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JOHN M. JONES

HAWLEY, PA — John M. Jones, a longtime area resident, died July 16, 2003 at home. He was 81.

The son of John and Anna Kelly Jones, he was born in Brooklyn, NY. He was married to Cecilia Ann (Uddgren) Jones for 60 years.

He was employed as an accountant for Ketchum Pharmaceuticals, NY and served in the Army in World War II from 1942 to 1945. He was an instrumental specialist in the European campaign.

Survivors include his wife; his daughter and son-in-law, Cecilia Ann and Roger F. Towery of Henrietta, TX; his daughter, Alexis Sutherland of Wichita Falls, TX; two grandsons; and one granddaughter.

He was predeceased by his son Robert.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice St. John, 1007 Oak St. Pittston Township, PA 18640.

VIOLA GRACE (WOLFE) KAUFFELD

HAWLEY, PA — Viola Grace (Wolfe) Kauffeld died July 25, 2003 at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA. She was 77.

Daughter of the late Margaret Merritt and Francis Wolfe, she was born in Brooklyn, NY. She was a waitress at Two Guys From Italy Restaurant in Honesdale and a member of Queen of Peace RC Church, Hawley and the American Legion Auxiliary, Hawley.

Survivors include two daughters, Dana Wolf of Hawley, PA and Charisse Bucci of Honesdale, PA; one son, Scott Kauffeld of Charlestown, WV; one brother, Robert Wolfe of Long Island, NY; and eight grandchildren.

She was predeceased by two sons, Kenneth Maxwell Kauffeld, Jr. and Brian James Kauffeld.

CARL D. KEESLER

CALLICOON, NY — Carl D. Keesler, a sales manager for Lander’s River Mart in Callicoon and lifetime resident of the area, died Friday, July 18, 2003 at home. He was 33.

The son of Philip and Linda Cole Keesler, he was born on September 13, 1969 in Honesdale, PA.

He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and the Callicoon Business Association.

Survivors include his parents, Phillip and Linda Cole Keesler of Damascus, PA; one sister, Brenda Keesler of Equinunk, PA; three brothers, John and his wife Cathy Sue of Equinunk, Robert and his wife Maria of Vestal, NY and Greg of Damascus; and one nephew, Dillon Keesler.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Damascus Ambulance or to the Equinunk Fire Department.

JOHN R. KOLETAR

SMALLWOOD, NY — John R. Koletar, a self-employed carpentry contractor in Smallwood and a 40-year area resident, died Friday, July 24, 2003 at the Bronx V.A. Hospital. He was 64.

The son of Zoltan and Irene Beloin Koletar, he was born July 29, 1938 in Bridgeport, Conn.

He was a member of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Mongaup Valley, a member and former secretary of Mongaup Game Preserve and active in various community services. He was also a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Survivors include his longtime companion, Irene Thompson of Smallwood; his four sons, John Reeves of Mongaup Valley, Daniel Koletar and his wife, Sita, of San Diego, CA, Brian Mieczkowski of Goshen and Shane Mieczkowski of Rock Hill, and three grandchildren.

He was predeceased by several brothers.

Private cremation will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newburgh.

CAROL DIANE SORENSEN

HAWLEY, PA — Carol Diane Sorensen, a four-year resident of Hawley and former resident of New York City, died on July 18, 2003 at Geisinger Hospital in Danville, PA. She was 55.

Daughter of the late Ervin and Mary Oleksa Sorenson, she was born in Brooklyn, NY. She worked for a telephone answering service and was religiously affiliated with the Ukrainian Catholic Church in New York. She was a Hawley Library volunteer.

Survivors include two sisters, Susan Lawrence of Lackawaxen, PA and Joyce Dusold of St. Cloud, FL; one brother, Russell Sorensen of Hawley, PA; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hawley Public Library, Main Ave, Hawley, PA 18428.

LEO F. SPALL

HAWLEY, PA — Leo F. Spall, a longtime area resident, died July 16, 2003 at home. He was 87.

Son of Eugene A. Spall and Delia Gibbons Spall, he was born in Hawley, PA. His wife, Helen J. (Cortright) Spall, predeceased him.

He was employed as a metal fabricator at the Tobyhanna Army Depot and served in the Navy in World War II.

He was a member of VFW Port Jervis 6520 Cortez and a member of Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2002 based on his athletic accomplishments at Hawley High School.

He was an avid musician, music lover and composer. He played the saxophone, clarinet, violin and organ.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, John F. and Cathie Spall of Hawley, PA; and two nephews.

Burial was at Rowland Cemetery, Rowland, PA.

Memorial contributions may be to the Spall Family Education Fund at Wallenpaupack Area School District, c/o Dime Bank, Hawley Office.

JULIA TERREBETZKY

GLEN SPEY, NY — Julia Terrebetzky died Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at home. She was 78.

The daughter of the late Wasyl and Anna Chrobatenko, she was born on July 12, 1925 in Ukraine.

She was a member of St. Volodomyr’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Glen Spey.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Mike Terrebetzky at home; two daughters, Lisa Drapak and her husband, Andrew of Belle Mead, NJ, and Ann Grodzickyj and her husband, Nick of South Brunswick, NJ; a brother, Ostapko Chrobatenko of Ukraine; a granddaughter, Lydia Gusmerotti and her husband, Dan of Lumberton, NJ; four grandsons and one great grandson.

Burial was at Glen Spey Cemetery.

To send a condolence note to the family visit grayparker-funeralhome.com

GERARD “JERRY” VERIKAS

HAWLEY, PA — Gerard “Jerry” Verikas, a lifelong resident of Plainfield, IL, died Wednesday, July 9, 2003 at his home. He was 37.

The son of Marian (nee Wasco) of Hawley, PA and the late John J. Verikas, Sr., he was born on December 5, 1965 in New Brunswick, NJ.

He was a graduate of Plainfield High School and an employee of Diageo Global Supply, Plainfield, IL for 19 years. He was an outdoor enthusiast.

Survivors include two sisters, Catherine Schneider of Hawley, PA and Christine Pahike of Plainfield, IL; one brother, John Verikas of Plainfield, IL; his grandmother, Catherine Wasco of Hawley; five nieces and nephews; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1201 Wyoming Ave, Joliet, IL 60435.

ELSIE JANE PERHAM WHITE

ITHACA, NY — Elsie Jane Perham White died April 24, 2003.

Born in Honesdale, she was the daughter of the late Raymond J. and Mary Alma Gealey Perham of Pleasant Mount, PA.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Guy A. White in 1998 and one brother, John Peter Perham of Pleasant Mount.

Survivors include her four daughters and one son who all live in the Ithaca, NY area; a daughter in Delaware; two brothers, Ray and his wife, Audrey and Gomer Perham all of Pleasant Mount; a sister, Sarah (Arthur) Gries of Hawley; ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

GERTRUDE DeYONG WHITESELL

GREELEY, PA — Gertrude DeYong Whitesell, formerly of Dingman’s Ferry, PA died July 26, 2003 at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA. She was 66.

The daughter of Anne Rinaldi and the late David DeYong, she was born in Clinton, NJ.

Survivors include her husband, Arthur B. Whitesell of Greeley, PA; five daughters, Vickie Herman and Kathy George both of Matamoras, PA, Debbie Ross of Pen Argyl, PA, Gayle Gross of Woodland Park, CO and Pamela Grim of Hawley, PA; three sons, David George of Columbia, NJ, Paul Whitesell of Jersey Shore, PA and Brian Whitesell of Hawley, PA; her mother, Anne DeYong of Oxford, NJ; four sisters, Marion Mack of Bushkill, PA, Pamela Drake of Mathias, WV, Linda Richner of Mount Bethel, PA and Lorraine Ainsworth of Vienna, NJ; five brothers, Arthur of Clearville, PA, David of Mount Bethel, PA, Peter of Brandenton, FL, Paul of Long Valley, NJ and Raymond of Benton, PA; thirteen grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a brother, Garrett.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Lung Association of NE PENNA, 738 S. Main Ave,. Scranton, PA 18501.

 
 
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