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Coles, Anthony L. - Duryea  
Anthony L. Coles, 47, of Duryea, died Sunday in Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton. Born in Scranton on June 9, 1967, he was a son of Rose (Melucci) Coles of Duryea and the late Kenneth C. Coles. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of four years, Zenaida (Belardo) Coles; brothers, William Coles and wife, Joan, Dunmore; Ronald Coles, Dunmore; Patrick Coles and wife, Kim, Forest City; and Kenneth Coles Jr. and wife, Ellen Jane, Avoca; and several nieces and nephews. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to Kniffen O'Malley Funeral Home, 728 Main St., Avoca. Condolences may be sent at www.Omalleyfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 28, 2015
Collins, Jean - Scranton  
Jean Collins, 90, of Scranton, died Monday morning at the Scranton Health Care Center, where she had been a resident for a short while. She was the widow of Alfred "Al" Collins, who died in January 2007. Born and raised in Scranton, daughter of the late Albert and Verna Masters Mathews, she was a graduate of West Side schools. Although Jean didn't work, she did have a full-time job as a homemaker, raising her 11 children. She was an avid Yankees fan, loved Elvis and enjoyed following the local band "Last Call." She is survived by three daughters, Sherrie Morgan, East Benton; Debbie Collins, New Jersey; and Kim Karzenoski, Throop; seven sons, Alfred, Ronald, Jeff, Rodney and Mark, all of Scranton; Robert, Clarks Summit; and David, South Carolina; 32 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her son, Albert "Butch," who died in June 2007; and two brothers, Edgar Mathews and Albert Mathews. The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the staff and doctors at the Scranton Health Care Center for the special care and compassion they showed while caring for Jean. A memorial service will be scheduled in the near future. Arrangements by Yurkanin Funeral Home, 1115 Main St., Dickson City.
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Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 29, 2015
Collins, Kathryn Kelley - Meshoppen  
Kathryn Kelley Collins, 91, of Meshoppen, formerly of Dunmore, died Friday morning at Tyler Memorial Hospital. She was the widow of John Collins Sr., who died in 1973. Born in Scranton on July 3, 1923, daughter of the late Herbert and Anna Fritz Kelley, she was a graduate of St. Paul's High School in Scranton. During her lifetime, she worked at Scranton Dry Goods Co., National Pretzel Co. in Dunmore and Maid Rite Meat Co. in Dunmore. Upon retiring, she volunteered for Meals on Wheels in Scranton, the Scranton Cultural Center, the Downtown Senior Center in Scranton and the Ronald McDonald House in Scranton. She thoroughly enjoyed volunteering, especially at the Downtown Senior Center ,where she was entertained by plays and other events held there. Kathryn is survived by her daughter-in-law, Eileen Collins, Meshoppen; two grandchildren, Jason Collins and wife, Aubrie, Dunmore; and Shannon Collins Evans, Meshoppen; three great-grandchildren, Destiny and Damion Evans and Felix Collins; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, John Collins Jr., on Nov. 5, 2014; three sisters, Delores Familetti, Anna Pryal and Geraldine Romanowski; and brothers, Herbert Kelley and William Kelley. According to her wishes, there will be no services. There will be a burial at the Cathedral Cemetery in Scranton at a later date at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 332 Wheeler Ave., Scranton, PA 18510, or to the Downtown Senior Center, 305 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA 18503. Arrangements were entrusted with Sheldon Funeral Homes, Route 6, Meshoppen. Online condolences may be made at www.sheldonfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in Scranton Times on May 3, 2015
Cottrell, Herbert C. - Lake Ariel  
Herbert "Sonny" C. Cottrell, 74, of Lake Ariel, died Friday at Regional Hospital of Scranton following an illness. Born in Burnwood, Susquehanna County, son of the late Earl and Juanita (Wademan) Cottrell, he was a graduate of Susquehanna Community High School, class of 1958, and a veteran of the Army. Before retirement, Herbert was employed by Links Corp & Lockheed Martin. He also was a handyman, and worked at Schaffer's Hardware in Hamlin. He enjoyed hunting, bowling, square dancing, fishing and NASCAR. Surviving are a daughter, Tina Cooper and her husband, James, Old Forge; a son, Dale and his companion, Ronda, Simpson; sisters, Barbara Phillips and her husband, William; and Charlotte Thomas and her husband, Dale; a brother, Arnold and his wife, Carol; his companion, Judy Williams; three grandchildren, two great-granddaughters and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. in the James Wilson Funeral Home, 143 Gravity Road, Lake Ariel, and Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. in the East Ararat United Methodist Church. A memorial service and burial will follow. Interment, East Ararat Cemetery. Cremation took place at the Lake Region Crematory. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to assist the family may be made to Barbara Phillips, P.O. Box 448, Olyphant, PA 18447. Arrangements have been entrusted to and are under the direction of the James Wilson Funeral Home. For directions or to send the family an online condolence, visit www.jameswilsonfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 28, 2015
Crolly, George W. - West Scranton  
George W. Crolly, 93, of West Scranton died Monday morning at home. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 58 years, Alice Jordan Crolly, on Oct. 8, 2006. Born in Scranton on Jan. 30, 1922, son of the late George and Cecelia Burnum Crolly, George was a graduate of Scranton Technical High School, class of 1940. A well-decorated Army veteran of World War II, George was a proud recipient of the Silver Star, Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Unit Award, American Theater Service Medal, EAME Theater Service Medal with two Bronze Stars and the World War II Victory Medal nearly 70 years ago. Also a member of the VFW Post 6528, he was a retired member of the Local Teamsters. A machinist, he formerly worked for Medico Industries Inc. before retiring from Penn Auto Parts. Of Roman Catholic faith, George was an active longtime member of St. Patrick's Parish in West Scranton, where he served as a Eucharistic minister, usher and volunteer for endless church functions. A loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he passed away peacefully Monday morning surrounded by his adoring family. He will be dearly missed. He is survived by his six children, daughters, Mary Alice Argust and husband, Richard C., Allentown; and Patricia and Maureen Nancy Crolly, both of Scranton; and sons, George John Crolly and wife, Karen, Jacksonville, Ill.; Thomas J. Crolly, Scranton; and Martin A. Crolly and wife, Denise, Duryea; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and his beloved cat, Banshee. A grandson, Shane T. Crolly; a brother, James Crolly; and a sister, Alice Torda; also preceded him in death. His children wish to acknowledge and thank the wonderful nurses and aides of Traditional Home Health & Hospice for the outstanding care given to their father. Funeral services are scheduled to begin on Friday at 9:15 a.m. from the Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 125 N. Main Ave., Scranton, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 at St. Patrick's Church, 1403 Jackson St., West Scranton. Interment with full military rites by the AMVETS Honor Guard will follow at the Cathedral Cemetery. Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick's Food Pantry, 1401 Jackson St., Scranton, PA 18504. Visit the funeral home website for directions or to leave an online condolence.
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Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 28, 2015
D'Nicuola, Peter A. - Easton  
Peter A. D'Nicuola, 82, died Thursday. Born in Pen Argyl, son of Peter D'Nicuola and Nellie Laurito, he lived almost his entire life in Easton. He was a 1951 graduate of Easton High School. Upon graduating, he served three years in the Army during the Korean War. After his Army discharge, he spent one year at Moravian Prep. From there, he attended East Stroudsburg State Teacher's College, where he met his wife of 55 years, the former Alberta Perri. Peter was a teacher in the Easton Area School District for more than 35 years. There he taught math and driver's education. He also taught night classes to foreign born students for several years. For about 20 years, Peter was president of the Easton Area Schoolmen's Association, founded by Joseph Mamana, a former principal. The Schoolmen's Association is a social and fundraising club, giving yearly scholarships to deserving students. Peter was a member of the YMCA, the Citizens Hose, the Order of Fleas and several other clubs and organizations. He enjoyed traveling to Canada and Alaska for fishing. He loved golfing, traveling all down the Atlantic seaboard yearly in younger days to do so. He was interested in all sports. In his later years, he enjoyed following the Phillies on TV, rarely missing a game during the season. He also enjoyed watching Jeopardy nightly. Peter always enjoyed his visits to Carbondale with his wife to visit family. He shared his wife's love for the Carbondale area and for the people of Carbondale. He will be greatly missed by friends and family and by his "little buddy," Coco. A special thank you goes to his hospice nurse, Linda Funari, and to his aide, Ryan W., two very special people. In addition to his wife, Peter is survived by a daughter, Lori D'Nicuola, who assisted with his care in his final days, and her husband, Art Knowles; a grandson, Sean Peter Dobson, of whom he was always very proud, all of Easton; sisters-in-law, Anna Mae Morack, Carbondale; and Madolyn Jacques and husband, Jim, Virginia Beach; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Peter was predeceased by three brothers, Al, Thomas and Angelo D'Nicuola; and three sisters, Mary and Lucy D'Nicuola and Antoinette Fisher. The funeral will be Monday from Lawrence A. Gabriel Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc, 74 N. Main St., Carbondale, with Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Carbondale. Interment, Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Finch Hill. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 until 10:30.
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Published in Scranton Times on May 3, 2015
Darmofal, Paul A. - Portland  
Paul A. Darmofal, 42, of Portland, Ore., formerly of Peckville, died April 29. Born in Scranton, son of Herman P. and Donna Cerato Darmofal, he was a graduate of Scranton Preparatory School and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in building sciences and a Bachelor of Arts in architecture. During his time at Rensselaer, he studied in India, Turkey and Italy. He was employed in the architectural field, first working for many years in the San Francisco area, more recently as a project architect with NBBJ from 2010 to 2014. Most recently, he was employed by TVA Architects of Portland. The family is grateful for the kindness and courtesy extended to them. His professional career included an airport in Qatar. Paul was particularly proud of this project. Paul was a man who lived for his family. Chester and Simon were his whole life. Although he is gone, he will not be forgotten, and always will be held closely in our hearts. Surviving are his wife, Kristin, and their two sons, Chester and Simon; two brothers, Mark and wife, Nicole Darmofal, Sterling; and Brad and wife, Kelly Darmofal, Winston-Salem, N.C., and their son, Alex; a grandmother, Rosemary Cerato, Throop; an aunt, Evelyn Darmofal Shea and husband, Tom; a cousin, Tom Shea Jr. and an aunt, Arlene Darmofal. A private viewing at the convenience of the family will be held at the John F. Glinsky Funeral Home, 445 Sanderson St., Throop, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Parish, St. Anthony's Church, Throop. Interment, Dunmore Cemetery. Send online condolences to jfglinskyfuneralhome@gmail.com.
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Published in Scranton Times on May 5, 2015
David, Ruthann - Riverside  
Ruthann David, age 68, the beautiful wife of Sgt. Major Henry David. USMC retired, passed away peacefully on March 26, 2015. at home in Riverside, Calif., with her family by her side. She is survived by her husband of 47 years Henry; her three children, Michael David, Michelle (Morgan) and Maggie (Curella); eight wonderful grandchildren; father, Frank Loughney; stepmother, Edith Loughney; brother, Frank Loughney; and extended family. She was born on October 3, 1946. in Scranton, Pa., to parents Frank and Ruth Loughney. Ruthann graduated from West Scranton High School in 1964 and soon thereafter married her high school sweetheart, Henry David. A dedicated military wife of 30 years, she had the opportunity to travel and live in a variety of wonderful places. She was an ardent sewer and quilter and co-owned "Giggles" custom kids' wear clothing business with her best friend, Dorothy Hopko. Ruth retired from the County of Riverside in 2008. Services were held April 8 in Riverside.
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Published in Scranton Times on May 1, 2015
Davitt, Joan Santora - Lake Winola  
Services are set for Joan Santora Davitt of Lake Winola, who died Thursday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 11 a.m. in St. Mary's of the Lake Church, Lake Winola. Those attending the funeral are asked to go directly to the church. Interment will be Fairview Cemetery, Lake Winola. Friends may call today from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Carl J. Savino Funeral Home, 157 S. Main Ave., West Scranton.
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Published in Scranton Times on May 3, 2015
Davitt, Joan Santora - Lake Winola  
Joan Santora Davitt of Lake Winola died Thursday afternoon in the Commonwealth Hospice of NEPA at the Regional Hospital of Scranton. She and her husband, Joseph P. Davitt, celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary April 28. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., daughter of the late Rocco L. and Hildegard M. Simerson Santora, she was educated in Brooklyn schools, and was a graduate of Madison High School. She and her family made their residence in Scranton in 1972. Before her retirement, she was employed as a unit secretary at the Mercy Hospital. She was a member of St. Mary of the Lake Church, Lake Winola. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She enjoyed traveling, dancing, cooking and baking. Her priority was her family and especially taking care of her granddaughter, Raina Rose. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Also surviving three daughters, Donna Gianacopoulos and husband, Lou, Scranton; Jean Hannon and husband, Robert, Scranton; and Kathy Efthimiou and husband, George, Taylor; two sons, Joseph Schwartz and wife, Sunny Ann, Moosic; and Richard Santora, Dunmore; nine grandchildren, Chris and Dan Schwartz, Kelly and Bobby Hannon, Louie and Kali Gianacopoulos, Lauren and Joey Mekilo and Raina Rose Santora; a sister, Ann Mackarey and husband, Michael, Clarks Summit; a brother, Alfred Santora and wife, Mary, Lakewood, Calif.; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was also preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Lt. John R. Buchner. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 11 a.m. in St. Mary's of the Lake Church, Lake Winola. Those attending the funeral are asked to go directly to the church. Interment will be Fairview Cemetery, Lake Winola. Friends may call Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Carl J. Savino Funeral Home, 157 S. Main Ave., West Scranton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lake Winola Fire Company 1 Inc., P.O. Box 73, Lake Winola, PA 18625, or to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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Published in Scranton Times on May 2, 2015
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