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Fertal, Mary Patricia - Dallas  
Mary Patricia Fertal, 90, of Dallas passed away Sunday, March 29, 2015, surrounded by her family at the Celtic Hospice Healthcare Inpatient Unit, Wilkes-Barre. Mrs. Fertal was born in Larksville on April 1, 1924, and was the daughter of the late Patrick and Anna Rutkowski Eagen. Mary graduated from Larksville High School. She worked as a bookkeeper for various companies, including the former People's Laundry, the Dallas Finance Co., Earl Samuel Insurance Co. in Dallas, L&L Supply Co. in Wilkes-Barre, Hasting Brothers in Wyoming, and Westside Beverage in Exeter. As a devout Catholic, she was an active member of Gate of Heaven Church, where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society. Mary was a hardworking and loving mother. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Francis Fertal, and brother, Daniel Eagen. Mary is survived by her son, Francis W. Fertal and his wife, Katherine, Shavertown; daughters, Mary Alice McMillan, Feasterville; and Karen Cornell and her husband, Daniel, Pikes Creek; sister, Anna Chesnovitch, Dallas; grandchildren, Paul McMillan, Kelly Lange and Sean Fertal; and great-grandchildren, Paul James, Brendan and Gavin. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday from Mercy Center, 301 Lake St., Dallas, with her nephew, Monsignor John Bendik of St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston, officiating. Friends may call 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Mercy Center prior to the service. Interment will be in St. Ann's Cemetery, Lehman. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Celtic Hospice, 601 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, PA 18704; Mercy Center Nursing Unit, P.O. Box 370, 301 Lake St., Dallas, PA 18612; or St. John the Evangelist Church, 35 Williams St., Pittston, PA 18640. Online condolences may be made at clswansonfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Mar. 31, 2015

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Featherstone, Nancy Mae Thomas - Dallas  
Nancy Mae Thomas Featherstone of Dallas passed away peacefully at her home Thursday, March 26, 2015, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was 81. Born and raised in the Parsons section of Wilkes-Barre, she is the daughter of the late Delwyn R. and Susan Thomas. Nancy was a graduate of James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre. She was an active parishioner of St. Dominic's of Parsons for more than seven decades and served as a CCD teacher there for many years. While she worked as a bookkeeper, her greatest joy was being a wife, mother and grandmother. She was married to Edward Joseph Featherstone for 57 blissful years and enjoyed reading, baking and vacationing on Long Beach Island. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Ebby, and her grandson, Robert. Nancy is survived by her husband, Edward; her four sons, Jim, Mark (Peggy), Bob (Teresa) and Ned; her grandchildren, Maggie, Tom, Mark, John, Anna, Michael, Danny, Keriann and Andrew; her brother, Del and wife, Euella, and family, and her loving caretakers. The funeral will be held at 9:15 a.m. Saturday from Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains Township, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Therese's Church, 64 Davis St., Shavertown, with the reverend James J. Paisley, pastor, officiating. Interment will be held in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends and family may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Nancy to St. Therese's Church, 64 Davis St., Shavertown, PA 18708. Online condolences may be made at www.corcoranfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Mar. 27, 2015
Flannery, Esther - Seattle  
Esther Ellen Flannery, of Seattle, Wash., originally of West Pittston and later of Kingston, passed away March 24, 2015 after a brief illness. Esther was born April 2, 1933 in Pittston Hospital to Frank J. and Esther Brennan Flannery. She graduated from Wyoming Seminary, Georgetown Visitation Junior College and Misericordia University, and received her master's in teaching from Temple University. Esther had a love of teaching and learning; she taught at Dallas Senior High School from 1975 to 1982 and then joined the faculty at Luzerne County Community College from 1982 until her retirement in 1998. In her retirement, she found new purpose in a variety of civic issues, including work at the Catherine McAuley Center and on John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign. Esther is survived by her son, Andrew, his wife, Jen, and their children, Anja and Soren. In 2008, she took a leap of faith, sold her home in Kingston and moved far west, to Seattle, to be with her family. It was a decision she didn't regret, as it was the beginning of a totally new phase of her life. She threw herself into becoming a Seattleite, making many new friends along the way. Having never been a football fan for the previous 75 years of her life, she became a diehard Seahawks fan, remarking on the team's loss in the most recent Super Bowl the following day by bemoaning, "They had Marshawn Lynch! Why didn't they rush?" Throughout her life, Esther stitched beautiful needlepoint works, a talent she learned from her mother and later passed along to her daughter-in-law. From the piano bench, done when she was a girl, to many Christmas ornaments and framed pieces, Esther's works were and are beautiful. In her later years in Seattle, she also enjoyed entering her works into art exhibitions. Esther was predeceased by her parents, brothers, John and Frank, a sister, Helen, and first cousin, Nick. Her dearest friend since early childhood, Helen Rutledge, also predeceases her; their 75-year relationship stands as a hallmark for what a true and unequivocal friendship should be. A celebration of Esther's life will begin Monday, April 6, with visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. at McLaughlin's, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre and continue with a Funeral Mass on Tuesday, April 7, at 9:30 a.m. in The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 339 N. Maple Ave., Kingston. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Esther's dearest charity, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or www.stjude.org Memories and condolences may be shared with Esther's family at www.lifecelebrations.com .
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Mar. 29, 2015
Flannery, Esther Ellen  
Esther Ellen Flannery, formerly of Kingston, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Arrangements are in progress and will be announced by McLaughlin's.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Mar. 28, 2015
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