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Ruth J. Marcy, 100, Montrose, died Monday, November 26, 2001. Her husband, Glen L. Marcy, predeceased her in January, 1972. Ruth was born April 27, 1901 in Clifford, the daughter of the late William and Grace James.

Surviving are a brother and sister-in-law, Samson and Charlotte James, Binghamton, NY.

Funeral services were held from Montrose.


William E. "Bill" Dean, 66, Montrose, died Wednesday, November 28, 2001, at his home.

Surviving are two daughters and a son-in-law, Kelly L. Dean and Jorge Mata, High Point, NC, Susan E. Dean, New Milford; two sons and a daughter-in-law, David M. Dean, Montrose, Jeffrey M. and Diane Dean, New Milford; grandchildren, Dustin M. Dean, Ryan G. Smith, Cameron W. Dean; aunt, Louise Darling, Nicholson.

A brother, John W. Dean, predeceased him in January of 2001.

Bill was born June 9, 1935, in Nicholson, the son of the late Donald J. and Dorothy (Cook) Dean. A 1957 graduate of Syracuse University, he was the President and CEO of Donald Dean and Sons, Inc., Montrose. He was a member of Montrose United Methodist Church and the Warren Lodge #240 F&AM, Montrose, and formerly a member and secretary of Montrose Rotary Club, president of Montrose School District, chairman of the Bridgewater Township Municipal Authority.

Funeral services were held from Montrose.

The family suggests that, if desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Community Foundation of Susquehanna County, the Bill Dean Memorial Fund (a fund to benefit Susquehanna County’s children and youth), 36 Lake Avenue, Montrose, Pa 18801.


Lois W. Entrot, formerly of Union Dale, died Thursday, November 22, 2001 in the Forest City Nursing Center. She was the widow of Leon Entrot, who predeceased her on October 11, 1997.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Lois was born in Elkdale, the daughter of the late Guy and Myrtle Breese Howell. She was a member of the Union Dale United Methodist Church and its choir, and was also a member of the Phoenix Club, Union Dale. She was a graduate of Carbondale High School and was a licensed practical nurse before retirement, having last worked at the Carbondale Nursing Home.

Funeral services were held from the Union Dale United Methodist Church, with the Rev. John Hartman-Zimmerman, Pastor, officiating. Interment, Willow View Cemetery, Clifford.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Union Dale United Methodist Church, 61 Dundaff St., Forest City, PA 18421.


Viola Berish, 96, Vestal, NY, formerly of Forest City, passed away Thursday, November 22, 2001, at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital. She was predeceased by her husband, Andrew Berish, Sr.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Hazel Berish, with whom she resided in Vestal; two grandsons and a granddaughter-in-law, Jeffrey A. and Lori Berish, Douglas Berish, all of Vestal; four great-grandchildren, Jeffrey W., Jennifer, Douglas, Jr., Andrea; a niece and her husband, Rita and Joe Natishak.

She was predeceased by a son, Andrew Berish, Jr.; a granddaughter-in-law, Maria Berish.

Funeral services were held from Vestal. Interment, St. Anthony’s Lithuanian Cemetery, Forest City.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Vestal PBA; or to the Vestal Volunteer Emergency Squad, 324 Myrtle St., Vestal, NY 13850.


The Honorable Mayor, John F. FitzGerald, Hallstead, went to be with his Lord on Friday, November 30, 2001 at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Johnson City, NY. He is survived by his wife, Elinore (Kovitch), having been married for 38 years.

John leaves behind his most precious adult children, Kelly Ann, Johnson City, John II, at home, Stephanie Marie and son-in-law, Kenneth Collins, Hallstead. John’s greatest love of his life and glow in his eyes were his three granddaughters, Morgan, Kimberly, Keely, and grandson, Kaleb John-David. "Papa, Grandpa" was always around to help with homework and to explain and teach a new learning experience for his "girls." Papa spent time explaining about the solar system and watching the stars. He was teaching his girls to oil paint and draw. He loved to sit in his glider rocker and watch the birds at the feeders and the squirrels running up and down the cedar trees in his backyard and teach his granddaughters about the birds at the feeders.

Also surviving are a brother and sister-in-law, George and Dawn FitzGerald, Oakdale, brother-in-law, George Koehler, Hallstead; brothers and sisters-in-laws; cousins; nieces, nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, George and Irene (Tiffany) FitzGerald and his sister, Helen Koehler.

John was a lifelong resident of Hallstead, having been born at his residence on September 9, 1938. Mayor FitzGerald served 20 years to his community, devoting many hours to the concerns of his constituents. While John was the mayor, he had conducted numerous marriages (and always told the newlyweds that he would not help with divorces). John was instrumental in helping to get a new bridge that is now being built between Hallstead and Great Bend. He met and set in motion, with the present owners of the old foundry building, to get rid of the tire accumulation. He was a former Associate Member of the Hallstead–Great Bend American Legion Post 357; Past Vice President of the Association of Boroughs; a member of the PA State Mayors Association and the Association of Mayors. John was a former member of the US Marine Corps, serving the Cold War in Trinidad. He was Sr. Vice Commandant and Chaplain of the Endless Mountains Marine Corps League Detachment 880 and was also a Charter Member. He was involved in the Hallstead Fire company for 30 years and 15 years with the Fire Police and past Captain of the PA Fire Police Eastern Division for Susquehanna County. John was also a member of the Northeast Planning and Development Commission for the county.

John was a security guard on call at Blue Ridge School campus for many events, referred to by the students as "Rent a Cop." He will be missed by many of the "kids" that he saw grow up through the school years. John will be sadly missed by his coffee buddies, Nate Miller and Jim Spoor, that met several times a week; and his buddies from the Endless Mountains Marine Corps League Detachment. The many calls and cards he would get from the League members, checking up on him, made him feel good, even when he would be feeling bad. John’s health was not good for many years, but he would not let that interfere with keeping on top of his many duties and responsibilities as mayor. John was a patriotic man, deeply loving his country and community. His family meant total love, no matter what came along, being kind and fair to his close-knit family.

Funeral services were held from the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, and from St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Great Bend with the Rev. Louis Kaminski officiating. Interment, Rose Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in John’s honor to the John FitzGerald Memorial Fund, RR 2 Box 2927, Hallstead, PA 18822.


Rose Marie Fabrizi, 96, Susquehanna, passed away Friday, November 30, 2001, at Barnes-Kasson County Hospital SNF, Susquehanna, after an illness. She was predeceased by her husband, Luigi Fabrizi.

Surviving are a daughter-in-law, Louise (Pagano) Fabrizi, Binghamton, NY; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Augustine (Gus) and Lana Fabrizi, Susquehanna, Joseph Fabrizi, Brackney; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Michael Carricchio, Jerome and Mary Carricchio; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews.

She was predeceased by a son, Angelo Fabrizi; a brother, Thomas Carricchio.

Rose was a member of St. John’s Church and its Holy Rosary Society of Susquehanna, and St. Ann’s Society.

Funeral services were held from Susquehanna, where a Mass of Christian Burial was offered from St. John’s Church, with the Rev. Charles Connor officiating. Interment, St. John’s Cemetery, Susquehanna.

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