The lighting of the classmate memorable candles
made an impact on everyone at the reunion. Our classmate Sharon (Brode)
Benack wrote the following poem that she read during the remembrance of
our deceased classmates.
grieve for me, for now I'm free,
I'm following the path God laid for me,
I took His hand when I heard Him call,
I turned my back and left it all.
could not stay another day,
to laugh, to love, to work or play,
tasks left undone must stay that way.
I found that place at the close of day.
my parting has left a void,
then fill it with remembered joy,
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
ah yes, these things, I too, miss.
not burdened with times of sorrow,
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much.
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.
my time seemed all too brief;
don't lengthen it now with undue grief,
lift up your heart and share with me
God wanted me now, He's set me free.
MATTER HOW BRIEF IT MAY SEEM,
A LIFE ON EARTH HAS PURPOSE. IT
CAN REFLECT THE WARMTH OF GOD'S
LOVE, HOLD BACK THE FORCES OF EVIL
AND BECOME A PART OF HIS GLORIOUS
WE LOVE NEVER DIE, FOR AS
LONG AS WE LIVE AND REMEMBER,
THEY ARE WITH US.
THOMAS P. KOKURA , 58, of Bear Creek Road,
Dupont, died Saturday, February 28, 2009. He was born Sept. 26, 1950, in
Nesquehoning, Pa. He was a graduate of Panther Valley High School and
Lehigh University. He recently retired from Luzerne/ Wyoming County MH/MR.
Surviving are his wife of 31 years, Madelyn Shandra Kokura; and daughter
Alexandra. He was a devoted husband and loving father, and he will be
A memorial service will held 6 p.m. today at St. Rocco’s Church, 62
W. Oak St. Pittston. Friends may call from 4:30 p.m. until the time of
the service at church. Arrangements are being provided by Graziano
Funeral Home, Pittston Township. All services will be held at St.
Rocco’s R. C. Church. Published in the Times Leader on 3/5/2009
BORN: November 24, 1950 DIED: June 26, 2009: Born
and raised in Lansford, PA, Monica later resided in Warsaw, IN where she
married her true love and best friend, Anthony. Shortly after they
relocated to New Jersey and settled in West Deptford.Monica
will be remembered for her warm and generous nature with a special touch
for caring for her cats and a general love of animals. Monica worked as
an office manager for Lawn Doctor in Cherry Hill for the past six years.Away
form her work, Monica enjoyed volunteering at the Phila.
Zoo and spending time with her husband and family at their summer home
in Sea Isle City. Monica will be sadly missed by those who knew and
is the beloved wife of Anthony Ficara; Dear step-mother of Brian (Cindy)
Ficara; Loving daughter of Elizabeth and the late Peter DeLauretis;
Devoted sister of Nancy (Ed) Cole and cherished grandmother of Gabrielle
and Emma Ficara. Monica is also survived by her mother in law, sister
and brothers in law and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend Monica's Visitation on
Thursday after 5 PM in the McGuinness Funeral Home, 34 Hunter Street,
Woodbury, NJ where a Memorial Service will follow at 7 PM. In lieu of
flowers, donations may be made to the Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 West Girard
Avenue, Philadelphia, PA.
Joseph Mundy, 62, of 134 W. Patterson St., Lansford, entered into
eternal rest on Sunday, July 10, in his residence. He was the husband of
Catherine (Pavell) Mundy. They celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary
last August. He was employed by Cura as a dietary aid for many years
until retiring in December of 2005.
Born in Coaldale, he was a son of the late Hugh J. and Helen R.
He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, having served as a medical
Mundy was a member and past commander of the American Legion Post
and a member of St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, both of Lansford.
Lopata of Northampton, and Courtney, and her boyfriend, Peter Krajnak,
of Nesquehoning; a brother Michael, and his wife, Linda (Neifert), of
Coaldale; a granddaughter, Hayden Lopata; and many nieces and nephews.He was also preceded in death by a brother
Service: Funeral service 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 13, Sverchek-
Blazosky Funeral Home, 340 E. Bertsch St., Lansford; Mass of Christian
Burial 10 a.m., St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, Lansford, with the
Rev. James Sandy officiating and the Rev. Stephen J. Halabura
concelebrating. Military graveside service, St. Michael Cemetery, Summit
Hill, under direction of Panther Valley High School JROTC. Call 6-8
o'clock tonight and 9-9:30 a.m. Wednesday
Paul Yaniga International Authority on
Environmental and Remediation Solutions Dies at 61. Paul M. Yaniga of
Kennett Square, Pa. passed away at the Chester Co. Hospital due to a
brain aneurysm Saturday morning, April 14, 2012. He was 61 years old.
Paul Yaniga was co-founder of Groundwater Technology, Inc., a
multi-national, publicly-traded $200 million environmental consulting
and remediation firm which later merged with Fluor Daniel Corp. Mr.
Yaniga was co-founder and developer of Novitrek, a joint venture for
down hole selective oil recovery in the Samara, Oblast, Russia. Novitrek
ultimately became part of Yukos Oil, one of Russia's leading oil
companies. Mr. Yaniga also co-founded RPT, a Rome, Italy-based equipment
and service company providing solutions to the petrochemical industry of
southern and central Europe.
He was a past director of SECOR, a
multinational industrial service company in the petrochemical
marketplace and past director of EEE, a leading-edge continuing
education organization for advanced solutions for soil and geologic
environments. He was a technical advisor and instructor for the
Department of Defense and National Groundwater Association. More
recently, Paul Yaniga was President of WISE, Ltd, an international
environmental consulting company, a director of BEDCO, a US-based
oil/gas field tool developer, and director of TAIC, an information and
technology company servicing the DOD and Fortune 500 companies. He
instructed in colleges and universities, presented professional papers
and oral presentations, including an appearance before US Congress, all
related to his expertise in subsurface geological matters. Paul Yaniga
was born in Maine, the son of Martin and Vera Yaniga but spent his
childhood and early years in Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania. He graduated
from Bloomsburg College with a BA in Earth Sciences and earned his
Master's Degree in Geologic Sciences from Lehigh University. He was a
member of Zion Lutheran Church, Nesquehoning. Surviving is a brother,
Martin G. Yaniga and his wife, Linda (Sniscak) Yaniga of Chesapeake,
Va.; nephews, Dale A. Yaniga, Marty Yaniga and wife, Leslie and their
daughter, Jade Marie Yaniga; and Susan B. Lawrence of Kennett Square,
Pa., long time partner and friend.
Joseph Vadyak, 62, of
passed away at
on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. Joe was born in Coaldale, on June 3, 1950, to
Joseph and Bernice Vadyak.
He demonstrated a talent for math and science early in his schooling.
This talent along with an insatiable curiosity about how things worked
led to several degrees in mechanical engineering.
Joe completed his Bachelor's and Master's of Science degrees at the
Florida Institute of Technology, where he graduated with honors. He
completed his doctorate at
In January 1981, Joe began his career with the Lockheed Aeronautics
Company. Joe was passionate about his work and advancing the field of
earned numerous awards for excellence in engineering, including the
prestigious Robert E. Gross Award for Technical Excellence and the
Lockheed Martin Skunk Works Silver Skunk Award for Technical Excellence.
He served as a Lockheed Technical Fellow for three terms.
When he was not hard at work, he enjoyed visiting with relatives at
family gatherings and recounting memories about his childhood, tinkering
with his stereo system or classic car, and rooting the Miami Dolphins to
Joe had resided in Palmdale since 1990.
He is survived by his wife Linda of 32 years; daughters Jennifer (Will)
Sampson, of Lancaster, CA, Deborah (Brian) Millberg, of Portland, TX,
and Vanessa (Tyler) Havens, of Stevenson Ranch, CA; mother Bernice, of
Lansford; sister Elisabeth (Jeff) Gates, of Macungie; and four
He is predeceased by his father Joseph Vadyak Sr.
Visitation will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, at
. Funeral and graveside services will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday,
Sept. 8, at
. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to the American
Melanoma Foundation, 4150 Regents Park Row,
; or to make an online donation go to http://www.melanomafoundation.org
and select "Donation & Sponsorship".
J. "Lumpy" Lawrence, 62, of 10 E. Fell St., Summit Hill,
passed away suddenly on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at St. Luke's Miners
Memorial Hospital in Coaldale. He was the husband of Patricia (Stemetzki)
. They celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary this past June 28. Born
in Coaldale, he was a son of the late John and Beryl (Sommers) Lawrence.
He was a graduate of
, Class of 1968; and a graduate of McCann School of Business, receiving
an Associates Degree in business. He worked for the Altadis Corp. in
McAdoo for 42 years as a day shift supervisor. He was a member of St.
Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Summit Hill. Lumpy was an avid fisherman
and a past officer of the former Summit Hill Fishing Association.
Surviving with his wife is a brother, Trevor Lawrence, and his wife
Jacqueline, of Summit Hill; sisters, Mary Ann Snyder, and her husband
Richard, of Allentown, Marlene Paulus, and her husband Joseph, of
Coaldale, Theresa Reinheimer, of Summit Hill, and Robin Blasko, and her
husband Robert, of Summit Hill; a brother-in-law, Joseph, of Lansford;
sister-in-laws, JoAnn Wells, of Kutztown, and Carol Geyer, of Port
Charlotte, Fla.; several nieces and nephews. Service: will be private at
the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being handled by the
Thomas J. Parambo Funeral Home,
54 W. Fell St.
Hill. Online condolences may be signed at www.parambofh.com.
D. Davidyock, 62, of 45 Rhume St., Nesquehoning, passed away on
Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at Gnaden Huetten Hospital in Lehighton. He
the husband of Greta (Degiglio) Davidyock.
Born in Coaldale, he was the son of the late Michael and Mary (Hricik)
He was a graduate of Panther Valley High School, Class of 1968.
He worked for Blue Ridge Pressure Casting as a die caster and prior to
that worked in the garment factory industry for 27 years.
Daniel was a member of Meed's Methodist Church in Nesquehoning.
along with his wife are two daughters, Tresa Marrow, and her husband,
Corey, of Allentown, and Danielle Murphy, and her husband, Robert, of
Jim Thorpe; grandchildren, Nia Marrow, Laiya Marrow, Bella Marrow, Evan
Murphy, and Zack Murphy; many nieces and nephews.
Service: Memorial service on Sunday, July 14, 2013, at 4 p.m. in the
Thomas J. Parambo Funeral Home, 54 W. Fell St., Summit Hill, with the
Rev. Michael Netznik officiating. Calling hours are Sunday
from 2:30-4 p.m. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.
Online condolences may be signed at www.parambofh.com.
Frey, of Craig Road, Lehighton, E. Penn Twp., died Wednesday
afternoon, August 14, 2013, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Twp.
She was the wife of Randy H. Frey since May 23, 2004. Born in Coaldale,
Schuylkill County, she was a daughter of the late Lewis Ellis and
Minerva (Shuck) Ellis of Lansford. Rosemary worked as a certified
nurses' aide for Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehab Ctr, Lehighton, for
18 years. She was a graduate of Panther Valley Area High School,
Lansford. Survivors: husband. mother. son, Christopher and wife Lee Ann
Motz of Tamaqua, stepdaughters, Heather wife of Jason Whittaker of
Emmaus, Pamela Frey of Bethlehem, 4 grandchildren, sister, Martha of
Lansford. Services: At the convenience of the family. Arrangements,
Campton Funeral Home, Palmerton. Online condolences at
www.schislerfuneralhome.com Contributions: American Cancer Society,
Carbon-Tamaqua Unit, 33 W. Ridge Street, Lansford, PA 18232
Elizabeth "Betty" Aungst, 64, of 306 E. Abbott St., Lansford,
passed away on Thursday, June 19, in her residence. She was the widow of
Edward Aungst. She worked as a waitress for the former Harleman's
Restaurant, Lansford, and also worked for the former Williams Flower
Shop, Coaldale. Born in Coaldale, she was a daughter of the late Wendell
and Josephine Durak. She was a graduate of Panther Valley High School
and a member of St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church, Lansford.
Surviving are three sons, Christopher, and his wife, Mary Kelly, of
Lansford, Edward Jr., and his companion, Lisa Mehallic, of Barnesville,
and Michael, at home; three daughters, Maria, wife of William Clemmer of
Lehighton, Lisa, wife of Todd Macalush of Tamaqua, and Kimberly, wife of
Christopher Day of Jim Thorpe; a sister, Mary Nardini of Lansford; nine
grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and
nephews. She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Matthew Aungst.
Service: Memorial service 5 p.m. Sunday, June 22, Skrabak-Parambo
Funeral Home, 210 E. Bertsch St., Lansford. Call 3-5 p.m. Sunday.
Graveside service 11 a.m. Monday, June 23, Sky-View Memorial Park in
Hometown. Contributions may be made to the family. Online condolences
can be offered at www.parambofh.com.
C. Evans, 65, of West Patterson St., Lansford, passed away on Monday,
May 4, 2015, at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital in Coaldale.
Born in Coaldale he was a son of the late James C. and Betty (Kassander)
Evans. He was a graduate of Panther Valley High School, Class of 1968.
James worked for Silberline Manufacturing Company and for the Tobyhanna
Army Depot. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam
War in the Spec 4, 1st Cavalry, as a radio teletypist and MP having
served from 1968-70.
James attended Grace Community Church in Lansford and was a member of
the Lansford American Legion.
Surviving are four grandchildren, Kyle Evans, and his significant other,
Katherine Colburn, of Lansford, Jackie Beaumont of Hamilton, N.J.,
Justin Beaumont of Hamilton, N.J., and Josh Evans of Trenton, N.J.; two
brothers, Gary Keller, and his wife Janice, of Barnesville, and John
Evans, and his wife, Roseann, of Summit Hill; two sisters, Diane
McDonald of Barnesville and Carol Evans of Lansford; a
great-granddaughter, Ariana Evans; and several nieces and nephews and
great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna Lee Evans.
Service: Memorial service on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 11 a.m. in the
Thomas J. Parambo Funeral Home, 54 W. Fell St., Summit Hill. Military
interment will follow at Old Fellow's Cemetery, Tamaqua. Calling hours
are on Saturday from 10-11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in
James' memory may be made to the American Cancer Society , c/o the
funeral home. Online condolences may be signed at www.parambofh.com.
M. "Sissy" Miller, 64, of East Holland Street, Summit Hill,
passed away on Monday, July 27, in the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury
Township. She was the widow of Raymond Halenar. Born in Coaldale, she
was a daughter of the late Joseph and Clara (Hontz) Miller. She worked
for the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton, as a nurse's aide
and CNA. The deceased was a member of the Summit Hill American Legion
Auxiliary and the former Summit Hill United Church of Christ. Surviving
are a sister Sandra, wife of Leonard Ogozalek of Summit Hill; a nephew,
Len R. Ogozalek, and his wife, Lisa; a niece Debbie, wife of Michael
Weaver; two great-nephews and three great-nieces. Service: Funeral
service 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, Thomas J. Parambo Funeral Home, 54 W.
Fell St., Summit Hill, with S.A.L.M. Emma Weaver officiating. Interment,
St. Michael Cemetery, Summit Hill. Call 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday.
Contributions in her name may be made to the Diligence Fire Co. No. 1,
Summit Hill, or the Summit Hill American Legion Auxiliary, c/o the
funeral home. Online condolences may be signed at www.parambofh.com.
P. Zabroski, 65, of Nesquehoning, entered into eternal rest on Sunday,
Aug. 30, in his residence. He was the husband of Ann (Gogal) Zabroski.
They celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary in June. He was employed
by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board as a compliance representative
for the Bureau of Casino Compliance in the Sands Casino, Bethlehem. Born
in Coaldale, he was a son of the late Charles and Mary (Watto) Zabroski.
A 1968 graduate of Panther Valley High School, he was a Navy veteran.
Zabroski was a member of St. John Russian Orthodox Church and V.F.W.
Post 8008, both of Nesquehoning. Surviving in addition to his widow are
a daughter Renee, wife of Fred Cerimele of Nesquehoning; a sister Susan,
wife of Theodore Bortnick of Coaldale; eight grandchildren, Megan,
Nicholas, Sarah, Marie, Richard, Sophia, Zachary and Adam; and several
nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by a son Richard; and
a brother Charles. Service: Funeral service 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2,
Joseph S. Blazosky Funeral Home, 81 E. Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, with
the Rev. Robert Teklinski officiating. Military graveside service, Gate
of Heaven Cemetery, Nesquehoning. Call 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and 10-11 a.m.
P. Strmensky, 67, of
, died on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at his residence. He was the
husband of the late Linda (nee Marcovich) Strmensky. Born in
on July 30, 1949, David was a son of the late John and
(nee Gause) Strmensky. A 1968 graduate of
, he worked for the Bethlehem Mines, Tamaqua before retiring. He was of
the Catholic Faith and a member of the Tuscarora Sportsman Club. He is
survived by daughters, Sonia Pucklavage and her husband, David of
Hometown, PA and Nissa Strmensky of
; grandchildren, Nichelle, Tianna and Gretchen Pucklavage; brother,
Philip Strmensky of
; sister, Joanne McLaughlin of
; and several nephews and nieces. In addition to his wife, he was
predeceased by a son David J. Strmensky who died in 2012. Graveside
services will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 in St.
Bertha Cemetery, Tuscarora. The Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home and
Cremation Services, Inc. is handling arrangements
James J. "Mel" Melnick, 66, of South
, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in the
. Born May 1, 1950, in Coaldale, he was a son of the late Joseph and
Irene (Hedesh) Melnick. He was self-employed as a general contractor. He
was a graduate of
He was a member of the Pottstown Quoit Club, German Club, Holy Trinity
Club and the West End Fire Company. He was dearly loved by many and had
a strong compassion and love for music and life and loved fishing. He
loved people and was a very generous and heartwarming person. He loved
to talk! He is survived by his wife, Cardie Allen Melnick; and three
children, Jesse D. Melnick of South Coventry, Matthew J. Melnick
(husband of Erica Elly) of North Coventry, and Heather R. Melnick of
South Coventry; and three grandchildren, Callie, Colin, and Cole Melnick;
two brothers, Robert Melnick of Summit Hill, and Mark Melnick of
Lansford; two sisters, Jeanne Havel (wife of Timothy) of Lansford, and
Cindy Kadlecik, of Coaldale; eight nieces and nephews, and 11
great-nieces and nephews. Service: Memorial services and interment will
be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers
donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association ,
P.O. Box 11454
. Arrangements by Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center Inc.,
P. Demetrovic, 68, of Lansford, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018
at his residence.
Born in Coaldale, he was the son of the late John and Nora (Gawlik)
Demetrovic. He was a graduate of
, Class of 1968.
He worked as a first deputy in the prothonotary office in Jim Thorpe.
James was a member of the former St. Michael Roman Catholic Church,
Lansford, and was a current member of St. Joseph Parish of the
, Summit Hill.
He loved to hunt and fish and was a life member of the NRA. James also
was an avid New York Yankees fan and was a loving and devoted son to his
parents his whole life.Surviving is a sister, Bonnie, and her husband,
Joel Brobst, of Slatington; and several cousins.
Service: Funeral service on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 10:30 a.m. in the
Thomas J. Parambo Funeral Home,
54 W. Fell St.
Hill, with the Rev. Allen Hoffa officiating. Interment will follow at
, Summit Hill. Calling hours are Wednesday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Online
condolences may be signed at www.parambofh.com.
"Cheaser" Zwiesdak, 68, of Lansford, entered into eternal rest
on Saturday, Sept. 22, in the Hospice House of the VNA of St. Luke's,
. He was the husband of the late Gloria (Kuba) Zwiesdak, who passed away
on June 13, 1999. He was employed by the Coaldale-Lansford-Summit Hill
Sewer Authority until retiring. Born in Coaldale, he was a son of the
late Michael and Sara (Vitek) Zwiesdak. He was a 1968 graduate of
and went on to further his education and graduate from Thaddeus Stevens
College of Technology. The deceased was a member of theLansford
Italian Club, where he bartended. He was of the Catholic faith. He was
an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and gardening. Mike loved
to play the guitar, but, most of all, loved spending special time with
family, friends and especially his grandchildren.
Surviving are two daughters, Mindy Zwiesdak, and Joseph Burns, of
, and Kelly Zwiesdak, and Richard Meisel Jr., of
; three grandchildren, Rudy Burns, Macy Burns and Xander Meisel; and
many nieces and nephews.
Service: Funeral service 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, Sverchek-Blazosky
340 E. Bertsch St.
, Lansford, with the Rev. Allen Hoffa officiating. Interment, St.
Michael's Cemetery, Summit Hill. Call 9:30-11:00 a.m. Saturday. Online
condolences can be offered at www.blazoskyfh.com. Published in Times
News on Sept. 25, 2018
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