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Zella M. Cleaver, 80, of Orangeville passed away on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at Maria Hall, Danville.

Born in Fishing Creek Township on August 15, 1937 she was a daughter of the late George W. and Ester M. (Laubaugh) Wilson. She was a graduate of Benton High School, class of 1955, and was employed at several local factories over the years. After retiring, she worked at the Salvation Army Store and later, in the deli at Weis Market in Bloomsburg.

Zella participated in league bowling at P-Nut Bowl with her late husband Fred. She was a strong woman who left a wonderful legacy to her family, as well as many delightful memories.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Cheryl Blewett and husband William, Bloomsburg; Michelle Farver and husband Steven “Butch”, Unityville; 8 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred C. Cleaver, Jr. this past January; as well as all of her siblings, Richard “Dick” Wilson; Alfred S. Wilson; Mary Alice Semons; Joseph A. Wilson; Christine Mae Wilson; and Steven Wilson.

In keeping with Zella’s wishes all services will be private at the convenience of the family. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting her family.

Memorial contributions, if desired may be made to Geisinger Hospice, 410 Glenn Ave, Suite 200, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Loren “Fuzzy” R. Artley, Sr., 75, of Berwick passed away on Monday, October 23, 2017 at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital.

Born in Berwick on January 22, 1942, he was a son of the late Clark and Nell (Shimkew) Artley. He graduated from Berwick High School and served in the US Navy in the early 1960’s during the Vietnam War. After an honorable discharge, he worked at several different jobs, both locally and in Florida, to make ends meet. Most recently he was employed as a vehicle escort driver.

Fuzzy attended New Life Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church in Bloomsburg. He was also a member of the VFW Post 804, Bloomsburg. He loved fishing and enjoyed being outdoors. He was an avid Berwick Bulldogs and Oakland Raiders football fan. He also followed NASCAR, always rooting for Jeff Gordon. When he was at home he liked spending time with his cat “Buddy”.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy (Francis) Artley in 2014; son, Loren R. Artley, Jr; brother Larry G. Artley; and sister, Sharon Paisley.

He will be greatly missed by his son, Jan Artley and husband Steven Bassett, Florida; daughter, Lisa Artley, Berwick; grandchildren, John Morrow and wife Karissa; and Paisley Scalfer; great grandchildren, Carmindy and Gunnar Morrow; and Kaiden Harris; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at New Life Tabernacle Church, 138 East Third Street, Bloomsburg, with Pastor Larry Smith officiating. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Geisinger Hospice, 410 Glenn Ave, Ste #200, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

Arrangements are entrusted to Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck.

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Norma Vought, 48, of Berwick passed away suddenly on Monday, October 16, 2017 at Berwick Hospital.

Born on December 8, 1968 in Palm Beach County, Florida she was a daughter of Ralph and Rachel Gonzales of Florida. Norma was raised and educated in Florida, where she met her husband, Richard and later moved to Pennsylvania.

In her spare time, she enjoyed doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles. She was a talented artist who enjoyed sketching, and she had a passion for writing poetry. Norma loved spending time with her family, especially her children. She was active with her daughter’s school activities and helped with her girl scout troop.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Anna Gonzales.

She will be greatly missed by her husband of 26 years, Richard Vought; son, Christopher Vought, Indiana; daughter, Trista Vought, Berwick; several siblings; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Reverend Carl Miller officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the funeral home.

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Mary Eleanor Vegh, 85, formerly of Mountaintop passed away Saturday, October 14, 2017, at her daughter’s home, surrounded by her loving family.

Born Mary Eleanor Hazelwood, in Pittsburgh on February 2, 1932, she was also known as “Miss Ellie”, “Mom” or “Gram”. Her parents were the late Alan W. and Eleanor A. (Darby) Hazelwood. She was a graduate of Ambler High School. Eleanor was employed for many years as a secretary at L&L Plumbing and Heating in Allentown, retiring in 1985. She also worked as a nanny for many families.

She was a member of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Mountain Top. Eleanor was well known for making her “Gram Jam”. Her favorite pass-times included doing jigsaw puzzles, gardening, baking, and listening to music. She loved animals. She had a passion for the country life and greatly enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

She was an extra-kind, loving, nurturing, caring, compassionate, yet stubborn lady. She will be greatly missed by her daughters: Mrs. Donna Julius, Bloomsburg; Mrs. Patricia Nee, wife of Lawrence, Albrightsville; Mrs. Georgianne Wiskoski, wife of Ron, Weatherly; and Mrs. Lisa Stoll, wife of Mark, North Carolina; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren. She was looking forward to the birth of 2 great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents Eleanor was preceded in death by her daughter, Debra Checksfield and a sister, Georgianna Bussinger.

At her request, there will be no public services. The family has scheduled a private family gathering at their convenience. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting her family.

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John D. “J.D.”Walker, 60, of Danville, formerly of Berwick, passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his family.

Born in Darmstadt, Germany on September 21, 1957, he was the son of Naomi L. (Stouffer) Walker of Chambersburg, PA and the late Leslie J. Walker. He graduated from high school in Chambersburg, and served in the US Navy from 1975 to 1981. After an honorable discharge he was employed by PP&L at the Susquehanna Nuclear Power Plant in Berwick, retiring after 37 years.

J.D. was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Berwick. He was also a member of the Nescopeck Hunt and Rifle Club. He enjoyed hunting, and loved to spend time with his grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 37 years, Elizabeth “Betsy” (Vorhees) Walker; children: Lucas Walker and wife Erin, NC; David Walker and wife Emily, Danville; Lisa Lieb and husband Christopher, Berwick; grandchildren, Gabrielle, Olivia, James, Katherine, Beckett, and Eleanor. He also leaves behind sisters, Cynthia Koontz, OH; Karen Costa and husband Michael, Chambersburg; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother Michael Walker.

A viewing will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Berwick from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. A funeral service will immediately follow with Reverend David Kingsborough officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1600 Fowler Ave, Berwick, PA 18603 or to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 3125 Williamsport, PA 17701-0125.

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Nicholas Patlovich Jr., 88, of Berwick passed away at his home on October 9, 2017, surrounded by his loved ones.

Born in Berwick on January 23, 1929, he was a son of the late Nicholas and Mary (Kinney) Patlovich, Sr. He graduated from Berwick High School in 1947, during which he achieved his Eagle Scout badge. He later attended Lafayette College, Easton where he graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Nicholas served in the Army National Guard from 1950 to 1952. After an honorable discharge, he worked at McDonald Aircraft in Milwaukee, WI. Most recently he was employed at Lawrence Livermore Labs in Livermore, CA, retiring after 35 years.

Nick was a member of Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church in Berwick. He was also a member of the Elks in Berwick. He enjoyed spending his free time woodworking, attending festivals and wine tasting. He was a Marilyn Monroe fan with a vast collection of memorabilia.

He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Jan Rodriguez and husband Frank, Berwick, their children, Jennifer Alaniz; Jessica Torriente; Courtney Duldulao; Anthony Duldulao, Jr; Rosana Ayala; great grandchildren, Amaya, Abel, Paityn, Taleayah, Enzo, Mai’ari, Brooklyn, and Agustin. He is also survived by daughter, Tamara Bognar, California; her daughters, Brandee Pippin; grandchildren, Aeddon, and Hunter. He also leaves behind a brother, Ted Patlovich and wife Joan, Florida; sisters, Martha Matzko and husband Paul, Philidelphia; Barbara O’Neal and husband Rodger, Delaware; and many nieces and nephews, including Scott, George and Carol Masich, and Libby Miller; as well as many friends and extended family including, Cheryl Wilson and J.D. Buckeye.

In addition to his parents, Nicholas was preceded in death by his first wife, Helene R. (Danheim) Patlovich; his second wife, Marilyn (Chalifoux) Patlovich; grandchildren, Heather Drumond and Cody Drumond; sisters, Julia Kurtz-Hoosty; Anna Vaxmonsky; Mary Sircovics; and Evelyn Pegg Bower; and a brother, Dr. Joe Patlovich.

A funeral service will be held on at 10:00 AM on Monday, October 16, 2017 at Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church, Berwick, with Father Michael Demko officiating. Interment will follow in Holy Annunciation Cemetery. His body will lie in repose at the church starting at 4:00 PM on Sunday, October 15, 2017, with a parastas service at 6:00 PM. Family will receive friends until 8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church, 1228 2nd Ave, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Donald W. Cragle, 88, of Berwick passed away suddenly on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Berwick Hospital Center.

Born in Pond Hill on February 5, 1929, he was one of 12 children born to the late Walter S. and Blanche M. (Hontz) Cragle. He was a graduate of Nescopeck High School and worked at Wise Potato Chips until his retirement.

Don was a member of St. Mark’s United Church of Christ, Pond Hill. He enjoyed spending his free time putting jigsaw puzzles together.

Don was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby L. (Kishbaugh) Cragle in 2007; twin, Allen A. Cragle; brothers, James, Walter, Woodrow, and Ralph Cragle; sisters, Margaret “Peg” Peake; Gladys Walk; Miriam Welliver; Minnie Kishbaugh; Violet Kraus; and Naomi “Diane” Ricci.

He will be greatly missed by his sons, James Cragle and Robert Cragle, Sr, both of Berwick; grandchildren, Robert Cragle, Jr; Brenda Hoagland; Beth Cragle; Teena Whitmyer; 15 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Reverend Carl Miller officiating. Interment will follow in Berwick Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Monday, October 9, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

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Mervin L. “Peanut” Kreischer, 74, of South Centre Township passed away on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his family.

Born in the Bloomsburg Area on June 29, 1943, he was the son of the late Mervin Beaver and Eleanor Kreischer. He attended Central Columbia High School in Bloomsburg and served honorably on active duty in the US Army from December 1960 to December 1963. He then continued his career in the National Guard, earning the rank of Sergeant, until retiring in 1996. He worked as a painter and carpenter for many years, and was also employed as a security guard for 10 years.

“Peanut” was a member of Bloomsburg Baptist Church. He was also a member of the VFW in Bloomsburg, Catawissa and Berwick, the American Legion in Iola, and a social member of the Bloomsburg Elks and Moose in younger days. He was musically talented and played with several bands, including “John Henry and the Outlaws”, and “Marie and the Valley Ramblers”. He enjoyed playing the keyboard, guitar and bass. He also liked a good game of chess or cards.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 25 years, Marie A. (Boguslaw) Kreischer; children: Mike Kreischer, Bloomsburg; Kevin Kreischer, Bloomsburg; Loretta Edinger, Lancaster; Brian Cunnius, Hamburg; Jessica, Reading; step-children, Carmen Coladonato, Bloomsburg; Diane Rhodes, Catawissa; Darlene Sabo, Sunburry; 15 grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters: Sandy Margita, Missouri; Mary Lutz, Ohio; and Katherine Wellborn, Missouri; Brothers Charles Richmond, Ohio; Glenn Richmond, Ohio; Mike Richmond, Ohio; Donald Richmond, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Dolores Mayfield; and brothers, Elgie and Johnny Richmond.

A funeral service will be held at 12 Noon on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Bloomsburg Baptist Church, with Pastor Craig D. Laidacker officiating. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park. Family will receive friends at the church from 11:00 AM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to Bloomsburg Baptist Church, 2405 Old Berwick Rd, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Clovis F. Rupp, 87, of Bloomsburg passed away Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born on December 21, 1929 he was the son of the late Clovis G. and Gladys M. (Bower) Rupp. Clovis was raised and educated in Numidia. He served in the National Guard from 1950 – 1953. After an honorable discharge, he was employed at several local businesses, including S&B Foundry and ARGO. Most recently he worked at Valley Seeding in Sugarloaf.

He enjoyed pro wrestling, watching every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. He also liked to watch western style movies and was a big fan of John Wayne. Clovis was also a history buff and loved traveling to Military Museums and Native American Reservation Museums.

He will be greatly missed by his children: Richard Rupp and wife Jackie, Espy; Charles Rupp and wife Eileen, New Windsor, NY; Linda Fetterman and husband Doug, Bloomsburg; Donna Oliva, Williamsport; Kenneth Rupp and wife Dottie, Siler City, NC; daughter-in-law, Patricia Rupp, Berwick; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters: Beverly Rupp, Sandy Rupp and Lois Rupp, all from Berwick; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Louise M. (Cool) Rupp in November, 2012, son Michael Rupp, in April, 2014; and son-in-law George Oliva, April 2017.

A graveside memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 11:00 AM in Elan Memorial Park, Old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg. Pastor Caleb Fritz will be officiating.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Geisinger Hospice 410 Glenn Ave, Suite # 200, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Randall C. Hart, 60, of Berwick passed away suddenly on Friday, September 15, 2017 at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital, after a battle with cancer.

Randall was known by several nicknames, if you had to leave him a voicemail, you probably heard his “Randy, Sonny, Ziggy – whoever you want me to be” message.

He was born in Berwick on June 10, 1957, a son of Randall A. and Patricia (Ashton) Hart of Berwick. He was a 1975 graduate of Berwick High School and worked as a pipefitter for 35 years, retiring this past June from the Pipefitters Local 524.

He loved hunting, especially with his loyal sidekick, “Zoey”. He enjoyed fishing in his younger years. He was an avid football fan, who rooted for the Berwick Bulldogs, Penn State Nittany Lions, and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In addition to his parents, he will be greatly missed by his companion of nearly 11 years, Bonnie Wesstrom; her children: Owen Wesstrom and companion Ronnie Croom, Bloomsburg; Shelly Colna and husband Charles, Catawissa; and grandchildren, Brianna, Tyler, Maddie and Logan. He also leaves behind a brother, Timothy S. Hart and his companion, Donna Harrel; numerous, aunts, uncles and cousins; and many friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 AM on Friday, September 22, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Dawes Dunham officiating. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis TN 38101-9908, or at www.stjude.org.

If you are visited by a humming bird, know it may be “Randy”, “Sonny”, “Ziggy” stopping by.

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Dean E. Haydt, 83 of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at his home, with his loving wife by his side.

Born in Walnutport, PA on September 22, 1933, he was a son of the late Reuben H. and Eva V. (Kulp) Haydt. He attended school in Northampton, and served with the Army National Guard for 6 years in the early 1950’s. Dean worked as a cross country truck driver for several trucking companies. He retired from Yellow Freight in 1988.

During retirement, Dean enjoyed spending his free time going fishing.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 64 years, Eleanor M. ((Sodl) Haydt, whom he married on June 20, 1953 in St. Elizabeth’s Church in Fullerton, PA. He also leaves behind daughters: Carol Reese of Slatington, PA; and Colleen Pasquale of Conroe, TX; 5 grandsons, 1 granddaughter; 7 great grandchildren; sister, Barbara Kibler, Whitehall, PA; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Joyce Pruzinsky and Delores Fritzinger; and brother, Reuben Haydt.

At Dean’s request, there will be no public services. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is honored to serve his family.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Donna “Fay” (Yorks) Rozell, 62, of Berwick passed away on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at Geisinger Medical Center Danville.

Born in Berwick on February 12, 1955 she was a daughter of Hervey A. Yorks, of Berwick and the late Betty J. (Setzer) Yorks. She graduated from Berwick High School, and worked at the Cigar Factory, Berwick and later at Bloomsburg Health Care. Most recently she worked at Berwick Offray.

Fay attended God’s Missionary Church in Berwick. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, and making crafts that she would give to others as gifts. She also liked to bake. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her sons, Michael Schwab and wife Rebecca, Berwick; Christopher Schwab and wife Ladonna, Berwick; 3 grandchildren, Max, Poviel, and Jashen. She also leaves behind brothers, Lloyd Yorks and wife Janet; Scott Yorks; Steve Yorks and wife Julie; Larry Yorks and wife Janelle; sisters, Vicky Rivera and husband Benny; and Becky Yorks-Kaiser, all of whom live in the Berwick area; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her husband, David D. Rozell in 2016.

A funeral service will be held at 7:00 PM on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 6:00 PM until the time of the service. Pastor David Wise will be officiating.

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Marlene S. (Hickman) Kishbaugh, 80, of Shickshinny passed away on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at her daughter’s home in Benton, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Nanticoke on March 15, 1937, she was a daughter of the late Albert L. and Mary (Featherman) Hickman. Marlene attended Shickshinny High School, and worked at Luzerne Outerwear until the company closed.

Marlene liked to crochet, having made many afghans over the years. She also embroidered, and made many items including tablecloths, blankets, pillow cases, the she gave as keepsakes for her family. She enjoyed baking and taking care of others.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 63 years, Kenneth B. Kishbaugh; children: son, Kenneth L. Kishbaugh and wife Veldra, Shickshinny; daughters, Sherry Killian, Benton; Trudy Bonham and husband Duane, Benton; 6 grandchildren: Jeremy, Jason, Mendy, Bobbie, James, and Alyssa; 10 great-grandchildren. She also leaves behind a brother, Kent Hickman and wife Maryann, Benton; sister, Bettina Michael and husband Larry, Berwick; several nieces and nephews; numerous in-laws and many friends.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Richard Killian and a sister, Barbara Moss.

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

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis TN 38101-9908, or at www.stjude.org.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Chelsea L. Rybak, 26, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on Monday, September 4, 2017 at her home.

Born in Kingston on July 22, 1991 she was the daughter of Robin L. (Rybak) Mesenburg of Bloomsburg. She graduated from Berwick High School and attended Wilkes University and later, Luzerne County Community College for nursing. Chelsea worked as a waitress several local restaurants, most recently at Top of the 80’s.

Chelsea loved spending time with the people that she loved, especially her niece, Ryley, who she adored.

In addition to her mother, she will be greatly missed by her fiancé, Nicholas Ozelek and his son Xavier, Berwick; sister, Valerie Houser and her husband Brandon, Berwick; brothers, Casey Rybak, Scranton; and Johnnie Venditti, Bloomsburg; niece, Ryley; grandparents, Gerald and Gloria Rybak, Hanover Township; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Family will receive friends on September 11, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck.

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

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Eugene “Abe” Adams, 90, of Catawissa passed away on Monday, September 4, 2017 at Maria Hall, Danville, with his loving family by his side.

Born in Catawissa on March 11, 1927 he was a son of the late Roy and Florence E. (Berninger) Adams. He was a graduate of Catawissa High School, and served honorably in the United States Army Airforce during WWII. Abe started working as a teller at First National Bank, which later became South Side National Bank, then became First Eastern Bank, and finally PNC Bank. He retired as an assistant Vice President after 39 years.

Eugene was a former member of First Methodist Church in Catawissa. He was a 50 year member of the Catawissa Masonic Lodge, now the Elysburg Masonic Lodge 349; a 50 year member of the Catawissa American Legion; and a 50 year member of the Bloomsburg Caldwell Consistory. He was also the treasurer of the Catawissa Borough for 35 years. In his spare time Eugene liked to look up his family’s genealogy. He was also an avid Penn State and Philadelphia Phillies fan.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of nearly 63 years, Glovene (Bickert) Adams, Catawissa; son, Stephen Adams and wife Tammy, Carlisle; granddaughter, Rachel Adams and her fiancé Hershel Tichnell. He also leaves behind a sister-in-law, Dawn Adams, Catawissa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, James Adams.

A graveside memorial service will take place on September 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM in Elan Memorial Park, Old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg, with Chaplin Chris Dunlap officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Geisinger Columbia Montour Hospice, 410 Glenn Avenue, Suite 200, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Joan (Stackhouse) Bankus, 73, of Mifflinville passed away August 31, 2017 after a long battle with illness.

Born in Plainfield Township, PA on November 16, 1943, she was the daughter of the late Aaron W. and Lucy E. (Hahn) Stackhouse. Joan graduated from Pen Argyl High School and later Bloomsburg State College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education. She worked as a primary education teacher in the Central Columbia School District for about 37 years.

Joan was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Nescopeck, where she sang in the choir as well as serving on on several committees. Joan was also a member of the the Jubilate Choir and Bicentennial Choir. She liked to garden, knit and crochet, and was well known for her handmade crocheted Christmas ornaments. She loved sporting events, especially ones where she could cheer on her family, and was well known as an avid fan of the University of Tennessee.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Lynn Conner, Bloomsburg; and son, Michael J. Conner, Mifflinville. She also leaves behind a sister, Karen Pysher and husband Bill, Bethlehem; brothers, Dr. Duane Stackhouse and wife Doris, Bethlehem; Karl Stackhouse and wife Jan, Nazareth; Gary Stackhouse and wife Nancy, Forest, VA; Neil Stackhouse and wife Linda, Wind Gap; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded by her husband Frederick Bankus in 1996.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Wesley United Methodist Church, Broad Street, Nescopeck, with Pastor Susan Knorr officiating. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

Interment in Plainfield Union Cemetery, Pen Argyl will take place at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in her memory to Mission Central, 5 Pleasant View Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050 or www.missioncentral.org, a charity organization that was very dear to Joan’s heart. These contributions will be used to help with hurricane Harvey flood relief.

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Rodney E. Reider, 64, of Shickshinny passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 1, 2017 at his home.

Born on July 26, 1953 in Nanticoke he was the son of the late Earl and Ruth (Moyer) Reider. He graduated from Northwest High School and attended Lock Haven University. He worked at Proctor and Gamble for over 20 years.

Rodney spent many hours hunting and fishing. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by his son, Stephan R. Reider, Shickshinny; daughter, Melissa S. Reider, Shickshinny; grandchildren, Preston, Alyssa, and Logan Cragle; Starr Reider; and, Damian Masler. He also leaves behind brothers: Gary Reider and wife Barbara, Shickshinny; Dave Reider and wife Carol, Shickshinny; and, Timothy Reider, Huntington Mills; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Susan (Knouse) Reider on September 10, 2016; and a sister, Kay Baskett.

At Rodney’s request there will be no services.

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Lorraine R. Cottman, 62, of Bloomsburg passed away on Monday, August 21, 2017 in Geisinger Bloomsburg Health Care, where she was a resident for the past 11 months.

Born in Abington, PA on October 3, 1954, she was the daughter of the late Harold D. and Joyce M. (Voistgberger) Johnson. Raised and educated in Levittown, Pennsylvania, she was a graduate of Pennsbury High School. In her younger years, Lorraine worked at several bars in New Jersey. After moving to Pennsylvania, she worked at Consolidated Cigar and later at City Hall. Most recently she worked at Giant in Berwick.

Anyone who knew Lorraine, knew she a was a strong-willed woman. She enjoyed reading, sewing, and working on puzzles.

She will be greatly missed by her sisters: Jill Roach and husband Charles, Berwick; Lynne Masker and companion Robert Paisley, Hobbie; brothers: David Johnson and wife Linda, Bloomsburg; Arthur W. Johnson and wife Debbie, Lime Ridge; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews; several aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is also survived by 2 step-daughters, Tiffany Jackson; Crystal Brewington; a step-son Paul Cottman, Jr, and their children.

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

A graveside memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, September 9, 2017, in St. James Cemetery, Church Road, Stillwater.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Jill Roach, 1121 Fifth Avenue, Berwick, PA 18603, to help with Lorraine’s final expenses.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Ralph “Darrell” Austin, 84, of Pond Hill passed away on Monday, August 28, 2017, at Guardian Health Care and Rehab, Nanticoke, where he was a guest for the past month.

Born in Hunlock Creek on July 16, 1933, he was a son of the late Hobart S. and Susan G. (Dodson) Austin. He was a graduate of Lake Lehman High School, and served in the US Army during the Korean War. After an honorable discharge, he was self-employed in the highway construction industry until he retired.

Darrell was a member of Emmanuel UCC, Dorrance, and attended Berwick Christian Church. He was a talented singer and enjoyed music. He was a mechanic and enjoyed the rewards of a job well done.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of nearly 60 years, Cynthia J. (Ogan) Austin; daughter, Shari Rodino and husband Thomas, Nescopeck Twp.; granddaughter, Molly Rodino; daughter-in-law, Patricia Austin, NY and her son, Danny Congden; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Austin in 2016; sister, Betty Jayne Hall; and brother, Hobart Austin, Jr.

A funeral service will be held at Noon on Thursday, August 31, 2017, at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Reverend Richard Dennison officiating. Interment will follow in Slocum Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Guardian Health Care and Rehab for their kind and compassionate care.

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Charles “Barry” Hess, 62, of Mifflin Township joined his Heavenly Father on Friday, August 25, 2017 at Geisinger Medical Center Danville, surrounded by loving family.

Born on August 11, 1955 in Berwick he was the son of Olen P. and Evelyn J. (Honse) Hess of Mifflinville. He was a graduate of Central Columbia High School class of 1973. Charles worked at Harrell Sprinkler in Mifflinville for many years.

Barry was a lifelong member of Mifflinville United Methodist Church, where he was council chair, taught Sunday School, attended Bible Study, helped with upkeep, and volunteered with fundraisers, dinners and youth events. He was active with Susquehanna Valley Tres Dias, an organization that runs Christian Retreats. Barry was giving with his time, he was a handy-man who would often help others with their projects. He was a selfless man with a servant’s heart.

In addition to his parents, he will be greatly missed by his wife of 23 years, Ann R. (Ferguson) Hess; children: Adam and wife Amanda Hess, Nescopeck; Megan Hensinger, Lancaster; Amy Martin and husband Mickey, Virginia; Brad Lurowist and wife Sarah, Buckhorn; grandchildren: Lydia; Seth; Mychaela; Arianna; Christopher; Emily and Margo. He also leaves behind sisters, Opal Buffone and husband Frank “Cork”, Mifflinville; Ann Lunger and husband Roger, Bloomsburg; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family will receive friends from 9:00 until 11:00 AM, on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at Mifflinville United Methodist Church, 4th and Market Streets, Mifflinville, followed by a memorial service with Rev. Dr. R. Kenneth Gunter officiating.

Memorial contributions are suggested to be made to Mifflinville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box U, Mifflinville, PA 18631; or Susquehanna Valley Tres Dias, 1300 Franklin Drive, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Yvonne E. Smith, 80, of Berwick passed away on Monday, August 21, 2017 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hopsital, where she was a patient for the past few days.

Born in Berwick on March 20, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Paul G. and Vertie M. (Michael) Bankes. She was a graduate of Berwick High School, class of 1955. Yvonne started working at Berwick Industries in 1968, and retired in 2012.

Yvonne enjoyed visiting the casino, and going out for Chinese food with her daughter. In her quiet time she liked to crochet. Prior to his death, she loved traveling with her husband.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald J. Smith in 2004; brothers, Donald Bankes in 2002; and Paul Bankes Jr in 1967.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Denise Farver, Berwick; son, TSgt. Dennis Smith, USAF Ret. and wife Stephanie, Felton, DE; 7 adored grandchildren; 7 cherished great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces; nephews; cousins; sisters-in-law.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, August 25, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery in Berwick. Family will receive friends on Friday from 12:00 Noon until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis TN 38101-9908

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Christopher L. Wood, 37, of Berwick passed away on Thursday evening, August 17, 2017 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, after a brief cardiac illness.

Born in Berwick on October 12, 1979, he was the son of Roger D. Wood and Clara M. (Longenberger) Watts of Berwick. He was educated in Shamokin and Berwick Area Schools. “Woody” worked in tree farming most of his life, at Diehl’s Nursery, Bloomsburg and most recently at Karchner’s in Millville.

“Woody” enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. Since becoming ill, he would pass the time watching his favorite sitcoms on TV.

In addition to his parents, he will be greatly missed by his sons, Christopher L. Wood, Jr; and Jason T. Wood; a sister, Laura Hunsinger and companion Adam, Mt Carmel; nephew, Derrick; several aunts and uncles including, Amanda Fetterman; Ruth Ann Longenberger; James Longenberger; Robert Longenberger; Raymond and Beatrice Wood; and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; an aunt, Jane Rhodes; and uncle, John Longenberger.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to his parents to help defray his final expenses at 230 West 17th Street, Lot 10, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Thomas H. Miller, retired Pastor and Vietnam Veteran, was received by his Heavenly Father on Monday morning, August 14, 2017, following a long illness.

Born in Gardenville, NY on October 20, 1946, he was the son of the late Harvey and Jane (Brooker) Miller. He graduated from the University of Buffalo with a BA in Communications. After receiving the call to become a Pastor, he was ordained in 1988. He retired in February from Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, where he served for over 30 years.

Tom dedicated his life to the church and community. He would often say “to love others will always hurt because, to truly love openly and fully leaves one vulnerable to rejection and pain.” The knowledge of this didn’t stop him from investing in the lives of others and extending a helping hand. He loved life. He had a missionary heart that took him overseas several times in his life. He dreamed big and set out to make things happen. He inspired those around him to not settle for things seen, but to live like all things were possible. He will be greatly missed by his family, community and church. Matthew 22:37-40

Tom will be remembered not just for his dedication to ministry but for his love of music, playing the guitar, tinkering in his workshop, boating, riding his motorcycle and spending time with his family.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 34 years, Christine (Kraus) Miller; children: Tamara Lane and husband Charles; Marcie Andes and husband Ansel; Brian Miller and wife Katie; Sara Garner and husband Jeff; Catherine Nallon and husband Eric; grandchildren: Natalie, Samantha, Zachary, Brooke, Alison, Ashley, Jason, Ava, and Julia; brothers: James Miller and wife Sue; Jerry Miller and wife Cheryl; sister, Kathleen Colmerauer and husband Robert; and many nieces; nephews; and extended family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandson, Elijah; brothers, Dennis and Donald; and step-mother, Meg.

A funeral service will be held at 4:00 PM on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, Nuangola. Family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until the time of service.

Private interment will take place in Indiantown Gap Cemetery, Annville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, 3577 Church Road, P.O. Box 126, Mountaintop, PA 18707.

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Gary E. Mowery, 72, of Berwick passed away on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at Celtic Hospice, Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Berwick on June 13, 1945, he was a son of the late Archie E. and Winifred P. (Michael) Mowery. He attended Berwick High School, and worked at Berwick Forge and Fabricating, for years. Most recently he was a crossing guard for the Berwick School District.

Gary was a life member of Eagle Hose Company, Berwick, where he was a volunteer firefighter. He was also a firefighter with Defender Fire Company. Five years ago he received the fire fighter of the year award. He was a member of the Berwick Auxiliary Police, and the Columbia County and Berwick Fire Police.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Johanna Mowery last year; a brother, Ronnie; and infant brother and sister, Wayne and Bonnie Lee.

He is survived by his children: son, Ernest L. Mowery; daughters, Sharon L. Mowery and Susan L. Mowery; son, Neil L. Mowery; sisters, Nancy Musselman; Sandra Warba; Kathy Kondercheck and husband Ralph; Deborah Tanner and husband George; Bonnie Probst; brothers, Darwin Mowery and wife Betty; Fred Mowery; and numerous nieces and nephews.

At Gary’s request, there will be no viewing or services. The Mowery family would like to thank everyone who supported and loved him in his life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635 to help defray his final expenses.

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Emil “Poppy” Novak, Sr., 89, of Mifflin Township passed away on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at home, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Larksville on April 18, 1928, he was a son of the late John and Mary (Romanak) Novak. He graduated from Berwick High School in 1946, and served honorably in the US Navy during WWII. He worked at AC&F, Berwick Forge and Fabricating in Berwick, and later at Alumax in Bloomsburg.

“Poppy” had a passion for farming. His pride and joy was the family farm, on which he lived and worked for the past 85 years. This was a legacy which he passed on to future generations, all of his children still have a residence there.

Emil was a member of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Berwick. He was also a member of the American Ukrainian Club, Berwick, Mifflin Township Forest Rangers, and VFW Post 8227, Nescopeck. He enjoyed rooting for any sports team his family was involved in. He also liked hunting, and fishing.

Emil will be greatly missed by his wife, Judith (Mowery) Novak, with whom he would have 54 years of marriage this month. He also leaves behind sons: Emil Novak, Jr and wife Kelly; Joel Novak and wife Paula; Steven Novak; Eric Novak; daughter, Julie Rowe and husband Aaron; 6 grandchildren: Lauren, Megan, Ryan, Adam, Ellie, and Emmie. He is also survived by a brother, John Novak and wife Kaye, St. Charles, Missouri; and nephews, Jon and Jeffery Novak.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, August 14, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Mike Delp officiating. Interment will follow in St. Cyril and Methodius Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-8 PM on Sunday, August 13, 2017. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sts. Cyril and Methodius Ukranian Catholic Church, 706 North Warren Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Ellen C. Hoch, , 92, of Pond Hill passed away on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

She was born in Dorrance Township on October 22, 1924 to the late Herbert C. and Mable E. (Stein) Hoffman. She was raised and educated in Dorrance Township. Ellen worked in the Country Cousins shoe factory, Mocanaqua, and later at Wilkes Pools.

Ellen was a member Mount Zion United Church of Christ, Slocum, where she sang in the choir. She was also a member of the Friendship club and Quilt club. She enjoyed gardening and fishing. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Janet Mathis and husband Bob, Texas; sons, Russel Hoch, Bloomsburg; Ronald Hoch and wife Ann Marie, Berwick. She is also survived by a sister, Esther Seltzer, Dorrance; brothers, Allen Dennis; Raymond Dennis; brother-in-law, Edward Hoch, State College; Stewart Hoch, Mountain Top; grandchildren, Mark, Debbie, Christina, Jason, Matthew, and Connie; 6 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ellen was preceded in death by her husband, Monroe P. Hoch on September 4, 2000; a daughter, Delores Burdette; grandsons, Phillip and Jonathan; brothers: Clark Hoffman, Carl Hoffman, Leroy Hoffman, Burton Hoffman and Floyd Hoffman; and sister, Ethel Rinehimer.

Family will receive friends on Thursday August 10, 2017 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, August 11, 2017 at Mount Zion UCC Church, Lily Lake Road, Slocum. Interment will follow in Emmanual UCC Cemetery in Dorrance. Anyone attending the service is welcome to join the procession from the funeral home at 9:00 AM.

In lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Mount Zion United Church of Christ, C/O Diane Webster, 105 Forrest Road, Wapwallopen, PA 18660

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Jody L. Yoder, 46, of Nescopeck Township passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, while at work.

Born in Berwick on May 6, 1971, he was a son of Allen D. and Sally A. (Ridall) Yoder, Sr. of Nescopeck Township. He was a graduate of Columbia Montour Vo-Tech School. He worked as a carpenter for Donald Lex Construction for the past 27 years.

Jody enjoyed going to truck shows and mud bogging. He liked John Deere tractors, and loved hanging out with his friends.

In addition to his parents, he will be greatly missed by his brothers: Steven Yoder and wife Wendy, Nescopeck Twp; Allen Yoder, Jr and wife Crystal, Nescopeck Twp; Todd Yoder and companion Cheyenne Martin, Nescopeck Twp; a niece, Marian; nephews, Phillip, Steven, Mason and James. He also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, and cousins; and his loyal dogs, “Bud” and “Marley”.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Reverend Richard Dennison officiating. Interment will follow in St. James Cemetery, Zenith. Family will receive friends on Monday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and Tuesday morning from 9:00 AM until the time of service.

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Robin L. Shepherd, 64, of Berwick, passed peacefully on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Geisinger Medical Center.

Born in Berwick, she was a daughter of James Steward and the late Nancy (Robins) Steward of Orangeville.

In addition to her father, Robin will be dearly missed by son, Brett Carroll; daughters Bethany and Josh Weaver; Brianne Shepherd; grandchildren Rylee, Wyatt, Connor & Mason; sisters Holly Seward and April Cole.

Family will receive friends on Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 2:00 until 3:30, followed by a memorial service at at Heller Funeral Home, LLC., 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to help defray funeral costs can be sent to Heller Funeral Home, LLC., 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Bob Pollick, 75, of Berwick passed away peacefully on Monday, July 31,2017, at home surrounded by his large loving family.

He was born on August 29,1941 to the late Joseph F. and Dorothy (Burke) Pollick and lived a majority of his life in Berwick. Bob owned two businesses throughout his long work history and worked in several local factories. He was also a well-known bartender. His first job was at age 12 at The Berwick Chocolate and Novelty Co. and he never stopped working until a cancer diagnosis forced him to completely stop six years ago. Bob was an old school guy who lived by his motto: Be an honest hard-working man.

Bob loved to sing and had a beautiful voice. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed fishing, darts and pool. Our patriarch was known for his strength and determination to take care of his family no matter what life tragedy came his way. His door was always open if you needed a meal or a place to sleep. His kindness and generosity was limitless.

On July 25, Bob and his wife Wendy (Hellenthal) Pollick celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. Bob mustered up enough strength to sign an anniversary card to his wife and share a slice of cake, which Wendy fed to the love of her life.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Dezarae Pollick and a great granddaughter Celia Rose.

In addition to his wife, Bob will be greatly missed by nine children: sons, Robert and fiancé Amanda; Brian; Brad and wife Nancy; Douglas; Todd and fiancé Kelly; Jeremy and wife Kim Naus; Jason; and Jonathan; and daughter Laurie and husband William “Buck” Titus. Also surviving are twenty-three grandchildren and twenty-six great grandchildren. He also leaves behind one brother and two sisters: Joseph; Mrs. Paul (Terry) Troiani; and youngest sister Rebecca, as well as a very large circle of cousins.

In keeping with Bob’s wishes, services will be at the convenience of the family.

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Dolores J. (Snyder) Brown, 88, of Mifflinville, passed away on July 30, 2017, at home surrounded by her family.

Born in Berwick on September 2, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Loleta Hock and William Snyder. She attended Berwick High School.

Dolores was married for 57 years to the late Robert E. Brown, until his death in November 2001.

Dolores worked at Briar Creek Knitting and US Radium prior to accompanying her husband, who was an independent truck driver, on his travels across the country.

Dolores loved spending time with her family, playing cards, going to bingo and taking trips to Las Vegas. Also, anyone who knew Dee, knew her love of animals and how much she cherished her pets throughout her lifetime.

Dolores will be greatly missed by her two daughters: Sandra Hess and husband David “Butch” of Mifflinville and Barbara Bayer and companion Stan “Butch” Breisch, Bloomsburg; grandchildren: Deborah Ashelman and husband Robert, Mifflinville; Tracy Shannon and husband Michael, Alexandria, Kentucky; and Rayne Hoffman and husband Thomas, Berwick. She is also survived by several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Dolores was preceded in death by her son, Joel E. Brown; grandson, Bret Kishbaugh and brother, William Snyder Jr.

In keeping with the wishes of Dolores, there will be no funeral service. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck, is honored to be assisting the family.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Animal Resource Center, 301A Boone Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Holly L. Patterson, 46, of Benton Twp. passed away on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at the Gardens at Orangeville.

Born in Danville on November 15, 1970 she was the only child of David and Cindy Brown of Beach Haven. Holly attended Berwick Schools, and worked with her family as a horse breeder and trainer on Walnut Grove Farms, Beach Haven. Being around horses was her passion.

In addition to her parents, she will be greatly missed by her twin sons, Stone Patterson and Gage Patterson, Berwick; and cherished granddaughters, Bailey and Kaelynn Patterson.

At Holly’s request there will be no funeral services.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Michael J. Orendi, Sr., 63, of Nescopeck Township passed away suddenly on July 27, 2017, at home.

Born in Pittsburgh on July 21, 1954, he was the son of the late Fredrick L. and Margaret M. (Rebel) Orendi, Sr. He enlisted in the US Army in 1972 and served honorably in the US Army for 20 years, retiring with the rank of Captain. Michael was a decorated Desert Shield and Desert Storm veteran.

He attended Columbia College in Missouri where he received his bachelor of the arts degree. He was also a graduate of Jacksonville Theological Seminary where he received a bachelors and master’s degree in Theology. Michael was a licensed Southern Baptist Pastor and ordained Inter-Denominational Pastor, having served several parishes in Florida, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Locally, he was The Senior Pastor for Fowlersville and Lime Ridge United Methodist Churches, and most recently the Senior Pastor for New Heart Christian Fellowship in Nescopeck. His passion was evangelism and discipleship.

Mike was a Licensed and Certified Human Behavior Trainer, gifted teacher, and Motivational Speaker. He was also a Certified Archery Instructor, and Certified High and Low Ropes Course Instructor. He was a member of the VFW Post 8227, Nescopeck, the Nescopeck Township Fire Company, and the Nescopeck Community Ambulance. He was the EMS Coordinator for Luzerne County, and involved with the Boy Scouts of America. He enjoyed golfing, and hunting, and was an avid Steelers fan.

He loved spending time with his wife and best friend, Deborah (Ruvarac) Orendi, who he married in 1992. They would have celebrated their 25th anniversary next week.

In addition to his wife, Debbie, he will also be greatly missed by his children: Michael J. Orendi, Jr and wife Angela, Florida; Cheryl A. Orendi and boyfriend Mike Green, Pittsburgh; David Ruvarac and partner Chris Reay, Philadelphia; Christian Michael Orendi, Philadelphia; and 7 grandchildren. He is also survived by siblings: Fred Orendi, Jr and wife Joyce, Pittsburgh; Peggy Kody and husband Greg, Florida; Ed Orendi and fiancé Lois, Pittsburgh; David Orendi and wife Lori, Pittsburgh; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday August 3, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment with military honors will follow in Elan Memorial Park. Family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to VFW Post 8227, 435 West 3rd Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

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Harold E. Steward, 66, of Berwick passed away on July 27, 2017 at home surrounded by his family.

Born in Bloomsburg on June 14, 1951, he was the son of the late Loren S. Steward and Betty (Rockwell) Kressler. He was a graduate of Central Columbia High School and Williamsport Area Community College. Harold retired from Bloomsburg Carpet, where he was employed for 31 years.

Harold loved spending time with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed camping, fishing, dirt track racing, and horse racing.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 44 years, Judy (Layos) Steward; sons, Christopher Steward and wife Lori, Norristown; Kyle Steward, Bloomsburg; grandsons, Nicholas and Charles. He is also survived by stepsisters, Joan Underwood and husband Bill, Millville; Barb Doebler and husband Ed, Linden; Carol Montero, Harrisburg; stepbrother, Kenneth Kressler and wife Denise, Bloomsburg; aunt, Beverly Keller; uncle, Ludlum “Boots” Rockwell; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Loren A. Steward; stepsister, Linda Fester; stepbrother, Albert Kressler, Jr; and stepfather, Albert Kressler, Sr.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday August 1, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends on Monday evening from 6-8 pm.

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Robert Evans Lindquist Jr., 76 of Nescopeck passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at his home.

Born in Florida on April 23, 1941, he was the only child of the late Robert E. and Helen S. (Fields) Lindquist. Bob graduated from Boonton High School in New Jersey, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Bob served as a US Army reservist in the Fort Dix Public Information Office. He had a long career in the railroad industry as a train master at Pitcairn, Pennsylvania. He became vice president of the Lehigh Valley Railroad, the youngest vice president in the history of the company. Thereafter, he became senior vice president of finance for Conrail, until his retirement. Bob also was a partner in a railroad consulting business for several years after his retirement.

Bob was a great fan of Victorian architecture, classical music, playing the piano, mystery shows and British comedy. He was a member of the Berwick Historical Society, serving as treasurer, the Wyoming Valley Historical Society, and the Nescopeck Township Fire Company. He was also a member and former editor for the International Stationary Steam Engine Society.

In 1967 Bob purchased the Benjamin Evans Residence, a historic home built in 1855, and lovingly restored it over a period of many years. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

In 1976, Geoffrey Dautrich came to live at the “Residence” with Bob, and remained for the next 41 years, a devoted and loving companion to Bob. In February 2014, Bob legally adopted Geoff, who changed his last name from Dautrich to Lindquist. Bob and Geoffrey traveled extensively including sailing on the Queen Mary II and the Delta Queen. They enjoyed railroad travel and made many excursions around the country. Sadly, Geoff passed away in May of 2017.

Bob also enjoyed taking friends and acquaintances to the Steamtown National Historical Site for various train excursions, including the Christmas season Polar Express. Bob’s passion was his large collection of steam engines which were displayed in a newly constructed large pavilion on his property. After several engines were made operational, a steam up was held last fall and Bob was once again in his glory blowing the steam whistles with a martini in hand.

He will be missed by many close friends, who will gather for a private memorial service to be held later this summer.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Berwick Historical Society, 344 North Market Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

Arrangements are under the direction of Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck.

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Nancy Ann Engelberger, 56, of Beaver Township passed away suddenly at home of a heart attack. Two years ago she was diagnosed with leukemia and last week she was told she was completely cured. She was so happy.

Born on November 10, 1960 in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Fred J. and Elvira Margot Marie (Korbus) Engelberger. Nancy graduated from Columbia Montour Vo-Tech. She worked as an LPN in various local nursing homes and Geisinger Hospital.

Nancy was a very talented artist and loved making crafts.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a step-son, Jason Ryman.

She survived by her companion, Leon Boyer, Jr.; daughters, Lauren Ryman; Aspen Ryman Gennaria; and step-daughter, Amy Ryman Kolinovsky. She also leaves behind sisters, Cathy Kuczynski and husband Dennis; Donna Engelberger; brothers, Joseph Engelberger and wife Martina; William Engelberger and wife Edith; several nieces, nephews, aunts, cousins, and many friends.

Nancy was very spiritual therefore we ask for prayers that Jesus takes her into his home where she will be reunited with Him and her parents.

A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting her family.

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Laune M. Fenstemaker, 72, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 in Mountain View Nursing and Rehab Center, Coal Township.

Born in Berwick on August 7, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Emma Elizabeth (Sassaman) Henry and her husband Milton C. Henry. She was a 1964 graduate of Berwick High School. She was employed as a seamstress at Danskin in York, PA, and after moving to Berwick, worked at several local sewing factories. She was a licensed beautician through Empire Beauty School.

Laune was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Berwick. She enjoyed needlepoint, crewel, and knitting. She loved reading, especially the Bible.

She will be greatly missed by her brothers: Jack Henry, Harrisburg; M. Chuck Henry and wife Karen, Scotch Valley; sister, Valerie Sanute and husband J. “Jake”, Nescopeck; nieces and nephews: Keith and Jen Henry; Kenneth and Kerry Henry; Kristin and Steve Titus; Shannon and Wally Macon; Ian Henry and Sarah DeLong; Korinne Sanute; Nicole Sanute; and several great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister-in-law, Michelle Henry in 2011.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Reverend Christine Kirchner officiating. Interment will take place in Pine Grove Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 9:00 AM until the time of service.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Thomas J. O’Connell, Jr, 79, of Berwick, passed away on Saturday July 15, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Born on February 25, 1938 in Manhattan, NY, he was the son of the late Agnes (Isterling) and Thomas J. O’Connell, Sr. Thomas served honorably in the US Navy from 1955 until 1959. For over 45 years, he was a member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union, starting at Local #1 New York City, then transferring to Local #269, Newberg, which merged and became #373 Mountainville, NY.

Thomas, known to many as “TommieO” or “Pop Pop”, was a life member of the AMVETS, Post 93 in Nescopeck, and a member of the military honor guard. He was a lieutenant in the Berwick Fire Police where he was the current treasurer and held several offices throughout his time there. He was also a member of West Berwick Hose Company, where he served as past president as well as other offices.

Thomas gave most of his spare time to helping the community. He also loved to spend time with his grandchildren. In the past, he enjoyed camping and playing cards.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 31 years, Josephine M. (Curran) O’ Connell, Berwick; her daughters, Linda L. Haines and partner Tammy Morris, Berwick; and Lisa M. Naus, Berwick. He is also survived by sons: Thomas O’Connell; Christopher O’Connell and wife Ann Marie; Michael O’Connell and wife Rose, all from NY; 10 grandchildren, including Taylor and Brandon Naus, with whom he had a special relationship; sister, Arlene Pagno and husband John, NY; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.

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

A viewing will be held from 6-8 pm on Tuesday July, 18, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, and Wednesday July 19, 2017 from 9-10 am, followed by a grave side service, with military honors, in Elan Memorial Park. Reverend Francis J. Tamburro will officiate.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 3-7 pm on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at VFW Post 821, 1408 West Front Street, Berwick.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Berwick Fire Police, 1437 Fairview Avenue, Berwick, PA 18603.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Fillmore A. Stout, Jr., 85, of Shickshinny, passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at home.

Born on March 17, 1932 in Shickshinny, he was the son of the late Lenora M. (Gensel) and Fillmore A. Stout, Sr. Fillmore served honorably in the US Airforce during the Korean War from 1950 until 1954. Over the years, he worked at several businesses including Tobyhanna Army Depot, Fulton Lamp, and US Steel. His passion was operating heavy machinery, which he did to help clear areas for building and construction.

Fillmore was a member of Shickshinny Valley Full Gospel Assembly Church. He loved fishing for both trout and bass, and hunting, especially with his sons. He also enjoyed woodworking. He built the house in which he and his wife lived. He also liked working on machinery and cars.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 61 years, Iva M. (Garrison) Stout, Shickshinny; sons, Mark Stout and wife Laurie, Jacksonville, FL; and Mike Stout and wife Sarah, Shickshinny; 7 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He was looking forward to the fourteenth in November. He also survived by a brother, George Stout and wife Annalee, Berwick; sisters, Nancy Beach, Berwick; Lenora “Mae” Modeleski, Berwick; and Debra Williams, Stem, NC.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Elova Geotz; and a brother, Earl Stout.

A viewing will be held from 6-8 pm on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

A memorial service with military honors will be held Friday at his home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Shickshinny Valley Church, 269 Sawmill Road, Shickshinny, PA 18655.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Fern M. Slusser, 92, of Berwick, passed away on Thursday July 6, 2017 at home with her family by her side.

She was born on June 18, 1925, in home where she passed away. Fern was 1 of three daughters born to Mae and William Reagan. She attended Berwick Area High School. Fern worked in the local canning factories until they closed and later at M&M dress factory until she retired. She attended Berwick Christian Church until her health started to decline.

Fern had a passion for the Berwick Bulldogs. She also loved to play cards with her family and attended bingo night whenever she could.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Barbara Ruckle, Berwick; sons, James “Jim” Slusser, Maryland; Gary Slusser and wife Faith, Nescopeck; Clifford Slusser, Berwick; 21 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren; several great-great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sons, Harry Slusser and David Slusser; grandsons, Keith “Jimmy” Davis and Shawn Davis; sisters, Winifred Williams and Ruth Stout.

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

Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting her family. Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Robert E. Horn, passed away unexpectedly on July 1, 2017 in Foster Township.

Born in Palmerton, PA on May 8, 1977, he was the son of Martha J. (Koch) Horn, Palmerton and the late Eugene S. Horn, Jr. He was a graduate of Weatherly High School. Rob worked in the construction industry, specializing in framing houses prior to becoming disabled a few years ago.

Rob was passionate about hunting and fishing. He also loved music and played the guitar.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 13 years, Brooke E. (Miller) Horn, White Haven; daughter, Willow; brothers: Lester Miller and wife Cheryl, PA; James Miller, PA; Jody Miller and wife Patty, PA; Donald Miller and wife Lauren, PA; Eugene Horn and wife Michele, PA; sisters: Cheryl Williams and husband Dennis, SC; Jan Sisson and husband Ronald, VA; and Brenda Setelin, VA. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents; brother-in-law, John Setelin; and sister-in-law, Donna Miller.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

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

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

James A. “Jimmy” Hyde, Sr. , of Nescopeck passed away on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Bloomsburg on April 1, 1934, he was a son of the late Jack F. and Elva (Shaffer) Hyde. He attended Mifflinville High School. Jim was self-employed most of his life, first at Hyde’s Grade A Meat Market, then at Hyde Homes, later he owned Briar Motors in Briar Creek, and most recently, the Second Hand Store in Berwick. After retiring, he worked part time in the meat department at the Giant Food Store in Berwick.

Jimmy attended Hetlerville United Methodist Church. He enjoyed visiting the casinos with his wife Nancy, locally, and in Atlantic City before becoming ill. He loved hunting. He was passionate about hunting at the 118 area with his family and friends. He owned his own hunting cabin, and on several occasions, was able to go on out of state hunting trips, as well as trips to Canada.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of nearly 65 years, Nancy (McMurtrie) Hyde; daughter Jill Low, Hetlerville; son, James Hyde, Jr, Bloomsburg; grandchildren: Billy Low; Bradley Low, Jimmy Hyde and wife Jen; Joe Hyde; and great grandchildren: Chloe and Anthony Hyde. He is also survived by his sisters: Eleanor Capita and husband Mike, Berwick; Shirley Boychuck and husband Alex, NC; brother, Larry Hyde and wife Gretchen, MA; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Jack Hyde.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Reverend John Bondhus officiating. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hetlerville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box U, Mifflinville, PA 18631, or the charity of the donor’s choice.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Gerald J. Good, 84, of Hobbie passed away on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, where he was a patient for the past 2 weeks.

Born in Hobbie on July 18, 1932, he was a son of the late Foster F. and Pearl (Travelpiece) Good. He graduated from Nescopeck High School and worked at Wise Foods, Berwick for 38 years. Gerald was also a farmer all his life.

He was an active member of St. Peters United Church of Christ, Hobbie, where he was a past council and consistory member. He enjoyed baseball and was a great player in high school and coached little league. He loved hunting, with a passion he has passed on to future generations.

Gerald will be greatly missed by his wife of 58 years, Naomi (Berlin) Good; children: Sandra Smith, Hobbie; Paul Good and wife Arlene, Hobbie; Daniel Good, Hobbie; 4 grandchildren: Eugene Good and wife Kristie; Amanda Good; Jessica Yoder and husband Martin; Shawn Good; 2 great grandchildren, Alisyn Good and Levi Yoder. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Betty Good and Mary Good; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Ira Smith III; brothers: Otto; Merle; Lester; Carlos; Willis; and Charles; and sisters: Lenna Good; Ethel Scott; Erva Deisenroth; and Audrey Rohrbaugh.

A funeral service will be held at Noon on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at St. Peters UCC, Hobbie with Pastor James Stanley officiating. Interment will follow in Silver Maple Cemetery. A viewing will be held at the church from 11:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St Peters UCC, 613 West County Road, Wapwallopen, PA 18660.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Bettie M. Lowery, 93 of Berwick passed away on Monday, June 12, 2017 at Berwick Retirement Village II, with her family by her side.

Born in Tunkhannock on December 23, 1923, she was a daughter of the late George Crawford and Lucretia (White) O’Neal. She attended school in Tunkhannock. Bettie was a homemaker who enjoyed completing the tasks of providing a clean and loving home for her husband and children.

Bettie was a devoted member of First Baptist Church, Berwick. She enjoyed painting ceramics. She loved baking, especially pies, which she liked offering as dessert.

She will be greatly missed by her sons: Donald Lowery and wife Elizabeth, South Carolina; Dennis Lowery and wife Vicki, Berwick; grandchildren: Donald Lowery Jr., Michelle Cantrell and Jennifer Knorr; step grandchildren: Kyle Kalanick and Rachel Kalanick; great grandchildren: Megan, Brooke, Jendyn, and Kale; step-great-grandson, Jayce; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 74 years, Maurice L. Lowery in 2015; granddaughter, Suzanne Lowery; sister, Leona Crawford; and brothers, George Crawford and Robert O’Neal.

A memorial service will bel held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at First Baptist Church, 224 West Front Street, Berwick with the Reverend Charles Jensen officiating. Family will receive friends from 1:00 until the time of service.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to First Baptist Church.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Carol L. Sukel, 70, of Berwick passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2017, surrounded by her family.

Born in Hazleton on August 14, 1946, she was the only child of the late William and Esther (Mangle) Lapp. She graduated from Hazleton High School in 1964. Carol was currently employed as a teller at First Keystone Community Bank.

Carol was a member of Immaculate Conception B.V.M., St. Mary’s Church, Berwick. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and watching her favorite games shows. Her most cherished time was when she was with her family.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of nearly 49 years, John Sukel; daughters, Stacy Reed and husband Eric, Colorado Springs; Tammy Mulherin and husband Jack, Clarks Summit; Kelly Gulvas and husband Jeff, White Haven; and adored grandchildren, Ashley and Riley.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 in St Mary’s Church, 1730 Fowler Avenue, Berwick with her pastor, Reverend Francis Tamburro officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Laurel Memorial Park, Hazleton. A viewing will be held on Wednesday morning in the church from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1948 E 3rd St

Williamsport, PA 17701

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Irene M. (Harris) Baker, 95, of Orangeville passed away on Friday, June 9, 2017 at Grandview Nursing and Rehab, Danville.

Born in Unityville on September 12, 1921, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Dora (Rider) Harris. She attended school in Unityville. Over the years, Irene worked at several Bloomsburg businesses including, GLF Canning Factory, J S Raub Shoe Store, and Western Auto.

Irene was a skillful archer and was a member of the Bloomsburg Archery Club. She was also a member of the Bloomsburg Elks, and a former member of the Frosty Valley Country Club, Danville. She loved shopping, especially at Boscov’s, where she could always find a good bargain.

She will be greatly missed by her 6 children, daughters: Kathryn Drumm, Bloomsburg; Cynthia J. Knorr and husband Zane, Bloomsburg; Vicky Brobst and husband Dave, Ohio; sons: Robert L. Hock and wife Mabel, Danville; George “Edward” Hock and wife Carol, Mifflinville; Richard D. Hock and wife Ann, Bloomsburg; 14 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; 8 great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Irene was preceded in death by her first husband, Earl Hock; and second husband, Ralph Baker. She was the last of 10 children, preceded in death by her brothers, Jimmy, Lee and Harold Harris; Cecil Downs; Ernie and Grant Harris in childhood; and sisters, Mary Woodside; Ann Girard; and Nelly Camp.

At Irene’s request there will be no viewing or funeral service. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting her family.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Sylvia M. Garbacik, 83, of Hetlerville passed away on Friday, June 9, 2017 at Geisinger Bloomsburg Health Care, where she had been a patient for the past 5 years.

Born in Drums on February 28, 1934, she was a daughter of the late Julia I. (Maylath) and Thomas A. Garbacik, Sr. She attended school in Sybertsville. In her younger years, Sylvia was a waitress at Hippensteel’s Restaurant, Nescopeck and later a housekeeper for Dr. Matsko, Berwick. Most recently she worked Wes Poultry Farm, Hetlerville.

Sylvia was a member of Immaculate Conception B.V.M., St. Mary’s Church, Berwick. Her hobbies included knitting, crocheting and ceramics.

She will be greatly missed by her brothers, Jerome Garbacik and Phillip Garbacik, both of Berwick; as well as many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Thomas Jr.; James; William; Lawrence; and Gabriel Garbacik; and sisters, Beatrice Garbacik and Annaseda Bell.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 in St Mary’s Church, 1730 Fowler Avenue, Berwick with her pastor, Reverend Francis Tamburro officiating. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. A viewing will be held on Tuesday morning in the church from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Animal Resource Center, 301A Boone Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Gordon E. Mowery, 75, of Beach Haven passed away peacefully on June 7, 2017, at home.

Born in Pond Hill on February 16, 1942, he was the son of the late Gordon A. and Margaret M. (Mowery) Shaffer. He attended school in Nescopeck. Most recently, Gordon worked at Berwick Garage Company. Previously he was employed at John’s Texaco, Nescopeck. He was also a bus driver for Bower Bus Company, as well as a truck driver.

Gordon was a member of the Garibaldi and the Slavonic Clubs, Berwick. He was a former member of the VFW 821, Berwick and the Mocanaqua Sporting Club. His favorite hobby was working on cars, and he was known as a great mechanic.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 52 years, Eva M. (DeFrain) Mowery; daughter, Kimberly Holdren, Port Royal; son, Keith “Jake” Mowery, Berwick; granddaughter, Blance Holdren, Mt. Union; sisters, Eva Gross, Berwick; Lorrie Shannon, Nescopeck; Jane Shaffer, Nescopeck; brother, Bob Shaffer, Oregon; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers-in-law, Francis Shannon and Barry Gross.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 in Elan Memorial Park, Old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg, with Pastor Mike Delp officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to his wife Eva Mowery, at P.O. Box 4, Beach Haven, PA 18601.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Jacques J. Cartier, Jr. , passed away unexpectedly on May 28, 2017 in West Hazleton.

Born in Elizabeth, NJ on September 18, 1976, he was the son of the late Jacques J. Cartier, Sr and Holly (Stowe) Doone. He was raised and educated in New Jersey, and moved to the area about 20 years ago. He was employed by DBI Services, Hazleton.

Jacques favorite hobby was skydiving. He also enjoyed nature and being outdoors, fishing, camping and grilling. He followed professional football and was a Pittsburg Steelers fan.

He will be greatly missed by his son, Dakota Cartier, Bloomsburg; daughter, Giavanna Cartier, and her mother Nicole, Nescopeck; step-father, James Doone, NJ; sisters, Lindsay Cartier and Misty Cartier; brothers, Dylan Doone; Travis Cartier; and Brett Cartier; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Laurel Cartier.

Family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck to help defray his final expenses.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Margaret T. Miano, 82,of Berwick passed away on Monday, May 22, 2017 at Berwick Hospital Center, where she was a patient for the past few days.

Born in New York City on July 21, 1934, she was a daughter of the late John J. and Anna M. (Walsh) Appleyard. She was raised and educated in New York. Over the years, she worked in communications at several different companies. Most recently, she worked at BBDO Worldwide. After retirement, she moved to the Berwick area.

Marge enjoyed puzzles, reading and being outdoors. She liked cooking, and would feed anyone who came to visit. She loved spending time with family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Salvatore Miano; son, Anthony Miano; brothers, Thomas, John “Jack”, and Anthony Appleyard; sister, Patricia Appleyard; nieces, Nicole Corsano and Melissa Appleyard; and a nephew, Donald Deluccy.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Lisa Miano, Kearny NJ; grandchildren, Christopher and Mackenzie Rose. She will also be missed by her sisters, Elizaberth “Betty” Corsano Balazs and husband Roy, Berwick; Joan Heisinger and husband Ken, Ulster, PA; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

At Marge’s request, there will be no viewing or funeral service. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions in her memory are suggested to the SPCA, 2801 Bloom Road, Danville, PA 17821

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Christine Levan, 89, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away at Geisinger South Hospice on Saturday, May 27th, while surrounded by family.

The daughter of Ernst Sagert and Nanny (Née Schmich) Sagert, Christine was born in Berlin, Germany on January 26th, 1928 as Christa Hannelore Auguste Sagert. They enjoyed many happy memories vacationing along the Baltic Sea, prior to the war displacing her and much of her family. Christine attended school in Austria, where she graduated from Lyceum. She moved to London with her brother, waitressing by day and going out with her best friend Heidi at night. It was there she met the love of her life, American 2nd class Signal Man U.S. Navy, Frank Levan.

Christine emigrated to the United States in 1958 where her and Frank lived in Berwick and spent many days visiting Knoebel’s Grove, Rickett’s Glenn, and her beloved Bethany Beach, DE. She was a waitress at the Elk’s Club and the Berwick Golf Club. She lived her life for her five children, leaving a note before her passing, “I loved you my children from the bottom of my heart with a passion that cannot be severed by death.”

Christine, our “Nanny,” was a fun-loving, strong woman, who we will remember most for her smile and boldness. She loved cooking, gardening, dining out, and Rhine wine, which she attributed to her father, who was a wine salesman.

Christine was preceded in death by her brother, Rhinehart; her grandson, Jesse Berkheiser; and her husband, Frank Levan. She is survived by her daughters, Susan Johnson (Robert), Berwick; Cindy Berkheiser (Brad), Berwick; Francine Toole (Patrick), Wilkes-Barre, with whom Christine resided; Yvonne Fisher (the late Joseph), Wilkes-Barre; and her son, Frank Levan III (Lisa), Hobbie; and her grandchildren, Jenny Carlo (Jeffrey), Wilkes-Barre; Hannah Beach, Wilkes-Barre; Christa Johnson, New York City; Kylie and Shane Levan, Hobbie; as well as Derek Toole (Erica), Dallas; and Katie (Nick) Eddy, Pittston; and also her great-grandchildren, Jackson and Emerson Carlo, and Donovan Toole. She is also survived by nieces and nephews: Christy and Kim Parker; Debbie, Susan, Robert, and Michael Denby.

The family will be holding a private memorial service on Friday. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to Celtic Hospice, Geisinger South, whom we cannot thank enough for their kindness. We will remember our beloved Nanny, “In the green of the grass…in the smell of the sea…in the clouds floating by…at the top of a tree…in the sound crickets make at the end of the day…‘You are loved. You are loved. You are loved,’ they all say.”

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Donna E. Perkoski, 74, of Berwick passed away on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Bloomsburg on May 5, 1943, she was a daughter of the late Alvin W. Benshoff and Dorethea E. (Klinger) and her husband Guy Kremser. She was a graduate of Central Columbia High School and Wilkes-Barre School of Nursing where she earned her nursing degree. She was employed at Berwick Hospital as an LPN for many years, then worked in several doctor’s offices until she retired.

Donna was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Berwick. She enjoyed crafts, sewing, reading and crossword puzzles. She loved her cats, “Carter” and “Callie”.

She will be greatly missed by her loving children: Joseph Perkoski and wife Lynne, Berwick; Christine Bardo, Myrtle Beach, SC; Jennifer Zeisloft and husband Stephen, Sugarloaf; grandchildren, Justin Disidoro and Alysha Ragone; and great grandson, Michael Disidoro. She was looking forward to the birth of a second great grandson, Layton Pagliaro this summer. She also leaves behind her brothers, Guy “Butch” Kremser and wife Roxanne, Catawissa; Randy Kremser and wife Audrey, Catawissa; sister, Carla Parks and husband Ron, Bloomsburg; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandson, Jordan Tironie; and brother, Terry Benshoff.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Ber-Vaughn Park, 6084 Park Road, Berwick.

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

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Judy A. Hartranft, 66, of Black Creek Township passed away peacefully on Friday, May 19, 2017 at Hospice of the Sacred Heart Inpatient Unit, Dunmore, with her family at her side.

Born in Heidelberg, Germany on May 8, 1951, she was the daughter of the late Margaret J. (Hons) and Carl H. Welsh, Sr. She graduated from Bloomsburg High School and was employed at Bemis Corporation, Hazleton for over 30 years, until her health no longer allowed.

She was a member of Mountain Grove Lutheran Church, and the Beaver Twp. Fire Co Ladies’ Auxiliary. She enjoyed puzzle books, crocheting, and BINGO. She was a wonderful cook and liked to feed people; anyone who visited her home knew they wouldn’t leave hungry. Her greatest love was spending time with her family.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 43 years, Richard L. Hartranft; children: Randall Welsh and wife Melinda, Smithfield, VA; Tracy Hartranft, Bloomsburg; Benjamin Hartranft and wife Dee Dee, Bloomsburg; Beth Hartranft, Bloomsburg; 5 grandchildren, Colton and Caitlin Welsh, Brittany, Rhiannon and Elijah Peltz; brother, Royce Welsh, Bloomsburg; and several nieces and nephews, cousins, and aunts.

At Judy’s request, there will be no viewing or funeral services. A private celebration of life will be held this summer.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Ralph E. Reichert, 79, of Berwick passed away on Monday, May 15, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Born December 16, 1937, he was a son of the late Howard and Ellen (Kemler) Reichert. He attended Berwick Schools, and served honorably in the US Army from 1961 to 1963. Ralph was employed at Argo Manufacturing, Berwick until it closed. He then worked for several local waterproofing companies until retiring.

Ralph was a life member of the Eagle Hose Co., Berwick; the Garibaldi Club; and the VFW Post 821, Berwick. He enjoyed woodworking and putting together jigsaw puzzles. He spent many vacations at his house in Bethany Beach, where he liked spending time at the ocean, boating, clamming and crabbing. He was an avid Pittsburg Steelers fan.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 57 years, Phyllis M. (Briggs) Reichert; daughters, Veronica Stotler; Maria Fogg and husband John; Dianna Sponenberg and husband Michael, all of Berwick; grandchildren, Jessica Young and husband Joshua; Jeremy Devine; Janelle Titus; Krystin Devine; David Sponenberg; Mitchell Sponenberg; Eric Stotler; Amanda Stotler; Kevin Fogg and wife Anna; and John Paul Fogg; great grandchildren, Jordan, Gage, Connor, Liam, Kyle, Bowie, Elliott and Jase. He also leaves behind brothers, Warren and wife Ada, NC; Elmer and wife Jackie, FL; sisters, Lida Snyder, Catawissa; Ethel Borem and husband Dez, Berwick; Laura Hartman, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, Nelson, Donald and Lester; and sisters, Alice Wright and Irene Snyder.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, May 19, 2017 in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick. Pastor Ryan Reigh will officiate.

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

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Beatrice R. Harmon, 91, of Nescopeck passed away on Friday, May 12, 2017 at Berwick Retirement Village II, where she was a resident for the past 10 years.

Born in Espy on May 5, 1926, she was a daughter of the late Wilbur J. and Sallie (DeWald) Martz. She graduated from Scott Township High School, Espy, in 1944, where she played on the basketball team and played the tenor saxophone in the high school band. Beatrice liked completing the tasks of a homemaker, and was dedicated to being a full-time wife and mother. After her children were grown, she worked for several local manufacturing plants including the Berwick Knitting Mill.

“Bea” or “Beaty” as some called her, was a member of Faith United Lutheran Church, Nescopeck. She enjoyed gardening and square dancing.

She will be greatly missed by her sons, Willard L. Harmon, Jr and wife Carole, New Cumberland; Danny Harmon and wife Nancy, Shickshinny; daughter-in-law, Carol Harmon, Berwick; grandchildren, Willard Harmon III; Danielle Harmon; Rachell L. Green; David A. Harmon, Jr; Clifton Harmon; Stacia Romeo; Erica Streander and Krystal Miner; great grandchildren, Ethan; Carter; Avy; Rebecca; Allison; Liam; Liberty; Hunter; Ali; Lexi; Jorden; Adalynne; and Jonathan. She also leaves behind sisters, Barbara Hughes, Sunbury; Dawn McHenry, Shickshinny; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willard L. Harmon, Sr in 2002; son, David A. Harmon, Sr in 2016; sisters, Emma Madden and Ethel Slayter; brother, Charles Martz; and friend, Layton Baer.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with her pastor, Reverend Jessica Kingsborough officiating. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends on Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Faith United Lutheran Church, 801 East Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Jean M. (Barnes) Steward, 91, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Geisinger Bloomsburg Health Care, where she was a patient for the past few months.

Born near Mt Carmel in Wilburton #2, on March 14, 1926, she was a daughter of the late Lewis G and Anna Stefanski Barnes. She attended the Swamp School in Catawissa. She worked at Columbia “The Big Silk Mill”, Bloomsburg and Bear Silk Mill, Berwick. In 1959, she started at Consolidated Cigar Factory, and worked there until it closed. Most recently she was employed at Wise Potato Chips and the Press Enterprise.

Jeannee was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church, Berwick, a life member of the Catawissa American Legion 541 Auxiliary, and a life member West Berwick Hose Co. #1 Ladies Auxiliary, where she was also a charter member. She was a Den mother for the Cub Scouts.

She enjoyed housekeeping and yard work. Jeannee liked keeping up on current events. She was a very giving and social person who took the time to talk to everyone of all ages. She was “a well-liked woman”.

Jeannee loved her family, and will be greatly missed by her sons, Curtis H. Steward, Jr and wife Joanne, Berwick; Jody Steward, Berwick; grandchildren, Destiny Steward and Derrick Steward; 1 great grandson, Colin; brothers, Ralph J. Barnes, Catawissa; Alvin Barnes and wife Patricia, Dover, DE; sisters, Nancy Long and husband Ronald, Catawissa; Mary K. Makowski and husband Walter, Elysburg; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Curtis H. Steward; brothers, Lewis, Thomas, Harry, Raymond and Charles Barnes; sisters, Alice and Rita Barnes, Margaret Girton; Louella Kessler; and granddaughter-in-law, Shelby Steward.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 13, 2017 in Calvery United Methodist Church, Berwick with her pastor, Reverend Laura King and niece, Reverend Lisa Barnes officiating. Interment will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 9:00 AM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Calvary United Methodist Church, 1135 Orange Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

H. Louise Martin, 72, of Berwick passed away on Monday, May 8, 2017, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Hazleton on June 21, 1944, she was a daughter of the late Anthony L and Helen K (Goida) Martin. She graduated from Berwick High School, and was employed at Lady Ester and Consolidated Cigar, Berwick, prior to starting her family. Once she became a mother, Louise’s full time position was to be a loving mother, caregiver and “home-school teacher”, who was devoted to raising her children.

Louise was an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, where she was involved with the youth group and prayer group. She was a volunteer for Beyond Voilence, Berwick. Louise liked crossword puzzles, crafts, and reading, especially religious books. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with family and friends.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Michael Cashman and wife Mina, Belington, WV; Josella Librizzi and husband Mike, Linwood, NJ; Mary Cashman, Berwick; Anne Delaney and husband Scott, Aliquippa; Christopher Cashman and fiancé Desrae Holden, Berwick; Elizabeth Robbins and husband Brett, Bloomsburg; cherished grandchildren, Michael, Mina, Meghan, Jimmy, Elizabeth, Mary Kate, Greg, Matthew, Sam, Nicolette, Michael, McKenzie, Bryce and Trinity; brother, Anthony Martin and wife Marian, Las Vegas; sister, Alexa Bufunno, Bloomsburg; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Tommy Cashman in 2007; and brother, Michael Martin.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, May 15, 2017 in St. Joseph’s Church, 721 Monroe Street, Berwick with her pastor, Rev. Dennis Dalessandro officiating. Interment will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick. A viewing will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Sunday at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America, 2121 K Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20037.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Donald M. Farver, 80, of Mifflinville passed away on Friday, May 5, 2017 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

He was born at 151 West 8th Street, Bloomsburg on July 22, 1936, to the late Melvin A. and Margaret E. (Burke) Farver. He graduated from Bloomsburg High School in 1954, and worked at Moyer Pharmacy and Magee Carpet Co. In 1959, Don enlisted in the US Air Force, serving some time in Okinawa. He was the clerk at the Bloomsburg Police Station for 28 years before retiring in 2002.

He was a life member of Liberty Fire Hall, now Bloomsburg Area Fire Co, Fireman’s Relief Fund, Bloomsburg Elks Lodge #436, AARP, Mifflinville Village Committee, Mifflinville Cemetery Co, and St. Columba Catholic Church. He enjoyed bowling on several teams and working outside.

He is survived by his loving wife, the former Bonnie Knecht, with whom he would have celebrated a 35th anniversary on May 8th; son Michael C. Farver and wife Nikitah, Berwick; sister, Helen C. Arnwine, at the Gardens at Orangeville; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Farver in 1991, and his wife Marjorie Farver in 2009; and brother-in-law, Allen Arnwine in 2017.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at St Columba Church, Third & Iron Streets, Bloomsburg with his pastor, Msgr. Robert E. Lawrence officiating. Interment will follow in New Rosemont Cemetery. Family will receive friends at a viewing in the church from 10:00 AM until the time of Mass.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Paralyzed Veterans of America, P.O. Box 758532, Topeka, KS 66675-9910.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Paula A. Davis, 57, of Berwick passed away on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on July 26, 1959, she was the daughter of the late Eugenia Mae (Epler) and Luther T. Smith. She was a graduate of Berwick High School. Over the years, Paula was employed at several local businesses including Berwick Weaving, where she was a quality control inspector. Most recently, she worked in the environmental services department at the Gardens at Orangeville.

Paula was a social member of the Mifflin Forest Rangers. She enjoyed reading, especially romance novels and mysteries. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, who were the light of her life.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of nearly 40 years, Darwin J. Davis; daughter, Jamie Parks and fiancé Sam Sitler, Nescopeck; grandchildren, Cameron and Tyler Parks; Mya Sitler; Landon Davis; sisters, Deb Nuss, Nescopeck; Linda Hayes and companion Don Lupini, Mifflinville; Cindy Springer and companion Mark Lehman, Berwick; Anne Serdula and husband Andrew, Richmond, VA; Eva Moyer, Mifflinville; Daralyn Long and husband Rick, Manassas, VA; brothers, Keith Smith and wife Lisa, Berwick; James Fox, Berwick; numerous nieces and nephews; mother-in-law, Donna Davis and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Darwin J. Davis, Jr in 1980; brother, John Fox; sister, Betsy Henry; nephew, Glenmore Henry; father-in-law, Darwin A. Davis; and brother-in-law, Steven L. Davis.

A memorial service will be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 5:00 PM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the family at 1100 North Market Street, Berwick, PA 18603, to help defray her final expenses.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Mary C. Thomson, 90, of Shickshinny, passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Bonham Nursing Home, Stillwater, where she was a guest for the past 4 years.

Born in Flushing, NY on December 25, 1926, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Ellen (Delaney) Treacy. She was a graduate of Bayside High School, New York. After moving to Pennsylvania, she worked for many years at Bartikowsky Jewelers in Wilkes-Barre.

Mary was a member of Holy Spirit Parish/St. Mary’s Church, Mocanaqua. She enjoyed sewing and crocheting, always making something for someone, from curtains to wedding gowns. Her greatest love was her family. She was a loving mother to her children and caregiver to her cherished grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Anne Fisher and husband John, Wilkes-Barre; Mary Ellen Thomson, Berwick; Rachel Burger and husband Gary, Schnecksville; David Thomson, Hazleton; Sarah Stout and husband Michael, Shickshinny; 6 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Adrian L. Thomson in 1996; son Patrick Thomson in 1995; brothers, James Treacy and Thomas Treacy; and sister, Kathleen Marynard.

A visitation will be held on Monday, May 8, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Burial will take place on Tuesday in Mount of St. Mary Cemetery, Flushing, NY.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Bonham Nursing Home Activities Department, 477 Bonnieville Road, Stillwater, PA 17878.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Geoffrey Aaron Lindquist, 65, of 463 Black Creek Road, Nescopeck, died early Monday morning, May 1, 2017, at Celtic Hospice IPU at Geisinger South Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.

Born October 20, 1951 at the Reading (Pa.) Hospital, he was the son of Warren A Dautrich and the late Ethel Irene (Unger) Dautrich.

Geoffrey was a graduate of the Forest Sherman High School, Naples, Italy, which was operated by the Dept. of Armed Services for the children of American military personnel stationed in the area. Geoff’s father served as a career engineer in the US Navy.

After returning home from Naples, Geoff married a young woman from California and they lived in Point Reyes, where he worked as a landscaper. When he would watch the original John Carpenter movie The Fog, which was filmed in the area, Geoff would always comment about the different landmarks, with which he had firsthand experience.

Geoff and his wife divorced after two years and he returned to Reading, working as a bartender at several local bars and restaurants where he met Dennis Comstock of Berwick. Dennis and Geoff became good friends and he invited Geoff to move to Berwick, where Geoff immediately obtained work bar tending at The Inn at Turkey Hill.

Sadly, cancer stole Dennis from us in 1974, after which Geoff moved over to Nescopeck, residing at the Benjamin Evans Residence, a historic home belonging to Robert (Bob) Lindquist. Here Geoff remained for the next 41 years, a devoted and loving companion to Bob. In February 2014, Bob adopted Geoff, who changed his last name from Dautrich to Lindquist.

Geoff’s many interests included stained glass, photography, gardening, landscaping, playing classical flute, guitar and synthesizer, running the steam engines at Benjamin Evans Steam Conservatory, entertaining mutual friends and the 100+ guests that would attend the annual summer party and steam up at their home. Geoff was a member of the Garibaldi Club of Berwick, the Berwick Historical Society, and the International Stationary Steam Engine Society.

Surviving are: his father, Warren Dautrich, a sister Pamela (Dautrich) Doize and her husband of Scottsdale Arizona; a stepsister, Gerri Boone of Efrata, a cousin, Tommy Kline of Reading; good friends Michael O’Malley, of Hometown; Steven and Mary Baylor, of Berwick; Carl Bloom, of Berwick; Walter and Leah Haussemann of Lewisburg; Jim Stout and Joe Cappeloni, of Berwick; and many others.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Heller Funeral Home, Nescopeck. A private memorial service for family and close friends will be scheduled later. Tributes may be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Ronald G. Johnson, 50, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Berwick Hospital, after being stricken with a sudden illness at home.

Born in Tucson, AZ on January 4, 1967, he was a son of Charlotte D. (Jackson) Potter, Berwick; and Robert “Gary” Johnson and wife Sharon, Orangeville. Ron worked at Potter Construction for 19 years, and was currently a Press Enterprise paper carrier, making deliveries for rural areas.

Ron enjoyed hunting and boating. Ever since his children were young, some of his favorite times were spent camping with his family. He was an Eagles football fan, and Dale Earnhardt Jr, NASCAR fan. He spent many hours with his beloved and loyal dogs, Bo, Molly, Maih, Toby and Chloe. His greatest love was spending as much time as possible with his family, especially his children and grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, Wendy J. (Bankes) Johnson with whom he spent the past 32 years; children: Crystal L. Johnson, Berwick; Cherese Kile and husband Brandon, Shickshinny; Deanna Washington, Bloomsburg; Christopher G. Johnson, Berwick; Ryan W. Johnson and companion Courtney Pollick, Berwick; Desiree D. Johnson, Berwick; 9 grandchildren; sister, Virginia Collins and husband Scott, Berwick; Carrie Potter, NJ; brothers, Joe Potter, York; Charles Potter, York; Aunt, Helen Gooden, Uncle Chuck Jackson; several cousins, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Sidney Potter.

Family will receive friends during the viewing from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, followed by a brief funeral service at 8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with his final expenses, and sent to his sister, Virginia Collins, 1805 Spring Garden Avenue, Berwick, PA 18603.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Helen Lois (Cooper) Ochs, age 93, ended her journey here on earth on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 in her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Sybertsville, PA on November 23, 1923, she was a daughter of the late Laurence Davis and Myra Mae (Croman) Cooper. Helen resided in Nescopeck Township after marrying her first husband, Cletus Franklin Keene in 1943, with whom she shared five children.

She enjoyed crocheting, sewing, gardening and swinging on her porch swing. She spent many hours crocheting and sewing doll clothes for her grandchildren. You would always find her in her recliner crocheting afghans throughout the winter months.

She was preceded in death by husbands Cletus F. Keene who passed away in 1961 and Donald Ochs who passed away in 1992. Helen was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having been preceded in death by her 4 brothers and 2 sisters.

She is survived by her five daughters: Bonnie J. and her husband Dennis Superko of Nescopeck; Claudia A. Kline of Nescopeck; Beverly F. Ochs of Drums; Diane K. and her husband Donato Dalo Jr of Nescopeck; and Suellen K. and her husband Roy Harner of Mt. Holly Springs. She was also blessed with 16 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

She was a member of the Mt. Zion United Church of Christ and active member of the Ladies Aide Society. She spent many nights making filling balls for the suppers they served. She participated in community suppers in the one room school house near the church, to raise money to add a basement to the church.

Helen worked as a nurses' aide at the Berwick Hospital Center for 17 years, retiring to spend time with her husband, Donald, traveling with him as he drove his Peterbilt tractor trailer delivering loads up and down the coast.

A viewing will be held on Monday, May 1, 2017 at Mt. Zion UCC, Church Road, Nescopeck from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. A Funeral Service will follow with the Rev. Richard Dennison officiating. Interment will take place in Schloyersville Cemetery, Nescopeck.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Mt. Zion UCC, 832 3rd St, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Max H. Bower, 88, formerly of Shickshinny and Huntington Mills passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Elmcroft of Berwick, where he was residing for the past 2 1/2 years.

Born in Berwick on July 10, 1928, he was a son of the late Howard L. Bower and Mary E. (Evans) Bower Grover. He was a 1947 graduate of Shickshinny High School, and attended Wyoming Seminary. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean War, and after an honorable discharge, Max worked for the US Postal Service for 33 years before retiring.

He was a member of St. Martha’s, Holy Spirit Parish, Stillwater, and a member of the American Legion Post 495, Shickshinny for 60 years. He liked hunting and was a member of 5 Mountain Hunting Club. He also enjoyed painting pictures.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Agnes L. (Woods) Bower in 1977; second wife, Irene Taylor Bower in 2007; a son, Gary Bower in 2001; stepdaughter, Dorothy Taylor; sister, Nancy Vargo; and brothers, Wayne and Ned Bower. He was the last of his immediate family.

He will be greatly missed by his sons, Richard Bower and wife Jennie, Almedia; Brian P. Bower and wife Ericka, Huntington Mills; stepsons, Duane Taylor, Nevada; John Taylor and wife Noreen, Laflin; grandchildren, Eric, Michael and Andrew Bower; step grandchildren, Kendra Saxton; James, Gina and Steven Taylor; great granddaughter, Emma Jo Bower; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, April 24, 2017 at St. Martha’s/Holy Spirit Parish, 260 Bonnieville Road, Stillwater with his pastor, Reverend Louis Kaminski officiating. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. Family will receive friends at the church from 9:00 AM until the time of service.

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

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