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Clara Lynum Barron Sasara
Clara Lynum Barron Sasara, 84, Chenago Forks, NY, formerly of Susquehanna County, died Sunday, January 26, 2003 at the home of her daughter in New Milford. She was predeceased by her first husband, William Gray Barron, in 1986; and husband, Leonard J. Sasara, in 1994.
Mrs. Sasara was born in the Philippines, and was the daughter of the late John William and Alejandra Aguilar Lynum. She was raised by nuns of the Order of the Good Shepherd in Manila and obtained her US citizenship at the age of 19.
She was a seamstress, who worked for clothing manufacturers and retired from the former RCM Dress factory in New Milford. She was a member of the Elk Mountain VFW Post 8488, Lenox, Ladies Auxiliary; and loved music, dancing, and gardening with her children.
Surviving are three daughters and son-in-laws, Miriam and husband, Reinhold Greb, Blooming Grove, Barbara and husband, Douglas Barnhart, Brackney, Judith and husband, Gary Millard, New Milford; three sons and daughter-in-laws, William Gray Jr. and Arlene Barron, Lindley, NY, John Carl and Colleen Barron, Endwell, NY, Paul Richard and Judy Baron, Lindley, NY; a daughter-in-law, Diane Barron, Heart Lake; a sister, Thelma Susbilla, Carson City, CA; 24 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by a son, Robert I. Barron, in 1986.

Nicholas J. Ortolano
Nicholas J. Ortolano, 73, of Shohola, died Sunday, February 2, 2003 at Wayne Woodland Manor, Waymart. He was a member of St. Ann's Church, Shohola. He was a retired projectionist for Local #306, New York City, NY and recently was a greeter at Wal-Mart. Mr. Ortolano was a U.S. Navy Korean War Veteran.
Born in Astoria, NY, he son of the late Frank and Elaine Malorino Ortolano. He was married to the late Joann H. Camastra Ortolano.
Survivors include two sons, Jason Ortalano of Greeley, and Nicholas Joseph Ortolano, Jr. and his wife Lee, Jacksonville, FL; two daughters, Dominique Ortolano, Greeley, and Corrine Helt and her husband Andrew, Hawley; and four grandchildren Jamie, Jennifer, Nicholas III, and Gloria.
Internment, Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, NY.
Arrangements by Stroyan Funeral Home, Inc., 405 West Harford St., Milford,

Patrick J. Smith
Patrick J. Smith, 60, Clarks Summit, formerly of Honesdale, died Friday, January 31, 2003 at the Mercy Hospital, Scranton, following a lengthy illness.
Mr. Smith was born in the Bronx, NY, and was the son of the late Charles S. and Rita A. McClure Smith. He attended the Honesdale School System, worked for the Human Resource Center, Honesdale and was employed at Cordaro¹s Restaurant before moving to Clarks Summit. He was a former member of St. John the Evangelist Parish, Honesdale.
Surviving are two brothers, Charles T. and wife, Evelyn Smith, Honesdale, Anthony and wife, Vickie Smith, Gilesonton, FL; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Smith.
Interment, Indian Orchard Cemetery, Texas Township.
Arrangements made by Hessling Funeral Home, 428 Main St., Honesdale, PA 18431.

Jerome Land
Jerome Land, 62, Waymart and Bonita Springs, FL, died Tuesday, February 4, 2003, while at North Collier Hospital, Naples, FL. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, the former Jeanne Marie Piazza, Scranton.
Mr. Land was born in Scranton, and was the son of Jeannette Gellar Land, Scranton, and the late Monroe Land. He was schooled in Scranton and attended Valley Forge Military Academy. In 1975, he established Jerry Land Jewelers, a family jewelry store located on Main St., Honesdale, which is proudly owned and operated today by his son and daughter. He retired last year to Bonita Springs, FL, to enjoy more time with his wife.
He was an avid fisherman, collector of classic cars and enjoyed spending time at Elk Lake, Waymart, with his family and especially his grandchildren. Many would stop into his store just to hear a story from him or to take a gander at his latest ³big catch² mounted on the wall. He contributed to his community and various organizations throughout his life.
Also surviving is a brother, Stuart Land, Norristown; a daughter, Amy Sullum, Honesdale; a son, William Land, Honesdale; four grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Interment, Temple Israel, Dunmore Cemetery.
Arrangements made by Ziman Funeral Home, 612 Gibson St., Scranton, PA.

Dr. William B. Langan
Dr. William B. Langan, died Saturday, February 1, 2003 at home.
Dr. Langan was the son of the late William B. Langan and Anna Wohrle Langan Malinak. He was a worldly traveler in his education and profession. He remained a true Hawley native.
"Doc", as he was known to friends, was a quiet man, introspective and analytical, and held the knowledge of the ages in his remarkable mind which was recognized far beyond the homestead in which he took such comfort. Among the vast awards he received over a lifetime of service are: Frank O'Hara Distinguished Alumnus Award, by the University of Scranton; a Certificate of Achievement by the Men and Women of Science; Distinguished Service to Science; and the Paul Harris Award, Rotary international's highest award, from the Hawley Rotary Club.
His scholarly trek took him from the Hawley schools to the University of Scranton to Columbia University, as a pre-medicine student and which later awarded him two masters degrees in education and zoology, then on to Fordham University for post doctoral study and research at MIT, the National Institutes of Health, the Institute of Genetics and Biophysics in Naples, Italy and Princeton University. As a published researcher he was featured in over twenty five international journals. Doctor Langan held the unique distinction of training physicians for service in World War II, notable as the Minute Men, who received concentrated and abbreviated experience to prepare them for combat and emergency treatment of war casualties in the field. His teachings ranged from pharmacology to cardiology to physiology and beyond. Research by Dr. Langan resulted in vital contributions in the area of endocrinology, enabling progress and success in organ transplants.
As a professor at New York Medical College, Hunter College, Jefferson University, the University of Scranton and his beloved Villanova, he brought vision and animation to young medical students who recognized his passion for teaming and teaching. In later years, he was a guest lecturer at the University of Scranton. During his tenures, thousands of young minds were touched by Dr. Langan's innate ability to inspire and teach. At the conclusion of one of his lectures, a friend overheard a student tell him, "Dr. Langan, I learned more from you today than I learned all of last semester."
As an avid horticulturist, his avocation, Dr. Langan cultivated myriad varieties of flowers and experimented with cross-pollination to create new species. He was famous for the beautiful blooms he grew, sold and freely gave to his friends. The Langan greenhouses were plentiful yearly with the spring harvest of thousands of bulbs, carefully nurtured, maturing into the tender shoots he prized. In earlier years Dr. Langan sold his flowers and plants at his mother's well-known and memorable greenhouse store, the Langan Flower Shop, on Main St. Hawley. "Doc" the horticulturist, was a frequent judge at the Annual Philadelphia Flower Show for many years.
Dr. Langan was a gentleman of distinction; a "gentle man", and a scholar with a wry Irish wit and a font of knowledge likened to journals in diversity and detail. His life was a gift to humanity, quietly and profoundly. To those who knew this accomplished man, his life was a gift to be cherished as well as admired and respected.
Surviving is a son, Lt. Colonel William B. Langan; a daughter, Karen A. Myers; and two grandsons, Ryan Langan and Gregory Myers.
Arrangements made by Teeters' Funeral Chapel, 505 Church St., Hawley, PA 18428.

Thomas M. Clark Sr.
Thomas M. Clark Sr., 89, Lackawaxen, died Saturday, February 1, 2003 at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, Honesdale. He is survived by his wife, Edna.
Mr. Clark was born in Tusten, NY, and was the son of William and Mary Kestler Clark. He was a retired carpenter and lifetime resident of the area.
Also surviving are three sons, Thomas M. Clark Jr. and wife, Deborah, Lackawaxen, Robert W. Clark, Lackawaxen, John R. Clark and wife Sandra, Hawley; one sister, Patricia McKean, VA; one brother, Joseph Clark, Lackawaxen; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Margaret McKean; a grandson, George McKean; a great-grandson, Georgie McKean; three brothers, William, Bernard, and Raymond; and two sisters, Gertrude and Bertha.
Interment, St. Ann¹s Cemetery, Shohola.
Arrangements made by Gray-Rasmussen Funeral Home Inc., Barryville, NY 12771.

Margaret E. Grafenstein Paroubek
Margaret E. Grafenstein Paroubek, 90, Hawley, formerly of Malverne, NY, died Thursday, February 6, 2003, in Sky View Nursing Home, Croton-on-Hudson, NY, following an illness. She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Anthony J. Paroubek, in 1999.
Mrs. Paroubek was born in New York City, NY. She was a housewife and a member of St. John Neumann RC Church, Hemlock Farms. Mrs. Paroubek resided in Osprey Ridge Nursing Home, Carbondale, for the past six months and at Birch Hills Assisted Living Center, Simpson, for two and a/half years.
Surviving are two sons, Anthony C. Paroubek, Hawley, Stanley Paroubek, Shokan, NY; three daughters, Margaret Boehm, Blasdall, NY, Carol Povolny, New Port Richie, FL, Barbara Rizzi, Peekskill, NY; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Interment, Queen of Peace Cemetery, Hawley.
Arrangements made by Teeters' Funeral Chapel, 505 Church St., Hawley, PA 18428.


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