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Joseph Loughney

September 17, 2017

Joseph ” Jo Jo ” Loughney of Dunmore died Sunday at he Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore. He is survived by his wife the former Nancy Stout Needham. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Joseph and Margaret Kays Loughney and was a graduate of Dunmore High School. Joe served in the US Army National Guard, and was member of the American Legion Post 013 of Dunmore. Joe was a thirty year veteran of the Dunmore Fire Department and he continued his late father’s retail coal business “Loughney Coal until his retirement in December of 2006. He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Dunmore

Joe was known for his love of vintage automobiles and was well known in the car show circuit.

Also surviving are a stepdaughter Catherine Needham of Cresco and an stepson Joseph Needham of Dunmore.

The funeral will be Thursday from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street Dunmore with mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 A.M. at Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Church 322 Chestnut Street, Dunmore. Interment Mount Carmel Cemetery, Dunmore. Friends may call Wednesday from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. All those attending the funeral are asked to proceed to the church on Thursday morning. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen 500 Penn Avenue Scranton, PA 18503.


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Zachary Anthony Wrightson

September 16, 2017

Zachary Wrightson of Archbald died Saturday at Geisinger Community Medical Center as the result of a car accident. Born in Scranton, he was the awesome son of Brian and Maria Elisa Wrightson, Archbald; and Karin and Will Stang, Dunmore. He was a graduate of Valley View High School and the Universal Technical Institute of Exton. He was employed by Scranton Dodge.

Zack was and always will be a memory maker. From the time he was a child, he always had the curiosity to try things on the edge. He loved to ski and skateboard and hated baseball. He was a talented artist with incredible vision and creativity. He always managed to have his next adventure planned, from picking scrap, remodeling his house, to selling a car on Craig’s List.

Zack was a talented grease monkey. If he wasn’t working on his latest vehicle, he was helping others with theirs. His talent earned him the respect of his colleagues at Scranton Dodge.

As in life, Zack will continue to help those with broken parts. In his last act as a helper, he has donated his organs to those in need and because of this, Zack will live on and continue to do wonderful and creative things through the individuals who receive his gift of life.

Also surviving are his two best friends, his sisters, Victoria and Alexa Wrightson, of Philadelphia; maternal grandparents, Martin and Evelyn Kuhn, of Scranton; paternal grandparents, Sharon and Anthony Wrightson, of Jessup; great-grandfather, Edward Giombetti Sr., of Jessup; a stepbrother, Kyle Glucksnis; stepsister, Jordan Zezeski; and uncles, Thomas and wife, Anne Kuhn; Marty and wife, Rebecca Kuhn; and Edward John and wife, Carissa Wrightson; two great-uncles, Edward Giombetti Jr. and Thomas Regan; and five cousins, Emily Kuhn, Jude Kuhn, Gabe Kuhn, Cooper Kuhn, Liam Wrightson.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore. Funeral and interment will be private. Zack was not a lover of flowers. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gift of Life.


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Robert J. Koester Jr.

September 13, 2017

Robert J. Koester Jr., 68, of Scranton, passed away early Wednesday at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville after a long illness. Born October 23, 1948 and raised in South Scranton, he was the son of Ann Wielebinski Koester of Carlisle, and the late Robert J. Koester Sr. He was a graduate of South Catholic High School, Husson College and earned a MBA at the University of Scranton.

Also surviving is a son, Robert and wife MaryFrances of Moosic Lakes; three grandchildren James, Marion and Cate, whom he adored; sister, Donna Domenick and her husband, Ron of Carlisle; nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff of Allied Services in Scranton, the doctors and nurses of Geisinger CMC, Geisinger Danville, and Dr. Henry Yeager, for their care and patience.

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. Friends may call Friday from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.


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Nan P. McNulty

August 30, 2017

Nan P. McNulty of Dunmore died Wednesday at Hospice of the Sacred Heart. She would have celebrated her 91st birthday on September 10th. Nan was born in Dunmore and was the daughter of the late Leo J. and Anna McDonough McNulty Sr. She was a graduate of Dunmore High School and Lackawanna Business College. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in education from the University of Scranton. She later received a certification in elementary education from Marywood College. Nan began a twenty-year career as an administrative assistant in the Office of the Treasurer at the University of Scranton, after which she taught in the Elementary Division of the Dunmore School District for twenty-four years. She was a devoted lifetime member of Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Dunmore, and Saint Mary’s Women’s Guild. She also taught CCD at Saint Mary’s for thirty years and especially enjoyed teaching the confirmation class each year. Nan’s deep faith was a source of strength and comfort to her throughout her life.

Surviving are several nieces and a nephew: Mary Alice Hennigan Acquaviva and husband Anthony of Elmhurst Township, Frank Hennigan of Dunmore, Patricia Hennigan Rosetti and husband Lawrence of Scranton, and Kathleen McNulty Severino and husband Vincenzo of Hamilton Township, New Jersey. She was a loving aunt to seventeen grand-nieces and nephews and fifteen great-grand-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Leo J. McNulty Jr. and Thomas McNulty; three sisters, Alice McNulty Hennigan, Jane M. McNulty, and Mary L. McNulty; a nephew Thomas E. Hennigan; a niece Ruth Hennigan Gerrity; and a grand-nephew Joseph N. Tucker.

The funeral will be Saturday from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 am will be celebrated by Most Reverend James Clifford Timlin, Bishop Emeritus of Scranton, at Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Church, 322 Chestnut Street, Dunmore, with interment at Mount Carmel Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 4 pm to 6 pm at the O’Donnell Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint Francis of Assisi Kitchen, 500 Penn Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503, or Women’s Resource Center, P.O. Box 975, Scranton, PA 18501.


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Elizabeth “Betty” Flannery

August 25, 2017

Elizabeth “Betty” Flannery, Dunmore, died Friday morning at Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 89 years old. Her husband of nearly 60 years and the love her life, Joseph X. Flannery, passed away in 2010. Born in Jessup, Betty was the last remaining sibling of 13 children born to the late Edward V. and Frances Campbell Loftus. She was a graduate of Jessup High School and Lackawanna Business College and spent more than two decades working in the Lackawanna County Juvenile Probation Department, where she made many lifelong friends.

Betty was a resident of Dunmore for 58 years and a devoted member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish. She and her husband Joe traveled extensively-two of their favorite destinations were Ireland and New York City.

She is survived by her six children: a son, Patrick and wife, Melinda, Houston; a daughter, Maureen Grenke and husband, Robert, Bowie, Md.; a daughter, Erin Boone and husband, John, Avoca; a daughter, Eileen Boginski and husband, Al, Scranton; a son, Timothy and wife, Dorothy, Tunkhannock; and a son, Thomas and wife, Karla, Archbald; 11 grandchildren, Jeffrey, Michael and Amanda Moran; Sarah, Andrew and Christopher Grenke; Benjamin Flannery, Anna Claire and Bridget Boginski; and Alyssa and Kiera Flannery.

Betty’s family wants to thank the compassionate caregivers at Hospice of the Sacred Heart and at Elmcroft Memory Care Unit, Peckville. A special thank you to Ryan Jezorwski at Elmcroft and Daryl Krouse from Betty’s doctor’s office for going above and beyond for Betty and her family. They would also like to thank personal caregivers Marilyn Iiames and Mary Jane Cummings, who helped care for Betty in her Dunmore home during the last few years.

The funeral will be Tuesday from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore, with Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 322 Chestnut St., Dunmore and interment at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. Those attending the funeral should proceed directly to the church the morning of the funeral. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Betty’s memory to the Northeast Pennsylvania chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association at 57 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.


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Sandy A. Malone

August 25, 2017

Sandra Agnes “Sandy” Malone, 50 of Throop, PA, passed away peacefully on Friday August 25, 2017 surrounded by her loving family and friends after a brave battle with cancer. Born in Scranton, PA, she was the daughter of the late Francis “Ray” and Jeanne Marie Meehan Malone and was a graduate of Bishop O’Hara High School. She was a member of Saint Paul’s Parish, Scranton. She was employed as a travel agent for Travelworld of Scranton.

Surviving are a brother; James P. and wife Kimberly Malone of Doylestown, PA, two sisters; Jenifer and husband Albert Clark of Scranton, PA and Renee and husband Jason Killian Meath of Washington, DC, nieces Maura, Grace and Bridget Clark and Ellen Malone, nephews Liam and Jack Clark and Aidan Meath. She was preceded in death by a brother Francis Raymond Malone.

The family would like to thank Sandy’s friends, coworkers, her nurses and doctors for their compassion shown throughout her illness.

The funeral celebrating Sandy’s life will be Monday from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore with a mass at 10:30 A. M. of Christian Burial at Saint Clare’s Church 2310 North Washington Avenue, Scranton. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. All those attending the funeral are asked to proceed to the church on Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.


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Donna Fowler Herman

July 25, 2017

Donna Fowler Herman died Tuesday July 25, 2017, at the Regional Hospital of Scranton. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Hilton G. and Emma Mae Richards Fowler. Donna grew up in Scranton but also enjoyed time in Lauderdale by the Sea, FL and was a graduate of the Pinecrest School in FL. Prior to her retirement she worked as an operating room technician at Northridge Medical Center while residing in Florida.

Surviving are son, Richard Todd and wife, Brenda Herman and three grandchildren, Andrew, William and Benjamin Herman of Verona, NJ; brother Michael J. Fowler, Sr. of Scranton, two sisters, Melissa Smith of Spartanburg, SC; and Patricia Smart of Gainesville, FL; and many beloved nieces and nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her sister, Jacqueline Bartholomew.

The funeral will be Monday from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral home with services at 9:30 A.M. at the Church of the Good Shepherd 1780 North Washington Avenue, Scranton. Interment Abington Hills Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.


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Frank E. McDonnell

July 24, 2017

Frank E. McDonnell, 81, of Lansdale, Pa. passed away peacefully on July 24, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Ildiko Pulvari McDonnell for over 54 years. Born in Dunmore, Frank was the son of the late Frank and Mary Grossman McDonnell. After graduating from Dunmore High School, he attended Princeton University on a Naval scholarship. He continued his education and received his Master’s and Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from Catholic University in Washington DC.Frank served his country honorably with the United States Navy until 1970 reaching a rank of Lieutenant. While working for the National Security Agency in Washington DC, he received the Legion of Merit given for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements from 1958 to 1961. In 1963 he married, and relocated to Lansdale and accepted a position at American Electronic Laboratories where he eventually became Vice President. He then became CEO of Optimax Inc.

He was the devoted father of three children Mary Jo Haggerty and husband Kevin, Frank E McDonnell and Michael J McDonnell and wife Angela as well as grandfather to 6 grandchildren Ryan, Michael, Caitlin, Shane, Megan and Kayla. he was preceded in death by a brother Gerard J. McDonnell

The funeral will be Tuesday from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street Dunmore with a mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 A.M. at Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Church 322 Chestnut Street, Dunmore. Interment Mount Carmel Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral on Tuesday morning from 9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.


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J.. Herbret  Nealon

July 24, 2017

J. Herbert Nealon, a lifelong resident of Dunmore, 84, passed away on July 24 surrounded by his loving family. Known affectionately, and only, as Herbie, his fighting Irish spirit stayed with him until the end of his life. A friendly son of St. Patrick, and most proud of his Irish heritage; Herbie Nealon was quick with wit, yet kind of word. The Saturday before his death marked the 45th anniversary of his marriage to Isabelle Skettino Kozak. When he married his beloved wife, she recently widowed with two small children, Robert and Sherry, Herbie became an instant father. That fatherhood he entered into with the ease that so well defined his personality. In a few short years, He and Isabelle brought into the world their daughter Kathleen, hence completing the circle that so many came to know as the Nealon family. He was preceded in death by his parents, J. Herbert Nealon Sr. and Catherine Gallagher Nealon; and by his brother, Robert Nealon.

Herbie kindled within him yet another love affair: that for his hometown, Dunmore, Pa. He held knowledge about every facet of Dunmore, and would often refer to every nook of the borough by its long forgotten nickname. While with Herbie one could never pass a singular home without learning of the domicile’s residents, their predecessors, and its original owners. St. Mary’s of Mount Carmel was his place of worship, as well as a cherished landmark in his comfortable haven. He was proud of Dunmore, the accomplishments of its residents, and its history.

A graduate of the Scranton Preparatory School in 1952, he was a believer in the Jesuit tradition and was often quoted as saying: “The Jesuits are the intellectuals of the Church.” Herbie instilled the values of church, service and education into those around him. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1956 from the Pennsylvania State University, and afterward took over his father’s public adjuster business, fostering its future success, while making it his lifelong career. Yet, it was his family that was his real work, his real legacy and his biggest success. Herbie remains very much alive in the vocabulary used by his family today. Every phrase, every chosen word, and every carefully placed euphemism, hold in it a piece of the man. Very few can say that they had much of a role in choosing their family but Herbie hand-picked his, and loved every minute he spent with them.If one could only live a fraction of their life as Herbie lived his in its entirety, the world would be a much happier place.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three children, Sherry Nealon-Williams and her husband, John R. Williams; Robert Nealon and his companion, Chandra Dombroski; Kathleen Scanlon and her husband, Jeffrey F. Scanlon. Additionally, he is survived by four grandchildren, Bridgette Nealon, Isabella Fanucci, Matthew Nealon and Hannah Scanlon.

The funeral will be Friday from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Church, 322 Chestnut St., Dunmore. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.
Friends may call Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. All those attending the funeral are asked to proceed directly to the church on Friday. Memorial donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.


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Robert J. Slachta

July 3, 2017

Robert J. Slachta 75 of Dunmore died Monday. He is survived by his wife the former Theresa Krisler
He was proceeded in death by his first wife Gloria Costanzo Slachta who died in 2002. Born is Jessup, he was the son of the late Joseph and Helen Waha Slachta.

He graduated from Jessup High School and Lackawanna Business School. Prior to his retirement, he was an accountant for Wayne County Ford .

In his free time, Robert’s hobbies included amateur photography, fly fishing, as well as golfing and kayaking with his wife Theresa.

Also surviving are two step-sons, David Dobson of Sayre and Paul Lenihan and his wife Katie of South Lyon, Michigan, two step-daughters, Catherine Kearney of Jessup and Jill NicK of Dickson City, five grand-children, Nicole, Erika, Janine, Gabriella and Alexander and a brother Joseph, Jessup.

Private arrangements were conducted by the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home.


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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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