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Makuch, Chester F. - Wilkes-Barre  
Chester F. Makuch, 94, a resident of the North Wilkes-Barre section most of his life, died Saturday, June 25, 2016, at the Mountain Top Senior and Rehabilitation Center, Wright Township. Mr. Makuch was born in Wilkes-Barre, son of the late Theodore and Anna Purvin Makuch, and attended James M. Coughlin High School, Wilkes-Barre. He was drafted into the Navy during World War II and served on ships in the Atlantic Ocean and in the Mediterranean Sea. During his service, he attained the rank of coxswain and three of the ships to which he was assigned were blown up by enemy fire. He was severely wounded and had received the Purple Heart and several other military decorations. After a long recuperation, he returned to civilian life and he founded his own company and was owner-operator of Mobile Wash Co., Wilkes-Barre. He had been a member of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, now St. Andre Bessette Parish, Wilkes-Barre, and the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. In addition to his parents, Chester was preceded in death by brothers, Theodore, Joseph and Frank Makuch, and sisters, Violet Drozd and Margaret Dysleski. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Marie Aiko Kikuchi Makuch, at home; sons, Chet and his wife, Lisa, Lincoln Park, N.J.; and Thomas J. Makuch and his friend, Jacqueline Curley, Wapwallopen; three grandchildren, Steven, Matthew and Skyler Makuch; sister, Ann Marshall, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home Inc., a Golden Rule Funeral Home, 451 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, with a memorial service at 11 a.m. The Rev. Kenneth Seegar, pastor of St. Andre Bessette Church, Wilkes-Barre, will officiate. Private committal will be held at the convenience of the family. The family requests that flowers be omitted and that memorial donations in his name be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on June 29, 2016
Makuch, Chester F. - Wilkes-Barre  
Chester F. Makuch, 94, a resident of the North Wilkes-Barre section most of his life, died Saturday, June 25, 2016, at Mountain Top Senior and Rehabilitation Center, Wright Township. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to and will be announced by H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home Inc., a Golden Rule Funeral Home, 451 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on June 27, 2016
Marotti Sr., Thomas X. - Kingston  
Thomas X. Marotti Sr., 78, of Kingston, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at home with his family by his side. He was born in Dickson City, on July 31, 1937. Thomas was a graduate of Dickson City High School and DeVry University where he earned a degree in engineering. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from WBRE TV after 36 years where he worked as a master controller and loved his job. Tom was an avid coin collector, thoroughly enjoyed putting puzzles together, loved to travel, and liked to go to the casino with his wife. He enjoyed fishing, watching movies, walking his dog, and spending time with family. He was a devoted father, husband, brother, grandfather and friend. He was an incredibly kind and gentle man, very thoughtful and considerate. He was preceded in death by his parents, Barbara and Samuel Marotti; and a daughter, Karen Kennedy. Surviving, in addition to his wife of 33 years, Marian Marotti, are his children, Thomas Jr., Laura and Keith Winters, JoAnn and Mark Salijko, Michael, Joseph and Michele Kennedy, Jean and Alan Ballard, and Christopher Kennedy. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, Kayla and Todd, Tara, Chrissy, Joclyn, Billy, Macy, Megan, Kasey, Justin, Joey, Mika, and Madison; two great-grandchildren, Bryce and Eli; and sisters, Barbara Rembeck and Elaine and John McDonald. Friends and family may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Russin Funeral Home, 136 Maffett St., Plains Township. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Joseph Rafferty, pastor of Celtic Hospice, officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. In lieu of flowers, please offer a donation to the American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice. The family would like to thank the Celtic staff and hospice for the excellent care and love they offered. Many thanks to you and may God bless you, the entire agency is to be commended.
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Published in Citizens' Voice from June 24 to June 26, 2016
Matello Sr., Frank J. - Wilkes-Barre  
Frank J. Matello Sr., a resident of the North End section of the city, passed into eternal life early Tuesday morning, June 21, 2016, in the care of Celtic Healthcare Hospice at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, following an illness. Born in Swoyersville, he was the youngest of 10 children to the late Joseph and Jennie (Bamonte) Matello. Educated in the Swoyersville schools, he was a graduate of the former Swoyersville High School. Following his education, Mr. Matello was employed as a mechanic by the General Cigar Co. in Kingston. He later started his own business in 1972, Lucky Imports, and also was a partner with his son, Frankie, with the Coast to Coast Card Co. in 1981. He was well known for supplying various community and parish bazaars over the years as well as for his avid sporting card business in the area. He later was employed by and retired from the Luzerne County Courthouse, where he worked in the voter registration department. He and his wife, the former Patricia A. McHugh Sprow, celebrated 57 years of married life together this past May 23. Mr. Matello was a member of St. Andre Bessette Parish, North Wilkes-Barre, having previously attended St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church. He also served as a coach in the 1960s and 1970s for the North End Little League, and was a life member of the North End Slovak Citizens Club, Wilkes-Barre. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Steve, Mickey, Iggy, Lou, Joe and Johnny; and by a sister, Mary Grace. Surviving, in addition to his beloved wife, Pat, at home, are the couple's children, Frankie, North Wilkes-Barre; Bobby and his fiancée, Nikki Bunting, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and Nancy Lee and her husband, Gary, New Stanton; sisters, Rose Roback, Exeter; and Paula Kyttle, Swoyersville; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors. The family would like to thank the nursing staff at Celtic Healthcare Hospice for their compassionate care during this difficult time. Funeral services for Mr. Matello will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday with a Memorial Funeral Mass in the Parish of St. Andre Bessette, 668 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. The Rev. Kenneth M. Seegar, pastor, will serve as celebrant and homilist. Interment will be private and at the family's convenience. Relatives and friends may join Mrs. Matello and her family from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday for visitation and remembrances at the North Wilkes-Barre location of John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes Inc., 625 N. Main St., and from 10:45 to 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Andre Bessette Parish. In lieu of floral tributes, and honoring his love of animals, the family would be grateful if those desiring please consider a donation to the Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge, 974 Lockville Road, Dallas, PA 18612. To send Frank's wife and family online words of comfort, support and friendship at this time, please visit our family's website at www.JohnVMorrisFuneralHomes.com .
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Published in Citizens' Voice on June 22, 2016
Mazur, Leonard - Warrior Run  
Leonard Mazur, 66, of Orchard Street, Warrior Run, and formerly of Hanover Township, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2016, at home surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness. He was born in Nanticoke on Nov. 11, 1949, the son of the late Leonard F. and Martha Bonning. He attended Nanticoke area schools and was a former member of Good Shepherd Polish National Church, Plymouth. He was employed for 42 years as a forklift operator by Metro Wire, Wilkes-Barre. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and was proud to serve his country in the U.S. Navy from 1969 to 1971. He was the recipient of the National Defense Medal. Len was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and riding his ATV with his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Frank and Minnie Mazur, Plymouth; maternal grandparents, Frease and Stella Bonning, West Nanticoke; and numerous aunts and uncles. Surviving are his wife of 45 years, the former Barbara (Dombroski) Mazur, at home; and sons, Len Mazur, Hanover Township; and Robert Mazur and his wife, Elfete, Hanover Township. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, with a Blessing service at 10:30 a.m. from George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 105 N. Main St., Ashley. Interment will be in Good Shepherd Polish National Cemetery, West Nanticoke. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday. The family would like to express their deep gratitude to Dr. Nicholas Chiumento and the entire staff of Hospice of the Sacred Heart for the wonderful care and compassion given to Len in his time of need. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Stroke Association, 9707 E. Easter Lane, Suite B, Centennial, CO 80112.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on June 26, 2016
Mazur, Leonard - Warrior Run  
Leonard Mazur, 66, of Warrior Run and formerly of Hanover Township, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. Funeral arrangements are pending from George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 105 N. Main St., Ashley.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on June 24, 2016
McCabe, Eleanor - Wilkes-Barre  
Eleanor McCabe, 86, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2016, at the Little Flower Manor in Wilkes-Barre, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in the Parsons section of Wilkes-Barre on Sept. 29, 1929, the daughter of the late Adam and Frances Zelinski. Eleanor was a graduate of Coughlin High School and she attended Luzerne County Community College. In her younger years, she had been employed by the SPA Restaurant in Wilkes-Barre. Prior to its closing, Eleanor was a member of Holy Saviour Church, where she was active in church functions, especially cooking for the annual church bazaar. She was a member of St. Andre Bessette Parish, North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre. Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband, Francis "Sonny" McCabe Jr. in 2005. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Anthony, Edward, John, Zigmund, Joseph, Adam, Stanley, Thomas and Alex Zelinski; and by her sister, Lottie Zelinski. She is survived by her children, Francis McCabe III and his wife, Ellen, Larksville; Alicia Malloy and her husband, the Honorable Thomas Malloy, Wilkes-Barre; and Thomas McCabe and his wife, Carol Ann, Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren, Thomas and Peter McCabe and Thomas and Michael Malloy; brother, Leo Zelinski, Michigan; and numerous nieces and nephews. Eleanor's family would like to thank the staffs at St. Luke's Villa and at Little Flower Manor for the compassionate care that they provided. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday from Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11 a.m. in St. Andre Bessette Parish, 668 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. The Rev. Kenneth M. Seegar will officiate. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge, 974 Lockville Road, Dallas, PA 18612, or to the Wyoming Valley Children's Association, 1133 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, PA 18704. Online condolences may be sent by visiting Eleanor's obituary at www.natandgawlasfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Citizens' Voice on June 26, 2016
McCabe, Eleanor - Wilkes-Barre  
Eleanor McCabe, 86, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2016, at Little Flower Manor, Wilkes-Barre, surrounded by her loving family. Funeral arrangements are pending from Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on June 25, 2016
Melone, Margaret R. - Pittston Township  
Margaret R. Melone, 90, of Stauffer Heights, Pittston Township, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2016. Born in Plymouth on Jan. 10, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Rose (Raub) O'Rourke. She was a graduate of St. Vincent's High School, Plymouth, and attended Pittston Hospital School of Nursing. Margaret was a devoted homemaker committed to her family, offering much support and advice throughout her lifetime. She lived a life centered around family and faith and exemplified those important qualities to all who knew her. She was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and its Altar and Rosary Society, now St. Joseph Marello Parish, and a member of the Pittston Hospital Ladies Auxillary. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Melone was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Albert B. Melone Sr., on Dec. 22, 2015; brothers, John, George, Donald, William, Thomas and Leonard O'Rourke; and sisters, Catherine Dvoroznak, Elizabeth Hanlon, Ellen Rubitski and Ruth Sherman. Surviving are her two sons, Albert Melone Jr. and his wife, Aileen, and Thomas J. Melone and Marianne Devers; grandchildren, Albert Melone III and his wife, Katherine, Sarah Fleming and her husband, Andrew, Thomas (T.J.) Melone and Hannah Melone; great-grandchildren, Graeme Melone and Avery Fleming; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in St. Joseph Marello Parish, 237 William St., Pittston. Those attending are asked to go directly to the church on Thursday morning. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittston. Memorial donations may be made to the Colleen Shea Foundation, 1086 Highway 315, Plaza 315, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, or to Care and Concern Ministries, 35 William St., Pittston, PA 18640. Condolences may be made by visiting Mrs. Melone's obituary at www.adoniziofuneralhome.com .
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Published in Citizens' Voice on June 28, 2016
Melone, Margaret R. - Pittston Twp.  
Margaret R. Melone, 90, of Stauffer Heights, Pittston Township, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2016. Funeral arrangements are pending from Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittston.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on June 27, 2016
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