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Schmidt, Betty Jane - Scranton  
Betty Jane Schmidt, 86, a longtime resident of Scranton, died Sunday evening in St. Mary's Villa Nursing Home after a brief illness. Her husband, Raymond T. Schmidt, died Feb. 8, 2002. Born in Sellersburg, Ind., daughter of the late Marion and Sarah McHone Cooley, she was a former member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Before retirement, she had been employed by Administrator Insurance. Betty was an avid NASCAR fan. Along with her husband, she worked and was active at the Moc-A-Tek Speedway, Lakeville. The family would like to extend a special thank you to staff at the St. Mary's Villa Nursing Home for their kindness and the exceptional care they gave to Betty. Surviving are two sons, Kevin Schmidt and his wife, Brenda, Dalton; and Ted Schmidt, Scranton; a grandson, Kevin Schmidt Jr.; two nieces and a nephew. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Randall Cooley and Paul Cooley; and a sister-in-law, Evelyn Ratliff. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. in the Miller Bean Funeral Home Inc., 436 Cedar Ave., Scranton, by the Rev. Arthur W. Davis, pastor of the Asbury United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst. Friends may call on Friday from 9 until time of service. Memorial contributions can be made to the St. Mary's Villa Nursing Home, 516 St. Mary's Villa Road, Elmhurst Twp., PA 18444.
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Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 24, 2014
Shivock, Robert R. - Scranton  
Robert R. Shivock, 81, a lifelong resident of North Scranton, died Saturday morning under the care of the VNA Hospice Inpatient Unit at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton. He is survived by his wife, Linda Crawn Shivock. The couple celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary on April 18. His former wife of 38 years, Beverly Lewis Shivock, died on Aug. 25, 1995. Born on July 21, 1933, son of the late Simon and Madaline Beck Shivock, Robert was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, class of 1950. After retiring from a career in the local garment industry, he was last employed in the shipping department for Boscov's. An avid sports fan, he rooted for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penn State Nittany Lions football. He enjoyed bowling and roller skating in his younger years, but his favorite pastime came while fishing alongside his lifelong best friend, Gary Bell. Robert will be dearly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his children, Linda McCarthy and husband, Tom, Lancaster; Robert S. Shivock and wife, Nicole, Clarks Summit; and Valerie Sherman and husband, George, Scranton; a stepdaughter, Jacqueline Bickley and husband, Cliff, Branchville, N.J.; four stepgrandchildren, four step-great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and cousins and his beloved granddog, Sasha. Siblings, Paul Shivock and Ruth Berzanskis, also preceded him in death. His family wishes to thank the staff of NROC, Dunmore. Funeral services, to be conducted by the Rev. Art Harshman, will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Kevin K. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 125 N. Main Ave., Scranton. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton. Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Visiting Nurses Association's Memorial Fund, 301 Delaware Ave., Olyphant, PA 18447, with gratitude for the tremendous care given to Robert during his stay, or the American Cancer Society, 712 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor, PA 18517. Visit the funeral home website for directions or to leave an online condolence.
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Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 28, 2014
Sholcosky Sr., Joseph S. - Dickson City  
Joseph S. Sholcosky Sr., 74, of Dickson City, died Tuesday morning in Regional Hospital of Scranton following an illness. His wife of 47 years is the former Flora Palmiter. Born in Throop, son of the late Chester and Frances Medici Sholcosky, he was educated in Throop High School and was a former member of Blessed Sacrament Parish at St. Anthony's Church in Throop. Prior to his retirement, he was employed at Vogue Sales in Dickson City. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle who loved the outdoors and spending time with his four dogs, named "Boo," "Chi-Chi," "Gia," "Mocha." He was an avid fisherman and loved camping and spending time with his family, and will be truly missed by everyone who knew him. In addition to his wife, Flora, he is survived by one son, Ronald T. Sholcosky of Moosic; four daughters, Charlotte "Sherry" Williamson of Canton, Ohio; Darlene D. Sholcosky of Scranton; Danielle D. Sholcosky of Dickson City; and Nicole M. Sholcosky of Avoca; ten grandchildren; two sisters, Patricia Dolan of Scranton; and Stella Roque of Throop; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sons, Joseph S. Sholcosky Jr. and Chester C. Sholcosky; one grandson, Nicholai J. Welter; one brother, John Sholcosky; and one sister, Ann Marie Sholcosky. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the John J. Turko & Sons Funeral Home, 402 Boulevard Ave., Dickson City, with a blessing service at 7:00 p.m. by Msgr. Michael J. Delaney. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.
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Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 25, 2014
Slish, Bridget D. - Vandling  
Bridget D. Slish, R.N., 78, of Vandling, died Thursday at home. Her husband of 54 years is Donald Slish. Born in Carbondale, daughter of the late Joseph Gerald and Theresa Slattery Devaney, she was a member of Ascension Parish, Forest City. She was a graduate of St. Rose High School and the St. Joseph School of Nursing, both of Carbondale. Before her retirement, she was employed at Farview State Hospital, Waymart. She was a member of the Red Hat Society. Also surviving are a daughter, Mary Slish Koziak and husband, David, Nashville, Tenn., and their children, David and Alex; a son, Donald F. Slish and wife, Erica Donnis, Burlington, Vt., and their children, Jack and Elinora; a sister, Ann Marie Sampson and husband, Doug, Carbondale; and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary Taborne; and a brother, Joseph Devaney. The funeral will be Tuesday from the Jones & Brennan Funeral Home, 430 Main St., Forest City, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph's Church, Delaware Street, Forest City. Interment, St. Anthony's Cemetery, Forest City. Friends may call Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. For directions or to send online condolences, visit the funeral home's website.
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Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 27, 2014
Sobuta, Stanley P. - Old Forge  
Stanley P. Sobuta, a lifelong Old Forge resident, died Monday evening in the Riverside Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, where he had been a resident for nearly two years. Born in Old Forge, son of the late Peter and Agnes Krawiecz Sobuta, he was a graduate of Old Forge High School and before retirement, was employed by the Hillcrest Lampshade Factory, Old Forge. Stan was also employed by the Tobyhanna Army Depot. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, having been honorably discharged as a corporal, and was a member of the American Legion Post 513 and VFW Post 4954, both in Old Forge. Stan was a parishioner of St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, Old Forge, where he served as an usher for many years, until its closure. He truly enjoyed tending to his garden and yard. On occasion Stan would take great pleasure in a good glass of wine. Surviving are a brother, Peter Sobuta and wife, Sylvia, of Old Forge; a sister, Bertha Palahanich, and husband, Stephen, of Scranton; and several nieces and nephews, including Lisa Sobuta and Carol Granko, both goddaughters, and Anthony and Justin Semyon. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Edward Sobuta, Sam Granko and Joseph Granko; and two sisters, Josephine Potosky and Pearl Baron. The funeral will be Saturday at 9:30 a.m. from the Victor M. Ferri Funeral Home, Robert J. Gillette, Funeral Director, 522 Fallon St., Old Forge, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 in St. Mary of the Assumption Church at Prince of Peace Parish, West Grace St., Old Forge, to be celebrated by the Rev. Joseph F. Cipriano, pastor emeritus. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Old Forge. Friends may call Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. To leave an online condolence, visit www.ferrifuneralhome.com .
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Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 24, 2014
Stevens, Ronnie - Carbondale  
Ronnie Stevens, 24, of Carbondale, died peacefully Wednesday at home, surrounded by family and friends, after a lengthy illness. Born in Carbondale, son of Ann Marie Stevens, Carbondale, and the late Ronald C. Stevens, he was a member of St. Rose of Lima Church, Carbondale. He attended Sacred Heart School, Carbondale, and was a graduate of Carbondale Area High School, class of 2008. He enjoyed playing football, baseball, basketball and hockey. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and he enjoyed playing video games with his friends. He was a generous person who always saw the good in everyone, and he loved his hometown of Carbondale. He had a great sense of wit and humor, and he could always make you smile. Ronnie understood the importance of family and caring, and he was loved by everyone he met. He had a strong faith in God that never wavered during his illness. The family would like to send their thoughts and prayers to all the special people of Carbondale who helped Ronnie during his illness, including all those who participated in the recent coin drop, spaghetti dinner and fundraiser. The family would also like to thank the nurses, doctors and staff of Moses Taylor Hospital, Mid-Valley Hospital, Regional Hospital of Scranton, Allied Rehab, Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Jeanes Hospital, the Wright Center and, most recently, Commonwealth Health Hospice Unit for the excellent and compassionate care given to Ronnie. The family would especially like to thank Dr. Mary Ellen Martin and Linda Perry, PA-C, of Jeanes Hospital, for all that they did for Ronnie. Also surviving are Ronnie's soulmate, Jessica Obelkevich; sister, Lauren Stevens Ward and husband, Donnie, Carbondale; paternal grandmother, Clara Burke, Scranton; godmother, Joan Marie DuPlessis; several aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends who were like brothers; close family friend, Beverly Henning; and his dogs, Bailey, Abby and Buddy. He was also preceded in death by his paternal grandfathers, Jim Mosher and Robert Burke, who was also his godfather; and maternal grandparents, Raymond and Joan Thomas. The funeral will be Monday, with Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Rose of Lima Church, Carbondale. Entombment, Our Mother of Sorrows Mausoleum, Finch Hill. Friends may call today from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Brennan & Brennan Funeral Home Inc., 55 Lincoln Ave., Carbondale. All those attending the funeral on Monday are asked to go directly to the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Jeanes Hospital Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Friends Hall Physicians Building, 7604 Central Ave., Lower Level, Philadelphia, PA 19111-2442. For directions or to send online condolences, please visit the funeral home's website.
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Published in Scranton Times from Dec. 27 to Dec. 28, 2014
Storm, Jack E. - Scranton  
Jack E. Storm, 57, a longtime resident of West Scranton, died Christmas Eve at home. He is survived by his beloved wife, Rose Cohowicz Storm. Born in Scranton on Dec. 15, 1957, son of the late Ellis and Elizabeth Black Storm, Jack was a graduate of Riverside High School, class of 1975, before serving his country in the Army. A general contractor, he worked many years for Simplex Modular Homes before currently working for Scartelli Construction Services. He was an active member of the Taylor American Legion, Post 306, and was an avid sports fan, rooting for both the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Yankees. He played local softball for many years, and enjoyed playing cards. His greatest joy came while spending time with his family. He will be dearly missed by those who loved him. He is also survived by his son, Jason Storm, Scranton; a stepson, Carl Elgin, Scranton; three stepdaughters, Linda Williams, West Pittston; Renee Neil, Exeter; and Lisa Sutton, Harding; a grandson, Jason Storm Jr.; 11 stepgrandchildren and a step-great-granddaughter. Funeral services by the Rev. James A. Wert are scheduled for Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 517 N. Main St., Old Forge, with a military tribute by the AMVETS Honor Guard to follow. Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Sunday from 2 until services. Visit the funeral home website for directions or to leave an online condolence.
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Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 27, 2014
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