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CARL J. DEL PRETE
Carl J. Del Prete, 70, a South Scranton resident, died August 26 at the VNA Hospice Inpatient Unit at Community Medical Center after an illness. His widow is the former Ann Grant. The couple would have observed their 38th wedding anniversary in November.
Born in Scranton, son of the late Louis and Catherine Sylvester Del Prete, he was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church. Prior to his retirement, he was a warehouse manager for Artcraft Studios, Old Forge. He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.
The light of his life was the recent addition of his first grandchild. He was proud of the fact that he still resided in the home in which he was born.
Also surviving are two daughters, Catherine at home, and Mary Thomas, Spring Brook; a son, William L., Madisonville; three brothers, Leo, Newton Ransom; Louis, Lady Lakes, Fla., and Robert, Raritan, N.J.; one grandchild; nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Angela Martin; and two brothers, Ralph and Francis.
The funeral was from the August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass in St. Francis of Assisi Church, Genet Street. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to VNA Hospice, 301 Delaware St., Olyphant, or the American Diabetes Association, 63 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre.

CONSTANTINO “JUNI” J. CALZOLA JR.
Constantino “Juni” J. Calzola Jr., 73, 63 Cottage St., Carbondale, died August 27 in Marian Community Hospital after an illness. His wife, Ethel Phillips, died in 1981.
Born in Carbondale, son of the late Constantino Sr. and Mary Panfili Calzola, he was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Armed Training Command, Fort Hood, Texas. Prior to retirement, he was self-employed as a truck driver, and later employed with Carlo Trucking and Tuzze Trucking, both of Carbondale. He was also a diesel mechanic.
He was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother. He loved NASCAR and was an avid hunter. He will be sadly missed by all who loved him.
Surviving are four sons, Albert L., Greenfield Township; Douglas A., Carbondale; Robert J., Madisonville, and John J., Cherryville; a brother, Albert (Abe); a sister, Eleanor Swingle, Mahwah, N.J.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and great-nephews.
The funeral was from the Lawrence A. Gabriel Funeral Home, 74 N. Main St., Carbondale, with Mass in St. Rose of Lima Church, Carbondale. Interment, Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Finch Hill.

J. CALVIN ARMSTRONG
J. Calvin Armstrong, Clarks Summit, died August 29 in the VNA inpatient Hospice unit at Community Medical Center. His widow is the former Irene Klein. They celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary in February.
Born in Vandling, son of the late Albert and Loretta Armstrong, he was a graduate of Vandling High School, where he served as president of his class, and had attended Lackawanna Junior College, Scranton. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving as a medical technician. Before retirement, he was a dispatcher for the Yellow Freight System. He had formerly been employed by Norwalk Shirks Freight Co. and had been employed in the freight business for more than 39 years. He was an active member of Immanual Lutheran Church, Scranton, where he served as a trustee and Braille worker. He was a member of the South Abington Lions Club and the Abington Post 7069, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Also surviving are two daughters, Karen Muir, Mount Cobb, and Debra Altier, Greenfield Township; a son, Alan, Chinchilla; eight grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Kresock; and two brothers, Albert and Ronald.
The funeral was from the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave., with services in the Immanual Lutheran Church, by the Rev. Robert H. Marshall Jr. Interment, Evergreen Cemetery, Bell Mountain, Dickson City.
Memorial contributions may be made to Immanual Lutheran Church and the Evergreen Cemetery Chapel Fund, both at 238 Reese St., 18508.

BERNARD P. TRINOVITCH SR.
Bernard P. Trinovitch, 70, Archbald, died August 29 at Mercy Hospital. His wife of 44 years is Catherine Trinovitch.
Born July 1, 1930 in Jessup, son of the late George and Mary Trinovitch, he was a member of Holy Ghost Church, Jessup. He was a veteran of the Korean War, having earned the Sharp Shooter medal. He was a member of the Jessup VFW Post, and the Disabled American Veterans.
He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman, and was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Also surviving are a daughter, Judy Slocum, Dalton; three sons, Bernard LaPlume; Keith, Falls, and Andrew, Mount Cobb; a brother, John, Levittown; five grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers; George and Andrew, and three sisters, Mary Trino, Ann Lakatta and Margaret Bernacki.
The funeral Mass was from the Holy Ghost Church, Jessup. Interment, Holy Ghost Cemetery, Jessup.
Arrangements by the Harrison Funeral Home, 374 Main St., Archbald.

ODESSA C. MURRAY
Odessa C. Murray, 81, Harrisburg, formerly of Scranton, died August 25 at home after an illness. She was the wife of James Murray.
Born in Scranton, daughter of the late Roger and Grace Edmondson Tyler, she was a member of Bethel AME Church, Scranton, its choir and usher board.
Her hobbies included ceramics, cooking, painting and sewing. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister.
Also surviving are two daughters, Shelley Colbert and Melanie Murray, both of Harrisburg; three sons, Robert Tyler, Moscow; James Murray, Harrisburg, and Michael Murray, Ottawa, Canada; a sister, Edna Williams, New Britain, Conn; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
The funeral was in the Church of the Living God, 1301 Rolleston St., Harrisburg. Interment, Forest Hill Cemetery, Dunmore.
Arrangements by the Thomas J. Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 1240 St. Ann’s St.

MARY C. FLOYD
Mary C. Floyd, Scranton, died August 29 at Moses Taylor Skilled Nursing Facility. She was the widow of John Floyd, who died in March 1968.
Born in Scranton, daughter of the late George and Elizabeth Sabad Leitner, she was a lifelong resident of the city. Prior to retirement, she worked at the Scranton Dry Goods store. She was a member of Concord United Church of Christ, the Concord Quilters and the Concord Womens’s Fellowship. She was active in the Girl Scouts and in Birthright of Scranton. She was a member of the North Scranton Food Pantry, and active in Tri-Chem and Friendly Home Parties.
She was a wonderful person, loved by all, especially children. She surrounded everyone she touched with love. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Surviving are five sons, George and Douglass Judge, both of Scranton; Jerry Judge, Baton Rouge, La.; Paul Conlon, LaHambra, Calif.; and Joseph Conlon, Topock, Ariz.; three daughters, Ann Tempesta, Peckville; Mary Jane Gallagher, Scranton; and Caroline Denginia, Moscow; a brother, George Leitner, Lake Wallenpaupack; three sisters, Romaine Fitch and Kathleen Monahan, both of Scranton; and Lucille Kelly, Dover, N.J.; 20 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son, Bernard Judge, and a sister, Christine Heinz.
The funeral was from the Bomberger-Lesko Funeral Home, 1660 N. Main Ave., with services in Concord United Church of Christ, by the Rev. Tom Nalesnik, pastor. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Concord United Church of Christ, William and Wayne Ave. 

ANNA GERZONICH
Anna Gerzonich, a former resident of Dunmore, and Micco, Fla., died August 31 at the home of her niece, Mary Ann Gilarde, Roaring Brook Township, after an illness. She was the widow of Joseph Gerzonich, who died in 1998.
Born in Scranton, daughter of the late John and Frances Banick Foltha, she was educated in Scranton public schools, and was a member of St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church, Barefoot Bay, Fla.
Also surviving are other nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Hoylick.
Interment, St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow.
Arrangements by the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore. 

JOSEPH REDDING
Joseph “Jerry” Redding , 62, Wilkes-Barre, died August 30, in the VA Hospital, Plains Township. His former wife is Barbara Redding.
Born Feb. 11, 1938, in Pittston, son of Jean Gibbons Redding and the late Joseph “Cork” Redding of Pittston, he graduated from Pittston Central Catholic High School and served in the Army. He formerly worked as an international export manager at Berol Corp. in Danbury, Conn., and Venezualia, Columbia. He was a member of the American Legion and St. Conrad’s Young Men’s Social Club.
He was a loving father, son, grandfather, brother and uncle. He was an avid reader of books and newspapers. He loved doing crossword puzzles, being on the Internet, and channel surfing.
Surviving are a son, Gary, Wilkes-Barre; two sisters, Shiela Flaherty, Moscow, and Ann Connell, New Freedom; two grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
The funeral was from the Donnelly-Callahan Funeral Home, 802 Susquehanna Ave., West Pittston, with Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, William Street, Pittston.

MARY PROKARYM
Mary Prokarym, 92, Throop, died September 21 at the Julia Ribaudo Nursing Center, Lake Ariel. She was the widow of Frank Prokarym, who died on May 5, 1986.
Born in Throop, daughter of the late Thomas and Sophie Kromko Yurgovsky, she was a lifelong Throop resident. She was a retired employee of the garment industry. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, Throop.
Surviving are three sons, Adrian, at home; Francis, Arizona; and Thomas Sherwood, Moscow; a sister, Catherine Rosol, Olyphant; several grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Rosalie Gerber; two sisters, Elizabeth Prokarym and Verna E. Wdovichik; and two brothers, Joseph and James Yurgovsky.
The funeral was from the John F. Glinsky Funeral Home, 445 Sanderson St., Throop, with Mass at St. John the Baptist Church, Throop, celebrated by the Rev. August A. Ricciardi. Interment, parish cemetery.

ESTHER BURNSIDE
Esther Burnside, 84, a resident of Wesley Village, Pittston, formerly of 106 Cemetery St., Avoca, died September 23 in the Hospice Preferred Choice Unit in Mid-Valley Hospital, Peckville. She was the widow of Robert Burnside, who died March 15, 1976.
Born Nov. 16, 1915, in Spring Brook, daughter of the late James and Carrie Dyson Thomas, she settled in Wesley Village a month ago. She was educated in Spring Brook schools and attended the Full Gospel Chapel, Avoca. She was a homemaker.
Surviving are two sons, Robert and James, both of Pittston; a daughter, Dolores Ozark, Avoca; three sisters, Emily VanLouvender and Florence Bentler, both of Spring Brook; and Mildred Decker, Old Forge; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Martha Raub.
The funeral was from the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home, 517 Main St., Old Forge, with services by the Rev. A. Wayne Spurrell, pastor, Full Gospel Chapel, Avoca. Interment Spring Brook Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Preferred Choice Inc., 1400 Main St., Peckville, 18452.

FRANK R. MISIURA
Frank R. Misiura, Olyphant, died September 20 at Community Medical Center after an illness. His wife is the former Florence Shuta.
Born in Olyphant, son of the late Anthony and Mary Zarnowski Misiura, he was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific theater of operations. He was a graduate of Olyphant High School. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a quality control inspector by the Chamberlain Corporation, Scranton. He was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Church, Olyphant.
Also surviving are a son, Frank Jr., with the U.S. Navy; a daughter, Laurie Ann, Germantown, Md.; three brothers, Thomas, Olyphant, Peter, Medway, Maine; and Anthony, Moscow; four sisters, Sophie Hynak, Olyphant, Sister Jeanette, Lawrence, Mass., Marge Karpa, Dickson City, and Hedy Faenza, Milburn, N.J.; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul and Charles; three sisters, Victoria Misiura, Catherine Falat and Nan Plas.
The funeral was from the Michael Wargo Jr. Funeral Home, 812 East Scott St., Olyphant, with Mass in St. Michael the Archangel Church. Interment, parish Cemetery, Blakely.

JOHN M. HILL
John M. “Jack” Hill, South Scranton, died September 23 at home after a brief illness. He and his wife, the former Josephine Nocella, celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary April 29.
Born in Scranton, son of the late George and Hazel Reese Hill, he attended Scranton Technical High School. Before retirement, he was employed by Scranton Sheet Metal Co., and was a member of Sheet Workers Union 44. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Taylor Avenue.
A loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, he was known for his great sense of humor and showed kindness to all.
Also surviving are a son, John “Jack” Jr., Scranton; two granddaughters, two sisters, Lillian Hawkins and Grace Richione, both of Scranton; five brothers, Willard, Donald, Robert and George all of Scranton; and Thomas, Moscow; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by four sisters, Marion Evans, Ruth Walsh, Eleanor Waltz and Margaret Muchler; and two brothers, Edward and William.
The funeral was from the Leon S. Gorgol Funeral Home, 1131 Pittston Ave., with Mass in Immaculate Conception Church, Taylor Ave. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.

JOHN H. DELL’AMICO
John H. Dell’Amico, Dunmore, died September 22 in Moses Taylor Hospital after an illness. He and his wife, the former Stella Stivala, would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Oct. 26.
Born in Scranton, son of the late Alessandro and Serafina Lorenzini Dell’Amico, he was a member of St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Dunmore. He was also a member and past president of its Holy Name Society. He was a graduate of Dunmore High School, and of St. Thomas College, class of 1932. Prior to retirement in 1984, he was the executive director of the American Red Cross, Scranton chapter, a post he had held since 1963. Prior to his American Red Cross affiliation, which spanned 41 years, he was employed by the Department of Public Assistance, Scranton office. He was the past president of the Columbus Association, and was a volunteer for many church and civic functions.
Also surviving are a daughter, Joan Cianci, Dunmore; two sons, Jack, Mount Cobb, and Richard, Boynton Beach, Fla.; a sister, Laura Trudnowski, Scranton; five grandchildren; a great-grandchild; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Henry and Leo; and a sister, Florence Kurnas.
The funeral was from the Thomas J. Golden Funeral Home, 2004 Delaware St., Dunmore, with Mass in St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Chestnut Street, Dunmore, Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, 545 Jefferson Ave., or to the St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church Renovation Fund, 322 Chestnut St., Dunmore.

ALICE E. PICKRELL
Alice E. Pickrell, Chestertown, Md., formerly of Moscow, died September 25 at home. She was the widow of Samuel G. Pickrell, who died in 1992. Born in Spring Brook Township, daughter of the late Ernest and Nettie Ransom Benjamin, she had resided in Maryland for the past 10 years.
Surviving are two daughters, Charlotte A. Shrom, Chestertown, and Bette Jean Patton, Clearfield; a son, Samuel A., Tolchester, Md.; a sister, Elizabeth Parker, Waynesboro; a brother, Carl Benjamin; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
The funeral was in the Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow, with services by the Rev. Douglas Posegate, pastor, Daleville and Maple Lake United Methodist Churches. Interment, Springbrook Cemetery.

JAMES D. YOCUM
James D. Yocum, a resident of Elmhurst Township, died September 25 in the Hospice Unit of Mercy Hospital after an illness. His wife is the former Jacqueline Nicholes. The couple just celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary August 22.
Born in Rahway, N.J., son of Reba Yeager Yocum, Scranton, and the late Donald Yocum, he attended Trinity United Church of Christ, Scranton. He was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, and he worked as a journeyman bookbinder for the former Haddon and Craftsmen for over 33 years.
A kind and caring person, he was a loving husband, father and son, who will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Two of his favorite friends were his pets, Shadow and Spike. He was an avid sports fan, who especially enjoyed watching Nascar, the Phillies, the Steelers, and most of all, Penn State. He had a sense of humor about all things, and kept that sense about him through his courageous battle with cancer over the past seven years.
Also surviving are two daughters, Linda Yocum, at home; Christine Brennan, State College; a son, Donald, at home; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas.
The funeral was from the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Home, corner of 690 and First Street, with Mass in St. Ann’s Basilica Church. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Hospice, 746 Jefferson Ave., 18510.

DANIEL R. DIRIENZO SR.
Daniel R. Dirienzo Sr., Carbondale, formerly of Scranton, died September 25 in the VNA Hospice Inpatient Unit at Community Medical Center. His wife is the former Grace M. Contessa Dirienzo.
Born in Scranton, son of the late Stephen and Dorothy Salvati Dirienzo, he was a member of St. Ann’s Basilica and was a graduate of St. Ann’s Monastery School in 1947. He was an active volunteer at the Marian Community Hospital. He was a professional dance instructor for the Arthur Murray Dance Studio and Fred Astaire. He owned and operated the Daniel Dirienzo Florist Shop, Carbondale, and taught floral design.
Also surviving are a son, Daniel R. Jr., Waterford, Mich.; a daughter, Suzanne M. Schreckengaust, Moscow; two brothers, Felix and Frank, both of Scranton; three sisters, Rose Perna, Endwell, N.Y.; Margaret DeSanto, Scranton; and Dorothy Sherman, Binghamton, N.Y.; four grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Harold; and two sisters, Ann Colianni and Connie Wesnak.
The funeral was from the Thomas J. Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 1240 St. Ann’s St., with Mass in St. Ann’s Basilica. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Marian Community Hospital, 100 Lincoln Ave., Carbondale; St. Ann’s Basilica, 1250 St. Ann’s St., Scranton; or the VNA Hospice Unit, 301 Delaware St., Olyphant.

ROBERT J. O’HARA
Robert J. O’Hara, The Hideout, died September 26 at Mercy Hospital. His widow is Patricia Cocciolone O’Hara. His first wife, Lorraine Smith O’Hara, died in 1995.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., son of the late Robert and Mary Simpson O’Hara, he was a retired New York City fireman, serving the Bedford-Stuyvesant area on hook and ladder 111. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving as a naval gunner on merchant ships and the USS Lake Champlain. He moved to the Hideout in 1987. He had been active in St. Thomas More Church, and the Knights of Columbus for over 30 years.
He was an avid golfer and bowler, and loved all sports. He touched the hearts of many people, and was a kind, loving, warm person.
Also surviving are two brothers, James, Richardson, Texas, and William, Merrick, N.Y.; nieces and nephews.
The funeral was from the James Wilson Funeral Home, Inc., Route 296 Lake Ariel, with Mass in St. Thomas More Church, Lake Ariel, by the Rev. Edward R. Scott. Interment, St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow. Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Hospice, Jefferson Ave., 18501.

AGNES M. SHANDER
Agnes M. Shander, funeral director, 83, Peckville, died September 23 at Preferred Choice Hospice at Mid-Valley Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was the widow of Frank J. Shander, who died in 1985.
Born in Peckville, daughter of the late Stanley F. and Victoria H. Matyjewicz Shander, she was a funeral director in Peckville for the past 62 years. She attended Blakely schools, and graduated in 1935. She continued on to Eckles College to become a licensed funeral director, and graduated in 1938. She assisted her father until his death, then took over the family business.
She took great pride in her profession, and did all she could to help the families she assisted in their time of need. She was a member of the Pennsylvania and Lackawanna Funeral Directors’ Association, and a member of St. Michael the Archangel Church, Olyphant.
She was a very special woman with a heart of gold. She was always willing to give what she had to those who needed it. She was a woman of many words who spoke her piece. She was loved dearly by her daughter and daughter’s family who resided with her and cared for her. She had a great love of animals.
Surviving are four daughters, Sandy Nelson, Osceola Mills, Sherri Ross, Denver, Colo., Pam Kosydar, Dickson City, and Michelle Yuhas at home, her primary caregiver; a brother, Dr. Ernest G. Shander, Lake Ariel; two sisters, Madelyn Ksiazek, Olyphant; and Charlotte Yushinsky, Eynon; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; an aunt, nieces and nephews.
The funeral was from the Agnes M. Shander Funeral Home, 134 Main St., Peckville, with Mass in St. Michael the Archangel Church, Olyphant. Interment, Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Finch Hill.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society or any animal shelter.

LORRAINE VALENCHES O’MALLEY
Lorraine O’Malley, Scranton, formerly of Minooka, died September 22 in the VNA Hospice Inpatient Unit at Community Medical Center after a long illness. She leaves her husband and best friend, Joseph J. O’Malley, after 42 years of marriage.
Born in Shenandoah, daughter of the late Carl and Constance Sovinsky Valenches, she was a member of the Church of St. Joseph and a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, Class of 1953.
Before retirement, she was employed at the Steamtown National Historic Site.
She was known as “Rainie” to her many friends.
She will be deeply missed by all who knew her and those who received her love, friendship and devotion she gave throughout her lifetime.
Also surviving are two daughters, Meriann O’Malley, Thornhurst; and Helen Skibinski, Scranton; two sons, Joseph Jr., Scranton; and Thomas, Jacksonville, Fla.; two sisters, Carol Plante, New Jersey; and Constance Gance, Scranton; six grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her stepmother, Elsie Palmer Valenches; and a brother, Carl Valenches Jr.
The funeral was from the Eagen-Hughes Funeral Home, 2908 Birney Ave., with Mass in the Church of St. Joseph. Interment, Italian American Cemetery.

JOSEPH H. EVERETT JR.
Joseph H. Everett Jr., 58, Gouldsboro, died September 28 in the Mercy Hospice after a courageous battle with cancer. His widow is the former Joanne Kovich. The couple would have celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary in November.
Born in Scranton, son of the late Joseph H. and Alice Hay Everett, he was a graduate of Greene-Dreher High School, Newfoundland. He was employed, before retirement in 1996, as an electronics technician at the Tobyhanna Army Depot. He was an Army veteran, having served in the Old Guard, based out of Fort Myer, Arlington, Va. He was a member of the American Legion Post 247, Gouldsboro, and the Boy Scout Troop 130, Gouldsboro.
Also surviving are a daughter, Lynn, at home; a son, Paul, at home; an aunt, cousins, nieces and nephews.
The funeral was from the Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow, with services by the Rev. Lori Steffensen, pastor, Gouldsboro United Methodist Church. Interment with military honors was in Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Hospice Unit, 746 Jefferson Ave., Scranton.

THOMAS MICHAEL FERGUSON
Thomas Michael Ferguson, 71, Clarks Summit, died September 28 at home after an illness. He was the husband of Lois Hughes Ferguson. They have been married over 48 years.
Born June 9, 1929, in Scranton, son of the late John and Eleanor Dougher Ferguson, he had lived in Clarks Summit since 1990, moving from the Petersburg section of Scranton. He was a graduate of St. Paul’s High School. Before retirement, he was employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the Scranton office of the Workman’s Compensation Fund. He was formerly a sales representative for years, employed by area businesses.
He was a warm-hearted person who always put others ahead of himself. He always had a kind word to say, and was always there for anyone in need. He was very dedicated to his family, who loved and respected him greatly. He will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.
Also surviving are three sons, Thomas Jr., Scranton; Joseph, Elizabeth City, N.C.; and Frank, Mount Cobb; two daughters, Linda Shorten, Lords Valley; and Kathleen Hadsell, Simpson; four brothers, John, Walter, William all of Scranton; and George, Newark, Del.; three sisters, Ann Reed and Mary Cocker, both of Scranton; and Alice Luciano, Dunmore; and 13 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph and Edward; and two sisters. Eleanor Gehling and Virginia Wilmartt.
The funeral was from the Jennings-Calvey Funeral Home Inc., 111 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit, with Mass in the Church of St. Benedict’s, Newton Ransom Boulevard, Newton Township. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Preferred Choice Inpatient Unit, 1400 Main St., Peckville, 18452.

ALICE MORGAN HOWELLS
Alice Morgan Howells, 86, formerly of North Main Avenue and Park Gardens Apartments, Scranton, died September 27 in the VNA Hospice Inpatient Unit at Community Medical Center. She was the widow of William J. Howells Jr., who died in November 1989.
Born Feb. 26, 1914, in Scranton, daughter of the late Thomas and Louise Harris Morgan, she was a member of Concord United Church of Christ. She was a former volunteer for the Red Cross blood program and a former Sunday school teacher at Bethania Presbyterian Church. She was a 1932 graduate of Scranton Technical High School and a former member of the Eastern Star.
She was a loving mother, grandmother and sister who will be dearly missed.
Surviving are a daughter, Pearl Taylor, Scranton; two sons, William J. III, Corning N.Y.; and Robert J., Daleville; a sister, Louise Lynch, Scranton; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Pearl Morgan and Janet Adsit; and four brothers, Ivor, Thomas, David and Paul Morgan.
The funeral was from the Bomberger-Lesko Funeral Home, 1660 N. Main Ave., with services by the Rev. Thomas Nalesnik, pastor, Concord United Church of Christ. Interment, Arlington Hills Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation, 804 W. Diamnod Ave., Suite 210, Gaithersburg, MD. 20878; or the VNA Hospice Unit, 301 Delaware St., Olyphant, 18447.


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