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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

At Beatrice’s request the services will be private.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

At her request there will be no services.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A luncheon in the church social hall will follow interment.

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

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

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

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

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Micheline “Mickey” Pinamonte and nephew, Rodney Libby.

Family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday November 20, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LCC, 633 East Third St, Nescopeck.

The burial will take place in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg at the convenience of her family.

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Charlene S. “Charlie” (Stine) Bankes, 50, of Berwick passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center following a sudden illness.

Born in Williamsport on November 10, 1968, she was a daughter of Diane K. (Howell) Griffin and Charles S. Stine, both of Williamsport. Charlie attended Williamsport High School and McCann School of Business. She previously worked at Wise Snacks in Berwick, and Del Monte Foods and RR Donnelly, both in Bloomsburg. She was currently employed at Traffic Regulators in Wilkes-Barre.

She was a former member of Mt View Community Church, White Haven and attended LCBC, Bloomsburg. Charlie liked shopping for antiques, and she was an avid Baltimore Ravens fan. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents, she will be greatly missed by her loving husband, Theodore “Ted” F Bankes, Jr with whom she spent the past 22 years; children: Amanda Bankes Hess and husband Adam, Nescopeck; Philip Bankes and wife Linsey, Berwick; McKenzie Johnson and husband Tony, WA; Joshua Rice and wife Tiffany, SC; Coral Skye Goodrich and partner Lina Legette, SC; 9 grandchildren: Mychaela, Arianna, Ryan, Olivia, Brock, Brody, Christopher and Lincoln. She also leaves behind her step-mother, Ruby Stine, Williamsport; sisters: Yvonne Neifwonger and husband Matt, Williamsport; Christine Helton and husband Ronald, SC; Leslie Hamilton and husband Donald, S Williamsport; Jessica Caldwell, Bath; Jody Ross and wife Barbara, S Williamsport; Lindsey Morgan and husband Michael, Williamsport; numerous nieces and nephews; aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Natalie; aunt, Debra; and niece, Brittany.

Family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 PM on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck followed by a funeral service. Pastor Brook Selby will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Ronald McDonald House, 100 North Academy Avenue and Care Lane, Danville, PA 17821-0300.

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Roy C. Holter, 57, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

Born on December 21, 1960, he was a son of the late Gloria D. (Eroh) and Leroy M. Holter, Sr. He attended Berwick High School and worked as a water proofer for most of his life.

Roy liked football and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He also liked watching NASCAR. In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting and going fishing with his father. He loved animals, especially his dogs, Jordan, Brina and Abby.

He will be greatly missed by his son, David Holter, Pottsville; brothers: Rick Holter and wife Patricia, Trucksville; Leroy Holter, Jr. and wife Michelle, Berwick; Timothy Holter, Warren, PA; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Duane Holter.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 AM on November 17, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Lawrence Reed officiating. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 9:30 AM until the time of service

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Animal Resource Center, 301A Boone Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 or Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge, 974 Lockville Road, Dallas, PA 18612.

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Alan H. Mowery, 58, of Nescopeck Township, passed away suddenly on Monday, November 5, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on September 4, 1960, he was a son of the late Herbert I. and Marlene M. (Kishbaugh) Mowery. He was a graduate of Berwick High School. Alan worked at the Press Enterprise and later, Rad Woodworking until he became disabled.

Alan was a member of the Nescopeck Township fire hall and was a lieutenant with the fire police. He liked doing body work and painting vehicles. He loved all animals and had many over the years including, peacocks, chickens and rabbits, a duck, a horse, a goat, a sheep, and snakes.

He will be greatly missed by his companion of 20 years, Evelyn Price, Nescopeck; daughter, Tiffany Avery and husband Donald, Berwick; son, Ryan Mowery, Berwick; step children, Brittany Hill and companion Robert Kirchman, Nescopeck; Kristina Vitale and husband Kris, Wilkes-Barre; Amanda Kulp, Berwick; 9 grandchildren: Dominic, Garrett, Emily, Diamond, Anthony, Owen, Zoey, Kharlotte, and Cameron; sisters: Brenda Crowley and husband Matthew, Washingtonville; Lori George and husband Joseph, Berwick; brother, Terry Mowery, Nescopeck; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his uncle, Edward Kishbaugh.

A celebration of life will be held form 2:00 to 5:00 pm on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at Nescopeck Township Fire Hall, 510 Zenith Road, Nescopeck. A service will be led by Pastor Jane Hess offciaiting.

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

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Esther C. Hartman, 88, of Nescopeck, passed away on Monday, November 5, 2018 at home surrounded by her family.

Born in Bloomsburg on February 16, 1930 she was the daughter of the late William and Emily (Stausser) Wolfe. She was a 1948 graduate of Bloomsburg High School. Esther worked part time at Weis Markets, Bloomsburg. She was a devoted wife and mother who provided a warm and loving home for her family over the years.

Esther was a member of the Faith United Evangelical Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday school and made eggs for the Easter Egg sale. She liked knitting, crocheting, and watching squirrels. She enjoyed making personalized cards for special occasions and holidays. She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

“Nina” was preceded in death by her beloved husband Clyde H. Hartman in 2005; brothers Robert Wolfe and William Wolfe; sisters Ruthanne Sponenberg and Sara Rubenstein.

She is survived by a daughter; Trudy Sayman and husband Howard, Muncy; four grandchildren: Robert Commodore, Nescopeck; Vincent Commodore and wife Annette, Berwick; Bethany Benware and husband Joseph, Catawissa; Samantha Jo Ann DeAngelo and fiancé Robert Johnson, Muncy; eight great grandchildren: Jonah, Martina, Tristan, Isaiah, Mckaela, Piper, Ethan and Olivia; two great-great grandchildren: brother, Leslie Wolfe, Berwick; and several nieces and nephews.

At Esther’s request there will be no viewing. Interment will be in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg at the convenience of the family.

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C. Kay Creveling, 79, of Berwick, passed away on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Bloomsburg Health Care and Rehab, surrounded by her family.

Born in Berwick on October 11, 1939, she was a daughter of the late Stanley I. and Daisie M. (Kishbaugh) Remley. She attended Berwick High School. Along with her husband, “Eggie”, she was the co-owner of Creveling’s Corner Grocery in Nescopeck until it closed due to her husband’s failing health. Her most important job was being a homemaker. Kay found joy in watching her family grow. She was a dedicated wife, a devoted mother, and a loving “Grammie”.

Kay’s faith was very important to her. She was an active member of First United Church of Christ, Nescopeck where she was a Sunday School teacher, a member of the Ladies’ Aide and Friendship Circle. She taught Nescopeck Community Bible School and Release Time for Nescopeck Elementary School. She was a member of Eastern Star Berwick Chapter, and she was a Cub Scout den mother. She liked cooking dinners for Cub Skill weekends, Blue and Gold banquets and the former Nescopeck Lions’ Club. In her spare time, she liked making candy, baking and canning, sewing and crocheting.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Douglas Creveling and wife Linda, Bloomsburg; Victor Creveling, Berwick; Sally Sitler, Berwick; Timothy Creveling, with whom she resided, Berwick; Samuel Creveling and wife Rhonda, Bloomsburg; Barbara Nagel and husband Brian, Berwick; David Creveling and wife Diane, Berwick; 14 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; sister, Sandie Knorr and husband John, Berwick; sisters-in-law, G. “Deanie” Eroh; Mary Remley, Nancy Creveling; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Edgar “Eggie” A. Creveling on Feb. 3, 1995; sisters: Lillian (Walter) Bittner; Alice (Howard) Kemmerer; Annetta (Richard) Bankus; Ellen (Louise) DiPasquale; Anna Mary (Doyle) Eveland; Dorothy Remley; brothers: Arthur (Joyce) Remley, Richard (Jo) Remley, Terry (Mary) Remley.

A funeral service will be held at 12:30 PM on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at First United Church of Christ, 901 Third Street, Nescopeck, with her pastor, Reverend Richard Dennison officiating. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until the time of service.

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

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Christine M. (Nagle) Sellers, 49, of Nescopeck passed away suddenly on Friday, November 2, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center after following an 8-month illness.

Born in Berwick on November 26, 1968, she was the daughter of Jane D. (Salem) Nagle of Berwick and the late William N. Nagle. She was a graduate of Berwick High School, class of 1987. Christine worked as a waitress for many years at Morris Family Restaurant, and most recently was employed by Aramark Food Services at Bloomsburg University.

Christine liked playing Bingo. She was an avid Dallas Cowboys football fan. She loved spending time with her family and visiting Ber-Vaughn with her grandson.

In addition to her mother, she will be greatly missed by her husband, John with whom she spent the past 18 years; daughter, Brooke Herring, Berwick; stepsons: Brett Sellers and wife Stephanie, Hobbie; Zachery Sellers and wife Sara, Evansville; Chase Sellers, Nescopeck; grandson, Draven; granddaughter, Roslyn; uncle, Robert Nagle and wife Judy, Harrisburg; several

cousins; and many friends including her best friend, Lorrie Davenport.

Besides her father, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Earl and Esther Nagle; and John and Mary Salem.

A memorial service will be held at 8:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 6:00 PM until the time of service.

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Robert E. Schultz, Jr, 54, of Berwick passed away suddenly on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at Berwick Hospital Center.

Born in Berwick on March 29, 1964, he was the son of Robert E. Schultz, Sr of Millville and Evelyn E. (Bankes) Schultz of Berwick. Rob graduated from Heritage Christian Academy and was employed at Ardgah in Bloomsburg for the past 29 years. He was a member of Local #38 UFCW Union where he was the chief steward.

Rob loved being outdoors and spent his free time camping, hunting and fishing. He was a member of North Berwick Hunting and Fishing Club. He was a NASCAR fan who rooted for Dale Earnhardt Jr. He loved drag racing in his ’83 Buick Regal, and enjoyed finding treasures with his metal detector.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife Cindy M. (Schell) Schultz with whom he spent the past 26 years; sons: Nathan Schultz and companion Cindi Rotski, Pond Hill; GySgt. Benjamin Schultz and wife Shannon, Biloxi, MS; Christopher Weaver and wife Nicole Nisson, Boise, ID; Justin Weaver and fiancé Becky Luthi, Berwick; 10 grandchildren, Nikki; Megan; Nate; Corbin; Sean; Luzeli; Soren; Siena; Logan; and Brylee. He was looking forward to the addition of 2 more grandchildren in January and March. He also leaves behind sisters, Rhonda Kishbaugh and husband Joe, Beach Haven; Elaine Derby, Berwick; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins; several aunts and uncles; and his dog, Sammy, who was “best buddy”.

He is preceded in death by a daughter, Erin Renee Schultz who passed in 2009.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Robert Hettinger officiating. Interment will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Tuesday from Noon until the service begins.

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Helene M. Lloyd, 77, of Nescopeck Township passed away at home on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 with her family by her side.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on September 22, 1941, she was a daughter of the late Bolish and Sophie (Aleski) Golembeski. She was a graduate of Hanover High School, class of 1959. Over the years, Helene held several part time jobs, but her most important position was being a devoted wife and mother. She worked hard to provide a loving home for her family.

She liked cooking and completing the tasks involved with taking care of her home, especially mowing the grass. She enjoyed knitting and working on crossword puzzles.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of over 58 years, William “Bill” Lloyd, Sr.; sons: William Lloyd, Jr of Pocono Pines; David Lloyd of White Haven; cherished grandchildren: Teela Lloyd and companion Michael Mensinger; Ashley Reimold and husband Matt; Breanne Lloyd; Holly and Heather Lloyd; David Lloyd and wife Cynthia; and 6 adored great grandchildren: Kiera, Lily and Ethan Mensinger; Maddie and Braden Reimold; and Vera Lloyd. She is also survived by her brothers-in-law: Bob and David Lloyd; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sisters: Ann Marie Paseda; and Barbara Golembeski in infancy; brothers: Bernie and Bob Golembeski; and brother-in-law, Dennis Lloyd.

A funeral will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, November 5, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow at Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick.

At her request the viewing will be private.

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

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Leroy A. Breach, 93, of Mifflinville passed away on October 29, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his family.

Born in Catawissa on April 27, 1925, he was the son of the late Allen Breach, Sr. and Elsie (Richards) Breach. He attended Mifflinville High School and worked at McGee Carpet Company for 43 years before retiring.

Leroy was a member of Mifflinville United Methodist Church, where he helped make Easter eggs for many years. He was a member of the American Legion Post 273, Bloomsburg. He liked to go fishing especially with his son, and occasionally hunted. He enjoyed listening to polka and country western music. Leroy had a passion for woodworking and made many crafts over the years. He helped his son with electrical work when he needed an extra hand. He loved his dog, Barney, who was always at his side.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 67 years, Elizabeth “Liz” M. (John) Breach, Mifflinville; son, John Breach, Mifflinville; grandson, Tyler Breach; sisters: Bertha Switzer, Catawissa; Janice Weaver, Sugarloaf; Carol Woodruff, Danville; Lorraine Braden, Bethlehem; many nieces and nephews, including Thelma Allen.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers: Allen “Sonny” Breach and Guy Breach; sisters: Jacqueline Traugh and Margaret Hunsinger.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Mifflinville United Methodist Church, Market Street and East 4th Street, Mifflinville, with his pastor, Reverend Dr. R. Kenneth Gunter. Interment will follow at Mifflinville Cemetery, Mifflinville. Family will receive friends from 9:30 until the time of service.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to Mifflinville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box U, Mifflinville, PA 18631.

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Bessie M. “Betty” Shaffer, 89, of Briggsville passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at home.

Born in Millville on June 8, 1929, she was a daughter of the late Charles R. and Mildred F. (Kitchen) Warner. She graduated from Nescopeck High School, class of 1947. Betty had a few part time positions over the years, but her most important job was being a devoted homemaker who worked hard to provide a warm and loving home for her husband and children.

Betty was an active member of Faith United Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nescopeck. She was a talented seamstress who made many items for her family as well as mending for others. Over the years she has made dresses for different occasions, including many wedding dresses and bride’s maids gowns as well as prom gowns. She also enjoyed reading.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence “Sonny” Shaffer, on April 29, 2007. She is also preceded by brothers: Harold; Raymond; and Jim Warner; and sisters: Joyce Remley; Dorothy Baxter; and Freda Shelhamer.

She will be greatly missed by her beloved sons: Larry Shaffer and wife Karen, Fredericksburg, VA; John Shaffer and wife Catherine, Belgrade, MT; Jim Shaffer and wife Patricia, Arlington, VA; cherished grandchildren: Vince; Gregg; Scott; Heather; Keirsten; Nathan; Jordan and Stefan Shaffer; adored great grandchildren: Rennie and Clair; Meghan; Mina and Lila; sister, Velma Benscoter, Milton; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and caretakers, Richard and Louise Whitenight.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at Faith United Evangelical Church, 801 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Mt Zion Cemetery, Briggsville. Family will receive friends at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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Stephanie Stalega, 92, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at her home.

Born in Berwick on June 4, 1926, she was the daughter of the late George and Catherine (Gerrish) Stalega. She graduated from Berwick High School, class of 1944. Stephanie was employed as an office worker at several companies including Schaefer Brewing Company in New York.

Stephanie was a devout catholic and an active member of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Berwick. She was proud of her heritage and was able to visit the Ukraine in the 70’s. She enjoyed visiting with the nuns at Fox Chase Manor in Philadelphia until she could no longer drive.

Stephanie was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by sisters: Anna Vezendy; Mary Stalega; Stella Sarabura; Katherine “Katie” Stalega; and Anastasia “Nellie” Vallino; brothers: Nick, John, Mike, Charlie, and George Stalega; nephews: Kevin Stalega; Gerald “Jerry” Vezendy; Stephen “Tip” Vezendy; and niece: Donna Tannir.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews including those who live locally: Charles “Chip” Stalega; George Stalega; Cathy D’Ambrosio; Jarrett Sitler; Michael Vezendy; and Jessica Vezendy who was also her Goddaughter.

A viewing will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, October 25, 2018 with Parastas at 7:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

A Devine Liturgy will begin at 10:00 AM on Friday, October 26, 2018 at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Church, 706 North Warren Street, Berwick with her pastor, the Reverend Roman Petryshak officiating. Anyone attending is invited to go directly to the church. Interment will follow in the Parish Cemetery.

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Robert D. Gross, 87, a resident of Smith Health Care, Mountain Top and formerly of Berwick, passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2018 under the care of Celtic Hospice at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.

Born on May 16, 1931, in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late James Gross, Sr. and Evalina (Rinehimer) Gross. He attended Dorrance Schools. Bob served honorably in the US Army during the Korean War. He worked at Sinclair Station, Berwick for many years. He was also employed at Yost Tire Company and retired from Lady Esther in 1997.

Robert attended First Reformed Church of Christ in Berwick. He was a member of the American Legion Post 273, Bloomsburg, Sylvania Lodge #354 F&AM, Shickshinny, and Runters Rod and Rest Normant Hunting Club. He was a talented woodworker. He enjoyed making ceramics and had a small shop of his own for a while.

He is survived by his sisters: Barbara Balum and husband Dana; Carol Gross; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife Miriam L. (Peters) Gross; brother, James Gross, Jr. and sister-in-law, Lois Gross.

At Bob’s request services will be private.

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Brian L. Billig, 47, of Berwick, passed away unexpectedly on October 19, 2018, at his home.

Born in Berwick on November 18, 1970, he was the son of Cathy A. (Hess) Roberts and husband Barry Galutia and the late Kimmer Bruce Billig. He graduated from Columbia Montour Vo-tech in 1989. Brian served in the the United States Air Force from 1989 to 1990. After the air force he worked at several local business including, Weis Markets, Goulds IGA, Wise Foods, and Heinz.

Brian attended Ridge Street United Methodist Church, Bloomsburg. He loved to go camping and enjoyed fishing. He was a talented artist and had a passion for graphic arts.

In addition to his mother he will be greatly missed by his sons: Ridge Billig, Bloomsburg; Niles Billig and companion Brandi, York; grandson, Jaxon; sister, Jennifer Schloyer and companion Marco, Berwick; maternal grandparents, Shirley and Don McHenry, Berwick; niece, Emilie Schloyer; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

In addition to his father he was preceded in death by his step-father, Donny Roberts, paternal grandparents, Eva and Bruce Billig and his maternal grandfather, Clayton Hess.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to the family to help defray Brian’s final expenses.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at the Ridge Street United Methodist Church, 145 Ridge Street, Bloomsburg with Pastor Virginia Bailey officiating.

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Jack L. Reese, Sr. 77, of Shickshinny, passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his family.

Born in Berwick on January 13, 1941, he was a son of the late Clarence and Rena (Fedder) Reese. Jack graduated from Northwest High School in 1960. He served honorably in the US Army from 1960 to 1963. He worked at Georgia Pacific for 22 years and retired from Rad Woodwork in Nescopeck.

Jack was a social member of the Moconaqua Sporting Club. He enjoyed sitting down to read a good book, his favorite author was Clive Cussler. He was an avid walker and walked every day, rain or shine, until his health started to decline. He liked to go on hikes with his sons and grandson. He loved to take his wife to dinner and going to Sunday breakfast at his daughter’s house. In the mornings he loved to spend time on the front porch with a warm cup of coffee and the company of friends. His family was his greatest love.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 54 years, Diane R. (Noss) Reese; children: Kelly Hardiman and husband Michael; Jack Reese, Jr.; Michael Reese and wife Aubray, all of Shickshinny; grandchildren: Courtney Jones and husband Joshua; Kylee Hazur; and Mason Reese; great granddaughter, Joslynn Jones; godson: Nicholas Wrba; sister: Madelynn Wolfe and husband Roland, Conyngham; sister-in-law, Carol Hatter, Turbotsville; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers: George “Bud” Reese, Carol Reese, William Reese, Richard “Dick” Reese and sisters: Nancy Reese, Katherine Creasy, and Peggy Ann Reese.

Family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Internment will be private at the request of the family.

The family would like to thank Karen, Heather, Carrie, and Pat from Geisinger Home Health and Hospice for all their help. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Frank M. and Dorthea Henry Cancer Center, 1000 E Mountain Blvd, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711.

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Mason L. Samsel, 92, of Berwick passed away on Monday, October 8, 2018 at Berwick Retirement Village II, under the care of Commonwealth Hospice.

Born in Berwick on October 29, 1925, he was a son of the late Adam A. and E. Blanche (Cragle) Samsel. He graduated from Berwick High School, class of 1944, and served in the US Air Force during WWII. After an honorable discharge in 1946, Mason worked as a draftsman at the Berwick AC&F. He later worked at Bill Johnson Chevrolet before becoming the sales manager at Bowman Pontiac. In 1969, he opened ML Samsel Motors which he owned for over 20 years, until his retirement.

Mason was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, Berwick. He was the supervisor for Salem Township for many years. He enjoyed hunting with his sons in his younger years. Mason was a devoted family man who spent much of his time taking care of his disabled son.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joanne (Andreas) Samsel, who passed away Oct. 7, 2014; son, Gary, April 26, 2014 and a son, Mason who died in infancy. He was also preceded by his great grandson, Derek Fiorenza; brothers, Charles “Gus” Samsel and Harvey Samsel; and sister, Phyllis Harter.

He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Christine Shaffer and husband Wayne, Nescopeck; sons: Dale Samsel, Berwick; Douglas Samsel and wife Kerry, Nescopeck; Brian Samsel and companion Rebecca Benjamin, Bloomsburg; grandchildren: Jennifer Shaffer; Andrew Shaffer; Heather Collae; Adam Samsel; Rachel Samsel-Militello; and Makenna Samsel; 11 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with his pastor, the Reverend Stephen Portner officiating. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Friends may call from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Bethany United Methodist Church, 116 Summerhill Avenue, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Sara A. “Angie” (Pfahler) Pawlowski, 71, of Nescopeck passed away suddenly on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at her home.

Born in Bloomsburg on October 26, 1946, she was a daughter of the late Dwight A. and Florence E. (Young) Pfahler. She was raised by her foster parents the late Robert and Kate Holdren. Angie attended Southern Columbia High School. She worked many jobs over the years but retired from State Farm, Nescopeck where she worked as a secretary. She also helped at Potter’s Produce.

Angie was a member of Faith United Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nescopeck. She was also a member of the Nescopeck ambulance and fire company, Nescopeck AM Vets Post 93, Slavonic Club in Berwick and a social member of the Nescopeck VFW Post 8227. She loved to take care of her grandkids and her dog, Oscar. She adored her family and valued her friends. Angie liked to cook, bake and entertain friends in her spare time. When she was younger she enjoyed gardening and going on trips.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Jimmy Yost and wife Nancy, Catawissa; Joan Yost and husband John Coleman, Bloomsburg; step son: Allan Pawlowski and fiancee Emily, Nescopeck; 5 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; brothers: Jake Pfahler and wife Dolly, Bloomsburg; Davie Pfahler, Catawissa; sisters: Dorothy Witts, Berwick; Laura Remaley, Berwick; Patsy Gipple, Berwick; Pearl Strauss, Berwick; plus many cousins, nieces and nephews, in addition to dear friends she considered to be family.

In addition to her parents and foster parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Glenn Pawlowski; granddaughter Emma; and brother, Eddie and sister, Jean.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends on Wednesday, October 10th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, Eastern Central Division, Columbia Unit, P.O. Box 3125 Williamsport, PA 17701-0125, or to your local animal shelter.

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William Paul Kramer IV, 26, of Bloomsburg passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 4, 2018.

Born in Bloomsburg on November 29, 1991 he is the son of William P. Kramer III of Berwick and Elaine (Seigfreid) Kramer of Bloomsburg. Billy graduated from Bloomsburg High School. He joined the Job Corp in Kentucky where he earned his certification for electrical engineering and later went to New York to become a linesman. He worked for Bloomsburg Carpet for many years. He was currently employed with Schaffer Roofing.

Billy was a social member of Berwick Slavonic Club. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He liked to ride motorcycles, dirt bikes and BMX. Billy was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan.

In addition to his parents he will be greatly missed by his sister, Erica Kramer and fiancé Frank Rayne, Maryland; maternal grandparents: Howard and Judith Seigfreid, Berwick; paternal grandmother, Peggy Diehl and husband Clark, Berwick; many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, William P. Kramer, Jr. and an aunt, Donna Kramer.

Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM on Friday, October 12, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

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David J. Riffindifil, 42, of Nescopeck passed away on Sunday morning, September 30, 2018 at General Hospital, Wilkes-Barre after a 6-month illness.

Born in Berwick on May 12, 1976, he was a son of Linda K. (Force) Riffindifil of Nescopeck and the late Curtis B. Riffindifil, Jr. David completed his education in horticulture at Columbia Montour Vo-Tech School. He was employed at several local businesses over the years including Bloomsburg Agway where he worked for 6 years until it closed. He also worked briefly at Nescopeck Agway.

Davey was a member of Hidlay Lutheran Church, Bloomsburg. He loved doing many things outdoors, such as hunting, fishing, grilling and landscaping. Davey liked going to yard sales and he was an avid Dallas Cowboy’s fan. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family, friends and his dog “Angel”.

In addition to his mother he will be greatly missed by his brother, Jason Riffindifil and wife Rosemary, Berwick; sister, Tonya Riffindifil, Nescopeck; brother, Terry Riffindifil and wife Nora, Catawissa; several nieces and nephews including, Lynda; and Robert Joel; and great nephews, Jayden and Lucas. He is also survived by a daughter, Kay Riffindifil, Bloomsburg.

Besides his father he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Howard and Geraldine Force; Thelma and Leroy Drasher; Sadie and Curtis Riffindifil, Sr. and several aunts and uncles.

Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

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

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Richard D. Burd, Jr, 69, of Nescopeck passed away suddenly on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Berwick Hospital Center.

Born in Nanticoke on March 6, 1949, he was a son of the late Helen (Deno) and Richard D. Burd, Sr. He was raised in Pond Hill and was educated in the Nanticoke area. “Burdy” worked in the maintenance department at Wise Snacks in Berwick for over 50 years.

Rich was a member of Faith United Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nescopeck. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and ATV riding. He liked taking trips to the casino. His greatest love was spending time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren.

He married the love of his life, Linda M. (Stankevitch) Burd, in 1972, and in 1977 they built a house moved to Nescopeck Township where they raised their 7 children: Autumn Burd-Paden and husband Keith; Richard Burd III and companion Heather Boston; Jeremy Burd and companion Holly Whitmoyer; Arlinda McDaniel and husband Denton; Linda June Burd and companion Benjamin Reeder; Johnny Lee Burd and companion Bethany Conklin; Angelina Burd and companion Brock Gurns, all of whom still live in Nescopeck.

He was a proud grandfather of 15 grandchildren: Lacie, Gavin, Ashley, Jacqueline, Season, Dustin, Chance, Johnny Lee Jr, Trenton, Bridget, Westin, Nevaeh, Journee and Remington.

In addition to his wife, children and grandchildren, he will be greatly missed by his sisters, Eleanor Cragle, Mifflinville; Betty Shuman and husband Duane, Mainville; brothers, Elmer Burd, Pond Hill; Donnie Burd and Ronnie Burd, both of Slocum; numerous nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Brenda Zajac and brother-in-law, Charles Stankevitch and their families.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Jersey; brothers, Gary and Wayne Burd; parents-in-law, John and Monna Stankevitch; and brother-in-law, Allan Stankevitch.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third St, Nescopeck with Reverend Richard Dennison officiating. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, October 2nd from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

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Robin S. (Knecht) McClintock, 61, of Berwick went to meet her Lord on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on September 8, 1957, she was a daughter of the late Warren S. and Myrtle R. (Uplinger) Knecht. She graduated from Central Columbia High School, class of 1975. After graduation, she worked as a clerk for Ted Stuban Auctions and later, at K-Communications in Bloomsburg. In the early 80’s, she started at State Farm Insurance in Lime Ridge and Light Street, where she was employed until the office closed.

Robin was an active member of Hetlerville United Methodist Church where she played the piano and was a past treasurer. She liked cooking for her family especially at Thanksgiving. She also enjoyed baking and would always make something for the church dinners and bake sales. Robin was a talented musician and in addition to playing the piano, also played the flute. She was an avid NASCAR fan, who’s favorite driver was Dale Earnhardt Jr.

She will be greatly missed by her husband, James R. McClintock, with whom she celebrated a 38th anniversary on September 20th. She also leaves behind her sister, Bonnie Farver, Mifflinville; a nephew, Michael C. Farver, Berwick; brothers-in-law: John “Craig” McClintock and wife Arlie; Thomas McClintock and wife Edna; Jerry McClintock and wife Susan, all from Berwick; several nieces; an aunt, Dolores Gittens, Mt Top; and many cousins.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with her pastor, Rev. Dr. R. Kenneth Gunter officiating. Interment will follow in Mifflinville Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

Family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions are suggested to Hetlerville United Methodist Church, C/O Mindy Whitenight, 65 Hofnagle School Road, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

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Heather M. (Grosz) Thameem, 38, of Dorrance Township passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, September 22, 2018.

Born in Berwick on September 24, 1979 she was the daughter of Randy D. and Patricia A. (Derr) Grosz of Dorrance Township. She graduated from Crestwood High School in 1997. She attended Kings College and Luzerne County Community College for photography. Heather worked at Sears Portrait Studio and later at Lorde and Taylor.

Heather was a former member of Dorrance Township Fire Department. She enjoyed photography and was a talented artist. She liked to go hiking with her children at Rickets Glen and Hickory Run. She was a loving mother, daughter and friend.

In addition to her parents she will be greatly missed by her children: Adam Pountry and Amia Thameen; grandmother: Martha Grosz, Mountain Top; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her brothers: Adam and Joshua Grosz; paternal grandfather, Henry Grosz; maternal grandparents, Margery Youlls and Fred Derr.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Reverend Louis Aita officiating. Interment will follow in Emanuel Cemetery, Dorrance. Family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-8 PM on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.

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Joseph Hall, Sr., 75, of Shickshinny passed away Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at Berwick Hospital Center- Intensive Care Unit.

Born in Philadelphia on December 30, 1942 he was 1 of 10 children born to the late William and Margaret (Eagan) Hall. Joe attended Philadelphia Area schools. He worked for Active Auto Radiator as a truck driver for 30 years. After retiring he moved to the Shickshinny area where he has resided for the past 15 years.

Joe liked gardening and working on cars. He loved to take pictures and was known as the family’s photographer.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 49 years, Dolores M. (Wolkiewicz) Hall; children: Joseph Hall, Jr. and wife Rosemary, Shickshinny; Patricia Martinez and husband Jose, Exeter; David Hall, Sr. and wife Elizabeth, Exeter; James Hall and wife Vicky, Hanover Township; Bill Hall and wife Jennifer, Pine Grove; Jerry Hall, Shickshinny; John Hall and wife Jamey, Hanover Township; grandchildren: Theresa Lee, Joseph Hall III, William Hall, Jose Martinez, Jr., Victoria Martinez and fiancée Tony, David Hall, Jr., Branden Hall, Brianna Hall, Michael Hall, Shane Hall, Matthew Hall, Ava Hall, Tyler Nelson, Cameron Hall, Landen Hall, Quinn Hall, Jakob Hillard, Maxwell Hall, and Isabel Hall. He is also survived by sisters: Betty Haggerty, Philadelphia; Cassy Niblick, Philadelphia; brother: James Hall and wife Dr. Karen Gates, Yardly; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Jackie Hall, Chuck Hall, Bill Hall, Eddie Hall; sisters, Joan Marco, and Peggy Niblick.

Family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 PM on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

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Sharon M. Oram, 75, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at Elmcroft Assisted Living, where she had been residing for the past 6 years.

Born in Berwick on January 18, 1943, she was the daughter of the late John D. and Mary (Chomen) Oram. She completed her education at Philadelphia School for the Blind.

Sharon was an active member of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church. She was also a member of the Berwick Lions Lioness Club and attended the Association of the Blind meeting each month. She loved listening to music especially polkas and fifty’s era. She was a talented piano player and enjoyed singing. She liked playing Bingo and was a very social person who like talking to everyone she met.

She is survived by several cousins.

She will be met in heaven by her mother, Mary, who passed away in 2010, father, John, who passed away in 1974, and many aunts and uncles.

A Devine Liturgy will begin at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Church, 706 North Warren Street, Berwick with her pastor, the Reverend Roman Petryshak officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Berwick Home Health and Hospice, 109 West Nineth Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Kevin E. Hornberger, 57, of Berwick passed away suddenly on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

Born in New Jersey on January 29, 1961, he was a son of the late James I. and Jean A. (Judge) Hornberger. His family moved to the area in 1971, after which he attended Berwick Schools. He worked in the restoration industry in New York for several years. Most recently he was employed by Architectural Restoration previously Pocono Market Fair in Hazleton for 8 years.

Kevin liked being outdoors, hunting and fishing. He liked watching NASCAR and was a fan of Jimmy Spencer.

He will be greatly missed by his girlfriend of 24 years, Betty Harmon, with whom he resided; son, Christopher Hornberger, Benton; grandchildren, Hope and Shawn Hornberger; brothers: Donald Hons and wife Margie, Beaver Valley, Peter Hornberger, Berwick; sister, Lori Ann Walls and husband Wayne, Berwick; brother-in-law, Ronnie Siesputowski; and several nieces and nephews.

His father James passed away in 1996, and mother Jean in 1993. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Jackie Siesputowski in 2017.

Family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 PM on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. A celebration of life will follow at Grace Lutheran Church, 1315 Fairview Avenue, Berwick.

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Garrett Edward, Lucas Aaron, and Isaiah Wellis were all born into the loving arms of their parents on Saturday August 25th, Thursday August 30th, and Saturday September 8th respectively. Garrett, Lucas, and Isaiah all met Jesus within the same day of their birth. Although their footprint on earth was small they will forever be in the hearts of those they leave behind.

Garrett, Lucas, and Isaiah are the triplet sons of Daniel and Jennie Rhoads, Bloomsburg. The Rhoads triplets also leave behind a brother Elijah and sister Aubrey. Paternal grandparents are Bruce and Rose Rhoads, Bloomsburg as well as maternal grandparents Harry and Penny Snavely, Nescopeck. Paternal Great Grandmother Sandy Rhoads, Shippenville and maternal Great Grandfather Wellis Balliet, Nescopeck.

Private family graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Mariel M. Valeri, 91, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at her home, surrounded by her family.

Born on January 9, 1927, she was one of 12 children born to John C. and Florence M. (Ridall) Maynard. She attended Berwick High School before moving to New York at the age of 15. Mariel worked as a waitress in New York City for 20 years. She was a devoted mother and wife who worked hard to provide a loving home for her family.

Mariel enjoyed playing Bingo and visiting casinos.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dominick V. Valeri in 1988; son, John Valeri in 1999; and several sisters and brothers.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Dominick Valeri, Berwick; Dennis Valeri and wife Veronica, New York; Janet Yorks and husband Lloyd, Nescopeck; 6 grandchildren: Lisa; Michael; David; Autumn; John Peter and Alex; and 5 great grandchildren. She was looking forward to the birth of her two great-great grandchildren in January. She also leaves behind sisters: Evaline Chadwick, MI and Mary Remley, Berwick; brothers: Richard Maynard, Berwick; Carl Maynard and wife Lilian, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends on Friday, September 14, 2018 beginning at 5:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, followed by a funeral service starting at 7:00 PM.

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David B. Fetterman, 58, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Berwick Hospital Center Emergency Room, after suffering a sudden cardiac event.

Born on May 9, 1960 in Berwick he was the son of MaryEllen L. (Myers) Poust and the late David E. Fetterman. He attended Central Columbia High School. Dave owned and operated his own business, Fetterman’s Lockout Service.

Dave was a kind-hearted man who would help anyone, anywhere, and any time. He adored his grandchildren and was raising two boys, Jayden and Gage Collins. He enjoyed spending time with is family and watching TV.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, Barbara A. (Yorks) Fetterman, Berwick; longtime friend, Tammy Johns, Berwick; mother: Mary Ellen Poust and husband, Neil Poust, Berwick; children: April Fetterman, Florida; Erin Beers, Lewistown; Chad Fetterman, Lewistown; Jacob Fetterman, Berwick; Lucus Fetterman, Bloomsburg; step-children: Howard Hunter and wife Ashley, Berwick; Alicia Hunter, Berwick; Anthony Hunter, PA; Joseph Hunter, Berwick; 26 grandchildren; brothers: Tom Fetterman and wife April, Numida; Gregg Poust and wife Kim, Rhorsburg; Stephen Daily and wife Amber, Berwick; Dean Crebs and companion Sarah Hayes, Bloomsburg; sister, Lori Adams and husband Scott, Nescopeck; many nieces and nephews.

At the family’s request there will be no public services. Memorial contributions are suggested to the funeral home to help defray his final expenses.

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Larry E. Baker, 72 of Berwick passed away on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born on September 2, 1946 in Bloomsburg he was the son of the late Raymond Baker and Pearl (Whitenight) Baker. He graduated from Berwick High School in 1964 and served honorably in the United States Army from 1964 to 1968. Larry worked at Champion Valley Farms, which eventually became Del Monte, for over 30 years until he retired.

He was a former member of the Slavonic American Club, Berwick and the VFW Post 8227, Nescopeck. In the 1970’s Larry was a pitcher for the Berwick Fast Pitch Softball League. In his younger days he was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved to watch all sports, especially the Dallas Cowboys, Penn State and the Little League Baseball World Series. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren participate in their sports and activities.

He will be greatly missed by his daughters: Angelica Eckrote and husband Lyle, Berwick; Danielle Carro and husband Bryan, Berwick; Marcella Newman and husband Marc, Berwick; grandchildren: Victor, Violetta, Benjamin, Casey, Genevieve, and Lucianna.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Deborah (Moore) Baker in January 2016.

At Larry’s request there will be no viewing or public services.

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Derwood N. Karchner, 86, of Nescopeck passed away unexpectedly on September 6, 2018 at his home.

Born in Zenith on February 25, 1932 he was a son of the late Lee B. and Marjorie R. (Yost) Karchner. Derwood graduated from Nescopeck High School in 1950. He worked at Wise Potato Chips for 27 years. He worked on his family’s farm as a child and because of his love for farming, later purchased his own, where he was still completing chores even till Wednesday.

Derwood was a lifelong member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau and the Farmers’ Cooperative in Hazleton. He was an avid fan of the LA Dodgers and college basketball. He also enjoyed hunting.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 62 years, Jane E. (Bahrt) Karchner; children: Debbie Karchner-Smith, Reading; Duane Karchner and wife Jill, Nescopeck; Donald Karchner and wife Linda, Nescopeck; David Karchner and wife Maureen, Lansdale; grandchildren: Shane Smith and wife Charis; Jeremy Smith and wife Tiffany, Cody Smith and wife Amy, Ashley Maurer and husband Dustin, Allison Karchner, Logan Karchner and Taylor, Laura Karchner, Levi Karchner, Brooke Karchner, David Karchner, Jr., Dana Karchner, and Brian Karchner; great-grandchildren: Natalie Smith, Brionna Smith, Elliot Smith, Adalyn Smith, Preston Smith, Parker Smith, Kira Karchner; brothers: Ray Karchner and wife Pat, Nescopeck; Earl Karchner and wife Ceola, Nescopeck; brother-in-law, Wayne Yoder; many nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, Sandy.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Shirley Yoder.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, September 10, 2018 at St James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1488 Zenith Road, Nescopeck with his pastor, the Reverend Oliver Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Family will receive friends on Sunday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

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Robert Edgar Cragle, 85, of Berwick passed away on Friday, August 31, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born on January 21, 1933, he spent his early childhood in the Nanticoke area. After his father, George E. Cragle, married Mary (East) Cragle, the family moved to the Berwick area where he continued with school. Robert served honorably in the US Army during the Korean war. He was employed at Milco for 30 years. Later, he worked for a local farm where he picked tomatoes and then retired from Berwick Weaving.

Robert enjoyed hunting, especially groundhogs, and was a gun enthusiast. He liked watching the western channel, and shopping at flea markets.

He will be greatly missed by his sons, George Gragle, St. Paul, Minnesota; Robert Cragle and wife JoAnn, Berwick; daughters, Mary Atkinson, Berwick; Phyllis Tyson and husband David, Berwick; 9 grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded by his daughter, Lottie Frazzo.

A funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 2:00 PM until the time of service.

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Kelsey Lynn O’Connor of Nescopeck passed away on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia after a courageous battle with MIRAGE syndrome.

She was born in Danville on November 10, 2017, daughter of Wesley J. and Amy M. (Yoder) O’Connor. She was a beautiful baby with an incredible strength and extraordinary resilience. She was a fighter with lots of spunk and energy. Kelsey made her parents very proud by overcoming many obstacles in her short life. Her small size was part of her syndrome, but her personality spoke volumes. She was a sweet and happy girl.

In addition to her parents, Kelsey will be missed by her sisters, Caitlyn and Kiley Jo O’Connor; grandparents: Rich and Kathy Yoder, Nescopeck; James O’Connor, Jr, LA; Brooke and Matt Sehenuk, Montoursville; Kevin and Susie Mann, Montoursville; great grandparents: James and Gail O’Connor, Sr, Williamsport; Robert and Donna Wiley, Montoursville; Loretta and Charles Krewson, FL; and several aunts; uncles and cousins.

She will be welcomed into heaven by her great grandparents, Sam and Jane Yoder; Betty and Conrad Markle and Orie Mann.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at St James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1488 Zenith Road, Nescopeck with her pastor, the Reverend Oliver Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Family will receive friends on Monday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Kelsey’s name can be made to the Mirage Syndrome and Related Disorders Association, c/o Lori Dotson, 1601 Independence Way, Vista CA 92084.

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Marvin “Pete” Shelhamer, 86, of Nescopeck passed away on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at Berwick Retirement Village II under the care of a committed staff and Commonwealth Hospice.

Born on August 27, 1932, in his grandparents’ home in Nescopeck, he was the son of the late Marvin and Mary (Payne) Shelhamer. He graduated from the former Nescopeck High School, class of 1951. He served honorably in the US Army from 1953 to 1955 in Germany where he attained the rank of Sgt. Pete was employed at Zeiser Vault Company, retiring in 1997 as superintendent.

He and his wife, the former Faye Doty recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. They spent their entire married life in Nescopeck. He was a dedicated father and grandfather. Pete was a long-time member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Nescopeck. He was an avid fisherman and hunter who shared these activities with his children and later his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife Faye, he will be greatly missed by his daughter, JoAnn Johnson and husband Van, Nescopeck; sons, Mark Shelhamer and wife Kim, Cold Brook, NY; Michael Shelhamer and Alison Witkowski, Berwick. He was a devoted “Pap” to his cherished grandchildren: Christa (Johnson) Shadle and husband Gary; Jeffery Johnson; Michael Shelhamer, Jr; Marissa Shelhamer; 2nd Lt. Mark Shelhamer Jr and fiancé Mariah Malone; Katherine Shelhamer; Jack Shelhamer; and 2 adored great grandchildren, Benson and Emery Shadle.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Larry Shelhamer; and sister, Peggy Hartman.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at Wesley United Methodist Church (handicap accessible), Broad Street, Nescopeck with his pastor, Reverend Susan Knorr officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 9:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, contribution may be made in his memory to Wesley United Methodist Church.

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Anna M. (Whitmire) Smith, 77, of Berwick passed away Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Berwick Retirement Village II, surrounded by her family.

Born in Berwick on May 25, 1941 she was a daughter of the late Bruce McGraw and Leona E. Whitmire. Anna attended Berwick area schools. She married Melvin H. Smith on July 8, 1959 and together they had six children. She worked hard to provide a loving home for her family.

Anna was known to some as “Angel”, “Dimples” and “Sidekick”. She liked to cook and sew, patching up the children’s clothes as they played. She enjoyed working on puzzle books and velvet pictures as well as playing hand held games and board games, especially Slots, Yahtzee, and Connect Four. She loved angels and had a large collection of them.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Carl Smith and wife Linda, Berwick; Michael Smith and wife Tammy, Berwick; Billy Joe Smith, Berwick; Dale Smith and wife Faith, Punta Gorda, FL; Cheryl Horner and fiancé Jamie Dietterick, Berwick; Elizabeth Deer and husband Kevin, Berwick; 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin in 1994; her brother and sister-in-law, Freddrick Whitmire and Gladys Whitmire.

A graveside service will be held on September 6, 2018 at 10:00 am at Pine Grove Cemetery, Walnut Street, Berwick with Chaplin Mike Delp officiating.

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James E. Shalata, 70, of Berwick passed away on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in New Brunswick, NJ on April 26, 1948 he was the son of the late Edward and Helen E. (Matus) Shalata. He graduated from Manville High School, NJ in 1966. After high school he went to Montclair State University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education. Jim taught Physical Education in Florida for several years before moving to Aurora, CO where he started his own trucking company, Flightline Express. He owned the business for 20 years before retiring in 2003 and moved to Pennsylvania to care for his elderly parents. While in Pennsylvania he also worked as a freight inspector for various trucking companies.

James spent some time at the Berwick YMCA. He loved to play and watch football. He was an avid Denver Broncos fan. Jim enjoyed listening to Blues music and watching TV. He liked to do home improvements around his house. He also liked to fish and in his younger days he was an avid outdoorsman.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his step-son, John M. Turbett.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Patricia L. “Casey” Chapple-Shalata, Berwick; sister: Linda Newport and husband Rick, Hillsborough, NJ; niece: Kimberly Zapata and companion Andy Nitkowski, Burlington, NJ; nephew: Jeffrey Vamos and wife Julie, Hillsborough, NJ; great nieces: Brittany, Stephanie, and Sydney; great nephews: Bryan and Logan; many friends and neighbors.

At the family’s request services will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to the American Cancer Society, Eastern Central Division, Columbia Unit, P.O. Box 3125 Williamsport, PA 17701-0125.

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Harvey L. Hutton, Jr, 82, of Nescopeck passed away on Monday, August 20, 2018, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on August 21, 1935, he was a son of the late Berthena L. (Pursel) and Harvey L. Hutton, Sr. He was a graduate of Nescopeck High School, class of 1954. He served honorably in the Army National Guard from 1950 to 1964. In his younger years he worked at Zehner’s Farms, Nescopeck, later he worked at Wise Foods for 48 years until he retired.

Fudge was a member of First United Church of Christ, Nescopeck. He got his nickname when he played basketball in the Lutheran Church Basketball League. He scored 100 points in one game by “fudging” the ball. In addition to watching basketball, he was a Berwick Football fan. He also enjoyed mowing grass. He loved his family and spending time with his nieces and nephews, who were like children to him.

He will be greatly missed by his sister, Nancy Hutton, with whom he resided; nieces and nephews, Michael Hutton and wife Patti, Lewistown; Mark Hutton and wife Judi, Sykesville, MD; Melissa Martin and husband Don, Berwick; Marvin Hutton and wife Joyann, Bloomsburg; Michele Baran and husband John, Austin, TX; and many great and great-great nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Marvin Hutton.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with his pastor, the Reverend Richard Dennison officiating. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM on Friday, August 24, 2018 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First United Church of Christ Memorial Fund, 832 Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

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Elouise J. Klinesmith, 75, of Summerhill passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 16, 2018 at her home.

Born in Wanamie on August 22, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Viola (Smith) Mowery. She graduated from Berwick High School and worked as a seamstress at Lady Ester in Berwick for 35 years.

Elouise loved to play Bingo, usually at the VFW in Berwick, and buying Lotto tickets. She loved animals, especially her cat “Junior”. She enjoyed working on cross-stich, doing word-search, and putting together jigsaw puzzles with her granddaughter Brandy.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her husband, David E. Klinesmith who passed away in 2011, just a month before their 50th wedding anniversary. She was also preceded by her sons, Mark Klinesmith in 2012; Matthew Klinesmith in 1987; and her brother, Fillmore Mowery.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Tammy Woodruff, Berwick; and grandchildren: Brandy Woodruff, Berwick; Tom and Michael Klinesmith, Florida.

A viewing will be held from 6:00-8:00 PM on Monday, August 20, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

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

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John R. Crispell, 70, of Nescopeck, formerly of Berwick, passed away suddenly on August 10, 2018 at his home.

Born in Berwick on August 25, 1947, he was a son of the late Irene Sophia (Felix) and John Bunting. He was a graduate of Berwick High School and served honorably in US Navy during the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1970. He was employed as a bricklayer through BAC local #5 for many years before his retirement.

John loved being outdoors, fishing, and hunting especially during archery season. He was involved with league bowling at Stanko’s in Berwick. He liked to watch NASCAR racing and was a fan of Dale Earnhardt, Sr.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Mae (Dyer) Crispell in 2004.

He will be greatly missed by his son, John R. Crispell II and companion Kristi Comstock, Wapwallopen; and grandson, Skyler Hoss Crispell. He is also survived by a sister, Tanya of New Jersey.

At John’s request, there will be no viewing or public services.

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

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Keith E. Williams, 85, of Berwick passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Berwick Retirement Village, with his family by his side.

Born on September 9, 1932, he was a son of the late Ambrose H. and Lena M. (Lindenmuth) Williams. He was raised and educated in Benton. He served in the US Army during the Korean War with the military police unit and was a guard at Ft. Knox, KY. During his enlistment, he also met President Eisenhauer and was part of the lead guard for parades. After an honorable discharge, he worked at Magee Carpet in Bloomsburg. He retired from Rado Enterprises, Berwick.

Keith was a life member of the American Legion Post 273, Bloomsburg, and the VFW Post 804, Bloomsburg. He enjoyed gardening and woodworking. He liked cooking and baking and will be remembered for his delicious roast beef and gravy, macaroni salad and chocolate chip cookies. His greatest love was his family. He enjoyed spending time with them and attended many of his grandchildren’s sporting events.

He will be greatly missed by his children: Sandra Cole and husband Rodney, Berwick; Brenda Carl and husband Dale, Catawissa; Edward Williams, Bloomsburg; Linda Williams, South Carolina; Lori McCluskey, South Carolina; Renee Cooke and husband Steve, Bloomsburg; grandchildren: Heather; Janet; Marc; Lindsay; Molly; Noah; Keith; Erica and Caden; and 7 great grandchildren. He also leaves behind a brother, Dennis Williams and wife Kim, Bloomsburg; sister, Marlene Hewlett, Bloomsburg; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Sidney Williams; sisters: Brenda Williams, and Polly Pealer; grandson, Robert Cole; granddaughter, Beth Young; and great grandson, Ozten Young.

At Keith’s request, services will be private at the convenience of the family. Burial will take place in Trinity Methodist Episcopal Cemetery, Catawissa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the American Legion Post 273, 110 Juniper Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Miranda M. Weaver, 36, of Berwick passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on December 29, 1981 she was a daughter Wayne D. Gross, Sr., Berwick and Lynda M. Student, Hazleton. She attended Berwick High School. Miranda worked at the family business, Memory Lane Crafts. She was talented with making many different items which were then sold.

Miranda loved seeking out treasures from thrift stores and sales that she could repurpose or restore into a gift for a friend or loved one, she had an eye for seeing the possibilities and beauty in everything. She enjoyed the outdoors and liked to go camping and fishing. Mandy was a big music lover and had eclectic taste. Her favorite was the Grateful Dead. She loved going to concerts with her best friend. She adored her dogs, Pepper and Dexter.

In addition to her parents she will be greatly missed by her husband of 9 years, Chad Weaver, Berwick; brothers: Wayne Gross, Jr., Berwick; Christopher Gross and wife Alyssa, Berwick; sister, Cody Krotick and husband Joe, Hunlock Creek; step-brother: Cory Student, West Hazleton; step-father: Cory Student, Hazleton; Nana: Mae Balliet, Mountain Top; nephew, Evan; many aunts, uncles, nieces, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents: Richard and Mary Gross; grandfather, Thorton Balliet; uncles, Thomas Gross and Richard Gross.

A viewing will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 PM on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Epilepsy Foundation, Attn: Donor Services, Epilepsy Foundation, 8301 Professional Place East, Suite 200, Landover, MD 20785. Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia County, 37 W. Main Street, P.O. Box 126, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 or your local ASPCA.

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Kenneth W. Schalles, 72, of Hazleton, formerly of McAdoo passed away on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Berwick Retirement Village II.

Born in Hazleton on June 27, 1946, he was the son of the late Walter and Norma (Lewis) Schalles. He graduated from Hazleton High School and served honorably in the US Army from 1966 to 1968 during the Vietnam War. He was employed at IMR Digital in West Hazleton.

He will be greatly missed by his best friend, Louis Liene of Hazleton; and many cousins. He is also survived by his sister, Karen Betz and husband Gary, Florida; and a niece.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Elizabeth and Herb Lewis; paternal grandparents, Elizabeth and Henry Schalles; and several cousins.

A private graveside memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family in Skyview Memorial Cemetery, Hometown.

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Madeline “Molly” Kuchala, 90, of Berwick passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on December 16, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Alex and Susanna (Scapp) Yalch. She graduated from Berwick High School. Over the years, Molly worked at several local manufacturers including Milco Industries and Consolidated Cigar. After she retired, she worked at a crossing guard for the Berwick School District.

Molly enjoyed riding her bike, listening to opera music, and going to the casino and political rallies. She liked traveling and going to concerts on Market Street with her sister Anna Kramer. She liked watching football and golf on TV. In her younger years she attended many Berwick Football games. She loved getting together with family and friends for parties and the holidays.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John “Clay” Kuchala in 1967; and 10 siblings.

She will be greatly missed by her son, David Kuchala, with whom she resided in Drums; daughter, Suzanne Gensel and husband Roland, Berwick; 3 grandchildren: Roland Jr; Kristen and Nicholas; a brother, Joseph Yalch, Sunbury; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Maylath Hospice Chaplain, Angela Gennaria officiating. Interment will follow in Holy Annunciation Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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Renee A. Hileman, 49, of Hobbie passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Nanticoke on September 8, 1968, she was a daughter of Ruth M. (Spencer) Stout, Nescopeck and the late Ronald E. She attended Berwick High School and worked at Berwick Offray for the past 30 years.

Renee loved camping and going to the beach where she would look for seashells to add to her collection. She also liked driving her Monte Carlo and taking care of her dog “Miley”. Renee was devoted to her family, especially her children and grandson.

Renee will be greatly missed by her husband of 18 years, Haven V. Hileman, Jr; daughter, Desiree Stout-Cilente and husband Anthony, Berwick; son, Tyler Hileman, Hobbie; and grandson, Warren Cilente, who was her “pride and joy”. She also leaves behind her sister, Rhonda Scheetz and husband Kevin, Nescopeck; brother, Ronald Stout, Nescopeck; mother and father-in-law, Sylvia “Sam” and Dennis Devine; nieces; nephews; aunts; uncles; cousins; and extended family.

In addition to her father who died this past February, she was preceded in death by her brother, Kevin Stout; and father-in-law, Haven V. Hileman, Sr.

Family will receive friends on Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

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

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Deborah L. Whitenight, 61, of Berwick passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at home surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Bloomsburg on May 12, 1957 she was a daughter of the late Paul L. and Mary Kathryn (Osborne) Whitenight. Deborah attended Bloomsburg area schools. She worked at Bloomsburg Mills for 27 years and later at Wise Foods until her health began to fail.

Deborah enjoyed being outside. She liked to color with her granddaughter, as well as cook and bake cupcakes together. She loved her puppies and her kitties, they were her life.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters: Jen Fenstermacher and companion Tiffany Deitrich, Berwick; Amanda Fenstermacher and companion Diana Whitehair, Lightstreet; granddaughters: Rylie Welsh and Sara Cooper; brother: Terry Whitenight and wife Marion, Espy; sister: Tami Johnston and husband Ken, Bloomsburg; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; friends and family.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son, Christopher Whitenight.

A viewing will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

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Edward W. Kishbaugh, 83 of Berwick passed away on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Berwick Retirement Village II.

Born in Nescopeck on April 29, 1935, he was the last living child of the late Sterling R. and Sarah M. (Haupt) Kishbaugh. Ed attended Nescopeck area schools. He served in the United States Army from 1958 to 1962. After an honorable discharge he worked at Berwick Forge and Fabricating until it closed, then worked at Heinz Dog Food until he retired.

Ed was a member of First United Methodist Church in Berwick. He enjoyed doing puzzle books and watching sports, especially the Phillies and Eagles. He was also an avid Berwick Bulldogs fan. He liked to listen to country music. After retirement he enjoyed traveling with his companion. He spent summer weekends attending carnivals, and always tried to make it to the Bloomsburg Fair.

He will be greatly missed by his companion of 22 years, Beverly A. Harmon, Berwick; daughters: Autumn L. Kishbaugh, Berwick; Amber L. Cashman and husband Richard, Berwick; grandchildren: Felicia Klingerman and husband Eric, York; Richard A. Cashman II and wife Anna, Berwick; Matthew Cashman, Berwick; Aaron Cashman, Berwick; and great grandchildren: Chloe Cashman and Cooper Klingerman.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Colleen N. (Horsefield) Kishbaugh on August 15, 1995; two sons, Edward W. Kishbaugh II in 1975 and Matthew Patrick Kishbaugh in 1976; sisters, Beatrice Roth, Evelyn Dawson, and Marlene Mowery; and brothers, Sterling Kishbaugh, Jr. and Harry Kishbaugh.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM on Monday at the funeral home.

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Leo C. Long, 74, of Berwick passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at his home, after losing his battle with cancer.

Born in Bloomsburg on November 25, 1943, he was a son of the late Carl J. and Ethel (Belles) Long. He graduated from Benton High School and served honorably in the US Army. Leo worked at Magee Carpet, the Berwick Forge and Hadden Craftsman. He retired from the Schain Building in Berwick.

Leo enjoyed hunting, camping and horseback riding. He was an avid Miami Dolphins football fan.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of nearly 54 years, Gail A. (Hack) Long; sons: Jeff Long, Berwick; Dan Long and wife Greer, Bloomsburg; and 3 grandchildren: Josey, Taylor and Morgan. He is also survived by his sisters: Beverly Long, Texas; Helen McMurtrie and husband Dave, Berwick; Joyce Sherman and husband Greg, Orangeville; brothers, Clark Long and wife Linda, Bloomsburg; Bill Long and wife Betty, Bloomsburg; Paul Long and wife Sandra; Stillwater; sister-in-laws, Jane Long, Louise Long, and Sally Long; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Fred Long; brothers: Harry Long; Dan Long; Harold “Flint” Long; and Zender “Tex” Long.

A memorial service and memorial honors will be held at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Chaplain Mike Delp will officiate. Family will receive friends from 5:00 until the time of service.

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

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Robert R. Beattie, Sr., 75, of Nescopeck passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, July 30, 2018.

Born in Paterson, NJ on March 3, 1943, he was a son of the late Robert and Marion (Wilson) Beattie. Bob graduated in 1962 from Hawthorne High School in Hawthorne, NJ. He served honorably in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Wasp, CVS-18.

After his discharge from the Navy he was a member of Fire Company No. 4 and the Wm B Mawhinney Ambulance Corp in Hawthorne. After his time there, he went on to be a police officer for the borough of Hawthorne for 25 years, retiring in 1992.

During his time as an officer he was a president of the local PBA 200 for 4 years, he was awarded a silver and gold card by the organization for his work. He was also a member of the New Jersey State Honor Legion and PBA Local 600 for retired members.

Bob was a member of the American Legion Post 199 where he was a commander for 5 years. He marched with Hawthorne Caballeros drum and bugle corps for 10 years and led the front section with the American flag onto the field. He was a current member of two Masonic lodges, Hawthorne-Fortitude Lodge 200, Ramsey, NJ and Knapp Lodge 432, Berwick.

He was a past treasurer and fire captain for the Nescopeck Township Volunteer Fire Company. Bob was also a HAM radio operator with the call sign N3VWL.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 37 years, Mary Beattie, Nescopeck; son, Robert Beattie, Jr. and wife Donna; and daughter, Barbara MacNish and husband Casey, both of Hawthorne, NJ. He had 5 grandchildren: Lauren and Alyson Christie, Olivia MacNish, Serena Peccini and Bobby Beattie. Also surviving are a sister, Cheryl DeCaterina and husband Michael, Newburgh, NY; brothers, Walter Beattie, NJ and Brian Beattie, TX.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Doug Beattie.

Bob will be remembered for the love he had for his dogs and for his willingness to help out in any way possible with the organizations he was involved with.

Family will receive friends from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM on Friday, August 3, 2018 at the Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, followed by a graveside service at Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick.

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