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Abdo, Joan M. - Scranton  
Joan M. Abdo, Scranton, died Tuesday at Regional Hospital of Scranton after an illness. Her husband of 52 years is Joseph J. Abdo. Born in Scranton, daughter of the late Jerome and Florence Donovan Dolan, she was educated in Scranton schools. Before her retirement, she was employed as a teachers aide by the Scranton School District. Joan loved all crafts, and she had a God-given ability to make everyone she met feel they were lifelong friends. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was loved and will be missed by all. She was a member of St. Ann Maronite Church, West Scranton, where she was active in the Catholic Women's Club, sang in the choir and was a CCD teacher for many years. Also surviving are two sons, Thomas J. Abdo and wife, Lisa Amy; and Joseph Abdo Jr. and wife, Kristin, all of Scranton; and grandchildren, Rebecca Ann and Robert John Abdo. She was also preceded in death by a son, Robert Michael Abdo. The funeral will be Saturday from the Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home Inc., 1030 N. Main Ave., with Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Ann Maronite Church, North Sumner Avenue and Price Street, celebrated by Monsignor Francis J. Marini, pastor. Interment will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Scranton. Family and friends may pay their respects Friday, 4 to 7 p.m. Visit the funeral home website for information or to send an online condolence.
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Published in Scranton Times on June 30, 2016
Amity, Joseph Richard - Taylor  
Joseph Richard Amity, 92, of Taylor, died Sunday evening surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Julia Maccione Amity, who died on August 31, 2014. Born October 9, 1923, in Akron, Ohio, son of the late Joseph and Michaelina Chillino Amantea (Amity). He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Marjorie Rose Amantea; and sister, Mary Salamone. Joseph grew up in Bronx, N.Y., until October 19, 1942, when he enlisted and became a corporal in the 46th ADG Replacement Squadron. He was a veteran of WWII, serving overseas in the Army 8th Air Force Bomber Squadron, where he received the following medals: American Service Medal, Bronze Star, European-African-Middle-Eastern Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Victory Medal. After his honorable discharge from the service, Joseph began another chapter of his life by starting Amity Lumber and Cabinetry, a business well known for its hardwoods, serving the public for over 60 years. Joseph was very committed to his local community by supporting various elderly, youth and high school programs. A few of his favorites were the Taylor Little League, Taylor Girls Softball, Taylor Girls and Boys Basketball, Boy Scout Troop #90, and various activities at the Riverside High School. In addition to dedicating 20 years of his life, he served on the board of directors for Meals on Wheels of NEPA, as well as, chairman for two terms, 1994 & 1995. He was a lifelong Mason with the Acacia Lodge F & AM Chapter, Taylor. Joseph was known to be a very generous man when it came to supplying numerous materials to the neighborhood children so they were able to make that imaginary fort come to life. He extended his generosity by working with Billy Emmanuel to build crosses to provide comfort and hope to many people around the world, including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Pope Saint John Paul II. Joseph loved working at the shop all day/every day, leaving food for all of the stray cats in Taylor, gardening, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Surviving are his three compassionate children: daughters, Michaelina Kilvitis; Patrice Haan and husband, Scot; and son, Joseph M. Amity and wife, Patti; five loving grandchildren, Isabella and Niko Amity; Robert Kilivitis and wife, Phillippe; Janine Galiyano; Juliann Hughes and husband, Oran; six wonderful great-grandchildren who would light up his life every day: Ashlyn and Caitlin Kilvitis, Mason and Gabriella Hughes, Mark (M.J.) and Anabella Galiyano; nephews, Dan Salamone and wife, Carol, New Jersey; and Ted Salamone, North Carolina, and niece, Rosemary Lencheski and husband, Cas, South Carolina; and many great-nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend deepest appreciation to Dr. Diakew and his entire staff. A special heartfelt "thank you" to his wonderful and thoughtful caregivers, Dorothy Brochey, Patty Pavalonis, and his great-grandson, Mason Hughes, who spent many long hours and nights with their Joe/Gramps, to provide him with their unlimited amount of compassion and patience as he so well deserved. Funeral services are scheduled to begin Friday at 10:15 a.m. from the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 517 N. Main St. in Old Forge, with an 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Divine Mercy Parish, 312 Davis St. in Scranton, to be celebrated by Rev. Francis L. Pauselli, Pastor. Entombment, with military honors by the AMVETS Honor Guard will follow in the Amity family mausoleum at the Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton. Relatives and friends may pay their respects Thursday between 4 and7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Joseph's honor to the Scranton Animal Association Inc., PO Box 3784, Scranton, PA, 18505, or to Divine Mercy Parish, 312 Davis St., Scranton, PA 18505. Please visit the funeral home's website for directions or to leave an online condolence.
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Published in Scranton Times on June 29, 2016
Avvisato, Olga (DeAngelis) - Old Forge  
Olga (DeAngelis) Avvisato, 95, of Old Forge, died Thursday at the home of her son, with whom she resided. She was the widow of Saverio Avvisato, who died Oct. 2, 1997. Born in Old Forge, daughter of the late Loreto and Nazerina DeGirolamo DeAngelis and stepdaughter of the late Lucia Lattanzi DeAngelis, she received her education in the Old Forge School District. Olga was a seamstress, having been employed by Brooks Manufacturing, Old Forge, for 34 years until her retirement. She held membership in the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union and also belonged to the Old Forge Senior Citizens. A lifelong parishioner of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church (Prince of Peace Parish), Old Forge, she was a member of its former Altar & Rosary Society. Her true joy in life were her great-grandchildren, Lauryn and Luke. She lived for their smiles and their hugs and kisses. She enjoyed playing with them in their toy room and cuddling with them on the couch. "Grandma Og," as they called her, will be dearly missed by everyone. Surviving are a son, David Avvisato and wife, Josephine, Old Forge; grandchildren, Nicole Olivieri and husband, Mark; and Mark Avvisato; great-grandchildren, Lauryn and Luke Olivieri; and nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Anita Bruno; and a brother, Henry DeAngelis. Funeral services by Rev. August A. Ricciardi will be held Monday at 7 p.m. in the Victor M. Ferri Funeral Home, Robert J. Gillette, funeral director, 522 Fallon St., Old Forge. Interment will be held privately at the convenience of the family in the Old Forge Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. To leave an online condolence for Olga's family, visit www.ferrifuneralhome.com .
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Published in Scranton Times on June 25, 2016
Babich, Mary - Scranton  
Mary Babich, 94, a longtime resident of the Scranton area, died peacefully Friday. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Catherine Chalichan Pucher. She graduated from Scranton Technical High School. Before retirement, she was employed by local industries in the Dunmore area. Mary was a member of St. John's Byzantine Catholic Church, Scranton. Her talents as a quilt maker always enhanced the Labor Day raffles of the church's St. Elizabeth Guild. Surviving are two daughters, Mary Elaine Jenkins, Walnutport, Pa.; Joann Blackmore, Laurence Harbor, N.J.; two sons, Michael and wife, Suzanne, Rockville, Md.; Robert and wife, Elizabeth, Taylor; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Frank Pucher, Mount Cobb; two sisters, Ann Kofel, Dunmore; and Julie Yevich, Scranton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael; four brothers, Michael, John, George, Peter; and three sisters, Catherine, Helen and Margaret. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Dunmore Health Center and Celtic Hospice. The funeral will be Monday from the Chipak Funeral Home, 343 Madison Ave., Scranton, where a Panachida service will be held at 9:30 a.m. followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:15 in St. John's Byzantine Catholic Church, Fourth and Broadway, Scranton, to be celebrated by the Rev. Leonard A. Martin, S.J., pastor. Interment to follow in the parish cemetery. Friends may call today at the funeral home from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to a charity of your choice.
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Published in Scranton Times on June 26, 2016
Barrows, Patricia Wladika - Callahan  
Patricia Wladika Barrows of Callahan, Fla., formerly of Carbondale, Pa., passed into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on June 15 after a short illness. She was a member of Crossroad Assembly of God Church, Callahan, Fla. Pat, a graduate of Blakely High School, was born in Peckville, Pa., on Jan. 22, 1947, and lived in Florida for the last 31 years. She is survived by her husband, Grant Barrows; and daughter, Kimberly. Grant and Pat would have celebrated 50 years of marriage on Aug. 27. She is also survived by three sisters, Kathleen (Sam) Parchinski, Peckville, Pa.; Sandra (Walter) Noldy, Ridley Park, Pa.; and Fran (Steve) Lukasewicz, Peckville, Pa. Before her retirement, Pat was employed at Jaxport, Jacksonville, Fla. Having proudly served in the Navy, Pat will be interred at the Jacksonville National Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Martha Wladika. Pat was a loving, kind, and very generous person and will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. A celebration of Pat's life will be held at a later date.
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Published in Scranton Times on June 26, 2016
Bazink Sr., Joseph - Jermyn  
Joseph Bazink Sr., 88, of Jermyn, died Monday at Wayne Woodlands Manor, Waymart. His wife is the former Louise Lutchko. They celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary June 5. Born in Jermyn, son of the late Alex and Mary Chup Bazink, he was employed at Lakeland School District before retirement. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cathedral. He enjoyed his grandchildren and the outdoors, hiking, picking mushrooms and blueberries, and meetings with his friends in Joe Chup's Garage. He served with the Army Air Corps during World War II. Also surviving are two sons, Joseph, Mayfield; and Alex and wife, Sandra, Simpson; a brother, Paul, Jermyn; five grandchildren, Alyssa and husband, John Kasheta; Kristen, Alex Jr., Malina and Seth Bazink; nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Eleanor Bazink and Sonya Jubinsky. Funeral services will be Friday at 9:30 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Mayfield, with the Very Rev. Mitred Archpriest John Sorochka. Interment with military honors, St. John's Russian Orthodox Cemetery, Mayfield. Friends may call Thursday, 4 to 7 p.m., at the Battenberg Funeral Home, 363 Washington Ave., Jermyn. Parastas, 6:30 and transfer to the church, 7.
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Published in Scranton Times on June 29, 2016
Benginia, Ann - Scranton  
Ann Benginia, of Scranton, died Thursday at home. She was the widow of Francis "Frank" Benginia, who died Oct. 15, 2008. The couple was married for 58 years. Born in Scranton, daughter of the late William and Anna Clifford McSorley, she was raised on Academy Street in West Scranton, graduated from St. Patrick's High School, was a member of St. Paul's Church and resided in Green Ridge for the last 66 years. Ann and her husband owned and operated Benginia's Bar for over 50 years. She enjoyed quilting, crossword puzzles and family trips. She had great faith and was a hard worker, who raised three generations. Ann had great patience, kindness and generosity. Ann's family would like to extend a special thanks to Hospice of the Sacred Heart and Green Ridge Health Care Center. Surviving are two daughters, Carol A. Benginia, Dunmore; and Mari Frietto and husband, George, Clarks Summit; two sons, Frank A. Benginia and wife, Jean, Bethlehem; and Brian Benginia, Scranton; a sister, Frances Phaneuf and husband, Dave, Scranton; six grandchildren, Mark Benginia, Arlene Tripp and husband, Douglas; Frankie Benginia and wife, Jen; Briana Gingerlowski and husband, Shawn; Alex and Anthony Frietto; five great-grandchildren, Olivia and Owen Gingerlowski, Sophia and Arianna Tripp and Gianna Benginia; a sister-in-law, Nancy McSorley, Endwell, N.Y.; nieces, nephews and cousins. She was also preceded in death by an infant sister, Mary; and a sister, Mary Greenfield; a brother, William McSorley. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, Oram Street, Scranton. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. at McGoff-Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 1401 Capouse Ave., Scranton. Anyone attending the funeral is asked to go directly to the chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
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Published in Scranton Times on June 25, 2016
Beynon, Dianne Eltz - Tunkhannock  
Dianne "Margie" Eltz Beynon, 69, of Tunkhannock, died Wednesday night at Abington Manor in Clarks Summit, after a courageous battle against cancer. She is survived by her beloved husband of 20 years, Donald Beynon. Born Jan. 16, 1947, in England, she was the daughter of the late Ivan Edward Eltz and May Lucy Dunn. During her childhood, Margie spent many years on the family farm in Fallsdale with her grandparents, the late Edward and Bessie Rolston Eltz. She also enjoyed time with her paternal aunts, uncles and cousins at their homes and farms in Wayne County. She attended elementary school in Damascus, and graduated from Waymart High School, class of 1964. Margie loved her family and always enjoyed getting together with friends and relatives. Since the early 1990s, Margie planned and oversaw the annual Eltz Family Reunion held in Pleasant Mount, every year through 2015. Margie was a devoted wife, mother, sister and grandmother. She truly enjoyed her family, friends and pets. Also surviving are her children, Deborah Carfi Jackson of Hainesport, N.J.; Emanuel Carfi and wife, Mary of Tunkhannock; two stepchildren, Donald Beynon and Leslie Stambone, both of Florida; seven grandchildren, Halle and Michael Jackson, Joshua, Samantha, Jacob, Aidan and Emma Carfi; stepgrandchildren, Donald, C.J. and Maria; four sisters, Shirley Burrows and husband, David of Texas; Marion Trabona and husband, Charlie; Susan Dunn and Jackie Fraser, all of New Jersey; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. In keeping with her wishes, following cremation, a memorial service will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Jenkins Funeral Home, Edward Howell, funeral director, 269 Belmont St., Waymart. Friends may visit on Sunday from 1 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. To honor her wishes, interment of ashes will be at her favorite place near her home. Memorial contributions may be made in Margie's memory to The Humane Society of Wyoming County, PO Box 478, Tunkhannock, PA 18657. For online condolences, visit www.jenkinshowellfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Scranton Times on July 1, 2016
Buickus, Anne M. - Wilkes-Barre  
Anne M. Buickus, 90, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Friday, June 24, 2016, in Holly Springs, N.C. She was born in Wilkes-Barre on Dec. 22, 1925, a daughter of the late Barney and Victoria Restitis Yaskus. Anne was a graduate of G.A.R. Memorial High School, class of 1943. She was formerly employed as a bookkeeper at Balester Optical and later joined First Eastern Bank, where she worked as a customer-service representative until her retirement in 1988. Before its closing, Anne was a member of Holy Trinity Church in Wilkes-Barre and was a member of the Christian Mother's Society and church choir. She was a member of Our Lady of Hope Parish, Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre. Anne loved playing bingo at the Wilkes-Barre Twp. Senior Citizens Center, playing cards, playing games on her computer, especially solitaire and Wheel of Fortune, and watching television. She was preceded in death by her husband, George A. Buickus, in 2004; and by her brothers, Joseph Yashkas and John Yashkus. Surviving are her children, George A. Buickus Jr., Wellsboro; Barbara A. Layaou and her husband, Chet, Lake Carey; Bernard G. Buickus and his wife, Cindy, West Wyoming; Ann F. Wierzbicki and her husband, Stan, Holly Springs, N.C.; and Lori A. Buickus, with whom she resided in Holly Springs, N.C.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 9:30 in Our Lady of Hope Parish, 40 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Bear Creek Twp. Friends may call on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial gifts may be made in her honor to the Holly Springs Food Cupboard, P.O. Box 268, Holly Springs, NC 27540, or online at www.hsfoodcupboard.org/donate . Online condolences may be sent by visiting Anne's obituary at www.natandgawlasfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Scranton Times on June 26, 2016
Carey Jr., John F. - Avoca  
John F. Carey Jr., 58, formerly of Avoca, died April 12 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Twp. Born in Avoca on March 5, 1958, son of the late John F. Carey and Ann Gilroy Carey, John was a member of Queen of the Apostles Parish Church, Avoca. He was a graduate of Pittston Area High School. An Air Force veteran, he worked in public transportation for most of his life. He is survived by several relatives and friends. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Queen of the Apostles Church, 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca, with the Rev. Phillip Sladicka officiating. Interment, St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow. Arrangements are by Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea. Online condolences may be made to www.kiesingerfuneralservices.com
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Published in Scranton Times on June 28, 2016
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