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DiGIACOMO - Reno A., 15, of Hunlock Creek, died Saturday July 2, 2011.

He was born in Kingston, attended Gate of Heaven school and was currently a student at Scranton Preparatory School, entering his junior year.

Surviving are his parents, Richard and Andrea Chackan DiGiacomo, of Hunlock Creek; maternal grandparents, Joanne Gavlick, Rock Hill, S.C.; and Richard Gavlick, Wyoming.; aunts and uncles.

Memorial donations to Scranton Preparatory School.

HILL - Carole Ann Tomasky, 67, of Dallas, died on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

She was born in Swoyersville on January 23, 1944, graduated from West Side Central Catholic and College Misericordia, and began her career at the Luzerne County Courthouse. Her next position was at the Denison Cemetery.

Surviving are her husband, David, with whom she celebrated her 40th anniversary in September; her son, James Cunningham, of Nanticoke; her daughter, Lynn Hill, of Nanticoke; two grandchildren.

Memorial donations to Gate of Heaven Church, 40 Machell Ave., Dallas, PA 18612; or Go Red for Women -- American Heart Association, 613 Baltimore Dr., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

HUBBELL - Pauline R., of Dallas, died Friday, July 1, 2011, at Hospice Community Care Inpatient Unit at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.

She was December 19, 1925, in Carbondale, attended Carbondale schools and was a member of Centermoreland Church.

Surviving are daughters, Linda Thomas, Harrisburg; Mary Ann McCracken, Woodlawn, Va.; son, Walter Neverkewitz, Harrisburg; three grandchildren; three step grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations to Calvary Bible Church 2937 SW 27th Ave., Suite 302, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301, or the COPD Foundation, 9 Three Point Garden Road, Miami, FL 33133.

MEEHAN - Mabel, 95, of Harveys Lake and a former resident of Wilkes-Barre, died on Monday, June 27, 2011, at the Meadows Nursing Center, Dallas.

She was born on March 6, 1916, in Wilkes-Barre, was a member of Our Lady of Victory Church, Harveys Lake, and a past member of Saint Therese Church, formerly of Wilkes-Barre. For many years, she was a member of the Saint Therese Senior Citizens Club, Wilkes-Barre.

Surviving are her sons, Michael, Noxen Township; and Charles, Wilkes-Barre Township; daughters, Laura Williams, Harveys Lake; Susan Kinsman, Swoyersville; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

POEPPERLING - William J., 100, of Franklin Township, died Sunday, June 26, 2011, in the Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Dallas.

He was born in Wilkes-Barre, and, prior to his retirement, he was a heavy-equipment operator for Futch Construction, formerly of Exeter.

He was a member of St. Francis X Cabrini Church, Carverton, and the International Union of Operating Engineers of Wilkes-Barre Local 542.

Surviving are children, Bill, Pompano Beach, Fla.; Renee Spare, Franklin Township; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers, Paul, Wilkes-Barre; and George, North Dakota; sister, Margaret Burrell, Dallas; nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations to the United Cerebral Palsy of Northeastern Pennsylvania, 425 Wyoming Ave., Scranton, PA 18503.

SCHECHTER - Edward, 91, of Shavertown, died Saturday, July 2, 2011, in his home after a 40-year battle against Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSH).

He was born in New York City, in 1920, and graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School and Dartmouth College. He attended the Harvard Business School for two years, leaving shortly before graduation in 1942 to enlist in U.S. Army and fight in World War II.

He was trained as an infantry officer with the 10th Mountain Division in Colorado and Washington. He was deployed to the Pacific Theater, where he served as an intelligence officer in battles throughout the islands of the South Pacific. He was among the first American soldiers to enter Hiroshima following the dropping of the atomic bomb. He attained the rank of Captain and earned both the Silver and Bronze stars.

He moved to Wilkes-Barre in 1953 as president of a start-up company, Stressteel Corporation. For 27 years, he was involved in the manufacturing and marketing of high-strength steel bars used in buildings, bridges, containment structures and foundations.

He was a board member and president of the Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago, Ill. As director of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, he also served on the boards of the Flood Recovery Task Force, the Boy Scouts, the Luzerne County Transportation Authority, the United Way, the YMCA and the Earth Conservancy.

He was a board member and chairman of the Pennsylvania Transportation Advisory Committee, Harrisburg. He was one of four founding members of Leadership Wilkes-Barre and a founder and the first executive director of the Committee for Economic Growth.

For his many years of community service, Wilkes University awarded him an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters in 1988.

Surviving are his wife, Betty, with whom he celebrated his 67th wedding anniversary in January 2011; their children, Claire Schechter, Mountain Top; Ellen Schechter-Berger, Titusville, N.J.; Dr. Jay Schechter, Potsdam, N.Y.; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; sisters, Marjorie Bronfman, Montreal, Canada; and Grace Rubin, Seattle, Wash.

Memorial donations to the FSH Society, 64 Grove St., Watertown, MA 02472.


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