WILLIAM M. HADUCK SR. of Taylor died Wednesday, August 12, 2009, at Mercy Hospice, Scranton. His wife of 59 years is the former Ann Shebol. Born in Avoca, a son of the late Karl and Karolina Haduch, he graduated from Duryea High School, Class of 1943, and entered the U.S. Navy, where he graduated from the Bainbridge, Md., Naval Hospital Corps School. During World War II, he served at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital and at Aiea Heights Naval Hospital at Oahu, Hawaii. He was a Pharmacist Mate 3rd Class. His decorations included the Pacific Theater Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, Overseas Bar and Victory Medal. He was employed as a printer for 33 years at the Scranton Times, retiring in 1987, and was a member of the newspaper’s 25 Year Club. Earlier he was a printer for the Vestal, N.Y. News, the Tunkhannock Republican New Age and the Pittston Dispatch. An avid traveler, he and his wife visited Hawaii, Italy, Spain, Morocco, France, Switzerland, Poland, Slovakia, Mexico and England. He enjoyed cruises to the tropics and bus trips and motoring throughout the United States. He loved music, particularly European and Hawaiian, and anything with a backbeat. He enjoyed polka concerts and dances, and was a lively accordion player who often entertained at parties for family and friends. He was a member of St. Ann’s Basilica in Scranton.
He was preceded in death by five brothers, Joseph, Stanley, Edward, Jacob and John; and two sisters, Sally Tadieski and Mary Twardowski.
Also surviving are a son, William Jr., and wife, Monita; and a daughter, Diane, and husband, Phillip Kresefski; and four grandchildren, Diana and Phillip Kresefski Jr., William III, and Casey Haduch, all of Branchburg, N.J.; a brother, Chester, of Avoca; and a sister, Victoria Tetlak, of Dupont.
The funeral was held Aug. 22 from Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union St., Taylor, with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Ann’s Basilica. Interment was in St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Ann’s Basilica, 1230 St. Ann’s St., PA 18504, or Mercy Hospice, 743 Jefferson Ave., PA 18510.
LOUISE VOUGH BEDNARSKI, 93, passed away peacefully into the arms of her loving Father on Wednesday afternoon at the Golden Living Center East Mountain, Plains Township, where she had been a resident for the past several years. She was the widow of Francis A. Bednarski, who passed away on Jan. 3, 1996. She was born in Avoca, a daughter of the late George and Francis Rodejewski Wolch. She was a graduate of Avoca High School. Louise was a woman ahead of her time, owning and operating Lou’s Café on York Avenue, West Avoca, in the 1930s. She also owned a corner store on Plane Street, Avoca, and worked for Pittston Apparel, until she retired. She and her husband owned and operated the Francis A. Bednarski Funeral Home for many years, and she continued to operate it after his death, until 2005. Louise was a member of the SS Peter and Paul Church, Avoca; ILGWU, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Avoca, and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Dupont. The family would like to express their thanks to the staff at the Golden Living Center for their nursing care and to Aseracare Hospice, especially Susan and Mary Beth, for their kindness and emotional support. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Edward Vogue, Chester Wolch and Henry Vough; a nephew, Edward L. Vogue; and a niece, Linda Wolch. Surviving are a brother, Leo Vough, Avoca; a niece, Helen Vogue, Dupont; a nephew, Michael Vough, West Pittston; great-nieces and great-nephews; and great-great-nieces; a great-great-nephew; and her beloved dog, Candy.
Funeral services were held Tuesday from the Palermo & Zawacki Funeral Home, 409 N. Main St., Old Forge, with a Mass of Christian Burial in SS Peter and Paul Church, 1000 Main St., Avoca. Interment was in the parish cemetery, Moosic. Contributions may be made to the SPCA of Luzerne, County Fox Hill Road, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
JOSEPH E. GORCENSKI, 78, of Front Street, Dupont, passed away Sunday morning, August 16, 2009, at Allied Services Skilled Nursing Center, Scranton, where he was a guest for a short time after a brief illness. Born in Dupont, on May 8, 1931, he was a son of the late Joseph and Mary (Romanowski) Gorcenski. Joseph graduated from Dupont High School in 1949 and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Dupont. Joseph worked for Atlas Chain Company, West Pittston, and later worked for Valley Manufacturing, Wilkes-Barre. Joseph was preceded in death by a brother, Frank. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, the former Rita M. Chmielewski; a daughter, Sheryl Riley and her husband, Michael, Dupont; a son, Joseph III, Dupont; a granddaughter, Amanda Boland; two sisters, Jean Bushinski and her husband, Richard, Dupont; Dorothy Dominick and her husband, Angelo, Pittston; a brother, Bernard and his wife, Catherine, Duryea; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Wednesday from Kniffen O’Malley Funeral Home, Inc., 728 Main St., Avoca, with a Mass of Christian Burial from Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Dupont. Father Joseph D. Verespy officiated. Interment was in the parish cemetery. Online condolence at www.BestLifeTributes.com.
DANIEL J. TROTTA, SR., 62, of Dupont, passed away Saturday, August 15, 2009, at home. Born in Pittston, on July 12, 1947, he was a son of the late Richard and Clara Dalessandro Trotta. He was a graduate of Pittston High School, Class of 1965. He was a member of the U.S. Army, having served during Vietnam. He was a member of St. Mary’s Assumption Church, Pittston; the West Side Social Club, Avoca; the Dupont Polish Club and the Veterans of the Vietnam War Organization, Pittston. He was employed at the Tobyhanna Army Depot. Surviving are his son, Daniel Trotta, Jr. and his wife, Lisa, and their daughter, Brianne, Enola, Pa.; sisters, Shirley Trotta, Pittston; Phyllis Kane, Atlantic City, N.J., and Dolores Korpita, Kenvil, N.J.; brother, Richard Trotta Jr., Exeter; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Wednesday from the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 802 Susquehanna Ave., West Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary’s Assumption Church, Pittston. Interment was in Marcy Cemetery, Duryea. Military honors were by the Dupont A.M.-Vets, Post 189. On-line condolences may be made at www.peterjadoniziofuneralhome.com.
ROBERT S. KRAPPA, 70, of Old Forge, formerly of Duryea, died Friday, August 14, 2009 in Moses Taylor Hospital. He is survived by his wife, the former Kathryn Biscontini. Born in Duryea, he was a son of the late Adam and Mary Marcinko Krappa. Robert was employed as a supervisor for Brooks Manufacturing, Old Forge, and Pawnee Pants, Olyphant. He was preceded in death by brothers, Bernie and Ronnie Krappa; and sisters, Geraldine Fedorski and Jeanne Marie Metro. Surviving are sons, James Krappa, David Krappa; a brother, Leonard Krappa; sisters, Rose Marie Sears, Beatrice Crane; two grandchildren; nieces; nephews; grand-nieces; and grand-nephews.
The funeral was held Monday in the Victor M. Ferri Funeral Home, 522 Fallon St., Old Forge, with the Rev. Daniel D. Hitchko, officiating. Private interment was held. Visit www.ferrifuneralhome.com.
THEODORE “TEDDY” LEVINSON, 92, of South Dawes Avenue, Kingston, died Friday morning, August 14, 2009, in Manor Care. Born in Scranton, he was a son of the late Hyman Joseph and Anna Long Levinson and was a graduate of Scranton Vo-Tech. Teddy entered the U.S. Army during World War II, and served in Italy. He was the recipient of the Good Conduct Medal and the Victory Ribbon. He was co-owner of T&R Furniture Store on East Market Street in Wilkes-Barre, with his brother-in-law, Harry Rosenbaum. Mr. Levinson was a member of Congregation Ohav Zedek, the Jewish War Veterans and Kingston Veterans Post. Prior to entering the Army, Teddy started the Ted Levinson Orchestra, paying the sax and the clarinet. He always had a good story to tell, always had a big smile on his face and had a big heart. He will missed by many. Mr. Levinson was preceded in death by his beloved wife, the former Sara Rosenbaum, on Aug. 3, 1994; and brothers, Harold, I. Dan, and Dr. David Levinson. He is survived by his loving daughters, Cindy and Harriet, both of Kingston; nieces and nephews, among one of his favorites was Gail Wohlmuth and her husband, Louis, of Baltimore, Md.; a brother-in-law, Milton Yoffee, Baltimore, Md.
Graveside funeral service was held Sunday, August 16, in Bnai Jacob Cemetery, Darling Street, Wilkes-Barre, with the Rabbi Nachman Bruce, officiating. Arrangements are by Rosenberg Funeral Chapel, 348 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to charity of donor’s choice. Condolences may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MATILDA ZIELINSKI, 90, of Old Forge, passed away Sunday, August 16, 2009. Her husband, Joseph A., died in 1993. Born in Taylor, she was a daughter of the late Bernard and Victoria Truskowski. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Chester. She is survived by her daughter, Dorothy, and husband Walter; brother Bernard; sister Ann; grandchildren Brian and Kimberly; great-grandchildren Brent, Beyon and Christian.
Funeral services were held Wednesday in the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home, Inc., 517 N. Main St., Old Forge, with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Lawrence O’Toole R.C. Church, South Main Street, Old Forge. Interment was in the parish’s St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Old Forge. Please visit www.KearneyFuneralHome.com to send an online condolence.
EDMUND “ED” S. WIKOSKI, 91, of Tunkhannock, died Monday, August 17, 2009, in the Golden Living Center, Tunkhannock. Born on Nov. 23, 1917, in Scranton, he was a son of the late Walter and Bridget Cebalski Wikoski. Prior to retirement he was a self-employed trucker and stone-quarry operator. He was an Army veteran, serving during World War II. Ed was a member of the Church of the Nativity B.V.M. in Tunkhannock. He was preceded in death by brothers Walter and Alex, and sisters Beatrice Rice, Helen Miller, Sophie Gentile, Rosemary Mikulski and Anna Moore. Ed is survived by his wife of 69 years, Helen Dixon Wikoski; and brothers Lewis, of Falls, and Chester, of Tunkhannock; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Friday from the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home Inc., 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, with a Mass of Christian Burial from the Church of the Nativity BVM in Tunkhannock. Interment was in Pieta Cemetery, Tunkhannock. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wyoming County Cancer Society, PO Box 629, Tunkhannock, PA 18657.