William M. Bentham Jr.

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Nov. 15, 2012

William M. "Billy" Bentham Jr., 25, a resident of Avoca and from Hughestown, died Thursday at home.

Born in Scranton, he was the son of Donna (Swaha) Bentham and the late William Bentham Sr. A 2005 graduate of Pittston Area High School, he was attending Fortis Institute to become a pharmacy technician. Most recently, he was employed by Savo's Restaurant, Pittston. He was a member of the former Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Avoca, where he served as an altar boy for many years.

Billy was an avid sports fan who loved the Phillies and Redskins. He enjoyed playing baseball, video games and caring for children. A loving son, brother and uncle, he will be greatly missed.

Besides his mother, he is survived by three sisters, Crystal and fiancée Mark Smyden, Hughestown; Nichole, West Pittston; and Courtney, Moosic; grandmother Mary Klepadlo, Avoca, with whom he resided; a niece and nephew; aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, who died in 2008.

A viewing will held Tuesday at the Ruane & Regan Funeral Home, 1308 Grove Street, Avoca; friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. The Rev. Phillip Sladicka from Queen of the Apostles Parish, Avoca, will hold a blessing service at 7:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the funeral home to help defray funeral expenses. To leave an online condolence, visit

Published in Times Leader on Nov. 19, 2012