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BELL - Richard H., 66, of Franklin Township, died Tuesday, July 2, 2013, in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

He was born in Exeter and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, in which he received numerous medals.

Following his military service, he was a member of the 5th Special Forces Group, Republic of Vietnam, International Association of Airborne Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 396 of Wyoming, Dallas American Legion672, Disabled American Veterans-Mid Valley Chapter No.11.

For many years, he was employed by Coca-Cola as a mechanic.

Surviving are his wife, Judy; daughter, Cheryl Oster of Dallas; one granddaughter; a sister, Sylvia Carol Simmons, Exeter.

COLARUSSO - Carl J. Jr., 26, of Dorothy Street, Scranton, formerly of Shavertown, died on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at his apartment.

He was born in Kingston, and graduated from Dallas High School, class of 2004. After graduation, he attended U.S. Army Military Police School in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and then served at 320th Military Police Battalion in Ashley.

He served in Iraqwith the 400th MP. He was employed as a security guard for S.O.S. Security. He was a member of Disabled American Vets, Chapter 30, Wilkes-Barre, the American Legion, Wilkes-Barre, and volunteered at the Scranton Vet Center.

Surviving are his parents, Partricia Lord, Nanticoke; and Carl J. Colarusso Sr., of South Carolina; his son, Gianni; maternal grandmother, Patricia Mitchell, Plymouth; brother, James, Shavertown; stepsister, Maria, South Carolina; a nephew, aunts, uncles and cousins.

CRAGLE - Bertha Mae Williams, 90, of Hunlock Creek, died Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at St. Luke’s Villa, Wilkes-Barre.

She was born March 12, 1923, in Plymouth, and raised in Hunlock Creek, where she attended a one-room schoolhouse. She later attended Harter High School, Nanticoke.

She was employed by various sewing factories and made bomb shells during World War II. She later worked at Retreat State Hospital as an LPN. She retired in 1982.

Surviving are her children, Naomi Hummel, Wilkes Barre; Marsha Meade, Wyoming; Relza Jr., Sweet Valley; Lena S. Schutz, Wilkes-Barre; Deborah Dotter, Pittston; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations to the Hunlock Creek United Methodist Church, 853 Main Road, Hunlock Creek, PA 18621; or to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 900 Rutter Ave., Suite 8, Forty Fort, PA 18704.

DORRANCE - Victoria R., 88, of Dallas, died Friday, July 5, 2013, at Little Flower Manor, Wilkes-Barre.

She was born in Pittston, and was a graduate of Pittston High School. Before retiring, she was a secretary and bookkeeper for Orange Dairy. She was a member of Gate of Heaven Church, Dallas.

Surviving are son, Leonard A. Jr.; daughters, Charlotte Kelley, Barbara Yanchick, both of Dallas; sister, Regina Hudacko, Dewey, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

ERVINE - Mary Joan, 77, of Tunkhannock, died Friday, June 28, 2013, at the VNA Hospice, Scranton.

She was born in Binghamton, N.Y., on April 11, 1936, graduated from Meshoppen High School in 1954 and attended Ursinus College.

She belonged to the Tyler Memorial Auxiliary and was the editor of the State Farm Insurance Newsletter, Dallas, Texas.

Surviving are her daughter, Jennifer, Wilkes-Barre; son, Clay, Libertyville, Ill.; two grandchildren; aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial donations to the Meshoppen Francis Kennard Library, P.O. Box 39, Meshoppen, PA 18630.

EVANS - Jack Lewis, 91, of Trucksville, died Monday, July 8, 2013, at Meadows Nursing Home, Dallas.

He was born in Wilkes-Barre on Nov. 20, 1921, and lived in Dallas. He attended Kingston Township High School, where he was known as an outstanding baseball player.

After the Pearl Harbor attack, he enlisted in the Army on Jan. 29, 1942, and became a Sergeant in C Company 502 Parachute Infantry of the 101st Airborne Division during World War II. He fought in two invasions (Normandy and Holland) and four major campaigns (Normandy, Holland, Battle of the Bulge, and Haguenau).

He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Certificate, a prestigious tribute for heroic conduct in France on July 16, 1944. He was awarded the Purple Heart with three clusters and earned two Presidential Citations for Gallantry in Action given by President Roosevelt and President Truman.

He worked for Dallas Dairy, the old Boston Store and stayed with Boscov’s for 17 years until he retired and then worked for Car-Lotta in Kingston. He became a Mason in the George M. Dallas Lodge, Shrine Club of Greater Wilkes-Barre, Irem Shrine and a member of the Shepherds Unit.

He had been a member of the Trucksville United Methodist Church and the Back Mountain Men’s Ecumenical Group.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, the former Alice Holcomb; sisters, May Chamberlain and Wahneta Berti, both of Dallas; nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.

Memorial donations to the Trucksville United Methodist Church, 40 Knob Hill Road, Trucksville, PA 18708; or The Shepherds Unit of Irem Shrine, P.O. Box 307, Dallas, PA 18612.

MONKA - John S. Jr., 47, of Trucksville, died Sunday, July 7, 2013, at his home.

He was born in Kingston.

Surviving are a sister, Cindy Jerzak, Dallas; a nephew; aunts, uncles and cousins.

ROGERS - Enid Novitski, 87, of Shavertown, died Friday, July 5, 2013, in Guardian Elder Care in Nanticoke.

She was born Nov. 20, 1925, in West Nanticoke.

Surviving are daughters, Sharon Stockage, Sweet Valley; Lynn Wiepa, Nanticoke; brother, Keith Cragle, Ceasetown; sister, Bonnie Brader, Ceasetown; four grandchildren; two great- grandchildren.

ROSS - Jane McKim, 83, of Dallas, and Key West, Fla., died Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township.

She was born Feb. 25, 1930, in Newark, N.J., and graduated from Columbia High School in Maplewood, N.J., in 1948 and Cornell University with honors in economics in 1952.

She had been active n numerous community and civic organizations, among them the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the Junior League of Wilkes -Barre, the League of Women Voters of the Wilkes -Barre area, the Luzerne Foundation and the Family Service Association of Wyoming Valley.

She was a member of the Huntsville Golf Club and the Westmoreland Club.

Surviving are her daughter, Barbara, of Somerville, Mass.; son, Richard III (Rip), of Dallas; four grandchildren;one great-grandchild; a sister, Carol Brownell.

Memorial donations to Family Service Association of Wyoming Valley, 31 W. Market St., Wilkes-Barre PA 18701.

SUTTON - David W. Sr., 85, of Virginia Beach, Va., died June 27, 2013 in Sentara Leigh Memorial Hospital, Norfolk, Va.

He was born in Trucksville, and was a graduate of Kingston Township High School. Before retiring, he was a traffic manager for Sterling Extruding, South Plains, N.J.

He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church, Virginia Beach, where was very active in many of the church groups. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served in both World War II and the Korean War.

Surviving are daughters, Patricia Unterstein and Linda Johnson, both of Virginia Beach; son, David W. Jr., New Brunswick, N.J.; brother, Sherman, Trucksville; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.

URBANAS - Paul D., 66, of Sweet Valley, died Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at Commonwealth Hospice, Wilkes Barre.

He was born in Plymouth, and was a graduate of Plymouth High School and Penn State University Wilkes Barre.

Before retiring, he was employed by Air Products, Hanover Township. More recently, he was employed by Kimberly Clark, West Pittston.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.

Surviving are daughters, Amy Maseychik, Dallas; and Jill Gruver, Shavertown; brother, Joseph, Parsons; sister, Diane Laibinis, Hanover Township; four grandchildren.

VOELKER - Ruth T. , of Shavertown, died Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at her home.

She was born in Wilkes-Barre, was a graduate of GAR High School, Bucknell University Junior College (now Wilkes University), and Bucknell University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering, where she was a member of Pi Mu Episilon, a national honorary mathematics society.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Dallas, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, president of the Dorcas Society, director of senior and children’s choirs, church council and the committee for the new church. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Shrine Auxiliary.

She was a volunteer for the Meadows Nursing Center and Hospice St. John.

Surviving are sons, Robert B., The Woodlands, Texas; Donald J., Raleigh, N.C.; David C., Indianapolis, Ind.; daughter, Barb Towne, Litchfield, N.H.; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations to the Candle Fund of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 802, Dallas, PA 18612.

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