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2016

Stinavage, Stanley

Statkun, Regina A.

Molinaro, Bernard J.

Paluch, Francis

Coffaro, Gail M.

Vozel, Joseph "Butch"

Cavalieri, David M.

O'Peka, Frank

Nebzydoski, Mary

Kuruts, Dorothy

Lowry, Elizabeth "Betty"

Pasternak, Emily B., Sr.

Kubus, George W., Sr.

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Stinavage, Stanley  June 10, 2016 [click here to email online condolence]

Stanley Stinavage, 88, of Thompson, died Friday June 10th at Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore. His wife Alberta Medved Stinavage died in 2007.

Born August 3, 1927, he was the son of the late Matthew and Nellie Kaminskas Stinavage. He attended Orson Schoolhouse and graduated from Preston High School. Stanley was a dairy farmer and a member of St. Katherine Drexel Parish, Pleasant Mount. Stanley was an avid hunter, fisher, and trapper. He enjoyed playing card games such as Horse and Pepper and Pinocle. He also spoke Lithuanian. He was a devoted family man and loved spending time with his grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

The family would like to thank Gail Meyers from Aging and Lisa, Mary Pat, and Jen from Hospice of the Sacred Heart for their compassionate care given to Stanley.

Surviving are two sons Martin Stinavage and wife Helen, Thompson, and Paul Stinavage, PHD and wife Laurie, Mich.; one daughter Margaret Stinavage, VMD, Kingsley; 8 grandchildren John and wife Erin, Matthew and wife Amanda, Teresa and husband David, Katie, Maria, Kristin, Andrew, and Michael; four great grandchildren Joshua, Audra, Kendall, and Cameron, two step great grandchildren Hunter and Austin.; and several nieces and nephews including a special nephew Walter Welicka and wife Jean, Pleasant Mount.

He was preceded in death by a two brothers Vincent and Edward; two sisters Nellie Welicka and Mary Butenas; and a special friend Joseph “Jerry” Marshall.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday July 1 at 11 am in St. James Church, Pleasant Mount, Interment in St. James Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 am until Mass time at the church.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Thompson Hose Company or Hospice of the Sacred Heart.

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Statkun, Regina A.  June 11, 2016 [click here to email online condolence]

Regina “Jean” Baranowski Statkun, 80, of Forest City, died Saturday morning at home. She was the widow of Aloysius Statkun who died in 2015.

Born July 1, 1935, in Forest City, daughter of the late Anthony and Mary Morowski Baranowski. She was a member of Ascension Parish, formerly Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Forest City. Before retirement she worked as a seamstress for several Forest City area dress factories. She enjoyed living in the country and helping her family at Panorama Golf Course. She was affectionately known as “Baba” to her grandchildren whom she was very proud of. She also liked watching the birds from her feeders. She loved to cook for her family, enjoyed reading and taking trips to the casinos. She was a loving woman, wife, mother, and grandmother and will be greatly missed by her friends and family.

Surviving are three children, Susan Statkun, Clifford Twp., Stephen Statkun and wife Kelley, Uniondale, Jennifer Vauter and husband Richard, Clifford Twp.; six grandchildren, Daniel, Benjamin, and Rachel Vauter and Dana, Emily, and Laura Statkun; two sisters, Elizabeth Pisarcik, Simpson and Dorothy Fives, Forest City; one brother Francis Baranowski, Forest City; nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by two sisters, Lottie Zielinski and Stella Baranowski, and a brother Joseph Baranowski.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday at 10 am in St. Joseph's Church, Hudson Street, Forest City. Interment in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Cremation is through the Kevin M. Lesjack Funeral Home, 513 Main Street, Forest City.

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Molinaro, Bernard J.  April 7, 2016 [click here to email online condolence]

Bernard J. Molinaro, 79, of Vandling, died Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the Forest City Nursing Home.

Born January 24, 1937 in Carbondale, he was ths son of the late Anthony and Catherine Cerra Molinaro. Bernie moved to Bridgeport, CT in 1941 and resided there until moving back to Vandling in 1992. Bernard was a veteran of the US Navy and was a retired Iron Worker with local 424 in New Haven. He held 4 U.S. Patents and enjoyed reading, model railroading and gardening, but most of all he is proud of being a member of the Iron Workers Local 424 in New Haven.

Bernard is survived by his beloved son Anthony Molinaro and his companion Jill Joyce of Stratford, CT, his former wife of 26 years, Frances Dungleman of Stratford, CT, a brother Angelo Molinaro of Olyphant, a sister Margaret Simmons of Easton, CT and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Bernard is predeceased by 2 sisters, Rita Danis and Natalie Molinaro.

Funeral services with Full Military Honors took place in Connecticut. Interment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery Trumbull, CT.

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Paluch, Francis  March 1, 2016 [click here to email online condolence]

Francis Paluch, 70, of Pleasant Mount, died Tuesday morning at the Forest City Nursing Center after a long battle with cancer.

Born May 28, 1945, a lifelong resident of Pleasant Mount, he is the son of the late Michael and Helen Seney Paluch. He graduated from Hancock Central High School and was a member of St. James Church, Pleasant Mount. Francis started his career with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in 1972 and retired after 35 years of service. Prior to that he worked for Camp Milling Feed, Poyntelle and Sienko Inc. Francis was a loyal member of the Lake Como Lions Club and transferred to the Forest City Lions Club with 40 years of service in total. He held the office's of Regional Chair and District Governor, and received several awards and recognitions over those years. He was a fan of NASCAR and Dale Earnhardt. Mechanically inclined, he enjoyed working on anything that needed repair, particularly the various equipment and vehicles on the family farm. Francis was known for his generosity, big heart, friendly smile, wit, and wisdom, and will be sorely missed.

Surviving are a sister Beverly Harvatine and husband Frank, Cleona; three brothers Michael, Forest City; Joseph and wife Cathy, Giddings, TX; and Tommy, Fort Myers Beach, FL; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and “Lola”.

The family would like to thank the Forest City Nursing Center for their devotion to Francis' care. Knowing most of the staff, along with the attention they gave him, kept up his spirits and feistiness right to the end.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday at 10 am in St. James Church, Pleasant Mount. Viewing will be Thursday from 4-7 pm in the Kevin M. Lesjack Funeral Home, 513 Main Street, Forest City. Interment in St. James Cemetery. Bring a story or fond memory of Francis.

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Coffaro, Gail M.  February 21, 2016 [click here to email online condolence]

Gail M. Coffaro, 64, formerly of Clifford, died Sunday morning at the Carbondale Nursing Home.

Born February 8, 1952 in New Brunswick, NJ, daughter of the late Alex and Paula Kondrayk Zawadsky. Gail graduated from New Brunswick High School. Prior to retirement, Gail worked as a nurses aide at St. Peters Medical Center, New Brunswick and later as a beautician. She enjoyed doing arts and crafts, and especially liked needle point. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Gail is survived by a son Joseph Coffaro and companion Kimberly Cavalieri, Vandling; a daughter Christine Coffaro, Stroudsburg; a grandson Joey; a brother Alex Zawadsky, Florida; a sister Cathy Gutknecht, Utah; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a sister Dianne Leopard.

Cremation is through the Kevin M. Lesjack Funeral Home, 513 Main Street, Forest City. Services are private.

Memorial contributions can made in Gail's name to the David Cavalieri's Scholarship Fund. C/O First National Bank 521 Main St. Forest City, PA 18421. This scholarship will be awarded to a student-athlete at Forest City Regional.

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Vozel, Joseph "Butch"  February 21, 2016 [click here to email online condolence]

Joseph “Butch” Vozel, 90, of Browndale, died Sunday at the Forest City Nursing Center. Hie wife of 64 years is the former Marian Kuruts.

Born March 8, 1925 in Browndale, he is the son of the late Anthony and Mary Shivitz Vozel. He was a member of Ascension Parish. He served in the Army as a Military Policeman and was presently a member of the American Legion. He was a great patriot, shown by never missing one election in 63 years. Butch and his wife Mitz ran Butch's Bar for almost 60 years, where thousands of games of pinnochle, poker, and horse and pepper were played, and all the worlds problems solved, and oh, what a place it was! Some highlights of his life are Turning Stone, Mt. Airy and Mohegan Sun, Butch's Bowling Team and Butch's Golf Tournament, where he had a hole-in-one on number 7 at Elkview. And how could we forget Super Bowl XXV.

There is nothing Butch loved more than getting together with his family, country rides and going out for breakfast, no skins on the potatos. A heartfelt thanks to the entire staff of the Forest City Nursing Center, Dr. Bekele and his office, and all the prayers from family and friends.

Also surviving are daughters Donna Tedesco and husband Bob, Uniondale; Debbie Pierzga and husband John, Browndale; a sister Julie Kamin; granddughters Niki, Tara, Lindsay, and Allison, great grandson Braxton, “The Commander” and nieces and nephews. He loved them all dearly.

Also preceded in death by brothers William Vozel, Anthony “Stria” Vozel, John Nagoda and Ignatz Grablutz; and a sister Hanna Nagoda Glavich.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday at 10 am in St. Joseph's Church, Forest City. Viewing will be Wednesday from 4-7 pm in the Kevin M. Lesjack Funeral Home, 513 Main Street, Forest City and on Thursday from 9:30 am until mass time at the church. Interment in St. Agnes Cemetery, Forest City.

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Cavalieri, David M.  February 19, 2016 [click here to email online condolence]

David M. Cavalieri, 21, of Vandling, died Friday evening in an automobile accident.

Born May 14, 1994, in Scranton, he is the son of Kimberly Cavalieri, Vandling and David F. Cavalieri, Scott Twp. David was a graduate of Forest City Regional high School and attended Penn State for two years. He enjoyed playing sports, soccer, volleyball, and basketball. He loved snowboarding and the outdoors. He was an overall good kid that would do anything for his family and friends. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Also surviving are maternal grandmother, Margretta Peterlin, Vandling; paternal grandmother Virginia Cavalieri, Scott Twp.; a brother Tyler Clift, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by a maternal grandfather William Peterlin and a paternal grandfather David Cavalieri.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at 10 am in St. Joseph's Church, Forest City. Friends are asked to go directly to the church. Viewing will be Thursday from 4-7 pm in the Kevin M. Lesjack Funeral Home, 513 Main Street, Forest City.

To honor David Cavalieri's life, a scholarship fund has been set up. Contributions can be made in his name to First National Bank 521 Main St. Forest City, PA 18421. This scholarship will be awarded to a student-athlete at Forest City Regional.

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O'Peka, Frank  February 19, 2016 [click here to email online condolence]

Frank O'Peka, 89, of Forest City, died Friday afternoon at VNA hospice, Scranton. His wife is the former Josephine “Joan” Swedersky, they were married for 66 years.

Born February 4, 1927, in Vandling, son of the late Frank C. and Albina Chodorowsky O'Peka. After graduating high school, Frank attended classes at the University of Scranton and graduated from Williamsport Institute of Technology where he studied engineering. He was previously employed by Link Aviation and Schlumberger-Weston as an engineer manager. Frank was member of Ascension Parish, the American Legion, and the Forest City Lions Club. He served on the first zoning board in Forest City and was a member of the Browndale Sportsman Club. He enjoyed watching football and baseball on TV and reading his newspapers.

Also surviving are a daughter Janet Veltri and husband Peter, Dalton; two sons, Frank O'Peka and wife Cindy, CA; Mark O'Peka, AZ; 2 granddaughters Elizabeth and Bernadette; 2 brothers John O'Peka and Tom O'Peka; nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday at 10 am in St. Joseph's Church, Forest City. Viewing will be Wednesday morning 9:30 am until mass time at the church. Interment in St. Anthony's Cemetery, Forest City. Arrangements by the Kevin M. Lesjack Funeral Home, 513 Main Street, Forest City.

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Prezelski, Mary  February 10, 2016 [click here to email online condolence]

Mary Prezelski, 91, Forest City, died Friday morning at the Geisinger CMC, Scranton. Her husband Felix Prezelski died in 2014. They were married for almost 70 years.

Born November 28, 1924, in Browndale, she was the daughter of the late John and Mildred Miklik O'Koren. She was a graduate of Forest City High School. Mary was a talented seamstress, working in the local garment industry for many years. She was a volunteer in the early years of the Forest City Recycling Center. She was a lifetime member of St. Joseph's Church and Ascension Parish. She was a member of the KSKJ and the Slovenian Heritage Club. Mary donated hundreds of afghans to children and churches. She was a wonderful cook and baker. She enjoyed bowling and gardening. She enjoyed entertaining and always had a pie, cake, or cookies ready for anyone who would stop by. Mary was a great mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.

Surviving are two daughters, Patricia Prezelski, Honesdale, and Karen Schaefer and husband Andrew, Binghamton, NY; grandchildren Andrew and Stephanie; a sister Louise Konsur, Jackson, nieces, nephews, and many special in-laws.

Preceded in death by a daughter Kathleen Gotts and brothers John, Anthony, and Milan.

The funeral will be Thursday at 9:30 am from the Kevin M. Lesjack Funeral Home, 513 Main St., Forest City, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10am in St. Joseph's Church, Forest City. Interment in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 4-7 pm.

Memorial contributions can be made in Mary's name to the Forest City Area Emergency Services, 380 Railroad Street, Forest City, PA 18421

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Nebzydoski, Mary  February 10, 2016 [click here to email online condolence]

Mary Nebzydoski, 94, of Pleasant Mount, died Wednesday evening at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale. Her husband John D. Nebzydoski died in 1989.

Born December 25, 1921 in Carbondale, she is the daughter of the late Anthony and Helen Yaworski Komar. She was a member of St. James Church and it's Altar and Rosary Society. Mary volunteered at the Pleasant Mount Fire Hall and she made pierogies with the ladies at St. James Church. She enjoyed baking, gardening and feeding the birds. Mary was a talented crocheter, donating hundreds of afghans to Many Arms Reaches You in Binghamton, NY. She was the matriarch of the family and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Surviving are 4 daughters, Maryann Kulikowski and husband Stephen, Pleasant Mount, Clara Gaudioso and husband Nick, Morris Plains, NJ, Ann Marie Nebzydoski, Pleasant Mount, and Helen Cook and husband Mike, Pleasant Mount; a son John Nebzydoski and wife Carol, Pleasant Mount; a daughter-in-law Theresa Nebzydoski, Pleasant Mount; a sister Josephine Astrab, Washington, NJ; 15 Grandchildren, 11 Great Grandchildren, 3 Great Great Grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Also preceded in death by a son Joseph; three brothers Alex, Tony, and John; seven sisters Helen, Antoinette, Anne, Jennie, Irene, Frances, and Vickey.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday at 10:00 am in St. James Church, Pleasant Mount. Viewing will be Sunday from 4-7 pm at the Kevin M. Lesjack Funeral Home, 513 Main Street, Forest City and Monday from 9:30 am until mass time at the church. Interment in St. James Cemetery, Pleasant Mount.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Mary's name to the Joseph W. Nebzydoski Pay It Forward Scholarship Fund at Honesdale National Bank or to the Pleasant Mount Emergency Services.

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Kuruts, Dorothy  February 6, 2016 [click here to email online condolence]

Dorothy Kuruts, 90, of Forest City, died Saturday morning at the Forest City Nursing Center.

Born March 6, 1925, in Forest City, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Susan Yuskanic Kuruts. Dorthy was a member of Ascension Parish, Forest City. Prior to retirement she worked for the Office of Dependency Benefits, New Jersey. She was a resident at William Penn Apartments in Forest City for the last 13 years. Dorothy enjoyed bowling and rollerskating in her youth. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by a sister Marian Vozel and husband Butch, Browndale and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by brothers Joseph, Sylvester, Michael, James, Edward, and John; and a sister Claire Fitzsimmons.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday at 10 am in St. Joseph's Church, Forest City. Viewing will be Monday from 5-7 pm in the Kevin M. Lesjack Funeral Home, 513 Main Street, Forest City and on Tuesday from 9:30 am until mass time at the church. Interment in St. Agnes Cemetery, Forest City.

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Lowry, Elizabeth "Betty"  January 25, 2016 [click here to email online condolence]

Betty Lowry, 88, formerly of Forest City, died Monday morning at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Johnson City, NY. Her husband Jim Lowry died in 2010.

Born June 25, 1927, in Browndale, daughter of the late Anthony “Peter” and Mary Mihelc Zenewicz. Prior to retirement Betty worked at Ames Shower Curtain Factory. She was a member of the Centennial United Methodist Church, Forest City. She was previously a Poll Officer for Elections in Forest City. She enjoyed going to the races with her husband. Betty always enjoyed her music and dancing. She loved her life and her family, and will be greatly missed.

Surviving are a son Bob Lowry and wife Rita, Browndale, two daughters Debbie Thompson-Lockett and husband Philip, Binghamton and Carla Lowry, Forest City; a son-in-law Bob Trusky; a sister Cookie Payne and husband Paul; 11 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Also preceded in death by a daughter Teri Trusky and a sister Rita Dottle.

Funeral service will be Thursday at 7pm in the Kevin M. Lesjack Funeral Home, 513 Main Street, Forest City. Viewing will be Thursday from 4-7pm. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

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Pasternak, Emily B.  January 12, 2016 [click here to email online condolence]

Emily B. Pasternak, 87, formerly of Pleasant Mount, died Tuesday morning at Above and Beyond Personal Care Home, Allentown. Her husband Thomas Pasternak died in 1996.

Born March 16, 1928 in Elizabeth, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Agnes Turon Burnelko. She was a member of St. James Church. She was a bookkeeper and a former employee for Endicott Johnson. Prior to retirement, Emily and her husband were the proprietors of the Elmwood Inn in Poyntelle. She enjoyed cooking and baking and helped make pierogies at the church. Emily also liked to travel. She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be missed by her family and friends.

Surviving are a daughter Joan Pasternak Metzger and husband Michael, Bethlehem; a son Thomas Pasternak and wife Mary Ann, Pleasant Mount; four grandchildren Elizabeth, Colleen, James, and Michael; several nieces and nephews.

Also preceded in death by a sister Stella Stanislowski and a brother Stephen Burnelko.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday at 11 am in St. James Church, Pleasant Mount. Viewing will be Monday from 9:30 - 10:30am in the Kevin M. Lesjack Funeral Home, 513 Main Street, Forest City. Interment in St. James Cemetery.

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Kubus, George W., Sr.  January 5, 2016 [click here to email online condolence]

George W. Kubus, Sr., 81, of Pleasant Mount, died Tuesday afternoon at Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Dunmore. His wife of 59 years is the former Regina Trusky. They were married on September 22, 1956.

Born May 31, 1934 in Uniondale, he is the son of the late Walter and Matilda “Eva” Gordon Kubus. He was an Army veteran, serving in Germany and prior to retirement he worked in construction. George was an avid hunter and fisherman and he also enjoyed flower gardening. His greatest joys were spending time with his grandchildren.

Also surviving are four children, Kathy Stanziale and husband Paul, Kingston; Gail Marzolino, Dunmore; George Kubus and wife Patricia, Mayfield; Georgette Coolican, Pleasant Mount; four grand daughters, Meghan, Stephanie, Ali, and Grace; a grandson Joshua; 2 great grandsons, James and Asher, several nieces and nephews.

Also preceded in death by two brothers, Frank and Bill and two sisters, Romayne Piwowarczyk and Vickie Fortuner; and a grand daughter Amanda.

Cremation is through the Kevin M. Lesjack Funeral Home, 513 Main Street, Forest City. Memorial service is private.

Memorial contributions can made in George's name to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, www.hospicesacredheart.org

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