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Leola J. Moran

March 22, 2019

On Friday, March 22, 2019, Leola (Lee) Moran passed away at age 79. Leola was born on September 3, 1939 to Peter and Leola Vartanian. She grew up in West New York, NJ. She graduated from Pace University and worked as a controller for many years, her last position at the Country Club of Scranton.

Leola received the honor of Biographee for The Marquis Who’s Who publication board for 1981/1982. She was master of Mount Washington in an old Buick with her three children. Leola was the last of her siblings.

She is preceded in death by her son Erik and her daughter Robbin. Leola is survived by her husband Jerry, her son George and his wife, Lisa and their grandchildren Brandon and his wife Shannon, Jess and her husband Chris, Declan, Paisley, Landon, Oakley and twins due in May. Also grandchildren Anthony, Danny and his wife Veronica, Lizzy, Mark Anthony and his wife Holly, Jaci and her husband Alan. Leola is also survived by Libero, Donna and Raine and many nieces and nephews in the US and Canada.

There was a private family memorial.

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


Richard Thomas Walsh

March 14, 2019

 Richard Thomas Walsh, 80, of New Port Richey, FL and formerly of Long Island New York passed away Thursday, March 14th, at Medical Center of Trinity, Trinity Florida. He was the husband of Elvira  Giananti Walsh. Richard was born in Queens, New York  on October 21, 1938, a son of the late Jeannette O’Donnell and James  Walsh. He was a veteran of the United States Army. Prior to his retirement  he was employed by the Sanitation Department  of  New York City.

Also surviving are a son Richard and wife Karen Walsh of Hauppage, NY; a daughter Colleen and husband Doug Morrissey of Roaring Brook Township, six grandchildren and a nephew.

The funeral will be Friday from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home with a  Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 A.M.  at Saint Catherine of Sienna Church, 220 Church Street , Moscow, PA. interment with full military honors at Saint Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow. Friends are invited to call Thursday 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. at  the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home.


Jean Marie Mead

March 12 , 2019

Jean Marie Mead, 84, formerly of Scranton, PA, passed away in Broomfield, CO, on March 12, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband Theodore “Ted” Mead. Jean was born in Scranton, PA on March 27, 1934, she was the daughter of the late  Robert and Angelina Bitcola Jordan. She graduated from the Scranton Technical School and attended the IBM School. Jean worked for Acme Fast Freight as a key punch operator. She then spent many years working as a property manager. Jean married the love of her life, Ted Mead, in 1967. She loved to travel. Jean’s travels ranged from cruises to Las Vegas, to the mountains, and beyond!

Jean is survived by siblings: Bob Jordan of Newport Beach, CA, Joyce McGee of Las Vegas, NV, Tom Jordan of Thornton, CO, and Mary Lee Burns of Denver, CO, she was preceded in death by a brother Jack Jordan.

Jean will be laid to rest at Fairview Memorial Park in Elmhurst, PA.

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


Mary Louise Burke

March 9, 2019

It is with heavy hearts that the Burke family announces the passing of their beloved mother, Mary Louise Burke, 89, of Dunmore. On Saturday, March 9, she passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of the late John Vincent Burke. Born Dec. 18, 1929, in Utica, N.Y., she was the only child of the late John Quigley and Agnus Pryal Sheehan. Losing both of her parents before the age of 20, she went on to earn her degree from Fordham College of Pharmacy in 1951. In a class of 84 students, Mary Lou was notably one of only two women. It was there where she met the love of her life, Jack, with whom she celebrated 55 years of marriage. She chose to devote most of her life to raising her family. Throughout her life, she was a true example of unconditional love and kindness. Through song and prayer, she touched the lives of all those who surrounded her. It cannot be denied that she had an incredible zest for life and an ability to remain calm through every storm. She has forever instilled a lasting legacy of the importance of family to her children and grandchildren that will last many generations. She was truly an inspiration and a delight to all those who knew her.

Surviving are four daughters, Maureen Pusateri, Dunmore; Nancy Hanahue and husband, Sean, Clarks Summit; Ellen Byrne and husband, Paul, Dunmore; and Kathryn DeMeo and husband, Greg, Wilmington, Del.; four sons, Terrence Burke and wife, Eileen, Clarks Summit; Thomas Burke and wife, Ruth, Scranton; Robert Burke and wife, Brigitte, Dunmore; and Matthew Burke and wife, Kristen, Scranton; 32 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a son, John Timothy Burke; and two grandsons, Shamus Hanahue and Matthew J. Pusateri.

The funeral will be Wednesday with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, 322 Chestnut St., Dunmore.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions made to the Shamus Foundation or the VNA Hospice. The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to all of the caregivers for their love and support while tending to Mary Lou.


Carol Sandone

March 6, 2019

Carol Sandone passed away Wednesday morning, March 6, 2019, with her son by her side, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pa.
Carol was the daughter of Tony and Adelyn Viola Sandone, born in September of 1942. She grew up in Dunmore, Pa., and graduated from Dunmore High School, where she enjoyed many distinctions, one of which was the title of “Miss Buck,” in her senior year, 1960. An active member of the community, she represented “Bucktown” during the 100 years celebration in 1962 as the centennial queen. Following high school, she attended and graduated from Kutztown College, earning a bachelor’s degree in art education. She later attended graduate school at Marywood College in Scranton, where she proudly earned a master’s degree in art education.

Her life was marked prominently by her interest and leadership in art education. She without question loved her career in teaching. Over the span of 36 years, she taught art to children of all ages, including elementary, middle and high school. Her early experiences included teaching for the Abington School District, Abington, Pa.; for the Tyler School of Art, in Philadelphia, Pa.; and for the Lackawanna Trail School District, Factoryville, Pa. Additionally, while her former husband, Carl Guenst, served in the military as a naval officer, she worked for the Department of Defense schools in Japan, teaching high school art classes for three and a half years and studied pottery with known Japanese potter, Kunio Nonaka. She spent the majority of her career proudly teaching in the Dunmore School District. She had a way of connecting with her students through her high expectations, her genuine concern for and belief in each of her students and her ability to listen. Carol received recognition as Pennsylvania Outstanding Art Teacher of the Year. Carol embodied the power of determination, hard work and strength. Carol will be remembered not only for her devotion to her family, community and profession, but also for her beautiful, loving smile and generous heart.
Carol is also remembered as having been a loving mother, aunt, cousin and genuine friend to many.

Carol is survived by her son, Erik Guenst, of Lansdale, Pa.; her sister, Laura Blewitt and partner, Duane Myers, of Falls Church, Va.; and her brother, AJ Sandone III and wife, Evelyn, of Scranton, Pa. She is additionally survived by three nieces, MarLynn Blewitt Morabito, Carrie Blewitt and Tiffany Sandone Smith; along with two nephews, AJ Sandone IV and Damian Sandone. She was also preceded in death by her longtime friend and companion, Larry Russoniello, of Scranton.

The family is extremely grateful to Vita Morgan, her caregiver, for the care, kindness and compassion given during the past few years.

The funeral will be Monday from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave., Scranton, followed by interment at the Dunmore Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. All those attending the funeral are asked to proceed to the church at 9:30 a.m. on Monday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in Carol’s memory to a local charity close to your heart.

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


Concetta “Connie” Kalinowski

February 17, 2019

Connie Kalinowski of Dunmore, Devoted Matriarch at 102  passed away peacefully on February 17, 2019. She was the treasured wife of the late Joseph Kalinowski. Born in 1916 in Dunmore, the only daughter of six children, of the late Grace and Luigi Occulto Cali. Connie was a member of St. Anthony and Rocco Parish  in Dunmore and had worked at the Grove Silk Mill and Model Rite Dress Factory. She was a caregiver to everyone. She enjoyed taking care of her family, grandchildren, and friends. She was an incredible cook and baker and her door was always open to stop by for coffee. She had a gentle, kind and loving demeanor and was loved by all. She loved quilting and playing cards with her friends. Also taking bus trips to NY and Atlantic City several times a year.

Surviving are a daughter-in-law Carole Kalinowski  of Dunmore, two sons  Anthony and his wife Marlene, Medfield, MA, Rick and his wife Delphine, Olyphant. Beloved Grandmother of Jody and Natalie Kalinowski, Matthew and Jen Kalinowski, Elizabeth and David Sample,  Nicole Kalinowski,  Rick and Grace Kalinowski.  Great Grandmother to Jacob, Luke, Matthew, and Joshua Kalinowski, Conner and Lila Sample. She was preceded in death by a son Joseph Kalinowski and brothers  Sam, Cux, Tony, Guy and Joe Cali.

The family is extremely grateful to Alnisa Hardy, her caregiver, for the care, kindness and compassion given during Connie’s time at Mountain View.

The funeral will be Thursday with a mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 A.M. at Saint Anthony of Padua Church  208 Smith Street Dunmore. Interment St. Michael’s Cemtery, Dunmore The family requests those attending the funeral go directly to the church. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9:00 A.M. until 10:00 A.M. on Thursday morning. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Guy Eugene Ardizoni

February 17, 2019

Guy E. Ardizoni, 92, of Dunmore, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family. He and his wife, Regina Scholla Ardizoni, were married 64 years before her passing in 2013.

Born and raised in Dunmore, he was the son of the late Guy and Catherine Sullivan Ardizoni. He was a graduate of Dunmore High School class of 1946, where he was  dubbed the “Dunmore Destroyer” holding records for half a century for rushing yards, touchdowns and leading points scored. Guy was a true athlete who played baseball, football, golf and bowling. In 2008 was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

Guy is survived by a son, Guy Ardizoni Jr. and wife, Debi, of Naples, Fla.; daughters, Lynn Fidiam and husband, Bob, of Elmhurst, Pa.; Joan Ardizoni and husband, Steve Rudy, of Liberty, N.Y.; six grandchildren, Guy Ardizoni and wife, Betsy; Bob Fidiam and wife, Amanda; Megan Ardizoni and husband, Dario Ciccioni; Regina Fidiam; Kate Jones and husband, Ryan; and Olive Ardizoni; four great-grandchildren, Emma and Alice Jones, Olivia Fidiam and Leonard Ciccioni; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his beloved son, Bobby; and his brother, John Ardizoni.

Guy served in the United States Army, during the Korean War. Guy worked as a butcher for his family business Scranton foods and then at the Acme grocery stores until his retirement. He was an unwavering fan of the New York Yankees and the New York Giants and could be found watching a game on television or sitting on his front porch watching the passing cars.

His family would like to thank the staff at Hospice of the Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s Villa for the loving care they provided in his last months and days.

The funeral will be Wednesday from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore, with Mass of Christian Burial at St. Catherine of Siena Church, Moscow at 10 a.m. Interment, St. Catherine’s Cemetery. All those attending the funeral are asked to proceed directly to the church on Wednesday morning.
Friends may call Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Joseph C. Emanuel

February 6, 2019

Joseph C. Emanuel of Scranton died Wednesday February 6, 2019 at home. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of forty-three years Ann J. Mangino Emanuel. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Joseph A. and Vera Hart Emanuel. Prior to his retirement he worked for the Pennsylvania Gas and Water Company.

Surviving are a sister Darlene Howell and a brother Allen Emanuel both of Carbondale and nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be conducted Thursday at 10:30 A.M. at Dunmore Cemetery.

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


Mary A. Ruane

February 2, 2019

Mary A. Ruane, a native and long-time resident of Scranton, PA, left this world on February 2, 2019, after nearly 103 years of giving love, comfort and sage guidance to her family and friends.  Born Mary Agnes Moran, she was the daughter of Michael and Mary Gallagher Moran of Scranton, PA.  Mary graduated from St Paul High School and attended Marywood College, Scranton, PA.  She was married to Eugene Ruane of Dunmore, PA for 39 years and together they raised six children.  She is preceded in death by her loving husband, Eugene, and two of their sons, Thomas P. Ruane and Eugene T. Ruane, her granddaughter Katie Blodgett, her grandson, Michael Ruane, and five of her six siblings.

She is survived by four of her six children, Michael Ruane of Chantilly, VA, Anne Glassman of Lakeville, MN, Mary Jane Blodgett of Alexandria, Virginia and Janet Ruane of Garwood, New Jersey, her son-in-law, Barry Glassman, her daughters-in-law Mary Jo, Rosalie and Karen, and by nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces, and by her cherished brother Michael T. Moran of Drums PA.

Mary was a woman well ahead of her times.  After embarking on a business career in Scranton, she became part of the WWII effort in her work for the US War Department in New York City and the Washington, DC area.  She was an environmentalist long before that term was popularized, a recycler before it was fashionable or mandated, and a citizen of the world before our global times.  She was gifted with a needle and thread, a talent that served her well in keeping her family stitched together.  She was always willing to try something new and there was little beyond her ability to learn: pickling, quilting, stenciling, antiquing, swimming, wallpapering, crafting, composting, and pastry-making.  She loved a challenge and was a woman who knew no limits. She encouraged people to strive to be and do their best.  She brought out the best in others through her genuine interest in them.  She enjoyed lively discussions on many topics with family and friends of all ages.  She will be missed by all who had the pleasure and good fortune of knowing her.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, April 6 at 10:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave. Scranton.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Mary’s memory be made to Friends of the Poor, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509. friendsofthepoor@fotp-ihm.org     570-340-6086

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


James J. Coughlin

January 11, 2019

James J. Coughlin of Scranton died Friday at  home. He was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth ” Betty Jean ” Manley Coughlin who died March 14, 2017. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Joseph and Sophie Rovus Coughlin and was a 1962 graduate of Cathedral High School where he was a standout basketball player and a member of the 1961 Lynett Tournament champions earning the Globe Athlete of the week that same year. He  was a retired veteran of the United States Army Reserves.  He was member of Saint Paul’s Church, Scranton. Prior to his retirement he worked for Harrington’s Beer Distributor.

Surviving are a son Joseph and wife Maria Coughlin of Dunmore, two daughters Carolyn and husband  Timothy Thomas of Lake Ariel, Colette and husband Vincent Russoniello of Jefferson Township, his fellow weekly pinochle partners sister Joann Kulick of Scranton, a brother Richard and wife Barb Coughlin of Clarks Summit, four grandchildren TJ Thomas, Nicholas and Aubrey Russoniello and Callahan Coughlin several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son James Coughlin, Jr.

Jimmy is also survived by his many friends whom he considered family from Buddy Clarks Tavern Dunmore.

The funeral will be Wednesday with a blessing service at 10:00 A.M. at the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street Dunmore by Monsignor Neil J. Van Loon  Pastor of Saint Paul’s Church, Scranton. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.


Anna M.  Woollam

January 3, 2019

Anna M. Woollam of Scranton died January 3, 2019 at Linwood Nursing Center , Scranton. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Anna Kolibob Woollam and was a graduate of Dunmore High School. Prior to her retirement she worked as a clerk for Supermarket Services. She was a member of Saint Paul of the Cross Parish, Scranton.   She was preceded in death by a sister, Joan Mecca.

Surviving are a nephew Mark Mecca of Clarks Summit. Also surviving are cousins Richard Kasavage, James and Brian Aebli, Brad and Joyce Bickauskaus, aunts Marion Aebli and Marion Kolibob.  She was a friend to many.

Graveside services will be conducted on Monday at the Chapel at the Cathedral Cemetery at 1:00 P.M. by Father Scott Sterowski, Pastor of Saint Paul of the Cross Parish. Interment will follow in Cathedral Cemetery.

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


Beverly Reynolds Solsman

January 2, 2019

Beverly Reynolds Solsman of Dunmore passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 in Allied Hospice Center in Scranton.  Born on February 12, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Thomas H. Reynolds and Lucille W. Reynolds.  She was a graduate of Dunmore High School and Keystone Junior College.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved her family dearly.  Prior to retirement in 2003, she was employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 33 years at both Clarks Summit State Hospital and Scranton State General Hospital.

She was the wife of Jack L. Solsman of Dunmore.  They would’ve celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on January 18, 2019.  Also surviving are her son, Kenneth Solsman of Scranton; her daughter Debra Sohns and husband Eric of Jermyn; 4 granddaughters, Nicole Fenton and husband Eric of Throop; Kerri Solsman of Scranton; Alyssa and Ami Sohns of Jermyn; a great-grandson, Emmett Fenton of Throop; her brother, William Reynolds of Dunmore and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was a member of The Presbyterian Church of Dunmore for many years.  The family would like to thank Pastor Forbes and the staff at Moses Taylor Hospital and Allied Hospice Center for the care and compassion they showed during the final weeks of her life.

The funeral will be Monday at 11:00 A.M.  with a blessing service at the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street Dunmore. Interment Dunmore Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 2:00  to 4:00 P.M. and 7:00 to 9 :00 P.M.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dunmore Presbyterian Church or Allied Hospice Center


Elizabeth A. (Bonnie) Gilboy

January 1, 2019

Elizabeth A. (Bonnie) Gilboy, 88, of Moosic Lakes, and Sun City Center, Fla., passed peacefully, surrounded by those she loved, in her Moosic Lakes home on New Year’s morning. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 61 years, Thomas V. Gilboy.

Bonnie was born in 1930 in Scranton. She was the daughter of the late William P. and Mary C. Felton. As a young girl, she loved spending time at her family’s summer home in Tobyhanna. Bonnie and Tom raised their eight children in the Hill Section of Scranton before building their retirement home at Moosic Lakes.

Friends and loved ones knew Bonnie’s presence was near whenever they heard a song in the air; she loved to sing old tunes while she cleaned, played with the growing number of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and sat by the lake, admiring its calm beauty. Both she and family members joked about her waning ability to keep all of their names straight, especially when they gathered in great numbers for Sunday dinners and holiday parties at “the lake.” Bonnie loved nothing more than being surrounded by her increasingly large legacy and relaxing by the lakeside bonfire on summer nights with her Shih-tzu and companion, Mitzi, in her lap. When in Florida, Bonnie liked to gather with friends and family to share a glass of wine while enjoying a warm break from the cold winter months in Pennsylvania. An adored matriarch, she spent her final days resting at her home on Moosic Lakes surrounded by her large and caring family.

Bonnie is survived by her eight children, Patti and husband, Russ Delaney, Dalton/Sun City Center, Fla.; Ellen and husband, Peter Lee, Jefferson Twp./ Sun City Center, Fla.; Thomas V., Norwalk, Conn.; Michael J. and wife, Colleen Gilboy, Huntersville, N.C.; Christopher Gilboy and partner, Jim Taugher, Clarks Summit; Mary Kay and husband, Paul Hubert, West Chester; Laure Gilboy Walsh and fiance, Joseph Ruddy, Scranton; Brian and wife, Tricia Gilboy, Jefferson Twp.; 17 loving grandchildren and their spouses; 18 great-grandchildren; and several close nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave., Scranton. The family will receive friends at the church beginning at 8:30 a.m. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Bonnie’s memory be made to St. Joseph’s Center Foundation, Scranton; Traditional Home Health and Hospice, Dunmore; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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


Francis J. Conforti

December 2, 2018

Francis J. Conforti, 91 of Scranton died peacefully Sunday morning surrounded by his 3 sons in the Allied Services Hospice Center.  He was the husband of the late Grace Torrisi Conforti, whom he married in 1955 and they celebrated their 63 wedding anniversary in January before her death February 10, 2018.  Born in Scranton, he was the son of Joseph and Mary Ellen Ruane Conforti.  Francis was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, proudly enlisted and served in the US Army attaining the rank of Sergeant, attended Lackawanna Business School and graduated with a degree in Public Accounting.

Francis was involved in many things throughout life, but his proudest accomplishment was his family.   He was an avid fisherman and hunter, bird watcher, chess player, gardener.  He was his happiest when he was in his well manicured yard and in Grace’s garden.  Francis was heavily involved in his children’s activities serving on many boards and committees.  He served on the board of directors for many civic organizations and local banks.  He owned and operated a very successful accounting practice in the city of Scranton entrusted to the finances of some of the areas largest businesses.

Also surviving are three sons Kevin Conforti and fiancée Alicia Shelkin, of Scranton;  Keith and wife Karen Conforti, of Slingerlands, NY,; Kip and wife Andrea Conforti, of Scranton; a daughter in law Margaret A. Conforti, of Palmyra; sister Anne Doggett, of Scranton; grandchildren Kameron, Kayla, Caroline, Matthew, Kole, Averi, Anna Conforti, Bill Gallagher and Jennifer Schengrund; great grandchildren, Owen, Conner, Morgan Schengrund and Molly Gallagher, and several nieces and nephews .He was proceeded in death by wife Grace M., two sons Kenneth F. and Kristopher J. Conforti; brothers Alfred, Vincent, Joseph Conforti, sisters Marie Conforti, Eleanor Galiney, Madeline Forgione.

A funeral mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. at Immaculate Conception Church  801 Taylor Avenue , Scranton . Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Wednesday morning from 9:00 A.M. to mass time. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made in honor of our mother’s love of cooking and baking to the Grace Conforti Baking and Pastry Scholarship Fund, Lackawanna College, 501 Vine St., Scranton, PA 18509, or by calling 570-504-7495.

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


Mary E. Durkin Finan

October 29, 2018

Mary E. Durkin Finan of Lutz Florida died October 29, 2018 at the Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Tampa, Florida.
Born on January 13, 1948, she was the daughter of the late James P. and Catherine Walsh Durkin. Mary was born and raised in Dunmore, she was a a graduate of Dunmore High School. She went on to graduate from the Mercy School of Nursing , earning  her Registered Nurse degree.

Our mother’s roots run deep in Northeast Pennsylvania, but her family was her priority, so the week after her retirement she relocated to Seattle , WA to be close to her three grandsons and participate in their lives. Over the past decade she sailed the rivers of Europe with her beloved sister, spent weeks in the Caribbean with her siblings, nieces and nephews, and toured a half dozen countries in Latin America with her granddaughter in tow. She said “yes” to every adventure that presented itself. She left us too soon, but we can also say that she lived her life in constant and positive motion. She left her mark. She taught us to be better people.

Surviving are two sons, James P.  and wife Vilma Finan and Daniel R. and wife Jayron Finan,  three brothers James P. Durkin of Moosic, Joseph A. Durkin and Francis P. Durkin both of Dunmore; and a sister Noreen Durkin of Lutz Florida, three grandsons Padraig, Ryca and Keaton Finan, two granddaughters Ailish and Dua Mary Finan and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was preceded in death by an infant daughter Marya, and  a brother Robert Durkin.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday December 1, 2018 at 9:30 A.M. at Saint Mary Of Mount Carmel Church 322 Chestnut Street, Dunmore. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. the family will receive those wishing to pay  their respects at the church from 9:00 A.M. to mass time. memorial contributions may be made in her honor to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society ( www.lls.org), 1-800-955-4512.

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


John “Jerry” Keefe

November 12, 2018

John “Jerry” Keefe, 81, died peacefully at home Monday morning. Born in Scranton, the son of John “Jack” Keefe and Marie Doud Keefe, Jerry was a 1954 graduate of Scranton Prep. His high school yearbook description remained accurate throughout his life: “he has kept the smoking room alive with his never ending wit . . .  always friendly, affable . . . with a striking personality.”  After graduating, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served with honor as a Chinese interpreter while stationed in Japan.

A longtime resident of Dunmore, Jerry had a fulfilling career at Mercy Hospital where he worked for over 20 years, bringing humor and joy to everyone he came into contact with.  He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed spending Saturday afternoons at Hannon’s watching the games with his friends.

Jerry was a beloved brother and uncle who always had a smile or joke ready to make you laugh, and his nieces and nephews will always fondly remember his fun baby-sitting sessions and trips to the movies at the Roosevelt Theater.

Jerry is survived by a sister, Ann Marie Keefe Sposto, of Dickson City; a sister-in-law, Roberta Keefe, of Glastonbury, CT; nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews.  He was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas “Red” Keefe.

The funeral will be Saturday with a mass of Christian Burial at Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Church 322 Chestnut Street, Dunmore. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Saturday morning from 8:30 A.M. until mass time.

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


Joan H. Gavin

November 5, 2018

Joan Harding Gavin, 89, passed away Monday evening at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, New York, NY after a courageous battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Dr. J Robert Gavin.

The daughter of the late Bernard and Margaret (Reedy) Harding, Joan was a graduate of Marywood Seminary, Marywood College and Marywood Graduate School of Counseling.  After spending her earlier years as a teacher, Joan spent most of her adult life as a loving mother of three children and working in the office of her husband’s medical practice. Joan was passionate about her faith and was devoted to the Catholic Church. She was a member of Saint Raphael Society, the Eechan Church, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish. She was also very active in her community, having served as President of the Sant’ Andrea Society; member of the Board of Directors, Girl Scouts of America, Northeastern Pennsylvania chapter; founding member of the Northeast Philharmonic; President of Scranton Preparatory School Mother’s Club; member of the Scranton Country Club; and member of the Century Club.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Peter Cognetti for his outstanding care over the last sixteen years and invaluable counsel, as well as to Dr. Eric Blomain, Dr. Gene Grady, Dr. Ted Stampien, and the doctors and nurses at Sloan Kettering. They’re also incredibly grateful for the many friends and family members who provided much needed care and compassion during this very difficult time.

Joan is survived by her son Dr. J Robert Gavin, Jr. and wife, Tricia; daughter Mara Gavin; son Dr. Matthew B Gavin and wife, Holidae; her grandchildren, Robert, Michael, Catharine, Cole (Coco), Savannah, and Lily, who were her pride and joy; her brothers and sisters, Marylou Burne; David Harding Sr. and wife, Margy; Bernard Harding and wife, Julie; Karen Montsavage; and Michael Harding and wife, Nancy; as well as her many nieces and nephews and the extended Harding and Reedy family.

The funeral will be Saturday  from the Albert P.  O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore,   with a mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 A.M. at Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Church 322 Chestnut Street , Dunmore by Reverend Joseph F. Sica and concelebrants Rev. Charles M. Kelly and  Fr. Lee  Havey, C.P. Interment Saint Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow.  Friends may call Friday from 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M .In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Office of Development, 885 Second Avenue, 7th floor, New York NY 10017 or the Eechan Church. All those attending the funeral are asked to proceed directly to the church on Saturday.


J. Timothy Hinton

Octtober 28, 2018

J. Timothy Hinton, Sr., 74, of Scranton, died peacefully on Sunday surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness.
Tim was born on October 30, 1943 in Scranton, to the late David S. and Alice Scanlan Hinton.  He was a loyal alumnus of St. Paul’s High School (Class of 1961) and the University of Scranton (Class of 1965). He was a member of St. Paul’s Church.

Tim had a long and successful career at IBM as a marketing representative in the Washington, D.C. area. After his retirement from IBM, Tim returned to Scranton where he owned and operated Timothy Hinton Furniture Restoration.

He was an avid fisherman who loved to read, listen to music, and watch movies. A lifelong student of history, politics and economics, Tim’s sense of intellectual curiosity permeated his life.  Most of all, he cherished spending time with his family and friends.  His memories never faded of his adventures as a boy growing up in Green Ridge with his band of lifelong friends. Tim was especially proud of his seven grandchildren: Sara, John, Emily and Daniel Hinton, Nicole and Michael Tyler and Logan Taylor, who were all a great source of happiness and fondly referred to him as Pop.

Tim is survived his three children: son Timothy and his wife Theresa of Dickson City; daughter Melissa and her husband Thomas Dougherty of Ashburn, VA; and daughter Rachel and her husband Scott Taylor of Carlsbad, CA.  He is also survived by his former wife Susan Jenkins Hinton. In addition, Tim is survived by three brothers: Christopher of Dunmore, Michael (Jake) and his wife Ann of Scranton, Philip of Montgomery Village, MD; and four sisters: Margaret McMullen and her husband Patrick, Marianne Rader, Kathleen Sweeney and her husband Patrick, all of Scranton, and Sara Bubser and her husband Andrew of Waverly; plus a multitude of cousins, nieces, nephews, uncles, and aunts. Tim was preceded in death by two brothers, David and Brian, and a sister, Maureen Propst.

The Hinton family extends their deepest gratitude to all of Tim’s caregivers, especially Dr. Richard Gratz, the amazing staff and nurses at Hospice of the Sacred Heart, and his loving brother Chris.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Church 1510 Penn Avenue Scranton to be celebrated by his cousin, Monsignor Joseph G. Quinn. Interment will be private.

Friends and family may call Friday, November 2, 2018 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 the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, 334 Jefferson Avenue, Scranton, PA 18510.


Kathleen  M. Becker

October 25, 2018

Kathleen M. Becker, 102, died Thursday at the Gardens at Wyoming Valley, Wilkes Barre. Born in Wilkes Barre, she was the daughter of the late Joseph J. and Margaret O’Boyle Becker and was a graduate of Saint Nicholas High School, Wilkes Barre. Prior to her retirement she was a medical receptionist.

She is survived by cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. at Saint  Nicholas Church  226 South Washington Avenue, Wilkes Barre.  Private interment will be in Saint Mary’s Cemetery.

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


Joseph Gerard Remmett

October 4, 2018

Joseph Gerard Remmett died peacefully at his home on Thursday October 4,2018 surrounded by his loving family and his wife of over 67 years, the former Frances Hennigan.

Joseph was born at home in Scranton, Pennsylvania on October 22, 1924. He was the son of the late Richard and Anna McGurrin Remmett. He was an alumnus of Holy Rosary and Johnson Trade School and earned his AAS from Penn State in Electrical Technology. Joseph was a World War II veteran having served with the 9th Army in the European Theater. Joseph was employed for over two decades at Tobyhanna Army Depot where he worked on electronics and optical systems for the U-2 spy plane. During the last twelve years of his career, he was the President of the AFGE Union at Tobyhanna Army Depot where he was committed to helping employees obtain their highest work potential. He was member of the Dunmore VFW.

Joseph became an avid golfer in his mid-fifties and enjoyed gardening.

The joy of his life was his family. In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by his daughters and son-in-laws Mary Pomerantz and Frank Pedalino of Brick NJ, Elizabeth and Gerard Jennings of Lititz PA , Paula Bonanni and Neil Matthews of Cheshire CT and his son and daughter-in-law Joseph Jr. and Rose of Martinsville. Joseph loved visiting his grandchildren Ryan Pomerantz (Jon), Tracy Pomerantz Straley (James), Pauline Jennings Clute (Sean), Jay Jennings (Fidele), Joey Remmett, Michelle Remmett, Maura Bonanni Counihan (Bobby), Sean and Kara Bonanni. He was also blessed with great-grandchildren Dylan, Gavin and Ava Straley, Aspen and Juniper Clute and Oriana Jennings and Maren Counihan.

He was predeceased by his brothers Frank and Richard Remmett.

Joe was loved by all that knew him and most of all by the four generations of his family that he leaves behind. He will be remembered by all for his kind and gentle nature. All that knew him were better for it because of his unique ability to see the best in everyone and everything.

A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday October 9, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at Saint Paul’s Church 1510 Penn Avenue, Scranton. Interment with full military honors at Cathedral Cemetery.

There are no public calling hours.

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


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