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Luther P. Fink, 87, of Berwick passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at his home.

Born at the family home on Warren Street in Berwick on December 5, 1930, he was the last living child of 9 children of the late Earl H. and Bessie A. (Kramer) Fink. He graduated from Berwick High School. As a youngster, he helped Andy Rasley in the back room of West Side Park making flyers for Bingo and other events to be held there. At sixteen he worked part time after school and Saturday mornings at Vaughn’s Bakery. Later, he worked at Olmstead Air Force Base. He also worked for PP&L, Boyles Print Shop, Nescopeck, Consolidated Cigar, Bercon Industries, and at Wise Potato Chip until he retired after 23 years in 1995.

The loves of his life were his wife, family, and his brothers and sisters and their families. He also enjoyed singing. He belonged to many choral groups starting with Lewellen’s Young Men’s Chorus, Berwick; Bloomsburg’s Town Chorus, Berwick Choral Group and Bloomsburg Bicentennial Choir for 12 years. He also sang in St Paul’s Choir for over 50 years. He loved Karaoke, singing since 2002.

In his younger days, he liked to roller skate at several local rinks, including Skate Town where he skated until he was 72 years old.

Luther was a life member of Defender Fire Company and Six County Firemen’s Association. He was a social member of the Berwick VFW and Nescopeck AmVets; a 50-year member of Moose International, now Columbia Valley PA Lodge 623. In 2014 he joined the Berwick Historical Society.

He is survived by his son, Wade Fink and wife Melissa, Nazareth; daughters: Raylene Hervet and companion Dale Houck, Berwick; Lynette Dozier and husband Tony, Highspire; Alicia Williams and companion Mike Kline, Shickshinny; and; 11 grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Diane M. (Smith) Fink; brothers: Ralph, Edward, Earl, and Kenneth; and sisters: Margaret, Elva, Gertrude and Roxanne.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Reverend Ralph Hartenbach officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends on Wednesday morning from 11:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1000 Orange Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Marlene M. (Kishbaugh) Mowery, 81, of Nescopeck Township passed away on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Geisinger Bloomsburg Healthcare where she was a guest for the past 3 years.

Born in Berwick on December 3, 1936, she was a daughter of the late Sterling R. and Sarah M. (Haupt) Kishbaugh. She attended Nescopeck schools. Marlene worked hard to provide a loving home for her husband and children.

She was a former member of Mt Zion Union Church in Briggsville. She loved playing BINGO and working on word search puzzles. She liked taking care of her cats. For many years, she husked and tied Indian corn for Briggs Farm.

She was preceded in death by her husband Herbert I. Mowery in 2003; sisters, Beatrice Roth and Evelyn Dawson; and brothers, Sterling Kishbaugh Jr and Harry D. Kishbaugh.

She will be greatly missed by her loving children: Alan Mowery and companion Evelyn Price, Nescopeck; Brenda Crowley and husband Matthew, Washingtonville; Terry Mowery, Nescopeck; Lori George and husband Joseph, Berwick; 8 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; brother, Edward Kishbaugh, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 in Elan Memorial Park, Old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg.

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William Lee Houck, 43, of Berwick passed away on July 12, 2018.

Born in Berwick on June 18, 1975, he was the son of Graydon R. Houck of Berwick and the late Diane Marie (Hare) Houck. He was a graduate of Columbia Montour Vo-Tech School, Bloomsburg. Bill was a welder by trade and most recently worked in York, PA.

Bill was a talented guitar player. He enjoyed being outdoors, riding motorcycles, mountain biking, cliff jumping, swimming, camping and hiking. He also liked lifting weights and working out at the gym.

In addition to his father, he will be missed by his son, Kristian Houck, Colorado; daughter, Angelica Houck, Colorado; brother, Shawn Houck and wife Laura, Benton; niece, Mya; nephew Coye; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Besides his mother, he was preceded in death by grandparents.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 12:30 on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick.

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

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Thomas M. Harvey, 49, of Berwick passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at his home.

Born in Berwick on September 3, 1968, he was the son of Anna Mae (Williams) Harvey of Berwick and the late Cledith S. Harvey. He attended Berwick High School. He was employed at several area businesses including the Berwick Lighting, Tom’s Kitchen in Catawissa and most recently Berwick Offray.

Tom was affiliated with Grace Lutheran Church, Berwick. He enjoyed shoveling snow and mowing grass. Many people knew him from driving his lawn mower around Berwick. He was a hard worker and a very giving person.

In addition to his mother, he will be greatly missed by his brothers, David Williams Sr, Berwick; Claude Harvey and companion Anna Anderson, Mocanaqua; Eric Harvey and companion Deb Featherman, Berwick; sisters, Susan Harvey and companion Donny Fowler, Berwick; Sharlynn Babb and husband Bobby, Berwick; Tina Drake and husband William, Plains; 22 nieces and nephews; 35 great nieces and nephews; 3 great-great nieces and nephews.

Besides his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents and uncles.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1905 Spring Garden Avenue, Berwick on Saturday, August 4, 2018 starting at Noon.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to family or mailed to Eric Harvey at 1905 Spring Garden Avenue, Berwick, PA 18603 to help with Tom’s final expenses.

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Kenneth J. Green, 55, of Bloomsburg passed away on Monday, July 23, 2018 at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital, surrounded by family.

Born in Ashtabula, OH on February 17, 1963, he was a son of Donna R. (Wagner) Anderson, Nescopeck and the late Homer K. Green. Ken was raised and educated in Ashtabula before moving to Pennsylvania. Locally he worked at the Big Heart Pet Brands/J. M. Smucker Company until his health began to fail.

He was a member of the Slavonic American Club, American Legion Riders and American Legion Post 273 Bloomsburg. Ken had a passion for riding his Harley and working on bikes in his best friend, Gardner’s, garage. He was a talented guitar player who had a great sense of humor and made people laugh by changing the lyrics to classic songs. He loved spending time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, Jacqueline D. (Geines) Green, with whom he shared 28 years; children: Jesse Green; Felicia Foster; and Christopher K. Wiber; grandchildren: Kaydence and Colson. He is also survived by his step mother, Kay Green; sisters: Cindy Green; Kellie Green; Amy Stevens; Sally Lemon; Julie Shetler; Lisa Ohl; Lori Anderson; Heidi Morris; numerous nieces and nephews; and best friend and brother, I. Ken Gardner and wife Melissa Gardner.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his step mother, Vivian Green; sister, Jamie Sue Anderson; grandparents: Homer J. and Sara I. Green; and Donald and Ruth Wagner.

A viewing will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, followed by a funeral service at 7:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Ken’s favorite charity: Development Office, Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center — Lexington, 110 Conn Terrace, Lexington, KY 40508, or at www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.

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Patricia M. Brown, 62, of Slocum Township passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley, with her family by her side.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on April 18, 1956 she was a daughter of the late Anthony A. and Julia (Kutzmonich) Kamionka. Pat graduated from Crestwood High School in 1974. She worked at Gem Pack for 18 years until her health started to fail.

Pat was a member of Faith United Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nescopeck. She liked to crochet, bake cookies and making food for others. Pat’s dream was to beat her illness so that she could counsel others in their battle.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 40 years, Richard H. Brown, Wapwallopen; sister, Julie Hart, Hobbie; niece, Valerie Palmer and husband Jason; nephew, J.J. Simmons and wife Laura; aunt, Anna Kamionka, Kingston; and numerous cousins.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Michael Kamionka.

Family will receive friends from 6:00-9:00 PM on Friday, July 27, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Faith United Church, 801 East Third Street, Nescopeck with her pastor, the Rev. Jessica Kingsborough officiating.

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

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Bonita M. “Bonnie” (Kemper) Klatt, 74, of Berwick passed away on Friday, July 20, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Slocum Township on September 18, 1943, she was a daughter of the late Leonard W. and Jean A. (Thomas) Kemper. She attended Nescopeck High School and worked for several years as a seamstress. She later earned her certification as a Nurse Assistant. She worked in Delaware as a home health aide and prior to retiring, at Berwick Retirement Village.

Bonnie attended Shiloh Bible Church, Almedia. She enjoyed craft building and working on puzzles. She had a passion for sewing and made many items including, clothes and wedding gowns to curtains and tablecloths.

She will be greatly missed by her loving daughters: Wendy L. Thomas, Palm Bay, FL; Gail Titus and husband Bert, Berwick; Lynn Traver and husband Daniel, Berwick; daughter-in-law, Jerri Brennan, Rochester, NY; 13 cherished grandchildren: Patrick and fiancé Tiffany; Anthony; J.C.; Fawn; Destiny and wife Kim; Desiree; Brianna; Shay; Felicia; Chelsea and husband Shane; Clifford and wife Cassidy; Teena and husband Noah; and Jessica; 30 adored great grandchildren: Alexis; Jenna; Steven; Shelby; Gabby; Whaylon; J.J.; Layla; Tehya; Corbyn; Dylan; Kendra; Kayleigh; Desiree; Elle; Bella; Cali; Jacob; Leann; Shane Jr; Dakota; Jazzmyne; Riley; Kayden; Kaiya; Kendall; Kailee; Gabriella; Ryleigh; and Lucy. She also leaves behind her brothers: Edward W. Kemper and wife Peg, Port St Lucy, FL; David F. Kemper and wife Rosemary, Berwick; John W. Kemper and wife Loretta, Berwick; sisters: Susan E. Fifield and husband David, Berwick; Kathleen J. Diehl and husband Brian, Ashford, AL; and numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sons: John S. Thomas and Scott M. Thomas; great grandson, Zander; and brothers: Roland D. Kemper and Lenord J. Kemper.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 6:00 PM on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at the American Ukrainian Citizens Club, 1222 Freas Ave, Berwick.

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Linda Lee Green, 75, of Berwick passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at Berwick Hospital Center with her family at her side.

Born in Passaic, NJ on January 9, 1943, she was a daughter of the late John J. and Jean (Rostkowski) Pereviznick. She graduated from Clifton High School in New Jersey, class of 1960. After moving to Pennsylvania, Linda worked for many years at Wise Potato Chips before she retired.

Linda enjoyed reading, she could often be found with a book, the newspaper or one of her favorite magazines. She also like watching sports, her favorite teams were the New York Mets and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Linda was very family oriented, she loved spending time with them, especially her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Kelly Oliveri of Berwick; son-in-law, Mike Mariano, Williamsport; grandchildren, Eric Oliveri and wife Erica; Carissa Oliveri; Megan Oliveri; and Austyn Mariano. She also leaves behind a brother, Jack Pereviznick, Tannersville, NY; sister, Lois Wade and husband Kevin, Clifton, NJ; nephew and nieces, Adam Wade; Erin Wade; Mary Jean Tracy and great niece, Kiley Kosmider.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son Robert J. Green Jr on Sept. 14, 2012; and daughter, Tracy M. Mariano on Sept. 11, 2011.

Family will receive friends starting at 11:00 on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, followed by a memorial service at 12:00 Noon with Pastor James Stanley officiating.

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

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Alma M. Wright, 84, of Nescopeck passed away on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at Berwick Retirement Village II.

Born in Berwick on October 29, 1933 she was a daughter of the late Preston N. Sr and Thelma (Keller) Fish. She attended North Centre schools. Alma worked at Milco Industries for 20 years before retiring and then worked for Dalo’s Bakery.

She was a member of the First United Church of Christ. Alma enjoyed singing in the choir and she belonged to the Ladies Aid. She was very devoted to the elderly and loved to baby sit her grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Linda Rupp and husband David, Nescopeck; Jean Hoyle and husband, Allan, Mifflinville; son, Richard Wright wife Kathy, Nescopeck; 15 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren; brothers, Lawrence Fish, Beach Haven and Graydon Fish, Orangeville.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Fred in 1979; son, Dan Wright; brothers, Preston Fish Jr, Russel Fish and Leon Fish; sisters, Irene Yoder, Helen Mensinger and Elaine Salter.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at the First United Church of Christ, 901 East Third Street, Nescopeck with her pastor, Reverend Richard Dennison officiating. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the First United Church of Christ.

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Joyce M. Kester, 81, of Berwick passed away on Monday, July 16, 2018 at Bonham Nursing Home in Stillwater.

Born in Berwick on May 23, 1937 she was a daughter of the late Hurley Sr. and Cathrine (Shepard) McAllister. Joyce graduated from Berwick High School in 1955. She worked at several local businesses including, Consolidated Cigar Factory, and Sutters Hardware until it closed.

Joyce was a former member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. She liked driving, going shopping and out to eat with friends. She enjoyed going on trips to the beach and to the family lake house. She dearly loved being with her grandsons and was very family oriented. Her family and friends considered her to be a kind, caring, and thoughtful mother, grandmother, and friend.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 55 years, Paul J. Kester, Berwick; daughter Paulette Percey and husband James “Jake”, Effort; grandsons, Jacob and Brandon Percey; brother-in-law, Richard Good, Sr.; nieces and nephews, Rich Good and wife Sharon; and Melanie, Mike and Mary McAllister.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Good; and brothers, Harold McAllister and Hurley McAllister, Jr.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 20, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Bonham Nursing Home Activities Fund, 477 Bonnieville Road, Stillwater, PA 17878.

Joyce’s family would like to thank Bonham’s North Wing nursing staff, and the nurse aides for the kind and loving care they gave, the activities directors for their help and loving support, and Geisinger Hospice for all the assistance they provided.

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Christopher J. DeLuca, 35, of Berwick passed away on Monday, July 9, 2018 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, where he was a patient since Friday.

Born on October 7, 1982 in Trenton, NJ he was a son of Marie (Deluca) and husband Robert Bogusch, Sr of Berwick. Christopher attended high school in Carteret, NJ. He worked at several different business over the years, including Men’s Warehouse in Wilkes-Barre.

Christopher liked watching football and was an avid New York Giants fan. He enjoyed playing chess and playing cards with his family and friends family. Occasionally, he liked to go fishing.

In addition to his parents, he will be greatly missed by his brother, Robert Bugasch, Jr. and wife Brieann, Nescopeck; sisters, Maria Bugasch, Philadelphia; Lisa Bugasch, Philadelphia; niece and nephew, Kylie and Colin; uncles, Bill DeLuca and Louis DeLuca; several cousins and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Luigi and Ann DeLuca.

Family will receive friends starting at 5:00 PM on Monday, July 16, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck followed by a memorial service at 7:00 PM.

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Cindy J. Mott, 61, of Nescopeck passed away on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family, after losing her battle with cancer.

Born in Berwick on January 9, 1957, she was the daughter of Barbara (Hartman) Plish of Berwick and the late Joseph Plish, Sr. She attended Berwick High School. Cindy was employed at First Keystone Community Bank, Berwick for 18 years.

Cindy loved spending time with her family, especially her son, nieces and great nieces. Aside from family time, she enjoyed going to beach.

She will be greatly missed by her son, Timothy Bogart; and his father, Paul Bogart; sisters, Susan Clark and husband Phillip; Mary Baylor and husband Steve, Berwick; brother, Joseph Plish, Berwick; several nieces and nephews; and friend and caregiver, Wendy Bonsall.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Mott in 2013.

Family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM on Friday, July 13, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. A graveside service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, July 14, 2018 in Pine Grove Cemetery, Walnut Street, Berwick.

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Coramay (Harker) Benjamin of Nuremberg passed away on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born on December 8, 1934, she was a daughter of the late Harold D. and Margaret L. (Sherman) Harker. She attended school in Florida and Nuremberg, PA. Coramay was a “jack of all trades…” over the years she worked in many different positions including roofing, painting, and construction, housekeeping, and waitressing. She was also employed at a sewing factory in Nuremburg and at the Berwick Cannery. She was a hard-worker, who did what was necessary to make ends meet.

Coramay had a deep faith in God. She attended several different churches, most recently Nuremburg United Methodist Church. She enjoyed going to Tower’s in Fern Glen where she would sit and play the poker machine.

She is survived by her son, David Benjamin, Sr, Zion Grove; grandchildren: David Benjamin, Jr, Sugarloaf and Theresa Grohman, North Carolina; great grandchildren: Ryan, Mitchell, Rebecca, Julia and Hunter; former daughter-in-law, Jeanette Benjamin; brother, Walter Harker; and many nieces and nephews. She often said, her grandchildren were her heart.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers: Henry; Raynor; Jerry; and Richard Harker; and sisters: Violet Michael; Margaret Lutz; and Judy Harker.

At her request there will be no services.

If you knew her, remember her as she was, and follow her lead by doing a good deed for someone in need. If you were going to send flowers, please make memorial contribution to a local charity of your choice instead.

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Bette L. (Toth) Walck, 86, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday evening, July 3, 2018 at home surrounded by her family.

Born in Berwick on September 10, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Teresa (Sabo) Toth. She attended school in Chester and Berwick. Throughout the years, Bette worked at several local businesses, including Milco, Fulton Lamp, Berwick Ribbon Factory and Berwick Shirt Factory.

Bette was an active member of St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church, Berwick, where she sang with the funeral choir, was a member and held various positions on the women’s council, and volunteered in many ways including, helping with the fish fries and cleaning the church. She was also a former member of the Berwick Moose Lodge. She was very social and enjoyed being around people, many people knew if you needed something “you could count on Bette”. She liked to go shopping and playing BINGO, reading, crocheting and working on word puzzles.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 67 years, Howard “Jake” Walck, Jr; daughter, Susan Boone and husband, Elwood, Berwick; son, Dennis Walck and wife Mary, Berwick; cherished grandchildren, Jason Boone and wife Deanna; Megan Williams and husband Kody; and 5 adored great grandchildren. She was looking forward to the birth of another great grandson in August. She also leaves behind her sisters-in-law, Lorraine Hoffman and Ruth Stein; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Edward at birth; and brother, Louis “Lucky” Toth.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, July 9, 2018 at St. Mary’s Church, 1730 Fowler Ave, Berwick, with her pastor, Very Reverend Francis J. Tamburro, VF officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends at the church starting at 10:00 AM. A prayer service will begin at 10:45.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory are suggest to Holy Family School, 728 South Washington Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Emma Carol (Woodson) Lawall, 95, of Pond Hill passed away on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at Mountain Top Senior Care where she was a guest for past 6 months.

Born in Pulaski County, KY, she was a daughter of the late John D. and Grace (Abbott) Woodson. She graduated from Shopville High School in Pulaski County, Kentucky. During WWII, Carol welded firewalls for Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach, CA. She met M. Edward Lawall while he was stationed at Ft Knox, KY. They were married in 1943, and after the war ended, they moved to Pennsylvania and settled on the family farm where they raised dairy cattle and other livestock. Along with her farm work, Carol was a loving wife and mother, raising 3 children and 6 foster children, and gracefully fulfilling the duties of providing a caring home for her family.

Carol was a member of St. Mark’s United Church of Christ, Pond Hill, where she was a Sunday School superintendent and teacher, and a member of the Ladies Aide. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Carol liked gardening, both vegetables and flowers. She liked feeding the birds. She enjoyed cooking and canning and would often have people call her for recipes and tips. She like catching up with friends and neighbors through phone calls and loved spending time with her family, especially her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Mary Grace Gambone, Pond Hill; John E Lawall and wife Denise, Pond Hill; Joseph M Lawall, Pond Hill; Karen Cragle, Berwick; Charles Cartwright, NC; Brian Crane and wife Lorna, England; Debra Bray and husband Keith, NC; Darin Crane and wife Melanie, Pittsburgh; Cindy Daum and husband Harold, Berwick; 17 grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren. She also leaves behind a sister, Hila Williams, Scranton; brothers, Ronald Woodson and wife Maryann, Somerset, KY; Creston Woodson and wife Pat, Houston, TX; and numerous nieces; nephews; and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward in 1999; sisters, Virginia Harman and Joyce Broughton; brothers, John D; Howard, Joe, Curtis and Edwin Woodson.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at St. Mark’s UCC, 285 Pond Hill Mountain Road, Wapwallopen. Interment will follow in Pond Hill Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 5:00-9:00 PM on Friday at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Marks United Church of Christ.

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Ulderico Margani, 76, of Berwick passed away on Friday, June 29, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Balsorano, Italy on July 17, 1941, he was a son of the late Raffaele and Santa Margani. He was raised and educated in Rome and served in the Italian Army from 1962 to 1964. Rico was a talented painter who sold many of his paintings at exhibits in Italy. After moving to the United States in the 1970’s, he worked at National Select Weaving, and most recently, as a mason for Slusser Brothers for many years.

Rico enjoyed being outdoors where he found inspiration for most of his paintings. He like fishing and, in his younger years, hunting. He loved spending time in his garden. He also enjoyed wood carving as a way to express his talents.

He will be greatly missed by his loving companion of 42 years, Linda Herring, with whom he resided; son, Ulderico “Rico” Margani, Jr and wife Robyn, Berwick; Linda’s daughters, Jolinda Bitler and Angela Boone, both of Berwick; grandchildren: Desiree, Isabella, Tyler, Michael, Aimee, Jordan, and Laynee; great granddaughter, Aaliyah; sisters: Giuseppina Margani-Troiani, Berwick; Rita Margani, Rome, Italy; brothers: Domenico Margani and wife Vencenza, Rome; Giovanni Marganni, Rome; Antonio Margani and wife Filomena, Rome; and many nieces and nephews.

Rico was a reserved and modest person. In keeping with his wishes, his funeral services will be held privately on Tuesday. His burial will take place in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick.

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Dorothy M. Kemmerer, 96, of Berwick went home to be with the Lord on Friday, June 22, 2018 at Sunset Ridge Nursing Home where she was residing.

Born on May 29, 1922 in Beach Haven she was the daughter of the late Arden and Jennie (Long) Phillips. Dorothy met Raymond Kemmerer and they married on June 20, 1942. They had three children together. She worked hard to provide a loving home for her husband and children.

She was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Lightstreet. Dorothy enjoyed cooking and baking. She liked to spend her free time playing cards and games.

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

She will be greatly missed by her children: Terry Kemmerer and wife Mary Ann, Bloomsburg; Robert Kemmerer and wife Sandy, Florida; Beth Ann Goetz and husband Donald, Berwick; grandchildren: Bryan Kemmerer and companion Tracy, Florida; Scott Kemmerer and wife Mary, Kentucky; Larry Kemmerer and wife Susan, Bloomsburg; Rick Kemmerer, Massachusetts; Alan Kemmerer and wife Mindy, Berwick; Matthew Goetz and wife Kim, New Jersey; Cory Goetz and wife Laura, Hershey; 9 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; brother, Ronald Phillips and wife Barbara, Nevada; numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with pastor Ryan Reigh officiating. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery in Berwick.

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Rebecca Jane Paisley (formerly Stout), 74, of Ruckle Hill, Wapwallopen, died Saturday, April 16, 2018 at Wilkes-Barre General hospital surrounded by her family.

She was born August 3, 1943, in Berwick and was the daughter of the late Elizabeth Jane Stout (formerly Turner) and John Slusser. She was later adopted by her step-father, Eugene Stout, whom she adored.

Becky retired from Berwick Hospital Center where she was a switchboard operator. She had previously worked as a nurse aid in several different hospitals. One of her earliest jobs was at Berwick Shirt, where she met the late Carl Paisley. They were married on May 8, 1965.

Becky loved children and had three daughters with Carl, who passed away in 2012. She was self-sacrificing and spent countless hours chauffeuring the youngest daughter in particular to extracurricular lessons, practices and rehearsals. Although it was an exhausting period of time driving between Wapwallopen, Nanticoke and Forty Fort, she often recalled that period as the happiest in her life. She was a generous person who enjoyed helping other people.

Becky is survived by her daughters and grandchildren: Heather Yakabovic, Wapwallopen, and her children: Christian, Michael, Cali, Aden and Zane; TyLean Polley, Lochcarron, Scotland, and her children: Silas and Viggo. Becky is also survived by five sisters and three brothers: Gail, Philadelphia; Judy Sweeny, Nescopeck; Starlet Hess, Nescopeck; Bill Stout, Nescopeck; Ernie Stout, Moncks Corner, SC; Tina Burt, Nescopeck; Mark Stout, Nescopeck; and Margie Kline, Benton.

A viewing will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at Heller's Funeral Home, Nescopeck, followed by a funeral service at 3:30 p.m., with Pastor Scott Lyons of Stillwater Christian Church, officiating. She will be laid to rest in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Nescopeck.

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David "Dave, Davey, Mugsy, Bruno" Lee Burger passed away June 16, 2018 in Geisinger Danville. He would have turned 63 on Sunday, June 17, his birthday and Father's Day.

He was born in Hazleton to parents, Russell and Mary (Kamerzel) Burger, who have predeceased him. Also preceding in death were his sister, Jane Hardy and niece, Jamie Burger and unborn son, Carter.

He is survived by wife of 43 years, Carol (Baer), daughters Jessica Shudak and husband, Eric; and Crystal Mickalowski and husband, Ron. He has four grandchildren, of whom he adored, Ethan Shudak, Tiara, Joscelyn and Gabriel Mickalowski. Surviving siblings are: Sandy Donnell, Donald Burger and Daniel Burger.

Dave grew up in Sugarloaf and attended West Hazleton high school graduating in 1973. He was a hard-working man who was employed at various companies including: Valley Seeding, Naugle Lumberyard, Strick, Schuylkill Energy, and Haddon Craftsman.

He was a lifetime member of the Conyngham Sportsman's Club, NRA, Whitetails Unlimited, and North American Hunting Club. His true passions were hunting, fishing, and being in the outdoors. He loved going to the casino and scratch off lottery tickets. He was the life of the party sharing stories that would either make you laugh, cry or shake your head in disbelief.

He was loved by many and always knew how to "pull your trigger". Rest in peace Dad! You can now breathe and walk freely!

My dad was a big man full of fun and laughter,

He played jokes on his fellow sportsmen

And to him it did not matter.

Education he had not,

But what he learned in life's lessons he never forgot.

He always had a story to tell,

And for this we all will remember him well.

Per his final wishes,

He wants to be remembered as

"Being a pain in the balls with a heart of gold."

Dave wanted a viewing and then to be cremated with a private ceremony at a later time. We are honoring his request on Tuesday, June 19 between 5-8 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third St, Nescopeck.

In lieu of flowers, please make monetary donations to the funeral home in his name to help defray the cost of funeral expenses.

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Eugene “Joe” Holmes, 58, of Berwick passed away suddenly on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at Berwick Hospital Center.

Born on November 3, 1959, he was a son of the late Patricia A. Miller and Eugene J. Holmes. He was raised and educated in the Philadelphia area, and attended trade school for auto detailing. Joe was employed in general contracting and roofing in Philadelphia for many years. After moving to Berwick, “Gene” worked for Wise Foods.

He enjoyed auto detailing, cooking and Judo in his younger years. He loved his family, especially his children and grandchildren. He was a great big brother, helping to raise 5 siblings. His caring nature followed through and showed in the way he cared for his special needs stepdaughter, never shying away from any of the responsibility.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife Evelyn J. (Davis) Holmes, with whom he spent the last 13 years, and married to for the past 5; daughters: Nichole Gulledge; Diana Ritchie and Renee Holmes; Randolph Davis and Shawna Marie Holloway; 9 cherished grandchildren. He also leaves behind his step dad, John Williams, with whom he had a close relationship; sisters: Rebecca Holmes and companion Charles; Cheryl Fegley and husband Steve; and Patty Cress; and many nieces and nephews who adored him.

He was preceded by a brother, Robert Holmes and sister, Rachel Williams.

Family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7368 School House Road, Berwick. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 PM followed by fellowship and sharing.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to UCP Central PA, Attn: Community Relations, 55 Utley Drive, Camp Hill, PA 17011.

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Daniel A. Garrison, 66, of Briar Creek passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at his home.

Born in Sayre, PA on January 11, 1952, he was a son of the late George D. and Betty E. (Walp) Garrison. He was a graduate of Berwick High School and attended Williamsport Area Community College. He served in the US Army from 1972 to 1975 during the Viet Nam War. After an honorable discharge, he was employed at Berwick Forge and Fabricating. In 1993, Dan, his wife Linda, and friend Bart Fisher purchased an ice cream truck called the B and D Fun Wagon, which they ran for two years. Later, he worked for Carrols Corporation which became Burger King. After 35 years, he left to pursue his job as an independent contractor for Mutual Inspections Bureau.

Dan attended First Reformed United Church of Christ. He was a member of the Rotary Club in Berwick, a life member the American Legion Post 495, Shickshinny. He liked golfing and was a member of Arnold’s Golf Course, Mifflinville. He loved being outdoors, hunting, fishing, trapshooting and boating. He was a member of SASS, the Nescopeck Hunting and Rifle Club, and a life member of the NRA. He liked traveling and in his younger years spent many hours motorcycle riding. He enjoyed playing guitar and singing to friends and family. His greatest delight was spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 47 years, Linda M. (Shoemaker) Garrison; sons: Hons Garrison and wife Brenda, Nescopeck; George “Jared” Garrsion, Bloomsburg; daughter, Amber Garrison; grandchildren: Ashlee Garrison and fiancé Justin Deska; Derek Garrison; great grandchildren: Ava Garrison and Cameron Lewis. He also leaves behind a brother, George “Dave” Garrison, Berwick; sister, Lynn Moyer and husband Fred, Berwick; several nieces and nephews, cousins and extended family.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Reverend Chad Hebrink officiating. Burial will take place in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick, with military honors. Family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

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

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Harold O. Chapin, 98, passed away peacefully on June 11, 2018, under the care of Berwick Retirement Village.

Born on March 22, 1920, he was the fourth of ten children born to the late Fred Sr. and Mabel (Andress) Chapin of Wapwallopen. He was raised and attended school in Pond Hill and later in Nescopeck. He helped on the family farm and then worked for his Uncle Robert Chapin on his farm. He later started work for the WPA, setting concrete forms on the turnpike near the Lehigh Tunnel. He eventually made his way to work on the roads near Punxsutawney, where he met his future wife, Roberta, or as most knew her “Bobbie”. He married her in 1942, and they were married 53 years until her death.

He also worked at the AC&F in Berwick, farmed his own acreage near Briggsville, and worked for his Uncle Forrest Chapin hauling coal. He later worked for his cousin John Chapin cleaning and installing oil furnaces and delivering fuel for Chapin Oil Service. He retired from there in 1982.

Harold was an insurance agent for the Tuscarora Wayne Mutual Insurance Company and was a sitting board member and Vice -Chairman there until he retired from the position in 2010.

Throughout his life, Harold served as an Elder, Deacon, Sunday School Superintendent, and Nescopeck School Board Director. He was a member of the Odd Fellows.

He loved to travel and had visited Florida, Alaska, Panama, Australia, and many other places.

Mr. Chapin was preceded in death by his parents and loving wife, as well as 3 sisters: Harriet Chapin (during childhood); Edna Wenner; and Edith Seigfreid, and 3 brothers: Howard; Fred Jr; and Richard Chapin.

He is survived by his six children and their spouses: Marion Rinehimer wife of Harold, rural Nescopeck with whom her father resided for 23 years; Woodrow Chapin and his wife Kate of Oregon; Curt Chapin and his wife Roberta, rural Nescopeck; Dennis Chapin and his wife Linda of Berwick; Beverly Edwards and her husband Don of rural Berwick; Edward Chapin and his wife Toni of rural Nescopeck; 15 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Beatrice Miller, Zenith; brothers, Ralph Chapin of Denver, PA; Larry Chapin of Wapwallopen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A viewing will be held from 10:00 AM till 11:00 AM on Friday, June 15, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, followed by a funeral service.

He will be laid to rest next to his wife at Mt Zion United Church of Christ, Briggsville, where he was a member for many years.

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Jeremy H. Creasy, 27, passed away on Friday, June 8, 2018 at Berwick Hospital Center after losing his battle with addiction.

Born in Danville on July 1, 1990, he was a son of John P. and Michelle A. (Waters) Creasy of Berwick and Brenda K. (Shultz) and Shawn Titus of Shickshinny. He graduated from Central Columbia High School in 2008. He had several jobs over the years, but most recently, he worked at North Mountain Modular and Steinruck Family Construction.

Jeremy was a Christian, and most recently attended Radiant Light Assembly of God Church, Muncy. He was a very talented musician. He loved being outdoors, fishing with his dad, hunting with his stepdad and all his family members, riding ATV’s and building and enjoying campfires. Jeremy was a Raiders football fan, Orioles baseball fan and an avid “Sixers” basketball fan.

The family would like people to remember Jeremy as the man he truly was: funny, a jokester and prankster, very intelligent, good-looking, fun-loving, compassionate, willing to help anyone, willing to give the shirt off his own back, always wanting to cheer people up and the life of every room he stepped into.

In addition to his parents, he will be greatly missed by his sisters and brothers: Chandra Schartzer and fiancé Aaron Parsons, Nescopeck; PFC Dalton Schartzer, Ft Bragg; Alyssa Titus, Kara Titus and Shawn Hunter Titus, Shickshinny; and Gavin Creasy, Berwick; nieces, Lennox and Madeline; grandparents: Sandy Cornwall, Nescopeck; Hank and Cherriden Vanderveen, NC; William W and Bonnie Titus Jr, Dallas; Richard and Linda Kile, Catawissa; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charles and Donna Creasy; Richard Cornwall; and Howard and Sandra Shultz.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Adam Barnes officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 10:00 until the time of service.

It takes an entire community to battle addiction. Get involved; do everything within your power to provide help. Children, there are people who love you with all that they have and no matter what you do, don't be too afraid, too ashamed, too scared, too anything to ask for help. Parents, pay close attention to your children and the world that revolves around them, "even when the surface of the water seems calm, it may be turbulent just beneath."

To Jeremy and all those that have traveled the rigid trail of addiction but could not make it through, you are loved always and never forgotten.

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Jeffery A. Stout, Sr., 66, of Council Cup passed away on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at his home, surrounded by family.

Born in Berwick on April 7, 1952, he was a son of the late Margaret P. (Turner) and Richard F. Stout, Sr. He attended Nescopeck School. In his younger years, he was employed as a crane operator for the Berwick AC&F. Later, he worked at Tuzzi’s Bakery. In the early 80’s he started at Asplundh where he was a tree trimmer until retiring in 2004.

Jeff was a member of the VFW Post 8227, Nescopeck. He played pool in the American Poolplayers Association and also like to play golf. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and camping. Jeff like watching football and was an avid 49ers fan.

He will be greatly missed by his sons: Jeffery A. Stout, Jr and Levi A. Stout, both of Berwick; grandsons: Zachary M. Stout and Joseph A. Stout; sisters: Linda (Stout) Mowery and husband Jim, Nescopeck; Corlene (Stout) King and husband Walt, Council Cup; Beth Stout, Council Cup; brothers: Richard “Butch” Stout, Jr and wife Doris, Berwick; Walter Stout, Mifflin Township; Clinton Stout and wife Sharon, Council Cup; Roger Stout and wife Sally, Nescopeck; David Stout, NJ; numerous nieces and nephews; and several cousins.

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

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Margaret J. Aungst, 87, of Benton passed away on Monday, June 4, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center.

Born in Lofty on April 13, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Emma (Yanoshik) Shaller. She was a graduate of McAdoo High School and later Empire Beauty College where she got her degree in cosmetology. Margaret taught at Empire Beauty School in Schuylkill County and was employed at the former US Radium Plant in Almedia. She also looked after many children in the Benton area.

Margaret was a former member of Christ the King Church, Benton. She enjoyed crafts and making works of art out of eggshells. She liked to read and do crossword puzzles. She loved to attend her grandson’s sporting events.

She will be greatly missed by her husband of over 61 years, Theodore Aungst; son, James Aungst; daughter, Renee Williams and husband Ric, Bloomsburg; grandchildren, Marie Boyd, Jennifer Aungst, and Lewis Williams; 2 great grandchildren; and sisters, Mary Hartman, Benton, Martha Petrie, Hazleton and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by brothers, John Shaller, Frank Shaller, Joe Shaller, and Michael “Butch” Shaller.

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

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Joyce M. Shaffer, 88, of Berwick went home to the Lord on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at home, surrounded by family.

Born in Berwick on June 7, 1929 she was a daughter of the late Floyd E and Margaret Whitmire, Sr. She was a graduate of Berwick High School, class of 1948. Joyce worked for a short time before becoming a wife and mother. She worked hard to provide a loving environment for her family. She also cleaned house and looked after children for several local families.

Joyce was a member of Berwick Assembly of God Church where she participated in the Joy Club. She was a member of the Senior Citizens, Berwick and a former member of the Salvation Army. She enjoyed baking, cooking, canning and painting ceramics. She also like playing cards, especially Pinochle.

In addition to her parents, Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce S. Shaffer on May 27, 2011; infant son, David Shaffer; infant grandson, Stephen; brothers, Floyd, Sterling, Walter, Norman, and Verncil Whitmire; and sisters, Betty Schell; Marguerite Nash; and infant sister, Gloria Whitmire.

She will be greatly missed by her children: son, Duane Shaffer and wife Cindy, Berwick; daughter and caretaker, Lorraine Shaffer, Berwick; daughter, Gail Redline and husband Mark, Bloomsburg; daughter, Ruth Whitenight and husband Lloyd, Berwick; son, Richard Shaffer and wife Debbie, Berwick; grandchildren: Duane, Jason, Casey, Lisa, Trisha, Keith, Crystal, Tyler and Renay; 7 great grandchildren; and 1 great granddaughter. She also leaves behind sisters: Martha Vargo, Berwick; and Pauline Dixon, McConnellstown; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Stephen Potutschnig officiating. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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

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Richard L. Hartranft, 76, of Bloomsburg passed away Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Berwick Retirement Village II, with his family at his side.

Born in Hazleton on July 26, 1941, he was a son of the late Benjamin and Alma (Zehner) Hartranft. Richard graduated from Black Creek Township High School and later joined the United States Air Force. After an honorable discharge, he worked at Bemis in Hazelton, retiring after 30 years.

Richard was a member of the American Legion Post 699 in Nuremburg. He was also a former member of the Owls Club.

Richard liked working on the family farm. He enjoyed watching sports, especially baseball and was an LA Dodgers fan. He enjoyed socializing and catching up with friends and family even on the phone.

In addition to his parents he was preceded by his wife, Judy Hartranft in 2017; brothers, Edward Hartranft and Ronald Hartranft.

He will be greatly missed by his children: Randall Welsh and wife Melinda, Virgina; Tracy Hartranft, Black Creek Township; Benjamin Hartranft and wife DeeDee, Scotch Valley; and Beth Hartranft, Black Creek Township; grandchildren, Colton Welsh, Caitlin Welsh, Brittany Peltz, Rhiannon Peltz, and Elijah Peltz; a brother, Thomas Hartranft, Nuremburg; a sister, Fay Ann Wolfe and husband Sonny, Lebanon; several aunts; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

At Richard’s request there will be no services.

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Lynette E. Evans, 39, of Bloomsburg passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at her residence.

She was born in Bloomsburg on September 12, 1979, the daughter of Susan Appleman and the late Ted Appleman. She was a graduate of Benton High School, class of 1997. She was employed as an insurance agent at State Farm Insurance in Berwick under Sean Black. She previously was employed at Brady Insurance agency in Danville.

She was a member of the Eagle Hose Company, Ukrainian Club, and the Russian Club. She previously attended St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Bloomsburg.

She was an amazing friend to all who knew her. She enjoyed socializing with her friends, playing pool, hiking, camping, kayaking, going to the mountains, going to auctions, going to yard sales and flea markets, and going for ice cream. She also loved watching movies, I Love Lucy, Alfred Hitchcock, Mr. Bean, and Are You Being Served, but most of all she loved spending time with her son.

She was a devoted mother to her son, Caleb.

In addition to her son, she is survived by her mother, a half-sister, aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

A celebration of her life will be held from 1-3PM on June 30, 2018 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 9 St. Luke’s Way, Bloomsburg.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made out to Lynette Evans Funeral Fund and mailed to 58 Old Mill Road, Berwick, PA 18603. Memorial contributions can also be made to the Go Fund Me Page: Lynette’s Memorial Fund at https://www.gofundme.com/5M5DVLK.

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Willis J. “Jim” Beck, Sr., 81, a resident of Nescopeck Township for 50 years, passed away on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Butler Township on April 11, 1937, he was a son of the late William J and Sadie (Travelpiece) Beck. He was raised and educated in Hunlock Creek. Jim worked at National Select and Berwick Weaving for 38 years. After retirement, he worked as a part time driver for Tuzzi’s Bakery for several years.

Jim was an outdoorsman who liked to go hunting, fishing and camping. He was an avid WWE wresting fan which he watched faithfully every Monday night. He was a league bowler at P-Nut Bowl in Bloomsburg and also liked bowling at Stanko’s with his wife, Nancy. He was a former member of the Elks, Berwick.

He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 52 years, Nancy L (Smith) Beck in 2012; and a brother, Jack Beck.

He will be greatly missed by his children: Willis “Jamie” Beck, Jr and companion Dawn Hess, Nescopeck Twp; Tina Bodey, Graham, NC; Valari Lockard and husband Donny, Berwick; Brandon Beck and wife Melanie, Berwick; 5 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren. He also leaves behind his brothers, William “Bill” Beck, Wapwallopen; Dennis Beck and wife Carolyn, Hobbie; sister, Sylvia Strait, Hunlock Creek; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Schloyersville Cemetery, Briggsville. Family will receive friends on Tuesday from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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Alisa S. Creveling, 54, of North Centre Township passed away on Friday, May 25, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville after losing her battle with cancer.

Born in Abington, PA on March 7, 1964, she was the daughter of the late John D and Joyce (Blevins) Asbury. She was a graduate of Central Columbia High School. Alisa was last employed as a shift supervisor at CVS Pharmacy. For the past 15 years, she has been a full-time wife and mother who worked hard to provide a loving home for her family.

She enjoyed sewing and flower gardening. When she was not spending time with her children or her cherished granddaughter, Alisa could often be found reading.

She will be greatly missed by her husband of 35 years, Thomas L Creveling, Sr; sons, Thomas Creveling Jr and Travis Creveling, all at home; daughter, Sara Sellers and husband Zachary of Berwick; granddaughter, Cadence Creveling; sister, Patty Herbert, Catawissa; brothers, Ron Asbury, Catawissa; and Bill Asbury, Numidia; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, John Asbury.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. The family will receive friends from 10:00 until the time of service.

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Janice M. Kleckner, 80, of Weston passed away on Friday, May 25, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, with her family by her side.

Born in Philadelphia on August 20, 1937, she was one of 7 children born to the late Thomas J and Lena (Schuster) Murphy. She attended school in Philadelphia and her first job was at Book Binders in Philadelphia. Later she worked as a nurse’s assistant at Friends Hospital, Fox Chase Hospital and American Oncologic all in Philadelphia. Prior to retirement, she was employed in the housekeeping department at Comfort Inn, West Hazleton.

She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Conyngham. She belonged to the quilting club in Nuremburg, and enjoyed crocheting, baking for family, and making candy. Janice had a vast cardinal collection. She was a NASCAR fan, but most of all, she loved watching her great granddaughter, Briana, in her dance recitals.

She will be greatly missed by her loving children: Thomas Trammell, Sr, W. Hazleton; Randy Trammell, Sugarloaf; Alicia Bolish and husband Keith, Hazleton; cherished grandchildren: Bruce Trammell and Thomas Trammell, Jr; adored great grandchildren: Briana Lee, Lyndsay, Brandon, Thomas and Logan; several nieces and nephews; and closest and special friend, Cheryl Hayes.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded by her husband, William T Kleckner; 3 brothers, and 3 sisters.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Nuremburg Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Wednesday May 30th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

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Joyce Ann Eveland, 80, enterend into eternal peace on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Sunset Ridge Nursing Home, Bloomsburg where she resided for the past 7 years.

Born in Bloomsburg on August 12, 1937, she was the daughter of Robert and Betty (Hinkel) Eveland. Joyce was raised in Catawissa where she graduated from high school. Joyce was an awesome cook and prepared many dishes for her church dinners.

She loved animals, especially her cat “Hobo”. In her spare time, she liked adult coloring, working on puzzles and reading.

She is survived by many cousins.

She wanted to thank her cousin Kate for all she has done for her since her mother passed. She had a special friend Nancy who helped her and came to visit her at Sunset Ridge; and Becky who did her hair.

A special thanks is also extended to the staff of Sunset Ridge and Commonwealth Berwick Hospice for all the loving care they provided.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Hillside Cemetery, Catawissa, with Chaplain Mike Delp officiating.

Contributions in Joyce’s name are suggested to the SPCA 1467 Bloom Road, Danville, PA 17821, or Commonwealth Hospice, 109 West 9th Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

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JoEllen “JoJo” Mitchell, 54, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on May 18, 2018 at her home.

Born in Berwick on January 25, 1964, she was the daughter of the late Barbara P. (Gensil) Shaffer. After attending Berwick High school, JoEllen went to Luzerne County Community College where she earned her degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1995. She worked as a nurse at Berwick Hospital and Bloomsburg Hospital.

JoEllen was a catholic, who most recently attended St. Joseph Catholic Church, Berwick. She enjoyed crafting and made all her gifts by hand. She loved her huskies “Butter” and “Pearl”, who were like her children. She raised them from puppies, until they passed away from old age.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Leroy and Sarah Shaffer.

She will be greatly missed by her sister, Donna J Wallace and husband William, Berwick; brother, Craig L Gensil, Boyertown, PA; and several nieces and nephews including Carla M. (Parulis) Cordingly and husband Ron; great niece, Justine Nephew and great nephew, Ryan Cordingly.

All services will be private. Interment will take place in Rose Lawn Cemetery.

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

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Ruby L. Burt, 92, of Bloomsburg passed away on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Grandview Nursing and Rehab, with her family at her side.

Born in Escondido, CA on June 4, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Orville and Bernadette Reed. She was raised and educated in California. After marrying Luther E. Burt, they moved to Pennsylvania, where Ruby helped with Luther’s family business, Burt’s Honey. She and her husband were also the proprietors of Hurr’s Dairy Store in Bloomsburg for several years. Prior to retiring, Ruby worked for Weis Markets, Bloomsburg.

Ruby was a Christian with a deep faith in the Lord. She spent many hours reading her Bible. She also like planting flowers, both indoors and outside. She could often be found sitting on her porch watching cars and people pass by, or just enjoying the weather.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Luther in 1985; and her son, Jim Burt.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Janine M. Phillips and companion Tim Danilowicz, Bloomsburg; grandchildren, Ryan and wife Melissa, Shane Burt and Adam Burt; great grandchildren, Luke and Abbey; and brother, Kenneth Reed, Colorado.

At Ruby’s request there will be no public services. Private interment will take place in Scott Cemetery, Huntington Mills.

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John W. “Porky” Forsythe, 87, of Hollenback Township passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Berwick Retirement Village II, surrounded by family.

Born in Black Creek Township on November 27, 1930, he was a son of the late Warren R and Jasamine (Shiner) Forsythe. He was educated in Nescopeck Township. In 1947, he started working for Penn Power and Light as a machine operator. He was employed there until his retirement, working his way up to supervisor in the mechanical department.

John was inducted into the US Army and served honorably with the 118th Engineer Combat Battalion, Co B, from 1952 to 1954 during the Korean War.

In 1952, he married Suzanne (Hileman) Forsythe. They bought a farm in Hollenback Township in the early 70’s, and John enjoyed completing the daily tasks involved with farming, often with his dog and loyal companion, Dakota, by his side.

Porky was an active member of St Paul’s United Church of Christ in Sugarloaf. For over 50 years, he was a member of the Hazle Azalea 327 F&AM Masonic Lodge, Hazleton and Caldwell Consistory, Bloomsburg. He was an Irem Shriner in Dallas. He was also a member of the NRA and enjoyed hunting. John was a car enthusiast who collected and worked on cars. He was a mechanic and enjoyed working with his hands.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Suzanne on November 14, 2017; a brother, Warren E Forsythe; and nephews, Dale Forsythe and Eugene Forsythe, who both passed as a result of the Viet Nam War.

He will be greatly missed by his sons, John Forsythe and wife Elizabeth, Sodus, NY; Robert Forsythe, Cleveland, OH; grandchildren, Derrick Forsythe and wife Maria; Cody Forsythe and companion Monica; Devon Musser and husband Gene; and great grandchildren, Felix; Riley; Ryan; Dalton; and Logan. He also leaves behind a sister, Loueen Carter and husband Howard, Nescopeck Twp; nieces; nephews; and friends, including Vaughn Bower, who helped John and Suzanne in many ways throughout the years.

The family would also like to acknowledge his former daughter-in-law, Cindy Forsythe for her love and support over the years; and the nursing staff at Berwick Retirement Village II for the care they provided during his illness.

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

Memorial contributions are suggested to: Development Office, Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center — Lexington, 110 Conn Terrace, Lexington, KY 40508, or at www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.

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Bonnie Casey, 84, of Bloomsburg, died May 11th, 2018.

Born August 27th, 1933 she was the daughter of the late Percy and Blanche (McHenry) Follmer. She graduated from Bloomsburg High School in 1951. She was employed as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone Co. from 1951-1968. Then until 1984 she worked in the office at Central Columbia High School.

On July 2nd, 1954 she married Richard Casey in the Bloomsburg Methodist Church. After moving to Carroll Park in 1964, they joined the Shiloh Bible Church. A marital span of over 58 years was severed when Richard died suddenly on March 8th, 2012.

Bonnie’s interests were genealogy, painting, and calligraphy.

She is survived by one granddaughter Marlena Casey of Baltimore, MD, sister-in-law Corinne Follmer of Honesdale, son David Casey of Catawissa, and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her brother Rod Follmer (June 22nd, 2016) and brother-in-law Robert Casey (August 15th, 2016).

At Bonnie’s request there will be no visitation or viewing. A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, May 15th, at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with her pastor, Rev. Dr. Douglas Lyon officiating. She will be laid to rest in the Creveling Cemetery, Almedia.

In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942, or Shiloh Bible Church, 123 Church Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Amanda Mae Spencer, 33, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at General Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Dansville, NY on December 7, 1984, she was the daughter of Lynn H and Debra L (English) Spencer of Berwick. She attended school in Danville, PA and was currently employed as a caregiver for Family Care Home Health, Bloomsburg. When she wasn’t working, Amanda spent her time with her family, especially her daughter with whom she had a very special bond.

In addition to her parents, Lynn and Debra, she will be greatly missed by her daughter, Kylie Herrold; son, Michael Herrold; their father, Joshua Herrold; brothers, Kelly Bardeen and Lynn Willett; grandparents, Nicholas and Mary Elderkin; and several aunts, uncles and cousins, including “Uncle Gary and Aunt Wendy”.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on Monday, May 14, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

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

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Larry Rea Thompson Sr. passed peacefully at home in Wapwallopen, Pa on 7 May 2018. Born to Anna Elizabeth (nee Thompson) and Frank Rea Thompson Sr., on 30 September 1943 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was the oldest son of this union, followed by Paul R, (predeceased) (Marjorie) (Ambar) of Georgetown, Pa, Frank Rea Jr. (Janice) of Georgetown, Pa and William A (Teresa) of Imperial, Pa.

These men were known affectionately as “Annie’s Boys”.

Enlisting in U. S. Navy during the Vietnam conflict, he served aboard the USS Bainbridge (DLGN-25), a nuclear-powered destroyer. He participated in the First Nuclear Powered Task Force and taught at the Nuclear Reactor Facility in Idaho Falls, Idaho. A pioneer in the nuclear power field, he also headed efforts at Shippingport Atomic Power Station, Shippingport, Pennsylvania, the world’s first full-scale atomic electric power plant devoted exclusively to peacetime use.

After retiring from the field of nuclear power, Larry spent many, many years compiling the family genealogy. His efforts can be seen at TwoThompsonGenealogies.com. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution under Patriot Captain John Christie of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, a direct descendant of Brigadier General William Watts (1719-1795) of the Pennsylvania Militia and a GGGGrandson of the Reverend John Rea, who helped found over 50 Presbyterian churches in Southeastern Ohio. He will be missed in the field for his superb efforts, especially for his work in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

He married Patricia (nee Madinich/Majdanik), “The most beautiful woman I ever saw.” on 14 November 1964, in Chicago, Ill. and had 4 children, Trudi C Thompson (Ratican) (Lafayette, Indiana) Pauline B Thompson (Guerin) (Media, Pennsylvania), Larry Rea Jr (Kauai, Hawaii) and Brian P (Colorado). Larry will be missed dearly by his grandchildren, Natalia E (nee Ratican) (Levi) Knowlton (Pine Village, Indiana), Rhianna N Guerin (Adelaide, Australia), Michael H. Ratican (Chalmers, Indiana), Vincent G, Giles P and Gracie C Guerin (Media, Pennsylvania), Sarah Ratican (Lafayette, Indiana) and Emmanuel Rea (Manny) Thompson (Berwick, Pennsylvania), as well as by all his nieces, nephews and cousins.

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Barbara J. Long, 69 of Bloomsburg went to her eternal home to be with her Lord on Monday, May 7, 2018 surrounded by her family and friends.

Born in Berwick on July 11, 1948, she was the daughter of William and Averta (McGarvey) Serafin. She graduated from Central Columbia High School in 1966 and attended Bloomsburg College. She retired from RR Donnelley when she was 62 due to a declining health.

Barbara was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church of Lightstreet and TOPS. She was a lover of all animals and enjoyed nature, gardening, reading and reminiscing about the old times.

She will be greatly missed by her siblings: Janet Stackhouse and husband Paul of Camp Hill; Robert Serafin and wife Paula of Berwick; Linda Miller and Nancy Serafin of Bloomsburg, with whom she lived; sister-in- law, Brenda Serafin of Huntington Mills. Many nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews who were a great source of joy in her life. She is also survived by step children Vicki Long and Randy Long.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Harry C. Long in 2005; brother Bruce Serafin in 2016; and a step daughter Gayann Long.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, May 11, 2018 at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Lightstreet, with Pastor Luther Martell officiating. Interment will follow at Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends from 10:00 am until time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are in her memory can be made to St. Luke Lutheran Church, 9 St. Lukes Way, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 or Geisinger Hospice 410 Glenn Ave, Suite 200 Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Jonathan C. White, 52 of Berwick passed away on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Hazleton after a brief illness.

Born in Atlantic City, NJ on October 20, 1965, he was the son of the late Winfield and Bernice (Noble) White, Sr. He was raised and educated in Atlantic City. He worked in New Jersey prior to moving to the area. Here he was employed at Multi Plastics Extrusions, Hazleton.

Jon enjoyed reading, bike riding, playing pool and sports. His favorite team was the Pittsburg Steelers.

He will be greatly missed by his fiancé of over 8 years, Naomi White and her son, Andray; brothers, Warren and Steven White; sisters, Sharon Gordy, Debra Small and Renee Bruno; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Ronald White and Winfield White, Jr.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will take place in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick. Friends may call on Saturday from 1:00 PM until the time of service.

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Stephen E. Adams, Sr., 58, of Nescopeck passed away Sunday, May 6, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center.

Born in Bloomsburg on May 24, 1959, he was the son of the late Llewellyn E. and Janice L. (Sarley) Adams. He graduated from Columbia Montour Vo-Tech where he studied metal fabrication. He most recently worked at Crispin Valve in Berwick.

In his younger days Stephen liked to go hunting and fishing with his brothers. He was a big fan of NASCAR and enjoyed watching Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. race.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 14 years, Margaret A. (Longenberger) Adams; daughters, Erika Ransom and husband Robert, TX; Tara DeFerbrache and husband Dale, IN; son, Andrew Conklin and wife Aubree, Berwick; 9 grandchildren; brothers, Scott Adams and wife Lori, Nescopeck; Dan Adams and wife Joann, Catawissa; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Adams, Jr. and daughter Shanna Adams.

At Stephen’s request there will be no viewing. A celebration of life will be held at the convenience of the family.

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Tiffany E. Clark-Mince, 39, of Wilkes-Barre passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 30, 2018.

Born on June 13, 1978 in Berwick she was the daughter of Jerry L. Clark of Berwick, and JoAnn M. (Lucas) Gomez and husband Enrique of Nescopeck. She attended Berwick area schools. Tiffany was employed at several local businesses including, Wise Potato Chips, Thomson’s Mailing, and the Dog Food Plant. Tiffany lived and worked in Florida for 12 years, then moved back to Pennsylvania in 2015. Most recently, she worked at Lord & Taylor in Wilkes-Barre.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and loved her dogs.

She will be greatly missed by her father, Jerry; mother, JoAnn and husband Enrique; companion of over 6 years, Roosevelt Roundtree; son, Justin Clark and wife Ticie, Florida; son, Fidel Mince, Jr and daughter Savannah Mince, both of Nescopeck; brother, Jerry Clark, Jr. and wife Madelyn, Berwick; nieces, Morgan and Paige Clark, Eileen and Brooke Blaine; nephew, Timothy Blaine; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Ethel and Larry Anderko and Joseph Lucas; paternal grandparents, Agnes and Clyde Clark; aunt and uncle Penny and Larry Wiekel.

A celebration of life will be held at 4:00 PM on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Berwick Christian Church, 701 East Fifth Street, Berwick, PA.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Animal Resource Center, 301A Boone Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 or to your local animal shelter.

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Joseph Alan Stout, Jr, 29, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital where he was a patient for the past 5 days.

Born in Summerville, NJ on November 11, 1988, he was the son of the late Joseph Alan Stout, Sr; and Ann Marie Forgione and her fiancé, George “Bubby” Proctor, of Flanders, NJ. He attended West Morris Central High School and culinary school in New Jersey, where he graduated with honors. He worked at a restaurant in New Jersey before moving to the Berwick area. Locally, he worked Deluxe Homes, Turkey Hill and Sub City. Most recently he was employed at Dunkin Donuts.

Joe liked Pokemon, the Ninja Turtles and watching anime movies, especially with his sons. He loved spending time with his family and friends.

In addition to his mother, “Jo Jo” will be greatly missed by his fiancé, Jodi Densberger with whom he spent the past 7 years; sons, Jayden Kressler and Jayce Stout, Berwick; grandmothers, Darlene Forgione, Mendham, NJ and Pat Stout, Nazareth; sister, Christina A. Stout, Bud Lake NJ; brother, Ronnie Lyles Jr, Flanders, NJ; and several aunts; uncles; cousins; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Angelo Forgione; his “Nanny and Poppy”, Glovene and Gordon Ridall; an aunt Roxanne Long; and a cousin, Adam P. Yohe.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 6:30 PM on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, followed by a funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to be given to the family or funeral home to help defray his final expenses.

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”

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Betty J. Kibler, 92, of Bloomsburg passed away Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Geisinger Bloomsburg Health Care Center, where she had been a resident for the past six years.

Born in Berwick on January 17, 1926 she was the daughter of the late Harry and Helen (Remaley) Fowler, Sr. Betty attended Berwick High School. She worked as a nurse at Camp Aldelbury, Indiana after the Korean War. Later, Betty worked at Consolidated Cigar and Fulton Lamp, then went back to nursing at Orangeville Nursing Home and Charmond Nursing Home.

She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Berwick. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and VFW Post 821 Auxiliary. Betty loved to play the piano. She enjoyed embroidery and liked to do puzzle books. She was also a talented artist.

She will be greatly missed by her son, Frederick DeFrain, Jr. and wife Frances, Hetlerville; daughter, Patricia DeFrain Francis, Bloomsburg; 11 beloved grandchildren; numerous cherished great grandchildren; several adored great great grandchildren. She also leaves behind her brother, William Fowler and wife Ruth, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Cpl. Leo L. Kibler, Sr on March 15, 2000; son, David A. DeFrain; daughter, Louise A. Kraynak; sisters, Eva “Joanne” Fink and Marilyn Musselman; brothers, Donald L. Fowler, Jr., Ronald N. Fowler, and Andrew N. Fowler.

Family will receive friends from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM on Monday, May 7, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 721 Monroe St, Berwick. Interment will take place in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick.

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

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Carey Anne Torres, 45, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on Thursday evening, April 26, 2018 at her home.

Born in Berwick on August 1, 1973, she was the daughter of Marguerita L. (Torres) Nimlo and her late husband John. Carey’s father was the late Michael Welliver. She attended Berwick and Columbia Montour Vo-Tech Schools. Over the years, she worked for several local companies, including Wise Potatoes. She also worked for Reithoffer’s at the Bloomsburg Fair.

Carey liked gardening and tending her house plants. She loved decorating for the holidays, Halloween was her favorite. She loved watching sports, especially anything her children participated in, and she was an avid Yankees and 49ers fan.

In addition to her mother, she will be greatly missed by her children: Anthony Torres; Courtney Tongel; Tyler Tongel; Jorden Tongel; Dominick Tongel; and Richard Sorce Jr; 3 grandchildren: Lyla; Kendel; and Corrine; sister, Jennifer Kulesza and husband John; nephews, Lucas and Logan Knorr. She also leaves behind her companion, Richard Source Sr; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Besides her father and stepfather, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Britney Tongel in 2011.

Family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck. A private funeral service will be held on Thursday. Interment will take place in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contribution to be made to Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635 to help defray her final expenses.

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Neal A. Sorber, 72, of Mifflinville passed away on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on February 16, 1946, he was the son of the late Dilman “Bill” and Margaret (Crouse) Sorber. He was a 1965 graduate of Nescopeck High School, where he was an all-star player on the basketball team, scoring over 1000 points in his HS career. After graduation, he joined the US Navy where he served until 1969. Neal was employed at Bemis in Hazleton for over 38 years before retiring.

Neal enjoyed fishing. He liked watching basketball and was an avid fan of the Boston Celtics. He followed NASCAR.

He will be greatly missed by his longtime companion, Alverta “Bert” Kelchner; daughter, Jenna Sorber and companion Aaron Lyman, FL; son, Jody Sorber and wife Pim, Florida; 1 granddaughter, Taylor; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Jillian Sorber in 1990; a sister, Elenor “Ellie” Askew; and step-mother, Myrtle Sorber.

Family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:30 AM on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. A graveside service will follow in Mifflinville Cemetery.

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James J. O’Brien, 86, of Berwick passed away on Friday morning, April 27, 2018 at Berwick Retirement Village.

Born in Nanticoke on March 25, 1932, he was the son of the late Theophilus and Mary (Walsh) O’Brien. He attended Nanticoke High School and served with the Military Police in the US Army during the Korean War. Jim worked at Rosen’s Furniture Store in Berwick/Hazleton many years, and retired from Deluxe Homes, Berwick.

Jim was a member of St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church, Berwick. He was also a member of the Garibaldi Club, VFW Post 821, Eagle Hose Company and Catholic War Vets. Jim enjoyed fishing, playing poker, talking trips with the love of his life and was an avid Notre Dame fan.

He was preceded in death by his “best wife ever”, Audrey E. (Fisher) O’Brien with whom he celebrated 60 years of wedded bliss before her death in 2015. He is also preceded by a son, Joseph, in 2014; and sister, Gloria Cominsky.

He was wonderful Dad to his children: Deborah Golder and husband Ronald, Berwick; Patrick O’Brien and wife Holly, Berwick; Mary Weatherhog and husband Les, Berwick; Michael O’Brien and wife Barbara, Catawissa; Kathleen Smith and husband Walter, Berwick; James O’Brien and wife Jennifer, Milton; Bridget Gordner and husband Lewis, Spring City. He was the “best Pap Pap” to his grandchildren, Jared Shoemaker; Jacob Shoemaker; Sean O’Brien; Laura O’Brien; Justin O’Brien; Sarah Tratthen; and Elizabeth O’Brien; and 8 great grandchildren.

A viewing will be held from 6-8 PM on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. The funeral service will be at 11:00 AM on Monday, April 30, 2018 at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which was Jim’s favorite charity.

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Walter E. Beck, 88, of Bloomsburg passed away Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Geisinger Medical Center.

Born in Sugar Loaf Township on June 18, 1929 he was one of five sons of the late Harvey and Luvera (Eisenhower) Beck. He attended Millville area schools. Walter served in the United States Army from 1948 to 1952. He was a proud veteran who served on the front-lines of the Korean War for 3 years. After an honorable discharge he worked at Magee carpet for many years and retired from Bloomsburg University where he was employed as a custodian.

He was a member of Canby Lutheran Church, Bloomsburg. He was also a member of the NRA and the VFW Post 804, Millville. Walter liked to collect coins. He also enjoyed spending time playing cards with his family. In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting and trapping. And, in his later years, he enjoyed watching and feeding the wildlife around his home.

He will be greatly missed by his children: Larry Beck, Nescopeck; Susan Mensinger and husband Wayne, Nescopeck; Tracy Beck and wife Susan, Buckhorn; Lori Beck-Brown and husband Scott, Bloomsburg; 11 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Winifred on December 21, 2006; son, Terry Beck on April 11, 1974; and brothers: Harvey Jr., Arthur, Russell, and Edward.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow at Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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Fayetta L. Lowery, 84, of Nescopeck passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at her home surrounded by family.

Born in Berwick on January 6, 1934, she was a daughter of the late William S. and Theresa M. (Sabo) Fedder. She was a graduate of Berwick High School. Fayetta worked at several local factories over the years including, the Radium Plant, Consolidated Cigar, Wise Potato Chips and before retiring, she worked at the Ribbon Factory.

Fayetta was a member of Faith United Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nescopeck where she was responsible for putting together funeral dinners. She also helped make Easter eggs. In her spare time, she like putting jigsaw puzzles together and playing solitaire.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Lowery in 1997, her son Robert E. Lowery II this past February; and a sister, Vivian Fedder.

She will be greatly missed by her loving children: daughter, Vicky Whitmire and husband Carl, Nescopeck; sons, Brad Lowery and companion Tammy Baron, Berwick; Brent Lowery and wife Janet, Hobbie; Brian Lowery and wife Lori, Nescopeck; Britt Lowery and wife Kelli, Chesapeake, VA; 13 cherished grandchildren; 18 beloved great grandchildren; and 1 adored great-great grandchild. She was looking forward to the birth of another great grandchild this summer. She also leaves behind a sister, Wava Wynings and husband Doyle, Berwick; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Faith United Church, 801 East Third Street, Nescopeck with her pastor, Reverend Jessica Kingsborough officiating. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck and at the church on Thursday from 12:00 Noon until the time of service.

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George E. Endres, 84, of Berwick passed away Monday, April 23, 2018 at Gesinger Medical Center.

Born on March 26, 1934 in Philadelphia he was the son of the late Peter J. and Margaret L. (Meyers) Endres. He worked at Berwick Hospital in housekeeping, retiring after 15 years.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception in Berwick. George enjoyed gardening and carpentry. He especially liked to make bird houses.

He will be greatly missed by his sister, Margaret “Peggy” Lippi and husband Donald, Philadelphia; brothers: Peter Endres, Philadelphia; Frances Endres, Arizona; John Endres and wife Kim, Delaware; sister-in-law, Clare Toomey, Berwick; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Helen on November 23, 1998.

A memorial mass will be held on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Immaculate Conception St. Mary’s Church 1730 Fowler Avenue, Berwick with Father Francis Tamburro officiating. Interment will take place at Pine Grove Cemetery, Walnut Street, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of mass.

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Janice L. (Arnold) Daily, 82, of Wapwallopen passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Berwick Hospital Center.

Born on September 21, 1935 in Slocum Township she was the daughter of the late Howard W. and Dorothy J. (Jones) Arnold. She was a graduate of Newport Township High School. In 1955 she married William “Bill” L. Daily and together they had two children. Jan was a loving wife and devoted mother who worked hard to provide a caring home for her family.

She was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Wapwallopen.

Jan loved to cook and bake. She would often scan through recipes and selected some she wanted to try. She also enjoyed gardening and doing puzzles.

She will be greatly missed by her husband William of 63 years, children: Keith Daily and wife Nadine, Hobbie; Elaine Williams and husband Daniel, Berwick; granddaughters: Tanya Ryman; Talia Williams; Erica Oliveri; and Serena Williams; sisters: Doris “Jean” Jenkins, Berwick; Lois Stair, Wilkes-Barre; Carol Fugok, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Norma Owens.

At Jan’s request there will be no viewing. A graveside service will be held in Slocum Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A memorial service with military honors will be held privately.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In his free time, Bill enjoyed hunting.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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