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Jule Padula

February 23, 2021

Jule Padula, of Dunmore died Tuesday at home. She was preceded in death by her husband Richard W. “Dick” Padula who died June 27, 2002. Born in Dunmore on December 30, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Julie Pida Sofchak. She was a graduate of Dunmore High School where she was the class salutatorian. Prior to retirement she was employed by Morris White Fashions.

It was in retirement that “Gram Duda” took on her most important role as #1 caretaker and baby-sitter to her four great-grandsons, Richie, Andrew, Christopher and Gavin Padula. She looked forward to her Friday hair appointments with her cousin Pat Spindler, Sunday phone calls with her niece Elaine Beresny and her semiannual checkups with Dr. Anees Fogley. She exemplified unconditional love and will be greatly missed.

Surviving are her son Frank and wife Lisa Padula of Dunmore; two grandsons, Richard and wife Julie Padula and Dr. Frank and wife Karen Padula; two step-grandchildren Ray and Mikayla Ledoux; four great-grandsons; five sister-in-laws Helen Bereznak, Mary Louise, Sophie and Lucy Padula, and Ann Trionfo; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by seven brothers Michael, Pete, George, John, Charles, Steve and John Sofchak; and three sisters Mary Beresny, Helen Bartuszewski, and Anna Yausm.

A  mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 9:00 A.M. at Saint Peter’s Cathedral  315 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton. Interment Saint Michael’s Cemetery, Dunmore. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jule’s honor to St. Joseph’s Center, 2010 Adams Ave, Scranton, PA 18509 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements made by the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge Saint, Dunmore, PA 18512.

Judith A. Micciche

February 22, 2021

Judith A. Micciche of Dunmore died Monday at home surrounded by her devoted family. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Malachy and Mary Alice Gilroy Crane and was a graduate of Dunmore High School. She was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Dunmore. Before retirement, she worked at Allied Services and Uro-Care Medis.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend who will be forever missed by her loving family. She was an amazing mother and role model for her children and grandchildren. She was an authentic, kind, gentle and forgiving soul. Her door was always open and coffee was always offered along with her good advice. Everyone who knew her admired her courage and strength.

Surviving are four daughters, Melissa and husband, Tim Nagy, of Darnestown, Md.; Jennifer and husband, David Casal, of South Abington Twp.; Michele Micciche, of Dunmore; and Nicole and husband, Joseph Fabricatore, of Dunmore; a sister, Mary Alice and husband, Jerry Lynott, of Florida; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a brother, John Crane. She is also survived by her former husband and lifetime companion, Sam Micciche.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, 322 Chestnut St., Dunmore. Interment, Dunmore Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association or St Joseph’s Center Scranton, PA.

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

Thomas P. Walsh

February 21, 2021

Thomas Patrick Walsh, 81, of Scranton, passed away Friday, very peacefully and surrounded by his family, at Regional Hospital in Scranton due to COVID related pneumonia. He is survived by his wife, of 55 years, Desales “Sally” Lafferty Walsh.

Born in the “Patch” section of Dunmore, he was the son of the late Gerald and Mary Grady Walsh.  He was a graduate of Dunmore High School and a proud graduate of the Dexter Hanley night school at the University of Scranton, having worked his way through College. Tom served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 113th District from 1973 to 1976.  He was the regional Director for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, Inheritance Tax Office and at a later date the Tax Claim Director for Lackawanna County from 1994-2004. He served as a Real Estate instructor at Northeast Institute of Education and later in life, his students would commonly stop him to thank him for helping to shape and guide their real estate careers.  For the majority of his career, he was the owner and broker of record at Walsh Real Estate and Appraisal where he worked with local banks, attorneys, individuals and business owners, performing individual and commercial appraisals and testifying in court when needed. He continued to work until about three weeks ago when he became ill. He was a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors and the Greater Scranton Board of Realtors.

Also surviving are his adoring daughter, Mary Walsh Dempsey, Esq., of Scranton and two loving sons, Thomas P. and wife, Kelli J. Walsh, CPA of Matamoras, and Patrick J. and wife, Sara Walsh, Esq., of Archbald, as well as his much-adored grandchildren, Jamie, Abigail and Clare Dempsey, Annie Walsh, Esq., Julie, Jane and Jill Walsh and Dorothy Walsh who he proudly, dotingly and lovingly raised for the majority of her life. Dorothy held a special place in his heart as he was actively involved in Dorothy’s day to day upbringing since she was a baby.  He considered the gift of raising Dorothy to be one of his greatest blessings as well as one of his proudest accomplishments.
Tom is also survived by his three sisters Marianne “Mimi” Pernaselli and husband Joe, Theresa Tighe, Ellen Granahan Gordon and husband, James; one brother, Gerald Walsh, sisters in law, Cathy Walsh, Mary Lou Dempsey and Ann Marie Brazill, brothers in law, Jack Lafferty and companion Pat Burt, Arch Lafferty and Fiancé, Cindy Luongo, and Joe Granahan as well as a multitude of nieces and nephews who completely adored their Uncle Tom and he adored them all back and loved to keep up with their latest jobs, travels or escapades.

He was proceeded in death by his brother, William Walsh, brothers in law, Joe Lafferty, Robert Tighe, Dick Dempsey and Frank Brazill, sisters in law, Marilyn Lafferty, Sharon Lafferty and Ann Walsh, his son in law, Jim “Jazz” Dempsey, who he called his “best friend” and just last year his daughter, Erin Ann Walsh. Along with his wife, Tom provided constant and affectionate care to Erin while she endured multiple medical ailments over a period of decades and he always took great pride in being her constant and loving caregiver as well as her trusty chauffer to and from dialysis.

Tom loved to entertain his family with hysterical stories about growing up in the “Patch” section of Dunmore including his escapades and adventures with his brothers, and his dear friend, the late James “Tillie” Durkin. He also loved to talk of the years he spent repossessing cars.  He convincingly told each one of his many nieces that they were his all-time favorite leading to a family wide debate, at all times, regarding the real identity of “Uncle’s Tom’s favorite niece?”  He was a known clothes horse, and he dressed to the nines every day including the day he went to hospital, three weeks ago, when he told his granddaughter, Abigail, “wait a minute so I can go get a good sweater and khakis on.” He liked to wear blue to bring out his blue eyes. If he was wearing blue and his family forgot to compliment his eyes, he was more than happy to ask “how do my eyes look today?” He once heard that a woman called him the most handsome man in Green Ridge and it went right to his head and let’s just say, it firmly stayed there. He definitively believed that every day was a good day for a bowl of ice cream, he loved taking nightly road trips for custard ice cream in the summer, and he drank diet root beer like it was water. He was a student of history, he loved the singer, Joni James, and he was always up for a road trip to see his older grandchildren at college in New York, Philadelphia or Kutztown. He was a great dancer and although he pledged that he hated “cable news,” ironically, it always seemed to be on when you entered his house and he would then coyly state “Oh, I just turned this on.” Outside of Scranton, he was commonly mistaken for Senator Ted Kennedy or the actor, Brian Dennehy, at which point he loved to tell the unsuspecting individual about the new law he was passing or the new movie he was starring in and, of course, included a promise of front row seats.  He was not only the Patriarch to his immediate family, but to his extended family and to many other families that relied on him to bring stability to their families during their own unstable times. He had a generosity of spirit that was second to none and he had a thunderous and booming laugh which could be heard for blocks.

Having lost his father at the tender age of six, he was always actively involved in his children’s and grandchildren’s lives. While raising children, along with Sally, Tom selflessly opened their home to their children’s friends at all times. There was always a kickball game, a basketball game, or a sleepover and plenty of kids called the Walsh family house “home.” His home was sold to him and Sally about 55 years ago by the late Magistrate James Kennedy, who after selling them the house, continued to show up every day for lunch, dinner or a snack.  Tom was known to jokingly say to Jim for decades to come “if I had known that you came with the house, I never would have purchased it.” The truth be told they remained the closest of friends, and partners in crime, for their entire lives sparking a lifelong deep friendship between the Kennedy and Walsh families that lasts until this day.

While he was known as “Big Tom” to many, he was simply “Pop” to his grandchildren and to the legions of children in his Green Ridge neighborhood where he lived for close to 55 years. While his eight grandchildren ranged in age from twenty-seven to five, he maintained the inimitable ability to create a very special, unique and meaningful relationship with each grandchild and they all completely adored him. Pop’s house was always full of treats and snacks and he had a reliable computer that was always ready to help knock out a late-night term paper. He always had a pocket full of ten dollar bills to give his grandchildren, and their friends, to get a hoagie at Hank’s and they relied on him for car rides anywhere, and at any time, thus coining the phrase “let’s call Pop’s Uber.” He was also known to willingly, albeit clandestinely, write a late slip or 2 for his grandchildren, and other neighborhood children to get into school late at St. Paul’s and Scranton Prep.  He attended every important event in his grandchildren’s lives including soccer games, basketball games, swim meets, school plays, ballet recitals and all graduations.  His older grandchildren constantly looked to him for advice and guidance on all matters and his younger grandchildren made him laugh and brought him complete joy at all times. Much to the chagrin of his family, in the last year or two, he started to use Facebook and left his family on pins and needles every day wondering what emoji he would unknowingly “misuse” next and once informed of his mistake, you could hear him roar laughing only to do it again the next day. He had a larger than life personality and he could make anyone laugh at any time about anything. He was the designated leader of the “YMCA” dance at all family weddings where he was happy to grandstand much to the delight of his entire family.

Tom was really happiest at “home” surrounded by his neighbors, who he truly loved; but when you were lucky enough to get him to leave Scranton; he enjoyed horse shows, boat rides and sitting on the deck at Lake Ariel. He also loved family trips to Cape May where he always enjoyed a fresh seafood dinner, a few good cigars, a nice long swim in the ocean and at least five trips to Wawa each day. He loved to go to his son’s house in Matamoras to look for eagles along the Delaware River. Just last year, he attended the Westminster Dog Show with his daughter, and granddaughters, checking an item off his bucket list which brought him great joy. He brought love, fun, joy, laughter and pure happiness into the lives of anyone he met. They say that behind every great man, is a great woman, and this story is no different. While Tom was an extrovert who was always entertaining and making people laugh, he truly garnered his inner strength and joie de vivre from his wife, Sally, who was his rock, guide, strength, anchor and his true love at all times.
The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Albert who took a personal and special interest in Tom’s care and treatment and the ICU unit at Regional Hospital in Scranton, where nurses Dan and Lynn, and Dr. Gervais Charles, took kind and loving care of Tom and were extremely thoughtful and compassionate to the family during a tremendously difficult time. The family sends its gracious gratitude and lots of love to Regional Hospital Nurse, Phoebe Mulligan, who gave “Pop” lots of extra love, back rubs, his favorite sodas and brushed his full head of silver hair that was his pride and joy. Phoebe took affectionate and loving care of Pop, even on her days off, providing much solace to his family as they were unable to be with him due to COVID restrictions.

In lieu of flowers, and in memory of his daughter Erin who was blessed to have received the gift of life in the form of a kidney transplant which prolonged her life for close to three decades, memorial contributions be made to The Cody Barrasse Memorial Foundation, c/o Scranton Preparatory School, 1000 Wyoming Ave. Scranton, PA 18509, which educates others on the importance of Organ Donation and provides financial assistance to those in need who are awaiting transplantation. Alternatively, since Tom was a long-time parishioner at St. Paul’s Church in Scranton for well over five decades, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Paul’s Food Pantry, s/o St. Paul’s Rectory, 1510 Penn Ave. Scranton. PA 18509.

For the many people who would want to attend Tom’s services to pay their respects; Tom’s family wants you to know that we are most grateful for your kindness, friendship, love, support, prayers and your sympathy. In lieu of your attendance at the services, we ask that you consider performing a random act of kindness and dedicate the same to Tom’s memory. For a man who was so selfless and generous, we are confident that those random acts of kindness will make him smile down from heaven.  If you would like to document your random act of kindness and send it in a card, or email, to the family, the family would love to hear about them. A celebration of his life will occur at a later date.

A private mass of Christian Burial will be held at Saint Paul’s Church Scranton. Interment Dunmore Cemetery.

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

James Golden

January 18, 2021

James Golden, 77, of Dunmore died Monday at Geisinger Community Medical Center. He is survived by his wife Susie Cruser Neville Golden. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late James and Marion Danner Golden Lombardo and was a graduate of Saint Paul’s High School. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He owned and operated Green Ridge Auto Mart for many years then worked at Coccia Ford until Retirement.

Also surviving are two daughters Geralyn Hopkins and husband Tom of Moosic and Shannon Golden and Fiancé Bill Wiebel of Tunkhannock, a sister Mary Alice Abdo and husband Ed of Honesdale, and a stepson Patrick Neville and wife Patrice of Scranton. Seven grandchildren; Brieanna, Alexandria, Justin, Hailey, Ian, Hunter, Samantha, four great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his son, James G. Golden.

He had a passion for sports, especially the Eagles. He will be remembered for his dry wit, keen sense of humor, and kind heart. He could light up any room with his laughter and jokes. We would like to thank Debbie English of Traditional Health Care for her loving care and compassion over the last few years, as well as the many doctors, nurses, and staff members at the VA Medical Center.

A mass of Christian burial will be held on Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. at Saint Mary of Mount Carmel 322 Chestnut Street Dunmore. Interment will be private in Fairview Cemetery.

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

Shirley Walsh

January 18, 2021

Shirley Walsh, 89, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 18, 2021. She was born in Dunmore, Pennsylvania and was the oldest of two children born to Pete Landon and Pearl Holtham Landon. Shirley lived a full life, and her family was the center of her world. She graciously opened her doors to all, making everyone feel like family from the minute they walked into her lake house door. Summers were rich with love and family at Lake Sheridan where Shirley raised her children and grandchildren. As an avid knitter and craft person, she shared secrets with her best friend Nancy Rogers. Most importantly, Shirley taught her family the skills of life and how to love with the entire heart.

Shirley was most proud of her grandchildren. James and Korrine Walsh, Allison and Martin Walsh, Sarah Kelly Bodner, Casey Kelly and Christina Kelly Pichiarello. “Grammy” never missed a Dunmore soccer game, a Mid-Valley basketball game, a Mid-Valley football game, and made sure to attend every concert, play and performance.Shirley adored her 2 nieces Lori Struzzieri and Tina Struzzieri Sperazza and had a special bond with her “Mid-Valley lake boys.”

Shirley was proceeded in death by her husband Martin P Walsh, her parents Pete and Pearl Landon, her sister, Beverly Landon Struzzieri, and her brother-in-law, Anthony Struzzieri. She will be forever cherished and missed by her children Jeffrey Walsh and wife Elaine, Sharon Walsh Kelly and her husband George, and Martin P. Walsh and his wife Lori.

The entire Kelly-Walsh family would like to thank all the staff at Green Ridge Care Facility for the care and compassion they extended to Shirley for the last difficult year.

A mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, January 25, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. at St Paul’s Church, 1510 Penn Avenue, Scranton.  Interment Saint Mary’s Parish Cemetery, Dunmore.

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

Lenore Dougherty

January 17, 2021

Lenore Dougherty of Dunmore died Sunday at home. She was preceded in death by her husband John E. Dougherty who died August 13, 1978. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Stephen A. and Mary McAndrew O’Connor. She was a graduate of Holy Rosary High School and Lackawanna Junior College. Prior to her retirement she worked for the Internal Revenue Service. She was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Dunmore.

Surviving are a son Stephen A. Dougherty of  Spring Lake, New Jersey, four daughters Mary Dougherty of Spring Lake, NJ, Ann Dougherty of Dunmore, Lenore Dougherty of Spring Lake, NJ and Marie Dougherty of Dunmore, five grandsons, Charles, Matthew, James, John, and Michael Dougherty and 5 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter Sally Dougherty and two sons John E. Dougherty and James Dougherty, three brothers Thomas, Stephen, and Joseph O’Connor and four sisters Regina Haggerty, Mary Corcoran, Ann O’Connor, and Grace Murphy.

A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 10:00 A.M. at Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Church, 322 Chestnut Street Dunmore. Interment Cathedral Cemetery.

Arrangements Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 20205 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore

Robert J. Roche

January 17, 2021

Robert Roche of Dunmore died peacefully at home on Sunday surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by the love of his life Elizabeth McCarthy. Born in Java Center New York, he was the son of the late John F. Roche and Bernadette Eley Roche. He was a graduate of Scranton Central High School. He was a veteran of the US Army Airforce and served in England during W.W.II. Bob was the owner of Roche Tire Service and later worked at the University of Scranton. Bob was a tremendous community leader. He was Scoutmaster at Troop 88 Dunmore and under his leadership he had over 50 Eagle Scouts. He was a 4th degree Grand Knight with the Knights of Columbus. He was an active member of the AOH JFK Division 1.

Surviving are 3 daughters Sheila (Jim) Theodouou, Maureen(Bob) Merritt and Patty Powers. Five grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

The funeral will be Wednesday with a Mass of Christian burial at 10:00 A.M. at Saint Mary of Mt. Carmel Church Dunmore. Interment Dunmore Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Meals on Wheels of Northeast Pa. or Traditional Hospice, Dunmore.

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

Ann Casale

January 10, 2021

Ann Casale of Long Valley, N.J., and formerly of Scranton, Pa., died Sunday peacefully at home surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Philip J. Casale, who died Aug. 18, 2007. They were married for 47 years.

Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Rose Cavezza Fasula and was a graduate of St. Patrick’s High School and the Mercy School of Nursing. Before her retirement, she was a registered nurse at Dover General Hospital for 40 years. She was a member of St. Paul’s Church in Scranton.

Ann loved traveling, family holidays, Sunday sauce, Chico’s, the New York Jets and playing the penny slot machines. But more than anything she loved spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughter, Rozanne and husband, Frank Florio, of Long Valley, N.J.; daughter, Kay and husband, John Driebe, of Long Valley, N.J.; and son, Phil and wife, Dana Casale, of Rockaway, N.J. The pride of Ann’s life were her six grandchildren and great-granddaughter, Frank and wife, Tessa Florio, and their daughter, Capri, of Miami, Fla.; and Jenna Florio, Johnny and Julia Driebe, Morgan and Justin Casale, of New Jersey. She is also survived by two sisters, Roselyn Wahl, of Scranton; and Toni and husband, Paul Kraucheunas, of Scranton; and many wonderful nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Caroline Petrillo and Mary Rossi.

The Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, Jan. 15, at noon at St. Paul’s Church, 1510 Penn Ave., Scranton. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Foundation for Morristown Medical Center. When donating, under designation, click the box and select Cancer Center of Excellence general purpose fund.

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

Michael B. Nealon

January 5, 2021

Michael B. Nealon entered into eternal rest unexpectedly on January 5th, 2021. He was born on January 5th, 1977. He was the son of Marjorie Powell and the late Michael E. Nealon.

Michael is survived by his mother, Marjorie and her husband, James Powell, his sisters and their families Kathleen Palmer (Michael), Christine Rene (Daniel), and Amy Johnson (Nathan), many aunts and uncles, nephews and nieces and cousins.

Michael was a lifelong resident of Milford, CT. He attended Foran High School and graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1999. Michael’s true passion came to be when he started his own company, Shamrock Home Services. He took extreme pride in his work and real joy knowing his clients were satisfied with the craftsmanship he put into each and every project.

Michael was a great cook and his laugh was contagious. He was a good friend to many and could always be counted on for love and support. He loved german shepherds and took great pride in the three he owned. Michael was very proud of his Irish heritage.

Services for Michael will be private at the request of the family. We know that Michael will be remembered by all for his contagious laughter and charismatic smile. In remembrance donations may be made to Milford Animal Control, 664 E. Broadway, Milford, CT 06461. To offer an online condolence visit

Arrangements Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 20205 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore, PA.

Harry J. Stevens

December 30, 2020

Harry J. Stevens, a life long resident of North Scranton, passed away after a long and courageous battle with Leukemia.   Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Harry and Margaret McShaffery Stevens and was a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University. He was a member of Mary Mother of God Parish, Scranton. He was retired after a 20 year career as an agent for Prudential Insurance.

He enjoyed spending time hunting, fishing, and being outdoors, especially in Florida. Harry was a great golfer, playing in and winning many local tournaments. He was fortunate enough to have a hole in one while golfing. He was a member of Saint Stephen’s Booster Club and the Dagle Golf League.

Harry will be missed by his family and friends.

Surviving are three daughters; Jennifer and husband Perry Kraft of Carbondale, Sarah Stevens of Blakely, and Lindsey Chalmers of Scranton, three sisters; Patsy and husband Patrick Kerrigan of Scranton, Terry Howell of Scranton, and Anne and husband Joseph McGuire of Scranton four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews and his girlfriend Joan Phillips of Scranton. He was preceded in death by a sister Margaret Crane and stepfather William Jones.

A mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday at 10:00 A.M. at Holy Rosary Church 316 William Street, Scranton. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends will be received at the church from 9:00 A.M. till mass time. Due to Covid regulations masks must be worn  and social distancing is required in the church.

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

Marilyn J.  Casal

December 19, 2020

Marilyn J. Casal, 83, of Dunmore, passed away Saturday evening at home.  She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-one years, Adrian M. Casal, who died October 27, 2011.  Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Cecil and Jessie Glencross Fitch and was a 1955 graduate of Dunmore High School.  Prior to retirement, she was employed by Price Chopper Supermarkets.  She was a lifelong member of the Dunmore Presbyterian Church.

Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.  She loved spending summers at Lake Kewanee and traveling to Disney World.  She also enjoyed going on cruises.  She was an avid snowmobiler and enjoyed many snowmobiling trips to New York and Canada.

Surviving are son, Allen C. Casal of Dunmore, with whom she lived and who took excellent care of her during her illness; a daughter, Sharon M. and husband Randy Campbell of Glenburn Township; and another son, David A. and wife Jennifer Casal of South Abington Township; five grandchildren, Alyson and Amelia Campbell and Abby, Caden, and Molly Casal; several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Korjeski.

The family would like to thank Dr. Smith and the team from VNA for their kind and compassionate care.

Private funeral services will be  held at the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park Cemetery, Elmhurst.

David L. Phillips

December 12, 2020

David L. Phillips of Clarks Green died Saturday at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia from complications from Covid. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mary Grace Donohue. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late John and Alice Polubinsky Phillips and was a graduate of the University of Scranton and the Fordham Graduate School of Social Service. He served as a Captain in the United States Medical Service Corps. He was a member of the Church of Saint Gregory, Clarks Green.

For the last ten years, he proudly served as a Licensed Social Worker at the Geisinger Community Medical Center.  He held several roles in the local social work community including professor at Marywood University School of Social Work, Director of Adoption at St Joseph’s Center (Scranton) and Catholic Social Services (Luzerne County).  Throughout his career, he also had a private practice in both individual and marriage counseling.

He is survived by his sons David Phillips (Nancy Rayment), Christopher Phillips (Jennifer Adams), Timothy Hayden (Kristin McNerney) and daughters Maureen Ryan (John) and Suzanne DiMartino (Joseph). He is also survived by his brother Paul Phillips, and sisters Loretta Beers, and Linda Estock.

Dave’s life was dedicated to his faith, his wife, and his family. The joy brought by his 15 grandchildren Jack, Maggie, Kathryn, Sydney, Patrick, Henry, Quinn, Tommy, Cecelia, Grace, James, Molly, Laela, Julia, and Ryan was palpable and will remain forever.

Dave was a reflection of his Jesuit Education and lived out the mantra of St Ignatius of Loyola as “a Man for Others.” He brought life, joy and care to all who knew him.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will be at the Cathedral Cemetery in Scranton, PA. At a later date, the family will host a mass to celebrate David’s life.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for contributions to be made to the Scranton Preparatory School Scholarship Fund.

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

Judith D. Leitzel

December 5, 2020

Judith D. Leitzel, 75, of Scranton, passed away on Saturday morning, Dec. 5, 2020, at her home. Born Dec. 6, 1944, in Oriental, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Norman and Mabel (Frantz) Dressler. She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, James D. Leitzel. She was a graduate of Middleburg High School and attended East Stroudsburg University.

She dedicated her life to her family. She weathered every storm with strength and grace, and always lived  life to the fullest. She was most content behind the scenes, offering service to others whenever she could, never expecting anything in return. She raised her children to accept people for who they were and passed on her love of books, theater, gardening, the beach and travel. She was very proud of the accomplishments of all her children and was especially proud of their academic achievements. She was always curious about the world and was blessed with the opportunity to explore many wonderful places, taking in the history and culture of everywhere she went. She’d traveled to Egypt, Europe, Alaska and just about everywhere she could get to in between. She especially enjoyed her annual New Years trips to Jamaica with her son and his family, her trips to New York City to see Broadway shows, and trips to Ocean City, Maryland, with family and friends. She was a Penn State fan and enjoyed traveling to Happy Valley for football games with her son. She enjoyed spending time with her friend Rose Hahn at their Wednesday night bowling league and Friday night dinners, they were the self-proclaimed “wacky widows.” She was a talented seamstress, making more prom, wedding and other dresses for family and friends than she could count. She always had multiple projects in the works whether sewing, knitting, or crocheting, she did it all.

By far her favorite role was Grammy. When her granddaughter Tara was born with special needs she left no stone unturned to be certain Tara would reach her full potential. There was no one in Tara’s young life who didn’t know her devoted Grammy. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, making their favorite meals, always giving them the gift of her time whenever they needed her. She looked forward to each and every track meet, dance recital and piano concert, there was nowhere else she’d rather be. She brought gallons of ice cream each time she babysat, making Grammy’s milkshakes before bed; she was their biggest fan in everything they did, in her eyes, they could do no wrong.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Drs. Jeffrey Dale and Jacklyn Leitzel, of Bloomsburg; Jennifer and Kevin Long, of Clifford Twp.; and Dr. Jessica and Salvatore Aquilina, of Greentown; eight grandchildren, Tara Leitzel, Meredith Huveneers and Jonathan Hudak, Aiden, Kathryn and Emma Long, Salvatore and Taylor Aquilina; two great-grandchildren, Franklin and Calvin Huveneers; two sisters, Esther Fogleman and husband, Ronald; and Lois Hoover and husband, Ronald; two sisters-in-law, Betty and Erna Dressler; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Bernice Shupe and her husband, Herb; Cora Landis and her husband, Richard; and Joyce Wagenseller and her husband, Rusty; and three brothers, Samuel Dressler and his wife, Shirley; and Richard and Carson Dressler.

The family would like to thank her treatment team, Dr. Christopher Peters and the team at NROC and Dr. Numan Fateh and the team at the Geisinger Henry Cancer Center. The family is especially grateful to the Allied Services Hospice team for the compassionate care they provided. Words cannot express the comfort and support they offered to her entire family.

Due to COVID-19, a private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Suncom Industries, 128 Water St., Northumberland, PA 17857.

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

Sheila Flannagan Bennett

December 5, 2020

Sheila Flanagan Bennett of Clarks Summit passed away Saturday after a lengthy battle with lung disease. She was surrounded by her loving children and under the care of Abington Memorial Hospital. She was preceded in deathly her husband of 52 years, Charles P. (Chas) Bennett,her brother, Al Flanagan, and her stepfather, Al Collins. Born in Green Ridge, Sheila was the daughter of the late Frank and Helen Barrett Flanagan. A graduate of St. Paul’s High School, she was a loving and devoted wife,mother, and grandmother, who cherished time spent with her family, especially her eleven grandchildren — Jack, Kate, Libby, Sheridan, Charlie, Anna, Nora, Grace,Joseph, Annie Larkin, and Molly — who knew her as Grandma, Gage, and Myga.

She was smart, kind, strong, and beautiful inside and out and loved nothing more than spending time with her family. Whether helping care for a newborn grandchild,tending to her husband throughout his illness, or vacationing with her siblings, she will be remembered for the love she brought to all those around her.

Also surviving are her children, Mary Bennett Kellmanson (Jeff) of Greensboro, NC, Amy Bennett Murphy (Joseph) of Jenkintown, PA, Jennifer Bennett Stancil (Bryan) of Richmond, VA, and Charles W. Bennett (Susan) of Pittsford, NY; her siblings, Mary Davis (Robert), Ann Farry (Michael), Kathleen Kilcullen (Robert), and Joseph Flanagan (Diane); her sister-in-law, Mary Ann Flanagan;
and many nieces and nephews.

A mass of Christian burial was held for immediate family on Tuesday at the Church of Saint Gregory 330 North Abington Road, Clarks Green, PA 18411. Interment Cathedral Cemetery.

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

Jean M. Mascaro

November 14, 2020

Jean (McAndrew) Mascaro, of Dunmore passed away on November 14, 2020, surrounded by family and friends. She was preceded in death by her late husband, Robert F. Mascaro, Sr., who died in November 1993.

Born in Carbondale, she was the daughter of Walter and Lillian (McLean) McAndrew. Jean graduated from St. Rose High School and Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. She worked for Bell Telephone as a drafter and operator before marrying and starting a family. When her children began school, Jean returned to the work force. She served as the Director of Follow Through Child Development Center in Dunmore, an administrator at Holy Rosary Church, a private duty nurse, and a pharmacy technician at the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center. After retirement, Jean traveled the world and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Jean was an avid reader and lifelong learner. She firmly believed in the power of the arts and education, and she actively sought to improve cultural and learning opportunities for all, especially girls. Her volunteer work in the Scranton area supported programs that still thrive today. Jean helped start the YMCA girls’ gymnastics program, and volunteered for many years at the Ballet Theatre of Scranton including serving as President and helping to launch the annual holiday performance of The Nutcracker. She also held volunteer roles at St. Clare’s School, St. Paul’s School, and Scranton Preparatory School. Jean was a member of St. Paul Church, Scranton.

Surviving are her three children, Maria Mascaro Doktorczyk and husband Michael, Menlo Park, CA; Carla Mascaro McEnroe and husband Harry, Mendham, NJ; and Rob Mascaro and wife Trish (Turi) Mascaro, Plymouth Meeting, PA; her brother, Joseph McAndrew and wife Linda, Utah; and beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends.

Also surviving are Jean’s greatest joys, her seven grandchildren: Ryan, Owen, Brendan, Matthew, Julia, Elizabeth, and Mia.

Jean was preceded in death by her sister, Gloria Gavin, and her brother, William McAndrew.

Jean’s family extends special thanks for the loving support of Fran and Joe Ross, Lisa Gardier, Cathy Demien, Julie Speicher, Mary Ann Grassi, Judy Prisco, Michael Gavin, Vince Amico, and the nursing team who cared for Jean this past year.

Due to current health concerns caused by the pandemic, services and a celebration of Jean’s life will be held in the future, when it is safe to gather.

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

Barbara  A. Jordan

November 6, 2020

Barbara A. Jordan, 83, of Haddonfield, NJ, died Friday at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Camden. Raised in Dunmore, she was the daughter of the late Emmett F. and Grace Mongan Jordan. Barbara was a 1954 graduate of Dunmore High School and the RN program at Hahnemann Hospital in Scranton. Prior to her retirement, she was a nurse anesthetist at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.

Surviving are two nephews, Christopher and his wife Julie Gallo, Honesdale; and Jeffrey and his wife Amanda Gallo, State College. She is also survived by her great-nieces and nephews, Jordan, Cassandra, Isabella, and Joseph. She had many dear friends who were like family to her. She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Grace Jordan Gallo.

Barbara enjoyed her work as a nurse anesthetist and formed lasting friendships with colleagues over the years. She continued to have an active life during retirement spending time with her friends, reading many books, and enjoying her cats and their antics. Her family will remember her with love for her positivity, her caring nature, and her infectious laughter. She will be dearly missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Humane Society.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2020, at 11:00 AM at Saint Mary’s Parish Cemetery, 322 Chestnut Street, Dunmore.

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

Fran “Flicka” Whalen

November 2, 2020

Fran “Flicka” Whalen Lewis of Scranton passed away peacefully on Monday after a brief battle with lung cancer. She was surrounded by family at the home of her daughter, Tracey Schraner. Born April 6, 1941, in Scranton, Fran was the daughter of the late John T. and Mary “Mamie” Kane Whalen. Frani was a graduate of South Catholic High School, class of 1959. She cherished her classmates so much throughout the years that she organized annual Christmas parties and every class reunion.

Frani retired from the Scranton School District in 2005. In her years working at West Scranton Intermediate School, she found lifelong friends who met monthly for a highly enjoyable pizza night. Her most exciting adventures were with Merrill Lynch working as a hospitality coordinator on employee incentive trips that gave her the opportunity to travel throughout the world.

In the early 1980s she met her lifelong partner-in-crime, Johnnie Gardocki. He would become part of her family and an honorary third child. Her other favorite person in the world was her cousin, Joseph Kane, of Greenport, N.Y. The constant cackling when she was around these two was infectious.

Frani touched the heart of every person she met, with her Irish sense of humor, fun and caring. She loved to send cards, flowers and gifts to friends and family, and kept in touch with so many folks that if it weren’t for COVID-19, her family would have rented a rotunda and band for a proper Irish wake.

The family would like to thank Marywood Heights nursing home, Geisinger CMC and the Hospice of the Sacred Heart for their kind and compassionate care.

Frani is survived by her daughter, Tracey A. Schraner, of Scranton; son, Kevin and wife, Caroline Lewis, of Melbourne Beach, Florida; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Amelia Schraner, Emily and David Lewis; stepgrandchildren, Kellie Donahue, Kasey Schraner and Kyle Schraner; stepgreat-grandchild, Bennett Donahue; brother, John Whalen, of Concord, California; brother-in-law, Carey Needham, of Scranton; many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins; and an endless array of friends and acquaintances.

Frani was preceded in death by her beloved sister, Ann Needham; cousins, Miriam Rose and Joan Slowey.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul of the Cross Church, 1217 Prospect Ave., Scranton. Interment will be private. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there may be no calling hours. Masks and social distancing will be required at the Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

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

Rest in peace, our beloved Flicka.

Eleanor Magnotta Evans

October 26, 2020

Eleanor Magnotta Evans of Dunmore died Monday at the Dunmore Health Care Center after a long battle with Alzheimer’s and dementia.  She was preceded in death by her first husband Michael D. Magnotta, who died in 1971. Her second husband, Thomas G. Evans, died in 1999.  Born in Scranton on 9/24/30, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Steintz Sienkiewicz. She was a high school graduate. Prior to retirement she worked as a hostess and waitress in the restaurant industry.

She was a long time member of The Waldorf Park Social Club. She loved listening to her Polka’s on Sunday mornings.  She loved going to Bingo, playing cards, and doing jigsaw puzzles. Eleanor also loved to cook and bake. Her apple and lemon meringue pies, along with so many more delicious dishes, were always made with so much love.  Her homemade pierogis and pigs in the blanket were legendary. She loved sharing her food creations with family and friends. She was a long time resident of Lutherwood Apartments, Scranton where you would continuously smell the aroma of food coming from her apartment.

Eleanor loved being a Grandmother and loved each of her grandchildren deeply. Eleanor always said, “her children and grandchildren were her life”. She had a special, unbreakable bond with her granddaughter, Ashley Torbeck, who had spent all of her 36 years growing up with her Grandma by her side. Ashley looked forward to all the sleepovers as a child, watching Yankee games together, playing countless games of 500 Rummy, making trips to the Farmer’s Market,   and learning all of Gramma’s amazing recipies.  Ellie was famous for her stack of coupons. She had a wonderful sense of humor, and was very much loved by all who knew her, and will be greatly missed.

Surviving are three sons, Michael and fiancé Trish, Paul and wife Joan, and Harold Magnotta, two daughters – Mary Ann and Don Bunda and Debra and Jack White; a brother Edward Sienkiewicz and a sister Dorothy Sluck; eight grandchildren and a great granddaughter,  and sister in law Carmella Magnotta Florida along with several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by four brothers Joseph, Stanley, Bernard and Chester Sienkiewicz.

A special thank you to all the staff at Dunmore Health Care who took care of her while she was there over the last 8 years. Especially, Cierra, Cory, Jackie, Rob and her buddy Clee.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday at 9:30 A.M. at Immaculate Conception Church, 800 Taylor Avenue, Scranton. Interment will be private.

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

Pearl M. Dougher

October 6 , 2020

Pearl M. Dougher, 58, of Scranton died unexpectedly Tuesday at home. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Joseph H. and Irene Davis Brown.  She was a 1979 graduate of Scranton Central High School. Prior to her death, she was the Director of Sales for the Holiday Inn Express, Dickson City.

Pearl was the type of person who lit up a room the moment she entered, especially after hearing one of her signature whistles as she was approaching.  There was an unmistakable air to her that made people feel welcomed, loved, and comforted whether you were a close family member or someone she just met.  With a keen sense of humor and comedic timing, everyone who came into contact with Pearl walked away with spirits raised and a smile on their face.

She truly loved to dance no matter where she was, particularly if one of her favorite songs from the days of disco was playing.  The kitchen was one such place, where her and her husband Bobby could often be caught dancing to their shared favorites of Elvis or Tom Jones.  She could always be found laughing and bantering with her “Irish twin” sister and best friend Rose, with whom she shared a lifelong unbreakable bond. She particularly doted on her beloved nephew and Godson Christopher. Above all, her daughter Lauren was the light of her life and it showed on her face whenever she spoke of her and her many accomplishments.  There will forever remain a void in the hearts of not only her family and close friends, but also all of those whose lives she touched.

Surviving are a daughter Lauren P. Dougher of Scranton; husband Robert MacGregor Jr, his four sons who she loved as her own Justin, Dylan, Zachary, and Robert; sisters Mary, Liz, Jackie, and Rose; brothers Joseph, Archie, James, Spencer; her ex-husband James with who she shared a loving mutual bond through their daughter; grandchildren Brooke, Adriana, Maryn, Grant, and Molly; along with over 30 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother Joseph H. “Byrd” Brown Jr.; niece and nephew Julie and Joseph Villegas Jr.

A private Mass of Christian Burial for family and close friends will be held on Saturday at 9:00 A.M. at Saint Peter’s Cathedral 315 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton. Proper masks will be required and capacity is limited. In lieu of flowers her daughter asks that you make a donation in Pearl’s honor to help local young women and families: Women’s Resource Center of Scranton or Planned Parenthood of Wilkes-Barre.  Interment will be private. The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life to Honor Pearl for all to attend once it is safe to host gatherings again.

Arrangements by Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 20205 Green Ridge Street.

Rosanne Byrne

August 8, 2020

Rosanne Byrne, a longtime Doylestown resident, passed away on Saturday; she was 87. She was preceded in death by her best friend and husband of 58 years, Edward J. Byrne Jr. Born and raised in Wilkes Barre, she was the daughter of the late John N. O’Rourke and Rose Kielty O’Rourke. Rosanne graduated from Marymount College as a recipient of the Mother Butler Award, awarded by the faculty to the student showing the greatest devotion to the ideals of Marymount.

She then moved to Doylestown to work as a teacher at the Doylestown Public School. She loved teaching children and was exceedingly kind. She was often heard saying “Always be kind, as you may be giving someone the only kindness they experience in their day”.  Mother to six children, her days were filled with mothering, meals, volunteering, and teaching reading at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. She was a longstanding member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and enjoyed working with Ed as a volunteer in the Cursillo, Marriage Encounter and Pre-Cana programs.

Rosanne lived her life in a state of gratitude and was a friend to all she met.  There was always room at the table for another, and there were often friends in the house, which brought her much joy as she raised her family.
For the last three years she was lovingly cared for by the staff at Marywood Heights in Scranton, PA. She considered the staff family and Marywood Heights her home.

Rosanne will be deeply missed by her daughters and surviving sons John and wife Tracy Byrne of Rehoboth Beach, Mary Byrne of Dillsburg, Christine and husband Tom Capper of Mechanicsburg, Kathleen Thompson of Colorado, Patrick and his wife Christina Byrne of IL, her brother Dan O’Rourke of NY,  sisters, Maureen Holmes of Dallas PA, Ellen Kennedy  and Sister Therese O’Rourke I.H.M.  of Scranton. Also twelve grandchildren,  Jamia Pettinger, Zachary Byrne, Liam Byrne, Megan Byrne, Benjamin Byrne, Kelly Thompson, Levi Byrne, Jack Byrne, Meredith Byrne,  Anthony Capper, Sean Capper and Luke Capper, four great grandchildren, and many dear friends.
Rosanne was preceded in death by her eldest son, Ted and her brother Dr. John N. O’Rourke.

A private graveside service will be held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to: Friends of the Poor, 2300 Adams Ave. Scranton, PA 18509.Messages of condolence are welcomed at Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore, PA  18512

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

Dr. Kurt Zeglen

July 29, 2020

Dr. Kurt Zeglen of Dunmore, Pa., died Wednesday, July 29, 2020, surrounded by family at Commonwealth Regional Hospital of Scranton after multiple battles with chronic ailments. He led a full life of hunting, fishing and skiing with no shortage of adversity to overcome.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa., on Sept. 11, 1953, he was the son of Dr. Arthur and Lenore Zeglen. He graduated from Hahnemann University School of Medicine and practiced radiology throughout Pennsylvania until 2011.

Kurt left his family with magical memories of their vacations in Walt Disney World, one of his favorite places on Earth. He is survived by his wife, Deborah Zeglen; son and wife, Colin and Jessica Zeglen; daughter, Rachel Zeglen; stepdaughter and husband, Kelly Russell-Gonsalves and Juan Gonsalves, and their four children; brother and wife, Barry and Brenda Zeglen; brother, Lance Zeglen; sister and husband, Lisa and Jim Roegner; and sister, Karen Bates. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date for Kurt and his father.

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

Samuel J. Acculto

July 25, 2020

Samuel J. Acculto of Roaring Brook Twp. and formerly of Dunmore, died Saturday at Geisinger Community Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, the former Jessica Ramik. They were married for 52 years.Born in Dunmore, he was the son of the late Samuel J. and Sarah Ferraro Acculto and was a graduate of Dunmore High School. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and served in Operation Desert Shield-Storm. Before retirement, he was employed by the Tobyhanna Army Depot. He was a member of SS. Anthony and Rocco Parish Dunmore. He enjoyed his winters in Florida, taking his red Mustang to meet his friends for coffee and especially spending quality time with his family.

Also surviving are three daughters, Lori and Matthew Goldstein, of Suwanee, Ga.; Janet and Sean O’Brien, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and Samantha and Walter Tucky, of Roaring Brook Twp.; two sisters, Frances and Chuck Sardo, of Dunmore; and Marian and Joseph Demko, of Scranton; four grandchildren, Charlie, Luke and Tessa Goldstein, and Wyatt Tucky; and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 208 Smith St., Dunmore, followed by private interment in Dunmore Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rock Steady Boxing, to fight back against Parkinson’s disease, 7440 N. Shadeland Ave., Suite 202, Indianapolis, IN 46250.

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

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