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Hepler, Lois  
Lois Hepler , 82, of Gratz, died Tuesday, March 17, 2015 after a very brief illness, at the Inpatient Hospice Unit of Hospice and Community Care, Mount Joy. She was born on Friday, January 27, 1933,a daughter of the late Harry and Edna (Carl) Laudenslager. Lois graduated from the Thompson Business School and was employed as an office manager for Prudential Insurance in Harrisburg for 37 years. She was a member of Simeon United Lutheran Church, Gratz. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn L. Hepler, one sister, Evelyn M. Reed, and one brother, Charles Laudenslager. She is survived by one son, Timothy L. Hepler and his wife Dawn of Lititz, and a grandaughter, Piper Hepler of Lititz. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions can be made to the Gratz Historical Society, Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be left for the family at www.buffingtonreed.com.
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Published in The News Item on Mar. 26, 2015
Jasinski Sr., Theodore M.  
OXFORD — Theodore (Ted) Michael Jasinski Sr., 79, passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2015, at his son's home in Oxford. Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Theresa M. Jasinski; a son, two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
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Published in The News Item on Mar. 24, 2015
Kancianic, Rudolph A. "Rudy"  
COAL TOWNSHIP — Rudolph A. "Rudy" Kancianic, 88, of 1231 W. Pine St., Coal Township, passed away at 11:05 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Mountain View: A Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Rudolph was born in Shamokin March 14, 1927, a son of the late Frances (Riberich) and Joseph Kancianic. Rudy graduated from Coal Township High School and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served as a seaman first class during World War II. He reenlisted and served in the U.S. Navy as an airman until his honorable discharge in 1952. On April 14, 1956, at St. Aloysius Church, Pottstown, he married Kathrine H. (Reidler) Kancianic, who survives him. He worked in the dietary department at Pennhurst Center and Selinsgrove Center. Earlier in life, Rudy worked for Charles Lachman Co., Phoenixville, making padding for carpeting. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Hope Church, Coal Township; a member of the Fairview Fire Company, Coal Township, and a life member of the West End Fire Company, Stowe. He was an avid pool player and also enjoyed fishing. He liked listening to polkas and watching "The Lawrence Welk Show." In addition to Kathrine, his loving wife of nearly 59 years, he is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Rudolph E. and Paula Kancianic, of Pottstown, and Mark A. Kancianic, of Coal Township; a daughter, Maureen A. (Kancianic) Schofield, of Coal Township; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson, and a sister, Mary Janaskie, of Glen Burnie, Md. He was preceded in death by his parents; a two-month-old infant son, Gregory, and two brothers, Eugene "Al" Kancianic and Frank Kancianic. KANCIANIC — Rudolph A. "Rudy" Kancianic, 88, of 1231 W. Pine St., Coal Township. A religious funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at James Kelley Funeral Home, 1001 W. Arch St. at Maple Street, Coal Township, with Our Lady Of Hope Church clergy officiating. Family and friends are invited to call at the visitation from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at James Kelley Funeral Home. Interment will follow services at St. Edward Cemetery, Coal Township. As an expression of sympathy the family requests memorial contributions be made to The Shepherd's Table, C/O Our Lady of Hope Church, 869 W. Chestnut St., Coal Township, 17866.
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Published in The News Item from Mar. 26 to Mar. 27, 2015
Kerstetter, Glen A.  
SUNBURY — Glen Alan Kerstetter, 68, of 705 Market St., Apt. 409, passed away Sunday, March 21, 2015, in his apartment after being suddenly stricken ill. Born Jan. 2, 1947, in Shamokin, he was a son of the late Alfred Monroe and Helen M. (Pichcuskie) Kerstetter. Glen was a 1965 graduate of Coal Township High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Glen worked as a pressman for the National Ticket Company, Shamokin. Surviving are three children, Glen Kerstetter Jr., Denise Gallucci, and Tina; a sister, Joanne Wagner and her husband, Barry Lee, of Mechanicsburg, and a longtime friend, Desiie Freeze. He was preceded in death by a brother and sister, Alfred Kerstetter and Peggy Venesky. /// /// KERSTETTER — Glen Alan Kerstetter, 68, of 705 Market St., Apt. 409, Sunbury. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Farrow Funeral Home, Sixth and Chestnut streets, Shamokin, with the Rev. Zack Hopple as celebrant. Burial will be in Northumberland Memorial Park, Stonington. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
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Published in The News Item on Mar. 24, 2015
Kiebaber, June Marie  
COAL TOWNSHIP — June Marie Kiebaber, 82, of 131 Kelley Drive, Coal Township, passed away at 9:59 a.m. Saturday, March 21, 2015, at her residence.
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Published in The News Item on Mar. 22, 2015
Kiefaber, June M.  
SHAMOKIN — June Marie Kiefaber went to be with her Lord Saturday, March 21, 2015, at her residence with her family by her side. Born June 10, 1932, in Shamokin, she was a daughter of the Joseph and Esther (Mackaella) Buggy. June grew up in Shamokin and graduated from Coal Township High School in 1950. After graduating high school, she was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Thomas Kiefaber, Feb. 16, 1951. After marrying her longtime love, she became a devoted wife, mother of five and beloved grandmother and great-grandmother. She spent her life serving others in many capacities while always finding time to enjoy her family and friends, traveling the world with her husband and dear friends and always making others smile, even in the face of her illness. June was a devoted mother and homemaker, but also worked at Dr. Albright's, Knoebels Grove and Rhoades Florist. She was actively involved in Eastern Star, Rainbow Girls and her church, St. John's United Methodist Church. Also surviving in addidtion to her husband are her three sisters, Janet (Albert) Sabol, of Shamokin, Louise (Sam) Walker, of Florida, and Pat (Jim) Bressi, of Shamokin; five children, Sharon Czuk, of Coal Township, Thomas Kiefaber, of Coal Township, Richard Kiefaber, of Paxinos, Lisa Navarro, of Coal Township, and David Kiefaber, of Coal Township; five grandchildren, Richard Kiefaber Jr., Ashley Czuk, Brian (Doreen) Annis, Brandon (Stephanie) Navarro, Danielle Czuk, and Nick Czuk; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. /// /// KIEFABER — June Marie Kiefaber, of Shamokin. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in St. John's United Methodist Church, 1211 W. Arch St., Coal Township. A private burial will take place following the service. The Farrow Funeral Directors, Shamokin, are in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America or the National Parkinson Foundation.
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Published in The News Item on Mar. 24, 2015
Klinger, Dorothy A.  
Dorothy A. Klinger, 93, Hegins, died at home, Sunday, March 22, 2015. She was born June 10, 1921 to the late John and Lottie (Green) Bush, in Barry Township, where she resided until her marriage. She met her late husband, Warren Klinger, in her teenage years and was fortunate to marry the love of her life. The couple resided in Weishample until 1946, and then moved into their home on Chestnut Street in Hegins, where they shared a full and rich life, until Warren's death in 1987. Dorothy attended Ashland and Hegins Township high schools, graduating in 1936, the year of her 15th birthday. Dorothy's work ethic developed early, on the family dairy farm. She began teaching piano at age 16, continuing for five years. She was also pianist and choir member at St. John's "Kimmel's" Lutheran and Reformed Church in Barry Township, where she also taught Bible School and was the Sunday School pianist. She was employed at Twin Valley Farmer's Exchange, Earl and Alma's Restaurant (Humbug's), Huntsinger Farms, was a sexton of Friedens Lutheran Church, and Friedens Reformed Church in Hegins. With her husband, Dorothy operated the soft ice cream stand in Gratz. Dorothy began working at the Valley Citizen (Citizen-Standard) in 1962, retiring at age 70 from her position as advertising manager. For the next 10 years, she operated Klinger's Tanning Salon, which had been established by her husband Warren just five weeks before his death. Dorothy was the first woman on the church council, serving as council secretary for many years. She served in many capacities at Friedens Lutheran Church; she was a hand bell ringer, mentor for confirmands, was the worship and music committee chairman, and served on the building committee and debt reduction committee. She saw herself as a trend-setter, maybe even a rebel. She was the first woman at church to wear a pantsuit and considered wearing a hard-hat to building committee meetings. Later in life, she was active in church fundraising, as an actress in multiple plays and movies. Many will fondly remember her as "The Duchess of Hegins." She was able to balance her varied interests (music, card club, church actress) with her intense work schedule, and her busy family life. Her abiding sense of faith was a cornerstone of her life, as was her love of her ever-growing family. Surviving are her children: sons, Warren and wife Betsey of New Britain; Richard and wife Carol of Stroudsburg; Donald and companion, Brenda Hoffman, of Hegins, and John and wife Lori of Hegins; and daughters, Kay wife of Marvin Masser of Valley View; Susan and husband John Rowland of Fort Collins, Co, and Margaret (Peggy) Erdman of Bonita Springs, FL. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Darlene Klinger of Hegins, and was preceded in death by her son, Lloyd Klinger and her son-in-law, Terry Erdman in 2014, daughter-in-law, Barbara Klinger in 1996, and infant grandson, Kevin John Klinger in 1972. She was "Mammy" to 23 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren. Dorothy was one of three siblings: her sister, Catherine Kemple of Pottsville died in December, 2013; her brother, Richard Bush of Bensalem survives her. Dorothy will be cremated, per her wishes. A Memorial Service will begin promptly at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 4, at Friedens Lutheran Church, 509 E. Main St., Hegins. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. at the church. Contributions may be made in Dorothy's memory to the Friedens Lutheran Church Memorial Fund. Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be left for the family at www.buffingtonreed.com.
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Published in The News Item on Mar. 26, 2015
Klinger, Dorothy A.  
HEGINS — Dorothy A. Klinger, 93, died peacefully surrounded by family at her home in Hegins, Sunday, March 22, 2015. She was born June 10, 1921, one of three siblings to the late John and Lottie (Green) Bush. She was raised in Barry Township, where she resided until her marriage. She met her late husband, Warren Klinger, in her teenage years and was fortunate to marry the love of her life. The couple resided in Weishample until 1946, and then moved into their home on Chestnut Street in Hegins, where they shared a full and rich life until Warren's death in 1987. Dorothy attended Ashland and Hegins Township high schools, graduating in 1936, the year of her 15th birthday. Her work ethic developed early on at the family dairy farm. She began teaching piano at age 16, continuing for five years. She was also pianist and choir member at St. John's "Kimmel's" Lutheran and Reformed Church in Barry Township, where she also taught Bible school and was the Sunday school pianist. Dorothy was employed at Twin Valley Farmer's Exchange, Earl and Alma's Restaurant (Humbug's), Huntsinger Farms, was a sexton of Friedens Lutheran Church, and Friedens Reformed Church in Hegins. With her husband, she operated the soft ice cream stand in Gratz. She began working at the Valley Citizen (Citizen-Standard) in 1962, retiring at age 70 from her position as advertising manager. For the next 10 years, she operated Klinger's Tanning Salon, which had been established by her husband Warren just five weeks before his death. She was the first woman on the church council, serving as council secretary for many years. She served in many capacities at Friedens Lutheran Church: a hand bell ringer, mentor for confirmands, worship and music committee chairperson, and served on the building committee and debt reduction committee. Dorothy saw herself as a trend-setter, maybe even a rebel. She was the first woman at church to wear a pantsuit and considered wearing a hard-hat to building committee meetings. Later in life, she was active in church fundraising, and as an actress in multiple plays and movies. Many will fondly remember her as "The Duchess of Hegins." She was able to balance her varied interests (music, card club, church actress) with her intense work schedule and her busy family life. Her abiding sense of faith was a cornerstone of her life, as was her love of her ever-growing family. Dorothy will be lovingly remembered by her children: sons, Warren and his wife, Betsey, of New Britain, Richard and his wife, Carol, of Stroudsburg, Donald and his companion, Brenda Hoffman, of Hegins, and John and his wife, Lori, of Hegins; daughters, Kay Masser and her husband, Marvin, of Valley View, Susan Rowland and her husband, John, of Fort Collins, Colo., and Margaret "Peggy" Erdman, of Bonita Springs, Fla. Also surviving are a brother, Richard Bush, of Bensalem, and a daughter-in-law, Darlene Klinger, of Hegins. She was "Mammy" to 23 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Lloyd Klinger; a son-in-law, Terry Erdman, in 2014; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Klinger, in 1996; an infant grandson, Kevin John Klinger, in 1972; and a sister, Catherine Kemple, who had lived in Pottsville, in December 2013. /// KLINGER — Dorothy A. Klinger, 93, of Hegins. Dorothy will be cremated per her wishes. A memorial service will begin promptly at 11 a.m. April 4 at Friedens Lutheran Church, 509 E. Main St., Hegins. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. April 4 at the church. Contributions may be made in Dorothy's memory to the Friedens Lutheran Church Memorial Fund. The Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, has charge of arrangements. Condolences can be left for the family at www.buffingtonreed.com.
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Published in The News Item on Mar. 25, 2015
Klokis, Michael J.  
MOUNT CARMEL — Michael J. Klokis, 43, of 52 N. Locust St., passed away Tuesday, March 24, 2015, surrounded by his family at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where he was a patient since Friday. Born in Shamokin Hospital Feb. 6, 1972, he was a son of Joseph J. Klokis and Marilyn Pieri. He was a lifelong resident of Atlas and Mount Carmel and worked with his Dad at Joe's Body Shop in Natalie. On Oct. 10, 1998, in Divine Redeemer Church, he was married by the Rev. Robert Yohe to Alyssa Lea Brokenshire. Michael was a 1990 graduate of Mount Carmel Area Junior-Senior High School and attended Luzerne Community College, specializing in business management. He was a member of Divine Redeemer Church. He loved his children; they were his life. He coached Little League baseball with his son, Jason. He loved watching his daughter, Abigail, play basketball and soccer and enjoyed watching television at night with her. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and rebuilding a truck with his son, Jacob, and loved watching him play baseball. He also loved his dogs. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Jacob Michael, Abigail Lea and Jason Walter, all at home; his father, Joseph Klokis and his wife, Helen, of Atlas; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Wayne M. and Deborah A. Brokenshire, of Mount Carmel; maternal grandmother, Thelma Pieri, of Mount Carmel; paternal grandmother-in-law, Caroline Brokenshire, of Den Mar Gardens; a brother-in-law, Wayne W. Brokenshire, and his wife, Ashley, of Den Mar Gardens; two nephews who also were his godsons, Aidan and Austin; a cousin, Frank Bolick and his wife, Sue, of Den Mar Gardens; an aunt, Grace Mattucci, and her husband, Nick, of Bear Gap; a cousin, Nicholas Mattucci, of Catawissa RR, as well as many friends, cousins and other aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Albert and Elizabeth Klokis; maternal grandfather, Joseph Pieri; paternal grandfather-in-law, Walter Brokenshire; maternal grandmother-in-law, Stella Mannello, and his stepmother Helen's father, Edward "Sledge" Ferdock. MOUNT CARMEL — Michael J. Klokis, 43, of 52 N. Locust St., Mount Carmel. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in Divine Redeemer Church, 300 West Avenue, Mount Carmel, with the Rev. Martin O. Moran III officiating. Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Bear Gap. Viewing will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Friday morning with transferal prayers at 9:15 a.m. in the C.J. Lucas Funeral Home Inc., 27 N. Vine St., Mount Carmel, C.J. Lucas IV, supervisor. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Michael J. Klokis Memorial Baseball Fund, c/o Wells Fargo Bank, Third and Maple Streets, Mount Carmel, 17851. To send condolences to the family please visit www.cjlucasfuneralhome.com
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Published in The News Item from Mar. 25 to Mar. 26, 2015
Martini, Constance  
COAL TOWNSHIP — Constance "Connie" Martini, 83, of 1400 W. Arch St., passed away at 3:05 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2015, at her residence. She was born Oct. 18, 1931, in Kulpmont, a daughter of the late Christine (Pesarchick) and Walter Mudry. Connie graduated from Kulpmont's Roosevelt High School in 1949. On June 14, 1952, in SS Peter and Paul Greek Catholic Church, Mount Carmel, she married Gilbert R. Martini, Sr., who passed away May 22, 2006. She was a homemaker and mother. Connie was a lifelong parishioner and volunteer of Our Lady of Hope Church, Coal Township, where she was an active volunteer for numerous church functions, including the Shepherd's Table. She was an avid reader and enjoyed all aspects of the outdoors, including biking, tennis and skiing. She and her husband Gil taught all their children to ski, as well as several of their grandchildren. She is survived by five children and their spouses, Gil R. Jr. and Barbara Martini, of Doylestown, Kenneth H. and Roberta Martini, of Cardiff by the Sea, Calif., Susan and James Colvard, of Ringgold, Ga., David Martini, of San Francisco, and Mark and Jody Martini, of Mill Valley, Calif.; her grandchildren, Dr. Ross P. Martini, of Portland, Ore., Ryan A. Martini, of Portland, Ore., Cameron Colvard, of Ringgold, Ga., Christian Colvard, of Ringgold, Ga., Lila Martini, of Mill Valley, Calif., Andrew Martini, of Mill Valley, Calif., Sherri Bergthold and her husband, Michael, of San Diego, Calif., and Rachelle Johnson and her husband, Ty, of Encinitas, Calif.; four great-grandchildren, Nathan and Joshua Johnson, Noelle and Christopher Bergthold; and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Thomas and Joanne Mudry, and Walter Jr. and Kathy Mudry. In addition to her parents and Gil, her loving husband of nearly 54 years, Connie was preceded in death by a brother, John Mudry; a sister, Ann Bogner; a grandson, Michael Vihon; and a nephew, Johnaton Bogner. /// /// MARTINI — Constance "Connie" Martini, 83, of 1400 W. Arch St., Coal Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon Wednesday at Our Lady Of Hope Church, First and Chestnut streets, Coal Township. There will not be a public viewing or visitation. Interment of her cremains will follow Mass at St. Edward Cemetery, Coal Township. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to James Kelley Funeral Home, James F. Kelley, director, 1001 W. Arch St. at Maple Street, Coal Township. As an expression of sympathy, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Our Lady of Hope Church, 863 W. Chestnut St., Coal Township 17866 or VNA Hospice, 21 W. Independence St., Shamokin 17872.
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Published in The News Item on Mar. 29, 2015
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