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April 25, 2018

Obituaries Spring 2018

Obituaries for December 2017, January & February 2018 2018 Spring Newsletter

Written by Tom Kashatus The Newport Township Community Organization (NTCO) has added an obituary page to

its quarterly newsletter as of the 2014 winter issue. These obituaries are in reference to individuals who have ties

to Newport Township and/or Newport Township High School. This page has been receiving favorable news reviews

from our readers and we hope that it continues into the future. The obituaries in this newsletter are published in

abbreviated or consensed form due to limited space; thusly, it has been decided to run a more complete obituary

on our web site, www.newporttownship.com, (to include employment, survivors, predeceased family, church

membership, funeral director, place of interment, etc.) as space available is not a relative issue. There is also a link

leading to the original newspaper obit or that of the funeral home. As usual, your comments are always welcome;

and, if someone is missed, please notify this writer at tomkashatus@gmail.com or call (570) 736‐6981.

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ZACK, Dolores M. (nee Mihneski), 84, of Hanover Township, and formerly of Glen Lyon, passed away

Saturday, December 2, 2017, in Erwine Hospice inpatient unit at Wilkes Barre General Hospital. Dolores

was born January 28, 1933, in Glen Lyon, and was the daughter of the late Frank and Sophia (Sobeleski)

Mihneski. She was a graduate of Newport Township High School class of “51.” She retired from Bass

manufacturing as a seamstress in 1987. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband,

Leonard. Dolores is survived by her children, Debra Borkowski, and her husband, Edward; and son,

Robert Zack, and his wife, Elizabeth; brothers, Frank and Bernard Mihneski of Glen Lyon, and Michael

of Nanticoke; sisters, Evelyn Shimko, of Glen Lyon and Arlene Mieczkowski of Newport Center.

Arrangements were entrusted to Charles V. Sherbin Funeral Home of Hanover Township; and interment

was in Hanover Green Cemetery, Hanover Township.

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KRUCZEK, Laura (nee Jachimczak), 90. of Slocum Township, and longtime resident of Alden, passed

away Wednesday, December 2017. Laura was born July 19, 1927 in Askam and was the daughter of the

late Alexander and Sophia (Wrona) Jachimczak. She had been employed in the garment industry and

cigar manufacturing and retired from RCA in Mountaintop. Besides her parents, Laura was predeceased

by her husband, Ted Kruczek; sisters, Mary Jachimczak, Stephanie Dudrick, and Helen Lukowski; and

brothers, Edward (Janison) Jachimczak and Stanley Jachimczak. She is survived by her daughters, Carol

Smereski, and husband, Joseph, of Zion; and Jane Strzelecki, and husband, Anthony, of Slocum

Township; and sister, Henrietta (Henry) Kellar. Arrangements were made with Davis-Dinelli Funeral

Home of Nanticoke; and interment was in Holy Trinity Cemetery of Sheatown.

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DROZDOWSKI, David T., 53, of Orchard Street, Glen Lyon, passed away Sunday, December 17,

2017, at his home. David was born in Nanticoke on March 16, 1964, and was the son of Paul P. and the

late Elizabeth “Bette” (Schall). He was a graduate of John S. Fine High School, class of “62” and worked

as a warehouse packer for a number of factories in The Valley. Besides his mother, David was

predeceased by his brother, Paul M. Besides his father, he is survived by his wife, Marianne (Gayeski)

Drozdowski; son, David A. Drozdowski, of Plymouth; daughters, Melinda Davies, Nanticoke; Danielle

Drozdowski, Nanticoke; and Destiny Drozdowski, Plymouth; brother, Daniel Drozdowski, Alden; and

sister, Pamela Kerick, Hunlock Creek. Arrangements were made with Grontkowski Funeral Home, PC of

Nanticoke.

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GORNEY, Theresa M., 85, of Depot Street, Glen Lyon, passed away Sunday, December 17, 2017, at

Celtic Health Care Geisinger South, Wilkes Barre. Theresa was born in Nanticoke, on June 5, 1932, and

was the daughter of the late Peter and Pearl (Walkowiak) Helmecki. She was a life resident of Glen

Lyon and graduated from Newport Township High School class of “50.” She had been employed by

Harris Semi-Conductor Co. of Mountain Top as an assembler tester and was a member of Holy Spirit

Parish of Glen Lyon. Preceding her in death were her husband of 42 years, Stanley Gorney: son, Daniel

Gorney; and brothers, Alphonse, Peter, John, Michael, and Leonard Helmecki. She is survived by her

sons, Paul, and his wife, Sandy, of Wilkes Barre, and Mark Gorney of Glen Lyon. Arrangements were

made with George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home of Glen Lyon; and interment was in Saint Adalbert’s

Cemetery in Glen Lyon.

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MINUTI, Mario, of Laguna Woods, CA, and formerly of Glen Lyon, passed away December 18, 2017,

after a battle with cancer. Mario was a graduate of Newport Township High School class of “46” and

the University of Pittsburg with a degree in Physics. He was employed with General electric for 42 years

and worked with their Apollo Program. Mario was preceded in death by his wife and son who were also

cancer victims.

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SZOT, Lorraine F. (nee Berjewski), 86, of Nanticoke, and formerly of Newport Township, passed away

Wednesday, December 20, 2017, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Palins Township.

Lorraine was born in Newport Township on October 11, 1931; and was the daughter of the late Alex and

Caroline Berjewski. She attended Newport Township schools and helped run the family business, the

Miners’ Café in Nanticoke. Besides her parents, Lorraine was predeceased by her son, Michael Szot.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Chester A. Szot; and son, Mark Szot. Arrangements were

made with Stanley S. Stegura Funeral Home Inc; and interment was in Holy Trinity Cemetery,

Newport Township.

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CYBULSKI, Stanley J., 80, of Mountain Top, passed away December 25, 2017, in the post-acute

medical unit in the Wilkes Barre General Hospital. Stanley was the son of the late Walter and Edith

Cybulski. He was a graduate of Newport Township High School class of “55,” was a veteran of the US

Air Force. He retired from RCA/Fairchild of Mountain Top. Besides his parents he was predeceased by

his brothers, Walter Jr. and Robert Cybulski. Stanley is survived by his wife, Judy; son, Jim; and brother,

Jerry. He was a life member of Saint Mary’s Church in Dorrance. Arrangements were made with

McCune Funeral Home of Mountain Top; and burial was in Emmanuel Cemetery in Dorrance.

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MACIEJCZYK, Frances Catherine Kaczmarek, (nee Kapler) 87, of Shickshinny, and raised at Saint

Stanislaus Orphanage, Sheatown, passed away December 26, 2017. “Frannie” was born October 22,

1930 in Pittston and was the daughter of the late Jan and Katerina (Podmenik) (Kaczmarek) Kapler. She

was predeceased by her husbands, Donald McGlynn and Bartolom Maciejczyk; sister, Margaret

Chapman; and special cousin, Grochowski. She is survived by her children, Donald McGlynn Jr. and

wife, Donna, WA; Mary and husband, Alan Angeli, of Hunlock Creek; Johanna and husband, Jeffrey

Leck of Hunlock Creek; Bart Maciejczyk of Hunlock Creek; and Valerie and her husband, Ian Cox of

London, UK. Frances was a graduate of Newport Township High School and retired from

HuntingtonMills Elementary School and also worked for Ronnie Dress factory. She was a member of Saint Mary’s

Church in Mocanaqua. Arrangements were made with Mayo Funeral Home Inc of Shickshinny and

interment was Saint Mary’s Church Cemetery in Mocanaqua.

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ECKROTE, Joseph, 80, of Wanamie, passed away Friday, December 29, 2017 at home. Joseph was

born September 15, 1937, and was the son of the late Joseph and Daisy Eckrote. He attended Newport

Township schools and was a veteran of the US Air Force. Besides his parents, Joseph was predeceased

by his brothers, Calvin, Floyd, and Harold “Blackie”; and sisters, Sarah Rubright, Clara “Sis” Stewart,

and Olivia “WeeWee” Wysocki. He is survived by his wife, Martha, and his sons, William and Corey.

Arrangements were made with Stanley S. Stegura Funeral Home of Nanticoke.

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TWYMAN, Wanda Mae, 63, of Glen Lyon, passed away peacefully at her home Saturday, December

23, 2017. Wanda Mae was born in Chester, PA on January 24, 1954, and was the daughter of the late

Ruth Twyman. She was a graduate of Chester High School and Delaware County Nursing School.

Besides her mother, she was predeceased by her sister, Theresa Twyman, and brother, Tommy Twyman.

Wanda is survived by her children, Karim W. Twyman, Briheem O. Twyman, and Lydia E. Betancourt;

sisters, Stephanie Edmunds, Felecia Anderson, and Terri Young, and brothers, John Twyman and Troy

Twyman. Arrangements were entrusted to Daniel J. Hughes Funeral & Cremation Service, Wilkes Barre.

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ROSS, Eugene J., 82, of Glen Lyon, passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018. He was a graduate of

Newport Township High School class of “53.” Arrangements were with George A. Strish Funeral

Home, Glen Lyon and interment was at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA

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KRUPINSKI, John S. Jr., 83, of Nanticoke, formerly of Glen Lyon, passed away suddenly, Sunday,

January 7, 2018, at his home. John was born in Glen Lyon on March 1, 1934, and was the son of the late

John and Celia (Gayewski) Krupinski. He graduated from Newport Township High School, class of

52.” He was a US Army veteran serving with the 175th Engineer Company. He worked for Fanucci’s

Beer Distributorship of Glen Lyon and retired from Metropolitan Insurance Company as a manager after

a 40 year career. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Leon Krupinski. John is

survived by his wife of 63 years, Norma (Olshefski) Krupinski; and sister, Romaine Tullai of Fl.

Arrangements were made with Davis-Dinelli Funeral Home of Nanticoke; and interment was in Saint

Adalbert’s Cemetery, Glen Lyon.

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LUTZ, Adam Christopher, 22, of Nanticoke, passed away November 9, 2018, at Lake Silkworth.

Adam was born on December 22, 1994, and was the son of Patricia Lutz, Nanticoke, and Ralph Lutz Jr.,

of Glen Lyon. Adam grew up in Glen Lyon and graduated from Greater Nanticoke Area High School

class of “13.” He was employed by J. D. Byrider, Hanover Township. He was predeceased by his

maternal grandparents, Arthur and Marie Davis of Hanover Township; and paternal grandfather, Ralph

Lutz, Sr. of Glen Lyon. Adam is survived by his brothers, Michael Sando and Eric Sando; and paternal

grandmother, Connie” (Samulevich) Lutz of Glen Lyon. Arrangements were made with Davis-Dinelli

Funeral Home of Nanticoke.

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FRINSKO, Dorothy M., (nee Urbanski), 97, formerly of Glen Lyon, passed away on Wednesday,

January 10, 2018, at the Kingston Health Care Center, Kingston. Dorothy was born in Newport

Township on May 5, 1920, and was the daughter of the late Bolish and Stella (Wisinski) Urbanski. She

was a life resident of Glen Lyon and a Newport Township High School graduate class of “38.” Besides

her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Andrew Frinsko; brother, Stanley

Urbanski; and sister, Emma Jean Mitros. She worked for the US Postal Service during WW II and retired

from the local garment industry. Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Janet Howell, and her husband,

Harry, of Glen Lyon; and her son John Frinsko, and his wife, Victoria, of Plano, TX. Arrangements were

made with George A. Strish, Inc. funeral Home of Glen Lyon; and interment was at Saint Adalbert’s

Cemetery in Glen Lyon.

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KOSKO, Nancy S. (nee George), 69, of Dallas, and formerly of Sheatown, Nuangola, and Hanover

Section (Rhone) of Nanticoke, passed away Saturday, January 6, 2018. Nancy was born May 8, 1948,

and was the daughter of the late William and Betty (Bax) George. She was raised in Sheatown and

graduated from Newport Township High School class of “67.” She achieved certification as a licensed

practical nurse and worked at Birchwood Nursing Home, Nanticoke and Guardian Elder Care Center,

Sheatown. She is survived by her husband, Philip Kosko; sons, Lawrence Pudlosky, Nanticoke; Michael

Allen Dutzar, and William Dutzar; and sisters, Jane Oliver and Sally Schneider. Arrangements were

made with Davis-Dinelli Funeral Home of Nanticoke.

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FENSTERMACHER, Eugene R., 90, of Dorrance Township, passed away Tuesday, January 16, 2018,

at Providence Place, Drums. Eugene was born in Dorrance on August 8, 1927, and was the son of the late

Harvey and Ruth (Moyer) Fenstermacher. He graduated from Newport Township High School class of

44” and was a veteran of the US Navy. He was later employed by Sandvik, Eberhard Faber, and retired

from Mideast Aluminum. He was a member of Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Mountain top. Besides

his parents, Gene was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, the former May Rinehimer and sister, Lois

Chapin. He is survived by his children, Brent Fenstermacher, and his wife, Donna, of Mountaintop;

Brenda Hagemo and her husband, Lloyd, of MN; and Dale Fenstermacher of Sellersville. Arrangements

were made with Heller Funeral Home, LLC of Nescopeck.

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MUMMERT, Fred Amherst Jr., 66, of Glen Lyon, formerly of Hanover Township, passed into eternal life on

Sunday, January 21, 2018, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. Funeral arrangements were in the care of

John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes, Inc. of Wilkes Barre.

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VALAITIS, Jane (nee Markiewicz), 93, a resident of Smith Health Care of Mountain Top, formerly of

Sheatown, passed away in Wilkes Barre General Hospital, Saturday, January 20, 2018. Jane was born on

March 21, 1924, was the daughter of the late John and Stephania (Sieminski) Markiewicz, and was one of

eleven children. She attended Holy Trinity Grade School and graduated from Newport Township High

School class of “41.” Earlier in life she had been employed as a seamstress in Newport Township.

Besides her parents, she had been predeceased by her husband of 44 years, Leonard Valaitis in 1991. She

is survived by her son, Leonard Jr., and his wife, Dolores, of Mountain Top. Arrangements were made

with Grontkowski funeral Home, PC, of Nanticoke, and burial was in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Sheatown.

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HUDACK, Deborah, (nee Turner), 51, of Wilkes Barre, and formerly of Glen Lyon, passed away

Sunday, January 21, 2018, at Celtic Hospice, Wilkes Barre. Deborah was born on August 7, 1966, and

was the daughter of the late Donald and Louise (Mayewski) Turner. She had been employed as a

secretary for the Gutter King of Wilkes Barre. Besides her parents, Debbie was predeceased by her sister,

Kathy Bralczyk. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Daniel J. Hudack; daughter, Kristen

Hudack; son, Daniel Hudack; sister, Ann Marie Gregory, and her husband, James, of Glen Lyon;

brothers, Donald Turner, and his wife Kathy; and Gerald Turner, and his wife, Joni. Arrangements were

made with George A. Strish Funeral Home, Inc. of Glen Lyon; and interment was in Saint Adalbert’s

Cemetery of Glen Lyon.

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GAYDOS, Michael E., 79, of Middletown, DE, and formerly of Dorrance Township, passed away

peacefully on Friday, January 19, 2018. He was born on October 5, 1938, and was the son of the late

Stephen and Mary Gaydos. He was a graduate of Newport township High School, class of “56.” Mike

worked for and retired from United Airlines after 41 years of employment. He is survived by his wife of

57 years, Donna Gaydos; son, Michael (Trina); daughter, Kimberly Foster (Jeff); and sister, Rosemary

Pericles. Arrangements were made with Daniels and Hutchison Funeral Home, Middletown, DE and

interment was at Old Bohemia Cemetery.

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PERNO, Peter Joseph, 91, of Korn Krest, Hanover Township, and formerly of Glen Lyon, passed into

eternal life Wednesday, January 24, 2018, in the Intensive Care Unit of Wilkes Barre General Hospital.

Peter was born April 14, 1926, in Glen Lyon, and was the son of the late Peter and Mary (Natalini)

Perno. He attended Newport Township schools and was a US Navy veteran serving in the Pacific

Theater during WWII. He had been employed by Biscontini Enterprises of Newport Township and

retired as a truck driver from Ostrander Steel Co. of Pringle. He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years,

the former Ludmilla “Mildred” Anna Matyas; and sister, Mrs. Louise Selli. Peter is survived by his

children, Mildred Ann Luba (husband, Leonard), Yolanda Jean Humphrey (fiancé, Richard Pendolphia),

and Richard Michael Perno. Arrangements were made with John V. Morris Funeral Home of Wilkes

Barre; and interment was in Hanover Cemetery, Hanover Green of Hanover Township.

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CONDO, John, 89, of W. Railroad Street, Alden, passed away Sunday, January 21, 2018, at Geisinger

Wyoming Valley Medical Center. John was born in Swoyersville on January 18, 1929, and was the son

of the late John and Mary Condo. John was a US Army veteran and served in the military after

graduation. He retired as a supervisor from Shott Glass. John was predeceased by his wife the Rose

Marie (Krynik) Condo. He is survived by his three sons, Thomas (Maureen), Richard (Lisa), and Dennis

(Cheryl). Arrangements were made with Stanley S. Stegura Funeral Home of Nanticoke.

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SWEET, Kelly D., (nee Killian), 57, of Hunlock Creek, and formerly of Glen Lyon, died Sunday

morning, January 28, 2018, in Wilkes Barre General Hospital. Kelly was born September 8, 1960, and

was the daughter of the late Roger and Janet (Carter) Killian. She was a graduate of Northwest Area High

School, class of “79.” She had been employed by Country Cousin’s Shoe Factory, Dave’s Sanitation of

Mocanaqua, and Sears Logistics. Kelly is survived by her husband of 37 years, Dallas Sweet; and

children, Adam Sweet (wife, Jacquelyn) of Glen Lyon; Roger Sweet (wife, Melody) of Glen Lyon; and Angela of Hunlock Creek; sisters, Sue Beaver (husband, Brett) of Mocanaqua; and Nikki Seigfried

(husband, Mike) of Shickshinny Valley. Arrangements were made with May funeral Home of

Shickshinny and interment was in Sorber Cemetery, Reyburn.

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WOJCIECHOWSKI, Pauline 101, a life resident of Alden, passed away Wednesday, January 31,

2018, at Guardian Elder Care of Sheatown. Pauline was born on June 29, 1916. Besides her parents,

Pauline was preceded in death by her son, Emil; brothers, Francis and Casmier; and sisters, Lottie and

Sophie. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Phyllis Warren. Pauline had been employed as a

waitress and seamstress for the Duplin Mill, and, later McGregor Sportswear. Arrangements were made

with Stanley S. Stegura Funeral Home of Nanticoke; and interment was in Saint Mary’s Cemetery of

Hanover Township.

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ADAMCZYK, Mildred Mary. 83, of Sheatown, passed away Sunday, December 10, 2017, at home.

Mildred was born in Nanticoke on August 12, 1934, and was the daughter of the late Arthur and Anna

(Benia) Jones. She was a graduate of Nanticoke High School class of “52.” Prior to retirement, she had

been the supervisor of the kitchen at Guardian Elder Care in Sheatown. She was a member of Saint

Faustina Parish in Nanticoke. Besides her parents, Mildred was predeceased by her husband of 31 years,

Francis Adamczyk; daughter, Annette Adamczyk Wiernusz; sisters, Irene Cooper and Anna Benia;

brothers, Daniel and Thomas Benia. She is survived by her son-in-law, Joseph Wiernusz. Arrangements

were made with Stanley S. Stegura Funeral Home of Nanticoke; and interment was in Holy Trinity

Cemetery, Sheatown.

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PRETE, Michael L., 90, of Alden, passed away Thursday, February 1, 2018, at Birchwood Nursing and

Rehabilitation Center, Nanticoke. Michael was born in Hazleton on July 1, 1927, and was the son of the

late Michael and Josephine (Pachence) Prete. He graduated from Hazleton High School class of “45” and

was a veteran of the US Army serving in Korea during the end of WW II. Over the years, he was

employed by Neisner’s, Pomeroy’s, JC Penney’s, Firestone Tire, and Franconi’s. Michael; was a member

of First United Methodist Church, Nanticoke, Nanticoke Lodge 332 of Free and Accepted Masons, Irem

Shriners, and Luigi Miccoci Lodge. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Vito and

Joseph Prete. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lorraine; daughters, Sheryl Hewitt (husband,

David) and Catherine Yefko (husband, James Sr.) of Alden; brother, Santo Prete; and sister, Rosella

Trego (husband, Darus). Arrangements were made with Davis-Dinelli Funeral Home, Nanticoke, and

entombment was at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Township.

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STEBER, Mary Ann (nee Rosmus), 75, a longtime resident of Mocanaqua, died Friday, February 9,

2018, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. Mary Ann was born January 4,

1943, in Mocanaqua, and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret (Lenkaitis) Rosmus. She was

a graduate of Newport Township High School class of “61” and a member of Saint Mary’s Church of

Mocanaqua. She had been employed and retired from Bi-Lo (formerly Acme Markets). Besides her

parents, she was predeceased by sisters, Margaret Steber and Lorraine Prukalski. Mary Ann is survived

by her husband of 52 years, Edward G. Steber; daughters, Mary Ann Domzalski (Rick) of Seymore, IN,

and Lisa Steber (Leroy Moyer) of Mocanaqua; son, Ed Steber (Marcy) of Shickshinny; and sister,

Bernadine Rosmus of Nanticoke. Arrangements were made with Mayo funeral Home of Shickshinny.

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MALEC, Frank J. Jr., 70, of Hanover Township. formerly of Glen Lyon, passed away Friday, February

9, 2018, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. Frank was born on February 4,

1948, and he was the son of the late Frank J. Sr. and Anna (Butka) Malec. He was a US Navy Vietnam

Era veteran and a member of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church in Hanover Township. He is

survived by his wife of 48 years, Wanda (Chabin) Malec; daughter, Joanna Masher; son, Michael Malec;

sisters, Felecia Domulevicz (Eugene) of Glen Lyon and Francine Armstrong (Steve); and brothers,

Ernest Malec (Grace) and Mark Malec. Arrangements were made with George A. Strish Inc. Funeral

Home of Ashley and interment was in Hanover Green Cemetery, Hanover Township.

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KUCHINSKI, Marilyn (nee Stewart), 76, of Bluffton, SC, and formerly of Wanamie, passed away

Saturday, January 27, 2018, at NHC of Bluffton. Marilyn was born in Nanticoke on January 13, 1942,

and was the daughter of the late Romaine C. Stewart and Cecelia (Czeck) Stewart. She was raised in

Wanamie, graduated from Newport Township High School class of “59,” graduated from Philadelphia

General Hospital nursing program as a registered nurse, and received a BS in nursing from Rowan

University. She had been employed as a maternity ward nurse, private medical nurse practice, a

utilization review coordinator, and retired as school nurse in the Vineland, NJ school system. Marilyn is

survived by her childhood sweetheart and husband Ron Kuchinski; son, Ron Kuchinski Jr. (Kelly) of

Marlton, NJ; daughter, Susan Wiercinski ((Ed) of Baldwin, MD; and brother, Raymond Stewart (Janet)

of Mesa AZ. Arrangements were made with Saul’s Funeral Home, Bluffton, SC.

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LUISSER, Mark, of Wanamie, passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at Birchwood Nursing and

Rehabilitation Center, Nanticoke. Arrangements were made with George A. Strish Funeral Home, Inc.,

Ashley.

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COOPEY, Dorothy M. (nee Cross), 90, of Nanticoke, and formerly of Sheatown, passed away,

Monday, January 22, 2018, at home. Dorothy was born June 24, 1927, in Philadelphia, and was the

daughter of the late Montieth and Margaret (Schneiderlin) Cross. She had resided in Sheatown for many

years, Mesa, AZ, and Pembroke Pines, FL Dorothy was predeceased by her first husband, Reese Lewis,

and second husband, Louis H. Coopey; and brother, Monty Cross. She is survived by her daughters,

Cheryl Trevethan (William La Taille, husband), Ohio; Megan Tennesen (Richard), Sheatown; and

Doreese Torrey (Vernon) Nanticoke. Arrangements were made with Davis-Dinelli funeral Home,

Nanticoke.

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BALLIET, Helen M. (nee Dula), 90, of Mountain Top, passed away Saturday, February 17, 2018, at

Smith Health Care Center, Mountain Top. Helen was born in Nanticoke and was the daughter of the late

Joseph and Anna Dula. She was a graduate of Newport Township High School. Besides her parents,

Helen was predeceased by her husband, Arthur S. Balliet; brothers, John and Frank Dula; and sisters,

Mary O’Connor and Anna Balliet. She is survived by her brother, Edward Dula (Florence) of Nuangola;

daughter, Barbara Panas (Charles) of Mountain Top; sons, Arthur of Philadelphia and Wayne of

Mountain top. Arrangements were made with McCune Funeral Service of Mountain Top; and interment

was at Stairville Cemetery, Slocum Township.

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OTTAVIANI, Peter, 65, of Aston, PA, passed away on Monday, February 19, 2018, at his home. Peter

was born in Nanticoke, the son of the late Peter and Virginia Ottaviani, raised in Mocanaqua, and was a

graduate of Newport Township High School. He was a master carpenter and retired from SEPTA as a

facilities manager after 32 years of employment. Peter is survived by his wife, Rene Pawlush Ottaviani;

children , Peter Ottaviani; Jillian Mink (Mike); and Alexis Ottaviani (Donnie Whisler). Arrangements

were made with Nolan-Fidale Funeral Home of Aston, PA.

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GROHOWSKI, John S., 54, of Kirmar Avenue, Alden, passed away Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plain Township. John was born January 25. 1964, and he

was the son of the late Stanley and Catherine (Smith) Grohowski. He had been employed by Harris

Manufacturing and was a member of First United Mentodist Church of Nanticoke. John is survived by

his brothers, Todd, Eric, Kyle Williams and Jesse Williams; and sister, Tara Grohowski. Arrangements

were made with Earl W. Lohman funeral Home, Inc., Nanticoke.

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MOTISKO, Melanie, R. (nee Ruck), 74, of Sheatown, passed away Friday, February 23, 2018, at home.

Melanie was born May 29, 1943 in Nanticoke and was the daughter of the late Albert and Nina (Morris)

Ruck. She retired as owner and operator of Bridal Creations, Wilkes Barre, working in wedding planning

and accessories. Besides her parents, Melanie was predeceased by her husband of 21 years, Henry

Motisko Jr. She is survived by her daughter, Susan Higgins (Bill) of Huntington Milles; son, Frank

Dudinski of Steamboat Springs, CO; and sister, Diane Lasecki (Frank) of Plymouth. Arrangements were

made with Davis-Dinelli Funeral Home, Nanticoke; and entombment was in Saint Mary’s Cemetery,

Hanover Township.

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WENTZ, Rosalie T. (nee Skrinski), 89, of Nanticoke, passed away Friday, February 23, 2018, at home.

Rosalie was born in Wanamie and was the daughter of the late Anthony and Margaret (Gillis) Skrinski.

She was a graduate of Newport Township High School class of “46” and a member of Saint Faustina

Parish, Nanticoke. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Anthony, and sisters,

Helen Vuoto, Mary Zuchowski, and Catherine Bunting. Mary is survived by her husband of 67 years,

Edward Wentz; daughters, Debra Massaker (Kevin) of Nanticoke; and Maria Maloney (Joseph) of Wilkes

Barre. Arrangements were made with Stanley S. Stegura Funeral Home of Nanticoke; and interment was

in Saint Mary’s Cemetery of Wanamie.

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