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Frederick O. Medlar, 92, Oakland, PA, passed away on Wednesday, October 29, 2003, at the Barnes-Kasson Hospital SNF, Susquehanna, PA.

He was born in Carbondale, PA, the son of the late Frederick O. and Anna (Metzger) Medlar, Sr.

He was predeceased by one son, Philip Medlar, in 2001.

He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Nellie (Leatso) Medlar; two sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Sandra Medlar, Jacksonville, FL, David and Diane Medlar, Oakland, PA; three daughters and a son-in-law, Naomi and Roger Getter, Starrucca, Joyce Troup, Danielson, CT, Gale Williams, Starrucca; daughter-in-law Linda Medlar; 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; several nieces and nephews.

He was a veteran of the US Army, serving during World War II.

He attended the Susquehanna United Methodist Church, Susquehanna, and was a lifetime member of the Hallstead American Legion Post #357.

The funeral service was held on Saturday, November 1, at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, with Rev. Kenneth Bitler officiating. Burial, Evergreen Cemetery, Susquehanna.


Franciscan Father Jude Smith was buried following a Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Name Friary in Ringwood, NJ. Father Smith, a professed friar of Holy Name Province for 54 years, died August 1, 2003, at Holy Name Friary, where he celebrated his fiftieth anniversary of ordination on June 12.

Born Leo Smith on September 13, 1924, in Starrucca, PA, son of the late Ralph and Mary Agnes Sullivan Smith, Father Jude entered St. Joseph Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, NY, in 1942 to begin preparation for entrance into the Franciscan congregation.

He was received into the Franciscan order on August 12, 1947, at St. Bonaventure Novitiate in Paterson, NJ, and professed his final vows in 1952 at Holy Name College, Washington, DC. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 12, 1953, at Mount St. Sepulchre Friary in Washington by Archbishop Amleto G. Cicognani.

During his numerous years of ministry as a Franciscan Friar, Father Smith served in three different stints at St. Joseph Friary in Wilkes-Barre. He retired to Holy Name Friary in 2000.

Surviving are two sisters, Marie Smith Soden and Dorothy Smith Bowers; two brothers, Walter and Clarence; numerous nieces and nephews.

Interment was at Mount St. Sepulchre Cemetery in Butler, NJ.


Edward H. Flynn, 71, Great Bend, PA, passed away Friday, October 31, 2003, at the Mid Valley Hospital Hospice Unit. He was born October 19, 1932, in Gibson, PA.

He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Sarah C. (Burns) Flynn; three daughters and sons-in-law, Cathy and Mark Siegfried, Bernville, PA, Betty and Philip Bickford, Monroe, WA, Amy and Scott Benedict, Kannapolis, NC; four sons and daughters-in-law, Edward and Lisa Flynn, Jr., East Syracuse, NY, Thomas and Renee Flynn, Great Bend, James and Sharon Flynn, Houston, TX, Richard and Gwen Flynn, Greene, NY; five sisters and brothers-in-law, Ruth Button, New Milford, PA, Pauline Stevens, Montrose, PA, Jean and Varley Birtch, Glen Burn, PA, Nina and Dick Robinson, Hallstead, PA, Frances and Jim Hall, Henderson, NC; seven grandchildren, David, Megan and Matthew Siegfried, Kristin, Audrey and Cullen Flynn, Paul Davis; an aunt, Betty Kolibaba; several nieces and nephews.

Edward was a member of St. Lawrence Church, Great Bend, PA, American Legion Post 357 and VFW Post 6223. He was a US Navy veteran and served during the Korean Conflict. He was an avid music lover and played in various country and bluegrass bands over the years. He was retired from Sears.

Funeral services were held from the Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home, Hallstead, on Monday, November 3 and from St. Lawrence Church, Great Bend, where a Mass of Christian Burial was offered by the Reverend Louis Kaminski.

Expressions of sympathy in memory of Edward H. Flynn may be made to Hospice Inpatient Unit, Mid Valley Hospital, P.O. Box 210, Clarks Summit, PA 18411.


Lillian H. Sharpless, 79, of Camden, NY, passed away Wednesday, October 29, 2003, at Oneida Healthcare Center after a brief illness.

Lillian was born on February 3, 1924 in Scranton, PA, the daughter of Thomas and Frances Wenskus Sharpless. She attended schools in Montrose, PA and was a high school graduate. Lillian has resided in the Camden area since 1987. Prior to moving to Camden, she was employed at a swimsuit factory in Port Jervis, NY and at one time Lillian owned and operated a dairy farm in Montrose.

Surviving are a son, Thomas Heefner, Mercersburg, PA; a sister, Eleanor Welles, Lawton, PA; a grandson, Thomas Heefner, Jr. and wife, Crystal, Mercersburg, PA; two great-grandchildren, James and Jessica; a niece, Dawn and Al Jones, Florida; two nephews, Harold and Mabel Wells, Elk Lake, PA, Bill and Shirley Wells, Forkston, PA.

She was predeceased by a stepbrother, Joseph Sharpless.

Graveside services were held at Lithuanian National Catholic Cemetery, Chinchilla.

Arrangements were made by the Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., Camden.

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