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Hazel Thompson

Hazel Maria Thompson, 65, of Edwardsville, passed away Saturday, November 22, 2008, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Her husband is Charles E. Thompson Jr.

She was born February 10, 1943, in Townsend, Del., a daughter of the late John Thomas and Lillian Laura Raisner Green. She was a wonderful homemaker and loved her family dearly.

She was preceded in death by grandchildren Monroe and Christina Chew.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are daughters Lillian Lisa Harris, Edwardsville, and Debbie Chew, Edwardsville; sisters Molly Walls, Jersey Shore, Pa., and Mary Robinson, Wilkes-Barre; a brother, John Green, and his wife, Jerry, Linden; three grandsons, Paul and Preston Harris, and Christian Chew; five granddaughters, Megan, Wendy, Sabrina, Bridgette and Tabitha Chew; several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held Saturday at noon in the Edwards and Russin Funeral Home, 717 Main St., Edwardsville, with Pastor David Miklas, of the Green Street Baptist Chapel, officiating. Friends and family may call from 11 a.m. until service time.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate your support for helping to defray funeral expenses.

Charlotte Sztuka

Charlotte Sztuka, 89, of Loomis Street, Nanticoke, passed away Tuesday morning at Hospice Community Care of Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.

She was born in Bridgeport, Conn., to the late Thomas and Mary Adamowicz Tierney. She was a graduate of Bridgeport High School and also completed one year of college. While residing in Bridgeport, Conn., she was employed by the city of Bridgeport as an accounting clerk. As of 1994, she was a resident of Nanticoke and a member of the former St. Francis Church, Nanticoke.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John, in 2003.

Surviving is a daughter, Margaret (Peg) Favreau, Glen Lyon; grandchild Michelle Rascoe, Ansonia, Conn.; great-grandchildren Kyla and Kevin.

Funeral will be held Saturday, November 29, at 9:30 a.m. from the Grontkowski Funeral Home P.C., 51 W. Green St., Nanticoke, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Church, Nanticoke, with the Rev. William officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township. Calling hours will be held today, from 2 to 4 p.m.

John S. Stoss

John S. Stoss, 60, of Berry Street, West Pittston, died Tuesday evening in his home.

Born in Falls, he was a son of the late Frank and Genevieve Yale Stoss. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, serving three tours. Mr. Stoss was employed by Pizano Trucking and Digillio Trucking. Prior to his retirement, he was employed at Schott Glass of Duryea. He was a member of the Exeter VFW Post 6518. For many years, he was involved with the Exeter Little League and the Exeter Panthers Football organization.

Preceding him in death was his brother, Michael R. Stoss.

Surviving are a son, John, and daughter, Jean Marie Stoss, both of Exeter; brothers and sisters Gloria White, McAdoo; Frank, Harding; Lowell, Avoca; Richard, Pittston; Linda Redmond, Wilkes-Barre; Myron, Pittston; Florence Coolbaugh, Harding; Thomas, Edwardsville; James, Exeter; Stephen, Exeter; George, Pittston; Eleanor Kurtulis, Duryea; Arthur, Exeter; Brenda Hower, Nanticoke; Glenn, Harding; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Metcalfe and Shaver Funeral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. Interment will be in the Carverton Cemetery. Friends may call today, from 7 to 9 p.m.

John Storz

John Storz, 78, of Third Street, Larksville, died November 24, 2008, in Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, Pa.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Gerald and Rose Kindler Storz. He resided in Larksville for most of his life. Mr. Storz was formerly employed by Llewellyn and McKane Printers of Wilkes-Barre. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Church in Larksville. He served in the Air Force. John liked to work with wood and to read. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Gerald; and sisters, Rosemary Storz, Regina Franklin and Dolores Monahan.

Surviving are his wife of 45 years, the former Florence Nareski; son John and his wife, Kim, Fredrick, Pa.; daughters Monica Storz, Ambler, Pa.; Valerie Dearfoss and her husband, John, Larksville; brothers Carl, Kingston; Philip, Plains, and Larry, Shavertown; and a granddaughter, Grace.

Funeral services for John will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. from the Andrew Strish Funeral Home, 11 Wilson St., Larksville, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Church, Nesbitt Street, Larksville. Interment will be in St. John’s Cemetery, Dallas. Friends may call today, from 5 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Plymouth Library, St. John’s Church or the American Cancer Society.

George E. Rogers

Those we love remain with us for love itself lives on, and cherished memories never fade because a loved one’s gone.

Surrounded by his family, our loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, George E. Rogers, 89, of North Main Street, LeRaysville, Pa., passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, November 24, 2008.

George was born on June 13, 1919, in Midvale, Pa., a son of the late Helen (Moore) and Levi Rogers and stepson of Carrie Rose Rogers. A longtime resident of LeRaysville, George graduated from LeRaysville High School, Class of 1937. In 1942, he enlisted into the U.S. Army and served his country as a medic during World War II.

Upon an honorable discharge in 1946 and recipient of a Purple Heart, George returned to LeRaysville to marry Ruth A. Allis on October 5, 1946. He retired from Sylvania in 1984 following 38 years of service.

George was a devoted member of the Dille Parish United Church of Christ, where he served on numerous church boards. He was a founding member of the VFW Post 6824, enjoyed bowling and always looked forward to attending sporting events at Northeast Bradford or events where his grandchildren would play.

George was predeceased by his parents and brothers, Floyd Rogers, Merwin Rogers and Ercil Rogers; sisters, Cora Dougal and Merle Kelly.

George is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ruth A. (Allis) Rogers; his daughters and sons-in-law, Jeannine L. and Ronald Woolbert, Sweet Valley; Sandra and Greg Balchikonis, Neath, Pa; his sons and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Shari Rogers, Harrisburg; Michael L. Rogers, Rome, Pa; a special nephew, George A. Rogers, LeRaysville; nine grandchildren, Melanie (Chad) Sparbanie, Kelly Jo Gallagher, Brett (Linsley) Rogers, Brooke (Ivan) Davis, Kristy (Brian) Miller, Chad (Danielle Jones) Woolbert, Jessica (Ryan) Eisenhart, Jeremy Balchikonis, Jacob Balchikonis; a special family friend, Tanya Potcova; his great-grandchildren, Bradley, Cameron and Olivia Sparbanie; Jordan Eisenhart; Heath Miller; and Zaden Levi Rogers; several nieces, nephews and many friends also survive.

Funeral services and celebration of George’s life will be held on Saturday, November 29, at 10 a.m. at the Dille Parish United Church of Christ, LeRaysville. Interment will follow in the Stevens Cemetery. A period of visitation and sharing memories will be held today from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Sutfin Funeral Chapel, 273 S. Main St., Nichols, and on Saturday, from 9 a.m. until the time of the service, at the church. Flowers will be provided by the family.

George led a happy and fulfilling life; his only regret was that he did not have the means to attend college. To help a student in need and to further their education, George’s request would be for memorial contributions to be directed to the Northeast Bradford Student Loan Fund c/o Bob Moore, P.O. Box 99, LeRaysville, PA 18829, in loving memory of George E. Rogers.

Lois Nelson

Lois Nelson, 84, of South Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, passed away Saturday, November 22, 2008, at the Kindred Hospital at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Born on Christmas Day, 1923, in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of the late Harry and Anna Schmit Fraley. She was a graduate of Meyers High School, Class of 1941.

Mrs. Nelson was employed for many years by the Hess Goldsmith Silk Mill, Wilkes-Barre.

She was a member of St. Aloysius Church, Wilkes-Barre.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Bruce Fraley; and a grandson, Brad Simonitis.

Surviving are her daughter, Lois Simonitis, Florida; Thomas Pete Nelson, Berwick; Edward Bud (Diane) Nelson, Hanover Township; granddaughters, Missy, Kim and Hillary; grandsons, Chris and Buddy; and sisters, Betty Toole and Audrey Oeller, both of Wilkes-Barre; nieces and nephews.

Private funeral arrangements were arranged by the Stanley S. Stegura Funeral Home Inc., Nanticoke.

Agnes P. Masley

Agnes P. Masley, 89, of Grant St., Exeter, passed away Tuesday, November 25, 2008, at the Valley Crest Nursing Home, Plains Township.

Born in Exeter, she was a daughter of the late George and Anna Zurenda Malenda. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, Pittston, and the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW, Exeter Post. Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Masley had worked at the Consolidated Cigar Co., West Pittston, for 26 years and she had also worked at Luzerne Products.

She was preceded in death by her son, Donald Kurutz, in 2004; a grandson, Donald Kurutz Jr.; and a granddaughter, Tina Marie Kurutz.; brothers, George, Joseph and Michael; John and Adam Malenda; and sisters, Irene Stanlus, Margaret Hatrak, Anna Grimas, Veronica Yadnak and Kate Jarrett.

Surviving are her son, Andrew Kurutz, Pittston; eight grandchildren, Brian Kurutz, David Kurutz, Michael Kurutz, Stephen Kurutz, Walter Kurutz, Kristina McGeer, Tammy Tokach and Heather Evans; 18 great-grandchildren; sisters Betty Yadnak, Endwell, N.Y., and Pauline Smith, Vestal, N.Y.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 9 a.m. from the Gubbiotti Funeral Home, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at St.. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston. Interment will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Schooley Street, Exeter.

Friends may call Sunday, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

Glenda Jones

Glenda “Rene” Jones, 57, of Forty Fort, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday morning at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of Margaret Pope Jones, Forty Fort, and the late Glen Jones. She attended Mackin Street School, Wilkes-Barre, the Day Development School Program and the Riverside Adult Day Care Center. Rene was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Wilkes-Barre. She was also a member of ARC, MH/MR and was an honorary Moosic Raiders “C” Squad cheerleading coach.

God sent us an angel to stay with us for awhile. Her love and radiance warmed the hearts of everyone who knew her. She had an angelic smile that would melt your heart. She was truly a gift from God.

Preceding her in death were her father and nephew Michael Butcofski.

Surviving, besides her mother, are her sisters, Sarah Butcofski and her friend, Peter Yourglivch, Laflin; Peggy and her husband, Frank Merrick, Moosic; Carol and her husband, William Harbester, Shavertown; Beth and her husband, Eugene McKeown, Kingston; many nieces and nephew.

Funeral service will be Saturday at 10 a.m. from the Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, with her pastor, the Rev. Micki Robinson, officiating. The interment will be in Memorial Shrine Cemetery, Carverton. Friends may call today from 7 to 9 p.m., at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to MH/MR, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701, or to the Westminster Presbyterian Church, Hanover and Westminster streets, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

Donna Harrison

Donna Harrison, 37, of Luzerne Street, Hanover Township, died unexpectedly on Friday, November 21, 2008, at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.

Born on January 13, 1971, in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of John E. Harrison Sr., Wilkes-Barre, and Catherine A. Calkins Harrison, Hanover Township.

She was employed by T&M Transit as a school bus driver for the Wyoming Valley West School District for a number of years prior to her death.

Surviving, in addition to her parents, are her son, Mark A. Shotwell Jr., Nanticoke; her companion of many years, Joseph Moore, Hanover Township; sisters Joanne and her husband, Dennis Kinlaw, and their children, Alycia and Chelsea, Plymouth; Tara and her husband, Michael Oliver, and their children, Tanya, Christopher and Zachary, Nanticoke; as well as her brother, John E. Jr., and his wife, Lorene Harrison, Sweet Valley.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, November 29, from 1 to 3 p.m., from the Kielty-Moran Funeral Home Inc., 87 Washington Ave., Plymouth.

Her uncle, Pastor Willard R. Rollins of Shoemaker Memorial United Methodist Church, West Wyoming, will be officiating.

Mary Daniels

Mary Daniels, of Blackman Street, Wilkes-Barre, died Wednesday, November 26, 2008, in Hospice Community Care Unit of Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.

Born June 24, 1921, in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Helen Achey Morrash. She was a graduate of Meyers High School, Class of 1939. She was formerly employed by A.J. Rifkin Co., Hanover Township, for many years. She was a member of St. Mary’s Antiochian Orthodox Church and its Ladies Society, and the Father Nahas Senior Citizens, Wilkes-Barre.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Daniels; brothers George, John, Elias and Albert; sisters Lamya Barr and Sadie Joseph.

Surviving are a sister, Jenne Angelucci, Gladwyn, Pa.; brothers, James Morrash, Media, Pa.; Joseph Morrash, Pittsburgh.

Funeral will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. from the Mamary-Durkin Funeral Services, 59 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary’s Antiochian Church. Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call today from 1 to 4 p.m.

Those who desire may give memorial contributions to St. Mary’s Antiochian Orthodox Church, 905 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre.

Peter P. Mudrian

Peter P. Mudrian, 60, of Rose Avenue, Plains Township, died Sunday, November 23, 2008, at home. Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Joseph and Mary Mudrian. He attended Plains Township schools. Peter was formerly employed by Carter Footwear, Roth America and Silver Top Diner. Surviving are his sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Saypack, Larksville; and nephews.

Memorial service will be held today at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Joseph Kutch officiating from the Yeosock Funeral Home, 40 S. Main St., Plains Township. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Hudson. Relatives and friends may call from noon until time of service.

Mary Coolbaugh

Mrs. Mary J. Coolbaugh, 77, of RR 4, Box 4119, Meshoppen, (Firehouse Hill), passed away on Tuesday afternoon, November 25, 2008, at ManorCare, Kingston.

Mrs. Coolbaugh was born in Wilkes-Barre, on June 9, 1931, a daughter of the late David and Mary Grace Sheleber Burridge.

All of her life, she was a homemaker for her family.

While in the Meshoppen area, Mrs. Coolbaugh was a member of the Meshoppen United Methodist Church.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers, David Burridge, Robert Burridge, William Burridge, Malcolm Burridge and Derwood Burridge; and two sisters, Martha Mosley and Marjorie Blakeslee.

Surviving are her son, Harold Coolbaugh, and a daughter and her husband, Carol and Scott Hallstead, all of Meshoppen; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Albert Burridge, Delaware; and a sister, Betty Timko, Plains; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, November 29, 2008, at 11 a.m. at the Meshoppen United Methodist Church .

The Rev. Tom Mott, of the church, will officiate.

Interment will be at a later date at the convenience of the family in the Memorial Shrine Cemetery in Dallas.

Family and friends may call at the church on Saturday, from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main Street, Meshoppen.

Ann Zelonis

Ann Zelonis, 77, of Pittston, passed away on Wednesday, November 26, 2008, at home.

Funeral arrangements are pending from the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 802 Susquehanna Ave., West Pittston.

Edward M. Buckley

Edward M. Buckley, of Dallas, passed away Wednesday, November 26, 2008.

Funeral services are pending from the Richard H. Disque Funeral Home, Dallas.

Eleanor Ferre

Eleanor Louise Ferre, 95, died November 13, 2008 in Rockville, Md. She was a daughter of the late Dr. Harry A. Brown and Kathleen Major Brown of Lehman and widow of the late Juan Ferré, New Rochelle, N.Y. A graduate of Wyoming Seminary and Goucher College, she worked as a clinical pathologist at hospitals in Pennsylvania and New York. She is survived by six nieces and nephews.

Interment was at Beechwood Cemetery, New Rochelle, N.Y. Contributions may be made in her memory to the Presbyterian Church of New Rochelle, 50 Pintard Ave., New Rochelle, NY 10801.

William M. Goldsmith

William M. Goldsmith, 66, of Dallas, passed away at his home Monday night, November 24, 2008. Born April 11, 1942, in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Joseph and Loretta Nalon Goldsmith. He was a resident of Dallas Township for the past 25 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Prior to retiring, he was employed as a truck driver by Letica Corp. Surviving are his wife, Ina; children, William Jr., Dallas; Michael, Dallas; Karen Simms, Plains; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters, Margaret Lyons, Edwardsville; Helen Fuller, Washington; brothers, John, Florida; Charles, Nanticoke; nieces and nephews.

Private funeral will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are by the Karl E. Blight Funeral Home in Kingston.

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