ANSILIO - Joan, 82, of Dallas, died April 23, 2013, at Hospice Community Care in Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.
She was born in Newark on Oct. 1, 1930, grew up in Wilkes-Barre and graduated from Coughlin High School, Class of 1948. After graduation, she worked at Pomeroy’s for a brief time.
She was an active member of Gate of Heaven Church and its Altar and Rosary Society and served as Eucharistic minister for many years. She volunteered at the Mercy Center, Dallas, and the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary, Wilkes-Barre.
Surviving are her daughter, Terry Clemente; two grandsons; sister, Beverly Williams; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial donations to Sisters of Mercy, P.O. Box 370, Dallas, PA 18612
DENMON - Florence Mae, of Beaumont, died Monday, April 22, 2013, at the Meadows Nursing Home in Dallas.
She was born in Alderson, Pa., on Oct. 30, 1913.
Surviving are a son, Glenn, Beaumont; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren.
DONOWSKI - Violet, 90, of Tunkhannock and formerly of Warrior Run, died Thursday, April 25, 2013, in the Golden Living Center, Tunkhannock.
She was born in Hanover on Dec. 9, 1922 and was a member of the Church of Nativity BVM in Tunkhannock.
Surviving are sons, Stanley Hope, Mill, N.C.; and David, Tunkhannock; daughter, JoAnn Charles, Tunkhannock; eight grandchildren.
FIELDING - Edward, “Uncle Ed, ” formerly of the Back Mountain, died Saturday, April 27, 2013.
He was born in Hollybush, South Wales, and immigrated to the United States with his mother and family in 1930.
He served in the U. S. Army during World War II and later became a hairdresser, operating his own salon in Trucksville and then in Shavertown until his retirement.
He was a member of the Green Street Baptist Chapel, Edwardsville, where he had served many positions, mainly as a deacon, but also as Sunday school teacher, youth director, choir member and organist.
Surviving are nieces and nephews.
FOX - Ann C., 77, of Nanticoke, died Sunday, April 28, 2013.
She was born Oct. 9, 1935, in Harveys Lake, was a graduate of Pringle High School and Wilkes-Barre Business College.
She previously worked at Jimeal’s in Plymouth and Miracle Mart in Kingston.
A member of the Parish of Saint Robert Bellarmine, she was a communicant at the Church of Saint Aloysius for more that 42 years. She was a member of the Altar & Rosary Society and leader of the weekly rosary service, served as a Eucharistic Minister, taught CCD and coordinated the Pro-Life Baby Shower at the church for more than 20 years.
She was a volunteer for auctions and member drives of WVIA radio and television for nearly 30 years.
Surviving are her husband, Richard H. Fox; children, Briget Ford, of Wilkes-Barre Township; the Reverend Richard E., pastor of the Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Lake Silkworth; and Christopher R., of Nanticoke; two grandchildren; sisters, Patricia Uzdella, of Dallas; Julia Raineri, of Wilkes-Barre; Therese Androckitis, of Ashley; and Marion Madden, of Ashley; nieces and nephews.
HOLTON - Richard H., of Tunkhannock, died Sunday, April 21, 2013, in Geisinger Community Medical Center Hospice Unit.
He was born in Tunkhannock on May 31, 1921.
He was a 1939 graduate of Tunkhannock High School and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. Prior to his retirement in 1983, had been employed for 42 years as a communications installer for Western Electric/Bell Telephone.
He was a member of the Triton Hose Company, a former member of the Tunkhannock Moose Lodge, a charter member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Tunkhannock, VFW Post 769, the Dennis Strong American Legion Post 457 and the Communications Workers of America. He attended the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church.
Surviving are a son, Charles, Tunkhannock; daughters, Linda Evans, Wilkes-Barre; Beverly James, Dallas; Mary Alice Osterhout, Tunkhannock; and Jennifer Very, Nicholson; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; cousins.
HOOVER - Joyce E. , 82, of the Outlet section of Lake Township, died Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Meadows Nursing Center, Dallas.
She was born in Lake Township on Oct. 28, 1930, graduated from the former Laketon High School in 1947 as valedictorian of her class and received her bachelor’s degree from Roberts Wesleyan College in New York.
She taught high school in New York and Pennsylvania.
She was a lifetime member of the Outlet Free Methodist Church.
Surviving are her sister, Faith Dinger, of Lake Township; nieces and nephews.
HOOVER - Lester H., of Idetown, died Sunday, April 28, 2013, at the Hospice Community Care, Wilkes-Barre.
He was born in Idetown on Nov. 27, 1924, and graduated from Lehman High School in 1942.
After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II under General Patton as a T-5 in the 301st Signal Operation Battalion, 3rd Army E.T.O, he was employed by Linear Corp., Dallas, Blue Ribbon Bakery, Kingston, and retired from Offset Paperback, Dallas. He also worked as a certified electrician in the Wilkes-Barre area.
Surviving are his wife of 61 years, the former Virginia Wolfe; daughters, Cheryl Summa, of Lehman; and Joann Hoover, of Chugiak, Ark.; son, Curtis J., of Reading; sister, Roxie Haines, of Quakertown; three grandchildren; a great-granddaughter.
Memorial donations to Hospice Community Care, 25 Church St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18765 or the Lehman-Idetown United Methodist Church, PO Box 1, Lehman, PA 18627.
KUNDA - Helen, 89, of Sweet Valley, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
She was born in Philadelphia.
Surviving are a son, Edward Olearnick; a daughter, Helene DePiero Kowalski; one grandson; three great-grandchildren.
MOLINA - Pedro Jose, 68, of Hunlock Creek, died Monday, April 22, 2013, at Hospice Community Care, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.
He was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
Before his retirement, he was employed as a CNC operator at Modern Plastics, Wilkes-Barre, and previously worked in the garment industry in the Wyoming Valley area as well as in New York City. After his retirement, he was also employed at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
He was a member of the Muhlenberg Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Surviving are his wife of 38 years, Eleanor; sisters, Maria E. Torres, Sinking Springs; and Aida Molina Torres; 12 nieces and nephews.
MOSES - Kathleen C. , 53, of Kingston Township, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Manor Care, Kingston, after a two-year battle with brain cancer.
She was born in Ashley and was a graduate of Hanover Area. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by Franklin First Federal and later by M & T Bank in the loan department. She was a member of Holy Family Parish, Luzerne.
Surviving are her husband, Thomas Moses; and a brother, Gordon Carey, Huntsville, Ala.
PARDUSKI - Jennifer Lynn, 44, of Perkasie, died Monday, April 22, 2013, at her parents’ home in Shavertown.
She was born in Wilkes-Barre, was a graduate of Dallas High School and a 1991 graduate of East Stroudsburg University, earning a bachelor’s degree in medical technology. She was a member of Delta Phi Epsilon, Epsilon Beta chapter.
She formerly worked as a medical technologist for CMC Hospital, Scranton, and in various hospitals in Allentown and Maryland. She was most recently employed by Merck & Co. Inc., as a bio technician, level II, in hepatitis A vaccine manufacturing.
Surviving are her parents, Stanley J. and Charlene A. Grochowski Parduski, Shavertown; brother, David; nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorial donations to the American Cancer Society , 190 Welles St., Suite 118, Forty Fort, PA 18704, or to the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
PENDLETON - Maria R., 95, of Dallas, died April 22, 2013, at Keystone Garden Estates in Larksville.
She was born March 9, 1918, and was a graduate of St. Ann’s Academy in Wilkes-Barre and Bloomsburg College.
She taught school in Connecticut for several years. She then joined the Red Cross and lived in Japan for three years. Upon her return, she moved to Washington, D.C., and worked for the U.S. Post Office Civil Service Committee for more than 30 years. After retirement, she moved to Dallas.
Surviving are a nephew, Michael C. Raklewicz, M.D., Harveys Lake; nieces, Suzanne Cogswell, Dallas; and Pamela Story, Hope, Idaho; a great-niece and a great-nephew.
Memorial donations to Hospice of the Sacred Heart.
SPRAU - Howard F., 86, of Shavertown, died Thursday, April 25, 2013, at The Meadows Nursing Center, Dallas.
He was born in Kingston and was a graduate of Coughlin High School. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
He was a self-employed general contractor for the majority of his life.
He was a member of the Shavertown United Methodist Church from the time of the family’s relocation to the area in 1951.
He was a member of the Caldwell Consistory, George M. Dallas Lodge No. 531, Dallas, and Irem Temple Shriners. He volunteered as a Little League coach in the Back Mountain and a Boy Scout leader for Troop No. 231 out of the Shavertown Methodist Church.
Surviving are his wife of 63 years, the former Aline Blamire; six children, Penny Lee Butler, Plains Township; Howard, Harveys Lake; Duane, Dallas; Robert, N.J.; Kenny, Sweet Valley; and Billy, Shavertown; 24 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a cousin.
Memorial donations to Blue Chip Farms or Shavertown Methodist Church.
WILSON - Marion E., 93, of Dallas, died Monday, April 22, 2013, at Mercy Center, Dallas.
A graduate of Kingston High School, she had a 27-year career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where she directed community development, affordable housing and farm ownership programs in Luzerne and Wyoming counties. One of her outstanding accomplishments was bringing to fruition the Meadows Long-Term Care Facility in Dallas.
She earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from King’s College at the age of 64 and a master of arts degree in organizational management from Misericordia Universit at the age of 72. Prior to her illness, she was planning to pursue her doctorate degree. She was also a real estate broker and appraiser for 20 years.
Surviving are her daughters, Maryann, Dallas; Judy Patsalos, Riverdale, N.Y.; and Michele Rawls, Bassett, Va.; sons, Harry W. Jr., Tunkhannock; Joseph, Buffalo, N.Y.; James, Kennesaw, Ga.; Charles, Dallas; Richard, Marietta, Ga.; and Stephen, Riverview, Fla.; 21 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter.
Memorial donations to the Back Mountain Memorial Library, 96 Huntsville Road, Dallas, PA 18612.