Church 30 minutes before the Funeral Mass. All are invited to attend.

Interment will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Friends may call Sunday from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at the funeral home.

 

Helen A. Wolczyk
March 18, 2014

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On Tuesday March 18, 2014, God called our beloved Wife, Mother and Grandmother, Helen Wolczyk, to join him in heaven. She peacefully began her journey home with her family by her side.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was daughter of the late Edward and Mary (Shedlock) Dulsky.

Helen was a graduate of Jenkins Township High School and was employed as a Seamstress for Pioneer Dress Factory and was a homemaker all of her life.

She was a member of St. Benedict’s Church, Parsons, the Plains American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, was active in Veterans Affairs, and enjoyed going to the Mohegan Sun.  Helen was an avid gardener and enjoyed growing lots of veggies in her back yard and was a very talented and creative cook.  Family would always gather for many of her delicious meals, especially at the holidays.  We are fortunate that she taught her children some of her unique recipes.  We have many wonderful memories of her and her generous nature to always wanting to be there for her children and grandchildren whenever they needed her. Helen was always supportive of, took pride in, and loved her family very much.  She took care of us very well and will truly be missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her brothers John and Joseph Dulsky, sisters Sophie Dougherty, Anne Giza, Mary Dooley, Jean Walkowiak, and Florence Snee.

Surviving are her husband of 63 years, John “Red” Wolczyk, son John Wolczyk, Jr., Wilkes-Barre,  daughters Jeanine Wolczyk, Wilkes-Barre, and Helene Breznay and her husband Brian, Plains, granddaughters Elizabeth Breznay, Plains, and Nicole Orlando, Wilkes-Barre, sisters Margaret McCarroll, Hampton, N.J., Josie Ward, Tacoma, Washington, Shirley Yonkoski, Laflin, several nieces & nephews.

Funeral will be held Friday at 9:15 am from the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street, Plains, PA, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in St. Benedict’s Church, 155 Austin Avenue  Wilkes-Barre, PA  18705, with Father Joseph A. Kearney, Pastor, officiating.  Interment will be held in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton section of Wyoming.  Friends may call Thursday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the funeral home.

 

Naz Presciutti
March 11, 2014

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Naz Presciutti, 93 of the Parsons section of Wilkes-Barre, departed this earth on Tuesday evening, March 11, 2014, at Golden Living Center, East Mountain, Plains.

Born in Gualdo Tadino, Italy, he was the son of the late Ralph and Matilda (Alfonse) Presciutti.

Naz was a graduate of James M. Coughlin High School, and was an Army Air Forces Veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific Theatre with the 475 Group, 433rd Fighter Squadron, completing 212 bombing raids.  Upon his discharge from service in 1945, Naz attended Penn State University and received his bachelor’s degree in education, as well as his Masters equivalency.   He was employed as a teacher at the Wilkes-Barre Vocational/Technical School, until his retirement.

He was a member of St. Benedict’s Parish, Wilkes-Barre, a charter member of the Wilkes-Barre golf Club, Bear Creek, and was an avid skier until the age of 82.

He and his wife the former Ann Nardone, celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary on August 11, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his brother Gino Presciutti, sisters Dorothy Radicchi, and Ada Pauletti.

Naz’s family would like to thank Dr. Charles Manganiello, The Pittston Medical Group, and the staff of Golden Living Center for their compassionate care of Naz.

Surviving in addition to his wife Ann, are his daughter Dr. Jean Steelman, Shavertown, son Ralph Presciutti and his wife Laura, Downingtown, PA, grandchildren, Dr. Scott Steelman and his wife Lori, Wilmington, MA, Jeffrey Steelman and his wife Gretchen, and Great-Granddaughter Adriana,  Knightdale, NC, Dr. Steven Presciutti and his wife Maura, West Hartford, CT, and Austin Whitney, Austin, TX, several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Naz will be held Saturday at 9:30 am at St. Benedict’s Church, 155 Austin Avenue  Wilkes-Barre, PA, with Father Joseph Kearney, Pastor, officiating, followed by full Military Honors by the U.S. Army and the Plains American Legion, Post 558 Funeral Detail.   Interment will be held in Denison Cemetery, Swoyersville, at the convenience of the family.  Family and friends may call Saturday morning from 9:00 am till time of mass at St. Benedict’s Church.

Arrangements by the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street  Plains, PA  18705.

 

Patsy A. Evans
March 7, 2014

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Patsy A. Evans, 74 of Bear Creek Twp., passed away to be with her Lord and Saviour, Friday morning, March 7, 2014 at Commonwealth Hospice at St. Luke’s Villa, Wilkes-Barre, with her family by her side.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of the late William J. and Minnie H. (Casterline) Shovlin.

Patsy was a graduate of James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre, Class of 1957, was a homemaker all of her life and was an avid traveler.   She was a member of the Beaumont Free Methodist Church, Buck Township, for over 50 years, where she was the “Pillar of the Church” and held many positions over the decades.  She was a committee member for over 20 years holding multiple positions, including Chairwoman of the Wilkes-Bare Christian’s Women’s Club, an affiliate of Stone Croft Ministries.  Patsy was also a Friendship Bible Coffee guide.  No matter where she went or who she met, she was a bold witness for her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.  She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother who will be sorely missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her sister Myrna Hudack, and her brother Richard Shovlin.

Surviving are her husband of 53 years, Robert Evans, children Cheryl Evangelista and her husband Mitchell, Robert Evans and his wife Linda, and Richard Evans and his wife Donna, 6 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, brother William Shovlin.

Funeral Services for Patsy will be held Monday, March 10, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street  Plains, PA  18705, with Rev. Joseph Gandia, Pastor of the Beaumont Free Methodist Church, Buck Township, officiating.  Interment will be held in Memorial Shrine Burial Park, Carverton section of Wyoming.  Friends may call Sunday afternoon, March 9, 2014 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Beaumont Free Methodist Church  P.O. Box 293  Blakeslee, PA  18610.

 

Claude Emory Keller
March 5, 2014

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Claude Emory Keller, 88, of Vienna, Virginia, passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Virginia Hospital Center, Arlington, VA.

Born November 7, 1925 in Larksville, he was the son of the late Claude E. Keller, Sr. and Blanche (Powell) Keller. Claude was a graduate of Larksville High School, class of 1943 and was a U.S. Navy Veteran during World War II serving as an Electrician’s Mate from 1943 to 1946 in the Pacific. He attended Bucknell University Junior College (Now Wilkes-University), and was employed at General Electric in Philadelphia, as well as IBM as a Building Plant Engineer in Kingston, NY., Huntsville, AL, and Manassas, VA. He was an electrical engineer for IBM for over 35 years. Claude was an avid runner.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Patricia McHugh Keller on December 3, 2011, and his sister, Betty Lamoreux.

Surviving are his Daughter; Claudia Weston and Husband Bill, Centreville, VA, and Son, Brian Keller, Vienna, VA, Granddaughters, Meghan Duffey, Warrenton, VA, and Erin Weston, Manteo, NC; his godchild, Patricia Littleton; niece Gail Kashulon, nephew, William Lamoreux; numerous nephews and nieces.

Funeral will be held Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 11:00 am from the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc. 20 South Main Street, Plains, PA  18705.   Interment will be held in St. Vincent’s Cemetery, Plymouth. Friends and family may call Wednesday morning from 10:00 to11:00 am at the funeral home.

 

Francis E. Garra
February 11, 2014

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Francis E. Garra, 69, of West Pittston, a humble man with a kind heart, entered into eternal rest at his home on Tuesday, February 11, 2014.

Born in Weatherly Pa., May 23, 1944, he was the son of the late Andrew and Margaret (Bobal) Garra and was a graduate of Weatherly High School, class of 1965.

Francis was a Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War proudly serving on board the USS Ranger, CVA-61, Machinery Division P-1 from 1965 to 1969.  He was employed with Techneglass Inc of Jenkins Township for 37 years until his retirement in 2004. He enjoyed listening to Penn State football and Syracuse basketball on the radio. He loved the polkas, especially Stanky and the Coal Miners and the country music of Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and various other country and “oldie-but-goodie” artists.  “Frank” always had an entertaining story to tell, and could often be found walking along the river or mediating underneath his favorite pine tree.

Preceding him in death were his brothers Emil Garra (infant), James R. Garra, and Robert D. Garra, and a sister, Dolores (Garra) Seavey.

Surviving are two brothers; Thomas F Garra of Elizabeth N.J. and Andrew J Garra, Jr. of West Pittston.  Also two sisters; Margaret D. (Garra) Bray of Tamaqua and Barbara J. Garra of Harrisburg, and many nephews, nieces, great-nephews and nieces, and even a few great- great nieces and nephews, with most residing in Mississippi, Wilkes Barre, and the Philadelphia area.   Known to all as “Uncle Francie”, he was fondly loved and will be sadly missed, but long remembered.

A military funeral with honors, and interment, will be held at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, Pa on March 21, 2014 at 12:30pm.

There will be no calling hours.  Arrangements provided by the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 South Main Street, Plains, PA  18705.

Memorial donations may be made to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), 2600 Virginia Ave. NW#104 Washington, D.C.  20037.

 

Ronald J. Weisgable
February 28, 2014

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Ronald J. Weisgable, 73 of the Miners Mills section of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Friday evening, February 28, 2014 at the inpatient unit of Hospice Community Care, Celtic Health Care, Geisinger South, Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Nanticoke, he was the son of the late Frank and Irene (Jablonski) Weisgable and the step-son of Stephen Jasonis of Nanticoke.

He was a graduate of Nanticoke High School and was an Army reservist.

Ron was employed for JC Penny until his retirement and was a former member of the North-End Slovak Citizens Club, North End Section of Wilkes-Barre.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant brother Francis.

Surviving are his wife of 46 years, the former Margaret “Peggy” Keeney, Miners Mills, son Joseph Weisgable and his wife Holly, Forty Fort, grandsons Gavin Joseph Weisgable and Mack Patrick Weisgable, Brother Kenneth Weisgable and his wife Debbie, Mountaintop, step-father Stephen Jasonis, Nanticoke, his best pals, Maggie and Katie, nieces and nephews.

Funeral will be held Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at 9:30 am from the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street, PA  18705, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in St. Benedict’s Parish, 155 Austin Avenue  Wilkes-Barre, PA, with Father Joseph A. Kearney, Pastor, officiating.  Interment will be held at the convenience of the family in Memorial Shrine Burial Park, Carverton section of Wyoming. 

Friends may call Tuesday evening, March 4, 2014, from 4 to 8 pm at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the SPCA Of Luzerne County, 524 E. Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 or to Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge, 974 Lockville Road, Dallas, PA 18612.

 

Walter A. Mattey, Sr.
February 27, 2014

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Walter Andrew Mattey, Sr., 86, of Plains Township, passed away Thursday afternoon at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Plains, Twp. 

Born in Swoyersville, he was the son of the late George and Anna (Heveri) Mattey. 

Walter was an Army Veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific Theatre and resided in Plains Township for the past 50 years.   He was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Plains, until it merger and currently a member of SS. Peter and Paul Church, Plains.  He was also a member of the Plains American Legion, Joseph E. Conlon, Post 558.

Walter can always be remembered for walking around town, stopping for a kind word, and a big smile for everyone.

He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Mary Joan Stemmer, brothers George, Joseph, John, Frank, Stephen, Albert,  and Louis; sisters, Betty, Anna, Mary and Helen.

Surviving are his son Walter A. Mattey Jr. and his wife Paula Marie, Plains Township; daughters, Rose Mary Hrycyk and her husband, Michael, Larksville; Kathleen Mattey, Kingston; Jo Ann Karpinski and her husband James, Mountaintop; grandchildren, Michele Hrycyk,  Nicole Hennan,  Kelsey Hennan,  Nathan Mattey, Kathryn Karpinski, great-grandchild Dylan Malia, sister Theresa Sherman, Boyertown, several nieces and nephews. 

Walter’s family would like to thank Associated Family Care for their help and wonderful care of Walter. 

Funeral with Military Honors will be held Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. from Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South  Main Street, Plains, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in SS. Peter and Paul Church, 13 Hudson Road, Plains, PA  18705. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family in Chapel Lawn Memorial Park, Dallas.     

Friends may call Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 5 to 8 pm at the funeral home.  

Memorial donations may be made to the Plains American Legion, Post 558  101 E. Carey Street  Plains, PA  18705.

 

Eileen A. Carmody
February 22, 2014

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Eileen A. Carmody, 75 of the East End section of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Saturday evening, February 22, 2014, at Riverstreet Manor, Wilkes-Barre, where she had been a resident for the past three years.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of the late James and Alice (Burns) Marley.

Eileen was a graduate of James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre and was employed as a unit secretary at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital and for The American Red Cross.  She was a member of Holy Saviour Church, East End, and its Altar & Rosary Society.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years Thomas D. Carmody, Sr. on January 28, 2006, brothers James, Michael, Paul, and Joseph Marley.

Surviving are her children Colleen Carmody, Diane Earley and her husband John, and Thomas Carmody, Jr., all of Wilkes-Barre, grandchildren Ryan Carmody, John Earley, Jr. and his fiancée Jill Sikorski, Amanda Earley, Stephen Earley, and Lauren Laiuvara. 

Eileen’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Riverstreet Manor for their wonderful care of Eileen the past three years.

Funeral will be held Wednesday at 9:00 am from the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 south Main Street  Plains, PA, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 am in St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, North End section of Wilkes-Barre, with Father Kenneth M. Seeger, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Twp.  Friends may call Tuesday evening from 5 to 8 pm at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital   332 North Lauderdale, Memphis, TN 38105. 

 

 

Diane C. Heddings
February 18, 2014

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Diane C. Heddings, 64, of the East End Section of Wilkes-Barre, died Tuesday morning, February 18, 2014 at her home with her family by her side.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Florence (Staley) Mitchell and was a graduate of James M. Coughlin High School.  She was employed as a supervisor for Service Management Systems at the Wyoming Valley Mall.

Diane was a member of the Alliance of Bikers Aimed Towards Education of PA, (A.B.A.T.E. of PA) for many years.

Diane is survived by her Husband of 17 years Charles Heddings Sr., Son; John Kern and his Fiancée Terry, Glen Lyon; Daughter; Cindy Kern Plymouth; Sisters; Mary Elsworth and her husband Howard, Harding; Christine Sinter and her husband John, Wilkes-Barre; several half sisters; Brothers, Thomas Mitchell and his wife Diane, Larksville and Charles Mitchell, Moosic; several half brothers; favorite niece Flo Remy and her husband Scott, Arizona; Numerous Nephews and Nieces.

Family and Friends are invited to join Charles and his family from 5 to 7 pm on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc. 20 South Main Street Plains, PA  18705 for visitation and remembrances of Diane.

 

 

Michael J. Fedor
February 11, 2014

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Michael J. Fedor, 57 of Wilkes-Barre, and formerly of West Pittston, passed away Tuesday morning, February 11, 2014, at the inpatient unit of Hospice Community Care, Geisinger South, Wilkes-Barre.

Born in West Pittston, he was the son of Michael J. and Bernadine (Wargo) Fedor of  Kingston.         

Michael was a graduate of Wyoming Area High School, Class of 1974, and Luzerne County Community College with an associate degree in Business and Pharmacy Tech Certificate.

Michael was employed for Pride Mobility as a Tech /Controller and last worked for Caremark of Hanover Twp.  as a Pharmacy Tech.  He was formerly a volunteer for West Pittston Fire Company, Fire House #1 and also served as a Paramedic.

Michael was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Church, Plains and loved gardening.

He was preceded in death by his Maternal Grandparents, Anna & John Wargo, Paternal Grandparents, Michael & Helen Fedor Bonchonsky and Nephew Zachary Lopian.

Surviving in addition to his Parents Michael & Bernadine Fedor are his Wife the former Mary Cordaro, Wilkes-Barre; Sister Dianne Lopian and Husband Kenneth, Mendham, New Jersey Step-son Frank Cordaro, Wilkes-Barre; Step-Daughter, Mari Stolten, Bangor, Pa., Nephew Kenneth Lopian, Mendham, N.J.

Funeral will be held Friday, February 14, 2014, at 9:00 am from the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc. 20 South Main Street Plains, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 am in SS. Peter & Paul Church. Interment will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Exeter.

Memorial donations if desired may be made to Oblates of St. Joseph   1880 Highway 315, Pittston Pa. 18640.

 

 

Thaddeus “Ted” Toloczko
February 6, 2014

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Thaddeus “Ted” Toloczko, 88, of Plains Township, passed away Thursday morning, February 6, 2014, at the inpatient unit of Hospice Community Care, Geisinger South, Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Plains Twp., he was the son of the late Anthony and Bertha (Jaworski) Toloczko.

Ted was a graduate of Plains Memorial High School, and Wilkes College / Penn State Extension Schools, and was a Navy Veteran of World War II.  He was a member to the Plains American Legion, Joseph E. Conlon, Post 558, The Glass Blowers Union, and the Polish American Veterans of Plains. He was a member of SS.Peter & Paul Church, Plains.

Ted was employed as a Foreman for Techneglass Jenkins Township until his retirement; he was a coin/stamp collector and loved to sing and spend time in his garden.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his sisters, Genevieve Klepadlo, Stella Baron, Ceil Haydu, Theresa Shivell, and Jane Seasock; brothers, Joseph and Henry Toloczko.

Surviving are his Wife of 63 years the former Ceil Bilski and Daughter Sandra Toloczko, Plains, several nieces and nephews and cousins.

Ted’s family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff at the Emergency Room, Telemetry, and ICU at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital along with Celtic Health Care/Hospice Community Care for all their compassionate and quality care of Ted.

Funeral will be held Monday at 9:00 am from the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc. 20 South Main Street Plains, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 am in SS. Peter & Paul Church Plains. Interment with Military Honors conducted by the U.S. Navy and the Plains American Legion Funeral Detail will be held in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton section of Wyoming.  Family and friends may call Sunday from 6 to 8 pm at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the SS. Peter & Paul Food Pantry C/O  13 Hudson Road  Plains, PA  18705.

 

Norma M. Lini
February 3, 2014

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Norma M. (Carnevali) Lini, 82, of the Hilldale section of Plains Township, died Monday afternoon, February 3, 2014, at her home.

Born in Hilldale, she was the daughter of the late Sebastian and Viola (Panateri) Carnevali.

Norma was a graduate of Plains Memorial High School and was owner of Bon-Nan Boutique of Plains and was a seamstress for the area dress factories for many years.
She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston. Norma and her Husband Joseph celebrated their sixty third wedding anniversary on April 24 2013.
Norma was preceded in death by Two Infant Children and her Brother Elmer  Carnevali.

Surviving in addition to her Husband Joseph are her Daughter Bonnie Markowski and Husband Albert, Plains; Grandchildren, Dylan and Emily Markowski; Sister Thelma Andreoni, West Pittston; Nephews and Nieces.

Funeral will be held Saturday at 8:45 am from the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc. 20 South Main Street Plains, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 am in St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston with Msgr. John Bendik, Pastor, officiating.

Interment will be in the Italian Independent Cemetery, West Wyoming.
Friends may call Friday evening from 5 to 8 pm at the funeral home.

Memorial donations if desired may be made to the Plains Volunteer Ambulance Asssociation 90 Maffett Street Plains.

 

Patricia “Tish” Murphy
February 3, 2014

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Patricia “Tish” Murphy, 58, of Plains Township, passed away Monday, February 3, 2014, at her home after suffering a heart attack.

Born in Plains, Tish was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Martha (Snarski) Zabriski.

Tish was a graduate of James M. Coughlin High School, class of 1972, and was employed for Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania for the past 42 years.

She is survived by her Son John, at home; Brothers; Ronald Zabriski, Wilkes-Barre, Thomas, Ben, and Paul Zabriski of Plains and Mark Zabriski, Kingston; Sisters; Marcie Zabriski and Mary Lou Rundle, of Plains and Margaret Ann Griglock, Wilkes-Barre; Several Nephews and Nieces, Great Nephews and Nieces and Great-Great Niece; Companion Harry Howell and Loving puppy, Zen.

Funeral Services for Tish will be held at 7 pm Thursday evening, February 6, 2014, from the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc. 20 South Main Street Plains, PA  18705.  Family and friend may call Thursday from 5 to 7 pm at the funeral home.

Memorial donations if desired may be made to the SPCA of Luzerne County, 524 E. Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

 

Kenneth  J. Harper
January 30, 2014

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Ken J. Harper, 53, of Exeter passed away Thursday morning in the impatient unit of Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Waterbury, Connecticut, he was the son of Robert and Barbara Kennedy Harper of Naugatuck, Connecticut.

Ken was a dedicated Chef for Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital for 17 years;  and was also a Navy Veteran and a member of the Moose Lodge of West Pittston.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his life partner, Denise Swainbank, Exeter; Daughters; Danielle Harper and Kendra August of Exeter and Kristen Favata and her Husband David, West Wyoming; Grandchildren, David Favata and Aiden August; Brother, Robert Harper II, Pittsburg.

Funeral services for Ken will be held Monday at 7:00 pm from the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc. 20 South Main Street Plains, PA  18705.

Friends may call Monday from 5 to 7 pm at the Funeral Home.

 

 

John J. Krulack
January 19, 2014

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John J. Krulack, 75 of Plains, Twp., passed away unexpectedly Sunday afternoon, January 19, 2014, at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of the late John A. and Catherine (Bugay) Krulack. 

John was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School, Plains, Class of 1956, and was employed as a maintenance mechanic by Celotex of Harding until his retirement.  He was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Church, Plains.

He was preceded in death by his brother Edward P. Krulack on September 20, 2006.

Surviving are his wife of 46 years, the former Mary Ann Kosek, daughters Kimberly Krulack, Plains, Michelle Glushefski, Nanticoke, and son John M. Krulack and his wife June, Plains, step-granddaughter Cassidy, brothers Norman Krulack and his wife Patricia, Joseph Krulack and his wife Florence, and Charles Krulack, all of Plains, several nieces & nephews, and his loving dog, Major.

Funeral will be held Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 9:00 am from the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street  Plains, PA  18705, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 am in SS. Peter & Paul Church  13 Hudson Road  Plains, with Father John Boyle, Pastor, officiating.  Interment will be held in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton section of Wyoming.  Friends may call Tuesday from 5 to 8 pm at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Center  by visiting their website, www.stjosephscenter.org/opportunitiestohelp.

 

Pierrina Rose (Priscilla) Milz
January 17, 2014

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Pierrina Rose Milz, 93, a resident of Riverstreet Manor, Wilkes-Barre, passed away peacefully following a brief illness on Friday, January 17, surrounded by her loving husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Born in Berwick on June 19, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Luigi and Nicoletta (DeFebo) DeCinti.  Reared in the Heights section of Wilkes-Barre, she lived most of her adult life in the North End section of the City.  She attended Wilkes-Barre public schools, and was a graduate of GAR Memorial High School, Class of 1938.
Prior to her marriage, she worked for the Wilkes-Barre Lace Manufacturing Company. Later in life, she operated her own cleaning and catering service.

Known as “Priscilla” or “Percy,” she will be remembered best for being the heart and soul of her family. The love she abundantly shared, along with her heart, home, and fabulous cooking, enriched the lives of her family, friends, and even strangers.
She is survived by the love of her life, her husband, William J. Milz, Sr., with whom she shared sixty-four wonderful years of marriage. She was a member of St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, Wilkes-Barre.

Besides her parents, Priscilla was preceded in death by brothers, James DeCinti, Albert DeCinti, Guido DeCinti, Frederick DeCinti, and Mario DeCinti; sisters, Nadine Teberio, Yolanda McGroarty, Lydia Lorusso, and Olga Pethick.  She is survived by three sons, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren who loved and cherished her. Children, Michael A. Milz and his wife Patricia Monaghan, Wilkes-Barre; William J. Milz, Jr. and his wife Deborah Albert, Wilkes-Barre; and Mark A. Milz and his fiancé, Colleen McBride, Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren, Attorney Andrew Milz, Attorney Martin Milz, Christian Milz, Leah Milz and William J. Milz III; great-grandchildren, Samuel, Anna, Nicholas, Michael, Natalie, Henry and Christian; and sister, Mary Spinosa, Carlisle; numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Priscilla’s family wishes to thank the staff of Riverstreet Manor for the excellent care and genuine affection which was lavished on her during her residency there. Their kindness and caring was truly extraordinary.

Funeral will be held Monday at 9:15 AM. from Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc.,  20 S. Main St., Plains Township, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM. in St. Nicholas Church, Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Friends may call Sunday from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the funeral home.

 

Theresa B. Misczyk             
January 13, 2014

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Theresa B. Misczyk, 83, of Wilkes-Barre, died Monday, January 12, 2014, at Baptist East Hospital, Louisville, Kentucky.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of the late Felix and Celia Gawrych.
Theresa was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Church, Plains and was employed for Carter Foot Wear of Wilkes-Barre until her retirement.

She was preceded in death by her husband John Misczyk on March 14, 2007. Also preceding her in death are her Sisters; Marie and Dolly and Brothers; Ted, Jake Butch and Red Gawrych.

Surviving is her Son Gerald, Kentucky whom she resided with this past year; and Sister Eleanor Bednar of Wilkes-Barre; Nephews and Nieces.

Funeral will be held Friday at 9am from the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc. 20 South Main Street Plains with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 am in SS. Peter & Paul Church, Plains.  Interment will be held in the parish cemetery, Plains.

Family and friends may call Thursday from 5 to 7 pm at the funeral home.

 

Kathleen A. Buckman
January 11, 2014

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Kathleen A. Buckman, 61 of the North End Section of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Saturday morning at Commonwealth Hospice at St. Luke’s Villa, Wilkes-Barre, after a lengthy illness.

Born in the East End section of Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of the late Patrick and Agnes (Kelly) Lyons.

Kathy was a graduate of James M. Coughlin H.S., Class of 1970, and Wilkes-Barre School of Nursing.  She was employed in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital O.R. and several surgical groups around the valley as a surgical nurse.  She was a member of St. Andre Bessette Parish, Wilkes-Barre.

Kathy was an avid Norte Dame Football fan, and loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren.

Surviving are her husband of 39 years, Michael Buckman, children Michael Buckman and Haeley, Pottstown, Melissa Buchman and Keith, Wilkes-Barre, and Keri Buckman, Wilkes-Barre Twp., grandchildren McKayla, Emma, Kamryn, Liam, and Gavin, sisters Patricia Skurkis and her husband Ronnie, Virginia, Mary Leskiw and her husband Steve, Plains, Ellen Ercolani and her husband Raymond, Forty Fort, brothers Patrick Lyons and his wife Sharon, Dallas, and Joseph Lyons and his wife Debbie, Luzerne, several nieces and nephews.

Kathy’s family would like to thank the staff of Commonwealth Hospice for their compassion and wonderful care of Kathy.

Funeral will be held Tuesday at 9:00 am from the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street Plains, PA  18705, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 am in St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Wilkes-Barre.  Interment will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Twp.  Friends may call Monday evening from 5 to 8 pm at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Commonwealth Hospice C/O 80 E. Northampton Street  Wilkes-Barre, PA  18702.

 

David E. Thomas
January 10, 2014

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David E. Thomas, 47 of Jenkins Twp., passed away Friday morning, January 10, 2014 at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital after a long illness.

Born in Pittston, he was the son of Joan Borovich Thomas Leitza of Jenkins Twp., and the late Gino Thomas.

Dave was a graduate of Pittston Area High School, and was owner/operator of Gino’s Auto Body of Jenkins Twp.

He was a member of The Italian American Citizens Club, Pittston Twp., was an avid Dallas Cowboy fan, and enjoyed spending time hunting and fishing at the cabin in Potter County.

In addition to his father Gino, he was preceded in death by his sister Cheryl Ann Thomas.

Surviving are his son Justin Thomas, Avoca, mother Joan (Thomas) Leitza, Jenkins Twp., companion Cathy Kreusling, Sisters Gina Hudak and her husband John, Scranton, and Michelle Pelliccia and her husband Earl, Harding, nieces and nephews who loved him dearly, Gene Galuska, Rhianna, Maria, and Nicholas Pelliccia.

Funeral Services for Dave will be held Tuesday evening at the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street Plains, PA  18705, with the Rev. San Garnett, pastor of Calvary Bible Church, Wilkes-Barre, officiating.  Interment will be held at the convenience o the family.  Friends may call Tuesday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

 

 

Timothy E. Turnbaugh
January 9, 2014

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Timothy E. Turnbaugh, 65 of Plains, Twp., passed away suddenly Thursday evening, January 9, 2014, at his home.

Born in Tyrone, PA, he was the son of Martin Norris Turnbaugh of Tyrone, PA, and the late Marie C. (Caldwell) Turnbaugh.

Tim was a graduate of Tyrone Area High School, attended Williamson Trade School in Media, PA, and received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education from The Pennsylvania State University.  He was employed by the Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center for 35 years, retiring as Assistant Administrator in 2008. He was a member of Stella Presbyterian Church, Forty Fort and The Vocational Administrators of Pennsylvania.

Tim was an avid Penn State Football fan, loved to work in his garden, and most enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to his father Martin are his wife of 34 years the former Elaine Serra, children Frank Turnbaugh, Amy Vissotski, and her husband Anthony, Heather Triola and her husband Jeffrey, Rick Turnbaugh, and Timothy Turnbaugh, all of Plains, grandchildren Anthony and Aleah Vissotski, Madison and Nicholas Triola, and Gabriel and Ezra Turnbaugh, brother Thomas Turnbaugh and his partner Marianne Bartley, Lebanon, sister Margaret “Peg” Weakland and her husband Cliff, Tyrone, nieces and nephews. 

Funeral Services will be held Monday, January 13, 2014 at 10:00 am at the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street  Plains, PA  18705, with Rev. William Lukesh, officiating.  Interment will be held in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Plains.  Friends may call Sunday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the funeral home.

Memorial Donations may be made to the Stella Presbyterian Church  1700 Wyoming Avenue  Forty Fort, PA  18704 or to the SPCA of Luzerne County  524 E. Main Street  Wilkes-Barre, PA  18702.

 

Bridget A. Kondratick
January 2, 2014

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Bridget Kondratick, 65 of the Miners Mills section of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Thursday afternoon, January 2, 2014, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley, Plains, Twp.

Born in Miners Mills, she was the daughter of the late John A. and AnnJuan (Morgans) Moran, Sr.

Bridget was a graduate of James M. Coughlin H.S. Wilkes-Barre, and was a life resident of Miners Mills.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Robert Kondratick and infant son John Heddings.

Surviving are her sons Charles Heddings, Jr., and his wife Kathy, Wapwallopen, John Evans and his wife Lynn, Plains, and Heath Heddings, Miners Mills, grandsons Zachary Evans, and Charles Heddings III, brother John Moran, Jr. and his wife Lisa, Plains, sister Ellen Evanko, Miners Mills, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements will be private and held at the convenience of the family.  There will be no calling hours.