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Violet Frisbie, 96, RR 1, Susquehanna, PA, passed away Monday, October 6, 2003, in Susquehanna. She was predeceased by her husband, Glenn Frisbie; and by a daughter, Lillian Fenescey.

Violet is survived by two sons, Gordon Frisbie and Glenn Frisbie; a daughter-in-law, Rachel Frisbie; a sister, Eustina Holtzman; five grandchildren, Sherry Upright, Richard Frisbie, Scott, Carl and Kevin Fenescey; nine great-grandchildren, Larry, Michele, and Daniele Upright, Cissandra Frisbie, Lori, Sean, Danny, Colleen and Tyler Fenescey; seven great-great-grandchildren; two nieces, Carol and Sylvia.

A memorial service was held at the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, on October 11.


William g. McPherson, age 75, of RR 1, Nicholson, PA, died Wednesday, October 8, 2003 at Carpenter Care Center, Tunkhannock. His wife is the former Dorothy Becker; they were married 32 years.

Born in East Orange, NJ, son of the late Noel and Myrtle Humber McPherson, he was a communications consultant for the New Jersey Bell Telephone prior to retirement in 1983. He also worked for the Montclaire Police Department for ten years. He was an Army veteran and a member of Return the Environment of Susquehanna County Under Ecology (RESCUE).

He is also survived by a daughter, Jacqueline Lawrence, Montclaire, New Jersey; a son, Bruce, Ringwood, NJ; a stepmother, Alyce McPherson, Nicholson; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

Viewing hours were held in the Charles H. Litwin Funeral Home, Nicholson. Cremation, RH Jones Crematory, Tunkhannock.

Memorial donations may be made to the Ben Stone Scholarship Fund c/o RESCUE, RR 1 Box 1025, Nicholson, PA 18446.


Patricia A. Gardner, 63, of Friendsville, PA died Friday evening October 10, 2003 at Lourdes Hospital, Binghamton, NY. She was born in Binghamton, NY to the late Hubert and Helen (Crowley) Murphy. Her husband of 22 years, Arthur Gardner, predeceased her in 1986.

Survived by one son, Brian Gardner, Brackney, PA; one daughter and son-in-law, Jodi and Scott Daniels, Vestal, NY; one grandson, Allyn Joseph (AJ) Gardner; one sister and brother-in-law, Mary and John Butler; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Frank and Suzanne Murphy, Dennis and Stephanie Murphy; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Roger and Sandy Gardner, Frank Gardner, Marcia Wood, Laura and Max Vance, Yvonne Loveless; aunts, Lucille Walsh and Lil Crowley; several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband and parents, a sister, Ann and brother-in-law, Charles Gardner also predeceased Pat.

Pat was a lifetime member of St. Joseph and St. Augustine Church, member of the St. Augustine’s Cemetery Assoc., Altar and Rosary Society.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, October 14, 11 a.m. at St. Augustine’s Church, Silver Lake, PA with Father Richard G. Ghezzi of St. Augustine’s Church officiating. Interment, St. Augustine’s Cemetery Silver Lake Twp., PA. Arrangements were made by the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home Montrose, PA.

The family requests, if desired, expressions of sympathy in memory of Pat be made to the St. Augustine’s Church Handicap Ramp Fund Box 1402 Friendsville, PA 18818; or a charity of ones choice.


William Patterson, 68, Hallstead, PA, passed away Thursday, October 9, 2003 in Johnson City, NY. He was married to Lucy Canel Patterson, who predeceased him July 17, 1994.

William is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Marie and Juan Ramirez, Binghamton, NY; one brother, George Patterson, Florida; a granddaughter, Lucy Ann; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 19, 2:00 p.m. at Locust Hill Bible Church, RR 2, Susquehanna, PA.

Arrangements by Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, PA.


The Rev. Thomas J. McDermott, 76, of Scranton, retired senior priest at St. Rose of Lima Church, Carbondale, died Friday, October 10, 2003 at St. Rose of Lima rectory.

Born July 17, 1927, in Scranton, son of the late Harry and Lucille Curran McDermott, he was a Scranton Central High School graduate. He attended the University of Scranton and St. Charles College, Cantonsville, Md., receiving his bachelor's degree in June, 1952 from Mount St. Mary's College, Emmitsburg, MD.

His studies of the priesthood were completed at Mount St. Mary's Seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood May 26, 1956, in Scranton by the Most Rev. Jerome D. Hannan, D.D., late Bishop of Scranton.

After ordination, the Rev. McDermott served as assistant pastor of Our Lady of the Snows, Clarks Summit. He also served as assistant director of Camp St. Andrew, Tunkhannock, in June, 1956.

In 1967, he was appointed assistant pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church, Wilkes-Barre, where he remained for two years. He became assistant pastor of St. Peter's Cathedral, Scranton, on September 3, 1969, and on September 8, 1970, was appointed assistant pastor of St. Aloysius Church, Wilkes-Barre, where he remained for two years.

In April 1972, he was named administrator of St. Luke's Church, Jersey Shore, and then administrator of St. Francis Xavier Church, Friendsville, the following month. On September 5, 1972, he became pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Little Meadows, and then pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Elkland, two years later.

On September 6, 1977, he became pastor of St. Denis Church in Glen Lyon, followed by pastorates at St. John the Evangelist Church in Susquehanna, St. David's Church in Scranton and St. Mary's Church in Wyalusing. He was named senior priest in July, 2000 and lived at St. Rose of Lima rectory. He retired July 3, 2002, but continued ministering in the Scranton Diocese.

Surviving are a sister, Ruth, Scranton; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Grace; a brother, Dr. Harry McDermott.

A Vigil Mass was offered in Nativity of Our Lord Church, celebrated by Monsignor Philip A. Gray. A Pontifical Mass was offered Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. in the church, celebrated by the Most Rev. Joseph F. Martino, D.D., Hist. E.D., Bishop of Scranton. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.

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