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December 15, 2011

Douglas A. Heinle of Cochecton Center, NY, a lifelong resident of the area, passed away at home on Wednesday, December 7, 2011. He was 82.

He was born in Cochecton Center on July 30, 1929 to the late William A. and Laura Nearing Heinle.

Doug was a third-generation retired postmaster of Cochecton Center and former proprietor of Heinles General Store in Cochecton Center. He was a director of the First National Bank of Jeffersonville since 1975.

Doug attended St. Francis Xavier R.C. Church, Narrowsburg. He was a member and past chief of Narrowsburg Vol. Fire Dept., member of Lava Vol. Fire Dept. and participant of Lake Huntington Vol. Fire Dept. He was a member and past chief of Lava Fire Police. He was a member of Antique Trucks and Tractor Association, of Neversink Rondout Antique Machinery Association and a charter member of the Time and the Valleys Museum of Grahamsville, NY. He was founder and director of Cochecton Center Community Center. He sponsored many softball and bowling leagues. Doug was the official sleigh driver for the Christmas Carollers with his John Deere Tractor.

A family statement reads: “Doug was a loving husband, father, super grandfather and the best great granddad. He was a special person with a heart of gold. He helped so many people and he contributed so much to his community. He will truly be missed.”

Doug is survived by his wife Penny at home; sons Allen Heinle and wife Teresa of Las Vegas, NV, Craig Heinle and wife Terri of Lake Huntington, NY and Brian Heinle and his wife Beth of Lake Huntington; grandchildren Michael Heinle and wife Katrine, Amber Heinle, Brianne Heinle, Brian Scott and wife Katrina, Kristen Sayers and husband Jason, Jonathan Heinle and wife Tonya and Brittany York; three great grandchildren; stepchildren William Beach and wife Jill of Woodburne, NY, Kayse Henry and husband Terrance of New Bern, NC and Willaim Everett of Cochecton; step-grandchildren Eric Beach and wife Rheiannon, Erin Beach, William, Dylan and Cheyenne Everett, Karalyn, Madison and Thad Henry; sister Eleanor Martin of Waymart, PA; and many nieces and nephews.

Doug is predeceased by his first wife Eleanor Dexter Heinle; and brother Arthur Heinle.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday December 12, 2011 at St. Francis Xavier R.C. Church, Narrowsburg, NY. Rev. William Scully O.F.M. officiated.

Burial was in Laurel Cemetery, Cochecton Center, NY.

Donations may be made to Cochecton Center Community Center, C/O George Walters, 9 Walters Farm Rd., Narrowsburg, NY 12764.

December 15, 2011

Eleanor F. Burrell of Barryville, NY, a local artist and longtime resident, passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris, NY. She was 87.

The daughter of the late Edward and Hattie Kraus Steckler, she was born June 12, 1924 in New York City. She was the widow of William John Burrell.

Eleanor owned Burrell River Road Gallery in Barryville. She was a member of Barryville United Methodist Church and served as a trustee and on the administration board. She was the founder of the River Road Fair and a member of the Barryville Chamber of Commerce.

Survivors include her daughters Lynne Lone and husband David of Seaford, NY and Joan Cummings of Barryville; granddaughters Kimberly Wild and husband Shane, Kristen Bagley and husband Joseph, Barbara Cummings and Kelly Raffaele and husband Matthew; and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at the Barryville United Methodist Church, Barryville, with Rev. Doug Miller officiating. Graveside services took place on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 1 p.m. at Maple Grove Cemetery, Kew Gardens, NY.

Contributions may be made to the Eleanor Burrell Fund, Barryville United Methodist Church P.O. Box 35, Barryville, NY 12719.

December 8, 2011

Blanche Kuester of Beach Lake, PA died Saturday, November 26, 2011 at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center in Honesdale, PA. She was 95.

She is preceded in death by her husband Karl B. Kuester, who died on June 28, 1999. The couple married December 1, 1936.
Born July 22, 1916 in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Pauline Nycz Michalek.

Following the death of her father, she quit school at age 12 to help support the family. She was the youngest worker at the White Mills silk mill. At 15 she moved to New Jersey to work for an uncle and aunt who had a bakery business. She met her husband and together they opened their own bakery in Jersey City. She assisted in running the businesses, doing accounting and secretarial work when necessary.

In 1948 they moved to Beach Lake and the family farm. Twenty years later they purchased what became The Community Pastry Shop and ran that until October 1981.

She was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Honesdale.

Blanche was a devoted wife and loving mother who enjoyed sewing.

She is survived by her son Carl Kuester of Honesdale, sister-in-law Florence Moser of Honesdale, six grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is also preceded in death by sons Frederick and Robert; brothers Edward and Raymond Michalek; and sister Helen Miller.
As per her request, private funeral services will be held at the family’s convenience with interment in Indian Orchard Cemetery.

Visit www.hesslinghuneralhome.com.

December 8, 2011

Jeanne M. McConnell of Honesdale, PA died Sunday, December 4, 2011 at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center in Honesdale following an illness. She was 78.

Born May 7, 1933 in Honesdale, Mrs. McConnell was one of three daughters of the late Robert and Minnie Rude Cunningham.

She was an alumna of Honesdale Catholic High School, and was an avid reader, independently studying business, history and natural science. She was employed by the Wayne County Courthouse for nearly 30 years, serving as deputy prothonotary. She also worked with the Wayne County Historical Society and at Morning Glory Gift Shop in Honesdale.

Mrs. McConnell was a lifelong member of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Honesdale and was deeply devoted to her family and close friends. She lived her faith by loving and helping others, serving as a crisis intervention volunteer for Women’s Resource Center, a supporter of Boys Town, various religious orders and the Humane Society. A genuine lady held in the highest regard by all, she will be greatly missed.

Surviving are her three sons, Dale Thomas and wife Susan of Lake Ariel, PA; Patrick McConnell and wife Stacey of Dyberry Township, PA and Daniel McConnell and wife Michelle) of Beach Lake, PA; daughter Barbara Hughes and husband Glenn H. of Carbondale, PA; sisters Roberta Rudowicz and husband Stanley of Texas Township, PA and Susan Bailey and husband Thomas of Imperial, PA; grandchildren Dale Thomas Jr., Jennifer Sheehan, Natalie Thomas, Elisabeth McConnell, Cole McConnell and Paige Fiume; three great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is also predeceased by daughter Robin M. McConnell.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, December 9 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Honesdale at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Contributions can be made to the Dessin Animal Shelter, 138 Miller Dr., Honesdale, PA 18431; or Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Dr., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
Visit www.hesslingfuneralhome.com.

December 8, 2011

Romaine B. Petena, formerly of Beach Lake, PA, died Friday, December 2, 2011 at Julia Ribaudo Nursing Home in Lake Ariel, PA where she resided since 2007. She was 85.

She was preceded in death by her husband Edward J. Petena on August 7, 1995.

Born April 13, 1926 in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Beatrice McNally McCarthy. In 1946, she became Miss New York in a beauty contest, representing the state in parades and other events. Later she worked at W.T. Grants Co. in Honesdale for 25 years and retired from Fashion Bug in Honesdale where she was known for her beautiful red hair.
She was a former member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Beach Lake. Romaine was a loving and caring mother and grandmother who put others before herself.

She is survived by daughters Joanne Tyler and husband Randy of Honesdale, PA and Shirley Wood and husband Keith of Beach Lake; brother Edward McCarthy of New York City; sister Shirley McKee of Leonia, NJ; grandchildren Kimberly Wood Justice, Colleen Boshman Ceric and Shawn Wood; six grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by son Richard Petena; brothers Louis Jr. and Robert McCarthy; and sister Barbara Case.

Her funeral was held from Hessling Funeral Home, Honesdale, on Tuesday, December 6 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas More Church in Lake Ariel. Interment followed in Indian Orchard Cemetery, Honesdale.

Visit www.hesslingfuneralhome.com.

December 8, 2011

Amy Elizabeth Sattler of Jeffersonville, NY, a lifetime area resident, died Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, NY. She was 23.

The daughter of William and Kelly Hendrickson Sattler, she was born December 19, 1987 in Harris.

Amy was a wonderful daughter and a beautiful person inside and out. Our lives will never be the same without her beautiful smile and her ability to make you feel as if you were special and loved. She was our sunshine, our life. She loved music and being outdoors, especially on a four-wheeler. The family plans a memorial, built by her “Poppa Bear,” so that Amy may spend her eternity at her happiest place to be. Later her friends will be notified so they may share her love of nature.

She is survived by her parents of Jeffersonville; sisters Alisha Sattler Purdy and husband Gregg of Monticello, NY, Bridget Sattler of Albany, Ashley Sattler and Heather Sattler of Jeffersonville; brother William Sattler Jr. of Jeffersonville; paternal grandmother Heidi Sattler of Jeffersonville; maternal grandmother Sylvia Hendrickson of Jeffersonville; nieces Ariana and Piper Purdy and Memphis and Clover Oathout; brother-in-law Edward Oathout; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Services were held on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville.

December 8, 2011

Michele A. Storms of Milford, PA, a lifetime resident of the area, died Saturday, December 3, 2011 at Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown, NY after a short battle with cancer. She was 53.

She was born April 2, 1958 in Port Jervis, NY, the daughter of the late Thomas and Miriam MacDonald Rossa.

Michele married John Storms and they were together for 15 years prior to her death.

She worked as a clerk for the Pike County Government in the Tax Claim Administration Office.

Surviving are her husband at home; mother Miriam Lowenstein and companion Bob of Burleson, TX; son Nathan DeGraw of Glen Spey, NY; stepdaughter Hillary Storms of Port Jervis; brother Thomas Rossa and wife Penny of Milford, TX; sisters Kim Padgett of Joshua, TX and Margaret Parks and husband Bob of Burleson, TX; best friend Betty Conklin and husband Richard and family of Sparrowbush, NY; predeceased step father, Ron Lowenstein; also several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home with Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst officiating.

Burial will be at Pine Grove Cemetery, Matamoras, PA.

Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing, PO Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.

Visit www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com.

December 8, 2011

Doris West of Roscoe, NY, formerly of Jeffersonville, NY, a former clerk at Jeff Pharmacy, Jeffersonville, died Friday, December 2, 2011 at Roscoe Regional Rehab Center in Roscoe. She was 85.

The daughter of Harold and Harriett Curtiss Buell, she was born on October 15, 1926 in Herkimer, NY. Doris was married to the late Walter Lewis West who died in 1998.

Survivors include her children, Maureen West and companion George Deckelman of Fremont Center, NY and Patrick West of Vestal, NY.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, December 4 at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville, officiated by Pastor James O’Rourke.

Contributions may be made to the Patients Holiday Fund at Roscoe Regional Rehab, 420 Rockland Road, Roscoe, NY 12776.

December 1, 2011

Warren “Sparky” Todd of Lake Como, PA died Friday, November 18, 2011 at Wayne Woodlands Manor in Waymart, PA. He was 87.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Pearl T. Malinski. The couple married June 7, 1947.

Born November 5, 1924 in Hancock, NY, he was the son of Frank S. and Ethel LaBar Todd.

Warren was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and Purple Heart recipient. He took part in the invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. He was a life member of the American Legion Post 209 in Lake Como. He later was a self-employed carpenter and enjoyed woodworking.

Also surviving are daughter Roberta Sidle and husband Jeffrey of Hawley, PA; son-in-law Ronald Baldwin; sister Rose Roney of Preston Park, PA; grandchildren Valerie Fox and husband Christopher of Beach Lake, PA and John Corcoran and wife Carol of Washingtonville, NY; and many nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his daughter Barbara Irene Baldwin; sister Lulu Piesecki; and brothers Herman and Clifford Todd.

Funeral services were held at Hessling Funeral Home, Inc. on Monday, November 21. Interment with full military honors followed in Lake Como Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 712 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor, PA 18517 or www.cancer.org; or to the donor’s favorite charity.

Visit www.hesslingfuneralhome.com.

December 1, 2011

Milda Sebris of Milanville, PA passed away on November 18, 2011 at Ellen Memorial Nursing Home, Honesdale, PA. She was 100.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Janis; daughter Ilze Ruta; and son Janis Ewald.

Milda, a native of Latvia, experienced considerable sorrow during her long life, losing both of her children within months of one another and her husband within a year of moving to their “paradise” in Damascus Township. Yet she consistently overcame those struggles with a sense of joy.

In 1953, the family visited and later relocated to Bush’s Glen (renamed Paradise Glen) and the Schoolhouse Creek lands. The sight of the Delaware swept Milda with memories of a beloved river in Latvia. The avid outdoorswoman spent many satisfying hours fishing the Delaware for shad, eels and other freshwater delights.

Always generous with good advice like, “If you buy bread and can’t understand the ingredients, don’t eat it,” Milda was an organic gardener and avid mushroom hunter, or, as she called them, “meat on one leg.”

The River Reporter was privileged to tell Milda’s story earlier this year when the centenarian celebrated her milestone birthday (www.riverreporter.com/issues/11-02-03/feature.html). Milda was a lifelong animal lover. Contributions in her honor may be made to Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center at 361 Cherry Drive, Stroudsburg, PA 18360.

December 1, 2011

Michael Anton Powch, of Glen Spey, NY passed away on November 24, 2011, Thanksgiving Day. He was 89.

Mr. Powch was born on October 23, 1922 to the late Anton Powch and the late Jawdokia, in Lutscki, Galizia, Ukraine.

He graduated with a degree in surveying in 1944 before fleeing Ukraine during Soviet occupation. He earned a degree in forestry from the University of Munich, Germany in 1948 and studied Civil Engineering in Graz, Austria, where he met his wife. They married in 1963. Mr. Powch enjoyed a 20-year career in Civil Engineering at the Port of Authority of New York and New Jersey. He retired in 1988 and enjoyed 23 years of retirement with his wife in Glen Spey.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Juliana Powch; daughters Dr. Irene Powch and Oksana Charla; son-in-law Thomas Charla; and grandchildren Katie, Mikie and Micah.

He is predeceased by his sister, Marika.

Funeral services were held Monday, November 28 at St. Volodymyr’s Ukrainan Catholic Church, Glen Spey, with a liturgy mass with Rev. Yaroslav Kostyk officiating. Burial was in Glen Spey Cemetery, Glen Spey.

Contributions may be made to the St. Volodymyr’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, PO Box 108, Glen Spey, NY 12737.

Visit www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com

December 1, 2011

Regina Lukasik of Jeffersonville, NY, a homemaker and a longtime area resident, died Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at the Sullivan Community Adult Care Center, Liberty, NY. She was 90.

She was born June 5, 1921 in Poland.

Survivors include her granddaughter Jeanette Lukasik of Brooklyn, NY.

She is predeceased by her son, Joseph R. Lukasik.

A funeral mass was celebrated in the chapel of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA on November 29.

Burial was in Our Lady of Czestochowa Cemetery, Doylestown, PA.

Visit www.Harris-FH.com

December 1, 2011

Eleanor B. Kleffmann of Beach Lake, PA, a lifelong resident of the area, passed away Monday, November 21, 2011 at Forest City Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Forest City, PA. She was 91.

The daughter of the late Edward and Sadie Crossman Enslin, Eleanor was born March 16, 1920 in South Canaan, PA. She was the widow of Louis Kleffmann, who passed away on July 23, 2001. They were married for 60 years. They owned a dairy farm near Milanville, PA.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Narrowsburg, NY, and the Damascus Manor United Methodist Church Ladies Auxiliary. A family statement reads, in part: “Eleanor was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoyed painting, crocheting and gardening; and loved animals. She looked out for others and taught the family many values in life. She will greatly be missed. She will live on in our hearts forever.”

She is survived by daughters Carole Giles and husband Duane of Poyntelle, PA and Barbara Conklin and husband Francis of Milanville; grandchildren Dale Conklin, Tammy Johnson and husband Steven and Nathan Giles and wife Katja; two great grandchildren; and sister Marion Smith of New Milford, PA.

Eleanor is predeceased by her husband Louis; and brothers: Gordon and Clark Enslin.

Funeral services were held on Friday, November 25 at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, Narrowsburg, NY, conducted by Duane Giles. Burial was in the Calkins Union Cemetery, Calkins, PA.

Contributions can be made to Dessin Animal Shelter, 138 Miller Dr. Honesdale, PA 18431 or Damascus Vol. Ambulance Corps, PO Box 63, Damascus, PA 18415.

December 1, 2011

Shana R. Kelly of Jeffersonville, NY, a 2005 graduate of Sullivan West High School and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, November 20, 2011. She was 24.

The daughter of the late Kevin M. and Lorna M. Merrill Kelly, she was born March 20, 1987 in Harris, NY.

Shana loved to be outdoors; her favorite place to hike was Jensen Ledges and she loved riding with Shane on his motorcycle.

Survivors include sisters Jasmine Wilson and husband Robert of White Sulphur Springs, NY and Heather Kelly of Arizona; longtime boyfriend Shane Duquette of Jeffersonville; paternal grandmother Melvina Kelly of Jeffersonville; aunt Patsy Williams and husband Eric, of Jeffersonville; nephews Robert, Christopher and Brody; her shadow, Niko; and several other aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, November 26 in the Harris Funeral Home, Liberty, NY. Pastor Johanna Andritz officiated.

Visit www.Harris-FH.com.

December 1, 2011

Donald W. DeStefano of Port Jervis, NY, passed away Sunday, November 27, 2011 at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY. He was 47.

He was born on January 5, 1964 in Port Jervis, NY, the son of the late Donald DeStefano and Cordelia Conklin DeStefano.

Donald was a truck driver for Yellow Freight in Maybrook, NY.

A family statement by his son Matthew reads: “Everything happens for a reason, I believe that now. When one door closes another one opens.”

He is survived by his mother, Cordelia DeStefano of Port Jervis; sons Kristofer Michael DeStefano and wife Kimberley of Havelock, NC, Matthew James DeStefano of Chadds Ford, PA, Joshua Richard and Jeremy Donald DeStefano both of Morehead City, NC; sister Sharon Leonard of Fayetteville, NC; brother Michael D. Destafano and wife, Patricia of Glen Spey, NY; grandchildren, Kallie Marie, Krista Adell and Kanly Rose; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 1 at 2 p.m. at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Inc., 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY. Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst will officiate. Interment will take place at Rural Valley Cemetery, Cuddebackville, NY.

Visit knight-auchmoody.com.

November 24, 2011

Mildred Wlodarski died on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at Chardon Place on John’s Island, SC following an extended illness. She was 84.

She was born on February 12, 1927 in Moscow, PA, the youngest of 10 children, to the late Michael and Kathryn Repella Hrywnak.

Her marriage was on October 22, 1949 to Edward Wlodarski, who preceded her in death in 1997.

A former Bethel, NY resident for over 50 years, she was a past member of the White Lake School PTA, Cooperative Home Extension and the Community United Methodist Church of Kauneonga Lake, NY. She was a volunteer and active member of the Town of Bethel Senior Citizens and was honored as Town of Bethel Senior of the Year in 2002. She enjoyed gardening, homemaking, spending time with friends and neighbors and caring for those in need.

She is survived by a daughter, Karen Wlodarski of Seabrook Island, SC; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, November 16 at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, Kauneonga Lake, with Rev. Kenneth Rodgers officiating. Interment followed in Sullivan County Veteran’s Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Town of Bethel Senior Center; the Community United Methodist Church of Kauneonga Lake; or to Odyssey Health Care of Charleston, 5965 Core Rd., Suite 603, North Charleston, SC 29406.

November 24, 2011

Alice Foxman Townsend, of Kauneonga Lake, NY passed away on Tuesday, November 9, 2011 at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT. She was 85.

The daughter of the late Harry and Pauline Barr Foxman, she was born on October 13, 1926 in Bronx, NY.

Quick to laugh, she was loved by all who knew her. A retired billing representative at Catskill Regional Medical Center, she donated time to different organizations. She was a member of the Town of Bethel Senior Citizens Group, Town of Bethel Bethelites and the local Red Hat Society. Formerly, she was a member of Monticello Home Extension and Assistant Troop Leader for Sarah Wells Girl Scout Council.

Survivors include daughters Nancy Rosenbaum Butler and husband Don of Granby, CT and Patrice Townsend Steigler and husband Patrick of Kingston, NY; grandchildren Mollie Butler, Austin Butler, Emma Townsend-Steigler, Ethan Butler, Nathan Townsend-Steigler and James Townsend-Steigler; three nephews; and several cousins.

Her husband, Harrison Townsend Jr., predeceased her.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, November 16 at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, Kauneonga Lake. Burial of ashes at Evergreen Cemetery, Bethel, NY followed.

Donations may be made to Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center at Hartford Hospital, the American Cancer Society or to the charity of one’s choice.

November 24, 2011

Josephine A. Maidhof of Washingtonville, NY died on October 31, 2011 at Orange Regional Medical Center. She was 83.

Josephine was born in the Bronx on June 26, 1928 to Joseph and Mildred Curro.

She was a member of the Blooming Grove Seniors, the Blue and Gold Seniors, and was a lifelong Yankees fan who loved bingo and trips to Atlantic City.

She is survived by sons William Maidhof and wife Petrina of the Bronx and Robert C. Maidhof of Shohola, PA; daughter JoAnne and husband Robert J. Hoffmann of Washingtonville; grandchildren William Maidhof and wife Allison, Michael and John Hoffmann; great granddaughter Ava Maidhof; and many nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by brothers Richard and Angelo Curro.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on November 7 at St. Stephens Church, Kearny, NJ. Cremation will follow and be private.

Visit www.davidtfergusonfh.com.

November 24, 2011

Leslie Knickerbocker of New Bern, NC and formerly of Jeffersonville, NY, died Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at Carolina East Medical Center. She was 60.

She was a secretary at Sullivan County BOCES.

She is survived by her husband, Terry Knickerbocker; son Ted Knickerbocker of Pittsburgh, PA; daughter Traci Knickerbocker of Goldsboro, NC; brother Dale R. Krauss of Bay Shore, NY; sister Barbara K. Summerlin of Lynchburg, VA; and two grandchildren.

Services will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, November 19, 2011 at Cotten Chapel in New Bern.

Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. prior to the service.

Donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 930 B Wellness Drive, Greenville, NC 27834.

Visit www.cottenfuneralhome.com

November 24, 2011

Francis Joseph “Frankie” Kacer Jr. of Waymart, PA died Thursday, November 10, 2011 at the Marian Community Hospital, Carbondale, PA. He was 65.

His wife is the former Liddie Horst Bortree.

Born in Carbondale, he was the son of the late Frank and Mae McDonnell Kacer.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Waymart and its Holy Name Society.

He was a 1964 graduate of St. Rose High School, Carbondale. He was a grocer with Kacer’s Market in Waymart. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Meat Processors; the Lions Club of Waymart; the Knights of Columbus Carbondale Council 329 where he as a 4th degree knight and a former grand knight; a member of the Waymart Bicentennial Committee; and a former member of the Waymart Ambulance Corps.

He took pride in his family and his grandchildren.

Also surviving are daughters Karen Watson and her daughter Emma of Lansdale, PA, Christine Notchick and her daughters Rachael and Lauren of Honesdale, PA, Susan Davis and her sons Kyle and Matthew of Honesdale; step children Joann Ostrander of Honesdale, Ronald Bortree of Beach Lake, PA and Edward Bortree of Jermyn, PA; step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren; sister Mary Andzulis and husband John of Pittstown, NJ; brother Michael Kacer of Waymart, PA; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral was Monday, November 14 at the Brennan & Brennan Funeral Home, Inc. with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary’s Church, Waymart to be celebrated by Rev. Joseph S. Sitko. Interment was at Holy Trinity Cemetery, Simpson, PA.