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Sabia, Delores L. - South Abington Twp.  
Delores L. Sabia, 64, of South Abington Twp., died Tuesday evening at Regional Hospital of Scranton after an illness. Her husband is John D. Sabia. The couple celebrated 33 years of marriage on May 9, 2014. Born Oct. 9, 1950, in Scranton, daughter of the late George and Catherine Fritch Dalykas, Delores was a graduate of Scranton Central High School and attended Marywood University. She was employed as a pharmacist technician for Rite Aid Corp. in Scranton and was a member of the Pharmacy Association. Delores was a member of Providence of God National Catholic Church of Scranton. She loved to dance, and had a fondness for music from the '50's and '60s. An avid reader of books, paperback novels and crossword puzzles, she always preferred the literary work over the film version, rereading Tolkien and Rowling series many times over. Her son and best friend held a special place in her heart. Also surviving are her son, John G. Sabia and fiancée, Christine Evans, Scranton. A blessing service will be conducted Sunday at 4:30 p.m. in the Howard J. Snowdon Funeral Home, 1810 Sanderson Ave., Scranton, by the Rev. Walter Placek, pastor of Providence of God National Catholic Church of Scranton. Friends may call Sunday, 2 to 4:30. For online condolences, visit www.duffyandsnowdon.com .
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Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 16, 2015
Schuster, Mary - Scranton  
Mary Schuster, 93, of West Scranton, died Monday evening at VNA Hospice at Geisinger Community Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Schuster Sr., on Aug. 14, 1982. Born in Scranton, daughter of the late Mary Stefanowicz and Bartley Poniatowski, she was educated in Scranton schools and a longtime member of St. Stanislaus Polish National Catholic Cathedral. Before retirement, she was employed at Morris White Fashions for many years. Mary was an avid New York Mets fan and a member of the Roundwoods Senior Citizen Club. Her pride and joy were her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Surviving are her son, Carl Jr. and wife, Kathy, Dunmore; a daughter, Shirley Pacyna and husband, Donald, Scranton; four grandsons, Carl Schuster III and wife, Theresa; Patrick Schuster and wife, Danielle; and James Schuster and wife, Amy; and Keith Pacyna and wife, Kimberly; eight great-grandchildren, Lauren, Carl IV, Michael, Mark, Justin and Anna Schuster, and Collin and Gabriel Pacyna; nieces and nephews She was also preceded in death by two grandsons, Christopher and Donald Pacyna; three brothers, Frank, Julian and Joseph Poniatowski; and a sister, Helen Schuster. The funeral will be Friday at 9:45 a.m. from the Thomas J. Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 1240 St. Ann's St., Scranton, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Stanislaus Polish National CatholicCathedral. Interment, parish cemetery, Minooka. Friends may call today from 4 to 7 p.m.
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Published in Scranton Times from Apr. 15 to Apr. 16, 2015
Serafini, Joanne DeLuca - Carbondale  
Joanne DeLuca Serafini, 86, of Commack, Long Island, N.Y., died peacefully on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at Good Shepherd Hospice surrounded by her family and loved ones. She is survived by her devoted and loving husband of 58 years, John Serafini. Born in Carbondale, Pa., daughter of the late Rocco and Josephine Chellino DeLuca, Joanne was a graduate of Ben Franklin High School and attended the Bradford Beauty Academy in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. When she resided in Carbondale, she worked as a licensed beautician for the Scranton Globe Store. Fifty-four years ago, Joanne and John moved to Willingboro, New Jersey, where they resided for 10 years. The last 44 years, Commack, Long Island has been their home. Joanne loved her escape from winter by spending many months at their condominium in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, where she enjoyed spending time with her lifelong friends, playing cards and dining out, as well as making new friends and organizing poolside events. Joanne will be remembered for her radiant smile and her love of shopping and talking to people. She is also survived by two daughters and spouses, Denise (Paul) Duane of Columbia, South Carolina; and Diane (Joseph) Maggio of Commack, New York; five loving grandchildren, John Ryan Duane, Christopher Duane, Kristen Maggio, Jenna Maggio and Erica Duane; her brother-in-law, Robert Serafini; and her sisters, Mary Ann McAndrew and Joyce McHale; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in death by her sister, Cecilia McGovern; and her brothers, Rocco, James, and Gerald DeLuca. The family wishes to extend their appreciation and thanks to the many caregivers, especially Good Shepherd Hospice of Port Jefferson, New York, who took exceptional care of Joanne during her final days, and all family and friends who have expressed their concern and support during her illness. The funeral will be held Saturday at 9:00 a.m. from the Carmine J. and Louis C. Parise Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 89 Farview Street, Carbondale, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. from St. Rose of Lima Church, 6 N. Church Street, Carbondale. Entombment will be at Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery Mausoleum, Finch Hill. Calling hours will be on Friday from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association, Long Island Chapter, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011. To share condolences and photos with Joanne's family visit her book of everlasting memories at www.parisefuneralhome.com .
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Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 16, 2015
Sexton, Shirley M. - Scranton  
Shirley M. Sexton, 81, Scranton, died Friday at Riverside Rehab Center, Taylor. Her husband is Harry W. Sexton II. Born in Parsons, daughter of the late John and Ruth Schwartztrauber Bingham, she was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Before retirement, she worked for the United States Post Office. Shirley was a dedicated Order of Eastern Star member. She was a loving wife and mother who will be deeply missed. Also surviving are a son, David Sexton and wife, Dorothy, Clearfield. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Audrey Belchick. A funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Davies & Jones Funeral Chapel, 135 S. Main Ave., Scranton. Entombment, Glenwood Mausoleum. Friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m.
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Published in Scranton Times from Apr. 19 to Apr. 20, 2015
Shurtleff, Hortense - Roaring Brook Twp.  
Hortense Shurtleff, 88, a resident of Roaring Brook Twp. for more than 50 years, died Thursday at home. Born on Nov. 1, 1926, in Cleveland, Ohio, daughter of the late Buford and Elizabeth (Small) Shurtleff, she was a graduate of Central High School, Marywood College and the University of Scranton. For 41 years, she taught Latin and mathematics at Central High School. Horty was both an avid golfer and bridge player, and enjoyed sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge of both with friends. She will be missed tremendously by the many friends she leaves behind. We would like to thank Nerissa and Jeanna for their loving care of Horty and to also thank Chris, Lois, Annie and the inpatient staff at Hospice of the Sacred Heart for their knowledge, compassion and care of Horty during her final months. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on May 5 at 10 a.m. at St. Eulalia Parish, 214 Blue Shutters Road, Roaring Brook Twp., to be celebrated by Monsignor John W. Jordan. Visitation will be from 9 until the time of the Mass. Interment will follow at St. Catherine's Cemetery, Covington Twp. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Friends of the Poor, 148 Meridian Ave., Scranton, PA 18504. Arrangements are entrusted to Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Homes and Cremation Services LLC, 3 First St., Spring Brook Twp., PA 18444. To leave an online condolence, visit the funeral home's website.
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Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 15, 2015
Simms, James A. - Newfoundland  
A service is set for James A. Simms, Newfoundland, who died April 7. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated Saturday at 1 p.m. in St. John's Episcopal Church, 564 Easton Turnpike, Hamlin. A concert of Brahms' Requiem is projected for Sept. 19 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 550 Madison Ave., Scranton. To support this effort, memorial contributions can be made to the James Simms Memorial Concert Fund, c/o St. John's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 118, Hamlin, PA 18427. For online condolences, visit www.duffyandsnowdon.com .
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Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 17, 2015
Stevens Sr., Donald A. - Oriskany  
Donald A. Stevens Sr., 81, a resident of the Eastern Star Home of Oriskany, N.Y., died Thursday following an illness. He was preceded in death by his wife, Selina (Powell) Stevens, on March 22. The couple celebrated 59 years of marriage on Oct. 8. Born June 27, 1933, in Scranton, son of the late Nelson A. and Beulah (Pelham) Stevens, Donald was raised in Moscow and was a graduate of Moscow High School. He was a former resident of Eden, N.Y., and Caneadea, N.Y. He was a retiree of Bethlehem Steel Corp., Lackawanna, N.Y. He was past grand representative of the Grand Chapter of Louisiana, near the Grand Chapter of New York, Order of Eastern Star, past patron of the Bartlett Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, Belfast, N.Y.; and a member of Campus Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, Oriskany. Donald was a life member of Eden Fire Department and a charter member of the Eden Emergency Squad. He was also a past member of the Moscow Fire Department. Surviving are daughters, Selina Guendel and husband, Carl; and Frances Leonard and husband, Anthony; a son, Donald A. Stevens Jr.; a sister-in-law, Frances Dubransky and husband, William; grandchildren, Anthony Leonard Jr., Rory Bialecki and wife, Rebekah; Elizabeth Leonard, Johnathon Leonard and wife, Pamela; Rebecca Dziamski and husband, Chad; Arthur Leonard, Daniel Stevens, Helen Stevens and Selina E. Guendel; and seven great-grandchildren. Memorial services for Donald and his wife, Selina, will be held June 13 at noon at the Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Eastern Star Home, P.O. Box 959, Oriskany, NY 13424, or to Eden Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 111, Eden, NY 14057. For online condolences, visit www.duffyandsnowdon.com .
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Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 19, 2015
Stevens, Maryann - Scranton  
Maryann Stevens of North Scranton died Saturday surrounded by her family in Commonwealth Hospice of Northeastern Pennsylvania after a brief illness. She was the daughter of the late William and Alice Clarke Stevens and was a 1968 graduate of Scranton Technical High School. After graduation, she was employed by Specialty Records in Olyphant. Maryann loved spending time with family, especially on Sunday, where she would be the lifeguard for all her nieces and nephews at the family pool. She celebrated her Irish heritage by attending the Scranton St. Patrick's Day Parade every year. She was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church. She was active in her parish volunteering at bingo and the annual block party. She was the majority inspector for the voting poll at Bangor Heights. She is survived by nine brothers and sisters, Bill Stevens, June Schofield, Joan Stevens, Alice Marie Keisling, Carol Zarcone, Linda Jenkins, and Frank, Paul and Jim Stevens; her brothersin-law and sisters-in law; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and an aunt. She was also preceded in death by a brother, John Stevens, on July 12, 2014; her aunt, Mary Klem; and her brother-in-law, Gary Keisling. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in Mary, Mother of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church, William Street, Scranton. Friends and family attending are asked to go directly to the church. Interment will be at Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton. Friends may call today from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Snowdon Funeral Home, Sanderson Avenue, Scranton. Memorial contributions may be made to Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice of NEPA, 746 Jefferson Ave., Scranton, PA 18510; or Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Twp., PA 18411. For online condolences, please visit www.duffyandsnowdon.com .
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Published in Scranton Times from Apr. 13 to Apr. 14, 2015
Surdy Jr., Atty. Joseph F. - Scranton  
Atty. Joseph F. Surdy Jr., 67, of Scranton, died Tuesday at home. Born on June 12, 1947, son of the late Joseph F. Sr. and Johanna Gawel Surdy, Joseph graduated from St. Benedict's Preparatory School before studying nuclear physics at Rutgers University, Newark, N.J., for three-and-a-half years. After leaving Rutgers to embark on a one year "Easy Rider" motorcycle tour of the United States and Canada, he eventually re-enrolled at Rutgers, receiving a bachelor's degree in sociology. While working for the City of Newark full time, he also earned his MBA from Rutgers. After holding the position of contract administrator for the City of Newark, he resigned at the age of 38 to attend Franklin Pierce School of Law at the University of New Hampshire, where he would go on to obtain his Juris Doctorate. Upon passing the New Jersey bar exam, he began his private law practice in Newark, where he had several of his successful cases published by the local newspapers. Interested in electronics from the days of his youth, his first endeavor took place at age 11, having built a transmitter to be able to "talk on the air." He had an interest in computers and was an avid hiker. Passing away unexpectedly on Tuesday evening, he will be forever missed by his loved ones. He is survived by his loving brother, Frank Surdy and wife, Barbara Castelletti, Scranton; nieces, Nicole Surdy Betz, Indiana; Cheryl Surdy, Scranton; and Kristin Surdy, New York; and two great-nephews, Ian Matthew and Aidan Alexander Betz. The funeral will be Saturday at 9:30 a.m. from the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 517 N. Main St., Old Forge, with a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary of the Assumption Church at Prince of Peace Parish, 123 W. Grace St., Old Forge. Interment will follow at St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Old Forge. Relatives and friends may pay their respects Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Joseph's name to the donor's choice in care of his family. Visit the funeral home's website for directions or to leave an online condolence.
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Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 16, 2015
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