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BLANCO - Sara J., of Mehoopany, died Thursday, June 18, 2009 in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.

Born in Tunkhannock on November 30, 1983, she was a 2002 graduate of Tunkhannock Area High School and worked as a manager at the Tunkhannock Pump & Pantry.

Surviving are her father, Horacio Blanco; fiancÚ, Lucas Woodcock III; son, Lucas Woodcock IV; brother, Josh Blanco of N.J.; two sisters, Melisa Blanco of Tunkhannock; and Julianne Blanco of Arch Port, N.Y.; and a stepfather, Mike Goodwin.

CUMMINGS - Aneila, of Trucksville, died Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was a graduate of Noxen High School, Class of 1938.

She was a member of St. Therese’s Church, Shavertown.

Surviving are her children, Phillip, of Wilkes-Barre; Mary Nice, of Kingston; Eileen, of Syracuse, N.Y.; Joanna, of Vermont; Frank, Helen, John, Charles and Lawrence, all of Trucksville; 29 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations to the SPCA of Luzerne County, Fox Hill Road, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.

HOMETCHKO - Rosemary, 38, of Exeter, died Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at Hospice Community Care, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.

Born March 26, 1971 in Trucksville, she was a graduate of the Dallas School District and Scranton University. She was employed by Luzerne County Community College and was certified in meditation and yoga, teaching classes in the area.

Surviving are her parents, of Peter and Catherine Hometchko, Trucksville.

Memorial donations to Hospice Community Care, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.

HUSTED – Darwin Emerson, 94, formerly of Dallas, died Saturday, April 4, 2009 at his home at Hillside Terrace in McMinnville, Ore.

Born March 24, 1915 in Dallas Township, he served in the U.S. Army for 22 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in McMinnville.

LaFRATTE - Margaret J. Stuart, 74, of Swoyersville, died Sunday, June 14, 2009 in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Born in Kingston, she was a graduate of Westmoreland High School, Trucksville. She was employed by the Fox Hill Country Club, Exeter.

Surviving are her children, Carol and Frederick Addison, Florida; Martin Addison, Berwick; Janet Volkar, Luzerne; Gregory Addison, Nanticoke; and Lori Richards, Shickshinny; several grandchildren; brothers, Hank Stuart and Walter Lee Stuart; sisters, Faye Louise Stuart and Beverly Ann Stuart; nieces and nephews.

MANRIQUE - Dr. Jose V., 65, of Dallas, died Sunday, June 14, 2009 at home.

Born in Rios Piedras, Puerto Rico, he was a graduate of the University of Valladolid, Spain, receiving his degrees in both pre-medical and medical studies. He completed his internship and residency in various New York City hospitals from 1968 to 1972.

Dr. Manrique served with the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1972 until 1974. In 1976, he began practicing on the staff of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Plains Township. From there, he became a staff member of Nesbitt, Nanticoke, Mercy and Wilkes-Barre General Hospitals. He was currently practicing as an associate of M.S.U.R., M.D., Associates, P.C., Wilkes-Barre.

Surviving are his companion of 33 years, Pamela Baker; brothers, Luis-Julian, Felix-Javier and Antonio-Enrique; sister, Marta-Rosalia; nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Heart Association or Dallas Fire and Ambulance Inc.

MARTIN - Beatrice Cook, 82, died Friday, June 19, 2009.

Born on September 7, 1926 in Wilkes-Barre, she resided most of her life in Dallas until she moved to Lake Township in 1983. She graduated from Dallas Township High School, Class of 1944 and Wilkes-Barre General Hospital School of Nursing in 1947.

She worked at General Hospital for 30 years as a cardiac care nurse and finished her nursing career at Geisinger Hospital, working for 10 years in the education department as a cardiac care instructor.

Surviving are her sons, William, of Lake Township; James, of Mountain Top; daughter, Judith Martin Kasper, of Lehman Township; six grandchildren; and a brother, Jack Cook.

OATRIDGE - Donna Lee, 56, of Dallas, died Sunday, June 21, 2009 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on August 21, 1952, she was a graduate of Dallas Schools. She was a member of Dr. Edwards Memorial Congregational Church, Edwardsville.

Surviving are her daughter, Tara Oatridge, Noxen; son, Frank III, Dallas; one granddaughter; sister, Theresa Andrews, Dallas; and a great-nephew.

SCHWEINLE - Roberta R., 90 of Bloomsburg, died Monday, June 22, 2009 at her home.

Born on November 15, 1918 in Wyoming, she was one of the earliest employees of the former Commonwealth Telephone Co. in Dallas and was instrumental in the company’s growth. She retired in 1965 as an administrative assistant to the accounting department.

She was a member of St. Columba Roman Catholic Church of Bloomsburg.

Surviving are a son, Keith P. Yeisley, of Clearwater, FL.; a daughter, Saundra Kaye Hall, of Bloomsburg; 12 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations to Geisinger Hospice, 100 Academy Ave. Danville, Pa. 17821.

STARK - Garrett W., 8, of Nicholson, died Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at the Halifax Health Trauma Center in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Born on March 6, 2001 in Tunkhannock, he had just finished the second grade at Elk Lake Elementary School. Garrett was a proud Cub Scout.

Surviving are his parents, Craig and Debra Heinz Stark; maternal grandfather, Mathew Heinz, of ChiefLand, Fla.; maternal grandmother, Debra Wadlington, of Bunnell, Fla.; paternal grandfather, Lynn Stark, of Springville; brothers, Douglas, Austin and Russell; several aunts and uncles.

Memorial donations to the Garret W. Stark Memorial Fund, c/o Peoples National Bank, P.O. Box 149, Tunkhannock, PA 18657.

TEMPLIN - Ralph W.82, died Monday, March 30, 2009 in Golden, Colo.

Born November 1, 1926 in Dallas, he attended the Dallas School and graduated in 1943 from West Pittston High School.

After serving in the U.S. Army for two years, he attended Wilkes College, studying engineering. In 1950, he began a long career at Martin Marietta Corporation, now Lockheed Martin Corporation.

He worked as an Aircraft Engineer at the Baltimore, Md., facility and in 1956 was transferred to the Martin Marietta plant outside Denver, Colo., to work on the Titan Missile program.

Following that program, he worked on the Viking mission to Mars. He also worked on the Lunar (moon) Lander program. He and his team members have their names inscribed on a plaque on the lander, which remains on the surface of the moon today.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Patricia Meunier Templin; a daughter, Debra Molmgren and two grandchildren, of Golden, Colo.; sister, Mary Reese; numerous nephews.

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