October 2014  
Ann (Dunsmuir) Cease  
Patrick Connell McNulty Julia “Jean” Miscavage
Agnes A. Norosky Edward F. Blazejewski Jr.
Barbara Ann Chukinas Geraldine Walsh
   
   
September 2014  
Louis R. Cremard  
Larry P. Dezinski Thomas J. Brannigan
Irene Petroski Ruth A. Grimes
Joseph A. Frank William A. Hayes
Benny E. Howe (Sgt. Maj. U.S. Army, Ret.) Marion “Sissy” Tregaskis
   
   
August 2014  
Patricia R. Littleton  
Eugene A. Burke Frank T. Rutledge
Louis H. Cardoni Sr. Michael P. Lokuta
   
   
July 2014  
Josephine (Lispi) Kleckner Patricia M. Bachman
Joseph P. Rogan Loraine R. McCormick
Donna M. Burke Jule Hale Novakoski
Nancy A. Jacobs Joseph C. Mrozinski
Rosemary “Cookie” McCarthy
   
   
June 2014  
Dorothy (Frashefski) Cupp Margaret “Peggy” O’Brien
Theresa L. Chipelewski Bernard W. Luckenbach
Rita M. Lewis Anthony W. Wilk
Rita (Spagnola) Letinski David Wayne Brody
   
May 2014  
Jean P. Tondora Scott Erick Gryczka
Theresa E. Suchoski  Eleanor A. Verfin
John M. Glazenski John Keblish
Leona Theresa Van Valkenburg Robert “Top” Katchik
John Patrick McDougal John Matrese
   
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
   
January 2014  
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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Ann (Dunsmuir) Cease
October 21, 2014

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Ann (Dunsmuir) Cease, 63 of Ottawa, Ohio, and formerly of Plains, Twp., passed away Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at Grandview Nursing Home, Ottawa, Ohio.

Born in Plains, she was the daughter of the late David & Rita (Blakeslee) Dunsmuir.

Ann attended James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre, and was employed by Zayre’s Department Store and last for Mr. Z’s, Plains.

She was preceded in death by her brother Billy Dunsmuir and her sister Marion Tregaskis.

Surviving are her daughters Jennifer Shires and her husband Timothy, Berwick, Tammi Dunsmuir, Ottawa, OH, and Sarahann Dunsmuir, Cincinnati, OH, sons Glenn Cease and his wife Grace, Ottawa, OH, and Michael Dunsmuir and his companion Tara, Plymouth, grandchildren Nichole, Tristyn, Harlie, Caden, Shawn, Christopher, Makynna, Lauren, and Tiernan, great-granddaughter Rori, brothers and sisters, David Dunsmuir and his wife Rose, Plains, Joan Smith and her husband Gary, Forty Fort, Rita Luse, Kingston, Jean Elick and her husband Ron, Lansdale, Donald Dunsmuir, Wilkes-Barre, Shirley Baird, and her husband William, Plymouth, Margaret Augustaitus and her husband Leo, Wilkes-Barre, Thomas Dunsmuir and his wife Kathy, Plains, Bobby Dunsmuir and his wife Nancy, Wilkes-Barre, and John Dunsmuir, Wyoming; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Ann will be held Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 10:00 am at the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street Plains, PA  18705, with Rev. Dr. Paul Amara, pastor of the Plains United Methodist Church, Officiating.  Friends may call Saturday morning from 9:00 am till 10:00 at the funeral home.

 

Julia “Jean” Miscavage
October 18, 2014

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Julia “Jean” Miscavage, 84, of Plains Township, passed away Thursday morning, October 16, 2014, at Little Flower Manor, Wilkes-Barre.

Born in the Georgetown section of Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Anna (Kish) Butchko.

Jean was a graduate of Wilkes-Barre Township High School, and was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Church Plains.

Jean worked as a cashier for the Plains Meat Market for many years until her retirement.

She was preceded in death by her sisters; Anna, Mary, Margaret, Helen, and Martha, brothers Michael and John Butchko.

Surviving are her Daughter; Diane Pudleiner and her husband Gary, Allentown; Son, Joseph Miscavage Jr. Miners Mills; grandchildren Jason Pudleiner, Crystal Garrett and her husband Robert, Jake and Nick Miscavage, great-grandchildren Emma, Alexandria, and Brooke Garrett, Sister Elizabeth Zbegner, Plains; 7 Grandchildren, Nephews and Nieces.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, October 20, 2014 at 10:00 am in SS. Peter & Paul Church Plains with Father John Boyle, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be held in St. Mary’s Byzantine Cemetery, Plains.

Family and friends may call at the church from 9:00 am until the Funeral Mass at 10:00 am.

Memorial donations if desired may be made to SS. Peter & Paul Church, 13 Hudson Road Plains, Pa. 18705, or to Little Flower Manor  200 Meade Street  Wilkes-Barre, PA  18702 in Jean’s memory.

 

 

Patrick Connell McNulty
October 14, 2014

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Patrick Connell McNulty, 67, of Kingston, passed away Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at River Street Manor, Wilkes-Barre, after a brief illness.

He was born March 1, 1947 in Pittston, son of the late Aloysius and Ann Connell McNulty. 

He graduated from St. John the Evangelist High School, Pittston, in 1965, and attended the University of Scranton.

Patrick was employed many years in the insurance business and retired from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a tort claims adjuster, retiring in 2011.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Roseann Delaney McNulty, in 2002, and a nephew, Brett Connell Stanton, in 2008.

Surviving are three children, son Connell McNulty and his wife Cathleen, Maryland; daughter Shannon and her husband James Hayward, Wilkes-Barre; and son Ryan McNulty, Kingston; four grandchildren, Rose, Maeve, Brigid and Benjamin; a sister, Mary Ellen Stanton and her husband Jack, Doylestown; nieces and nephews.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family from the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street  Plains, PA  18705.

Memorial donations can be made to the National Kidney Foundation and the American Cancer Society.

 

 

Edward F. Blazejewski Jr.
Died October 8, 2014

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Edward  F. Blazejewski Jr., 76, passed away Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.

Although he was born in Derby, Connecticut, he became a nearly-lifelong resident of the Wilkes-Barre area.  He was the oldest son of the late Edward and Josephine Blazejewski.  He was a member of Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Plains.

After graduating Sacred Heart High School, Plains  in 1956, Ed served in the U.S. Navy as a Quarter Master Third Class aboard the USS English, in the Suez Canal.

Ed built his career as a skilled tradesman, and held several leadership positions in the Carpenters Union, Local 514.   As general foreman for over a decade, he oversaw of the nuclear reactor at Berwick Power Plant.

During his retirement, he enjoyed traveling with his wife to many parts of the world.   He was also an active outdoorsman with a passion for fly-fishing.

He is survived by his wife Helen of 56 years, and his three sons.  Ed and his wife, Mary, their children Lori, Amy and Brett of Yardley, Pa.  Dave and his wife, Kim, and their children, Sara and Dan of Bear Creek.  Steve and his wife, Darlene, and their children, Kate and Emma, of North Attleboro, MA. And his two brothers Jim from Laflin and Don from Oregon City, OR.

He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.  The family would like to extend their deep appreciation to Dr. Deepak Singh and Dr. Sanjay Doddamani as well as the Hospital’s nursing staff for their professionalism and dedication.

Funeral will be held Monday at 11 am from the Corcoran Funeral Home 20 South Main Street Plains, with a Mass of Christian Burial t 11:30 am in SS. Peter and Paul Church, Plains.

Viewing will be held Sunday from 4 to 6 pm from the Corcoran Funeral Home.
Interment will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ed’s memory may be made to the American Red Cross, 256 North Sherman Street, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 18702      
        

 

 

Agnes A. Norosky
October 4, 2014

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Agnes A. Norosky, 65, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Saturday  evening October 4, 2014, at Celtic Hospice, Geisinger South following a lengthy illness.

Born January 6, 1949, in Starrucca, Pa. Agi was the daughter of Michael and Ann Wnorosky. She was a graduate of Hancock High School in New York and furthered her education by taking college courses and acquiring numerous certificates in Medical Billing. She was also a member of Mensa International.

Agi recently retired from Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, after serving 46 years as the Lab Billing Coordinator, where she was instrumental in the development of the Lab Billing Department. Everyone who knew and worked with Agi knew her door was always open and she was more than willing to share her expertise with anyone who needed her assistance.

Agi was an accomplished artist, enjoyed traveling, bowling and going to the casino with her friends.

Surviving is her goddaughter Rachelle Siley,  Brandon Siley, close friends Eileen Swigonski, Sandy and Smiler Hughes, Marilyn and Joseph Grous, Lana MacGowan, and her cousin Carol Hurley, who were all at Agi’s side for comfort during her illness.
She is also survived by a brother, Mike Norosky and his family, of Mt. Pleasant.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 10:00 am at Our Lady of Hope Church, 40 Park Ave. Wilkes-Barre.

Memorial contributions can be made in Agi’s name to the S.P.C.A. Wilkes-Barre.
Arrangements by the Corcoran Funeral Home, Plains.

 

 

Geraldine Walsh
October 5, 2014

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Geraldine A. Walsh, 84, of Plains Township, passed away peacefully Sunday morning.
Born on November 29, 1929 in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of the late Luigi and Louise (Giamarini) Cognigni.

Geraldine worked with the family business in Cognigni’s Café in Plains for many years, and then was employed at Valley Crest as a Certified Nurse’s Aide until her retirement. Geraldine was very proud of her extended family. She was a member of St. Maria Goretti Church, Laflin.

She was preceded in death by her Husband Armstrong P. Walsh on July 24, 1975; her brothers Chester, Edward and Ernest Cognigni and grandson, Sean Thomas Walsh, December 24, 2011.

Surviving are her Son Thomas A. Walsh, Wyoming; Sister, Theresa A. Bush, Plains; grandchildren, Tracey Morrissey, Amy, Kimberly and Brigid Walsh; great-grandchildren, Eric J. Raitter Jr., Tyler M. Geasey, Morgan Stephanie Morrissey, Keira Marie Flynn, Braeden T. and Sean Patrick Scott; Niece Louise Falcone and Husband Sam, Nephew James Bush and wife Nancy; several great nephews and nieces.

Funeral will be held Thursday at 10 am from the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc. 20 South Main Street Plains with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am in St. Maria Goretti Church, Laflin, 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 Mass.  Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Plains.
Friends may call Thursday morning from 9 to 10 am.

 

 

Barbara Ann Chukinas
October 5, 2014

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Barbara Ann Chukinas, 61, of Plains Township died peacefully in the presence of family on Sunday, October 5, 2014.

She was born in Plymouth, on August 6, 1953, a daughter of Nellie (Pasek) Haleski and the late Albert Haleski.

Barbara was a graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School, class of 1971 and attended Endicott College in Beverly, MA. She worked in dental sales for 15 years and managed the office of her family’s business, E.L.C. Manufacturing, for the past 15 years.

In addition to her father, Barbara was preceded in death by her sister, Deborah Haleski.

Barbara always put her family first and was the primary care-giver for her mother. Even as Barbara became ill, she continued to give all of herself to ensure her mother’s happiness.  Barbara often bragged about her children, Megan and Bradley. They were her pride and joy. She would often speak of her husband, Edward Jr., of 29 years in the most loving ways and admired his strength. They loved each other very much and she will be greatly missed by her children and husband.

She could talk for hours about her horse, Mac and her cat, Critty. She loved telling everyone how Critty followed her through the house and about the affection they shared with one other.  Barbara loved photography and would oftentimes have family members hold a pose for 5 minutes or more, just to ensure she got the perfect shot.  She loved honoring her Polish heritage and frequently recited words in the Polish language with her family by her side. Barbara greatly enjoyed sharing stories of her grandmother, the late Maryanna Pasek, with her family. She was a tough woman and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.  

In addition to her mother, husband and children, Barbara is survived by her in-laws, Edward L. Chukinas Sr. and Joan (Kodaski) Chukinas of Plains, sister in-law JoAnne Chukinas of Plains and several cousins.

Funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 am from the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc. 20 South Main Street Plains, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 am in SS. Peter & Paul Church. Interment will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Plymouth Township.

Friends may call Tuesday  from 5to 7 pm.

Memorial donations if desired may be made to Blue Chip Animal Rescue
974 Lockville Road, Dallas Pa. 18612. Online condolences may be made at www.corcoranfunerlhome.com.

 

 

Louis R. Cremard
September 28, 2014

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Louis Robert Xavier Cremard, 41, of West Wyoming, passed away peacefully Sunday, September 28, 2014 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, with his family by his side.

Born in Duryea, Louis was the beloved and cherished son of Louis James and MaryAnn Rose (Ruduski) Cremard of Duryea. Louis was married to the love of his life and best friend, Denise (Caparoni) Cremard of Exeter. They would have celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary on November 1st.

Lou was a graduate of Pittston Area High School, class of 1991 and Luzerne County Community College. He was employed as the IT Director at L.T. Verrastro Inc. Old Forge. He was a member of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seaton Parish Swoyersville.

Louis loved spending time with his family and friends. He’s well remembered for always having a captivating smile and reassuring word. Anyone who ever met him loved him and is a better person for having known him. Some of his interest included guitars, Harleys, cars, running, biking and martial arts. His fondest memories are “Friday Night Pizza” going to the movies, and his yearly trip to Orlando, Florida with his wife Denise.

Preceding him in death are his paternal grandfather Louis Cremard; maternal grandparents Howard and Veronica (Youkoski) Bisbing.

Surviving in addition to his wife and parents are his sister, MaryAnn Stanton and her Husband David, Duryea; Goddaughter and Niece, Madison Stanton, Duryea; Grandmother, Catherine Cremard, Duryea; Loving father-in –law and mother-in –law, James and Corinne Caparoni, Exeter, sister-in –law and brother-in-law, Kristin and Dominic Fino, Dallas, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends which he considered family. Last but not least his fur-ever best friend, Meela.

Louis, you were our angel on earth, you are now our angel watching down on us. We were so blessed to have you as part of our lives.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday at 10:00 am in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 116 Hughes Street  Swoyersville, PA  18704, with Father Joseph J. Pisanechi, pastor, officiating.  Friends and family are invited to go directly to church Wednesday morning.  Private interment will be held in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Duryea.  Friends may call Tuesday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street  Plains, PA  18705.

Memorial donations may be made to Blue Chip Farms Animal Refuge, 974 Lockville Road, Dallas, PA 18612, SPCA Of Luzerne County, 524 E. Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, or Griffin Pond Animal Shelter  967 Griffin Pond Road  South Abington Twp., PA  18411. 

 

 

Thomas J. Brannigan
September 22, 2014

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Thomas J. Brannigan, 95 of Philadelphia, PA, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 22, 2014, at Nazareth Hospital, Philadelphia.

Thomas (better known to his wife and family as Tom or Pa) was the son of a coal miner.  He was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA on September 8, 1919.  Tom married his high school sweetheart, Edna H. (Voegele) Brannigan.  Tom and Edna graduated from James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre.  After graduating from high school, Tom had trouble finding work during The Great Depression.  He decided to take a bus from Wilkes-Barre to Philadelphia to search for a job.  Upon his arrival in Philadelphia, Tom’s first interview was with the Budd Company, a major maker and supplier of automobile parts during the 20th century.  The Budd Company hired him on the spot and Tom and Edna moved to Philadelphia where they have lived happily ever since.  Tom spent the remainder of his working days at the Budd Company as a supervisor until his retirement in the 1970’s.

Tom was a long-time member of St. Timothy Roman Catholic Church, Philadelphia.  He enjoyed woodworking in his spare time.  Tom generously gave his finely crafted woodwork to friends, family, and those in need.  Tom also enjoyed taking Edna on their monthly day trips to Atlantic City.  Tom was a loving and devoted husband to his dear wife Edna during their 72 years of marriage.

Tom was preceded in death by his 6 siblings, Anna, Mary, Florence, Alice, Billy and Gene. Tom is survived by his wife Edna, his granddaughter Kristine (Brannigan) Brenner and her husband Jeffrey,  2 great-grandchildren, Alexandra and Annabelle.  He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.  Tom will be fondly remembered by Cathy Gerace and her family, loving neighbors and caregivers to Tom and Edna for many years. 

Funeral services for Tom will be held Friday, September 26, 2014 at 12:00 pm in the Chapel at St. Mary’s Cemetery 1594 South Main Street Hanover, PA  18706, followed by interment in the cemetery.  Friends may call from 11:00 am until the time of service at the chapel. 

Memorial donation may be made to St. Timothy’s Church 3001 Levick Street Philadelphia, PA  19149 in Tom’s memory.

 

 

Larry P. Dezinski
August 14, 2014

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Larry P. Dezinski, 76, of Haines City Florida, and formerly of Plains Township, Pa., passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on August 14, 2014 at his home.

Born in Plains, he was the son of the late Peter & Tilda (Zurla) Dezinski.

Larry was a graduate of Plains Memorial High School class of 1956 and attended Luzerne County Community College, majoring in electronics. He was employed for Air Products of Hanover Township for 25 years until his retirement.

Larry served his country as a member of the National Guard for 12 years. He also served his community as a Scout Master in Plains Township. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.  His true passion was to travel.  He and his wife crossed the United States in their travel home on numerous occasions.  In December 2013, Larry and his wife Lorraine were honored with their 100th cruise on the Carnival Cruise Line.  They had amassed a total of 185 cruises since 1988.  As a craftsman and artisan, he would design and create computer generated vinyl signs for his community and jewelry from precious pieces he would acquire during their travels.

Surviving are his Wife of 25 years the former Lorraine Bowanko, Florida,  Sister, Joanne (Marko) Thomas, Florida; Daughter, Jean Patla, Tampa, Florida; Sons, Larry and Peter Dezinski, Exeter; Michael Dezinski, Plymouth, 5 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  Larry has extended family in Jim and Donna Martin of Forty Fort, Jimmy T. Martin and Kaitlyn Fitzgerald.

A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday September 27, at the Resurrection of the Lord Polish National Catholic Church, Zerby Avenue, Edwardsville at 11:00 am. Interment will be held in the Italian Independent Cemetery, West Wyoming.

Family and friends may call Friday, September 26, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc.  20 South Main Street, Plains.

In lieu of flowers donations if desired may be made to the Good Shepherd Hospice, Auburndale Florida, 105 Arneson Avenue, Auburndale Fla. 33823.

 

 

Ruth A. Grimes
September 18, 2014

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Ruth A. Grimes, 86 of the Miners Mills section of Wilkes-Barre, passed away, Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Highland Healthcare Center, Wellsville, New York.

Born in Miners Mills, she was the daughter of the late Peter J. and Ruth (Bell) Grimes.

Ruth was a graduate of James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre, Class of 1945 and was the caregiver to her family for her entire life.

Ruth was a lifelong member of Blessed Sacrament Church, Miners Mills until its merger with St. Benedict’s Parish, Parsons section of Wilkes-Barre.

She was preceded in death by her sisters Mary Grimes and Sarah Kane, and her brother Peter “Joe” Grimes.

Surviving are her nieces and nephews, Sharon Haven, Hartford, CT, Peter Grimes, Washington, Michael Grimes, Genesee, PA, and Kelly Lynch, Wellsville, NY, several great-nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, September 22, 2014 at 10:00 am in St. Benedict’s Parish, St. Dominic’s Church  155 Austin Avenue  Wilkes-Barre, PA  18705, with Father Joseph A. Kearney, pastor, officiating.  Interment will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Twp.  Friends are invited to go directly to church Monday morning.

Memorial donation may be made to St. Benedict’s Church in Ruth’s memory.

 

 

Irene Petroski
September 19, 2014

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Irene Petroski, 90 of Plains Twp., passed away peacefully on September 19, 2014 at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.  Prior to this she had been a resident at Kingston Healthcare Center.

Irene was born December 27, 1923 to the late Peter and Elizabeth (Novak) Vohar of Luzerne.

Irene was very family oriented.  At a very early age, after the sudden passing of her father, she dedicated her time in full support of her family.  She worked for several years at housekeeping, the cigar factories, and silk mills.  After she met and married the love of her life, Frank, she settled into her role as homemaker and mother.

Irene was very passionate about attending her beloved St. Francis of Assisi Church in Miners Mills and once they closed their doors for the final time, then St. Benedict’s Parish of Parsons.  Irene also loved to listen to her polka bands and bake.  Her poppy seed and nut rolls, apple pies, and banana cream pies are famous among family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband Frank Petroski on September 22, 1990, and her many brothers and sisters Mary Eslick, Ann Valatka, Peggy Matinas, Betty Dushner, George Vohar, and Mickey Vohar.

Surviving are her daughters Alice Logan, Toano, Virginia, and Eileen Washko, Plains, granddaughters Lisa Logan-Davis and Jessica Washko, great-grandsons Jason and Michael Grimes, and numerous nieces and nephews and her beloved nieces Mary Lou Schnaupauff and Alice Kovalchik.

Irene will be missed greatly.  She was the rock and shining star of all of our lives.  Now she is our guardian angel watching us over our shoulders.  We love you to the moon and back Little Grandma!  So, until we meet again… “Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene, I’ll see you in my dreams…”

Funeral will be held Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 9:30 am at the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street  Plains, PA  18705, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in St. Benedict’s Parish, St. Dominic’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 Monday evening from 5 to 8 pm at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Benedict’s Parish in Irene’s memory.

 

 

William A. Hayes
September 8, 2014

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William D. Hayes, 57 of Wilkes-Barre, and formerly of New York City, passed away Tuesday afternoon, September 8, 2014 after a lengthily illness.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of the late Joseph H. and Ann (Rosentel) Hayes.

Bill was a graduate of West Side Central Catholic High School, and Pace University, New York City.

He was employed in the advertising industry by N.W. Ayer, New York City, and later in the executive offices of Estee Lauder Companies, Inc., New York City.

Bill had an infectious personality and could turn any common situation into a memorable event.  He loved to dance and enjoyed a good party.

Surviving are his sisters Eileen Johnson and her husband Stuart, Quincy, FLA, Virginia Phillips, Nanticoke, and Joanne Gensel and her husband Edward, Dallas, brother Robert Hayes and his wife Jacqueline, Dallas, several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Bill’s life and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 10:00 am in Gate of Heaven Church, 40 Machell Avenue  Dallas, PA  18612.  Interment will be held in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton section of Wyoming, at the convenience of the family.  Friends may call Friday morning from 9:00 am until the time of mass at Gate of Heaven Church.  Bill’s family requests that those attending the viewing and mass dress in colorful, happy colors to help celebrate Bill’s life and his personality.

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

 

 

Joseph A. Frank
September 5, 2013

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Joseph A. Frank, 88 of Laflin, PA, Chairman/CEO of Centralia Coal Sales Company, passed away Friday evening, September 5, 2014, at his home.

Born in Newtown, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Herman and Philomena (Megann) Frank, Sr.

Joe graduated from Minersville High School in 1944 and began active duty in the U.S. Navy the very next day.  He served aboard the Battleship USS New York (BB34), which took part in the invasion of Iwo Jima and Okinawa.  The USS New York was awarded a commendation for being the only ship ever to stay in the battle area for 56 consecutive days.  The USS New York later took part in the first atomic bomb test off Eniwetok Atoll.  After the war, he served in the Naval Reserves at Willow Grove Naval Air Station as a weekend warrior.

Joe began working for Pagnotti Coal Company as a clerk and held various supervisory positions within the many operations.  He later joined the sales department of the Mid-Atlantic States and in 1957 became Manager of the Philadelphia Office of Lehigh Valley Coal Sales Company.  In 1968, he was appointed Vice President in charge of sales where he remained until 1975 when he left to become partner and Vice President of Centralia Coal Sales Company, Wilkes-Barre, PA.  In 1977, he became sole owner and President of the Company, which today is the largest sales agent in the industry.

He was the founder of Valley Chevrolet and was one of the founders of Penn State Mechanical Contractors.

In addition to his business interests, Joe was active in many civic and charitable organizations.  He was involved in the Boy Scouts of America, both in Warminster and Laflin, PA; he was a Little League coach and a member of the Plains American Legion, Joseph E. Conlon, Post 558.

Joe was a member of St. Maria Goretti Church, Laflin, where he attended daily mass for over forty years.  He was the parish’s first lector and served on the church building and finance committees.  He was appointed to U.S. Coal Council by President Ronald Regan.  Little Flower Manor and St. Therese Residence presented Joe with their Crystal Rose Award for his valuable contribution of time, talent, and treasures to organizations that provide basic welfare, social, educational, and spiritual needs to their community.  He was one of the founders of St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen which celebrated its thirtieth anniversary in September, 2013.

He was active in the Catholic Youth Center of Wyoming Valley and served as a board member and president of the board for several years.  He served on the board of directors of Wyoming National Bank, The American Red Cross, the Earth Conservancy, Mercy Health Care, and King’s College, where he received an honorary Doctorate Degree and remained Board Member Emeritus.  He served as president of the board of Catholic Social Services and was a member of the board of directors of Volunteers of America.  He was on the board of directors of the United Way of Wyoming Valley, where he was the Campaign Chairman of the United Way 1992 Campaign.  He was a member of the Laflin Zoning Board for many years.

He was married for 62 years to the former Patricia Barrett of Pottsville, Pennsylvania who preceded him in death on June 8, 2011.  Joe was the last remaining member of his family.  Preceding him in death are his parents Herman and Philomena Frank, brothers John, Herman, Paul, James, and Raymond; sisters Mary Maley and Elizabeth Smith; son-in-law Michael Costanza; and granddaughter Grace Dobson.

Joe is survived by his son Joseph A. Frank, Jr. and his wife Gail, Kingston, daughters Jane Costanza, Laflin, Judith Crouse and her husband Carl, Allentown, Jill Dobson and her husband Mark, Merrimac, MA, and son Jeffrey Frank, Long Beach, NJ.  He is also survived by 10 granddaughters, 3 grandsons, 1 great-granddaughter and many nieces and nephews.  

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 10:00 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.  Entombment with military honors will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Twp., PA.  Friends may call Tuesday evening, September 9, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at St. Maria Goretti Church, Laflin. 

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

Memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent DePaul Kitchen, King’s College, the Wilkes-Barre CYC, or a charity of one’s choice.

 

Marion “Sissy” Tregaskis
September 2, 2014

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Marion “Sissy” Tregaskis, 71 of Plains Twp., passed away, Tuesday, September 2, 2014, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley, Plains, Twp.

Born in Plains, she was the daughter of the late David & Rita (Blakeslee) Dunsmuir.

Marion was a graduate of Lourdesmont High School, Clarks Summit, class of 1961, and was employed in the garment industry as a sewing machine operator in the area garment factories.  She was a member of the I.L.G.W.U.

Marion was preceded in death by her husband Donald Tregaskis on December 17, 2013, infant daughter Donna Jean Tregaskis, and her brother Billy Dunsmuir.

Surviving are her sons Donald Tregaskis and his wife Tina, Florida, Thomas Tregaskis and his wife Amphawan, Nevada, and David Tregaskis and his wife Bernadette, Plains, grandchildren, Thomas, Jonathan, Tracey, Tara, Joanne, Billy, Connie, and Jackie; great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, David Dunsmuir and his wife Rose, Plains, Joan Smith and her husband Gary, Forty Fort, Rita Luse, Kingston, Jean Elick and her husband Ron, Lansdale, Ann Cease, Ottawa, Ohio, Donald Dunsmuir, Wilkes-Barre, Shirley Baird, and her husband William, Plymouth, Margaret Augustaitus and her husband Leo, Wilkes-Barre, Thomas Dunsmuir and his wife Kathy, Plains, Bobby Dunsmuir and his wife Nancy, Wilkes-Barre, and John Dunsmuir, Wyoming; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held  Monday, September 8, 2014, at 11:00 am at the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street, Plains, with Rev. Dr. Paul Amara, Pastor of the Plains United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will be held in Memorial Shrine Burial Park, Carverton, at the convenience of the family.  Friends may call Sunday from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the funeral home.

 

 

Benny E. Howe (Sgt. Maj. U.S. Army, Ret.)
September 2, 2014

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Benny E. Howe, Sgt. Maj., U.S. Army, Retired, 84 of the Hilldale section of Plains, Twp., passed away Tuesday, September 2, 2014, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley, Plains, Twp.

Born in Persia, Iowa, he was the son of the late Frank and Leona (Long) Howe.

He was a graduate of Persia High School, class of 1948, and enlisted in the United States Army that December. Benny was a career serviceman serving his country during the Korean and Vietnam wars, retiring as a Sergeant Major of the Army in 1969. After his retirement, he was employed by Potlatch Corporation of Ransom as a traffic manager, by Valley Distributing and Storage of Laflin, as manager, and last by Tobyhanna Army Depot. 

Benny was an avid hunter and fisherman and was past president of The Four Poplars Hunting Club, Colley, PA. He was also an avid golfer.  Benny played professional baseball with the Cleveland Indians minor league team prior to his enlistment in the army and was a sports writer during his time in the army, reporting on the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals.  To this day, they are still his favorite teams.

He was preceded in death by his wife the former Bernadine Ferenchick on February 27, 2003, and his brother Bernie Howe.

Surviving are his children Kevin Howe and his wife Joellen, Nanticoke, Brian Howe and his wife Chrissy, Wilkes-Barre, and Kimberly Howe, Plains, grandsons Jake and Mikey Howe, several nieces and nephews.

Benny’s family would like to thank the staff of the Intensive Care Unit and 6 East at Geisinger Wyoming Valley for their wonderful and compassionate care of their father.

Funeral will be held Saturday, September 6, 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, 13 Hudson Road  Plains, with Father John Boyle, Pastor, officiating.  Interment with Military Honors will be held in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton section of Wyoming.  Friends may call Friday evening from 5 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.

 

 

Patricia R. Littleton
August 31, 2014

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Patricia R. Littleton,  65, of Cedarwood Drive, Laflin, passed away Sunday morning, August 31, 2014, surrounded by her loving family at home.

            On a crisp fall day, October 15, 1948, a beautiful baby girl was born to the late Rita McHugh Allman and Edward L. Allman in Scranton,  PA.  They named her Patricia after her aunt, Patricia Keller.

            Pat’s childhood was spent moving quite a bit.  She lived in Bedford, Indiana, York, Laflin
and Larksville, PA.  Her parents settled in a new development called Fireside Terrace in York, PA where her dad was a safety engineer for Borg Warner.  At the age of ten, Pat’s father passed away from a medical procedure and she and her mom moved back to the valley and lived with her Aunt Peg and Uncle Gene Sarf on Route 315 in Laflin.  Pat made many lifelong friends attending the grade school on Tompkins St.  Their next move was to Larksville where Pat’s grandparents lived.  Pat attended the State Street School and Larksville High School.  Her last move was to Schuyler Ave in Kingston where Pat attended West Side Central Catholic High School and graduated in 1966.  Pat was a majorette for the Queensmen.

            Pat decided to further her education at College Misericordia where she double majored in elementary education and special education.  While attending Misericordia, Pat worked at the Boston Store and made many friends there as well.  On the weekends she could be seen at the local dances; Rocky Glen, San Souci, Hansons or the Kings and Misericordia mixers.  Pat never stopped dancing and she and her husband, Bill, were regulars at the Irem Temple Country Club while dancing to Eddie Day and Joe Nardone. 
The last dance they attended, Pat was on 6 liters of oxygen and needed an oxygen tank to breathe and dance, but she gave it her all!

            Pat began her teaching career in September of 1970 at the Durkee Street Elementary School in Forty Fort.  She stayed there until the Agnes Flood in 1972.  Pat was moved to her old grade school on
State St in Larksville where she taught until their first child was born in 1974.  Pat resumed her teaching career
after their youngest daughter started school.  Pat substituted for the LIU 18 for several years before being given a contract to teach special education for Wilkes-Barre Area at the new Heights Murray Elementary
school.  Pat finished her 35 year teaching career in 2007 and became a stay at home mom once again.

          Pat met her husband, Bill, the same year she started teaching.  They were introduced to a lifelong
friend of Bill’s and a fellow teacher of Pat’s, Laurie Gover.  Pat and Bill were married on Thanksgiving day
1971 in a 27 inch snowstorm in St. Ignatius Church in Kingston.  Six months later the Agnes Flood struck the
valley and Pat and Bill moved to Pat’s Aunt Peg and Uncle Gene Sarf’s in Laflin.  After helping all of their
relatives clean up, they built their home in Laflin, where they still reside today after 40 years.

        Pat was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, the Wilkes-Barre Area Teachers’ Women’s’ Club and PSERS.  She was also a member of St. Maria Goretti Church, Laflin, and the Mahjong Maidens.  Pat especially loved to spend time with her family on all holidays and made them very special. 

Pat was preceded in death by her parents, Edward L. Allman and Rita C. Allman, father-in-law, William J. Littleton Sr., aunts and uncles; Eugene and Margaret Sarf, William and Jean Kelly, Andrew and Anastasia Bucikowski, Claude and Patricia Keller, John McHugh, brother-in-laws, Robert  Booth and Robert Little.

            Pat is survived by the loves of her life, husband William J. Littleton Jr., daughters, Maureen Blake, Kathleen Maffei and husband Eugene M. Maffei, grandsons, Kristopher E. Littleton, Julian M. and Ryan J Maffei, all from Laflin.  Mother-in-law, Shirley Littleton,  Forty Fort.  Godchild, Meghan A. Duffey, Virginia and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and their spouses, whom she loved dearly.  Last but not least, her puppy, Bella and her grand puppies, Samson and Aspen, who will miss her greatly.

            Pat was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in May 2008 and a double lung transplant recipient on September 25, 2012.  After multiple setbacks the doctors found a virus in her brain that would ultimately end her life after a hard fought battle for six months.  Pat was an inspiration to everyone who knew her and conducted herself with grace and dignity.  She will be remembered as an exceptional wife, Mommy, Nana, friend and educator.  Notre Dame has lost one of their biggest fans.  One of Pat’s last requests was for
the people attending her wake and funeral was to wear colorful clothing and to come happy, leave happy and to not mourn her passing, but celebrate her life.

            A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am Friday, September 5, 2014 at St. Maria Goretti Church, 42 Redwood Drive Laflin, PA with Father Michael Kerwin 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.     Friends may call 5-8 pm, Thursday evening at St. Maria Goretti Church, Laflin.  Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street  Plains, PA  18705

            In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund in Patricia’s name has been established at College Misericordia. 
All donations may be sent to WBEE Federal Credit Union at WBEE FCU, PO BOX 1194, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703.

 

Frank T. Rutledge
August 30, 2014

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Frank T. Rutledge, 39 of West Pittston, passed away Saturday morning, August 30, 2014, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

Born in West Pittston, he was the son of Dorothy (Tilletski) Wendol of Slocum Township, and the late Francis W. Rutledge.

Frank was a graduate of Wyoming Area High School, and was employed for Latona Trucking.

Frank is a man that when you met him you knew you had a friend forever.  He had an infectious laugh, smile, blue eyes that would melt you heart, and a heart of gold.  His friends, who he loved as his family, have lost a special man. What can you say about a man who was loved by everyone’s life he touched.  Frank was a very hard worker and would always be there for anyone who needed him at any time.  The word NO was not in his vocabulary.  His three rules of life were: never say you’re sorry, never say Thank You, and never make me repeat myself.  Frank was a fan and loved UFC fighting, Fantasy Football where he would argue and feud with his friends over draft picks and roster choices, the Pittsburg Steelers, Notre Dame Football, and the New York Yankees.  Frank also loved his two cats Baba and Caesar that sadly left him, and he loved the ocean and always wanted to swim with the dolphins.  Everybody’s life that Frank has touched will be sadly missing a part of their heart.  He will be sadly missed, but never forgotten by all that knew him.  Heaven has received a true angel.   

He was preceded in death by his father Francis W. Rutledge.

Surviving are his girlfriend Kathy Webb, West Pittston, mother Dorothy Wendol, Slocum Township, Paternal grandmother Jessie (Jaye) Rutledge, West Pittston, sisters Jennifer Wendol, Nanticoke, and Gail Marosevitch and her husband Randy, Plymouth, nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

Funeral services for Frank will be held Thursday evening, September 4, 2014 at 6:30 pm at the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street  Plains, PA  18705.  Friends may call Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the funeral home.

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

 

 

Eugene A. Burke
August 16, 2014

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Eugene A. Burke, 68 of the Parsons section of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Saturday afternoon, August 16, 2014, at his home.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of the late Eugene A. and Dorothy (Blaum) Burke.

Gene was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War, serving for 3 years in Vietnam and Korea.  He was employed as an Iron Worker for Local 489 for 17 years and later became a self-employed photographer and owned Burke Photography of Parsons.

Gene was an avid soccer fan and had a passion for the sport like no other.  He was a pioneer for youth soccer in the Wyoming Valley and formed the Parsons Rowdies in the early 1980’s and later the Wilkes-Barre Celtic Club.  He served as President of the local chapter of U.S.S.F. referees and President of the Wyoming Valley Youth Soccer League.  He owned a soccer specialty store called Soccer 94 in Parsons for 8 years.

He was a member of St. Benedict’s Parish, Parsons, The NRA, Forks of the Delaware Historical Arms Society, and the Cody Museum, Cody, Wyoming.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, going to auctions, playing poker, hunting, trap shooting, listening to loud music, singing, good wine and whiskey, and of course watching numerous soccer matches.  

He and his wife the former Margaret “Peg” Hogan celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary on January 24, 2014.

Surviving in addition to his wife Peg, are his children Megan Kutch and her husband Jason, Dallas, Eugene Burke and his wife Amy, Kingston, grandchildren Cole and McKenzie Kutch, Chloe, Torey, and Eugene Burke, brothers and sisters, Mary Pat Mager and her husband John, Dorothy Jean Timek, and Kathleen Burke, all of Wilkes-Barre, Charles Burke and his wife Geraldine, Hanover Twp., James Burke, Mountaintop, Edward Burke, Plainville, CT, and Christine Patrick and her husband Joseph, Wilkes-Barre, mother-in-law Peg Hogan Dubaskas, Kingston, sister-in-law Mary Ellen Burns, Kingston, many nieces, nephews, family and friends. 

Funeral will be held Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 9:30 am at the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street  Plains, PA  18705, with a Mass of Christian Burial at10:00 am in St. Benedict’s Parish, St. Dominic’s Church, 155 Austin Avenue, Parsons, with Father Joseph A. Kearney, pastor, officiating.  Interment with Military Honors will be held in St. Mary’s Annunciation Cemetery, Pringle.  Friends may call Tuesday from 5 to 8 pm at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to Little Eric’s Foundation  C/O  P.O. Box 1004  Pittston, PA  18640.

 

 

Michael P. Lokuta
August 14, 2014

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Michael P. Lokuta, 35 of West Wyoming, passed away Thursday morning at his home.

Born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, he was the son of Jeanmarie (Hackett) Lokuta of West Wyoming, and the late Kevin Lokuta.

He was employed as an equipment operator by Pennsy Supply of Pittston.

Surviving in addition to his mother Jeanmarie are his daughters McKayleigh and Kelsey Lokuta, Plains, paternal grandmother Dorothy Lokuta, Moosic, Sister Jennifer Hresko-Dennis, West Wyoming, brothers Joseph Lokuta, Bear Creek, and Kevin Lokuta, Nanticoke, nieces and nephews.

Friends and family may call Monday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street  Plains, PA  18705.

 

 

Louis H. Cardoni Sr.
August 4, 2014

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Louis H. Cardoni, Sr., 86, of the Hilldale section of Plains Township, died Monday morning at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Born in Hilldale, he was the son of the late Louis and Jennie Leonardi Cardoni, and was a graduate of Plains Memorial High School class of 1945 and King’s College Wilkes-Barre. He also attended Temple University, Michigan State University and the University of Colorado.

Lou was a Field Auditor for the Field Accounting Services of Pennsylvania and retired after serving as assistant Bureau Director in charge of the Field Accounting Services for the Bureau of Employed Security, Labor & Industry of Pennsylvania.

He was an Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict serving with the 109th Field Artillery 28th Division 1st Battalion from 1948 to 1952 attaining the rank of Sergeant First Class.
Lou was a member of SS.Peter & Paul Church, Plains; the Hilldale Italian Club serving as Secretary, Plains American Legion, Joseph E. Conlon Post 558, Past President of the Plains Rotary where he was honor as a Paul Harris Recipient, Past President of the Hilldale Community Center and was Past Owner of Five Star Pizza and Miniature Golf, Plains.

Lou served on the Plains Township Recreation Board for over 35 years serving  as Past President and currently as Vice President and was very  instrumental and proud of one the finest Recreation facilities in Pennsylvania.

He is preceded in death by his Wife the former Ellen Dooley on Jan, 14, 2005 and Brother Wilfred (Bill) Cardoni.

Surviving are his Son Louis Cardoni Jr. and His Wife Carol, Forty Fort; Daughters Maureen Riley and Kathy Cardoni, Plains; Grandchildren; Jennifer, Eric and Scott Cardoni and Kasey and Jordan Riley, nephews and nieces.

Funeral will be held Thursday at 9 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 will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery Plains.

Friends may call Wednesday from 5to 8 pm.

Memorial donations may be made Cori’s Place 495 Wyoming Street Hanover Twp. 18706.

 

 

Patricia M. Bachman
July 30, 2014

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Patricia M. Bachman, 78, of Plains Township, died July 30, at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of the late Bruno and Sophia Paszkiewicz Zdanowicz.

Pat was a graduate of James M. Coughlin High School class of 1953, and was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Church Plains.

Before retirement she was employed at the Wilkes-Barre Data Operations Center, a division of the Social Security Administration, Plains.

Pat was preceded in death by her Husband Harold on May 17, 1998. They were married for 35 years.

Surviving are sisters, Sister Immacule, O.S.F., Plains and Dolores Janis, Mountaintop and Niece, Diane Ebert and Nephew Stephen Janis, Mountain top.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10 am in SS.Peter and Paul Church Plains, with Father John Boyle Pastor,  officiating celebrating Patricia’s life.
Friends and family may express condolences Saturday morning from 9 am until time of Mass at church.

There will be no calling hours

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

 

 

Josephine (Lispi) Kleckner
July 29, 2014

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Josephine (Lispi) “Pippy” Kleckner of Plains Twp., passed away in her sleep on Tuesday at Little Flower Manor, Wilkes-Barre, where she resided for the past 3 years.

Born in Yatesville, PA, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Sabatina (LaVerde) Lispi.  At a young age, she moved to Plains and was raised by the late Frank and Lillian (Lispi) Cardoni. She attended Jenkins Twp. schools and graduated from Wyoming Seminary Deans School of Business and Wilkes- Barre Business College.

During WW II, she was employed by the Office of Price Administration and later as executive assistant   of the United Mine Workers of America.  In 1953 she met and married her late husband, Paul Kleckner of Tamaqua, a member of the Pennsylvania State Police.  After raising her children, she went to work for her family at Lispi Brothers. She was involved in several other family enterprises. Prior to her retirement, she managed Lispi Lanes.

She was a member of St. Joseph Marello Parish in Pittston, Pennsylvania State Police Women's Auxiliary, Irem Temple Steward Ladies, and Plains Senior Citizens.

In addition to her husband Paul, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Albert, David, Eugene and Joseph Lispi all of Yatesville, Sister, Eleanor Torony, Plains.

She is survived by her family, Judy and Bill Mullin, Christina Kleckner, and her most cherished grandchildren, William Paul and Christina Lilly Mullin, Plains, many nieces and nephews.

Her family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Little Flower Manor, but most of all, the staff of the 3rd floor.  They treated "Pippy" with love and compassion as if she was their Mother.  And also for the never ending support and friendship given to the family during difficult times.

Funeral services for Josephine will be held Friday, August 1, 2014 at 10:00 am at the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street Plains.  Interment will be held in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton section of Wyoming.  Friends may call Thursday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the funeral home.

Family request that donations be made to the Children's Miracle Network, 600 Centerview Dr, Hershey PA 17033, Children's Miracle Network, 100 North Academy Ave Danville PA  17822, or to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central PA, 745 W Governor Rd, Hershey PA 17033.

 

Loraine R. McCormick
July 26, 2014

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Lorraine R. McCormick, 81 of Plains Twp., passed away unexpectedly Saturday evening, July 26, 2014, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley, Plains.

Born in the Hilldale section of Plains, she was the daughter of the late Geremiah and Lena (Grilli) Palmaioli.

Lorraine was a graduate of Plains Memorial High School, class of 1950, and was self-employed as a Hair Stylist and was owner/operator of Lorraine’s Beauty Salon, Plains.

She was a member of the Christian Apostolic Church, Plains and was obedient in her love for the Lord.

She was preceded in death by her brother Primo Palmaioli and her brother-in-law Thomas Alesson.

Surviving are her husband of 58 years, John J. McCormick, Plains, daughters Erin McCormick, Zionsville, Kelli McCormick, Pringle, and her son Shawn McCormick and his wife Kathleen, Harding, grandchildren Conor, Amanda, and Sarah McCormick, sister Jean Alesson, Plains, brother Geremiah Palmaioli, Jr. and his wife Florence, Hilldale, nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services for Lorraine will be held Wednesday at 10:00 am at the Christian Apostolic Church  757 North Main Street  Plains, with Rev. David Fischi, Pastor, officiating.  Friends and family are asked to go directly to church Wednesday morning.  Interment will be held in the Italian Independent Cemetery, West Wyoming.  Friends may call Tuesday evening from 5 to 7 pm at the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc.,20 South Main Street  Plains, PA  18705.  

Memorial donations may be made to the Christian Apostolic Church 757 North Main Street  Plains, PA  18705. 

 

Joseph P. Rogan
July 22, 2014

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Joseph Rogan, 88, of Florida and Laflin, PA passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at home with his loving family and loving companion by his side. Family meant everything to Joseph. He was a beloved father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Joseph was a true gentleman who will be missed by all.
He was born in Bear Creek on August 21, 1925 to Edward and Helen Kelly Rogan. He graduated from Coughlin High School and Wilkes College. In 1950, he married Helen P. Kelly. They were blessed with a joyful marriage and six children.

Joseph, along with his brother, Edward, established E.J. Rogan and Sons, Inc., a mechanical contracting business.

He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Joseph was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, brothers, Edward and Paul; sisters Dorothy Kittrick and Mae Slaton; and grandson, Joseph Rogan.

Joseph is survived by his loving companion Cassie Jahn and six children: Kathy, and husband Harry Donnini; Mary and husband Jon Hurst; Joseph and wife Theresa; Ann Rogan; Thomas Rogan and companion Lyn Brezna; and Kelly Rogan. Grandchildren include:  Dylan and Sean Donnini; Jonathan, Katie and Kelly Hurst; Colleen Connor, Amy, Erin and Joseph Rogan; Kyle Zumchak; and Caitlin and Thomas Rogan. Joseph’s great grandchildren include: Kyleigh and Jeremy Rice; Kaylee and Emma Connor; Celia and Sadie Balut; and Mabel Donnini. He is also survived by his brother, Patrick Rogan and wife Joan; sisters, Ann Kline, Betsy Schwingen, Ell Hufnagel and husband Jim, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, July  26, 2014, at 9:30 am in St. Maria Goretti Church, 42 Redwood Drive, Laflin, with Monsignor Neil Van Loon, Pastor, officiating, assisted by Father John J. Ryan. Those attending the funeral are asked to go directly to the church.  Interment will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Twp.  Friends and family may call from 4:00 p.m. –8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 25, 2014 at Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc. 20 South Main Street, Plains, PA 18705.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Joseph P. Rogan Memorial Scholarship Fund C/O King’s College 133 North River Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA  18702
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Jule Hale Novakoski
July 19, 2014

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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon  you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul..” Matthew 11:28-29

Truly gentle and humble in heart, Jule Hale Novakoski found eternal rest for her soul when she died peacefully on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at the home of her daughter, Marilyn Novak, Kingston.  Jule was born on November 6, 1920, the daughter of Joseph and Josephine Cunningham Hale and resided in Miners Mills for most of her life.  She was a lifetime member of Blessed Sacrament Parish (St. Benedict Parish). Prior to her retirement, she was employed for 21 years by Luzerne County in the voter registration department.

She was preceded in death by her husband Edward; beloved daughter, Jule Morse; cherished granddaughter, Maria Griffith, sister Marie Zimmerman; brother Joseph Hale. 

She is survived by her daughters Marilyn Novak and her partner, Al Mangione, Kingston, Joan Griffith and her husband, Richard, Montrose, son Edward, Wilkes-Barre, four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild.

Throughout her life, Jule was a loving, compassionate person who made a positive impact on the lives of many people, both family and friends.  She was loyal, tolerant, infinitely patient, and kindness was second nature to her.  She looked for, usually found and then nourished the goodness in people.  Simply by the example of her own behavior, she made an enduring impression on those around her, an impression of kindness, gentleness, and love.

Jule’s family wished to sincerely thank her team of dedicated caregivers from the Hospice of the Sacred Heart who attended to her physical, emotional, and spiritual needs for more than two years.  Their calming presence and the exceptional care they provided allowed Jule the dignity to peacefully depart from this earthly world in the warmth, comfort, and security of her own room with those she loved by her side.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 11:00 at the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street  Plains, PA  18705.  Family and friends may call at the funeral from 10:00 am until the start of the service.          
Private interment will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Twp., at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donation may be made to St. Benedict’s Parish  155 Austin Avenue  Wilkes-Barre, PA  18705.

 

 

Donna M. Burke
July 14, 2014

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Donna M. Burke, 52 of Plains, Twp., passed away Monday July 14, 2014 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley, Plains, PA.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was a graduate of Coughlin H.S. and attended Luzerne County Community College, and was employed for Kindred Hospital as a Unit Secretary.

She was preceded in death by her partner Robert Roberts, Jr., sister Catherine Burke.

Surviving are her daughters Jeannie Roberts, Wilkes-Barre, and Nicole Roberts, Plains, grandson Hendrix MacDougall.

Funeral services were private and held at the convenience of the family from the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., Plains, PA

 

 

Joseph C. Mrozinski
July 14, 2014

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Joseph C. Mrozinski, 84, of Woodstock, GA and formerly of Plains Twp., PA, passed away on Monday evening, July 14th, at Woodstock Estates, Woodstock, GA.

A lifelong resident of the Miners Mills and Plains area, Joe was the son of the late Casimir and Sophie (Litanski) Mrozinski.  He attended James M. Coughlin High School, graduating in 1947, after which he enlisted in the United States Army, serving two tours and attaining the rank of Corporal in the 8th Infantry Division.  After his discharge from the Army, he returned to Plains where he worked in the sheet metal trade.  He joined the Pennsylvania Department of Justice as a Sheet Metal Instructor at the State Correctional Institution in Dallas, PA in 1961, where he worked until his retirement in 1991.

Joe was an active member of Sacred Heart Slovak Church until its merger with St. Andre Bessette Parish, regularly donating his time and skills to address the needs of the church.  A skilled artisan, both carpenter and carver, he was a long-time member of the Keystone Carvers Club.   Additionally, Joe was a founding member of the Polka Partners Dance club.  

He was preceded in death by his sister, Christine Mrozinski Holloway, in 2002. 

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Dolores (Brown) Mrozinski, his son Kenny, Acworth, GA, daughter Judy Mahoney, Cortlandt Manor, NY, and his grandchildren Marie Mrozinski, Matt Mrozinski, Katie Mahoney and Michael Mahoney. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 10:00 am in St. Andre Bessette Parish, St.  Stanislaus Kostka Church, 666 N. Main Street, North Wilkes-Barre.  Family and friends are invited to go directly to the church on Monday morning.  Interment will be held in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Carverton, PA.  Family and friends may call Sunday evening, July 20th from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street Plains, PA 18705. 
                                                                                                                       
No flowers, please.  Memorial donations, if desired, may be made to the American Cancer Society, 712 S. Keyser Avenue, Taylor, PA  18517 or to the charity of one’s choice.

 

 

Nancy A. Jacobs
 July 8, 2014

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Nancy A. Jacobs, 65, of Edwardsville, passed away Tuesday evening, July 8, 2014 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township,

Born in Plains, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Anna (Younshousky) Miller.

Nancy was a graduate of Plains Memorial High School and was formerly employed as a Program Coordinator. She was a member of St. Ignatius Church, Kingston, and The Pennsylvanians for Human Life, Wyoming Valley Chapter.

She was preceded in death by her Sister and Brother in Law Genevieve and Peter
McMonigle.

Surviving are her Daughter Jeanina (Jina) Melnyk and her Husband Jason, Voorhees New Jersey; Twin Granddaughters, Joan and Julia Melnyk, Brother Stanley Miller and his Wife Donna, Boca Raton, Florida; Sisters Rosemary Jones and her Husband Tom, Dallas and Joan Burke and her Husband Gene, Midlothian, Virginia, many Nephews and Nieces.

Funeral will be held Friday at 8:30 am from the Corcoran Funeral Home 20 South Main Street Plains, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 am in St. Ignatius Church, Kingston. Interment will be held in St. Casmir’s Cemetery, Pittston Township.

Friends may visit Thursday evening from 6 to 8 pm at the Funeral Home.

Memorial donations if desired may be made to The Pennsylvanians for Human Life Wyoming Valley Chapter, 31 Hanover Street, Wilkes-Barre Pa. 18702.

 

 

Rosemary “Cookie” McCarthy
July 2, 2014

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Rosemary “Cookie” McCarthy, 66 of the Hilldale section of Plains, Twp., passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at her home of complications of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

Born in the Miners Mills section of Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine (Bajerski) Serafin.

Rosemary attended SS. Peter & Paul grade school, Plains, was a graduate of James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre, Class of 1965, and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1968.  She was employed for 40 years as a Registered Nurse in obstetrics and later Case Management at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Cookie was a longtime member of St. Dominic’s Church, Parsons, currently St. Benedict’s Parish.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. John Prater, Dr. Scott Friedenberg, The ALS Clinic Team at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, and Hospice of the Sacred Heart.

Surviving are her husband of 45 years, John McCarthy, Hilldale, sons Christopher and his wife Kyle, Fairfield, CT, and Brian and his wife Kim, Mechanicsburg, PA, grandsons Colin, Gavin, and Dylan; brothers Joseph Serafin and his wife Ellen, Colorado Springs, CO, Edward Serafin and his wife Bridget, Wilkes-Barre, sisters Dorothy Yelland and her husband Thomas, Wilkes-Barre, and Kathleen Serafin, Tannersville, PA, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral will be held Monday at 9:30 am from the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street  Plains, PA  18705 with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in St. Benedict’s Parish/St. Dominic’s Church  155 Austin Avenue Wilkes-Barre, PA, with Father Joseph A. Kearney, Pastor, officiating.  Interment will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Twp.  Friends may call Sunday afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Plains branch of the Osterhout Library, 126 N. Main Street  Plains, PA  18705, or to the ALS Association by visiting www.alsa.org.

 

 

Margaret “Peggy” O’Brien
June 30, 2014

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Margaret “Peggy” O’Brien, of the East End section of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Monday afternoon, June 30, 2014, at Little Flower Manor/St. Therese Residence, Wilkes-Barre.

Born and raised in Ashley, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Katie (Grady) Hogan.  She was a 1938 graduate of St. Leo’s High School, and worked in the lab of Mercy Hospital before her marriage to Michael O’Brien.

Peggy was a member of Holy Saviour Church and its Altar and Rosary Society until it’s merger as St. Andre Bessette Parish.  Peggy was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, who not only raised her own children, but also shaped the lives of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Michael J. O’Brien on July 19, 1990, sisters Catherine and Alice Hogan, Mary O’Day, and her brother Tom Mangan.

Surviving are her daughters Mary Davis and her husband Glenn, Laflin, Catherine Augustine and her husband John, Mountaintop, and Peggy Baloga and her husband, Tom, Wilkes-Barre, sons Michael, Wilkes-Barre, Frank and his wife Laura, New Jersey, Pat, Colorado, Ed and his wife Sherri, Plains, Tom and his wife Jill, Wilkes-Barre, Jim and his wife Tina, New Jersey, 17 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.

Peggy’s family would like to extend their sincere thanks to Dr. Solomon and the nurses and staff of Little Flower Manor for their compassionate care.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 10:00 am in St. Andre Bessette Parish, St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, North Wilkes-Barre. Family and friends are asked to go directly to church Saturday morning.  Interment will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Twp., PA.  Friends may call Thursday evening, July 3, 2013 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc.,  20 South Main Street  Plains, PA  18705. 

Memorial donations may be made to Little Flower Manor 200 Meade Street  Wilkes-Barre, PA  18702 or to the charity of their choice.

 

 

Dorothy (Frashefski) Cupp
June 27, 2014

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God opened his arms on June 27, 2014 to welcome home Dorothy A. Frashefski Cupp, 89, from the Golden Living Center- East Mountain Manor, Plains. A selfless, compassionate and kind soul, Dorothy lived her life putting the most important things first; God and her family. Her ability to see good in all things was an inspiration to all who were privileged to know her.

Born in Shamokin, Dorothy was the daughter of the late Frank and Agnes Frashefski. She was a graduate of Plains Memorial High School and was employed for Kurtz Detective Agency for many years and last for Comfort Keepers as a Care Taker until her retirement.

Dorothy was a devoted Christian and was a member of the Corner Stone Christian Fellowship Church, Mountain Top.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her Husband William Cupp In 2003; Brothers, Clarence, Edward and Infant Brother Thomas Frashefski
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Surviving are her Grandchildren; William Cupp and Wife Lyndsay, Dallas, Granddaughter, Crystal Cupp, Mountain Top; Sister, Grace Kozich, Kingston and Brother, Richard Frashefski and Wife Sandra, Connecticut; several Nephews and Nieces.

Funeral services for Dorothy will be held Tuesday at 10 am from the Corner Stone Christian Fellowship Church 3577 Church Road Mountain Top. Interment will be held in Maple Hill Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre.

Viewing for Family and Friends will be held Monday from 5 to 7 pm at the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc. 20 South Main Street, Plains.

Family and Friends attending the Funeral Tuesday morning are asked to go directly to Church.

Memorial donations if desired may be made to the Cerebral Palsy foundation c/o 425 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton Pa. 18503.

 

 

Bernard W. Luckenbach
June 23, 2014

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Bernard W. Luckenbach, 91 of Gaithersburg, Maryland, and formerly of Plains Twp., PA, passed away Monday evening at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Rockville, MD.

Born in Plains, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Alexandra (Bucko) Luckenbach.

Bernard attended Plains Memorial High School, and was an Army Veteran of World War II, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant.  After his discharge from the Army he was employed by Miner Hillard and then as a construction foreman in various projects in the area including Wilkes & Susquehanna Steam Electric Station.                                            

He was preceded in death by his wife the former Lottie Serafin on November 16, 1998; brothers Taffil, Edmund, Norbert, Alfred, infant brother Alexander, sisters Alice Hydock, Lillian Sobolewski, and Jessie Slabinski.              

Surviving are his children Bernice Doran and her husband John, Darnestown, MD, Raymond Luckenbach and his wife Susan, Annandale, VA, grandchildren Laralyn Gill and her husband Raj, Kerry Doran, and Kimberly Zaccaria and her husband Justin, great-grandchildren Dakota Golliday, Ryan, Jack, and Lauryn Gill, Giuliana, Dominic, and Isabella Zaccaria. 

Funeral will be held Friday at 10:30 am from the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street Plains, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am in SS. Peter & Paul Church, 13 Hudson Road  Plains, PA  18705.  Interment will be held in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton section of Wyoming.  Friends may call Friday morning from 9:00 am till 10:30 am at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made in Bernard’s name to SS. Peter & Paul Church Food Pantry, C/O 13 Hudson Road  Plains, PA  18705 or to Shriner’s Hospital for Children  3551 North Broad Street  Philadelphia, PA  19140.

 

 

Theresa L. Chipelewski
 June 10, 2014

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Theresa L. Chipelewski, 79, of Plains Township, died Monday Morning at Inpatient unit of Celtic Health Care, Geisinger South, Wilkes-Barre.

Born in the Hudson section of Plains, she was the daughter of the late George and Sophie (Panaway) Wysocki.

Theresa was educated in the Plains Township Schools and was employed as an Examiner for the Plains Silk Mill until her retirement. She was a former member of St. Francis Church, and is a member of St. Benedict’s Parish, Parsons.

Theresa is preceded in death by her Husband Bernard and Son Bernard Jr., Brother; Ted Wysocki and Sisters, Irene Konycki and Helen Jones.

Surviving is her Brother Stanley Wysocki, Gettysburg, Pa., Sister-In-Law, Rita Wysocki, Plains; Nephews & Nieces and Great Nephews and Nieces.

A Memorial Mass will be held Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 10 am in St. Benedict’s Parish/St. Dominick’s Church, 155 Austin Avenue, Parsons. Interment will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Wyoming.
There will be no calling hours.

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

 

 

Anthony W. Wilk
 June 8, 2014

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Anthony W. Wilk 72, of the Miners Mills section of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Sunday afternoon at Geisinger Medical Center, Plains Township.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of the late Stanley and Mary (Lesczynski)  Wilk.

Tony attended SS. Peter & Paul Elementary school and was a graduate of James M. Coughlin High School, class of 1960. Tony was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War.

Tony was employed for Plains Manufacturing for many years and Nabisco Corporation and last for Social Security in Plains.

He was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Church Plains and a long time member of the choir. Tony was member of the Plains American Legion, Joseph E. Conlon Post 558, the Polish American Veterans Association, the Polish Club and the Carpatho Russian Citizens Club, Plains.
Tony loved to Golf and working in his garden.

He is preceded in death by his brothers; Stanley, Edward and Walter Wilk.

Surviving is his Wife of 45 years Margaret (Kislow) Wilk; Daughter, Donna Wilk, Dallas, Pa., Sons, Joseph Wilk, at home and Tony Wilk and his Wife Krissie, Sacramento, California; Brother John Wilk and his Wife Christine, Wilkes-Barre;  several Nephews and Nieces.

Funeral will be held Thursday 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 will be held in the Parish Cemetery, Plains.  Friends may call Wednesday from 5 to 8pm.

Memorial donations if desired may be made to SS. Peter & Paul Food Pantry C/O 13 Hudson Road  Plains, PA  18705 or to the Charity of one’s choice.

 

 

Rita M. Lewis
June 5, 2014

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Rita M. Lewis, 99 of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Thursday evening, June 5, 2014 at The Mercy Center, Dallas, PA.

Born on March 4, 1915 in the East End section of Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of the late William and Katie (McGroarty) Crawley.

She was a graduate of James M. Coughlin H.S., Class of 1933, and was employed by Percy Brown & Co. and for Leslie Fay, retiring in 1978.

She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church and its Altar and Rosary Society, Wilkes-Barre, until its merger, and a current member of St. Benedict’s Parish, Wilkes-Barre, the I.L.G.W.U, Local 249 & 327; the A.A.R.P; the State Retirees, and the reunion committee of the Coughlin Class of 1933.

She was preceded in death by her husband James (Blaine) Lewis in 1989, daughter Catherine Ann Phillips in 2008; grandson Matthew Phillips, sisters Mary Thamarus, Margaret Foreman, and Catherine McDonnell. 

Surviving are her grandchildren, Mark, Molly and Maureen Phillips, Ormond Beach, Florida, numerous nieces and nephews, who loved her dearly and were a constant part of her life.

Funeral will be held Tuesday at 9:30 am from the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street Plains, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am  in St. Benedict’s Parish, St. Dominic’s Church  155 Austin Avenue  Wilkes-Barre, PA  18705, with Father Joseph A. Kearney, pastor, officiating .  Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Plains.

Friends may call  Monday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Mercy Center C/O 301 Lake Street  Dallas, Pennsylvania  18612.

 

 

David Wayne Brody
June 5, 2014

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David Wayne Brody of Edwardsville passed away Thursday, June 5, 2014, at home surrounded by his loving family.

Born April 26, 1966, in Amsterdam, NY, he was a son of the late John and Janice (Miller) Brody.

David was a 1984 graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School and then worked for Olympic Pools and Asahi Chemicals.

He was a member of St. John the Baptist Church.

David fought through everything and anything that life threw at him, with his loving wife, Cathy, by his side. He loved watching and playing football with his son, Josh, and he was the biggest supporter of his daughter, Megan, at all of her basketball games. David always made family vacations memorable, especially for his daughter, Bekah, who loved riding bikes with him on the boardwalk. His daughter, Beth, always looked forward to cooking with him. He was a devoted family man whose sense of humor, ability to make people smile, and strength will be deeply missed.

He was preceded in death by his brother, John Brody.

Surviving are his wife of 24 years, the former Catherine Ziemba; daughters, Bethany, Megan, and Rebekah Brody, Edwardsville; son, Joshua Brody, Edwardsville; brother, James Brody and his wife, Camille, Fredericksburg, VA; sister, Mary Neely and her husband, Don, Plymouth; sister-in-law, Ruth Brody; and nieces, Valerie Brody, Mountain Top; Ashley Demchak, Aquia Harbour, VA; Alyson Culver, Sweet Valley.

Funeral will be held Monday at 9:30 a.m. from the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc. 20 S Main St., Plains, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:15 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Church, 126 Nesbitt St., Larksville, with Father Gerald J. Gurka, pastor, officiating.  Interment will be held in Denison Cemetery, Swoyersville.

Family and friends may call Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m at the funeral home.

 

Rita (Spagnola) Letinski
Died June 2, 2014

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Rita ( Spagnola) Letinski, 76, of the Miners Mills Section of Wilkes-Barre, died Monday morning at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Miners Mills, she was the daughter of Pauline (Kwiatkowski) Spagnola of Miners Mills and the late Dominic Spagnola.

Rita was a homemaker all her life and was a member of St. Benedict’s Parish, Parsons. Rita enjoyed baking and Cooking and was a great Pinochle player. She loved to go Polka dancing and listening to Country Western Music especially the Music of Elvis Presley. Although being an only child she was truly loved and will be missed by her Mother, Daughter & family and Friends.

Surviving in addition to her Mother Pauline is her Daughter Janine Spagnola of Miners Mills, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

Funeral will be held Thursday at 9:30 am from the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc. 20 South Main Street Plains, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 am in St.Dominic’s Church, 155 Austin Ave Parsons, with Father Joseph A. Kearney Pastor Officiating. Interment will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Family and friends may call Wednesday from 4 to 7 pm.

Memorial donations if desired may be made to the Diabetes Association 63 North Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre.

 

 

Scott Erick Gryczka
May 26, 2014

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Scott Erick Gryczka, 38 of Bear Creek, passed away Monday, May 26, 2014.

Born in Bear Creek, he was the son of the late Robert & Carole (Soboleski) Gryczka, Sr.

Scott was a graduate of James M. Coughlin High School, class of 1995, and was employed as a carpenter for Local 645.  Scott was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved to take his boys on his Quad to do both.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant son Scott and his brother Bobby Gryczka.

Surviving are his wife the former Maggie Moran, Bear Creek, sons Max Anthony and Logan Erick Gryczka, at home, father and mother-in-law, Thomas and Jane Moran, brother-in-law Brian Moran and his wife Amanda, niece Sophia Moran, and step-father Robert Stucker. 

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 30, 2014 at 10:0 am in Corpus Christi Parish, Immaculate Conception Church, Luzerne Avenue, West Pittston.   Friends are asked to go directly to church Friday morning.  Friends may call Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street  Plains, PA  18705.

Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

 

 

Jean P. Tondora
May 24, 2014

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Jean P. Tondora, 84 of Plains, twp., passed away Saturday morning, May 24, 2014, at Timber Ridge Health Care Center, Plains.

Born in the Hilldale section of Plains, she was the daughter of the late James & Mary (Holby) Maday.

Jean was a graduate of Plains Memorial High School, class of 1948, and was employed as a seamstress in the local garment factories until her retirement.  She was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Church, Plains.

She was preceded in death by her husband John A. Tondora on December 7, 2003, and her sister Florence Zuraf on February 18, 2006.

Surviving are her son John “Jack” Tondora, Plains, nephew Jim Zuraf, Laflin, niece Kim Howe, Hilldale, and cousins Joe & Jackie Falchek, Plains, and Tony & Pat DeCinti, Wilkes-Barre.

Funeral services for Jean will be held Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 9:30 am from the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street  Plains, PA  18705, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in SS. Peter & Paul Church, 13 Hudson Road, Plains, PA  18705, with Father John Boyle, Pastor, officiating.  Interment will be held in St. Mary’s Byzantine Cemetery, Plains.  Friends may call Wednesday morning from 8:30 am to 9:30 am at the funeral home.

 

 

Eleanor A. Verfin
May 16, 2014

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Eleanor A. Verfin, 86 of Forty Fort, passed away Friday, May 16, 2014, at her home with her family by her side.

Born in Edwardsville, she was the daughter of the late George & Anna (Petras) Malast.

Eleanor was a graduate of Larksville High School, and was a homemaker all of her life.  Eleanor was well known for her crafts, her skills as an artist, a painter and a seamstress.  She was one of the Original American Collectors and loved to go fishing with her husband Joseph.

She was preceded in death by her brother George Malast and her sister Marie Zofcin.

Surviving are her husband of 34 years Joseph Verfin, Forty Fort,  children Cindy Johnson and her husband Bill, Leroy, Michigan, Leonard Jacobs and his companion Sharon, Easley, SC, and Paul Jacobs and his companion Mary, Inman, SC, 6 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family.  Arrangements by the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street  Plains, PA  18705.

Memorial donations may be made to Erwine Home Health and Hospice Inc. 270 Pierce Street, Kingston , Pa. 18704.

 

 

Theresa E. Suchoski 
Died May 14, 2014

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Theresa E. Suchoski, 90, of Plains Township, died Wednesday afternoon at Geisinger Wyoming Valley, Plains, Twp.

Born in Plains, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Maria (Crovarelli) Piccotti. 

Theresa was a graduate of Plains Memorial High School and was employed for Goody’s in Kearny, New Jersey, until her retirement.

Theresa was preceded in death her husband John on September 25, 2001 and her Son Jack Suchoski; Sisters, Norma Duddy, Dora Szafran and Brother Albert Piccotti.

Surviving is her daughter Carol Finelli and her husband Steve, Dallas; Grandchildren, Charlyn Patnaude, Steven Finelli and Jacky Fitch; Great Grandchildren, Austin and Kiley Patnaude and Chloe and Jacob Fitch, Nephews and Nieces.

A Memorial Mass will be held at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements by the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 South Main Street  Plains, PA  18705.

 

 

John Keblish
May 14, 2014

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John Keblish, 91, of the Miners Mills section of Wikes-Barre, died Wednesday morning at his home.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of the late john and Mary Dubick Keblish.

John was employed as a painter for Kraft Associates and last for Roth America until his retirement. He was a member of St. Mary’s Byzantine Church Wilkes-Barre and was a founding member of the Triangle Club Miners Mills and a former Member.

John was preceded in death by his Sisters; Margaret Haggerty, Helen Sumpolick and Infant Brother George.

Surviving are his Sisters; Anna Sudol, with whom he resided; Monica Kaminski and her husband Thomas, Appalachian, New York; Joseph Keblish and his Wife Rita, Wilkes-Barre; several nephews and nieces.

Funeral will be held Tuesday, May 20, 2014  at 9:30 am from the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc. 20 South Main Street Plains, with Office of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, Wilkes-Barre, with Father James Hayer, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the Parish Cemetery, Dallas.

Friends may call Monday evening from 6 to 8 pm and the Funeral Home.
Parastas services will be held at 6:00 pm.  Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church  695 North Main Street  Wilkes-Barre, PA  18705.

 

 

John M. Glazenski
May 9, 2014

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John Michael Glazenski, 71 of Wilkes-Barre, passed away on Friday, May 9, 2014 at his home after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Plains, PA on August 8, 1942 he was the son of the late Edward and Elizabeth (Scone) Glazenski.  He was educated in Plains Township schools.  John was employed for many years as a custodian at Wilkes Barre Area School District until his retirement.

He was a member of St Joseph's Church in Hudson until its closing. John served his church as a Eucharistic minister and had great faith in God.

John, affectionately known by his family and friends as Yash, embraced his Polish heritage. He enjoyed dancing to the polkas, eating all the ethnic foods, and celebrating the Polish traditions during the holiday seasons.

For his past time, he enjoyed going on cruises and trips to the beach. John especially enjoyed the warm months and was often seen outside planting flowers, having a coffee, and reading the newspaper on his patio.

John had the biggest heart when it came to everyone else and always put himself second. He was the first one to come to anyone's aide and lend a helping hand.

John was preceded in death by his sisters, Stella Piontek, Theresa Rinehimer, Pearl Woloski, Mary Mido and brothers, Edward Glazenski and Stanley Glazenski.

John leaves behind his companion of many years Ronald Coles, with whom he resided.
John is survived by brothers, Frank Glazenski and his wife, Camille of Hudson Gardens, Joseph Glazenski, Pittston, Thomas Glazenski and his wife, Joanne, Edwardsville and sister, Elizabeth Miskiewicz and her husband, Stanley of Hudson, sisters-in-law Nellie Glazenski, Nanticoke, Dolly Glazenski, Plains, Ann Marie Coles, Moscow, Rose Coles, Duryea, and Helen Coles, Hughestown, along with many nieces and nephews.

John's family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Oncology and Associates for their compassion and care during this most difficult time.

Funeral services for John will be held Tuesday, May 13, 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.  Interment will be held in Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst.

Friends may call Monday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Medical Oncology Prescription Drug Fund, 382 Pierce Street, Kingston, PA 18704.

 

 

Robert “Top” Katchik
May 7, 2014

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Robert J. “Top” Katchik, 58 of Plymouth, passed away Wednesday evening, May 7, 2014 at the inpatient unit of Celtic Hospice, Geisinger South, Wilkes-Barre, with his family by his side.

Born in Plymouth, he was the son of the late Mary Katchik.

Robert was a graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School, and was self employed as a contractor.  He was a an Army Veteran of the Pennsylvania National Guard in Co. C 2/103 Armor BN for over 25 years, retiring in 2001 as First Sergeant.  Bob enjoyed going to car shows and loved antique cars.

Surviving are his children Robert Katchik, Jr., Wilkes-Barre, Twp., Kevin Katchik and his wife Nicole, Ashley, Kristi Katchik, Wilkes-Barre, and Steven Katchik, Swoyersville, grandchildren Kylie, Britney, Dylin, Lauryn, and Peyton. 

A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street  Plains, PA  18705.  Interment will be held at the convenience of the family in St. Mary’s Nativity Cemetery, Plymouth.

Memorial donations may be made in Bob’s memory to the American Cancer Society, 712 S. Keyser Avenue, Taylor, PA 18517.

 

 

Leona Theresa Van Valkenburg
July 21, 1921  -- May 2, 2014

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Leona Theresa Huntzinger Van Valkenburg, 92 of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Friday, May 2, 2014, at the United Methodist Homes, Wesley Village Campus, Jenkins Twp., where she had been a resident for the past three years.

Leona was born to George F. and Mary A. (Stilp) Huntzinger on July 21, 1921 in Wilkes-Barre, PA.  She was one of 15 siblings and outlived them all.   She graduated high school from St Anne’s Academy, also in Wilkes-Barre.  Professionally, Leona worked as assistant manager in her family’s business-- “Huntzingers 5 & 10 Store” on Hazel Street in Wilkes-Barre until the store closed in 1977; at which time she transitioned as a secretary locally at Mercy Hospital.

Leona’s personal life was a full and vibrant one.  She married Edgar L. Van Valkenburg in June, 1946 here in Wilkes-Barre.  She and Edgar enjoyed a fulfilling married life until Edgar’s death in May, 1965.  Leona then continued on her own, totally devoted to her family and participated in many family events.  She also loved to travel and was always lifting other’s spirits; an “Angel” to all who knew her.  In February, 1989, Leona married Edgar’s younger brother, Fred D. Van Valkenburg and they shared a rewarding relationship for over twenty years until Fred died in November, 2010.

Leona was the last surviving sibling of her parents’ fifteen children and she was beloved by all!  She had no biological children but Leona is survived by her two stepsons:  Frederick D. Van Valkenburg Jr. and wife Sue, of Aledo, Texas, and David W. Van Valkenburg and wife Darlene, of La Plata, Maryland.  Six step grandchildren and five step great-grandchildren also survive her.  In addition, her niece/adopted sister Jo Anne Cossaboon from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania and additional nieces, nephews and cousins, survive her.
 
They all loved her like a mother and grandmother.  She married brothers, many years apart, but was loved by her nephews and her step grandchildren loved her as a grandmother!  She was loved and will be greatly missed.

Funeral will be held Friday at 9:30 am from the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street  Plains, PA  18705 with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am in St. Benedict Parish, 155 Austin Avenue  Wilkes-Barre, PA with Father Joseph Kearney, pastor, officiating.  Interment will be held in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Twp.  Friends may call Thursday from 5:00  to 7:00 PM  at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 57 North Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-1309 or to donate online go to www.alz.org.

 

 

John Matrese
May 1, 2014

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John Matrese, 72 of Drums, passed away May 1, 2014 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.  Funeral services were private and held from the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street  Plains, PA  18705. 

 

John Patrick McDougal
May 3, 2014

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John Patrick McDougal, 34 of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the inpatient unit of Celtic Hospice, Geisinger South, Wilkes-Barre, with his family by his side.

Born in Hinesville, Georgia, he was the son of Mary Eileen (Cunningham) Roth of Wilkes-Barre, and the late Dale McDougal.

John attended James M. Coughlin High School, and was employed as a laborer.

In addition to his father Dale, he was preceded in death by his brother Andrew Roth, Grandfathers Bill McDougal and Edward Cunningham, niece Andrea Elizabeth Keown, his sweet pea.

Surviving are his parents Mary Eileen and Frank Roth, Jr., Wilkes-Barre, son Julian McDougal and his mother Diane, brothers Bill McDougal, Plains and Frank Roth, Wilkes-Barre, sister Amanda Roth, Plains, maternal grandmother Joan Cunningham, Wilkes-Barre, and paternal grandmother Susie McDougal, South Carolina, numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral services for John will be private and held at the convenience of the family.  Arrangements by the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 South Main Street  Plains, PA  18705.

 

 

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.