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Michael C. Horan

September 17, 2022

Michael C. Horan, 57 of Kingston, passed away Saturday evening, September 17, 2022 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. Born in Plains Township on September 26, 1964, he was the son of the late William and Theresa (Kaczinsk...

John F. Ratajczak

September 16, 2022


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John F. Ratajczak, 92 of Laflin, died peacefully at the Highland Manor Nursing Home on Friday September 16, 2022. He was born on July 1, 1930 in the Georgetown section of Wilkes-Barre, PA, son of the late John and Bridget (Podkul) Ratajczak. He w...

Dorothy Shea Yazurlo

September 9, 2022

Dorothy Shea Yazurlo, former Mayor of Laflin Borough, passed away Friday morning, September 9, 2022 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. Born in Buffalo, New York, she was the daughter of William and Bridget (Clarke) Shea. ...

June L. Kreidler (Cragle)

September 7, 2022

June L. Kreidler, 91 of Plains Township, passed away Wednesday afternoon, September 7, 2022 at her home with her loving family by her side. Born in Slocum Township on February 15, 1931, she was the daughter of the late George F. and Florence (Drie...

Stanley J. Olshefski

August 31, 2022


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Stanley J. Olshefski, 91 of Plains Township, passed away Wednesday evening, August 31, 2022 at Allied Services Hospice, Meade Street, Wilkes-Barre. Born in Edwardsville, he was the son of the late Stanley and Mary (Coach) Olshefski. Stan gradua...

Eileen T. Vera (Helveston)

August 27, 2022

Eileen T. Vera, 61 of Laflin, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 27, 2022 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Hazleton. Born in Philadelphia, Eileen was the daughter of the late Charles and Helen (Picento) Helveston. Eileen was a graduate of C...

Deborah Ann Smith (Switlavitch)

August 25, 2022

Deborah Ann (Switlavitch) Smith, 66, of Greensboro, North Carolina, passed away August 25, 2022, in Greensboro, NC. Born in Plains on November 28, 1955, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Barbara (Antinovitch) Switlavitch. Deborah was...

Adam J. Smith

August 21, 2022

Adam J. Smith, 39 of the Hilldale section of Plains Township, went Home to The Lord on Sunday, August 21, 2022, after a long battle against mental illness. Born on July 28, 1983 in Plains, he was the son the Mark and Carol (Colantuono) Smith of...

John H. Baranski

August 14, 2022


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John H. Baranski, Jr. 72 of Plains Twp., passed away Sunday August 14, 2022 at home with his family by his side. Born August 18, 1949 in Hanover Twp., he was the only son of the late John H. and Edith M. Baranski. He was a graduate of Hanover High...

Daniel T. Pienta

August 12, 2022


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Daniel T. Pienta (Dzaci) 74, of the Miners Mills section of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Friday afternoon, August 12, 2022. Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of the late Stanley and Florence (Dworakoski) Pienta. Daniel was a graduate of James M...

Harvey W. Everett, Jr.

August 7, 2022


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Harvey W. Everett, Jr., 56 of the Hudson section of Plains Township, passed away unexpectedly Sunday morning, August 7, 2022. Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of the late Harvey W. and Mary Ellen (Thomas) Everett, Sr. Harvey attended James ...

Irene C. Pachucki (Kasaba)

August 1, 2022

Irene C. Pachucki, 84 of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Monday morning, August 1, 2022 at Allied Services Hospice Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Born July 27, 1938 in Plains Township, she was the daughter of the late Joseph & Catherine (Makiewicz) Kasaba. ...

Rose Mary Swaditch (Novak)

July 31, 2022

It is with extreme sadness to announce that after a four year long, valiant, courageous battle against lung cancer, Rose Mary “Blondie” Swaditch, 78 of the Hudson section of Plains, PA, passed away on Sunday, July 31, 2022 at her lifelong home. ...

Jacqueline S. Murray (Thomas)

July 30, 2022

Jacqueline S. Murray, 85 of Plains Township, passed away Saturday morning, July 30, 2022 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains. Born March 15, 1937 in Nanticoke, she was the daughter of the late David & Bessie (Utter) Thomas. Jacki...

Joan Shea (Ware)

July 28, 2022

Joan Shea, 83 of Edwardsville, and formerly of Edison, New Jersey, passed away Thursday afternoon, July 28, 2022 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. Born April 12, 1939 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, she was the daughter of...

Erin Emily McNew

July 26, 2022

Erin Emily McNew, 24 of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Tuesday afternoon, July 26, 2022. Born June 26, 1998 in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of Jon McNew, and Shannon McNew and Adam Stanislowski of Wilkes-Barre. Erin attended city schools and L...

Dr. Michael Labuda

July 25, 2022


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Dr. Michael Labuda, 92 of Plains Township, passed away Monday morning, July 25, 2022 at Allied Services Meade Street, Wilkes-Barre. Born in Plains, he was the son of the late Paul and Anna (Duda) Labuda. Michael was a graduate of Plains Memoria...

Mary C. Hughes (Cunard)

July 23, 2022

Mary C. Hughes, 74 of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Saturday evening, July 23, 2022 at her home with her family by her side. Mary was born in Old Forge, September 1, 1947, and was the daughter of the late James and Florence (Snyder) Cunard. She was a ...

Frank J. Magdalinski

July 16, 2022

Frank J. Magdalinski, 78, of Laflin, passed away Saturday morning, July 16th, 2022 at his home after a courageous battle with leukemia. He was born in Plains Township, the 11th of 13 children, to the late Anthony J. And Mary E. (Kovalick) Magdalin...

Mary Lou Owen (Ogborn)

July 14, 2022

Mary Lou Owen, 77 of Plains Township, passed away Thursday morning, July 14, 2022 at The Gardens at East Mountain, Plains. Born in Plains, she was the daughter of the late Walter M. Ogborn and Dora (Piccotti) Szafran and step-father Walter (Specks...

John A. "Chris" Lanczak

July 14, 2022

John A. Lanczak, Jr., or Chris, as everyone knows him as that name, age 65, passed away on July 14, 2022, at Wilkes Barre General Hospital, with his Sister and Brother-In-Law at his side. Born on October 12, 1956, he was the son of late John A. an...

Bertha V. Kozera

July 13, 2022

Bertha V. Kozera, 100 of the North End section of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Wednesday evening, July 13, 2022 at Allied Services Center City, Wilkes-Barre. Born December 28, 1921 in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of the late Martin and Anna (Go...

Nancy W. Bassett (Worth)

July 11, 2022

Nancy Worth Bassett died on July 11, 2022. She was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts, daughter of the late Clyde L. and Charlotte Mary (Emmett) Worth. She grew up in Holbrook, Braintree and Weymouth, MA, and graduated from Weymouth High School. ...

Thomas J. McGettigan

July 11, 2022

Thomas J. McGettigan, 54 of Wilkes-Barre, and formerly of Plains Township, passed away Monday, July 11, 2022 at his home. Born in Plains, he was the son of the late Daniel P. “Spades” and Elizabeth M. (Seprish) McGettigan, Sr. Tommy atten...

Frank D. Spagnuolo

July 10, 2022

Frank D. Spagnuolo, affectionately named “Poppy” by his grandchildren, passed away peacefully July 10, 2022 at Allied Services Hospice Meade Street, Wilkes-Barre. Reaching the age of 101, Frank often remarked “I think they forgot me!” He wi...

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