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Gerard "Jerry" D. Sullivan, 64, Susquehanna, PA, passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at the Community Medical Center in Scranton, PA, after a long illness.

He was predeceased by his mother, Helen Edwards; and sister, Maureen Norris.

He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Audrey Sullivan; one brother and sister-in-law, John and Bobbie Edwards, Lanesboro, PA; three daughters and sons-in-law, Becky and George Napolitano, Susquehanna, Jackie and Steve Berling, Los Angeles, CA; Jenny and Allen Lawson, Susquehanna; one son and daughter-in-law, Gerard Doran and Dawn Sullivan, Concord, NC; five grandchildren, Brandon, Sean and Maureen Lawson, Adam and Andrew Napolitano.

Jerry was a member of St. John’s Church of Susquehanna and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was in auto sales management for many years before retiring from Gerow’s Auto in Deposit, NY. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and will always be missed by his family and friends.

The funeral service was held at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, and at St. John’s Church, Susquehanna, where a Mass of Christian Burial was offered by Rev. Robert Simon. Burial, St. John’s Cemetery, Susquehanna.


New Milford, PA

A funeral mass was offered by Father James R. Nash on Friday, July 25, 2003 at St. John’s Catholic Church in New Milford in honor and memory of our gracious and loving mother, grandmother, sister and most precious aunt, Marjorie L. Tracy, who was called home by our Lord and heavenly Father for eternal peace on Monday, July 21, 2002.

In 1983 Mom started her own business as a real estate broker, Tracy Real Estate, Inc. She absolutely loved working with people and devoted herself endlessly. She touched the lives of so many people with her energetic, enthusiastic and adventurous outlook on life. With her strong faith, she always felt you could do anything if you tried hard enough. Her true love for children embraced so many young lives. She was always there to encourage them, comfort them and applaud their accomplishments. Always a kind word, always a twinkle in her eye, always a smile. Her love for life was contagious. With unconditional love, she never stopped thinking of others.

Marjorie is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Larry and Kelly, Chris and Cathy, Skip and fiancée Mary; five grandchildren; a sister; two brothers; a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many friends who will all feel the loss of a very, very special person. We will miss you, Mom!


Anthony J. Jumper, 17, Oakland, PA, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at Barnes-Kasson Hospital, Susquehanna.

Anthony was predeceased by his mother, Valerie M. (Todd) Jumper; two uncles, Mark R. Todd, Douglas A. Todd.

Anthony is survived by his father, John G. Jumper, Jr.; two brothers, John G. Jumper III, Jeremy M. Jumper; one sister-in-law, Crystal A. Stoss; one nephew, Randy R.D. Stoss; grandparents, Raymond I. and Agnes P. (Denney) Todd; uncles and aunts, Carl M. Todd, Susquehanna, Jeffery A. Todd, Oakland, Joel S. and Sandie (Roe) Todd, Oakland, Daniel J. and Karen E. (Todd) Snyder, David C. and Laurie J. (Todd) Carvin, Judith A. (Todd) Sager, all of Susquehanna, Naomi R.T., Scranton, Les and Isabel Swan, Johnson City; one great uncle and two aunts, Clayton and Nora Swan, Shirley Brown; many close cousins, Shirlene V., Amy and Jimmy, Angel and Troy, Elwood and Aubrey Brown, Charlie Brown, Rachelle, Dan, Jr., Patrick, Amanda, Tammy and Timmy.

Anthony will be greatly missed and remembered by all who knew him.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 26 at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, with Pastor Fred Johnson officiating.


Ruth I. Thornton, 86, Susquehanna, passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at Barnes-Kasson Hospital SNF, Susquehanna.

She is survived by one daughter, Kathleen Stetka, Topton, PA; two grandsons, Scot Stetka, Williamton, Delaware, Curtis and Tamara Stetka, Allentown, PA; two great-grandchildren, Julian and Isabelle.

Ruth was a retired legal secretary who worked for Hinman, Howard & Kattell Law Firm in Binghamton, NY.

She was a member of the Susquehanna United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school; the Barnes-Kasson Hospital Auxiliary; Nellie Jane DeWitt BPW; Susquehanna Monday Club; Susquehanna Historical Society; and Equinunk Historical Society.

Funeral services were held on July 26 from the Susquehanna United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Kenneth Bitler officiating. Burial, North Jackson Cemetery, North Jackson, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to Barnes-Kasson Hospital Auxiliary, 400 Turnpike St., Susquehanna, PA 18847.


Edward Lewis Brant, Great Bend, PA, passed away early Saturday morning, July 26, 2003, at the age of 81. He was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Mary Brant; and by a brother, Charles Brant. On July 10, Edward was bedridden with a cerebral hemorrhage.

Edward is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Marie Brant, Great Bend; two daughters and a son-in-law, Mary and James Riecke, Marsha Chilewski; a son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Pam Brant, all of Great Bend; a brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Claire Brant; a sister and brother-in-law, Julia and Durland Drake; four grandchildren, David Brant and fiancée Janelle Darrow, Michael and Erica Riecke, Kelly Brant; one great-grandchild, Taylor Brant; an extended member of the family and business partner, Arthur Strohl, Jr.; several nieces, nephews, cousins.

Ed graduated from Hallstead High School and then attended Ridley-Lowell School of Business. He worked a short time for an oil company and a bank in the Binghamton area. But home was where his heart was and he returned to the dairy farm where he worked until 1973 when the barn was destroyed by fire. He then pursued a career for four years operating a hardware stone in the Mountain View Plaza in Great Bend Township. Once again his passion for the land pulled him back to farming where he continued to work, love, laugh and teach until his untimely death. Ed was a 60-year member of the Great Bend Grange and was also a member of United Methodist Community Church.

A funeral service was held from the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead. Interment, Newman Cemetery, Great Bend Township.

Memorials in remembrance of Edward Lewis Brant may be sent to Great Bend/Hallstead Ambulance, P.O. Box 793, Great Bend, PA 18821.

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