DeJOHN - Jamie Lee “Sweet Pea,”, 30, of Tunkhannock, died unexpectedly on Friday, July 19, 2013, at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
She was born on Feb. 23, 1983, and attended Wyoming Area High School before working at Wesley Village, Pittston campus.
Surviving are her fiance, Scott Grasso, Wilkes-Barre; her children, Tyler and Mikenzie Grasso; sisters, Lisa Wall, Duryea; Jordan, Kearny, N.J.; abrother, James DeJohn II, Fort Bragg, N.C.; maternal grandmother, Sally Kane, Tunkhannock; paternal grandmother, Virginia DeJohn, Holly Springs, N.C.; two nieces, several aunts, uncles and cousins.
EDWARDS - Daniel R., 80, of Dallas, died Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.
He was born in Kingston, was a graduate of Kingston High School and was a purchasing agent with Advanced Pressure Castings in New Jersey before his retirement in 2002.
He was an associate member of the Harveys Lake American Legion and a member of Acacia Lodge No.20 Free and Accepted Masons of New Jersey.
He lived in Denville, N.J., for most of his life, moving to Dallas after his retirement.
Memorial donations to The Westmoor Church of Christ, 57 S. Goodwin Ave., Kingston, PA 18704.
HOCH - LeRoy Iden Hoch, 83, of Warminster and Harveys Lake, died Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
He was born Sept. 21, 1929, in Kingston, and graduated from Girard College in 1947. He continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania, studying accounting and industrial economics there before completing his master’s of business administration at the Wharton School of Business.
He joined the Ford Motor Co. in a training program for one year and was drafted into the U.S. Army. He honorably served his country from 1953 to 1955 during the Korean Conflict.
Upon his return from the service, his job with IBM took him to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and overseas to Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Britain. He returned to Washington and in 1964, White Plains, N.Y.
He lived in Manhattan’s Upper East Side for 42 years, where he ran block parties, acted as a court monitor and, following Sept. 11, ran a neighborhood rapid responder.
In 2006, he relocated to Ann’s Choice, a continuing care community in Warminster.
He was a member of the Girard College Alumni Board of Governors.
Surviving are his wife, the former Sharon Britt; several cousins.
Memorial donations to the Girard College Development Fund, 2101 S. College Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19121-4860; or Ann’s Choice Scholarship Fund, 10000 Ann’s Choice Way, Warminster, PA 18974-3527.
MURRAY - John L., 56, of Dallas, died Thursday, July 19, 2013, at home.
He was born in Plains Township, was a graduate of James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre, class of 1975, Luzerne County Community College, Kutztown University and College Misericordia, Dallas. He was co-founder and owner of GEM Therapeutics of Dallas for the past 11 years.
He was a member of Gate of Heaven Church, Dallas, where he served as Eucharist minister. He was a member of Cursilo Prison Ministry in Altoona, the Guardian of the Redeemer Men’s Group and the Men of Malvern Retreat.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Dallas, a former coach for Dallas Little League, a former member of Dallas Rotary Club and played baseball for Kutztown and LCCC.
Surviving are his mother, Dorothy; his wife of 25 years, the former Dianne Richard; seven children, Jessica, New York City; and Julianna, Patrick, Joseph, John, Christopher and Michael, all at home; brothers, Gerald Jr., State College; and Joseph, Mountain Top; sisters, Helen Lindner, Clarks Summit; Nancy Jones, Plains Township; and Dr. Marianne Hall, Portland, Maine; s nephews and nieces.
Memorial donations to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre or the Catherine McAuley House, 121 Church St., Plymouth, PA 18651.