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Balcomb, Sara E. Achenbach* - Towanda  
STEVENSVILLE — Sara E. Achenbach Balcomb, 90, of Stevensville, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday morning, Aug. 22, 2015. She was born on May 29, 1925, in Schuylkill Haven, a daughter of the late George and Tillie Butz Achenbach. Sara was a graduate of Forty Fort High School with the class of 1943 and attained a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics education from Penn State University in 1946. Sara married her high school sweetheart, Dean Balcomb, and began her teaching career in Camptown until she began raising her daughters. She returned to teaching at Wyalusing Valley High School before retiring in June of 1987. She was a member and Past Worthy Matron of the Le Raysville Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 498, a member of the Stevensville Birthday Club and a member of the Beaver Meadows United Methodist Church. She spent many happy retirement years playing her saxophone in Deano's Band for local nursing homes and civic groups. Sara is survived by her daughters, Sheryl Balcomb, Stevensville, and Louise Wert and her husband, Andy, Mifflintown; several nieces and nephews and a cousin; as well as her loving dog and cats. She leaves four very special caregivers, Sheila McGavin, Debbie Borden, Ashley McGavin and Maureen Kelly. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, H. Dean Balcomb, on Sept. 27, 2014; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Harriet and Bill Christmas. Funeral services are private and under the direction of Sheldon Funeral Homes, 155 Church St., Wyalusing. Online condolences may be made at www.sheldonfuneralhomes.com . In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be directed to The Wyalusing Museum Association, P.O. Box 301, Wyalusing, PA 18853; or The Bradford County Humane Society, Route 220, P.O. Box 179, Ulster, PA 18850.
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Published in Times Leader from Aug. 23 to Aug. 24, 2015
Balla, Mary - Scranton  
SCRANTON — Mary Balla, 77, of North Scranton and formerly of Taylor, passed away Aug. 23, 2015, at Geisinger Community Medical Center, after an illness. A memorial Mass is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Divine Mercy Church, 312 Davis St., Scranton. Friends may pay their respects 10 a.m. to Mass. Arrangements are under the care of the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 517 N. Main St., Old Forge.
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Published in Times Leader from Aug. 26 to Aug. 27, 2015
Brady, Paul - Suscon  
SUSCON — Paul Brady, 70, of Suscon, passed away Aug. 26, 2015, at his home. Paul is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Leah (Renfer) Brady. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Monday in Queen of the Apostles Church, Hawthorne Street, Avoca. Arrangements are made by Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea.
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Published in Times Leader from Aug. 28 to Aug. 29, 2015
Brady, Paul - Suscon  
SUSCON — Paul Brady, 70, of Suscon, passed away Aug. 26, 2015, at his home. Funeral arrangements are pending Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea.
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Published in Times Leader from Aug. 26 to Aug. 27, 2015
Brody, Basil Charles* - Wilkes-Barre  
WILKES-BARRE — On Aug. 22, 2015, Basil Charles Brody, Charlie to many, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family in Wilkes Barre. He was a longtime resident of Nanticoke. Born on June 7, 1920, in Wilkes Barre, Basil was a son of the late Charles and Mary (Masich) Brody. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army/Air Corps, serving as an assistant base personnel sergeant major with the 37th Air Depot, New Orleans, and first sergeant of the 320th Depot Repair Squadron, Southern India Air Depot. Basil graduated from St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic School, Coughlin High School and Wilkes-Barre Business College. For 27 years, he was the office manager and treasurer for Daley's Blue Line Transfer Company. For an additional 13 years, he was employed by DeFazio Trucking Company as an accountant. Basil retired in 1985. In the years following, he remained active as a volunteer at Hampton House Nursing Home, Mercy Health Care, Guardian Center and Mercy Center. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, the former Anne Calinski; brothers, John, Steven and Joseph; sisters, Anne Terninko and Helen Patskan. Surviving are his five children, Elizabeth Ann Brody, RSM, Mary Ellen Brody, RSM, Kathleen Jones (Robert Jones), Charles Brody (Beth Rubin) and John Brody (Kathleen Brody); two grandsons; and two great-grandchildren. His family will be forever grateful to Sister Elizabeth Ann for the loving care she provided to their dad for many years. In his career and volunteer activity, Basil was a kind, generous, humble man of integrity. He treated everyone he met with great respect and he never sought recognition for the many ways he quietly improved the lives of others. He loved his family, God and his church and was especially devoted to the Sisters of Mercy. This year Basil celebrated 25 years as a Mercy Associate. Funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday from Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 173 E. Green St., Nanticoke, followed by a celebration of Basil's life and Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. in St. Faustina Parish. Entombment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Mercy Center, Box 370, Dallas, PA 18612. To leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.kearneyfuneralhomeinc.com .
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Published in Times Leader from Aug. 23 to Aug. 24, 2015
Calabrese, Lisa (Petcavage)* - West Wyoming  
WEST WYOMING — Lisa (Petcavage) Calabrese, 40, of West Wyoming, passed away peacefully at the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore, on Friday morning, Aug. 28, 2015. Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter and Susan (Fox) Gilligan and James "Butch" Gilligan and Anthony Petcavage. She graduated from Wyoming Area High School, class of 1993. She worked as a secretary for High Tec Machine Shop for many years. In addition to her parents, she is survived by a brother, Anthony Petcavage, West Pittston; and a sister, Marissa Gilligan, Wyoming. Funeral services will be held 7 p.m. Monday in the Metcalfe-Shaver-Kopcza Funeral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. Interment will be private. Friends may call on 5 p.m. to service Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 100 William St., Dunmore, PA 18512.
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Published in Times Leader from Aug. 29 to Aug. 30, 2015
Calabrese, Lisa - West Wyoming  
WEST WYOMING — Lisa Calabrese, 40, of West Wyoming, passed away on Aug. 28, 2015, at the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore. Arrangements are pending from the Metcalfe-Shaver-Kopcza Funeral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming.
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Published in Times Leader from Aug. 28 to Aug. 29, 2015
Ceccoli, Robert L.*  
Robert L. Ceccoli, 90, passed away peacefully in the presence of his loving family at the Celtic Hospice Center on Aug. 27, 2015. He was born in Hudson on Dec. 5, 1924, to the late Louis and Elizabeth Ceccoli, the founders of the nationally-renowned Victory Pig Pizza. He graduated in 1943 from Forty Fort High School, where he excelled as a multi-talented athlete, most notably as a wrestler. Robert enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps after high school and proudly served his country during World War II. He was a veteran of the Pacific Theater and a testament to the strength of his generation. He was an accomplished bodybuilder and winner of the Mr. Anthracite competition. He was a pioneer in the field of weight training long before local gyms became commonplace, even building his own fully-stocked gym in the basement of his home. He hosted and helped train many award-winning bodybuilders in this gym, including Mr. Universe, Frank Zane. He also offered access to his gym, coaching many local athletes with nowhere to train. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary, with whom he enjoyed 68 years of marriage; his son and daughter, Richard and Donna Ceccoli; as well as six grandchildren, Richard, Robert and Randon Ceccoli and Dustin, Ashley and Nicholas Doudna. Funeral will be held at 9 a.m. Monday at the Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Barbara's Parish, 28 Memorial St., Exeter. Friends and family may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home. Robert was devoted to his family and a perfect example of what it means to be a patriarch. He had a fair mind and a gentle soul and he will be missed dearly by those who knew him and loved him. For more information or to send the family an online condolence, please visit the funeral home's website at www.hughbhughes.com .
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Published in Times Leader from Aug. 28 to Aug. 29, 2015
Clarke, John J. - Columbus  
COLUMBUS, Ohio — John J. Clarke, professor emeritus of communications at the University of Scranton, died Aug. 28, 2015, at First Community Village in Columbus. Funeral arrangements are being finalized by the Lehman Family Funeral Service Inc., 689 Hazle Ave., Wilkes-Barre. A full obituary will appear in Tuesday's edition.
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Published in Times Leader from Aug. 30 to Aug. 31, 2015
Coleman, Joseph S. - Hanover Township  
HANOVER TWP. — Joseph S. Coleman, of Hanover Township, passed away Aug, 22, 2015, after being hit by a motor vehicle. Friends may call 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Mamary-Durkin Funeral Service, 59 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre.
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Published in Times Leader from Aug. 25 to Aug. 26, 2015
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