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JOSEPH KOFLANOVICH
Joseph Koflanovich, 72, of Mount Cobb, died October 28 at home after a long battle with cancer. His wife of 48 years is the former Irene Helmheckel. Born Dec. 24, 1927, in Glen Lyon, son of the late John and Mary Lengle Koflanovich, he graduated from Newport Township High School and Wilkes-Barre School of Business and served his country in the Army. Before retirement from Prudential Insurance Co., he worked for the CIA in Washington, D.C. He was a member of St. Eulalia’s Church, Elmhurst, where he was active in the monthly breakfast kitchen crew. He helped form the Jefferson Township Little League and was a former member of the Jefferson Township Lions Club. He was a man of strong faith and honesty and a devoted husband and father whose joy was his family. Also surviving are three daughters, Teresa Ei, Moscow; Dr. Susan Underwood, Harleysville; and Karen Brownell, Clinton, N.J.; four sons, Thomas, Tucson, Ariz.; David, Olympia, Wash.; Daniel, Farmington, N.Y.; and Stephen, Lacey, Wash.; two sisters, Mary Prushinski, Nanticoke; and Ann Piestrak, Glen Lyons; 14 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by five brothers, John, George, Michael, Charles and Paul. The funeral was from the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Home, Route 690 and First Street, Moscow, with Mass in St. Eulalia’s Church. Interment, St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Mercy Hospice Foundation. 

NORA McGOFF
Nora McGoff, North Scranton, died November 4 at Mercy Hospital after an illness. Her husband, Thomas J. McGoff, died Dec. 23, 1979. Born in Archbald, daughter of the late Terrance and Rose Munley Connors, she was a graduate of Archbald High School and a member of Holy Rosary Church. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. Surviving are a daughter, Peggy Rose, Lake Ariel; two sons, Thomas J. and James F., both of Scranton; a brother, Paul, Delaware; 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Rose Dougherty; four brothers, Vincent, Terrance, Robert and Gerald; and a grandson. 

DOROTHY WALSH MARR, RN
Dorothy Walsh Marr, RN, formerly of 99 William St., Pittston, died October 27 at Mercy Hospital. Born and raised in Pittston, daughter of the late Patrick and Mary Newcomb Walsh, she was a graduate of St. John the Evangelist High School, Pittston, and of Mount Sinai Hospital School of Nursing, New York. She worked as a registered nurse for over 30 years in both New York and Pittston. Surviving are three daughters, Patricia Marr Mader, Mount Pocono; Marilyn Marr Watson, Lake Ariel, and Helen Marie Marr Kearney, with whom she resided; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and nephews. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Mildred Keller and Helen Reynolds; and two brothers, Joseph and Aloysius Walsh. The funeral was from Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittston, with Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston. Interment, Mount Olivet Cemetery. 

SIDNEY KATZ
Sidney Katz, 86, Stroudsburg, died October 29 in Newfoundland. His wife, the former Ethel Caplan, died in 1974. Born April 3, 1914 in Brooklyn, N.Y., son of the late Jacob and Rebecca Katz, he had lived in the area since 1960. He retired as manager of D. Katz and Sons, Stroudsburg, having been associated with his cousin in the business from 1960 until 1990. He was a member of the Temple Israel in Stroudsburg and the Knights of Pythias, Brooklyn. Surviving are a daughter, Judith Helbig, Newfoundland; a brother, Marshall, Boynton Beach, Fla.; two grandsons and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Arnold, who died in 1996. The funeral was from the William H. Clark Funeral Home, 1003 Main St., Stroudsburg, with Rabbi Dov Chechik officiating. Interment, Temple Israel Cemetery, Middle Smithfield Township. 

JOHN LIPTAK
John Liptak, 88, of 714 Lackawanna Ave., Mayfield, died October 29 at Marian Community Hospital, Carbondale. Born March 24, 1912 in Mayfield, son of the late Alex and Antonia Kozakowski Liptak, he was employed as an electrician by the state Department of Transportation prior to retirement. He was a member of St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church, Jermyn. He was a graduate of Mayfield High School, where he excelled in football, and attended the University of Alabama. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of American Legion Post 610, Mayfield. Surviving are a sister, Ann Filippone, Lake Ariel; a brother, Edward Liptak, West Hartford, Conn.; nieces and nephews. His caregiver was Leona Rossi, Mayfield. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary and Julia Liptak, and Libby Armentano, and a brother, Michael. The funeral was from St. Tikon’s Russian Orthodox Church, South Canaan, with Requiem services by the very Rev. John Kowalczyk, pastor of St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church. Interment, St. Tikon’s Cemetery, South Canaan. Arrangements by the Rycak-Harrison Funeral Home Inc., 901 Lackawanna Ave., Mayfield. 

MARY J. KURA
Mary J. Kura, Topton, formerly of Peckville, died October 30 at the Lutheran Home, Topton. She was the widow of Joseph Kura. Born in Sturges, daughter of the late Stephen and Mary Simchak Novajosky, she attended Blakely schools, and prior to retirement, was employed by the former Billig Shoe Co., Peckville. She was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Peckville. Surviving are two daughters, Joan Balog, Peckville, and Rosemary Dikeman, Macungie; a son, Joseph, Dalton; two sisters, Margaret Mack, Maple Glen, and Elizabeth Tarletsky, Lake Ariel; two brothers, James and Frank Novajosky, both of Peckville; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by five brothers, Stephen, Richard, Joseph, Paul and Cyril Novajosky. The funeral was from the James M. Margotta Funeral Home, 1019 Main St., Peckville, with Mass in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Willow Street, Peckville. Interment, Holy Ghost Cemetery, Blakely. 

STEPHEN R. YEAGER
Stephen R. Yeager, 23, of Moscow, died October 28 at his college residence in Middletown, Dauphin County. He was attending Penn State University, Harrisburg campus, majoring in software engineering. Born in Scranton, son of Robert A. Yeager Jr. and Debra Waltz Yeager, Moscow, he was a 1995 graduate of North Pocono High School and had attended Penn State University-Worthington Scranton campus. He was formerly employed by Warren Diamond Co., Scranton. An avid fan of professional football and basketball, he enjoyed water sports and snow skiing. He was a member of the Myrtle Street United Methodist Church. He was loving son, grandson, brother and friend who was always lending a helping hand. He was loved by everyone who knew him and will be sorely missed. Also surviving are a brother, Keith, New York City; maternal grandmother, Audrey Schuster, Scranton; paternal grandparents, Robert A. and Norma Roche Yeager, Scranton; aunts, uncles and cousins. The funeral was from the Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow, with services in the Myrtle Street United Methodist Church, by the Rev. Lynn Snyder, pastor. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Memorial contributions may be made to the Myrtle Street United Methodist Church, 640 Harrison Ave., 18510. 

JULIE CHISMAR
Julie Chismar, 2712 N. Main Ave., Scranton, died November 2 at Mercy Hospital after a brief illness. Her husband, Raymond Chismar, died in 1984. Born in Jermyn, daughter of the late Samuel and Anna Frenchko Slenska, she was employed by the former Hotel Scranton, and was also a personal home caregiver prior to retirement. Surviving are three brothers, Steven and Michael Slenska, both of Jermyn, and John Slenska, Moscow; a sister, Mary Lepo, Scranton; nieces and nephews. A blessing service was conducted at the Cathedral Cemetery Chapel. Arrangements by the Joseph C. Noreika Funeral Home, 1740 N. Main Ave. 

GEORGE RUSHIN
George Rushin, 76, Scranton, died November 2 in the Moses Taylor Hospital. His wife is the former Valedia Skelding. The couple married in 1960. Born in the Nay Aug section of Scranton, son of the late Harry and Mary Esaski Rushin, he was a member of Elm Park United Methodist Church. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a superintendent for Conrail, formerly the Erie Lackawanna Railroad, for over 50 years. A loving father and grandfather, he enjoyed his family and grandchildren. Also surviving are two sons, Russell Williams, Gouldsboro, and Guy Kenneth Williams, Austin, Texas; two sisters, Ann Novorosky, Dunmore, and Mary Bonaddio, Moscow; a brother, Paul, Dunmore; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, John, Michael and Harry Jr. The funeral was from the Brain Arthur Strauch Funeral Home, Route 690, Spring Brook Township, with services by the Rev. Rees Warring. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Memorial contributions may be made to Elm Park United Methodist Church, 712 Linden St. 

LOUIS PERRELLA
Louis Anthony Perrella, 82, Dunmore, died November 4 at Mercy Hospital Hospice after an illness. His widow is the former Florence Miller. Born in Dunmore, son of the late Charles and Bertha Malia Perrella, he was a member of St. Mary’s of Mount Carmel Church, Dunmore. He was educated in the Dunmore School District and was employed at Haddon Craftsman Book Co. 38 years. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was an avid fan of horse racing and enjoyed the races with his friends. He was a great friend to all and will be sadly missed by many. Surviving are a son, Charles, Elmhurst; a daughter, Roseann Roache, Dunmore; seven grandchildren, a great-granddaughter, nieces, nephews, cousins and a grandniece. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Marie Perrella Dougherty, in March 1995; two brothers, Dominick and Frank; and two sisters, Columba Preszkop and Teresa Chickillo. The funeral was from the Morrell-LaBelle Funeral Home, Dunmore, with Mass in St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church. Interment, St. Mary of Mount Carmel Cemetery. 

QUENTIN L. MEAD
Quentin L. Mead, 60, a lifelong resident of Madison Township, died November 3 in the Mercy Hospice after a battle with cancer. His widow is the former Jane Marie Arnold. They celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary Oct. 14. Born at the family homestead in Madison Township, son of the late Harold Gordon and Margaret Davies Mead, he attended the Henry Drinker School in Madisonville and graduated from Greene Dreher High School in the agricultural class. He founded the Quentin Mead Maple Products some 20 years ago and through the years his maple-product stands were well known throughout the Northeast, especially during his 20 years at the GDS fair. He was a director of the Northeast Division of the Pennsylvania Maple Producers Association and did custom farming for various local farmers and fieldwork with the Pennsylvania Department of Forestry. He was a member of North Pocono Bible Baptist Church and a former deacon. He was a loving and caring father of two children and grandfather of seven. Also surviving are a son, Arnold Gordon Mead, Madisonville; a daughter, April Rose Butler, Chester County; two sisters, Joyce Eason and Grace Ann Kellogg, both of Madisonville; three brothers, the Rev. Lee, West Lennox; and William and Tim, both of Madisonville; seven grandchildren, nieces and nephews. The funeral was from North Pocono Bible Baptist Church, Route 690, Moscow, with the Rev. Llewellyn Jones officiating. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Memorial contributions may be made to North Pocono Bible Baptist Church, Box 659, Moscow, 18444; Missionary Retreat Fellowship, RR 4 Box 303, Lake Ariel, 18436; or Montrose Broadcasting Corp., Box 248, Montrose, 18801 Arrangements, by Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Home, Route 690, Spring Brook Township.

MARTIN F. KRAUSE
Martin F. Krause, 63, a longtime resident of Madison Township, died November 5 in Mercy Hospice. His wife is the former Marquita Hahn. They had been married for 42 years. Born in Moscow, son of the late Herbert and Ruth Wheeler Krause, he was a 1955 graduate of Scranton Central High School, and attended Temple University extension in Scranton. Until 1958, he was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, and was currently a member of the Moscow United Methodist Church. He joined the Navy in 1955, and was trained as an electrical technician, serving in Bainbridge, Md., Norfolk, Va., and aboard the USS Gainard. After his discharge from the Navy, he worked as a draftsman for Bellante and Clauss Architects and Engineers, and later for ADT Security as a service technician followed by a promotion to regional supervisor in Alexandria, Va., fro Washington, D.C., and seven surrounding states. He retired from ADT in 1989. Surviving are two daughters, Kathleen Farr and Kelley Tayoun, both of Spring Brook Township; two sons, Kenneth and Kyle, both of Madisonville; a brother, Herbert, Moosic; a granddaughter; nieces and nephews. The funeral was from the Brain Arthur Strauch Funeral Home, Route 690, Spring Brook Township, with services by the Rev. Dr. Judith Johnson Siebold. Interment, private at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Hospice or the Moscow United Methodist Church.

DOROTHY J. MATHIAS
Dorothy J. Mathias, 238 Old Post Road, Edison, N.J., formerly of Gouldsboro, died November 7 in John F. Kennedy Hospital, Edison, after an illness. She was the wife of John H. Mathias. Born in Clifton Township, daughter of the late Andrew C. Sr. and Ruth Major, she was a graduate of Moscow High School. She lived in New Jersey for 35 years and was employed by First Union Bank, North Brunswick, N.J., before retirement. Also surviving are a brother, Andrew C. Major Jr., Gouldsboro; nieces and nephews. The funeral was from the Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow, with services by the Rev. Lori J. Steffenson, Gouldsboro United Methodist Church. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gouldsboro United Methodist Church, Box 245, Gouldsboro 18424.

MICHAEL A. KRUL
Michael A. Krul, 59, West Scranton, died November 6 at Mercy Hospital. His widow is the former Mary Genovese. They celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary July 30. Born May 27, 1941 in Scranton, son of the late Michael J. and Eleanor Dargatis Krul, he was educated in St. Mary of the Assumption High School. He served with the Army 1st Engineer Batallion at Fort Riley, Kan. He was a member of St. Lucy's Church and formerly had been employed as a foreman in the cutting room of CD Sportswear, and as a cutter at Vermont Sportswear, Taylor, until his disability. He was a loving and caring husband, father, brother, uncle and nephew, who enjoyed the love and company of family and friends. He was an avid New York Yankees fan and memorabilia collector. He also enjoyed Penn State football and Phillies baseball. He was known as a gentle and quiet man who never spoke out of turn or with anger, and who held no animosities. He will be forever cherished in the hearts of his family. Also surviving are a daughter, Eleanor, at home; two sisters, Angela Bouselli, Moscow; and Elaine Borys, Scranton; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. The funeral was from the Edward J. Chomko Funeral Home, 254-268 Railroad Ave., with Mass in St. Lucy's Church. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.

MARY BANICK DELOREY
Mary Banick Delorey, 79, Myrtle Beach, S.C., formerly of Moscow, died November 4 after a yearlong struggle with pancreatic cancer. She was the wife of William J. Delorey. Born March 22, 1921, in Scranton, daughter of the late Simon and Frances Kruper Banick, she was a graduate of Dunmore High School and Scranton-Lackawanna Business College. She was an active member of St. Andrew's Church, Myrtle Beach, for the past 13 years, and was a member of St. Catherine's Church, Moscow, from 1945 to 1987. In recent years, she was an active volunteer at the Grand Strand Senior Center of Myrtle Beach. Surviving are a daughter, Jan Delorey-Lytle, King George, Va.; four brothers, William, John, George and Cy Bancik; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Marilyn Ann Henderson; a brother, Stephen Banick; and a sister, Frances B. Eden. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 950 48th Ave. North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577; or the Mercy Hospice, P.O. Box 1409, Myrtle Beach, SC 29578.

EDWARD J. WILTSHIRE
Edward J. Wiltshire, 63, a resident of Elmhurst Township for 34 years, died November 6 at Community Medical Center after being stricken at home. His widow is the former Shirley Price. The couple had been married for 40 years. Born in Scranton, son of the late Edward J. and Helen Grywinski Wiltshire, he was a 1955 graduate of Scranton Technical High School. He was a machine operator at Fitchburg Coated Products, Scranton, for 23 years until his retirement. Years ago he worked for the Boston Cleaners in the Green Ridge section of Scranton. As a member of the Bidwell Hill United Methodist Church, he was chairman of the board and also sang in the choir. He also put in many hours on the construction of the church's new addition. He was former chief of the Elmhurst Roaring Brook Volunteer Fire Company and had also served as its president and secretary. Also surviving are three daughters, Diane Wiltshire, Dunmore; Lori Lewis, Union Dale; and Sherri Coviello, Dunmore; a son Ed Jr., Madisonville; four sisters, Jean Cwynar, Moscow; Dorothy Monopoli, Prospect, Conn.; Shirley Blanchard, Montdale; and Marlene Kakareka, Tennessee; a brother, Robert, Dickson City; two grandsons, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Audrey Webb. The funeral was from the Bidwell United Methodist Church with services by the Rev. John Craig. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bidwell United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 424, Hamlin 18427. Arrangements by the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Home, Spring Brook Township.

PETER KOVAL
Peter Koval, 81, Toms River, N.J., died November 7 at the Community Medical Center, Toms River. His wife, Claryse Koval, died in 1990. Born and raised in Dunmore, he lived in Seneca, S.C., for 23 years before moving to Toms River about a year ago. He was employed as a tool and die maker with Fedders Air Conditioning, Newark, N.J., for many years. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a Purple Heart recipient. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. While living in South Carolina, he participated in many church and community activities as well as being a member of the barbership quartet. He also volunteered for many years with various animal shelters. Surviving are a son, Daniel Richard Koval, Oceanport, N.J.; two daughters, Carol Koval, St. Louis, Mo.; and Louise DeLoy, Toms River; a brother, Andrew, Moscow; two sisters, Mary Walsh, Broomsall; and Marge Sadowski, Throop; 13 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Anderson and Campbell Funeral Homes, Toms River.

ESTHER PAULINE NOVAJOSKY
Esther Pauline Novajosky, Nicholson RD 1, died November 1 at Community Medical Center after an illness. Born in Lackawanna, N.Y., daughter of the late Herman Err and Mary T. Lydon Backus, she had resided in the Nicholson area for more than 30 years. Prior to retiring this year, she was employed as a seamstress by Gold Star Manufacturing and Triple A Trouser for 40 years. She was a member of St. Patrick's Church, Nicholson, and the Unite Union. Surviving are two daughterm Esther A. Graham, Nicholson; and Patricia Novajosky, Buffalo, N.Y.; five brothers, Herman E. Backus and Gene Backus, both of Buffalo, N.Y.; David Lydon and William Backus, both of Scranton; and Michael Backus, Moscow; three sisters, Mary Ellen Ferguson, Clarks Summit; Kay Thoman, Moscow; and Evelyn Sutor, Waymart; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Joseph; two sisters, Margaret Backus and Ethel Ozark; and a brother, Robert Backus. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1101 Hill St., Jessup, 18434. Arrangements by the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit.

EDNA R. WILLIAMS
Edna R. Williams, Hamlin, died November 17 at home. She was the widow of Robert G. Fenstermacher, who died Dec. 26, 1944. Born in Scranton, daughter of the late Russell and Mabel Davis Williams, she was a member of the Hollisterville Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Scranton Central High School and prior to retirement, she was employed as a receptionist at the U.S. Textile Corp. She was a loving and giving person, who will be greatly missed. Surviving is a son, Russell Murphy, Hamlin. She was preceded in death by a sister, Elaine Murphy. The funeral and interment were private with services by the Rev. Dr. Kenneth Lindow. Interment, Washburn Street Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hollisterville Baptist Church, RR 5, Box 528A, Moscow. Arrangements by the James Wilson Funeral Home, Route 296, Lake Ariel. 

MARIE B. CULL CLIFFORD
Marie B. Cull Clifford, 90, Flushing, N.Y., died November 18 at the home of her daughter in Laurel Estates, Lake Ariel, after an illness. She was the widow of Michael J. Clifford, who died in 1988. They were married for 51 years. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., daughter of the late Daniel and Dorothy Martin Cull, she was a housewife and was a member of Queen of Peace Church, Flushing. She vacationed in the Hawley area for the past 70 years, the past 35 years at Woodloch Pines. She was an avid knitter and crocheter who made baby sweaters, afghans and Christmas ornaments for dozens of her friends and family members. Surviving are a daughter, Jeanne Gieckel, Lake Ariel; a son, Michael J., Bethpage, N.Y.; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews. The funeral was at Queen of Peace Church, N.Y. Interment, Mount St. Mary’s Cemetery, Queens, N.Y. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Wayne Unit, 627 Main St., Honesdale, 18431; and the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, Md., 20852. Arrangements by Teeters’ Funeral Chapel, 505 Church St., Hawley. 

EARL L. SCHNEIDER
Earl L. Schneider, 63, RD 6 Moscow, Covington Township, died November 18 at Community Medical Center after a brief illness. His widow is the former Ruth O’Reilly. They celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary Oct. 12. Born in June 25, 1937 in New Brunswick, N.J., son of the late Raymond and Hazel Allen Schneider, he was educated in New Brunswick schools and attended Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a mechanical engineer at Supradur Manufacturing, Wind Gap. He was a member of the Daleville United Methodist Church. Also surviving are two daughters, Cynthia and Suzanne Schneider, both of Scranton; three sons, James, White Haven; Daniel, Covington Township, and Stephen, Scranton; a brother, Leonard, Newfoundland; a sister, Elvira Schneider, Mommoth Junction, N.J.; nine grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Hazel, Margaret and Marie; and a brother, Raymond. The funeral was from the Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 401 Church St., Moscow, with services by the Rev. Douglas Posegate, pastor of the Daleville and Maple Lake United Methodist Churches. Interment was private.

FRANCES V. BIAGIOLI
Frances V. "Frannie" Biagioli, 82, a South Scranton resident, died November 20 at the Hospice Preferred Choice Inpatient Unit at Mid-Valley Hospital, Peckville, after a lengthy illness. She was the widow of John Biagioli, who died in 1987. Born Nov. 12, 1918, in Johnson City, Tenn., daughter of the late Samuel and Mary Emily Berry Berry, she was employed by McDonald’s Restaurant, South Scranton, for 25 years before retirement. She was loved very much by her family and will be missed by all. Surviving are a son, John, with whom she resided; two daughters, Annmarie Schwenk, Daleville, and Helen Rodney, North Scranton; a brother, Samuel, Baltimore; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by numerous brothers and sisters. The funeral was from the August J. Haas Funeral Home Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with services by the Rev. Rebecca Tanner. Interment, Italian-American Cemetery, Minooka. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Preferred Choice, c/o Mid-Valley Hospital, Peckville, 18452. 

STANLEY J. LIPSKI
Stanley J. Lipski, Lake Ariel, died November 18 at Moses Taylor Hospital after an illness. His wife is the former Helen M. Darmofal, who died in 1995. The couple had been married for 51 years. Born in Scranton, son of the late Julius and Bridget Niedzwiecki Lipski, he retired from the U.S. Department of Defense in 1977 as a weapons systems program analyst for the secretary of the Navy at the Pentagon. He was a graduate of the former St. Thomas College, and he also attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University, American University and the Institute of Defense Analysis. He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Surviving are three daughters, Aleksandra Kline and Susanne Lipski, both of Lake Ariel, and Stephanie Hubbs, Eagen, Minn.; a brother, Walter, Erie; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers, the Rev. John, Leo and Joseph; and a sister, Josephine Evans. The funeral was from the Catherine Y. Zabielski Funeral Home, 941 S. Main St., with Mass in St Michael’s Church, Jackson Street. Interment, SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Taylor. 

EUGENE J. VITALI SR.
Eugene J. Vitali Sr., Dunmore, died November 19 at home. He and his wife, the former Marian R. Wallace, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Sept. 14. Born in Dunmore, son of the late John and Gilda Vincenti Vitali, he was a 1936 graduate of Dunmore High School and a member of St. Casimir’s Church, Dunmore. Prior to retirement, he was co-owner and operator of the Turnpike Coal Co., Dunmore. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend who enjoyed spending time with his family. He was an avid New York Yankees fan. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Also surviving are two sons, Eugene J. Jr., Lake Ariel, and John, Daleville; three daughters, Mary Louise Scioscia, Clarks Summit; Ann Chapman, Marshall, Mich.; and Elizabeth, at home; a brother, John, Dunmore; two stepbrothers, Peter Loretti, Florida, and Angelo Loretti, Dunmore; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Angelo; two sisters, Stella Burke and Helen Mangan; and a stepbrother, Amerigo Loretti. The funeral was from the Thomas J. Golden Funeral Home, 2004 Delaware St., Dunmore, with Mass in St. Casimir’s Church, Prospect Street, Dunmore. Entombment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

MARY ANN GORZKOWSKI
Mary Ann "Honey" Gorzkowski, 68, of the Glendale section of Avoca, died November 19 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. She was the wife of Edward P. Gorzkowski Sr. The couple had been married 50 years. Born Aug. 16, 1932, in Dunmore, daughter of the late Joseph and Pauline Depich Bednar, she was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Avoca. Also surviving are four sons, Edward Jr., Joseph and Richard, all of Glendale; and John (Jay), Springbrook Township; a daughter, Linda Herman, Glendale; and eight grandchildren. The funeral was from St. Mary’s Church, Avoca, celebrated by the Rev. Joseph Elston. Interment was at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca, 18641. Arrangements by the Kniffen O’Malley Funeral Home Inc., 728 Main St., Avoca. 

ELLEN L. LUONGO
Ellen L. Luongo, 73, of East Scranton, died November 20 at Community Medical Center. She was the wife of Salvatore J. Luongo. The couple had celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary in February. Born in South Gibson, daughter of the late Howard and Leona Pickering Barlow, she was a graduate of Harford High School and Lackawanna Junior College. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. She enjoyed her family and her casino trips to Atlantic City. Also surviving are two daughters, Lisa Miller, Scranton; and Cheryl Borden, Spring Brook; two sons, Guy, Mountaintop; and Thomas, Carey, N.C.; a sister, Maryjane Prebish, Dunmore; a brother, Dimock Barlow, South Gibson; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Elmer. The funeral was from the Vanston Funeral Home, Ash Street and North Irving Avenue, with Mass in Immaculate Conception Church. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 63 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, 18701. 

BERENIECE E. PICKENHEIM
Bereniece E. Pickenheim, 87, of 222 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, died November 20. Her husband was the late Arthur W. Pickenheim. Born in Freeland, daughter of the late Foster and Dora Eroh Drasher, she was employed as a clerk by the former Sheids Department Store, Tamaqua. She was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, and the Eastern Star Hester Rebecca Lodge, Tamaqua. She was a 1931 graduate of Hazleton High School. Surviving are two sons, Ronald A., Moscow, and Paul J., Danville; a daughter, Cheryl Thomas, Honesdale; a sister, Gladys Reed, Watsontown; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Memorial services were conducted in Trinity United Church of Christ, Tamaqua, by the Rev. David Grant, pastor. Interment, private in St. John’s Cemetery, Cunningham. Arrangements by the E. Franklin Griffiths and Robert C. Reeser Funeral Home, Tamaqua.

MARY L. KANE
Mary L. Kane, Dunmore, died November 20 at home after an illness. She was the widow of James A. Kane, M.D., who died Jan. 15, 1997. Born in Carbondale, daughter of the late Patrick and Nellie Mullaly, she was a member of St. Clare’s Church. She was educated in Carbondale schools and graduated in 1942 from Marywood University with a bachelor’s degree in library science. Before marriage, she worked as a librarian at St. Thomas College, now the University of Scranton. She is survived by a daughter, Mary E. Kane, with whom she resided; a son, James Kane, Moosic Lakes; a granddaughter, nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Daniel and John Mullaly, and two sisters, Kathryn and Eileen Mullaly. The funeral Mass was from St. Clare’s Church. Interment, St. Mary of Mount Carmel Cemetery, Dunmore. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton 18509. Arrangements by the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore. 

LUCILLE E. ATEN
Lucille E. Aten, 77, a lifelong resident of the Moscow area, died November 21 in Moses Taylor Hospital after an illness. Her husband is John H. “Jack” Aten. They had been married for 54 years. Born in Moscow, daughter of the late Edwin and Alma Jones Griffith, she was a graduate of Moscow High School, and was employed in the secretarial department of International Salt Co. Prior to that, she was the receptionist for Dr. Brundage in Moscow. She was a member of the Moscow United Methodist Church and of the Harriet Green Chapter 198 Order of the Eastern Star. She was a caring, compassionate person, who was a loving mother and grandmother, and enjoyed being with her granddaughter. She was an avid reader, and enjoyed needlepoint and cross-stitching. Surviving are two sons, Robert and David, both of Elmhurst; a stepson, John, Nashua, N.H.; a sister, Janice Carlson, Sweden; a granddaughter; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a stepmother, Laurissa Griffith; a brother, Lincoln Sayer; and a sister, Marybelle Griffith. A memorial service was held in the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Home, Route 690, Spring Brook Township, with services by the Rev. Dr. Judith Johnson Siebold. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

CASSIE COLLINS
Cassie Collins, 83, a guest of St. Mary’s Villa, Elmhurst, formerly of Avoca, died November 21 at the Community Medical Center. Born in Dupont, daughter of the late Frank and Mary Novak Trzcinski, she was employed in the local garment industry prior to retirement. She was a member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Dupont. Surviving are a son, Richard, Moscow; a daughter, Mary Ann Pisano, Hughestown; a sister, Ceil Rusin, Exeter; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Sofchak, and a brother, Joseph Schinsky. The funeral was from the Stephen M. Lokuta Funeral Home, 200 Wyoming Ave., Dupont, with Mass in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Dupont. Interment, parish Cemetery, Dupont. 

JOHN GALLAGHER
John Gallagher, 50, Pocono Springs, Gouldsboro, died November 21 in a work-related accident. His wife is the former Ann Marie Joyce. Born in Scranton, son of John Francis Gallagher, Cherry Hill, N.J., and Annmarie Ross Hahn, Scranton, he was a graduate of Cathedral High School, and the University of Scranton, where he majored in mathematics and minored in physics. He was a self-employed contractor and owner of J.P.G. Inc. He was a member of St. Eulalia’s Church, Elmhurst. He was a hardworking and devoted husband and loving father, who participated in his children’s lives. He will be remembered and missed by all who knew him. Surviving are a daughter, Colleen, at home; two sons, Jesse, Lake Tahoe, Nev., and Jonathan, at home; a brother, Kerri Hahn, Lititz; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by a stepfather, Frederick Hahn; and maternal grandparents, Patrick and Ceil Ross. The funeral was from the Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 401 Church St., Moscow, with Mass in St. Eulalia’s Church, Blue Shutters Road, Elmhurst. Interment, St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Center, 2010 Adams Ave., or Make-a-Wish Foundations, Northeast Chapter, 480 Scott St., Wilkes-Barre.

EDNA R. WILLIAMS
Edna R. Williams, Hamlin, died November 17 at home. She was the widow of Robert G. Fenstermacher, who died Dec. 26, 1944. Born in Scranton, daughter of the late Russell and Mabel Davis Williams, she was a member of the Hollisterville Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Scranton Central High School and prior to retirement, she was employed as a receptionist at the U.S. Textile Corp. She was a loving and giving person, who will be greatly missed. Surviving is a son, Russell Murphy, Hamlin. She was preceded in death by a sister, Elaine Murphy. The funeral and interment were private with services by the Rev. Dr. Kenneth Lindow. Interment, Washburn Street Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hollisterville Baptist Church, RR 5, Box 528A, Moscow. Arrangements by the James Wilson Funeral Home, Route 296, Lake Ariel.

MARIE B. CULL CLIFFORD
Marie B. Cull Clifford, 90, Flushing, N.Y., died November 18 at the home of her daughter in Laurel Estates, Lake Ariel, after an illness. She was the widow of Michael J. Clifford, who died in 1988. They were married for 51 years. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., daughter of the late Daniel and Dorothy Martin Cull, she was a housewife and was a member of Queen of Peace Church, Flushing. She vacationed in the Hawley area for the past 70 years, the past 35 years at Woodloch Pines. She was an avid knitter and crocheter who made baby sweaters, afghans and Christmas ornaments for dozens of her friends and family members. Surviving are a daughter, Jeanne Gieckel, Lake Ariel; a son, Michael J., Bethpage, N.Y.; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews. The funeral was at Queen of Peace Church, N.Y. Interment, Mount St. Mary’s Cemetery, Queens, N.Y. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Wayne Unit, 627 Main St., Honesdale, 18431; and the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, Md., 20852. Arrangements by Teeters’ Funeral Chapel, 505 Church St., Hawley.

EARL L. SCHNEIDER
Earl L. Schneider, 63, RD 6 Moscow, Covington Township, died November 18 at Community Medical Center after a brief illness. His widow is the former Ruth O’Reilly. They celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary Oct. 12. Born in June 25, 1937 in New Brunswick, N.J., son of the late Raymond and Hazel Allen Schneider, he was educated in New Brunswick schools and attended Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Prior to retirement, he was employed as a mechanical engineer at Supradur Manufacturing, Wind Gap. He was a member of the Daleville United Methodist Church. Also surviving are two daughters, Cynthia and Suzanne Schneider, both of Scranton; three sons, James, White Haven; Daniel, Covington Township, and Stephen, Scranton; a brother, Leonard, Newfoundland; a sister, Elvira Schneider, Mommoth Junction, N.J.; nine grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Hazel, Margaret and Marie; and a brother, Raymond. The funeral was from the Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 401 Church St., Moscow, with services by the Rev. Douglas Posegate, pastor of the Daleville and Maple Lake United Methodist Churches. Interment was private.

STANLEY J. LIPSKI
Stanley J. Lipski, Lake Ariel, died November 18 at Moses Taylor Hospital after an illness. His wife is the former Helen M. Darmofal, who died in 1995. The couple had been married for 51 years. Born in Scranton, son of the late Julius and Bridget Niedzwiecki Lipski, he retired from the U.S. Department of Defense in 1977 as a weapons systems program analyst for the secretary of the Navy at the Pentagon. He was a graduate of the former St. Thomas College, and he also attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University, American University and the Institute of Defense Analysis. He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. Surviving are three daughters, Aleksandra Kline and Susanne Lipski, both of Lake Ariel, and Stephanie Hubbs, Eagen, Minn.; a brother, Walter, Erie; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers, the Rev. John, Leo and Joseph; and a sister, Josephine Evans. The funeral was from the Catherine Y. Zabielski Funeral Home, 941 S. Main St., with Mass in St Michael’s Church, Jackson Street. Interment, SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Taylor.

EUGENE J. VITALI SR.
Eugene J. Vitali Sr., Dunmore, died November 19 at home. He and his wife, the former Marian R. Wallace, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Sept. 14. Born in Dunmore, son of the late John and Gilda Vincenti Vitali, he was a 1936 graduate of Dunmore High School and a member of St. Casimir’s Church, Dunmore. Prior to retirement, he was co-owner and operator of the Turnpike Coal Co., Dunmore. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend who enjoyed spending time with his family. He was an avid New York Yankees fan. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Also surviving are two sons, Eugene J. Jr., Lake Ariel, and John, Daleville; three daughters, Mary Louise Scioscia, Clarks Summit; Ann Chapman, Marshall, Mich.; and Elizabeth, at home; a brother, John, Dunmore; two stepbrothers, Peter Loretti, Florida, and Angelo Loretti, Dunmore; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Angelo; two sisters, Stella Burke and Helen Mangan; and a stepbrother, Amerigo Loretti. The funeral was from the Thomas J. Golden Funeral Home, 2004 Delaware St., Dunmore, with Mass in St. Casimir’s Church, Prospect Street, Dunmore. Entombment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

MARY ANN GORZKOWSKI
Mary Ann "Honey" Gorzkowski, 68, of the Glendale section of Avoca, died November 19 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. She was the wife of Edward P. Gorzkowski Sr. The couple had been married 50 years. Born Aug. 16, 1932, in Dunmore, daughter of the late Joseph and Pauline Depich Bednar, she was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Avoca. Also surviving are four sons, Edward Jr., Joseph and Richard, all of Glendale; and John (Jay), Springbrook Township; a daughter, Linda Herman, Glendale; and eight grandchildren. The funeral was from St. Mary’s Church, Avoca, celebrated by the Rev. Joseph Elston. Interment was at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca, 18641. Arrangements by the Kniffen O’Malley Funeral Home Inc., 728 Main St., Avoca.

ELLEN L. LUONGO
Ellen L. Luongo, 73, of East Scranton, died November 20 at Community Medical Center. She was the wife of Salvatore J. Luongo. The couple had celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary in February. Born in South Gibson, daughter of the late Howard and Leona Pickering Barlow, she was a graduate of Harford High School and Lackawanna Junior College. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. She enjoyed her family and her casino trips to Atlantic City. Also surviving are two daughters, Lisa Miller, Scranton; and Cheryl Borden, Spring Brook; two sons, Guy, Mountaintop; and Thomas, Carey, N.C.; a sister, Maryjane Prebish, Dunmore; a brother, Dimock Barlow, South Gibson; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Elmer. The funeral was from the Vanston Funeral Home, Ash Street and North Irving Avenue, with Mass in Immaculate Conception Church. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 63 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, 18701.

BERENIECE E. PICKENHEIM
Bereniece E. Pickenheim, 87, of 222 E. Broad St., Tamaqua, died November 20. Her husband was the late Arthur W. Pickenheim. Born in Freeland, daughter of the late Foster and Dora Eroh Drasher, she was employed as a clerk by the former Sheids Department Store, Tamaqua. She was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, and the Eastern Star Hester Rebecca Lodge, Tamaqua. She was a 1931 graduate of Hazleton High School. Surviving are two sons, Ronald A., Moscow, and Paul J., Danville; a daughter, Cheryl Thomas, Honesdale; a sister, Gladys Reed, Watsontown; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Memorial services were conducted in Trinity United Church of Christ, Tamaqua, by the Rev. David Grant, pastor. Interment, private in St. John’s Cemetery, Cunningham. Arrangements by the E. Franklin Griffiths and Robert C. Reeser Funeral Home, Tamaqua.

MARY L. KANE
Mary L. Kane, Dunmore, died November 20 at home after an illness. She was the widow of James A. Kane, M.D., who died Jan. 15, 1997. Born in Carbondale, daughter of the late Patrick and Nellie Mullaly, she was a member of St. Clare’s Church. She was educated in Carbondale schools and graduated in 1942 from Marywood University with a bachelor’s degree in library science. Before marriage, she worked as a librarian at St. Thomas College, now the University of Scranton. She is survived by a daughter, Mary E. Kane, with whom she resided; a son, James Kane, Moosic Lakes; a granddaughter, nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Daniel and John Mullaly, and two sisters, Kathryn and Eileen Mullaly. The funeral Mass was from St. Clare’s Church. Interment, St. Mary of Mount Carmel Cemetery, Dunmore. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton 18509. Arrangements by the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore.

FRANCES V. BIAGIOLI
Frances V. "Frannie" Biagioli, 82, a South Scranton resident, died November 20 at the Hospice Preferred Choice Inpatient Unit at Mid-Valley Hospital, Peckville, after a lengthy illness. She was the widow of John Biagioli, who died in 1987. Born Nov. 12, 1918, in Johnson City, Tenn., daughter of the late Samuel and Mary Emily Berry Berry, she was employed by McDonald’s Restaurant, South Scranton, for 25 years before retirement. She was loved very much by her family and will be missed by all. Surviving are a son, John, with whom she resided; two daughters, Annmarie Schwenk, Daleville, and Helen Rodney, North Scranton; a brother, Samuel, Baltimore; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by numerous brothers and sisters. The funeral was from the August J. Haas Funeral Home Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with services by the Rev. Rebecca Tanner. Interment, Italian-American Cemetery, Minooka. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Preferred Choice, c/o Mid-Valley Hospital, Peckville, 18452.

LUCILLE E. ATEN
Lucille E. Aten, 77, a lifelong resident of the Moscow area, died November 21 in Moses Taylor Hospital after an illness. Her husband is John H. “Jack” Aten. They had been married for 54 years. Born in Moscow, daughter of the late Edwin and Alma Jones Griffith, she was a graduate of Moscow High School, and was employed in the secretarial department of International Salt Co. Prior to that, she was the receptionist for Dr. Brundage in Moscow. She was a member of the Moscow United Methodist Church and of the Harriet Green Chapter 198 Order of the Eastern Star. She was a caring, compassionate person, who was a loving mother and grandmother, and enjoyed being with her granddaughter. She was an avid reader, and enjoyed needlepoint and cross-stitching. Surviving are two sons, Robert and David, both of Elmhurst; a stepson, John, Nashua, N.H.; a sister, Janice Carlson, Sweden; a granddaughter; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a stepmother, Laurissa Griffith; a brother, Lincoln Sayer; and a sister, Marybelle Griffith. A memorial service was held in the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Home, Route 690, Spring Brook Township, with services by the Rev. Dr. Judith Johnson Siebold. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

CASSIE COLLINS
Cassie Collins, 83, a guest of St. Mary’s Villa, Elmhurst, formerly of Avoca, died November 21 at the Community Medical Center. Born in Dupont, daughter of the late Frank and Mary Novak Trzcinski, she was employed in the local garment industry prior to retirement. She was a member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Dupont. Surviving are a son, Richard, Moscow; a daughter, Mary Ann Pisano, Hughestown; a sister, Ceil Rusin, Exeter; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Sofchak, and a brother, Joseph Schinsky. The funeral was from the Stephen M. Lokuta Funeral Home, 200 Wyoming Ave., Dupont, with Mass in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Dupont. Interment, parish Cemetery, Dupont.

JOHN GALLAGHER
John Gallagher, 50, Pocono Springs, Gouldsboro, died November 21 in a work-related accident. His wife is the former Ann Marie Joyce. Born in Scranton, son of John Francis Gallagher, Cherry Hill, N.J., and Annmarie Ross Hahn, Scranton, he was a graduate of Cathedral High School, and the University of Scranton, where he majored in mathematics and minored in physics. He was a self-employed contractor and owner of J.P.G. Inc. He was a member of St. Eulalia’s Church, Elmhurst. He was a hardworking and devoted husband and loving father, who participated in his children’s lives. He will be remembered and missed by all who knew him. Surviving are a daughter, Colleen, at home; two sons, Jesse, Lake Tahoe, Nev., and Jonathan, at home; a brother, Kerri Hahn, Lititz; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by a stepfather, Frederick Hahn; and maternal grandparents, Patrick and Ceil Ross. The funeral was from the Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 401 Church St., Moscow, with Mass in St. Eulalia’s Church, Blue Shutters Road, Elmhurst. Interment, St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Center, 2010 Adams Ave., or Make-a-Wish Foundations, Northeast Chapter, 480 Scott St., Wilkes-Barre.


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