Thomas C. Horlacher
May 14, 2018
Thomas C. Horlacher, 70, of Scranton, died May 14, 2018. He was born April 22, 1948, in Carbondale, son of the late Dr. Harold O. and Florence MacMillan Horlacher.
Tom was an Eagle Scout, 1966 graduate of Wyoming Seminary, and received his Bachelor of Architecture from Penn State University in 1971. He was in business locally for more than 40 years, designing numerous buildings in the area and working to preserve local history. He was a co-founder of the Architectural Heritage Association and served as a board member of the Lackawanna Historical Society and Meals on Wheels of Northeastern PA.
He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and loyal friend to many. Tom is survived by his wife Paula, Scranton, daughters Elizabeth, Scranton, and Carolyn, Philadelphia, and son Timothy, Philadelphia. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Lily and Jacob.
Private services were held from Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Lackawanna Historical Society.
Santo “Sandy” Cancelleri
April 8, 2018
Santo “Sandy” Cancelleri of Dunmore died Sunday at the Gino Merli Veterans Center. Sandy celebrated his 94th birthday on April 4th. He was preceded in death by his wife Anna Marra Cancelleri. Born in Dunmore, he was the son of Calogero and Maria Amorebello Cancelleri, he was a graduate of Dunmore High School Class of 1944. Sandy honorably served in WW II. He served proudly in the Army in the Armored Division, Radio School. He served in France, 5th Armored Division, 10th Tank Battalion, where he was Private First Class. He was shot and wounded while serving as a Tank Driver and earned the Purple Heart.
Words can not describe Sandy’s love, compassion, and care for people. From a very young age, Sandy had a want of helping people. He attended John Marshall Law School and Columbus University aspiring to become a lawyer. Upon completion of his schooling, he truly knew his path in life to help people was to be a social worker and not an attorney. Sandy proceeded to obtain a job with the State Department’s Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation, Wilkes-Barre, PA, as an Assistant District Administrator. Sandy was so proud, yet humble, of all the people’s lives he touched in his 30 plus years of social work.
Sandy next served as a member, and eventually President, of the San Cataldo Society, Dunmore, PA, for 60 plus years. He was currently honored as one of the oldest living members. In 1976, Sandy and the San Cataldo Society were one of the original members of the now famous La Festa Italiano Festival in Scranton, PA.
In his later years, his next venture in life to help people and his community was as a Dunmore Councilman where he served six years. He also served on the Dunmore Planning Commission.
Sandy also belonged to the Knights of Columbus, VFW, American Legion, Disabled American Vets, AFSCME Chapter 13, PA State Employees Union, Sherwood Youth Association, Board Member of the Dunmore Senior Center, and UNICO. Sandy was a member of SS Anthony and Rocco Parish, Dunmore, where he served as an Usher for many years.
Sandy’s smile lite up a room with warmth and love, and you could not help but to fall in love with him once you knew him. He was a wonderful husband, Dad, brother, uncle, and friend who touched countless lives. Being missed will prove to be beyond words.
Surviving are a son, Charles A. “Chuck” and wife Carmella “Carm” Cancelleri of Dunmore, several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers, John, Salvatore, James, Michael, and Charles; and sisters Louise, Nancy, Angeline, and Josephine.
The staff of the Gino Merli Center honored Sandy for his WW II service with compassionate care and love during his final days. Many thanks to the professionalism at Gino Merli.
The funeral will be Thursday from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street with a mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 A.M. at SS Anthony and Rocco Parish 208 Smith Street, Dunmore. Entombment will be private at Saint Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call Wednesday from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. All those attending the funeral are asked to go directly to the church on Thursday.
Felicia M. Travis
April 4, 2018
Felicia M. Travis of Dunmore died Wednesday at Mountain View Care Center, Scranton. She was preceded in death by her husband George Travis who died July 3, 1988. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine Boruewski Krupski. Prior to her retirement she was employed by the Grove Silk Mill.
Surviving are a son George Travis of Dunmore, a daughter Suzanne Travis of Dunmore, a sister Ceil Perkowski of Dickson City daughter in-law Dalia Travis of Florida, two granddaughters Nicole Travis and Toye Travis, and two great grandsons . She was preceded in death by a son Joseph Travis.
Special thanks to Felicia’s caregivers at Mountain View Care Center, especially Jaynie and Freddie, Kathy, Iris, Kami, Sirivanh, “Laughing Boy” Scott, Paula, Sue, Maura, Danielle, and Melissa, and all the activities staff for all of your care and compassion.
Per Felicia wishes private funeral services will be conducted Saturday from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street Dunmore. Interment All Saints Cemetery, Hollisterville. There will be no public calling hours.
Kristie Therese McDowell
April 1, 2018
Kristie Therese McDowell of Clarks Summit died Sunday at Regional Hospital of Scranton. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of Jane Conaboy McDowell of Clarks Summit and the late J. Kenneth McDowell. She was a graduate of Scranton Preparatory School and received a BS from the University of Scranton. She received her Masters Degree from Marywood University School of Counseling. Kristie was a guidance counselor at Northeast intermediate School in the Scranton School District. She was a member of Saint Gregory’s Church, Clarks Green.
Also surviving in addition to her mother are a brother Ken McDowell of Scranton, two nieces Kelly McDowell and Samantha Harrison, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 A.M. at Saint Gregory’s Church, 330 North Abington Road, Clarks Green. Friends will be received at the church from 9:30 A.M. until mass time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made tot he Friends of the Poor or the charity of your choice.
Arrangements Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore.
Eileen K. Gilroy
March 29, 2018
Eileen K. Gilroy, 87, of Wilmington, Del., formerly of Scranton, died Thursday at home surrounded by her family.
Born in Scranton, daughter of the late Harold and Winifred Golden Kegley, she was a graduate of Marywood Seminary and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Marywood University. She worked as a teacher and later worked at Marywood University, NET Credit Union and Our Lady of Peace Residence at Marywood.
She was a member of the Scranton Business and Professional Women’s Organization.
She was an elegant woman who always was meticulous about her appearance. She was a dedicated and devoted mother and she adored her granddaughters.
Surviving are a son, Timothy Gilroy, Philadelphia; daughters, Patricia Gilroy, with whom she lived; Erin Gilroy, Boston, Mass.; and Eileen Haggerty and husband, James Haggerty, Dunmore; two granddaughters, Julia Haggerty, Occoquan, Va.; and Clare Haggerty, Dunmore; two nephews and cousins.
The funeral will be Tuesday from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore, with Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Dunmore. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.
Friends may call Tuesday, 9 to 10:30 a.m., at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 712 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor, PA 18517; and Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care of Delaware, 4755 Ogletown Stanton Road, Newark, DE 19718.
Albert J. Yonick, Sr.
March 28, 2018
Albert J. Yonick , Sr., 92, of Dunmore, died Wednesday at Allied Services Skilled Nursing Center. He and his wife, the former Eleanor Zielinski, were married for sixty-five years. Born in Plymouth, he was the son of the late Anthony and Lillian Olshefski Yonick and was a graduate of Plymouth High School. He was a veteran of the United States Navy having served during World War II. He was the former owner of Al Yonick Jewelry in Towanda and took great pride in being a watchmaker and jeweler.
Prior to retirement he worked for twenty years at RCA of Dunmore and also worked at Al Wasley Jewelers, Plymouth, Sugerman’s and JC Penneys for many years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus where he was a fourth degree Knight and was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Dunmore.
During his retirement, he enjoyed making jewelry and rosaries for his family and friends. He was an avid metal detector and enjoyed looking for treasures at the beach! He was proud of the accomplishments of his family and was their biggest fan and sideline referee.
Also surviving are two sons: Mark and wife Mary Yonick of Bloomfield Hills, MI and Albert J. and wife Patti Yonick of Boynton Beach, FL; four daughters: MaryLou and husband Joseph Knabel of Dunmore, Carol and husband James Forsyth of Palmyra, Susan and husband Mark Rudalavage of Olyphant, and Janet and husband Brian Korgeski of Dunmore.
Affectionately known as “Pop of 25”, Al is also survived by his grandchildren Jackie (Anthony) Amador, Mari (William) Grochowski,, Tim (Melissa) Knabel, Kristen (Patrick) Donohue, Amy (Jeff) Aimone, Matthew (Molly) Knabel, Katie (Brian) Gallagher, Patrick (Danielle) Knabel, Jamie Knabel, David (Karen) Yonick, Cassie (Frank) Vatalaro, Kim Yonick, Michael Yonick, Christopher, Dan, Bill and Becky Forsyth, Sara (Adam) Black, Laura (Brian) Moore, Corey and Ryan Rudalavage, Michelle, Nicole, Jacob and Jillian Korgeski,and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister Clara Rowker and grandson Peter Forsyth.
The family would like to thank the staff at Allied Skilled Nursing (2 North) and Moses Taylor Hospital for the wonderful care and support given to our dad during his illness.
The funeral will be Monday 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 Saint Michael’s Cemetery, Dunmore. Friends may call Sunday from 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish. All those attending the funeral are asked to proceed directly to the church on Monday morning.
Leo P. Moran
March 6, 2018
Leo P. Moran, 96, of Dunmore died Tuesday at Allied Services Skilled Nursing Center. Born in Scranton, the eldest of seven children, Leo was the son of the late Andrew and Mildred Conway Moran and was a graduate of Dunmore High School. He was a veteran of the United States Navy having served aboard the USS Crowley during World War II. Upon discharge he continued a life of service for thirty-three years with the Pennsylvania State Police. Stationed in Lancaster Leo achieved the rank of Corporal. He was an Investigator Specialist at the State Capital building in Harrisburg. He was also an instructor at the PSP Academy in Hershey. Leo was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus and the VFW. He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Dunmore.
Surviving are a sister Rita A. and husband William E. Wesnak of Dunmore, several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers; Jack, who lost his life aboard the USS Johnston, and Albert Moran and three sisters Mary Moran, Lucille Ward, and Eleanor Carden.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 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.
Arrangements Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street Dunmore.
David J. Gromelski, Esq.
March 1, 2018
David J. Gromelski of Clarks Green died Thursday. He is survived by his wife of twenty-nine years Mary Kyzer. Born in Scranton, he was the son of Rose Marie Notari Gromelski of Old Forge and the late Joseph Gromelski.
He was a graduate of Scranton Preparatory High School and the University of Scranton. He received a Jurist Doctorate from the Seton Hall University.
David Grew up in Old Forge, Pennsylvania with his loving brother Gerald and his late sister Denise. He graduated from Scranton Prep, the University of Scranton, and Seton Hall University School of Law. David was a father, mentor, and role model to his children. A rocker, he loved the guitar, singing, and his wife Mary. David and Mary were lucky enough to share more than 30 years of unrelenting love with each other, a love that cannot be broken by the pang of death. David loved Café racers and was never hesitant to strap on his helmet and goggles and hit the back roads for hours. Many remember David screaming at the top of his lungs, slamming on the piano, or strumming the guitar in his band “The Inturnz.” A true Lorax, he spoke for the trees and devoted much of his career to environmental law at his firm Wright, Reihner, Mulcahey, Gromelski, and Tunis, later working at TAM enterprises. The flame of David’s life brought happiness and laughter to everyone who was lucky enough to meet him. His smile brightened the room, when he was in the smiling mood. More important to David than anything was his family. He worked tirelessly to provide his wife, son, and two daughters with an immaculate life filled with laughter and joy. Memories of David will never be forgotten whether he was playing in the band, taking care of his children and wife with unconditional love, or taking vacations to the Jersey shore. David possessed the moral fiber of 10,000 men and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. He passed tragically and too soon, and though a bright mind was lost that day, he now is the guardian angel of all who loved him.
Also surviving are a son Charles D. Gromelski of Clarks Green, two daughters Emma M. and Annarose Gromelski both of Clarks Green, a brother Gerald and wife Sandra Gromelski of Old Forge and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister Denise Gromelski Wright.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10:00 A.M. at the Our Lady of Snows Church 301 South State Street, Clarks Summit. Friends may call Tuesday from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore.
Grace M. Conforti
February 10, 2018
Grace M. Conforti, 86, of Scranton died Saturday morning with all her sons at her bedside. She is survived by her husband of 62 years Francis J. Conforti. Born in New York she was the daughter of the late Victor and Josephine Romeo Torrisi and was educated in the Scranton public schools.
Other than being a mother and wife, Grace had many great talents. She was a prolific baker and cook, she enjoyed crafting, sewing, and she definitely had a green thumb when it came to planting her large family vegetable garden, tending to her many flower beds, and was especially proud of her Lilly’s of the Valley.
Also surviving are three sons Kevin Conforti and companion Alicia Shelkin of Scranton, Keith and wife Karen Conforti of Slingerlands New York, and Kip and Andrea Conforti of Scranton, a daughter-in-law Margaret A. Conforti of Palmyra, sister Ann Talarico and husband Ron, brother Salavatore Torrisi and wife Jean, sister in law Barbara Torrisi, grandchildren Kameron, Kayla, Caroline, Matthew, Kole, Averi, and Anna Conforti, Bill Gallagher and Jennifer Schengrund and great grandchildren Owen Connon, Morgan Schengrund, and Molly Gallagher, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two sons, Kenneth F. and Kristopher J. Conforti, brothers Frank and Victor Torrisi, sisters Rose Hartridge and Felicia Pugliese.
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 Immaculate Conception Church 800 Taylor Avenue Scranton. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. All those attending the funeral are asked to proceed directly to the church on Friday. Friends may call Thursday from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made in honor of our Mothers love of cooking & baking to the Grace Conforti Baking and Pastry Scholarship Fund Lackawanna College, 501 Vine Street, Scranton, PA 18509 or by calling 570-504-7495.
Michael Patrick Loughney
February 10, 2018
Michael Patrick Loughney of Clarks Green passed away unexpectedly on Saturday after doing what he liked best – spending time with his family and friends. The youngest of the late James Loughney and Madeline Geiger Loughney’s six children, he grew up on the Hill where he spent many hours at Schautz Stadium honing his basketball and baseball skills. He then took his talents to Bishop Hannon High School, class of 1980, where he would go on to score 1,000 points alongside lifelong friends Billy Cadden, Bob Crofton and Jack Judge.
After graduating from the University of Scranton in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree, he went on to a successful 26-year career at Morgan Stanley, where he was recently elevated to first vice-president in recognition of his financial expertise.
As an adult, Michael enjoyed playing golf at Glen Oak Country Club and numerous Florida courses with Ned Kane and Paul Holmes, and hosting cookouts on Sundays at his pool as the ultimate grill master. He was an avid fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Notre Dame, the Chicago Bears and Springsteen.
Above all, Michael was devoted to the love of his life, the former Denette Sebastianelli, and his two children, Bo and Brigid. In addition, he is survived by his siblings, Margaret O’Bell and husband, Michael, Ocean View, Del.; James and his wife, Karen, Lynchburg, Va.; Mary Grace Dougherty, Moosic; Robert and his wife, Ellen, Loudonville, N.Y.; and Nancy Comerford and husband, Michael, Dunmore; loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, many friends, colleagues and clients. He also is survived by his mother-in-law, Georgette Mahon; sisters-in law, Joella Sebastianelli, Blakely; Melissa Balent and husband, Chris, Plains; and brothers-in-law, Dennis Sebastianelli, Clarks Summit; and Bart Mahon and wife, Jenalyn, Honesdale. He also was predeceased by his father-in-law, Butch Sebastianelli. In keeping with his generous and loving spirit, Michael donated his organs so that others could live.
The funeral will be Thursday from the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 800 Taylor Ave., Scranton. All those attending the funeral are asked to proceed to the church the morning of the funeral. Friends may call Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of America.
Mary Lil Walsh
February 2, 2018
Mary Lil Walsh, Dunmore, died Friday at Moses Taylor Hospital. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Edward “Neddo” and Catherine McHugh Walsh. A graduate of South Catholic High School and Lackawanna College, she attended the University of Scranton. She was formerly employed by A&P Co. and the Jewish Federation of Scranton.
Surviving are four sisters, Catherine “Kaddy” Clarke, Dunmore; Patricia Williams, Scranton; Margaret “Margie” Walsh, Jessup; and Jeannie Van Wie, Scranton; a brother, Edward and wife, Ruth Walsh, Scranton; several nieces and nephews; and grandnieces and grandnephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, 800 Taylor Ave., Scranton.
Friends may call from 9 to Mass time at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of the Poor, Scranton. Arrangements Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore.
Laura Rose Reynolds
January 31, 2018
Laura Rose Reynolds of Avoca died Wednesday at Temple University Hospital. She is survived by her husband of twenty seven years William Reynolds. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of Rose Marie Murray Itterly and the late George Itterly. She was a graduate of Dunmore High School . She was employed by Gertrude Hawk Chocolate Company. She was a member of Scranton Revival Baptist Church, Scranton.
She loved her mom dearly. Laura enjoyed cooking, crocheting and making crafts with her sister Theresa whom she adored. They had a special bond between them, they worked for many years at Gertrude Hawk Chocolates. Her nieces and nephew were the joy of her life. She loved Classic Cars and went to many car shows with her late Dad, and brothers George and David. She went on many walks with her late Minnie and Miss Daisy puppies. They were her pride and joy. We have many beautiful memories from our Laura Rose . She will always be our special angel who is now in heaven with her Dad and brother George. We will miss her because she meant so much to us; but she will be forever in our hearts “Our Beloved Laura Rose” was not only a daughter, sister, wife and aunt but also our best friend.
Also surviving are a brother David Itterly of Dickson City, a sister , Theresa and husband Lloyd Wombacker of Scranton, nieces;Jessica Wombacker, Ashley Wombacker, Amanda Wombacker Stephanie Skrobiszewski, Ondriea Reynolds, Katie Henry, Christine Henry, Michelle Grebeck, Kelly Grebeck, and nephew Michael Reynolds, grandnieces and grand nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother George Itterly.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 9:30 A.M. at the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street Dunmore. Interment Dunmore Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. and Monday 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. and 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
Mary E. McAndrew
January 18, 2018
Mary E. “Betty” McAndrew died Thursday at Saint Mary’s Villa Elmhurst Township. Prior to becoming a resident at St Mary’s Villa she resided in the Lake Winola/Mill City area for fifty years. She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty three years James J. McAndrew who died August 2, 2004. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Harry L. and Mary Davis Mullen. She was a graduate of Scranton Central High School and King’s County Hospital School of Nursing in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to her retirement she was employed as a Registered Nurse. She was a member of Our Lady of the Abingtons.
Surviving are nieces, nephews, and grandnephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers Harry L Mullen and John L. “Jack” Mullen.
The funeral will be Monday 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 Immaculate Conception Church 800 Taylor Avenue, Scranton. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
John E. Dougherty
January 6, 2018
John E. Dougherty of Dunmore died Saturday at Geisinger – CMC. He wife is the former Carmel Rose Mecca. Born in Scranton, he was the son of Lenore O’Connor Dougherty of Dunmore and the late John Dougherty and was a graduate of Bishop O’Hara High School and Marywood University. He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Dunmore.
Also surviving are two sons John L. Dougherty, Esq. of Media, Michael J. Dougherty of Los Angeles California, a brother Stephen Dougherty of Spring Lake New Jersey, four sisters; Mary Dougherty of Spring Lake, New Jersey, Ann Dougherty of Dunmore, Lenore Dougherty of Spring Lake, New Jersey, and Marie Dougherty of Dunmore, several nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by a sister Sally Dougherty and a brother James Dougherty.
He was a purchasing manager in the auto industry, an avid golfer and model train collector. John was a man of few words and a good friend to anyone in need.
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 9;30 A.M. at Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Church 322 Chestnut Street Dunmore. Interment Cathedral Cemetery. All those attending the funeral are asked to proceed directly to the church on Wednesday. Friends may call Tuesday from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
Clare A. Somers
January 5, 2018
Clare A. Somers formerly of N. Apple St., Dunmore died Friday January 5, 2018 at the Riverside Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Taylor. Clare was born April 8, 1937 and was the daughter of the late Thomas and Elizabeth McAndrew Somers. She was a graduate of Dunmore High School .
Surviving are nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two sisters Mary Albert and Elizabeth Marshalek.
A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 10:00 A.M. at Saint Paul’s Church, 1510 Penn Avenue, Scranton. Friends may call at the church from 9:00 A.M. until mass time. Interment Mount Carmel Cemetery, Dunmore.
Arrangements Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore.
June Mullaney Scanlon
January 4, 2018
June Mullaney Scanlon, of Somerset, NJ and Pocono Pines, PA, and a Scranton native, died on Thursday after a brief illness. She was the widow of John J. Scanlon, a Murray Hill lawyer, who died in 2015.
Raised in the Hill section of the city, she was the daughter of the late Edwin and Marcella Convey Mullaney. She was a graduate of Central High School and received a bachelor’s degree from Marywood University in library science. She returned to Marywood for coursework in elementary education, leading to her teacher’s certification.
Before her marriage, she served as librarian at Scranton Prep and thereafter was appointed a teacher in the Scranton School District. During summer recesses, she was an avid regular on the links of Elmhurst Country Club, where she was a member. After her marriage and relocation to New Jersey, she taught in the Bergenfield School District, until she started her family.
A longtime resident of the Troy Hills section of Parsippany, she was active in women’s circles of bridge players, cooking enthusiasts and readers of fiction and nonfiction. A former parishioner of St. Ann’s Church in Parsippany and a former member of the American Association of University Women, Mountain Lakes chapter, she was a current parishioner of St. Matthias Church in Somerset and a 50-year member of the Lake Naomi Club in Pocono Pines.
From her upbringing at 433 Wheeler Avenue until her most recent Thanksgiving holiday spent in the Poconos, she generously cultivated the goodwill and loyalty of new and lifelong friends, former and current neighbors and generations of her family located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and elsewhere.
She was also preceded in death by four sisters, Nancy Mineo, Mary Jordan, Jeanne Nagle and Ellen Mullaney, and by two brothers-in-law, Richard Jordan and Joseph Mullaney.
Her survivors include her daughter, Jennifer Yusiewicz, son-in-law Bryan and two granddaughters, Brianna and Kristen Yusiewicz, all of Hillsborough, NJ, two brothers-in-law, Cyrus Mineo of Ocean City, NJ and Walter Nagle of East Lyme, CT, four nieces, nine nephews, ten grandnieces, nine grandnephews and many cousins.
The funeral will be conducted on Tuesday with Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by her nephew, Rev. Walter Nagle, at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, the site of her wedding, 801 Taylor Avenue, Scranton. Burial will follow at Cathedral Cemetery. Those attending the funeral Mass should go directly to the church.
Relatives and friends may call on Monday at the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore from 4 to 7 p.m.
Memorial donations may be directed to the Marcella Mullaney Scholarship Endowment at Marywood and sent to the Office of Advancement, First Floor, Maria Hall, 2300 Adams Avenue, Dunmore, PA 18509
Patricia A. Becker
December 24, 2017
Patricia A. Becker of Jermyn died December 24, 2017, at Geisinger Hospital, Danville. She was a loving devoted wife, to her husband Larry for 39 years, and devoted to her children. Born in Dunmore, and a graduate of Dunmore High School, she was the daughter of the late Mary DeSanto Elliott and Robert Elliott.
Also surviving are a daughter Amie Becker of Jermyn, a son Lawrence Becker of Bethlehem, two brothers John and Eugene Elliott both of Tennessee.
Friends are invited to call Thursday from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore. Any Memorial contributions please send to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in her name.
December 22, 2017
Amy Lenore Kiser of Scranton died December 22, 2017 at home. Born in Marion, Indiana, she was the daughter of Stephen and Patricia Morrett Kiser of Baltimore, Maryland and she attended Ringling School of Art and Design; SACI in Florence, Italy, and completed her BA at Maryland Institute College of Art. She was at her happiest when she was riding horses or caring for the many beloved dogs and cats she had throughout the years. Amy was a gifted artist, and animals were a favorite subject matter of hers. She also focused much of her art and painting on representing strong women with whom she felt a strong bond. She was employed in the hospitality industry as a waitress where she instantly could connect with people of many different backgrounds while smoothly managing the fast pace of the job. She was an effortless multitasker.
Also surviving are two sisters Michelle Salb and husband Matthew Salb of Millersville Maryland, Valerie Kiser and husband David Bosley of Scranton, three nephews; Aidan Salb, Trevor Salb, Axel Bosley and a niece Liv Bosley, maternal grandmother Betty Roser Morrett of Wabash, Indiana
Amy was an avid reader with a fondness for picking out good quotes:
“She never seemed shattered to me, she was a breathtaking mosaic of the battles she
won.” “Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.” “She is strong, but not in the ways most people think. She loves more than she’ll ever get back and she knows it. And yet, she loves anyway.”
Private arrangements were conducted by the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore.
Memorial contributions can be made to House of Ruth Maryland, 2201 Argonne Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218, tel:410-889-7884, www.hruth.org and American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), 424 E. 92nd St, New York, NY 10128-6804, tel:(800) 628-0028, secure.aspca.org/donate/memorial
Thomas W. Kane
November 20, 2017
Thomas W. Kane, 62 died on November 20 2017, at Harrisburg Hospital after a lengthily illness. He was born in Scranton on October 31, 1953, and was the son of the late Robert and Elizabeth Henning Kane.
He graduated from Central High School and served in in the U.S. Army. He was employed by the Colts Bus Co.
Thomas was a resident of Park Gardens for many years, where he was known as a gentle man who loved his neighbor, they in turn remembered him, especially Sharon Stanvitch and Hilda Balinas. They gave selflessly to Tom, and their devotion will always be treasured.
Thomas is survived by his cousins, Edward/Judith Henning, Alexandria, VA and Mary Finnan, Avoca.
A mass was celebrated at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Arlington VA , in celebration of his life.
Arrangements Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home 2025 Green Ridge Street Dunmore.
December 5, 2017
Louis Costanzo of Dunmore died Tuesday at home. He is survived by his wife of 60 years Catherine Buchanan. Born in Dunmore, he was the son of the late Peppino Costanzo and Carmella Costanzo-Noble. He was a graduate of Dunmore High School and Michigan State University. Prior to his retirement he was a teacher in Nutley, NJ and the Dunmore School District and was the founder of Costanzo’s School of Driving. He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Dunmore.
Also surviving are two sons, Louis J. and wife Daria Costanzo of Navarre, Florida; and Paul and wife Maria Costanzo of Dunmore; two daughters Catherine Costanzo of Atlanta, GA; and Sara and husband Enri Cortina of Long Island, NY, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Anthony, Carmen, Luigi, and Joseph Costanzo and Sam and Leonard Noble.
His family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Traditional Home Health Care for the unforgettable care and compassion given to both Louis and his family.
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 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. All those attending the funeral are asked to proceed directly to the church on Saturday morning. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Dunmore.
Richard F. Carr
November 12, 2017
Richard F. “Dickie” Carr, 56, of Dunmore died Sunday evening at home. His wife of 30 years, Patricia Spillane Carr, was with him as he entered heaven. Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Joseph and Dolores Becker Carr, Dunmore. Richard was a graduate of Dunmore High School, class of 1979, and attended both the University of Scranton and Marywood College. He was a longtime employee of Mercy Hospital. Richard went on to serve as director of Community Development for the city of Carbondale. After his time in Carbondale, Richard served his hometown of Dunmore as borough manager and later served as the borough manager of Kidder Township. He was employed by the tax assessors’ office of Lackawanna County. He was a member of St. Peter’s Cathedral in Scranton. Richard was also a longtime member of the Irish Cultural Society in Scranton. He was a proud Penn State football fan and season ticket holder, but he was more proud to be the father of his two daughters Colleen and Delia. There was never a triumph or accomplishment in their lives that he was not a part of.
Richard was a kind, loving, and loyal husband, father, son, brother, and friend who will be missed for his witty personality and intellect. He truly loved being surrounded by family and friends, especially his Frank’s boys.
Surviving are his wife, Patricia Spillane Carr of Dunmore; daughters Colleen, New York, NY, Delia, Pittsburgh, PA; parents, sisters, Kathleen of Dunmore, Carol Giumento and husband Joseph, Dunmore and their children Erin and Kyle. Also surviving are a mother-in-law, Patricia Spillane, Bellmore, NY; brother-in-laws John and James Spillane, Bellmore, NY; sisters- in- laws, Eileen Spillane, San Francisco, CA, and Kathleen Spillane and her daughter Lillian, Bellmore, NY. He was preceded in death by uncles Francis and Robert Carr, and his father-in-law, James B. Spillane, Bellmore, NY.
The funeral will be Friday with Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter’s Cathedral, 315 Wyoming Avenue Scranton, at 9:30 A.M. All those attending the Mass are asked to go directly to the church. Friends may call Thursday from 2 :00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore, PA 18512. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in his honor to the Tisch Multiple Sclerosis Research Center of New York, 521 W. 57th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10019 or online at http://www.tischms.org/.
John J. Dwyer Jr.
November 8, 2017
John J. Dwyer Jr., of Dalton died Wednesday at Reston Hospital, Reston Virginia. He is survived by his wife Mary Beth Brazill Dwyer, they were married for 42 years. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late John J. and Rosemary Stuckart Dwyer and was a graduate of Cathedral High School. He received an undergraduate degree and an MBA from the University of Scranton. He was the owner of John J. Dwyer Jr. Financial Services of Dalton. He was a member of Saint Gregory’s Church, Clarks Green.
Also surviving are two sons; Brendan and wife Danielle Dwyer of Dalton, Colin and wife Emily Dwyer of Roaring Brook Township, four daughters Kathleen Dwyer, Lauren Dwyer both of New York City, NY, Maggie and husband Christopher Bieter of Havertown, and Mari Dwyer of Los Angeles , CA; six brothers Tony and wife Moira Dwyer of Pittsburgh, Martin and wife Loretta Dwyer of Wayne, Marc Dwyer of Scranton, Christopher Dwyer of Nicholson, and Joseph Dwyer of Pittsburgh; three sisters Suzanne and husband David Zaleski of Blakely, Rosemary and husband Mark Kahler of Austin, TX and Judy Dwyer of Scranton; seven grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister Sister Mary K. Dwyer IHM.
The funeral will be Monday 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 Gregory’s Church 330 North Abington Road, Clarks Green. Interment Fairlawn Cemetery, Dalton. Friends may call Sunday from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 PM. All those attending the funeral are asked to proceed directly to the church on Tuesday morning. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, Scranton by calling (570) 342-5556.
Mark J. Clifford
October 13, 2017
Mark J. Clifford, Dunmore, passed away October 13, 2017, at home after an illness. Mark was born on August 30, 1955, in Williamsport, PA, son of the late Robert J. and Doris H. Hudak Clifford of Dunmore. He graduated from St. Mary of Mount Carmel School, Bishop O’Hara High School, and the Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a bachelor of social work degree. Mark worked in social work positions with Meals on Wheels and Friendship House, and more recently worked in local sales and marketing jobs.
The most important personal thing to know about Mark is that he cared for his mother in the last year of her life, in the Clifford family home on North Webster Avenue in Dunmore, after she underwent rehabilitation for her first stroke. He was diligent in his care and concern for her, before she passed of a second stroke in March 2014.
The second most important thing to know about Mark is that he also loved the rest of his family-including (of those surviving) his cat, Rosie, and his siblings, Robert (Mary), Morris Plains, NJ; Patrick (Mary Ann), Tyler, TX; Mary (Richard Bosch), Highland Lakes, NJ; Paul (Jenine Furry), Leetsdale, PA; and Anne, Worcester, PA, along with their children and grandchildren; his aunt and godmother, Betty J. Clifford, Clarks Summit; and his cousins. He also known as a good friend to others, willing to lend a hand where needed.
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 9:30 A.m. at Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Church 322 Chestnut Street Dunmore. Interment Saint Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call Wednesday morning at the funeral home from 8:15 A.M. to 9:15 A.M.
James B. Walker
October 9, 2017
James B. Walker, 89, of Scranton, died on Monday at the Gino Merli Veterans Center. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Marie Huss in 2005. They were married for 48 years. Born in Scranton, son of the late Morton and Catherine Kelly Walker, he was educated in the Scranton School District. He joined the United States Army in 1949 and served most of his time in Germany. He was the owner/operator of Jim Walker Plumbing and Heating for more than forty years.
James was a kind and loving uncle to his nieces and nephews and grandnieces and
grandnephews. He never missed sending a birthday card to his family. He always looked forward to his winters in Boynton Beach, Florida.
He is survived by many nieces and nephews, including his godson Robert J. Walker. He was preceded in death by a sister Helen Moss, and five brothers, Paul, Jack, William, Robert, and Harold.
The family would like to express their gratitude to all at Gino Merli Center for their good care of James in his final days.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday at 9:30 A.M. at St Mary’s Church 322 Chestnut St. Dunmore. Friends may call Thursday at St. Mary’s Church from 8:30A.M. until Mass time. Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Joseph’s Center 2010 Adams Avenue Scranton, PA 18509. Arrangements Albert P. O’Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore.