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Ralph Konderchek, 74, of Berwick passed away on Monday, January 29, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on November 11, 1943, he was a son of the late Margaret (Defrain) Konderchek Slusser and Floyd M. Slusser. He was raised and educated in the Briggsville area. He worked as a lumberjack for Wenner’s, Sugarloaf, and later helped at Rinehimer’s Farm, RR1 Berwick. He was employed at Valley Seeding, Conyngham for over 16 years. After retirement, he assisted at Zehner Bros. Farm, Nescopeck.

Ralph attended Bloomsburg Baptist Church. He loved hunting and fishing. He watched WWE wrestling every Monday and Friday night. He was an avid Eagles football fan, and will be rooting them on from heaven this Super Bowl Sunday. He also enjoyed playing poker with friends and family.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of nearly 40 years, Kathy M. (Mowery) Konderchek; son, Ralph L. Konderchek and fiancé Caley Anne Hummel, Berwick; daughter, Kitty Vaughn and husband George Harvey, Berwick; cherished grandchildren, Jennifer Marie (his “Jesse James”); Donovan Floyd; Gavin Matthew; and Joscelyn Fae. He also leaves behind his sister, Patricia Brown and husband James, Briggsville; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Russel and Robert Konderchek; and Franklin and Floyd H. Slusser.

A viewing will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 PM on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, followed by a funeral service at 4:00 PM with Pastor Craig D. Laidacker officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be given to the family to help defray his final expenses.

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Patricia A. Andrezze, 79, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Berwick on February 17, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Stephen J. and Tillie B. (Buscavage) Lupinski. She graduated from St Cyril’s Academy, Danville in 1956. Soon after graduation she married the love of her life, Jasper Andrezze. They spent 53 happy years together until his death in 2011. Pat was a fantastic cook and enjoyed feeding family, friends, and strangers. She was a self-employed caterer for many years. Most of her time was spent providing a loving home for her husband and eight children, and later, being a wonderful “Grammy” to her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Pat was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Berwick where she volunteered with many activities and fund raisers for both the church and school. She was a papal secretary and traveled with Pope John Paul II when he visited the US in 1987. When her children were young, she was a den mother with the Cub Scouts, and a leader for the Brownies and Girl Scouts. She was also a member of the PTA at Holy Family School. She loved going shopping, spending time at the beach, and Thursday night dinners with her family.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Mark Andrezze and companion Patsy Andy, Nescopeck; Christopher Andrezze and spouse Dr. David Jiu, CA; Bernadine Milloway and husband Terry, Nescopeck; John Andrezze and wife Pam, Benton; David Andrezze, Nescopeck; Marina Davenport and husband Robert, Berwick; Jennifer DiFebo and husband James Jr, Bloomsburg; Amy DeFinnis and husband David, Berwick; 14 grandchildren: Wade and Eric Bower; Bridget Miller; Amanda Smith; John Andrezze, Jr; Jessica Angove; Cory, Casey and Caty Davenport; Dominick Andrezze; Sara and Benjamin Ciccone; Sarina and Nicholas DeFinnis; and 9 great grandchildren: Taylor; Hali; Alyson; Zachary; Devyn; Madison; Troy; Brody and Nolan. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews including Stevie Lupinski and Sonya Flanagan; and life-long friend and caregiver, Sister Anne Renee, SS.C.M.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a great grandson, Mason Bower and brother, Stephen A. Lupinski.

Family will receive friends on Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

The funeral service will start at 10:00 AM on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM in St. Joseph Church, Monroe Street, Berwick, with Reverend Matthew Larlick officiating. Interment will be private in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Holy Family School or Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice of Berwick.

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Damien C. Cox, 39, of Bloomsburg, passed away suddenly on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at his home.

Born in Danville on September 7, 1978, he was the son of Dodie McHenry of Bloomsburg, and the late Ronald Cox. He attended Columbia Montour Vo-Tech School, and was employed by Marc Maset Contracting.

Damien enjoyed fishing, and was an avid Oakland Raider’s fan. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his children, especially when they would go on camping trips.

In addition to his mother, he will be greatly missed by his companion of 8 years, Nikki Scott; son, Jeremy Saxton; daughters, Serenity Deitrick; Keira Cox; and Isabella Cox. He also leaves behind 2 sisters, Rochelle Cox, Bloomsburg, and Danielle Calabrette, Berwick; nieces and nephews, Tanner Cox; Miley and Braycen Seltzer; Maizie and Trinity Rooth; and Faith Calabrette; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Besides his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert and Sharon (Lawler) Cox; and aunt, Michelle Cox.

A Celebration of Life will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635 to help defray his final expenses.

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Nancy M. (Kacyon) Hart, 84, of Berwick, passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at Smith Health Care, Mountaintop, where she resided for the past 4 years.

Born in Berwick on March 29, 1933, she was a daughter of the late Steven L. and Grace L. (Myers) Kacyon. She graduated from Berwick High School. Nancy married Delroy J. Hart, and together they had 3 children. She was a devoted wife and mother who dedicated her time to providing a loving home.

She was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Berwick for many years. She enjoyed quilting and was a member of the local quilting club. She also liked crocheting and sewing. Nancy loved being outdoors, and spent many hours gardening and working around her yard. She enjoyed taking long walks, especially with her sister, Elaine.

In addition to her husband Delroy, who passed away in 1999, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Robert; William; and Clifford Kacyon; and sister, Ruby Masonitti.

She will be greatly missed by her loving children: son, Jake Hart, Wapwallopen; son, Ralph Hart and wife Jill, Clarks Summit; daughter, Gail Stradnick and husband George, Hobbie; grandchildren: Jason, Sheri, Jessica, Jennifer, Julie, Beth, JoAnne, Kalee, Corryn, Zach, Rachel, Tori and Cassondra; 18 great grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren. She also leaves behind a sister, Elaine Pursel, Nescopeck; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with her son, Ralph Hart leading the service. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions, if desired, are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association, 57 North Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.

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Ramona M. Grebey, 63, of Berwick passed away on Friday, January 26, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville after a brief illness, with her family by her side.

Born in Muncy on January 19, 1955, she was a daughter of the late Nicholas and Evelyn M. (Bower) Koban. She graduated from Central Columbia High School. “Mona” worked at Ralph Dillon Floral, Bloomsburg for many years until they closed, and most recently, she was employed part time at Berwick Floral.

“Noni” enjoyed flowers and spent many hours gardening. She also was an excellent baker. Over the years, she adopted several dogs and a cat that she raised and loved.

Mona will be greatly missed by her loving husband of nearly 42 years, Ronald L. Grebey; daughter, Jessica Grebey and fiancé Eric, Bloomsburg; brothers, Nicholas Koban and wife Joy, Espy; Peter Koban and wife Michelle, Mifflinville; sister, Nancy Diehl and husband Peter, Mifflinville; sister-in-law, Barbara Andrews and husband Steve, State College; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother.

At Ramona’s request, there will be no services. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting her family.

Memorial contributions, if desired, are suggested to the SPCA or a local animal shelter.

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Rose (Cresci) Fiorani, 89, of Dallas, passed away on Friday, January 19, 2018 at the Gardens at East Mountain.

Born on June 12, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Methodio and Amelia (Merolli) Cresci. She was raised and educated in Cherry Township. She married Abraham Fiorani and moved to Mocanaqua where she resided for over 40 years. She was a devoted wife and dedicated mother of 2 sons. She took pride in any work or tasks she performed.

Rose was a Jehovah’s Witness for many years. She enjoyed quilting and crocheting, going shopping and out to eat. Everyone who knew her was familiar with her cooking and the wonderful Italian foods she made.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Abraham in 1996; brothers, Dominick; August “Gus”; America; and Steve Cresci; and sisters, Lena Musto and Inez Pacchetti.

She will be greatly missed by her sons, Arnold Fiorani and wife Ann, Luzerne; Mike Fiorani and wife Nancy, Wilkes-Barre; sister, Clara Grelli, Concord, CA; and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Kingdom Hall Jehovah’s Witnesses, 84 Hildebrandt Road, Dallas.

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Jim “Steck” Williams, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on January 22, 2018, with his family by his side.

Born on September 18, 1933, he was a son of the late Raymond H. and Ruth F. (Mayer) Williams. He graduated from Catawissa High School. Stecky began his barber business in Benton in 1957, and a year later opened a shop in Elysburg, where he joyfully served the area for 61 years.

Stecky LOVED the Elysburg community. He had a passion for sports and treasured children, which promoted his involvement in starting little league in Elysburg, and his participation with football at Southern Columbia High School. In his early years, he was a high school and college referee for soccer. He was a devoted fan of Southern Columbia Sports, where he was on the “chain gang” for SCA Football for 20 years, and a score keeper for the SCA Wrestling team for 35 years. He was inducted into the Bernie Romanoski Chapter of the PA Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. In 2009, he was the recipient of the SCA Distinguished Alumnus. He also served as Judge of Election for Ralpho Township.

Jim was a charter member of Elysburg Alliance Church, where he was very active, serving as an elder, deacon, youth leader, and a member of the board. He was part of Shamokin Area Christian Layman, which has run a park service at Knoebels and J & D camp grounds for 50 years. He was a member of the board of the Northumberland County Child Evangelism Fellowship. Stecky was a lay speaker and filled the pulpit, in more than thirty churches over the years.

Jim was married to his childhood sweetheart, Marian, for 64 years. Together they had 4 children: son, David Williams and wife Susan, Catawissa; son, Dan Williams and wife Valerie, Elysburg; and twins, Pastor Doug Williams and wife Naomi, State College; and Dr. Deb Davies and husband Dr. Todd Davies, Macungie. He was a wonderful “Grandpa” to 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He also leaves behind a sister, Lorraine McLaughlin, Bloomsburg; sister-in-law, Roberta Sidler, Danville; and 3 nieces.

In addition to his parents, he was greeted in heaven by his grandson, Joshua Williams.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Elysburg Alliance Church, with his son, Pastor Doug Williams officiating. Family will receive friends at the church on Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, and Saturday from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions, in memory of Jim Williams, are suggested to Child Evangelism Fellowship of Northumberland County, 53 Blue Hill, Northumberland, PA 17857-8667 or Elysburg Alliance Church, 13 Alpha Avenue, Elysburg, PA 17824 or All Home Days, Box 308, Elysburg, PA 17824.

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Sharon A. Kerlish, 73, of Berwick passed away Saturday, January 20, 2018 at home, surrounded by her family.

Born in Paterson, New Jersey on May 24, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Allen A. and Margaret V. (McAuley) Ainsworth. Sharon worked at Wise Potato Chips for over twenty years. After retiring, she worked part time at the Villa Capri and the Bridal Chateau.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Berwick.

She will be greatly missed by her son, Michael Kerlish, Jr., Kissimmee, FL; grandsons: Kevin Kerlish and wife Jenna; and Alex Kerlish; great granddaughter, Emma; brothers: Gene Ainsworth, San Francisco, CA; Burton Ainsworth, Benton, LA; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Michael T. Kerlish, Sr. on December 23, 2009; brothers: Alan, “Corky”, and Bruce Ainsworth.

Private memorial services will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will take place in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick.

Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting her family.

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Beverly A. Hess, 82, of Wapwallopen passed away on Monday, January 15, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, with her family by her side.

Born on April 12, 1935, she was a daughter of the late Clement H. and Viola Schaffer. She was raised and educated in the Wilkes-Barre area, and worked at Wise Potato Chips for 28 years.

Beverly was a member of St. Peters United Church of Christ, Hobbie. She enjoyed gardening and flowers. Her time was mainly devoted to her family. Her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren were always the center of her attention.

She will be greatly missed by her husband of nearly 63 years, Earl A. Hess, Sr; sons, Earl Hess, Jr and wife Virginia, Wapwallopen; Richard Hess and wife BethAnne, Berwick; daughter, Donna Hess Jensen and fiancé Scott Bennett, Hobbie; 4 granddaughters, Jennifer Malcein and husband Eric; Andrea Hess; Janine Wyda and husband Jason; Autumn Hacker and husband Kevin; 5 great granddaughters, Kelsey, Riley, Kalli, Ava, McKenna, and Acadia; and brother, George Schaffer and wife Maureen, Florida.

At Beverly’s request, services will be private. Interment will take place in Silver Maple Cemetery, Hobbie. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting her family.

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Tracie Jo Zwalkuski, 46, of Berwick passed away on Friday, January 12, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, surrounded by her family.

Born in Bloomsburg on June 18, 1971, she was a daughter of Helen Mae (Brown) Zwalkuski of Berwick, and the late Joseph Zwalkuski, Sr. She graduated from Berwick High School in 1989. She worked as a manager at Orloski’s Quick Mart and other local business. She was a bartender at the American Ukrainian Club and the Scoreboard. Most recently she worked as a spackler. Tracie enjoyed crocheting and crafting.

In addition to her mother, she will be greatly missed by her beloved daughter, Madison Paige Zwalkuski, Berwick; brother, Joseph Zwalkuski, Jr and wife Penny, Berwick; and sister, Vicki Jo Zwalkuski Cain, Bloomsburg.

Besides her father, she was preceded in death by her grandmother, Carnella Brown.

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William A. Meyers, 91, of Dorrance Township passed away on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at home, with his daughters by his side.

Born in Hazleton on February 14, 1926, he was the only child of the late Lawrence H. and Phyllis (Angove) Meyers. He attended Hazleton Area High School, and enlisted in the US Navy in 1944 during WWII, where he served honorably for 2 years. After his discharge, he continued his education at Penn State University where he earned a BA in Wildlife Management, and MS in Forestry. He also performed Doctoral work at Cornell University. He was the Chief Forester for American Electrical Power Company, NY. In 1969, he returned to Lake Nuangola and earned his second BA and MS degrees in Elementary Education. He taught science and math for the Hazleton Area School District, until his retirement in 1996.

Bill attended St. Martin’s in the Field Church, Nuangola. He was a 70-year member of the Hazle Azalea Fellowship Lodge #327 Free and Accepted Masons, Hazleton. He was also a member of the Tri County Rod and Gun Club, the NRA, and the National Audubon Society. He was an outdoorsman, who loved hunting, fishing and gardening. He was also an avid reader and liked bird watching.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Jo (Griffith) Meyers in 2016; and grandson, Duane Eric Jenkins in 2007.

He will be missed by his daughters; Anne (Jeffrey) Thomas, Hobbie; Jill (Duane) Jenkins, Wapwallopen; Melissa (Richard) Gotthardt, Danielsville; grandchildren; William (Rebbecca) Thomas, Kristina (Michael) Nissel, Amanda (Paul) Fink and Zachary Gotthardt; and great-grandchildren, Allyssa, Jace, Colton and Noah.

A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Rifle Association.

Bill’s family would like to thank the staff of Fresenius Kidney Care, Berwick for the outstanding care they provided.

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Eugene R. Fenstermacher, 90, of Dorrance Township passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Providence Place, Drums, surrounded by his family.

Born in Dorrance Township on August 28, 1927, he was the son of the late Harvey and Ruth (Moyer) Fenstermacher. He graduated from Newport High School and served in the US Navy. After an honorable discharge, he was employed at Sandvik, and later at Eberhard Faber. Prior to retirement, he worked at Mideast Aluminum.

Gene was a member of St Paul’s Lutheran Church, Mountain Top. He was an outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish, and in his younger years also trapped. He liked to relax while watching baseball games.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, May L. (Rinehimer) Fenstermacher, this past December, as well as his parents, and his sister, Lois Chapin.

He will be greatly missed by his children: Brent Fenstermacher and wife Donna, Mountain Top; Brenda Hagemo and husband Lloyd, Edina, MN; Dale Fenstermacher, Sellersville; 6 cherished grandsons: Tyler, Erich, Damien, Nathan, Brian, and Alec; 4 adored great grandchildren; brother Floyd “Nick” Fenstermacher; and many nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting his family.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 316 South Mountain Blvd, Mountain Top, PA 18707.

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Denise A. Zaruta, 57, of Mifflin Township passed away on Monday, January 15, 2018 at home, surrounded by her family.

Born on May 9, 1960, she was the daughter of the late Edwin and Maxine (Potter) Knecht. She graduated from Central Columbia High School in 1978, and later, Luzerne County Community College with a degree in early childhood development. Denise worked at Hildebrandt Learning Centers for many years, and most recently at Danville Childhood Development Center.

She was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Mifflinville. Denise was a talented artist who loved painting. As a teenager she enjoyed spending her time riding horses.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 17 years, William “Bill” Zaruta; son, Joshua Beiter, California; daughter, Janae Musser and husband Casey, Exton; step-children: Alyse Jackson, Mechanicsburg and William Zaruta, Jr, Berwick; adored grandchildren, June, Adaline, Aden, and Lillian; brothers, Todd Knecht and Lance Knecht; sister, Michelle Bower and husband Barry; and several nieces and nephews.

At Denise’s request there will be no public services. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting her family.

A limb has fallen from the family tree,
I keep hearing a voice that says "Grieve not for me."
Remember the best times, the laughter, the song,
The good life lived while I was strong.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the family to help defray her final expenses.

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Esther A. Heller 93, of Dorrance Township passed away Friday, January 12, 2018, surrounded by her family.

Born on December 2, 1924, she was the daughter of the late William and Edith Huttenstine. Esther married her husband, Ernest Heller in 1943. As a full-time mother and wife, Esther devoted her life to her family and working alongside her husband on the farm. Always cooking and baking, she cherished sharing time with family and friends and was a warm, welcoming, and loving presence to all who entered her home. As a member of Emmanuel United Church of Christ, she enjoyed working with her daughter on the church’s newsletter.

In addition to her parents, and husband, Ernest, she was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Stanley Cybulski; granddaughter, Susan Filozof; brothers, Clyde and Lester Huttenstine; and sister, Alma Hoch.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Judith Cybulski; son, William Heller and wife Patricia; cherished grandchildren, Edward Heller and wife Kelly; James Cybulski; Jacqueline Podlaski and husband Adam; adored great granddaughters, Savannah Rish and Madeline Heller; sisters, Martha Grosz and Dorothy Heller; and many nieces and nephews.

A viewing will take place from 5pm – 8pm on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

The funeral service will be held at 10am on Thursday January 18, 2018 at Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Dorrance. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. Those attending are asked to go directly to the church.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Emmanuel UCC.

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Joseph P. Bomboy, 89, of Bloomsburg passed away on Friday, January 12, 2018, at Signature Health Care, Bloomsburg, where he was a patient for the past 2 months.

Born on December 25, 1928, he was the only child of the late Franklyn and Pauline (Bowman) Bomboy. He graduated from Bloomsburg High School and the National Radio Institute, Washington DC. He served in the US Army in the 923rd Ordinance (HAM) Company during the Korean War, and in 1952, during his service time, witnessed two atmospheric nuclear test bomb explosions in the Nevada desert. After discharge from active duty he served 4 years in the ready reserve. Joe was employed at US Radium Corp. as a photographer for 20 years.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 273, Bloomsburg, and was an Amateur Radio Operator for 60 years.

He will be greatly missed by his children: Molly Shollenberger and husband Donald, Bloomsburg; Jeffrey Bomboy and wife Renee, Wyoming; Christina Gaudreau and husband Rick, Mt Wolf; Andrew Bomboy and wife Lori, Elizabethtown; 7 grandchildren: Mark; Elizabeth; Abby; Ryan; David; Katherine; and Colin; and 2 great grandsons: Luke and Jeffrey.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant grandson, Timothy; and many Aunts and Uncles.

A graveside service with military honors will be held in Old Rosemont Cemetery, Bloomsburg, at a later time.

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Shirley M. Bittner, , 96, of Harrisburg passed away January 8, 2018 at UPMC Pinnacle Hospital in Harrisburg.

Born on October 24, 1921 she was a daughter of the late Ambrose and Alverta (Levan) Raup. She attended Catawissa area schools. She worked at Berwick Knitwear and retired after many years. Shirley was a member of Glad Tidings Assembly of God in Bloomsburg. In her spare time, she enjoyed crocheting.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Doris Briggs and husband Ronald, Harrisburg; Donna Clark, Harrisburg; David Bittner and wife Gloria, Bloomsburg; 7 grandchildren; 12 great grand-children; 6 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth W. Bittner on December 13, 2005; 4 sisters and 1 brother.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on January 16, 2018 at Glad Tidings Assembly of God, 706 Central Rd, Bloomsburg, PA 17815. Interment will follow in Mifflinville Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until time of service.

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Howard G. Titus, 80, of Shickshinny passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital where he was a patient since November.

Born in Nanticoke on November 15, 1937, he was a son of the late Howard “Red” and Evelyn (Ketcham) Titus. He was raised and educated in Shickshinny. “Howie” worked at Maier’s Bakery and Tuzzi’s Bakery, Berwick. He worked in the housekeeping department at Berwick Hospital, and most recently Mohegan Sun and in the produce department at Price Chopper in Edwardsville until May 2017.

He faithfully attended Bible Baptist Church, Shickshinny, where he volunteered his time on the cleaning committee, along with his son. He loved playing checkers, going for rides in the country, and going out to eat especially at Hot Dog Johnnies in New Jersey. He enjoyed watching western movies and was a John Wayne fan.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 37 years, Jean (Ryman) Titus; daughters, Kelly Kirkland and husband Steve, Georgia; Renee Amrowski, New Jersey; sons, Randy Titus and wife Carol, Utah; Walter Titus, Shickshinny; 8 grandchildren; 2 great grandsons; sister, Ruthann Olenick, Shickshinny; brother, Barry Titus and wife Jackie, Berwick; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Judy Douthat.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 12, 2018 at Bible Baptist Church, 43 Furnace Street, Shickshinny with Pastor Randy Boston officiating. Interment will follow in Sorber Cemetery, Reyburn. Family will receive friends on Thursday evening, January 11th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to his wife to help defray his final expenses.

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Charles (Charlie) Joseph Clark, 55, passed away after a long struggle with ALS on Saturday, January 6th, 2018. He was born in Lebanon, PA on October 8th, 1962 to Charles R. Clark and Ann (Kolar) Zimmerman. In 1987, he married Jill Francine Hurst and together they raised their five children: Rachael (Justin) Eveland, Rebecca, Jesse, Abigail, and Hannah. Charlie was also the proud grandpa of his only grandchild, Samuel Andrew.

Charlie owned his own roofing and window company for 10 years. If you ever passed a house he was working on, you could hear him joyfully singing along with the radio. In the 80’s, Charlie was the lead singer of Messiah Prophet, a heavy metal Christian rock band. Charlie enjoyed gardening and spending time with his kids. He was active in his church for many years serving as both a deacon and Sunday School teacher.

He is survived by his father, mother, wife, five children, grandson, brother Steven (Claudia) Clark, sister Sheila Schauer, sister-in-laws JoAnn Matyasi, Jennifer (Christopher) Myers, Joyce Hurst (Desra Blamble), Jessica Hurst, brother-in-laws Andrew Berenyi, James Hurst, Joel Hurst, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his step-father Dean Zimmerman, his father and mother-in-law, Frank and Margaretta Hurst, brother-in-laws Frank Hurst Jr., Jeffrey Hurst, John Hurst and niece Keri Hurst.

Viewings will be held at NC Church, 20 Kachinka Hollow Road, Berwick, PA on Wednesday, January 10th from 6-8pm and Thursday, January 11th from 9:30-10:30am with funeral service immediately following. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made in memorandum to the ALS Association at www.alsa.org.

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Constance J. Bednarski, 84, of Berwick passed away on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital.

Born on June 21, 1933 in Berwick, she was a daughter of the late Franklin P. and Rosa (Hoagland) Drumheller. She graduated from Berwick High school in 1950. Connie worked at different retail stores throughout her life including Grants, and Woolworths. She retired from K-Mart

Connie enjoyed going out to eat and playing cards with her friends, Maxine and Rick Laubach. In her spare time, she also liked to crotchet.

She will be greatly missed by her step-daughter: Carol Sitler; numerous nieces and nephews, including: Cindy Schaible, Bloomsburg and Kathy Weaver, Parksburg, PA, who also were her care givers.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick H. Bednarski on March 17, 2010; sisters: Virginia O’Laughlin; Thelma Meade; Georgia Gregor; Evelyn Kelly; Grace Savidge; and Fern Shoop; brother: Charles Owen Drumheller.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, January 8, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow at Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Columbia Montour Area on Aging, 702 Sawmill Road # 201, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Gregory L. Spangler, 55, of Hollenback Township passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at his home.

Born in Berwick on November 15, 1962, he was a son of the late Roy M. and Edith A. (Zanolini) Spangler. He graduated from Berwick High School in 1981, and Luzerne County Community College where earned a degree in Drafting/Mechanical Engineering. Greg worked at Simplex Homes in Scranton, and Deluxe Homes in Berwick.

He also owned and operated Spangler Automotive Fabrications, where he made parts for micro sprint race cars as well as other automotive parts. Greg had a passion for racing micro sprint cars.

He will be greatly missed by his children: Adam Spangler, Warrior Run; Ashley DeLano and husband Ryan, Muskegon, MI; grandchildren: Bailey Spangler and Vincent DeLano; sisters: Mary Jane Yarrish and husband Stephen, Hobbie; Angela Traugh and husband Clarence, Ashland; brothers, Roy Spangler, Berwick; Herman Spangler and wife Joy, Hobbie; John Spangler and wife Toni, Hobbie; an uncle; numerous nieces and nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Linda Spangler.

Family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on January 5, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Private interment will take place in Silver Maple Cemetery, Hobbie.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Luther A. Beaver, Jr., 68, of Bloomsburg passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at his home.

Born on October 20, 1949 in Richfield, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Luther A. Sr., and Janet R. (Dietz) Beaver. He graduated from Middleburg High School. He worked at PP&L where he was a Journeyman lineman and retired as a lineman leader/ instructor trainer after 45 years.

Luther was a member of the Masonic F. & A.M. Lodge #22 Sunbury, the Tall Cedars of Lebanon Sunbury Forest #65, Kilowatt Craftsmen's Club, and IBEW 1600 where he was a union steward for many years.

Luther had a passion for hunting and the outdoors. He enjoyed walking his dog and tending to his pets. He liked to watch sports no matter what it was or what team was playing. He was a devoted family man, loving husband and father. He cherished the time he got to spend with his grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 50 years, Dawn K. (Kauffman) Beaver; children: Todd Beaver and wife Amy, Orangeville; Kristen Pineda, Maryland; grandchildren: Ethan and Zachary Beaver; Isabella, Gabriel, and Elijah Pineda; sisters: Sandra Cottrell and husband Dr. David, Shamokin Dam; Susan Snyder and husband Ed, Richfield; and many nieces and nephews, as well as his dog, “Jack”; rescue cat, “Red”.

At his request, there will be no public services.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Beryl Orth, 92, of Mountain Road, Catawissa, passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 in Emmanuel Nursing Home, Danville.

Born in Catawissa on July 17, 1925, she was a daughter of the late William and Opel (Fink) Yocum. She attended Catawissa High School, and worked at Weis Markets in Catawissa for 34 years, retiring in 1987.

Beryl was preceded in death by two husbands: Foster Lindenmuth in 1950; and Chester Orth in 2009. Also preceding her were sisters: Dorothy E. Troy in April, 2009; Vi V. Cameron in February, 2017; and a brother, Melvin J. Yocum in June, 2011, making her the last of her immediate family.

She will be greatly missed by two special nephews, Donald Troy, Catawissa; and David Troy and wife Joanne, Catawissa. She is also survived by several great nephews; great nieces; great-great nephews and great-great nieces.

Graveside services will be held at Kulp United Methodist Cemetery, Rural Catawissa at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions if desired are suggested to her church, St Luke Lutheran Church, 9 St. Luke’s Way, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting her family.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Richard W. Kelchner, Sr, 79, formerly of Berwick passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at his home in York, surrounded by his family.

Born in Berwick on January 11, 1938, he was a son of the late Atlee and Thelma (Whitmire) Kelchner. He graduated from Berwick High School. In 1959 he enlisted in the U. S. Airforce and served honorably until 1976 as an aircraft mechanic. After retiring from the military, he worked at the New Cumberland Navy Base in Mechanicsburg for 15 years.

Richard was a life member of the VFW, and a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, camping with his wife, and spending as much time as he could with his family.

Richard married the love of his life, Mary E. (Marshall) Kelchner, on December 30, 1959, making 58 years of marriage on the day of his passing.

In addition to his wife, he will be greatly missed by his children: Patricia Kelchner, Florida; Richard Kelchner, Jr and wife Nylene, Sparta, WI; Denise Moulds and husband Craig, Fisher, MN; David Kelchner and wife Christine, York, PA; Kimberly Venhuizen and husband Scott, Spring Grove, PA; 11 cherished grandchildren and 6 adored great grandchildren. He also leaves behind brothers, Robert Kelchner and wife Joan, Berwick; Charles Kelchner and wife Colleen, Pace, FL; sister, Susan Whitmire and husband Doyle, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

The family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions are suggested to a local hospice organization or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Ralph L. Smith, 65, of Nescopeck passed away suddenly on Friday, December 29, 2017 at Berwick Hospital Center.

Born on January 4, 1952 in Bloomsburg he was a son of the late Charles and Hannah Bell (Terwilliger) Smith. He was part of the first graduating class of Columbia Montour Vo-Tech school in 1970. He served honorably in the Army National Guard from 1970 until 1976. Ralph worked for Asplundh as a young man. He later became a welder and worked for Strick and Dana Corporation in Reading for 25 years. After they closed, he obtained his CDL and became an over the road truck driver, until his retirement.

He was an avid golfer, and a member of the Berwick Golf Club, where he competed in several tournaments and won awards. Ralph loved hunting and fishing. When not golfing, he spent weekends with family and friends at Faith’s Pheasant Preserve in rural Nescopeck. He was also a social member of the VFW Post 8227, Nescopeck. He enjoyed racing go-carts and was part of Richie Jensen’s pit crew at Evergreen and Selinsgrove Raceways.

He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Michele Twiddy and husband Robert, Orangeville; grandchildren: Amanda, Abigail, and Natalie Twiddy; sister, Carol Smith, Tucson, AZ; several cousins many close friends.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Steven Smith.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, January 1, 2018 at Berwick Golf Club, Berwick.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Nescopeck VFW Post 8227, 435 West 3rd Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635 or Berwick Golf Club, 473 Martzville Road, Berwick, PA 18603.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Katherine P. Knorr, 84, of Berwick passed away Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Berwick Hospital Center.

Born on April 1, 1933 in Fishing Creek Township, she was a daughter of the late Herman and Arlene (Taylor) Peters. She attended Berwick High School, and worked at Wise Foods, retiring after many years. She was a member of the Mount Zion Church in Nescopeck Township, and the Nescopeck Township Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.

She will be greatly missed by her 5 grandchildren: Sarah, Kyle, Harry Jr., Brian, and Mike Knorr; 6 great-grandchildren; sisters: Stella Hosler, Wapwallopen; Vernice Wolfe, Wapwallopen; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sons: Robert Knorr and Harry Knorr, Sr.; brothers: Roy Peters and Charles Peters.

At her request there will be no public services. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting her family.

Memorial Contributions are suggested to the Nescopeck Township Fire Company, P.O Box 135, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Dennis W. Winn, of Nescopeck passed away early Sunday morning, December 24, 2017 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. He was 63.

Dennis was born in Bloomsburg on December 2, 1954 to the late Doyle Winn and Maxine Poust. He attended Central Columbia High School. He worked most of his life at Textron in Danville, as well as a variety of other jobs to provide for his family, retiring this past year.

Dennis enjoyed rifle and bow hunting. Above all, he loved to spend time with his wife of 46 years, Nina L. (Mitchell) Winn, who he always called the “Love of his life”. He also adored his daughter, Angela L. Winn, and his grandson, Shea T. Smith.

In addition to his wife, Nina; daughter, Angela; and grandson, Shea; he is also survived by his sister, Patricia Herrold and husband Ralph; a brother, Maxwell Winn and wife Donna; and several nieces and nephews.

A private ceremony for immediate family will be held at a later date.

Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting his family.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Larry E. Cleaver, 79, of Nescopeck passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning, December 24, 2017.

Born in Nescopeck on September 15, 1938, he was the son of the late Charles and Carrie (Mensinger) Cleaver. He graduated from Nescopeck High School and enlisted in the US Navy. After an honorable discharge, Larry worked at Wise Potato Chips in Berwick. In the early 70’s he opened Cleaver’s Exxon Station in Mifflinville, and operated it for over 30 years. He also co-owned a trucking and leasing company with his son, Larry Cleaver, II.

As a child and in his younger years, Larry was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Nescopeck. Later, he became a member of St. Columba Catholic Church, Bloomsburg. He was a member of the VFW Post 821, Berwick; a member of the Elks Lodge 1138 in Berwick, and a former member of the Eagles Club. He enjoyed hunting and fishing in Canada and New York, both with his friends, and family.

He leaves behind his daughter, Meredith Cleaver, Venice, FL; son, Larry E. Cleaver II, Zephyr Hills, FL; brother, Bob Cleaver, Berwick; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Marsha (Bush) Cleaver in 1991; sister, Beatrice Bankes; and companion and best friend, Joanne Davenport who passed away on December 9th.

Family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, December 29, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. A private graveside service will take place in Mifflinville Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Joseph J. Williamoski, Jr., 60, of Berwick passed away on December 20, 2017 at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

Born on July 29, 1957 in Patchogue, NY, he was a son of the late Joseph J. Williamoski, Sr. and Alice (Roland) Schuler. He was raised and educated in Long Island, NY. Joseph worked as a cook for a catering business for many years. In the late 90’s, he was employed at Perkins until becoming disabled.

He was an avid fan of the New York Mets and New York Jets. He enjoyed playing poker, fishing, and cooking.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 32 years, Lisa A. (McGlinchey) Williamoski; daughters: Nicole Allen and husband Chris, Berwick; Tarra Williamoski, Berwick; Alison Williamoski and companion Jordan Nevius, Berwick; grandchildren: Adriana; Greenlee; and Lucas; sisters: April Viggiano, Florida; Pearle Williamoski, New York; Betty Flores, Arizona; Debbie Sohl, Florida; Denise Beller, Florida; Judy Tatun, Florida; brothers: John Sohl, New York; Charles Schuler, Danville; Willie Schuler, Florida; Andy Williamoski, Berwick; numerous nieces and nephews; and Carrie Hess whom he helped raise.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his step-mother, Jacqueline Schuler; sisters: Flo Cohan; and Cindy Gallagher; and brother, George Sohl.

A celebration of life will be held on January 13, 2018 from 2:00 – 6:00 PM at the Elks Lodge, 117 West 2nd Street, Berwick.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck to help defray his final expenses.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Sarah Rose Pranzoni went home to be with her heavenly Father on December 21, 2017.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on March 14, 1985, she was the daughter of Donald and Mary Rae (Jones) Pranzoni of Berwick. She lived in the Berwick area for most of her life, and graduated from Berwick High School in 2003. She was a waitress in Jim Thorpe for several years, and most recently was an activities aide at Signature Health Care.

Sarah attended Bethel Bible Church, Berwick. She had a green thumb, and her house was full of plants and flowers. Her “one thing” was recycling. She enjoyed listening to music and reading. Sarah will be remembered for her hearty laugh, generosity, and friendliness.

In addition to her parents, she leaves behind a brother, Darin Pranzoni and wife Heidi, Rockledge, FL; sisters, Christina Tober and husband Arthur, Detroit, MI; India Pranzoni, Wilkes-Barre; 1 nephew; 5 nieces; aunts; uncles; cousins; special great aunt, Rachel Belles; and her beloved dog “Ce-Ce”. She will be greatly missed by many and will be “FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS”.

Sarah was preceded in death by her grandparents, Albert and Mary Jones; and Dominic and Velia Pranzoni.

At the family’s request, there will be no public services. Private burial will take place in Sorber Cemetery, Reyburn.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

James G. Hailstone, 97, of Berwick passed away on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at home, surrounded by his family.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on June 25, 1920, he was a son of the late James G. and Catherine (Birkbeck) Hailstone. He attended Moosic High School. After graduating in 1938 he enlisted in the Army Air Force and served honorably until November 1945. Jim was self-employed as a plastering contractor for many years.

James was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Nescopeck. He belonged to the Oriental Star Lodge F. & A.M. Lodge 588 in Peckville where he was a past Master. He was also involved with the Keystone Consistory, Scranton & Irem Shrine Temple. James was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and Berwick Area Red Cross. In his spare time, he enjoyed gardening and traveling. He loved to spend time with his family, especially with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by his daughters: Claire Farnschlader, Lake Harmony; Janis Walsh and husband David, Berwick; grandchildren: April Bues and husband Dan, San Fransico; Jason Ruby and wife Donna, Lake Tahoe; Megan Marshman and husband Jeffery, Berwick; Sean Walsh and wife Leighton, Berwick; great-grandchildren: Lucy Bues; Calen and Maya Ruby; Ashlyn, J.D., and Ava Marshman; and Onolee Walsh. He also leaves behind a brother, Robert Hailstone and wife Jean, Landenberg; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Ruth (Broadhurst) Hailstone on September 1, 2017; son-in-law, Frank Farnschlader; and 6 siblings.

A memorial service will be held on December 23, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Wesley United Methodist Church, 401 Broad Street, Nescopeck, with his pastor, Reverend Susan Knorr officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, 401 Broad Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Barbara J. Lindsay, 73, of Shickshinny passed away Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Born in Shickshinny on August 10, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Woodrow W. and Hazel E. (Genzel) Cole. She attended Northwest High School and worked at several local businesses, including the Days Inn in Danville, and Berwick Industries. Barbara married Timothy H. Lindsay, Sr. in 1962, and together they had 6 children. Barbara worked hard to provide a loving home for her husband and children. After her children were grown, she went on many cross-country road trips with her husband.

Barbara was a talented seamstress, who made her daughters’ wedding gowns and other items. She also liked to crochet. Her favorite TV show was General Hospital. She loved and cherished her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and enjoyed spending time them.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Tim in 2014 and a sister, Irene May Cole Kemper.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Victoria A. Krisanits and husband Laurence, Orangeville; Christopher L. Lindsay and wife Kim, Berwick; Sandra A. Lindsay, Shickshinny; Roberta A. Irwin and husband Ron, Berwick; Timothy H. Lindsay, Jr. and wife Lauralei, Nescopeck; Mark A. Lindsay, Albion; grandchildren, Nathan, Deirdre, Bradley, Christopher, Justin, Corey, Alley, Andrea, Conner, Brock, Chantal, Ashlee, Slade, and Timothy III; 13 great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert Cole, Indiana; Alvin Cole, Berwick; Charles “Butch” Cole, Lightstreet; and many nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends on Friday, December 22, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Shirley A. Plock, 85, formerly of Nescopeck passed away on Friday, December 15, 2017 at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

Born in Nescopeck on July 11, 1932, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Clara (Spaide) Keene. Shirley attended Nescopeck High School. She worked at Herkaform until it closed, and retired from Data File in Berwick.

Shirley was a social member of the East End Fire Hall in Danville. In her spare time she enjoyed playing BINGO.

She will be greatly missed by her husband of 44 years, Carl W. Plock; daughter, Debbie Trivelpiece and husband Joe, Berwick; step daughters, Diane Woodruff, Danville and Kim Kerpell, Bloomsburg; grandchildren, Dion Benjamin; Joseph Trivelpiece and Rachel Trivelpiece; great grandchildren, Madison Trivelpiece, Shaye Trivelpiece, Laif Trivelpiece, Lundyn Fornwald, and Kohen Eister.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Joyce Ann Benjamin in 1979; grandson, Jacob Trivelpiece in 2003; 2 sisters; and 1 brother.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Cathy G. Weaver, 62, of Berwick went home with the Lord on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

Born on May 22, 1955 in Austin, Texas, she was a daughter of Dale Galutia of Danville and Gale (Holden) Edwards of Danville. As a child of a military member, Cathy attended numerous schools before graduating from Central Columbia High School. Cathy was an employee at MarCraft Inc. until its closing, after which she was worked at Berwick Offray for 21 years.

Cathy was a long-time member of Cornerstone Bible Church, Nescopeck Twp., where she sang on the worship team, taught Sunday School, participated on mission trips, and volunteered in many additional activities within the church.

Cathy was extraordinarily dedicated to her family. She coached high school softball and her daughter’s AYSO team for many years, attended all her daughters’ swim meets, field hockey, basketball, and hockey games, as well as chaperoning for her daughter’s Berwick HS band events. Cathy’s grandchildren were her pride and joy. She enjoyed spending her time with her grandchildren as often as she could.

In addition to her parents, she will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 40 years, David A. Weaver; cherished daughters, Jen Safarek and Cassie Weaver, both of Bloomsburg; adored grandchildren, Alexis, Mila, Caden and Nataliah; brother, Barry Galutia and wife Cathy Roberts-Galutia, Berwick; and a large loving extended family.

Cathy’s loving nature even proceeded her as she gave the gift of life though organ and tissue donation.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at Cornerstone Bible Church, 208 Church Road, Nescopeck, with Pastor James Winder officiating. Family will receive friends from 2:00 PM until the time of service.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Darrell John Jones, 69, of Berwick, Pennsylvania, passed away in his home surrounded by his loving family, on Sunday, December 10, 2017, after battling illness.

Born on November 11, 1948, Darrell was the eldest son of Harold and Dorothy Jones, of Berwick. He pursued higher education, earning an Accounting Degree from Wilkes University, and was employed for the past 30 years as an office manager/Controller at Fairway Motors in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. He was a beloved member of the Fairway family and worked hard every day of his life, passing on his learned wisdom to those who knew him best.

He celebrated his 38th wedding anniversary with his wife Norma E. Jones, formerly Norma Davis, on July 21, 2017.

He was involved in the following organizations throughout his life: The Berwick Elks, The Rangers Fire Company of Berwick where he was a life-long member, the Jaycee’s of Berwick, the VFW posts in Benton, Berwick, Nescopeck, the American Legion posts in the surrounding area, and the Arthur Bardo American Legion in Millville. He was an integral contributor to the creation of the Berwick Ethnic Festival as well. His favorite hobbies included fly fishing for trout with his children, golfing, shooting pool, telling jokes, and spending time with friends and family at his favorite haunts.

Throughout his earthly life, he was most fondly known as a person who could walk into a room of strangers and friends alike, and leave with many new friends at the end of the night. He had an amiable personality that drew people to him, and his amazing storytelling abilities ensured that he would engage whatever audience he had in front of him. Many times, those who knew him were left laughing heartily after he finished one of his many life stories, told in such a way, that you felt you were a part of each of them. He will be remembered for his candid opinions, his infectious smile, and his contagious laugh.

Preceding Darrell in death were his parents, Harold and Dorothy Jones. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his five sons and one daughter: John Harding, Berwick; Lucas Jones and his wife, Lindsey, Endwell, NY; Adam Jones and his wife, Tiffany, Nescopeck; Benjamin Jones, Berwick; Sarah Eighmey and her husband, Bradley, Berwick; and Darrell Jones Jr., Berwick. Also surviving are Darrell’s brothers: Aaron Jones Sr. and his wife Christine, Berwick; and Robleigh Jones, Berwick. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Hannah Eighmey; Molly Eighmey; Emma Jones; Aiden Jones; Keegan Jones; Isadora Jones; and Karissa Jones; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends from 3:00 to 5:00 PM on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Shiners Children’s Hospital, or Veterans of Valor.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Eleanor C. Pennington, 83, of Nescopeck passed away Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Chestnut Knoll Personal Care and Memory Care in Boyertown.

Born in Nescopeck on January 9, 1934 she was a daughter of the late Bernard and Edith (Paul) Keyser. Eleanor graduated from Nescopeck High School, class of 1951. She was employed at Berwick Shirt Company, and later at Wise Foods where she worked for 22 years.

Eleanor was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Nescopeck. She was on the Nescopeck High School reunion planning committee, and volunteered with the Nescopeck Fire Company fundraisers. She also assisted at the election polls.

She loved to Polka dance at any occasion where music was playing especially with her sisters. She enjoyed gardening, reading and bird watching. She treasured spending time with her family.

She will be greatly missed by her husband of 63 years, Kenneth Roy Pennington; children: Diane Douglass and husband Keith, Florida; Dirk Pennington and wife Michelle, Pottstown; 4 grandchildren, Dawn, Gwen, Sarah and Brett; 1 great-grandchild, Stone; sisters, Lois McCreary and husband Robert, Bloomsburg; Marion Snyder, Harrisburg; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Jean Keyser; and brother-in-law, Dale Snyder.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Pastor Susan Knorr officiating. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. Interment will follow at Elan Memorial Park in Bloomsburg.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Joanne R. Davenport, entered this world on September 15, 1930 and went to rest on December 9, 2017.

Joanne was the only child of the late Clyde L. and Mary V. (Freeze) Swisher. She was born in Bloomsburg, and attended the 3rd Street School until 6th grade. She moved to Briar Creek and attended the 2 room school house until 8th grade, and then moved on to Berwick High School graduating in 1948.

Joanne was baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Bloomsburg. She worked at Bercon Packaging for many years. Even after retirement, she looked forward to her days assisting her daughter and son in law at Air Balancing Engineers.

Joanne was a loving mother to 4 children; Sally, Susan, Mary and Bobby. Joanne was an avid reader, loved sunshine and warm waters, and brought joy to all who knew her. She always had a kind word and a smile to lend.

Her beloved daughter Susan preceded her in death in December, 2010.

Joanne will be forever remembered by her children: Sally Stout and husband Roger; Mary Rado and husband Bart A. Jr.; and Robert Davenport, Jr. and wife Marina. Her grandchildren were the highlight of her life, and they have many fond memories of “Grammy Jo”. AJ Hoffman and his fiancée Meredith Madish; Aimee Swafford and husband Dan; Alec Crisman; Evan Crisman; Cory Davenport and wife Haley; and Casey Davenport and companion Megan Eppley; and Caty Davenport; great grandchildren: Landen, Leanna, and Nolan; as well as step-grandchildren Bart A. Rado III and Carla Raguz.

Joanne was blessed to have many years together with her companion and best friend, Larry C. Cleaver. She was very fond of his niece Pam Bankes and her friend Pat Mills with whom she had many good times at the cabin. Joanne had a special place in her heart for them.

Family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Friday, December 15, 2017, at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, followed by a funeral service.

Donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Ellen C. Unger, 64, of Berwick went peacefully to heaven on Monday, December 4, 2017 at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, surrounded by her loving family, after a 12 year battle with cancer.

Born in Berwick on April 28, 1953, she was a daughter of the late Harold and Pauline (Seybert) Kessler. She graduated from Berwick High School in 1972. Ellen worked as a car sales associate for 17 years at several local car dealerships. She was also the co-owner of multiple locations of Unger’s Family Restaurant, after the restaurants closing, she was employed at Label Shopper, Bloomsburg until her health began to fail.

Ellen enjoyed camping. She was an antique dealer and attended many antique shows. She loved spending time with her family and her family loved spending time with her.

Ellen was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of nearly 45 years, Richard Unger I; son, Richard Unger II and wife Lisa, Numidia; daughter, April Shultz and husband Jason, Nescopeck; cherished grandchildren, Zander, Makayla, Landon and Blake. She also leaves behind brothers, Richard Kessler and wife Molly, Berwick; Harold “Beaver” Kessler and wife Darby, Berwick; sister, Melody Masich and husband Scott, Stillwater; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Paul Kessler.

A memorial service will be held at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 4:00 until the time of service.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Geraldine G. (Gearheart) Balazs, 69, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at Berwick Retirement Village II, where she was residing for the past few years.

Born in Hetlerville on December 16, 1947, she was the daughter of the late John and Amanda (Defrain) Gearheart. She worked at Milco Industries, until its closing, and retired from Berwick Offray.

She liked sewing and crocheting, making afghans and many items she needed around her house. She enjoyed going for rides in the country, playing BINGO, and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas E. Balazs, in 2015; sisters, Ann Longenberger and Florence Knouse; brothers, Samuel, Paul and Howard Gearheart.

She will be greatly missed by her son, Thomas A. Balazs and wife Kimberly; grandchildren: Coz and fiancé Dalene; Krista and husband Richie; Celeste; great grandchildren: Grace, Audrey, Layla, Wesson, Rylin, Remington, Rhyleigh, and Mckinleigh.

At Geraldine’s request, there will be no services. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting her family.

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