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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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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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