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June 21. 2013 10:22AM
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FINK - George W. , 83, of Hunlock Creek, died June 12, 2013, in Hospice Community Care, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.


He was born Feb. 5, 1930, in Hunlock Creek and attended the Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Muhlenburg.


Surviving are nieces and nephews.


HETTES - John Herbert Sr., 82, of Noxen, died Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at home.


He was born in Noxen on Jan. 18, 1931, attended Noxen School and served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant during the Korean Conflict.


He worked as a heavy-machine operator at West Side Landfill and Noxen Township. He was a member of the Daddow Isaacs American Legion Post 672.


Surviving are his wife of 60 years, the former Tillie Troy; children, Debbie Creasing, Noxen; John, Carverton; Jim, Swoyersville; Philip, Noxen; Brenda Chipego, Harveys Lake; brother, James Hetteshiemer, Noxen; sisters, Ethel Jones, Noxen; Olma Weidner, Wilkes-Barre; Viola Robbins, Noxen; 26 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter.


Memorial donations to Traditional Home Health and Hospice, 113 W. Drinker St., Dunmore, PA 18512 or Pastor’s Food Pantry, c/o Pearl Race, 3393 State Route 29S, Noxen, PA 18636.


KOZEMCHAK - Ann June Kozemchak, 97, of Dallas, died Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.


She was born in Wilkes-Barre and attended the Wilkes-Barre schools.


Surviving are sons, David, Dallas; James Jr., Harveys Lake; five grandchildren;13 great-grandchildren.


Memorial donations to the SPCA, Fox Hill Road, Plains Township.


KROSTAG - Michael Anthony, 45, of Vancouver, Wash., died on Oct. 29, 2012.


He was born Nov. 23, 1966, in Pequannock, N.J., and spent the first seven years of his life in Oakland, N.J., before moving with his family to Dallas in 1973.


He graduated from Gate of Heaven Catholic grade school in 1981 before moving on to Bishop O’Reilly High School in Kingston.


In the summer of 1983, he had a diving accident in a swimming pool that left him paralyzed. From there, he spent the next several years at Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia and Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia.


He continued with his high school studies and was able to return to Bishop O’Reilly in order to graduate with his class of 1985.


He graduated from Luzerne County Community College and in 1990, moved to Oregon to attend the University of Oregon, where he studied business and Japanese and graduated in 1997.


He opened a Japanese restaurant, the Sambi, in Beaverton, Ore. and managed several rental properties.


Surviving are his brothers, Patrick “PJ” and Rob; nephews and nieces.


LENGEL - James, of Columbia, S.C., died May 25, 2013.


He was born in Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 30, 1938, and was a graduate of Westmoreland High School.


He was a member of the United States Air Force and spent three years in Alaska before being stationed in South Carolina. Following his discharge from the Air Force, he operated a swimming pool business.


Surviving are his five children, James, Patricia, Donna, Vivian and Faye; sister, Merrie Zerfoss, Hunlock Creek; brother, Ted, Caliornia; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; nieces and nephews.


Memorial donations to the Wounded Warriors Project.


LEWIS - Dale Howard, 73, of Forkston Township, died Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at the Commonwealth Hospice at the Regional Hospital of Scranton, after a courageous 20-year battle with cancer.


He was born on Aug. 23, 1939, in Farr Hollow, Windham Township, and was a 1958 graduate of Tunkhannock High School. He also attended Tri-State College in Angola, Ind., and Williamsport Community College.


He served in the U.S. Navy on the aircraft carrier Shangri-La as a precision machinist.


He worked at Whipples, Weldons, Avco Lycoming and PMF in Williamsport before owning rooming houses for Williamsport Community College students in the late 1960s to early 1970s.


He moved back to Farr Hollow in 1974, where he began a woodworking business called Custom Craft.


Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Mary Ann Lewis, of Forkston Township; sister, Judy Kishbaugh, Laceyville; brother, Larry, Tunkhannock; aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.


Memorial donations to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Ave., New York, NY 10065; or the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.


RUSNAK - Thomas Stephen Jr., 70, of Hunlock Creek, died Sunday, June 16, 2013, at home.


He was born in Kingston on March 2, 1943, was a 1960 graduate of Lake-Lehman High School and was employed by B.G. Coon Construction, Luzerne, for 20 years. He later became sole proprietor of Lehman Power Equipment for 28 years, retiring two years ago.


He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Lake Silkworth, and was a 4th Degree Knights of Columbus and a Lake Silkworth Lion’s Club member.


Surviving are his wife, the former Mildred Pavlick, with whom he would have celebrated his 48th wedding anniversary on July 3; daughters, Stacey Novak nd Heather Rusnak, both of Newport Township; sister, Emily Bruno, of Dallas; three grandchildren.


Memorial donations to Hospice Community Care, 601 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, PA 18704.


SHOTWELL - Byron J. Sr., 70, of Wilkes Barre, died Sunday, June 16, 2013.


He was born in Dallas on Jan. 21 1943, and was employed by Arthur Patcher Auto Supply as a delivery person.


Surviving are his wife of 51 years, the former Katherine Emel; sons, Rick, Wilkes-Barre; Byron Jr., Ashley; and Joseph, Plains; daughters, Plymouth; and Peggy, Kingston; brothers, Asa Jr., Allentown; Harold, Pittston; and Carl; sister, Irene, Trucksville; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.


STIGORA - Leonard S., 92, of 75 Pine Valley Drive, Hunlock Creek, died Saturday, June 15, 2013, at home.


He was born on Sept. 26, 1920, in Nanticoke, resided in Nanticoke most of his life and was a graduate of Nanticoke High School, where he excelled in football.


After high school, he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps and worked briefly at American Car and Foundry in Berwick before enlisting in the U.S. Coast Guard. During his service, he completed the Columbia University Pharmacy Service School and received the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal, Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal, American Area Campaign Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal and World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged on March 5, 1946, attaining the rank of Pharmacist’s Mate 3rd Class. A


Early in life, he was employed in the mines and in construction. For a brief time, he also resided in Jersey City, N.J., working in construction. He was last employed by Procter & Gamble, Mehoopany, for 12 years, retiring in 1985.


He was a member of St. Faustina Kowalska Parish, Nanticoke, and Holy Trinity Church prior to the consolidation of the parishes and a 63-year member of American Legion Post 350, Nanticoke.


Surviving are his son, David; nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.


TRACY - Thomas J., 68, of Dallas, died Saturday, June 15, 2013, at CMC Scranton after being stricken ill earlier in the day.


He was born in Watertown, N.Y., and attended the Watertown, N.Y., schools. He was a truck driver with Nicholas Trucking in Courtdale. He was a member of the Teamsters Union.


Surviving are his wife, the former Janet Johannessen; daughters, Michelle Bennett, of Montana; Laura Davis, of Dallas; Denise, of Dallas; and Deborah, of Hazleton; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.


WEHRENBERG - Pamela A., 69, of the Country Club Apartments, Dallas, died Monday, June 10, 2013, at her home.


She was born in Wilkes-Barre, and was employed at Goldman Sachs, New York City, before retirement.


Surviving are her mother, Clementine Moseman; an aunt and cousins.




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