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Adrian, Dorothy R. - West Pittston  
Dorothy R. Adrian, 88, a resident of West Pittston, passed away peacefully in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, with her family at her side. Mrs. Adrian was born in Dupont, daughter of the late Andrew and Anna Lacomis Sompel, and attended the Dupont schools. During World War II, she worked at a defense plant in Scranton, and later was employed by Main Pants Factory, West Pittston. She had also been a housekeeper and nanny for many years. Dorothy was a member of Corpus Christi Church, West Pittston (formerly Immaculate Conception Church), and was a spiritual woman who was always willing to hold her infinitely compassionate and listening heart to anyone in need. A loving mother and grandmother, her pearls of wisdom were born only from enduring the trials and tribulations of life. She had an avid love of reading and animals and she enjoyed her eight grandchildren who she was very proud of, and loved spending time with them. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Albert F. Adrian, in 1990; grandson, Leonard Insalaco II; brothers, Andrew Sompel Jr. and Robert Sompel; and sister, Dolores Lagoda. Dorothy is survived by her daughters, Barbara Insalaco and her husband, Leonard, West Pittston; Jean Neipert and her husband, Dave, Kingston; and Christine Monaghan and her husband, George, Dallas; grandchildren, Alyssa and Kelly Monaghan, David and Jason Neipert, Sandra Gregory and Elizabeth Insalaco; sisters, Anna Valentina Williams, Prospect Park; and Geraldine Young and her husband, Rex, Wheeling, W.Va.; several nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday from H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home Inc., a Golden Rule Funeral Home, 211 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Corpus Christi Church, 605 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston. Burial with the Rite of Committal will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. The family requests that flowers be omitted and that memorial donations in her memory be made to the Luzerne County SPCA, 524 E. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Joseph Lombard, Dr. John Ellis and the nurses and aides who helped Dorothy navigate through this life, especially these last days, months and years, with compassionate care. Online condolences are welcome.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Jan. 22, 2015
Albert, Gary - Kingston  
Gary Albert of Kingston passed away Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Born Aug. 22, 1954, in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late David and Doris Bretschneider Albert. Gary was a 1972 graduate of GAR Memorial High School, Wilkes-Barre. He was employed as a nurse's aide by the former Mercy Hospital, Wilkes-Barre, retiring in 2003. Gary enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathy; brothers, David and John Albert; and sister, Linda Albert. Surviving are his daughters, Courtney Mussleman, Millville; and Meghan Albert, Kingston; son, Gary Albert, Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren, Madison Albert, Kolbe Favorite, Isabela Lopez, Ilyana Lopez and Kaleb Albert; brothers, Hank and Steve Albert; and sisters, Patricia Matthews, Karen Summers, Gail Walkowiak, Judy Vazza and Maureen Migatulski. Family and friends are invited to attend memorial services from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Jendrzejewski Funeral Home, 21 N. Meade St., Wilkes-Barre. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Gary's family.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Jan. 24, 2015
Arbogast Jr., Dr. Karl F. - Lititz  
Dr. Karl F. Arbogast Jr., 88, of Luther Acres, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of the late Karl F. Arbogast Sr. and the late Elsie J. Brandon Arbogast. He was married to Charlotte Muschlitz Arbogast for more than 60 years. He graduated from Forty Fort High School in the early 1940s and then was a graduate of Lafayette College in Easton, and received his doctorate in dentistry from the University of Pennsylvania Dental School. After working in a private practice, Dr. Karl went on to work for the Veterans Administration in Wilkes-Barre for more than 21 years. Karl was a life member of the Harveys Lake Yacht Club and a 40-year member of the Lancaster Torch Club, and previously served as secretary for the Wilkes-Barre Torch Club for more than 25 years. He was also on the Board of Health at the Kirby Health Center in Wilkes-Barre. Karl was a member of Kingston Masonic Lodge 395. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy in World War II aboard the USS Lexington during the Pacific Theatre campaign. He is survived by two sons, Karl F. Arbogast, husband of Susan, Plains Township; and Mark A. Arbogast, Lancaster. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Jeanne A. Hiles. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Good Samaritan chapel of Luther Acres, 600 E. Main St., Lititz, PA 17543, with Chaplain Walt Cleckley officiating. Friends will be received one hour prior to the service at the chapel on Monday. Interment will be held in Union Cemetery, Slatington, at 11 a.m. Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Luther Acres at the above address. Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, Lititz, 717-560-5100, is in charge of arrangements. To send an online condolence, please visit SnyderFuneralHome.com .
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Jan. 22, 2015
Austin, Dorothy - Wilkes-Barre  
Dorothy Austin, 91, a resident of Provincial Towers, Wilkes-Barre, formerly of the East End section, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in the Celtic Hospice Unit, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre. Mrs. Austin was born in Wilkes-Barre, daughter of the late Frederick and Elizabeth Borthwick Oliver. She was a graduate of Coughlin High School and Wilkes-Barre Business College. She had been employed many years as a secretary by several insurance companies. Prior to her retirement, she had been secrectary for the late Wilkes-Barre Mayor John McGlynn. Dorothy was a life member of the East End Primitive Methodist Church, Wilkes-Barre. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas J. Austin Jr., on Christmas Day of 2008; brother, Fred Oliver; and sisters, Elizabeth Turner and Ellen Williams. Surviving are her son, Thomas J. Austin III and his wife, Joan, Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren, Matthew Austin and his wife, Aimee, Dallas; and Rebecca Leonori and her husband, Steven, Scranton; great-grandchildren, Joshua and Sophia Leonori and Luke Austin; a niece and two nephews. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family from H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home Inc., a Golden Rule Funeral Home, 451 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, with the Rev. Marty Garms, pastor, East End Primitive Methodist Church, Wilkes-Barre, officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. At her request, there will be no calling hours. The family requests that flowers be omitted and that donations in Mrs. Austin's name be made to the East End Primitive Methodist Church, 79 Laurel St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Jan. 29, 2015
Banik, Margaret M. - Wilkes-Barre  
Margaret M. Banik of Wilkes-Barre Township passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at the Celtic Hospice Inpatient Unit at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. Born May 26, 1926, in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Anna Shedlock. Margaret attended Plains High School and was employed in the area garment industry. She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Wilkes-Barre. Margaret enjoyed trips to Atlantic City, N.J., playing bingo and spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony, on Sept. 23, 1995; sisters, Helen Smolinski, Mary Timko and Ann Seneski; brothers, Andrew, Michael, Joseph and William Shedlock; and son-in-law, Joseph Mulvey. Surviving are her daughters, Maggie Banik, with whom she resided; Patricia Mulvey, Wilkes-Barre; and Ann Blaine, Wilkes-Barre; son, Anthony Banik Jr. and his wife, Nancy, Hanover Township; grandchildren, Paul and Katie Blaine, Jason Williams, Deanna Brown, Alyssa Komarck and Anthony Banik III; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Rose Perrins, Wilkes-Barre; and Dolores Dick, Lewiston, N.Y.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday from Jendrzejewski Funeral Home, 21 N. Meade St., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Parish at St. Mary's Church of the Immaculate Conception, South Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre. The Reverend Duane Gavitt, pastor, will be the celebrant. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The family would like to thank Celtic Hospice at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre for all their compassion and loving care they provided for our Mom in her final days.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Jan. 27, 2015
Belsky Sr., John E. - Larksville  
John E. Belsky Sr., 72, of Larksville passed away Sunday morning, Jan. 25, 2015, at Hampton House Nursing Home, Hanover Township, after a 10½-year courageous battle with lung cancer. John was born in Larksville on Oct. 15, 1942. He was the son of the late Anthony and Catherine Barnowski Belsky. John graduated from Larksville High School, Class of 1960. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War, until his honorable discharge in 1966. He was a member of Larksville American Legion Post 655. After the service, John was a welder and worked for several companies in the area. Later he worked for the carpenters union and retired as a millwright from Local 645 in October 2004. On Oct. 2, 1965, he married the former Marlene Haracz. John was a devoted family man who enjoyed spending his time with his beloved family. John enjoyed coaching his sons in Little League baseball, he served as a Webelo leader in the Cub Scouts. He adored his grandchildren and looked forward to their visits. John also enjoyed camping, fishing and sports. He was an avid Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins fan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Anthony Belsky. John is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Marlene Belsky; sons, John Belsky Jr. and his wife, Kari, and Joseph Belsky and his wife, Tammy; grandchildren, Ashley, John, Emily, Ethan, Eli, Sadie and Morgan; sisters, Nancy McDermott and Lorraine Belsky and her companion, Jack; brother, Robert Belsky and his wife, Terry; several nieces, nephews and cousins. The family would like to thank Dr. John Menio and staff, Geisinger Henry Cancer Center, Commonwealth Home Health, Hampton House Nursing Home and Heartland Hospice for their compassion and their excellent care of John. Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday from Andrew Strish Funeral Home, 11 Wilson St., Larksville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in All Saints Parish, Plymouth. Entombment with military honors will be held in Mary Mother of God Mausoleum, St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 8 to 9 a.m. Thursday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John's memory to All Saints Parish, 66 Willow St., Plymouth, PA 18651, or to the Henry Cancer Center, 1000 E. Mountain Blvd., Plains Township, PA 18711.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Jan. 27, 2015
Benjamin, Margaret - Wilkes-Barre  
Margaret Benjamin, 89, of Wilkes-Barre passed away Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Arrangements are pending from Kniffen O'Malley Funeral Home, 728 Main St., Avoca.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Jan. 29, 2015
Boberick, Clem - Sweet Valley  
Clem Boberick, 82, of Sweet Valley died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving wife and family on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Clem was born Sept. 21, 1932, in Nanticoke, and was the son of the late Joseph and Anna Sadowski Boberick. He was educated in the Nanticoke public schools and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. Clem was a member of St. Faustina Parish Church, formerly Holy Trinity Church, Nanticoke, and a life member of American Legion Post 350, Nanticoke. He was employed by and retired from Carter Footwear as a data processing manager. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Leonard and Joseph, and a sister, Helen Zoltewicz. Presently surviving are his wife the former Dolores Jenceleski, the love of his life for 61 years; and children, Jeffrey and wife, Julia, Newport News, Va.; Stephen and wife, Cyndi, Newark, Del.; Kenneth and wife, Cheryl, Drexel Hill; Doreen Karpinski and husband, Henry, Hunlock Creek; Charlene, Upper Darby; and Nadine Przekop and husband, Peter, Clarks Summit. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Timothy, Brian, Jennifer, Jillian, Brandon, Casey, Michael, Joshua and Kayla, and one great-grandson, Kellen. Funeral services will be held Saturday, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Faustina Parish Church (former Holy Trinity), 520 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke, with the Rev. Richard Fox as celebrant. As a request of the family, all friends and family members are to go directly to St. Faustina Church for the Mass. Interment will be private at a later date. Friends and family are invited to attend calling hours from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Grontkowski Funeral Home P.C., 51-53 W. Green St., Nanticoke. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Clem's memory to the American Cancer Society, East Central Division, P.O. Box 897, Hershey, PA 17033. They can also be made online at cancer.org or by calling 1-800-227-2345.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Jan. 28, 2015
Boberick, Clem R. - Sweet Valley  
Clem R. Boberick of Sweet Valley passed away Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at home. Funeral arrangements are pending from Grontkowski Funeral Home P.C., 51-53 W. Green St., Nanticoke.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Jan. 27, 2015
Bonsavage, William (Bill) - Warrior Run  
William (Bill) Bonsavage, 89, passed away Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Born Oct. 15, 1925, and raised in Warrior Run, he was the son of William and Anna Bonsavage. He graduated from Warrior Run High School, where he was a promising basketball star. He also played basketball for the Navy when he served during World War II. During his time in the Navy, he traveled the Atlantic and Pacific. He was a Shriner, a member of the Odd Fellows and the Warrior Run Fire Company. If you took the time to listen to him, his stories of his early life were fascinating. He was adventurous and did everything from starting a seaweed business in Florida to logging in Canada, to owning a construction company where he built houses in Rhode Island and New Hampshire. That is where he met his wife, Carmelle. Bill retired from construction in 1988. Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were his sisters, Julia Swilp and Sally Wooten. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carmelle; son, Vince; daughter, Lisa and her husband, Richard Kratz; daughter, Donna and her husband, Bob Pomeroy; and five granddaughters, Leanne Smith, Brooke and Rebecca Bonsavage and Nikki and Alex Pomeroy. Arrangments for a memorial luncheon in his honor are pending.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Jan. 25, 2015
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