William H. O’Connor
June 4, 2021
William H. O’Connor, formerly of Blakely, succumbed to his valiant fight against cancer on Friday, June 4,2021. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his closest friends and family at his home in Montdale.
He was born and raised in Blakely, the son of the late John R. and Margaret Evans O’Connor. He adored his lovely wife, Karen and was proudest of his son, Billy.
Bill was educated in the Blakely School District, graduating from Valley View, class of 1972. Upon graduation, Bill left the area and attended Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY. He received his teaching certificate and Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Special Education from East Stroudsburg University. He received his Master’s Degree in Special Education and Supervisory Certificate from Bloomsburg University. Bill started his career at the Friendship House where many lifelong friendships were formed. Five years later, he was employed by N.E.I.U.#19 as a Special Education teacher. He was subsequently promoted to Supervisor of Special Education where he excelled in his role until his retirement in 2015.
In his younger years, Bill cherished his time boating at the family cottage at Chapman Lake. As he progressed as a “Captain,” he thoroughly enjoyed his time at the helm of the “Southern Cross” (his “cabin cruiser”) on Lake Wallenpaupack.
Bill took great pride in manicuring his lawn and detailing his vehicles. You could always find Bill tinkering in his garage listening to anything from Leon Russell to Led Zeppelin. He had an eclectic taste for music and he always prided himself on turning his friends on to new musical experiences.
He is survived by his wife, Karen Popovich O’Connor, Montdale, and son William J. O’Connor, Olyphant. Also surviving are: his sister, Maureen L. McDonough and her husband Bill, Islamorada, FL, several nieces and nephews, and many beloved friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, John R. O’Connor III, Pompano Beach, FL.
The family would like to thank Bill’s best friend, Bill Tolan; we could not have travelled this difficult road without him. They would also like to extend a special thank you and much gratitude to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, especially Kayla, Kathleen, and the entire team there.
Friends may call Tuesday from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore.
Graveside services will be conducted on Wednesday at 11:00 A.M. at Saint Joseph’s Cemtery, Scott Township. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in Bill’s memory to the Hospice of the Sacred Heart.
Funeral arrangements Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore.
May 24, 2021
Robert F. Sheehan of Dunmore died Monday at home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Dunmore, he was the son of the late Vincent and Catherine Coolican Sheehan and was a graduate of Dunmore High School and the University of Scranton. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He began his career in education as a teacher in the Bethlehem Area School District and later became the principal of William Penn School in Dunmore and upon its closing he became the first principal at the Dunmore Elementary Center in the Dunmore School District. He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Dunmore.
Surviving are son Rob Sheehan and wife Samantha, Montgomery County Maryland, daughter Erin Anelli and husband Gregori, Roaring Brook Township, and daughter MaryEllen Elia and husband Michael, Moscow, his granddaughter Alyssa Sheehan of Dunmore, who he helped raise, two brothers Richard and Thomas Sheehan, two sisters Catherine Billick and Marilyn Millan, eleven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter Tricia M. Sheehan and two brothers Jimmy and Jack Sheehan.
Along with being a loving, giving and devoted father and Papa, he was an avid Notre Dame and Boston Red Sox fan. He coached at Dunmore Little League, Schautz Teener League, and Dunmore Biddy Basketball. He was famous for his story telling, always correcting grammar, his jokes, being funny, singing, family brunches, police ride alongs with his son, grandkid sleepovers, and always giving us good advice, most notably, MODERATION.
We would like to give special thanks to the hospice nurses of Compassionate Care, especially Erin, Jackie and Linda.
We lost our hero, our rock, our sunshine, our knight in shining armor, the wind beneath our wings and the light of our lives. He left an enormous impact on each of our lives and on the lives of others. He will be truly missed.
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 will be private.
Arrangements Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore.
Baerbel “Barbara” Kenney
May 16, 2021
Our mom, our hero, joined her loved ones in Heaven on May 16, 2021. Born to Gertrud and Werner Matheus on February 6, 1940 in Berlin, Germany, she was an avid runner, swimmer and canoe club member of RG Berlin. Educated in Berlin, she took the business track and worked in the insurance sector before meeting and marrying Tom Kenney in 1965.
Tom left us on March 9, 2020. Mom was not the same after losing him. She came to Scranton after marrying in Berlin. Though she left her mom and sister behind, our family visited our relatives in Berlin several times. She worked at the McKinney Plant before becoming a favorite waitress and bartender at O’Toole’s and the Wine Cellar in Scranton, where she was very popular with the college lunch patrons. Mom was always happy to take neighborhood children along with her daughters on outings to places such as Nay Aug Park, the Everhart Museum or Krispy Kreme. She has left us with many happy childhood memories. When the family moved to Clarks Green, mom started her own cleaning business, where she made more lifelong friends, some who have left us. She considered those families, family.
Mom could fix anything from a leaky faucet to problems with pool chemicals. She was delighted to get an electric screwdriver for Christmas. Mom loved children, animals, music, operas, Broadway plays, and reading, and she shared these loves with her daughters. She had a green thumb and would decorate the patio and landscape with flowers and plants. She made her part of the world almost as beautiful as she was. From her daughters – we could not have asked for a more powerful role model than Barbara Kenney. She personified strength, grit, pure joy and, most notably, resilience. She would not allow negativity to affect her. She could find the good in anyone she met. We have yet to find a person who doesn’t have a happy experience to share at the mention of her name. Our mom was cultured, worldly, wise and beautiful. Yet, she was also a fun loving, spontaneous spirit who didn’t pay much mind to what others thought. She was who she was, and proud of it. She always said not to worry about the things you can’t control, and those words gain more meaning as we grow older. To everyone she has touched, remember her with joy in your heart. She would want no sorrow to burden you. Our dearest mom, we let you go to find the peace you always deserved. The world was a better place for you having been part of it – It was from you we learned to be us. You showed us the true meaning of unconditional love and demonstrated the importance of character, always leading by example. Wir haben dich sehr lieb, Mutti.
Barbara is survived by daughters Jackie Kenney, Nicole Cetta (Robert), grandchildren Christian and Brendan Orlando, sister in law Janet Kenney, brothers in law David (Lynn) Kenney and Robert (Becky) Kenney, nephews Matthias and Markus Wahl, Berlin, Germany, and nieces, Kristen Shaffer (Bill), Erin Naro (Tony) and Samantha Kenney. Barbara’s family is extremely grateful to Val, Margaret, Mary Ellen, Tina, Tina, Danielle, Alice and Chrissy for their dedication and devotion to caring for her. They became family to us.
Friends are invited to call Friday from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore.
Ronald E. Kaczmarek
April 17, 2021
Ronald E. Kaczmarek of Dunmore died Saturday at Allied Hospice surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of sixty years Marilyn Golden Kaczmarek. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Edward and Sophie Sojack Kaczmarek and was a graduate of the Scranton School District. He was a veteran of the United States Army. Prior to retirement he was the owner of Morris Auto Ignition. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Scranton
Also surviving are two sons, Ronald and wife Laura Kaczmarek of Dunmore, David and wife Kathy Kaczmarek of Scranton, three daughters Debbie Livingston of Old Forge, Maryann Lupia of Dunmore, and Bonnie and husband Michael Smith of Dunmore, ten grandchildren; Kyle Livingston, Amy Havenstrite and husband Eric, Jessie Frace and husband Zach, Joseph Lupia, Christy Smith, Courtney Smith, Kiersten Smith, Samantha Kaczmarek, Lee Kaczmarek and wife Megan, John Fliss Jr. and three great grandchildren, Alaina Kaczmarek, Saige Havenstrite, and Matthew Kaczmarek and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son-in-law Thomas Livingston.
The family would like to thank Dan Riley and the staff of Allied Hospice for their compassionate care of Ron.
A mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday at 10:00 A.M. at Immaculate Conception Church 800 Taylor Avenue Scranton. Interment Saint Michael’s Cemetery Dunmore. Friends may call at the church from 9:00 A.M. until mass time.
Arrangements Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore.
John Roger Kemple
March 22, 2021
On Monday, March 22, 2021, John Roger Kemple, loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away in Gainesville, Florida. He was 84 years of age. Roger was born on April 23, 1936 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Pottsville, Pennsylvania to John and Mary (Uckele) Kemple. Roger initially resided in the nearby coal mining town of Cumbola, and then moved on his 6th birthday to Scranton. Roger was a parishioner of Saint Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, and a proud alumnus of Scranton Preparatory School (1954) and the University of Scranton (B.S. mathematics 1958). Roger and his high school sweetheart Elizabeth (Beth) Jeannette White were married in Scranton on December 28, 1957. Together they raised their daughter, Kristen, and their two sons, Matthew and Mark.
Roger joined Gulf Oil Corporation in 1959 and enjoyed a long and successful tenure as a marketing executive. That career would take the family on a journey across the country with positions in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Maryland, Texas and California. Roger retired from Golden West Refining (the successor to Gulf’s West Coast operations) in 1998. Upon retirement, Roger and Beth moved to Texas and then to Florida.
Roger enjoyed conducting genealogical research and was a gifted writer. He combined those talents to write a book about both his and Beth’s families, tracing the family histories back to the original voyage of the Mayflower and through 2017. Lives Everlasting, Amen was self-published in 2017 and is a cherished family treasure, with copies in many extended family homes across the country. An avid and engaging storyteller, Roger possessed a warm wit, a sharp memory for childhood details and a clever way with words. His family will enjoy re-reading his stories for many years to come. Roger’s creative drive was also expressed through his drawings and his many aesthetic home improvement projects.
Roger was preceded in death by his father, John, and his mother, Mary. He is survived by Beth, his beloved wife of 63 years, his three children Kristen (Khalil), Matthew (Debbie), and Mark (Erika), his grandchildren Nicholas, Alex, Susi, Kate, Dane and Liam, his brothers Donald and David, and his sister Marilyn. He also leaves behind several cousins, nieces and nephews.
A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Church 322 Chestnut Street, Dunmore, Pennsylvania. Interment will follow at Saint Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow, Pennsylvania.
In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring Roger’s life by donating to St. Joseph’s Center at 2010 Adams Avenue, Scranton, Pennsylvania 18509.
Arrangements by Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore.
Barbara F. Carey
April 14, 2021
Barbara F. Carey of Dunmore died Wednesday at Elmcroft of Mid Valley. She is survived by her husband of fifty one years Melvin Carey. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Helen E. Baker Cuddy . She was a graduate of Saint Paul’s High School, Scranton. Prior to retirement she was a secretary at Miller Lumber Company. She was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Dunmore.
She was an avid bowler who enjoyed participating in many bowling leagues.
A mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday at 9:30 A.M. at Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Church 322 Chestnut Street, Dunmore. Interment Dunmore Cemetery.
Arrangements Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore.
February 4, 1951 – March 12, 2021
Christopher Reed Killeen of Morristown, New Jersey, formerly of Scranton passed away March 12, 2021, following a brief illness. He was 70. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Thomas Vincent and Elizabeth Gerrity Killeen. He was a graduate of Scranton Preparatory High School and Saint Louis University.
Following his graduation from Saint Louis University, Killeen joined the United States Merchant Marines where he specialized in the import/export business.
After his time with the Merchant Marines, Killeen began an award-winning career as a stockbroker with Merrill Lynch Investments; a career that spanned more than three decades before his retirement.
He is survived by two brothers, Rory Killeen and his wife Mary Beth of Longmont Colorado, and Conall Killeen and his wife Deanne of Dunmore, several nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.
He was preceded in death by brothers Brock, Sean, and Kieran Killeen.
Services and burial are private.
Memorial contributions may be made in Chris’ name to the IHM Center, 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton PA 18509 c/o Sister Ann Monica Bubser or The Morristown and Morris Township Library, 1 Miller Road, Morristown, NJ 07960. To offer an online condolence visit ODonnellfuneral.com.
Arrangements: Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore.
Constance A. Moran
March 21, 2021
Our beloved Constance A. “Connie” “Nana” Moran of Dunmore passed away Sunday at home after a battle with cancer surrounded by her loving family who will honor her memory by following her example of living life to the fullest and showing kindness to everyone they meet.
She is survived by her husband Arthur J. Moran, Jr. with whom she recently celebrated fifty-five years of marriage. Born in Scranton to the late Dr. Joseph David and Mildred Culkin Moylan, she was a graduate of Cathedral High School and the Mercy School of Nursing. She was a private duty nurse giving special care and love to patients young and old. She was co-owner of The Country Shoppe dress shop with her lifelong friend Mary Ann O’Boyle. She was a member of the Junior League of Scranton, a proud supporter of the Ballet Theatre of Scranton, and a member of the Parents’ Clubs at Bishop O’Hara and Scranton Preparatory School.
Also surviving are five children, Christine and husband Edward Kane of Jupiter Florida, Art Moran and partner Craig Keilman of Washington, D.C., Timothy and wife Lisa Moran of Scranton, Patrick and wife Leslie Moran of Scranton, and Ellen and husband Todd Gattens of Raleigh, North Carolina, a sister Judy and husband Wayne Shanley of Dunmore, twenty devoted grandchildren, a great granddaughter, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the nurses of Traditional Home Health and Hospice of the Sacred Heart for their compassion and kindness in the final days of Connie’s life. Special thanks to Nana’s faithful and tireless caregivers, Jordan Kane, Cashel Gattens, Liam Moran, and Quinn Moran, who showered her with care and loving kindness as her illness progressed.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday at 10:00 A.M. at Saint Paul’s Church 1510 Penn Avenue, Scranton. Interment Saint Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call at the church from 9:00 A.M. until mass time. All Covid 19 rules and regulations will be strictly enforced.
Arrangements Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore
Edward J. Golden
March 16, 2021
Edward J. Golden, of Dunmore, passed away peacefully on Tuesday March 16, 2021, at the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore, PA. His wife Irene of 70 years recently preceded him in death, passing away October 24, 2020. Edward was bornon January 15, 1924 to the late Andrew and Mary Semanko Golden of Dunmore. He graduated from Dunmore High School.After high school, he enlisted in the US Marines and served during W.W.II in thePacific islands and Okinawa, laying communication cable lines. After returningfrom the war he worked for Coca Cola bottling in Scranton,then spent the rest ofhis working years as a purchasing agent at Tobyhanna Army Depot. He also had his own home based import/export business.
One of his favorite hobbies was golfing, where he golfed in a league at ‘the Muni’ and often made the championship flight in various tournaments. He was an avid photographer from a young age, getting his first camera at age 13. He combined his love for golf and photography by following the LPGA tour and his photos often published in Golf Digest. He never missed the Miss America pageants in Atlantic City where he loved photographing the contestants. His pics taken locally were often seen in Happenings magazine and in county fair competitions.
He also loved music and played the organ right up to his recent hospitalization. But mostly he was an amazing husband, father, grandfather and greatgrandfather. He was intelligent and full of wisdom. His quiet and gentle spirit will be missed dearly by his family and friends.
Surviving are his eight children: Eddie Golden and wife Margo of Carbondale, Linda Geary and husband Bill of S. Abington Twp, Jean Uffalussy and husband Rick of New Port Richey FL, Gail Moyer of Mount Pleasant SC, Alison Felski of Waverly, Mona Graci and husband Jeff of Scranton, John Golden and wife Amy of Laflin, and Paul Golden and wife Lori of Charlotte NC, 16 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is his sister Marilyn Kaczmarek Dunmore. He was preceded in death by his brothers Fritz, Andy (Hep) and Joe, and his grandson SSGT Patrick Dolphin.
The family would like to thank his personal caregivers Lori and Louise, and also the Allied TRU team and caregivers at Hospice at the Sacred Heart, for the expressions of kindness and hard work to make him happy and comfortable.
A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday March 22, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. at Immaculate Conception Church 801 Taylor Avenue, Scranton. Interment will follow at St. Michael’s cemetery in Dunmore. Friends may call at the church on Monday from 12:00 P.M. to mass time. All COVID-19 guidelines will be followed.
Memorials or donations may be made to Immaculate Conception Church.
Arrangements Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 odonnellfuneral.com.
Arrangements Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 20205 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore, PA.