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Anna E. Fennessey
Anna E. Fennessey, 82, of 3806 Elby Court, Silver Springs, Md., died Friday, June 6, 2003, at the Montgomery Hospice Casey House, Rockville, Md.
Born in Berwick, Nov. 4, 1920, she was a daughter of the late Alex and Anna Yonko Hemlock.
Mrs. Fennessey went to work at the United States Postal Service in 1944 in the Washington headquarters, and later transferred to the Postal Inspection Service Training Academy in Bethesda, Md., where she retired as an administrative assistant in 1980.
She was a member of St. Nicholas Cathedral, Washington, and the Holy Annunciation Russian Orthodox Church in Berwick.
Mrs. Fennessey was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Martz, and a brother, Michael Hemlock.
Surviving are a son, David G. Fennessey, Burke, Va.; a grandson, and a sister, Helen French, Frederick, Md.
Funeral services will be held at St. Nicholas Cathedral, Washington, Monday at 10:30 a.m.
Locally, Panikhida services will be held Tuesday, 10 a.m., at the James L. Hinckley Jr. Funeral Home, with the Rev. James Weremedic officiating. Burial will be in Holy Annunciation Parish Cemetery, Briar Creek Township.

Clara V. (Hines) Franklin
Clara V. (Hines) Franklin, 90, of 317 W. Front St., Berwick, died at her home Friday, June 6, 2003. 
Born in Hunlock Creek, Luzerne County, Nov. 30, 1919, she was a daughter of the late William Henry Harrison Hines and Rhoda Cardine DeRemer Hines. She was the last surviving member of the Huntington Mills High School Class of 1931. 
For 15 years, Mrs. Franklin worked as a cook at the former Blue Bird Restaurant in Berwick. Later she worked in the mail room at the former Bloomsburg State College. She was also employed for 10 years by the former McGregor Company in Lime Ridge. She worked at area nursing homes and had done domestic work in the Berwick area until she retired in 1975.
She was active with the Berwick Senior Citizens Club, where she helped in the kitchen and participated in the club band. A former member of the Summer Hill Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, Mrs. Franklin belonged to the Evan Owens Social Club and enjoyed traveling and baking.
She was a very active member of the Calvary United Methodist Church of Berwick, where she was a member of the United Methodist Women and the Naomi Circle. A former Sunday school teacher, she also helped with church bazaars and suppers, and sang with other church members for residents at area nursing homes. 
She was preceded in death by two husbands: Mason Jefferson Meeker in July 1952 and Alvin Franklin in June 1972.
Surviving are her two children: Lynn M. Adams of Jerseytown and Larry Wade Meeker of Stillwater; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Kelchner-McMichael Funeral Home, Inc., 119-121 E. Third St., Berwick. The Rev. Fred J. Fields, her pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Harveyville.

Joseph B. Stevens Sr.
Orangeville man was last of his immediate family Joseph B. Stevens Sr., 84, of 217-A Savage Hill Road, Orangeville, died at 10 a.m. Monday, June 4, 2001, at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where he was a patient for one week. 

Terry L. Benshoff
Services have been held for Evans Disposal driver Terry L. Benshoff, 52, of 244 Queen City Road, Catawissa, died Wednesday, May 30, 2001, at his home. He had been in failing health for a year. Born in Berwick, Feb. 17, 1949, he was the son of the late Do...[cut off]

Carl L. Neyhard
WW II veteran was self-employed carpenter
Carl L. Neyhard, 75, of 361 W. Fifth St., Bloomsburg, died Saturday morning, Oct. 6, 2001, at his home. He had been in ill health for several months. A resident of his Fifth Street home for 20 years, he had formerly lived at 537 Market St.
Born in Bloomsburg, June 13, 1926, he was a son of the late John R. and Louise Gibbs Neyhard. After graduating from Bloomsburg High School, he immediately enlisted in the Navy, and served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre during World War II.
A carpenter his entire working life, Neyhard was self-employed for 20 years. He retired in 1991.
Neyhard was a 52-year member of St. Columba Catholic Church.
A Third Degree Knight of Columbus, he was also a life member of the Bloomsburg Elks Lodge No. 436.
In addition to his parents, Neyhard was also preceded in death by two brothers: Ralph Neyhard and Robert Neyhard.
Surviving is his wife of 52 years, the former Dolores Romowicz. Also surviving are three daughters: Mrs. Gerald (Patricia) Zeisloft, Jerseytown; Mary Neyhard, Royersford; and Mrs. Robert (Barbara A.) Tyson, Ashburn, Va; two sons: Carl J. Neyhard, Danville; and John R. Neyhard, Bloomsburg; nine grandchildren; three brothers: Samuel Neyhard, Bloomsburg; Skyles Neyhard, Arizona; and Donald Neyhard, Bloomsburg; and two sisters: Mary Baker and Edith Barton, both of Bloomsburg.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Tuesday from St. Columba Catholic Church, 329 Iron St., Bloomsburg, with his pastor, the Rev. Patrick A. Devine, as celebrant. Burial will be in New Rosemont Cemetery, Espy, under the direction of the Allen Funeral Home, Market and Eighth Streets, Bloomsburg.

Pauline L. Tyson
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Pauline Lillian Tyson, 89, formerly of Cleaver Street, Shamokin, died 11:07 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 2001, at the Bloomsburg Health Care Center. She had been ill for a number of months.
Born in Catawissa, Dec. 27, 1911, she was a daughter of the late David and Daisy Reigle Breech. She attended Catawissa schools. A resident of Shamokin from 1937 to 2000, she later moved to Catawissa.
Additional siblings who preceded her in death are a sister, Margaret Fowler, and two brothers, Ambrose Breech and Ralph Breech. 

Stella Herman McCleary
Teacher held a Ph.D. from London University Stella Herman McCleary, 83, of Campbellsville, Ky., formerly of the Bloomsburg area, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001, in Campbellsville. Born in Adams County, Jan. 21, 1918, she was a daughter of the late Alice M. Ha...[cut off]

Paige J. Poust
Operated Poust Funeral Home with husband Paige Janice (Black) Poust, 76, of 217 Main St., Millville, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2001, in Lewisburg, at the home of her daughter. Born in Millville, April 21, 1925, she was a daughter of the late Glenn P. and Lelia...[cut off]

Fred F. Frey Sr.
Fred F. Frey Sr., 63, of Wapwallopen R.R.2, Hobbie, Hollenback Township, died early Tuesday morning, Dec. 4, 2001, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. Formerly of 438 E. Sixth St., Berwick, he had been ill for several years. 
Born Aug. 8, 1938, in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Earl Frey and Ruth Williams Frey. 
A graduate of Georgetown High School, Wilkes-Barre, and the National Radio Institute, he was employed as a mechanic at Consolidated Cigar Corp., Berwick, for 24 years, retiring in 1984 due to illness.
A musician who loved country music, Frey played steel guitar and electric guitar, playing with several area bands, including the Sunshine Ramblers and the Al Hess Family Band.
A hunter and fisherman in his younger years, Frey was a member of the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed target shooting and reloading ammunition. Other hobbies included computers and electronics. 
A wife, Sharon N. Horsefield Frey, died Oct. 9, 1998, and a brother, Earl "Sonny" Frey, also died previously.
He is survived by his wife, the former Shirley M. Michael, to whom he was married March 31; four children: Mrs. Paul (Dixie L.) Huray, Berwick; Fred F. Frey Jr., Nescopeck; and Mrs. Joseph (Deborah K.) Cope and Timothy S. Frey, both of Berwick; six stepchildren: Mrs. George (Patti A.) Sheriff, Williamsport; Mrs. Bradley (Cindy L.) Traver, Catawissa; Tammy O'Rourke, Drums; Kelly O'Rourke, Dorrance; Eric O'Rourke, Gowanda, N.Y.; and Mrs. Craig (Dawn) Brown, Asbury; 15 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. 
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Kelchner-McMichael funeral Home Inc., 119-121 E. Third St., Berwick, with the Rev. Glenn C. Limbaugh Jr., pastor of First United Methodist Church of Berwick, officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Walnut Street, Berwick.

George Hudreck
Funeral services for George "Conshohocken George" Hudreck, of Elk Grove, Benton, will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the McMichael Funeral Home, 4394 Red Rock Road (Route 487), Benton, with the Rev. Alfred P. Sceski, pastor of Christ The King Roman Catholic Church, officiating. 
Hudreck, 76, died at home early Monday morning, Dec. 3, 2001, following an illness of several years. He had lived at his Elk Grove address since the 1970s.
Born Aug. 19, 1925, in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late Anthony Hudreck and Anna Corney Hudreck. 
A graduate of a Philadelphia high school, Hudreck was a World War II Navy veteran, and was awarded the American Theater Ribbon and the World War II Victory Medal. 
Hudreck was an auto mechanic for a Volvo dealership in Berwyn, retiring in 1990.
He enjoyed hunting and woodworking in his younger years.
A brother, William Hudreck, died previously.
He is survived by his wife, the former Dolores Bodnar, with whom he celebrated a 51st wedding anniversary on Sept. 16; four children: George Hudreck, Conshohocken; Robert Hudreck, Sonestown; Anthony Hudreck, Villas, N.J.; and Mrs. Frank (Julieann) Ciesielski, Somerdale, N.J.; four grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; a brother, Henry Hudreck, Florida; and a sister, Katherine Baron, Conshohocken.

Helen M. MacVie Lauchner
Helen M. MacVie Lauchner, of Old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg, Lime Ridge, is also survived by a companion, Albert Kupsky, with whom she lived.
Lauchner, 84, died Saturday afternoon, Dec. 1, 2001, at the Berwick Hospital Center, where she had been a patient for two days. 

Jean Lauretta Boyer
Jean Lauretta Boyer, 71, of 1003 Avenue H, Riverside, for three months, died at home at 2:10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2001, following a one-year illness. She previously lived on Mill Street, Danville, since 1998. Earlier still, Boyer resided on Reber Road, Mifflinburg R.R.4, for 15 years. 
Born July 5, 1930, in Hartley Township, Union County, she was a daughter of the late Daniel Carey and Sarah Ellen Hironimus Libby. 
Boyer was a graduate of the Burnham High School in 1949. Following graduation, she was a secretary at the state Capitol, Harrisburg, until her marriage.
On May 27, 1951, in Harrisburg, she was married to George Lewis Boyer, who died July 31, 1998. 
A homemaker, Boyer was a member of the Hironimus Union Church, Weikert.
In addition to her husband, a brother, Paul W. "Bill" Libby, died previously, as did two sisters: Marjorie M. Shively and Marian S. Priar.
She is survived by a daughter, Libby L. Kaplan, Riverside; a son, Steven F. Boyer, Haverhill, Mass.; two granddaughters; and eight siblings: Ethel R. Caldwell, Levittown; Ralph T. Libby, Mechanicsburg; K. Virginia Martin, Millmont R.R.1; Nancy I. Ney, Steelton; Lyman L. Libby, Harrisburg; Josephine E. Mayes, Hershey; Jack S. Libby, Lewistown; and D. Roger Libby, Mifflinburg R.R.4.
Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the James L. Schwartz Home for Funerals, 247 Chestnut St., Mifflinburg, with the Rev. Earl P. Robb, Millheim, assistant pastor of Hironimus Union Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Hironimus Church Cemetery, Hartley Township. 

Maude Minerva McMichael
Maude Minerva McMichael, 72, of Newark, Del., died Friday, Nov. 30, 2001.
Born Aug. 17, 1929, she was a daughter of the late Harry R. and Nellie M. Heimbach Broadt.
McMichael was employed as a waitress for most of her life in the Bloomsburg area.
She attended the Community of Christ Church of Delaware.
McMichael enjoyed crocheting.
A brother, Robert Broadt, died previously, as did a sister, Mary A. Fausey. 
She is survived by six children: Rose Culver, Conowingo, Md.; Harry Robert Andy, Escondido, Calif.; William P. McMichael, Bear, Del.; Diane Carter, Ormond Beach, Fla.; John Isadorski, El Cajan, Calif.; and Maude M. Zerbe, Houston, Texas; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mildred Marlene Drumm, Danville. 
Services were held Monday at the Hicks Home for Funerals, Elkton, Md., with burial in North East Methodist Cemetery, North East, Md. 

Paul E. Young
Paul E. Young, 87, of Bloomsburg, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2001, at the Bonham Nursing Center, Huntington Township. 
Born Aug. 25, 1914, in Mount Pleasant, he was a son of the late Edward and Margaret Carl Young.
Before retiring, Young was employed as a truck driver for Ferguson Trucking Co. and the Bloomsburg Ice Plant, both of Bloomsburg; and Wise Potato Chip Trucking and LaBar Trucking, both of Berwick.
His wife, the former Kathryn Steinruck, died previously, as did the following family members: a son, Paul E. Jr.; a daughter, Joyce Collins; three brothers: George Young, Clinton Young and Raymond Gordner; and two sisters: Mary VanHorn and Martha Engel. 
He is survived by his companion, Elizabeth LaBar, Bloomsburg; a son, Randall R. Young, Winfield; a daughter, Cindy Whalen, Catawissa; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. today at the Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home Inc., corner of routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek, with the Rev. Harold Hildebrand officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Pikes Creek.

Robert G. Taylor
Robert G. Taylor, 88, of 2412 John Penn Circle, Bloomsburg, died 3:42 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2001, in the emergency room of Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. He had been in failing health for two months.
Born Oct. 3, 1913, in Bloomsburg, he was a son of the late Harry C. and Lilla May Cadow Taylor. 
He had previously resided in Endicott, N.Y., and Rockville, Md., where he was employed by IBM Corp. for 40 years, retiring in 1972, at which time he returned to Bloomsburg. 
Taylor was a member of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, Bloomsburg.
His wife, the former Frances Clark, died Jan. 6, 2000. The following family members also died previously: three sisters: Elizabeth Taylor, as an infant in 1916; Martha M. Taylor, on July 13, 1950; and Erma T. Taylor, on Jan. 5, 1983; and three brothers: Franklin, in infancy; Alton P. Taylor, on Dec. 31, 1961; and J. Carl Taylor, on Oct. 17, 1999. Taylor was the last member of his immediate family. 
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday in the Dean W. Kriner Inc. Funeral Home, 325 Market St., Bloomsburg, with his pastor, Calvin L. Miller, officiating. Burial will be in Old Rosemont Cemetery, Bloomsburg.

William H. Riffel
William H. Riffel, of Hernando, Fla., formerly of Bloomsburg, was the son of the late Orville Riffel and Elnora "Nellie" Hoffman, who died July 27, 2001. 
He was a 1940 graduate of Bloomsburg High School.
Riffel, 79, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001, at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness, Fla. 
Services were held in Clearfield.

Roger E. Menges
Roger E. Menges, 47, of Watsontown R.R.2, died at his home Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2001, following a brief illness. Born March 31, 1954, at Muncy Valley Hospital, he was a son of Grace Plotts Menges, Watsontown R.R.2, and the late Clare L. Menges, who died July 1, 2000...[cut off].

Ruth R. Kravabloski
Ruth R. Kravabloski, 71, of Main Road, Shickshinny, died at home Monday, Dec. 3, 2001. Born Sept. 12, 1930, in Tunkhannock, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Lottie Phillips Carter. Kravabloski was employed for many years as a nurses aide at St. S...[cut off].

Lawrence R. Hartman Sr.
Lawrence R. Hartman Sr., 41, of Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, died Thursday, May 30, 2002, at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital emergency room.
Born in Nanticoke, March 27, 1961, he was a son of Mrs. Shirley Evans Hartman, Wapwallopen, and the late Jonah Hartman. He attended Nanticoke schools.
Mr. Hartman had been employed at the Nanticoke Shoe Factory and Heinz Pet Products until his disability.
He was a member of the Wheels of Freedom Motorcycle Club, Swoyersville.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Wesley and Wayne.
Surviving, in addition to his mother, is his wife, the former Virginia Kessler. Also surviving are his nine children: Connie Bacon, Wilkes-Barre; Clara, Bobby Jo, Lawrence Jr., Richard; Virginia, Garth, Lucile and Wesley Hartman, all of Wilkes-Barre; a grandson; five brothers: Jonah Jr. and Gerald Sr., both of Wilkes-Barre; Robin Sr., Hunlock Creek; and Gary and Billy, both of Wapwallopen; and four sisters: Linda O'Brien, Wilkes-Barre; Patricia Eddy, Bloomsburg; April Mazillo, Ashley; and Shirley Hunlock, Wilkes-Barre.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday from the Williams Funeral Home, 114 W. Main St., Plymouth. Interment will be in Reyburn Cemetery.

Mary Stern Beishline
Mary Stern Beishline, of Mountain Road, Sugarloaf, died Saturday, June 1, 2002, at Berwick Hospital Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Mark S. Harman Funeral Home East, 669 W. Butler Drive, Drums.

Pearl E. (Reese) Glass
Pearl E. (Reese) Glass, 85, of Spring Grove died at 8:10 a.m., Saturday, June 1, 2002, at the Lutheran Village at Sprenkle Drive in York after a long illness. 
Born in Catawissa, Jan. 9, 1917, she was a daughter of the late George H. and Maude E. (Leiby) Reese.
Mrs. Glass was a former employee of The Bon-Ton Department Store in York. 
She was a member of Mount Zion United Church of Christ in Spring Grove. A former member of various church choirs, Mrs. Glass was also a junior choir director, church secretary, Sunday school teacher and youth group adviser. 
She was the wife of the Rev. Charles F. Glass who died May 29, 2000.
Survivors include a son, Larry C. Glass of Spring Grove; two granddaughters; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Alice Longenberger of Bloomsburg.
Burial will be 1 p.m. Wednesday in Hillside Cemetery, Catawissa, under the direction of the Irwin Funeral Home, 175 N. Main St., Spring Grove.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Mount Zion United Church of Christ, 12 N. Main St., Spring Grove. Officiating will be her pastor, the Rev. Kenneth D. Cherry, and the Rev. Walter D. Carlson, chaplain of the Lutheran Village at Sprenkle Drive.

William B. Saltzer
Memorial services for William B. Saltzer, 75, formerly of 313-A W. Fifth St., Bloomsburg, will be Monday at 11 a.m. in the Dean W. Kriner, Inc., Funeral Home, 325 Market St., Bloomsburg, with the Rev. Allen F. Acor, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, Strawberry Ridge, officiating. Interment will be in Old Rosemont Cemetery.
Mr. Saltzer died at 8:55 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre, where he was a patient for two weeks.

Russel J. Cope Sr.
Russel J. Cope Sr., 76, of 213 Arbor St., Berwick, died Friday, May 31, 2002, at Columbia-Montour Home Hospice at Maria Hall, Danville. Born in Beach Haven, Feb. 26, 1926, he was a son of the late Arthur W. and Beatrice Church Cope. He was a graduate of B...[cut off].

Carl E. Wysocki
Carl E. Wysocki, 64, of 85 Bennett St., Danville, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. Born in Danville, July 7, 1938, he was a son of the late Frank and Helen Suchodolski Wysocki. Mr. Wysocki served in the Marines. Prior to...[cut off].

Carl M. Fox
Carl M. Fox, 41, of 634 Susquehanna Ave., Sunbury, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2002, at Sunbury Community Hospital. Born in Bloomsburg, March 26, 1961, he was a son of the late George and Martha Schmeltz Fox. Mr. Fox served in the National Guard. He was employ...[cut off].

Max E. Utt
Max E. Utt of 4800 Kelly Elliot Road, Arlington, Texas, died Wednesday, July 31, 2002. Born in Millville area, he was a son of the late Earl and Ruth Kline Utt. He was a graduate of Millville Area High School. Mr. Utt served in the Navy. An engineer on th...[cut off].

Paul A. Van Houten, D.O.
Paul A. Van Houten, D.O., 69, of Williamstown, N.J., died Wednesday, July 31, 2002, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Born in Berwick, he was a son of the late Lloyd and Dorothy Van Houten. He was a member of the Berwick Area...[cut off].

Robert J. Lewis
Robert J. Lewis, 60, of 111 Mowery St., Danville, died Wednesday afternoon, July 31, 2002, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. Born Aug. 11, 1941, in Danville, he was a son of Rea Murphy Lewis Johns, Danville, and the late John W. Lewis. A lifelong Da...[cut off].

Sue C. Plencner
Sue C. Plencner, 88, of 209 Old Greenwood Road, Millville, died Thursday evening, Aug. 1, 2002, at Balanced Care of Bloomsburg. She had lived at her Greenwood address since 1941. Born in Greenwood Township, June 27, 1914, she was the only child of the lat...[cut off].

George M. Hill Sr.
Longtime crane operator in construction 
George M. Hill Sr., 78, of 75 Center St., Coal Township (Tharptown), where he lived for 44 years, died 9:03 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002, in the emergency room of Shamokin Area Community Hospital.
Born May 11, 1924, in Shamokin, he was the son of the late Stansbury and Hilda M. Madden Hill.
A lifelong resident of the Shamokin area, he was educated in Coal Township schools and served in the Army during World War II. 
Mr. Hill had been employed for 50 years in the construction business as a crane operator for Operating Engineers of Easton, and was a member of the Industrial Union of Operating Engineers Local No. 542. 
In 1950 in Maryland, he was married to the former Margaret Alice Varney, who died Dec. 8, 1998.
He attended the former St. Joseph's Church, Coal Township. 
Mr. Hill was a member of the Fairview Fire Co. 
He is survived by a son, George M. Hill Jr., Catawissa; a daughter, Nancy Nahodil, Coal Township; and three grandchildren. 
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family, under the direction of the Leonard J. Lucas Funeral Home Ltd., 120 S. Market St., Shamokin. 

Jane S. Hartranft
Services to be Saturday for Nuremberg woman
Jane S. Hartranft, 58, of Mahanoy Street, Nuremberg, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002, at the Greater Hazleton Health Alliance, Broad Street Campus. 
Born July 16, 1944, in Hazleton, she was the daughter of the late Allen and Verna Gerhardt Nause. 
A lifelong resident of Nuremberg, Mrs. Hartranft retired from the former Kathy Fashions, Nuremberg.
She was a member of the Black Creek United Methodist Church, Sugarloaf.
She was also a member of the Beaver Township Volunteer Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary. 
She is survived by her husband, Thomas "Patcher" Hartranft, with whom she would have celebrated a 38th wedding anniversary today; a daughter, Mrs. Jeff (Wendy) Halcisak, West Hazleton; and two grandchildren.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Mark S. Harman Funeral Home Inc. (West), Conyngham-Rock Glen Road, Rock Glen, with her pastor, the Rev. Joseph Barth, officiating. Burial will be in the Black Creek United Methodist Cemetery, Sugarloaf. 

Marian Stair Grabko
Former Berwick woman worked in retail sales
Marian Stair Grabko, 75, of Newark, Del., died Aug. 30, 2002, at Millcroft Nursing Home, Newark, following a long illness. 
Born in Nanticoke, she was a daughter of the late Arthur W. and Verna Rinehimer Stair. 
A 1945 graduate of Coughlin High School, Mrs. Grabko lived in Wilkes-Barre, Kingston and Berwick before moving to Newark.
She worked in retail sales at several department stores for many years, including John Wanamaker, Hecht's, Lord & Taylor and the Newark Department Store, and most recently was customer service representative for American Home Patient. 
Mrs. Grabko was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church, Newark.
Her husband, Nicholas Grabko Sr., died previously. 
She is survived by two sons: Nicholas R. Jr., Newark; and Michael Todd, Millsboro, Del.; a sister, Viola Mrochko, Hazleton; and a brother, Arthur L. Stair, Springfield, Mo. 
Funeral services were held Sept. 4 in the chapel at Gracelawn Memorial Park with burial in Gracelawn Cemetery, New Castle. 

Phyllis H. Billmeyer
Enjoyed gardening, cooking and playing bridge
Memorial services for Phyllis H. Billmeyer of Sunbury will be held 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 at the First Presbyterian Church, 238 Market St., Sunbury, with the Rev. Dr. William L. Carlough officiating. Private burial took place in Pomfret Manor Cemetery, Sunbury, under the direction of the Miller-Visneski Funeral Home, 10 W. Mahoning St., Danville.
Mrs. Billmeyer, 87, died Tuesday morning, Oct. 1, 2002, at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Randall L. and Maxine Billmeyer, 168 A Indian Run Road, Danville, following a long illness. 
Born May 30, 1915, she was the daughter of the late George and Clara Getty Creasy, and was raised in Riverside.
A 1934 graduate of Danville High School, she also graduated from Geisinger School of Nursing. 
Mrs. Billmeyer was employed as a registered nurse at several local nursing homes. After retiring, she became a volunteer for the American Red Cross. 
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Sunbury, where she served as a deaconess. 
Mrs. Billmeyer enjoyed flower gardening, cooking, antiques, playing bridge and watching Billy Graham crusades on television. 
In addition to the son with whom she lived, she is survived by a son, Alexander Billmeyer III, Watsontown R.R.2; and three grandchildren.

Viola Marie Threlkeld
Son in Orangeville is among woman's survivors
Viola Marie Pisano Threlkeld, 78, of Netcong, N.J., died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002, at St. Clare's Hospital, Denville, N.J. 
Born in Reading, she was a daughter of the late Pasquale and Santa Ferrara Pisano. 
A lifelong resident of Netcong, Mrs. Threlkeld was a retired machine operator for Dover Handbag, Netcong. 
She was a lifelong member of St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church.
Her husband, Leavis O. Threlkeld, died in 1976. 
She is survived by two sons: Dr. Wayne Threlkeld, Randolph, N.J.; and Dennis Threlkeld, Orangeville; four grandchildren; and two sisters: Madeline Van Orden, Netcong; and Rose Bizzari, Succasunna, N.J.
Funeral services will be 8 a.m. Friday at the Leber-Lakeside Funeral Home, Main Road, Landing, N.J., followed by a 10:15 a.m. Liturgy of Christian Burial in St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, Netcong. Burial will be in Stanhope Union Cemetery, Mount Olive Township, N.J. 

Alma M. Johnson
Alma M. Johnson, 85, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002, at St. Petersburg General Hospital. She moved to St. Petersburg from Corning, N.Y., in 1977. Born in Riverside, Northumberland County, she was a daughter of the late Clarence and ...[cut off]

George V. Hornberger
George V. Hornberger, 89, a 10-year resident of 17 Andrew St., Elysburg, died 2:05 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002, at the Mount Carmel Nursing Center. Born Sept. 15, 1913, in Mount Carmel, he was a son of the late George W. and Carrie Snyder Hornberger. A 1...[cut off]

Harry 'Sam' Devine
Harry "Sam" Devine, 69, of 431 Center St., Aristes, died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2002, at his home. Formerly of Centralia, he moved to Aristes in November 1998. Born in Ashland, he was a son of the late Vincent and Mary McDonald Devine. Educated in St. Ignatius...[cut off]

Leon Houser
Leon Houser, 73, of 28 Trout Lane, Zion Grove, died Wednesday evening, Dec. 11, 2002, in the Greater Hazleton Health Alliance Broad Street Campus. Born Feb. 13, 1929, in Zion Grove, he was the son of the late Jeremiah and Grace Mummey Houser. Before retiring...[cut off]

Louis J. DeFebo
Louis J. DeFebo, 69, died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002, at Gold Star Nursing Home, Danville, where he had resided. Born May 17, 1933, in Berwick, he was a son of the late Warren and Mary Silvetti DeFebo. A 1952 graduate of Berwick High School, where he played...[cut off]

Lucille J. Boyer
Lucille J. Boyer, 72, of West Butler Drive, Drums, died early Thursday morning, Dec. 12, 2002, at the Greater Hazleton Health Alliance Broad Street Campus, following a short illness. A former resident of Peace Street, Hazleton, she had resided at her West...[cut off]

Norman Maurer
Norman Maurer, 83, a resident of Buckingham Springs for six years, died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2002, at his home. Born and raised in Berwick, he had also lived in Hatboro for a time. Arrangements will be announced by the Wm. Rowen Grant Funeral Home, Southampton...[cut off]

Robert W. Frasso
Robert W. Frasso, 59, of 816 N. Sixth St., Shamokin, died 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002, at Shamokin Area Community Hospital, after a long illness. Born April 28, 1943, in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was a son of the late Ephrem J. and Mary Gilbert Frasso. A graduate of...[cut off]

Ruth Naomi Harry
Ruth Naomi Harry, 85, of Hollywood, Fla., died Thursday morning, Dec. 12, 2002, in Hollywood Medical Center. Born Sept. 17, 1917, in Berwick, she was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Harry. A graduate of Berwick High School, Ms. Harry worked at...[cut off]

Arthur H. 'Pete' Hartman
Arthur H. "Pete" Hartman, 81, of Tacoma, Wash., formerly of the Benton area, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003, at the Welcome Home Assisted Living in Puyallup, Wash., where he had lived for the past three and a half years. Born in Jackson Township, Columbia ...[cut off]

Eva M. (Brown) Boudman
Eva Marie (Brown) Boudman, 76, of 64 Wesley St., Stillwater, died late Thursday evening, Feb. 13, 2003, at the Bloomsburg Hospital emergency room. She had been in ill health for many years. Born May 2, 1926, in Briar Creek Township, Columbia County, at the...[cut off]

John F. Lutz
John F. Lutz, 91, of Main Street, Freeland, died late Thursday, Feb. 13, 2003, at the Inpatient Unit of Hospice of the VNA, Wilkes-Barre. Born in Freeland, Oct. 4, 1911, he was a son of the late Anthony and Maria Ferrari Lutz. He spent his entire life in ...[cut off]

Martha L. Stackhouse
Martha L. Stackhouse, 90, of 345 Iron St., Bloomsburg, formerly of 35 E. Main St., Bloomsburg, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2003, at Bloomsburg Health Care Center. She was a lifelong resident of Bloomsburg. Born in Briar Creek, Jan. 13, 1913, she was a daughter ...[cut off]

George E. Yenkevich 
George E. Yenkevich, 48, of Searcy, Ark., died at home Friday, March 28, 2003. He was previously a resident of Mountain Home, Ark., and Nescopeck. Born Aug. 3, 1954, in Limestone, Maine, he was the son of Edward Yenkevich, Berwick, and Lois Knerr Deitrich...[cut off]

Carl L. Faust 
Graveside services for Carl L. Faust, formerly of 321 E. Fifth St., Berwick, will be 11: 30 a.m. Thursday in Elan Memorial Park, Lime Ridge, with the Rev. Dan Belles, associate pastor of Emmanuel Bible Chapel, officiating. Mr. Faust, 86, died Jan. 25, 2003...[cut off]

Eli Ira Long Sr.
Eli Ira Long Sr., 68, of Village Drive, Hunlock Creek, died Monday, March 31, 2003, at Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre. Born June 4, 1934, in Bloomsburg, he was a son of the late Simon and Letha Goss Long. Mr. Long was employed at Spencer's Auto Parts, Sale...[cut off]

Keith A. Whitmire
Keith A. Whitmire, 79, of 1837 Heights Road, Berwick, died early Tuesday morning, April 1, 2003, at the Berwick Retirement Village I, where he had been a patient for three days. He had been in ill health for six months. Born April 5, 1923, in Berwick, he ...[cut off]

Charles 'Jupe' Fedorko
Charles "Jupe" Fedorko, 75, of 1340 Freas Ave., Berwick, died Monday, June 30, 2003, at his home. Born in Berwick on Oct. 31, 1927, he was a son of the late Michael and Anna (Babich) Fedorko. Mr. Fedorko served with the Marine Corps during World War II, a...[cut off]

Edith A. Babb
Edith A. Babb, 82, of State Street, Millville, died 11 p.m. Thursday, June 26, 2003, Millville Health Care Center. Born on April 13, 1921, in Pine Township, she was a daughter of the late Harvey W. and Jennie (May) Knittle Confer. Mrs. Babb attended Mill...[cut off]

Jean A. Andy
Jean A. Andy, 73, of 741 Poplar St., Bloomsburg, died 11:26 p.m., Monday, June 30, 2003, at her home. Born in Millville, Feb. 17, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Mary (Shultz) Welliver. Mrs. Andy had been a resident of Eyers Grove in her ...[cut off]

Joseph W. Lowery
Joseph W. Lowery, 82, of 223 Ash St., Danville, died Tuesday, July 1, 2003, at Emmanuel Nursing Center. Born in Danville, March 10, 1921, he was a son of the late William and Elizabeth (Brady) Lowery. Mr. Lowery was a veteran of World War II, having served...[cut off]

Millard W. Cary Jr.
Millard W. Cary Jr., 61, of Paradise Avenue, Mocanaqua, died Thursday afternoon, June 26, 2003, at the Berwick Hospital Center, where he had been a patient. Born in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 14, 1941, he was a son of the late Millard W. Sr. and Ethel W. ...[cut off]

Nicholas Paul Toth III
Nicholas Paul Toth III, 77, formerly of Mercer Street, Berwick, died 2:10 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, 2003, at Bloomsburg Health Care Center, where he had been a resident since Aug. 3, 1999. Born in Berwick, Aug. 5, 1925, he was a son of the late Nicholas and M...[cut off]

Herbert I. 'Herb' Mowery
Nescopeck Township volunteer fire chief
Herbert I. "Herb" Mowery, 67, of 85 Hobbie Road, Nescopeck, died 12:10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, 2003 in the emergency room at Berwick Hospital Center, after being stricken ill at his home.
Born in Nescopeck, Feb. 9, 1936, he was a son of the late Ivan and Christine (Bower) Mowery.
Mr. Mowery had been employed for 40 years at Marelli Construction, Hazleton, until his retirement.
He was an active member of the Nescopeck Township Volunteer Company No. 1, where he was serving as chief.
Mr. Mowery was preceded in death by a sister, Ruby Bower.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, the former Marlene Kishbaugh; four children: Alan Mowery, Briggsville; Mrs. Albert (Brenda) Klinger, Catawissa; Terry Mowery, Briggsville; and Mrs. Joseph (Lori) George, Berwick; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two brothers: Clyde Mowery, Berwick; William Mowery, Huntington Mills; two sisters: Mrs. Arthur (Linda) White, Selinsgrove; Mrs. Robert (Carrie) Hower, Berwick.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Heller Funeral Home, Nescopeck, with Autumn Kishbaugh, his niece and lay minister officiating. Burial will be in Elan Memorial Park, Lime Ridge.

Mitchell A. Kowalsky
Army veteran was weaver and loom repairman
Mitchell A. Kowalsky, 75, of Bloomsburg R.R. 3, died Sunday morning, Aug. 3, 2003, at his home after a four-month illness.
Born in Beaver Township, Dec. 11, 1927, he was a son of the late Joseph and Mary (Pless) Kowalsky.
An Army veteran, Mr. Kowalsky spent most of his life in Mountain Grove and Beaver Township.
He was a retired weaver and loom repairman for Bloom Mills, where he was employed for 45 years.
Mr. Kowalsky was a member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Nuremberg. 
He was an avid outdoorsman and life member of the Black Creek Sportsman's Club. 
Survivors include his wife, the former Catherine Slovik, with whom he celebrated 52 years of marriage July 7; a son, Joseph Kowalsky, Bloomsburg R.R. 3; daughters: Mrs. Edward (Rita) Kennedy, Ellicott City, Md.; and Mrs. Stephen (Michele) Hutton, Urbanna, Va.; five grandchildren; one brother, Alfred Kowalsky, Bloomsburg; and sisters: Cecelia Chyko, Bloomsburg R.R 3; and Mary Chyko and Pauline Magill, both of Bloomsburg.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday from the Mark S. Harman Funeral Homes Inc. (West), Conyngham-Rock Glen Road, Rock Glen. The Rev. Patrick McDowell will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Nuremberg, with burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Paul J. Stenko
Former pro football player, teacher, coach Paul J. Stenko, 85, of 414 Martzville Road, Berwick, died Saturday, Aug. 2, 2003, at Berwick Hospital Center. Born in Berwick, July 12, 1918, he was a son of the late Paul Stenko and Mary (Holick) Stenko. A graduate...[cut off].

Rev. William A. Patterson
Former minister in Nanticoke and Shickshinny The Rev. William A. Patterson, 64, minister of the First Presbyterian Church, Troy, died Thursday, July 31, 2003. Rev. Patterson received his Master of Divinity degree in 1975 from Princeton Theological Seminary...[cut off].


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