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Anderika, Helen - Duryea  
Helen Anderika, 93, of Duryea, died Tuesday. Mass will be Thursday at 10 a.m. in Holy Rosary Church, 127 Stephenson St., Duryea. Visitation, Thursday morning from 9 to 10 at the church. Arrangements by the Bernard J. Piontek Funeral Home Inc., 204 Main St., Duryea.
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Published in Scranton Times on June 22, 2016
Archibald, Demaris A. - East Petersburg  
Demaris A. "Demy" Archibald, 75, of East Petersburg, died at home following a lengthy illness, on Saturday, June 18, 2016. Born in Scranton, Demy was the daughter of the late P. Raymond and Iva Jane (Klipple) Bartholme. She was the loving wife of Warren M. Archibald, to whom she had been married for 52 years. She was a graduate of Newton-Ransom High School where she served as class president and was captain of the women's basketball team. She went on to Penn State where she served as treasurer of the Delta Zeta Sorority and graduated with a bachelor's degree in home economics. Demy worked as a teacher of home economics until her retirement from Columbia High School. She was a member of the Future Homemakers of America, where she served as both the local and state president. Demy was also a leader in the 4-H Clubs in various Pennsylvania counties. Demy was active in the Trinity United Church of Christ, East Petersburg, where she was a member for over 42 years, and sang in the church choir. Demy enjoyed cooking, sewing, knitting, crocheting, gardening, traveling and reading, but more than anything else, she loved spending time with her family. In addition to her husband, Demy is survived by her three sons, Paul Archibald, husband of Susan of Wayne; James Archibald, husband of Carrie of Whitefish, Mont.; and Steven Archibald of East Petersburg. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Zachary, Ethan, Justin, Sydney and Megan; two brothers, Neil Bartholme, husband of Carol of Newton; and James Bartholme, also of Newton; and a brother-in-law, William Archibald, husband of Beverly of North Port, Fla. She is also survived by many beloved nieces, nephews and extended family across America. Funeral services for Demy will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at the Trinity United Church of Christ, 2340 State St., East Petersburg. Family and friends will be received one hour before the service. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Demy's name may be made to Trinity United Church of Christ at the address above or Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604. To leave the family an online condolence, visit SnyderFuneralHome.com .
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Published in Scranton Times on June 22, 2016
Avvisato, Olga (DeAngelis) - Old Forge  
Olga (DeAngelis) Avvisato, 95, of Old Forge, died Thursday at the home of her son, with whom she resided. She was the widow of Saverio Avvisato, who died Oct. 2, 1997. Born in Old Forge, daughter of the late Loreto and Nazerina DeGirolamo DeAngelis and stepdaughter of the late Lucia Lattanzi DeAngelis, she received her education in the Old Forge School District. Olga was a seamstress, having been employed by Brooks Manufacturing, Old Forge, for 34 years until her retirement. She held membership in the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union and also belonged to the Old Forge Senior Citizens. A lifelong parishioner of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church (Prince of Peace Parish), Old Forge, she was a member of its former Altar & Rosary Society. Her true joy in life were her great-grandchildren, Lauryn and Luke. She lived for their smiles and their hugs and kisses. She enjoyed playing with them in their toy room and cuddling with them on the couch. "Grandma Og," as they called her, will be dearly missed by everyone. Surviving are a son, David Avvisato and wife, Josephine, Old Forge; grandchildren, Nicole Olivieri and husband, Mark; and Mark Avvisato; great-grandchildren, Lauryn and Luke Olivieri; and nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Anita Bruno; and a brother, Henry DeAngelis. Funeral services by Rev. August A. Ricciardi will be held Monday at 7 p.m. in the Victor M. Ferri Funeral Home, Robert J. Gillette, funeral director, 522 Fallon St., Old Forge. Interment will be held privately at the convenience of the family in the Old Forge Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. To leave an online condolence for Olga's family, visit www.ferrifuneralhome.com .
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Published in Scranton Times on June 25, 2016
Babich, Mary - Scranton  
Mary Babich, 94, a longtime resident of the Scranton area, died peacefully Friday. Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Catherine Chalichan Pucher. She graduated from Scranton Technical High School. Before retirement, she was employed by local industries in the Dunmore area. Mary was a member of St. John's Byzantine Catholic Church, Scranton. Her talents as a quilt maker always enhanced the Labor Day raffles of the church's St. Elizabeth Guild. Surviving are two daughters, Mary Elaine Jenkins, Walnutport, Pa.; Joann Blackmore, Laurence Harbor, N.J.; two sons, Michael and wife, Suzanne, Rockville, Md.; Robert and wife, Elizabeth, Taylor; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Frank Pucher, Mount Cobb; two sisters, Ann Kofel, Dunmore; and Julie Yevich, Scranton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael; four brothers, Michael, John, George, Peter; and three sisters, Catherine, Helen and Margaret. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Dunmore Health Center and Celtic Hospice. The funeral will be Monday from the Chipak Funeral Home, 343 Madison Ave., Scranton, where a Panachida service will be held at 9:30 a.m. followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:15 in St. John's Byzantine Catholic Church, Fourth and Broadway, Scranton, to be celebrated by the Rev. Leonard A. Martin, S.J., pastor. Interment to follow in the parish cemetery. Friends may call today at the funeral home from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to a charity of your choice.
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Published in Scranton Times on June 26, 2016
Bahara, Robert T. - Roaring Brook Twp.  
Robert T. Bahara, 74, of Roaring Brook Twp., died Monday at Geisinger Community Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, the former Elaine Mawn. Born in Scranton, son of the late Stanley and Rose Kobeski Bahara, Robert attended St. Anthony of Padua High School, New York, the University of Scranton and King's College, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Previously, he was a co­-owner of M. Brizer and Co. and more recently worked at Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services as a drug and alcohol specialist and liaison for the Lackawanna County Prison. He was a third-degree member of the Knights of Columbus, former member of the Elks Club, and was also a member of St. Eulalia's Parish, Moscow. Robert was a true outdoorsman and loved fishing and hunting. Being on the water with his sons and son­-in-law brought him much enjoyment. He was an avid baseball fan and coached his sons' youth baseball teams for many years. One of his greatest joys was making memories with family and friends in St. Maarten. Throughout his life, he cherished spending time with his family and embraced the moments he spent with his own. No one who met Bob will forget his generous and welcoming smile. He will be deeply missed, yet his memory will live on through those he loved. We can proudly say that Bob made a lasting impression on everyone he met with his charm, which was only surpassed by the size of his heart. Also surviving are a daughter, Michele Pusateri and husband, Joseph, Clarks Summit; sons, Rob Bahara and wife, Linda, Glen Mills; and Dr. Christopher Bahara and wife, Mary, East Stroudsburg; 10 grandchildren, Alexandra, Catherine and Michael Pusateri, Amanda, Rob, Victoria and Sophia Bahara, Christian, Caroline and Catherine Bahara; nieces, nephews and cousins. The funeral will be Friday at 9:15 a.m. from the Nicholas Chomko Funeral Home, 1132 Prospect Ave., South Scranton, with Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10 in St. Eulalia's Church, 214 Blue Shutters Road, Moscow, by Monsignor John W. Jordan. Interment, Sacred Hearts Cemetery, Davis Street, Scranton. Friends may call today, 5 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Eulalia's Building Fund, 214 Blue Shutters Road, Moscow, PA 18444.
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Published in Scranton Times from June 22 to June 23, 2016
Barrows, Patricia Wladika - Callahan  
Patricia Wladika Barrows of Callahan, Fla., formerly of Carbondale, Pa., passed into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on June 15 after a short illness. She was a member of Crossroad Assembly of God Church, Callahan, Fla. Pat, a graduate of Blakely High School, was born in Peckville, Pa., on Jan. 22, 1947, and lived in Florida for the last 31 years. She is survived by her husband, Grant Barrows; and daughter, Kimberly. Grant and Pat would have celebrated 50 years of marriage on Aug. 27. She is also survived by three sisters, Kathleen (Sam) Parchinski, Peckville, Pa.; Sandra (Walter) Noldy, Ridley Park, Pa.; and Fran (Steve) Lukasewicz, Peckville, Pa. Before her retirement, Pat was employed at Jaxport, Jacksonville, Fla. Having proudly served in the Navy, Pat will be interred at the Jacksonville National Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Martha Wladika. Pat was a loving, kind, and very generous person and will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. A celebration of Pat's life will be held at a later date.
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Published in Scranton Times on June 26, 2016
Benginia, Ann - Scranton  
Ann Benginia, of Scranton, died Thursday at home. She was the widow of Francis "Frank" Benginia, who died Oct. 15, 2008. The couple was married for 58 years. Born in Scranton, daughter of the late William and Anna Clifford McSorley, she was raised on Academy Street in West Scranton, graduated from St. Patrick's High School, was a member of St. Paul's Church and resided in Green Ridge for the last 66 years. Ann and her husband owned and operated Benginia's Bar for over 50 years. She enjoyed quilting, crossword puzzles and family trips. She had great faith and was a hard worker, who raised three generations. Ann had great patience, kindness and generosity. Ann's family would like to extend a special thanks to Hospice of the Sacred Heart and Green Ridge Health Care Center. Surviving are two daughters, Carol A. Benginia, Dunmore; and Mari Frietto and husband, George, Clarks Summit; two sons, Frank A. Benginia and wife, Jean, Bethlehem; and Brian Benginia, Scranton; a sister, Frances Phaneuf and husband, Dave, Scranton; six grandchildren, Mark Benginia, Arlene Tripp and husband, Douglas; Frankie Benginia and wife, Jen; Briana Gingerlowski and husband, Shawn; Alex and Anthony Frietto; five great-grandchildren, Olivia and Owen Gingerlowski, Sophia and Arianna Tripp and Gianna Benginia; a sister-in-law, Nancy McSorley, Endwell, N.Y.; nieces, nephews and cousins. She was also preceded in death by an infant sister, Mary; and a sister, Mary Greenfield; a brother, William McSorley. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, Oram Street, Scranton. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery. Friends may call Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. at McGoff-Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 1401 Capouse Ave., Scranton. Anyone attending the funeral is asked to go directly to the chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
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Published in Scranton Times on June 25, 2016
Benginia, Ann - Scranton  
Ann Benginia, of Scranton, died Thursday at home. A full obituary will appear in Saturday's edition of The Times-Tribune. Arrangements by the McGoff-Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 1401 Capouse Ave, Scranton
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Published in Scranton Times on June 24, 2016
Buickus, Anne M. - Wilkes-Barre  
Anne M. Buickus, 90, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Friday, June 24, 2016, in Holly Springs, N.C. She was born in Wilkes-Barre on Dec. 22, 1925, a daughter of the late Barney and Victoria Restitis Yaskus. Anne was a graduate of G.A.R. Memorial High School, class of 1943. She was formerly employed as a bookkeeper at Balester Optical and later joined First Eastern Bank, where she worked as a customer-service representative until her retirement in 1988. Before its closing, Anne was a member of Holy Trinity Church in Wilkes-Barre and was a member of the Christian Mother's Society and church choir. She was a member of Our Lady of Hope Parish, Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre. Anne loved playing bingo at the Wilkes-Barre Twp. Senior Citizens Center, playing cards, playing games on her computer, especially solitaire and Wheel of Fortune, and watching television. She was preceded in death by her husband, George A. Buickus, in 2004; and by her brothers, Joseph Yashkas and John Yashkus. Surviving are her children, George A. Buickus Jr., Wellsboro; Barbara A. Layaou and her husband, Chet, Lake Carey; Bernard G. Buickus and his wife, Cindy, West Wyoming; Ann F. Wierzbicki and her husband, Stan, Holly Springs, N.C.; and Lori A. Buickus, with whom she resided in Holly Springs, N.C.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 9:30 in Our Lady of Hope Parish, 40 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Bear Creek Twp. Friends may call on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial gifts may be made in her honor to the Holly Springs Food Cupboard, P.O. Box 268, Holly Springs, NC 27540, or online at www.hsfoodcupboard.org/donate . Online condolences may be sent by visiting Anne's obituary at www.natandgawlasfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Scranton Times on June 26, 2016
Caria, Daryl E. - Throop  
Daryl E. Caria, Throop, died Monday at Geisinger Community Medical Center after a brief illness. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, James Caria. Born in Jessup, she was the daughter of the late George and Valia Possanza Astolfi. A graduate of Throop High School, Daryl loved going to the casinos with her cousins and shopping, especially on Wednesdays. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family. Ahead of her time, she enjoyed talking, texting and checking Facebook on her mobile phone. Also surviving are daughters, Daryllyn Kuzmiak, and twin, Denise Caria, and Tina Dutka; grandchildren, Justin Dutka and wife, Beth; Nicole Kuzmiak-Persing and husband, Adam; Deanna Dutka and companion, Alex; Michael Kuzmiak, Dane Dutka and Jamie Kuzmiak; great-grandchildren, Ella, Nora and Jacoby; brother, George Astolfi and wife, Carole; brother-in-law, Richard Caria; several nieces, nephews and cousins. The funeral will be Friday at 8:30 a.m. from the Arthur A. Albini Funeral Home, 1003 Church St., Jessup, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in Blessed Sacrament Parish at St. Anthony's Church, 215 Rebecca St., Throop. Entombment, family mausoleum in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Blakely. Friends and family may call Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Throop Little League, 2 Mruck St., Throop, PA 18512.
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Published in Scranton Times on June 22, 2016
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