Wilkes

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In Memoriam

1939

Chester Weinstock of Tierra Verde, Fla., died on Aug. 30, 2018. He was a graduate of Bucknell University Junior College.

1940

Charles Fehlinger of Montoursville, Pa., died on Aug. 24, 2018. Fehlinger was a World War II veteran who served in the Army Air Corps. He retired from Conrail.

1943

William S. Myers of Green Valley, Ariz., died in 2017.

1948
John Gorski of Front Royal, Va., died on Oct. 27, 2018. Gorski retired as an advisory systems engineer with IBM.

1949

Dorothy “Pinky” Wilkes Lewis of Staten Island, N.Y., died on Dec. 22, 2018. Lewis continued her education at Wagner College was a chemist at Seaview Hospital. She was a member of the American Society for Clinical Pathology for over 50 years.

Jerome Mintzer of New York, N.Y., died on April 10, 2015. He was a certified public accountant for more than 50 years and a World War II veteran.

Stanley Siberski of Newtown Square, Pa., died on Feb. 21, 2017. Siberski served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Frank Sromovski of Wilkes-Barre Twp., died on Dec. 6, 2018. Sromovski was an Army veteran of World War II. He and his late wife owned and operated Frank’s Market in Wilkes-Barre Township for many years.

1950

William Kiselis of Kingston, Pa., died on Nov. 3, 2018. Kiselis retired from the Social Security Administration.

John Nixon Shoemaker of Wyoming, Pa., died on Aug. 5, 2018. Shoemaker served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was the owner of Shoemaker Card and Gift Shops and Shoemaker Hardware. He was a member of many organizations, including Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, the Wyoming Business Club and served on the board of directors of the First National Bank of Wyoming.

Edward Teno of Plymouth, Pa., died on Oct. 24, 2018. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army. He was employed by RCA Corp./Harris Corp. as an electrical engineer for many years.

1951

Theresa (Jendrezejewski) Bates of Bangor, Pa., died on Aug. 4, 2018. She was employed by the research department at Perelman School of Medicine, and later worked for RCA in New Jersey and Mountain Top.

1952

John Murtha of Silver Spring, Md., died on June 26, 2017.

1953

William Veroski of Lancaster, Pa., died on July 25, 2018. He served in the U.S. Navy where he became a naval aviator. He then was an engineer for Goodyear. He later was the city engineer for several communities, eventually retiring as the County Sanitary Engineer for Fairfield County, Ohio.

Thomas Vojtek of Virginia Beach, Va., died on Dec. 27, 2018. Vojtek was a retired Navy captain. He earned a Juris Doctorate from Temple University Law School and was a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

1954

Robert Bhaerman of Pickerington, Ohio, died on July 30, 2018. He taught at the University of Delaware, Ohio State University and the State University of New York system. He also was associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Education at Wayne State University. He was director of educational research for the American Federation of Teachers and coordinator of school-based service-learning for Learn and Serve America. He authored and/or co-authored more than 100 books, chapters, articles, monographs, reports and guidebooks.

Stanley Knapich of Sweet Valley, Pa., died on Nov. 12, 2018. He earned a master’s degree and doctorate from the Pennsylvania State University. He specialized in plant taxonomy and published on that topic as well as aesthetics in biology. He was biology professor and chairperson of biology and medical technology at Misericordia University.

1955

Ruth (Wilbur) Bretz of Upper Providence, Pa., died on May 21, 2013. Bretz was a past member of the Rose Tree Media School District School Board and former president of Elwyn Institutes Parent Staff Association.

Robert C. Dickshinski of Nanticoke, Pa., died on Dec. 22, 2018. Dickshinski served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He had a long career with American Chain and Cable, Wilkes-Barre. He was last employed by Smith-Miller Associates.

Clarence Florkiewicz of Tallmadge, Ohio, died on Nov. 7, 2018. Florkiewicz served in the U.S. Air Force and retired from the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company with 35 years of service designing specialty tires.

Aldona Lillian “Pat” Hojecki of Carteret, N.J., died on March 29, 2018. Hokecki joined The Catholic War Veterans Auxiliary in 1971 and remained a life-long member, holding the post of secretary for over 20 years. She was a member of the RWJ Hospital Rahway Auxiliary for over 28 years where she volunteered for over 2,900 hours.

Frances (Haver) Moran of Wilkes-Barre, died on Oct. 2, 2018. Moran did accounting for Moran & Flynn Iron Works, Jay Dee Shoe Store and United Penn Bank. She was employed at Bell Telephone Company in various departments until her retirement and was a lifetime member of the Bell Pioneers.

1957

Walter Bednar of Wyoming, Pa., died on Oct. 14, 2018. He began his teaching career in New Jersey before moving to the Southern Lancaster County School (Solanco) System in Quarryville. In 1967, he became a business teacher at Luzerne County Community College. He was also a certified public accountant.

Luciana (DiMattia) Suraci of Clarks Green, Pa., died on Oct. 22, 2018.

1958

Robert Augustine of Wyoming, Pa., died on Aug. 31, 2018. Augustine served in the U.S. Army. He worked for Consolidated Cigar and also was an agent for Prudential Life Insurance Co.

Carol (Hallas) McGinley of Tunkhannock, Pa., died on Oct. 31, 2018. McGinley was a certified public accountant , a teacher at Lackawanna College and a tax preparer at H&R Block.

George Morrash of Wilkes-Barre, died on Dec. 8, 2018. Morrash worked as a clerk typist for the federal government and later served as a U.S. Marine in World War II. He was recalled to serve in the Korean War in 1951. He retired from the Social Security Administration after 42 years of service.

William “Willy” Players of West Pittston, Pa., died on Nov. 11, 2018. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Players taught geometry, trigonometry and calculus for 35 years at Wyoming Area High School.

Joseph Todryk of Wyoming, Pa., died on Sept. 18, 2018. Todryk was a teacher and principal for more than 25 years in the Tunkhannock Area School District.

1959

Charles Gender of Glen Burnie, Md., died on Feb. 15, 2018. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1951-1955. He retired from the Anne Arundel County Public School system after many years of service.

David John Edwards Morgan of East Brunswick, N.J., died on Dec. 26, 2017.  He was a U.S Navy veteran and served honorably during the Korean War.  Morgan earned his master’s degree in education from Newark State College in New Jersey.  He taught in the Old Bridge, N. J. School District for 37 years, retiring in 1997.

John Neddoff of Dallas, Pa., died on Oct. 29, 2018. He was in the restaurant business with his brothers and sisters for over 50 years, with local eateries the Peerless Lunch and Neddoff’s Restaurant.

Arlene Tanalski of DeSoto, Texas, died on Aug.  12, 2018. Tanalski taught elementary school for more than 40 years in Stratford, Conn., Cleveland, Ohio, and Dallas, Texas. She also had her own Montessori School in DeSoto, Texas.

1960

Carl Henning of Bridgton, Maine, died on June 6, 2017. Henning served in the U.S. Coast Guard. His work focused on research and development of diesel fuel injection equipment.

Gerald J. Killian of Mountain Top, Pa., died on Sept. 9, 2018. He had a private practice in optometry for over 50 years and was a member of the American Optometric Association. He participated in the Low Vision Clinic of Allied Services, Scranton.

Marilyn (Warburton) Lutter of Washington, D.C., died on Nov. 29, 2018. Lutter was employed as a social worker for over 30 years. Her career included work with an adoption service, at the Moss Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa., and serving as director of social services at the Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, D.C.

1961

Thomas D. Shaffer of Murieta, Calif., died on Dec. 12, 2018. Shaffer worked for Bethlehem Steel Corp. as an engineer in it Chicago plant. After moving to California, he and his wife were top-selling realtors in the Sacramento/Rancho Murieta area.

1962

Samuel Book of Cabin John, Md., died on May 13, 2016.

William Ruzzo of Wilkes-Barre died on Sept. 22, 2018. Ruzzo earned his juris doctorate from the University of Bridgeport and was a criminal defense attorney. In addition to his private law practice, he was a member of the Luzerne County Public Defender’s Office.

1963

Gary E. Frank of Harvey’s Lake, Pa., died on Aug. 10, 2018. Frank was an optometrist at Dr. Brown’s, a family business and then at Northeastern Eye Institute.

1965

James Reid of Exeter, N.H., died on Sept. 17, 2018. Reid owned and operated a successful insurance business in Dover, N.H., and was active in commercial real estate investing throughout his career.

1966

Ernest John Krute of Conneaut Lake, Pa., died on March 25, 2018. Krute was a financial officer for the Economic Progress Alliance of Crawford County.

Harry Wilson of Tunkhannock, Pa., died on Aug. 3, 2017. Hewas employed by the Tunkhannock School District for 35 years, first as a social studies teacher and later as a middle school guidance counselor.

1968

Stuart Jed of El Cerrito, Calif., died on Dec. 16, 2016. His career in management spanned 40 years directing both urban and rural health-care facilities across the country. He founded Delta One, a Bay Area management firm specializing in revitalization of hospitals on the verge of bankruptcy.

John Prego of Willow Grove, Pa., died on Feb. 4, 2019. Prego was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during the Vietnam War.  He was a member of The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Accountants.

Thomas E. Rokita of Shavertown, Pa., died on Sept. 11, 2018. An all-star athlete at Wilkes, Rokita was inducted into the Wilkes University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1989 and was inducted into the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame in 2014. He was also head tennis coach and head soccer coach at Wilkes College. He taught at Wyoming Seminary and was the head soccer coach there. He later became the athletic director at Lake-Lehman School District.

1969

Paul Kane of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., died on Aug. 18, 2018. While at Wilkes, he played linebacker for The Golden Horde football team. Kane was employed by Hanover Area High School as a social studies teacher for 33 years. While at Hanover Area, he was the assistant football coach. He was also the assistant football coach at Wilkes and was the assistant wrestling coach at West Side Central Catholic High School.

Robert Kopec of Swoyersville, Pa., died on Oct. 20, 2018. He worked as a certified public accountant.

Rosalie Mazur of Plymouth, Pa., died on Dec. 2, 2018. Mazur received her master’s degree in clinical psychology in 1972 from University of New York at Buffalo, N.Y.

Eloise Griffiths Orsi of East Windsor, N.J., died on September 12, 2018. She worked in child care.

Joseph A. Stallone of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, died on Jan. 15, 2019. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He later had a career as an artist with specialties in ceramic sculpture and decorative painting.

James B. Thomas of Plymouth, Pa., died on Dec. 3, 2016. Prior to his retirement, Thomas had been employed by UGI Corp. as a supervisor and by John Connolly & Sons. He was also a representative for Plymouth Borough to the Westside Landfill Authority.

John Turner of Shavertown, Pa., died on Feb. 21, 2019. Turner retired in 2005 from Dallas High School after teaching history for 36 years. Turner created the first fire science associate’s degree program at Luzerne County Community College, where he taught both fire science and history courses for over 25 years. He authored the Pennsylvania Firefighter Certification Exam and taught local level training programs to firemen throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. He served on the Luzerne County Emergency Management Team and most recently served as the Kingston Township Emergency Management coordinator.

1970

David Bogusko of Bel Air, Md., died on Nov. 26, 2018. He served in the Marine Corps Reserve from 1970 to 1976. He worked as a school psychologist in the Harford County Public Schools in Maryland.

1972

Anthony Calore of Oak Ridge, N.C., died on Feb. 4, 2019.

David Furman of Fayetteville, N.Y., died on June 28, 2018. Furman retired as chief financial officer of Dey Brothers in Syracuse. He also was a financial consultant.

Robert D. Jarrett of Plymouth, Pa., died on Aug. 12, 2018. Early in his career, he worked as a research chemist for Diamond Shamrock Corp. in Ohio and was awarded several patents for advancements in the medical field. He later worked in the laboratory of the former Mercy Hospital in Wilkes-Barre and as an instructor in the Biology Department of Luzerne County Community College.

David Richards of Forty Fort, Pa., died on Jan. 7, 2019. Prior to his retirement, Richards was a supervisor for the Veteran Administration Office in Philadelphia.

Daniel L. Son of Mountain Top, Pa., died on Nov. 26, 2018. Son received his medical degree from the University of Guadalajara. He began his surgical career at Hahnemann University Hospital, where he served as a senior instructor of urology. He served in various capacities within the Hazleton/St. Joseph Medical Center and most notably was the chairman and chief of surgery. He also practiced at several hospitals in the region, including the Greater Hazleton Health Alliance and was a sole practitioner in the Hazleton/Drums area.

1975

Pauline (Hayes) Lawson of Garland, Maine, died on November 26, 2013. Lawson was a retired elementary school teacher from the Hazleton School District, Hazleton, Pa.

Emerson Logan of Mountain Top, Pa., died on Jan. 6, 2019. Logan was employed by the Sunday Independent for 25 years, and subsequently by The Citizens’ Voice, the Hazleton Standard-Speaker and The Scranton Times-Tribune.

1981

Melissa Molinaro of Hazleton, Pa., died on May 23, 2017. Molinaro was employed as a same-day surgery nurse for Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton.

1983

Richard Martin of Westminster, Md., died on Oct. 18, 2018. Martin studied special education for the deaf at Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C. He later was employed by Tricon Construction Inc., Crofton, Md., where he served as chief administrative officer and chief information officer for many years.

1984

Theodore Dalpiaz of Berwick, Pa., died on Jan. 1, 2018. Dalpiaz started his career with United Engineers in Philadelphia. He also worked for Southport Nuclear Station in Southport, S.C. He later worked for Pennsylvania Power and Light at the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station for 30 years.

James Scales of Myrtle Beach, S.C., died on Jan. 5, 2019.

Marguerite “Peggy” (McCormick) Tolan of Wilkes-Barre, died on Oct. 8, 2018. Tolan was director of nursing at Valley Crest Nursing Home when she retired in 2000.

1987

Philip Cyriax of Whitehall, Pa., died on July 23, 2018. Cyriax served as a claims adjustor for multiple insurance companies.

Mary Therese (Koval) Pitcavage of Swoyersville, Pa., died on Sept. 15, 2018. She retired after 29 years of service as a math teacher and director of community service at The Wyoming Seminary Upper School.

1989

Thomas C. George of Bethlehem Twp., Pa., died on February 23, 2017. He worked for Minerals Technologies in Easton, Pa., until retiring.

1990

Dominick Aritz of West Pittston, Pa., died on Jan. 12, 2019. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Artiz worked as an electrician and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 163.

1993

Cindy Haefele of Plains Twp., Pa., died on Dec. 13, 2018.

Ann Marie O’Donnell of Nanticoke, Pa., died on July 25, 2018. She was reading specialist with the Greater Nanticoke Area School District.

1994

Bonita (Rynkiewicz) Mosley of Bear Creek Twp., Pa., died on April 27, 2018.  She was employed by Blue Cross of Wilkes-Barre as a data analyst for 24 years.

1996

Philip J. Calabro of Clifford Twp., Pa., died on Sept. 28, 2015. Calabro was a maintenance supervisor at Tredegar Film Products. He also served in the National Guard.

2001

Joseph Cortegerone of Exeter, Pa., died on Sept. 21, 2018.

2002

Barbara Benesky of Dallas, Pa., died on Oct. 4, 2018. Benesky worked for Nanticoke Special Care Hospital from 1976 to 2004.

2004

Anita Legge of Mountain Top, Pa., died on Feb. 22, 2019.

2009

Patricia Ann (Trisha) Fenton of Jessup, Pa., died on June 18, 2018. She worked at HRSI, Scranton as a health care receivables specialist.

2014
Ryan Kojsza of Scranton, Pa., died on Oct. 2, 2018. Kojsza worked as a supervisor for United Parcel Service.

2015

Daniel Ruth of Slatington, Pa., died on Aug. 8, 2018. He was an airman at Ellsworth Air Force Base and belonged to the 37th Bomb Squadron.

2018

Lauren Lewis of Moscow, Pa., died on Nov. 19, 2018. She was employed by Walgreens Pharmacy.