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Norine Crowley Sullivan, Susquehanna, PA, passed away Sunday, January 11, 2004, at the Susquehanna Nursing Home, Johnson City, NY.

She happily went to join her mother and father, Henry and Cora Crowley; her brother, Ted Crowley and his wife, Jane; her nephew, Dick Crowley; and her great-grandson, Zachery Pruitt.

She will forever be missed by her two daughters and their families, Mary Jane and Burr Darrow, their children, Brenda Pruitt and sons, Dylan and Jesse; Karen and Gary McIntyre, their children, Kaitlyn and Colin; Dan Darrow and sons, Shawn and Daniel, daughters, Sheena and Andreya, and great-great-granddaughter, Destyne Darrow; Patricia and Leon Cook, their children, Cathleen and Tony Pruitt, and their daughters, Heather, Victoria and Marissa; Bryan and Mary Cook, their children, Aaron and Makenzie; Dawn and Jason Rohr and daughter, Sierra. Also surviving are a nephew, Father Thomas Crowley; niece, Kay and husband, Tom Culnane; great-niece and nephew, Lee Ann and Christopher Carpenter and family; niece, Mary Ann Crowley and great-nieces, Jennifer and Mary Beth and family; three cousins, Helen Butler, New Jersey, Dorothy Quinlan, Colorado, Louise Baker, Carbondale. In addition, she leaves many friends including Josephine Holleran, Catherine Paccio, Lois Schrader; caregiver, Carol; special people, Dr. Epstein and the nurses and staff at Susquehanna Nursing Home.

Norine spent nearly all her life in her dear Susquehanna, raising her girls and working there as a telephone operator for Commonwealth Telephone Company, a manager at the Tog Shop, a clerk at Widmann’s and, best of all, a second grade teacher at St. John’s School; many of her students kept in touch with her throughout their adult lives.

Norine was a lifelong member of St. John’s Catholic Church and will now go forth to Jesus from her beloved church. She has resided at her daughter, Pat and son-in-law, Leon’s home in Conklin, NY for the past six years, attending St. Andrew’s parish. Father Meagher and the St. Andrew’s parish family lovingly accepted her presence and prayed for her when she wasn’t able to be with them. The family is forever grateful to them and to the Conklin neighbors who took her into their hearts. She loved them all.

The funeral service was held on Wednesday, January 14 at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna and from St. John’s Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial was offered by the Rev. Robert Simon and Father Thomas Crowley. Burial, St. John’s Cemetery, Susquehanna.


Willard C. Westcott, 88, Susquehanna, PA, passed away on Monday, January 12, 2004, at Community Medical Center Hospital, Scranton, after an illness.

He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Marion E. Westcott, on February 29, 1996.

Willard is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Willard Westcott, Jr. and his fiancée, Eileen Wasko, Ivan and Francie Westcott, Carl and Fran Westcott; one brother, John Wescott; three sisters and three brothers-in-law, Lorraine and Clinton Leet, Jane and Robert Kiley, Jeanette and James Lowe; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Willard was a member of the Susquehanna First Baptist Church, Susquehanna and a member of the Thompson Masonic Lodge for over 50 years.

He was retired from the Keystone Water Company, where he had over 37 years of service.

A funeral service was held on Thursday, January 15, at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, with the Pastor Fred Johnson officiating. Burial, North Jackson Cemetery, North Jackson, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Susquehanna First Baptist Church, Jackson Ave., Susquehanna, PA 18847.


Richard J. MacDonald, 67, Oakland, PA, passed away on Tuesday, January 13, 2004, at his home after an illness.

He is survived by his wife, Emma MacDonald; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Dale MacDonald, Rich and Bobbi Jo MacDonald, Jeff and Terri MacDonald; one daughter, Carrie Henry and fiancé, Danny Bednarz; one brother, Philip MacDonald; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Marian and Louis Galloway, Cindy Carvin, Jean and Gil Lowden; six grandchildren, Chelsea, Sean, Michael, Kyle, Adam and Cody; nieces and nephews.

Richard worked as a plumber for Fancher Appliance in Binghamton, NY, then Perrine Furniture in Susquehanna, where he retired from.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Susquehanna County Chapter, Montrose, PA 18801.


Myron "Sonny" Griffis, 69, of Montrose, PA passed away on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at home surrounded by his family and friends. He was born in Susquehanna, PA to the late Howard and Ruth (Washburn) Griffis.

Sonny is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sandra Griffis, Montrose, PA; son and daughter-in-law, John Michael and Anna Griffis, Chalfont, PA; daughter and son-in-law, Jill and Gary Morrison, Montrose, PA; four grandchildren, Ashley Nichole and Chelsea Marie Griffis, Katlyn Marie and Kory Brandon Morrison; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Judy and Dick Barron, Corning, NY, Sally and Phil Robb, Beverly Hills, FL; Aunt, Beulah Decker, Brushville, PA; extended family, Bruce and Eudonna Legg, Dennis and Mary Carey, Montrose, PA; several nieces, nephews and cousins. A sister, Janet Griffis predeceased Sonny.

Sonny worked for PENELEC for 42 years. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, golfer and gardener.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, January 17, at the Holy Name of Mary Church, Montrose, PA with Father James R. Nash officiating. Interment, Holy Name of Mary Cemetery.

Donations in Sonny’s name can be made to the Northeast Health and Hospice 211 North State St. Clarks Summit, PA 18411 or American Cancer Society 1101 Hill St. Jessup, PA 18434.

Arrangements were made by the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home.


Peter Dobon, Jr., 67, Fallbrook, CA, passed away on Thursday, January 15, 2004, following a long and courageous battle with lung cancer. He served 27 years in the United States Marine Corps, including two tours of duty in Vietnam.

Peter was born September 13, 1936, in Thompson, PA. He spent most of his childhood years on the family farm in Thompson. He enlisted in the Marine Corps at the age of 19, and received basic training at Parris Island, SC. At the age of 20 he met his future wife, Joy Fruehling, a nurse caring for Peter’s father, who had been in a car accident. The two were married in 1957 and enjoyed 47 years of marriage.

Peter took great pride in his service to his country as a member of the Marine Corps. During his 27 years in the Marines, he served in locations throughout the United States and the world, including Camp Lejeune, NC; Atlanta, GA; Camp Pendleton, CA; Washington, DC; Kansas City, MO; Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; Vietnam; and Okinawa. His service in the USMC led to many lifetime friendships.

After retiring from the Marine Corps, he worked for Computer Sciences Corporation in San Diego, and Intuit, Inc., in San Diego.

Peter was widely known for his humility and his giving nature. He was a computer hobbyist, who gladly assisted many friends and relatives over the years. He was a do-it-yourself mechanic and handyman, who shared his talents generously. He also enjoyed fishing, travel and golf.

Peter is survived by his wife, Joy S. Dobon, Fallbrook, CA; sons, David W. Dobon, Moraga, CA, Daniel P. (Buck) Dobon, San Clemente, CA, Paul J. Dobon, Fallbrook, CA; sisters, Janet Wilusz, St. Joseph, MI, Barbara Tombs, Garwood, NJ; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter Dobon, Sr., and Stella Dobon, Thompson, PA.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on January 26 at the Marine Memorial Chapel on Camp Pendleton. Cremation and private inurnment at Fort Rosencrans National Cemetery will follow at a later date.


Thelma M. Washburn, 92, Mechanicsburg, PA, passed away Tuesday, January 13, 2004 at the Wilson Memorial Hospital, Johnson City, NY.

She was born in Starrucca, the daughter of the late Ray and Rena (Wagner) Sampson.

She was predeceased by her husband of 66 years, Leo. A. Washburn, on October 10, 2000.

Thelma is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Leo and Marlene Washburn; one brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Evelyn Sampson; four grandchildren, Renne Hanratty, Leo Washburn, Jr., Joseph Washburn, Benjamin Washburn; six great-grandchildren, Dennis, Joshua, Brittany, David, Brennen, Brooke; several nieces and nephews.

She lived in Thompson, PA and Mechanicsburg, PA.

She was employed for a time at Bendix Corp. in South Montrose.

Thelma was a member of the Thompson United Methodist Church and the Thompson Rebekah Lodge. She enjoyed crocheting, sending greeting cards and letters to her friends.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, January 17, at Hennessey’s Funeral Home, Susquehanna, with Rev. Kenneth Bitler officiating.

Burial will be in the Thompson Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Thompson or Starrucca United Methodist Church.

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