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Sherman G. Shook

April 21, 2009

Sherman Grant Shook, 89, passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at his home.

Born March 7, 1920 in Hecktown, Northampton County, he was a son of the late Jacob and Clara (Itterly) Shook.

A graduate of Nazareth High School and Bethlehem Business Collage, he was employed by Avondale Farms Dairy and Bethlehem Steel Company of Bethlehem and as a claim settlement agent by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare for 40 years at Altoona, Washington, Pa., and Wilkes-Barre.

The last typed letter Sherm wrote before his hands became too weak to strike the keys, states, “To each and every friend and member of my family, thank you for everything. It’s been a great life.”

He was a 27-year member of the Circle Eighters Square Dance Club, numerous railway historical societies and a longtime National Park Service volunteer at Steamtown National Historic Site, Scranton, receiving numerous citations and plaques for over 20,000 hours of volunteer work.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth; sisters, Ethel Wagner and Gladys Metzgar.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, the former Catherine Anna Werner; son Ronald at home; daughter, Carol Skoronski, Mountain Top; brother, Kermit, Ephrata; two grandchildren, David Skoronski and Deborah Martin; four great-grandchildren, Sarah, Joseph and Leah Skoronski and Julia Martin; several nephews and a niece.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Robert Bednarski Funeral Home, 27 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre. There will be no calling hours.

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