Wilkes-Barre/Pittston Obits


Wilkes-Barre Record, Saturday October 30, 1937

James Benscoter, 33, of RD 1, Hunlock Creek, died at 8:20 last night at Nanticoke State Hospital where he had been a patient since Wednsday.

Hannah F. Casey (Mrs.), native of Philadephia, who resided in Girardsville before moving to Wilkes-Barre many years ago, died last night at 7 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James A. O'Brien, 398 Carey Ave. She was a resident of this city for many years and was a member of St. Aloysius Church and its' Altar and Rosary Society. Surviving are four daughters; Mrs. Ann Dwyer of Plymouth, Mrs. Catherine Irone of Boston, Mrs. Helen Ervin of Pottsville and Mrs. O'Brien. Also a sister, Mrs. Mary Delaney of Philadephia, a brother, Frank Haverstock of Philadephia and five grandchildren.

Joseph Ciempola (Funeral of), infant son of Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Ciempola, 205 W. Church St., Nanticoke, was held yesterday afternoon at 2. Services were conducted at St. Marys' Church by the rector Rev. R.G. Lewandowski.
Interment was in Holy Trinity Cemetery.

Elizabeth Dorgan (Mrs.), 65, daughter of the late James and Bridget Donovan, early settlers of Sullivan County, died recently at her home in Philadephia. Mrs. Dorgan is survived by two daughters; Mrs. W.M. Gorman and Mrs. Geo. Lawson of Philadephia; three sisters, Mrs. Frank T. McMahon of Mildred, Mrs. Rose Hoffa of Elmira, and Mrs. John Hanley of Tiona, Warren Co.

Agatha R. Feddish (Mrs.), 50, mother of Rev. Dr. Basil Feddish, Ford City Pa., and Sister M. Claudia O.S.B.M., wilkes-Barre, died Monday afternoon at her home, 196 Lillibridge St., Peckville, following a brief illness. Mrs. Feddish was born in Galicia, Poland and lived in Peckville since coming to this country 32 years ago. She was a member of SS Cyrils' and Methodist Greek Catholic Church, Olyphant and its' St. Barbara and Sacred Heart societies. She is survived by her husband Gregory and her mother, Mrs. Anna Roman. Four sons; Rev. Dr. Feddish, John of Fort Meade, Md., Peter of Anderson, Ind., and Joseph at home. Seven daughters; Sister M. Claudia, Olga of Englewood NJ, Marie of NY, and Martha, Madaline, Helen, Evelyn, at home. Seven brothers; Simon and Constantine of Peckville, Onifer of Waymart, Stephen of Jeanette Pa., Ognatius of Alberta Canada, Gregory and Timothy of Galicia. Three sisters; Mrs. Mary Pukita of Monica Pa., Mrs. Anna Swedish of Alberta Canada and Miss Barbara Roman of Galicia.

Thomas Finley, Sr. (Mrs.) was buried yesterday morning from the home, 139 Division St., Kingston with scores of friends attending the funeral. A solemn requiem mass was celebrated in St. Ignatius's church, Kingston. Officiating were Rev. M.F. Boylan, celebrant; Rev. Martin J. Fleming, deacon, and Rev. Joseph Barrett, sub-deacon. Patrick Lyons was soloist.
Bearers were Frank O'Neil, Martin Walsch, Edw. Russell, Gerald Mack, Whitely and Thomas Sheerin. Burial was in St. Marys' Cemetery, Hanover, where benediction was prounced by Rev. Frank Boylan, assisted by Rev. G.T. Casey.

Myron Fowler (Mrs.),59, died Monday at her home, 205 Jackson St., Berwick, after a heart attack. She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Berwick.

Besides her husband she is survived by two daughters, Kathryn and Ruth Fowler, both at home; four sisters; Mrs. W.L. Smith of Berwick, Mrs. Herbert Billman of Watertown, and Bertha Bower and Mrs. Joseph Boyer of Pottsville, and two brothers, Wm. Bower of Sunbury and Robert Bower of Milton.
Funeral services will be held from the home this afternoon at 2 with Rev. A.W. Smith officiating.

Jet M. Franz (Miss), (Funeral services for), a graduate of Wyoming Seminary, who died Sunday in New York, were held yesterday from the home of her cousin, Mrs. Geo. Z. Keller, 447 S. River St.
Miss Franz was the daughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. G.L.C. Franz who lived at 44 N. Franklin St. Rev. Dr. Geo. H. Phillips of First Methodist Episcopal Church officiated in the presence of many old friends of the family. During the services Dr. Phillips read a poem written by a friend in memory of Miss Franx.
Honorary bearers were; Geo. Z. Keller, S.S. Warner, Ernest Townsend, John S. Mitchell, R.S. Ferguson, Allen Thayer, Geo. Howarth, Emmett Marcy and Abram S. Galland. Interment was in Hollenback Cemetery.

Michael Geroch (Funeral of) was held yesterday morning at 9 from the home, 233 W. Main St., Nanticoke. Members of St. Joseph's Society attended in body. A requiem mass was read at 9:30 in St. Josephs' Slovak Church by the pastor, Rev. John M. Puskar. Interment was in the parrish cemetery.
Bearers were James Knizer, Geo. Lasur, John Kurutz, Chester Pavane, Joseph Yatsko and Andrew Doark.

E. Freas Hess, beloved husband of Margaret, father of Earl and grandfather of Allene Frances, died October 18 at his home, 8013 Force Ave., Cleveland, Ohio, following a heart attack. Services were held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 at Otto H. Timmer's Funeral Home, West 14th St., Cleveland, Ohio.

W.C.B. Hickman (Mrs.), 66, wife of the pastor of Elm Congregational Church, Plymouth, died yesterday morning at 2:30 at the home, 244 East Main St. She had been ill of complications for several years. Deceased was a daughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. Lewis Childs, Philadephia and came to Plymouth 19 years ago with her husband. Surviving are her husband and these children; Wm. and Elsie of Philadephia; Charles, Long Beach Calif.; Harry of Wilkes-Barre; two brothers, Earnest and Jacob Childs of Philadephia. Funeral will be held tonight at 7:30 from Elm Congregational Church with service in charge of Rev. James G. Evans, pastor of Pilgrim Congregational Church, Plymouth.
Burial will be held Thursday morning in Westminister Cemetery, Philadephia.

Emil Kirchner, 59, of 310 West Broad St., Nanticoke, died at 9:30 last night in Mercy Hospital where he was admitted for medical treatment on October 12.

Anna Elizabeth Koerber (Miss) was buried yesterday afternoon from the home of her grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Byron Andrews, 299 N. Washington St. Services were conducted at the home and in Christ Lutheran Church, N. Washington St., by J.S. Savacool, pastor. Bearers were Joseph Koerber, James Eckrote, Thomas Broome, Harold Young, Albert Koerber Jr. and Clyde Giles.
Interment was in Hollenback Cemetery.

George Laird, former well known Duryea resident, died yesterday morning at St. Joseph's Hospital, Detroit, where he had been a patient for several weeks. The remains will be taken to Dill's Funeral Home, Main St., Duryea, from where the funeral will be held.
Born in duryea, deceased had lived in that borough until moving to Detroit 10 years ago, and his death is widely mourned in the former community. His wife, the former Gweldolyn Evans of Duryea died 20 years ago. He was a member of the Presbyterian church.
Surviving are three sons; James, Detroit policeman; Willard, Roland, Detroit; three daughters, Mrs. Oliver Brown, Mrs. John Dougherty, Detroit; Mrs. Frank Sekol, Duryea; also a brother, Robert, Duryea, and two sisters; Mrs. Wm. Cochran, Hughstown, and Mrs. Harry Gregory, Trenton.

Dr. Edmund P. Larkin died late Monday night at his home, 723 North Webster Ave., Scranton, following an illness of three months. A son of the late Michael and Margaret Haley Larkin, early settlers of Lackawanna Co., Dr. Larkin recieved his early education in Scranton public schools and later entered Niagara University. He was graduated from the latter instituation in 1908 and then enrolled as a medical student in Jefferson Medical College, recieving his degree in 1912. For a number of years he served as physician and surgeon for Scranton Coal Co.. He was a member of the staff of Hanemann Hospital, Scranton and was visiting physician for Scranton Poor Board. Dr. Larkin was active in affairs of Lackawanna County Medical Society and was also a member of Pensylvania Medical Society.
Surviving are his wife, the former Kathryn Murray of Dunsmore; three sisters, Anna Katherine and Mary and one brother John H. Larkin. The funeral will be held from home Thursday morning with a requiem mass at 9:30 in St. Peter's Cathedral. Interment will be in Cathedral Cemetery.

Zigmund Layman...A military funeral was accorded to Zigmund Layman, WW Veteran, who was buried yesterday. The cortege left the family home, 222 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke, at 8:30 and proceeded to Holy Trinity Church, where a requiem mass was read at 9 by the pastor, Rev. R. Wieziolowski, assisted by Rev. R. Wandalowski and Rev. Francis Kasaczym. Members of Nanticoke Post 350, American Legion, Ladies Auxillary and drill team. Post 290, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Aerie 834, Fraternal Order of Eagles attended in body. Members of American legion had charge of military services. Stanley B. Janowski had charge of the funeral detail. Color bearers; Leo Hornsby and Anthony Baraszewski. Color guards; Joseph Gedrowicz, Michael Zanka. Firing squad; Michael Weltz, Frank Zionczkoski, Frank Marshallek, Anthony Prutnicki, John Komorofski, Walter Seizant. Grave marker; Gustav Nieman.

Caroline Lipinski (Mrs.), Funeral services for Mrs. Caroline Lipinski were held yesterday at the home, 385 Warren Ave., Kingston with many friends attending. A requiem mass was celebrated in St. Hedwigs Church by Rev. J.E. Gryczka. Bearers were; Anthony Armusik, John Gremer, John Zamojczyn, Michael Strach, Anthony Poplowski and Victor Krosowski.
Interment was in St. Marys' Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Albert Lutchko, 55, died suddenly at 4 yesterday morning at his home 239 Maffett St., Midvale, following a heart attack. The funeral will be held Thursday morning at 8:30 from his home with a requiem mass at 9 in St. Mary's Greek Catholic Church. Interment in parish cemetery, Dallas. Mr. Lutchko was born in Czechosolvakia and had lived in Plains Township for more than 25 years. He was employed for many years as a miner for Lehigh Valley Coal Co. Surviving are two daughters; Mrs. Albert Genski at home and Mrs. John Salangovich of Plains Township. Two sisters; Mrs. Caztherine Kohut of Kingston and Mrs. Mary Kohut of Virginia, and a brother, Andrew Lutchko of Detroit.

Mary Maciejczak (Mrs.),46, of Sweet Valley, died yesterday morning at 12:35 in Nanticoke State Hospital, where she was a patient since October 20. Surviving are her husband John, and several children.

Michael McGarry...(Funeral of), Pittston Township, was held yesterday morning at 9 from Donnelly's Funeral Home, Dock St., Pittston, and was well attended. Respected Pittston Township resident died in Pittston Hospital where he had been a medical patient for three weeks. Born in Pittston Township, deceased had lived in that section through his life.
Surviving is one sister, Mrs. Wm. Hogan, Brownstown. A requiem mass was celebrated at 9:30 at St. John the Evangelist Church by Rev. H.T. Kennedy. Burial was in the parish cemetery. Bearers were Leo McHale, Michael McGarry, Eugene and Joseph Gavigan, Geo. Conroy, Joseph Swift, all nephews.

Anthony Mercincavage, 119 Grant St., Exeter, died last night after a three month illness. Born in Lithauania he came to this country 35 years ago and for many years was employed at mining operations in this section. He was a member of St. Casmier's Church of Pittston and its' societies. A requiem mass was celebrated at 9:30 in St. Casmier's Church by Rev. Victor Kupatas. Burial was in the parish cemetery.
Surviving are his wife, Anna, three daughters; Mrs. Leo Shincavage and Mrs. Primo Pisneski of Exeter and Eva at home; a sister Mrs. Mary Krisnosky, and one grandchild.
Bearers were Peter, Anthony and Geo. Visnosky, Geo. Alaskowskas, Walter Kraskay, Anthony Shrunges.

Charles Miller..Funeral of Charles O. Miller was held yesterday afternoon at 2:30 from the home of his daughter, Mrs. Paul Wikisal, 330 Main St., Duryea. Services were conducted at the home by Rev. David S. Wolf. Burial was in Moscow Cemetery. Bearers were John Black, Thomas Henning, Charles Duffy, Charles Sapolis, John Gavin, Peter Burke. Flower carriers; Frank Black, John Mack, Dr. E. Everest.

Arthur Monies, 70, son of the late Col. W.N. Monies, second mayor of Scranton, who was overcome by gas fumes Thursday in his room, 542 Adams Ave., died yesterday afternoon in Scranton State Hospital. Monies, according to police, was resting on his bed Thursday afternoon waiting for water on a gas hot plate to come to a boil. He apparently fell asleep and the water boiled over and extinguished the flame. He was found unconscious and rushed to the hospital. Until recently he had been employed as a engineer at Hillside Home, Clarks Summit. He was former city plumbing inspector. A son, Ellis A. Monies and a granddaughter Cora Suzanne Monies survive. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at the Wm. Price Funeral Home, 319 Jefferson Ave., Scranton. Interment in Waymart Cemetery.

Dr. R.R. Montelius DDS died late Monday night at his home, 188 N. Church St., Hazelton, after several months illness of a heart condition. Born in Mt. Carmel he was educated in the public schools and Pennsylvania College of Dental sugery. Before locating in Hazelton 32 years ago, he had charge of the dental department of the Methodist Orphanage of Philadephia. Dr. Montelius was a staunch supporter of the Crippled Childrens Assoc. of Hazelton and vicinity, being a member of its board of directors. He was a member of Hazelton and American Dental Assoc. and Kiwanis Club, Hazelton Branch, First Presbyterian Church, Elks and Free and Accepted Masons, Mt. Carmel Lodge 378. His wife, the former Kathryn Wilde, survives. the funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 with private services at home. Interment in Vine St. Cemetery, Hazelton

Oliver Norton...Funeral of Oliver Norton, mine accident victim, was held yesterday afternoon from the home, 13 John St., Sheatown. Services at the house were followed by further services in St. Georges Episcopal Church, Nanticoke with the vicar Rev. H.R. Taxdal officiating. Interment was in Newport Center Cemetery. Bearers were fellow mine workers of No. 5 colliery, Susquehanna Colleries Company. Flower carriers were Eric Mann, Fred Jones, Thomas Howell, Cyril Reese and Francis Elmy.

Mary Picton (Mrs.)...(Thongs attended the funeral of) held yesterday afternoon at 2 from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wm. R. Owens, 222 Duffys' Lane, Plymouth. Services were in charge of Rev. Fred L. Shiffer, pastor of First Welsh Bapist Church, assisted by Maurice H. Davies. Mrs. John Daugherty sang "Only Remember by What We Have Done". Floral offerings were carried by Muriel Lloyed, Margaret Besche, Shirley Higgins, Elva Ruckie and Helaine Davis. Bearers were Samuel Kirchner, Isaac Thomas, John L. Phillips, Albert Stull Jr., John Buttman and Walter Rosser. Burial was at Shawnee Cemetery, Plymouth.

Joseph Primas (Funeral of) was held yesterday morning from the home, 205 West Union St., Nanticoke. A requiem mass was read in St. Stanlislaus's Church by the pastor, Rev. V.L. Biczysko. Interment was in parish cemetery. Bearers were John Floriewicz, Leo Puchinski, Renaldo Diaz, Stanley Somomovicz, Joseph Jagodzinski and Frank Malchik.

Mary Scavone (Mrs.)...Many friends and relatives attended the funeral of Mary Scavone held yesterday morning from the home, 158 S. State St. Brief services at the home were followed by a solemn requiem mass in Holy Rosary Church. Officiating were Rev. Arcangelo D'Anca celebrant; Rev. D.W. McCarthy, deacon and Rev. John Bache, sub-deacon.
Bearers were Phillip Scavone, Nicholas Lazzaro, James Berrini Frank Grant, Anthony LoPresto and Carmen Altivilla. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Mary Swiderski (Mrs.), widow of Jacob Swiderski, died at 4:30 yesterday morning at her home, 1 Rodgers Ave, Ashley, after several weeks of general debility. she was a member of St. Mary's Polish Church, Park Ave. Surviving are the following children; Mrs. Josephine Barczak and Mrs. Julia Draza both of Ahsley. Stanley and Leo at home, and John of Philadephia.
The funeral will be held from the home Wednesday morning at 9. Solemn requiem mass at 9:30 in St. Mary's Polish Church, Park Ave. Parish Cemetery, Wyoming.

Lydia VanScoy (Mrs.), wife of Edward VanScoy, died yesterday at 5 PM at her home, 906 Williams St., Avoca. She had lived in that borough 45 years. Surviving are six children; Miss Sara VanScoy of Avoca, Wm. VanScoy of New York, Mrs. Mary Curry of West Pittston, Samuel VanScoy of Hobart Ind., Mrs. Freeman Richards of West Pittston, and Loretta Bury of Cleveland. Three brothers; Wm. Stull of Ca., Thomas Stull of Moosic and Alvin Stull of Plains.
The funeral will be held Monday afternoo at the family home with burial in Marcy Cemetery.

Michael Verbovanitz, who died Monday at his home at Lattimer, will be buried Thursday morning with a requiem mass at 9:30 in St. John's Greek Catholic Church. Interment in the parish cemetery. Surviving are his wife and four sons, Joseph of Drums, and Geo., John and Andrew all of Lattimer.
He was a member of St. John's Church.

Wm. Wilcox, 68, who died Saturday afternoon at 3:20 in General Hospital, will be buried Wednesday morning from the home, R.D. 2, Wyoming, with a requeim mass at 10 in St. Theresa's Church, Shavertown.

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