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Jean Elizabeth Pritchett (nee Hill)

Jean Elizabeth Pritchett (nee Hill) went to be with her Savior Jesus Christ on July 16, 2017.

Jean loved to sing, garden, decorate cakes, and read.  She is remembered as a loving mother who earnestly prayed for family, friends, and missionaries.

God blessed Jean with 6 children, Dawn (Larry) Davis, Deborah (Russell) Lewellen, Jean Bernstein, Sherri (Richard) Crompton, Kenneth Jr. (Kelly), and Dorothy McGraw.

Her favorite decorations were pictures of her 27 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth J. Pritchett, Sr. and son-in-law, Richard F. Crompton.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 26, 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church of Susquehanna, PA, followed by interment at the Ararat Cemetery, Ridge Road, Thompson, PA.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you continue to support Jean’s passion for missions.  Donations can be sent to:  Lake Murray Baptist Church, 1001 US-378, Lexington, SC 29072.

Virginia Alice Whitaker Beesmer

Our Beloved Mother, Virginia Alice Whitaker Beesmer 81, of 150 Stone Road, West Hurley, New York, passed to her eternal reward on Sunday August 6, 2017, in the home of her oldest son and daughter-in-Law, Rev. Donald and Linda Snedeker, 34 Snedeker Rd Clifford Twp, Pa. 18470-7571, after a yearlong battle with auto-immune non-alcoholic liver disease.

She was born on November 28, 1935, in Mt. Marion, N.Y., the daughter of the late Theodore (Ted) R. Whitaker and Elizabeth Law Snedeker. She was educated in Kingston and Sandy Creek, New York, area schools. In around 1951, she moved from the Kingston area to the Snedeker Family Farm in Lacona, New York, where she resided in the upstate New York area, before returning in 1974, back to the Kingston, New York area where she has resided for the last 43 years.

In the early part of her life she was closely associated with the Free Methodist Church and was baptized in the Old Tremper Avenue Free Methodist Church of Kingston, New York in 1939, by then Pastor, the late Rev. Louis Smith. It is believed that she became a junior member of that church sometime later. She had many treasured memories of attending the summer annual Free Methodist Camp Meetings, with her mother, in Hancock N.Y., often traveling there by train from Kingston. During the last 40 years of her life, she was closely associated with and supported the Evangelical Wesleyan Church, and was a faithful supporter of the Fox Hill Camp Meeting, near Northville, N.Y., and attended the Lake Idlewild and Great Bend, Pa churches, when she was in the area. She also attended the Stone Ridge N.Y., Pilgrim Holiness Church for several years.

For most of her life she was a stay at home mom and housewife, but she did work for a time at a needle manufacturing supply company in Syracuse, N.Y. She was the bookkeeper and secretary for the Beesmer’s Construction Co. INC., until it closed in 2011.

Her lifelong dedication for over 50 years was for the love, care, health and happiness of her youngest disabled son, Thomas Bagalonis, Jr. Her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren were the light of her life.

She is survived by her four sons, Rev. Donald D. Snedeker and wife, Linda, Randy Snedeker and wife, Kathy of Gloversville N.Y., Brian Bagalonis and wife Joan, of West Hurley, N.Y., and Thomas Bagalonis Jr., of Woodstock N.Y.; Two step daughters; 18 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren, and many dear friends.

She is pre-deceased by her three husbands, Robert C. Snedeker, Thomas Bagalonis Sr., and Donald G. Beesmer, along with her step-father, Rev. Clarence A. Snedeker, a sister, Marjorie Whitaker Gagne, and a nephew, Timothy A. Fracassee. 

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Simpson-Gaus, 411 Albany Ave, Kingston, NY 12401, on Thursday August 10, 2017, with viewing from 12-2, and the funeral will be held at 2:00 PM, Bishop W.L. Sarber, Rev. Donald D. Snedeker Jr., Rev. Donald D. Snedeker Sr., officiating. Interment will be in the family plot at the Mt. Marion, N.Y., Cemetery. 

The family requests that memorial donations be made to the one of the following; The Parking Lot Building Fund of the Stateline Evangelical Wesleyan Church of 26710 State Route 11, Great Bend, PA. 18821 or The Fox Hill Camp Improvement Fund 225 Fox Hill Road, Northville, N.Y., 12134. 

Local arrangements by Joseph W Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc., 621 Main St., Simpson, PA  18407 tel. 570-282-3090.

Robert E. Bentz

Robert E. Bentz, 70 of Susquehanna, PA, passed away at home on Monday, August 7, 2017.

He was predeceased by his mother and step-father, Antoinette and Mitch Makowski, and his first wife of 35 years, Josefita.

Robert is survived by his wife, Carol; sons, R. J. Bentz and Daniel Bentz; a daughter, Sandy Bentz; step-children, Joe and Kathy Skiba, Dean and April Rhone, and Barbara Presley; also 7 step- grandchildren.

He was retired from the Norfolk Southern Railroad after 34 years where he worked as a lineman, safety inspector and operator.  Robert loved taking pictures, muscle cars, Manhattan, and drawing. He also was very patriotic, knew everything there was to know about the tragic events of 9/11. Most important, Robert was a loving father who will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at St. John’s Church, Susquehanna, with Rev. Robert Dwyer.

Interment will be held in the St. John’s Cemetery, Susquehanna, PA.

Arrangements were made by Hennessey’s Funeral Home, 747 Jackson Ave., Susquehanna, PA.

The family would to extend a special thank you to Michelle Fox Snyder, April Rhone, Barbara Presley, Lisa Allen, Linda Buffington, Kathy Fox and  all of our grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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