Elba May "Ellie" Conklin(1932 - 2014)

SHAMOKIN — Longtime Shamokin resident Elba May "Ellie" Conklin, 81, passed away peacefully in her sleep Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at Wesley Village, Pittston.

Born in Lake Placid, N.Y., March 18, 1932, she was a daughter of the late Ruth and Merritt McCasland.

Ellie graduated in 1950 from Draper High in Schenectady, N.Y., and married Robert Conklin in 1951.

Robert was employed as a manager with JJ Newberry's and was promoted and transferred to other stores. Ellie found herself constantly changing jobs and acquiring new skills. She worked in sales at Montgomery Ward's and Newberry's, managed a local credit department and phone sales for Sears, was an executive secretary at a dry cleaning business and Coolie Cup shipping department and managed the ticket room for Luzerne Outwear as well as their Male Handlers Outlet Store.

In 1976, Ellie and Robert moved to Shamokin. Ellie was hired by the Pennsylvania Unemployment Office and worked her way up to claims examiner II. Later, she was able to put her varied employment experience to use as an employment counselor. She worked for the unemployment office for more than 21 years.

She was always willing to help anyone resolve unemployment issues and was very proud of each person that she helped find work.

Intelligent, fair-minded and a great listener, Ellie was not only dedicated to her work but also to her family.

Ellie will be missed by her three children, Deborah Newcombe, Donna Puchyr and Robert M. Conklin; her six grandchildren, Laura Newcombe, Lisa Rhinehart, Allison Puchyr, Michael Puchyr, Nicole Rivera and Leah Conklin; her two great-grandchildren, Kiersten and Daniel Rhinehart, and her sister, Bettye Liliathaw.

In addition to her husband, Robert, and her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Merritt McCasland, and a sister, Pat Tasnadi.


CONKLIN — Elba May "Ellie" Conklin, 81, of Pittston, a former longtime resident of Shamokin. Funeral services were private. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Simon S. Russin Funeral Home, Plains.

Funeral Home

Simon S. Russin Funeral Home, Inc.
136 Maffett Street Plains, PA 18705
(570) 823-0695

Published in The News Item on Mar. 26, 2014