Wilkes

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In Memoriam

1940

Mary Elizabeth (Schwager) Burnaford of Lancaster, Pa., died on Dec. 21, 2018. She loved music and participated actively as a pianist.

1946

Harriet B. (Brown) Schectman of Scranton, Pa., died June 29, 2018. She was an aging program representative for the Pennsylvania Department of Aging for Lackawanna and adjacent counties. 

1948

Elmo Clemente of Kingston, Pa., died on March 9, 2018. He was a member of the U.S. Navy, serving as an executive officer aboard the LSM 246 during the invasion of Okinawa in the South Pacific. He also served during the Korean War. He was a certified public accountant and co-founded the accounting firm Snyder & Clemente.

1949

Joseph A. Hughes Jr. of Dallas, Pa., died on July 23, 2018. He served in World War II with the U.S. Army. He was also a professional engineer and principal in the Hughes Corp. and Home Fuel Corp.

Jack M. Kloeber of Harleysville, Pa., and Lansdale, Pa., died on May 8, 2018. He was a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and a veteran of World War II. He was employed by Sordoni Construction in Forty Fort, Pa., and was a partner with Heddon Construction in Dallas, Pa.

Annabel (Rosenheim) Morris of Kingston, Pa., died on May 19, 2018. She owned and operated A.E. Morris Jewelers in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., with her husband Abraham.

1950

Edwin Johnson of Dallas, Pa., died on Feb. 16, 2018. 

1951

Shirley (Salsburg) Bernard of Forty Fort, Pa., died on May 9, 2018. 

Melvin H. Feltz of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. died on March 30, 2018. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps., 4th Air Force West Coast, for three years as a radio operator. He owned and operated an upscale women’s clothing store, The Hollywood Shop, in Wilkes-Barre.

1952

Charles Augustine Caffrey of Williamsport, Pa., died on Jan. 12, 2018. He was in the U.S. Army where he served in Army Intelligence. After being honorably discharged, he worked for the National Security Agency as an analyst during the height of the Cold War. He earned a degree in law.

1953

Theresa B.(Cionzynski) Lastowski of Nanticoke, Pa., died on Jan. 13, 2018. She was employed by Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., as a medical technologist as well as by the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Plains Twp., Pa. 

1954

Thomas Robert Adams of Nanticoke, Pa., died on Feb. 18, 2018. He served in the Navy for four years, ending his career as a lieutenant.

1957

James E. Mark of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and St. Petersburgh, Fla., died on Sept. 23, 2017. He was an internationally renowned polymer chemist and was employed as a professor of chemistry by the University of Michigan. He also was a professor of chemistry at the University of Cincinnati and was the first honoree there to be named distinguished research professor. He published more than 650 research papers; and coauthored or coedited 24 books. He was the founding editor of the journal Computational and Theoretical Polymer Science. He received numerous honors including the ACS Kippling Award; the Flory Polymer Education Award; and the Reed Lectureship at Rensselear.

1958

William A. Zdancewicz of Edwardsville, Pa., died on Jan. 13, 2018. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He also worked for the Girl Scouts and was a barbershop quartet singer.

1959

Lynne (Herskovitz) Warshal died on Aug. 1, 2016.

1960

Norbert ‘Bud’ Hysick of New Britain Borough, Pa., died on Nov. 16, 2017. He was a veteran with the U.S. Army and was stationed in Japan shortly after the Korean conflict.He was employed for 30 years as a salesman by the Joseph Dixon Crucible Company and later worked for the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and Hatfield Auto Auction.

1961

Maurice D. James of Allentown, Pa., died on April 5, 2018. He was employed by the public accounting firm of Peat, Marwick and Mitchell. He and his wife owned and operated Ashley’s Greenhouses and Florist.

Donald Radnor of Charlotte, N.C., formerly of Mountain Top, Pa., died on Feb. 24, 2018. He served in the Navy during the Korean War as a naval aviation electronics engineer, Air Transport Squadron 22. He was an insurance broker and served on the Crestwood School District School Board.

1962

Judy Lawrence of Nanticoke, Pa., and Dover, Del., died on March 27, 2016. She taught language arts and social studies at Central Middle School in Delaware for many years.

1964 

Jennie A. (Moses) George of Wyomissing, Pa., died on July 29, 2018. She worked loading shells in a munitions factory during World War II. She also taught in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District for 27 years, much of the time teaching fourth grade at Dodson School.

Paula A. (Mesaris) Odell of Middlesex, N.J., and formerly of Exeter, Pa., died on April 2, 2017. She was a kindergarten teacher in Middlesex, N.J.

1966

Frank Malia Jr. of Forty Fort, Pa., died on April 16, 2018. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict. He was employed by IBM and was a sales representative for Armour Pharmaceutical. 

1968 

Marianna (Tomassetti) Baldwin of Havertown, Pa., and Devon, Pa., died on March 2, 2018. She worked as an administrative assistant for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

1969

Fred L. Ford Jr. of Halifax, Pa., died on June 20, 2018.He was a U.S. Army veteran and served with the 759th Military Police during the Vietnam War. He was employed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Welfare, where he led the development of the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare Child Support website. He was a founder of the Heights Packers football team and the Wyoming Valley Junior Football Conference.

Eleanor M. Krushefski of Hanover Twp., Pa,. died on May 8, 2018.She was the choir director at Exaltation of the Holy Cross Church and made numerous operatic appearances locally and in other areas.

Joseph P. McGraw Sr. of Shavertown, Pa., died on May 29, 2018. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served in the Korean War. He was employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare as an income maintenance caseworker.

Katherine M. (Urban) Panzitta of Mountain Top, Pa., died on May 15, 2018. She devoted her life to the healthcare profession and worked with the Keystone Job Corps.

1970

Angelo O. Garofalo of Clarks Summit, Pa., died on May 30, 2018. He was employed as a music history professor at the University of Scranton as well as director of strategic initiatives by American Janitor and Paper Supply.

Karen (Lewis) Harvard of Waverly, Pa., died on April 22, 2018. She was briefly employed by International Paper. She was a beautiful swimmer, a talented person with cross-stitch and yarn, and an avid reader and lover of animals.

1971

William H. Theurer of Lancaster, Pa., died on April 23, 2018. He served in the Army Reserve and was employed by Henkels & McCoy for 37 years.

1974

Mary B. (Becker) Marshall of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., died on April 19, 2018. She was employed by the state of Pennsylvania as a disability claims adjudicator for over 30 years.

1975

Hugh M. Richards of Dallas, Pa., died on March 11, 2018. He was a gas well farmer.

1977 

Angie B. Chapasko of Ashley, PA. died on March 14, 2018. She was a registered nurse for Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City; Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Plains Twp., Pa.; Children’s Service Center, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; and Northeast Counseling, Hazleton, Pa.

Karen Line of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. died on Jan. 2, 2018.

1980

John Miranda of Richboro, Pa. died on Aug. 29, 2016. He was at lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps.

1981

R. Malcolm Bowes III of Shavertown, Pa. died on April 16, 2018. He was a systems analyst and a special project manager for the United Postal Service.

James W. Kearney of Laflin, Pa., died on June 20, 2018. He was a general agent with the Knights of Columbus for 38 years.

Michael A. Kowaleski of Wyoming, Pa., died on June 21, 2018.He worked for Century 21 as a real estate broker.

1982

Mary Teresa Rondine of Plymouth, Pa. died on March 28, 2018.

1983

William Kopf Lourie of Mullica Hill, Pa., died on Feb. 18, 2018. He was employed by Brandywine Global Investments as a computer programmer in the Philadelphia area.

James Dabney Watkinson of Richmond, Va., died on May 31, 2018. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He earned a doctorate in American history from the University of Virginia. He taught at various colleges in Virginia, including Virginia Commonwealth University.

1985

Nancy J. Lane of Tunkhannock, Pa., died on April 23, 2018. She served as director of Wyoming and Sullivan County Conservation Department.

Mike Lavage of Scranton, Pa., died on June 7, 2018. He worked at Iron City Sash and Door, Erie Materials and Harvey Building Products. 

1989

Marilyn (Maslowski) Gruenloh of Pittston, Pa., and formerly Glen Lyon, Pa., died on April 30, 2018. She worked as a nurse in various psychiatric units throughout northeast Pennsylvania. She was also a travel nurse in New Jersey and North Carolina.

1991

Thomas S. Chirkot of Swoyersville, Pa., died on June 11, 2018. He was employed as a general manager by Hebeler LLC, Tonawanda, N.Y. He was also a U.S. patent holder and a published author.

Susan (Dalton) St. Onge of Fanwood, N.J., died on June 21, 2018.She played on the first Lady Colonels soccer team at Wilkes. Her higher education career included positions at Franklin Pierce College, Rutgers University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Princeton University and Stevens Institute of Technology, where she served as director of graduate admissions.

2003

Deborah Susan Gabriel Macri of Mountain Top, Pa., died on April 14, 2018. She was a health and physical education teacher for 18 years in the Crestwood Area School District.

2010

Katherine (Bialczak) Felker of Scott Twp., Pa., died on April 2, 2018. She was the principal at Evans Falls and Mill City elementary schools in the Tunkhannock Area School District.

2012

Andrea Yorina Vomero of West Wyoming, Pa., died on May 7, 2018. She was a registered nurse in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital Intensive Care Unit for almost 30 years.

2017

Jessica Lynn Helfrich of Jacksonville, N.C., died on April 11, 2018. She worked for many years as a paralegal.

Friends of Wilkes

Welton Grant Farrar of Dallas, Pa., die on Aug. 15, 2018. He will be remembered by Wilkes alumni as a beloved professor of economics at the University for more than 40 years. An avid supporter of Wilkes athletics, he was elected to the Wilkes Athletics Hall of Fame. Farrar will be remembered as fixture at Colonels football and basketball games and at wrestling matches. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and also studied at Harvard and Cornell universities. Farrar served in World War II as a member of the U.S. Navy.

Frank Martz Henry of Dallas, Pa., died June 3, 2018. Henry was a member of the Wilkes University Board of Trustees since 1977. He was the recipient of Wilkes’ highest honor, the President’s Medal, in 2017. The honor is bestowed annually on an individual whose personal and professional life reflect the highest aspirations of Wilkes University. He had a distinguished career in the transportation industry. He is president of Gold Line, Inc. and served as the president of First Class Coach Company, Inc.  He was chairman emeritus of the Wilkes-Barre-based Frank Martz Coach Company and the Martz Group companies. He served as that company’s president from 1964 to 1995.

His generous support for Wilkes is reflected in the Henry Student Center, which serves as the center of campus life at Wilkes since its dedication in November 2001.  It is named in honor of Henry and his late wife, Dorothea. Henry’s generosity is also reflected in the Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Gymnasium, named in May 1990 in recognition of their gifts to the Wilkes Tomorrow Capital Campaign.

Henry served as a director of many local, regional and national companies. He was director of C-Tec Corp. and served as honorary director of Gray Line Corporation, Inc. and served as its director and as a member of First Union NE Pennsylvania Regional Advisory Board. Other companies benefiting from his leadership as director included Commonwealth Enterprises Inc. (CTE), Wachovia Corp., Wells Fargo and First Fidelity Inc. Henry was a past chairman and member of the Geisinger Health System Foundation Board of Directors, Salvation Army Advisory Board and past chairman of the board of trustees of the Wilke-Barre Family YMCA.

Henry graduated from Yale University with a bachelor ‘s degree in economics. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, where he served in the Strategic Air Command.

John Horner of Forked River, N.J., and formerly of Hoboken and Waldwick, N.J. ,died on Jan. 18, 2018. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served during World War II as a radio navigator and gunner. He also served in the Korean conflict as part of B-24, B-17 and B-29 air crews. He was one of the last Flyboys.