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Uter, Rose
Jan. 22, 2002
Rose Uter, 105, formerly of Walnut Street, Luzerne, died Tuesday at Valley Crest Nursing Home, Plains Township.
Funeral arrangements are pending from Betz-Jastremski Funeral Home Inc., 568 Bennett St., Luzerne.
 
McAvoy, Susan
Jan. 21, 2002
Susan E. McAvoy, 46, of Reber Street, Lebanon, formerly of Forty Fort, died Monday at her residence of natural causes.
Born April 3, 1955 in Lebanon, she was the daughter of F. John and Helen (Kaczyk) Rzecka, of Jonestown. She was a 1973 graduate of Lebanon Catholic High school. She was a clerk for the North Cornwall Township Police Department She was a member of the Rescue Fire Co., Navy Club, Lebanon Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and St. Mary's Church.
Surviving, in addition to her parents, are her husband, William E.; son, Joshua Gettle, Mount Aetna; sister, Linda Marie Brown, Lebanon; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday from St. Mary's Church, 2 N. Eighth St., Lebanon. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lebanon. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Thompson Funeral Home, Inc., 126 S. Ninth St., Lebanon. Recitation of the Rosary will be at 8 p.m. Friday. Memorial donations may be made to Lebanon Catholic High School, 1400 Chestnut St., Lebanon, 17042.

Jane Cragle, Bessie
Jan. 21, 2002
Bessie Jane Cragle, 72, of Main Road, Hunlock Creek, died Monday at the Hospice Community Care Inpatient Unit at Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.
Born June 27, 1929 in Hunlock Creek, she was a daughter of the late Archie and Myrtle (Sorber) Cumberland. She was a graduate of Northwest High School. She was a member of Hunlock Creek United Methodist Church and served in many of its official duties. She was chairlady for the church's homemade soup sales.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; sister, Doris Roberts and brother, Donald.
Surviving are her son, Scott, Allentown; and sisters, Myrle Matthews and Jean Whitesell, both of Hunlock Creek.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday from the Hunlock Creek United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Karen Allen, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Oakdale Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to the Hunlock Creek United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, PO Box 153, Hunlock Creek, 18621; or to the Hospice Community Care, 385 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, 18704. Arrangements are by the Clarke Piatt Funeral Home Inc., 6 Sunset Road, Hunlock Creek.

Mazur, Louise
Jan. 22, 2002
Louise E. Mazur, of Coal Street, Plymouth, died Tuesday at ManorCare Health Services, Kingston.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wawrukiewicz. She was a member of St. Mary's-St. Stephen's Parish Community Church, Plymouth.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; brothers, Alfred, Frank and Lewis; and sister, Julia Kotch.
Surviving are her daughter, Barbara, at home; and son, Lawrence, at home.
The funeral will be held at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are by the Piszczek Funeral Home, 70 E. Main St., Plymouth.

Fleming, Leona
Jan. 21, 2002
Leona G. Fleming, of Searle Street, Pittston, died Monday at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
Born and reared in Pittston, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Gertrude (Arangio) Miller. She was a lifelong resident of Pittston. She was a 1965 graduate of Pittston High School. She worked in the garment industry for 19 years. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church, Hughestown, and the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.
Surviving are her husband, Thomas; son, Thomas, Hughestown; daughter, Lee Ann, Pittston; brothers, George Miller, Orlando, Fla.; Charles, Hazleton; and Robert Miller, Kingston; and sisters, Mary Ann Austin, Forty Fort; Gertrude Miller, Hanover; Rose Marie Armitage, Old Forge; Patricia Dotson, Charlotte, N.C.; and Michele Mayo, Hughestown.
The funeral will be at 9 a.m. Friday from the Adonizio Funeral Home Inc., 251 William St., Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church. Interment will be in Pittston Cemetery, Pittston. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Oskovic, Catherine
Jan. 22, 2002
Catherine Ann Oskovic, 93, of St. Theresa's Residence, Meade Street, Wilkes-Barre, formerly of East South Street Apartment Complex, Wilkes-Barre, and Ridge Street, Newtown section of Hanover Township, died Tuesday at the Hospice Community Care, Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.
Born May 23, 1908 in Hazleton, she was a daughter of the late John and Anna (Derbis) Tesik. She was a resident of Newtown, Hanover Township, most of her life. She attended the Hazleton Area School. She was a former member of Holy Rosary Church, Charles Street, Ashley, Hanover Township, and member of St. Nicholas Church, Wilkes-Barre. She was a former president of the Altar and Rosary Society for 32 years, past officer of St. Vincent's DePaul and member of the Sacred Heart League, all of Holy Rosary Church. She was one of the older members of both churches. She was a chairperson and a member for 40 years for the Ashley Area for St. Gabriel's Retreat, Clarks Summit, in 1950. She was an honorary member of the Ladies of Charity of the Scranton Diocese, member and chairperson of the Propagation of the Faith for the Diocese of Scranton for the Holy Rosary Church Branch, Ashley-Hanover Township in 1930.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 31 years, Albert M.; sisters, Anna Yanich, Elizabeth Gasper, Mary Blaskiewicz and Agnes Bozek; and brothers, George, Joseph, John and Paul.
Surviving are her daughter, Rosemarie Dress, Wilkes-Barre; sister, Helen Mariano, Wilkes-Barre; and several nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday from the George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 105 N. Main St., Ashley, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Holy Rosary Church. The Rev. John Samson and the Rev. Peter O'Rourke will officiate. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Members of the Altar and Rosary Society, St. Vincent's Society and Sacred Heart League are asked to meet at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home to recite the Rosary for its member, and also to meet at 10:45 a.m. Friday at Holy Rosary Church to form a guard of honor. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent's DePaul Soup Kitchen, Wilkes-Barre; or to Hospice Community Care, Kingston.

Anzalone, James
Jan. 21, 2002
James P. Anzalone, of Susquehanna Avenue, Exeter, died Monday at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
Born Feb. 14, 1930 in Pittston, he was a son of the late Vincent and Grace (Arcapadine) Anzalone. He formerly worked at Anzalone Beer Distributors, Pittston. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, West Pittston, and its Holy Name Society. He was a life member of the Goodwill Hose Co., West Pittston.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Cataldo, the Rev. Sam, Anthony and John.
Surviving are his wife of 49 years, the former Dolores (Ciampi) Anzalone; daughters, Grace (Anzalone) Murphy, Plantation, Fla.; and JoAnn Alu, Scranton; five grandchildren; brothers, Angelo, West Pittston; and Joseph, Pittston; sisters, Catherine Fusco, West Pittston; Josephine Klimeck, Pittston; and Grace Williams, Sacramento, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be at 9 a.m. Thursday from the Recupero Funeral Home, 406 Susquehanna Ave., West Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church. The Very Rev. Michael Piccola will officiate. Interment will be in St. Rocco's Cemetery, Pittston. Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

Lacomy, Paul
Jan. 21, 2002
Paul F. "Beaver" Lacomy, 70, of West Grand Street, Nanticoke, died Monday at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Plains Township.
Born Nov. 9, 1931 in Shickshinny, he was a son of the late Frank and Mary (Vorbleski) Lacomy. He attended the Nanticoke public schools. Before retiring, he worked for Alta Products and MacGregor Sportsware in Nanticoke and Berwick. he was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, serving as a sergeant, where he received numerous commendations. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church and American Legion Post 350, both of Nanticoke.
He was preceded in death by his niece, Mary Ann Winslow.
Surviving are his sister, Frances Gregory, Baltimore; brothers, John, with whom he resided; and Walter, East Hartford, Conn.; maternal aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
American Legion Post 350 will conduct a military funeral at 8:30 a.m. Friday from the Stanley S. Stegura Funeral Home Inc., 614 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Wanamie, Newport Township. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. There will be a Christian wake service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Koff, James
Jan. 22, 2002
James H. Koff, 87, of Kingston, died Tuesday at Dorrance Manor, Kingston.
Born in Avoca, he was the son of the late Abraham and Rose (Kaplan) Koff. He was a graduate of GAR High School. He was the former owner of Sirkin & Horowitz Dry Goods. He was a member of the Jewish Community Center, a past president of its leisure lounge, member of the Rotary Club, recieved the Paul Harris Award and was a member of the Irem Temple and its performing Motor Corps.
He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Gertrude Levinson.
Surviving is a son, David, Silver Spring, Md.; daughters, Rosalind Faiola, Silver Spring; and Nancy Jacobson, Boalsburg; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday from the Rosenberg Funeral Chapel, 348 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre, with Rabbi Larry Kaplan officiating. Interment will be in Temple Israel Cemetery, Swoyersville.
Shiva will be observed at the Woodlands, 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Memorial donations may be made to the Leisure Lounge, c/o the Jewish Community Center, 60 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre; or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Owen, Maclean
Jan. 21, 2002
Maclean "Mac" T. Owen, 84, of Charles Street, Luzerne, died Monday at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
Born in Cardiff, Wales, he was the son of the late Edward and Margaret (Davies) Owen. He was a graduate of Luzerne High School and Penn State Extension, Lehman Township. He resided in Luzerne for most of his life. He was a diesel mechanic for L.B. Smith Inc., Wilkes-Barre, for over 25 years, before retiring in the 1980s. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theater. He was a member of Bennett Presbyterian Church, Luzerne, Kingston Lodge No. 395 F&AM, Caldwell Consistory, Bloomsburg, and Irem Temple AAONMS.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris (Kruger) Owen; and brother, Clifford Davies.
Surviving are his daughters, Elaine Hooley, Glen Allen, Va.; and Mary Elizabeth, St. Petersburg, Fla.; two grandchildren; and sister, Connie Smith, Luzerne.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday from the Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, with the Rev. James Quinn, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Shrine Cemetery, Carverton, Franklin Township. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. A Masonic service will be conducted by Kingston Lodge No. 395 F&AM at 8:30 p.m. Friday. Memorial donations may be made to Bennett Presbyterian Church, 501 Bennett St., Luzerne, 18709.

Neale, Mary
Jan. 19, 2002
Mary H. (Holleran) Neale, 84, of Westvale, N.Y., died Saturday at Francis House, Syracuse, N.Y.
She was born in Kingston. She attended College Misericordia, Dallas Township, and Wyoming Seminary, Kingston. She worked in market research for Lavalle Research. She was a communicant of St. Cecilia's Church, Syracuse, member of the Mother's Club, volunteer at St. Camillus, Syracuse, den mother of Cub Scout Pack 105 and member of Piercefield Uplands Association and Women's Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry.
Surviving are her sons, Harry T., Cicero, N.Y.; Thomas H., Washington, D.C.; and Richard M., Syracuse, N.Y.; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 10:45 a.m. Friday from St. Camillus, 813 Fay Road, Syracuse. Interment will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Tindall Funeral Home, 1921 W. Genesee St., Syracuse N.Y. Memorial donations may be made to St. Camillus Auxiliary, 813 Fay Road, Syracuse, N.Y., 13219.

Warzechowski, Valeria
Jan. 21, 2002
Valeria Warzechowski, 84, of West Grove Street, Nanticoke, died Monday at Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.
Born Oct. 1, 1917 in Nanticoke, she was a daughter of the late Bolish and Helen Shandro. She was a member of Holy Trinity Church, Nanticoke.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley; sisters, Sophie Machanski and Ann Rusinko; and brother, Edward Janiszewski.
Surviving are her daughter, Patricia Thomas, with whom she resided; two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; sisters, Helen Bau and Eleanor Machowski, both of Nanticoke; brothers, John Bogdan, Nanticoke; Joseph Bogdan, Hunlock Creek; and Leon Bogdan, Glen Lyon, Newport Township; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. today from the Stanley S. Stegura Funeral Home Inc., 614 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church. Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Newport Township. Friends may call from 8 to 9 a.m. today.

Pegarella, Mary
Jan. 21, 2002
Mary Pegarella, of Union Street, Nanticoke, died Monday at Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.
A life resident of Nanticoke, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Horvoth) Knizner. She worked for Atwater Throwing Co., Plymouth, before retiring. She was a member of St. Francis Church, Nanticoke, and its Altar and Rosary Society and was a volunteer at Mercy Special Care Hospital, Nanticoke.
Surviving are her husband, Angelo; son, Gerald, Mountaintop; daughter, Carol Pliscott, Nanticoke; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sisters, Veronica Kormis, Nanticoke; and Katherine Williams, Aliquippa.
The funeral will be at 8:30 a.m. Thursday from the Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 22 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. at St. Francis Church. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today.

Deitrick, William
Jan. 21, 2002
William Deitrick, 78, of Exeter, died Monday at his home.
Born March 2, 1923 in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Michael Deitrick and the late Anna (Evans) Johnson. He worked for a time with the Salvation Army.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Mildred and Dorothy.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday from the Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home, 420 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, with the Rev. Douglas Clark officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Shrine Cemetery, Carverton, Franklin Township. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday.

Sharpe, Elaine
Jan. 22, 2002
Elaine H. Sharpe, 68, of West Main Street, Nanticoke, died Tuesday at Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.
Born in Nanticoke, she was a daughter of the late Victor and Helen (Levandowski) Wojciechowski. She resided in Nanticoke all her life. She attended Holy Trinity School to the sixth grade. She was a member of Holy Child Church, Sheatown, Newport Township.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard; and brother, Victor.
Surviving are her daughters, Karen Washik and Lisa Drozdowski, both of Nanticoke; one grandchild; brothers, Eugene, West Nanticoke; and John, Nanticoke; sister, Sylvia Swicklik, Nanticoke; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be at 9 a.m. Thursday from the Grontkowski Funeral Home P.C., 51-53 W. Green St., Nanticoke, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Child Church. Interment will be in Hanover Green Cemetery Main Road, Hanover Green, Hanover Township. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today. The Rev. Joseph Orloski will conduct services this evening.

Hummel Jr., James
Dec. 24, 2001
James F. Hummel Jr., 80, of Michael Road, Wells, Maine, formerly of South Portland, Maine, died Dec. 24 at York Hospital, York, Maine.
Born July 25, 1921 in Laketon, he was the son of the late James and Lena (Kubler) Hummel. He attended Dallas schools. He was a credit union examiner for more than 40 years with the U.S. government, retiring in 1978, and then was a consultant and auditor for the Maine Credit Union League. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, serving in Europe. After his discharge, he served as first lieutenant in the Connecticut Air National Guard. He was a member of the Maine Credit Union Trust.
Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Margaret (Lincoln) Hummel; stepmother, Inez Hummel, Dallas; son, Franklin L., Boston; and daughter, Susan H. Phillips, Decatur, Ga.
A memorial service will be held in the spring and announced by the Bibber Memorial Chapel, 111 Chapel Road, Wells. Memorial donations may be made to Marlee Animal Shelter, 162 Boyd Road, Wells, Maine, 04090; or to the Wells Emergency Medical Services, PO Box 1568, Wells, Maine, 04090.

Leo, Mary
Jan. 17, 2002
Mary E. Leo, of Plains Township, formerly of Dupont, died Thursday in Breda, Netherlands.
Born in Poland, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Eleanor Banaszek. She attended the Dupont area schools. She worked at Bob Ellen Sportswear, Miners Mills, Wilkes-Barre. She was a member of SS. Peter & Paul Church, Plains Township.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward S.; brother, Stanley; and sister, Natalie Johnson.
Surviving are her sons, Raymond Evans, Plains Township; and George Evans, Bear Creek; six grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; sisters, Ann Zysk, Syracuse, N.Y.; Julie Garbus, Glen Mills; Jean Babuscak, Wilkes-Barre; and Helen Caban, Syracuse; brothers, Edward, Bald Mountain; and Henry, Wilkes-Barre; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday from the Michael J. Mikelski Funeral Home, 293 S. River St., Plains Township, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at SS. Peter & Paul Church. Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Plains Township. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Daggers, Edward
Jan. 16, 2002
Edward C. Daggers, 75, of Evans Street, Pringle, died Jan. 16 at Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.
Born June 20, 1926 in the Trucksville section of Kingston Township, he was a son of the late William E. and Claire (Jones) Daggers. He was a graduate of Meyers High School, Wilkes-Barre, and the Pennsylvania Institute in Philadelphia. Before retiring in 1991, he was an electrical engineer with General Electric Aerospace, Philadelphia, for 35 years. His work in the defense industry included stages of the development of intercontinental ballistic missiles. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the Navy Construction Battalion in the Pacific Theater. He was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He was preceded in death by his brother, William.
Surviving are his sons, David, Delaware; and Bruce, Florida.
A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday from the McLaughlin Family Funeral Service, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in Lehigh Cemetery, Gouldsboro. Mass intentions are preferred in lieu of flowers.


 

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