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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.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be sent to a charity of your choice.

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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.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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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.

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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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