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2014

McAlla, Lynnette

Trusky, Teri

Ritchey, Twila P.

Watson, Beverly

Dell'Aquila, Aldo

Prezelski, Felix Paul

Baron, Sophie

Gotts, Kathleen

McAndrew, James P.

McAndrew, Ruth E.

Evans, Marie C.

Wolf, Carolyn Parker

Gerstel, Frances D.

Tumelavich, Michael

Glucksnis, Mary Alice

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McAlla, Lynnette    July 31, 2014    [click here to email online condolence]

Lynnette McAlla, 81, of Clifford Township, died Thursday morning at the Forest City Nursing Center. Her husband is the late Joseph McAlla.

Born May 2, 1933, in Harford, daughter of the late Ivan T. and Florence Whitney Brainard. She was a 1951 graduate of Harford High School. She was tax collector for Clifford Township from 1974 until she retired in 1998.

Surviving are a son Joseph L. McAlla and wife Jean, Clifford; 2 sisters Dona Warner, Clifford Township, and Sue Borowicz, Lanesboro; a brother Ronald Brainard, North Jackson; a granddaughter Donna Fortuner and husband to be Philip, Uniondale; 2 grandsons BradleyMcAlla and wife Antoinette, Clifford and Brian McAlla and wife Janel, Clifford; 9 great grandchildren, Michael, Kyra, Skylar and Rhys Fortuner Jada, Philip and Alivia Keslo, Trinity McAlla and Blair McAlla; nieces and nephews.

Also preceded in death by 2 brothers, Lynn Brainard, a twin and Ivan W. Brainard; and a sister Arneta Sanauskas;

Cremation is through the Kevin M. Lesjack Funeral Home, Forest City, PA with a private memorial service at a later date in Clifford Valley Cemetery.

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Trusky, Teri    July 12, 2014    [click here to email online condolence]

Teri Trusky, 59, of Forest City, died Saturday evening at home after a courageous battle with brain cancer . Her husband of 38 years is Robert Trusky.

Born April 19, 1955, in Carbondale, she was the daughter of Betty Zenewicz Lowry, Forest City and the late Jim Lowry. Teri was a graduate of Forest City Regional High School and previously worked for Fitzsimmons Insurance Agency, the Forest City Library, and R.B. Fries. She was a member of Ascension Parish, Forest City where she volunteered for the church, including coordinating its annual Thanksgiving dinner. She enjoyed her grandchildren and her two puppies Louie and Precious. She was a loving wife and best friend, mother and grandmother, and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Also surviving are children Jennifer Pearson and husband Jason, Clifford; Aaron Trusky and wife Nicole, Chambersburg; two grandchildren Avery and Liam; a brother Bob Lowry and wife Rita, Browndale; sisters Debbie Thompson-Lockett and husband Phil, Binghamton; Carla Lowry, Forest City; and Barbara Mihelc and husband Buzz, Forest City; an aunt Ruth Trella and several nieces and nephews.

Also preceded by an infant sister Karen.

Funeral will be Wednesday at 10:00 am from the Kevin M. Lesjack Funeral Home, 513 Main Street, Forest City, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am in St. Joseph's Church, Forest City. Interment St. Anthony's Cemetery, Forest City.

Viewing on Tuesday from 6-8 pm.

Memorial contributions can be made in Teri's name to Commonweath Home Health & Hospice, 746 Jefferson St, Scranton, PA 18510.

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Ritchey, Twila P.    June 29, 2014    [click here to email online condolence]

Twila P. Ritchey, of Forest City, died Sunday at the Forest City Nursing and Rehab Center. Her husband of 50 years is the late Blair W. Ritchey.

Born June 9, 1932 in St. Michael, she was the daughter of the late Fred E. and Kathryn Almond Gray. Twila was a graduate of Adams Township High School. She had been a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Portage, Community Bible Church, Portage and East Gadsden Baptist Church, Gadsden, AL, and was an active member of the Gideons International Auxiliary.

Twila is survived by her children Dr. Blair A. Ritchey, Allen, TX, Terry E. Ritchey, Gadsden, AL, and Cynthia Jean, wife of Paul Benarick, Forest City; six grandchildren; five great grandchildren. A brother Fred W. Gray, Portage, several nieces and nephews.

Also preceded in death by an infant daughter Tracy and a brother William Hicks.

The family wishes to express appreciation to the staff of the Forest City Personal Care Home and the Forest City Nursing Center for the wonderful care over the past 3 years. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Gideons International, PO Box 71, Ebensburg, PA 15931.

Friends will be received by the family at the Jean H. Kinley Funeral Home, Portage, on Thursday, July 3 at 11:00 am with a memorial service to be held at 1:00 pm at the funeral home. Interment will be at the Mount Moriah Cemetery in Blue Knob.

Local arrangements are provided by the Kevin Lesjack Funeral Home of Forest City.

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Watson, Beverly    June 29, 2014    [click here to email online condolence]

Beverly Watson, 79, of Lakewood, died Friday evening at VNA Hospice at Community Medical Center. Her husband Barry Watson died in 2001.

Born April 2, 1935, in Minooka, she was the daughter of the late John and Kathryn Pedick Higgins. She was a graduate of Preston High School and a member of St. Juliana's Church, Rock Lake.

Wearing many different hats, Beverly worked first as a Fiscal Clerk for Regal Production and then began her life long career with Block and Hexter Vacation Center. Starting in the kitchen, Beverly then expanded to Office Management and in her later years, Dining Room Supervisor.

Beverly was very active in both local and state politics holding the position of Vice Chairman of Wayne County Republicans as well as Committee Woman for numerous years. She was an elected official, holding the office of Preston Township Supervisor where she served as Chairwoman. She volunteered with the American Red Cross, Parent Teacher Association and was a dedicated supporter of St Francis of Assisi Kitchen.

As a member of a band, Beverly was a fantastic drummer that led to her being offered a scholarship to attend the University of Miami to play in their band. She attended numerous night classes at the University of Scranton as she had a constant thirst for knowledge.

Surviving are daughter, Mary Fitzsimmons and husband James, Browndale; a sister Dolores Indivino, Port Richie, FL; three grandchildren, Ashley and Logan Fitzsimmons and Kathryn Watson; a great grandchild Keeghan Carson; Nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Also preceded in death is a daughter Fawn Watson.

The funeral will be Wednesday at 10:00 am from the Kevin M. Lesjack Funeral Home, 513 Main St., Forest City, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am in St. Joseph's Church, Forest City. Interment in Watson Farm Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 5-8 pm.

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Dell'Aquila, Aldo    June 12, 2014    [click here to email online condolence]

Aldo Dell'Aquila, 42, of Honesdale, died Thursday evening at Geisinger Wyoming Valley, Wilkes-Barre.

Born January 23, 1972, in Queens, NY, he is the son of Michael and Mary Capone Dell'Aquila, Poyntelle. He was a graduate of Lawrence High School, Long Island, NY and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Honesdale. He was a self employed general contractor. Aldo was and avid outdoors man, enjoying hunting, fishing, camping, and white water rafting. He also liked to garden. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Also surviving are a son, Aldo, Jr., NJ; a brother Anthony Dell'Aquila and wife Sheri, Honesdale; a sister Michelle Dell'Aquila and husband Matt Reed, MD; nieces and nephews, Anthony, Gina, Madeline, Matthew, Michael, and Max. and several cousins.

The funeral will be Thursday at 10 am from the Kevin M. Lesjack Funeral Home, 513 Main St., Forest City, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 in St. Joseph's Church, Forest City. Interment will be private.

Friends may call Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm.

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Prezelski, Felix Paul    May 26, 2014    [click here to email online condolence]

Felix Paul Prezelski, 91, Forest City, died Monday morning at the Carbondale Nursing Home. He was the husband of Mary O’Koren Prezelski. The couple would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on November 18.

Born October 17, 1922 in Forest City, he was the son of the late Frank and Pauline Kulikowski Prezelski. Felix graduated from Forest City High School in 1941. He was a life long member of St. Joseph’s Church and one of 16 children. He was an avid outdoors man and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was known for his large garden and he loved to bowl. He retired from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and also served as a part time police officer in Forest City. He served on the Forest City boro council and was a volunteer fireman.

He will be deeply missed by his wife, daughters, son-in-law, grandchildren, sister, brother, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. Felix always had time to speak to everyone who stopped by and offer his love and encouragement.

Also surviving are two daughters, Patricia Prezelski, Honesdale, and Karen Schaefer and husband Andrew, Binghamton, NY; a grandson Andrew Felix Schaefer and granddaughter Stephanie Leah Schaefer; sister, Eleanor Smith, Parlin, NJ; and brother Julius Prezelski, Forest City; nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

Preceded in death by a daughter Kathleen Gotts.

The funeral will be Friday at 11:30 am from the Kevin M. Lesjack Funeral Home, 513 Main St., Forest City, with Mass of Christian Burial at 12 noon in St. Joseph's Church, Forest City. Interment in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 4-7 pm.

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

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Baron, Sophie    May 24, 2014    [click here to email online condolence]

Sophie Baron, 96, of Forest City died Saturday morning at the Forest City Nursing & Rehab Center.

Born April 1, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Andrew and Mary Bavitz Baron. Sophie was a member of Ascension Parish, Forest City and prior to retirement she worked for Westinghouse in Newark, NJ. She enjoyed traveling, visiting Spain and Poland. She liked to play cards and go to the casino. She also liked to cook and try new recipes. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

The family would like to thank her care giver Jean Scepita, and the staff at the Forest City Nursing & Rehab Center for their kindness and compassionate care.

Surviving is a sister, Mary Ann Anelli, North Carolina, a sister-in-law Pauline Baron, Clifford, and several nieces and nephews, including Joseph and Jill Baron, Forest City.

Preceded in death by brothers, Paul, Joseph, Adam, Charles, Michael, and John and a sister Eleanor.

Funeral will be Wednesday at 9:30 from the Kevin M. Lesjack Funeral Home, 513 Main Street, Forest City, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10am in St. Joseph's Church, Forest City. Interment St. James Cemetery, Pleasant Mount.

Viewing on Tuesday from 4-7 pm.

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Gotts, Kathleen    April 10, 2014    [click here to email online condolence]

Kathleen Gotts, 57, of Duncannon and formerly of Forest City, died Thursday at Harrisburg Hospital.

Born April 1, 1957, she is the daughter of Felix and Mary O'Koren Prezelski, Forest City. She was a member of Ascension Parish, a graduated from Kutztown University and earned her Masters Degree from Bloomsburg University. Kathy worked for over 34 years for the state of Pennsylvania supporting people with disabilities. First worked at Selingsgrove Center, then with the Blind and Visual Services, then as the Project Officer for the Developmental Disability Council in Harrisburg where she monitored state wide grants for projects for people with disabilities.

She was very musically inclined, playing the piano and clarinet. She sang, sewed, and cooked, and was the author of the book, “The Elusive Path”. She was a lover of animals and found homes for them and supported the SPCA, the Humane Societies, and St. Jude's Research Hospital. She was looking forward to volunteering in her recent retirement. Kathy was a loving daughter, sister, and aunt. She will be sadly missed by all of her family and friends.

Also surviving are 2 sisters, Patricia Prezelski, Honesdale and Karen Schaefer and husband Andrew, Binghamton; a nephew Andrew and a niece Stephanie; several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The funeral will be Wednesday at 10 am from the Kevin M. Lesjack Funeral Home, 513 Main St., Forest City, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am in St. Joseph's Church, Forest City. Interment will be private in St. Joseph's Cemetery.

Friends may call Tuesday from 3-6 pm.

Memorial contributions can be made in Kathy's name to Paws of Central Pennsylvania, PO Box 855, Camp Hill, PA 17011.

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McAndrew, James P.    February 28, 2014    [click here to email online condolence]

James P. McAndrew, 69, of Vandling, died Friday afternoon at Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton after a long illness. His wife, Susan Kmetz McAndrew died in 2011.

Born September 16, 1944 in New Jersey, he was the son of the late Thomas and Mary Golden McAndrew. He was named after his uncle, who served and died in France during WWI. Jim was educated at Irvington High School, Irvington, NJ. He served in Germany with the Army Signal Corp during the Vietnam War. Prior to retirement he was employed for over 20 years by Forest City Regional High School in the Maintenance Department. He was a very talented poet and singer, and was always happy to share a tune. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by a son, Sean McAndrew, Vandling and a daughter Kelly McAndrew, Vandling. Three grandchildren, Finnegan, Max, and Shane; a brother Tom McAndrew, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother Michael.

Cremation was through the Kevin M. Lesjack Funeral Home, 513 Main St., Forest City, PA 18421.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions can be made to the funeral home to assist the family with funeral expenses.

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McAndrew, Ruth E.    February 8, 2014    [click here to email online condolence]

Ruth E. McAndrew, 95, of Vandling, died Saturday evening. Her husband, Dr. Lorain A. McAndrew died in 1966.

Born April 22, 1918, in Pleasant Mount, daughter to the late Bert and Iva Stone Kennedy. Ruth was a graduate of Pleasant Mount High School and Penn State University, She was a member of the Forest City United Methodist Church. She worked as a dental hygenist in Alabama during WWII. After the war as a dietitian at Carbondale General Hospital. She was a Home Ec teacher in Pleasant Mount and a substitute teacher at Forest City Regional High School. Ruth owned and operated Lake Lorain Golf Course and was partner in the Lake Lorain Bar and Grill. She served on the Vandling Council and FCRS Board of Education. She was active in the BPW as an officer and Woman of the Year. She enjoyed helping out at her son's office in Vandling.

She was an avid golfer and bowler, playing in lacal leagues. She loved playing cards, especially Poker and Bridge with her many friends. She was a talented crafter and and avid reader. As the matriarch of the family, she loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them at Bigelow Lake living up to her nickname “the Queen.”

She is survived by children, Dr. Patrick McAndrew and wife Toni; Cathy Walker and husband Paul; and John McAndrew and wife Mary Lou; a daughter-in-law, Debi Zavada; a sister Laneta Fries, 8 grandchildren, Lori Knott, Paul “PB” Walker, Ryan McAndrew, Dr. Chad Walker, Meghan McAndrew, Christopher Walker, Marhia McAndrew, and Stephanie Haggerty; 7 great grandchildren, Bridget, Cole, and John Knott, Kierra Mcandrew Scalzo, Kennedy Walker, Hayden and Preston Haggerty, several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by a son Dr. Richard McAndrew, 2 brothers, Claude Kennedy and Bert Kennedy, and 3 sisters Helen Moase, Dorothy Dorflinger, and Mary Prince.

The funeral will be Tuesday at 10:30 am from the Kevin M. Lesjack Funeral Home, 513 Main St., Forest City, with services by the Rev. Barbara Snyder, pastor of Waverly United Methodist Church. Interment Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Finch Hill.

Friends may call Monday from 5-8 pm.

Memorial contributions can be made in Ruth's name to the Pleasant Mount Historical Society or the Pleasant Mount Library.

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Evans, Marie C.    January 24, 2014    [click here to email online condolence]

Marie C. Evans, 57, of Forest City, died Friday morning at VNA Hospice, Scranton. Her husband is the late Donald B. Evans, Sr.

Born in July 2, 1956, daughter of the late George and Irene Newberry Owen. Prior to retirement she worked as a CNA for Holiday Manor, Scranton. She was an avid BINGO player and she loved her grandchildren. The family would like to offer special thanks to the VNA Hospice for their compassionate care.

Surviving are 4 sons: Jeremy Kilmer and Don Evans, Forest City; Chris Evans, Dallas; Scott Evans, Uniondale; a daughter Candice Brown, NJ; 4 brothers, Glen, Thomas ”Bear”, Wayne, and Kenny Owen; a sister Cheryl Freeman; and several nieces and nephews.

Cremation is through the Kevin M. Lesjack Funeral Home, Forest City. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

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Wolf, Carolyn Parker    January 9, 2014    [click here to email online condolence]

Carolyn Parker Wolf, 75, of Willow Springs, NC, died Thursday January 9, 2014 at Duke Raleigh Hospital. Her husband of 52 years is Harold Wolf.

Born in Rochester, NY to the late Franklin and Janet Cameron Parker. She was affectionately known as Posy in her childhood. Carolyn enjoyed sailing with her husband.She loved the water, nature, and animals. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Also surviving are a daughter Melanie Stephenson and husband Jason, Holly Springs, NC; a son Parker Wolf and companion Stephanie, Hayward, CA; a brother, Col. David C. Parker Ret.; two grandchildren, Cole and Parker.

Private cremation was through the Kevin M. Lesjack Funeral Home, Forest City, PA.

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Gerstel, Frances D.    January 8, 2014    [click here to email online condolence]

Frances D. Gerstel, 83, of Forest City, died Wednesday at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale. Her husband Guy died July 5, 2010. They were married on December 1, 1951.

Born November 15, 1930, daughter of the late Rudolph and Mary Zedar Kamin. She was a graduate of Forest City High School and a member of Ascension of Our Lord Parish, Forest City. She was also a member of the Forest City American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by two sons Gerald, CT, and Guy, Forest City; a daughter Gale Casini, MD; 3 grandsons and 2 grand daughters; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother Rudolph Kamin and a sister Mary Pelletreau.

The funeral was private with burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery.

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Tumelavich, Michael    January 6, 2014    [click here to email online condolence]

Michael Tumelavich, 55, of Carbondale, and formerly of Richmondale, died Monday morning at Mid Valley Hospital, Peckville.

Born September 19, 1958, son of the late Edmund and Mary Kovalik Tumelavich. He was a graduate of Carbondale Area High School and a member of St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church, Forest City. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed walking and watching movies. Michael was also a talented guitar player.

He is survived by several cousins including Michael Kopcho, Endicott, NY; Paulette Andzulis, Athens; Edmund Brezgowski, Carbondale,; James Caveston, Carbondale; Helen McFarland, CA; Charlene Best, CA, Darlene Arroyo, CA; and other cousins in NJ.

He was preceded in death by a twin brother Edward.

The funeral will be Saturday at 9:30 am from the Kevin M. Lesjack Funeral Home, 513 Main St., Forest City, with Divine Liturgy at 10 in St. John's Byzantine Catholic Church, to be celebrated by Monsignor John Sekellick, pastor. Interment, St. John's Cemetery, Richmondale.

Friends may call Friday from 4-7 pm.

Memorial contributions can be made in Michael's name to St. John's Cemetery, 313 First Avenue, Jessup, PA 18434.

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Glucksnis, Mary Alice    January 1, 2014    [click here to email online condolence]

Mary Alice Glucksnis, 66, of Jessup, died Wednesday morning in Scranton after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Her husband of 39 years is Donald Glucksnis.

Born August 16, 1947, daughter to the late Abe “Casey” and Lilas Muchitz Nudelman. She was a graduate of Forest City Regional High School and earned an associated degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She was a member of Holy Cross Parish, Olyphant and a devoted client of St. Ann's Novena. Mary Alice enjoyed traveling, entertaining family and friends, and she liked to shop. She loved her family and especially her grandchildren.

The family would like to offer a sincere thank you to Dr. Martin Martino, Dr. Linda Thomas and Dr. Lisa Thomas and everyone that took extra care for Mary Alice during her illness.

Also surviving are daughters, Alison and husband Steve Lott, Olyphant; Melissa and husband Doug Man, Hoboken, NJ; and Lindsey Glucksnis, Jessup; a brother Dr. James and wife Caroline Nudelman, TX; 2 grandchildren: Gabriel and Abigail; several cousins including “Favorite Coz's” Kim and Meg Nudelman..

Funeral will be Monday at 9:30am in Holy Cross Parish, St. Patrick's Church, 200 Delaware Street, Olyphant to be celebrated by Monsignor Michael J. Delaney. Interment in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Forest City. Those attending the mass are asked to go directly to church.

Viewing on Sunday 5-8 pm at the Kevin M. Lesjack Funeral Home, 513 Main Street, Forest City.

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