BARTOS - Henry R., 86, of Orange, died Wednesday, August 3, 2011.
He was born in Pittston and was a graduate of Pittston High School. He served as a U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II and was a resident of Orange for over 35 years. For the last 1 ÔŅĹ years, he was a resident of the Village of Greenbriar in Dallas.
He was president of the Sanapac Co., a vitamin company he co-founded with his wife in 1957, which is still a family-run business today. He turned the old Wilkes-Barre Children‚??s Home of Noxen into a family lodge and Fanti‚??s Lake and Restaurant into the family lake house.
He was a patron and board member of Music Box Dinner Theater. Locally, he also supported Penn State University, Ducks Unlimited, the Boy Scouts, St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen and the SPCA.
On a national level, he was an active supporter of conservative politics and on the Executive Committee of NCPAC (National Conservative Political Action Committee). At the 1984 National Republican Convention in Dallas, Texas, he and his wife co-chaired the largest independent fundraising event of the convention at Nelson Bunker Hunt‚??s Circle T. Ranch. They were also on the board of the National Drug Free Alliance and co-chaired their 1989 Annual Gala in Washington, D.C.
He was also a member of the Republican Senatorial Inner Circle, The Council for Inter-American Security and the Christian Broadcasting Network.
He had several horses he raced on both the East and West Coast.
Surviving are his wife of 62 years, the former Mildred Lang; his children, Barbara Bartos Smith, of Annapolis, Md.; Diane Scherer of Dresher; Darlene Doble, of Harding; Robert, of Dallas; and Joanne Dillon, of Lakewood Ranch, Fla.; two grandchildren; sisters, Florence DePierro and Irene Dorbad; nieces, nephews, step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations to St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen, Wilkes-Barre; Blue Chip Animal Shelter in Orange; or SAFE, Wilkes-Barre (Supporting Autism and Families Everywhere).
BLAUM - Kathleen F., 90, died Thursday, August 4, 2011, at her residence at the Village at Greenbriar, Dallas.
She was born January 11, 1921, in Wilkes-Barre, was a graduate of James M. Coughlin High School, Class of 1939, and Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1942.
Prior to marriage, she was a registered nurse practicing in private duty and at Mercy Hospital in Wilkes-Barre.
She was a member of the Parish of Saint Therese in Shavertown and a former longtime member of the Parish of Holy Saviour and its Altar and Rosary Society in Wilkes-Barre. She was an active volunteer in the former Mercy Hospital Auxiliary and with the American Red Cross.
Surviving are her children, Louis C. Jr., M.D., of Jenkins Township; James P., Esq., of Shavertown; Kevin J., of Kingston; Mollie Blaum-Sherbin, of Los Altos, Calif., and Eugene J., of Malvern; 16 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, James V. Fisher, of Wilkes-Barre.
Memorial donations to St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen, 39 E. Jackson St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-2709.
DERBY - Donald W., 77, Sweet Valley, died Sunday, July 31, 2011, at his residence.
He was born in Noxen and attended the Beaumont schools. He was a truck driver for Apple Trucking, Reese Excavating, Kevin Ryman Trucking and Lion Brewery.
He was an associate member of the Harveys Lake American Legion.
Surviving are his companion, Delilah Kocher; sons, Marc, Bristol, Conn.; and Max, Dallas; daughter, Debbie Carello, Plainville, Conn.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Maynard, Dallas; sisters, Iva Coolbaugh, Dallas; Marie Watkins, Trucksville; and Diana Lucas, Exeter.
Memorial donations to the American Cancer Society at 190 Welles St., Suite 118, Forty Fort, PA 18704 or to Hospice of The Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
DEREMER - Alfred Sr., of Tunkhannock, died Saturday, July 30, 2011, at his daughter‚??s home.
He was born in Dallas on August 19, 1934, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Surviving are his daughters, Claudia Shoemaker, Tunkhannock; Angela Turner, Tunkhannock; son, Al, Tunkhannock; brother, Wayne, Laceyville; sister, Luella Dulsky, Centermoreland; several grandchildren, great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations to Claudia Shoemaker, 136 Oak Wood Terrace, Tunkhannock, PA 18657.
DEREMER ‚?? Melissa, 26, formerly of Dallas, died on Saturday, July 30, 2011, in St. Augustine, Fla. of a pulmonary embolism.
She was born in Dallas on July 16, 1985 and attended Gate of Heaven School before graduating from Bishop Hoban High School, Class of 2004. While majoring in Criminal Justice at Penn State University, she was very active in many clubs and activities. Until recently, she worked in the security department for Mohegan Sun Casino in Plains Township.
Surviving are her parents, James and Sandra Boyd DeRemer, St. Augustine, Fla.; siblings, James, Breanne, Ryan and Eric, all of St. Augustine, Fla.; maternal grandmother, Jean Callahan Boyd, Dallas; uncle, Douglas Boyd, Wyoming.
Memorial donations to the DeRemer Family Education Fund (c/o 945 Registry Blvd., Unit 210, St. Augustine, FL 32092).
FISHER - Elizabeth, 93, of Tunkhannock, died Tuesday, August 2, 2011, at the Golden Living Center in Tunkhannock.
She was born September 17, 1917, in Danville and was a member of the Eatonville Methodist church for 50 years.
Surviving are her sons, Robert, Springville; and Richard, Seffner, Fla.; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren.
GREGORY - Carol Diane, 52, of Trucksville, died Friday, July 29, 2011, in Hospice Community Care Inpatient Unit at Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.
She was born in Kingston and, after graduating from Dallas High School in 1976, enlisted in the U.S. Army.
Surviving are her parents, Richard Gregory, North Pole, AK; and the former Eleanor Butler Dormio, Trucksville; her children, Kimberly Ann Scott and Brandon Gregory Scott, both of Trucksville; sisters, Lynn Smith, Silver Spring, Md.; Joan Gregory, Kensington, Md.; brothers, Wilson Gregory, White Haven; Paul Gregory, North Pole, AK; Eric Gregory, White Haven; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorial donations to Hospice Community Care, 601 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, PA 18704.
HECK - Donald B., of Woodcrest Drive, Tunkhannock, died Friday, August 5, 2011, in the Golden Living Center in Tunkhannock.
He was born in Detroit, Mich., on March 20, 1942, was a graduate of Oakland University and retired from Allied Signal Aero Space Company on South Montrose where he was employed as an engineer.
Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Ann C. Chew Heck; sons, Brian D., Shreveport, La.; and Mathew, Tunkhannock.
Memorial donations to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter, 967 Griffin Pond Rd., Clarks Summit, PA 18411.
JONES - John T. ‚??Jay‚?Ě III, 57, of Brackney, died on Friday, July 29, 2011, after a tragic auto accident.
He was born in Wilkes-Barre, graduated from Dallas High School where he played football under his father and then graduated from Bloomsburg.
He was employed as a National Chain Account Manager by the Genesee Brewing Company for over 30 years and, for the past two years, worked for the Unibroue Brewery Company out of Chambly, Quebec, as a Regional U.S. Sales Manager.
Surviving are his mother, Carol Dawn Clocker Jones, Dallas; his wife, the former Theresa R. Domanski, Brackney; two daughters, Caroline and Allison, Brackney; two sisters, Sherri Pietrzak, Dallas; Holly Brauns, Harveys Lake; niece and nephews; four great-nieces and great-nephews.
Memorial donations to Penn Star Bank, 29 Quaker Lake Rd., Friendsville, PA 18818, to establish a fund for his daughters‚?? education.
JONES - Natalie S., 92, of Shavertown, died Friday, August 5, 2011, in the Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Dallas.
She was born and raised in Trucksville, was a graduate of Kingston Township High School and Wyoming Seminary Deans School of Business.
Prior to marriage, she was employed as a secretary for the Department of Agriculture in the Wilkes-Barre office. She was a member of Trucksville United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her daughter, Abby Campbell, Shavertown; one grandson; a great-granddaughter; several cousins.
Memorial donations to the Back Mountain Memorial Library, 96 Huntsville Rd., Dallas, PA 18612; or to the Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 55 W. Center Hill Rd., Dallas, PA 18612.
LAWRENCE - Elizabeth N., 59, of Dallas, formerly of Higganum, Conn., died at her home on Monday, July 25, 2011.
She worked for Avon as a unit leader and representative for seven years in Connecticut and Pennsylvania. She taught Confirmation classes at St. Peter;s Church, Higganum, Conn. for five years. She and her husband, George, were founders of the Haddam Youth Teen Center.
Surviving are her sons, Josh, Branford, Conn.; and Kevin, Granby, Conn.; daughter, Heather Panko, Hunlock Creek; five grandchildren; brother, Michael J. Castles Jr., Middletown; and sisters, Patricia and Susan Castle, East Windsor, Conn.
Memorial donations to Operation Smile or St. Jude Children‚??s Research Hospital.
MORRIS - Lita Romayne, 84, originally from Dallas, died on July 9, 2011 in Orlando, Fla.
She attended and graduated from Dallas High School where she was a star forward on the basketball team. Shortly after World War II, she lived both in Trucksville and Binghamton, N.Y., where she worked at Irem Country Club and Marine Midland Bank.
A move with her family to Miami, Fla., in 1960 did not change her work focus as she worked at several banks in the Miami area, rising to the title of head teller in North Miami. She was one of the first female head bank tellers in Florida.
She and her late husband, Iverson Morris, owned and operated a mini-mart in Adrian, Ga.
Surviving are her daughter, Deborah Petty; her son, Blaine Oney; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is planned for 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 in Bethel Hill Cemetery; 313 Bethel Hill Rd., Sweet Valley.
SHULTZ - Lester R., 78, of Sweet Valley, died Friday, August 5, 2011, at the Gino J. Merli Veterans Center, Scranton.
He was born December 13, 1932, served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict and was employed as a long-haul truck driver and as a security guard.
Surviving are his daughter, Robin, of Sweet Valley; one grandson; a brother, John, of Kunkle.
SNYDER - Lawrence H. Sr., 71, Dallas, died Monday, August 1, 2011, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center after an illness.
He was born in Harrisburg and retired from the Wyoming County Correctional Facility as a corporal in 1998. He was a member of the Lake Winola United Methodist Church.
Surviving are his wife of 55 years, the former Barbara Ann Zeiders; two daughters, Kim Severcool., of Forkston; Cindy Clary, of Tunkhannock; three sons, Lawrence Jr., of Factoryville; Michael W., of Shavertown; Jeffrey, of Factoryville; two sisters, Lucy Konetschni, of Shippensburg; Laura Doyle, of New Cumberland; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
SWOBODA - Doris M., of the Heritage House and formerly of Wilkes-Barre and Harveys Lake, died Friday, August 5, 2011, in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
She was born December 21, 1923, in Wilkes-Barre, was a graduate of G.A.R. High School, class of 1941, and was a former switchboard operator for Bell Telephone, Philadelphia; the Sterling Hotel, Wilkes-Barre, and, prior to retiring in 1987, for Wilkes College.
She was a member of St. Andrew‚??s Parish, Wilkes-Barre.
Surviving are her husband, Edward, with whom she celebrated her 68th wedding anniversary on June 1; her daughter, Elaine Lyons, Hanover Township; sisters, Joan Lerch, Wilkes-Barre; and Jane Summerfold, Long Island, N.Y.;
WOZNICKI ‚?? Ames I., 82, of Old Lake Road, Harveys Lake, died Sunday, July 24, 2011, at Lakeside Nursing Home, Harveys Lake.
He was born May 21, 1929.
Surviving is his cousin and guardian, Barbara Sickler, of Dallas; and cousin, Janet Love, of Tunkhannock.