The Online Edition

In Memoriam — Winter 2016


George W. Bierly, of Sweet Valley, Pa., died July 6, 2015. He was an instructor and a director at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.


Helen M. (Janoski) Parker, Dallas, Pa., died Sept.12, 2015. After working as a lab technician post-graduation, her children became her main focus. She served terms as president of the Dallas Women’s Club and the Scranton Canoe Club’s Women’s Association.


Joseph S. Olesky, Wyoming, Pa., died Sept. 21, 2015. He served with the U.S. Air Force during World War II and later taught at Wyoming Area schools before becoming district superintendent.


George Paul Heffernan, Kingston, Pa., died Oct. 30, 2015. He taught social studies at Toms River High School North in Toms River, N.J., where he retired in 1990. He was a member of both the Ocean County and Luzerne County Historical societies.


Robert D. Morris, Bryn Mawr, Pa., died September 9, 2015. He was the chief financial officer of the space systems division at General Electric.


Elaine (Bogan) Law, Augusta, Ga., died August 12, 2015. She worked as a supervisory medical social worker with the Veterans Administration in Augusta.

Stephen Thorpe, Dallas, Pa., died August 23, 2015. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, and taught elementary and middle school in Old Bridge, N.J.


Carl Karassik, Wilkes-Barre, died on September 8, 2015.


Elizabeth “Betsy” (Bretz) Lloyd, Birmingham, Ala., died September 25, 2015.

Carl J. Potoski, Pymouth, Pa., died Oct. 31, 2015. He was employed as a salesman for Golden Quality Ice Cream and Del Merchandising for 25 years.


David W. Gower, Sr., Athens, Pa., died August 22, 2014. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean War. Gower was a teacher and principal at Athens Area Schools.

Joseph J. Martin, Naples, Fla., died August 3, 2015. He was a self-employed computer consultant and a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War.


Nicholas N. Chirico, Richland Township, Pa., died Oct. 19, 2013. He served with the U.S. Coast Guard during the Korean War, and worked as a pharmaceutical representative for Ciba-Geigy until 1990.

Albert Robert Swithers, Newburg, N.Y., died Oct. 27, 2015. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran during the Korean War and a retired guidance counselor at the Monroe Woodbury School District in Orange County, N.Y.


Walter H. Buzby, Elkton, Md., died Jan. 17, 2015. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Buzby worked for DuPont Co. as a purchasing agent and fleet manager in Delaware.

Alfred J. Pello, Pittston, Pa., died Nov. 3, 2015. He was a member of the U.S Army and worked as a certified public accountant in private practice for more than 35 years.


Nicholas L. Alesandro, Albany, N.Y., died August 3, 2015. He was a career stockbroker and member of the U.S. National Guard.


Richard Hain Klick, Dallas, Pa., died August 16, 2015. He was a member of the National Guard military police and worked as an insurance agent for Wilson H. Flock Insurance Inc., Wyoming, since 1991.


Anthony A. Angeli, Old Forge, Pa., died May 23, 2015. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, a music teacher at the Mid Valley School District, and a lifelong musician.

John “Tom” Engle, Surry, Maine, died on July 8, 2015.

 Myrna L. (Brodbeck) Schaefer, Hughestown, Pa., died July 31, 2015. She taught English at Elmer L. Meyers High School, and served as supervisor of English for the Wilkes-Barre School District for 11 years before retiring in 2004.

Victor J. Nardone, Plains Township, Pa., died August 4, 2015. Nardone worked as an aerospace engineer for RCA Aerospace in Mountain Top, Pa., for over 40 years. After retiring, he worked for the Mohegan Sun Arena. He was a founder of the Plains Township Volunteer Ambulance Association, and also helped establish the Luzerne County EMT Paramedic Training Program.


Roland D. Sampiero, Wilkes-Barre, died Oct. 9, 2015. He was a food and beverage executive in the hotel industry in Miami, Fla.


Paul Edward Niezgoda, Shavertown, Pa., died Sept. 13, 2015. He was a doctor at Geisinger Wyoming Valley and also served as chairman of the Jackson Township Planning Commission.

Thomas A. Cebula, Roland Park, Md., died August 19, 2015. He was a microbiologist and the chief science officer for research company CosmosID, and also worked as a visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland’s Institute for Genome Sciences.


Anne Caroline (Tracy) Patsiokas, Coral Springs, Fla., died on August 28, 2015.


Marilyn Mitros, of Arlington, Va., died July 9, 2015. She was a teacher at Corpus Christi School in Falls Church, Va.


Peggy A. (O’Brien) Burke, Mountain Top, Pa., died September 4, 2015. She was a teacher in the Crestwood School District for 21 years and taught at Rice and Fairview elementary schools.


Diane M. (Zavislak) Adanosky, Trucksville, Pa., died April 19, 2014.


Penny (Schafer) Kaminski, White Haven, Pa., died August 8, 2015. She was a kindergarten teacher for the Weatherly Area School District.


John Louis Kachurick, Dallas, Pa., died Oct. 17, 2015. He was a Korean War veteran of the U.S. Army and was one of the founders of the Citizen’s Voice. He was an associate professor of business and organizational management at Misericordia University.


Daniel Josh Reposh, Bear Creek, Pa., died Oct. 21, 2015. He was a consultant for Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc.


Anne E. Grober, Wyoming, Pa., died July 21, 2015. She worked as a bookkeeper at Montrose Auto Parts, was secretary of the Wyoming Area Softball Parents Association and volunteered with several community organizations.


David Ferree Jenkins, Scranton, Pa., died Nov. 5, 2015. He was the musical director of theater and an assistant professor at the Brind School of Theater Arts at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. A classically trained pianist, he played in 49 states and several foreign countries.


Allison Jeanette Schenke, Tannersville, Pa., died Nov. 1, 2015. She worked as a fiscal assistant at Fitzmaurice Community Services.

Friends of Wilkes

Margaret “Marge” (Dombroski) Schmidt, Dallas, Pa., died July 6, 2015. She had a 39-year career in banking, working for Second National Bank, First Eastern Bank and PNC, retiring in 1990. She was the wife of the late Rollie Schmidt, who coached the Wilkes University football team from 1961 to 1982. She referred to the members of her husband’s teams as “her boys.”

Psychology Department Receives Bequest From D. Keith Farrell ‘72

The estate of the late D. Keith Farrell ’72 donated educational materials to the Wilkes University psychology department. More than 1,000 books, journals and articles were contributed, including some rare books by Dr. Ellis Raub, who pioneered the development of rational emotive behavioral therapy. Other donated materials include issues of the Journal of Rational-Emotive Therapy and The Journal of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, psychological testing materials and educational materials amassed over Farrell’s 40 years of practice as a psychologist. The donation was made by Farrell’s wife, MaryLee Brennan Farrell.

Farrell, a resident of Wilkes-Barre, died in May 2013, and was one of Pennsylvania’s first certified drug and alcohol counselors. He worked in private practice in Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton and was founder and director of the Forensic Assessment and Counseling Unit at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility. Farrell was a certified substance abuse professional. He was the program director for the Pennsylvania Institute for Rational Emotive Therapy and a Fellow and certified supervisor associate with the Albert Ellis Institute in New York.