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Knaz, Eleanor N. - Honesdale  
Eleanor N. Knaz, 87, of Honesdale, died on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at Wayne Memorial Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald J. Knaz on July 21, 1993. Born on February 18, 1927 in Troy, PA, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Esther Lay Nash. She received her teaching degree from Mansfield University and a masters degree from State University of New York. She began her teaching career at J.J. Koehler School in Honesdale teaching English and later at Narrowsburg School. For twenty three years, she taught Spanish at Wallenpaupack before retiring. She loved speaking different languages and continued to teach children following her retirement. A devout Christian, she was a member at the Tabernacle Bible Church in Honesdale. She enjoyed knitting, bird watching and her flower gardens. Surviving is her son Joe Knaz of Honesdale and her nephew Paul Lange of Winchester, VA. A graveside service for family and friends will be held on Saturday, April 25th at Glen Dyberry Cemetery, Honesdale at 11am by Pastor John Banks of the Gospel Tabernacle Church. Arrangements by Hessling Funeral Home, Inc., 428 Main St. Honesdale. Memorial contributions can be made to the Gospel Tabernacle Church, 455 Grove Street, Honesdale, PA 18431.
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Published in Wayne Independent on Apr. 18, 2015
Whitmore, Orvis "Buster" - Abrahamsville  
Orvis "Buster" Whitmore, 95, of Abrahamsville died Friday morning, April 17, 2015 at Bethany Village. He is survived by his wife, Mildred Korth Whitmore, also a resident at Bethany Village. . Buster was born on August 17, 1919 in Callicoon, New York. He was the son of the late Elmer A. and Olive M. Brush Whitmore. He was a dairy farmer and owner and operator of Sunnybrook Nursery in Abrahamsville. Buster loved to entertain. He especially enjoyed playing his fiddle and yodeling. Buster and Mildred spent their winters in Florida and enjoyed the company of many friends there where he also played in a country band. He was a member of the Abrahamsville United Methodist Church. He is also survived by four daughters: Kaye Freudenberger and her husband James of Coyle, Oklahoma, June Chesser and her husband Don of Holdenville, Oklahoma, Betty Ann Sutliff and her husband John of Abrahamsville, and Mary Ellen Iacovino and her husband Frank of Honesdale; eleven grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 11:00 AM in the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home, 1228 North Main Street Honesdale, PA 18431 with the Rev. Jean Blackie officiating. Friends may visit the funeral home on Wednesday from 10:30 AM until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Buster's memory to the Abrahamsville United Methodist Church, Damascus, PA 18415. Interment will be private in the Hillside Cemetery, Damascus, PA.
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Published in Wayne Independent on Apr. 18, 2015

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Cobb, Betty M. - Lake Ariel  
Betty M. Cobb of Lake Ariel died Friday night at Wayne Memorial Hospital following an illness. Her husband was the late Homer A. Cobb who died in 1967. Born in Lake Ariel, daughter of the late William R. and Annette Dennis Fahrenbach, she worked as a secretary for Shaughnessy Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. Betty was a lifetime member of the Lake Ariel Volunteer Fire Company, the Lake Ariel Senior Citizens Group and had been very active with Wayne County 4H serving on the Wayne County 4H Extension Committee. She was well known for her talents in making costumes for the Ritz Theater as well as throughout the Lake Ariel area and was known by many as "costumier extrodenair" Surviving are daughters Rosalind M. Williams, Sally Wilson Huffstutler and her husband Michael, and Susan J. Swingle and her husband Richard of Lake Ariel; a sister Judith L. Williams of Lake Ariel; brothers William R. Fahrenbach, Jr. of Lake Ariel and Jared L. Fahrenbach of Scranton; 9 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; great great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son Ross; a great-grandchild Alex; son in laws Thomas Wilson and Darryl Williams. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11:00am in the James Wilson Funeral Home 143 Gravity Rd. Lake Ariel. Friends may call Wednesday morning from 10:00-11:00am. Interment, East Canaan Cemetery, S. Canaan. For directions or to send the family an online condolence visit www.jameswilsonfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Wayne Independent on Apr. 14, 2015
DiCarlo, John Joseph - Chesterfield  
John Joseph DiCarlo, 94, of Midlothian, VA, formerly of Waymart, died peacefully in his sleep March 30, 2015. Born April 16, 1920, in Ardmore, Pa., to the late Domenick and Margaret DiCarlo, John was preceded in death by his wife Georgia (Perdue) DiCarlo in 1982. John graduated from Villanova University ('43) where he was a world-class track and field star earning numerous victories at prestigious events such as the Penn Relays and Millrose Games. He was a well respected young man and athlete, and when famed Villanova track coach Jim "Jumbo" Elliott entered the service during WWII, John was named coach in his absence, earning him the nickname "Captain, Coach & Anchor." He was inducted into the Villanova Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 1986. During WWII, John was a sergeant in the Army Air Corps, positioned as a command gunner in a B-29. Prior to retirement he was the National Sales Account Manager with Parker Brothers and had previously held the position of Vice President – Sales with Hasbro Industries, Inc. After retirement, he spent many happy years at his residence near White Oak Pond, where he found great contentment and peace enjoying his "little slice of heaven on earth." John was a life-long Catholic and is survived by his wife, Annabelle DiCarlo, his sister, Mary McCarthy, Lighthouse Point, FL and Waymart, and his children, Stephen DiCarlo and wife Nancy of Cumming, GA, Michael DiCarlo and wife Nancy of Alpharetta, GA, Diane DiCarlo of Waymart, PA, Mark DiCarlo and wife Dawn of Roanoke, VA, John DiCarlo and wife Kathleen of Chesterfield, VA, and George DiCarlo and wife Kara of Woodbridge, VA; fifteen grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. The family will receive visitors at 1 PM on April 18, 2015 at the Chesterfield Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, Chesterfield, VA., with a Service following at 2 PM. Interment will follow at St. John Neumann's Catholic Church in Powhatan, VA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090 Baltimore, MD 21297-0303.
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Published in Wayne Independent on Apr. 11, 2015
Dudley, Dorothy C. - Honesdale  
Dorothy C. Dudley, 99, of Honesdale, died on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at her home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Dudley on July 3, 1984. Born on September 11, 1915 in Hawley, she was the daughter and last surviving member of the John and Augusta Hertel Garrity family. She was a graduate of Hawley High School and immediately began working at Sherman Mills and later Amber Lingerie where she was a forelady. Dottie was a member of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Honesdale where she was a former Eucharistic Minister and a member of its Altar and Rosary Society. She was a former member of the Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel and a member of the Court St. Martin, Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Dorothy is survived by several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sisters Gertie Garrity, Mildred McConnell, Mary Woliski, Anna Atkinson and Leona Benjamin; her brothers William, Charles, John and Frederick Garrity. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, April 13th at St. Mary Magdalen Church, Honesdale at 10 am. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. Friends may visit Hessling Funeral Home, Inc., 428 Main St. Honesdale on Sunday from 3 to 5. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. John the Evangelist Parish, 414 Church St. Honesdale, PA 18431 for St. Mary Magdalen Church.
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Published in Wayne Independent on Apr. 11, 2015
Geer, Martin "Marty" - Honesdale  
Martin "Marty" Geer, 69, of Honesdale, died on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Hospice of the Sacred Heart Inpatient Unit in Dunmore. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, the former Erin Dean. The couple married on October 20, 1986. Born on November 20, 1945 in New York City, he was the son of the late Rexford and Anna Balkonis Geer. He was a graduate of Waymart High School. He was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Marty was employed at SCI Waymart where he was a manager until his retirement. He was a member of the Waymart Hunting Club and an avid hunter and fisherman. He also enjoyed trips to New York with his son-in-law. Surviving are his sons Robert Doherty and fiancée Michele Borthwick of Bethany; daughters Laura Beard and husband Robert of Quarryville, PA and Sharon Wilson and husband Mark of Stahlstown, PA; a sister Joanne Wilczynski and husband Joseph; grandchildren Mallory and Robert Beard, Joshua and Jordan Wilson and Bryce and Olivia Doherty; several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 18th at 11 am at Hessling Funeral Home, Inc., 428 Main St. Honesdale. The family will receive friends on Saturday, 9 to service time. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Honesdale. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 100 William St. Dunmore, PA 18512.
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Published in Wayne Independent on Apr. 11, 2015
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