|Herbert W. Cruikshank
World War II Veteran
Herbert W. Cruikshank Sr., 73, of Foothill Drive, Mountain Top, died
June 13 in Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.
Born July 21, 1927, in Wyoming, son of the late Jay M. and Katherine
(Kay) Miller Cruikshank, and attended Keystone College.
Mr. Cruikshank was an Army veteran of World War II, having served in
82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions.
Before retiring, he was employed as a toll switchman by Bell Atlantic
for more than 30 years.
He was a member of Boy Scouts, attaining rank of Eagle Scout, and was
a Cub Scout Leader; life member and past president, Chapter Council, Telephone
Pioneers of America, and was inducted into Pioneer Wall of Fame; member,
First Church, Wilkes-Barre; Masonic Lodge 61; Caldwell Consistory; Rem
Temple AAONMS; American Legion Post 781, Mountain Top; Susquehanna River
His wife, the former Mae M. Weidner, died September 11, 1995.
Surviving are sons, Herbert W. Jr. and Jay M., both of Mountain Top;
two grandchildren; brothers, Jay, Palo Alto; Phil and William, both of
Wilkes-Barre; Archie, Sugar Run; nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to First Church of Christ, Carey Avenue
and Horton Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
Marjorie L. Nanstiel
White Haven Resident
Marjorie L. Nanstiel, 85, of White Haven, died October 10 at Davis
Manor, Mountain Top.
She was born in White Haven, daughter of the late Fred and Katheryn
She was a life resident of White Haven and a member of the Presbyterian
Church of White Haven.
Her husband, Charles, died in 1990. Brothers, Fred, Carl, Frank and
Rex, also preceded her in death.
Surviving are nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to Presbyterian Church of White Haven,
305 Berwick St., White Haven, PA 18661.
Ronald W. Stanton
Ronald W. Stanton, 50, a government research geologist who developed
methods of predicting coal bed thickness and the quality of world coal
resources, died of cancer September 27 at his home in Vienna.
Mr. Stanton began working for the U.S. Geological Survey as a field
assistant in 1973 and spent his entire career there. A specialist in organic
coal petrology, his work led to modifications of coal petrographic classifications
that are used by the American Society for Testing and materials and other
In the 1990s, he was assistant chief of the coal geology branch and
chief scientist of the surveyís Eastern Energy Resources Team.
Mr. Stanton was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa and moved to Mountaintop at
an early age. He was a graduate of Wyoming Seminary, West Virginia University,
where he also received a masterís degree in geology and received his BS
from Waynesburg, PA.
He was an honorary member of the International Committee for Coal Petrology,
a committee officer of the American Society for Testing and Materials and
a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Society
of Mining Engineers.
He was a Boy Scout leader, a soccer and basketball coach for youth
leagues in Fairfax County and an organizer of the Hunter Mill Defense League,
which fought development in Vienna. His interests included fly-fishing
and bluegrass music. He played the violin, banjo, piano and trumpet.
Survivors include his wife, Cindy Stanton, and son, Timothy Stanton,
both of Vienna; his parents, Jack and Sylvia Stanton of Mountaintop, PA;
a sister and a brother.
Helen M. Richwick
Helen M. Richwick, of Spruce Street, Mountain Top, died October 18
in Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.
She was born in Breslau, Hanover Township, daughter of the late Walter
and Magdeline Chrulski Andrucik, and was a graduate of Hanover High School
and Georgetown University School of Nursing, Washington, DC.
She had resided in New York for several years, before moving to Mountain
Top 30 years ago.
She was a member of St. Mary/St. Stephenís Church Community, Plymouth.
She was employed as a registered private duty nurse in New York City.
Brothers, Walter and John; sisters, Regina Andrucik and Lillian Cologie,
preceded her in death.
Surviving are niece, Irene Rose Andrucik, Hanover Township; cousins.
Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donorís choice.
Beatrice A. (Aunt Beaty) Hinchcliff, 88, of Wapwallopen, died October
20 at the Hospice Community Care Unit of Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.
Born on January 28, 1913, in Wapwallopen, she was a daughter of the
late Alvin L. and Carrie A. Whitebread Hess. She was a lifelong farmer
and worked with her late husband on their dairy farm. She continued to
run the farm after his death, until her retirement. She was a member of
the Pennsylvania Farmersí Association. She was a member of St. Johnís United
Church of Christ in Wapwallopen since 1949. Until her health began to fail
she was very active in church functions. She was an avid gardener and was
known for extensive home canning and cooking for family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy E. Hinchcliff; brothers,
Hoyt, Raymond and Ralph Hess; and sisters, Arlene Hess, Mae Hess and Mabel
Surviving are sons, Harold A. and Robert L. Hinchcliff, and daughter,
Mrs. Robert (Diane B.) Dawson, all of Wapwallopen; six grandchildren and
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday from the Mayo Funeral
Home Inc., 77 N. Main St., Shickshinny, with the Rev. M. Jane Hess, officiating.
Interment will be in Old River Church Cemetery, Wapwallopen. Visitation
will be 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can
be made to the Old River Church Cemetery Association, Box 3522, RR 3 Wapwallopen,
18660, or to St. Johnís United Church of Christ, RR 2, Box 22P, Wapwallopen.
Hamilton H. ďHarryĒ Eaton, 69, of Wilkes-Barre, and formerly of Mountaintop,
died October 21 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. He had previously been
a patient at the John Heinz Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, Wilkes-Barre
Born in Pittston, he was a son of the late David Cummings and Annie
Day Eaton. He attended Pittston schools. He was a truck driver most of
his life and worked for S&W Enterprises, Plains Township, prior to
his retirement due to disability.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jacqueline Eaton, brothers,
David, Al, Charlie and Thomas Eaton; and sister, Mrs. Evelyn Briggs.
Surviving are his wife, the former Betty Haas, at home; sons, Floyd
Eaton, Duryea; and William Eaton, at home; daughters, Frances Mary Eaton,
Hunlock Creek; and Kassandra Eaton, at home; brothers, Robert Eaton, Chicago,
Ill.; and Morgan Eaton, Dallas; five grandchildren and several nieces and
Funeral services will be held 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the H. Merritt
Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 451, N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre with Pastor Harold
Hoskins, Maranatha Fellowship Church, Swoyersville, officiating. Private
interment will be at the convenience of the family. Friends may call from
7 p.m. until time of service on Wednesday. The family requests that flowers
be omitted and that memorial donations be made to Maranatha Fellowship
Church, 135 Owen St., Swoyersville, 18704.
World War II Veteran
Edmund Opachinski, 84, of Nuangola Road, Mountain Top, died May 20
in Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Plains Township.
He was born July 3, 1917, in Nanticoke, son of the late Michael and
Katherine Opachinski, and attended Nanticoke public schools.
Mr. Opachinski was an Army veteran of World War II, having served as
a sergeant in the infantry in Europe. He received the Purple Heart while
serving in Germany.
Before retiring, he was employed in the maintenance department by Department
of Veterans Affairs Medical Center for 30 years. He was a member of Holy
Trinity Church and American Legion Post 350, both in Nanticoke.
His wife, the former Clara Toback, died Dec. 8, 1981.
Surviving are his son, Robert, with whom he resided; three grandchildren;
brother, John, New York; sister, Sophie Hritzik, Korn Krest.
Helen M. Mika
Helen M. Mika, 84, of Nuangola died May 20 in St. Joseph Hospital,
She was born in Edwardsville, daughter of the late Jacob and Mary Karash
Zaboly. Mrs. Mika was a successful businesswoman for 55 years, first operating
Helenís Horseshoe Bar, Ashley, from 1947 until 1957, and later the Pine
View Inn, Nuangola, from 1957 until 2002. She was a member of St. Maryís
Maternity Church, Wilkes-Barre.
Her husband, Chester Mika Sr., died Feb. 10, 2002; brothers, Joseph
and Frank; sister, Josephine Ivanich, also preceded her in death.
Surviving are sons, Chester, St. Peters, Mo.; Ronald, Bear Creek; six
grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Karl, France; nieces
Donald Smith, 93, of Wright Township died May 20 at home.
He was born April 4, 1909, in Albert, Wright Township, son of the late
George and Anna Barbara Hildebrand Smith, and was a life resident of Mountain
Top, attending Fairview Township schools.
Before retiring, he was employed by Spaide Transport, Wilkes-Barre,
as a truck driver.
Sisters, Helen Smith and Mae Jones; brothers, Charles, Walter, Clarence,
Marvin, Percy, Ralph and Carl, preceded him in death.
Surviving are his wife of 63 years, the former Norah Koons; daughters,
Barbara Mack, Chestertown, Md.; Eloise Bricker, Reading; three grandchildren.
The funeral was held from McCune Funeral Home, 80 S. Mountain Blvd.,
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Community Care, 385 Wyoming
Ave., Kingston, PA 18704 or Presbyterian Church of Mountain Top, 10 Oak
Lawn St., Mountain Top, PA 18707.
Walter J. Shemanski, of Dearborn, Mich; formerly of Wapwallopen, died
April 21 at Heritage Hospital.
Born in Glen Lyon, he was a son of the late John and Pauline Tomczak
Shemanski. He was formerly a security guard. He was a veteran of World
He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Eleanor Tennesen.
Surviving are his sister, Dorothy Macyda; brothers, Clemence and Henry;
and many nieces and nephews.
Harold S. Donlin
Harold S. (Harv) Donlin, 50, of West Green Street, Nanticoke, died
Wednesday in Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.
He was born May 16, 1952, in Wilkes-Barre, son of the late James and
Virginia Gaylord Donlin. He attended Hanover Area schools.
Mr. Donlin was employed by State Correctional Institute, Retreat as
commissary clerk manager for the past 10 years. He was formerly employed
as a cook by Valley Crest Nursing Home, Plains Township, for more than
He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Mountain Top; Stickney
Fire Company No. 1, Nanticoke; Nanticoke Firemenís Relief Association;
12th Man Football Booster Club; and Nanticoke Junior Trojans Booster Club.
Surviving are his wife of 20 years, the former Cindy L. Davis; son,
Stephen, and daughter, Jennie Lu, both at home; brothers, James, Virginia;
Paul, Dallas; Patrick, Wilkes-Barre; sisters, Janet Caffrey, Shavertown;
Paulette Garber, Hanover Township; Susie Higgins, Plymouth; Ellie Kivler,
Plains; nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church
Organ Fund, P.O. Box 7, Mountain Top, PA 18707, or to charity of the donorís
Elizabeth (Emma) Desiderio, 88, formerly of Mountain Top and Forty
Fort, died July 23 at Balanced Care, Kingston.
She was born April 3, 1914, in Forty Fort, daughter of the late John
Eade and Alice Eade Marsden, and attended Forty Fort schools.
Mrs. Desiderio was employed for 22 years by Department of Veterans
Affairs Medical Center, Plains Township.
She was a member of St. Paulís Lutheran Church, Mountain Top, and its
LCW and Happy Group.
Her husband, James; sister, Charlotte Zampetti, preceded her in death.
Surviving are nieces and nephews, including Anna Mae Sipko, Forty Fort;
Angela Mazzarella, Exeter; Vincent Pagliante, Shavertown.
The funeral has held from Desiderio Funeral Home, 377 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paulís Lutheran Church, South
Mountain Boulevard, Mountain Top, PA 18707.
Roy W. Brandau
World War II Veteran
Roy W. Brandau, 82, of RR 3, Wapwallopen, died July 27 evening at home.
He was born March 24, 1920 in Hazleton and was the son of the late
Phillip and Matilda Waldron Brandau.
He graduated in 1937 from the former Hazleton High School. He also
graduated in 1949 from Bloomsburg State Teacherís College with a B.S. degree
in education. He received his masterís degree in education from Temple
Mr. Brandau served as a commander of an ambulance corps in the U.S.
Army during World War II.
He became employed in 1949 by the Eastern Lancaster Area School District
in New Holland, where he taught until his retirement in 1982.
At the time of his retirement, he was chairman of the business education
department. Throughout his teaching career, he was very active in the Pennsylvania
State Education Association (PSEA), serving as its president on the state
level in 1963.
He was a past member of the New Holland Rotary Club and an avid bird
watcher. Mr. Brandau was very active in St. Johnís United Church of Christ,
Wapwallopen, where he sang in the choir for many years.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, the former Clio Mowery, whom he
married July 25, 1942; son, R. William Brandau II, Wapwallopen; daughter,
Mrs. Kerry (Abby) Shields, Covington, La.; five grandchildren.
Funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Old River Church,
Wapwallopen, with his former pastor, the Rev. M. Jane Hess, officiating.
Interment will be in the Old River Church Cemetery, Wapwallopen. Friends
may call Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mayo Funeral Home Inc., 77 N. Main
St., Shickshinny, and Wednesday, 10 to 11 a.m. at the Old River Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Johnís United Church of Christ,
c/o Linda Schell, RR 2, Box 22 P, Wapwallopen, PA, 18660.
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