BURR - C. Ronald, 79, of 6 Rails Road, Tunkhannock (Burr Hill), died Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at the Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock.
He was born on June 26, 1933 in Meshoppen Township (Burr Hill), and was a graduate of Meshoppen High School, class of 1951.
He followed in his family’s footsteps and owned and operated the Burr’s Poultry Farm Inc. on Burr Hill, selling eggs, poultry and running the hatchery. He was a third-generation poultry farmer and retired in 1985.
He also was a Wyoming County commissioner from 1984 to 1988.
He was a member of the Meshoppen United Methodist Church, the Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club of Tunkhannock, Meshoppen Fire Co. and the NRA. He served on the board and was a cemetery caretaker of the Overfield Cemetery Association.
He was a past master of the Franklin Lodge No. 263 F&AM of Laceyville, the Irem Temple Shrine of Dallas and the Republican Party of Wyoming County.
He was chairman of the Wyoming County Housing and Redevelopment Authority and treasurer of the Triton Hose Co. No. 1 in Tunkhannock. He was a member and past president of both the Meshoppen Rod and Gun Club and the Meshoppen Men’s Club, serving as its treasurer for many years.
Surviving are his wife, Gail E. (Swisher) Burr, with whom he would have celebrated his 62nd wedding anniversary next month; daughters, Donna, of Meshoppen; Cindy and Chris Ferris, of Meshoppen; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Theodore, Middleburg; nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations to the Meshoppen United Methodist Church, PO Box 159, Meshoppen, PA.
COOPER - Yoko, 76, of Dallas, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Mercy Center, Dallas.
She was born in Kobe, Japan, attended school in Japan and moved to the United States in 1969 after marrying her husband, Donald.
She was an accomplished dressmaker and had owned and operated her own dress store in Okinawa.
Surviving are her son, David, Swoyersville; stepsons, Donald Cooper, Exeter; Doug Cooper, Harding; Gary Cooper, Exeter; Jeff Cooper, Edwardsville; and James Cooper, Danville; sister, Setsuko Toyama, Japan; brothers, Hiroshi and Kiyoshi, Japan; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
DeGUZMAN – Carmen Reyes, 90, Sweet Valley, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at Hospice Community Care, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.
She was born in Barceloreta, Puerto Rico.
EASTWOOD - Eleanor Alice, 81, of Tunkhannock, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at the Golden Living Center, Tunkhannock.
She was born in Harveys Lake on Feb. 8, 1932 and was a member of the Tunkhannock Assembly of God Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Kimberly, of Tunkhannock; son, Paul, of Arizona; brothers, James Newell, of Harveys Lake, Ed Newell, of Beaumont; Richard Newell, of Beaumont; sister, Joanne Ely, of Beaumont; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.
HOLTON - Robert “Rob,” 43, of Tunkhannock, died on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, in Tunkhannock.
He was born in Tunkhannock on July 14, 1969, and was a 1988 graduate of Tunkhannock High School.
He had been employed on the grounds crew at Stonehedge Country Club, Creekside Gardens of Tunkhannock and Endless Mountain Landscaping.
He was a member of Tunkhannock Moose Lodge No. 1276 and the Black Walnut American Legion.
Surviving are his father, Richard Holton, Tunkhannock; his wife, Cindy Hopfer Holton; sons, Shane and Mark, at home; brother, Charles, of Tunkhannock; sisters, Linda Evans, of Wilkes-Barre, Beverly James, of Dallas, Mary Alice Osterhout, of Tunkhannock, Jennifer Very, of Nicholson; nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations to Robert Holton Memorial Fund at Peoples Neighborhood Bank, P.O. Box 149, Tunkhannock, PA 18657.
KEKER - Jessie Repp, of Tunkhannock, and Naples, Fla., died Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at Physicians Regional Medical Center, Naples, Fla., after a 20-year struggle with multiple myeloma and its complications.
She was born Oct. 14, 1941 in Plymouth, graduated from Plymouth High School in 1955, received a bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University in 1959, a master’s degree from Columbia University and doctorate from New York University.
She taught at New York University, Brooklyn College, Staten Island Community College and at Kean University, Union, N.J., where she was director of the English as Second Language program.
While living in Manila and Singapore, where her husband was employed, she worked in programs for refugees from Vietnam. She travelled to refugee camps in the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia.
She was a director of the Wyoming County Cultural Center, had been a director of NYS Tesol and NJ Tesol and was a co-author of textbooks in the ESL field.
Memorial donations to International House in New York City or the Wyoming County Cultural Center, Tunkhannock.
KLIMAS - Charles Edward Jr., 65, of Tunkhannock, died Feb. 22, 2013, at Regional Hospital Hospice Care in Scranton after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born in Wilkes-Barre on July 26, 1947, and graduated from Tunkhannock High School in 1965.
He was employed with Milnes Construction Co., Roy Piper Construction and, most recently, Herron Lumber. He was a member of Triton Hose Co. No. 1, Tunkhannock.
Surviving are his wife, Nancy Crandall Klimas, with whom he celebrated his 33rd wedding anniversary on June 9, 2012; two daughters, Stephanie, Lititz; and Jessica, Andover, N.J.; one granddaughter; sisters, Laura, Karen Russell and Gail Kintner, of Tunkhannock; nieces and nephews.
PALLIS - Leonard J. Sr., 92, a resident of Tunkhannock Methodist Home, died on Sunday, Feb 24.
He was born Hanover Township on Jan. 3, 1921, was a graduate of Hanover High School and a graduate of Bloomsburg State Teachers College. He served proudly during World War II.
He graduated from Eckles College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia and operated his funeral home in Plymouth for 40 years.
He owned and operated the Union Café in Ashley for 15 years and the Hour Glass in Kingston for five years.
He was steward of Hanover Township VFW Post 5267 and Hanover Township American Legion Post 609. He was past president of the Taurus Club. From 1969 to 1990 he was the National Service Officer of AMVETS at the VA Center in Wilkes-Barre for 20 years.
He served eight years as president and five years as vice president of the Soldiers and Sailors Home in Erie, where he traveled once every three months for 14 years. He was admitted to the Soldiers and Sailors Home Hall of Fame on June 14, 2007.
For 17 years, he served part-time as the Wyoming County Director of Veterans Affairs. He was also the Wyoming County representative of the Bureau of the Aging, a member of the Mehoopany VFW, Black Walnut American Legion Post 510, Disabled Veterans, Fall Loins Club and a Life Member of AMVETS.
Surviving are his son, Leonard J., of Harveys Lake; Jere, of Lake Carey; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations to the Black Walnut American Post 510, Black Walnut River Road 1, Laceyville, PA 18623.
ROBERTS-ROUSHEY - Judith, 73, of Trucksville, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at home.
She was born in Dallas, graduated from the former West Moreland High School and Smith Nursing School.
She was a practical nurse for some years and later was a secretary for Linear Inc., Fernbrook; A.J. Sordoni, Forty Fort; and retired from Inter Metro, Wilkes-Barre, in 1996.
Judith married her high school sweetheart, John Roushey, in Trucksville United Methodist Church in 1960. They celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary Jan. 23, 2013. Judith and John enjoyed camping with friends and especially spending many wonderful years staying in the condos at Myrtle Beach.
Surviving are her husband, John Roushey, with whom she celebrated her 53rd wedding anniversary on Jan. 23, 2013; daughter, Kerry Lynne Burba, Trucksville; a granddaughter; brother, William Roberts, Sykesville, Md.; sisters, Janis Martinchak, Dallas, Suellen Bus, Trucksville; numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations to Shavertown United Methodist Church, 163 N. Pioneer Ave., Shavertown, PA 18708 or to Trucksville United Methodist Church, 40 Knob Hill Road, Trucksville, PA 18708 or The SPCA, Fox Hill Road, Wilkes-Barre, PA.
SABA - Dolores Eileen, R.N., of Sterling Avenue, Dallas, died on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
She was born Nov. 13, 1933, in Wilkes-Barre and was a 1951 graduate of GAR Memorial High School, Wilkes-Barre. She was a registered nurse and graduated from the Wyoming Valley Hospital School of Nursing.
She worked as an operating room nurse at the former Wyoming Valley Hospital, Wilkes-Barre. Prior to retiring in 2001, she worked at her family business, the White House Diner, Welles Street, Forty Fort, where she was owner-operator with her husband, John.
She was a member of the American Nurses Association.
Surviving are her husband, John W. Saba Sr., with whom she celebrated 57 years of marriage on Nov. 12, 2012; sons, Blake Jr., John Jr. and Scott; daughters, Lori Monk and Kelly Alles; five grandchildren; sister, Rita Ault, Williamsport; brother, William Mushinski, Wilkes-Barre.
Memorial donations to the Medical Oncology Associates Prescription Assistance Fund, 382 Pierce St., Kingston, PA 18704.
SAWYER - Margery A., 86, of Dallas, died on Thursday, Feb., 14, 2013, in Melbourne, Fla. while visiting her son, Timothy.
She was born in Omaha, Neb., and was a graduate of Topeka High School.
She was office manager and secretary of the board for Sawyer’s Office Machines.
She and her husband, Dean, were two of the founding members of the Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society. She was a member of Gate of Heaven Church, Dallas.
Surviving are her sons, Lawrence, Turnersville, N.J.; and Timothy, Melbourne, Fla.; daughters, Janet Baker, Dallas; and Joann Kostrobala, Dallas; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, James Waite; and sister, Armond Bohan.
SMITH - Susan, 57, of Tunkhannock, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at Riverside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Taylor.
She was born on March 11, 1955, and was a graduate of Crestwood High School. She worked for Republic Electronics and the U.S. Census Bureau before retiring as a mail sorter for the U.S. Postal Service.
Surviving are her husband of 40 years, William Strollis; son, Kevin Smith, Ashley; sisters, Sharon Cahn, West Pittston; and Peggy Miller, Wyoming; two grandchildren.
SORBER - Betty Jan, 85, of Sweet Valley, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at the Kindred Hospital of Wyoming Valley, Wilkes-Barre.
She was born Jan. 14, 1928 in Wilkes-Barre, and graduated from Lehman High School in 1945.
For several years, she was employed by the former Native Textiles, Dallas.
Surviving are her husband of 60 years, Ronald Sorber; and a son, Ricky, of Sweet Valley.
TRAVER - Treva Shirley, 79, of Noxen, died on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 at the Meadows Nursing Center, Dallas.
She was born in Kingston on Dec. 1, 1933 was a 1951 graduate of Laketon High School and was a lifelong resident of Noxen prior to becoming a guest at the Village of Greenbriar. She was employed by Commonwealth Telephone Company for 40 years.
She was a member of the Ruggles UM Church and the Outlet Free Methodist Church, and was a Sunday school teacher for 20 years. She was also a member of the Harveys Lake Women’s Service Club, the Luzerne County Federation of Women’s Clubs and served as president of the Women’s Club Literation.
She was named among the Outstanding Young Women of America, was a member of the Northeast District of Pennsylvania Federation of Women’s Clubs, served on the Luzerne County Bicentennial Committee, belonged to the Commonwealth Belles and the Commonwealth Sunshine Club.
She was a member of the Orpheus Society.
Surviving are her sisters, Marilyn Swire Neifer, of Loyalville; and Charlotte Slocum, of Lehman; nephews, nieces, grandnieces and grandnephews.
WALL - Corey L., 73, of Dallas, died on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, in General Hospital, Wilkes-Barre.
He was born in Wilkes-Barre and was educated in Dallas Township schools.
He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He worked as a carpenter for a number of years with several different companies. He spent more than 35 years as a truck driver, hauling interstate and locally. Corey retired in 2009.
Surviving are his wife of 47 years, the former Geraldine Goodman, Dallas; children, Roy, Jonestown; Karen, Lehighton; and Bradley, Pikes Creek; five grandchildren; brothers, Harold and Ralph; sisters, Shirley Gashi and Dorothy Shotwell; nieces and nephews.
WEST - Harry H., 92, of Dallas, formerly of Plymouth, died on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013.
He was a 1938 graduate of Plymouth High School. He retired in 1982 from UGI Corp., Hunlock Creek, as an operations engineer with 31 years of service. During World War II, he was a first sergeant in the Army Air Corps, Mediterranean Division.
He was past president of the Century Club of UGI, past secretary of Local 262 UWA, past treasurer and coach of Plymouth Little League & Teener League Baseball, former Boy Scout leader of Troop 247, former member of Plymouth No. 1 Hose Co and former member, deacon and trustee of Pilgrim Congregational Church in Plymouth.
He was a member of American Legion Post 463, VFW Shawnee Post 1425, Blue Lodge 332 F&AM, and a member of the Patriotic Brotherhood of America.
He was a member of the Susquehanna Trailers Hiking Club and secretary of the KEA Hiking Club.
He was a member of the Ruggles Methodist Church, where he helped with the summer Bible School program.
Surviving are his son, Robert, Bowie, Md.; and daughter, Nancy West Walters, Shavertown; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Jennie Dwyer, Larksville; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial donations to the Back Mountain Memorial Library, 96 Huntsville Road, Dallas, PA 18612 or the Plymouth Public Library, 107 W. Main St., Plymouth, PA 18651.