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8A TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2009 IT A THE TIMES LEADER www.timesleader.com LEONARD STEFANOVICH, also known as "Whoa! 57, of Ashley, died Sunday, July 12, 2009, at 1 home. A complete obituary will appear in Wednesday's paper. Funeral arrangements are pending from Leo P. Lehman Funeral Home, 689 Hazle Wilkes KIMBERLY A. (HETHERINGTON) DONNELLY, 30, died suddenly on Friday, June 26, 2009, in Kingston, N.Y.

She was a daughter of George and Jessie Hetherington. She was born in Wilkes-Barre, on October 28, 1978. Kimberly and her parents formerly resided in White Haven. Surviving are her children, Kyle and Amanda; her mother, Jessie Hetherington, and her father, George Hetherington, both of Tucson, her brother, George Robert Hetherington; and her nephew, Robert Hetherington, both of Freeland. Arrangements were by the Leahy Funeral Home.

Burial was at the Montrespost Cemetery in Kingston, N.Y. Memorial donations may be sent to Jessie Hetherington, 3755 W. Tetakusim Road, Tucson, AZ 85746, to be put in a fund for her children. VIRGINIA M. MORGIS, 85, a resident at Orangeville Nursing Home, and formerly of Lily Lake, passed away Wednesday, July 8, 2009.

Born in Olean, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Diserbo) Spino. She was educated in New York schools and was a graduate of Syracuse University, receiving her master's degree in education. She was preceded in death by her husband, Matthew, in 1975. Survivors are nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m.

from the Desiderio Funeral Home 436 S. Mountain Mountain Top. Interment will be in Slocum Cemetery. Friends may call Saturday at 10 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

WALTER GUSICARA, 90, of DeLand, passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2009, at Ridgecrest Manor, DeLand. Walter was born September 6,1918, in Breslau, Pa. He moved to DeLand in 2000 from Miami, Fla. and retired from heavy construction over seas as an engineer. Walter was a World War I veteran and his favorite hobby was horse racing.

Survivors include his former wife and care giver, Dorothy Rayner, DeLand, sister, Beverly Kwiatkowski, Lufkin, Texas; and several nieces and nephews. Lankford Funeral Home in DeLand, is in charge of arrangements. Olga Youk Lebar June 13, 2009 Lebar (nee Youk), a resident of the Christus St. Joseph Villa, Salt Lake City, Utah, died on Saturday, June 13, 2009. She was 88.

Born in Ashley, Ms. Lebar lived in Chalfont, Las Vegas, and Louisville, Ky. She attended the Ashley school system. She was a daughter of the late Alex and Christina Youk. Prior to her retirement in 1979, she had worked as a clerk for Acme Markets and was a member of the Retail Clerks International Union.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Vera; and brother John. Surviving is her son Joseph and wife Lillian; son Robert and wife Loretta; as well as her brother Joseph and wife Beatrice. She had one granddaughter, one stepgranddaughter, three step sons and four step-great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 22, at 12 p.m. at the St.

Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, 58 Seneca Street, Wilkes-Barre, and a gravesite service will be held on Saturday, July 25, at 11 a.m. at the Maple Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local Catholic Charities or Hospice organization. OBITUARY POLICY The Times Leader publishes tree obituaries, which nave a 27-line limit, and paid obituaries, which can run with a photograph. A funeral home representative can call the obituary desk at (570) 829-7224, send a fax to (570) 829-5537 or e-mail to If you fax or e-mail, please call to confirm.

Obituaries must be submitted by 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Obituaries must be sent by a funeral home or crematory, or must name who is handling arrangements, with address and phone number. We discourage handwritten notices; they incur a $15 typing fee.

Brandon James Betcher July 12, 2009 Brandon James Betcher, 23, a guest at St. Joseph's Center, Scranton, died Sunday, July 12, 2009, in Mercy Hospital Scranton. Mr. Betcher was born in Kingston, a son of William A. Betcher and Jeanette Coulter Betcher, both of Wilkes Barre.

He had been a guest at St. Joseph's Center, Scranton, since birth and was a graduate of their educational program. Surviving, in addition to his parents are his sisters, Stephanie, Adrianna and Brittany Betcher, all of the State College area; maternal grandparents Rachael Fairchild, Edwardsville, and Joseph James Coulter, Oceanside, several aunts, uncles and cousins, including Elaina Lumadue. A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. from the H.

Merritt Hughes Funeral Home 451 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, with the Rev. James A. Quinn, pastor, Bennett Presbyterian Church, Luzerne, officiating. Friends may call Wednesday, from noon until the time of service. The family requests that flowers be omitted and that memorial donations be made to St.

Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503. George Hunt July 12, 2009 eorge Hunt, 89, of Kossack Street, Swoyersville, died Sunday, July 12, 2009, at Hospice Care of the VNA, Wilkes Barre. He was born in Forty Fort, on January 18, 1920. He was a son of the late George and Pearl Blodget Hunt. He attended Forty Fort schools and served in the U.S.

Army Air Force overseas during World War II. Prior to his retirement in 1980, he was employed by Conrail and earlier it was Erie Railroad for 34 years. He was a resident of Kossack Street, Swoyersville, for the past 27 years. Previously, he resided in North Arlington, N.J. He was a member of Christian Missionary Alliance Church, West Pittston.

Preceding him in death are his wife, the former Mildred Molitors, on July 6, 1999; sisters Myble Yost, Alma Burkhardt, Anne Kemmerer, Elizabeth Newton; and a grandson, Peter Sudzirski. Surviving are his sons, Earl and his wife, Debra Hunt, East Rutherford, N.J.; Ronald Hunt, Greensboro, N.C.; daughter Lorraine Terry, Kearny, N.J.; brother Walter Hunt, Binghamton, N.Y.; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter; nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held on Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Hugh B. Hughes Son Inc.

Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Forty Fort, with his pastor, the Rev. Donald T. Strope, officiating. The interment will be in Memorial Shrine Cemetery, Kingston Township. Friends may call on Thursday, from 11 a.m.

until service time. FUNERALS EVANS Harry, funeral Wednesday, 10 a.m., at the First Welsh Presbyterian Church, South Meade and East Northampton streets, Wilkes-Barre. Friends may call today, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Nat Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Wilkes-Barre, and Wednesday, from 9:30 to 10 a.m., at the church. GROUT William, Panachyda Wednesday. 9.15 a.m., from DavisDinelli Funeral Home, 170 E.

Broad Nantico*ke. Visitation will be today, from 3 to 7 p.m., at the funeral home. SCHWEINLE Roberta, memorial service Saturday, 11 a.m., from the James L. Hinckley Jr. Funeral Home, 1024 Market Berwick.

SEMANSKI Frank, funeral today, 9 a.m., from the Mamary-Durkin Funeral Service, 50 Parrish Wilkes-Barre. SPIERS Louise, service Wednesday, 10 a.m., from Williams-Hagen Funeral Home 114 W. Main St Plymouth. Friends may call today, from 5 to 8 p.m. SNYDER Marjorie, funeral services today, fla.m., from the McCune Funeral Home, 80 S.

Mountain Mountain WOZNIAK Paul, services today, 10 a.m., in St. Tikhon's Orthodox Monastery Church, South Canaan. Funeral arrangements are by the Simon S. Russin Funeral Home, Plains Township. John Sopp July 13, 2009 Tohn passed Sopp, away 89, peacefully, of.

in Kingston, his sleep, Monday, July 13, 2009, at his home. He was born in Larksville, July 4, 1920, a son of the late Dimitri and Eva Gresko Sopp. He attended Larksville schools and upon leaving school, he enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corps. He had served his county as a Sgt. In the U.S.

Army, until he was honorably discharged. 4 Upon his return to the area, he worked for the Wilkes Barre Transit LCTA, as a street car operator for 41 years, retiring in 1984. John was known for telling everyone "The bus leaves at 8:05." He was an active participant at the Wilkes Veterans Administration Hospital and the Kingston American Legion Black Diamond Post 395. John was also dedicated to helping many individuals maintain sobriety, through his participation in many self-help groups. He was preceded in death by sister Ann Sopp; brothers Michael an Metro Sopp.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Ann Carpenetti; sons John R. and his wife, Carol, Kingston, and 1 Mark Kingston; granddaughters Johnyne Hoyse, Keera Tabor, Killian Sopp and Karin Sopp; great grandchildren Ricky and Rylir Hoyes, Keerstyn Tabor and Nathan Sopp; brother Stephen Sopp, Cleveland, Ohio; sisters Mary Garbett, Highland, Julie Balberchak, Edwardsville; Eve Marchesini, West Wyoming; and Eleanor Webb, Harveys Lake; nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10:30 from the Kopicki Funeral Home, 263 Zerbey Kingston. Funeral Liturgy will be held at the St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, Chestnut Street, Kingston.

Friends and relatives may call Wednesday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Parastas services will be held Wednesday at 7:30 with the Rev. Michael Prodanets officiating. Ruth Reese Hartley July 11, 2009 Ruth passed Reese Hartley, on of Saturday, Forty Fort, July away 11, 2009, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township, with her family at her side. She was born in Parsons, a daughter of the late John and Evelyn Derby Reese.

Mrs. Hartley was a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, Wilkes Barre, and its WomSociety. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Hartley; brother John Reese; sister Marion Smith. Ruth was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, grandmother and aunt, who was loved by all who knew her.

She will be greatly missed but always remembered with love. Surviving are her son, John Hartley, Forty Fort; grandchildren Jake Hartley, Drums, and Katie Hartley, Forty Fort; great grandchild Mackenzie Hartley; sisters Cora Burrier and her husband, Bowman, Parsons; Hazel Reese, Parsons; nieces and nephews. The funeral will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. from E. Blake Collins Funeral Home, 159 George Avenue, Wilkes-Barre.

Services will be conducted by the Rev. Daniel Gunn, Rector of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. Interment will be in Memorial Shrine Park, Carverton. Friends may call Wednesday, from 5 to 8 p.m.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Association for the Blind, 1825 Wyoming Avenue, Exeter, PA 18644. Condolences can be sent to the family at: www.eblakecollins.com. Genevieve Costaris July 9, 2009 Genevieve foot soling class sailboat and a 35- "Ginnie" Cos- foot sloop. She and her husband taris, 73, of sailed a 52-foot sailboat around the Souderton, Aegean Sea for five summers. passed nie was a member of St.

George away on Thurs- Greek Orthodox Church of Piscaday, July 9, taway, N.J., where she sang in 2009. She was choir for 32 years and volunteered the beloved for the Church's Annual Greek Feswife for 49 tival. years to Arthur W. Costaris. She was preceded in death by She was born in Mount Joy, her two sons Thomas Michael and a Maude daughter to the late Harold and Christopher Allen Costaris.

(Webb) Zimmerman. In addition to her husband, ArThroughout her working life- thur, she is survived by her son time, Ginnie was a Medical Tech- John Arthur Costaris and wife Linologist. She was employed by St. sa, D.O., of Dallas, son Stephen Joseph Hospital in Lancaster, Andrew Costaris, of Dallas, Jersey Shore Medical Centers-Fit- grandson Andrew John Costaris, kin Mountainside Hospital in Neptune, N.J., of Dallas, and her grandHospital in Mont- daughter, Nikole Sharon Costaris, clair, N.J., Saint Barnabas Health of Dallas, Pa. Care System in West Orange, N.J.

Memorial services will be held Ginnie was also employed as a on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at FranPharmacist's Assistant for Clinton coini, Taylor and Lopez I Funeral Pharmacy avid reader in Clinton, N.J. She was 1200 10th Avenue, Nepan and loved garden- tune, N.J. Interment ing, flowers and sailing. George Greek Orthodox will take place Ginnie raised sold Christ- Cemetery, Neptune, N.J.

mas trees for the family Christmas Memorial contributions may be tree farm in Jutland, N.J. She was made to the St. George Greek Oractive with the Union Township she Recreational the Committee, where 700 Grand Avenue, Ashbury thodox Church Building Fund, Park, helped run soccer pro- NJ 07712. gram. Ginnie and her husband Arrangements have been enloved traveling to Ontario, Canatrusted to the Anders-Detweiler da, and to their summer home in Funeral Home 130 the Isle of Chios, Greece.

Crematory, ceived They their enjoyed certifications sailing for and re- (www.andersfh.com). East Broad Street, Souderton, Pa. a 28- Ann Elizabeth Straub July 7, 2009 nn Elizabeth (Faust) Straub, 82, daughters Barbara Straub, of Cherpassed away on Tuesday, July 7, ry Hill, N.J., JoAnn Straub, of Lin2009, during a brief hospital stay. den, N.J.; and older sister Rita Ann had been an active senior resident of Basking Ridge, N.J., a Faust, resident of Morris Hills since moving to the area in 2002 to Center, Morristown, N.J. live with her daughter, Katie Straub, The funeral will be held on today and family, son-in-law Michael at 10 a.m.

from the Higgins Home Schlemovitz and beloved grand- for Funerals, 752 Mountain Boulesons, Aaron, age 12, and Jacob, age vard, Watchung, N.J., followed by a 6. 11 a.m. Mass of Resurrection at St. She was preceded in death by her James R.C. Church in Basking husband, Joseph Phillip Straub, in Ridge, N.J.

1994. To send condolences, visit She is additionally survived by www.higginsfuneralhome.com. M.J. JUDGE MONUMENT CO. MONUMENTS MARKERS LETTERING 829-4881 Next to the Big Cow on Rt.

309 151307 Thomas Morris Jones July 13, 2009 Thomas Morris Jones, of Duryea, passed away peacefully and into the loving arms of Christ on the morning of Monday, July 13, 2009, after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Thomas Morris Jones was born January 30, 1932, in Dupont, Pa. He was a son of the late Thomas and Helen Golya Jones. He graduated in 1949 from Avoca High School, where he played football and earned the title of "The Educated Toe" for his placekicking and field goal accomplishments. A 46-year resident of Duryea, and a.

retired maintenance mechanic, Mr. Jones was extremely knowledgeable and a natural at everything, work from to home electrical building. and It was with great pride he landscaped and maintained the home he loved. His later years were occupied by RV travel and camping, visiting flee markets and yard sales and spending time with family. Thomas Jones loved to travel and had visited every state in the U.S.

with the exception of Hawaii and Kentucky. He also traveled to England, Wales, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He was a member of the Valley Lodge 499 West Pittston. Thomas Jones was married for 28 years to Beverly Hoffner Jones, formerly of West Pittston, who passed away on November 20, 1982. His parents, Thomas M.

Jones Sr. passed away in July of 1969 and Helen Jones passed away in November of 1968. He was also preceded in death by his sister Genevieve Wallace, and his two siblings Geraldine and Robert, who passed away as young children. Mr. Jones is survived by his sons, Thomas M.

Jones, of Boston, David R. Jones, of Furlong, Benjamin W. Jones, of New Britain, his longtime, beloved life-partner, Mary Barlow, and son Gentry Barlow, of Duryea; three sisters, Blodwyn Robbins, of Wilkes -Barre; Jane Kearney, of Orange, Evelyn Fisher, of Gap, brother Robert Jones, of Dupont. Her also leaves many loving family members, including grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 10 a.m.

in the Brick United Methodist Church, Duryea. The Rev. Michael Shambora will officiate. Relatives and friends are asked to go directly to the church on Thursday. Friends may call the Howell-Lussi Funeral Home, 509 Wyoming Avenue, West Pittston, Wednesday evening, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Interment will be in Mountain View Burial Park, Harding. The family requests that memorial donations be made, in lieu of flowers, to either the Brick Untied Methodist Church, Foote Avenue, Duryea, PA 18642 or Heartland Home Care, 38 North Main Street, Pittston, PA 18640 Joseph J. Sipper July 12, 2009 Joseph J. Dallas, Texas; daughter Gina SvoSipper, 64, of boda, Scranton; grandchildren Hunlock Creek Daphne and Nathan Sipper; brothand formerly of er John, Connecticut; sisters Wyoming, Agnes Husacco, Mt. Cobb, Papassed away tricia Race, Taylor, Marion KruszSunday, July ka, Swoyersville; former wife Lea 12, 2009, at the Sipper Hurley, Swoyersville; niecWilkes-Barre es and nephews.

General Hospital. When this you see, remember Born on March 14, 1945, in me and bear me in your mind, let Wyoming, he was a son the late all the world say what they may, John and Helen Mikolaichik Sip- speak of me as you find. per. Joe, also known as Zipper, was a He was currently employed by good man who gave to those who Postupack Painting in Wilkes- had no one to give to them. Barre.

Funeral arrangements will be He is survived by his son, Joe, private. Theodore F. O'Hara July 10, 2009 mheodore F. O'Hara, 91, a resident of Southampton, N.J., formerly of Scranton, died Friday, July 10, 2009, at his home following an illness. Mr.

O'Hara was born in Scranton, a son of the late Frank J. and Elizabeth Greene O'Hara. He was a graduate of Scranton Central High School and attended the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. He enlisted in the Army just before World War II and was graduated from Officer Candidate School, Ft.

Benning, Ga. He served as an Airborne Infantry Unit Commander, serving as a First Lieutenant with the 13th Airborne Division in Central Europe, receiving several decorations. He continued his military career with the Army and retired as a Major, U.S. Army Reserve. He had been employed by the U.S.

Postal Service in several cities on the East Coast, including New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Washington. At his retirement, he was director of human resources and training at Bethesda, Md. He had resided in New Jersey for the past several years and had been a member and former vestryman at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Burlington, N.J. He was preceded in death by his wife, Naomi Eustice O'Hara, RN, who died in 2007; and a sister, Dorothy Hopkins.

Surviving are his daughter, Barbara L. O'Hara, at home; brother Frank J. O'Hara, Merritt Island, three nephews; and dearest friends Dr. Robert G. Garraty and his wife, Mary Jo, Hummelstown.

A graveside. committal service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Memorial Shrine Cemetery, Carverton. There will be no calling hours. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements are entrusted to the H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home 211 Luzerne Avenue, West Pittston. Mary H. Rowan June 12, 2009 Mary H. Rowan, 89, of Division United Methodist Church, the UnitStreet, in Wilkes-Barre, passed ed Methodist Women and the J.O.Y.

away on Sunday, June 12, 2009, at class; she was also a member of the her home. Firwood Senior Citizens. She was born May 28, 1920, in She was preceded in death by her Nantico*ke, and lived in West Nanti- husband, Robert, January 13, 2003; co*ke, moving to Wilkes- brother, Emory, of Maine, on Aubefore Barre, in 1924. She was a daughter 17, 2004. gust of the late Wellington and Adda Surviving are cousins, a nephew Watts Hileman.

and several dear friends. She graduated from Meyers High A funeral service will be held School, Class of 1938 and Wilkes- 11:30 Thursday at a.m. from the WilBarre Business College, Class of liams Hagen Funeral Home, 114 1940. West Main Street, Plymouth, with She was employed by White Wilkes -Barre; the Rev. Douglas Posegate.

InterHardware Company, Harris Hardware and Supply Com- ment will be in Edge Hill Cemetery, Friends may call Wednesday, from 5 pany, Kingston; Bell Telephone Company Plant Department, to 7 p.m. Wilkes and Rowan In lieu of flowers, memorial donaBarre; Propane and Gas Service, Wilkes Barre. tions can be made to Firwood UnitShe was a member of Firwood ed Methodist Church. More Obituaries, Page 2A Genetti's After Funeral Luncheons Hotel Bereavement Rates ReSt GENETTI Hotel Conference Center 825.6477 150933 Your Estate Matters CARDONI ATTORNEYS AT LAW 340 Market Street Kingston, PA 18704 283-5800 Gift Sandwich Trays Dessert A Gourmet Gift Basket says it Thinking of You To order, call 570.714. BAKE.

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