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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.

Memorial contributions are suggested to your local animal shelter or the American Lung Association.

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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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