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Kalina, Martin B. - Wilkes-Barre  
Martin B. Kalina, 75, of Wilkes-Barre passed away Monday, March 23, 2015, at Commonwealth Hospice of NEPA, Scranton. Funeral arrangements are pending from Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Mar. 25, 2015
Kordoski, Edward Joseph - New Britain  
Edward Joseph Kordoski, husband of Rita Grigor Kordoski, passed away Monday, March 9, 2015, in the Hospital of Central Connecticut, after a long and valiant fight against lung cancer. Ed was born in Wilkes-Barre on May 9, 1932, to the late Mary Slowik. His Catholic instruction for Holy Communion and Confirmation was received at St. Clair's School, followed by attending Coughlin High School. At age 17, Ed enlisted in the U.S. Army. After basic training, he enlisted to attend Airborne training at Fort Campbell, Ky. He became a paratrooper with the 188th Airborne Infantry Support Company, 11th Airborne Division. With extended duty due to the Korean conflict, Ed proudly served 3½ years of active duty. Upon discharge, Ed went to Connecticut seeking employment opportunities. Ed eventually became the vice president of Northern Industries, Inc., then served as its acting president until its sale. Ed and an associate started Connecticut Pipe and Valve and Ed was its president until it was sold to Regal Supply Co., where he continued to work part-time until he retired at age 70. Upon retirement, Ed and his wife took many trips with the Wadsworth Antheneum and the New Britain Museum of American Art, where she was a docent, and they both volunteered. Ed also took advantage of his leisure time at the Timberlin Golf Course, Kensington, Conn., as a member of the Men's Club and the Seniors Golf Association. For most of his years in Connecticut, Ed belonged to bowling leagues and in October 1997, he bowled a perfect 300 game, placing his name in the International Bowling Hall of Fame, St. Louis, Mo. Ed loved his work, his sports and his fun times. His outlook was always happy and positive, and he embraced life. He was a loving and devoted husband to his wife for near 56 years. He always loved coming home. He was proud of his sons, Edward W. Kordoski, Potomac, Md., and Mark P. Kordoski, Luzerne, recently deceased, and loved them. Also surviving are his very dear sister, Joann Slowik, Wyoming; his sisters-in-law, Anita Grigor, Kingston; Constance Grigor, Silver Spring, Md.; and Loretta Truscinski, Waterbury, Conn.; and brother-in-law, Anthony Grigor, Laurel, Md. Calling hours will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday at Kopicki Funeral Home, 263 Zerby Ave., Kingston. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Ignatius Church, followed by burial services in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton.
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McGovern, Nancy C. - Hanover Township  
Nancy C. McGovern, 76, of West Liberty Street, Hanover Township, passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015, at Post Acute Medical, Wilkes-Barre. Nancy was born in Wilkes-Barre on April 11, 1938. She was the daughter of the late Ralph and Marie Conahan. Nancy was a graduate of GAR High School, Class of 1956. She was employed as a supervisor by the Social Security Administration for 30 years, retiring in 1986. She enjoyed shopping, decorating her home and loved to read. Mostly she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. Nancy was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Conahan, and an infant sister and brother. Surviving are her husband of 55 years of marriage, John B. McGovern Sr., Hanover Township; daughters, Suzanne Gillis and her husband, Michael, Ashley; and Ann Marie Vancosky and her husband, William, Mountain Top; son, John B. McGovern Jr. and his wife, Lori, Hanover Township; grandchildren, Amanda Krochok and her husband, Nick, Melissa Williams and her husband, Damien, Darian McGovern, Johnna McGovern and Allison Gillis; great-grandchildren, Gigi Williams and Lucy Krofchok; sisters, Clara DiSanto and Shirley Wink, both of Hanover Township; sister-in-law, Evelyn Conahan; special son, Michael Tomalis; several nieces and nephews. Nancy's family would like to thank Dr. Sandhya Desai and staff for their compassionate care shown to Nancy during her illness. Private funeral services will be held from George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 105 N. Main St., Ashley. A memorial visitation will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date. Memorial donations in her memory may be made to St. Leo's/Holy Rosary Church, 33 Manhattan St., Ashley, PA 18706.
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Michalesko, Chelsea N. - Freeland  
Chelsea N. Michalesko, 24, of Freeland died Saturday, March 21, 2015. Born in Hazleton, she was the daughter of Jeff Michalesko, Drifton, and Trisha Nauman, Freeland. Chelsea was employed by the Carbon County Emergency Services as a 911 operator. Community oriented, she was a member of the Freeland Community and the Lake Harmony Ambulance Services, and the Harwood Fire Department. Chelsea also was a soccer coach for the Weatherly School District. Preceding her in death were her maternal grandparents, Louise and Neil Nauman, and a paternal grandfather, Tomas Michalesko, and a brother, Jeoffrey Michalesko. Surviving, in addition to her parents, are her paternal grandmother, Alice Michalesko; brother, Nathan Biggan, Freeland; sisters, Tabetha DiNoia and husband, John, Drums; Trista Michalesko and friend, William Bardwell, Royersford; and many cousins. The Rev. Michael Maleski will conduct services at 11 a.m. Saturday at McHugh-Wilczek Funeral Home, 249 Centre St., Freeland. Burial will follow in the Freeland Cemetery. Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 9:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service on Saturday. A memorial scholarship fund, in Chelsea Michalesko's name, has been set up at the PNC Bank, 638 Centre St., Freeland, PA 18224, for a college student involved in fire or EMT studies. Donations may be sent to the above address or sent online at giveforward.com , Chelsea Michalesko Memorial Fund.
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Minchak, Helen - Herndon  
Helen Minchak, 91, of Herndon, Va., formerly of Pittston, gracefully passed away Saturday, March 21, 2015, at her home. Born in Pittston, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary Michaylo Ochall. She was a 1942 graduate of Pittston High School. She was a life member of St. Michael's Byzantine Catholic Church, Pittston. Prior to retirement, Helen was employed by Consolidated Cigar, West Pittston, the Pittston Area School District and Hillcrest Shades, Taylor. She was a loving sister, mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed. Helen was preceded in death by her loving husband, Michael, on Nov. 9, 1998; brothers, Paul, Michael, George, John, Andrew, Robert and two infant brothers named Joseph; and sisters, Mary Ochall, Ann Shemo and Margaret Kahanec. Surviving are her sister, Agnes Roman, Herndon, Va., formerly of Exeter; son, Michael Minchak and his wife, the former Mary Lou Mazzarella, Herndon, Va.; granddaughters, Jennifer and Christine, Sterling, Va.; many nieces and nephews Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday from Bernard J. Piontek Funeral Home Inc., 204 Main St., Duryea, with a Mass of the Divine Liturgy at 11 a.m. in St. Michael's Byzantine Catholic Church, 205 N. Main St., Pittston, with the Rev. Gary Messinger officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Pittston. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Parastas services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Thursday. To leave the family an online condolence, please visit the funeral home's website, www.piontekfuneralhome.com . In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 3701 Pender Drive, Suite 400, Fairfax, VA 22030, in Helen's memory.
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Orlandini, Rosalie A. - Swoyersville  
Rosalie A. Orlandini, 81, a life resident of Swoyersville, passed away unexpectedly Monday evening, March 23, 2015, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. Her beloved husband was the late Leo E. Orlandini Jr., who passed away Feb. 3, 2003. Together, Leo and Rosalie shared 47 wonderful years of marriage. Born Sept. 1, 1933, in Swoyersville, Rosalie was the daughter of the late Frank and Josephine Volpe Licata. Rosalie was a graduate of the former Swoyersville High School, Class of 1950. Following high school, she went on to further her education at Temple University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy in 1954. Prior to her retirement, Rosalie was employed as a registered pharmacist by the former Revco Drug, Berwick. In her earlier years, she and her husband, who was also a pharmacist, operated their own drug store in Pittston. Rosalie was a longtime member of the former Holy Name/St. Mary's Parish Community, Swoyersville. A woman of many enjoyments, Rosalie especially enjoyed working her crossword puzzles, and watching her favorite soap opera, "Days of Our Lives." Rosalie's family was the center of her life, and she cherished every moment she had with her loved ones. She held a special place in her heart for her grandchildren, and she shared a unique bond with each of them. Although her presence will be deeply missed, there is much comfort in knowing she is reunited with her husband, son and all those who have gone before her. In addition to her parents, Frank and Josephine Licata, and her husband, Leo, Rosalie was preceded in death by her son, Francis (Chico) Orlandini, on Feb. 6, 1986. Rosalie is survived by her son, Leo E. Orlandini III and his wife, Darlene, Dallas; her daughters, Sandra Orlandini Schappert and her husband, Joe, Swoyersville; and Christina Orlandini and her fiancé, Jason Dymond, Swoyersville; her grandchildren, Dr. Justin Michael Orlandini; Joshua Tyler Orlandini, Devin Joseph Schappert, Alexandra Schappert and Connor Francis Dymond; her brothers, Angelo Licata and his wife, Helen, Swoyersville; and Joseph Licata and his wife, Mae, Dallas; her numerous nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, which will be conducted at 9:15 a.m. Friday from Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, followed by a Blessing service with the Rite of Committal at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of Mount Olivet Roman Catholic Cemetery, Mount Olivet Road, Carverton, with the Rev. Joseph J. Pisaneschi, pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Swoyersville, officiating. Rosalie will be laid to rest beside her husband and son immediately following the service. Family and friends are invited to call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. For additional information, or to send the Orlandini family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home website, www.wroblewskifuneralhome.com . Memorial contributions may be made in Rosalie's memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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Pazgan, Martha - Nanticoke  
Martha Pazgan, 88, of Nanticoke passed away Monday, March 23, 2015, at Birchwood Nursing Facility. Born Feb. 22, 1927, in Glen Lyon, Martha was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary Waselus. Martha was a graduate of Newport High School and was a member of St. Faustina Parish, Nanticoke. Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Pazgan. She is survived by her nieces, Mariann Waselus and Debbie Paquette, and nephew, Jessie Waselus. A Mass of Christan Burial will be held at noon Thursday in St. Faustina Parish, Nanticoke. Interment will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Newport Township. Funeral arrangements were made by Stanley S. Stegura Funeral Home Inc., Nanticoke.
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Sedorchuk III, Henry A. - Nanticoke  
Henry A. Sedorchuk III, 42, of Nanticoke passed away Sunday, March 22, 2015, at his home. Born in Wilkes-Barre on July 23, 1972, he was the son of Henry A. Jr. and Mary Alice Lane Sedorchuk. Henry was a graduate of Nanticoke Area High School and attended Luzerne County Community College. He was employed by Simona American, Archbald. Henry served as a coach for the Nanticoke Little League and the Junior Trojan football team. He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and archery, but Henry most enjoyed spending his time with his beloved family, most especially his son, Henry. Surviving are his loving wife of 18 years, the former Annie Rowles Sedorchuk; son, Henry Sedorchuk IV; parents, Henry and Mary Alice Sedorchuk; brother, James Sedorchuk and his wife, Tina; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday from George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 105 N. Main St., Ashley. Interment will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Hanover Township. Family and friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday.
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Seitz, Dolores Ann - Luzerne  
Dolores Ann Seitz, 63, of Luzerne passed away Monday, March 23, 2015, in the ICU Unit at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. She was born in Luzerne, daughter of the late Albert and Anna Stelma Seitz. She was a graduate of Wyoming Valley West, Class of 1968. She was employed by Howard (Duke) Isaacs for more than 20 years as office manager. She was brilliant with computers and also a very talented jewelry designer whose hobby grew into a small business that was her joy. Dolores loved to garden, read and travel, and was always ready to have new experiences. A better sister or friend would be impossible to find. She will be dearly missed by her family, friends and her beloved dog. Dolores was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Albert Seitz Jr.; sister, Theresa Adamitz; and great-nephew, Leonard Adamitz Jr. Her sister, Joan, would like to send a special thank you to our "extended family," Teresa and Joe Flynn and Liz Mikus, for their love and support during this difficult time. Better friends you will not find. She also wants to to thank Dr. Anselmi, a true old-fashioned doctor who was always there for my sister. The wonderful doctors and nurses at the Geisinger ICU Unit, especially Amy, Carol and April, for the care they gave my sister. Abigail Geisinger would be very proud of her hospital today. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in Holy Family Parish, Luzerne, with the Rev. Michael Zipay officiating. Friends may call at the church from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Thursday. Arrangements are entrusted to Betz-Jastremski Funeral Home Inc., Luzerne. To leave a message of condolence for her family, please visit www.betzjastremski.com .
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Semanek, Kathleen Mary - Wilkes-Barre  
Kathleen Mary Semanek, 70, of Wilkes-Barre passed away peacefully Monday, March 23, 2015, at her home. She was the beloved wife of Joseph Semanek. Together, Joseph and Kathleen shared 50 beautiful years of marriage. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sept. 5, 2014. Born Feb. 16, 1945, in Chittenango, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Charles and Mary Curran Wooster. Prior to her retirement, Kathleen owned and operated City Heights Beauty Shop. In addition to her parents, Kathleen was preceded in death by her son, Joseph Andrew Semanek, in 2004; sister, Rose Wooster; and brother, Charles Wooster. Surviving are her husband, Joseph; son, Trevor, Wilkes-Barre; two grandchildren, two nieces and one nephew. The funeral will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday from Bednarski Funeral Home, 168 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Swoyersville. Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Township. Family and friends may call from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
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