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Robert G. McAndrew

May 19, 2020

Robert G. McAndrew, 79, passed away from natural causes on May 19, 2020.Born in Scranton on July 23, 1940, he is the son of the late Gerald and Florence Burns McAndrew.  He is a graduate of Scranton Preparatory School, an institution that imbued him with the values and deep regard for education that he espoused throughout his life.  He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from the University of Scranton and a master’s degree in health care administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.  He spent the majority of his career in health care administration, having served in senior leadership positions at Moses Taylor Hospital and Clarks Summit State Hospital.

His family was his proudest accomplishment, and he was steadfast in his love for and loyalty to his wife, Mary Jordan McAndrew, to whom he was married for fifty-one years, his four children, and his eleven grandchildren.  He will be remembered for his kindness, humility, and good humor; his faith; his love of music and talent as a pianist; and his abiding quest for knowledge.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughters, Maureen, and husband, Jeff Walsh, Dunmore; Margaret, and husband, Charles Bartlebaugh, Scranton; Kathleen, and husband, Dr. Scot McKenna, Dunmore; son, Michael, and wife, Megan, Plymouth Meeting; grandchildren Julia and Jeffrey Walsh, Charlie, Henry, Thomas, and Meg Bartlebaugh, Michael, Hope and Rachel McKenna, and Clare and Rory McAndrew; and extended family Ann Secor, Ellen and Richard Davidson, Joseph and Margaret Jordan, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express its gratitude to the medical professionals at Moses Taylor Hospital and Allied Services Rehab Hospital for the comfort and care they provided.

A private blessing service with interment was held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish cemetery in Dunmore.  A memorial mass will be held at a future date at St. Paul Parish, of which he was a member. Memorials may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, 500 Penn Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503; and Friends of the Poor, 148 Meridian Avenue, Scranton, PA 18504.

Arrangements were entrusted to Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore.


Maureen M. O’Hora

May 17, 2020

Maureen M. O’Hora of Dunmore died on May 17, 2020 at the age of 72. Maureen was the daughter of the late Edmund B. and Margaret Brogan O’Hora. She participated with Allied Vocational Services for many years and won awards for her service. Maureen was kind, gracious, loving, a good friend, and would always greet everyone with a smile.

Surviving are her sister Anne O’Hora Padelford, niece Jane Padelford Gomes (Ezequiel) and great-niece Anaëlle of Bethesda, Maryland, cousins Barbara and Ellen Burkhouse of Scranton, and dear friends Catherine Gilligan Quinnan of Dunmore and Kate Beilman of Scranton. Donations may go to United Cerebral Palsy of Northeastern PA (425 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton, PA  18503) or the Linwood Employee Fund (Linwood Nursing, 100 Lynwood Ave, Scranton, PA  18505.)

A blessing service was given by Msgr. Van Loon of St. Paul’s Parish on May 22, 2020 at Cathedral Cemetery. A memorial mass will be held at a later date. Arrangements Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home.


Thomas J. Thornton

May 13, 2020

Thomas J. Thornton of Dunmore died Wednesday May 13, 2020 in the comfort of his home. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ruth Ferretti Thornton. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Thomas and Beatrice Hawk Thornton. He was a graduate of Dunmore High School and attended the University of Scranton. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force having served during the Korean Conflict. Prior to retirement he was an accountant at Novick Chemical Company. He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Dunmore.

Surviving are his wife, Ruth Ferretti Thornton, two daughters, Laurel Thornton, Cheryl Millar and a son, Thomas Thornton and wife Janet Sitkowski.  Also surviving are two granddaughters, Vanessa and Briana Millar, and his sister Carol Walser and brother-in-law,  August Walser. In addition he is survived by sister-in-law Linda Giannavola and husband Michael Giannavola and brother-n-law John Ferretti and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be forever missed and treasured by his whole family.

The family would like to express its thanks and gratitude to the staff of Hospice of Scared Heart and to Dr. Julie Speicher for their loving care and compassion during his illness.

A blessing service was held graveside by Rev. John A. Doris, Pastor of Or Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Dunmore at Saint Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow on Monday May 18, 2020. A memorial mass will be held at a later date.

Arrangements Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore.


Paul J. Scanlan

May 15, 2020

Paul J Scanlan of Waverly, PA died peacefully at Allied Hospice Friday morning, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Nancy Crossin Scanlan.

Born in Scranton, PA he was the son of the late John J. Scanlan and Margaret Clarke Scanlan. He was educated at Saint Paul’s school and was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corp. At age 18, he joined his brother and sister in New York City at the world famous Stork Club. His years there gave rise to his lifelong interest in the food and hospitality industry.

In 1968, he opened the first version of “Scanlan’s” on Lackawanna Avenue where the Steamtown Mall now exists. Subsequently, he opened the renowned “Scanlan’s Saloon” on Mulberry street at the edge of the University of Scranton campus. In the mid 80’s he and his wife opened a new restaurant in downtown Scranton “Scanlan’s on The Square” where they remained for 20 years. In 2008 they moved to their current location at 317 Linden street, where loyal friends, patrons, and guests gather for lunch.

He was a lifelong member of the Cathedral of Saint Peter, Scranton PA. His spirit lives on through his family and all the lives he touched along the way. A true gentleman, a generous soul, he was a hardworking man with a quick wit. A faithful husband, dad, grandfather, brother and friend. He loved animals, especially his many dogs over the years. He will be truly missed by all. The stories about Paul, as well as the stories he told, will live on forever.

In addition to his wife Nancy he is survived by his daughter Kristen, Tara and husband James, a son P. Brett Scanlan and wife Erin, and a brother Edward and wife Marianne, as well as 13 grandchildren Mackenzie, Leila, Chase and Alex Scanlan. Tyler, Phoebe, Hunter, Will, Lily, Zoe, Maxwell, Tucker, and Finn Mulligan, and countless nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved sisters Alice Hinton, June Quinn, Lousie Grunstein, Jeannette Boyce, Kathleen Harrison, Nancy Lourdes Scanlan, and brother John.

A graveside burial service will be conducted by his nephew Monsignor Joseph G. Quinn at Cathedral cemetery on Tuesday. A memorial mass to honor his life will be held at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street Dunmore.


Paul F. Dwyer

May 12, 2020

Paul F. Dwyer, Sr., 83, of the Hyde Park section of Scranton, passed away peacefully on May 12th at St. Mary’s Villa, Elmhurst. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Gail (McGraw) Dwyer.

Paul was born on April 7, 1937 in Scranton to the late Edward and Florence (Lunney) Dwyer. He was a graduate of Dunmore High School, class of 1954. He continued his education at the University of Scranton earning a BS in mathematics in 1960. While in college he also took courses in aeronautical engineering at the University of Detroit and Temple University. Following graduation, he taught mathematics and science at South Ostelic Central High School, Chenango County, NY and was subsequently employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Highways. In 1963 he was named systems engineer for International Correspondence School (ICS) at their Scranton headquarters. Having attended night school, Paul earned his MS in guidance and psychology in 1969 from the University of Scranton.

Over the span of a 24 year career at ICS/Intext he held several positions in development and management that included responsibilities for international business and offices across the globe. In 1987 he joined Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Northeastern PA as their facilities and operations manager in Wilkes Barre. Following on his retirement from Blue Cross-Blue Shield he went back to work part time for Penn Foster Career School (formerly ICS) in Scranton. Throughout his career Paul also developed and taught management seminars at the University of Scranton, Penn State Worthington campus and many other institutions and companies with worldwide reach. He was an enthusiastic golfer, bowler and softball player. In 2001 Paul was inducted into the All Hyde Park Athletic Association Hall of Fame. He was a lifelong fan of the New York Yankees, Boston Celtics and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. In his retirement he enjoyed leisurely travel and summers at the beach in Narragansett, RI.

He was a member and director of the Purple Club, University of Scranton and will be remembered as a devotee of St. Ignatius of Loyola. AMDG. Paul was a lifelong congregant of St. Patrick’s Church, West Scranton where he also served as a lector and a member of the Holy Name Society.

In addition to his wife Gail, Paul is survived by his three children and their spouses, Mary Elizabeth and Eugene Cassis of St. Petersburg, FL, Kathleen and Richard Mulcahey of Newtown, PA and Paul and Tracy Hares Dwyer of Nicholson, PA, His grandchildren, who brought him great joy, are Patrick and Celia Mulcahey, Newtown, PA, Courtney and Sean Dwyer, Nicholson, PA, Brady Cassis, Washington, DC and Valerie Cassis, Bethesda, MD.He was the brother-in-law of Joseph M Nealon, Scranton, Ann McGraw, Moosic, Marian (McGraw) and Michael Poveromo, Scranton and Sheila (McGraw) and Daniel Zeleniak of Taylor. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, great great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister-in-law Mary (McGraw) Nealon and brother-in-law Anthony McGraw, Jr.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to St. Mary’s Villa, Dr. Robert Kaville and the extraordinary nurses and care giving staff on Unit 31. The compassionate care they provided over the last number of months will not be forgotten.

A graveside service was held on Friday, May 15t,2020 at the Cathedral Cemetery by the Rev. Richard Fox, pastor of St. Patrick’s Church. A memorial Mass and celebration of Paul’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, his family request that you please consider a gift in memory of Paul to St. Mary’s Villa, 516 Saint Mary’s Villa Road, Elmhurst, PA 18444.

Arrangements entrusted to the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore.


Dr. James G. Dempsey

May 8, 2020

Dr. James G. Dempsey, 87, Moosic Lakes, died May 8th at his home in the presence of loving family.

Born on June 5, 1932, the son of the late James G. Dempsey Sr. and Mae Walsh Dempsey, Dunmore, he was a graduate of St. Paul’s High School, where, as a senior, he was awarded an honorary membership in the Pennsylvania Academy of Science in recognition for excellence and outstanding achievements as a junior scientist. In 1950, he was entered into the Congressional Record of the House of Representatives by the Hon. Harry P. O’Neill as a winner of the nationwide Science Talent Search conducted by the scholarship committee of Westinghouse.

He received a BA at the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree at Temple University School of Medicine. In 1959, he started his internship at Cook County Hospital, Chicago. During the following four years, he received his surgical training at Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago under the tutelage of his mentor and Chief of Surgery, Dr. Loyal Davis, father of First Lady, Nancy Davis Reagan. While in Chicago, he also served as resident in surgery at the Veterans Administration Research Hospital, where he was assigned to a management of mass disasters course (MASH) at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, followed by further residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital.

After returning home, he began practicing surgery at Scranton State Hospital and joined the practice of Dr. John T. Murphy, personal surgeon to the commander-in-chief of the Atlantic Fleet during World War II. He concluded his surgical career at Mercy Hospital where he was elected to the executive committee of the medical staff and was held in esteem by peers and patients alike until his retirement in 2012.

Jim was a role model to his family in many ways. His dedication to medicine guided a niece to become a doctor who cared for him well in his final days. He was an expert in martial arts and, with twice-a-week trips to Binghamton, NY, he earned a 4th degree Black Belt (Yon-dan) in Washin-ryu karate under the direct instruction of Hidy Ochiai, two-time inductee to Black Belt Magazine’s Hall of Fame. His love of karate led five nieces and a nephew to earn their black belts. One of the area’s first home computer programmers, Jim became an expert stock trader, programming trading strategies based on quantitative analysis. Most of his family benefited from a shared stock pick or two. Jim was an excellent marksman, shooting sporting clays into his eighties with his brother Pat and sharing his passion with his nieces and nephew in their youth. He was an amateur chef with a passion for cookbooks and bringing his family together with a pig roast or his special Eggs Sultana.

Jim enjoyed living on a lake and peddling on his pontoon bike as soon as the ice melted. He was particularly happy enjoying the natural habitat of his surroundings, especially bird watching and runs with his dogs. He was an avid reader with a photographic memory, a combination which marveled his great-nieces and nephews as he recited poetry from elementary school, and which enriched his family with words of wisdom.

He was preceded in death by brother Richard (Mary Lou Lafferty) Dempsey. He is survived by brothers Pat (Karen Bewick) Dempsey, Dr. Thomas Dempsey, cousin Maureen Flynn, nieces and nephews, Kristin (Thomas) O’Donnell, Sarah (Joseph) Desmarteau, Michele Dempsey, P.J. (Kristen) Dempsey, MaryFrances (Robert) Koester, Katharine (Todd) Spanish. Richard (Barbara) Dempsey, James Dempsey, Timothy (Mara) Dempsey, and Joseph (Cindy) Dempsey.

Private arrangements are entrusted to the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, Dunmore.


RoseMary McAllister

April 21, 2020

RoseMary McAllister of Dunmore died Tuesday April 21, 2020 at home. She was preceded in death by her husband Jerome J. McAllister who died January 31, 2013. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Joseph C. and Helen Mullen McCrone. She was a graduate of Dunmore High School. Prior to retirement, she was employed as the Assistant Bursar at the University of Scranton. She was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Dunmore.

Surviving are four sons  Dr. Joseph McAllister and wife Jennifer of Horsham, Jack McAllister and wife Angie of Wayne, Mark McAllister and wife Megan of Clarks Summit, and J. R. McAllister and wife Elizabeth of Nashville, TN, 12 grandchildren Mary Kate, Molly, Grace, Joseph, Griffin, John, Hugh, Timothy, Kate, Maggie, Miller and Jerome James III, a sister Alyce and husband Henry Burke Esq., a brother-in-law John McDonough of Dunmore and several nieces and nephews.

Private graveside services were conducted on Saturday April 25, 2020 at Dunmore Cemetery  by Rev. John A. Doris, Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Dunmore. Due to the current health crisis, a memorial mass will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Allied Services Hospice, 100 Executive Park, Clarks Summit, PA, 18411 and  the Andrew Luke Millett Research Fund at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Lockbox 1352, P.O. Box 8500, Philadelphia, PA 19178-1352

Arrangements Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore


Katy Conway Nalevanko

April 20, 2020

Katy Conway Nalevanko, 58, passed away Monday, April 20, peacefully at home. Katy is survived by her loving husband, E.J. (Elmer) Nalevanko. Born on June 30, 1961, Katy was the daughter of the late Michael Gerald Conway and Joan Murray Conway. She was a graduate of Dunmore High School and studied at Bloomsburg University. She began her professional career with The United States District Court for the Middle District of PA in 1990 and was promoted several times during her tenure before retiring in 2015. She cherished the relationships she made during her years there.

Katy fought a long, hard battle with metastatic breast cancer. She did it with dignity and grace, and never let it get the best of her. We would like to thank her oncologist, Dr. Nicholas Lamperella, and all the staff at Lehigh Valley Oncology for taking care of her throughout her battle.

To know Katy was to love her. She had an infectious laugh and the room always seemed a little brighter as soon as she walked in. She had a gift of making whoever was around her feel comfortable. She loved music, cooking, entertaining, and – most of all – her family and friends. Sunday dinners were truly special at Katy’s (Nana’s) house.

Also surviving are her daughters Abby Fisch and husband Donald, Emily Franklin and husband Robert, and son Noah Nalevanko as well as by her grandchildren, whom she loved so much: Alex, Kateri, and Violet Franklin; and Andrew and Ellie Fisch. She is also survived by her siblings, Mary Ellen Scott and husband James of Scott Township, Gerald Conway and wife Myrna of South Canaan Township, and Timothy Conway and wife Cheryl of Dunmore, as well as by her aunt, Mary Michinski and husband Gene of Scranton. Katy was loved by her sisters in law, Noel Nalevanko, Katie Marquardt, the late Anna Burke and husband Brendan, and Veronica Zebrowski and husband Dan. Nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends will all miss her dearly.

As we are not able to hold a funeral service at this time, we ask you to celebrate Katy by remembering the good times you had with her. The family will host a Celebration of Life when they are able.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Katy’s name to St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, 500 Penn Avenue, Scranton, PA ,18504.

Arrangements Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore.


Paul J. Dougherty

April 6, 2020

Paul J.  Dougherty, 89, of Dunmore, died Monday, April 6, at Geisinger Community Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Alicia Cummings Dougherty.

Born in Scranton, son of the late James and Cecelia Flaherty Dougherty, he was graduate of Central High School and the University of Scranton. Before his retirement, he was employed as vice president of risk management at Mercy Hospital, Scranton, where he worked for 33 years.

He was a parishioner at St. Paul’s Church, Green Ridge, serving as a Eucharistic minister. Paul served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was stationed at Pearl Harbor. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Greater YMCA, Dunmore, past Board president of St. Joseph’s Center and a 45-year member and past treasurer of Elmhurst County Club.

Also surviving are four daughters, Liza Williams and husband, Joe, Scranton; Mary Renard and husband, Ken, Dunmore; Clair Dougherty, Dickson City; and Kate Lippmann and husband, Mike, Arlington, Va.; a brother, Robert Dougherty and wife, Mary Ann, Dagsboro, Del.; and granddaughters, Jennifer Golden, Scranton; Emma and Juliet Renard, Dunmore; Isabel and Sophie Lippmann, Arlington Va. He was also preceded in death by a brother, James Dougherty; and sisters, Lucille Noll and Elaine Ullner.

Paul’s family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the Geisinger Community Medical Center staff, nurse Nicole and specialists who cared for him in his last days. A very special thank you to Dr. James McKenna for years of care and kindness.

A blessing service was conducted Monday by Monsignor Neil J. Van Loon at Cathedral Cemetery. Entombment, Cathedral Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Center. A Mass of remembrance will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Church, Scranton at a future date.

Arrangements were under the care of Albert O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore.


Joseph F. Jellock

April 7, 2020

Joseph F. Jellock of Jefferson Township died Tuesday at Saint Mary’s Villa Elmhurst. He is survived by his wife of sixty-two years Mary Ellen Molnar Jellock. Born in Jessup, he was the son of the late Henry and Evelyn Nagurney Dzielak and Stepmother Jean. He was a graduate of Throop High School class of 1954 and Lackawanna College and the DeVry Institute.  He was a veteran of the United States Navy. Prior to retirement he was employed by Tobyhanna Army Depot where he received numerous awards.  He was a member of Saint Eulalia’s Parish, Elmhurst.

Also surviving are two daughters Diane Black of Mount Cobb, and Cathy Owen and husband Glenn of Madison Township, daughter in-law Marie Jellock of Lake Ariel.   Three sisters Junie Serpico of Chambersburg, Marie Davies of Throop and Dorothy Englehart of Olyphant. Six grandchildren, Eric and Marina Black, Sally, Emery and Eddie Jellock and Abby Owen.  Also, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son Joseph R. and brothers Henry and Steve.

Besides spending time with his family, Joe loved spending time at his second home “Spruce Lake” were he enjoyed fishing.  Joe liked taking fishing trips to Canada and Alaska with his son Joe.  He also loved hunting, gardening and sharing his vegetable crop with family and friends.

The family would like to thank all the staff of St. Mary’s Villa Skilled Nursing Facility for their care and kindness.

A private blessing service was held on Thursday by Rev. Jeffrey D. Tudgay Of St. Eulalia’s Parish at Holy Family Cemetery, Throop. Interment Holy Family Cemetery. A memorial mass will be held at a later date.

Arrangements Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street Dunmore.


Paul J. Rainey Jr.

April 5, 2020

Paul J. Rainey Jr., of Scranton, died Sunday at Lutherwood. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Paul J. and Anne “Nancy” Ward Rainey. He was a graduate of Dunmore Central Catholic High School. Before retirement, he was employed as a master electrician.

Surviving are a son, Paul J. Rainey; a daughter, Shannon Rainey; a sister, Anne and husband, James Walsh; six brothers, Robert and Maryanne Rainey, Francis and Margy Rainey, Thomas and Ann Marie Rainey, Joseph Rainey, Richard and Laura Rainey, and William and Kimberly Rainey; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Rainey; two brothers, John and James Rainey; and a nephew, Shane Rainey.

A blessing service was held on Wednesday at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Dunmore. Interment, Mount Carmel Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Joseph’s Center, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509 or the charity of your choice in Paul’s name.

Arrangements by Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore.


James F. Butler

March 18, 2020

James F. Butler of Dunmore died Wednesday at home. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late James H.F. and Mary Elizabeth “Teensyee” Price Butler and was a graduate of Scranton Preparatory School and Merrimack University. Before his death, he was the president of the Butler Casket Co. He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Dunmore.

Surviving are a sister, Kathleen M. Butler, Dunmore; two brothers, Michael and wife, Jacqueline Butler, Dunmore; and John and wife, Lynne Butler, West Pittson; two nieces, Natalie Butler King and husband, Thomas; and Marilyn Kristina Butler; a nephew, Michael Butler; two grandnieces, Layla Elizabeth King and Eliana Frances King; and an aunt, Nancy Butler.

He was also preceded in death by an uncle, the Rev. Henry J. Butler, S.J.; and an aunt, Rosemary Butler.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday in St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, 322 Chestnut St., Dunmore. The mass and subsequent interment are private due to health concerns. Memorial contributions may be made to Progressive Health Center of Pennsylvania, 112 E. Hartford St., Milford, PA 18337.

Arrangements, Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore.


Thomas C. Kenney

March 9, 2020

Thomas C. Kenney, resident of Clarks Green but native son of Scranton, passed away March 9, after fighting the only battle he ever lost. Born in Baltimore, Md., on July 3, 1942, he was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Griffiths) Kenney. Tom was preceded in death by his parents; and younger brother, Jack, whose early passing weighed on Tom more heavily than anyone knew.

A 1960 graduate of Scranton Central High School, Tom was a standout in both football and baseball. With a football scholarship, he went on to the University of Scranton where he studied history with intentions of becoming a teacher. When the football program was terminated, Tom’s scholarship was lost and he joined the United States Army. He achieved status of expert rifleman (Rifle M-14) and was offered the opportunity to train for service as guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, though he respectfully declined. He went on to serve at the DMZ in Korea and was then stationed in Germany. There he earned the Army of Occupation Medal for his service in Berlin and, more importantly, met and married his wife of 55 years, Baerbel (known to all as Barbara). Her presence in his life made him a better person.

Back in the states, Tom graduated from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy, worked on the railroad, at Chamberlain, as a cabbie, as a bouncer, as “the muscle” on the surveying crew of Harold Rist, and finally in security at Clarks Summit State Hospital. Some may be defined by the jobs they have done – Tom was not. His wife would like you to know what defined him: Tom always took care of his family, he was the best Dad he knew how to be, he never turned from a fight he found worthy (or any other fight for that matter), he loved dogs, he loved to work in his yard, he loved Christmas and decorating for it, he was gruff on the outside but loving and generous on the inside, he taught his daughters the importance of being independent and strong, if he loved you he would die for you, and he became the very best version of himself when his wife needed him most. We all pray that God remember the good stuff and let the rest go.

Grandsons Christian and Brendan will never forget Papa’s wisecracks and funny stories, shooting hoops and tossing the football around, his knowledge of all things history, sports and tying of ties, and most importantly his willingness to give to them all he had to offer.

Tom Kenney was not everyone’s cup of tea, but that is OK – he never wanted to be. To the people he loved, he was the world – that is what matters in this life. Our dear Dad, go and rest now – Johnny Cash is waiting for you.

Tom leaves behind his wife, Baerbel; daughter, Jacqueline Kenney; daughter, Nicole Cetta and husband, Bobby; grandsons, Christian and Brendan Orlando; brother, David and wife, Lynn; brother, Robert and wife, Becky; sister-in-law, Janet Kenney; and nieces, Kristen, Erin and Samantha. In addition, the kindness and help of Keith Orlando has always been greatly appreciated.

Friends may visit and share stories on Thursday, March 12, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to bring a donation to be given in Tom’s name to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.


Mary Clare Kearney

March 9, 2020

Mary Clare Kearney, 83, died peacefully surrounded by her devoted husband and family March 9, at St. Mary’s Villa in Elmhurst, Pa. She and her husband, Robert Kearney, had been married for 60 years.

Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Clare Driscoll Walsh. She was a graduate of Marywood Seminary and Hahnemann Hospital School of Nursing and was a registered nurse until her retirement.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan Mistretta and her husband, Thomas, of Argyle, Texas; her daughter, Carolyn Lohr and her husband, Thomas, of Fairfax, Va.; her son-in-law, Jonathan Church, of Mount Jackson, Va.; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Clare Kearney Church; and her brother Andrew and his wife, Marilyn Walsh. Mary Clare’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Anees Fogley and the nurses and staff at St. Mary’s Villa for all of their compassionate care.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. Eulalia’s Church, 214 Blue Shutters Road, Roaring Brook Twp., PA 18444-7615. All attending are invited to go directly to the church. Friends may call Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Albert O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore, PA 18512. Interment will follow the Mass at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, 18509; or St. Mary’s Villa, 516 St. Mary’s Villa Road, Elmhurst Twp., PA.

Arrangements, Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore, Pa.


Jean D. Cummings

March 8, 2020

Remembered as fun, funny, and warm, Jean D. Cummings died Sunday at Marywood Heights, Scranton. Her husband, Richard T. Cummings, preceded her in death. Born in Dunmore, the daughter of the late Martin and Catherine Somers Dougher, she graduated from Dunmore High School and Marywood College. A stay-at-home mother, she later worked at Kelly Services and retired as a receptionist at Community Medical Center, Scranton. She was a charter member of the Church of St. Gregory and its Women’s Guild. She volunteered as a teacher’s aide and CCD instructor. Among her many favorite groups were the Dunmore Historical Society, Abington Senior Center Forever Young exercise class and the Happy (Red) Hatters.

Surviving are her daughter, MaryJean Cummings Bower and husband, Michael, of Bloomsburg; sons, Richard Cummings and wife, Erin, of Boston; and Robert Cummings and wife, Jean, of West Hartford, Conn.; daughter, Nancy Cummings, of Clarks Summit; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews. Also surviving is her sister-in-law, Suzanne Cummings of Scranton.
Her sister, Catherine Dougher, and two brothers, Francis and Robert Dougher, preceded her in death.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Church of St. Gregory, 330 N. Abington Road, Clarks Green. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.

Friends may call at the church from 10 until Mass time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Abington Community Library or the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Arrangements, Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore.


Richard H. “Dick” Capozzi

March 1, 2020

Richard H. “Dick” Capozzi, passed away on Sunday March 1, 2020. His wife Dorothy M. Diesing Capozzi, R.N. preceded him in death in 2010. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Richard C. and Ermal  Sienkiewicz. Capozzi. He was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force. After an honorable discharge, he attended the University of Scranton. Dick went on to pursue an illustrious career in the retail industry. He was proud to have partnered in founding The House Inc.; a landmark of style in Scranton. Eventually, with Joseph the Furrier, Dick traveled the nation, establishing the renowned brand. After retiring, Dick cherished his time and relationships at Lake Ariel. His family and friends were his primary source of happiness. Dick lived a tasteful life of compassion and contagious joy.

Proudly surviving Dick is his daughter Elizabeth Healey of Clarks Green, three sons; Mark and wife Maureen Capozzi of Scranton, Peter and wife Christine Capozzi of Waverly, and Christopher and wife Nikole Capozzi of Dalton, two brothers Daniel O. Capozzi of Clarks Green and David Capozzi of Lakehurst, New Jersey, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He will be forever treasured and missed by all who knew him.

A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 9:30 A.M. at Our Lady of the Snows Church  301 South State Street, Clarks Summit celebrated Monsignor Joseph G. Quinn

Arrangements Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street , Dunmore.


Ann T. Lalley

March 4, 2020

Ann T. Lalley of Honesdale died Wednesday after a brief illness. She was preceded in death by her husband William Kelley Lalley who died January 9, 2018. Born in Dunmore, she was the daughter of the late John T. and Margaret Kelly Tighe and was a graduate of Dunmore High School.

She is  survived by three daughters, Mary Louise Fowler and husband, Ty; Jule Diehl and husband, Louis; and Colleen Reed and husband, Robert; daughter-in-law, Lisa Lalley; 10 grandchildren, Sean, Kevin and Erin Fowler, Jackie Lalley, Ryan, Adam and Eric Diehl, Emmett, Kelley and Matthew Reed; five great-grandchildren, Daniel, Bridget, Blake, Carter and Elliott  Diehl; a brother James J. Tighe, a brother-in-law Dennis Lalley  and many nieces and nephews. She was  preceded in death by a son, Kelley John Lalley; a daughter, Erin Lalley;  brothers John T. Tighe,William Tighe and Thomas Tighe, and a sister Mary Louise Tighe.

The funeral will be Saturday from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street Dunmore with a mass of Christian Burial at 11:00  A.M. at Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Church 322 Chestnut Street Dunmore. Interment Mount Carmel Cemetery, Dunmore. Friends may call Friday from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. All those attending the funeral are asked to proceed to the church on Saturday morning. Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Joseph’s Center 2010 Adams Avenue, Dunmore, PA 18509.


Mary Virginia “Jeannie” Malloy

February 21, 2020

Jeannie Malloy,  passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family and friends last Friday at Green Ridge Care Center. Born on August 10,1944, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Louise Moylan Malloy. Raised in the Nativity section of Scranton, Jeannie was a member of Saint John Neumann Parish, and was a proud graduate of Marywood Seminary and the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. For 42 years she worked as a registered nurse, spending most of those years in the Nursery at Mercy Hospital where she was present at the births of many NEPA residents including her nieces, nephews and cousins.

Surviving are a sister Dr. Elizabeth and husband Dr. Clair Kenny, brother Robert and wife Marilyn Malloy, best friend and cousin Connie Moran and husband Arthur- all of Scranton. Nieces, nephews, cousins and a grand nephew. She was preceded in death by a sister Mary Denise Malloy.

Jeannie will be remembered most for her loving devotion to her family and friends. She was famous for birthday cakes and parties, holiday decorations and parties, always in supportive attendance at her nieces’, nephews’ and cousins’ performances and games and, yes, more parties. She celebrated life to its fullest with great humor and generosity. Jeannie’s most beloved place was her family’s homestead in Waymart which she affectionately called “The Country House”. Because of Jeannie, her large extended family spent wonderful fun filled summers together creating memories that will last forever.

The family would like to thank the staff at Green Ridge Care Center for their exceptional support over the last three years; and Hospice of the Sacred Heart for their comfort and care during Jeannie’s last weeks.

The funeral will be Saturday from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 A.M. at Saint John Neumann Parish, 633 Orchard Street, Scranton. Interment will follow at Saint Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call Friday from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. All those attending the funeral are asked to proceed directly to the church on Saturday. Any gifts or contributions in Jeannie’s name can be made to St Joseph’s Center, Scranton.


Martin T. Munley

February 22, 2020

Martin T. Munley 79, of Olyphant died Saturday at Regional Hospital of Scranton. He is survived by his wife of fifty-six years Grace Kearney Munley. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Joseph and Helen Horan Munley and was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School. He was a veteran of the United States Army having served in Germany for three years. Prior to his retirement, he was employed at Sprague and Henwood and the United States Postal Service.

Also surviving are a son Martin T. Munley, Jr. and wife Elizabeth  and grandson Jack and granddaughter Grace; a sister Kay Tomasko and husband Paul of Clarks Summit, a brother Joseph and wife Betty Munley of LaPlume and nieces and nephews and cousins.

A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 9:30 A.M. at Saint Patrick’s Church 200 Delaware Avenue Olyphant . Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street Dunmore. Memorial contributions may be made to Matthew’s Mission 9 Leslie Drive , Scranton, PA 18505.


Maureen N. Frost

February 17, 2020

Maureen N. Frost of Factoryville died Monday at the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Gerald D. Frost. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Martin and Mary Mellody Noone and was a graduate of Dunmore High School. She received an undergraduate and graduate degree from Marywood University. Maureen was an elementary teacher in the Tunkhannock School District teaching at Mill City Elementary School. After retiring from her passionate teaching career, Maureen worked at Keystone College as a supervisor of student teachers. She was also a member of Our Lady of the Abingtons Parish, Dalton.

Also surviving are a son, Daniel Frost, of Hop Bottom; a brother, Patrick and wife, Debbie Noone, of Pipersville; a sister, Geralyn and husband, Tom Swinick, of Dunmore. She was a dedicated Aunt to Mellody, Thomas and Sarah Swinick, and Laura, Anthony, and her beloved great-nephew, Nicholas Fierro.

Maureen was fortunate to live her retirement to full extent. Maureen and her husband loved traveling together. They have many fond memories from cruises and trips to Atlantic City where she would try new restaurants, shop and people watch. They were always looking forward to their next trip. Maureen (and her husband) enjoyed walking the Lackawanna Trail High School Track and cheering on the football team. She also loved Broadway Theater with the “Mill City Crew.”

She appreciated the simple things in life and loved reading Danielle Steel books. She was proud of her Irish heritage. Maureen will be remembered by her gift of gab and always willing to do for others. Her life was truly centered around faith, family and friends. Maureen will be missed dearly by all.

The funeral will be Friday from Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of the Abingtons Church, 700 W. Main St., Dalton. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.

Friends may call Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Abingtons Church.

 


John T. Comeford

February 12, 2020

John T. Comerford, 84, of Scranton died Wednesday at home surrounded by his loving family.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years Pauline Quinn Comerford.

Born in Scranton, son of the late Thomas and Hazel Fursha Comerford, he was a graduate of Scranton Central High School, and a 1959 graduate of the University of Scranton.  During his work life, he was self-employed in the beer distribution business, O.K. Beverage, located at the corner of Oak Street and Keyser Avenue in the North Scranton section of the city.  During his four decades of running a successful business, he developed many friendships in the North Scranton community.

John was a passionate golfer, and a member of the Country Club of Scranton where he enjoyed playing golf with other members, especially his friend Will Carey whom he nicknamed “Good shot Will.”  He was a prior member of Elmhurst Country Club where his golf companions are too numerous to list.  He also enjoyed playing “on the road” particularly against his lifelong friend Charlie Witaconis, when he needed a victory.

John was an avid sports fan, along with his first Cousin Phil Rafferty, devoted on Saturday’s in the fall to Notre Dame Football, and a lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox.  Although he was not a travel enthusiast, he enjoyed taking trips with his wife, children, and grandchildren to take in a game at Fenway Park.

He is survived by his two sons Thomas and Matthew, both of Scranton, eight grandchildren, Caroline, John (his namesake), Kathleen, Mary, Michael, Colin, Norah and Emma.  Also, part of the family are his nephews and niece, Billy T. Paterson, Paul Paterson and Kathleen Ciccotti, and great nieces and nephews Jennifer, Billy, Timmy, Katie and Kate.  He is also survived by his sister, Mary (Comerford) Hanlon.

He was preceded in death by a son Timothy, and by a brother Thomas Comerford, and two sisters Anne Roche and Helen Kearney.

The Family would like to express their extreme gratitude to his loving caregiver Martha Keating, as well as the members of Allied Services Hospice.

A mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday at 10:00 A.M. at St. Paul’s Church 1510 Penn Avenue , Scranton.  Friends may call on Friday from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Scranton Preparatory School, 1000 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509.

Arrangements Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore.


Mary Jame Gillespie

December 14, 2019

Mary Jane Gillespie of Scranton died December 14, 2019 at Regional hospital of Scranton. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late James and Ann Shanley Gillespie. Mary Jane was a graduate of Saint Paul’s High School and Saint Mary’s School of Nursing both of Scranton. She was a member of Saint Paul’s Parish, Scranton.

Mary Jane practiced nursing in Scranton and later in Baltimore Maryland, where physicians she worked with described her as one of the finest nurses they had an opportunity to practice beside. Unable to practice as a nurse, she found great pleasure, she found great pleasure assisting families in the Scranton area by caring for and raising their children.

Surviving are sisters Nancy and husband C. Martin Kelly of Clarks Green, her twin sister Mary Clare McTigue of Philadelphia, and Beatrice and husband Dr. Lee Robbins of Glenarm, MD; a sister in law Ann Gillespie of Maryland and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother James J. Gillespie Jr.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street , Dunmore.


Joseph J. Whalen

January  9, 2020

Joseph J. Whalen died Thursday at the Gino Merli Veterans Center, Scranton. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Dr. Edward and Agnes McDonald Whalen and was a graduate of Scranton Preparatory School, Georgetown University and attended Wilkes University from graduate studies. Prior to retirement, he was employed as an engineer for RCA  and Harris Electronics. He was a member of Saint John Neuman Parish, Scranton.

Joe was an avid golfer.

Surviving are two sisters Nancy Finnegan of Connecticut and Maggie Krayer  of Massachusetts and his loving companion Patricia Priolo, and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Gino Merli Veterans Center  for their kind and compassionate care given to Joe.

A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. at  the Nativity of Our Lord Church 633 Orchard Street , Scranton. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call at the Church on Wednesday from 9:00 A.M. to mass time. In Lieu of Flowers , memorial contributions may be made to the Gino Merli Veterans Center 401 Penn Avenue Scranton, PA 18503

Arrangements Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore.


Erin A. Walsh

January 1, 2020

Erin A. Walsh of Scranton died Wednesday at Moses Taylor Hospital. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of Thomas P. and Desales (“Sally”) Lafferty Walsh of Scranton. Erin was a graduate of Dunmore High School and Lackawanna Junior College. Prior to her illness, she was the Assistant Manager of the Lackawanna County Trolly Museum. She was a member of Saint Paul’s Parish, Scranton.

Erin was an active and avid genealogist who took great pride in researching her family tree back centuries. She loved history, biographies, politics, and of course, her much-loved Miami Dolphins. She loved frogs and maintained an eclectic collection of frog souvenirs and mementos. She looked forward to attending family gatherings with her relatives from Virginia, New Jersey and Connecticut.  She also enjoyed trips to Atlantic City and Cape May as well as spending time at Lake Ariel.

Erin loved to watch her daughter Dorothy run cross county and cheerlead for St. Paul’s School and she also enjoyed attending Dorothy’s ballet recitals, especially the Nutcracker. Words cannot express the love that Erin had for Dorothy, who was undoubtedly the shining light in Erin’s life at all times.

Also surviving are her beloved daughter, Dorothy Ann Walsh, of Scranton, a sister, Mary Walsh Dempsey, Esq. of Scranton, two brothers Thomas P. and wife, Kelli J. Walsh, CPA, of Matamoras, and Patrick J. and wife, Sara A. Walsh, Esq. of Archbald, several nieces and nephews including Jamie, Abigail and Clare Dempsey, Annie Walsh, and Julie, Jane and Jill Walsh. Erin was blessed with a large extended family and she truly treasured each and every one of her aunts, uncles and thirty first cousins, and she spoke about them often.

She was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Jimmy “Jazz” Dempsey.

Erin’s family would like to extend their heartfelt and sincere gratitude to Dr. Henry Yeager, Erin’s treating physician for the past 33 years. Dr. Yeager’s kindness, compassion and medical expertise are surely signs that angels do exist here on earth. The medical care that Dr. Yeager provided to Erin was nothing short of exceptional and could even be characterized as miraculous. Erin, and her family, truly honored and respected Dr. Yeager’s constant support and guidance in their lives as well as his calm and capable demeanor at any time of the day or night. The family would also like to thank Dr. Joseph Leo, Dr. Brenda Goodrich, Davita Dialysis Center in Dunmore, Erin’s home health aides, and the Nursing Staff from the second floor at Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton, for the wonderful care, compassionate treatment and tremendous kindness shown to Erin.

While Erin faced many medical challenges throughout her lifetime, she never questioned or complained.  Rather, she faced each challenge with dignity, grace, unbreakable determination and a resilient spirit.  Thirty years ago, Erin was blessed to have received the “gift of life” in the form of a kidney transplant and Erin, Dorothy, and the Family remain faithful supporters, and staunch advocates, of organ donation. In order to assist in promoting organ donor awareness locally, memorial contributions may be made to the Cody Barrasse Memorial Foundation c/o Scranton Preparatory School, 1000 Wyoming Ave. Scranton, PA 18509.  Alternatively, memorial contributions can be sent to the St. Paul’s Food Pantry, c/o St. Paul’s Rectory, 1510 Penn Ave. Scranton, PA 18503.

The funeral will be Monday from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street Dunmore with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 A. M. at Saint Paul’s Church 1510 Penn Avenue, Scranton. Interment Dunmore Cemetery. Friends and Relatives may call Sunday from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. All those attending the funeral are asked to proceed to the church on Monday.


Patricia J. Tucker

December 7, 2019

Patricia J. Tucker of Clarks Summit, died on Saturday December 7 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband Orin L. Tucker who died in 1993. She married the love of her life Orin L. Tucker on July 13, 1968, and cherished their daughter, Lisa. Patti was born on December 12, 1946 to the late Frank and Gertrude Taraskiewicz Rutkowski in Irvington, New Jersey.

Pat retired after 35 years with her career at PNC Bank. Lisa made her sign a memo that she “promised” to retire within a year.  Pat loved her job and much to Lisa’s chagrin – continued on for yet another year. A true Penn State Football fan, Pat would make several trips to Happy Valley each year and made sure to get the best seats in Beaver Stadium. Prior to football season, Pat loved the St. Lawrence River and especially Grindstone Island. You would be able to find Pat reading on the dock with her beloved granddog Lou or taking a ride around the island via ATV to the winery. Pat was a staple,  rain or shine, to walk with Dempsey Uniform in the St. Patrick’s Parade each year. She loved being an embraced part of her daughters work family and in turn they treated Pat as one of their own. As Lisa married into a wonderful large family, they also became Pat’s family. She truly enjoyed all of their personalities and what made them special to her and Lisa.  Pat adored her “son” Jeff (and especially his cooking skills). She was proud of her close relationship with her grandson Jordan. It meant so much to her that they still scheduled in lunch dates.

Ever a Jersey girl, whenever Pat was driving her little red car Bon Jovi would be playing. She was also a genealogy enthusiast and enjoyed tracing her Polish roots. Pat was known for loving the color red and chocolate, for being a strong and vibrant woman who was also chic. She was an amazing loving mother who spoke often of her extraordinary relationship with her daughter.  She would light up any room she entered. Pat was simply goodness.  She was truly a very special person and will be missed immeasurably.
She is survived by her daughter and best friend Lisa Stranieri, husband Jeff, grandson Jordan, granddog Lou, along with god son, nieces, nephews, cousins and lastly, her cat Elvis.

Friends may call Monday from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street Dunmore. Interment will be private.


Michael J. Cestone

December 7, 2019

Michael J. Cestone Jr. of Waverly Township and Bal Harbour, FL died Saturday, December 7th, at Holy Family Residence (Marywood Heights), Dunmore. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Loraine Mastriani Cestone. Born in Montclair, New Jersey, he was the son of the late Michael J. and Cora Damiano Cestone. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from  the University of Scranton and attended the College of William and Mary. Prior to his retirement he was the President of Mastriani Realty Company. He was a longtime board member of the First National Community Bank of Dunmore where he served as the Secretary and Treasurer of the board. He was a former board member of Marywood College and Penn State Worthington Scranton Campus. He was a veteran of the United States Army.

Also surviving are two daughters Caroline Salvino and Mary and husband Dr. David FitzPatrick and a son Michael G. and wife Nanci Cestone, seven grandchildren; Sam Salvino, Christine, Tommy, and Meghan FitzPatrick, Gianna, Michael and Frank Cestone, and a niece Allison Cestone. He was preceded in death by a brother Alan Cestone.

Mike was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. All who knew him thought of him as a true gentleman and a man of great faith. He will be missed dearly.

Mike was an accomplished golfer having won the New Jersey State Father/Son Golf Championship five times with his father Michael J. Cestone, Sr. He was a five time winner of the Men’s Club Championship at the Country Club of Scranton and won the Member/Guest Tournament at the Club with Sylvio DeFazio.  He also won the Senior/Junior Golf Tournament three times and the Member/Member Golf Tournament three times with his son Michael G. Cestone at the Country Club of Scranton. He also won the Men’s Club Championship at LaGorce Country Club, in Miami Beach,FL twice. He won the Glen Oak Country Club Member/Guest with his partner Tony Crea. Mike won the New Jersey State Junior Golf Championship and was twice a runner-up in the New Jersey State amateur Golf Championship. He recorded seven holes in one throughout his career.

The family would like to thank the entire staff of Holy Family Residence for their warm, kind and spiritual care during his stay there. They truly went above and beyond all expectations.

The funeral will be Saturday, December 14th, with a mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 A.M. at the Church of Saint Gregory 330 North Abington Road, Clarks Green. Interment Saint Catherine’s Cemetery. Friends may call at the church from 9:00 A.M. until mass time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, stfranciskitchen.org , 500 Penn Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503.

Arrangements Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street Dunmore.


Mildred Elizabeth “Mitzi”Genello

November 21, 2019

Mildred Elizabeth “Mitzi” Genello died peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Thursday, November 21, 2019.  She was 97 years old. Daughter of the late William and Lena Gardiner Dadey Kreinberg, she was born in West Scranton and graduated from Scranton Technical High School. She was the widow of Charles A. Genello and she is survived by her daughters Dr. Frances M. Langan and her husband Gerald T. Langan, Attorney and Professor Lena G. Goldberg and her husband Dr. Ronald P. Goldberg, and Mary E. Aniska, and by her son, Frank W. Genello and his wife Susan Buswell, her sister-in-law Angela Pisa, and her beloved grandchildren Kristen K. Langan, Laura S. Genello and her husband David Sleightholm, J.P. Aniska, Charles Lucas (Luke) Genello, and Francesca  E. Genello, as well as by many nieces and nephews and by her “grand-dog”, Lincoln, a Greater Swiss Mountain dog who outweighed her but showed her unstinting loyalty and affection. She was also an honorary member of the extended Langan family and was included in all of their celebrations.

Mitzi was predeceased by her sisters, brothers and their spouses: Laura and Worthington Meyers, Margaret and Donald Price, Hilda and Edward Clement, Anna and Lester Keiper, Jane and John Jones, Sr., John and Janet Kreinberg, and William and Edna Kreinberg, and by her brothers- and sisters-in-law, Alfred Pisa, William and Teresa Genello, Minnie and Joe Longo, Blanche and William Firjone, and Florence and Edward Rakosky.

Mitzi was a homemaker extraordinaire and, during her child-rearing years, was known to rise before dawn to bake bread and hot cross or sticky buns for breakfast and always had a home baked treat and tea ready for her children afterschool. She was part of an era during which cooking, baking, sewing, gardening, and preserving jars and jars of home-grown vegetables, fruit, jams and jellies was all in a day’s work.

She cared for her mother-in-law in her later years and for her husband for 14 years after he suffered a debilitating stroke. After his death in 1993, with her caregiving and homemaking responsibilities behind her, Mitzi stepped onto her first jetliner, departed for Europe, and never looked back.  She traveled widely throughout the United States and Europe, to Greece and Turkey, the Caribbean, Alaska, and Hawaii for which she had a particular fondness. She thought nothing of crossing the ocean to be with her granddaughter Kristen to celebrate her 21st birthday in London.

She moved into a large, sunny third floor apartment in her daughter Fran’s and son-in-law Jerry’s home when she was 73 years old, and insisted that she needed no assistance to walk up the stairs, vehemently refusing offers of an elevator or stair chair arguing that climbing stairs would keep her young. After a brief illness when she was 96, a stair chair was installed but she refused to use it. She realized her dream of continuing to live in her own home until two weeks before her death and she recognized that her ability to do so was attributable not only to her strong will but also to her companions and care givers, Jackie Southard, Ann Marie Southard, Julie Stanavitch, Marie Davis, Ann Elton, Brigid Walsh, Margaret Conlon, and Joan O’Bell,  all of whom became part of her family and to whom she was, and her family remains, tremendously grateful. She also looked forward to the visits of her personal stylist, hairdresser and manicurist, Lisa Gillbride, who polished her look weekly.

She was a member of St. Anthony and Rocco Parish, the Dunmore Senior Center, the 800 Club, the 50 Plus Club, and the Red Hat Society and enjoyed many trips with these groups as well as the companionship of their many members. She was especially fond of Marilyn and Frank Malinoski with whom she enjoyed a long friendship. In October of this year, the threesome laughed and conversed on the front porch as they enjoyed the Scranton Marathon.

In addition to travel, dining out, music, nurturing her orchids with weekly ice cubes, and enjoying the exploits of her children and grandchildren, Mitzi was an avid reader. Even after her sight diminished, she had the newspapers read to her each morning and stayed abreast of current events. She was fully informed and conversant with world affairs until the end. She was particularly appreciative of the fact that she lived long enough to cast her vote for Hilary Clinton and was immensely disappointed that she did not see the first woman president take office.

Mitzi loved spring and summer and delighted in being outdoors especially on sunny days. She enjoyed good health throughout this past spring and summer and in August celebrated her 97th birthday with a party attended by her extended family and friends. In many ways, it was fitting that she left this world at the time of year she disliked most — the time when days grow short and the cold of winter is approaching. She was treasured by all who knew her, her long life and legacy will be celebrated, and she will be sorely missed.

Mitzi’s family would like to thank the staff at Allied Hospice Center and, in particular, Kelly Langan, and Dr. William Dempsey for the care they provided to her during the last days of her life.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 9:30 A.M. at Saint Rocco’s Church 122 Kurtz Street, Dunmore with Interment in Dunmore Cemetery. Visiting hours will be Sunday from 1:00 P.M to 4:00 P.M.. at Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Goodwill Industries of NE  PA, 925 Prospect Ave. Scranton, PA 18505 or St. Rocco’s Church.


Mary Yurchak Molnar

November 20, 2019

Mary Yurchak Molnar, a 101-year resident of Dunmore, died peacefully in her sleep Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, nine days after becoming a guest of St. Mary’s Villa in Elmhurst. Her husband, Emery Molnar, died July 12, 1990. Born in Scranton, daughter of the late Mary Pidich Yurchak and the late Alex Yurchak, she was educated in the Dunmore School District before leaving after 11th grade to take a garment industry job to help support her siblings. Mary proudly received her diploma from Dunmore High School in a special ceremony on June 25, 2018.

She was a lifetime member of Holy Family Church in Scranton until it closed and recently St. Peter’s Cathedral, Scranton. She served as a volunteer at her churches. Mary was the rock of a family that spans six generations right up until her death, offering loving support or sharp wit depending on circumstance. She took great pride in her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She marked each birthday with special cards and occasionally a surprise of confetti. She enjoyed cooking and baking family favorites like kolachi, Texas sheet cake and yum-yum cake, camping at Spruce Lake, snowmobiling with her late husband and children and grandchildren and quilting. Many family members snuggle tonight with quilts she crafted. Mary continually prayed rosaries and had a Word Search book at her side even as her physical strength faded. Visits with family, friends and especially her generations of grandchildren brightened her days. She was always willing to share a cup of tea, listen or give advice. She maintained an impeccable memory and strong sense of humor up to her final days.

She is survived by four children, sons Eugene (Kateri) Molnar, Cary, N.C., and Richard Molnar, Scranton; and daughters Mary Ellen (Joseph) Jellock, Mount Cobb, and Virginia (Lawrence) Holeva, Dickson City; 16 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, numerous great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers, George, Alex, Nicholas, Stephen and Michael, and a sister, Susan Bilansky, and grandsons, Joseph Jellock and Richard Molnar.

The funeral will be Saturday from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave., Scranton. Interment, Holy Family Cemetery, Throop.Those attending the funeral are asked to proceed directly to the church on Saturday.Friends may call Friday, 5 to 8 p.m.


Jean Brady

November 15, 2019

Jean Brady of Scranton died Friday at Scranton Health Care Center. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late William H. and Nora Eagen Brady and was a graduate of Lackawanna Business College. Prior to retirement she worked as an Administrative Assistant for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and formerly worked as an Administrative Assistant at Tobyhanna Army Depot. She was a member of Saint John Neuman Parish, Scranton.

Surviving are nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two sisters Lenore Philbin and Rosemary McAndrew.

A mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday at 9:30 A.M. at Nativity of Our Lord Church 633 Orchard Street Scranton. Interment Saint Joseph’s Cemetery. Friends may call at the church from 9:00 A.M. until mass time on Tuesday morning.

Arrangements Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore


Rachel Elizabeth Hinton

October 27, 2019

Rachel Elizabeth Hinton, 46, of Ashburn, Virginia, died Sunday, October 27, 2019. Rachel was born on February 2, 1973 in Silver Spring, Maryland, to the late J. Timothy Hinton, and Susan Jenkins Hinton of Maryland.  She was a graduate of Watkins Mill High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland, class of 1992. Rachel had a successful career in corporate sales, having worked for Nordstrom, Adidas, Nike and Under Armour in cities across the country. She was an avid gardener and an inspired interior decorator.  Her homes in Carlsbad, California and at The Peninsula in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware could have been showcased in magazines.  She also enjoyed traveling and experiencing new places, both domestically and abroad.

Above all else, Rachel loved and adored her son Logan.  He was the light of her life, and she was very proud that he developed into such a kind, considerate and intelligent young man.  She took great pleasure in his many athletic, musical, and academic accomplishments.

Rachel had the rare gift of being able to connect with people. She had an infectious laugh and a kind and generous nature. She could brighten a room with her smile. Rachel was also a true and loyal friend; despite living far away at times, Rachel’s high school friends remained very close to her throughout her entire life.  Rachel’s best friend and biggest supporter was her sister, Melissa, who guided Rachel through good times and bad, offering unconditional love and care at every turn. The two sisters shared a special bond, and Rachel was immensely grateful for the unending love and support of her sister.

Rachel is survived by her husband, Scott Taylor, and their son, Logan; her mother Susan Jenkins Hinton; her brother, Tim Hinton, his wife Terri and their children Sara, John, Emily and Daniel of Dickson City, PA; her sister Melissa, her husband Thomas Dougherty and their children Nicole and Michael Tyler, and Thomas and Christopher Dougherty of Ashburn, VA; and a multitude of cousins, aunts and uncles.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Snows Church in Clarks Summit to be celebrated by her cousin, Monsignor Joseph G. Quinn.  There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Loudoun Serenity House Fund, c/o The Community Foundation of Loudoun County, PO Box 342, Leesburg, VA 20178.

Arrangements are under the care of the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, Dunmore.


Ylli Nashi

October 22, 2019

Ylli Nashi of Scranton died Tuesday at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Wilkes Barre.  He is survived by his wife of 35 years Lirika Guxha Nashi. Born in Albania, he was the son of the late Harito and Katerina Miha and was a University graduate. He was an architect for KBA Engineering PC.

Also surviving are a daughter Ketrin and husband Adrian of White Plains New York, a son Evi  Nashi of Scranton and a brother Artur Nashi of Orlando Florida.

Friends may call Friday from 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street Dunmore.


Dale Matthews

October 20, 2019

Dale Matthews of Dickson City died Sunday at Geisinger Community Medical Center. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Ellen Bewick Matthews. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Russ and Grace Mayer Matthews and was a graduate of Scranton Central High and Penn State University. Before his retirement, he was a manager in the commercial tire business with more than 40 years of expertise in the commercial tire business.

Dale was known for his humor, always had a joke to tell, and his love of antique cars having owned many during his lifetime. His Bible being Hemmings Motor News.

Also surviving are a son, Jeff Matthews, Dickson City; a daughter, Jennifer and husband, Chris Allen, New York City; a granddaughter, Lily Matthews; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Thursday from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Cross Parish Church, 200 Delaware Ave., Olyphant. Interment, Dunmore Cemetery.

Friends may call Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Donations may be made to the Mr. Bones & Co. Animal Rescue at mrbonesandco.org.


Daniel J. Kennedy

October 13, 2019

Daniel J. Kennedy, 83, of Scranton, passed away peacefully on October 13, 2019, surrounded by his family. He was born in Shenandoah, PA on Easter Sunday, April 12, 1936, to the late Daniel and Elizabeth Mulhern Kennedy. Dan graduated from Scranton Preparatory School in 1954. He received his Bachelor of Arts from King’s College in 1958 and his Master of Science from the University of Scranton in 1962. On August 10, 1963, he married his beloved wife of 56 years, Ellen O’Rourke.

In 1958, Dan became the first graduate of Scranton Prep to return to his alma mater as a faculty member. He would spend his career at Prep. In 1971, Dan was instrumental in the decision to make Prep co-ed and became the first lay principal not just of Prep, but of any Jesuit high school in the United States. He served as principal until 1983, when he became the Dean of Admissions. Over the years, Dan also served as both the Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball coach. Throughout his 45-year career at Prep, Dan, often known as “the Bear,” taught math to generations of students, who remember him for his wit, his kindness and, of course, Mr. Kennedy’s World-Famous Function Machine, which his students are now passing on to their own students.

In 1982, Dan was the first recipient of the T. Donald Rinfret, S.J., Distinguished Alumnus Award at Prep. The Rinfret Award is presented to a Prep graduate who has brought distinction to the school through service to others. The University of Scranton conferred an honorary doctorate on Dan in 1988. Today, the highest honor for a member of the Scranton Prep Girls’ Basketball team is the Dan Kennedy Award, given to the player who displays outstanding leadership, character, sportsmanship and athleticism, characteristics Dan not only displayed in his own life, but fostered in his students, his children, and his grandchildren.

Well-known for his devotion to his family, and happiest sitting on his porch on Fisk Street, Dan is survived by his wife, Ellen; five children, Liz and her husband, David Walsh, of Havertown, PA; Dan and his wife, Peggy, of Newark, DE; John and his wife, Erin, of Chicago, IL; Kevin and his wife, Monica, of Recife, Brazil; and Ellen of Philadelphia, PA; nine grandchildren, Matthew, Conor, Katelyn, Kielty, Molly, Daniel, Emmett, Claire, and Ellen; his brother, Kevin, of  Fort Lauderdale, FL; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Monday with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church, 1510 Penn Ave., Scranton.  Interment to follow at Cathedral Cemetery.  Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Friends of the Poor (FriendsofthePoorScranton.org) or to the scholarship fund at Scranton Preparatory School in memory of Daniel J. Kennedy.

To offer online condolences visit ODonnellFuneral.com.


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