CUNNINGHAM - John F., 81, of Trucksville, died Thursday, April 16, 2009 at Lehigh Valley Hospital.
Born March 28, 1928 in Ambridge, Pa., he was a graduate of Ambridge High School and attended Rutgers University. He was a member of Saint Thereseā??s Church, Shavertown.
He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving with the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany. Prior to his retirement, he had been employed as the Vice President of Operations at Anesco in Kingston for 15 years. Prior to that, he had been employed as a Branch Manager at Westinghouse.
Surviving are his wife of 23 years, the former Rosemary Meade; five daughters, Linda Gregory, of Connecticut; Donna Brady, of Rhode Island; Mary Kay Morse, of Pittsburgh; Roseann Atcavage, of Gwynedd Valley; Jeanmarie White, of Pittsburgh; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Memorial donations to the American Heart Association, 71 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.
LEACH - Dale Jr., formerly of Wilkes-Barre, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2009.
He was a 1959 graduate of Lake-Lehman High School, a U.S. Army Veteran and retired from Retreat State Hospital, Hunlock Creek.
Surviving are his wife, Barbara; children, Dale, Susan, Berdine, Heather and Michelle; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
McSWEGIN - Reverend William Ralph McSwegin, of Dallas, died Saturday, April 18, 2009 at home.
Born in East Liverpool, Ohio on December 26, 1946, he graduated from East Liverpool High School, Class of 1964. He received his undergraduate degree from DePaul University, Greencastle, Ind. and a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Conn. In 1990, he completed his Doctor of Ministry degree in marriage and family therapy from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, St. Davidā??s, Pa.
In 1974, he was ordained into the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., at the First Presbyterian Church, Reidsville, N.C., where he was the associate minister for seven years. During this time, he also pastored a small congregation at the Hillview Chapel. He served as the minister of Kuhn Memorial Presbyterian Church, Barboursvile, W.Va., for 17 years. In addition to his church ministry, he worked as a family therapist with sexual offenders for many years.
From 1999 until 2006, he was the Executive Presbyter for the Presbytery of Lackawanna, serving 62 congregations in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Surviving are his wife of 32 years, Caroline Vanstoryare; children, Robert and Sarah McSwegin, Boston, Mass.; sister, Irene Shutt, Okemos, Mich.; one niece and one nephew.
Memorial donations to the Merl and Agnes McSwegin Book Award Fund for Yale Divinity School students, c/o Trinity Presbyterian Church, 105 Irem Rd., Dallas, PA 18612.
RUBINO - Kathryn J., 43, of the White Haven Center, formerly of Dallas, died Friday, April 17, 2009 at Hazleton General Hospital.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, she is survived by her mother, Virginia M. (Halpin) Rubino, Las Cruces, N.M.; siblings, Christine Boes, Dallas, Texas; Paul J. Rubino, Las Cruces, N.M.; and Carolyn Adema, Covington, La.
SPACIANO - Louis J., 86, of Trucksville, died Saturday, April 18, 2009 at the Meadows Nursing Center, Dallas.
Born May 30, 1922 in Wilkes-Barre, he was a graduate of Kingston Township High School. He had furthered his education at an art school and did some commercial artwork before enlisting in the U.S. Army during World War II. While serving his country in the Asian Theater, he served with Battery B, 513 Anti-Aircraft Artillery Gun Battalion and later served in the Korean Conflict with Headquarters Company of the 5th Infantry Division.
Prior to his retirement in 1979, he was employed as a Regional Manager for Supermarket Services for many years. He was a member of Saint Thereseā??s Church, Shavertown. He was a lifelong member of the NRA and was also a member of the Harveys Lake Rod & Gun Club.
Surviving are his children, Larry, of Harveys Lake; Mark, of Trucksville; and Cindy Shepherd, of Tunkhannock; six grandchildren; two sisters, Mafalda Skameritz, of Berwick, and Anne T., of Shavertown; numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations to Saint Thereseā??s Church, 64 Davis St., Shavertown, PA 18708.