Extracts from the Times Leader – Tuesday, March 25,1969


REBAR, Michael 53, of 26 Wilson Street, Larksville died March 24 in the Veterans Hospital Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

SGARLET, Joseph C. 84, of 505 Bennett Street, Luzerne and Sgarlet Lake in Geisinger Hospital in Danville on March 25. He was born in Sicily and the son of Barber and Gaetana Abbatt Scarlet. He came to the U.S. at age 21 and lived in Easton and was a resident of Luzerne 55 years. His wife was the former Rosa, passed away on January 5,1969. Surviving are daughters Mrs. Joseph Zupa, Wilkes-Barre, Mrs. Angelo Guinta, Forty-Fort. Sons, Samuel O. Wyoming and Frank A. West Wyoming. 10 grandchildren. Services from the Hugh B. Hughes Funeral Home in Forty-Fort with burial in Fern Knoll, Dallas.

WALSH, Matthew Lee.80, of 520 West Main Street Plymouth died March 25 in Valley Crest Wilkes-Barre. Born September 9,1888 in Kingston he was the son of Michael and Lena Mckeon Walsh He lived in the Avondale section of Plymouth Twp. before moving to Plymouth. His wife was Sarah Hoffman who died on January 16,1955. His children are Betty Mahon at home, Michael Walsh and Mrs. Delores Maleski of Plymouth, Mrs. Mary Miller, Lee Park, Mrs. Margaret Hester, Wilkes-Barre, Mrs. Eleanor Lane, Buttonwood, Mrs. Josephine Moore, Swoyersville, Mrs. Theresa Rzanski, Endwell, New York, and James of Hampton, Virginia. 21 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Services from Hugh B. Hughes Funeral Home, Forty-Fort with burial in St. Vincent’s parish cemetery.

DESIDERIO, James J. of Wilkes-Barre-Hazleton Highway in Mountaintop died March 25 in the Veterans Hospital in Wilkes-Barre. Born in Plains Twp. on July 4,1911 he was the son of the late Mr. And Mrs. Vinceno Desiderio of Forty Fort. He lived in Mountaintop 10 years and was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth Eade, two sisters, Mrs. Sadie Pagliante and Miss Elizabeth Desiderio. and a brother Joseph of Harveys Lake. Funeral from Desiderio Funeral Home on Park Ave. Wilkes-Barre. (No burial site).

DYKINS, Fannie Mae 84, 425 Prospect Street Nanticoke died on March 25 at the Hampel Nursing Home, Nescopeck. She was born in Yellow Creek, Pa. and was the widow of Harry A. who died in September of 1968. Surviving is a daughter, Jessie, a sister, Mrs. Minnie Miller of Riddlesburg, Pa a.brother Peter Kline of West Palm Beach Fla., nieces and nephews. Services from William E. David Funeral Home 374 E. Church St. Nanticoke with burial in Hanover Green Cemetery.

FICK, Charles 56, of 47 Davis Place Wilkes-Barre, died on March 25 in the Wyoming Valley Hospital. He was born on April 23,1913 and was the son of Fred and Linda Prothero Fick. He was a veteran of World War 11. Surviving are his wife Irene Gidich R.N. sons, Paul and Charles, daughter, Suzanne. Brothers, David and Raymond of New Jersey, sisters, Mrs. Ruth Thomas and Mrs. Margaret Morgan of Wilkes-Barre, Mrs. Alberta Buleza of Philadelphia and Mrs. Elizabeth Williamson of Vero Beach Florida. Services from Kniffen Funeral Home 465 S. Main St. Wilkes-Barre with burial in Oak Lawn cemetery.

EVANS, Victor C. of 217 North Street, West Pittston died on March 24 in Pittston Hospital. Born in Pittston March 24,1908 he was the son of David and Margaret Orr Evans. Surviving are his wife, Martha Allford and brothers, Norman Evans Sr. West Pittston, Albert O. Pittston, and Floyd P., Kingston. Services from the Harold E. Howell Funeral Home 509 Wyoming Ave. W. Pittston with burial in Pittston cemetery.

TOBIN, Thomas of 89 Tobin Lane, Edwardsville died on March 24. Born in Pittston on June 28,1911 he was the son of Matthew and Genevieve Judge Tobin. Surviving are his wife Margaret Gabler. Sons, Thomas M. and James E. Brother Matthew E. of Indianapolis, Ind., Sisters, Mrs. Ellen Lavage, Connecticut, Mrs. Genevieve Benotsky, Edwardsville, Mrs. Stanley Waskiewicz, Chester, Mrs. Malcolm LaFrance and Mrs. Harry Pekar both of Edwardsville. Services were from Maher Funeral Home 360 N. Maple St. Kingston with burial in St. Ignatius cemetery

PARISE, Frank, 76 of 207 Matson Street Wilkes-Barre died on March 25. He was born in Italy and is survived by his wife Mary Basta of Old Forge, daughters, Mrs. John Kanasky, Parsons, Mrs. Roger Hines and Mrs. Daniel Pietrzak of Wilmington, Del. Son, Roger of Bristol, R.I. Services from the Collins Funeral Home 150 George Ave, Wilkes-Barre with burial in St. Mary’s cemetery Hanover Twp.

COBLEIGH, Frank R. of 55 Harding Avenue of Islin, New Jersey died on March 23 in Presbyterian Hospital in Newark. Born in Luzerne her was the son of the late George and Margaret Cobleigh. Surviving are his wife Margaret Hower, sons, Fred of Islin. Brothers George of Kingston, Kenneth of Jersey City, N.J., Arthur of Paompano Beach, Fla. Sister Mrs. Viola Bejellan, New Bedford Mass. Services from the Russell Davis Funeral Home 365 Bennett St. Luzerne with burial in Forkston cemetery.

TIRPAK, Andrew Sr. of 158 East Main Street Glen Lyon died at the home of his daughter Constance Szmidt of 506 Carol Street, Blackwood N.J. Born on February 26,1899 in Glen Lyon. Surviving are his wife, Catherine Selecky. Sons, Andrew Jr. Harrisburg, Rev, Father Adrian of Little Falls, Minn, Daughter Constance Szmidt of Blackwood, N.J. Sisters, Mrs. Julia Selecky of Wapwallopen and brother Joseph of Nanticoke. Funeral held from the Stralka-Polniszek funeral home in Glen Lyon. (No burial site).

MILLER, Nancy of River Road, Falls died on March 24. The former Nancy Hamlin she was born in Pittston. Her sister Norma Hamiln of Washington D.C. died on March 13. Surviving are her husband Arthur. Sisters, Mrs. L.B. Dymond and Miss Inez Hamlin of Falls, Mrs. Walter R. Long Sr. Wilkes-Barre, Brothers, Daniel R of Vancouver, B.C. and James P. of Seattle, Washington. Services from Maury Funeral Home 111 Parks St. W. Pittston with burial in Weatherly cemetery, Weatherly.

OSHINSKI, Anna of 327 First Street Plymouth died on March 24 in the Carpenter Nursing Home in Harveys Lake. Surviving are sons, Benjamin and Thomas, Plymouth. Daughter, Mrs. John DeLucca, Silver Spring Md. And brother Frank Roski of Plymouth. Services from the Piszczek Funeral Home 70 E. Main St. Plymouth with burial in St. Mary’s cemetery, Plymouth Twp.

SHIMSHOCK, Walter of 21641 Berg Road, Southfield Detroit Mich. Died on March 25 in Grace Hospital in Detroit. Born in Hudson he was the son of John and Mary Shimshock of 69 Jones Street Hudson. Surviving are his wife Elizabeth Marini of Hilldale, Plains Twp. Brothers, George, Calif. John, New Brunswick, N.J. Matthew, Plains, Sisters, Mrs. Charles Zielinski and Mrs. Zane Zielinski of Cleveland, Ohio Mrs. George Ratajczak, Wilkes-Barre Mrs. Claire Trafford and Mrs. Raymond Rhen of Lebanon, Pa. Interment in Detroit.

SKUNDA, Catherine (Slavitsko) a former resident of Cook Street in Ashley died on March 24 in Lower Bucks Co. Hospital in Bristol. She was born in Larksville. Surviving are daughters, Mrs. Thomas Dzurenda Ashley, Mrs. Mary Mims, Bristol. Brother Vincent Carey of Edwardsville. Services from the Strich Funeral Home 105 N. Main St. Ashley with burial in Holy Trinity cemetery Bear Creek.

BACHMAN, Jean 78 of 214 East Main Street McAdoo did on March 25 in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. The former Jean Barr of Parsons she was the daughter of John L.and Henrietta Jones Barr. Surviving are her husband, Philip. Sisters, Anna Schmoll Greene, N.Y.Henrietta Russell of Friedricksburg, Va. Margaret Rayner of Kingston, Edith Gartley of Parsons. Brothers, David, Nuangola, and James of Fredericksburg, Va. Funeral from the Graham Funeral Home 324 S. Franklin St Wilkes-Barre. (No burial site)

QUINN, Peter F. of 2218 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn N.Y. died in Sloan Kettering Hospital in Brooklyn on March 23. Born in Wilkes-Barre, Twp. he was the son of John and Margaret Smith Quinn .He served in World War 11. Surviving are his wife Catherine Connor. Brothers, Rev. Peter A. Quinn CP, Jamaica, L.I. N.Y. Thomas and Paul, N.Y. Sister, Mrs. Howard Rees West Hartford, Conn. Daughter Cathy died in 1946 and brother John died in 1963. Services from McLaughlin Funeral Home 142 S. Washington St. Wilkes-Barre with burial in St. Mary’s cemetery. Hanover Twp.

RODERICK, Eleanor 95, of 25 Mallery Place Wilkes-Barre on March 24. in Mercy Hospital Wilkes-Barre.The former Eleanor Williams she was born in Wilkes-Barre on October 30,1873 Married on June 22, 1898 to Richard Roderick she is survived by daughters, Martha L. and Eleanor J. at home, and son Edward E. of Collingswood,N.J.. Sister Mrs. Anna W. Emanuel of Forty-Fort. Services from the H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home 451 N. Main St. Wilkes-Barre with burial in Oak Lawn cemetery.

HALCHAK, George, of Pond Road Taylor, brother of John Halchak of 2675 South Main Street, Upper Askam died on March 20. at his home in Taylor. Services were held on Monday at St. Stanislaus Church in Scranton with interment in the parish cemetery.

MONIAK, Rosalie, died on March 24 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Groner, of 90 Simpson St., city on the eve of her 87 birthday. Born on March 25,1882 in Pozan, Poland she was the former Rosalie Zwonkowski and was a member of St. Mary’s Maternity Church Park Ave. City. Surviving are sons; Stanley Chorazy of Philadelphia, John Moniak of Chicago. Daughter; Mrs. Cecelia Leontis, New York City. Sister; Mrs. Anna Skrzyniecka, of Wilkes-Barre Twp. 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Funeral from M.S. Frederick Funeral Home 617 Carey Ave city. Burial in parish cemetery West Wyoming

WYTOSHEN, Albert, (Wojtaszyp) 392 Bennett St. Kingston on March 24 in General Hospital of natural causes. Born in Poland he came to this country in 1910 settling in Luzerne. His wife, the former Justine Dosiak died on May 5,1962. Surviving are children, Victoria, at home and Mrs. Helen Koslosky of Luzerne and Michael of North Arlington, N.J. 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral from Kopicki Funeral Home 263 Zerby Avenue in Kingston. Burial in St. John’s cemetery in Dallas.

KOVAL, Helen (Kowalishin) 605 E.14 St. New York City on March 24 in N.Y. Born in Wilkes-Barre and lived in N.Y. for the last 34 years. Surviving is her mother, Mrs. Mary Kowalishin of Philadelphia, Sisters, Mrs. Julia DeMaria of N.Y. Mrs. Anna Kimber of Syracuse, N.Y. Mrs. Stella Bentley and Mary Kowalski of Philadelphia, brother Stephen Kowalyn of Wilkes-Barre. Funeral from the Jendrzejewski Funeral Home 21 North Meade St. Wilkes-Barre with burial in parish cemetery. Plains Twp.

MacLELLAN,Malcolm C of 828 North Bromley Ave. Scranton died on March 23. in Mercy Hospital, Scranton. He was born in Pittston and was a veteran of World War`11and was a member of Elm Park Methodist Church, Scranton. Surviving are his wife the former Sybil Jones. Daughter Helen MacLellan of West Pittston. Step-daughter Mrs. Helen Wolfe of Dalton. Burial in Abington Hills cemetery after services from the funeral chapel at 135 S. Main Avenue, Scranton.

DREVENAK, Mrs. Anna of 504 N. Washington St. City, died on March 25.Born in Czechoslovakia she was the daughter of Andrew and Susan Kmetz Kerestes. She settled in Wilkes-Barre in 1913. Surviving are her husband Michael; two daughters, Mrs. John Ondich, City and Mrs. Daniel Kanyuck of Nanticoke.5 grandchildren and a sister Mrs. Susan Vrabel and a brother Joseph Kerestes of Czechoslovakia. Burial from Morris Funeral Home 625 N. Main St. with services burial in Fern Knoll, Dallas.

FRISBIE, Mrs. Emma former resident of Forty Fort in Chicago on March 21. The former Emma Anderson she resided on Pettebone St. in Forty-Fort Her husband was Wilber P Frisbie. and she was a member of the Forty Fort Methodist Church. Surviving is her daughter, Mrs. F. Mitchell Carson of Hudson, Ohio. 2 granddaughters. Services from Bethany Methodist Home in Chicago.

CEBULA, Mrs. Leo of 86 Brook Ave. North Plainfield, N.J on March 25. Born in Dupont she was the former Josephine Lukasik and daughter of the late Fabian and Mary Dzwonek. . Surviving are her husband and daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Romanko, at home, Mrs. Regina Kastner and Mrs. Bernadine Peters both of Plainfield. Sisters, Mrs. Catherine Sempa, Avoca, Mrs. Mary Klemchick, Mrs. Anna Hanczyc and Mrs. Victoria Pesta all of Dupont. brothers, Joseph Lukasik, Bethlehem and John Lukasik Rozella, N.J.

ROMANELLI, Dr. Leo, formerly of Tresckow in Viet Nam on March 16. His wife and three children reside in Willingboro, N.J.and his father in Tresckow. Viewing from Fierro Funeral Home in Hazleton and viewing and burial from St. Paul’s Church in Burlington, N.J.

WALTERS, Ted 80, of 86 E.Vaughn St. Kingston on March 24. Born in Norfolk, Va. .he was the son of Theodore H. and Mary Beale Walters. He moved to Wilkes-Barre in 1908. Surviving is his wife Bertha Kaschenbasch. Children Mrs. Joseph Stemmer, City, Theodore Jr., John, Mrs. William Delaney, Kingston and Robert, Haggestown, Md, 20 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Sisters Mrs. E.A. Stroud, Kingston and Mrs. George Bonney, Norfolk, Va. Burial from McLaughlin Funeral Home 416 Wyoming Avenue Kingston with burial in St. Nicholas cemetery, Shavertown.


Funerals Held

FOX, Agnes of 151 W. River St. Wilkes-Barre from the Mclaughlin Funeral Home 142 S. Washington St. W.B. Mass held in St. Theresa’s Church Old River Road. Interment in St. Mary’s cemetery.

KANARR, Mrs. Elizabeth of 57 John St. Kingston from the Davis Funeral Home 365 Bennett St. Kingston. Burial in Cedar Crest cemetery, Trucksville with Rev. Mayo of Dorrancetown Methodist church officiating

HONTZ, Rev. Arthur, retired minister from the Assembly of God, Drums, held from the Cragle Funeral Home, Hobbie. Interment was in the Slocum cemetery.

LAW, Sadie M., 348 Horton St. Wilkes-Barre from Harold C. Snowden 64 S. Franklin St. W-B. Burial in Oaklawn cemetery, Hanover Twp.

PUK, Andrew, 28 Sand St. Plains from the Mikelski Funeral Home 293 N. Main St. Plains. Burial in SS. Peter and Paul parish cemetery.

GEIB, Edward 47 E.Main St. Glen Lyon from the Rosenberg Funeral Home 348 S. River St. Wilkes-Barre.

HARRISON, Hazel. of Shickshinny RD from the Bronson Funeral Home Main Rd. Sweet Valley, Burial in Bloomingdale cemetery.

EVANS, Sarah J. formerly of Wilkes-Barre from the H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home 451 N. Main St

Wilkes-Barre. Services from First Presbyterian Church and burial in Hanover Green cemetery.

Funeral Notices (Listed by name only).

AGNITA, Sister M.

BANNON, David E.

BARNA, Mrs. Mary

BOBACK, MRS. Theodore

CATANI, Joseph (Katny)

COOK, Mrs. Rose

COSGROVE, Mrs. Theresa D.

DAVIS, Mrs. Audrey

DEDALIS, Mrs. Margaret


EVANS, Mrs. Charlotte B.

HALL, William R.

HOLLERAN, Mrs. Elizabeth

KIZIS, Mrs. Mary C.

PALSOVICH, Mrs. Nellie.

REYNOLDS, Mrs. Isabelle Heeps


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