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Robert P. Cole, 40, of Berwick passed away on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at Geisinger Medical Center, where he was a patient for the past week.

Born in Bloomsburg on November 29, 1976, he was a son of Rodney R. and Sandra L. (Williams) Cole of Berwick. He graduated from Berwick High School and attended Luzerne County Community College. He was a service department manager at several auto dealerships including, Independence Honda, Bloomsburg, Motor World, Wilkes-Barre, and most recently, Hazelton Auto Mall.

His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his cherished daughter, “Madi”. Rob liked golfing. He followed sports and was a South Carolina Gamecocks fan, as well as a Cincinnati Bengals fan.

In addition to his parents, he will be greatly missed by his daughter, Madisen Cole, Berwick; brother, Marcus Cole and companion April, Berwick; nephew Kaleb; niece Kailey; grandmother, Joyce Cole, Berwick; and grandfather, Keith Williams, Berwick. He is also survived by his wife, Jennifer Cole and stepdaughter, Kayla Smith.

Rob’s family invites everyone to join them for a Celebration of Life to be held from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 2575 Old Berwick Rd, Bloomsburg. Please bring photos and memories to share.

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Bret Allen Snyder, 57, of Orangeville passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 8, 2017 in Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital.

Born in Berwick on November 20, 1959, he was a son of the late Roland D. and Clara (Gause) Snyder. He attended Berwick High School and served in the US Army. After being discharged, Bret was employed at several local businesses. Most recently he worked at the Valmont Industrial Park, West Hazelton.

enjoyed fishing and hunting. He followed football and was a Miami Dolphins fan, as well as a Brad Keselowksi, NASCAR fan. He loved his family, especially his grandsons, and treasured the time he spent with them.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Debra J. (Betz) Snyder, with whom he spent the past 22 years; adored daughters, Trisha Whitesell and husband James, Orangeville; Shelby Snyder, Orangeville; and cherished grandsons, Aiden and Bryce. He also leaves behind sisters: Linda Bankes and Michelle Holter; brothers: Mark Snyder and Bart Snyder; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Brian Snyder and Rick Snyder.

A funeral service will be held at 12 Noon on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends during the viewing from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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Joseph G. Samsel, 74, of Hetlerville passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on February 17, 1943, he was a son of the late Margaret (Metler) and Nelson Samsel, Sr. He attended Berwick schools. For many years he was a truck driver for Dan-Ber Concrete, Danville.

He was a life member of West Berwick Hose Company. He enjoyed sitting outside, driving his Chrysler convertible with the top down, and playing the lottery. He looked forward to eating breakfast at the Uptown Diner with his friends. His greatest pleasure was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Kathy A. (Yohey) Samsel on August 3, 2010; and a sister Evelyn Lynn.

Joseph will be greatly missed by sons, Michael Samsel and wife Pamela of Nescopeck and Jason Samsel and wife Tami of Nanticoke; daughter, Brenda Garrison and husband Hons of Nescopeck; grandchildren, Robert Samsel, Ashlee Garrison and fiancé Justin Deska, Derek Garrison and wife Amber, and Ryan and Jamie Samsel; great-grandchildren, Cameron and Ava; brothers, Nelson Samsel Jr., Dennis Heimbach and wife Louise, and Gary Heimbach; and sister, Sharon Hill and husband Lee.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Melody Sell officiating. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Friends may call on Monday, April 10, 2017 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM.

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Audrey G. Stair, 86, of Nescopeck passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at The Gardens at Orangeville, surrounded by her family.

Born in Conyngham Township on March 29, 1931, she was a daughter of the late Doyle and Violet (Knorr) Garrison. She graduated from Nescopeck High School, class of 1949. In her younger years, she worked at the cigar factory in Berwick and the US Radium Corp in Bloomsburg.

Audrey was a member of First United Church of Christ, Nescopeck where she was an active member of the ladies’ aide. She enjoyed sewing and crocheting. She liked baking, and was known for her Christmas Cookies and doughnuts, that she made for everyone on Doughnut Day.

She will be greatly missed by her husband of 65 years, Carl F. Stair, Nescopeck; children: son, Gary Stair and wife Susan, Berwick; daughter, Debbie Bloom and husband Rick, Nescopeck; son, Todd Stair and wife Susan, Hobbie; grandchildren, Katherine Arnold and husband Brad, Andrew Stair and wife Margarita Franco, Travis Bloom and girlfriend Jennifer, Tyler Bloom and wife Jayme, Taylor Stair, Troy Stair; great grandson, Luke Arnold; brother, Ronald Garrison, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, Glenn, Elwood and Donald Garrison; and sisters, Betty Shultz, Dolores Miller and Shirley Thomas.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, April 10, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Reverend Richard Dennison officiating. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Friends may call on Monday morning from 9:00 AM until the time of service.

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William C. Mulvey, Sr., 80, of Berwick, passed away on Monday, April 3, 2017 at Berwick Retirement Village II, where he was a guest for the past few weeks.

Born in Cambria Heights, NY on October 4, 1936, he was a son of the late Mark and Theresa (Schroder) Mulvey. He was raised and attended school in New York. After graduation, he served in the US Army with the Military Police unit. After an honorable discharge, Bill became a police officer with the Suffolk County Police Department in New York. After retiring from the department, he moved to Bloomsburg and worked full time in his own business, RPM Sharpening, a saw sharpening company, providing service to people throughout a large part of NE PA. He sold his business in 2010, and moved to Lake Ariel.

Bill was a member of the Suffolk County Police Benevolent Association, and the Willow Run Golf Course. He enjoyed golfing, boating, playing the guitar and was a member of the police table tennis team. He was a dedicated NY Mets baseball fan. He passed the time watching John Wayne and Clint Eastwood movies, or the History Channel. Bill loved dogs, and throughout his adult life, he had 4 German shepherds and a Bichon Frise.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Roberta P. (McCrum) Mulvey, who passed away on June 11, 2010; and a brother Donald, who died in 2004.

He will be greatly missed by his children: son, William Mulvey, Jr, New York; daughter, Suzanne Schlotterbeck and husband Christian, Berwick; daughter, Dianne Granata and husband Frank, Lake Ariel; son, Andrew Mulvey and wife Tara, Wilmington, NC; 10 grandchildren; and 1 great grandson. He was looking forward to the birth of a great granddaughter this summer.

At Bill’s request, there will be no services. A burial will private in Westbury, NY.

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World War II Veteran, Musician

Michael Angelo Durso, 89, of Berwick, passed away peacefully on April 4, 2017 at Berwick Retirement Village. For the past 3 ½ years, Michael resided at Elmcroft of Berwick.

Born in Berwick on September 29, 1927, he was one of twelve children of the late Angelo and Frances (Chickalese) Durso. Michael attended Berwick schools, and proudly served in his country in the US Army during WWII. While in the Army, Michael, along with his twin brother, Frank, played the trumpet in the US Army Band from 1945-1547.

Michael worked for 17 years at the Fulton Lamp Factory, Berwick. Also, he was employed by Weis Super Market, and as a crossing guard in Berwick.

He had a true enjoyment of music and a passion for playing the trumpet. Michael started playing the trumpet at eh youthful age of 5, being taught by his father, Angelo. Following his passion, Michael was a member of several bands which included: The Starlights, Glen Dodson Band, Dominos and The Colonial Band. His love of music will live on through his great-great nephew, Alex Peters, who is following in his footsteps and playing music with Michael’s trumpet.

Throughout Michael’s life, he was a dedicated member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Berwick.

Preceding him in death were his wife of 63 years, Eleanor E. (Toth) Durso, who died September 4, 2012; four brothers: Rudolph, Frank, Peter, and Ralph; and five sisters: Loretta Durso, Theresa Farthing, Frances Hill, Julia Krisansky, and Agnes Antalosky.

Michael is survived by two sisters: Rachael Belles and Louise Chicki, of Berwick.

A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 721 Monroe Street, Berwick, with his pastor, the Rev. Dennis G. Dalessandro as Celebrant. Interment will be in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick.

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William L. Hixson, Sr., 88, of Berwick passed away on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at his home.

Born in Berwick on April 23, 1928, he was a son of the late Daniel I. and Leona E. (Hess) Hixson. He graduated from Berwick High School in 1946. Bill was an apprentice bricklayer before opening his own construction business, Hixson Construction, retiring in 1992.

Bill was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Berwick. He was a member of Defender Hose Company and Eagle Hose Company. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge, the Elks Lodge #1138, Knapp Lodge 462, Berwick, and Caldwell Consistory, Bloomsburg. He served on the Berwick Area School Board for 20 years where he was past president and Columbia Montour Vo-Tech School Board for 12 years. Bill enjoyed hunting, bowling, golfing and playing cards.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, the former Mary L. Lawson, to whom he was married on October 7, 1950; a son William Hixson, Jr; a daughter in infancy; and a sister, Mrs. Lois Crispell.

He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Nancy Hixson of Berwick; 3 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

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

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made in his memory to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Building Fund, 1600 Fowler Avenue, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Eric Elliott Bowman, 29, of Hunlock Creek, passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2017, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital, surrounded by family and friends.

He was born on January 13, 1988. He attended Northwest Area Jr./Sr. High School. He loved spending time outdoors, and with family and friends.

Eric is preceded in death by his brother, Jason Presnal; paternal grandfather, Elliott Bowman Sr.; maternal grandparents, Calvin and Lorraine (Lore) Eckrote.

Eric is survived by his parents, Raymond Sr. and Sonia (Eckrote) Bowman; brother, Raymond Bowman Jr.; sister, Kelly (Bowman) Littleton and husband, Nathan; grandmother, Mabel (Hutchins) Bowman; grandparents, Frank and Thelma (Elmy) Presnal; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends can call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, April 3, 2017, at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

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Edward J. Albertson, 2/24/1953 – 3/31/2017

I went home to be with the Lord.

God called your name so gently

That only you could hear.

No one heard the footsteps of

The angel drawing near…

Softly from the shadows,

There came a gentle call,

You closed your eyes and went to sleep…

You quietly left us all.

R.I.P. Ed. You will be sadly missed by us all.

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Carrie E. Ryman, 82, formerly of Bell Bend Road, Berwick, passed away on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Berwick Retirement Village II, where she had been residing for the past 2 years.

Born in Berwick on March 13, 1934, she was a daughter of the late Clarence and Pearl (Iddings) Cragle. She attended Berwick High School. In her early years, she worked in local factories, and with her husband, Donald, on the family farm until his death in 1973. She retired from Andres Greenhouses, Nescopeck.

Carrie was a member of Beach Haven United Methodist Church. Her favorite pass times were crossword puzzles and wood crafting. She also liked square dancing. Her greatest love was her family and spending time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald E. Ryman; daughter, Donna E. Ryman; and companion, Howard Campbell.

She will be greatly missed her sons, Chris Ryman and wife Kim, Berwick; Wayne Ryman and wife Teresa, Danville; grandchildren, Mandy Ryman Ball; Shawn Ryman; Ian Ryman; Ashley Ryman; Eric Ryman; 3 great grandchildren; brothers, Clarence Cragle, Florida; Delbert “Duane” Cragle, Orangeville; Bruce Cragle and wife Sandy, Berwick; sister, Loretta Horner, Muncy; and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, April 7, 2017 in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Church Road, Nescopeck Township, with Pastor James Stanley officiating.

Memorial contributions in her memory are suggested to Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice, 109 West 9th Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Charlotte V. Long, 92, of Mifflinville passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, March 30, 2017 while under the loving care of family.

Born in Mt. Carmel on September 1, 1924, she was a daughter of the late George and Anna (Green) Snyder. She was a graduate of Mt. Carmel High School and served with the WAVES in the US Navy during World War II. After an honorable discharge, she briefly worked for an electronics company before becoming a full-time homemaker.

Charlotte was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mifflinville and a member of the local veteran’s groups. She enjoyed reading and flower gardening. She liked to spend time talking with others.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry T. Long, Jr; son, Harry T. Long III; daughter, Sandra Miller; and sister, Gloria Krajewski.

She will be greatly missed by her son, Ronald Long and wife Donna, Mountaintop; son-in-law, William Miller; daughter-in-law, Karen Long; 8 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, April 3, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with her pastor, Reverend Brian Vasey officiating. Interment will follow in Hidlay Cemetery, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made in Charlotte’s memory to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mifflinville, or a local veterans group.

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Robert G. Crawford, 92, of Catawissa, PA passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at Geisinger Bloomsburg Health Care, where he was a patient for the past week.

Born in Millstone, NJ on December 2, 1924, he was a son of the late James C. and Maria I. (Gulick) Crawford. Bob spent his early years working on dairy farms in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, moving to the Catawissa area in 1961. He retired from Kawneer, Bloomsburg after almost 20 years of employment.

Bob enjoyed the outdoors, especially gardening.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 70 years, Mary (Cruthers) Crawford; and two brothers.

He will be greatly missed by his children: son, John R. Crawford, Driftwood, TX; daughter, Eileen Norris and husband William, Mifflinville; daughter, Patricia Crawford, Catawissa; son, Thomas P. Crawford, Catawissa; son, Dennis M. Crawford, Catawissa; 3 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Mt Zion Cemetery, Catawissa.

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Edna Carrie Burger, 95, of Nescopeck went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 27, 2017 at the Gardens at Orangeville, surrounded by her family.

Born in Putneyville, PA on January 8, 1922, she was a daughter of the late William and Mary (Shadle) Raber. She worked at Berwick Laundry, then after marriage, she joined her husband in the family business, Burger’s Sawmill in Briggsville. After retiring from the mill, she enjoyed watching the grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She volunteered at the Nescopeck Volunteer Fire Company hoagie sales, and at her church, St Mark’s Lutheran Church, Nescopeck, making Easter Eggs, and homemade bread and cinnamon buns for the Church Bizarre.

Her favorite pass-times were hunting with her husband, gardening, canning, baking, crocheting, sequined calendars, cross stitch and embroidery, Christmas beaded kits and felt applique kits. She also liked watching squirrels and her favorite soap opera, Days of Our Lives. Her greatest enjoyment was being a part of her grandchildren’s lives.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Woodrow W. Burger; brothers: Sterling, Stanley, Harry, William Glenmore, Clifford, Charles, Glen Roy and Oscar; sisters, Creola, Ida, Thelma, Merian Mearl, Fern and 2 siblings in infancy.

She is survived by four children: Mary Jane Burger; Eilene K. Lamoreaux and husband Sanford; Woodrow L. Burger and wife Terri; and Marlin W. Burger, Sr; 10 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; and sisters, Irene and Marcella.

A service to honor her life and faith will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Reverend Jessica Kingsborough officiating. Interment will follow in Schloyersville Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 on Friday, March 31, 2017 at the Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Faith United Lutheran Church, 801 East Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

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Nancy J Tyson, 83, of Berwick passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017 at her home with her family by her side.

Born in Plymouth Township on February 25, 1934, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Martha (Linsinbigler) Borman. She moved to the Berwick area as a young girl, and graduated from Berwick High School in 1952.

Nancy was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mifflinville. She loved to talk to people and comfort them by sharing scriptural thoughts from the Bible. She led an active social life and enjoyed interacting with her fellow witnesses, friends and family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Clarence B. Tyson in 2012.

She will be greatly missed by her children: Linda Tyson, Almedia; David Tyson and wife Phyllis, Berwick; Martha Milikow and husband Henry, Oklahoma; John Tyson and wife Teresa, West Wyoming; Sonja Gregory and husband Jeff, Florida; Behth Pago and husband Nathan, West Virginia; 6 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; and sister, Marjorie Wenrich and husband Herbert, Levittown.

A memorial talk will be given at 2:30 PM on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1014 West Street, Mifflinville, lead by Andrew Caflisch.

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Julia Susan (Balazs) Laux, a lifelong resident of Berwick, passed away peacefully on Wednesday March 22, 2017, at the age of 89.

Born in Berwick on July 11, 1927, she was the youngest of 16 children born to Anna and Stephan Balazs. Julia attended Berwick area schools and was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Berwick. For many years she was the "cookie baker" for the Berwick Bulldog Booster Club, various fundraisers, many friends and family.

Preceding her in death was her husband of 32 years, Francis (Frank) Laux and a son, John (Dutch) Wagner. Julia was the last member of her immediate family.

Surviving are a son, Charles P. (Chuck) Wagner of Bloomsburg, three daughters and numerous grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.

Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity.

A kind and generous soul, she will be sorely missed by her son and all who knew her.

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Crystal N. Miller, 27, of Hobbie passed away suddenly on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at her home.

Born in Kingston on January 4, 1990, she was the daughter of Judy (Whitebread) Miller of Hobbie, and Donald R. Miller of Berwick. She was a graduate of Columbia Montour Vo-Tech and attended Luzerne County Community College. She was employed as a manager at the Pilot Travel Center, Drums, PA.

Crystal was a member of St. James Lutheran Evangelical Church, Hobbie. She was very artistic, and loved painting and sketching. She also liked singing and listening to music. She collected coins and dolphins. She enjoyed hiking, nature walks and going to the beach.

In addition to her parents, she will be greatly missed by sisters, Julie Bittner and husband Joshua, Nescopeck Township; Lauren Miller, Bethlehem; Kaela Miller and fiancé Joshua Andress, Mountaintop; nieces, Madison, Natalee, Mackenzie, and Ariana; aunts, uncles, and cousins. She also leaves behind her furry, loyal friend, “Bella”.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Claude and Getha Whitebread; and aunt, Lois Soberick.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, March 24, 2017 at St. James Lutheran Church, Hobbie. Interment will follow in St James Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, and Friday morning at the church from 1:00 PM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. James Lutheran Evangelical Church Memorial Fund, 827 East County Road, Wapwallopen, PA 18660.

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Larry L. Musselman, 73, of Berwick, passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Regional Hospital, Scranton, where he was a patient for the past month.

Born in Bloomsburg, on July 6, 1943, he was the son of the late Abraham L. Musselman and Audrey V. (Mowery) Longenberger. He graduated from Berwick High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army reserves. He worked at C&D Waterproofing and later, Brisk Waterproofing. Most recently he was employed through the Steele Workers Union.

Larry was a member of the VFW Post 821, Berwick, the Slavonic Club, and a life member of West Berwick Hose Company. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing and shooting darts. He liked playing cards and instant BINGO. He was an avid 49’ers fan.

He will be greatly missed by his sisters Debra Petroff and husband Nicholas, Jr, Berwick; Bonnie Vought and husband David, Sr, Beach Haven; many nieces and nephews; a stepson, Thomas Kingston, Jr and wife Betty, Lightstreet; step daughter, Stephanie Fisher, Benton; grandchildren Audra and Abigail; 5 great grandchildren; and God-daughter, Cassandra.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Reverend Chad Hebrink officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 9:00 PM on Tuesday evening with military honors at 7:00 PM, and from 9:30 AM until the time of service on Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Berwick VFW, Post 821, 1408 West Front Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Robert L. Heintzelman, Sr, 71, of Nescopeck passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on November 25, 1945, he was a son of the late Harold and Thelma (Slusser) Heintzelman. He attended Berwick High School and served honorably in the US Army. Bob was employed at Dana Corporation until his health began to fail.

Robert was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Berwick. He was an outdoorsman who liked hunting, fishing, and ice fishing. He enjoyed doing yard work, whether it was his own or someone else’s. He like gardening, and was especially known for the tomatoes he grew.

Bob will be greatly missed by his loving wife of nearly 20 years, Elizabeth A. (Brink) Heintzelman; daughters, Paula Fought and husband Bryan, Millville; Brenda Smith and husband James, Texas; son, Robert Heintzelman Jr., Berwick; stepdaughters, Lori Savage and husband Brandon, Stillwater; Geri Quick, Berwick; grandchildren, James, Taylor, Kayla, Rebecca, Jaycie, John, Jacob, Brendan, Lauren and Brandon Jr. He also leaves behind a sister, Elizabeth Mowery and husband Gerald “Buster”, Nescopeck; brothers, Harold Heintzelman and wife Joan, Allentown; Richard Heintzelman and wife Carol, Stillwater; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Pat Ryman and infant sister, Ruthie.

In keeping with Bob’s wishes there will be no services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, 1315 Fairview Avenue, Berwick, PA 18603, or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Tessa J. Whitmire, Born in Bloomsburg on December 30, 1991, she was the daughter of Renee M. (Zeares) Hayes and husband Rickey, Berwick, and Nicklos L. Whitmire, Berwick. She was a graduate of Berwick Area Senior High school and Grace Institute of Business Technology in New York. She was employed at Sykes Enterprises in Bloomsburg.

Tessa was hardworking and in her spare time she enjoyed catching up with friends on her phone and going to the movies. Watching The Bachelor and The Bachelorette was a guilty pleasure.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her cherished daughter, Miley J. Bitler; fiancé, Eric Bitler, Millville; sisters, Kourtney Hayes and Cassandra Hayes; brother, Rickey Hayes “RJ”; niece and nephew, Penny Sue and Aiden Roberts; grandparents, Diane Zeares; Ella B Hayes; Judy and Glen Whitmire; aunts and uncles, Mark Long, Lori Long, Gary and Tanya Combs, Terry Zeares, and Michelle Kelchner.

She is preceded in death by grandfather, Barry Zeares; and great grandmother, Mary Zeares.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Berwick Assembly of God Church, 801 East Fifth Street, Berwick with Pastor Steve Potutschnig officiating. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg, with Pastor Larry Smith officiating. Family will receive friends from 9:00 AM until the time of service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Miley Bitler and sent to First Columbia Bank and Trust, 232 East Street, P.O. Box 240, Bloomsburg, PA 17815

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Robert J. Bogard, 90, of Berwick passed away on Friday, March 10, 2017 at Berwick Retirement Village.

Born in Berwick on March 15, 1926, he was a son of the late David E. and Martha J. (Rough) Bogard. He graduated from Berwick High School. He served in the US Army during WWII where he earned several decorations and medals, including 2 purple hearts. After an honorable discharge, he earned a master’s degree from Wagner College in New York City. He taught at Wagner College and was a world history teacher at McKee Technical School in Staten Island, NY. He was a successful self-made man who also dealt in real estate and managed several rental properties.

Bob or “Bogie”, as many knew him, was a member of the VFW Post 8227, Nescopeck, and VFW Post 821, Berwick. He also belonged to the Masons while living in New York. He liked fishing, in his younger years he hunted and trapped as well. He enjoyed gardening and canning food. He made 30 different varieties of homemade wine. He had a vast knowledge of plants, such as what was edible and what could be used for medicinal purposes.

He will be greatly missed by his loving companion, Clara Cubberly of 50 years, who stayed by his side through the good and bad times; a sister, Hope Denby, Clifton, NJ; and many nieces and nephews including, Jane L. Dunn, Nancy J. Houck, Carol L. Borick, and David L. Bogard who were also his caregivers. Numerous great nieces and nephews also survive.

He was preceded in death by sisters, Alice Minier, Irene E Dunn, and June Clewell; brother, David R Bogard; and infant brother, John.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Reverend Richard Dennison officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Nescopeck VFW Post 8227, 435 West Third St, Nescopeck PA, 18635 or Commonwealth Hospice, 109 West 9th St, Berwick, PA 18603

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Jane E. Rhone, 54, of Berwick passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at her home, surrounded by family, after a long battle with cancer.

Born in Berwick on April 1, 1962, she was a daughter of the late John and Anna (Gearhart) Longenberger. She attended Berwick High School and was employed at Berwick Industries for over 15 years.

Jane was a talented artist who liked sketching. She also painted rocks that she gave away to others. She was very family oriented, and her greatest love was spending time and caring for her children, grandchildren and husband.

She will be greatly missed by her husband, James Rhone, with whom she spent the past 20 years; children: Cindy Weaver and fiance` Mike Drasher, Nescopeck; Tim Weaver and wife Jen, Berwick; Jeffrey Rhone, Kelly Muns and husband Tim, and Sarah Moss, all of Michigan. She was a wonderful “Meme” to her grandchildren, Josh, Mekaylah, Liliana, Gabriella, Kate, Landon, Jayden and Isabella. She also leaves behind sisters, Annie Longenberger, Amy Fetterman, Clara Watts, Ruthann Longenberger; brothers, Jim Longenberger and Bob Longenberger; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded by a sister, Maryann Longenberger; brother, John Longenberger; and mother-in-law, Bertha Rhone.

A funeral service will be held at 12 Noon on Friday, March 17, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Rev. Vicki Reeser officiating. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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

Clara M. Mika, 94, of Benton and Nescopeck, passed away on Friday, March 10, 2017 at Berwick Retirement Village.

Born in Hazleton on February 21, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Carrie Rehbein.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Gaza J. Mika; her son, Frank Mika; great grandson Kyle Douthat; and her brother, Edward Rehbein.

She is survived by children; Maryann Douthat and husband Jesse, Lorraine Marshall and husband Donald, Dennis Mika and wife Debbie, as well as, many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Honoring her wishes, private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Viola M. Hoze, 90, of Berwick passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Berwick Retirement Village.

Born in Berwick on January 18, 2017, she was a daughter of the late Nicholas and Mary Toth. She was a graduate of Berwick High School. Viola retired from Wise Potato Chips where she was employed for over 10 years.

Viola was a member of St. Mary’s, Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Berwick. She enjoyed eating out, going the Cherry Blossom Festival and Knobles. She also like going for rides, and attending picnics. She was very family oriented and loved any kind of family gatherings.

She will be greatly missed by her son, George and wife Margaret, Berwick; daughters, Kathryn Mizzer, Wilkes-Barre and Patricia Hoze, Berwick; grandchildren, Tracy and Matthew; great grandchildren, Johnny, Jacob and Kylee; brother, Fred Toth and wife Katrina; brother-in-law, Mike Durso, Berwick; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Corporal George A. Hoze, Sr. whom she married shortly after his return from service in the United States Army, during WWII. She was also preceded by her sons, Michael, Edward, Paul and John Hoze; grandson, Christopher Hoze; sister, Eleanor Durso; and brother, Nicholas Toth.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, March 13, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with her pastor, Reverend Francis Tamburro officiating. Interment will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

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

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

Early in the morning on March 8th, 2017, at Geisinger Bloomsburg Health Care Center, Barbara S. Eichner, at the young age of 61, concluded her journey in life and went home to the Lord. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Barb was born in Shamokin, PA in 1955. She graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes High School in 1973 and attended Penn State University.

She moved to Bloomsburg in 1976 and married her husband, George, on October 9, 1976. A son, Aaron Michael, was born on December 26, 1979.

Barb worked a variety of jobs until starting at Suncom Industries in 1980, where she worked until retiring, in 1996, as production supervisor. She then started with the Mental Health Association, and later with the Advocacy Alliance until illness forced her to retire in March 2015.

She was an accomplished musician who could sing and play piano, guitar and flute. She was extraordinarily proud of her work with the disabled and was a tireless advocate for parity in health care. Barb also was extremely proud of her son, Aaron, who was also became a very talented musician.

Barb attended St. Columba Catholic Church, 342 Iron Street, Bloomsburg, where a memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 11:00. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service. Heller Funeral Home, LLC is honored to be serving the family.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Geisinger Columbia Montour Hospice, 410 Glenn Avenue, Suite 200, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania 17815.

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

Betty Jane Comstock, 84, of Bloomsburg passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Berwick Retirement Village.

Born in Waterbury, Connecticut on September 24, 1932, she was a daughter of the late Jay and Mae (Jumper) Hirleman. She graduated from high school in Thomaston, Connecticut. Betty was a homemaker who worked hard to provide a loving home for her family.

Most recently, Betty attended Lime Ridge United Methodist Church. She was a member of Eastern Star #110, Plainville, CT. She enjoyed working on crossword puzzles. She also liked crocheting, making many items she often gave to others as gifts.

She will be greatly missed by her children: sons, William Comstock and wife Pam, Benton; Howard “Pete” Comstock, Bloomsburg; daughters, Susan Comstock Sweitzer, Virginia; Rebecca Findsen and husband David, Kentucky; 7 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and sister, Dora Carey of Thomaston, CT.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Kathryn Carey; and brothers, Thomas and Robert Hirleman.

A funeral service will be held at 4:00 PM on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Chaplain Michael Delp officiating. Family will receive friends from 2:00 PM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Berwick Retirement Village, 801 East 16th Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

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

Irma Jane Johnson, 79, of Shickshinny passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017 at Berwick Retirement Village II, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Shickshinny on July 29, 1937, she was a daughter of the late Ami and Alice R. (Brader) Harrison. She was a member of the last graduating class of Shickshinny High School. Irma was a cafeteria manager at Garrison Elementary, where she worked for over 20 years.

Irma was a member of McKendree United Methodist Church, Shickshinny, and the McKendree Grange. She liked gardening, both vegetable and flowers. She always had a great display of decorations for each holiday. She enjoyed shopping and yard sales. Anyone who knew her could tell you, her favorite color was gold, especially in her accessories.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur B. Johnson, who passed away on March 19, 2011.

She will be greatly missed by her sons, Dwight Johnson and wife Melanie, Berwick; Dwane Johnson, FL; cherished grandchildren, Joshua, Brandon, Joseph, Anthony, Kyle, Tiffany, Jazlien, and Zachary; adored great grandchildren, Logan, Gavin and Hayden; sister, Nancy R. Sorber and husband Sam, Shickshinny; and many nieces and nephews including, Missy Peters, and Mason Peters.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM on Saturday at Town Hill United Methodist Church, 417 Town Hill Rd, Shickshinny.

Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is honored to assist her family.

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

Donald D. Klim, 79, of Dorrance Township passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Celtic Hospice, Wilkes-Barre, where he was a patient for the past week.

Born in Dorrance Township, on December 14, 1937, he was a son of the late Thomas and Anna (Osiaw) Klim. He was raised and educated in Dorrance and a member of the Slocum Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

“Soupy” as many knew him, loved walking and would often be seen on one of his regular journeys around Dorrance.

He is survived by brothers, Joseph Klim and wife Roseanna, Dorrance; Paul Klim and wife Margaret, Maryland; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, John, Andrew, Michael, Thomas, and Nicholas Klim; and sisters, Mary Ontko, Julia Myers, and Helen Love.

At Donald’s request there will be no viewing. All services will be private at the convenience of the family.

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

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

Henry “Bud” Reinbold, 68, of Mifflinville passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017 at his home, surrounded by family.

Born in Berwick on October 27, 1948, he was a son of the late Henry W. and Anna (Vargo) Reinbold. He graduated from Berwick High School in 1966, and worked for many years in the trucking industry.

Bud was an active member of the Mifflinville Forest Rangers, where he previously held office positions. He was affiliated with St. Mary’s IBVM Church, Berwick. In his younger years, he enjoyed fishing.

He will be missed by his children: sons, Chris Reinbold and Clint Reinbold; daughters, Michelle Slusser and husband Jamie; Andrea Martinez and husband Shawn; Dedra Celona and husband Paul; grandchildren, Jessica Youlls, Mikayla Martinez, Michael Martinez, Dylan Celona, and Cali Celona; sisters, Christina Barrall and husband Grant; Nancy Spaide; Dolores Kishbaugh; Maryann Smith; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Harrison Karns and Victor Karns; and brothers-in-law, Leonard Spaide and Robert Kishbaugh.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mifflinville Forest Rangers, P.O. Box 433, Mifflinville, PA 18631.

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

Carol A. Robbins, 76, of Stillwater passed away on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at the Gardens at Orangeville.

Born in Bloomsburg on January 15, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret (Patton) Albertson. She graduated from Benton High School and worked as a seamstress for many years.

Carol was a member of Lungerville Christian Church. She enjoyed growing plants and hunting. She loved to go dancing, especially polka and square dancing.

She will be greatly missed by her husband, Pepper Robbins, with whom she spent the last 25 years; children, Tammy and Don Johnson, step children, Loretta, Annie and Rhonda; 15 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; brothers, Harold “Butch” Albertson and Doug Albertson; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, John Johnson; a daughter who died in infancy; and stepson, Lloyd Robbins.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck, with Pastor James E. Harvey officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Nescopeck. A viewing will be held from 1:00 PM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635 to held with Carol’s final expenses.

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

Carl E. Levan, 66, of Benton passed away on Monday, February 27, 2017 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where he was a patient for the past week.

Born in Bloomsburg on February 8, 1951, he was a son of the late Carl C. and Jean H. (Pursel) Levan. He graduated from Bloomsburg High School, and worked in the maintenance department at Bloomsburg Hospital for over 20 years. He later worked at Ryman Trucking, Nescopeck, and most recently at Roman Noodles, Lancaster.

“Smiley” as many knew him, enjoyed going camping and fishing. He also liked ceramics, yard sales and auctions. He spent many hours with taking care of his horses, and many pups. He loved spending time with family, especially his grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 17 years, Virginia (Tessmer) Levan; and her children, Edward Blalock and companion Amy Shaffer, and Michelee Cool and husband Alan. He is also survived by his children, Angie, Carl Jr, and Renee; 37 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; sister, Jane Mensch, wife of Robert; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a stepson, Artie Blalock and a brother, Larry Levan.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Monday, March 6, 2017 at Living Hope Community Church, 102 Warren Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Mike Maleski officiating. Interment will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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

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

Harold R. Hons, 82, of Mifflinville passed away on Monday, February 27, 2017 at his home, with his family at his side.

Born in Berwick on May 21, 1934, he was a son of the late Roscoe and Anna (Drevenak) Hons. He was a 1952 graduate of Berwick High School. Harold served honorably in US Army from 1954 to 1956. He worked in the maintenance department at Bloomsburg Craftsman from the year it opened until his retirement in 1996.

Harold was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mifflinville, and a member of the Mifflin Forest Rangers. He enjoyed being outdoors, either fishing, hunting or playing golf. He also like woodworking, often building requested items for the house, or gifts to give to others.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 57 years, Dorothy M. “Dot” (Kneut) Hons; sons, Eric R. Hons and wife Debra, Benton; Harold R. Hons, Jr and wife Sue, Millville; daughters, Holly M. Hons and husband Tim Pieper, Apollo Beach, FL; Tracy L. Harkins and husband Tom, Bloomsburg; adored grandchildren, Stacey Trinchere and husband Jason; Jason Hons and wife Carina, T.J. Harkins; Trey Harkins; Alyssa Hons; and cherished great grandchildren, Cheyanne and Kaylee Trinchere.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Warren Hons.

A private graveside service will be held in Mifflinville Cemetery at the convenience of the family, with his pastor, Reverend Brian Vasey officiating.

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

Evelyn Marie (Frey) Davis, 95, of Bloomsburg passed away at the Gardens at Orangeville, where she was a patient for the past week.

Born in Scotch Valley on September 8, 1921, she was a daughter of the late Grover C. and Cora (McAffee) Frey. She was raised and educated in Beaver Township, and worked at Milco Industries, Bloomsburg, for over 40 years before retiring.

Evelyn was a member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Bloomsburg. She enjoyed gardening, especially flowers, both indoors and outside. She liked sewing, and baking, and was known for making “the best” raisin filled cookies. She also liked reading, in her younger years she read many books, and most recently she would keep up with current events by reading the newspaper, with her loyal Chihuahua, “Chippy” by her side.

She will be greatly missed by her son, Michael Rachkiss and wife Dorothy, Salem, NJ; grandchildren, Patricia Rachkiss, Lynn Rachkiss and husband Shawn Carter, Suzanne Rachkiss-Huehn and husband Robert, and Scott Rachkiss; great grandson, Michael Bleakly; sister, Thelma Rubenstein and husband Charles, Lightstreet; several nieces and nephews; friends and caregivers including, Earl “Skip” and Cindy Mordan and son Josh.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold E. Davis in 2002; and brothers, Alvin and Robert Frey.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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

James H. Masteller, 73, of Berwick passed away on Thursday evening, February 23, 2017 at Berwick Retirement Village II, where he was a patient for the past few weeks.

Born in Berwick on January 8, 1944, he was a son of the late Harold “Toot” and Phyllis E. (Heckman) Masteller. He graduated from Nescopeck High School in 1962 and Williamsport Area Community College, where he earned his degree in Drafting and Design Technology. After college, he worked for Ganette Flemming in Harrisburg, then Cordry and Carpenter, Reading and later, Kennedy Van Saun in Danville. He retired from Rado Enterprises, Bloomsburg, where he was employed for over 20 years.

Jim was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness, Mifflinville Congregation. He was a parent member of the Nescopeck Hunting and Rifle Club. “Moose”, as many knew him, enjoyed hunting and fishing, as well as coin collecting and tinkering on cars. He also liked riding his electric scooter all around Berwick.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of nearly 43 years, Rowena (Motter) Masteller; sons, Aaron “A.J.” Masteller and wife Karen, Berwick; Steven Masteller and wife Stacy, Nescopeck; cherished grandchildren, Gavin, Andon and Sage; brother, Thomas Masteller and wife Glenda, Hazleton; sister-in-law, Meri Lu Masteller; and several nieces.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Daniel D. Masteller.

Family will receive friends from 6-8 PM on Monday, February 27, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

Interment will take place at Noon on March 4, 2017 in Elan Memorial Park, Old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on March 4th at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1014 West Street, Mifflinville, lead by Scott Watkins. Fellowship with the family will follow.

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

Wayne A. Probst, 66, formerly of Berwick and Wapwallopen, passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Select Specialty Hospital, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville where he had been a patient for the past few months.

Born in Berwick on September 6, 1950, he was a son of the late Miles E. and Doris (Snyder) Probst. He attended Nescopeck High School. Over the years, he was employed at several local manufacturing companies. He also worked with his brother at his lawn care business, and for some of the local farmers.

Wayne loved reading and writing. He found dogs to be a great comfort and was amazed by their intelligence. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially around the holidays.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Dale Youlls, and James Slusser.

He is survived by 2 children: daughter, Michelle; son, Scott; and several grandchildren. He will also be missed by his brothers, Dean Youlls, Sr and wife Christa, Berwick; Miles Probst, Orangeville; sister, Mae Balliet, Wapwallopen; and many nieces and nephews including, Lynda Student, Tammy Silvetti, Jennifer Redis, Debbie Galli, Dean Youlls Jr, David Youlls, Christine Youlls and Bobby Youlls.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA, 2801 Bloom Road, Danville, PA 17821.

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

Shirley J. Yorks, 90, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at Providence Place, Drums where she had been residing for the past 2 years.

Born in Berwick on August 16, 1926, she was a daughter of the late Dr. Ralph M. and Dorothy (Dietterick) Johnson, and was a graduate of Berwick High School. She was a homemaker who worked hard to provide a loving home for her children.

Dorothy was a member of First Presbyterian Church, as well as, Eastern Star, the Berwick Historical Society and the Elks, Berwick. She was also an avid bridge player.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Ray Yorks; brother, Dr. Ralph “Junior” Johnson; and sister, Kathryn Seybert.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Bonnie Shaw, Clermont, FL; son, J. Christopher Yorks, Hong Kong; 4 granddaughters; and 3 great grandsons.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, February 20, 2017 in Pine Grove Cemetery, Walnut Street, Berwick.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Maylath Hospice, P.O. Box 103, Sybertsville, PA 18251.

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

Eugene A. “Tom” Messersmith, 83, of Berwick passed away on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick, he was a son of the late Richard D. and Violet M. (Berlin) Messersmith. He was raised and educated in Nescopeck. Tom served in the Army National Guard, and was called to active duty during the Korean War. He worked for Champion Valley Farms, Del Monte Foods, and Berwick Offray. After retiring, he worked as a crossing guard for the Berwick School District.

Tom was a life member of Eagle Hose Co. and the Berwick Fire Police. He was an avid NASCAR fan and greatly enjoyed watching pro wrestling. He was a capable handyman who was always looking for things to tinker on around the house.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shelby Jean (Evans) Messersmith on December 13, 1993; and brother-in-laws, Foster Weaver and Larry Bittner.

He will be greatly missed by his daughters, Dorothy Welsh, Berwick; Sallie Luthi and husband Samuel Jr, Berwick; grandchildren, David Cleaver, Dawn Diefenderfer, Laura and Trey Luthi; great grandchildren, Haileigh Cleaver and Brianna Garrison; sisters, Jane Weaver, Orangeville; Karen Bittner, New Columbia; Jackie Klinger, Lime Ridge; brother, Raymond Messersmith and wife Linda, Orangeville; and many nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends at a viewing this Friday, February 17, 2017 from 6 till 9 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Additional services will be announced at a later time.

The family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Eagle Hose Company, 325 S. Mercer St, Berwick or Berwick Fire Police, 1437 Fairview Avenue, Berwick, PA 18603.

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

Florence “Hat” Marie (Pursel) Markle, age 89, a resident of Nescopeck, PA, for over 70 years, died February 8, 2017, at The Gardens at Orangeville.

Born in Bloomsburg on June 23, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Elmer and Mildred (Wolfe) Pursel of Almedia, PA. She attended Scott Township School in Espy and retired from Lady Ester/ Kadette, where she was a seamstress for 25 years.

She was married October 19, 1946, to her loving husband, the late Clarence R. Markle, Jr. for almost 60 years.

She was the mother of four children: daughter, Nancy Lane of Nescopeck; son, Clarence “Mick” R. Markle III and wife Debe of Nescopeck; daughter, Joanne Lange and husband Robert “Angel” of Vincennes, IN; and son, Lester A. Markle and wife Mary of Nescopeck. She has 9 grandchildren: Lora Krasniak, Bryan Lane, Aaron Markle, Jesse Markle, Robb Lange, Joshua Markle, Pearl Marie Markle, Lester Adam Markle, and Chelsey Markle. She has 19 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren.

She had 5 brothers and 2 sisters: the late Floyd “Cub” Pursel (1973) of Texas, Delbert Pursel of Ohio, Elmer “Mike” Pursel of Columbia, South America, Mildred ‘Dolly” Pursel of Virginia, Myrtle Stackhouse of Berwick, the late Gary Pursel (2016) of Bloomsburg, and Jerry Pursel of Berwick.

She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Nescopeck and worked at the polling booths until she was no longer able. She loved going to Tuckahoe Acres, Delaware, camping. She enjoyed long walks and working on her word-search books. She was a member and attended the Albright United Methodist Church of Nescopeck until it relocated.

Florence will truly be missed by her family. She was a role model and was always there when she was needed. We were very blessed to have her in our lives.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on February 14, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Pastor Timothy G. Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends on Monday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

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

Ann L. Smith, A longtime resident of Nescopeck was called back to God early Saturday morning the 4th of February, 2017. Born and raised in Nescopeck as a child, a graduate of Nescopeck High School’s Class of “1960”, she later moved to Sugarloaf where she raised her new family. She returned to rural Nescopeck for the later years of life and that is where she and her family have chosen for her to rest in peace.

She loved her pets unconditionally and found it hard to turn away a stray. Dancing, motorcycle riding, planting her flower beds, cooking and baking, crocheting, traveling the country and her numerous trips to Florida were some of her favorite things to do. One of her classic stories she used to tell, and was so proud of, was when she took a trip with some high school girlfriends to Philadelphia to appear on American Bandstand to dance and get a chance encounter with Dick Clark.

She is preceded in death by her parents Arlene and Arthur Santee. She leaves behind her husband of 55 years, Arden L. Smith. She is the Mother to 2 children, Brian Smith of Hollywood, FL, and Kelly (Smith) Brosious of Sugarloaf, PA and grandmother to 2 grandchildren, Dane and Taylor Brosious of Sugarloaf Pa. She is the sister of Yvonne (Santee) Fenstemaker of Berwick Pa. She will also be missed by her current pet -Junea, her Old English Sheepdog.

A private service for immediate family has been held at her residence. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation in her honor can be given to the Animal Resource Center (a no kill center for animals) at 301A Boone Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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

Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Bruno Federicci,92, died Sunday, February 5, 2017 at Guardian Elder Care in Nanticoke where he was a resident for the last 2 years.

Born on October 3, 1924, he was a son of the late Tobias and Maryanne Federicci. Bruno resided in Mocanaqua his entire life. After school, Bruno served honorably in the US Navy during WWII where he received the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in combat. Bruno was employed at Country Cousins Shoes, Mocanaqua, retiring after many years.

Bruno was a member of Holy Spirit Parish/St. Mary’s, Mocanaqua. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and belonged to the Mocanaqua Sporting Club. He was a member of the Polish Falcons, the VFW Post 6434, Mocanaqua and American Legion Post 495, Shickshinny. He took pride in his vegetable garden and liked working on his friends’ farm. He looked forward to meeting his friends for their weekly card games. Bruno enjoyed the simple things in life, and loved his home and family.

He will be missed by his loving wife of 69 years, Flora (Cicerchia) Federicci; daughter, Norene Alber and husband Carl; grandchildren, Carla Alber and fiancé Cole Rupert, Eric Alber and wife Amanda; great grandchildren, Harlee, Evan, Ari, Vincent and Gino; sister-in-law, Clara Federicci; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, Sheldon; brothers, Aldo, Americo, Geno and John.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:30 PM on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Holy Spirit Parish/St. Mary’s Church, 150 Main St, Mocanaqua, with Rev. Louis Kaminski officiating. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. Family will receive friends on Wednesday morning from 10:00 AM until Noon at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

Flowers will be provided by the family.

Bruno will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Forever in our hearts.

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

Luther H. Fenstemaker, 87, of Berwick passed away on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at Berwick Retirement Center where he was a guest for the last 2 weeks.

Born in Berwick on August 5, 1929, he was a son of the late Henry L and Freda L (Knorr) Fenstemaker. He was educated in Berwick, and was employed at Vaughn’s Bakery. Later, he worked in the construction industry, retiring from Sitler Construction.

Luther enjoyed woodworking. He built many toys for children and other items that he gave away as gifts to anyone who wanted one. He was a very kind-hearted person. He was an avid John Wayne fan and liked collecting memorabilia.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Rachel R. (Powlus) Fenstemaker in 2009; son-in-law, Frank Altland; sister, Janet Kaycon.

He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Linda Altland, Berwick; sons, James Fenstemaker and wife Jane, Berwick; Rick Fenstemaker and husband Robert Dewey, Florida; 9 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; sister, Lucille Wagner, Bloomsburg; and several nieces and nephews.

A Service will be held at 2:00PM on Friday, February 3, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck. Internment will follow at Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Friends may call at the Funeral Home from 1:00PM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA, 2801 Bloom Rd, Danville, PA 17821.

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

Clara A. “Sis” “Sandy” (Kramer) Mattive of Berwick, passed away on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at home.

Born December 26, 1923 in Berwick, she was a daughter of the late James W. and Martha Kramer. She was raised and educated in Berwick. Clara served in the United States Army during World War II, stationed at Fort Oglethorpe, GA, Camp Grant and Fort Sheridan, IL. She was awarded the Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and Distinguished Unit Badge. She obtained the rank of Staff Sergeant and received an Honorable Discharge on July 24, 1946.

Clara graduated from the Bradford Beauty School, after which she owned and operated a beauty shop in her home on Mulberry St. in Berwick. She also worked at Consolidated Cigar for over 30 years, prior to its closing.

She was a member of the VFW in Berwick, PA for over 60 years. Clara was a member of St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception BVM Church. She enjoyed sewing and was an avid BINGO player.

Clara was preceded in death by her sisters Ruth Molowski, Mary Jane Swisher; brother Fred Kramer, Clayton Kramer; and a granddaughter, Hannah Mattive.

Clara will be greatly missed by her daughters, Linda Ann Mattive; Cecilia Fox; Bernadette Redline and husband Albert; all of Berwick; sons, James V. Mattive and wife Lisa; Gerard E. Mattive; all of Bloomsburg; grandchildren, Glen and Clayton Traugh; Linda Montes; Sean Redline; Brianne Brown; Erin Scoggins; Isaac, Jacob and Lydia Mattive; great grandchildren Hunter and Mason Traugh; Eric, Jordan and Brady Montes; CeJay and Shaylee Traugh; and Kyla Scoggins; sisters Roberta Blass and Judy Cerasoli; both of Berwick; and brother James Kramer of Nanticoke.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with her granddaughter’s husband, Reverend Kenneth Scoggins, and her pastor, Reverend Francis Tamburro, officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Berwick. A viewing will be held from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions, in her memory, may be sent to Geisinger Columbia Montour Hospice, 410 Glenn Ave. Suite 200, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Fred C Cleaver Jr, 80, of Orangeville passed away on Tuesday, January 25, 2017 at home, surrounded by his family.

Born in Nescopeck on June 13, 1936, he was a son of the late Violet (Mensinger) and Fred C. Cleaver Sr. He was a graduate of Berwick High School, class of 1954, and served honorably in the US Army from 1959 to 1961. He worked at Milco Industries in Benton and later Bloomsburg, for over 35 years.

Fred participated in league bowling at P-Nut Bowl, and won the state bowling league award. He enjoyed fishing, camping, reading, and working on jig-saw puzzles. He loved spending time outside, even if it meant tackling chores.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 57 years, Zella M. (Wilson) Cleaver; daughters, Cheryl Blewett and husband William, Bloomsburg; Michelle Farver and husband Steven “Butch”, Unityville; 8 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; sisters, Bertha Cleaver, Catawissa; Tillie Weaver and husband Wayne, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister, Martha Martz.

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

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

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

Violet M. Benscoter, 96, formerly of Shickshinny passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2017 in Sarasota, FL, where she had been living since 1958.

Born in Danville on February 12, 1920, she was a daughter of the late Norman and Daisy I. (Bowman) Garey. She attended school in Berwick. She assisted her husband, Robert, with his business, Benscoter’s Sporting Goods in Shickshinny. She also worked hard to provide a loving home for her children.

Violet was a former member of First Presbyterian Church, Shickshinny.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert D. Benscoter in 1997; a sister, Isabel Hippenstiel; and a brother, Frank Garey.

She will be greatly missed by her children: son, Garey Benscoter and wife Ann, Sun City Center, FL; daughter, Roberta Fismer and husband Carl, Sun City Center, FL; son, Paul Benscoter, Sarasota, FL; 6 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg.

Local arrangements are entrusted to Heller Funeral Home, LLC, NescopeckIn lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Violet’s memory may be made to First Presbyterian Church, and mailed c/o Debbie Kishbaugh, 90 Sawmill Road, Shickshinny, PA 18655.

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Duane A. Schechterly, 45, of Williamsport passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at home.

Born in Berwick on September 30, 1971, he was a son of the late Albert L. “Pete” Schechterly, and Judith A. (Nagle) Schechterly. He was a graduate of Berwick High School and served honorably in the US Navy from 1992 to 1994. He worked at Shop Vac, Williamsport for over 10 years and was currently employed at First Quality Paper, Lock Haven.

Duane was a computer enthusiast and an avid gamer. He also enjoyed working on cars.

He will be missed by his brothers, David Schechterly and companion Mary Glidewell, Berwick; Edward Schechterly and husband Robert Ferguson, Williamsport; and loyal canine companion, Noel. He is also survived by his step-mother, Pat (Andrews) Schechterly, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

In keeping with Duane’s way of life all services will be private at the convenience of the family.

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Robert M. Turek, 70, of Berwick passed away suddenly on January 22, 2017 at his residence.

Born in Newark, NJ on August 26, 1946, he was the son of the late Harry and Mary (Baron) Turek. Bob graduated from Berwick High School in 1964 and went on to serve his country for 4 years in the United States Navy, on the U.S.S. Camberra. He received several medals including the National Defense Service Medal, Viet Nam Campaign Medal, Viet Nam Service Medal, Combat Action Medal and the Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon. He was a dedicated employee at Berwick Offray for 47 years.

In his younger years, Bob was an avid body builder. Just ask him a question about nutrition or body building and he would have the answer. He also enjoyed playing darts, golfing, going hunting and watching football. He was a loyal fan of the Berwick Bulldogs. He was a member of the Berwick VFW #821 and the American Ukrainian Club. He was a loving, caring person and showed it by taking care of his mother for five years after she went to live at a nursing home. He rarely missed a day of visitation with her.

Bob is survived by his wife of 27 years, Vicki (Mattucci) Turek, sister Karen Fedder, wife of Ted; brother Harry J. Turek, husband of Annetta; Sister-in-Law, Carla Scala, wife of Tony; niece, Lisa Scala; nephews, Anthony Scala; Ted Fedder III, husband of Samantha; Todd Turek, husband of Kerry; great nieces, Mackenzie Marie and Peyton; great nephew Luke and his furry friend, Murphy.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, January 26, 2017 in Pine Grove Cemetery, Walnut Street, Berwick.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be sent to Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck to help defray funeral expenses.

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Kathleen R. Burd, 91, of Wapwallopen passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at home.

Born in Wapwallopen on September 3, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Charles F. and Frances Smith. She graduated from school in Wapwallopen and worked at Duplan in Berwick for 5 years. She stopped working to become a full-time wife and mother.

Kathleen was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ, Wapwallopen. She was active with the ladies’ aide when she was younger. She was an avid “Phillies” fan. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her son, Eugene Burd, III and wife Darlene, Wapwallopen; grandchildren, Tina, Harry, Mike, Brian, Dan, Abby and Eugene; great grandchildren, Kaela, Hunter, Katelyn, Jenna, Brian Jr, Benny, Bret, Neveah, Troy, Delevan and Carter; sisters, Josie Ruckel, Palmira; Fay Yeager, Mountaintop; many nieces and nephews; and her loyal daytime companions, “Biscuits” and “Sadie”.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Burd, Jr in 1989; daughters, Linda Hough and Brenda Hileman; and sisters, Shirley VanRonk and Audrey Sax.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 20, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Reverend Michael J. Orendi, Sr. officiating. Interment will follow in Old River Road Cemetery, Wapwallopen. Friends may call on Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM or on Friday from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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Pamela A. Francioni, 60, of Hobbie passed away on Friday, January 13, 2017 at her home, surrounded by her family, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Nanticoke on June 6, 1956, she was a daughter of the late Margaret (Sassman) Madaj and James Mace. She was raised and educated in Nanticoke, and was employed at American Tobacco for 15 years. Pam stopped working to become a full-time homemaker, providing a warm and loving environment for her husband and children, who she cherished and adored. She greatly enjoyed completing the tasks that came with the job, especially cooking and baking. Pam was very proud of her children and was looking forward to the birth of her first grandchild this summer.

She loved to play with and care for her cats. She also liked visiting yard sales where she looked for treasures.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Tracy Francioni, Hobbie; Tanya Francioni, Hobbie; son, Tim Francioni, Jr. and wife Heidi, Hobbie; sisters, Andrea Sadowski, Nuangola; Judith Vida, Edwardsville; Dawn Marie Mieczkowski, Nanticoke; Lori Lee Mace, Nanticoke; Dorothy Geasey, Plains; Denise Madaj, Nanticoke; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Timothy Francioni, Sr. in 2009.

Family will receive friends on Friday, January 20, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 11:00 AM in Stairville Cemetery, Stairville Road, Dorrance Twp.

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Bernard L. Mont, 62, formerly of Berwick passed away on Monday, January 16, 2017 at Timber Ridge Health Care Center, Wilkes-Barre where he was a patient for the past year.

Born in Berwick on December 19, 1954, he was the son of Beryl E. (Bevan) Mont Medon, and the late Bernard J. Mont. He was a graduate of Berwick High School, class of 1972. Bernie attended Penn State University and graduated from Bloomsburg University with a degree in Political Science. He was employed at Domestic Sales and Service in Nescopeck, and after it closed, he worked with his life-long friends Bill and Doug Zehner at Zehner Brothers Farm, for many years.

Bernie was a former member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Nescopeck. He loved music, going to concerts, and over the years, he acquired a huge collection of albums. He was an avid NASCAR fan, and collected NASCAR memorabilia of all kinds.

His is survived by mother, Beryl and her husband Leonard Medon, Wilkes-Barre; sister, Susan Mont, Berwick; uncle, Cyril Bevan, West Palm Beach, FL; Leonard’s children, Richard and wife Margaret, Lisa and Tom; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Mont; and Mr. and Mrs. Cyril Bevan.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Reverend Craig Gommer officiating. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends on Thursday from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

Bernie’s family would like to extend a special thanks to the nurses and staff at Timber Ridge for the care they provided.

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Anna B. Kramer, 93, of Almedia passed away on Friday, January 13, 2017 at Berwick Hospital Center.

Born in Berwick on August 4, 1923, she was a daughter of the late Alex and Suzanne (Scapp) Yalch. She was a graduate of Berwick High School, and was employed at Milco Industries for many years. Most recently she worked in the cafeteria at Berwick High School and Salem Elementary.

Anna was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Berwick. She enjoyed traveling with family and close friends. She was able to visit many states including Hawaii. She also traveled to Canada. Her greatest love was her children and grandchildren, and she enjoyed spending any time she could with them.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Cynthia Bardo and husband Frank, Bloomsburg; Marcia Phillips and husband Michael, Massachusetts; son, Fred Kramer and wife Larina, Berwick; 10 grandchildren, David, April, Joey, Mary Angelina, Andrew, Lily, Maddie, Freddie, Aaron and Stephen; several great grandchildren; sisters, Sue DiFinnis and Madelyn Kuchola; and brother, Joseph Yalch.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred C. Kramer in 2005; and 9 siblings.

At Anna’s request, all services will be private at the convenience of the family. Interment will take place next to her husband in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick.

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Mary E. Stauffer, 98, formerly of Catawissa, passed away on January 10, 2017 in New York. She had been residing in the North Tonawanda, NY area since 2008.

Born in Bloomsburg on April 10, 1918, she was a daughter of the late Warren and Alta (Fetterman) Rockwell. She was raised and educated in the Bloomsburg Area. She worked hard to provide a warm and loving home for her husband and children.

Mary was a member of the Assembly of God Church, Riverside. She enjoyed visiting with people in nursing homes, as well as shut-ins. She was a very intelligent woman who enjoyed completing the daily crossword and cryptoquip puzzles. She also loved to read.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Susanne Bedworth, North Tonawanda, NY; 4 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold M. Stauffer in 2007; son, Ronnie Stauffer in 2008; son-in-law, Paul Bedworth in 2008; brothers, Warren Rockwell, Jr and Leroy Rockwell; and sister, June Bucher. She was the last of her immediate family.

A viewing will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, January 13, 2017 at Lester H. Wedekindt, Inc. 3290 Delaware Avenue, Kenmore, NY. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 AM.

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, January 16, 2017 in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg.

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P. Ray Fentstermacher, 86, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at home, surrounded by his family.

Born in Nescopeck on November 15, 1930, he was a son of the late Allen and Eva (Troutman) Fenstermacher. He was raised and educated in Nescopeck. For 40 years, he worked in the maintenance department Wise Foods, Berwick. After retirement, he was employed part time at Tuzzi’s Bakery.

Ray was an avid hunter and fisherman. He liked taking trips to the casinos. He spent many hours tending to his garden. He was a talented woodworker, making many items, including all the furniture in his house. No matter what he was doing, his loyal companions, Bella and Buddy were always at his side, and they will sadly miss him.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 27 years, Donna M. (Ruhmel) Fenstermacher; daughters, Mary Lee Hunsinger and husband Karl, Berwick; Rae Ellen Earl and husband Ron, Berwick; Lucy Rado and husband Antonio, Orangeville; stepsons, Scott Reader and wife Tina, Berwick; Robert Reader and wife Terri, Nescopeck; 17 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; mother-in-law, Marie Ruhmel; several nieces and nephews; and numerous extended family members.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Atwood Fenstermacher; and sister, Marguerite Seward. He was the last of his immediate family.

At Ray’s request, there will be no services.

His family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Commonwealth Health and Hospice for their help and support. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ray’s memory may be made to Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice, 109 West 9th Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

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WWII Veteran; Patriarch; Family Man and Avid Tennis Player

Orval John Mattucci, 90, of Berwick, PA passed away Jan. 9, 2017, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA. He was born Jan. 22, 1926, in Boliver, PA.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Agnes Gulliver Mattucci, who died in 1990. His late parents, Elizabeth Maggiore Mattucci and Anthony Mattucci, were immigrants from Italy. He was one of seven children, all who previously passed: (brothers) Dominick Mattucci (Berwick), Alfonso Mattucci (Pittsburgh), and Frank Mattucci (Philadelphia); and (sisters) Cindy Malatesta, Josephine Dolimpio and Jennie Shearer (Berwick). He spent the last decade with his late companion Shirley Wehr.

He is survived by daughters Carla Scala (Tony Scala) and Vicki Turek (Bob Turek), and grandchildren Lisa Scala and Anthony Scala.

Orval was a graduate of Berwick High School Class of 1944. He enlisted in the US Army, 303rd Infantry, in 1944 and was Honorably discharged in 1946 after fighting in WWII. Decorations included Eame Campaign Medal; Good Conduct Medal; and World War II Victory Medal. His military service sustained four more years with the Pennsylvania National Guard until 1950.

His education continued after the War at both Kingston Vocational School and Williamsport Technical School with a major in Electricity. He spent his entire 32-year career with Bell Telephone (1950-1982).

As a devout Catholic, he was a life-long parishioner at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Berwick where he enjoyed being an Usher.

Orval was very athletic and always physically fit. He was an avid Tennis player and fan of the professional sport. Up until a few years ago, he would travel to West Branch Tennis Club (Williamsport, PA), or neighboring towns to partake in various tennis leagues and tournaments. In his earlier years, Orval (aka Matt) taught tennis at summer youth programs and to his grandchildren. He loved sunsets, and his hobbies and pastimes included vacations to Florida, taking long walks, fishing and archery.

Often referred to as “OJ,” he always liked being social whether it was pizza night at the Garibaldi, enjoying his morning coffee with “the guys,” attending local dances and WWII luncheons, meeting up with his classmates, and most of all spending time with his family.

Although there are many fun memories, we will never forget how he enjoyed summer cookouts and manning the grill, playing bocce and pinochle, and being everyone’s handyman!

Orval will always be known for his categorical willingness to help others, unequivocal generosity towards others, and his contagiously radiant smile.

Viewing will be held on SATURDAY at 9AM, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10AM in St. Joseph Catholic Church, 721 Monroe St, Berwick, PA 18603, with Father Dennis G Dalessandro officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Orval John Mattucci to the Berwick Boulevard Association PO Box 892 Berwick, PA 18603 and/or PA Pets Feral Program, 203 Fifth St, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Beth Ann Blaine, 59, of Berwick passed away suddenly on Monday, January 9, 2017 at her home.

Born in Berwick on February 7, 1957, she was a daughter of the late Ruth Ann (Williams) and John C. Wolchanski, Jr. She graduated from Berwick High School in 1975. Beth Ann worked at K-Mart until 1991, and then Berwick Offray until 2007. After deciding to further her education, she attended Allied Medical and Technical Institute, Forty-Fort, where she graduated as an ECG/Phlebotomy/Lab Assistant, earning a 4.0 GPA. After graduating, she was employed at Interstate Blood and Plasma, Wilkes-Barre, until retiring in 2012.

Beth Ann was a member of Good Shephard Lutheran Church, Berwick, and a member of the D.A.V. auxiliary. She enjoyed crafting and crocheting. She was an artist, using her talent to create beautiful paintings. She liked gardening and camping. Her greatest love was spending time with her cherished grandchildren, even volunteering to watch 5 of them at once.

She was the loving wife, of 19 years, to Fred R. Blaine, Sr.; devoted mother to daughters, Michelle Slusser and husband Steven, Berwick; Elizabeth Pursel and husband Donald, Berwick; and wonderful “Grammy” to Bailey, Jaxon, Christian, Zane, Kenley and Maggie. She also leaves behind stepchildren; Barb Harris and husband Ed; Krissy Caffey; Fred Blaine Jr. and wife Maureen; Kenny Blaine and wife Telma; Jeannie Blaine; and all their children, James Checco; Justin, Jacob and Julia Deska; Jackie and Jonah Harris; Nick, Sean and Adam Harvey; Tim, Eileen and Brook Blaine; Dana Blaine, Breya Hamlin, Mackenzie Blaine; and Alena Blaine; great grandchildren, Cameron Deska, Carter and Rose Harvey, and Kayleigh Harvey. She will be greatly missed by her sisters, Susan DeHaven and husband David, Berwick; Jennifer Zologa, Berwick; nephews, Zachary and Ryan; and niece, Andrea.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Michael J. Remley in 2015.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 13, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with her pastor, Rev. David Kingsborough officiating. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

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Hattie R. Livziey, 95, formerly of Mifflinville passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. She had been residing at Signature Health Care, Bloomsburg since 2015.

Born in Kulpmont on June 14, 1921, she was a daughter of the late Jacob and Margaret (White) Beaver. She graduated from Mifflinville High School as a valedictorian in 1940, and attended Bloomsburg Hospital School of Nursing. Hattie worked at Mifflinville Knitting Mills, before becoming a driver at Club Cab Company, Berwick. She later bought the company, which she ran until her retirement.

Hattie was an active member of Mifflinville United Methodist Church, where she held numerous offices, was a Sunday School teacher, and helped to make Easter eggs. She was one of the founders of the Mifflinville Christian Adventure Club, and a former member of the Ladies of the Moose. In her younger years, she liked bowling at the P-Nut Bowl. She loved reading, and visiting with shut-ins. She greatly cherished her family and spending time with them.

She will be greatly missed by her sons, Paul “Steve” Livziey and wife Donna, Mifflinville; Thomas Livziey, Sr., Mifflinville; daughter, Eileen Dietterick, Nescopeck; 10 grandchildren, Brenda Rehm, Scott Livziey, Wendy Daily, Steve Livziey, Jessica Giudicessi, Dennis Dietterick, Rebecca Matos, Katie Lyons, Thomas Livziey, Jr, and Stephen Shoemaker; 19 great grandchildren, Michael Ridall; Alyson, Chad and Tyler Livziey; Frank IV, and Lea Rehm; Ashlee Davis; Kayla Collins; Adia, Raine and Amaris Matos, Aveon Matos-Pigford; Jasmine Lyons; Nathan and Austin Daily; Cody and Emma Dietterick; Alyssa Coleman; Garrett Aten; and 3 great-great grandchildren, Luke and Liam Ridall; and Aurora Aten.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Livziey, Sr in 2006; son, William Livziey, Jr in 2014; daughter, Ellen Ann Livziey at birth; granddaughter, Teresa Livziey Ridall in 2006; brothers, Charles and Edward Beaver; sisters, Rev. Viola Rothacker, Grace Blue and Margaret VanBuskirk Stevens. She was the last of her immediate family.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Rev. John Bondhus officiating. Interment will follow in Mifflinville Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on Friday.

Memorial contributions may be made in Hattie’s memory to Mifflinville United Methodist Church, 4th and Market Streets, Mifflinville, PA 18631.

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Robert A. Erdman, 81, of Mifflin Township, passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his family, under the compassionate care of Columbia Montour Hospice.

Born June 3, 1935, in Herndon, he was a son of the late Aurthur R. and Margaret E. (Klock) Erdman. Bob graduated from Mifflin Township High School in 1953. He and his wife, Sandra (Hippensteel) Erdman were married 61 years.

Bob was employed at Wise Potato Chip Company from 1953 to 1972, and Valley Seeding Company from 1972 until 2002, where he worked on many seeding and landscaping projects throughout the state including, Raystown Lake, Fort Indiantown Gap and the PA Turnpike. He also owned and operated Erdman Nursery and Landscaping from 1960 to 2015. Bob had his own nursery, where he grew many of his favorite trees. He was extremely knowledgeable in his field and assisted many in beautifying their homes and businesses.

After his retirement, Bob enjoyed planting vegetable gardens around his property. He was so proud of his produce, always sending along some of the day’s harvest with anyone who stopped to visit. Bob was truly a man of the earth and will be greatly missed by all who enjoyed the fruits of his labor.

Bob was an avid hunter, but he enjoyed passing on the tradition to his granddaughter, Mariah, more than hunting itself. His ultimate pride and joy were his two granddaughters, Carly and Mariah, who will always treasure the wonderful memories of their “Pop”.

Bob was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, the PA Farm Bureau, and Mifflin Township Forest Rangers and Fire Company.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters, Roberta Erdman and companion Donald Lamon, Jr; Brenda Casey and husband James; son, David Erdman and wife Deborah; granddaughters, Carolyn “Carly” Casey and Mariah Casey; sisters, Marie Ruhmel and Betty Hawthorne; brothers, Gene Erdman, and wife Nancy, Ronald Erdman and wife Lisa; and many loyal friends.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, January 6, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with his pastor, Reverend Chad Hebrink officiating. Interment will follow in Mifflinville Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 11:30 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s memory to Camp Victory, P.O. Box 810, Millville, PA 17846.

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Lee E. Leiby, 84, of Catawissa passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at Maria Hall, Danville where he had been a guest for the past 5 days.

Born in Aristes on October 25, 1932, he was a son of the late Elmer L. and Margaret E. (Raup) Leiby. He graduated from Catawissa High School in 1950, and was employed at TRW/Textron for over 40 years until retiring in 1996.

Lee was a member of the former Catawissa Masonic Lodge, which is now Elysburg Masonic Lodge #349. He was a car enthusiast, in his younger years he owned a DeSoto which he would often take to car shows.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 59 years, Mary Ellen (Bickert) Leiby; son, Mitchell Leiby and wife Tammy, Catawissa; daughters, Jill Leiby, Bloomsburg; Tina Leiby and companion John Thomas, Clarks Summit; grandchildren, Nathan Leiby and Allyson Leiby, both of Catawissa; and sister-in-law, Janet Leiby, Bloomsburg.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Rhea Oberdorf; and brother, Earl Leiby.

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

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

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Benny B. Kramer, 72, of Berwick went to be with the Lord on January 1, 2017 from the Gardens at Orangeville.

Born in Berwick on February 12, 1944, he was a son of the late Jenny (Berger) and William Kramer, Sr. He attended school in Beach Haven, and served honorably in the US Army in the early 60’s. He was the owner of Kramer’s Tree Service, retiring at the age of 62.

Benny was a “born again Christian” who belonged to New Life Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church, Bloomsburg. Many knew him through his involvement with the prison ministry where “the Lord used him to help prisoners find God”. He had a strong faith in the Lord that he was always willing to share with others.

He enjoyed hunting and spotting deer. He liked trout fishing in native streams, especially when they got muddy. He was an avid Berwick Football fan, and enjoyed NASCAR racing, always rooting for his favorite local, Jimmy Spencer. He loved his family and spending any time he could with them.

He will be greatly missed by his loving children: daughters, Lyndsey Kramer, Bloomsburg; Marlene Schaffer and husband Ken, Millville; Carissa Beck, Albrightsville; Joann Sando and husband Brad, Lebanon; Michele Kramer, Lebanon; sons, Mike Domanski and wife Deanna, Berwick; Chris Domanski and wife Alicia, Berwick; 13 cherished grandchildren; 9 adored great grandchildren; sisters, Bonnie Samsel, Berwick; Nancy Kramer, NJ; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother William Kramer, Jr and nieces, Donna and Jodi.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 7, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck, with Pastor Larry Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Summer Hill Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

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

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Cletus R. Bower, 82, of Hobbie passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, where he had been a patient for the past 2 weeks.

Born in Summer Hill on November 9, 1934, he was a son of the late Carl M. and Mary J. (Brader) Bower. He attended Berwick Schools and served honorably in the US Army from 1957 to 1958. He worked in home building and construction for Clyde Yohey in Bloomsburg, later for Harold Benjamin in Conyngham where he was employed for 23 years, and retired from Richard Angelo, Inc in Hazleton. He took great care in the work he did helping to build many homes from the ground to the roof.

Cletus was a member of St. James Lutheran Evangelical Church, Hobbie, where he served as a past treasurer and council member. He was also a member of the Hobbie Volunteer Fire Company. He enjoyed hunting, going to flea markets and watching TV. He was always happy to have visitors come, especially his children and grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 57 years, Arlene J. (Moyer) Bower; son, Barry L. Bower and wife Michelle, Bloomsburg; daughter, Gail Mowery and husband Joe A. II, Nescopeck; cherished grandchildren, Kayla R. Hendricks, Lauren A. Hendricks, Jessica M. Mowery, Sarah N. Bower; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Donald Zimmerman, Monroe and Eleanor Moyer, Nellie Moyer, Willard Moyer, Fred and Lynn Moyer; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Rose Marie Zimmerman; and brother, Charles Bower.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with his pastor, Reverend Oliver Brown officiating. Interment will follow in St. James Cemetery, Hobbie. Family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his memory, may be made to St. James Lutheran Evangelical Church General Fund, 827 East County Road, Wapwallopen, PA 18660.

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Bruce M. Serafin, 67, of Huntington Mills passed away on December 31, 2016 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on October 19, 1949, he was a son of the late William and Alverta (McGarvey) Serafin. He graduated from Central Columbia High School in 1967. He was a truck driver for over 40 years, and currently owned and operated his own rig.

Bruce enjoyed hunting. His greatest love was spending time with his family, especially his granddaughter, Aleeyah, who was his pride and joy.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 29 years, Brenda K. (Whitmire) Serafin; sons, Brandon Serafin, at home; Michael Serafin and wife Regina, Orange Lake, FL; William Serafin and wife Marnie, Howard Beach, NY; beloved granddaughter, Aleeyah; sisters, Barbara Long, Linda Miller, Nancy Serafin, all of Bloomsburg; Janet Stackhouse and husband Paul, Camp Hill; brother, Robert Serafin and wife Paula, Berwick; many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 8:00 PM on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 6:00 PM until the time of service.

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Roger E. Eroh, age 49, of Hackettstown, NJ, died Saturday December 24, 2016 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem. He had been residing at Quakertown Center in Quakertown, PA, while recovering from strokes he had four years ago.

Roger was born June 3, 1967 at Dover General Hospital in Dover, New Jersey. He is a son of the late Herbert Eroh Sr. and Norma (Kishbaugh) Eroh. Roger was a tireless worker over the years, many times holding down two or three jobs at once. His final job was working in the catering department at Shop Rite in Parsippany, New Jersey.

He is survived by his brother, Herb Eroh II, his wife Yvette and stepson Nathaniel, of Riverdale, NJ; and stepmother Grace Geraldine Eroh of Lansdale, PA.

There will be a viewing at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street in Hackettstown, NJ on Thursday, December 29, 2016 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

A viewing will also be held on Friday, December 30, 2016 from 11:00 AM till 12:30 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East 3rd Street, Nescopeck, PA followed by funeral service. Interment will take place in Jonestown Cemetery.

contributions, in Roger’s memory, may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1160 US Hgwy 22, Bridgewater, NJ 08807.

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John Stankevitch, Jr., 90, of Nescopeck Township passed away on Friday, December 23, 2016 at Berwick Hospital Center.

Born in Hazleton on May 7, 1926, he was the son of the late Edna M. (Ungemach) and John “Jack” Stankevitch, Sr. He attended school in Nescopeck and at the age of 18, enlisted in the US Navy. He served during WWII, assigned to the USS Hammann, traveling the Pacific Ocean 9 times, back and forth. While serving, he was a motor machinist’s mate and developed an interest in automotive repair, and after an honorable discharge he was employed at Brown Motors. Later, he briefly worked with his grandfather, then opened his own business, John’s Garage in 1956, where he still spent much of his time. John also owned school busses, and drove for Berwick Schools for many years.

John was a member of Faith United Lutheran Church, Nescopeck and Nescopeck Township Fire Company. In his younger years, he enjoyed league bowling at Valley Lanes, Sugarloaf. He liked fishing and hunting, and was a member of Tri-Twp Rod and Gun Club.

John was preceded in death by his wife, Monna June (Wilson) Stankevitch in 2013; son Allan Stankevitch; and great granddaughter, Jersey Burd.

He will be greatly missed by his daughters, Brenda Zajac; Linda M. Burd and husband Richard Jr; son, Charles Stankevitch and wife Christine, all of Nescopeck Township; grandchildren, Autumn, Richard, Jeremy, ArLinda, Linda June, Johnny Lee, Angelina, Andrea, Tara, Sprinterson, and Amy; 14 great grandchildren; sister, Doris Beck of Bloomsburg; nieces, and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Rev. Richard Dennison officiating. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

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Kevin L. Kelchner, , 56, of Mifflin Township, passed away suddenly on December 22, 2016 at his home.

Born in Berwick on November 2, 1960, he was the son of the late Glen “Pete” and Emma (Pruiett) Kelchner, and a graduate of Central Columbia High School. Kevin was a crane operator for General Electric and Bechtel Corporation before being employed for North Centre Township. Most recently, he worked with the road crews for Penn DOT.

Kevin was an outdoorsman who spent much of his free time hunting, fishing and camping. He liked spending time with his grandsons, especially playing video games.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 27 years, Glennice I. (Emerson) Kelchner; stepdaughters, April Bisiar, and Paula Bisiar; grandsons, RJ Metzger and Jacob Reese, all of Mifflin Twp; sisters, Bonnie Prange, Columbia, PA; Kelly McCord and husband Melvin, Dickson, TN; brothers, Kim Kelchner and wife JoAnne, Kinzers, PA; Ken Kelchner and wife Mona, Portland, TN; Keith Kelchner, Cumberland, MD, and numerous nieces and nephews; aunts, uncles, cousins; and many friends, including Marty and Rose Allen, who were like family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Kit and Graydon Kelchner.

A memorial service will be scheduled for a later time. Heller Funeral Home, LLC is assisting his family.

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Lori J. Sharpless, 50, of Millville passed away on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Bloomsburg on February 2, 1966, she was a daughter of the late Helen E. (Aunkst) and Victor L. Robbins, Sr. She was a graduate of Millville High School. Lori worked hard to provide a loving home for her husband and children.

She devoted her time to raising her children and, when her daughter was younger, was a Girl Scout counselor. She loved spending time with family, especially her granddaughter. Lori enjoyed baking and always made plenty of holiday cookies.

She will be greatly missed by her husband of 31 years, Donald Sharpless, Jr; son, Scott Sharpless, Berwick; daughter, Kristine Morrison and husband Ryan, North Carolina; adored granddaughter, Jocelynn; sister Debbie Wetzel and husband John, Middleburg; brothers, Victor Robbins, Jr and wife Debbie, Millville; Jeff Robbins and wife Sherri, Honesdale; Ronnie Robbins and wife Donna, Danville; Lonny Robbins and wife Vicki, Watsontown; Randy Robbins and wife Diann, Susquehanna; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

A memorial service will be held at 7:00 PM on Friday, December 23, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Mike Maleski officiating. Family will receive friends from 5:00 until the time of service.

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Eugene L. Harvey, 79, of Nescopeck passed away on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at Shenandoah Manor Nursing Center, where he had been a resident since May.

Born in Hazleton on February 12, 1937, he was a son of the late Wesley and Marion (Bennett) Harvey. He was raised and educated in the Brandonville area. He worked for 37 years as a heavy equipment operator at Princeton Nursery in New Jersey.

Eugene was an avid hunter and fisherman. He had a great sense of humor and loved to tell jokes.

He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Denise Foss and husband Warren, Berwick; son, Jeffrey Harvey and wife Joanne, Lambertville, NJ; grandchildren, Kevin Harvey and girlfriend Leah, Megan Riley and husband Edward, Rebecca Hoffman; great grandson, Eli Harvey; sister, Gladys Schell, Shenandoah; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeanne E. (Kishbaugh) Harvey in 2012; twin, Wesley; and brothers and sisters, John, Belva, Frank, Florence, Pearl, Ida, Ruth, Margarit, Floye, and Joseph.

Family will receive friends from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on February 11, 2017 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will be private in Brandonville.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be sent in his memory to Shenandoah Manor Nursing Center, 101 East Washington Street, Shenandoah, PA 17976, toward the activities fund.

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Lorie J. (Pitarra) Poe, 65, of St. Thomas, PA, passed away Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at the Chambersburg Hospital.

Born April 1, 1951 in Nanticoke, she was a daughter of the late Lucia (Territo) and Leonard F. Pitarra, Sr. Lorie was a 1969 graduate of the Berwick Area Senior High School and was employed for 30 years by Franklin County, retiring in 2006. She was a member of New Guilford Brethren In Christ Church, Chambersburg, and the Franklin Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary. Lorie loved cats and enjoyed crafts and puzzles.

She will be greatly missed by her son, Travis Charles Byers of St. Thomas; two brothers, Lawrence L. Pitarra and wife Patricia of Lancaster; Leonard F. Pitarra, Jr. of Berwick; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Linda Kemler November 2, 2008; and Leanetta Kershner on January 9, 1997.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM Thursday, December 15, 2016 at the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg.

An additional viewing will be held from 10:00 AM till 12:00 Noon on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick

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Timothy M. Mensch, 46, of Berwick passed away on Monday, December 5, 2016 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on January 2, 1970, he was a son of William B. Mensch, Sr. of Berwick, and the late Bonnie L. (Church) Heiser. He was a graduate of Berwick High School and worked at several local businesses over the years. He was currently employed at the Dollar Tree Warehouse, Berwick.

Tim was a member of the VFW Post 821, Berwick and the American Ukrainian Citizens Club, Berwick. He enjoyed hunting and was an avid Eagles football and Phillies baseball fan.

In addition to his father, he will be greatly missed by his son, Dennis Mensch and companion Jessica Laird; cherished granddaughter, Rozalyn; sisters, Bonnie Slusser and husband Robert; Patty Mensch and companion Kelly Gregory; brother, William Mensch, Sr; 5 nephews, Robert Mensch, Jr; Robert Slusser, Jr; Travis Slusser; Joshua Gregory; and Patrick Gregory; stepmother, Elizabeth Mensch, and many friends including, Michael Heller and companion Kimmy Fowler, Kaila Heller and Kenna Smith, who Tim thought of as family.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert.

A viewing will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

All other services will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Post 821, 1408 West Front Street, Berwick or American Ukrainian Citizens Club, 1222 Freas Avenue, Berwick.

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Eleanor Jane Rinehimer, 84 of Hobbie passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Berwick Retirement Village II, where she was a guest since August.

Born in Hollenbach Township on July 5, 1932, she was a daughter of the late Sterling L. and Cleo (Weiss) Peters. She graduated from Nescopeck High School and Williamsport School of Nursing. She worked as a registered nurse at Retreat State Hospital, and later in labor and delivery at Berwick Hospital. She finished her career as a nurse at Berwick Forge and Fabricating.

Eleanor was a member of St. Peters United Church of Christ, Hobbie, where she played the organ for church services and the piano for Sunday School. She also attended Bible Study. She enjoyed painting and gardening. She was a member of the Weeds and Wildflowers Garden Club of Hobbie, and the Eastern Star Chapter 228, Berwick. She liked going to yard sales and estate sales. Her greatest pleasure was spending time with family, especially her grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her son, David Rinehimer and wife Donna, Slocum; daughter, Mary Mitchem, Berwick; grandchildren, Matthew Rinehimer and wife Kaylan; Lynn Rinehimer Zepp and husband Justin; Stephanie Mitchem; brother Lydon Peters and wife Carol, Hobbie; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Clayton A. Rinehimer, Jr in 2011; sister, Shirley Harmon and husband Clayton; and sister-in-law, Teloiv Peters.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at St. Peters United Church of Christ, Hobbie, with her pastor, Rev. Dr. Gene Gordon officiating. Interment will follow in Silver Maple Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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

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Richard N. Purnell, Jr., 50, of Dorrance passed away Monday afternoon, December 5, 2016 at Wilkes Barre General after a yearlong battle with cancer

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Born in Wilkes Barre on April 28, 1966, he was the son of late Sandra Lee (Monoskey) Miles; and Richard N. Purnell, Sr. of Las Vegas. He was a graduate of Crestwood High School. He was employed at Asplundh as a foreman and tree trimmer, and later, other local companies. Most recently, he worked as a manager at F & L Gutters in Hazleton.

Rich was a member of St. Mary’s Our Lady Help of Christians, Dorrance. He liked fishing and grilling. He loved spending time with his wife and children and was very talented at construction work. He enjoyed building things that provided comfort for his family. His family is content knowing his legend lives on in what surrounds them. He had a caring heart and always made time for family, friends and his pets.

In addition to his loving wife of 25 years, Mary Lou (Evancho) Purnell, he will be greatly missed by his son, Tyler Purnell, Scranton; daughter, Candice Purnell, at home; parents-in-law, Edward and Susan Evancho, Slocum; sisters-in-law, Michelle Koreny and husband Andrew, Dorrance; Melissa Webby and husband John, Slocum; brother-in-law, Edward Evancho and husband, Dimos Grigoropoulos, New York; brother-in-law, Mark Evancho, Mountain Top; nieces and nephews, Logan and Matthew Koreny; Michael Grigoropoulos; Christopher Dotzel and fiancé, Lindsey Whitebread; John Webby and wife, Kimberly, Bella and John; and Jesse and Casey Evancho. He is also survived by a sister, Tammy Purnell, Exeter; several aunts and uncles, and many cousins.

A viewing will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, December 9th at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 10th St. Mary’s Church, 3529 St. Mary’s Road, Dorrance Twp. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Anyone attending the mass can go directly to the church.

Memorial contributions in his memory can be made to the Medical Oncology Prescription Fund at Medical Oncology Associates, 382 Pierce Street, Kingston, PA 18704.

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Tiffany Lynn Potter, 33, of Nescopeck passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at her home.

Born in Berwick on September 22, 1983, she was the daughter of Deborah A. (Carroll) Potter and companion Mike Lysogorski of Nescopeck; and Matthew T. Potter and companion Cheryl Lynn of Berwick. She graduated from Berwick High School, and after was employed at several local businesses. Most recently, she worked at Caregivers of America.

Tiffany was a member of Heritage Baptist Church, Berwick. She enjoyed going to the beach and jewelry crafting.

In addition to her parents, she will be greatly missed by her daughter, Kassidy Potter; son Payton Mellor; grandmother, Joan Fasnacht; brothers, Jason Carroll and Steven Potter; sisters, Richelle Myers and Amber Dunn; and many nieces; nephews; aunts; uncles and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Heritage Baptist Church, 1112 Butternut Street, Berwick with Pastor John Baumgardner officiating. A memorial luncheon will immediately follow. Family will receive friends from 12:00 Noon until the time of service.

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

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Helen May (Harmon) Bankes, 76, of Berwick passed away on Friday, December 2, 2016 at her home, surrounded by family.

Born in Berwick on April 18, 1940, she was a daughter of the late Gertrude (LaWalt) and William A. Harmon, Jr. She was raised and educated in Berwick, and was employed at Consolidated Cigar in Berwick. In 1985, she and her husband, Donald P. Bankes, Sr., moved to the Wyalusing area and opened a sporting goods store called the Sugar Run Stop. After Donald’s death in 2002, she moved back to Berwick.

She was a former member of Grace Lutheran Church, Berwick, where she taught Sunday School and Sugar Run Presbyterian, where she was a member of the Women’s Circle. Helen liked coloring, reading and crocheting. Her greatest enjoyment was family time, especially with her grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Donna Buchalter and husband Lawrence, Manalapan, NJ; son, Donald P. Bankes, Jr and wife Ella, Sugar Run; son-in-law, Robert Young, Berwick; cherished grandchildren, Martin Bilby, Brent Young, Alyssa Bankes, Adam Buchalter, Jacob Bankes, Zachary Bankes; adored great grandson, Daegan Bilby; brothers, William Harmon III and wife Dorothy; Gordon Harmon and wife Angela; Harry Harman and wife Kay; all of Berwick; sister whom she helped raise, Linda L. Holdren and husband Stewart, Berwick; and numerous nieces and nephews including, William Baker III and Barbara Baker.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Brenda Young; sister, Edith Harmon; brothers, John Harmon; Alvin Harmon and his wife Ann.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Chaplin Chris Dunlap officiating. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Geisinger Columbia Montour Hospice, 410 Glenn Avenue, Suite 200, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

Helen’s family extends special thanks to her caregivers Kayla and Catherine, and her nurse, Cheryl.

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Janet M. Smith, 85, was called home on Monday, November 28, 2016 to sing with the choir of Angels.

Born in Sugarloaf on June 11, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Lee F. and Helen (Naugle) Schell, and a graduate of Nescopeck High School.

Janet loved her family and would often regale others with stories of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She loved to sing, and would often sing to, and with, her family. She was a member of the Smith Quartet, which also included her husband, daughter and son.

She was a member of Faith United Lutheran Church, Nescopeck, where she was a member of the choir, and WELCA. She was a former member of Mt Zion Union Church, where along with her husband, she was a counselor for the church Luther League. They would often camp at Moyers Grove with the teenagers, and often joined them in their fun and games.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Raymond E. Smith; brothers, Drew, Mark and Derle Schell; and great grandson, Jason Shaffer.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Joan Shaffer and husband Jason; son, Carl Smith and husband Loren Artz; grandchildren, Jodie Stradnick and husband Jim; Jennifer (Shaffer) Maczuga; Eric Smith; Patrick Smith and wife Jackie; great grandchildren, Anthony, Samantha, Nathan, Matthew, Kylie, Lily, Madison, and Owen; brothers, David Schell and wife Jolinda; Ron Schell and wife Carla; Fred Schell; sister, RuthAnn Henrie and husband Marlin; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third St, Nescopeck, with Reverend Jessica Kingsborough officiating. Interment will follow in Mt Zion Cemetery, Briggsville. A viewing will be held from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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Alvin Crawley, age 87, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, just three hours short of his 88th birthday, with family by his side, at Celtic Hospice at Geisinger South, Wilkes-Barre from complications following an 8 year battle with cancer.

Alvin was born on Nov. 27, 1928 to the late John and Mary (Yalch) Crawley of Mocanaqua. He graduated from Shickshinny High School in 1950. Alvin married Eilene D. Hess in 1956 and resided in Slocum Township. He was employed as a sewing machine operator at Luzerne Outerwear, Salem Township until 1972, and then worked as a porter at RCA, which later became Fairchild Semiconductor, Mountain Top until his retirement in 1998.

Alvin was predeceased by his brothers John, Michael, George, Nicholas, and Paul; and a sister, Elizabeth.

He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Eilene; sisters-in-law, Marie Lewis of Pond Hill, PA; Jean Hess of Greenfield, IN; Mary Crawley of Detroit, MI; Doris Crawley of Detroit, MI; and many nieces & nephews.

Alvin was an active member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Pond Hill where he previously sang in the choir, and served on church council.

While Alvin never had any children of his own, he enjoyed entertaining children, and in his younger years could often be seen flying kites, rockets, and airplanes with nieces and nephews. He had a way of bringing joy to everyone he met. He would frequently let his inner child out to play which was a blessing to his family and friends. Alvin was an avid train enthusiast and enjoyed trains big and small, spending vacations on the rails with visits to the Cass Railroad in West Va., the Silverton-Durango Railroad in Co., and multiple visits to the Strasburg Railroad, Paradise, Pa. During retirement, he also enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, word searches, reading, playing cards, and watching western movies, as well as following the Phillies. Alvin loved to laugh and make others laugh. He was often the life of the party, frequently telling those he loved his repertoire of jokes. His humor and playful nature will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

The funeral service will be at 11:00 AM on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Pond Hill, with his pastor, Rev. Debra North officiating. Interment will follow in Slocum Cemetery, Slocum Township. A viewing will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third St., Nescopeck, and at the Church from 10:00 until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 285 Pond Hill Mountain Rd, Wapwallopen, PA 18660, or Celtic Hospice at Geisinger South, 25 Church St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

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Nancy J. Lupashunski, 83, of Berwick passed away on Friday, November 25, 2016 at Elmcroft of Berwick Assisted Living, where she was residing since 2013. She passed away on what would have been her 62nd wedding anniversary.

Born in Nescopeck on January 27, 1933, she was a daughter of the late Thomas W. and Ethyl M. (Dawson) Powlus. She was a graduate of Nescopeck High School, class of 1950. Nancy was a homemaker who worked hard to provide a warm and loving environment for her husband and children.

She was an active member of the former Albright United Methodist Church, and a current member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Nescopeck. She enjoyed gardening, reading and crossword puzzles. She was a devoted grandmother, who loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her loving children: son, Mark Lupashunski and wife Kimberly, Berwick; daughters, Kim Morzilla, Berwick; Kelly Blasser and husband Marc, Orange Park, FL; and Wendy Lupashunski, Berwick; cherished grandchildren, Amy Melchiorre, Anthony Melchiorre and wife Jessica, Clay and Brooke Blasser, Laurey and Andrew Lupashunski; Ty Morzilla, Beau Blass, Charles and Cally Lupashunski; adored great grandson, Anthony Charles Melchiorre; sisters, Jolene Lupashunski, Nescopeck; Carolyn DeMarco and husband James, Berwick; brother, Richard Powlus and wife Hope, Nescopeck; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles W. Lupashunski in 2004; sisters, Harriet Hutton, Joan Baer, and Gayle Powlus; and brothers, Billy, Pete and Thomas Powlus.

A memorial service will be held at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Rodney Miller officiating. Family will receive friends from 4:00 until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice, 109 West 9th Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Carl H. Whitenight, 88, of Nescopeck passed away on Monday, November 21, 2016 at Berwick Retirement Village, where he was a patient for the past year.

Born in Berwick on September 23, 1928, he was a son of the late Vincent R. and Eva M. (East) Whitenight. He graduated from Berwick High School in 1947, and served honorably in the US Army from 1950 to 1952, where he earned the Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars. He worked for 36 years at Wise Potato Chips, Berwick.

Carl was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Nescopeck, and the F&AM Lodge 0673, Avoca, NY. He was an avid Buffalo Bills football fan; and he enjoyed yardwork and golfing.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 60 years, Constance M. “Connie” (Hess) Whitenight; son, Stephen F. Whitenight and wife Linda, Berwick; daughter, Cynthia A. McPherson and husband Larry, Camden, NC; 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Bernice Whitenight and Claire Schuyler; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, George, William and Robert Whitenight; sisters, Jean Whitenight, Gladys Miller, Arlene Varner and Joyce Bradshaw. Carl was the last of his immediate family.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, November 25, 2016 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 401 Broad Street, Nescopeck, with Reverend Craig Gommer officiating. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made to Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice, 109 West 9th Street, Berwick, PA 18603 or Wesley United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 372, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

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Jerome “Jerry” Golomb, 79, of Salem Township passed away suddenly on Thursday, November 17, 2016, at his home.

Born at home in Salem Township on June 30, 1937, he was a son of the late Theodore A. and Sophia A. (Sutcavage) Golomb. He graduated from Berwick High School in 1955 and served in the US Army from 1956 to 1958. After being honorably discharged, he attended the State Police Academy, and was employed as a Pennsylvania State Trooper for 35 years.

Jerry was a former member of St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church, and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He liked hunting and was a former member of the Ridge Runners Hunting Club. He loved spending time with his family. He also owned several rental properties in the area, which he enjoyed maintaining.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 57 years, Judith “Judy” A. (Ridall) Golomb; daughters, Kimberly Tokar and husband Jack; Michele Kline and husband Dennis, all of Nescopeck; son, Shawn Golomb and wife Colleen, Berwick; grandchildren, Kiersten, Kaitlin, Kelsey, and Megan; great grandson, Owen; brother, Francis Golomb and wife Joyce, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kelly Golomb; and brothers, Timothy and Charles Golomb.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Reverend Francis Tamburro officiating. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends on Tuesday from 9:00 AM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be sent to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Elvira Margot Marie (Korbus) Engelberger, 86, of Zion Grove passed away on Friday, November 18, 2016 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Manheim Germany on June 13, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Josef and Anna (Abendschon) Korbus. She was raised and educated in Germany, and moved to the United States in 1954. After moving, she was employed as a payroll clerk in Philadelphia. Most recently she worked at Shenandoah Rag Company for over 20 years.

“Elvie” was a member of the Catawissa Senior Citizens. She enjoyed working on word search puzzles, and when she was younger, crocheting. She also like watching gameshows such as Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, which is how she learned English.

She will be greatly missed by her loving children: daughters, Cathy Kuczynski and husband Dennis; Nancy Engelberger; and Donna Engelberger, all of Bloomsburg; sons, Joseph Engelberger and wife Martina, Zion Grove; William Engelberger and wife Edith, Bloomsburg; 5 grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren; and 6 great step-grandchildren. She also leaves behind a sister, Elfriede Pruss, Toledo, OH; brother, Josef Korbus, Germany; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred J. Engelberger in 2007; and brothers, Herbert and Edgar Korbus.

At Elvie’s request, services will be private at the convenience of the family. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting her family.

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Anna (Yemzow) Grover, 95, formerly of Shickshinny passed away on Monday, November 14, 2016 at Bonham Nursing Center, Stillwater, where she had been residing. Prior to living at Bonham’s, she was residing with Vince Redmond and Lori Madl, who had been caring for her since she left the high-rise in Shickshinny. She thought of and loved Loris as if she was her own granddaughter.

Born, at home in Shickshinny, on January 29, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Stella (Puchalaski) and Michael Yemzow. She attended Shickshinny High School, but left her senior year to marry Stanley Antonaitis in 1939. The couple had a son, Stanley Antonaitis of Milton; and a daughter, Sally Ann Kowalski of Corning, NY.

She later married Clarence “Pete” Grover on July 26, 1952. Together the couple owned and ran G&W Lunch Room, where they served hamburgers and coffee, and sold newspapers, and cigarettes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. After Pete died on Oct. 30, 1968, Anna continued to run the lunchroom by herself until the Agnes Flood forced her to sell in 1972. A year later, she threw a party in her backyard for 3,000 former customers and employees.

In 1981, she knocked on every door in Shickshinny to gain enough votes to become the first female mayor of the borough. She served in that office from 1982 to 1986.

Along with her sister, Jennie Wolfe and a friend, Jennie Rider, she founded the Shickshinny Volunteer Fire Co Auxiliary, after her sister’s home caught fire. The three women went to the fire hall to make coffee for the firefighters that morning to thank them for battling the blaze all night and saving the house. Afterward, they went to make coffee and sandwiches every time the whistle blew.

Anna was an elder at the First Presbyterian Church, and a life member of the Shickshinny Chapter 190 Order of the Eastern Star, where she served as treasurer for 18 years. She was a life member of the White Shrine 39 of the Rugged Cross of Jerusalem; VFW 6434, Mocanaqua; Irem Temple Women’s Auxiliary; and the Berwick Moose. She was an Auxiliary member of Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, where she volunteered in the cafeteria. She was also a dedicated volunteer to anyone who needed help. Even in her 80’s, any time someone needed a ride, Anna would offer to drive them. “I’m a people person,” she would always say.

She was the last member of her immediate family, preceded in death by five brothers: Michael, Kolo, Alexander, Joseph, and John Yemzow; and a sister, Jennie Wolfe.

In addition to her children, she is survived by 4 grandchildren: Monna Rarig, Janene Curtis, Vincent Redmond, and Anthony Cieplik; great grandchildren: Brandon, Jearek, Tasia, Cord, Brie, Curtis, Rochelle, Emily, Angela, Ashley, Marissa, Roslynn; one great-great granddaughter, Quinn; and several nieces and nephews including Bonnie Kishbaugh and Barbara Jean Yustat, who she treated like her own daughters after their mother passed away.

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Linda L. Hurley, 76, of Nescopeck passed away on Monday, November 14, 2016 at Berwick Retirement Village, where she had been residing.

Born in Berwick on October 13, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Woodrow W. “PeeWee” and Marion W. (Neff) Knorr. She graduated from Nescopeck High School in 1958. After graduating, she moved to Rochester, NY where she worked at Friden and later Singer. In 1977 she and her family returned to the area, and she worked at Tuggy’s in Mifflinville, then Berkheimer in Bloomsburg, and most recently as an Aide at Berwick Hospital and Berwick Retirement Village. She retired in 2003 so she could babysit her grandchildren.

Linda was an active member of Faith United Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nescopeck where she was active in several committees including WELCA and the Altar Guild. She was also the youth group leader for several years. When her children were younger, she coached soccer. She enjoyed cooking, ceramics and doing yard work.

She will be greatly missed by her loving daughters, Michele Williams and husband Brian, Nescopeck; Kristine Mack and husband Emmett, Rogue River, OR; stepson, David Hurley, Rochester, NY; cherished grandchildren, John, Peyton, Katie, Ryan, Aaron and Connor; a brother, Colin Knorr and wife Patricia, Redwood, NY; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas F. Hurley in 2015; sisters, Susan Payne and Carol Knorr; and brother, Walter Minnick.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, November 18, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with her pastor, Reverend Jessica Kingsborough officiating. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Faith United Evangelical Lutheran Church, 801 East Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

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Atticus Finn Hayes, cherished son of Casey A. Setzer of Berwick and Joshua A. Hayes of Maine, went to be with the angels on November 10, 2016. While his earthly time was brief, the promise and hopes of his life greatly touched his family.

In addition to his parents, he will be lovingly thought of often by his brother, Landon Hayes; sister, Alexa Hayes, Maine; grandparents, Edward Setzer, Berwick, great grandfather, Henry Setzer, Berwick, great grandmother, Dolores Debach, Berwick; aunt, Amy Setzer, Berwick; cousins; and great aunts and uncles, including Judy and Dave Hiller, Berwick, all of whom were looking forward to meeting him.

Atticus joins his grandmothers, Lisa Kmietowicz and Susan Hayes; grandfather, Alan Kmietowicz; great grandmother, Donna Setzer; and uncles, Larry Rinish and Daniel “Kimo” Kmietowicz, who preceded him in death.

All services will be private at the convenience of his family. Heller funeral home is assisting his family.

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James Robert Munsch, 34, of Danville, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at his home.

Born in Pittsburgh on March 23, 1982, he was the son of Robert P. Munsch and wife Cynthia, Danville, and Linda L. Young and husband Herbert, Berwick. He was a graduate of Bloomsburg Area High School, and served in the US Army Reserves for 3 years. After being honorably discharged, had worked at Kydex, Bloomsburg. He had worked at several area businesses and most recently he was a manager in frozen foods at Giant in Danville.

James attended Shiloh Bible Church, Bloomsburg. He was very active with NA, volunteering, leading meetings, and sponsoring others. In his young years, he played baseball, basketball, and was involved with the Boy Scouts of America. He loved all kinds of motor sports, including dirt bikes, motorcycles, and 4-wheelers. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

In addition to his parents, he will be greatly missed by his daughter, Brooke Allison Munsch, who was the love of his life; sisters, Michelle Cherrington and husband Nate of Bloomsburg; Carla Wogoman and husband Adam of Iowa; Heather Ryan and husband Andrew of Fairmont, WV; and Shannon and Sarah DeLong, both of Berwick, a niece, Sierra; nephews, Jayson and Cyrus. He also leaves behind grandparents, Donald Nelly and wife Terry of Charlotte, NC, Elaine Auman and husband Wayne of Ft. Myers, FL, Beverly Munsch, Springboro, PA, Regis Munsch and wife Dot of Erie, PA, and Anna Roberts of Warner Robins, GA; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends.

James is preceded in death by his Grandmother, Dorene Young; grandfather, Glenn K. Roberts, Jr.; and great-grandmother, Marian Kaltenborn.

A funeral service will be held at 5:00 PM on Monday, November 14, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC., 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Reverend Doug Lyon officiating. Family will receive friends on Monday from 3:00 PM until time of services at the funeral home.

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Isabel A. (Wert) Beach, 81, formerly of Glen Lyon passed away on Monday, November 7, 2016 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Born in Lehigh County on January 8, 1935, she was a daughter of the late Paul and Ruth (Kelchner) Wert. She was raised and educated in Berwick, and worked at Milco Industries in Bloomsburg for many years until she retired.

“Izzy”, as some called her, enjoyed word find puzzles and a good game of Yahtzee. She also liked going out to eat lunch, especially with her daughter.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Carol Tinsley and husband Leonard, Berwick; sons, Timothy and wife Lavelle, OR; Bill and wife Karen, Bloomsburg; Doug and wife Cynthia, Hunlock Creek; Rick and wife Kathy, FL; 24 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter S. Beach, Jr; sons, Walter “Chip” Beach III, and Stephen Beach; sisters, Mary Jaffin, Pauline Hook, Gloria Brown and Clara Polliett; brothers, Wellington, Samuel, Charles and Luther “Manley” Wert. Isabel was the last of her immediate family.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until the time of service.

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Margaret E. “Marge” Whisman, 91, of Berwick passed away on Monday, November 7, 2016 at Signature Health Care of Bloomsburg, where she was a guest since July.

Born in Slocum Township on September 4, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Roy E. and Elizabeth A. (Rinehimer) Stout. She attended Newport High School, and worked at Consolidated Cigar for many years before retiring in 1991.

Marge enjoyed putting jigsaw puzzles together and reading. In her younger years, she enjoyed cooking and baking.

She was preceded in death by her husband Lee Roy Whisman, in 2000; son, Russell Tennesen in 2009; brothers, Willard and Clarence Stout; sisters, Mae Stout, Florence Eckrote, and Betty Ketz.

She will be greatly missed by her loving daughter, Patricia Polk and husband Richard, Berwick; grandchildren, Lisa, Erica, Nick, Robin, Kim, Kelly and Koleen; great grandchildren, Jacob, Jessica, Raymond, Jeremy, Heather, Ryan and Colin; a great-great granddaughter, Paiden; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Marge’s wishes, services will be held privately. Interment will be in Slocum Cemetery.

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Helen L. Zeiser, 83, of Berwick passed away on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at Geisinger Medical Center Danville, surrounded by her family.

Born in Susquehanna County on November 21, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Frank E. and Alice M. (Compton) Ransom. She was raised and educated in the Lenoxville area. After moving to the Berwick area Helen worked for Bloomsburg Craftsman, which later became Hadden, until her retirement.

Helen was a member of Cornerstone Bible Church, Nescopeck, and formerly Taxville Full Gospel Assembly in York. She was active with the silver sneakers club at the YMCA. She enjoyed visiting casinos, taking bus trips, and travelling, especially to Florida. She liked reading, listening to Blue Grass music, and visiting carnivals where she would set up her lawn chair and listen to the bands play. Her greatest love was spending time with her family.

She will be greatly missed by son, James R. White and wife Ellen of Factoryville; daughters, Linda L. Price and companion Michael Topper of Manchester, Tina M. Long and husband Michael of Dover, Pa, Sandra J. Stran and husband Anthony of St. Petersburg, FL, and Billie J. Botsford and husband Edmund of Berwick; grandchildren, Stacie, Daniell, Christopher, Jason, Michael, Anthony, Ryan, and Brandi; 11 great grandchildren; stepson, David Zeiser; stepdaughter, Deb Potter; several step-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Helen was preceded in death by her first husband Lyndon E. White; second husband, Drue A. Zeiser; grandson, Douglas Urey; and brothers, Harold, Frank, and Richard Ransom.

A viewing will be held from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC., 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. A funeral service will follow with her Pastor James Winder officiating. Interment will take place Friday, November 4, 2016 in Abington Hills, Clarks Summit at 11:00 AM.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made in Helens name to: National Breast Cancer Foundation, 2600 Network Boulevard, Suite 300, Frisco TX 75034.

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Sarah Jane Yachimowski, 88, of Nescopeck, Mifflin Township, went from the arms of her loving family to the arms of her loving Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Sunday, October 30, 2016. She is now walking in the glory of God where there is no more pain and no more suffering, just the peace and love of Jesus. Praise be to God.

Mrs. Yachimowski was born on July 5, 1928 in Nanticoke, the daughter of Sara and Frank Williams. She lived in the Hetlerville area most of her life. She was a member of the Mifflinville United Methodist Church and greatly appreciated the fellowship of her Church family. She enjoyed her home and simply loved observing everything around her. She also enjoyed reading, but her greatest joy and love was her family and friends.

Her husband Raymond whom she was married to for 58 years passed in 2005. She was also preceded in death by her sister June Nafus of Benton.

She will be greatly missed by her son, Raymond Jr., and his wife Jane of Mifflinville; three grandsons, Brian and wife Chris of Orangeville; Jeremy of Mifflinville; Jason and wife Amanda of Mifflinville; four great grandchildren, David and Sarah of Orangevillle, Gabriel and Tristan of Mifflinville; a brother, Robert Williams and his wife Constance who live in Mountain Top; and brother-in-law, Edward Yachimowski and his wife Marjorie who live in Zenith.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Reverend John Bondhus officiating. Interment will follow in Mifflinville Cemetery. A viewing will be held on Wednesday from 10:00 AM until time of service.

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Vaughn E. Titus, Sr., 74, of Berwick passed away on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at Berwick Retirement Village, surrounded by his family.

Born in Paterson, NJ on April 29, 1942, he was the son of the late Belva (Long) and Frank E. Titus, Sr. He attended North West High School. He was employed at Wise Potato Chips, the Berwick Forge, and most recently he worked at Dana Corperation in Berwick, until his retirement.

“Bubbe” was an outdoorsman and an avid hunter and fisherman. He liked sports and rooting for his favorite teams, the Berwick Bulldogs, North West Rangers, the LA Dodgers, and the Oakland Raiders. He loved everyone, but his greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucetta A. (Youell’s) Titus in 2010; and grandsons, Brandon Thompson and Robert Doyle Armstrong.

He will be greatly missed by his daughters, Margaret Miller and husband Doug, Berwick; Theresa McAndrew and husband David, Daytona Beach, FL; Lois Devlin, Berwick; Susan Armstrong and husband Daniel, Great Falls, MT; sons, Frank Titus, and wife Racene, Berwick; Vaughn Titus, Jr and wife Lori, Nescopeck; 20 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and companion, Elizabeth Yankovich, Berwick. He also leaves behind sisters, Lois Cragle and husband Ron, Berwick; Renna Dietterick and husband Larry, Berwick; brother, Dennis Titus and wife Bobbi, Shickshinny; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with his brother-in-law Ronald Cragle officiating. Interment will follow in Sorber Cemetery, Reyburn. Family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home.

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Ross C. Masteller, 86, of Mifflin Township passed away peacefully on Friday, October 28, 2016 at his home.

Born in Montour Township on May 29, 1930, he was the son of the late Charles W. and Florence V. (Derr) Masteller. He was raised and attended school in Rupert. Ross served in the US Army from 1950 to 1953. After being honorably discharged, he worked at TRW Danville for over 20 years.

Ross attended Hetlerville United Methodist Church. He liked playing Rummy and loved BINGO! He enjoyed fishing and hunting groundhogs. He spent many hours watching pro baseball games to pass the time.

Ross was preceded in death by his wife Jean M. (McMurtrie) Masteller in 2005; sons, Daniel, Timothy and James Masteller; sisters, Lois Robinson and Marion Confer; brothers, John and Ken Masteller.

He will be greatly missed by his sons, David Masteller and wife Linda, Bloomsburg; Mark Masteller and fiancé Deb Bacca, Nescopeck; daughter, Mary Hartzel and husband Steve, Nescopeck; 9 grandchildren, Elizabeth, Suzanna, Nina, Wayne, Walker, Destevan, Daniel Jr, Andrew and Joshua; 15 great grandchildren, Levi, Luke, London, Sky, Haley, Jonathan, Charlee, Wyatt, Landon, Grace, Logan, Blake, Aiden, AJ, and Faolan; sister, Doris Campbell, Millville; and several nieces and nephews.

At Ross’s request, all services will be private. Interment will take place in Mifflinville Cemetery next to his wife.

Memorial contributions if desired may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Blaine C. Gearhart, 88, of Nescopeck passed away on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at his home, surrounded by family.

Born February 27, 1928, he was the son of the late Millard F. and Irene (Bower) Gearhart. He was raised and attended school in Nescopeck. He was employed by Victor Barns as a mason for many years, and his talents are still a part of many local houses and buildings throughout the area. In the 70’s, Blaine began working at Maier’s Bakery, where he was employed until he retired.

He attended Hetlerville United Methodist Church. “Gizzy”, as many knew him, greatly enjoyed the outdoors, spending many hours hunting, fishing, and spotting deer. He also enjoyed riding go-carts, mini bikes and 4-wheelers. No day would be complete for him without having coffee along with cookies or scones, and more so, since his health began to fail. His greatest love was spending time with his wife and family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Kathleen L. (Blaine), with whom he spent the past 27 years; children: Jason Blaine and wife Alicia, Nescopeck; Debra Schultz and husband James Sr., Berwick; Drew Welsh, Jr and wife Teresa of Natalia, TX; Brenda Gearhart, GA and Patricia Rubery, Berwick. He also leaves behind many grandchildren including, Jordin, Dominic and Jamison Blaine; James Schultz Jr. and wife Lisa; Julie Broyan and husband Frank; Jamie Kowalski and husband Brad; Tiffany Juettemeyer and husband Jeremiah; Justin Welsh; several great grandchildren including, Nicholas, Alexandra, Samantha, Cooper, Finn, Autumn, Troy, Amber and Trent; and loyal canine companions “Abbie” and “Sky”.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Mattive; sister, Louise Brewington; brother, Robert Gearhart in infancy; and previous wife, Joan Eroh Gearhart.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Monday, October 31, 2016 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.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hetlerville United Methodist Church, P.O. U, Mifflinville, PA 18631 or Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice, 109 West 9th Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Glen E. Laubach, 91, of Berwick passed away on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the Gardens at Millville, where he was a patient for the past few months.

Born in Berwick on December 15, 1924, he was the son of the late Daniel M. and Marea T. (Hess) Laubach. He attended Berwick High School. Glen served honorably in the US Army during WWII with the 3rd Infantry Division, where he marched beginning in North Africa and Sicily, through Italy, France, and Germany. He earned several medals including a Bronze Arrowhead, Purple Heart and the French Fourragere. After being discharged he ran an ash route in the Berwick area. He worked at RCA in Lancaster for 20 years. Most recently, he owned and operated Glens Garage, Berwick, for 35 years until he retired.

Glen was a member of the VFW Post 1690 and American Legion Post 34 in Lancaster. He enjoyed golfing and bowling, archery and sport shooting, and antique and classic cars. He loved his dogs and cats.

He was preceded in death by his wife of over 60 years, Lois L. (Farver) Laubach in 2008; sister, June Hough and husband Wayne; brothers, Robbie Laubach and wife Ann, Eugene “Pete” Laubach; niece, Gayle Marie Siro; and several in-laws, cousins and nephews.

He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Polly and husband Mark Eckrote, Berwick; brother Horace Laubach and wife Sandra, Berwick; sister-in-law, Marcyl Laubach, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews including Dr. Steve Laubach, FL and Randy Laubach, Berwick.

At Glen’s request there will be no viewing or funeral service. Military honors will be provided for Glen on Monday, November 7, 2016 at 2:00 PM in Rose Lawn Cemetery, West Front Street, Berwick.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to an animal rescue or military organization of the donor’s choice.

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Nancy J. Golembewski, 75, of Shickshinny passed away on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Plymouth Township on June 30, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Walter E. and Anna H. (Krystofik) Evans. She graduated from Harter High School. Nancy was a devoted wife and mother who worked hard to provide a warm and loving home for her family.

She was a member of Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall, Hunlock Creek. She had an extensive collection of movies that she enjoyed watching. Nancy had several different pins she accumulated from different places she visited, or that were given to her as gifts by others, which she cherished.

Nancy will be greatly missed by her loving husband, John J. Golembewski; sons, Tim Golembewski and companion Brianna, Drums; Jeff Golembewski and wife Dorthea, Shickshinny; adored grandchildren, Sarah Troy, and Doug Golembewski; and her loyal mini pinscher “Penny”.

At Nancy’s request, all services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Interment will take place with her parents in Edge Hill Cemetery, West Nanticoke.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to "Hunts for healing", 3 Coburn Hill Rd, Laceyville, PA 18623.

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Daniel “Kimo” Kmietowicz, 51, passed away suddenly at Health Alliance Hospital, Kingston, NY.

Born in Berwick on June 21, 1965 he was the son of the late Francis E. and Jean M. (Babetski) Kmietowicz. He was raised and educated in the Berwick Area. Kimo moved from place to place around the country, and was employed as a mason and carpenter. He liked to say that his residence was our Mother Earth.

Kimo was a member and an elder of the Rainbow Family of Living Light. He attended many gatherings, where he shared his love of nature and the earth, and helped to share the message and values of group. He set a true example of how content on can be while living a simple life. He spent many hours making dream catchers, which he would give as gifts or sell to others. He also liked to hunt for and collect crystals, each with special qualities.

will be greatly missed by his son, Isiah Kmietowicz; sister, Judith Hiller and husband David, Berwick; nephew, Daniel Harmon; nieces, Amy and Casey Setzer; great nieces and great nephews; and many friends and members of the Rainbow community.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Alan Kmietowicz, and grandfather, Eugene Babetski.

Family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 PM on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. A gathering will follow at 5:00 PM at 132 Walnut Drive, Beach Haven to continue the celebration of his life.

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Charles F. Hess, 81, of Pond Hill passed away suddenly on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Berwick Hospital Center.

Born on February 15, 1935, he was the son of the late Helen (Boyd) Burd and Doyle Hess. He was a graduate of Newport Township High School. Charlie worked at Country Cousins Shoe Factory in Mocanaqua until its closing, and was then employed at Wise Potato Chips until retiring.

Charlie was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran/St. Marks Reformed Church in Pond Hill where he was the custodian and grounds keeper for many years, as well a choir member. He was a very kind man who helped others with cutting grass and other maintenance chores. He was described as “a friend in need and a friend in deed”, and always gave more than he got.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Eleanor Danko; and brothers, Edward, Luther, Eugene, and Richard Burd.

He will be greatly missed by many cousins, nieces, nephew and friends, who loved him and were loved by him.

viewing will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 10:00 till 12:00 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, followed by a prayer service. A memorial service will be held in St. Mark’s Church, Pond Hill at a date to be announced. Interment will take place in Pond Hill Cemetery next to his father.

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William G. Toth, 86, of Berwick passed away suddenly on Thursday, October 20, 2016 at Berwick Hospital, following a lengthy illness.

Born in Berwick on May 30, 1930, he was the son of the late William J. and Anna (Sopkanich) Toth. He graduated from Berwick High School in 1948 and served in the US Navy during the Korean War. After an honorable discharge in 1953, he was employed as a welder at ACF, at both the Berwick and Milton locations.

Bill was an active member of St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception BVM Church, Berwick. He enjoyed reading, loved being outdoors, going for walks, and freshwater fishing.

He will be greatly missed by his sisters, Helen Durso of Newark, DE; Mary Wolfe of Berwick; numerous nieces, nephews; and great nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at St. Mary’s Church, Berwick, with his pastor, Reverend Francis Tamburro officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends in the Church Chapel from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made in his name to St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception BVM Church, 1730 Fowler Avenue, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Eulee Hazlip Shoemaker, 96, of Shickshinny died on Thursday, October 20, 2016, in Berwick Retirement Village, where she was a resident for the past five years. Previously, she resided in Shickshinny Valley for over sixty years.

Born January 9th, 1920, in Hazlethurts, GA, she was a daughter of the late William Claude and Ruby (Crosby) Hazlip. She was raised and educated in Jeff Davis County, GA. Throughout her younger years she worked on her family cotton and tobacco farm. In the early 1940’s she moved to Macon, Georgia where she was employed by the Macon Naval Ordinance Plant and met her husband, Clyde Shoemaker. After they moved to Pennsylvania, she was employed at Luzerne Outerwear, Shickshinny until she retired.

Eulee was very active in her community and a lifelong member at the Full Gospel Church, Shickshinny Valley.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Clyde Shoemaker; one brother Harold Hazlip; and five sisters, Norma Dyal, Vernice Pipkins, Lillian Beck, Geneva Newham, and Caroline Hazlip.

She will be greatly missed by her sons, Billy Hazlip and his wife Pearl of Hillard, FL; James Shoemaker and his wife Helen of Shickshinny, PA; and daughter Wanda Gengler and her husband Jeff of Orange City, FL. She was blessed with 8 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 13 great-great grandchildren. She also leaves to cherish her memory a sister, Claudine Adams of Uvalda, GA.

A funeral service will be at 1:30 PM on Tuesday, September 25, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Pastor Frank Bogdon officiating. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Cemetery, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends on Monday evening from 6:00 till 8:00 PM.

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Robert L. Good, of Hollenback Township passed away on Friday, October 14, 2016 at Berwick Retirement Village II, where he was a guest since last month.

Born in Hobbie on July 1, 1927, he was the son of the late Russel R. and Nora M. (Taney) Good. Bob was a graduate of Nescopeck High School, class of 1944, and served in the US Army from 1947 to 1950. After being honorably discharged, he worked at Wise Potato Chips, Berwick, until retiring at the age of 70.

Robert enjoyed gardening, both flowers and vegetables. He had a small orchard with fruit trees and berry bushes. He liked landscaping and horticulture.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Dorothy Good Gomer and Joan Ruth Berlin; and a brother, Nevin Lee Good.

He will be greatly missed by his brother-in-law, David Berlin; and a niece Lesa Good-Tigue.

At Robert’s request, there will be no public services. Interment at the family’s convenience will be held at Emanuel Cemetery, Dorrance.

Robert’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Berwick Retirement Village II, and Berwick Home Health and Hospice, for their compassion and care they provided during his illness.

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Richard E. “Duke” Musselman, 70, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on Friday, October 7, 2016, at his home.

Born in Rohrsburg on September 7, 1946, he was a son of the late Raymond O. Musselman and Minnie (Everet) Torres. He was a graduate of Southern Columbia High School. He began working at Consolidated Cigar in Berwick in 1968, then transferred to the plant in McAdoo, where he worked until his retirement in 2012.

Duke collected antiques, often finding treasures at yard sales and flea markets. He liked going to events like the Bloomsburg Fair and Berwick Riverfest, attending concerts and going to the movies. He loved eating and trying all kinds of foods, as well as playing the lottery.

He will be greatly missed by his brothers, Victor “Jim” Musselman and wife Suzanne, Danville; Anthony Musselman, Erie; sister, Susan Hollenbach, Girardville; several half-brothers and half-sisters; and numerous nieces, nephews; great nieces and nephews; and great-great nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Vivian Palmer and Vonda DeGregor.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 9:00 AM until the time of service.

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

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

Linda J. (Fenstermacher) Staniorski, 64, of Dorrance Township passed away on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Born in Berwick on October 1, 1952, she was the daughter of the late William A. and Wanda (Heller) Fenstermacher. She graduated from Newport Township High School in 1970, and worked at Berwick Ribbon Factory prior to marriage. Most recently she worked at the family’s Hilltop Farm with her husband and sons.

Linda enjoyed cooking and gardening. She watched the Hallmark channel to pass time. She loved dogs, especially her 3 loyal companions, “Toby”, “Dolly” and “Shania”.

She was preceded in death by her husband Stanley J. Staniorski, Jr. on January 18, 2016.

She will be greatly missed by her sons, Stanley Staniorski III; Clinton Staniorski and wife Tara; cherished and adored grandson, Clinton Staniorski, Jr; brothers, Jim Fenstermacher, WY; Don Fenstermacher, Berwick; Rick Fenstermacher, Berwick; Larry Fenstermacher, Lycoming; Dennis Fenstermacher, Berwick; sisters, Janice Cope, Nescopeck; Ruth Flemming, GA; and many nieces and nephews.

A prayer service will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, followed by interment at 11:00 AM in St. Mary’s Cemetery’s Cemetery, Dorrance. Family will receive friends at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, on Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

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Doyle E. Hudelson, 84, of Mifflinville, passed away Friday morning, October 7, 2016, at his home.

Born in Nescopeck on February 7, 1932, he was son of the late Foster E. and “Arlene” (Miller) Hudelson. He attended Mifflinville Schools, and served in the US Army, where he was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. He was employed at Wise Potato Chips, Berwick, as well as Doyle Hudelson plumbing and heating. He also did auto body work.

Doyle enjoyed collecting and restoring John Deere tractors, working on hit and miss engines, and equipment. He would often go to antique machinery shows, especially in Bangor. In his younger years, he liked hunting and fishing.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of nearly 61 years, Nancy V. (Davis) Hudelson; son, Darryl Hudelson and wife Brenda, Berwick; grandchildren, Heather Botto and husband Keith, Justin Hudelson; great granddaughter, Emma Botto; and nephews, Walter Hudelson and Elwood Hudelson Jr.

He was preceded in death by his son, Douglas Hudelson in 2003; and brother, Elwood Hudelson.

At Doyle’s request all services will be private. Interment will take place in Mifflinville Cemetery.

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Gregg D. Fetterman, 68, of Nescopeck passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at his home, surrounded by family, after battling cancer for many years.

Born in Berwick on December 21, 1947, he was the son of the late Wilma F. (Sloyer) and Donald E. Fetterman, Sr. He was a graduate of Nescopeck High School, class of 1965, and honorably served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He retired from Del Monte Foods, where he was employed for 40 years.

Gregg was an active member of Mt. Zion United Church of Christ, where he served for many years on Consistory as President, and presently as Financial Secretary. He was President of Mt. Zion Cemetery Association. He liked going to the Bloomsburg Fair, where in previous years he had worked at the former Mt Zion UCC Country Circle stand. He loved Jeopardy and car shows on TV. Gregg was a member of the Nescopeck Am Vets Post 93, and the Vietnam Veterans of the Unicorn. He greatly enjoyed eating lunch with the group every Friday, and was just recently presented with a “Quilt of Valor.” His greatest love was spending time with his grandchildren, who were his pride and joy.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Linda E. (Hontz) Fetterman with whom he would have celebrated 50 years of marriage this November 19th; daughter, Lynn Jasinski and husband Thomas, Berwick; adored grandchildren, Jarrett and McKenna; sister, Robin Winter and husband Marc, Berwick; sister-in-law, Gwen Fetterman, Montrose; nieces and nephews, Danielle Grozier and husband Josh, Adam Winter and wife Jackie, Brianna Saxton and husband Matt; Wendy Fetterman, Megan Oleniacz and husband Matt; nephew-in-law, Chad Garber; and several great nieces and great nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Donald E Fetterman, Jr., and niece, Jennifer Garber.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Mt Zion United Church of Christ, Church Road, Nescopeck Township, with his pastor, Reverend Richard Dennison officiating. A viewing will be held on Friday, September 30, 2016 from 7:00-9:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, and Saturday morning at the Church from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be sent to Mt. Zion United Church of Christ, 832 East Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

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Wilbur F. Wynings, 93, of Mifflinville passed away on Sunday morning, September 25, 2016 at the Berwick Retirement Village II.

Born in Mainville on April 19, 1923, he was the son of the late Roland F and Fleta Catherine (Hauck) Wynings. He was raised and educated in Mainville. In his younger years, he was employed at the AC&F, Berwick. Later, he owned and operated a school bus, which he drove for the Bloomsburg School District. Wilbur owned and operated Hilltop Café in Mifflinville. He retired from the Columbia Montour Area Agency Transit.

He was a member of the former Harger’s Church, now United Church of Christ in Beaver Twp. He was a member of the Beaver Township Volunteer Fire Company, a former member of the Beaver Township Rod and Gun Club, and the American Legion, Catawissa. Wilbur loved antique cars, music, and watching the Lawrence Welk show. He liked watching basketball and baseball, his favorite team was the “Phillies”. In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting with his brothers.

Wilbur was the last of his immediate family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ada I. (Baker) Wynings in 2008; sister, Kathryn Bloom and her husband Willard; brothers, Orval Wynings and wife Liva, Elmer Wynings and wife Nancy.

He will be greatly missed, by his daughters, Deborah Wynings, Mifflinville; Trudy Stout and husband Stephen “Rundy”, Mifflinville; grandchildren, Bridgett Coolbaugh and husband William, Aaron Stout and wife Jaime; great grandchildren, Madison Coolbaugh, Haydee Stout, Jared Coolbaugh and wife Jaclyn; great-great grandson, Ivan Coolbaugh, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Chaplin Mike Delp officiating. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Friends may call on Thursday morning from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

The family will provide flowers, memorial contributions if desired, may be sent to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Ricky Allen Baucher, 50, of Berwick passed away early Saturday morning, September 24, 2016 at his home.

Born in Danville on August 22, 1966, he was the son of Sandra I. (George) Ward of Bradenton, FL and the late Donald Allen Baucher. He attended Berwick Schools and Riverdale High School in Ft. Myers, FL. He was employed at Deluxe Homes, and later worked as a water proofer and fire proofer for several years, most recently he was working in construction.

Ricky was an avid NASCAR fan, always rooting for Jeff Gordon; and he enjoyed listening to Rock music.

In addition to his mother, he will be greatly missed by his brother, Donald “Ross” Baucher and wife Tina, Berwick; sister, Stacy Baucher, Bradenton, FL; sister-in-law, Margaret Baucher, Nescopeck; and a nephew, Karl Baucher Jr., Nescopeck.

Besides his father, he was preceded in death by his brother, Karl Baucher, Sr.; and maternal grandparents, Mike and Lana Gorga.

Services will be private at the family’s convenience. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting his family.

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Marie Ella DeFelice, of Berwick, PA was called home to her Lord and Savior on Monday, September 19, 2016 at the age of 91.

Marie was born on June 21, 1925 in Beach Haven, PA, to the late Benjamin McAfee and Laura (Miller) Franklin. She graduated from Berwick High School. Marie worked at Beach Haven Laundry and Berwick Hospital Center from 1953 to 1975. After her retirement, she continued doing various jobs in the area including, housekeeping at Berwick Senior Center.

Marie attended the Salvation Army Church and Bible Studies. She served as President and Secretary of the Evan Owens Social Club. She was fond of raising birds with her husband and spending time and traveling with her granddaughter Elaine. Marie was also a longtime fan of professional wrestling.

Marie was proud of her younger brother, the late Leroy C. McAfee, who served with the Allied forces during WWII in the US Navy as a Seaman 1st Class, and was awarded a Purple Heart in 1944 for injuries sustained during a German air raid.

Marie will be greatly missed by her daughter, Penny Hampton and husband Gary of Nescopeck; son, Dennis “Skip” Thomas and wife Sandy of Ulster, PA; grandchildren, Elaine Reyes and husband Roman, Amanda Thomas, Sarah Abrams and husband Brent, Daniel Thomas and wife Merilee, great-granddaughter Lainy Thomas, and great-grandson Lucas Thomas; her sister, Sharon Tablone (Franklin) and her husband Tom; as well as a niece and nephews.

A final viewing will be held for friends and family at 11:00 AM on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. A Funeral Service will follow at Noon, led by Lay Pastor, Ronald Beach. Interment in Pine Grove Cemetery will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions, may be made to the Commonwealth Home Health & Hospice of Berwick 109 West Ninth Street Berwick, PA 18603 Ph: 570-520-4063.

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Julia Ann Deeley, 70, formerly of Berwick, passed away on Monday, September 12, 2016, at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, where she was a patient for the past 2 weeks.

Born in Philadelphia on September 17, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Harry R. and Elizabeth M. (Winters) Goodwin. She was a 1956 graduate of Lincoln College Prep and earned her associate degree in Respiratory Therapy from James Martin Vocation School in 1982. She was employed as a Certified Respiratory Therapy Technician at Geisinger Medical Center, and retired from Berwick Hospital Center after 25 years of service.

Julie was a member of St. Joseph’s Church, Berwick. She enjoyed sewing, reading, cooking and baking. She loved caring for and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her loving daughters, Julie C. Deeley, Forty-Fort; Katie E. Thoryk and husband Tim, Berwick; son, Fred W. Deeley, New Jersey; cherished grandchildren, Kiely, Brandon, Lizzy and Fred Martin, Robbie, Madison and Aliyah Deeley, Wyatt, Morgan and Timothy Thoryk; sister, Debra Bonikowski and husband Eddie, Philadelphia; son-in-law, Ken Martin; sister-in-law, Linda Goodwin; nephews, Eddie Kalesse, Richard and Joseph Hinchliffe, Kevin Posidowski, and Raymond Goodwin; and nieces, Danielle Kishbaugh, Donna Ruttle, and Denise Caracofe.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Raymond Goodwin; sisters, Patricia El Sawa and Marion Goodwin.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:30 PM on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Reverend Dennis Dalessandro officiating. Family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to: The American Lung Association, 527 Plymouth Road, Suite 415, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462.

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Joseph M. Bethel, 76, of Beaver Township passed away on Monday morning, September 19, 2016 at his home.

Born in Fishtown on December 18, 1939, he was the son of the late Thomas and Anna (Logan) Bethel. He graduated from high school in Fishtown, and served in the US Air Force for several years. After being honorably discharged, he worked on tug boats, and was later employed as a docking pilot in Philadelphia for 20 years.

Joe liked to build things and tinker around the house. He was interested in light houses, and over the years acquired a large collection of them. He also enjoyed taking cross country trips with his wife, before his health began to decline.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 21 years, Jean M. (Dow) Bethel; daughters, Janet Saklad and husband Larry, Philadelphia; Trish Dow, Bloomsburg; Susan Jones, Exeter NH; 12 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; sisters, Marie Bailey and husband Robert, New Hope; Sissy Dailey, Fishtown; Dorothy Boltz, Furlong; brother, Edward Bethel, Elkins Park; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Thomas, John, and James Bethel.

In keeping with Joe’s wishes, there will be no viewing or funeral service.

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Susan Reider, 56, of Shickshinny, passed away peacefully Saturday, September 10, 2016 at home, following a battle with cancer.

She was born on July 17, 1960 at Nanticoke State Hospital. She was the daughter of the late Max and Nellie (Kulp) Knouse of Benton. She graduated from Northwest High School class of 1978. She had a degree from Luzerne County Community College and Keystone College in CDA Child Development Associate. She was employed at Luzerne County Head Start for 30 years. Also worked at Acme Markets, Weis Markets, Penn Mart, and had delivered newspapers for the Press Enterprise.

Susan loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her two brothers, Richard and Robert Knouse.

She is survived by her loving husband Rodney of 33 years; son, Stephen Reider; daughter, Melissa Reider, both of Shickshinny; grandchildren, Preston, Alyssa, Logan, Starr and Damin; brothers, Max Knouse and wife Fran of Virginia Beach, Ralph Knouse and wife Kathy of Berwick, Jack Knouse and wife Jackie of Hunlock Creek, Joe Knouse and wife Dorthy of Shickshinny, James Knouse of Alabama, and Thomas Knouse of Bloomsburg; sisters, Joann Artley of Wilkes Barre, Linda Thorne and husband Mike of Shickshinny, Patricia Dzock and husband Steve of Hunlock Creek, and Mary Washcalus and husband Michael of Hanover Twp; and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC., 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck at 3:00 PM. Family will receive friends Saturday from 1:00 PM until time of services. Interment in Sorber Cemetery, Reyburn will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Susan’s name may be made to: The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 3125, Williamsport, PA 17701.

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Etta “Betty” Elizabeth (Pliscott) Good, 92, of Nescopeck, passed away Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Berwick Retirement Village I.

Born September 5, 1924 in Slocum Township, she was the daughter of the late Adam and Margaret Mary (Myers) Pliscott. Betty was raised in the Slocum area and graduated from Newport Township High School. She was co-owner of Bon Homme Shirt Factory, Berwick along with her husband, and had worked as a seamstress at Berwick Shirt Factory.

She had been a member of First United Church of Christ where she was active with the choir and consistory. She enjoyed shopping and travelling with her friends, visiting farm markets, and had worked hard at providing a loving home for her husband and daughter.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Nevin Lee Good, in 2001; brothers, Al Pliscott, Edward “Bud” Pliscott, and James Pliscott; a sister in infancy; and sister-in-law, Joan Berlin.

She is survived by daughter, Lesa K. Good-Tigue and husband John of Nescopeck; brothers, Harold Pleiscott and wife Judy of Wapwallopen; Dale Pliscott and wife Jeannie of Wapwallopen; sisters, Ella Thomas of Berwick; Barbara Kessler and husband Arden of Hunlock Creek; brothers-in-law, Robert Good and Dave Berlin; and several nieces, nephews, and good friends.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at First United Church of Christ, 832 3rd Street, Nescopeck at 11:00 AM with her pastor Richard Dennison officiating. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends Tuesday, September 13, 2016 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, and Wednesday at the church from 10:00 until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Betty’s name may be made to First United Church of Christ Memorial Fund, 832 3rd Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635

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Bob Sommers, 72, Bloomsburg, went to sleep in Christ (John 11:11-27) on Sept.6 2016, at Geisinger Medical Center, where he was a patient for 9 days. He had been in failing health for the last 18 months

He was born on Feb.13th 1944, and was the son of the late Nyle and Garnet (Laubach)Sommers. He grew up on a farm between White Hall and Exchange, and was a 1962 graduate of Warrior Run High School.

He retired from Bell Telephone in 2000 after 34 years as a lineman and service technician, working mostly in the Millville, Washingtonville, and Bloomsburg areas. He was a union representative for the C.W.A. for 10 years. He was the owner/operator of a food stand at the Bloomsburg Fair for 9 years and won many awards for quality and excellence.

He served in the Pennsylvania National Guard for 6 years in the 104th 1st Armor Division on the Patton M48-A3 tank, attaining the rank of Specialist E6.

Bob is survived by his wife, Pamela Roth Sommers, whom he married Nov.1st, 1969, and would have celebrated their 47th anniversary; 2 sons, Scott David and Brad Edward Sommers; brother, Major USAF(ret.) James Sommers; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Sommers, and a sister, Barbara Jacobs.

He was an NRA Benefactor Life Member and the NRA Whittingham Center in New Mexico, The 2nd Amendment Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Gun Owners Association.

He was a member of Bloomsburg V.F.W Post 804, Benton-Fort Ricketts V.F.W. Post 8317, Bloomsburg American Legion Post 273, and Bloomsburg Elks Lodge 436.

He was an avid lifelong hunter and outdoorsman. He enjoyed many trips to Canada fishing with family and friends. He liked NASCAR, especially Dale Earnhardt, and attended many races with friends. For those that knew him, you all know how much he loved his dogs!

Through his childhood he attended White Hall Baptist Church. In his adult life, he was a member of the Bloomsburg Nazarene Church. As a born again Christian, his family looks forward to seeing him again. He was a very loving and protective husband and father, and we will cherish our many fond memories with him.

In respect of his wishes, there will not be a viewing, funeral, or memorial.

Memorial contributions in Bob's name are suggested to: P.A. Pets - 203 E.5th St. Bloomsburg, Pa.17815; Animal Resource Center(ARC) - c/o Linda Bird, 301A Boone Rd. Bloomsburg, Pa.17815; or a Veteran's association of your choice.

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Rocco N. Talanca, 82, of Berwick passed away on Friday, September 2, 2016 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

in Berwick on September 11, 1933, he was the last surviving of 13 children of the late Leon and Josephine (Silvetti) Talanca. He attended Berwick Schools and served in the US Navy from 1951 to 1954. Rocco was employed as a supervisor at Fulton Lamp Factory, Berwick for 15 years, until its closing. He also worked for the CETA program in Berwick, and later at Bloomsburg University, until his retirement.

Rocco attended St. Joseph’s Church, Berwick. He enjoyed working in his garden, going fishing and going to yard sales. He played the piano, the guitar, and on occasion tried singing. He spent Tuesday nights shooting pool with his son. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Lorraine C. (Balazs) Talanca on December 18, 2011; sisters, Josephine Holts, Dolores Goldman, Anniette Koshinski, Adaline Kuchala, Mary Halsey, Margaret Reichert, Ann Baron, and Erma Talanca; and brothers, Earl, Vito, Peter and Leo Talanca.

He will be greatly missed by his sons, Mark Talanca and wife Rose, Wapwallopen; Steven Talanca and wife Linda, Berwick; Richard Talanca; St Lucie, FL; daughters, Kelly Robinson, and Terry Bethman, both of Berwick; grandchildren, Jessica Bair, Rocco Robinson, Dominique Daum, Desiree Robinson, Kayla Buck, Brandon Mowery; 8 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and many people who he helped through recovery over the years.

A prayer service will be held at 7:00 PM on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends from 5:00 till the service begins. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

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David D. Rozell, 71, of Berwick passed away on Monday morning, September 2, 2016, at Berwick Hospital Center.

Born in Hampton, NY on June 18, 1945, he was the son of the late Barlow J. and Lillian M. (Hewitt) Rozell. He was raised and educated in upstate New York, and served in US Army from 1965 to 1967. David worked at Consolidated Cigar, Berwick for many years, and retired from Eagles Janitorial, Williamsport.

He was a member of the Jehovah’s Witness, Kingdom Hall, Mifflinville. He was well known in the Berwick area for his amazing talent of free-hand sign painting, which he often used to create signs for the boulevard, as well as other places. He also enjoyed wood crafts and made items which he often gave to others as gifts.

David will be greatly missed by his wife of 16 years, Donna “Fay” (Yorks) Rozell; son, Scott Rozell and wife Becky of Plains; step-sons, Michael A. Schwab and wife Becky; Christopher J. Schwab and wife LaDonna, all of Berwick; grandchildren, Taylor, Trisha, and Tori Rozell, Max and Poviel Vosburg, and Jashen McKenzie; great-grandson, Taylor Rozell, Jr.; sister, Betty Constanine, Grandville, NY; brothers, Richard Rozell, Argyle, NY, Phillip Rozell and wife Carol, Vero Beach, FL; Clarence Rozell and wife Dorris; Fred Rozell and wife Debbie, all of Middle Granville, NY; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, Gregory D. Rozell; sisters, Marianne Rozell, Janice Pounsheek, and Shirley Jarrosak; and brothers, Charlie, Tommy, Barlow, Bobby, and Eddy Rozell.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, September 5, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Pastor David Wise officiating. Family will receive friends on Monday from 11:00 AM until the time of service.

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Foster D. Weaver, 82, of Orangeville passed away on Friday, August 26, 2016 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on March 27, 1934, he was the son of the late Edward and Emma M. (Hartman) Weaver. He attended Mifflinville High School and served in the US Navy Reserves for 8 years. He was employed as a truck driver for Ferguson Trucking and Wise Potato Chips. He was also the owner and operator of Weaver’s Auto Sales, with several locations, including Mifflinville. Most recently he was employed at Independence Ford, Bloomsburg.

“Weav” as he was known to many, was a member of the Harris Lodge #216 F&AM, Orangeville and later the Caldwell Consistory, Bloomsburg. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and going to yard sales.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of nearly 63 years, Jane B. (Messersmith) Weaver; daughter, Michele Drumheller, Lime Ridge; son, Dean Weaver and wife Darlene, Wyoming, PA; grandchildren, Christopher Weaver, Justin Weaver, Amber Drumheller, Tia Miller and Jared Weaver; 10 great grandchildren; and a brother, Wayne Weaver and wife Tillie, Berwick.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Hazel Magee and Edna Shultz; and brothers, Derl Weaver and Morris Weaver.

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

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Calvin F. Zimmerman, 81, of Fishing Creek Township passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at Millville Nursing Center, where he had been a patient for the past several weeks.

Born in Bloomsburg on February 5, 1935, he was the son of the late Isaac and Dorothy M. (Raup) Zimmerman, and was a graduate of Catawissa High School. Over the years, he was employed at Letterman Bakery, Bloomsburg, Kennedy VanSaun, Danville, Milco Industries, Bloomsburg and Jack’s Garage, Bloomsburg. He also worked as a carpenter, helping others with home renovations.

Cal was a huge Southern Columbia football fan, and liked watching the Pittsburg Steelers. He loved old cars, especially his El Camino, and going to car shows. He was an outdoorsman, who enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was proud of his family, and relished any time he could watch his grandchildren’s sporting events. He also took pleasure in going out to eat and taking rides in the countryside with his wife.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, Carolyn “Butch” (Fenstermacher) Zimmerman, with whom he would have celebrated a 61st anniversary on September 6th; daughters, Sandy Mayernick and husband Randy; Holly Latsha and husband Kenny, all of Catawissa; grandsons, Scott, Eric, Shaun, Ryan and Cody; great grandchildren, Maya, Hailee, Dylan, Keishaun, Kayla, Alexis, Chase, Gabby, and Cody, Jr.; and step great-grandchildren, Madison, Cameron, and Ashton. He also leaves behind sisters-in-law, Linda Zimmerman of Brookside Village, Ruth Zimmerman, OK, and Sally Zimmerman, TX; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Zimmerman, June 16, 2016; and brothers, Jay Zimmerman, Carlton Zimmerman and Robert Zimmerman.

A Memorial Service will be held at 7:00 PM on Friday, August 26, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Pastor Mike Delp officiating. Family will receive friends from 5:00 until the service begins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice, 109 West 9th St, Berwick, PA 18603, or Animal Resource Center, 301A Boone Rd, Bloomsburg, PA, 17815.

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Howard P. Hunter, Sr. 50, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at his home.

Born in Berwick on June 24, 1966, he was a son of the late Robert Lee and Clara Jane (Mowery) Hunter. Howie was a graduate of Berwick High School, and was a self-employed certified contractor, who was currently employed at Ty Construction.

Pop, as many people called him, was a member of the Ukrainian Club, Berwick, and a social member of the Berwick VFW Post 821. He was outdoorsman who liked hunting, fishing and camping. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by his children: sons, Howard Hunter, Jr and wife Ashley, Berwick; Anthony Hunter, Pittsburg; Joseph Hunter, Berwick; daughter, Alicia Hunter and companion “Q”, Bloomsburg; grandchildren, Marissa, Alexis, Isiaih, Nijaun, Amber, Jayden, Sadie, Shawn, Brayden and Noah. He also leaves behind brothers: Ken Hunter and wife Connie, Turbotville; Ray Hunter and wife Penny, Bloomsburg; Jonah Hunter, Harrisburg; sisters: Shirley Wagner and husband Dennis, Nescopeck; Judy Fenstermacher and husband Larry, Muncy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Gloria Hunter and Mary Fenstermacher; and brother, Jack Mowery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Monday, August 29, 2016 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, PA 18635 to help with Howard’s final expenses.

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

Jay L. Zimmerman, 73, of Brookside Village, North Center Township passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at his home after a battle with cancer.

Born in Bloomsburg on July 28, 1943, he was the son of the late Isaac and Dorothy M. (Raup) Zimmerman. He was educated in Catawissa Schools and worked at Milco Industries, Bloomsburg for 40 years.

Jay liked hunting and being outdoors. He was an avid NASCAR fan, always rooting for Dale Earnhardt Sr., and most recently, Dale Jr. He always kept busy assisting others with home projects, or helping on his cousin’s or friend’s farm. He greatly enjoyed working on his red Chevy truck, and taking it for rides.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 52 years, Linda L. (Smith) Zimmerman; daughters, Tammy Long and husband Michael, Bloomsburg; Angela Azad, Berwick; grandchildren, Tomoshee Azad, Samyul Azad, Shelby Long, Emily Long; sister-in-law, Caroline “Butch” Zimmerman of Stillwater; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Jay’s brother Calvin passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2016. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Rona Ann Zimmerman in infancy; son-in-law, Jamil Azad; and brothers, Carlton Zimmerman and Robert Zimmerman.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Pastor Michael Woolcock officiating. Family will receive friends from 1:00 until the service begins.

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

Joanne Young, 73, of Liberty Township, Danville passed away on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at her home after a battle with cancer.

Born in Danville on October 7, 1943, she was the daughter of the late John and Theo (Zeilsdorf) Loreman, and attended Danville High School. Most recently, she was employed in the housekeeping department at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. For many years, Joanne babysat children.

She like being at home and completing tasks around the house. During her free time, she enjoyed working on Sudoku puzzles and watching “Days of Our Lives”.

Jo is survived by her husband of nearly 40 years, David E. Young, Sr; sons, Thomas Loreman, Montandon; David Young and wife April, Shickshinny; daughter, Shelly Brown, Danville; grandchildren, Amber Brown, Amanda Brown, Alexis Brown, Cassius Young, Layla Loreman, Quinton Loreman; and great grandsons, Logan and Mason Brown.

She was preceded in death by her son, Richard Loreman and a sister.

A graveside memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 1:00 PM in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg.

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Kristine A. Dent, of Berwick died suddenly on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at her home.

Born in Baltimore, MD on March 7, 1963, she was the daughter of Gilbert and Harriet (Benner) Bruns, Sr., Baltimore, MD. She graduated from Eastern Technical High School, Baltimore and earned her Associates degree in Nursing from Northern Virginia Community College. She was employed as a registered nurse prior to moving to Pennsylvania, and currently, she was employed at WalMart in Bloomsburg.

Kris liked being outdoors, especially riding snow mobiles and flower gardening. She also enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents, she will be greatly missed by her husband of 4 years, Christopher Dent; sons, T.J. Domingue, Baltimore, MD; Michael Doningue, Brooklyn, NY; daughter, Melanie Domingue, Falls Church, VA; stepdaughters, Jessica Dent, Fredericksburg, VA; Tori Dent, Berwick; brother, Gilbert Bruns, Baltimore, MD; sister, Kathy Vandenbulk, Placencia, Belize; and 2 nieces.

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

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David D. Olah, 40, of Berwick passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where he was a patient since Wednesday.

Born in Burbank, CA, on June 12, 1976, he was the only child of the late Kathleen L. Olah. Dave graduated from Berwick High School and earned his associates degree in Communications from Luzerne County Community College. He was employed at WVIA, and most recently at Entercom Communications as a production assistant and radio D.J.

Dave was an entertainer. He was involved in the pro wrestling arena where he wrestled as “Mac Robo” and later “The Big Gun". He then became a wrestling trainer in the Berwick area. He also was very musically talented, and able to play many instruments including the Bass, Guitar, Drums and Clarinet. His hobbies were collecting comic books and action toys.

Dave will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 10 years, Nadia (Dowell) Olah; cherished sons, Kevin and Cameron; his aunt, Louise (Olah) Lupton of Las Vegas; and many family members and friends.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alexander and Helen Olah; uncles and aunts, including Julie Strait, Isabelle Horvath, Charles and Lavona Olah and Mary Pope.

The family will receive friends on Friday, August 12, 2016, from 9:00 to 11 AM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck. A memorial service will be held at 11:00, with Reverend Francis Tamborro officiating. Interment of his cremated remains will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Berwick.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family and mailed C/O Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635, to help with funeral or medical expenses.

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Laura M. Mensch, 80, of Riverview Apartments, Catawissa, formerly of Aristes, passed away on Monday, August 8, 2016 at Geisinger Bloomsburg Health Care where she had been a patient for the past week.

Born in Ashland on November 28, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Clarence “Jackie” and Eva V. (Levan) Smith. She was a graduate of Aristes High School, and was employed at Emenee Shirt Factory, Catawissa Blouse, and most recently, Ashland Shirt Factory.

Laura was a member of Grace Reformed-Millgrove United Church of Christ. She enjoyed reading, and traveling through local areas with her late husband, Carl. She loved all animals, especially her cat “Louie”.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Mensch, Sr.; step-son, Carl Mensch, Jr.; and brother, Elwood Smith.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Jean Fisher and companion Michael Fox, Berwick; grandson, Paul Fisher III and fiancé Danielle; great grandson, Gage Michael; step-children, Terry, Randy, Tom, Daniel and Lisa; several step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews; and first husband Gene Miller.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, August 12, 2016 in Elan Memorial Park, Old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg, with Reverend Jane Hess officiating.

The family would like to thank the staff of Family Care for their assistance with Laura over the past few months.

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Shirley Louise (Caley) Hess, 87, of Mountaintop passed away on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at Smith Health Care, Mountaintop.

Born in Newport Township on August 18, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Rachael (George) and George Caley, Sr. She graduated from Newport Township High School and worked at Scranton Apparel, Ronnie Dress, Shickshinny, and Leslie Fay, Glen Lyon.

Shirley was a current member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Mountaintop. She was a former active member of St Marks United Church of Christ, Pond Hill, where she was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, a Sunday School teacher and a board member. She was also an auxiliary member of the Pond Hill Fire and Ambulance. She enjoyed crocheting and sewing, and often gave her creations to family and friends as gifts. She liked working on word search puzzles. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her son, James J. Hess, Jr. and wife Helen of Pond Hill; daughter, Kathy Shannon and husband Dennis of Pond Hill; grandchildren, Scott Hess and fiancée Leslie, Amber Dietterick and husband Chad, and April Hess and fiancé Glynn, Edward Yustat and wife Brandi, Rachel Kostro and husband Ken; great-grandchildren, Leland Dietterick, Tru Dietterick, and Savanna Wildoner; sister-in-law, Marlene Karchner; brother-in-law, Milton Hess and wife Judy; and many nieces and nephews.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, James J. Hess, Sr. on July 18, 1993; brother, George Caley, Jr.; and sister, Ethel Hess.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, August 8, 2016 at St Marks Church, 285 Pond Hill Mountain Road, Wapwallopen, with her pastor, Reverend Michele Kaufman officiating. Interment will follow in Pond Hill Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 10:00 until the time of service. Memorial contributions may be to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 316 S. Mountain Blvd., Mountaintop, PA 18707

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Marlene M. (Goodfield) Wright Hagenbaugh, 76, of Bewick passed away on Sunday, July 25, 2016 at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton, where she was a patient for the past 3 weeks.

Born in Scranton on April 1, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Edmund D. and Thelma E. (Franklin) Goodfield. She graduated from Nescopeck High School, class of 1958. Prior to retiring, she was employed at Berwick Offrey for 20 years.

Marlene attended Shiloh Bible Church, Bloomsburg. She would spend her free time playing Farmville and watching FOX News, with her beloved dog, “Sarge”. She loved going “treasure hunting” with her girlfriends. She liked swimming, gardening, and baking with grandchildren. She volunteered to donate blood often, and was very proud to be a 10-gallon donor.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Marie Roth, FL; Rosemary Platt and husband Ron Platt, Jr, Berwick; stepdaughter whom she raised, Kathie Fraind, Berwick; stepsons, William Wright and wife Cindy, Weatherly; Glenn Wright, Nescopeck; grandchildren, Tiffany Deitrich; Steven Deitrich Jr and companion Jolynn Gurns; Nathan Laubach; Tina Riley and companion Scott Reader; James Fraind Jr; Sky Wright; Rodney Wright Jr; D’Artagnan Wright; step grandson, Bryce Platt; and several great grandchildren including, Matthew and Sabrina. She is also survived by brothers, Edmund Goodfield, Scranton; Richard Goodfield, CA; and many nieces and nephews. She was known as "Grammy" to Jennifer Fenstermacher and Rylie Welsh, who she also leaves behind.

Marlene was preceded in death by her first husband, William J.A. Wright; second husband, Robert Hagenbaugh; son, Paul Wright; and stepson, Rodney Wright.

Family will receive friends during the viewing on Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be to Rosemary Platt, and mailed to 1218 East 8th Street, Berwick, PA 18603, to help with Marlene’s final expenses.

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Leatha J. (Stout) Benscoter Capece, 79, of Nescopeck passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at Berwick Retirement Village II, where she was a patient since May.

Born on July 17, 1937 in Berwick, she was the daughter of the late Rhoda (Whitmoyer) and Forrest Stout, Sr. She graduated from Nescopeck High School in 1955, and was employed at several local businesses including Fulton Lamp Factory and Bercon Industries.

Leatha spent her entire life living in Nescopeck and greatly enjoyed spending time with her family and close friends. She was a long time member of St. Mary’s IBVM Catholic Church in Berwick.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband Donald Benscoter, second husband, Michael Capece; son, Timothy Benscoter; brothers, Edmund Stout, Forrest Stout, Jr; and sister, Doris Howard.

She will be greatly missed by her son, John Benscoter; daughter, Nicole Fairchild and husband Jason; grandchildren, Anthony Melito III, Maximilian Melito, and William Fairchild whom she loved watching play sports.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 29, 2016 at St. Mary’s Church, 1730 Fowler Avenue, Berwick. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Friends may call at the Church from 10:00 AM until services begin.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Commonwealth Hospice of Berwick, 109 West 9th Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

The family would like to thank Commonwealth Hospice and Berwick Retirement Village Staff for their loving care and dedication to their patients and profession. Their love and dedication to those they care for is an example for everyone to follow.

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Hazel E. Halye, 81, of Scotch Valley passed away on Sunday morning July 24, 2016, at her home with her family by her side.

Born in Scotch Valley on May 11, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Orval J. and Alice E. (Buehler) Hons, and attended Beaver Valley High School. Hazel was employed at several local businesses including, Champion Valley Farms, Bloomsburg, the Ribbon Factory and Wise Potato Chips, Berwick. In addition, she worked hard to provide a warm and loving home to her husband and 5 children.

Hazel was a member of Mountain Grove Lutheran Church. She enjoyed baking and cooking. She enjoyed spending time with her family especially at the reunions they had at the picnic grove.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William J. “Buddy” Halye on March 2, 2001; brothers, Donald Hons; sisters, Catherine Thomas, Nancy Progansky, and Arlene Rubenstein.

She will be greatly missed by her sons, Arnold W. Halye and wife Margie, Scotch Valley; Jeffrey R. Halye and wife Sandy, Donalsonville, GA; Doug C. Halye and wife Audra, Scotch Valley; daughters, Karen L. Henry and husband Chuck, Scotch Valley; Leah A. Bankes and husband Albert, Scotch Valley; 9 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren. She also leaves behind a sister, Patsy Millard and husband Jack, Bloomsburg; sisters-in-law, Linda Reigel and husband Glen, Hamburg; Joyce Halye, Mt Holly, NJ; Nayon Halye, Hamburg; brother-in-law, Tim Halye and wife Mae, New Columbia; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Pastor Philip Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Grove Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday morning from 9:00 to 11:00 AM and from 1:00 PM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mountain Grove Lutheran Church Endowment Fund, 1551 Rock Glen Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Doyle E. “Sonny” Readler, Jr., 82, of Nescopeck passed away peacefully in his sleep, on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at Berwick Retirement Village, where he was a patient since Monday.

Born in Hollenback Township on February 17, 1934, he was the son of the late Edith (Houser) and Doyle Readler, Sr. He attended the Greenwood One-Room School House, Dorrance, and honorably served in the US Army from 1955 to 1958. He was employed at Berwick Ribbon Factory, which became Berwick Offray, for 30 years.

Sonny was a life member of Nescopeck Volunteer Fire Company, where he was a past president for 25 years. He was a member of Faith United Lutheran Church, Nescopeck. He loved flea markets, carnivals, Chinese auctions, and yard sales. He had a heart of gold and would help anyone in need. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandkids.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 60 years, Lillian L. (Hummel) Readler; daughter, Debbie Readler and companion Bill Smith, Nescopeck; son, Kevin Readler and wife Marce, Hobbie; 4 grandchildren, Jamine Readler and wife Cheryl, Drums; Joshua Readler and wife Nicole, Hobbie; Brionna Readler and companion Adam, Mifflinville; Madison Readler, Hobbie; and 3 great grandchildren, Ali, Seth and Alexandria Readler.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy; and brother Clifford Readler. He was the last member of his immediate family.

At Sonny’s request there will be no viewing. A memorial service is being planned for a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Nescopeck Volunteer Fire Company, 325 Warren Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635 or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Debra Knorowski, 50, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on January 25, 1966, she was the daughter of Beverly (Zimmerman) Farver of Berwick and the late Jack Farver. She was a graduate of Berwick High School and received an associate degree in Paralegal studies from McCann School of Business. She was employed at several local businesses including Bernardi Foods, Bloomsburg, and most recently at Berwick Offray.

Deb enjoyed taking walks with her dogs. She greatly enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandson, whom she adored.

In addition to her mother, she will be greatly missed by her husband of 32 years, Henry J. Knorowski; sons, Christopher Knorowski, Mocanaqua; Eric Knorowski and wife Ashley, Berwick; 1 grandson; brother, Dwayne Farver and companion David, Berwick; and sister, Darlene Mensinger and husband Gary Sr., Berwick.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM on Monday, July 25, 2016 at LCBC Church, 20 Kachinka Hollow Road, Berwick, with Pastor Brad Travelpiece officiating. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

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

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Dorothy (Hay) White , 85, formerly of Walnut Lane, Nescopeck, passed away on Monday, July 18, 2016 at Grandview Health Homes, Danville where she had been residing for the past 7 years.

She was a former member of St. James Lutheran Church, Zenith, and most recently, “Dot” attended the Salvation Army, Berwick, where she also volunteered as an assistant cook. She liked bells and had an extensive collection that she got from different places she visited, or that others would bring her from their travels. She enjoyed watching TV, and playing pitch with her family.

She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her husband, Hobson J. “Chub” White, 17 years ago; a son, Christopher David, in infancy; brothers, William, Howard, and Victor Hay; sisters, Mary Bianchi, and Agnes Mastriano.

She will be greatly missed by her sister, Ida Mae Preston of Luzerne; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, great-grand nieces and nephews; and a great great-grand niece.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, July 22, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Lt. Trish Smouse officiating. Interment will follow in St. James Cemetery, Zenith. Family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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Martin Dennis Martinsen , passed on into life eternal on July 12, 2016 while at the home of a nearby relative in Wapwallopen, Pennsylvania.

Born February 4, 1961 in Jersey City, New Jersey where he attended high school. The family moved to Ocean County in the 1980's eventually settling into Bayville in the Sylvan Lake area.

Popularly known as "Warren" (a nickname friends bestowed at their confusion of the Norwegian custom of family first names and surnames being so similar), he was a great lover of music and lyrical interpretation. He studied the valuation of stringed instruments and kept a small collection of interesting museum quality guitars. He also had a great love of rescue dogs and cats who, along with his wife, Cinthea, nurtured and loved in their home.

His interests and passions allowed him many career opportunities and he eventually migrated into a career as a funeral director; providing compassionate care for both the deceased and living alike with his tender manner and comforting words.

A gentle, thoughtful and mild soul, he will be remembered for his kindnesses both great and small as he goes on to be with his Heavenly Father.

Warren was predeceased by his parents, Martin and Florence (Byers) Martinsen. Surviving are his wife of 20 years, Cinthea (Goodman) Martinsen, step-daughter Nicole (Culver) O’Hara and husband Nathanael, beloved grandchildren Juliette Rose, Luke Alexander, and Elise Noel, in-laws; Denice (Goodman) Sherksnas and husband William; Robert Goodman and wife Megan, as well as nieces and nephews; Stephen Moore, Kristin Sherksnas, Erin (Goodman) Hill, Will Sherksnas and wife Drew (Nelson), Kerry Sherksnas, Bryan Goodman and Kaity Sherksnas.

A memorial service will be held 10 am Monday, July 18th at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 7368 School House Rd,. Berwick, PA 18603.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Deborah Heart & Lung Hospital, Browns Mills, NJ, https://www.deborahfoundation.org/ or the Popcorn Park Zoo Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, Forked River, NJ, http://www.ahscares.org.

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David B. Hoag, 57, of Berwick, PA passed away Monday, July 11, 2016 at ManorCare Williamsport North.

Born in Danville on September 11, 1958, he was the son of Lila F. (Slusser) Hoag, and the late Sherlyn E. Hoag. David was a graduate of Berwick High School. He held several positions during his lifetime including having worked at Kmart, SynCore, Sutters Hardware, Sohmer Pianos, and most recently Crispin Valve.

David enjoyed photography, stained glass, both playing and restoring pianos, music, hiking, computers, antiquing and woodworking.

In addition to his mother, he will be greatly missed by his dear friends, Harry and Desiree Fahringer, and their children, Dylan, Kendra, and Kayleigh, who viewed him as family; sister-in-law, Gloria J. Hoag of Berwick; uncle, Dave Slusser; cousin, Janet Carey; and his three pet cats and parrot.

In addition to his father, David is preceded in death by his brother, Dennis A. Hoag.

At David’s request, all services will be private. Interment will take place in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick.

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

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Cynthia K. Kishbach, 67, of Nescopeck, PA passed away Sunday, July 10, 2016 at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital.

Born in Nescopeck Township on January 19, 1949, she was the daughter of the late John W. and Cleo F. (Paden) Campbell. Cynthia was a graduate of Nescopeck High School, and then went on to receive certification in Beauty and Cosmetology from Bloomsburg schools, eventually opening a beauty salon in the Nescopeck area.

Cynthia was a member of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Briggsville. She also was a member of the local 4-H Club and was a cheerleader in high school. She enjoyed gardening, growing flowers, and watching sports. Her greatest enjoyment was caring and babysitting for her family.

Cynthia will be missed by her sons, Troy Kishbach of Nescopeck and Matt Kishbach of Berwick; grandchildren, Madee and Jake Kishbach; brother, Gary Campbell, Nescopeck Township; and nephews, Jason and Chad Campbell.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband Walter H. Kishbach; brother, Harold Campbell; and sisters, Shirley and Gail Campbell.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, July 15, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC., 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck at 11:00 AM with her pastor, Rev. Richard Dennison officiating. Interment will follow in Schloyersville Cemetery, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends Friday from 10:00 AM until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Cynthia’s name may be made to: Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, PO Box 1887, Merrifield, VA 22116-8087.

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Richard A. Bognar Sr., 75, of Varner’s Hollow Road in Berwick, passed away on July 9, 2016 at Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, Lewisburg.

Born in Berwick on January 10, 1941, he was the son of the late Alex Sr. and Emma (O’Chipa) Bognar and a graduate of Berwick High School. He worked for most of his early years at his parent’s ARCO service station at the end of Market Street in Berwick (now Scicchitano’s) as a mechanic until his parents retired and closed the business. He continued to service cars privately in a small garage near his home on the outskirts of Berwick. With his family he sold strawberries and blueberries that he had picked himself in the Berwick area. He also enjoyed deer hunting prior to the start of his craft business.

For over 40 years Richard owned and operated Pine Forest Crafts and Berwick Wholesale out of his home. He could be found at Hometown Farmers Market, Bloomsburg Fair in the Industrial Building, and numerous craft shows throughout Central Pennsylvania. Many times he would be strolling the craft shows and talking with vendors, he was commonly known as “Boots”. Richard always believed in helping the “little guy”, providing product at rock bottom prices to help others support their families or cause. He was known to customers as always giving a good deal and on many occasions giving items away for free. The family business also supported the Nun’s in their crafting needs at numerous church bazaars throughout the coal region.

He will be greatly missed by his loving family Richard Bognar, Jr. and wife Susan, Drums; daughters, Jennifer Hain and husband Dennis, Middleburg, Jodi Felegie and companion David Oakes, Danville; grandchildren James Felegie, Colby Bognar, and Corie Ryman, and a great granddaughter, Zoey Bush. He is also survived by his sister Joan Fugler and husband George of Maryland; nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Naomi R. Bognar, brother Alex Bognar Jr. and sister Mary Emma Yohey.

A memorial service for family and close friends will be held at his daughter’s house at the family’s convenience. Heller Funeral Home, Nescopeck is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations be made toward a student scholarship, “Dare to Dream Award”, in Naomi and Richard’s name at Columbia Montour Area Vocational Technical School. Contributions should be made payable to Columbia Montour AVTS and mailed to the Bognar Family at 1188 East Market Road, Middleburg, PA 17842.

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Bonnie L. Walk, 73, of Berwick passed away on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at her home.

Born in Berwick on October 6, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Harry Herring and Ruth B. (Setzer) Force. She was raised and educated in Berwick. She was employed at Berwick Lighting for several years. After her children were born, she stayed at home and worked to provide a loving home for her family.

Bonnie liked going for car rides. She greatly enjoyed spending every moment possible with her grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Lesley Dawson and husband Scott, Bloomsburg; Linda Vandermark, Berwick; son, Wesley Herring, Berwick; grandchildren, Deana Gross, Valeen Hykes, and Lesley “Jodie” Getkin; and 8 great grandchildren. She also leaves behind a sister, Linda Herring, Berwick; step-brother, Howard Force, Jr, Hazleton; step-sister, Linda K. Force, Bloomsburg; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Harry “Butch” Herring, Jr; and sister, Charlotte “Lottie” Samsel.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Monday, July 11, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck, with Rev. Darvin Donahey officiating. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick. Friends may call from 11:00 AM until the time of service.

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

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Mary K. (Mowery) Robbins, , 52, of Mifflinville died on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at her home after a life-long illness, Juvenile Diabetes I.

Born in Berwick on July 10, 1963, she was the daughter of the late Lee and Florence (Rinehimer) Mowery. She grew up in Hetlerville and attended Central Columbia High School.

Surviving Mary is the pride and joy of her life, her son, Zachary Robbins of Berwick, along with his dad, Gary Robbins; brothers: Darrell Mowery and wife Carol, Hetlerville; Wayne Mowery and wife Maria, Catawissa; Ronald Mowery and companion Melissa Spooner, Nescopeck; Michael Mowery and wife Wendy, Hetlerville; sister, Cindy Whitenight and husband Doyle, Hetlerville; half-sister, Sunny Lee Mowery and husband Matt, Philadelphia; nephews and nieces including, Justin Mowery, Theresa Cimino, Christi Dietrich, Bliss Fallon and Brent Mowery; great niece Ashley Cinimo; and great nephew Liam Dietrich. She will also be greatly missed by her constant and loyal companions, Rusty and Spike, her dachshunds; as well as good friends, Shirl, Ed, John and Sara, Shelly, Vera; neighbors, Frank and Linda, and Deb; aunts and uncles including, special Aunt Marge and Uncle Ed; Aunt Shirley; and Aunt Myrtle.

A loving mother and sister, so gentle and kind,

What a wonderful memory she left behind.

Long days, long nights, she bore her pain.

To wait for a cure, but all in vain.

Till God himself knew what was best,

He took her home and gave her rest.


God saw the road was getting rough

And the hills were hard to climb,

So he closed her weary eyelids

And whispered “Peace be thine”.

You’re free from your pain and turmoil, we know Jesus has his arms around you now carrying you and telling you “I will bear your pain now my child. Rest.”

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck to help with Mary’s final expenses.

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

Nora E. Lewis, 85, of Berwick passed away on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at Maria Hall, Danville, where she had been a patient since June 29th.

Born on January 10, 1931 in Berwick, she was one of 7 children of the late Paul G. and Pearl M. (Avery) Stout. She was a graduate of Nescopeck High School, class of 1949. She attended Wesley United Methodist Church, Nescopeck.

She will be missed by sisters, Mila Mae Bove, Berwick; Christine Seward, Owings Mills, MD; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A private graveside memorial service will be held in Elan Memorial Park at the convenience of the family.

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

Linda L. Remphrey, 68, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday morning, July 5, 2016 at Berwick Retirement Village II, where she had been residing since the beginning of the year.

Born in Berwick on July 11, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Joseph James and Laura (Brader) Church. She was a graduated of Berwick High School. She worked hard to provide a loving home for her husband and children.

Linda liked passing the time watching television, but her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her husband Larry E. Remphrey, Sr. with whom she celebrated a 48th anniversary on June 1st; sons, Larry Remphrey, Jr. and wife Jinanne, Benton; Randy Remphrey, Sr. and wife Susan, Berwick; Chris Remphrey and wife Sandy, Berwick; 13 grandchildren; and 3 great granddaughters. She is also survived by brothers, Carl Church and wife Rose, Berwick; Joseph Church, Scranton; sister, Eva Smith and husband Theodore, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Bonnie Heiser, and Betty Remphrey; and brother, Richard Brader.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, July 8, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

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

Faye N. (Belles) Cope, 79, of Stillwater passed away on Sunday, July 3, 2016 at her home, with her family by her side.

Born in Berwick on February 6, 1937, she was the daughter of the late George L. and Marion L. (Elliott) Belles. She was a graduate of Berwick High School, class of 1955, and worked at Wise Foods in Berwick for over 12 years.

Renie was a member of Berwick Christian Church. She volunteered at the Thrift Store in Benton. She liked flowers, gardening, crafting and genealogy. Her favorite pastime was sitting on the porch enjoying the day, or playing cards and games with her family. She cherished most the time she spent with her grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 59 years, Richard E. “Wiggs” Cope; daughter, Debra Hons and husband Eric, Benton; twins: son, Michael Cope and fiancé Karen Eckhart, Berwick, and daughter, Michele Kashner and husband Fred, Bloomsburg; grandchildren, Stacey Trinchere, Jason Hons, Stephanie Kashner and Kimberly Kashner; great grandchildren, Cheyanne and Kaylee. She also leaves behind a sister, Elaine Sorber, Shickshinny; brother, David Belles and wife Marcy, Zionsville, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Renie was preceded in death by a son, David George Cope, at birth.

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

Memorial contributions can be made to Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice, or a charity of your choice.

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

William H. Hearn, 63, of Briar Creek Twp, passed away on June 30, 2016.

Born in Paterson, NJ on June 3, 1953, he was the son of the late Walter and Lucille (Black) Hearn, and graduated from Wayne Valley High School. Bill worked as a plumber and builder in New Jersey, and in Pennsylvania, he was employed at C&M Spring, Berwick Forge, and Deluxe Homes.

Bill and his wife Judy retired early and enjoyed traveling to lakes and beaches on the East Coast. He was a “history buff”, so they also travelled to Gettysburg and many other historical sites. He liked sightseeing, sailing, going to auctions, and building homes.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Judith (Kmiecinski) Hearn on April 1, 2016.

He will be greatly missed by his son, Robert and wife Jennifer, NJ; granddaughter, Emily; stepson Keith Mouery and wife Jamell, and their children, Courtney Lieby and Ryan Mourey. He also leaves behind a sister, Sharon Boyer and husband John; brother Walter Hearn; niece Debra Mrocka; and nephew Brian Hearn.

Family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, July 8, 2016, at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Everyone will meet at Noon in Pine Grove Cemetery, Walnut Street, Berwick for a Graveside Memorial Service on Saturday, June 9th. Bill requests anyone attending should wear their favorite jeans and t-shirts.

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

Doris D. Bloom, 89, of Bloomsburg passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at Geisinger Bloomsburg Healthcare.

Known by everyone as “Granny” she was one of 14 children and enjoyed spending time with her many grand and great grandchildren. Everyone who every met or knew Granny has been left with the many memories that will keep her and her legacy with us forever.

She leaves behind husband of 35 years Paul R. Bloom, son Raymond Onderko, Jr. and wife Carol, stepchildren, Judie Brunner, Paulette Rich, Peggy Madison, Paul Bloom Jr , and Amanda Kelly. 8 grandchildren, Jessica Davis, Jennifer Onderko, Kimberly Howden, Carrie Histand, Craig Riley, James Riley, Michael Kelly; Matthew Kelly; and 19 great grandchildren and Siblings, Henry Hartkorn and Margaret “Peggy” Harley.

Doris was preceded in death by her daughter, Linda Bumpers-Riley McCandless; stepdaughter, Pam Sabutis; brothers, Joseph, Thomas, Robert, Richard, Jacob, Francis, Peter, William, Charles; sisters, Arlene H. Comber, and Jean L. Marcardo.

At Doris’s request there will be no funeral service. Interment in Sunset Memorial park will be held at the convenience of the family. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is honored to assist her family.

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

Michelle Renee Bolduc, 52, of Bloomsburg passed away peacefully on June 28, 2016 at her home.

Born in LeMars, IA on March 22, 1964, she was the daughter of Jon E. and Sandra E. (Luchtel) Hatch of St. Cloud, MN. Michelle graduated from Tech High School, St Cloud, MN. Prior to her senior year, she was accepted as a foreign exchange student and had the privilege of attending school and residing with a host family in Germany for 3 months. After graduating from high school, she attended college in Madison, WI and was independently employed as an Interior Designer for 20 years prior to retiring due to health issues. Gardening, crafting, boating, and traveling gave her great joy in life. Her family and friends will remember her generous and loving spirit. Michelle valued being of service to friends and strangers alike.

In addition to her parents, she will be greatly missed by her husband of 10 years, Richard T. Bolduc; Israel Bolduc and wife Holly, Pittsburg, PA; Kendra Bolduc and husband Junior Nourrie, Honolulu, HI; brother, Jon Christopher Hatch and wife Jennifer, Dallas, OR; 2 grandchildren; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Michelle enjoyed a special relationship with her Nephew, David Crump and wife Angie, and their three beautiful children who she considered her grandchildren. Additionally, she was grateful for consistent support of her uncle Alan Luchtel.

Michelle will Lie in Repose, from Friday until Tuesday morning, at her home where her loving family will celebrate her life and receive friends by invitation. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting her family.

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

Robin Joseph Gambone, 64, of Pond Hill passed away unexpectedly, after being stricken ill at work, on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Hazleton.

Born in Norristown, PA on April 28, 1952, he was the son of the late Audrey (Debro) and Joseph John Gambone, Sr. He was a graduate of Norristown High School, class of 1970. Robin was employed at Bemis Company Inc, West Hazleton for the past 16 years.

Robin enjoyed coin collecting. He was an avid Penn State and Eagles football fan. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandsons, who were the light of his life.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Mary (Lawall) Gambone, with whom he just celebrated their 39th anniversary on May 21st; daughters, Carol Canfield and husband Chris, Seaford, DE; Connie Eckley and husband Adam, Bloomsburg; adored grandsons, Christopher and James. He also leaves behind a sister, Carmelita Gambone, Norristown; twin brother, Robert Gambone; brother, Joseph Gambone, Jr. and wife Carol; several nephews; a niece; and his faithful companion “Rocky”.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Grace Gambone and Dorothy Debro.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 1, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Paul Brace officiating. Interment will follow in Pond Hill Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Friday from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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

Dustin Eli Yoder, 33, of Hanover Township, PA passed away Sunday, June 26, 2016, at his home.

Born in Bloomsburg on September 5, 1982, he was the son of Jodie (Campbell) Roth and the late Richard Brent Yoder. Dustin obtained his GED from the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit and held many positions in his lifetime. He worked as a machinist at G&B Specialties in Berwick, Franco’s Pizzeria, Nescopeck, an electrician at Deluxe Homes, Berwick, a farm handler, and a production worker at Latica Corporation. He also helped coach basketball and football.

Dustin enjoyed fishing, music, playing guitar, “eating”, being outdoors, his Nana Campbell’s Potato Filling, and spending time with his family and friends.

Dustin will be greatly missed by his mother, Jodie; fiancée, Tiffany J. Wysocki; son, Giovanni and other children, Sincere, Maaliyah, and Amani; brother, Seth Brent Yoder; his Pop, Dennis Roth; nieces, Mikaily and Riley; and nephews, Brayden and Brentyn.

In addition to his father, he is preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Eli Lynn and Eileen Campbell; and paternal grandfather, Harry Yoder.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, July 2, 2016 at St. Columba Catholic Church, 342 Iron Street, Bloomsburg at 10:00 AM. Monsignor Robert E. Lawrence will officiate. Interment will follow in St. James Lutheran Cemetery, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends Friday, July 1, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC., 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Dustin’s name may be sent to any First Columbia Bank and Trust location for the account of Giovanni Eli Yoder, to support him in his educational pursuits or St. Columba Catholic Church, 342 Iron St, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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

Edward W. “Fritz” Michael, 83, of Mt. Pleasant Township passed away on Monday, June 27, 2016 at his home, surrounded by family.

Born in Centralia on November 7, 1932, he was the son of the late Edward S. and Jennie E. (Turner) Michael. He was a graduate of Ashland High School in 1950 and served honorably in the US Army during the Korean War. He was employed at U.S. Steel Corporation, Fairless Hills for over 33 years.

Fritz was a member of Canby Lutheran Church, Bloomsburg, and the Centralia American Legion Post 608. He enjoyed working on vehicles and wood working. He was a very social person who liked being around people. He was the life of any party and had a great sense of humor, even during his illness. He took great pleasure in taking his “furry girlfriend ‘Annie’” for daily rides.

Fritz will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Joan M. (Kishbaugh) Michael with whom he spent the last 27 years; son, Daniel Michael and wife Jacci, Newark, DE; daughters, Susan Devrous and husband Michael, Jackson, NJ; Diane Andersen and husband Mark, Jensen Beach, FL; stepchildren, Dawn Marie Leddon, David Shultz, George Shultz, Carole Shultz, Jeremy Snyder and companion Renee Bason, Kevin Snyder and wife Karen, Jeffery Snyder and wife Marsha, numerous loved and cherished grandchildren, great grandchildren, step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dawn (Haertter) Michael, and brothers, CPL Daniel Michael in WWII, John “Jack” Michael and Charles “Mort” Michael who both died in 2013.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with his pastor, V, Rev. Stanley Bower officiating. Inurnment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends on Saturday from 10:00 AM till the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Canby Lutheran Church, C/O Trudy Ashleman, 25 Oriole Road, Orangeville, PA 17859.

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

Edna Mae “Dolly” Ezzyk, 67, of Berwick passed away on Friday, June 17, 2016 at Signature Healthcare, Bloomsburg, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Danville on April 16, 1949, she was the daughter of the late Charles P. and Geraldine A. (Creveling) Smith, and attended Central Columbia High School. Dolly worked as a secretary most of her life, most recently at Haleyville Drapery, Bloomsburg.

She enjoyed interior decorating, having owned 7 homes, she had great opportunity to put her passion into practice. Dolly also enjoyed traveling, and was grateful to have visited may places throughout the United States.

She will be greatly missed by her husband of 15 years, George J. Ezzyk; daughter, Brandy Fowler, Danville; son, Leroy “Rick” Fowler III and wife Dawn, Longwood, FL; step-sons, George Ezzyk and Allen Ezzyk, both of VA; grandchildren, Chelsea, Paige, Nathan, Liam and Reagan; sister, Joyce Megargell and husband Don, Orangeville; many nieces and nephews, including Pat (Smith) Doty, Turcksville, Nancy (Smith) Ruhmel, Benton, Linda (Smith) Messersmith, Orangeville, Jocelyn (Megargell) Confino, Don Megargell Jr, both of King of Prussia, and Derek Megargell, Spring Mills, as well as great nieces and newphews.

addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Christopher Fowler; stepson, Gregory Ezzyk; brothers, Harry David Smith and Charles William Smith; and grandparents, including Margaret Creveling Farrell.

At Dolly’s request, there will be no funeral services. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is honored to serve her family.

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

Mary Jo Meyers, 79, of Wapwallopen, passed away Monday, June 13.

Born in Nanticoke, she was the daughter of Dorothy and John Thirwall Griffith. A graduate of Wyoming Seminary , Bryn Mawr College, and Wilkes University , she served on the faculty of Wyoming Seminary Day School. A member of many outdoor and dog training organizations, she was also an AKC judge at field trials and sporting events.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, William Meyers; daughters; Anne (Jeffrey) Thomas, Jill (Duane) Jenkins, Melissa (Richard) Gotthardt; grandchildren William Thomas, Kristina Nissel, Amanda Jenkins and Zachary Gotthardt; and 4 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in passing by grandson Duane ‘Eric’ Jenkins.

A private memorial service will be held at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck, at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Rifle Association or the National Audubon Society.

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

Jacqueline M. Hartzel, 65, of Salem Township passed away on Monday, June 13, 2016 at her home, surrounded by her family.

Born in Berwick on November 26, 1950, she was the daughter of the late Rollie J. and Dorothy M. (Hampton) Kishbaugh. She graduated from Berwick High School in 1968. Jackie was employed at several local businesses prior to opening her own store, Pine and Primitives, which she operated for 14 years.

She enjoyed trips to Mohegan Sun and visiting auctions. She was very artistic and liked making wood-crafts, sewing, decorating, and painting. Jackie loved to read, and would easily read 3 or more books a week.

She will be greatly missed by her husband Daniel D. Hartzel, Sr, with whom she recently celebrated 48 years of marriage; sons, Daniel D. Hartzel, Jr. and wife Heather, Berwick; Matthew R. Hartzel and wife Angela, Shickshinny; grandchildren, Dylan, Steven, Hunter, Madeline, Jacob and Ella. She also leaves behind a brother, John Kishbaugh and wife Deborah; sisters, Janice D’Alberto and husband Anthony; Jean Kishbaugh and husband Donald; Joyce Proeger; brother-in-law, John Knorr, all of Berwick; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Judy Knorr.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, June 17, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Pastor Mike Maleski officiating. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

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

Jeffrey Scott Zimmerman, 57, of Fishing Creek Township passed away on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Orangeville Nursing and Rehab, after a year-long battle with cancer.

Born in Bloomsburg on September 25, 1958, he was the son of Calvin F. and Carolyn “Butch” (Fenstermacher) Zimmerman of Stillwater. He attended Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech. Jeff worked as a welder out of state and in Pennsylvania, most recently at Strick Welding, Berwick, before becoming ill.

Jeff volunteered at the Animal Resource Center, Bloomsburg. He was a member of several car clubs. He enjoyed fishing, and working on vehicles, monster trucks and the 4-Wheel Jamboree. He liked taking pictures of sunsets. He was an avid NASCAR fan, and rooted for Dale Earnhardt Sr., and Jr. He cherished any time he could spend with his grandkids.

In addition to his parents, Jeff will be greatly missed by sons, Shaun and wife Bri; Ryan and wife Stacey; Cody and companion Desiree; grandchildren, Dylan, Kayla, Keshaun, Alexis, Chase, Cody Jr., and Gabrielle; step-grandchildren, Madison, Cameron, and Ashton, all of Danville. He also leaves behind sisters, Sandy Mayernick and husband Randy; Holly Latsha and husband Kenny, all of Catawissa; 3 nieces; and his four legged best friend, Gus, who was always by his side.

He was preceded in death by grandparents.

A memorial service will be held at 7:00 PM on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heller Funeral Home, LLC to help defray Jeff’s final expenses.

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

Dorothy J. (Fairchild) Mowery, 87, of Berwick passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Geisinger Bloomsburg Health Care, where she had been a guest for the past year. Her daughter was by her side.

Born in Berwick on October 3, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Cryus R. Fairchild and Mabel A. (Thornton) Fairchild. She was a graduate of Berwick High School. Most recently, Dorothy worked at the Berwick Hospital for 17 years. After retirement, she worked at Beyond Violence for 7 years.

Dorothy was a member of First United Methodist Church, Berwick. She enjoyed puzzles and reading, as well as playing BINGO and card games.

Dorothy was the matriarch of 5 generations. She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Sharon L. Thomas; sons, Elwood L. Mowery, James A. Mowery and wife Linda, Robert K. Mowery and wife Carol, all of Berwick; 8 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was looking forward to the birth of another great grandchild next month.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Elwood R. Mowery in 2008; and a sister, Ann L. Smith.

A private memorial service will be held at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck.

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

Richard A. Rupert, 61, of Nescopeck Township passed away on Friday, June 10, 2016 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Bloomsburg on August 3, 1954, he was the son of the late Louise (George) and Peter Harris Rupert, Sr., and a graduate of Millville High School. He was employed at the Kawneer Company, Bloomsburg for 22 years.

Rick attended the First United Methodist Church, Berwick. He was a member of the Nescopeck Township Volunteer Fire Company for over 10 years. He enjoyed fishing and woodworking, and doing search word puzzles. He liked watching investigative shows, especially NCIS, and loved MASH.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of nearly 16 years, Beth R. (Hartman) Rupert; daughters and granddaughters, Heather Rupert, Millville; Brooke Dribelbis, Sunbury; Topanga Rupert, Rachel Rupert, and Ashely Rupert, all of Nescopeck Twp.; sister, Linda Hoffman, Shickshinny; brother, Dean Rupert, Mifflinville; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Peter Rupert, Jr. and Bob Rupert.

A memorial service will be held at 6:00 PM on Friday evening, June 17, 2016 at Christ United Methodist Church, 940 Central Road, Benton, with Pastor Howard Leh officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Elan Memorial Park.

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

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

Richard H. Broadt, 79, of South Centre Township passed away on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at his home.

Born in Main Township on June 7, 1937, he was the son of the late Albert C. and Rachel (Probst) Broadt, Sr. He graduated from Bloomsburg High School in 1955, and served in the US Army during the Korean War. After an honorable discharge, he was employed at Milco Industries. Most recently he worked as a security guard at the Washingtonville Power Plant.

Dick greatly enjoyed playing cards with his family, and golfing. He also loved spending time with his loyal companion, “Baby”.

He was preceded in death by his wife Donna Broadt in 2008; a sister, Melba Broadt; and brothers, Wilson J. Broadt and George Broadt.

He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Lori Neeb, Bloomsburg; son, James Neeb, Massachusetts; grandchildren, Cynamon, Destiny, Savannah, Darian; and 4 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Ruth D. Brooking, Bloomsburg; and brother, Albert C. Broadt, Jr.

At Dick’s request there will be no viewing or service. Private interment will take place next to his wife, Donna, in Elan Memorial Park.

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Tracy J. Underhill, 61, of South Centre Township passed away on Friday, June 3, 2016 at home, surrounded by family, after her courageous fight with cancer.

Born in Berwick on November 1, 1954, she was the daughter of Barbara H. (Stout) Hart, of Berwick, and the late Melvin E. Hart. She was a 1972 graduate of Berwick High School and attended Geisinger School of Nursing to become a Registered Nurse. She was employed at Berwick Hospital Center for over 40 years.

Tracy was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mifflinville. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, bird watching, and traveling, especially to beaches. She liked sewing, and when her children were younger, she always made their Halloween costumes. She will be remembered by many for her excellent cooking. Tracy raised and loved Boston Terriers, including her most recent little companion, “Tippy Louise”.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Joey L. Underhill, Kingston; Ashley Koffel and husband Jason, Needville, TX; Jennifer M. Underhill, Bloomsburg; son, Corey Underhill, Santa Monica, CA; and their father, George Underhill. She was an amazing “Grammy” to her adored grandchildren, Mackenzi J. Raymond, Lexi Hill, Clara Koffel, and Gunnar Koffel. She also leaves behind a sister, Lisa Bremmer and husband Mark, Nescopeck; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 5th and Race Street, Mifflinville, with Reverend Brian Vasey officiating. Interment will follow in Mifflinville Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

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

Lois Mae (Whitebread) Soberick, 65, of Berwick passed away on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at her home, after losing her fight with cancer.

Born in Berwick on March 14, 1951, she was the daughter of the late Claude and Irene “Getha” (Hoch) Whitebread. She graduated 3rd in her class from Berwick High School in 1969 and attended Luzerne County Commity College. She co-owned the Big B Restaurant with her husband, and was an administrator at Cora’s Flowers.

Lois was a member of First Baptist Church, Berwick, where she held the position of financial secretary, was on the board and council, and taught Sunday School. She was a member of the Berwick Hospital Auxiliary Board. She enjoyed crafts and puzzles. She helped with the boulevard every Christmas. She paid meticulous attention to the details in everything she did.

She will be greatly missed by her husband of nearly 47 years, William M. “Bill” Soberick; loving daughters, Kim Soberick, Tybee Island, GA; Kristi Soberick, Berwick; Kellie Soberick-Eyer and husband Jeff, Berwick; Karen (Soberick) Daddio and husband Mike, Berwick; as well as her grandchildren, who were the light of her life, Mitchell, Anthony, Mia, Graycen and Giavanna. She also leaves behind sisters, Judy Miller, Hobbie; Betty Rinehimer and husband George, Hobbie; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, June 6, 2016 at First Baptist Church, 224 West Front Street, Berwick, with Rev. Dr. Charles Jensen officiating. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Sunday at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

Memorial contributions in Lois’s memory may be made to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 1848, Longmont, CO 805802, www.npcf.us/donate; or the American Diabetes Association.

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Dorothy Fink, 86, of Slocum Township passed away on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at her home.

Born in Nanticoke on September 11, 1929 she was the daughter of the late Edward and Helen (Raszka) Sobolewski. Her family moved often as she was growing up, so she was raised and educated in several different areas. After marriage, she lived with her husband, Curtis F. Fink, Jr, in Slocum Township, where they raised their family. She worked at American Cigar Factory, Mountaintop for 15 years prior to retiring.

Dorothy was a former member of Faith United Methodist Church, Slocum. She volunteered with many Slocum Fire and Ambulance fundraisers. She liked reading and watching cooking shows. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. “Nana” as she was known to many, will be remembered for her wit, laughter, pep talks and kindness, and will be greatly missed by many.

She was preceded in death by her husband Curtis in 2006; son, Leslie Fink; sister, Elaine Sobolewski Yacano, and step-brother, Edward Sobolewski Jr.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Joyce Fink, Wapwallopen; Carol Burd, Wapwallopen; grandchildren, Ronald Burd Jr, Wapwallopen; Samantha Burd, Wapwallopen; Evon Rotski Kunkle, State College; Cindi Rotski, Wapwallopen; and great granddaughter, Nicole Shultz, Wapwallopen. She is also survived by her step-brother, Charles Sobolewski and wife Maryann, Mountaintop; and step-sister, Cecelia Sobolewski Littleton, San Angelo, TX.

At Dorothy’s request, there will be no public services. A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to Slocum Volunteer Fire Company, 1923 Slocum Road, Wapwallopen, PA 18660.

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Richard A. Benscoter, 76, of Nescopeck, PA passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at the Geisinger Medical Center with the daughter and step-daughter by his side. He was born August 28, 1939, son of the late John and Pearl Benscoter. He resided his entire life in his family home in Nescopeck and felt fortunate to be surrounded by kind and caring neighbors who always looked out for him.

Richard graduated from Nescopeck High school where he was a stand-out basketball player. He served in the National Guard. He retired from Wise Potato Chip Company and worked previously at Berwick Forge and Fabricating, and the Consolidated Cigar Company. Richard was a huge sports fan. He enjoyed watching his favorite teams on TV and attending the games of his friends’ children and grandchildren. In addition, Richard loved going to carnivals, the Bloomsburg Fair, and Knoebels Grove with his daughter, family, and friends. He could often be seen sitting on his porch, just enjoying the day.

Richard was loved by all because he was kind, gentle, and caring man. He was always thinking of others, even until the very end of his life as he continued to show concern for the well-being of his daughter, family, and his friends during his own struggle for life.

Richard will be greatly missed by a daughter, Andrea Benscoter and her partner Tamera Ellsworth, Naples, FL, 3 step-children, and nephew, John Benscoter. He was preceded in death by his mother and father; brothers, Donald and Robert; and sister, Janice Benscoter.

Richard Benscoter was a great son, brother, uncle, step-father, and friend; but most of all Richard was an incredible, loving father. His unconditional love for his daughter was immeasurable and he filled her life with joy. Richard will be missed more than words can convey.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, June 3, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC., 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends Friday from 10:00 AM until time of service.

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Edwin C. Switzer, 63, of Berwick passed away on Monday, May 30, 2016 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, following a sudden cardiac event.

Born in Berwick on June 27, 1952, he was the son of the late Selena (Kreisher) and John E. Switzer, Sr. He was educated in Berwick Schools and was inducted into US Army in 1972, during the Vietnam War. After an honorable discharge in 1974, he was employed at several manufacturing plants, such as Wolfinger, Design Homes, and most recently Deluxe Homes. He was a “Jack of all trades…”, and even in his free time spent many hours working on projects for friends and family.

Ed enjoyed going to yard sales, and roller skating, which is how he met his wife. As much as he loved his work, what he loved even more, was spending time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 32 years, Sheryl A. Galler; daughters, Catherine Robinson and husband Sean, NC; Jennifer Galler, Berwick; Shawna Robinson and husband Brandon, SC; sons, Christopher Switzer and wife Lianna, NC; John Brian, Wilkes-Barre; Christopher Galler and wife Maggie “Pet Rock”, Berwick; 12 adored grandchildren; Frankie Lea, David, Brynon, Elyssa, Christopher Jr, James, Tyler, Logan, Crimson, John Jr, Hannah, Noah; and great grandson, Aiden. He is also survived by his sisters, Judy Brown and husband Herb, Orangeville; Cindy Milheim, Marion Bankes and husband Alan, Laurie Richards and husband Randy, Barbara Farver, all of Berwick; Linda Schneider, NJ; brothers, Robert Switzer and wife Kay, Berwick; Don Switzer, Shickshinny; Charles Switzer, Berwick; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Kathy Ridall; and brothers, Ben Switzer and John “Jake” Switzer.

Family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. In keeping with Ed’s wishes, casual dress is requested.

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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Sophie Zajac, 97, of Hollenback Township passed away suddenly on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at her home.

Born in Mocanaqua on May 4, 1919, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Wojcik) Vnencak. She was educated in a one-room school house in Hobbie. During WWII, she moved to New York and was employed at Western Electric in New Jersey. After the war ended she moved back to Pennsylvania, where she met, and then married, Joseph J. Zajac, in 1949. In 1950 they bought their farm, where she worked with her husband, and continued to farm even after his death, in 1995.

Sophie was a member of Our Lady Help of Christians, St. Mary’s Church, Dorrance. She greatly enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her loving children: daughter, Barbara Kopetskie and husband Tom, York; sons, Joseph S. Zajac and wife Karen, Wapwallopen, David Zajac, Hollenback Twp; cherished grandchildren, Christine, Tommy, Mary and Audrey; and adored great grandchildren, Charlee, Jaxon, Brody, Cali, and Sophie. She is also survived by her sisters, Mary Gabsewics, Berwick; Helen Nadratoski, Mountaintop; Martha Bursa, Bound Brook, NJ; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Mike, John and Steve.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at St. Mary’s Church, 3529 Saint Mary’s Road, Wapwallopen, with Reverend Jeffrey Tudgay officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 9:00 to 10:00 AM on Tuesday morning at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

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Bret Lane Kishbaugh, 52, of Mifflinville passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 20, 2016 at his home. He had been in failing health for the past 6 years.

Born in Berwick on December 25, 1963, he was the son of Barbara O. (Brown) Bayer, of Bloomsburg, and the late Gary L. Kishbaugh. Bret was a graduate of Columbia Montour Vo-Tech. In the 1980’s he was employed at the Press Enterprise, prior to moving out of state. He also worked as a printer in Kentucky and Ohio, until his health began to decline.

Bret enjoyed playing the guitar. H e also loved to feed and watch the squirrels and birds in the yard. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his daughters, Shaina Kishbaugh, Nescopeck, and Stephanie Kishbaugh, Mifflinville; several grandchildren; maternal grandmother, Dolores Brown; paternal grandmother, Katherine Kishbaugh, Nescopeck; a sister, Tracy Shannon, Alexandria, KY; a niece; a nephew; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father; a son, Shawn Kishbaugh; maternal grandfather, Robert E. Brown; paternal grandfather, Elwood Kishbaugh; and uncle, Joel E. Brown.

At his request there will be no funeral service. Heller Funeral Home is assisting his family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Resource Center, 301A Boone Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Paul Otis Young Sr. went to be with his Lord early in the morning on Thursday, May 19.

Paul was born on March 1, 1933 to Harvey Otis and Mary Leatha (Halsey) Young, in Madison, Nebraska. When he was a young child his family moved to Chester County, PA. He enjoyed all things agriculture, including hunting and farming.

Paul graduated in 1952 from Unionville High School as the Senior Class President. He was an award winning FFA member and involved in many other school activities.

On June 26, 1954 Paul married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Jean Griffith.

In 1961 Paul & Nancy bought their farm in Berwick, PA. Here, Paul continued his life-long passion of dairy farming. In addition, he owned and operated Young’s Satellite Receivers.

He served for 30+ years as a Luzerne County Community and Committee Member of the United States Department of Agriculture.

Paul was a longtime active member of The Bloomsburg Church of the Nazarene. He served as both board member and Sunday school teacher.

He was a valuable member of the Salem Township Fire Dept. and volunteered many years helping with the benefit carnival.

Paul’s fun loving spirit will be missed greatly by his wife of nearly 62 years, Nancy Young, and his children: Donna (Rick) Weaver of Ashland, OH, Sharon (Kennis) Wilson of Mt. Vernon, OH, Cindy Young of Nashville, TN, Paul (Susan) Young Jr. of Berwick, PA, Lori (Timothy) Traugh of Berwick, PA.

He was known as Pap-Pap to his 9 beloved grandchildren: Melissa (Greg) Drew, Bethany (Vann) Burden, Casey Young, Jessica Weaver, Leah Law, Austin Traugh, Ivan Wilson, Jason Young, and Lydia Traugh.

He will be greatly missed by numerous relatives and friends.

Paul is preceded in death by his parents, Harvey & Mary Young and his siblings: Elmer (Mary) Young, Mildred Speilman, Buryl Young, and Gerald (Verna) Young, and brothers-in-law; Norval Griffith and Charles Ahn Jr.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, May 23, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC., 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Reverend Marjorie B. Fisk officiating. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park. Family will receive friends Monday from 10:00 AM until time of service

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Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Johanna C. (Davis) Mowery, 74, of Berwick passed away on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Grandview Health Homes, Danville, where she had been staying for the past 13 years.

Born in Berwick on June 26, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Edward E. and Adeline D. (Zavistoski) Davis. She was a graduate of Berwick High School, and worked at Consolidated Cigar, Berwick.

Johanna was a member of Eagle Hose Company, Berwick, and the Columbia County Fire Police Association. She enjoyed search-word puzzles and watching TV, especially “I Love Lucy”.

She will be greatly missed by her husband of nearly 51 years, Gary Mowery; sons, Ernest L. Mowery; Neil L. Mowery; daughters, Sharon L. Mowery and Susan L. Mowery; as well as many close friends.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting her family.

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Grace Anne (Smith) Cope, 78, of Berwick passed away on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Berwick Hospital Center.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on July 28, 1937, she was the daughter of the late John R. and Leona G. (Litts) Smith. Her family moved often when she was a younger, so she was raised and educated in several locations. After settling in Pennsylvania, she worked hard to provide a loving home to her husband and daughter.

She enjoyed working on jigsaw and word puzzles. When she was younger, she enjoyed baking and cooking. She will be remembered by many for her sense of humor, and her ability to make others laugh.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Tracie Slusser and husband Scott, Berwick; granddaughter, Christina Slusser and fiancé Jefferey Moore, Mifflinville; sister, Mary Jablonka and companion James Goddard, Hunlock Creek; brothers, Edward Smith, Exeter; Dale Smith, Louisiana; and Daniel Smith, Virginia.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert T. Cope in 2010; granddaughter, Wendy Michelle Slusser in 1997; and brothers, Joseph and “Bill” Smith.

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

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or by going online to www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

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Clayton A. Harman, lifelong resident of Nescopeck Township passed away, just 17 days shy of his 90th birthday, on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at Brookdale Assisted Living, Bloomsburg.

Born on May 27, 1926, he was the son of the late Claude C. and Lenna E. (Rough) Harman, and attended Nescopeck High School. Clayton owned and operated his own farm in Nescopeck Township, and simultaneously worked at several other local businesses, including Zieser Vault Company, where he was employed for 25 years.

He was an active member of Mt. Zion United Church of Christ, Nescopeck Twp., where he held various consistory positions, and was a Sunday School teacher. He was Judge of Elections for Nescopeck Twp. and secretary for Mt. Zion Cemetery for several years. Clayton liked woodworking, and fishing, especially when his children were younger. He loved gardening and tractors even after he could no longer operate his farm. He enjoyed taking walks daily and stopping to visit with his neighbors.

Clayton was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley May (Peters) Harman on July 4, 2011; sisters, Esther Naugle; Leitha Sitler; brothers, James Harman, Harold Harman; and several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, including Clayton “Red” Rinehimer, who was also his close friend.

He will be greatly missed by his loving children: daughters, Brenda Pecora and husband Pat, Sugarloaf Township; Ella Lute and husband Daniel, Harrisburg; Carolyn Gowin and husband John, Lehighton; sons, Charles Harman and wife Cynthia, Nescopeck Township; Gary Harman and wife Carla, Nescopeck Township; 20 cherished grandchildren; and 18 adored great grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother-in-law, Lydon Peters and wife Carol, Hobbie; sister-in-law, Eleanor Rinehimer, Hobbie; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, May 13, 2016 at Mt. Zion UCC, Church Road, Nescopeck Township with his pastor, Reverend Richard Dennison officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck or at the Church on Friday from 10:00 AM till time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to Mt. Zion UCC Memorial Fund, 832 Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

The family would like to thank Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice of Berwick, and the staff at Brookdale for the care Clayton received. They are also grateful to Reverend Richard Dennison for the spiritual guidance and friendship he extended over the years.

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Katherine “Kate” Donnelly, 68, of Berwick passed away on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville following sudden health crisis.

Born in Wind Gap, PA on January 5, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Walter C. and Jean A (Nicholason) Bartholomew. She graduated from Nazareth Area High School and attended Luzerne County Community College. Kate was a teacher at Lydia Long Group Home Daycare, Berwick for over 10 years.

She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Berwick Ward, where she was known to many as Grandma Kate. She was a former member of the Welcome Wagon and Senior Circle. She was also a member of the American Coaster Enthusiasts. She loved traveling, having visited every state except Alaska, as well as other countries, only slowing over the last 2 years due to health issues.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband, Michael F. Donnelly, Sr. with whom she celebrated 49 years of marriage on May 6th; son, Matthew Donnelly and wife Sara, Fair Oaks, CA; daughter, Melody A. Donnelly, Berwick; 2 grandchildren, Nicole Cammaratta and Amber Donnelly. She is also survived by her sisters, Sara Hale and husband Gene, Yeadon, PA; Helen Elliot, Murraysville, PA; Peggy Catino and husband Joseph, Nazareth, PA; brother, Charles Bartholomew and wife Kathy, Tatamy, PA; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Michael F. Donnelly, Jr in 2013; and brother, Willard Bartholomew.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7368 School House Road, Berwick. Interment will be held at approximately 2:00 PM in Forks Cemetery, Stockertown. Family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck and at the Church on Thursday 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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Christine “Chrissy” Reneè (Dunn) Hess ,49, of Nescopeck Township passed away on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at home surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Bloomsburg on October 6, 1966, she was the daughter of LeRoy Clark Hess and the late Janet Elaine (Sponenberg) Hess. She was a graduate of Central Columbia High School. Christine was a homemaker for most of her life.

Christine was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mifflinville. She held various offices in the church throughout the years and was very involved. She also enjoyed reading, providing inspirational quotes to people, collecting Longaberger Baskets and Cherished Teddy Bears, and hosting her annual New Year’s Eve Party. Her greatest love though was her family, which she immensely loved spending time with.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 33 years, Kevin W. Hess; son, Kevin LeRoy Hess and wife Heather Anne; daughter, Alisha Elaine (Hess) Neidig and husband Nathan; granddaughters, Emma Elaine Neidig and Desyrae Leigh Neidig; sister, LeAnn Elaine (Hess) Conrad and husband Tim; brothers, Timothy Edward Dunn and wife Heather and James Clark Dunn and wife Julie; nieces, Morgan, Mattea and Amber; nephews, Elliot, Tyler, and Dale; and grandniece, Bella.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Clark Franklin Hess and Arlene Ryman Hess and maternal grandparents, Wilber Clark Sponenberg and Helen Mae Sponenberg.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Reverend Brian Vasey will officiate. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park. Family will receive friends on Thursday morning from 9:00 AM until time of service.

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Paul E. Shymansky, , 76, of Mifflinville passed away early Friday morning, April 22, 2016 at Berwick Retirement Village II.

Born in Northumberland on February 3, 1939, he was a son of the late Maximillian S. and Ada Mae (Runyan) Shymansky. He graduated from school in Northumberland and served in the US Army. Following an honorable discharge, he was employed at various local manufacturing plants, most recently at Berwick Offray, prior to retiring.

Paul was a member of the First Church of Christ, Bloomsburg. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and spending time with his family. He will be fondly remembered for lending a hand to anyone in need, and his true kindhearted nature.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Joan A (Eifert) Shymansky, with whom he celebrated 57 years of marriage this past October; sons, Charles Shymansky, Turbotsville; David Shymansky and wife Kathy, Sunbury; Stephen Shymansky and wife Debra, CA; Douglas Shymansky and wife Cindy, Berwick; daughter, Paul Maxine Shymansky, Danville; 16 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Paul Shymansky on April 19, 2014; sisters, June McCrann; Maurine Grone and husband Joe; Maxine Intronivich; Emily Shymansky; brother, Philip Shymansky; and half-brother, Theodore Shymansky.

At his request there will be no public funeral service. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting his family.

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Eugene J. Ostrowski, 69, of Berwick passed away on Wednesday evening, April 20, 2016 in Berwick Hospital Center.

Born in Nanticoke on September 17, 1946, he was the son of the late Eugene and Theodosia (Corczyca) Ostrowski. He graduated from Newport Township High School and attended Kings College. He was a carpenter by trade and worked for various construction companies in the Nanticoke Area.

Eugene was a member of the Polish Falcons Club, Mocanaqua. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also liked spending time gardening and cooking.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, Valerie A. (Vasauskas) Ostrowski, with whom he celebrated 47 years of marriage on April 19th. He also leaves behind a daughter, Denise Zeiber and husband Troy, Bloomsburg; son, Eugene Ostrowski III and wife Jeralyn, Berwick; grandchildren, Tyler, Rose, Troy Jr, and Dani; sisters, Donna Ostrowski, Mountaintop; Anita Ogin, Wapwallopen; nieces and nephews.

In keeping with his wishes there will be no funeral service. A private Celebration of Life will be held at the convenience of the family. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting his family.

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Coralee Ann (Spaid) Livziey, 56, of Mifflinville passed away on April 19, 2016 in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Buffalo, NY on Mary 13, 1959, she was the daughter of the late Wilbur Eugene Spaid and Mary Florence Wiessgerber. She was a graduate of St. Cyril Academy, Danville and earned a degree in Business Administration from Bloomsburg University. She was employed at Berwick Offray for 22 years, where she worked her way up from floater to custom coordinator.

Corey was a member of Mifflinville United Methodist Church. She enjoyed cooking and baking. She will be fondly remembered by many for her Christmas Cookies and Easter Eggs.

She will be greatly missed by her husband of nearly 14 years, Thomas P. Livziey, Sr; loving son, Stephen Shoemaker and his companion Taira Hartzel; stepdaughter, Katie Lyons and husband Thomas, Rock Glen; stepson, Thomas P. Livziey, Jr, Rock Glen; adored grandchildren, Jasmine and Cassie. She also leaves behind several siblings including brothers, Robert Spaid and wife Shannon, Mifflinville; David Spaid and wife Mary, VA; E.W. Kemper, Harding; “truck loads” of nieces and nephew; as well as an aunt, cousins and many friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Frank P. Spaid II; aunts and uncles.

A funeral will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Chaplain Clint Walker officiating. Interment will follow in Mifflinville Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Saturday morning from 10:00 AM until Noon.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Heller Funeral Home, LLC, to help with Corey’s final expenses.

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Janet Louise Kline, 82, of Bloomsburg passed away on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at Geisinger Bloomsburg Health Care Center.

Born in Hetlerville on December 25, 1933, she was the oldest of 10 children born to the late C. Dale and Winifred (Slusser) McMurtrie. She was a graduate of Mifflinville High School and was employed at Wise Potato, Berwick.

Janet was a member of Almedia Bible Church, Bloomsburg. She enjoyed spending her winters in her home in Florida, and gardening. She was especially proud of her flower beds which she poured a lot of love into.

She will be greatly missed by daughters, Sheila Reynolds and husband, Mike Basala; Barbara Kline and companion Craig Cool; sons, Ernest Kline and wife Ginger, Ricky Kline and wife Cheryl; Ronald Kline and wife Anita; 23 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Janet was preceded in death by her loving husband, Royce Adam Kline and grandson, James Reynolds.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 22, 2016 at 11:00 AM from Heller Funeral Home, LLC., 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635. Her son, Rick will officiate. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park. A viewing will be held Friday from 10:00 AM until time of services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Janet’s name may be made to: EOS Therapeutic Riding Center, 288 Dahl Road, Bloomsburg, PA 17815

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Russel K. “Jack” Manning Jr., 89, of Nescopeck passed away early Tuesday morning, April 19, 2016 at Berwick Retirement Village.

Born in Berwick on March 18, 1927, he was the son of the late Dora Zanetta (Mausteller) and Russel K. Manning Sr. He attended Berwick Schools and served in the US Army during WWII. After an honorable discharge, he worked at Argo in Berwick. When the company was acquired by IAC Spartanburg, he moved to South Carolina. After retirement, he moved back home to be closer his family.

Russel was member of the former Albright United Methodist Church, Nescopeck. He enjoyed wood working, camping and riding his motorcycle. Family was very important to him and he delighted in any time he could spend with them.

He will be greatly missed by his son, Terrance Manning and wife Gail, Berwick; daughters, Pamela Slusser and husband Adrian, Bloomsburg; Beverly Felt and husband David, SC; Trudy Shultz and husband Rex, Berwick; 13 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; and 1 great-great granddaughter. He is also survived by a brother, Ralph Manning and wife Ruth, Nescopeck; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Ellen Jane (Husted) Manning in 2011; infant daughter, Brenda; sisters, Stella Puher and Betty Lechleitner; and brothers, Herbert Manning and David Manning.

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Caroline Strunk Andreas, 89, of Conyngham Township passed away on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at her home.

Raised in Slocum Township, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Laura (Smith) Strunk. She graduated from Newport Township High School and later from College Misericordia. She taught English at Greater Nanticoke Area Schools for 25 years. After retirement she became active in her church, and the Senior Citizen’s Organization.

She was an active member of St. Mark’s Reform Church, Pond Hill until her health declined. She loved to read and had many hobbies, including genealogy. She enjoyed sharing information about family history, and encouraged and helped others to find their ancestors.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl E. Andreas; and half-sister, Mrs. Harry (Althea) Moyer.

She will be greatly missed by her children: daughter, Susan Posey and husband Ivan; son, Thomas Andreas; daughter, Kay Long; grandchildren, Lee and Andrew Posey, Matthew Andreas, Daniel, Carl and Susan Long; and 6 great grandchildren.

In keeping with her wishes, a private funeral service was held at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck. Interment was in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick.

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

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Cindy A. (Mensinger) Anewalt, 59, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at her home.

Born in Berwick on August 2, 1956, she was the daughter of the late Carl Roy and Dorothy Ruth (McCabe) Mensinger. She attended Central Columbia and graduated from Columbia Montour Vo-Tech, class of 1974. She earned her certificate from York Technical College as a radiology technician. She worked as a patient advocate supervisor for Health Care Receivable Specialists, Inc. for 10 years.

Cindy liked crafting, and often made different holiday items that she would then sell. She also was a talented seamstress, who created her children’s Halloween costumes each year when they were younger. She was a wonderful cook, and enjoyed hosting family holiday dinners at her home. She loved being around her family, especially her grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her loving daughter, Christin and husband Kristian Whitmire, Berwick; son, Chadd Anewalt, Berwick; 5 cherished grandchildren, Carter, Kenzey and Kylee Whitmire, Parker and Isaac Anewalt. She also leaves behind brothers: Howard Mensinger, Beach Haven; Rick Mensinger and companion Linda Smith, Berwick; Thomas Mensinger, Berwick; sister, Karen Mensinger, Berwick, several adored nieces and nephews, aunt, uncles and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Donald Mensinger; and sister, Janette Bower.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Mifflinville Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Monday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

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Mary (Scanlon) Sabo, , 75, of Bloomsburg passed away on Saturday morning, April 9, 2016, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Mary was born on June 19, 1940 in Sunderland, England. She was raised and educated in England and moved to the United States in 1964. She married Edward A. Sabo in 1965, a union that spanned 39 years until his passing on November 16, 2004.

Mary was a home maker, who worked hard to provide a warm and loving environment for her family. She liked spending time in her garden, but her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her granddaughters.

She will be greatly missed by her sons: Edward Sabo Jr; Kevin Sabo; and Mark Sabo, all of Bloomsburg; cherished granddaughters, Emily and Samantha Sabo; brothers-in-law: Tom Sabo; Frank Sabo and wife Kathe; Joseph Sabo and wife Brenda; sisters-in-law: Florence Hendershot, Dawn Roadarmel and husband Thomas; Theresa Sabo; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made in her memory to the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005 Boston, MA 02241-7005.

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David W. Lutz, of Berwick passed away Friday, April 8, 2016, in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on June 25, 1968, he was the son of Lester Lutz of Berwick, and the late Beverley (Deitrich) Hontz. David had worked as a carpenter for many years with Boss Contracting, performing a variety of duties.

He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed playing online video games, and had a great love of cars. His favorite past time however, was spending time with his grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Brenda (Hess) Lutz, with whom he spent the past 10 years; daughters, Alene Weaver and Kirsten Miller; son, Dylan Miller; grandchildren, Conner O’Brien and Blake O’Brien; twin brother, Daniel Lutz and companion Autumn Whitten; brothers, William Lutz, Howard Lutz and companion Edna, Michael Lutz and wife Annie; sisters, Shirley Rubenstein, Linda Brown and husband Butch, and Toni Hutton and husband Jeff; 3 sisters-in-law, 1 brother in law; several nieces and nephews; and good friend, Joe Larson

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David was preceded in death by his stepfather, Ken Hontz.

At David’s wish there will be no viewing or funeral service. A Celebration of Life is being planned for a later date.

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

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Donald C. Hause, of Berwick passed away on Monday, April 4, 2016 at his home in Nescopeck.

Born on May 18, 1936 in Berwick, he was the son of the late Kenneth and H Beryl (Varner) Hause. He attended Berwick Schools and in his youth worked with his grandfather, painting houses and doing carpentry. Later, Don was employed at Bill Johnson Chevrolet and Gay Car Sales, Berwick. Most recently he worked at Vaughn’s Bakery, which became Maier’s Bakery, until retiring.

Donald was a car enthusiast. He attended many car shows, restored cars, and in his younger years, drag raced. He also visited may antique shows and flea markets.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Mardell A. (Purcell) Hause, who he married on June 2, 1973; brother, Walter Hause, Berwick, a niece and a nephew.

Funeral services will be held at 12:30 PM on Friday, April 8, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Pastor Mike Delp officiating. Interment will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends on Friday morning from 11:30 AM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5019, a disease Donald had been battling since 2001; or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 3125, Williamsport, PA 17701. Donald was a two-time survivor of colon cancer.

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Maggie Mae Weisbrod, 37, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 4, 2016 at her home. She had been in failing health since 2010.

Born in Sayre, PA on May 23, 1978, she was the daughter of Arlene M. (Parsons) Benjamin of Nescopeck, and Jeffery Benjamin. She was a graduate of Berwick High School and received her Message Therapy Certification through Allied Medical School, Forty-Fort. She was employed at R.R. Donnelly, Bloomsburg until her health began to fail.

Maggie liked working on jigsaw and crossword puzzles, as well as reading. On occasion she would accompany her husband to activities at West Berwick Hose Company. Her greatest pride and delight was being a mom to her two sons.

In addition to her mother, she will be greatly missed by her cherished sons, Steven M. Weisbrod Jr. and Jonathan D. Weisbrod; fiancé, Sam Sisler; brother, Jeffery W. Benjamin and fiancé Celeste Bankes, Bloomsburg; adored nephew, Evan M. Benjamin; several aunts and uncles including, Althea Stout, Kim Rathbun, Joe Parsons, and Greg Parsons.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Steven M. Wiesbrod Sr. in 2014, maternal grandparents, Eugene J. and Althea I. Parsons; paternal grandparents, Jan and Emily Benjamin; and uncle, Scott J. Parsons.

A viewing will be held from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Sharing of Memories at 6:00 PM.

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Norma L. Ridall, 93, of Berwick passed away on Monday, April 4, 2016 at Berwick Retirement Village where she has resided for the past 10 years.

Norma enjoyed crocheting, watching TV, and working on word puzzles. She was formerly a member of the Trailblazers Camping Club, and greatly enjoyed camping trips with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Myron L. “Bike” Ridall, in 1992; sister, Margaret Benscoter; brothers, Clyde, Clarence, Robert and Luther Smith.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Bonnie Beish and husband Ronald, Old Bridge, NJ; Sally Yoder and husband Allen, Nescopeck; son, Robert Ridall and wife Shirley, Berwick; grandchildren, Gary Beish, Steve Yoder and wife Wendy, Jody Yoder, Allen Yoder Jr and wife Crystal, Todd Yoder; great grandchildren, Marion, Phillip, Stevie D, James and Mason. She is also survived by her sister, Ronda Superko, Nescopeck Twp; brother, Albert Smith, Nescopeck Twp; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Reverend Richard Dennison officiating. Interment will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends on Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

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Judith A. Hearn, On Friday, April 1, 2016, Judy joined her parents, the late George V. and Thelma Kmiecinski in heaven along with her younger brother, Thomas E. Kmiecinski, who died in February, 2013.

Judy was born on April 12, 1950 in Danville, PA. In 1954, her family moved to Bloomsburg where she attended St. Columba School and graduated from Bloomsburg High School in 1968. She continued to live and work in the area, retiring from the Columbia County Assistance office in 2005.

She is survived by her husband, William H. Hearn, who she married on August 1, 1998. They lived in Briar Creek Township since 2003. Together they enjoyed building and remodeling their homes, sightseeing, and travelling to beaches and lakes.

She also leaves behind her son, Keith A Mourey and wife Jamell; grandchildren, Ryan Mourey and Courtney Leiby, all of Bloomsburg; brother, George Kmiecinski Jr, Drums and his special friend Susan Lewis, Bloomsburg; sister, Susan Wehrer and husband David, Kingston; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Kmiecinski, Webster, NY; step-son, Robert Hearn, his wife Jennifer, and their daughter, Emily, of West Milford, NJ; as well as many other close extended family members.

Judy enjoyed reading, walking, going to the Berwick Y, and swimming. She participated in many 5K races including the Run for the Diamonds in 2010, of which she is proudest. She would tell you that she had a happy life, enjoyed great health until the past year, and loved her family and friends. She gave thanks to the Lord every night for the day past, and every morning for the day beginning.

At her request, there will be no viewing, please remember her as she was known to you. The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. A graveside memorial service will be held on Friday at 11:00 AM in Pine Grove Cemetery, Walnut Street, Berwick.

Flowers are great, but a donation to the Berwick YMCA Scholarship program is a great gift as she spent may happy hours there, or to the charity of your choice.

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Dorothy L. Houchins, 88, reached the end of her life’s journey on Friday, March 18, 2016, at Orangeville Nursing and Rehab.

Born in Berwick on September 1, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Bryson and Edna (Sherman) Longenberger. She graduated from Berwick High School and began a banking career at Berwick National Bank. She then worked at Berwick Bank, which was later acquired by United Penn Bank. She became an officer and branch manager of the Poplar Street office, where she worked until her retirement.

Dottie most recently resided in Bloomsburg, where she was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church. She was a former member of Grace Lutheran Church, Berwick, where she was a member of the choir, a Sunday School teacher, and served as Treasurer. While living in Florida for 21 years, she was a member of Port Charlotte United Methodist Church, and was commissioned there as a Stephen Minister.

She was a member of BPW, serving as Treasurer, Vice President and President; a member of American Institute of Banking, holding offices of Vice President and President of the Hazleton Chapter; a member of the National Association of Bank Women, serving as Membership Chairman for the District, and Vice Chairman of the Anthracite Group.

She liked crafting and was an avid reader. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by a daughter, Virginia Bredbenner; grandchildren, Jesse Bredbenner and wife Christine, Yavonne Eckroth and husband Jason; great grandchildren, Baillie and Christopher Bredbenner, Robert, Colton and Mitchel Eckroth. She will also be missed by her brothers, Carl Hyde and wife Nan, Texas, Harvey Longenberger and companion Grace Rubery, Berwick; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Houchins; step-mother, Elizabeth Longenberger; brothers, Curtis and Ray Longenberger and Alvin Hyde; sisters, Bernice Albertson, Twylah Finucan, Mary Moore, and Viola Newcomb.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM, on Saturday, April 2, 2016, at St. Luke Church, 9 St Luke Way, Bloomsburg, with Reverend Jeffery G. Bohan officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Rose Lawn Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the building fund at St. Luke Lutheran Church.

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Susan H. Daubert, 63, of Berwick passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2016, in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Bloomsburg on February 3, 1953, she was one of 14 children of the late Ziggy and Esther E (Gattshal) Hons. She was raised and attended school in the area. Susan was a full time wife and mother, who provided a warm and loving home for her family.

She enjoyed working on puzzle books, and sampling powders and perfumes.

She will be greatly missed her husband, David G. Daubert, Sr, with whom she spent the last 46 years. She also leaves behind daughters: Melissa Sebastian and husband Andy, Jonestown; Violet Kessler and companion Richard Snyder, Sr, Berwick; Rebecca Baker and husband Harold, Trout Run; sons: Franklin Hons, Scranton; David Daubert Jr and wife Shannon, Berwick; James Daubert, Sr and wife Lisa, Berwick; Brian Daubert, Berwick; Steven Daubert and companion Jennifer Kingston, Berwick; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; sisters: Linda, Colleen, Marlene, all of Berwick; Eleanor, Florida; brother, Ed Hons, Shickshinny; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Geraldine Smith; and 8 siblings.

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

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

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Harry Roland Wynings, Sr, 83, of Berwick passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2016 at home.

Born in Main Township on July 12, 1932, he was the son of the late Logan and Edith (Singley) Wynings. He graduated from Berwick High School and served in the US Army from 1953 to 1955. After an honorable discharge, he was employed at several local businesses including the Brick Yard in Mifflinville, and Wise Potato Chip, Berwick. Most recently he worked at Consolidated Cigar, Berwick and McAdoo, until his retirement.

He enjoyed hunting and gardening. He spent many hours wood-crafting, making things such as furniture and cabinets, as well as other items which he would give to family and friends as gifts. He also liked collecting Marlboro Miles and trading them in for merchandise.

He will be greatly missed by his children: Harry R. Wynings, Jr and wife Ida, Mechanicsburg; Terry Wynings and wife Angela, Berwick; Cindy Shemesh, Bloomsburg; Randy Wynings and wife Peggy, West Hazleton; Tammy Roman, NC; Bryan Wynings and wife Deb, MN; 18 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; brother, Doyle Wynings and wife Wava, Berwick; sister, Martha Franklin, Bloomsburg and several caregivers, including Rhonda.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Alvin, Arnold, Theodore, Claire, and Earl; and sister, Rachel.

A private graveside service will be held on Saturday in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick.

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Judith Ann Davis, 69, of Berwick went to be with her Lord on Sunday, March 20, 2016 at Geisinger Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit in Danville, PA.

Born on December 31, 1946 in Wilkes- Barre, she was one of three children of the late Peter and Alvina Klemash. She graduated from Hanover High School and then went to Bradford Beauty Academy where she received a degree in Beauty and Cosmetology. She then served as the East Coast Director of Enjoying Marriage seminars for 15 years. She was also a property manager at Long Beach Island, NJ; and had planned and directed numerous Women of Faith seminars. She was affiliated with Sovereign Grace Fellowship of Orangeville.

Judith is survived by her loving husband, David J. Davis, with whom she celebrated a 50th wedding anniversary on February 5. She will also be missed by her daughters, Julie Ann Echterling and husband Randy, Camp Hill; Sandra Lee Bonanducci, Penn Argyl; granddaughters, Hannah, Cassandra, and Samantha.

A Celebration of Life will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is assisting her family.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Samaritans Purse, International Relief, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607-3000.

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Dennis Wayne “Denny” Slusser, 60, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 21, 2016 at his home, following a sudden illness.

Born in Berwick on July 31, 1955, he was a wonderful son to Eloise M. “Tip” (Lynn) Slusser, of Berwick, and the late Orval D. “Red” Slusser. He was a 1973 graduate of Columbia Montour Vo-Tech, where he was trained in automotive refinishing. He worked at several places over the years including, Sweet Valley True Value Hardware, Brookside Homes in Danville, Deluxe Homes in Berwick, Automatic Vending, EPSCO, and most recently for the state as a manager at Risk Youth, Eckley.

Denny was a dedicated life member of Defender Fire Company where he served as a past Chief and was the current Treasurer. He was a social member of West Berwick Fire Company, and attended Bethany Bible Church, Berwick. He liked fishing and kayaking, and was a motorcycle enthusiast. He enjoyed watching NASCAR and was a fan of Dale Earnhardt, Sr. Denny had an awesome sense of humor, and was a loving and caring man to everyone, especially his family and friends.

He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 22 years, Virginia (Sliker) Slusser; daughter, Amanda Zwalkuski and husband Brandon, Bloomsburg; and granddaughter, Zoey. He was looking forward to the birth of a second grandchild in June. He also leaves behind a sister, Shirley A. Felker, Berwick; nephews, Bryce Felker and wife Crystal, Blake Felker and wife Jessica. He was a great uncle to Cody, Tessa, Grace Lyn and Meko Felker. Denny will be missed by many will be greatly missed by his “family” at Defender.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Gordon “Skip” Felker.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Defender Fire Company, Berwick on April 2, 2016 beginning at 2:00 PM.

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Defender Fire Company, 204 East 6th Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

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Marjorie D. Milheim, 87, of Berwick passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at Berwick Retirement Village, where she had been residing for over 5 years.

Born in Berwick on July 19, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Jefferson and Lucy Bell (Fisher) Remaley. She was a graduate of Mifflinville High School, class of 1946. She was employed at Mifflin Knitting Mill, and Levan’s Grocery Store, Mifflinville. She also babysat for several neighborhood families.

Marge was a member of Mifflinville United Church of Christ, and volunteered her help with the Girl Scouts. In high school, she played for the girls’ basketball team. As an adult she enjoyed reading, collecting newspapers, and dining out. She loved having long talks with her family and friends.

Marge was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin F. Milheim in 2001; and her daughter, Deb Conrad in 2006.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters: Janet Kroening, Berwick; Linda Wydra, Wapwallopen; 8 Grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; and brother, Thomas A. Remaley and wife Rose, Florida.

Family will receive friends on Monday, March 28, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 12:00 Noon in Mifflinville Cemetery with her pastor, Reverend John Bondhus officiating. Anyone attending is asked to meet at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1704 Warren Avenue, Williamsport, PA 17701.

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Sandra A. Shultz, 71 of Berwick went home with her Lord on Monday, March 14, 2016, at her home, surrounded by family.

Born in Shamokin on July 5, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Russell and Genevieve “Jean” A. (Zarramba) Chernago. She attended school in Shamokin, and earned her cosmetology certification in 1964. She retired from Heinz Pet Products, where she was employed for over 28 years.

Church was a large part of Sandy’s life. She was an active member of LCBC, Berwick, where she volunteered her time to many community service organizations. She enjoyed gardening and shopping. Sandy considered her greatest accomplishments to be, “Raising four wonderful children, and becoming closer to God my savior.”

She will be greatly missed by her children: daughters, Karen Frye and husband Tim, Greensburg, PA; Brenda Titus and husband Shawn, Shickshinny; sons, Scott Everett, Berwick; Jonathon Shultz and wife Amber, York, PA; cherished grandchildren, Gregory, Daniel and Michael Cesare; Dylan, Ashlynn and Aiden Everett; Jeremy Creasy; Alyssa, Kara, and Shawn “Hunter” Titus; Chase and Reese Shultz. She also leaves behind her brothers, Ronald Chernago and wife Carol; Steve Chernago and wife Holly, all of Shamokin; and nieces and nephews.

Sandy was preceded in death by a daughter at birth, and husband Howard L. Shultz.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, March 18, 2016 at LCBC, 20 Kachinka Hollow Road, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made in her memory to the Kidney Foundation of Central PA, online at www.kfcp.org/Donate/MemorialGifts.aspx.

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Elmer L. “Dick” Hopper, 79, of Berwick passed away on Monday, March 14, 2016 at Orangeville Nursing and Rehab.

Born in Bloomsburg on September 29, 1936, he was the son of the late Donald Richard and June Gertrude (Larish) Hopper. Dick served in the US Marine Corps from 1956 to 1959. After an honorable discharge, he was employed at Synthane Taylor as a supervisor, and most recently worked at Dorma Door Manufacturing.

Dick was a member of the VFW Post 804, Bloomburg. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of over 25 years, Jane E. (Dixon) Hopper; son, Gary Hopper; daughters, Dori Bloom and Tammy Hopper; step-children, Denise Friebus and husband Paul, Michele Schrader, and Donald Hopper; 4 grandchildren, Sean, Harleigh, Ashlee, Shannon; and great granddaughter, Alexandria. He is also survived by a sister, Judy Hopper; brothers, Terry Hopper and wife Dot, Bobby Hopper and wife Jane, Jerry Hopper; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a daughter Kim Marosek; and sisters, Pauline Herring and Gloria Hopper.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, March 18, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Inurnment will follow in Creveling Cemetery, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until the time of service.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to charity of the donor’s choice.

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Lynda Joy Saia, 59, of Salem Township passed away on Friday, March 5, 2016 at home, surrounded by her loving family and loyal companions “Prince” and “Vinnie”.

Born in Kingston, PA on March 27, 1956, she was the daughter of the late Judee Joy McKenzie and Wesley Broody. She attended Hammaton High School in New Jersey. Lynda was employed at various financial institutions throughout her career, including Ocean City Home Banking in New Jersey, where she was a vice president. Most recently she worked at Members Trust Federal Credit Union in Virginia Beach.

Lynda was a member of Hope Lutheran Church while living in Virginia Beach, and after moving to the Berwick Area, was attending Berwick Assembly of God. She was active with various community organizations in New Jersey, and volunteered for “Listening Ears” in Virginia Beach, a program for children with learning disabilities. She was involved, as a model, for the “Look Good, Feel Better” program for cancer patients.

Lynda spent time in the sunshine while boating, swimming and taking nature walks. She also enjoyed shopping. Her greatest love was her family, especially her cherished grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her husband of 43 years, Peter Anthony Saia, Sr; son, Peter A. Saia, Jr and companion Edie White, Berwick; daughter, Judee Joy Montero and husband Jason, Virginia Beach; grandchildren, Emma Joy and Preston Joseph. She also leaves behind her “daddy” Stephen Worrall, Las Vegas; aunts and uncles, Sandy and Bill Asimos, Joanne and Bill McKensie, Jeff McKensie; cousins, Suzanne Hontz and husband Robert, and George Broody Jr, all of Berwick.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mary and Anthony Broody, from Dallas, PA; as well as several close aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A funeral service will be held at 4:00 PM on Monday, March 7, 2016 at Berwick Assembly of God, 801 East Fifth Street, Berwick, with Pastor Stephen Potutschnig officiating. Family will receive friends from 3:00 PM until the time of service.

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Leonard G. “Hon” Spaide, 78, of Berwick, passed away Saturday, March 5, 2016 at Berwick Hospital Center, where he was a patient since Sunday.

Born in Berwick on March 20, 1937, he was the son of the late Emma (Smith) and Abram Spaide, Sr. He attended Nescopeck High School and was a plasterer by trade. He was employed at various local manufacturing plants, and most recently worked at Boyer’s IGA, Berwick.

He attended St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church, Berwick. He raised pigeons, enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was an avid Eagles and Flyers fan.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of nearly 48 years, Nancy M. (Karns) Spaide; sons, Leonard Spaide Jr, Louisiana, Danny Spaide, Louisiana, Audie Spaide, Berwick, Scott Spaide and companion, Michelle Smith, Bloomsburg, Brian Spaide and wife Chrissy, Shickshinny; daughter, Tammy Winterhalt and husband Mark, Allentown; 11 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; sisters, Olive Ruckle, Berwick, Noreen Graver, Lancaster; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Wilbur, Howard, Abram Jr, Fred, infant brother Clarence; and sister, Beldene Pendelton.

It was Leonard’s request to be cremated. A memorial prayer service will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third St., Nescopeck, with Reverend Francis Tamborro officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends from 9:30 AM till the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions made to the American Cancer Society, Eastern Central Division, Columbia Unit, PO Box 3125, Williamsport, PA 17701-0125.

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Wayne Henry Risch, Sr., 67, of Berwick passed away at 12:37 PM on Friday, March 4, 2016, in Berwick Hospital Center, following a sudden health crisis.

He was the son of the late Carl Henry Risch and Louise May (Eisenhauer) Risch. He was a 1966 graduate of Milton Hershey School where he was an Honor Student, Chess Champion, and Class Photographer. Upon graduating, he was offered a scholarship from the Chicago Culinary Institute, he instead joined the Air Force. After leaving on medical discharge, he worked as a prison guard in Columbia County, while putting his wife through nursing school.

Known to locals as Wade, he has been a business owner in Columbia County since 1978. Some of his trades include baking and candy making, carnival food and concessions, mechanics and auto sales. In the 90’s, he owned Glory Rides Limo Service. He was an auto dealer since 1978, operating Risch’s Auto Sales and Transmission Service, and later, W.A.D.E. Motors. He was also a Notary Public. He served 5 surrounding counties as a Humane Animal Police Officer, and was the co-founder/trustee of Purrfect Love Humane Society, as well as serving as a volunteer for the Animal Resource Center. He was currently serving on Briar Creek Borough Zoning Board. He cared about people in the community and was a friend to many.

Wayne was a born-again Christian, supporting member of the 700 Club since 1985. He was a former member of Berwick Assembly of God and New Life Fellowship, Briggsville. He is a former member of the Danville Area Jaycees, where he received an award for Director of the Year. Wayne was also a long time social member of Berwick VFW post #821.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 47 years, Darla Kay (Ash) Risch; son, Wayne H. Risch, Jr., Berwick; daughter, Shauna Marie Moylan and husband William, Apple Valley, CA; grandchildren, Deidre, Peyton, Cale, Keegan, Asa, Bailey, Ezra, and Quincy; brother, Carl J Risch and wife Lenore, Bloomsburg; sisters, Shirley J. Cox and husband Russell, Fayetteville, NC; Beverly Smith Hess, Catawissa.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert MacArthur Risch, and Lynnwood James Risch.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 11, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Viewing hours are Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and Saturday morning from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to Purrfect Love Humane Society, P.O. Box 165, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

Matthew 25:21 - His lord said unto him, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”

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James G. Morris III, 67, of Arnold, MD, passed away unexpectedly on March 1, 2016, during a brief stay in Berwick to visit relatives.

Born in Berwick on September 3, 1948, he was the only child of the late Laura (Hartman) and James G. Morris II. He received his degree in Chemical Engineering from Brooklyn Polytech, and worked as a civilian contractor for the US Navy.

James loved to read. He enjoyed camping and fishing.

He will be greatly missed by his cousins, Charleen Vandermark, Berwick, Craig Hortman, FL, Kim Heimbaugh and companion John Tasevoli, Halifax, as well as many close friends in Maryland including, Cherry and Mac Chapin and their son David, who he considered his family.

He was preceded in death by Christopher Chapin.

All services will be held at a future date in Maryland.

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Ruth Beverly (Setzer) Force, 90, of Berwick passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 3, 2016, at her home, following a short illness.

Born in Berwick on March 28, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Beatrice E. (Fish) Setzer. She attended Berwick schools, and was employed at Consolidated Cigar for 27 years, or as she would say “from open till close”.

She attended God’s Missionary Church, Berwick. She liked crocheting and made many items over years, as requested, from holiday decorations to household items. She enjoyed fishing and camping with friends, in Virginia, Louisiana and other areas. She spent many hours cooking, and always had food to offer anyone who visited. Most of all, Ruth loved her family and friends, and cherished the time she spent with them.

She will be greatly missed by her daughters, Bonnie Walk and Linda Herring, both of Berwick; stepson, Howard Force, Jr., Hazleton; stepdaughter, Linda Force, Bloomsburg; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Also surviving are her brothers, Henry Setzer, Berwick, Frank Setzer and wife Nancy, all of Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Force, Sr. in 1982; son Harry Herring, Jr.; infant daughter, Judy Herring; stepdaughter, Charlotte Samsel; sisters, Marian Hummel, Janet Layos, and Betty Yorks; brothers, Donald Richards, Wesley Setzer, and Harry Setzer; and companion, Charlie Karns.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Monday, March 7, 2016, at Heller Funeral Home, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Lime Ridge. Family will receive friends on Monday from 11:00 AM until the time of service.

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Wayne “Tim” E. Baer, 90, of Nescopeck passed away on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at Berwick Retirement Village I.

Born June 6, 1925, he was the son of the late Herman and Eva (Sorber) Baer. He attended Nescopeck High School before serving his country in the United States Navy between the years of 1943 and 1946 in WWII; where he partook in at least 5 major invasions. He worked as a welder and hook-on with ACF, which then become Berwick Forge, and later the Whittaker Corporation.

Wayne was an active member of Wesly United Methodist Church, Nescopeck, and member of their Methodist Men Group. He was also a life member of the Berwick VFW and Berwick Fire Company. In his spare time, he enjoyed wood carpentry, canoeing, traveling, camping, square dancing, was an avid hunter and fisherman, gardening, attending local High School basketball games, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-granddaughter.

Surviving are his wife of almost 69 years, Joyce E. (Gensel) Baer; daughter, Jowayne Walton and significant other Donald Moss, of Nescopeck; grandchildren, Steve Walton and wife Theresa of Fleetwood, Scott Walton and wife Suzanne of Nescopeck, and Bruce Walton and significant other Joanna of Nescopeck; great-grandchildren, Ashley Shappell and husband Richard, Kristin Walton, Nathan Walton and wife Samantha, Alexandra Walton, and Kyle Walton; great-great-granddaughter, Addison Shappell; brothers, Reid Baer and wife Rosie of Seattle and Melville Baer and wife Marge of Center Hall; many nieces and nephews; and dogs, Sierra and Ebony.

Preceding him in death are brothers, Ray, Paul, and Layton Baer.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, March 4, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Rev. Craig Gommer, officiating. Interment will follow at Sorber Cemetery, Shickshinny. Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Wayne’s name can be made to: Wesley United Methodist Church, 401 Broad St., Nescopeck, PA 18635

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Shirley E. Bailey, 88, of Berwick passed away on Friday, February 26, 2016 at Berwick Retirement Village I surrounded by her loving family.

Born January 17, 1928 she was the daughter of the late Harold and Elizabeth (Slusser) Eshelman. She graduated from Berwick High School and was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Berwick. She had worked as a clerk for Seely’s Office Outfitters for many years.

Shirley was a member of the Eastern Star, and was very involved with her church and held several positons over her lifetime including Deacon. In her free time, she loved spending time with and raising her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are son, Willard Bailey, Berwick; daughter-in-laws, Ann Cary and Barbara DeWitt McHenry; grandchildren, Wendy Eveland, Jason Bailey, and Jeffery Bailey; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Kendra, and Ashley Bailey and Samantha Eveland; sisters, Marian Thomas and Sara Zenzel, both of Berwick; and her dog, Champ.

Preceding her in death is husband, Willard Henry Bailey, Jr.; son, Douglas Richard Bailey; sisters, Janet Blatherwick, Isabelle Heckman, and Dorothy Eshelman; and brothers, Charles, Harold, James, and David Eshelman.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Rev. Darlene Little officiating. Interment will follow at Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until the time of the service.

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Eugene R. Brown, 91, of Berwick, formerly of Nescopeck, passed away on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at Berwick Retirement Village I.

He was born August 16, 1924 on the family homestead in Briggsville, PA, son of the late George and Martha (Seely) Brown. He attended the One-Room Turnpike School in Briggsville, formerly Sloyersville, and then went on to graduate from the former Nescopeck High School, Class of 1942. He also attended seminars at Bloomsburg College for State Police and FBI.

As a young man he worked on the family farm, was former police chief in Nescopeck from 1958 to 1970, and worked for the Press Enterprise as a bundle carrier, retiring in 1995.

He enjoyed deer hunting, collecting antiques, caning chairs, restoring furniture, gardening, and reading.

He was a life member of the Nescopeck Borough Fire Company, a former member of Knapp Lodge No. 462 F & AM for 45 years, and the Irem Temple.

Eugene was preceded in death by his loving wife, Arline Brown; sister, Leah Shaffer; and brother, Fred Brown.

Surviving are his daughters, Ellen L. Brown, Florida; and Mrs. Susan Kramer and husband Robert, Berwick.

At Eugene’s request, all services will be private.

Memorial contributions in Eugene’s name can be made to: Nescopeck Boro Fire Company, 325 Warren Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Heller Funeral Home, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

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Dolores L. Greenwood, 80, of Mifflinville passed away Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at Geisinger HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Danville.

in Shamokin on August 3, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Henri Karpiak and Violet (Kline) Ossman. She attended Shamokin and Philadelphia Area schools.

Dolores was an avid supporter of the Billy Graham Foundation, as well as Meals on Wheels. She enjoyed spending time with her family, visiting casinos, watching pro football (especially the Eagles), camping at the Poconos and relaxing at the Jersey Shore. She recently received her certificate of completion for radiation treatments which she was very proud of.

She will be greatly missed by daughters, Donna Conner, Shamokin, DiAnn Hoover and husband Ralph, Harrisburg; 4 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, James Greenwood in 2015 and sister, Nancy Mordan.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon on Tuesday March 1, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Trevorton Road, Shamokin. Friends may call on Tuesday from 11:00 till the time of the service.

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George Stalega, 86, formerly of Orangeville, passed away peacefully at Masonicare at Newtown, CT, on February 14, 2016. George had been a resident of Masonicare at Newtown for seven years.

George was born and raised in Berwick, PA on September 17, 1929. He was the son of the late George and Catherine (Gerrish) Stalega. He graduated from Berwick High School and during those years loved playing baseball, basketball and (despite his parents knowing…football).

George enlisted in the Air Force in 1948 at the age of 18. He became Staff Sergeant in 1949 and was promoted to Master Sergeant in 1952 and was discharged in March 1954. George joined the Air National Guard and was active for 24 years. His tour of duty took him to the Azores, France and Spain.

George worked as a junior Clerk and was promoted to Senior Clerk in the Stock Exchange in Connecticut. From 1965 to the early 1970’s George was the Chief Financial Officer for Fidelity Corporation. He became Senior Vice President in the New York Stock Exchange from 1975-1979. From 1979-1988, he became president of his own brokerage firm, Dent and Company in Hoboken, NJ. He retired in 1990. George was a very active man who loved to exercise and play racquetball.

George was the youngest of eleven children. He was preceded in death by his siblings Mary Stalega, Anastasia Vallino, Nick Stalega, Mike Stalega, Catherine Stalega, Estelle Sarabura, Anna Vezendy, Charles Stalega and John Stalega. George is survived by his sister Stephanie Stalega of Berwick, PA.

George is survived by his wife of twenty-five years Margo Stalega, his three children, John Stalega and his wife Yolanda, Michael Stalega, both of Hebron CT, Deborah D’Weirdt of Rocky Hill CT, stepdaughter Deborah Russo and her husband Sam of Ridgefield CT, grandchildren Melissa, Nicole, Olivia, Jacqueline, Sarah, Phillip & Miles, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

A prayer service will be held at 9:30 AM on Friday, February 19, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, followed by a Parastas Service at 10:00 AM at St. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, 706 North Warren St., Berwick. He will be laid to rest in St Cyril and Methodius Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

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Derle L. Schell, 82, of Berwick went home to be with the Lord, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, February 13, 2016.

Born in Nescopeck Township on August 5, 1933, he was the son of the late Lee and Helen (Naugle) Schell. He graduated from Nescopeck High School in 1951, and served in the US Army after WWII. After an honorable discharge, Derle met and married the love of his life, Marion and they moved to Manville, New Jersey. After moving back to Berwick in 1968, he worked at Valley Seeding, Sugarloaf and then was employed as a truck driver at Wise Foods for over 15 years, where he was recognized with the Million-Mile safe driver award. After retiring from Wise, he worked part time for Knorr Contracting, Berwick.

Derle, or as nurses and waitresses called him, “Trouble”, loved music and in his younger years, played the banjo and mandolin. He would go on trips with his siblings to see the Gaither Vocal Band whenever possible. He also loved his Pirates, Nascar, and the Christmas Boulevard. He greatly enjoyed spending time with his grand and great grandchildren, whom he cherished and adored. Every day Derle checked the paper for his name in the obituaries, and would have been startled to see his name today. His sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marion V. (Frederick) Schell on July 13, 2015, breaking a marital span of 59 years; sons, Leslie K. and Larry D. Schell; and brothers, Drue and Mark Schell.

He will be greatly missed by his son, Carey Schell and his wife, Karen, Nescopeck; three granddaughters, Amanda Schell, Caley Oels and husband Phil; Corinne Schell and companion Daniel Bankes; as well as four great-grandchildren, Milo, Oscar, Brody and Morgan. Also surviving are sisters, Janet Smith; Ruth Ann Henrie and husband Marlin, all of Berwick; brothers, Fred Schell; Ronald Schell and wife Carla; David Schell and wife Jolinda, all of Nescopeck; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Reverend Richard Dennison officiating. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Lime Ridge. Family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Derle’s favorite charity, The Salvation Army 320 West Second Street, Berwick, PA 18603 and the Berwick Christmas Blvd.

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Henry G. “Butch” Hollinger, Jr., 70, of Summerhill passed away late Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Berwick Hospital Center.

Born in Downingtown on May 23, 1945, he was the son of the late Margaret (Mahoney) and Henry G. Hollinger, Sr., and attended Benton High School. He worked at Will-O-Bett Dairy Farm in Berwick, and most recently, at Bowl Arena, West Hazleton.

Butch was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Berwick. He liked working around his house and doing yard work, especially in the garden and flower beds. He enjoyed taking yearly trips to Disney World.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Celia “Chris” (Stout) Hollinger with whom he would have celebrated 43 years of marriage this month. He is also survived by a granddaughter, Amanda; brother-in-law, Dave Outt and wife Charlene, sisters-in-law, Mary “Kathy” Bower; and Donna Outt; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Tammy Showers; son, Henry Hollinger III; brother, Tom Hollinger; sister, Marion Hollinger; and brother-in-law, James Outt.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at Grace Lutheran Church, 1315 Fairview Avenue, Berwick, with his pastor, Reverend Chad Hebrink officiating. Family will receive friends from 10:00 till the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Animal Resource Center, 301A Boone Road, Bloomsburg, 17815; or the animal rescue center of the donor’s choice.

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Wilbur L. Bloss, 93, of Hobbie, passed away on Monday, February 8, 2016, at Smith Health Care, Mountaintop, where he had been a guest for the past 4 months.

Born on December 22, 1922, he was the only child of the late Lyman D. and Alice F. (Hoch) Bloss. He attended school at the Good School, one room school house. Wilbur owned and operated his truck and dairy farm on St. Mary’s road for over 50 years.

He was a member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hobbie, where he formerly served on church council. He enjoyed fixing farm machinery, welding projects, and general tinkering. He recently commented that he wished he would have had the time to fix up and paint one of his old tractors. He had many good times going to farm sales, and socializing with fellow farmers. In his younger years, he served as fire policeman for Hobbie Volunteer Fire Company.

He will be greatly missed by his daughter, June E. Berkheiser, Succasunna, NJ; son, Barry W. Bloss and wife Diane, Hobbie; grandchildren, Kelley A. Berkheiser and fiancé Frank Corso, Bronxville, NY; Jeff Bloss, Hobbie; Justin Bloss and wife Katie, Shickshinny; and great grandson, Aiden Bloss. He is also survived by one cousin, Irene Hoch, Nescopeck.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Emily R. (Rinehimer) Bloss in 2009, and son-in-law, Harry Berkheiser in 2007.

At Wilbur’s request, there will be no public funeral service. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. He will be buried next to his wife in St. James Cemetery, Hobbie.

Wilbur’s family would like to thank the staff of Smith Health Care for the compassion and care he was given during his stay there.

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Marian R. (Lehman) Gangaware, 90, formerly of Hobbie, passed away on February 8, 2016 in Sharon Hospital, Colebrook, CT.

Born in Pine Grove on August 6, 1925, she was the daughter of the late William and Annie (Yoder) Lehman.

Marian was a member of the former Albright United Methodist Church, Nescopeck, and more recently a dedicated member of Firwood United Methodist Church, Wilkes-Barre.

In addition to her parents, Marian was preceded in death by her husband, Selden A. Gangaware on May 3, 2000; and brothers, Leroy, Paul and Arthur Lehman.

She is survived by her daughter, Marjorie Fose and husband Larry, FL; stepdaughter, Barbara Kaminski and husband James, Wilkes-Barre; stepsons, Rev. Lee Gangaware and wife, Pauline, CT; and Craig R. Gangaware, Jonestown; grandchildren: Erica and husband Chris Walker, Andrea and husband Tim Viti, Adam Gangaware, Hannah Gangaware, Elizabeth and husband Chuck Frye, and Kimberly Fose; great-grandchildren, Julianna Lawrence, Catherine Janson, Jacob and Jaron Frye and Bryce Viti; and sister, Leah Kramer.

Family will receive friends from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. A funeral service will follow at 3:00 PM with Reverend Lee Gangaware officiating.

Interment will be next to her husband in Indiantown Gap Cemetery, Annville at 9:00 AM on Friday, February 12, 2016.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to ALS Association, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 6051, Albert Lea, MN 56007.

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Paul M. Prueitt, 77, of Berwick passed away on early Monday morning, February 8, 2016 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on April 28, 1938, he was the son of the late Robert E. and Marie E. (Graham) Prueitt. He was a graduate of Central Columbia High School, class of 1957. Prior to retiring, he was employed Maier’s Bakery, Berwick for 40 years.

Paul attended Calvary United Methodist Church, Berwick and was a member of the NRA. He liked hunting, and was an avid Eagles and Phillies fan. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 58 years, Janice L. (Hutchings) Prueitt, at home; sons: Paul R. Prueitt and wife Sherri, Dupont; Mark A Prueitt, Berwick; Eric W. Prueitt and wife Dina, Danville; Wade P. Prueitt, CA; 12 cherished grandchildren: Erika and husband Chad; Jessica and husband Kyle; Amanda; Nathaniel; Cody; Bryce; Marissa; David; Dustin; Brittney; Wade T.; and Shane; 7 adored great grandchildren: Jennifer; Garrett; Alec; Kamden; Lexie; Annalee; and Skylar. His also leaves behind a sister, Caroline Kovach, Muncy; and numerous nephews and nieces.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Zachary; brothers: Robert and Edward Prueitt; sisters; Honey Milo; Emma Kelchner; Elaine Hunsinger; and Genevieve Boone.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Reverend Dennis McCracken officiating. Interment will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends on Thursday morning from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

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Benjamin A. Switzer, 66, of Berwick passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at his home, after a long illness.

Born in Berwick on January 20, 1950 he was the son of the late John E. and Selena M. (Kreischer) Switzer. He graduated from Berwick High School and worked at Consolidated Cigar for many years.

Ben loved dogs, especially his own, Oscar, Oreo and Heidi.

Surviving are his sisters and brothers: Barbara Farver, of Berwick; Robert Switzer and wife Kay, of Berwick; Donald Switzer, of Shickshinny; Linda Schnieder of NJ; Marian Bankes and husband Alan, Berwick; Judy Brown and husband Herb, Orangeville; Edward Switzer and companion Cheryl Galler, Berwick; Charles “Seymore” Switzer, Berwick; Cindy Milheim, Berwick; Laura Richards and husband Randy, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death are a brother, John E. Switzer, Jr. and a sister, Kathy Ridall.

A private burial was held in Elan Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Ben’s name can be made to: SPCA, 2801 Bloom Road, Danville, PA 17821.

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Robert L. "Scooter" Slusser, Jr., 53, of North Center Township, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at his home.

Born in Berwick on March 20, 1962, he was the son of Marlene E. (Hahn) Fowler of Berwick, and the late Robert L. Slusser, Sr. He was a graduate of Berwick High School, class of 1980, and attended Duquesne University. He was employed at several area businesses including, Tuzzi’s Bakery in Berwick, R. R. Donnelly, Bloomsburg, and most recently he was employed at Wise Snack Foods, Berwick.

Scooter was a life member of Eagle Hose Company, Berwick. He was an avid “Steelers” football fan, rooted for the “Mets” baseball team, and liked his computer and gardening, especially with his loyal companion “Bailey” at his side. He also enjoyed going to Morris’s Family Restaurant, mostly to visit with the staff and give the waitresses a hard time.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of nearly 24 years, JoAnn T. (Futoma) Slusser, sisters; Vallerie Fowler and fiancé Ronald Dymond, Berwick; Kay Harner and husband Stephen, Berwick; Jennifer Fowler and companion Tommie Splain, CT; brother, Jay Fowler, Jr and companion Linda Swidinsky, Berwick; and 10 nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind several in-laws including, Joseph and Anna Futoma, and Julie and James Smith, all of Berwick; many cousins, aunts and uncles.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his step father, Jay L. Fowler, Sr.

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

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions in his name to JDRF, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004, to support Juvenile Diabetes Research, a disease that he battled his entire life.

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

Marvin H. Eroh, 91, of Dorrance Township passed away on Sunday, January 31, 2016, under the care of Celtic Hospice, Wilkes-Barre, following a brief illness.

Born on June 26, 1924, he was the son of the late Raymond and Martha (Eckrote) Eroh. He was raised and attended school in Dorrance Township. He served honorably in the US Army during WWII, and was employed at Wise Potato Chips, Berwick for 23 years, before retiring in 1988.

Marvin was a member of St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hobbie. He enjoyed hunting and gardening. In his younger years followed baseball and liked attending “Phillies” games.

He will be greatly missed by his sons, Marvin A. Eroh, and Richard Eroh, both of Dorrance Twp.; grandchildren, Raymond C. Eroh and wife Chris, and Brian Eroh and wife Michele; 4 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Doris R. (Shortz) Eroh in 2013, and 2 brothers.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at St James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 827 East County Road, Wapwallopen with his pastor, Rev. Oliver Brown officiating. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.Family will receive friends on Wednesday evening, February 3rd, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

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Harriet Louise Rupert, 74, of Berwick passed away on Saturday at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville after falling ill earlier in the week.

Born in Berwick on August 31, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Water and Grace Smith of Fowlersville. She was a 1959 graduate of Central Columbia High School and later went on to careers at Milco Manufacturing, the Buckhorn Truck Stop, and recently retired from Thompson Mailing Corporation.

Harriet was a member of the Fowlersville United Methodist Church. She enjoyed putting together puzzles, spending time with and cooking for her family. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with and spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her five children: Cathy Cope and husband Randy, Mifflinville; Stephanie Superko and companion Fred Sharrow, Lime Ridge; Leslie “Skip” Rupert and wife Laurel, Glen Rock, PA; Carla Hess and husband Steve, Fowlersville; and Walt Rupert and companion Dr. Amy Snover, Danville. She was “Grammy” to 13 cherished grandchildren ranging in age from 18-35, and “Grammy Great” to five adored great-grandchildren, ranging from 3-19 years old. She is also survived by one brother, Donald Smith and wife Peg, Berwick.

She was preceded in death by a brother, SrA. Cletus Smith, who resided in Fowlersville prior to enlisting in the Air Force.

A service to celebrate Harriet’s life will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at Lime Ridge United Methodist Church, 6405 4th Street, Lime Ridge with Reverend Edward Cope officiating. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park. Family will receive friends at the church on Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Harriet’s name to Bundles of Blessings, C/O Good Shephard United Methodist Church, 101 East Fifth Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815. For more information, call 570-204-3801 or 570-204-3279.

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Richard Eugene Stigerwalt, 63, of Bloomsburg passed away Thursday, January 28, 2016 at his home.

Born in Bloomsburg on August 20, 1952, he was the son of the late Chester and Lucille (Mausteller) Stigerwalt . He was a graduate of Central Columbia High School and worked with Bloomsburg Carpet for 30 years.

Richard attended Ebenezer Faith Bible Church, Orangeville. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He also enjoyed frequenting the local coffee houses.

Surviving are former wife, Sharon Lee Davis; son, Jason Stigerwalt and wife Julie of Aurora, IL; grandsons, Jadon and Nathon; sisters, Esther Baumer of Danville and Millie Gowdy of Danville; brothers, Chester Stigerwalt of Orangeville and Jimmy Stigerwalt of Bloomsburg; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 6:00 PM on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Linda Eroh officiating. Friends may come the Funeral Home from 4:00 PM until time of service

In lieu of flowers donations in Richard’s name may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Ralph Okonieski, 88, of Pond Hill passed away on Thursday, January 28, 2016, at Smith Health Care, Ltd., Mountain Top.

Born in Pond Hill, PA on June 3, 1927, he was one of 11 children of the late Stanley and Mary Martha (Papciak) Okonieski. He was a graduate of the Nescopeck High School Class of 1945 and served in the US Army during WWII. He worked at the Berwick Creamery and Metropolitan Insurance Company for many years. He was also the co-owner of Okonieski Brothers Grocery Store in Pond Hill for 40 years.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 64 years, Marion “Jane” (Rupp) Okonieski; son, Ralph E. Okonieski, and wife Deborah, Ohio; daughter, Mary Lewis, Pond Hill; grandchildren, Jennifer, Clifton, Sarah, Valerie, Brandon, and Lauren; 7 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and siblings, he was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Estella Rupp; and brother-in-law, Richard Rupp.

funeral service will be held at 12:30 PM on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Rev. Debra North and Rev. Paul Brace officiating. Entombment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Friends may call on Tuesday from 11:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to The Clifton R. Lewis Good Life Foundation, 12480 S. 176th Ave., Goodyear, AZ, 85338. Donations can also be made on it’s website at crlgoodlife.org.

Ralph’s family would like to thank Mary Bielman and her staff at Smith Health Care for their care, kindness, and compassion during Ralph’s stay there, and also a heartfelt thanks to Heartland Hospice for their loving care.

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Daniel “Ray” Cosper, Jr., Jr., 99, of Almedia was called home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital.

Born in Elmira, NY on November 16, 1916, he was the son of the late Daniel Raymond and Marguerite C. (Converse) Cosper. He was a graduate of Bloomsburg High School and was a loyal employee at the Morning Press which became the Press Enterprise, for over 30 years until his retirement. He and his wife were the co-owners of Sneidman’s mom and pop store in Almedia, until it closed in 1975.

Ray was a very active member of Ridge Street United Methodist Church, Bloomsburg where he held the office of financial secretary, attended Sunday School, and Bible Study, and was involved with other committees. He was a life member of the Elks Post 436, Bloomsburg and Espy Fire Company, as well as a member of the Columbia County Historical Society. He enjoyed music, and played the bass, banjo and guitar with big bands in the area. His family and faith were extremely important to him.

He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Sue Wolfe and her husband Mark of Bloomsburg; grandchildren, Kim Schmidtgall and husband Tom, Kelly Walker and husband Joshua, Jeff Cosper and wife Pam, and Jim Cosper; great-grandchildren, Rebecca, Shelby, Megan, Hailey, Lindsay, Ashlynn, and Jayden; as well as his brother, Don Cosper, FL.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis Marie (Sneidman) Cosper in 1998; son, Gary Lee Cosper in 2007; and granddaughter, Megan Powlus in 1977.

funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, February 1, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with his pastor, Rev. Robert Eddinger officiating. Interment will follow in Creveling Cemetery, Bloomsburg. Friends may call on Monday from 1:00 PM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions, may be made in his name to Ridge Street United Methodist Church, 145 Ridge Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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Diane M. Finch, 59, of Berwick passed away on Thursday morning, January 21, 2016, surrounded by her loving family, at Berwick Retirement Village II.

Born in Lookout, PA on July 30, 1956 she was the daughter of the late Buell Abraham and Jessie Mable (Hazen) Bortree. She was a graduate of Damascus High School. She was employed for 15 years at Lady Ester Lingerie Factory.

Diane was also a member of Lime Ridge United Methodist Church, and more recently attended St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Berwick.

She enjoyed reading, listening to music, attending Native American Pow Wows, and collecting angels. Diane had a kind heart and was always greeting people with a smile. She always put the needs of others before her own.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 39 years, Richard E. Finch; sons, Richard Finch and wife Kathryn, Berwick, Russell Finch and companion Sarah Knorr, Nescopeck, and Joshua Finch and companion Julia Werbelow, Prompton; 1 granddaughter, Beatrice; sister, Virginia Wolfe and husband Charles, Berwick; brother, John Bortree, Lake Como; many nieces and nephews; as well as her loyal dog “Tessie”.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Buell Jr., Russell, Ronald Joe, Raymond, and William Bortree; and sister, Lavonne Bortree Corcoran.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck with Pastor Dennis McCracken officiating. Family will receive friends from 1:00 to time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 3125, Williamsport, PA 17701

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Stanley Staniorski, Jr., 63, of Dorrance Township, passed away on Monday, January 18, 2016 at Abington Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia.

Born on June 20, 1952 in Berwick, he was a son of the late Margaret Elsie (Lorae) and Stanley Joseph Staniorski, Sr. He was a member of the first graduating class of Columbia Montour Vo-Tech in 1970, where he studied automotive. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War, where he was assigned to a helicopter detail. After being honorably discharged, he returned to the area and worked on his uncle’s farm, which he eventually acquired. He was the owner of Hill Top Farm Market. He was also employed at A Barletta & Sons, for 25 years.

He was a member of the American Legion 781, Mt. Top, VFW Post 821, Berwick, a member of the PA Farm Bureau, and Operating Engineers.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 33 years, Linda J. (Fenstermacher) Staniorski; sons, Stanley J. Staniorski, Dorrance Township, Clinton E. Staniorski and wife Tara, Hobbie. He was looking forward to the birth of his first grandchild this coming April. He is also survived by a sister Rebecca White.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by aunts and uncles, including his uncle, Edward Staniorski.

A prayer service will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, January 22, 2016 followed by an interment at 11:00 in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Dorrance. Family will receive friends at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck on Thursday from6:00 to 8:00 PM.

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Deborah J. Baker, 60, of Berwick, passed away on Monday evening, January 18, 2016 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born on April 20, 1955, she was the daughter of Patricia M. (Zelesnikar) Brophy and husband Kenny of Elysburg, and the late Robert Moore. She was educated in the Lehighton area. She worked at Berwick Retirement Village, Liquitain, Berwick; Rotech Inc., Berwick, and most recently, was a private duty caregiver.

Deb was an avid crafter who created many items that she would give to others as gifts. She enjoyed tending to her plants she had around the house. She was known to many for her peanut butter fudge.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of nearly 23 years, Larry; step-daughters, Angelica Eckrote and husband Lyle, Danielle Carro and husband Bryan, Marcella Newman and husband Marc, all of Berwick; six grandchildren; brother, Robert Moore and wife Debbie, Berwick; and several nieces and nephews, including Jennifer Orner, her husband Robert and son Jacob; Jodi Boston and her husband Bo, and Bella Moore, with whom she had a special relationship.

She was preceded in death by her infant daughter Angelina in 1991; and brother, Larry Moore.

A graveside service will be held in the spring. Interment will be next to her daughter in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick.

Arrangements are entrusted to Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck. Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Marthan Elizabeth Shoemaker, 72, of Shickshinny, went home with the Lord on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley, Wilkes Barre.

Born in Shickshinny on November 9, 1943 she was the daughter of the late Floyd Elsworth and Gertrude May (Rissmiller) Whitmire. She graduated from Northwest High School in 1961. As a young adult, she worked at Winterstein’s Restaurant, Shickshinny. Most recently, she was employed at Consolidated Cigar, Berwick and McAdoo for 34 years before retiring.

She was a member of the Shickshinny Bible Baptist Church, where she was active in the Sunday School program, Vacation Bible School, and was a member of the Women’s Group. She loved reading, crocheting, cooking, and baking. Marthan loved to catch up with the women from her work once a month.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband, Harold A. Shoemaker, with whom she spent nearly 50 years; brothers, James Whitmire, VA, Joel Whitmire and wife Marilyn, Shickshinny, John Gregory, Shickshinny; sister, Helen Whitmire Alberto and husband Jose, Shickshinny; as well as close cousins, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 1:30 PM on Sunday, January 17, 2016 at Shickshinny Bible Baptist, 43 Furnace St., Shickshinny. Interment will follow in Sorber Cemetery, Shickshinny. Family will receive friends at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, on Saturday evening, January 16, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 PM, and at the Church on Sunday from 12:30 until the time of service.

Memorial contributions may be sent in her memory to Shickshinny Bible Baptist Church.

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

Louis M. Bafile, Jr., 65, of Nescopeck Twp passed away, Thursday evening, January 7, 2016 at home, surrounded by his family.

Born in Berwick on April 15, 1950, he was a son of late Virginia D. (Stout) and Louis M. Bafile, Sr. He attended Berwick High School, and served in the US Army during the Vietnam war, where he earned several medals including the Vietnam service medal with 3 bronze stars. After being honorably discharged, he was employed at several local businesses including the Berwick Forge where he was a welder, fabricator, machinist and inventer. Most recently, he worked Rado Enterprises in Bloomsburg.

Butch was a life member of the VFW Post 8488 in Lennox. He was also a member of the Sons of Nam M.C. in the Lennox area. He spent hours in his garage working on anything he could. He also enjoyed cutting grass, collecting and riding motorcycles, and hunting.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 45 years, Deborah L. (Andrezze) Bafile; son, Michael L. Bafile, Berwick; grandchildren, Ashley Bafile, and Erin Egan; sister, Peggy Coggins, Texas; brother, James Bafile, Texas; many nieces, and nephews; cousins; and his dog, April.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Timothy Bafile in 2005; brother, Joseph Bafile in 1978; nieces, Tina Fenicchia, Jocelyn Romano; mother-in law, Geneva Andrezze; brother-in-law, Gary Andrezze; and dog, Angel.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third St, Nescopeck. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Family will receive friends on Tuesday from6:00-8:00 PM and Wednesday from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Animal Resource Center, 301A Boone Rd, Bloomsburg, PA 17815, or to the Timothy Bafile Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 298, Nescopeck, PA.

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

Thomas J. Ceppa, of Huntington Township, passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at his home.

Born in Nanticoke on April 2, 1936, he was the son of late Edward Leonard and Josephine (Crossin) Ceppa. He moved with his family to the Townhill Area at age 3, and graduated from Huntington Mills High School. Thomas honorably served his country for 2 years in the US Army. He was employed for Luzerne Outerwear in the cutting room for 30 years, and most recently, worked at Chase Prison in Dallas, retiring after 12 years.

Tom will be greatly missed by his loving wife Nancy (Bonham) Ceppa, with whom he would have celebrated 48 years of marriage on January 20; daughters, Starlet Vaughn, and husband Eugene, Berwick; Karen Ceppa Hirko and her husband Thomas, Hunlock Creek; 4 grandchildren, Carla Vought, Thomas McGraw, Joshua Elmore and wife Elizabeth, and Ashlynn Elmore; brothers, Fred Ceppa and wife Judy; Edward Ceppa and wife Helen; and a sister, Lorretta Ceppa.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, January 11, 2015 in Oakdale United Methodist Church, 485 Oakdale Drive, Hunlock Creek.

If desired, donations can be made to Oakdale United Methodist Women, P.O. Box 101, Hunlock Creek, PA 18621.

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

William Marvin Arner, Sr., 76, of Berwick, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at Berwick Retirement Village II.

Born February 27, 1939, in Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Marvin and Minnie (Wagner) Arner. He was raised and educated in the Central Columbia area. He was employed at Wise Potato for 37 years, prior to retiring.

He was an active member of the Ebenezer United Methodist Church, Berwick. He enjoyed traveling, and going to fairs, carnivals, and car shows.

He will be greatly missed by his step daughters: Molly Parker-Whitmire and husband Douglas, Orangeville; Michelle Knorr and companion Tony, Hazleton; daughters: Mary Lynn and husband Ralph, Orangeville, Lillian Arner, Berwick; son, William Arner, Jr. and companion Desiree, North Carolina; one step-grandchild; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 32 years, Mary Lou (Hook) Arner on January 17, 2012; step-son, Robert Parker, Jr.; step-granddaughter, Rachel Knorr; brother, Gerald Arner; and his wife’s parents, George and Florence Hook.

Services will be held at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck on Monday, January 11, 2016 at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park. Family will receive friends on Sunday evening from 6:00- 8:00 PM, and on Monday from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Ebenezer United Methodist Church, C/O Kent Slusser, 10 Lower Woodcrest, Berwick, PA 18603, or the Salvation Army, 320 West Second Street, Berwick.

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

Florence Fritz Roth, of Tenny Street Apartments, Bloomsburg, went to sleep in Christ (John 11:11-27), on December 31, 2015 in the emergency room at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Williamsport on September 25, 1918, she was the adopted daughter of the late Nettie (Welliver) and Eddie Bartley Fritz. She lived her entire life in Benton, until she moved to the Tenny Street Apartments in 2008. She grew to love her life there, and she was extremely loved by the other residents.

Flo became a member of the Benton Christian Church at 12 years old. In her adult life, however, she attended and was very active in the Waller United Methodist Church. After relocating to Bloomsburg, she attended and was involved in the Ridge Street United Methodist Church. In her early years, she enjoyed dancing at the Isaac Walton barn, and was a participant in community plays. After the death of her husband, she eventually was privileged to travel not only around the U.S., but to other countries as well. Her passion for growing indoor plants and her garden remained until the very end of her life. She was a member of the Benton Garden Club and the Red Hatters, and very dedicated to Bible Study groups. She was 100% faithful to her parents until their death, and a loving and committed wife and mother.

Flo graduated from Benton High School in 1936. In her early years she waitressed at the Benton Hotel Moses VanCampon. For many years, she was a sewing machine operator at Dockey’s Shirt Factory until its closing, and then continued employment with Milco Industries, until her retirement. She was a perfectionist with a needle and thread, including crocheting, knitting, tatting, embroidering, quilting and sewing with her treasured machine.

She married Edward F. Roth on June 13, 1939, to whom she was married for 34 years before his passing in 1973. They were the parents of Kathleen Antionette Mutchler, who died October 11, 2014, and Edward Thomas Roth who died on July 14, 2005.

She is survived by her son, Leslie Craig Roth and his wife Linda, Factoryville; daughters: Pam Sommers and husband Bob, Bloomsburg; and Penny Knorr, Charlotte, NC; grandchildren: Lorie Kay (Mutchler) Sands and husband Joseph; DuWayne Parker Mutchler; Peggy (Roth) Benninger and husband John; Michael, Curtis, and Mantle Roth; Justin Roth and wife Michelle; Shanna (Roth) Pelka and husband Jerry; Scott David and Brad Edward Sommers; Brook Lorraine (Knorr) Mahboub and husband Zak; and Stephen Cale Knorr; great grandchildren: Jennifer and Ashley Sands, Jocelyn and Joshua Mutchler, Tara, Ashley and John Benninger, Sam Pelka, Amza and Adam Mahboub; several great-great grandchildren; and former daughter-in-law, Laurel Mutchler.

She was very generous to her children and the greatest gift she has ever given is the peace and assurance that those of us who are born again will be united with her in the first resurrection (1 Thessalonians 4:16). We will see her again. At Flo’s request there will be no viewing or funeral. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Area Agency on Aging, 702 Sawmill Road, Suite 201, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

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

M. Maynard Miller, 90, of Nescopeck, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at Orangeville Health and Rehab Center

Born on December 23, 1925, he was the son of the late Myron Henry and Getha (Whitenight) Miller. He graduated from Nescopeck High School, then attended Benjamin Franklin College. Maynard worked as the Director of Federal Emergency Management Agency at the Pentagon for 33 years.

Maynard was a life member of the VFW in Sunsites, AZ; where he had resided for 14 years. He enjoyed golfing, motorcycling, and playing games on the computer, especially solitare.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 60 years, Mayette C. (Haas) Miller; sons, Mark Miller of N.M. and Michael Miller and wife Karen, A.Z.; grandson, Jeremy; sisters, Lehila Dawson, Wapwallopen, Lurlene DeMarco, Baltimore; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Sellers in November of 2015; sisters, Sarah Elstin, Mary Dockey, Ida Masker, Beatrice Clark, and Gertrude Rolland; and brothers Lee and Voris Miller.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Interment will take place in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Nescopeck. Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Timothy E. Garrison, Sr., 45, of Williamsport, passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2015 at Susquehanna Health, Williamsport Regional Medical Center, following a sudden illness.

Born on August 24, 1970, he was the son of Paul E. Garrison of Shickshinny, and the late Gertrude Mae (Welch) Garrison. He attended Northwest High School. Tim was currently working at Surplus City in Williamsport. He was previously employed at several local businesses including K-Fab, Berwick.

Tim was creative and artistic. He expressed his talents by playing the guitar and sketching.

In addition to his father, he also will be missed by his son, Timothy E. Garrison II, Susquehanna; daughter, Ashlee Garrison, Venus; 2 grandchildren; brother, David Garrison, of MD; sister, Frances Mullen, Berwick; 1 niece; and 2 nephews.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a brother, Pat Garrison in 2014.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635 to help with Tim’s final expenses.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Online messages of comfort can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Arthur G. Ryman, Sr., 78, of Berwick passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Mifflin Township on January 20, 1937, he was a son of the late Ross G. and Dora M. (Eisenhower) Ryman. He was a graduate of Nescopeck High School and served in the 109th Division of the National Guard. He worked at Wise Potato Chips, Berwick for 17 years, and was a produce and dairy farmer. He owned Ryman’s produce stand for many years. Along with his wife, he also owned Ryman’s Inn, Nescopeck Township for 10 years.

Art was a hard-working man who enjoyed farming and living a simple life. He also liked hunting and being outdoors.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Ryman in 2004; brothers, Luther and Paul Ryman; and brother-in-law, Ronald Benjamin.

He will be greatly missed by his daughter, Lisa K. Ryman, Nescopeck; son, Arthur G. Ryman, Jr, Nescopeck; and granddaughter, Alexandra P. Portelli, Nescopeck. He is also survived by brothers, Martin Ryman and wife Brenda, Slocum Township, Russell Ryman, Nescopeck, Carl Ryman, Nescopeck; sisters, Eleanor Franklin, and husband Dana, Huntington Mills, Evelyn Benjamin, Nescopeck; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held in Rose Lawn Cemetery. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck, is assisting his family.

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

Barbara Ann Prokopiak, 76, of Berwick, passed away December 30, 2015 at her home, surrounded by family.

Born in Perth Amboy, NJ, on July 9, 1939, she was the daughter of the late William and Mary (Kosten) Samu. She was raised and educated in Carteret, NJ. Barbara was married and raised her children in NJ, and following her husband’s retirement, they moved to Florida. She was employed at Publix, North Port, FL for many years.

Barbara liked reading and doing crossword puzzles, especially at the beach. She enjoyed spending time with her family, most of all, her grandchildren.

Barbara will be greatly missed by her sons: Stanley Prokopiak, Jr. and companion Chrissy Thomas, Shamokin; Robert Prokopiak, North Port, FL; former daughter-in-law: Anne Volpe, Berwick; grandchildren: Karen Fenstemaker and husband Matthew, Matthew Prokopiak and wife Trisha; Vivian, Veronica, Venessa, Cassandra, Devon, Kaylee, and Tiffany Prokopiak; and great grandchildren, Austin, Gianna, Chelsea, Aaliyah, and Hailee.

In addition to her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by her husband Stanley Walter Prokopiak on February 25, 2014; and sister, Christy Franco.

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

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

Dale A. Wynings, 74, of Berwick passed away on Monday morning, December 28, 2015 at Berwick Retirement Village II, following a brief illness.

Born in Bloomsburg on August 3, 1941, he was the son of the late Theodore Wynings and Miriam (Wolfert) Wynings Pealer. He was raised and educated in Bloomsburg, worked at Deluxe Homes for 27 years prior to retirement.

Dale enjoyed gardening, as well as tinkering on cars. He liked hunting and working on guns.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 16 years, Janet L. (Rooker) Wynings; sons: Dean Wynings, Nescopeck; Dwayne Wynings, Jerseytown; Darrin Wynings, Catawissa; Wade Wynings and wife Susan, Mainville; step children: Scott Sheets, Berwick; Daniel Sheets and wife Kim, Berwick; Tony Sheets and fiancé Trish, Berwick; and 20 grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers: Gary Wynings, and Rick Wynings, both of Berwick; sisters: Theresa Culver, Nanticoke; Kay Patterson, Berwick; Sheila Meade, Nanticoke; Cheryl Wynings, AZ; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Derl Wynings; and brothers, Ted and Ronnie Wynings.

Funerals services will be private at the convenience of the family.

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

Harry J. Reiber, 72, of Berwick, passed away on Tuesday evening, December 22, 2015 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Schuylkill County on December 6, 1943, he was the son of the late Henry C. and Mary (Hoffa) Reiber. He was raised and educated in the Coaldale area. After moving to Berwick, he was employed as a spackler at DeLuxe Homes, and Design Homes. Prior to retirement, he worked at Robert Garringher Construction, Mifflinville.

Harry was formerly active with the West Berwick Hose Company, the Mifflinville Fire Rangers, and the fire police. In his younger years, he enjoyed wood working and crafts. He followed NASCAR and liked going to races whenever possible.

He is survived by daughters: Audrey Ahner and husband Lonnie, Kelly Reiber; grandchildren, Krystle and Lonnie Ahner, Amanda Reiber, and Keri McMullen. He will also be missed by many dear friends, including Gabriel and Chester Remaley, and their children, Niya, Damian and Kaylee.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Donaldine Reiber, Lillian Deeble, Charlotte Gehring, and Corrine Boerner.

A private memorial dinner and celebration of Harry’s life will be held next month.

Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck is handling the arrangements. Online messages of comfort and support can be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Anthony J. Procida, 80, of Berwick passed away Tuesday afternoon, December 22, 2015 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on July 6, 1935, he was a son of late Dominick and Theresa (Marsicano) Procida. He attended Berwick High School, and served in the US Army from 1956 to 1959. He was employed at Sacco’s Beer Distributor and, most recently, Tuzzi’s Bakery in Berwick.

Anthony was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Berwick. He was a member of the Maria Assunta, the Garibaldi Club and the Catholic War Vets, all in Berwick. He enjoyed playing cards with his friends on Monday nights. He followed football, always rooting for the Steelers, Nittany Lions, and Bulldogs, and in baseball, the Pittsburg Pirates. He enjoyed bird watching, and knew the names of many birds. In his younger years, he liked going fishing, and loved gardening as long as his health allowed.

He will be greatly missed by his sisters, Frances Zinich, Berwick, Carolyn Graziano, Wilkes Barre, Nancy Ann Procida, Berwick; brother, Joseph Procida, Berwick; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, John, Frank, Angelo, and Ralph Procida.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, December 26, 2015 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Berwick, with his pastor, Reverend Dennis Dalessandro officiating. Interment will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Berwick. Family will receive friends at the church from 9:30 AM until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at 721 Monroe Street, Berwick, PA 18603.

Online condolences and words of comfort may be sent to condolences@hellerfuneral.com.

Roy K. Snow, Jr, 89, of Slocum Township, passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2015 at his home.

Born in Winchendon, MA on September 15, 1926, he was the son of the late Agnes M (Tait) and Roy K. Snow, Sr. He was raised and graduated from school in Winchendon. He was employed as a canteen officer for many years at several Veterans Hospitals in the New England states, as well as Wilkes-Barre. After which, he worked as a cook at Wyoming Valley West High School, and after retirement, drove a school bus for Rinehimer Bus Lines for several years.

Roy was a former member of the Slocum Township Volunteer Fire Co. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing. He was also a fan of many sports, but rooted for the NY Giants, and the Boston Red Sox.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Barbara A. (Bonhoff) Snow, who passed away on August 26, 2008; and sisters, Shirley Ziska and Hazle Snyder.

He will be greatly missed by his daughters, Linda Arnold and husband Duane, Dorrance Twp, Gail Grosz and husband William, Slocum Twp; son, David Snow and wife Stephanie; 7 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; and 1 great-great granddaughter.

A celebration of life service and sharing of memories will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 PM on Saturday, January 2, 2016 at the Slocum Township Fire Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Roy’s memory to the Slocum Township Volunteer Fire Company, 1923 Slocum Road, Wapwallopen, PA 18660.

Heller Funeral Home. LLC, Nescopeck is assisting his family. Send online condolences to condolences@hellerfuneral.com

Angeline R. ”Angie” Green, 67, St. Marys, PA, died Friday morning, Dec. 18, 2015, at Milford Senior Care and Rehabilitation Center, Milford, where she was a guest for the past month.

Born Aug. 22, 1948, in Berwick, she was a daughter of the late Raymond Roy and Martha Jane (Boone) Gordner.

She was married to Curtis Seltzer, who preceded her in death. She later married Donald Murphy, who also preceded her in death. She is survived by Robert J. Armstrong, St. Marys, her companion of 15 years.

She had attended McCackey High School, Lancaster.

During her life, she held many jobs to support herself and her children; at times she was employed in multiple places simultaneously. She was a truck driver for 11 years, making cross country halls. She worked in group homes for mentally impaired adults. She was employed at a knitting factory, a pretzel factory, and also delivered newspapers.

Angeline was a family-oriented person who spent as much time as she could with her loved ones. She enjoyed reading and watching games shows, especially with her loyal dog, “Teddy Bear Green” by her side.

She is survived by: one daughter, Eileen Binney, St. Marys; three sons: Matthew Seltzer and wife Robin, Anoka, MN; Scott Seltzer and wife Penny, Shohola; Roy Seltzer and wife JoAnn, St. Marys; 13 step-children: Michelle “Mikey”, Donna, Don Jr., Sharon, Jeff, Colleen, Kathy, David, Steven and Wayne Murphy; Brenda Carlson and husband Jerry, Emporium; Lisa Major, Emporium, James Armstrong and wife Teresa, Abilene, TX; 13 grandchildren, Kimberly Binney, Melissa and Robert Miller, Bayli, Grace, Thomas, Joseph, Sarah, Michael, Zachary, Alex, Andrew and Clarissa Seltzer; two step-grandchildren, Nathanial Bickford and Grace Armstrong; and a great-grandson: Jace Williams Bickford; two sisters, Bess Neumeraski, Philadelphia and Theresa Harmon, Nescopeck; three brothers: Raymond and wife Ruth Gordner, Reading; Lewis and wife Pearl Gordner, Berwick; Frances and wife Rose Gordner, Benton; a sister-in-law, Donna Gordner, Donaldson; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

was also preceded in death by a grandson, Evan Seltzer; and three brothers: Diogenes “Butch” Gordner, Hiram Gordner, and Jerry Gordner.

A funeral service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Pastor Corvin Seltzer, Jr. Friends will be received from 5:00 until the time of service. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 22nd, in Forest Hills Cemetery, 101 Byberry Road, Huntingdon Valley, PA.

Samuel Silvetti, Jr., 77, of Scott Township passed away on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, at his home. Born in Berwick on September 12, 1938, he was the son of late Samuel Silvetti, Sr. and Philomena (Penque) Silvetti Hunsinger. He was educated in Mifflinville, and was employed for over 30 years at Milco Industries, Bloomsburg.

In his younger years, he spent many hours riding his motorcycle. He enjoyed communicating with others through his HAM Radio, and CB, and listing to his scanner. Sam loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by his companion of 31 years, Erna Armstrong; sons, Samuel Silvetti III, Berwick, Pat Silvetti, Berwick; daughters, Arrie Brown, Berwick, Bonnie Grenier, Nescopeck; grandchildren, Samuel Robert Harold Silvetti, Brett Welsh, Amy Long, Kimberly Ridall, Clair Long, Matthew Brown, Tiffany Herring, Nicole Snyder, Damien Grenier, Cortney Grenier, Stone Silvetti, and Mason Silvetti; great grandchildren, Hayden and Troy Welsh, Brayden Ridall, Anthony Long, Kameron, Kierra and Karson Brown, Joey and Wyatt Long, Ashlyn Smith, Amelia and Camden Herring, Alyssa Snyder. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Fiorani, NJ; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Christina Marie Snyder; great grandsons, Ryan Long and Aiden Smith; brother, Pat Silvetti; sister, Rose Creasy, Angeline Brennan, Theresa William, and Martha Fetter.

Family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 PM on December 20, 2015 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Heller Funeral Home LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, PA 18635 to help with Samuel’s final expenses.

Clifford T. Burgess III, 66, of Bloomsburg, passed away on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at his home.

Born in Philadelphia on October 12, 1949, he was the son of the late June Blossom (Fleener) and Clifford Thomas Burgess II. He was a graduate of Council Rock High School in Bucks County. He was employed at Columbia County Redevelopment, then as a CAD operator for Dupont, after which, he was a driver for Amish Construction crews in Lancaster County. He worked as a cook at HACC College, then Heart of Lancaster Medical Center, until his retirement in 2011.

Cliff was a member of the VFW Post 804, Bloomsburg and the American Legion Post 273, Bloomsburg. He greatly enjoyed spending time with his daughters and granddaughters. He loved hunting and fishing, and spent time working on the computer. He was an avid Eagles fan, and was thrilled to cheer them on to a win over the Patriots last week.

He will be greatly missed by his daughters, Mary Burgess, and Rachel Martin, both of the Lititz area; adored granddaughters, Hannah and Leah; brothers, John A. Burgess, and Robert J. Burgess; sister, Bonnie Burgess Malloy; and several nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at Heller Funeral Home, Nescopeck, followed by a memorial service at 3:00 PM. Interment will be private in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg.

Virginia H. Reynolds, 85, formerly of Catawissa, passed away on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at Grandview Health Homes, Danville, where she had resided for the past 5 years.

Born in Philadelphia on September 16, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Sarah Anne (Harlow) Levan. She was a graduate of Catawissa High School. She was a professional woman who took a great deal of pride in completing her work as an executive secretary at Merck Pharmaceutical, Danville for 40 years, where she formed strong connections with her co-workers and supervisors.

Virginia was an active member of Christ United Evangelical Lutheran Church, Catawissa, where she was a lay minister, and played a large role in organizing church dinners. She was a woman with a strong faith, and was always there to give care and comfort to those in need. She was a member of a quilting circle where she participated in making quilts for the needy. One of her favorite pass-times was painting ceramics. She made many items over the years which she enjoyed giving as gifts to family and friends.

She is survived by her brothers, Jim Levan and wife Ruth, Yardley, PA, Earl Levan, Wellington, KS; brother-in-law, Joseph Tancini, New Hope; and several nieces and nephews. She will also be missed by her dear friend and companion, Richard Sober, Catawissa.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Reynolds in 2002; sister, Jean Tancini; and sister-in-law, Virginia Levan.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 Noon on January 8, 2016 in Christ United Evangelical Lutheran Church, 116 Church Street, Catawissa. Interment will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg.

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

John J. McDonald, 81, of Salem Township, passed away peacefully on Monday morning, December 14, 2015, at his home with his wife by his side.

Born in Newport Township on March 21, 1934, he was the son of the late James and Lottie (Bunor) McDonald. He attended Newport Township High School and served in the US Navy from 1953 to 1956. He worked as a mechanic at Consolidated Cigar in Berwick until it closed, then at the McAdoo location, accumulating over 30 years until he retired.

John was a member of St. Mary’s, Immaculate Conception BVM, Berwick. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 350, Nanticoke and the former VFW, Mocanaqua. He liked tinkering on projects and doing lawn work around the house. He was a very social person who enjoyed engaging in conversations with everyone.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 55 years, Patricia (Litchkofski) McDonald; son, Tracy McDonald, at home; daughter Lisa Hero and husband Greg, Nanticoke; and grandson, Matthew McDonald. He is also survived by a sister, Phyllis Collett, Greenville, NC, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded by a brother, Edward McDonald.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, December 18, 2015, at St. Mary’s Church, Berwick, with his pastor, Reverend Francis Tamburro officiating. Family will receive friends in the chapel from 9:00 AM till the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in John’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 57 North Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.

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

Shirley D. (Price) Walters, 82, of Stoneybrook Circle, Orangeville, passed away on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at Bloomsburg Geisinger Hospital.

Born in Scott Township on February 28, 1933, she was a daughter of the late Harold and Myrtle (Varner) Price. She graduated from Scott School, Espy in 1951. Shirley worked as a seamstress at several local sewing factories in the Bloomsburg and Catawissa area, prior to retiring.

She was a member of Shiloh Bible Church, Bloomsburg. Shirley joined the Eastern Star Chapter 279 Bloomsburg in 1961. She followed NASCAR and was a Dale Earnhardt fan. She enjoyed working on crossword puzzles. Shirley will be remembered by many for passing out her homemade fudge near Christmas time each year. She could often be found catching up with her good friends, John and Mary Clark, while their loyal companions “Buffy” and “Bandit” played together, or spending time with her great-great niece, Jayden M. Gum and great-great nephew, Derik M Fester.

Shirley is survived by a granddaughter, Shelby L. Auchter; great grandchildren, Kayley Johnson and Rayne Auchter; brother, George Price, Germany; and many nieces and nephews, including Randy W. Gum.

She was preceded in death by her beloved son, C. Walter Welliver on September 30, 2012; sisters, Jean Gum in 2000, Emma Mausteller, in 2003; brothers, John Price in 1983, and Myron Price in 2014.

At Shirley’s request, there will be no funeral services. Interment will be private in Elan Memorial Park. Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck, is assisting her family.

Mary “Jane” Garbacik, 77, of Nescopeck passed away on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at Berwick Hospital Center.

Born in Tank on May 1, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Edna (Slusser) Wright. She was educated in Rock Glen, and worked for over 50 years at Milco Industries in Berwick then Bloomsburg, until retirement.

Jane loved playing cards and BINGO. She spent many hours baking and cooking, and also enjoyed sewing and quilting. She was an avid Philadelphia “Phillies” fan, and watched as many games as possible.

She will be greatly missed by her loving children: daughter, Mary E. Garbacik with whom she resided; son, Charles Ray Garbacik, Berwick; cherished granddaughter, Kayti Garbacik; and adored great grandson Franklin Green III. She also leaves to cherish her memory a sister, Irene Fredrick and husband Lyle, Shoemakersville; brother-in-law, Philip Garbacik, Berwick; and many nieces and nephews including Roxanne Olah, Vicki Hess, and Susan Nuefer, who she helped raise.

She will be reunited with her husband, Gabriel Garbacik, who passed away in 2001. She was also preceded in death by her sister Janice Garbacik; and brothers, Fred, Jay and Robert S. Wright.

A viewing will be held on Sunday, December 13, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to her daughter, Mary Garbarcik, to help with her final expenses.

Charles Thomas Filbert, 77, of Slocum Township, passed away on Saturday afternoon, December 5, 2015 at his home, surrounded by his family and friends.

Born in Danville on October 13, 1938, he was the son of the late Carl and Audrey Filbert. He was raised and educated in Huntington Mills. He was employed at American Cigar, Berwick and most recently, Heinz, Bloomsburg, prior to retiring.

Charlie was a member of Mount Zion United Church of Christ, Slocum, and Knapp Lodge #462 F&AM, Berwick. He enjoyed spending time hunting and fishing, as well as metal detecting where he would find many “treasures”.

Charlie will be greatly missed by his loving wife, Margaret L. “Peggy” (Roth) Filbert, of 40 years. He is also survived by a daughter, Connie Morgan, TX; and many friends, including his caregivers, Lisa, Sherre and Dakota Briggs, John and Helen Williams, and Gloria Balliet.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Audrey. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, December 18, 2015 at Mt. Zion UCC, 438 Lily Lake Road, Wapwallopen, with his pastor, Rev. Bob Thomas, Rev. Fran Fink and Richie Briggs officiating . Interment will take place privately in Bloomingdale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mount Zion United Church of Christ, 113 Forrest Drive, Wapwallopen, PA 18660.

The family would like to thank Dr. Robert Engel and his staff, and those at Erwine Home Health and Hospice, who assisted in the care given to Charlie during his illness.

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

Lois A. Lex, 68, of Berwick, passed away on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, surrounded by her family.

Born in Bloomsburg on June 11, 1947, she was the daughter of the late Gerald and Emma E. (Welsh) Stone. She was a graduate of Bloomsburg High School, class of 1965. After high school, Lois was employed at a local sewing factory and then US Radium, Bloomsburg. She then became the secretary for her husband, at Donald Lex Construction, for 45 years.

Lois was a member of Shiloh Bible Church, where she volunteered on the missions committee. She was also a member of Gideons International and the National Association of Home Builders. She was a very creative person who liked stamping, needle point and ceramics.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband, Donald D. Lex, with whom she celebrated 50 years of marriage last month. She is also survived by two beloved children, Donald Lex, Jr, husband of Michelle, Napa, CA, and Cathy Mooney, wife of Greg, Oviedo, FL; cherished grandchildren, Marcus, Cole, Elliot and Owen; brother, Harry Stone, Berwick, and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, Decemeber 11, 2015 at Shiloh Bible Church, Almedia with her pastor, Rev. Dr. Doug Lyon officiating. Interment will be private. Family will received friends on Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, and on Friday morning at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Lois’s memory to Gideons International for Bibles, C/O Gene Stienruck, PO Box 165, Bloomsburg, PA 17815 or Shiloh Bible Church, 123 Church Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815.

George M. Matisak, 54, of Freeland passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 5, 2015, after being overexerted while hunting.

Born in Hazleton on April 17, 1961, he was the son of Gloria J. (Hutnyan) Matisak of Freeland, and the late George Albert Matisak. He was a graduate of Freeland High School and earned his CDL after completing the course at USA Truck Driving, Newark, DE. “Yudo” was a driver for Pitt Ohio trucking company for 16 years. After retiring, he worked at the Freeland Borough, Evancho Bus Company in Freeland, Beech Mountain, Drums and DCNR - Hickory Run State Park.

George was a member of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, Freeland. He enjoyed socializing and was a member of many clubs including the VFW, Freeland, Highland Club, Drifton Shack, Jeddo Stars and “12:20 Club”. “Yudo” liked hunting and fishing, as well as throwing darts. He also enjoyed playing cards with friend and visiting the casinos.

In addition to his mother, he will be greatly missed by his loving sister, Rosey Gerlach and husband Adam, Upper Lehigh; brother, Paul Matisak and wife Cindy, Jeansville; nephews, Adam IV and Ryan Gerlach; nieces, Nicole and Megan Matisak; an aunt, an uncle and several cousins. He also leaves behind many friends, including Nancy Hayes and Howard Cogan.

In addition to his father who passed away in 2010, he was preceded in death by his sister, Jeanie Matisak in 2001.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 12, 2015, at Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church, 898 Centre Street, Freeland, with Reverend Michael Kloton officiating. Family will receive friends at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck, is honored to serve his family.

Janet M. Brown, 79, of Slocum Township, passed away on Friday, December 4, 2015 at Celtic Hospice, Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Slocum Township on October 7, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Marvin F. and Eva (Ungermach) Brown. She attended Newport Township High School. Janet was employed for many years as a seamstress in the garment factory, and most recently in the janitorial department at Crestwood High School, until she retired.

She was a member of Slocum Methodist Church, and often volunteered to help with fundraisers at the Slocum Township Fire Company. Janet enjoyed sewing, and working in her garden, especially with her flowers.

She will be greatly missed by her son, Jeffrey Brown and his companion Joanne Roberts; brothers, Ralph Brown and wife Doris, Earl Brown and wife Judy, all of Slocum; sister, Shirley Dismarais, San Antonio, TX and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Elsworth Brown; sister, Nancy Houseknecht; and brothers-in-law, Tom Houseknecht and Joe Desmarais.

Funeral services will be held at 7:00 PM on Monday, December 7, 2015 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Reverend Mark Dodson officiating. Friends may call on Monday evening from 5:00 until the time of service.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

James A. Dunbar, Sr, 87, of Bloomsburg, passed away on Tuesday night, December 2, 2015 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where he was a patient for the last 2 weeks.

Born in Troy, PA on September 1, 1928, he was the son of the late George A. and Martha J. (Fuller) Dunbar. He was raised and educated in the Troy area, and worked on the family farm prior to entering the military. He served in the US Army during the Korean War, where he earned the Korean Service Medal with 3 bronze stars. After being honorably discharged in 1953, he returned to Bradford County where he worked as a deputy sheriff. James moved to the Berwick area in the early 1970’s and was employed at the BIDA complex. After becoming certified in upholstering, he opened “Jim’s Upholstering”, where he was self-employed until retiring in 1991. He was a member of the American Legion, Towanda, where he was an officer for several years. He was a former member of Bethany United Methodist Church, Berwick. Jim was very talented in sewing, and building things. If possible, he would manufacture the items he needed instead of buying them. He spent many hours completing “find-a-word” puzzles. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family, especially his cherished grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by his loving daughter, Cindy Pursel, with whom he resided; son, James A Dunbar, Jr and wife Theresa, Berwick; grandchildren, John Karns II, Jordanna Karns Kreischer, Aaron Karns, Hayley Dunbar and Natalie Dunbar; great grandchildren, DeJanee Karns, Destin Karns, Draelyn Karns Kreischer, Tyleigh Karns, and John Karns III. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Carl, Earl and Harry Dunbar; and sisters, Rose VanBuren, and Flora Snook.

A memorial service will be held to celebrate his life at a later date.

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

Clarinda D. (Erdman) Broyan, 53, of Briar Creek Township, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, November 29, 2015, at her home.

Born in Berwick on March 28, 1962, she was the daughter of Gene B. Erdman of Baxley, GA and the late Eyrath (Henrie) Erdman. She attended Central High School and was employed at Thompson Mailing, Bloomsburg and CRI Home Care, Lewisburg. Most recently, she worked at Mifflinville Market.

“Rindy” was a member of Mifflin Township Forrest Rangers. She greatly enjoyed camping, and recently started hunting. She liked to escape with books, and spent a great deal of time reading. She loved taking trips to visit her family in Florida as often as possible.

In addition to her father, she will be greatly missed by her loving children: daughter, Michelle Milheim and husband Corey, Berwick; son, Bryce Broyan, Jacksonville, FL; cherished grandchildren, Richard, Camden, Jaxson, and Fantasha; brothers, Sloan Erdman and wife Chris, Yulee, FL, Byron Erdman, Berwick, Loren Erdman, Jacksonville, FL; and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her companion, Dan Adams, with whom she resided.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded by her daughter, Starlette Mowery on November 25th, brother, Gene “Lynn” Erdman; and grandmother, Grace Henrie.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 to 5:00 PM on Friday, December 4, 2015 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck, followed by a funeral service at 5:00 PM.

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

Starlette M. Mowery 34, of Mifflin Township, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital, Coal Township.

Born in Berwick on August 27, 1981, she was the daughter of Jeffrey L. Mowery, Sr., Mifflin Township, and Clarinda D. (Erdman) Broyan, Berwick. She was a graduate of Columbia Montour Vo-Tech, and was taking college courses, on-line, to earn a degree in medical coding. Starlette was employed at Orangeville Nursing and Rehab, prior to becoming disabled in 2003.

She was a member of Mifflin Township Forrest Rangers, and the National Kidney Foundation. She enjoyed cooking and baking, as well as fishing. Star loved visiting the beach while staying with family in Florida, and was a Jacksonville Jaguars fan. She cherished the time she spent with her nieces and nephews, who she adored.

In addition to her parents, she will be greatly missed by her sister, Michelle Milheim and husband Corey, Berwick; brothers, Jeffrey Mowery, Jr and wife Stacy, Mifflin Township, Bryce Broyan, Jacksonville, FL; nieces and nephews, Richard, Camden, Jaxson, Fantasha, and Chloe. She also leaves to cherish her memory, her companion, Aloysius “A.J.” Petrovich, Shamokin; uncles, Randy Mowery, Sloan Erdman and wife Chris, Byron Erdman, Loren Erdman; grandparents, Gerald “Buster” and Elizabeth Mowery, Gene and Barb Erdman; great aunts and uncles, cousins and other extended family members. She was preceded by her maternal grandmother, Eyrath Henrie; and uncle, Gene “Lynn” Erdman.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, PA. A graveside service will follow in Mifflinville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Jeffrey Mowery, Jr., 154 Kelchner Road, Nescopeck, PA 18635, to help with Starlette’s final expenses.

Mary Amanda Wintersteen, 92, formerly of Hobbie, went home with her Lord on Thursday morning, November 19, 2015 at Smith Health Care, Mountaintop, where she resided for the past 4 years.

Born in Hazleton, PA on December 18, 1922, she was one of 13 children, of the late Ruth E. (Howland) and Freas Smith. She graduated from Newport High School, class of 1941. During WWII, Mary worked in radio communications in Newark, NJ. She was also employed at Mt. Top School for Exceptional Boys, and the American Auto Store. She later worked at the former WT Grant store, Berwick, which became K Mart, where she worked for 10 years before retiring.

Mary was a former member of St. Peter’s UCC, Hobbie, for over 40 years, where she held many offices in the church and was the junior choir director for 27 years. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Penn Northeast Conference of the UCC. Most recently she was a member of Mount Zion UCC, Slocum, where she had grown up, was confirmed and married. Mary was a Girl Scout leader in the 1960’s when her daughters were members. In her younger years, Mary played softball and was known to be an excellent pitcher. She enjoyed making ceramics, and over many years had created many ornaments and gifts. Mary enjoyed life, and loved spending time with her family.

She will be greatly missed by her loving children: Ralph Wintersteen and wife Sandra, Hobbie; Marla Conklin and husband Timothy, Hobbie; Patti Fife and husband Michael, Harrisburg; Keith Wintersteen and wife Tammy, Hobbie; 7 grandchildren; 5 step grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters; Ellen Betz, Berwick; Ruth Miller, Lancaster; Dorothy Readler, Lebanon; Sylvia Hess, Wapwallopen; and many nieces and nephews.

She will be reunited with her husband, Charles Frank Wintersteen who died on April 7, 1991, after 41 years of marriage; as well as a grandson, Michael Charles Fife. She was also preceded by sisters, Magdalen Whitebread, Edith Badman, Mable Rinehimer, Beatrice Moyer, Loretta Rinehimer, Marian Miller, Faith Conrad; and brother, Millard Smith.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at Mt. Zion UCC, 162 Lily Lake Road, Wapwallopen, with her pastor, Rev. Robert Thomas, and Rev. Dr. M. Jane Hess officiating. Family will receive friends at the church from 11:00 AM until the time of the service. She will be buried alongside her husband in Silver Maple Cemetery, Hobbie.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mount Zion United Church of Christ, 106 Lily Lake Road, Wapwallopen, PA 18660, or the National Breast Cancer Foundation, online at nationalbreastcancer.org. Arrangements are entrusted to Heller Funeral Home, LLC, Nescopeck.

Roberta M. Yost, 92, of Elmcroft, formerly of Nescopeck passed away at Berwick Retirement Village II, on Thursday, November 12, 2015, where she had been a guest for the past week.

Born in Nescopeck Township on October 3, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Rufus and Margaret (Markle) Yoder. She was a graduate of Nescopeck High School, class of 1940.

Roberta was a member of the St. James Church Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zenith. She was a member of the class for the first aides for Columbia Montour Home Health Service. She enjoyed quilting, doing crafts, and flower gardening and spending time with her family.

She will be greatly missed by her children, Ronald Yost and wife Madelyn, Berwick, Barry Yost and wife Marlene, Ohio, Susan Mathieu and husband Mark, Arizona, Dennis Yost and wife Terri, Nescopeck Township, David Yost and wife Judith, Berwick; grandchildren, Stephanie Dalberto and husband Kevin, Scott Yost, Tracie Eveland and husband James, Matthew Armitage, Winona Britt and husband Rob, Eileen Craker, Darrell Yost and wife Kelly, Jamie Yost and wife Jennifer, Eric Yost and wife Amber; 3 step grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; brother, Clyde Yoder and wife Helen, Clair Yoder and wife Gail; as well as sisters-in-law, Janice Yoder and Pat Yoder.

She was preceded in death by her husband Doyle E. Yost on September 24, 2004; brothers, Edward, Samuel, Harry and 2 infant brothers.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, November 16, 2015 at St. James Lutheran Church, Zenith, with Reverend Oliver Brown officiating. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. Family will receive friends at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, on Sunday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. James

Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1488 Zenith Road, Nescopeck, PA 18635.

James W. Culver, 79 formerly of Mifflinville passed away Sunday morning, November 8, 2015 at Elmcroft Senior Living where he had been residing since 2010.

Born in New Columbus on October 23, 1936, he was the son of the late Frederick C. Culver and Eleanor B. Hess Culver-Fisher. He was a graduate of Shickshinny High School class of 1954. He served honorably in the US Army from 1954 to 1957, during which time he was assigned to Ft. Richie, MD as part of the security team for then president, Dwight D. Eisenhower. In 1958, James entered the “Old” Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey. After graduating he was assigned to troop “T”, PA Turnpike, Somerset Station, then with troop “M” Bethlehem, Trevose Barracks, where he served the Bucks County area until retiring in 1986, after 28 years. He received many honors from the state police for his service. After retirement, Jim was employed as the safety and security manager at Wise Food, Berwick from 1987 to 1992, and most recently at Tuzzi’s Bakery Berwick until 2006.

Jim was always active and volunteered for many causes. He was named Bucks County, Man of the Year, in 1967, by the Levittown Jaycee’s. He was a life member of the American Legion Post 0495, Shickshinny, retired State Police Association of PA, as well as a member of Sylvania Lodge 354 F & AM, Shickshinny, Valley of Bloomsburg Scottish Rite Association, and Nescopeck VFW Post 8227. He was also a member of the Bloomsburg Baptist Church.

He married Gertrude Mae (Lessman) Culver in May of 1966. Together they lived in Fairless Hills until the early 1990’s, when they moved to Mifflinville. After nearly 30 years of marriage, Gertrude lost her battle with cancer and passed away in 1996.

In addition to his wife and parents, James was preceded by his stepfather, Leo E. Fisher in 1982, and grandson, Matthew T. Culver in 1992.

Surviving are his son, Daniel M. Culver, Sr.; grandchildren, Kristina Culver Jenson, Daniel M. Culver Jr, Nathan M. Culver; great grandchildren, Wyatt Culver and Kahlan Jensen.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, with Reverend Craig D. Laidacker officiating. Entombment with honors will follow in Elan Memorial Park, Bloomsburg. Friends may call on Tuesday from 10:00 AM until the time of service.

Stella Edna Louise (Manning) Puher, 91, of Berwick passed away unexpectedly on November 9, 2015 at her home on Ferris Avenue, where she had resided since 1951. Born in Berwick on December 26, 1923, she was the daughter of the late

Russel and Dora (Mausteller) Manning. She was a graduate of Berwick High School, class of 1941. Stella worked for Wise Potato Chips for many years, then at Consolidated Cigar, retiring in 1985. After retirement she worked for Pen Col Dairy Store until she was in her 70’s.

Stella was a member of Ss Cyril & Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Berwick. She enjoyed life and spending time with friends and family. She was an excellent mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother.

She will be greatly missed by her loving daughter, Patti Puher Bower and husband Scott, Berwick; son, John R. Puher and wife Thea, Proctorville, OH; cherished grandchildren, Yvonne Puher Allen, Diane Puher Mannon and husband Kenny, Michael Puher and wife Janet, Cathy Puher Carroll, Mark Puher, Christopher Puher and wife Amy, Michael Bower and Matthew Bower; as well as, 11 adored great grandchildren and 5 treasured great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers, Russel “Jack” Manning, Ralph Manning and wife Ruth, all of Nescopeck; sisters-in-law, Stephanie Puher Leonardo, Jermyn, PA, and Hellen Manning, Sayre, PA; brother-in-law, Titus Lechlitner, Berwick; and many nieces, nephew, great nieces and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband John Puher in 2005; sister, Betty Lechlitner; and brothers, Herbert and David Manning.

A Parastas service will be held at 5:00 PM on Friday, November 13, 2015 at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck, followed by a viewing until 8:00 PM. On Saturday, November 14, 2015, a procession will leave Heller Funeral Home at 9:30 AM for the Funeral Service which will be held at 10:00 AM, at Ss Cyril & Methodius Church, Berwick. Interment will follow in Ss Cyril & Methodius Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Stella’s memory to St Cyril & Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, 706 N. Warren St, Berwick, PA 18603.

Ruth G. Sitler, 81, of Berwick passed away on Monday morning, November 9, 2015 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Berwick on September 7, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Jacob Calvin and Ruth Edith (Varner) Hart. She graduated from Berwick high school. Ruth worked for Wise Potato Chips for 40 years before retiring.  

Ruth was a member of the Danville Seventh-day Adventist Church, where she was active with the community services program. She also volunteered at the Nescopeck Community Cupboard.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Donald J. Sitler in 2006; step son, Donald “Terry” Sitler; and grandson, Terry Sitler; sister, Marie Lutz; brothers, Ralph Hart, Delroy Hart, and Lester Hart.

Ruth will be greatly missed by her son, David J. Sitler and wife Cinda Lea, Crossville, TN; step sons, Toby Sitler and wife Tina, Dover DE, Todd Sitler and wife Dee, Jacksonville, FL; grandchildren, Heather, Jason, Devon, Nehemiah, Sharon; great grandchildren, Austin and Essex; brothers, Kenneth Hart, Donald Hart, and Randall Hart; sister, Dorothy Belles and Linda Eyer, all of the greater Berwick area; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends from 10:00-11:00 AM on Thursday, November 12, 2015, at Heller Funeral Home, LLC, 633 East Third Street, Nescopeck. A memorial service will immediately follow at 11:00 AM, with Pastor John Peters officiating. Interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Berwick.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Danville Seventh-day Adventist Church, 6 Heather Hill, Danville, PA 17821.

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