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Jean E. (Ryman) Titus, 66, of Shickshinny passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018 under the care of Celtic Hospice at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.

Born on March 2, 1952 in Nanticoke she was the daughter of the late Fredrick Ryman and Frances Harmon. She was raised in Shickshinny by her grandparents, Ada and Walter Ryman. Jean graduated from Northwest High School in 1970. She worked as a switchboard operator for LaBar Trucking and later Luzerne Outerwear. Most recently she worked at Dunkin Donuts in Berwick.

She was a member of Bible Baptist Church in Shickshinny, where she was in charge of the birthday calendar and homecoming addresses. She also helped with vacation bible school. Jean loved being involved with the church. When her son was in school she was vice president of the Northwest Rangers Band Sponsors. In her spare time, Jean liked to crochet. She enjoyed working on puzzles on her tablet or I Pad and playing games including Candy Crush and Words with Friends, especially with her son. She liked to make cards and church tracts on her computer. Jean also loved to play the piano.

In addition to her parents and grandparents she was preceded in death by her husband, Howard G. Titus on January 7, 2018; and a sibling in infancy.

She will be greatly missed by her son, Walter Titus, Shickshinny; step-children: Kelly Kirkland and husband Steve, Georgia; Renee Amrowski, New Jersey; Randy Titus, Utah; 8 step-grandchildren; 2 step-great grandchildren; brothers: Bobby Harmon, Bloomsburg; Mark Harmon, Bloomsburg; sister, Betty Harmon, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Bible Baptist Church, 43 Furnace Street, Shickshinny, with Pastor Randy Boston officiating. Interment will follow in Sorber Cemetery, Reyburn. Family will receive friends on Friday evening, April 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M at the church.

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

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Margaret L. Filbert, 77, of Slocum Township passed away on Sunday morning, March 25, 2018 at Smith Health Care, Mountaintop, surrounded by her loving church family.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on December 8, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Rose A. (Keto) Roth. She was a graduate of Coughlin High School and worked for the Social Security Administration until her retirement.

Peggy was a very active and involved member of Mt. Zion Church, Slocum, for 35 years, where she was a greeter and a member of the Friendship Club and the church secretary for 8 years. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting hand towels. She loved cats, who were great companions for her, especially after the death of husband, Charles T. Filbert in 2015. She especially loved to shop.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on April 21, 2018 at Mt Zion Church, Lily Lake Road, Slocum Township.

In May, she will be laid to rest with her husband in Bloomingdale Cemetery, Hunlock Creek.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Peggy’s memory can be made to Mt. Zion Church, and mailed C/O Diane Webster, 113 Forest Drive, Wapwallopen, PA 18660.

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Donna M. Rinehimer, 64, of Nescopeck passed away unexpectedly at her home on April 13, 2018.

Born on August 27, 1953 in Dover, NJ she was the daughter of the late Grover G. and Dorothy E. (Winters) Heller. She was a graduate of Berwick High School, class of 1971. She served in the Air Force from 1975 to 1977. After being honorably discharged, she worked as a civilian contractor in Harrisburg for many years. She also served for 27 years with the PA Air National Guard, 193rd Special Operation Wing in Middletown, PA.

Donna was a member of the AmVets Post 93, Nescopeck and the VFW Post 8227, Nescopeck. She enjoyed using social media to keep up with friends and going out with them to play Bingo. She liked watching old movies and re-runs of her favorite shows. Donna loved animals, especially her loyal companion, “Max”.

She will be greatly missed by her brother, Bryce Heller, Albrightsville; sister, Cheryl Traugh and husband Hensyl, Shickshinny; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Cletus Heller.

A memorial service with military honors will be held privately.

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

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It is with great sadness that the family of Dorothy I. Lown announces the passing on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018, at the age of 88 years. She was born April 29, 1929.

Dorothy will be lovingly remembered by her two children, Linda (Howard) Campbell and Rick (Julie) Lown. Dorothy will also be affectionately remembered by her four grandchildren, Lisa (Frank) Levan, Wendy Campbell, Kristen (Will) Forner, and Alyssa (Will) Barstow. Forever remembered by four great grandchildren, Kylie Levan, Shane Levan, Mason Forner, and Jax Forner. Additional family includes Linda Verheyen and a brother, William Crouse.

In addition to her parents, George and Helen Crouse, she was preceded in death by four siblings Doyle Crouse, Leon Crouse, Evelyn Birt and Ted Crouse.

Dorothy was an active member of both Bethany United Methodist Church and Emmanuel Bible Chapel. She was a Sunday School teacher and she enjoyed theater.

A funeral service in memory of Dorothy will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Close friends and family may call from 10:00 AM until the time of service. Burial will take place in Pine Grove Cemetery, Walnut Street, Berwick.

Those who desire may make memorial donations in memory of Dorothy to Toys for Tots at toysfortots.org or Agape. Her interest was to take care of needy children.

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Mary E. Fisher, 96, of Mifflin Township passed away peacefully on Saturday March 31, 2018 at Geisinger Bloomsburg Health Care.

Born in Catawissa on May 6, 1921, she was a daughter of the late Sterling and Nora (Gutshall) Steeley. She was raised and educated in the Catawissa area, and after marriage moved to Hetlerville. Mary was a devoted wife and mother. She worked hard to provide a loving home for her family.

Mary liked baking. She enjoyed going to carnivals and fairs, and loved going out to eat, especially with her daughter.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Mark C. Fisher on February 18, 1978. She was also preceded her sons, Daniel; Roger; and Carl Fisher; a daughter, Sharon Fisher; sisters, Florence and Dorothy; and brother, Warren.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Mary A. Valentine and husband Harry, McAdoo; Rose M. Levan and husband Earl, Berwick; Mark E. Fisher and wife Nancy, Bloomsburg; Kathryn L. Barski and husband Dave, Hetlerville; grandchildren: Robin; Lori; Sean; and Shannon; great grandchildren, Bethann; Brianna; Ashley; Willow; and Lakelyn. She is also survived by a brother, Ralph Steeley, Hazleton.

A funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Larry Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Mifflinville Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2:00 until the time of service.

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Kenneth R. Pennington, 84, of Nescopeck passed away on Friday, March 30, 2018 at Chestnut Knoll Senior and Memory Care, Boyertown.

Born in Nescopeck on August 20, 1933, he was the son of the late Clarence W. Pennington and Winifred R. (Bond) Werre. He graduated from Nescopeck High in 1951 and served honorably in the US Army from 1953 to 1955. Ken worked at the Berwick Shirt Factory from 1951 until 1988, where he rose to the position of plant manager. Prior to retiring, he worked as a prison guard in Camp Hill for 9 years.

Kenny was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Nescopeck, as well as the Nescopeck Fire Company, Nescopeck Alumni Committee and the Nescopeck Lion’s Club where he served as past president. He participated in Fast Pitch Soft Ball, where he was a league president, until he was in his early 50’s. He was also a Little League Baseball coach. Ken was an avid Berwick Bulldog fan. He had reserved seats and attended every game for over 40 years. He loved spending time with family, hunting, fishing, and trapping.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Eleanor C. (Keyser) Pennington to whom he was married for 63 years before her death this past December. He was also preceded by his brother Robert Pennington.

He will be greatly missed by his children: Diane Douglass and husband Keith, Florida; Dirk Pennington and wife Michelle, Pottstown; grandchildren: Dawn, Gwen, Sarah and Brett; great-granddaughter, Stone; sister-in-law, Charlotte Pennington, Raritan, NJ; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:30 AM on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with his pastor, Reverend Susan Knorr officiating. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. Interment will follow at Elan Memorial Park in Bloomsburg.

Memorial contribution may be sent to Wesley United Methodist Church, 401 Broad Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

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Orceil E. (Wenner) Bloss, 86, of Nescopeck passed away on Friday, March 30, 2018 at Smith Health Care, Ltd., Mountaintop where she was a guest since Novemeber.

Born in Conyngham on September 27, 1931, she was a daughter of the late Theodore E. and Edna A. (Moyer) Wenner. She was a graduate of Newport Township High School. She met and married her husband Lydon E. Bloss and together they owned and operated a dairy and produce farm. They traveled together on a market route to Freeland where they sold produce and candy that Orceil made.

Church was important to Orceil. She was an active member of Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Dorrance where she played the organ. After her health declined and she could no longer garden or make candy, she would spend her free time working on word puzzles.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Lydon in 2012; and a son-in-law, Robert Miller, Jr.

She will be greatly missed by her loving daughters: Eileen Buffone, Nescopeck; Debra Miller, Berwick; and Tammy Evans and husband Rick, Bloomsburg; cherished grandchildren: Noelle Miller; Robert E L Miller III and fiancé Kayla Bedio; Nicholas Miller; Jason Buffone and wife Jocelyn; Janelle Cooper and husband Justin; Jillian Evans; and adored great grandchildren: Heaven Metzger; Abigail Miller; and Lily Miller. She also leaves behind a sister, Shirley Rinehimer and husband Floyd, Hobbie; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 7768 Blue Ridge Trail, Dorrance Twp., with Reverend Louis Aita officiating. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday evening at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck or on Wednesday at the church from 10:00 until the time of service.

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Betty E. (Mutzabaugh) Kishbaugh, 89, of Berwick passed away on Wednesday morning, March 28, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where she was a patient since Saturday.

Born in Danville on August 20, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Elmer J. and Viola (Noss) Mutzabaugh. She was a graduate of Shickshinny High School. In her younger years, she worked at Racusin’s in Shickshinny, later she was employed at Bercon Packaging in Berwick.

Betty was an active member of Berwick Christian Church, where she was president of the McHenarian’s Sunday School class, a deaconess, youth group leader and Bible school teacher. She was a former Girl Scout leader, and a former member of Daughters of America. She was a member of the Happy Hatters and enjoyed attending her card club. She liked crafting in her spare time, but most of all she loved spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Carl R. “Slim” Kishbaugh, Sr, to whom she was married for 57 years before his passing in 2003. She was also preceded by a sister, Josephine Patacconi.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Carl R. “Skip” Kishbaugh, Jr and wife Marilyn, Berwick; Dennis L. Kishbaugh and wife Patti, Nescopeck; Lisa Jo Compton and husband Bill, Mountaintop; adored grandson, Kyle C. Kishbaugh and wife Ashley, Mountaintop; brother, Robert Mutzabaugh, Shickshinny; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at Berwick Christian Church, with her pastor, John Hill officiating. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends at the Church on Monday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, and Tuesday from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Berwick Christian Church Memorial Fund, 701 East Fifth Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Janie L. Orner, 71, of Nescopeck passed away suddenly on Tuesday morning, March 27, 2018 at her home.

Born in Berwick on August 24, 1946, she was a daughter of the late William H. and Dorothea V. (Gottshall) Sink. She was a graduate of Berwick High School. Janie’s first job was at Consolidated Cigar Factory, and later she was employed in the maintenance department at First Columbia Bank. Most recently, she worked for the school district as a crossing guard in Nescopeck.

Janie occasionally attended First United Church of Christ in Nescopeck. When her children were younger, she volunteered with the Cub Scouts as a Den Leader and Advisor. She liked flower gardening, camping and fishing. Her greatest love was spending time with her grandson.

Janie will be greatly missed by her husband of 54 years, Robert E. Orner; son, Robert E. Orner and wife Jennifer, Berwick; and cherished grandson, Jacob. She also leaves behind a sister, Barbara Grosz, Berwick; brother, Richard A. Sink, Berwick?; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Brian Orner in 2008; grandson, Robby Rice in 2007; brother, William C. Sink; sister, Maryanne Birzer; niece, Ruthann Brosious and nephew, Michael Brosious.

At her request there will be no viewing or funeral service. A memorial service will be held at a later time.

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

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William J. Norris, 75, of Mifflinville passed away early Monday morning, March 26, 2018 at Berwick Hospital Center.

Born in Bloomsburg on December 3, 1942, he was the son of the late John W. and Erma I. (Ball) Norris. He was a graduate of Central High School. He served in the US Navy from 1961 to 1965. After an honorable discharge, he worked for TRW and later Kawneer. He retired from Penn DOT, where he worked as a machine operator for many years.

In his free time, Bill enjoyed hunting.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 47 years, Eileen M. (Crawford) Norris; and son, Bryan Norris, Mifflinville.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Donna Hamilton.

A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will take place in Elan Memorial Park.

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Louis “Wayne” Ring, 63, of Nanticoke passed away unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

Born on March 31, 1955 in Wilkes-Barre he was the son of Louis Ring of California and the late Barbara (Metzger) Ring. Wayne graduated from Crestwood High School in 1973. He was a talented musician, singer, songwriter and DJ. Over the past few years, Wayne became more involved with his faith, attended several churches. His music writing became more religious and he wrote several Christian songs. Wayne also owned Crestwood Video in Mountaintop for several years in the early 1990’s, before moving to Florida.

Wayne, known by many as “Pocono Wayne” liked being outdoors, especially fishing, hunting and camping. He was a very social person who found pleasure in telling jokes and making people laugh. He loved animals, especially his dogs “Garth” who he had for many years, and later after returning from Florida, he had “Shakira”.

He will be greatly missed by his son, Brandon Ring, Glen Lyon; and grandchildren: Cadence and Julian. Locally, he is survived by a sister, Connie Ring, Wilkes-Barre; brother, Mark Ring, Wilkes-Barre; and he also has several siblings in California.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his sons, Brian Ring and Wayne C. Ring; and grandparents, Agnes and Francis Metzger-Keithline.

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

Memorial contributions are suggested to: Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street Nescopeck, PA 18635, to help defray his final expenses.

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Shirley M. Rinehimer, 89, of Salem Township passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at Berwick Hospital Center, with her children by her side.

Born in Slocum Township on April 7, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Claude and Mary E (Deets) Hontz. She graduated from Newport Township High School, where she was the class Valedictorian. Following World War II, she married Donald Rinehimer and together they founded and operated Riverview Block Co., in which she was involved until the time of her passing.

Her church was of the utmost importance. As a child she attended Slocum UM Church and upon moving to Berwick, she attended Stone UM Church. It was here in Berwick where she became involved with 4-H Clubs from sewing to showing beef cattle. She and her husband were known for their stagecoach and pony rides at area carnivals and festivals.

Shirley looked forward to spring and seeing teams of Percheron and Belgiums plowing her garden. She could be heard saying, “If we can get through March, we’ll be alright.” She loved working in the garden, picking and shelling beans and canning what she reaped. She enjoyed working in her flowers and watching birds at the feeder, while keeping an eye out for deer and bear.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald in 1984.

Shirley was a devoted mother and will be greatly missed by her four children: Fay Shields and husband David; Patsy Hill and husband Roger; Thomas Rinehimer and wife Kathy; Randy Rinehimer and wife Mollie, all of Berwick. She took great pride in the accomplishments of her eight grandchildren: Cheryl Masters, Brian Hill, Amy Knowles, Thomas Rinehimer, Jr., Elyse Newburgh, Kelsey Rinehimer, Allison Rinehimer, and Donald Rinehimer. She was equally proud of her six great-grandchildren ranging from ages 17 to 2-months. Shirley is survived by a sister, Barbara Varker and husband Gerald of St. Charles, MO. She also leaves behind four treasured nieces, all of MO, and four nephews, locally.

Shirley was a great lady who will be missed by her family and multitude of friends. Family will receive friends on Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, March 26, 2018 at Stone UM Church, 300 Stone Church Rd., Berwick with her pastor, Reverend Bob Rice officiating. Interment will follow in Slocum Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Stone United Methodist Church, 300 Stone Church Road, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Robert J. Crawford, Jr., 65, of Berwick passed away early Tuesday morning, March 20, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where he was a patient for the past few days.

Born on April 19, 1952, he was the son of Robert J. Crawford Sr. He was raised in the Berwick area by his aunt, the late Betty Camp. He graduated from Columbia Montour Vo-Tech School in 1972. He enlisted in the US Navy where he served from 1972 to 1975. After an honorable discharge, he was employed as a carpenter. Most recently, he worked as a janitor for the Berwick School District.

He was a talented artist who enjoyed sketching.

Bob was the last surviving member of his family. He will be greatly missed by his caregivers and friends, Mary McLaughlin and Trudy Gearhart.

At Bob’s request, there will be no viewing or funeral services.

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Ella R. (Pleiscott) Thomas, 91, of Slocum passed away on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Berwick Retirement Village, where she was a patient for the past several years.

Born in Nanticoke on March 13, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Adam and Margaret M (Myers) Pleiscott. She attended Newport Township High School. Prior to retiring, she worked at Milco Industries in Berwick for many years.

Ella was a member of St James Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hobbie.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband William “Lefty” H. Thomas in 1969; brothers, Alfred, Edward and James Pleiscott; and sister, Betty Good.

She leaves behind her brothers: Harold Pleiscott and wife Judy, Slocum Twp; Dale Pleiscott and wife Jeanne, Slocum Twp; sister, Barbara Kessler and husband Arden, Hunlock Creek; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at St James Church, 827 East County Road, Wapwallopen with her pastor, Reverend Oliver Brown officiating. Interment will follow in Albert Cemetery, Mountaintop. Friends may call at the church, on Wednesday, from 9:30 till the time of service.

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Lydia A. (Deet) Long, 77, of Berwick passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at the Berwick Hospital Center, surrounded by her family.

Born in Niagra Falls on September 10, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Violet L. (Amacher) Deet Chappell and Harold A. Deet. She graduated from Bloomsburg High School. She worked at Glick Shoes and Magee Carpet. For 44 years, she was the proprietor of Lydia Long’s Group Daycare, Berwick, which had 2 locations. She was fully devoted to her business and the children in her care. She retired last year after her health started to fail.

Lydia was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where she was involved with the relief society and other church organizations.

She will be greatly missed by her husband of 53 years, Richard R. Long; children: Laura Long Donovan and husband James, Doylestown; Michael Long and wife Jenn, Danville; Russell Long, Berwick; daughter Amy Long Smith and husband Joel, Berwick; grandchildren: Kristen; James; Jenna; Erin; Austin; Russell; Christopher; AnDina; Seth; Cassie; and Jared; 3 great grandchildren; brothers, Doug Chappell and wife Karen, Texas; and Mark Chappell, Bloomsburg.

Family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 PM on Sunday, March 18th at Heller Funeral Home, LLC , 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

An additional viewing will be held on Monday, March 19th from 10:00-11:00 AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 7368 Schoolhouse Road, Berwick followed by a funeral service. Interment will take place in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS Humanitarian Fund C/O Bishop William Allen 181B Mountain Road Berwick, PA 18603.

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Mary Brown 84, of Nescopeck Township, passed away Friday, March 9, 2018 at her home, which she shared with her husband of 64 years, Richard R. Brown.

Mary was born in Salem Twp. on July 9th, 1933. She was the daughter of the late Emery R. and Elsie M. (Seeley) Kisner, who owned and worked a farm and apple orchard in the rolling countryside near Beach Haven. She graduated from Berwick High School. Mary was a devoted full-time wife and mother, who dedicated her time to providing a loving home.

She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Berwick. She was a lifetime member of the Nescopeck Historical and Genealogical Society. She was a member of the Nescopeck Twp. Fire Hall, and a member of the Nescopeck Township Planning Committee for 8 years. She liked knitting and crocheting, as well as gardening. She was a Sunday School teacher at Mt. Zion Church and 4-H leader for several years when her children were younger. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her husband, Richard; children: Richard Brown and wife Ellie of Nescopeck; Diana (Brown) Stanley of Fort Knox; David Brown and wife Cindy of Dover, PA; Donald Brown and wife Sharmayne of Bloomsburg; Kay Lorraine Brown of Nescopeck; and Brent Brown and wife Megean of Bloomsburg; 20 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandson.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her beloved daughter, Sara "Sally" (Brown) Stanley; and dear brother, William "Bill" Kisner.

A memorial service will be held at St John’s United Church of Christ, 416 Church Road, Wapwallopen, at 11am on Wednesday, March 14th with Reverend Kathy Kinney officiating.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to Geisinger Home Health and Hospice, 410 Glenn Avenue, Suite 200, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Arissa Carlean Majer passed away on March 7, 2018.

She was a beautiful baby born on June 10, 1988 at Berwick Hospital with a full head of dark hair and cute rosebud lips. She had attended Berwick and Mifflinburg schools, but was working and living in the Wilkes Barre area when she passed away.

Arissa leaves behind her 2 children, Sage and Ashlyn; her mother, Tricia and step father, Michael; father, Carl and step mother, Carey. She will also be missed by her sister and brothers, Tressa, Gunner and Keatin, and her step-sisters and step-brother Christy, Audrina, and Justin; as well as her maternal grandmother, June; paternal grandmother, Joyce; and paternal grandfather Richard. She also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Let's continue to remember the wonderfully sweet, funny, sassy, strong, beautiful Arissa we all knew and loved! For many years she fought a heroic battle. She had been sober for a little while, but her addiction still had a powerful hold on her. We wish she had recognized the beauty and strength that everyone else saw in her. It has been one long, hard, agonizing battle after another for years and she fought like a warrior every step of the way. Addiction, however, won the war.

To the person who doesn't understand addiction, she is just another statistic that chose to make a bad decision, but we don't care, because for people who do understand, this is our baby, our oldest, our child, our daughter. She was also a mother, a sister, a granddaughter, an aunt, a niece, a cousin, a friend, a human being with an addiction.

We can try to understand the hold this had on her, but I feel we will fall short every time. We need to talk and educate the world about this epidemic. My beautiful little girl may not be here physically, but she's at peace now and will work miracles from Heaven. Through all the heart ache and tough times my girl has still made me proud and I love her so very much!.

Shine down on all of us my sweet Arissa.

All services for Arissa will be private.

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Dorothy E. (Conner) Fry, of Berwick passed away on Thursday morning, March 8, 2018 at the Gardens at Orangeville.

Born in Berwick, she was the only child of Burton and Leveda Conner. She graduated from Berwick High School, and worked at Lady Esther, Berwick for many years. In addition to working, she was a full time caregiver and dedicated mother to her son, James.

Dorothy was a member of Fowlersville United Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward J. Fry; and daughter, Rose Marie Ammons.

She will be greatly missed by her son, James Edward Fry, Berwick; and several close friends.

A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will take place in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg.

Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is entrusted with arrangements.

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Helen C. (Hunsinger) Kubitsky, 91, of Hazleton passed away on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at St. Luke’s Manor, Hazleton.

Born on June 11, 1926, she was a daughter of the late Walton E and Faye E (Fisher) Hunsinger. She was born and raised in Columbia County between Mifflin and Mainville, and resided there with her husband the late Thomas Kubitsky, whom she married on June 27, 1953. In 1964 they moved with their daughter, Betty Ann Kubitsky, to Hazleton. Helen dedicated her time to providing a loving home for her husband, and daughter. Betty Ann had cerebral palsy, and Helen was a devoted mother and her full-time care giver.

Helen was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mifflinville for over 40 years.

She was the last of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas in 1972; daughter, Betty Ann in 1999; a sister, Pearl E. Wehner; brothers, Nevin E Hunsinger; Lester W. Hunsinger; and Carl W. Hinsinger.

Surviving are numerous nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; great-great nieces and nephews; and close friends.

A viewing will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 AM on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, with her pastor, Reverend Brian Vasey officiating. A procession to Mifflinville Cemetery will follow, where she will be laid to rest with her husband and daughter.

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Dorothy June (Bankes) Hunsinger, Dorothy passed away peacefully at Gracedale Nursing Home, March 7, 2018 at the age of 96. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Dorothy was born in Berwick on January 18, 1922 to the late Elmer and Maude (Baker) Bankes. She worked at the Berwick AC & F, US Radium Corp. and Wise Potato Chip Co, before the family moved to Palmer, PA. There she formed and was tour director of the Ambassador Club of St. Paul’s Church. She served as President of the E.L.C.W. and ran tours at the Palmer AARP for Charity. She also ran tours for other various charities for 35 years. She volunteered at the Easton Hospital in Gracedale, the Red Cross, and The Salvation Army Food Program.

After returning home to Berwick, she served on the Board of Directors and the Advisory Board at the Senior Center. Served as President of the Evan Owens Social Club and was a member of the Berwick VFW & Hospital Circle Club.

She loved to travel, do art & craft projects and donating to charities, collecting poetry, Bingo, and playing the organ.

She was predeceased by her husband Harry L. Hunsinger.

She is survived by her daughter, Cynda Prohidney, sons, Harry T. Hunsinger and Jeffrey L. Hunsinger; 2 grandsons; 1 granddaughter; and 5 great granddaughters.

A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of family. Burial will take place in Roselawn Cemetery, Berwick.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Association, Grace Lutheran Church, or Salvation Army.

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Terry S. Kline, 79, of Berwick passed away on Saturday evening, March 3, 2018 at Berwick Retirement Village, where he was a guest since December, surrounded by his family.

Born in Berwick on February 10, 1939, he was a son of the late Clark A. and Ruth E. (Schuyler) Kline. He graduated from Berwick High School in 1957. He worked at A&P until its closing, and later was a foreman at G&B Specialty, until his retirement in 2008.

Terry was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, Berwick. He enjoyed fishing, especially for bass. In his younger years, he also liked to go hunting. He was an avid Miami Dolphins football fan. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with family, especially with his wife and best friend of nearly 29 years, Pamela M. (Sickler) Kline.

In addition to his wife, he will be missed by his children: Brenda Barratt and husband Don, Catawissa; Matthew Kline and wife Cathy, Berwick; David Kline, Mifflinville; stepchildren: Shelly Moore and husband Pete, Wisconsin; Bill Fedder and wife Beth, Berwick; grandchildren: Jessica; Christofer; Bridgette; Kaitlyn; Christine; Ryan; and Haleigh; great grandchildren, Ava; Emma; Kiryn; Adeline; Lachlan; and many nieces and nephews.

Terry was the last of his immediate family. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death, by his twin brothers, Lonnie and Larry Kline; and several aunts and uncles.

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

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James W. Donnelly, 61, of Hobbie passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at his home.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on March 25, 1956, he was a son of Alice A. (Phillips) Donnelly of Hobbie and the late Edward J. Donnelly Sr. He graduated from Columbia Montour Vo-Tech School and enlisted in the US Army, where he served honorably as a military police officer, stationed in Germany. Prior to retiring he worked as a team leader in the Garden Center at Lowe’s Wilkes Barre store.

Jim enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a talented wood worker, who created many crafts. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and liked to watch NASCAR racing.

In addition to his mother, he will be greatly missed by his companion, Kathleen Chaffman; and daughter, Nichole Brower and husband Joseph, Hunlock Creek. He was a proud grandfather to Anastasia, and was looking forward to the birth of his second grandchild in May. He also leaves behind brothers: Edward Donnelly and wife Patricia, Berwick; Jerome Donnelly and wife Sandy, Sterling, VA; Neal Donnelly and wife Celeste, Wapwallopen; sister, Colleen Hittle and husband James, Lansdale; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Besides his father, he was preceded in death by his brother, John Donnelly; and his grandparents.

Family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 PM on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. At his request, all other services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions, if desired, are suggested to any veterans’ charity.

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Carolyn M. Mowery, 55, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at her home.

Born in Wanamie, PA on July 18, 1962, she was a daughter of Albert G. Vandermark of Glen Lyon, and the late Nancy M. (Adams) Kirschner. Carolyn graduated from Nanticoke High School and received her nursing certification from Danville Nursing School. She used her nursing skills while serving in the US Army. After being honorable discharge in 1981, she worked at several local doctors’ offices and nursing homes. Most recently, she was employed as a nurse at SCI Prison, Dallas.

Carolyn was a member of the Mifflinville Fire Hall. She enjoyed spending time outdoors, especially fishing and camping. She loved to visit the Benton rodeo, and spending time with her loyal dog “Heidi”.

She will be greatly missed by her sons: Michael Vandermark and wife Joyce, Mountaintop; Mitchell Vandermark, Scranton; Jeffrey Mowery, Jr and wife Anastasia, Florida; companion, Jeffrey Mowery, Sr, Berwick; step daughter, Michelle Milheim and husband Corey, Berwick; grandchildren: Chloe, Jacob, Richard, Camden, Jaxson and Fantasha. She also leaves behind her stepmother, Pat Vandermark; sisters: Allison Vandermark Davis and husband Robert, Weatherly; Paula Vandermark-Naftzinger, Weatherly; and many nieces; nephews; cousins; aunts; uncles and extended family members.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her stepdaughter, Starlette Whyne; and brother, Tommy Vandermark.

A funeral service will be held at 6:00 PM on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Pastor Mike Maleski officiating. Family will receive friends from 4:00 PM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to her son, Jeff Mowery, to help defray her final expenses.

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Robert E. Lowery II, of Nescopeck passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 26, 2018 at his home.

Born in Berwick on July 15, 1956, he was the son of Fayetta L. (Fedder) Lowery of Nescopeck and the late Robert E. Lowery. He attended Berwick Schools and graduated from Columbia Montour Vo-Tech School in 1974. Bob worked for 25 years on the Sunoco pipeline, and later was self-employed as a driver for several local hauling companies.

Bob was a member of the AM Vets Post 93, Nescopeck and VFW Post 8227, Nescopeck. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting, and fishing. He loved to ride his motorcycle and play golf.

He will be greatly missed by his children: Jori Deininger and husband Kevin, Maryland; Elissa Lowery, North Carolina; Dustin Lowery and wife Jasmin, Reading; grandchildren: Nina and Libby Deininger, Paris, Avery, Ava and Quinn Lowery; brothers: Brad Lowery, Berwick; Brent Lowery and wife Janet, Hobbie; Brian Lowery and wife Lori, Nescopeck; Britt Lowery and wife Kelly, VA; sister, Vicky Whitmire and husband Carl, Nescopeck; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

A funeral service will be held at 5:00 PM on Friday, March 2, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends at 3:00 PM until the time of service.

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Ronald E. Stout, 73, of Nescopeck Township passed away Sunday evening, February 25, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Born on January 24, 1945, he was one of 7 children born to the late Mae Stout. He was raised and educated in Nanticoke. Ron worked at several sewing factories in the Nanticoke area before he was employed, for 30 years, at C & M Springs/Dana Corp, Berwick. Prior to retiring, Ron worked as a custodian at Nescopeck Elementary School.

Ron enjoyed fishing and loved mowing grass. He was a car enthusiast and liked watching Barrett-Jackson car auctions. He was a “Steelers” and “Eagles” football fan, and a Dale Earnhardt Jr, NASCAR fan.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Ruth M. (Spencer) Stout, with whom he celebrated a 52nd wedding anniversary on February 14th. He also leaves behind daughters: Renee Hileman and husband Haven, Wapwallopen; Rhonda Scheets and husband Kevin, Nescopeck Twp; son, Ronald A Stout, Nescopeck Twp; grandchildren: Desiree; Christopher; Dylan; Tyler; Kody; Kajun and Kyle; great grandchildren: Kayden and Warren; and several brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Roy, at birth; and brother, Charles Marino.

A funeral service will be held at 8:00 PM on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Mike Delp officiating. Family will receive friends from 6:00 PM until the time of service.

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Stephen Boyd Lunger, 50, of Catawissa passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at home, surrounded by family.

Born on October 14, 1967, he was the son of Marilyn Ann (Evans) Lunger, Catawissa and the late Gary E. Lunger. He graduated form Southern Columbia High School in 1986 and later received an engineering certification from Lincoln Technical Institute. He worked at Berwick Industries and Impress. Most recently he was employed at Big Heart Pet Brands.

Known to many as “Pee Wee” or “Muchkin”, he was a member of Bloomsburg Archery Club, and enjoyed target practicing with his bow and arrow. He liked being outdoors and walking in the woods. He was a talented guitar player. He was also a HAM radio operator. He loved his Mastiffs, “Thor”, “Trevor”, “Peanut Butter”, and “Barney”.

In addition to his mother, he will be greatly missed by his wife, Lisa A. (Kline) Lunger, with whom he spent the past 22 years; daughters, Kortney Lunger, Krysten Lunger, Megan Lunger; stepdaughter, Jennifer Simchock; grandchildren, Alijah, Aveya, and Ariel. He also leaves behind brothers, Gary R. Lunger and partner Juan Bernejo, NJ; Col. David A. Lunger and wife Tammy Bardo Lunger, FL; nieces and nephews, and many extended family members.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 PM on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Mt. Zion United Church of Christ, 150 Church Road, Nescopeck with Reverend Richard Dennison officiating. Family will receive friends from 2:00 PM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 E. Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635 to help defray his final expenses.

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Rosemarie I. Bailey, 70, of Berwick passed away on Friday, February 16, 2018 at Geisinger Bloomsburg Heath Care, with her family by her side. Born March 7, 1947, she was the daughter of the late Manuel C. and Aurore (Bolduc) Amaral. She was raised and educated in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where she worked as a waitress before moving to Pennsylvania. Locally she was employed at Consolidated Cigar in Berwick, and Country Cousins in Mocanaqua, where she was a Union President. Most recently, she worked at Berwick Offray. Rosemarie was adventurous, riding 2 and 4-wheel vehicles all over PA and the New England states. She liked bowling. She was involved with animal husbandry, raising dogs, cats and all kinds of exotic birds. She was an avid Boston Red Socks and Jeff Gordon NASCAR fan. She also enjoyed dining out and bingo. She loved going to the movies. She will be greatly missed by her husband of over 17 years, Jon L. Bailey; brothers, Manuel J. Amaral and wife Anita, Mass; Raymond Amaral, Mass; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Amaral, Shickshinny; nieces and nephews; and best friend of 55 years, Joyce Puterbaugh. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Ronald J. Amaral and aunt, Virginia Amaral. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Living Hope Community Church, 102 Warren Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Mike Maleski officiating. Family will receive friends from 12:00 Noon until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association, 57 North Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorial contributions are suggested to Emmanuel UCC.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

At his request, there will be no public services.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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