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Francis Rhodes "Fritz" Chamberlain

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Francis Rhodes "Fritz" Chamberlain, 89, of Hunlock Creek, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2013, at the Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice, Wilkes-Barre.

Mr. Chamberlain was born in Westfield, N.J., on Oct. 11, 1923, a son of the late Walter and Edith Collins Chamberlain.

Fritz was a U.S. Marine who proudly served his country as a combat photographer in the South Pacific during World War II. He was employed at WBRE for 35 years as a news photographer. Fritz was a member of Nanticoke Lodge 541 F & AM and the Irem Temple Shrine. He also served as secretary of the Lake Silkworth Volunteer Fire Department since 1976.

Fritz is survived by his wife of 66 years, Donna Croop Chamberlain, daughter of the late Mark and Josephine Croop; sons, Mark and his wife, Kathy, Kingston, and Jim and his wife, Beth, Hunlock Creek; brother, Robert and his wife, Marlene, Pittston; grandchildren, Stacy C. Roberts and her husband, Jimmy, Sweet Valley, Jimmer, Kingston, Ernie and his wife, Rachel, Kane, Rachel Simmonette and her husband, Bobby, Hunlock Creek, Kelly Chamberlain, Kingston, and Molly Chamberlain, Albany, N.Y.; great-grandchildren, Kate and Colby Roberts, Ivy, Hailey and Zack, Shavertown, Ada, Phinn and Keller, Kane, Adam and Emma Simmonette; sister-in-law, Joyce and her family, Dallas; cousin, Stephen Doberstein and his wife, Audrey, Wilmington, Del.; brother-in-law, "Our" Russell Spalding, Atlanta, Ga.; nieces, Ann Spalding Cochran and her husband, Lamar, and Carol Spalding Wakamo and her husband, Charlie, and children, Amy and Brian, Atlanta, and Conner, San Francisco; good friend, Dan Deemers, who was part of our family, and his son, Andy, New York; nephew, Tom Croop and his wife, Vicky, and children, Grace, Elizabeth and Collin; nieces, Jane Leffler and her husband, Mark, and sons, John and Ben, and Susan and Cathy Croop, both of New York.

Fritz is sadly missed by his family.

Friends and family are invited to a celebration of Fritz's life from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home Inc., corner of routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Lake Silkworth Volunteer Fire Department, 26 Thorny Apple Drive, Hunlock Creek, PA 18621.

Online condolences can be made at www.clswansonfuneralhome.com.
Published in Times Leader on June 26, 2013
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