Alumni Obits 2009

Mary Matone

Mary Matone, formerly of Throop, died Friday afternoon at Abington Manor. Her husband, Joseph Matone, died in 1984.

Born Dec. 13, 1913, in Pittsburgh, daughter of the late John and Michelena Polinski Jaconski, she resided in Throop most of her life and was employed in the garment industry before retirement. Educated in Throop public schools, she was a member of St. Anthony's Church, Throop, and was a charter member of its Ladies Altar and Rosary Society. She was a member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union and was active in St. Anthony's Church activities before her illness.

Surviving are a son, Joseph and wife, Mary Matone, Throop; two grandchildren, Sherry and Michael and wife, Kelly, Throop; two great-grandchildren, Logan and Porter, Throop; a sister, Veronica Gorski, Scranton; nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by four brothers, Stanley, John, Alex and Joseph Jaconski; and a sister, Sophie Holevinski.

Private funeral services were Tuesday from the John F. Glinsky Funeral Home, 445 Sanderson St., Throop, with Mass in St. Anthony's Church, Throop, celebrated by the Rev. Edward Lyman. Pallbearers: Michael Matone, grandson; Jean Drasba, sister-in-law; Lori Sullivan and Shannon Pavuk, nieces; John and Ray Hubert, nephews. Interment, parish cemetery, Dickson City. Published in the Scranton Times on 6/17/2009

Andrew A. Gretzula

Andrew A. Gretzula, 83, of South Williamsport, died Wednesday at home. His wife, the former Anna Dardzinski Gretzula, preceded him in death on Feb. 10, 2007. Together, they shared 54 years of marriage. They were married on May 31, 1952. Born March 9, 1926, in Throop, son of the late Andrew and Elizabeth Kiesel Gretzula, he was a member and communicant of St. Lawrence Church, South Williamsport, and a graduate of the University of Scranton. A Navy veteran of World War II, he was awarded the Victory Medal, the American Theater Ribbon and the Pacific Theater Ribbon. He was a member of American Legion Garrett Cochran Post 1, Williamsport.

He retired from the Internal Revenue Service in 1984 after 38 years of service. He was a member of the White Deer Golf Club at Montgomery. An avid golfer, he enjoyed playing cards. Surviving are three daughters, Mary and husband, Anthony Mussare, South Williamsport; Therese Gretzula, Harrisburg; and Ann and husband, J. Stuart Vaeth, Winchester, Mass.; a son, Andrew A. Jr. and wife, Elaine Gretzula, Duboistown; a sister, Elizabeth Gretzula, Throop; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Ludmilla Varzaly and Marian Gretzula; and twin infant brothers, Andrew and Joseph Gretzula. Funeral services will be Monday at 1:30 p.m. with Mass of Christian Burial in St. Lawrence Church, 800 W. Central Ave., South Williamsport, to be celebrated by the Rev. Michael J. Zipay. Interment, Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport. Graveside military honors will be accorded by the honor guard of the Korean War Veterans of Lycoming County.

Friends may call Sunday, 7 to 9 p.m., in the Charles M. Noll Funeral Home, 1 E. Central Ave., South Williamsport. The family will provide the flowers and respectfully declines to receive floral tributes. The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Anthony's, Center, 125 E. Willow St., Williamsport, PA. 17701. Published in the Scranton Times on 6/13/2009

John J. Popson Jr.

John J. Popson Jr., 79, formerly of Throop and Olyphant, died Sunday evening at Mercy Hospice. Born in Olyphant, son of the late John and Mary Kromko Popson, he was a resident of Olyphant and Throop for most of his life. He was educated in Throop schools, retired from McGregor Iron Works and was a member of St. Anthony's Church, Throop.

He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War, a member of American Legion Post 665, Dickson City, and a social member of various other VFW posts. A ham radio operator, he loved to listen to his scanner reports. He was also a very good guitar player. Surviving are two sons, John, North Carolina; and Gary and wife, Jacki Popson, Throop; a sister, Nancy Popson, Scranton; three brothers, Leon and wife, Betty Popson, Eynon; Eugene and wife, Pat Popson, Hackettstown, N.J.; and Ronnie and wife, Bonnie Popson, Great Meadows, N.J.; two sisters, Patsy and husband, Michael Korbylo, Great Meadows; and Barbara and husband, Bill White, Monroeville, Pa.; nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

The funeral will be Thursday at 8:30 a.m. from the John F. Glinsky Funeral Home, 445 Sanderson St., Throop, with Mass at 9 in St. Anthony's Church. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Military rites will be conducted at the funeral home and the cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday, 5 to 8 p.m. Published in the Scranton Times on 6/9/2009

Paul Chinchak

Paul Chinchak, 80, a resident of Throop, died Tuesday morning in Mercy Hospice, Scranton, following an illness. Born May 13, 1929, in Throop, son of the late Peter and Mary Bartel Chinchak, he attended Throop schools and was employed as a grinder/machinist for Arlington Industries before his retirement in 1991.

He attended the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness in Clarks Summit. Paul's family would like to thank the nurses in Mercy Hospice and the seventh-floor nurses at Mercy Hospital for their compassionate and professional care. Graveside funeral services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Peckville, with Elder Kenneth Plummer of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness officiating. Calling hours will be private in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave., Scranton. Memorial contributions may be made to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness, 675 Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit, 18411. Published in the Scranton Times on 5/20/2009

Florence Skierski

Florence Skierski of Dickson City, formerly of Throop and Bridgeport, Conn., died Friday at Mercy Hospice, Scranton after an illness. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley.

Born in Throop, daughter of the late Leonard and Cecelia Maslankowski Malhenzie, she was a graduate of Throop High School and a member of St. Mary's Visitation Church, Dickson City. Before retiring, she was employed by the borough of Dickson City.

A loving mother, grandmother and sister, she was devoted to her grandson, Stephen. She enjoyed trips to the casinos, especially Atlantic City. Surviving are a daughter, Linda, Dickson City; a son, Stephen, a daughter-in-law, Mary; a grandson, Stephen Michael, Olyphant; and a sister, Sophie Loch, Lakeville.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Joseph; and two sisters, Pearl and Cecelia. In keeping with her wishes, there will be no viewing. The funeral will be private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements, Frank T. Mazur Funeral Home Inc., Dickson City. To leave an online condolence, visit www.mazur funeralhome.com. Published in the Scranton Times on 5/23/2009

Grace DePietro Picchio

Grace DePietro Picchio died Monday at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care, Baltimore, from complications from a stroke. Her husband of 59 years, Victor Joseph Picchio, died in 2001. A 1937 graduate of Throop High School, she went to work in the textile mills, or, as they were called by those who lived there, "the silk mills," in the Scranton area. She met her husband at an American Legion dance in her senior year of high school. They married in 1941. Shortly afterward, her husband was drafted into the Army Air Corps. The textile mill manufactured the silk that was used to make parachutes for World War II. After the war, until it closed down in 1952, her husband worked for Hudson Coal Co. In 1952, she moved with her family to Buffalo, N.Y., where her husband had obtained a position with General Motors. She worked for Sylvania Electronics and assembled transistor radios for military use. During the Vietnam War, she assembled radios that were used in Marine and Army helicopters.

In 1980, they retired to Baltimore and resided in the Randallstown and the Owings Mills areas. She was a very active member in church affairs at Holy Family Church in Randallstown. She enjoyed all of the church prayer services and actively participating in them. She also enjoyed playing bingo at her church, went on church trips and had an ongoing relationship with those in her church community. She also made religious visits to the Seton Shrine and Lady of the Grotto in Emittsburg, Md., St. Anne de Beaupre, Quebec. Until her health prevented her from traveling, she made the special pilgrimage to St. Ann's Basilica, Scranton, for the St. Ann's Novena each year since 1942.

She had a great love of music and was an avid reader. She was also a loving caregiver for friends of the family who have a Down syndrome child. She began taking care of her shortly after coming to the Baltimore area and never stopped caring about her. Surviving are two daughters, Rose Ann Picchio and Barbara Picchio; three sisters, Angelina Vitellaro, Reisterstown, Md.; Josephine Scarlatta, Pikesville, Md.; and Eleanor Keegan, Throop; a brother, Rocco DePietro, Olyphant; many nieces and nephews; a grandnephew; great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Frances Whitman.

Mass of Christian Burial was Friday in Holy Family Church, Randallstown. Interment, Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Finksburg, Md. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Gilchrist Hospice Care, 555 W. Towsontown Blvd., Towson, MD 21204. Arrangements, Eline Funeral Home, Reisterstown. Online condolences may be made at www.elinefuneralhome.com. Published in the Scranton Times on 5/17/2009

Francis Joseph Dodge Jr.

Francis Joseph Dodge Jr. of Clarks Summit, formerly of Throop, died Wednesday at Mercy Hospital after an illness. His wife, the former Carol Jean Hall, preceded him in death.

Born in Throop, son of the late Francis and Grace Mazzucca Dodge, he was educated in Throop schools and was a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he earned an engineering degree. He also continued his education by attending many courses at Lackawanna College and the University of Scranton.

Frank retired from Gould/GNB Battery of Dunmore. An Air force veteran, he earned the rank of staff sergeant, worked on Eisenhower planes and earned many commendations and merits. He was a member Our Lady of the Snows Church, the Tauras Club, the Nativity Social Club, the American Legion and the APA Pool League. An avid rooter of the New York Yankees, he was also an avid golfer and pool player. He especially enjoyed playing with his sons.

He will be surely missed by all those who loved him and by all whose lives he touched. Surviving are four sons, Francis III, Scranton; John, Harrisburg; Dean, Wilkes-Barre; and Jerry, Pittston Twp.; six daughters, Cindy Dodge, Scranton; Judy Olecki, with whom he resided, Clarks Summit; and Diana Dodge, Gina Hughes and Carole Dougherty, all of Scranton; and Stacy Dodge, Clarks Summit; 10 grandchildren; a sister, Joyce Novack, Dickson City; and a brother, Nicholas Dodge, Endwell, N.Y.

He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Joseph Dodge; a brother, Alfred Dodge; and a sister, Rosemary Dodge.

The funeral will be Saturday from the Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home Inc., 1030 N. Main Ave., Scranton, with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. in Our Lady of the Snows Church, 301 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Friends may call Friday, 5 to 9 p.m. Published in the Scranton Times on 5/14/2009

Joseph F. Cabets

Joseph F. Cabets, 72, of Throop, died early Tuesday at Mercy Hospital. His wife is the former Martha Zilla.

Born in Scranton, son of the late James J. and Catherine Cerra Cabets, he was a lifelong resident of Throop and was a 1953 graduate of Throop High School. He retired from Nivert Metal Co., Throop, and was a member of St. Peter's Cathedral, Scranton. A two-year Army veteran, he served as a specialist third-class.

Also surviving are a daughter, Kim Cabets, Feasterville; two sisters, Mary Kovack, Throop; and Estelle and husband, Ronald Grabowski, Throop; two brothers, Frank and wife, Judy Cabets, Houston; and John and wife, Janet Cabets, Scranton; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Mercy Hospital chapel, by the Rev. Joseph Sica. Interment will be private. Arrangements, John F. Glinsky Funeral Home, 445 Sanderson St., Throop. Published in the Scranton Times on 5/6/2009

Anthony J. "Tony" Budash

Anthony J. "Tony" Budash, 97, formerly of Grandview Street, Scranton, died Saturday in Fairfax, Va. His wife, the former Betty Rogan, preceded him in death on June 15, 1993.

Born June 13, 1911, in Throop, son of the late Michael R. and Mary Spillar Budash, he was a graduate of Throop High School and St. Thomas College, now the University of Scranton. A Navy veteran of World War II, he served as a lieutenant and was stationed at Pearl Harbor in the Pacific theater of operations. Before retiring, he was the district manager for Home Life Insurance Co. An avid golfer, he was a member of the ElkView and Elmhurst country clubs and the Dunmore Senior Citizens Club. He was a charter member of the VFW of Olyphant and a member of St. Clare's Church.

Surviving are a son, Tony Budash Jr., Bushkill; and two daughters, Betsy Lasky, Haymarket, Va.; and Gail Budash, Beverly, Mass.; a sister, Genevieve Gretzula, Melbourne, Fla.; five grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his youngest daughter, Sally Ann, on Nov. 28, 1982; and two brothers, Dr. Stephen "Tibby" and Frank Budash.

The funeral will be Thursday from the Albert P. O'Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore, with Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Clare's Church, 2301 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Interment, St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call Wednesday, 4 to 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509. Published in the Scranton Times on 4/28/2009

John P. Polovitch

John P. Polovitch, Taylor, died Saturday at home after being stricken ill. He was married to the former Gayle Hall. The couple married in 1962. Born in Throop, son of the late John and Margaret McHale Polovitch, he was a graduate of Throop High School and was employed at Interstate Distribution Center, Jenkins Twp., as an electrician. John was of the Catholic faith.

John Polovitch, a man known to so many, by so many different names —John, Jack, Marco, Stash, Johnny and Joe — but he truly was a Jack of all trades. He was a master electrician for more than 30 years, a comedian at large, a handyman extraordinaire, a Navy submarine veteran, a member of the Submarine Vets-USS Scranton Base and so much more. John was always willing and able to take the time to give to those in need. Whether it be for someone around the neighborhood or wherever he may be, he was always ready to lend that helping hand.

A true patriot through and through, John was very proud to have lent his service to his country. Aside the full-sized flag pole he erected in his front yard, which he always adorned with a new (never tattered) American flag, you could also see the pride shine through in his support and participation with the Submarine Vets-USS Scranton Base. You could always be sure a visit with John would be a pleasant one, and sooner or later end up with a dosing of his quick-witted humor, and/or worldly advice (whether you asked for it or not).

John Polovitch was many things to so many people and touched so many lives. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, sibling and friend. We love you and will miss you. Also surviving are a son, Scott and wife, Jennifer, Charleston, N.C.; two sisters, Margaret Petrovich, Virginia Beach, Va.; and Mary Clare Kosciuk, Lake Ariel; two brothers, Joseph and Michael, both of Throop; several nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Lisa. The services will be private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements, Jacob Davis Funeral Home, 422 S. Main St., Taylor. Published in the Scranton Times on 4/22/2009

Frances T. McColligan

Frances T. McColligan, Golden Living Center, Scranton, died Tuesday at Mercy Hospital. Her husband, Eugene McColligan, died in 1982. Born in Throop on May 2, 1920, daughter of the late George and Nellie Stzypan-ski Wojcechowski, she was a homemaker and was a member of St. Anthony's Church, Throop.

Fran was a great cook and baker who loved having her family for holiday meals. She was a generous person, always ready to help someone in need, especially her family. She was a crafter and also did quilting, making quilts for all her grandchildren, along with crocheting scarves, hats and afghans for her family and friends. The family offers a special thank you to the staff at Golden Living Center for its kindness and care, especially nurses Donna and Rose Ann, Nellie, Warren, Lee and Vicki and Dr. Lori Williams, Dr. Daniel Kazmierski and Dr. Joseph DelSerra of Mercy Hospital.

Surviving are four daughters, Geraldine Hine and husband, Michael, Jermyn; Margaret (Peggy) Opeka and husband, Thomas, Pittston; Frances Tucker, Scranton; and Jean Marie Torrisi and husband, Salvatore, Scranton; a sister, Mary Blaha, Throop; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a son, John, in 2006; an infant grandson, Justin, in 1973; three sisters, Josephine Surmaitis, Lottie Yanoski and Sophie Long; and five brothers, Walter, Stanley, John, Edward and Joseph Wojcechowski.

The funeral will be Friday at 8:30 a.m. from the John F. Glinsky Funeral Home, 445 Sanderson St., Throop, with Mass at 9 in St. Anthony's Church, Throop. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m. Published in the Scranton Times on 4/15/2009

Audrey J. Tucker

Audrey J. Tucker, 81, a longtime resident of South Scranton, died Thursday morning in the Mercy Hospital Inpatient Hospice Unit. She was the widow of Leo Thomas Tucker Sr., who died Aug. 17, 1997.
Born in Blakely, daughter of the late Roger and Gladys Rivenburg Davies, she was the valedictorian of Throop High School, class of 1945, and a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Church, South Scranton. Audrey will be greatly missed by her family and all of the dogs, which she called her "kids." She enjoyed cookouts on the deck behind the house and time spent with her family was most important. She loved to spend the holidays with her family, enjoying dinner and time talking about family concerns. She also enjoyed going to Lackawanna County Stadium and watching the local baseball team. She attended more than 50 games a year and enjoyed talking to the people around her. Crossword puzzles were a favorite pastime for her as well as crocheting and traveling.

Surviving are two daughters, Judy and Karen Tucker, both of Scranton; two sons, Leo Thomas Tucker Jr. and wife, Janet, Frisco, Colo.; and Paul E. Tucker, Dunmore; two grandsons, Christopher and Andrew Tucker, both of Boca Raton, Fla.; two brothers, Ronald Davies and wife, Marie, Olyphant; and Duane Davies and wife, Jean, Throop; nieces, nephews, cousins; and her granddog, Charlie. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Roger Davies.

The funeral will be Wednesday from the Miller Bean Funeral Home Inc., 436 Cedar Ave., Scranton, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 430 River St., Scranton, to be concelebrated by Monsignor David L. Tressler, pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, and Monsignor Dale R. Rupert, pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Church. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Friends may call Tuesday, 4 to 7 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Mercy Hospice, 743 Jefferson Ave., Scranton, PA 18510-1635. Go to www.millerbeanfh.com for additional funeral information, directions or to submit an online condolence card. Published in the Scranton Times on 4/12/2009

Joseph Glassman Marshalek

Joseph Glassman Marshalek, 81, a lifelong resident of Throop, died Thursday morning at Mercy Hospice. His first wife, the former Helen Milewicz, died in 1977, and his second wife, the former Josephine Ostazewski, died in 2007.

Son of the late Joseph and Julia Szymanski Marshalek, he was educated in Throop schools and retired from the Anthracite Plate Glass Co., Scranton. He was a member of Holy Trinity Polish National Catholic Church, Throop, and a Navy veteran of World War II.
He was a loving father and grandfather who loved hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. Surviving are a daughter, Karen and husband, William Cooke, Montdale; a son, Joseph and wife, Brenda Marshalek, Archbald; a grandson, Joseph III; a stepdaughter, Deborah and husband, John Dinoski, Edwardsville; a stepson, William Muckas, Port Blanchard section of Pittston; five step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by four brothers, John, Frank, Stanley and Anthony Marshalek; and two sisters, Mary Hanis and Helen Radziewski. The funeral will be Monday at 9 a.m. from the John F. Glinsky Funeral Home, 445 Sanderson St., Throop, with sevices at 10:30. in Holy Trinity Polish National Catholic Church by the Rev. Senior William Chromey, pastor. Interment, with military honors by AMVETS of Dupont, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst.

Friends may call Sunday, 5 to 8 p.m. A prayer service will be at 7. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Healthcare Foundation Hospice Fund, 746 Jefferson Ave., Scranton PA 18501; or Holy Trinity Polish National Catholic Church, 619 Center St., Throop, PA 18512. Published in the Scranton Times on 4/3/2009

Ruth E. Keegan

Ruth E. Keegan, 76, formerly of Rockaway, N.J., died Sunday at home in Cherry Hill, N.J. Her husband of 54 years, the late Ronald Morgan Keegan, died May 12, 2007. Born in Scranton at Scranton General Hospital, daughter of the late Stephen and Mary Doyle Hall, she graduated from Throop High School and graduated as an RN in 1952 from the Scranton General Hospital's School of Nursing. She enjoyed a long and successful career as a surgical nurse at Dover General Hospital and working in private practice with several different surgeons.

She was active for many years in the Eastern Star and was involved actively as worthy matron for Starlight Lodge 107 OES, Budd Lake, N.J. She eventually served as senior representative for Puerto Rico. Ruth also lived in Landstuhl, Germany, while her husband, Ron, served in the Army as a staff sergeant and medical specialist during the Korean War. They later retired to the Pocono Mountains and Palm Harbor, Fla., and enjoyed 10 wonderful years with their supportive friends. She died surrounded by her children and grandchildren.

Surviving are four children, Ronald M. Keegan Jr. and wife, Judy; Debra Caruso and husband, Ben; Diane Wilkins and husband, Scott; and Thomas Keegan; two sisters-in-law, Marion and Sonya Hall; and 10 grandchildren, Danny, Jason, Rachel and Kaitlyn Keegan, Gina, Daria and Mackenzie Caruso, Sean, Julie and Grace Wilkins. She was also preceded in death by four brothers, Alfred, Stephen, George and Harry Hall. A memorial service followed by a private viewing for family members and friends will be Friday at 1 p.m. in Fairview Memorial Park, Route 435, Elmhurst. A buffet luncheon will follow at Elmhurst Country Club. Arrangements by Strauch Funeral Home, Route 690, Spring Brook Twp. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local Eastern Star Chapter or Lighthouse Hospice in Cherry Hill, N.J. Published in the Scranton Times on 4/1/2009

Libero (Lee) Mancini

Libero (Lee) Mancini, 93, of Boynton Beach, Fla., formerly of Throop, West Hartford, Conn., and New Jersey, died Saturday morning at home. His wife is Carmella (Jill) Mancini. His first wife, the former Mary Hargreaves, preceded him in death.

Born in the Marshwood section of Olyphant, son of the late John and Livia Bartoletti Mancini, he was educated in Throop schools and resided in Florida for the last nine years. An Army veteran of World War II, he was a retired engineer for New Jersey Hospital and a former member of St. Bridget's Church, Throop. Also surviving are a daughter, Joanne Gleason, West Hartford; a son, John (Jay) Mancini and wife, Cathy, Lake Worth, Fla.; six grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a brother, Rebello (Ray) Mancini, Throop; nieces, nephews-in-law and friends. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Vera Giordano.

The funeral will be Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. from the John F. Glinsky Funeral Home, 445 Sanderson St., Throop, with Mass at 9 in St. Bridget's Church. Interment, St. John's Cemetery, Jessup. Friends may call Tuesday, 6 to 8 p.m. Published in the Scranton Times on 3/30/2009

Albert C. Kochis

Albert C. Kochis, 90, of Throop, died Monday in the Gino Merli Veterans Center. His wife, the former Geraldine Husosky, died in 2001. Born and raised in Throop, son of the late George and Mary Prusak Kochis, he was a graduate of Throop High School and was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, Throop. He was an Army veteran of World War II and, before retirement, was employed by Lackawanna County as chief clerk in the Clerk of Courts office.

He was very active in Throop politics, where he served as Democratic chairman and held various positions on borough council and political committees. He was a loving and caring uncle who enjoyed spending time with his nephew, John, and special grandniece, Elizabeth, who were his caregivers. He looked forward to Elizabeth's special "goodie" treats, daily visits and outings wherever her care would take them. His family would like to express its sincere gratitude to the staff at the Gino Merli Veterans Center. Its care and compassion toward Uncle Al will never be forgotten.

Surviving are a nephew, John Luchansky and wife, Palma; and two grandnieces, Rosann Merrifield and Elizabeth Luchansky, all of Throop. He was also preceded in death by a brother, George; and three sisters, Elizabeth Andrejko, Vera Chopko and Mary Luchansky.

In keeping with Albert's wishes, there will be no calling hours or services. Cremation will be at Maple Hill at Salem Crematory, Archbald. Arrangements by the John F. Glinsky Funeral Home, 445 Sanderson St., Throop. Published in the Scranton Times on 3/18/2009

Josephine Legos

Josephine Legos, 89, a lifelong resident of Throop, died Thursday in the Hospice Unit at Community Medical Center. Her husband, Basil, died Oct. 30, 1982. Born Sept. 6, 1919, daughter of the late John and Tekla Kazcor Rafalko, she was employed at the Petersburg Silk Mill, Dunmore, before retirement. Educated in Throop schools, she was a member of St. Anthony's Church, Throop. She enjoyed going to the casinos in Atlantic City and Las Vegas. She also enjoyed religious bus trips to various shrines and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are a daughter, Lorraine and husband, Thomas Zavislak, Throop, with whom she resided; three sons, Paul and companion, Mert, Throop; Ronald and wife, Elizabeth Legos, Daleville; and Edwin and wife, Sandy Legos, Throop; 11 grandchildren, Jennifer Legos Kropa, Marisa, Matthew, Mark, Kristine, Michael and Melanie Zavislak, Maria Legos Witkowski, Jeffery Legos, Kerry Legos Babarsky and Carena Legos Kelly; five great-grandchildren, Gavin and Sophia Legos, Chloe and Chiara Zavislak and Evan Babarsky; nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Frank J., Joseph and Adam.

The funeral will be Monday at 8:30 a.m. from the John F. Glinsky Funeral Home, 445 Sanderson St., Throop, with Mass at 9 in St. Anthony's Church. Interment, parish cemetery, Dickson City. Friends may call Sunday, 4 to 7 p.m. Published in the Scranton Times on 3/13/2009

Martha Peko Mallas
Martha Peko Mallas of Dunmore died Thursday afternoon at home. She was the widow of Nicholas Mallas Sr., who died in August 1971. Born in Throop, daughter of the late Stephen and Czeslawa "Tessie" Lewandowski Peko, she was a graduate of Throop High School. Before retirement, she had been employed by Dempsey Uniform and Linen Co. She was a very active member of St. Anthony's Church, Throop, including its Altar and Rosary Society and church choir.

Martha enjoyed holidays with her large family, whom she loved dearly. She also enjoyed shopping trips and dining with her family. She was a superb cook and baker, especially her pierogi and homemade spaghetti sauce. Now she stands tall Heaven, with that radiant smile of hers, surrounded by her loved ones who passed before her. Martha was a quiet woman who kindly made her way into numerous hearts. She was always interested in the lives of her family, while being humble about her own. Her family thanks her for her excellent example of how to be. She died surrounded by her sisters and family. Her family is most grateful for her caregiver, who enriched her last days beyond measure, and also her additional "angels." Surviving are two sons, Thomas D. Mallas and wife, Eileen, Dunmore; and Jeffery R. Mallas and wife, Karen, Scranton; four grandchildren, Nicole Tanya Savio, London; Kristine Mallas, Orlando, Fla.; Kimberly Mallas, Dunmore; and Douglas F. Mallas, Scranton; two great-grandchildren, Nina and Eva Savio, London; three sisters, Ceil Borden, Warren, Mich.; Estelle Hanis, Roaring Brook Twp.; and Therese Peko, Throop; a brother, Henry Peko and wife, Mary Helen, Throop; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Nicholas Mallas Jr.; four brothers, Chester, who died in World War II; Stanley, Gene and Stephen Peko; and two sisters, Ann Rudzinski and Stephany McGurl. The funeral will be Tuesday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with Mass at 9 a.m. in St. Anthony's Church, Throop, to be celebrated by the Rev. Edward P. Lyman. Interment, St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call Monday, 5 to 8 p.m. The Altar and Rosary Society will recite the rosary at 7. To leave an online condolence or for directions, visit www.cgdfuneralhome.com. Published in the Scranton Times on 3/7/2009

Bernard A. "Ben" Selenick
Bernard A. "Ben" Selenick, 80, a lifelong resident of Throop, died Friday evening at Mid-Valley Hospital, Peckville. His wife of 55 years is the former Helen Zlotnicki. Born in Scranton, son of the late James and Helen Gansecki Selenick, he was a 1946 graduate of Throop High School and worked as a meat cutter before his retirement. An Army veteran, he was a member of St. Adalbert's Polish National Catholic Church, Dickson City.

Also surviving are cousins, nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a son, Bernard J. Selenick; five brothers, Stanley Selenick, Michael, Joseph, John and Walter Roosevelt; and a sister, Mary Rafalko. The funeral will be Tuesday at 9:45 a.m. from the John J. Turko and Sons Funeral Home, 402 Boulevard Ave., Dickson City, with Mass at 10 in St. Adalbert's Polish National Church, to be celebrated by the Very Rev. William Chromey, pastor. Interment, parish cemetery, Dickson City.

Friends may call Tuesday, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Adalbert's Polish National Church, 515 Mary St., Dickson City, PA 18519. Published in the Scranton Times on 3/1/2009

Edward F. Gonsky
Edward F. Gonsky, a resident of Wilkes-Barre for the past 51 years, died Sunday evening in Hospice Community Care, Geisinger South, Wilkes-Barre. His wife of 64 years is Helen Oshetsky Gonsky. Born May 19, 1918, in Throop, son of the late Benjamin and Amelia Gonsky, he graduated from Throop High School and attended the University of Scranton for three years until Pearl Harbor. Edward enlisted in the Marine Corps on Feb. 12, 1942. He served for 43 months in the South Pacific, where he participated in five different island battle zones as a sergeant. He was honorably discharged on Sept. 22, 1945.

Eddie was a nationally ranked amateur golfer who played in four National Amateur Tournaments. He played competitively against both professionals and amateurs for more than 50 years, winning tournaments throughout Pennsylvania, New York and Florida. He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Edward and his wife, Helen, were members of the Wyoming Valley Country Club for the past 57 years. Edward, along with Helen, who served as business manager, presided over a successful company, known as Edward F. Gonsky Specialty Advertising, which is still doing business. Edward was a devout Catholic and was a member of St. Aloysius Church for 58 years. He was also a member of the Mountaintop American Legion Post 0781 for the past 63 years.

Also surviving are four sons, Dr. Edward Gonsky and wife, Dr. Libby Gonsky, Del Ray Beach, Fla.; Robert A. Gonsky, at home; Dr. Mark Gonsky, Glen Summit; and Dr. Michael Gonsky and wife, Jolene, Stroudsburg; a daughter, Marie Elaine Smith and husband, David, Herndon, Va.; six grandchildren, Jonathan, Dr. Mark Edward, Ashley and Michael Tyler Gonsky, attorney Jennifer Gonsky and attorney Allison Gonsky; and two sisters, Theresa Shank, Pittsburgh; and Marilyn Gonsky, New Port Richey, Fla.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Anthony Duchnowski, Joseph and Chester Gonsky; and a sister, Jean Gombar. Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Aloysius Church, Division and Barney streets, Wilkes-Barre. Interment, St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Twp.

Friends may call Thursday, 4 to 7 p.m., at the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to the benefit of St. Aloysius Church, 143 Division St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702. Published in the Scranton Times on 2/25/2009

Adam Nosak Sr.
Adam Nosak Sr, 94, of Throop, died Saturday in Mercy Hospital after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Catherine R. Szymanski, who died May 3, 1982.
Born July 10, 1914, in Holyoke, Mass., son of the late Alexander and Teofila Nosak, he attended Throop schools and was a resident of Throop for 75 years. He was a member of St. Anthony's Church, Throop. Before retirement, he was employed by Affiliated Foods Warehouse and the Hotel Sheraton. He was a quiet, kind man who was dedicated to his family. He immensely enjoyed gardening and canning. An accomplished baker, he enjoyed baking kolach for the holidays, along with pies and pastries. He was especially proud of his son and two grandchildren, Adam Joseph and Ryan Michael. In recent years, he enjoyed sitting on his front porch in all seasons. He will be deeply missed by his son and family.

His son would like to thank the staff of the Lackawanna County Healthcare Center for the kind and compassionate care he received during his brief stay there. Surviving are his son and caregiver, Adam F. Nosak, Throop; four sisters, Sophie Mulea, Throop; Steffie Cottrell, Olyphant; Helen Hoke, Florida; and Veronica Lucas, Berwick, Maine; two grandchildren, Adam and Ryan; nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Alex, Chester and Frank Albert; a sister, Lottie Resnick; and a daughter-in-law, Bonnie Benson Nosak, in 1996. The funeral will be Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. from the John F. Glinsky Funeral Home, 445 Sanderson St., Throop, with Mass at 10 in St. Anthony's Church. Interment, Holy Family Cemetery, Throop.

Friends may call Monday, 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, c/o Deacon Edward T. Kelly, P.O. Box 726, 300 Wyoming Ave., Scranton, PA 18504; or the donor's favorite charity. Published in the Scranton Times on 2/15/2009

George Pesarcik
George Pesarcik, 92, died Thursday afternoon at Mercy Hospice. His wife is the former Edith Mersch. A lifelong resident of Throop, son of the late Anthony and Kathryn Weiss Pesarcik, he was a graduate of Throop High School and worked as a mechanic for International Harvester. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, Throop. Before his retirement, he worked on and managed the Pesarcik family farm in Lake Ariel. He will be remembered for his good humor. Also surviving are a son, Gary and wife, Alison, Lake Ariel; two sisters, Josephine Blasko, North Carolina; and Christine Hillebrent, Florida; a brother, Andrew, Lake Ariel; nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a son, George Jr., on Jan. 7, 2006; three brothers, Michael, Joseph and Anthony; and six sisters, Kathryn Chick, Helen Chobey, Betty Fanfield, Mildren Chivers, Mary Kimble and Ann Moras.

The funeral will be Monday at 10 a.m. in the John F. Glinsky Funeral Home, 445 Sanderson St., Throop, with a blessing service by Monsignor Stanley Piorkowski. Interment, private. Friends may call Sunday, 3 to 5 p.m. Published in the Scranton Times on 2/7/2009

Mary O'Hara Longauer
Mary O'Hara Longauer, 97, died Wednesday. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick, in 1954.

Born in Throop, daughter of the late John J. and Mary Hayes O'Hara, her primary and secondary education was in the Throop public school system. She graduated from Marywood College in 1931 and began her career as a supervisory dietician at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She subsequently returned to Scranton and was employed at Scranton State Hospital.
Mary's second career began after receiving her master's degree in secondary education from Marywood. She then took a teaching position at Scranton Central High School, where she challenged and inspired hundreds of students who attended her advanced placement English class until her retirement in 1975 after 22 years of service.

Mary's memory will be treasured by all who experienced her devotion, grace and dignity as a mother, grandmother and teacher. Her love of words and language was extraordinary and her years of reading accomplishments with her cat by her side were remarkable in number and scope. Surviving are two daughters, Margaret Dermody and Mary Barrett, Dunmore; a niece, Mary "Boo" O'Hara Budash, Scranton; a son-in-law, Joseph Barrett, Dunmore; two grandsons, Michael Dermody, Dunmore; and Shan and wife, Tara Barrett, Glenside; a great-grandson, Patrick, Glenside; a nephew, Timothy O'Hara and wife, Mary Jane, and their family, Collegeville; and the families of her late nephews, John and Frank O'Hara Jr.

She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Colin Barrett; two sisters, Nora O'Hara and Margaret O'Hara Budash; and two brothers, John and Frank J. O'Hara. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 11 a.m. in St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, 322 Chestnut St., Dunmore. Interment, St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow. Friends may call at the church from 10 until Mass time. In lieu of flowers, donations in her honor may be made to the Albright Memorial Library, 500 Vine St., Scranton, 18509. Arrangements by the Albert P. O'Donnell Funeral Home, Dunmore. Published in the Scranton Times on 1/23/2009

Pauline A. Caputo
Pauline A. Caputo, 78, of Ross Township, formerly of Shaler, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, in UPMC Passavant Hospital. She was born June 25, 1930, in Throop, Pa., the daughter of the late Gaetano and Eliza Muto Policicchio. She worked as a telephone operator for AT&T for 25 years.

She was a member of St. Bonaventure, Glenshaw, and an active member of Club Julian, Ross Township. She was a longtime volunteer at UPMC Passavant Hospital and a former volunteer at Glenshaw Presbyterian Church Pre-School. Survivors include her daughter, Lorraine (Ted Cole) Caputo, of Maplewood, N.J; two sons, Joseph F. (Donna M.) Caputo, of Ross Township, and Frank G. (Sue) Caputo, of Franklin Park; seven grandchildren, Senior Airman Dominic, Rosina, Angelina and Gino Caputo, Sonya Cole, Anthony and Gina Caputo; and sister, Rose "Dolly" Behanna, of Shaler.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Caputo, who died Oct. 21, 1982; brother, Vincent Policicchio; and sister, Emily Carr. Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Friday in ELOISE B. KYPER FUNERAL HOME, 2702 Mt. Royal Blvd. at Mt. Royal Cemetery, Glenshaw, Shaler. Funeral prayer will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in St. Bonaventure Church, 2001 Mt. Royal Blvd., Glenshaw, with Father Ray Trance officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Royal Cemetery, Shaler. M emorials may be made to Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Hillman Cancer Center, 5115 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Henry Konopka
Henry Konopka, 84, of Throop, died Sunday morning at Lackawanna County Health Care Center after a brief illness. His wife, the former Blanche Roczkowski, died Jan. 28, 2008.
Born in the Greenwood section of Scranton, he was a resident of Throop for the past 80 years and was educated in Throop schools. An Army veteran of World War II, he served in the Pacific Theater. He retired from Nivert Metal Supply, Throop, and was a member of St. Anthony's Church, Throop.

A loving and caring man and good friend to everyone, he had a smile that won everyone over. He loved his two cats, enjoyed his mornings at Burger King in Dunmore with time spent with his good friend, Rev. Jim and especially Wednesday nights at Smilers with Ernie and the girls.

A special thanks to the staff at Lackawanna County Health Care Center for their loving care to Henry and also to Dr. Serine, Dr. Alocci and Dr. Weston and all their staff.

Surviving are two sons, Henry "Bart" and wife, Melanie Konopka, with whom he resided; and Richard and wife, Doreen Konopka, Boca Raton, Fla.; a daughter, Mary Ann and husband, Michael Yanochik, Justus; and two grandchildren, Kristina and Justin; nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.

The funeral will be Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. from the John F. Glinsky Funeral Home, 445 Sanderson St., Throop, with Mass at 9 in St. Anthony's Church, Throop. Interment, parish cemetery, Dickson City. Friends may call Tuesday, 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Lackawanna County, 967 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit, 18411. Published in the Scranton Times on 1/19/2009

Joseph F. Kausmeyer
Joseph F. Kausmeyer, 71, a lifelong resident of Throop, died Monday morning at Community Medical Center. His wife is the former Andrea Zuraski. They celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary on Dec. 10.
Son of the late Julius and Anna Yontos Kausmeyer, he was a graduate of Throop High School and was employed by Scranton Wilbert Vault Inc., Jessup, for 36 years. A member of the North American Fishing Club, he was an avid hunter, fisherman and collector. He also enjoyed going to the casinos. He loved his pet cat, Punkin, and would go out of his way for family and friends. Also surviving are three sons, George Zuraski, Peckville; Joseph "Rocky" Kausmeyer and wife, Michele, Scranton; and Andrew Kausmeyer, Pittston Twp.; a daughter, Judith Strein and husband, Fred, Scranton; a sister, Delores Stolarik, Throop; six grandchildren, George and Jessica Zuraski, Eric, Dustin and Brianna Strein and Jamie Catalano; several nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Julius and Albert; and a sister, Mary Nodge.

A blessing service will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Hudak-O'Shea Funeral Home Inc., 115 Garfield Ave., Olyphant. Interment, private at the convenience of the family. Friends may call Wednesday, 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Humane Society of Lackawanna County, 967 Griffin Pond Road, Clarks Summit, 18411. For directions, online condolences or memorial contributions, visit www .hudak-osheafuneralhome.com. Published in the Scranton Times on 1/6/2009

James J. Kubasko
James J. Kubasko, 78, a resident of Moosic Lakes, died Friday evening at the VNA Hospice Unit at Community Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Joann Zamiska. Born in Scranton, son of the late Dr. Paul E. Kubasko, who was coroner in Lackawanna County for many years, and the late Sally Donahue Kubasko, he was a graduate of Throop High School and attended the University of Scranton. An Air Force veteran of the Korean War, he was a member of St. John the Baptist Church.

He moved to Florida in 1958 to join the rocket program at Cape Canaveral and was among those who formed the original NASA team for the manned space program. Before retirement, he was project supervisor of the contractors who assembled and tested the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missiles, which culminated with Americans walking on the moon.

He had resided at Moosic Lakes for the past nine years after moving from Florida. Surviving are a son, James J. Jr., Moosic Lakes; a daughter, Karen and husband, William Hartsell, Orlando, Fla.; a granddaughter, Jobeth Hartsell, Orlando; and two nieces. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Paul.

A memorial Mass will be Monday at 9 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Church, Throop, to be celebrated by the Rev. Edward Lyman. Interment, St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow. Calling hours for friends and relatives will be Monday, 8 to 9. Arrangements by the John F. Glinsky Funeral Home, Throop.

William P. "Bill" Zack
William P. "Bill" Zack, 92, of Mechanicsburg, died Friday in Harrisburg Hospital. He is survived by his wife of more than 56 years, Marie Zack.
Born Oct. 18, 1916, in Throop, son of the late William Vincent and Lena Zack, he graduated with honors from the University of Scranton in June 1951 with a degree in accounting and was an Army veteran of World War II, having seen action in New Guinea. William had a full career as an Internal Revenue Service agent and received the Albert Gallatin Award from the U.S. Treasury upon his retirement in 1985. An avid birder with a green thumb, Bill could often be found with his binoculars or his gardening tools. He was equally fond of reading and debating current events. Bill was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Mechanicsburg. During the past few years, although Bill was suffering with his own health problems, he was always concerned about the health of family members, asking about each by name. He was upbeat and cheerful when family members visited with him and Marie.

Also surviving are three sons, William and wife, Joelle, New Cumberland; Raymond and wife, Kristie Frisco, Texas; and Gerard and wife, April, Gaithersburg, Md.; two granddaughters, Kelly and Corianne; two brothers, Richard and wife, Kathy, Manheim; and Joseph and wife, Terry, Camp Hill; two sisters, Cecilia Zack Heitzenrater, King of Prussia; and Eleanor Zack Ulko, Phoenix, Ariz.; three nieces, Linda and husband, Robert Weber, Granbury, Texas; Cheryl Zack, Lancaster; and Kim and husband, Randy McBride, Middleburg; five nephews, Joseph Jr. and wife, Donna Zack, New Cumberland; Randy and wife, Rebecca Zack, Mechanicsburg; Richard Zack Jr., Manheim; Christopher and wife, Melissa, Lexington, Ky.; and Nicholas, Lititz; four grandnieces, Melissa Zack, Roxanne McBride, Samantha Weber and Allesandra Zack; and five grandnephews, Daniel and Stephen Zack, Robert Weber Jr., and Skyler and Shaun McBride. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Chester; and a sister, Evelyn Zack Gutkowski.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Theresa Parish, 1300 Bridge St., New Cumberland. Interment, Gate of Heaven Cemetery, followed by a luncheon in St. Theresa social hall.

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