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Sakiewicz, Irene M. - Millsboro  
The funeral of Irene M. Sakiewicz will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday from S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth, with a Mass at 10 a.m. in All Saints Parish, 66 Willow St., Plymouth. Family and friends may call from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on July 20, 2016
Salavantis, Stanley P. - Pittston Township  
Stanley P. Salavantis, 93, of Pittston Township, went to sleep in the Lord on Sunday, July 17, 2016, at the Golden Living Center, Plains Township, surrounded by his family. Born in North Adams, Mass., on Nov. 18, 1922, he was the son of the late Harry and Marina Genevesos Salavantis. He joined the Army and proudly served his country in the European Theater during World War II. He always felt it was his honor to have served his country in this very perilous time. It was after he returned home that he was introduced to and met the love of his life, Nitsa, who he married shortly after in New York City. In 1954, he along with his wife and three children moved from Brooklyn to the Pittston area to take co-ownership of the Majestic Lunch, which he then owned and operated for 44 years until his retirement in October 1998. Although he was technically retired, he kept his presence at the Majestic and could be frequently found discussing the state of the world with his friends and family. The Majestic is still owned and operated by his family, a fact that made him very proud. A devoted husband and father, he tirelessly dedicated his life to providing the best he could for his family. Although he never completed his high school diploma, he felt that education, personal responsibility, respect and family values were the cornerstone to a successful life. He believed it, lived it and will be truly missed but never forgotten by those that knew him. He was an active member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Wilkes-Barre; a past master and former trustee of the Masons St. John's Lodge 233; and a member of the Keystone Consistory and Irem Temple Shriners. He was also a 50-year member and past president of the AHEPA Chapter 44. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, John, George and Bill Salavantis, and sisters, Bertha Burdick and Dena Lekas. Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Nitsa Karantzalis Salavantis; children, Harry Salavantis and his wife, Cletta, Shavertown; Helen Salavantis, North Olmsted, Ohio; and Mary Knaus and her husband, Joseph, Laflin; grandchildren, Ambria Kramer and her husband, Darren; Stefanie Salavantis and her husband, James McGrady; Steven Salavantis; Jennifer Dompkosky and her husband, David; Brittany Holly and her husband, Jason; Nitsa Payne and her husband, Matthew; Julia Godfrey and her husband, Dr. John; David Knaus: Christina Cavallo-Miller and family; great-grandchildren, Ava, Cole, Eulalie, Kaylie, Peyton, Josephine and Vivian; and numerous nieces and nephews. Heartfelt thanks to the great care and compassion of the staff at the Golden Living Center in Plains Township. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, with a Trisagion service at 6 p.m. and Masonic service at 7 p.m., as well as from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Thursday at Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittston. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 32 E. Ross St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment, with military honors, will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery, South Main Street, Hanover Township. Memorial donations may be made to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church or to a veterans organization of the donor's choice. To leave an online condolence, visit Mr. Salavantis' obituary at www.adoniziofuneralhome.com .
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Published in Citizens' Voice on July 19, 2016
Simchick Sr., Charles Robert - Hanover Township  
Charles Robert Simchick Sr., 79, of Hanover Township, passed away Friday, July 15, 2016. Born June 28, 1937, in Wanamie, to Helen Sadowski and John Simchick Sr., Charles was a 1957 graduate of Newport Township High School. He joined the U.S. Air Force after graduation, where he served until 1963. Charles operated his own business for many years until retirement. He was an avid fisherman and deer hunter.  Preceding Charles in death were his loving wife, Rose, who he married in August 1962, and his brother, John. He and Rose are survived by their six children, Dawn Eckert, Jacqueline Dennis, Charles Simchick, William Simchick, Melanie Kowalski and Alan Simchick; along with 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and siblings, Geraldine Simchick and Simone Baldwin. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday from Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 140 N. Main St., Shavertown. Friends may call from noon until the time of service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to a charity of one's choice in loving memory of Charles.
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Published in Citizens' Voice from July 17 to July 20, 2016
Skammer, Mary Ann - Dallas  
Mary Ann Skammer (Morrissey), 81, from Dallas, passed away Monday, July 18, 2016, in Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre. Born in Wilkes-Barre, Mary Ann was the daughter of the late Gerard and Florence Morrissey. She was a proud graduate of GAR High School and enjoyed living in "the Heights" with her large family, (there were 12 Morrisseys to contend with), while she was growing up. Mary Ann worked at Luzerne County News Co. while raising her family, and then later at the Mercy Center at Misericordia University. Her tales of the elderly nuns at Mercy Center were legendary. She has enjoyed her retirement for the last 20 years, rarely ever missing her grandson Scott's baseball games, or granddaughter Sara's gymnastics meets. She was small in stature, but fiercely loyal to her family, the Yankees and her Fighting Irish! She defended each one of them blindly (yes, it was always the referee's fault when the Irish lost, and Joe Girardi's when the Yankees lost!). She baked the best Black Magic cake, and she and her daughter Kathy never missed a Thursday shopping spree! She leaves us with no regrets, and no enemies. How many of us can say that? Mary Ann will be missed by her best friend and husband of 61 years, Bill. (We believe she never learned to drive so he would have to drive her everywhere!) She so loved the "drives" they took together. Day trips to Corning, or Williamsport for lunch, and weekends in Harrisonburg, Va., where they first went to watch son Steve play baseball for Villanova, and fell in love with the town. Trips to the shore where they loved to relax and go to breakfast and dinner with family. They always shared the "first tomato" of the year, and spent lots of time in the kitchen cooking their favorite Lithuanian food. Who can forget her famous spaghetti sauce? Her daughter, Kathy and her husband, Mike; her son, Steve and his wife, Ruthie. Her grandchildren, Scott and Sara Skammer, who kept her busy watching sports for 20 years! We believe she will also miss "those damn dogs," who used to wake her from naps with their kisses! Most of all she will miss the "Morrissey clan"; growing up with 12 brothers and sisters who all were so close to each other. A million laughs and a million tears throughout the years. Her brother, John, in California; sister, Irene Palmer and husband Bill, in Ohio; brother, Michael and wife, Mary Jane, in Laflin; brother, Joseph, in Nanticoke; her late brothers, Gerard, Robert and Thomas; and her late sisters, Christine and Rose. A special thank you to her sisters, Ellen in Kingston, and Gertrude (husband Lou) in Dallas, for just being there for a visit or a hand to help out. Grieve, move on, enjoy the memories, there were many good ones, and very few bad ones. Life is too short to be angry, or sad, or to hold on to grief forever. Love the ones who live, and cherish the ones you lose. Go Irish! A private service will be held by the family. Memorial contributions may be made in Mary Ann's name to Blue Chip Farm Animal Refuge, 974 Lockville Road, Dallas, PA 18612.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on July 20, 2016
Skiro, Michael J. - Wilkes-Barre  
Michael J. Skiro, 66, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 21, 2016, surrounded by his loving family in the Hospice of the Sacred Heart Inpatient Unit, Dunmore. Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late George and Vera (Jones) Skiro and was educated in Crestwood High School. He had worked for many years with Hanover Nursery, where he was a foreman. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and gardening. He was a proud member and treasurer of "The Redneck Soshal Club." His most precious moments were those he spent with his family. He cherished every second of family gatherings, holidays and just visiting with his family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Deborah Martino, and nephews, Frank Martino Jr. and Brian Skiro. He will be sadly missed by his wife of many years, Debbie; daughters, Andrea and husband, Bernie, Hanover Township; Michelle Skiro, Wilkes-Barre; and Chrissy Skiro, Hanover Township; grandchildren, Jeremy, Zachery and Dylan; brothers, George and wife, Wendy Skiro, and Mark Skiro; sister, Tina and husband, Gerry Flynn; many nieces and nephews; adopted son, Christopher Zawierucha; and pets, Bentley and Max. A celebration of his life will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Daniel J. Hughes Funeral & Cremation Service, 617 Carey Ave., Wilkes-Barre. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Moosic, or the Medical Oncology Associates Prescription Assistance Fund, Kingston.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on July 22, 2016
Spencer, Mary E. - Dallas  
Mary E. Spencer, 77, of Dallas, passed away Saturday, July 16, 2016, at her residence. Born in Chambersburg, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Bernice Truax Carbaugh and was a graduate of Mifflinburg High School. She was a nurses aide with Valley Crest Nursing Center. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Vickie Silverman. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Spencer, at home; daughters, Cynthia Abline, Exeter; Stephanie Stiddion, Charlotte, Tenn.; step-children, Kenneth, Jr., Kingston; Victor, Toms River, NJ.; Ronald, Philadelphia; John, Reading; Troy, Plymouth; Patricia Gragham, Cuccamunga, Calif.; 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. The funeral will be held privately at the convenience of her family. Arrangements are under the direction of Richard H. Disque Funeral Home, 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on July 17, 2016
Stewart, Robert L. - Wilkes-Barre  
Robert L. Stewart of Wilkes-Barre died Sunday, July 17, 2016. His widow is Michelle Strother, Wilkes-Barre. Funeral services will be at 6 p.m. Monday at Mount Zion Baptist Church, Hill Street, Wilkes-Barre. Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. at the church.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on July 23, 2016
Stewart, Robert L. - Wilkes-Barre  
Robert L. Stewart of Wilkes-Barre went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Jendrzejewski Funeral Home, Wilkes-Barre.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on July 22, 2016
Swan, Merle F. - Sweet Valley  
Merle F. Swan, 67, formerly of Sweet Valley, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at the Mountain Top Senior Care and Rehabilitation Center. Mr. Swan was born in Wilkes-Barre on Aug. 3, 1948, and was the son of the late George and Vera Jean Shaver Swan. Merle resided in Sweet Valley for most of his life. He worked for Laborers Local 215 in Wilkes-Barre, retiring in 1990. He then was employed by The Citizens' Voice delivering newspapers. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Nicole Gordon. Merle is survived by his brothers, George Swan, Dallas; and Dale Swan, Arrowhead Lake; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday from Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home Inc., Routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek, with the Rev. Raymond D. Purdy Jr. of the Living Word Baptist Church, Fairmount Township, officiating. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Kocher Cemetery, Lake Township. Online condolences may be made at clswansonfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Citizens' Voice on July 21, 2016
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