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Joseph Gerard Remmett

October 4, 2018

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

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

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

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

He was predeceased by his brothers Frank and Richard Remmett.

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

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

There are no public calling hours.

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


Walter F. “Dick” Cavanagh

September 11, 2018

Walter F. “Dick” Cavanagh, formerly of Clarks Summit, died Tuesday at Sunrise of McLean, McLean, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his wife Joan M. Cavanagh who died November 22, 2012. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Walter  and Mary McNally Cavanagh. He was a graduate of Saint Paul’s High School and the University of Scranton. Prior to retirement he was the owner of the P.A. Cavanagh Company.

Dick was a devout Catholic and active member of Our Lady of the Snows Church community. He worked to extend the reach of the parish as part of the Finance Council which oversaw building of the new church of St. Benedict’s in Newton Ransom, PA. He and his wife, Joan were Eucharistic Ministers. They were volunteers for several nonprofit organizations and donated to many charities, but more than any other was Pennsylvanians For Human Life. Dick was Treasurer of the Scranton Chapter when it was founded in 1973 and remained an officer for 30 years. His work and passion for the cause was recognized at the Annual Prayer Breakfast in 2009.He was one of the first 100 members of the Country Club of Scranton where he spent many years on the golf course, playing cards and having dinner with friends.

In his retirement, he spent winters in Delray Beach, FL. He was known to invite all family and friends to visit. He appreciated this blessing and wanted to share his good fortune and the warm weather with everyone.
Dick was proud of his Irish heritage, relishing every train trip with the Anthracite Adventures crew to South Bend, IN to see Notre Dame play football. He loved to travel in and out of the United States. Two favorite and special trips were a pilgrimage to Medjugorje, Bosnia Herzegovina with the entire family and an extended trip to Ireland with Joan.

He learned to scuba dive, snorkel and water ski. Water skiing, in his younger years, was mostly done on Lake Ariel behind the boat of his childhood, dearest friend Bill Harding. In later years these friends would have lunch most Friday afternoons at McMullen’s in the company of several other classmates who have remained friends for over seven decades.

Surviving are three sons Francis A. and wife Dana Moran of Costa Mesa, CA, Patrick F. and wife Shachar Cavanagh of Washington, DC, and Walter F. and wife Kari Cavanagh of Charlestown, MA and three daughters Karen Moran Saunders of Clarks Summit, Joanne Moran Lewis of Great Falls, VA, Kathleen “KC” Cavanagh and wife Leanna Blankenship of Berkeley, CA and a sister Kateri Molnar and husband Gene of Cary, North Carolina. He loved his twelve grandchildren: Virginia, Billy, Lewis, Francis, Mary, Danielle, Shea, Tim, Quinn, Maggie, Anna, Leo and all his nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Tuesday from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore with mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 A.M. at Our Lady of Snows Church 301 South State Street, Clarks Summit to be celebrated by Monsignor. Joseph G, Quinn Pastor of Our Lady Snows Parish. Interment Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton. Friends may call Monday from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. All those attending the funeral are asked to proceed directly to the church the morning of the funeral. To offer an online condolence visit ODonnellfuneral.com. Memorial contributions may be made to Pennsylvanians For Human Life, 400 Wyoming Ave., Suite 110, Scranton, PA 18505 or to Friends of the Poor, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509.


Frank J. McGraw

July 5, 2018

Frank McGraw 85, of Scranton died Thursday July 5, 2018 at Geisinger-CMC. Born in Dunmore, he was the son of the late Michael and Mary Woodring McGraw and was a graduate of Dunmore High School. He was a veteran of the United States Army. Prior to retirement, he worked as a Logistics Officer for the Central Intelligence Agency. He was  a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Dunmore.

Surviving are many cousins, sister-in-law, Grace McGraw, nieces and a nephew. Frank was preceded in death by his companion Ann Baiduk Lacertoso and his brother, Robert McGraw.

A funeral mass will be held on Friday at 9:30 A.M. at Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Church 322 Chestnut Street Dunmore. Interment will be private in Mount Carmel Cemetery.

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


Rev. Ronald J. Hughes

July 17, 2018

The Rev. Ronald J. Hughes, Dunmore, died Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at Little Flower Manor, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Father Hughes, son of the late William Thomas Sr. and Christine Regan Hughes, was born in Scranton on Jan. 28, 1954. He received his early education at Christ the King, Dunmore, and Bishop Hannan High School, Scranton. He attended the University of Scranton where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. He entered the seminary at St. Pius X Seminary, Dalton, and completed his studies for the priesthood at Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, N.Y. He was ordained to the priesthood on April 24, 1982, by the Most Rev. Joseph Carroll McCormick, late Bishop of Scranton.

Father Hughes’ first assignment was as assistant pastor at Sacred Heart of Jesus, Peckville. In April of 1982, he was appointed to serve in residence at Holy Family Church, Sugar Notch. Father Hughes received his first pastorate at St. Ann, Bentley Creek, from 1991-1996. In July of 1996, Father Hughes was appointed pastor of SS. Peter and Paul, Towanda, where he served for nine years until his appointment as pastor at St. Ann, Tobyhanna, in 2005. In October of 2006, Father was appointed assistant pastor at St. Thomas Aquinas, Archbald, and St. Mary Czestochowa, Eynon. In February 2008, Father was appointed assistant pastor at St. Rose, Carbondale, and St. Pius X, Royal, where he served until his appointment as administrator at St. Joachim, Meshoppen, in May of 2008. Father Hughes’ next appointment was as assistant pastor at St. Lawrence O’Toole/St. Mary/St. Michael, Old Forge in October of 2008. He was granted an early retirement due to health issues in February 2016. In addition to his pastoral appointments, Father served the Diocese as dean of the Bradford-Sullivan Deanery from 1996 through 2003.

Father is survived by a brother, William and wife, Kathy Hughes, Dunmore; nephews, Corey and wife, Maddy Hughes, Orangeville, Pa.; and Brian and wife, Lindsey Hughes, West Chester, Pa.; and great-nephews, Cooper and Colin Hughes.

The family of Father Hughes would like to thank the staff of St. John Vianney Center, Downingtown, and Little Flower Manor/St. Terese Residence, Wilkes-Barre, for their kindness, dedication and professional assistance over the years.

A Pontifical Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, on Friday, July 20, 2018, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 322 Chestnut St. A Viewing will take place Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.

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


Robert L. Burke

July 14, 2018

Robert L. Burke, 71, of Monessen, died Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Donnell House, Washington.  Born April 9, 1947 in Scranton, PA he was the son of the late Dr.  Leonard and Elizabeth Gilmartin Burke.  A resident of Monessen for the past 15 years, Mr. Burke was a member of St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church, Belle Vernon.  Bob attended Scranton Preparatory School, the University of Scranton along with the American Press Institute, Inland Press Association and Penn State University.  Bob began his news career as a copy boy, news correspondent, reporter/copy editor working his way up to assistant city editor, city editor and managing editor all at the Scranton Times/Tribune from 1963 to 2000.  In 2001 Bob became the managing editor for the Valley Independent until its closing in 2015.  After retirement he continued to serve his adoptive community by being a Health Insurance Agent with the Riverside Insurance Group and as the producer and host of Valley Views, a community-oriented talk show on CUTV television station owned and operated by California University of PA.  He also learned a lot about the area driving the past few months for Rail Express.  Bob continued to give back to his adoptive community by serving on the Boards of Directors for the Mon Valley Alliance, Mon Valley Progress Council, the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army Mon Valley Citadel, Monessen Public Library Board of Trustees. The Scranton Tomorrow Advisory Committee, Great Valley Technology Alliance Advisory Committee and the Advisory Board for the N.E. PA Boy Scout Council, in Scranton.  Bob was also honored as guest lecturer at the University of Scranton, Marywood College, King’s College and at California University of PA. He was also an honorary coach, Penn State Nittany Lion Club and was a member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Scranton and the Belle Vernon Rotary Club.

He is survived by his wife Lani Kelly Burke to whom he was married 48 years; sister and brother in law Mary Burke Tracy and her husband Dr. Gerald of South Abington Twp.; four nieces; one nephew; eight great nieces and five great nephews.

A funeral mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 9:30 A.M. at St. Mary’s of Mount Carmel Church, 322 Chestnut Street Dunmore. Interment Saint Mary’s Parish Cemetery. Friends may call at  the church from 8:30 A.M. until mass time on Wednesday morning. The family suggests memorial contributions be made in memory of Robert Burke to the Salvation Army.

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


Hugh W. Haggerty

July 9, 2018

Hugh W. Haggerty of Scranton died Monday at Regional Hospital of Scranton. He is survived by his wife of fifty-five years the former Frances Politofski. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Richard and Catherine O’Brien Haggerty and was a graduate of Saint Patrick’s High School. Prior to retirement he was a  police officer for the Scranton Police Department for twenty -six years. He was a member of Saint Patrick’s Parish, West Scranton. Hugh was a loving husband, father , grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was a fan of Notre Dame football and the Los Angles Dodgers baseball team. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Above all, he cherished the time spent with his great-granddaughter Emma.

The family would like to thank all their friends and neighbors for their support and Father Fox from Saint Patrick’s Church and special friends Jerry Maus and Danny Ebersol. Special thanks to Dr. Eric Smith, Dr. Brown, Dr. Preate, and Dr. Lenahan. The family would like to thank the staff of Delta Medix for all their care and kindness for Hugh and Leonard’s Pharmacy of Scranton.

Also surviving are a son Joseph Haggerty of Scranton, two daughters, Mary Spiegel of Scranton and  Denise and husband Mike Wharton of Scranton, a sister Kathleen and husband Thomas Brazill of Vestal New York, two grandchildren; Jerry and wife Meghan Spiegel and Stephaine Chesik and fiancée` Robert Murphy; and a great-grandchild Emma Spiegel, sister-in- laws Catherine Jackowski and the late John Jackowski of Hampton, Virginia, and Theresa and husband David Trager of Scranton, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a infant son Michael.

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 Saint Patrick’s Church 1403 Jackson Street, Scranton. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. 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. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Saint Patrick’s Church Food Pantry or St. Jude’s Research Hospital.


Jerome L. Martin

June 28, 2018

Jerome L. Martin, 49, of Lakeland Florida, passed unexpectedly at home. His wife is the former  Jill Stengline and they  were married 27 years. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Patrick Francis and Jeanne Elizabeth Dailey Martin, and was  a graduate of Dunmore High School.

Also surviving are three children, Ryan Martin, Springbrook PA; Erica Martin, Bartow FL; and Kiersten Martin, Lakeland FL; two brothers, Timothy Martin, Richmond VA; Patrick Martin, Virginia Beach VA; several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A blessing service will be conducted on Wednesday at 11:45 A.M. at he Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street Dunmore. Friends may call Wednesday from  10:00 A. M. until service time.


Carlon M. O’Malley

July 5, 2018

Carlon Martin O’Malley  died on July 5, 2018, at home with his family at his side. He was 88 years old. He was the son of Carlon M. O’Malley Sr., former Lackawanna County District Attorney, and Lucy Boland O’Malley, both deceased.

He was the president of his fraternity at Penn State University; he graduated from Temple University Law School; he was an Assistant United States Attorney during President Kennedy’s administration and the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in President Carter’s administration. He enjoyed the private practice of law as well as many years of public service and, with no small pride, liked to say that he could count on one hand the number of days he didn’t absolutely enjoy his chosen career. He was the national president of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in 1997-1998, one of the nation’s largest providers of charity and scholarships to disadvantaged children in the U.S. and spent the last 25 years of a distinguished career as a judge on the bench of the Court of Common Pleas of Lackawanna County.

He is survived by his wife, the former Kay Lyons; four children, Katheen B. Aikman, Harry T. O’Malley and his wife, Susan Ratchford O’Malley; John T. O’Malley and Cara Colombo and her husband, Mark Colombo. Also surviving are several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Harry T. O’Malley Jr. and wife, Leah O’Malley, and their children, Alana, Casey and Colin; Daniel O’Malley and wife, Ashley O’Malley, and their child, Ryan; Matthew O’Malley, Kaely A. Borgna and husband, Christopher Borgna; Brooks Aikman, Molly O’Malley, Catherine Colombo and Burke Colombo.

He was also preceded in death by his and Kay’s first child, son, Casey O’Malley, with whom he is finally rejoined 33 years after his passing through this life. He is also survived by Jane Lyons O’Malley and family as well as Nancy Lyons Smart and family.
His sisters, Lucy K. Rogers and Dorothy Box and brothers, William P. O’Malley, Peter T. O’Malley and Martin T. O’Malley also predeceased him. He is survived by a brother, Todd J. O’Malley and wife, Elizabeth O’Malley; sister, Mary O. Cognetti and husband, John Cognetti; and stepsisters, Mary Cadden and Michelle Cadden and her husband, Louie Ferrer; and brother Peter’s most dear, M.J. Colleran. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews as well as grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
His unmitigated joy in being near his family and in sharing our joy and our victories, in picking us up and sharing our burdens defined his purpose-driven life and will always serve as an inspired love song to each of us. Law enforcement can now officially close its investigation, begun in 1955 when, to impress his sweetheart, an unknown United States Air Force pilot broke the sound barrier in the skies above Clarks Green.

A viewing is scheduled for Monday, July 9, 2018, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore, PA. The funeral Mass will take place on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Snows Church at 301 S. State St., Clarks Summit, PA.

In lieu of flowers or Mass cards, donations may be made to the Casey O’Malley Memorial Scholarship at Scranton Prepatory School.


Barbara Katusak Santarsiero

July 1, 2018

Barbara Santarsiero of Dunmore died at Regional Hospital. She is survived by her husband Carmen “Sandy” Santarsiero.. Barbara and Carmen Santarsiero recently celebrated 64 years of marriage. Born and raised in Dunmore, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Josephine Wargo Katusak and a graduate of Dunmore High School. Prior to her retirement she was a branch manager at FNCB Bank where she was employed for 25 years,

She was a member of Elmhurst Country Club and loved to golf. She scored two holes-in-one and was the first woman to have accomplished the feat at Elmhurst Country Club. She loved to ski enjoying trips to Vermont, golf vacations in Florida, bowling and spending time with her family and friends. She had a passion for sports and was an avid Penn State fan attending many games

Also surviving are a sister Carolyn Lucas and husband William, Dunmore; two brothers, Frank Katusak, New York, New York; Edward Katusak, Dunmore; brother-in-law Michael Santarsiero, Clarks Summit and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister-in-law Margaret Coviello and husband Andrew and a brother-in law Joseph Santarsiero.

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 11:00 A.M. at Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Church 322 Chestnut Street, Dunmore. Interment at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish Cemetery will be scheduled at a later date. All those attending the funeral are asked to proceed to the church on Saturday morning. Friends may call Friday from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Center.


Dr. Thomas W. Gerrity

June 29, 2018

Dr. Thomas W. Gerrity, Ed.D., of Dunmore passed away peacefully Friday June 29, at hospice of the Sacred Heart in Dunmore He was born in Scranton son of the late Edward J. Sr. and Helen Walton Gerrity.

Dr. Gerrity earned a BS in economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; an MS in counselor education from the University of Scranton; an Ed.D. in administration from Teachers college, Columbia University. He was a member of the education faculty of the Graduate School, University of Scranton, where he was an associate professor. Dr. Gerrity was the author of papers on topics as diverse as administrative burnout, teacher job satisfaction, and the holocaust. He was a frequent toastmaster and public speaker. For 12 years, he was president of the Lackawanna County Chapter of the University of Pennsylvania alumni society and former president of the Scranton Chapter of Rotary International. He received various awards including the Paul Harris award for distinguished service to Rotary, the Pro Deo et Universitate for 20 years of service to the University of Scranton, and the Educational Leader of the decade award from the Northeast Organization for Educational Leadership

It all began for Tom when he and his late brother Edward were altar boys learning their Latin grammar, which gained for them the discipline necessary to truly master the English language. Then, the years of high school Latin helped immensely. Their parents encouraged a love of learning and the theater which eventually served Tom well in his teaching and scholarly pursuits and fostered a taste for literature from Poe to Provost. Eventually, Tom emerged as triple threat, a true Renaissance Man.

As Scranton’s Rotary Segeant-at-Arms,Tom’s weekly monologues were sophisticated, satirical gems. His remarks were more like epigrams than merely clever wisecracks. his wit was fastidious, like the celebrated neck-wear of this “prince of ties.” The climax came in his legendary appearance as toastmaster at the annual banquet of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Lackawanna County for many the evening was one of that organization’s finest hour. Tom also participated in various.”roasts” for regional charities. Another source of inspiration was Tom’s meeting with theater legend Lawrence Oliver and his then wife Vivian Leigh on the occasion of the New York premier of Oliver’s iconic film of Shakespeare’s “Henry V.” Another credit came from Tom’s distinguished University of Scranton colleague Edward Gannon, S.J., who paid the ultimate compliment, saying Tom really belonged at Cambridge “high table.”

Dr. Gerrity was cited as a charter member of the Noel Coward Society (Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, President) Dr. Gerrity’s doctoral dissertation was entitled, “The Cottage Campus” and proved to be prescient. It traced the history of college-level correspondence study over the centuries and predicted its dazzling future in various forms of on-line instruction. His scholarly presentations, notably for the National Social Science Association, included the “Pygmalion Effect of the Self-fulfilling Prophecy.”

Dr. Gerrity had a keen sense of the absurd and frequently punctured the Orwellian pretensions of bureaucrats at fundraisers and celebrity roasts for worthy regional charities. In his scholarly presentations especially, he crusaded against the low standards of English and coarse language that accompanied what he dubbed the Gresham’s Law of Grammar, whereby the bad drives out the good. Dr. Gerrity was a traditional Roman Catholic who decried the worlds’ moral standards and found sobering echoes among similar declines in education and public civility, and in the degradation of the English language, amid what he called, “a hotbed of apathy.” He was a connoisseur of the absurd and professed to be “alarmed” at the “scourge” of overage drinking and the “problem” poised by bi-polar bears. With the same straight face, he once described a mysterious storm which left the grounds of the Scranton Country Club covered with golf balls the size of hailstones as mirabile dictu. For Tom the halcyon days of travel included flights aboard Britain’s de Haviland DH 106 COMET ( the first commercial jet liner) and the iconic Concorde with Sir David Frost as a seatmate. Tom was an avid and at times, rabid fashion enthusiast. He maintained his standards for old world finery, an affinity he carried forward with his annual Cartier Christmas Card, a welcomed piece of communication for all who were fortunate enough to have made the list.

He was preceded in death by his brother Edward J. Gerrity, Jr. He is survived by his nephew Edward J. Gerrity III Armonk, New York, his great-nephew Edward J. Gerrity IV and a grandniece Bridget C. Cooney; also his loyal friends Dr. Robert Clarke, Dr. Gordon Snow, and Robert Quell. He was loved and will be missed by all who were lucky enough to have known him.

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 Paul’s Church, 1510 Penn Avenue, Scranton, PA. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. All those attending the funeral are asked to proceed to the church on Friday morning. Friends may call Thursday from 6 P.M.-8 P.M.


Lynda S. Ardan

July 1, 2018

Lynda Skivington Ardan, 74 of S. Abington Twp and Green Ridge section of Scranton died peacefully on Sunday morning at the Jewish Home of Eastern PA. Her husband of 42 years, Raymond P Ardan, preceded her in death on November 4, 2012. Born July 16, 1943, in Scranton, PA she was the daughter of the late Raymond H. and Margaret E. Roberts Skivington.

She was a very active member of the Providence United Presybertian Church previously Surbaban Presybertian. Along with her career in Real Estate as an associate broker, she was a life time member of the Girl Scouts of United States and the General Assembly Council of the Presbyterian Church.

Next to her love and faith in God, her family was what she cherished most in life. She was an avid NY Yankee fan since childhood. Lynda enjoyed traveling and spending time with her husband, family and friends at Bailers Lake. She spent many summers growing up at Cape May, NJ as a child and shared her love of the ocean with her children and grandchildren.

Surviving are a daughter Brenda Winters, sons Scott McClintock and Todd Ardan and his wife Bethany. Grandchildren, Christopher Winters, Mallary and Cody McClintock, Jason and Mattingly Ardan. She is also survived by her brothers Bruce Skivington and Glenn Skivington, wife Sandra. Her nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sister Elaine Rogers and dear friend Jane Skivington.

The family would like to express its heartfelt gratitude to all the nurses and staff of the third floor of the Jewish Home for the compassion and dedicated care they gave to Lynda and also to Compassionate Care Hospice especially Griif who was devoted to her comfort.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 11:00 A.M. at the Providence Presbyterian Church 1145 Providence Rd. Scranton. Friends are asked to go directly to the church. Interment, Hickory Grove Cemetery, Waverly. Friends are invited to call Thursday 4:00 P.M. -7:00 P.M. at Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Providence United Presybertain Church, Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, or SOG Save Camp Archbald.


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Florence A. Spalutto

June 24, 2018

Florence A. Spalluto a resident at Saint Mary’s Villa, Elmhurst and formerly of Hamilton Square, New Jersey died Sunday at Geisinger- CMC , Scranton. She was preceded in death by her husband Daniel J. Spalluto who died November 25,1990. Born in Dunmore, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Alice Derrig Gregory and was a graduate of Dunmore High School in 1949. Prior to her retirement Florence worked as a Teachers Aide for Special Education at the Stienert High School Hamilton Square, New Jersey. She was a member of H.T.E.A. Hamilton Township Education Association and was a member of Saint Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, New Jersey.

Surviving are two sons, Robert A. Spalluto of Dunmore and Daniel J. Spalluto III of Hamilton Square, New Jersey, a brother Arthur R. and wife Carm Gregory of Dunmore, nephews; Dr. Arthur and wife Lynn Gregory, Jr. Paris Maine ; Jeff and wife Anne Gregory Peckville, Daniel J. and wife Linda of Stroudsburg. nieces Jennifer and husband Dave Martin of Dunmore, Mary Ann and husband Stephen Voyt of Scranton, Shelia and husband Ellis Wilner of Scranton, Barbara Rothrock and husband Charles Campbell of East Stroudsburg, great nephews and nieces; great-great nephews and nieces.

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. Entombment Cathedral Cemetery. All those attending the funeral are asked to proceed directly to the church on Saturday. Friends may call Friday from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.


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Enrica Mariotti

June 19, 2018

Enrica “Ricky” Mariotti, 95, died peacefully on June 19, 2018 at the Allied Skilled Nursing Center in Scranton, PA.  She was born on February 22, 1923 in Landisville, NJ where she lived most of her life. She was the daughter of Nella (Muzzarelli) and John Lolli.  Ricky graduated from Vineland High School where she excelled in basketball. She was a long time member of Our Lady of Victory Parish and PTA.

Enrica was predeceased by her husband Pete in 1979 and her sister Alma in 2001.  She is survived by her loyal sister, Sr. Bernardine Lolli, D.M. of the Villa Rossello, Newfield; 3 sons, John and Maggie(Quinn) Mariotti of Scranton PA, Peter and Denise(Ricci) Mariotti of Phila. Pa, and Mark and Marion(Byrne) Mariotti of Manchester- by- the -Sea, MA.  In addition, 2 daughters; Patty and Dave Schwartz of Caribou, ME and Joan and Rick Czajkowski of New Braunfels, TX.  Ricky left a legacy of 20 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.  Ricky’s greatest joy and fulfillment in life was her love and devotion to her husband, children and family.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at the Villa Rossello Chapel, 1009 Main Rd. Newfield on June 25 at 11:00 AM.  A private burial will follow at the Our Lady of Victory Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Daughters of Mercy, Villa Rossello, Newfield, NJ.


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Mary Alice Clifford, RN

June 11, 2018

Mary Alice Clifford, RN (née Callahan) of Dunmore died Monday at the Green Ridge Care Center after a long battle with COPD. She is survived by her husband James T. Clifford, son Michael J. and wife Erin Sexton, a granddaughter Maura, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother John “Jack” Callahan.

Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Margaret Mullen Callahan. She was a 1960 graduate of Dunmore High School and a 1963 graduate of Mercy School of Nursing. She received a BSN from College Misericordia in Dallas, PA in 1975. She worked as a Registered Nurse/BSN for thirty eight years at Mercy Hospital and the Mercy School of nursing in Scranton as a staff nurse and nursing educator until the time of her illness. She was also a long standing member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Dunmore.

Her greatest accomplishment in life was obtaining her BSN Degree from College Misericordia while continuing to work on a full time basis and raising her son as a single parent.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday at 9:30 A.M. at Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Church on 322 Chestnut Street, Dunmore followed by interment in the Dunmore Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 8:30 A.M. until mass time. Memorial contributions may be made to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, Hospice of the Sacred Heart, or Saint Joseph’s Center.

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


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William E. Wesnak

June 10, 2018

William E. Wesnak, 90, of Dunmore died Sunday at Allied Services Skilled Nursing Center surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his wife Rita A. Moran Wesnak who died May 19, 2018. They would have celebrated sixty-three years of marriage.

Born in Taylor, he was the son of the late Andrew and Helen Goscinsky Wesnak. Bill was a graduate of Taylor High School. He was a veteran of World War II having served in the United States Army. After his discharge, Bill worked for DL& W railroad, Piasecki Aircraft, Chamberlain Army Depot, and Gould Battery. Bill was a member of the Dunmore VFW, a lifetime member of the Taylor Fire Company, and was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Dunmore.
Bill was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was an avid fan of the Dunmore High School and Penn State football teams. He enjoyed trips to Wildwood Crest with his family as well as trips to Florida with his brother and sister-in-law Bucky and Justine.

Surviving are two children, William and wife Deborah Wesnak of Dunmore, and Cherilynne Harrington of Taylor; a brother Andrew( Bucky) Wesnak of Schneksville; six grandchildren, Dr. Megan Walsh and husband Richard, Lauren Harrington and fiancé  Jeremy Cain, Taryn Harrington, Dana Shields and husband Michael, Shauna Mita and husband John, and William Wesnak III; three great-grandchildren Padraig Walsh, Jake and Matthew Shields; several nieces and nephews . He was preceded in death by two sisters Helen “Margie” Ridesky and Evelyn Hunter.

The family would like to thank Allied Skilled Nursing Center for their wonderful care.

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 11:00 A.M. at Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Church 322 Chestnut Street, Dunmore. Interment Dunmore Cemetery All those attending the funeral are asked to proceed to the church on Saturday morning. Friends may call Friday from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.


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Leo J. O’Boyle

June 10, 2018

Leo J. O’Boyle of Scranton passed away Sunday at Hospice of the Sacred Heart. His wife is the former Mary Ann Lynott. Born in Dunmore, he was the son of the late Dr. Leo and Mary Roche O’Boyle. Leo was a graduate of Dunmore High School where he played football, basketball and baseball. He was the outstanding player of the 1949 dream game, selected to the 1949 all scholastic team and a second team all-state selection in his senior year. He attended the of University of Miami on a football scholarship where he excelled on the football and baseball teams. He was a veteran of the United States Army where he served as a second lieutenant, and played baseball and football for the Fort Knox team that won the all-Army football championship. He taught at Liberty (NY) High School and the Scranton State School for the Deaf before becoming a teacher with the Dunmore School District where he also coached baseball and track and field. He retired in 1987 after 32 years in education. For over 30 years, he worked as a real estate agent in Lackawanna and Pike counties. Leo was an active member of the Wildwood Park Outing Club where he enjoyed fishing and bringing along others for a fish tale or two. He served as a board member of the Circle Green HOA. He was a former member of the Elks Club. Leo served as the Grand Marshal for the 2016 Scranton St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Leo enjoyed fishing and boating on Elk Lake and Lake Wallenpaupack, and watching his Miami Hurricanes on Saturday afternoons. It is said that Leo attended a record number of little league baseball games and high school sporting events. He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Dunmore.

Also surviving are three sons, Attorney John O’Boyle of Dunmore and fiancée Mary Jo; Leo O’Boyle of Cape Coral, Florida and wife Lilian; and Patrick O’Boyle of Frenchtown, New Jersey and wife Karen; a sister Margaret “Peggy” Kelly of Dunmore, eight grandchildren: Kathleen, John, Kara, Leo, Kaitlin, Patrick, Monserat, and Mariel; one great-grandchild, Lilly; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister Mary Kathryn O’Boyle Hunt. The family would like to thank Donna Zupp and the staff of the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore, for their care and compassion during this difficult time.

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 11:00 A.M. at Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Church 322 Chestnut Street Dunmore. Interment Saint Mary’s Parish Cemetery. All those attending the funeral are asked to proceed directly to the church on Friday. Friends may call Thursday 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, 500 Penn Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503.


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Dolores “Dolly” O’Boyle

June 2, 2018

Dolores “Dolly” O’Boyle passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday June 2, 2018. Born in Throop, she was the daughter of the late Maynard and Margaret Tomasovitch Pilger. She was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and later received a degree in child care.

She fought  a courageous battle with ovarian cancer for the last 8 1/2 years, which she handled with grace and dignity. She continued to amaze her doctors. She was one of the strongest women out there. She had a love for Frank Sinatra Music, the New York Yankees, going to the casino, and watching her grandchildren. Prior to retirement she was the proud owner for 33 years of Dolly’s Boutique in Scranton. The cofounder and 1st President of the Scranton Civic Ballet Company She was a member of women’s republican party of Scranton.

She is survived by her sister Marge “Cookie” and her husband Al DeMartino, Scranton, a brother James Pilger and wife Rachelle Virginia Beach, VA.; her 8 beloved children and best friends,  James Dougher Jr. and wife Jessica, Randy and Tamara, Antoinette and Shawn Witko, Patricia, Michael Dougher and fiancée Jennifer Stiffer, Linda and Daniel Wigley, Kathleen and James Payeski and Colleen and Kevin Zwick; her nephews Joseph and wife Cheryl Warrick and Charles Warrick; her nieces Janine Demartino McGoff and her husband Mark, Beth DeMartino Ebersole and her husband Daniel, and James Pilger Jr. She had 16 Grandchildren Caterina, Stacey, Christopher, Peter, April, Marisa, Brian, Billy, Lauren, Randy, Alyssa, Ty, Laney, Julia, “her boy” Brendan, and Mason; several great grandchildren and great nieces and nephews. She was proceeded in death by her sister and brother in law Charles and Dorothy Pilger Warrick, her husband Patrick O’Boyle and her precious granddaughter Briana Barbiero.

A private mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Rosary Church 316 William Street, Scranton. Interment Cathedral Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Foundation.

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


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