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Bachman, Donald A.  
Donald A. Bachman, 49, a resident of Wilkes-Barre died Friday, May 1, 2015, victim of a shooting on Willow Street, Wilkes-Barre. Mr. Bachman was born in Wilkes-Barre, son of Donald A. Bachman, Plains Township, and Christine Yatsko Bachman Cherkauskas, Wilkes-Barre Township, and was a graduate of GAR Memorial High School, Wilkes-Barre. He also attended several trade schools and had been employed by Modern Plastics, Wilkes-Barre, and for 20 years he had worked for his uncle and godfather, Fred Bianchino, trading as Fred's Garage, Wilkes-Barre. He was presently a master mechanic with the Delaware Water Gap Terminal, Martz Group. He was a community activist and looked out for his neighbors and friends in the Willow Street area, reporting any unlawful activity. He valued his family and friends, and enjoyed being with them. Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his wife, Lori Fisher Bachman, at home; daughter, Jessica Bachman, Wilkes-Barre; stepdaughters, Kiesha Dias and Kendra Dias, both of Hanover Township; grandchildren, Aiden and Karson; sister, Judi Comisky, Wilkes-Barre. Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home Inc., a Golden Rule Funeral Home, 451 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Friends may call Tuesday from 4 p.m. until service time. The family requests that flowers be omitted and that memorial donations be made to Donald A. Bachman Memorial Fund, c/o Luzerne Bank, Public Square Office, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.
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Bezdecki, Frank  
Frank Bezdecki, 92, of Mount Pocono died Thursday, April 30, 2015, at the VNA Hospice House of Monroe County. He was the loving husband of the late Celia (Susz) Bezdecki. Born in Breslau, he was the son of the late Bernard and Stella (Swinski) Bezdecki. A proud veteran, Frank served with the United States Marine Corps from 1941-1943. Before his retirement he worked as an electronic technician at the Tobyhanna Army Depot. He was a member of Most Holy Trinity Parish, the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion. He is survived by a son, Edward Bezdecki and his wife, Elaine of Toms River, N.J.; two daughters, Susan Seese and her husband, Albert, Cresco; Barbara Brock, Lancaster; five granddaughters; one great-granddaughter and two great-grandsons. In addition to his wife, Celia, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Bender and her husband, Arthur; brothers, Edward and Joseph Bezdzicki; sisters, Mary Marcincavage, Rita Kimpton, Connie Bezdziecki, Bernadine Witt and Blanche Bezdziecki. There will be a viewing Wednesday, May 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. and Thursday, May 7, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Bolock Funeral Home, 6148 Paradise Valley Road, Cresco. The Rev. Father Gregory Loughney will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 7, in St. Mary of the Mount Church, 27 Fairview Ave., Mount Pocono. Burial will follow at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Frank may be made to a charity of one's choice.
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DiMaria, Fred J. - Dallas Township  
Fred J. DiMaria, 90, of Dallas Township passed away on May 1, 2015, at his home of six decades after a mercifully short battle with T-Cell Leukemia Born in Swoyersville on Jan. 1, 1925, he was the son of the late John and Josephine DiMaria who immigrated to the United States from Italy and made a home in Swoyersville. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in Italy. He was a member of the 15th Air Force 450th Bomb Group posted at headquarters. After the war, he went to work including for a while at a drug store in Scranton, to which he commuted daily from Dallas. He then got a job with Dallas Dairy and stuck with it for more than 30 years. He was also a member of the Teamster Union. Fred genuinely enjoyed his job, which began early every day. He made friends with many of his customers on both sides of the Valley rarely missing a day of work including a time when he ran his route with a burst appendix. After surgery and a period of recuperation, he went right back tot work until retirement. After the war, he wed his teenage sweetheart the former Hannah Healy, whom he met while their families were both living on Slocum St., Swoyersville. Together they bought the house of Hannah's dreams and made it a home. Fred was a man of quiet strength with an ever boyish smile and an optimistic outlook on life. He loved baseball and enjoyed playing the game when he was young. Fred relished working on projects of all sizes. Most of all throughout his life he was a good son, brother, soldier a devoted Husband and a terrific father, grandfather and friend. He always had time to help out just about anyone who asked. He was everything that a man should be. The family would like to thank the nurses and aides at Celtic Hospice who were so skilled and kind in their care of Fred in His final days. He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents and wife, Hannah, who died in 1987, were a brother, Frank and sister, Angeline Orsulich Surviving are his sons, John L. and his wife, Kathy, Larksville; and Fred Jr. and wife, Laurie who was his great caregiver, Dallas Township; grandchildren, Jacqueline, Hillary, Mario, Tony and Angela; a sister, Rosalie Sicurella, Dallas; and a brother, Tom and wife, Betty, Swoyersville; many nieces, nephews and his companion of 23 years, Grace Fielding. Grace's children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and other family members regarded Fred as one of their own, and he was present with them for many happy family occasions and trips throughout the years. In turn, he thought of them all as part of his family to. The funeral for Fred will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday from Lehman-Gregory Funeral Home, 281 Chapel St., Swoyersville, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in Gate of Heaven Church, Dallas. Entombment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Family and friends may call Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
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Dorin, Michael  
Michael Dorin, 88, formerly of Exeter, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Wesley Village, Jenkins Township. Funeral arrangements are pending from Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittston.
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Morris, Melvin  
Melvin J. Morris, 90, of Lower Demunds Road, Dallas, passed away Friday, May 1, 2015, at John Heinz Rehabilitation Center. Funeral arrangements will be announced from Richard H. Disque Funeral Home, 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas.
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Mushal, James A.  
James A. Mushal, 55, of Shickshinny, passed away Friday, May 1, 2015, at the Celtic Hospice Healthcare Inpatient Unit, Wilkes-Barre. Funeral arrangements are pending from Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home Inc., Routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek.
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Ritsick, Barbara Lillian - Wilkes-Barre  
Barbara Lillian Ritsick, 77, of the Parsons section of Wilkes-Barre, died Friday, May 1, 2015. Born in Plymouth, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Lillian Allen Peters. She graduated from Plymouth High School, Class of 1955. Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a school crossing guard for 27 years by the Wilkes-Barre Area School District. She previously worked at American Tobacco Co. in Mountain Top for 26 years. She was an active member of St. Andre Bessette Parish, Wilkes-Barre. Barbara was one of 17 children. God, love and family were central in Barbara's life. She was a welcomed fixture at her family's school and sports activities. She demonstrated by her deeds that she was always eager to help anyone in need. Preceding her in death were her sisters, Marilyn Peters, Hazel Brock, June Gracey, Ruth Treef, Sharon Rayeski, and brothers, Edward Peters, Robert Peters, Ronald Peters and George Peters. Surviving are her loving husband of 58 years, Ted Ritsick Sr.; children, Linda Hickernell and her husband, Larry; Ted Ritsick Jr. and his wife, Jane; grandchildren, Larry Hickernell Jr. and his wife, Jennifer; Andrew Hickernell, Jerrod Handy, Ted Ritsick and Rebecca Ritsick; great-granddaughter, Sara Hickernell; sisters, Lois Karp, Greta Doria and her husband, Thomas; Janice Lane and her husband, Roger; and Phyllis Zalewski; brothers, Samuel Peters and his wife, Irmgard; Richard Peters and his wife, Gayle; and Clyde Peters; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday from E. Blake Collins Funeral Home, 159 George Ave., Wilkes-Barre with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, 672 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. The interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, 1594 S. Main St., Hanover Township. Friends may call Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salvation Army, 17 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 or at: www.salvationarmy.org . Condolences can be sent to the family at: www.eblakecollins.com .
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Rudawski, Mary T. - Newport Township  
Mary T. Rudawski, 82, of Newport Township passed away Friday, May 1, 2015, at home. Born Jan. 8, 1933 in Nanticoke, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Catherine Krzak Radziak. She was employed for many years by Acme Markets. Mary was an active member of St. Mary of Czestochowa Church of St. Faustina's Parish. Her children have said she was the best mother and Babci to her grandchildren, and loved playing pokeno with her brothers and sisters. She was preceded in death by her husbands, John Skorka and Michael Rudawski, brother, Paul Radziak II. Surviving are daughters, Sandra Repak and Jackie (Tootsie) Alesczyk; son, Stephen Rudawski and his wife, Lisa; grandchildren, Stephen Jr. and Lauren; sisters, Helen Wozniak and Tozia Guffrovich; nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at noon Monday from Stanley S. Stegura Funeral Home Inc., 614 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:30 p.m. in the main site of St. Faustina's Parish, 520 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery Wannie Newport Township. Friends may call today (Sunday) from 5 to 7 p.m.
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Rufo, Elaine  
Elaine Rufo of White Haven died late April 30, 2015, at St. Luke's, Allentown. Funeral arrangements are being finalized from Lehman Family Funeral Service, 403 Berwick St., White Haven. Visit the funeral home website at www.lehmanfuneralhome.com for additional information.
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Shillabeer, John W.  
John W. Shillabeer, 95, one of the oldest residents of Bear Creek Township, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 2, 2015, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He had resided in Bear Creek Township all of his life. Mr. Shillabeer was born in Bear Creek Township, son of the late Samuel and Elizabeth Honey Shillabeer, and attended the Oliver School, Bear Creek. As a youngster, he worked at the quarry off Pittston Boulevard, Bear Creek, and had worked for more than 40 years as a heavy equipment operator with HRI Inc., State College. He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers. He was a member of the Messiah Primitive Methodist Church, Bear Creek. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by the love of his life, Rhoda Renshaw Shillabeer, with whom he would have celebrated 70 years of marriage in April; also brothers, William and the Rev. James Shillabeer. John enjoyed spending time with his great-grandchildren, who were everything to him. The family would also like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Erwine Health and Hospice Care who cared for John in his last days. Surviving are his son, Harry J. Shillabeer and his wife, Elaine, at home; granddaughter, Kerri Gajeski and her husband, Keith, Thornhurst; great-grandchildren, Alannah and Gavin Gajeski; brother, Samuel Shillabeer, Bear Creek; sisters, Mary Wolfe, Bear Creek; and Lorraine Kolc and her husband, Steve, Plains Township; several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday from H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home Inc., a Golden Rule Funeral Home, 451 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, with the Rev. Hadley R. Hayes, pastor, Messiah Primitive Methodist Church, Bear Creek Township, officiating. Interment will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. The family requests that flowers be omitted and that memorial donations in his name be made to Messiah Primitive Methodist Church, Pittston Boulevard, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
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