LAKE ARIEL — Nicholas Bakos of Lake Ariel, formerly
of Honesdale, a former co-owner of Steve’s Diner in Honesdale and
owner of the Hawley Diner, died Saturday, April 28, 2001 at the
IHS at Julia Ribaudo Nursing Home in Lake Ariel. He was 84.
Son of the late Steve and Mary Maskaleris Bakos,
he was born in Scranton.
He was a graduate of Honesdale High School and was
affiliated with the Hellenic Greek Orthodox Church in Scranton.
He served in the Army during World War II in central Europe. He
was a member of the American Legion and the American Institute of
Survivors include his wife, Roberta “Bobbie” Gromlich;
a daughter, Joanne Davies of Dalton; a sister, Katherine Blizotis
of Honesdale; a brother, George of Honesdale; two grandchildren;
nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Linda Moyer; two
sisters, Kate Callas and Bessie Gower; and three brothers, John,
Paul and Christopher.
Services were held at the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral
Home in Spring Brook Township. The Rev. George Dimopoulos pastor
of the Greek Orthodox Church in Wilkes-Barre officiated. Burial
was in Fairview Memorial Park in Elmhurst.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity
of one’s choice.
ROBERT J. BETZ
HONESDALE — Robert J. Betz of Honesdale, a 37-year
engineer at IBM in Poughkeepsie, died Saturday, April 28, 2001.
He was born in Scranton.
He graduated from Honesdale High School in 1949
where he played in the band. After serving in the Air Force during
the Korean Conflict he received a Bachelor of Science degree from
SUNY Farmingdale. He was active in the Masons and the Poughkeepsie
Methodist Church. He ran the couple’s Golf League and served on
the board at Cross Creek Country Club.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy H.; two daughters,
Kathy and husband Lloyd Wright and Linda Distel and husband Frank;
a step-daughter, Ellen Desoto and husband Glenn; his twin brother,
Donald and wife Jane; two grandsons and two step-grandsons.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American
GLEN SPEY — Wira Bosak of Glen Spey, a 15-year area
resident, died Wednesday, May 2, 2001 at home. She was 75.
Daughter of the late Gregory and Katherine Pidhirna
Sapadasz, she was born October 2, 1925 in the Ukraine.
She was a member of St. Volodymyr’s Ukrainian Catholic
Church in Glen Spey.
Survivors include her husband, Wasyl at home; and
two nephews, Donald Pilczak of Glen Spey and Walter Pilczak of East
A Liturgy Mass was held at St. Volodymyr’s Ukrainian
Catholic Church. The Rev. Olesksa Kostyk officiated. Burial was
in Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery in Hamptonburg.
RALPH W. DEXTER
NARROWSBURG — Ralph W. Dexter of Narrowsburg, a
retired maintenance man of Right of Way for the Erie Railroad, having
worked since 1928 at the age of 18 until retirement in 1972, and
a lifelong area resident, died Monday, May 7, 2001 at the home.
He was 90.
Son of Charles L. and Barbara Bebous Dexter, he
was born December 20, 1910 in Cochecton in the same house where
he lived during his lifetime.
He was a member, elder and trustee of the Lake Huntington
Presbyterian Church; a former president and longtime treasurer of
the Lava Fire Department; a former committeeman for many years of
the Sullivan County Extention Service; a member of the Brotherhood
of Railroad - Maintenance of Right of Way; a member of the Cochecton
Preservation Society and the treasurer and trustee of the Dexter
Family Cemetery. He also owned and operated a Christmas tree farm
for many years.
Survivors include his wife Wilburta at home; two
sons, James of Herkimer, and William and wife Jennie of Narrowsburg;
two daughters, Barbara Myer and husband Clifford of Milford, PA
and Doris Roda and husband Warren of Otisville; a brother-in-law,
Eugene Thalman of the state of Texas; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren;
nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a daughter-in-law, Elsie;
a granddaughter, Eileen; three brothers; and two sisters.
Services will be held on Thursday, May 10, at 11:00
a.m., at the Lake Huntington Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Jacob
Wielhouwer will officiate.
DOROTHY LAMPART FIVES
HONESDALE — Dorothy Lampart Fives of Honesdale,
a 42-year owner and operator with her husband of the Wayne Hotel,
died Thursday, May 3, 2001 at the Providence Hospital in Mobile,
AL. She was 82.
Daughter of the late Jacob and Mabel Mantle Lampart,
she was born in Trenton, NJ. She was the widow of C. Robert Fives.
She was a member of St. John the Evangelical Lutheran
Church and its Women’s Needle Group and the Honesdale Country Club.
Survivors include three sons, William P. of Mobile,
AL, Charles R., Jr. of Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada and Paul
L. of Silver Springs, MD; a daughter, Sharon Wellikson of Irvine,
CA; a sister, Florence Gammerdinger of Honesdale; 10 grandchildren;
and a great-granddaughter.
Services were held in St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran
Church in Honesdale. The Rev. Paul Hagedorn officiated. Burial was
in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Honesdale.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American
Heart Association, 730 Pittston, Ave., Scranton, PA 18431 or the
Women’s Needle Group of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church,
Church and Seventh Streets, Honesdale, PA 18431.
CAROLYN A. IRWIN GRAFF
HAWLEY — Carolyn A. Irwin Graff of Hawley, former
owner of Katherine’s Fashionette in Hawley, and a 38-year area resident,
died Saturday, May 5, 2001 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale.
She was 59.
Daughter of the late Robert Irwin and Alice Rosencrance
Irwin, she was born in Honesdale.
She was of the Lutheran faith and was formerly active
with the Willing Workers at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hawley.
Survivors include her husband, Harold Graff of Hawley;
two brothers, Robert Irwin and David Irwin, both of Dyberry, Honesdale;
nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a son, Harold; a brother,
Grant; and a sister, Linda.
Private cremation took place at Maple Hill At Salem
in Archbald. Burial was private at Green Gates Cemetery in Hawley.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hawley
Ambulance & Rescue Co., 219 River Street, Hawley, PA 18428 or
the Hawley Fire Department, PO Box 61, Hawley, PA 18428.
ESTHER A. KIMBLE
HONESDALE — Esther A. Kimble of Honesdale, died
Tuesday, May 1, 2001 at home. She was 88.
Daughter and last surviving member of the Gustav
and Agnes Olezefski Kittel family, she was born in Honesdale. She
was the widow of Russell Clark Kimble.
She attended school in Honesdale and later attended
the Wayne Commercial School. She and her husband raised their children
at the former Bethany Homestead Farms for 24 years. She was a member
of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Honesdale and attended St.
Mary Magdalen’s Church when she was able.
Survivors include a son, Donald and wife Marion
of Newton, NJ; a daughter, Janice Johnson of Roselle, IL; five grandchildren,
Amy Wagner, Daniel Rowe, Tammy Miserendino, Michael Kimble and Ann
Marie Nyhan; 10 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a sister, Ruth Falivano.
Services were held at the Hessling Funeral Home
in Honesdale. The Rev. Andrew Sinnott of St. John the Evangelist
Parish officiated. Burial was in St. Mary Magdalen’s Cemetery in
Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s
favorite Hospice provider; the American Cancer Society; or the charity
of one’s choice.
ELIZABETH H. MORGAN
WHITE MILLS — Elizabeth H. “Betty” Morgan of White
Mills, a retired secretary for Highlights for Children, died Monday,
April 30, 2001 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale. She was
Daughter of the late Andrew and Lauretta Campbell
Houth, she was born in Oregon Township.
She attended Honesdale High School and graduated
from Chester High School in Chester, NY. She was a graduate of Wayne
Commercial School in Honesdale.
Survivors include her husband, Roy H. Morgan; a
son, William Houth of Honesdale; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A private graveside service was held at the convenience
of the family.
MARIO MICHAEL RUSSO
NARROWSBURG — Mario Michael Russo of Narrowsburg,
a retired customs officer for U.S. Customs and a 14-year area resident,
died Friday, May 4, 2001 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale.
He was 87.
Son of Vincenzo and Accursio Colletti Russo, he
was born February 18, 1915 in New York City. He was the widower
of Josephine Mauriello Russo.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was
a member of St. Francis Xavier R.C. Church in Narrowsburg; the Knights
of Columbus; the Disabled American Veterans, and the Veterans of
Survivors include a son, Vincent of the state of
Florida; a stepson, Joseph Santarella of the state of Florida; a
daughter, Linda Smith of Narrowsburg; a brother, William of Staten
Island; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by three brothers.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m.,
Thursday, May 10, at St. Francis Xavier R.C. Church in Narrowsburg.
The Rev. Thomas Jones will officiate. Cremation took place at Twin
Tiers Crematory in Endicott.
A Mass will also be held in Staten Island at a time
and place to be announced. Burial will follow in Moravian Cemetery,
New Dorp, in Staten Island.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis
Xavier R.C. Church, Narrowsburg, NY 12764.
HELENE V. STAMM
OXFORD — Helene V. Stamm of Oxford, a retired typist,
formerly of Queens, died Thursday, April 26. 2001 at the New York
State Veterans Home in Oxford. She was 84.
Daughter of the late George and Helena Delach, she
was born January 6, 1917 in Patchogue. She was the widow of Bernard
Survivors include a daughter, Bernadette of Liberty;
a son, James of Queens; a brother, Henry Delach of the state of
Florida; a sister, Dorothy VanDeroort of Rochester; five grandchildren;
and two great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by a daughter, Jane Kennefick;
a brother, George; and two sisters, Rosemarie and Veronica.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at the Church
of the Immaculate Conception in Woodbourne. Burial was in the Long
Island National Cemetery in Pinelawn.
JOSEPH R. VERDEROSA
HAWLEY — Joseph R. Verderosa of Fawn Lake in Hawley,
a retired letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, and a 23-year
area resident, died Thursday, May 3, 2001 at home. He was 80.
Son of the late Gatano Verderosa and Vincenza Gravieri
Verderosa, he was born in Brooklyn, NY. He was the widower of Carmen
He belonged to the Queen of Peace R.C. Church in
Hawley. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He served with the
Civilian Conservation Corps, Camp S-60 in Paul Smith, NY; and was
a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
Survivors include three daughters, Diane Frolio
of Tucson, AZ, Irene Menendes of Brentwood, NY and Annette Ruiz
of Albuquerque, NM; two sons, Robert of Oceanside, NY and Joseph
of Phoenix, AZ; a brother, Anthony of Fawn Lake Forest, Hawley;
a loving companion and caregiver, Gertrude Feltman of Fawn Lake
Forest in Hawley; 10 grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Services were held at Queen of Peace R.C. Church
in Hawley. The Rev. Edward Finn officiated. Burial was in Green
Gates Cemetery in Hawley.
DORIS THERESA WETZEL
HAWLEY — Doris Theresa Wetzel of Hawley, a retired
personnel administrator at William Esty Advertising in New York,
NY, died Saturday, April 28, 2001 at Pocono Medical Center in East
Stroudsburg. She was 69.
Daughter of Anton and Lena Pilzweger Kirchmann,
she was born in Brooklyn, NY.
She was a member of the Tri-State German American
Society in Port Jervis.
Survivors include her husband, John Carl Wetzel;
three sons, John and wife Ann of Succasunna, NJ; Eric and wife Linda
of Hemlock Farms, Hawley, and Paul A. of Jamesville, NY; and two
grandchildren, Andrew and Melissa.
Services were held at St. John Neumann Church in
Lord’s Valley. The Rev. Gerard Hawley officiated. Burial was in
Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis
Foundation, Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter, 219 N. Broad Street, Suite
2, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
MARGARET KARCH ZAIMES
LACKAWAXEN — Margaret Karch Zaimes, author, World
War II war correspondent and lifelong news photographer and magazine
columnist, and a nine-year area resident, died Tuesday, May 1, 2001
at home. She was 85.
Daughter of the late George A. Karch and Mabel Ernst
Karch, she was born in Nazareth, PA.
She started her newspaper career as a reporter for
the Easton (PA) Express and later joined the staff of the Allentown
(PA) Call-Chronicle Newspapers in the Bethlehem Bureau. In 1940
she was named Society Editor of the former Newburgh News. It was
there she met her husband, Charley Zaimes. They moved to Washington,
DC to work for the Harris and Ewing Photo News agency, which serviced
metropolitan papers including the NY Herald Tribune, The New York
Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Chicago Tribune, the NY
PM and The Los Angeles Times Mirror. They were offered jobs as war
correspondents to report on the activities of Red Cross personnel
serving with the armed forces. She was assigned to the European
Theater of Operations and covered the war in England, France, Holland,
Belgium, Luxemburg and Germany while her husband was in Italy, Sicily
and the Middle Eastern Theater.
She published a cookbook, “The Best of Fin Fare,”
in 1978 and wrote cooking features for Anglers News for eight years
and wrote “Meals from the Creel” for the PA Fish Commissions magazine,
She was a longtime member of the Pennsylvania Outdoor
Writers Association and served on that organization’s board of directors.
Survivors include her husband; two sons, Dimitri
G. of Lackawaxen and Jon P. of Felton, DE; a grandson, Adam Jason
of Felton; a brother, Edward L. Karch of Nazareth; a sister, Mary
Chumas of Nazareth; nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a brother, William F. Karch
Services were private with a memorial service at
a later date.
Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association
or a favorite charity.