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Erma R. (Reese) Ginter, 82, formerly of Bloomsburg, passed away peacefully on August 8, 2019 following a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Born on September 5, 1936 in the small town of Shultz, West Virginia she was the daughter of the late Sarah (Miller) and Harmon Reese. Following her graduation from St. Mary’s High School, she enlisted in the Air Force because she “wanted to follow in her big brother’s footsteps.”

While serving as a secretary for the squadron commander at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas, she met her husband, Tom Ginter, who was an instructor. Following several roller-skating dates and sharing burgers in the park, they were married December 18, 1959. They shared their life together for 54 years, from one military assignment to another until settling down in Bloomsburg in 1974, raising 3 daughters along the way.

After Tom’s passing on June 14, 2014, she moved to The Village at Greenbriar in Dallas, Pa. Often seen dancing and singing down the hallways, her infectious positive spirit filled the halls. She was always helping other residents, always trying to make sure that others were happy even while the cancer made her feel ill. This positive attitude was at the center of her soul. Besides spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandsons, she enjoyed gardening, reading and sewing, often designing her own clothes.

She is survived by her daughters, Nancy Witko and husband Norm; Sarah Readler and husband Dave; and Rose Pefferle and husband Bill. She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren, Andrew and wife Danielle; Robert; Nichole and husband Brandon; Linda and fiancée Eric, Ryan, and Dylan and great-grandsons: Kameron and Christian.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her sisters, Evelyn Williams and Martha Reese; brothers, Junior, Carlton, Harold, Alvin and George Reese.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, August 12, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Rev. Bob Sabol officiating. Interment will follow at Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends from 12:00 PM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Geisinger Janet Weiss Children’s Hospital, 100 Academy Avenue, Danville, PA 17822 or to Stand Up to Cancer at www.standuptocancer.org.

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Charlotte M. (Lewis) Kershner, 87, of Berwick passed away on Monday, August 5, 2019 at Berwick Retirement Village II.

Born on September 7, 1931 in Berwick, she was a daughter of the late Margaret (Kemp) and Charles Lewis, Sr. She attended the Briar Creek borough school from first to eighth grade. She graduated from Berwick High School class of 1949. Charlotte worked hard to provide a warm and loving home for her husband and children.

She enjoyed scratch off tickets and made many people laugh with her many Facebook comments. Her family was her greatest joy, she loved cooking and baking for them.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Harold Kershner, Jr. and wife Sandra, Berwick; Larry Kershner, Berwick; James Kershner and wife Marlene, Margate, FL; Marge Hoze and husband George, Berwick; Mary Kershner, Berwick; 12 beloved grandchildren; 12 adored great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Harold Kershner, Sr who passed away on March 20, 1995; brothers, Charles Lewis, Jr. and David Lewis.

A funeral service will be held at 6:00 PM on Friday, August 9, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 4:00 PM until the time of service. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 100, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-99098.

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Helen R. (Gleason) Phillips, 71, of Nescopeck Township passed away on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at Berwick Retirement Village II, after losing her battle with cancer.

Born in Philadelphia on August 7, 1947, she was a daughter of the late John “Jack” and Helen M. (Leswick) Gleason. She was a graduate of Bishop Conwell High School, Fairless Hills, PA, and Pierce Junior College, Philadelphia, PA, where she earned her degree in secretarial studies. In her younger years, she was employed at Wells Fargo Securities in Philadelphia, PA, and waitressed at the family-owned restaurant and hotel called the “Forget- Me-Not” in Wildwood, NJ.

After marrying the love of her life, William J. Phillips on May 24, 1969, Helen devoted her time to providing a loving home to her husband and sons. In her spare time, she ran a candy making and cake designing business from her home. She cherished her years spent with family in Wildwood, NJ.

Helen was affiliated with St. Joseph Catholic Church, Berwick. She was an avid Eagles football fan. She loved working on crossword puzzles and watching TV, especially the show “Cake Boss.”

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband “Bill” who passed away on May 30, 2007.

She will be greatly missed by her sons, William E. “Bill” Phillips and wife Erica, Nescopeck; John J. Phillips and wife Jessica, Katy, TX; Scott J. Phillips and wife Bassma, Nashville, TN; 4 grandchildren: Cole, Micah, Jack, and Joey; a sister, Patricia A. Garrett and daughter, Veronica, Inverness, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on SUNDAY, August 4, 2019, at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 E Third St, Nescopeck, PA.

A Memorial Mass will be held on TUESDAY, August 6, 2019 at 10:00 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 721 Monroe Street, Berwick, PA with Reverend Matthew Larlick officiating. Interment will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery. Anyone attending the mass should go directly to the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to PA Breast Cancer Coalition, 2397 Quentin Road, Suite B, Lebanon, PA 17042, or www.pabreastcancer.org.

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Richard “Rick” E. Wagner, 64, of Berwick passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Berwick Retirement Village, where he had been a guest for the last year.

Born in Berwick on June 25, 1955, he was a son of the late Ralph E. and Elaine M. (Davis) Wagner. He graduated from Central Columbia High School class of 1974. Rick worked at many local manufacturing companies over the years, including Decorator Industries.

He is survived by his sister, Sharon Casaldi and husband Armondo “Ace”, Berwick; brother, Robert Wagner, Bloomsburg; and several nieces and nephews.

At Rick’s request there will be no public services.

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George E. Fetterman, age 81, of Berwick passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

He was born in Berwick, and previously resided in Kane, PA; Jamesburg, NJ; Memphis, TN and Sea Brook, NH before returning to the Berwick area.

He is survived by his daughter, Vickie Reinbold and husband Chris, Berwick; son, Wade Fetterman, Conyngham; stepsons, Steve Slusser, Nescopeck; Jamie Slusser and wife Michelle, Berwick; Robby Slusser and wife Bridget, Berwick; Jason Slusser and wife Kristy, West Chester; 8 grandchildren; 1 great granddaughter; and sister, Cathy Bobersky, Berwick.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Hazel (Cooley) Fetterman; and a son, Vance Fetterman.

George selected a cremation and no services. His family is honoring his requests.

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Patricia A. (Derr) Grosz, 57, of Dorrance passed away on Friday, July 19, 2019 at her home with her loving family by her side.

Born in Berwick on July 25, 1961, she was a daughter of the late Margery L. (Seltzer) Youlls and Fred L. Derr. She attended Berwick Schools and Columbia Montour Vo-Tech. She worked at Ernie’s Nesco Freeze and Berwick Industries. Once her children were born, she devoted most her time to the tasks related to being a wife and mother.

Patty was a member of Emanuel United Church of Christ Church, Dorrance. She was a loving and caring person. She liked going to yard sales, visiting Hometown, and going shopping. She enjoyed crocheting as well as playing Bingo and Scrabble. She loved to sing and would always make sure to call each of her family members to sing them “Happy Birthday”.

She will be greatly missed by her husband of 40 years, Randy D. Grosz; 3 grandchildren, Adam, Isaiah and Amia; sisters, Cindy Becker and husband Ed, Berwick; Susan Heller and husband Michael, Dorrance; Karen Burkey; and Stephanie Derr-Risben; brothers, Ralph Crouse and companion Holly, Berwick; Dennis Derr; step-sisters, Brenda Chesire; Christine Youlls; step-brothers, Drew Youlls; Robert Youlls; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she will be welcomed into heaven by her children: Heather Grosz, Joshua Grosz and Adam Grosz; and a brother, David Derr.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with her pastor, Reverend Louis Aita officiating. Interment will follow in Emanuel Cemetery, Dorrance Township. Family will receive friends on Monday July 22, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.

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Sharon L. (Gunther) Whitmire, 71, of Briar Creek Township passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 19, 2019 at her home.

Born in Berwick on March 2, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Hubert A. and Janice M. (Fulkersin) Gunther. She was a graduate of Berwick High School, class of 1966. At age 18, she was a runner-up contestant in the Miss Northeastern PA Pageant, but her family would tell you she had a beauty far greater than that.

Sharon worked at the American Auto Store, Family Counseling Services and Busy Bee Cleaners. Her longest position was at Cool Air Refrigeration where she worked as a secretary.

She was a former member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and a current member at Summer Hill United Methodist Church. Sharon enjoyed cooking, baking and canning, and she liked going on Resort Vacations. Her greatest love was her family.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 52 years, Nelson “Elmer” Whitmire; son, Brent Whitmire and wife Mary Ann, Shickshinny; daughter, Holly Whitmire and partner Mike Reily, Picture Rock; 4 grandchildren: Blake, Sydney, Brooke and Brett; brother, Allen Gunther, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM on Friday, July 26, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 2:00 PM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Summer Hill United Methodist Church, C/O Linda Sult, 160 Twin Church Road, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Mary P. (Sabanos) Ezzyk, 83, of North Centre Township passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at her home.

Born in Conyngham Township on February 10, 1936, she was a daughter of the late George and Veronica (Jarick) Sabanos. She was a graduate of Newport Township High School class of 1954. Mary was employed at Campbell’s Soup in Lime Ridge, and later at Consolidated Cigar until it closed. She also worked at Ezzyk’s family owned roadside farm stand.

She was a devoted member of Ss Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church in Berwick, where she spent much of her free time helping with different fundraisers and projects. She was a member of the American League of Ukrainian Catholics and for many years hosted their summer picnics at her farm. She was involved with the North Centre Township Historical Society. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph O. Ezzyk, with whom she shared 55 years of marriage prior to his passing in 2011; a son, Martin Ezzyk in 2014; sister, Magdaline in infancy; and brothers, Joe and Mike Sabanos.

She will be greatly missed by her sons, David Ezzyk; Richard Ezzyk and wife Jeannie; Randy Ezzyk, all from Berwick; 8 grandchildren, Becky, James, Jared, Joe, Justin, Kelly, Kristin and Patrick; and 6 great grandchildren. She also leaves behind sisters, Anne Gryziec and husband Tony, Rahway, NJ; Margie Kashatus and husband Tom, Glen Lyon; Gizelle Mierzwa and husband Mike, Riverside; brothers, George and Steve Sabanos, both of Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

A viewing will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Sunday, July 21, 2019 with Parastas at 6:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

A Devine Liturgy will begin at 10:00 AM on Monday, July 22, 2019 at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Church, 706 North Warren Street, Berwick with her pastor, the Reverend Roman Petryshak officiating. Anyone attending is invited to go directly to the church. Interment will follow in the Parish Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, Eastern Central Division, Columbia Unit, P.O. Box 3125 Williamsport, PA 17701-0125

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Lucele E. (Crouse) Slusser, 87, of Main Township passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at her home.

Born in Black Creek Township on November 7, 1931, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Helen E. (Olshafer) Crouse. She graduated from Beaver Main High School and was employed at Baranol and Bloomsburg Silk Mill. Her priority was always her family.

Lucele was a member of Emanuel Reformed Church of Mainville. She enjoyed sewing and completing tasks around the house. She was a wonderful cook and until recently was still able to enjoy some time in the kitchen.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Ambrose D. Slusser, who died in 2006; daughter, Faye A. Barilla; brothers, Norman, Frazier and Lian; and sister, Hannah Crouse.

She will be greatly missed by her son, Walter Slusser and wife Laura, Bloomsburg; grandchildren, Thomas Rowe and Krystle Rumsey; 4 great grandchildren; sister, Ruth Diel, Mountain Grove; and several nieces and nephews.

At Lucele’s request there will be no services. Private burial will take place in Emanuel Reformed Cemetery.

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Valerie A. (Baslick) Tanner, 50, of Mifflin Township, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Sunday, July 14, 2019.

Born in Danville on February 24, 1969, she was a daughter of the late Roger Baslick and Laura (Weaver) Baslick. She attended Berwick High School. Val was employed at several businesses in the Berwick area. She worked hard to provide a warm and loving home for her husband and children.

She attended Grace Lutheran Church, Berwick. Val was a caring and loving person. She would give her last penny to someone else who needed it more before spending it on herself. She adored spending time with her family. She was an animal lover, having cared for many cats and dogs over the years. She loved all things Disney.

She is survived by her husband of 10 years, Carl Tanner, Nescopeck; children: Alicia Altieri, Killeen, Texas; Steven Altieri, Orangeville; 1 granddaughter, Sophia. She will also be greatly missed by her step-mother, Valerie M. (Johns) Baslick, Shamokin; step-brother, William Matthews and wife Amy, Rupert; step-sister, Heather Laubach and husband Brad, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her grandparents, John and Roberta Baslick and step grandparents, Morgan and Irene Snyder.

A celebration of life will be held at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at Grace Lutheran Church, 1615 Fairview Avenue, Berwick with her pastor, Reverend Chad Hebrink, officiating.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Animal Resource Center, P.O. Box 439, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 or to Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635 to help defray her final expenses.

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Louise M. (Whitebread) Eroh, 93, of Hollenback Township passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at Berwick Retirement Village II, where she was a guest for the past 3 months.

Born in Slocum Township on June 5, 1926, she was a daughter of the late Stanley R. and Veda (Fairchild) Whitebread. She attended the Good School in Hobbie. She was employed part time at Arner’s Boarding Home, Hobbie, but her primary focus was always her family. Louise worked hard to provide a warm and loving home for her husband and children.

Louise was a member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hobbie. She enjoyed crocheting and needle point. She liked working on cryptoquip puzzles from the daily paper. She was an avid professional wrestling fan, even when she was ill, she always had the TV channel set so she could watch.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Merrill L. Eroh in 2005; sister, Beatrice Wagner; and brothers, Raymond Whitebread; and Freddie who died in infancy.

She will be greatly missed by her loving children, Merrill E. Eroh and wife Sheryl, Nescopeck; Connie Petock, Bloomsburg; grandchildren: Lynette Rich and husband Bill; Ann Martin and husband Joe; Rachel Bennett; great grandchildren: Amber, Chris, Brittany, Brock, Alexis, Abby, Kaylen and Bethany; and a great-great grandson, Oliver. She also leaves behind a sister, Wilma Kleintop of Allentown; and many nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held in St. James Lutheran Church Cemetery, Hobbie, where she will be buried next to her husband, Merrill. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is entrusted with arrangements.

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Daxton R. Street of Beach Haven passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2019. He was born in Berwick on September 22, 2016. Dax was the youngest son of Bridget D. Billings and Logan D. Street.

He was a fearless little boy with an infectious smile that could light up a room, prompting his mom to call him “Sonshine”. He also had the nickname “Ham” or “Hammy” for a couple of reasons: he loved to get his picture taken and would always “ham it up” for the camera, and he had a fat belly and was fast like a slippery little pig. Like most little boys his age, he was a fan of “Paw Patrol”. He also liked the theme song from it, as well as the song “Johny Johny”. Dax loved to dance, especially to the song “Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys”. He loved all animals, even bees.

He will be greatly missed by his loving parents, Bridget and Logan; brothers: Deakin Billings, Dayne Street, Drake Street, and Drexel Street; maternal grandmother, DiAnne Force; paternal grandmother, Shelly Castelonia; uncles: Cody Byrd and wife Lisa; Brian Billings and wife Brittany; Jarrett Castelonia; aunts: Heather Becker and husband Chris; Corrie Hearn; Chasity Force-Lopez; and numerous cousins. He is also survived by great-great grandparents, Ethel Burek; Roy and Lorelei Castelonia; and several great aunts and uncles.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends on Friday, July 19th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and Saturday from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Animal Resource Center, P.O. Box 439, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Constance (Henry) Edstrom Bartlett, 87, of Berwick passed away on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at Allied Services Hospice, Scranton.

Born on March 17, 1932 in Hazleton, she was a daughter of the late Alvin J. and Lillian (Brewer) Henry. She was a graduate of Hazleton High School. Connie worked at various jobs throughout the Berwick area, but always spoke fondly of her employment at Berwick Lighting.

She was a member of the United Church of Christ, Berwick for many years until her health started to decline. She was a member of Eagle Hose Company, Berwick Fire Police, Columbia County and Pennsylvania Fire Police Associations.

She is survived by her sons: Gary Edstrom and wife Susan, Taylor; Michael Bartlett and wife Sandy, Key West, Florida; grandchildren; Kelsey Edstrom; Aubrey Edstrom; Joanna Kinder and husband David; 1 great granddaughter; and 1 great-great grandson.

She was preceded in death by her infant daughter Judy Ellen Edstrom and her son Edward Edstrom, Jr.

A viewing will be held from 9:30 am – 11:00 am on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery, Walnut Street.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to the Berwick Fire Police, 325 S. Mercer, Berwick, PA 18603 or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908.

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Gerald F. Smith, 72, of Berwick passed away on Thursday, July 11, 2019, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, surrounded by his family.

Born in Berwick on July 13, 1946 he was a son of the late Howard and Vera (Lloyd) Smith. He was a graduate of Nescopeck High School and served in the US Army from 1966-1967, during the Vietnam war. He retired from Wise Potato Chips, where he was employed for over 45 years.

Jerry loved spending time with his family. He liked to watch the wildlife in his backyard. In the morning, he enjoyed watching people as they went to work and waving to them as they drove by.

He will be greatly missed by his sister, Linda Cole, Berwick; brothers, Ronald Smith and wife Peggy, Berwick; Robert Smith and wife Patricia, Nescopeck; 6 nieces and nephews; 11 great nieces and nephews.

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

Memorial contributions may be sent to Nescopeck Area Community Cupboard P.O. Box 372, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

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Dorothy B. Cooper, 88, of North Chesterfield, Virginia, died peacefully on July 11, 2019 at Wellsprings at Amelia Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Amelia Courthouse, VA.

Dorothy was born on December 1, 1930 in Mifflin Township, PA to Alfred H. Waltman and Geneva M. (McMurtrie) Waltman. She moved to Nescopeck in early 1933. Dorothy graduated from Nescopeck High School in 1948. She was elected May Queen by the student body in 1948. Dorothy married Herbert W. Cooper on November 30, 1957 at Albright Church in Washington, D.C. The ceremony was performed by the Reverend Woodrow A. Bartges. Dorothy and Herb lived in Arlington, VA from 1957 until moving to Woodbridge, VA in 1963. She retired in December 1998 after being employed for 22 and 1/2 years at S&W Engravers in Alexandria, Virginia. Dorothy lived in Woodbridge, VA for 51 years before coming to live with her son, David, and daughter in law, Terri, in North Chesterfield, VA in 2014.

Dorothy attended Cokesbury United Methodist Church in Woodbridge. She served many years in the Woodbridge Little League as a team mother and Vice President of the Ladies Auxiliary. She is a past president of the Woodbridge Senior High School Athletic Boosters Club.

Dorothy is survived by her two children, David Cooper and wife Terri, North Chesterfield, VA ; Jeff Cooper and wife Connie of Woodbridge, VA; grandchildren, Kyle Cooper, Kelly Cooper, Emma Cooper, and Colby Cooper; sisters, Carol Chambers and husband Robert, Berwick; Betty Laubach of Berwick; brothers: William Waltman and wife Aileen, Nescopeck; Jerry Waltman and wife Bernadine, Berwick; brother in law, Marvin Brown and wife Joanne, Berwick; sister in law, Barbara Sitler, Endwell NY; several nieces and nephews; Jordan Daniel and Jon Daniel.

In addition to her parents and husband she is preceded in death by her brother Harold J. Waltman; and sisters Mary Jane Waltman and Beverly Brown.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 11:00 am at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Susan Knorr officiating. Family will receive friends from 9:30 AM until the time of service. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery, Walnut Street.

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Kenneth C. Hart, 91, passed away on Friday, July 5, 2019 at Berwick Retirement Village, where he was a resident.

Born in Salem Township on April 20, 1928, he was a son of the late Jacob and Ruth (Varner) Hart. He was a graduate of Berwick High School, class of 1946. Ken worked at Berwick Weaving and Strausser Construction Co until 1950, when he was drafted into the US Army. He served in the 981st Engineer Construction Battalion attaining the rank of Sergeant 1st Class. On November 18, 1952, he was transferred to the standby reserves until Oct. 31, 1956. After an honorable discharge he worked as a construction superintendent with the Sutter Corp until retirement.

Kenneth was a member of the Stone United Methodist Church, Berwick where he served in several capacities and was involved with different projects. He liked working with flowers around the church and at his home. He enjoyed tinkering on things and completing tasks for his house. He loved hunting especially with his hound dogs.

He belonged to the carpenter’s union for 50 years. He was a member of the Caldwell Consistory, Bloomsburg for 50 years, also a member of the Irem Shriners, Dallas, and Knapp Lodge 462 F&AM, Berwick.

His wife, the late Evelyn (Detato) Hart passed away in 2012. He was also preceded by in death by brothers, Lester, Ralph and Delroy Hart; and sisters, Marie Lutz and Ruth Sitler.

Surviving are his brothers, Donald and wife Janice; Randall and wife Pat; sisters, Dorothy Belles and husband Howard; Linda Eyer and husband Robert; brother-in-law, Heister Lutz; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at Stone United Methodist Church, Berwick, with his pastor, Reverend Robert Rice officiating. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery Berwick. Friends may call on Tuesday at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory are suggested to Stone Church United Methodist Church, 300 Stone Church Road, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Mable M. Force, 80, of Mifflinville passed away on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at home, surrounded by her loving family.

Born at home in Mifflinville on July 20, 1938, she was the last living child of the late Benjamin “Tracy” and Pauline H. (Stoker) Harris. She was a graduate of Central Columbia High School, class of 1957. For nearly 40 years Mable worked at several local factories including Berwick Knitting and Briar Knitting. Later, she waitressed at “Dukes” the family owned restaurant, which was located on Orange St, Berwick.

Mable enjoyed working on crossword puzzles and playing cards with her family. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, whether it was babysitting or vacationing with them.

She leaves behind her loving children: daughter, Annette Titus and husband Michael Sr, Mifflinville; son, William F. Force, Mifflinville; cherished grandchildren: Gabriel Remaley and husband Chester, Berwick; Michael Titus Jr. and wife Leeanne, Berwick; adored great grandchildren: Niya, Damian and Kaylee Remaley; Landon and Kadien Hunley; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends. She was “Nan” to many children for generations, all of whom will miss her dearly.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, May June Harris and Hazle (Stoker) Kitchen; and brothers, Paul E. Hunsinger and “Boots” Stoker.

A funeral service will be held at 8:00 PM on Monday, July 8, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Chaplain Mike Delp officiating. Family will receive friends from 6:00 PM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Commonwealth Hospice, 109 West 9th Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Sylvia M. (Whitmire) Kyttle, 70, of Salem Township passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 1, 2019 at Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, NY.

Born in Berwick on January 16, 1949, she was a daughter of the late Raymond and Bertha (Royer) Whitmire. She was a graduate of Berwick High School, class of 1967. Over the years, she was employed at several local manufacturing companies including Berwick Knitting, DataCom, and Fulton Lamp Factory. She retired from Berwick Offray.

Sylvia liked to read and go camping. She enjoyed flower gardening. She loved spending time with her cat “Midnight” who she trained to do tricks and come when called by name.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband, Orval E. Kyttle with who she would have celebrated 48 years of marriage this September; daughter, Robin Kyttle and son, Jeffrey Kyttle, both of Salem Twp; sister, Anna Kyttle of Shickshinny; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Charles and Fredrick Whitmire.

Family will receive friends at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck on Sunday, July 7, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to one of Sylvia’s favorite charities, Go Joe 22, 16 Montage Mountain Road, Moosic, PA 18507. Checks should be made payable to: St. Joseph’s Center.

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John J. Evancho, 87, of Dorrance Township passed away on Monday, July 1, 2019 under hospice care at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Nanticoke on October 8, 2019, he was a son of the late George and Mary M. (Lukashewski) Evancho. He was raised and educated in Dorrance Township. John served on active duty in the US Army from 1955 to 1957. After an honorable discharge he worked at Wise Potato Chips until he retired.

He was a member of Our Lady Help of Christians, St Mary’s Church in Dorrance. He enjoyed working on the family farm and completing the many tasks involved. In the past, he like to go fishing in Maple Swamp. He also enjoyed cooking and he loved to listen to Polkas.

He will be greatly missed by his brothers: Andrew Evancho, Dorrance; Edward Evancho and wife Susan, Slocum; sister, Mary Ann Vencak, Hobbie; and many nieces and nephews.

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

Family will receive friends from 8:00-9:00 am on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. A graveside service will follow at 9:30 am at St. Mary’s Cemetery, St. Mary’s Road, Dorrance.

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Thomas P. Crawford,66, of Catawissa, passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, surrounded by his family.

Born on June 19, 1953 in New Jersey he was a son of the late Robert G. and Mary F. (Cruthers) Crawford. He graduated from Southern Columbia High School in 1972. Tom worked at Geisinger as a courier for many years and later worked at Walmart, retiring in 2018 after 13 years.

He loved watching high school sports, especially Southern Columbia football. He never missed a game until his health started to fail. He liked to collect trains and sports cards. He enjoyed spending time with his family and going on many road trips together.

He will be greatly missed by his siblings; John Crawford, Texas; Eileen Norris, Mifflinville; Patricia Crawford, Catawissa; Dennis Crawford, Catawissa; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 am on July 2, 2019 at Mt. Zion Cemetery, Catawissa with Chaplin Chris Dunlap officiating. Family will receive friends from 5:30-7:30 PM on July 1, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Animal Resource Center, 301A Boone Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Frederic R. Blaine, Sr., 75 of Berwick passed away on Monday, June 24, 2019 at his daughter’s home in Pottstown.

Born in Berwick on October 15, 1943, he was a son of the late Howard K. and Dorothy (Learn) Blaine. He graduated from Berwick High School and joined the US Army in 1964. He served on active duty until 1967 during the Vietnam War. After an honorable discharge he owned and operated his own general contracting business until he became disabled.

Fred was a member of the Berwick VFW Post 821. He loved to be outdoors, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping. He liked to read. He followed pro football and was an avid New England Patriots fan.

He will be greatly missed by his children: Kristine Caffey, Fort Worth, Texas; Barbara Harris and husband Edward, Pottstown; Frederic Blaine, Jr. and wife Maureen, Longview, Texas; Jean Blaine, Oceano, California; Kenneth Blaine, Colorado Springs, CO; 17 beloved grandchildren; and 5 adored great grandchildren. He is survived by 2 stepdaughters; and several step grandchildren. He also leaves behind sisters: Carol Skrip and husband David, Berwick; Barbara Snyder and husband Harold, New York; Kathy Gearhart, Nescopeck; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Beth Ann Blaine in 2017; a sister, Betty Kessler; and a stepson.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00 PM on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Reverend Chad Hebrink officiating. Interment will follow at Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends from 10:00 am until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Berwick VFW Post 821, 1408 West Front Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

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David B. Keers, 68, of Berwick went to be with his Lord Sunday, June 23, 2019 at his home.

Born on August 3, 1950 in Upland he was a son of the late William G. and Helen E. (Salmon) Keers. He graduated from Downingtown High school. He served in active duty in the US Army from 1970 to 1971, and again from 1974 to 1976, during the Vietnam War. He earned several medals during his service including the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm. After an honorable discharge David worked as an EMT in Berwick and Deluxe Homes. He also owned and operated Bower and Keers Home Improvements and Dave Keers Construction.

David liked carpentry and wood working; he built many pieces for his home over the years. He was an avid reader and frequented the McBride Memorial library before his health started to decline. He loved spending time with his family.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 48 years, Linda S. (Kemp) Keers, Berwick; daughter, Tracy Swizter and husband Eric, Nescopeck; grandchildren, Brandyn Leeson, Eric Switzer, Jr., and Cara Switzer; sister, Kathy Keers, Media; Colleen Glasby and husband Stuart, Malvern; Carleen Erhard and husband Daniel, Bewton square; brother, William Keers, Riverside, California; many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at LCBC Church, 2421 Columbia Blvd, Bloomsburg with Pastor Dave Ney officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to the McBride Memorial Library 500 N Market St, Berwick, PA 18603 or to the American Cancer Assosicatio, Eastern Central Division, Columbia Unit, P.O. Box 3125, Williamsport, PA 17701-0125.

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Barbara J. (Iddings) Andreas, 80, of Mifflinville passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2019 at The Gardens at Millville.

Born on August 30, 1938 she was a daughter of the late Victor and Francis (Lynn) Fetterman. She grew up on what is known as Pee-Wee Hill, Mifflinville. After graduating from Mifflinville High school, she devoted her life to her family as a homemaker and mother of four daughters. In later years she worked at TRW, Danville; RCA, Mountain Top and Adler’s Machine Shop, Main Township.

She was an active member of Mainville Community Sunday School and Reformed Church. Barbara participated in many fundraisers for the church including help make doughnuts, raisin filled cookies, and chicken and waffles dinners. She instilled the importance of religion and a church affiliation in her daughter’s lives. “No matter what your Saturday night was about, you will be in church Sunday morning!”, was the house rule.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters: twins, Brenda Creasy, Catawissa; Glenda Payne and husband Terry, Deming, New Mexico; Jean Ross and husband Walter, Paxinos; Zelda Greco, Tyrone, New Mexico; 6 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by brothers, Paul and Harold Iddings; sister, Eleanor MaGaw.

At Barbara’s request services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Clarence V. Evancho, 75, of Dorrance Township passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at Mountain Top Senior Rehab and Care.

Born in Nanticoke on June 27, 1943 he was a son of the late George and Mary M. (Lukashewski). He was raised and educated in Dorrance Township. Clarence retired from Wise Potato Chip after many years of employment

He was a member of Our Lady Help of Christians church in Dorrance. He enjoyed working on the family farm and completing the many tasks involved.

He will be greatly missed by his brothers: John Evancho, Dorrance; Andrew Evancho, Dorrance; Edward Evancho and wife Susan, Slocum; sister: Mary Ann Vencak, Hobbie; many nieces and nephews.

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

Family will receive friends from 8:00-9:00 am on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. A graveside service will follow at 9:30 am at St. Mary’s Cemetery, St. Mary’s Road, Dorrance.

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Deborah L. (Keller) Lane, 62, of Berwick passed away on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Orange, NJ on November 16, 1956 she was a daughter of the late Earl and Phyllis “Marion” (Curland) Keller, Sr. After moving to Nescopeck, she graduated from Columbia Montour Vo-tech. Debbie worked as a CNA at several nursing homes in the area through agency services until she became disabled.

She was a member of the American Kennel Club and the Australian Shepherd Club of America. She was also a member of the American Paint Horse Association. Debbie bred and showed Australian shepherd’s and paint horses in her spare time. She enjoyed taking her daughter to many horse shows to compete in 4H and the paint circuit over the years. She liked canning, baking, watching movies, and being outdoors as well as visiting with dear friends. She treasured watching her grandkids grow over the years. She loved music, especially Elvis Presley and even had the privilege to visit Graceland in her younger years.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 35 years, George Lane, Jr., Berwick; daughter, Tanya Moroz and husband Addison, Berwick; step-daughter, Lora Krasniak and husband John, Nescopeck; 2 adored grandchildren, Brianna and Caleb; sister, Dawn Manhart, Wapwallopen; brother, Earl Keller, Jr., Berwick; many nieces and nephews. She will also be greatly missed by her beloved dog, Hondo, who was always by her side. Including family, she will be deeply missed by some great close friends who were always there for her physically and emotionally.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Darlene “Leenie” Keller.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Earl McCormick, Jr., 74, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, due to injuries he sustained in an auto accident earlier this week.

Born in Williamsport on January 4, 1945, he was a son of the late Earl and Eleanor (Betts) McCormick, Sr. He attended Montgomery area schools. Earl served in the US Army from 1965 to 1968 during the Vietnam War. He earned several medals during his service including a Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster. After an honorable discharge, he worked at Wenner’s Lumber Company, Moyer’s Disposal and several trucking companies until his retirement. He was currently employed by Knorr Hauling, Inc. in Berwick.

Earl was an active member of Almedia Bible Church, and a life member of the Nescopeck VFW Post 8227. He worked hard and put effort into everything he did. During his time off he loved to go fishing. In the winter he enjoyed making latch hook rugs for his family.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 52 years, Dorothy M. (Thomas) McCormick, Berwick; daughters, Dawn Hess and companion Jamie Beck, Nescopeck Township; Terri Lech and husband Paul, Weatherly; 6 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; brother, Eugene McCormick and wife Henrietta, Sugarloaf; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Earl McCormick III; sisters, Shirley Phillips and Betty Spaide.

At Earl’s request there will be no public services.

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Aimee J. (Hoffman) Swafford, 39, of Mifflinville passed away on Friday, June 14, 2019 at home, under the care of Commonwealth Hospice. Her family was by her side. Born in Berwick on September 20, 1979, she was a daughter of Sally (Davenport) Stout and husband Roger of St Petersburg, FL and the late Rodney C. Hoffman. She attended Columbia Montour Vo-Tech. Over the years, she was employed at several local businesses including the Ribbon Factory, Giant Foods and Sonoco gas. She also worked at Park Place Billiards in Clearwater, FL. Aimee had a green thumb and loved tending to the flowers and vegetables in her garden. She liked playing pool, going swimming and taking walks through the mountains. She enjoyed going on car rides and “adventures” with her husband, Dan. In addition to her mother and step-father, she will be greatly missed by her loving husband of nearly 3 years, Dan Swafford; cherished daughter, Leeanna Ross; brothers, Aaron Hoffman and wife Meredith, Berwick; Jason Hoffman, Mesa, AZ; sister, Jennifer Story and husband Fred, Mesa, AZ; several nieces and nephews; aunts; uncles; cousins; and extended family. At Aimee’s request, there will be no services. 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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Ralph E. Manning, 84, of Nescopeck passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 6, 2019 at his home.

Born in Berwick on September 8, 1934, he was the last living child of the late born to Russel K. and Dora Z. (Mausteller) Manning Sr. He was a graduate of Berwick High School, class of 1952. After graduation, Ralph was employed as an appliance repairman at Cashmarks, Berwick. He also called Bingo numbers at the Union Hall, which is where he met his wife Ruth P. (Briggs) Manning. They were married for nearly 65 years and together they owned Manning’s Furniture Store, Nescopeck for 62 years.

Ralph was an active member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Nescopeck, where he was the assistant financial treasurer and served on the board of trustees. He was instrumental in the start-up of the Nescopeck Ambulance Association and volunteered as an EMT. He was a former member of the Lion’s Club. Ralph was a past president and member of the Mountain Laurel Campers Club. Together he and Ruth travelled, in their Winnebago, to the Fan Fare and Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. They also journeyed on numerous cruises to the Caribbeans. Ralph was always there for his family and enjoyed spending time with them.

Sadly, Ruth passed away on May 16, 2019. In addition to his wife and parents, Ralph was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Gregory Fayock; brothers: Russell K Manning, Jr, Herbert Manning, Dave Manning; and sisters, Stella Puher and Betty Lechleitner.

He will be greatly missed by his children: Diane Nutaitis and husband Ted, Bloomsburg; Bradley Manning and wife Lora, Millville; Paul Manning and wife Jill, Coopersburg, PA; 6 grandchildren: Dr Kristopher Fayock and wife Ligaya, Philadelphia; Dr Brian Fayock, Tucson, AZ; Colby Fayock and wife Ana, Alexandria, VA; Cory Manning and wife Anna, Coopersburg; Mike Manning and newly wedded wife Marlo, Coopersburg; and Samantha Manning, Millville. He has a great granddaughter, Malia Fayock, and was looking forward to another great granddaughter and a great grandson, both in July. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 5, 2019 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 401 Broad Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Susan Knorr officiating.

Family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions are suggested to Wesley U. M. Church, PO Box 372, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

He will be forever loved and greatly missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.

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Stefanie L. Cieplik, 48, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly at her home on Thursday, May 30, 2019.

Born in Berwick on October 23, 1970 she was a daughter of the late Edward Cieplik and Marna (Gross) Kania of Berwick. She graduated from Berwick High School. She was a CNA for 28 years and was most recently employed at Guardian Eldercare in Nanticoke.

She was a huge animal lover, stopping along the side of the road to greet farm animals whenever she had the chance. She loved spending time with her friends and family. Stefanie babysat her nieces and nephews, all of whom she adored.

In addition to her mother, she will be greatly missed by her brother, Stephen Laytar and wife Charlotte, Berwick; sister, Stacey DeFrain and husband Rick, Nescopeck; nieces, Leah Kling and husband Trent; Justina High and husband Brad; Brienn Bugasch and husband Robert; nephews, Devan DeFrain; Mason Laytar; Brayden DeFrain; and many great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father.

Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

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Gerald R. Hornberger, 83, of Catawissa passed away on Monday, May 27, 2019 in the Palliative Care Unit at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born on March 3, 1936, he was the fourth son of the late F. Pierce and Violett (Hendricks) Hornberger. He was a graduate of Roaring Creek Valley High School, class of 1955. After graduation he enlisted in the US Army and served in the 94th and 806th Engineer Battalions. After an honorable discharge, he returned home and became employed by RC Bachman Plumbing & Heating in Catawissa. Jerry’s working career then took him to Merck & Co. in Riverside where he worked for many years as a pipefitter and boiler operator. After retiring, he worked for PP&L at Bell Bend during the outages.

Jerry was a member of Christ United Lutheran Church, Catawissa, the North Branch Wood Chippers, the Merck Travel Club, and the Order of the Arrow. He was a master craftsman at wood working and carving. He enjoyed hunting and trapping. He traveled around the world with his wife Jo. Gerald belonged to the Boy Scouts of America where he earned his Star Badge and represented his troop at the National Jamboree in 1950.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 59 years, Jo; a daughter, Jodi Weller and husband Glenn; son, Joel and wife Tanis; 5 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren, and twins on the way this August.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Sherman, Elwood and Kenneth.

In honor of Gerald’s wishes, there will be no services. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

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Dorothy J. (Stair) Chapin, 84, of Nescopeck passed away on Friday, May 24, 2019, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, surrounded by her family.

Born in Dorrance Township on June 23, 1934, she was a daughter of the late Bruce and Esther (Rinehimer) Stair. She graduated from Newport Township High School.

In 1952, she married Rudolph D. “Boots” Chapin, and together they raised six children. Dorothy was a devoted wife and mother who worked hard to provide a loving home for her family. She also helped with the tasks involved with the family farm.

She was an active member of Faith United Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nescopeck, where she helped with the annual Easter egg sale and served on the Alter Guild.

In addition to her husband, with whom she shared 66 years of marriage, she will be greatly missed by her children: Donald Chapin and wife Joann; Karen Lear and husband Mark; Eugene Chapin and wife Kathy; Aileen Lear and husband Walter, all from Nescopeck Twp; Linda Henger, Berwick; Jeff Chapin and wife Susan, VA; 15 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. She also leaves behind a brother, Carl Stair, Nescopeck; sister, Judy Nobel, Barnesville; sister-in-law, Shirley Stair, Nescopeck, and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Alfred Stair.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 25, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 E. Third St, Nescopeck, with her pastor, Reverend Jessica Kingsborough, officiating. Burial will follow in Mt Zion Cemetery, Briggsville. Family and friends will be received on Monday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, and Tuesday from 10:00 until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Faith United Evangelical Lutheran Church, 801 E. Third St, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

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Lewis “Big Lew” Kovach passed away early on Thursday morning, May 23,2019, just 10 days shy of 94th birthday.

He was born June 2, 1925 to the late Miklos and Bertha Kovach.

“Big Lew” lived his entire life in Berwick except while serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He worked at the AC&F plant as a welder, electrician test/repairman and air conditioning and refrigeration test/repairman until it’s closing. He then joined the Boilermakers Union Local 271 until his retirement in 1981. After retiring, he loved to frequent flea markets, and was well-known for his hobby of buying and selling. His business card read, “If Big Lew ain’t got it, you don’t want it.”

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by all 9 of his brothers: Nick, Joe, Charlie, Mike, Alec, Andy, Fred, Frank and John as well as his son, Lewis “Little Lew” Kovach.

He is survived by his step-daughter, Ann Cary; step-son, Tom Cary and wife Judy; and their mother Eileen Kovach. “Big Lew” will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

At his request all services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Burial will take place in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick. Arrangements are entrusted to Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck.

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Ruth P. Manning, 88, of Nescopeck passed away peacefully on May 16, 2019 at her home, after a short illness.

Born at home in Nescopeck on October 2, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Claude and Mabel (Polk) Briggs. She attended Nescopeck school and later earned her GED. She worked at Wise Potato Chip factory in the 50’s. In 1954 she married Ralph E. Manning. Together they own Manning’s Furniture Store, Nescopeck for 62 years.

Ruth was an active member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Nescopeck, where she was active with the UM Women. She helped as an aide with the Nescopeck Ambulance in the 80’s. She and Ralph were part of the Mountain Laurel Campers Club. She truly enjoyed life to the fullest by planning and travelling with her husband, in their Winnebago, to the Fan Fare and Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. She enjoyed making new friends, including a few country singers, while traveling on numerous cruises to the Caribbeans. Ruth liked reading and playing games on her I-Pad. She loved spending time with her family and always wore a smile. She was a kind and caring person, who was devoted to her husband and family.

In addition to her loving husband, Ralph, to whom she was married for 65 years, she will be greatly missed by her children: Diane Nutaitis and husband Ted, Bloomsburg; Bradley Manning and wife Lora, Millville; Paul Manning and wife Jill, Coopersburg, PA; 6 grandchildren: Kristopher Fayock and wife Ligaya, Philadelphia; Brian Fayock, Tucson, AZ; Colby Fayock and wife Ana, Alexandria, VA; Cory Manning and wife Anna, Coopersburg; Mike Manning and fiancé Marlo, Coopersburg; and Samantha Manning, Millville. She has a great granddaughter, Malia Fayock, and was looking forward to another great granddaughter and a great grandson, both in July. She is also survived by a sister, Doris Morgan of the Villages, FL; nieces Debbie Mucci and husband Dave, Berwick; Susan Sealy, TX; and nephew, Richard Briggs, Marysville, PA.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Gregory Fayock; brothers, Lawrence and William Briggs.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 401 Broad Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Susan Knorr officiating.

Family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions are suggested to Wesley U. M. Church, PO Box 372, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

Ruth’s family is especially grateful to Pastor Susan Knorr and Geisinger Hospice for the ongoing comfort, care and compassion they provided, and to all who sent cards. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and all who knew her.

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Laurie Ann Stout, 53, of Shickshinny, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at her home.

Born on August 12, 1965 she was the daughter of the late John A. Barlow and Mary C. (Winters) Jones. She was raised in Florida by Mary and her husband Frank E. Jones.

She attended Florida area schools. Laurie worked hard to provide a loving home for her husband, children and grandchildren.

Laurie loved spending time with her family and friends whom she adored. She also liked listening to country music.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 27 years, Mark L. Stout, Shickshinny; children, Matthew Stout and wife Susan; Robert Stout and fiance Megan; Heather Greenberg and husband Charles; Cindy Sherk and husband Justin; Mary Cannon and husband Paul, all of Florida; 17 cherished grandchildren. She was looking forward to the birth of her 18th grandson this summer. She is survived by her brothers, Timothy Barlow and wife Jean, FL; Albert Barlow, MI; Bobby Jones, FL; many nieces and nephews; and best friend, Martie Ray Crawford.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her father, John A. Barlow, and a brother, Dean Jones.

A viewing will be held on Monday, May 20, 2019 from 4:00-6:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

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Esther “Betty” (Shiner) Smith, 92, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Berwick Retirement Village II.

Born in Berwick on December 8, 1926 she was a daughter of the late Hurley and Isabel (Walker) Shiner. She attended Berwick area schools. Betty worked at the family business, Zephyr Diner for several years. She also worked in the Berwick school district cafeterias, retiring after many years of service.

She enjoyed embroidery, making many items over the years. She loved to play BINGO and spend time with her loving family.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Beth Parks, Berwick; Alma “Kathy” Zajac, Bloomsburg; Mike Miller, Berwick; Sara Hunsinger and husband John, Bloomsburg; 8 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren; sister: Dorothy Long, Berwick; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Wilbur Smith, Sr; sisters, Sara Newman, Alma Paluch, Harriet Michael, Cleo Dalberto, and Florence Rupert; brother, Curtis Shiner.

A funeral service will be held on at 11 AM on Monday, May 20, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Chad Hebrink officiating. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Walnut Street. Family will receive friends on Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 5-7 PM at the funeral home.

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Catherine “Marlene” Hartranft, 85, of Berwick passed away on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Sunset Ridge Health Care and Rehab, where she was a guest for a few weeks.

Born in Mountain Grove on December 4, 1933, she was a daughter of the late Harry W. and Ruth M. (Smith) Baker. She was a graduate of Rock Glen High School, class of 1951. Over the years, Marlene worked at various places, but her most enjoyable position was being a Sunshine Products representative. She hosted many party demonstrations which many still remember.

She was a member of Emanuel Reformed Church, Mainville, and was a former long-time member and consistory member of Trinity UCC, Rock Glen. She was a life member and past worthy matron of Mayflower Chapter 107 OES, Hazleton. Marlene enjoyed traveling and has visited most of the United States, Puerto Rico and 12 other countries. Most of her travels involved mishaps and adventure. She was very social and enjoyed talking with everyone. She was always willing to lend a hand to anyone.

On April 12, 1952, she married her “childhood sweetheart”, William “Hutch” Hartranft, Sr. They shared 42 years of marriage before his death in 1994. In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded by her son, William H Hartranft, Jr; infant granddaughter, Krista Webster; and step-granddaughter, Ruthann Brosious.

She loved spending time with her family, and will be greatly missed by her daughters: Patty Brosious and husband John, Mifflin Twp; Lori Webster and husband Corey, Rock Glen; son, Randy Hartranft and wife Deb, Beaver Valley; grandchildren: Jesse Webster and companion Kelly Myers; Chad Webster and wife Jessica; Brett Webster and wife Lauren; Jason Gebauer; step-grandchildren Robert Nargoski; Kari Galasso and husband James; and Kacey Nargoski; great grandchildren; Jacey, Carlyn, Gatlin and Galilee Webster; and step great-granddaughter, Violet Hess-Nargoski. She also leaves behind brothers, Ronald Baker; Richard Baker and wife Robin, all from Mountain Grove; and sister Diane Schiefer and husband Doug, Williamsburg, VA. She was a wonderful “Aunt Sis” to many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 E Third St, Nescopeck with Pastor Robert Hettinger officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain Grove Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Wednesday from 6-8 PM and on Thursday from 10 AM until the time of service.

Marlene’s family would like to thank the staff of Sunset Ridge (Hall 2) and Maylath Valley Home Health & Hospice for the loving care she received.

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Theodore H. Aungst, 86, of Benton passed away suddenly on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at his home.

Born in Cressona on August 20, 1932, he was a son of the late Lloyd R. and Helen (Ebert) Aungst. He was raised and educated in Cressona. In 1953, he entered the US Army and served during the Korean War. After an honorable discharge, he started working with a contractor building homes until the late 1970’s, after which he was employed at Benton Wood Products. He retired from Charles D. Roberts Co, a bat factory in Stillwater.

Ted enjoyed carpentry and working with wood. Over the years, he built many different items for his house, including the kitchen cabinets. He could often be found tinkering around his house. He loved attending his grandson's sporting events.

He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Renee Williams and husband Ric of Bloomsburg, son, James Aungst; grandchildren: Marie Boyd, Jennifer Aungst, Lewis Williams; and 2 great grandchildren. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of over 61 years, Margaret J. “Margie” Aungst, who passed away June 4, 2018; sister, Gladys Killian; and brothers, Richard and Floyd Aungst.

At Ted’s request there will be no public services. Burial will be at the convenience of his family.

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Joan M. (Smith) Shaffer, 68, of Nescopeck passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at her home, with her loving family by her side.

Born in Berwick on November 26, 1950, she was the daughter of the late Raymond E. and Janet M. (Schell) Smith. She was a graduate of Berwick High School, class of 1968. For over 30 years, she was the proprietor of Shaffer’s Cake and Candy Supply, until its sale a in 2018. She was dedicated to her business and formed many friendships with her customers over the years.

Joan was an active member of Faith United Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nescopeck, where she sang in the choir and filled in as the organist when needed. She was a member of the Elks Lodge #1138 in Berwick. She was a genealogy buff and enjoyed putting together her family tree. She was devoted to her family and attended as many of her grandchildren’s sporting events as possible.

She will be greatly missed by her husband, Jason A. Shaffer, with whom she celebrated a 50th wedding anniversary this past August; daughters: Jodie Stradnick and husband “Jim”, Berwick; Jennifer Maczuga, Berwick; grandchildren: Anthony Ernst; Samantha Tyrrell; Nathan Maczuga; and Matthew Maczuga; brother, Carl Smith and husband Loren Artz, Berwick; brother-in-law, Jacob Shaffer and wife Jeanne; many cousins; nieces and nephews; and longest and dearest friend, Diane Kurapatskie.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Mark Maczuga; and grandson, Jason R. Shaffer.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third St, Nescopeck with her pastor, Rev. Jessica Kingsborough officiating. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Faith United Evangelical Lutheran Church, 801 East Third St, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

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Jean D. (Schrader) Kemp, 87, of Berwick passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at Berwick Retirement Village II, Berwick where she was residing since 2015.

Born in Shamokin on June 9, 1931, she was the last living child of the late George R. and Elsie M. (Wilson) Schrader. She was a graduate of Shamokin High School. She moved to the Berwick area in 1948 after marrying her husband, Wayne E. Kemp, Sr.

Jean worked most of her life as a seamstress at several factories including, Milco, Lady Ester and Luzerne Outerwear. Later, she worked in the kitchen at Bloom Health Care, and prior to retiring, was a cashier at UniMart, Berwick.

Jean was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church, Berwick where she participated in the Women’s Circle. She enjoyed watching classic movies and TV shows. She was a devoted Elvis Presley fan and liked listening to his music. She loved taking trips to visit with her family in Shamokin and often played Yatzee and other games with them. She also enjoyed visiting Knoebles.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Wayne E Kemp, Jr and wife Christine, Berwick; Linda Toth and husband Nick, Berwick; Dennis Kemp, Kingston; Sterling Kemp and wife Evelyn, Berwick; Donna Peters and husband Donald, Berwick; 11 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; several cousins; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Wayne, who passed in 1978, she was preceded by her sisters, Gladys Kerstter; Leotta Shroyer; Shirley Pavelko; Sandy Shepard; and brother, George “Wesley” Schrader.

A funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. She will be buried next to her husband in Rose Lawn Cemetery. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is entrusted with arrangements.

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Betty Lou (Blaine) Kessler, 81, of Nescopeck Township passed away on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at home, surrounded by her family.

Born in Berwick on January 31, 1938, she was a daughter of the late Howard K. and Dorothy (Learn) Blaine, Sr. She graduated from Berwick High School and earned her degree in cosmetology from Empire Beauty School in Wilkes-Barre. Afterwards she along with her sister, Carol opened Blaine’s Beauty Salon.

In 1959, she married Albert “Brick” Kessler. She became a full-time wife and mother who dedicated her time to providing a loving home for husband and children. As her children became a little more independent, she began working at Data Com, where she was employed for 13 years, and later, briefly at Datafile in Berwick.

She liked listening to music, reading books and working on crossword puzzles. She devoted most of her time to her family.

She will be greatly missed by her husband of nearly 60 years, Brick; son, Kyle and wife Faye Kessler, Bloomsburg; daughters, Kim Boston and husband William, Nescopeck; Jenifer Harvey and husband Stan, Berwick; 9 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren. She was looking forward to the birth another great grandchild this summer. She also leaves behind a brother, Fred Blaine, Berwick; sisters, Carol Skrip, Nescopeck; Kathy Gearhart, Nescopeck; Barbara Snyder and husband Harold, NY; several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sons, Albert R. “Tucker” Kessler, Jr and Jeffrey Lee Blaine.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will take place in Pine Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Kidney Foundation, American Cancer Society or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Clark W. Titus, 79, of Berwick passed away on Monday, May 6, 2019 at Grandview Nursing and Rehab, Danville, where he was residing since 2014. His loving daughters and granddaughter were by his side.

Born in Union Township on February 4, 1940, he was a son of the late Bertha V. (Brown) and Charles W. Titus, Sr. He was raised in Shickshinny and attended Garrison Memorial High School. In 1957, he enlisted in the US Navy, and served honorably until 1961. He was stationed aboard the USS Eldorado. After his discharge, “Dancer” became an over the road truck driver, a position he held for many years. Most recently, he was employed by Penn Dot, working with the Bloomsburg road crew, until 2012.

Clark enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved dancing, especially with his wife, which is how he got his CB handle and nickname “Dancer”. He loved his family and attended as many of his grandchildren’s dance recitals, ball games and other events as possible.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of nearly 35 years, Edythe A. (Goss) Titus who died in 2012; brothers, Burton and David Titus; and sister, Carol Titus.

He will be greatly missed by his beloved daughters: Theresa Lalli and husband Grant, Berwick; Ruth Ellen Favorite and fiancé Jim Evarts, Hunlock Creek; Laurie Lee Fenstermacher and husband Donald Jr, Berwick; son, Louis Favorite; adored grandchildren: Sarah Lalli; Trystin Hagan and husband Cam; Alyssa Evans and companion Ty; Brandon Fenstermacher; Dylan Fenstermacher and wife Hailee; Kolbe Favorite; Riley Favorite; cherished great grandchildren: Ridley; Aubree and Landon Wayne. He also leaves behind a brother, Charles Titus Jr and wife Erma, Shickshinny; sisters, Charlotte Smith and Mabel Haughwout, both of South Carolina; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 5:00 PM on Friday, May 10, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 3:00 PM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to Geisinger Hospice, 410 Glenn Avenue, Suite 200, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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On Saturday, April 20, 2019, Richard Williams, of Nescopeck, joined his mother Linda Williams in Heaven. He was 48 years old.

He was born in Binghamton, NY on July 21, 1970. He was raised and educated in Nanticoke. Rich was employed at several manufacturing plants over the years, and currently working at K-Fab Inc. in Berwick.

Rich was many things in life. He was a movie buff, especially of “B-list” horror movies. He liked listening to rock music and attended many concerts of his favorite bands, including KISS and Motley Crue. He was an avid pro wrestling fan, and recently, he achieved a childhood dream when he went to Wrestle Mania in New Jersey with his two best friends. The main thing Rich did, was to be a caring and loving father to his 2 children. He always smiled with a “father’s pride” when he spoke about them to friends or coworkers.

Rich was a genuine “good-guy” and will be greatly missed by all who were lucky enough to know him, especially, his daughter, Kayla Williams; son, Brandon Williams, both of Catawissa; brothers, Eric Williams and fiancé Jorden Meehan, Michael Nunn, Jr; nephews Logan and Shawn, all from Nescopeck; uncles, Thomas and James Williams; and cousins, Brandon, Corey and Renee Starkey, and Shannyn Carey.

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

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

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Clara M. (Longenberger) Watts, 63, of Berwick passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Aristacare at Meadow Springs in Plymouth Meeting.

Born in Berwick on October 12, 1955, she was a daughter of the late John W. and Anna M. (Gearhart) Longenberger. She was a graduate of Berwick High School. Clara was employed at many local businesses over the years. Her most recent job was at Datafiles in Berwick, where she worked until she became disabled.

Clara liked to spend her time playing games on her phone and putting puzzles together. She also enjoyed watching crime shows. She loved cats and dogs.

She will be greatly missed by her companion of 42 years, Roger Wood, Berwick; daughter, Laura Hunsinger and husband, Adam, Berwick; and 3 grandchildren. She also leaves behind sisters, Amanda Fetterman and Ruth Longenberger, both of Berwick; brothers, Robert Longenberger, Berwick; James Longenberger, Orangeville; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son, Christopher L. Wood; brother, John T. Longenberger; sisters, Jane Rhone; Mary Ann Longenberger; and Nancy Longenberger.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions are suggested to Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635 to help defray her final expenses.

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Edna L. (Gares) Kirby, 70, of Berwick passed away on Friday, May 3, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Clinton Township, New Jersey on April 1, 1949 she was a daughter of the late Howard M. and Lillian A. (Samsel) Gares. She attended New Jersey area schools. Edna had many jobs, but the one she reminisced about the most was being a baker for Western Sizzlin’ steakhouse in Buckhorn.

Edna’s family was the highlight of her life.

She will be greatly missed by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Forever in our hearts: Chuck; Mary Ann, Jeff, Austin; Danielle, Nate, Emma; Hayley, Zach, Noah; Nancy, Charlie, Charles.

She is also survived by three sisters, Caroline, Mary and Wanda (husband Kirk); four brothers, Fred (wife Dot), Harold (wife Jane), Tim (wife Shirley) and Bill. She also leaves behind her loving companion of 20 years, Howard; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford F. Kirby; sisters, Pat and Shirley; brothers, Sam and Dave.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Glenn E. Wright, 73, of Nescopeck, passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at home surrounded by his family.

Born on July 22, 1945 in Berwick he was a son of the late William and Naomi (Keene) Wright. He served as an Air Defense missile crewman on Nike missiles in the US Army during the Cold War. He had many jobs over the years including truck driver, self-employed contractor, carwash owner, landlord and zoning officer for Nescopeck. He was an all-around jack-of-all-trades.

Glenn was a lifelong resident of Nescopeck and liked to drive around the town to “dispense his wisdom” to people. He also enjoyed spending time with his friends at the Unicorn Restaurant and at the Berwick Hospital. For many years, Glenn enjoyed hanging out at Dave Paolinelli’s upholstery shop and helping out when possible. He was very proud of his grandson who is studying electrical engineering at PSU.

He will be greatly missed by his only son, Sky Wright and wife Kathleen; grandson, Vance all of Nescopeck. He is survived by: brother, William Wright, North Carolina; sister Kathie Fraind, Berwick; half-sisters, Marie Roth, Florida; Rosemary Platt, Berwick; several sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Susan (Wolfe) Wright; brother Rodney Wright and half-brother Paul Wright.

Special thanks to his sister Kathie Fraind, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Linda & Leroy Betz and the Commomwealth Health & Hospice.

At the request of the family there will be no services. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Mt. Zion UCC Church Building fund to Mt. Zion Church 832 E. 3rd St. Nescopeck, PA 18635 or Commonwealth Health & Hospice 1409 Market St. Berwick, PA 18603.

A celebration of life service given by the family will be at a later date.

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Kathryn I. (Powlus) Kishbaugh Horn, 95, of Nescopeck passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where she was a patient for the past week.

She was born on January 5, 1924, on Second Street in Nescopeck, in the home where she was raised and lived most of her life. Katie was the last living child of the late Edward and Dorothy (Polk) Powlus. She graduated with honors from Nescopeck High School in 1941. Katie was employed at several local manufactures prior to Berwick Knitting, where she worked for many years before retiring. She and her husband, Elwood Kishbaugh, were the proprietors of Kishbaugh Apartments, Nescopeck.

Katie attended First United Church of Christ, Nescopeck. She was an avid reader and loved taking walks. She enjoyed spending the winters in the warmth of Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Elwood Kishbaugh in 1974; second husband, Eugene Horn in 2008; son, Gary L Kishbaugh; grandson, Brett Kishbaugh; brother, Charles Powlus; and sisters, Lois Hutton and Rachel Fenstemaker.

She will be greatly missed by her sons: Gregg Kishbaugh and wife Donna, Mifflinville; Kim Kishbaugh and wife Janet, Nescopeck; 7 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and 4 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, May 3, 2019 at First United Church of Christ, Third and Schley Streets, Nescopeck with her pastor, Reverend Richard Dennison officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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Richard “Dick” E. Albertson, 83, of Berwick concluded his journey on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at The Gardens at Orangeville.

Born in Berwick on March 16, 1936. He graduated from Berwick High School. He worked as a truck driver for many years and retired from Yellow Freight.

Dick was a snowbird, who enjoyed going to Haines City, Florida for 5 months out of the year. He loved camping and traveling with his wife and family in their younger years. Richard adored his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by his children: Daniel J. Albertson and wife Alice, Wapwallopen; Diane Thomas and husband Terry, Berwick; grandsons, Daniel W. Albertson and wife Jess, Orangeville; Justin Albertson, Nescopeck; Derrick Albertson and wife Julia, Benton; 2 great granddaughters; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Saundra “Sandy” Albertson; son, David Albertson; sister, Doris Neese; brother, Leonard Albertson.

Services will take place at the convenience of the family. Interment will be at Pine Grove Cemetery, Walnut Street.

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Doris L. (Honabach) Brown, 90, of Slocum Township passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2019 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Born in Newport Township on March 19, 1929, she was a daughter of the late Harold W. and Florence M. (Womelsdorf) Honabach. She was a graduate of Newport Township High School and worked at Leslie Fay in Glen Lyon. After marriage, Doris became a full-time wife and mother who devoted her time to providing a loving home for her family.

She was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Alden. Aside from the enjoyment she found in the daily tasks of being a homemaker, she also like to go camping.

Doris married Ralph R. Brown in 1950, and together they celebrated 68 years of marriage this past July.

In addition to her husband, she will be missed by her sons: Richard Brown, Slocum; David Brown and wife Dee, Nanticoke; grandsons: Keith Brown and companion Krysti Gober; Allan Brown and wife LeeAnn; and 5 great grandchildren. She also leaves behind a sister Charlotte Wida, Elmira, NY; nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Patricia Brown; and brother-in-law, Steven C. Wida “Jr”.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with her pastor, Reverend Charles Warwick officiating. Interment will follow in Slocum Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 9:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

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Justin L. “Pete” Slusser, 29, passed away on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, a week shy of his 30th birthday, at home after a battle with stage IV Melanoma.

Born in Berwick on April 17, 1989, he was the son of Lee A. and Sue E. (Beach) Slusser. He graduated from Berwick High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Penn State University in 2011. At the time of his passing, Justin was employed as a Highway Designer for Borton-Lawson, Wilkes Barre. Previous employment includes: Domino's Pizza and Triple Cities Mack.

Justin was an avid fisherman, an activity he frequently enjoyed with his father and with friends. He was very active and fun-loving. He spent much of his free time bowling, skateboarding, and spending time with family and friends. He enjoyed watching and playing various sports. He was a loyal Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Eagles fan. He enjoyed thrift shopping and flea-marketing and was often searching for the next LEGO set or display item for his home. He had an adventurous nature. He was known for his carefree and charismatic attitude. He was a vibrant young man who always lived life to the fullest and maintained a positive outlook throughout his years.

In addition to his parents, he will be greatly missed by his maternal grandmother, Audrey Eyster, Nescopeck; paternal grandfather, Robert Slusser, Nescopeck; many aunts, uncles, cousins and a sea of friends and acquaintances. He has left a mark on everyone he has met throughout the years.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Anna Slusser; and god-parents Bernadine and Dale Boyer.

A viewing will be held on Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck and on Monday, April 15, 2019 from 10:00 am until the time of service.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, April 15, 2019 at the funeral home. Interment will in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Nescopeck.

The family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions can be made to the family to be distributed to various charities which supported Justin throughout his illness.

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William C. Witts, 55, of Wapwallopen passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 7, 2019, at his home.

Born in Berwick on December 4, 1963, he was the son of Leslie A. and Florence E. (Brown) Witts of Orangeville. He attended Millville High School. He was the owner of Bill Witts Construction Company for several years, and most recently was employed at Voyton Contractors, Nanticoke.

Bill was a member of the Polish Falcons Nest in Mocanaqua. He loved hunting and was an avid NASCAR fan. His favorite driver was Dale Earnhardt, Sr.

In addition to his parents, he will be greatly missed by his children: William L. Witts, West Palm Beach, FL; Amanda Kozlowski, Monroe, NC; Amy Witts, Wapwallopen; grandchildren, Avery and Levy Schmidt; sisters, Donna Albertson and husband Dave, Orangeville; Karen Balchunas and husband Chris, Wapwallopen; Mary Kroh and husband Lamar, Tremont; Tammy Sugamele, Bloomsburg; brothers, Leslie “Ed” Witts and wife Lisa, Vanceboro, NC; Claude Witts, Turbotville; Shaun Witts, State College; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM on Friday, April 12, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Any other arrangements will be private at the convenience of the family.

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Derwood E. Moyer, 89, of Hobbie, passed away on Monday, April 8, 2019 at his home, surrounded by his family.

Born in Hollenback Township on February 25, 1930, he was the son of the late Ray E. and Leatha E. (Hess) Moyer. He graduated from Nescopeck High School in 1946. For most of Derwood’s life he was a dairy farmer. When he first began farming, he had a market route for selling vegetables. He also he worked for Sire Power in Tunkhannock for many years.

He was a member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Hobbie, and a member of the Hobbie Volunteer Fire Company where he helped with the fire police. As a farmer, he spent most of his time completing the tasks and chores of the job, which he loved, but in his free time, he like to hunt and fish. He also liked watching western shows and movies. He was a history buff and enjoyed reading history books.

He married Shirley I. (Smith) Moyer in 1950, and together they celebrated 68 years of marriage this past July.

In addition to his wife, he will be greatly missed by his children: Elaine Kollar, Nanticoke; Dennis Moyer and wife Kathy, Hobbie. He was a wonderful “Pap” to grandchildren: Cindy Rothrock; Rebecca Moyer; and Ray Moyer; and great grandchildren: Joey and Millie. He also leaves behind a sister, Vera Jane Schalles, Bloomsburg; sisters-in-law: Jean Cripps; Lucy Smith; Nancy Kreuzburg and husband Dr. Robert Kreuzburg; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter; Virginia Irene Moyer who passed away in infancy; son-in-law, Carl Kollar and sister-in-law, Lillian Cinti.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, April 12, 2019 at St. Peter’s UCC, 613 West County Road, Wapwallopen, with Pastor James Stanley officiating. Burial will follow in Silver Maple Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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Richard E. Jones, 67, of Berwick passed away suddenly on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Berwick Hospital Center.

Born in Washingtonville on January 4, 1952, he was a son of the late Howard E. and Ernestine V. (Boyer) Jones. He was raised and educated in Catawissa. He served in the Marine Corps until 1978, and then transferred to the US Army where he served until 1992. He was in the Army National Guard until 2012, making his total service time nearly 30 years. He retired from Leggett and Platt, where he was employed for over 20 years.

He was a former member of the AmVets Post 93, Nescopeck. He enjoyed fishing and going to yard sales.

He will be missed by his companion of 5 years, Debra Gross; sisters: Diane Keefer; Sharon Frankowski; Deedie Stumbaugh and husband James; brothers: Ronald Dietz; John Dietz and companion Barbara; step-brothers: Doyle Dietz; James Dietz; and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behinds step-daughters: Trisha Kingsley; Amy Murray; Kim Ryman; and Tracey Travelpiece; 8 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Donna Jones and Karlene Linn.

At his request there will be no public services.

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Joanne I. Morrison, 87, passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at Ephrata Manor, where she was a resident.

Born in Montour County on July 30, 1931, she was a daughter of the late Paul W. Shoemaker and Elizabeth M. (Young) Sorber. She was raised and educated in the Bloomsburg area and worked for many years at Wise Foods, Berwick.

Joanne was an active member of Lime Ridge United Methodist Church where she volunteered with many activities including the yearly Easter Egg sale. She also assisted with the Vacation Bible School program.

Joanne was devoted to her family. She enjoyed helping out with her grandchildren and attending their activities. She also loved spending time with her best friend and husband, Harold E. Morrison, who passed away in 2014.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Perry Morrison and wife Suzanne, Ephrata; Donna Shemonis and companion Brian Miller, Berwick; Shonda Artman and husband Matthew, Dillsburg; beloved granddaughters: Mary Ann; Mallory; Emily; Tara; Kelly; and 6 adored great grandchildren. She also leaves behind a sister, Virginia “Ginger” Pinera of Berwick; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband; she was preceded in death by her brother, Paul Shoemaker, Jr.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Lime Ridge United Methodist Church, with Pastor Vincent Keister officiating. Burial will follow in Elan Memorial Park. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service at the church.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Lime Ridge United Methodist Church, 6405 Fourth Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 to help with their missionary work, which was a cause Joanne always supported.

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Glen R. Washney, 57, of Berwick passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at home, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Ashley on May 27, 1961, he was a son of the late Michael and Gertrude (Zimmerman) Washney. He was raised in the Wilkes-Barre area and attended Coughlin High School where he was on the wrestling team. After moving to Berwick, he was employed at several local companies. For the past 14 years, he worked at Wise Foods.

Glen greatly enjoyed fishing, he also liked playing cards, throwing darts and playing pool. When he was at home, his German Shepherd Emmalyn, was always at his side. Glen was very family oriented. He loved entertaining family and friends, and spending time with relatives at family gatherings.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 31 years, Mary A. (Shimko) Washney; sons: Keith Washney and wife Yvonne, NC; Cory Washney, NC; daughter, Jessica Washney and fiancé Michael Jurbala, Berwick; adored granddaughter, Kaelyn; sisters, Sarah Spece and husband Michael, Plymouth; Kathryn Goodrich and husband George, Wilkes-Barre; Melissa Trumbower, Plymouth; Stephanie Thomas and husband Joseph, Wilkes-Barre; brothers, Michael Washney, Plymouth; Bill Washney and wife Patricia, Wilkes-Barre; brother-in-law, Gary Shimko and wife Leann; sister-in-law, Marlene Shimko; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his mother-in law, Dorothy Shimko and her companion Charles Remensnyder; sister-in-law, Laura Washney; and brother-in-law, John A. Shimko.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third St, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

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Clifford G. Slusser, Sr, 65, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, surrounded by his family.

Born in Berwick on March 5, 1954, he was a son of the late Guy F. and Fern M. (Reagan) Slusser. He attended Berwick High School. Most of his life he was employed through the bricklayers union, and prior to retiring, he worked for a waterproofing company in Maryland.

Clifford loved the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, searching for arrowheads and picking mushrooms. He liked attending the Rattlesnake Roundup in Noxen, taking hunting trips and staying at the hunting cabin in the Mifflin Township. He was a very smart person who had a wise saying for most situations, and many who knew him referred to him as “a book of useless knowledge”.

He will be greatly missed by his children: Clifford Slusser, Jr and wife Cheryl, Shickshinny; Jennifer Slusser, Berwick; Jill Slusser, Nescopeck; Jessica Slusser and companion Brent Benedict, Berwick; Dylan Boone; and Grace Boone, both of Millville; 10 grandchildren: Kiersten Harner, Quinlynn Slusser; Anthony O’Day; Gage “Ricochet” Bortz; Serenity Moore; Alanna Balliet; Tessa Balliet; Derek Moss; Carter Benedict; Easton Benedict; and 2 great-grandchildren: Brody Harner and Delainey Allen. He also leaves behind brothers: Jim Slusser of Virginia; Gary Slusser and wife Faith, Nescopeck; Guy Slusser, Jr and wife, Misti, Berwick; sisters, Barb Ruckle, Berwick; April Slusser, Berwick; Stephanie Slusser Bender, Georgia; many nieces; nephews; great nieces and great nephews, including Nicholas Sherwood, who visited often and helped him with chores.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Harry and Dave Slusser.

A memorial service will be held at 5:00 PM on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 3:00 until the time of service.

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Larry E. Remphrey, Sr, 69, of Berwick passed away on Monday, April 1, 2019 at Berwick Retirement Village II.

Born in Nanticoke on October 1, 1949, he was a son of the late Harold Remphrey, Sr. and Betty J. (Cotterman) Brubaker. He attended Hempfield High School in Lancaster and worked at National Select in Berwick for 35 years. He retired from American Silk Mills, Wilkes-Barre.

Larry was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. When his health began to fail and he could not be outdoors, he enjoyed watching hunting shows on TV.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Linda L. Remphrey, with whom he shared 48 years of marriage before her death in 2016. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Harold Remphrey, Jr; David Remphrey; and John Remphrey.

He will be greatly missed by sons, Larry Remphrey, Jr and wife Jinanne, Benton; Randy Remphrey, Sr and wife Susan, Berwick; Chris Remphrey and wife Sandy, Berwick; 13 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; brother, Gerald Remphrey and wife Diane, Jonestown; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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Arthur E. Hack, 90, of Berwick, passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at The Gardens at Millville where he was a resident.

Born on December 10, 1928 in Millville he was a son of the late Donald and Bertha (Smith) Shaner Hack. He graduated from Millville High School 1948. He served in the US Army from 1955 to 1957. After an honorable discharge Arthur worked at Wise Potato Chip until his retirement.

Arthur loved working on the family farm from a young age. He enjoyed square dancing and went weekly with his niece. In his younger years he liked to go hunting and fishing.

He will be greatly missed by his step-children, Jack Travelpiece and wife Sue, Berwick; Nancy Williams, Nescopeck; 10 step grandchildren; sister-in-laws, Jacquelyn Hack, Millville; Connie Hack, Bloomsburg; step daughter-in-law, Audrey Travelpiece; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Madelyn M. (Whitenight) Hack; son, Robert Hack; brothers, Harold Hack, Donald Hack, and Robert Shaner; sister, Ethel (Shaner) Shutlz; 2 step sons, Jim Travelpiece, Jr. and Jay Travelpiece.

Family will receive friends from 5:00-6:00 PM on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

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Mildred J. (Rupp) Hughes, 88, of Nescopeck passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center surrounded by her loved ones.

Born on March 7, 1931 in Nescopeck she was a daughter of the late Estella B. (Gensel) Rupp. She graduated from Nescopeck High School in 1948. Millie worked at Wise Potato Chips and later at Rad Woodwork until her retirement.

She was a member of First United Church of Christ, Nescopeck where she volunteered for many church activities. Millie loved to read, especially the Bible. She liked to do circle word puzzles. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and friends. Her most popular cakes were CMP cake, mardi gras cake and Dutch topping. Our fondest memories of Millie include her one of a kind, heartfelt laugh. Millie lived a life that exemplified her devout faith. She was an extraordinary genuine woman of strength, faith, love, and compassion to all who knew her.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Kathy Jane Hughes, Thomasville, GA; Karen Joy Payne, Berwick; grandchildren, Joy Mildred Fritz, Christina Jane Neil, Amy Jeannette Williams, and Frank Payne; and her 9 great-grandchildren. She is survived by her sister, Jane Okonieski, Wapwallopen.

In addition to her mother she was preceded in death by her brother, Richard Rupp.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, March 29, 2019 at First United Church of Christ, 901 Third Street, Nescopeck, with her pastor, Reverend Richard Dennison officiating. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to First United Church of Christ, 801 Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

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Lee Victor Eck, 69, of Beach Haven, went to be with his Lord and savior Monday evening, March 25, 2019 at his home.

Born in Williamsport on July 15, 1949, he was a son of the late Harry Eck who resided in Sweet Valley, and Thelma (Johansen) Eck, who resided in San Diego, CA. He graduated from Lake Lehman High School and joined the United States Marine Corp in 1967. He served on active duty until 1970 during the Vietnam War. He earned several medals during his service including the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm and 2 Purple Hearts. After an honorable discharge, Lee worked at ACF Industries in Milton until his retirement. He also was employed at the at the US Postal Service for nearly 15 years.

He was a former member of the Beach Haven United Methodist Church, where he was a former lay speaker. Lee was a past member of the Beach Haven Fire Company for many years. Lee had a passion for reading, he also enjoyed traveling and loved animals.

Lee will be remembered by his loving family: wife and soul mate, Lillian (Lemon) Eck, with whom he celebrated a 49th anniversary this past January; their daughter, Lisa Ann Youngblood and husband Michael, Hanover Twp.; grandson, Toby Young; brothers, Earl Eck, Kingston; Philip Eck and wife Elsa, San Diego, CA; sister, Cheri Gilbert and husband John, Easton; step-mother, Reva Eck, Sweet Valley; many nieces and nephews; and all the lives he touched on his journey. Lee will be always in our hearts.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving daughter, Lori Lee Young.

At Lee’s request there will be no public services. “Semper Fi” Lee. “Once a Marine, always a Marine”.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the McBride Memorial Library, 500 N Market St, Berwick, PA 18603.

The family would like to thank the first responders that assisted at his home.

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Roland E. McNeal, 80, of Nescopeck passed away early Sunday, March 24, 2019 at Berwick Retirement Village II, following a brief battle with cancer.

Born in Berwick on June 24, 1938, he was a son of the late Frances D. (Rex) Fox. He was raised in the Berwick area by Frances and her late husband, William Fox. He graduated from Berwick High School in 1957 and worked at Wise Foods, retiring after 43 years.

“Ron” was a member of West Berwick Hose Company. He liked working on projects around his house, gardening, landscaping and cutting wood.

He will be greatly missed by his sons: Mark McNeal, Berwick; Matthew McNeal, Nescopeck; Michael McNeal and wife Kathryn, Nescopeck; daughters: Karla McNeal, Montoursville; Ann Tuza and husband Dennis II, Gainsville, VA; grandchildren, Mark McNeal Jr; Krystle McNeal; Christian Tuza; Makayla McNeal; step grandchildren, Brady and Cameron Woodring; and 2 great grandchildren. He also leaves behind his best friend and loving companion of 24 years, June Hook.

He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara (Oram) McNeal in 1986.

At Ron’s wishes the funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will take place in Pine Grove Cemetery.

Ron was a practical man who would suggest that instead of flowers or contributions “you should save your money and treat someone to dinner” in his memory.

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Dale F. Galutia, age 85, passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

He was born on January 28, 1934 in Elmira, NY. He was raised the Hetlerville area by Charles Golla and attended local schools. After graduating, he served in the US Army from 1953 to 1974. He was attached to a medical regiment which carried out tours in Korea, Germany and Vietnam. He earned several medals during his service including the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm. Prior to retiring, he worked at the Red Rock Job Corps in Sweet Valley.

Dale attended Ridge Street United Methodist Church, Almedia and was a former member of Cornerstone Christian Church. He was a member of the VFW Post 821, Berwick. He enjoyed fishing and going on country drives. He also liked going on cruises.

He will be greatly missed by his son, Barry Galutia and wife Cathy Roberts, Berwick; grandchildren, Shaun Galutia, Danville; Cassie Weaver, Bloomsburg; Jen Safarek, Bloomsburg; and 4 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Cathy Weaver; and brothers, Richard “Dick” Galutia and Lewis Edwards.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Ridge Street United Methodist Church, 145 Ridge Street, Bloomsburg with Reverend Virginia Bailey officiating. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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Betty J. (Schultz) Smith of Nescopeck was surrounded by her loving family as she went peacefully with her Lord and Savior on Friday, March 22, 2019, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Almedia on December 19, 1938, she was a daughter of the late Sterling I. and H. June (Gulliver) Schultz. Betty graduated from Nescopeck High School. She worked at Hips in Nescopeck and Dockey’s Shirt Factory, Berwick. Later, she was employed as a secretary for the Berwick School District for many years prior to retiring. She was also a former Tax Collector for Nescopeck.

Betty was a current member of Berwick Assembly of God. She was previously a member of the former Albright U. M. Church, Nescopeck, where she was the organist and a Sunday School teacher. She loved spending time at her cottage and was a member of the Patterson Grove Cottage Holders Assoc. She was also a member of the Recycled Teenagers Swimmers group, Joy Club and Women’s Christian Fellowship Outreach Ministry. She enjoyed shopping, dining out and going on trips with her friends, but most of all, she loved spending time with her family.

She will be greatly missed by her son, Ted Smith, Jr and wife Amy, Berwick; daughter, Stephanie (Smith) Snyder and husband Scott, Nescopeck; cherished grandchildren: Daniel Smith; Heather Keck and husband Corie; Mitchell Smith; and Joshua “JJ” Snyder; adored great grandchildren: Blaze Smith; Stella and Coleson Keck. She also leaves behind her brother, Robert Schultz and wife Evelyn, Millville; sister, Linda McMurtrie and husband Richard, Berwick; brother, James Schultz, Sr and wife Debra, Berwick; brother-in-law, Zane Smith; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Theodore R. Smith, Sr in 2006; brother, Alton Shultz and wife Alma; sister, JoAnne Kemler and husband William; brother-in-law, Drue Eyer and wife Ella.

A funeral service will be held at Berwick Assembly of God, 801 East Fifth Street, Berwick on Tuesday, March 26th at 11:00 AM with Pastor Steve Potutschnig officiating. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6:00 to 9:00 PM on Monday, March 25th at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third St, Nescopeck and at the church on Tuesday from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Patterson Grove Camp Meeting Assoc, Inc., PO Box 64, Huntington Mills, PA 18622.

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Grace L. (Martz) Hill, 84, of Orangeville, passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at The Gardens at Orangeville where she resided.

Born in Orangeville on December 8, 1934, she was a daughter of the late Clarence L. and Catherine (Slusser) Martz. She was educated in a one-room schoolhouse and worked at Baer Silk Mill and West Poultry Farm.

Grace liked to play bingo, as well as going to carnivals and the Bloomsburg fair. She enjoyed being a snowbird with her husband of 54 years. She was very giving to others who were in need of clothing, food or shelter. She adored her family and took great joy in spending time with them especially on her favorite holiday, Christmas. Her pride and joy were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She definitely was Amazing Grace!

She will be greatly missed by her children: Butch Laubach and wife Lori, Mifflinville; Cathrine Shults, Bloomsburg; Sheila Zimmerman and husband Randall, Millville; James Hill and wife Deborah, Nescopeck; Cindy Shults, Mifflinville; 8 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred R. Hill in 2010; brothers, Samuel, Lafayette, John, Samuel, Myron, and Donald Marts; sisters, Lovilla Hartzell, Viola Wildesmith, Elizabeth Humes, Edith Diemer and son-in-law, Carl Shultz. She was the last surviving member of her family.

A graveside service will take place at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at Ebenezer Cemetery, Orangeville with Chaplin Michael Delp officiating.

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Mary C. (Naugle) Mensinger, 87, of Nescopeck Township, passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at her home surrounded by family.

Born on September 26, 1931 in Nescopeck, she was a daughter of the late Harvey W. and Hazel A. (Campbell) Naugle. She attended Harter’s School until eighth grade. She worked side by side on the family farm with her husband.

She was a member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, Zenith. Mary loved flowers and enjoyed gardening. She played the organ, guitar and sang with her sister. She collected cookbooks which she would try many recipes from. She adored spending time with her family.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Larry Mensinger, Nescopeck; Wayne Mensinger and wife Susan, Nescopeck; Debra Mensinger, Nescopeck; Gary Mensinger and wife Darlene, Berwick; Pam Bittner and husband Terry, Nescopeck; Susan Mensinger and companion Duane Garrison; 11 grandchildre; 21 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild. She is survived by her sisters, Marion Warner, Nescopeck; Lorraine Ball, Bloomsburg; Ethel Naugle, Bloomsburg; brother, Howard Campbell, Jr., Millville; faithful companion, Buddy.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold F. Mensinger in 2000 and a sister, Thelma Naugle.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at St James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1488 Zenith Road, Nescopeck with his pastor, the Reverend Oliver Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

The family would like to thank Gretchen Watts for her compassion and help.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Commonwealth Hospice, 109 West 9th Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Andrew J. Jacobs, Sr., 82, of Berwick passed away on Monday, March 11, 2019 at The Gardens at Orangeville where he had been a resident.

Born on July 12, 1936 in Mocanaqua he was a son of the late Stephen and Anna (Olenik) Jacobs. Andrew attended Newport High School. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. from 1955 to 1959. After an honorable discharge he started work as a mechanic. He worked at Penn Jackhart Weaving Mills Aluminum Factory until he became disabled.

Andrew was a member of the Berwick Elks Lodge No. 1138 and the Berwick Moose. He was a lifetime member of the Rangers and West Berwick Fire Company. He enjoyed bowling and was part of a league in his younger years.

He will be greatly missed by his children: Douglas Jacobs and wife Ruthann, Maryland; Theresa Jacobs, Florida; Michael Jacobs and wife Jill, Berwick; 9 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; sisters: Carol Jacobs, Michigan; Rita Herstick, Mocanaqua; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son Andrew J. “Butch” Jacobs, Jr. and brothers, Stephen Jacobs, Jr. and Joseph Jacobs.

At the families request there will be no public services.

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Robert E. Steele, 56, of Nescopeck died Saturday, March 9, 2019 at his home.

Born in Bloomsburg on August 22, 1962, he was a son of Mary Lou Hirsch of Berwick, and the late Donald Steele, Jr. Bob attended Berwick High School. After completion Bob started his career in highway construction at Slusser Brothers working on the concrete crew.

Bubba was an avid sports fan. He loved rooting for the Tennessee Volunteers, Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos and Phoenix Suns. He also loved taking care of animals, especially “Rocket Dog”, his cat. Some of his favorite pass times were playing cards, gardening and cooking. He loved spending time with his friends and family, and his great sense of humor was welcome at any gathering.

In addition to his mother, Mary Lou, he will be greatly missed by his stepfather, Karl Hirsch; sister, Rebecca Stout and husband Rick of Berwick; 2 nephews, Ryan Stout and wife Amanda, Bloomsburg; and Shawn Stout and wife Jessica, Lewisburg; great niece, Katherine; great nephew, Sloan; and uncle, Gary Steele of York, PA.

At the request of his family the services will be private.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to SPCA, 1467 Bloom Road, Danville, PA 17821.

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Janice M. (Fulkersin) Gunther, 92, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Berwick Retirement Village II.

Born on March 27, 1926 in Berwick she was a daughter of the late George M. and Pauline D. (Slusser) Fulkersin. She graduated from Berwick High School in 1945. Janice worked at the family business including Gunther’s Mobile Home Court, Gunther’s Cool Air Heating and Cooling. She retired from Berwick Knitting Mill after 25 years.

She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Berwick. Janice loved to travel, cook and bake. Her favorite thing to do is go shopping at Bon Ton. Janice was a people person who enjoyed parties and spending time with her family.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Sharon Whitmire and husband Nelson, Berwick; Allen Gunther, Berwick; 4 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. She is survived by her brother Raymond Fulkersin, Phoenix, AZ.

In addition to her parents she as preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Gunther and her sister, Jacquline Breadbenner.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 15, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1600 Fowler Ave, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery, Walnut Street, Berwick.

In lieu of flowers donations are suggested to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1600 Fowler Ave, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Pastor Michael M. Maleski, 58, of Nescopeck went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at his home.

Born in Elizabeth, NJ on June 14, 1960, he was the son of the late Alexander and Edna (DeSonne) Maleski. He graduated from Weatherly High School in 1978 and began working as a carpenter. He eventually started his own business, Maleski Enterprises.

Mike was a member of the Free Methodist denomination and began pastoring Living Hope Community Church in Nescopeck in 1997. The family moved from Weatherly to Nescopeck in 2001 and soon became greatly involved in the community. Because of his love for missionary work, he spent 16 months in Kenya and also ministered in Peru and the Dominican Republic. One of his favorite projects took place during Nescopeck Community days, allowing children to paint a wooden craft at no charge. Another was a character he created called “Skinny Claus”, a Santa-like figure whose colorful clothing told the story of the Gospel of Jesus. The story is currently being made into a book by a family friend.

Several years ago Pastor Mike had a vision for what has now become the Hope Center of Nescopeck. With great support and generosity from others it is now an organization that provides food, clothing, medical equipment and household items for those in need.

He enjoyed a cut-throat game of croquet and was a backyard tournament champion. Mike began backpacking as a teenager and has passed the tradition onto his wife and children. This Memorial Day tradition has continued for nearly 40 years. He loved his family and was thrilled to become a grandfather recently.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife and best friend of 33 years, Donna L (Ringeisen) Maleski. He was a proud father of Alexander, Denver, CO; Christopher and wife Stephanie, Nescopeck; Elliot and wife Olivia, Nescopeck; Owen, Lima, NY; Elena, at home; and precious granddaughter, Joanna. He also leaves behind brothers, Robert Maleski, Weatherly; Edward and wife Beth, Brandonville; sister, Lisa Fox and husband Chris, Freeland; several nieces and nephews; and mother-in-law, Rita Ringeisen, Troy, MO.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by a son, Tyler Maleski.

A celebration of life will be held at Living Hope Community Church, Nescopeck on Saturday, March 16, 2019 with a service at 12:00 Noon. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service. His family encourages anyone coming to the service to wear either flannel shirts or suit jackets with elbow patches.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Living Hope Community Church, 102 Warren Street, Nescopeck or the Hope Center of Nescopeck, 650 Harter Avenue, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

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Flora Federicci passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Guardian Elder Care in Nanticoke where she was a resident.

Born on August 2, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Earnest and Rose (Denoy) Cicerchia. Flora resided in Mocanaqua her entire life. She was employed at Country Cousins Shoes in Mocanaqua, retiring after many years.

She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, St Mary’s Church, and a former member of the Alter and Rosary Society. Flora loved her flower garden, cooking and was an excellent baker.

She will be greatly missed by her family: daughter, Noreen Alber and husband Carl; grandson, Eric Alber and wife Amanda; granddaughter, Carla Alber and fiancé Cole Rupert; great grandchildren, Gino, Vincent, Harlee, Evan and Ari; and sister-in-law, Clara Federici.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruno; son, Sheldon; and brother, Geno.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 AM on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 in Holy Spirit Parish/St. Mary’s, 150 Main Street, Mocanaqua, with her pastor, the Reverend Louis Kaminski officiating. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. The family will receive friends at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck from 9:00 to 11:00 AM on Tuesday morning.

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Janice E. (Nash) Miller, 80, of East Berwick passed away on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the Gardens at Orangeville, where she was a guest for the past 4 months.

Born in Berwick on March 28, 1938, she was a daughter of the late Clarence and Grace (Walburn) Nash. She graduated from Berwick High School. She was employed at Consolidated Cigar and later, at Briar Knitting until she retired.

Janice was a member of the Berwick Bowling Association and was an accomplished league bowler, who scored her first 300 in the early 90’s. She enjoyed watching softball and played on a team in the 1980’s. She followed All-American Girls Professional baseball and had the honor of meeting Sara Jane “Salty Sands” Ferguson, an Orangeville native who played in the league. She liked attending events for the Berwick Concert Series. While relaxing, she like to read murder mysteries or work on crossword and sudoku puzzles.

Janice will be greatly missed by her brothers, George Nash and wife Vicky, Montgomery; Gerald Nash and wife Helen, Bloomsburg; numerous nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and nephews and great grand-nieces and nephews including, Amy Noss, Taylor Noss, Ron Nash, Nicole Armstrong and Jeni Nash-Harvey, Steve Charles, Kaitlyn Nash, Stephen Nash, Donald Boston, Robert Boston, Bonnie Boston, Aaron Nash and Gerald T. Nash, with whom she had a close relationship.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Shirley Mausteller; Anna “Kate” Lee; Sorina O’Dell; Patricia Boston; Jim Nash; and Clarence Nash Jr.

A graveside memorial service will be held in Rose Lawn Cemetery at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to McBride Memorial Library, 500 Market Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Gardens and Commonwealth Hospice for the loving care they provided to Janice during her illness.

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Doris M. (Knecht) Doty, 93, of Bloomsburg, passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital.

Born in Williamsport on February 14, 1926, she was a daughter of the late Maurice E. and Alice (Fritz) Knecht. She attended Montoursville High School. Doris worked at a local store prior to marriage. After becoming a wife and mother, she worked hard to provide a warm and loving home for her family.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 228, Berwick. Doris volunteered with blood drives as much as possible. She liked to play cards and spend time with her friends. She also enjoyed crocheting blankets in her spare time.

She is survived by her son, Delbert Doty II and wife Judy, Berwick; 5 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Delbert Doty in 2005; daughter Betty Jean Gallion; sisters, Florence DePoe, Gloria Jean Knecht, Barbara Hilley, and Nancy Clark; and brother Robert Knecht.

At her request there will be no public services. Arrangements are entrusted to Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck.

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Audrey E. Whitenight, 88, of Jonestown passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, at Fritzingertown Senior Living Community, where she had been a resident for the past 10 years.

Born in Pond Hill on September 5, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Chester and Thelma (Rosencrance) Hess. Audrey graduated from Benton High School. She worked at a sewing factory, owned a family run store, and later was employed as a house cleaner.

Audrey attended Jonestown United Methodist Church, where she helped make many meals. She liked canning and baking.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Linda Whitenight, Drums; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Whitenight and brother Willard E. Hess.

At her request there will be no public services.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Jonestown United Methodist Church, Care of Shirley Good 214 Winding Rd, Orangeville, PA 17859.

The family would like to thank the staff of Fritzingertown and hospice for their exceptional care.

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Carol A. Maurer, 78, of Catawissa died Monday evening, February 25, 2019 at Bloomsburg Heath and Rehabilitation Center where she was a guest for the past 2 weeks.

Born February 25, 1941, in the Bloomsburg Hospital, she was the beloved daughter of June (Kishbaugh) Fetterman and the late Olmstead Hawk. She was a graduate of Catawissa High School, class of 1959. Mrs. Maurer was a homemaker who loved decorating, scrapbooking, and keeping family journals for future generations.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Herbert A. Maurer, who died on April 1, 2009.

In addition to her mother, she will be greatly missed by her son, David A. Maurer and wife Karen; and cherished granddaughter, Jennifer, who was the light of her life. She is also survived by a brother-in-law, Daniel Maurer; and many cousins.

At Carol’s request, there will be no viewing. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, March 1, 2019 in Hillside Cemetery, Catawissa, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is entrusted with arrangements.

Memorial contributions are suggested to American Cancer Society, Eastern Central Division, Columbia Unit, P.O. Box 3125 Williamsport, PA 17701-0125 or National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 1848 Longmont, CO 80502.

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Wyatt F. Ryman, 23, of Mifflin Township passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Berwick Hospital due to complications from injuries he suffered in an auto accident earlier this month.

Born in Bloomsburg on August 12, 1995, he was the son of Jeffry P. and Sheree L. (Ent) Ryman of Mifflin Township. He graduated from Central Columbia High School in 2014 and received an Associates degree in Electrical Construction Technologies from Luzerne County Community College. Wyatt was currently working at Big Heart Pet Brands in Bloomsburg.

He was a member of the Boy Scouts Troop 44, Lime Ridge, where he earned his Eagle Scout Badge. Wyatt enjoyed the many hours he spent working on his family’s farm and was a member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. He loved restoring antique tractors which he would take to shows and drive in parades. He had an extensive collection of model trains and was a talented musician who played the accordion, trumpet, piano and organ. Whatever he was doing, his loyal companions, “Patch” and “Spike” where always at his side.

Words cannot express how greatly he will be missed by his parents, Jeff and Sheree; maternal grandparents, Yvonne (Stout) and Franklin Ent, Jr.; paternal grandmother, Shirley Ryman; uncle, Eugene Ryman and wife Cathy; several great aunts, uncles, and cousins. He also leaves behind his loving fiancé, Sara E. Chamberlain of Lightstreet, with whom he spent the past 5 years.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Paul Ryman.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Rev. Dr. R. Kenneth Gunter officiating. Interment will follow at Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. His family will receive friends from 6:00 to 9:00 PM on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution are suggested to Columbia Montour Counsel BSA, 5 Audobon Court, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 to go to Boy Scout Troop 44.

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Harriet B. Glidewell, 75, of Catawissa passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at her home.

Born in Sayre, PA on March 31, 1943, she was a daughter of the late Delbert D. and Leola E. (Shaver) Brown. She graduated from Towanda Area High School in 1963. Harriet worked in Pennsylvania for several years before moving to Tennessee, where she was employed at Gateway Hospital as a nurse’s aide. After retiring in 2013, she moved back to the area.

She was a longtime member of Faith Bible Church in Orangeville. She liked feeding and watching hummingbirds. Harriet was fascinated with lighthouses and recently took a trip to Cape May and saw her first one in person.

In 1964, she married the love of her life, Claude D. Glidewell, Sr. who passed away in 2011 after nearly 47 years of marriage. She was also preceded in death by her grandson, Brandon Glidewell in 2005; a sister; and two brothers.

She will be greatly missed by her sons: Tod Glidewell and wife Toni, Huntsville AL; Thomas Glidewell and wife Kathy, Conyngham; Brian Glidewell, Clarksville TN; Claude Glidewell, Jr, Berwick; cherished grandchildren: Amanda, Travis, Codie, Amber, April, Ashlee; 6 adored great grandchildren; brother, Neil Brown, Towanda; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is being planned for this summer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Faith Bible Church (Sovereign Grace Fellowship) 1810B PA-487, Orangeville, PA 17859

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Robert E. Orner, 78, of Nescopeck, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at his home.

Born in Berwick on April 29, 1940 he was a son of the late Howard and Emma (Carvell) Orner. He attended Nescopeck High School. He served in the US Army from 1958 to 1962. After an honorable discharge Bob worked at Wise Potato Chip, Berwick, as a truck mechanic, retiring after 43 years.

Robert was a life time member, quartermaster, and member of the honor guard of the Berwick VFW Post 821. He was also a lifetime member of the Nescopeck Fire Company. He was on Nescopeck council for 16 years. Bob dedicated 40 years of service to the Boy Scouts of America. He enjoyed fishing in his spare time, especially with his grandson.

He will be greatly missed by his son, Robert E. Orner II and wife Jennifer, Berwick; and grandson, Jacob.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Janie L. Orner in 2018; son, Brian Orner in 2008; grandson, Robby Rice in 2007; and brother, Don Orner.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 12:00 PM at Berwick VFW Post 821 1408 W Front St, Berwick, with Reverend Richard Dennison officiating. Family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until the time of service. Interment will take place at 1:00 PM at Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Berwick Post 821 1408 W Front St, Berwick, PA 18603

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Nellie M. Stefancin, 93, of Dorrance Township passed away on February 14, 2019 at Birchwood Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Nanticoke, where she was a resident for the past few years.

She was born on September 9, 1925 in Dorrance where she was raised and educated. She was a daughter of the late John and Ann (Kocon) Stec. Nellie worked most of her life with her husband on the family farm.

Nellie was a member of St. Mary’s Our Lady Help of Christian Church, Dorrance.

She was the last remaining member of her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Stefancin; sisters, Cecilia T. Stec, Helen Walczyk and Sophie Stec; and brothers, John Joseph and Louis Stec.

At Nellie’s request all services were held privately with the burial in St Mary’s Parish Cemetery, Dorrance.

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

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Jesse L. Peters, 25, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on Friday, February 16, 2019.

Born in Danville on February 12, 1994 he was a son of Frank E. Peters II of Berwick and Nancy J. (Bankus) Peters of Berwick. He attended Berwick High School. Jesse was most recently working for BCM Security Solutions.

Jesse liked to tinker, taking things a part and putting them back together. He liked to work on cars and ride his bicycle.

In addition to his parents, he will be greatly missed by his sister, Angela Peters and companion Bill Kublic, Shamokin; brother, Frank Peters III, Berwick; paternal grandfather, Frank Peters I, Berwick; many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandmothers, maternal grandfather, cousin, Tony McClyment, Lenny, and uncle, Karl Baucher.

A viewing will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

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Vernon W. Whitmire, 81 of Berwick passed away on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born on December 19, 1937 in Berwick, he was a son of the late Warren W. and Zella (Schultz) Whitmire. He attended Berwick area schools. Vernon enlisted in the United States military and served honorably from April 11, 1955 to April 10, 1963. After the service, he worked construction, driving truck for Royal Swan, C&M Springs and he retired from Kawneer Corporation.

Vernon attended United Methodist Church of Summerhill. He loved to go horseback riding and show quarter horses and he enjoyed being a farrier/blacksmith. He was a family man who loved spending as much time as possible with his family. He liked to vacation with his wife, they especially enjoyed visiting the western towns of the United States.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 60 years, Helen “Pat” (Reese) Whitmire, Berwick; children: Vernon T. Whitmire and wife Noreen, Berwick; Bradley Whitmire and companion Richard Magoch, Walden, New York; Cindy May, Berwick; 7 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren, he was looking forward to another one in the spring. He is survived by his brothers: Kenneth Whitmire and wife Carol, Berwick; Willis Whitmire and wife Sandy, Berwick; Nelson “Elmer” Whitmire and wife Sharon, Berwick; Dennis Whitmire and wife Erica, Arizona; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Melissa Whitmire.

At his request there will be no public services.

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Larry D. Clausen, Sr, 78, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville surrounded by family.

Born in Berwick on July 23, 1940, he was a son of the late Robert C. and Irene E. (Schloyer) Clausen. He graduated from Nescopeck High School in 1958, where he was a 3-sport athlete. Larry was employed at the lamp factory in Berwick before becoming involved in the family owned Motel and Restaurant business in the Poconos. He later worked in the accounting department for Berwick Forge, and retired from Walgreens in Florida in 2003.

Larry enjoyed all sports and was a Phillies baseball and Penn State football fan. He refereed high school basketball games for PIAA in the late 60’s and early 70’s. He enjoyed fly fishing and tying flies.

He will be greatly missed by his son, Larry D. Clausen, Jr and wife Kim; daughters, Stacy Bello; and Kristy Marshman and husband Jeff, all from Berwick; 5 grandchildren: Katrina and Jeremy Clausen, Johnny and Logan Bello, and Jared Marshman; sister, Betty Hutnick and husband John, Naples, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Lane; brother, Robert Clausen and son-in-law, John Bello.

Family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 PM on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. A graveside service will follow at 2:30 PM in Pine Grove Cemetery, Walnut Street, Berwick.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to JDRF International, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor

New York, NY 10004.

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Brian C. Long, 51, of Berwick, passed away on Monday, February 11, 2019 at the Gardens at Orangeville where he had been a resident since last June.

Born on March 14, 1967 in Danville he was the son of the late Clair C. and S. Joanne (Shultz) Long. He graduated from Berwick High School in 1985. Brian worked at several different local companies including Bercon and Bill Grey. Most recently he worked at Decorator Industries until he became disabled.

He liked to spend time working on his computer and cars. He loved fishing. He knew how to sew and made vacuum cleaner covers which he later sold. Brian enjoyed visiting carnivals and spending time with his grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 9 years, Carol A. (Edwards) Long, Berwick; children, Amy Kindrew and husband Jason, Lime Ridge; Kimberly Ridall and husband Stephen, Nescopeck; Clair Long, Berwick; Colten Long, Berwick; step-children, Leon Sitler; Beverly Blade; Dawn Sitler; Terry Sitler, all from Berwick; grandchildren, Brayden, Anthony, Joey, Wyatt, Anastasia, Peyton and Nicholas; and 7 step-grandchildren. He leaves behind 2 sisters, Janice Adams, Briar Creek; and Tammy Smith and husband Mike, Berwick.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his grandson, Ryan R. Long.

At Brian’s request there will be no services.

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Chris A. Ryman, 50, of Salem Township passed away on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at his home, surrounded by his family.

Born in Berwick on December 25, 1968, he was a son of the late Donald and Carrie E. (Cragle) Ryman. He graduated from Columbia Montour Vo-Tech in 1987. For over 28 years Chris was a driver for Pepsi Beverage in Berwick and later in Williamsport. He also worked security for Berwick School District events.

He was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Wapwallopen. He was a Boy Scout Leader for Troop 6, and a volunteer fire fighter with Reliance Fire Company, Berwick. He enjoyed outdoor activities including fishing and campfires, and he was a Notre Dame fan. Chris grew up doing farm work and was an animal lover. He liked taking wine tasting trips with his wife, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He will be forever missed by his loving wife Kimberly A. (Morehart) Ryman, with whom he would have celebrated 31 years of marriage later this month. He was a proud father and father-in-law of Mandy Ball and husband Keith, Berwick; Shawn Ryman and wife Tanya, Berwick; and he cherished his grandchildren, Parker and Sophia. He also leaves behind a brother, Wayne Ryman and wife Teresa, Danville; several nieces and nephews; and lifelong friend and Godfather to his children, Scott Walton, Nescopeck.

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

A Celebration of Life will be held from at 2:00 to 6:00 PM on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Reliance Fire Hall, Berwick, with Pastor James Stanley speaking at 2:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Reliance Fire Company – Keeping Kids Warm Program, 501 West Third Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Keith A. Beadle, 58, of Berwick passed away on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville where he had been a patient for the past 3 weeks.

Born in Lancaster on February 13, 1960, he was a son of the late Richard B and Lois E (Norris) Beadle. He graduated from Coatesville High School in 1978 and served on active duty in the US Army until 1982. He then transferred to the reserves until 1992. After an honorable discharge, he worked at the Benton Foundry and S & B Foundry. For over 20 years, he has been employed at JM Smuckers/Big Heart Pet Brands, Bloomsburg.

Keith enjoyed all sports and liked playing golf. He played football on his high school team. He was a Philadelphia sports fan who rooted for the Phillies, Eagles, Flyer and 76ers. In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 28 years, Rose A (Hoagland) Beadle; son, Corey Hoagland and girlfriend Rebecca Shimko, Berwick; and daughter, Nikole Beadle, Berwick. He was the proud “Pap” of 2 grandchildren, Selena and Jacob Hoagland. He is also survived by his sisters, Kathy Westman and husband Alan, North Dakota; Karen Gilbert and husband Ken, York, PA; brother, Kurt Beadle, Lancaster; and several nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends during the viewing from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, followed by a funeral service.

A graveside service will be held at 1:30 PM on Monday, February 11, 2019 in Old Stone Church Cemetery, Raystown Road, James Creek, PA.

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James H. Spear, 91, of Bloomsburg passed away on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, surrounded by his family.

Born in Hazleton on April 30, 1927, he was a son of the late James and Mary (Kowalick) Spear. He graduated from St Gabriel’s High School, Hazleton and served in the US Army during WWII. After an honorable discharge, James earned a BS in Pharmacy from Temple University. He was employed as a medical representative and pharmacist at A.H. Robins, then Selinsgrove State Center, later at Bloomsburg Hospital and Laurelton State Center. James truly enjoyed his work, and after retirement, he helped part time at several local pharmacies.

He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, St Mary’s, Berwick. In his younger years, he enjoyed photography and developed his own film. Over the years he was hired to take pictures at many special occasions. He loved to read and liked to encase items in plastic resin. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of nearly 68 years, Ruth A (Lusher) Spear; children: Michael Spear and wife Valerie, Reading; Elaine Spear, Lake Worth, FL; James Spear and wife Donna, Milton; Rick Spear, Pittsburgh; cherished grandchildren: Erin, Jessica, Matthew, Rachael, Julia; and adored great grandchildren: Natalie, Nolan and Theo. He was looking forward to the birth of another great grandchild this summer. His is also survived by a brother, William Spear and wife Mary, Drums; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Marie Spear.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at St Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church, 1730 Fowler Ave, Berwick, with his pastor, Very Rev. Francis J Tamburro, VF officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Drums. Family will receive friends at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of Mass.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Evangelical, 235 Hospital Drive, Lewisburg, PA 17837.

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Mary E. (Drum) Eroh, 86, of Mountaintop, passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital.

Born on July 8, 1932 in Wilkes-Barre she was a daughter of the late Albert R. and Mary E. (Hill) Drum. She graduated from Newport High School in 1950. Mary was employed at Dolly Dress and several local dress factories before working at Manor Sportswear for 18 years, until it closed.

Mary was an active member of Emmanuel United Church of Christ, where she was a Sunday School teacher and took part in many church activities. She was a member of the Twilighters and a former Girl Scout leader. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting. Over the years, she made many scarves, which she gave to others as gifts. Babysitting her grandchildren and great grandchildren was one of her greatest pleasures.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of nearly 67 years, Donald P. Eroh; daughters: Denise Dean and husband James, Dorrance; Donna Walck and husband John, Dorrance; Doreen Oldershaw and husband Don, Mountain Top; Darla Cadwalader and husband Kevin, Manteca, CA; 9 grandchildren: John, Eric, Erin, Tristan, Shane, Bianca, Lauren, Blake, and Glynis; 8 great grandchildren: Nate, Clayton, Layla, Aidan, Mikayla, Emma, Landyn, and Abbigayle; her sister, Marion Hildebrand, Mountain Top; brother, Albert Drum, Mountain Top; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers: Richard Drum; Calvin Fornwald; Raymond Drum; and sisters, Dorothy Kania; and Ruth Ioanna.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 7768 Blue Ridge Trail, Mountain Top with Reverend Louis Aita officiating. Interment will follow in Emmanuel Cemetery, Dorrance. Family will receive friends on Friday, February 8, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 E. Third St, Nescopeck and on Saturday at Emmanuel UCC from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to the Emmanuel UCC memorial fund, 7768 Blue Ridge Trail, Mountain Top, PA 18707 or to the charity of your choice.

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Ethel L. Rough, 90, of Nescopeck passed away on Monday, February 4, 2019 at the Gardens at Orangeville, where she was a guest for the past few weeks.

Born in Lime Ridge on February 22, 1928, she was a daughter of the late William J and Sara (Sponenberg) Klinger, Sr. She attended Benton and Briar Creek Schools and graduated from Berwick High School. She worked with her father and mother at the family business, Klinger’s Food Market, and later was employed for 21 years at Food Bag in Berwick, where she was the manager for 7 years before retiring.

Ethel was an excellent cook who passed on her knowledge in the kitchen to her children. She enjoyed preparing holiday meals to feed everyone. She liked flower gardening and attending craft shows.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William F. Rough, Sr in 1986; sons, David Lee Kehl and William Rough Jr; daughter, Diane Lewis; sister, Helen Creasy; and brother, William J Klinger, Jr.

She will be greatly missed by her loving children: Robert Kehl, Jr, Berwick; Joanne Smith, Berwick; Tammy Albertson, Nescopeck; 6 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; and 7 great-great grandchildren. She also leaves behind sisters, Dorothy Buffone, Berwick; Gloria Allen and husband Ralph, Berwick; brother, Richard Klinger, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends on Friday from 1:00 PM until the time of service.

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Elaine J. (Sweppenheiser) Silver, 73, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on July 1, 1945 she was a daughter of the late William A. and Mary A. (Kachurka) Sweppenheiser. She graduated from Central High School in 1963. After high school Elaine went on to nursing school. She worked at several places including, PP&L, Thompson Mailing, Autozone, and Lady Ester. She retired from Lady Ester after many years.

Elaine was a member of First United Church of Christ, Berwick. She enjoyed going to casinos and watching sports. She was an avid Seattle Seahawks and Tony Stewart racing fan. She loved to travel, go on cruises and vacation as much as possible.

She will be greatly missed by her; children: William Silver and wife Lisa, Berwick; Donna Fisher and husband Wade, Berwick; Rhonda Tyson and husband, Matthew, Delaware; grandchildren: Stephanie McGaw, Corinna Bates, Cabyn Montefusco, Brittany Fisher, Tyler Silver, and Luke Fisher; great grandchildren: Olivia, Blake, Kaleb, Pyper, and Mia. She leaves behind 2 siblings: Joan Kolet and husband Fred, Berwick and Robert Sweppenheiser and wife Cindy, Berwick; companion of 5 years, Joseph Scali, Shickshinny.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Donald W. Silver, brother, William “Billy” Sweppenheiser and her loyal companion, Daphne.

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

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Liver Foundation, National Office 39 Broadway, Suite 2700, New York, NY 10006 or to the American Heart Association, 1704 Warren Ave, Williamsport, PA 17701.

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Ricky L. Swisher, 62, of Bloomsburg passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at the Manor at Penn Village, Selinsgrove, after losing his battle with cancer.

Born in Bloomsburg on November 28, 1956, he was a son of the late Charles D. “Sonny” and Mary M. (Shaffer) Swisher. He graduated from Bloomsburg High School and was employed as a welder for many years. Most recently, he worked for Rick Creasy Games at the Bloomsburg Fair.

Ricky enjoyed fishing, camping and spending time with his friends. He loved riding and working on his motorcycles.

He is survived by his brothers, Charles “Butch” Swisher, Catawissa; Robert Swisher, Buckhorn; a sister, Maryann Beaver, Berwick; and numerous cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by several aunts and uncles.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, February 1, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Burial will be in New Rosemont Cemetery, Bloomsburg.

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Donald G. Gensel, 81, of Union Township passed away suddenly on January 27, 2019 at his home.

Born in Shickshinny on September 19, 1937, he was a son of the late Daniel I. and Mabel (Metz) Gensel. He was educated in Shickshinny Valley schools. He worked at Air Seal Corporation East in Rochester NY, and later, became a coal miner at Blue Coal Company in Alden for 15 years. He retired from Dana Corp, Berwick after 25 years.

He attended Holy Spirit Parish, St Mary’s in Mocanaqua. Don was a proud member of the United Auto Workers Union. He liked hunting, performing the maintenance work on his cars and enjoyed riding his Harley. He loved dogs and was a supporter of the Animal Resource Center. He went for coffee every morning with his friends. He liked listening to country music, and watching western shows and classic movies.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 52 years, Carolyn A. (Rupinski) Gensel; daughters: Barbara Wildoner and husband Edward, Berwick; Donna Beggs and husband Hugh, Newport Twp; Julie Mickiewicz Esq., NY; 5 granddaughters, Holly Olejnik; Jerica Gee; Danielle Evans; Valerie Mickiewicz; Autumn Beggs; and 1 great grandson, Owen Evans. He also leaves behind brothers, Daniel “Leroy” Gensel, Huntington Twp; Larry Gensel and wife Donna, Shickshinny; sister, Joan Reider, Shickshinny Valley; several nieces and nephews; and best friends, Charlie Troy and the “coffee club at the doughnut shop.”

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Reverend Louis Kaminski officiating. Family will receive friends from 12:00 Noon until the time of service.

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Bertha “Bert” Mae Spencer, 72, of E Butler St, Shickshinny passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at home, surrounded by her loved ones.

Born in Nanticoke on December 10, 1946, she was one of 12 children born to the late Charles and Rosie (Kulp) Noss, Sr.

Bert liked cooking and baking. Her favorite song was “Knock 3 Times” and her favorite movies were “Grease” and “Dirty Dancing”. Her greatest love was her family and friends.

She leaves behind her husband of 47 years, Andrew C. Spencer, Jr; children: Candice Kruczek and husband Kevin; Joy Wolfe and husband Irving, Jr; Andrew Spencer III and wife Amy; Vicki Howe; Rachel and Tracie Noss; grandchildren: Brittney and Kevin A Kruczek; Irvin III and Cassandra Wolfe; Morgan, Sophia and Ethan Spencer; Heather and Arthur Thubbron, Jr; great grandchildren: Abby, Bexley, Karson, Billy and Emma. She is also survived by siblings: Charles (Marion) Noss, Jr; Nancy (Robert) Luczsk, Sr; Roy Noss, Sr; Thomas (Shiela) Noss, Sr; Diane Reese; Ricky (Mary Ann Bloom) Noss; Barry (Diane) Noss, Sr; Jeff Noss; Linda (Harold) Wrba; Rosalie (Art Brobst, Sr) Whitebread; sister-in-laws: Kathy Smith Noss; Ruthie Spencer Stout; Sandra (Joseph) Mule`; many nieces and nephews; and friends: Pamela Spencer; Brenda McDaniels Long; and Lisa Zipay.

In addition to her parents, Bert was preceded in death by siblings: Richard Noss, Sr and; Terry Ann Noss; in-laws: Irvin and Ruth (Clothier) Powlus; Andrew and Betty Ann Spencer, Sr; Elizabeth Noss, Virginia Noss; Ronald Stout, Sr; and Jack Reese, Sr; nieces: Donna Lee Noss; Renee (Stout) Hileman; nephew, Jeffrey Noss Jr; and friend, Robert “Bob” Long.

She will be forever loved and missed by all.

A funeral service will be held at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 E Third St, Nescopeck with Pastor Rodger Noss officiating. Family will receive friends from 2:00 PM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to Heller Funeral Home to help defray costs, or donations of food are being accepted on the day of the service, at the Shickshinny Fire Hall, for a dinner that will follow the service.

A special thanks to the Shickshinny Ambulance and Commonwealth Health Hospice staff.

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James L. Tait, 71 of Berwick passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at home, surrounded by his family and his loyal cat “Izmo” by his side.

Born in Hazleton on October 26, 1947, he was the son of the late James and Thelma (O’Donnell) Tait. He was raised and educated in the Hazleton area. From 1966 to 1970 he served in the US Navy aboard the USS Great Sitkin during the Vietnam War. After an honorable discharge, he worked at Barrett Haentjens & Co, Hazleton, and most recently, at PP&L. He was a Machinist in the Navy and at PP&L.

“Taiter” was a life member of the VFW Post 821, Berwick and Post 8227, Nescopeck, where he participated in the Nescopeck-Berwick Funeral Honor Guard. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 0273, Bloomsburg, and an active member of the West Berwick Hose Company. He liked woodworking and crafts. He was a “jack of all trades” and spent many hours working on building and remodeling projects. He enjoyed fishing. He loved to travel and was known to “just hop in the car and go”, especially to Watkins Glen.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, Crystal A. (DeMent) Tait with whom he spent the last 11 years; sons: James Tait and wife Marisa, Emmaus; and Jeffrey Tait, Freeland; daughter, Tricia Spaide and husband Michael, Conyngham; stepchildren: Kimmie Cook and husband Daniel; Shawn Young and wife Monica; Amanda Young; Joshua Young and wife Jessica, all from Berwick; and 12 grandchildren. He also leaves behind a sister, Frances Bobis and husband Bernard, Freeland; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister Mary Minzola.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at VFW Post 821, 1408 W. Front St, Berwick with Military Honor Guard Services.

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Bruce D. Stephens, 64, of Berwick passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at Berwick Retirement Village where he was a guest for the past year and a half.

Born in Summit, NJ on August 10, 1954, he was the son of Lorraine G. (Davis) Hazlehurst of Berwick and the late Edwin D. Stephens. Bruce was a graduate of Edison High School in NJ. After graduation, he was employed in various positions with several different companies. Prior to becoming disabled, he was working as a customer service representative in Colorado.

Bruce was a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and most recently attended Kingdom Hall in Mifflinville. He was an avid baseball fan, who liked the Mets. While living in Colorado, he also followed the Rockies Baseball team and enjoyed attending games with his nephews. One of Bruce’s favorite hobbies was photography. He loved taking pictures of landscapes, sunsets and unusual sights. He also liked fishing both freshwater and deep sea.

In addition to his mother, he will be greatly missed by his sisters, Susan Koscielicki and husband Al of Greer, SC; and Sharon Baysinger of Brighton, CO; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Besides his father, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, Jack Hazlehurst; and brother-in-law, Dennis Baysinger.

At the request of the family, all services will be private. Interment will take place in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick.

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Nancy L. (Snyder) Guard, 81, of Salem Township passed away on Monday, January 14, 2019 at home.

Born on October 29, 1937 in Batavia, NY she was a daughter of the late Emmett and Margaret (Pope) Snyder. She graduated from high school in New York. Nancy worked at Hancock Field Air Force Base, Syracuse before moving to the Berwick area. She retired from PPL and worked at Curtis-Wright for 13 years.

Nancy married Alvin Guard on May 18, 1957 and together they had 2 children. Nancy was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church, Berwick. She served on the church council, funeral committee, evangelism committee and helped with the monthly spaghetti dinners. She delivered for Meals on Wheels for many years. She enjoyed baking, playing cards, and gardening. Nancy was a faithful fan of the Berwick Bulldogs and the Syracuse University basketball team. Her greatest love and enjoyment was being with her children and grandchildren. Her family was the love of her life.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Todd Guard and wife MaryJo, New York; Terri Barton, Berwick; granddaughters, Madison and Delany Guard; brother, Wayne Snyder and wife Greta, Arizona; many cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband in 2009; brother, William Snyder and sister, Janice Snyder.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, January 25, 2019 at Grace Lutheran Church, 1315 Fairview Avenue, Berwick with her pastor, Reverend Chad Hebrink officiating. Interment will take place at Rose Lawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 12:00 Noon until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Grace Lutheran Church, 1315 Fairview Avenue, Berwick, PA 18603 or to the American Diabetes Association, Pennsylvania Office, P.O. Box 4383, Bethlehem, PA 18018.

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Bruce O. Whitebread, Jr., 50, of Nescopeck, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 17, 2019.

Born in Berwick on April 5, 1968, he was a son of the late Bruce O. and Agnes J. (Mozdzierz) Whitebread, Sr. He graduated from Berwick High School in 1987. Bruce entered the work force right after high school. He worked at Naugels Lumber Yard and later at Delmonte for over 20 years.

He was a member of Faith United Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nescopeck. Bruce was a lifetime member of the Nescopeck Fire Company and a former member of the Nescopeck VFW Post 8227. He enjoyed spending time with his loving family. In his younger days, he liked to hunt and fish with his godson.

He will be greatly missed by his brother, Thomas Garbolino, Berwick; sister, Veronica Dietterick, Berwick; nephew Daniel Dietterick, Jr.; niece, Joy Keller; great nephew, Kaeden Keller; aunts, Dorothy Czirjak; Beverly Komar and husband Vince; Virgie Fultz; numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A funeral service will be held at 11:30 AM on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck with Reverend Jessica Kingsborough officiating. Interment will follow at Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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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Rosie (DeFelice) Ipher, 89, of Berwick passed away on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at home surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Berwick on February 14, 1929 she was a daughter of the late Remigio and Elizabeth (LaWalt) DeFelice. She was educated in a one-room schoolhouse in Evansville. She worked at Fulton’s lamp factory until it closed. She retired from Watkins Boarding house.

Rosie collected salt and pepper shakers. She loved plants and taking care of them. Her favorite flower was African violets.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Rose Brown and husband Randy, Berwick; Donna Levan and companion John Streussnig, Berwick; grandchildren, Todd Ipher, Amber Naus and husband Patrick, Hayley Brown, all of Berwick; great grandchildren, Logan Loveless and Bayleigh Naus; several nieces and nephews.

She was the last of her immediate family. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her daughter, Betty Ipher.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Major Tammy Hench officiating. Interment will take place at Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at the funeral home and at 10:00 AM on Wednesday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Berwick Salvation Army, 320 West Second Street, Berwick, PA 18603 or to Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice, Berwick, 109 West 9th street, Berwick.

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Edward “Mike” M. Higgins, 89, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at The Gardens at Orangeville, where he had been a resident for the past 2 years.

Born on June 15, 1929 in Louisville, KY, he was a son of the late Carnelis “Neil” and Apalonia (Braun) Higgins. He graduated from St. Xavier High School in Kentucky. Mike served honorably in the United States Navy from September 9, 1947 to August 31, 1951 aboard the USS Stribling. He worked as a salesman for Dick X-ray, Pickerd X-ray and Burkhart X-ray selling equipment, retiring after many years.

Mike loved sports, especially basketball and baseball. He was an avid fan of the Louisville Cardinals basketball and Navy football teams. He enjoyed watching old movies. He was a “jack of all trades” and especially liked carpentry work.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 25 years, Karen S. (Levan) Higgins, Berwick; his children: Kimberly Grasley and husband David B., Berwick; James Higgins and wife Debbie, Maryland; grandchildren, Jenna Grasley-Tenaglia and husband Matt, Kalli Briggs and husband Mitchell, Abby Grasley, Kristina Higgins, and Dominic Higgins; great grandchildren, Cameron and Madison; and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind a close friend, who will remember him always.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph Higgins and sisters, Juanita Elder and Dolores Peirce.

Services will be held at the convince of the family.

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

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Althea C. (Powlus) Hock, 100, of Almedia passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Bloomsburg Health Care and Rehabilitation.

Born on September 29, 1918 in Hughesville she was a daughter of the late H. Fred and Mary Myrtle (Reese) Powlus. She graduated from Scott Township High School in 1936. Althea worked at Magee Carpet and several retail stores. She retired from F. W. Woolworth, Bloomsburg after many years of service.

Althea was a long-time member of the Church of the Nazarene, Bloomsburg, and attended Ridge Street United Methodist Church, Almedia. She was an excellent knitter, cook and baker and canned large quantities of fruits & vegetables from the family’s extensive garden. She was an avid reader and especially enjoyed mysteries and poetry. She relaxed by doing crossword puzzles and arts and crafts in her spare time.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Paula Hock and husband, Walter Ranger, Lancaster, California; Richard Hock, Almedia. She is survived by brothers, Jack Powlus, Catawissa; Jim Powlus, Almedia; sisters, Jane Smethers, Bethlehem; Lorraine Owen, Fort Myers, Florida; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Isaac Paul Hock; brothers, Vernon Powlus and Harold “Pete” Powlus.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Ridge Street United Methodist Church, 145 Ridge Street, Bloomsburg with Reverend Virginia Bailey officiating. Interment will follow at Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg with Commonwealth Chaplain Mike Delp officiating.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Ridge Street United Methodist Church, 145 Ridge Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 or Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice, Berwick, 109 West 9th street, Berwick.

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Diane C. (Roeder) Miller, 47, of New Columbus Borough passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, January 13, 2018 at her home.

Born in Bloomsburg on September 23, 1971, she was the daughter of the late Glen and Carol F. (Kelchner) Roeder. She was raised and educated in the Bloomsburg area. Diane was a devoted wife and mother who worked hard to provide a loving home for her family.

She liked planting and growing flowers, and she loved caring for animals. She greatly enjoyed the time she spent with her family and was looking forward to the addition of her first grandchild this summer.

She will be greatly missed by her husband, Larry J Miller with whom she spent the past 18 years; sons: Jason Roeder and David Miller, both of Stillwater; brothers: Sheldon Roeder and wife Stacy, Shamokin; John Roeder, Bloomsburg; and nephews, Shawn Galutia and Jesse Roeder.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Brandon Roeder on December 3, 2009; and sister, Rose Galutia.

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

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Susan V. (O’Donnell) Gruenberg, 62 of Berwick passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at her home, surrounded by family.

Born in Berwick on October 8, 1956, she was a daughter of Arletta N. (Eroh) O’Donnell of Berwick and the late Cletus J. O’Donnell. Susan graduated from Berwick High School and earned a degree in computer programing from John A. Logan College, Illinois. She worked at Bloomsburg Health Care as a CNA for 15 years, until she was no longer able.

Susan was a life member of the Berwick VFW post 821 and the Slavonic American Club, Berwick. She liked crocheting, camping and dancing. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and she enjoyed morning coffee with her “coffee buddy”, Joseph Church III.

In addition to her mother, she will be greatly missed by her daughters: Karen Charles, Scranton; April Thrash and husband Ryan, Berwick; 10 grandchildren, Colten, Anthony, Kaitlyn, Dominick, Ryan “Woody”, Dylan, Noah, Zoey, Timothy and Claudia; 1 great grandson, Alaric; son-in law, Brian Keenan and 2 stepchildren. She also leaves behind 2 brothers: Megunah B. Qehath, Kentucky; Peter Q. O’Donnell and wife Jamie, Berwick; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her father, she is preceded in death by her husband Dieter Gruenberg in 2014; and her sister, Sharon French in 2007.

Everyone is invited to attend a Celebration of Life, which will be held later this month. Those wishing to attend should contact her daughter, April.

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Sophie A. Stec, 90, of Dorrance Township passed away on January 8, 2019 at Mountaintop Senior Care and Rehab where she was a resident for the past few years.

She was born on May 14, 1928 in Dorrance where she was raised and educated. She was a daughter of the late John and Ann (Kocon) Stec. Sophie was employed for a short time at Fulton Lamp Factory in Berwick, but most of her life she worked at keeping her house and farm, and as caregiver for several family members.

Sophie was a member of St. Mary’s Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Dorrance.

She is survived by her sister, Nellie Stefancin who is residing at Birchwood Nursing Home, Nanticoke.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Cecilia T. Stec and Helen Walczyk; and brothers, John Joseph and Louis Stec.

At Sophie’s request all services were held privately with the burial in St Mary’s Parish Cemetery, Dorrance.

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

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Alfred J. Stola, Sr, 91 of Salem Township passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening, January 9, 2019 at his home, surrounded by his family.

Born in Glen Lyon on April 1, 1927, he was the son of the late John and Marianne (Janiszewski) Stola. He graduated from Berwick High School in 1947. Alfred was a dairy farmer who shipped milk to Farmer’s Co-operative Dairy in Hazleton. “Pappy” worked at the AC&F in Berwick for many years then for a short time at Americana in Berwick. He retired from AC&F in Milton. He also helped with land surveying, one of the most well know projects was Evansville Lake in Briar Creek.

In high school, Alfred was a member of the FFA, where he served as president. He was a member of the NRA and was an avid hunter. He hunting trips took him as far as Colorado, and Canada where he shot a moose. He was very handy and after retirement he worked out of his garage, doing all his own car and farm machinery repairs and helping others with their projects.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Velma (Lipovsky) Stola on October 18, 2011; and a sister, Jennie Mosack.

He will be greatly missed by his children: Alfred Stola, Jr and wife Lynn, Turbotville; Carl Stola, Berwick; Ann Marie Lynn and husband George, Berwick; Robert Stola, Berwick; David Stola and wife Tere, Shickshinny; John Stola and companion Tina Kriebel, Berwick; Rich Stola and wife Margery, Nescopeck; 8 grandchildren: Alexander Stola; Tatiana Stola; Andrew Stola; Katrina (Lynn) Desai; Sara Lynn; Zachary Stola; Benjamin Stola and Christopher Stola.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday January 14, 2019 at St Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church, 1700 Fowler Ave, Berwick with Very Reverend Francis J Tamburro officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 PM on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 E. Third St., Nescopeck and in the Church Chapel on Monday morning from 10:00 until the Prayer Service at 10:45.

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Charles E. Smith, Sr, 81 of Lime Ridge passed away on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at his home with his family by his side.

Born in Nescopeck on June 2, 1937, he was a son of the late Newton E. and Florence H. (Naugle) Smith. He graduated from Black Creek Township High School. Charles worked as a salesman for the West Bend Stainless Steel Cookwear Co, West Bend, WI. He later was employed and retired from Kawneer in Bloomsburg.

Charles was a member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zenith. He enjoyed fishing in Canada, working on cars, and camping with his family.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of over 61 years, Lucy D. Smith; children: Barbara Smith, Sugarloaf; Susan Zanoline and husband Tony, Rural Nescopeck; Jeffrey Smith and wife Bonnie, Tank; Beth Matthews and companion Bill Stremel, Rural Nescopeck; Charles E. Smith Jr and wife Lisa, Felton, DE; 14 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; brothers: Arden Smith, Zenith; Richard Smith, Mifflinville; sister, Eileen Hoffman and husband Dave, Briggsville; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Clyde, Cletus and Earlen Smith; sister, Kathy Smith; and his loyal dog “Laddy”.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at St. James Lutheran Church, 1488 Zenith Road, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. At his request there will be no public viewing, but the family will receive friends from 9:30 AM until the time of service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Geisinger Hospice, 410 Glenn Avenue, Suite 200, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 57 North Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.

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Thomas A. Lynn, 59, passed away suddenly and went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at his home.

Born on September 11, 1959 he was a son of Fay A. (Traugh) Lynn of Nescopeck and the late Leonard L. Lynn. He graduated from Columbia Montour Vo Tech in 1977. He served honorably in the United States Navy from 1977 to 1981. Tom was currently employed as a welder at Techniserv Inc. in Berwick where he worked for 24 years.

He was a member of Summerhill Evangelical United Methodist Church. He was a lifelong member of Summerhill Fire Company, where he served as assistant chief for several years. He was also a member of the NRA and enjoyed shooting firearms and hunting. Tom loved gardening and was well known for his beautiful tomatoes. He enjoyed reading, especially non-fiction, and was always learning. He was intelligent and skilled at many things. His most recent endeavor was bee keeping. Tom loved making friends and family laugh. He blessed all who met him with his wit and charm.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 37 years, Judy E. (Henrie) Lynn; and daughters: Amy Hontz and husband Jasper, Orangeville; Katie Lynn and companion Matthew Cleaver, Berwick. He has 5 grandchildren: Raegan, Sadie, Myla, Eli and Jase who loved and adored their “Popper”. He also leaves behind brothers: Timothy Lynn, Berwick; Tyrone Lynn and wife Susan, Berwick; and many close nieces and nephews.

At Tom’s request the funeral services will be private at the convenience of his family. Burial will take place in Summerhill Cemetery. All are welcome to a Celebration of Life at 1:00 PM on January 12, 2019 at Summerhill Fire Company, 422 Summerhill Road, Berwick.

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

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Jeffery N. Brown, 59, of Slocum Township, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, January 4, 2019 at Lehigh Valley Hazleton Hospital.

Born on February 20, 1959 in Wilkes-Barre he was the son of the late Janet Marie Brown. He graduated from Crestwood High School in 1978. He worked for Venezia Transport Services for many years.

Jeff was a member of the Conyngham VFW Post 8161, Slocum VFW Post 7918 and Butler Fire Company. He was also a volunteer firefighter for Slocum. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He liked to do yard work and take care of his chickens. In his younger years he liked to go hunting.

Jeff will be greatly missed by wife Joanne Roberts, Drums; step-daughters: Mary Ann Kobrick and husband Freddie, Drums; Ann Marie Supon and fiancé John Mike, McAdoo; Stephanie Malt and fiancé Jason, Conyngham; Christy Ann Strohl and husband Eddie, Pardeesville; 6 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

At the families request services will be private. Interment will take place in Slocum Cemetery, Slocum.

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Carl R. Wolfe, 88, passed away on Friday, January 4, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born on January 23, 1930 in Union Township he was a son of the late Clarence and Velma (Benscoter) Wolfe. He graduated from Huntington Mills High school in 1949. He retired from Borden’s Snack Food where he drove trucks.

Carl was a member of Mt. Zion Church, Briggsville and Sylvania Lodge Post 354. Carl liked to spend time outside. He liked to camp, water ski and ride his motorcycle. He enjoyed woodworking in his spare time.

He will be greatly missed by his children: children: Rebecca Taggart and husband Stanley, Milton; Darrell Wolfe and wife Juanita, Tennessee; Dwayne Wolfe, Milton; David Wolfe and wife Gretchen, Briggsville; 9 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice E. Wolfe on December 9, 2018, a son in infancy, Russell Wolfe and a brother Eldon Wolfe and his wife Rachel.

At Carl’s request the services will be private.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Mt. Zion Church, C/O 832 Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

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Carl R. Ryman, 80, of Nescopeck Township passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at his home.

Born on February 19, 1938 in Nescopeck Township he was a son of the late Ross G. and Dora M. (Eisenhower) Ryman. He graduated from Nescopeck High School. Carl worked on the family farm his entire life.

He attended Mt. Zion Church, Briggsville. In his younger days he played softball with his brothers for the church. He enjoyed hunting and in his down time liked to watch TV.

He will be greatly missed by his brothers: Martin Ryman and wife Brenda, Slocum Township; Russel Ryman, Nescopeck; sister: Evelyn Benjamin, Nescopeck; many cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers: Paul Ryman, Arthur Ryman, Sr., and Luke Ryman and a sister, Eleanor Franklin.

A funeral service will be held at 11:30 AM on Monday, January 7, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Richard Dennison officiating. Interment will take place in Schloyersville Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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Ruth Ann (Schell) Henrie, 78, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born on February 8, 1940 in Sybertsville, Ruth Ann was a daughter of the late Lee and Helen (Naugle) Schell. She graduated from Nescopeck High School in 1956. Ruth Ann worked for U.S. Steel and Bechtel Power Company, retiring after many years of service.

She was a member of Summerhill United Methodist Church. In her spare time, she liked to crochet, play card games and work on puzzles. She loved to cook meals for her large family. Ruth Ann enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom she adored.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Debra Sandherr and husband Joseph, Emmaus; Marlin D. Henrie and wife Teri, Nescopeck; James Henrie and wife Rose, Drums; Judith Lynn and husband Thomas, Summerhill; 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She is survived by her brothers: Fred Schell and companion Marlene, Nescopeck; Ronald Schell and wife Carla, Hetlerville; David Schell and wife Jolinda, Nescopeck.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Marlin G. Henrie, a sister Janet Smith, and brothers Derle, Drew, and Mark, and a granddaughter Grace Marie Mitzel.

A funeral service will be held at 11:30 AM on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with her cousin, Pastor Sandy Murphy officiating. Interment will take place in Summerhill Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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Jon E. Maneval, Jr, 59, of Nescopeck passed away suddenly on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at Berwick Hospital Center.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on February 24, 1959, he was the son of Sally M. (Brogus) Maneval of Wilkes-Barre and the late Jon E. Maneval, Sr. He graduated from Columbia Montour AVTS. He was employed at Consolidated Container in Berwick for the past 31 years.

He was a social member of the VFW Post 8227, Nescopeck. Jon enjoyed restoring cars in his spare time and was currently working on a 1979 Firebird. He loved being with his family, especially his grandchildren. He like making his wife happy and taking her to the casino (not really).

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 39 years, Alicia M. (Camillocci) Maneval; son, Jason Maneval and fiancé Kiri Hordnes, Berwick; daughter, Amber Heiss and husband William, Shickshinny; grandchildren: Lilliey Gross; Samantha and Wyatt Maneval; and Abram and Ava Heiss; sister, Sharon Bergstrasser and husband Carl, Forty-Fort; brothers: David Maneval, Pittston and Glenn Maneval, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no formal funeral service. A Celebration of Life for family and friends to attend will be held at a later time.

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

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Dorothy A. (Bringenberg) Harmon, 77, of Berwick went home with the Lord on Sunday, December 23, 2018 at home surrounded by her family.

Born in Berwick on August 4, 1941, she was a daughter of the late Albert J. and Hazle E. (Topper) Bringenberg. “Dotty” was a graduate of Nescopeck High School, class of 1959. She worked at Milco Industries for many years and later, retired from Berwick Hospital.

“Dot” was an active member of Immaculate Conception (St. Mary’s) Church, Berwick where she sang in the choir and attended Bible study. After retirement, she joined the Berwick YMCA where she participated in Senior Zumba classes. She liked working on crafts and making ceramics. She was a proud grandmother who loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 58 years, William “Bill” H. Harmon III; sons: Michael Harmon and wife Vicki, Berwick; Kevin Harmon and wife Lorelei, Berwick; daughter-in-law, Lori Bean, Nescopeck; 5 grandchildren: Brent, Shannon, Brandon, Alec and Kaitlin Harmon; twin brother, Donald Bringenberg and wife Celeste, Berwick; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Mark Harmon; and sister, Mary Louise Barratt.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church, 1730 Fowler Ave, Berwick with her pastor, the Reverend Francis J. Tamburro officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Berwick. The family will receive friends in the church chapel from 9:00 AM until the prayer service at 10:45.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Geisinger Home Health & Hospice, 410 Glenn Ave, Suite 200, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Mary Ellen (Bickert) Leiby, 81, of Catawissa passed away on Friday, December 21, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Catawissa on February 10, 1937 was a daughter of the late William “Floyd” and Gladys (Hill) Bickert. She was a graduate of Catawissa High School. Mary Ellen worked as a bank teller in Catawissa and First Eastern- PNC.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Mitch Leiby and wife Tammy; Jill Leiby; Tina Leiby and companion, John Thomas; 2 grandchildren, Nathan and Allyson Leiby; sisters: Marqueen Kostenbauder and Glovene Adams.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Lee Leiby, January 1, 2017 and brothers, Robert and Ronald Bickert.

In keeping with Mary Ellen’s wishes, services will be private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are entrusted to Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck.

Memorial contributions in Mary Ellen’s memory are suggested to Geisinger Columbia Montour Hospice, 410 Glenn Ave, Suite 200, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Michael R. Herring of Nescopeck Township lost his hard-fought battle with cancer, Thursday, December 20, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Mike was born on September 3, 1941 in Berwick as the only child of the late Monroe and Miriam (Kitzmiller) Herring. He lived most of his life in Nescopeck Township. On October 21, 1961 he married the late Janice (Mensinger) Herring and celebrated over 52 years of marriage together until her death, July 17, 2014.

Mike was a dedicated employee of S&B foundry/Columbia Enterprises for over 60 years with the last number of years maintaining several laundromats in the area, as well as, being a fixture at the Neptune’s Car Wash in Buckhorn.

Mike and Janice were well known for their July 4th breakfast which they hosted annually for hundreds of family and friends at their grove the last 26 years. This last year was an especially good year for him to get to enjoy his time with so many, knowing it would be his last.

Mike enjoyed hunting and spending time with family and friends, drinking beer at the grove. Weekend mornings were enjoyed with his buddies at breakfast.

He was a member of Mifflinville Rangers Firehall, a life member of Nescopeck Borough Fire Company, an auxillary member of Nescopeck VFW Post 8227, Sons of the American Legion, Bloomsburg Post 273, a life member of Black Creek Sportsman Club and a life member of the NRA and the North American Hunting Club.

He will be greatly missed by his daughters: Jolinda and her husband John Becker, Nescopeck Township; Susanne and her husband Stephen Bowes, Nescopeck; 4 grandchildren: Ryan and wife Danielle Becker, Nescopeck Township; Abby and husband Ed Martin, Nescopeck; Makenzy Bowes and Zackery Bowes, Nescopeck; and great granddaughter, Alice Becker. He is survived by his brother in law, Jimmy Mensinger and sister in law, Donna Mensinger; brother in law, Bob Hoffman and sister in law Judy Hoffman, Delaware; 7 nieces and nephews; 12 great nieces and nephews; and 3 cousins.

A special thanks to Geisinger hospice for all their help and care and to Dr. Leo Gitter, Dorothy Wheaton, Ernie Ashbridge and all the nurses at Geisinger Knapper clinic for their wonderful care and kindness.

A funeral service will be held Friday, December 28, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Richard Dennison officiating. Interment will follow at Mifflinville Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Thursday, December 27, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at the funeral home and on Friday from 10:00 am until the time of service.

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James D. “Jim” Elmes, 75, of Nescopeck Township passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 19, 2018.

Born on June 9, 1943 in Bloomsburg he was a son of the late Warren F. and Helen M. (Litwhiler) Elmes. Jim graduated from Nescopeck High School. He joined the National Guard from October 1964 to April 1965. He worked for Operating Engineers union and retired after 40 years.

James attended St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, Zenith. He enjoyed watching tractor shows and going to the Benton Rodeo. He loved to attend any of the activities his children and grandchildren were a part of.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 51 years, Linda L. (Eveland) Elms; children: David Elmes and wife Patti, Washington; Scott Elmes and wife Tammy, Nescopeck; Susan Smith and husband Jeffery. Nescopeck; Diane Wyda and husband Michael, Dorrance; James Elmes, Nescopeck; Sarah Zehner and husband Steve, Nescopeck; Jason Elmes and wife Julie, Lime Ridge; 13 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; brother, William Elmes and wife Eliane, Beach Haven; sister, Jane Crahall and husband Brinley; many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 9:00 AM until the time of service. Interment will take place at St. James Lutheran Cemetery, Zenith.

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Bruce E. Cadwallader, 67, of Berwick passed away on Monday, December 17, 2018 at his home.

Born in Lansdale on November 26, 1951 he was a son of the late James and Ruth (Quinn) Cadwallader. He graduated from the Benton area high school. Bruce worked at several local businesses including, Consolidated Cigar, Dana Corporation, and Heller’s Gas.

Bruce was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He liked to read and in his younger years he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He liked to spend time outside especially grilling. He loved spending time with his family and his dog, Patches.

He met the love of his life, Florence K. (Sinibaldi) Cadwallader, and in 1971 they were married in United Calvary Methodist Church, Berwick.

In addition to his loving wife, Florence, he will be greatly missed by his children: Bruce A. Cadwallader and wife Amy, Berwick; Brian M. Cadwallader and wife Kelley, Beach Haven; Brooke L. Cadwallader, Berwick; brother, Russell Cadwallader and wife Darl, Bloomsburg; many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, James, Roger, Wayne, Harry and a sister, Marlene Vance.

At Bruce’s request there will be no services. Interment will take place in Rose Lawn Cemetery.

His family would like to thank the nurses of Maylath Hospice, especially Stacy and Tina, for the care they provided over the past few months.

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Daniel LaRue Traugh, 34, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on Friday, December 7, 2018 in Sugarloaf Township.

Born in Berwick on April 3, 1984, he was the son of Henry L. Traugh, Jr and wife Beverly of Berwick, and Darlene K (Bloom) Burd and husband Eugene, Jr of Wapwallopen. Danny graduated from Central Columbia High School and briefly attended Penn State University. He was employed by several local companies in the Berwick area before finding a position at Osmose Utilities in Hazleton, where he was currently employed.

In his youth and teen years, Dan was very involved in go-kart racing, where he earned a number of medals and trophies. In school, he played football and participated in track and field, where he threw the javelin. He liked running, and once completed the run for the diamonds. After high school he got involved in boxing and participated in several cage matches. He followed NASCAR and was a fan of Mark Martin. In recent years, his greatest enjoyment was the time he spent with his daughters.

In addition to his parents, he will be greatly missed by his precious daughters: Nadia Traugh and her mom, Britini Bomboy of Berwick; MaKenna and Ellianna Traugh and their mom, Brooke Michael of Bloomsburg; sisters: Victoria Ernest and husband Mark, Wapwallopen; Abby Burd, Jermyn; Vanessa Williams and companion Tyler Kishbaugh, Nescopeck; brothers: Eugene Burd and companion Adrianne Berger, Hobbie; Henry “Louie” Traugh III, Harrisburg; several nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his grandmother, Marion Bloom, Berwick; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Carolyn and Henry Traugh, Sr; Jay Bloom; and several aunts and uncles including his namesake, Daniel R Traugh.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at LCBC, 2421 Columbia Blvd, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until the time of service.

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

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Beatrice E. (Dohl) Wolfe, 88, passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at home surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Hanover Township on November 22, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Karl W. and Laura E. (Forney) Dohl. She graduated from Ashley High School and worked at Kresge until her children were born. She was a member of Mount Zion Church, Briggsville and the Eastern Star, Shickshinny.

Bea loved to camp, water ski, and ride motorcycles. She enjoyed reading and working outside. She adored her grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 65 years, Carl R. Wolfe, Milton; children: Rebecca Taggart and husband Stanley, Milton; Darrell Wolfe and wife Juanita, Tennessee; Dwayne Wolfe, Milton; David Wolfe and wife Gretchen, Briggsville; 9 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren. She is survived by her sisters, Agnes Keck, Berwick; Betty Kline, Stillwater; and Joyce Dohl.

At Beatrice’s request the services will be private.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Mt. Zion Church, C/O 832 Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

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Nellie J. (Rhone) McGraw, 95, passed away on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at Berwick Retirement Village I with her husband by her side.

Born in Berwick on February 15, 1923 she was a daughter of the late Ralph and Minnie Rhone. She attended Berwick area schools. Nellie worked at Wise Potato Chips and retired after many years.

She was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Berwick.

She will be greatly missed by her husband of 57 years, James McGraw. She is survived by her sons, Doug Margita and wife Mary, Missouri and Zolie Margita, Texas; and numerous grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons: Wayne Margita and Frank “Jim” Margita.

At Nellie’s request service’s will be private. Interment will take place at Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg.

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Dennis L. (Denny) Lowery passed away on Monday December 3, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on July 3, 1950, he was the son of Maurice and Bettie (Crawford) Lowery. He graduated from Berwick High School in 1969 and served in the Army National Guard from 1970 to 1976. Denny spent most of his career in the hardware business, owning Shickshinny True Value for 15 years. After retiring Denny worked part-time at Boyers Market as a produce clerk.

Denny was a member of Ranger Hose Company and was recently honored for 50 years as a volunteer Firefighter. He enjoyed golfing, doing handiwork around his house, and riding his motorcycle. He was an avid Eagles Fan.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 22 years, Vicki (Smith) Lowery; daughter Jennifer Knorr and husband Brandyn, Hobbie; stepson Kyle Kalanick, Bloomsburg, stepdaughter Rachel Kalanick, Berwick; grandchildren Jendyn Knorr, Kale Knorr and Jayce Kalanick; brother Donald Lowery and wife Liz of South Carolina.

Family will receive friends on Saturday December 15, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM, followed by a Memorial Service, at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Ranger Hose Company 208 E Front Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Curtis L. VanPelt, 68, of Brockton, PA passed away on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at his home, with his wife by his side.

Born in Berwick on March 29, 1950, he was the only child of the late Mary (Smith) VanPelt and Irvin VanPelt. He was a graduate of Berwick High School. He was employed at the Press Enterprise, Bloomsburg for several years, and most recently, he worked for Office Depot in the Humbolt Industrial Park, Hazleton.

Curtis liked spending his time gardening and taking care of his 2 dogs, “Toby Joe” and “Julie Mae”.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of over 10 years, Mary (Young) VanPelt; her children, Edward Herring Jr and wife Stacie, Palo Alto, PA and Mary Katherine Vancavage and husband Glenn, Knoxville TN; 2 step grandchildren, Erika Vancavage and David Vidzicki. He is also survived by his stepmother, Dorothy VanPelt of Berwick; and son, Eric VanPelt of Nescopeck.

In addition to his parents, he was in death by his stepdaughter, Patricia Vidzicki; and several aunts and uncles.

Family will receive friends on Monday, December 10, 2018 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 with Pastor Larry Smith officiating. Interment will be private in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg.

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Janet L. (Wolfinger) Mowery, 83, of Nescopeck Township passed away on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at home with her husband by her side.

Born in Berwick on July 29, 1935, she was a daughter of the late Oval and Ethel (Lutz) Wolfinger. She attended Berwick High School and worked at Consolidated Cigar for many years. She retired from Briar Knitting.

Janet was a member of the Nescopeck Township Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary and helped out with many functions there. She liked playing UNO with her friends on Saturday nights and enjoyed Christmas shopping. She loved her animals, especially her cats and dogs who were always at her side.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 55 years, Gary Mowery; daughter, Brenda Mowery, Nescopeck Twp; Brad Mowery and wife Margaret, Nescopeck Twp; grandsons, Daniel Mowery; William Strzelecki, Jr.; step grandchildren Gretchen Gregory-Sunday and Raymond Gregory III; a sister, Shirley Shaffer, Berwick; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Phyllis Andrezzi and Lois Fedder.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, December 7, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Larry Smith officiating. Family will receive friends from 11:30 until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Animal Resource Center, PO Box 439, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Hilda L. (Stair) Lewis, 92, Dorrance, more recently of Smith Health Care, Mountaintop, passed away on Saturday, November 24, 2018.

Born in Dorrance, PA, she was the daughter of the late Amelia Heller Stair Harter and the late Leon Franklin Stair. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Richard E. Lewis; sister, Lois S. Gross; brother in law, James F. Gross; and brother, Leon Stair, Jr.

Hilda was a lifelong resident of Dorrance. She loved her church, Emmanuel United Church of Christ, and actively participated in helping with Vacation Bible School and its many turkey suppers. She loved the beach, grew beautiful violets, was a devoted babysitter and enjoyed traveling.

She is survived by her sister, Loretta Stair Smith (Donald), 4 nieces and one nephew.

Services will be privately held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in the Emmanuel United Church of Christ Cemetery, Mountaintop (Dorrance).

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Hilda L. Stair Lewis to “Sunday School” Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 7768 Blue Ridge Trail, Mountaintop, PA 18707-9341 or the Dorrance Volunteer Ambulance and Fire Company, 402 St. John’s Rd., Wapwallopen, PA 18660.

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Elizabeth M. (Kingston) Mensch, 73, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at the Gardens at Millville where she had been a guest for the past year and a half.

Born in Catawissa on April 1, 1945, she was a daughter of the late Erma (Steinruck) and Donald Kingston, Sr. She was a graduate of Catawissa High School and worked at Bloomsburg Mills until it closed.

Liz liked playing cards, especially poker, reading and typing out recipes that she found for her collection. She loved to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband, William B. Mensch, Sr., Berwick; children: Warren Lunger, Charleroi, PA; Shirley Trammell, Easley, Easley, South Carolina; Ramona Lunger, Mifflinburg; Edith Lunger, Berwick; step-children: William Mensch, Jr., Bonnie Slusser and husband Robert, Patty Mensch and companion Kelly Gregory, all from Berwick; 14 grandchildren; and many great grandchildren. She also leaves behind sisters: Patsy Johnson, Bloomsburg; Donna Heller, Berwick; Debra Moore and husband Bob, Berwick; Millie Kline, Catawissa; brothers, Tom Kingston, Bloomsburg; Clair Kingston, Catawissa; John Kingston, Bloomsburg; Ted Kingston, Lebanon, Missouri; numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers: Charles Kingston; and Donald Kingston, Jr.; sister, Gloria Hess; and step-sons: Timothy Mensch, Sr.; and Robert Mensch.

At her request there will be no services.

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Tammy S. Longenberger, 57, of Berwick passed away on Monday, November 19, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Berwick on November 4, 1961, she was a daughter of Deanna J. (Crouse) Hutton of Berwick and the late Phillip G. Hutton. Tammy graduated from Columbia Montour Vo-tech School and worked at Berwick Offray for 20 years.

She attended the Salvation Army Church in Berwick. She was a member of the Elks Lodge 1138, Berwick. Tammy played Bingo at the Nescopeck Township Fire Hall every Monday night until her health began to fail. She loved to go on vacations to the beach or camping. She liked to go shopping and then end the day by going out for dinner. She loved the company of her dogs, “Abby” and “Archie”, most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her mother, she will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 37 years, Richard Longenberger, Berwick; children, Nick Longenberger and wife Melissa, Berwick; Deanna Jendrek, Berwick; grandchildren, Hayden, Nathan, Shannon, Aiden, Madison, Baylee, Kevin, Rachel, and John; brother, Phillip Hutton and wife Michelle, Dayton, OH; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her father, she was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Kenneth Jendrek.

A few weeks ago many attended a party that was held in Tammy’s honor. For those who attended and visited with Tammy, her family wishes to extend their extreme gratitude. She was very happy to see everyone there especially during her illness.

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

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Mary Rutskie, 99, of Berwick passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family.

On October 7, 1919, she was born in Berwick where she was raised and educated. She was the last living child of 10 born to the late John and Anna (Matzachock) Makar. She worked as a seamstress at Baranell Mills for many years.

She was a member of Ss Cyril and Methodius Greek Catholic Church, Berwick where she was a member of the Sacred Heart Society and was instrumental in starting the pierogi sale. She was an avid gardener and loved growing flowers. For years she volunteered her time to mowing the cemetery, where many could see her riding along in her straw hat.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Rutskie in 1979; brothers, John, Andrew, Steve, Nicholas, Philip, Michael, and two brothers that died at ages 3 and 4; sister, Helen Tensa, and son-in-law, John Silvetti.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters: Barbara Rish, Berwick; Mary Jane Freistak and husband Dennis, Camp Hill; Crystal Silvetti, Berwick; grandchildren: Brian Rish and wife Kim, Berwick; Mark Freistak and wife Karel, Mary’s Landing, NJ; Lori Bateman and husband Rick, Etters, PA; Stephen Freistak, Camp Hill; Erick Laubach and wife Lisa, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; Scott Laubach and wife Christy, Mountain Top; 10 great grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 AM on Friday, November 23, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC 633 East Third St, Nescopeck.

A Devine Liturgy will follow at 11:00 AM in Ss Cyril and Methodius Church, 706 North Warren St, Berwick with her pastor, Reverend Roman Petryshak officiating. Interment will take place in the parish cemetery.

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Robert J. Eddinger, 76, of Berwick went to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 17, 2018.

Born in Berwick on August 1, 1942, he was a son of the late Sheldon R. and Jane E. (Gensel) Eddinger. He was a 1960 graduate of Berwick High School and completed his BA in Education at Bloomsburg State College. Bob began his career as a math teacher at Southern Columbia High School, where he was known to his students as Mr. Ed. While there, he helped develop the computer science program, and retired after 35 years in the district. Following retirement, he became a United Methodist lay speaker, and later a local pastor for Ridge Street United Methodist Church in Almedia. Pastor Bob loved his church family. He especially liked to work with the youth of the church, and always found ways for the children to participate in the services.

In his early years of teaching, Bob coached baseball and in the early 1980’s he was an umpire for girls’ softball. He coached and played church league softball until the 90’s. He was an avid sports fan who rooted for the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles, Penn State, and the Berwick Bulldogs. His favorite day of the year was the day when pitchers and catchers reported for spring training. He enjoyed attending as many of his grandchildren’s sporting and school events as possible. He liked collecting recipes, watching classic western movies, and completing the Press Enterprise crossword puzzles every day.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 51 years, Katherine “Kathy” (Schloyer) Eddinger; daughter, Michelle and husband David, Berwick; grandchildren, Mason and Sydney Kimbell; mother-in-law, Helen Snyder; and several aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and his church family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Fred D. Eddinger, many aunts and uncles; and his beloved cat, Toby.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Ridge Street United Methodist Church, 145 Ridge Street, Bloomsburg with Pastor Virginia Bailey officiating. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

A luncheon in the church social hall will follow interment.

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Nancy A. “Dusty” (Libby) Kashner, 77 of Bloomsburg passed away suddenly on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at her home.

Born in Shamokin on July 11, 1941, she was a daughter of the late Elsworth R. and Rita (Foust) Libby. She graduated from Shamokin High School in 1960. Dusty worked as a waitress and bartender for many years at the Jersey Shore, and at Maloney’s Beef and Beer in Margate, NJ.

She was a former member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Shamokin. She spent many hours making ceramics, dream catchers, wood crafts and other items that she would later sell at craft shows and festivals. She also enjoyed horseback riding. Her greatest love was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her companion of 21 years, Les Kurtz of Bloomsburg; daughters: Denise Hartranft and husband Dale, Beaver Valley; N. Lisa Ingram and husband Ronald, Lewistown; son, Scott Kashner, Bloomsburg; cherished grandchildren: Amy, Tiffany and Ryan Frey; Matthew and Adam Frey; Coty, Colby and Cassidy Kashner; 6 adored great grandchildren; a brother, Rodney “Shark” Libby and wife Joyce, Gowne City; and her Boston terrier, “Boomer”.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Micheline “Mickey” Pinamonte and nephew, Rodney Libby.

Family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday November 20, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LCC, 633 East Third St, Nescopeck.

The burial will take place in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg at the convenience of her family.

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Charlene S. “Charlie” (Stine) Bankes, 50, of Berwick passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center following a sudden illness.

Born in Williamsport on November 10, 1968, she was a daughter of Diane K. (Howell) Griffin and Charles S. Stine, both of Williamsport. Charlie attended Williamsport High School and McCann School of Business. She previously worked at Wise Snacks in Berwick, and Del Monte Foods and RR Donnelly, both in Bloomsburg. She was currently employed at Traffic Regulators in Wilkes-Barre.

She was a former member of Mt View Community Church, White Haven and attended LCBC, Bloomsburg. Charlie liked shopping for antiques, and she was an avid Baltimore Ravens fan. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents, she will be greatly missed by her loving husband, Theodore “Ted” F Bankes, Jr with whom she spent the past 22 years; children: Amanda Bankes Hess and husband Adam, Nescopeck; Philip Bankes and wife Linsey, Berwick; McKenzie Johnson and husband Tony, WA; Joshua Rice and wife Tiffany, SC; Coral Skye Goodrich and partner Lina Legette, SC; 9 grandchildren: Mychaela, Arianna, Ryan, Olivia, Brock, Brody, Christopher and Lincoln. She also leaves behind her step-mother, Ruby Stine, Williamsport; sisters: Yvonne Neifwonger and husband Matt, Williamsport; Christine Helton and husband Ronald, SC; Leslie Hamilton and husband Donald, S Williamsport; Jessica Caldwell, Bath; Jody Ross and wife Barbara, S Williamsport; Lindsey Morgan and husband Michael, Williamsport; numerous nieces and nephews; aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Natalie; aunt, Debra; and niece, Brittany.

Family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck followed by a funeral service. Pastor Brook Selby will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Ronald McDonald House, 100 North Academy Avenue and Care Lane, Danville, PA 17821-0300.

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Roy C. Holter, 57, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

Born on December 21, 1960, he was a son of the late Gloria D. (Eroh) and Leroy M. Holter, Sr. He attended Berwick High School and worked as a water proofer for most of his life.

Roy liked football and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He also liked watching NASCAR. In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting and going fishing with his father. He loved animals, especially his dogs, Jordan, Brina and Abby.

He will be greatly missed by his son, David Holter, Pottsville; brothers: Rick Holter and wife Patricia, Trucksville; Leroy Holter, Jr. and wife Michelle, Berwick; Timothy Holter, Warren, PA; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Duane Holter.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 AM on November 17, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Lawrence Reed officiating. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 9:30 AM until the time of service

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Animal Resource Center, 301A Boone Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 or Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge, 974 Lockville Road, Dallas, PA 18612.

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Alan H. Mowery, 58, of Nescopeck Township, passed away suddenly on Monday, November 5, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on September 4, 1960, he was a son of the late Herbert I. and Marlene M. (Kishbaugh) Mowery. He was a graduate of Berwick High School. Alan worked at the Press Enterprise and later, Rad Woodworking until he became disabled.

Alan was a member of the Nescopeck Township fire hall and was a lieutenant with the fire police. He liked doing body work and painting vehicles. He loved all animals and had many over the years including, peacocks, chickens and rabbits, a duck, a horse, a goat, a sheep, and snakes.

He will be greatly missed by his companion of 20 years, Evelyn Price, Nescopeck; daughter, Tiffany Avery and husband Donald, Berwick; son, Ryan Mowery, Berwick; step children, Brittany Hill and companion Robert Kirchman, Nescopeck; Kristina Vitale and husband Kris, Wilkes-Barre; Amanda Kulp, Berwick; 9 grandchildren: Dominic, Garrett, Emily, Diamond, Anthony, Owen, Zoey, Kharlotte, and Cameron; sisters: Brenda Crowley and husband Matthew, Washingtonville; Lori George and husband Joseph, Berwick; brother, Terry Mowery, Nescopeck; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his uncle, Edward Kishbaugh.

A celebration of life will be held form 2:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at Nescopeck Township Fire Hall, 510 Zenith Road, Nescopeck. A service will be led by Pastor Jane Hess offciaiting.

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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Esther C. Hartman, 88, of Nescopeck, passed away on Monday, November 5, 2018 at home surrounded by her family.

Born in Bloomsburg on February 16, 1930 she was the daughter of the late William and Emily (Stausser) Wolfe. She was a 1948 graduate of Bloomsburg High School. Esther worked part time at Weis Markets, Bloomsburg. She was a devoted wife and mother who provided a warm and loving home for her family over the years.

Esther was a member of the Faith United Evangelical Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday school and made eggs for the Easter Egg sale. She liked knitting, crocheting, and watching squirrels. She enjoyed making personalized cards for special occasions and holidays. She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

“Nina” was preceded in death by her beloved husband Clyde H. Hartman in 2005; brothers Robert Wolfe and William Wolfe; sisters Ruthanne Sponenberg and Sara Rubenstein.

She is survived by a daughter; Trudy Sayman and husband Howard, Muncy; four grandchildren: Robert Commodore, Nescopeck; Vincent Commodore and wife Annette, Berwick; Bethany Benware and husband Joseph, Catawissa; Samantha Jo Ann DeAngelo and fiancé Robert Johnson, Muncy; eight great grandchildren: Jonah, Martina, Tristan, Isaiah, Mckaela, Piper, Ethan and Olivia; two great-great grandchildren: brother, Leslie Wolfe, Berwick; and several nieces and nephews.

At Esther’s request there will be no viewing. Interment will be in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg at the convenience of the family.

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C. Kay Creveling, 79, of Berwick, passed away on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Bloomsburg Health Care and Rehab, surrounded by her family.

Born in Berwick on October 11, 1939, she was a daughter of the late Stanley I. and Daisie M. (Kishbaugh) Remley. She attended Berwick High School. Along with her husband, “Eggie”, she was the co-owner of Creveling’s Corner Grocery in Nescopeck until it closed due to her husband’s failing health. Her most important job was being a homemaker. Kay found joy in watching her family grow. She was a dedicated wife, a devoted mother, and a loving “Grammie”.

Kay’s faith was very important to her. She was an active member of First United Church of Christ, Nescopeck where she was a Sunday School teacher, a member of the Ladies’ Aide and Friendship Circle. She taught Nescopeck Community Bible School and Release Time for Nescopeck Elementary School. She was a member of Eastern Star Berwick Chapter, and she was a Cub Scout den mother. She liked cooking dinners for Cub Skill weekends, Blue and Gold banquets and the former Nescopeck Lions’ Club. In her spare time, she liked making candy, baking and canning, sewing and crocheting.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Douglas Creveling and wife Linda, Bloomsburg; Victor Creveling, Berwick; Sally Sitler, Berwick; Timothy Creveling, with whom she resided, Berwick; Samuel Creveling and wife Rhonda, Bloomsburg; Barbara Nagel and husband Brian, Berwick; David Creveling and wife Diane, Berwick; 14 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; sister, Sandie Knorr and husband John, Berwick; sisters-in-law, G. “Deanie” Eroh; Mary Remley, Nancy Creveling; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Edgar “Eggie” A. Creveling on Feb. 3, 1995; sisters: Lillian (Walter) Bittner; Alice (Howard) Kemmerer; Annetta (Richard) Bankus; Ellen (Louise) DiPasquale; Anna Mary (Doyle) Eveland; Dorothy Remley; brothers: Arthur (Joyce) Remley, Richard (Jo) Remley, Terry (Mary) Remley.

A funeral service will be held at 12:30 PM on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at First United Church of Christ, 901 Third Street, Nescopeck, with her pastor, Reverend Richard Dennison officiating. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to First United Church of Christ, 801 Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

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Christine M. (Nagle) Sellers, 49, of Nescopeck passed away suddenly on Friday, November 2, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center after following an 8-month illness.

Born in Berwick on November 26, 1968, she was the daughter of Jane D. (Salem) Nagle of Berwick and the late William N. Nagle. She was a graduate of Berwick High School, class of 1987. Christine worked as a waitress for many years at Morris Family Restaurant, and most recently was employed by Aramark Food Services at Bloomsburg University.

Christine liked playing Bingo. She was an avid Dallas Cowboys football fan. She loved spending time with her family and visiting Ber-Vaughn with her grandson.

In addition to her mother, she will be greatly missed by her husband, John with whom she spent the past 18 years; daughter, Brooke Herring, Berwick; stepsons: Brett Sellers and wife Stephanie, Hobbie; Zachery Sellers and wife Sara, Evansville; Chase Sellers, Nescopeck; grandson, Draven; granddaughter, Roslyn; uncle, Robert Nagle and wife Judy, Harrisburg; several

cousins; and many friends including her best friend, Lorrie Davenport.

Besides her father, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Earl and Esther Nagle; and John and Mary Salem.

A memorial service will be held at 8:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 6:00 PM until the time of service.

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Robert E. Schultz, Jr, 54, of Berwick passed away suddenly on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at Berwick Hospital Center.

Born in Berwick on March 29, 1964, he was the son of Robert E. Schultz, Sr of Millville and Evelyn E. (Bankes) Schultz of Berwick. Rob graduated from Heritage Christian Academy and was employed at Ardgah in Bloomsburg for the past 29 years. He was a member of Local #38 UFCW Union where he was the chief steward.

Rob loved being outdoors and spent his free time camping, hunting and fishing. He was a member of North Berwick Hunting and Fishing Club. He was a NASCAR fan who rooted for Dale Earnhardt Jr. He loved drag racing in his ’83 Buick Regal, and enjoyed finding treasures with his metal detector.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife Cindy M. (Schell) Schultz with whom he spent the past 26 years; sons: Nathan Schultz and companion Cindi Rotski, Pond Hill; GySgt. Benjamin Schultz and wife Shannon, Biloxi, MS; Christopher Weaver and wife Nicole Nisson, Boise, ID; Justin Weaver and fiancé Becky Luthi, Berwick; 10 grandchildren, Nikki; Megan; Nate; Corbin; Sean; Luzeli; Soren; Siena; Logan; and Brylee. He was looking forward to the addition of 2 more grandchildren in January and March. He also leaves behind sisters, Rhonda Kishbaugh and husband Joe, Beach Haven; Elaine Derby, Berwick; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins; several aunts and uncles; and his dog, Sammy, who was “best buddy”.

He is preceded in death by a daughter, Erin Renee Schultz who passed in 2009.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Robert Hettinger officiating. Interment will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Tuesday from Noon until the service begins.

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Helene M. Lloyd, 77, of Nescopeck Township passed away at home on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 with her family by her side.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on September 22, 1941, she was a daughter of the late Bolish and Sophie (Aleski) Golembeski. She was a graduate of Hanover High School, class of 1959. Over the years, Helene held several part time jobs, but her most important position was being a devoted wife and mother. She worked hard to provide a loving home for her family.

She liked cooking and completing the tasks involved with taking care of her home, especially mowing the grass. She enjoyed knitting and working on crossword puzzles.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of over 58 years, William “Bill” Lloyd, Sr.; sons: William Lloyd, Jr of Pocono Pines; David Lloyd of White Haven; cherished grandchildren: Teela Lloyd and companion Michael Mensinger; Ashley Reimold and husband Matt; Breanne Lloyd; Holly and Heather Lloyd; David Lloyd and wife Cynthia; and 6 adored great grandchildren: Kiera, Lily and Ethan Mensinger; Maddie and Braden Reimold; and Vera Lloyd. She is also survived by her brothers-in-law: Bob and David Lloyd; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sisters: Ann Marie Paseda; and Barbara Golembeski in infancy; brothers: Bernie and Bob Golembeski; and brother-in-law, Dennis Lloyd.

A funeral will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, November 5, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow at Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick.

At her request the viewing will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Commonwealth Hospice, 109 West 9th Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Leroy A. Breach, 93, of Mifflinville passed away on October 29, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his family.

Born in Catawissa on April 27, 1925, he was the son of the late Allen Breach, Sr. and Elsie (Richards) Breach. He attended Mifflinville High School and worked at McGee Carpet Company for 43 years before retiring.

Leroy was a member of Mifflinville United Methodist Church, where he helped make Easter eggs for many years. He was a member of the American Legion Post 273, Bloomsburg. He liked to go fishing especially with his son, and occasionally hunted. He enjoyed listening to polka and country western music. Leroy had a passion for woodworking and made many crafts over the years. He helped his son with electrical work when he needed an extra hand. He loved his dog, Barney, who was always at his side.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 67 years, Elizabeth “Liz” M. (John) Breach, Mifflinville; son, John Breach, Mifflinville; grandson, Tyler Breach; sisters: Bertha Switzer, Catawissa; Janice Weaver, Sugarloaf; Carol Woodruff, Danville; Lorraine Braden, Bethlehem; many nieces and nephews, including Thelma Allen.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers: Allen “Sonny” Breach and Guy Breach; sisters: Jacqueline Traugh and Margaret Hunsinger.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Mifflinville United Methodist Church, Market Street and East 4th Street, Mifflinville, with his pastor, Reverend Dr. R. Kenneth Gunter. Interment will follow at Mifflinville Cemetery, Mifflinville. Family will receive friends from 9:30 until the time of service.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to Mifflinville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box U, Mifflinville, PA 18631.

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Bessie M. “Betty” Shaffer, 89, of Briggsville passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at home.

Born in Millville on June 8, 1929, she was a daughter of the late Charles R. and Mildred F. (Kitchen) Warner. She graduated from Nescopeck High School, class of 1947. Betty had a few part time positions over the years, but her most important job was being a devoted homemaker who worked hard to provide a warm and loving home for her husband and children.

Betty was an active member of Faith United Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nescopeck. She was a talented seamstress who made many items for her family as well as mending for others. Over the years she has made dresses for different occasions, including many wedding dresses and bride’s maids gowns as well as prom gowns. She also enjoyed reading.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence “Sonny” Shaffer, on April 29, 2007. She is also preceded by brothers: Harold; Raymond; and Jim Warner; and sisters: Joyce Remley; Dorothy Baxter; and Freda Shelhamer.

She will be greatly missed by her beloved sons: Larry Shaffer and wife Karen, Fredericksburg, VA; John Shaffer and wife Catherine, Belgrade, MT; Jim Shaffer and wife Patricia, Arlington, VA; cherished grandchildren: Vince; Gregg; Scott; Heather; Keirsten; Nathan; Jordan and Stefan Shaffer; adored great grandchildren: Rennie and Clair; Meghan; Mina and Lila; sister, Velma Benscoter, Milton; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and caretakers, Richard and Louise Whitenight.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at Faith United Evangelical Church, 801 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Mt Zion Cemetery, Briggsville. Family will receive friends at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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Stephanie Stalega, 92, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at her home.

Born in Berwick on June 4, 1926, she was the daughter of the late George and Catherine (Gerrish) Stalega. She graduated from Berwick High School, class of 1944. Stephanie was employed as an office worker at several companies including Schaefer Brewing Company in New York.

Stephanie was a devout catholic and an active member of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Berwick. She was proud of her heritage and was able to visit the Ukraine in the 70’s. She enjoyed visiting with the nuns at Fox Chase Manor in Philadelphia until she could no longer drive.

Stephanie was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by sisters: Anna Vezendy; Mary Stalega; Stella Sarabura; Katherine “Katie” Stalega; and Anastasia “Nellie” Vallino; brothers: Nick, John, Mike, Charlie, and George Stalega; nephews: Kevin Stalega; Gerald “Jerry” Vezendy; Stephen “Tip” Vezendy; and niece: Donna Tannir.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews including those who live locally: Charles “Chip” Stalega; George Stalega; Cathy D’Ambrosio; Jarrett Sitler; Michael Vezendy; and Jessica Vezendy who was also her Goddaughter.

A viewing will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, October 25, 2018 with Parastas at 7:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

A Devine Liturgy will begin at 10:00 AM on Friday, October 26, 2018 at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Church, 706 North Warren Street, Berwick with her pastor, the Reverend Roman Petryshak officiating. Anyone attending is invited to go directly to the church. Interment will follow in the Parish Cemetery.

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Robert D. Gross, 87, a resident of Smith Health Care, Mountain Top and formerly of Berwick, passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2018 under the care of Celtic Hospice at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.

Born on May 16, 1931, in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late James Gross, Sr. and Evalina (Rinehimer) Gross. He attended Dorrance Schools. Bob served honorably in the US Army during the Korean War. He worked at Sinclair Station, Berwick for many years. He was also employed at Yost Tire Company and retired from Lady Esther in 1997.

Robert attended First Reformed Church of Christ in Berwick. He was a member of the American Legion Post 273, Bloomsburg, Sylvania Lodge #354 F&AM, Shickshinny, and Runters Rod and Rest Normant Hunting Club. He was a talented woodworker. He enjoyed making ceramics and had a small shop of his own for a while.

He is survived by his sisters: Barbara Balum and husband Dana; Carol Gross; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife Miriam L. (Peters) Gross; brother, James Gross, Jr. and sister-in-law, Lois Gross.

At Bob’s request services will be private.

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Brian L. Billig, 47, of Berwick, passed away unexpectedly on October 19, 2018, at his home.

Born in Berwick on November 18, 1970, he was the son of Cathy A. (Hess) Roberts and husband Barry Galutia and the late Kimmer Bruce Billig. He graduated from Columbia Montour Vo-tech in 1989. Brian served in the the United States Air Force from 1989 to 1990. After the air force he worked at several local business including, Weis Markets, Goulds IGA, Wise Foods, and Heinz.

Brian attended Ridge Street United Methodist Church, Bloomsburg. He loved to go camping and enjoyed fishing. He was a talented artist and had a passion for graphic arts.

In addition to his mother he will be greatly missed by his sons: Ridge Billig, Bloomsburg; Niles Billig and companion Brandi, York; grandson, Jaxon; sister, Jennifer Schloyer and companion Marco, Berwick; maternal grandparents, Shirley and Don McHenry, Berwick; niece, Emilie Schloyer; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

In addition to his father he was preceded in death by his step-father, Donny Roberts, paternal grandparents, Eva and Bruce Billig and his maternal grandfather, Clayton Hess.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to the family to help defray Brian’s final expenses.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at the Ridge Street United Methodist Church, 145 Ridge Street, Bloomsburg with Pastor Virginia Bailey officiating.

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Jack L. Reese, Sr. 77, of Shickshinny, passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his family.

Born in Berwick on January 13, 1941, he was a son of the late Clarence and Rena (Fedder) Reese. Jack graduated from Northwest High School in 1960. He served honorably in the US Army from 1960 to 1963. He worked at Georgia Pacific for 22 years and retired from Rad Woodwork in Nescopeck.

Jack was a social member of the Moconaqua Sporting Club. He enjoyed sitting down to read a good book, his favorite author was Clive Cussler. He was an avid walker and walked every day, rain or shine, until his health started to decline. He liked to go on hikes with his sons and grandson. He loved to take his wife to dinner and going to Sunday breakfast at his daughter’s house. In the mornings he loved to spend time on the front porch with a warm cup of coffee and the company of friends. His family was his greatest love.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 54 years, Diane R. (Noss) Reese; children: Kelly Hardiman and husband Michael; Jack Reese, Jr.; Michael Reese and wife Aubray, all of Shickshinny; grandchildren: Courtney Jones and husband Joshua; Kylee Hazur; and Mason Reese; great granddaughter, Joslynn Jones; godson: Nicholas Wrba; sister: Madelynn Wolfe and husband Roland, Conyngham; sister-in-law, Carol Hatter, Turbotsville; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers: George “Bud” Reese, Carol Reese, William Reese, Richard “Dick” Reese and sisters: Nancy Reese, Katherine Creasy, and Peggy Ann Reese.

Family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Internment will be private at the request of the family.

The family would like to thank Karen, Heather, Carrie, and Pat from Geisinger Home Health and Hospice for all their help. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Frank M. and Dorthea Henry Cancer Center, 1000 E Mountain Blvd, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711.

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Mason L. Samsel, 92, of Berwick passed away on Monday, October 8, 2018 at Berwick Retirement Village II, under the care of Commonwealth Hospice.

Born in Berwick on October 29, 1925, he was a son of the late Adam A. and E. Blanche (Cragle) Samsel. He graduated from Berwick High School, class of 1944, and served in the US Air Force during WWII. After an honorable discharge in 1946, Mason worked as a draftsman at the Berwick AC&F. He later worked at Bill Johnson Chevrolet before becoming the sales manager at Bowman Pontiac. In 1969, he opened ML Samsel Motors which he owned for over 20 years, until his retirement.

Mason was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, Berwick. He was the supervisor for Salem Township for many years. He enjoyed hunting with his sons in his younger years. Mason was a devoted family man who spent much of his time taking care of his disabled son.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joanne (Andreas) Samsel, who passed away Oct. 7, 2014; son, Gary, April 26, 2014 and a son, Mason who died in infancy. He was also preceded by his great grandson, Derek Fiorenza; brothers, Charles “Gus” Samsel and Harvey Samsel; and sister, Phyllis Harter.

He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Christine Shaffer and husband Wayne, Nescopeck; sons: Dale Samsel, Berwick; Douglas Samsel and wife Kerry, Nescopeck; Brian Samsel and companion Rebecca Benjamin, Bloomsburg; grandchildren: Jennifer Shaffer; Andrew Shaffer; Heather Collae; Adam Samsel; Rachel Samsel-Militello; and Makenna Samsel; 11 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with his pastor, the Reverend Stephen Portner officiating. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Friends may call from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Bethany United Methodist Church, 116 Summerhill Avenue, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Sara A. “Angie” (Pfahler) Pawlowski, 71, of Nescopeck passed away suddenly on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at her home.

Born in Bloomsburg on October 26, 1946, she was a daughter of the late Dwight A. and Florence E. (Young) Pfahler. She was raised by her foster parents the late Robert and Kate Holdren. Angie attended Southern Columbia High School. She worked many jobs over the years but retired from State Farm, Nescopeck where she worked as a secretary. She also helped at Potter’s Produce.

Angie was a member of Faith United Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nescopeck. She was also a member of the Nescopeck ambulance and fire company, Nescopeck AM Vets Post 93, Slavonic Club in Berwick and a social member of the Nescopeck VFW Post 8227. She loved to take care of her grandkids and her dog, Oscar. She adored her family and valued her friends. Angie liked to cook, bake and entertain friends in her spare time. When she was younger she enjoyed gardening and going on trips.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Jimmy Yost and wife Nancy, Catawissa; Joan Yost and husband John Coleman, Bloomsburg; step son: Allan Pawlowski and fiancee Emily, Nescopeck; 5 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; brothers: Jake Pfahler and wife Dolly, Bloomsburg; Davie Pfahler, Catawissa; sisters: Dorothy Witts, Berwick; Laura Remaley, Berwick; Patsy Gipple, Berwick; Pearl Strauss, Berwick; plus many cousins, nieces and nephews, in addition to dear friends she considered to be family.

In addition to her parents and foster parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Glenn Pawlowski; granddaughter Emma; and brother, Eddie and sister, Jean.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, October 10th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, Eastern Central Division, Columbia Unit, P.O. Box 3125 Williamsport, PA 17701-0125, or to your local animal shelter.

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William Paul Kramer IV, 26, of Bloomsburg passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 4, 2018.

Born in Bloomsburg on November 29, 1991 he is the son of William P. Kramer III of Berwick and Elaine (Seigfreid) Kramer of Bloomsburg. Billy graduated from Bloomsburg High School. He joined the Job Corp in Kentucky where he earned his certification for electrical engineering and later went to New York to become a linesman. He worked for Bloomsburg Carpet for many years. He was currently employed with Schaffer Roofing.

Billy was a social member of Berwick Slavonic Club. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He liked to ride motorcycles, dirt bikes and BMX. Billy was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan.

In addition to his parents he will be greatly missed by his sister, Erica Kramer and fiancé Frank Rayne, Maryland; maternal grandparents: Howard and Judith Seigfreid, Berwick; paternal grandmother, Peggy Diehl and husband Clark, Berwick; many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, William P. Kramer, Jr. and an aunt, Donna Kramer.

Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM on Friday, October 12, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

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David J. Riffindifil, 42, of Nescopeck passed away on Sunday morning, September 30, 2018 at General Hospital, Wilkes-Barre after a 6-month illness.

Born in Berwick on May 12, 1976, he was a son of Linda K. (Force) Riffindifil of Nescopeck and the late Curtis B. Riffindifil, Jr. David completed his education in horticulture at Columbia Montour Vo-Tech School. He was employed at several local businesses over the years including Bloomsburg Agway where he worked for 6 years until it closed. He also worked briefly at Nescopeck Agway.

Davey was a member of Hidlay Lutheran Church, Bloomsburg. He loved doing many things outdoors, such as hunting, fishing, grilling and landscaping. Davey liked going to yard sales and he was an avid Dallas Cowboy’s fan. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family, friends and his dog “Angel”.

In addition to his mother he will be greatly missed by his brother, Jason Riffindifil and wife Rosemary, Berwick; sister, Tonya Riffindifil, Nescopeck; brother, Terry Riffindifil and wife Nora, Catawissa; several nieces and nephews including, Lynda; and Robert Joel; and great nephews, Jayden and Lucas. He is also survived by a daughter, Kay Riffindifil, Bloomsburg.

Besides his father he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Howard and Geraldine Force; Thelma and Leroy Drasher; Sadie and Curtis Riffindifil, Sr. and several aunts and uncles.

Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

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

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Richard D. Burd, Jr, 69, of Nescopeck passed away suddenly on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Berwick Hospital Center.

Born in Nanticoke on March 6, 1949, he was a son of the late Helen (Deno) and Richard D. Burd, Sr. He was raised in Pond Hill and was educated in the Nanticoke area. “Burdy” worked in the maintenance department at Wise Snacks in Berwick for over 50 years.

Rich was a member of Faith United Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nescopeck. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and ATV riding. He liked taking trips to the casino. His greatest love was spending time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren.

He married the love of his life, Linda M. (Stankevitch) Burd, in 1972, and in 1977 they built a house moved to Nescopeck Township where they raised their 7 children: Autumn Burd-Paden and husband Keith; Richard Burd III and companion Heather Boston; Jeremy Burd and companion Holly Whitmoyer; Arlinda McDaniel and husband Denton; Linda June Burd and companion Benjamin Reeder; Johnny Lee Burd and companion Bethany Conklin; Angelina Burd and companion Brock Gurns, all of whom still live in Nescopeck.

He was a proud grandfather of 15 grandchildren: Lacie, Gavin, Ashley, Jacqueline, Season, Dustin, Chance, Johnny Lee Jr, Trenton, Bridget, Westin, Nevaeh, Journee and Remington.

In addition to his wife, children and grandchildren, he will be greatly missed by his sisters, Eleanor Cragle, Mifflinville; Betty Shuman and husband Duane, Mainville; brothers, Elmer Burd, Pond Hill; Donnie Burd and Ronnie Burd, both of Slocum; numerous nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Brenda Zajac and brother-in-law, Charles Stankevitch and their families.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Jersey; brothers, Gary and Wayne Burd; parents-in-law, John and Monna Stankevitch; and brother-in-law, Allan Stankevitch.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third St, Nescopeck with Reverend Richard Dennison officiating. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, October 2nd from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

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Robin S. (Knecht) McClintock, 61, of Berwick went to meet her Lord on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on September 8, 1957, she was a daughter of the late Warren S. and Myrtle R. (Uplinger) Knecht. She graduated from Central Columbia High School, class of 1975. After graduation, she worked as a clerk for Ted Stuban Auctions and later, at K-Communications in Bloomsburg. In the early 80’s, she started at State Farm Insurance in Lime Ridge and Light Street, where she was employed until the office closed.

Robin was an active member of Hetlerville United Methodist Church where she played the piano and was a past treasurer. She liked cooking for her family especially at Thanksgiving. She also enjoyed baking and would always make something for the church dinners and bake sales. Robin was a talented musician and in addition to playing the piano, also played the flute. She was an avid NASCAR fan, who’s favorite driver was Dale Earnhardt Jr.

She will be greatly missed by her husband, James R. McClintock, with whom she celebrated a 38th anniversary on September 20th. She also leaves behind her sister, Bonnie Farver, Mifflinville; a nephew, Michael C. Farver, Berwick; brothers-in-law: John “Craig” McClintock and wife Arlie; Thomas McClintock and wife Edna; Jerry McClintock and wife Susan, all from Berwick; several nieces; an aunt, Dolores Gittens, Mt Top; and many cousins.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with her pastor, Rev. Dr. R. Kenneth Gunter officiating. Interment will follow in Mifflinville Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

Family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions are suggested to Hetlerville United Methodist Church, C/O Mindy Whitenight, 65 Hofnagle School Road, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

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Heather M. (Grosz) Thameem, 38, of Dorrance Township passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, September 22, 2018.

Born in Berwick on September 24, 1979 she was the daughter of Randy D. and Patricia A. (Derr) Grosz of Dorrance Township. She graduated from Crestwood High School in 1997. She attended Kings College and Luzerne County Community College for photography. Heather worked at Sears Portrait Studio and later at Lorde and Taylor.

Heather was a former member of Dorrance Township Fire Department. She enjoyed photography and was a talented artist. She liked to go hiking with her children at Rickets Glen and Hickory Run. She was a loving mother, daughter and friend.

In addition to her parents she will be greatly missed by her children: Adam Pountry and Amia Thameen; grandmother: Martha Grosz, Mountain Top; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her brothers: Adam and Joshua Grosz; paternal grandfather, Henry Grosz; maternal grandparents, Margery Youlls and Fred Derr.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Reverend Louis Aita officiating. Interment will follow in Emanuel Cemetery, Dorrance. Family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-8 PM on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.

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Joseph Hall, Sr., 75, of Shickshinny passed away Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at Berwick Hospital Center- Intensive Care Unit.

Born in Philadelphia on December 30, 1942 he was 1 of 10 children born to the late William and Margaret (Eagan) Hall. Joe attended Philadelphia Area schools. He worked for Active Auto Radiator as a truck driver for 30 years. After retiring he moved to the Shickshinny area where he has resided for the past 15 years.

Joe liked gardening and working on cars. He loved to take pictures and was known as the family’s photographer.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 49 years, Dolores M. (Wolkiewicz) Hall; children: Joseph Hall, Jr. and wife Rosemary, Shickshinny; Patricia Martinez and husband Jose, Exeter; David Hall, Sr. and wife Elizabeth, Exeter; James Hall and wife Vicky, Hanover Township; Bill Hall and wife Jennifer, Pine Grove; Jerry Hall, Shickshinny; John Hall and wife Jamey, Hanover Township; grandchildren: Theresa Lee, Joseph Hall III, William Hall, Jose Martinez, Jr., Victoria Martinez and fiancée Tony, David Hall, Jr., Branden Hall, Brianna Hall, Michael Hall, Shane Hall, Matthew Hall, Ava Hall, Tyler Nelson, Cameron Hall, Landen Hall, Quinn Hall, Jakob Hillard, Maxwell Hall, and Isabel Hall. He is also survived by sisters: Betty Haggerty, Philadelphia; Cassy Niblick, Philadelphia; brother: James Hall and wife Dr. Karen Gates, Yardly; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Jackie Hall, Chuck Hall, Bill Hall, Eddie Hall; sisters, Joan Marco, and Peggy Niblick.

Family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 PM on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

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Sharon M. Oram, 75, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at Elmcroft Assisted Living, where she had been residing for the past 6 years.

Born in Berwick on January 18, 1943, she was the daughter of the late John D. and Mary (Chomen) Oram. She completed her education at Philadelphia School for the Blind.

Sharon was an active member of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church. She was also a member of the Berwick Lions Lioness Club and attended the Association of the Blind meeting each month. She loved listening to music especially polkas and fifty’s era. She was a talented piano player and enjoyed singing. She liked playing Bingo and was a very social person who like talking to everyone she met.

She is survived by several cousins.

She will be met in heaven by her mother, Mary, who passed away in 2010, father, John, who passed away in 1974, and many aunts and uncles.

A Devine Liturgy will begin at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Church, 706 North Warren Street, Berwick with her pastor, the Reverend Roman Petryshak officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Berwick Home Health and Hospice, 109 West Nineth Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Kevin E. Hornberger, 57, of Berwick passed away suddenly on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

Born in New Jersey on January 29, 1961, he was a son of the late James I. and Jean A. (Judge) Hornberger. His family moved to the area in 1971, after which he attended Berwick Schools. He worked in the restoration industry in New York for several years. Most recently he was employed by Architectural Restoration previously Pocono Market Fair in Hazleton for 8 years.

Kevin liked being outdoors, hunting and fishing. He liked watching NASCAR and was a fan of Jimmy Spencer.

He will be greatly missed by his girlfriend of 24 years, Betty Harmon, with whom he resided; son, Christopher Hornberger, Benton; grandchildren, Hope and Shawn Hornberger; brothers: Donald Hons and wife Margie, Beaver Valley, Peter Hornberger, Berwick; sister, Lori Ann Walls and husband Wayne, Berwick; brother-in-law, Ronnie Siesputowski; and several nieces and nephews.

His father James passed away in 1996, and mother Jean in 1993. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Jackie Siesputowski in 2017.

Family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 PM on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. A celebration of life will follow at Grace Lutheran Church, 1315 Fairview Avenue, Berwick.

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Garrett Edward, Lucas Aaron, and Isaiah Wellis were all born into the loving arms of their parents on Saturday August 25th, Thursday August 30th, and Saturday September 8th respectively. Garrett, Lucas, and Isaiah all met Jesus within the same day of their birth. Although their footprint on earth was small they will forever be in the hearts of those they leave behind.

Garrett, Lucas, and Isaiah are the triplet sons of Daniel and Jennie Rhoads, Bloomsburg. The Rhoads triplets also leave behind a brother Elijah and sister Aubrey. Paternal grandparents are Bruce and Rose Rhoads, Bloomsburg as well as maternal grandparents Harry and Penny Snavely, Nescopeck. Paternal Great Grandmother Sandy Rhoads, Shippenville and maternal Great Grandfather Wellis Balliet, Nescopeck.

Private family graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Mariel M. Valeri, 91, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at her home, surrounded by her family.

Born on January 9, 1927, she was one of 12 children born to John C. and Florence M. (Ridall) Maynard. She attended Berwick High School before moving to New York at the age of 15. Mariel worked as a waitress in New York City for 20 years. She was a devoted mother and wife who worked hard to provide a loving home for her family.

Mariel enjoyed playing Bingo and visiting casinos.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dominick V. Valeri in 1988; son, John Valeri in 1999; and several sisters and brothers.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Dominick Valeri, Berwick; Dennis Valeri and wife Veronica, New York; Janet Yorks and husband Lloyd, Nescopeck; 6 grandchildren: Lisa; Michael; David; Autumn; John Peter and Alex; and 5 great grandchildren. She was looking forward to the birth of her two great-great grandchildren in January. She also leaves behind sisters: Evaline Chadwick, MI and Mary Remley, Berwick; brothers: Richard Maynard, Berwick; Carl Maynard and wife Lilian, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends on Friday, September 14, 2018 beginning at 5:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, followed by a funeral service starting at 7:00 PM.

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David B. Fetterman, 58, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Berwick Hospital Center Emergency Room, after suffering a sudden cardiac event.

Born on May 9, 1960 in Berwick he was the son of MaryEllen L. (Myers) Poust and the late David E. Fetterman. He attended Central Columbia High School. Dave owned and operated his own business, Fetterman’s Lockout Service.

Dave was a kind-hearted man who would help anyone, anywhere, and any time. He adored his grandchildren and was raising two boys, Jayden and Gage Collins. He enjoyed spending time with is family and watching TV.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, Barbara A. (Yorks) Fetterman, Berwick; longtime friend, Tammy Johns, Berwick; mother: Mary Ellen Poust and husband, Neil Poust, Berwick; children: April Fetterman, Florida; Erin Beers, Lewistown; Chad Fetterman, Lewistown; Jacob Fetterman, Berwick; Lucus Fetterman, Bloomsburg; step-children: Howard Hunter and wife Ashley, Berwick; Alicia Hunter, Berwick; Anthony Hunter, PA; Joseph Hunter, Berwick; 26 grandchildren; brothers: Tom Fetterman and wife April, Numida; Gregg Poust and wife Kim, Rhorsburg; Stephen Daily and wife Amber, Berwick; Dean Crebs and companion Sarah Hayes, Bloomsburg; sister, Lori Adams and husband Scott, Nescopeck; many nieces and nephews.

At the family’s request there will be no public services. Memorial contributions are suggested to the funeral home to help defray his final expenses.

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Larry E. Baker, 72 of Berwick passed away on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born on September 2, 1946 in Bloomsburg he was the son of the late Raymond Baker and Pearl (Whitenight) Baker. He graduated from Berwick High School in 1964 and served honorably in the United States Army from 1964 to 1968. Larry worked at Champion Valley Farms, which eventually became Del Monte, for over 30 years until he retired.

He was a former member of the Slavonic American Club, Berwick and the VFW Post 8227, Nescopeck. In the 1970’s Larry was a pitcher for the Berwick Fast Pitch Softball League. In his younger days he was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved to watch all sports, especially the Dallas Cowboys, Penn State and the Little League Baseball World Series. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren participate in their sports and activities.

He will be greatly missed by his daughters: Angelica Eckrote and husband Lyle, Berwick; Danielle Carro and husband Bryan, Berwick; Marcella Newman and husband Marc, Berwick; grandchildren: Victor, Violetta, Benjamin, Casey, Genevieve, and Lucianna.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Deborah (Moore) Baker in January 2016.

At Larry’s request there will be no viewing or public services.

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Derwood N. Karchner, 86, of Nescopeck passed away unexpectedly on September 6, 2018 at his home.

Born in Zenith on February 25, 1932 he was a son of the late Lee B. and Marjorie R. (Yost) Karchner. Derwood graduated from Nescopeck High School in 1950. He worked at Wise Potato Chips for 27 years. He worked on his family’s farm as a child and because of his love for farming, later purchased his own, where he was still completing chores even till Wednesday.

Derwood was a lifelong member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and the Farmers’ Cooperative in Hazleton. He was an avid fan of the LA Dodgers and college basketball. He also enjoyed hunting.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 62 years, Jane E. (Bahrt) Karchner; children: Debbie Karchner-Smith, Reading; Duane Karchner and wife Jill, Nescopeck; Donald Karchner and wife Linda, Nescopeck; David Karchner and wife Maureen, Lansdale; grandchildren: Shane Smith and wife Charis; Jeremy Smith and wife Tiffany, Cody Smith and wife Amy, Ashley Maurer and husband Dustin, Allison Karchner, Logan Karchner and Taylor, Laura Karchner, Levi Karchner, Brooke Karchner, David Karchner, Jr., Dana Karchner, and Brian Karchner; great-grandchildren: Natalie Smith, Brionna Smith, Elliot Smith, Adalyn Smith, Preston Smith, Parker Smith, Kira Karchner; brothers: Ray Karchner and wife Pat, Nescopeck; Earl Karchner and wife Ceola, Nescopeck; brother-in-law, Wayne Yoder; many nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, Sandy.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Shirley Yoder.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, September 10, 2018 at St James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1488 Zenith Road, Nescopeck with his pastor, the Reverend Oliver Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Family will receive friends on Sunday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

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Robert Edgar Cragle, 85, of Berwick passed away on Friday, August 31, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born on January 21, 1933, he spent his early childhood in the Nanticoke area. After his father, George E. Cragle, married Mary (East) Cragle, the family moved to the Berwick area where he continued with school. Robert served honorably in the US Army during the Korean war. He was employed at Milco for 30 years. Later, he worked for a local farm where he picked tomatoes and then retired from Berwick Weaving.

Robert enjoyed hunting, especially groundhogs, and was a gun enthusiast. He liked watching the western channel, and shopping at flea markets.

He will be greatly missed by his sons, George Gragle, St. Paul, Minnesota; Robert Cragle and wife JoAnn, Berwick; daughters, Mary Atkinson, Berwick; Phyllis Tyson and husband David, Berwick; 9 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded by his daughter, Lottie Frazzo.

A funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 2:00 PM until the time of service.

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Kelsey Lynn O’Connor of Nescopeck passed away on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia after a courageous battle with MIRAGE syndrome.

She was born in Danville on November 10, 2017, daughter of Wesley J. and Amy M. (Yoder) O’Connor. She was a beautiful baby with an incredible strength and extraordinary resilience. She was a fighter with lots of spunk and energy. Kelsey made her parents very proud by overcoming many obstacles in her short life. Her small size was part of her syndrome, but her personality spoke volumes. She was a sweet and happy girl.

In addition to her parents, Kelsey will be missed by her sisters, Caitlyn and Kiley Jo O’Connor; grandparents: Rich and Kathy Yoder, Nescopeck; James O’Connor, Jr, LA; Brooke and Matt Sehenuk, Montoursville; Kevin and Susie Mann, Montoursville; great grandparents: James and Gail O’Connor, Sr, Williamsport; Robert and Donna Wiley, Montoursville; Loretta and Charles Krewson, FL; and several aunts; uncles and cousins.

She will be welcomed into heaven by her great grandparents, Sam and Jane Yoder; Betty and Conrad Markle and Orie Mann.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at St James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1488 Zenith Road, Nescopeck with her pastor, the Reverend Oliver Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Family will receive friends on Monday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Kelsey’s name can be made to the Mirage Syndrome and Related Disorders Association, c/o Lori Dotson, 1601 Independence Way, Vista CA 92084.

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Marvin “Pete” Shelhamer, 86, of Nescopeck passed away on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at Berwick Retirement Village II under the care of a committed staff and Commonwealth Hospice.

Born on August 27, 1932, in his grandparents’ home in Nescopeck, he was the son of the late Marvin and Mary (Payne) Shelhamer. He graduated from the former Nescopeck High School, class of 1951. He served honorably in the US Army from 1953 to 1955 in Germany where he attained the rank of Sgt. Pete was employed at Zeiser Vault Company, retiring in 1997 as superintendent.

He and his wife, the former Faye Doty recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. They spent their entire married life in Nescopeck. He was a dedicated father and grandfather. Pete was a long-time member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Nescopeck. He was an avid fisherman and hunter who shared these activities with his children and later his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife Faye, he will be greatly missed by his daughter, JoAnn Johnson and husband Van, Nescopeck; sons, Mark Shelhamer and wife Kim, Cold Brook, NY; Michael Shelhamer and Alison Witkowski, Berwick. He was a devoted “Pap” to his cherished grandchildren: Christa (Johnson) Shadle and husband Gary; Jeffery Johnson; Michael Shelhamer, Jr; Marissa Shelhamer; 2nd Lt. Mark Shelhamer Jr and fiancé Mariah Malone; Katherine Shelhamer; Jack Shelhamer; and 2 adored great grandchildren, Benson and Emery Shadle.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Larry Shelhamer; and sister, Peggy Hartman.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at Wesley United Methodist Church (handicap accessible), Broad Street, Nescopeck with his pastor, Reverend Susan Knorr officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 9:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, contribution may be made in his memory to Wesley United Methodist Church.

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Anna M. (Whitmire) Smith, 77, of Berwick passed away Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Berwick Retirement Village II, surrounded by her family.

Born in Berwick on May 25, 1941 she was a daughter of the late Bruce McGraw and Leona E. Whitmire. Anna attended Berwick area schools. She married Melvin H. Smith on July 8, 1959 and together they had six children. She worked hard to provide a loving home for her family.

Anna was known to some as “Angel”, “Dimples” and “Sidekick”. She liked to cook and sew, patching up the children’s clothes as they played. She enjoyed working on puzzle books and velvet pictures as well as playing hand held games and board games, especially Slots, Yahtzee, and Connect Four. She loved angels and had a large collection of them.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Carl Smith and wife Linda, Berwick; Michael Smith and wife Tammy, Berwick; Billy Joe Smith, Berwick; Dale Smith and wife Faith, Punta Gorda, FL; Cheryl Horner and fiancé Jamie Dietterick, Berwick; Elizabeth Deer and husband Kevin, Berwick; 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin in 1994; her brother and sister-in-law, Freddrick Whitmire and Gladys Whitmire.

A graveside service will be held on September 6, 2018 at 10:00 am at Pine Grove Cemetery, Walnut Street, Berwick with Chaplin Mike Delp officiating.

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James E. Shalata, 70, of Berwick passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in New Brunswick, NJ on April 26, 1948 he was the son of the late Edward and Helen E. (Matus) Shalata. He graduated from Manville High School, NJ in 1966. After high school he went to Montclair State University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education. Jim taught Physical Education in Florida for several years before moving to Aurora, CO where he started his own trucking company, Flightline Express. He owned the business for 20 years before retiring in 2003 and moved to Pennsylvania to care for his elderly parents. While in Pennsylvania he also worked as a freight inspector for various trucking companies.

James spent some time at the Berwick YMCA. He loved to play and watch football. He was an avid Denver Broncos fan. Jim enjoyed listening to Blues music and watching TV. He liked to do home improvements around his house. He also liked to fish and in his younger days he was an avid outdoorsman.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-son, John M. Turbett.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Patricia L. “Casey” Chapple-Shalata, Berwick; sister: Linda Newport and husband Rick, Hillsborough, NJ; niece: Kimberly Zapata and companion Andy Nitkowski, Burlington, NJ; nephew: Jeffrey Vamos and wife Julie, Hillsborough, NJ; great nieces: Brittany, Stephanie, and Sydney; great nephews: Bryan and Logan; many friends and neighbors.

At the family’s request services will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, Eastern Central Division, Columbia Unit, P.O. Box 3125 Williamsport, PA 17701-0125.

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Harvey L. Hutton, Jr, 82, of Nescopeck passed away on Monday, August 20, 2018, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on August 21, 1935, he was a son of the late Berthena L. (Pursel) and Harvey L. Hutton, Sr. He was a graduate of Nescopeck High School, class of 1954. He served honorably in the Army National Guard from 1950 to 1964. In his younger years he worked at Zehner’s Farms, Nescopeck, later he worked at Wise Foods for 48 years until he retired.

Fudge was a member of First United Church of Christ, Nescopeck. He got his nickname when he played basketball in the Lutheran Church Basketball League. He scored 100 points in one game by “fudging” the ball. In addition to watching basketball, he was a Berwick Football fan. He also enjoyed mowing grass. He loved his family and spending time with his nieces and nephews, who were like children to him.

He will be greatly missed by his sister, Nancy Hutton, with whom he resided; nieces and nephews, Michael Hutton and wife Patti, Lewistown; Mark Hutton and wife Judi, Sykesville, MD; Melissa Martin and husband Don, Berwick; Marvin Hutton and wife Joyann, Bloomsburg; Michele Baran and husband John, Austin, TX; and many great and great-great nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Marvin Hutton.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with his pastor, the Reverend Richard Dennison officiating. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM on Friday, August 24, 2018 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First United Church of Christ Memorial Fund, 832 Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

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Elouise J. Klinesmith, 75, of Summerhill passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at her home.

Born in Wanamie on August 22, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Viola (Smith) Mowery. She graduated from Berwick High School and worked as a seamstress at Lady Ester in Berwick for 35 years.

Elouise loved to play Bingo, usually at the VFW in Berwick, and buying Lotto tickets. She loved animals, especially her cat “Junior”. She enjoyed working on cross-stich, doing word-search, and putting together jigsaw puzzles with her granddaughter Brandy.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her husband, David E. Klinesmith who passed away in 2011, just a month before their 50th wedding anniversary. She was also preceded by her sons, Mark Klinesmith in 2012; Matthew Klinesmith in 1987; and her brother, Fillmore Mowery.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Tammy Woodruff, Berwick; and grandchildren: Brandy Woodruff, Berwick; Tom and Michael Klinesmith, Florida.

A viewing will be held from 6:00-8:00 PM on Monday, August 20, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, Eastern Central Division, Columbia Unit P. O. Box 3125, Williamsport, PA 17701-0125.

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John R. Crispell, 70, of Nescopeck, formerly of Berwick, passed away suddenly on August 10, 2018 at his home.

Born in Berwick on August 25, 1947, he was a son of the late Irene Sophia (Felix) and John Bunting. He was a graduate of Berwick High School and served honorably in US Navy during the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1970. He was employed as a bricklayer through BAC local #5 for many years before his retirement.

John loved being outdoors, fishing, and hunting especially during archery season. He was involved with league bowling at Stanko’s in Berwick. He liked to watch NASCAR racing and was a fan of Dale Earnhardt, Sr.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Mae (Dyer) Crispell in 2004.

He will be greatly missed by his son, John R. Crispell II and companion Kristi Comstock, Wapwallopen; and grandson, Skyler Hoss Crispell. He is also survived by a sister, Tanya of New Jersey.

At John’s request, there will be no viewing or public services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Eastern Central Division, Columbia Unit P. O. Box 3125, Williamsport, PA 17701-0125.

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Keith E. Williams, 85, of Berwick passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Berwick Retirement Village, with his family by his side.

Born on September 9, 1932, he was a son of the late Ambrose H. and Lena M. (Lindenmuth) Williams. He was raised and educated in Benton. He served in the US Army during the Korean War with the military police unit and was a guard at Ft. Knox, KY. During his enlistment, he also met President Eisenhauer and was part of the lead guard for parades. After an honorable discharge, he worked at Magee Carpet in Bloomsburg. He retired from Rado Enterprises, Berwick.

Keith was a life member of the American Legion Post 273, Bloomsburg, and the VFW Post 804, Bloomsburg. He enjoyed gardening and woodworking. He liked cooking and baking and will be remembered for his delicious roast beef and gravy, macaroni salad and chocolate chip cookies. His greatest love was his family. He enjoyed spending time with them and attended many of his grandchildren’s sporting events.

He will be greatly missed by his children: Sandra Cole and husband Rodney, Berwick; Brenda Carl and husband Dale, Catawissa; Edward Williams, Bloomsburg; Linda Williams, South Carolina; Lori McCluskey, South Carolina; Renee Cooke and husband Steve, Bloomsburg; grandchildren: Heather; Janet; Marc; Lindsay; Molly; Noah; Keith; Erica and Caden; and 7 great grandchildren. He also leaves behind a brother, Dennis Williams and wife Kim, Bloomsburg; sister, Marlene Hewlett, Bloomsburg; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Sidney Williams; sisters: Brenda Williams, and Polly Pealer; grandson, Robert Cole; granddaughter, Beth Young; and great grandson, Ozten Young.

At Keith’s request, services will be private at the convenience of the family. Burial will take place in Trinity Methodist Episcopal Cemetery, Catawissa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the American Legion Post 273, 110 Juniper Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Miranda M. Weaver, 36, of Berwick passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on December 29, 1981 she was a daughter Wayne D. Gross, Sr., Berwick and Lynda M. Student, Hazleton. She attended Berwick High School. Miranda worked at the family business, Memory Lane Crafts. She was talented with making many different items which were then sold.

Miranda loved seeking out treasures from thrift stores and sales that she could repurpose or restore into a gift for a friend or loved one, she had an eye for seeing the possibilities and beauty in everything. She enjoyed the outdoors and liked to go camping and fishing. Mandy was a big music lover and had eclectic taste. Her favorite was the Grateful Dead. She loved going to concerts with her best friend. She adored her dogs, Pepper and Dexter.

In addition to her parents she will be greatly missed by her husband of 9 years, Chad Weaver, Berwick; brothers: Wayne Gross, Jr., Berwick; Christopher Gross and wife Alyssa, Berwick; sister, Cody Krotick and husband Joe, Hunlock Creek; step-brother: Cory Student, West Hazleton; step-father: Cory Student, Hazleton; Nana: Mae Balliet, Mountain Top; nephew, Evan; many aunts, uncles, nieces, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents: Richard and Mary Gross; grandfather, Thorton Balliet; uncles, Thomas Gross and Richard Gross.

A viewing will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 PM on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Epilepsy Foundation, Attn: Donor Services, Epilepsy Foundation, 8301 Professional Place East, Suite 200, Landover, MD 20785. Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia County, 37 W. Main Street, P.O. Box 126, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 or your local ASPCA.

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Kenneth W. Schalles, 72, of Hazleton, formerly of McAdoo passed away on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Berwick Retirement Village II.

Born in Hazleton on June 27, 1946, he was the son of the late Walter and Norma (Lewis) Schalles. He graduated from Hazleton High School and served honorably in the US Army from 1966 to 1968 during the Vietnam War. He was employed at IMR Digital in West Hazleton.

He will be greatly missed by his best friend, Louis Liene of Hazleton; and many cousins. He is also survived by his sister, Karen Betz and husband Gary, Florida; and a niece.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Elizabeth and Herb Lewis; paternal grandparents, Elizabeth and Henry Schalles; and several cousins.

A private graveside memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family in Skyview Memorial Cemetery, Hometown.

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Madeline “Molly” Kuchala, 90, of Berwick passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on December 16, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Alex and Susanna (Scapp) Yalch. She graduated from Berwick High School. Over the years, Molly worked at several local manufacturers including Milco Industries and Consolidated Cigar. After she retired, she worked at a crossing guard for the Berwick School District.

Molly enjoyed riding her bike, listening to opera music, and going to the casino and political rallies. She liked traveling and going to concerts on Market Street with her sister Anna Kramer. She liked watching football and golf on TV. In her younger years she attended many Berwick Football games. She loved getting together with family and friends for parties and the holidays.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John “Clay” Kuchala in 1967; and 10 siblings.

She will be greatly missed by her son, David Kuchala, with whom she resided in Drums; daughter, Suzanne Gensel and husband Roland, Berwick; 3 grandchildren: Roland Jr; Kristen and Nicholas; a brother, Joseph Yalch, Sunbury; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Maylath Hospice Chaplain, Angela Gennaria officiating. Interment will follow in Holy Annunciation Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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Renee A. Hileman, 49, of Hobbie passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Nanticoke on September 8, 1968, she was a daughter of Ruth M. (Spencer) Stout, Nescopeck and the late Ronald E. She attended Berwick High School and worked at Berwick Offray for the past 30 years.

Renee loved camping and going to the beach where she would look for seashells to add to her collection. She also liked driving her Monte Carlo and taking care of her dog “Miley”. Renee was devoted to her family, especially her children and grandson.

Renee will be greatly missed by her husband of 18 years, Haven V. Hileman, Jr; daughter, Desiree Stout-Cilente and husband Anthony, Berwick; son, Tyler Hileman, Hobbie; and grandson, Warren Cilente, who was her “pride and joy”. She also leaves behind her sister, Rhonda Scheetz and husband Kevin, Nescopeck; brother, Ronald Stout, Nescopeck; mother and father-in-law, Sylvia “Sam” and Dennis Devine; nieces; nephews; aunts; uncles; cousins; and extended family.

In addition to her father who died this past February, she was preceded in death by her brother, Kevin Stout; and father-in-law, Haven V. Hileman, Sr.

Family will receive friends on Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

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

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Deborah L. Whitenight, 61, of Berwick passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at home surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Bloomsburg on May 12, 1957 she was a daughter of the late Paul L. and Mary Kathryn (Osborne) Whitenight. Deborah attended Bloomsburg area schools. She worked at Bloomsburg Mills for 27 years and later at Wise Foods until her health began to fail.

Deborah enjoyed being outside. She liked to color with her granddaughter, as well as cook and bake cupcakes together. She loved her puppies and her kitties, they were her life.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters: Jen Fenstermacher and companion Tiffany Deitrich, Berwick; Amanda Fenstermacher and companion Diana Whitehair, Lightstreet; granddaughters: Rylie Welsh and Sara Cooper; brother: Terry Whitenight and wife Marion, Espy; sister: Tami Johnston and husband Ken, Bloomsburg; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; friends and family.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son, Christopher Whitenight.

A viewing will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the funeral home to help defray her final expenses.

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Edward W. Kishbaugh, 83 of Berwick passed away on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Berwick Retirement Village II.

Born in Nescopeck on April 29, 1935, he was the last living child of the late Sterling R. and Sarah M. (Haupt) Kishbaugh. Ed attended Nescopeck area schools. He served in the United States Army from 1958 to 1962. After an honorable discharge he worked at Berwick Forge and Fabricating until it closed, then worked at Heinz Dog Food until he retired.

Ed was a member of First United Methodist Church in Berwick. He enjoyed doing puzzle books and watching sports, especially the Phillies and Eagles. He was also an avid Berwick Bulldogs fan. He liked to listen to country music. After retirement he enjoyed traveling with his companion. He spent summer weekends attending carnivals, and always tried to make it to the Bloomsburg Fair.

He will be greatly missed by his companion of 22 years, Beverly A. Harmon, Berwick; daughters: Autumn L. Kishbaugh, Berwick; Amber L. Cashman and husband Richard, Berwick; grandchildren: Felicia Klingerman and husband Eric, York; Richard A. Cashman II and wife Anna, Berwick; Matthew Cashman, Berwick; Aaron Cashman, Berwick; and great grandchildren: Chloe Cashman and Cooper Klingerman.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Colleen N. (Horsefield) Kishbaugh on August 15, 1995; two sons, Edward W. Kishbaugh II in 1975 and Matthew Patrick Kishbaugh in 1976; sisters, Beatrice Roth, Evelyn Dawson, and Marlene Mowery; and brothers, Sterling Kishbaugh, Jr. and Harry Kishbaugh.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM on Monday at the funeral home.

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

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Leo C. Long, 74, of Berwick passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at his home, after losing his battle with cancer.

Born in Bloomsburg on November 25, 1943, he was a son of the late Carl J. and Ethel (Belles) Long. He graduated from Benton High School and served honorably in the US Army. Leo worked at Magee Carpet, the Berwick Forge and Hadden Craftsman. He retired from the Schain Building in Berwick.

Leo enjoyed hunting, camping and horseback riding. He was an avid Miami Dolphins football fan.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of nearly 54 years, Gail A. (Hack) Long; sons: Jeff Long, Berwick; Dan Long and wife Greer, Bloomsburg; and 3 grandchildren: Josey, Taylor and Morgan. He is also survived by his sisters: Beverly Long, Texas; Helen McMurtrie and husband Dave, Berwick; Joyce Sherman and husband Greg, Orangeville; brothers, Clark Long and wife Linda, Bloomsburg; Bill Long and wife Betty, Bloomsburg; Paul Long and wife Sandra; Stillwater; sister-in-laws, Jane Long, Louise Long, and Sally Long; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Fred Long; brothers: Harry Long; Dan Long; Harold “Flint” Long; and Zender “Tex” Long.

A memorial service and memorial honors will be held at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Chaplain Mike Delp will officiate. Family will receive friends from 5:00 until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Commonwealth Hospice 109 West Ninth Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Robert R. Beattie, Sr., 75, of Nescopeck passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, July 30, 2018.

Born in Paterson, NJ on March 3, 1943, he was a son of the late Robert and Marion (Wilson) Beattie. Bob graduated in 1962 from Hawthorne High School in Hawthorne, NJ. He served honorably in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Wasp, CVS-18.

After his discharge from the Navy he was a member of Fire Company No. 4 and the Wm B Mawhinney Ambulance Corp in Hawthorne. After his time there, he went on to be a police officer for the borough of Hawthorne for 25 years, retiring in 1992.

During his time as an officer he was a president of the local PBA 200 for 4 years, he was awarded a silver and gold card by the organization for his work. He was also a member of the New Jersey State Honor Legion and PBA Local 600 for retired members.

Bob was a member of the American Legion Post 199 where he was a commander for 5 years. He marched with Hawthorne Caballeros drum and bugle corps for 10 years and led the front section with the American flag onto the field. He was a current member of two Masonic lodges, Hawthorne-Fortitude Lodge 200, Ramsey, NJ and Knapp Lodge 432, Berwick.

He was a past treasurer and fire captain for the Nescopeck Township Volunteer Fire Company. Bob was also a HAM radio operator with the call sign N3VWL.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 37 years, Mary Beattie, Nescopeck; son, Robert Beattie, Jr. and wife Donna; and daughter, Barbara MacNish and husband Casey, both of Hawthorne, NJ. He had 5 grandchildren: Lauren and Alyson Christie, Olivia MacNish, Serena Peccini and Bobby Beattie. Also surviving are a sister, Cheryl DeCaterina and husband Michael, Newburgh, NY; brothers, Walter Beattie, NJ and Brian Beattie, TX.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Doug Beattie.

Bob will be remembered for the love he had for his dogs and for his willingness to help out in any way possible with the organizations he was involved with.

Family will receive friends from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM on Friday, August 3, 2018 at the Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, followed by a graveside service at Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick.

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Luther P. Fink, 87, of Berwick passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at his home.

Born at the family home on Warren Street in Berwick on December 5, 1930, he was the last living child of 9 children of the late Earl H. and Bessie A. (Kramer) Fink. He graduated from Berwick High School. As a youngster, he helped Andy Rasley in the back room of West Side Park making flyers for Bingo and other events to be held there. At sixteen he worked part time after school and Saturday mornings at Vaughn’s Bakery. Later, he worked at Olmstead Air Force Base. He also worked for PP&L, Boyles Print Shop, Nescopeck, Consolidated Cigar, Bercon Industries, and at Wise Potato Chip until he retired after 23 years in 1995.

The loves of his life were his wife, family, and his brothers and sisters and their families. He also enjoyed singing. He belonged to many choral groups starting with Lewellen’s Young Men’s Chorus, Berwick; Bloomsburg’s Town Chorus, Berwick Choral Group and Bloomsburg Bicentennial Choir for 12 years. He also sang in St Paul’s Choir for over 50 years. He loved Karaoke, singing since 2002.

In his younger days, he liked to roller skate at several local rinks, including Skate Town where he skated until he was 72 years old.

Luther was a life member of Defender Fire Company and Six County Firemen’s Association. He was a social member of the Berwick VFW and Nescopeck AmVets; a 50-year member of Moose International, now Columbia Valley PA Lodge 623. In 2014 he joined the Berwick Historical Society.

He is survived by his son, Wade Fink and wife Melissa, Nazareth; daughters: Raylene Hervet and companion Dale Houck, Berwick; Lynette Dozier and husband Tony, Highspire; Alicia Williams and companion Mike Kline, Shickshinny; and; 11 grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Diane M. (Smith) Fink; brothers: Ralph, Edward, Earl, and Kenneth; and sisters: Margaret, Elva, Gertrude and Roxanne.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Reverend Ralph Hartenbach officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends on Wednesday morning from 11:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1000 Orange Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Marlene M. (Kishbaugh) Mowery, 81, of Nescopeck Township passed away on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Geisinger Bloomsburg Healthcare where she was a guest for the past 3 years.

Born in Berwick on December 3, 1936, she was a daughter of the late Sterling R. and Sarah M. (Haupt) Kishbaugh. She attended Nescopeck schools. Marlene worked hard to provide a loving home for her husband and children.

She was a former member of Mt Zion Union Church in Briggsville. She loved playing BINGO and working on word search puzzles. She liked taking care of her cats. For many years, she husked and tied Indian corn for Briggs Farm.

She was preceded in death by her husband Herbert I. Mowery in 2003; sisters, Beatrice Roth and Evelyn Dawson; and brothers, Sterling Kishbaugh Jr and Harry D. Kishbaugh.

She will be greatly missed by her loving children: Alan Mowery and companion Evelyn Price, Nescopeck; Brenda Crowley and husband Matthew, Washingtonville; Terry Mowery, Nescopeck; Lori George and husband Joseph, Berwick; 8 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; brother, Edward Kishbaugh, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 in Elan Memorial Park, Old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg.

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William Lee Houck, 43, of Berwick passed away on July 12, 2018.

Born in Berwick on June 18, 1975, he was the son of Graydon R. Houck of Berwick and the late Diane Marie (Hare) Houck. He was a graduate of Columbia Montour Vo-Tech School, Bloomsburg. Bill was a welder by trade and most recently worked in York, PA.

Bill was a talented guitar player. He enjoyed being outdoors, riding motorcycles, mountain biking, cliff jumping, swimming, camping and hiking. He also liked lifting weights and working out at the gym.

In addition to his father, he will be missed by his son, Kristian Houck, Colorado; daughter, Angelica Houck, Colorado; brother, Shawn Houck and wife Laura, Benton; niece, Mya; nephew Coye; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Besides his mother, he was preceded in death by grandparents.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 12:30 on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick.

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Thomas M. Harvey, 49, of Berwick passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at his home.

Born in Berwick on September 3, 1968, he was the son of Anna Mae (Williams) Harvey of Berwick and the late Cledith S. Harvey. He attended Berwick High School. He was employed at several area businesses including the Berwick Lighting, Tom’s Kitchen in Catawissa and most recently Berwick Offray.

Tom was affiliated with Grace Lutheran Church, Berwick. He enjoyed shoveling snow and mowing grass. Many people knew him from driving his lawn mower around Berwick. He was a hard worker and a very giving person.

In addition to his mother, he will be greatly missed by his brothers, David Williams Sr, Berwick; Claude Harvey and companion Anna Anderson, Mocanaqua; Eric Harvey and companion Deb Featherman, Berwick; sisters, Susan Harvey and companion Donny Fowler, Berwick; Sharlynn Babb and husband Bobby, Berwick; Tina Drake and husband William, Plains; 22 nieces and nephews; 35 great nieces and nephews; 3 great-great nieces and nephews.

Besides his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents and uncles.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1905 Spring Garden Avenue, Berwick on Saturday, August 4, 2018 starting at Noon.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to family or mailed to Eric Harvey at 1905 Spring Garden Avenue, Berwick, PA 18603 to help with Tom’s final expenses.

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Kenneth J. Green, 55, of Bloomsburg passed away on Monday, July 23, 2018 at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital, surrounded by family.

Born in Ashtabula, OH on February 17, 1963, he was a son of Donna R. (Wagner) Anderson, Nescopeck and the late Homer K. Green. Ken was raised and educated in Ashtabula before moving to Pennsylvania. Locally he worked at the Big Heart Pet Brands/J. M. Smucker Company until his health began to fail.

He was a member of the Slavonic American Club, American Legion Riders and American Legion Post 273 Bloomsburg. Ken had a passion for riding his Harley and working on bikes in his best friend, Gardner’s, garage. He was a talented guitar player who had a great sense of humor and made people laugh by changing the lyrics to classic songs. He loved spending time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, Jacqueline D. (Geines) Green, with whom he shared 28 years; children: Jesse Green; Felicia Foster; and Christopher K. Wiber; grandchildren: Kaydence and Colson. He is also survived by his step mother, Kay Green; sisters: Cindy Green; Kellie Green; Amy Stevens; Sally Lemon; Julie Shetler; Lisa Ohl; Lori Anderson; Heidi Morris; numerous nieces and nephews; and best friend and brother, I. Ken Gardner and wife Melissa Gardner.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his step mother, Vivian Green; sister, Jamie Sue Anderson; grandparents: Homer J. and Sara I. Green; and Donald and Ruth Wagner.

A viewing will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, followed by a funeral service at 7:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Ken’s favorite charity: Development Office, Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center — Lexington, 110 Conn Terrace, Lexington, KY 40508, or at www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.

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Patricia M. Brown, 62, of Slocum Township passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley, with her family by her side.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on April 18, 1956 she was a daughter of the late Anthony A. and Julia (Kutzmonich) Kamionka. Pat graduated from Crestwood High School in 1974. She worked at Gem Pack for 18 years until her health started to fail.

Pat was a member of Faith United Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nescopeck. She liked to crochet, bake cookies and making food for others. Pat’s dream was to beat her illness so that she could counsel others in their battle.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 40 years, Richard H. Brown, Wapwallopen; sister, Julie Hart, Hobbie; niece, Valerie Palmer and husband Jason; nephew, J.J. Simmons and wife Laura; aunt, Anna Kamionka, Kingston; and numerous cousins.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Michael Kamionka.

Family will receive friends from 6:00-9:00 PM on Friday, July 27, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Faith United Church, 801 East Third Street, Nescopeck with her pastor, the Rev. Jessica Kingsborough officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, Eastern Central Division, Columbia Unit P. O. Box 3125, Williamsport, PA 17701-0125.

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Bonita M. “Bonnie” (Kemper) Klatt, 74, of Berwick passed away on Friday, July 20, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Slocum Township on September 18, 1943, she was a daughter of the late Leonard W. and Jean A. (Thomas) Kemper. She attended Nescopeck High School and worked for several years as a seamstress. She later earned her certification as a Nurse Assistant. She worked in Delaware as a home health aide and prior to retiring, at Berwick Retirement Village.

Bonnie attended Shiloh Bible Church, Almedia. She enjoyed craft building and working on puzzles. She had a passion for sewing and made many items including, clothes and wedding gowns to curtains and tablecloths.

She will be greatly missed by her loving daughters: Wendy L. Thomas, Palm Bay, FL; Gail Titus and husband Bert, Berwick; Lynn Traver and husband Daniel, Berwick; daughter-in-law, Jerri Brennan, Rochester, NY; 13 cherished grandchildren: Patrick and fiancé Tiffany; Anthony; J.C.; Fawn; Destiny and wife Kim; Desiree; Brianna; Shay; Felicia; Chelsea and husband Shane; Clifford and wife Cassidy; Teena and husband Noah; and Jessica; 30 adored great grandchildren: Alexis; Jenna; Steven; Shelby; Gabby; Whaylon; J.J.; Layla; Tehya; Corbyn; Dylan; Kendra; Kayleigh; Desiree; Elle; Bella; Cali; Jacob; Leann; Shane Jr; Dakota; Jazzmyne; Riley; Kayden; Kaiya; Kendall; Kailee; Gabriella; Ryleigh; and Lucy. She also leaves behind her brothers: Edward W. Kemper and wife Peg, Port St Lucy, FL; David F. Kemper and wife Rosemary, Berwick; John W. Kemper and wife Loretta, Berwick; sisters: Susan E. Fifield and husband David, Berwick; Kathleen J. Diehl and husband Brian, Ashford, AL; and numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sons: John S. Thomas and Scott M. Thomas; great grandson, Zander; and brothers: Roland D. Kemper and Lenord J. Kemper.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 6:00 PM on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at the American Ukrainian Citizens Club, 1222 Freas Ave, Berwick.

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Linda Lee Green, 75, of Berwick passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at Berwick Hospital Center with her family at her side.

Born in Passaic, NJ on January 9, 1943, she was a daughter of the late John J. and Jean (Rostkowski) Pereviznick. She graduated from Clifton High School in New Jersey, class of 1960. After moving to Pennsylvania, Linda worked for many years at Wise Potato Chips before she retired.

Linda enjoyed reading, she could often be found with a book, the newspaper or one of her favorite magazines. She also like watching sports, her favorite teams were the New York Mets and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Linda was very family oriented, she loved spending time with them, especially her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Kelly Oliveri of Berwick; son-in-law, Mike Mariano, Williamsport; grandchildren, Eric Oliveri and wife Erica; Carissa Oliveri; Megan Oliveri; and Austyn Mariano. She also leaves behind a brother, Jack Pereviznick, Tannersville, NY; sister, Lois Wade and husband Kevin, Clifton, NJ; nephew and nieces, Adam Wade; Erin Wade; Mary Jean Tracy and great niece, Kiley Kosmider.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son Robert J. Green Jr on Sept. 14, 2012; and daughter, Tracy M. Mariano on Sept. 11, 2011.

Family will receive friends starting at 11:00 on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, followed by a memorial service at 12:00 Noon with Pastor James Stanley officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to McBride Memorial Library, 500 N. Market St, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Alma M. Wright, 84, of Nescopeck passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at Berwick Retirement Village II.

Born in Berwick on October 29, 1933 she was a daughter of the late Preston N. Sr and Thelma (Keller) Fish. She attended North Centre schools. Alma worked at Milco Industries for 20 years before retiring and then worked for Dalo’s Bakery.

She was a member of the First United Church of Christ. Alma enjoyed singing in the choir and she belonged to the Ladies Aid. She was very devoted to the elderly and loved to baby sit her grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Linda Rupp and husband David, Nescopeck; Jean Hoyle and husband, Allan, Mifflinville; son, Richard Wright wife Kathy, Nescopeck; 15 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren; brothers, Lawrence Fish, Beach Haven and Graydon Fish, Orangeville.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Fred in 1979; son, Dan Wright; brothers, Preston Fish Jr, Russel Fish and Leon Fish; sisters, Irene Yoder, Helen Mensinger and Elaine Salter.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at the First United Church of Christ, 901 East Third Street, Nescopeck with her pastor, Reverend Richard Dennison officiating. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the First United Church of Christ.

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Joyce M. Kester, 81, of Berwick passed away on Monday, July 16, 2018 at Bonham Nursing Home in Stillwater.

Born in Berwick on May 23, 1937 she was a daughter of the late Hurley Sr. and Cathrine (Shepard) McAllister. Joyce graduated from Berwick High School in 1955. She worked at several local businesses including, Consolidated Cigar Factory, and Sutters Hardware until it closed.

Joyce was a former member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. She liked driving, going shopping and out to eat with friends. She enjoyed going on trips to the beach and to the family lake house. She dearly loved being with her grandsons and was very family oriented. Her family and friends considered her to be a kind, caring, and thoughtful mother, grandmother, and friend.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 55 years, Paul J. Kester, Berwick; daughter Paulette Percey and husband James “Jake”, Effort; grandsons, Jacob and Brandon Percey; brother-in-law, Richard Good, Sr.; nieces and nephews, Rich Good and wife Sharon; and Melanie, Mike and Mary McAllister.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Good; and brothers, Harold McAllister and Hurley McAllister, Jr.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 20, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Bonham Nursing Home Activities Fund, 477 Bonnieville Road, Stillwater, PA 17878.

Joyce’s family would like to thank Bonham’s North Wing nursing staff, and the nurse aides for the kind and loving care they gave, the activities directors for their help and loving support, and Geisinger Hospice for all the assistance they provided.

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Christopher J. DeLuca, 35, of Berwick passed away on Monday, July 9, 2018 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, where he was a patient since Friday.

Born on October 7, 1982 in Trenton, NJ he was a son of Marie (Deluca) and husband Robert Bogusch, Sr of Berwick. Christopher attended high school in Carteret, NJ. He worked at several different business over the years, including Men’s Warehouse in Wilkes-Barre.

Christopher liked watching football and was an avid New York Giants fan. He enjoyed playing chess and playing cards with his family and friends family. Occasionally, he liked to go fishing.

In addition to his parents, he will be greatly missed by his brother, Robert Bugasch, Jr. and wife Brieann, Nescopeck; sisters, Maria Bugasch, Philadelphia; Lisa Bugasch, Philadelphia; niece and nephew, Kylie and Colin; uncles, Bill DeLuca and Louis DeLuca; several cousins and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Luigi and Ann DeLuca.

Family will receive friends starting at 5:00 PM on Monday, July 16, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck followed by a memorial service at 7:00 PM.

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Cindy J. Mott, 61, of Nescopeck passed away on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family, after losing her battle with cancer.

Born in Berwick on January 9, 1957, she was the daughter of Barbara (Hartman) Plish of Berwick and the late Joseph Plish, Sr. She attended Berwick High School. Cindy was employed at First Keystone Community Bank, Berwick for 18 years.

Cindy loved spending time with her family, especially her son, nieces and great nieces. Aside from family time, she enjoyed going to beach.

She will be greatly missed by her son, Timothy Bogart; and his father, Paul Bogart; sisters, Susan Clark and husband Phillip; Mary Baylor and husband Steve, Berwick; brother, Joseph Plish, Berwick; several nieces and nephews; and friend and caregiver, Wendy Bonsall.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Mott in 2013.

Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM on Friday, July 13, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. A graveside service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, July 14, 2018 in Pine Grove Cemetery, Walnut Street, Berwick.

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Coramay (Harker) Benjamin of Nuremberg passed away on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born on December 8, 1934, she was a daughter of the late Harold D. and Margaret L. (Sherman) Harker. She attended school in Florida and Nuremberg, PA. Coramay was a “jack of all trades…” over the years she worked in many different positions including roofing, painting, and construction, housekeeping, and waitressing. She was also employed at a sewing factory in Nuremburg and at the Berwick Cannery. She was a hard-worker, who did what was necessary to make ends meet.

Coramay had a deep faith in God. She attended several different churches, most recently Nuremburg United Methodist Church. She enjoyed going to Tower’s in Fern Glen where she would sit and play the poker machine.

She is survived by her son, David Benjamin, Sr, Zion Grove; grandchildren: David Benjamin, Jr, Sugarloaf and Theresa Grohman, North Carolina; great grandchildren: Ryan, Mitchell, Rebecca, Julia and Hunter; former daughter-in-law, Jeanette Benjamin; brother, Walter Harker; and many nieces and nephews. She often said, her grandchildren were her heart.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers: Henry; Raynor; Jerry; and Richard Harker; and sisters: Violet Michael; Margaret Lutz; and Judy Harker.

At her request there will be no services.

If you knew her, remember her as she was, and follow her lead by doing a good deed for someone in need. If you were going to send flowers, please make memorial contribution to a local charity of your choice instead.

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Bette L. (Toth) Walck, 86, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday evening, July 3, 2018 at home surrounded by her family.

Born in Berwick on September 10, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Teresa (Sabo) Toth. She attended school in Chester and Berwick. Throughout the years, Bette worked at several local businesses, including Milco, Fulton Lamp, Berwick Ribbon Factory and Berwick Shirt Factory.

Bette was an active member of St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church, Berwick, where she sang with the funeral choir, was a member and held various positions on the women’s council, and volunteered in many ways including, helping with the fish fries and cleaning the church. She was also a former member of the Berwick Moose Lodge. She was very social and enjoyed being around people, many people knew if you needed something “you could count on Bette”. She liked to go shopping and playing BINGO, reading, crocheting and working on word puzzles.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 67 years, Howard “Jake” Walck, Jr; daughter, Susan Boone and husband, Elwood, Berwick; son, Dennis Walck and wife Mary, Berwick; cherished grandchildren, Jason Boone and wife Deanna; Megan Williams and husband Kody; and 5 adored great grandchildren. She was looking forward to the birth of another great grandson in August. She also leaves behind her sisters-in-law, Lorraine Hoffman and Ruth Stein; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Edward at birth; and brother, Louis “Lucky” Toth.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, July 9, 2018 at St. Mary’s Church, 1730 Fowler Ave, Berwick, with her pastor, Very Reverend Francis J. Tamburro, VF officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends at the church starting at 10:00 AM. A prayer service will begin at 10:45.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory are suggest to Holy Family School, 728 South Washington Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Emma Carol (Woodson) Lawall, 95, of Pond Hill passed away on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at Mountain Top Senior Care where she was a guest for past 6 months.

Born in Pulaski County, KY, she was a daughter of the late John D. and Grace (Abbott) Woodson. She graduated from Shopville High School in Pulaski County, Kentucky. During WWII, Carol welded firewalls for Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach, CA. She met M. Edward Lawall while he was stationed at Ft Knox, KY. They were married in 1943, and after the war ended, they moved to Pennsylvania and settled on the family farm where they raised dairy cattle and other livestock. Along with her farm work, Carol was a loving wife and mother, raising 3 children and 6 foster children, and gracefully fulfilling the duties of providing a caring home for her family.

Carol was a member of St. Mark’s United Church of Christ, Pond Hill, where she was a Sunday School superintendent and teacher, and a member of the Ladies Aide. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Carol liked gardening, both vegetables and flowers. She liked feeding the birds. She enjoyed cooking and canning and would often have people call her for recipes and tips. She like catching up with friends and neighbors through phone calls and loved spending time with her family, especially her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Mary Grace Gambone, Pond Hill; John E Lawall and wife Denise, Pond Hill; Joseph M Lawall, Pond Hill; Karen Cragle, Berwick; Charles Cartwright, NC; Brian Crane and wife Lorna, England; Debra Bray and husband Keith, NC; Darin Crane and wife Melanie, Pittsburgh; Cindy Daum and husband Harold, Berwick; 17 grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren. She also leaves behind a sister, Hila Williams, Scranton; brothers, Ronald Woodson and wife Maryann, Somerset, KY; Creston Woodson and wife Pat, Houston, TX; and numerous nieces; nephews; and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward in 1999; sisters, Virginia Harman and Joyce Broughton; brothers, John D; Howard, Joe, Curtis and Edwin Woodson.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at St. Mark’s UCC, 285 Pond Hill Mountain Road, Wapwallopen. Interment will follow in Pond Hill Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5:00-9:00 PM on Friday at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Marks United Church of Christ.

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Ulderico Margani, 76, of Berwick passed away on Friday, June 29, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Balsorano, Italy on July 17, 1941, he was a son of the late Raffaele and Santa Margani. He was raised and educated in Rome and served in the Italian Army from 1962 to 1964. Rico was a talented painter who sold many of his paintings at exhibits in Italy. After moving to the United States in the 1970’s, he worked at National Select Weaving, and most recently, as a mason for Slusser Brothers for many years.

Rico enjoyed being outdoors where he found inspiration for most of his paintings. He like fishing and, in his younger years, hunting. He loved spending time in his garden. He also enjoyed wood carving as a way to express his talents.

He will be greatly missed by his loving companion of 42 years, Linda Herring, with whom he resided; son, Ulderico “Rico” Margani, Jr and wife Robyn, Berwick; Linda’s daughters, Jolinda Bitler and Angela Boone, both of Berwick; grandchildren: Desiree, Isabella, Tyler, Michael, Aimee, Jordan, and Laynee; great granddaughter, Aaliyah; sisters: Giuseppina Margani-Troiani, Berwick; Rita Margani, Rome, Italy; brothers: Domenico Margani and wife Vencenza, Rome; Giovanni Marganni, Rome; Antonio Margani and wife Filomena, Rome; and many nieces and nephews.

Rico was a reserved and modest person. In keeping with his wishes, his funeral services will be held privately on Tuesday. His burial will take place in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick.

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Dorothy M. Kemmerer, 96, of Berwick went home to be with the Lord on Friday, June 22, 2018 at Sunset Ridge Nursing Home where she was residing.

Born on May 29, 1922 in Beach Haven she was the daughter of the late Arden and Jennie (Long) Phillips. Dorothy met Raymond Kemmerer and they married on June 20, 1942. They had three children together. She worked hard to provide a loving home for her husband and children.

She was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Lightstreet. Dorothy enjoyed cooking and baking. She liked to spend her free time playing cards and games.

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

She will be greatly missed by her children: Terry Kemmerer and wife Mary Ann, Bloomsburg; Robert Kemmerer and wife Sandy, Florida; Beth Ann Goetz and husband Donald, Berwick; grandchildren: Bryan Kemmerer and companion Tracy, Florida; Scott Kemmerer and wife Mary, Kentucky; Larry Kemmerer and wife Susan, Bloomsburg; Rick Kemmerer, Massachusetts; Alan Kemmerer and wife Mindy, Berwick; Matthew Goetz and wife Kim, New Jersey; Cory Goetz and wife Laura, Hershey; 9 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; brother, Ronald Phillips and wife Barbara, Nevada; numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with pastor Ryan Reigh officiating. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in Berwick.

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Rebecca Jane Paisley (formerly Stout), 74, of Ruckle Hill, Wapwallopen, died Saturday, April 16, 2018 at Wilkes-Barre General hospital surrounded by her family.

She was born August 3, 1943, in Berwick and was the daughter of the late Elizabeth Jane Stout (formerly Turner) and John Slusser. She was later adopted by her step-father, Eugene Stout, whom she adored.

Becky retired from Berwick Hospital Center where she was a switchboard operator. She had previously worked as a nurse aid in several different hospitals. One of her earliest jobs was at Berwick Shirt, where she met the late Carl Paisley. They were married on May 8, 1965.

Becky loved children and had three daughters with Carl, who passed away in 2012. She was self-sacrificing and spent countless hours chauffeuring the youngest daughter in particular to extracurricular lessons, practices and rehearsals. Although it was an exhausting period of time driving between Wapwallopen, Nanticoke and Forty Fort, she often recalled that period as the happiest in her life. She was a generous person who enjoyed helping other people.

Becky is survived by her daughters and grandchildren: Heather Yakabovic, Wapwallopen, and her children: Christian, Michael, Cali, Aden and Zane; TyLean Polley, Lochcarron, Scotland, and her children: Silas and Viggo. Becky is also survived by five sisters and three brothers: Gail, Philadelphia; Judy Sweeny, Nescopeck; Starlet Hess, Nescopeck; Bill Stout, Nescopeck; Ernie Stout, Moncks Corner, SC; Tina Burt, Nescopeck; Mark Stout, Nescopeck; and Margie Kline, Benton.

A viewing will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at Heller's Funeral Home, Nescopeck, followed by a funeral service at 3:30 p.m., with Pastor Scott Lyons of Stillwater Christian Church, officiating. She will be laid to rest in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Nescopeck.

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David "Dave, Davey, Mugsy, Bruno" Lee Burger passed away June 16, 2018 in Geisinger Danville. He would have turned 63 on Sunday, June 17, his birthday and Father's Day.

He was born in Hazleton to parents, Russell and Mary (Kamerzel) Burger, who have predeceased him. Also preceding in death were his sister, Jane Hardy and niece, Jamie Burger and unborn son, Carter.

He is survived by wife of 43 years, Carol (Baer), daughters Jessica Shudak and husband, Eric; and Crystal Mickalowski and husband, Ron. He has four grandchildren, of whom he adored, Ethan Shudak, Tiara, Joscelyn and Gabriel Mickalowski. Surviving siblings are: Sandy Donnell, Donald Burger and Daniel Burger.

Dave grew up in Sugarloaf and attended West Hazleton high school graduating in 1973. He was a hard-working man who was employed at various companies including: Valley Seeding, Naugle Lumberyard, Strick, Schuylkill Energy, and Haddon Craftsman.

He was a lifetime member of the Conyngham Sportsman's Club, NRA, Whitetails Unlimited, and North American Hunting Club. His true passions were hunting, fishing, and being in the outdoors. He loved going to the casino and scratch off lottery tickets. He was the life of the party sharing stories that would either make you laugh, cry or shake your head in disbelief.

He was loved by many and always knew how to "pull your trigger". Rest in peace Dad! You can now breathe and walk freely!

My dad was a big man full of fun and laughter,

He played jokes on his fellow sportsmen

And to him it did not matter.

Education he had not,

But what he learned in life's lessons he never forgot.

He always had a story to tell,

And for this we all will remember him well.

Per his final wishes,

He wants to be remembered as

"Being a pain in the balls with a heart of gold."

Dave wanted a viewing and then to be cremated with a private ceremony at a later time. We are honoring his request on Tuesday, June 19 between 5-8 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third St, Nescopeck.

In lieu of flowers, please make monetary donations to the funeral home in his name to help defray the cost of funeral expenses.

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Eugene “Joe” Holmes, 58, of Berwick passed away suddenly on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at Berwick Hospital Center.

Born on November 3, 1959, he was a son of the late Patricia A. Miller and Eugene J. Holmes. He was raised and educated in the Philadelphia area, and attended trade school for auto detailing. Joe was employed in general contracting and roofing in Philadelphia for many years. After moving to Berwick, “Gene” worked for Wise Foods.

He enjoyed auto detailing, cooking and Judo in his younger years. He loved his family, especially his children and grandchildren. He was a great big brother, helping to raise 5 siblings. His caring nature followed through and showed in the way he cared for his special needs stepdaughter, never shying away from any of the responsibility.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife Evelyn J. (Davis) Holmes, with whom he spent the last 13 years, and married to for the past 5; daughters: Nichole Gulledge; Diana Ritchie and Renee Holmes; Randolph Davis and Shawna Marie Holloway; 9 cherished grandchildren. He also leaves behind his step dad, John Williams, with whom he had a close relationship; sisters: Rebecca Holmes and companion Charles; Cheryl Fegley and husband Steve; and Patty Cress; and many nieces and nephews who adored him.

He was preceded by a brother, Robert Holmes and sister, Rachel Williams.

Family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7368 School House Road, Berwick. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 PM followed by fellowship and sharing.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to UCP Central PA, Attn: Community Relations, 55 Utley Drive, Camp Hill, PA 17011.

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Daniel A. Garrison, 66, of Briar Creek passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at his home.

Born in Sayre, PA on January 11, 1952, he was a son of the late George D. and Betty E. (Walp) Garrison. He was a graduate of Berwick High School and attended Williamsport Area Community College. He served in the US Army from 1972 to 1975 during the Viet Nam War. After an honorable discharge, he was employed at Berwick Forge and Fabricating. In 1993, Dan, his wife Linda, and friend Bart Fisher purchased an ice cream truck called the B and D Fun Wagon, which they ran for two years. Later, he worked for Carrols Corporation which became Burger King. After 35 years, he left to pursue his job as an independent contractor for Mutual Inspections Bureau.

Dan attended First Reformed United Church of Christ. He was a member of the Rotary Club in Berwick, a life member the American Legion Post 495, Shickshinny. He liked golfing and was a member of Arnold’s Golf Course, Mifflinville. He loved being outdoors, hunting, fishing, trapshooting and boating. He was a member of SASS, the Nescopeck Hunting and Rifle Club, and a life member of the NRA. He liked traveling and in his younger years spent many hours motorcycle riding. He enjoyed playing guitar and singing to friends and family. His greatest delight was spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 47 years, Linda M. (Shoemaker) Garrison; sons: Hons Garrison and wife Brenda, Nescopeck; George “Jared” Garrsion, Bloomsburg; daughter, Amber Garrison; grandchildren: Ashlee Garrison and fiancé Justin Deska; Derek Garrison; great grandchildren: Ava Garrison and Cameron Lewis. He also leaves behind a brother, George “Dave” Garrison, Berwick; sister, Lynn Moyer and husband Fred, Berwick; several nieces and nephews, cousins and extended family.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Reverend Chad Hebrink officiating. Burial will take place in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick, with military honors. Family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

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

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Harold O. Chapin, 98, passed away peacefully on June 11, 2018, under the care of Berwick Retirement Village.

Born on March 22, 1920, he was the fourth of ten children born to the late Fred Sr. and Mabel (Andress) Chapin of Wapwallopen. He was raised and attended school in Pond Hill and later in Nescopeck. He helped on the family farm and then worked for his Uncle Robert Chapin on his farm. He later started work for the WPA, setting concrete forms on the turnpike near the Lehigh Tunnel. He eventually made his way to work on the roads near Punxsutawney, where he met his future wife, Roberta, or as most knew her “Bobbie”. He married her in 1942, and they were married 53 years until her death.

He also worked at the AC&F in Berwick, farmed his own acreage near Briggsville, and worked for his Uncle Forrest Chapin hauling coal. He later worked for his cousin John Chapin cleaning and installing oil furnaces and delivering fuel for Chapin Oil Service. He retired from there in 1982.

Harold was an insurance agent for the Tuscarora Wayne Mutual Insurance Company and was a sitting board member and Vice -Chairman there until he retired from the position in 2010.

Throughout his life, Harold served as an Elder, Deacon, Sunday School Superintendent, and Nescopeck School Board Director. He was a member of the Odd Fellows.

He loved to travel and had visited Florida, Alaska, Panama, Australia, and many other places.

Mr. Chapin was preceded in death by his parents and loving wife, as well as 3 sisters: Harriet Chapin (during childhood); Edna Wenner; and Edith Seigfreid, and 3 brothers: Howard; Fred Jr; and Richard Chapin.

He is survived by his six children and their spouses: Marion Rinehimer wife of Harold, rural Nescopeck with whom her father resided for 23 years; Woodrow Chapin and his wife Kate of Oregon; Curt Chapin and his wife Roberta, rural Nescopeck; Dennis Chapin and his wife Linda of Berwick; Beverly Edwards and her husband Don of rural Berwick; Edward Chapin and his wife Toni of rural Nescopeck; 15 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Beatrice Miller, Zenith; brothers, Ralph Chapin of Denver, PA; Larry Chapin of Wapwallopen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A viewing will be held from 10:00 AM till 11:00 AM on Friday, June 15, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, followed by a funeral service.

He will be laid to rest next to his wife at Mt Zion United Church of Christ, Briggsville, where he was a member for many years.

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Jeremy H. Creasy, 27, passed away on Friday, June 8, 2018 at Berwick Hospital Center after losing his battle with addiction.

Born in Danville on July 1, 1990, he was a son of John P. and Michelle A. (Waters) Creasy of Berwick and Brenda K. (Shultz) and Shawn Titus of Shickshinny. He graduated from Central Columbia High School in 2008. He had several jobs over the years, but most recently, he worked at North Mountain Modular and Steinruck Family Construction.

Jeremy was a Christian, and most recently attended Radiant Light Assembly of God Church, Muncy. He was a very talented musician. He loved being outdoors, fishing with his dad, hunting with his stepdad and all his family members, riding ATV’s and building and enjoying campfires. Jeremy was a Raiders football fan, Orioles baseball fan and an avid “Sixers” basketball fan.

The family would like people to remember Jeremy as the man he truly was: funny, a jokester and prankster, very intelligent, good-looking, fun-loving, compassionate, willing to help anyone, willing to give the shirt off his own back, always wanting to cheer people up and the life of every room he stepped into.

In addition to his parents, he will be greatly missed by his sisters and brothers: Chandra Schartzer and fiancé Aaron Parsons, Nescopeck; PFC Dalton Schartzer, Ft Bragg; Alyssa Titus, Kara Titus and Shawn Hunter Titus, Shickshinny; and Gavin Creasy, Berwick; nieces, Lennox and Madeline; grandparents: Sandy Cornwall, Nescopeck; Hank and Cherriden Vanderveen, NC; William W and Bonnie Titus Jr, Dallas; Richard and Linda Kile, Catawissa; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charles and Donna Creasy; Richard Cornwall; and Howard and Sandra Shultz.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Adam Barnes officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 10:00 until the time of service.

It takes an entire community to battle addiction. Get involved; do everything within your power to provide help. Children, there are people who love you with all that they have and no matter what you do, don't be too afraid, too ashamed, too scared, too anything to ask for help. Parents, pay close attention to your children and the world that revolves around them, "even when the surface of the water seems calm, it may be turbulent just beneath."

To Jeremy and all those that have traveled the rigid trail of addiction but could not make it through, you are loved always and never forgotten.

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Jeffery A. Stout, Sr., 66, of Council Cup passed away on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at his home, surrounded by family.

Born in Berwick on April 7, 1952, he was a son of the late Margaret P. (Turner) and Richard F. Stout, Sr. He attended Nescopeck School. In his younger years, he was employed as a crane operator for the Berwick AC&F. Later, he worked at Tuzzi’s Bakery. In the early 80’s he started at Asplundh where he was a tree trimmer until retiring in 2004.

Jeff was a member of the VFW Post 8227, Nescopeck. He played pool in the American Poolplayers Association and also like to play golf. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and camping. Jeff like watching football and was an avid 49ers fan.

He will be greatly missed by his sons: Jeffery A. Stout, Jr and Levi A. Stout, both of Berwick; grandsons: Zachary M. Stout and Joseph A. Stout; sisters: Linda (Stout) Mowery and husband Jim, Nescopeck; Corlene (Stout) King and husband Walt, Council Cup; Beth Stout, Council Cup; brothers: Richard “Butch” Stout, Jr and wife Doris, Berwick; Walter Stout, Mifflin Township; Clinton Stout and wife Sharon, Council Cup; Roger Stout and wife Sally, Nescopeck; David Stout, NJ; numerous nieces and nephews; and several cousins.

At Jeff’s request there will be no public services.

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Margaret J. Aungst, 87, of Benton passed away on Monday, June 4, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center.

Born in Lofty on April 13, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Emma (Yanoshik) Shaller. She was a graduate of McAdoo High School and later Empire Beauty College where she got her degree in cosmetology. Margaret taught at Empire Beauty School in Schuylkill County and was employed at the former US Radium Plant in Almedia. She also looked after many children in the Benton area.

Margaret was a former member of Christ the King Church, Benton. She enjoyed crafts and making works of art out of eggshells. She liked to read and do crossword puzzles. She loved to attend her grandson’s sporting events.

She will be greatly missed by her husband of over 61 years, Theodore Aungst; son, James Aungst; daughter, Renee Williams and husband Ric, Bloomsburg; grandchildren, Marie Boyd, Jennifer Aungst, and Lewis Williams; 2 great grandchildren; and sisters, Mary Hartman, Benton, Martha Petrie, Hazleton and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by brothers, John Shaller, Frank Shaller, Joe Shaller, and Michael “Butch” Shaller.

At Margaret’s request there will be no public services. Burial will be at the convenience of her family.

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Joyce M. Shaffer, 88, of Berwick went home to the Lord on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at home, surrounded by family.

Born in Berwick on June 7, 1929 she was a daughter of the late Floyd E and Margaret Whitmire, Sr. She was a graduate of Berwick High School, class of 1948. Joyce worked for a short time before becoming a wife and mother. She worked hard to provide a loving environment for her family. She also cleaned house and looked after children for several local families.

Joyce was a member of Berwick Assembly of God Church where she participated in the Joy Club. She was a member of the Senior Citizens, Berwick and a former member of the Salvation Army. She enjoyed baking, cooking, canning and painting ceramics. She also like playing cards, especially Pinochle.

In addition to her parents, Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce S. Shaffer on May 27, 2011; infant son, David Shaffer; infant grandson, Stephen; brothers, Floyd, Sterling, Walter, Norman, and Verncil Whitmire; and sisters, Betty Schell; Marguerite Nash; and infant sister, Gloria Whitmire.

She will be greatly missed by her children: son, Duane Shaffer and wife Cindy, Berwick; daughter and caretaker, Lorraine Shaffer, Berwick; daughter, Gail Redline and husband Mark, Bloomsburg; daughter, Ruth Whitenight and husband Lloyd, Berwick; son, Richard Shaffer and wife Debbie, Berwick; grandchildren: Duane, Jason, Casey, Lisa, Trisha, Keith, Crystal, Tyler and Renay; 7 great grandchildren; and 1 great granddaughter. She also leaves behind sisters: Martha Vargo, Berwick; and Pauline Dixon, McConnellstown; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Stephen Potutschnig officiating. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Commonwealth Hospice, 109 West 9th Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Richard L. Hartranft, 76, of Bloomsburg passed away Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Berwick Retirement Village II, with his family at his side.

Born in Hazleton on July 26, 1941, he was a son of the late Benjamin and Alma (Zehner) Hartranft. Richard graduated from Black Creek Township High School and later joined the United States Air Force. After an honorable discharge, he worked at Bemis in Hazelton, retiring after 30 years.

Richard was a member of the American Legion Post 699 in Nuremburg. He was also a former member of the Owls Club.

Richard liked working on the family farm. He enjoyed watching sports, especially baseball and was an LA Dodgers fan. He enjoyed socializing and catching up with friends and family even on the phone.

In addition to his parents he was preceded by his wife, Judy Hartranft in 2017; brothers, Edward Hartranft and Ronald Hartranft.

He will be greatly missed by his children: Randall Welsh and wife Melinda, Virgina; Tracy Hartranft, Black Creek Township; Benjamin Hartranft and wife DeeDee, Scotch Valley; and Beth Hartranft, Black Creek Township; grandchildren, Colton Welsh, Caitlin Welsh, Brittany Peltz, Rhiannon Peltz, and Elijah Peltz; a brother, Thomas Hartranft, Nuremburg; a sister, Fay Ann Wolfe and husband Sonny, Lebanon; several aunts; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

At Richard’s request there will be no services.

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Lynette E. Evans, 39, of Bloomsburg passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at her residence.

She was born in Bloomsburg on September 12, 1979, the daughter of Susan Appleman and the late Ted Appleman. She was a graduate of Benton High School, class of 1997. She was employed as an insurance agent at State Farm Insurance in Berwick under Sean Black. She previously was employed at Brady Insurance agency in Danville.

She was a member of the Eagle Hose Company, Ukrainian Club, and the Russian Club. She previously attended St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Bloomsburg.

She was an amazing friend to all who knew her. She enjoyed socializing with her friends, playing pool, hiking, camping, kayaking, going to the mountains, going to auctions, going to yard sales and flea markets, and going for ice cream. She also loved watching movies, I Love Lucy, Alfred Hitchcock, Mr. Bean, and Are You Being Served, but most of all she loved spending time with her son.

She was a devoted mother to her son, Caleb.

In addition to her son, she is survived by her mother, a half-sister, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

A celebration of her life will be held from 1-3PM on June 30, 2018 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 9 St. Luke’s Way, Bloomsburg.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made out to Lynette Evans Funeral Fund and mailed to 58 Old Mill Road, Berwick, PA 18603. Memorial contributions can also be made to the Go Fund Me Page: Lynette’s Memorial Fund at https://www.gofundme.com/5M5DVLK.

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Willis J. “Jim” Beck, Sr., 81, a resident of Nescopeck Township for 50 years, passed away on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Butler Township on April 11, 1937, he was a son of the late William J and Sadie (Travelpiece) Beck. He was raised and educated in Hunlock Creek. Jim worked at National Select and Berwick Weaving for 38 years. After retirement, he worked as a part time driver for Tuzzi’s Bakery for several years.

Jim was an outdoorsman who liked to go hunting, fishing and camping. He was an avid WWE wresting fan which he watched faithfully every Monday night. He was a league bowler at P-Nut Bowl in Bloomsburg and also liked bowling at Stanko’s with his wife, Nancy. He was a former member of the Elks, Berwick.

He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 52 years, Nancy L (Smith) Beck in 2012; and a brother, Jack Beck.

He will be greatly missed by his children: Willis “Jamie” Beck, Jr and companion Dawn Hess, Nescopeck Twp; Tina Bodey, Graham, NC; Valari Lockard and husband Donny, Berwick; Brandon Beck and wife Melanie, Berwick; 5 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren. He also leaves behind his brothers, William “Bill” Beck, Wapwallopen; Dennis Beck and wife Carolyn, Hobbie; sister, Sylvia Strait, Hunlock Creek; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Schloyersville Cemetery, Briggsville. Family will receive friends on Tuesday from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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Alisa S. Creveling, 54, of North Centre Township passed away on Friday, May 25, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville after losing her battle with cancer.

Born in Abington, PA on March 7, 1964, she was the daughter of the late John D and Joyce (Blevins) Asbury. She was a graduate of Central Columbia High School. Alisa was last employed as a shift supervisor at CVS Pharmacy. For the past 15 years, she has been a full-time wife and mother who worked hard to provide a loving home for her family.

She enjoyed sewing and flower gardening. When she was not spending time with her children or her cherished granddaughter, Alisa could often be found reading.

She will be greatly missed by her husband of 35 years, Thomas L Creveling, Sr; sons, Thomas Creveling Jr and Travis Creveling, all at home; daughter, Sara Sellers and husband Zachary of Berwick; granddaughter, Cadence Creveling; sister, Patty Herbert, Catawissa; brothers, Ron Asbury, Catawissa; and Bill Asbury, Numidia; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, John Asbury.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. The family will receive friends from 10:00 until the time of service.

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Janice M. Kleckner, 80, of Weston passed away on Friday, May 25, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, with her family by her side.

Born in Philadelphia on August 20, 1937, she was one of 7 children born to the late Thomas J and Lena (Schuster) Murphy. She attended school in Philadelphia and her first job was at Book Binders in Philadelphia. Later she worked as a nurse’s assistant at Friends Hospital, Fox Chase Hospital and American Oncologic all in Philadelphia. Prior to retirement, she was employed in the housekeeping department at Comfort Inn, West Hazleton.

She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Conyngham. She belonged to the quilting club in Nuremburg, and enjoyed crocheting, baking for family, and making candy. Janice had a vast cardinal collection. She was a NASCAR fan, but most of all, she loved watching her great granddaughter, Briana, in her dance recitals.

She will be greatly missed by her loving children: Thomas Trammell, Sr, W. Hazleton; Randy Trammell, Sugarloaf; Alicia Bolish and husband Keith, Hazleton; cherished grandchildren: Bruce Trammell and Thomas Trammell, Jr; adored great grandchildren: Briana Lee, Lyndsay, Brandon, Thomas and Logan; several nieces and nephews; and closest and special friend, Cheryl Hayes.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded by her husband, William T Kleckner; 3 brothers, and 3 sisters.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Nuremburg Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Wednesday May 30th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

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Joyce Ann Eveland, 80, enterend into eternal peace on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Sunset Ridge Nursing Home, Bloomsburg where she resided for the past 7 years.

Born in Bloomsburg on August 12, 1937, she was the daughter of Robert and Betty (Hinkel) Eveland. Joyce was raised in Catawissa where she graduated from high school. Joyce was an awesome cook and prepared many dishes for her church dinners.

She loved animals, especially her cat “Hobo”. In her spare time, she liked adult coloring, working on puzzles and reading.

She is survived by many cousins.

She wanted to thank her cousin Kate for all she has done for her since her mother passed. She had a special friend Nancy who helped her and came to visit her at Sunset Ridge; and Becky who did her hair.

A special thanks is also extended to the staff of Sunset Ridge and Commonwealth Berwick Hospice for all the loving care they provided.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Hillside Cemetery, Catawissa, with Chaplain Mike Delp officiating.

Contributions in Joyce’s name are suggested to the SPCA 1467 Bloom Road, Danville, PA 17821, or Commonwealth Hospice, 109 West 9th Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

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JoEllen “JoJo” Mitchell, 54, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on May 18, 2018 at her home.

Born in Berwick on January 25, 1964, she was the daughter of the late Barbara P. (Gensil) Shaffer. After attending Berwick High school, JoEllen went to Luzerne County Community College where she earned her degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1995. She worked as a nurse at Berwick Hospital and Bloomsburg Hospital.

JoEllen was a catholic, who most recently attended St. Joseph Catholic Church, Berwick. She enjoyed crafting and made all her gifts by hand. She loved her huskies “Butter” and “Pearl”, who were like her children. She raised them from puppies, until they passed away from old age.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Leroy and Sarah Shaffer.

She will be greatly missed by her sister, Donna J Wallace and husband William, Berwick; brother, Craig L Gensil, Boyertown, PA; and several nieces and nephews including Carla M. (Parulis) Cordingly and husband Ron; great niece, Justine Nephew and great nephew, Ryan Cordingly.

All services will be private. Interment will take place in Rose Lawn Cemetery.

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

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Ruby L. Burt, 92, of Bloomsburg passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Grandview Nursing and Rehab, with her family at her side.

Born in Escondido, CA on June 4, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Orville and Bernadette Reed. She was raised and educated in California. After marrying Luther E. Burt, they moved to Pennsylvania, where Ruby helped with Luther’s family business, Burt’s Honey. She and her husband were also the proprietors of Hurr’s Dairy Store in Bloomsburg for several years. Prior to retiring, Ruby worked for Weis Markets, Bloomsburg.

Ruby was a Christian with a deep faith in the Lord. She spent many hours reading her Bible. She also like planting flowers, both indoors and outside. She could often be found sitting on her porch watching cars and people pass by, or just enjoying the weather.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Luther in 1985; and her son, Jim Burt.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Janine M. Phillips and companion Tim Danilowicz, Bloomsburg; grandchildren, Ryan and wife Melissa, Shane Burt and Adam Burt; great grandchildren, Luke and Abbey; and brother, Kenneth Reed, Colorado.

At Ruby’s request there will be no public services. Private interment will take place in Scott Cemetery, Huntington Mills.

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John W. “Porky” Forsythe, 87, of Hollenback Township passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Berwick Retirement Village II, surrounded by family.

Born in Black Creek Township on November 27, 1930, he was a son of the late Warren R and Jasamine (Shiner) Forsythe. He was educated in Nescopeck Township. In 1947, he started working for Penn Power and Light as a machine operator. He was employed there until his retirement, working his way up to supervisor in the mechanical department.

John was inducted into the US Army and served honorably with the 118th Engineer Combat Battalion, Co B, from 1952 to 1954 during the Korean War.

In 1952, he married Suzanne (Hileman) Forsythe. They bought a farm in Hollenback Township in the early 70’s, and John enjoyed completing the daily tasks involved with farming, often with his dog and loyal companion, Dakota, by his side.

Porky was an active member of St Paul’s United Church of Christ in Sugarloaf. For over 50 years, he was a member of the Hazle Azalea 327 F&AM Masonic Lodge, Hazleton and Caldwell Consistory, Bloomsburg. He was an Irem Shriner in Dallas. He was also a member of the NRA and enjoyed hunting. John was a car enthusiast who collected and worked on cars. He was a mechanic and enjoyed working with his hands.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Suzanne on November 14, 2017; a brother, Warren E Forsythe; and nephews, Dale Forsythe and Eugene Forsythe, who both passed as a result of the Viet Nam War.

He will be greatly missed by his sons, John Forsythe and wife Elizabeth, Sodus, NY; Robert Forsythe, Cleveland, OH; grandchildren, Derrick Forsythe and wife Maria; Cody Forsythe and companion Monica; Devon Musser and husband Gene; and great grandchildren, Felix; Riley; Ryan; Dalton; and Logan. He also leaves behind a sister, Loueen Carter and husband Howard, Nescopeck Twp; nieces; nephews; and friends, including Vaughn Bower, who helped John and Suzanne in many ways throughout the years.

The family would also like to acknowledge his former daughter-in-law, Cindy Forsythe for her love and support over the years; and the nursing staff at Berwick Retirement Village II for the care they provided during his illness.

At John’s request there will be no public services.

Memorial contributions are suggested to: Development Office, Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center — Lexington, 110 Conn Terrace, Lexington, KY 40508, or at www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.

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Bonnie Casey, 84, of Bloomsburg, died May 11th, 2018.

Born August 27th, 1933 she was the daughter of the late Percy and Blanche (McHenry) Follmer. She graduated from Bloomsburg High School in 1951. She was employed as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone Co. from 1951-1968. Then until 1984 she worked in the office at Central Columbia High School.

On July 2nd, 1954 she married Richard Casey in the Bloomsburg Methodist Church. After moving to Carroll Park in 1964, they joined the Shiloh Bible Church. A marital span of over 58 years was severed when Richard died suddenly on March 8th, 2012.

Bonnie’s interests were genealogy, painting, and calligraphy.

She is survived by one granddaughter Marlena Casey of Baltimore, MD, sister-in-law Corinne Follmer of Honesdale, son David Casey of Catawissa, and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her brother Rod Follmer (June 22nd, 2016) and brother-in-law Robert Casey (August 15th, 2016).

At Bonnie’s request there will be no visitation or viewing. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, May 15th, at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with her pastor, Rev. Dr. Douglas Lyon officiating. She will be laid to rest in the Creveling Cemetery, Almedia.

In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942, or Shiloh Bible Church, 123 Church Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Amanda Mae Spencer, 33, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at General Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Dansville, NY on December 7, 1984, she was the daughter of Lynn H and Debra L (English) Spencer of Berwick. She attended school in Danville, PA and was currently employed as a caregiver for Family Care Home Health, Bloomsburg. When she wasn’t working, Amanda spent her time with her family, especially her daughter with whom she had a very special bond.

In addition to her parents, Lynn and Debra, she will be greatly missed by her daughter, Kylie Herrold; son, Michael Herrold; their father, Joshua Herrold; brothers, Kelly Bardeen and Lynn Willett; grandparents, Nicholas and Mary Elderkin; and several aunts, uncles and cousins, including “Uncle Gary and Aunt Wendy”.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on Monday, May 14, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

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

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Larry Rea Thompson Sr. passed peacefully at home in Wapwallopen, Pa on 7 May 2018. Born to Anna Elizabeth (nee Thompson) and Frank Rea Thompson Sr., on 30 September 1943 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was the oldest son of this union, followed by Paul R, (predeceased) (Marjorie) (Ambar) of Georgetown, Pa, Frank Rea Jr. (Janice) of Georgetown, Pa and William A (Teresa) of Imperial, Pa.

These men were known affectionately as “Annie’s Boys”.

Enlisting in U. S. Navy during the Vietnam conflict, he served aboard the USS Bainbridge (DLGN-25), a nuclear-powered destroyer. He participated in the First Nuclear Powered Task Force and taught at the Nuclear Reactor Facility in Idaho Falls, Idaho. A pioneer in the nuclear power field, he also headed efforts at Shippingport Atomic Power Station, Shippingport, Pennsylvania, the world’s first full-scale atomic electric power plant devoted exclusively to peacetime use.

After retiring from the field of nuclear power, Larry spent many, many years compiling the family genealogy. His efforts can be seen at TwoThompsonGenealogies.com. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution under Patriot Captain John Christie of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, a direct descendant of Brigadier General William Watts (1719-1795) of the Pennsylvania Militia and a GGGGrandson of the Reverend John Rea, who helped found over 50 Presbyterian churches in Southeastern Ohio. He will be missed in the field for his superb efforts, especially for his work in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

He married Patricia (nee Madinich/Majdanik), “The most beautiful woman I ever saw.” on 14 November 1964, in Chicago, Ill. and had 4 children, Trudi C Thompson (Ratican) (Lafayette, Indiana) Pauline B Thompson (Guerin) (Media, Pennsylvania), Larry Rea Jr (Kauai, Hawaii) and Brian P (Colorado). Larry will be missed dearly by his grandchildren, Natalia E (nee Ratican) (Levi) Knowlton (Pine Village, Indiana), Rhianna N Guerin (Adelaide, Australia), Michael H. Ratican (Chalmers, Indiana), Vincent G, Giles P and Gracie C Guerin (Media, Pennsylvania), Sarah Ratican (Lafayette, Indiana) and Emmanuel Rea (Manny) Thompson (Berwick, Pennsylvania), as well as by all his nieces, nephews and cousins.

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Barbara J. Long, 69 of Bloomsburg went to her eternal home to be with her Lord on Monday, May 7, 2018 surrounded by her family and friends.

Born in Berwick on July 11, 1948, she was the daughter of William and Averta (McGarvey) Serafin. She graduated from Central Columbia High School in 1966 and attended Bloomsburg College. She retired from RR Donnelley when she was 62 due to a declining health.

Barbara was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church of Lightstreet and TOPS. She was a lover of all animals and enjoyed nature, gardening, reading and reminiscing about the old times.

She will be greatly missed by her siblings: Janet Stackhouse and husband Paul of Camp Hill; Robert Serafin and wife Paula of Berwick; Linda Miller and Nancy Serafin of Bloomsburg, with whom she lived; sister-in- law, Brenda Serafin of Huntington Mills. Many nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews who were a great source of joy in her life. She is also survived by step children Vicki Long and Randy Long.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Harry C. Long in 2005; brother Bruce Serafin in 2016; and a step daughter Gayann Long.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, May 11, 2018 at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Lightstreet, with Pastor Luther Martell officiating. Interment will follow at Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends from 10:00 am until time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are in her memory can be made to St. Luke Lutheran Church, 9 St. Lukes Way, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 or Geisinger Hospice 410 Glenn Ave, Suite 200 Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Jonathan C. White, 52 of Berwick passed away on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Hazleton after a brief illness.

Born in Atlantic City, NJ on October 20, 1965, he was the son of the late Winfield and Bernice (Noble) White, Sr. He was raised and educated in Atlantic City. He worked in New Jersey prior to moving to the area. Here he was employed at Multi Plastics Extrusions, Hazleton.

Jon enjoyed reading, bike riding, playing pool and sports. His favorite team was the Pittsburg Steelers.

He will be greatly missed by his fiancé of over 8 years, Naomi White and her son, Andray; brothers, Warren and Steven White; sisters, Sharon Gordy, Debra Small and Renee Bruno; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Ronald White and Winfield White, Jr.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will take place in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick. Friends may call on Saturday from 1:00 PM until the time of service.

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Stephen E. Adams, Sr., 58, of Nescopeck passed away Sunday, May 6, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center.

Born in Bloomsburg on May 24, 1959, he was the son of the late Llewellyn E. and Janice L. (Sarley) Adams. He graduated from Columbia Montour Vo-Tech where he studied metal fabrication. He most recently worked at Crispin Valve in Berwick.

In his younger days Stephen liked to go hunting and fishing with his brothers. He was a big fan of NASCAR and enjoyed watching Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. race.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 14 years, Margaret A. (Longenberger) Adams; daughters, Erika Ransom and husband Robert, TX; Tara DeFerbrache and husband Dale, IN; son, Andrew Conklin and wife Aubree, Berwick; 9 grandchildren; brothers, Scott Adams and wife Lori, Nescopeck; Dan Adams and wife Joann, Catawissa; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Adams, Jr. and daughter Shanna Adams.

At Stephen’s request there will be no viewing. A celebration of life will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Tiffany E. Clark-Mince, 39, of Wilkes-Barre passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 30, 2018.

Born on June 13, 1978 in Berwick she was the daughter of Jerry L. Clark of Berwick, and JoAnn M. (Lucas) Gomez and husband Enrique of Nescopeck. She attended Berwick area schools. Tiffany was employed at several local businesses including, Wise Potato Chips, Thomson’s Mailing, and the Dog Food Plant. Tiffany lived and worked in Florida for 12 years, then moved back to Pennsylvania in 2015. Most recently, she worked at Lord & Taylor in Wilkes-Barre.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and loved her dogs.

She will be greatly missed by her father, Jerry; mother, JoAnn and husband Enrique; companion of over 6 years, Roosevelt Roundtree; son, Justin Clark and wife Ticie, Florida; son, Fidel Mince, Jr and daughter Savannah Mince, both of Nescopeck; brother, Jerry Clark, Jr. and wife Madelyn, Berwick; nieces, Morgan and Paige Clark, Eileen and Brooke Blaine; nephew, Timothy Blaine; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Ethel and Larry Anderko and Joseph Lucas; paternal grandparents, Agnes and Clyde Clark; aunt and uncle Penny and Larry Wiekel.

A celebration of life will be held at 4:00 PM on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Berwick Christian Church, 701 East Fifth Street, Berwick, PA.

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

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Joseph Alan Stout, Jr, 29, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital where he was a patient for the past 5 days.

Born in Summerville, NJ on November 11, 1988, he was the son of the late Joseph Alan Stout, Sr; and Ann Marie Forgione and her fiancé, George “Bubby” Proctor, of Flanders, NJ. He attended West Morris Central High School and culinary school in New Jersey, where he graduated with honors. He worked at a restaurant in New Jersey before moving to the Berwick area. Locally, he worked Deluxe Homes, Turkey Hill and Sub City. Most recently he was employed at Dunkin Donuts.

Joe liked Pokemon, the Ninja Turtles and watching anime movies, especially with his sons. He loved spending time with his family and friends.

In addition to his mother, “Jo Jo” will be greatly missed by his fiancé, Jodi Densberger with whom he spent the past 7 years; sons, Jayden Kressler and Jayce Stout, Berwick; grandmothers, Darlene Forgione, Mendham, NJ and Pat Stout, Nazareth; sister, Christina A. Stout, Bud Lake NJ; brother, Ronnie Lyles Jr, Flanders, NJ; and several aunts; uncles; cousins; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Angelo Forgione; his “Nanny and Poppy”, Glovene and Gordon Ridall; an aunt Roxanne Long; and a cousin, Adam P. Yohe.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 6:30 PM on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, followed by a funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to be given to the family or funeral home to help defray his final expenses.

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”

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Betty J. Kibler, 92, of Bloomsburg passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Geisinger Bloomsburg Health Care Center, where she had been a resident for the past six years.

Born in Berwick on January 17, 1926 she was the daughter of the late Harry and Helen (Remaley) Fowler, Sr. Betty attended Berwick High School. She worked as a nurse at Camp Aldelbury, Indiana after the Korean War. Later, Betty worked at Consolidated Cigar and Fulton Lamp, then went back to nursing at Orangeville Nursing Home and Charmond Nursing Home.

She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Berwick. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and VFW Post 821 Auxiliary. Betty loved to play the piano. She enjoyed embroidery and liked to do puzzle books. She was also a talented artist.

She will be greatly missed by her son, Frederick DeFrain, Jr. and wife Frances, Hetlerville; daughter, Patricia DeFrain Francis, Bloomsburg; 11 beloved grandchildren; numerous cherished great grandchildren; several adored great great grandchildren. She also leaves behind her brother, William Fowler and wife Ruth, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Cpl. Leo L. Kibler, Sr on March 15, 2000; son, David A. DeFrain; daughter, Louise A. Kraynak; sisters, Eva “Joanne” Fink and Marilyn Musselman; brothers, Donald L. Fowler, Jr., Ronald N. Fowler, and Andrew N. Fowler.

Family will receive friends from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM on Monday, May 7, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 721 Monroe St, Berwick. Interment will take place in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick.

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Carey Anne Torres, 45, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on Thursday evening, April 26, 2018 at her home.

Born in Berwick on August 1, 1973, she was the daughter of Marguerita L. (Torres) Nimlo and her late husband John. Carey’s father was the late Michael Welliver. She attended Berwick and Columbia Montour Vo-Tech Schools. Over the years, she worked for several local companies, including Wise Potatoes. She also worked for Reithoffer’s at the Bloomsburg Fair.

Carey liked gardening and tending her house plants. She loved decorating for the holidays, Halloween was her favorite. She loved watching sports, especially anything her children participated in, and she was an avid Yankees and 49ers fan.

In addition to her mother, she will be greatly missed by her children: Anthony Torres; Courtney Tongel; Tyler Tongel; Jorden Tongel; Dominick Tongel; and Richard Sorce Jr; 3 grandchildren: Lyla; Kendel; and Corrine; sister, Jennifer Kulesza and husband John; nephews, Lucas and Logan Knorr. She also leaves behind her companion, Richard Source Sr; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Besides her father and stepfather, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Britney Tongel in 2011.

Family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck. A private funeral service will be held on Thursday. Interment will take place in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contribution to be made to Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635 to help defray her final expenses.

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Neal A. Sorber, 72, of Mifflinville passed away on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on February 16, 1946, he was the son of the late Dilman “Bill” and Margaret (Crouse) Sorber. He was a 1965 graduate of Nescopeck High School, where he was an all-star player on the basketball team, scoring over 1000 points in his HS career. After graduation, he joined the US Navy where he served until 1969. Neal was employed at Bemis in Hazleton for over 38 years before retiring.

Neal enjoyed fishing. He liked watching basketball and was an avid fan of the Boston Celtics. He followed NASCAR.

He will be greatly missed by his longtime companion, Alverta “Bert” Kelchner; daughter, Jenna Sorber and companion Aaron Lyman, FL; son, Jody Sorber and wife Pim, Florida; 1 granddaughter, Taylor; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Jillian Sorber in 1990; a sister, Elenor “Ellie” Askew; and step-mother, Myrtle Sorber.

Family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:30 AM on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. A graveside service will follow in Mifflinville Cemetery.

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James J. O’Brien, 86, of Berwick passed away on Friday morning, April 27, 2018 at Berwick Retirement Village.

Born in Nanticoke on March 25, 1932, he was the son of the late Theophilus and Mary (Walsh) O’Brien. He attended Nanticoke High School and served with the Military Police in the US Army during the Korean War. Jim worked at Rosen’s Furniture Store in Berwick/Hazleton many years, and retired from Deluxe Homes, Berwick.

Jim was a member of St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church, Berwick. He was also a member of the Garibaldi Club, VFW Post 821, Eagle Hose Company and Catholic War Vets. Jim enjoyed fishing, playing poker, talking trips with the love of his life and was an avid Notre Dame fan.

He was preceded in death by his “best wife ever”, Audrey E. (Fisher) O’Brien with whom he celebrated 60 years of wedded bliss before her death in 2015. He is also preceded by a son, Joseph, in 2014; and sister, Gloria Cominsky.

He was wonderful Dad to his children: Deborah Golder and husband Ronald, Berwick; Patrick O’Brien and wife Holly, Berwick; Mary Weatherhog and husband Les, Berwick; Michael O’Brien and wife Barbara, Catawissa; Kathleen Smith and husband Walter, Berwick; James O’Brien and wife Jennifer, Milton; Bridget Gordner and husband Lewis, Spring City. He was the “best Pap Pap” to his grandchildren, Jared Shoemaker; Jacob Shoemaker; Sean O’Brien; Laura O’Brien; Justin O’Brien; Sarah Tratthen; and Elizabeth O’Brien; and 8 great grandchildren.

A viewing will be held from 6-8 PM on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. The funeral service will be at 11:00 AM on Monday, April 30, 2018 at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which was Jim’s favorite charity.

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Walter E. Beck, 88, of Bloomsburg passed away Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center.

Born in Sugar Loaf Township on June 18, 1929 he was one of five sons of the late Harvey and Luvera (Eisenhower) Beck. He attended Millville area schools. Walter served in the United States Army from 1948 to 1952. He was a proud veteran who served on the front-lines of the Korean War for 3 years. After an honorable discharge he worked at Magee carpet for many years and retired from Bloomsburg University where he was employed as a custodian.

He was a member of Canby Lutheran Church, Bloomsburg. He was also a member of the NRA and the VFW Post 804, Millville. Walter liked to collect coins. He also enjoyed spending time playing cards with his family. In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting and trapping. And, in his later years, he enjoyed watching and feeding the wildlife around his home.

He will be greatly missed by his children: Larry Beck, Nescopeck; Susan Mensinger and husband Wayne, Nescopeck; Tracy Beck and wife Susan, Buckhorn; Lori Beck-Brown and husband Scott, Bloomsburg; 11 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Winifred on December 21, 2006; son, Terry Beck on April 11, 1974; and brothers: Harvey Jr., Arthur, Russell, and Edward.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow at Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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Fayetta L. Lowery, 84, of Nescopeck passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at her home surrounded by family.

Born in Berwick on January 6, 1934, she was a daughter of the late William S. and Theresa M. (Sabo) Fedder. She was a graduate of Berwick High School. Fayetta worked at several local factories over the years including, the Radium Plant, Consolidated Cigar, Wise Potato Chips and before retiring, she worked at the Ribbon Factory.

Fayetta was a member of Faith United Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nescopeck where she was responsible for putting together funeral dinners. She also helped make Easter eggs. In her spare time, she like putting jigsaw puzzles together and playing solitaire.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Lowery in 1997, her son Robert E. Lowery II this past February; and a sister, Vivian Fedder.

She will be greatly missed by her loving children: daughter, Vicky Whitmire and husband Carl, Nescopeck; sons, Brad Lowery and companion Tammy Baron, Berwick; Brent Lowery and wife Janet, Hobbie; Brian Lowery and wife Lori, Nescopeck; Britt Lowery and wife Kelli, Chesapeake, VA; 13 cherished grandchildren; 18 beloved great grandchildren; and 1 adored great-great grandchild. She was looking forward to the birth of another great grandchild this summer. She also leaves behind a sister, Wava Wynings and husband Doyle, Berwick; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Faith United Church, 801 East Third Street, Nescopeck with her pastor, Reverend Jessica Kingsborough officiating. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck and at the church on Thursday from 12:00 Noon until the time of service.

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George E. Endres, 84, of Berwick passed away Monday, April 23, 2018 at Gesinger Medical Center.

Born on March 26, 1934 in Philadelphia he was the son of the late Peter J. and Margaret L. (Meyers) Endres. He worked at Berwick Hospital in housekeeping, retiring after 15 years.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception in Berwick. George enjoyed gardening and carpentry. He especially liked to make bird houses.

He will be greatly missed by his sister, Margaret “Peggy” Lippi and husband Donald, Philadelphia; brothers: Peter Endres, Philadelphia; Frances Endres, Arizona; John Endres and wife Kim, Delaware; sister-in-law, Clare Toomey, Berwick; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Helen on November 23, 1998.

A memorial mass will be held on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Immaculate Conception St. Mary’s Church 1730 Fowler Avenue, Berwick with Father Francis Tamburro officiating. Interment will take place at Pine Grove Cemetery, Walnut Street, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of mass.

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Janice L. (Arnold) Daily, 82, of Wapwallopen passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Berwick Hospital Center.

Born on September 21, 1935 in Slocum Township she was the daughter of the late Howard W. and Dorothy J. (Jones) Arnold. She was a graduate of Newport Township High School. In 1955 she married William “Bill” L. Daily and together they had two children. Jan was a loving wife and devoted mother who worked hard to provide a caring home for her family.

She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Wapwallopen.

Jan loved to cook and bake. She would often scan through recipes and selected some she wanted to try. She also enjoyed gardening and doing puzzles.

She will be greatly missed by her husband William of 63 years, children: Keith Daily and wife Nadine, Hobbie; Elaine Williams and husband Daniel, Berwick; granddaughters: Tanya Ryman; Talia Williams; Erica Oliveri; and Serena Williams; sisters: Doris “Jean” Jenkins, Berwick; Lois Stair, Wilkes-Barre; Carol Fugok, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Norma Owens.

At Jan’s request there will be no viewing. A graveside service will be held in Slocum Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

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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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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