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Lewandowski, Chester Peter - Scranton  
Chester Peter Lewandowski, 91, of Scranton, died Wednesday at Hospice of the Sacred Heart. His wife is Mary Waverka Lewandowski. Born in Taylor, son of the late Joseph and Mary Ann Gutowski, he was an Army veteran, having served in Japan during the occupation, and earning the WWII Victory Medal. Before retiring, he was employed as a certified welder at Troyler Corp. Chester enjoyed Sunday afternoon rides and sitting on his back porch with his wife, Mary. He also loved gardening, especially his tomatoes, picking blueberries and doing various projects with his brother, Hank. Also surviving are two brothers, Henry "Hank" and wife, Ann; and Edwin "Wadz"; and nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by an infant brother, Leo, in Poland; a sister, Catherine, during the flu epidemic; brothers, Matthew "Matt" and wife, Frances; Stanley "Stash" and wife, Josephine; four sisters, Stephanie "Stafie" and husband, Joseph Brozoski; Ann "Annie" and husband, Joseph Kujda; Estelle "Stella" and husband, Richard Klens; and Jean and husband, Joseph Kijesky; and a sister-in-law, Rose Oleski Lewandoski. The funeral will be Monday 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. Ann's Basilica, to be celebrated by the Rev. Richard Burke. Interment, SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Taylor. Friends may call today from 4 to 7 p.m.
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Published in Scranton Times from Apr. 22 to Apr. 24, 2016
Loures, Sister Maria Regina - Scranton  
Sister Maria Regina Loures, I.H.M., of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, died on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton. She was born on Jan. 16, 1939, in Brooklyn, N.Y., and given the name Arlene. She was the daughter of the late George and Mary Connolly Loures. She entered the IHM Congregation on Feb. 2, 1957, and made her temporary profession of vows on Aug. 4, 1959, and her final profession of vows on Aug. 15, 1964. Sister Maria Regina served as a teacher at the following schools: Little Flower Elementary School in Bethesda, Md., from 1959 to 1965; St. Patrick's Elementary School in Scranton, from 1965 to 1966; and St. Raphael Elementary School in St. Petersburg, Fla., from 1966 to 1968. She also taught summer school classes at Marywood College in Scranton in 1975 and 1976. Sister served as principal at: St. John the Baptist Elementary School in Pittsburgh from 1974 to 1976; and Our Lady of Mercy Elementary School in Forest Hills, N.Y., from 1976 to 1978. She also served as an education consultant for the IHM Congregation in Scranton from 1970 to 1974; sector superior for the IHM Congregation from 1978 to 1986; co-vicar for religious for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y., from 1986 to 1998; associate retreat director at Bishop Molloy Passionist Retreat House in Jamaica, N.Y., from 1999 to 2007; administrator of Our Lady of Grace Center in Manhasset, N.Y., from 2008 to 2013. She was a retreat director and group facilitator in the New York City and Long Island areas from 2013 to 2016. From 2016 until the time of her death, Sister Maria Regina was a prayer minister at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Marywood College and a Master of Education degree in administration and supervision from Duquesne University. She was also preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Raymond Connolly. She is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, George and Maggie, Franklin Square, N.Y.; a sister, Maryellen (Ellie) Connolly, Rockaway Point, N.Y.; nieces and nephews; a great-niece and great-nephews. She is also survived by members of the IHM Congregation. The funeral will be Saturday, April 30, at 9:30 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Peace Residence, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. Friends may call at Our Lady of Peace Residence on Friday, April 29, between 3 and 5:30 p.m. A prayer service will be held at 4. Interment will follow Mass on Saturday at St. Catherine's Cemetery in Moscow. Memorial contributions may be made to support the retired IHM Sisters c/o the IHM Sisters Retirement Fund, IHM Center, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509.
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Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 28, 2016
Mandigo, John J. - Taylor  
John J. Mandigo, 50, of Taylor, died Wednesday. He is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 10 years, Terri Rose Mandigo. Born Nov. 15, 1965, son of Jane Banker Mandigo of Taylor and the late Lawrence Mandigo, he had worked as a forklift operator at Mia Products in Moosic before his illness. An automobile enthusiast and talented mechanic, he loved cars, especially Corvettes. Considered the "greatest poppy in the world," he was an adoring grandfather who will be forever missed. He is also survived stepchildren, Jordan Wells and wife, Tiffany; and Carissa Slater and husband, Robert, all of Mehoopany; sisters, Cindy Rought, Tunkhannock; and Kathy Traver, Meshoppen; three beloved grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Gage Wells. His wife wishes to extend her appreciation to the entire staff of Geisinger CMC, to the Open Door Baptist Church family, and to her work family at Voluntary Action Center, for their support, compassion and care throughout John's illness. A memorial service will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. in Open Door Baptist Church, 826 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor. Relatives and friends may pay their respects Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Open Door Baptist Church. Arrangements are under the care of the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 517 N. Main St., Old Forge. Visit the funeral home's website to leave a condolence.
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Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 29, 2016
Marich, Marcella - Moosic  
Marcella Marich, age 90, of Moosic, passed away Friday morning at Regional Hospital of Scranton, after an illness. She is survived by her beloved husband, Michael Marich. Wed on Oct. 8, 1954, the couple celebrated 61 years of marriage. Born on July 1, 1925, and raised in South Scranton, Marcella was the daughter of the late Joseph and Angela Garscia Sienkiewicz. A graduate of the former Scranton Central High School, she then worked for the International Correspondence School before retiring from the book department of Scranton's Globe Store. She and her husband were longtime members of St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church in Old Forge. An avid reader, she also loved to sew and solve crossword puzzles. A loving wife, mother and grandmother, she will be forever missed by her loved ones. She is also survived by her three children, Mary Ellen Kern of Wilkes-Barre; Dr. Michael J. Marich and wife, Lisa of Yorba Linda, Calif.; and Bryan Marich and wife, Donna of Beach Lake; her six grandchildren, Rachel, Melissa, Maria, Michael M., Laura and Christopher; and many nieces and nephews. A daughter, Denise Russell; and siblings, Richard, Albert, Tillie, Jean and Amelia, also preceded her death. Her family would like to offer their gratitude to Dr. Paul Remick for being such a wonderful doctor throughout Marcella's illness. An Office of Christian Burial is scheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Nicholas of Myra Church, 140 Church St., Old Forge, to be conducted by the Rev. Gary J. Mensinger. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 517 N. Main St., Old Forge. Visit the funeral home website for directions or to leave an online condolence.
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Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 30, 2016
Martin Sr., Carlos F. - Roaring Brook Twp.  
Carlos F. Martin Sr., formerly of Roaring Brook Twp., died Monday evening. He and his wife, the former Lillian Singagliese, would have celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on Oct. 27. Born in Newark, N.J., son of the late Joseph and Rose Pitta Martin, he made his residence in Scranton, where he was educated and was a graduate of West Scranton High School. He was a veteran of the Navy, serving during the Korean War. Before retirement, he was employed as manager of the engineering department of Troyler Corp. of Scranton. He was also the former owner of the Olde Brook Inn, Roaring Brook Twp. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was an entrepreneur, specializing in carpentry and electrical engineering. He was a very talented man and had the ability to fix anything for his family and friends. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Also surviving are four sons, Joseph and wife, Allie, Madison Twp.; Carlos, Thornhurst; Vincent and wife, Diana, Madison Twp.; and Nicholas, Scranton; four grandchildren, Leah, Amanda, Marina and Gino; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Octavio; and a sister, Lucille. The funeral will be Saturday with a blessing service at 10:30 a.m. from the Carl J. Savino Funeral Home, 157 S. Main Ave., Scranton. Entombment will be in Cathedral Cemetery Mausoleum. Friends may call Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.
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Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 28, 2016
May, Joell K. - Old Forge  
Joell K. May, 44, of Old Forge, passed away unexpectedly at Geisinger Community Medical Center on Sunday. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph May, on March 24, 2016. Born in Taylor, she was the daughter of the late Joseph P. and Francy Lou Mulka Murphy and was a member of St. Ann's Basilica, and a 1990 graduate of Riverside High School. She had previously been employed by Clarks Summit State Hospital and was a member of AFSCME, Local 2327. She generously donated her organs through the Gift of Life Program. Joell was always a person you could count on and was so full of life. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Joell enjoyed spending time with her dogs, Maggie and Ava, gardening, reading, shopping and traveling,but most of all, she enjoyed family outings and spending time with her nieces and nephews, whom affectionately referred to her as "Cioci." Surviving are two sisters, Jacalyn Wellicka and husband, Bernie, of Moscow; Jill Torrisi and husband, Dave, of Taylor; four brothers, Jay and wife, Lori of Scranton; Chris and wife, Wendy, of Taylor; Jack and wife, Diana, of Tucson, Ariz.; and Shawn of Taylor; mother-in-law, Helene May; and three brothers-in-law, Jack, Paul and Michael and wife, Paula May, all of Scranton; 13 nieces and nephews, Megan Leonard and husband, Adam; Gretchen and Gabrielle Wellicka, David and Matthew Torrisi, Stephanie, Marrissa, Michael, Egan, McKenzie, Madison and Colin May, and Jordan Checho; aunts, uncles and cousins. She was also preceded in death by her father-in-law, John May. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Jack Connor, C.P., on Friday at 11 a.m. in St. Ann's Basilica. A private interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Jacob Davis Funeral Home, 422 S. Main St., Taylor. Those attending the funeral are asked to go directly to the church on Friday. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc., P.O. Box 4383, Bethlehem, PA 18018.
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Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 27, 2016
McCarthy, William R. - Nicholson  
William "Stogie" McCarthy, 74, of Nicholson, died Sunday at the Golden Living Center in Tunkhannock. Born in Dunmore, he was the son of the late Thomas McCarthy and Ruth Denniston. He was a 1959 graduate of Dunmore High School and was a lifelong over-the-road truck driver. Surviving William are three daughters, Linda D'Amario and husband, Alphonse; Margaret Wilkins and husband, Keith; and Maureen Rafferty; one son, William McCarthy and companion, Karen Lamorte; one brother, Thomas McCarthy and wife, Toni; a sister, Mary Burrows and husband, Ed; a sister-in-law, Margo Swan; six grandchildren, Bryan Chapman and wife, Jenn; Kevin Chapman, Sara Hribar and husband, Matt; Kecia Wilkins and companion, Gary Tokash; Corey McCarthy and companion, Nicole Wharton; and Kayla Chapman and husband, Tyler; seven great-grandchildren, Karisn, Keden, Ethan, Aria, Harper, Domenick and Haylee, who is on her way; nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by a son-in-law, Pat Rafferty; two brothers, Steve and Jack Denniston; and three sisters, Jean and Ann Denniston and Nancy McCarthy. A viewing will be held today from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Charles H. Litwin Funeral Home, 91 State St., Nicholson. Funeral services and interment in the Nicholson Cemetery will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House or the Janet Weis Children's Hospital in Danville, in honor of his great-grandson, Domenick Chapman.
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Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 26, 2016
Miller, Viola H. - Waverly  
Viola H. Miller, 95, of Waverly, died Wednesday afternoon at Abington Manor Nursing Home. Her husband of 16 years, the late Fred Miller, died in 1992. Born in Negaunee, New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late Escott and Florence Henwood Harris. Viola was a 1937 graduate of Neguanee Public School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Michigan University in 1941. Forever a student with a desire for learning, she did graduate studies at the University of Michigan, and after moving to Pennsylvania, the University of Scranton. She taught commercial subjects in Mayville, Mich., after graduation, and during the war, took a year off to work at Wilcox-Rich Division of Eaton Manufacturing as a drill press operator. She then returned to teaching at Negaunee High School. When Viola moved to Scranton, she began her 20- year career at International Correspondence Schools. She worked her way up from being an instructor/writer to director of the woman's division. She authored texts on indexing and filing, office procedures, office forms, report writing and how to be an instructor. She also developed a system of shorthand called "Alpha-hand," which was distributed nationally and internationally. Following her years at ICS, she worked for the Department of Education in Harrisburg. She continued teaching, doing in-service training for state and local government workers, police, firemen, school secretaries, school board members and business managers. In 1974, she was installed as president of the National Association of Educational Secretaries. She also worked for the Public Service Division of Wilkes University, and was featured in an article in Parade Magazine titled, "No Apple for This Teacher." Viola also found time to learn to fly an airplane. Along with her husband, Fred, a CPA, they traveled to various locations in the United States, mostly for pleasure, but occasionally in connection with their work activities. In recent years, she was doing in-store demonstrations promoting products, distributing product information and samples of items on a part-time basis. She was a regular demo at Sam's Club on Saturdays. She was a member of Waverly United Methodist Church, where she served as president of church council, member of staff parish and trustees. She was a certified lay speaker and served on conference committees. She was a life member of the Order of Eastern Star, Negaunee Chapter 100. She was appointed as honorary Ringmaster of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, was a special guest at Heathrow's 50th Anniversary Celebration, where she met Queen Elizabeth. She was also commissioned an honorary Texas citizen by the governor of Texas, and an honorary citizen of Ybor City, Florida, and recognized by the Florida Association of Educational Secretaries for outstanding service. Surviving are her "adopted families," Norman T. "Pastor Ted" and Holly Faux and family, as well as Shirley Rosencrance and family, and many friends and cousins. The "family" would like to thank the staff of the third floor at Abington Manor for the excellent care Viola received during her time there, as well as Hospice of the Sacred Heart. Services will be held at a later date. Friends may call Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit. Viola always had a special place in her heart for animals, and it was her wish that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in her name to the Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Road, South Abington Twp., PA 18411, or to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 100 William St., Dunmore, PA 18512. For directions or to send an online condolence, visit the funeral home website.
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Published in Scranton Times on May 1, 2016
Moroski, Loraine M. - Randolph  
Loraine M. (Dombrowski) Moroski, 59, of Randolph, N.J., passed away at her home Sunday, April 24, 2016, following long illness. She was born in Hackensack, N.J. and formerly resided in Elmwood Park, N.J. and Fairlawn, N.J. She enjoyed needlepoint, camping and going up to the trailer in the Poconos, but mostly Lorraine loved her grandson. She is survived by her husband Jim of 39 years; son, James Jr., of Randolph; grandson, Jacob Anthony and his mother, Christina; parents, Marion and Audrey Dombrowski. She is also survived by her siblings, Linda and Ken Kubasta, Joseph and Lori Dombrowski, Mark and Rose Moroski, Tom and Kathy Moroski, John and Robin Moroski, and Janet and Bill Lewis; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, Robert, in 2015; and her in-laws, Tom and Ruth, in 2009. Memorial visitation, Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 11 a.m.-noon, with a memorial service beginning at noon at Tuttle Funeral Home, 272 State Route 10 West, Randolph ( www.tuttlefh.com ). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to her family, P.O. Box 11, Ironia, NJ 07845.
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Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 29, 2016
Narcoonis, Marion - Olyphant  
Marion Narcoonis, 90, of Olyphant, and formerly of Dickson City, died Friday at the VNA Hospice Inpatient Unit at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald J. Narcoonis, Nov. 18, 2004. They had been married 55 years at the time of his death. Born in Blakely, she was the daughter of the late Leo and Mary DeGutis Moczadlowski and was a member of St. Mary's Visitation Church, Dickson City, and formerly St. Thomas the Apostle Church, were she was active in multiple societies. She was a graduate of Dickson City High School. She was employed in the local garment industry as a seamstress, a waitress at the Country Club Inn, Clarks Summit, and before retirement, she was employed as a nurse's aide at Mid Valley Long Term Care Facility. She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who was an avid bowler at Prorock Lane's and Idle Hours, both of Dickson City. Later, she became a golfer, joining her husband on golf trips to South Carolina. She was the hostess of all family holiday parties. She will be deeply missed by all her family and friends. Surviving are a son, Gerald Narcoonis and wife, Irene, Dickson City; a daughter, Kathleen Welby and husband, Thom, Scranton; a daughter-in-law, Kathy Narcoonis, Archbald; grandchildren, Laurie Kaszuba, Joseph and Stephen Narcoonis, Jason, Kyle and Amy Narcoonis and Emily Welby; great-grandchildren, Brennan, Ryan and Tyler Narcoonis; nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a son, Michael Narcoonis; and two brothers, Leonard and Edward Moczadlowski. The funeral will be Tuesday at 9 a.m. from the Frank T. Mazur Funeral Home Inc., 601 Dundaff St., Dickson City, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in St. Mary's Visitation Church. Friends may call Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. For directions or to leave an online condolence, visit the funeral home website.
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Published in Scranton Times on May 1, 2016
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