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Carl P. Simonetti

June 28, 2017

Carl P. Simonetti , 87, of Dunmore, passed away peacefully in his sleep Wednesday, June 28th, in the Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center where he had been a resident since December 2016. He and his wife, Sharon Wachs Simonetti, “the love of his life”, enjoyed thirty-one years of marriage.

Born in Dunmore, he was the son of the late Gino and Dominica Guinchi Simonetti and was a life long Dunmorean who resided in his family home until his illness. He was a graduate of Dunmore High School and a faithful member of St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Parish, Dunmore, PA. Carl was an army veteran of the Korean Conflict where he served overseas as a Staff Sergeant. After the war, he enlisted in the Army Reserves for several years. Prior to his retirement in 1987 he was employed for 36 years at Tobyhanna Army Depot as a safety inspector

Carl enjoyed handicapping and going to Pocono Downs / Mohegan Sun to watch horse racing. He was also a whiz at crossword puzzles and Sudoko and faithfully completed them everyday. Carl was an avid swimmer and swam a mile a day until he was 82 years of age. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, Sharon, and made many trips to Las Vegas.

Together, they spent 5 weeks traveling cross country by car and journaled their adventure. Carl loved music and enjoyed singing and dancing, which he did extremely well. He was most recently a member of the Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center Choir where he performed this past Memorial Day. He also enjoyed the Bingo games there and enthusiastically expressed his excitement shouting, “Yippee – oh – Coyote!” Carl had a wonderful sense of humor. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and will be greatly missed.

Also surviving are two daughters, Ellen Granville and husband Joseph of Scranton, Julianne Dartt of Leesport, PA, and a stepson Richard Reinard and wife, Holly of Tuscon, AZ; two granddaughters, Elysia Granville and Katelyn Dartt and two grandsons, Michael and Johnny Dartt as well as several nephews. He was preceded in death by his sisters Cecelia Shanoski and Dea Costanzo and a brother, Tony Simonetti.

Carl’s family expresses their gratitude to the staff of the Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center for their loving kindness and excellent care they provided to him.

Final arrangements were conducted from the Albert P. O’ Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore. A memorial mass will be held on Tuesday, July 11th, at 10 am at the Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave., Scranton, PA. The family will receive guests 1 hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made in Carl’s name to the Gino J. Merli Veterans’ Center, 401 Penn. Ave., Scranton, PA 18503 for the bingo fund.


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Wayne Bell

June 25, 2017

Wayne Bell, 75, of Olyphant died Sunday at Hospice of Scared Heart, Dunmore. He was the loving companion of Fran Figliomeni, Dunmore. Born in Scranton, son of the late Frederick and Florence Bell. He was an Army veteran and retired truck driver for US Express.He was an amazing and caring man, friend, and companion. He loved to hunt and fish. He was a NY Yankees fan and liked to watch college football, especially Alabama.

Surviving are his cousin, Joyce Gruber, Ohio; his cat, Ringo; Fran’s children and grandchildren, and many friends.He was proceeded in death by his wife, Arlene Sheridan Bell.

Private arrangements by Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore.


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John F. Breslin

June 8, 2017

John F. Breslin Jr. of Dunmore, died Thursday at the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore. Born in Harrisburg on Dec. 27, 1942, he was the son of the late John F. and Margaret Cecelia Boyle Breslin and was a graduate of Marion Catholic High School, where he was a standout athlete. As a Navy veteran, he traveled the world with a highlight of touring the South Pole on the USS Glacier Ice Breaker. He was most proud of his skydiving accomplishments and Golden Glove boxing achievements.

He was a devoted Flyers fan and lifelong golfer and club thrower. Prior to his retirement, he was the general manager for Laminations Inc., where he was truly in love with his work.John was a funny, charming Irishman who was loved by everyone who ever had the pleasure to share his company. Larger than life, a beacon of joy left the world with his passing. His beautiful smile and contagious laughs will be truly missed but never forgotten. His infamous stories will live on in all of us.

The family would like to thank the caring staff and nurses at the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Michael Lynch, Maryann Chupron and his angel, Susan Norris, for their unwavering, supportive and devoted friendship.

Surviving are two daughters, Christine M. Breslin, of Allentown, and Casey J. (Breslin) Schaeffer, wife of Scott H. Schaeffer, granddaughter, Allison Jo Schaeffer, of Sinking Spring; a sister, Margaret Ann Fraga, of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, and a loving abundance of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Andrew Breslin, and his sister, Eileen Boyle. He will be greatly missed by Diane Woodruff, Rachel Cooney, and Frank Sobocinski.

Private arrangements were conducted by Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore. A grand celebration will be held over the summer in John’s honor per his wishes. A memorial scholarship will be established in John’s name. Online condolences can be shared at info@odonnellfuneral.com.


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James Brennan

June 8, 2017

James E. Brennan, 83, passed away peacefully at the Hospice of the Sacred Heart on Thursday after suffering a stroke at his home in Dunmore on Monday evening. Jim is survived by his wife, Pat Kramer Brennan of Dunmore; Jim was predeceased by his first wife, Anne Clare Matticks Brennan, in 1986.

Jim grew up in the Hill section of Scranton, the son of the late James A. and Mary O’Connor Brennan. He graduated from Scranton Prep and the University of Scranton. After working for several years in New York City in the Defense industry, he returned to Scranton and started Ambitemp, an HVAC design and contracting firm which he ran for over 20 years. After selling the contracting portion of the business, he continued to work as a design and commissioning engineer for HVAC systems around the country only fully retiring a few years ago. He was an avid outdoors man, spending much of his leisure time at a one hundred year old family cabin at Shohola Falls in Pike County hunting and fishing with family and friends. Jim was a frequent visitor to the Naval Academy in Annapolis where his son and daughter graduated in 1984 and 1988, and continued to be an ardent Navy fan and supporter.

Also surviving are a son, James J. Brennan and daughter in law, Laurie-Beth Brennan of Fremont, California; daughter, Captain Kate Janac, USN (ret) and son in law, Commander Gary Janac, USN (ret) of Annapolis, Maryland; grandson, Lieutenant J. Andrew Brennan, MSC, USN of San Diego, California; and granddaughter, Seaman Apprentice Eilish A. Brennan, USN of Pensacola, Florida. He is also survived by his wife’s children, Paul Gaughan and Janie Gaughan, both of New York City. He was preceded in death by his brother Dr. Edward “Ned” Brennan who was a psychologist in the United States Navy.

Viewing will be Sunday, June 11th from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. at the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home at 2025 Green Ridge Street in Dunmore. The family will hold a private grave side service.In lieu of flowers, it is suggested a donation be made to the ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter, 321 Norristown Road, Suite 260, Ambler, PA 19002 (www.alsphiladelphia.org) or the MISS Foundation (www.missfoundation.org).


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Dr. Michael W. Fennie

June 1, 2017

Dr. Michael W. Fennie of Dunmore died Thursday at Regional Hospital of Scranton. He is survived by his wife of forty-one years, Kathleen McDonough Fennie. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late William J. and Grace Larkin Fennie. Michael was a graduate of Scranton Preparatory High School, he attended Niagara University, and graduated with a degree in biology from The University of Scranton. He earned his degree in dentistry from Temple Dental School, where he was class president. He was the proprietor of his own dental practice in Dunmore for thirty-five years. He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Dunmore, and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. He was a loving husband and father, and a compassionate caregiver. He had many hobbies, from riding motorcycles and playing golf to mowing the lawn and listening to music, but he most enjoyed spending time with his family, especially at the lake.

Also surviving are four sons, Michael W. and wife Shannon Fennie of Dunmore, Joseph W. Fennie of Pittsburgh, Kyle R. and wife Meghan Trelease-Fennie of Philadelphia, William J. Fennie III and fiancée Leigh Magnotta of Dunmore; a daughter Kathleen G. and husband Martin Brunner of Syracuse, NY; a brother William J. Fennie Jr. of Silver Springs, MD; four sisters, Kathy Blythe of Sedalia, CO, Charlotte Severino of Indian Hills, CO, Regina Walsh of Harrisburg, and Grace Judge of Langhorne; five grandchildren, Gavin, Catherine, Keegan, Reilly, and William IV, all of Dunmore; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Friday from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore with a mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 A.M. at Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Church, 322 Chestnut Street Dunmore. Interment at Saint Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call Thursday from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. All those attending the funeral are asked to proceed directly to the church on Friday morning.


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Shirley A. Lavelle

June 1, 2017

Shirley A. Lavelle of Scranton, passed away on June 1st, at home with her children, due to Alzheimer’s disease. She was the wife of the late Thomas J. Lavelle. Shirley was born on July 2nd, 1932 in Dunmore to the late Claire Walsh. Shirley was raised by her Aunt Mary, graduated from St. Paul’s High School and went on to become a secretary. At the age of 50, she decided to go back to college at Penn State and get her paralegal degree, then was hired by Attorney James Scanlon. She also was bartender at Andy Gavin’s for 10 years. After retirement Shirley volunteered at the CMC Gift Shop where she was a pleasant oasis for anyone to visit who needed someone to talk to or just her infectious smile to brighten their day.

Our mom loved to dance, she loved the theater, loved to read and her absolute favorite past time was being with her family. She had a wonderful soul who raised and opened her heart to over 30 foster children. Our mom was a special lady who was always there for her children, and anyone else who needed her love and shelter. Her life was one full of blessings due to generosity to others. She was our hero, and we love and thank you for that, Mom.

Survived by her 5 daughters, Lauri Lavelle, Kimberly Gregosh, Kelly Lavelle, Beth McFarland, Tish Lavelle, all from Scranton; and one son Todd Lavelle, Thailand. She is also the happy grandmother to Derek Lavelle, Michael Ray, Grayson Lavelle, Partick Rissmiller and Anthro Lavelle of Thailand, a Great Grandmother to James T. McGlocton Jr., Briana and Rayne Dehart, Taralee and Tavion McGlocton, Stuart Rhodes, Robert Rhodes, Billy and Faith Wood, Amaya and Tayla Ray, and a Great Great Grandmother to Noah and Cyrus, both of Scranton. Surviving also is a son-in-law, Barry McFarland of Scranton and her dearest friends Wendy “Beema” Lowry and Ethel Weeks, and many nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death is her grandson James “JayTee” McGlocton, son-in-law John Gregosh, sister Helen Hart, brother-in-law William Hart and granddaughter Bekki Rhodes.

In this time with our mom, we could not express how much we appreciate the way Sacred Heart of Hospice treated our mom with respect, dignity and grace. We sincerely say thank you from our hearts, especially to Lori and Maureen. We would also like to thank our sister Kim for taking such unbelievable care of our mom on a daily basis; we would not of had our mom for as long as we did if it wasn’t for your kindness and caring heart.

The funeral will be Wednesday from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street Dunmore with a mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 A.M. at Saint Paul’s Church 1510 Penn Avenue Scranton. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. All those attending the funeral are asked to proceed to the church on Wednesday morning.


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Jerome Pronitis

May 31, 2017

Jerome W. Pronitis of Dunmore, PA died at the Hospice of the Sacred Heard on Wednesday May 31st, after a brave fight with mesothelioma. Jerome married Leona Roessler on July 16, 1954, in Wichita Falls,Texas. They would have celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary this July. He was born December 31, 1931, in Scranton, PA, son of the late Peter and Veronica Kapchunas Pronitis Sr. He attended North Scranton Schools and graduated from the Johnson School of Technology. He also attended the University of Scranton, working towards a degree in Accounting. He worked for the railroad for various companies before retirement after 42 years as a car inspector.Jerome was a long-time member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Dunmore. He served in the Air Force in the Korean War, stationed at Shepherd Air Force Base in Texas, where he met his wife Leona, a Texas native.

He enjoyed the camaraderie his memberships to The Taurus Club and St Stephens Booster Club provided him. He served on both club’s boards. He was a decades long member of NAMI (National Association of Mental Illness) and was a long-term member of their local support group of which his wife Leona served as Co Group Leader for several years. He was also a long time advocate for mental health awareness and enjoyed participating in the NAMI annual Walk. Jerome enjoyed fishing with his son Peter and his brother Peter Jr., and other members of their fishing group.

Jerome leaves behind his wife Lee, his children Debbie Pronitis-Ruotolo and her husband Robert Ruotolo of Dallas,Texas; his son Peter Pronitis of Dunmore, PA; his daughter LeeAnne Matusek and husband Henry Matusek of California, and Jerry’s grandsons Henry John III, Jacob Jerome, and Lucas Lee. Also brother Pete Pronitis Jr and wife Carol of Scranton, and sister Sylvia Mikol of Orlando, Florida. Also many nieces and nephews on the East Coast and in Texas, and sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws in Texas. They will miss him dearly.

The family would like to give their thanks to: Dr. Peter Cognetti, Dr Lisa Thomas, and the staff of the Sacred Heart Hospice for their tender care of Jerome during his illness.

A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 9:30 A.M. at Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Church, 322 Chestnut Street Dunmore. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Sacred Heart Hospice in memory of their exceptional care to Jerry.

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


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Ann Marie Shorten

May 30, 2017

Ann Marie Shorten 78, of Scranton died Tuesday at home surrounded by her family. She is survived by her husband of 56 years Dr. Peter Shorten. Born June 21, 1938 in Pittston, she was the daughter of the late Martin and Helen Baskerville Gannon and was a graduate of Marywood Seminary and The Mercy School of Nursing where she became a registered nurse.

Also surviving are two sons, Michael and Peter Shorten both of Scranton, four daughters; Helen Shorten of Scranton, Melissa and husband Adrian Bustamante, Mary and husband Steve Olenchak both of Henderson, Nevada, and Annie Bloom of Scranton, a sister Catherine Norbury of Wilmington, DE and six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a grandson Steven Lee Olenchak Jr. and a sister Helen J. Phillips.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a sweet precious soul that dedicated 19 years of voluntary service to VNA Hospice. As a VNA Hospice volunteer, she shared her unconditional love and compassion with the ill and dying  people of Lackawanna County.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Dr Edward Batzel, Dr James Elmore, Dr Kurt Moran and to Dr Jeffery Gryn and Dr Salvatore Scialla for 35 years of outstanding care.

Friends may call from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Friday June 2, 2017 at the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street Dunmore. Private funeral services will be conducted at the convenience of the family.


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Leonard Tolan

May 15, 2017

Leonard F. Tolan, 88, of Scranton, affectionately know as ” Pop” died Monday at the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore. He was preceded in death by his wife of fifty-seven years Loretta M. Boles Tolan. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Leonard and Audrey Finnerty Tolan and was a graduate of St. Paul’s High School. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He graduated from East Stroudsburg University and earned a Masters in Education at Kutztown University. Leonard was a former teacher in the Liberty School District in Liberty, NY and Superintendent of Livingston Manor School District in Livingston Manor, NY. He also served as the Director of Education at The Friendship House in Scranton, PA. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Scranton.

Surviving are a son, William Tolan, Blakely; a daughter, Mary Driscoll, Scranton; one brother, Joseph H. Tolan of Dunmore; five grandchildren, Courtney Driscoll, Meghan Chrzan, Patrick Tolan, Devin and husband Nathan Seyler, and Andrew Tolan and wife Rachel; three great-grandchildren, Reese and Brady Chrzan, and Charlie Seyler; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother William Tolan and a sister Eleanor Tolan. The Tolan family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to all of Leonard’s doctors and nurses especially Dr. Richard Weinberger, Steve Kravitz PA-C, Dr. Matthew Stopper, Karen Zikoski PA-C, Dr. Nishant Sethi, the doctors and 6th floor nursing staff at Regional Hospital of Scranton and Allied Services Hospice staff Barbara Schlasta, Dawn Jeziorski, Theresa Doughty, Tina Waering.

The funeral will be Thursday with Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Ave., Scranton, to be celebrated by the Rev. Joseph Sica and Most Rev. Joseph M. Boles. Entombment, Cathedral Cemetery. Although there will be no public viewing, friends may call at the church from 9:00 A.M to Mass time. Memorial contributions may be made to Allied Services Hospice 100 Abington Executive Park, Clarks Summit, PA 18417.

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


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Carol A.  Bunevitch

May 6, 2017

Carole A. Bunevitch 75, of Dunmore, died Friday at the Gino Merli Veterans Center. She was preceded in death by her husband William G. Bunevitch who died January 9, 2013. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Harold J. and Sylvia M. Baker Noone and was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and Lackawanna Business School. Prior to her retirement, she was an office manager for Art Print Company. She was a member of St. Paul’s Parish, Scranton.

Surviving are a sister Marilyn A. Sabad of Lexington, KY, her nephew Joseph J. Sabad of Lexington Ky.; her niece Karen A. Cockerill of Fuquay-Varina, NC, several cousins including Maureen Frost and Geralyn Swinick who were her caregivers and several grand nieces and grand nephews. She was preceded in death by a niece Mary Kay Sabad Keidel.

The funeral will be Saturday, May 13th,  from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street Dunmore with a mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 A.M. at Saint Paul’s Church 1510 Penn Avenue, Scranton. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. All those attending the funeral are asked to proceed directly to the church on Saturday morning.


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Marie Domanish Ayres

May 7, 2017

Marie Domanish Ayres, 92, of Dunmore, died Sunday, May 7th at Little Flower Manor, Darby, PA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edmund J. Ayres, who died on November 14, 1984, after 34 years of marriage. Born December 19, 1924 in Olyphant, she was the daughter of John and Anna Beckage Domanish. She was a graduate of Olyphant High School and Lackawanna Business College. She was employed by the Scranton Temple Residency Program, until her retirement in 1989, and subsequently employed by the Scranton Chapter of the American Red Cross until 1994.

She was a beloved wife, Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother.

Surviving are a son Michael E. Ayres, U.S. Virgin Islands, two daughters, Ann Ayres Hencinski of Clifton, VA and Marilou Coleman of Brookhaven, PA. She also leaves behind six grandchildren, six great grandchildren and one nephew. She was also preceded in death by her grandson, Kevin Thomas Coleman and her brother,John Domanish.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, May 13th, at 10:00 A.M. at Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Avenue, Scranton. Interment Saint Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call at the Church beginning at 9:00 AM until the start of Mass at 10:00 AM.In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to: The Kevin Thomas Coleman Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Delaware County Community College Advancement Office 901 S. Media Line Road Media, PA 19063.

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


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Michele E. Frisbie

April 28, 2017

Michele E. Frisbie of Dunmore passed away Friday, April 28, 2017 at Geisinger-CMC. She is survived by her husband Thomas D. Frisbie. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of Peter J. Mooney of Dunmore. Michele was a graduate of Dunmore High School, attended Marywood University, and worked as a server in the restaurant industry.

Also surviving are a brother David of Dunmore, a sister Patricia and husband Jason Petula, a stepdaughter Victoria Frisbie of Falls, a stepson Dustin Frisbie and fiancée Rachael Salmon of Michigan, aunts and uncles, cousins and nieces and nephews. Michele was preceded in death by her beloved grandparents Peter J. Mooney and Ann McNulty Mooney.

Most knew Michele by her beautiful smile, which was as big as her heart. She was a talented artist who loved animals, music, flowers, and spending “girl time” with Torie. Michele loved all things pink.

Private funeral services were conducted from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street Dunmore. Interment at Dunmore Cemetery.


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John A. Bewick

April 25, 2017

John A. “Jack ” Bewick, Jr. of Dunmore died Tuesday at home surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his wife the former Rose A. Tackney who died June 24, 2014. Born in Dunmore, Jack was the son of the late John and Margaret Neary Bewick and was a graduate of Dunmore High School. He was a veteran of the United States Army having served during World War II in the Pacific Arena. John was awarded the bronze star for his military service. He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Dunmore. Prior to retirement, he was employed by Kelly Volkswagen of Scranton.

Surviving are two sons John Bewick of Old Forge, Thomas and wife Susan Bewick of Dunmore, a daughter Ellen and husband Dale Matthews of Dickson City, six grandchildren; Jeff Matthews, Shaun Bewick and wife Jackie, Jennifer Allen and husband Chris, Christopher Bewick, Tom Bewick, Jr., and Gina Bewick three great-grandchildren; Lily Matthews, McKenna and Ethan Bewick; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Patrick Bewick and his sister Joan Campbell.

John’s family would like to thank the VNA Hospice of Lackawanna County for the compassionate care given to John over the last several months especially chaplain Mary Ann for her spiritual guidance. Also caring for John were the Visiting Angels Home Health Care and most especially for his “special morning angel” Diane. Heartfelt thank-you from the family for his caregivers, Debbie, Kim, Marlene, Peggy and Trish for their attention and friendship to John during his illness. A special thank you to the Veterans Services for helping in his time of need.

The funeral will be Saturday from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street Dunmore with a mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 A.M., at Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Church 322 Chestnut Street, Dunmore. Interment Dunmore Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. All those attending the funeral are asked to proceed to the church on Saturday. Memorial contributions may be made to VNA Hospice of Lackawanna County.


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Dorothy M. Kane

April 23, 2016

Dorothy M. Kane of Dickson City, formerly of Blakely, died peacefully Sunday at home. She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas F. Kane who died in 1998. Born in Blakely, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Sarah Stanton Croom.

She graduated from Blakely High School and became a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union as a clothing examiner. After the birth of her daughter she became a devoted mother and housewife. Dorothy was the past president of the PTA and was active as a Democratic Committee woman in Blakely. She was a woman of great faith who along with her husband attended St. Ann’s novena every summer and every Monday. She enjoyed her many trips, cruises and her summers at the beach in Brigantine with her family. Her grandchildren were her shining lights, as evident by her attendance at every play, concert, recital and all their sporting events. She became an avid Penn State fan having attended many games with her family.

Surviving are a daughter Ann Marie and her son in law Thomas P. Rainey of Dickson City, grandchildren Ryan Patrick and Sarah Cecilia Rainey, nieces Sarann Wheeler, Katie Fiorelli, Anne Potis, nephews Dr. Richard S Neary, Ph.D., CAPT. Charles J. Neary USN (ret), several grand nieces and nephews and cousins She was preceded in death by a sister Ethel Neary and her infant grandson Shane Thomas Rainey.

The family would like to thank Dr. Dominic Ruggerio for many years of excellent care and the entire Home Team at Davita Dialysis Dunmore including Drs. Eagen, Prior and Getts for their excellent care and compassion. A special thanks to her caregivers and special friends Mary Elaine Gregori and Deb Cesari. Memorial contributions made be made to the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre PA 18702, or any charity of choice.

The funeral will be Friday from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street Dunmore with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 A.M. at Mary Mother of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church 316 William Street, Scranton. Entombment Saint Rose of Lima Cemetery, Carbondale. Friends may call Thursday from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.


James F. Kane

April 21, 2017

James F. Kane,62, died unexpectedly at home on Friday , April 21, 2017. He is survived by his wife Linda Kane. Born in Dunmore, he was the son of the late James A. and Mary Mullaly Kane, MD and was a graduate of Dunmore High School and Bloomsburg University. He worked as a chef in the Restaurant Industry for most of his career.

Also surviving are a daughter Melissa A. Kane, Tampa Florida; currently a student at the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, St. Kitts West Indies of whom he was very proud; a sister Mary E. Kane of Dunmore.

There will be a memorial mass at 1:30P.M. on Thursday, May 18, 2016, at Saint Gabriel’s Monastery Chapel, South Abington Township. Condolences may be sent to 322 Clubhouse Drive, East Stroudsburg, PA 18302.

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


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Sue Dante

April 12, 2017

Sue Dante, 93, of Dunmore died Wednesday April 12, 2017 at Mountain View Care Center, Scranton surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her husband Alexander F. Dante who died June 17, 2003. Born in San Cataldo, Sicily she was the daughter of the late Santo and Mary Graci Quatra. She was a member of Saints Anthony and Rocco Parish, Dunmore.

Surviving are a daughter Linda and husband Thomas Sohns of Dunmore, two grandsons Guy Ardizoni III , of Dunmore and fiancée Betsy McGrath, and Thomas and wife Elizabeth Sohns of Dunmore, a sister Carmella Sabatinni of Dunmore, brother and sister in law Sam and Jean Dante of Old Forge; sister-in-law Mary Rice of Forty-Fort; brother -in-law Walter Slack of Dunmore, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by brothers Santo and John Quatra; sisters; Angela Chairo, Josephine Palmero and Rita Slack.

The family would like to thank the entire staff of the C block of Mountain View Care center for their excellent kindness and compassion for Sue. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and her legendary sauce.

The funeral will be Tuesday from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home with a mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 A.M. at Immaculate Conception Church 801 Taylor Avenue Scranton. interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Monday from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.


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Mary U. Kemple

April  3, 2017

Mary U. Kemple 106 of Dunmore died Monday at the Green Ridge Care Center, Scranton. She was preceded in death by her husband John D. Kemple who died October 7, 1964. Born January 2, 1911 in Middleport, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Mary Mueller Uckele and was a graduate of Saint Patrick’s High School in Pottsville. Prior to her marriage she held several bookkeeping positions in In Pottsville.Prior to entering the Green Ridge Health Care Center, Mary lived at 1620 Quincy Avenue in Dunmore for sixty-two years. She was a faithful parishioner at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Dunmore. She was an avid walker, a Bridge and Gin Rummy player, she was a member of the Sierra Club, the Scranton Club, and The Century Club. She was founding member of the Theresians, and was a volunteer at Mercy hospital and Saint Joseph’s Center. She had been active in school parent organizations at Marywood Seminary, where her daughter attended and the Scranton Preparatory School , where her three sons attended. She was the second oldest of six siblings.

Surviving are four children, Donald Kemple, Esq., of Tully, NY, Roger and his wife Elizabeth White Kemple of Summerfield , FL, David and his wife Suzanne Grebe Kemple of Cambridge MA, Marilyn Kemple of Idyllwild, CA, seven grandchildren James, Erin, Martin, Thomas, Kristen,Matthew, and Mark, and thirteen great-grandchildren; Thomas, Anne, Daniel, Rachel, Hayden, Jade , Choung, Nicholas, Susi, Alex , Kate, Dane and Liam. She was preceded in death by four brothers Charles, Joseph, Henry and Earl Uckele, and one sister Margaret Elison and one daughter-in-law Mary Agnes Eagen.

A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday April 10, 2017 at 9:30 A.M. at Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Church 322 Chestnut Street , Dunmore. Interment Saint Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call at the church from 8:30 A.M. until mass time. In lieu of flowers, memorials contributions may be made to Saint Joseph’s Center 2500 Adams Avenue, Scranton , PA 18509.

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


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Elizabeth J. Coughlin

March 14, 2017

Elizabeth J. ” Betty Jean” Coughlin of Scranton died Tuesday at Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton. She is survived by her husband of  fifty-two  years James J. Coughlin Sr. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late John J. and Elizabeth J. Barrett Manley and was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School. Prior to her retirement she was employed as a nurses aide at  Our Lady of Peace Residence, Scranton. She was a member of Saint Paul’s Church, Scranton.

Also surviving are a son Joseph and wife Maria Coughlin of Dunmore, two daughters Carolyn and husband  Timothy Thomas of Lake Ariel, Colette and husband Vincent Russoniello of Jefferson Township, four brothers John J. Manley of Escondido CA, and Timothy , Peter, and Joseph Manley of San Diego, four grandchildren TJ ,Nick,,Aubrey, and Cal and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son James Coughlin, Jr. and a sister Barbara Kreider.

Private funeral services will be conducted from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street Dunmore. Interment Cathedral Cemetery.


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Barbara Manley McHugh

March 6, 2017

Barbara Manley McHugh passed away peacefully Monday at Hospice of the Sacred Heart Inpatient Unit after an illness.
Born May 7, 1935, she was the daughter of the late James F. and Helen Kenny Manley. Raised in the Nativity section of Scranton, she was a graduate of South Catholic High School Class of 1953. Prior to her marriage she was employed in the business office of the A&P.

Family was always first and her greatest joy was being a mother, a role she perfected. Her grandchildren were the light of her life and a constant source of love and entertainment. She was blessed with a unique sense of humor and a love of all animals. She was truly one of a kind.

She is survived by a daughter Linda McHugh Miller and her husband Jim, Dunmore and four grandchildren ; Erin, Jimmy, Ryan and Bridget Miller. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Katie.

As per her request, funeral service will be private.Memorial contributions can be made to The Hospice of the Sacred Heart 600 Baltimore Dr. Wilkes Barre Pa 18702 or Griffin Pond Animal Shelter 967 Griffin Pond Road South Abington Township, Pa 18411

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


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William C. McCauley

March 3, 2017

William C. McCauley of Dunmore died Friday at home. He is survived by his wife of forty-two years Loretta Finn McCauley. Born in Dunmore, he was the son of the late Victor J. and Dorothy Quick McCauley and was a graduate of Dunmore High School. He was a veteran of the United States Army. Prior to retirement he was employed by the Jewish Home of Scranton.

Also surviving are two daughters Colleen Powell of Archbald, and Patricia McCauley of Wilkes Barre, three grandsons Jacob, Joshua, and Logan Powell. He was preceded in death by a sister Norrita Chick.

A blessing service will be conducted on Wednesday at 7:00 P.M. at the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street Dunmore. Friends may call from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.


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James M. Eagen

February 28, 2017

James M. Eagen of Scranton died Tuesday at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Wilkes Barre after a courageous ten year battle with cancer. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Honorable Michael J and Helen Fitzsimmons Eagen. He attended parochial grade schools in Jermyn and Scranton. He was a graduate of Scranton Central High School and attended the University of Scranton. He was veteran of the United States Army and was a graduate of the US Army School of Finance in Indiana. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, Scranton. Prior to retirement, he was employed by Lackawanna County and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in governmental positions. He was in the Hospitality business and was a music and video contractor.

Surviving are two brothers; Attorney Michael J. Eagen Jr., and Jeremiah W. Eagen MD, and a brother-in-law Attorney Thomas J. Foley, Jr. He was preceded in death by a sister Helen Eagen Foley.

A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday March 4, 2017, at 10:00 A.M. at Immaculate Conception Church, 801 Taylor Avenue, Scranton. Friends may call at the church from 9:00 A.M. until mass time. Interment will be private in Saint Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow. Memorial contributions may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church 801 Taylor Avenue, Scranton PA 18510.

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


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Vito J. “Billy” Vaccaro

February 22, 2017

Vito J. “Billy” Vaccaro of Dunmore died Wednesday February 22, 2017 at Geisinger-CMC. He was preceded in death by his wife of sixty-three years Mary DePrimo Vaccaro who died May 20, 2013. Born in Dunmore, he was the son of the late Donato and Rose Williams Vaccaro and attended Dunmore High School. He was a very proud veteran of the United States Navy, WW II, where he served on the Richard S. Bull 402 Destroyer Escort as a Carpenter’s Mate, 2nd Class. Prior to retirement, he was employed by Golo Footwear Company, Dunmore, for over 30 years. After retirement, he was employed at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, Dunmore, where he finally retired at the age of 87. He was a member of SS Anthony and Rocco Parish Dunmore.

“Billy” was a very quiet, humble, and kind man who loved woodworking and took much pride in his many projects for people. He also could be found every summer gardening and was proud of the fact that he could make anything grow.

Surviving are a son, Anthony V. Vaccaro, Bear Creek; a daughter Carmella and husband Chuck Cancelleri, Dunmore; two grandchildren; a brother Domenick Vaccaro, Levittown; sister Vita Morgan, Dunmore; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by infant brother Paul and infant sister Grace; brothers Vincent and Paul; and sisters Mary Malaski and Josephine.

A private blessing service by the Rev. Joseph Sica was conducted from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore. Interment was in Dunmore Cemetery. Pallbearers were Tony Vaccaro, grandson; Tony and Paul Vaccaro, Bob Morgan, Joseph Sepaniak, nephews; Miller and Morgan Holmes and Ryan Sepaniak, great nephews. Per his request, there were no public calling hours.


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Dorothy Hussey Mannion

February 5, 2017

She was a kind and gentle woman, a few days over 92 years old when she passed away.

She worked for over 50 years as an LPN at St. Joseph’s Center caring for its special children and residents. She considered the administration, fellow employees and residents of St. Joseph’s as a second family whom she loved dearly. She never considered taking a sick day and always came in on her days off if they were short staffed or weather prevented co-workers from making it in. She very much appreciated the continued kindnesses and friendships of so many at St. Joseph’s even after her recent retirement.

She was a devoted grandmother, known to many as “Gramma Dot” who never missed a baseball game, soccer match, basketball tournament, school recital, theatrical performance or mock trial. She proudly attended her grandchildren’s grade school, high school, college and professional school graduations and was often heard praising both their accomplishments and innate goodness. She never turned down an opportunity to babysit and always considered it a great privilege to spend time with each of them. She was grateful that God allowed her to see two of them married and to hold her great granddaughter on the day she was born. She kept all of them in her prayers each night.

She was a wonderful mother and role model, humble, loving, and always considerate of others. She never complained during life’s hardships and always celebrated the successes of others. Her final days were peaceful  thanks in great part to the wonderful people at Hospice of the Sacred Heart and her personal physician, Dr. Yvonne Galella. She lived a full life and will be deeply missed.

She was predeceased by her husband, parents, four brothers and two sisters and her beloved sister-in-law, Mildred Mannion Beck. She is survived by her son Malachy Mannion and his wife Peggy; grandchildren Christopher Mannion, his wife Jennifer and their daughter Juliana Rose; Ryan Mannion and his wife Sarah; Jason Mannion and Cara Mannion. She is also survived by a sister Mabel Temple, her favorite nephew John Devereux, his wife Theresa and their son Jonathan, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Msgr. John Sempa at St. Clare’s Church, 2301 N. Washington Ave. Scranton, Pa. on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. The family will receive friends at St. Clare’s Church from 9:15-10:15 a.m. prior to mass. Private interment at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery, Carbondale, Pa. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509 and/or Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA. 18702.

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


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Diane A. Neville

February 15, 2017

Diane A. Neville died peacefully at her Scranton home on February 15th, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin C. Neville, M.D., April 1, 2012. Born in Franklin, on July 2,1933, she was the daughter of the late Sara Berenice Rial Adelman and Henry George Adelman. She graduated Salutatorian of her 1950 Franklin High School class, attended Clarion College for two years, and graduated with a Master of Arts from the Francis Payne School of Nursing at Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 1955. She worked as a nurse at the Case Western Reserve Hospital, and in 1965 became one of only seven women accepted in that year’s Case Western Reserve medical school class. On August 25,1966 she married Dr. Edwin Charles Neville. They lived in West Virginia, Ohio, and Connecticut, before settling in Scranton, Pa. in 1972. They happily raised their children, Meg and Pat, as well as many large dogs, on North Washington Avenue. Diane devoted much time and love to restoring their home with Pat’s help, and she could frequently be seen gardening in the front lawn. She loved her weekly bridge games with her neighborhood friends.

Among her many contributions to the community, she was a longtime board member of the the Greater Scranton YMCA, the United Way, the Women’s Medical Auxiliary, the Christmas Bureau, and was the founder and chief cheerleader and operating officer of the St. Paul’s Friday night Ski Club. Diane encouraged the passions of her family and her children’s friends with extraordinary enthusiasm and care. On wintry weekend mornings, she could be found in the Elk Mountain race shack with a clipboard in hand, recording race times while her son Pat raced. In the summers she was behind the wheel of the family motorboat, hauling assorted kids on water skis around Lake Wallenpaupack. She fostered daughter Meg’s love of art, fashion, and theater with frequent trips to New York City’s museums and theaters.

As partner to her husband, Edwin, Diane provided wise counsel, support, and a strong foundation for their shared family life. As a couple, they shared a profound belief in the importance of contributing to the betterment of the community.

Diane’s loving care for those around her, especially those who were suffering, was one of her most treasured qualities, as was her forthright honesty, seasoned with a dash of humor.

She always cheered for the underdog. She was interested in everyone and everything, read several newspapers a day, and more books than the Green Ridge library could stock. Hers was an indomitable spirit, with an unquenchable love of life, and to her last day, she had a twinkle in her eye and a glorious smile for her loved ones. Proud grandmother of Daisy, Sunny, and Nate Wanger, friend to so many, she will be deeply missed, but the memory of her great spirit will continue to burn bright.

She is survived by son Patrick C. Neville, Dunmore, daughter Meg and husband Christopher Wanger and their children Daisy, Sunny, and Nate, of Mill Valley, CA, brothers David Adelman of Monroeville, Henry Adelman of Cupertino, CA, and William Adelman of Franklin.

Friends may call Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home at 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, February 24 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Paul’s Church at 1510 Penn Avenue, Scranton. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to The Greater Scranton YMCA, 706 North Blakely Street Dunmore, Pa. 18512.


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Michael G. Burne

February 14, 2017

Michael G. Burne of Dunmore died Tuesday at the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore. He is survived by his wife of thirty-three years Mary Pat Tomasello Burne. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Francis A. and Catherine Gilday Burne. He was a graduate of Dunmore High School. Prior to his retirement he was a automotive salesman for Burne Cadillac.

Also surviving are two sons Michael B. Burne of Scranton; Patrick G. Burne of Dunmore, a daughter Colleen Tobias and husband Chris of Palmyra, two brothers Francis A. Burne,Jr. and wife Santa M. of Dunmore, R.J. Burne and wife Kathleen of Clarks Summit, and a sister Christine Riggi and husband Joseph N. of Dunmore , and several nieces and nephews.

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. Friends may call at the church from 8:30 A.M. until mass time on Saturday morning. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Sacred Heart 100 Williams Street, Dunmore, PA 18510.

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


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James A. Kelly, Esq.

February 7, 2017

James A. Kelly , Esq., died Tuesday at the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore. His is survived by his wife of sixty-two years E. Jane Gilhooley Kelly. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late James A. and Maudie Gilmore Kelly. He was a life long resident of South Scranton and a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Parish now St. Paul of the Cross Parish. Mr. Kelly attended St. John’s Parochial School, South Scranton Junior High School and was a 1943 graduate of Scranton Central High School .He then entered the University of Scranton. At that time, he enlisted as an Air Cadet with the US Army Air Corp and was called to duty in 1944. He ultimately served with the 485th Bomb Group of the 15th Air Force Base at Venosa , Italy. On return he was assigned to the Las Vegas Air Force Base and served as a Staff Sergeant until his discharge as Chief Clerk to the Air Inspector Tech.Thereupon he returned to the University of Scranton, majoring in business administration and graduated in 1948. He then founded the Kelly Insurance Agency . In the same year, Mr. Kelly entered the School of Law of the Catholic University of America, Washington DC. Mr. Kelly graduated from Law School in 1951. Thereafter he was admitted to the several courts of Pennsylvania in 1952. He was published in first issue of the Law Review and argued as a Captain of the Moot Court Team before a panel chaired by the late William O. Douglas of the US Supreme Court. In 1952 Attorney Kelly opened a law office for general practice in association with the late Attorneys T.A. Donahoe and Carl Carey. He was considered an expert in school and public labor law. As solicitor of the Scranton School District for twenty-five years and schools’ attorney for the Diocese of Scranton for eighteen years, he pioneered teacher negotiations and arbitration work. This work also led to trial and appellate court appearances at all levels.

He was the founding solicitor for the Scranton School Building Authority and the first solicitor of the Lackawanna County Area Vocational Technical School Authority. Among his other major school district clients were; Lakeland; Montrose; Blue Ridge ; Mid Valley; and Susquehanna Community School District. His local union clients were the Scranton Firefighters, the Plumbers and the International association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Mr. Kelly lectured at the University of Scranton in School Insurance and Law Courses to teachers and Insurance executives. He served the PA Department of Education in Training Courses implementing from the PA Public Employees Relations act of 1970. He authored the 100 year history of St. John’s Parish and also the column “The Blackboard” which was published in the inaugural and subsequent weekly issues of the Sunday Times. It dealt with Education and related matters. He regularly wrote for the University of Scranton Alumni Magazine.He was a member of the American/ Pennsylvania/ Lackawanna Bar Associations. He belonged to the Purple Club, The Knights of Columbus and the American Legion. Attorney Kelly was honored by Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter which bestowed upon him the 2002 Fidelis Award of the North American District. He held offices as the President of the National Alumni Society of the University of Scranton, the local law alumni society of the Catholic University of America, Sierra Club of Scranton, The PA school Boards Solicitors Association and St. John’s Parish Council. He was a member of the board of Catholic Social Services. In 1965 he served as toastmaster of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Dinner and toast master of 1000 Person Gala of the University of Scranton honoring the late Dr. Frank J. O’Hara with whom he closely collaborated. He was granted a Frank J. O’Hara award and enrolled in the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society. He appreciated the observation of Willard Jenkins , a tribune night reporter covering the 1967 week long Scranton Teachers Strike: ” … Tired , He must have been often Annoyed at times he was; But to news media Kelly was unfailingly Friendly, Polite and Informative.”

Also surviving are two sons; Michael P. Kelly of Scranton , James A. Kelly III and his wife Diane , Saylorsburg, a daughter Clare Arbie and her husband Joseph, a sister Alyce Kelly Farrell of Scranton, grandchildren Kristina Kukuy, James A. Kelly, IV ; Alexandria, Joseph, Dominic, and Elizabeth Jane Kelly Arbie and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister Eileen Kelly Maloney, two brothers J. Donald Kelly, and Paul V. Kelly; and a daughter -in-law Grace Kelly.

The funeral will be Saturday from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street Dunmore with a mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 P.M. at Saint Paul of the Cross Church 1217 Prospect Avenue, Scranton . Interment Cathedral Cemetery. All those attending the funeral are asked to proceed directly to the church on Saturday. Friends may Call Friday from 5:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Memorial contributions may be me made to the James A. Kelly, Esq scholarship fund c/o Holy Cross High School 501 East Drinker Street, Dunmore, PA 18512


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John Crane

February 4, 2017

John “Jackie” Crane of Olyphant died Saturday at Regional Hospital of Scranton. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret M. Crane who died December 11, 2016. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Malachy and Mary Alice Gilroy Crane and was a graduate of Dunmore High School. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. Prior to retirement he was employed by Eureka Printing Company.

His grandchildren Colin and Mackenzie were the love of his life and he cherished spending time with them. He was an avid Notre Dame, New York Yankee and Pittsburgh Steeler fan.

Surviving are two sons Malachy Crane and Sean Crane both of Olyphant, two sisters, MaryAlice and husband Jerry Lynott of Florida, Judy Miciche of Scranton, and bother-in-law Sammy Miciche, a brother-in-law Harry Stevens of Scranton, three sisters-in-law Patricia and husband Patrick Kerrigan of Scranton, Anne and husband Joseph McGuire of Scranton, Theresa Howell of Scranton; two grandchildren Colin and Mackenzie and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Friday from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street with a mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 A.M. at Holy Cross Church 200 Delaware Avenue Olyphant. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society 712 South Keyser Avenue, Taylor, PA 18517.


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Leo Joseph Dorsey

February 1, 2017

Leo Joseph Dorsey of Harrisburg and formerly of Scranton passed away on Wednesday February 1, 2017 due to complications related to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Born December 14, 1940, Leo Joseph Dorsey, son of the late Leo Joseph and Mildred Kelly Dorsey of Scranton.

Leo was a graduate of Scranton Preparatory High School and The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Upon graduation he joined the U.S Marine Corps where he attained the rank of Captain. After completing his enlistment contract, Leo pursued advanced degrees in education from the University of Pittsburgh and Marywood University in Scranton, receiving masters’ degrees in Social Work, Public and International Affairs and Psychology. Following his education, Leo, fluent in the Vietnamese language, traveled overseas to work in Vietnam under the auspices of the Unitarian Universalist Church for the purpose of establishing an undergraduate School of Social Work in Saigon.

Upon returning to the United States, Leo worked in the capacity of executive director at Prince George’s County United Way in Maryland and the International Institute of Boston, Massachusetts before moving back to Scranton, PA where he opened the Dalton House. During Governor Casey’s administration Leo relocated to Harrisburg, PA and continued in social work at the State Department of Pennsylvania for the remainder of his career.

Leo is survived by his son, Leo Colin Dorsey and his wife, Katie D’Souza Dorsey of Washington D.C; his daughter, Rose Dorsey Fortese, her husband Ryan Fortese of Philadelphia, and their daughters Nora and Blair; his brother, Dr. Joseph L. Dorsey of Massachusetts and several nieces and nephews and cousins.

Throughout his life, Leo maintained a passion for social justice, domestic and international. His desire to help those in need was his vocation in life, enhanced by his boundless compassion and humor.

The funeral will be Thursday from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street Dunmore with a mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 A.M. at Immaculate Conception Church 800 Taylor Avenue, Scranton. Interment with full military Honors at Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 4:00 P. M. to 7:00 P.M.


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Thomas J. Dolan

February 2, 2016

Thomas J. Dolan of Olyphant died Thursday at the Regional Hospital of Scranton. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Carmel Rinaggio. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Joseph H. and Lillian O’Connell Dolan, and was a graduate of Dunmore High School. He was a veteran of the Army. Before his retirement, he was the owner of Dolan Dental Labs. He was a member of Holy Cross Church, Olyphant.

Also surviving are two daughters, Christine Dolan, of Dunmore; and Kelly and husband, Tim May, of Dunmore; a sister, Terry; a granddaughter, Kylie Jenkins; and several nieces and nephews and cousins. He was also preceded in death by a son, Thomas J. Dolan Jr.

“For 28 years he was a friend of Bill W., and during that time he was helped by and also helped many people.”

The funeral will be Tuesday from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Church, 200 Delaware Ave., Olyphant. Interment St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. All those attending the funeral are asked to proceed to the church on Tuesday morning.
Memorial contributions may be made to Marworth Treatment Center, P.O. Box 36 Lily Lake Road, Waverly, PA 18471-7736; or Keystone Rescue Mission, P.O. BOX 470, Scranton, PA 18501-0470.


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