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In Memoriam (Winter 2013)




Luther D. Arnold, Linwood, Pa., died Jan. 30, 2012. Arnold served in the U.S. Army for 24 years, serving with General Patton’s Third Army in Europe and was appointed Military Governor of Gayreuth, Germany in the Army of Occupation. He worked as a stockbroker with Prudential Bache in Atlantic City for 15 years.


Stanley Matthew Daugert, Bellingham, Wash., died Sept. 4, 2012. He was a graduate of Bucknell University Junior College. He is a World War II veteran In 1985, he retired as Emeritus Professor of the Philosophy Department at Western Washington University.

Lilian Mayka, Mountain Top, Pa., died Oct. 6, 2012. She was a graduate of Bucknell University Junior College. She was an educator in the Crestwood School District for 30 years.

Margaret Bendock Towers, Wilmington, Del., died July 30, 2012. She was a graduate of Bucknell University Junior College. She worked for 35 years as a public relations manager with Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and was a charter member and the first president of the Delaware Press Association.


Irene Johanna Santarelli, Wyoming, Pa., died Nov. 12, 2012. She served as head of the serology department at Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia and later worked at the former Nanticoke State Hospital.


Betty W. DeWitt, Towanda, Pa., died July 16, 2012. She was a member of the National Association of Medical Record Librarians and served as president of the Pennsylvania State Medical Record Librarian Association.


Jereome Martin Stadulis, Fredericksburg, Va., died Sept. 11, 2012. He worked as a general practice physician and worked in industrial occupational medicine for DuPont. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served with the occupation forces after World War II.


Chester Andrysick, Corning, NY., died Sept. 12, 2009. He was a graduate of Bucknell University Junior College. Andrysick was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Thomas A. Evans, Hendersonville, Tenn., died Nov. 7, 2012. He served in the Army Air Force as a celestial navigation training instructor and later enjoyed a long career with the General Electric Company as a financial analyst.

Henry J. Rydzewski, Woodlynn, Pa., died on March 7, 2012. Rydzewski served in World War II and again in the Korean War. He worked for the Philadelphia Electric Co.


Robert Anthony, Wilkes-Barre, died Aug. 1, 2012. He was a World War II veteran who served with the U.S. Army and Air Corps.

Robert G. Quoos, Bethlehem, Pa., died Sept. 16, 2011. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Quoos was employed by the former Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 30 years.


Michael J. Delaney, Nanticoke, Pa., died Oct. 20, 2012. A veteran of World War II, he served in the 40th Infantry Division during the Philippine Island campaign, where he earned a Bronze Star. He worked as an attorney.

Rigo J. Lemoncelli, Scott Township, Pa., died June 30, 2012. He was a petty officer in the Navy during World War II and was employed as an office manager for Scranton Roofing and Siding for more than 40 years.

Clyde. H. Ritter, Mountain Top, Pa., died Oct. 23, 2012. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War in both Europe and the Pacific. He worked as the Transportation Outlook Section Head of the Supply and Transportation Department of Exxon and Exxon International in N.Y., N.J. and Texas until his retirement.


Richard J. Horn, Kingston, Pa., died Sept. 23, 2012. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Arthur A. Johnson, Weatherly, Pa., died March 30, 2012. Johnson served in the Army Signal Corp. during World War II. He retired as bank manager of the Orange County Trust Company in Middletown, N.Y. and was a life member of Kiwanis International and president of the Hazleton Kiwanis Club, 1991-1992.


Rev. Robert Lee Benson, of Greenville, Del., died on Oct. 24, 2012. An ordained Methodist Minister, he had a 20-year career as a U.S. Air Force chaplain and officer. In civilian life, he was district superintendent of the Wyoming Conference of the United Methodist Church in Northeast Pennsylvania and most recently was chaplain at Methodist Country Home in Greenville, Del. As captain of the Wilkes basketball team, he set a school scoring record of 738 points for a season.


Eleanor Cornwell, Milford, Conn., died Oct. 8, 2010. She was a fifth-grade school teacher at Pumpkin Delight, Milford, until her retirement.


Herman D. Woodeshick, Hanover Township, Pa., died on Sept. 3, 2012. He operated Woodeshick Drugs in Hanover Township for many years and later worked for several pharmacies, most recently Bedwick Pharmacy in Wilkes-Barre.


Rev. Dr. Donald R. Gilmore, San Francisco, Calif., died Oct. 16, 2012. He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was an ordained minister and wrote several books on religious subjects.

Sylvester Kuligowski, Tonawanda, N.Y., died on Aug. 17, 2011. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Merchant Marines. Kuligowski taught history, economics and driver’s education at Canisius High School in Buffalo, N.Y. He was a member of the American Association of Woodturners and the Custer Battlefield Association.


Bernard Chandler Sr., Plains Township, Pa., died Aug. 8, 2012. Before becoming a teacher, Chandler was an aviation cadet at Randolph Field, San Antonio, Texas.


Richard J. Bona, Spring Township, Pa., died Sept. 14, 2009. Bona worked as an accountant for many years, recently as Sovereign Bank, Reading, until his retirement in 1996.

Janet Williamson, State College, Pa., died Sept. 16, 2012. She first served as a nursing instructor, then assistant professor of nursing, professor in charge of the undergraduate program and founding director of the department of nursing at Penn State University’s School of Nursing from 1976 to 1980. She retired in 1995 as associate professor of nursing emerita. Janet was also instrumental in creating the Nursing Consultation Center at Penn State, hosted the first meeting of Nursing Theory Think Tank in 1978 and was the author of numerous papers and books. The Excellence in Teaching Award at Penn State’s School of Nursing was established in her honor in 2009.


Dale H. Edwards, North Catasauqua, Pa. died June 22, 2012. Edwards’ teaching career spanned 32 years at Catasauqua High School. A lineman for the Colonels during his time at Wilkes, Edwards was a football coach at Catasauqua, serving as head coach from 1968 to 1979.


Nicholas Souchik Jr., Pittston Township, Pa., died Oct. 15, 2012. Souchik served as the executive director of the Luzerne County Civil Defense, playing an instrumental role during the 1972 Agnes flood in helping to organize aid for the flood victims. Prior to his retirement, he worked for the Department of Defense as an electrical engineer with the Department of the Navy.

Barbara J.K. Williams, M.D., Montgomery County, Pa., died Oct. 19, 2012. She did graduate work at John Hopkins and Stanford universities , and was employed at the Norristown State Hospital as a psychiatrist for many years.


William F. Homnick, Jr., Annville, Pa., died Sept. 21, 2012. He served as president of Circle System Reconditioner’s in Easton, Pa. He was owner/president of the former Ace Reconditioning and Sports Sales in Washington, Pa., later selling the company to Riddel Sports, Inc.


Joseph A. Rasimas, Hummelstown, Pa., died on Sept. 17, 2012. Rasimas worked as an elementary mathematics teacher and served as a principal in different positions in public education in Pennsylvania, retiring as coordinator of educational services at Middletown Area School District in 2007.


Richard G. Evans Jr., Dallas, Pa., died Oct. 5, 2012. He was vice president of WYZZ Radio and co-founded Sew Fine Draperies and Interiors. He was a member of the Irem Temple Shrine and Dallas Lions Club, as well as a board member of the Luzerne Merchants Association and Back Mountain Library and Auction. He served in the U.S. Air Force.

James R. Uhl, Mountain Top, Pa.,, died Sept. 13, 2012. He served for four years in the U.S. Coast Guard. Uhl was an award-winning photographer and painter, having won several prizes locally in the Wilkes-Barre Fine Arts Fiesta. He was also a featured artist in The Creative Will, the 10th anniversary of Project Rembrandt, a national exhibition by 31 artists with multiple sclerosis.


Edward J. Romanoski, Deerfield Beach, Fla., died Sept. 18, 2012. He worked in both Pennsylvania and Florida as a property appraiser, and also worked in all 50 states for American Appraisal.

David Smith, Jacksonville, Fla., died Aug. 19, 2012. He received an advanced degree in banking from Rutgers University. He was a bank senior vice president upon his retirement.


Robert O. Boston, Redlands, Calif., died June 14, 2012.

Ann Zini Coffey, Peckville, Pa., died Nov. 3, 2010. She taught English in the Mid Valley School District.


Mary Elizabeth Ertz, Plymouth, Pa., died Oct. 21, 2012. She was employed for 34 years by the Angeline E. Kirby Memorial Health Center as a certified laboratory technician.

Jon W. McNew, Wilkes-Barre, died Sept. 11, 2012. He was a certified public accountant.


Maryann Oster, Swoyersville, Pa., died Sept. 28, 2012. Oster was a quality control supervisor for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. She also worked as a teacher for the Wilkes-Barre Area School District, was an adjunct faculty member at Luzerne County Community College and also worked for certified public accountant Robert S. Kopec. Oster and her husband owned and operated the former Baron Seafoods Inc.


William. J. Stauch, West Wyoming, Pa., died Aug. 3, 2012. Stauch was employed at the former Techneglas Corp. of Jenkins Township and, from 1996-2003, owned and operated Dusseldwarf’s Restaurant in Pittston.


Barbara G. Dunn, New York City, N.Y., died on Jan. 27, 2010.


Kevin Ostrowsky, York, Pa., died Nov. 20, 2012. He was employed as a civil and environmental engineer for EBI Consulting in Baltimore, Md.


 Sharon Amy Granahan, Philadelphia, Pa., died Nov. 3, 2012.


Michael Meoni, Moosic, Pa., died Aug. 29, 2012. He was a geometry teacher at Lakeland Junior/Senior High School since 2007.


Friends of Wilkes

David Crawford Hall, Dallas, Pa., died Sept. 9, 2012. He served on the Wilkes board of trustees and as trustee emeriti from 1982-2001. Crawford was a Colonel’s Blazer recipient. For many years, he ran Diamond Perforated Metals Inc. in Gardena, Calif., and more recently was owner of Llewellyn & McKane, Inc., a printing company in Wilkes-Barre. He was also a founding member of Huntsville Golf Club and served on the board of the Northeastern Philharmonic.


Jane Breiseth

Jane Breiseth

Remembering Jane Breiseth

Jane Morhouse Breiseth, who passed away on June 16, 2012, was many things to many people. She was a wife, a mother, a hostess and an educator. From 1984 to 2001, she served as Wilkes University’s first lady, during her husband, Christopher N. Breiseth’s, 17-year tenure as Wilkes’ president.

“I was amazed at her versatility,” says Patricia Heaman, Wilkes-Barre, a retired English professor who taught at Wilkes during Breiseth’s term. “It seemed she was everywhere, walking around with her youngest daughter Lydia. She’d show up at every art opening, every poetry reading, every guest lecture and music recital and theatrical event.”

Jane Breiseth’s interest in education went beyond her duties as Wilkes’ first lady. She held a bachelor of arts in comparative literature and a master’s degree in education from Cornell University. And, with eldest daughters, Abigail and Erika, enrolled in Meyers High School, she was also a member of the local PTA.

Similarly, Breiseth was involved with several community service and arts organizations, including the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the Pennsylvania League of Women Voters, the Family Service Association of Wyoming Valley, the Peace and Justice Committee and the First Presbyterian Church in Wilkes-Barre.

Even after the Breiseths left Northeastern Pennsylvania to become first president and first lady of The Roosevelt Institute in Hyde Park, N.Y., they maintained an apartment locally and frequently returned to hold dinner parties. “They kept their friendships in a marvelous way,” Pattie S. Davies, Dallas, Pa., says, recalling “carloads of Wilkes-Barrians” likewise visiting Hyde Park as the Breiseths’ guests.

A Wilkes trustee emeritus, Davies was chairwoman of the presidential selection committee and was among the first to meet the Breiseths upon their arrival at Wilkes.

“She was a very warm and delightful person to be with, so first impressions were good,” Davies says. “They stayed that way over the years.”

Breiseth is survived by her mother, husband; daughters, Abigail, Erika and husband, William F. Brockman, of Baltimore, Md., and Lydia and her husband, Marco Vargas, of Arlington, Va.; grandchildren Warner and Annika Brockman; siblings and many nieces and nephews.

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