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Jennifer M. Hoffman
Teen was Bloomsburg High School student
Jennifer M. "Jen" Hoffman, 14, of 317 Reading St., Rupert, Bloomsburg, died Monday evening, Nov. 30, 1998, in the emergency room at the Berwick Hospital Center, following an vehicle accident at short time earlier.
Born June 15, 1984, in Bloomsburg, she was the daughter of Ray E., Jr. and Jane M. Zettlemoyer Hoffman.
She was a ninth grade student at Bloomsburg High School.
Surviving, in addition to her parents, are maternal grandmother Beatrice Zettlemoyer, Bloomsburg; paternal grandparents, Ray, Sr. and Donna Hoffman, Catawissa R.R.2; and her paternal grandmother, Shirley Eveland, Milton.
Services will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Allen R. Horne Funeral Home, McIntyre Road, Catawissa, with the Rev. Donald L. Snyder, pastor of the Numidia United Church of Christ Charge, officiating. Burial will be in Elan Memorial Park, Lime Ridge.

Ryland E. Smires
Millwright worked in New Jersey, retiring in 1981
Ryland E. "Tom" Smires, 81, formerly of Jobstown, N.J., died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1998, at his home at Broadway Estates, Turbotville.
Born Nov. 9, 1917, in Pemberton, N.J., he was a son of the late Elmer and Margaret Early Smires.
He was a veteran of World War II and was a member of the Muffly-Huff Post 8206 VFW, Turbotville, and a life member of Post 323 American Legion, Watsontown.
He was a member and former deacon of the Jobstown Bible Church.
He was a member of the Jobstown Fire Co. for over 40 years. Smires was a member of Local 2026 United Steelworkers of America.
He had been a millwright with U.S. Pipe and Foundry in Burlingame, N.J., retiring in 1981.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Joseph (Bette Ellen) Wilbur, Jobstown, N.J.; two grandsons; two great-grandsons; a brother, Paul A. Smires, Millville; two sisters: Elsie Sager, Muncy R.R.1, and Thelma Crammer, Florida.
Twin children died previously: Bonnie Jean Smires, in 1954, and Tommy John Smires, in 1959.
Graveside services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown, N.J., with the Rev. Richard Amber of Jobstown Bible Church officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Brooks Funeral Home, Turbotville.

Ann D. Frederick
Funeral arrangements to be announced
Ann D. Frederick, 63, of 466 E. Main St., Catawissa, died early Tuesday morning, Dec. 1, 1998, at her home.
Services will be announced by the Allen R. Horne Funeral Home, McIntyre Road, Catawissa.

David P. Lenhart
Funeral arrangements to be announced
David P. Lenhart, 74, of 115 Arbor St., Berwick, died Monday evening, Nov. 30, 1998, at his home.
Services will be announced by the James L. Hinckley Jr. Funeral Home, Berwick.

Kimberly Vanessa Francis
Virginia woman formerly of Berwick area
Services for Kimberly Vanessa Francis, 24, Wytheville R.R.3, Va., will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the James L. Hinckley Jr. Funeral Home, Berwick, with the Rev. Jim P. Winder, pastor of the Cornerstone Bible Church, Berwick, officiating. Burial will be in Mount Zion Cemetery, Briggsville.
Francis died Sunday, Nov. 29, 1998, at the Bristol Tennessee Regional Medical Center, where she was a patient for one week following an automobile accident.
Born Nov. 3, 1974, in Williamsport, she was a daughter of Kent A. Sr. and Karen Kishbaugh Kissinger, Beach Haven.
She had attended the Berwick schools.
She had attended the Cornerstone Bible Church, Berwick.
Francis moved to Wytheville in March 1998 and was employed part time at the Bob Evans Restaurant. She previously worked at Lady Ester Corp. in Berwick.
Surviving, in addition to her parents, are her fiance, Anthony May; two sons, Randy and Benjamin Francis, both at home; a daughter, Kierstin May, at home; three brothers: Kent A. Kissinger Jr., Providence, R.I.; Kraig V. Kissinger, West Roxbury, Mass.; Richard K. Kissinger, Beach Haven; two sisters: Kristin M. Kissinger, Bloomsburg, and Sarina L. Kissinger, Beach Haven; and maternal grandparents, Belvin and June Kishbaugh, Beach Haven.

Roland E. Stout
Worked for ACF and Berwick Forge
Roland E. Stout, 77, of 1301 Third Ave., Berwick, died Monday, Nov. 30, 1998, at the Berwick Hospital Center.
Born Oct. 15, 1921, in Berwick, he was a son of the late Charles E. and Helen Waltman Stout.
Stout was a welder for the ACF and Berwick Forge before retiring. He was a member of the Berwick VFW, a former member of the Berwick Moose Lodge, and a life member of the West End Hose Co.
He was a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy on the USS Shangri-la in the European and Pacific Theaters from 1941-45.
He enjoyed auto mechanics,.
Surviving are his wife, the former Ann W. Waldika; a son, Michael C. Stout, Danville; a daughter, Mrs. Kevin (Libby) McShane, Collegeville; six grandchildren; two sisters: Vivian Plastow, Houston, Tex., and Mrs. Charles (Beatrice) Woll, Berwick.
Two sisters, Grace Snyder and Virginia Bafile, and a brother, Robert Stout, died previously.
Services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the Mayo Funeral Home Inc., 110 Chestnut St., Berwick, with the Rev. Andrew Shuga and the Rev. Fred J. Fields officiating. Burial will be in Holy Annunciation Cemetery, Berwick.

Neil M. Jespersen
Employed by Bell Atlantic since 1988
Neil M. Jespersen, 34, Bloomsburg R.R.9, died Monday morning, Nov. 30, 1998, from injuries suffered in a hunting accident in Madison Township.
Born Jan. 9, 1964, in Elizabeth, N.Y., he was a son of Helge and Flora Campbell Jespersen, Harrisburg.
He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Unityville.
He was a member of the C.W.A. Local 1300, Pittsburgh. He was also a coach for many years for Millville AYSO.
He was a 1981 graduate of Bishop McDevitt High School, Harrisburg.
Jespersen had worked for Bell Atlantic, Bloomsburg, since 1988, and previously for Mack Sales and Service Inc., Harrisburg, for 10 years.
He had lived at rural Bloomsburg since 1992.
Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his wife, the former Sharon Wertman, whom he married Dec. 21, 1985; a son, Joshua N. Jespersen, at home; a daughter, Sarah A. Jespersen, Williamsport; four brothers: Peter H. Jespersen, Trenton, N.J.; Eric C. Jespersen, Drums; Allan M. Jespersen, Harrisburg; Lt. Col. Edward T. Jespersen, Centerville, Ohio; and two sisters: Mrs. Douglas (Katherine) Hill, Hershey, and Marian W. Jespersen, New York City.
Services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Unityville R.R.1, with his pastor, the Rev. Charles Baier, officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Unityville.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Poust-Bunnell Funeral Home, Main Street, Millville.

Donnie L. Gehers
Member of Shickshinny Valley Church
Donnie L. (Faux) Gehers, 38, of Shickshinny R.R.3, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 1, 1998, at his home.
Born Sept. 19, 1960, in Danville, he was a son of Samuel and Lois Frantz Faux, Shickshinny R.R.3.
He was a member of Shickshinny Valley Church.
Gehers was a 1978 graduate of Elwylne Institute, Media.
Surviving, in addition to his parents, are a brother, Brian Faux, Front Royal, Va.; three sisters: Mrs. Roger (Tammy) Gregory, Shickshinny; Faith Canouse, Shickshinny; Mrs. James (Kay) Robinson, Ashburn, Va.
Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Mayo Funeral Home Inc., 77 N. Main St., Shickshinny, with the Rev. Barbara L. Wodrig, Town Hill United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Elan Memorial Park, Lime Ridge.

Pia Baiocchi
Mass will be celebrated Friday in Berwick
Pia Baiocchi, 98, of 835 LaSalle St., Berwick, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1998, at the Berwick Hospital Center.
Born May 20, 1900, in Italy, she was a daughter of the late Luigi and Teresa Ferrari D'Esculopio.
Her husband, Louis C. Baiocchi, died previously. Other family members also died earlier: a grandson; two sons, Dominick and Joseph Biacchi; a brother, Luigi D'Esculopio; and a sister: Erma DeCesaris.
She was a member of St. Joseph Church, Berwick, where she was a member of the Rosary Society.
Surviving are two sons: Eugene "Geno" and Larry Biacchi, both of Berwick; a daughter, Mrs. Nicholas (Antoinette) Montecalvo, Berwick; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Family and friends will meet at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Montecalvo home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, 721 Monroe St., Berwick, with the Rev. Dominick A. Mammarella officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Berwick.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Mayo Funeral Home Inc., 110 Chestnut St., Berwick. 

Lena Z. Long
Centenarian had worked at father's business
Lena Zell Long, 106, Market Street, Benton, died at 11:05 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, 1999, at the Bonham Nursing Center, Stillwater R.R.1, where she had lived since July 1987.
Born Aug. 21, 1892, in New Columbus, she was a daughter of the late Otis M. and Lucy A. Wenner Long.
She lived in Benton since 1908 and was the oldest resident of Benton and Columbia County at the time of her death. Early in her life, she had been a secretary at the former Long Wagon Works, Benton, which was owned by her father.
She was a member of the Benton United Methodist Church.
A brother, Sheldon C. Long, died Sept. 3, 1967; and a sister, Ruth E. Drew, about 1978.
She is survived by a nephew.
Graveside services will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the Benton Cemetery with the Rev. Arthur Lee Hayman, pastor of Faith Bible Church, Orangeville R.R.2, officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Dean W. Kriner Inc. Funeral Home, Benton.

Gloria D. Thomas
Memorial services will be held in Berwick
Memorial services for Gloria D. Naus Thomas will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the Kelchner-McMichael Funeral Home, 19-121 E. Third St., Berwick. Father Bruce Bumbarger from St. Mary's Church of Berwick will be officiating. Private burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Walnut Street, Berwick.
Thomas, 66, of 326 E. Front St., Berwick, died Friday afternoon, Jan. 22, 1999, at the Berwick Retirement Village I, where she had lived for six months.

Kenneth O. Paisley Sr.
Retired N.J. state director of health planning and research
Kenneth O. Paisley Sr., 61, of 1419 Market St., Berwick, died unexpectedly Monday, Jan. 25, 1999, at the Grand Regional Medical Center, Myrtle Beach, S.C., while on vacation.
Born July 17, 1937, in Hobbie, Hollenbach Township, he was the son of late Wilbur and Agatha Comcheck Paisley.
He graduated from Newport Township High School class of 1954.
He earned a bachelor of science degree from Bloomsburg State Teachers College in biology and attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Physical Therapy, where he was awarded a licensed certificate. Paisley earned his master's degree from University of Scranton in rehabilitation counseling and a master's degree from University of North Carolina in public health administration.
He served with the Army, stationed at Fort Devons, Mass. from 1959 to 1962.
Paisley served at the new Berwick Hospital in the physical therapy department in 1962. He then worked with the Greater Delaware Valley Region Medical Center, Haverford, and taught physical therapy at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md. For 25 years, he was employed by the state of New Jersey as director of health planning and research in Trenton, retiring in 1992.
Following retirement, he was employed by the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit for three years as a traveling physical therapist in Columbia County. He was then employed by Holy Family Home Health and Hospice Care of Schuylkill County.
He was a member of the Berwick Lions Club and was secretary for several years. He was 1996 Lion of the Year. He was a member of Board of Directors of the Northeast Eye Bank.
He was a member of the Berwick Elks Lodge 1138, Cole's Creek Sportsman Club, Benton, where he served as secretary; and the Sour Apple's Hunting Club, Benton.
He was a former member of the Fitchburg, Mass., Masonic Lodge, and was an Eagle Scout as a young man.
He enjoyed reading and was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting and traveling.
Surviving are his wife, the former Mary L. Donlin, with whom he celebrated a 39th wedding anniversary on Sept. 19, 1998; a son, Kenneth O. Paisley, Jr., Lockport, N.Y.; daughter, Mrs. Brian (Kathy Jo) Minnick, Sayre; a sister, Mrs. Dale (Ruth) Ambosi, Slocum; three brothers: Norman Paisley, Titusville, Fla., Donald Paisley, Berwick, and Myles Paisley, Troy, Mich.
A brother, Capt. Orval W. Paisley, died in 1972.
Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the James L. Hinckley Jr. Funeral Home 1024 Market St., Berwick, with the Rev. Robert Ludrowsky, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Berwick, officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Walnut Street, Berwick.

Glen G. Bredbenner
Glen G. Bredbenner, 85, of 542 Broad St., Nescopeck, died at 1:05 p.m. Friday, June 27, 2003, at Berwick Hospital Center.
A lifelong resident of Nescopeck, he was born Nov. 12, 1917, a son of the late Peter and Blanche Miller Bredbenner. He was a 1936 graduate of the former Nescopeck High School.
Mr. Bredbenner served in the Army Air Force in World War II and also in the Korean War.
For several years, he worked for the former Berwick Enterprise newspaper, and after his military service, worked at Bredbenner's Service Station until his retirement in 1980.
Mr. Bredbenner was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Nescopeck.
He was a life member of the Nescopeck Fire Co., the Knapp Lodge Free and Accepted Masons, Berwick, and the Caldwell Consistory, Bloomsburg.
He enjoyed being with his family, as well as gardening and working in the yard.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Marion L. Aurand, and three brothers: John, Robert and Gene Bredbenner.
Surviving is his wife, the former Ruth Paden, to whom he was married 46 years. Also surviving are a son, Jon P. Bredbenner, Abbottstown; a granddaughter; and a sister, Helen E. Klinetob, Foundryville.
A memorial service will be 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Wesley United Methodist Church, Nescopeck. His pastor, the Rev. Fred Hickok, will officiate. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Market Street, Berwick.


 

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