Dorothy Colbenson

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Nov. 20, 2012

Dorothy Graham Colbenson, 103, of the United Methodist Manor, Tunkhannock, formerly of Maple Ave., Tunkhannock, passed away Tuesday morning, Nov. 20, 2012.

Born in Tunkhannock on Sept. 9, 1909, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Ida (Shales) Graham. Dorothy was a lifelong resident of Tunkhannock, working for 20 years at Fassetts/Ben Franklin Department store as a clerk/manager in the toy and dry goods departments.

She also volunteered as a math tutor for five years at the former St. Michael's school for boys, Falls, Pa. She was a lifetime member of the Wyoming County Historical Society and enjoyed assisting families from all over the country research their genealogy.

Family and friends was the most important thing to Dorothy; she was always available to help and encourage them in any way possible. She took pride in all of their accomplishments. Among her many hobbies, along with genealogy, she loved to study the history of her beloved Tunkhannock.

Dorothy served on the Wyoming County election board for many years. Dorothy was celebrated as the Tunkhannock Business and Professional Women's Woman of the Year in 1999.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bright "William" Colbenson, Jan. 25, 1971; sister, Josephine Marbaker; sons, Robert Colbenson and Keith Colbenson; great-granddaughter, Laura Puza and sons-in-law, Ronald Cokely and Benjamin Puza.

Surviving are daughters, Elsie Puza, Tunkhannock, and Shirley Cokely, Springville; daughter-in-law, Doris Colbenson, Tunkhannock; grandchildren, Robert Colbenson and wife, Blanche, Tunkhannock, Linda Herman and husband, Elwin, Tunkhannock, Barbara Jamison, Clarks Summit, Beverly Traver and husband, Herbert, Tunkhannock, David Puza and wife, Paula, Tunkhannock, Dennis Puza, Tunkhannock, Donald Puza and wife, Sharon, Tunkhannock, Connie Swackhammer, Springville, Dorothy States and husband, Richard, Springville, Bruce Cokely and wife, Angie, Springville; 20 great-grandchildren; 24 great-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held Friday Nov. 23, 2 p.m. at the Harding-Litwin Funeral Home, 123 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, with the Rev. Lori Robinson of the Factoryville United Methodist Church officiating.

Friends may call Friday noon until the funeral services. Interment will follow at the Sunny Side Cemetery, Tunkhannock.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Wyoming County Historical Society, Harrison Street, Tunkhannock. For directions or condolences, visit

Published in Times Leader on Nov. 21, 2012