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Menendez, Diane - Bear Creek  
Diane Menendez, 69, of Bear Creek passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born Dec. 3, 1945, in Wilkes-Barre, a daughter of the late Raymond and Myra Bone Mugford. A life resident of the area, she attended Coughlin High School and was employed by Active Quilting for 40 years. Diane enjoyed entertaining and being around family and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Katherine Stajewski, and brother, John Mugford. Surviving are her husband of 31 years, Vincent Menendez; son, Glen Kocher; daughters, Carol Morgan and Sandi Campbell; stepson, Nick Menendez; daughters, Jennifer Menendez and Vanessa Menendez; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Raymond Mugford and his wife, Marianne; and James Mugford; sister, Maryanne Hoch and her husband, Gary; numerous nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday from E. Blake Collins Funeral Home, 159 George Ave., Wilkes-Barre. Services will be conducted by the Rev. Joseph A. Kearney, pastor of St. Benedict's Parish, Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Bear Creek. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Condolences can be sent at www.eblakecollins.com .
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Mar. 28, 2015
Meyer, Gertrude "Pennie"  
Gertrude "Pennie" Meyer, 97, died Sunday, March 29, 2015, at Mercy Center Nursing Unit, Dallas. Funeral arrangements are pending from Yeosock Funeral Home, 40 S. Main St., Plains Township.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Mar. 30, 2015
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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Published in Citizens' Voice on Mar. 25, 2015
Miller, Marlene Casey - Trucksville  
Marlene Casey Miller, 58, of Trucksville passed away peacefully Saturday, March 21, 2015, in University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, from a sudden, aggressive cancer. Marlene was born Sept. 4, 1956, in Washington, D.C., to James and Marlene Casey. Marlene graduated from Meyers High School in 1974. She has always been known for her tireless energy, smile and loved her nickname "Peanut." She was an advocate for animal rights and increased organ donation awareness. Marlene is survived by her best friend and beloved husband, Anselm "Corky" Miller, Trucksville; her two daughters, Kelly Tortorici, Hollywood, Fla.; and Leona Miller, Trucksville; her three sons, Christian Miller, Shavertown; Shawn Miller, Wilkes-Barre; and Lonnie Miller and his wife, Dawn, Dallas; grandchildren, Savanna, Connor, Raegan, Jack and Ava; siblings, Roberta, Robin, Jim, Teresa and Tim; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, including the Casey family of Luzerne. She was preceded in death by her sister, Patricia Casey; and her parents James Casey and Marlene Casey Zawol. For those who knew Marlene, no words are necessary. For those who never met Marlene, no words are adequate. Viewing will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Bednarski Funeral Home, 168 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming.
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Published in Citizens' Voice from Mar. 23 to Mar. 24, 2015
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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Published in Citizens' Voice on Mar. 25, 2015
Minchak, Helen - Herndon  
Helen Minchak of Herndon, Va., formerly of Pittston, passed away Saturday, March 21, 2015, at her home. Funeral arrangements are pending from Bernard J. Piontek Funeral Home Inc., 204 Main St., Duryea.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Mar. 24, 2015
Modlesky, Bernard (Doc) - Middletown  
On Friday, March 20, 2015, Bernard D. Modlesky has taken his journey to be an angel in Heaven, as he was here on Earth to be with his one true love and wife, Ann Marie. He was home during his final moments with family by his side. Bernard was born in Pittston on April 13, 1935. He was the son of the late Edward and Mary Rybak Modlesky. Bernard (widower of Ann Marie Modlesky) is survived by his four children, Bernard Michael Modlesky, Connecticut; Kathleen Ann and Christina Holly Modlesky, New Jersey; and Mary Theresa Modlesky and her partner, Kit Burke, Massachusetts; grandsons, Max and Jake Modlesky, Conecticut; brothers, Lenny Modlesky, Luzerne; and Ray Modlesky, Berwick; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by several brothers, sisters and a granddaughter, Jane Modlesky. Bernard was full of life with so much humor and laughter that he shared with everyone. He was a coach to many on and off the fields of life. Bernard (Doc) may be gone but will never be forgotten. The funeral will be held at 10:15 a.m. Friday from Bednarski Funeral Home, 168 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:45 a.m. in St. Cecilia's Church of St. Barbara's Parish, 1700 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, PA 18643. Interment will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Cedar Street, Exeter, to say good-bye as Bernard (Doc) takes his final journey to Heaven hand in hand with wife Ann Marie. Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family of Bernard (Doc) Modlesky at 3 Henry St., Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Mar. 24, 2015
Motovidlak, Regina M. - Wilkes-Barre Township  
Regina M. Motovidlak of Wilkes-Barre Township passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015, at Timber Ridge Health Care Center, Wilkes-Barre. Born July 29, 1921, in Wilkes-Barre Township, she was a daughter of the late John and Mary Bennett Briele. Regina attended St. Joseph's School, Wilkes-Barre Township, and was employed for many years by American Cigar. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and loved spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas, in 1986; daughters, Donna Sharpe and Evelyn Kornova; son, Raymond Motovidlak; granddaughter, Nicole Thomas; great-grandson, Gabriel Thomas-Thompson; brothers, Edward, Robert and John Briele; and sisters, Rose Bonk, Dorothy Griffith and Marguerite Maloney. Surviving are her sons, Thomas Motovidlak and his wife, Arline, Wilkes-Barre; and Michael Motovidlak and his wife, Tammy, Wilkes-Barre Township; daughters, Jean Kostak and her husband, Leonard, Linden, N.J.; and Gail Missal and her husband, Donald, Wilkes-Barre Township; 15 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Our Lady of Hope Parish, Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre. The Rev. John S. Terry, pastor, will be the celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are by Jendrzejewski Funeral Home, Wilkes-Barre.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Mar. 28, 2015
Mowers, Howard E. - Sweet Valley  
Howard E. Mowers, 82, of Sweet Valley, formerly of Shippensburg, passed away Friday, March 27, 2015, at his home. Mr. Mowers was born in Stoughstown, and was the son of the late Floyd L. and Mary Pearl Gilbert Mowers. He served in the National Guard. Howard retired from the F.J. Boutell Automobile Carriers Inc. in Maryland after 30 years of service and then later was employed by Monn's Firewood, Shippensburg. He enjoyed camping and spending time with his family. Preceding him in death was his first wife, the former Joyce Hershey. Surviving are his wife, Nancy Kline Keiper Mowers; daughters, Jan Sholly and her husband, Rodney, Shippensburg; and JoEllen Reese and her husband, Jeffery, Shippensburg; sisters, Louise Pisle, Shippensburg; Emma Faye Dice, Chambersburg; Millie Koser, Shippensburg; and Dorothy Mull, Sun City, Ariz.; grandchildren, Nichole Bender, Orrstown; and Amber Holtry, Shippensburg; and great-grandchildren, Cierra and Kohyn Bender. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home Inc., Routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek. The family would like to give a special thanks to Hospice of the Sacred Heart and especially Howard's nurses, Mary Ann, Izzy and Sue. The family requests that memorial contributions be sent to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702. Condolences may be made at clswansonfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Mar. 28, 2015
Nelson, Karen B. - Shickshinny  
Karen B. Nelson, 44, of state Route 239, Shickshinny, went home to be with her heavenly Father on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Born in Kingston on Jan. 14, 1971, she is the daughter of Donald and Beth Hontz Nelson. Karen graduated from Muhlenburg Christian Academy in 1989, and worked as a front end service clerk at Price Chopper in Edwardsville. Karen was a longtime member of Town Hill United Methodist Church in Shickshinny. She enjoyed organizing her apartment, word puzzles and computer games. She also enjoyed shopping, eating out and playing Wheel of Fortune with her Aunt Ruth. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Loxley and Margaret Hontz; and her paternal grandparents, Russell Nelson and Hilda Sheerer. Surviving relatives include her sister, Brenda Nitsch and husband, Kevin, Rochester, N.Y.; brother, Donnie and wife, Lisa, Shickshinny; nephews, Michael, Daniel, Jeffrey, David and Samuel; along with several aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services for Karen will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Town Hill United Methodist Church, 417 Town Hill Road, Shickshinny, with the Rev. Bethany Wood, her pastor, officiating. Private interment will follow in Scott Cemetery, Huntington Township. Friends may call at the church from 1 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Karen's name to the American Brain Tumor Association. Donations can be sent to David Nitsch, c/o Tigers K Cancer Foundation, 142 Hampton Way, Penfield, NY 14526. Arrangements are by Charles L. Cease Funeral Home, 634 Reyburn Road, Shickshinny.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Mar. 26, 2015
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