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Swinick, Alfred E. - Ledgedale  
Alfred E. Swinick, Ledgedale, died Tuesday. Born in Avoca in 1924, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Louis Swinick, he was a member of the graduating class of 1954 from Penn State University, State College, majoring in math and agriculture. He was a World War II veteran before being honorably discharged. He loved living in the country and enjoyed hunting, fishing and reading. He was always interested in education and learning. He said that you could always learn something from someone else. He was an uncle, great-uncle and a great-great-uncle to many nieces and nephews. Surviving are his sisters, Rose, Louise and Betty. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Frank, Pete and Zack; and sisters, Sophia, Mary, Millie, Estelle, Helen and Theresa. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 11 a.m. in St. Thomas More Church, 105 Gravity Road, Lake Ariel. Anyone attending Mass is asked to go directly to the church. Interment, All Saints Cemetery, Hollisterville. Friends may call Friday, 3 to 7 p.m., at the James Wilson Funeral Home, 143 Gravity Road, Lake Ariel. For directions or to send the family an online condolence, visit www.jameswilsonfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 18, 2014
Tanana, Joan B. - Throop  
Joan B. Tanana, 75, of Throop, Pa., died peacefully Tuesday morning at Sacred Heart Hospice in Dunmore surrounded by her loving family. She was the widow of Frank T. Tanana Sr., who died in 1989. Born on Aug. 9, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Joseph P. and Rose Gobin Cabets. Raised and educated in Throop, she was a graduate of Throop High School. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by Supermarket Service for 34 years. She was a loving mother and devoted nanna who always cherished her time spent with her family. Joan enjoyed cooking and playing cards. Joan's family would like to thank Dr. Linda Thomas Hemak and Dr. Lisa Thomas and also the entire staff of Sacred Heart Hospice for all their special care and kindness. Surviving are a son, Frank Tanana and wife, Paula, Olyphant; son, Michael Tanana, Throop; son, Joseph Tanana and companion, Patty Monahan, Throop; son, Vincent Tanana and wife, Lynn, Throop; daughter, Julie Tanana, Throop; daughter, Gina Tanana, Jessup; brother, Joseph Cabets and wife, Renee, Throop; a sister-in-law, Christine Cabets, Throop; seven grandchildren, Nicole and Sara Tanana, Alyssa and Frankie Tanana, Emmalee Viola, Victoria and Pio Tanana nieces and nephews; and cousins. She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Yountas; and a brother, Robert Cabets. The funeral will be Saturday at 9 a.m. from the John F. Glinsky Funeral Home, 445 Sanderson St., Throop, with Mass at 9:30 in Blessed Sacrament Parish at St. Anthony's Church, 215 Rebecca St., Throop. Interment, St. John's Cemetery (annex). Friends may call Friday, 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, all donations can be made to St. Joseph's Children's Hospital. Send online condolences to jfglinskyfuneralhome@gmail.com.
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Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 18, 2014
Tufano Sr., Aniello - Lake Ariel  
Aniello "Neil" Tufano Sr., the Hideout, Lake Ariel, died Monday afternoon in the University of Pennsylvania Hospital after an illness. His beloved wife of 33 years is Catherine Gardner. Born in Brooklyn, son of the late Gaetano and Alice Mounsey Tufano, he was educated in New York schools. and was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, Hamlin. He was employed as an oil truck driver in Queens, N.Y. Also surviving are a son, Aniello "Neil" Tufano Jr. and his wife, Jennifer, South Canaan; a sister, Elizabeth Sonsini, Sadsburyville, N.Y.; brothers, Thomas, Queens; and Nicholas, Mahopac, N.Y.; granddaughters, Isabelle, Genevieve and Jennika Tufano; and a niece and nephews, Christopher, Nicholas, Gabriella, Louis, Charles, Michael and Vincent. The viewing will be held Sunday from 2 to 4:30 p.m., with funeral services beginning at 4:30 in the James Wilson Funeral Home, 143 Gravity Road, Lake Ariel, with the Rev. Ronald Miller, Ph.D., officiating. Cremation will follow in the Lake Region Crematory at the James Wilson Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages and requests that memorial contributions be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. For directions, to share a memory or to leave a condolence, visit the funeral home website.
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Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 19, 2014
Ulbrich, Catherine M. - Scranton  
Our dearest mother, Catherine (Kay) M. Ulbrich, born and raised in Scranton, passed away on Dec. 11, 2014, at the age of 98, surrounded by her three loving daughters, Patricia Flath, Lake Clear, N.Y.; Mary Lou Rappaport and Noreen Smith, Orlando, Fla. Woodlawn Funeral Home in Gotha, Fla., is handling arrangements. For more information and to offer condolences, please go to www.woodlawnfuneralhomegotha.com .
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Published in Scranton Times from Dec. 19 to Dec. 20, 2014
Voytek, Tommy - Dunmore  
Tommy Voytek, 39, of Dunmore, died Thursday evening at home after a three-year battle with ALS. Born in Scranton, he was the son of Thomas F. Sr. and Madelyn Volz Voytek, Dunmore, and a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Dunmore. He was a 1994 graduate of Dunmore High School and a 1999 graduate of the University of Scranton, where he received his bachelor's degree in business management. Tommy worked at Tom's Garage and Auto Sales, a family business, alongside his father since the age of 15. He was an avid Nascar fan, and loved to ride his motorcycle. He had a deep appreciation for the Navy, and attended numerous reunions with his father and brother-in-law aboard the USS Enterprise. He was a member of the Dunmore VFW, the NEPA Business Alliance Group and a former member of the BNI Marketing Association. He had a selfless and giving personality and truly enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, but he especially enjoyed spending time with his niece, Sara, whom he cherished. He will sadly be missed by all who knew and loved him. Also surviving are a sister, Lisa Voytek Naro and husband, Tony; and a niece, Sara, all of Dunmore; aunts and uncles, Frank Voytek and wife, Donna, Mount Joy; Steve Voytek and wife, Peggy; Betty Ann Costanzo and husband, Louis, all of Dunmore; Bobby Voytek and wife, Debbie, Scranton; Mary Brazil and husband, Jerry, Dunmore; James Volz and wife, Joan, Scranton; and Teddy Volz and wife, Katie, Philadelphia; and numerous cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Carolyn; and his grandparents, Francis and Elizabeth Voytek, and Ted and Helen Volz. The funeral will be Tuesday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with Mass at 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Chestnut Street, Dunmore. Those attending the Mass are asked to go directly to the church the morning of the funeral. Friends may call Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, make donations to the ALS Association Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 6051, Albert Lee, MN 56007. To leave an online condolence, visit www.DunmoreFuneralHome.com .
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Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 20, 2014
Vrabel, Anna Mae - Olyphant  
Anna Mae Vrabel, 90, of Olyphant, died Monday morning at VNA Hospice Unit at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton. She is the widow of Michael P. Vrabel, who died in 1978. Born in Scranton, daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Smarsh Kranick, she was a graduate of Olyphant High School. Mom was a Rosie the Riveter in Baltimore, Md., during World War II, assembling Hellcat and Avenger airplanes, her contribution to America's greatest generation war effort. Before her retirement, she worked at Pawnee Pants, Olyphant, and Linden Bakery at Weis Market, Peckville. She was a member of the Raymond Henry Post 327 American Legion Women's Auxiliary for the past 63 years. Anna Mae was a member of Holy Ghost Church, now Holy Cross Parish, and was deeply devoted to praying the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet. Surviving are her daughter and caregiver, Nancy, with whom she resided; a niece, nephews and cousins. She was also preceded in death by a son, Joseph; and two brothers, Joseph and Stephen Kranick. The family would like to thank the VNA hospice nurses and staff for their care and compassion. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday from the Michael P. Glinsky Funeral Home Inc., Grant Street, Olyphant, with Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Cross Parish at St. Patrick's Church, 200 Delaware Ave., Olyphant, with Monsignor Michael J. Delaney officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Ghost Cemetery, Blakely. Those attending the funeral services are asked to go directly to church. Friends may call today from 5 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Holy Ghost Cemetery Fund, 200 Delaware Ave., Olyphant, PA 18447, or the Visiting Nurse Association, 301 Delaware Ave., Olyphant, PA 18447. Visit www.glinskyfuneralhome.com for more information.
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Published in Scranton Times from Dec. 16 to Dec. 17, 2014
Whittaker, Mary Ann - Scranton  
Mary Ann Whittaker, R.N., of Scranton, died Wednesday at the Manor Care Health Center, Bethlehem, following an illness. Her husband is David Whittaker. The couple was married Sept. 10, 1982. Born in Scranton, daughter of the late Peter J. and Irene Zilla Worsnick, she was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School and Luzerne County Community College, where she received her registered nursing degree. Before her illness, she was employed by Moses Taylor Hospital for more than 20 years. Mary Ann was a loving and devoted wife and friend. She enjoyed cooking and always made it look easy. She also loved all animals, and she was loved and will be missed by all who knew her. She was a member of St. Peter's Cathedral. Also surviving are a brother, Frank and wife, Linda Worsnick; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Jerry and wife, Rie; and loving friends, Barbara Nole and Barbara Weiss. The funeral will be conducted on Saturday from the Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home Inc., 1030 N. Main Ave., Scranton, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Peter's Cathedral, 315 Wyoming Ave., Scranton. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. Friends and family will pay their respects today from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Twp., PA 18411. Visit the funeral home website for information or to send an online condolence.
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Published in Scranton Times from Dec. 18 to Dec. 19, 2014
Wilce, Robert L. - Dallas  
Robert L. Wilce, 72, of Dallas, died Friday at home. Born in Carbondale on Dec. 1, 1942, son of the late James and Christina Wagner Wilce, he was raised in Forty Fort. Bob graduated from Forty Fort High School, and received an associate degree in mechanical engineering from Penn State University. He was the president of WVDC Drafting Office in Wyoming. He served with the Army, stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Bob was a loving man who shared that love with his family and many friends over his lifetime. His best buddy was his 12-year-old grandson, "Mr. Gage." His compassion for stray or hurt animals was a well-known trait of Bob. Bob's love, smile and his friendship will be missed very much, especially by his family. He was a die-hard Penn State football fan. Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Susan Mars Wilce; daughter, Suzanne Williamson and her husband, Dean, Trucksville; grandson, Gage; brothers, Donald Wilce and his wife, Mary, Millville; and James Wilce and his wife, Ferne, Salisbury, Md.; sisters, Marilyn Urban, West Wyoming; and Jacqueline Born, Camp Hill; Gage's father, Richard Wasilius, Wyoming; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by a twin brother, Dick Wilce; brothers, Eugene Wilce and Gerald Wilce; and sisters, Ann Christopher and Myrtle Rundle. Friends may call Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 251 William St., Pittston, with a religious service at 7 with the Rev. Robert Wood officiating. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to Blue Chip Animal Farm, 974 Lockville Road, Dallas, PA 18612. Online condolences may be made at www.peterjadoniziofuneralhome.com .
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Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 20, 2014
Winters, Virginia "Ginny" - Beaufort  
Virginia "Ginny" Winters, 84, went to be with the Lord on December 16, 2014, at her Beaufort, S.C. home with her family by her side after a brief battle with cancer. Ginny was born September 8, 1930, in Scranton, Pa., to the late Wythe T. and Elizabeth T. Bolling. She resided in the Scranton area most of her life, with stops along the way in Spring Brook, Pa., Willow Grove, Pa., Kingston, Pa., Tunkhannock, Pa., and most recently in Beaufort, S.C. over the last two years. She married the love of her life, Frank Leroy Winters Jr., on March 21, 1953, in a double marriage ceremony at Clarks Summit First Presbyterian Church, along with Blair and Lois Bolling, and they became inseparable. Ginny and Blair are sister and brother and Frank and Lois are brother and sister. The sibling combination celebrated 61 years of love and happiness together earlier this year. Most important to Ginny was her family, whom she cherished and enjoyed spending time with whenever possible, especially during holidays. She became an expert in cross-stitching and turned out many beautiful works of art which are on display at the homes of family members and friends. She was very active in the church, serving as both an ordained deacon and elder and Sunday School teacher at various churches and was a member of the Sea Island Presbyterian Church in Beaufort, S.C. In 1952 Ginny graduated from Moses Taylor Hospital School of Nursing with a degree in Nursing. Her kindness and compassion comforted the many patients she cared for over the years. The lives of those she touched benefitted from her simple grace and benevolence. She was truly a beautiful person. Surviving in addition to her husband, Frank, are sons, Gary and wife, Nancy of Belvidere, N.J.; Jeffrey and wife, Melanie of Willow Grove, Pa.; and Frank III (Skip) and wife, Debra of Stewartsville, N.J.; daughter-in-law, Deborah of Ickesburg, Pa.; grandchildren, Melanie, Dylan, Daniel, Krista, Matthew, Valery, Erin, Taylor and Justin; great-grandchildren, Blake, Evan, Kai, Meadow, Savana, Scott, Ava and Sean; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceding her in death were sons, David and Wayne; grandson, Joel; and sisters, Barbara Haag and Judy Shirey. A memorial service will be held at Sea Island Presbyterian Church in Beaufort, S.C. at 11:00 a.m. preceded by visitation at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 20. There will also be a memorial service at Clarks Summit First Presbyterian Church in Clarks Summit, Pa. at 11:00 a.m. preceded by visitation at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 3 followed by lunch. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Clarks Summit First Presbyterian Church in Clarks Summit, PA; or the Sea Island Presbyterian Church in Beaufort, SC, in Ginny's name.
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Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 18, 2014
Witts, Margaret Hope Loftus - Simpson  
Margaret Hope Loftus Witts, 89, of Simpson, died Tuesday morning at the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore, after a brief illness. Her husband, Lewis T. Witts, died in 1999. A native of Carbondale, one of the Loftus triplets, she was the daughter of the late John A. "Jack" and Margaret Mangan Loftus. She was a member of St. Rose of Lima Church, Carbondale. She was a graduate of the Benjamin Franklin High School, Carbondale, and the Thomas School of Business. Before her retirement, she was employed as a bookkeeper for Ames Department Store, as well as for other small businesses in the Carbondale area. Margaret and her sister, Marian, were well known for their crafts and craft fairs and their Christmas ornaments. The family would like to thank all the caregivers and nurses at the Carbondale Nursing Center for their excellent and compassionate care. Surviving are a daughter, Karen DiPasquale and husband, Joseph, Jefferson Twp.; two sons, Tom and wife, Carol, Snellville, Ga.; and Ron and wife, Bonnie, Crystal Lake; five grandchildren, Hollie Witts Blankenship and husband, Kyle, Gouldsboro; Jeff Witts, Dickson City; Jennifer Rosa and husband, Ken, West Chester; Ashley Scarpetta, Syracuse, N.Y.; and Bobby McGranahan, Fort Myers, Fla.; two great-grandchildren, Emily Witts, Scranton; and Angelo Rosa, West Chester; a brother, John "Bucky" Loftus, Buda, Texas; and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Martine Charity Loftus; and Marian Faith Smith; and two grandchildren, Kelly Witts Murphy and Rick McGranahan. The funeral will be Friday from the Brennan & Brennan Funeral Home Inc., 55 Lincoln Ave., Carbondale, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Rose of Lima Church, Carbondale. Interment, Willow View Cemetery, Clifford. Friends may call Thursday from 4 to 8 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. 17, 2014
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