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Patricia Y. (Wolfe) Yoder, 85, of Mifflin Township, passed away on Thursday, July 22, 2021, at home, surrounded by family.

Born in Berwick on January 11, 1936, she was a daughter of the late Lamar E. and Marcella M. (Remley) Wolfe. She graduated from Mifflinville High School. For a brief period, Patty worked at Consolidated Cigar. For most of her life she worked hard to provide a warm and loving home for her husband and children.

Patty attended St. James Lutheran Church, Zenith. She was a foster mother to many children throughout her life. She enjoyed traveling and doing missionary work with her husband. In her spare time Patty liked to go camping, cook, and garden.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Phil Yoder and wife Cheryl, Nescopeck; Rodney Yoder and wife Susan, Wapwallopen; Kevin Yoder and wife Ginya, Catawissa; Torie Yoder and wife Dana, Poconos; Tammy Yoder, Berwick; 14 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren. She also leaves behind brothers, Ronnie Wolfe and wife Kathy, Nescopeck; Gary Wolfe and wife Jean, Nescopeck; sisters, Trudy Martz, Lime Ridge; Judy Whitmire, Nescopeck; Pam Ball and husband Scott, Nescopeck; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Harry Yoder; son, Rick Yoder; and grandson, Dustin Yoder.

At her request there will be no public services. Memorial contributions are suggested to St. James Lutheran Church, 1488 Zenith Road, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

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James Edward Coleman, age 82, finished his race and entered the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, July 18, 2021 at Bloomsburg Care and Rehab.

My dad’s life is a testimony to the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ, who brings good out of evil and brings sinners to Himself.

James grew up in Lock Haven, PA and later came to live in Berwick in the late sixties. He worked at the Berwick YMCA and soon met and married Ceola Fish on December 31, 1970. They shared 49 years together until her death on April 14th, 2020.

In August 1974, James sustained a brain injury that threatened his life. Yet God, in His mercy, spared not only his physical life but his soul as well. My dad, who up until that time was an agnostic, had now and for the rest of his life, a simple childlike faith in Jesus Christ. He knew that he was a sinner who deserved hell, and that only Jesus can save by His sacrifice on the cross. My dad trusted Christ and would often weep tears of joy and gratitude whenever he was reminded of what Jesus Christ did for Him.

My dad was one of the strongest and toughest men I ever knew, and one of the sweetest and gentlest as well. Surviving James are his daughter, Tiata Lipski and husband Michael Lipski of Berwick, granddaughters, Rachel Lipski of Berwick; and Bennett Lipski of Berwick. Also, through his marriage to Ceola, are surviving a niece and nephew, Ceola and Tyson Kehl of Berwick.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 24, 2021 in St. Cyril and Methodius Cemetery, Crystal Hill Road, Berwick.

“But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that just as it is written, ‘Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.’” – 1 Corinthians 1:30-31.

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Jacqueline P. (Zack) O’Hara, 87, of Berwick, passed away on Sunday, July 11, 2021, at Fritzingertown Senior Living Community, Drums.

Born in Shenandoah on September 15, 1933, she was 1 of 11 children born to the late Michael and Josephine (Yodis) Zack. She graduated from J.W. Cooper High School. Jackie worked as an administrative assistant at Bechtel Plant for many years.

On April 3rd, 1982, she married her childhood sweetheart and the love of her life, Robert O’Hara, and cherished their marriage until his death January 21, 1991.

Jackie attended LCBC Church and volunteered for the Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine. She loved to sing and sang for her high school’s choir. She enjoyed listening to music, especially Andrea Bocelli. She liked to do crossword puzzles, read, and was an avid collector of cinema.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Jacqueline Spitzer; grandchildren, Shannon Spitzer, Heather Goss and husband Michael; Brandon Kenney, Michael Kenney; great grandchildren, Gabriella Goss, Emmaleigh Goss, Charlotte Goss, and Michael Goss, Jr. She also leaves behind brother, Ronald Zack and wife Carol, Berwick; special nieces, Cheryl Fischer and husband Scott, Berwick; and Karen Preston and husband Paul, Berwick, and a great many other nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by a grandson, Raymond Kenney; 3 sisters, Elizabeth Janowczyk, Vera Piaskowski, Antoinette Finnerty, and 6 brothers Edward, Alfred, Michael, Henry, Chester, and Francis Zack.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 16, 2021, at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 9:00 AM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine, 310 E 3rd St, Mifflinville, PA 18631.

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Honey L. (Kulp) Campbell, 44, of Berwick, passed away on Friday, June 25, 2021, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on September 26, 1976, she was a daughter of Sarah (Kulp) Lookabaugh and husband Raymond of Berwick. She graduated from the Greater Nanticoke Area High School and East Side Technical School. Honey worked at Kmart for a brief time. Mostly, she worked hard to provide a loving home for her husband and children.

She was a member of Cornerstone Bible Church, Nescopeck. She also belonged to the Berwick Lioness Club and was a Junior Firefighter for Mocanaqua fire department. In her spare time, she liked to watch old TV shows and movies. She enjoyed doing puzzles, listening to music, and coloring in adult coloring books. Her greatest joy in life was her children who she loved spending time with.

In addition to her mother and stepfather she will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 17 years, Robert B. Campbell, Berwick; son, Robert S. Campbell; and daughter, Emily R. Campbell.

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

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Anthony “Tony” “Tex” Mauro Arlotto , 66, of Wapwallopen, PA, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

Tony was born in Hazleton, PA on October 28, 1954. He graduated from Hazleton High School in 1972 and continued to receive a degree from The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY. Tony received the Cordon Bleu Medal among other distinguished honors throughout his culinary tenure.

Tony was married to Lori Thomas on October 28, 1978; they were married for 42 years.

Tony was employed as an executive chef at Genetti’s Motor Lodge & Ballrooms, Hazleton, PA for 35 years. He was also employed at Heights Market and recently retired from Walmart, having served as manager of multiple departments.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, karate, weightlifting, and was an avid animal lover. He was a devoted member of and was actively involved at St. John’s Faith UCC Church, Wapwallopen, PA.

Tony is preceded in death by his parents, Michael Mauro Arlotto & Ileana Jean (Yatsula) Arlotto.

Tony is survived by his wife; Lori, son; Shawn Simon, siblings; Michele M. (Arlotto) Hutton, Michael C. Arlotto, niece; Julia L. Hutton, nephews; Raymond M. Hutton, Blaise Arlotto, Adam Arlotto, & Danton Arlotto. Additionally, he is survived by his loyal and faithful canine and feline companions.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 2, 2021 at St. John’s UCC, Church Street, Wapwallopen with Pastor Jim Stanley officiating. Family will receive friends from 9:00 AM until the time of service.

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Donnis L. Wolfe, 82, of Berwick, passed away on Friday, June 25, 2021 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on June 19, 1939, she was a daughter of the late Ethel (Camp) and S. Emerson Wolfe. She graduated from Nescopeck High School. She worked at several local businesses including, Lady Ester, Kaydette, Consolidated Cigar where she worked until it closed its doors, and Berwick Knitwear.

Donnis enjoyed spending time with her friends especially going out to eat and talking on the phone with them.

She will be greatly missed by her sister, Doris Marshall, Berwick; niece, Wendy Locher, Berwick; nephew, Bruce Marshall, Berwick; and many other nieces, nephews, and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

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

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Brian L. Vargo, 57, of Berwick, was called home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 22, 2021.

Born in Berwick on April 5, 1964, he was a son of Martha J. (Whitmire) Vargo of Berwick and the late Alvin R. Vargo. He graduated from Columbia Montour Vo-tech. For the last 20 years he has worked at Dollar Tree Distribution Center, Berwick, in the maintenance department.

Brian was a lifetime member of Eagle Hose Company. He was also a social member of the West end Fire Company and Berwick VFW Post 821. He enjoyed wood working, making clocks, and liked to restore old furniture. If any family member or a friend needed any wood working or special project done or restored Brian was the one to call and get it done. He took pride in his work and was amazing at it.

In addition to his mother, he will be greatly missed by his children, Kaitliyn (Vargo) Kramer and husband Jacob, Nanticoke; Bradley Vargo, Stillwater; grandson, Parker Kramer. He also leaves behind brothers, Stephen Vargo and wife Cathy, Berwick; Dave Vargo and companion Becky Yorks-Kaiser, Berwick; sister-in-law, Lori Vargo, Berwick; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Vargo in 2015.

A funeral service will be held at 4:00 PM on Sunday, June 27, 2021 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 2:00 PM until the time of service.

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Brian L. Vargo, 57, of Berwick, was called home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 22, 2021.

Born in Berwick on April 5, 1964, he was a son of Martha J. (Whitmire) Vargo of Berwick and the late Alvin R. Vargo. He graduated from Columbia Montour Vo-tech. For the last 20 years he has worked at Dollar Tree Distribution Center, Berwick, in the maintenance department.

Brian was a lifetime member of Eagle Hose Company. He was also a social member of the West end Fire Company and Berwick VFW Post 821. He enjoyed wood working, making clocks, and liked to restore old furniture. If any family member or a friend needed any wood working or special project done or restored Brian was the one to call and get it done. He took pride in his work and was amazing at it.

In addition to his mother, he will be greatly missed by his children, Kaitliyn (Vargo) Kramer and husband Jacob, Nanticoke; Bradley Vargo, Stillwater; grandson, Parker Kramer. He also leaves behind brothers, Stephen Vargo and wife Cathy, Berwick; Dave Vargo and companion Becky Yorks-Kaiser, Berwick; sister-in-law, Lori Vargo, Berwick; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Vargo in 2015.

A funeral service will be held at 4:00 PM on Sunday, June 27, 2021 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 2:00 PM until the time of service.

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Charles “Charlie” F. Kolb, Jr. 78, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at the home he designed and built in Shickshinny, PA.

Born in Smithfield, NC on January 13, 1943, to the late Leah (Myatt) Kolb and Charles Kolb. He graduated from Garner High School, NC in 1961. His father promised to send him to art school if he first got a 4 year degree. So Charlie collected his degree in 1965 from Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C. and headed to Philadelphia, PA and art school. Although his time in art school was brief, what he learned while there would later contribute to his woodworking projects.

Charles taught 4th grade in the Philadelphia school system for several years and realized that was not his calling. He began following his interests in woodworking while working with several cabinet makers and construction companies over the years. He eventually opened his own business in 1990 called Kolb’s Custom Woodworking. In custom woodworking, his artistic talent and craftsman skills came together. Kolb’s Custom Woodworking continued until the fall of 2020 when cancer had other plans for him. His beautiful cabinetry, furniture, hand carved objects are in homes in PA, NC, VA and New York City.

In his spare time he enjoyed painting, cooking, fishing and golfing with his friends at Arnold’s. He was especially happy the day he finally scored a hole-in-one in 2019.

Charlies is survived by his wife of 32 years, the former Linda Paisley of Hobbie, PA, sister Carol Green (Alan) of Cary, NC; sister-in-law Janet Kolb of Emerald Isle, NC; nieces Rachael Carr (Billy) of Garner, N.C. and their children, Liam and Evie; Roxanne Sankes (Jason) of Apopka, Florida and their children, James and Jennie; nephew, Justin Green of Cary, NC; step-daughters Karen Brojakowski and children Brandy, Jaden, Taya and Korbin of Mcalester, OK, and Christie Blakeslee of Berwick, PA and step-son David Rinehimer and wife Tracy of Springfield, MO and their children Michelle, Holden, Kassi, Kayla and Regan; many step-great-grandchildren, several cousins and 3 cats.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, brother James Kolb and niece Anna (Scott) Liland.

At Charles request, there will be no viewing or public services. A private celebration of his life will be held with his family in the future. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is entrusted with arrangements.

The family would like to thank Residential Home Health and Hospice, who were a big part of his care and support over the past few weeks.

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Herbert “Danny” Anderson, 70, of Hunlock Creek passed away on Friday, June 18, 2021 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital.

Born in Holly Springs, Mississippi on March 2, 1951, he was the son of the late Clarence J. Anderson; and Miriam A (Edwards) Anderson Herring and her husband Johnny H. Herring. “Danny” was raised and graduated from school in Holly Springs. As a young adult he moved to Pennsylvania and was employed at Alcoa KAMA Corp., Hazleton for many years. After becoming semi-retired, he was a driver for Advanced Auto Parts, Hazleton. About 10 years ago, Danny moved back to Mississippi so he could reconnect and spend time his sisters, then moved back to PA in 2019 to be with his companion, Coleen Gregory Gommer and be closer to his sons.

He was a former member of the Summerhill Fire Company for several years before moving to the Hazleton area. In his younger years, he enjoyed participating in pool and dart leagues. He also liked hunting and fishing. Danny always enjoyed working in puzzle books.

In addition to his companion, he will be greatly missed by his sons, Daniel Anderson and fiancé Melanie Domingue, Berwick; Edward G. Macks and wife Shannon, Berwick; their mother, Donna J. Anderson; grandson, Seth Macks; sisters: Sara Allen and husband John “Pop”; Virginia “Cookie” Freathers, Kathy Miller and husband Johnny; Jennifer “Chris” Holbrook and husband Henry, all from Holly Springs, MS; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents and stepfather, he was preceded in death by a sister, Linda C. Yarbrough and her husband, Bobby.

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

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Mona M. (Force) Hutchings, 79, of Berwick, passed away on Sunday, June 20, 2021, at home surrounded by her family.

Born in Stillwater on June 12, 1942, she was a daughter of the late Morris and Sarah (Yohey) Force. She attended Berwick area schools. Mona worked as a waitress for most of her life. She worked at the Zephyr Diner in Berwick and later at the Briar Creek truck stop.

Mona attended Calvary United Methodist Church, Berwick. Her greatest joy in life was her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She cherished the time she got to spend with them.

She will be greatly missed her children, Michelle Hotchkiss and husband Robert, Berwick; Jody Hutchings and companion Ashlee Nicole, Berwick; grandson, Christopher R. Gordner; great grandchildren, Nevaeh Henninger, Ryland Gordner, McKayle Gordner, Kambree Gordner, all of North Carolina and Ellamae Gordner, Berwick. She also leaves behind sisters, Myrle Sharrow, Lime Ridge; Marla Burgess, Florida; brother, Max Force and wife Mary, Berwick; sister-in-law, Deb Force, Berwick; childhood best friend, Shirley (Gordner) Dugan, Berwick; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Howard Hutchings, sister, Maryann Hess and brother, Martin Force.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, June 25, 2021, at Elan Memorial Park, 5595 1old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg.

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Dennis J. Danko Sr, 66, of Pond Hill passed away suddenly on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at his home.

Born in Nanticoke on August 5, 1955, he was a son of the late Aloysius and Eleanor (Burd) Danko. He graduated from Nanticoke High School and attended Luzerne County Community College. Dennis was employed for several years at Asplundh until he was no longer able due to an injury at work.

He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and at one time belonged to a motorcycle club. He loved antique cars and owned 2 of his own. Dennis liked being at home, especially with his loyal dog, “Puppers” by his side, and working around outside, tinkering on different projects. He enjoyed farming with his father for many years, and he loved the animals they raised including horses and goats, and his many cats. He also liked hunting.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 23 years, Catherine M. (Curry) Danko; daughter, Lindsey Danko, AZ; son, Dennis Danko Jr, Nuangola; 2 grandsons and a granddaughter; sister, Genevieve “Jen” Voss, Allentown; brothers, Leonard Danko and wife Marie, Wapwallopen; Edward Danko, Berwick; sister-in-law, Diane Danko, NC; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Danko, Sr.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 26, 2021 in Pond Hill Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Wapwallopen.

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

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Shirley M. (Whitmire) McGraw, 86, of Berwick, passed away on Monday, June 21, 2021, at Bonham’s Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Berwick on March 29, 1935, she was a daughter of the late Harry and Sarah C. (Davis) Whitmire. She graduated from Berwick High School in 1953. She worked at several local sewing factories, Consolidated Cigar Factory and Western Electric, Allentown where she retired from after 15 years.

She attended Summerhill United Methodist Church. She enjoyed painting and doing crafts with her husband.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 67 years, Charles G. McGraw, Sr., at home; son, Charles McGraw Jr., Berwick; daughter, Gaye Rego and husband Ronald, Bethlehem; 3 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, she was looking forward to the birth of her 10th great grandchild in October. She also leaves behind a brother, Harry Whitmire, Berwick; sisters, Jeanetta Krepich, Berwick; Sue Hill, Bloomsburg; Virginia Whitmire, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Elsie Kulp, Jean Fetterman, and Bethann Pintrich.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow at Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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Mayette C. (Haas) Miller, 93, of Nescopeck, passed away on Friday, June 11, 2021, at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital.

Born in Orange, New Jersey on September 10, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Richard E. and Florence L. (Chaumont) Haas. She attended school in the New York and New Jersey area. Mayette spent most of her life as a homemaker. She worked hard to provide a warm and loving home for her husband and children.

Mayette was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, St. Mary’s, Berwick. She enjoyed spending her time sewing, working on crafts, or gardening when the weather was nice.

She is survived by her sons, Mark Miller, New Mexico; Michael Miller and wife Karen, Arizona; a grandson; a great grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, M. Maynard Miller, and daughter, Mary Sellers, twin sister, Florette.

A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 26, 2021 at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church, 1730 Fowler Ave, Berwick. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the church, St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church, 1730 Fowler Ave, Berwick or to Cats in Bloom, 102 West Main Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Bernard J. Jubinski, 89, of Lime Ridge passed away on Friday, June 18, 2021 at Bloomsburg Care and Rehab Center.

Born in Plymouth, PA on October 27, 1931, he was a son of the late Benjamin and Pauline (Ziolkowksi) Jubinski. He was raised and educated in the Plymouth area. In 1950, “Jubin” entered the US Navy and served until 1954 during the Korean War. After an honorable discharge, he was employed at Consolidated Cigar, Berwick for many years. After retirement, he repaired H2O to Go, water filtration machines all around Northeastern Pennsylvania, until about 13 years ago.

Jubin was an avid golfer. He also enjoyed watching football, basketball, and NASCAR. He enjoyed going out to eat with his wife and finding good places to have breakfast.

In addition to his loving wife, Edna M. (Gregory) Jubinski, with whom he just celebrated 51 years of marriage on June 13th, he will be greatly missed by his son, Michael Jubinski of Florida; a stepson Jacob Shiko and wife Kathy, Millville; a grandson, Michael “MJ” Jubinski; step-grandchildren: Louise, Frances and Jessica; and 2 step great grandchildren. He also leaves behind a nephew, Joseph Kopka.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Penny Jubinski; step-grandson, Raymond Shiko; and his sisters, Bernadine “Bernice” Kopka; and Helen Dietz.

Military honors will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, June 24th 2021 at Elan Memorial Park, 5595 Old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting his family.

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Deborah A. Charles, 70, of Kissimmee, Florida passed away on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville following a brief illness.

Born in Berwick on September 16, 1950, she was a daughter of the late Ronnie Rough, Sr and Kate (Nash) Lee. She graduated from Berwick High School and worked for Walmart for a short time. Deborah focused mainly on her home and was a dedicated mother and grandmother.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Stephen Charles and companion Shelby Swisher, Unityville; Brandy Charles, Mt Carmel; Nicole Bowers and companion Demetry Thomas, Kissimmee, FL; “Jay” Felton Thompson and wife Lisa, Winter Park, FL; Darnell Thompson and wife Shasha, Poinciana; 20 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren. She was looking forward to the birth of another great grandchild this September. She also leaves behind a brother, Ronnie Rough, Berwick; and nieces, nephews; 2 uncles, George and Jerry; and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sons, Dranoel Thompson and Thomas Charles and son-in-law, Doug Ham.

A viewing will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 pm on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

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Jon L. Fincher, 74, of Berwick, passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at his home surrounded by the joys of his life, his loving family.

Born in Toledo, OH on September 27, 1946, he was a son of the late Earl and Nora (Mixer) Fincher.

He attended school in Toledo, OH and enlisted in the United States Navy from 1963 until 1975, earning his rank as Petty Officer First Class. During his time enlisted he served on the USS Joseph K. Taussig and the USS Santa Barbara earning the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal. After an honorable discharge, he worked as a cross-country truck driver. Later he was employed with the Railroad, TRW and Heinz.

Jon attended Bloomsburg Baptist Church. He enjoyed hobby modeling of all kinds, from railroad to trucks. He was also a talented woodworker. His work could be seen on display in any room of his home or was gifted to his many grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 43 years, Grace (Taylor) Fincher; children: John “Butch” Fincher Jr and wife Sabrina; Kim Thompson and husband Duffy; Destiny Killian; Becky Dorris and husband James; Robert Killian (and the late Rhonda Killian); Kenan Killian and wife Tammy; Amy Buehler and husband Michael; Benny Shutta; 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and cousin, Richard Koester.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Dawn Marie Fincher; and brothers, Jim and David.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 12:30 to 4:00 PM on Sunday, June 20, 2021 at the VFW Post 821, 1408 West Front Street, Berwick, with Military Honors at 2:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Commonwealth Hospice of Berwick, 1409 North Market St, Suite 202, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Terry L. Farver, 77, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at Bloomsburg Care and Rehab.

Born in Berwick on September 15, 1943, he was a son of the late Arle R. and Alverna (Davis) Farver. He was a graduate of Berwick High School and served honorably in the US Navy from 1964 to 1968 during the Vietnam War. Terry retired from Wise Foods, where he worked for 30 years.

Terry attended Glad Tidings Assembly of God, Bloomsburg. He like fishing and hunting. He enjoyed taking Sunday drives in the country and finding a good spot for breakfast.

He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Mary Sult and husband Anthony, Bloomsburg; son, John Farver and wife Autumn, Bloomsburg; 4 grandchildren; brother Joe Farver and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers: Jim, Jack, Charles, Wayne and Robert Farver; sisters: Lois Laubach, Barbara Berroth and Nancy Reichart.

A viewing will be held from 4:00-6:00 PM on Friday, June 18, 2021, at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, followed by a funeral service and military honors. Burial in Rose Lawn Cemetery will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Animal Resource Center, P.O Box 439, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 or at nokillarc.org.

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Joe W. Johnson, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Haynes, Arkansas on September 6th, he was a son of the late Willie Harris and Roberta (Johnson) Joplin. He attended high school in Forrest City, AR. After moving to Pennsylvania, he was employed for many years on highway and bridge construction. He also worked at some local factories.

Joe’s passion was his Kawasaki Vulcan Classic 1500 motorcycle. Over the years, he participated in hundreds of charity and benefit rides. He attended the 911 memorial ride in Muncy every year and the Rolling Thunder activities in Washington. He could be spotted throughout the area on his detailed red and white motorcycle and was well known for it.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife Linda L. (Kupsky) Johnson with whom he spent the last 53 years; daughter, Erica Johnson, CA; son, Joseph Johnson, FL; 3 grandchildren: Ashley, Derek and Myah; and sister, Alberta. Two years ago, Joe found out he had another daughter, Yolanda Williams, AL, who at the age of 55, found him through a DNA match. He was happy to have her in his life along with 4 more grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Clarence, Rufus, James, and Arthur “Teddy”; and sister, Esther.

At the request of Joe and his family, there will be no services. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting his family.

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Donald S. Perksoki, 79, of Wilkes-Barre passed away on Friday, June 24, 2021 at Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore.

Born in Shickshinny on January 2, 1942, he was a son of the late John and Stella (Verbinski) Perkoski. He was raised in Shickshinny and was educated in Huntington Mills and Northwest High School. Over the years he worked at several area businesses.

He is survived by his children: Denise Laubengeyer, Martinsville, IN; Michael Perkoski Sr, Port Royal, PA; Brenda Sponenberg, Orangeville; Sandie Perkoski, Danville; several grandchildren; many great grandchildren; brothers, Henry Perkoski and wife Margaret, Frederick, MD; Joseph Perkoski, Berwick; and numerous niece and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Perkoski; brothers, John, Ralph and Albert Perkoski.

A graveside service will be held at 11:30 AM on Saturday, June 19, 2021 in St Martha’s/Holy Spirit Parish Cemetery, 260 Bonnieville Road, Stillwater, with Reverend Louis Kaminski officiating.

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Mae E. (Snyder) Balliet, 73, of Berwick, went to be with her Lord and savior on Friday, June 11, 2021.

Born in Berwick on December 1, 1947, she was a daughter of the late Doris (Snyder) Probst and husband Miles E. Probst, whom she was raised by and the late Oscar Howard. She graduated from Nescopeck High School. Mae worked at Wise Potato Chip’s, retiring after 40 years.

She was a member of Seventh Day Adventist Church, Berwick. She was very involved at her church, helping to make meals and was a Sabbath school teacher for many years. She had a great faith and read her Bible daily. In her spare time, she enjoyed volunteering at food banks and helping anyone she could. She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She cherished the time she spent with them.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Lynda Student and husband Cory, Sr.; Tammy Silvetti and husband Michael A. Sr.; Jennifer Redis and fiancé Chris Levan; Debbie Galli and husband Frank Jr.; grandchildren, Wayne Gross, Jr., Christopher Gross, Cory Student, Jr., Michael A. Silvetti, Jr., Shelby Silvetti, Kaitlin Taylor, Aaron Redis, Bryce Redis, Deseree Jakubecz, Anthony Galli; great grandchildren, Evan Harmon, Michael “MJ” Silvetti, Jackson Silvetti, Delilah Silvetti, and Isabelle Jakubecz. She also leaves behind brothers, Dean Youlls and wife Christa; Miles Probst; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thornton E. Balliet on April 6, 1994; infant daughter, Florence Ann Balliet on January 31, 1970; granddaughter, Miranda Weaver on August 8, 2018; brothers, Dale Youlls, Wayne Probst, and James Slusser.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow at Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to American Liver Foundation, National Office 39 Broadway, Suite 2700, New York, NY 10006.

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Elizabeth “Betty” F. Taylor, 87, of Huntington Mills passed away on Thursday, June 3, 2021 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on January 15, 1934, she was the youngest and last living child of the late Rudolph and Frances (Clapper) Felix, Sr. She graduated from Berwick High School and started working at Wise Potato Chip, where she met her late husband. She later worked at Consolidated Cigar and retired from Fulton Lamp Factory after becoming disabled.

On May 8, 1954, she married the love of her life, Robert D. Taylor. Together they bought a farm in Beach Haven, where they raised horses and other animals. They eventually sold that property and bought another farm on Bonniville Road in Huntington Mills. She loved working on the farm along side her husband, riding horses and caring for all the animal they raised.

Betty enjoyed playing solitaire and reading books. She liked attending activities with the senior group at Northern Columbia County Community and Cultural Center (N4Cs). She loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Linda L. Gunther and husband Thomas, Hampton VA; Elizabeth “Fran” Bradshaw and husband Allen “Jerome”, Huntington Mills; son, Robert “Spike” D. Taylor, Huntington Mills; grandchildren, Tommy Gunther and wife Andrea; Dillan Taylor; Shane Taylor and wife Ariana; great grandchildren Kaede and Aspyn, Taite and Rilee. She will also be fondly remembered by sisters-in-law, Peggy Felix and Grace Fincher; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, and husband, Robert “Uncle Tate” who died in 2005, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Irene Crispell and Frances Felix; and brothers, Rudolph Jr, Florey, Victor Sr, Steven, Robert J, Anthony Sr, and Robert S, who died at a very young age.

A viewing will be held from 5:00 to 6:00 on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, followed by a brief funeral service.

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Leonard “Jimmy” E. Mensinger, Jr, 75, of Nescopeck Township passed away on Sunday, May 30, 2021 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on April 4, 1946, he was a son of the late Leonard “Jim” and Helen (Fish) Mensinger. He graduated from Nescopeck High School in 1964 and lived most of his life in Nescopeck Township. He worked at Argo in Berwick, and later at Naugle’s Lumber, Nescopeck. He retired from G&B Specialty, Berwick.

He married the former Donna L. Frantz and together they celebrated 56 years of marriage together on May 15, 2021.

He enjoyed hunting and camping. Spending time with his family was important to him and he loved attending his grandchildren’s baseball and softball games. He liked sitting with his brother-in-law at the grove and shooting the breeze.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife Donna; sons, Robin Mensinger and wife Carol, Berwick; John Mensinger and wife Amy Jo, Nescopeck; Stacey Taylor and fiancé Tony Slusser, Berwick; Terri Mackert and husband Gary, Muncy; 8 cherished grandchildren: Brittney Mensinger; Randy Taylor; Vanessa Taylor; Jared Mensinger; Ashton Mensinger; Cullen Mensinger; Austin Taylor; and Mason Mensinger. He also leaves behind a sister Judy Hoffman and husband Robert, Delaware; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father Jim Sr who died in February 2012 and mother Helen in January 2002, he was preceded in death by a brother, Lawrence E. Mensinger in July 1991; sister, Janice Herring in July 2014; and brother-in-law, Mike Herring in December 2018.

In keeping with Jimmy’s wishes there will be no services. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting his family.

Jimmy’s family would like to extend many thanks to his home health team, the doctors and nurses in the ER and his palliative care team for the attention and care they provided.

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William H. Shoemaker, 93, of Shickshinny, went to be with his Lord and savior on Sunday May 30, 2021, at Bonham’s Nursing Home, Stillwater.

Born at home in Shickshinny Valley on August 20, 1927, he was the son of the late Thomas C. and Sarah E. (Mensch) Shoemaker. He attended school in the Shickshinny area. Bill worked many jobs throughout his life. He worked at Benton Foundry, Berwick AC&F, Berwick Knitwear, Berwick Forge, Pocono Gardens Lodge, and Rothstein Realty. He also worked in the mines for a brief period.

Bill was a member of Bible Baptist Church, Shickshinny. Bill enjoyed being outside gardening, doing yard work, or taking a long leisurely walk in his neighborhood.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of almost 69 years, Thelma (Ruckel) Shoemaker, at home; children, William D. Shoemaker and companion Sherry, Berwick; Darlene Gregory and husband Stephen J. Sr., Shickshinny; Barry Shoemaker and wife Kylie, Shickshinny; grandchildren, Christina Gregory, Stephen J. Gregory, Jr. and wife Julia, Jared Shoemaker and wife Jamie; Jacob Shoemaker and wife Laura; Harmony Shoemaker; great grandchildren, Arielle Gregory, Justuss Gregory, Jada Gregory, Tripp Shoemaker, twins, Gage and Gemma Shoemaker, Kylie Shoemaker, and Ryder Shoemaker; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister in infancy, May Shoemaker; sisters, Violet Boyer, Mary Featherman, Alice Shoemaker Margaret Hough; brothers, Arthur Shoemaker, Clyde Shoemaker, Albert Shoemaker.

At the families request there will be no public services. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, is assisting his family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bonham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 477 Bonnieville Rd, Stillwater, PA 17878.

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Stephen R. Adams, 70, of Mifflinville, passed away on Saturday, May 29, 2021 at Post Acute Medical Specialties Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Bloomsburg on August 20, 1950, he was a son of the late Jack and Doris (Brandt) Adams. He graduated from Central Columbia in 1968. After high school he enlisted in the United States Airforce and served during the Vietnam War. He retired from Haddon Craftsman, Bloomsburg after many years.

Stephen or “Mountain Man” was an avid fisherman and enjoyed the outdoors. He also liked to read mystery books, watch country western movies and sports. He was a big fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penn State Nittany Lions.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 38 years, Barbarann (Williams) Adams, at home; stepchildren, Michelle Dalton and husband Russ, New Columbia; Steve Crawford, Cullman, Alabama; 6 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren. He also leaves behind a brother, Dr. Dave Adams and fiancé Teresa Gill, Mifflinville; his cherished Peanut; and faithful shih tzu, Abby.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, John Adams.

Services will be private at the request of his family.

Isabel D. (White) Miller, 88, of Nescopeck, passed away on Friday, May 28, 2021, at The Gardens at Orangeville.

Born at home in Nescopeck on May 12, 1933, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Grace (Fite) White. She graduated from Nescopeck High School in 1951. She attended Penn State, Hazleton. Izzy worked as a salesclerk at Guinan’s Department Store for a few years before her children were born.

She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. Isabel was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was a past Matron and past deputy. She was a member of the White Shrine and served as a past Worthy High Priestess and past Watchman of Shepards. When her children were little, she was a den mother and a troop leader for both the boy scouts and the girl scouts. Isabel was also a past mother advisor for the Rainbow Girls. She also served as the judge of elections for many years. In her spare time, she volunteered for the Red Cross and the Community Cupboard from the time it opened until her health started to decline. Izzy enjoyed cooking, especially baking blueberry muffins at Betty’s Blueberry Muffin stand at the Bloomsburg Fair. She liked to express most of her creativity through crafts, especially ceramics.

She will be greatly missed by her children, Kevin Miller and wife Barb, Bethpage, Tennessee; Wendy Shultz and husband Jack, Nescopeck; grandchildren, Jason and wife Gladys; Andrea and husband Nick; Maeghan and husband Nate; Josh and companion Lindsay; and 5 great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle L. Miller on January 26, 1999.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 9:00 AM until the time of service. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Hope Center 650 Harter Avenue, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

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Robert P. Smith, 80, of Nescopeck passed away on Friday, May 21, 2021 at Post Acute Medical Specialty Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Briggsville on November 19, 1940, he was a son of the late Elnora (Crawford) and Mord Sloyer. He graduated from Nescopeck High School in 1958 and served in the US Army for 3 years. For over 37 years, Bob worked at CertainTeed in Mountaintop.

He enjoyed camping and traveling with his family. They travelled the east coast stopping at theme parks and camping at Moyer’s Grove Campground on the weekends. In retirement, he and his wife took their van camper out west, stopping at casinos and national parks and visiting 49 states. Biloxi, Mississippi was a favorite stay during the winter months.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 57 years, Jane (Moyer) Smith; son, David Smith and wife Luann, Elizabethtown; Karen Verchimak and husband Wade, Hobbie; step-brothers, Joseph McAffee and wife Marilyn, Berwick; John McAffee and wife LeeAnn, Berwick; sisters-in-law, Joyce and Sharon Smith; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Fred, Karl and Dale (wife Marcie) Smith; and half-brother, Michael Sloyer.

At Bob’s request, graveside services will be held privately in St James Cemetery, Hobbie.

Richard E. Thomas, 80, of Mifflin Township passed away on Friday, May 21, 2021 at his home.

Born in Berwick on July 31, 1940, he was a son of the late Freas Thomas and Edna (Herring) Knorr. He attended Berwick Schools, and served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. Richard worked hard to make ends meet and provide for his family, over the years he worked at several different local businesses including the AC&F, McBride Machine, Pengora Knitting, and Berwick Knitwear. His last job before retiring was at Tuzzi’s Bakery in Berwick.

On November 4, 1961, he married Jeannette (Shaffer) Thomas. Together they raised 2 daughters and watched their family grow. Sadly, Jeannette passed away on October 4, 2020 ending a marriage of nearly 59 years.

Richard was a lifetime member of West Berwick Hose Company and Mifflin Fire Company. He enjoyed league bowling for many years. When his children were young, he took them to the family cabin almost every weekend. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. In his younger years, he enjoyed working on cars and racing cars at Numidia Raceway.

In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Robert Knorr and stepmother, Betty Thomas.

He will be greatly missed by his daughters, Glenda Lanning, Nescopeck; Janelle Kalbach and husband Edward, Berwick; cherished grandchildren, Adam Isherwood, Berwick; Alicia Isherwood, Nescopeck; Kylee Hoze, Berwick; Kassidy Kalbach, Berwick; and great grandchildren, Jayda, Marcus, and Axel. He also leaves behind a brother, Terry Thomas and wife Diane, Berwick; sister, Debbie Glass, Apollo Beach, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

At the request of the family there will be no services at this time. A memorial service will be held later this summer. He will be laid to rest with his beloved wife, Jeannette, in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to his family to help defray his final expenses.

Richard’s family would like to thank all of their family and friends who helped with his care over the past years.

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Betty Lucille Hoch, age 76, passed away on Monday, May 17, 2021 at Mountaintop Senior Care, where she was a resident since December. She was formerly a resident of Johnson’s Personal Care Home for many years.

Born in Berwick on November 9, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Floyd A. and Caroline M. (Ryman) Hoch. She was raised in Hobbie and later lived in Nescopeck. She was a graduate of Nescopeck High School, class of 1964. Betty worked at American Tobacco in Mountaintop, Luzerne Outerwear, Shickshinny, Barry Bob’s Sportswear, Berwick, and retired from Lady Ester, Berwick.

She was a member of the former St. Peters Reformed Church, and later attended St. James Lutheran Church, Hobbie. She enjoyed cross stitch, sewing and reading. She loved to write letters to family and friends. Whenever she met someone, she instantly considered them a friend, and remembered every detail she learned about them.

She will be fondly remembered by her nieces, Cathy Adamski and husband Richard; Diane Molnar; nephew, Dale Hoch; and several cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, George Hoch and his wife Nancy; and nephew, David Hoch.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Reverend Oliver Brown officiating. Interment will follow in St. James Cemetery, Hobbie. Family will receive friends from 10:00 until the time of service.

Vicki L. (Matucci) Turek, age 65, of Berwick passed away on Monday, May 17, 2021 at Geisinger Medical Center Danville.

Born in Berwick on June 4, 1955, she was a daughter of the late Orval J and Agnes A (Gulliver) Matucci. She was a graduate of Berwick High School, class of 1973. For over 25 years, she was a dedicated employee at Lady Ester in Berwick, where she was the president of their union for 6 years.

In 1989, she married the love of her life, Robert M. Turek. Sadly, Robert passed away suddenly on January 22, 2017, turning her world upside down.

Vicki enjoyed playing cards and games with her family and friends. She was fun to be around and always came up with the funniest sayings. She had an infectious laugh, and she loved to make people laugh. She liked watching old movies. She adored her dog “Murphy” who was her loyal companion, especially after the death of her husband.

In addition to her husband, Robert Turek, she was preceded by her mother, Agnes, who died on August 17, 1990 and father, Orval, who died on January 9, 2017.

She will be greatly missed by her sister, Carla Scala and husband Tony, Berwick; niece, Lisa Scala; nephew, Anthony Scala II and wife Samantha; and great nephew, Anthony Scala III, who Vicki said ‘stole her heart’; and friends, Pam, Pat, Vicki, and Mary.

A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Berwick

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Tim W. Swafford, 78, of Nescopeck passed away on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Akron, Ohio on September 1, 1942, he was a son of the late Carl and Harriet (Watts) Swafford. He graduated from Springfield High School, Akron, OH, class of 1959, then served as a corpsman in the US Marine Corps until 1963. After an honorable discharge, he became a truck driver. For many years, he owned his own truck and drove coast to coast. He was last employed at Metropolitan Trucking in Bloomsburg.

Tim was married to Bonnie L. (Grasley) in 1962. Together, they would have celebrated a 59th wedding anniversary this July.

Tim was a member of several local veterans’ organizations including the AmVets and the American Legion. He liked riding his motorcycle. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his cherished grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he will be greatly missed by his son, Dan Swafford, Mifflinville; granddaughter, Tabitha Swafford, Nescopeck; and 3 grandchildren, Danielle Swafford, Ava Swafford, and Rocco Mensch.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Aimee in 2019.

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

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Carol M. (Glodfelter) Hutchinson, 83, of Conestoga left this life and entered her Heavenly home on May 20, 2021.

Born in Lime Ridge on August 29, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Susie (Kemp) Glodfelter. She was married to Richard L. Hutchinson, Sr. for 65 years, and together they lived in the beautiful home he built for them in Nescopeck RD.

Carol graduated from Mifflinville High School in 1955. A stay-at-home wife and mother for most of her adult life, she took great pride in her home, loving the collecting of antiques for decorating, and caring for her beautiful flower gardens. She used her skill at crocheting to make baby afghans for many of the newborns as they came into her family and friend circle. The last afghan she made was presented as a gift to her cancer doctor as he and his wife welcomed their first child in March. Carol greatly enjoyed traveling with the “girls”, card playing with special relatives and Coffee Club with friends.

In addition to her husband, she will be greatly missed by daughters Lori Davis (Dennis) of Leesburg, Georgia, Cynthia Hutchinson (Craig Rodabaugh) of Elizabethtown, PA, Susan Woodworth (Dwayne) of Huntsville, Alabama, Patricia Collins (Andrew) of Conestoga, PA, and son Richard Hutchinson, Jr. (Tasha) of Nescopeck RD, PA; grandchildren Jamie Potter, Timothy Potter, Jason Robbins, Justin Robbins, Adrianne Robbins, Jessica Rodabaugh, Eric Rodabaugh, Andrew Rodabaugh, Sarah Parrish, Jonathan Woodworth, Christopher Collins, Corey Collins, Kaitlyn Hutchinson and Conner Hutchinson; great-grandchildren Claudia, Noah, Ella, Samuel, Micah, Haley, Emily, Lilly, Katlyn, Austin, Caleb, Taylor, Logan, Aiden and Callan; and great-great grandsons Kaysin and Coen.

In addition to her parents, Carol was preceded in death by her brothers Eugene and Donald Glodfelter; a sister Marsha Shultz; and her very special aunt, Myrtle Sorber.

A funeral service, officiated by her former pastor, Rev. Tony Pagotto, will be held at Heller Funeral Home LLC, 633 E. Third Street, Nescopeck on Monday, May 24 at 1:00 pm, with visitation from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Interment will follow at St. James Cemetery, Zenith.

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Joanne L. (Kehl) Smith, 72, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 16, 2021.

Born in Berwick on July 15, 1948, she was a daughter of the late Ethel L. (Klinger) and husband William Rough, Sr. and Robert E. Kehl, Sr. She attended both Nescopeck and Berwick area schools. Joanne retired from Elmcroft Senior Living, Berwick, where she was the head cook for many years.

In her younger years she liked going to casinos in Atlantic City and Mohegan Sun. She loved spending time with her family and cherished her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Shelly Milheim and husband Dave, Nescopeck; Crystal Hearns and husband Michael, Berwick; grandchildren, Timothy Levan and wife Jennifer; Destiny Levan and wife Kimberly; Desiree Fahringer and husband Harry; Briana Smith and husband Jeff; great-grandchildren, Cameron, Kelcey, Shelby, Steven, Dylan, Kendra, Kayleigh; and several step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind brother, Robert Kehl, Jr., Berwick; sister, Tammy Albertson and companion Danny Francioni, Nescopeck; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; and Dorothy VanPelt, Berwick.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William E, Smith, Sr.; daughter, Holly K. Smith; granddaughter, Holly K. Levan; son, William E. Smith, Jr.; sister, Diane Lewis; and brother, William Rough, Jr.

Service will be private at the family’s request. Interment will take place at Pine Grove Cemetery, Walnut Street.

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Martha I. (Smith) Brown, 86, of Mifflinville, passed away on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at home surrounded by her family.

Born in Berwick on August 13, 1934, she was a daughter of the late, Walter S. and Louella (Remley) Smith. She graduated from Mifflin Township High School in 1952. Martha worked at Bercon Packaging for 30 years. After her retirement she worked with Amazing Grace Mission, A ministry of Sharing Jesus Christ as the only way for salvation at fairs across the country, with her husband for 15 years.

Martha was a member of Victory Baptist Church, Bloomsburg where she played the piano. She liked to cross stich and do word search puzzles. Her greatest enjoyment in life was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 65 years, Derl E. Brown, Mifflinville; children, Ricky Brown and wife Joyce, Mifflinville; Carol Cochran and husband Nathan, Martinsburg, WV; Mary Jo Brown, Martinsburg, WV; Lori Whitebread and husband Robert, Mifflinville; Amy Fuehrer and husband Scott, Mifflinville; 8 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren. She also leaves behind a step-brother, Edward Hauck; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Harold Smith and her sister, Catherine Boyles, Step Brothers James Hauck Sr. and Harold Hauck Sr.

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Leslie L. Jarrard, Sr., 80, of Berwick, passed away on Friday, May 14, 2021 at home, surrounded by his family.

Born in Bloomsburg on December 29, 1940, he was a son of the late Francis Jarrard and Mary (Meyers) Weaver. He attended Mifflinville High School. Leslie worked as a truck driver for various companies throughout his career.

He was member of the Berwick Elks Lodge #1138, a lifetime member of Millville Rod and Gun Club, and was a former member of the Berwick Moose. In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and snowmobiling. He was a fan of all sports but loved the Kansas City Chiefs. H

e will be greatly missed by his wife of 17 years, Jean L. (Eveland) Jarrard, at home; children, Leslie Jarrard, Jr., Bloomsburg; Jeffrey Jarrard, Bloomsburg; Harry Jarrard and wife Linda, Nescopeck; Shirley Ohl and husband Gary, Bloomsburg; grandchildren, Justin, Cara, Shannon; great granddaughters, Courtney, Faith, and Jillian. He also leaves behind a sister, Helen Snell, North Carolina; a brother, Russel Jarrard, Danville; his faithful companions, Buddy and Sparky; and several nieces and nephews.

A viewing will be held from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third St., Nescopeck. A graveside service will follow at St. James Cemetery, Zenith.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association, 57 North Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 or National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street New York, NY 10016. www.kidney.org/support or 800-622-9010.

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Joseph W. Futoma, 89, of Berwick, passed away on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at St. Thomas Post Acute Rehab Center.

Born at home in Shickshinny on March 8, 1932, he was a son of the late Edward and Mary (Krupyak) Futoma. He graduated from Shickshinny High School. Joe worked as a supervisor at Luzerne Outerwear up until his retirement.

He enjoyed many crafts including crocheting and sewing. He liked reading, attending bingo nights, and going to carnivals. Joe was a social butterfly and would talk to everyone he would meet. He loved to make people laugh and especially liked to tell jokes.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of almost 63 years, Anna M. (Williams) Futoma, at home; daughters, JoAnn Dressler and husband Dave, Berwick; AnnMarie Jones and husband Ken, South Carolina; Julianne Smith and husband James, Berwick; grandchildren, Abby Henrickson and husband Ryan, Berwick; Matthew Lynn, East Stroudsburg; great granddaughter, Willow. He also leaves behind a sister, Irene Cardone, Shickshinny; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, John, Henry, and Ed Futoma.

At the family’s request, services will be private. Interment will take place at Holy Spirit Parish/St. Mary’s cemetery, Mocanaqua.

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Earle F. Brown, 83, of Slocum Township, passed away on Monday, May 10, 2021 at his home, surrounded by family.

Born at home in Hollenback Township, on March 22, 1938, he was a son of the late Marvin and Eva (Ungemach) Brown. He attended Newport area schools. Early in his life Earle, worked various jobs including being a bus driver. For the last 60 years he owned and operated, Earle Brown Trucking.

He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, Slocum. Earle enjoyed being outdoors especially fishing, camping with family and friends, and taking his boat out on the lake. In his younger years he liked to ride motorcycles and used to race them at Watkins Glen. He also liked to golf in his spare time.

He will be greatly missed by his children, Kenneth Brown and wife Kathy; Carlene Bravo; Pamela Judge and husband Joel; Franklin Brown and husband Wesley Swinson; Denise Brown and companion Leonard Cicchiello; Nathan Brown and wife Renee; grandchildren: Patrick, Becky, Jess, Isabella, Joshua, Michael, Brian, Joseph, Christian, Rachel, Jacob, Tyler, Dylan, Ryan; great grandchildren, Mary, Morgan, Norah, and Dean; brother, Ralph Brown, Nanticoke; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Judith M. (Shoemaker) Brown; a brother, Elsworth Brown; sisters, Nancy Houseknecht, Shirley Desmarais, Janet, Brown; brother-in-laws, Tom Houseknecht, Joe Desmarais; father-in-law, Charles “Max” Shoemaker; mother-in-law, Lucille (Andrus) Shoemaker.

A funeral service will be held at 7:00 PM on Friday, May 14, 2021 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 5:00 PM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Slocum Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company, 1923 Slocum Road, Wapwallopen, PA 18660.

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Boyd D. Bower, 60, of Berwick passed away on Monday, May 10, 2021 at home surrounded by family.

Born in Pacoima, California on March 8, 1961, he was a son of the late Roland and Margaret “Peggy” (Wadzck) Bower. He attended Collegeville area schools. Boyd worked for Campbell soups in 1979 and retired from J.M. Smuckers after 38 years.

In his spare time, he enjoyed fixing up old bicycles and collecting antiques. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, Lily, Compton, and Mia Cummings.

He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 29 years, Sharon (Progansky) Bower, at home; daughter, Stephanie Cummings and husband Paul, Berwick; and 3 grandchildren. He also leaves behind brothers, Roland Bower and wife Kathy, Beach Haven; and Barry Bower, Nescopeck.

At his request there will be no public services.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family to help defray his final expenses.

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Joseph J. Zielinski, 98, of Nescopeck Township passed away on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at his home following a lengthy illness.

Born in Larksville on June 24, 1922, he was the last living son of the late Joseph J. and Zofia “Sofia” (Zukowski) Zielinski. He graduated from the former Nescopeck High School in 1940. During WWII he worked at the AC&F, Berwick, as a welder, building Stewart tanks. Later he was employed at Hess Sand and Gravel, Wapwallopen. Primarily, he was a hard-working farmer, owning and working his own farm since 1932.

He was a member of St Mary’s Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Dorrance, where he helped with many projects including the building of the church. He was a founding member of the Nescopeck Township Fire Company and served as a Pennsylvania State Forest Fire Warden. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, and making homemade wine. He was a talented harmonica player and loved polka dancing. Joe was very handy and was always helping others with projects.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Stephanie M. (Zaikoski) Zielinski who died on December 25, 1993; his foster son, Joseph Yaskiewicz; and 4 brothers, Frank, John, Julius, and Tony Zielinski. Surviving are his sons, Joseph Zielinski Jr and wife Veronica, Nescopeck Twp; Anthony Zielinski and companion Amanda Allen, Wapwallopen; 3 grandsons; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 in St. Mary’s Church, 3529 St. Mary’s Road, Dorrance. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. A viewing take place from 5 to 7 pm on Monday, May 10, 2021 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

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John A. Deyo, 61, of Sweet Valley passed away on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Scranton on December 9, 1959, he was a son of Margaret “Fay” (Hunter) Deyo of Shickshinny and the late John “Jack” H. Deyo. He was a graduate of Northwest High School. He worked as a truck driver for TRL before becoming disabled.

John liked cooking, shopping, listening to country music and riding his motorcycle. He was proud of his property and enjoyed spending time outside and working on his house. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and was proud to be part of 5 generations of “John”.

He will be greatly missed by his sons, John Deyo, Sweet Valley; David Deyo and wife Nicole, Hunlock Creek; and Anthony “Tony” Deyo, Sweet Valley; daughter, Ashley Cool, Nescopeck; 12 grandchildren; sister, Margaret Genne, Oklahoma; Melissa Hilley and husband Jason, Hunlock Creek; brothers, James Deyo, Shickshinny; Joseph Deyo, Dallas; Jeffrey Deyo, Hunlock Creek and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a son, Albert John Deyo, in infancy; a brother-in-law, Mike Genne; and sisters-in-law, Renee Deyo and Leatha Deyo; and his beloved dog, “Cochise”.

A Celebration of Life is planned for June 5, 2021 at 2:00pm to be held at Gram and Gramp’s, 193 Indian Cave Road, Shickshinny, PA 18655. If attending please dress casually, bring a dish and your favorite adult beverage.

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Glynn A. Wildoner, Jr, 69 of Nanticoke passed away suddenly on April 29, 2021 at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre Hospital.

Born in Endicott, NY on November 22, 1951, he was a son of the late Glynn A. Wildoner, Sr and Charlotte F. (Kyttle) Wildoner Atkinson. He was raised in Cragle Hill, Hunlock Creek and Bloomingdale areas and attended North West Area schools. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and being outdoors.

He is survived 10 children; numerous grandchildren; and many great grandchildren; brothers, Jodi Wildoner; and Charles E. Wildoner; a sister, Leona “Lee” (Wildoner) Price; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, “Mick” A. Wildoner and Monty Rae Wildoner.

At his request there will be no viewing or services. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting his family.

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James E. Fox, 74, of Berwick passed away on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at Berwick Hospital Center.

Born in Towanda on September 15, 1946 he was a son of the late John Fox and Eugenia (Epler) Smith. He attended Berwick High School. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam war. He earned the Vietnam Service Medal with 1 Silver Service Star. After an honorable discharge, he came back to Berwick and began his career as a truck driver. James worked for various trucking companies over the years. He retired from Kevin Ryman Incorporated after over 25 years.

James was a member of Bower Memorial United Methodist Church, Berwick. He was also a member of the Berwick VFW Post 821, the American Legion Post 495, Shickshinny, and served on the honor guard for both organizations. James was a family man and enjoyed spending time with his loved ones as much as possible. He especially loved the time he had with his granddaughters.

He will be greatly missed by his daughters, Bobbi Jo Fox and fiancé Jesse Hollenthoner, Benton; Janette McHenry and husband Thomas, Shickshinny; granddaughters, Tessa Fox, Addison Hollenthoner, and Cassandra McHenry. He also leaves behind sisters, Eva Moyer, Mifflinville; Anne Serdula and husband Andrew, St. Cloud, Florida; Cynthia Springer and companion Mark Lehman, Berwick; Daralyn Long and husband Ricky, Manassas, Virginia; Debra Nuss, Nescopeck; a brother, Keith Smith and wife Lisa, Berwick; brother-in-law, Darwin Davis, Berwick; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A viewing will be held on Monday, May 3, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Berwick VFW Post 821 1408 W Front St, Berwick, PA 18603 or to the church 140 E 2nd St, Berwick, PA 18603

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John E. Andrews, Sr., 76, of Berwick passed away on Monday, April 26, 2021 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Pocono.

Born in Shickshinny, he was a son of the late John Andrews and Edna (Switzer) Raber. He graduated from Northwest High School in 1962. John worked at Consolidated Cigar and later at Wise Potato Chips. He retired in 2012 after being with the company for 40 years.

In his younger years, John enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He will be greatly missed by his sons, John E. Andrews, Jr.; Paul Andrews, East Stroudsburg; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Rebecca M. Andrews; and sister, Marion Raber.

A graveside service will be held at 12:00 PM on Saturday, May 1, 2021 in Rose Lawn Cemetery, West Front & South Eaton Streets, Berwick. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting his family.

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William D. Gunther, Sr, 90, formerly of Berwick, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital.

Born in Beach Haven on September 24, 1930, he was a son of the late Elmer and Mildred (Balliet) Gunther. He graduated from Berwick High School, class of 1948, and served in the US Army with the military police during the Korean War. After an honorable discharge, he was employed at Berwick Industries. He retired from Wise Foods, Berwick.

On March 31, 1956, he married Jacqueline L. Collins, and together they raised 2 children. They lived in Summer Hill and attended Summer Hill United Methodist Church. They were married for nearly 56 years before her passing in 2012.

Bill enjoyed hunting in his younger years. He was a John Wayne fan, who liked watching all the old westerns. He was a Civil War buff and enjoyed several visits to Gettysburg with his nephew.

He will be greatly missed by his son, William D. Gunther, Jr and wife Laurie (Matyas) Gunther, Bloomsburg; daughter, Tammy Heaps, Berwick and son-in-law, John Heaps; sisters, Ann “Sally” Fullmer and husband, Kermit of Fredericksburg, VA; Virginia “Ginger” Foulds and husband Jim, Danville; sisters-in-law, Janice, Linda and Barb; and several nieces and nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by brothers, Elmer and Larry Gunther. “Forever In Our Hearts”

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

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Tammy M. (Morgan) Parker, 53, of Berwick, passed away on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Buffalo, New York, she was 1 of 6 children. She attended Buffalo area schools. For the past 6 years Tammy has been the owner of Tammy Parker’s Tax Services in Berwick.

In her spare time, she enjoyed catching Pokemon in the Pokemon Go! App. Tammy was a kind and selfless person, she liked to take care of people and animals.

She will be greatly missed by her husband of 6 years, Wayne Parker, at home; daughters, Jessi May, Berwick; Shelby May, Berwick; 7 grandchildren, Aralynn, Jianna, Cayde, Aiden, Cohen, Aryanna, and Tyler.

At the family’s request there will be no public services. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is entrusted with arrangements.

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Arthur I. Leffler III, of Shickshinny, passed away at 51 years of age on April 12, 2021.

Art was born on September 4th, 1969 in Berwick PA. Art was a 1987 Graduate of Columbia Montour Area Vocational Technical School- Auto Mechanics. A 2000 Graduate of New York Institute of Photography- Professional Photography. A 2006 Graduate of Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education- Jailer License. A 2014 Graduate of LCCC -Associate in Applied Science- Criminal Justice. Member of Sigma Kappa Delta and Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter Nu Eta. He was most proud of serving as Deputy Sheriff, Jailer Dispatcher for Morris County Sheriff’s Department, The State of Texas. He was also a Lifeguard for the YMCA of Berwick.

Art is most known for the great love he had for his family. He was protective and loyal to those he loved most. His soul belonged to the Lord. He had a love for photography, with a unique and special vision. Art was a huge Star Trek fan. He had a love of country music, beer, chewing tobacco, and women. (not necessarily in that order!) Art was proud to be a citizen of the United States with a love for the flag and a lifetime member of the NRA.

He is survived by his loving family, Ronda and children Mindy, Angel, Chris and grandchildren, proud loving parents, Arthur and Deborah (Ridall) Leffler. A sister, Angelica (Leffler) Kishbaugh and spouse Christopher, a brother Joseph Leffler and spouse Lisa (Fetchko), as well as a nephew and nieces.

A private celebration of his life will be held by his loving family who will continue to honor his legacy by living their lives to the fullest.

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Donald L. Whitmire, Jr., known to most as Donnie, 38, of Alpha, NJ, and formerly of Berwick, PA, went home into the loving arms of the Lord, on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. He was born in Bloomsburg, PA, on May 6, 1982, the son of Donald L. Whitmire, Sr. and Dara Grover of Berwick, PA; Donna Gensimore Young of Lightstreet, PA and the late Newton Young.

Donnie was a graduate of Central Columbia High School, Class of 2000. Upon graduation, Donnie found pleasure in working with computers and owned a computer business; “Absolute PC Now”, as well as working as office manager for Emery and Associates. After moving to New Jersey, he worked for Frank Stillo at Custom Masonry. He loved his family, music, and all sports. His favorite teams were the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Eagles. Many great times were had by Donnie and his dad golfing, attending Eagles games, and celebrating their favorite football team winning the Superbowl. He enjoyed trips to Florida with his mom to visit his grandparents and spending time with her. Donnie loved technology, he was witty, intelligent, and was also a self-proclaimed professional dancer with an incomparable sense of humor. Donnie had a strong faith in God and was of the Methodist denomination. He battled with addiction for many years. Rest in peace, Donnie, your battle is now over. We will all continue to celebrate your life and our love for you.

He was preceded in death by his guardian angels, his beloved Mom-Mom, Irene Whitmire, his grandparents, Paul and Della Gensimore, his stepfather Newton Young, and his Big Brother, Chad C. Eddinger, with all of whom he shared many fond and loving memories. In addition to his parents, Donnie is also survived by his sisters, Kiersten Hyman and Lee, of Camp Hill, PA; Denise Whitmire, Berwick, PA; Tonya Bobersky and Jon, of Berwick, PA; Tarrah Whitmire and Larry George, of Bloomsburg, PA; Shannon Heimbach Ferrara and William, of Berwick, PA. Donnie also leaves behind his beloved nieces and nephews, Marlee, Elliot, James, and Chloe Hyman, Tieler Valeri and Sadie Beaver, Chase Wilson, Liam Bobersky, and Morgan and Jordan Heimbach. Along with his immediate family, Donnie is survived by his Godfather/ Uncle Randall Davis, Donnie’s girlfriend Danielle Mohan, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 7:00 PM on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 5:00 PM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association at 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202 or Shatterproof 101 Merritt 7 Corporate Park, 1st Floor, Norwalk CT 06851.

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Donald” Ducky” L. Lupini, 71, of Mifflinville, passed away on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at Wilkes-Barre Veteran’s Medical Center.

Born in Berwick on May 13, 1949, he was a son of the late Ernest and Dorothy (Summers) Lupini. He graduated from Central Columbia High School. After high school Donald served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970. He trained as a radio relay and carrier attendant. He was recognized for his service as SPC Donald Lupini US Army Vietnam 1968-1970, as a hero!

Upon returning home from Vietnam, he began his truck driving career. He drove for Wise potato chips and later bought and operated his own truck. He leased with several companies, including Reynolds Transport and PH Brennan III Trucking. He also worked for Carl T. Shaffer Farms for many years.

Donald was a life member of the Berwick VFW Post 821, Mifflin Forest Rangers, Berwick Elks Lodge #1138 and Bloomsburg Legion.

Ducky will be greatly missed by his sisters, Carol Lupini, Bloomsburg; Jeanie Gibbs, Bloomsburg; friends, Tiny, Lisa, Lynette, Blake, Claire, Earl, Deb; and many friends, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Kay Parker.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, April 19, 2021 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service. Interment will follow at Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg.

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Judith M. (Shoemaker) Brown, 76, of Slocum Township, passed away on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital.

Born in Elmira, New York on May 15, 1944, she was a daughter of the late, Charles “Max” and Lucille (Andres) Shoemaker. She graduated Troy High School in 1962. Judy worked at Dana Perfume and later as the bookkeeper for her husband’s trucking company. When she wasn’t working, she devoted her time to making a warm and loving home for her husband and children.

Judy was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, Slocum, where she taught Sunday school and vacation bible school. She had a strong faith and enjoyed helping at the church as often as she could. Judy liked to knit and read, especially suspense and criminal books. Her favorite author was Stephen King. She also collected knick knack shoes. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 58 years, Earl F. Brown; children, Kenneth Brown and wife Kathy; Carlene Bravo; Pamela Judge and husband Joel; Franklin Brown and partner Wesley Swinson; Denise Brown; Nathan Brown and wife Renee; grandchildren: Patrick, Becky, Jess, Isabella, Joshua, Michael, Brian, Joseph, Christian, Rachel, Jacob, Tyler, Dylan, Ryan; great grandchildren, Mary, Morgan, Norah, and Dean. She also leaves behind a sister, Lorelei Colton and husband Ronald; brother, Jeff Shoemaker; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Arthur Shoemaker and wife Sandy; mother-in-law, Eva Brown; father-in-law, Marvin Brown; sister and brother in laws, Shirley and Joe Desmarais; Nancy and Tom Houseknecht, Janet Brown, and Doris Brown.

A funeral service will be held at 7:00 PM on Monday, April 19, 2021 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 5:00 PM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the church, Faith United Methodist Church, 1448 Slocum Road, Wapwallopen, PA 18660.

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Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Good, aged 96, of Towanda passed away peacefully in the Bradford County Manor on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

Born April 25, 1924, she was the second of 14 children born to John Yale and Esther Eliza (Bilby) Johnson. She grew up in the Shickshinny area and graduated from Huntington Mills High School.

On April 5, 1945, she married Carlos Eugene Good. While he served in the Army during WWII, she lived on his family farm in Hobbie. They had 5 children one of which, Carey Alan, predeceased them.

Betty will be best known as owner of Good’s Campground in the Red Rock area. Carlos and Betty operated the campground from 1959 until 1990 when they moved to the Mountain Lake area near Towanda. They built their own home with lumber from trees from their campground.

At Mt. Lake they became involved in card playing with the neighbors and bowling groups. They attended the Burlington Methodist church and its dinners, and Betty was a member of the choir. They always enjoyed their many visits back to their families. Carlos preceded her in death after 67 years of marriage.

Betty’s hobbies included hand quilting, she made one of her lady handkerchief quilts for each of her grandchildren. She enjoyed crocheting and made many doilies. She loved to go for car rides, which she and Carlos did often. Her favorite memories included driving to California and Alaska with their truck camper. She was an avid deer hunter and shot her last buck at age 84.

Living in the Mt Lake area put her next to grandchildren that also kept her busy going to sporting events, miniature golf competitions, playing cards, attending horse shows and musical concerts, lots of family dinners, and watching her family grow.

Betty is survived by her four children: sons, James married to Nanette; Foster Franklin Good II married to Diana; David married to Sally; daughter, Elizabeth married to Thomas Lane; 12 cherished grandchildren: Melinda married to Dave Gourlie, Erica Good, Brianne married to Mike Sinclair, Jared married to Jana Kurtasova; Jessica married to Nathan Novak, Stephen married to Jessica, Michelle Good; David Scott married to Connie; Crystal married to Christopher Thomas; William married to Michele, Benjamin married to Janna; Richard married to Carrie; 19 adored great grandchildren: Beckett and Makenna; Jacob and Jonah; Ava and Evan; Nathan and Annabelle; Bethany and Daven; Bronwyn and Elijah; Lucy, Annalena, and Lincoln; Tyler and Zayden; Scott and Emma. She also leaves behind sisters: Ruth Wandell, Cora Trumpore, Barbara Saxe and brother, Kenneth Johnson.

A graveside service will be held on April 12th at 3pm in Silver Maple Cemetery next to St Peters UCC Church, Hobbie, with Pastor Sally Good officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Betty’s memory may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Civil War Reenactor, Military Enthusiast, Sportsman

Bobby W. Yohey, 59, a Berwick native, passed away on Sunday, March 28, 2021, at Geisinger Hospital, Danville.

He was born March 12, 1962, in Berwick, son of the late Bobby W. Yohey, Sr. and Judith M. Yohey. Bobby attended Berwick Area High School and was employed at the Berwick Golf Course, as a mechanic, until retirement in 2010.

In the 70s, he worked sound for many local bands, which stemmed from his love of music. He was an avid sportsman, who enjoyed hunting at his family farm and fishing on the Susquehanna. Bob was a true Black and Yellow supporter and never missed a Pittsburgh Steelers game. Even when down on their luck, his support for the Philadelphia Phillies never wavered. Throughout his life, he had many adventures. For 20 years, one of his greatest adventures was Civil War Reenacting with his family and friends. Bobby cherished every moment and made the best of every situation.

Bobby is survived by his wife, Carolyn L. Yohey, whom he married in 1989; a daughter, Kaitlyn, Berwick; a sister, Tina, and her husband Jerry Collins Jr, Annville; and a sister, Beth Thomas and companion Dave Riddle, Indiana. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration-of-Life ceremony will be held at the families’ discretion due to Bob’s request of no services.

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James M. Buck, 51, of Berwick, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, March 26, 2021.

Born in Berwick on September 19, 1969, he was a son of Sandra (Basala) and James M. Buck of Berwick. He graduated from Columbia Montour Votech. James worked as a roofer for most of his life and worked for various companies over the years.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing. James liked all sports especially, football, rooting for the Dallas Cowboys. He also liked watch NASCAR.

In addition to his parents, he will be greatly missed by his sons, Alex Buck; Bryce Force; daughter, Cheyenne Buck; step-daughter, Airel Huntington. He also leaves behind a brother, Mike Buck; and a sister, Micelle Buck.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Angelique (Neitz) Buck and daughter, Chastity Buck.

At the family’s request there will be no public services.

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Donald C. Walp, Jr., 64, of Berwick, passed away on Sunday, March 28, 2021, at Hershey Medical Center, after a long illness.

Born in Berwick on June 23, 1956, he was a son of the late Nellie (Daniels) and Donald C. Walp, Sr. He graduated from Berwick High School class of 1974. After high school he went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Don worked at the Berwick Area School District as a seventh and eighth grade science teacher. He was also the seventh and eighth grade football coach and track and field coach for many years before his retirement in 2016.

Don was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Berwick where he was a member of the choir and former church council member. He was also a former member of Faith United Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nescopeck. He was a member of Berwick Elks BPOE #1138, Ranger Hose Company, Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and a social member at Maria Assunta, Berwick. In his spare time, Don enjoyed playing golf, playing cards, traveling, reading, and spending time with his family and friends. He was an avid Penn State sports fan. He also rooted for the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Steelers. He loved music and history.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 26 years, Jodi (Kishbach) Walp, at home; son, Alex Walp, State College, PA; sister, Susan Aten and husband Tom, Bloomsburg; brother, Robert Walp and wife Anne, West Virginia. He also leaves behind nephews, Matthew Aten and wife Megan; Ryan Aten and companion Liz Thomas; Douglas Walp and companion Glavine Day; niece, Kristin

Walp; and several cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Sue (Krebs) and Carl E. Walp; and maternal grandparents, Nellie (Kirylych) and John Daniels.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1600 Fowler Ave, Berwick, PA 18603. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery, Walnut Street, Berwick. A viewing will be held on Friday, April 2, 2021 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck and again on Saturday from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the church, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1600 Fowler Ave, Berwick, PA 18603 or dedicate to Penn State Cancer Institute Research, 500 University Drive, Mail Code CH72, Hershey, PA 17033 Attn: Dr. Raymond Hohl.

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Travis John Leon Utt, 33, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.

Born in Danville on August 19, 1987, he was the son of Theresa J. (Snyder) and Perry T. Knouse of Berwick, and Cletus J. Utt of Berwick. He was raised and educated in Bloomsburg. Most recently, he was employed by Bruce Moser at All About Lawn Care.

Travis was a member of Unity Praise Temple, Harrisburg. He enjoyed being outdoors, camping, fishing, and hunting, as well as cooking. He was a Dallas Cowboys football fan.

In addition to his parents, he will be greatly missed by his companion Elizabeth Reichard, with whom he was expecting a daughter, Rhea Utt, in May; son, Dante Schell; brother, Joshua Utt; sister, Augusta Utt; stepbrother, Antonio Knouse; stepsisters, Natashia Knouse and Brittany Utt; several nieces and nephews including, Breanna Utt; Emmy Knouse; Paige Knouse; Thia Utt; Kayden Utt; and Bentley Utt. He also leaves behind his grandfathers, Phillip J Snyder Sr; and Frederick Utt; and many Aunts and Uncles and cousins, who loved him dearly.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harriet Snyder; Benjamin E. Snyder Sr; and Myrtle Stackhouse.

A visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 pm on April 5, 2021 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, followed by a funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, to help with his final expenses.

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James P. Pearson, Jr, 32, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on March 20, 2021.

Born in Danville on April 15, 1988, he was a son of Tabitha S. Baker and James P. Pearson Sr. of Berwick. He was raised and educated in Berwick and was currently employed at Patriot Metals in Berwick.

James loved being a father and spending time with his son. He enjoyed being outdoors and camping especially with family and friends. He was a very social person and liked being around people. He was a Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Bengals fan.

In addition to his parents, will be greatly missed by his son, Demetri Pearson, Berwick; brother, Clint Pearson, Berwick; paternal grandmother, Wanda Balazs Seltzer, Shickshinny; aunt, Kelly Monto, Harrisburg; step grandfather, Dave Naus; and many cousins, great aunts and great uncles.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Ronald Baker, and Mary Sue (Slusser) Naus; paternal grandfather, John Pearson, Sr; step-grandfather, Steve Seltzer; uncles Michael Pearson, and John Pearson, Jr; and aunt Phyllis Pearson.

A viewing will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. A funeral service will follow with his pastor, Reverend John Baumgartner of Heritage Baptist Church officiating.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers or memorials, the family asks for contributions to be made to his son, Demetri.

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Francis X. “Pop” Hanley, 95, of Hollenback Township, Hobbie, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 21, 2021.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, on February 7, 1926, he was the only child of Francis I. and Anna (Millard) Hanley. He graduated from LaSalle Academy High School in Manhattan, NY. After graduation he served in the U.S. Army Signal Corp during World War II, stationed at White Sands Proving Grounds in New Mexico, working with the V2 rocket project. After discharge he was licensed by the FCC in the field of ship Radar Endorsement. He was then employed by various radio and television stations. Frank retired from WNET, channel 13 in New York in 1988 as an audio engineering supervisor. For over a decade he participated as a member of the Blue-Ribbon Panel Judges for entrants in the National News and Documentary field. He was an amateur radio enthusiast. He enjoyed playing the organ for family and friends. He worked in consulting, installing, and upgrading sound systems in many local churches.

One of his greatest joys each summer was planning a “Hanley Hoopla” for his former coworkers and their families and friends, where they all enjoyed reminiscing of their days working together at Channel 13. Oh, the stories they would tell!

Spring, summer, and fall you would find him sitting in the sunroom, enjoying the surroundings. He truly loved his Pennsylvania home. He was brought up in the Catholic faith. After marrying his wife, the former Ruth Ann Huttenstine Smith in 1986, they attended St. James Lutheran Church in Hobbie.

Along with his wife, he is survived by a son, Francis Hanley and companion Christine Shabin, two daughters, Alice Hanley; Catherine Pitula and husband Bruce, all of New Jersey; a stepson, Martin Smith, Hobbie and friend Anna Marie Fyke; grandchildren, Nicole Foy and husband Kevin, Shannon Hoffman and husband Donny, Ryan Hanley, Kyle Richel, Kerry Richel, Elisa DiAmbrosio, Jesse Pitula, and Tara Pitula, all of New Jersey; Benjamin Smith and wife Tiffani of Hobbie; Neil Smith and wife Brynne, of Nescopeck; Brittany Gobin and husband Ethan, Doylestown; Michelle Richburg and husband Jake, Alabama, and his special grandson, Casey Smith, at home; and great grandchildren, Miley and McKenna Haney, Brannon Foy, Gianna, Anthony, and Ava Grace DiAmbrosio, Aaron and Lexi Pitula, Joelle Smith and Addison Richburg.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Dennis Denman; and his stepdaughter, Carolyn Smith.

At Frank’s request, there will be no services at this time. A celebration of life is being planned for July.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Judes Research Children Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101 or Shriners Hospital for Children, P.O. Box 1510, Ranson, WV 25438.

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Evan E. Miller, 70, of Nescopeck, passed away on Monday, March 15, 2021 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. Born in Berwick on December 30, 1950, he was a son of the late Charles R. and Grace M. (Brown) Miller. He attended Berwick High School. Evan worked at Baranol Garment Company, Berwick and later at the Berwick Offray, where he retired from in 2013.

In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Evan was an avid guitar player. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 53 years, Susan E. (Masker) Miller, at home; children, Robert Miller, Berwick; Evan Miller, Jr. and wife April, Berwick; Tammy Elmes and husband Scott, Nescopeck; grandchildren, Brittany Smith, Jenna Stout, Kara Elmes, Katelyn Miller, Amanda Miller, Tyler Miller, Brandon Miller, Grace Miller, Daniel Miller, Nathan Miller also, 5 great grandchildren. He also leaves behind brothers, Clayton Miller, Berwick; Ernie Miller, Wilkes-Bare; Doyle Miller, Berwick; Larry Miller, Shamokin; Wayne Miller, Berwick; and sisters, Marjorie Miller, Berwick; Nancy Cox, Camp Hill; Brenda Davis, Orangeville.

A funeral service will be held at 8:00 PM on Friday, March 19, 2021 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 6:00 PM until the time of service.

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Donnie G. Sult, Sr, 77, of Hollenback Township passed away on March 13, 2021 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on July 16, 1943, he was the last living child born to the late Sterling and Eva (Owens) Sult, Sr. He graduated from Berwick High School and served honorably in the US Navy. Donnie worked as an auto body technician throughout his adult life.

He liked raising racing pigeons and collecting coins. In his younger years, Donnie enjoyed hunting, fishing and being outdoors.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Lou (Richards) Sult in 2008; a son, Wayne Bower; brothers, Sterling Jr, Roland, and Robert Sult; and sister, Doris Sult.

He will be greatly missed by his children: Sterling Bower and wife Emily, Millville; Bobbi Jo Gross, Wapwallopen; Donnie Sult Jr and wife Kim, Berwick; Doris Hess and husband Jeffrey, Wapwallopen; 9 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Donnie will be buried next to his wife, Peggy, in Pine Grove Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the attention of the Sult Family C/O Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

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Donald R. Garrison, 65, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at his home, under the care of Residential Hospice, after losing his battle with cancer.

Born in Berwick on December 27, 1955, he was the son of Leonora (Adams) Garrison of Berwick and the late Robert L. Garrison. He attended Berwick and Freeland High Schools. He served in the US Army from 1973 to 1980. Don owned his own custom drywall and finishing company for many years. After he sold his business, he worked with others on their custom projects.

Don was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Berwick and most recently attended New Christian Covenant. He was a member of VFW Post 821, Berwick, and West End Fire Hall. He was a former member of the Garibaldi Society, Berwick. He was a member of the Forsaken Syndicate Motorcycle Club and IBF Motorcycle Club, where he was a Road Captain. In addition to riding his motorcycles, he enjoyed going fishing. He also liked riding the ice cream truck with his brother-in-law in New York.

He will be greatly missed by his loving companion, Lisa Kreischer, with whom he spent the past 8 years; children: Dawn M. Diefenderfer, Berwick; twins, Danita (Brian) Defrain, and Danielle (Nicholas) Shultz, both of Bloomsburg; Jason (Stephanie) Garrison, SC; Brandyn (Shannon) Garrison, Bloomsburg; Robert Garrison, Bloomsburg; Justin (Brittiany) Garrison, Berwick; Emma Garrsion, Canada; grandchildren: Ethan, Delphine, Jaxen, Leland, Brianna, Trayten, Kayden, Zeek, Aeris, Mackenzie, Dominic, Keegan, Caitlin, Robert Paul, Akeelah, Phillip and Morgan. He also leaves behind brothers: David, Dale, Duane and Daniel “Scotty” Garrison.

Military Honors and a Celebration of Life will be held at the VFW Post 821, 1408 Front Street, Berwick on MAY 22, 2021 starting at 2:00pm. At Don’s request, please dress casually if attending.

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Robert E. Thomas, 89, of Bloomsburg, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 14, 2021. Bob was born in McKeesport on February 23, 1932. He was 1 of 6 children born to the late Norton J. and Clara (Vanderslice) Thomas. He graduated from Central High School. Bob enlisted in the U.S Navy in 1952 and served until 1956. He worked at Wise Potato chip, retiring after 45 years. Bob was a member of LCBC Columbia Montour Church, where he served as a greeter. He enjoyed doing his yard work and he loved all animals. He was a big fan of Pittsburgh sports teams. Bob was an avid bowler and enjoyed it. He will be greatly missed by his daughters, Colleen Travelpiece and husband Barry, Wapwallopen; Pamela Faux and husband Joseph, Montoursville; grandchildren, Amanda Wilcox and husband David; Ashley Knorowski and husband Eric; Bradley Travelpiece and wife Krysta; great grandchildren, Dean Knowrowski, Ava Knowrowski, and Ethan Wilcox. In additions to his parents and siblings, he was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Sandra (Westover) Thomas. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at LCBC Church, 2421 Columbia Blvd, Bloomsburg, PA with his grandson, Bradley officiating. Family will receive friends from 9:30 AM until the time of service. Interment will take place in New Rosemont Cemetery, Bloomsburg. In honor of Bob’s love of animals memorial donations can be sent to Animal Resource Center, PO Box 439, Bloomsburg PA 17815

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Charles Charnoski Jr, 54, of Wapwallopen passed away on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital.

Born on April 6, 1966, he was the son of Charles B. Charnoski, Nanticoke and Rose M. (Yaskiewicz), Nanticoke. He attended Crestwood High School. Over the years, he worked as a mechanic at several different businesses, until becoming disabled.

He enjoyed working on cars while listing to heavy metal music.

In addition to his parents, he leaves behind a son, Steven Charnoski; Steven’s mother, Sherry Rinehimer; sister, Lisa Charnoski and husband William Burridge; and multiple nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Anna Charnoski; and several aunts and uncles.

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Donald “Don” W. Steibing, 86, of Palmyra, passed away on Monday, March 1, 2021 at Hospice of Central Pennsylvania Carolyn’s House, Harrisburg.

Born in Berwick on April 17, 1934, he was a son of the late William and Hildred (Meixell) Steibing. He graduated from Shickshinny High School and later the University of Cincinnati where he earned a bachelor’s degree in general management. He served in the United States Army. Upon his return, Don worked for Bercon Industries and later Dyco.

He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Berwick. Don enjoyed spending his free time gardening, reading, and putting together puzzles.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of almost 63 years, Shirley (Ruckle) Steibing, at home; sons, Robert Steibing, New Hampshire; David Steibing and wife Pam, Pennsylvania; step granddaughter, Marlena; and sister, Eleanor Moyer and husband Monroe, Pennsylvania.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, March 5, 2021 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1600 Fowler Ave, Berwick, PA 18603. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Walnut Street, Berwick.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the church.

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Robert W. Sweppenheiser, 78, of Berwick, passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at home surrounded by family.

Born in Berwick on January 11, 1943, he was a son of the late William A. and Mary A. (Kachurka) Sweppenheiser. He graduated from Central Columbia High School class of 1960. He later attended RETS (Radio Electronics Television School) in Broomall, PA and Coyne Electrical College in Chicago, IL. Robert worked as a General Manger at WHLM AM/FM radio station in Bloomsburg for 35 years. His love for music and his booming radio voice could be heard all across Columbia and Montour counties. After leaving WHLM, he spent 5 years working with the line crew at PPL (Pennsylvania Power & Light). The linemen held a special place in his heart and he cherished the many friendships that grew from time spent with these remarkable men! He was truly blessed to have had a work career that took him full circle from working behind a desk and microphone to the great outdoors.

Bob was very active in the community as he was a member of Kiwanis, the Elks, and the Bloomsburg Fair. He was also a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, Berwick and attended LCBC in Bloomsburg. As most men do, he enjoyed eating out with friends and was a member of ROMEO’s (Really Old Men Eating Out). This great group of Christian men was affectionally nicknamed by his granddaughter, Megan, who will be graduating from University of Wisconsin-School of Veterinary Medicine in May. Bob loved all things involving the great outdoors. He was an avid gardener and passed his “green thumb” on to his granddaughter, Reagan. In his final days, baby Quinn was the ray of sunshine that would always bring a smile to his face. Bob enjoyed hunting with his three sons and was able to share the “first” buck experience with his grandchildren-Megan and Noah. “Sweppe” helped mold many young people as he proudly wore the title of “Coach Sweppe”. He coached the Orangeville Cornhusker Midget Football team for over 25 years; and for many years coached the Orangeville Teener League Baseball team. And yes, he was a die-hard Penn State football and Philadelphia Eagles fan!

Bob’s greatest passion in life was sharing his testimony and how much he loved our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He enjoyed serving on Kairos Prison Ministry and was an active member of Susquehanna Valley and Lehigh Valley Tres Dias. He has touched many lives and is now reveling in his eternal home! Well done, good and faithful servant is now ringing in his ears.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 25 years, Cindy (Remley) Sweppenheiser, at home; sons, Robert W. II, wife Lynnda, and daughter, Megan, Ulster, PA; Todd E., wife Leanne, and daughter, Quinn, Willow Grove; Mark A. wife Cara, and children, Reagan and Noah, Big Rapids, MI; sister, Joan Kolet and husband Fred, Berwick; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Elaine Silver.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 6th at 11am at Bethany United Methodist Church, 106 Summerhill Ave, Berwick with Pastor Bob Klingerman officiating. Family will receive from 10am until the time of service.

Flowers will be provided by the family. Memorial contributions may be sent to Susquehanna Valley Tres Dias, P.O. Box 145, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 or Scott Fetterolf Memorial Scholarship Endowment, 901 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA 17601 (you can donate online https://alumniandfriends.lbc.edu/pastor-scott)

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Carol F. Sitler, 69, of Berwick passed away on December 31, 2020 at Bloomsburg Rehab Center.

Born in Berwick on June 20, 1951, she was the daughter of the late Fredrick and Ada (Seltzer) Bednarski. She was a graduate of Berwick High School and lived in the Berwick for most of her life. Carol was employed as in house keeping at several places over the years, including Bloomsburg University and the Columbia County Courthouse. She also worked at Berwick Knitwear and as a crossing guard. She volunteered her time as a Candy Striper.

Most recently, Carol attended Bethany United Methodist Church in Berwick with her late husband Steve. She also attended many affairs at the Elks, Berwick, where she and her husband were involved, and she enjoyed playing Bingo. She was a member of the Berwick YMCA Silver Sneakers and volunteered with Relay for Life as a breast cancer survivor, a title she was proud of for many years. She loved to dance, and she liked to crochet and knit. Carol was a Berwick Bulldog fan and enjoyed Penn State football games and watching basketball as well as other sports on TV.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 29 years, Austin “Steve” Sitler who passed away in 2019; her stepmother, Constance “Connie” (Drumheller) Bednarski; brothers, David and Gerard Bednarski; and a nephew, Joseph.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Sandy Reeder, Berwick; Shelly Shoemaker Stackhouse, Bloomsburg; 5 grandchildren; one great granddaughter; and several extended family member and friends.

Due to covid restrictions, no services will be held at this time. A Celebration of Life is being planned for a later date.

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Donzella M. (Kile) Crispell, 81, of Berwick was called home by the Lord on Friday, February 19, 2021 at St. Thomas Post Acute Rehabilitation Center (Berwick Retirement Village II.)

Born in Greenwood Township on October 25, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Roy Kile and Vera (Keener) Swank. She graduated from Berwick High School. Donzella briefly worked as a secretary for Dave Adams Chiropractic. Mostly she worked hard to provide a warm and loving home for her husband and children.

Donzella was a devoted wife and mother. She enjoyed preparing family meals and baking her special toll house chocolate chip cookies.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Wendy Alter and husband Douglas, Berwick; Robert Crispell and wife Lori, Texas; Lorey Trivelpiece and husband Tim, Berwick; Debra Stout and husband Sterling, Berwick; Brent Crispell and wife Raeann, Bloomsburg; 11 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren, she was looking forward to her fourth great grandchild. She also leaves behind a brother, Mike Swank and wife Cindy, Nescopeck; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Robert J. Crispell; and brother, Lee Kile.

There will be no public services at her request.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to the American heart Association, 1704 Warren Ave, Williamsport, PA 17701.

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Roy E. Potter, Sr., 86, of Bloomsburg passed away on Monday, February 15, 2021 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Columbia county on August 27, 1934 he was a son of the late Clifford and Lula (Lynn) Potter. He graduated from Mifflinville High School. Roy briefly worked at PP&L before becoming a produce farmer on the family farm. He took great pride and enjoyment in his work.

Roy was a member of Mifflinville United Methodist. He loved spending time with his family.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 67 years, Eva M. (Chapin) Potter, at home; children, Robin Potter, Mifflinville; Beth Fenstermacher and husband Tod, Lightstreet; Twilah Keck and husband Brian, Bloomsburg; Dan Potter and wife Laura J., Bloomsburg; Roy Potter, Jr., Bloomsburg; Kathy Roth and husband Russell, Catawissa; Forrest Potter and wife Laura E., Elysburg; Mark Potter and wife Wendy, Catawissa; daughter in law, Deb Potter, Nescopeck; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. He also leaves behind a brother, David Iddings and wife Camille, Maryland.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sons, Timothy Allen Potter and Benjamin Eugene Potter; and sisters, Maxine (Potter) Knecht and Eleanore (Potter) McGaw; and brother in laws, Edwin Knecht and Jim McGaw.

At his request there will be no services.

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Gary W. Reider, Sr., 81, of Shickshinny, passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Born in Shickshinny he was a son of the late Earl and Ruth (Moyer) Reider. He graduated from Northwest High school in 1957. He worked as a dye repair supervisor for many years.

He is survived by his companion, Barbara; sons, Gary Jr., and Darren; daughter, Tamara; 6 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild; brothers, David and wife Carol; Timothy; and many nieces and nephews.

At his request there will be no services. Heller Funeral Home, LLC Nescopeck is entrusted with arrangements.

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Edeltraudtm “Trudy” M. Gallagher, 89, of Berwick passed away on Monday, February 8, 2021, under hospice care, with her husband by her side.

Born in Germany on January 29, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Otto R. and Minna Hackelberg. She was raised Germany and moved to the United States in 1955.

Trudy dedicated her time to her home and family. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of nearly 66 years, Albert J. Gallagher. She also leaves behind a daughter, Margot Veth, Danville; 4 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

A private burial with family attending will be held in Rose Lawn Cemetery Berwick. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is entrusted with arrangements.

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Denise was called to be with the Lord on Friday, February 5, 2021 at home surrounded by her loved ones.

She was born on March 2, 1964 to mother, the late Bessie R. (McDaniels) Shaffer in Fort Eustis, Virginia. Denise attended Crestwood High School and later graduated with honors and a degree in surgical technology from Luzerne County Community College.

She was a homemaker, first and foremost, with love for her home and family above all. She was very loving and loved by many. Denise had a heart of gold and was a matriarch to those who were not even family at times. She devoted her life to her home, children, family, and husband, who she cherished.

She married Ronald Rough on February 22, 2000 and has been happily married and built a life she loved. Together they owned and operated Rough Trucking, LLC for the last 20 years. She also worked in healthcare, home health, and being a caretaker, which came naturally to her.

Denise loved her children, having family dinners, and decorating for the holidays. Nothing was more important to her that a happy home, spending time with her husband and children. Her greatest joy was having kids in the house.

She had so many friends, family, and those considered “extended family” with loving memories which she enjoyed sharing. Denise impacted many people’s lives and will be sadly missed by so many. Her spirit was loving, and her smile will always be remembered.

She was preceded in death by her son, Joshua David Johnson; sister, Leslie Kudrako; grandmother, Rhoda J. McDaniels; grandfather, Harold “Sunny” McDaniels, and Uncle David McDaniels.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children: Marvin Johnson, James Sheets, Bessie Ashburn, Janice Harmon; and 2 grandchildren. She also leaves behind a brother, Lester Miller, Jr. and many brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.

A celebration of life will be held at 12:00 PM on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at Eagle Hose Company, 325 S Mercer St, Berwick, PA 18603. Heller Funeral Home, LCC is entrusted with arrangements.

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Kathryn Louise (Keil) Dyer went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, February 5, 2021. Born in Wilkes-Barre, PA, on July 14, 1930, she was the daughter of Peter and Nora Keil. She graduated from Elmer L. Meyers High School in Wilkes-Barre. She married Charles Wintersteen Dyer on October 7, 1950, and resided in Bloomsburg and Almedia since then.

When her sons were old enough to join the Cub Scouts, Kay helped start a local Cub Scout Pack, which she continued serving for many years, eventually receiving the Silver Beaver award for her distinguished service. She was active at Shiloh Bible Church in Almedia, singing in the choir and helping prepare the elements for communion. She also worked for many years at JCPenney in downtown Bloomsburg. Until slowed by a stroke later in life, Kay was known by family and friends for her constant energy and activity. She also enjoyed traveling and visiting with friends and family.

Kay was preceded in death by Charles, her husband of 65 years. She is survived by her two sons, Charles H. Dyer and his wife Kathy of Sun City West, Arizona, and Robert P. Dyer and his wife Sandra of Waller, Texas. Also surviving her are three grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shiloh Bible Church, 123 Church Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Harriet M. Seward, age 84, of Hobbie passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, February 3, 2021. Harriet was born in Hobbie on May 12, 1936. She was the daughter of the late Clark and Ruth Rinehimer.

Harriet was preceded in death by her loving husband, Ray L. Seward, to whom she was married for 55 years. She was also preceded in death by her son, Dean Ray Seward, in 1978. Harriet was a graduate of Newport High School in Nanticoke. Following high school, she was a switchboard operator in Philadelphia. Harriet retired from Wise Potato Chips in 1978.

She was a member of Mount Zion United Church of Christ in Slocum where she was a talented and dedicated organist. Everyone at Mount Zion U.C.C. were like family to Harriet. Harriet loved to travel with her husband and family, especially to the islands of St. Maarten and Aruba every year. She also enjoyed mowing her many acres of grass on her Cub Cadet. Harriet enjoyed shopping, eating out and playing with her beloved cat, Max. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother and sister.

She is survived by her daughter, Rhonda Keller, and husband, James, of Shavertown; grandson, Jason Ray Seward, and companion, Autumn Bayoumi, of Berwick; great-grandson, Gavin Ray Seward, and companion, Luisa Melder, and great-grandson, Asher Dean Seward, all of Ocala, Florida; sisters: Shirley Leitner, and husband Robert; Marilyn Lehew, and husband, Calvin; and Bonnie Silvetti; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Harriet’s live-in caregiver, Maya, for her compassionate care for the last 2 years. They would also like to thank Commonwealth Hospice of Berwick for their caring support.

Due to COVID restrictions, private services will be held at the convenience of the family under the care of Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mount Zion U.C.C. Church, c/o Diane Webster, 113 Forest Rd. Wapwallopen, PA 18660.

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Harriet A. (Balliet) Terry, age 95, of Mountaintop, formerly of New York, passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at Mountaintop Health Care and Rehab.

Harriet was 1 of 12 children born to the late Stanley and Crystal (Rinehimer) Balliet. She is survived by brother, Floyd Balliet; and sisters, Dolores Deets, Margaret Klim and Ethel Misain. She was preceded in death by brothers, Donald, Stanley Jr, Arthur, and Luther Balliet; sisters, Olive Moyer, Alice Engler and Lena Steinbrenner, as well as her husband, Paul W Terry.

All services will be held at the convenience of the family. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting her family.

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Edgar L. Morgan, Jr, 87, of Sugarloaf, passed away on Monday, January 25, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family.

Born in Fern Glen on July 24, 1933, he was a son of the late Edgar L. and Edna (Gernhardt) Morgan. He graduated from Black Creek Township High School and then Bloomsburg State College with a degree in Education. Ed began his career at Black Creek Township High School where he taught until 1971, and then he taught at Hazleton High School until 1993 when he retired.

When asked, what was his proudest accomplishment, Ed responded that it was marrying the love of his life, Linda, in 1957 and then having his 3 children. His family was his world and a smile would come to his face especially when his grandchildren and great grandchildren were the topic. He was also very proud of his service in the U.S. Army Airborne during the Korean War.

From Penn State Football and Phillies games, to umpiring, refereeing and his lengthy career as a high school baseball coach, Ed was also a lover of sports. He had a great record as a baseball coach and thought of his players as family. His knowledge of baseball trivia was second to none.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 63 years, Linda (Margle) Morgan; sons: Perry Morgan and wife Mary, Bellefonte, PA; Thomas Morgan and wife Darlene, Winston Salem, NC; daughter, Carolyn Morgan of Conyngham; 7 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters: Hazel Dark; Joyce Rice; Lovey Lindenmuth; Evelyn Rittenhouse; and a niece, Bonnie Glendening.

Due to covid restrictions, a celebration of life will be held at a later time.

In lieu of flowers or food donations, memorial contributions may be sent to Sacred Heart Church, Weston, PA of which he was a member or The Twin County Lions Club, P.O. Box 147, Sheppton, PA 18248 of which he was a member for 60 years.

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>Clarence A. “Mo” Sassaman, 96, of Berwick, passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Catawissa on January 31, 1924, he was a son of the late Edith (Yohey) Naugle and Russell Sassaman. He attended Catawissa area schools. He enlisted in the United States Army and served during World War 2. Clarence worked for Ray York & Sons construction for over 30 years. He was also a Berwick school district crossing guard retiring in 2020.

Mo enjoyed spending his time sitting on the front porch or tinkering and fixing things in his shed. He also liked watching old western movies.

He is survived by his children, Roland Sassaman and wife Beth, Lime Ridge; Samuel Sassaman, Sr., Berwick; Pat Sassaman and wife Pam, Nescopeck; Joe Sassaman and wife Kelly, Hetlerville; Tracey Roan and husband Robert, Nescopeck; Judy Shaffer, Dnaville; Sandy Lewis, Danville; Wendy Cornelison and husband Tim, Berwick; Tom Raber and wife Pam, Berwick; Sonya Balliet and husband Floyd, Mountain Top; Bill Raber and wife Alice, Pittston; 26 grandchildren; 37 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren. He also leaves behind a sister Beverly Hampton, Danville.

In addition to his parent’s he was preceded in death by his daughter, Katie Fryberger; son, Wade Sassaman in 2011, a granddaughter, and his companion, Shirley Y. Raber.

At his request there will be no services.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family to help defray his final expenses.

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Peter M. Borick, Jr., 41, of Allentown , went to be with his heavenly father on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. Born in Berwick on August 19, 1979 he was a son of Nancy J. Lemon-Borick of Berwick and Peter M. Borick, Sr. and wife Carol of Berwick. Peter was a graduate of Berwick Area High School class of 1997. He later attended Luzerne County Community College and Bloomsburg University. He was employed at Berwick Retirement Village as a CNA and later at the Salvation Army, Scranton as a driver. He was involved in the Boy Scouts of America and later received the distinguished Eagle Scout award. Peter loved music, it brought him great joy. He played the trombone and in high school he played the tuba as well. He played in the school’s marching band, concert band and jazz band. He was also a member of the county, district, and regional band. In addition to his parents, he will be greatly missed by his brother, Aaron Schuckers and wife Deanna, Berwick; sister, Carissa Hench and husband Seth, Hampstead, Maryland; niece, Arianna; nephew, Chase. He also leaves behind paternal grandparents, Peter and Marian Borick, Herrick Center; his beloved cat, Ivy and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Betty and John Lemon, Sr.; aunt, Marion (Lemon) Belcher; uncle, Lee Eck; and cousin Lori (Eck) Young. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to the Salvation Army 320 W 2nd Street, Berwick, PA 18603 or the Berwick Band Boosters c/o Phil DiCriscio 1100 Fowler Ave. Berwick, PA 18603.

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Dorothy E. Heller of Dorrance Township passed away on Friday, January 22, 2021, on her 93rd birthday surrounded by her loving family. Born in Dorrance, she was the daughter of the late Edith Heller Huttenstine and the late William Huttenstine. She was preceded in death by her brother Clyde Huttenstine, sisters Alma Hoch and Esther Heller. She will be greatly missed by her sister Martha Grosz and her children Robert Heller and wife Helen, Michael Heller and wife Susan, Lorrie Slusser and partner Joe Lisk, Connie Myers and husband Brian, Lisa Caffrey and husband Lee, and Cheryl Heller. Dorothy was a member of Emmanuel United Church of Christ. She was the epitome of strength and independence which was shown through her dedication to providing for her children. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. The unconditional love she had for her children spilled over in abundance to her nine grandchildren, Greg and wife Jess, Michael, Brian, Barry and wife Breanne, Alecia and husband Cody, Rachelle, Tarah and Greg, Michelle, and Keirsten and her seven great grandchildren Mya, Landon, Jonathan, Makenna, Mackenzie, Jacob, and Lily. Her warmth touched everyone around her, her laughter was contagious, and her grace made every room a shade brighter. She will be greatly missed by everyone who had the pleasure to know her. Her family would like to send a special thank you to the nurses at Geisinger Wyoming Valley, with an extra special thank you to Kiley and Lindsey; and the staff at Heinz Rehab and Allied Services Palliative and Home Healthcare. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 7768 Blue Ridge Trail, Mountain Top, PA 18707 with Reverend Louis Aita officiating. Interment will take place in Emmanuel Cemetery, Dorrance. Family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 PM on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 E. Third St, Nescopeck. The family requests guests to follow CDC guidelines and practice social distancing. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 7768 Blue Ridge Trail, Mountain Top, PA 18707.

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Donald H. Butz, 83, of Berwick passed away on Monday, January 25, 2021 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Berwick on July 13, 1937, he was a son of the late Nicholas and Madeline (Peterson) Butz. He graduated from Berwick High School, class of 1955, and served with the National Guard for several years. Don was employed at the Berwick AC&F, and later at the Wise Foods where he worked for over 40 years until he retired.

Don was a member of the Berwick Golf Club. He was an avid golfer and an outdoor enthusiast. He was also a Berwick Football fan and never missed a game. He enjoyed taking family vacations at the beach every year. After retirement, he spent much of his quiet time painting pictures.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 62 years, Carole D. (Bower) Butz; sons: Donald Butz and Rick Butz, both of Berwick; daughters: Lesa Orlando and husband Jeffrey, Berwick; Sherri Sitler and husband Marty, Berwick; Candee Orlando and husband James, Berwick; Sandee Marr and husband Joseph, Dallas, PA; 12 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; a sister, Judy Sponenberg and husband Richard, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

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

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2021 in Pine Grove Cemetery, Walnut Street, Berwick with Reverend Stephen Porter officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association

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Alfred “A.J.” J. Pollick, 92, of Nanticoke, passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at Guardian Eldercare, Nanticoke, where he had been a resident for the last few years,

Born in Larksville he was a son of the late Frank and Stella (Macaski) Pawlowski. He attended Larksville area schools. Alfred served honorably in the United States Army from 1952 to 1954. He worked at Blue Ribbon Bakery and later at the Berwick Power Plant, retiring after 20 years.

A.J. enjoyed everything outdoors including hunting, fishing, and farming. He loved animals especially chickens and ducks.

He will be greatly missed by his sons, Robert Pollick and wife Michelene, Winter Park, Colorado; David Pollick, Colorado Springs, Colorado; 2 grandchildren, Mikayla and Tyler; and many nieces and nephews.

Alfred was the last of his immediate family and was preceded in death by 12 brothers and sisters. He was also preceded by a nephew, Tony Pollick.

At his request there will be no public services.

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Clara T. Zanoline, 91, of Hetlerville passed away on Friday, January 15, 2021 at Sunset Ridge Nursing & Rehab, Bloomsburg, where she was a patient since 2016.

Born in Beaver Valley on April 4, 1929, she was a daughter of the late Stanley and Marianna (Pajewski) Keszkowski, Sr. She was a graduate of Beaver Main High School.

In 1951, she married David E. Zanoline and they moved to Hetlerville, where they had a working dairy farm and raised three sons. Clara worked hard to provide a loving home for her husband and children. She also helped with the day-to-day tasks of dairy farming. David passed away in 1996.

Clara was a devoted catholic and was a member of Immaculate Conception, St Mary’s Church, Berwick. She was also a member of the Pennsylvania Farmers Association. After her husband’s death, she found enjoyment in traveling and taking bus trips with her friends.

She will be greatly missed by her sons: David A Zanoline, Nescopeck; Anthony Zanoline and wife Susan, Hetlerville; Jonathan Zanoline and wife Susan Shafer, Easton; grandchildren: Stacy, Lori, Joshua, Aaron, Kati, Tyler, and Nicolle; 11 great grandchildren; sisters, Florence Grausam; and Sister Jeanette Maria; a sister-in-law, Rose Keszkowksi; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Sharon Zanoline; brothers: Frank; Stanley Jr; Charles; twins, Joseph and Victor; and infant Frank; sisters: Helen and Antionette “Tess”.

A private graveside service will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 in Pine Grove Cemetery, Walnut Street, Berwick with Reverend Matthew Larlick officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in her memory to Commonwealth Hospice of Berwick, 1409 N Market St, Suite 202, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Robert J. Markle, 74, of Berwick passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at home. He was surrounded by his family.

Born in Berwick on November 21, 1946, he was a son of the late Conrad A. and Betty E. (Kishbaugh) Markle. Bob was raised and educated in the Berwick area. After graduation, he joined the National Guard and served honorably for several years. He was employed at several businesses over the years, including as a foreman of a road crew for Berwick Borough.

Bob was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of several local hunting clubs.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 32 years, Shirley M. (Richards) Markle; stepdaughter, Jessica Giudicessi and husband Gerald, Orangeville; Dennis Dietterick Jr and wife Cora-Ann, Nescopeck; grandchildren, Emma and Cody; great granddaughter, Genevieve; brothers, Conrad Markle Jr and wife Karen; Dennis Markle; sisters, Kathy Yoder and husband Richard; Sherri St. Lawrence and husband Ray, all from Berwick; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Due to the Covid virus, no services will be held at this time. A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bob’s memory may be made to Commonwealth Hospice of Berwick, 1409 N Market St, Suite 202, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Emily G. (Killian) Culver, 77, of Shickshinny, went peacefully home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Shickshinny March 8, 1943 she was the daughter of the late Charles W. and Grace E. (Ridall) Killian. She graduated from Northwest Area High School, class of 1961. She then studied to be an LPN at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Even though her career was short, she became the neighborhood nurse.

In 1962, she married Paul D. Culver and together they raised 7 children. They set an example for generations to follow. Her passing ends a marital span of 58 years.

She devoted her life to taking care of her children, grandchildren and being “Aunt Em”. She served her Lord in every way possible at Bible Baptist Church, Shickshinny, where she was a lifelong member. When at home, she could be found tending to her flower gardens and cooking for her family.

In addition to her husband Paul, she will be greatly missed by her children: Colleen Lanning and husband Edward, Shickshinny; Todd Culver and wife Michele, Berwick; Bret Culver and wife Kristin, Shickshinny; Penny Hill and husband Leonard, Shickshinny; Travis Culver and wife Kristina, Berwick; Heather Seigfried and husband Brian, Shickshinny; Corin Ulichney and husband John, Shickshinny; 17 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren. She also leaves behind a brother, Thomas Killian and wife Judy, Buckhorn; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by brothers: Leroy, Rodger, and Charles “Ed” Killian; a granddaughter, Shelbey Culver; and in-laws, Glenn and Anna Culver.

A public viewing will be held from 10:00 AM until 12:00 Noon on Monday, January 18, 2021 at Bible Baptist Church, Shickshinny. Due to Covid concerns, all other services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Bible Baptist Church, 43 Furnace Street, Shickshinny, PA 18655.

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Starlene J. (Baylor) Smith, 82, of Berwick passed away on Monday, January 11, 2021 at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital.

Born in Berwick on October 13, 1938, she was the only daughter of the late Herman E. Baylor and Thelma S. (Reese) McAfee. She graduated from Berwick High School. Star retired from K-Mart in Berwick where she worked in the lay-away department and as a cashier for many years.

In 1958, she married Harry A. Smith and together they raised 4 children. Harry passed away on March 19, 2014 ending a marital span of 56 years. Prior to his death, they regularly attended Sunday Bingo at the Elysburg and Catawissa Fire Companies, where he called numbers while she played the games.

During her quiet time, she like watching classic movies, either suspense, horror or westerns.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Pam Smith, Berwick; Kim Kressler and husband Jim, Berwick; Missy Deitrich and husband Alan, Nescopeck; Jeff Smith and wife Bri, Berwick; grandchildren: Brooke and Mandy McHenry; Jimmy and Justin Kressler; Alyssa Coleman; Garrett Aten; Kendra and Karagin Smith; several step grandchildren; great grandchildren: Dakota, Landon and Teagan Rubenstein; Trevor McHenry; Hylee Kressler; and Aurora Aten. She is also survived by several extended family members.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, Joseph McAfee.

Due to the Covid 19 restrictions, the family will have a private viewing on Friday, January 15, 2021. Condolences may be mailed to the Smith Family C/O Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

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William J. Yodock, Sr. 88, of Bloomsburg, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Bloomsburg on February 3, 1932 he was a son of the late Joseph J. and Rose Marie (Tedesco) Yodock. He graduated from Bloomsburg High School and later earned his associate degree from Wilkes-College. He served honorably in the United States Navy from 1951 to 1955. He was on the USS Intrepid #11 and USS Midway #41. During his time in the service, he earn the Good Conduct Medal and the medal for China Service. William worked at many places over the years including, U.S. Radium, TRW, Berwick Forge, and Rose Enterprises. He retired from Bloomsburg University where he worked as a locksmith.

He enjoyed playing golf and watching football games in his spare time.

He will be greatly missed by his sons, Steven Yodock, Bloomsburg; William Yodock, Jr. and wife Debra, Florida. He also leaves behind a sister, Mary Vertuccie, Hazleton; and brother, Leo Yodock, Buckhorn.

In addition to his parent’s, he was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Etta Mae (Mcmahan) Yodock.

At his request there will be no services.

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Leah S. (Herring) Benjamin, 92, of Mifflinville, passed away on Friday, January 8, 2021 at Emmanuel Center for Nursing and Rehab, Danville.

Born in Berwick on December 23, 1928 she was a daughter of the late Clyde and Ellen (Herring) Houck. She graduated from Nescopeck High School. Leah worked at Acme Markets in the meat department for over 20 years.

She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mifflinville. She was an active member of her church. Leah helped with Meals on Wheels deliveries for over 20 years with her friend, Beverly. She enjoyed taking trips and was an avid walker in her neighborhood.

She will be greatly missed by her son, Carl Benjamin and companion Janet Grimm, Danville; daughter, Beth Maynard and husband Sky, North Carolina; grandchildren., Kelly, Kyle, Erin, and Christopher; 12 great grandchildren. She also leaves behind brothers, Robert Houck, Benton; Richard Houck, Dushore; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Frank Benjamin, Jr.; sister, Gladys Drasher and brother, Graydon Houck.

A graveside service for the family will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, January 11, 2021 at Mifflinville Cemetery, Mifflinville with Pastor Chad Hebrink officiating.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. John’s Lutheran Church, E 5th St, Mifflinville, PA 18631.

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Robert E. Mengine, 80, of Benton, passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Gesinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Bloomsburg on November 27, 1940 he was a son of the late Raymond J. and Hazel (Hock) Mengine. He attended Millville and Benton schools. Robert worked for Bruce Charles Lumber Company. He also owned and operated Mengine Logging for 43 years. He took great joy in his job.

He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Doris Jean Simmons and companion David Lee, Beckley, West Virginia; son, Leon Mengine and wife Luella, Benton; grandchildren, Rachel Baily and husband, Lonnie, Lungerville; Michael Mengine and companion Bree Benton; Charles Mengine and companion Jackie Benton; Brandon Pennypacker and companion Jana; great grandchildren, Natalie, Lena, Kimberly, Aden, Elysia, and LJ.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Doris on December 16, 2007.

There will be no public services at his request.

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It is with great sadness that we announce that Terry Richard Sharrow, 75, of Catawissa passed away from complications with COVID on January 4, 2021 at Geisinger Medical Center. Terry is preceded in death by his parents Mary Davis Sharrow and Max Sharrow of Numidia. He is survived by his wife of 54-years Lou Ann Sharrow; his three sons: Tim, wife Yvette, and their sons Ty and Tate--Leighton, Pa; Tom and wife Polly, and their children Alec, Addison, and Andrew--Numidia, Pa; Todd and his wife Nicole, and their children Soren and Amelie--Clarks Summit, Pa. He is survived by his brother Dennis and his wife Kay of Numidia, Pa, and their four children and nine grand-children. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Brian Nuss and his husband Ed of Philadelphia, Pa.

Terry had three loves of his life: his wife, his family, and sports--especially those played at Southern Columbia. He met his wife when they were both in the sixth grade and were by each other’s side everyday until he contracted COVID. He was a graduate of Bloomsburg State Teachers College and taught business at his alma mater, Southern Columbia, for 37 years. While teaching, and during the beginning of his retirement, he was also the Athletic Director. He loved sports and coaching as much as he loved being part of the Southern Columbia School District. In retirement, he was happiest when spending time with family, running an athletic event, playing golf with his friends, mowing the grass, or helping to make his community a better place for everyone with various volunteering activities. His faith in God was the foundation of his life.

Mr. Sharrow, Terry, Dad, Pop-pop had a great influence on the lives of hundreds of students and athletes as well as his children and his grandchildren. He had the soul of an educator and always wanted people to be their best. He loved sports and never cared about a win--he loved the competition, and he loved to see athletes perform at his/her best. Terry was very proud to be a graduate, a teacher, a coach, a parent, and Athletic Director at Southern Columbia School District. He really lived with the concept that you battle your enemies with kindness, which along with his jokes, smile, and laugh were just a few of his best qualities.

Terry was presented with the Distinguished Alumnus Award at The Southern Columbia School District , “For achieving outstanding success in the field of education and having a positive influence on the Southern Columbia Area Community.” As stated on the award and written by his son, “The Southern Columbia Area School District is Terry’s second home and family. He was not only an Athletic Director, Coach and a Teacher of 44 years, he is the quintessential Southern Fan. He always has and continues to do what he believes is best for the individual student and athlete. He has dedicated his life to making the lives of his family, friends, and neighbors better.”

Terry said, during his acceptance speech for the award, “The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way, We cannot change the inevitable...I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you...we are in charge of our attitudes.

A celebration of life will be held at the convenience of the family. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 9 St. Lukes Way, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 or The Table Lutheran Church (ECLA), 1123 Lightstreet Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Ruth A. (Newton) Sailor, 69, formerly of Easton passed away Friday, January 1, 2021 in Bloomsburg Hospital.

She was the daughter of the late Dorsey and Joyce (Watson) Newton. Ruth graduated from Easton High School. She worked for 20 years in housekeeping for Lafayette College.

She will be greatly missed by her sons: Vincent Newton and wife Diane, Berwick; James Sailor, Jr. , Easton; grandchildren: Lashon Newton, Lashonna Newton, Isaiah Newton, Justin Newton, Aliis Sailor, Semaj Sailor, Allinai Sailor, Brisais Sailor, Joshalin Newton, Elijah Newton, Ashli Lancaster Newton, and Jayla Sailor: great grandchildren, Arraya Newton and Nehemiah Newton: brothers, Steve Newton, Easton; Willy James, Chicago; sisters, Lonnie Newton McKinney, Miami, FL; Netty Ruth Robinson, Georgia; Burnestine Baron, Georgia.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Sailor, Sr. son Joshua Newton and sister, Mable Newton.

A memorial service will be held later at the convenience of the family. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is entrusted with arrangements.

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George “Hoz” A. Hoze, 71, of Berwick, passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on November 23, 1949, he was a son of the late George and Viola (Toth) Hoze. He graduated from Berwick High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1972 to 1975. George worked for several businesses over the years including, Berwick Forge, Lifestyle Homes, C and D Waterproofing in New York, and SCI Retreat where he retired from. After his retirement, he started Touch of Glass window installment.

George was a member of the Catholic War Veteran’s, Slavonic Club, Berwick; Elks Lodge 436, Bloomsburg; American Legion Post 273. He was also a life member of the West End Hose Company. In his younger years Hoz liked to fish, hunt, and trap. He enjoyed wine making and hanging out with the boys. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, teaching them to fish and working on many projects together. George was always more than willing to offer a helping hand to anyone who needed it.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 10 years, Margaret B. (Kershner) Hoze, at home; children, Tracy Hoze and husband, John, Berwick; Matthew Hoze, Florida; Larry Fritz, Berwick; Sara Kaine and husband Brad, FL; Laura Fyke and husband Keith, Berwick; 7 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild. He also leaves behind sisters, Kathy Mizzer, Wilkes-Barre; Patricia Hoze, Danville; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Christopher Hoze and brothers, Michael, Edward, John, and Paul Hoze.

A celebration of life will be held at the convenience of the family. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting his family.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908 or the Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, Inc. 1117 Country Club Rd Camp Hill, PA 17011.

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Carolyn “Butch” (Fenstermacher) Zimmerman, 82, of Stillwater passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville following a brief illness.

Born in Bloomsburg on March 18, 1938, she was a daughter of the late Ross S. and Carrie I. (Loreman) Fenstermacher. Butch was raised and attended school in Catawissa. She worked at several local sewing factories including Lady Ester, Berwick and Emenee’s Shirt Factory, Catawissa. Prior to retiring, she worked as a waitress at Elby’s Restaurant in Lightstreet.

In 1956, she married Calvin F. Zimmerman, and together they had 3 children. Cal passed away in 2016 after nearly 61 years of marriage. Prior to his death, they took pleasure in going out to eat and taking rides through the countryside.

Butch volunteered her time helping with the Animal Resource Center, Bloomsburg, caring for animals as well as helping with fundraisers such as bake sales. She enjoyed crafting and going to yard sales. She was an avid Southern Columbia Football fan and liked watching Pittsburg Steelers games. She liked working outside and always took special notice when cardinals, hummingbirds or butterflies flew around her. To her it meant “a loved one was near”. She enjoyed sitting on the porch with her grandson, Eric, with their dogs Leai and Kimmie. Butch loved life and had a big heart.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Sandy Mayernick and husband Randy; Holly Latsha and husband Kenny, all of Catawissa; grandchildren, Scott, Eric, Shaun, Ryan, Cody and Jen; several great grandchildren including Hailee and Maya; a sister, Joan Ugnast, Wellsboro; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Jeffrey in 2016; great granddaughter, Kayla; brothers, Harry and Max Fenstermacher; and sisters, June Kressler, Ethel Dalious, Pat Driesbach, and Ruth Lynn.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, January 8, 2021 in Elan Memorial Park, 5585 Old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg with Pastor Mike Delp officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Resource Center, 301A Boone Rd, Bloomsburg, PA, 17815.

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Lena (Spezialetti) Hnylanski, 101, of Berwick passed away on Friday, January 1, 2021 at St. Thomas Post Acute Rehab Center (BRVII).

Born in Berwick on December 10, 1919, she was a daughter of the late Fiorangelo and Carmella (Sichetti) Spezialetti. Lena spent most of her time working to provide a loving home for her husband and children. After the death of her husband, she worked as a seamstress for a few years before retiring.

Lena was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Berwick and was a devout Catholic, going to church well into her 90's until she became ill. She was well known for her amazing cooking skills and was always very generous in giving away her baked and specialty dishes to friends and relatives.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Hnylanski; a daughter, Barbara Hnylanski; 2 sisters: Rose Milore and Josephine Pantelone; and 6 brothers: Nicholas, Morris, Joseph, Louis, Dominick and Thomas Spezialetti

She will be greatly missed by her daughter Stacia (Hnylanski) Hankey and husband Richard; sons, Thomas Hnylanski and Peter Hnylanski; 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind 5 sisters: Jeanette Tomassacci, Mary Cicini, Edith Marsicano, Emma Potochnak and Dolores Orlando; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A viewing will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 AM on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third St, Nescopeck. If attending, please wear a mask and follow CDC guidelines.

Graveside services will follow at 11:00 AM in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Berwick with Reverend Francis J Tamburro officiating.

Memorial contributions in Lena’s name are suggested to St. Joseph Church, 721 Monroe St, Berwick, PA 18603 or Commonwealth Hospice of Berwick, 1409 N Market St, Suite 202, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Lydon R. Peters, of Hobbie passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at his home in Hobbie, surrounded by his family.

Born in Hobbie on December 23, 1927, he was a son of the late Sterling and Cleo (Weiss) Peters. He was a graduate of Nescopeck High School, class of 1946. He served honorably in the US Army during the occupation of Japan from 1946 to 1948. He was employed for 11 years at the Berwick Shirt Factory, and later was a school bus driver for the Berwick School District.

He and his late wife, Teloiv (Adams) Peters, purchased a dairy farm in Hobbie in 1953 which they farmed until 1990, and raised their 3 children. Teloiv passed away in 1994.

In addition to his parents and wife, Teloiv, he was preceded in death by a son, Timothy in 1969; sisters, Shirley Harmon and Eleanor Rinehimer; stepson, Dennis Fitzgerald; and stepdaughter, Susan Travelpiece.

He will be greatly missed by his second wife, Carol (Pryor) Fitzgerald Peters, whom he married on May 24, 1997; sons, James Peters and his husband Rod, Ellicott City, MD; David Peters and wife Jeanette, Dorrance; daughter, Susan Stair and husband, Todd, Hobbie; 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He also leaves behind stepchildren, Brian Fitzgerald and wife Christine, Wappingers Falls, NY; and Janice McClintock and husband Rick, Bloomsburg; 2 step-grandchildren; and 3 step-greatgrandchildren.

Lydon was a lifetime member of St Peters UCC in Hobbie, where he held several offices, as well as Silver Maple Cemetery Association, where he held several offices served as treasurer for many years.

Friends will be received from 10:00 to 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at St Peters UCC, Hobbie, immediately followed by the funeral service, with his pastor, James Stanley officiating. Burial will take place in Silver Maple Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Commonwealth Hospice of Berwick, 1409 N Market St, Ste 202, Berwick, PA 18603 or St Peters UCC, 613 W County Rd, Wapwallopen, PA 18660.

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William “Bill” Lloyd, Sr., 78, of Nescopeck, passed away on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, at Fritzingertown Senior Living. Born in Wilkes-Barre on February 15, 1942 he was a son of the late Ruth (Huey) and Sylvester Shultz. He attended the old Hanover high school in the Wilkes-Barre area. Bill worked as a truck driver for 35 years and was employed by several companies including, Kevin Ryman Trucking. He later worked a bus driver or limo driver for several local companies including: LizRick Tours, Autobus, and John Bower garage.

Bill was a member of Knapp Lodge 432, Berwick. He was a very handy man and enjoyed fixing things, especially cars and trucks. He liked to keep as busy as possible.

He will be greatly missed by his sons: William “Bill” Lloyd, Jr. of Pocono Pines; David Lloyd of White Haven; cherished grandchildren: Teela Lloyd and companion Michael Mensinger; Ashley Reimold and husband Matt; Breanne Lloyd; Holly and Heather Lloyd; David Lloyd and wife Cynthia; and 6 adored great grandchildren: Kiera, Lily and Ethan Mensinger; Maddie and Braden Reimold; and Vera Lloyd. He also leaves behind brothers: Bob Lloyd and wife Kimberly; David Lloyd and wife Marge; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 58 ½ years, Helene M. (Golembeski) Lloyd on October 31, 2018; and brother, Dennis Lloyd.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00PM on Saturday, December 26, 2020 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 east Third Street, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 11:00AM until the time of service. All COVID protocols will be in place, please wear a mask if attending. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery, Berwick.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Fritzingertown Senior Living Community, 159 S Old Turnpike Rd, Drums, PA 18222.

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Karleen J. Fuller, 77, of Berwick joined her beloved husband and soulmate, Jack Deleno Fuller in heaven on Thursday, December 17, 2020. They were married on October 30, 1976 but the angels came for Jack on May 16, 2008 after many years of sickness and suffering.

At her request there was no viewing or services. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck. Memorial contributions in their names can be made to the Summerhill Cemetery, Berwick, PA, c/o Darlene Gabsewics or The Summerhill Evangelical Methodist Church, Berwick, PA c/o/ Gary Kreischer.

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Joshua M. Kressler, 38, of Millville passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Bloomsburg on October 15, 1982, he was a son of Sheila (Progansky) Kressler of Montour Township and the late Gary Kressler. Joshua was raised and educated in the Bloomsburg area. He earned his CDL and was a truck driver for several years. He was also employed at several local manufacturing plants including Patriot Metals and Kydex.

Joshua enjoyed being outdoors, fishing, hiking or going for walks, especially with his dog “Lokie”. He was very mechanical and enjoyed working on cars.

He loved his family, especially his sons, Nathan Slusser and Jayden Kressler of Berwick.

In addition to his mother and sons, he will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 8 years, Christine L. (Mullins) Kressler, stepchildren, Joanna Lightner and husband Reese, Icksburg; Ginger Morgan, Berwick; Wade Morgan and wife Krystina, Berwick; grandchildren, Hayleigh, Rahmar, Chloe, Rosaleigh and Carter. He also leaves behind a brother, Marcus Lowe, Bloomsburg; sister, Leanne Brenner, Danville; stepsister, Tylee Ruskuski and husband Justin, Berwick; stepfather, Rick Lowe, Scranton; stepmother, Tracy Kressler, Bloomsburg; several nieces and nephews; aunts and uncles; and cousins.

A viewing will be held from 5:00 to 8:00pm on Wednesday evening at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Please wear a mask if attending and follow CDC guidelines as posted.

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

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Barbara E. (Barb) Richendrfer, Third Street, Lime Ridge, passed away on Friday December 18th, 2020 due to complications from Covid-19 at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

Born on May 08, 1948 in Bloomsburg, she was the daughter of the late David and Margaret Sponenberg of Catawissa.

On June 27th,1964 she married William (Bill) Richendrfer Sr. who preceded her in death on April 16th, 2008.

She was an active member of the Lime Ridge United Methodist Church, where she shared her talents in many of the church activities and fund raisers. Desserts for meals at the Lime Ridge Community Center and local fire companies, Card Crafters, and Blankets for Newborns were her missions in life.

She was most happy spending time with her neighbors, family, and friends. Her passions of baking, cooking, knitting and sewing were given as gifts throughout the years.

Preceding her in death were her sisters, Marjean Manhart, Gayle Yocum, and Kimberly Manhart.

She is survived by a brother, David P Sponenberg and wife Darla; brother Lewis “Bob” Sponenberg and wife Darlia; sister, Joanne Cleaver and husband David; sister, Nancy Breisch and husband James, and sister, Kathy Yeager.

She will be lovingly remembered by a son, William Richendrfer Jr. and wife Monica of Orangeville; and son, Lewis Richendrfer and wife Karen and beloved grandsons, Brandon Richendrfer and Sean Richendrfer all of Catawissa.

Services will be conducted at the convenience of the family. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers and expressions of sympathy please donate in her name to: AGAPE, 19 East 7th Street Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Jennie (Shafara) Jacobs, 92, of Hollenback Township passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2020 at Smith Heath Care in Mountaintop, where she was a guest since 2019.

Born in Shickshinny on February 10, 1928, she was the daughter of the late John and Helen (Rowinski) Shafara. She was a graduate of Nescopeck High School, class of 1946, and received her secretarial certificate from Wilkes-Barre Business School. Prior to the birth of her children, she worked at Berwick Knitting, and after her children were grown, she was employed at Consolidated Cigar until retirement.

In 1948, she married John V. Jacobs, and a few years later they started a family. Jennie worked hard to provide a loving home for her husband and children. She also helped her husband in the fields on the family farm. She greatly enjoyed gardening and canning the vegetables they planted. She loved baking and was very creative with her cakes and Jello salads. She liked crocheting and made afghans for all of her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed going to Atlantic City with her husband and friends.

Jennie was a member of St. Mary’s Our Lady Help of Christians, Dorrance, where she was a member of both the Altar and Rosary Society and St. Theresa’s Guild.

In addition to her parents John and Helen, and husband, John, who passed in 2003, she was preceded in death by sisters, Stepha Kowalchick; Helen Antonaitis; Mary Simonek; a brother Alex Shafara; and 2 great grandsons, Alexander and Ryan.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Patricia A. Heller and husband William, Dorrance Twp; John Jacobs and wife Robin, Utah; Theresa M. Land, Hollenback Twp; grandchildren: William “Eddie” Heller and wife Kelly; Jacqueline M. Podlaski and husband Adam; Jennifer Kenny; Nancy Zabritskie; Ronald Badman and wife Helen; Christopher Badman and wife Jennifer; Kevin Badman and wife Heather; step grandchildren Jeremy and Justin Ziegenbusch; great grandchildren: Madeline, Savannah, Stephen, Tyler, Sarina, Zachary, Izabella, Riley, Rachel, Olivia, Emma, Logan, Kinsleigh, Michael, Matthew; and step great grandchildren: Braxton , Bella and Bodhi.

A viewing will be held on Tuesday December 22, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. All COVID protocols will be in place, please wear a mask if attending.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday at St. Mary’s Our Lady Help of Christians, 3529 St Mary’s Rd, Wapwallopen. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the charity of the donor’s choice.

The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff at Smith Health Care Ltd. for the wonderful care they provided for Jennie.

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Harry “Kevin” Munro, 63, of Wellsboro, formerly of Paxinos and Winfield, passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2020, at Bloomsburg Care and Rehabilitation after a 5-month illness.

Born in Brakpan, South Africa, on January 10, 1957, he was the son of the late Henry C. and Stella R. (Schmidt) Munro of Scottish and German descent. He was raised and received his education in South Africa. After serving in the African military, in the Army and the Air force, he was then employed in the platinum mines in Rustenburg. He later moved to Zimbabwe where he worked in the mines, and later ran his own pork production farm, which was later reclaimed by the Mugabe regime. After moving to Pennsylvania in 2001, he worked for Country View Family Farms, where he serviced several of their pig farms, and made many friends and close colleagues. After becoming ill, he retired, and moved to Wellsboro.

Harry became a naturalized citizen in 2007. He was a past president and chairman of the Elysburg Rotary Club #5304. He enjoyed music and storytelling. He had an appreciation for wildlife and was a member of the National Wildlife Federation. He was an avid reader. He liked skiing and being outdoors, and he was glad to have the opportunity to explore his heritage in Scotland with his friend Megan.

He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Kirsten Jones and husband Joshua Foulds of Muncy; grandchildren, Stella, Lucas, Emerson and Amelia. He was looking forward to the birth of a 5th grandchild in May. He was the oldest of 3 children, leaving behind 2 sisters, Shirley Munro-Flint and husband Peter of South Africa; Colleen Van Niekerk and husband Marcus of South Africa; several nieces and nephews; great nieces; and many who loved him including Megan King of Winfield.

A Celebration of his Life will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting his family.

Memorial contributions in his name are suggested to the National Wildlife Federation, 11100 Wildlife Center Drive, Reston, VA 20190 or at nwf.org.

The family would like to thank the staff at Bloomsburg Care and Rehabilitation and Commonwealth Hospice for their compassionate care during his illness.

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Gilbert T. Fowler, 85, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, at St. Thomas Post-Acute Rehab (Berwick Retirement Village II), where he has been a resident for the last 6 years.

Born in Berwick on October 29, 1935, he was a son of the late Clara (Housel) and Leroy Fowler, Sr. He attended Berwick High School. He served in the United States Army. He worked at many local companies throughout his life including, Berwick Weaving. In his spare time, Gilbert enjoyed collecting coins. He also enjoyed playing the organ and piano.

He will be greatly missed by his brothers, Leroy Fowler, Jr., Gerald Fowler, and David Fowler; sisters, Gertrude Kinney, Ruth Mackert, Barbara Broskey, Charlotte Lipsey, Holly Young; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Jay, Norman Sr., Art, Charles, Bob and Sheldon Fowler.

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, December 18, 2020 at Roselawn Cemetery with his friend William Noss officiating.

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Andrew “Andy” Evancho, 74, of Dorrance Township passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at Smith Healthcare, Mountain Top.

Born in Drums on February 14, 1946, he was a son of the late George and Mary (Lukashewski) Evancho. Andy owned and operated Andy’s Service Station for 54 years before retiring.

He was a member of Our Lady Help of Christians, St. Mary’s Church in Dorrance. In addition to his business, he enjoyed working on the family farm.

He will be greatly missed by his brother, Edward Evancho and wife Susan, Slocum; sister, Mary Ann Venchak, Hobbie; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, George, Joseph, John, and Clarence Evancho.

Services will be private at the convenience of his family.

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David James Harter, 92, of Lime Ridge, husband of Betty Snyder Harter, left this world to be with Jesus on December 9. He was born on October 1, 1928 in Newport Township near Nanticoke to the late Barbara McAfee Peters Harter. The third of four children he grew up in the Almedia area and attended Scott School in Espy and served 4 years in the U.S. Navy.

He was a dedicated member of Shiloh Bible Church in Almedia where he helped with funeral meals. David and his wife delivered flower to the church’s shut-ins for many years and did numerous other things when called on by the church. He was a member of the Caldwell Consistory and the Washington Lodge #265 in Bloomsburg.

David was employed by Magee Carpet, Bloomsburg University, Milco, and Bloomsburg Carpet Company, from which he retired. One of his favorite pastimes for over 40 years was attending Southern Gospel concerts. He enjoyed baking for years and especially loved baking bread and giving it to friends and family.

He and his wife were active members of the Berwick YMCA where they participated in the Silver Sneakers Club. In 2005 they were designated as Volunteers of the Year.

David and his wife were 7 weeks short of celebrating 70 years of marriage. He lived all of his life in the Bloomsburg area.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children: Debbie Johnson, Bellefonte, PA; David J. Harter II (Debbie) Mountain Top, PA; and Deneen (Bill) Gibb, Kansas City, MO. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Justine Johnson (Steve) Lorenz; Jesse Johnson (Shelby); Janna Johnson (Brad) Whitenight, Dustin (Becky Broyan) Harter; and Devon (David) Burcicki. There are also six great-grandchildren: Sylvan and Finn Lorenz, Brayden and Avery Whitenight, Cohen Brady, and Cason Johnson.

He was predeceased by his mother and siblings Verna Hontz, Mary Drumheller, and George Harter and a great-granddaughter, Nora June Whitenight. He was the last surviving member of his family.

Due to the corona virus, there will be no public service or viewing. Memorial gifts may be made to Shiloh Bible Church, 123 Church Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Linda J. Weisbrod, 70, of Berwick passed away on Friday, December 4, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Bloomsburg on March 9, 1950, she was a daughter of the late Maurice E. Hons and Esther E. (Gotshal) Hons. She attended Berwick High School. She spent most of her life as homemaker who worked hard to provide a loving environment for her 7 children. In her spare time, she enjoyed puzzle books. She liked camping, fishing and cook outs. She also loved to go shopping.

She will be greatly missed by her beloved companion of 37 years, Vince Morgan, Jr.; daughters: Patricia Smith and husband Gordon; Barbara Hartman and husband Barry; Brenda Kulp and companion David Slusser; Debra Featherman and companion Eric Harvey; Sandra Weisbrod and companion Rush Boone, Jr.; Kathleen Goss and husband Richard; 22 grandchildren; over 30 great grandchildren; and several great-great grandchildren. She also leaves behind several stepchildren including, Lester and Johnny Weisbrod; a brother, Edward E. Hons; sisters: Marlene Cole; Calline Ernst; Eleanor Searfoss; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph D. Weisbrod; her son, Steven Weisbrod in 2014; brothers: John J. Hons; Jacob R. Hons; David C. Hons; sisters: Betty J. Hayle; Melva Kingsbury; Bertha MacNamara; Evelyn J. Horachak; Rose VanDuzer and Susan Daubert.

Due to the Covid 19 restrictions, the family will schedule memorial services for a later date.

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Jacob F. Broyan, 85, of Nescopeck passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at home.

Born in Nescopeck on October 19, 1935, he was a son of the late Jacob P. and Veronica A. (Konshnik) Broyan. He was a graduate of Nescopeck High School, class of 1953. Jake worked for over 30 years at Wise Potato Chips in Berwick.

He was a member of St Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church, Berwick. He was a member of Nescopeck Borough Fire Company and a life member of Ranger Hose, Berwick. In his younger years he was a volunteer fire fighter. Jake enjoyed hunting and fishing whenever he could get out. He also liked drinking his coffee and playing scratch off lottery tickets. He was very social and loved talking with people, especially calling family members and asking about their day.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 64 years, Eleanor P. (Urban) Broyan; sons: Jacob A Broyan, Bloomsburg; David J. Broyan, Nescopeck; Terrance W. Broyan, Bloomsburg; daughter, Yvonne M. Hoch, Nescopeck; grandchildren: Jason Hoch; Christina Hoch; Jacob Broyan and wife Carol; Jeremy Broyan; Bryce A Broyan and wife Andrea; and 6 great grandchildren with another expected in March. He is also survived by a brother, Albert Broyan and wife Lois, Nescopeck Twp; sisters: Dolores Smith, Nescopeck Twp; Veronica Steward and husband Albert, Berwick; and Pearl Briggs and husband Dennis, Nescopeck; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Harold Smith.

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Lois M. (Kresge) Smith, 66, of Pond Hill passed away on Friday, December 4, 2020 at Berwick Hospital Center.

Born in Berwick on March 22, 1954, she was a daughter of the late Walter I. and Mary I. (Koons) Kresge. She attended Newport High School and graduated from Greater Nanticoke Area High School in 1972. Lois worked at Mr. Z’s in Nanticoke for many years, and was currently employed at Nelly Travel Plaza, Nuangola.

She was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Pond Hill. She liked reading. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her husband of 47 years, Clarence E. Smith; sons: Neil C. Smith, Mocanaqua; Derek S. Smith and wife Kimberly, Shickshinny; cherished grandchildren, Brandon M. Smith; Morgan R. Burleigh; Tristyn S. Smith and Autumn A. Smith. She also leaves behind a sister, Bonnie Balliet of Middletown, PA; a niece Christa Aman; and nephew, Chad Balliet.

A viewing will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Monday, December 7, 2020 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

A graveside service will take place at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg.

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Sharon I. Waters, 53, of Berwick, passed away in her sleep on November 24, 2020 after a lengthy illness.

Born in Bloomsburg on November 11, 1967, she was a daughter of Peggy (Horn) Stocker and the late Cameron Waters, Jr. Sharon worked as a nurse’s aide for most of her life.

Sharon had a kind heart and loved taking care of animals and people. She liked music and was obsessed with Cher. In her spare time, she liked to spend time on the beach, it was her favorite place in the world. Most of all, Sharon loved and adored her daughter, who was her entire world.

In addition to her mother, she leaves behind her daughter, Alexandria Waters; sisters, Michele “Shelby” Shultz; Tracy Fausnaught; Sara Waters and companion Tony Knorr; brother, Christopher Milich. She also leaves behind her aunt, Beth Lewis; half siblings, Debi, Cameron Waters III, and Laurie; boyfriend, Michael Lockard; and several nieces and nephews.

At the families request there will be no public services. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Animal Resource Center, 301A Boone Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Anthony A. Daubert, 23, of Berwick, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 20, 2020 at his home.

Born in Berwick on May 29, 1997 he was a son of Rebecca A. (Daubert) and husband Harold R. Baker III of Berwick. He attended Bushkill area schools. Most recently he was employed at Pilot in Drums.

Anthony enjoyed playing football in his spare time. Most of all he loved spending time with his family and friends.

In addition to his parents he will be greatly missed by his fiancé of 6 years, Brittany McLaughlin, Berwick; children, Nathaniel Daubert, Aiden Daubert, Julian Daubert, and Everett Daubert; sisters: Jacqueline Baker; Star Baker; and Danielle Baker; brothers: Dale Baker, and Christian Baker. He also leaves behind his paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Babb, maternal grandfather, David Daubert, Sr., aunt Violet Kessler, and god father, Timothy Daubert, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins all of Berwick. Anthony is also survived by his father, Richard Spaid and his family.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Susan Daubert and aunt, Gerrie Smith.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, November 27, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street. Family will receive friends from 9:00 AM until the time of service. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery, Walnut Street, Berwick.

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James Edward Fry, 74, of Berwick passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on May 7, 1946, he was the son of the late Edward J. and Dorothy E. (Conner) Fry. He graduated from Central Columbia High School and worked at Suncom Industries in Bloomsburg.

Jim was a member of Fowlersville United Methodist and for the past few years attended Shiloh Bible Church in Almedia. In 2016, at the age of 70, he participated in the Special Olympics, where he won a gold medal in swimming and a trophy for all around athlete. He enjoyed bowling and flower gardening.

In addition to his parents, Edward and Dorothy, he was preceded in death by his sister, Rose Marie Ammons.

He is survived by several close friends including, Patricia Davis, Shirley Crotzer, Steven Crotzer, and the Gerald John family.

A private graveside service will be held in Elan Memorial Park, 5595 Old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg, where he will be buried next to his parents.

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On Monday, November 16, 2020, James L. Farver, Sr., 85, died at his home in Berwick, where he has resided for the last 57 years.

Born on March 6, 1935 he was a son of the late Arle and Verna (Davis) Farver. James joined the National Guard at the early age of 16. After finding out he was underage, he was sent back home. He later joined the United States Navy and was on the U.S.S. DASHIELL, serving in the Korean War. Sometimes he would brag about being a cook on the ship. After completing 4 years in the navy, he returned to Berwick. James worked at the S&B Foundry for 32 years and later at Heinz pet products, retiring in 2000.

Jim loved hunting for arrowheads and old bottles which are now treasures for his children and grandchildren. He was always there to help anyone in need.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his daughter, Summer Lee Madsen in 1982; brothers, Jack, Charles, Wayne, and Robert Farver; sisters, Lois Laubach, Barbara Berroth, and Nancy Reichart.

Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Beverly D. (Hampton) Farver; brothers, Terry and Joe Farver of Berwick. His children, Reverend James L. Farver, Jr. and wife Kathy; Amber Quick and husband Bill; Jonah Farver and wife Andrea; grandchildren, Jaimie, Rebecca, Amanda, Marshall, Brant, Justin, Noah, Krysta, Nathan, Amaya, RJ, and Carter; great grandchildren, Ryan, Charlie, Paisley, Charleigh, and Bernie; brother in law, Gary Hampton and wife Penny; sister in law, Bonnie Wolford and husband Lloyd, who helped many times during his illness.

A special thanks to Geisinger at Home and Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice for their wonderful care, especially Lisa, Kayla, Tara, Amy, Amber, and Chaplin Mike Delp. God put angels in our lives during these last several months, Bill and Ruth Quick, Zane Whitenight, who helped with their care and neighbors, Dave Hargraves, Nancy and Marty Bilby, who always checked in on us.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, November 27, 2020 at Elan Memorial Park, Old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg with his son officiating.

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Dorothy M. (Shiner) Long, 100, of Berwick passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at her home. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Born on November 2, 1920 in Berwick, she was the last living child of the late Hurley and Isabel (Walker) Shiner. “Dottie” graduated from Berwick High School in 1938. Shortly after, she got her first job at Duplan Silk Mill in Berwick and later, she worked at the Zephyr Diner in Briar Creek, which her family owned.

In 1966, she married Charles E. Long. Together they owned Long’s Cocktail Lounge and Bennett’s Restaurant for many years. After selling the restaurant, she went back to work at the Zephyr, where she took on the role of manager. She was also a kitchen supervisor at the Berwick Golf Club, and prior to retiring, owned the Mulberry Street Restaurant.

Dottie was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, Berwick. She was also a member of the Eastern Star and Amaranth, as well as the Red Hat Society. She belonged to the Berwick Senior Center where she volunteered in the thrift store and also volunteered at the Berwick Hospital Gift Shop. She was proud that she was able to travel in her younger years and visited several places in America and Europe. She liked Bingo and enjoyed playing poker with her family. She was a Phillies baseball fan and an avid reader. She just celebrated her birthday with a party on November 1st and was presented with a giant birthday card from McBride Memorial Library with over 100 signatures on it. Her greatest joy by far, was spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, “Gene” on August 18, 2006; sisters: Sara Newman; Alma Paluch; Harriet Michael; Cleo Dalberto; Florence Rupert; and Esther Smith; and a brother in infancy, Curtis Shiner.

She will be greatly missed by her son, Phillip “Phil” Curland, Orangeville; grandchildren: Julie Curland, Nescopeck; Michelle Milloway and Douglas Collins, Berwick; Jillian Curland, Phoenix, AZ; Garret Curland and fiancé Kari May, Lime Ridge; and great grandchildren: Ashley Milloway; and Kyle and Kasen Curland. She was looking forward to the birth of another great granddaughter in December. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She will be buried next to her husband in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg, privately at the convenience of the family. A public Celebration of Life will be held at Bethany United Methodist Church at a later time.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Bethany United Methodist Church; McBride Memorial Library; or Berwick Senior Center.

Her family would like to send a special thank you to Dr. Giugliano and his staff; the Berwick Hospital Center; Compass Home Health for her physical therapist, Mike; and Commonwealth Hospice of Berwick for their support the last few days. Also, special recognition for her private caregivers, especially her sidekick, Vicky.

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Alice Ann (Phillips) Donnelly, 86, of Wapwallopen passed away on Friday, November 13th, 2020 in Loudoun, Virginia with family by her side.

Born on January 8, 1934 on Lee park Avenue in Hanover Township Wilkes-Barre, PA she was a daughter of the late Harold and Anna (Gayz) Phillips. She was the oldest of three children. Alice raised her younger brothers Jerry and Jack. Her late maternal grandparents were Wesley and Lucia (Jastremski) Gayz who she spoke of often and fondly.

Alice graduated from Hanover High School in 1951. She married Edward J.Donnelly, Sr. on July 25, 1953. They were married for 53 years. Alice met Edward at 13 years old, while sledding. She worked at Mercy Hospital as a bookkeeper, then for the Wilkes-Barre School District as a tax collector. She later became the first female night shift supervisor at Bercon Plastics. She worked at Bercon for 25 years until she retired.

Alice loved to play scrabble, entertain her family and be with family for every holiday. She always cooked a massive holiday meal. She loved the beach, especially Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. She loved to vacation there. She also enjoyed gardening, painting, and shopping at thrift stores. She was an avid fan of Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish football team.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by sons, James and John Donnelly; brother, Jack Phillips.

She will be greatly missed by three sons, Edward J. Jr and wife Patricia Donnelly, Berwick; Jerome E. and wife, Sandy Donnelly, Sterling VA; Neal Donnelly and wife Celeste, Shickshinny; daughter Colleen Hittle and husband James C. Jr, Lansdale. 12 grandchildren, Ashley Graaf, Tiffany Arner, Edward Donnelly, Michael and Shawn Donnelly, Nichole Brower, Megan Mesaris, Kathleen Hittle, Jon, Jeremy, Joseph and Justin Morton. 3 great grandchildren, Anastasia & Gabriella Brower, and Evan Arner. She is survived by a brother Jerry in Florida and sister-in-law Donna Phillips, White Haven.

Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM on Thursday, November 19, 2020 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck, 633 East Third Street.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, November 20, 2020 at St. Mary, Our Lady Help of Christians 3529 St. Mary’s Road, Wapwallopen, PA 18660. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, 1594 S. Main St. Wilkes-Barre PA 18706. Reception to follow at Alice’s home.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Mary, Our Lady Help of Christians 3529 St. Mary’s Road Wapwallopen, PA 18660.

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Gary L. Whalen, Sr., 63, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at his home.

Born in Bloomsburg on August 8, 1957, he was a son of the late Dorothy M. (Minnick) Hinkle and Dorvin M. Whalen. He graduated from Columbia Montour Vo-tech’s food prep program in 1975. Gary worked at the Berwick Forge and Fabrication for 23 years and later, at DB Specialties for 10 years. He retired from Sekisui Kydex where he was employed for 13 years.

Gary was a volunteer firefighter with Lime Ridge Fire company for 15 years. He was an outdoorsman who liked to hunt, fish, and camp as much as possible. He was also very handy, he could fix anything and liked to improve things if he could.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 43 years, Linda M. (Middleton) Whalen, at home; son, Gary L. Whalen, Jr. and wife Jennifer, Berwick; daughter, Monica Welsh and husband Christopher, Buckhorn; and 8 grandchildren. He also leaves behind a sister, Gladys Bennett and husband Donald, Bloomsburg, and a nephew, Donald Bennett, Jr. and wife Brenda, Bloomsburg.

A graveside service will be held at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at Elan Memorial Park, Old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg with friends and family officiating.

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Claire E. Toomey, age 91, passed away on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where she was a patient for the past week.

Born in Philadelphia on July 5, 1929, she was a daughter of the late David M and Mary C. (Monaghan) Hannum. She was raised and educated in Philadelphia. In 1953, she married Gerald “Gerry” E. Toomey. They moved to the Berwick area after his retirement in 1981. He passed away on May 29, 2001 ending a marital span of 48 years.

Claire was a member of Immaculate Conception (St. Mary’s) Church, Berwick.

She was the last living member of her immediate family.

She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, November 13, 2020 at Immaculate Conception (St. Mary’s) Church, 1730 Fowler Avenue, Berwick with Reverend Matthew Larlick officiating. Interment will follow in Indiantown Gap Cemetery, Annville.

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Lisa M. (Schechterly) Mowery Simmons, 65, of Berwick, passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on January 6, 1955, she was a daughter of the late Earlea (Schechterly) and Martin Crane, Sr. She attended Berwick area schools. For a short time, Lisa worked as a housekeeper on an army base in Colorado. She spent most of her life as a homemaker, providing a warm and loving home for her family.

Lisa enjoyed going to bingo and the Bloomsburg fair every year. She liked dogs and had many over the years. Above all, she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great granddaughter.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Stephen Mowery; Eric Mowery and fiancé Marjorie; Shawn Mowery and wife Lisa; Barbara Andrews and companion L.J.; Nathaniel “Boosie “ Simmons, Jr. and wife Mary, all of Berwick; grandchildren: Marton, Bryan, Kaden, Angel, Harley, LaRisha and husband Donoven, Rhashaun, Tiarra, Jalen, Khemrie, Dejia, and Tre’von; great granddaughter, Serenitei. She also leaves behind brothers, Dale Schechterly and wife Sharon, Espy; Martin Crane, Jr. and wife Shirley, Texas; Randy Herring and wife Leigh, Berwick; sisters, Doris Honse, Berwick; Helen Clark and husband Harold, Berwick; Judi Thivierge and husband Jason, Benton; tons of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins; and her faithful companion, Tyrone.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Nathaniel “Night Train” Simmons; step-father, Harry Herring and aunt, Martha Schechterly.

A viewing will be held from 2:00-4:00 PM on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

Memorial contributions are suggested to her family to help defray her final expenses.

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Jo Ellen (Harder) Hornberger, 82, passed away quietly in the early morning hours of November 1, 2020.

She will be reunited with her husband of 60 years, Gerald Hornberger, who preceded her in death in 2019.

JoEllen was one of four children born to Thomas E. and Leah (Helwig) Harder, II of Catawissa, PA. She spent her early life on North 4th Street working at her father’s business, Harder’s Florist and Briesh’s Dairy, and later attended Wilkes-Barre Business School. She was employed for many years at Bloomsburg Bank, which later became First Columbia Bank and Trust in Catawissa, and later at Agway Energy in Bloomsburg.

JoEllen is survived by her daughter Jodi Weller and husband Glenn; and her son Joel and Tanis Marquette; her cherished grandchildren: Renee, Lauren, Sierra, Kianna, and Caeden; adored great grandchildren: Luke, Ryder, Kaesie, Cade, and Levi; and her grand-dogs: Nutmeg, Ginger and Oakley; and her sister Judy Garman.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by siblings, Thomas E Harder, III., Louise Norquist.

She will be remembered by all who knew her as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend.

Special thanks to neighbors for their kindness and generosity, and to the nurses of Maria Hall for their caring support during her final days.

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Sandra L. Grasley, 74, of Berwick, passed away on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at Berwick Hospital Center.

Born in Berwick on August 11, 1946, she was the only daughter of the late Zhyender and Florence (Sonn) Grasley. She graduated from Berwick High School class of 1964 with honors. She last worked as a consultant for Verizon in Bloomsburg for 10 years, retiring in 2016. Prior to that she worked an executive secretary at Wise Foods for 17 years and was later promoted to Customer Service Manager. She also worked as an outside sales representative in the field of poly and corrugated packaging for several firms for 10 years.

Sandy was a member of First Reformed United Church of Christ, Berwick and later at Immaculate Conception Church, St. Mary’s, Berwick. In her early working career, she was also a member of the Professional Secretaries Association and the Women’s Civic club of Berwick.

During her life and working career she met and touched many lives with her ability to care and her wonderful sense of humor. A few years after Sandra retired, she became a Patient Ambassador for Genentech, a pharmaceutical company, who produces Lucentis which is used to treat wet macular degeneration, a disease which she was diagnosed with in 200. She spoked at patient educational events around the country. She also wrote a book of prose and poetry entitled “Through My Eyes”, published by AuthorHouse. Photos taken by her companion, Joseph, were also included in the book. Sandra also developed an interest in genealogy. She researched and completed a book on her family history, a copy of which resides at McBride Memorial Library. She enjoyed outdoor fitness walking and so enjoyed the beauty of nature, gardening, hiking, and all of God’s creatures. During the summer months she looked forward to spending as much time as possible at the BerVaughn Pool. She was also an avid reader with quite a book collection.

She will be greatly missed by her beloved companion and soul mate, Joseph B. Smith, at home; cousins, Sheldon Grasley, Marilyn Hess, Daniel Grasley, Leland Grasley, Randall Grasley, Harold Grasley, Diane Gawinski, David Kelchner, and Betty Good.

In addition to her parents she was preceded by her aunt, Betty Kelchner; cousins, Carolyn Collins and Sue Carrathers.

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of her family.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Animal Resource Center, 301A Boone Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 or to your local animal shelter.

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Ronald H. Baker, 90, of Black Creek Township passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, surrounded by family.

Born in Berwick on November 30, 1929, he was a son of the late Harry W. and Ruth M. (Smith) Baker. He was a graduate Rock Glen High School, class of 1947. After graduation, Ron enlisted in the US Army and served with the 703rd Ordinance Maintenance Co until 1949. In 1951, he entered the US Air Force and served until 1952 during the Korean War. Ron was employed at several local companies over the years, including Magee Carpet Company, the AC&F and Inland Container. He retired from Allen Stevens in West Hazleton at the age of 67.

Ron married the love of his life, Bridget A. (Thomson) Baker in 1951. Together they raised 6 children. They shared 61 years of marriage prior to her passing in 2012.

Ron was a member of the Rock Glen United Church of Christ. He greatly enjoyed hunting and was a member of Rock Glen Sportsman’s Club. Over the years he had the opportunity to travel West for hunting and sightseeing with his family. He especially loved the Rocky Mountains. He liked working on cars and owned several “Hot Rods” over the years, his latest was a plum crazy dodge. He loved going for car rides, especially with his loyal dachshund, “Dixie”.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his sons, Ronald and Bruce Baker; and a sister, Marlene Hartranft.

He will be greatly missed by his sons, William Baker and wife Helen, Florida; Lee Baker and wife Linda, Weatherly; Walter Baker, Mountain Grove; daughter, Cindy Simpson, Mountain Grove; 19 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren. He also leaves behind a brother, Richard Baker and wife Robin, Mountain Grove; a sister, Diane Schiefer and husband Douglas, Williamsburg, VA; numerous nieces and nephews and his companion, Florence Burgess.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 E Third St, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Mountain Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 10:00 am until the time of service.

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Glen E. Diehl, 85, of Black Creek Township passed away on Monday, November 2, 2020 at Bloomsburg Health and Rehabilitation where he was a guest since September.

Born in Mt Pleasant Township on January 9, 1935, he was a son of the late Orval H. Diehl and Edith (Spaide) Hoffner. He attended school in the Bloomsburg area. He was employed at the Silk Mill and Milco, Bloomsburg and later at the Multiplex, Berwick. He retired from Barrett Haentjens, Hazleton where he worked for over 25 years.

Glen was a pigeon fancier who raised show pigeons for which he won several trophies. As a hobby he liked making knives, especially for hunting, and made many for people over the years. During his down time, he liked reading and watching TV in between catnaps.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 66 years, Ruth E (Crouse) Diehl; a son, Jay Diehl, Bloomsburg; 8 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Nevin Diehl, who passed away 12 years ago; his brothers, Frank Briggum; Harry Diehl and Lloyd Diehl; and a sister, June Swaggert.

Due to the Covid virus, there will be no public services at this time. Burial in Mountain Grove Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family.

Willard R. “Bill” Traugh, Jr., 40, of Berwick, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 26, 2020.

Born on March 13, 1980, he was a son of Darlene L. (Longenberger) Rager of Berwick and the late Willard R. Traugh, Sr. He attended Berwick area schools. Most recently Bill was employed at the Benton Foundry.

He was a big sports fan and rooted for the New York Yankees and Buffalo Bills. He enjoyed taking his dog for long walks and helping his mother out as often as he could.

In addition to his mother he will be greatly missed by his daughter, Sheri, Honesdale; and brother, Richard Longenberger, Berwick.

Besides his father, he was preceded in death by his step-father, James L. Rager, Jr. in January; paternal grandmother, Nancy Traugh; maternal grandparents, Martha (Maier) and Robert Longenberger, Sr.; and uncle, Robert Longenberger, Jr.

There will be no public services at his family’s request. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is entrusted with the arrangements.

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Jimmy J. “Pappy” Young, 64, of Catawissa, passed away on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at his home.

Born in Bloomsburg on July 20, 1956, he was a son of the late Melvin H. and Florence (Bacon) Young. He attended Bloomsburg High School. For most of his life, Jimmy worked for himself as a farmer.

In 1977, he married Christine A. (Dawson) Young, with whom he would have celebrated 43 years of marriage on December 2. He enjoyed farming and raising his animals.He liked to fish and to collect antiques of many varieties. Most of all he loved spending time and being “Pappy” to everyone he met, especially his family.

In addition to his wife he will be greatly missed by his son, James J. Young, Jr. and wife Donna A., Middleburg; granddaughters, Corrina I. Schrader and husband Devyn J., Wyalusing; Chandra G. Simons and husband Erik W., Berwick; Talisa R. Young and companion McKenna A. Grove, Catawissa; Joselyn M. Smith and husband Ryan W., Coal Township; Jessica F. Strawser and husband Justin L., Northumberland; Janella E. Remphrey, Middleburg; great grandchildren, Krysta, Aiden, Gauge, Dawson, Bentley, Kassandra, Harley, Adayln, Kolt, and Alannah. He also leaves behind a sister, Ruth A. Waters, Catawissa; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Christine Mary Ann Young; brother, Robert Lee Young, Sr. and sister, Dorothy Graham.

At his family’s request there will be no public services. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is entrusted with arrangements.

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John R. Mahaffey, 53, of Berwick, passed away suddenly on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at his home.

Born in Jersey Shore on June 21, 1967, he was a son of the late Verena (Seyler) Galentine and Kenneth Mahaffey. He attended Williamsport area schools. Most recently he was employed at Tri County Lumber.

John enjoyed spending his down time relaxing with his dog, Lady.

He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Samantha Williams, Berwick; 3 grandchildren; sisters, Hope Sprouse, MS; Helen Wheeler, Lockhaven; Kim Merril,

Lockhaven; brothers, Dwayne Mahaffey, Mississippi; Mike Galentine, Williamsport; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no public services at the request of his family. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting his family.

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Eugene R. Harmon Jr, 57, of Berwick passed away suddenly on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at home.

Born in Berwick on December 18, 1962, he is the son of Theresa P (Gordner) Harmon of Nescopeck and the late Eugene R. Harmon. He attended Berwick Schools and graduated from Columbia Montour Vo-Tech School. Gene worked an several local businesses throughout his life.

In his spare time, Gene enjoyed making jewelry and liked working on cars.

In addition to his mother, he will be greatly missed by his girlfriend, Mary Burger, with whom he resided; sisters: Theresa Probst, Berwick; Barbara Terry and husband Robert, Nescopeck; Tracy Eager and husband Scott, Lenhartsville; brother, Joseph Harmon and wife Beth, Berwick; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his father, Eugene who passed away in 2004, he was preceded in death by a sister in infancy, Tammy Harmon.

A viewing will be held from 6:00-8:00 pm on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. A service with a time of sharing will follow at 8:00 pm.

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Barry “Kim” Zimmerman, 80, of Nescopeck passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at home, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Berwick on February 19, 1940, he was a son of the late Leroy and Lois (Knorr) Zimmerman. He was a graduate of Nescopeck High School, class of 1959. After graduation, Kim enlisted in the US Air Force and served until 1963. After and honorable discharge, he was employed by Ford Motor Company in New Jersey. After returning to Pennsylvania, he worked in the maintenance department for the Berwick School District, until retiring in 2012, at age 72.

Kim was a car enthusiast and has owned several cars over the years. He enjoyed working on them and taking them to car shows. He liked playing and watching sports. In high school he played basketball; his teammates called him “Air Barry” because he was good at making baskets. He rooted for the Boston Celtics, and also enjoyed baseball.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 50 years, Carol J. (Brown) Zimmerman; son, Kimber Zimmerman and wife Rebecca, Nescopeck; daughter, Joey Belcher and husband Bob, Nescopeck; 4 grandchildren: Georgia, Noah, Jamie and Abraham; a sister, Nancy Watts, Nescopeck; brother, Lanny Zimmerman and wife Roseanne, SC; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Zimmerman and a sister, Ruth Pecora.

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

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Robert J. “Whiz” Rupert, 91, of Milton passed away on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at Nottingham Village, Northumberland, where he was a guest since August.

Born in Mifflinville on January 7, 1929, he was a son of the late Robert W. and Mamie F. (Robinholt) Rupert. He graduated from Bloomsburg High School in 1948. In December 1949, he enlisted in the US Army where he served on active duty until 1952, during the Korean War, and received the Korean Service medal with 5 Bronze Service Stars and United Nations Service Medal. Earlier this year, he was notified he was a recipient of the Ambassador for Peace medal, which he received recently. Whiz worked at Magee Carpet for several years, and later he retired from Lear Seigler Inc. (LSI), Bloomsburg where he was employed as a truck driver for over 20 years.

In 1954, he married the love of his life, Joanne (George) Rupert, with whom he would have celebrated 66 years of marriage on December 11th. They enjoyed spending time together, especially traveling to Florida for the winter, and during the summer, camping at Hidden Valley Campground, Mifflinburg, where they were members for over 40 years.

Whiz was a life and charter member of the Lime Ridge Fire Company and also a member of Espy Fire Company. He was a life member of Moose Lodge 1396, Mifflinburg. He enjoyed roller skating, square dancing, playing baseball and league bowling, as well as hunting.

In addition to his wife, Joanne, he will be greatly missed by his daughter, Ruth Ann Wilson and husband Vince, Levittown, PA; Diann Shamburg and husband Rich, Watsontown; son, Ron Rupert and wife Kim, Clermont, FL; 4 grandchildren, Jessica, Andrew, Stephanie and Evan; and 2 great granddaughters, Ella and Fiona. He also leaves behind sisters, Lois V. Rupert, Lime Ridge and Joyce M. Ansbach, Berwick; a brother, Larue G. “Pappy” Rupert, Lime Ridge and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers: William L.; Harold E. and Floyd L. Rupert; a sister, Elizabeth Roeder; brothers-in-law, Eugene Roeder and Daniel Ansbach; sisters-in-law, Emily Rupert and Beverly Rupert.

At Whiz’s request there will be no public services. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is entrusted with arrangements.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Lime Ridge Fire Company or Espy Fire Company.

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Brian J. Lynn, 65, of Nescopeck passed away on Saturday, October 24, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville after a short battle with Glioblastoma.

Brian was born in Berwick on February 24, 1955. He is the son of Sally (Fenstermacher) Zeiser of Nescopeck and the late Leonard Lynn. He graduated from Berwick High School, class of 1974. For 33 years, he was employed at PP&L which became Talen Energy. He worked at the Susquahanna nuclear plant, and later as a heavy equipment operator at the Montour power plant in Washingtonville. He retired in 2017.

Brian had a passion for reading, studying and learning about everything. He enjoyed motorcycle riding. He was a talented wood craftsman and took pride in any projects or jobs he worked on.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Kathleen “Kathy” (Trenholm) Lynn with whom he celebrated 42 years of marriage in September; cherished daughter, Kathryn Finch and husband Richard B Finch, Berwick; and adored granddaughter, Beatrice Finch. He also leaves behind a brother, David Zeiser of Connecticut; sister, Deborah Potter, Nescopeck; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Leonard “Leo” Lynn.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the convenience of the family. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting his family.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the McBride Memorial Library, 500 N Market St, Berwick, PA 18603 or The Hope Center, 650 Harter Avenue, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

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Richard “Rick” Eyerly Johnson, 70, of Berwick, died on October 22, 2020 at his home.

He was the son of the late Maynard R. Johnson and Helen L. (Eyerly) Johnson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Scott.

Rick overcame many challenges in his life, but although he fiercely fought his final challenge, he could not win the fight. He was a mentor to many who would attest to the support and guidance he gave them.

Rick worked at the Berwick Enterprise with his father and brothers, the Bechtel Power Corp, and along with his wife owned the Lookout Motor Lodge and Restaurant for 10 years. Rick was a talented craftsman and his home, which most people know as “The Cottage”, is a testament to his abilities.

He leaves behind his wife of 41 years, Jennifer (Laubach) Johnson and two sons; Travis K. Johnson and wife Bethany, and Major Ryan R. Johnson and wife Morgan; seven grandchildren: Makenna, Ava, Cooper, Eyerly, Emmerson, Jeremy, and Henry. Rick is also survived by brothers; Emmet and wife Judy; Ron and wife Donna; Joe and wife Judy; and several nieces and nephews.

To say he will be missed is an understatement. His kindness, warmth and humor will be missed by everyone who knew him.

There will be no service. The family is planning a Celebration of Life at “The Cottage” next summer. Memorial contributions can be made in Rick’s honor to McBride Library, 500 N Market St, Berwick, PA 18603; Berwick Theater, 110 E Front Street, Berwick; or Berwick Boulevard Association, PO Box 892, Berwick.

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Dennis L. Cronin, 77, of Benton Township passed away on Friday, October 23, 2020 at home, with his family by his side.

Born in Dunkirk, NY, on June 24, 1943, he was a son of the late Donald E and Gertrude E (Crowell) Cronin. He graduated from Lakeshore High School and attended college to become Advanced Life Support Technician. In 1963 he entered the US Navy and served until 1967, during the Viet Nam War. After an honorable discharge, Dennis worked as a bridge operator for Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna NY for 14 years. Prior to retiring, he was employed as a security Guard for US Security in New York.

Dennis loved to cook and spent most of his time in the kitchen. He liked spending time at home, especially with his family.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Diana L. Adams, with whom he shared the past 35 years; sons: Bryan Cronin, Lititz, PA; Donald Cronin and wife Keri, Silver Creek, NY; daughters: Sarah Cronin, at home; Jennifer Cronin, Henderson, NY; Tara Cronin, Buffalo, NY; 10 grandchildren; brothers, Edward Cronin and wife Linda, FL; Jesse Cronen, MS; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Lauren Cronin; and brother, Roger Belch.

At the request of the family, there will be no public services. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is entrusted with arrangements.

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Christopher A. Gumpy, 50, of Berwick, fell asleep in death on Wednesday October 14, 2020, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on October 1, 1970, he was a son of Sharon (Engle) Gumpy and Dennis Gumpy of Berwick. He attended Woodland High School, California.

Christopher was a talented, self-taught drummer who was very accomplished, and enjoyed playing the drums in his band, Shattered Silence. He also liked to work out and play basketball and tennis.

In addition to his parents he will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 15 years, Lavonda R. (Tunstall) Gumpy, Berwick; daughter, Constance; step-son, Sebastian Buntin; sister, Leah Gumpy, Berwick; niece, Brieanna Gumpy, Berwick. He also leaves behind an uncle, Walter Engle and wife Sharon of Benton; an aunt, Shirley of Woodland, CA; and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his uncle, George Gumpy in July 2011.

At his request there will be no public services. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is entrusted with arrangements.

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Sharon L. (Liljeros) Goho, 71, of Berwick, passed away on Friday, October 16, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on August 25, 1949, she was a daughter of the late George and Madeline “Madge” (Spayder) Liljeros. She graduated from Northwest Area High School in 1969. Sharon was devoted to her family and spent most of her life as a homemaker.

She was a member of Orangeville United Methodist church. She had an interest in Native American culture and enjoyed going to Pow Wow’s. In her spare time, she liked to knit and go shopping. She also liked the Pittsburgh Steelers. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her son, Louis Liljeros and wife Jeanna, Shickshinny; daughters, Brenda Goho, Numidia; Vicky Minnick, Benton; Tina Goho, Milton; 7 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren. She also leaves behind a brother, Larry Liljeros of Dalton; and sister, Rose Marie Genovese of Erie, PA.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 25 years, Ernie Goho; and a brother, Daniel Kanjorski.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is entrusted with arrangements.

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Glenn L. Whitmire, 78, of Hetlerville, passed away peacefully on October 14, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, surrounded by his family.

Glenn was born on June 14, 1942 in Berwick, he was a son of the late Kimber and Irene (Davis) Whitmire. He graduated from Berwick High School in 1960. In 1962, he married Judy Wolfe and for the past 5 decades have resided in Hetlerville. Glenn worked at Dana Corporation retiring after 30 years.

He was a long time member of Berwick Assembly of God. He enjoyed the old hymns and ministering in his earlier years in nursing homes. He also loved reading his bible. He was looking forward to voting for the Republican party in the upcoming election.

Besides his loving wife Judy A. (Wolfe) Whitmire, he is survived by his son, Nick Whitmire, Berwick; daughter, Tonya Combs and husband Garry, Wisconsin; granddaughters, Tarra Christenson and husband Zach, Wisconsin; Megan Maydick and husband Chris, Colorado; and 4 great grandchildren. He also leaves behind brothers, Jim Whitmire, Berwick; Duane Whitmire and wife Nancy, Berwick; and sister, Ruthann Wagner and husband Dean, Mifflinville.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Tessa Whitmire; brothers, Bob and Leon Whitmire; and a sister, Leona Whitmire.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Julia R. (DiPippa) Bardo, 100, of Berwick, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 15, 2020, at her home.

Born in Berwick on February 28, 1920 she was a daughter of the late Salvatore and Maria (Gialanella) DiPippa. She attended Berwick High School. Julia owned and operated Ardis Kepner, a women’s clothing shop, for many years.

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, St. Mary’s, Berwick, where she sang in the choir. She was also a member of the National Association of Professional Women. Julia had a wonderful voice and loved to sing. She sang at many weddings for friends and family. She also enjoyed playing bridge and watching television.

She will be greatly missed by her son, John Bardo and wife April, Berwick; step grandchildren, Christine Donmoyer and husband Dr. Lorren Donmoyer, Berlin, Maryland; Zach Laubach and wife Kelly, Catawissa; step great grandchildren, Logan, Catrina, Mason, and Sophia “Rosie”; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Theron Bardo, Jr. in 2010; brothers, Louie, Charles, Anthony, and John DiPippa; sisters, Elizabeth Owens, Lena McHenry, Adaline Benscoter.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church, 1730 Fowler Avenue, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Gloria D. Shrader, 96, formerly of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 under hospice care in Kissimmee, Florida.

Born in Berwick on September 5, 1924, she was the only child of Harold and Hazel (Stackhouse) Raseley. She graduated from Berwick High School, class of 1942 and went on to Harrisburg Polyclinic Hospital where she earned her registered nursing degree. She worked as a registered nurse until her oldest child was born and she stopped to raise her family.

Gloria was a member of First Baptist Church, Berwick. She was an avid reader until a few years ago when her eyesight would no longer allow.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Fredric “Ted” Shrader in 1992; a son, Donald “Doc” Shrader; brother-in-law, Donald Shrader; and in-laws, Donald & Madeline Shrader.

She leaves behind a son, Kurt Shrader and wife Karen, Kissimmee, FL; daughter-in-law, Gloria Shrader, Bel Air, MD; 6 grandchildren, Kevin, Kristi, Kelly, Kevin, Kristin, and DJ; and 6 great grandchildren.

A Graveside Service will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 1:00 PM at Elan Memorial Park, Old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg, with Pastor Debbie Copeland officiating.

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E. Eugene Redline, 91, of Hemlock Township passed away on Friday, October 9, 2020 at the Gardens at Orangeville, where he was a guest for the past year.

Born in Espy on March 8, 1929, he was a son of the late Richard A. and Elsie (Eyer) Redline. He graduated from High School in Espy. Eugene was employed at Sea Isle Sportswear where he was a sewing machine mechanic at 5 of company’s factories. He also owned and operated his own sawmill and had a coal delivery route.

Eugene was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Buckhorn. He was a member of West Berwick Hose Company, Ranger Hose Company, Berwick and the Elks Lodge 1138, Berwick. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and trapping. He also liked “easy listening” music and watching Lawrence Welk.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 36 years, Denisia A. (Holloway) Redline; sons, James Stegonshek and wife Diane, Bensalem; Joseph Stegonshek, Bloomsburg; daughter, Karen Petiak and husband Paul, Wapwallopen; grandchildren: Angela Diramio; Allison Kerstetter; Jennifer Morrison; James Stegonshek Jr; Ashley Towhey; great grandchildren: Aiden, Asher and Ainsley Diramio; Joe, Sean and Evelyn Morrison; Nathan Stegonshek; and Bryce Towhey, all of whom he adored. He is also survived by a sister, Shirley Fenstermacher, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Edward Stegonshek; and brother, Charles Redline.

Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, there will be no public services. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is entrusted with arrangements.

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Charles H. “Chic” Dent II, 76, of Mifflinville passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Bloomsburg on July 2, 1944, he was a son of the late Charles H. and Audrey J. (Rarich) Dent, Sr. He was a graduate of Central Columbia High School, class of 1962, and attended Bloomsburg State College. In 1964, he enlisted in the US Army Reserves and served honorably until 1967. During his entire adult life, Chic was employed as a truck driver. Most recently, he worked for Walmart, retiring in 2013.

On April 25, 1964, he married Barbara L. (Stout) Dent, and together they raised 3 sons. She passed away in January of this year, ending a marital span of nearly 56 years.

Chic was a member of Lightstreet United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 273, Bloomsburg and Oriental Lodge 460 F & AM, Orangeville. He was a former member of the Teamsters Union. Chic loved hunting and was a member of Brookside Lodge Hunting Club. He liked fishing, especially at Pine Creek, as well as golfing. After their retirement, he and his wife enjoyed taking the motor coach to their favorite vacation spots in Montana, Utah and Wyoming, and all points in between. They loved their dogs, “Spike”, “Toot”, “Heidi”, “Molly”, “Katie” and the most recent addition, “Cody”.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Charles H. “Chuck” Dent III; and a grandson, Hayes Seven Dent.

He will be greatly missed by his sons: Michael L. Dent of Salem, UT; and Christopher R. Dent and fiancé Kimmie Soberick, Tybee Island, GA; grandchildren: Charles M. Dent, Panama Beach, FL; Jessica R. Dent, Fredericksburg, VA; Victoria M. Dent, Lock Haven, PA; Elizabeth A. Dent, Bedford, PA; and a great granddaughter, Braelynn R. Weaver. He also leaves behind his sisters: LuAnn Everitt and husband Al; Donna Farver; brother, Rick Dent and wife Peggy, all from Bloomsburg; and several nieces and nephews.

At Chic’s request there will be no public services.

In lieu of flowers, his request is that you vote for a conservative republican in the upcoming election.

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Bonnie L. (Boone) Rustay, 61, of Shickshinny passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at her home.

Born in New Orleans, LA on August 2, 1959, she was a daughter of the late Newton E. and Merline A. (Crouchet) Boone, Sr. She was raised and educated in Berwick. For 19 years, Bonnie was employed at Five Mountains Market in Shickshinny.

She had a love for lollipops and chocolate milkshakes. Her dog, “Jacks” was her buddy and always by her side. Shopping online and eating Panera Broccoli Cheddar soup were her favorite. She also loved going to the beach and putting her feet in the sand, as well as spending time with her grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 41 years, Dennis R. Rustay, Sr; sons: Dennis R. Rustay, Jr, Mocanaqua; Michael Rustay and wife Amy, Wapwallopen; 5 adored grandchildren: Kyra; Deanna; Tori; Chyanne and Kendra; her brother, Gene Boone and wife Julie, Nescopeck; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Boone, in infancy.

At Bonnie’s request there will be no public services. A private Celebration of Life will be held at the convenience of the family. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is entrusted with arrangements.

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Jeannette (Shaffer) Thomas, 77, of Nescopeck, passed away on Sunday, October 4, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born on December 18, 1942 in Berwick she was a daughter of the late Mary (Bonner) and Raymond Shaffer, Sr. She was a graduate of Central Columbia High School class of 1961. Jeannette worked at Berwick Knitwear as a supervisor until its closing. She later was employed at the Super 8 Motel in Mifflinville until her health started to decline.

Jeannette was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mifflinville. In her younger years she liked to go camping and fishing with her husband. She also liked to do puzzles, needle point work and read. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her husband of 58 years, Richard E. Thomas, at home; daughters, Glenda Lanning, Nescopeck; Janelle Kalbach and husband Edward, Berwick; beloved grandchildren, Adam Isherwood, Berwick; Alicia Isherwood and companion Adam, Nescopeck; Kylee Hoze, Berwick; Kassidy Kalbach, Berwick; adored great grandchildren, Jayda, Marcus, and Axel. She also leaves behind sister, Peggy Yost and husband Rod, Stillwater; and brother, Jack Shaffer and wife Carol, Berwick.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Raymond Shaffer II.

At the families request there will be no services.

Memorial contributions are suggested to her family to help defray her final expense.

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Timothy Laubach, Jr., 58 years of age, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

He was born on April 8, 1962 in Berwick to Susan Laubach and the late Timothy Laubach, Sr. He was the oldest of 5 children. Timothy attended Berwick High School.

Timothy’s greatest enjoyment was spending time outdoors. He liked camping and fishing. He also had a passion for woodworking. He loved to spend time building model gas cars with his son.

He is survived by his two children, Merisa DiRocco and husband Anthony, Oxford; Trent Laubach, Berwick; sisters, Karin Suzadail, Fleetwood; Kimberly Bittle, Albrightsville; Kristin Beegle, Chambersburg; Kristine Koehler, Allentown; 2 grandchildren Giuliana and Dante; several nieces and nephews; and the rest of his family and friends.

Services are private at the request of his family.

The family of Timothy Laubach wishes to thank the Geisinger Medical CICU team. Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Liver Foundation at https://liverfoundation.org/for-patients/donate-now/ .

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The family of Rayshaun M. Stepney, is sad to announce that the sun set for him on Sunday, September 27, 2020.

His sunrise was on August 28, 1987 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was born to Katherine (Stepney) Lovely of Berwick and Carlos Davis. He attended Berwick High School, and was most recently employed at Maple Donuts, York, PA.

Rayshaun was a very intelligent young man and very outgoing. He was a friend to everyone he met. He was the kind of person who would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. He would help anyone in need, even though he was going through his own struggles in life. Rayshaun liked to read, watch TV, listen to music, and hang out with friends. Most of all, he loved to spend time with his family, especially his daughter, Tiana, and niece and nephew, Ivyanna and Myles, whom he adored.

In addition to his mother, Katherine; stepfather, Darryl Lovely; and father, Carlos, he leaves to cherish his memory his daughter, Tiana L. Levan; stepdaughter, Jensen Levan; brothers, Darious Stepney, Berwick; and Kyron Stepney, Berwick; a niece, Ivyanna Stepney; a nephew, Myles Stepney; Uncles, sonny Morris and Bobby Coleman; and the family pet, “Bruce”. He will also be missed by a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends in Mississippi and many other states.

He was preceded in death by his wife Shawndra Michelle (Alley) Stepney; grandmothers, Ella Wea Stepney and Nervia L. Coleman; great grandmother Letha McGowan; grandfathers, Arthur Van Stepney and Chattis Robertson; aunt, Charlotte Coleman; uncles Woodrow Stepney, Roy James, and Robert Skelvin; and family pet, Patches.

A visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 PM on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Rayshaun will be laid to rest in Columbia, Mississippi, with his family, in Stepney Cemetery.

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Arthur G. Ryman Jr, 54, of Nescopeck Township passed away on Thursday, September 24, 2020 after a valiant battle with cancer.

Born in Berwick on December 31, 1965, he was the son of the late Arthur G. and Patricia A. (Heintzelman) Ryman Sr. He attended Berwick High School. “JR” was a farmer his entire life. As a child he helped on the family farm when they raised dairy cows, and later as they became a produce farm. He worked in the produce stand, and along with his good friend of 28 years, Charlie Lehman, he took goods to the farmers market for many years.

“JR” loved baking and making wreaths for the holidays.

He will be greatly missed by his sister, Lisa Ryman of Catawissa; a niece, Alexandra P. Portelli; several friends including Kelly Balliet, Linda Danko and Melissa Cooper, who were also his caregivers during his illness.

At the convenience of the family, a private graveside service will be held in Rose Lawn Cemetery, where he will be buried with his parents. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is entrusted with arrangements.

Family and friends are welcome to attend a cancer benefit which will include a Mud Bog, Basket Raffle, and Horseshoe Tournament, scheduled to be held from 1:00 to 5:00 PM on October 17, 2020 at 249 Pond Hill Mountain Road, Wapwallopen. Contributions in his name can be mailed in care of Kelly Balliet to address above, to help defray his final expenses.

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Stephen R. “Rundy” Stout, 80, of Mifflinville passed away peacefully on Friday, September 25, 2020, surrounded by his loving family.

Born at home in Bloomsburg on August 25, 1940, he was the son of Leroy and Winifred (Morrison) Stout. He graduated from Bloomsburg High School, class of 1958, and enlisted in the US Navy, where he served on the USS Purdy from 1958 to 1962 as a mechanist mate. After an honorable discharge, he began working for P.P. & L. out of Lightstreet, and retired as lineman supervisor, after 38 years.

Rundy was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mifflinville. He was a life member of the Bloomsburg Elks and Moose Lodge, a life member of the NRA and the National Wild Turkey Federation. He was a volunteer fire fighter and life member of the Winonas which became the Bloomsburg Fire Department, a life member of Mifflin Township Volunteer Fire Department, and an honorary member of Reliance Fire Company, Berwick. Rundy was the last of the original delivery guys for the Reliance Lenten Fish Fry. In the 1960’s he helped coach the Bloomsburg Rams and Steelers midget football teams for his nephews and later, was head coach of the Miff-Ridge Bandits midget football for his son. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He liked spending time with his family and loved attending his grandchildren’s sporting events. He will be greatly missed by his beloved wife, Trudy A. (Wynings) Stout with whom he would have celebrated 50 years of marriage on October 17th; daughter, Bridgett Coolbaugh and husband Bill, Berwick; son, Aaron Stout and wife Jaime, Bloomsburg; cherished grandchildren: Madison Coolbaugh; Haydee Stout; Jared Coolbaugh and wife Jackie; and Sierra Sabol; precious great grandson, Ivan Coolbaugh; and sister-in-law, Deb Wynings.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters and two nephews.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 E. Third St, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to Reliance Fire Company, 501 W Third St, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Thomas A. DeWald, Sr, 83 of Berwick passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Noxen on March 10, 1937, he was one of 4 children born to the late Brady and Harriet (Conrad) DeWald. Thomas was a student of the last graduating class from Huntington Mills High School. At the age of 19 he began working at National Starch and Chemical Corporation in Plainfield, NJ. He started as a laborer in a low- level position, and with hard work and brilliance, he worked his way to Supervisor, who oversaw several departments including Experimental Development. For most of his career he worked at the New Jersey plant. When it closed in 1991, he was relocated to the Hazleton plant, and after over 40 years of employment, he retired on June 1, 1997. He was well respected and “a good man to work for”. Over the years, he received several awards for his dedication.

He was a self-taught mechanic who had a small garage at his home where he repaired cars for extra money. He worked hard to support his wife and children, and he provided well for them. May summers, he was able to take time to travel throughout the United States with them, an opportunity they will be forever grateful.

Thomas was a life member of the NRA and a Trump supporter. He was a life member of the Little Fishing Creek Gun Club in Millville where he helped as a groundskeeper, and a member of the Nescopeck Gun Club. He was an avid gun collector and enjoyed target shooting.

He treasured spending his retirement with his family and will be greatly missed by his wife, Dolores A. (Yaple) DeWald with whom he celebrated 64 years of marriage on August 25th; daughters: Donna Sackie and husband James, Berwick; Wendy Parenti and companion Michael Quigley, Nanticoke; Jill Kaiser and husband John II, Berwick; sons fiancé, Connie Todd DeWald; adored grandchildren: Wayne, Brandon, Taylor, Tessa, Jared, Jesse and Rachael; cherished great grandchildren: Adilynn, Anderson, Nolan, Jackson and Ryan. He also leaves behind his Papillon Shadow, “Ruby”, who was always at his side.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Thomas A. DeWald, Jr; a brother, Russell DeWald and sister, Charlotte Fostner.

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

Mrs. DeWald would like to thank and praise the staff at Geisinger Medical Center and everyone who provided care for Thomas during his illness.

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Franklin E. Van Sickle, 57, of Nescopeck, passed away on Friday, September 18, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Ankara, Turkey he was a son of the late Elloyd (Henry) Glasheen and Sterling E. Van Sickle. He graduated in 1982 from Robinson High School in Tampa, Florida. He worked at PennDOT for the last 10 years.

Frank liked camping and stargazing. He was an avid NASCAR and sci-fi fan. He also enjoyed muscle cars and attending car shows. Most of all he loved spending time with his family and volunteering for the Berwick Band Boosters with his kids.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 20 years, Marina L. (Burnell) Van Sickle, at home; children, Jennifer Mercauto and husband Christopher, Berlin, New Hampshire; Mackenzie Van Sickle, Nescopeck; Chase Van Sickle, Nescopeck; sister, Sharon Van Sickle and wife Laura Mustered, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

A memorial service will be held at 7:00 PM on Friday, September 25, 2020 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 5:00 PM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Berwick Band Boosters, 1100 Fowler Avenue, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Frances Maria Campbell joined the Lord on September 19, 2020 at 1:32 AM.

She was born to Doris Campbell Hines of Berwick and the late Donald Campbell on March 12, 1965 in Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn NY. Her early education was received in Brooklyn, NY and Allentown, PA. She graduated from Bob Jones University in South Carolina where she received her bachelor’s degree in 1986 to become a Registered Nurse. Through the years, she completed other courses for the elderly. Frances worked at many hospitals including Mercy Hospital, Bloomsburg Hospital, and most recently Berwick Hospital for 13 ½ years in the Behavioral Unit.

The greatest joy for Frances were her children: son, Durell and daughter, Bethany, who lit up her life like the morning star. Close to that, was her love of people. She led a life of sharing, giving, and seeing other people smile. She also loved her bible group and neighbors. Frances had a strong faith, and nothing was more important than following Jesus Christ.

In addition to her mother and children, she will be greatly missed by her brothers, Donald Campbell and companion Kathy Sower of Berwick; Garret Campbell and wife Jenea of Hephzibah, GA; sister, Veronica Campbell Casaldi and husband James Daniel Casaldi, of Berwick; aunts, uncles, and an ocean of nieces and nephews including Doris and Daryl Campbell, who she helped raise.

Besides her father, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Campbell.

A viewing will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck, followed by a time of sharing at 7:00 PM.

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Richard H. Drumheller, Jr., 65, of Berwick, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at his home.

Born in Berwick on July 18, 1955, he was a son of Eileen J. (Titus) Switzer of Bloomsburg and the late Richard H. Drumheller, Sr. He attended Berwick High School. He served in the United States Marine Corps. He retired from Haines & Kibblehouse Group, LLC and was currently employed part time at Team Green, LLC.

Richard was a member of Polish Falcons Nest 163, Mocanaqua, Berwick VFW Post 821, and the American Legion Post 495, Shickshinny.

He loved his family and enjoyed spending as much time as possible with them. He also liked to sell different items on eBay.

In addition to his mother, he will be greatly missed by his loving fiancé of 12 years, Colette M. Domanski, at home; brothers, Michael Bridle and wife Amber, Beach Haven; David Switzer and wife Terri, Hobbie; Bill Switzer, Berwick; sister, Heather Pierce and husband Bob, Berwick; daughter, Amber Drumheller, Danville; son, Kyle Piatt and wife Sabrina, Berwick; step-sons, Michael Domanski and wife Deanna, Berwick; Christopher Domanski, Berwick; step-daughters, Carissa Domanski, Mifflinville; Lyndsey Kramer and companion Shawn Balazs, Bloomsburg; 11 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Jim and Ida Drumheller and maternal grandparents, Lillian and Frank Titus.

A funeral service will be held at 4:00 PM on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 2:00 PM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to PA Pets. You can go online to donate at pennsylvaniapets.org/donate.

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It is with profound sadness that the family of Randy L. Sudol, Sr, formerly of Bloomsburg, announce his unexpected departure into eternal peace on Friday, September 11, 2020. He was 54.

A beloved husband and father will be forever missed and loved by his wife of over 30 years, Kandy L. Sudol, 51, his son, Randy L. Sudol, Jr, 29, and his daughter, Kayla L. Sudol, 32, all of Wapwallopen. He will also be missed by several nieces, nephews, including Chris Knopp, and other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, mother, Linda (Sterling) Sudol and father, Terry “Joe” Sudol, of Bloomsburg, he is preceded in death by a daughter, Kaddie M. Sudol, who died in 2012 at the age of 24; and in-laws, Ervin and Barbara Eisenhauer.

Born on October 9, 1965, in Bloomsburg, Randy was a high School graduate of Columbia-Montour Vocational Technical School, where he took an interest in automotive technology. After graduation, he became a union carpenter. He worked tirelessly for over 30 with the Carpenter Local Union 431. He spent a lot of his career as a dedicated, hardworking, and very well respected supervisor for a power plant located at Brunner Island in York, PA, after which he became a supervisor for Vertical Access of Pittsburg.

While still an active union member, he decided to open his own construction business, Built Rite Construction Services. His business focused on home remodel, installation services and much more. His business was an important part of his life and will be continued by his son. He was known and appreciated for his ability to work hard and respected for his performance. He also had an interest in mechanical work.

As a devoted father, he spent his time teaching his children the importance of respect, integrity, and loyalty. He was also a devoted husband and friend. He was an avid gun collector. He was interested in politics and was a firm believer in the Second Amendment and the United States Constitution. He was an animal lover who recently took up training his female German Shepherd, Syren. He spent a lot of time with her out in his work trailer and shed while working cars and the house. There was always a mixture of the sound of hard rock music and barking.

He was a compassionate and loyal person. He spent much of his off-time working, along side his best friend, fixing cars and remodeling homes. He would help the people in his community whether it was running around trying to catch their dogs or offering his assistance in any way he could. He was very well respected by everyone he met.

Family will receive friends, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, September 18, 2020 at Heller Funeral Home LLC, Nescopeck.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to his family and mailed c/o Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third St, Nescopeck, PA 18635 to help with final expenses.

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William L. Daily, 86, of Wapwallopen passed away on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at Berwick Retirement Village where he was a guest for the past 3 years.

Born in Pond Hill on August 7, 1934, he was a son of the late Evelyna (Hess) Gearhart and Robert Daily. He was educated in Pond Hill, Mocanaqua and Shickshinny schools. Bill worked as a plumber with Roland Martz Plumbing for many years and retired from Dana Corp. in Berwick.

He was a member of St. John UCC, Wapwallopen. Bill enjoyed hunting and fishing, as well as riding snowmobiles. He planted a garden each year and then helped preserve the food. He also like bird watching and could identify birds by their song. He loved spending time with his granddaughters and often accompanied Serena when she attended rodeos and supported Tanya, Erica and Talia by going to their softball games.

He will be greatly missed by his son, Keith Daily and wife Nadine, Nescopeck; daughter, Elaine Williams and husband Daniel, Berwick; grandchildren: Tanya Ryman, Erica Oliveri, Talia Williams and Serena Williams; a brother Robert “Bob” Daily and wife Pegg, TN; Ruth Ann Wyda and husband Lonnie, Elmira NY; Jean Wyda and Kenny, Elmira NY; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father and mother, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Janice L. (Arnold) Daily on April 18, 2018; and stepfather, Donald Gearheart.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor James Stanley officiating. Burial will follow in Slocum Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 10:00 am until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St John’s UCC, 416 Church Street, Wapwallopen, PA 18660.

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Robert O. Samsel, 88, of Nescopeck, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, September 3, 2020, at his home.

Born in Beach Haven on March 19, 1932 he was a son of the late James and Beatrice (Watts) Samsel. He was a graduate of Berwick High School class of 1949. After high school Bob spent 4 years in the United States Navy aboard the U.S.S Samuel B. Roberts DD823, as a radar operator. In 1967 he earned his degree in Business Education and in 1970 earned his masters for Business Education. During college he worked second shift at Wise Potato Chips. He was also employed at Metropolitan Life Insurance. Bob spent most of his life as a teacher, teaching at Northwest High School and later at Berwick High School. During his time at Berwick he also taught adults preparing them for their GED’s. He often referred to the years as a classroom teacher as providing the most personal satisfaction. Bob also worked for the PA Department of Education as a federal program auditor throughout the state.

He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, St. Mary’s, Berwick. He served as a eucharistic minister for several years and was a parish council president for 8 years. Bob was also active in the churches fund raising activities. He was also a member of the Diocesan Pastoral Council of the Harrisburg Diocese in the 1980’s. He was a life member of VFW Post 8227, Nescopeck; Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge #1138, Berwick; Nescopeck Fire Company. Robert was also a member of the National Tin Can Sailors Association, Penna Association of School Retirees, American Association of Retired Persons, Berwick Senior Circle, and he was a social member of Maria Assunta Society, Berwick.

Bob was also a member of Pi Omega Pi, the National Business Education Honor Society, which he joined when he was in college. He was a former chapter chairman of the Board of Directory Berwick chapter American Red cross. He worked in many United way campaigns within the school district.

Bob enjoyed spending his spare time attending ship reunions with his wife.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 68 years, Margaret (Kraynack) Samsel; brother, Jack Samsel and wife Lella; sister, Sally Knelly and husband Rick; brother-in-law, Joe Pataki; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, James Samsel; sisters, Betty Lou Pataki and Judith Samsel.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, September 11, 2020 at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church, 1730 Fowler Avenue, Berwick, with his pastor, Very Rev. Francis J. Tamburro officiating. A visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 pm on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Memorial contributions are suggested to the church.

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Robert C. “Bob” Cleaver “Worked at Dana, enjoyed traveling”

Robert C. (“Bob”) Cleaver, 87, of Berwick, passed away on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at his home.

He was born on October 28, 1932, a son of the late Charles Cleaver and Carrie (Mensinger).

He was married to the late Audrey (Bower) who preceded him in death in 2006, which ended a 54 year marriage.

Robert worked at Dana Corporation in Berwick for many years from which he retired.

He enjoyed traveling to various places such as Dollywood, Nashville, Tennessee, Lancaster and also to Canada to go fishing and watch the salmon jump. In his early years he and his wife and son Brian enjoyed camping.

He loved listening to country music and would listen to the Grand Ole Opry every Saturday night, also watching Lawrence Welk and the polkas.

He will be greatly missed by his 5 children: Robert C. Cleaver and wife (Deb), Gail Allen wife of Dennis, Sandra Tyrell and companion Jose Rivera, David Cleaver and wife Roberta (Bobbie) and Brian Cleaver.

Grandchildren-Dina, Christine, David, Sherry, Jamie, and the late James Stein.

Great grandchildren-Shaina, Gianna, Haley, Gavin, McKenzie, Emily, Evan, Hailey, Austyn, Darryk, and Lynzee.

He was especially fond of his sister-in-law and brother-in-law Gladys and Ginger.

Services will be private at the request of the family.

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Bonnie L. (DeFrain) Davis, 72, of Berwick, passed away peacefully with her husband at her side on Friday, September 4, 2020, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on November 1, 1947 she was a daughter of the late Charles and Irene (Lacomy) Andrews. She graduated from Berwick High School class of 1965. She went to Jomar Beauty School and earned her license in cosmetology. She owned Bonnie Davis Beauty Salon for 30 years.

Bonnie was a member of Mifflinville Firehall. She enjoyed playing cards and watching NASCAR racing. She was also a collector of frogs. Bonnie loved the company of her 2 loyal dogs, Gretchen and Abby.

She will be greatly missed by her husband of 53 years, Glenn T. Davis, at home; children: Brenda Straub and husband David, Watsontown; Wendy Colosimo and fiancé Todd Bower, Mifflinville; Brian Davis and companion Kim Shina, Berwick; grandchildren, David Straub, Jr., Marshall Straub, Ashley Straub, Draven Straub, Kayla Colosimo, Justin Seicko, and Kyle Davis; great-grandson, Liam; brother, Roland DeFrain, Berwick; and many nieces and nephew.

Services will be private at the request of the family.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Animal Resource Center, PO Box 439, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Stephen E. Probst, 68, of Berwick, passed away on Thursday, September 3, 2020, at his home.

Born in Berwick on April 30, 1952, he was a son of the late Theron and Audrey (Slusser) Probst. Steve attended Berwick area schools and later earned his GED during his time in the military. He served in the United States Marines from 1970 to 1977. Steve worked at Brown motors and Berwick area school district. Most recently, he was employed at Luzerne County Community College as a security guard.

He enjoyed NASCAR and racing sports. He was also an avid reader and loved to read westerns, science fiction, and military books.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 31 years, Theresa P. (Harmon) Probst, at home; sons, Stephen F. Probst and wife Vrony, Nescopeck; Shaun Probst and wife Leann, Nescopeck; 11 grandchildren. He also leaves behind a brother, Terry Probst and wife Cathy, Nescopeck; sister, Elizabeth Mowery and husband Darwin, Berwick; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 7:00PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 5:00 PM until the time of service.

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Dustin L. Traugh, 29, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 22, 2020.

Born in Danville on March 18, 1991, he was a son of Vickie L. (Babb) Traugh of Spring Hill, FL and the late Craig V. Traugh, Sr. Dustin was a 2009 graduate of Berwick High School and was employed at Wise Foods for several years. Most recently he helped with his Uncle Tim’ tree service.

Dustin spent most of his free time riding motorcycles and was a Pittsburg Steelers fan.

In addition to his mother, he will be greatly missed by his daughters, Adara and Peyton Traugh, Berwick; stepdaughter, Juliana Engle; brothers, Craig Traugh Jr and wife Marki, Berwick; Colby Traugh, Florida; sister, Genette Traugh and fiancé Scott Kolakowski, Bloomsburg; nieces: Madison, Emyrsyn, Carolyn, Everly and Amarah. He also leaves behind aunts and uncles: Lori and Gene Longenberger; Bobbie Jo “Pean” and Ryan Poust; Bob Longenberger; Lynn Babb; Tim Babb and Linda Edwards; Henry and Beverly Traugh; Barbara and Dennis Bogart; and numerous nieces and nephews including Travis and Samantha, who were like a brother and sister.

Besides his father, he was preceded by his grandparents, Henry and Carolyn Traugh Sr; and Lois Babb and William Babb.

A viewing will be held from 1:00-3:00 pm on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 E. Third St, Nescopeck. A Celebration of Life will follow starting at 3:30 pm at West Side Grove, Freas Ave and Eaton St, Berwick.

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Lois M. Stackhouse, 90, of Bethlehem passed away this past weekend at Old Orchard Nursing Home, Easton, where she was a guest for the past 6 weeks.

Born in Pond Hill on March 25, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Ralph M. and Erma A. (Ogin) Harter Sr. She was a graduate of Nescopeck High School. She was employed in the Berwick area and later in Bethlehem. In 1963 she left work, so she could be a devoted full-time wife and mother.

She was a member of St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Pond Hill. In her younger years, she liked camping with her family. She enjoyed watching PSU football.

In July of 1951, Lois married her husband Willard M. ‘Porky’ Stackhouse. He passed away on July 6, 1999 ending a marital span of 48 years.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Diane Condomitti and husband Dennis, Bethlehem; adored grandchildren, Jahren Condomitti and wife Melanie; Danielle Condomitti and husband Keven Kaintz; and cherished great granddaughter, Gemma. She also leaves behind a brother, Ralph Harter Jr and wife Donna, Nanticoke; a niece Rachel and nephew Ryan.

A funeral service will be held at 1:30 PM on Friday, August 28, 2020 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Pond Hill Cemetery where she will be buried next to her husband. A viewing will take place from 12:30 PM until the time of service.

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Donald E. Force, 86, passed into eternity with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at Nazareth Memory Center.

Born in Berwick on November 14, 1933, he was a son of the late Harold and Mary (Dietterick) Force. He graduated from Berwick High School and enlisted in the U.S Army. He served honorably from 1954 to 1956 and was stationed in Germany. Upon returning to the states, he worked at Clewell’s and Berwick Forge and Fabricating. He took over Force’s Garage, the family business, and worked there until he retired.

Don worshipped at Bethany UMC, Berwick and was an active member contributing his time and talents. He was also involved with prison ministry. For many years he was a Boy Scout Master of Troop 6, Berwick, and an Explorer Post. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, carpentry and traveling.

He is survived by his two children: Roy Force and wife Ginger of Berwick; Donna Horrax of Bloomsburg; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren. He also leaves behind brother, Dennis Force, Berwick.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Joanne (Dreisbach) Force and brother, David Force.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 at 6:30 PM at Bethany UMC, 116 Summerhill Avenue, Berwick, PA 18603 with Reverend Stephen Portner officiating. Family will receive friends from 6:00 PM until the time of service.

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John Navickas, 78, of Berwick passed away suddenly on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at home, after a long and hard, 15-year, battle against heart and lung disease.

Born in Jersey City, NJ, on January 8, 1942, he was a son of the late Edward and Julia (Ryan) Navickas. He was raised and educated in Harrison NJ, and in 1960, he enlisted in the US Army where he served honorably until 1962. John was employed as a union iron worker in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia for many years. Most recently he worked at the power plant, until his health forced him to retire at the age of 50.

John was a social member of several cubs and fire companies in the area, including the Slavonic Club, American Ukrainian Citizen’s Club, Eagle Hose and West Berwick Fire Company. He was a member of the VFW Post #821 Berwick, and #8227 Nescopeck. He liked playing the lottery, visiting the casino and playing cards. He enjoyed watching all kind of sports. He was a very social person who missed being able to get out and interact with others, especially over the past few months, due to his health and current restrictions.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, Sara I. (Eveland) Novickas, with whom he spent the past 30 years; sons: John, Keith and Mark Navickas of California; daughter, Jennifer Navickas, New Jersey; 7 grandchildren; sisters: Maureen Frank; Gladys Bolger and husband Matt, both of New Jersey; and several nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his beloved dogs, ‘Dasher’ and ‘Sammi’ who are lost without him.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Richard ‘Tiny’ Navickas; and fur babies, Cleo and Katie.

Services for John will be scheduled at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Sara Navickas, C/O Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635 to help defray his final expenses.

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Chrystal L. (Yenchick) Kester, 38, of Mifflinville Township, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Sunday, August 16, 2020.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on October 9, 1981 she was the daughter of Patricia (McKeegan) Slusser of Bloomsburg. She attended Bloomsburg High School. Chrystal worked at Bloomsburg University in the custodial department for 6 years.

First and foremost, she loved her kids, she was their biggest fan. She attended every school event they had. She was the favorite aunt that everyone ran to, her nieces and nephews loved their aunt “KeKe”. Chrystal liked to laugh and joke, she brought life to every gathering she attended. She also enjoyed music and dancing. Though she didn’t attend church regularly, she was a Christian at heart. Beautifully and wonderfully made.

In addition to her parents, she will be greatly missed by her husband, Russell Kester, at home; children, Austyn, Madison, and Isaac Kester; sisters, Candice Cotterman and husband James, Bloomsburg; Chastity Yenchick, Coal Township; Cynthia Yenchick, Bloomsburg; Amanda Slusser, Bloomsburg; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her step-father, Ricky Slusser; grandmother, Mary (Surim) McKeegan; aunts, Dorothy McKeegan and Kimberly McKeegan.

A viewing will be held on Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

In lieu of flowers please send donations in Chrystal's name to Central Columbia Wrestling Boosters, 394 Bissets Lane, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Peter J. Talanca, Jr, 73, lifelong resident of Berwick, passed away on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at his home, surrounded by his family.

Pete was born on September 24, 1946 in Berwick and was a son of the late M. Jean (Mageovage) Talanca and Peter J. Talanca, Sr. Through the years, he worked at several area businesses, including Consolidated Cigar.

Pete was a life member of Eagle Hose Company. He was an extra class amateur ‘ham’ radio operator, call sign NQ3G, which was one of his favorite hobbies. He also taught ham radio classes locally. He was a volunteer for 15 years, as Santa, with operation Santa Clause for Janet Weis Children’s Hospital. He played guitar with many bands including the ‘Scepters’. He was a collector of unique items. Pete was a tattoo artist and enjoyed photography. His photos won many ribbons at the Bloomsburg Fair.

Pete was a kind person who was respected and loved by all who knew him.

On May 15, 1965, he married his soulmate, Alice Ann (McCune) Talanca, and together they celebrated 55 years of marriage.

In addition to his loving wife, he will be greatly missed by his children: Peter J. Talanca III and wife Lynne, Berwick; Ramona Talanca Hess, Wapwallopen; Edward Talanca and wife Marsha, Berwick; Thomas ‘Tuck’ Talanca and wife Karen, Berwick; Jeremy Talanca and wife Tiffany, Berwick; 15 beloved grandchildren and 16 adored great grandchildren. He was looking forward to the birth of another great grandchild in December. He also leaves behind a sister, Maryann Talanca; brothers: John ‘Bill’ Talanca; Thomas M. Talanca; and Richard ‘Rick’ Talanca and wife Gina, a sister-in-law, Sally Boock and husband Robert; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Antonio Talanca, in infancy; son-in-law, Brian Hess; brother, Robert Talanca; and sister-in-law, Carolyn Boran.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to his wife, Alice, and mailed to 908J Circle Drive, Berwick, PA 18603, to help defray his final expenses.

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Rose M. Harner, 83, of Berwick passed away July 30, 2020 at her home, following a short battle with cancer.

Born in Berwick on February 11, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Dominic M. and Emma (D’Olimpio) Mattucci. She graduated from Berwick High School and worked as an office manager for Dr. Johnson and Dr. Albertson.

She enjoyed playing pinochle with a group once a week. Rose also enjoyed visiting the casino and shopping with her best friend, Jeannette.

She will be greatly missed by her sons: Eric Harner, AZ; and Dean Harner, Freeland; grandchildren: Anthony, Brianna, Megan, Jacob; and great grandchildren: Charlotte, Jesse, Leo and Ozzin.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband of over 50 years, Dennis C. Harner; and her sister, Betty Johnson.

At Rose’s request there will be no services. She will be buried in Pine Grove cemetery next to her husband. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting her family.

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Robert ‘Bobby’ E. Cragle, Jr, 39, of Berwick passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at Select Specialty Hospital, Danville after a long battle with ALS.

Born in Berwick on September 25, 1980, he was a son of Cynthia E. (Bartleson) Daum and her husband Harold L Sr of Berwick, and Robert E. Cragle Sr and his wife Cindy Robbins of Berwick. He was raised educated in Berwick and later attended Columbia Montour Vo-Tech. Bobby was a mechanic at Auto Lube, Berwick, leaving in 2013 when his health no longer allowed him to work.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a NASCAR racing fan who followed Jeff Gordon and later, Chase Elliott; and he liked watching football, always rooting for the 49ers. He loved spending time with his family, especially his children.

In addition to his parents, he will be greatly missed by his children: Dakotah Cragle, Cameron Cragle, Kyla Cragle and Robert E. Cragle III, all form Berwick; sisters: Brenda Nevel and husband Larry Jr, Berwick; Beth Cragle and husband Brandon Sponenberg, Berwick; Teena Whitmyer and husband Noah, Berwick; Tammy Paull and husband Greg, York Springs; Tracy Larizzio and husband Jack, Beach Haven; brothers: Harold Daum Jr, Berwick; Randy Daum, Sr and wife Beth, Berwick; 33 nieces and nephews; and 27 great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Donald and Ruby Cragle; and Ed and Carol Lawall.

Family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday, August 2, 2020 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, followed by a Time of Sharing beginning at 4:00. If you are planning to attend, please wear a mask.

In lieu of flowers, sponsorships for the ALS walk are suggested to Team Cragle. To donate, please contact a family member or go to http://web.alsa.org/site/TR/Walks/Philadelphia?team_id=388835

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Mona K. (Wiedwald) Brewer, 88, of Hobbie, passed away on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at Birchwood Healthcare and Rehabilitation.

Born in Somerville, New Jersey on April 15, 1932 she was the daughter of the late Gilbert and Katherine (VanPelt) Wiedwald. She was raised and educated in the Somerville area. She worked as a dental assistant for most of her life.

“Mickie” was an avid collector of antique dolls and enjoyed fixing them up to make them new again. She also liked to cook and paint.

She will be greatly missed by her husband of 34 years, Rick Sanseverino; close family friend, David; children, Nancy, and Gilbert; 1 grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Fredrick. At the family’s request there will be no public services.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Animal Resource Center, PO Box 439, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Scott E. Shirk, 42, of Berwick, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at the White Birch Inn Bed and Breakfast.

Born in New Hampshire on November 6, 1977, he was a son of the late William B. Shirk, Sr. and Carol S. (Brewster) Bossler and his stepfather, Jeffery Bossler. He graduated from Del Castle High School in Delaware in 1995. Scott worked many jobs over the years mostly in carpentry and electrical industries.

He was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan. Scott loved his family and spending time with them, He enjoyed wrestling with his children and nieces and nephews. He also liked to fish in his spare time.

He will be greatly missed by his children, Joyanna Shirk, Riddick Shirk, Martin Dudley III, Draven Dudley; grandson, Kyree; sister, Shawnda K. Shirk, Maryland; brothers, William B. Shirk, Jr., MD; Michael L. Shirk, Nevada; Brandon J. Shirk, Tennessee.; and several nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind many lifelong friends including, ‘lil sis’ Pricilla Silvey, Pennsylvania.

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

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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David G. Seigfreid, 82, of Shickshinny Valley went to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born on January 12, 1938, he was the youngest son of the late Alonzo and Edna (Gensel) Seigfreid. He attended Shickshinny Valley schools. Dave was part owner of Seigfreid Lumber until he retired in 2005.

He was a man of many talents and numerous jobs. His passion was logging, he knew every tree just by glancing at it. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, going to auctions and flea markets, camping and hunting, which was usually nap time in his tree stand.

He was the last living of five children, preceded in death by brothers: Harold, William Sr. and Walt; and a sister Betty.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of almost 63 years, Myrna (Traugh) Seigfreid, whom he loved dearly till his last day. He also leaves behind nephews: Byron (Mary) Seigfreid, of Shickshinny; Howard (Judy) Seigfreid, of Shickshinny; William Jr. (Sandra) Seigfreid, of Shickshinny; Jerry, and Ed Spaid of Wapwallopen; and niece, Debra (Kerry) Bach of Shickshinny. Also, surviving are his Godchildren: Julie Gorey of Wilkes-Barre; Logan Blanke of Berwick; Michael Rustay of Wapwallopen; and Dennis Rustay of Mocanaqua. Those boys were like his own children, and he treated their children, Kyra, Deanna, Tori, Chyanne, and Kendra, as his grandchildren. His dog, who was his cuddle buddy, ‘Angel’, will be lost without him.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:30 PM on Sunday, July 26, 2020 across the street from Shickshinny Valley Church, 279 Sawmill Road, Shickshinny, where he was a member. Pastors Dana Suttiff and Randy Boston will officiate. Please remember to wear a mask if you are planning to attend.

A special thank you to all his church family who prayed for countless hours for him and his wife during these difficult years.

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Gail L. (Hess) Manning, 66, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at her daughter’s home.

Born in Berwick on April 15, 1954, she was the daughter of the late Dorothy A. (Markle) and Leonard C. Hess, Sr. She graduated from Berwick High School in 1972. Many people remember Gail from her time working at Dunkin Donuts in Berwick, where she was employed for 11 years before she retired.

She was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Berwick. In her spare time Gail liked to crochet and has made many different items over the years. She enjoyed playing Bingo, and she loved “Chinese” auctions and going shopping. She treasured her times going camping with her husband and taking trips to the beach with her daughter.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 41 years, Terry Manning; daughters: Brenda Lutz, Berwick; Rebecca Hess and companion Joshua Hutton, South Carolina; Autumn Longenberger and husband Ron, Berwick; CaleyAnne Hummel, Lime Ridge; son, Kennith Manning and wife Ashley, Nescopeck; 14 grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren. She also leaves behind brothers, Leonard C. Hess, Jr. and wife Becky, Bloomsburg; Howard C. Hess, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews including, Crystal Hess.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is entrusted with arrangements.

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Edwin L. Neidig, 84, of 1536 Second Ave, Berwick died at home on July 13, 2020, under the care of Commonwealth Hospice.

Born on May 2, 1936, in Shamokin, he was the eldest son of the late Violet (Kerstetter) Neidig and Lewis Neidig of Shamokin. Edwin was a graduate of Shamokin High School. He served in the US Army in the early 1960’s, during the building of the Berlin Wall. After an honorable discharge, he attended Thompson Business School in the Harrisburg area, and received his barber and cosmetology license.

Edwin had a great fondness for his dogs and has had may over the years. He will be especially missed by his loyal companions, “Sparkey” and “Oliver”.

Edwin is survived by his companion and spouse, Al Somers, who resides in their home in Berwick. He is also survived by sisters, Shirley Paul of Columbus, OH; Jackie Shaibley of Danville, PA; brothers: John Reader of Sunbury, PA; and Harlan Wolf of Shamokin, PA, and nieces and nephews.

Edwin’s funeral will be private. He will be buried in Elan Memorial Park, Lime Ridge.

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of “Our beloved Dad”, Robert James Broody Sr. on Wednesday, July 8, 2020.

Born November 3, 1929 in Plymouth, PA he was the son of Anthony and Mary (Kancher) Broody. The family moved to Dallas, PA when he was in 7th grade. He graduated from Dallas Borough High School in 1948. Having the highest-class average in Math and Science, he was the recipient of the Bausch and Lomb Science award. After high school he worked in the family floral business.

He was exceptionally good with art. He drew pictures and passed them to the girl in the seat in front of him in study hall. He married her on July 30, 1950. Together they would have celebrated 70 loving and adventurous years together at the end of this month. Also, in 1950, on a 35-acre piece of land in rural Berwick, he and his brother George Sr. began growing gladiolas on “Edgewood Farms” which later became “Broody’s Greenhouse.” Dad was a member of the 967th National Guard Armored Field Artillery Unit which was activated during the Korean War. He served as a weapons mechanic. After an honorable discharge he returned to the farm.

On February 4, 1958 he was burned in an accident on the farm and was hospitalized for 3 years initially and was in and out for 2 or 3 months at a time. He came home to recuperate. Dad was an inspiration to us kids. He always said, “Every day is a good day, but some days are better than others.” He refused a disability pension and vowed to support his family.

Next, he graduated from Wilkes University in 1970 with a B.S. in commerce and finance, that same year his eldest daughter graduated from high school. Thus, began the “Berwick Floral Center” and later came, “Bloomsburg Floral Center”, “Wilkes Floral Center” and “Petal Boutique”. We all worked together and made these shops successful. He was a great teacher but allowed the us to manage the shop’s in “our own way”.

“Hello Dad” calls to him from us meant: the car broke down, the well pump broke, the car is stuck in the snow or we need a splinter taken out of our finger. He always came to rescue us.

We each played instruments in the high school band. Dad drove us and neighborhood kids to practice. All the way to and from practice we sang songs. Some in the tone of the instruments which we played. Neighborhood kids came to Dad to get their bikes fixed or for a haircut. They were allowed to swim in the pool-if-they pulled weeds in his garden.

In 2009 his left leg was amputated due to cancer but that did not even stop him. From his wheelchair, he grew a most beautiful and delicious garden of veggies for the family and others. Mom and Dad delivered meals on wheels for 21 years. He was always delighted to see the smiles of joy when he brought tomatoes and cucumbers with their meals.

He made use of every minute. With injured hands, he made wood carvings, custom gun stocks, painted murals, and pictures. He could fix anything in his workshop. He enjoyed traveling in the United States and other countries. Dad was a fantastic conversationalist with anyone on any topic. He was an avid reader, especially on history and his Syrian and Ukrainian heritage.

His most proud accomplishment was his family. Next was that he drew the plans and physically built the family home (brother George helped). He read poems to us by the fireplace, made up songs and riddles with the grandchildren. They made an alphabet of words the way they sounded as opposed to the way they were written. We all had a good laugh when he graduated from college and received an award for being the class mis-speller. The words on the award were misspelled.

Dad was a 60-year member of the Beach Haven United Methodist church where he was also a member of Trustees, taught adult Bible Class and managed the church fair stand at the Bloomsburg Fair. He was a member of the Cub Scouts Council of Pack 3 at Beach Haven.

Dad was a happy person who cherished every day. He leaves a hole in our hearts and we will forever miss him.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Nanette, brothers George and Wesley Broody and, son in law George Alexander

He is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Millie; son, Robert James Broody II and wife Elise; daughters, Paulette Broody Alexander, Mame J. Broody, and Diane J. Broody; grandchildren, Karolyn Morgan and husband Joe, Sahra Andrzejewski, Molly Mills and husband Sean, David Broody and wife Rachael, Barbara Broody. Step-grandchildren, Stephanie, and Genevieve Alexander. Great Grandchildren, Jonathan, Kate, Morgaine, Autumn, Parker, and Lucas. Also surviving is his sister, Jean Azar, and husband John; nephew, George Broody, Jr. and wife Adele; nieces, Suzanne Hontz and husband Bob, Elizabeth, and Lisa Azar.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30pm on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Reverend Fred E. Hickok officiating. A mask must be worn, and social distancing will be observed.

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June “Sophia” (Villa) Cooke, 85, died early Friday morning at Carbondale Nursing Home.

Born June 2, 1935 in Berwick, she was the daughter of the late Orterio Villa Sr. and Rose (Silvetti) Villa of First Avenue.

She was a 1953 graduate of Berwick High School. June was married to Alexander Holti in 1955 until his death in 1978. She was devoted to her family and spent most her life as a homemaker. In later years she worked in retail. She especially loved her customers from Ardis Kepner Shop, D’s Clothier and Dalo’s Bakery. She also worked for Berwick Industries and Lady Esther.

June was a lifelong member of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Berwick. She was also a past member of the Women’s Civic Club. She loved to cook and bake and was known for her biscotti. She was an avid seamstress and crafter. June enjoyed music as did the rest of her family. She played the piano and during the 1980’s and 90’s she could be found singing with the band at Mickey Talanca’s.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her sister, Julia Source, brother, Orterio Villa, Jr., and infant brother, John Villa.

June is survived by her daughters, Susan (Holti) Uram, Carbondale; Rose Ellen (Holti) Moore, Hellertown; sisters, Flavia (Villa) Robsock and husband Thomas, Berwick; Rose Marie (Villa) Yalch, Berwick; sister in law Alleen (Holti) Geczi, Fl. She also leaves behind grandchildren include Justina (Uram) Mubangu, Alexander Uram, Sophia (Pifer) Whitebread, Sarah (Pifer) Buechele, Matthew Pifer and Ezio Valeri; 4 great grandchildren; and ex-husband and friend, Robert Cooke.

Arrangements are through the Heller Funeral Home LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Services and burial will be private. Interment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Berwick.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 721 Monroe Street, Berwick.

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Lemuel “JR” P. Whitmire, Jr, 71, of Lightstreet passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday morning, June 30, 2020 at his home.

Born in Berwick on July 2, 1948, he was a son of the late Irene E. (Williams) and Lemuel P. Whitmire, Sr. He was a graduate of Berwick Sr High School, class of 1966. He attended Williamsport Community College and later attended Mansfield University earning an Associate’s degree in Chemistry. JR was employed at Helena Chemical Company in Mifflinville for 25 years, until he left for medical reasons. He later worked at several local businesses until he retired.

JR was a member of the Bloomsburg Elks #436 where he loved to socialize with friends. He enjoyed golfing and was a member of Arnold’s Golf Course where he played in many leagues throughout the years. His brother fondly remembers their times golfing together and winning a trophy. JR will be remembered as being incredibly smart, hilarious and a great storyteller. He was an avid reader, having read all of Stephen King’s books. In his younger years he enjoyed competing in bowling leagues and hunting.

He will be greatly missed by his companion, Margie McHenry and her son, Tony McHenry, Lightstreet; daughter, Lindsay Whitmire and husband Michael Hottenstein, Fleetwood; brothers, Randy Davis and wife Marilyn, Berwick; Don Whitmire, Berwick and his companion Dara Grover of Nescopeck; several nieces and nephews, and many friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Beverly Campbell and Dorothy Wright.

The family will have a private burial service in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick, where he will be laid to rest next to his parents and sister.

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Patricia A. (Welliver) Farver, 84, of Berwick, danced into heaven, on Friday, June 26, 2020 at Elmcroft of Berwick, where she had been a resident since March.

Born in Berwick on April 25, 1936, she was a daughter of the late Mary A. (Agnew) and Harold T. Welliver, Sr. “Patty” Graduated from Berwick High School class of 1954. She worked at Zayre’s in Florida for 10 years. She retired as a school bus driver in Polk County Florida after 15 years. Locally, she worked at the Berwick Shirt Factory, ribbon factory, and lamp factory.

“Pat” was a member of the First Baptist Church, Berwick. She was also a member of the Berwick Senior Center. She loved listening to country music and line dancing. She enjoyed shopping, especially at her favorite store, Boscov’s.

She will be greatly missed by many friends including Harold and Joyce Hartzel, Maryland, who helped care for her the last few years.

She was the last of her immediate family. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin G. Farver in 2006; son, Robert T. Hack in March of 2017; brother, George W. Welliver and Harold T. Welliver, Jr.; sisters, Carrimae Mosteller and Marrietta Stamets.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Donna M. (Ruhmel) Fenstermacher, age 67, passed away on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at her home in Berwick, after a short battle with cancer.

Born in Berwick on August 4, 1952, she was the daughter of Marie (Erdman) Ruhmel of Berwick and the late Donald Ruhmel. She graduated from Berwick High School in 1970 and worked at Wise Foods for over 30 years.

Donna was a true Phillies fan and enjoyed spending time outdoors. She liked baking and sharing with family and friends who greatly appreciated her kindness. Her most treasured time was when she was with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 27 years, Ray Fenstermacher in 2017; and father, Donald, who passed in 1998.

In addition to her mother, Marie, she will be greatly missed by her sons: Scott Reader and wife Tina, Berwick; Robert Reader and wife Terri, Nescopeck; 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren who she greatly cherished. She is also survived by stepdaughters, Mary Lee Hunsinger, Berwick; Rae Earl, Berwick; and Lucy Rado, Orangeville. She also leaves behind brothers: Gary Ruhmel and wife JoAnn, Berwick; Dale Ruhmel and wife Nancy, Orangeville; Don Ruhmel and wife Susan, Berwick; and a sister, Deborah Morgan of Berwick who Donna deeply appreciated for being her caregiver through this difficult time.

Donna was grateful for the comfort and support she received from her best friends, Jane Gebhart and Jean Lynn.

At Donna’s request there will be no services. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flower, memorial contributions are suggested Geisinger Hospice, 74 School House Road, Suite 104, Danville, PA 17821. Donna wanted to give special thanks to them for the care they provided.

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Samuel M. Jaffin, 79, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at his home, surrounded by his family.

Born in Mainville on June 27, 1941, he was the oldest of 3 sons of the late Samuel M. and Mary E. (Wert) Jaffin. He graduated from Berwick Area Senior High School and attended Luzerne County Community College where he studied commercial art. Sam was a talented musician who played the guitar in several bands over the years. He also taught guitar lessons to numerous students, throughout his adult life. Many people referred to him as “Guitar Man”.

In his quiet time, Sam enjoyed fishing. He used his artistic talents to paint and create several artistic pieces, which he gifted to others. He loved spending quality time with his family, especially his adored grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 46 years, Susan M, (Levan) Jaffin; sons: Steven Jaffin and wife Terri, Woodbridge, VA; Brian Jaffin and wife Carolyn, Berwick; Kevin Jaffin, Berwick; Jamie Jaffin, Berwick; stepson, Brian Levan and wife Michelle; Berwick; grandchildren: Nicole, Matthew, Isabella, Olivia, Jackson, Brian, Reggie and Maddox; and great grandchildren: Nikolai; Natalee; Remy; and Thea. He also leaves behind his brothers, Paul Jaffin, Berwick and Mark Jaffin, Bloomsburg; and several nieces and nephews.

His family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday, July 5, 2020 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, followed by a tribute and sharing at 4:00PM. A Celebration of Life picnic will continue at Nescopeck park. The family would be honored to have anyone attending bring an instrument to play in his honor.

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Memorial contributions are suggested to Commonweath Hospice of Berwick, 1409 North Market Street, Berwick, PA 18603

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Lori J. Farver, 49, of Orangeville passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at her son’s home.

Born in Newark, NJ on February 10, 1971, she was a daughter of the late Mary Ann Smith and George Plumer. She attended Central Columbia High School. Most recently she was the manager at McDonalds, Berwick location until she left to care for her partner, David, after he became disabled.

Lori had a great connection with the earth and nature. She enjoyed working in the garden and being outdoors. Loved to go shopping at thrift stores with her son to look for good bargains.

She will be greatly missed by her companion of over 10 years, David Dunham; sons, Michael Allen Farver, Mahanoy City; Cody N. Farver and wife Alyssa, Berwick; Kevin Farver and partner Jared, Orangeville; and Keith Dunham, Elmira, NY. She was known as “Grandma” to her granddaughter, Adelaide, who she adored, as well as Adelaide’s sister and 3 brothers. She also leaves behind a sister, Vicki Guydish, Sheppton; and Gayle Smith, Berwick; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her grandmother, Lola Miller.

A private memorial service will be held later this month for her family and close friends. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck as assisting her family.

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Bryan S. Bellum, 59, of Bloomsburg, passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on April 26, 1961, he was a son of Janette E. (Fritz) Bellum, Zion Grove, and the late Phillip R. Bellum, Jr. He graduated from Columbia Montour Vo-Tech in 1979. Bryan worked as a mechanic at Main Auto wrecker’s and later at Valley Service Center.

He enjoyed playing arcade games and pinball. He sometimes would buy them to fix them up and sell them later. He also liked to work on tractors and was an avid model train collector. Bryan was a big NASCAR fan. As the weather got warmer, he looked forward to being able to spend time outside and mowing his grass.

In addition to his mother, he will be greatly missed by his son, Scott Bellum, Berwick; grandchildren, Tyler and Kallie Bellum; brother, Kevin Bellum, Zion Grove; and his beloved cat, Jackie.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg.

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Shannon M. (Bednar) Spaid, 55, of Mifflinville, passed away on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at Berwick Retirement Village II, where she was a patient for the past 3 weeks.

Born in Fort Benning, Georgia, she was a daughter of Eve (Steinbach) Bednar of Berwick and Leonard Bednar of Mount Carmel. She was raised and educated in the Shamokin and Berwick areas. Shannon worked as a home health aide for several years and was currently employed in the housekeeping department at Bloomsburg Heath Care.

Shannon loved camping and looked forward to the warm weather when the season would begin. She and her husband, “Bob” enjoyed visiting and staying at several different campgrounds over the years. Shannon was a devoted wife and mother, who’s free time centered around spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she will be greatly missed by her loving husband, Robert J. Spaid, Sr., with whom she would have celebrated their 40th anniversary this July; children, Robert J. Spaid, Jr. and wife Melissa, Shamokin; Christopher M. Spaid, Northumberland; Lisa Marie Spaid, Mifflinville; Justin A. Spaid, Northumberland; Michael A. Spaid and wife Mahogany, Bloomsburg; cherished grandchildren, Kaleb, Haleigh, Madison, Mikeala, Masyn, Nathanial, Raegan, and Bentley and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Sidney Bednar of Florida.

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

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Deborah A. Schoppe, 65, of Black Creek Township passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, June 21, 2020 at her home.

Born in Weston on January 2, 1955, she was the daughter of the late John and Margaret (Skoff) Supon. She was raised in Weston and resided in Mountain Grove, PA. She was a graduate of West Hazleton High School, class of 1972 and attended McCann School of Business. She worked as a clerk-typist at Penn State Hazleton, until she retired.

Deborah was a lifelong dog parent raising mostly dachshunds. She was currently “mom” to Jame, Micah, Caleb, Bear and Sophie. She loved the breed and had a great collection of dachshund items.

In addition to her furry babies, she will be greatly missed by her husband, Robert J. Schoppe, with whom she celebrated 41 years of marriage on April 12th; and a sister-in-law, Debbie Walker, Ocala, FL.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her uncle, Henry Skoff; and aunt, Dorothy Nelson.

At her request there will be no services. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Hazleton Animal Shelter, 101 North Poplar Street, Hazleton, PA 18201.

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Anthony C. Privitera, 92, of Dorrance Township passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at home, surrounded by his family. Tony was born in Batavia, New York on December 2, 1927. He was the last living of 6 children born to the late Frank and Lucy Privitera. He was born and educated in LeRoy, New York. In 1945, he enlisted in the US Coast Guard and served until he was injured in 1946. After an honorable discharge, he worked as a carpenter in Rochester, New York.

In his early years, he enjoyed trap shooting, fishing and hunting. He also like watching horse racing on TV.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Clara A. (Eppolito) Privitera in 2006; daughter, MaryAnn Carmichael; and son, Frank Privitera.

He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Barbara Maloy and husband Charlie, Caledonia, NY; Judy Stout and husband Mark, Batavia, NY; son-in-law, Jamie Carmichael, Dorrance Township; several grandchildren and great grandchildren, including Trevor Carmichael and wife Mandi and their children Maddie and Katie Carmichael, with whom he resided.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later time. He will be buried with his wife in Hill Crest Cemetery, Conway, SC.

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Jerry L. Cook, 77, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at his home.

Born in Montpelier, OH on August 26, 1942, he was a son of the late Chester and Dorothy (Rosemeir) Cook. He was raised and educated in Ohio and enlisted in the US Army in 1961 serving in the 1st Infantry. Following an honorable discharge from active duty in December on 1964, continued his service in the Army Reserve and later with the National Guard until 1976. He worked at various jobs until the early 80’s when he started at Asplundh Tree Company, leaving after 14 years. He then became employed at Rizzo Trucking & Excavating in Sugarloaf. In 2010 he moved to South Carolina where he was self employed in lawn care maintenance until he retired and moved back to Berwick 3 years ago.

In 2014 “Cookie” earned his GED from Chesterfield County Adult Education in South Carolina, where he was a member of the National Adult Education Honor Society.

“Cookie” was a former member of St. James Lutheran Church, Zenith. He was a current member of VFW Post 821, Berwick. In his younger years, he liked hunting, and greatly enjoyed the deep-sea fishing trip he once took. He spent his free time taking care of his sons’ lawn and working on crossword puzzles with his wife. He liked singing and had a great sense of humor that he would show by joking with people to make them laugh.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife Deborah A. “Debbie” (Wenner) Cook, with whom he would have celebrated their 39th anniversary in October; sons: Christopher Cook and wife Elizabeth, Shickshinny; Jerry J. “Bud” Cook, Watsontown; and Michael Cook and wife Sheri, Macedonia, CA; beloved grandchildren: Christine Knecht, Keana Cook, Kayla Cook, AhLeah Cook, Cari Chavis, and Gabe Chavis; and adored great grandson, Braiden. He is also survived by a brother Chester Cook, Ohio; sisters: Barbara, Alabama; Jo, Arizona; Ruth, Ohio; Virginia, Michigan; Becky, Florida; Shirley, Milton, PA; sister-in-law, Phyllis Cook, Ohio; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Gerald Cook and sister, Mary Sanders.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at Elan Memorial Park, Old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg.

Family will receive friends on Monday, June 22, 2020 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM and Tuesday, June 23, 2020 from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. In honor of Jerry’s laidback personality, if you are attending, please dress casually.

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William B. Mensch, Sr, 75, of Berwick passed away on Friday, June 5, 2020 at Berwick Retirement Village.

Born in Riverside on January 21, 1945, he was a son of the late Robert F. Mensch, Sr and Laura C. (Byer) Sausa. He was raised and educated in Riverside and Danville. He worked at Dana Incorporated for many years before its closing, and retired from PPI, Berwick.

Bill was a Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies fan. He liked meeting his buddies for coffee.

He loved his family and labeled them each with a nickname. In return they would tease him with one as well so, to him they say ‘rest in peace “Old Man”’.

He will be greatly missed by his son, William “June” B. Mensch, Jr; daughters, Bonnie “Gidg” L. Slusser and husband Robert Sr; Patricia “Cake” A. Mensch and companion Kelly Gregory, all from Berwick; 6 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren. He also leaves behind a brother, Robert Mensch, Danville; sisters, Clora Rake and husband Frankie, Florida; Glenda Shortlidge, Berwick; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Elizabeth M. (Kingston) Mensch, who passed in 2018; sons, Robert “Roberto” L. Mensch, Sr; Timothy “Timbo” M. Mensch; a brother, Terry Mensch; and sisters, Judy Noel and Emily Rupert.

At Bill’s request there will be no services. He will be buried next to his wife, “Liz”, in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg.

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

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Robinlee Force, age 61, of Berwick passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at home, surrounded by her family.

Born in Kingston on July 24, 1958, she was a daughter of the late Clifford and Evelyn (Gothier) Robbins. She graduated from Meyers High School in Wilkes-Barre, and later became a Certified Nursing Assistant. She worked at Mountain City Nursing Home, Hazleton and later at Berwick Retirement Village, until becoming disabled 13 years ago.

“Robin” enjoyed the beach and going to the pool. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She adored her grandchildren and attended their school and sporting events as often as possible.

She was preceded in death by her husband Terry L. Force in 1996; parents, Clifford and Evelyn; and a sister, Vivian Rodgers.

She will be greatly missed by her loving daughter, Megan Teasenfitz and husband Todd, Berwick; and cherished grandchildren, Trent and fiancé Kaylee, Bryer and Carter. She is also survived by a brother, Clifford Robbins and wife Lisa, Thailand; and a niece, Sierra.

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 20, 2020 in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick with Chaplin Mike Delp officiating.

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Charlotte S. Wenner, 85, of Briggsville passed away on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at Berwick Retirement Village, where she was a guest since she had surgery in January.

Charlotte was born in Pond Hill on February 24, 1935. She was the last living of 5 children born to the late Hoyt and Zelma (Keiner) Rockel. She attended Shickshinny High School, and shortly following, she moved to New Jersey where she worked in a factory for several years. After returning to Pennsylvania, she was employed at RCA, Mountaintop, and later, DataCom and Consolidated Cigar, Berwick. Most recently she worked at Berwick Industries, retiring from there for health reasons.

For many years, she was a member of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Briggsville and later attended Faith United Lutheran Church, Nescopeck. In her early years, she enjoyed making ceramics. She liked taking bus trips to see different places, visiting casinos, attending shows, shopping and trying different restaurants. She loved spending time with family, especially at picnics or taking long car rides.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers: Ira; Bud; and Dale Rockel; her sister, Dorothy Kellow; and nephews, Dale Rockel II; Wayne Kellow.

She will be greatly missed by her loving daughter, Renee Davis and husband Richard, Briggsville; step-granddaughter, Christina Gillespie and husband Bradley; nieces: Judy Wida and husband Drew; Sharon Kubricki and husband Joe; Janice Beers and husband Olin; and nephew, Ray Kellow and wife Roxanne.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, June 18, 2020, at Schloyersville (Mt Zion) Cemetery, Church Road, Nescopeck Twp, with Reverend Jeff Odgren officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to your local animal shelter.

A special thanks to Judy and Drew Wida for helping Renee by providing respite care during her years of declining health. Also, the staff in all departments of BRV, Gesinger Danville Hospital, Commonwealth Hospice and Caregivers of America.

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Harold “Ray” Ohl, 89, of Berwick, passed away on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at The Gardens at Orangeville.

Born in Oelwein, Iowa, he was a son of the late William O. and Erma A. (Duffield) Ohl. He was raised and educated in the Oelwein area. Ray enlisted in the in the U.S. Airforce and served from 1949-1953. After an honorable discharge he was a self-employed as an over the road truck driver until he retired in his late seventies.

Ray was a member of the Ranger Hose Company, Berwick. He enjoyed golfing and liked playing cards with his son and his friends.

He will be greatly missed by his children: Jodi Fish and husband Lloyd, Berwick; John Ohl and wife Linda, Nescopeck; Vicki Drasher and husband Barry, Hobbie; Linda Ohl and companion Karen, Pittsburgh; Brenda Ohl, Berwick; Scott Ohl and wife Lisa, Berwick; Brad Ohl, Berwick; Jeff Ohl and wife Melinda, Berwick; 15 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren. He also leaves behind a sister, Bernice Ohl, Phoenix, Arizona; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, Delmar, Robert, Norman, and Melvin; and sisters, Dorothy, Lois, Bonnie, Karen, Marian, Irma Jean.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 599 Freas Avenue, Berwick.

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Richard J. Marston, 76, of Berwick, passed away on Monday, June 8, 2020 at UPMC Williamsport, surrounded by his family.

Born in Manhattan, NY on November 9, 1943, he was a son of the late Richard F. and Elizabeth A. (Burke) Marston. He graduated from Delehanty High School. He proudly enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served from 1963-1967 during the Vietnam War. Rich loved the Navy, after an honorable discharge, he worked at the Long Island Railroad before moving to Berwick in 1968. Shortly after arriving he was employed at Strick Corporation where he held several management positions over an 18 year career. He was also employed at Dana Corporation, SVS, Lubrikup, and retired from Dyco.

Richard was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, St. Mary’s, Berwick where he faithfully served as a Eucharistic Minister since the 1970’s. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus serving in various roles including Grand Knight and District Deputy. He also served as faithful navigator of the 4th Degree. He was a member of the Jay Cee’s, the Catholic War Veterans, and The American Legion Post 273. Richard enjoyed playing golf with his sons, especially Daniel, and was a member of multiple golf leagues. He enjoyed attending PGA events, his favorite being the U.S Open.

Richard was a staple of the community, a volunteer, and advocate for many people. He was a loving, caring, and devoted husband and father. He doted over his grandchildren, being with them brought him pure joy and happiness. He loved attending their sporting events and was incredibly proud of his family. Some of his fondest memories were listening to his grandchildren laughing and splashing in his pool. To him that was better than any vacation.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 54 years, Barbara K. (Lulek) Marston, at home; children, Richard C. Marston and wife Heather, Lancaster; Laura Wise and husband Robert, Cranberry Township; Daniel Marston, Berwick; grandchildren, Megan, Sean, Kathryn, Sarah and Christopher. He also leaves behind a sister-in-law, Virginia Ragusa and husband Dominick, Queens, NY; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sisters, Patricia Lavacchi, Denise Kehn, Margaret Crispino; brother, Gerard Marston; and a beloved uncle, Joseph Burke.

Family will receive friends on Friday, June 12th from 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 13, 2020 in St Mary’s Church, 1730 Fowler Avenue, Berwick with Very Reverend Francis Tamburro, VF officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors, Inc. 1117 Country Club Rd Camp Hill, PA 17011, or Sloan Kettering Cancer Center 1275 York Ave. NY, NY.

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Carisa Armonie Drum, age 3, passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at home surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on May 2, 2017, she was the daughter of Christopher D. and Carolynn M. (Diehl) Drum of Slocum Township. “Carisa-boo” was a happy girl who loved to laugh and smile. She also got the nicknames “Wonder Woman” because of her strength in overcoming obstacles and “Love Bug” because she loved everyone and gave the best hugs.

She liked going for rides in the van, being pushed in the wheelchair on walks, and sitting outside on the porch. Carisa enjoyed playing with light up toys and making music on her bell piano.

Carisa had a loving smile, strong will and beautiful presence that will be greatly missed by her parents, Chris and Carolynn; a sister, Maria, and brother, Jesse, at home; uncles, Greg Drum and wife Amanda; Kyle Drum; Luke Diehl and fiancé Desire; aunts, Laura Goad and husband Josh; Christie Diehl-Taraschuk and husband Jordan; Destiny Diehl; Nikki Abbot; grandparents, Dave and Colleen Drum; Richard Diehl; great grandparents, Albert and Florence Drum; Carmella Meade; numerous cousins; great aunts; and great uncles.

A celebration of life will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third St, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until the time of service.

Due to the current restrictions, there will be specific protocols in place during the services. You will be required to wear a mask if you are planning to attend.

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Milton L. “Lou” Knight, 76, of Shickshinny, passed away on Monday, May 25, 2020 at Bonham’s Nursing Home, where he had been a resident for the last 2 years.

Born in Danville on January 24, 1944, he was a son of the late Elmer and Ethel (Steinert) Knight. He graduated from Danville High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he was a mechanic and sharpshooter. After his discharge he began working at Dana Corporation until his retirement in January 2000.

Lou was a proud member of the NRA. He was an avid gun collector and enjoyed shooting. He won many sharp shooting competitions over the years. He was a Volkswagen connoisseur and liked to work on anything mechanical. He was always inventing and working with his hands. Lou also loved spending time with his family as much as possible.

He will be greatly missed by his children, Keith Knight, Mifflinville; Stephanie Knight and companion Chris, Bloomsburg; Eric Knight and wife Karen, Shickshinny; Katie Gardner and husband Joe, Berwick; grandchildren, Dylan Zenick , Lexxyleigh Thistle Knight., Amanda Vial and fiancé Nicholas, Logan Vial, Amelia Knight, Eli Knight, Joey Gardner; great grandchildren, Hayden Thorpe, Ethan Thorpe, and Conner Vial. He also leaves behind a sister, Josephine Koser and husband Carl, Danville; brother, Luther Knight, Danville; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, George Miller, Jack, Jim, Fred, and Dave Knight.

A celebration of Lou’s life will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions are suggested Bonham Nursing Home, 477 Bonnieville Road, Stillwater, PA 17878.

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Robert F. Dollman, 87, of Bloomsburg, passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020 at Grandview Nursing Home, Danville, where he had been a resident for the past few months.

Born in Catawissa on April 9, 1933, he was a son of the late Frank and Ida (Eveland) Dollman. He attended Catawissa area schools. Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during the Korean War. He worked as a truck driver for Keck Drapery until his health started to decline.

Bob enjoyed traveling and sightseeing. He also liked wood working in his spare time.

He will be greatly missed by his son, Terry Dollman and fiancé Tammy Derr, Bloomsburg; daughter, Barbara Dollman, Bloomsburg; grandchildren, Teri Kulp, Nescopeck; and Scott Chappell, Benton; great grandchildren, Kinzlee Chappell, Zachary Stout, Conner and Lillian Kulp; and long time friend, Mae Shultz.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty L. (Halderman) Dollman.

A graveside service will take place at 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at Hillside Cemetery, Catawissa.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the wounded warrior project Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or by going online to www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

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Charles Schuler, 52, of Danville, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2020, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Patchogue, New York on December 16, 1967, he was a son of the late Charles and Alice A. (Rowland) Schuler. Charlie graduated from East Port High School in 1986. He worked as a manager at McDonalds in New York for many years until he moved to Pennsylvania. He was most recently employed at Walmart.

Charlie was a member of the Manorville Fire Department. He liked baseball and football, rooting for the New York Yankees and New York Giants. He loved his dog, Panda, who was his loyal companion. He also enjoyed cooking.

He will be greatly missed by his sisters, April Viggiano and husband Anthony, Florida; Betty Flores and husband Richard, Arizona; Pearle Willamoski, New York; Judith Tatun and husband William, Florida; brothers, William Schuler, Pennsylvania; Andrew Williamoski, Pennsylvania; John Sohl, New York; brother, Shaun Gulutia, Pennsylvania; sister-in-law, Lisa Williamoski, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews including, Nicole Allen, Tarra Williamoski, Alison Williamoski, with whom he had a close relationship with.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Florence Cohan and brother, Joseph Williamoski.

At the family’s request there will be no public services.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street

New York, NY 10016. www.kidney.org/support or 800-622-9010.

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Sonda L. (Hess) Levan, 64, of Bloomsburg, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 22, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Bloomsburg on July 22, 1955, she was a daughter of the Donald and Melba (Cox) Hess. She graduated from Benton High School. Sonda worked as a seamstress for McGee’s for many years.

She volunteered her time at the Animal Resource Center, Bloomsburg. Sonda liked yard sales and antiquing. She also enjoyed crafting. Above all, she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her son, Jeremy Pepe and wife Gretchen, Bloomsburg; grandchildren, Ava and Logan Pepe; nephew Steven and wife Carrie Hess, Cape Coral, FL; sister Barbara Christ, Benton. She also leaves behind her beloved companion Larry Christ, Bloomsburg. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Steve Hess.

At the family’s request there will be no public services.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Animal Resource Center, PO Box 439, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Drue W. Porter, 76, of Bloomsburg, passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at his home, surrounded by family.

Born in Philadelphia on April 20, 1944, he was a son of the late Helen A. (Crawford) McGovern and late husband James McGovern. Drue’s father was the late, William A. Porter. He was raised and educated in the Philadelphia area. Drue enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp from 1961 to 1965, serving as forward observer during the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam. After an honorable discharge, he went on to earn his GED and his degree in accounting. He was employed at HRI as the regional controller.

Drue was a member of the Marine Corp League, Bethlehem Detachment. He was on the league’s rifle and pistol teams. He liked traveling in his RV with his wife, Gerri, dog, Gretchen and cat, Sabrina. They were able to visit almost all 50 states. Drue was an avid gun collector and liked attending the Marine Corp shooting competitions each year, especially when he was able to go with his son, Matthew.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 13 years, Geraldine D. Porter, at home; children, Christopher Porter and wife Kerry, Winchester, Massachusetts; Maria Kautter and husband Rich, Pittsburgh; Michelle Wood and husband Matthew, Williamsport; Theresa Porter and fiancé John Spagnola, Wilkes-Barre; Matthew Porter and girlfriend Nicole Shoenberger, Coopersburg, PA; step-sons, Michael Maj and wife Christina, Fort Rucker, AL; Patrick Maj and wife Jessica, Pompton Lakes, NJ; Jason Maj, Washington, NJ; and 15 grandchildren. He also leaves behind sister, Annette Porter, West Pittson; brother, James McGovern and wife Kelly, Arizona; and many nieces and nephews.

At Drue’s request there will be no services.

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Timothy L. Lynn, 58, of Berwick, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at his home.

Born in Plainsfield, New Jersey on October 1, 1961, he was a son of Fay A. (Traugh) Lynn, of Nescopeck and the late Leonard L. Lynn. He graduated from Columbia Montour Vo-Tech in 1979. Shortly after graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Airforce working his way up to a TSGT. After an honorable discharge, he began working at Crispin Multiplex where he has worked for the past 16 years.

Tim was a member of Summer Hill Evangelical United Methodist church. He was a life member of the Summerhill Volunteer Fire Department. He loved spending time with his family, especially his brothers. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle to as many places as he could. He liked social media, especially facebook, where he could connect with friends and family. Tim was also an avid gun collector.

In addition to his mother, he will be greatly missed by his son, Timothy J. Lynn and companion Laura along with her daughter, Alanna, Berwick; brother, Tyrone Lynn and wife Susan, Berwick; several nieces; and many great nieces and great nephews.

Besides his father, he was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Lynn in 2019.

Services will be held at a later date. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting his family.

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Jerry O. Fisher, 76, of Berwick, passed away on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at his home surrounded by family.

Born on November 15, 1943 in Bloomsburg, he was a son of the late Chester and Esther (Schell) Fisher. He graduated from Bloomsburg High School. Jerry retired from Kawneer after over 10 years of working there.

He was a member of St. Peter’s ‘Harger’s Lutheran Church. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Jerry liked watching old western movies. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 53 years, Ruth E. (Knittle) Fisher, at home; son, Scott Fisher and companion Stacy Hahn, Berwick; granddaughters, Kristin R. Gum and husband Jason, Andreas; Brittany N. Fisher and companion Joshua Brosious, Bloomsburg; great grandchild, Waylon J. Gum, he was looking forward to the birth of a great granddaughter in August. He also leaves behind brothers, Joseph Fisher, New Columbia; Lloyd Fisher and wife Cindy, Catawissa; sister, Susan Spudes, Bloomsburg; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Woodrow and Benjamin Fisher and a sister, Carol Drasher.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Robert Jon Eugene Anderson, known to friends and family as “Jon”, loving father and grandfather, passed away peacefully in Bloomsburg, PA on Friday, April 17th, 2020 at the age of 82.

Jon was born to Myrtle and Bob Anderson in Queens, NYC. He graduated Valedictorian of Pleasantville High in 1955 and earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Yale University in 1959. When he was younger, he worked primarily in the fields of aerospace engineering and computer development; one highlight was contract work at Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the Voyager spacecraft.

Jon married Elizabeth Scarano on May 4, 1965. Jon loved to travel and hitchhiked across Europe twice as a young man. He returned to live there with his wife and three children for three years in the 1970’s.

Jon is survived by his sister Kathi Donovan; his five children - Lissa, Jon (Gerrilyn), Hans (Marci), Chris (Kristyn), and Amy (William); and his nine grandchildren.

He is predeceased by his parents, Bob; and Myrtle; his sister, Gretchen; and his beloved wife, Elizabeth.

A memorial service will be held for Jon at a later date and his remains will be buried in the family plot at Middle Patent Rural Cemetery, Bedford, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Jon’s name at https://everloved.com/life-of/robert-jon-anderson.

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Kenneth B. Kishbaugh, 86, of Benton passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 15, 2020 at his home.

Born in New Columbus on April 25, 1934, he was a son of the late Lester and Beatrice (Wandell) Kishbaugh. He attended New Columbus Academy. Ken retired from Wise Potato Chips where he was employed for 46 years. After retirement, he worked as a maintenance man for Northwest High School until the age of 80.

Ken was a member of United Sportsmen Camp 271, Huntington Mills. He loved fishing, hunting and trapping. More recently, he found pleasure in bird watching. He also enjoyed watching golf.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Marlene S. (Hickman) Kishbaugh, who passed on September 12, 2017; son-in-law, Richard Killian; and sister-in-law, Barbara Moss and husband Richard; and brother-in-law, Larry Michael.

He will be greatly missed by his children: son, Kenneth L. Kishbaugh and wife Veldra, Shickshinny; daughters, Sherry Killian, Benton; Trudy Bonham and husband Duane, Benton; 6 grandchildren: Jeremy, Jason, Mendy, Bobbie, James, and Alyssa; and 11 great-grandchildren. His sisters and brothers are: Erma Bush and late husband Carl; Gerald Kishbaugh and wife Volera; Lee Kishbaugh and wife Nina; Ruthann Skovish and husband Martin; Bernard Kishbaugh and wife Bonnie; Catherine Masters and husband Dale; Donald Kishbaugh and late wife Hannah; David Kishbaugh and wife Anita. He has numerous nieces and nephews; a brother-in-law, Kent Hickman and wife Maryann; and sister-in-law, Tina Michael.

At Ken’s request there will be no public services. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Lawrence L. Laubach, 76, of Mifflin Township passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on August 5, 1943, he was a son of the late Blanche A. (Augustine) and Clarence H. Laubach, Sr. He was raised and educated in the Berwick Area, and served in the National Guard from 1962-1968. Larry worked at Country Maid in Berwick for many years. Prior to retiring, he was employed at Consolidated Cigar in McAdoo.

He was a member of Ebenezer Faith Bible Church, Berwick. He enjoyed fishing, going golfing and traveling. He especially liked camping with his family. Larry loved telling stories and jokes to make others laugh, and he will be remembered for that by many people.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 49 years Roberta (Hampton) Laubach on January 25, 2014; and nephews, Shawn Davis and Keith Davis

He will be greatly missed by his daughters: Dawn Fulkersin and husband Donald, Shickshinny; Cindy McWilliams and husband Timothy, Bloomsburg; Linda Killian and husband Matthew, Berwick; adored grandchildren, Grace and Donnie Fulkersin; Kaylee, Kelsey and Logan McWilliams; Kennedy Andreas and Conner Horrax. He also leaves behind brothers and sisters: Richard Laubach and wife Maxine; Virginia Slusser; Clarence Laubach Jr and wife Rose; Vickie Laubach; and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 11:30 AM on Saturday, May 16, 2020 in Elan Memorial Park, Old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg with Reverend George Lee officiating. A viewing will be held from 9:00 to 11:00 AM on Saturday at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

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Stasia A. (Motichak) Strausser, 63, of Berwick, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 3, 2020 at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital. Born in Berwick on November 9, 1956, she was the daughter of Jane L. (Bredbenner) Motichak, Berwick and the late John Motichak. She graduated from Berwick High School in 1974 and went on to earn her associates in business from Wilkes-Barre Business College. Stasia has worked at Aramark Food Services for 13 years and was most recently employed at Door Dash as a delivery driver.

She was very talented and in her spare time she made molded candies for many holidays including easter and Halloween. Stasia also made sequin calenders throughout the year to give to people as gifts. She also loved spending time with her beloved dogs, Penny and Dakota.

In addition to her mother she will be greatly missed by her brothers: Pat Motichak, and Robert Motichak; niece and nephew, Miranda and Rob Motichak; and friend, Micheal Nacinovich, all of Berwick.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Harry and Louise (Henrie) Bredbenner and paternal grandparents Alex and Anna (Huda) Motichak.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, May 15, 2020 at Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Animal Resource Center, PO Box 439, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Nancy A. Procida, 82, of Berwick passed away on Friday, May 8, 2020 at Berwick Retirement Village II.

Born in Berwick on June 4, 1937, she was a daughter of the late Dominick and Theresa (Marsicano) Procida. She was a graduate of Berwick High School, class of 1957. In her younger years, Nancy was employed at a local drugstore. Later, she worked for Valley Vending where she was in charge of the machines at Wise Potato Chips. Her main position was taking care of Nancy’s trailer park on Eighth Avenue, a job she did diligently and took great pride in.

Nancy was a member of St Joseph Catholic Church, Berwick. She enjoyed being outdoors and spent many hours taking care of her yard, which she kept meticulously.

Nancy will be greatly missed by her sisters, Frances Zinich of Berwick; and Carolyn Graziano of Wilkes-Barre; many nieces and nephews; and close friend and caregiver, Carol Andrews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers: Frank, Angelo, John, Ralph, Joseph and Anthony Procida.

A Rite of Christian Burial will be held graveside at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Front Street, Berwick, with her pastor, Reverend Matthew Larlick presiding. A Requiem Mass will be scheduled after the current restrictions are lifted.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church, 721 Monroe Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Stephen A. Whitenight, 42, of Berwick went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at his mother’s home.

Born in Bloomsburg on March 31, 1978 he was a son of Tammy L. (Cooper) Tanner of Berwick. He attended Berwick area schools. Stephen last worked for Spec Restoration.

He enjoyed listening to music and was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan. Most of all, he loved spending time with his children and mother.

In addition to his mother, Tammy, he will be greatly missed by his children, Keegan and Freedom Whitenight; brother, Nicholas Whitenight and fiancée Shannon Dement; nieces, Mya and Kenna Whitenight; grandmother, Connie Whitenight; an aunt, Carla Ridall and husband Harry and numerous cousins.

Services will be private due to the current restrictions. A celebration of Stephen’s life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck to help defray his final expenses.

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“To all those who walked the hard miles but did not make it. You’re never forgotten.”

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Franklin D. Riegel, Sr. 87, of Mifflinville, passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at his home.

Born in Catawissa on July 7, 1932 he was a son of the late Obel D. and Leila T. (Welliver) Riegel. He graduated from Catawissa High School in 1952. He entered the United States Army in 1953 and served during the Korean War. After an honorable discharge Frank worked as a security guard at many places. He retired from the Berwick Offray.

In his spare time Frank enjoyed woodworking and taking care of his home. He liked genealogy and putting together family trees. He loved spending time with his family and beloved dogs, Simone, and Lily.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 43 years, Janice M. (Gordner) Riegel, at home; 5 children, many grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He also leaves behind close friends, Esther and Wayne Mensinger, Mifflinville; and many nieces and nephews, including Eva J. Hagemeyer, with whom he had a close relationship with.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, Harold, Lindy, Charles, and Glen Riegel; sisters, Mary Craig and Jeanne Hauck.

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at New Rosemont Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the nurses from Geisinger Hospice for their excellent care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, Eastern Central Division, Columbia Unit, P.O. Box 3125 Williamsport, PA 17701-0125.

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Cindy L. Shoemaker, 63, of Nescopeck Township passed away suddenly on Monday, May 4, 2020 at her home.

Born in Berwick on March 8, 1957, she was a daughter of Beverly (Slusser) Hess of Wapwallopen and the late Leroy A. Hess. She was a graduate of John S. Fine High School, Nanticoke, class of 1975. Cindy worked at Consolidated Cigar and later as a spackler at Deluxe Homes. She was currently employed as an aide in the life skills department at Berwick High School.

She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Church Street, Wapwallopen. She enjoyed gardening and going to auctions. She liked dressing up as a clown for special events to entertain kids. She loved and cherished her family.

In addition to her mother, she will be greatly missed by her husband, Steven A. Shoemaker with whom she would have celebrated 44 years of marriage on September 6th; son, Steven Shoemaker and wife Nicole of Nescopeck Twp; daughter, Lacey Shoemaker, Las Vegas; and cherished grandchildren, Broden Shoemaker and Averyana Wilcox. She also leaves behind her sisters, Pamela Harker and husband Leon, Wapwallopen; Holly O’Brien and husband Patrick, Berwick; many nieces and nephews; and great nieces and nephews.

A “drive by” viewing will be held from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday, May, 9 2020 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. If you are planning to pay your respects, please TURN AT EITHER TRAFFIC LIGHT, go to SECOND ST, then TURN ONTO WORCHESTER toward the funeral home.

A graveside service for family will take place on Saturday afternoon in Old River Road Cemetery, Wapwallopen.

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Regina C. “Jean” (Horn) Rockel, 63, of Wapwallopen, passed away on Monday, May 4, 2020 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on January 15, 1957, she was a daughter of the late Marion M. (Adams) and Joseph Horn, Sr. She graduated from Crestwood High School in 1975. Jean owned and operated Rockel’s Garage with her husband for many years.

She was a member of the Pond Hill Volunteer Fire Department. Jean enjoyed spending time with and taking care of her growing family. She had just welcomed the birth of her 7th grandchild a few months ago.

On September 18, 1981, she was married to Dale T. Rockel. They were married for 32 years before his passing on November 25, 2012.

She will be greatly missed by her children, Melissa Krauss and husband Douglas, Wildwood, Missouri; Dale Rockel, Jr. and wife Tiffany, Wapwallopen; grandchildren, Anna and Tyler Krauss; Dale III, Levi, Garrett, Oliver, and Lexi Rockel. She also leaves behind brother, Joseph Horn, Jr. and Deborah, Mountain Top; and nephew, Adam Horn and wife Christine, Mountain Top.

Due to the current restrictions, immediate services will be private. A memorial service will be held at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to her family to help defray her final expenses.

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Homer C. Kendrick, 91, of Muncy, passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2020, at Susquehanna Health Skilled Nursing, where he was residing for the past few years.

Born in Shickshinny on January 29, 1929, he was a son of the late William B. and Lillian R. (Ketchem) Kendrick. After graduating from Shickshinny High School, he went on to earn his bachelor’s in teaching from Baptist Bible College in Johnson, New York. He worked as a primary education teacher for many years in several different states including, Kentucky, Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania. He was also employed as a bank teller in Kentucky and Florida. After retirement, he worked at Warren Morris Funeral Home in Sebring, Florida.

Homer was a member of Bible Baptist Church, Shickshinny, where he was the choir director. He also sang and played the piano.

He will be greatly missed his daughter, Margaret Covey and husband Bryan, Watsontown; grandchildren, A.J. Weaver and Brett Covey; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice A. (Dau) Kendrick on April 13, 2011; and brothers, Ben and Marvin Kendrick.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, May 8, 2020 at Bible Baptist Church, 43 Furnance, Shickshinny, PA 18655 with his pastor Randy Boston officiating. Interment will follow at Pine Hill Cemetery, Shickshinny. Family will receive friends on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at the church from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Due to the current restrictions, there will be specific protocols in place, including a requirement to wear a mask if you are planning to attend the viewing or service. For anyone who is unable to attend, the service will be streamed live on the church’s facebook page.

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William Henry Hummel, Sr. , 64, of Bloomsburg, passed away April 29, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on October 17, 1955, he was the son of the late Howard Hummel and Martha (Kalbauch) Bernatovich. He graduated from Berwick Area High School in 1974. As a young adult, “Bill” worked at his sister’s farm. Later he worked at Hummel Lawn Mower Repair, then Fairchild’s Farm, Klingerman Brothers Auto Repair and most recently, Dave Klingerman’s Farm.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Berwick. He was a Little League Baseball umpire. Bill was an avid fan of the Berwick Bulldogs and Columbia Montour Vo-Tech football teams.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 43 years, Rena (Atkinson) Hummel; son, William Hummel Jr. and wife Nina of Edgewood, MD; 2 grandchildren, Brayden and Emma Hummel; and a sister, Nancy Croop, Berwick; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Hummel.

Due to the current restrictions, services will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 7368 School House Rd., Berwick, PA 18603.

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Theresa E. (Grasso) Galano, 93, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away on Monday, April 27, 2020 at Allied Skilled Nursing Meade Street, formerly Little Flower Manor, where she has resided for the past few years.

Born in Hazleton on January 26, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Gregorio and Vincenzina (Molea) Grasso. She was a graduate of Hazleton High School, class of 1944. In her younger years, she worked as a receptionist for a dentist, and later at a sewing factory, both in the Hazleton Area. After moving to Wilkes-Barre, she was a seamstress at Rosmar Manufacturing.

Theresa was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, prior to its closing, and later, Our Lady of Hope Wilkes-Barre. While residing at Little Flower Manor, she regularly attended services in the Chapel. In her younger days, Theresa enjoyed playing the piano and always loved any activities that involved music.

On September 27, 1947, she was married to Frank A. Galano. They were married nearly 60 years before his passing on July 14, 2007. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Benjamin Grasso; and a sister, Catherine Cassano.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Donna Yurek and husband Joseph, Lawrence, KS; adored grandson, Joshua Yurek, Director of Government Affairs, KS; sister-in-law, Mary Gallamo; and many nieces and nephews.

Due to the current restrictions, funeral services will be held at a later date. Burial will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Wilkes-Barre, next to her beloved husband.

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Robert R. Mutzabaugh, 86, of Shickshinny passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Danville on April 16, 1934, he was the son of the late Elmer J and Viola M. (Noss) Mutzabaugh. He was a graduate of Shickshinny High School and served in the US Army from 1956 to 1958. After an honorable discharge, he worked as a machinist, retiring from Cipco Manufacturing in Naugatuck, CT.

Robert enjoyed fishing and camping. He was a talented artist who enjoyed painting. When his daughter was younger, he was a Girl Scout Leader for her troop for several years.

He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Betty Santiago and husband Dave, Danbury, CT; grandchildren, Andrew and Daniel Santiago, whom he greatly loved and adored; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Josephine Patacconi and Betty Kishbaugh; a niece, Janet Patacconi; and stepson, William Schiavo

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 in Elan Memorial Park, Old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg.

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Thomas W. Eveland, 59, of Mifflinville passed away on May 1, 2020 at the Gardens at Orangeville, where he resided for several years.

Born in Berwick on April 14, 1961, he was the son of Mary M. (Adams) Eveland of Mifflinville and the late Edwin H. Eveland, who passed away in 2007. Tommy graduated from Central Columbia High School in 1982

He was a member of Heritage Baptist Church, Berwick. He loved playing checkers and almost always won. He especially liked playing checkers with his two nephews, Randy and Ryan. He was fond animals, particularly cats, dogs and rabbits.

In addition to his mother, Mary, he will be greatly missed by his sister, Kathy Eveland Van Leuven and husband Lloyd of South Carolina; nephews, Randy Thomas Van Leuven and Ryan Dean Van Leuven.

When Tommy was born, the doctors said he would not make it past his teen years. With loving care and devotion from his mother, he turned 59 this past month. Tommy was handicapped and has been in pain for many years. Now he is with his Savior and is running, jumping and talking for the first time ever. His family will be sad in a selfish way, but know he is now experiencing pure joy in heaven.

A graveside service will be held at 11:30 AM on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 in Summer Hill Cemetery, Foundryville Road, Berwick, with Pastor Robert Hettinger officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to his mother, Mary, P.O. Box 16, Mifflinville, PA 18631, to help offset his final expenses.

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Edward F. Hartman, Jr., 83, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on April 26, 2020 at Berwick Hospital Center.

Born in Berwick on May 5, 1936, he was the only child of the late Frances G. (Fenstermaker) and Edward F. Hartman, Sr. He attended Berwick schools. He retired from Dana Corporation in Berwick where he was employed for 34 years.

He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Berwick. Ed liked reading the daily paper and other articles, as well as books.

He is survived by several children including his son, David Hartman of Benton.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 7, 2020 in Rose Lawn Cemetery, with Reverend Chad Hebrink officiating.

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Chad C. Eddinger, 49, of Mountaintop, formerly of Nescopeck, passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley. He was a COVID 19 warrior.

Born in Berwick on January 2, 1971, he was the son of Mary Ellen (Chaban) Ravis and husband Samuel of Nescopeck, and the late Jeb L. Eddinger. He graduated from Berwick High School in 1989 and enlisted in the US Marine Corps where he served for 4 years and was deployed during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In 1996, he enlisted in the US Navy and served for over 8 years where he served several tours overseas. After an honorable discharge, Chad attended Bloomsburg University where he received a bachelor’s degree in mass communications. He worked at 97.9X radio where he embraced his love for music and had the opportunity to meet many music stars. Most recently he was employed at the VA Medical center, Wilkes-Barre.

Chad was a member of various military associations. He was an avid reader, liked hunting and was a gun collector. He was fond of animals and was charitable to the SPCA. He greatly enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his nieces and nephews whom he spent many hours playing video games and having Nerf gun wars. He had a great sense of humor and loved joking around to make people laugh.

In addition to his mother Mary Ellen and husband Sam, he will be greatly missed by his son, Brentt Eddinger and fiancé Melissa Bailey, NC; sister, Shannon Eddinger Ferrara and husband Billy, Berwick; Denise Whitmire, Berwick; Tonya Whitmire Bobersky and husband Jonathan, Berwick ; Nicole Ravis Heinz, Shelton, CT; Jennifer Ravis, Norwalk, CT; Kiersten Hyman and husband Lee, Harrisburg; Tarrah Whitmire, Buckhorn; a brother, Donnie Whitmire, Berwick; nieces, Morgan, Jordan and Kaitlyn; nephews Chase, Liam, and Ryan; stepfather, Donald Whitmire; several aunts and uncles; and numerous cousins.

Due to the current restrictions, immediate services will be private. A memorial service will be held at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the wounded warrior project Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or by going online to www.woundedwarriorproject.org

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Elmer Osmond Frantz, Jr., 88, of North Centre Township, passed away on Monday evening, April 27, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on October 1, 1931, he was a son of the late Ina M. (Collins) and Elmer O. Frantz, Sr. He attended Berwick area schools and graduated from Centre School. Elmer worked at Bloomsburg Silk Mill, Berwick Forge and Fabrication, and G&B Specialties until his retirement in 1997.

He has resided in Bloomsburg, North Centre Township for 78 years, and was a member of Hidlay Lutheran Church.

He married the love of his life, Gail Ann (Skrip) Frantz and together they celebrated their 58th anniversary this past July 6, 2019. In addition to his wife, he will be greatly missed by his children: daughter, Kelly A. Frantz, Bloomsburg; and son, Elmer O. Frantz III and wife Beth, Hetlerville. He especially enjoyed spending time with his two grandchildren, Riley E. Frantz and Elmer O. Frantz IV. He also leaves behind a sister, Beverly Cleaver and husband Jeff of Nescopeck; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his mother, Ina, who died in 1992, and father, Elmer Sr, who died in 1993, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Margaret C. Hack in 1981, Nancy J.Miller in 2002, and Dawn E. Bennett in 2018.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 2, 2020 in Hidlay Cemetery, Bloomsburg with Reverend Melody Sell officiating.

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John A. Hunsinger, Sr., 63, of Bloomsburg, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 26, 2020, at his home.

Born in Berwick on January 30, 1957 he was a son of the late Lester and Hilda (Diehl) Hunsinger. He graduated from Central High School. John was currently employed at Wise Potato Chips and has worked there for the last 42 years.

He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and spending time with his grandchildren. He also liked going to carnivals and attending the Wise picnics at Knobels.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, Sara V. (Smith) Konrad, at home; children, James Hunsinger and wife Janet, Berwick; John Hunsinger, Jr., Berwick; Justin Hunsinger and wife Erie, Bloomsburg; Michael Hunsinger, Berwick; Sarah Boyer and husband Ethan, Berwick; stepchildren, Amanda Dawson, Nescopeck; Samuel Konrad, Nescopeck; 5 grandchildren; 3 stepgrandchildren. He also leaves behind sisters, Connie Knauer and husband William, Washingtonville; Cindy Hunsinger, Mainville; brother, Larry Hunsinger and wife Gail, Benton; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his half brother, James Mitchell.

Due to the current pandemic restrictions, services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Judith (Cappolla) Boyden, 77, of Berwick, passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, surrounded by the wonderful nurses who cared for her.

Born in Manhattan on April 20, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Sophie (Libertore) Cappolla. She attended West Hempstead High School. Judy was a homemaker for most of her life but had various part time jobs throughout the years.

She enjoyed talking on CB radio using the handle “Lady 5-0”. Judy liked to watch the Hallmark channel in her spare time. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 57 years, Fredrick J. Boyden, Berwick; children, Elline Oldenbuttel and husband John, Berwick; Jarrod Boyden and wife Celestina, Long Island; Donald Boyden, Massachusetts; Scott Boyden and wife Lynn, Long Island; grandchildren, Nicholas and companion Alec, Jason and fiancé Leslie Hess, Kevin and wife Courtney, Heather, Sean, Alex, Emma and Ethan; great grandchildren, Audree and Karson.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brothers, Robert and Frank Cappolla and sister, Susan Cappolla.

Due to the current restrictions, services will be held at the convenience of her family.

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Dennis A. Davis, 48, of Mifflinville, passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at his brother’s home, surrounded by his family.

Born on July 18, 1971 in Fountain Hill, PA he was a son of Elaine (Heath) Graves of Beach Haven and the late William Davis, Sr. He graduated from Columbia Montour Vo-tech. Dennis was employed at Rolling Pines Golf Course and most recently, worked at C.H. Waltz as driver and mechanic, until his health declined.

He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and had a large collection of hot wheels. Active volunteer firefighter with Lime Ridge and previously Salem Township Fire Department.

In addition to his mother, Elaine and her husband Jay, he will be greatly missed by his wife of 18 years, Tracy A. (Heaps) Davis, at home; step-daughter, Amanda Nguyen and husband Josh, Berwick; twin brother, Daniel Davis and wife Dee, Millville; brothers, William Davis, Jr. and wife Twilight, Tennessee; Brad Davis and wife Joanne, Beach Haven; Terry Davis and wife Stephanie, Berwick; Todd Davis, Berwick; sisters, Wendy Jones and husband David, Nescopeck; Laura Davis, Nescopeck; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his father, William, he was preceded in death by his grandparents Nellie Smith, Don Davis, Lester and Edna Heath.

Due to the current restrictions, services will be held at the convenience of his family.

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Daniel J. Babich, 59, lifetime resident of Berwick passed away suddenly on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Born in Berwick on March 5, 1961, he was a son of Shirley A. (Woomer) Babich of Berwick and the late Stephen D. Babich. He graduated from Berwick High School, class of 1981, and was a long-time employee at Wise Snacks.

Dan was a member of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church. A volunteer fire fighter of Defender Fire Company (until it closed) and West Berwick Hose Company No 1, where he held various offices such as Captain and Lieutenant. He was a member of the board of directors at the American Ukrainian Citizens Club and the Slavonic Club, and a social member of the Garibaldi Society, Russian Club, Elks and VFW Post 821 Berwick. In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Besides his father, he was preceded in death by the love of his life, Karen C. (Koch) Babich, with whom he spent 8 years before her passing.

In addition to his mother, Shirley, he will be greatly missed by his twin brother, David Babich and wife Frances E. (Haas) Babich; several cousins; aunts and uncles including, Helen Delberto who was also his Godmother; and numerous friends.

Due to the current restrictions, a private graveside service will be held at the convenience of his family in Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cemetery, Berwick.

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

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Ceola L. (Fish) Coleman of Berwick passed away suddenly on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at her home, just 4 days before her 81st birthday.

Born in Berwick on April 18, 1939, she was one of eight children born to the late Marion and Anna (Bigins) Fish. She was a 1967 graduate of Berwick High School. Ceola worked at Penn Jacquard and at Consolidated Cigar in Berwick. Prior to taking early retirement, to care for her disabled husband, she worked as a home health aide.

Ceola was a member of Ss Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church. She was very artistic and loved to sketch. She enjoyed baking and singing. She would often sing one of her favorite songs, Amazing Grace to her cats, but she loved all animals.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters: Marion Kehl Mutch; Carol Farrell and husband Edgar; Carlotta Fish; brothers: Courtney and Charles Fish; a niece Pamela Boyer and husband Walt; and an aunt, Mary Stout.

Ceola will be greatly missed by her husband of 49 years, James E. Coleman; stepdaughter, Tiata Lipski and husband Michael; granddaughters, Bennett and Rachel; sister, Corrine Matash and husband David of Berwick; brothers, Craig Fish and Thomas Poore of NY; “the kids she never had” Ceola and Tyson Kehl; Corrine’s children, Debbie, Kim, Jimmy, Mike and John; Charles’ son, Chris; Courtney’s children, Mary Ann, Corey and Charles; Carol’s children, Tony and Eddie; and many great nieces and nephews including Zachary and Maxwell Kehl, who were like her grandsons, as she was “Nana”.

Due to the current pandemic restrictions, graveside services only will be held at 11:00 AM in Ss Cyril and Methodius Cemetery, Crystal Hill Road, Berwick with Reverend Roman Petrychak officiating.

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Crystal M. (Bogart) Hitchcock, age 74, was welcomed into God’s loving arms early Monday morning April 13, 2020. Loving mother of two daughters and two stepsons, she passed away Monday from health complications triggered by COVID 19.

Born December 17, 1945 in Berwick, PA to her late parents, Rolland H. and Helen J. (Hosler) Bogart, Crystal was the oldest of 4 children and the apple of her late Nana Hosler’s eye. In 1963, she graduated from Berwick High School and soon after, went to work at the Berwick Hospital, where she showed that gentle smile and great compassion to her patients as a nurses’ aide. She retired 7 years ago from the Berwick Retirement Village to care for her late husband, and where she resided the last two years as her health declined.

She married her late husband, Charles Hitchcock on April 22 ,1972. They had two daughters, Heidi Longenberger and her husband of Dan, Rincon, GA and Jamell Moury and husband, Keith of Bloomsburg, PA; 2 stepsons, Franklin “Corky” Hitchcock, Freeland, PA; and Edward Hitchcock and wife Debbie, Shamokin, PA. She was a proud grandmother to 4 grandchildren: Travis and Justice Longenberger, Rincon, GA; Courtney Leiby, and Ryan Moury, both of Bloomsburg, PA. Crystal is also survived by 2 brothers, David R. Bogart and Wife Martha; Lonn D. Bogart and wife, Brenda; and her loving sister, Sue E. (Bogart) and husband, David C. Bogart Sr., all from Berwick, PA; 6 nephews; one niece; 4 great nephews; 9 great nieces and one great-great niece.

Crystal enjoyed going to the Berwick Senior Center and playing Bingo. She dressed up for various activities and won many prizes for her clever costumes, she was once crowned the “prom queen” at the Senior Center. She liked to socialize with her friends and enjoyed many bus trips, but most of all she loved being with her family.

Crystal, we will always remember that special smile, always being nosey (who’s buying what), that caring heart, the warm hugs you loved to give and receive. How hard you worked for your family, so they didn’t go without. How you spoiled your sister with trips, clothes and a car in her younger years. How proud you were to be in the delivery room when your nephew, Jason, was born. There'll never be another one to replace you in our hearts and the love we will always have for you.

At this time, private services will be held at the convenience of the family due to the coronavirus. A public memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Berwick Retirement Village I Activities Dept. C/0 Ellen Dietz-Creveling, 801 16th St., Berwick, PA 18603.

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Edward C. Roe, 91, of Berwick, formerly of Conklin, NY, passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at Berwick Retirement Village.

Born in Vestal, New York on August 28, 1929 he was a son of the late Clarence H. and Gennie B (Houghton) Roe, Sr. He was raised and educated in the Vestal area. He served in the U. S. Army, and after discharge, worked as a carpenter. He was self-employed for most of his life.

Edward was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 6223, Great Bend, PA and a social member of the American Legion past 357, Hallstead, PA.

He is survived by his children: Linda (Jack) Pierce; Marlene (Michael) Liquori; Daniel (Bonnie) Roe; Kandi Martel; and Robert Roe; 15 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and 2 brothers.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 58 years, June (Crone); son, Michael Roe, and 4 siblings.

At Edward’s request there will be no services.

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Elfriede Cole, 81, of Berwick passed away peacefully on Monday, April 14, 2020 at her home after a short battle with cancer.

Born in Heidelberg, Germany on October 2, 1938, she was a daughter of the late Friedrich Knobel and Maria Karoline (Kwiatkowski) Hilchenbach. She was raised and educated in Germany. After moving to the United States, she worked at several local factories, and also worked as a waitress.

She attended Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre. She was a member of the Polish Falcons Nest 163, Mocanaqua. She enjoyed crocheting and bowling. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 58 years, Alvin D. Cole, Sr.; sons, Woodrow Cole, Ashley; Kurt Cole, Mocanaqua; 5 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; brothers: Kurt, Werner, and Heinrich Knobel, all from Germany; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Alvin D. Cole, Jr; sisters: Anna Marie Fink and Helena Fink; and brother, Fredrich Knobel.

At Elfriede’s wishes, all services will be at the convenience of the family.

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Patsy (Andreas) McMurtrie Schechterly, 79, of Nescopeck passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 12, 2020 at her home.

Born in Berwick on December 3, 1940, she was a daughter of the late Oscar W. and Dora M. (Albertson) Andreas. She was a graduate of Mifflinville High School, class of 1958. She worked at Ames Department Store for nearly 30 years.

Patsy attended Bloomsburg Baptist Church in Espy. She enjoyed making crafts and more recently working on crossword puzzles. Most of all, she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her sons: John McMurtrie, Nescopeck; Matthew McMurtrie and wife, Vicki, Hetlerville; 2 grandchildren, Samantha McMurtrie and her companion Ken Gemberling; Scott McMurtrie and wife Julie; a great granddaughter, Kinsley; sister, Alverta Kelchner, Mifflinville; and several nieces and nephews, including Trudy Gearhart, with whom she had a close relationship.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Albert “Pete” Schechterly; sister, Beatrice Robbins; and brothers: Clyde Andreas, and Luther and Alvin Andreas, who died in infancy.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, April 16, 2020 in Mifflinville Cemetery, with Pastor Craig D. Leidacker officiating.

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Clyde E. Searfoss, 75, of Salem Township, passed away peacefully on April 12, 2020 at his home, following a valiant battle with cancer.

Born in Weatherly, PA on January 8, 1945 he was a son of the late Luella M. (Woodring) and Arthur H. Searfoss, Sr. He was a graduate of Weatherly High School, class of 1964. Clyde served honorably in the US Army from 1965 to 1967 during the Vietnam War. He worked at JA & WA Hess Inc. as a heavy equipment mechanic for over 25 years.

Clyde was a member of Berwick Bible Church. He was a talented musician, who enjoyed music and played several different instruments. He loved riding horses and his motorcycle, and also liked hunting. He followed basketball and enjoyed watching any game, including girls basketball. His faithful companion “Yella” was always by his side.

He will be greatly missed by his children: Lisa A. Staber, Berwick; Peggy J. Scrivens, McDonough, GA; Clyde J. Searfoss, Frackville; Libby E. Davis, Berwick; Wesley W. Davis, Bloomsburg; grandchildren: Arlo Staber; Nikholas, Austin and Kaitlyn Rooney; Savanah and Emily Searfoss; brother, Arthur Searfoss, Jr and wife Ethel, Trappe, PA; sisters, Joan Chernansky and Dolores Artim, both of Weatherly; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ethel Searfoss (1955); and brothers, Clark Searfoss (2001) and James Searfoss (2014).

At Clyde’s request, all services will be private at the convenience of the family.

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William L. Powers, 54, of Lebanon, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at his home.

Born in Philadelphia on August 28, 1965, he was a son of the late Lawrence W. and Helen (Litostansky) Powers. He graduated from Berwick High School class of 1983. Bill worked at Action Manufacturing in Philadelphia for many years until his health started to fail.

He was a big NASCAR fan. Bill also enjoyed spending time with his friends and family.

He will be greatly missed by his brother, Steve Powers, sisters, Audrey Powers, and Rose Powers. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews including, Makenna Powers, Rebecca Russel, Kacie and Matthew Altieri, who he had a close relationship with, and close family friend, Robert Morgan, all of Berwick.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Bethann Powers, and both paternal and maternal grandparents.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Martin Galler, Jr.

Martin Galler, Jr., 83, of Berwick passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at his home.

Born in Passaic, New Jersey on February 18, 1937 he was a son of the late Adrianna (Pekaar) and Martin Galler, Sr. After graduating from Garfield High School, he joined the U. S. Airforce. After leaving the Airforce he was employed at the Garfield police Department and later at NY/NJ Waterfront Commission as a detective.

In his spare time Martin enjoyed golfing and going to antique auctions.

He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Debra Galler, Berwick; sons, Martin Galler, III, New Jersey; George Galler and wife Terry, New Jersey; 5 grandchildren; 1 Great Granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews. H

e was the last of his immediate family. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his daughter, Denise Hatchel.

At Martin’s request there will be no services.

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Guy C. Zimmerman, 80, of Berwick, passed away at Berwick Hospital Center Emergency Room on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

Born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, he was a son of the late Donovan and Bessie (Stillwell) Ramsey. He graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1958. He joined the National Guard in Ohio and was still active when he moved to Pennsylvania. Guy retired as a truck driver from Wise Potato Chip Company. While working there he earned 3 one million miles safety driver awards. After retiring, he worked as a security guard at Del Monte.

Guy attended Mifflinville United Methodist Church. He liked car racing and was a limited late model rookie of the year in 1984 at Selinsgrove. When he wasn’t racing, he was usually rebuilding and working on his own cars. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, especially with his wife. He also liked to go hunting and fishing with his grandson.

He will be greatly missed by his children Beth Ann Enslin and husband David, Berwick, who were also his caregivers; Tony Zimmerman and wife Mary, New Lexington, Ohio; Frank Hunsinger, Jr. and companion Christine, Berwick; Scott Zimmerman and wife Julie, Mount Vernon, Ohio; Lori Henderchied and husband John, Dublin, Ohio; many grandchildren including Doyle McCarty and companion Noel, Berwick; Zach Zimmerman and wife Kristin, Guam.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Sally A. (Ash) Zimmerman, grandson, James McCarty, and brothers Robert Snyder and Michael Snyder.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, April 13, 2020 at Mifflinville Cemetery, Mifflinville.

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Victor B. Bowes, 77, of Berwick, passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at Berwick Retirement Village I.

Born in Berwick on February 3, 1943, he was a son of the late Orval and Annette (Carey) Bowes. He attended Berwick area schools. Victor worked at Kauffman Sunoco and Vaughn’s Bakery as a teenager. He started at Bercon Packaging in 1962 and was employed there for 25 years. He retired from Pocono PET/Pretium Packaging, Hazleton after 18 years.

He was a former member Christ Episcopal Church and he also occasionally attended Berwick Christian Church with his family. Victor was a life member of the Train Collectors Association and West Berwick Hose Company. He was also a member of the NRA and the Goldwing Association. He was an avid model train collector, collecting many trains over the years. In his younger days he liked to go hunting. Victor loved motorcycles and greatly enjoyed taking the bike on a road trip and doing some sightseeing.

He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Tammi Wesstrom and husband Antony, Morgantown; son, Victor B. Bowes II and wife Chris, Berwick; 2 grandchildren, Sarah Travelpiece, Wapwallopen; Taylor Bowes, Cape Coral, Florida; 2 great grandchildren, Georgia and Noah. He also leaves behind stepchildren, Shannon Harvey and Kristian Whitmire, both of Berwick, sister, Joan Bowes, Owings Mills, Maryland, and niece, Valerie Lee, Gettysburg.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

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Cory Lemon, 30, of Orangeville passed away suddenly on Sunday, April 5, 2020 at home.

Born in Bloomsburg on August 14, 1989, he was the son of Kelly Sue (Lemon) and Thomas P. Bowman of Orangeville. Cory was a graduate of Central Columbia High School, class of 2007. He joined the US Marines Corp in 2008. He served in Afghanistan during the Gulf War and was honorably discharged as a Corporal in Aviation Logistics in 2013. After returning home, he was employed at several different local companies, most recently he worked at Sekisui Polemer In in Bloomsburg.

Cory liked kayaking and hiking, especially at Rickett’s Glen. He also enjoyed watching football.

In addition to his parents, he will be greatly missed by his grandparents, Karen Long; Donna and Terry Lemon, Sr.; and Becky Clark; stepbrother, Bret Bowman and wife Laura, Bloomsburg; stepsister, Karlie Bowman and fiancé, Brock Welliver, Bloomsburg; many aunts and uncles; and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Harry Long III.

A private service with military honors will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Carol Jane Smith passed away peacefully, with family at her side, on Saturday April 4, 2020, after a short illness and complications from Lewy Body dementia. She was 83 years old.

Carol was a daughter of the late Mable and Charles Crawford. She was born in Freeland on June 8, 1936 and lived there until she was nine, at which time the family moved to Drums, where she lived until she was married to Merlin L. Smith on October 15, 1955. He preceded her in death in 1997.

Carol and Merlin ran a dairy farm in Nescopeck Township until 1978. She also worked at Geisinger as an office assistant for many years, retiring in 2006.

For enjoyment, she loved gardening, and playing the piano and organ. For 40 years, she was the organist for two churches until she retired at age 82. She played for many weddings, including for several of her grandchildren. She also sang at many weddings. No matter now busy Carol was, she loved her family most, and always made time for them.

She graduated from Hazleton High School in 1953, on her 17th birthday.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Merlin C. “Butch” Smith, Nescopeck; Melanie Corch, Nescopeck; Jeffrey Smith and his wife Debbie, Nescopeck; 8 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. She also leaves behind a sister, Nancy Smith, Wapwallopen; brothers: Donald Crawford and wife Beatrice, Millville; Charles Crawford and wife Carol, Drums; Richard Crawford and wife Carol, Drums; and many nieces and nephews. A brother, Robert Crawford, preceded her in death.

Due to the Covid-19 circumstances, a private service will be held later at the convenience of the family.

Contributions are suggested to Mt. Zion United Church of Christ, C/O 832 Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635, where Carol was a member.

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Helen Rosalin Voigt, 89, formerly of Hazleton and Bethlehem, went to be with her Lord on Thursday April 2, 2020. She was being cared for at the Gardens in Orangeville.

Born on Jul 31, 1930 in Detroit Michigan, she was the daughter of Elvin and Sylvia (Litherland) Youngman. Helen is preceded in death by two sisters, June Moore and Vilma Rogers. She is survived by son, Douglas Voigt and wife Mary of Boise Idaho; daughter, Jan Banko and husband Joseph of Nescopeck; grandson, Alex Voigt of Boise, and three nephews.

Helen served the Lord throughout her life, first as a minister’s wife and Sunday School teacher, then as a church secretary and a social worker. For much of her life she attended South Bethlehem UCC, where she sang in the choir and participated in church conferences. Later, she lived at the Laurels Senior Living Community in Hazleton and is a member of Faith UCC.

Helen gave of herself to her friends, her community and her family. She loved butterflies and yellow roses, and always wore a flower in her hair. She took great joy in cooking for her loved ones, singing hymns, caring for plants and flowers, and was an accomplished candy maker. She led a full and satisfying life, was loved by many, and will be dearly missed.

At this time, services will be private. A memorial service for family and friends will be announced for a later date. The Heller Funeral Home, LLC in Nescopeck is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the United Church of Christ through UCC.org/giving.

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Shirley I. Moyer, 90, of Hobbie, passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at Birchwood Healthcare, Nanticoke.

Born in Nescopeck Township on February 22, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Luther E. and Grace R. (Bear) Smith. She graduated from Nescopeck High School, class of 1948.

In 1950, she married Derwood E. Moyer. Shirley worked hard to provide a loving home for her husband and children. In addition to her household duties, she also helped with the chores of owning a family farm, including milking the cows and other tasks. She was a wonderful “Gram” to her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was a member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Hobbie, where she was the choir director for 50 years, and Sunday School Superintendent. She volunteered as a Brownie leader for 15 years. She enjoyed crocheting, as well as other needlework.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Derwood, with whom she celebrated 68 years of marriage before his passing on April 8, 2019. She was also preceded by a daughter; Virginia Irene Moyer, who passed away in infancy; son-in-law, Carl Kollar; and sister, Lillian Cinti.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Elaine Kollar, Nanticoke; Dennis Moyer and wife Kathy, Hobbie; cherished grandchildren: Cindy Moyer; Rebecca Moyer; and Ray Moyer; and beloved great grandchildren: Joey and Millie. She also leaves behind sisters: Jean Cripps, Alaska; Lucy Smith, Lime Ridge; Nancy Kreuzburg and husband Dr. Robert Kreuzburg, New Holland; and many nieces and nephews.

A Committal Service and burial will take place at 11:00 AM in Silver Maple Cemetery 613 West County Road, Wapwallopen.

A memorial service for friends and family will be held at a later time.

Memorial contributions, if desired, are suggested to St Peters UCC, 613 W. County Rd, Wapwallopen or Alzheimer’s Association, 57 North Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.

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Ruthann Stafford Paul, 76, of Lightstreet passed away suddenly on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at her home.

Born in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania on March 16, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Louis C. Stafford and Gladys M. (Marshall) Calcara. She was a graduate of Ridley Park High School, class of 1962, and went on to earn a PhD in art history from Mansfield University. She worked as a substitute teacher in Bradford County, and later was employed as a Professor at Tusculum University in Greeneville, TN.

Ruthann was a member of the Art Council in Bradford County, PA and Lancaster County, SC. She was a talented artist who enjoyed painting with several mediums, especially oils. She painted several pieces over the years, some of which she sold and others that she gave to friends and relatives as gifts. In their younger years, she bread and raised German Shepherds, which she would take to compete at dog shows.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert S. Paul who passed away on June 21, 1991.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Bonnie Lyn Cox and husband Edward, Orangeville; Sandra J Ellis, Simla CO; son, Michael Stafford and wife Robin, Berwick; 7 grandchildren; and 1 great granddaughter. She was looking forward to the birth of another great grandchild this summer.

A celebration of her life will be held at the convenience of her family.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635 to help with her final expenses.

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Ruthann Stafford Paul, 76, of Lightstreet passed away suddenly on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at her home.

Born in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania on March 16, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Louis C. Stafford and Gladys M. (Marshall) Calcara. She was a graduate of Ridley Park High School, class of 1962, and went on to earn a PhD in art history from Mansfield University. She worked as a substitute teacher in Bradford County, and later was employed as a Professor at Tusculum University in Greeneville, TN.

Ruthann was a member of the Art Council in Bradford County, PA and Lancaster County, SC. She was a talented artist who enjoyed painting with several mediums, especially oils. She painted several pieces over the years, some of which she sold and others that she gave to friends and relatives as gifts. In their younger years, she bread and raised German Shepherds, which she would take to compete at dog shows.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert S. Paul who passed away on June 21, 1991.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Bonnie Lyn Cox and husband Edward, Orangeville; Sandra J Ellis, Simla CO; son, Michael Stafford and wife Robin, Berwick; 7 grandchildren; and 1 great granddaughter. She was looking forward to the birth of another great grandchild this summer.

A celebration of her life will be held at the convenience of her family.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635 to help with her final expenses.

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John R. Curio III, 39, of Wapwallopen, passed away at his home on Sunday, March 29, 2020 after a long battle with cancer.

Born on January 21, 1981 in Bloomsburg, he was the son of John R. and Linda L. (Evans) Curio, Jr., of Berwick. John graduated from Columbia Montour Vo-tech in 2000. He worked for many local construction businesses until his health started to decline.

John was a social member of the Polish Falcons Nest 163, Mocanaqua and the Berwick VFW Post 821. He enjoyed playing billiards and basketball. He liked to watch football and rooted for the Tennessee Titans.

In addition to his parents he will be greatly missed by his loving fiancé of 11 years, Kimberly A. Grosz, Wapwallopen; paternal grandmother, Irene B. Curio, Bloomsburg; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, with whom he was very close to.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Joseph R. and Florence R. Evans, paternal grandfather, John R. Curio and cousin, Aaron Evans.

A celebration of life will be held at the convenience of the family

Memorial contributions are suggested to Residential Hospice Foundation 5440 Corporate Drive, Suite 400 Troy, MI 48098.

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June Marie Croop, 83, of Nescopeck passed away at the Berwick Retirement Village on Saturday night, March 28, 2020.

Born on June 2, 1936 at her home in Hollenback Twp., the daughter of the late August and Christine (Ehrenberg) Zebuth. For many years she worked at the Consolidated Cigar Plant in Berwick, until its closing. She then devoted her life to becoming a foster parent and taking care of others, becoming "Nan" to all who knew her. She was also a member of the Berwick Church of Christ.

June will be remembered by her five children: Robert Croop and wife Marylou; Barbara Robbins and husband David Jr.; Debbie Sellers; Cathy Peters and husband Frank; Joann Chapin and husband Donald; two adopted children Nichole Watkins and Laura Croop; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Harlan “Gab” Croop to whom she was married for 59 years; brother August Zebuth; sisters Evelyn Shoemaker and Gladys “Dolly” Milheim.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck. A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31st at Forest Lawn Cemetery where she will be laid to rest next to her late husband. Pastor Kenneth Fatula will be officiating. Condolences or donations may be made to the Berwick Church of Christ at P.O. Box 151, Berwick PA 18603.

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Charles F. Long, 79, of Mifflinville passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 16, 2020 at his home.

Born in Columbia County on January 31, 1941, he was a son of the late Charles “Frank” and M. Pearl (Harvey) Long. His family moved around often during his younger years, so he attended school in several districts throughout the area. Charlie worked at Campbell Chain in York, before moving back to the area in the late 80’s, after which he was employed at Dyco Inc. in Berwick until 2016.

Charlie was a model airplane enthusiast. He was a member of the Briar Creek Model Airplane Club. He also had a private pilot license and, in addition to model planes, he built his own “life size” airplane, which he flew all over the state. He enjoyed watching NASCAR and would root for any Ford driver, especially Brad Keselowski. He had a great sense of humor and loved to tease his family and friends. Any time he was at home, his loyal Lhasa Apsos, Harley and Candee, were by his side.

He will be greatly missed by his children: Linda Tyson and husband Dave, Brogue, PA; Leroy Long, Harrisburg, PA; and Charles “Chuck” Long III and wife Connie, Muncy Valley, PA; as well as 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Charlotte Schauff; granddaughter, Christina Zercher; and brother, Leroy Long.

At Charlie’s request, a Celebration of Life will be held in his memory at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Heart Association, 1704 Warren Ave, Williamsport, PA 17701.

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Caroline Rebecca (Berlin) Cole, 91, of Ashley, formerly of Bloomsburg, passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Residential Hospice, Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Bloomsburg on March 6, 1929, she was the last living child of the late Clarence Berlin and Harriet (McHenry) Swank. She was a graduate of Bloomsburg High School, class of 1946, and went on to earn a degree in cosmetology in Philadelphia. She was the owner of Caroline Cole Beauty Salon on Iron Street, Bloomsburg for many years.

Caroline married the love of her life, Ray F. Cole on June 30, 1951. They were married 47 years when he passed away in 1998.

Caroline enjoyed shopping and dining out as much as possible. She loved spending time with her family.

She will be greatly missed by her loving daughters, Jeanne Rae Cole, with whom she resided; Carol Ann Cole, Tunkhannock; beloved granddaughter, Caroline Prusak; and cherished great granddaughter, Isabella.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Dolores Slusser; and brothers, Clarence Berlin Jr; and Paul Berlin.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 in Creveling Cemetery, 3237 Old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg (Almedia). She will be buried next to her husband where they will rest together forever in God’s care.

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Ronald A. Stout, 44, of Nescopeck passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.

Born in Berwick on September 15, 1975, he was the son of the late Ronald E. Stout and Ruth M. (Spencer) Stout. He graduated from Berwick High School in 1996. Over the years, he held various jobs including his most recent at SunCom Industries.

Ronald liked going to auto races of all kinds and attending car shows with his cousin, Ryan. He also enjoyed woodworking. Ronald was growing out his beard and looking forward to playing Santa Clause for his great nephews, Warren and Kayden.

In addition to his mother, he will be greatly missed by his sister, Rhonda L. Scheetz and husband Kevin; nieces and nephews, Desiree, Christopher, Dylan, Tyler, Kajun, Kody, and Kyle; great nephews, Kayden and Warren.

Besides his father, Ronald was preceded in death by his sister, Renee (Stout) Hileman; and brother at birth, Kevin R. Stout.

Family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:30 PM on Friday, March 20, 2020 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, followed by a funeral service.

Interment will take place in Elan Memorial Park at the convenience of the family.

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Lois A. (Keyser) McCreary, 84, of Orangeville, passed away on Monday, February 17, 2020 at the Gardens at Millville.

Born in Nescopeck on August 27, 1935, she was a daughter of the late Bernard D. and Edith C. (Paul) Keyser. She graduated from Nescopeck High School in 1954. She married Robert R. McCreary in 1957 and together they started their family. She worked hard to provide a loving home.

Lois was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Nescopeck for over 50 years. She liked gardening and bird watching. Her greatest joy in life was taking care of her home and her growing family.

In addition to her husband, Robert, she will be greatly missed by her children, Tamra Grassley and husband Dana, Berwick; Todd McCreary, Berwick; Ty Hippenstiel and husband Carl, Orangeville; 4 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren. She also leaves behind a sister, Marion Snyder, Harrisburg; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sisters, Eleanor Pennington and Jean Keyser.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 11:00 am at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Susan Knorr officiating. Interment will take place at Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends from 9:30 AM until the time of service.

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Susan Carol (Fitzgerald) Travelpiece, 64, of Hobbie, passed from her earthly home on March 11, 2020 after a long battle with cancer.

She was born on July 6, 1955, the daughter of Carol (Pryor) Fitzgerald Peters and the late William Joseph Fitzgerald. She was a graduating member of the Tunkhannock High School class of 1973, Susan grew up in Mehoopany, PA with her parents and three siblings. She received her Associates Degree from Keystone College.

In 1977, Susan married the love of her life, David Travelpiece, and enjoyed 42 years of marriage with him in their home in Hobbie, PA where they raised two children.

She worked for Luzerne County Head Start, Arndt Insurance Agency, Medical Management, Heath Administrative Partners, and retired in 2019 from Geisinger, where she worked as a Revenue Specialist.

Throughout her life, Susan was a Sunday School teacher, Cub Scout leader, and community volunteer. She was a masterful seamstress and enjoyed arts and crafts. Her hobbies included reading, puzzles, and musical theater. She loved to take cruises and visit Disney World with her family.

Besides her mother, Carol, step-father, Lydon Peters, and her husband, Dave, she is survived by her beloved children: daughter, Holly Lapinski and husband James; son, Brett Travelpiece and wife Sarah; as well as adored grandchildren Hope, James, and Harper Lapinski, and Georgia and Noah Zimmerman. She is also survived by her sister Janice McClintock and husband Rick, and brother Brian Fitzgerald and wife Christine.

In addition to her father who passed away in 1992, she was predeceased by her brother, Dennis in 2014.

After a time of mourning, a memorial service will be held at the discretion of the family.

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Tracey L. (Fowler) Bartlow, 47, of Muncy, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 10, 2020 at UPMC Muncy.

Born on August 22, 1972 in Berwick, she was a daughter of Barbara J. (Lameraux) Fowler, Williamsport and the late Norman S. Fowler, Sr. She attended Berwick area schools. Tracey worked at many places over the years but was currently employed at Berwick Offray.

She enjoyed swimming and being outdoors. She also liked to gamble every now and then. Tracey’s greatest joy in life was her family.

In addition to her mother she will be greatly missed by her fiancé, Randy Fuller, at home; children, Brandon Bartlow and wife Kirsten, Berwick; Corey Bartlow, Berwick; Amanda Bartlow, Nescopeck; Austin Bartlow, Nescopeck; Dylan Bartlow, Nescopeck; Alyssa Fuller, Muncy; Brandy Haueisen, Unityville; granddaughter, Emersyn. She also leaves behind brothers, Chad Fowler; Todd Fowler; Brian Fowler; Norm Fowler and wife Cindy; Brad Fowler; sisters, Norma Fowler and husband Bob; Randy Day; Tara Myers; Diane Brought and husband Russ; Rose Tyson and husband Chuck; Deb Lamb; Kim Fowler; Brenda Alberston; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her father she was preceded in death by her nephew, Chris Bacon.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck. Interment will take place at Roselawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Friday, March 13, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

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Kerry “Pops” J. Lauer, Sr., 71, of Berwick, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 9, 2020, at Geisinger Medical Center.

Born on September 3, 1948 in Weissport, he was a son of the late Paul and Dorothy (Reahl) Lauer, Sr. He graduated from Berwick High School. Kerry worked at Henchens and later at KFab, retiring after 35 years.

Pops liked hunting, especially rifle and archery. He enjoyed watching scifi movies. He loved spending time with his family and adored his grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 31 years, Maryellen (Kishbaugh) Lauer, at home; children, Lisa Jackson, Midwest; Chris Lauer and wife Ann, Berwick; Kerry Lauer II and wife Megan, Berwick; Heather Nevel and husband Chris, Berwick; Michele Laubach and husband Jason, Bethlehem; Michael Lamon and wife Stephanie, Berwick; grandchildren, Christopher, Michael, Melyssa, Anthony, Greenleigh, Grayson, Alyssa, Nelson, Conner, and Myles; great granddaughter, Sandra. He also leaves behind a brother, Truman Lauer, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Paul Lauer, Jr., William “Bill” Lauer and a sister, Jeanette Houck.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, March 13, 2020, at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck with Pastor Chad Hebrink officiating. Interment will follow at Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends on Thursday, March 12, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and Friday from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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Wilma L. (Talbot) Koester, 82, of Berwick, passed away on Monday, March 9, 2020 at Fritzingertown Senior Living Community, where she had been a resident for the past 3 years.

Born on May 6, 1937, in Shawnee, Oklahoma, she was a daughter of the late Alvis L. and Lucilla M. (Burlison) Talbot Ward. She graduated from Olustee High School. She earned her associate degree from WOSC, Oklahoma. She married Victor Koester and together they had 2 children. Victor was a member of the U.S. Airforce and was required to move around a lot, the family lived in many places including, Morocco, Aviano, Italy, and Guam. Wilma worked as a fund’s manager for the Altus Airforce Base, retiring after many years as a GS-13.

Wilma was a member of First Baptist Church in Altus, Oklahoma, she also taught Sunday and Bible School while she was there. Wilma enjoyed dancing and listening to country music. She was an avid golfer and liked to keep busy as much as possible.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Judy Devine and husband Mike, Berwick; son, Ted Koester and wife Lorraine, Portland, Oregon; grandchildren, Jennifer Koester and husband Aaron Koch, Boston, MA; Eric Koester, Portland, Oregon; sister-in-law, Marcella Talbot, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth Talbot and a sister in infancy.

A funeral service will be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 6:00 PM until the time of service.

A burial will take place in Oklahoma at Altus City Cemetery, following services in her hometown.

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

The family would like to thank Elmcroft Senior Living and Fritzingertown Senior Living for the exceptional care they provided for Wilma.

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Evelyn M. (Ryman) Benjamin, 78, of Nescopeck Township, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at Berwick Retirement Village II, where she was residing for the past year.

Born in Nescopeck Township on November 7, 1941, she was a daughter of the late Ross G. and Dora M. (Eisenhower) Ryman. She attended Nescopeck High School. Evelyn had worked several places over the years, but her most important position was being a wife and mother. She worked hard to provide a loving home for her family, and in addition, she helped on the family farm.

She attended St James Lutheran, Zenith. She liked working in her vegetable garden and making pies with the fruit from her trees. On a nice day, she would often take a ride around the property in her golf cart. She also enjoyed visiting the casino and playing Bingo.

She will be greatly missed by her loving children: daughter, Kathy Benjamin Unger, Nescopeck Township; son, Brian Benjamin, formerly of Nescopeck; cherished granddaughter, Megan Unger; adored great granddaughter, Riley Rose Bianco; brothers: Martin Ryman and wife Brenda, Slocum Township; Russel Ryman, Nescopeck; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald E. Benjamin in 2011; son, Bradley Benjamin in 1982; brothers: Paul Ryman, Arthur Ryman, Sr., Luke Ryman and Carl Ryman; and a sister, Eleanor Franklin.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Mike Delp officiating. Interment will take place in Elan Memorial Park Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

Evelyn’s family would like to thank the nurses, aides and staff at Berwick Retirement Village for the care they provided while she resided there.

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John A Sabol, 75, of Berwick passed away on Friday, February 28, 2020 at his home.

He was born on March 18, 1944 in Beach Haven, PA. He is the son of the late John and Anna (Chebro) Sabol. John graduated from Berwick Area School District in 1962. He worked with his father at Sabol’s Service Station, the family business. Upon his father’s retirement, he became owner/operator of the business under the name Butch’s One Stop.

Butch was a fun-loving prankster who really enjoyed life to the fullest. He was an avid outdoorsman. He especially enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening & berry picking, four-wheeling & snowmobiling, baling hay and chopping wood. He was devoted to his family and enjoyed spending time with them at home: grilling, making sweet corn, and cooking his venison on his mountain stove. He liked taking his family to local community events such as firemen’s carnivals, fireworks, breakfasts, parades, and sportsmen’s expos. He enjoyed helping others, especially his son-in-law at the annual Benton Fly-in among other things. He loved attending his grandsons’ school and sporting events and being a mentor to them. He was a hard worker and a jack of all trades; he could repair or fix anything. John renovated his family home and built a barn for his daughters’ horses and other pets. In his younger years he enjoyed cars, especially his Corvette, and in recent years enjoyed riding his moped throughout the countryside.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his sister Anna Irene (Sabol) Watts.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Elizabeth “Libby” (Knowles) Sabol; three daughters: Jackie (Sabol) Andress and husband Kevin, Jill Sabol, and Jennifer (Sabol) Evans and her husband Michael. He is also survived by three grandsons: John & Thomas Andress, and Michael Evans. He has three surviving sisters: Elizabeth (Sabol) Dieterick, Margaret (Sabol) Scheno, and Barbara Sabol.

There will be no public services.

If desired, contributions can be made in his memory to Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, 100 N Academy Avenue, Danville, PA 17822. Butch would be happy if you would support the NRA and vote for gun rights.

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Ruth E. (Roup) Davis, 82, of Berwick, passed away on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at her home.

Born in Danville on April 4, 1937, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Hazle (Naus) Roup. She attended Danville area schools. On January 7, 1955, she married the late Robert E. Davis and together they had four children. Robert was in the U.S. Airforce and the family moved around a lot, because of this Ruth worked many different jobs over the years. Locally, she worked at Milco and later, owned Davis Sewing and Alterations.

Ruth was a member of Magic Needles, who was responsible for knitting over 300 hats a year that were then donated to head start and hospitals. She loved spending time with her growing family and was a huge Elvis Presley fan.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Debra Hunsinger and husband Dean, Berwick; Cathy Glosenger and husband Ed, Berwick; grandchildren, Kristy Hart and husband Jason; Elle Millard and husband Lee; Tiffany Hoffman and husband Jim; Brandi Burkhart and husband Terry; Donald Davis, Jr and wife Tara; Heather Wirt; Robert Samsel; Emilie Glosenger; great grandchildren, Kennedy Romig; Christian Romig; Bjork Millard; Xira Millard; Soren Millard; Eero Millard; Everly Hoffman; Charlotte Hoffman; Roman Davis; Sophia Davis.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her son, Donald Davis; daughter, Sue Wirt; and stepmother, Mildred Roup.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Gary Reichenbach officiating. Interment will take place at Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends from 9:00 am until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers memorial contribtuions are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.

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Brian D. Laubach, 67 of Berwick passed away Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

Born July 7, 1952 he was the son of the late Donald C. and Wanda M. (Sitler) Laubach. Brian graduated from Columbia Montour Vo Tech in 1971, and prior to that, he attended the Berwick Schools. He was employed for AC&F in Milton for 38 years and Deluxe Homes earlier for 13 years.

Brian was a member of various social clubs. He loved fishing and riding his gas-powered bicycle. He enjoyed spending time with and taking care of his cats. He recently retired and was looking forward to spending time with his wife and making more memories with his family.

Brian will be greatly missed by his wife of 50 years, Mary Jane (Kachurka) Laubach; son, Mark Laubach and his fiancé Mary Jo Leonard and grandson, Nathan Laubach and his fiancé Jess Pribula both of Berwick; sisters: Brenda Shaw and husband Mark, Anaheim Hills, CA; Susan Harris and husband Ed, Westchester; Jennifer Johnson and husband Rick, Berwick; several nieces and nephews.

At Brian’s, request there will be no viewing or funeral service at the convenience of the family a Celebration of Life will be held at later date.

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Margaret L. Robinholt, 91, of Berwick passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Berwick Retirement Village, where she had been a guest for 2 months.

Born in Salem Township on September 22, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Richard and Arith (Varner) Denn. She was a graduate of Berwick High School, class of 1946. Margaret was employed by Berwick Shirt Factory, the AC&F, and Salem House, where she was the only woman to be in purchasing at that time.

She was a member of Good Shephard Lutheran Church and the Women’s Civic Club. She enjoyed preparing Sunday and holiday meals for her family. Margaret was an avid reader. She loved sitting on her front porch, flower gardening and making beautiful arrangements for different events. She had a small greenhouse in her backyard and won many awards at the Bloomsburg fair for her hanging baskets and cut flowers.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 71 years, Bill D. Robinholt, Berwick; daughter-in-law, Barbara Robinholt, Nescopeck; grandchildren, Carolyn Superko and husband Jerry, Nescopeck; Jill Bottaro and husband Drew, Nescopeck; great grandchildren, Brady and Emmy Superko, and Brynn Bottaro. She also leaves behind a sister, Dora Derr, Nescopeck; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving son, David Robinholt in 2017; brothers, Richard and Thomas Denn; and sister, Harriet Denn.

She will be buried near her son, David, in St. James Cemetery, Zenith. A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family.

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William H. Morgan, 72, of Hollenback Township, passed away on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at his home.

Born on August 28, 1947, in Tacoma, Washington, he was a son of the late William H. and Dorothy (Schwartze) Morgan. He graduated from East Anchorage High School and later attended Penn State University where he was studying criminal justice. Bill served in the U.S. Navy as a Navy Seabee from 1965 to 1969. He served 3 tours during the Vietnam War. Bill earned several medals during his service including Vietnamese Service Medal with Fleet Marine Combat. After an honorable discharge, he started his own construction company, Morgan Drywall.

Bill was a member of the Veterans Outreach Program, Scranton. He liked horses and was involved in 4H competitions for many years. He also enjoyed flying powered paragliders.

William will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 48 years, Connie L. (Ferko) Morgan, at home; daughter, Heather Craft and husband John, Fort Wayne, Indiana; brother, David Morgan and wife, Lori, Washington; sister-in-law, Debra Ferko, Freeland; his faithful companion, Daisy; and several nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Carol Morgan.

At his request there will be no public services.

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Jess A. Corch, 64, of Nescopeck, lost his 15 month battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, on Monday February 17, 2020, at Residential Hospice, Wilkes-Barre. He thought he could beat this disease but now is at peace and no longer has any worries.

Born on June 27, 1955, in Hazleton, he was a son of the late Carmen and Alberta (Kelshaw) Corch. Jess grew up in the Weatherly area and was a 1974 graduate of Weatherly Area High School. He was a member of the Army National Guard Company C 875th Engineer, Hazleton. He worked for many local businesses including, 12 years at Dorr-Oliver, 25 years at Deluxe Building Systems, Chapin’s Oil Service, and American Paper and Supply.

Jess was a member of Mt. Zion United Church of Christ, Nescopeck. He enjoyed the sunshine, warm weather, vacationing, and his camper. He loved life, his family and extensive circle of friends.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 36 ½ years, Melanie J. (Smith) Corch, at home; daughters, Stephanie Halliday and husband John, Hanover Township; Christine Bogert and husband Adam, Nescopeck; Michelle Harmon, Drums; 5 dearly loved grandchildren, Jared Kishbaugh, Kaylee Bogert, Jacob Halliday, Alyssa Bogert, and Hunter Harmon. He also leaves behind a brother, Edward Corch and wife Elizabeth, Weatherly; sisters, Cheryl Kukowski and husband Richard, Hazle Township; Allyson Titus and husband Kyle, Weatherly; 4 nephews and 2 nieces.

Jess and his family would like to express their sincere gratitude to everyone who supported him through this ordeal with prayers, texts, calls, and cards of well wishes.

Please join his family in a celebration of life and share your memories of Jess on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Nescopeck Township Firehall, 510 Zenith Road, Nescopeck. Doors will open at 10:30 AM.

In lieu of flowers please help find a cure for glioblastoma by giving donations to the American Brain Tumor Association at give.abta.org or to Geisinger Health Foundation Research Center at Geisinger.org.

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James L. Crispell, Sr, 75, of Berwick passed away on Thursday, February 6, 2020, at Timber Ridge Health Care Center in Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Berwick on March 24, 1944, he was the son of the late Lois J (Hixon) and Clinton C. Crispell, Jr. He was a graduate of Berwick High School, class of 1962. He was self-employed as the proprietor of The Food Shop in Beach Haven.

In his younger years, James like to go hunting and fishing.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by her wife, Marion E. (Yaron) Crispell in 2002; and brother, David Crispell.

He is survived by a daughter, Michele Madl, Wilkes-Barre; son, James Crispell, Jr, Nescopeck; grandchildren, Michael Madl and Madison Crispell; and brother, Daniel Crispell, Berwick.

At his request, there will be no public services. Burial will be at the convenience of the family in Sorber Cemetery, Shickshinny.

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Shirley J. Samsel, 81, of Beach Haven passed away suddenly on Friday, February 7, 2020 at her home.

Born in Berwick on July 15, 1938, she was a daughter of the late Arlington L. and Nadine V. (Kester) Samsel. She attended school in Beach Haven. Due to her disabilities, Shirley was never able to hold a regular job, but she was a wonderful full-time caregiver to her cousin Dorothy “Dotty” Kester, for many years.

Shirley was a member of Beach Haven United Methodist Church. She loved watching TV, especially soap operas, and reading the daily newspaper. She loved animals, and over the years, had several dogs and cats of her own.

Shirley always had a bright outlook and a pleasant disposition that will be greatly missed by her brother, Fred Samsel and wife Ann, Berwick; as well as several nieces, and nephews; and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother Daryl D. Samsel; and sisters, Tamara and Barbara Samsel.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, February 14, 2020 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Pastor Susan Knorr officiating. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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Scott E. Therrien, 48, of Berwick passed away suddenly on Friday, February 7, 2020 at his home.

Born in Glens Falls, NY on March 6, 1971, he was a son of Deborah W. (Fuller) Wade-Ward and stepfather, George of New York, and the late Eugene Therrien. Scott graduated from Fort Edward High School, NY in 1989 and continued his education at Adirondack Community College. He managed a motel in Lake George before moving to Pennsylvania in 2011. He was currently employed as a manager at Milco Industries, Bloomsburg.

Scott was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hiking, fishing, and camping, especially at their campsite at Lake Ontario. He was a sports fan who followed the NY Yankees baseball, Giants football, and Syracuse Orange basketball teams. He was a huge “Star Wars” movie fan, and he liked listening to Rock music and going to concerts.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of nearly 11 years, Deidre M (Wolfe) Therrien; daughter, Emily Therrien, NY; son Seth Therrien and wife Ashley, Bloomsburg; stepsons: Robert Ford and fiancé Erika Daigle, NY; Bradly Ford and fiancé Morgan Kyttle, Berwick; grandchildren, Raelynn Therrien and Connor Brean. He was proud of his family and excited at the news of becoming grandpa “T” again. In addition to his mother and stepfather, Deborah and George, he also leaves behind a brother, Michael Therrien and wife Joann, NY; sister, Rachel Sandifur, TX; many nieces and nephews; and several close friends who were like family to him.

Friends and family are welcome to attend the visitation from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. A memorial service will immediately follow.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Animal Resource Center, PO Box 439, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Violet McGlinchey, 80, of Berwick passed away on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at Berwick Retirement Village II, surrounded by her family.

Born in the Bronx on January 16, 1940, she was the last living daughter of the late Joseph and Lillian Tortorici. She was raised in New York and graduated from James Monroe High School.

After graduation, she was invited by a friend to meet Robert J. McGlinchey. He took one look at her and fell in love. They were married in 1960 and began their life together.

Over the years, Violet worked at several places. Her most recent position, prior to retiring, was at Kings Park Psychiatric Center, NY.

Violet enjoyed crafts such as, needlepoint, sewing, and crocheting. She also liked shopping and loved spending time with her family.

In addition to her loving husband, Robert, she will be greatly missed by her children: son, Kevin McGlinchey, NY; daughter, Lisa Williamoski, Berwick; son, Michael J. McGlinchey, NY; grandchildren: Christopher, Jessica, Nicole, Tarra, Alison, and Christina; great grandchildren: Chloe, Stanley, Carly, Adriana, Greenlee, and Lucas; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters: Sadie Mitterando, Norma Hannenburg, Dorothy Viali, Marie Tortorici; and son-in-law, Joseph Williamoski.

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

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Betty A. Massina, 88, of Berwick passed away on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, following a brief illness.

Born in Mocanaqua on March 31, 1931, she was a daughter of the late Lee E. and Anna M. (Tetick) Ryman. She was raised and educated in Berwick. Betty worked at the US Radium Corporation plant in Bloomsburg. Later, she was employed at Milco in Berwick until its closing and then transferred to the Bloomsburg factory until her retirement.

Singing and dancing to Polka music was a great enjoyment for Betty. She was a huge fan of the “Shoreliners” Polka Band and would attend many of their performances. She also liked attending church festivals and picnics around the area.

In 1958, she married Alex “Bert” Massina. He passed away in 2010 after 52 years of marriage.

She will be greatly missed by her sons, Dennis Massina, Berwick; Mark Massina and companion Michelle Buck, Berwick; daughter, Sharon Massina and companion Bill Smith, Edgewater MD; grandchildren, Trista Reichenbach and husband Rich, Brighton MI; Candice Massina and companion Jon Thompson, Bethlehem; and great-grandsons, Richard and Theo. She was looking forward to the birth of a great-granddaughter in June. She also leaves behind sisters, Gloria Sharretts and husband Fred, West Field PA; Dolores Holloway, Orangeville; brother David Ryman, Desert Hot Springs CA; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, February 10, 2020 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 9:30 until the time of service.

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Mary E. (Marshall) Kelchner, 80, formerly of Berwick, passed away on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at her home in York, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Berwick on March 5, 1939, she was a daughter of the late Harold and Geraldine (Miller) Marshall. She graduated from Berwick High School in 1957.

In 1959, she married Richard W. Kelchner, Sr, who was a career Air Force service member, and they began their life together. She worked hard to provide a loving home for her husband and children as they maneuvered their way through the requirements of the military life.

Over the years, Mary worked several different places before becoming an insurance underwriter. She worked at Vaaler Insurance in Grand Forks, ND and later at Glatfelter Insurance in York.

Mary liked working on crafts such as machine embroidery, ceramics, crocheting and knitting. She spent her quiet time reading. She enjoyed fishing and camping with her husband, and spending as much time as she could with her family.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband Richard, who passed away on December 30, 2017, making 58 years of marriage on the day of his passing. She was also preceded by her sister, Winnifred Neufer; brother, William Marshall; and her parents-in-law, Atlee and Thelma Kelchner.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Patricia Kelchner, York; 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 beloved grandchildren; 10 cherished great grandchildren; a sister, Dorothy Hess (Willard), Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 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.

Memorial contributions are suggested to a Hospice & Community Care, 685 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17604.

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Valerie A. (Vasauskas) Ostrowski, 74, of Berwick, passed away on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Berwick Retirement Village II.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on January 29, 1946, she was a daughter of the late John and Helen (Rowny) Vasauskas. She graduated from Coughlin High School. As well as being a devoted mother and wife, Valerie worked at several local factories. She retired from Berwick Industries.

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, St. Mary’s, Berwick. She enjoyed listening to music, watching horror movies, and doing word puzzles in her spare time. She was an excellent seamstress. Valerie loved spending time with her family.

She will be greatly missed by daughter, Denise Zeiber and husband Troy, Bloomsburg; son, Eugene Ostrowski III and wife Jeralyn, Berwick; grandchildren, Tyler, Rose, Troy, Jr., and Dani. She also leaves behind a brother, Ronald Vasauskas and wife Theresa, Maryland, and several nieces.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Ostrowski II; twin sister, Vivian Zurawski; sister, Audrey Vasauskas.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Commonwealth Hospice, 109 West 9th Street, Suite 102, Berwick, PA 18603.

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James L. Rager, Jr., 49, of Berwick, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

Born on Forbes Airforce base in Topeka, Kansas, on August 23, 1970, he was a son of James L. and Karen L. (Mead) Rager, Sr. of Danville. He graduated from Point Pleasant Borough High School in New Jersey. Jim worked at G&B Specialties until he became disabled.

James was associated with the Salvation Army in Berwick and was a social member of the Berwick VFW Post 821. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and trapping. He was a Berwick Bulldogs football fan and collected coins. He liked grabbing a cup of coffee at Turkey Hill and talking with the guys in his coffee club in the morning.

In addition to his parents, he will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 14 years, Darlene L. (Longenberger) Rager; son, Collin Rager; stepsons, Richard Longenberger and Bill Traugh; granddaughter, Sheri. He also leaves behind a sister, Allison Wilson and husband Dan; brother, Jeffery Rager; several nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family will receive friends from 4:00 – 6:00 PM on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. A memorial service will follow.

Family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Salvation Army, 320 West Second Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Bonnie L. (Wark) Taylor, 70, of Berwick passed away on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on April 4, 1949, she was a daughter of Barbara J. (Collins) Wark of Berwick, and the late Rodney “Boots” Wark. She was a graduate of Berwick High School, class of 1967. Bonnie worked for many years at Datacom in Berwick, and retired from Thompson Mailing, Bloomsburg. After retirement, she worked seasonally at Wise Snack Foods, Berwick.

Bonnie liked reading and grocery shopping. She loved her many cats, both past and present, and spent much of her time taking care of them. She also greatly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her son, James Taylor and his partner Pamela Taylor, Berwick; grandchildren, Kaitlin, Kristina and Cody; step-grandchildren, Amber and Amanda; step great-grandson, Mason; brother, John A. Wark and wife Jackie, Berwick; sister, JoAnn Thoryk, Berwick; Peggy Wark, Berwick; and several nieces and nephews.

At the family’s request there will be no public services. Arrangements are entrusted to Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck.

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Glady M. (Schloyer) Bason, 98, of Berwick passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Nescopeck on January 1, 1922, she was the last living child of the late Willard A. and Maud L. (Fenstermacher) Schloyer. She was a graduate of Nescopeck High School, class of 1939. During WWII, Gladys was employed at the Multiplex Manufacturing, and later at Boyers print shop. Prior to retiring, she worked as the secretary at Bower Memorial Church and First United Methodist Church in Berwick.

Gladys was an active member of Mt. Zion United Church of Christ, Briggsville, where she was part of the Ladies Aide. She was one of the first volunteers at the Hope Center food cupboard. She liked crafting, including knitting, crocheting and sewing. She could often be found tending to her flowers or doing yard work. She enjoyed reading books and travelling with her children and their families.

She will be greatly missed by her son, Willard Bason and wife Madelyn, Berwick; daughter, Sylvia Fritz and husband, David, Berwick; grandchildren, Heidi, Christina, Willard Jr “Bill”; and Shawn; great grandchildren, Katie, Wesley, Alexandria and Airlia; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded by her husband of 53 years, Lamar A. Bason; sisters, Katherine Frace, Ethel Ungemach, Wilma Fetterman; and brother, Rev. Ray Schloyer.

Family will receive friends on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 E. Third St, Nescopeck.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg.

The family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.

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Fredrick P. Mowery passed away on January 19th, 2020 at the age of 69.

He was born in Berwick on February 19th, 1950. Fred is the son of the late Archie and Winifred Mowery. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Ronnie and Gary Mowery.

Fred was raised in the Berwick area but spent much of his life in Orangeville, where he raised animals including rabbits and chickens. He had a garden in his back yard where he enjoyed spending his time tending to his plants. He loved to hunt, fish, and garden.

He is survived by his sons and daughter: Shawn, Eric, Stephen, and Hera Mowery; granddaughters: Angel and Harlee; sisters: Nancy Musselman; Sandra Warba; Kathy Kondercheck and husband Ralph; Deborah Tanner and husband George; Bonnie Probst; brother, Darwin Mowery and wife Betty; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He will be missed, but never forgotten.

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James J. Mullen, 81, of Berwick, passed away on January 18, 2020, at home surrounded by his family.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on March 25, 1938, he was a son of the late James C. Mullen and Dorothy (Hummer) Boritz. He graduated from Huntington Mills High School in 1954. Jimmy worked as a school bus driver in Connecticut for a few years. He was employed at Unilever, retiring after many years.

Jimmy liked to go fishing and watch wrestling. He loved spending time with his family, they were the most important thing to him.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 65 years, Shirley J. (Shoemaker) Mullen, at home; children: Ethel Carpinella and husband Michael, Connecticut; Joseph Mullen, Connecticut; Alberta Mullen-Skirkanich, Berwick; Sami Gunnoud and husband David, Long Island; 12 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren, he was looking forward to the birth of his 21st great grandchild in July. He also leaves behind a sister, Mary Jane St. John and husband Terry, Texas; sister-in-laws: Ruth Mullen, Maryland; Dorothy Knouse and husband Joseph, Shickshinny; brother-in-law, Wayne Shoemaker, Shickshinny; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Louie Mullen.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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George E. Brown III, 37, of Wapwallopen, passed away on January 18, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on April 11, 1982, he was a son of George E. and Janet L. (Shaffer) Brown, Jr., of Wapwallopen. He attended Berwick High School. George worked at Wise Potato Chip Company, Berwick and G&J Transportation. Most recently he was employed at C&I Boiler.

George was a member of the Bloom Hobby Shop, where he enjoyed racing cars. He liked hunting and working on cars. He loved to play video games on his Nintendo Switch. George was an avid fan of football and wrestling, he rooted for the Kansas City Chiefs, Notre Dame and Penn State wrestling.

In addition to his parents he will be greatly missed by his sons, Tyler J. Reilly, Berwick; George E. Brown IV; Cameron J. Brown, both at home; sister, Amy Renaud and husband Gary, Wapwallopen. He also leaves behind a niece, Monica Welch; nephew, Hunter Welch; maternal grandmother, Shirley M. Shaffer, Berwick; paternal grandmother, Shirley M. Balazs, Shickshinny; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his companion of 6 years, Shoshana M. Reilly in 2013.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 2:00 PM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family to help defray his final expenses.

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Paul R. Bloom, Sr, 95 of Bloomsburg passed away very peacefully on Saturday, January 11, 2020

Known by everyone as “Poppy” he was one of 12 children and returned to the area after retirement to be close to the family that he loved so dearly. He was loved by everyone and will always be remembered by his wonderful smile and caring heart. Thankfully he lived a very long and healthy life, and left us all with so many wonderful memories that Poppy will stay in our hearts forever. Poppy will be missed by many and loved by all.

Poppy leaves behind his children, Paulette Rich, Peggy Madison, Paul Bloom Jr, and Amanda Kelly, and stepchildren Judy Bruner and Raymond Onderko. Along with 16 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, 7 great-great grandchildren and brother Carl.

He was preceded in death by his wife Doris, son Parvin Oliver, daughter Pam, grandson Brian and his 10 brothers and sisters, Roland, Parvin, Ivan, Willard, Geraldine, Uthema, June, Warren, Frank and Vernon.

At family's request there will be no funeral service and Interment in Rose Lawn cemetery park will be held at a later date.

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Catherine “Katie” (Kerlish) Zeek Crouse, 96, of Berwick, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 5, 2020, at her home.

Born in Berwick on December 25, 1923, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Anna (Polke) Kerlish. She graduated from Berwick High School in 1941. Katie worked in various human resource roles at many companies over the years. Some of her employers included Jacoby Agency, Wise Potato Chip Company, Berwick Shirt Company, and lastly worked as an Assistant Treasurer of Berwick Borough, her final job prior to retirement.

Katie was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Berwick for 76 years. She was a member of the Berwick Historical Society. She participated in the exchange program with “Berwick Upon Tweed” in 1992. Katie was a member of the YMCA and enjoyed the water aerobics program. She loved to help people and volunteered for Meals on Wheels and the Berwick Senior Center. Katie maintained her education around how to file income taxes well into her 90’s and enjoyed helping people with their taxes. She was very involved with her church and supportive of the people around her.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Bonnie Kearney and husband Gerald, Newtown; Cathy Katynski and husband Nick, Lehighton; grandchildren: John Eric Zeek, Jason Zeek, Adam Zeek, Erin Kearney, Megan Kearney, Jade Leitzel, Tanner Leitzel; great grandchildren: Riley Zeek, Scarlett Sliwinski, Raymond Sliwinski, Naveen Singh, and Eden Brunner. She also leaves behind a step-sister, Annie Lohoski of Clifton Park, NY; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband of 41 years, John B. Zeek; second husband, Leon Crouse; son, John Ernest Zeek; 9 brothers and sisters.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, January 17, 2020 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1000 Orange Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1000 Orange Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Joseph S. Rish, 75, of Statesville, NC, formerly of Berwick, passed away on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 following a brief illness.

Born in Glen Lyon on August 30, 1944, he was a son of the late Stanley J and Celia S. (Namovicz) Rish. He attended in school in Glen Lyon and was employed at Bercon Industries, which later became Consolidated Container for over 45 years. After retirement, Joe moved to Arizona where he lived for 6 years before moving to Statesville, NC.

Joe was a member of the NRA and a very knowledgeable gun enthusiast. He liked target shooting and reloading shells. He also enjoyed hunting, especially with his son.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 34 years, Donna L. (Andrezze) Rish; son, Brian Rish and wife Kim, Berwick; stepchildren: Ronda young, Ralph Young and Doreen Halczak; 22 grandchildren; and many great grandchildren. He also leaves behind a sister, Marie Soto and husband Peter, SC; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Allen and Sandy Andrezze, Nescopeck; Michael and Ethel Smith, Berwick; Donald Andrezze; Berwick; Robert and Ann Marie McGuire, Berwick; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, January 13, 2020 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Pastor Scott Winter officiating. Interment will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until the time of service.

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Shelbey Grey Culver, 20, of Berwick passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, after courageously battling many medical issues during her short life.

Born in Bloomsburg on May 12, 1999, she was the daughter of Todd and Michele (Minnier) Culver of Berwick. Shelbey was currently in her senior year at Berwick High School, and always had a good time attending the life skills activities, especially the dances.

She was a member of Faith United Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nescopeck. She liked putting puzzles together and playing UNO. She loved watching Disney movies and listing to movie soundtracks. She enjoyed riding at Eos.

In addition to her parents, she will be greatly missed by her sisters, Whitley Culver, State College; Tawney Culver, at home; grandparents: Paul and Emily (Killian) Culver, Shickshinny; Arthur and Mary Ann (Bittenbender) Naugle, Berwick; and David Minnier, Mountain Top; Aunts and Uncles: Colleen and Ed Lanning; Bret and Kristin Culver; Penny and Len Hill, all from Shickshinny; Travis and Kristina Culver, Berwick; Heather and Brian Seigfried, Shickshinny; Corin and John Ulichney, Catawissa; Laurie and Steve Clark, West Chatham, MA; Geoffrey Naugle, Berwick; cousins: Clint, Laura, Brandon, Janelle, Michael, Jenny, Melanie, Maddie, Bella, Levi, Grace, Daniel, Charlee, Hillary, Stephanie and Melanie; several great aunts and uncles, including Jack and Lella Samsel, Bloomsburg; and her best friend, Cindy Shoemaker.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Carol Minnier and her great grandparents.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, January 13, 2020 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 E. Third St, Nescopeck with Rev. Jeffrey Odgren officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends on Sunday, January 12th from 2:00-4:00 PM and Monday from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to Eos Therapeutic Riding Center, 288 Dahl Rd, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 or Ronald McDonald House, 100 Academy Ave, Danville, PA 17822.

If you are attended the viewing or service, in celebration of Shelbey's life, please wear any color of the rainbow.

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Alphonso “Bud”F. Stepanski, Jr., 73, of Nescopeck, passed away suddenly on Sunday, December 29, 2019, at his home.

Born in Nanticoke on September 16, 1946, he was a son of the late Alphonso F. and Evelyn M. (Rittenhouse) Stepanski, Sr. He graduated from Lake Lehman High School. After high school, Alphonso served honorably in the United States Airforce from 1965 to 1969, during the Vietnam War. He retired from SCI Dallas, where he worked as a correctional officer.

Alphonso was a member of Maple Grove United Methodist Church, Hunlock Creek, PA. He was a member of the Nescopeck Hunting and Rifle Club and the Berwick Rifle Range. He loved listening to 50’s music, enjoyed taking care of his family in many ways, target shooting, gun collecting, spending time with his children and grandchildren, and feeding his dog, cats, wild birds and squirrels. He loved having his family around especially on the holidays, always making sure everyone enjoyed themselves and were well fed.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 52 years, Clara “Fran” (Welch) Stepanski, at home; children: Alphonso “Chip” Stepanski III and wife Teresa, Crowley, Texas; Angelia Russell and husband Jeffrey, Cross fork, PA; Buddy L. Stepanski and wife Christina, Nescopeck; grandchildren: Timothy, Austin, Chantal, Slade, Jonah, Trinity, Tristhan, and Emily. He also leaves behind sisters, Bonnie Naugle, in Hunlock Creek; Ronnalee Albourn, Freeland; Nancy Jones and husband Arnold, Canterbury, Connecticut; brother, Michael Stepanski and wife Lynn, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Justin.

At Alphonso’s request there will be no public services. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Diane S. (Samsel) Quinn, 61, of Berwick passed away on Thursday, January 2, 2020 unexpectedly at Berwick Hospital Center.

Born in Berwick on November 12, 1958, she was the daughter of Jack W. and Lella M. (Naugle) Samsel. She graduated from Berwick High School. Diane worked hard to providing a loving home for her family.

Diane loved animals and spent much of her time taking care of her bunny, dog and bird. She also enjoyed feeding the birds outside.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 35 years, Timothy J. Quinn of Berwick; daughter: Kris Samsel and spouse Samantha, Bloomsburg; sister: Hollie Alberstson , VA; uncles: Arthur Naugle and wife Mary Ann; Robert Samsel and wife Marge, both of Nescopeck; aunt, Sally Knelly and husband Richard, Stillwater; nephews: Jeremy Albertson and wife Michelle; and Greg Albertson and wife Jennifer, both of VA.

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

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Lillian M. (Kishbaugh) Moyer, 93, of Berwick, passed away on Monday, December 30, 2019, at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Born on March 22, 1926 in Berwick, she was the daughter of the late Donald L. and Viola (Carrathers) Kishbaugh, Sr. She was a graduate of Berwick High School, class of 1944. Along with her husband and children Lillian owned and operated the family general store, Moyer’s Market, for many years. She also worked at Tops as a regional coordinator.

Lillian was a member of St. Peters United Church of Christ, Hobbie. She was an avid piano player. Lillian enjoyed baking and was known for her cakes. She made many birthday and wedding cakes over the years.

She will be greatly missed by her sons: Dale Moyer and wife Gwen, Nescopeck; Stephen Moyer, Wapwallopen; 5 granddaughters; 9 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of over 60 years, Delbert Moyer in 2007; son, Donald Moyer; 2 grandchildren; 1 great grandson; brothers, Donald Kishbaugh, Jr. and Joseph Kishbaugh.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, January 6, 2020 at St. Peters UCC, Hobbie with Pastor James Stanley officiating. Interment will follow in Silver Maple Cemetery. A viewing will be held at the church from 1:00 PM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St Peters UCC, 613 West County Road, Wapwallopen, PA 18660.

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Heister F. Lutz, 98, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at Berwick Retirement Village II.

Born in Mifflinville on November 25, 1921, he was a son of the late Christian F. and Lillian M. (Lynch) Lutz. He was a graduate of Berwick High School and attended LaSalle University in Philadelphia. He was proud of his country and honorably served in the US Coast Guard during WWII. Heister retired from Philadelphia Gas Works, where he was employed for 32 years.

While living in Feasterville, Heister was a member of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church where, because he was a “jack of all trades”, he became the head of the property for the church. After moving back to the Berwick area he was a member of his childhood church First Reformed Church, Berwick. Most recently, he attended Stone United Methodist Church, Berwick. He was a member of the American Legion #541, Bloomsburg, and Knapp Lodge 462 F&AM, Berwick. He enjoyed baking and will be remembered for his apple dumplings and squash pies. He liked wood working, gardening during his younger years, and was an HO train enthusiast. He was very kind to everyone and loved taking care of others.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 58 years, Marie M. (Hart) Lutz who died on July 19, 2005; sisters: Beatrice Wright; Mary Huntsinger; Dorothy O’Neill; Geneva Raup; and brother, Alvin Lutz.

He will be greatly missed by his son, Wayne Lutz and wife Nelsa, Lancaster County; daughter, Kay French and husband Gerald “Jerry”, Guffey, CO; 7 grandchildren: Leslie Mudge, Dr. Ron DeLanzo, Major Boyd DeLanzo, Dr. Hilary Sauder, Chad Larson, Richard Larson, and David Larson; 13 great grandchildren with another arriving in January; many nieces and nephews; and good friend, Sharlene Daily.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, January 2, 2020 at Stone UM Church, Berwick with his pastor, Reverend Robert Rice officiating. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends at the church on Thursday from 9:00 to 10:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Stone United Methodist Church, 300 Stone Church Road, Berwick, PA 18603.

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James Gerald McGraw, 93, of Berwick passed away on Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at Berwick Retirement Village, where he was residing since last October.

Born in Salem Township on September 14, 1926, he was a son of the late Charles F. and Etta E. (Mitchell) McGraw. He attended Berwick area schools. James worked at Dockey’s Shirt Factory and later at the AC&F in Berwick. He retired as a supervisor from Wise Potato Chips, where he was employed for nearly 50 years.

James attended St Paul’s Methodist Church, Berwick. He was an excellent mechanic and in his spare time enjoyed working on cars. He enjoyed going out for breakfast each week with his friends, and visiting casinos with his wife, Nellie.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie J. (Rhone) McGraw, who passed away on December 5, 2018; stepsons, Wayne Margita and Frank “Jim” Margita; brothers: John W. McGraw and his wife Florence; Charles B. McGraw and wife Eva; Bruce E. McGraw and wife Mary; sisters: Edna M. Sickler and husband Hurley; Laura E. Kost and husband Michael; Marian L. Saxe and husband Granville; and brother-in law, Richard Foley.

He will be greatly missed by stepsons: Douglas Margita and wife Mary, Missouri; Zolie Margita and wife Vickie, Texas; many grandchildren; his sister, Shirley Foley of Berwick; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, December 30, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third St, Nescopeck with Chaplin Mike Delp officiating. Interment will take place in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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Stephen J. German, 53, of Berwick, passed away on Saturday, December 21, 2019, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born on February 24, 1966 in Mansfield, Ohio, he was a son of Helen J. (Taylor) German of Sandusky, Ohio and the late Fred R. German. He graduated from Ontario High School, Ohio. He honorably served in the U.S. Airforce from 1987 to 1998, during Panama and Desert Storm.

Stephen enjoyed volunteering much of his time to help veterans. His special love was for The American Legion; he was an honorary life member of Roger B. Chaffee Post 154; Wyoming, Michigan. He was an emeritus member of the Department of Michigan of Internal Affairs Committee. He was past fifth district commander of the Department of Michigan. He was a past commander of Roger B. Chaffee 154 Wyoming, Michigan and Walter L. Fox Post 2 Dover, Delaware. He was a lifetime member of the NADHAL. He was a life member of ANAVICUS. He was also a lifetime member of AMVets Post 1, Delaware. He was also a master mason of the Union Lodge No. 7, Dover, Delaware, and a 32-degree mason in the Scottish Rite, Valley of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

In addition to his mother, he will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 30 years, Shari E. (Gates) German, at home; brothers: Daniel German and wife Mary, Ohio; Matthew German and wife Patti, Ohio; four nephews and one niece; his faithful companion, Baron Von German; and many extended family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, January 3, 2020 at Great Lakes National Cemetery, 4200 Belford Road, Holly, Michigan 48442, where he will also be interred.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to The American Legion National Organization or to your local American Legion post.

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Alvin D. Cole, Jr., 54, of Hunlock Creek, passed away on Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on September 22, 1965, he was a son of Alvin D. and Elfriede (Knobel) Cole, Sr. of Berwick. He attended Greater Nanticoke Area schools. Alvin worked many jobs throughout his life until his health started to decline.

He was a member of the Polish Falcons Nest 163, Mocanaqua. He enjoyed fixing up his old cars, especially painting and body work. He liked to go for rides on his four-wheeler and go fishing. Alvin loved spending time with his grandson.

In addition to his parents, he will be greatly missed by his companion of 16 years, Kathy Mason, at home; children, Jacqueline Cole, Mocanaqua; Jonathan Cole, Wilkes-Barre; Joshua Cole, Florida; Karly Mason, Hunlock Creek; grandsons, Conner and Mason. He also leaves behind brothers, Woodrow “Woody” Cole, Ashley; Kurt Cole, Mocanaqua; and a niece, a nephew, and 2 great nieces.

A memorial service will be held at 7:00 PM on Monday, December 23, 2019, at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 5:00 PM until the time of service.

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Beatrice A. (Houser) Turnack, 85, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at the Berwick Retirement Village surrounded by family.

Born February 9, 1934 in Dorrance Township, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Gertrude (Fry) Houser. Beatrice attended Wenner’s One Room School House and graduated from Newport High School. She worked at Bercon Packaging and the Cigar Factory in Berwick. She spent many years providing child care in her home and was a second “mom” to many young children and a blessing to many parents.

Beatrice was a member of Faith United Evangelical Lutheran (F.U.E.L.) Church (formerly St. Mark’s Lutheran Church) in Nescopeck for the past 60+ years. She was active in her church, having served as a Sunday School teacher, Sunday School Secretary/Treasurer, member of the Lutheran Church Women (LCW), served on the Altar Guild, assisted with Bible School, was Coordinator/Planner for church meals, and helped with the Easter Egg Project. Beatrice was a wonderfully loving, kind, and fun loving wife, mother, and nana who enjoyed canning and baking and was well known for her filled rolls at the holidays. She was also a wonderful cook. She loved family get togethers where everyone sat around the table enjoying good food, conversations, laughter, and playing games.

She will be greatly missed by her husband of 65 years, Basil “Willie” Turnack, Nescopeck; daughters Debby Nye (Paul), Nescopeck; Tina Superko (Jerry), Nescopeck; Ivy Shortz (Alan), Franklinville, NY; grandchildren Kelly Eddinger (Bret), Elkton, MD; Jerry Superko (Carolyn), Nescopeck; Aaron Shortz, Olean, NY, and A.J. Shortz, Franklinville, NY; great grandchildren Connery and Maddy Eddinger, Elkton, MD, and Brady and Emmy Bea Superko, Nescopeck; sisters in law, Carolyn Houser, Berwick, and Sophie Olaskiewicz of Rock Hill, SC.

Beatrice was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Preceding her in death were her brothers Albert, Ellsworth, Eugene, David and sisters Irene, Marian, Betty, Gertrude, and Esther.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Faith United Evangelical Lutheran (F.U.E.L.) Church, 801 Third Street, Nescopeck. The Rev. Jeffrey Odgren will be officiating. She will be laid to rest at Pine Grove Cemetery, Walnut Street, Berwick. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Family will also receive friends on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 from 10:00-11:00 AM at Faith United Evangelical Lutheran (F.U.E.L.) Church, Nescopeck.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to Faith United Evangelical Lutheran (F.U.E.L.) Church, 801 Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 57 North Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.

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Mary Ruth Carl, 89, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at her home.

Born in Bloomsburg on August 25, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Millard and Mae D. (Hackling) Pegg, and was a graduate of Bloomsburg High School. After graduation, Mary Ruth worked at the Silk Mill in Bloomsburg, and later the Radium Plant.

In 1952, she married her beloved husband, Allen A. Carl. After the birth of her daughter, Pamela, she made the choice to be a full-time wife and mother, who worked hard to provide a warm and loving home for her family.

Mary Ruth was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Berwick for over 50 years. She liked working in her puzzle books and watching “The Family Feud”. She loved going to out to dinner each week with her daughter and son-in-law, as well as vacationing in Cape May each year. She also enjoyed trips to Rehoboth Beach, DE, to visit her aunt.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Allen on February 2, 2000; a sister, Clara Benjamin on Dec. 3, 1992; and a nephew Bobby Benjamin.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Pamela Badolato and husband Leonard “Junie”, Berwick; grandchildren, Maria Cornett and husband Troy, VA; Michael Badolato and Mark Badolato, both of Berwick; great grandchildren, Carson Pocceschi, Brenah Cornet and Katelen Badolato; a niece, Bunny Bredbenner and husband Doug; a nephew, Brad Benjamin; 3 great grand nephews and a great grand niece.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, December 16, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with her pastor, Reverend Chad Hebrink officiating. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends on Sunday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Grace Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 1315 Fairview Ave, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Howard F. Carter, 82, of Hollenback Township passed away on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville after a short battle with cancer. His loving wife was by his side.

Born in Norristown on October 17, 1937, he was the son of the late Howard and Edna (Lightfoot) Carter. He was a graduate of Upper Merion High School, class of 1956. “Howie” retired from PPL Corporation where he worked as a heavy equipment operator for over 30 years.

Howard was a member of Mt. Zion United Church of Christ, Briggsville. He was a member of Hazle Azalea Fellowship Masonic Lodge 327, Hazleton. He enjoyed hunting and was an avid Eagles football fan. He was a talented wood craftsman who made birdhouses, garden carts and many other items over the years.

He will be greatly missed by his wife J. Loueen Carter with whom he would have celebrated a 57th anniversary on December 15th; daughters, Cynthia L. Pauff, Lime Ridge; Vonda K. Yoder and husband Bryan, NC; sons, John A. Pfromm and wife YongSun, UT; Bret Pfromm and wife Shelly, Nescopeck; 6 grandchildren, Matthew Yoder, Rebecca Yoder, Julie Walter, James Pfromm, Jonathan Pfromm and Candice Slack; 3 great grandchildren, Grace, Carly and Calvin; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Carl Pauff; and sister, Sandy Dubler.

Family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 PM on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. The funeral service will follow at 4:00 PM. A masonic service will be held at 3:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Mt. Zion UCC, C/O 832 Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

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James R. “Jack” Adams, 66, of Salem Township, passed away suddenly on Friday, December 6, 2019 at his home.

Born in Kingston on October 8, 1953, he was a son of the late John and Stella (Cahill) Adams. He was educated in Shickshinny schools before graduating from Westside Tech, Pringle. Jack was employed as a water proofer for many years before working at Dura-Bond in Salem Township.

Jack was a member of the Polish Falcons Nest 163, Mocanaqua. He enjoyed going hunting and fishing. He liked to watch NASCAR and was an avid Harry Gant fan. Jack loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 47 years, Deborah L. (Girard) Adams, at home; daughter, Hope Drumheller and fiancé Scott Bortz, Shickshinny; son, James Adams II, Shickshinny; grandchildren: Cory, Cody, Kiersten, Cailee, Hailey, James D., and Jennie; 4 great grandchildren: Elaina, Niya, Alianna, and Ava. He also leaves behind a brother, Thomas Adams and wife Bonnie, Berwick; a sister, Shirley Naunzek, Stillwater; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Richard and John Adams; and a sister, Ruthann McCabe.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Sorber Cemetery, Reyburn. Family will receive friends on Friday, December 13, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 PM at the funeral home.

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Clyde R. “Robert” Yost, Sr., 81, of Bloomsburg, passed away on December 4, 2019, at his home, surrounded by family.

Born on August 30, 1938, in Nanticoke, he was a son of the late Glenn H. and Grace I. (Hutton) Yost. He attended Rock Glen area schools. Robert worked as an independent truck driver for 15 years and later worked at Foam Fabricators, Bloomsburg.

He liked working with his hands and could build anything he set his mind to. Most recently, he built a swing set. Robert was an excellent mechanic and used those skills to rebuild lawnmowers. In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 35 years, Irene E. (Nagle) Yost; sons: Jason Yost, Berwick; Clyde R. Yost, Jr. and wife Kim, Nescopeck; daughter: Terri Shadle and husband Brian, Berwick; stepchildren: Susan Neufer, Berwick; Roxanne Olah and companion Blaise, Berwick; Vicki Hess and husband Elwood, Berwick; 13 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren. He was looking forward to the birth of his 13th great grandchild in April.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four of his siblings and a stepdaughter, Pamlea Wright.

At his request there will be no public services.

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Rachel S. (Derby) Hess, 60, of Berwick passed away on November 30, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where she was a patient since Wednesday. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Berwick on January 6, 1959, she was a daughter of Mary R. (Dewald) Derby of Berwick and the late Andress B. Derby. She was a graduate of Columbia Montour Vo-Tech, class of 1978, and went on to earn Associate Degrees in Computer Science and Medical Coding from Luzerne County Community College. For 34 years, she was employed at Wise Potato Chips, Berwick. She enjoyed her job and the people she worked with.

Rachel was a member of the Red Hats Society. She liked fishing, UTV riding, baking, and crafts. She spent many hours decorating each year for Christmas. Although some would say she was a “dog person”, she really loved Beagles, especially her two, “Ghost” and “Penny”. She was a wonderful “Mimi” to her grandchildren and loved spending time with them.

In addition to her mother, she will be greatly missed by her husband of 16 years, Kevin L. Hess; sons: Corey Milheim and wife Michelle, Berwick; Chase Milheim and wife Samantha, Berwick; 2 grandchildren Ryan and Raegan Milheim; 5 step grandchildren: Camden, Jaxson, Fantasha and Richie Welsh; and Riley Norquest. She also leaves behind sisters, Ruth Butrej and husband Terry, Northumberland; Jane Derby and husband Randy Porter, Magnolia, TX; Daniel Derby and wife Mary, Anchorage, AK; several nieces and nephews; and grand nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third St, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Old River Road Cemetery, Wapwallopen. Family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Animal Resource Center, PO Box 439, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Florence Ann (Paisley) Petroski, 59, of Stillwater, died on Nov 28, 2019, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Nanticoke on August 22, 1960, she was the daughter of the late Garvin and Gladys Paisley.

She is survived by three children, Kevin and Jeffery Ruckle, and Brian Robbins. She loved her children with all her heart and soul, and was so proud of her grandchildren, Kaitlyn Ruckle, Caleb Coffey, Chris Robbins, and Ellie Robbins.

Florence leaves behind five siblings, Darlene Grosz, Cynthia Errigo, Betty Blazick, Doris Shaw, and Gary Paisley. She has many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved son, Travis, and brothers, Garvin and Gene.

Florence had an unconditional love for her dog, Candy, and her grandkitties. She had a kinship with all animals. She was a great artist and loved photography. She had a zest for the humor in life, and this came through in her personality. She always put a smile on our faces and laughter in our hearts with her antics. She treasured family and always went the extra mile to maintain a relationship with extended family members. She was loved and will be missed, but we know she is now with her son, parents, and brothers.

A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to her son, Jeffery Ruckle, 36 Oregon Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, to assist the family with Florence's final expenses.

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Mary K. (Bodnar) Fetterman, 74, of Berwick passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, November 27, 2019, surrounded by family.

Born in Hazleton on November 14, 2019, she was a daughter of the late Stephen and Yvonne (Holloway) Bodnar, Sr. She was a graduate of Berwick High School, class of 1963. Mary worked as a case worker at the Columbia County Assistance office for over 30 years before she retired.

Mary was a very active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Berwick where she was a member of WELCA, the alter guild and was a past council president. She enjoyed shopping, needlepoint and making ceramics. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her sons: H. Stephen Slusser, Nescopeck; Jamie Slusser and wife Michelle, Berwick; Robby Slusser and wife Bridget, Berwick; Jason Slusser and wife Kristy, West Chester; cherished grandchildren, Alex, Olivia, Max, Sydney and Grace. She also leaves behind her sisters, Stephanie Bodnar; April Bardow and husband John; Darlas Fink and husband Mark; and brother, Stephen Bodnar, all from Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, December 2, 2019 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Berwick with Reverend Christine Kirchner officiating. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Monday morning from 10:00 AM until the time of service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1600 Fowler Avenue, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Bradley B. Snyder, 48, of Manchester, formerly of Mifflinville passed away unexpectedly on Monday, November 25, 2019 at UPMC Memorial Hospital in York.

Born in Danville on February 28, 1971, he was the only child of William E. and Susan (Thomas) Snyder. He graduated from Central Columbia High School in 1989 and attended Lafayette College for 1 year. In 1994 he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from Bloomsburg University. After graduation he worked as a computer analyst at Pfaltzgraff in York. For the past 19 years, he was employed by the State of Pennsylvania as a Database Administrator.

In the nicer months, Brad could be often found working outside either mowing his grass or tending his garden, and he was known for the variety of peppers he grew. His favorite hobbies were golfing and skiing. He was an avid Steelers football fan. In his younger years, he liked hunting.

In addition to his parents, he will be greatly missed by his cousins, Kimberly Longfellow; Doreen Musto; David McGoldrick; and their children.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Earl and Irene (McCormick) Snyder; James and Dorothy (Hughes) Thomas; and several aunts and uncles.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Gordon Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends from 9:30 AM until the time of service.

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Vernie I. (Peters) Wolfe, 90, of Wapwallopen passed away on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Jonestown on December 6, 1928, she was the last living child of the late Herman and Nellie (Davis) Peters. Vernie was educated in a one-room schoolhouse in Summerhill. At a young age, she started working to help support her family. She worked at M&M Dress Factory for over 50 years, and later, Lady Ester until she retired.

Vernie loved her dog, “Max”. She enjoyed working outside with her flowers, and she was an excellent cook. She had a large collection of dolls. She loved it when her grandchildren and great grandchildren came to visit.

She will be greatly missed by her loving daughter, Susan Yoder and husband Rodney, Wapwallopen; cherished grandchildren: Jason Stradnick, Jesse Yoder and Cody Yoder; adored great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Cletus Wolfe in 1991; brothers, Charles and Roy Peters; sisters, Kate Knorr and Stella Hossler.

At Vernie’s request there will be no public services. She will be laid to rest next to her husband in Old Mt. Zion Cemetery, Hobbie at the convenience of the family.

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Donald M. “Donnie” Yoder, Jr., 56, of Nescopeck Township, passed away unexpectedly on November 18, 2019 at his home.

Born in Berwick on June 16,1963, he was a son of the late Donald M. and Thelma M. (Yost) Yoder, Sr. He graduated from Columbia Montour Vo-Tech School. Donnie worked on the family farm and most recently was employed at Wise Foods.

Donnie was a member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. He liked to attend farm auctions and tractor shows. He loved John Deere tractors. Donnie enjoyed watching car races and attending carnivals. He was an avid reader of Lancaster Farmer and many other farming magazines. He was a big animal lover.

He will be greatly missed by his brothers and sister: Allen Yoder, Sr. and wife Sally, Nescopeck Township; Barbara Hoffman and husband Edward, Hobbie; Tom Yoder, Nescopeck Township; Randy Yoder and wife Ruth, Nescopeck Township. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins, and his cat, “Kitty”, who was his faithful sidekick.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his nephew, Jody Yoder in 2017.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Reverend Oliver Brown officiating. Interment will take place in St. James Cemetery, Zenith. Family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until the time of service.

Family will be taking care of flowers. Memorial contributions are suggested to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Nathan James Peters, age 33, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, November 19, 2019.

Born in Berwick on October 6, 1986 he was a son of John R. and Lynette A. (Mowery) Peters. He graduated from Berwick High School in 2007. Nathan was employed as a heavy equipment operator at Riverview Block for several years, and recently took at job with a roofing company in the Poconos.

Nathan loved being outdoors, hunting with the gang from Mowery Mountain Hunting Club, fishing or riding ATVs and Motorcycles with his brother. He also liked making jerky and bologna with his pap. He was an outgoing and fun-loving person who made friends easily and was always kind to others.

In addition to his parents, he will be greatly missed by his brother, Joshua Peters, Nescopeck; grandparents, James and Linda (Stout) Mowery Sr; Sandy (Sharrow) McAfee; aunts: Kathy Hoyt and husband Joel; Tammy McAfee and husband Butch; uncles: James Mowery Jr; Mike Peters and wife Diane; Greg Meixsell and wife Kristine; cousins: Jamie Mowery; Jenna and Alexis Meixsell; Tyler and Morgan McAfee; many extended family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by grandfathers, Fred McAfee and Ronnie Peters; great grandparents, Miles and Myrtle Peters and Carl and Stella Sharrow.

Family will receive friends on Friday, November 22, 2019 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck followed by a funeral service at 6:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, please honor his memory by doing a good deed for someone in need.

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Stanley “Sonny” Harvey, Jr, 81, of Berwick passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Mifflinville on June 1, 1938, he was a son of the late Stanley J. Harvey, Sr and Harriet (Nagle) Harvey McCarty. He graduated from Central Columbia High School in 1958 and served in the US Marine Corps. He retired from Jack Metzer Ford, Danville where he worked for 32 years.

In his younger years, Sonny enjoyed hunting and fishing. He like tinkering on projects around his home. He was a NASCAR fan who rooted for Kyle Bush and his favorite football team was the Broncos.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 42 years, Barbara E. (Parker) Harvey, at home; daughter, Denise Harvey, Coal Twp; Christopher Harvey, Bloomsburg; Stanley Harvey III and wife Jenifer, Berwick; stepdaughter, Christine Shiffer, Atlas; 7 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; brother, Leslie Harvey and wife Jennifer, Pittsburg; sisters: Faye Bushinski and husband Frank; Lois McAfee and husband Eli; Louise Heimbach and husband Dennis; Patty Brockmann and husband Brian, all from Berwick; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Randy Harvey; and sisters, Linda and Lily Harvey.

At Sonny’s request there will be no public services. Burial in Elan Memorial Park will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the SPCA or the American Lung Association.

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Robert W. Andreas, 76, of Nescopeck, passed away on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at his home with his family by his side.

Born in Berwick on November 3, 1943, he was the son of the late Robert and Katherine (Fisher) Andreas. He graduated from Central Columbia High School in 1962. He retired from Haddon Craftsman after working there for 40 years.

On April 20, 1963, he married Lona E. (Naugle) Andreas and together they raised 3 children. They celebrated 56 years of marriage this past April.

Robert liked to go hunting. He enjoyed fixing up old John Deer tractors and once built a dune buggy from an old Volkswagen. He also spent some time as a little league coach.

In addition to his wife, Lona, he will be greatly missed by his daughters, Tracy Winn and husband Randy; Tina Brink; grandchildren, Britney Andreas; Tyler Farver and wife Shana; Jenna Farver; Julia Farver; Jessica Farver; great-grandchildren, Maverick, Hailey, Madison, Hannah, and he was looking forward to a great grandson in January. He also leaves behind several nieces, nephews, and his faithful companion, Rosie.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Tim Andreas; and sisters, Laura Andreas and Jane Reimard.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM, on November 20, 2019, at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Chaplin Mike Delp officiating. Interment will follow at St. James Cemetery, Zenith. Family will receive friends from 12:00 PM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Commonwealth Hospice, 109 West 9th Street, Suite 102, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Larry E. Fenton, 79, of Berwick, passed away on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at his home, surrounded by his family.

Born in Berwick on July 12, 1940, he was a son of the late Clayton and Ida (Lisson) Fenton. Larry graduated from Berwick High School in 1958. He worked at the Berwick Argo for many years and later owned Briar Creek Fabricating. He retired from PENN DOT in 2003.

Larry was a very active member of Grace Lutheran Church, Berwick. He enjoyed farming and the outdoors, where he would cut firewood and tend to his garden. He loved to help people and did so every chance he got.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Linda L. (Gould) Fenton, with whom he celebrated 50 years of marriage this year; daughters, Denise Dance and husband Jerry, Virginia; Michelle Price and husband Brian, Scranton; Jennifer Cournoyer and husband Gerry, Vermont; son, Edward Fenton and wife Heather, Berwick; grandchildren, Ashleigh, Brianna, Zane, Gabriella, Fallon, Seth, Caitlin, Saige, Alastair (Taegan), Bryn; 3 great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind a sister, Catherine Kehl, Berwick; brother, Rev. John Fenton and wife Susan, Berwick; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Holly Boswell.

Family will receive friends on Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, and Friday, November 22, 2019 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM followed by a funeral service. Rev. Chad Hebrink, his pastor, will officiate.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Grace Lutheran Church, 1315 Fairview Avenue, Berwick, PA 18603.

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JoAnne C. Meaders of Berwick passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the Gardens at Orangeville, where she was a patient for the past few weeks.

Born in Berwick on December 3, 1938, she was a daughter of the late Clara L. (Trump) McAfee and Ralph C. Fink. She was a graduate of Berwick High School. After graduation, JoAnne moved out of the area, living in New Mexico and Wilmington, DE and Williamburg, VA. She moved back to area in the mid 90’s.

As a single mother, JoAnne worked hard to provide for her family. At times she worked 3 jobs simultaneously to make ends meet. Over the years, she worked at several area businesses including, the Hilton Hotel, Drums, where she had a front desk position and currently, at the age of 80, was employed as a security guard at Gonnella Bakery, Hazleton.

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, St. Mary’s, Berwick. She liked catalog shopping. She volunteered her time with the Animal Resource Center, Bloomsburg and offered support to charities in Lithuania and with Lacota Tribal charities in the United States. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and adored great grandson.

She will be greatly missed by her sons: Jon Meaders and wife Ginny, Berwick; Robert Meaders and wife Denise, Roswell, NM; grandchildren: Justin Meaders, Shari Isom, Petra Meaders, Luke and Shelby Mowery, and Jeremiah McDowell and Darlena Akin; great grandson, Benjamin; brother, Thomas Fink, Bloomsburg; sisters, Margaret “Peggy” Ridall, Berwick; Judith Hunsinger and husband Fred “Butch”, Berwick; many nieces and nephews; and numerous great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, Peter J. McAfee; sister-in-law, Eva “Joanne” Fink; and brother-in-law, Doyle Ridall.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, November 25, 2019 at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church, 1730 Fowler Ave, Berwick with her pastor, Very Rev. Francis J. Tamburro officiating. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until 10:45 when a prayer service will begin.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to the Animal Resource Center, Bloomsburg or Relay for Life.

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Lawrence “Jim” Stradnick, 68, of Berwick passed away on November 4, 2019 at his home, with his family by his side.

Born in Hazleton on December 14, 1950, he was a son of the late Lawrence J. Stradnick and Lois J. (Rinehimer) Lewis. He was a graduate of Berwick High School, class of 1968 and served honorably in the US Navy from 1970 to 1973, during the Vietnam War. He was retired from PennDOT as a construction inspector.

Jim was a member of the Berwick Elks Lodge 1138, where he was a Past Exulted Ruler, a life member of the American Legion, a charter member of the Nescopeck AmVets, and a social member of the Nescopeck VFW Post 8227, the Russian Club, American Ukrainian Citizens Club, and Mifflinville Fire Company. He enjoyed going to auctions and collecting coins and stamps.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 5 years, Jodie M. (Shaffer) Stradnick; sons: Bob Stair and wife Danielle, Luzerne; Lawrence J. “Larry” Stradnick and wife Priscilla, Murietta, CA; Justin Stradnick and wife Melissa, Lebanon; stepchildren: Scott Hummel, Berwick; Jennifer Redis and husband Keith, Berwick; Anthony Ernst and fiancé Cassandra, Altoona; Samantha Tyrrell and fiancé Zachery Weaver, Berwick; and 10 grandchildren. He also leaves behind a sister, Lori Karns and husband Ken, Berwick; brothers, Lance Stradnick and wife Wanda, Hobbie; and Loren “George” Stradnick and wife Gail, Hobbie; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepson, Jason Shaffer in 2013; and his stepfather, Charles “Ike” Lewis.

Family will receive friends from 9:00 AM until 10:30 AM, followed by an Elks Memorial Service on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 E. Third St, Nescopeck. Funeral rites will begin at 11:00 AM, with his pastor, the Very Rev. Francis J Tamborro VF, St. Mary’s Church of the Immaculate Conseption BVM, officiating. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Berwick Elks, 117 West Second Street, Berwick, PA 18603 for their Veterans Fund.

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Tina M. (Fulkersin) Seltzer, 64, of Dorrance Township passed away suddenly on Thursday, November 7, 2019, while visiting with family in Georgia.

Born in Berwick on September 15, 1955, she was the daughter of Audrey (Yaple) Naus of Berwick and the late Donald Fulkersin. She was raised in Nescopeck by the late Roy and Esther (Lex) Slusser. She graduated from Berwick High School in 1973. Not long after graduation, Tina started working at RCA, Mountaintop, which became Fairchild Semiconductor and now ON, where she has been employed for over 40 years. In addition, she owned and operated a professional photography business called “FotoBooth” for many years.

Tina was a member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hobbie. She liked going out to eat with friends at her favorite restaurants. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her cherished grandchildren.

Tina will be greatly missed by her husband, Duane E. Seltzer, at home; sons, Michael Seltzer and fiance’ Naomi, Dorrance; Jason Seltzer and wife Amanda, Dorrance; daughter, Mandi Marquez and husband Abimael, Georgia; 8 grandchildren: Blaze, Emmersyn, Wyatt, Easton, Dyson, Bridger, Harley and Lennox. She also leaves behind sisters, Jody Seltzer, Berwick; Tammy Puma, NY; half sisters and brothers: Marcy, Lisa, Pam, Wade and Donald; many nieces and nephews; and a large extended Seltzer family, as well as several foster children whom she helped raise.

In addition to her foster parents and father, she was preceded in death by brothers, Donald and David Fulkersin.

Tina’s request was to be cremated with no formal services. Her family is honoring her request but will be having an informal Celebration of Life from 6:00-8:00 PM on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 827 East County Road, Wapwallopen.

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Andrew L. Seely, 42, of Berwick, passed away on Friday, November 8, 2019, at his home.

Born in Berwick on December 27,1976, he was the son of Alan D. Seely and wife Kathleen of Nescopeck, and Clarissa M. (Garrison) Eveland of Berwick. He graduated from Milton High School in 1996. Andy worked at many local businesses including Office Max and the Dollar Tree distribution center. Most recently, he was employed at Wise Potato Chips.

Andy was a social member of the Berwick VFW Post 821 and the Slavonic American Club. He enjoyed working on cars and building things. He was a great handyman who could fix just about anything. He was an avid football and baseball fan, rooting for the San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Braves. He liked to go fishing and occasionally go to the casinos. He loved his dogs, Zoey, Cookie, and Lovely.

In addition to his parents he will be greatly missed by his loving companion of 19 years, Sandra Willard, Berwick; step-children, Christopher Willard, Hazleton; Heather Willard, Tamaqua; Gavin Willard, Shickshinny Valley; 3 step-grandchildren. He also leaves behind a sister, Brittany Switzer, Berwick; step-brother, Joe Lutz, Hazleton; niece, Adriana; and close friend, Charles Switzer.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 PM at the funeral home and Wednesday from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Animal Resource Center, P.O. Box 439, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 or to the American Heart Association, 1704 Warren Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701.

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June I. (Gensel) Nuss, 92, of Berwick, passed away on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Berwick Hospital Center.

Born in Shickshinny on January 12, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Irene (Titus) Gensel. She attended Shickshinny High School. June was employed at Duplan Silk Mill, Shickshinny and Mocanaqua Silk Mill in her younger years. Later, she worked at Consolidated Cigar for 21 years.

June was a proud member of First United Church of Christ, Nescopeck. She lived in Nescopeck for 43 years and enjoyed taking walks around the town. She loved taking long Sunday drives with her husband to look for deer. She also liked to do jigsaw puzzles and word puzzles.

She will be greatly missed by her grandsons, Barry Verchimak and fiancé, Layla Evina, Wapwallopen; Wade Verchimak and wife Karen, Wapwallopen; 4 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Robert “Pete” Nuss on January 23, 1993; daughter, Susan McDonald; granddaughter, Kelly Martin; brother, Roland Gensel; sisters, Ida George, Hazel Cole, and Violet Banks.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Bob Klingerman officiating. Interment will take place at Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 9:00 AM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to First United Church of Christ, 901 East Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

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Eleanor I. (Burd) Cragle, 74, of Mifflinville, passed away on Monday, November 4, 2019, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Nanticoke on September 3, 1945, she was a daughter of the late Richard and Helen I. (Deno) Burd, Sr. She attended Newport High School. Eleanor worked at American Cigar and RCA, both in Mountaintop. She also was employed at Berwick Knitting. Mostly, she was a homemaker, working hard to provide a warm and loving home for her family.

Eleanor enjoyed watching TV. Her favorite shows included soap operas, Little House on the Prairie, Home Improvement, and Roseanne. She liked to sew and cook. She loved spending time with her family especially during the holiday season.

She will be greatly missed by her children, Jerome Cragle, Jr., Mifflinville; Jeffery Cragle, Nescopeck, Diane Cragle, Nanticoke; 3 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind a sister, Betty Shuman and husband Dwayne, Mainville; brothers, Elmer Burd, Pond Hill; Donnie Burd, Slocum; Ronald Burd, Slocum; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Jerome N. Cragle, Sr. in 2006; brothers, Wayne Burd, Gary Burd, and Richard Burd.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Michelle Kaufman officiating. Interment will follow at Mifflinville Cemetery, Mifflinville. Family will receive friends on Friday, November 8, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 PM at the funeral home and Saturday from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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Dale J. Slusser, 68, of Nescopeck, passed away on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on April 14, 1951, he was a son of the late Clarence and Catherine S. (White) Slusser, Jr. He was educated in several different schools. He joined the United States Army in 1969 and served during the Vietnam War.

Dale attended at Cornerstone Bible Church, Nescopeck. He was also a member of the Sylvania Lodge Post 354, Shickshinny, Nescopeck VFW Post 8227, and the Civil Air Patrol. He liked flying airplanes and riding motorcycles. He loved to go camping and travel. He enjoyed tending to his garden in his down time.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 49 years, Carol A. (Yudiski) Slusser, Nescopeck; daughter, Sharie Conner and husband Brian, Johns Island, South Carolina. He also leaves behind sisters, Donna Slusser, Stillwater; Diane Baumgarder and husband Robert, Dover, Ohio; a stepmother, Donna Slusser, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff at Medical Oncology Associates and Dr. Greenwald for all of their help over the last few years.

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Rev. Linda I. (Miller) Paisley, 72, of Nescopeck, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 4, 2019, at her home, surrounded by her family.

Born in Berwick on January 18, 1947, she was a daughter of Beatrice C. (Chapin) Miller and the late Donald L. Miller, Sr. She graduated from Nescopeck High School in 1965. She attended Northeast Bible Institute in Green Lane, PA, earning a degree in religious studies. She grew up working on the farm. Linda worked at Lydia Children’s Home in Chicago as a live-in house parent. She moved back to the Nescopeck area in 1972 and began working as a director, helping run the preschool at Berwick Assembly of God for 12 years. She also worked for PA Rural Opportunities where she assisted migrant farm workers. Linda was also the owner of Paisley’s Country Charm and Seasonal Shoppe.

Linda was not only a member of Berwick Assembly of God but served as an associate pastor for 18 years, retiring when she was 64. She was also a Chaplin for Columbia Montour Health for 3 years. She attended the Berwick farmers market with her family, selling flowers and pies that she had baked. She also sold Tupperware. Linda was a talented artist in many mediums, especially pencil sketches. She liked photography and dabbled with oil paintings. She enjoyed quilting, making many of her own designs for friends and family.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 49 years, James G. Paisley, Nescopeck; children, James D. Paisley and wife Wendy, Drums; Jennifer Daniels and husband Mickey, Missionaries to San Clamente, Ecuador; Jeannine Plyler and husband Donald, Nescopeck; grandchildren; Trevor Paisley, Summer Paisley, Skylar Paisley, Tanner Paisley, Brooklyn Daniels, Cole Daniels, Elizabeth Plyler, Matthew Plyler, Joshua Plyler, Andrew Plyler, and Micah Plyler. She also leaves behind her siblings, Joan Chapin, Milton; Barbara Robinholt, Nescopeck; Virginia Conner and husband Brad, Nescopeck; Donald L. Miller, Jr. and wife Cheryl, Nescopeck; Crystal Shields and husband Gary, Nescopeck; an aunt, Dawn Lupini and uncles, Ralph and Larry Chapin; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00 PM on Friday, November 8, 2019 at Berwick Assembly of God, 801 East Fifth Street, Berwick with Pastor Scott Winter and Pastor James D. Paisley officiating. Interment will follow at St. James Cemetery, Zenith. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Berwick Assembly of God Foreign Missions, 801 East Fifth Street, Berwick, PA 18301.

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Stella M. (Lyndaker) Patton, 97, passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at Berwick Hospital Center following a brief illness.

Born in Croghan, NY on April 14, 1922, she was the last living of 7 children born to the late Joseph and Sarah M. (Yousey) Lyndaker. She graduated from Lowville High School, NY. On December 10, 1941, she married Kenneth P. Patton, and together they lived in Croghan, NY. She worked hard to complete the daily tasks required of a wife and mother.

After moving to Nescopeck in 1998, Stella and Kenneth became members of Wesley United Methodist Church, Nescopeck.

She enjoyed knitting and crocheting and over the years made many items including, baby blankets, sweater sets and doilies, several of which were sold through Pine Hollow Hand Crafts.

In March of 2000, she was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth, to whom she was married for 58 years. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded by her brothers: Peter, Joseph, Leslie, Ira and Donald Lyndaker; and sister, Mary Grau.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Linda Dosztan and husband Ted, Berwick with whom she resided for the past 7 years; son, Richard Patton, Casper, WY; grandchildren: Sara Dosztan, Stacie Kachurka, Shawn Patton and wife Lily; and Brian Patton; great grandchildren: Dakotah Albertson, Tanner Kachurka, Maisy Patton, Kirsten Patton; and great-great grandchildren: Liliana and Everett; and a sister-in-law, Marjorie Patton, IL.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Susan Knorr officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 12:00 Noon until the time of service.

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Ethan Tanner Miller, 19, of Berwick passed away suddenly on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 in Ocean City, NJ.

Born in Berwick on January 3, 2000, he was the son of Douglas L. and Margaret A. (Titus) Miller. He attended Berwick High School, where his friends knew him as “Guppy”. Ethan worked at several local businesses, most recently, he was employed at Dollar Tree Warehouse, Berwick.

Ethan participated with Berwick Youth Football and played for the Bulldogs until 7th grade. He was a member of the YMCA where he like to lift weights and work out with his brother, Dylan. He liked listing to music, especially “Lil Peep”. He was a sports fan, and rooted for the Berwick Bulldogs, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Phillies, Sixers and Eagles. He loved vacationing with his family in Ocean City, MD, and spending time with his sisters, brother and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he will be greatly missed by his sisters: Anna Miller, Berwick; Autumn Hillis and husband Christopher, Millville; Tia Miller, Berwick; brother, Dylan Miller, Berwick; and nephew, Brayden Hillis, whom he adored. He also leaves behind his grandfather, Jack Miller Sr; several aunts and uncles; many cousins; and best friend since grade school, Ryan Wright.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Vaughn Titus, Sr; Lucetta (Youells) Titus; and Marla Miller.

A funeral service will be held at 7:00 PM on Monday, November 4, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third St, Nescopeck with his uncle, Ronald Cragle officiating. Family will receive friends from 5:00 PM until the time of service.

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Margaret I. Pifer, 75, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at her home, after a brief illness. Her loving family was by her side.

Born in Berwick on August 22, 1944, she was a daughter of the late Glen and Clara (Doty) Traugh. She graduated from Berwick High School, class of 1962. Margaret worked at Country Cousins shoe factory in Moconaqua for many years.

Margaret enjoyed sewing and over the years, she made many different pieces of clothing including wedding dresses and gowns.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 41 years, George D. Pifer; children, Sonya Kessler and companion Troy Hawkins, Berwick; John Robbins, Allentown; Jonathan Pifer, Spartanburg, South Carolina; grandchildren, Steven, Kenneth, and Justin; great-grandchildren, Christian, Zane, Maggie, and Vivian. She also leaves behind brothers, Kingsley Traugh, Berwick; Hensel Traugh and wife Cheryl, Berwick; sisters, Faye Lynn, Nescopeck; Nancy Dietterick and husband Carl, Nescopeck; Kathleen Shotwell and husband Olen, Espy; Linda Traugh, Nescopeck; Elizabeth Barsenna and husband Albert, Florida; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brothers: Henry; Glen, Jr.; Allen; and Clifford Traugh; sisters, Adeline Yarmoncheck and Patricia Robbins.

At Margaret’s request there will be no services. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is honored to assist her family.

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Anthony D. Felix, Sr, 89, of Berwick passed away on Saturday, October 26, 2019, at the Gardens at Orangeville, with his family by his side.

Born in Berwick on July 6, 1930, he was a son of the late Frances (Klapal) and Rudolph J. Felix, Sr. He was raised and educated in Berwick. He was a member of the Army National Guard and in 1950, he was called to active duty to serve in the Army during the Korean War. After an honorable discharge in 1952, Tony was employed at Berwick Forge and Fabricating until his retirement.

On October 29, 1955, he married Peggy Ann (Sones) Felix, and together they raised 2 sons. He passed away just 3 days before their 64th anniversary.

Tony was a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Berwick. He was an active life member of West Berwick Hose Company, and a life member of the Slavonic American Club. He was a talented wood worked and made many items including dartboards, swing-sets, and indoor and outdoor furniture that he gave to family and friends as gifts. Tony enjoyed hunting and fishing. He liked football and rooted for the Berwick Bulldogs and Pittsburg Steelers. Most importantly, Tony was a family man who loved spending time with his sons and grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Peggy, he will be greatly missed by his son, Anthony D. Felix, Jr and wife Tina, Berwick; grandchildren: Anthony D. Felix III; Grace Marie Deebel and Peggy Ann Heller; great grandchildren, Anthony IV; Adian; Tayah; Jaydan; Allana; and David; a sister, Elizabeth Taylor, and a brother, Robert Felix, both of Orangeville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded by his son, David A. Felix in 2015; sisters, Frances Felix and Irene Crispell; brothers, Rudolph Jr; Flory; Stephen and Victor Felix.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 AM on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 E. Third Street, Nescopeck. A memorial with funeral rites by his pastor, the Reverend Matthew Larlick will be held at 11:00 AM. Interment will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

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DonJuan Pennypacker, 67, of Berwick, passed away on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at her home.

Born in Berwick, on July 29, 1952, she was a daughter of the late Alvin and Matilda J. (Good) LaWalt, Jr. She attended Berwick area schools. Donna retired from the Berwick Hospital Center.

Donna loved crocheting, making many pieces for her family over the years. She also enjoyed shopping in stores and online.

She will be greatly missed by her children. Kathy Arnold and husband Daniel, Shickshinny; Alvin Pennypacker and wife Jacqueline, Berwick; Mark Pennypacker and wife Monica, Berwick; Martin Pennypacker and wife Crystal, Berwick; 17 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren. She also leaves behind brothers, Horace LaWalt, Berwick; Marvin LaWalt, Florida; sister, Denise Robbins and husband Jack, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

At the family’s request there will be no services.

Memorial contributions are suggested to The Hope Center, 650 Harter Avenue, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

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Todd M. Lewis, 43, of Carlisle, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 21, 2019.

Born in Berwick on January 7, 1976, he was a son of Ralph R. Lewis and wife Mary Lou of Berwick and Dixie L. (Readler) Welliver and husband Barry of Millville. He graduated from Berwick High School in 1994. Todd served in the United States Marine Corps until 1999. He worked at Vectron International in Mount Holly Springs, PA for 6 years and most recently he worked at SCI Camp Hill.

Todd was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Boiling Springs where he was also a youth director for 9 years. He was a member of the Huckleberry Lodge, Elk Grove, the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association, and was a crew member of Allman Motorsports. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and trips to the shooting range. He also liked to sample local craft beers. He was an avid football and baseball fan, rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Cincinnati Reds. His greatest joy was watching his son compete in soccer, track and cross country for Boiling Springs High School and cross country and track for Waynesburg University.

In addition to his parents he will be greatly missed by his son, Justin Lewis, Boiling Springs, and his girlfriend Emily Rusk, Huntingdon; Sandy Lewis, to whom he was married for over 20 years; brother, Josh Lewis and companion Jess Vajda, Berwick; and nieces and nephews: Kristalyn, Kylie, Briana, Mickey, Noel, Alysa, Riley, Payton, Bailey-Jo, Wyatt, and Kenna.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Jane Hess officiating. Family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until the time of service.

Family will be taking care of flowers and ask that any contributions given go to Justin’s education.

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Mary Marguerite Zehner, 93, passed away peacefully on Monday October 21, 2019 at the Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital.

Born January 22, 1926 in Zion Grove, PA, she was the daughter of the late William and Lena (Mummy) Everett.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Eugene R. Zehner, her son, William E. Zehner, her granddaughter, Brandi M. Weyhenmeyer, two brothers: Raymond and Robert Everett and three sisters: Pearl Jewell, Emily Teter and Helen Dennison; and son-in-law, Charles H. Weyhenmeyer, III.

Surviving and celebrating her life are her three children: Douglas B. Zehner and companion Kathleen Adamski of Nescopeck, Susan E. Zehner of Harrisburg and Lena Z. Weyhenmeyer of Harrisburg; three grandchildren: Kimberly Knapp and husband, Andrew, Zachary Weyhenmeyer and wife, Amanda, and Gina M. Zehner; four great-grandchildren: Jacob and Levi Weyhenmeyer and Ophelia and Everett Knapp; sister-in-law, Norma DeLellis; and her church family and numerous relatives and friends who were touched by her kind heart.

After graduating from Nuremberg High School, she worked as a waitress in Bloomsburg. After marriage, she became a loving wife and mother and was an active partner in running the family business, Zehner Brothers Farms.

She was a wonderful caregiver to her parents, siblings, husband and children.

Marguerite was active in her church having served as a Sunday school teacher, singing in the church choir for over 60 years, active member of the Lutheran Church Women (LCW) and master mixer for the annual Easter egg project. She was a member and past president of the Berwick Women’s Civic Club.

She loved cooking and baking and spent most of her day in the kitchen. She was known for her creamed cabbage, potato filling and apple pie and she enjoyed preparing food for friends and church events.

Marguerite was a loyal fan of the Penn State Nittany Lions and Berwick Bulldogs. She enjoyed music, attending church, going on mystery trips with Rose and John, going to the Jersey shore, and eating chocolate candy and vanilla ice cream.

Marguerite was a loving and kind person with a big heart. She liked being with her family and loved having everyone sit around the kitchen table and enjoy good food and conversation. She also loved her four-legged friends and all dogs who entered her kitchen seemed to migrate to her chair where they knew food treats would be plentiful.

We would like to thank her caregivers, Pat, Margaret, and Darlene and the nurses and doctors at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital.

Funeral services will be Saturday, October 26, at 11 am at her church, Faith United Evangelical Lutheran Church, 801 E. Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635. There will be a viewing at the church, prior to the service, from 9 am to 11 am. The Rev. Jeffrey Odgren will be officiating. She will be laid to rest at Mount Zion Lutheran Church cemetery in Zion Grove at 2:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Faith United Evangelical Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or to the Danville SPCA, 1467 Bloom Road, Danville, PA 17821.

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Alan W. Grover, Jr., 57, of Bloomsburg, passed away on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Levittown on February 5, 1962, he was a son of John W. and Eldortha I. (Krum) Grover of Bloomsburg. He graduated from Neshaminy High School. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1980 and served on active duty for 3 years. Following his discharge in 1983, he transferred to the United States Air Force Reserves where he served for over 10 years. After his time in the military, he attended Boeing Aircraft School and later Luzerne County Community College where he earned a degree in accounting. He worked as a mechanic at US Air for 17 years, retiring early when his health started to decline.

Alan enjoyed hunting in his younger years. He liked to watch football and was a Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

In addition to his parents he will be greatly missed by his loving fiancé, Tara LaGasse, Bloomsburg with whom he spent the past 14 years; and brother, Todd Grover, Philadelphia; aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family.

At the family’s request there will be no services.

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Gary D. Ward, 66, of Berwick passed away on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Berwick Retirement Village where he resided for the past 10 years.

Born on February 17, 1953 in Dunkirk, NY, he was a son of the late Gerald H. and Bernice V. (Kulpa) Ward. He graduated from Dunkirk High School in 1971.

Gary was of the Roman Catholic faith and participated in services at Berwick Retirement Village. As a child, Gary aspired to become a fireman, and because of that, he had a great respect for fire fighters and was very supportive of the local fire companies.

Gary enjoyed watching Lawrence Welk and Polkas, as well as listening to doo-wop music from the 50’s and 60’s.

He is survived by a sister, Diane Bohn of Dunkirk, NY; brother, Reverend Mark Ward, CP of Scranton; nephews and nieces: Michael Bohn and wife Joanne; David Bohn; Kelley Mistretta and husband Russ; Kristin Ward; great nieces and nephews; and great-grand nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Dunkirk, NY followed by interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Dunkirk, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Berwick Retirement Village Activities Fund, 801 East 16th Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Barbara A. DuBois, 76, of Berwick passed away on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at her home, surrounded by her family.

Born on March 14, 1943 in Walden, NY, she was a daughter of the late Lester D. and Ella M. (Turner) DuBois Sr. She graduated from Walden High School in 1961. For nearly 30 years, Barbara was employed at the Walden Bag Company in New York. After moving to Berwick 13 years ago, she worked part-time at the Berwick YMCA until she retired 3 years ago.

Barbara was a member of the Berwick Senior Center and the Berwick Area YMCA. She liked traveling, playing canasta, crocheting and fishing. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family and friends.

She will be greatly missed by her son, William Brewer and wife Michelle, Walden NY; grandchildren, Christopher Dunn, Tiffany Brewer, and Jacob Brewer; sisters: Shirley DeBois, Arlene Kennedy and Patty Decker; brothers: Charles, Lester and Leroy DeBois; and many nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind several cousins including, Lillian Petraglia, with whom she resided.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 3 sisters and 2 brothers.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Berwick Senior Center, 1401 Orange St, Berwick, PA 18603, or Berwick Area YMCA, 231 W 3rd St, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Sandra H. Erdman, age 81, of Mifflin Township passed away on Monday, October 14, 2019 at the Residential Hospice inpatient unit at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre Hospital.

Born in Bloomsburg, she was a daughter of the late M. Lee and Clara (Herrington) Hippensteel. She graduated from Mifflin Township High School in 1955.

In November of 1955, she married Robert A. Erdman. They shared 61 years of marriage until his death on January 3, 2017.

Sandra was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She worked along side her husband in their nursery and landscaping business. She was known for her good home cooking and enjoyed preparing food for her family, friends and church.

Sandra was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Berwick.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters: Roberta Erdman and companion Donald Lamon Jr; Brenda Casey and husband James; son, David Erdman and wife Deborah; granddaughters: Carolyn “Carly” Casey and Mariah Casey; sisters: Ann Slocum and husband Russell; Betsy Hippensteel and husband Maurice Guimond; sister-in-law, Vinniedee Hippensteel; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Weston and Jimmy Hippensteel.

At Sandra’s request, services will be private at the convenience of the family. She will be buried next to her husband in Mifflinville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Sandra’s memory are suggested to Grace Lutheran Church, 1315 Fairview Ave, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Sarah L. (McAfee) Vought, 84, of Berwick passed away on Friday, October 11, 2019 at her home with her family by her side.

Born on November 11, 1934 in Berwick, she was a daughter of the late George A. and Ruth I. (Knorr) McAfee, Sr. She attended Berwick Area Schools. Sarah retired from Consolidated Cigar.

She is survived by her children: Donna Kile, Berwick; James Vought, Jr. and wife Debbie, Virginia; David Vought, Sr. and wife Bonnie, Beach Haven; Dennis Vought, Sr. and wife Cindy, Berwick; Sandy Yachimowski and companion Tracy, Berwick; Terry McMurtrie and husband Kelly, Florida; Richard Vought, Berwick; 14 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild. She also leaves behind sisters, Betty Creasy, Florida; Beverly Harmon, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, James E. Vought, Sr on March 31, 2012; a daughter-in-law, Norma Vought; sisters, Verna Williams, Lula Carvell, and Laura Fredericks; brothers, Henry, Robert, Carl, and George McAfee, Jr.

At Sarah’s request there will be no services.

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Donald L. Miller, Sr. 97, of Nescopeck, passed away on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at his home on the farm surrounded by his family.

Born in Zenith on October 7, 1922, he was a son of the late Victor P. and E. Leona (Yost) Miller. He attended the one-room Harter school in Zenith. In January of 1943, Don enlisted in the US Army where he proudly served his country during World War II with the 1177 MP Company. During his service he sailed on the Queen Mary to France with 18,000 soldiers on board. It was a difficult voyage constantly changing course to avoid torpedoes.

In 1946, he returned home to marry his sweetheart, Beatrice, and they were married that same year. Shortly after they bought a farm and began a family, raising 6 children, Linda, Joan, Barb, Donnie, Ginny and Crystal.

Farming was his passion. He raised many crops, including tomatoes for the cannery, raised cows, pigs and chickens, established an egg route, and spent 40 years over summers at the farmers market. He was well known for his sweet corn and peaches until 1993. Apart from farming, Don worked at Wise Potato Chip for 18 years.

Don was a member of the Berwick Assembly of God. He was a member of the JOY club, PA Farmers Association, and the Nescopeck School Board. Aside from watching his crops grow, he loved to go hunting. He liked to play card games and watching game shows. He enjoyed reading, especially the readers digest where he was always learning something new.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 73 years, Beatrice C. (Chapin) Miller, Nescopeck; children, Linda Paisley and husband James, Nescopeck; Joan Chapin, Milton; Barbara Robinholt, Nescopeck; Donald Miller, Jr. and wife Cheryl, Nescopeck; Virginia Conner and husband Bradley, Nescopeck; Crystal Shields and husband Gary, Nescopeck; 14 grandchildren; and 25 great grandchildren. He also leaves behind a sister, Dawn Lupini, Mifflinville; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son-in-law, David Robinholt; brothers, Glen, Robert, and Gerald Miller; sisters, Fern Hoffman and Zereta Miller.

A funeral service will be held at 1:30 PM on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Berwick Assembly of God, 801 East Fifth Street, Berwick with Pastor Scott Winter officiating. Interment will follow at St. James Cemetery, Zenith. Family will receive friends from 12:00 PM until the time of service.

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Myron D. (Shipman) Fogle, 77, of Nescopeck passed away on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Brownfield, Texas on February 16, 1942, she was a daughter of the late King D. and Lois D. (Jolley) Shipman. She graduated from Kermit High School. After graduation, she attended Texas Tech and Texas State Technical College where she studied bookkeeping. She worked for Collectors Weekly newspaper which specialized in antiques. After moving to Saudi Arabia, she worked as a secretary for ARAMCO until she retired.

She married John R. Fogle on November 2, 1960 and together they raised 3 daughters. They lived in many places over the 58 years that they were together, most notably, Saudi Arabia. They moved to Nescopeck in 2015 to enjoy the beautiful mountains and trees.

Myron was a former member of Sweetwater United Methodist Church in Sweetwater, Texas. She enjoyed league bowling and was the score keeper for the entire league. She was also a member of a softball association. She loved to play cards and was a Junior Master level Bridge player. In her younger years she enjoyed playing tennis and until recently, quilting.

In addition to her loving husband, she will be greatly missed by her daughters, Karen A. Fogle, Houston, Texas; C. Sue Wolfe and husband Wayne, Shickshinny; Carrie L. Bernal and husband Tom, Sweetwater, Texas; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren. She was looking forward to the birth of her 17th great grandchild in February. She is also survived by many cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Ronda M. (Shipman) Tucker; brothers, James A. Shipman and David C. Shipman.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 401 Broad Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Susan Knorr officiating. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.

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David E. Young, Sr, 71, of Danville passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2019 in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Bloomsburg on February 20, 1948, he was a son of the late Ernest Young, Jr. and Pauline D. (Ball) Young. He attended Central High School. In 1967, Dave enlisted in the US Army and served 2 tours during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged in 1970. Prior to entry in the service, Dave worked at Magee Carpet. Later, he was employed by PP&L and worked in the Washingtonville Coal Yard, until his retirement.

Dave was a member of Liberty Township Fire Company in Mooresburg, Washington Fire and Hose in Danville, and East End Fire Company in Danville. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 273, Bloomsburg, and VFW Post 238, Danville.

In his free time, Dave liked tinkering on 4-wheelers, tractors and other machines. He enjoyed attending tractor pulls. He spent hours in his garden where he grew an assortment of vegetables.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 40 years, Joanne (Loreman) Young on Aug. 16, 2016; stepsons, Richie Loreman and Thomas Loreman; and a brother, Dale Young who died in 2008; and a brother, Robert who died in infancy.

He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Shelly Brown, Bloomsburg; sons, David Young, Jr and wife April, Shickshinny, Jeremy Sweeney, Danville; grandchildren: Amber, Amanda, Alexis, Cassius, Tony, Dakota and Nicole; and great grandchildren: Logen, Mason and Colton. He also leaves behind a sister, Barbara A. Johnson and her companion David H. Krum of Lightstreet; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A graveside memorial service with military honors will be held at 12:00 Noon on Friday, October 11, 2019 in Elan Memorial Park, Old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to any of the organizations in which Dave was a member.

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Carol A. (Blaine) Skrip, 83, of Nescopeck passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville after a brief illness.

Born in Berwick on May 8, 1936, she was a daughter of the late Howard “Kenneth” and Dorothy M. (Learn) Blaine. She was a graduate of Berwick High School and afterwards, earned a certificate in cosmetology. Along with her sister, Betty, she was a co-owner Blaine’s Beauty Salon which they operated together for several years in the 1960’s.

In 1970, she married David S. Skrip. She became a full-time wife and mother who dedicated her time to providing a loving home for husband and daughter. After her daughter became more independent, Carol worked at the Food Bag on 5th Street, Berwick where she became the manager. Since 1992, she was a co-owner of Tax Time Partners, along with her daughter.

Carol was an avid reader who loved to escape with a good book. She also liked working on crossword puzzles. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her grandson.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Carol H. Skrip-Redline and husband Christopher; adored grandson, Michael; sister, Kathy Gearhart, Nescopeck; Barbara Snyder and husband Harold, New York; several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; and many nieces and nephews including Kimberly Boston and good friend, Daniel Deneen who also helped care for her over the past few years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David who died in 1990; a brother, Fred Blain in June 2019; and sister, Betty Kessler in May 2019.

A memorial service will be held at 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Pastor Buddy Thomas officiating. Family will receive friends from 6:00 pm until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to McBride Memorial Library, 500 N. Market St, Berwick, PA 18603 in support of the “Books On Wheels” program.

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Lenna S. Hess, a life-long resident of Nescopeck passed away on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at Berwick Retirement Village II, just 15 days before her 102nd birthday.

Born in the old Berwick Hospital on October 16, 1917, she was a daughter of the late Cameron B. and Esther R. (Deppe) Thiel. She was a graduate of Nescopeck High School, class of 1935. During WWII, Lenna worked as a clerk at the AC&F. She retired from Berwick Shirt Factory where she was employed for 26 years.

August 8, 1942, Lenna married Fred E. Hess, and they were married nearly 51 years before his death on May 17, 1993.

Lenna was a dedicated member of First United Church of Christ, Nescopeck where she was active with the Ladies Aide and served on the Consistory for 1 term. She enjoyed growing flowers in her yard, and making arrangements for inside her house and to take to the church. She also liked canning and would share the food she preserved with friends and neighbors.

She will be greatly missed by her grandsons: Cameron S. Hess of Mechanicsburg; Michael A. Hess and wife Beth of Harrisburg; great grandchildren, Grant and Sadie Hess; nieces and a nephew.

In addition to her parents and husband, Fred E. Hess, she was preceded in death by her son, Fred R. Hess who passed away on August 9, 1980.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at First UCC, 901 Third Street, Nescopeck, with Reverend Richard Dennison officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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Terran Jayce Hutcheson, age 2 months, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, September 28, 2019.

He was born a little earlier than expected in Danville on July 8, 2019. He was the son Alanna G. Supon and Jeffery B. Hutcheson of Nescopeck. Terran was a vibrant, happy little guy who loved to cuddle. His grandma’s favorite nickname for him was “Munchkin” and his grandpa called him “Little Buddy”. He was always alert and responsive to the sounds around him and loved to be sung to by his Mommy.

In addition to his parents, he will be greatly missed by his grandparents: Jennifer M. and Frank Supon, Jr; Donna M. Duvall; and Jeffery Hutcheson; great grandparents, David and Stephanie Shostak and Pearl Supon; uncles, Tyler D. Supon and Ezekiel Hutcheson; and great aunts and uncles, Christopher Shostak and fiancé Crystal; and Annette and James Smulligan.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

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Paula J. Lupashinski, 66, of Berwick passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at her home after a 2-year battle with cancer. Her loving family was by her side.

Born on September 23, 1953 in Hazleton, she was a daughter of Doris I. (Balliet) Jones of Berwick and the late Paul S. Jones. She was a graduate of Berwick High School and attended Bloomsburg State College. When she was younger, Paula worked for Montgomery Ward, Berwick and later Gardners Candies. She retired from Berwick School District where she was a teacher’s aide for 23 years.

Paula was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Nescopeck, where she was a member of the Board. She enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening.

In addition to her mother, she will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 40 years, John Lupashinski Jr.; daughter, Carrie Lupashiski, Berwick and companion James Farrell; sister, Laurie Dalo and husband Tony, Ft. Wayne, IN; brother, Shawn Jones and wife Angelic, Pottstown; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, October 4th at Wesley United Methodist Church, Nescopeck with her pastor, Reverend Susan Knorr officiating. Interment will follow in St. Cyril and Methodius Cemetery, Berwick.

Family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, October 3rd, at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, and at the Wesley U.M. Church on Friday from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Commonwealth Hospice, 109 West 9th Street, Suite 102, Berwick, PA 18603 or Wesley U. M Church, 401 Broad Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

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Raymond J. Kachurka, 80, of Nescopeck passed away on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at the Gardens at Orangeville, where he was residing since March.

Born in Nescopeck on October 23, 1938, he was a son of the late Andrew Kachurka and Martha V. (Varner) Shade. He was raised and educated in Nescopeck and Watsontown. He enlisted in the US Navy and served honorably for 23 years. After retiring from the military, he lived in Florida where he worked as a caddy for Jim Ferree while on the Senior Pro Golf tour.

Ray was a former member of the Nescopeck VFW. He enjoyed watching sports on television, especially golf. He was also a Penn State fan and Pittsburg Steelers fan.

He will be missed by his children: daughter, Lenna Stalega and husband Charles, Berwick; son, Kenneth Kachurka, Bloomsburg; daughter, Allison Seely and husband Kent, Berwick; grandchildren: Ashley Manning; Tiffany Templar; Reagan Kelley; Elizabeth Kelley; Brooke Seely; CJ Stalega; and Brock Kachurka; great grandchildren: Anya and Keegan Manning; and former wife and friend, Patricia Hartranft. “Butch” also leaves behind a sister, Jenean Beaver, Oklahoma; aunt, Laverne Dunning; several cousins including David and Christina Dunning and Sondra and Jim Hutton; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Janice (Yohey) Kachurka; stepfather, Charles Shade; and uncle, Raymond Dunning.

A memorial service is being planned for November. Heller Funeral Home, LLC is assisting his family.

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Emma G. Sharbaugh, 93, a resident of Nescopeck for 74 years, passed away on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at Berwick Retirement Village II, where she was a guest for the past 3 weeks.

Born in Drums on February 16, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Darwin and Laura (Houseknecht) Siegfried. Emma was a 1944 graduate of West Hazleton High School. After high school, she worked at the Pentagon during World War II. While in Washington, she met her late husband, Wesner “Mike” Sharbaugh of Hollidaysburg, and they were married in 1945. After moving back to the area, she worked at Lady Ester in Berwick and later, PA Gas and Water Company in Berwick, Danville and Wilkes-Barre.

Emma was a member of Living Hope Community Church of Nescopeck for 64 years, where she served as Board secretary, Sunday School superintendent and teacher, and member of the Women’s Missionary Society. She was also a member of and held offices in BPW, Berwick Civic Club and Nescopeck American Legion Auxiliary.

Emma took up the hobby of painting and created many oil and water-color pieces. She was an expert at crocheting, and made tablecloths, a dress, a coat and many other items such as mittens, scarves, vests and afghans. Emma loved tending her houseplants and had the ability to bring plants in the saddest condition back to flourishing.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband “Mike” of 69 years, who passed in 2014; brothers, Darwin, Charles and George Siegfried; and sister, Marjorie Kemper.

She will be greatly missed by her sons, Barry and wife Marcia, Berwick; Jack and wife Elizabeth of Summit Hill; daughter, Dawn Baer and husband Dale, Berwick; grandchildren, Nathan Sharbaugh of Summit Hill; Natalie Richards and Dave, Ft Myers, FL; Angela Eberle and Tom, Winchester, VA; Kody Messerschmidt and Zach Bremmer, Lakewood, WA; and great grandchildren, Easton Messerschmidt and Grace Eberle. She also leaves behind a brother, Richard Siegfried; sisters: Alma Casner; Gloria Gardy; Jean Lowery and Alice Hunter; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Friday, September 27, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with pastor James Ernest officiating. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Living Hope Community Church, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

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