Dr. Robert J. Donovan, a psychiatrist and resident of Scranton, died Thursday, November 27, 2008, at the Community Medical Center.
Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Dr. William Murray and Katherine King Donovan. He was a graduate of Scranton Central High School, The University of Scranton and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Dr. Donovan served an internship at the Philadelphia General Hospital and a residency in Psychiatry at the Institute of The Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. He worked as staff psychiatrist for the Family Court/Youth Study Center in Philadelphia from 1955 to 1979 and the Hall-Mercer Mental Health Center of the Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia from 1979 to 1986.
He was on the staff of the Philadelphia General Hospital, the Pennsylvania Hospital and a faculty member of The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Dept. of Psychiatry.
In 1986, Dr. Donovan moved to Boston, where he was a psychiatrist at the Center for Mental Health and Retardation Services in Waltham, Mass.
Returning to Scranton in 1991, he became a staff psychiatrist at the Scranton Counseling Center until his retirement in 2005.
He was a member of St. Peter’s Cathedral Parish and a veteran of the U.S. Army. Dr. Donovan was a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; a member of the American Medical Association, the Massachusetts Medical Society, the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society and the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry.
Surviving are a niece, Patricia Fox, and three nephews, Neil, William and Robert Donovan, and great-nephews and a great-niece. Also surviving is his former wife, Frances Csircsu Donovan.
He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Neil, Paul and William Donovan.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Peter’s Cathedral by Msgr. David Bohr, Pastor. Inurnment at the convenience of the family in Cathedral Cemetery. Cremation, Maple Hill at Salem Road, Archbald.
There are no calling hours. Arrangements by August J. Haas Funeral Home Inc., 202 Pittston Ave, Scranton, Pa. To leave an online condolence, visit www.augusthaasfuneralhome.com.
Catherine H. Bolonis, 96, formerly of Gates Road, Shavertown, died Saturday, November 29, 2008, in Community Care Hospice at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre. Born October 3, 1912, in Swoyersville, she was a daughter of the late Stanley and Eva Chmelieska Jarensky. She attended local schools and was a graduate of the Empire Beauty School, Wilkes-Barre. For many years, she owned and operated Kay’s Beauty Salon, Bennett Street, Luzerne. Mrs. Bolonis was a member of the former St. Ann’s Parrish, Luzerne. Upon moving to Shavertown, she pursued her passion for gardening. Catherine was loved by so many and will be deeply missed.
Her husband, Anthony W., preceded her in death, having died Feb. 20, 1985. Also preceding her in death were brothers and sisters Rose Milnik, Elizabeth Griglock, Anne Krasavage, Ralph Jarensky, Adolph Jarensky, Lee Koziel, Wanda Zekoski, Dolores Jarensky, Joseph Jarensky and Caroline Lang; two grandchildren, Glen Caglarcan and Brian Bragg.
Surviving are daughters Louise Caglarcan and her husband, Erol Caglarcan, Ph.D., Wilmington, N.C.; attorney Veronica Steadle Kisailus, Laurel Run; Audrey Bragg, Riverdale, Md.; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews.
Martha Coller Brixius , 85, a resident of the South Mountain Restoration Center, South Mountain, passed away Saturday evening, November 29, 2008, under the center’s care. Born on April 8, 1923, she was a daughter of the late Carl and Marie Holland Coller.
Martha was educated in Mahanoy schools. Prior to retirement, she worked as a nurse. Private arrangements are under the care of the Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 125 N. Main Ave., Scranton. Please visit www.KearneyFuneralHome.com for directions.
Anna Conrad, 89, of Wilkes-Barre, died Monday in the Hospice Care of the VNA at the Heritage House in Wilkes-Barre.
Anna was born in June 5, 1919, in Throop, a daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine Yurkoski. She was educated in the Wilkes-Barre area schools. Anna was employed at the Interstate Bakery, the former Blue Ribbon Cake Bakery in Kingston, retiring in 1972. Mrs. Conrad was a member of St. Nicholas Church, South Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph L. Conrad, in 1989. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph, Michael, Steve and Charles Yurkoski; and by her sister, Mary Shumoski.
Surviving are sons Joseph L. Conrad, at home; Donald J. Conrad and his wife, Carol, Westminster, Md.; daughters Arlene Wielga, R.N., and her husband, Bernard, Wilkes-Barre Township; Catherine Macey and her husband, John, Plains; sisters Jean LaPorta, Long Island, N.Y.; Theresa Gallagher and her husband, Thomas, Wilkes-Barre; Catherine Yurkoski, Wilkes-Barre; grandchildren John Macey, Dallas; Joseph and Robert Conrad, Maryland; Melissa Conrad, Wilkes-Barre; great-grandchildren John and Julia Macey, Chastity and Christian Conrad; nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held on Thursday at 9 a.m. from the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 9:30 a.m. in St. Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Shavertown. Friends may call today, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the American Heart Association.
Joseph S. Elko , 86, of Plymouth, passed away Sunday evening, November 30, 2008.
He was a 1939 graduate of Plymouth High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II. He was a past commander of American Legion Post 463 and V.F.W. Post 1425. He retired from Balester Optical Co., Wilkes Barre. He greatly enjoyed golfing. Preceded in death by parents Joseph and Verna Thomas Elko; sister Marie Leonard Davis. Surviving are wife of 65 years, the former Miriam Wychulis; sister Ann Gondek, New Jersey; nieces; nephews.
Services are being held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are made by S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Larksville Ambulance Company, 211 E State St., Kingston, PA 18704.
Ross Raymond Ferrara, of Pittston, died Monday, December 1, 2008, at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
He and his wife, Sally (Mantione) Ferrara, celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on November 28.
He was born August 7, 1930, in Pittston, a son of the late Maria (Intorre) Ferrara and Salvatore Ferrara. He attended Pittston city schools. He worked as a carpenter most of his life, and later he worked for the Pennsylvania Turnpike. He served in the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by brothers Patrick, Angelo, Anthony and Joseph Ferrara; sisters Louise DiSalvo, Mary Juliano, Grace Vaccaro and Rose Morreale. Surviving are daughters Maria and David Fee, Pittston; Diane Ferrara, Hughestown; grandchildren Ross Fee, Melissa Fee, Kellie and Nathan Wynder; great-granddaughters Jordyn and Samantha Wynder; sisters Helen Serino, Clifton, N.J.; Susan Jake, Duryea; brother James Ferrara.
Funeral will be Thursday at 9 a.m. from the Graziano Funeral Home Inc., 700 Township Blvd., Pittston Township. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. in St. Rocco’s Church, Pittston Township, with the Rev. Daniel Schwebs, O. S. J., celebrant and pastor, officiating. Interment will be in St. Rocco’s Cemetery, Pittston Township. Friends may call today, from 5 to 8 p.m.
Walter E. “Wally” Gould, 91, of Swoyersville, passed away peacefully Sunday afternoon, November 30, 2008, at Hospice Community Care, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.
His wife is the former Marie France. Together, Walter and Marie celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary on June 2, 2008. Born on March 23, 1917, in Quincy, Mass., Walter was a son of the late George F. and Nettie (Shepherd) Gould. He was raised in Boston, Mass., and later moved to Bridgeport, Conn.
Prior to his retirement, Wally was employed for 20 years as an engineer for the Balf Company, Bridgeport, Conn. In 1987, Wally moved to Harveys Lake, where he very much enjoyed sailing the sail boat which he built. His passion for sail-boating led him to compete in sail-boat races at Boston Harbor.
Walter had a great love and enjoyment for Little League baseball. He enjoyed Little League baseball so much that during his retirement years, he was instrumental in restoring Little League fields in the Back Mountain area. Wally was also an umpire for Little League baseball games in the Back Mountain. During most of his adult life, Wally coached Little League baseball.
A man who loved doing many things, he especially loved to garden, bowl and roller skate. He also enjoyed skiing and was a lifetime member of the Springfield Ski Club. A gentle and kind man, Walter will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him, mostly by his loving wife, Marie.
In addition to his parents, Walter was also preceded in death by his brother, George Gould; and sister, Dorothy Gould; Marie’s son, Joseph Tarreto. In addition to his loving wife, Marie, Walter is survived by his son, Jeffrey Gould, Georgia; and daughter, Jennifer Gould, Georgia. He is also survived by Marie’s children, Pamela Rinaldi, Hackettstown, N.J.; Anthony Tarreto, Larksville; David Tarreto, Nazareth.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a blessing service for Walter, which will be held today, December 3, 2008, at 10 a.m. at the Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, with the Rev. Richard J. Cirba, pastor of Holy Trinity Church, Swoyersville, officiating. Interment will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, Courtdale.
Memorial contributions may be made in Walter’s memory to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
For additional information or to send the Gould family an online message of condolence, you may visit www.wroblewskifuneralhome.com.
Nicholas A. “Nick” Juliano , 69, of Wilkes-Barre, died Friday, November 28, 2008, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. Born in Passaic, N.J., on May 2, 1939, he was a son of the late Joseph and Vicara Juliano. He attended school in Passaic, N.J., and was an Army veteran. He played football for the New York Giants and later worked as a magician with David Copperfield. Surviving is a daughter, Francine Juliano, at home; and grandson, Joseph Juliano.
Services will be held today at 7 p.m. at Kniffen O’Malley Funeral Home Inc., 465 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Friends may call today, from 6 p.m. until the time of the service. Send condolences at www.BestLifeTributes.com.
Allen Francis Kenzakoski , 63, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away on Sunday afternoon, November 30, 2008. He was preceded in death by his father, Chester Kenzakoski; and mother Cecilia Wanda Libertowski Kenzakoski. Mr. Kenzakoski attended James M. Coughlin High School and was previously employed by Muskin Manufacturing. He is survived by his brother, Donald Kenzakoski, West Chester, Pa.; numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral will be held Thursday at 9:30 a.m. from the Corcoran Funeral Home, 20 S. Main St., Plains Township, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Church, Hudson. Interment will be in the parish cemetery, Hudson. Friends may call Thursday, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Online condolences may be made at www.corcoranfuneralhome.com.
George A. Korner, 69, of Moosic Heights, passed away at Moses Taylor Hospital on Saturday, November 29, 2008.
Born in Lake Carey, April 16th 1939, he was a son of the late Charles and Viola Korner. He attended Scranton schools. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, and a member of the Nativity Club, Scranton.
George worked as a self-employed, over-the- road truck driver, working for several area trucking companies throughout his life. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his nephew, Charles Dutter. He is survived by his companion of 31 years, Patricia Reed, with whom he resided; his sister, Jean Cumberland, Scranton; niece Susan Angerson; and his loyal companion, Bandit.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects to the family on Thursday, December 4, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Kiesinger Funeral Services, 255 McAlpine St., Duryea. The Rev. Joseph Eleston will conduct services Thursday at 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.
The family would like to extend their thanks to Dr. Sheerer, Dr. Egan, Dr. Prior, the staff at Moses Taylor Hospital and the staff at DeVita Dialysis, Old Forge. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Luzerne County S.P.C.A., 524 East Main St., Fox Hill Road, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
Online condolences may be made to www.kiesingerfuneralservices.com.
Sarah (Anne) Love, 91, of Plains, died Sunday afternoon at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
Born in Wales, she was a daughter of the late Patrick and Margaret Jenkins Fitzgerald. She was employed by Leslie Fay as a presser for many years and was an avid bowler. Anne was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Plains.
She is preceded in death by her husband, William Love, in June 1964; brothers John, David and Robert Fitzgerald; sisters Ceinwen Evans and Nellie Mosley. Surviving are nieces and nephews.
Funeral will be held today at 9 a.m. from the Corcoran Funeral Home, 20 S. Main St., Plains, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church, Plains. Interment will be is St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery, Nanticoke.
Memorial donations, if desired, may be made to Sacred Heart Church, Plains, or the Plains Volunteer Ambulance Association.
James N. Miller Jr., 59, of Lee Park Avenue, Hanover Township, died Monday, December 1, 2008, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. Funeral arrangements are pending .
Walter L. Roushey, 76, of Nanticoke, passed away Sunday afternoon in Hampton House Nursing Home, Hanover Township.
Born November 22, 1932, in Nuangola, he was a son of the late Kenneth and Helen Yeager Roushey. Walter was a member of Stairville United Methodist Church, Dorrance Township.
He was previously employed as a mechanic at Red’s Transmission.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Carrie Roushey; and brothers George and Donald.
Surviving are his wife, the former Evelyn Lore; sons Walter Wright, Nanticoke; Carl K. Wright, Plains; Keith Wright, Hanover Township; daughter Carrie Wachilla, Plains; stepson Kenneth Paul Gresh, Maryland; grandchildren Lisa and Aaron Wright; Shelby Goss, Joseph and Holli Wachilla; Michell, Wesleigh, Anndrew and Frieden Gresh. Funeral services will be today at 10:30 a.m. from the Stairville United Methodist Church, Dorrance Township, with the Rev. Sandy Kraft officiating. Interment will be in the Stairville cemetery.
Friends may call today, from 10 a.m. until the time of the service, at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations, if desired, may be made to the Stairville United Methodist Church, Dorrance Township.
Harry Schwab, 69, of Provincial Towers in Wilkes-Barre, died Monday at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.
Born June 8, 1939, in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of Rose Werner Schwab, of Wilkes-Barre, and the late Leonard Schwab. Harry was a graduate of E.L. Meyers High School, Class of 1957.
Harry was a forensic death investigator for the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., for 20 years, before retiring in 1980. He resided in Norwood, Mass., where he operated a framing business until he returned to Wilkes-Barre in 2002. Surviving, in addition to his mother, are sons Nicholas Schwab, South Boston, Mass; Joseph Schwab, Colorado Springs, Colo.; brother Leonard Schwab, Bethlehem; sister Rosemary Schwab, Wilkes-Barre; nieces and nephews.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated today at 10 a.m. in Saint Therese’s Church, 25 Old River Road, Wilkes-Barre.
Arrangements are by M.J. McLaughlin Family Funeral Service.
Emily B. Walko, 80, of Fairless Hills, Pa, died Saturday, November 29, 2008, at Manorcare of Yardley.
Born in Swoyersville, she had been a resident of Lower Bucks County since 1953. She was a daughter of the late John F. and Julia (Lencoski) Walko.
She was the daughter of the late John F. and Julia (Lencoski) Walko.
Surviving are a brother, Richard F. Walko, Pittston; a sister and brother-in-law, Cristine Edward Volansky, Nagatuck, Conn.; two aunts, Frances Sapata and Albina Baran, both of Swoyersville; her dear and longtime friend, Charlotte M. Morgan; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 4, 2008, at St. Frances Cabrini Roman Catholic Church, 325 S. Oxford Valley Road, Fairless Hills. There will be no calling hours on Thursday.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, December 5, 2008, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Betz-Jastremski Funeral Home, 568 Bennett St., Luzerne. Services will begin at noon, with interment to follow in St. Ann’s Cemetery, Lehman.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Frances Cabrini Church at the above address.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the J. Allen Hooper Funeral Chapel, Morrisville, Pa.