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Beck, Ella - Scranton  
Ella "Tootie" Beck, 95, a longtime resident of South Scranton, died Thursday morning at Linwood Nursing and Rehab, Scranton. She is the widow of the late George C. Beck, who died June 9, 1975. The couple was married 29 years. Born in Greenfield Twp., daughter of the late Ulrich and Elizabeth Nape Schwenker, she attended Scranton Technical High School. Until her retirement, she worked for the City of Scranton Clerk's Office. She was a member of the Hickory Street Presbyterian Church, Scranton. Tootie was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed her grandchildren immensely. Surviving are a son, Wayne Beck and wife, Kathy, Scranton; a sister, Grace Schwenker, Scranton; three granddaughters, Dawn Cole, Kingston; Leslie Greenfield and husband, George, Scranton; and Amy Zigmont and husband, Stanley, Blakely; seven great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by an infant son, David Beck; and her twin brother and sister, Mildred Spindler and William Schwenker. Tootie's family would like to thank the staff of Linwood Nursing & Rehab and the Hospice of the Sacred Heart for the excellent care and compassion given to her. The funeral will be Monday at 10 a.m. in the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Homes and Cremation Services LLC, 602 Birch St., Scranton, to be officiated by the Rev. Clinton Randall, pastor of Hickory Street Presbyterian Church. Interment will follow in Dunmore Cemetery. A viewing will be held Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hickory Street Presbyterian Church, 435 Hickory St., Scranton, PA 18505, or to the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702. To leave an online condolence, visit the funeral home's website.
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Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 27, 2015
Gorski, William K. - Montrose  
William K. Gorski, 68, of Montrose died Wednesday in Wysox. Born in Forest Lake Twp., son of the late Frank and Hazel (Small) Gorski, Bill was Bridgewater Twp. supervisor for many years. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Ron Henry; grandchildren, Courtney, Katelyn, Keira and Zander; sister and brother-in-law, Alyce and Walt Frystak; brothers and sisters-in-law, Buck and Pat, Alan and Celeste and George and Marlene Gorski; and stepbrother, Warren and his wife, Gail Fisher. A memorial gathering will be held Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home, Montrose.
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Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 27, 2015
Grajcar Sr., John P. - Scranton  
John P. Grajcar Sr., 84, of West Scranton ,died peacefully on Wednesday in the VNA Hospice Unit at Geisinger Community Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family. His wife of 63 years, Rita Nercz (Neach) Grajcar, died June 10, 2014. Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Peter and Catherine Telepechak Grajcar. A graduate of Scranton Central High School, he served as a CPO with the Naval Reserves. He was a member of St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, Scranton, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society and served as cantor for many years. He was the proud owner/operator of Johnny's Paint and Hardware Store on South Main Avenue at St. Ann's Street in West Scranton until his retirement. John was a member and past president of the West Scranton Lions Club, active in the Dodge Boosters, Club and a founding member of the former Silver Bowling League. John was known within his family for his frequent use of 1-800 numbers as well as the pride he took in caring for his yard. John and his wife, Rita, enjoyed traveling extensively, playing bingo and spending time with their family. He was a person who made friends easily, and was known as a real people person. He is survived by a son, John P. Grajcar Jr. and fiancée, Carol Dukauskas, Scranton; four daughters, Mary Catherine Belmonte and husband, Christopher, Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.; Susan Chattin, Rensselaer, Ind.; Linda Haddle and husband, Timothy, Dallas, Luzerne County; and Barbara Dunio and fiancé, Jerry Melia, Scranton; 11 grandchildren, Christopher, Peter and Samuel Belmonte, Sean and Greg Cannon, Nicole Stewart, Kathryn Chattin, Sarah Hall, Jason Myslinski and Matthew and James Dunio; seven great-grandchildren, Tyler, Evan, Olivia, Aeden, Raegan, Hailee and Macie Rita; a sister, Mary Kempa, Taylor; a niece and two nephews. He was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Patricia; a grandson, Jeffrey Dunio; and a great-grandson, Jack Stewart. A special thank you is extended from John's family to Drs. Eric Smith and Michael Turock, VNA Hospice, and all of the in-home caregivers, along with caring neighbors, for the thoughtful and compassionate care and help given to John and his family. An Office of Christian Burial service will be held on Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, Scranton, by the Rev. Leonard A. Martin, S.J., pastor. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. Viewing for family and friends will be on Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Edward J. Chomko Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 262 Railroad Ave., West Scranton. Parastas services will be at 7:30. Panachyda services will be in the funeral home on Monday at 9:15. Condolences can be submitted on the funeral home website.
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Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 27, 2015
Larcome, Mildred Katherine - Gouldsboro  
Mildred Katherine Larcome, 88, of Gouldsboro, died Thursday at VNA Hospice Inpatient Unit at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton. She was the widow of the late George Joseph Larcome, and they were married for 43 years when he died in 1990. Born in Waltham, Mass., daughter of the late Walter and Mildred (Ward) Davis, Mildred was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Gouldsboro, where she sang in the choir and belonged to the women's group, WELCA. She was a collector of salt and pepper shakers, and enjoyed reading and watching soap operas, "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy." She liked to feed and watch the birds in the backyards and loved cats, especially her furry friends, Pumpkin, Fluffy, Missy and Monkey. Mildred is survived by her children, Charlene Bailey and her husband, Paul Sr., Jackson, N.J.; John Larcome, Florida; Cheryl DiNicolas, Gouldsboro; and Marjorie Eddy and her husband, Dennis Sr., Gouldsboro; her sister, Barbara Poblenz, Franklin, Mass.; her grandchildren, Lisa Sanchez and her husband, Gilberto; Edward Bailey Jr., Erin Velez and her husband, William; Patti China and her husband, DaShawn; Regina Larcome, Peter DiNicolas Jr., Shaun Olin and his wife, Joyce Jimenez, Dennis Eddy Jr. and his fiancée, Falon Brady; and Nicholas Eddy; 21 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. She was also preceded in death by her granddaughter, Cristinia Larcome. The funeral will be held on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Homes and Cremation Services LLC, 3 First St., Spring Brook Twp., to be conducted by Thomas Neuviller, her pastor. Interment will be private in Pocono Lake Cemetery. A viewing will be held Saturday from 1 until the time of the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to www.gofundme.com/na8j2c or to the American Cancer Society, 712 South Keyser Ave., Taylor, PA 18517. To leave an online condolence, visit the funeral home's website.
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Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 27, 2015
Lostick, Thomas - Exeter  
Thomas Lostick, 67, of Exeter died Wednesday evening at Geisinger Medical Center, Plains Twp. Funeral arrangements are pending from the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains.
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Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 27, 2015
McDonough, Francis C. - Scranton  
Francis C. McDonough, 79, Scranton, died Thursday at Commonwealth Hospice. He was the widower of Jan VanGorden McDonough, who died in 1962, and Mariam Bichler McDonough, who died in 1990. Born in Dickson City, son of the late Patrick and Mary Mahady McDonough, he was a graduate of Scranton Central High School and a Navy veteran. Before retirement, he was employed as a machinist for Westinghouse. Francis and his companion, Mary, were avid travelers. He also enjoyed playing slots at the casinos and watching horse racing. He was a loving father, uncle and companion who will be deeply missed. Surviving are two daughters, Sharon and Shirley McDonough, both of Taylor; his companion and caregiver for 22 years, Mary Lavelle; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Shirley Morgan and Patricia Horvath. The funeral will be private at the convenience of the family. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Arrangements are by the McGoff-Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 1401 Capouse Ave., Scranton, PA 18509. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital or St. Ann's Basilica.
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Mellado, Carol - Jessup  
Carol Mellado, 49, a lifelong Jessup resident, died Wednesday at Moses Taylor Hospital after a three-year courageous battle with breast cancer. Her husband of 26 years is Joseph Mellado. Born in Peckville, daughter of Angeline Moretti Fitch, Jessup, and the late Eugene Fitch, she was a graduate of Valley View High School, class of 1983, and was employed in the bookkeeping department of Sylvester Chevrolet and Falcon Oil. She was a member of St. Mary's Assumption Church, Jessup, Queen of Angels Parish. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and sister who loved family, especially her little angel, Heidi. She will be greatly missed but never forgotten. Also surviving are a daughter, Cassie Mellado and companion, Ben Brindle, Jessup; two brothers, Eugene Fitch and wife, Shannon; and Jerry Fitch and wife, Mary, all of Scranton; a niece, Miranda; a nephew, Jaren Fitch; and other nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Richard Fitch. The funeral will be Monday from the Louis M. Margotta Funeral Home, 511 Church St., Jessup, with Mass at 9:30 a.m. at St. Michael's Church, Jessup. Interment will be private. Friends may call Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. For online condolences, visit funeral home website.
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Penn, Nathan Stanley - Palatka  
Nathan Stanley Penn, 82, died Tuesday afternoon, February 24, 2015, at Roberts Care Center, Haven Hospice in Palatka, Florida, after an extended illness. Born in Melrose, Pennsylvania, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Army in Japan during the Korean Conflict. In his younger years he was an avid stock car driver for Penn-Can Raceway #115. A smart and hardworking man, he worked in a stone quarry and he drove a truck to provide for his family for most of his working life. He and his wife Delores enjoyed spending their winters at their home in Crescent City, Florida, for the past ten to twelve years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was preceded in death by his stepson, Douglas Hines; and sisters, Fanny Prentice and Janice Atkins. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Delores of Thompson, Pa. and Crescent City, Fla.; daughters, Kitty (Lewis) Price, Union Dale, Pa.; and Patty (Dale) Ross, South Gibson, Pa.; sons, Richard (Linda) Penn, Stevensville, Md.; Wayne (Judi) Hines and Marty (Vicky) Hines, all of Thompson, Pa.; sisters, Elizabeth Clague, Mary Wells and Joanne Beynon; and a brother, John Penn. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. The family will gather to celebrate his life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Robert's Care Center Haven Hospice, 6400 St. Johns Avenue, Palatka, Florida 32177; or Putnam First Cancer Fund, 600 Zeagler Drive, Palatka, Florida 32177. Arrangements are under the careful care of Clayton Frank & Biggs Funeral Home, Crescent City, Florida.
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Rodgers, Richard - Clarks Summit  
Richard Rodgers, 66, of Clarks Summit died Wednesday morning in the VNA Hospice Unit at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton. He was the husband of the former Carol Knopp. The couple has been married for 45 years. Born in Scranton, son of the late Walter and Blanche Knott Rodgers, he was a 1966 graduate of West Scranton High School, and was a proud Navy veteran. Before his retirement, he was employed as a truck driver for Waste Management, but he had worked for DeFazio Trucking for many years. Rick was a member of the Waverly Masonic Lodge F&AM No. 301, Keystone Consistory, Irem Temple Shriners and the Countryside Community Church, Newton. He was also a member of the Gold Wing Riders Association. Rick was an avid fan of drag racing, and was always ready to attend a race with his friend, Mark Dennebaum. He enjoyed being active in many organizations, volunteering his time, and would lend a helping hand to anyone. He especially loved assisting with Boy Scout Pack 152. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren and attending all their events. Also surviving are two daughters, Sheri Brown and her husband, James Jr., Ransom Twp.; and Jennifer Sutton and her husband, David, South Abington Twp.; five grandchildren, Abby, Andrew and Amelia Sutton; and Madelyn and James Brown III; a brother, Jeffrey Rodgers and his wife, Donna, Exeter, and their children, Kaylee and Jamie; a mother-in-law, Betty Knopp; and an aunt, Irene Valliant, Florida. A funeral service, with Masonic and full military honors, will be on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit, with services by the Rev. Mark Terwilliger, pastor, Countryside Community Church. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in Abington Hills Cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday from noon until the time of the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Waverly Masonic Lodge F&AM, c/o Rich Polish, secretary, 142 E. Elm St., Dunmore, PA 18512. To leave an online condolence, visit the funeral home website.
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Semyon, Mary Jo - Avoca  
Mary Jo (Wilk) Semyon,73, of Avoca, died Tuesday at Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton. Born in Taylor on Aug. 23, 1941, daughter of the late Stanley A. and Stella (Miecznikowski) Wilk, Mary Jo retired from PPL Electric Utilities, Scranton. She was a member of Queen of the Apostles Parish, Avoca, and former member of SS. Peter and Paul Parish, Avoca. Left to cherish Mary Jo's memory are her companion of 26 years, Richard Staley, Avoca; sons, Donald Semyon Jr. and wife, Kate, Texas; and Jonathan "Jay" Semyon and wife, Linda, Moosic; daughter, Cheryl Lyback and husband, Tony, Avoca; grandchildren, Cassie and Ryan Semyon, Robyn Knox and Randi, Amy and Sara Lyback; and three great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Semyon Sr., in 1983. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. from Queen of the Apostles Parish, 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca, with the Rev. Phillip J. Sladicka officiating. Interment will be in SS. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Moosic. Family and friends may visit from 8:30 to 9:30 at the church. Kniffen O'Malley Funeral Home, Avoca, is in charge of arrangements. For online condolences, visit omalleyfuneralhome.com .
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