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THE FOREST CITY NEWS, FOREST CITY, PA 18421 * WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2016 * PHONE 570-785-3800 * email [email protected] - PAGE 5
Area Obituaries
Robert L. Olver
Beech Grove
Leo J.
Gosciewski
Union Dale
Leo J. Gosciewski, 85, of
Union Dale, passed away
peacefully early Sunday morning, January 31, 2016 at the Forest City Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Forest City. His
wife, the former Marie Svecz,
preceded him in death.
Born in Carbondale, son of
the late Leo E. and Kathryn
Gorel Gosciewski, he was a
member of Ascension Parish,
Forest City. He was a graduate of Pleasant Mount High
School. He was a self employed dairy farmer for his
entire life until his retirement
in 2001. He was a member of
the Dairymen’s League and
Parmalott. He enjoyed hunting and had a great love for all
animals.
Surviving are 2 brothers: Joseph Gosciewski, Union Dale;
John Gosciewski, Detroit, MI;
2 sisters: Margaret Prezelski,
Union Dale; Joan Smith, Honesdale; and several nieces and
nephews.
The funeral was Thursday,
February 4 from the Jones &
Brennan Funeral Home, 430
Main Street, with Mass of
Christian Burial in Saint Joseph’s Church, Delaware St.,
Forest City. Interment, Saint
James Cemetery, Pleasant
Mount.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations
be made to True Friends Animal Welfare Center, 16332 SR
706, Montrose, PA 18801 or the
North Shore Animal League,
(the world’s largest no-kill and
rescue adoption organization),
at 25 Davis Avenue, Port Washington, NY 11050.
For online condolences,
please visit the funeral home’s
website.
Robert L. Olver, 84, of Beech
Grove passed away peacefully
at home surrounded by his
family on Sunday afternoon,
January 31, 2016. He is survived by his loving wife of 61
years, the former Arlene Robinson.
Born June 2, 1931 at home
on the family farm in Beech
Grove, he was the son of the
late Leslie and Mignon Harvey Olver.
Bob served in the United
States Army from 1954-1956.
He was a lifetime member and
past president of the Honesdale Golf Club. Bob was a
member and past president of
the Wayne County Holstein
Club, and served as a director of the Wayne County Fair
Board for over 40 years. He
played Mountain League Baseball through the late 1950’s and
early 1960’s; he was an avid
golfer, harness racing owner,
and all around sports enthusiast. Bob owned and operated Olcrest Farm from 1957
to 1992, where he and Arlene
raised their family. Following his retirement from dairy
farming, Bob was a golf ranger
at Woodloch Springs. Bob was
very proud of his family and
loved being with his children
and grandchildren.
He is also survived by five
children: Dale Olver of State
College, PA, Tammy Altemier
and her husband Chris of
Honesdale, Lori Olver-Carney
and her husband Dan of Clinton Township, Dean Olver of
Honesdale, Julie Moran and
her husband Dan of Carbondale; seven grandchildren:
Greg Penwarden, Jessica Zablocky, Ryan Altemier, Ashley
Olver, Dean J. Olver, Carmen
Rutledge, and Drew Rutledge;
four
great-grandchildren:
Aleka Penwarden, Mason Altemier, Truly Zablocky, Thomas Olver; one brother: Roger
Olver and his wife Carole of
Beech Grove; a brother-in-law
James Podunajec of Prompton;
and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in
death by his sister, Janet Podunajec; and an infant greatgrandson, Brayden Altemier.
In accordance with his
wishes, funeral services and
burial were private and held at
the convenience of the family.
Interment will be in Clinton
Center Cemetery in the spring.
Arrangements have been
entrusted to Jenkins Funeral
Home-Edward Howell, Funeral Director/Owner, 269
Belmont Street, Waymart PA
18472.
Pierogi project
is underway
Eleanor H.
Rentner
Browndale
Eleanor H. Rentner, 84,
formerly of Browndale, died
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, at
the Forest City Nursing Home.
Born June 23, 1931, in Trenton, N.J., she was the daughter
of the late William and Theresa Maybee Christensen. She
was a retired LPN, having
worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Carbondale and also did
private duty nursing.
Surviving are three sons,
Craig Rentner, Beacon, N.Y.;
Jeff Rentner, Falls; and Robert Rentner and wife, Debbie,
Browndale; one grandson, Justin; and one great-grandson,
Ethan.
She was also preceded in
death by one sister, Helen Kiss.
As per Eleanor’s request,
she was cremated with private
services held by her family.
Cremation arrangements are
under the care of the Carmine
J. & Louis C. Parise Funeral
Home & Cremation Services
Inc., Carbondale.
To share condolences and
photos with Eleanor’s family,
visit her book of everlasting
memories at www.parisefuneralhome.com.
St. Katherine Drexel Altar
& Rosary in Pleasant Mount
is celebrating its 35th year
in the pierogi business! Orders for the Lenten delicacy
will be taken at the parish
churches (St. James & St.
Juliana’s) over the next several weeks. Over 1,500 dozen will be made by Society
members and community
friends starting the week
before Lent and then twice
more every third week during Lent.
At $6 a dozen, it is the
best deal in town! Stock up
on them now or come give
us a hand and learn the art
of making pierogies! Work
days are February 23, 24 &
25; and March 15, 16 & 17.
To place an order, sign the
order sheet in either of the
churches or call Barb at 570727-8385 or Jean at 570-4489181.
Ash Wednesday
services in
Thompson Feb. 10
Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the 40 day Lenten
season, which ends on Holy
Saturday. This is a season of
preparation for Celebrating
Easter.
All are welcome to attend
the Ash Wednesday service at
the Thompson United Methodist Church on Wednesday,
February 10th. at 7:00 pm. The
Imposition of Ashes is a reminder of our own mortality,
of repentance and reconciliation.
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Donna M.
Kilmer
Marjorie I.
Brainard
Greenfield Twp.
Harford
Donna M. Kilmer, 53, of
Greenfield Township, died
Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Regional Hospital, Scranton, after
a lengthy illness. She is survived
by her husband, Joel M. Kilmer.
They were married on July 23,
1983.
Born September 11, 1962 in
Honesdale, she was the daughter of the late Perry and Marlene
Johnson Lent.
Donna was a 1981 graduate
of Honesdale High School. She
had been employed as a caregiver at Allied Services in Scranton and later as a direct care supervisor for Stillmeadow, Inc.,
in Jermyn. She was a member of
the Tompkinsville United Methodist Church and the United
Methodist Women. She was also
an avid collector of Beanie Baby
Bears.
Donna will be fondly remembered for her strong will and
courage during her lengthy illness. Her life revolved around
her family. Her husband Joel
was the true love of her life, her
children were everything to her
and her grandchildren were the
light of her life.
The family would like to
thank Dr. Henry Yeager, Dr.
Tamrat Bekele, DaVita Dialysis
in Mayfield and the nurses and
staff at Moses Taylor Hospital
for the many years of compassionate care given to Donna.
They also extend their gratitude
to the doctors, nurses and staff
at Regional Hospital for the care
given to Donna in her final days.
She is survived by three children, Mark Kilmer and wife
Alicia of Jermyn; Tracy Kilmer
of Simpson; and Dana Kilmer
at home; two grandchildren,
Madison and Ethan Kilmer;
five sisters: Debra Mohrman
of Beach Lake, Kathy Murnin
of Vandling, PA, Ellen Griffin
of Alabama, Susan Johanes of
Milanville, and Kimberly Rosar of Carbondale; eight brothers: John Lent of Honesdale,
Joseph Lent of Idaho, Michael
Lent of Honesdale, Jerry Lent
of Beach Lake, Christopher
Lent of Honesdale, David Lent
of Honesdale, Robert Lent of
Simpson, and her baby brother,
Brian Lent of Jermyn; a brotherin-law: Daniel Kilmer and wife
Amber of Carbondale, PA; nieces and nephews
She was preceded in death by
a brother: Kevin Lent.
The funeral was held February 4, from the Tompkinsville
United Methodist Church, Scott
Township, with Pastor Beth
Taylor officiating. Interment,
Willow View Cemetery, Clifford.
Funeral arrangements by the
Shifler-Parise Funeral Home
and Cremation Services, Clifford, PA
In lieu of flowers, expressions
of sympathy can be sent to the
family.
Marjorie I. Brainard, 100, of
Harford, went to be with her
Lord and Savior, Saturday,
Jan. 30, 2016, at Moses Taylor
Hospital, Scranton, with her
loving family by her side.
Born Dec. 28, 1915, in Lenox
Twp., she was the daughter
of the late Karl and the late
Inez (Lott) Peck. Her husband,
Lewis “Choc” E. Brainard,
predeceased her in 1990.
She was a member of First
Congregational Church of
Harford UCC for over 50
years. Mudge was a dairy
farmer all of her life. She was a
voracious reader, and also enjoyed putting together jig-saw
puzzles. Mudge loved being
in the outdoors, even mowing
her lawn well into her 80s.
Survivors include, daughter
and son-in-law, Sharon E. and
Steve Decker of Harford; sons
and daughters-in-law, William and Bonnie Brainard of
Kingsley; David Brainard and
Wendy of Union Dale; grandchildren and their spouses,
Julie Kesten, Sandra Zupanovich, Dawn and Tom Brozonis;
Jill and Rick Weida; Todd and
Billy Jo Decker; Kelly and Tim
Feduchak; Lynn and Bonnie
Brainard; Michael Brainard,
Stephanie and Ryan Stone;
16 great-grandchildren; two
great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mildred Brainard
of South Gibson; many nieces
and nephews.
Besides her parents and
husband, she was predeceased by her daughter and
son-in-law, Janice and Ralph
Estabrook; son, Jack Brainard;
grandsons, Bruce and Daniel
Kesten; sister, Louise Boardman; brothers, Don, Frank and
Elton Peck.
Services were held Feb. 4
at the First Congregational
Church of Harford UCC, with
the Rev. Will Hagenbuch, officiating. Funeral arrangements
by the Bartron-Myer Funeral
Home Inc., Montrose.
Instead of flowers, memorial contributions may be
made to Harford Volunteer
Fire Department, P.O Box 206,
Harford, PA 18823 or to the
Congregational Willing Workers, P.O. Box 217, Harford, PA
18823. Go to bartronmyerfuneralhome.com for directions
or to leave online condolences.
Funeral
Arrangements
Russell A.
Scavo
Walter C.
Holtsmaster
Carbondale
South Gibson
Russell A. Scavo, 87, Carbondale, died Sunday, jan. 31, 2016,
Walter C. Holtsmaster, 74, at home following a brief illness.
of South Gibson, died Sunday, He was the beloved husband of
Jan. 31, 2016, at the Gino J. Mer- Clara Leo Scavo, who died on
li Veterans Center, Scranton. Nov. 25, 2005.
Born in Carbondale, he was
His wife is the former Linda A.
Wells. They were married Jan. the son of the late Angelo and
Margaret Sirianni Scavo. Rus12, 1991.
Born April 2, 1941, in Car- sell attended Benjamin Frankbondale, son of Doris Schenck lin High School in Carbondale
of South Gibson and the late and graduated in 1945. He later
Walter Holtsmaster, Walter joined the Army and served in
was an Army veteran and the Korean War. Upon his return
worked as a computer analyst from Korea, he worked in the
for L3 Communications, Bing- garment industry and attended
hamton, N.Y., for 33 years be- night school. He became a police officer for the Carbondale
fore his retirement.
His greatest joy was restor- Police Department, and served
ing antique cars and attending 25- plus years, retiring in 1988
car shows across the country as detective sergeant with the
with his wife, Linda. They juvenile division. It was a job
loved to travel and took many he loved and enjoyed, molding
wonderful trips together. He young lives. Upon retirement,
enjoyed the beach and partici- he became co-owner of Counpated in the Triple Cities Street try Classic Kitchens. This was
his second passion, to design
Rods, Binghamton, N.Y.
Also surviving are two cabinets. He loved to work in his
sons, Walter C. Holtsmaster woodshop and make all types of
Jr., Forkston Twp.; and Mark furniture for his daughters and
Holtsmaster and wife, Dawn, family.
He will be deeply missed by
Moscow; two stepdaughters,
Donna Rowe and husband, his granddogs, Mocha and ZorCraig, New Milford; and Kar- ro, and his four cats.
He was the devoted father
en Stone and husband, Roger,
New Milford; five grandchil- of Lindsey Scavo-Striefsky and
dren, Bethany Yarrison, Em- husband, Paul, Somers Point,
ily Holtsmaster, Bryn Dotzel, N.J.; Susan Scavo-Palmiero and
Cage Dotzel and Adam Holts- husband, James, Greenfield
master; three sisters, Marsha Twp.; and Clare Scavo and
Violetti and husband, Rick, partner, Greg Stackhouse, CarBay Shore, N.Y.; Patricia Bar- bondale; he is also survived by
ney and companion, Fred Ben- one sister, Particia Scavo-Lewis,
son, Lenox Twp.; and Marlene Brooklyn; two brothers-in-law,
Dean and husband, Larry, Anthony “Sonny” Leo, CarbonSouth Gibson; two brothers, dale; and Frank Pascoe, TrafGary Holtsmaster and wife, ford; several nieces, nephews,
Carol, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Frank Holtsmaster and wife, He was also preceded in death
Kaye, Thompson; several niec- by a sister, Theresa Scavo-Weidner; two sisters-in-law, Jane
es and nephews.
He was also preceded in Leo-Pascoe and Ceil Leo-Mcdeath by one stepson, Brad Donnell; two brothers-in-law,
Pat McDonnell and Carl Lewis.
Dotzel.
The funeral was held Feb. 4
A memorial service was held
Feb. 4 in South Gibson United from the Carmine J. & Louis C.
Methodist Church with Pastor Parise Funeral Home and CreMarge McCarty officiating. A mation Services Inc., Carbonmilitary service was held by dale, with a Mass of Christian
Burial in Our Lady of Mount
Elk Mountain VFW Post 8488.
Arrangements are under the Carmel Church, Carbondale.
care of the Shifler-Parise Funer- Interment with military honors,
al Home & Cremation Services, Our Mother of Sorrows CemClifford. In lieu of flowers, me- etery, Finch Hill.
To share condolences and
morial donations may be sent
to the Gino J. Merli Veterans photos with Russell’s family, visCenter, 401 Penn Ave., Scran- it his book of everlasting memories at www.parisefuneralhome.
ton, PA 18503.
To share condolences and com.
photos with Walter’s family,
visit his book of everlasting
memories at www.parisefuneralhome.com.
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Lent 2016
Ascension Parish at St. Joseph Church
741 Delaware St., Forest City
St. Katharine Drexel Parish at St. James Church
361 Great Bend Turnpike
Ash Wednesday, February 10th 2016
Holy Mass with the Blessing and Imposition of Ashes
8:30 AM – Ascension Parish at St. Joseph Church,
5:30 PM – St. Katharine Drexel Parish at St. James Church
7:00 PM – Ascension Parish at St. Joseph Church
The Light is on for You – Celebration of the Sacrament of
Penance - Mondays throughout Lent
St. Katharine Drexel Parish at St. James Church
Mondays: 2/15, 2/29, 3/14 – Confessions from 6 PM – 7 PM
Ascension Parish at St. Joseph Church
Mondays: 2/22, 3/7, 3/21 – Confessions from 6 PM – 7 PM
Stations of the Cross Fridays throughout Lent
4:30 PM – Ascension Parish at St. Joseph Church
6:00 PM – St. Katharine Drexel Parish at St. James Church,
“During this Lent, let us all ask the Lord: Make our hearts like
yours.” - Pope Francis