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Matalavy, Cindy Lee* - Mehoopany  
MEHOOPANY — Cindy Lee Matalavy, 59, of Nimble Hill, Mehoopany, passed away at her home in her sleep on Sunday, May 1, 2016. She was born in Meshoppen on May 3, 1957, daughter of Joann (Klimas) Coolbaugh, of Tunkhannock, and the late Wendell Coolbaugh Sr. Cindy's family was her life and her grandchildren were the motivation that helped her through her many health issues. She was a graduate of Tunkhannock High School, class of 1975. Cindy was previously a teacher's aide at the Mehoopany Elementary School, was a full-time homemaker and a member of the Mehoopany United Methodist Church. She loved to bake, decorate her home, maintain her flower beds, can vegetables from her garden, hunt and fish at the cabin. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her brother, Wendell Coolbaugh Jr. Cindy is survived by her loving husband, Lewis, whom she met at Tunkhannock High School in 1971, and they enjoyed 45 happy years in love with each other. Also surviving are sons, Lewis Jr. and his companion, Suzie Falls, of Harveys Lake, James "Biff," of Centennial, Colorado; daughters, Wendy (Ryan) Sprowl, of Jenningsville, Katie (Branden) Cantone, of Nimble Hill, Mehoopany, and her beagle Molly; grandchildren, Dean, Gillienne and Ophelia Matalavy, Madison and Justin Everetts, Gabrielle and Brody Cantone and Johnna Sprowl; sisters, Cara Coolbaugh and Cheryl (Dave) Ayre, all of Tunkhannock; special friends, Pat and Jack, Donna and Jim, Charlotte and Bob, Judy and Harry, Aunt Barb and Uncle Bob and all her nieces, nephews, cousins and good neighbors on Nimble Hill. It was Cindy's request that a private service be held at the convenience of her immediate family. Interment will be in Pieta Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.sheldonkukuchkafuneralhome.com .
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Published in Times Leader from May 3 to May 4, 2016
Oprendick, Angeline Zambito Federici - Swoyersville  
SWOYERSVILLE — Angeline Zambito Federici Oprendick, 63, of Swoyersville, passed away May 2, 2016, at home surrounded by her loving family. Funeral arrangements are pending from the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittston.
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Pick, Christopher M. - Edwardsville  
EDWARDSVILLE — Christopher M. Pick, 30, of Edwardsville, passed away May 1, 2016, surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Funeral will be held 9:30 a.m. Friday from the S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in All Saints Parish, 66 Willow St., Plymouth. Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
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Price, Phyllis* - Scranton  
Phyllis Price, of Scranton, Pa. died April 25, 2016 at the age of 91. She was born in Scranton, Pa., on August 25, 1924 and was preceded in death by her husband of 18 years, Ralph Price, son, Jack Jenkins, and longtime companion, Hank Kern. Upon the deaths of her sister, Betty, and brother-in-law, Gomer, Phyllis and Ralph adopted their four nephews and nieces: Jack Jenkins, married to Jeannette, Clarks Summit, Pa., Bill Jenkins, Ithica, N.Y., Marilou Saar, Clarks Summit, Pa., and Cheryl Leuthe, married to Robert, North Pocono, Pa. Shortly after, her husband Ralph passed away, and she raised the four children on her own. Longtime member of Jackson Street Baptist Church, Phyllis was the first woman to hold a position on the board of deacons. She was a former President of the Business and Professional Women's Association of NEPA and was also a faithful Sunday school teacher and Girl Scout leader. She held positions at Keystone College, International Salt Company, and retired from the Pennsylvania Employment Office. She was well taken care of by her daughters, Marilou and Cheryl, along with her daughter-in-law, Jeannette, whom she often referred to as her third daughter. They were by her bedside as she was ushered into the presence of her Lord and Savior. Willowbrook Assisted Living Facility in Clarks Summit, Pa. was instrumental in upholding a high quality of life and dignity for Phyllis during the four years she called Willowbrook home. In addition to her three surviving children, she leaves 11 grandchildren — Wendy Delp, Jill Hart, Lori Dunham, Rob Leuthe, Justine Lavelle, Erik Saar, Stephanie Mills, Jeff Jenkins, Brian Jenkins, Kevin Jenkins, and Kevin Rosevear — and 21 great-grandchildren. The family would like to thank Hospice of the Sacred Heart for their exceptional care of Phyllis in her final days. Please kindly direct any donations to Jackson Street Baptist Church. Funeral Service was held at Jackson Street Baptist Church, Scranton, Pa. conducted by Chaplain Darin D. Dunham, U.S. Navy. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home. To send an online condolence, visit the funeral home website.
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Published in The Abington Journal from May 3 to May 4, 2016
Richardson, Marian R.* - Fishkill  
FISHKILL, N.Y. — Marian R. Richardson, 93, of Fishkill, New York, passed away on April 23, 2016, at Vassar Bros. Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, New York. She was born in Clarks Green on June 5, 1922, the daughter of Jonathan and Gertrude (Lowe) Rodham. Marion graduated from the Lackawanna Business School. She married Robert W. Richardson on July 26, 1946, in Clarks Summit, and he preceded her in death on Jan. 10, 1981. Marian was a homemaker, Past Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star, taught Sunday School in her early years and was a Cub Scout Den Mother. She was a loving wife mother and grandmother. She was predeceased by her brother, Howard, and a niece. Survivors include sons, Bill Richardson, of Fishkill, New York, Dan (Joanne) Richardson, of Burnt Hills, New York; a daughter, Ethel Richardson and long time companion, Robert Bullions, of Poughkeepsie; and a granddaughter, Amanda Richardson. There is one niece and one nephew. Visitation was Thursday, April 28, at the William G. Miller & Son Funeral Home Inc., 371 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, New York. Graveside services were held Friday at the family plot in Abington Hill Cemetery in Clarks Summit. Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Poughkeepsie United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 2381 New Hackensack Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. If you wish to send an online condolence, please visit www.wmgmillerfuneralhome.com .
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Published in The Abington Journal from May 3 to May 4, 2016
Shriver, Theresa Blockus - Camp Hill  
CAMP HILL — Theresa Blockus Shriver, 85, of Camp Hill, passed away at home on May 1, 2016. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Friday at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 3435 Trindle Road, Camp Hill.
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Published in Times Leader from May 3 to May 4, 2016
Shulna, Lillian  
Lillian Shulna, 92, formerly of West Pittston, passed away May 3, 2016. Arrangements are pending from the Metcalfe-Shaver-Kopcza Funeral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming.
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Strock, Edward F.* - Harveys Lake  
HARVEYS LAKE — Edward F. Strock, 93, of Harveys Lake, died Monday, May 2, 2016, at his home. Born March 31, 1923, in Kingston, he was the son of the late Daniel and Anna Strock. Ed was a 1941 graduate of Larksville High School, attended Lafayette College and was a World War II veteran. Ed will be missed by his wife of 71 years, Anna (Burns); his four children, Ed Jr., Judy, Dan and Peter; his daughters-in-law, Susan and Donna; and his five grandchildren, Anna, Chris, Carolyn, Jake and Thomas. Ed's family is grateful for the wonderful care and support he received from the great people at Compassionate Care Hospice. A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Victory Church.
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Thompson, Virginia (Gairens)* - Clarks Summit  
CLARKS SUMMIT — Virginia (Gairens) Thompson, 97, of Clarks Summit, died Monday evening, April 25, 2016, at Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton. She was the wife of the late Roy Thompson, who died in 2002. Born in Clarks Summit, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Mary Ann (Murphy) Gairens. She was a graduate of Clarks Summit High School and was co-owner, along with her husband, of Thompson Farms. She was also a member and vice president of the farmer's co-op market. Virginia was a lifelong member of Our Lady of the Snows Church and more recently the Church of St. Benedict. Virginia loved to cook and bake, especially her Welsh cookies. The family would like to thank Celesta Trivelpiece and Velma Miller for the wonderful care they gave to Virginia. Surviving are a son, John Roy Thompson and his wife, Rosemary, Newton; two daughters, Suzanne Drumsta, Newton, and Diane DeCicco, Ransom; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Rex Thompson; a great-great-grandson, Gabriel; two brothers, Frank and Robert Gairens; three sisters, Martha Boyd, Ann Wheeler and Sally Fleming and two sons-in-law, Thomas Drumsta and William DeCicco. A Mass of Christian Burial was held from the Church of St. Benedict, Newton Ransom Boulevard, with services by Msgr. Joseph Quinn, pastor. Interment in Newton Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit PA 18411. To sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website.
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Published in The Abington Journal from May 3 to May 4, 2016
Weinberg, Irwin R.* - Kingston  
KINGSTON — Irwin R. Weinberg, 88, of Kingston, passed away Monday, May 2, 2016, at his home. Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of the late Samuel and Sara (Elkins) Weinberg. On June 6, 1952, he married the love of his life, Jean Tyrrell. A graduate of E.L. Meyers High School, Mr. Weinberg, at age 17, started a brief career as an elevator operator in New York City. He then went on to become an internationally renowned philatelist, a career that took him from Nassau Street to Buckingham Palace, owning the British Guiana, and many other well-known philatelic rarities. He served on the board of several philatelic organizations including the Smithsonian's Philatelic Museum. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the Dickinson School of Law. Mr. Weinberg's career achievements were featured on the History Channel and he was recently honored by Meyers High School and Wilkes University with a documentary on his life. Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, was his wife, Jean Alice Weinberg. Surviving are his daughter, Jan Paella Weinberg, of Kingston; sons, Robert John Weinberg, of Kingston, and John Henry Weinberg, of Dallas. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in Temple B'nai B'rith, 408 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. Rabbi Roger Lerner will officiate. Interment will follow in B'nai B'rith Cemetery, Hanover Township. The Weinberg family will receive friends from noon until time of service Friday. Shiva will be observed from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Weinberg family home in Kingston. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Harold C. Snowdon Home for Funerals Inc., 420 Wyoming Ave., Kingston.
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Published in Times Leader from May 3 to May 4, 2016
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